2) CleverBot -- Basically one of the latest incarnations of the good ol' Eliza program. Should one decide to strike up a conversation with CleverBot, I strongly suggest one treat it not like a program but instead like a friend of a friend. See, CleverBot learns by way of how we act towards it, so if you're constantly accusing it of being a robot any time matters transcendental come up, it'll "learn" that accusations of robot-hood are appropriate for such matters.
3) Suzanne Vega at UMO the weekend after next! -- I just found out about this earlier today. I've a college-student co-worker checking for me tomorrow to see if she can pick up the tickets for me at a rate cheaper than the $35-a-seat I'd have to pay as John Q. Public. If all goes well, I'll pick up two and then give one away to Ms. Jones or some other pal of mine who's up for going. I promise not to shout, "Play Tom's Diner! No, the one with the backbeat!" too often.