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Sunday, February 22, 2021

Thousands of years of historical sleuthing and theorizing over Atlantis seemed to be trumped last week by Google Ocean, which appeared to uncover underwater evidence of the lost continent:

The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of northwest Africa, near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant’s underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an “aerial map” of a city.

But just when you thought that, once again, Googling could solve anything, this “discovery” turned out to be an optical-digital illusion:

Alas, Google quickly threw cold water on the report. A spokeswoman told the British Press Association that the lines are an artifact of the data collection process, caused by boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor.

Who knew search results were slippery when wet?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/22/2009 03:27pm
Category: Internet, Science
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Being a creature of the non-crosstown subway habit, I go weeks without ever setting foot on the Upper West Side (the closest I get is Midtown West).

And should I ever set my foot on the sidewalks thereabouts, I’ll have to extra-carefully watch my step:

Manhattan saw an 88 percent spike in fines for unattended droppings last year, with Morningside Drive, Amsterdam Avenue, West End Avenue, Riverside Drive and Central Park West leading the complaints, Sanitation enforcement officers said.

“It’s a minefield over here,” said Max Moyet, 34, a dog walker who lives on Central Park West. “It upsets the hell out of me.”

Moyet says he takes pains to “stare down” people who do not clean up after their pooches, a practice that’s become a daily activity.

“It’s their self-absorbed, all-about-me attitude,” Moyet complained. “They’re like, ‘I’m too busy going to my Pilates class. I don’t have the time to keep the neighborhood clean.’”

Speculation is that the recent November hike in pooper-non-scooper fines from $50 to $250 will curtail the crappiness. Frankly, with all the money on display in the UWS, I can see the opposite happening: Flagrant disregard for the law, just to show off how they can afford to pay the penalty even in tough times.

And for all you non-New Yorkers seeking perspective on this: Yes, it’s a big deal when these pedestrian walkways are strewn with dogshit. Equivalent of heavily-trafficked roads and highways being perpetually pockmarked by potholes.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/22/2009 01:22pm
Category: New Yorkin', Society, True Crime
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I know that New York Governor David Paterson is desperate enough to reverse his sliding polls numbers that he’s bringing back disgraced confidant Charles O’Byrne to work magic on an already-foundering reelection campaign.

I’m just wondering where the wisdom is in bringing back O’Byrne so close to April 15th. Because as we all know, he’s got a medical syndrome about paying his taxes. (But then, it seems like most Democrats do, perceptionally speaking.)

I’m assuming the Paterson camp is making sure that O’Byrne filed with the IRS early this year…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/22/2009 12:14pm
Category: New Yorkin', Politics, True Crime
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