Back in January, I blogged about our new headline section, The Fire Hose. I mentioned that, being inherently evil and petty, I planned to delete incoming stories from our competitors (which I was really good about doing until just before OFC). But I promised that I had something else in mind for them. I finally figured out how to implement that thought. It begins with the admission that, sometimes, sites other than Lightwave post articles that are worth reading. (Hard to believe, I know – but it happens occasionally.) In fact, there are times when other sites post things that are so worth reading, I am disappointed that I didn't think of writing them myself. Or, worse yet, the bastards have scooped me. Until recently, I could do little in such instances except drown my bitterness in chocolate and red wine. However, the engine that powers The Fire Hose also provides a mechanism to post the first paragraph or so of someone else's really good story on the Lightwave site, along with a link to the original article so you can go read it yourself. It also enables me to comment on the article and why I think it's worth your time (and why I'm reaching for the box of Godiva) via a presentation that differentiates such posts from the typical Lightwave article. And therefore, for your reading pleasure, I now present stories that are Worth a Look. For the sake of transparency, these articles will contain the acronym "WAL" before their titles as well as the "Worth a Look" logo you can see above. They could be from blogs, technical magazines, Lightwave's competitors (such as they are), or just about any other online source. Because my job here is to provide you with the best information and analysis on optical communications available. From wherever that happens to originate.