I had the opportunity to sit on the runway and contemplate all kinds of stuff yesterday afternoon.
I was on a JetBlue flight from JFK back to Austin, but thunderstorms moved in and killed my mobility groove.
To be precise, I sat on the tarmac from about 1 PM EST until about 5:30 PM EST.
JetBlue was great about it.
They gave us water and snacks, the pilot communicated with us every once and a while to let us know what the deal was (thunderstorms were preventing most flights from taking off), and the flight attendants were extremely patient, as seemed to be the other passengers.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't like sitting there for four and a half hours, but there was nothing anyone could do until the control tower started to start to let flights out, other than communicate to the passengers, which JetBlue did.
So, thanks to the pilot and the crew. I'm sure your day was much longer than ours, and just keeping us in the loop went a long way.
That and DirectTV!
Just about the time I got back home, I started hearing about a new search engine called "Cuil."
It seems David's getting ready to pull out his slingshot and go after Goliath (Google).
In their press release (what, no blog?), Cuil claims to have already indexed 120 billion Web pages, which they say is three times more than any other search engine.
They also claim to go "beyond today's search techniques of link analysis and traffic ranking to analyze the content of each page and the concepts behind each query. It then organizes similar search results into groups and sorts them by category."
As my daddy always said, if it ain't broke, break it and see what it takes to rebuild it.
We have the technology. We can rebuild him!
That seems to be what's up with Cuil.
And the most interesting part seems to be the management team, which appears to be a hybrid of ex-IBM WebFountain folks and ex-Google engineers.
Whether you think Cuil is cool or not, there's been a lot of buzz today, apparently enough to bring down their site.
I'll give it a few queries, and say up front one of the things I really like is the fact that seem to be extremely privacy friendly.
They do NOT keep logs of my searches, they do not collect any personally identifiable information, and they say that my search history is my business, not theirs.
Now that is cool.