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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.

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Flame retardants building up within us.

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Globetechnology's scary article says highest levels are found in babies as PBDEs emanate from carpets, furniture, to form dust balls. Those dust bunnies lurking under the bed may not be as innocuous as you think.

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Tasmanian Paper Made From Kangaroo Poo

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This BBC News story says paper was made from kangaroo manure. Creative Paper Tasmania estimates that about 400 A4 sheets of paper can be made from 25kg (55 pounds) of kangaroo manure.

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"Good Morning Lemmings"

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World of Warcraft v1.2.3 (North America) Patch Released

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North Americans' World of Warcaft v1.2.3 is finally now out after Europeans got theirs last week (punks). Seen on WorldofWar.net.

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Color Test -- A twisting brain Web Flash game (32 seconds needed)...

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Color Test is a simple test Flash game that require you to pick an answer within four seconds. There are eight questions of different colors. You only need about 32 seconds to complete.

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Bill Gates Announces Internet Explorer 7

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/. reports that there will be Internet Explorer (IE) 7 for Windows XP and Longhorn (next Windows OS).

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World of Warcraft Valentine's Day Screenshot & Wallpaper Competition (2005) Results

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Ooops, I am a day late! World of Warcraft posted the winners and honorable mentions for Valentine's Day Screenshot Competition (2005)! Also, the winners for wallpapers.

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How many minutes/hours (average) do you currently commute between home and work (for $; one way; no rain and snow)?

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Two cartoons showing computer frustration...

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Two funny cartoons were posted from this Broadband Reports' security forum. They were shots of frustrating moments with computers:

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Frankenstein gets a board game called Life

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Dr. Fun posted a funny cartoon showing Frankenstein getting a Life board game.

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Ant's 4 Top Viral Videos for 2/14/2005

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Viral Videos posted a batch of new funny TV commercials/spots/advertisements today. Boy, there are too many! I don't like it when there are so many to see in one day. There was only four I liked:

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Retailers and manufacturers adjust consumer electronic for women...

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BusinessWeek Online's article says retailers and manufacturers are tailoring their products and marketing accordingly because women buy half of all consumer electronics.

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Celebrities and Apple Stores

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This Wired News article was fun to read about how sales associates and Hollywood celebrities interacted in Apple's four retail stores in the Los Angeles area. However, there were down sides because the incidents weren't always pleasant.

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Kissing school...

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Yahoo! News report there's more to a kiss than meets the lips, as couples are learning at a kissing school in Seattle. Psychotherapist Cherie Byrd, 56, got the idea for teaching kissing classes while dating a man who was a horrible kisser. She teaches the art and craft of kissing to other couples. Since 1998, more than 500 couples have paid $275 to learn Byrd's secrets for giving or receiving a passionate kiss.

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An USB storage device that looks like a knife!

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Cudni's Broadband Reports security forum thread mentioned Victorinox SwissMemory Air Travel 128 MB USB Storage Device that is shaped like a knife.

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A funny cartoon related to dates, Valentine's Day, and emoticons...

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Here is an amusing cartoon for Valentine's Day and dates related to emoticons.

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Strong Bad's E-mail: Cook the CHE_T!

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A new Strong Bad's e-mail (Flash required) is up. It is about my favorite Homestar Runner yellow character, who can't speak English (almost like my speech impediment), and about cooking food (eww!).