January 24, 2005

Johnny Carson has died of emphysema at the age of 79. He hosted the "Tonight Show" on NBC for 30 years from 1962 until 1992, and accounted for up to 17% of the network's revenues depending on the year. His final broadcast was watched by 50 million people.

The Eagles finally won the NFC championship and will be heading to the Super Bowl for the first time in 24 years after beating the Falcons 27-10 (Box score). They will be playing against the defending champion Patriots, who crushed the Steelers 41-27 (Box score).

The blizzard of '05 delivered quite a punch to New England. Some areas received more than 3 feet of snow, there were wind gusts in excess of 80 mph, and at one point, snow was falling at the incredible rate of 8" per hour. We got 16" at my house (N.E. of Phila). You can check out the first 6 hours in this 12 frame GIF animation: large (1.6MB); medium (753KB); small (244KB)

Pew has released a new report on search engine use. 84% of online American adults (108 million people) have used search engines. Users tend to settle quickly on a single search engine and then stick with it. 44% of searchers regularly use just 1 engine, and another 48% use just 2 or 3. Amazingly, 2/3 say they could walk away from search engines without upsetting their lives very much. Only 38% of users are aware of the distinction between paid or “sponsored” results and unpaid results. Intro; Press Release; Report PDF.

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