Note as of 9/26/2013 5:25:25:25 AM PDT: The web site is still having permanent(?) technical problems (errors, user accounts [e-mail if you want an account], search engine (use Google's with key word(s)), automatic feeds (e.g., Reddit), etc. Blame the rodent. ;)

Web site staff members (please remove AQFL to e-mail: Ant(Dude) (front end and 99% poster) and Mousey (administrator)). Use public Disqus for everyone to post and see moderated comments and feedbacks. And yes, Ant's English sucks (want to be the copy editor/proofreader?). Note that some non-AQFL links might have offensive/gross contents, annoying advertisements/ads. (use a blocker!), etc.

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Mystery of unpopped popcorn is discovered.

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Scientists say it has to do with optimum hull structure according to MSNBC's story. Popcorn is a variety of corn, Zea mays everta, having hard kernels that burst to form white, irregularly shaped puffs when heated. It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center -- about 15 percent -- to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull. It turns out there is an optimal hull structure that allows kernels to explode, and leaky hulls prevent the moisture pressure buildup needed for kernels to pop.

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A security guru wants access to bug databases.

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ZDNET UK reports a Cambridge academic and security engineering professor Ross Anderson argues that empirical analysis of software bug records will prove whether open source code is more secure than closed source, and show the true value of techniques like peer review and extreme programming (XP).

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The History of the Batmobile

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As a fan of Batman series (all generations), this site was interesting to visit. The History of Batmobiles contains the data on the Batmobiles a few years ago while the Spencer (remove AQFL to e-mail) trying to research a model project he was working on (you can visit my scale model site here). He discovered that there were very few reference guides to the Batmobile, and none of them covered the complete history of the car. Many focused only on a single generation (such as the Futura Batmobile), or they covered a particular genre (TV, cartoons, movies, etc.). As Spencer collected information from all of these sources, he decided to put together his own history of the Batmobile.

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Video: A laptop thief is busted by a professor in lecture class.

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FiringSquad mentions Boing Boing's link (watch the video one to see the professor's anger) of a someone getting busted in class for stealing a professor's laptop/notebook.

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A scary view clip from inside of a Boeing 767's bad landing during a storm...

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FiringSquad mentioned a link (direct download of the 3 MB WMV video file) that shows a scary video clip showing a Boeing 767's bad landing during a storm.

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Allergies on rise, a 25-year study shows.

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As I expected, this CBC News story says people, who have been suspected seasonal allergies, are becoming more common. Now some tissue samples confirm the 25-year trend to more sneezes and itchy eyes... In each decade, the number of samples testing positive for allergies jumped nearly five per cent, the team reported in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal -– a smoking gun showing the increase in allergies.

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Danks = A WoW Dork

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Read this World of Warcraft (WoW) forum thread and laugh at Danks's first two posts. Too funny.

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Yahoo! Gives Soldier's Family Webmail Access

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MSNBC story reports The Associated Press' story on Yahoo! being ordered to give the family full access to the account, and isn't fighting a court request. The dead marine's parents went to court in order to gain access to late son's account. The family received a CD containing more than 10,000 pages of material, but only e-mails his son received and nothing he had written, even e-mails the younger Ellsworth had sent home.

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Adelphia Deal Done (New Owners)

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This Broadband Reports' news piece says: "Despite last minute bidding efforts by Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be the new owners of Adelphia, according to press reports. Comcast will gain 1.8 million cable subscribers as part of the deal, Time Warner Cable looks to add 3.5 million cable subscribers. Adelphia users: the deal should be closed within 9-12 months.

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"Here Without You" Music Video from World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft mentioned a 6 minutes and 50 seconds music video (registration required to download) from the addicting game.

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If Quentin Tarantino did a movie/TV show on Java Programming (not the coffee)...

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... then a scene from his movie/television show would be something like this in Dr. Fun's cartoon.

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Faking It -- Talking to no one on the cellular phones.

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CBS News' article says that many cellular phone users aren't really talking to anybody. The New York Times recently described research at Rutgers University and the Ethics and Public Policy Center. They found that a great number of cell phone users are faking it.

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3 Ant's Top Picks from Viral Videos & Ads for 4/20/2005

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Viral Videos and Ads posted a bunch 24 new television/TV commercials/spots/advertisements today after a long delay in updating. Only three of them were worth seeing and sharing on AQFL.

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To Pay With Your Credit Card, Please Speak Up

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/. mentions a Business Week article on voice verification in future debit and credit cards. Here's how it works: A special sensor on the credit card stores its owner's previously recorded voiceprint in digital form. When the owner receives a new card, he or she speaks a password into the sensor on the card. If the voiceprint matches, the card is activated.

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Futurama's Bender uses Symantec's Norton AntiVirus

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Chairboy told me a funny Futurama fact before the show started. There was an image from Wired magazine showing Bender with Norton--err NorTRON AntiVirus.

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Video Clips of Super Police Dog

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Compfused.com posted a 1.5 minutes video with various clips/scenes showing a super police dog doing its job.

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Mexican Wave Secrets Revealed

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This old BBC News' article says it takes about 30 people to get a Mexican Wave going in a football stadium. Scientists from the University of Budapest in Hungary studied video tape of the crowd phenomenon that caught on during the 1986 World Cup and built a mathematical model to describe how it works. Tamas Vicsek and colleagues discovered that a critical mass of people is required to get the wave underway and predict that waves are more likely to occur when spectators are not already over-excited -- such as during flat periods in the game. The team believes similar studies on crowd behaviour could help the authorities predict when spectators are about to lose control, such as during riots or post-match brawls.

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Network news dead says a former ABC News reporter/anchor, Sam Donaldson

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According to Broadcasting & Cable's news article, former ABC News reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson is ready to say the last rites for network news because it will soon lose its dominant position as Americans' primary source of news. "I think it's dead. Sorry," he said during a breakfast panel Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)'s convention in Las Vegas, Nevada (NV). "The monster anchors are through." Even though 30 million viewers still turn to networks news each night and garner ratings well above CNN and Fox News, networks news operations long ago lost their role as the sources Americans rely on during time of major breaking news, said Donaldson.

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2 Video Clips of the Day: Cat Drum and a DDR juggling dancer.

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Two video clips of the day from Blue's News today that involves a cat that drums and a DDR kid as a juggler:

  1. Wow, this cat is really good in drumming with this toddler. See this short Google Video. Seen on VideoSift.
  2. Boing Boing has a downloadable video clip (WMV; 4.6 MB; almost 1.75 minutes long) of a high-speed Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) kid juggling three pins. Wow. There needs to be a contest of this!

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Tetris Shelves

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Need an unique style of bookshelves? Try Tetris Shelves --