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Friday, February 6th, 2009

In the bigger is better column – Not too many months ago I mentioned to a few of you about a 1TB (terabyte) disk drive at only $250. It has been displaced as the largest drive available for your PC. Now Western Digital has come out with a 2TB drive. It will hold about 600,000 MP3s or more than 50 Blu-ray discs. That’s two thousand billion bytes, or two trillion bytes. I think I might need one of these.
If you remember Liz Taylor – In a controversial new biography, Liz Taylor reveals she likes
her lovemaking loud, rough and frequent. Coincidentally, that’s also how she likes to eat.

Digital TV delay until June 12 – You probably already heard this one. The Senate unanimously approved the bill and The House I am not surprised, even though the industry was ready, our wonderful senators and representatives only had four years to send out cards and botched it.

It is almost time for golf.

Why not ride around the links in this, a fully chromed-out Berline Cadillac Escalade golf cart. The electric cart tops out at 20 mph, comes equipped with an Alpine CD system and a 3.5 gallon cooler.

My mother said, “Take your asprin.” – She must have known something. Aspirin may be good for your liver, protecting it against damage from too much Tylenol and possibly even from obesity and alcohol abuse, according to a new study by a Yale physician, Dr. Wajahat Mehal of Yale, published in last week’s Journal of Clinical Investigation. It shows liver damage can be prevented by low doses of aspirin and has a protective effect, preventing inflammation of the liver caused by many medications.

Save the Earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate.

Are you nuts – The ACLU filed suit in Illinois because the state would not change the birth certificates of two men who had sex change operations to become female. It said the refusal violated state law. One of the ‘women’ said, “It could create significant problems for me in the future. A document that says I am male puts me at risk of embarrassment, harassment, and possibly even physical violence.” Yeh, he lost his balls.

Healthcare – Couldn’t resist these two headlines back-to-back in a recent email.
1. Despite economy, overall healthcare employment picture strong
2. WellPoint hit by 61 percent loss in Q4 2008, plans job cuts

Who says bigger is better?
– Physicists have set a new world record for the smallest writing, with features of letters as small as 0.3 nanometers, or roughly one third of a billionth of a meter. The initials for Stanford University below were written in electron waves on a piece of copper and projected into a tiny hologram.

What’s in a name – Apparently lots. A new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly examined the relationship between first name popularity in adolescents and tendency to commit crime. Results show that, regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity. David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University analyzed state data by comparing the first names of male juvenile delinquents to the first names of male juveniles in the population.

Researchers constructed a popularity-name index (PNI) for each name. For example, the PNI for Michael is 100, the most frequently given name during the period. The PNI for David is 50, a name given half as frequently as Michael. The PNI is approximately 1 for names such as Alec, Ernest, Ivan, Kareem, and Malcolm.

Names case two – A cow with a name produces more milk than one without. Scientists at Newcastle University have found that by giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual, farmers can increase their annual milk yield by almost 500 pints.

The study, published online today in the academic journal Anthrozoos, found that on farms where each cow was called by her name the overall milk yield was higher than on farms where the cattle were herded as a group.

“Just as people respond better to the personal touch, cows also feel happier and more relaxed if they are given a bit more one-to-one attention,” explains Dr. Douglas, who works at Newcastle University.
The real test will be to name the cows Kareem and Malcom and see if they give more milk, of spit their cud at you.

Border Patrol in action – 35 seconds of fun. Click here

The evening news is where they begin with ‘good evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

Flexible TV
– I know, I seem to be preoccupied with TV sets these days, but great stuff is happening in the business. Sony showed a flexible TV last year and again this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. It will hit the market in Japan this year. It the thickness of three credit cards and really is bendable. Not sure of the practical use, but it is very cool stuff. Maybe those placard carrying guys announcing going-out-of-business sales could wear them and show live feeds inside the store.

Bacon – My favorite
bacob clock

It is called ‘Wake n Bacon’ – an alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon, because no one likes to wake to an alarm. This clock gently wakes you up with the mouthwatering aroma of fresh cooked bacon. Makes me want to take a nap, just to wake up.

Turn right to go left
Plano, TX is setting up extended left turn lanes this year on a few intersections. check this link to see how it works. It is supposed to reduce congestion, didn’t mention about increasing confusion, especially because you have to cross three lanes to make your first U turn.

Old Folks Wisdom – Never sleep with a woman whose problems are worse than your own.
Never stand between a fire hydrant and a dog.
Women are like cow pies, the older they are, the easier they are to pick up.
Age is a relative thing – think about dead fish and good wine.
Never skimp on spending money on a good pair of shoes and a decent bed. If you’re not in one, you’re in the other.
Always leave a party while you’re still having fun.

– If we want fast change, vote all non-incumbents next election (regardless of party). If we want lasting change, lobby for term limits with no grandfather clause.
Gas outbreak quelled – A 12-year-old Florida student was arrested in November after he “deliberately passed gas to disrupt the class,” according to police. The child, who was also accused of shutting off the computers of classmates at Stuart’s Spectrum School, was busted November 4 for disruption of a school function. Page two of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office report follows.
It is true there is water on Mars.
water mars

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. Mother Teresa