Monday, December 31, 2007

Restless Legs Syndrome UPDATE

Bad news for acute sufferers of RLS.

ScienceDaily (Jan. 1, 2008) — People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart disease compared to people without RLS, and the risk is greatest in those with the most frequent and severe symptoms, according to new research.

More info at Science Daily

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The HDMI Cable Scam

So where's the scam? You can find the scam by going to any big box electronics retailer and looking in the cable aisle. There you will find HDMI cables priced as low as $25 or $30 (if not, definitely head toward your local discount retailer for better prices). But you will also find HDMI cables priced above $100. And if you talk to a sales person, he will definitely be steering you toward the most expensive model. That is the scam. You can understand the scam if you understand how an HDMI cable works and what it does.

That being said, there is one two things you do need to be aware of when purchasing an HDMI cable. First, you have to get the right length. If the cable isn't long enough, it won't reach to the HDTV. Second, HDMI cables have version numbers. For example, version 1.3 of HDMI can carry twice as much data as prior versions. If you buy a high-end HDTV that needs a version 1.3 cable, you need to make sure that the cable you buy supports version 1.3. Otherwise you are not getting everything that the equipment has to offer. In that case buy the cheapest version 1.3 cable available, and it will work fine.

Looking for more? For extra info on this or the scoop on other fascinating topics, go to HowStuffWorks.com

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Antarctica May Contain "Oasis of Life"

Antarctica May Contain "Oasis of Life"

This watery environment may be more than one-and-a-half times the size of the United States, scientists say, which would make it the world's largest wetland.

"This is essentially a whole new world that ten years ago we didn't know existed," said Michael Studinger, a geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York.

"If you peel back the ice sheet, you would expect a watery landscape similar to what we would see on the surface of Earth."


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Surprise Findings at Egypt Temple "Change Everything"

Surprise Finds at Egypt Temple "Change Everything"

A host of other artifacts, including hundreds of bronze coins, has also been found. Together the discoveries are causing experts to reconsider the history of the largest religious complex from ancient Egyptian times.

Archaeologists are particularly intrigued by the discovery of the embankment wall, which they say is the first evidence that the Nile once ran alongside the temple.



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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

AntiAdware, AntiSpyware, AntiMalware!

Ok, my vote for the best AntiSpyware software is the terribly named SuperAntispyware product.

In my humble opinion it is the best antispyware program out there right now. Used best in conjunction with online scanners such as Ewido Online Scanner This is how I setup my computers for people. The reasons I call it the best?

1. It found rootkits and keyloggers not found by Symantec or AVG.
2. It has a free version, though the full version was on sale today for only $19.95!
3. Doesn't have a big or intruding presence in the GUI (No in your face begging)
4. System footprint (compared to others) is reasonable for the work it does.
5. Vundo removal without having to resort to other tools. (so far)

Try the free version first!

Suspension bridge collapse in Nepal

Hundreds missing after Nepal bridge collapse - CNN.com

"The men, women and children -- taking part in the final day of the festival -- were crossing the bridge from one religious site to another when the structure gave way, police said."

Nepalese soldiers and police officers were involved in the rescue effort, which was hampered by the remoteness of the location.

Good Deed A Day

Inspired by my nephew, I have been thinking about good deeds lately. I've browsed a bit and found what I think is a great site to read about and share good deeds.

The site is called Good Deed a Day and is located at http://gooddeedaday.com/

It is unique in that it organizes deeds in a manner that is simple and easy for humans to grasp. The first and apparently most reported is "Random Acts of Kindness". The second, third, fourth and fifth are in order: Humans, Animals, Environment and Heroes.

The site is initially hard to navigate, but once you realize the graphic elements are nav tools, the going is pretty easy and straight forward!

Good Deed A Day

Monday, December 24, 2007

How to Create MAC Filter List on a Home Router - wikiHow

This is a guide on how to create a Media Access Control (MAC) address filter list on your home wireless router so that other people will not be able to use your Internet connection unless you grant them access rights. In order to create a MAC filter list on your wireless router, you will need to access the router's web-based configuration utility. All modern routers from major manufacturers since 802.11b will have a similar configuration tool.

Click here for details

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Guess what? Divorce hurts the man too.

This may come as startling news to a public that has been led to believe that women are the ones who suffer financially postdivorce, not men. But the data show otherwise, according to an exhaustive study of the subject by Sanford L. Braver, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University and author of Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths. “The man is in a lot poorer condition than the popular media portray,” he says. “This idea of the swinging, happy-go-lucky, no-worries single guy in a bar…that’s just not it at all.” The misconception was fueled by Harvard professor Lenore Weitzman’s widely cited book, The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America.

Weitzman’s 1985 tome claimed that postdivorce women and children suffer on average a 73 percent drop in their standard of living, while the divorced men’s standard of living increased by 42 percent. Years later, Weitzman acknowledged a math error; the actual difference was 27 percent and 10 percent, respectively. But Braver says even that figure is based on severely flawed calculations. Weitzman and other social scientists ignored men’s expenses—the tab for replacing everything from the bed to the TV to the house—as well as the routine costs of helping to raise the children, beyond child support. Even the tax code favors women: Not only is child support not tax deductible for fathers, but a custodial mother can take a $1,000 per child tax credit; the father cannot, even if he’s paying. As “head of the household,” the mother gets a lower tax rate and can claim the children as exemptions. If the ex-wife remarries, she is still entitled to child support, even if she marries a billionaire. Indeed, every year men are actually thrown in jail for failing to meet their child-support obligations. In the state of Michigan alone, nearly 3,000 men were locked up for that offense in 2005.


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Polk County tax statements WRONG!

Wait for the new statements. According to the Leader, they will be printed on different colored paper. And yes, you will be paying more.

See the story online at the Leader.net

Update on The 'Hobbit'

New Light Shed On The 'Hobbit'

ScienceDaily (Sep. 25, 2007) — An international team of researchers led by the Smithsonian Institution has completed a new study on Homo floresiensis, commonly referred to as the "hobbit," a 3-foot-tall, 18,000-year-old hominin skeleton, discovered four years ago on the Indonesian island of Flores.

The team turned its research focus to the most complete of the 12 skeletons discovered and specifically toward three little bones from the hobbit's left wrist. The research asserts that modern humans and our closest fossil relatives, the Neandertals, have a very differently shaped wrist in comparison to living great apes, older fossil hominins like Australopithecus (e.g., "Lucy") and even the earliest members of the genus Homo (e.g., Homo habilis, the "handy-man").

But the hobbit's wrist is basically indistinguishable from an African ape or early hominin-like wrist--nothing at all like that seen in modern humans and Neandertals.

The lead author of the study, Matt Tocheri, a paleoanthropologist in the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History, was completely surprised when he first saw casts of the hobbit's wrist bones. "Up until then, I had no definitive opinion regarding the hobbit debates," said Tocheri. "But these hobbit wrist bones do not look anything like those of modern humans. They're not even close!"

The research is being published in the Sept. 21 issue of Science.

The other authors of the paper are Susan Larson (Stony Brook University, New York); Thomas Sutikna, Jatmiko, E. Wahyu Saptomo, Rokus Awe Due and Tony Djubiantono (National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology, Indonesia); Michael Morwood (University of Wollongong, Australia); and William Jungers (Stony Brook University, New York).

Various aspects of this research were funded in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Leakey Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the National Geographic Society, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Smithsonian's Fellowship Program and the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program.



New Light Shed On The 'Hobbit'

Friday, December 21, 2007

Asteroid MAY hit mars, kill many martians..

By ALICIA CHANG
AP Science Writer

Asteroid May Hit Mars in Next Month

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mars could be in for an asteroid hit. A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1 in 75 chance of slamming into the Red Planet on Jan. 30, scientists said Thursday.

"These odds are extremely unusual. We frequently work with really long odds when we track ... threatening asteroids," said Steve Chesley, an astronomer with the Near Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to an object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb and wiping out 60 million trees.


Wired News - AP News


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Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Wii commercial Song - Yoshida Brohters "KODO"

Wii love the Shamisen!



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Orangesoda2000!’s Awesome blog

Orangesoda2000 is my nephew over in NY. He's started his first blog!

He is ten years old and like his father is a bit of a tinkerer and inventor. Check out his latest creations and leave him an encouraging comment!

Orangesoda2000!’s Awesome blog

Science Cafes Tap the Nation's Fascination With Research and Discoveries

I want a science cafe here in Northwest Wisconsin!

How about halfway between St. Paul and Eau Claire? Somewhere right on I-94? I would pay a cover charge!

Science Cafes Tap the Nation's Fascination With Research and Discoveries:

Find one at: http://www.sciencecafes.org

Saturday, December 15, 2007

New Document Reveals Military Mystery's Powers | Danger Room from Wired.com

Since its inception, there's been a huge range of opinion on what HAARP actually does: everything from a giant mind control facility to a space nuke countermeasure to a weather controller to an ionosphere-boiling mad science experiment to the mother of all pork projects has been suggested. But now that the program is actually up an running, military managers say the electronics array has much more benign use. "HAARP's main job is to produce radio waves to probe the ionosphere," an Air Force Research Laboratory officer said in October.

Which is true -- up to a point.

A drive by Clifford Stone on the X-Files-esque uber-site Above Top Secret to use the Freedom of Information Act to turn up UFO-related documents has led to the release of a fascinating report, HAARP: Research and Applications. It's from the Air Force Research Laboratory and Office of Naval Research, and it lays out the uses the military see for HAARP. Turns out the Pentagon wants some military bang for their buck from the program.

HAARP can actually perform a lot of militarily important functions, all involving the interactions of radio waves with the high atmosphere, magnetosphere and ionosphere.



New Document Reveals Military Mystery's Powers | Danger Room from Wired.com

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Babies gravitate toward good Samaritans, study says..

No wonder babies are always waving and smiling at me!
Babies gravitate toward good Samaritans, study says - Yahoo! News

By Tom A. Peter
Wed Dec 12, 3:00 AM ET

Six- and 10-month-old babies are much more capable judges of character than previously thought. Not only can infants pick out a good Samaritan, they tend to identify with them, according to a Yale University study published in the journal Nature.

The study released last month presented babies with a diorama-like display of an anthropomorphic circle struggling to make it up a hill. Just when it appeared that all hope was lost, a heroic triangle appeared, and pushed the circle to the top. The round climber bounces, clearly elated to have reached the summit. The same scenario is played out again, only this time a square appears at the top of the hill and pushes the circle to the bottom.

The babies were then asked to pick a toy – the helper or the hinderer, as scientists called them. One hundred percent of 6-month-olds and 87.5 percent of 10-month-olds chose the helper.

Green Frogs - Brown Frogs at Bright Sparks

Bringing back an old favorite. This time leave us losers that read this blog the solution!!!

I still haven't done it successfully yet!!!

The Brown Frogs want to get to the lily pads that the Green Frogs are on and the Green Frogs want to get to the lily pads where the Brown Frogs are!

Help The Frogs!

Are you looking for ATSC Set Top digital TV boxes?

This link takes you to a list of global suppliers for ATSC tuners and set top boxes.


ATSC receiver Manufacturers & Suppliers - ATSC receiver Manufacturers & Suppliers

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NASA GSFC MediaViewer

Awesome!

NASA GSFC MediaViewer

NASA - THEMIS Mission Site

NASA's Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission observed the dynamics of a rapidly developing substorm, confirmed the existence of giant magnetic ropes and witnessed small explosions in the outskirts of Earth's magnetic field.


NASA - THEMIS Mission Site

Energy Source of Northern Lights Found!

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Scientists think they have discovered the energy source of auroras borealis, the spectacular color displays seen in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

New data from NASA's Themis mission, a quintet of satellites launched this winter, found the energy comes from a stream of charged particles from the sun flowing like a current through twisted bundles of magnetic fields connecting Earth's upper atmosphere to the sun.

The energy is then abruptly released in the form of a shimmering display of lights, said principal investigator Vassilis Angelopoulos of the University of California at Los Angeles.

Wired News - AP News

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I don't want America to end up like Nazi Germany!

A report in the New York Times reveals that the FCC is moving forward with a secret timeline to vote on sweeping changes to media ownership rules. This is just the most recent in a long series of FCC moves to avoid public scrutiny.

I strongly urge you to call for Congressional oversight hearings on media ownership. Media is a life-and-death issue for me and my community, and the FCC has not done enough to study the impact that more consolidation would have on diversity, localism, and competition. The FCC is poised to make the same mistake it made in 2003, when it ignored unprecedented public outcry, and had to be reined in by the courts.

Help hold the FCC accountable. Please call immediately for oversight hearings on media ownership.

Stop Big Media - Take Action: Tell Congress to Stop Big Media

Fake News - Question EVERYTHING

Its not just email or internet web pages anymore. Television News is increasingly paid entertainment. No better than an infomercial! How the heck are we supposed to know the difference?????

Despite mounting pressure from the public and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), television stations continue to air sponsored public relations videos without disclosure.

Center for Media and Democracy

Sourcewatch.org

Newswatch.org

"Tyrants become obvious only when looking back, after what they have done becomes known. The German people did not stand up to Hitler because their media betrayed them, just as the American media is betraying the American people by willingly, voluntarily, even proudly, abandoning its traditional role as watchdog against government abuse."

To read the full article click here
(make sure to read paragraph 7!)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Administration Scripts and WSUS tools & Utilities : Index

Go here for your vbs and admin scripts..

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Welcome to Petri.co.il by Daniel Petri

Petri.co.il is a comprehensive IT knowledgebase covering topics related to Microsoft Networking, Exchange Server, Active Directory, Cisco Routing and much more! Check out our full list of IT Tips & Tricks. The Petri IT Knowledgebase was created and most of the articles in it were written and compiled by Daniel Petri, an IT expert and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) from Israel.

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Cheat Sheets

Programmer/Developer/ Cheatsheets!

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A Letter from D.B. Cooper — Ten Car Train

A Letter from D.B. Cooper

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Dear people of the Earth:

On Nov. 24th, 1971, I hijacked flight 305, collected a 200,000 dollar ransom, and parachuted into the stormy Pacific Northwest night. You know me as D.B. Cooper. I purchased the ticket under the name of Dan Cooper. A newsman sent it out wrong to the press, and his typo—D.B.—stuck. Not that it matters.

I covet my mysterious fame in the history of American crime. It is all I have. For thirty-six years now, I have gone about my simple Florida life without a hitch.


Why that blog? --- I wonder if this isn't just a piece of fiction


A Letter from D.B. Cooper — Ten Car Train

Friday, November 30, 2007

Found in a Daytipper tip today

Find who is selling your email address with Gmail If you have a gmail account, when signing up for things on websites you can add a + sign and any letters, with no spaces, to your email address and gmail will ignore all characters after the +. For example if your email is me@gmail.com and you signed up at hello.com you could enter your email as me+hello@gmail.com. Now if you get any spam being sent to me+hello@gmail.com you know that site has sold your email to a spammer.

Sweet!

I'll get those bastards yet+mf+bastards

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Study: Healthy School Lunches Don't Drop Sales

"The conventional wisdom that you can't serve healthier meals because kids won't eat them is false," said Benjamin Senauer, one of three economists who wrote the study.

Previous studies have concluded that students prefer fatty foods and that healthier meals cost more to make, the authors noted.

The study, which appears in the December issue of the Review of Agricultural Economics, analyzed five years of data for 330 Minnesota public school districts. It looked at compliance with federal standards for calories, nutrients and fats.

When the researchers crunched all the numbers they found that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand.

wcco.com - Study: Healthy School Lunches Don't Drop Sales

Saturday, November 24, 2007

My List of Daily Shop Stops!

My List of Daily Shop Stops! - ones I still think are active anyways

Tanga - Seems like games are their specialty...
Shnoop - Shnoop I like, low key and BALANCED...
ThingFling - My favorite site. They get more of my money than the others...
Woot! - The granddaddy daily deal site...
eWoobie - in Beta, Daily Deals, mostly toys...
ejectIT - Random and expensive products...
Stootsi - Hmmm.. Not sure yet on this one...They want everyone to have their newsletter
Dealsucker - Compilation of daily deals!
Boddit - My favorite site of compiled deals
Fruper - Another daily deal site!
Yugster - Great stuff, So-So prices...
IHavetoHaveThat - One ridiculously good deal at a time.
ChickChock - One day, One chance, One choice, Its ok, worth a visit...
Brandlet - Womens Fashions for less...
ComputerDealofTheDay - 90% computer systems, 10% Real Deals!
Froomb - Another collection of deals sites, depends on click thrus that my browser auto blocks...
CrazyMomDeals - Mostly cheap junk that sells at dollar stores.
DailySwag - Going out of business...
HermanStreet - No real deals found...

Want to add? Just comment below.

Friday, November 23, 2007

TV Fool

Have you ever wondered what television signals are being broadcast in your area? Perhaps you've recently purchased a new HDTV and you're looking for some High Definition content. Or maybe you're just looking for some additional sources to compliment your existing cable and/or satellite services.

Well, here's a tool that can analyze your location to help determine what FREE broadcasts might be available in your neighborhood.

TV Fool - Home

SEO Score from website grader

WebSite Grade For reboots.blogspot.com : 81/100 (November 23, 2007)

A website grade of 81 for reboots.blogspot.com means that of the thousands of websites that have previously been submitted to the tool, our algorithm has calculated that this site scores higher than 81% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness. The algorithm uses a proprietary blend of over a dozen different variables, including search engine data, website structure, approximate traffic, site performance, and others.

The software is constantly being upgraded and the algorithm enhanced. The number of potential recommendations provided by the tool is also increasing frequently. Please check back often.

I'll take an 81!

The site needs some bugs worked out though. My Alexa rated the 12th most visited site. Which would be ridiculous!


Web Site Marketing SEO Tools, SEO Score

HDTV Pub - High Definition Hardware, local DTV information & more...

Regardless of where you live, you will find useful information about your HDTV experience here.

HDTV Pub - High Definition Hardware, local DTV information & more...

Minneapolis/St. Paul Area Digital TV And HDTV Cheat Sheet

John Weeks page has plenty of good information for your transition to digital TV with regards to the Twin Cities area.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Area Digital TV And HDTV Cheat Sheet: "Digital TV & HDTV Cheat Sheet"

Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners - New York Times

Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the commission, wants to repeal the rule in the next two months — a plan that, if successful, would be a big victory for some executives of media conglomerates.

Among them are Samuel Zell, the Chicago investor who is seeking to complete a buyout of the Tribune Company, and Rupert Murdoch, who has lobbied against the rule for years so that he can continue controlling both The New York Post and a Fox television station in New York.

Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners - New York Times

DTV doesn't want you to know this..

DTV should be VERY worried now that HD and digital tv signals are being received very clearly in 'rural' areas; DTV's bread and butter customers. Hell, cable companies should be scared too! The fees being charged for cable and satellite are out of hand.

Digital signals for metro transmitters are now strong enough to reach 50+ miles away. I recently found this out with a new TV and using the auto program feature on the tuner. (see my post on the inexpensive antenna on 11/14/07)

Imagine my surprise when ALL of my local channels had multiple digital offerings that came in beautifully without snow or interference!

Now that these signals are viewable in a wider range, I also believer that the FCC should continue enforcement of the rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city. Ideas and opinions central to a single owner of multiple media outlets will now be monopolistic throughout the new range or area, so I believe this law is MUCH more important than any time in the past.

If you own stock in DTV or its related companies, I would sell now.

DTV Offers Tivo Users An Upgrade And A Headache - Seeking Alpha

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You - Joel on Software

While we're on this topic, lets explore the overpaid AA's....

"Sometimes smart thinkers just don't know when to stop, and they create these absurd, all-encompassing, high-level pictures of the universe that are all good and fine, but don't actually mean anything at all."

"It's very hard to get them to write code or design programs, because they won't stop thinking about Architecture. They're astronauts because they are above the oxygen level, I don't know how they're breathing. They tend to work for really big companies that can afford to have lots of unproductive people with really advanced degrees that don't contribute to the bottom line."

Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You - Joel on Software

Pair Programming vs. Code Reviews

The idea is two developers work on the same machine. Both have keyboard and mouse. At any given time one is driver and the other navigator. The roles switch either every hour, or whenever really. The driver codes, the navigator is reading, checking, spell-checking and sanity testing the code, whilst thinking through problems and where to go next. If the driver hits a problem, there are two people to find a solution, and one of the two usually has a good idea.


If only one developer/programmer reads this, then my job is done.

Why can't Application Managers see past the outsource/hire more warm bodies issue and just embrace this method? Follow the link to read more.

Coding Horror: Pair Programming vs. Code Reviews

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl to Kill Herself

Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel.

The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan's.

If I could say one thing to parents of vulnerables, I would say "Limit the internet"...

Mom: Web Hoax Led Girl to Kill Herself

Mozambican baby born with two heads

"It is a male baby, with two heads, one of which is situated in the abdominal area," described Mario Ntembe, who said he had seen the newly born child.

Ntembe said that the second head had two eyes, two ears, a mouth and nose, but they were apparently not functioning.

Mozambican baby born with two heads - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Statistically Improbable Phrases - Got Buck?

Then the dog came out of the doghouse. The deer went over to the dog, and tried to mount the dog.

Click Here for the whole story...

Former pilots, officials call for UFO study - Space- msnbc.com

Most UFO sightings turn out to be misidentified aircraft, satellites or meteors. A panelist who once worked for Britain’s Ministry of Defense said 5 percent of incidents cannot be explained. But those sightings are often dismissed by authorities without proper investigations, UFO activists say.

“It’s a question of who you going to believe: your lying eyes or the government?” remarked John Callahan, a former Federal Aviation Administration investigator who said the CIA in 1987 tried to hush up the sighting of a huge lighted ball four times the size of a jumbo jet in Alaska.

The panel, organized by a group dedicated to winning credibility for the study of UFOs, urged Washington to resume UFO investigations through the U.S. Air Force or NASA.

“It would certainly, I think, take a lot of angst out of this issue,” said former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, who said he was among hundreds who saw a delta-shaped craft with enormous lights silently traverse the sky near Phoenix in 1997.



Former pilots, officials call for UFO study - Space- msnbc.com

Terk Technology TV-1 Passive Indoor TV Antenna < $10

Best HD or DTV antenna for over the air signals PERIOD!

I've wasted a lot of money in the past two months on Antennas. This one is by far the best product per dollar ever spent.

I purchased powered units, flat plane units (Philips is nice) but this one gets the job done BETTER. Money well spent. I even went and bought an RJTech Digital Set Top box tuner for my 32" in the kitchen just so I could have good signals... Just so you know, I live about 50 miles from any broadcast antenna and this picks up ALL Minneapolis St Paul channels.... Even the weak channel 17-1 thru 5 signals.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Dual Monitor Backgrounds | Gaming | Halo 3 2

Sweet Backgrounds

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Swearing at work 'boosts team spirit, morale'

Yehuda Baruch, a professor of management at the University of East Anglia, and graduate Stuart Jenkins studied the use of profanity in the workplace and assessed its implications for managers.

They assessed that swearing would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down, but the key appeared to be knowing when such language was appropriate and when to turn to blind eye.

File this under "I am right once again"

Swearing at work 'boosts team spirit, morale' - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

How to Quit Facebook!

There should be one of these for MySpace too!

How to Quit Facebook - wikiHow

6 die from brain-eating amoeba in warm lake waters

Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future.

"This is definitely something we need to track," said Michael Beach, a specialist in recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

6 die from brain-eating amoeba in warm lake waters | KCBY CBS 11 - News, Weather and Sports - Coos Bay - North Bend, OR - Coos Bay / North Bend, Oregon | Health

Monday, October 01, 2007

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Peruvian Meteorite Has Sci Fi Twist

There's an element of science fiction in the supposed meteorite that fell to Earth in Peru Saturday and was later associated to an odd illness in a nearby village.


SPACE.com -- Peruvian Meteorite Has Sci Fi Twist

Peruvians get sick from apparent meteorite crater | U.S. | Reuters

After hearing a loud noise, people went to see what had happened and found a crater 65 feet wide and 22 feet deep on an uninhabited plateau near Carancas in the Puno region.

Experts from Peru's Geophysical Institute are on their way to the area 800 miles south of Lima to verify whether it was a meteorite.

"We've examined about 100 people who got near to the meteorite crater who have vomiting and headaches because of gasses coming out of there," Jorge Lopez, health director in Puno, told Reuters.

"People are scared," he said.

Lopez said people went to the site after hearing a crash that they thought might be an airplane.

"We ourselves went near the crater and now we've got irritated throats and itching noses," Lopez said.

The site is near the border with Bolivia and experts from San Andres university in La Paz said initial analyses of sand samples from the crater showed that it could be a meteorite, according to newspaper reports.


Peruvians get sick from apparent meteorite crater | U.S. | Reuters

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blogger Play

Best link I've ever given to you guys...

This shows all the recent photos uploaded to Blogger in the past fifteen minutes or so....

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Explorer Who Found Lost Peru Cities Dies

Dubbed the "real Indiana Jones" by People magazine, Savoy was credited with finding four of Peru's most important archaeological sites, including Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas from the Spanish Conquistadors.

Hiram Bingham considered Machu Picchu to be the site of Vilcabamba after he discovered it in 1911 in the Peruvian Andes. But scientific consensus now points toward Espiritu Pampa as the Incas' last stronghold; Bingham also discovered that site but Savoy's excavation work in the mid-1960s found it to be a much larger settlement than originally realized.

In the next 40 years in the jungles of Peru, Savoy discovered more than 40 stone cities of a mysterious pre-Inca civilization known as the Chachapoyas. Among them were Gran Pajaten, Gran Vilaya and Gran Saposoa.

"Scientists thought the existence of these cities and settlements in the Peruvian rainforest was all a myth until my father found them," his son Sean Savoy said. "His discoveries opened up a whole new area of jungle archaeology that didn't exist before."


Explorer Who Found Lost Peru Cities Dies

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rally champion Colin McRae dies with son in helicopter crash - Times Online

The Times is reporting that former World Rally Champion Colin McRae has died after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into the ground near his home in Strathclyde. Also on board was his five year-old son, an unnamed adult male and child. According to reports, there were no survivors.

People close to McRae assert that he was as adept at piloting a helicopter as he was behind the wheel.

Rally champion Colin McRae dies with son in helicopter crash - Times Online

Torchwood - BBCA - 264

I've just seen a show called Torchwood. It was on BBCA - channel 264 on Directv I think. It is awesome!

More info from Wikipedia on the link.

Torchwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Autumn Taste Walk

September 29, 2007
Hudson

Hudson's historic downtown retail shops and restaurants offer food samplings. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, educational presentations, family entertainment, business booths, trolley rides, prize drawings and more. Website www.hudsonwi.org

TravelWisconsin.com Event Listing - Autumn Taste Walk

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip

TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 7, 2007 -- An amplified photon thruster that could potentially shorten the trip to Mars from six months to a week has reportedly attracted the attention of aerospace agencies and contractors.

Young Bae, founder of the Bae Institute in Tustin, Calif., first demonstrated his photonic laser thruster (PLT), which he built with off-the-shelf components, in December.

The demonstration produced a photon thrust of 35 µN and is scalable to achieve much greater thrust for future space missions, the institute said.

Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip

Friday, September 07, 2007

Spilled Apples

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner.

In their rush through the terminal, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay? She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly."

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his,way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?" Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

How to Create a Rain Garden

Rain gardens come in many sizes and are useful in a variety of settings.There are lots of ways you can reduce water pollution, but rain gardens may be the most beautiful of them. A rain garden is like a bowl or basin in your yard that captures rainwater from your roof, sidewalks, and driveways, and allows it to soak into the soil instead of polluting local watersheds as stormwater runoff. As an added bonus, since rain gardens are planted with an assortment of native plants, they make an attractive, low-maintenance addition to your yard.

How to Create a Rain Garden - wikiHow

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett missing in Nevada | Top News | Reuters.com

By William Albright

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - U.S. millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who made record-breaking solo flights by plane and balloon, has disappeared over the Nevada desert after taking off in a small plane to scout sites for an attempt to set a world land speed record, authorities said on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Fossett, 63, was reported missing on Monday night after taking off from a ranch in a single-engine aircraft in the morning.



Ummmmmm, over Nevada you say? Gee it seems like the weather was ok.... Hmmm.. Maybe he was lost or something...


"It's rough, mountainous terrain there, there are not a lot of roads out there, rocky; picture if you will Afghanistan," Commander Douglas Russell of the Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nevada told Reuters.

At a news conference at Minden-Tahoe Airport about 47 miles south of Reno, officials said 13 aircraft were searching the desert for Fossett's plane. But increasing winds could cause the search to be called off for the day.

U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett missing in Nevada | Top News | Reuters.com

Monday, September 03, 2007

Xbox 360 Platinum System w/20GB/Wireless controller/Headset Microsoft B4J-00001

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Xbox 360 Platinum System w/20GB/Wireless controller/Headset Microsoft B4J-00001

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Iran 'reaches nuclear target' - CNN.com

The U.N. Security Council had threatened a third round of sanctions against the country if it did not freeze the uranium enrichment program -- which Iran maintains is for peaceful energy purposes, but the U.S. says is to hide a weapons program.

Iran 'reaches nuclear target' - CNN.com

So you’re about to be invaded by the United States.

This brings us to the final point, which is looting and smuggling. If you live in an area with any sort of cultural or historical endowment, you should be aware that after the invasion, if not sooner, very sophisticated foreign groups will be ranging over your area with shopping lists of valuable pieces of art and antiquities. They will be stealing these and spiriting them out of your area for sale to private parties outside the conflict zone. Museums and archeological sites will be prime targets. Of course, precious metals, precious gems, convertible currencies, and all other things of high value will also be looted and/or smuggled out of the country. The same routes used to smuggle drugs and slaves will be used to smuggle gold and other precious items.


So you’re about to be invaded by the United States.

» Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City - www. Michael Righi .com

» Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City - www. Michael Righi .com

Monday, August 27, 2007

Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue): Camera & Photo

Best camera for the money, PERIOD!

I have the TZ1 with lower megapixels, but now I want this one!!

Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue): Camera & Photo

Researchers discover correlation between birth month and short-sightedness

Planning for a summer delivery for your child? You might want to choose an ophthalmologist along with an obstetrician.

If your child is born in the winter or fall, it will have better long-range eyesight throughout its lifetime and less chance of requiring thick corrective glasses, predicts a Tel Aviv University investigation led by Dr. Yossi Mandel, a senior ophthalmologist in the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps.

Researchers discover correlation between birth month and short-sightedness

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Get ready for second total lunar eclipse of 2007

The Moon will fall into the Earth's deep shadow on Tuesday, taking on a lustrous red or orange hue during the second total eclipse of 2007.

Star gazers in east Asia and across the Americas will be able to watch as our planet's natural satellite is consumed by celestial dragons, as the Chinese once thought.

Get ready for second total lunar eclipse of 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Microsoft's SteadyState (FREEWARE)

Just what the doctor ordered for Windows XP!

Windows® SteadyState™ is now available. (Windows SteadyState was formerly known as Microsoft® Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.) Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet café, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState is easier to download, set up, use, and maintain than Shared Computer Toolkit.

Download details: SteadyState

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

(AP) -- Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend - provided you're far from city lights. With no moon in sight to interfere with the Perseid meteor shower, skygazers can expect to spot streaking fireballs late Sunday into dawn Monday regardless of time zone. Astronomers estimate as many as 60 meteors per hour could flit across the sky at the shower's peak.
This year's sky show comes with an added bonus: Mars will be visible as a bright red dot in the northeastern sky.

"We have front-row seats this year," said Kelly Beatty, executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine.

Last year's Perseid shower was somewhat of a dud because the moon's glare washed out many of the faint meteors. This weekend's meteor shower coincides with a new moon, which means the skies will be dark and perfect for viewing meteors.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.

Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. Although the peak occurs this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights after that.

Unlike other celestial sightings that require a telescope or binoculars, the best way to watch a meteor shower is with the naked eye.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

Friday, August 10, 2007

History -- Condensed.... Thanks Uncle Johnny

The history of the world...condensed


Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.


The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:


1. Liberals


2. Conservatives


Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.


Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.


Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.


Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girliemen.


Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.


Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the [censored].


Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef welldone. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.


Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.


Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are engineers, IT persons, big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.


Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.


Here ends today's lesson in world history. It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to tick them off .

CreateSpace - On-Demand Self Publishing, DVD on Demand, CD on Demand, Books on Demand, DVD Duplication and DVD Replication

One more great place to self publish your own material!

CreateSpace - On-Demand Self Publishing, DVD on Demand, CD on Demand, Books on Demand, DVD Duplication and DVD Replication

Thursday, August 09, 2007

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canada PM asserts Arctic claims

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canada PM asserts Arctic claims: "Canada's prime minister has stressed his country's claims to the Arctic region on a trip there, days after Russia laid claim to the North Pole. Correspondents say Stephen Harper's tour has taken on new urgency since Russian sailors dropped a flag on the sea bed below the pole last week."

Giant statue of Hadrian unearthed

Parts of a huge, exquisitely carved statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian have been found at an archaeological site in south-central Turkey.

The original statue would have stood 4m-5m in height, experts estimate.

His achievements include the massive wall built across the width of northern Britain which bears his name.

Ruling Rome from AD117 to AD138; he was known as a great military administrator and is one of the so-called "five good emperors".

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Giant statue of Hadrian unearthed

Russia sparks Cold War scramble

Russian bombers have flown to the US Pacific island of Guam in a manoeuvre reminiscent of the Cold War era. Two Tu-95 turboprops flew this week to Guam, home to a big US military base, Russian Maj Gen Pavel Androsov said, a story confirmed by the US. They "exchanged smiles" with US pilots who scrambled to track them, he added. BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia sparks Cold War scramble

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Lanner NS04-3100, your 4HDD WiFi and Gigabit NAS : Akihabara News .com

Lanner NS04-3100, your 4HDD WiFi and Gigabit NAS : Akihabara News .com: "Stream stored content via the inbuilt gigabit ethernet or wireless LAN. Enjoy the benefits of the built-in UPnP AV media server, iTunesTM server and DLNA support as you stream digital content to compatible media players, in your bedroom, living-room or where ever you need your digital media served."

This would be so sweeeet! I wonder what the price is???

Saturday, August 04, 2007

New thoughts on Wisdom - Thanks Mark

1. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.
2. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
3. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program
6. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
7. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
8. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
9. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
10. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
11. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
12. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist is reversed.
13. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
14. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
15. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you do the same thing again.
16. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
17. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
18. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
19. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

20. And never, EVER take a sleeping pill and a laxative in the same night.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda - ONLINE!

For the first time in history, as has been said elsewhere, Hinduism itself forms here the subject of generalisation of a Hindu mind of the highest order. For ages to come the Hindu man who would verify, the Hindu mother who would teach her children, what was the faith of their ancestors will turn to the pages of these books for assurance and light. Long after the English language has disappeared from India, the gift that has here been made, through that language, to the world, will remain and bear its fruit in East and West alike.

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

Steve Ward's Singing Tesla Coil video

Tesla fanatics now have a musical coil!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ff_AXVlo9U


Duckon 2007-Steve Ward's Singing Tesla Coil video

Saturday, July 14, 2007

BP gets break on dumping in lake | Chicago Tribune

Doesn't the FED's control this type of pollution??


The company will now be allowed to dump an average of 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of sludge into Lake Michigan every day. The additional sludge is the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

Company officials insisted they did everything they could to keep more pollution out of the lake.

BP gets break on dumping in lake | Chicago Tribune

Wunder Radio Directory : Weather Underground

Want to listen to the NOAA Weather Radio while you surf?

Go to the Weather Underground weather radio page!

Wunder Radio Directory : Weather Underground

Friday, July 06, 2007

Dealing with an infected PC

Refer everyone to this page so that you can recognize when your pc is infected or not..

Dealing with an infected PC

Xbox.com | Open Letter From Peter Moore

3 Year Warranty on the 360...

Ok, I'm going to get one now....

Xbox.com | Open Letter From Peter Moore

11-year-old girl charged with DUI after chase - USATODAY.com

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Police who chased a car for miles along a highway at speeds up to 100 mph said the driver was drunk, hardly a rarity in this resort town. But there was more: When they looked inside the flipped vehicle with guns drawn, they found an 11-year-old girl at the wheel.

The girl, who was slightly injured in the crash, is now charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident. Duck said she sideswiped another vehicle during the roughly 8-mile chase.

Duck said the girl, whose name was not released because of her age, told police she was on her way to pick up her sister at a concert.

Duck declined to release the girl's blood alcohol level but said a blood test at the hospital showed it was higher than .02, the legal limit for minors.

Minors can drink in Alabama? They have a limit of .02??? Jeepers! Thats the limit for Adults in Wisconsin I think???

11-year-old girl charged with DUI after chase - USATODAY.com

China Sentences Official to Death for Corruption - New York Times

Earlier this year, China exported pet food ingredients contaminated with an industrial chemical, prompting one of the largest pet food recalls in United States history.

Later, there were worldwide recalls of Chinese toothpaste laced with the same toxic substance that in recent years was thought to be responsible for the deaths of at least 100 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

And last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration blocked imports of some Chinese seafood, including shrimp, catfish and eel, after seeing a sharp rise in the amount of Chinese seafood tainted with carcinogens and excessive antibiotic residues.

But Chinese consumers are thought to be the primary victims of fake and substandard food and drugs, and the nation’s top regulators have been blamed for putting the public at risk by swapping cars, gifts and cash for granting licenses to drugs that in some cases have turned out to be deadly.

China Sentences Official to Death for Corruption - New York Times

Maybe we need to implement these changes to our figureheads proven to be criminals...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Bloxorz

Ok, I can't get past Level 11





Games » Bloxorz

Snake Hunter-Austin Stevens

For Mark and Shawn and the Thing

South African-born Austin James Stevens is fascinated by snakes and reptiles. It’s been that way since he was 12.

His life story is both diverse and full of adventure. As a young man, he served in the South African army during the war in Angola. His fellow soldiers gave him the nickname “Snakeman” because of his uncanny ability to track, identify, and remove venomous snakes. It was a skill the soldiers depended on frequently and that nearly cost Stevens his life when he was called in to remove a puff adder, a highly venomous snake, from a machine-gun trench.



Animal Planet :: Austin Stevens

iRobot Teams With Taser for Armed Robots

iRobot Teams With Taser for Armed Robots
By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
June 29, 2007, 1:04 PM

Although its more commonly known for its floor-cleaning robots, iRobot also contracts out to law enforcement and the Pentagon. A new robot could soon be armed to assist soldiers and law enforcement.The company said Thursday that it teamed up with the maker of Tasers to incorporate the technology into robots that it builds for its clients. The first prototype of a model using the technology will be shown off at a Taser conference in Chicago, July 9-10.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and iRobot has not said how much the units would sell for.

iRobot used its PackBot line for its Taser-enabled robots. The vehicle is designed to investigate hazardous areas, and can be hand carried and driven by a single operator. The modular design of these devices made adding Taser simple, the company says.

About 1,000 of the robots have already been deployed, and iRobot said that some of them are helping to detect and defuse IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The addition of TASER technologies onto iRobot platforms will provide a critical tool for SWAT, law enforcement and military to handle a variety of dangerous scenarios," the company's government and industry division president Vice Admiral Joe Dyer said.

There is opposition to iRobot's moves. Taser has recently come under fire due to several instances where a Taser gun shock has actually proven fatal. The stun gun is intended to only subdue a suspect, not inflict a lethal blow.

Others say that iRobot's steps only mean an autonomous robot capable of deciding on its own when to shoot and kill. "It's one more step in that direction," GlobalSecurity.org director John Pike told the Associated Press Thursday.

"I think at some point toward the end of the next decade, you're going to start seeing RoboCops, or a Terminator. We may see autonomous robots capable of inflicting lethal force."

iRobot denied that is where the industry is going, saying that is far beyond what is being announced this week.

Armed Robots

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Pastors Ass Joke - Thanks Shar!

The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again.

The local paper read... PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.

The next day, the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS

This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey.

The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN

The Bishop fainted.

He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read:NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10

This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read:NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE

Alas, the Bishop was buried the next day.

MORAL OF THE STORY?
Being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery and even shorten your life. So, be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone else's ass and you'll live longer and be a lot happier!

Have you seen my stuff? Buy MY stuff!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bloxorz


Alright Bitches, try this. I got to level 10 before it turned to beddy bye time for bonzo. See what you can do!



Games » Bloxorz

Eagle flight maneuver


Eagle flight maneuver, originally uploaded by Ardent Eye.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Senators vote to boost car fuel standards - CNN.com

The Senate finally gets some balls...

Senators vote to boost car fuel standards - CNN.com

The Mattress Industry Conspiracy

Have you tried to purchase a mattress lately? Trying to figure out how some pieces of wood, metal, springs and fabric equals $500-$2000? Me too.

I found that no matter how hard I search, I cannot find the model that I recently purchased anywhere else in the world.

It appears that major retailers have been requiring the Manufacturer to give them exclusive names! Ok, so that shouldn't be a problem right? Many manufacturers supply customized products right?

Hmmmm.... But guess what? There is no way to figure out what is IN your mattress set without destroying it and inspecting it. The only way to try out different mattresses is to actually lay down on them.

Another thing. I bet most of you buy your mattresses while a big sale is going on. Guess what? There are no sales...

I'm pissed. Go search for yourself. Try doing some price comparisons on that fancy expensive mattress you just bought. IF you can remember the maker and model of it!

I invite anyone in the industry to offer their point of view.

There is an outfit called MattressHotline.com that admits to all this and offers "Sealy, Stearns and Foster, and Simmons assign different product names to each retailer. Give us a call at
877-239-7737 to match the product you are interested in with our equivalent model."

So, there you have it. Why is this industry so secretive? How much does a mattress cost in other countries? Is this a global profit phenom?

Have you seen my stuff? Buy MY stuff!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Can you put your Keyboard in the Dishwasher???

"if you've got a fancy keyboard, with all kinds of bells and whistles you can't live without, you may not want to try this one at home."

NPR : Are Computer Keyboards Dishwasher Safe?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Humint Events Online

When you just have to have your conspiracy theory fix....

Good reading over your morning coffee or your late night drink...

Humint Events Online

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Dave the dolphin


LONDON (Reuters) - Two men were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of harassing a dolphin known locally as "Dave" off the Kent coast, police said.

Officers arrested the men, aged 25 and 26, at dawn after numerous emergency calls from the public that the animal was being harassed off the coast at Sandgate in Folkstone.

The dolphin has become a local tourist attraction over the past year after making his home in the waters off the Sandgate shore.

Enthusiasts have created a website with pictures and videos of the creature, www.sandgatedolphin.co.uk.

But it has also attracted unwelcome attention from jet skiers and sailors, prompting Kent Police's Maritime Unit to warn offenders they face fines and even prison.

Kent Police Inspector Gavin Roy said people should not try to touch the animal or get within 100 metres of it.

"Dolphins are well-loved and friendly towards humans," he said. "They are protected by law and should be treated with respect."


Police arrest two men for harassing dolphin - Yahoo! News

Solar panels made from beer bottles!

"I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower comfortably," says Ma Yanjun, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi province.


Ma's invention features 66 beer bottles attached to a board. The bottles are connected to each other so that water flows through them.

Sunlight heats the water as is passes slowly through the bottles before flowing into the bathroom as hot water, reports China Economy Network.


Ananova - Beer and sunshine land farmer in hot water

Satellites Spot Lost Egyptian Cities From Space - Science News | Current Articles

Satellites hovering above Egypt have zoomed in on a 1,600-year-old metropolis, archaeologists say.

Images captured from space pinpoint telltale signs of previous habitation in the swatch of land 200 miles south of Cairo, which digging recently confirmed as an ancient settlement dating from about 400 A.D.

The find is part of a larger project aiming to map as much of ancient Egypt's archaeological sites, or "tells," as possible before they are destroyed or covered by modern development.


FOXNews.com - Satellites Spot Lost Egyptian Cities From Space - Science News | Current Articles

Photos show mystery skeleton sticking out of iceberg off N.L. east coast

Tara Brautigam, Canadian Press
Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. (CP) - Marine scientists in Canada and abroad are puzzled by bizarre photographs that appear to show the skeleton of a large mammal jutting out of an iceberg that recently drifted past Newfoundland's east coast.

Photos show mystery skeleton sticking out of iceberg off N.L. east coast

Drought bares Florida lake bottom and reveals human remains, ships and other artifacts | www.azstarnet.com ®

MIAMI (AP) — A drought that has bared parts of the bed of Florida's largest lake has exposed human bone fragments, pottery and even boats — and archaeologists are trying to evaluate the artifacts before water levels rise again.

Archaeologists said there have been no large-scale digs in Lake Okeechobee; most of the finds have been easily spotted along the surface, some by passers-by who called in what they found.


Drought bares Florida lake bottom and reveals human remains, ships and other artifacts | www.azstarnet.com ®

Friday, June 08, 2007

Wireless power could have cellphone users beaming - tech - 07 June 2007 - New Scientist Tech

Inspired by a mobile phone with a rundown battery, Marin Soljaĉić (pronounced soul-ya-cheech), a theoretical physicist at MIT, wondered if he could improve the efficiency of induction over longer distances.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the US, report that they can now send substantial amounts of power - enough to light a 60-watt bulb - across a room by magnetic induction between two devices tuned to resonate with each other.

"I think it’s brilliant," says Douglas Stone, a theoretical physicist at Yale University, not affiliated with the MIT group. "This is something anybody could have thought about for a century."

Ummm, didn't Tesla already do this?

Wireless power could have cellphone users beaming - tech - 07 June 2007 - New Scientist Tech

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Hogzilla

HOGZILLA update at Snopes!

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Reporter Arrested For Asking Tough Questions

Reporter Arrested For Asking Tough Questions: "Welcome to Nazi America. Judging from the early reports of this event, it appears as if we no longer have a free press in this country. We’ll provide an update on this event tomorrow as more details come available.
Be sure to also read this great article on the incident from Jones Report by clicking below.

http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/050607_reporter_arrested_giuliani_orders.html "