Tag Archives: Africa

Google Earth as Harbinger of Doom

By | November 15, 2006

Researchers are using Google Earth, the New York Times/IHT reports, to look for evidence of giant tsunamis, signs that the Earth has been hit by comets or asteroids more regularly, and more recently, than people thought: This year the group started using Google Earth, a free source of satellite images, to search around the globe for chevrons, which… Read More »

An Unlikely Blogger Expelled

By | October 23, 2006

Although it’s not good for Sudan, I think it’s good for blogging: CNN reports that  The government of Sudan on Sunday gave the top U.N. official in the country three days to leave, marking the latest hurdle in international efforts to bring peace to the nation torn apart by civil war. Sudan expelled Jan Pronk, the top U.N.… Read More »

The Wrong Guy Goes to Hollywood

By | August 25, 2006

The ‘Wrong Guy’ story just keeps going. The Congo-Brazzaville man who was interviewed on the BBC mistakenly as a computer pundit back in May could have his own movie, according to the BBC: The incident involving Guy Goma is the basis for a film being planned by Alison Rosenzweig, who produced the 2002 Nicolas Cage film Windtalkers. “If… Read More »

Is Guy The Citizen Pundit In Danger?

By | May 22, 2006

Disastrous news for instant celebrities everywhere: Being mistaken for an Internet pundit on the BBC can bring you to the attention of the wrong people. Our hero Guy Goma, whom we (mistakenly) called a taxi driver when he was in fact an expert in data cleansing when the BBC mistook him for an Internet pundit and interviewed him… Read More »

It’s All About the Backstory

By | April 17, 2006

If you’re going to do a scam, have a good backstory. Here’s how. It’s from a Mrs. Sarah Welsh of 26 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL, England who says in an unsolicited email that illustrates how best to do the old Nigerian email scam: I am Mrs. Sarah Welsh, an English woman who is suffering from cancerous ailment.… Read More »