Sunday, October 22, 2017

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I have a chart on the mirror in my bathroom to motivate me to exercise. The chart is a list of reasons to exercise. Sometimes it works and I go out running or walking and sometimes I try to avoid eye to paper contact. I’m actually fortunate. I’m lean even if I don’t exercise. Notice I said “lean” and I didn’t say “healthy”. Because I’m not overweight, I can convince myself that I don’t need to exercise, well, unless I focus on the backside jiggling. According to the latest research, however, I could be fat on the inside. Doctors are now taking a look at internal fat around... Read More
At 32 feet across, 109 feet deep and completed in 1888, the world's largest hand dug well can be found in my home state of Kansas. Unfortunately, the little town which used that well as its water supply is almost completely gone -- except for the local pub. The town of Greensburg, Kansas had little else to draw attention to it except for the well. It was a nice little tourist stopover left from the days before Interstate 70 connected Kansas City with Denver. The well was so large, that a system of stairs were built inside to allow people to walk down to the water level, fill their buckets... Read More
A couple of months ago I was the victim of a very nasty little computer bug that all but destroyed my computer. The virus was so insidious that it killed my CD-DVD drive, my hard drive, and it somehow severed the connection between the motherboard and the RAM memory. Even after I would delete everything and restore my computer to its factory specifications the virus would somehow remain in the registry and continue its nefarious activities. I tried everything. Finally, I had to pony up and fork over nearly $400 to completely replace parts and literally burn my hard drive clean. So now that... Read More
In a recent poll taken on April 17th of 2007, 100% of those surveyed said they preferred a larger sized screen when it came to their computers. While this data was achieved not by the most scieftific of terms, it is nonetheless a compelling reflection on the way our American society is going: Big, Big, Big! We need the big screen TV, the big bedroom with the big bed, the big living room (if we can afford one of those), the big closet to fit our big wardrobe... We even pride ourselves in developing technology to make things smaller- and then make them bigger again! Last month I received a new... Read More

Every year, in Monterey California, a 'group of remarkable people gather to exchange ideas of incalculable value'. This conference called TED (Technology Entertainment Design) covers a broad variety of topics including science, technology, economics, arts and many more. The very exclusive event ($6000 to attend the annual conference and receive a couple of DVDs) recently released some videos of the talks held during the conference. The amazing talk below (video) was given by Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder,... Read More

Heroin. heroin is like morphine for the brain, literally. the ultra relaxed mental state depicted in movies like Trainspotting is your brain going limp. when morphine acts on the body, pain sensations are dulled as endorphins are released. similarly, when heroin enters the brain, it binds with opioid receptors and eventually releases endorphins (the body's "natural pain killer"). The end effect is something like your brain going numb, just like with morphine. This phenomenon of similarity can be explained chemically. chemically, heroin and morphine are similar. morphine has two hydroxyl... Read More

In an age where technology is king, and we are slaves to the whims of a fickle, ever-changing, and sometimes unreliable sovereign, the name of the game is the new, the better, the smaller, and the faster—and no one plays this game better than the mobile telephone companies. Prior to writing this article, I had been with Cingular Wireless, in all its various manifestations, for more than nine years. I’ve dealt with overbilling, under billing, weekend minutes, nighttime minutes, roll-over minutes, friends and family, text messaging, data messaging, multi-media messaging, network roaming,... Read More

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