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Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken 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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Get the Most From Your Statin

Get the Most from Your Statin - Everyday Health reports that when and how you take your statin can influence its effectiveness and absorption.

  • Mevacor - Take with food. This almost doubles the amount of medication absorbed into bloodstream.
  • Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Lescol - Take with your evening meal. These statins block a one of the liver's key cholesterol-making enzymes, and that enzyme is most active at night.
  • Crestor, Lipitor - Take at any time, as these statins stay in the body and bloodstream long enough that you can take them any time.
  • Pravachol - If on other medications, try Pravachol, which is less likely to interact with other medications than other statins.

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Scrubs Cast Helps Ted Propose to Anna

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Ted and Anna Get Engaged on Scrubs

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Young Boy Receives Flag...at Father's Funeral

No words....

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Andy Rooney on Atheism (Quote)

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Howard Glasser - Key to a Child's Self-Esteem

Howard Glasser believes a parenting philosophy can be found in techniques used to train killer whales.

In his parenting book Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach, Glasser describes the method used by trainers to teach Shamu to jump over a rope suspended over his tank.

How they started surprised me.

How that philosophy informs parenting is profound.

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Sick Notes

Found this somewhere recently...I think by email. At first I just found it funny. But then I thought it was sad. Now I'm not sure how to take it.

These are real notes written by parents in a Tennessee school district...(spellings have been left intact.)

1. My son is under a doctor's care and should not take PE today. Please execute him.

2. Please exkuce lisa for being absent she was sick and i had her shot.

3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being absent on jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33.

4. Please excuse gloria from jim today. She is administrating.

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Five Rules for Mastering Leptin

Five Rules for Mastering Leptin - I found this a ready summary of Byron and Mary Richards' book Mastering Leptin. The book itself contains an enormous amount of detail, as the authors present their findings from a thorough research review on the recently discovered appetite controlling hormone leptin.

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Value of a Library - In Its Read or Unread Books?

In his book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the following question with Umberto Eco, who happens to possess a rather significant, personal library.

Is the value of a library in the books you've read or in the books you have not read?

Most people are disappointed to learn that Eco hasn't read most of the books it contains. Eco feels precisely the opposite. To him, the value of the library lies in the unread books--the books yet to be discovered.

Which is why he continues adding to his collection. So to Eco (and Taleb), the library's value lies in its undiscovered volumes, which echo's Shakespeare's line about the "undiscovered country."

But others answer the question differently...

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When Our Diet Goes Ape - The Evo Diet

Nine volunteers, with a reality TV camera crew taping, decided to go ape with their diet (sometimes called the EVO diet). For 12 days the volunteers avoided all processed foods and ate only from a generous ration of fruits and vegetables -- a diet of the apes.

The results: Blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels dropped significantly for all.

What they ate: 2,300 calories of fruit, vegetables, nuts and honey

Typical 3-day Rotation included:

  • Broccoli, carrots, radishes
  • Cabbage, tomatoes, watercress
  • Strawberries, apricots, bananas
  • Mangoes, melons, figs, plums
  • Satsumas, hazelnuts

Interesting stories of the volunteers' experiences.

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Teens and Sex - New Study

Teens and Sex - New Study - Interesting observations from this study reviewed in Psychology Today. As a parent of a pre-teen, it caught my interest. Quotes and notes from the article below...

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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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Learning to Play Music Affects the Brain

"Scientists have uncovered the first concrete evidence that playing music can significantly enhance the brain and sharpen hearing for all kinds of sounds, including speech."

Music and the Brain - Interesting research results suggest that learning to play music early in life (especially before age 12) can affect the brain stem (and cerebral cortex) and lead to enhanced hearing and sound processing.


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Hillary '1984'

Hillary 1984 - The instantly famous parody of the Apple Computer commercial and the Hilary Clinton campaign for President of the U.S.- Hillary 1984.

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Hilary '1984'

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Atheists - Believe in One Less God

There's a logic here that I cannot deny.

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer gods than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all other other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
~ Stephen F. Roberts

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Our Servers Won't Go Down on You Either

Hubba, hubba, hubba. Sex sells servers for QSOL.COM. In poor taste...but gave me a laugh :)

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Upgrading from Girlfriend 4.0 to Wife 1.0

Absolutely hilarious! The original version has been augmented by enthusiastic geeky husbands (and wives?) Enjoy!

Upgrading from Girlfriend to Wife - Last year a friend of mine upgraded from Girlfriend 4.0 to Wife 1.0 and found that it's a memory hog leaving few system resources for other applications. He is also now noticing the Wife 1.0 is also spawning Child-processes which are further consuming valuable resources. No mention of this particular phenomenon was included in the product documentation, though other users have informed me that this is to be expected due to the nature of the application.

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Dog Diary vs. Cat Diary

The Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

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Ben Stein Remembers President Gerald Ford

Ben Stein wrote a beautiful obituary/eulogy for President Gerald Ford. His closing is just priceless, and I have to quote it here. Stein said that President Gerald Ford was...

..."A Ford, not a Lincoln, but what a glorious Michigan-made vehicle of the human spirit."

Perfectly Stein, the quote balances humor with an honest sentiment of respect. Well done Ben!

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Bill Maher on Religion

Bill Maher on Religion - I worry about this trend. In this video, Bill Maher calls himself a "Rationalist," and those who have religious beliefs he calls some pretty harsh names. I know it's Maher's shtick, and it's not that I'm religious myself. What raises red flags for me is when I hear a self-righteous voice -- whether "rationalist" or religious. Believe what you want; I don't care. But I think Maher's "rationalist" slam of all with religious beliefs is just as self-righteous as a fundamentalist Christian claiming those who don't believe in Jesus will got to hell. Arrogance, on whatever side, raises warning flags for me....

But we are attracted to confidence, aren't we? When we can't find faith in ourselves, we seek it out in others...so the arrogant are rewarded with this attention, and thrive.

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