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Archives for: May 2008
May 31 '08
Found this over at Uncrate:
Hotwicks ($9) definitely aren't your typical candles. With scents like beer, campfire, grass (as in lawn), new car, pancake, pigskin, stripper, popcorn, and the rather scrumptious sounding urinal cake, your place can smell exactly how you want it to. Just be careful with combinations. While beer + grass + pigskin = great gameday memories, beer + hippie + stripper + urinal cake + dryer sheet = that time when you and that weird guy at the airport used your layover in Chicago to get plastered at a strip club, passed out in the bathroom, missed your flight, drove 9 hours home, then tried to cover up the incriminating smell with dryer sheets you bought at the 7-Eleven two blocks from home. Good times.
May 30 '08
At least one person was killed Friday and two others were critically injured when a construction crane collapsed in Upper Manhattan during the morning rush hour, city officials said.
Witnesses said the cab and the arm of the crane crashed more than 20 stories to the ground, smashing the penthouse on a building across the street and gouging chunks out of balconies all the way to the ground.
"It sounded like a large metal structure slowly falling on itself, sounded like a prolonged car accident," said iReport contributor Daniel Miranda, who lives a block away. "Construction workers were peering over the edge. Some of them were crying out in grief."
Researchers have produced aerial photos of jungle dwellers who they say are among the few remaining peoples on Earth who have had no contact with the outside world.
They were sighted in the Amazon. Check out the article because you can see a few pictures they took; it's pretty neat.
Quite an accomplishment for the 5 time Cy Young Award winning Big Unit - and for those of you who are curious:
May 29 '08
Two people managed to escape a helicopter after it crashed Thursday on the roof of a Grand Rapids, Michigan, hospital, the city's fire chief said.
No patients were on board the helicopter, which crashed around 11 a.m. at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids.
The chopper landed on its side and the two people on board got out before it caught fire, Fire Chief John VanSolkema said.
Some hospital patients were evacuated to other buildings on the Spectrum Health campus. Hospital employees were taken to Grand Rapids Community College due to fears fuel may have leaked into the hospital, police said.
A scary situation - but, thankfully, there was no loss of life.
A strong earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, damaging roads and buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.1 magnitude quake hit at 3:46 p.m. (1546 GMT), with its epicenter near the town of Selfoss, 30 miles (50 kilometers) east, southeast of the capital, Reykjavik. The Icelandic Geological Survey said it measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.
Iceland is one of the most geologically unstable places on the earth - not to mention its widespread volcanic activity. While this bodes well for the production of thermo-electric power - the threat of quakes and eruptions is a real possibility.
Since we posted the Preseaon Top 25 for the FBS, it seemed only right to post the FCS as well. App. State sits high atop the list and their opponent in last year's Championship Game, Delaware, sits at #11.
ASU has a long fight ahead of them - the biggest two loses to the team were Dexter Jackson and Corey Lynch - but reloading their potent offense is not a problem, and with both sides of the ball covered with talent (anchored by Armanti Edwards and Devon Moore) ASU has a real shot of winning a 4th National Championship, or at very least, laying waste to their opponents all season.
Caught this article about Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, and Ty Lawson on ESPN:
The three North Carolina underclassmen here aren't testing the NBA draft process.
They want in. They want to be all the way in.
The problem for sophomores Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and junior Danny Green is that finding a first- or second-round guarantee before the June 16 deadline to withdraw from the draft might not be feasible.
But it could be a gamble that all might be willing to make if they can play well this week at the pre-draft camp and then during individual workouts for various teams around the league.
Lawson, the most likely of the three to be a first-round pick, said that North Carolina put out a statement that the players were testing the waters, a commonly used phrase for anyone who decides to declare for the draft but doesn't sign with an agent.
"But that's not the truth," he said Tuesday. "Everybody is in the draft to stay in the draft unless [they get hurt]. Comments like that are misleading to NBA teams, to say we're just testing the waters."
That doesn't leave me terribly optomistic about any of these three coming back to UNC. And if they do, how will the team and fans feel about their committment to Roy and the team and the school and the Tar Heel Nation ? I know it was Lawson who made that comment, but guilt by association will make it hard to feel the same way about these guys ever again - admittedly, I'll cheer and enjoy the wins they'll help bring if they return to UNC - but it just taints the whole experience.
Lawson said of the loss in the National Semifinal to Kansas, "But the way it ended did leave a bad taste in our mouth." --- hey, I've got an idea, if losing "leaves a bad taste in your mouth", then win - come back and get there and win, and win a national championship. That makes me stop and wonder whether his heart was in it the whole time ? You know who's heart was in it the whole time, besides Roy Williams,.. Tyler Hansbrough. And you know how I know ? He'll be in Chapel Hill next year, getting that bad taste out of his mouth by feasting on the spirit of the other ACC teams.
If you fall short of a goal, you don't turn the other way and say, well that sucked and abandon everything you were working towards. You train and you practice and you fight to get back and fix it. Sounds like Lawson and his two other cohorts must have missed that lesson somewhere along the way.
I would never wish anything bad of these three, I just wish they would have stuck around to develop their respective games, grab some W's along the way, and fulfill the obligation to the program and school that they entered into when they signed letters of intent and accepted scholarships.
2nd Tri move in the month of May
For the second, and final time in the month of May (and hopefully for the rest of the year) a pair of the Triple-Tri is on the move. MAG and I are moving today - or at least signing the lease and taking a few things. Boxes will be moved on Friday in our cars and the bigger furniture is scheduled for Saturday. It'll be a busy weekend, and once we get settled in and get the internet on Monday, we promise to get back to posting and commenting. It's been a busy month and it'll all pay off this weekend. Can't wait to see everyone - the sooner the better. We miss you all...
May 28 '08
The oldest ship in the US Navy is headed to Washington to be decommissioned:
After leaving Japan, the Kitty Hawk will make a stop at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and then travel on to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, to be decommissioned.
The ship, commissioned in 1961, became the first forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the Navy when it was assigned to Japan in 1998. It has since made 20 deployments in the western Pacific and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.
"Since it arrived in August 1998, the Kitty Hawk has been a visible symbol of strength in a rapidly changing world," U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer said. "Goodbye Kitty Hawk, hello George Washington."
Great Odin’s Beard! This sounds pretty terrible:
The international space station's lone toilet is broken, leaving the crew with almost nowhere to go. So NASA may order an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.
Until then, the three-man crew will have to make do with a jury-rigged system when they need to urinate.
While one of the crew was using the Russian-made toilet last week, the toilet motor fan stopped working, according to NASA. Since then, the liquid waste gathering part of the toilet has been working on-and-off.
Fortunately, the solid waste collecting part is functioning normally.
Hop the article for the rest of the scoop. Sounds like it's getting a little dire, as "the crew has used the toilet on the Soyuz return capsule, but it has a limited capacity. They now are using a backup bag-like collection system that can be connected to the broken toilet, according to NASA public affairs officials." Wow -- we can land robots on Mars, and our astronaunts are scrambling to find a spot to "go". Hell, we can convince one robot (already on the planet) to take a picture of the new robot as it descends toward Mars at a frightening pace... but we can't get a fully functional toilet on board the International Space Station for the men and women serving on board ... fantastic.
Earle H. Hagen, who co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad" and other TV shows, died Monday. He was 88.
Hagen, who is heard whistling the folksy tune for "The Andy Griffith Show," died at his home in Rancho Mirage, his wife, Laura, said Tuesday. He had been in ill health for several months.
During his long musical career, Hagen performed with the top bands of the swing era, composed for movies and television, and wrote one of the first textbooks on movie composing.
He and Dick Rogers were nominated for an Academy Award for best music scoring for the 1960 Marilyn Monroe movie "Let's Make Love."
For television, he composed original music for more than 3,000 episodes, pilots and TV movies, including theme songs for "That Girl," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
May 27 '08
During the Flavor of Love 3: Reunion Recap on Monday night, Flav shocked everyone by proposing to the mother of his 7th child, Karma ---- not any of the women from the first, second, or third installment of Flavor of Love.
The article that I linked to is completely ridiculous, but seemed like the most complete source for what really happened. I'll say right from the start that I promise to never post anything again containing the words "beeyotch" and "stank-ass" - and apologize, in advance, to readers with sensitive eyes (ears ?)
We've seen Ford Escape Hybrid taxis in New York City, and now they are making the move to sunny Los Angeles, where they will serve as patrol cars for the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Headquarters...
...Still, the lifeguards are happy to be receiving ten of the hybrid SUVs, with plans to expand the fleet to 45. The Escape hybrid will get 29 mpg in the city (presumably, however, driving on sand adversely impacts fuel economy) and 27 mpg on the freeway. Finally, the Escape will be easier on L.A.'s notoriously bad smog: according to one Ford sales manager, "[the Escape Hybrid] releases fewer smog-forming emissions into the atmosphere during a three-hour drive (about 180 miles) than grilling one hamburger in your back yard."
Good to see more forward thinking on the left coast. There are small changes like this that could be made all over the country, that would collectively start to lessen our impact on the planet.
French skydiver Michel Fournier's bid for a record-breaking parachute jump from Earth's stratosphere was aborted Tuesday when the balloon that was to carry him to the edge of space slipped away from his flight crew.
The former paratrooper had hoped his "Big Jump" -- starting 40 kilometers (25 miles) above the Earth's surface -- would set new records for the highest jump, fastest and longest free fall and the highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon.
But those hopes drifted away over the plains of Saskatchewan in Canada when the balloon escaped.
Still clad in his bright yellow pressure suit, the visibly frustrated Fournier waved away cameras after his ride slipped away shortly after 5 a.m.
Michel hopes that the knowledge and data he gains preparing for and attempting this feat will help astronauts and pilots survive high altitudes and scientists understand the effects of altitude on the human body.
Fournier has more than 8,600 jumps to his name and holds the French record for the highest parachute jump at 12,000 meters (40,000 feet).
Check out the official website for some more (in French, and terribly hard to read --- not because it's in French, but due to the background image and,... well, because it's in French)
Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, who achieved critical acclaim with the period drama "Out of Africa" and the romantic comedy "Tootsie," died of cancer Monday, his agent told CNN.
Sydney Pollack's notable films include "Out of Africa," "Tootsie" and "The Way We Were."
Pollack, 73, died at his home in Los Angeles. He was surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, Claire Griswold, their two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel, and his brother, Bernie, agent Leslee Dart said. Their only son Steven died in a plane crash in 1993.
Pollack, who often appeared on the screen himself, worked with and gained the respect of Hollywood's best actors in a long career that reached prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Associated Press.
"Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act," actor George Clooney said in a statement issued by his publicist, the Associated Press reported.
Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Happy Birthday JPH!
To our commander in chief and our favorite admiral- Here's to a happy day which all the Tri celebrate gloriously. Enjoy your day and GO HEELS!
May 26 '08
Happy Memorial Day 2008
Happy Memorial Day from the Triple Tri.
Don't forget why this is a National Holiday - remember those who came before us and fought, and those who are fighting now to ensure the freedoms, safety, and way-of-life that we all will be enjoying this weekend. Their bravery, determination, and selflessness goes far too often unmentioned.
May 25 '08
$2 Billion Wind Turbine Order Is Largest Ever
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has placed an the largest ever order for wind turbines: he ordered 667 wind turbines from GE, each costing $3 million dollars, making the total order $2 billion. Pickens plans to develop the world’s largest wind farm in the panhandle of Texas.
This guy is going big - but from the sounds of it -- anything Pickens gets into, he does in a big way... but I guess that's how you get to be a billionaire businessman in Texas. Good things for the environment and hopefully, for the people of Texas.
May 24 '08
Some more info about the newest addition to the Honda lineup. We've posted some info about this car before - but the images of the interior are awesome --- the driver's space looks like the cockpit of an airplane... very cool. Check out the goods by following the link.
May 23 '08
Val Thomas suffered two heart attacks, and after her heart stopped, was put on a respiratory machine, then transferred to a different machine which induced hypothermia, was taken off the machine, and was kept on a ventilator while her family discussed organ donation. Then she woke up and started talking. Doctors don't understand how she's alive; it is definitely a miracle.
Finally - the Memorial Day weekend is upon us and everyone can relax and enjoy a few well-deserved days off as we welcome the sun and the coming of summer. The Tri will, undoubtedly, be into all kinds of stuff this weekend - all of us north of the Mason–Dixon Line for the first time ever.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and can enjoy the beautiful weather. Good luck to Mark's Cubs on Monday. Be safe on the roads and good to each other -
Time for us to drop another exploration behicle on Mars, this one, the Mars Phoenix Lander, will hit the Red Planet on Sunday night:
But first, they have to get the lander on the ground, and that's where the worry comes in. In fact, they have a name for it in the Mars exploration community -- "seven minutes of terror."
Seven minutes is all it takes for a spacecraft travelling neary 13 thousand miles per hour to hit the Martian atmosphere, slam on the brakes, and reach the ground.
During that time, onboard computers will be working at a manic pace as the spacecraft deploys its parachute, jettisons its heat shield, extends its three legs, releases the parachute, and finally fires its thrusters to bring it down for a soft landing. Hopefully.
"Everything has to go right," said NASA Associate Administrator Ed Weiler. "You can't afford any failures."
It's risky business. Historically, 55 percent of all Mars missions have ended in failure. And tensions will be particularly high with the Phoenix spacecraft.
I'm sure this will be plastered all over the news come Monday - whether is a sucess or the otherwise. Good luck to NASA, good things have come from their other Mars exploration missions, so we can only hope for the same from this one.
Scary dismal, yet very interesting article on how the joblessness and the lack of money is affecting all levels of law enforcement in Michigan. For as much as a lot of people dont like the state, it is sad to me to see what the circumstances are and the numbers of criminal activity and lack of officers.
The notion to do "more with less" is commonplace however there comes a time in which the notion turns into "less with less".
Here is what is even scarier:
Many Michigan law enforcement agencies can only dream of adding 10 percent to their staffs. According to a review of FBI uniform crime reports, Michigan lost a larger percentage of combined sworn officer and civilian full-time law enforcement personnel - more than 9 percent - than any other state between 2001 and 2006. Only nine states lost personnel, and just four of those - Michigan, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio - had decreases of 5 percent or more.
May 22 '08
For anyone who is curious about what's coming next from Firefox, or for anyone who still needs a reason to switch over from their current browser.
The newest version of our favorite open source web browser, Mozilla Firefox 3, offers dozens of new features and fixes, but only a handful will make the most dramatic difference in your everyday browsing. After 17 months of alphas and betas, Mozilla's finally made a feature-complete release candidate available, so it's time to spotlight the biggest improvements that will make "Gran Paradiso" the browser to beat. Nearly everything in the open-source app has gotten a second look from the minds at Mozilla, from back buttons to bookmarks, address bars to add-ons, passwords to performance, and the changes will make Firefox 3 worth the upgrade come its official release date, slated for sometime next month.
Hop the link to find out all kinds of stuff about the forth-coming release of our favorite browser.
May 21 '08
Aimed at simplifying advanced home theater equipment operation, The Ultimate Remote eradicates coffee table clutter through a single remote control device.
Monday-morning quarterbacks and armchair jocks will have one-touch wireless access to their favorite Gamecasts, ESPN.com fantasy leagues, news, stats, scores and information in the palm of their hand.
The versatility of The Ultimate Remote will appeal to all family members based on its easy-to-use TV control functionality combined with wireless access to the Internet.
Providing control for all your entertainment devices, and wireless internet capability right in your hands means that you'll never be without a score/stat/report. Looks like the learning curve may be a little steep, but once you've got it, you're pretty well unstoppable. My favorite part is checking the weather from the remote, we all want to know what its like outside when we're glued to the tv and unwilling to even go peak out the window.
Spike Lee is set to shoot a feature-length documentary about Michael Jordan. Helmer told a Cannes crowd that he hopes to bring the basketball legend to the fest with the pic next year.
The NBA is financing the docu, with Lee's 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks shingle producing.
Jordan docu will include extensive unseen footage shot by NBA cameras during the final two years in Jordan's career, the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Lee and Jordan previously collaborated on a series of Nike TV commercials.
Can't wait to see where this one goes - and set eyes on the end product, very cool.
Mike Piazza, one of the greatest hitter/catcher combos in MLB, is retiring:
"After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it was time to start a new chapter in my life," he said in a statement released Tuesday by his agent, Dan Lozano. "It has been an amazing journey ... So today, I walk away with no regrets.
"I knew this day was coming and over the last two years. I started to make my peace with it. I gave it my all and left everything on the field."
The 39-year-old Piazza batted .275 with eight homers and 44 RBIs as a designated hitter for Oakland last season, became a free agent and did not re-sign. He was not available to discuss his decision, according to Josh Goldberg, a spokesman for Lozano.
Taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft, Piazza became a 12-time All-Star, making the NL team 10 consecutive times starting in 1993.
Piazza finished with a .308 career average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs for the Dodgers (1992-98), Florida (1998), Mets (1998-05), San Diego (2006) and Oakland (2007).
May 20 '08
U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor, doctors treating him at Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday.
Kennedy was hospitalized Saturday morning after suffering a seizure at his family's compound at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
"Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe," according to a statement from the doctors treating the senator.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld a ruling that could force the U.S. to redesign its money so blind people can distinguish between values.
Well since we're going to have to re-do the money, why not put it in different languages also, WTF!?
Striking just below the knee, the javelin tip went through the skin and emerged on the other side of his leg.
That's just crazy!
Jon Lester's No-No on Monday night is the first of the 2008 season:
Jon Lester has survived cancer and pitched a World Series clincher for the Boston Red Sox.
Now he can add a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments.
The 24-year-old lefty shut down Kansas City 7-0 Monday night for the first no-hitter in the majors since Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz threw one last September.
It was Lester's first major league complete game. And what a way to do it.
Congrats to Lester and the Red Sox Nation.
May 19 '08
Like a lot of small-scale entrepreneurs, Cathy Osborne worries that she'll go out of business if fuel prices rise above $4 a gallon. Not because she won't be able to buy gas at that price, but because she won't be able to sell it.
The old mechanical gas pumps with scrolling dials at her country store in Fauquier County lack the gears to go beyond $3.99 a gallon. State inspectors shut down her diesel pump several months ago when the fuel topped the $4 mark, so now all that's left are two pumps dispensing 87-octane gasoline, set at $3.75 -- and climbing.
Follow the link for the rest of the info. Seems that $4 gas was completely unfathomable when the pumps were designed/manufactured.
A trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos overturned, dumping boxes of cookies all over the road and the median about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.
So where's the milk? Let the cleanup begin!
The Teva Mountain Games is the largest outdoor adventure sports and culture festival, and it returns to Vail, Colorado June 5th through the 8th. You'll find pro and amateur outdoor athletes from around the world in exhausting sports like cycling, trailer running, freestyle and extreme kayaking, kayak and raft paddlecross, bouldering, fishing, speed and dyno climbing, mountain bike freeride, big air, cross country, and road racing, as well as the first U.S.-based World Cup Climbing event in 20 years. But it's definitely not all about sports at the Teva Mountain Games. There's lots of live music and nightlife, a mountain photography competition, a Gear Town exhibition and demo area, and mountain lifestyle parties. Oh, and don't forget the awesome dog competitions.
This event sounds awesome --- wish we had a few free days in June to go watch this whole wild thing unfold.
Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's birthday.
So go out, and have a drink to celebrate your favorite Victoria!
Looks like the Tigers and Pirates may be trying to head over to the Big East. Too many details to present here, so hop the link to the article and just go nuts.
Joe Paterno was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center this morning where he is being treated for apparent dehydration, said Guido D'Elia, spokesman for Penn State Football
D'Elia said the 81-year-old Penn State football coach was taken to the hospital after complaining of nausea, weakness and fatigue. Tests are being performed to rule out heart and other problems, D'Elia said.
According to the article's update, JoPa is already released and back home. Glad he's still kickin'.
May 18 '08
While its name's a little corny, its looks are nothing short of stunning. The Ferrari California ($TBA) is an all-aluminum 2-seater with a retractable, folding hard top. Under the hood, the Maserati-esque convertible will feature a mid-front mounted 460-hp 4.3-liter V8. Other specs include a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, F1-Trac traction control system, and a 0 to 60 time of under 4 seconds.
May 17 '08
||Wondering where your walrus might be ? Well, wonder no longer. The U.S. Geological Survey’s website includes a page where they track 10 walruses in the Bering Sea to better understand their feeding and behavior relating to weather and water changes. Have a look.|
May 16 '08
Check out this neat video of ASIMO (Honda's robot) conducting the Detroit Symphony. Pretty cool.
May 15 '08
A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted a Missouri woman on Thursday over an alleged role in a MySpace online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide.
Just wondering what you guys think about this.
Hackers often harness the combined power of thousands of virus-infected personal computers to pump out spam e-mail or disable targeted servers by overwhelming them with Internet traffic.
Now an Air Force colonel is suggesting the U.S. military build its own "botnet," or network of remotely controlled computers, to be ready to attack the computer networks of foreign enemies.
The proposal Col. Charles Williamson III outlined in the May edition of the Armed Forces Journal highlights the creative cyberwarfare strategies being hashed out by the military as hackers abroad step up their attacks on U.S. government computer networks and others around the world.
"The days of the fortress are gone, even in cyberspace," wrote Williamson, staff judge advocate for Air Force Intelligence in the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
This sounds pretty cool to me. I'm not sure about the ethics of assembliing an electronic strike force to be used to crush or at least criple enemy communication and tele-com channels... but the concept is interesting. And from the Air Force, none the less. Technologically enabled, creative enemies require technologically enabled and creative solutions and defense systems --- and this is right up there.
The ACC has announced that it is ending its relationship with the Humanitarian Bowl.
"We will be leaving the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise," [ACC commissioner John] Swofford said. "They provided some excellent experiences for our teams. I think if you talk with our teams they've enjoyed being there. It's a little different kind of bowl experience than a lot of places but our schools, coaches and athletic directors have wanted to move that particular game back more in our geographic footprint."
Which is a really nice way of saying... none of our teams or fans ever want to go back to Boise again.
Interesting tidibt from the article: ESPN reports that the conference is also exploring options with the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama to secure a ninth tie-in for the ACC.
May 14 '08
A 19-year-old freshman at the University of Oklahoma was elected mayor Tuesday of Muskogee, a city of 38,000 in the northeastern part of the state.
With all precincts reporting, John Tyler Hammons won with 70 percent of the vote over former Mayor Hershel Ray McBride, said Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Bill Bull.
"The public placing their trust in me is the greatest, humbling and most awesome experience I've ever had in my life," said Hammons, who is from Muskogee but attends the university in Norman.
Awesome - glad the people were forward thinking enough to give this guy a chance. Best of luck to him.
I know it's a ways off, but I wanted to post a Top 25 list for the upcoming season. Have a look and see what you think.
May 13 '08
Your team might spend $75 Million just to talk to him. Is 21-year-old Yu Darvish worth it?
Check out the inside scoop on the newest hero pitcher from Japan. Following in Dice-K's footsteps, will Darvish make a big splash in the MLB.... we'll see.
May 12 '08
College Football News: May 12, 2008
Two little bits from the world of college football:
The Huskies need two versus, each to be followed by one chorus/refrain. The winning submission gets $1,000 and a lifetime in infamy as the guy who wrote that dorky song that all the drunk frat brothers scream prior to each U-Dub loss.
According to The Gainesville Sun, Hornsby allegedly used the credit card issued to Ashley Slonina, a UF student who was killed last fall in the same motorcycle accident that took the life of UF football player, Michael Guilford.
Urban Meyer issued a statement that this guy is off the team.
Letterman's going nowhere, but close enough: Fallon is succeeding Conan O'Brien as the host of NBC's "Late Night" sometime in the middle of next year. NBC on Monday made official a plan that's been talked about since 2003, when a network executive first broached the idea of doing a talk show with the former "Saturday Night Live" star.
"I've been doing a monologue in my living room the last three years and it was embarrassing," Fallon joked at a news conference.
However, he said, "my wife seemed to like it."
NBC's plan is to have O'Brien move west to take over for Jay Leno at the "Tonight" show next year. After a break to refurbish the Rockefeller Center studio where O'Brien now works, the 33-year-old Fallon will take over.
So when O'Brien takes over for Leno --- Fallon will fill his place on 'Late Night'. It'll be interesting to see how all that goes...
It's settled - next time we head out on a road trip, our destination will be Leighton, Alabama:
Leighton was settled in 1763 by Ebenezer K. Leighton, the youngest of 7 children born to Maxwell and Eleanore Leighton, two Danish immigrants who worked as tailors to earn their way to "the new world". Once the site of the largest farmers market in the United States, Leighton became a center for agriculture and trade in the early 1800s. As the population gravitated toward more urban areas, Leighton struggled to find it's identity and slipped into an era of recession and decay. Largely unknown to the rest of the nation, Leighton is being revitalized by a surge of internet driven business and nano-technology corportations. This dramatic turn of fate is being chronicled in the book, "Leighton then, Leighton now" by Matt Klow, due on bookstore shelves in the summer of 2008.
If you believe any of what you're just read -- you should be ashamed of yourself. I made every word of it up. There is a Leighton, Alabama however... and rumor has it, it may have been named after our very own L8N. In honor of Coop, hop the link to read a little Wiki-goodness on Leighton, Alabama (population 849) part of "The Shoals" (now that part is true).
Don't forget that stamp prices are up one cent starting today. The Forever Stamps are also up to 42 cents, but would still be a good thing to buy for the next rise in price.
At least 107 people died in a major earthquake that rocked central China on Monday -- but the total does not include any of the nearly 900 students feared buried in a collapsed high school.
China's official news agency Xinhua did not say if the buried students were believed to still be alive following the 7.8 magnitude quake.
Xinhua did not detail where the 107 deaths occured, although it reported earlier that four students were killed and 110 hurt when a middle school building collapsed in Juyuan Township of Dujiangyan City, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of the epicenter.
Even more earthquakes and weather related issues. I'm starting to see a trend here.
May 11 '08
I struggle to break into triple digits, and this guy bowls a perfect game, and he's blind. A great story - congrats and good for him.
May 10 '08
We've got a Triple Tri graduation today - Ashlin is graduating from Appalachian State University with her degree in Secondary English Education. We've had a great time the last four years being in and around Boone and the ASU campus - the whole Tri has spent time along King St. (sans Maggie) and the App. football team has given us all a reason to check out I-AA scoreboards.
Congrats to Ashlin - We're all proud of you. Good luck on what comes next - I'm much harder to look after than you anticipate.
May 9 '08
President Bush briefly previewed the new role he'll be taking on Saturday: father of the bride.
Before departing Thursday from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, the president playfully stuck out his right elbow, as if he were escorting someone down the aisle.
The real event takes place Saturday night, when he is to walk his 26-year-old daughter, Jenna, down the aisle during a private wedding ceremony at the family ranch in Crawford, Texas.
"He's looking forward to it; he's excited, like any proud father is, to see one of his daughters get married," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Texas.
More than 200 friends and family members are expected to attend the outdoor ceremony, which will take place near a lake before a cross built of Texas limestone. Dinner and dancing will follow under a tent.
Jenna is marrying Henry Hager, a 30-year-old native of Richmond, Virginia, who once worked for Karl Rove, her father's former deputy chief of staff. Hager is the son of tobacco executive John Hager, chairman of the Virginia Republican Party and a former lieutenant governor.
Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore has been getting a lot of calls and hosting a lot of visitors during the off-season. And while that's to be expected after the Mountaineers knocked off Michigan last season, it may surprise some fans to hear that many of those calls & visits have been from Big 10 schools.
The favorite topic: ASU's spread offense, which is based on Urban Meyer's Utah model but involves nuances that Moore's staff learned while visiting West Virginia as guests of Coach Rich Rodriguez. "Since Rodriguez got the Michigan job," Moore said, "I've had calls from every other school in the Big Ten."
All the other Big 10 schools... interesting. Good to see Moore and ASU getting a little well-deserved acclaim for their success. While the Big 10 may benefit from Moore sharing some tips, tricks, and ideas --- what the Mountaineers come together to do and what Armanti Edwards does on the football field cannot be taught.
A passenger train was placed under quarantine Friday in northern Ontario after an undetermined illness left one woman dead and at least 10 other people sick.
Authorities said the train was carrying 230 passengers and 30 crew members. Police ordered the train station evacuated in the tiny hamlet of Foleyet.
The outbreak appeared to be contained to two cars on the train, authorities said.
The cross-country Via Rail passenger train was en route from Vancouver to Toronto. Emergency personnel received a call Friday morning and the train was met at the station in Foleyet, about 500 miles (800 kilometers) northwest of Toronto.
Kinda scary - I'm anxious to hear what this turns out to be.
This is utterly amazing.
The short story is that I, Zachary Feinstein, have declared for the 2008 NBA Draft. As a 5'8" 130 pound Caucasian, I am the perfect candidate for professional basketball. Also, I do not play basketball.
You see, I am not currently on my college's basketball team (Division 3 just for reference) nor did I try out to be. I was at no point on my high school's basketball team nor did I try out to be. I was at no point on my middle school's basketball team nor did I try out to be. The last time I was on a basketball team was before Bill Clinton got caught with his pants down.
So there you have it, I, Zach Feinstein, am in the 2008 NBA Draft.
His site chronicals the whole thing --- his stats, nicknames, and more information about the process. Brilliant.
Hollywood actress Liv Tyler and her husband, British rocker Royston Langdon, have separated after five years of marriage, according to a report in People magazine.
The article says they are still friends and still both devoted to their son, Milo.
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully" - George W. Bush
The Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate checks are here! The Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate checks are here!
Found my rebate deposit hiding in a dark corner of my checking account this morning. Looks like the gov't is making good on, at least the direct deposit part of their payment schedule.
In case you missed it the first time around, this link will take you to a site to determine how much you should expect to receive and when you should see the $$.
Some leagues sound like a better idea conceptually than when they hit reality and take the field/diamond/alley/rink for the first time. This is the story of 5 leagues that couldn't hang on.
[via Jim C.]
May 8 '08
This article offered this nugget of gold:
Blogger Jon Eick, a Washington Wizards fan who works in marketing, took credit Saturday for causing the buzz about the shirts.
When he saw the shirts at Friday's game, he figured Papa Johns didn't have stores in Ohio, he said.
After the game, he looked on line and found more than a dozen Papa John's close to The Q.
He knew immediately that Papa Johns made a strategic mistake and posted something on-line about the chains gaffe about 2:30 a.m., hours after the game.
Ooooooops! So for dinner Thursday myself and several thousand other Northeast Ohioans will enjoy our 23cent large pizza... GO CAVS!
An interesting article from CNN, highlighting Papa John's, and discussing the use of online ordering systems and some of the online technology that pizza makers are employing to up the anty and secure the customers.
Dominos Pizza Inc., put its own twist on online ordering early this year by introducing a "Pizza Tracker," which lets customers keep tabs on the progress of their orders. Consumers can find out when their pies are in the oven, when they're on the way, and even the first name of their delivery person.
I had no idea they did this --- I'd consider ordering a pizza from them, just to try this out. And that's what they're banking on.
Caught this link today - a perfect way to see when and how much stimulus you will be receiving. Worked like a charm for me --- and according to the crystal ball over at the IRS site -- tomorrow is my big day (Hooray!)
May 7 '08
Why not to be a reds fan part 21
Apparently Reds fans are blaming visiting Cubs fans for distracting "Gapper's" driving abilities.
Surging prices for copper, zinc and nickel have some in the U.S. Congress advocating the steel-made pennies of World War II because it costs more than a penny to make one and a nickel costs 7.7 cents.
The booming one runway airport that KSU has was the scene of an interdiction which was tipped off by California agents. Check the article for more or if you have 8 minutes to burn on watching a search video- you too can feel that Golden Flash pride!
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake off the Japanese coast rattled Tokyo early Wednesday, seismologists and national television said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, though the quake woke up some residents of the capital, public broadcaster NHK said. No tsunami warning had been issued, it added.
Seems to be a lot of seismic activity in the world in the last 6 months or so. Hope this isn't foreshadowing something bigger.
Authorities have arrested nearly 100 people and seized guns and drugs in a sting operation at San Diego State University in California, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday.
Among those arrested were 75 students, some of them working toward criminal justice or homeland security degrees. One criminal justice major was charged with possession of guns and cocaine, authorities said.
One student sent a mass text message offering a "sale" on cocaine, the DEA said in a news release.
If I had a nickel for every time I sent a text advertising a "sale" on cocaine... (trails off)
Today is my last day of Student Teaching; I can't believe it's over! I have learned a ton this semester, but I am definitely ready for my own classroom. I am really going to miss the kids, but I guess that will happen every year. Time to start packing!
If you are at work and need to keep your laughter to a minimum, don't look at this site. You may not feel the same way, but I think these pictures are HILARIOUS. We'll have to put JP's photoshopping skills to work when the Hoys have a baby.
Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev wasted no time in knuckling down to work--naming his predecessor Vladimir Putin as his new prime minister two hours after he was sworn in Wednesday, agencies report.
Medvedev, 42, was inaugurated as president at the Kremlin before 2,300 invited guests in an elaborate ceremony with marching soldiers and military music.
He became the third Russian president since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
As expected, Medvedev takes over and puts Putin back in power. Hard to say if Medvedev will ever cut the strings and become his own leader instead of dancing the dance when Putin waves his hands. I've gotta say - in the few articles I've read about him, Medvedev seems like a fairly progressive guy - but this move to keep Putin near the middle makes me uneasy.
May 6 '08
Irvine Robbins, who as co-founder of Baskin-Robbins brought Rocky Road, Pralines 'n Cream and other exotic ice cream concoctions to every corner of America, has died at age 90.
Robbins had been ill for some time and died Monday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, said his daughter Marsha Veit.
While the company advertised that it offered 31 flavors, in fact it has created more than 1,000 flavors, according to its Web site.
A sad day for all ice cream lovers.
Project Alaska Turf Needs Your Help
A pretty cool project covered by The Wizard of Odds:
It started on July 23, 2006, when a reader named John sent a link to an Anchorage Daily News story detailing plans for Barrow High to start a football team. The next day, Wayne Drehs read our post and a few weeks later, the ESPN.com writer and a film crew were 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, covering the northernmost football game ever played.
The two-part story (video below) was featured on ESPN in October 2006, and a woman in Jacksonville — 4,000 miles away — was so inspired after watching it that she started a movement to replace Barrow's gravel field with artificial turf. Cathy Parker's Project Alaska Turf became a smashing success and last August the Whalers, after a training camp in Jacksonville with members of the Bartram Trail High team, played their first game on the blue field next to the Arctic Ocean.
Hop the link to read the rest of the article:
Then, hit the link over to Parker's website too (or simply click here to go straight over). It's a pretty incredible story - so take a minute and check it out.
Alex Rodriguez passed out during the birth of his first daughter.
This is so going to be Mark. (the passing out part, not the baseball player part, we've all seen him throw, sorry honey)
Zach needs your star power to help make a music video for Jay Clifford's new song "Know When To Walk Away".
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those of you who have always dreamed of being a rock star or aspire to be the next Spielberg. This is your chance to make your fantasy a reality!
It couldn't be easier. All you have to do is download the song, grab a camera, rock out, and then send it to Zach.
We could do this kind of stuff in our sleep. Jay Clifford, if you're curious, is formally of the band "Jump Little Children" -- a good band that AES and I like. I'm interested in making a video to submit to the site. Neat.
Stephen Colbert may have already earned the title of "Greatest Living American" but now he can add "Webby Person of the Year."
Colbert became the "Greatest Living American" in the eyes of Google thanks to his fans who took to the Internet and "Google-bombed" him to the top. They did so by posting comments all over the Web that contained his name and "Greatest Living American" to make him the top result when anyone searched Google for the title.
Colbert's use of the Internet, including challenging the "truthiness" of Wikipedia, attracting 78 members per minute to the Facebook page for his candidacy for president and his ability to get fans to rack up donations online for DonorsChoose.org earned him the award.
Colbert certainly has a large dedicated fan base (myself included) Congrats to Colbert on this win and the new feather in his cap.
Chrysler also announced an offer that caps the price of gasoline at $2.99 a gallon for three years for people who buy or lease new vehicles from Wednesday through June 2. The offer is based on 12,000 miles of driving per year at the vehicle's rated fuel economy.
Customers will get a card for buying gas that is linked to their own charge account, Chrysler said. The customer will be billed $2.99 a gallon, and Chrysler will pay the rest.
Actual savings depend on what happens to gas prices over the next three years, but based on the $3.61 a gallon average price reported Monday by AAA, someone buying a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which gets an estimated 21 miles per gallon in city driving, would save $355 a year.
An interesting take on rising gas prices and the effect that has on cunsumers. A bold move by Chrysler - will anyone follow suit ?
The 23-year-old actress and the 31-year-old actor have not set a wedding date, Johansson's publicist, Marcel Pariseau, said Monday.
Remember when he was engaged to Alanis Morissette? Morissette and Johansson seem like complete opposites- thoughts?
Congrats to the couple!
Bill Bramanti will love Pabst Blue Ribbon eternally, and he's got the custom-made beer-can casket to prove it. "I actually fit, because I got in here," said Bramanti of South Chicago Heights.
The 67-year-old Glenwood village administrator doesn't plan on needing it anytime soon, though.
Wow. Pabst... really ? It's amazing the lengths to which some people will go.
[via Ryan M.]
May 5 '08
Happy Cinco de Mayo to all our readers from the Triple Tri.
Want to full scoop on Cinco de Mayo ? Hop the link for some Wiki goodness.
Tennessee sophomore forward Duke Crews and sophomore guard Ramar Smith are being dismissed from the team.
A source close to the Vols' program told ESPN.com's Chris Low that multiple failed drug tests led to the pair's dismissal.
"They did a lot of positive things in two years, but we have very, very high expectations for student-athletes on and off the court," Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said before the team's end-of-season banquet, which was not attended by the two players.
Pearl said the two players did not meet his expectations after they were given every opportunity to succeed and instead will transfer to another school, though he did not specify where.
Not good for the Vols --- of course, the one guy's name is Duke... so what did he expect ?
If you give Trent Reznor your email address, he'll give you a new 10-track, 43-minute long Nine Inch Nails album for free. The Slip is available in direct download in MP3 format and torrents are available for FLAC, Apple lossless, and WAV formats. The album is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License.
Georgia Tech canceled Tuesday's game at Georgia Southern so the team can attend the funeral of Michael Hutts, a pitcher who was found dead in his apartment last Friday.
The 21-year-old Hutts grew up in Dunwoody, an Atlanta suburb, and graduated from The Wesleyan School in nearby Norcross. In college, he was listed on the dean's list with a management major last year.
Georgia Tech postponed a game against Miami on Friday. The Yellow Jackets then lost three games to Miami on Saturday and Sunday. The Yellow Jackets had a moment of silence before the first game and painted his jersey No. 40 on the grass in front of the dugout.
Interesting article on how Ohio does not have a definition for these types of vehicles, therefore they cannot be operated on the road. I'll keep my eyes posted for any upcoming legislative updates!
May 4 '08
It's safe to say Jeremy Snyder gets a charge out of the two-seat Tesla Roadster whenever he pulls one off the lot, and not because it's equipped with an all-electric engine.
As he pulled one of the sleek new automobiles down a side street Thursday and put the pedal to the metal, its lithium-ion battery-powered engine didn't give off sparks. It just emitted a powerful hum, like a much quieter version of a jet taking off.
"Accelerate pretty good?" asked Snyder, head of client services for Tesla, who knew the answer.
"I call it a turbine sound," he said of the sound. "Because it's an electric motor, it's got 100 percent torque all the time. So it just pulls you like when you're taking off in an airplane."
Good things out of Tesla - can't wait to see one on the streets in our neck of the woods.
May 3 '08
311 days till 311 Day
Hawks forward Marvin Williams isn't sure he'll be able to play Sunday in Game 7 of Atlanta's first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics after spraining his left knee.
Williams, who was hurt in the fourth quarter of a win Friday night, took part in a walkthrough at Philips Arena on Saturday before the team departed for Boston. But his knee was iced and heavily taped, and he didn't even attempt to bend it during the light, 30-minute workout.
Hope Marvin can bounce back from this to help his team. It's great to see a former Tar Heel contributing so much on the next level. Good luck to M.W. and the Hawks --- they've got a tall order trying to up-end the Celtics.
A simple list of a few things you can incorporate in your life to help reduce the strain on the planet and help do your part to eliminate the growing environmental issues we face. Most of the suggestions are fairly simple to adopt and can save you some $$. Take a look.
May 2 '08
With a certain someone's birthday rapidly approaching... I thought it appropriate to post a gift idea:
This crazy monitor setup by 9X Media can drive up to 30 monitors. My favorite part of the Gizmodo article:
This monster of a display setup is made possible by 9X Media's multi-display setups. Sure, it's likely to topple over and pin me down, leaving me to slowly starve to death in my own home, my cellphone just out of reach up on my desk and no one coming to visit me or check on me because I've alienated all of my friends and family with my constant bragging and boasting about my gigantic monitor setup, but the fragging I'll do before that happens will make it all worth it.
That would be my luck. For a May 27th delivery, you'd need to order by the 20th or so... what ?!? ...I'm just saying.
Ben Hansbrough, who helped Mississippi State advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament last month, is transferring to Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-3 guard started 28 of Mississippi State's 34 games and was fourth on the team with a 10.5 scoring average. Hansbrough is the younger brother of AP player of the year Tyler Hansbrough, a forward for North Carolina.
The younger Hansbrough said he chose the Fighting Irish over Purdue and Oklahoma State.
So Ben is headed to South Bend ? Not a bad choice. He'll sit for a year, and then be able to contribute for two more season at ND. Good luck to Hansbrough (both of them, really) and the Golden Domers.
First, he's on the team - then, he's off.... then he's back, now he's off for good.
LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who had legal and disciplinary problems throughout his college career, was kicked off the defending national championship team.
Perrilloux, who had been suspended three times in his college career, "didn't fulfill his obligation as an LSU student-athlete," LSU coach Les Miles said Friday. He did not offer details.
LSU said Friday that Perrilloux is expected to finish out the spring semester at the school.
"Ryan was given every opportunity to be a part of this football team," Miles said in a release Friday.
So Perrilloux is offically gone for good. This is probably a good thing for the team, not because he wasn't a talented player (because he is) but because this on-again / off-again thing had to be distracting for the team. From week to week, I'm sure the other players were wondering whether he was on the team, or coming back. At least it's settled - I have a feeling, LSU will do just fine.
This is a pretty cool mashup where you can drive a little car around a google map. Just type the location, click on the flash window, and then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive around. After about 5 minutes of doing this, your brain liquifies and drains out your ears - but until then, it's kinda cool to drive around your hometown. Give it a go.
May 1 '08
By now you should know I'm all about some baking pans (see here and here). This "Cake-Sicle" pan is a good one to add to the list. Just add a popsicle stick to the cake, brownie, or cookie batter; then bake: Cake-Sicle! It seems like fun to me .
(I still want the Edge Brownie Pan the most though)
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
JPH and I have decided to participate. I think he already has some ideas, and of course, I have none- but I'm definitely excited! We're both hoping we can write that much and say we're "novelists."
Interested? Visit the website and sign up. You can brainstorm between now and November 1, but no writing! If one of you TT readers out there have attempted this before, let us know how it went!
Warning: JPH and I will be VERY busy in November!
Troy Aikman, Billy Cannon and Lou Holtz are among the 15 former players and coaches elected Thursday to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Hop the link for some info on these three individuals and a list of other people selected.
A woman who police believe to be Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the "D.C. Madam," was found dead in Florida Thursday, according to Tarpon Springs police. The body has not been positively identified.
It may have been suicide because the police found suicide notes near the body. When she was convicted last month, she called her services legal and legitimate.
Now, this is what I'm talking about.
The Proximity Hotel is proof that a hotel can be very green without sacrificing the comfort of its guests. The hotel is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it achieved a Gold LEED certification this year from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Proximity uses 36.5% less energy and 30% less water than a conventional hotel. It gets 60% of its hot water from 100 solar thermal panels on the roof. The hotel also boasts the first regenerative drive elevator, which recaptures energy as the elevator moves down.
More green goodness after the jump.
Or,... head over to their official website.
Straight from BurntOrangeNation.com:
It hasn't been the easiest year for Texas baseball, but tonight is a great night. Texas pitcher Kenn Kasparek struck out nine, had one walk (HBP) and didn't give up a hit in the first no-no since Adrian Alaniz in 2005. The Horns beat Texas State handily 11-0 behind Big Bird and a huge night from the now hot-hitting Kyle Russell (4-5, HR #13 on the year).
The no-no was the 20th in Texas baseball history.
A group of native Hawaiians occupied the grounds of the old Hawaiian monarchy's royal residence Wednesday, vowing to stay and do the business of the kingdom's government.
"It is through a greater realm than ours" that the group took this action, said Mahealani Kahau, elected leader of the group, called Hawaiian Kingdom Government. "Today and every day, we will be here to assume our role."
The group is one of several in Hawaii that reject statehood and seek to return to the constitutional monarchy that effectively ended in 1893 when a group of politicians, businessmen and sugar planters -- aided by the U.S. minister to Hawaii -- overthrew the kingdom's government.
I wonder if the tourist industry will appeal to the Gov't for action, when their profits start to decline because of the protesters. Will they seek some type of legal action ? Time will tell.
Great --- this flawed system will continue on, unchanged:
Saying the BCS was in an "unprecedented state of health," ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday that college football will not change the way it determines its national champion as it prepares to begin negotiations for future television contracts that will probably run through the 2014 season.
"We will move forward in the next cycle with the current format," said Swofford, who serves as BCS chairman. "I believe the BCS has never been healthier in its first decade."
A major point at the BCS meeting was a plus-one system, where the top 4 teams in the nation play, and the winner from those two games, face each other for a chance at the national championship. A step toward the playoff system is, I believe, a step in the right direction.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive made the plus-one proposal Wednesday morning but said there was little support among the commissioners. In fact, Slive said only he and Swofford showed much desire in seriously pushing forward the proposal.
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