Holidays/Special Days

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Who will win Super Bowl XL (40)?

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Pittsburgh Steelers!
42% (10 votes)
Seattle Seahawks!
33% (8 votes)
The expensive television commercials/spots/advertisements!
17% (4 votes)
Don't care about/watch the big football game.
8% (2 votes)
Total votes: 24
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No more sexy semi-clad "booth babes" at E3Expo...

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Yahoo! News report that the video game industry's 2006 Electronic Entertainment/E3 Expo trade show, in Los Angeles, is getting a make-over. Banned are the swarms of sexy, semi-clad "booth babes" that in years past took the unveiling of new games and technology to titillating new levels.

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Mike's Amazing Cakes -- Customized Cakes

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UserFriendly's link of the day is on a commercial Mike's Amazing Cakes service and Web site. It has some of the world's most unusual and customized wedding, personal occasion, and special event cakes shipped across the country. You can view some samples of amazing ones in its gallery (also on other Web pages) and order a custom one.

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2 funny cartoons from Dilbert and FoxTrot (1/9/2006)

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Two funny cartoons, from Dilbert and FoxTrot to look and read:

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World of Warcraft's 2005 Holiday Contest Results!

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Better late than never... World of Warcraft finally posted the ten contest winners (five screen shots and five cookies) and

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Who should had won the Rose Bowl college football game of 2006?

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Another Christmas Giving in World of Warcraft

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A bit late... PvPonline.com shows another late Christmas giving in the World of Warcraft.

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The Xbox 360 and Japanese Nationalism

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4 Color Rebellion has a transcript of a segment included with its recent Podcast. It is not Microsoft bashing nor a Nintendo fanboy rant. It is about the failure of the Japanese Xbox 360 which is one of the weakest system launches in Japanese history. It only topped perhaps by the Japanese launch of the Atari Jaguar.

These articles are, of course, making the rounds of gaming sites. The article's author, Vinnk, read on these sites, is disgusted by comments. People are saying that the Xbox is not selling because the Japanese people are Xenophobic and will never buy foreign electronics. He have even read a few comments that say and he quote "Those Japs would never buy an American game system because they are still bitter about Hiroshima". Vinnk was upset because he considers "Japs" his friends of mine and resents the slur. This isn't even the worst comment he have heard on this issue, but the others are too vulgar or racist to mention.

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A streaming video clip of networks simultaneously on 9-11...

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The Internet Archive has a streaming QuickTime video showing each of the networks simultaneously on the traegic 9-11 (year 2001) day. Quite disturbing, sad, and interesting.

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Rose Parade -- 'Never on Sunday'

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ABC7.com briefly reports that the Rose Parade is never held on New Year's Day because of its "Never on Sunday" policy dating back to 1893, a Tournament of Roses official said.

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Are you going/Did you go out for New Year's Day (2005 -> 2006) countdown?

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Did you get money from Christmas 2005?

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Parents favoring one of their children more for Christmas?

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FoxTrot shows this as an example. Of course, Mom has to fix this up...

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Holiday ModRen 3

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This Worth1000 doctored image theme is on injecting a dose of holiday spirit into a work of fine art. There are 57 entries.

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Weird Christmas Photograph of the Day

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Yahoo! News shows an odd photograph that involves Santa Claus, cows, snow, etc.

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WoW players use virtual snowballs to deal with gold farmers.

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TG Daily reports World of Warcraft players have discovered a more direct and more satisfying way of dealing with "gold farmers". The farmers make real money by exchanging dollars for virtual gold. Regular players are often annoyed when these farmers send multiple annoying messages over the citywide chat in the major towns of Ironforge and Ogrimmar. WoW administrators have rarely stepped in to stop message spamming, but players on the Medivh server have found that a well thrown virtual snowball gets the point across much more effectively...

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Do you celebrate Christmas?

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When it comes to pricey games, moms balk...

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MSNBC's story tells how video game shopping can be intense as holidays approach. There's many a mom trapped inside a video game store. A mom speaking in a pointed, resolute, it-ain't-gonna-happen tone... The days leading up to Christmas are the hottest time of the year for games. Last year, nearly 30 percent of the $9.9 billion in sales were made in December, according to industry watchers at the NPD Group. Most new games cost between $35 and $50 (U.S.), which makes them one of the most expensive units of mass entertainment out there -- more expensive than most books, CDs and DVDs. And moms (and, to a lesser extent, grandmas) do a lot of the shopping... Salespeople at the game stores, as amused as they are a little agitated, say they can easily spot the three types of game moms: the indifferent, the clueless and the hip...

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