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Archive for March 26th, 2008

Google Upgrades Itself, Predicts Your Next Move

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I had signed up to test one of the stages of Google Labs recently. The option I chose was where you type something in, and Google shows a list of popular searches that contain what you've typed so far. I thought it was neat, but lost interest and opted out.

Well now that feature is permanent! Check it out.

**Update: Now that I've tried it in FireFox, it looks like it only works in IE.

Phone Home

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Sometimes when you don’t have any coinage, the next best method for making a call is to use a phone card. In fact, some phone cards will actually give you a better rate than using plain old metal money. is a business specializing in cheap phone cards. They’ve been doing what they do on an international level for a while now. Yep, you guessed it. If you wanted to get an international phone card through PhoneCardsAvenue, you could. And there’s a bonus.

Recently, PhoneCardsAvenue began a cash rebate program. So for every calling card or phone card purchase you make with them, you’ll be entitled to getting 3% back. So if you spent One Hundred Billion Dollars, you’d get 3 Billion Dollars back. Can you imagine what you could buy with 3 Billion Dollars? Like, the world! Totally! can provide you with a means to an end, the end being a phone call from one nation to another (perhaps from overseas to your home in the good ol’ US of A for some happy holiday moments), and the means being inexpensive and convenient.

Get Fat, Get Demented

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I just read on Yahoo that people in their 40's with more belly fat than average have a far greater chance than average of getting Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia when they are older.

"It's not clear why abdominal fat would promote dementia, but it may pump out substances that harm the brain."

So, here's my theory on why excess fat in general is bad for your brain:

When you go hungry, your body says, "Holy crap! They're still not eating enough! We better make them smarter. Hey, Sam!"


"Hold off on that dementia stuff, will ya?"

"What for?"

"Our body ain't gettin' no food, ya dummy!"

"Keep yer shert on, I'll hold off, I'll hold off…"

So the hungry person's body maintains the brain, in an effort to fix whatever the problem is that is causing the prolonged hunger.

Meanwhile, in coconut land, the fat cat king is lounging away, stuffing his face with Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

Body says, "Hey, this guy's got plenty of resources. We don't need to worry about his smarts. Heck, we don't even gotta try if we don't want to."

Sam goes to work dumping brainkiller chemicals into the bloodstream.

Fat cat king becomes demented. Thinks he's Batman. Goes nuts.

So, in conclusion, when you fool your body into thinking times are tough (by not eating too much), it may go into hyper mode, keeping you smarter. Of course, caloric restriction has been shown to provide this benefit, as well as increasing the lifespan.

But food…tastes…so…good…AARGHH! Dementia…

Rap, Hip Hop, And The President

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Today I visited, and it looks pretty cool. There’s a rap forum for discussing whatever comes to mind, related to rap and hip hop. I thought this post was neat:

“Hip Hop in the White House – Yo, if Obama wins the prez race, does he blast something like ‘Eric B is President’ in the Oval Office? How pimp would that be,,,,,”

I think it would be wild if Obama or any other candidate happened to win and then televised a celebration that a lot of people could relate to. But then again, I’ll be some stressed-out people somewhere would say, “Get to work! What do we pay you for…” And the President would have to say, “Yes sir, Uncle Sam.”

Another topic on the forum was about old school vs. new, and how some people were concerned about the changes in music over time. It looks like the artists who started it all are, for the most part, staying true to their original concepts. Still, the threat is lurking that commercialization and other forces will dilute the purity of those ideas. For more on the issues concerning rap and hip hop, check out

Dear Friend, Greetings! (Email Spam)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Oh no! I missed the deadline! Mr. Encami's going to kill me…!

[Begin Email]

From: "Mr. James Encami" <>
Subject: Dear Friend, Greetings!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:09:39 -0800

Dear Friend, Greetings!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of
$1,200.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time.

Then I went and deposited funds with a Security and Courier Company,
Lagos, Nigeria before I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of August. What you have to do
now is to contact the Security and Courier Company as soon as possible
to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and
Clearance Certificate Fee. The only money you will send to the Courier &
Security Company to deliver your package direct to your postal Address in
your country is ($120.00 US) only being Security Keeping Fee of the
Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$120.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they
don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have
to contact the Courier & Security Company now for the delivery of your
package with this information bellow;
Contact Person: Mr Tony Ije

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery
and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your
package over there and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this
mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their
Security Keeping fee of $120.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. James Encami

[End Email]

This reminds me of one I got before. The old, "All I need is a small fee and you're on your way to riches!" Hmm…

Check it out, mang: <>

Isn't every campus a wine campus? Well… maybe not AAU. "There are 12 steps to getting your degree. Step 1: Admit you are powerless…" I have no power! He-man: I haaavve THE POOWWWEEEERRRRRR!!!! "You just don't get it, do you?"

Back to the email: "I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of $1,200.000.00…"

Let's just adjust that a little: I have been waiting for you to contact me for your [BLANK] of $1.2 million.

What is the BLANK? Is it a gift? Reward? Compensation for past efforts (but alas, no results)? Punishment?

"You were bad. As penance, we sentence you to life as a wealthy person. Have fun saying "No," to all the woodwork gremlins. Watch their faces afterwards. Sneer away, you little devils!"

"Oh, can I have $140,000 to buy a new car? Please? I'm a vet! I was in Vietnam!"

"You're only 19."

"Hey, I don't need to take this from some…civilian!!" Sneer, sneer, sneer…

Why, Encami, why?? How dare you curse me to a life of undeserved luxury! You'll rue the day…

LabelWriters Rule!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I think it was a Dymo — my first label maker. It was a handheld, non-electric label gun. Like a handheld typewriter. Bart Simpson had one, I’m pretty sure. I vaguely remember him going around and labeling everything “Property of Bart Simpson.” Yes, now I remember! He even labeled all the Duff Beer in the fridge “Property of Bart Simpson.” Homer was somewhat disappointed. Anyway, Dymo has since upgraded all their label products, and now offer LabelWriters as well. For hardcore label-making needs.

A LabelWriter is a printer specifically for printing things like postage labels and stamps. So if you are out of stamps, you can save yourself a trip to the Post Office by having your own LabelWriter. Good for small business owners, and even individuals or families with hectic schedules.

Dymo specializes in postage, printing, and online stamps. I can’t believe how awesome it is that we live in a world where so many things can be done online! Even postage… Who’d have guessed? Of course, you’ve got to have the right tools to make use of these fantastic options, which is why owning a LabelWriter is such a good idea. That is, if you’re interested in the whole “label craze.” These days, who isn’t? It’s sweeping the nation!

Nuclear War This Weekend, You Going?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I don't think this will really happen. It was just the first impression I got.

Reading on Yahoo today, I learned that "Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki issued an ultimatum Wednesday demanding that the militias surrender their weapons within 72 hours."

Further down the page: "Maliki stipulated in his ultimatum that the militants would be spared if they surrendered their weapons within 72 hours."

Of course, if you run a country (or try to), and a bunch of people go around shooting the place up, it doesn't make much sense to nuke them. You'd be nuking yourself.

But I just figured than any kind of ultimatum in a part of the world that is so problematic might end badly. Like maybe he says, "I'm going to count to three. One…"

The conflict doesn't stop.


Some of the fighting groups' bigger brothers (i.e. neighboring countries) say, "Hey, fight's on!"

"Three!" The enforcer tries to cut down the disobeying parties. Meanwhile, the big brothers say, "That's enough," and somehow escalate the conflict. Then they fight with each other. And it spreads and spreads, nation to nation, getting bigger and bigger, until someone says, "All right! I can finally use the nuke I got! Good thing I saved all the money I made on my paper route…"


Pure fiction? Or crazy like a fox? Stay tuned this weekend…