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Win An Oscar, Live Longer

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Since the 77th Annual Academy Awards is happening tomorrow, February 27, 2005, this CBS News article was posted. It says a Canadian professor of medicine argues that actors who win Academy Awards on Sunday night won't only boost their chances of other box-office hits, but will likely live longer than their fellow nominees.

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The Computer Game Quiz!

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How well do you know your past computer games? The Computer Game Quiz! can tell you since it tests your memorization with your gaming history. Look at each screen shot and type in the game title (no typos), then press one of the Submit buttons to get results. Please note that the Web site is very slow because of Blue's News.

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Video Clips of The Power of Nukes/Atomic Stock Footages (one file)

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Compfused.com posted a five minute Windows Media Video clip (8.6 MB) showing various nukes in all of their amazing albeit destructive beauty.

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Evolution of Stoplights

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ABC News has a story that says the stoplight has a surprisingly erratic history and has evolved into forms so complex that some engineers describe it as a "hanging PC". Most signals today can detect traffic flow through sensors under the roads and then adjust their timing accordingly. And many can automatically change to green at the flash of a strobe light from an oncoming fire truck. Cutting-edge and future models can even double as surveillance instruments.

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Shorter hours in software industry...

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CNET News.com and ZDNet report that many employees are working less punishing hours. Production workers in software publishing--most are computer specialists--worked an average of 36.4 hours a week last year, down from 41.4 hours in 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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"Happy Birthday Screw You" -- A history and copyright of the song...

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Dmusic has an article about the history and copyright about Happy Birthday song: "Like with many things relating to copyright, the story of how Time-Warner's music-publishing division came to own 'Happy Birthday to You' is long, convoluted, and absurd. It's also a telling narrative about folk music -- how it evolved from a living, breathing part of culture to little more than one musical genre among many, a mere section of a record store."

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Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India

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Yahoo! News report that archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.

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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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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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Public Places Designated Copyrighted Space

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/. reports a story about City of Chicago recently completed a $475 million park/civic center known as Millennium Park. One of the central features is a sculpture officially called Cloud Gate and unofficially called "The Bean". The Bean is a giant, 3 story, 110-ton hunk of highly reflective steel.

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Something Awful's Doctored Images: Classic Advertisements

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Something Awful's Classic Advertisements is the current theme for doctored images. Its description says: "Advertising is quite possibly mankind's greatest and worst achievement. While it is disgusting that we have made a wonderful art out of selling people things that they simply do not need, it is inspiring that we have made a wonderful art out of selling people things that they simply do not need. This week we journey back in time to a time still long after dinosaurs roamed the earth to beat the holy crap out of some of the advertisements of yesteryear." Be warned, some of them are pretty bad (not quality-wise).

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Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager -- Popularity of baby names over the past century.

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The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is a clever Java applet that lets you enter a name and visualize the popularity of baby names over the past century.

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Tsunami Earthquake Three Times Larger Than First Thought

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LiveScience report that a new analysis of the December earthquake that caused disastrous tsunami waves to strike Asia and Africa. The report finds it was three times more powerful than earlier measurements suggested. This would make it the second largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded.

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Army Uniforms Redesigned After 20 Years

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Yahoo! News report that U.S. Army soldiers are being issued new fatigues with easy-to-use Velcro openings and a redesigned camouflage pattern.

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Funny and Scary Flash: ACLU Pizza

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Link Logger's Broadband Reports security forum thread has an amusing and scary Flash movie/animation on connected information and privacy when ordering a pizza.

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Something Awful's doctored images on "Historical Inaccuracies"

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Something Awful's current doctored photograph theme is on "Historical Inaccuracies". You can view part 1 and part 2.

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Anniversary of Challenger explosion (1/28/1986)... Where were you back then?

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This /. poll reminds people that today is the anniversary from the Challenger's explosion from 1/28/1986. So sad. I was ten years old back in Pennsylvania, USA, if I remember correctly. I did not see this accident live on TV. I saw the recording on the local news. I wasn't crazy about space stuff back then compared to today, but yet it was sad. :( Columbia's accident is coming up very soon too. :(

So, where were you when it happened (e.g., wasn't born yet)?

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Vintage Videogame Commercials

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Bezoar has a collection of old video game commercials ranging from Atari 2600 to SNES. These WMV files (1-2 MB each) can be downloaded for nostalgia flashbacks or if you are curious (you young kids!).

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50 Top Movie Deaths

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Compfused.com posted a link (Warning: Second page has a screen capture of women's breasts so it is not work friendly and offensive to some people) to the 50 Top Movie Deaths. "Total Film Magazine, in its July 2004 issue, provided an article on the 50 Greatest Movie Deaths throughout cinematic history. Their results below, based on a non-scientific poll taken from interviews with film critics, listed the 50 most highly-rated death scenes. Deaths in death scenes can be either cool, teary, metaphoric, grisly, scary, bloody, amusing, violent, transcendental, unforgettable, spectacular, frightening, funny, or shocking. The victim's death may be well-deserved, accidental, expected, sudden, or intentional. Some effective death scenes even occur off-screen."

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Worth1000's Time Machine 7: Doctored photographs with objects in settings foreign to their timeline.

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on images/photographs containing objects from the past, present, and/or future. However, it is an amalgam of any two. The trick in this contest is to put objects in settings foreign to their timeline. Paintings and cell phones were forbidden in this contest. There are 98 entries.

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