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Saturday, December 19, 2009



Science, Reason and Critical Thinking: The Ladybird Book of

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

I love this so much I am going to us this in my general studies lesson! This completely explains the situation that even disenfranchised teenagers can understand.

Orson Welles and His Brief Passionate Betacam Love Affair

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

In January 1985, the phone rang. The caller announced that he was Orson Welles and that he wanted to have lunch with me. Thus began one of the most extraordinary and bittersweet adventures of my life.

How The Franken 'Rape Amendment' Will Work

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 04:19 PM PST

It will affect any company, such as KBR, once it signs a new contract. (And the major contractors sign a lot of contracts.) Here's the real bite to the restriction: It will affect the entire company, and everyone who works for it. So the second KBR signs a new contract, Jones -- and anyone else with similar claims -- will be able to take her case

Google may buy Yelp – because of Microsoft?

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

The big buzz today is that Google reportedly is in talks to buy Yelp, the popular business-review site. TechCrunch first reported the rumors Thursday night and The New York Times confirmed the talks this morning.

10 Science Stories That Changed Our Decade

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

We list ten of the biggest science stories from the past decade.

Running Nose Doctor Blows Suicide Try, Is Picked Up in Italy

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:30 PM PST

An American nose doctor on the run for five years was arrested as he was camping out on a snowy mountain in northern Italy. He stabbed himself in the neck as he was taken into custody, police said.

The wages of war [Pic]

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST


How to sync passwords, files and bookmarks

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

Staying synchronised across several different PCs can be a challenge. Updating files manually isn't a great idea, especially if you do so regularly, because it takes only one mistake to cause serious problems.Obviously keeping regular backups will protect you against data loss, but managing multiple versions of files can be very tricky.

Installing Linux voids warranty!

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

An anonymous reader said a Best Buy manager refused to replace his broken laptop and threw him out of the store twice when he tried to argue. The reader had even gone so far as to purchase an $80 extended warranty.

10 Bioluminescent Creatures that Glow in Surprising Ways

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

A wide range of organisms generate their own light to seek mates, sustenance and survival--inspiring researchers and movie makers alike.

Proof That Anything Can Be Deep Fried (Pics)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

What's better than bacon? Deep fried bacon, that's what! But why would someone deep fry bacon? Why not. Here's a whole bunch of other foods people deep fried.

The Truth About Hangovers Revealed in Drunken Study

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Bourbon gives you a worse hangover than vodka, but both beverages impair your performance by the same amount

'The Simpsons' Get Copied by Nation of Georgia

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

They are a yellow-skinned cartoon family, consisting of a dopey husband and his lavishly coiffed wife, who live in a made-up city with their children. But this isn't The Simpsons, it's The Samsonadzes.

No one's ever had sex in this car! [PIC]

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

The seller went to a lot of trouble to check.

GOP threatens read-a-thon to slow health care bill

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST

Republicans accused Democrats of bad manners, bad timing and bad health care policy on Friday, then summoned images of fire and ice for good measure as they campaigned to block passage of sweeping legislation President Barack Obama's allies want passed by Christmas.

Cop gets off on using his badge to spread his seed.

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 01:51 PM PST

A jury of one woman and 11 men—many white and in their 50s or 60s—agreed with Stokke. On Feb. 2, after a half-day of deliberations, they found Park not guilty of three felony charges that he'd used his badge to win sexual favors during the December 2004 traffic stop.

Top 10 Pranks of 2009 (Video)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

Here's Break's top 10 pranks for 2009.

Guide To Keep Track Of Politicians’ Voting Track Records

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

Just because you register to vote and cast your ballot it doesn't mean that you won't have to keep an eye out on how that man or woman you elected to office is doing. Holding our politicos accountable is what can save or damn the nation and it doesn't have to be a time consuming task.

Celebrity Sex Tapes: 1994-2009 (Infographic)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

In honor of the happy and sometimes promiscuous holiday season, the graphic below spotlights some of the most memorable celebrity sex tapes of the past two decades.

A Skate Pool With A Thousand Skulls

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

Environmental Graffiti talked to London-based street artist D*Face fresh from his return from painting an abandoned swimming pool for skateboarders in California.

Paris Court Rules Against Google in Copyright Case

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Google was ordered to stop putting scanned French books in its database and to pay about $430,000 in damages.

The decade in news photographs (PICS)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

It's really an impossible task to sum up ten years in a handful of photographs, but below is my best attempt at a look back at the last decade

Why "Phantom Menace" Sucks Tauntaun Balls (VIDEO)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

I hope you can carve 70 measly minutes out of your lives to watch this painstakingly researched, edited, argued and market-tested video review of why Star Wars: The Phantom Menace — the Howard the Duck of the Star Wars series — well and truly sucks Tauntaun balls.

Last Indian dancing bear set free [w/Video]

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

Animal rights campaigners are celebrating the end of a seven-year campaign to see all of India's dancing bears set free.

Interview: Tarantino, Peter Jackson, James Cameron (+ vid)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

Hollywood Reporter gathered six A-list directors -- Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"); James Cameron ("Avatar"); Lee Daniels ("Precious"); Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"); Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"); and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") -- for a candid discussion of filmmaking at the highest level.

Writing a Little Letter to Santa (COMIC)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 11:10 AM PST

Merry Xnax Everyone

California's death row swells despite nationwide decline

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 11:00 AM PST

California's death row has swollen to 697 inmates, with 29 new death sentences in the state this year, despite a nationwide trend that in 2009 saw the fewest execution verdicts since capital punishment was reinstated in the state in 1976....

10 Biggest Printer Problems -- And How To Fix Them

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 10:50 AM PST

Don't toss your inkjet or laser out the window -- you need that printer, after all! Here's how you can channel your inner tech support rep to repair that which has failed you.

NASA Maps Night-shining Clouds

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 10:30 AM PST

NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite has captured five complete polar seasons of noctilucent cloud coverage, showing that they can quickly form and disperse, and that they are highly dependent on weather systems.

'Avatar' Raises The Bar In So Many Ways

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 10:30 AM PST

Commentary: Movie is an upbeat ending to a downbeat year

Democrats win 60th vote on health bill

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 10:11 AM PST

Senate Democrats reached a compromise Saturday with holdout Senator Ben Nelson that secured the 60 votes they need to pass the broad healthcare overhaul sought by President Barack Obama.

Most Ridiculous Plot Twist Ever (video)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 09:40 AM PST

This is so bad it's hilarious...

Tap Dancing to Super Mario Bros.

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 09:20 AM PST

Broadway performer CK Edwards tap dances to various Super Mario Bros. tunes with funky precision.

How Fanboys See Operating Systems [PIC]

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 09:00 AM PST


Courts May Beat Congress, U.N. to Punch on Greenhouse Gases

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:50 AM PST

A definitive step toward providing legal remedies for the effects of climate change could occur before either an international treaty or legislative accord can be reached, according to attorneys tracking the issue in the courts.

Avatar reviewed in 3D, on iMax: you know the story, must see

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:46 AM PST

Avatar's story is exactly what you expect from the trailers, but the visuals and 3D effects more than make up for the cookie-cutter characters. Sigourney Weaver adds soul to the film, and every dollar spent on this mammoth production is seen on the screen. Our review inside.


Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:40 AM PST

You ever notice how every law enforcement agency on TV and the movies is able to solve crimes by enhancing grainy footage? Of course you have, because it's the one thing that every police computer can do that nobody's personal computer can do.

Nowitzki Knocks Out Guys Teeth With Elbow; Embedded in Arm

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:32 AM PST

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks last night caught Houston Rockets player Carl Landry with a nasty elbow to the mouth. He knocked out 3 of Landrys teeth, 2 of which got embedded in his elbow.

All About Hayabusa (The Spacecraft, Not The Halo Armor)

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:20 AM PST

I know my kids get tired of me tilting my head out from behind my laptop screen and proclaiming the next great achievement from the space realms: "Hey kids, Hayabusa is on its way back!". This time however, their little faces actually turned toward me and smiled: "Hayabusa? Are you talking about Halo?"

NY Killer Tripped on Baggy Pants, Plunged to Death

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST

A career criminal who slaughtered three members of a family in their apartment in New York's trendy Upper West Side Thursday plunged to his death after tripping over his baggy pants.

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