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Studies: Lost sleep equals gained weight

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CNN reports a study that losing sleep can increase hormones linked with eating behavior. People who put on a few extra pounds may be able to blame a lack of sleep for the added weight, according to two separate studies published Monday.

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Your secret Christmas name/Santa's helper name...

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BBC (UK) has a name selector for everyone. Just fill out the simple forms.

Mine was: Gorgeous Sprout [sighs]

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Away Message Becomes Online Art Form

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Blue's News posted a Yahoo! News story on people's creativity with their away messages in instant messaging clients.

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Second Career for Old Assembly-line Robots: Art

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This Wired News story talks about assembly-line robots that can do more than just build cars. An European art group claims they can draw, dance, and even DJ a party.

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Products placed perfectly on NBC shopping site?

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"Paid placement of brand name items in TV shows and movies is nothing new, but NBC Universal is taking the practice to a new level by selling clothes, furniture and other goods appearing in its shows

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Adware cannibals feast on each other...

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Adware cannibals feast on each other is a story by CNET's News.com which was amusing to read:

"Companies that use free software downloads to target Web surfers with annoying ads are turning on each other to keep customers--and the cash they generate--for themselves.

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Java stir puts Sun in a spot -- messed up Firefox users...

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From CNET News.com's news story:

"A flaw in Sun Microsystems' Java software has highlighted the difficulty the company faces as flocks of tech novices start to turn to it for support... Sun disclosed a serious security flaw in its Java virtual machine (JVM) software last month. The rare problem, which affects Sun's plug-in for running Java on a variety of Web browsers and operating systems, could allow a virus to spread through PCs running both Microsoft Windows and Linux...

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What corporate America can't build: a sentence.

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/. posted a CNET News.com story about functional illiteracy when it comes to professional e-mails. Hundreds of inquiries from managers and executives seeking to improve their own or their workers' writing pop into Hogan's computer in-basket each month, he says, describing a number that has surged as e-mail has replaced the phone for much workplace communication. Millions of employees must write more frequently on the job than previously. And many are making a hash of it.

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Real Life Diablo 2 Runes

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DiabloII.net mentions an eBay auction of Diablo 2 runes in real life. The auction ends on Dec-08-04 at 19:33:40 PST.

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Fireworks factory explosion in Enschede, Netherlands in 2000.

Blue's News and FiringSquad mentioned an amazing and scary video clip of a major fireworks factory explosion. You can download the 1.5 MB WMV video file (1.5 minutes long) and/or look at photographs.

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PA Sues College That Gave Cat an MBA

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The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees — including an MBA awarded to a cat. Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

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Gym Class (a short and cool homemade action flick)

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Gym Class is a 4 minutes action shooting flick (14.4 MB direct download). It starts out slow, but it gets cooler with the action gun fight scenes with fingers in a high school with Matrix moves. Nice blood splats too.

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Who's Your Baddie? A Smallville Trivia

Spaceman Spiff found a short poll related to one of my favorite TV shows, Smallville. I got 50% right and he got 70% right. :(

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"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

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According to Globe Link's story for Monday, October 4th 2004, a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers ended. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.

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New Command & Conquer: Red Alert Game

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Blue's News mention that there is another Command & Conquer: Red Alert game coming: "... we have a MAJOR announcement to make and we are making it exclusively to our long time C&C fans. This announcement is not going out to the press and it won't appear on the EA website or anywhere else online. We are very proud to announce that the team that brought you Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge, and Command & Conquer Generals has officially started work on our next project set in the Red Alert universe!"

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Movies' cheesiest movie lines/sayings...

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Survey: 'Titanic' earns cheesiest movie line is a CNN story. British baker Warburtons posed the question "What are your top three cheesiest moments in film?" to 2,000 U.K. moviegoers in celebration of the launch of their new cheese-flavored crumpets.

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Intel cans Pentium II

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The Register says Intel told its customers that it is to formally discontinue production of the Pentium II at 266, 333, 366 and 466MHz.

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A Brief History of Video Game Humor

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This GameSpot story pulled together some of the best examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts at humor over the years.

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Prairie Dogs Speak to Each Other With Their Own Language?

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Woah.. So apparently Prairie dogs have their own language! Stunning! Except, I've always been of the opinion rodents could talk.. =)

From the article: "Prairie dogs, those little pups popping in and out of holes on vacant lots and rural rangeland, are talking up a storm. They have different "words" for tall human in yellow shirt, short human in green shirt, coyote, deer, red-tailed hawk and many other creatures."

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Spyware on My Machine? So What?

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Wired News has an article about how not all web surfers think spyware is a problem. Some say the snoopy software is a fair trade-off for free applications, even with the intrusion into their computers and lives.