Which means it's time for some serious baseball.
TheNew York Yankees play the Cleveland Indians tonight in the first game ofthe American League Major League Baseball playoffs, at 6:30 EST, inCleveland.
All I have to say about that is, "Go Yankees!"
Sorry, Indians fans.
Thing is, my Houston Astros couldn't even win a single game the one time theymade it to the World Series, and my Texas Rangers will be lucky if theyever win a playoff game, much less make it to a division series.
So, with NYC being my second home, it's all about the Yanks.
And while I cheer on Chien-Ming Wang as he leads off pitching for the Bronx Bombers, UC Berkeley has taken its lectures to the Tube
...the YouTube, that is.
Ina press release dated yesterday, Berkeley indicated that it would be"expanding public access to its intellectual riches" by making entirecourse lectures and special events available free of charge on YouTube.
Where was this stuff when I went to college???
Oh,that's right, I was too busy using CompuServe's CB Simulator chat feature
($5.00 an hour anyone?) and learning the fine art of gophering.
Ifafter all those late nights of staring at those small YouTubinglecturers you find yourself needing to go the campus infirmary, Dr.Steve and Dr. Bill will be standing by to help take your medical recordover the Internets.
Microsoft announced its "HealthVault"
initiative today, which will provide free personal health records on the Web.
The New York Times has the full medical profile
on the announcement.
ThoughMicrosoft puts it's "Health Privacy Commitment" front and center on theHealthVault home page, Mary Jo Foley also has Peter Neupert, VP ofMicrosoft's Health Solutions Group, quoted as saying "I believe searchis a big market and we can monetize this around health searches withonline ads."
That makes me a little queasy in terms of protecting the privacy of my health records.
Thenagain, if Microsoft's health records are as well protected as thepermissions that are apparently required for loading new software viathe Vista operating system, we can all probably breathe a little easier.
But you may want to go ahead and call the privacy ambulance, just in case.
What'snext, a very public and comprehensive Facebook medical recordsapplication and Newsfeed that will allow my closest friends andrelatives to follow and compare our latest blood tests?
"Dude, you are so not
O Negative! No way!"
And what's that little genetic discrepancy I see on your quiz results?
No problem, Aetna, subscribe away.