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Sue Over the Salad June 27, 2007

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Rival’s $7 salad makes New York restaurant owner see red | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Lower Manhattan, New York, which has long regarded itself as the world’s ultimate trend factory, has spawned a new pastime that could spread like wildfire through America and beyond: suing over the culinary equivalent of plagiarism.

Rebecca Charles, the creator and owner of the wildly popular Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village, this week lodged a legal suit with the New York courts that charges her former sous-chef with taking her menu and interior styling and recreating it nearby. (more…)

Download Online Video June 27, 2007

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New RealPlayer Instantly Downloads Online Video — www.RealPlayer.com
The new RealPlayer gives you the ability to download videos from thousands of Web sites with just one click.

Erase your personal information from your iTunes Plus library June 27, 2007

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Privatunes – Erase your personal information from your iTunes Plus library
Erases personal information from your legally purcharsed iTunes Plus tracks

scientifically based animation of 9/11 June 25, 2007

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Purdue creates scientifically based animation of 9/11 attack
The animation is the latest in a series of projects by the Purdue team that arose after 9/11 to determine the structural damage that occurs when an airplane collides with a building.

“The aircraft moved through the building as if it were a hot and fast lava flow,” Sozen says. “Consequently, much of the fireproofing insulation was ripped off the structure. Even if all of the columns and girders had survived the impact – an unlikely event – the structure would fail as the result of a buckling of the columns. The heat from an ordinary office fire would suffice to soften and weaken the unprotected steel. Evaluation of the effects of the fire on the core column structure, with the insulation removed by the impact, showed that collapse would follow whatever the number of columns cut at the time of the impact.

Priceless – Almost New Yacht June 24, 2007

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65′ Custom Built Motor yacht, staterooms, GPS navigation, twin screws, Supercharged diesels, etc. = $3.5 million.

Crane & Rigging, complete with faulty turnbuckle = $2500 per hour.
Champagne & Strawberries dipped in Chocolate, dockside for the excited “soon to be Owners” = $250

Watching your Dreamboat nosed dive into the harbor, accompanied by two Corporate representatives just prior to “inking” the final Paperwork……..


Thanks to Glenn Dias, who actually stevedores for a living. Click on “more” for the pictures. (more…)

And now The Electric Tablecloth June 24, 2007

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This French Company is selling Luminous Fabric, based on Fiber Optics, wich emits a colored light along the full length of the fibers, producing a stunning luminous effect.

Unlike other light sources like Neon or Electroluminescence, the light coming from the Luminous Fabric is subtle and mysterious, allowing to create amazing, stylish and wonderfully original clothes and fashion accessories.
As for our decoration items, they use the luminous fabric for creating a very unique and dazzling atmosphere.

The Coming Global Cooling? June 23, 2007

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Read the sunspots
I and the first-class scientists I work with are consistently finding excellent correlations between the regular fluctuations in the brightness of the sun and earthly climate. This is not surprising. The sun and the stars are the ultimate source of all energy on the planet.

Solar scientists predict that, by 2020, the sun will be starting into its weakest Schwabe solar cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth. Beginning to plan for adaptation to such a cool period, one which may continue well beyond one 11-year cycle, as did the Little Ice Age, should be a priority for governments.  Thanks to Chad Brisbane (more…)

Pres. Carter’s Biggest Blunder – Iran June 23, 2007

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Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter’s ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said “Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint.“ Carter’s Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, “Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure.” Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not amad mujahid [ranking cleric], but a man of “impeccable integrity and honesty. “

In February 1979 Khomeini boarded an Air France flight to return to Teheran with the blessing of Jimmy Carter. The moment he arrived, he proclaimed: “I will kick his teeth in” – referring to then prime minister Shapour Bakhtiar, who was left in power with a US pledge to support. He was assassinated in Paris by Iranian agents in 1991.

Hitchens Book Debunking The Deity Is Surprise Hit June 23, 2007

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Hitchens Book Debunking The Deity Is Surprise Hit – WSJ.com
Summer beach-reading season is just beginning, and already several books have broken out from the pack, such as Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein, and Conn and Hal Iggulden’s “The Dangerous Book for Boys.”

But the biggest surprise is a blazing attack on God and religion that is flying off bookshelves, even in the Bible Belt. “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” by Christopher Hitchens, wasn’t expected to be a blockbuster.

Mr. Hitchens says he has received surprisingly little hate mail since his book was published. What does he think readers have learned from “God is Not Great?” “That your life is probably better led after you’ve outgrown the idea that the universe has a plan for you,” he says. “The cosmos isn’t designed with you in mind. You might as well just consult an astrological chart.”

Lyre Bird Mimics It’s World June 22, 2007

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And that includes car alarms and camera shutters. This episode became the most popular clip from David Attenborough’s BBC Nature series from a year ago. Thanks to Randy Marks for bringing this one back to our attention.

Quiz – What’s Your Religion? June 20, 2007

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Beliefnet: Belief-O-Matic, Religion Beliefs, What Religion Am I Quiz — Beliefnet.com
Even if YOU don’t know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic™ knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice…or ought to consider practicing.

Warning: Belief-O-Matic™ assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul.

How To Discipline Your Children June 20, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Cool photos, Humor, Lifestyle.
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Much has been said about “tough love” for misbehaving children.

Most of America thinks it improper to spank children, so my spouse and I have tried other methods to control our kids when they have one of “those moments”.

One that we found very effective is for me just to take the child for a car ride and talk.

They seem to calm down and stop misbehaving after our little ride together.

I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with our son, in case you would like to try the technique. 99-kid.jpg

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation June 19, 2007

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The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
And now please welcome President Abraham Lincoln.

Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I press this button here? Function-F7? No, that’s not right. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to reboot. Hold on a minute. Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I’m your president. While we’re waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills, chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. It’s great to be here, Dave, and you and the committee are doing a great job. Gee, sometimes this new technology does have glitches, but we couldn’t live without it, could we? Oh – is it ready? OK, here we go Click here to start

At our 40th High School reunion, Rusty Tunnard used this an a devastating example of the technological destruction of public speaking, and especially the art of story-telling.

Life expectancy calculator June 11, 2007

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Life expectancy calculator – MSN Money

This calculator uses the averages for life expectancy based on your age, sex, family history and personal lifestyle. Jeff Ullian would be the one to find this one for us.

What the World Eats June 10, 2007

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What the World Eats | Photo Essays | TIME
What’s on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book “Hungry Planet”. Slide Show with what looks like a week’s worth of groceries spread out in the kitchen of the family in each of the 15 pictures. 

The Evolution of Pessimism June 8, 2007

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blog.pmarca.com: Bubbles on the brain
The human psyche seems to have a powerful underlying need to predict doom and gloom. On Wall Street, investors who have this habit are known as “perma-bears” and generally are predicting the imminent collapse of the stock market.

I suspect this need was evolved into us way back when.

If there is a nonzero chance that a giant man-eating saber-tooth tiger is going to come over the nearest hill and chomp you, then it’s in your evolutionary best interest to predict doom and gloom more frequently than it actually happens.

The cost of hiding from a nonexistent giant man-eating saber-tooth tiger is low, but the cost of not hiding from a real giant man-eating saber-tooth tiger is quite high. As well as this article on business bubbles ,read this medical paper on other evolutionary consequences of modern lifestyles.

Power Line Walking June 7, 2007

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Talk about crazy jobs this guy is helicoptered onto 1/2 million volt powerlines to crawl down them an inspect them for problems. Thanks to Mike Douso for this Clip from IMAX documentary called “Straight Up

500 Years of Women’s Portraits June 7, 2007

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This 3 minute video morphs together the 500 year progression of Western Female portraits while Segovia plays Bach. Thanks to Chad Brisbane – he’s so cultured. They should have elected him NY State Senator.

Grim Brit-Muslim Survey June 5, 2007

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Channel 4 – News – Survey: ‘government hasn’t told truth about 7/7’
Channel 4 News, with GFK NOP, has commissioned a survey to reveal the Muslim community’s attitudes towards the ‘official narrative’ surrounding the 7/7 bombings revealing that: 59% of the 500 people polled believe that the government has not told the public the whole truth about the 7th July bombings.

52% believe that the British security services have “made up” evidence to convict terrorist suspects.

24% believe the four men identified as the July 7th bombers were not actually responsible for the attacks.

68% believe that the Muslim community does not bear any responsibility for the emergence of extremists willing to attack UK targets. Although 58% felt that the community should be doing more. View TV News Report.

Birdbrains Busted for Blasting Bird Brains June 4, 2007

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Songbird shooting results in felony

STUART — Wildlife officers were having an early-evening squad meeting in the Allapattah Flats area in western Martin County in March when they heard the sound of gunfire from the southwest.

Several officers and supervisors got into their trucks and followed the sound, which seemed to come from a shotgun and a small-caliber rifle. They got to an area about 3 miles south of State Road 714 near a sod farm that also includes property owned by the South Florida Water Management District. That’s when Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Ray Woolrich realized shotgun pellets were hitting his truck.

A few minutes later, officers confronted three men who first said they were target shooting and later admitted they were shooting at birds. (more…)

Repel Sharks Magnetically June 2, 2007

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We featured SharkDefense a year ago. Shortly thereafter, as is often the case in discoveries, they accidentally discovered that certain rare-earth magnets repelled sharks. So they started this sister company. Click on the link above to see their video page. Randy Marks pointed out a recent Wired article on this research.

Italians build biotech vagina June 1, 2007

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ANSA.it – News in English – Italians build biotech vagina
(ANSA) – Rome, May 30 – Italian doctors have built the world’s first biotech vagina. So far, two patients lacking vaginas because of a rare malformation have been helped to grow ones, using stem cells taken from their own bodies. Where does John Brittain find this stuff. Still it shows the promise of stem cells.

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