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Jun 30 '07

This article is dated June 26th:

Some tragic news from Disneyland Resort Paris has been spreading across several news sources this morning. A 14-year old Spanish girl was found unconscious after riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith yesterday, and although the park’s medical teams rushed to revive her, the girl had already passed away when an ambulance arrived. The attraction closed immediately and will remain closed until the exact cause of death has been determined.

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Migaloo: White Whale

Migaloo, or a white humpback whale (which may or may not be an albino, scientists aren’t sure):

Record numbers of humpback whales are on their annual migration up Australia’s east coast, including the rare white whale Migaloo, scientists say.

Migaloo, whose Aboriginal name means "white fella", is believed to be the only completely white humpback whale in the world.

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Jun 29 '07

A nice job of photo manipulation. Water spraying from things that usually emit fire --- see what I mean by riding the link.

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I saw this link on Digg, and couldn't resist posting it. If you know who Chris Farley is, ride the link, and you'll laugh - guaranteed.

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According to reports on Tigernet, the on-air team at WCCP FM is reporting that Clemson has come to terms with Auburn for a home-and-home series for 2010 (at Auburn) and 2011 (at Clemson).

Seems like it would be a good game to watch and good news for Clemson, who needs to step up their schedule a bit.

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Update: I neglected to mention in this post that Wright was then traded to Golden State. So he wasn't part of MJ's team for long.

The 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year, Wright is the 36th Tar Heel selected in the first round of the NBA draft ... led the ACC in field goal percentage (.646) and averaged 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game ... is the fifth UNC lottery pick in the NBA Draft in the last three years, joining Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants, all of whom went in the first 14 picks of the 2005 draft.

Congrats to Brandan and to Charlotte. Keep pulling in the UNC players MJ, you're building a domination machine.

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Jun 28 '07

South Africa is a more common first destination for international tech companies looking to establish a presence in Africa -- so why is Google opening its first major operation on the continent in Kenya?

Some of the answers are in this interview with Joseph Mucheru, former CEO of Kenyan ISP Wananchi, who will head up the new outpost.

Hop the link for the rest.

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This is some of the greatest, and coolest, news I have heard in a long time. Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke have been cast to star in a new vampire film called DAYBREAKERS, which follows the story of two dueling vampires.

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Get ready Hokie fans, ESPN College GameDay is coming to Blacksburg for the September 1st matchup against East Carolina.

Good choice ESPN - I don't really need to see any ECU games, but VT is worthy of the air time and deserves the national spotlight on their school for something other than senseless and maniacal violence and tragedy.

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In most animal hybrids, the traits of both parents are blended together to create a generalized mix of the two --- not the case with this Zorse (half zebra, half horse)

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Jun 27 '07

Brilliant Idea

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Licking Memorial Hospital is on fire

UPDATE (L8N): It's no secret anymore. The news was all over it apparently. I went to UDF last night with Maggie and saw some firemen that I knew from when my dad still worked for NFD and they said it was an exhaust problem. My boss this morning said there is an exhaust pipe that runs through two walls and then shoots straight up to the roof. Apparently, they were testing the new fire system (ironic) all day yesterday and it was running so long that a piece of styrofoam that was laying on it (old hiding spot apparently) caught fire. LMH still stands.

Just got this text from Eric:

"Hospital is on fire. Ground floor. 5-6 fire trucks and a few squads here."

I responded:

"That's crazy. Stear clear."

He responded:

"I bailed."

More info to come...

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Monkey Key Covers

Always having problems finding your keys? Well these cute Monkey Key Covers will make it easy! There are six types featuring different faces and colors. Check them out.

[via Outblush]

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  • Planning Time: 4 hours.
  • Construction Time: 22 hours.
  • Eating Time: ???

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Found this article on ACC Basketblog.

One day and counting until the 2007 NBA Draft in New York on Thursday. Here is a look at what online draftniks are predicting for ACC players

Check out the story on some UNC players and other familiar faces from the ACC. Guess who this quote is about:

"Capable of running court with ease. ... For all his versatility, much of it is lost on the next level due to inability to play SF, and lack of a real post game." --

If you guessed a Dookie, you'd be right. But which one ? .... well, all of them, really.

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Jun 26 '07

Philip Morris, a cigarette company, announced it would close its plant in Concord,NC in the next few years. About 2500 people work at the plant. I heard on the news that the employees have two options: they can take a severance package or move to Richmond, VA where another plant is located. The mayor believes that this will not stop Concord's growth.

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MillionCount Update: June 26

As of this posting, Jeremy was on 106602. Still a long way to go, but a good start.

For more info or to see what the heck I'm talking about --- look back here.

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Found this on Neatorama.

This tool gives your site a rating based on the "bad words" on your site. I had to try it:

Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

* dead (3x)
* gun (2x)
* suicide (1x)


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The boat can go at speeds of up to 40 knots, thanks to its Bugatti Marine engines, and has an Air Cavity Hull courtesy of Bentley Yachts which reduces hydrodynamic drag, giving you 30 per cent better fuel efficiency. The makers also claim this will make seasickness a thing of the past.

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Update: The police are treating this like a murder suicide.

Professional wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead along with his family this afternoon in his Atlanta home, according to published reports.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting authorities confirmed that Benoit, 40, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son were found dead at the home on Quarters and Redwine roads in Fayetteville.

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Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey is running unchallenged for the Vampire, Witches and Pagan Party 2008 presidential nomination.

He calls himself a "vampyre" (the Romanian spelling, he says) and claims he's been drinking blood since age five. He also wants to be your next president.

Seriously ? - Well then, Max Hog for President !

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Jun 25 '07

Round like a shot

Bravo - well played.

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Cute little girl that is smarter than any of us. Or all of us really, put together.

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As a frequent visitor to the Appalachian Mountains and an avid photographer / hiker / nature-lover I found this site rather shocking. I had never heard of anything like mountaintop removal. Read a little on the site, and help stop this practice.

Mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining in which entire mountains are literally blown up -- and it is happening here in America on a scale that is almost unimaginable.

Mountaintop removal is devastating hundreds of square miles of Appalachia; polluting the headwaters of rivers that provide drinking water to millions of Americans; and destroying a distinctly American culture that has endured for generations.

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When a 300-pound black bear raided a family’s campsite, the father saved his sons from harm by throwing a log at it, killing it with a single blow.

Bold,.. and daring. Follow the link for the rest of the article. Former Marine? Oorah !

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Here's a spot for any Tolkien/Lord of the Rings fans reading out there.

Created by Tolkien somewhere in the 1930s, the map shows the ‘mortal lands’ of Middle-earth, which according to Tolkien himself is part of our own Earth, but in a previous, mythical era. At the time of the events described in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, Middle-earth is moving towards the end of its Third Age, about 6.000 years ago.

Hop the link for the map and lots more description.

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I saw the link to this from Neatorama.

After making a big splash in three rounds Greg Hoffman has been crowned the king of belly flops.

Awesomely painful.

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Jun 24 '07

A man with a gun was trying to force a woman out of her car at a fast-food drive-through when the woman's 17-year-old son wrestled the gun away from him and shot him.

I know you should always cooperate in a situation like this - but I applaud the kid. It was a risk but he acted quickly and took matters into his own hands. The would-be carjacker is expected to survive wounds to his "head and body".

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Jun 23 '07

A cool map where each state in the US is matched with a county that has the same GDP. Give you a chance to see just how wealthy and prosperous our country is. Interesting point about Washington DC and New Zealand...

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Pretty neat article from EcoGeek.

More than 50% of the energy is emitted as light, which is 2x more than ordinary metal halide lamps, and four times more than ordinary fluorescents.

The device is so long lived because there is no connection between the electricity source and the bulb itself. As long as the microwave emitter keeps emitting, and the glass tube never breaks, the device will last forever.

EcoGeek: good website, good information, good cause. Two thumbs up.

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Jun 22 '07

The Senate passed an energy bill late Thursday that includes an increase in automobile fuel economy, new laws against energy price-gouging and a requirement for huge increases in the production of ethanol.

In an eleventh-hour compromise fashioned after two days of closed-door meetings, an agreement was reached to increase average fuel economy by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks by 2020.

I'm a little surprised by this, pleasantly surprised though. Usually these people just sit around and talk about what needs to be done rather than generating some action toward fixing the problem. Granted this is one small step, but it should be noted that it is indeed a step.

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I may kick myself later for this baby-related post... but I thought they were cool hats and am curious as to why we don't currently use these ?

I caught the post on Neatorama, the link sent me to Boing Boing, which sent me to Bella Knitting.

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Bob Evans Farms Founder Bob Evans died Thursday, June 21, from complications of pneumonia at 12:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bob Evans retired as president of Bob Evans Farms on Dec. 31, 1986. After retiring from Bob Evans Farms, Evans spent much of his time working for farming causes. The only person in Ohio to be honored three times by the National Wildlife Federation, Bob Evans spent more than 40 years preserving wildlife. A strong supporter of youth organizations such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America, Evans is a former member of the Ohio Board of Regents, the state's public higher education governing board. Evans spent his last decade as a promoter of the concept of year-round grazing as a way to help maintain the traditional family farms in America.

[via Lawana]

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College Sports Update: June 22, 2007

Southbound II

I'm headed in a southerly direction again today (EDT: Noon) - this time to the Laurinburg / Maxton / Lumberton area. I'm kidnapping AES on the way and probably heading to the ocean on Saturday afternoon with the folks. Cells alive if you're in danger.

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Jun 21 '07

My mom and I went to see the musical "Hello, Dolly!" tonight at Davidson College. It was performed by the Davidson Community Players. It was a fantastic show and I definitely recommend seeing it if you have the chance.

"Hello Dolly!
Well, Hello Dolly!
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're looking swell, Dolly,
We can tell, Dolly,
You're still glowin', you're still crowin'
You're still goin' strong.
We feel the room swayin'
For the band's playin'
One of your old fav'rite songs from 'way back when..."

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Police confirmed that a girl's feet have been cut off at Six Flags' Kentucky Kingdom. Officials said they got the call around 5 p.m. Thursday and both her feet were detached at the ankle.

Apparently the ride malfunctioned. I can't imagine.

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High Resolution Wallpapers

I started this post with the intent to post a link to this site. They have a bunch of cool wallpapers with all kinds of different resolutions to choose from. In the process, I stumbled across this site. This site has even more high resolution wallpapers. You're sure to find something you like at one of these sites.

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Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC television network's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," was in good shape after having an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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I posted about an aircraft carrier when this blog was just a few days old. This is the next level - some incredible buildings, cars and machines all made out of legos.

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Very cool article. My favorite is #1 Peugeot H2O fire engine. MDH will be giddy. Check it out.

More on the Peugeot here.

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Jun 20 '07

Phil Pfiser

Here'e another picture from Scott Winters of Scott Winters Production Services. This shot features Scott and Phil Pfiser, the current world's strongest man and the first American to hold that title since Bill Kazmaier in 1982.

Click here to check it out.

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Transform Your Summer

Just for fun, I'm entering code into Pepsi's Transform Your Summer contest. You enter codes on the site, available on Pepsi products, then enter those points toward sweepstakes. If anyone has any Pepsi products with codes, and is not entering them into the contest themselves... please keep them for me. Shoot them to me in an email or comment with an email address and I'll contact you. You can win a bunch of neat stuff.

See the site for prizes. (** heavy flash **)

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Update (AES): I received my 7UP Taste Challenge Kit a few days ago and here are the results:
  • 3rd Place- Sprite 0
  • 2nd Place- Diet Sierra Mist
  • 1st Place- Diet 7UP
I guess that's what 7UP was going for in sending out the Taste Kits! I definitely recommend trying the Diet 7up.

Hop the link to register for you 7up Taste Challenge kit.

We're letting you make the call on the New Diet 7UP. While supplies last, we're giving away Diet 7UP Taste Challenge kits. Each kit contains the New Diet 7UP and two other competing diet lemon lime soft drinks. Try each of the soft drinks, and let your taste buds tell you which is best. We're confident you'll love the New Diet 7UP. Register for your Diet 7UP Taste Challenge kit today!

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Pretty amazing. This guy, Jeremy Harper is counting to one million — live on the Internet. There seems to be quite a following. He started counting on the 18th and he's up to 26759 (at the time of this post) He's selling blocks of numbers and while he counts those numbers your ad/banner can display on the site and he'll read a little blurb that you submit --- maybe we need to see about grabbing a chunk ? I'm intrigued.

Ok - I bid on a block of numbers --- I'll have to devise a TT/TOP banner to display if we win. I'm pumped. I'll be sure to find out when our block will be counted so you can check it out. And I'll grab a snapshot of it, if I can.

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Just days after a university announcement that he would not be returning to coach the Hoosiers this year, Indiana head coach Terry Hoeppner has died at the age of 59 after a long battle with brain cancer.

Condolences to his family and all Hoosier fans.

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Google Solar Panel Project

Check out the site for new and info on Google's Solar Panel Project. Smart moves in the right direction seem to be Google's attack plan in dealing with more then just computing problems.

Click this link to check it out:

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China will begin Monday building a "highway" on Mount Qomolangma, the world's tallest peak, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region so as to ease the path of those bearing the Olympic torch.

Interesting - of course, it provides a more accessible approach to the mountain for climbers and tourists too --- that has to play a role in the decision.

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Jeff Zucker, the main man at NBC Universal, has apparently taken Jon Stewart and his agent out to dinner to talk about their futures. describes the talks as "exploratory." Apparently Jon Stewart's contract with The Daily Show is up in 2008, which will leave him free to go to any show or network he pleases, or whoever is willing to pay him the most.

The article goes on to talk about Stewart replacing O'Brien or Leno eventually. I'm not sure Stewart would fit as well in a non-political format, or that I'd watch a Late Show, for instance, that became heavily political.

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Jun 19 '07

I found this several years ago and actually made a printout of this article to keep with me. It's one of the most honest and raw interpretations/responses to the tech/computer lifestyle that we all live now. It is important to be reminded that there is more to life than the fast-paced plugged in bullet train we all ride on - constantly connected, constantly available, constantly bombarded. If you read nothing else that I post this entire month, I urge you to read over this article - it's Classic ( yeah, with a big C ).

Based on another work, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

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Tiger Woods became a dad on Monday morning. Daughter, Sam Alexis Woods, was born a day after Tiger finished second in the US Open. Congrats.

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Lifehouse: Who We Are

The new album from Lifehouse drops today. I'll have my copy by the time the sun sets today - I'm pumped. Click the link below to order your copy:

Who We Are

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To the victors, go the spoils.

Check out this picture from back in the day. Anyone see any familiar faces ?

Click for a larger version

Stumped ? Click here to get the skinny.

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Jun 18 '07

I thought the TT branding was tough --- I'm not sure I could shoot L8N or MDH, even if they dared me.

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Baby Toupee

A few days ago at work, a 6 week old baby came in and he looked like he had on a toupee! It was the funniest thing I had ever seen. His mom said he came out like that and so did his sister. JP had posted about the Baby Toupees a few months ago. Go here to see that post, and click on the link; the baby's hair looked like "The Donald."

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Time for another dose of cute animal images. This site features "Touching photos of unusual animal friendships." Have a ganger - at least one will make you chuckle, guaranteed.

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We Made It!

O'er hill and dale, our trip out west was successful and we brought it back in one piece. Plenty of stories to tell, but the condensed version reads:

Vegas is everything anyone could ever want, Hollywood is the exact opposite. Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are pretty, but LA Dodger fans are some of the worst fans in the majors-especially when confronted with Angel fans.

Oklahoma City and Denver are decent places to travel through, however it is when the stop is unexpected (OKC) that you appreciate how small an airport is for a 7+ hour layover, followed by another 6 in Atlanta.

Glad to be home!

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Had to post this for MDH.

Though the X2 concept is the result of much of that government-funded Research and Development, the demonstrator itself is 100% Sikorsky funded, and features a frugality and simplicity that reflects who is paying the bill.

The aircraft is being built from numerous off-the-shelf components scavenged from near and far to keep costs low; so much so that Peter Grant, Sikorsky advanced programmes manager, affectionately refers to the two-seater as a “mongrel”. It uses dual rigid counter-rotating coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller to reach cruise speeds of 250kt (462km/h), well beyond the 170kt maximum speed for conventional helicopters.

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The Marree Man is 4.2 km tall figure of a guy throwing a stick carved into the earth of South Australia. It was spotted by a charter pilot from the air in 1998.

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I'm not sure why I don't already have one of these. Oh, that's right, no pool, no house, no $$$. Got it. This thing is neat.

[via Jim C.]

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Jun 17 '07

This one-wheeled electric chariot won the ispo BrandNew Award -- what can do more for a gadget's geek cred than an award with a metaname like that? -- and is soon to be displayed on the podium at the ispo Sport & Style 2007 in Munich, Germany. The X6 Easy-Glider has a top speed of around 12 MPH, a range of around 9 to 16 miles depending on surface conditions, and takes between six to eight hours to recharge.

I expect to be zipping around the streets on one of these in no time.

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Jun 16 '07

Researchers are turning cars into nodes that 'talk' to each other, forming a new type of wireless network.

"Say you are driving and a car that is [5 kilometres] in front of you spots an icy spot on the road. It can trigger back a signal saying, 'Look, there is an icy road'," says Dr Giovanni Pau, from the Network Research Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Jun 15 '07

Ruth Graham, the wife of American Christian evangelist Billy Graham, has died at the age of 87.

She passed away after slipping into a coma at her home in Montreat, NC. She will be buried at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC.

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I wanted to mention this for anyone who hadn't heard about it yet.

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent series of 9 concerts taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Ashlin and I watched the Live 8 concerts and really enjoyed that --- so we're looking forward to the next round. Watch, learn, share the knowledge, help our planet.

A list of artists is included after the fold...

=> Read more!

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A run down of the 25 toughest schedules in the national. Looks like the SEC schools are knee deep in it (as usual).

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On June 9, 2007, Antioch University’s Board of Trustees voted to suspend operations on July 1, 2008 of Antioch College, the University’s undergraduate residential program in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with the intention of reopening a state-of-the art campus.

The College’s low enrollment and lack of adequate funding led to the decision to suspend operations and declare financial exigency as required by the faculty personnel policy.

More info in the article.

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Jun 14 '07

Just what the title says.

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Another interesting projection for the upcoming season. Oklahoma at #7 ? Tennessee at #9 with Auburn at #10... I'm not so sure about all this. 3 ACC schools in the top 25... we'll see.

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I LOVE the edges of brownies, so this pan is perfect for me; it makes each brownie have an edge. I may just have to get one.

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I say bring it on -- and applaud their efforts.

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It pains me to do this, but in the light of delivering fair, accurate, and completely **cough** unbiased information, Greg Oden has his own blog. Most of you are aware of my love/hate... well really just hate/hate, relationship with this Ancient Tower of Repugnant Bumbling... ATRB for short. He says this in one of his first posts:

I say all that's left because everyone else is ready to leave for summer but me. I'm wanting to stay for every last minute and enjoy this because you can't get it back. I'm about to be put in a man's world, letting go of that kid in me is hard.

I'm sure the $10 million will help ease your suffering -- and don't forget, it's your choice to leave... you could have stayed for 4 years, won a national championship ( or at least lost to 3 other teams that are better than your team ) honed your skills, and then gone pro. No one feels sorry for you.

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The CN Tower, in Toronto, Canada has a new $2.5-million intelligent LED lighting system. Hop the link for a picture. The male portion of the Tri visited the CN Tower in January 2005 ( click here to see some pictures )

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A lobster caught last weekend by Steve Hatch and his uncle Robert Green was spared from being cooked and ripped apart on a plate because of its color.

The 1 1/2 -pound clawed creature is bright blue, the result of an extremely rare genetic mutation.

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Heard of Schrödinger's cat or Maxwell's demon but not sure exactly what its all about ? Read this article for the skinny on these classic experiments.

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Oh dear lord.

The best line in the article - "She pulled off his left testicle and tried to swallow it, before spitting it out."

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Jun 13 '07

A collection of unique and humorous bus advertisements.

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I'd like to start by saying that I am in no way a supporter of Harry Potter... in fact, just the opposite really. However, as a lover of masks, I couldn't resist posting this link to some H.P. masks.

Apparently, you can download an Art kit --- create a mask and then upload it to the site for it to be viewed and rated by other users.

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A dozen riders on an Arkansas roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down — 150 feet above the ground — after a power outage shut down the attraction.

Note to self: Never visit an amusement park in Arkansas,... ever.

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Mr. Wizard (1917-2007)


Pioneering TV science educator Don Herbert, AKA Mr. Wizard, passed away this morning. He was almost 90 years old.

Mr. Wizard Studios

LA Times obit

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If you didn't already catch this:

Today, you Windows users can join us in basking in some Safari goodness — Apple has released a beta version of Safari 3 (free) for both Mac and Windows.

The link is to a blurb from Uncrate with more info about the advantages of Safari. It'd take some supernatural influence to make me switch from Firefox... but, I have to install it and test it, out of sheer curiosity. Wouldn't hurt to do some cross-browser compatibility checks on it for T.O.P. sites either.

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Two big transfers

Two big transfer headlines:

Horns safety transferring in wake of arrest

Backup 'Bama QB to transfer

Neither is good news for their respective teams.

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Back from the beach and ready to deliver the goods...

Lawyers and officials from NC State and Nevada will hold a conference call today to discuss the similarity of the Nevada Wolf Pack retro logos to the Wolfpack logo of NCSU.

Ride the link for more info.

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Jun 11 '07

In an update to the post on two Auburn signees being investigated for improper changes to their high school transcripts, USA Today is reporting that Auburn-signee LB Nick Fairley had seven grades changed on his transcripts.

Sounds fishy --- better watch it Tuberville.

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Jun 10 '07

Interesting report on the area surrounding Chernobyl and its wildlife. Two studies are highlighted in the report showing drastically different interpretations of the health of the area.

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Jun 9 '07

Found out that these guys are going to be on HBO soon. Anyone heard any of the other stuff other than Business Time?

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A flashback to a time when the NES ruled the living rooms of America. Awesome.

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Jun 8 '07

Where was this toy when I was a little tike ?

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Dream Theater: Systematic Chaos

Update: This is a pretty good album. It lacks really solid hooks in a couple songs - but there are a ton of notes flying and any DT fan will appreciate that. As always, Mike Portnoy is both rock solid and insanely dancing around the groove... and it's bliss.

A new album from Dream Theater drops June 5th. More classic DT with tons of wicked instrumental work. Can't wait. Pick up your copy by clicking on the album below.

Image from Amazon
Systematic Chaos

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Vegas here we come!

Just a reminder...we're outta here! Mark and I leave for Vegas, with Jon and Allison, super early Monday morning, and we'll be in Vegas until about Wednesday (i think). Then we're driving over to LA, to see the sites, and take in a Dodgers game. We then head back to Vegas (because it's cheaper to fly outta there), and we're headed out on the red eye. We leave around 11:30 Vegas time, and we're back in Akron/Canton around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning. We will no longer be Vegas virgins, and we're super psyched to go! Not sure how much we'll be able to share when we get back...What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

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I'm headed to North Carolina this afternoon, and then over the Myrtle Beach on Saturday. I'll be away till Wednesday, so light posting till then. Hope everyone has a good weekend - cell is alive if you need me.

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After talking to a few buddies of mine who have this guitar, i've decided to go out to the Guitar Guys today after work and pick me up one. Of course, I had to ask the trustworthy Rick Lanning about it first, and he gave me the thumbs up! Thanks Rick for the help. I'm excited to start playing and possibly play some songs with Clark. Click here to see the Guitar.

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Author, Ray Bradbury, claims that his inspirational novel Fahrenheit 451 has nothing to do with censorship -- as has long been held. Bradbury says that the book was intended as a jeremiad against television.

Interesting. Guess my English teacher was wrong after all (I had a hunch) Wonder what else he misled me on ?

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Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro - although not yet officially designated by the United Nations - World Ocean Day is an opportunity each year to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. The Ocean Project, working closely with the World Ocean Network, helps each year to coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses.

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Jun 7 '07

Giving away one more car to an ecstatic contestant, TV host Bob Barker taped his last round of "The Price Is Right" on Wednesday, ending 35 years as host of America's longest-running game show and five decades on network television.

Barker, 83, took the stage to a shower of confetti and a standing ovation but quickly got down to business conducting his usual assortment of contests and prize giveaways, culminating in a final "Showcase Showdown."

Bob Barker, a friend in almost all our homes. His friendly reminder to have our pets spayed or neutered will be missed - good luck in whatever comes next Bob.

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Here’s a neat billboard ad from Nationwide insurance company in downtown Columbus, Ohio (No, not photoshopped).

Check it.

( Coop's Paints ? Amen. )

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Jun 6 '07

Judd Apatow, who has quickly become one of the most successful non-household names in comedy, is slated to team up with comedian Jack Black in the forthcoming Year One. Apatow (co-writer/director of the mega hit The 40 Year Old Virgin and the soon-to-be mega hit Knocked Up) will serve as producer while the writing and directing reigns are in the hands of the legendary Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack). Owen Wilson will be an executive producer, and the screenwriters (along with Ramis) are The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. More good news: the hilariously awkward Michael Cera (George Michael from Arrested Development) is set to co-star.

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Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Steven Ballmer... they're all in here - check it out.

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Awesome program while shows the time in a very unique way. I would pay good money for wall-mountable version of the same thing. Too cool.

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The folks at Shelby will take your $45,000 GT500 and for just $27,995, they'll boost the engine performance via a Shelby supercharger upgrade, a Borla cat-back exhaust system and a cold air intake and then they'll work on the handling a bit by dropping in a Shelby/Eibach coil over suspension to lower the 'stang a little over an inch-and-a-half and then by adding Shelby/Eibach sway bars to reduce the body roll. In addition to some Pirelli P-Zero Nero 255/35ZR20 front and 275/35ZR20 rear tires, Shelby will pretty up the exterior by slapping on some carbon fiber, a KR-like Super Snake hood and some super striping and badging, then call it a day.

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Picture this: A spaceship swoops in from the void, plunging toward a cloudy planet about the size of Earth. A laser beam lances out from the ship; it probes the planet's clouds, striving to reach the hidden surface below. Meanwhile, back on the craft's home world, scientists perch on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens.

Sounds like science fiction? This is real, and it's happening today.

The spacecraft is MESSENGER, and the planet is Venus. On June 5, 2007, MESSENGER will fly past Venus just 338 km above the planet's surface--and it will shoot a laser into the clouds.

Informative article about the intricacies of the mission.

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Scientists from the Conservation International discovered 24 new species in Suriname, including this Atelopus frog with fluorescent purple markings, 3 other frog species, 12 dung beetles, an ant species, and 6 species of fish.

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A campaign from Crumpler to trade beer for their awesome messenger, laptop, or photo bags. Check the article for more info... (only US location is Manhattan, shoot)

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Jun 5 '07

I was Stumbling around the web (using StumbleUpon) and came across this site. Beautiful cloud formation and some wicked weather -- seemed appropriate with all the storms that are popping up across the US.

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Thats 13 hole in ones since January 2007.

Jackie Gagne took up golf and the life of leisure only four years ago when she sold her computer business and retired from Rhode Island to the desert.

Gagne has become a kind of statistical ripple in time. She keeps hitting holes in one. One day, she even shot two of them in one round of golf.

Since Jan. 23, she has made 13 holes in one.

Compare that to the professional phenomenon Tiger Woods, who has made 18 holes in one in his life, only one on the PGA tour.

The odds of a hole in one: 5,000 to one.
The odds of 13 holes in one (in 75 rounds of golf): 14 million- trillion-trillion. That's a one opposite a 14 with 30 zeroes after it.

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No good - on either front.

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This 42,000 BTU stainless-steel grill sports three burners which provide 507-square-inches of grilling room for your burgers and steaks. An additional 130-square-inches of warming racks keep your meat warm until it's time to serve. There's even six tool holders for us grilling geeks with massive grill tool collections. It's available in propane and natural gas models in your choice of black, blue or green.

Each have one of these, we should.

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The campaign is already underway to get the London 2012 Olympic logo changed. Catch this article for more information and some examples of other (better) logos.

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The DCI website has a new look. It runs a lot slower than the old site (at least via my connection) but the site is much more visually appealing. The pages seem a little cluttered to me, but they have a lot of information to present. The event listings and calendars are better than previous versions - check the site out, see some corps, become a fan.

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Mounted with spiny scales from head to tail and covered by rough, grey skin that disguises them among the trees, the tuatara is one of the world's oldest living creatures.

But the lizard-like reptile is facing increasing risk of extinction from global warming because of its dependency on the surrounding temperature which determines the sexes of unborn young while still in their eggs.

Fascinating creature whose story may end abruptly if we can't deal with out issues.

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The Soviet Union decided the best way to show up the West was through building the biggest version of any given object. The following are just seven of the largest examples.

Interesting descriptions and pictures - check it out.

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Image of the Day: "Maryalnd"

A picture from a Spelling Bee.

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Jun 4 '07

Google has announced that they have aquired, Chicago-based Feedburner, the "leading provider of feed distribution and management tools."

As a user of both Google and Feedburner, I'm anxious to see what comes next.

The main link is the Google side of the story -- this link is the Feedburner side.

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The Pink Dolphin lives in the Amazon Rainforest. It is usually found in the tributaries and main rivers of the Orinoco River systems in South America. It's pink color is a result of the food it eats, small crustaceans and shrimp, much like the flamingo.

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I was hoping around on ColourLovers and found this collection. Shows the color palettes naturally present in butterflies. Great for selecting colors for a site or for designing/decorating.

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Billy Donovan informed the Magic and the University of Florida over the weekend that he had second thoughts about agreeing to be Orlando's head coach, and the NBA team was deciding on Monday whether to let him go.

Donovan signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal on Friday, multiple sources told on Sunday. If the Magic do let Donovan out of the deal, they have to decide whether to enforce a financial penalty. Both sides aren't talking publicly because there are legal issues involved in such a decision.

I think he's much better off at Florida. Billy: Go or Stay, doesn't really matter --- UNC is making a run for your trophy :>>

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The jagged emblem, based on the date 2012, comes in a series of shades of pink, blue, green and orange and will evolve in the run-up to the Games.

Not sure if I'm a fan,... also not sure if they care.

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Not exactly news, but the pictures are amusing and all the cases have happy endings.

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In Holmes County, Ohio, home to the world's largest Amish community, an estimated 80% of Amish families now have photovoltaic panels.

Amazing. They are quite possibly the most minimalist consumers in our society and they're doing their part to stay green and keep the world turning --- the rest of us should be, at least a little, embarrassed.

Link to the full article

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Larry Coker has a national championship, six seasons with an average 10 wins, a track record at a big time BCS school,... and nothing to do on Saturdays. Coker, who was fired from the Miami Hurricanes after last season, is sitting out a year but definitely wants to return to coaching.

I wouldn't mind seeing him coach again - he's done a good job for the U over the years... why not somewhere else ?

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Jun 2 '07

AES and I visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia, last Saturday (5/26) to see the home of the fabled Mothman. We got a chance to snap some pictures of the Mothman Statue, the memorial to the Silver Bridge collapse (1967) and visit the Civil War Battlefield in the town. I put some pictures from the day in the image gallery --- ride the link on this post, or use the link at the top of the site.

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Image of the Day: "Tommorrow"

And she's running for President of the United States !?! Awesome.

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Jun 1 '07

Well written and a thoughtful insight into the life of a man we all knew.

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Happy June.

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy June. Even though Summer doesn't officially kick off till the 3rd week of the month - all of us at TT are in full summer mode, which among other things, includes working and traveling.

Nearly every weekend, some part of our group is on the go, visiting, sight-seeing, camping, hiking or photographing something or other. There should be lots of travel related posts/pictures this month so keep checking back. And to the travelers, wear your sunscreen, fasten your seatbelt, keep it under 100, and be safe.

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Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and has been working for the magazine Grande Reportagem, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the last 3 years. He was the author of the flags campaign "Meet the World" that has been circulating the earth in chain letters via e-mail.

Very poignant collection - well worth a look. The alternating stripes in the US flag, there by design and fully a function of the flag, goes a long way toward illustrating the mixed view of war in this country, by his definition.

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NFL clubs may no longer serve alcohol at team functions or on buses or flights, extending a ban that until now applied only in locker rooms.

NFL owners and executives were told Thursday by commissioner Roger Goodell that the rule pertains not only to players but to owners, coaches and guests.

I'm sure there will be complaints, but I think this is a smart move by the league, and much stronger than the "decide for yourself" stance of the commissioner of baseball. I'm sure someone will complain that this infringes on their liberties but consuming alcohol while representing your team puts nothing toward being a good role model. These guys are getting paid a king's ransom to play a child's game, the least they can do is consume their alcohol on their own time, if they wish.

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