5/16 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Peter Schilling Jr. bemoans the woeful state of the Yankees at Balls.

Download free MP3s from local artists such as Digitata, the Hopefuls, Chris Koza, the Hold Steady, Brother Ali, and more at Music To Go.

THESE DAYS

A 29-million-year-old fossilized skull suggests that one of our remote ancestors was a bit of a "pea brain," sporting a noggin smaller than that of a modern lemur.

A hopping robot that revolutionized thinking about walking robots, the first car to steer itself on a coast-to-coast U.S. trip, a kit that made it possible for anyone to build robots, and the fictional android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation are the 2007 inductees into Carnegie Mellon University's Robot Hall of Fame.

Toyota's vice president in charge of powertrain development, Masatami Takimoto, recently announced that by 2020 hybrids will be the standard drivetrain and account for "100 percent" of their cars.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Captain Ed blogs from the right about Michael Moore vs. Fred Thompson, the passing of Jerry Falwell, and the Imus Effect at Captain's Quarters.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The Best and Worst Places to be a Mother Yay Sweden!

The World Fatness Chart [via Neatorama]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I've been so busy here lately that I've had to stop even working out. I hate that. I'm anxious to just get back into that."

— 83-year-old game show host Bob Barker, on retiring from The Price is Right and getting back into his work-out regimen

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