Monday, January 25, 2010

Farewell, Palmer Cortland!

Veteran actor James Mitchell passed away this weekend. Mitchell is best known for playing the wicked, wealthy, and otherwise sneaky and domineering Palmer Cortland on the soap opera, All My Children. It was a role he played for three decades. Personally, I couldn't stand the character, except for one or two brief moments when his first wife showed up on the show.

Mitchell's last appearance on AMC was for their 40th anniversary on January 5th. He showed the signs of illness, but he still had those strong facial features.

The movie role I always remember of Mitchell's was the hit musical, Oklahoma! He played the fantasy Curly dancer in a long sequence.

While not really a fan, I appreciate Mitchell's contribution to AMC and he was from my hometown, so I felt a mention was appropriate here.

Farewell, Palmer!

Search Engines and More

Happy Monday Everyone!

I heard on the news last week that there is a deal in the works to have Bing replace Google as the default search engine for most computers. I'm not sure if that will go through or not, but it does show how Bing is continuing to improve and make a drive to be the #1 search engine for the internet.

When Bing first came out, I used it and wasn't impressed. I've continued to use Google. I also like a place called Dogpile, which a friend introduced me to several years back. I like the way it sorts through various sources to get to its results.

I can't say I'm a big fan of which never seems to answer my question. There certainly are a number of places to search. Remember Lycos? Or Looksmart? I've used a ton of them. Music, Video Search Engine is another one that's out there. These days, searches can be specialized, like just for pictures, sounds, or videos. We've come a long way with our searches.

For now, I'm sticking with Google, but at some point I'm going to check out Bing again and see if it's improved since its debut.

By the way, we're on day nine of rain where I live. We've had pockets of sunshine, but there's been rain every day, and there's more coming.

Have a good week, and tune in for more posts!
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