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Submitted by ant on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 3:30pm.
Education/School | Nature | Reading Materials | Sight Seeings
Photograph #1 -- A mosque is seen still standing in this aerial view of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh province, Indonesia, which was flattened by tidal waves.
A happy ending story with a girl saving tourists from her school lesson. A 10-year-old British girl saved 100 other tourists from the Asian tsunami having warned them a giant mass of water was on its way after learning about the phenomenon weeks earlier at school.
Submitted by ant on Sun, 01/02/2005 - 2:53pm.
Nature | Personal | Reading Materials | Science
BBC News' story (UK) says scientists believe they have identified a protein which could be crucial in creating new treatments for allergies. Researchers told Nature that blocking p110delta in mast cells -- which cause allergic reactions -- substantially reduced symptoms in tests on mice.
Submitted by ant on Sat, 01/01/2005 - 2:56am.
Personal | Work
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.
Submitted by ant on Fri, 12/31/2004 - 2:39pm.
History | Holidays/Special Days | Reading Materials
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?
Submitted by ant on Fri, 12/31/2004 - 12:05pm.
History | Holidays/Special Days | Others | Personal | Reading Materials
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 tragicâ€”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, itâ€™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.
Submitted by ant on Fri, 12/31/2004 - 11:15am.
Personal | Reading Materials | Sight Seeings | Television (TV) Show/Movie
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'."
Submitted by ant on Thu, 12/30/2004 - 11:52am.
General Computing | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Technology | Television (TV) Show/Movie
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.