Late adopter, fast follows: Bill Gates joined Twitter on Tuesday, gaining a whopping 100,000 followers in his account's first hours. That means Gates was picking up more than 200 followers every minute. By this morning, Gates's follower count had tripled.
Dan Hill is as sick and tired of his 1970s monster single Sometimes When We Touch as any of his critics. In an illuminating piece in Maclean's, Hill revealed he wrote the words when he was 19, to impress a girlfriend who didn't care much for the song, nor for him. "I’ve long ago grown more than a little weary of my signature hit—its lyrics now about as relevant to me as a poem or diary entry a teenager might have scrawled out in high school—and its refusal to go gently into that good night," Hill wrote.
Some disability rates among Canada's public servants have been mounting, with depression cited as an area of special concern, says an article this month in the Ottawa Citizen. "In the public service, mental health claims doubled between 1991 and 2007 and now account for 45 per cent of all claims," the article reported.
The Italian government is poised to start regulating what its residents can watch online. The government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose private escapades have made for international headlines, plans in early February to start regulating what is on YouTube. It's worth noting that Berlusconi happens to own a broadcasting empire, and has a vested interest in where Italian eyeballs are directed.
American and British military officials learned this week that gunsights on some of the weapons their soldiers used in Iraq and Afghanistan are engraved with symbols such as JN8:12, which refers to the Biblical verse of John 8:12 ("When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.") Trijcon, the U.S. manufacturer, explained the engravings on its principle of operating by what it called "Biblical standards."