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~ Howard Glasser

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Dilbert and IBM

Dilbert and IBM - Since I'm now working at IBM (me and about 340,000 others), I found a special affinity for this cartoon, which was passed around by a co-worker. The fact he cc'd our manager with the cartoon tells loads. So from my experience, IBM isn't (always) this way :)

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How to Save a Life (Lyrics) by The Fray


Scrubs Cast

How to Save a Life by The Fray - Totally love this song...the melody, the refrain "How to save a life." First heard it on an episode of Scrubs but soon learned it was the theme for Grey's Anatomy. My musical tastes seem constrained to tunes used in TV and commercials. Sad, sad, sad.


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Support Our Troops ≠ Support the War

Support Our Troops - I see it on bumper stickers, though less often than a few years ago. And I've heard many people assert that if you don't support the Iraq war, you don't support our troops...though, again, less often than a few years ago. I guess we are finally separating the ideas of supporting a policy of war and supporting our troops. We realize we can support our troops and not support a war.

It's like supporting students but not supporting the school.

Sometimes the best way to show your support is to pull the students (or soldiers) out.

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Soccer Kid Video

Soccer Kid - Totally cute video I found on YouTube titled Soccer Kid. Works in any language. No translation required...

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Cornell Note-taking Method

Notetaking Systems - Study Skills Library - Cal Poly

The Cornell Note-taking Method

The Cornell method involves organizing your note-taking page into two regions, left and right. After writing the notes in the main, right-hand space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or "cue." When studying, use the cues to recall the material.

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Evaporative (Swamp) Coolers - Research

Evaporative or swamp coolers are an energy efficient alternative for cooling air during a summertime heatwave. They work on a simple principle: when water evaporates, it takes a little bit energy (heat) away with it. This creates a cooling effect like the one we experience when our sweat evaporates.

Evaporative or swamp coolers use this cooling effect to create and distribute cool air in a room or home. However, as those on the U.S. East Coast know only too well, evaporative cooling doesn't happen when the air is already saturated with water vapor--a condition we call high humidity. And high humidity doesn't just occur outside; a home, room, or even the inside of a car (during an amorous escapade) can become highly humid. Because of this, rooms cooled by evaporative coolers need to be well ventilated. Without ventilation, evaporative coolers will turn your home or room into a humid sauna. Below are more tips and info...

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Suze Orman Will and Trust Kit

Suze Orman Will and Trust Kit - Here's a good intro to will, estate and trust law. Still should have a lawyer review your documents to be safe. I found it very easy to go through and understand. She has a lawyer narrate much of the text and provides excellent summaries of the main points to consider when putting together a will and living trust.

Includes all necessary forms, and seems to perform online updates. For a relatively simple estate, I think the Suze Orman Will and Trust Kit is a winner.

Suze Orman Will & Trust Kit (CD-ROM)
*NEW Suze Orman Will & Trust Kit Online Version (CD-ROM)

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Superb Celebrity Face Transplants

Photoshopped Celebrity Faces - What is wrong with this picture?

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Unix Commands for Sex

Unix Commands for Sex - If you're not doing it right, try this...

 gawk; grep; unzip; touch; strip; init,
 uncompress, gasp; finger; find,
 route, whereis, which, mount; fsck; nice,
 more; yes; gasp; umount; head, halt,
 renice, restore, touch, whereis, which,
 route, mount,
 more, yes, gasp, umount, expand, ping,
 make clean; sleep

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Hooters "Breastaurants" - Got NO Milk!

Hooters Breastaurants - Got NO Milk! - I pulled into a motel late one night, and had a craving for a bowl of Cheerios. I had the cereal, but no milk. The front desk referred me to the Hooters Breastaurant next door -- the only eating establishment within walking distance. So I march in, trying not to ogle at the Hooters girls attending homesick businessmen. I finally get the attention of a Hooters waitress and make my request...

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Evolution of Bush to Obama - Morphing Photos

Do look at the full-sized original. Really cool effect. Everyone I've showed this to says the same thing...

The middle photo freaks me out!

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Is Cheap Gas Bad for Your Car

Cheap Gas and Your Car - It's a question I always ask myself when gas prices go up:

Is cheap gas bad for my car?

As I fill up the tank at Peter's Petrol, I promise my car I'll make up for this abuse and feed it better gas next time. But is there anything wrong with cheap gas?

Here's what I found.

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Before You Enlist - Watch This Video!!

Here's an excellent reality check for those thinking about enlisting in the military. Among the lessons you'll learn:

Recruitment Contracts Are UNILATERAL

Which means you, the recruit, are legally bound and obligated to fulfill the terms of the contract.

HOWEVER, the government is NOT.

In fact, the government can CHANGE the terms of the contract as they desire, and they routinely do.

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The Worthless Peons - Ted's Band, The Blanks from Scrubs


Ted's Band, The Worthless Peons, The Blanks

The Worthless Peons (also known as Ted's Band or the Blanks) are an a cappella group made up of hospital employees from different departments in the TV series Scrubs. The Worthless Peons are played by The Blanks, a real-life a cappella band made up of Sam Lloyd (who plays Ted), George Miserlis, Paul F. Perry, and Philip McNiven. The Blanks album, Riding the Wave, features guest performances from Bill Lawrence and members of the Scrubs cast.

I wonder if this the Riding the Wave album made any money...

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Democrats First 100 Hours In Congress

Here is Democrats' agenda for the first 100 hours of majority rule in the House of Representatives. Nice talking points....Where are the gaps?

Our New Direction begins with a commitment to integrity, civility, and fiscal responsibility. We will break the link between lobbyists and legislation. We will govern the House of Representatives under bipartisan administration, so that the voice of every American will be heard. And we commit to no new deficit spending, with pay-as-you-go budgeting. These are the principles by which we will govern. And under these principles we will take our country in a new direction, with priorities that address the urgent needs of the American people.

In the first 100 hours...

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Black Swan - by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Had Nassim Taleb been born in any other period, he would have certainly been put to death.
~ Carine Chichereau, co-translator of TBS.

Black Swan and Nassim Taleb - Listened to Nassim Taleb on KQED's Forum program, and the ideas about randomness and luck drove me to his recent book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.

A read it once, then started over, this time going a bit slower, trying to commune with his counter-intuitive ideas and wonderfully illustrative thought experiments. This books is such a colorful pallet of ideas that somehow connect without falling into a grand theory or trite advice. Indeed, that's part of the Taleb's message in The Black Swan. That theories are contrived and can lead us to a false sense of security or doom. Skeptical empiricism reigns over theory, narrative, and other often misguided simplifications.

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PETA - "Angel For Animals" Ad - Joanna Krupa

Catholics slam PETA nude adopt-a-mutt poster | The Register -

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An Old Dog, a Leopard, and a Monkey

Received this from my sister by email. Cute...I'm gonna go watch the Westminster dog show!

A wealthy old Gentleman decides to go on a hunting safari in Africa, taking his faithful, elderly dog named Killer, along for the company.

One day the old dog starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old dog thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old dog exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"

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Jump Start Your Business Brain - by Doug Hall


Unusually Placid Doug Hall

Jump Start Business - Doug Hall - Entertaining and provides a great, easy-to-remember model for evaluating a business idea, product, or service. At Hall's consulting firm at Eureka! Ranch, he offers workshops that focus on answering the following three questions: What is your product's...

  1. Overt Benefit
  2. Real Reason to Believe
  3. Dramatic Difference

BTW, Hall was a judge in the first season of American Inventor.

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5 Ways to Look Better in Pictures

  1. If standing, turn slightly and rest your weight on one foot. If sitting, angle to one side or the other. It may FEEL goofy, but you will LOOK better.
  2. Lean slightly toward the camera Ė Adds interest, dimension, and a natural look. Think of creating a long neck like a gazelle, and tilt your chin down just a bit to avoid a double chin and an unwanted view of your nostrils.
  3. Develop a 'trigger' - Models can "change state" by using "triggers." Even if in a crummy mood, they can look ready for the shot in in a heart-beat by using a trigger or reminder to do what makes them look good. Most effective trigger: the rear cheek squeeze. Itís inconspicuous and works exactly like it sounds: squeeze rear butt cheeks together. Just ask someone to sitting on a chair to squeeze their cheeks together. Most will immediately smile and look better.
  4. Learn to 3/4 smile Ė Most people donít like pictures of themselves with a huge smile: it exposes the gums and causes eyes to turn into slits. A 3/4 smile solves the problem and looks more natural.
  5. Look slightly ABOVE the lens - Never look directly at the lens.

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