Last week’s Weekend Update highlight

(Sorry — it’s taken me forever to get to the DVR.)

Jimmy Fallon: “This week, Georgia’s board of education approved a plan that allows teachers to keep using the word ‘evolution’ when teaching biology. Though as a compromise, dinosaurs are now called ‘Jesus horses’.”

Not alone in spam

Apparently the Passion of the Christ people are making a habit of hitting random blogs

I might see it in four or five years. I refuse to go now, just because I’m sick of the excuse it has given evangelical types to “witness.” Simple advice for those who wish the spread the Gospel: Tread lightly, catch more flies with vinegar and all that. Quit acting like Christianity is some weird, though admittedly large, cult. Act admirably, and maybe others will want to emulate.

Oh, and pick a director who didn’t twist history like a ballpark pretzel in Braveheart. (Come to think of it, how many commandments did William Wallace break in that film?)

Call Bruce Willis …

Interesting BBC story about astronomers’ reaction to finding an asteroid that appeared at first to be coming too close for comfort. As it turns out, instead of being 30 meters wide and heading our way, it was 500 meters wide … but much farther away.

I admire the scientific thought processes here, the search for more information and the post-incident dissection of how things worked. It’s a pity politicians can’t think like … oops … Lent has started … can’t talk about politics.

Google THIS!

I can’t take it anymore. Why has “Google” become to “Web search” what “Kleenex” is to “tissue,” “Band-Aid” is to “adhesive bandage” and “crack” is to “deadly street drug.”

There’s nothing groundbreaking about Google. It’s basically just a few tweaks advanced from Infoseek, Altavista and all the other old search engines that failed to keep up with Yahoo.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out anything Google does that Yahoo (which currently incorporates Google technology but will soon go without it) does not. The search results are basically the same except that Yahoo adds some of its own categorization and reference tools. The simple interface is nice, but it’s no simpler than the searchbar on my handy Yahoo toolbar, and that toolbar also includes links to my favorite Yahoo games, my weather forecasts, the calendar I sync with Outlook, my Launch player, my address book, my TV listings, my fantasy teams, etc. It also blocks pop-up ads quite effectively at home.

And yet, everyone fawns over Google. The Post recently had an article and a chat by Joel Achenbach, who paid lip service to the fact that other services exist but did little to dispel the Google myth.

It comes down to this: The tech community is like those Goth kids on South Park. Their desire to be nonconformist and hip is so strong that they can’t help but conform. These days, everyone wants to think they’re down with the tech talk, so they’ve picked up “Google” as some revolution they can join.

Later this year, I’ll unveil my latest project — a plain-looking wheel. Give it two or three years, and I’m sure people will say “we’re Dureing” instead of “we’re driving” or “we’re bicycling.”