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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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3 Animal Photographs of the Day (2/18/2005)

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Yahoo! News' Photos had some nice shots of animals doing crazy things. Here are Ant's favorites:

  • #1 -- A participant bites the tail of his bull to urge it to run faster during a bullock cart race on the second day of the rural games, also called the 'Mini Olympics', at Kila Raipur, India.
  • #2 -- People watch sheep-fighting to celebrate China's traditional Spring Festival in Huaibei city, east China's Anhui Province.
  • #3 -- Mother's tongue : A camel mother sticks her tongue out while standing by her newborn calf 'Joachim'.
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Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India

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Yahoo! News report that archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.

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Sheriffs + D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) = Funny!

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FiringSquad posted a funny downloadable video clip (3.3 MB; Windows Media Video; 1 minute and 27 seconds). This is what happens when you have Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) nerds meet the sheriffs.

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Order pizzas through EverQuest II.

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Everquest 2 allows lazy players to order pizzas in the game with /pizza command.

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A streaming video clip of an Amtrak train hitting a truck...

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A 39 seconds streaming video clip (Flash required) shows a fast moving Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, with 80 passengers, hitting a truck in Oxnard (near Palm Springs), CA, USA. You can read the details in this story.

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Typing Style Can Be Password

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This Yahoo! News' short story says the way you type is as unique as your eye color or speech patterns and can be used instead of a password to protect your computer, researchers at Louisiana Tech and Penn State say.

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Hard Drive Clocks

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Newview, in a Broadband Reports' security forum thread titled Warning on hard drives' security, mentioned Hard Drive Clock. It is an ideal clock for anyone who works with computers, and makes a great gift. All of the internal parts are still present, including the read/write heads and the stepper motor or voice coil that moved them. The heads can be manually moved in and out. Some models will stand on any flat surface, all will hang on the wall.

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Viral Videos: Cup of Coffee -- A Funny TV Advertisement/Spot/Commercial for 2/17/2005.

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Viral Videos posted a bunch of new TV spots/commercials/advertisements again. However, only one was funny and good to post. It is about a cup of coffee at work from Bud Light.

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Bubbles -- A Web Flash Game

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Compfused.com posted a cool simple Flash game called Bubbles. Your objective is to float a bubble through the water while collecting other bubbles to increase your size and score. Also, you must beware the nasty spiked balls that happen to be passing by that will pop your bubble and end the game.

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Funny Cartoon: Nations of Warcraft -- European Countries vs. WoW Races

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Insert Coin posted a funny comic related to World of Warcraft. It shows the relationship between European countries and the game races.

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Microsoft's Parent's Primer to Computer Slang

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Microsoft posted a parent's primer to computer slang online to understand how kids communicate online to help protect them.

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Image Puzzle

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Image Puzzle (Internet Explorer is a MUST!) is a graphical puzzle divided into 15 stages. Each stage comes with a digital image that contains a text that allows you to get to the next stage. If you manage to solve the puzzle on a stage, erase the current HTML page from the address/URL field. The text is always in written in a clear form, it's just disguised in some way. There are no riddles or such things. The text is always located within the image file. it's never a reference to a place outside this website!

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Less liver cancer in coffee drinkers...

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I saw this on KTLA 5's morning news yesterday, but I forgot to look for an online story to post on here.

CNN reports that hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer. A study of more than 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee.

Animal studies have suggested a protective association of coffee with liver cancer, so the research team led by Monami Inoue of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed a 10-year public health study to determine coffee use by people diagnosed with liver cancer and people who did not have cancer. They found the likely occurrence of liver cancer in people who never or almost never drank coffee was 547.2 cases per 100,000 people over 10 years. But for people who drank coffee daily the risk was 214.6 cases per 100,000, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Congratulations Mousey!

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Congratulations, Mousey for being a papa! He and his mate, Dayna, are going to have a bunch of babies! OK, maybe not a bunch.

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Amusing Doctored Photograph of an Anti-Spyware Protest

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From ASW Vendors in La-La Lan thread (related to this old serious story) in Broadband Reports' security forum, EGeezer posted an amusing doctored photograph of a protest against spywares.

2/17/2005 10:21 AM PST: Dang it. Linked to the thread post so you won't see Barney!

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China overtakes U.S. as world's biggest consumer.

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This CBC News story says that China has surpassed the United States to lead the world in the consumption of basic food and industrial goods, a study says. The booming Asian country now uses more meat, grain, steel and coal, according to an environmental think-tank's report released Wednesday. The only basic commodity still consumed in greater quantities by Americans is oil, says the report from the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute. The Chinese have even eclipsed Americans in consumer goods, buying more refrigerators, more televisions and cell phones.

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Origami as the Shape of Things to Come

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The New York Times (no registration needed) report that Dr. Demaine, an assistant professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the leading theoretician in the emerging field of origami mathematics, is holding is a hyperbolic parabaloid. It is a shape well known to mathematicians -- or something very close to that -- but he wants to be able to prove this conjecture, but difficullt to do.

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Do You Speak American?

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TheShadow (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me an interesting PBS' documentary on how Americans, as seen and heard, through the way we speak. It was premiered on January 5th, 2005, but its Web site was still informative like:

  • Words that shouldn't be -- Spambot, cybercat, etc. Are we ruining the language?
  • From sea to shining sea -- Exactly how many varities are there of American English?
  • What speech do we like best? -- Language expreesses who we are, and who we want to be. It can also unite or divide us.
  • What lies ahead? -- Is TV making us sound alike? Will cars sound like men or women? What's ahead for American English?
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Blogging makes you lose your job?

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This CNN/Money article says the growing popularity of blogs is a double-edged sword for companies. On the one hand, corporate managers recognize the power of word-of-mouth as a sales tool. On the other hand, they're acutely aware of the dangers inherent in the rapid and widespread dissemination of company information.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trailer!

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Dark Horizons and The World of KJ pointed out a new and leaked trailer (MOV; 2 minutes?) for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

2/16/2005 10:51 AM PST: /. pointed out the Flash version on Amazon's Web site. Click here (maximized to your Web browser size) to watch it streaming and directly.

Nice special effects. I never got into the books and TV minseries.