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Eye-Catching Arrows? May 31, 2007

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Palm Beach County metro report
WEST PALM BEACH – A Boca Raton couple, upset that their son lost most of the vision in one eye while participating in a game of “catching arrows” shot from a bow at a city church on Tuesday sued the Above and Beyond Community Church and the pastor they said supervised the game. Robert and Sharon Opkins claim in the lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, that the Rev. Kenneth Mahan was negligent in allowing their then-14-year-old son, Jordan, to participate. The game was part of an evening in October of extreme sporting activities held at the Baptist church on Sweetwater Road. The Opkinses are seeking an unspecified amount in damages. Thanks Jeff Ullian for finding this Police Blotter gem.

SoundJunction May 28, 2007

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Welcome to SoundJunction

If you are interested in Music, you’ve got to check-out this amazing site. 

The SoundJunction website’s all about music. You can take music apart and find out how it works, create music yourself, find out how other people make music and how they perform it, you can find out about musical instruments, and look at the backgrounds to different musical styles.

Discovering Antarctica May 28, 2007

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Discovering Antarctica – teaching and learning resources on Antarctica

The Brits have put together this web-site on the Antarctic. It’s chuck full of videos and pictures of the most inhospitable place on the planet.

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry May 28, 2007

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ARTSEDGE: Playing with Shadows: An Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

We’ve all seen the shadow of someone’s fingers projected in the shape of a rabbit head. In China it developed into a Performance Art form. Here is how it’s done.

Learn how Everything Works! May 28, 2007

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HowStuffWorks – Learn how Everything Works!

If you haven’t already been to this site, it’s worth a visit to learn, as an example how a hologram or Car Wash work.. Recently they’ve added videos.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint May 28, 2007

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BP – Carbon Calculator
The carbon calculator provides a simple guide to your household carbon footprint based upon key features of your home, your personal energy use profile, your use of green technologies and your transport profile.
A household carbon footprint is the quantity of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere as a result of household energy use, transportation and waste disposal in one year. Click on the BP Carbon Calculator link to determine yours.

Bird Poops Bush May 26, 2007

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“Is there no safe haven for President Bush?  It happened midway through his news conference in the Rose Garden yesterday morning, in between his 10th and 11th mentions of al-Qaeda: A bird flew over the president and deposited a wet, white dropping on the upper left sleeve of his jacket. Bush wiped the mess off with his bare hand.”
Watch Video after an ad. Thanx Adam Brown.
The caption on the photo read, “The President encountered dissent from the avian-American community.”

Cars: 10 Confessions Of A Progressive Insurance Rep May 26, 2007

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Cars: 10 Confessions Of A Progressive Insurance Rep – Consumerist
A former Progressive car insurance customer service rep has stepped forward into the light to give us the low-down on how his ex-employer works:

Video: Lions, Crocs & Buffalo Battle May 24, 2007

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Amazing video of a battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Thanks to Randy Marks.

Pew Survey on Muslim Americans May 24, 2007

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Report Summary: Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream
The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.

Relatively few Muslim Americans believe the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism, and many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks.

An earlier Pew survey in the rest of the Muslim world found much higher levels of disbelief. In the U.S. survey, the more educated the Muslim respondents the less likely they were to believe Osama’s claim for 9/11, while the more religious the respondent the more likely not to believe in Arab involvement (or if they are Rosie O’Donnell fans). Click on the Report summary list and from a link on that page you can download the whole report.
Anti-government anger spurs 9/11 conspiracy belief
9/11 Truth Conference Reviewed
9/11 Loose Change, Michael Moore and the Convenience of Conspirancy

This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) May 24, 2007

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This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) – New York Times
At some level, talk therapy has always been an exercise in replaying and reinterpreting each person’s unique life story. Yet Mr. Adler found that in fact those former patients who scored highest on measures of well-being — who had recovered, by standard measures — told very similar tales about their experiences.

They described their problem, whether depression or an eating disorder, as coming on suddenly, as if out of nowhere. They characterized their difficulty as if it were an outside enemy, often giving it a name (the black dog, the walk of shame). And eventually they conquered it.

“The story is one of victorious battle: ‘I ended therapy because I could overcome this on my own, Those in the study who scored lower on measures of psychological well-being were more likely to see their moods and behavior problems as a part of their own character, rather than as a villain to be defeated. To them, therapy was part of a continuing adaptation, not a decisive battle.The findings suggest that psychotherapy, when it is effective, gives people who are feeling helpless a sense of their own power, in effect altering their life story even as they work to disarm their own demons,” Mr. Adler said.

The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss May 24, 2007

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Review: The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian – New Species From Underwater – New York TimesCheck-out

We know more about the moon than the depths of our Oceans. Check-out the stunning pictures in this new book are in a slide show in this NY Times Book Review. Thanks to Potter at Island Resources. Check the Island Resources Web Site at http://www.irf.org/

22deep-600.jpgThe images arrayed here come from “The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss” (University of Chicago Press, 2007), by Claire Nouvian, a French journalist and film director.

Mickey Mouse Censorship May 20, 2007

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Click the picture that Disney sued to prevent circulation, claiming copyright infringement to enlarge.Warning – Mature Contentdisney.jpg

$1100 Text Messaging Bill May 20, 2007

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For Texting Teens, an OMG Moment When the Phone Bill Arrives – washingtonpost.com
Sofia Rubenstein, 17, got in trouble the way a lot of teens do these days.

anitelephoneoperator.gif “It’s whatever pops into my head. There’s no stopping it,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll be on the phone with someone and I get texted, and then I’m having two conversations at once.”

Last month the Washington high school junior used 6,807 text messages, which, at a rate of 15 cents apiece for most of them, pushed the family’s Verizon Wireless bill to more than $1,100 for the month. Sofia knew she’d been texting a lot but couldn’t believe the “incredible” number she hit. “I just thought, oh my God, my life is over,” she said.

Indeed. Sofia will be working in her parents’ retail store this summer to pay off her debt — but she definitely won’t be the only teenager paying for text abuse. Minutes? Forget minutes. It’s all about the text allowance.

In Defense of Multitasking May 20, 2007

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What’s Next: Taskus Interruptus – Multitasking – Distraction
Yes, multitasking can be stressful, but that’s a poor way to gauge its value. The fact is, in today’s business environment not being able to multitask would probably be highly stressful. Just imagine how you’d feel locked in a room focusing on a single task without computer, phone, or e-mail access, trying not to think about how many customers and colleagues were trying to reach you with urgent questions.

And by the way, not only is it possible to play tennis with two balls, many players make a point of training that way–as do some soccer, basketball, and baseball players. It’s a good way to improve reactions, to learn to cover more ground with less effort, and to develop a faster-paced game. Sound familiar?

 Though we lionize neat-freaks, it’s often the disorganized who are the most productive

Being messy, both at home and in foreign policy, may have its own advantages. Science backs up the notion that mess has gotten a bad rap, starting with something you learned in high-school physics: anything you do increases the universe’s entropy—that is, disorder. In other words, messiness isn’t the sorry wage of weak character or neglect, it’s the inseparable companion of constructive action. There are only two ways to minimize disorder: don’t do much, or spend lots of energy constantly restoring order instead of spending it on something potentially much more useful. (more…)

What Really Happened in the French Elections May 20, 2007

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tompeters!
Tpm Peters, (the Chaos in Innovation Business Guru) is now blogging on his web-site. He produced this insight after reading this breakdown of France’s voting patterns in the Independent.

 Mr Sarkozy, a tough cookie, ran on an uncompromising platform that aims to deal with France’s dire slippage in global competitiveness. Some are predicting he’ll be France’s Margaret Thatcher. He aims to lengthen the work week, cut taxes, hammer the unions, and such to get the French economy in tune with 21st century economics. Ms Royal, on the other hand and in stark contrast, effectively ran on a “What’s all the fuss?” platform, claiming that the hyper-liberal French employment practices can be retained without further damage to France’s ranking in the global competitiveness polls. So, the rather straightforward story goes, “the voters” went to the polls in record numbers, bit their collective tongues, prepared to accept the bitter medicine—and awarded the powerful presidency to Atilla the Economic Reformer.

That is, Team Elder exerted incredible, decisive de facto unity and power in France’s demographically old-and-getting-older-and-we’re-healthy-and-will-
be-around-for-a-long-long-time population. It’s not that Sarkozy beat Royal. The actual story is that the 60+ geezers have ordered the wee 60 minus crew to get the hell to work and stay the hell at work … so the Six Zero Plussers can get their hands on the loot they need to spend their remaining winters in Nice, or some such.

Hydrogen On-Demand Discovery May 20, 2007

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New process generates hydrogen from aluminum alloy to run engines, fuel cells
A Purdue University engineer has developed a method that uses an aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water for running fuel cells or internal combustion engines, and the technique could be used to replace gasoline.

“I was cleaning a crucible containing liquid alloys of gallium and aluminum,” Woodall said. “When I added water to this alloy – talk about a discovery – there was a violent poof. I went to my office and worked out the reaction in a couple of hours to figure out what had happened. When aluminum atoms in the liquid alloy come into contact with water, they react, splitting the water and producing hydrogen and aluminum oxide.

“Gallium is critical because it melts at low temperature and readily dissolves aluminum, and it renders the aluminum in the solid pellets reactive with water. This was a totally surprising discovery, since it is well known that pure solid aluminum does not readily react with water.”

The waste products are gallium and aluminum oxide, also called alumina. Combusting hydrogen in an engine produces only water as waste.

Edwards set to run as a Bull Mousse May 20, 2007

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Edwards set to run as a Bull Mousse
Here is a man with a net worth of at least $40 million, with cash stuffed in offshore hedge funds, with a basketball court off his living room, with a haircut debutantes would die for, charging a public university $40,000 for his ideas on combating poverty.

Shouldn’t the first idea he gives the poverty center be: Get rich guys to donate their service and don’t write them $40,000 checks for ceremonial jobs?

It could be that the YouTube video has captured the John Edwards voters need to see. If the nation’s ready for a pretty president, this could be the man.

Dance of the Oscar Nominees May 17, 2007

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If you haven’t seen acrobatic dancers creating symbolic motifs for this this year’s Oscar nominations, then you missed the best part of the Show. Here is your chance to still see them. Go ahead and name the movies to which they refer to. Thanks to Xavier Cantenot for forwarding this compilation. to.

Blame Income Inequality On Education? May 17, 2007

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Why Is Income Inequality in America So Pronounced? Consider Education – New York Times
Pessimists like Charles Murray, co-author of the much-debated 1994 book “The Bell Curve,” have argued that only so many individuals are educable at a high level. If that were the case, current levels of inequality might be here to stay.

But the evidence suggests that when additional higher education becomes available, it offers returns in the range of 10 to 14 percent per year of college, at least for the first newcomers to enroll.

Nonetheless it will, sooner or later, become increasingly difficult to deliver the gains from college — not to mention postgraduate study — to the entire population. Technology is advancing faster than our ability to educate. So even if inequality declines today, it may well intensify in the future. Even if American education improves at every level, the largely not-for-profit educational sector may simply be less dynamic than the progress of new technologies. (more…)

How Your Mouse Moves Your Cursor May 16, 2007

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1-click Award by 株式会社リクルートメディアコミュニケーションズ

Ever wonder how the cursor moves on your screen, when you move your mouse?

Well, this link will reveal the secret. It will take a while to load, after you move your mouse over it and click. But were talking about some pretty sophisticated micro-technology here, so it is worth being a little patient to expand the limits of our knowledge.

After the image loads, slowly loads move your mouse’s cursor over the light gray circle in the middle of the screen and all will be revealed. Thanks to Chip Welfeld for bringing this technological marvel to our attention.

Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we? May 14, 2007

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Best Life Magazine: Health & Fitness: Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we?
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse. Thanks to Penelope Miler for this. To learn mo go to www.algalita.org

How to use the Same Password Safely May 11, 2007

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PwdHash

Face it, most of us can’t remember all of those paswords, so we tend to use the same ones ovr and over. THe problem is if someone gets hold of it and knows where you bank or goes to E-Bay with it… wel you get the idea. Well some boys from Stanford brought us Google. Now that Stanford Security lab has posted this simple free tool, which you can download to use.

PwdHash is an browser extension that transparently converts a user’s password into a domain-specific password. The user can activate this hashing by choosing passwords that start with a special prefix (@@) or by pressing a special password key (F2). PwdHash automatically replaces the contents of these password fields with a one-way hash of the pair (password, domain-name). As a result, the site only sees a domain-specific hash of the password, as opposed to the password itself.

Scientists create ‘plastic’ blood May 11, 2007

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BBC NEWS | England | North Yorkshire | Scientists create ‘plastic’ blood
the artificial blood is light to carry, does not need to be kept cool and can be kept for longer.

The new blood is made up of plastic molecules that have an iron atom at their core, like haemoglobin, that can carry oxygen through the body.

The scientists said the artificial blood could be cheap to produce and they were looking for extra funding to develop a final prototype that would be suitable for biological testing

Food Five-Second Rule May 10, 2007

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The Five-Second Rule Explored, or How Dirty Is That Bologna? – New York Times
Professor Dawson and colleagues placed test food slices onto salmonella-painted surfaces for varying lengths of time, and counted how many live bacteria were transferred to the food.

On surfaces that had been contaminated eight hours earlier, slices of bologna and bread left for five seconds took up from 150 to 8,000 bacteria. Left for a full minute, slices collected about 10 times more than that from the tile and carpet, though a lower number from the wood.

The infectious dose, the smallest number of bacteria that can actually cause illness, is as few as 10 for some salmonellas, fewer than 100 for the deadly strain of E. coli.

Of course we can never know for sure how many harmful microbes there are on any surface. But we know enough now to formulate the five-second rule, version 2.0: If you drop a piece of food, pick it up quickly, take five seconds to recall that just a few bacteria can make you sick, then take a few more to think about where you dropped it and whether or not it’s worth eating.

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