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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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Video games with heroes make kids aggressive

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This Daily Yomiuri On-Line article says computer games in which children can identify with a hero or heroine who attacks his or her enemies are more likely to make them aggressive than games featuring indiscriminate violence, according to a recent survey. In November and December 2001, researchers led by Ochanomizu University Professor Akira Sakamoto conducted a survey on the effects of video games popular among 592 fifth-grade students at six primary schools, mainly in Kanagawa and Niigata prefectures.

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Computer game addicts fail in the classroom

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Blue's News posted a Mail Online article about computer game addicts failing in the classrooms. Children who spend hours playing computer games and watching television are failing to develop the skills to succeed at school. The warning comes from leading scientist Professor Robert Winston, who said youngsters are not acquiring the long-term powers of study and application they need in class. This is because the games they play and programmes they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.

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Ants Cutting Human Hair

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Either I am still dreaming (someone please poke me!) or this story is crazy!

Biddybot, a member on my ant message board, mentioned and posted a couple links (#1, #2, and #3 (third one is my find)) about ants cutting people's hair. It is a localized scalp hair shedding/focal alopecia (aka bald spots), in human beings, caused by Pheidole ants and overview of similar case reports.

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Roadmap to 'Lost' -- A summary of the first 11 episodes.

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Spaceman Spiff (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me a MSNBC article about a summary of the first eleven episodes (season 1), a description of the major characters, and some speculation on what exactly is going on from ABC's Lost.

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Spiders Watch Their Diets Too

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This National Geographic article says spiders and insects that eat other creepy crawlies purposely seek a balanced diet to maintain their health, according to a new study. Scientists found that three predatory invertebrates--all of which use different hunting methods--adjust their feeding to correct nutritional deficiencies. Researchers behind the study say other, much larger predators, like leopards and sharks, may also monitor what they eat to maintain a balanced diet.

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Nose 'more complex than jet wing'

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This BBC News UK article says the way airflow around the nose is more complex than that in a jumbo jet's wing according to scientists. The structure of the nose meant air eddied, whirled and re-circulated as it passed through the nose, the team said. Principal researcher, Dr. Denis Doorly, said people are used to the flows around an aeroplane being complicated but that is in some ways simpler than understanding the flows inside the nose. "The geometry of the nose is highly complex, with no straight lines or simple curves like an aircraft wing and the regime of airflow is not simply laminar or turbulent."

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A video clip of bloopers bedeviling Bill Gates at CES (2005)

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A streaming video clip shows Conan O'Brien easing the tension with his classic humor as Bill Gates encountered problems with his remote control while demoing the Windows Media Center. This happened at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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A Video Clip of Big Wave Surfing

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Compfused.com posted a streaming video clip of a big wave surfing. Impressive, and dang that is huge!

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How to make spring shoes...

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This Web page shows how to make spring shoes out of an old mattress. This reminds me of Inspector Gadget's shoes.

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DOOM, the RogueLike -- An ASCII RPG of DOOM

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Doomworld mentioned DOOM, the RougeLike. It is currently at v0.9.5 which is the first public (although still beta) version. Feedback from this version will go to the final 1.0.0 version. Only DOS is supported (not sure if DOSbox will work) for non-Windows platforms.

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Microsoft Anti-Virus on Tuesday, 1/11/2005.

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According to Broadband Reports and CNN, Microsoft will be releasing a bare-bones anti-virus (AV) application on Tuesday (1/11/2005 -- my birthday!).

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A photograph shot of all Star Wars movies (old and new) cast members

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A co-worker sent me this huge Star Wars cast photograph shot from all movies (old and new).

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Place The State -- Do you know your U.S. Geography?

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Today's User Friendly link of the day is Place The State Flash game. You have to put all 50 states on the blank U.S.A. map. It is difficult at first since the map is clean and is time based.

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Floral Swap 3 -- Swapped flowers for any everyday objects...

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Worth1000's current contest theme is to take any object and replace it with any kind of flower (or vice versa). There are a lot of good ones.

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Men's Fitness Magazine Names The Fittest and Fattest U.S. Cities

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According to Yahoo! News' story, Seattle has been named the fittest city in the United States in the February issue of Men's Fitness magazine, leaping past the buff competition from Honolulu, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Denver.

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Tortoise Adopts Stray Hippo at Sanctuary

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Awww, how cute. A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday. The year-old hippo calf christened Owen was rescued last month, suffering from dehydration after being separated from his herd in a river that drains into the Indian Ocean.

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Half-Life 2's G-Man in DOOM 3's Mars?

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PlanetDoom's Screen Shot of the Day proves that. Maybe it was G-Man who let hell roam on Mars! [grin]

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Eye of the Tiger -- A Funny Flash Video...

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Eye of the Tiger (cool song too) is a funny Flash video (2-3 minutes long) showing this crazy guy doing crazy physical activities in public (nothing bad -- just funny to make you laugh so outloud).

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The Museum of Food Anomalies (Photographs)

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The Museum of Food Anomalies shows a handful of defining works from the archives to supply a proper introduction to the Art of Food Anomalies without overwhelming one's senses.

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Wackiest warning labels on products...

Rebel sent me an amusing CNN story on wackiest warning labels awarded by Michigan. A toilet brush with a tag that says "Do not use for personal hygiene" has taken top prize for the wackiest consumer warning label of the year, according to an anti-lawsuit group. The Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, M-LAW, whose main mission is to reveal how lawsuits and anxiety over lawsuits have created a need for overly obvious warnings on products, sponsors The Wacky Warning Label Contest each year.