Friday, April 30, 2010

soundtrack info website

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This project is designed to help you find information about movie soundtracks. Search by movie, song, composer, performer. Not happy with results? Publish your query so others may help.
 
 For film fans who know their movie soundtracks, participate in the project by answering reader's questions or contribute some movie music trivia. Leaving feedback is easy - no account is required.


(database occasionally returns no result, and seems to favor recent movies,
but hey, it's in Beta.)
 
 


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Iraq demands return of secret Jewish archive

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36865492/ns/world_news-washington_post/from/toolbar

 

 

The soldiers came looking for weapons of mass destruction. What they found in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police headquarters was a legacy of destruction — the demise of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.

There was a treasure trove of Torahs and Haggadas, centuries old. And there were marriage records, university applications, financial documents — the living record of a community, seized by the Mukhabarat from the homes of Jews as they fled Iraq under pressure and amid persecution, with only a handful remaining.

 

Now comes the historical conundrum: Who owns these materials?

 

With the materials still sitting in a College Park office building, stabilized but with mold on them, the Iraqi government is demanding that they be shipped back, saying they are the property of the Iraqi people.

 

"They represent part of our history and part of our identity. There was a Jewish community in Iraq for 2,500 years," said Samir Sumaidaie, the Iraqi ambassador to the United States. "It is time for our property to be repatriated."

 

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We want the Jews' property returned.  But not the Jews.

 
 


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a titanic achievement

 

The Academy Award-winning director lobbied NASA's Charles Bolden, arguing that a 3-D camera would help the public connect with the next mission to Mars.
 
Read original story in CBS News | Friday, April 30, 2010
 
 



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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dilbert and the lost iPhone

From Scott Adams:

 

"... I assume you've all been following the story of the Apple engineer who left a prototype 4G iPhone at a beer garden. ... You will never see these in newspapers."

 

 



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How can you lose a 320-foot-long slide rule ?

 

HUDSON – The mystery of Alvirne High School's world-record, 320-foot-long slide rule from three decades ago has been solved, mostly. 

 

One question remains: Where is it now?

 

After the enormous, wooden contraption was laid out in front of the school on a crisp March morning 31 years ago, proving to be so long that students had to change the calculation so they wouldn't block the driveway; and after The Telegraph had published a picture of it, so the Guinness Book of World Records would acknowledge Alvirne's work in the 1980 edition; and after the school's senior class had celebrated their accomplishment by taking their own pictures for the school yearbook – after all that, what happened to the slide rule?


 
full @  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/712349-196/then-seniors-at-alvirne-recounthow-record-slide-rule.html
 

 


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

" It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever. "

http://www.copernicustoys.com/proddetail.php?prod=t-spine

 


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RE: Correlation or Causation ?

  
> Do Boobs Actually Cause Earthquakes?
> http://slatest.slate.com/id/2252062/?wpisrc=newsletter



I sent this email to a friend's work account, which has a corporate firewall filter.
The email contained the offending word 'boobs', and it bounced.
Yes, 'Boobs' Bounced.


 


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Correlation or Causation ?

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Do Boobs Actually Cause Earthquakes?
http://slatest.slate.com/id/2252062/?wpisrc=newsletter

 
 
Go on.  Click on it.
You know you want to.
 
 
 

 

 


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Monday, April 26, 2010

...and don't let them use our satellites against us, either.

From
April 25, 2010

Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

 

THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.

 

Hawking's logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.

 

"To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."
 
The answer, he suggests, is that most of it will be the equivalent of microbes or simple animals — the sort of life that has dominated Earth for most of its history.
 
[But} a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity. He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". 
 
He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."
 
 
 




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Edible Science Experiment

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Glow-In-the-dark mushroom kit
A study in bioluminescence
 

http://www.foragedandfoundorganics.com/mushroom_kits

 

 Panellus Stipticus is a basidiomycete that grows on wood and produces fruiting bodies similar to oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) This is one of the brightest glowing fungi that can be seen with the naked eye.

 

 



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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Revolution Islam, Website Of Group That Threatened Comedy Central, Is Hacked

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/23/revolution-islam-website_n_549361.html


What a bad night for the radical fundamentalist creeps at Revolution Islam, the goons who threatened "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with the entire Comedy Central organization yesterday over an episode of "South Park", which contained images of Mohammed that were eventually censored. 


While a nation of "Daily Show" fans were tuning in to watch an angry Jon Stewart lead another performance of his "Go Fuck Yourself" choir in retaliation, visitors to the Revolution Islam site found that their homepage had been hilariously hacked.


The damage is free for all to see this morning as well: http://www.revolutionislam.com/







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Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day afterthought

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Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient.  It's called 'rain'.
  - Michael McClary




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Album Art Screensaver

 
 
 
 

Album Art Screensaver is a screensaver for Windows inspired by the iTunes album art screensaver bundled with Mac OS.
 
 If you have been jealous of your Mac-owning friends who can enjoy this nifty thing on their desktop, look no further.
 
The Album Art screensaver can retrieve artwork from your music collection in numerous ways, making it compaitble with most music libraries out there.
 
The screensaver consumes little system resources, and runs smoothly on old computers with scarce hardware
 
If you are using iTunes setting up the screensaver is smooth like a breeze. For versions 7 and up, the screensaver can also display info on the currently playing track.
 
The screensaver is completely free of charge to download and use. If you find yourself liking it, please make a donation.



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today's business model

Just Doing It
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
NY Times Op-Ed columnist

 
excerpt:
 
EndoStim is a little start-up I was introduced to on a recent visit to St. Louis.  The company is developing a proprietary implantable medical device to treat acid reflux.  I have no idea if the product will succeed in the marketplace.  It's still in testing.  What really interests me about EndoStim is how the company was formed and is being run today.  It is the epitome of the new kind of start-ups we need to propel our economy: a mix of new immigrants, using old money to innovate in a flat world.
 
Here's the short version: EndoStim was inspired by Cuban and Indian immigrants to America and funded by St. Louis venture capitalists.  Its prototype is being manufactured in Uruguay, with the help of Israeli engineers and constant feedback from doctors in India and Chile.  Oh, and the C.E.O. is a South African, who was educated at the Sorbonne, but lives in Missouri and
California, and his head office is basically a BlackBerry.
 



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real posting on LinkedIn

 

Question about animal behavior.  

 

I just got a parakeet. It is only one month old. It is consistently and totally quiet, except under one condition. It always chirps when I play Rick James' composition, SUPERFREAK. It does not chirp when I play Vivaldi piccolo concertos. It does not chirp when I play Vivaldi flute concertos. It does not chirp when I play Schubert songs, sung by Anne von Otter. It does not chirp when I play Mozart arias sung by Thomas Quasthoff. It does not chirp when I play Liszt's Faust Symphonie. It does not chirp when I play Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. But the bird always chirps one minute into SUPERFREAK, by Rick James. You will remember SUPERFREAK, it goes, "She's a very kinky girl The kind you don't take home to mother She will never let your spirits down." Can any experts on avian singing behavior provide guidance on this matter?
 

Clarification added 6 days ago:

This is in response to the suggestion that I play recordings of bird sounds. As I mentioned, I tried piccolo music. I do have a recording (compact disc) that contains lessons on how to speak elementary Navajo. I picked up this disc at the gift shop at Mesa Verde National Park last year. Perhaps my bird can learn Navajo, if not English.
 

Clarification added 5 days ago:

Today, the bird chirped for 20 continual seconds to SUPERFREAK. SUPERFREAK is what the bird likes. I am now exposing the bird to Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1.
 

Clarification added 5 days ago:

I now have a recording of bird chirping extensively to SUPERFREAK. I decided to play this recording back to bird, while making a second recording. This time the bird responded with decided vigor, and answered its own chirps with dynamic, loud chirps. The poor lonely thing. He wants a sweetie.
 

Clarification added 10 hours ago:

I have continued to experiment. The bird fails to respond to Dexter Gordon, famed bebop jazz saxophone player. The bird fails to respond to Sonny Stitt, the "god" of bebop saxophone. The bird does not respond to the electronic synthopop of Kraftwerk. The bird does not respond to Bach's cantatas. The bird does not respond to my compilation of surf rock'n'roll from the 1960s. The bird does not respond to 2-piano versions of Brahms Symphonies No. 3 and 4, as recorded by Matthies and Kohn.

But for reasons unknown, the bird consistently responds to Bach's THE ART OF FUGUE, as played by Emerson String Quartet. To repeat, THE ART OF FUGUE is what junior likes.
 

Clarification added 10 hours ago:

This is not a joke. What the bird likes is, Bach's The Art of Fugue, and also Superfreak, but nothing else. (I really cannot comment on this apparent discrepency. My background is in biochemstry, not music and not psychology.)
 

posted 15 hours ago in Biotech

 

 



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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I can quit anytime. Really, I can.

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ADDICTIVE GAME ALERT:
 

Assembler is a new physics-based wonder where you move some depository equipment to get your precious green crate in position. 
 
For what? No matter!  Physics work perfect and the feel of grabbing and moving around things is just perfect. 
  


You weren't planning on doing any work today, anyway.


 

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this xkcd is made for you electrical engineer types.

 see attached 


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's April 20th, dude. Where's Waldo?


 April 20th is of course, 420, the stoner's favorite holiday.
 
 So what is the origin of 420 ?
 
 Here's the straight dope (as it were):
 
 
 


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Dunkirk Redux

 
In a recreation of Dunkirk, Brits try to rescue fellow Brits stranded in France due to the volcano.

And the French were just as helpful as in the past.

 



 

NY Times: 'Little Ships' Rerun Finds Its Own Dunkirk

DOVER, England — Few moments in modern British history are more iconic than the evacuation of the British expeditionary force of nearly 340,000 troops in the spring of 1940 from the beaches of Dunkirk, 22 miles across the Channel from the white chalk cliffs that overlook this ancient port town. At the time, Winston Churchill called it "a miracle of deliverance."
 
This time, the effort centered on a group of men in a flotilla of inflatable speedboats who set out from Dover to ferry some of their stranded compatriots home from the rail and ferry chaos created by the cloud of volcanic ash that has shut down much of Europe's air traffic. British newspapers have calculated that the shutdown has stranded up to a million British travelers, counting those whose outbound flights have been canceled and those abroad trying to get home.
 
But after hours of fruitless negotiation, the organizers of the modern evacuation venture were defeated by an adversary that prevailed where Hitler's battalions and dive bombers failed. The opposing force on this occasion was a small regiment of unimpressed French harbor and immigration officials, who met the Englishmen and their 30-foot boats in the harbor at Calais with a resolute "Non!"
 

full @
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/world/europe/19evacuation.html



 
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Stuff on my Dog

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Canine Topiary
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/sports/19grooming.html
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 pictures at 
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/04/18/sports/20100418SPTSGROOMING_index.html

 
 
 


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In South Korea, No Gaming After Midnight

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Officials have announced first-of-their-kind policies that will mandate a 6-hour blackout period from online gaming every night for underage kids.
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http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100412000752
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Friday, April 16, 2010

In other Twitter news...

Humor from "The Onion"

Twitter now features ads.  What do you think?

 

  "This is terrible!  Now Twitter will be overrun with all kinds of useless, annoying messages."

 

 

 

http://www.theonion.com/articles/twitter-now-features-ads,17262/

 

 



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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Technology makes it Better

USB Pet Rock

 Simply plug the USB cable into a free port and let the fun begin.   The USB Pet Rock will instantly begin to work its magic.  People will stop by and ask you what your USB Pet Rock does.  Each time, you can make up a new story; for no matter what you say, it will be greater than the truth - because these USB Pet Rocks don't do a dang thing.
 
 
 




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Library of Congress Will Save Tweets

NY Times:
 
 

Library of Congress Will Save Tweets

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/technology/15twitter.html

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Wonderful. 
One hundred trillion text messages that just say: "LOL!!!!!"
 

 

 



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Mmmm... bacon. Is there nothing it can't improve?

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NY Times: Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault

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Some people may be genetically predisposed to dislike cilantro, according to often-cited studies by Charles J. Wysocki of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. But cilantrophobe genetics remain little known and aren't under systematic investigation. Meanwhile, history, chemistry and neurology have been adding some valuable pieces to the puzzle.
 
Modern cilantrophobes tend to describe the offending flavor as soapy rather than buggy. I don't hate cilantro, but it does sometimes remind me of hand lotion. Each of these associations turns out to make good chemical sense.
 
Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.


full @ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

 

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Conventional Wisdom

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You can pick your friends.
You can pick your nose.
But you can't pick your friend's nose...
 
... until now:
http://www.nobodyhere.com/justme/nose_send.here

 (use the tweezers at the bottom of the screen)
 
 


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Get those fingertips ready

 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7581230/Pornographic-magazine-for-the-blind-launched.html

> "The book ... is designed to be 'enjoyed' by the blind and visually impaired."


Yes, indeed ... "enjoyed"  
<nudge nudge wink wink>

 
 


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Monday, April 12, 2010

Do you love me more than lox ?

"A New, Occasional Instrument for Measuring Marital Quality: The Time Required to Make a Cream Cheese and Salmon Bagel Following Funnel-Web Spider Bite"
 
Gary Walter,
Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 171, nos. 11–12, December 6–20, 1999, pp. 674–5.




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quote of the day

 
A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.






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Find out what time it is anywhere in the world.

 Yet Another Google Trick
This one's really handy if you want to make sure that you're not phoning someone in the middle of the night.  

Just search for "time" and then the name of the city. 

For example, try: time San Francisco

 


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Friday, April 09, 2010

H.P. Sees a Revolution in Memory Chip

NY Times April 7, 2010

H.P. Sees a Revolution in Memory Chip

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday are to report advances in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing transistors as computer chips shrink closer to the atomic scale.
 
The devices, known as memristors, or memory resistors, were conceived in 1971 by Leon O. Chua, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, but they were not put into effect until 2008 at the H.P. lab here.
They are simpler than today's semiconducting transistors, can store information even in the absence of an electrical current and, according to a report in Nature, can be used for both data processing and storage applications.
 
The researchers previously reported in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they had devised a new method for storing and retrieving information from a vast three-dimensional array of memristors. The scheme could potentially free designers to stack thousands of switches in a high-rise fashion, permitting a new class of ultradense computing devices even after two-dimensional scaling reaches fundamental limits.
 
Memristor-based systems also hold out the prospect of fashioning analog computing systems that function more like biological brains, Dr. Chua said.
 
"Our brains are made of memristors," he said, referring to the function of biological synapses. "We have the right stuff now to build real brains."
 
In an interview at the H.P. research lab, Stan Williams, a company physicist, said that in the two years since announcing working devices, his team had increased their switching speed to match today's conventional silicon transistors. The researchers had tested them in the laboratory, he added, proving they could reliably make hundreds of thousands of reads and writes.
 
That is a significant hurdle to overcome, indicating that it is now possible to consider memristor-based chips as an alternative to today's transistor-based flash computer memories, which are widely used in consumer devices like MP3 players, portable computers and digital cameras.
 
"Not only do we think that in three years we can be better than the competitors," Dr. Williams said. "The memristor technology really has the capacity to continue scaling for a very long time, and that's really a big deal."
 
As the semiconductor industry has approached fundamental physical limits in shrinking the size of the devices that represent digital 1's and 0's as on and off states, it has touched off an international race to find alternatives.
 
New generations of semiconductor technology typically advance at three-year intervals, and today the industry can see no further than three and possibly four generations into the future.
 
The most advanced transistor technology today is based on minimum feature sizes of 30 to 40 nanometers — by contrast a biological virus is typically about 100 nanometers — and Dr. Williams said that H.P. now has working 3-nanometer memristors that can switch on and off in about a nanosecond, or a billionth of a second.
 
He said the company could have a competitor to flash memory in three years that would have a capacity of 20 gigabytes a square centimeter.
 
"We believe that that is at least a factor of two better storage than flash memory will be able to have in that time frame," he said.
 
The H.P. technology is based on the ability to use an electrical current to move atoms within an ultrathin film of titanium dioxide. After the location of an atom has been shifted, even by as little as a nanometer, the result can be read as a change in the resistance of the material. That change persists even after the current is switched off, making it possible to build an extremely low-power device.
 
The new material offers an approach that is radically different from a promising type of storage called "phase-change memory" being pursued by I.B.M., Intel and other companies.
 
In a phase-change memory, heat is used to shift a glassy material from an amorphous to a crystalline state and back. The switching speed of these systems is slower and requires more power, the H.P. scientists say.


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/science/08chips.html
 
 


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Good beer never goes to waist

 "Beer Consumption and the 'Beer Belly': Scientific Basis or Common Belief?"
M. Schutze, M. Schulz, A. Steffen, M.M. Bergmann, A. Kroke, L. Lissner, and H. Boeing, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 63, no. 9, September 2009, pp. 1143–9.
 
 
The authors, at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke in Nuthetal, Germany, at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany, and at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. report:

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The term "beer belly" expresses the common belief that beer consumption is a major determinant
of waist circumference.
 
CONCLUSIONS: This study does not support the common belief of a site-specific effect of beer on the abdomen, the beer belly.

 

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

When knowing how to speak Klingon just isn't enough

 
 

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I adore Albert


 I adore Albert
 
 
Twin Peaks fans will also remember Albert Rosenfield, the FBI pathologist who resented being assigned to the hick hinterlands of Twin Peaks. He was fond of taunting the locals, especially Sheriff Truman. Some of his acerbic comments follow:


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[Albert, responding to a comment made by local Twin Peaks Sheriff Truman.]
"Look, it's trying to think."
 
 
Truman: "Anything we should be working on? "
Albert: "Yeah, try not dragging your knuckles on the ground when you walk!"
 
  
[FBI pathologist Albert Rosenfield refuses to release Laura's body for the funeral.]
Dr. Hayward: "You're the most cold-blooded man I've ever seen! I've never in my life met a man with so little regard for human frailty. Have you no compassion?! "
Albert Rosenfield: "Oh, I've got compassion running out of my nose, pal! I'm the Sultan of Sentiment!  Dr. Hayward, I have traveled thousands of miles and apparently several centuries to this forgotten sinkhole in order to perform a series of tests. Now, I do not ask you to understand these tests.  I'm not a cruel man.  I just ask you to get the hell outta my way, so I that can finish my work! Is that clear?!"
 
 
 
Albert Rosenfield: "Mr. Horne, I recognize that your position in this fair community pretty much guarantees venality, insincerity, and a rather irritating manner of expressing yourself. Stupidity, however, is not a necessarily inherent trait.  Therefore, please listen closely -- You can have a funeral any old time. You dig a hole, you plant a coffin. I, however, cannot perform these tests next year, next month, next week or even tomorrow -- I must perform them now. <drill noise--VEEP VEEP!> I've got a lot of cutting and pasting to do, gentlemen, so please return to your porch rockers and resume whittling! "
[Puts drill to Laura's forehead and starts drilling.]
 
 
 
Albert Rosenfield: "I, uh, performed the autopsy on Jacques Renault. Stomach contents revealed… let's see, beer cans, a Maryland license plate, half a bicycle tire, a goat… and a small wooden puppet. Goes by the name of Pinocchio. "
Dale Cooper: "You're making a joke! "
Albert Rosenfield: "I like to think of myself as one of the happy generations."
 
 
 
[Albert observes fellow FBI agent Cooper's plaid shirt and khaki slacks.]
Albert Rosenfield: "Oh, Coop, uh, about the uniform…"
Dale Cooper: "Yes, Albert? "
Albert Rosenfield: "Replacing the quiet elegance of the dark suit and tie with the casual indifference of these muted earth tones is a form of fashion suicide, but, uh, call me crazy — on you it works."
 
 
 
Albert: "Agent Cooper, I am thrilled to pieces that the Dharma came to King Hohoho, I really am, but right now I am trying hard to focus on the more immediate problems of our own century, right here in Twin Peaks. "
Cooper: "Albert, you'd be surprised at the connections between the two. "
Albert: "Color me amazed."
 
 
 
[Deputy Andy, who recently had been hit in the face by a board he stepped on, interrupts Cooper and Albert.]
Dale Cooper: "Andy! How's the nose? "
Deputy Andy: "Not a mark on it! Only blood squirted out. "
Albert Rosenfield (to Cooper): "Where do they keep his water dish?"


 


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I Love Lucy

 I Love Lucy
 
 
Twin Peaks fans will remember Lucy Moran, the ditzy receptionist at Sheriff Truman's office. Here are a few of her quotes:

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"Sheriff Truman? I have Ben Horne on the phone for you. Would you like me to transfer him to you? Well, not *him*, but his phone call?"
 
  
Truman: "What's going on? "
Lucy (telling him the plot line of the TV show she's watching): "Thanks to Jade, Gerard decided not to kill himself. And he's changed his will, leaving the Towers to Jade instead of Emerald. But Emerald found out about it, and now she's trying to seduce Chet to give her the new will so that she can destroy it, and Montana's planning to kill Gerard at midnight so the Towers will belong to Emerald and Montana but I think she's going to double-cross him though he doesn't know it. Poor Chet!"
Truman: "What's going on *here*?"
  
 
Lucy: "Sheriff, it's Pete Martell up at the mill. Um, I'm gonna transfer it to the phone on the table by the red chair, the red chair against the wall. The little table, with the lamp on it --t he lamp that we moved from the corner?  The BLACK phone, not the brown phone."
  
 
Lucy: "Agent Cooper, I've got a call for you from a Mr. Albert Rosenfeld, sounds like long distance. It has that open air sound, you know, where it sounds like wind blowing... like wind blowing through trees...."
 
  
Cooper: "Harry, my dream is a code waiting to be broken. Break the code, solve the crime."
 Lucy (taking notes): "Break the... code, solve the... crime."
 


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And her boyfriend Andy wasn't too bright, either…
 
Andy: "Listen to me, Lucy Moran, you just listen. When the Tacoma Sperm Bank was looking for donors, naturally I applied. It's my civic duty and I like  whales. A routine physical examination revealed that I'm sterile. Sure I thought it meant that I didn't have to take a bath, but the doctors told me the truth. They told me I can't have babies."
 



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   Twin Peaks'  pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990 on the ABC network.
 

 


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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Lost "Harry Potter" Script Turns Up in English Pub

 Lost "Harry Potter" Script Turns Up in English Pub

Last week, a 118-page script marked "Private and Confidential" was found under a bar table at the Waterside Tavern in Kings Langley, England—right near the studio where Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is currently being filmed.
 
After finding the script, the lucky patron did what any good Samaritan would do—he turned it over to a local British tabloid.  The Sun didn't release any details of the script—although it did run blurred photos of the pages to torture obsessive fans—except to say that the movie will diverge radically from the book.
 
The tabloid returned the script to Warner Bros. the next day. According to the Sun, this is the third time that Harry Potter "secrets" have almost been aired. In 2003, early copies of the The Order Of The Phoenix were discovered a field before the book was officially released, and three years later, an early copy of the script turned up at "an alleged 'dogging' site" near a British highway.
 
 

Read original story in The Sun | Tuesday, April 6, 2010





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Ultimate Assassin's Weapon

 Being an assassin isn't as easy a job as it seems in video games.
 
One wrong move and you'll find yourself arrested, dead, or worse. Because of the advancements in forensic science, most assassins are caught after the fact by evidence left on the murder weapon. 
 
The obvious solution to this is not to leave a murder weapon for anyone to find - to literally make the weapon disappear. Thus we present to you the The Ultimate Assassin's Weapon..
 
Now you'll have an assassin's weapon - a glistening dagger - made out of frozen water.
  
http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/ultimate-weapon.html?cpg=93H





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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The way things used to be

 During Passover, Jews of European descent abstain not only from leavened products, but also foods that contain rice and corn.
 
Each year during the Passover season, Coca-Cola makes a version of their soda that doesn't contain High Fructose CORN syrup.
 
They sweeten it the old-fashioned way... with SUGAR. 
 
If you want to taste Coke the way it used to taste, look for the Coke bottles with the YELLOW cap. They're Kosher for Passover because they contain sugar instead of HFCS.


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Princeton research: high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain.

 
Princeton research:
 high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. 
 

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. 

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said
psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese -- every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."
 
 
full @ http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/

 


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Make your own UHF TV Antenna to receive over the air broadcasts.

 And it really does involve making something out of coat hangers...
  
 

 

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Retro Tech

Aviary is proud to announce that it has launched its newest product, Crane, the web's first paper-based image editor
 
Crane is Aviary's first venture into the newly discovered concept of non-web based applications. The system will work from anywhere and, amazingly, does not require an internet connection.

http://aviary.com/blog/posts/aviary-launches-crane-paper-editor
 
 
 
 check out THIS feature:

" To draw in Crane, simply place the Pencil Tool between your index finger and thumb (located on your dominant hand). Press the tip of the Pencil Tool down onto your canvas and using controlled strokes, you will be able to simulate the act of digital drawing on your canvas. The Pencil Tool is entirely pressure sensitive meaning the harder you press down on the Pencil, the darker your strokes will appear on the paper, just as if you were using a real Wacom drawing tablet."



 

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