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Friday, 22 December 2006

Nizza's having a garage sale!

Hi There..

There will be a garage sale on Saturday at our place. A bit embarrassing really, but because of the current situation (debts, living expenses, buying Christmas presents etc.) am finding it a bit difficult with money at the moment. I've decided to have a garage sale and hopefully make some bucks.

Desperate times call for desperate measures!! I am sure that we'll get out of this mess sooner or later but in the meantime, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!!

I've taken a photo of our stuff, if you see anything you like, please let me know as soon as possible so I can save it for you, assuming the price is right.

Hope you can make it!


[Can I buy the red one?]

Thursday, 21 December 2006

If Programmers Built Planes

This used be told as a classic warning to programmers... now it's an ad for EDS!

What happens to your body if you drink a Coke right now?

Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. They took the cocaine out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant.

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it’s hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dialate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  • >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
That explains why I like Coke so much!

Photolurking, blog streaking and cheesepodding: The new Internet addictions

PARIS (AFP) - The Internet has given birth to a quirky range of modern addictions and maladies, the British weekly New Scientist says in its Christmas issue published this Saturday.

They include these:

  • EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.
  • BLOG STREAKING: "Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody's sake would be best kept private."
  • CRACKBERRY: "The curse of the modern executive: not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry, even at your grandmother's funeral." (A BlackBerry is a popular handheld device that can be used for phoning, emailing and web-browsing).
  • GOOGLE-STALKING: Defined as "snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates."
  • CYBERCHONDRIA: "A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer."
  • PHOTOLURKING: Flicking through a photo album of someone you've never met.
  • WIKIPEDIHOLISM: Excess devotion to contributing to the online collaborative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. (Wikipedia even has a page where you can test whether you're an addict: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Are-You-a-Wikipediholic-Test)).
  • CHEESEPODDING: Downloading of a song "so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter." Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s.

Smoker Owned by Co-worker in the bathroom

Via: VideoSift

Heh heh, take that smokers!

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Now searching the internet is fun!

Ms Dewey is a new interface onto Microsoft's Live Search.
It uses flash and don't leave Ms Dewey alone if your sound is up...

Ms Dewey look familiar? She's from the L Word and Cup of My Blood

Search results for 2006

Yup, Microsoft's Live Search has posted their top searches for 2006.

When Google's and Yahoo's come out, I'll do a comparisson...

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Which way is the Internet?

This is probably meaningless to a lot of you, but there are on going projects to "map" the Internet. This picture is a bit of a spoof of one of those projects, but does show in a highly simplified way, the distribution of internet addresses.

Monday, 11 December 2006

"You have 15 seconds to comply..."

Yup, bring back RoboCop cause Samsung are building a gun-toting robot...

Because retro just never goes out of fashion...

NYC's Blip Festival brings new life to old computer consoles and games... with an infusion of music and performance...

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Movember has finished for 2006 but these guys have been at it for some time!

Dec. 5 - It's not easy to keep up gravity defying mustaches like the ones seen at this annual meeting of the The Union of Distinctive Egyptian Mustaches.
Every night before he goes to sleep, for example, one member washes his mustache with soap and water and polishes it with organic oils. He then washes it with shampoo and balsam.
The whole process costs around 300 Egyptian pounds ($52.5 USD) a month, a hefty sum by Egyptian standards.
Whatever the financial costs and other burdens that go along with belonging to this exclusive club, they are a small price to pay for the fame that the members say goes along with it.


No way! Spray-on Condoms!

Dec. 6 - A German sex educator is developing a spray-on condom, which would be tailor-made for all sizes.
Jan Vinzenz Krause from the Institute for Condom Consultancy and his team say the product would help people enjoy better and safer sex lives.
The high-tech condom, which is still being developed, would give a better fit and wouldn't slip off.
Joanna Partridge reports

Monday, 4 December 2006

USB based batteries!

They're only 1300mah, which isn't enough for anything high-draw (Discmans, digital cameras, etc), but anywhere you've got a computer, these can be recharged. Very neat idea!

Wellingtonians have found a location for Auckland's new Stadium...

[Thanks Nizza]

England Heading to the 2nd Ashes Test in Adelaide

[Thanks Nizza]

A Love Story in 4 Pictures

[Thanks Nizza]

LCD Photo frame - Momento

This neat device (recently aquired by iMate), looks to be a possible stocking filler in the USA this year and wider release next year. Comes in 7" and 10" models, with support for just about any media card, USB and PCs. Plus it has a cool feature "Momento Live", where anyone (OK, so that's dangerous) can send photos from their phones/cameras/PC/etc to any registered Momento, from anywhere to anywhere in the world... (assuming the Momento is hooked up and syncing I presume).