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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Internet Users: Fantasy vs. Reality

Ever wonder who you're really chatting with when you're in a chat room or on a message board?
This article might make you think twice before spending endless hours on the Internet looking for the perfect match! You might just find yourself spending more time on social networks like Orkut instead ;-)

Friday, December 30, 2005

My 100th Post & 100 Things We didn't know last year...

To mark my 100th blog entry I'm posting this interesting article from the BBC:
100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year

Monday, December 26, 2005

Words of an A.A.A.D.D. Patient...

"Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. ) This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
.... As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.
..... As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
.... I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
.... I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.
... So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.
.... But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
.... I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.
... My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.
.... I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
.... As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye -- they need to be watered.
.... I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
... I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
..... I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
.... I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
.... I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
... So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill .... Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

.... At the end of the day:

* the car isn't washed
* the bills aren't paid
* there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
* the flowers don't have enough water,
* there is still only 1 check in my check book,
* I can't find the remote,
* I can't find my glasses,
* and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

.... Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.
.... I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming.


Saturday, December 24, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Talk to the future you!

Wanna talk to the future you say 30 years from now?

Well, drop your future self an email at !

Optical Illusion: Mr. Angry & Mrs. Calm...

The angry man on left and the calm woman on the right?
Move away from the screen and they'll switch places.

Created by Phillippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva of the Univ. of Glasgow.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Computer finds Mona Lisa 'happy'!

Computer scientists at the University of Amsterdam have use an "emotion recognition" software to analyse Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa ("La Joconde"). In case you don't know, the smile is seen differently by people...

The computer computer finds the subject 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry...

For the detailed story check out BBC NEWS - Mona Lisa 'happy', computer finds

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Cosmetic Surgery!

A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked, "Is my time up?"

God said, "No you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live."

Upon hearing this, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. She even had someone change her hair color. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.

She was released from the hospital but while crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by a car.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 43 years?! Why didn't you pull me out of the path of that car?" God replied, "I didn't recognize you."

Sunday, December 04, 2005

A True Horror story ...

This was in my mail box today. You should read it all :-)

This happened in a little town in Newfoundland and, even though
it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's absolutely true.

A guy was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night in the middle of a terrible rainstorm and no cars were on the road. The storm >was so strong the guy could hardly see two feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car come towards him and stop. The guy, without thinking about it, got in the car and closed the door-- and only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel!

The car started to move very slowly. The guy looked at the road and saw a curve coming his way. Petrified, he started to pray, begging for his life. He had not come out of shock when, just before the car hit the curve, a hand suddenly appeared through the window and move d the steering >wheel. The guy, now paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appeared every time the car was approaching a curve.

Finally, although terrified, the guy managed to open the door and
jump out of the spooky car. Without looking back, the guy ran through the storm all the way to the nearest town. Soaking wet, exhausted and in a state of utter shock the pale, visibly shaken guy walked into a nearby bar and asked for two shots of Screech. Then, still trembling with fright, he started telling everybody in the bar about the horrible experience he'd just gone through with the spooky car with no driver and the mysterious hand that kept appearing.

Everyone in the bar listed in silence and became frightened, listening
to this eerie story; hairs stood on end when they realized the guy was telling the truth because he was crying and he definitely was not drunk!

About half an hour later two guys walked into the same bar and one
said to the other, "Look, me son, there's the a** hole who got into the car while we were pushing it!"

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Crazy facts - animal edition...

Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Polar bears are left-handed.
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
Starfish have no brains.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
The flea can jump 350 times its body length.

There are more chickens than people in the world. (duh! I eat a few Chicken per week myself)