Today's headline above the fold and on the right on USA Today (you remember USA Today...it's one of those newspaper things made out of ink and paper that people used to read predominantly in the late 20th Century?):
"Delays in air travel persist, worsen."
I hadn't even noticed.
If it's change you're looking for, look no further than out here in Silicon Valley.
The new new Facebook (as opposed to the old new Facebook) is getting a facelift.
(Facelifted Facebook. I like that. It's alliterative, rolls trillingly on the tongue.)
Facelifted Facebook. Gargantuan Google (more to them in a moment).
The new new Facebook can be witnessed at www.new.facebook.com If you already have a Facebook profile, you should be able to see your own Facebook page with the facelift.
So wha happen with the change?
It's all about the News Feed, and less about the applications.
The applications have moved to the right side of the page under "status," and have become "Bookmarks."
The News Feed space is MUCH bigger. Kind of like the front page of the USA Today newspaper, except it's constantly being updated.
Inside Facebook reports overnight that the News Feed, too, is receiving its first major change with the addition of "News Feed Filters."
Yes, if you've been waiting to filter by "Top Stories," "Status Updates," "Photos," or "Posted Items," you'll now be able to.
Are you happy now?
It's actually a pretty cool feature -- if you just want to see your friends' status updates or their photos, now you can simply click on a tab at the top of your feed and just see those items.
New feature request to the Facebook facelifters:
Could you please add a feature whereby I could click on a tab and make my flight on time? Thanks very much for your consideration.
Perhaps the airlines can get some love and a lift from Google's new VC arm, announced overnight.
Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google senior VP David Drummond is setting up an in-house venture capital arm.
Then goes on to observe that corporate venture capitalists' share of VC dollars invested in the U.S. was only 7% in the first half of 2008.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm already out here on the ground in Mountain View, and I have about an hour to develop my angel round business case.
My pitch will go something like this: The "Turbo" Travel Search Engine and Gravitational Time Dilator.
Here's how it would work (in theory...that's why I need Google's VC funding, to get some really smart people and a really cool office with free food so we can go try and prove it out):
You go to the Turbo Gravitational Time Dilator (TGTD...we'll have to work on the branding, I know) search engine, look for when and where it is that you want to go somewhere, and once satisfied with the appointed end points and temporal reference, Einsteinian physics kick in.
Specifically, the general theory of relativity and the equivalence principle take over and drop you wherever it was that you needed to go, whenever you needed to get there, all based on your TGTD search query.
No crying babies, no thunderstorm delays, no snarky flight attendants...just pure Albert E physics getting you where you needed to go sans jet lag.
Now, does anybody know where I can get an atomic clock?