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Friday, January 29, 2010

iPad Trademark Dispute

Here is another story about Apple taking a name it likes, regardless who has a trademark on it at the time, simply because they wanted it. This could get really interesting if Fujitsu sticks to its guns and fights for the trademark it has owned for 8 years.

Well, here we go again. Apple might have stolen all the headlines yesterday with the iPad, but as we've already noted, that name has been in dispute since September -- and it doesn't look like Fujitsu, which has been selling its own iPad since 2002, is going to back down.

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Wireless Notebooks - $1


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Apple iPad | Parody





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Mad Tv - Apple iPad

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Zero-Rupee Note Is Very Valuable

Fumiko Nagano of the World Bank writes that petty bribery is a normal part of government bureaucracy in India. If you need some license or form or permission, you’ll probably have to pay a bribe. An organization attempting to reform this practice has begun distributing rupee notes with a designated value of zero, to be offered to government officials when they ask for money.


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Waterproof Roll-Up Keyboard

These keyboards feature 104 keys in a standard QWERTY layout, but with a nifty twist of being the most portable keyboard seen to date. Simply roll the unit up when you're done with it! A great tool for laptop users who miss their full-sized KB when on the road, or LAN party warriors looking to lighten their load.

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The Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards

Add the Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards to the mix and suddenly, the game is more interesting again. Does Mike have a great hand or is he just staring into the eyes of a Twi'lek dancing girl? Is John not folding because he has a great hand or because he can't bear the thought of throwing away Senator Amidala?

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Amazon Beats Expectations ( AMZN )

Amazon (AMZN) just reported earnings-per-share of $0.85. This beat the analyst conses us of $0.72. Q4 revenues reached $9.52 billion, versus consensus of $9.04 billion.


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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

"Don't ever tell anybody anything," J.D. Salinger wrote in the closing lines of "The Catcher in the Rye." "If you do, you start missing everybody."

For more than two decades now, I've thought about that ending as a piece of code. Not that Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91 in Cornish, N.H., was an oracle, despite what his most dedicated followers -- those who hung around his driveway, hoping for a glimpse of the reclusive author, or parsed his sentences on a million websites -- might believe.


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Video Game Injuries Are Up

I know I shouldn’t laugh, but you have to admit these statistics are pretty damn funny. Video game injuries (repetitive strain injuries) are way up while traditional injuries from skateboarding, climbing trees, etc. are way down.

Those suffering serious repetitive strain injuries last year after spending hours glued to consoles on games like huge hit Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare are up a massive 60 per cent since 2002. Meanwhile there was a 50 per cent drop in youngsters aged 15 and under hurt pursuing the traditional childhood pastime of climbing trees.

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Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre, as seen from Pizza Hut

Conventional photographs of the Sphinx, such as the one featured in this month’s issue of Smithsonian magazine, are taken looking west and give the impression that the figure and the three pyramids sit in a remote Egyptian desert.

The reality is that urban development of Cairo and Giza have brought the cities to within easy walking distance, as one can see from a Google satellite view. This photo, taken from inside a nearby fast food location, emphasizes that reality in a dramatic fashion.

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Vancouver Olympic 2010 Mascots

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Warhawk Matt Scott 'No Excuses' Commercial

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BaconPop - Bacon Flavored Popcorn

3...2...1... BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BACON!

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Briefcase USB Turntable

At first glance this turntable appears to be a mysterious black briefcase. Perhaps it contains the secret documents to the Death Star? Maybe it's got $100,000 in cash in unmarked bills inside? Pop-open the latches and take a look inside to find a high-quality belt driven turntable.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple’s iPad iTablet Revealed

Here is a short video of the Apple iPad taken at today’s launch event. If you thought it would look like a bigger iPod Touch…well, you were right. Prices range from at $499 - $699 and you can add $130 to that if you want 3G.

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Live Coverage of the Apple Announcement Event

If you want up to the minute coverage of Apple’s tablet launch, I suggest you head on over to Engadget. You know, it would be pretty funny if all this tablet hype turned out to be wrong .

Will the Apple tablet finally, really be unveiled? We're at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco (see above) patiently waiting to get inside and get this thing underway! Check back at these times for the start of our live coverage!

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Bill Gates Parties With Kid Rock

How the hell do you find yourself at a party where Bill Gates is dancing to / with Kid Rock and you don’t have a video camera? Oh well, at least there are pictures:

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Greatest Knife Ever

I’m going to go on record and say this is quite possibly the greatest knife ever.

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Topps "Empire Strikes Back" Stickers

Generate an image of your name using the Topps "Empire Strikes Back" stickers.


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Massive Black

Massive Black is a full production artwork and asset outsourcing studio that has contributed to over 85 projects for multiple video game platforms, film, print, toys, comics and more.




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RITMO - Prenatal Musical System

Researchers have demonstrated that reactive listening begins at 16 weeks, when your wee geek-to-be is roughly the size of a tasty avocado. Mmmmm, avocado. Moreover, scientists have found that babies exposed to music in-utero displayed advanced intelligence, coordination, and learning abilities. More concerned with the NOW? They've also found that listening to soothing music calms the savage ninja fetus, preventing the alien baby from bursting out of you all cinematic-like.

Who wouldn't want a baby that can pop out of the womb playing the violin, knowing about paleontology, seeing the beauty of the Mandelbrot Set, and being fluent in Spanish, French, German, and two or three dialects of Chinese?

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Star Trek Cuff Links | Delta Shield or Enterprise NCC-1701

These classy cufflinks are made from enamel and rhodium plated silver and come in two designs. The first is a representation of the always classy Delta Shield. The second design is a tiny replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Both are handsome, high-quality accessories that will delight you with their geekiness for years to come.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

State of the Union | President to Take Questions via YouTube

Want to ask the president some questions? Well, if you watch his "State of the Union" speech on YouTube you’ll have the chance to submit questions that will be answered online next week. If you were selected, what would you ask?

"From our live webstream to a free iPhone app, the White House is using technology to make sure the president's State of the Union address reaches as many people as possible," Phillips said. "Now we are excited to announce how President Obama will also be using the Web to offer the public a direct and participatory way to communicate back to him," he said.

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Alcohol Vaporizer .. Novelty or Dangerous?

Alcohol Vaporizers are a kind of vaporizers which enables its user to intake alcohol in form of vapor without requiring to actually drinking it. These are small tools which use oxygen generator to vaporize alcohol which when inhaled enters your blood stream through your lungs.

These are also commonly known as the 'AWOL' Machine i.e. the alcohol without liquid machine.

These are designed with a view to allow people to enjoy the effects of alcohol mixed with oxygen. There is a diffuser capsule sort of thing in the machine in which the user loads his or her favorite spirit.

Since you do not need to drink alcohol in liquid form, one can inhale a large amount of alcohol in a shorter period of time.


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Toyota Recall 2010: Is your car on the list?

After announcing the largest auto recall in US history last fall to fix sudden acceleration problems, Toyota late Thursday announced an additional recall of some 2.3 million vehicles. The announcement was made after ABC News told the Japanese automaker that it was going to air a report about more Toyota sudden-acceleration problems.

Is your Toyota at risk? Here's a list of models involved in the latest recall:

• 2009-10 RAV4
• 2009-10 Corolla
• 2009-10 Matrix
• 2005-10 Avalon
• 2007-10 Camry
• 2010 Highlander
• 2007-10 Tundra
• 2008-10 Sequoia

The recall is separate from the acceleration problems caused by floor mats jamming the accelerator, a problem for which Toyota issued a recall in November. The vehicles involved in that recall are the 2007-10 Camry, 2005-10 Avalon, 2004-09 Prius, 2005-10 Tacoma, 2007-10 Tundra, 2007-10 ES 350, 2006-10 IS 250, and 2006-10 IS 350.


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The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong.

For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post. All my bar charts are zeroed on the average picture. Now to the data.


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Hot Chicks With Stormtroopers

"I'm a cosplay photographer so I see alot of stormtroopers (I go to 15+ cons a year, and I used to be in the 501st). These were some of my favourites though, because one of them squeezed my ass and told me he wanted to take me back to the Death Star."


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Top Ten internet Passwords to be Avoided

“Employees using the same passwords on Facebook that they use in the workplace bring the possibility of compromising enterprise systems with insecure passwords, especially if they are using easy to crack passwords like ‘123456’,” he added.

The ten most commonly used passwords analysed in the study were:

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. rockyou
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123

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ScotteVest Personal Area Network T-Shirt

It comes with the Personal Area Network we all know and love (if you don't know it and love it yet, it's a wire management system inside your garment), three pockets (one chest, two side) with SEV's weight management system to keep you from looking bulky, and the convenience of controlling the devices in the pockets right through the fabric.

If you haven't ever tried a ScotteVest product, this is a great place to start. If you've already tried all their vests and jackets, pick this up as a warm weather alternative.

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Carbonite Online Backup

Carbonite offers unlimited online backup for all your data files. Try it free!


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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Didn’t Use Photoshop

After the internet went crazy with "fake" and "photoshopped" allegations against the winner of the coveted "Wildlife photographer of the year" award, the guy ended up being stripped of his prize anyway. It seems the picture WASN’T photoshopped at all…but the wolf in the winning picture was tame which violated the rules anyhow.

The Natural History Museum's wildlife photographer of the year has been stripped of his £10,000 prize, after judges found he was likely to have hired a tame Iberian wolf to stage the image of a species seen rarely in the wild.

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ISO 50

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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Stig Spotted at Loch Ness Lake - Google Streets

As his true identity remains unknown, like most of his life, many people say many things about Top Gear's "tame racing driver", the Stig. Very few of them are true. Actually we don't believe any sentence which doesn't include a lap time next to "The Stig".

However, now we are presented with the rare occasion of reporting one of these facts: Some say....the Stig has been immortalized by Google’s street view cameras while standing next to the Loch Ness lake. Hmmm, how was it immortalized by something? Wasn’t the Stig immortal anyway?


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Apple Earnings: Aapl Mac Sales Rise

Apple, which is capturing headlines for a big Wednesday event that’s expected to launch a new tablet device, put the speculation on hold long enough to report its first quarter earnings, which would include holiday sales.

Shares of Apple were up slightly in regular trading, closing at $203.07.


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The Subscription War: You're Bleeding to Death

The crew at Gizmodo have an interesting editorial posted today on the topic of how much money people spend on subscription fees. Cell phones, Netflix, internet and cable bill all add up, do we really need all that stuff? Interesting reading.

Here's why: a well-equipped geek will, in our research, have a subscription and service bill total of between 200 and 750 dollars a month. Let me break it down. You've got your smartphone bill, your cable bill, your home broadband bill. Those are unavoidable expenses—there's not much you can do about them.

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Same People Different Images

It is difficult to believe that the same people are depicted in all these pictures.

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Clandestine Cabinet of the Day

Hiding your drinking problem...

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Serious Satanic Cake


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Men Evolving Faster than Women

Women may think of men as primitive, but new research indicates that the Y chromosome — the thing that makes a man male — is evolving far faster than the rest of the human genetic code.

A new study comparing the Y chromosomes from humans and chimpanzees, our nearest living relatives, show that they are about 30 percent different. That is far greater than the 2 percent difference between the rest of the human genetic code and that of the chimp's, according to a study appearing online Wednesday in the journal Nature.


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Skype - Free Calls Worldwide Through Your Computer

Skype - Unlimited Calls to Landlines


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We Can Do This The Easy Way, Or The Hard Way…

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Before & After | T-REX

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Welcome Home Daddy!

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Decibel Level Comparison Chart





Weakest sound heard 0dB
Whisper Quiet Library 30dB
Normal conversation (3-5') 60-70dB
Telephone dial tone 80dB
City Traffic (inside car) 85dB
Train whistle at 500', Truck Traffic 90dB
Subway train at 200' 95dB
Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss 90 - 95dB
Power mower at 3' 107dB
Snowmobile, Motorcycle 100dB
Power saw at 3' 110dB
Sandblasting, Loud Rock Concert 115dB
Pain begins 125dB
Pneumatic riveter at 4' 125dB
Even short term exposure can cause permanent damage - Loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection 140dB
Jet engine at 100', Gun Blast 140dB
Death of hearing tissue 180dB
Loudest sound possible 194dB

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Steve Ballmer Signs a Mac - Hilarity Ensues

Steve Ballmer autographs a Mac while visiting a school in Nashville.

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The Earthquake Richter Scale

Developed in 1935 by Charles Richter in partnership with Beno Gutenberg, both of the California Institute of Technology, the scale was firstly intended to be used only in a particular study area in California, and on seismograms recorded on a particular instrument, the Wood-Anderson torsion seismometer.

Richter originally reported values to the nearest quarter of a unit, but decimal numbers were used later. His motivation for creating the local magnitude scale was to separate the vastly larger number of smaller earthquakes from the few larger earthquakes observed in California at the time.

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Word of the Day | Nimiety

Nimiety is from Late Latin nimietas, from Latin nimius, "very much, too much," from nimis, "excessively."

What a nimiety of . . . riches have we here! I am quite undone.


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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Lyrics

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Long way from my home
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Oh, sometimes I wish I could fly
Fly like a bird up in the sky
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Closer to my home

Motherless children have a hard time
Motherless children have-a such a hard time
Motherless children have such a really hard time
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel like freedom is near
Sometimes I feel like freedom is here
Sometimes I feel like freedom is so near
But we're so far from home

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Animal in you Quiz Personality Test

This test is based on the best selling book The Animal in You by Roy Feinson, which explores how biological and social pressure conspire to form our personalities. If you find it to be uncannily accurate, it's due to the test's sophisticated algorithms.


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Finger-Spin Rechargeable Cellphone Battery

Mind you, this is not a “Green” concept and neither does it claim to be “Eco Friendly”. It’s just a helpful solution for a tricky situation. The situation being: you running out of juice on your mobile phone. So what do you do?

Remove the battery from the back of the phone; give it a few good turns around your index finger and its gathered enough power to last you a conversation or a safe trip to your charger and electric point.


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Highrise Jumprope

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De Niro & Scorsese

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MythBusters Bond Poster

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Buy Lexicon a Re-badged Blu-ray Player For Only $3500!

And the non-deal of the day is this $3,500.00 Blu-ray player that is actually a re-badged $500 Blu-ray player. Ouch.

What a load of hogwash. When we received the player the first thing we did was open it up to get a look at the inside. Imagine my surprise when I found that not only did the Lexicon share the same boards and transport as the Oppo - it was in fact AN OPPO BDP-83 PLAYER, CHASSIS AND ALL, SHOVED INSIDE AN ALUMINUM LEXICON WRAPPER.

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Don’t Mess With Those Guys | They are Old School

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Haiti: The Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince

Before and after an earthquake.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

US Airways Smashes Xbox 360 for Security Reasons

Here is a tip for anyone that is planning on taking their video game console with them when they travel….DON’T DO IT! Trust us, if you do it will end up like this. You are better off shipping the damn thing to your destination with x2 insurance.

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Caitlin Upton | MoPo Forum Arcade

Flash Shooting Games
Flash Retro Games
Flash Driving Games
Flash Puzzles Mind Games & Benders

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Blood & Gore Extreme Flash Games
Flash Casino Games
Flash Flying Games
Flash Sport Games
Flash Adult Games

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Heidi Montag Before & After

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Top 25 Google Trends Today

1. air america
2. toyota recall
3. aaron zononi
4. tornado in ventura
5. google earnings
6. arlen specter
7. toyota recall gas pedal
8. scott brown cosmopolitan magazine
9. bachmann
10. hayden panettiere red hair
11. supreme court ruling today
12. jersey shore finale
13. michele bachmann
14. waka flocka flame dead
15. haiti earthquake facts
16. caitlin upton
17. heidi montag before after
18. hope for haiti now telethon
19. supreme court campaign finance
20. sky harbor airport

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Lego Truck | Kenworth K100 Aerodyne

It's a model of late 70s / early 80s famous K100 Aerodyne. Under the cab replica of the Detroit Diesel V8 turbo charged engine. I have no idea how many bricks were used, but I remember that package with bricks for walls of the trailer was 3kg.


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Cats Playing Scrabble

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Sony's PlayStation is 'Poison' to Children

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims that Sony’s PlayStation is "poison" and leads children down the capitalist "road to hell."

Chavez, in his weekly radio-TV show "Alo Presidente," called on Venezuelan manufacturers to make "educational" toys and dolls with indigenous peoples' features to replace capitalistic counterparts like the Barbie doll that "have nothing to do with our culture."

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3G GSM 128-bit Encryption Cracked in Under 2 Hours

In the past two weeks, we’ve seen A5/1 64-bit encryption on GSM cracked and now A5/3 128-bit encryption on 3G GSM has also been cracked. Scanners that can tap 64-bit GSM and decrypt the signals are already on the market. There’s a paper linked in the DailyTech article that details what the researchers did to crack A5/3.

Whereas A5/1 was brought down by 2 terabyte time-memory tradeoff attack tables generated over a couple months on an NVIDIA GPU cluster (via CUDA code) early last year, the effort [to crack A5/3] used the sophisticated, "related-key sandwich attack" to crack the more advanced algorithm in only 2 hours.

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Mr. Bacon vs. Monsier Tofu

Only one can remain at the top of the foof chain!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nothing?


Giddyup!

How well do you think you know Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine? The App About Nothing will put your knowledge of one of the greatest TV sitcoms of all time, "Seinfeld," to the ultimate test.

MoPo Forum member (reigning Member of the Year, no less) Ankit Patel created this app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app features more than 1000 questions, taken from every episode of Seinfeld, and you can even save your high scores to a database on the Interwebs to see how you stack up to other Seinfeld fans and let them know you mean business.

Click here to go to the iTunes store NOW and check it out.

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And that's how the fight started...

I got home late one night to see my wife standing angrily in the hallway brandishing a broom. I said "So, are you actuall cleaning, or just about to fly somewhere?

And that's when the fight started.....

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Belinda Carpe Diem | MoPo Forum Arcade

Flash Shooting Games
Flash Retro Games
Flash Driving Games
Flash Puzzles Mind Games & Benders

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Blood & Gore Extreme Flash Games
Flash Casino Games
Flash Flying Games
Flash Sport Games
Flash Adult Games

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Twilight – New Moon The Video Game

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History of Computer Modems

Their arrival heralded a new age of communications and they played a major role in the explosion of the internet. We're talking, of course, about modems. Here we look back on the development of this remarkable device.

When the US Air Force needed a convenient way of transmitting hundreds of radar images to command centres during the Cold War in the late 1940s they turned to the telephone system as a solution.


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X-Ray Vision Made Easy

This little x-ray vision trick is pretty neat, especially considering how simple the idea really is.

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Top 20 Google Trends Today

1. haiti another earthquake
2. haiti aftershock
3. graco stroller recall
4. pants on the ground shirt
5. kim s light bagels
6. scott brown massachusetts
7. kelly bensimon
8. scott brown family photos
9. susie krabacher
10. venus williams australian open
11. katelynn cashin
12. haiti hit again
13. coakley concedes
14. haiti 6.1
15. jeana tomasino
16. haiti earthquake january 20
17. gail huff photos
18. james taylor and carole king
19. 6.1 earthquake
20. after shock in haiti

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Consollection | Sega Master System

Segas Master System rose out of the SG-1000 hardware range and was the first international release of that system. Competing with Nintendos NES/ Famicom, it had a hard time struggling with the Mario brothers, Zelda and other strong franchises, but managed to do well in most parts of the world. It was one of the most prominent systems of the 8-Bit era.


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ikea Blue Bag Dress

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First Person Tetris


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Toronto Star's Crossword had an interesting Clue Today

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AMD Exec Who 'Would Never Buy' AMD

This is definitely not the type of statement you want to be made public in any court case, let alone one of this magnitude.

Near the top of the document is the most condemning statement against AMD--an excerpt of a 2004 internal AMD communication from former AMD Executive Vice President Henri Richard, the company's then-highest-ranking sales executive: "If you look at it with an objective set of eyes, you would never buy AMD. I certainly would never buy AMD for a personal system, if I wasn't working here."

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Black Ice + Car +Walking = FAIL

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Skee Ball | MoPo Forum Arcade

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Tetris | MoPo Forum Arcade

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The End of the Rainbow


Thanks MoPo forum memebr kooziesan



Here is a pic of forum member Pablo Hunny creating said rainbow.

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The Stages of Life

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How to install a Graphics Card - So Easy Even a...

Monkey Can Do It. When is the last time you saw a video card commercial? When is the last time you saw one featuring a monkey installing a video card? Well, thanks to AMD and it’s prized primate Louie, you are getting both today:

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Hackers Put PrOn On Billboard

I have never been one to condone hacking but, if you are going to do it, please do it like these guys did. Pay extra attention to the billboards on your commute home from work tonight!

Drivers in downtown Moscow squinted in disbelief as an electronic highway billboard blazed a two-minute pornographic video instead of its regular advertising clips.

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How the media can manipulate our viewpoint

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Rare Liberty Head Nickel Fetches over 3.7 Million

A rare 1913 U.S. coin once owned by an Egyptian king and later featured in a famous U.S. TV detective series was sold for more than $3.7 million (2.3 million pounds) in a public auction in Florida, the auctioneers said on Friday.

The so-called Liberty Head nickel, one of only five known of that specific date and design, was sold "in spirited bidding" to a private East Coast coin collector in Orlando late on Thursday, said Greg Rohan, president of Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions. The buyer wished to remain anonymous.


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Virgin Galactic Maiden Suborbital Space Flight

The lunar-like landscape of the Mojave desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas will stage the roll-out of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the brain child of aerospace engineer Burt Rutan.

SS2, which can carry six passengers and two pilots, plans to begin test flights next year and start commercial flights between 2011 and 2012.

Virgin Galactic, owned by Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments, says about 300 adventurers from around the world have paid a total of 40 million dollars in deposits to guarantee spots on the carbon composite wonder machine.


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Light Blue Optics Minority Report-Style Touch Screen

Fed up of lugging a heavy laptop around? Soon you could be typing documents and browsing the web on any nearby surface with the aid of a pioneering pocket-sized projector.

An innovative British company called Light Blue Optics has created the Light Touch, which transforms any surface into a 10.1in touch screen, reminiscent of the film Minority Report.

The system uses holographic laser projection and infrared sensors to create a screen that supports multi-touch gestures, like many smart phones. The device was unveiled by the Cambridge based company at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Why Zippers Have YKK On Them

The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast). In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited). This company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries.

In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers. Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day.

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Cyanide & Happiness - Beer Run


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BBC Reporter Breaks ‘Unbreakable’ Phone

You have to feel like a dork when you challenge someone to break your 'unbreakable' phone and (drum roll please) they break it with minimal effort. Ouch.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our Solar System May Have Millions of "Twins"

Of the billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy, 15 percent may host "twins" of our solar system, a new study says.

While that might not sound like much, the find suggests that several hundred million star systems look a lot like the one we call home, the study authors say. The research is based on surveys of stars with gas giant planets—similar to Jupiter and Saturn—that orbit far from their stars.


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Dog vs Photographer

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Lost your user manual? Instruction Manual Downloads

So much time wasted looking all over the place for the instruction manual to tune the tv-set, find the printer cartridge replacement how-to, the meaning of the blinking led on the dashboard.

Here’s a place where you can find and download the User Guide or Owner’s Manual for more than a million different products. Click here to find your manual.

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Tabletop Pong

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Ice Cubes

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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

The roots of the placebo problem can be traced to a lie told by an Army nurse during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of southern Italy. The nurse was assisting an anesthetist named Henry Beecher, who was tending to US troops under heavy German bombardment.

When the morphine supply ran low, the nurse assured a wounded soldier that he was getting a shot of potent painkiller, though her syringe contained only salt water. Amazingly, the bogus injection relieved the soldier's agony and prevented the onset of shock.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Half-Life 2 Gets Upgraded

Check out this guy’s Half Life 2 mod (or "update" as he calls it) that includes cools stuff like updated models, textures and HDR lighting

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You Don't Know Anything About Computers


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Credit Card Guitar Picks

At first you think: it’s “free” and “this machine accepts all credit cards”, that’s not right. And then you think “Oh…”

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Girl Backflips into TV

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Why Do We Get Sick More in the Wintertime?

Your mother probably told you time and time again, “Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold!” But how accurate is this statement? After all, our bodies stay close to the same temperature no matter how cold it is outside. What is the real reason people get sick more in the wintertime?

Well to answer that question let’s look at the conventional wisdom. If you ask just about anybody off the street, they’ll tell you that the cold somehow weakens your body (maybe your immune system) and makes you more susceptible to disease. How do they know this? Well their mothers told them, of course!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Apple to Ship Tablet Device in March

According to the Wall Street Journal and "people briefed by the company," Apple will launch a 10 – 11 inch tablet PC in March for around $1,000. While this rumor may turn out to be true, the $1k price tag seems awful low for anything Apple sells.

The tablet is expected to be a multimedia device that will let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Internet and read electronic books and newspapers. People briefed by Apple also say that the company believes it could redefine the way consumers interact with a variety of content.

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How the Brain Encodes Memories

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a major discovery in how the brain encodes memories. The finding, published in the December 24 issue of the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to the development of new drugs to aid memory.


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15 Things You Didn't Know About The Human Body

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Arrrr! The Top 10 Pirated Movies of 2009

Arrrr and ahoy, me hearties! Which a ye moving pictures were looted and plundered most in MMIX? Take a gander or we'll keelhaul ye.


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Look Inside Pixar Studios

Google has become known for creating a fun environment for employees, and has set somewhat of a standard in doing so. We’ve seen the offices of facebook, twitter, collegehumor, and a bunch of others… Now, here’s a look inside Pixar.


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Monday, January 11, 2010

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Top 20 Google Trends Today

1. mark mcgwire
2. oinkernet
3. ruthie from 7th heaven
4. jejune
5. 8 parts of speech
6. nothing suits me like a suit
7. miep gies
8. brown coakley debate
9. teresa sullivan
10. under the milky way tonight
11. honey west
12. sam s club closing
13. monica malpass
14. the bachelor rozlyn
15. sarah palin fox news
16. jejune definition
17. katie mclaughlin
18. alcoa earnings
19. david gergen
20. ethan embry

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Windows 7 Tip of the Day: God Mode

Want a good way to access all the control panel options in Windows 7 in one easy location? Simply make a folder on your desktop and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and you are all set. Here is what your folder should look like after you rename it:

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The Hottest New Technology Of 1983

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How to make a mask with Photoshop

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Sony Accidentally Pirates Own Movie

Apparently that free download of the movie "Armored" (still in theaters) you got on the PlayStation Store the other day was an accident. No word on whether Sony will bring charges against itself for putting the movie on the market while it is still in theaters.

Sony accidentally offered Armored - a movie that's still playing in theatres - for download on the PlayStation Store. What's more, they offered it for free. Whoops.

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Nothing?


Giddyup!

How well do you think you know Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine? The App About Nothing will put your knowledge of one of the greatest TV sitcoms of all time, "Seinfeld," to the ultimate test.

MoPo Forum member (reigning Member of the Year, no less) Ankit Patel created this app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app features more than 1000 questions, taken from every episode of Seinfeld, and you can even save your high scores to a database on the Interwebs to see how you stack up to other Seinfeld fans and let them know you mean business.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Weekend Life

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Why Every Country Has a Different Plug

The history of the voltage split is a pretty short story, and one you've probably heard bits and pieces of before. Edison's early experiments with direct current (DC) power in the late 1800s netted the first useful mainstream applications for electricity, but suffered from a tendency to lose voltage over long distances.

Nonetheless, when Nikola Tesla invented a means of long-distance transmission with alternating current (AC) power, he was doing so in direct competition with Edison's technology, which happened to be 110v. He stuck with that. By the time people started to realize that 240v power might not be such a bad idea for the US, it was the 1950s, and switching was out of the question.


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Triangle Sandwiches Taste Better Than Square Ones

Universal Truth.

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Night Vision Digital Video Camera

See and record up to 40 feet in absolute darkness. The Night Vision Digital Video Camera frees up your periph so you can see and record danger coming your way! Get footage of your demise at the hands of a deadly ninja, or laugh when you realize that the face of Death is really your neighbor's half-wit Poodle.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Natalie Portman | MoPo Forum Arcade

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Flash Puzzles Mind Games & Benders

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Registered users play 100's of free flash games in the MoPo Arcade.

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BreakOut! | MoPo Forum Arcade

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Can My Car Remote Unlock Other Vehicles?

Anyone with a remote car lock has wondered at one time or another whether the signal is really one-of-a-kind. What are the chances that your keyless entry could unlock someone else’s car? It turns out the odds are pretty slim.

Modern remote keyless entry systems are pretty secure, but there is a slight chance Jason could open another Camry if he wants to walk up to one and press the unlock button on his remote (assuming it uses a 40-bit code) one trillion, ninety-nine billion, five hundred eleven million, six hundred twenty-seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy-six times, running through all the possible codes his remote could transmit until one works (assuming he can hit the button once every second without taking any breaks, he’ll need just shy of 34,842 years to do so).

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Looftlighter

Imagine a hairdryer that blows air and heat in excess of a thousand degrees fahrenheit. That's essentially the Looftlighter. Point the business end at your pile of kindling and logs, and switch it on. After about 15 seconds, you'll see a spark and some embers. Pull back about 3 inches, and keep pouring on the heat. In no time at all, you'll have a roaring toasty fire! Now all you need are marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, and it's a party! Stay warm!

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Button Pinhole Video Spycam w/ Mini DVR

If you're into capturing hands-free covert style video, the Button Pinhole Video Spycam can help you in this endeavor. This is a hidden surveillance spy camera disguised as a shirt button with a pocket sized DVR and all the necessary cables included in one complete kit. This high tech camcorder allows you to record directly onto a small mini-SD digital video recorder.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Stunning Photographs of Animals Inside Womb

These amazing embryonic animal photographs of dolphins, sharks, dogs, penguins, cats and elephants are from a new National Geographic Documentary called "Extraordinary Animals in the Womb".


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2D Driving Simulator on Google Maps


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2010: 'Twenty Ten' vs. 'Two Thousand Ten'

The argument of the day is brought to you by these weirdos that want you to say "twenty ten" instead of two thousand ten…you know…the actual number of years since the birth of that Jesus guy.

"NAGG has decided to step in and decree that (2010) should officially be pronounced 'twenty ten,' and all subsequent years should be pronounced as 'twenty eleven,' 'twenty twelve,' etc.," proclaims the association's news release.

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Magic Wand - Programmable TV Remote

You know you have always wanted to be a wizard. But not one of those swish and flick wizards from the movies. You want to be the Dungeons & Dragons wizard - the party's controller. See that word there? CONTROLLER. It means you control the battlefield; you control everything!

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The Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards

Add the Ladies of Star Wars Playing Cards to the mix and suddenly, the game is more interesting again. Does Mike have a great hand or is he just staring into the eyes of a Twi'lek dancing girl?

Is John not folding because he has a great hand or because he can't bear the thought of throwing away Senator Amidala? And Timmy... well, he's still gnawing on his tail, but we're not sure what that means. Let's just call.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Apple Tablet

I never fully believed the Apple tablet was real beyond dreams, they continued to explain the device as something that would sit between an iPod/iPhone and a MacBook, and would cost $700 to $900—"More than twice as much as a netbook," they said.

To make up for that cost and make the device more than just a big iPod there was, this person claimed, there was talk of making the device act as a secondary screen/touchpad for iMacs and MacBooks, much like a few of the USB screens that have come out in recent months from Chinese companies. Very interesting.


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Moot Point

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Half-Life With Real Weapons

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Luxeed U5 Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard

Sure we've seen illuminated keyboards before, but then we saw the Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard and stopped looking. With 430 LEDs the Luxeed is capable of individually lighting each key in your choice of color. What's more it can do some amazing tricks like an animated rainbow across all the keys, or make each key light when you press it.

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Hard Cover Book Vault

Your stuff could just as easily be someone else's stuff - all it takes is a appropriately awesome object worth stealing, and a really cruddy job of locking it up. What are you thinking, sticking it in a safe? What nonsense! Where's a thief going to look first? That's right - your safe. Stupid.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

50 Amazing Ramen Noodle Recipes


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iTramp

"Soon there will be 2 kinds of people. Those who use computers, and those who use Apples." (Early 1980s)
"We're looking for the most original use of an Apple since Adam"
"Welcome IBM. Seriously."
"It takes minutes of practice to make Macintosh do this."
"From the creators of iPod."
"The most affordable Mac ever."
"You can't be too thin, Or too powerful."
"The all-in-one for everyone."
"It’s a good time to be a desk."
"Rapid transit"
"Thin as always. Faster than ever."
"*Do not eat iPod shuffle"
"Put a different kind of change in your pocket."
"So much to touch."
"One size fits all."
"The funnest iPod ever"
"Touching is believing"

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King of Crayons

So Solomon was all like "OK, we'll split him down the middle" and the kid's parents were like "Sure!" And they fucking did it! I was right there man.


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Nintendo Monopoly

We're happy to announce that Nintendo Monopoly comes with Speed Play rules that keep the game fast and fun. So not only does Nintendo-izing it make it better, it makes it as speedy as Mario when he's high on invincibility star.

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Astronaut Lunch Space Food Sampler

Astronauts get all the perks. They get cool suits, awesome space vehicles, alien encounters (both romantic and work related), and awesome chow. Nowadays they get some good food, but in the beginnings it was awful - gelatin cubes and toothpaste food.

And then Pillsbury decided to kick it up a notch and create Space Food Sticks - a "non-frozen balanced energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein." Yum. And then they released it to the public. Yay.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's Resolution Generator


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This Guy Seems to Have Life Figured Out

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Cycle of Life

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Grammar Nerd Corrective Label Pack

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Modern Warfare 2: Most Pirated Game of 2009

The good news: Modern Warfare 2 made more money than any game ever. The Bad news: It was equally popular with pirates.

"In just five days of sell through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the largest entertainment launch in history and a pop culture phenomenon," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said commenting on the game’s success. This is, of course, reflected in the number of pirated copies being traded on BitTorrent.

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J&D's Bacon Lip Balm

Share your love of the magical animal that produces pork, ham, sausage and bacon by giving your loved ones bacon-flavored kisses.

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Self Stirring Mug

Just pop two AAA batteries inside the base, fill the mug with your favorite hot beverage, add your sweetener or creamer - or, hey! Maybe you just like a nice hot cup of cocoa! Any way, press the button on the handle and whirr your drink into a perfect blend. No more sandy sugar in the last dregs of your drink, and no more spoons!

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