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.

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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)

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Suspension bridge collapse in Nepal

Hundreds missing after Nepal bridge collapse -

"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

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.

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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.

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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..

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!

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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:

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

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

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

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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.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NASA GSFC MediaViewer


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

"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."

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

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

A Letter from D.B. Cooper

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