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AOL's 2004 Most Popular Spam Lines

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Broadband Reports has a link to America Online's second annual top-10 spam terms. It lists the subject lines of the most popular junk e-mails intended for its 29 million subscribers. AOL said the number of spams sent to users, including what AOL blocked, was down from 2.4 billion in 2003 to 1.2 billion this year.

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Paying for Art (Movies), But Instead Getting Ads

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Dmusic has a New York Times story (registration required; no way around it) on the length and number of commercials and trailers before the movie starts. Viewers are getting to the point of shouting and possibly revolting.

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More Americans playing hooky from work

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This CNN story says Americans are using sick time for many reasons besides a cold whether it's personal errands, catching up on sleep or simply relaxing. More than one-third of U.S. workers who responded say they played hooky from work over the last 12 months in the recent CareerBuilder.com survey "Out of the Office." 35% of those polled admit to calling in sick when they felt well at least once during the last year. One-in-10 said they did so three or more times.

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A video clip of Blue Man Group bringing in the new year (2005)...

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Blue Man Library posted an encoded video clip (almost 4 minutes; MPEG-1) from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. It is a funny and cool skit with the Blue Man Group bringing in the new year.

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Personal stories wrench the heart: Waves wash away lives, livelihoods, hope...

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I just read a sad CNN story about three survivors that were devastated by tsumani disaster. :(

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The Old Car Manual Project

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The Old Car Manual Project has a collection of manuals, brochures, and pictures of old cars even before 1920.

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Iron Chef America (Flash Game)

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Iron Chef America is a Flash game where you have to catch food with a tray from two chefs.

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New Year's Eve - Hogmanay

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A co-worker shared me this story about New Year's Eve - Hogmanay:

What does Hogmanay actually mean and what is the derivation of the name? Why do the Scots more than any other nation celebrate the New Year with such a passion? Why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome first foot visitor after midnight, carrying a lump of coal and a slice of black bun?

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The good news from 2004...

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2004: The Good News says every year at the end of December, major media outlets compile lists of the year's top stories. Television news stations compile poignant montages of the past 12 months. Inevitably, these images are tragic—images of war, crime and natural disaster set to pensive music, only occasionally interrupted by shots of the team that won the Super Bowl, the World Series, or every four years, pictures from the Olympics. That's to be expected, of course. No news, as they say, is good news. Good news also tends to happen gradually, which makes it less conspicuous. Bad news happens in clumps. It makes itself known. In just a few hours, a hurricane or an earthquake can wipe out thousands of homes and businesses. The prosperity, wealth and rise in standard of living that created those homes and businesses took place over decades, if not hundreds of years. No one reports a new subdivision going up. Everyone's on the scene when a tornado takes one down. At the end of the year, it’s easy to get so caught up with what's going on in Fallujah, the calamitous tsunamis that hit South Asia, or the threat of terrorism, that we overlook the overwhelmingly positive but subtler, more gradual trends lurking beneath the headlines.

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"Alias" Resets For Newbies for 1/5/2005.

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This Dark Horizons story says: "Keen to jump into the fourth season premiere of Alias this coming Wednesday but worried that as a new viewer you won't understand what's going on? Don't panic. According to an interview up on Alias Media with creator J.J. Abrams, the two-hour opener will be easy for newcomers to follow - 'We're not going to have any reprise (of previous seasons). We're not going to have any explanation...In no way is this first episode imposing or convoluted'."

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World of Warcraft Cartoon/Comic Strip of the Day: The disadvantage of instant mail...

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Chapter 7 is up for The Heroes of World of Warcraft. It shows a disadvantage of instant mail technology in the game.

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Adware installed through Windows Media files

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eburger68, from this Broadband Reports security forum thread, posted two PC World articles (Risk Your PC's Health for a Song?) and Protect Yourself From Audio Adware) about a potentially dangerous new development on the spyware/adware front. Windows Media files can be used to install adware and spyware.

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Internet usage said to cut into TV viewing and socializing.

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This New York Times article says the average Internet user in the United States spends three hours a day online, with much of that time devoted to work and more than half of it to communications, according to a survey conducted by a group of political scientists.

The survey found that use of the Internet has displaced television watching and a range of other activities. Internet users watch television for one hour and 42 minutes a day, compared with the national average of two hours, said Norman H. Nie, director of the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, a research group that has been exploring the social consequences of the Internet.

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2 Funny TV Advertisements/Commercials of the Day From Viral Videos & Ads

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Viral Videos & Ads posted new TV commercials/advertisements to download and watch (WMV files). Two of them were good:

  • Balloon from Siemen -- Careful when you blow balloons for the kids!
  • Bum Note from Aristoc -- Musicians are distracted by a movie and TV show.
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Did a 16-bit counter overflow shut down Comair?

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According to this Broadband Reports forum thread, Cudni found Security Focus links about a possible 16-bit counter overflow that shut down Comair.

12/30/2004 7:33 AM PST: /. has a story, links, and users' comments (e.g., like hiring!).

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Excess All Areas: Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

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Excess All Areas is an educational and interactive Flash presentation (nice neon effects) about drugs and their common effects.

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2 Flash Games: "Farm Sim" and "Bugs Are Coming"

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Compfused.com posted two Flash games today.

  1. Farm Sim is a simple game that makes you a farmer to shoot down UFOs from abducting your precious cows (leave my Betsy clones alone, you crazy aliens!). Watch out for their bombs. I got to level 6, but don't remember the exact points (10K something) on my first attempt. Cool little tune.
  2. Bugs Are Coming is another simple game where you move the pink growing bubble around with your mouse while avoiding bugs (no ants?) for as long as possible. Be sure to grab those bubbles to deflate. I got to level 16 in 81 seconds as my fourth attempt.
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"Can't Handle It" Funny Video Clip of a Motorcyclist

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Compfused.com has a funny short video clip (direct link; 548 KB WMV) of a motorcyclist's goof-up on a motorcycle.

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Many Photographs and Videos From The Asia Tsunami

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Waveofdestruction.org shows many photos and videos from recent Asia Tsunami. Some of those shots are very scary like the ones by Gagreflex. Very scary... :( From Blue's News post #29 (Zathrus).