Buddha Is Back
What's up with the buddha? Some answers:
Adam from Oklahoma speculates Buddha is "holding the balls of his vanquished Taliban foes."
Simon just wants to touch it.
Kevin proclaims: "Hotei, or the 'laughing Buddha,' is a symbol of happiness/prosperity/general contentment. This is mainly conveyed through his huge belly, which is usually rubbed for luck. But he's also usually represented with some kind of precious object, too. In this case, probably pearls, which no doubt also do double-duty as signs of wisdom."
There ya have it.
Part III of that New York Times privacy series.
Everyone else is linking to this Fay Weldon fiasco, so I should too. In short, Weldon has taken sponsorship money to drop references of Bulgari, an Italian jewelry company, in her most recent novel, The Bulgari Connection.
Mildly interesting: Disney and Murdoch are in cahoots for on-demand video.
Hey! The internet isn't the only place you can plaster annoying advertisements that proclaim "interactivity!" Wahoo!