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Review of "Cabin Pressure" by Josh Wolk

Cabin Pressure: One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor - The title got my attention; after the first page, I was hooked. Josh Wolk has written a totally hilarious book. Highly recommended.

Cabin Pressure: One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor by Josh Wolk

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Robert Kowalski - Heart Healthy Supplement Regimen

Found this in Robert Kowalski's website. Lists in detail the cholesterol fighter's current regimen of vitamin, mineral, and other supplements.

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Charlie Rose Interview with Malcolm Gladwell

Charlie Rose conversation with Malcolm Gladwell - Thoroughly enjoyed this Charlie Rose interview with Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell was relaxed, passionate, involved, articulate--and Rose didn't interrupt too much, letting Gladwell play jazz with his words and ideas.

At one point Rose asked Gladwell about his explanation for why people from Asian cultures are better at math than people from European, American, and other non-Asian cultures. Odd, seemingly racist topic, but apparently the research is clear--Asian cultures do better in math than most non-Asian cultures. Gladwell has an interesting theory as to why...

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Predicting the Stars - Sasha Pieterse


Sasha Pieterse

Mark my words, Sasha Pieterse is gonna be a star.

Saw her in a second season episode of Fox's medical drama series House. In the episode, simply called Autopsy, the (then) nine year-old actress played a nine year-old terminal cancer patient, and gave a performance well beyond her years. Second time I've seen it, and again was choked up by her portrayal. Powerful stuff.

South African born Sasha Pieterse's talent totally reminds me of the Sixth Sense phenom, Haley Joel Osment. I wonder if she'll be picked up for any heavy roles as Osment was. Doubt there's much to pick from, but if I were a screenwriter, watching her performance would have inspired me to write something just for her. What a talent.

Sasha Pieterse will be a star.

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Red Bull with Alcohol - Can It Kill You?

If you drink Red Bull with alcohol, can it kill you?

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11 Don't-Tell-the-Wife Secrets

Talk about your Inconvenient Truth (apologies to Al and Tipper).

This piece reveals some uncomfortable truths about men, from lust to football. The playbook has been revealed.

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My Bird Watching List


Photo by Len Blumin
California Quail - THIS is the bird that got me hooked on birding. Spotted one in a tree on 17-mile drive near Monterey, California after puzzling over the queer call I was hearing. Gorgeous bird. Quite distinctive and easy to identify. Not much of a flier--very rapid wing beat. 6/30/2008. Spotted another in Sunol Regional Wilderness (Maguire area) perched on a post, just like this picture. 7/6/2008.

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30 Funny Jerry Seinfeld Quotes

  1. I was the best man at the wedding. If I'm the best man, why is she marrying him?
  2. It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
  3. What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is that in not many job interviews is there a chance you’ll wind up naked.
  4. You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, "See if you can blow this out."
  5. Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.
  6. Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.

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RealAge Makeover by Michael F. Roizen


Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

RealAge Makeover and Michael Roizen - I read YOU: The Owner's Manual about a year ago, and was so impress with its clear, accessible explanations about how the human body works. Just saw the PBS "info-mercial" on Michael Roizen, M.D.'s new program/book The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life. Very impressive. Not partnered with Mehmet Oz this time, Michael Roizen again presents simple, clear advice on what you can do to stay healthier and younger.

As Roizen said, no one can do them all, but even doing an important few (like walking 30 minutes a day and avoiding saturated and trans fats) will help keep you significantly healthier and younger.

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Christina Aguilera - Candyman - Video & Lyrics

Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Christina Aguilera - Candyman

Christina Aguilera - Candyman - Bumped into this high quality version of Christina Aguilera's Candyman video on Vuze. Totally hot. As always, Christina Aguilera's vocals are fantastic, but it's the style of this video, directed by Matthew Rolston, that caught my attention. It's a very sexy throw-back to the 1940's pin-up. The singing, editing, pace, costuming, choreography, cinematography, etc. all came together into a wonderfully eye-popping/ear-popping collage.

I'm far from the target demographic of this music video, but I loved it.


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A Loving Husband

Received this in an email

A Loving Husband...

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

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Jake Shimabukuro - AWESOME! Ukulele Virtuoso

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele - Totally cannot believe this guy. Virtuoso is the right word and his instrument is the ukulele. Astounding! Below are some links to interviews, websites, videos featuring Jake. All worth visiting.

Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro

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Andy Rooney on Atheism (Quote)

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McGrath Video Laryngoscope - Dad's New Toy

McGrath Video Laryngoscope - Dad says this is the greatest advancement in laryngoscopes since...the invention of the laryngoscope.

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Butt Out! - Apply Directly to the Forehead

Butt Out! - I heard about this bizzaro product or tool on reddit. After some investigation, I discovered the product is named Butt Out -- which describes exactly what the tool does. To learn more, have a look at the picture below, and if you have the stomach, the video farther down.

It sure isn't a "pleasuring device" as someone suggested...

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Best Photo of the Moon


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10 Water Park Survival Tips - Raging Waters

Water Park Survival Tips - Raging Waters - We spent our second Father's Day in a row at Raging Waters water park in San Jose, CA. A wonderful visit made even better because of these survival tips I learned during my first visit:

  1. Wear flip flops or water shoes - Don't let the rough walking surface turn the soles of your feet into hamburger. NOTE: Some rides/slides don't allow footwear. I either leave them at the foot of the ride, or stuff them in the back waistband of my swim shorts ;)
  2. Wear polarized sunglasses - Glare from the sun can be overwhelming at water parks. Polarized lenses reduce the glare much better than non-polarized sunglass lenses.


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Swimming with a Hundred-year-old Snapping Turtle

Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle

By Freya Manfred

I spy his head above the waves,
big as a man's fist, black eyes peering at me,
until he dives into darker, deeper water.
Yesterday I saw him a foot from my outstretched hand,
already tilting his great domed shell away.
Ribbons of green moss rippled behind him,
growing along the ridge of his back
and down his long reptilian tail.
He swims in everything he knows,
and what he knows is never forgotten.
Wisely, he fears me as if I were the Plague,
which I am, sick unto death, swimming
to heal myself in his primeval sea.

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Missing Beauty

I received this from a dear friend by email...Enjoy!

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning. A man with a violin plays six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people passed through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule....

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again...

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Skinny Dipping? ~ Think Fast

My wife was emailed this image & funny little story and passed it my way. Quick thinking wins again!

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