Friday, April 28, 2006

Tiger Woods & Ty Pennington Can Really Sell!

This is a classic piece of unimportant, but fun, information that I love to give out here at my blog. So, enjoy...

FROM THE NEW YORK POST: Ty Pennington, the megaphone-wielding host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," isn't the most recognized name in Hollywood, but he carries the most clout on Madison Avenue.
The celeb handyman, who sells his own line of housewares at Sears, is the best at getting consumers to pull out the credit card, a new study says.


Olympic medalist Summer Sanders, actor James Earl Jones, chef Emeril Legasse and "Desperate Housewives" hottie James Denton also score high when it comes to positive "purchase impact," according to research firm NPD Group.

The study, which scored 87 celebrities and sports figures who have appeared in an ad in the last year, focused on overall awareness and whether a celebrity left a positive impression in consumers' minds.

Read the rest of this unimportant -- but interesting -- information about celebrities.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

And Brett Favre's Decision Is...?

He's back!

Now That's Not Nice...

...but funny!

"Queen Elizabeth turned 80 over the weekend. She's more of a figurehead. No power. Here in the United States we call that a Democrat."
-- Jay Leno

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

High Gas Prices Got You Down, Add A Rainbow To Your Day Here!

Even if we aren't enjoying the gas prices, we can at least enjoy the pretty colors!


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Caffeine Nation

I'm currently in full buzz mode after some coffee and a few sips of Coke Blak today. So, this story from NPR caught my attention.

A professor at Temple University aims to understand what Starbucks says about us. (It's an audio story, so turn on your speakers.)


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Friday, April 21, 2006

Why do the letters of the alphabet occur in the particular order that they do?

This is why.

(the page seems to be having a little trouble coming in for me at the moment, but it should be working again soon -- I assume)

THEORY: A Simple Way To Gauge A Person's Character

"A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person."

Forget about how a person treats you. Instead, pay attention to how they treat waiters.


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The Truth About The Da Vinci Code

This website shares the truth about The Da Vinci Code.

It's an extremely well done site on The Da Vinci Code, check it out.

I also really dig the background music, so turn up your speakers!


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Thursday, April 20, 2006

UV Tats

Ultraviolet Tattoos are growing in poularity. Do you know what they are?

They are tattoos which are only visible under a black light. It's gotta be a lot of fun if you get the right tat.

Check out the fun tattoo this guy got in the picture that goes along with this article on UV Tattoos.

Pretty cool.


NOTE: Don't worry Mom, I won't get one...even thought I'm 33 and out of the house.

Coke and Godiva to Offer 'Indulgent' Beverages

Coca-Cola North America and Godiva Chocolatier are set to debut a new line of beverages this summer that is "more decadent than just plain coffee."

What are they going to offer? Read about the new coffee products here.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The 3rd Annual Smithsonian magazine Photo Contest

There are some impressive photos in this contest.

The 3rd Annual Smithsonian magazine Photo Contest


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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

One Red Paperclip

This is a pretty amazing series of trades that led from this person owning one paperclip to now being about to offer a trade of a free year of rent in Phoenix, AZ for the next best trade.

Here's the story...

My name is Kyle MacDonald and I am trying to trade one red paperclip for a house. I started with one red paperclip on July 12th, 2005 and I am making a series of trades for bigger or better things. My current item up for trade is one year in Phoenix. Do you want one year of FREE rent in Phoenix? Pop your offer over to me at (oneredpaperclip@gmail.com) or give me a shout at 514-833-3980. (If you can't get through - please send a text message) You can see the current offers here.

See the official Red Paperclip blog here.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Microsoft Management Secrets

Very interesting...

This is how the Microsoft company keeps going and growing into the world leader in computers...

1). Hire the Best People
2). Bet the Company's Future On Big Opportunities
3). Expect People To fail & Learn from Their Mistakes
4). Insure that Managers Can Do the Work of the People What Report To Them
5). Evaluate People Only On Their Recent Performance
6). Spend Money Frugally
7). Manage A Large Company Like A Collection of Small, Independent Companies
8). Know What Is Actually Going On In the Company
9). Establish an "esprit de cour" (a spirit of cooperation) to motivate People To Superior Performance
10). Never Make Your Employees Put Up with Stupid Rules
11). Create an Office Atmosphere That's Like a Home Away from Home.
12). (a rule specific to Microsoft's environment) Focus On Total World Domination


In Creating an Office Atmosphere That's Like a Home Away from Home, Microsoft does the following:

-- Microsoft believes employees will not be as productive if their working environment is uncomfortable. The employee owns his own office and is allowed to decorate it as he or she desires. All employees order furniture and supplies from the same catelog. All offices have a window, and all offices are the same size, except for the very few top engineers and Bill Gates & Paul Allen.

-- There is no dress code at Microsoft. Dress can be relaexed as being barefoot, or as dressed-up as one desires.

-- The company provides free soft drinks, coffee, bottled water, etc. Just as one would have drinks supplied to them if they were at their own home.

-- There are no set work hours at the office for employees...and employees tend to put in more time because they only are judged by the work they accomplish -- not by the hours they work. Hours are not tracked by the company.


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The World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2006

This year's winners were compiled by Restaurant magazine. Have you been to any of these top restaurants?

Personally, I haven't been to any of these, and can only pronounce about a dozen of them.

Here are the winners from previous years.


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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pictures of Where Women Come From...

No, not THERE!

I'm talking about Venus. Scientists has released new images of the the planet Venus, and they're interesting. But sadly, the images don't get close enough to the surface of the planet in order to see all of the women who are there. Oh well...

Click on the "Slideshow" link on the left hand side of the page. Enjoy!


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Hidden iPod Commands

It's true!

Check out this quick interactive cart to show the "key-strokes" for hidden iPod hacks/commands (reset, diagnostics, disk mode) on the various models.


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"Smell-o-vision" Is Here!

Well...actually it's "there," in Japan. But, it's now available to watch a movie in a theater in "Smell-o-vision" with a variety of scents floating through the air during specific scenes of the film.

Read more about "Smell-o-vision."

(You'd think they'd pick a different movie to debut this technology in Japan.)


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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

VIDEO: A Really Bad Idea

Kids will be kids...

...that is, kids will be kids with burnt hands.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Looper Hotties?

"You know, a Looper...a caddy..."
-- Bill Murray in the movie, Caddyshack

Now, in the United Kingdom, you can hire a temporary caddy for your 18 holes of golf that's more than just someone to carry your clubs. They're a group of attractive women known as Eye Candy Caddies.

Every caddy completes a special training program to learn the finer points of golf etiquette, including essential rules such as "Never laugh at a bad shot", and "Encourage and applaud where necessary."

(Oh, and there are apparently 3 male caddies as well.)

Read more about them in the latest Springwise Newsletter.

I suppose people will start a business for just about anything these days.


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The "Gospel" of Judas

This discovery of an ancient text is getting some people talking about how Judas and Jesus may have worked together in secret to make it look as if Jesus resurrected from the tomb.

The congruency of the Gospels in the Bible, and how they work in full with the rest of the Bible that fails to contradict itself, hold the credibility here. There's a reason (many, actually) why this "gospel" of Judas was not chosen to be a part of the Bible by those charged to make those decisions through prayer and discernment.

But, the story will be big for the next week or two, both in Christian and in secular circles.

Here's a great list of links from ChristianityToday.com's Weblog (by my colleague Ted Olsen).

The "Gospel of Judas":

The lost gospel Was Judas innocent? (National Geographic)

Ancient text shows a different Judas Religious and lay readers alike will debate the meaning and truth of the manuscript (Associated Press)

In ancient document, Judas, minus the betrayal A 1,700-year-old manuscript of the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas Iscariot as Jesus' favored disciple and willing collaborator (The New York Times)

Earlier version: 'Gospel of Judas' surfaces after 1,700 years The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today (The New York Times)

Document is genuine, but is its story true? The real debate over the Gospel of Judas will be whether it says anything historically legitimate about Jesus (The New York Times)

'Gospel of Judas' offers contrarian view of Jesus Controversial manuscript authenticated as early Christian writing (MSNBC)

The lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John make up the four accepted Gospels of the Christian New Testament. Now a new gospel has been unveiled by the National Geographic Society -- one that focuses on the story of Judas Iscariot (Day to Day, NPR)

Newly translated gospel offers more positive portrayal of Judas Manuscript says that the most reviled villain in Christian history was simply doing his master's bidding when he betrayed Jesus (The Washington Post)

Judas is no traitor in long-lost gospel A document from the year 300 portrays him as Jesus' closest friend, who carried out the betrayal only because Christ asked him to (Los Angeles Times)

A new Judas emerges from rediscovered gospel The Gospel of Judas, which offers a radically different account of Jesus Christ's message and of his betrayal by one of his disciples, has been recovered, authenticated, and translated from Coptic into English after being lost for more than 1,600 years (The Boston Globe)

History of Christianity: The Gospel according to Judas Yesterday, a 62-page codex, written from the point of view of the man who betrayed Christ and said to date from the 3rd or 4th century, was unveiled in Washington. A seismic moment for the Christian church? (The Independent, London)

Judas: this is what really happened Thanks to a newly discovered gospel in Judas's name, we now know what his excuse was: Jesus made me do it (The Guardian, London)

The Judas gospel An ancient manuscript paints Judas Iscariot not as Christ's betrayer but as his favorite disciple (Chicago Tribune)

Arguments begin about significance of Judas text Early writings not included in Bible describe a far more diverse early Christianity (Houston Chronicle)

Long-lost gospel of Judas recasts 'traitor' Some theologians, biblical scholars and pastors say this contrary text is not truly "good news" (the meaning of "gospel") and will make no difference to believers as Easter approaches (USA Today)

Did Jesus ask Judas to betray him? Discovery of 'Gospel of Judas' Raises Questions (Primetime, ABC News)

'Gospel' offers radical new perspective on Judas The discovery and translation of a document lost for 1,700 years sheds new light on one of history's most notorious characters -- Judas Iscariot (All Things Considered, NPR)

Ancient text shows Judas in a different light For much of the history of Christianity the popular belief has been that Judas betrayed Jesus. But the translation of the Gospel of Judas made public by National Geographic Society tells a different story (Morning Edition, NPR)

'Gospel of Judas' called an authentic fabrication Despite the careful work by scholars that has gone into a document of obvious interest, I have to express disappointment when I see National Geographic stoop so low into hyperbole as to distort the significance of this discovery (Bruce Chilton, The New York Sun)

Gospel of Judas is a revelation Manuscript suggests apostle unfairly vilified (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.)

Fascinating stuff, but 100 years too late The Gospel of Judas is an interesting document but it will not be changing the way in which historians, scholars or ordinary Christians understand their faith. (John Pritchard, The Times, London)

New testament: Judas redeemed A fifth gospel challenges one of the basic Christian beliefs (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Not so secret gospels There is nothing very revolutionary or scandalous in itself about another new gospel turning up (BBC)


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Outsourcing the Fast-food Drive-thru?

It's true, there are now call centers taking orders at your local McDonalds' drive-thrus.

So far, these call centers are in America, but, what if they were sent to India or to another country? It's already tough enough to understand what is being said when a native English speaking person talks to us through the speaker when they are there in the same building.

What would it be like to speak with someone with a heavy accent talking to us from 10,000 miles away on the other side of the globe?

It's a slippery slope folks. The world is no longer as we once knew it...


(okay, that was a little more dramatic than needed, but I felt like it.)


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Why do we say, "God bless you" when someone sneezes?

According to AskYahoo.com

It does seem a rather strange thing to say. You contort your face, expel mucus, and onlookers wish upon you a blessing from the big man. Very strange indeed...

The origin of the "bless you" tradition is not entirely clear. The urban legend experts at Snopes.com list an impressive number of possibilities. One involves the (hopefully) mistaken belief that a human's soul might escape through a sneeze. Saying "God bless you" wards off Satan while the soul is temporarily vulnerable.

Another story veers toward the medical....

Read the rest of the response to this question.


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Friday, April 07, 2006

High Quality Wallpaper for Your Desktop Background

I just bumped into this site this morning. It offers free wallpaper downloads (no, not the kind that you put up in your bathroom at home and causes fights with your spouse).

Not just wallpaper, it offers seriously high-quality images in normal and widescreen versions.

Check it out yourself!


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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Productivity Tips from Bill Gates - How He Works

Bill Gates talks about his workflow and his organization system. On top of his marketing stuff on his products, he talks about couple of key things that involves in his daily work life.

Read tips from Bill Gates.


Thx: lifehack.org

Dinner By Design

I know, I know ... this sound like something for suburban soccer moms to get excited about, but, I'm into this too.

My fiancee' and I went to one of the Dinner By Design kitchens last night and had a great time making the meals we'll be eating for the next month. All of the ingredients are there in front of you at each kitchen station, with the right measurement cups in the right ingredients. And the recipe is right there in front of you. There are also a bunch of people walking around answering your questions, refilling ingredients, and doing all the cleaning-up for you.

Each meal feeds 6, so we half the meals and package them accordingly. They're perfect portions for the two of us.

All you do is decide ahead of time what dishes you want to make, and then you make an appointment. Then, you show up and put everything together. It took us, on our first time doing this, just under two hours to do all the meals we'll eat for the rest of the month. That's a great time-saver,. The preparation/cooking directions are on the sticker we put on each bag or container. It couldn't be easier.

We'll be eating great food at a good value, will meals ready to cook when I get home, and no messy kitchen. Beat that!

Check it out here. It's a good value, and every few months we get $100 off the food because of their rewards program.

I'm officially hooked.


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Street Wars

It's about as serious of an assassin game as you can play. I'm not talking about playing a video game, I'm talking about stalking your target in the streets of a real city ... breaking into their home and taking them down then and there when they least expect it ... I'm talking about your heart pounding out of your chest because you can feel that your assassin is nearby, BUT YOU CANNOT FIND THEM!!!!

It's Street Wars!


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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

We Can't All Be Stars...

but...

(from Jeremy Thiessen's Blog, Normal Rockstar)

Theological Jack Bauer Facts

I'm not a watcher of the hit show, "24," but a lot of people are. So, here's a list of Theological Jack Bauer Facts for you...

  • Jack Bauer believes in Divine Election because he understands what it means to control everything.
  • Jack Bauer is a Complimentarian- everyone submits to him.
  • Jack Bauer once questioned the authenticity of the Bible, so he brought the authors back to life and tortured them until he was convinced they were telling the truth.
  • Jesus will return when Jack Bauer dies. The problem is that he keeps coming back to life.
  • Jack Bauer knows whether the earth is “young” or “old,” but no one’s successfully tortured it out of him.
  • For Jack Bauer, confrontation is the only form of evangelism.

Read the rest of the Jack Bauer list here.


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1..2..3..4..5..6

As Seen @ Andrew Sullivan's Blog...

This Wednesday (tomorrow), at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date was 01:02:03 04/05/06.

I'll sleep through it.

This exact sequence will not happen again for 1,000 years, but a sequence of the number 1 through 10 will happen again in 2010. Can you figure out exactly when this will happen?

Pakistan To Move Quake-hit City

There's a tender spot in my heart for the people of Pakistan that were hit with the earthquake last year. The timing of it kept them out of the news for the most part because of the other natural disaster that happened in the last 15 months or so.

They've come up with a way to rebuild a city of theirs that was razed by the quake. They're moving it to a new location. It's a solution, and I salute them for it.

You can help these hurting people at:
Samaritan's Purse
Give2Asia
Unicef


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50 Greatest Indie Films

If you're a movie buff, you'll enjoy debating this list of the 50 Greatest Indie Films with your computer monitor.


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