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Thursday, October 29, 2009

MiniBuilder - Flash-based IDE for ActionScript development

A web based tool for Action Script development, available on

Available at this site (link)

From this site:

Flash MiniBuilder is a lightweight IDE created for developing programs written in ActionScript 3.
Flash MiniBuilder is itself written in ActionScript
Two of the main raison d'etre of MiniBuilder are
1. provide a completely free and cross platform alternative for developing ActionScript projects.
2. provide an editor with a small footprint that would eventually run on smaller computers like netbooks or even pocket-size devices.
Extending, changing (and even integrating MiniBuilder with other software) is easy: MiniBuilder is itself written in your favourite language, AS3

Monday, October 26, 2009

Humour: Quote about men and handsome men

The nice men are ugly.

The handsome men are not nice.

The handsome and nice men are gay.

The handsome, nice and heterosexual men are married.

The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men, have no money.

The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men with money think we are only after their money.

The handsome men without money are after our money.

The handsome men, who are not so nice and somewhat heterosexual, don't think we are beautiful enough.

The men who think we are beautiful, that are heterosexual, somewhat nice and have money, are cowards.

The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice and have some money and thank God are heterosexual, are shy and NEVER MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!!!!

The men who never make the first move, automatically lose interest in us when we take the initiative.

And yet, WOMEN are the CONFUSING sex???

Joke: We have a prettier mistress

Doctor Goldstein and his wife are having dinner at an upscale restaurant when an attractive young blonde walks by, smiles at the Doctor and says, "Hi Sammy."

The wife, somewhat irritated, asks, "And who is that?"

Dr. says, "Oh, that's my Mistress."

Wife asks, "You have a Mistress? How long has this been going on?"

Dr.: "About five years."

Wife: "Five years? I'll see a lawyer tomorrow and start a divorce. You'll be ruined."

Dr.: "Now think about it, if we divorce we each get half of what we have. You won't have that big house, you won't get a new Cadillac every year and you won't be playing golf and bridge all day with your so called friends."

Just then a cute redhead walks by and says, "Hi Sammy."

Wife: "And who is that one?"

Dr.: "That's Bill Grant's Mistress."

Wife: "Doctor Grant has a Mistress, too?"

Dr.: "About twelve years now."

Wife: "Ours is a lot prettier...."

Humour: Quotes dealing with common problems

When one wishes to unlock a door but has only one hand free, the keys are in the opposite pocket. (Von Fumbles Law)

A door will snap shut only when you have left the keys inside. (Yale Law of Destiny)

When one's hands are covered with oil, grease, or glue, your nose will start to itch. (Law of Ichiban)

Your insurance will cover everything but what has happened. (Insurance So Sorry Law)

When things seem to be going well, you've probably forgotten to do something. (Cheney's Second Corollary)

When things seem easy to do, it's because you haven't followed all the instructions. (Destiny Awaits Law)

If you keep your cool when everyone else is losing his, it's probably because you have not realized the seriousness of the problem. (Law of Gravitas)

Most problems are not created or solved; they only change appearances. (Einstein's Law of Persistence)

You will run to answer the telephone just as the party hangs up on you. (Principle of Dingaling)

Whenever you connect with the Internet, the call you've been waiting for all day will arrive. (Principle of Bellsouth)

If there are only two programs on TV that are worth your time, they will always be at the same time. (Law of Wasteland)

The cost is always higher than one budgets for, and it is exactly 3.14 times higher, hence the importance of pi. (Law of Pi Eyed)

The probability that one will spill food on one's clothes is directly proportional to the need to be clean. (Law of Campbell Scoop)

Each and every body submerged in a bathtub will cause the phone to ring. (Law of Yes Now)

Each and every body sitting on a commode will cause the doorbell to ring. (Law of Ding Dong)

Wind velocity will increase proportionally to the cost of one's hairdo. (The Don King Principle)

After discarding something not used for years, you will need it one week later. (Law of Fatal Irreversibility)

Arriving early for an appointment will cause the receptionist to be absent, and if one arrives late, everyone else has arrived before you. (Law of Delay)

Do not take life too seriously, because in the end, you won't come out alive anyway. (Theory of Absolute Certainty)

After your hands become coated with grease your nose will begin to itch or you'll have to pee. (Law of Mechanical Repair)

Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. (Law of the Workshop)

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. (Law of Probability)

When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal. (Law of the Telephone)

If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire. (Law of the Alibi)

If you change lanes (traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now (works every time). (Variation Law)

The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with. (Law of Close Encounters)

When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will. (Law of the Result)

The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. (Law of Biomechanics)

At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last. (Theatre Rule)

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do
something which will last until the coffee is cold. (Law of Coffee)

If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers. (Murphy's Law of Lockers)

The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug. (Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets)

No matter where you go, there you are. (Law of Location)

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about. (Law of Logical Argument)

If the shoe fits, it's really ugly. (Brown's Law)

A closed mouth gathers no feet. (Oliver's Law)

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it. (Wilson's Law)

Joke: Professional Help, sent by god

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever.

She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.

She didn't know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened.

The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door."

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car. She looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this."

She bowed her head and asked God to send her help.

Within five minutes a beat up old motorcycle pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.

The woman thought, "This is what you sent to help me?" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.

She said, "Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure." He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened.

She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man."

The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour."

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, "Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a Professional."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Humour: Some Texas wisdom (some great quotes)

1. Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco.

2. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

3. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.

4. If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

5. If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

6. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

7. There's two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

8. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

9. Don't squat with your spurs on.

10. It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

11. Always drink upstream from the herd.

12. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

13. There are three kinds of people:
The ones that learn by reading,
The few who learn by observation,
and the rest of them who have to touch the fire to see for themselves if it's really hot.

Joke: The high and mighty businessman and the head nurse

A big-shot businessman had to spend a few days in the hospital. He was a
royal pain to the nurses because he bossed them around just like he did with
his employees. None of the hospital staff wanted anything to do with him.
The head nurse was the only one who could stand up to him. She came into his
room and announced, "I have to take your temperature." After complaining for
several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his

"No, I'm sorry," the nurse stated, "But for this reading, I cannot use an
oral thermometer."

This started another round of complaining, but eventually he rolled over and
bared his rear end. After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard
her announce, "I have to get something. Now you stay JUST LIKE THAT until I
get back!"

She leaves the door to his room open on her way out. He curses under his
breath as he hears people walking past his door laughing. After almost an
hour, the man's doctor comes into the room. "What's going on here?" asked
the doctor.

Angrily, the man answers, "What's the matter, Doc? Haven't you ever seen
someone having their temperature taken?"

After a pause, the doctor confesses, "Well, no. I guess I haven't... Not
with a carnation anyway."

Humour: Some handy tips (don't try them at home)

Before attempting to remove stubborn stains from a garment always
circle the stain in permanent pen so that when you remove the
garment from the washing machine you can easily locate the area
of the stain and check that it has gone.

High blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for
a while, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.

Olympic athletes. Conceal the fact that you have taken
performance enhancing drugs by simply running a little slower and
letting someone else win.

Heavy smokers: Don't throw away those filters from the end of
your cigarettes. Save them up and within a few years you'll have
enough to insulate your attic.

Create instant designer stubble by sucking a magnet and dipping
your chin in a bowl of iron fillings.

X File fans: Create the effect of being abducted be aliens by
drinking two bottles of vodka. You'll invariably wake up in a
strange place the following morning, having had your memory
mysteriously 'erased'.

A sheet of sandpaper makes a cheap and effective substitute for
costly maps when visiting the Sahara desert.

Convince neighbors that you have invented a 'SHRINKING' device by
ruffling your hair, wearing a white laboratory coats and parking
an articulated lorry outside your house for a few days. Then dim and
flicker the lights in your house during the night and replace the
articulated lorryunseen, with a Tonka toy of the same description. Watch
their faces in the morning!

Nissan Micra drivers: Attach a lighted sparkler to the roof of
your car before starting a long journey. You drive the things
like dodgem cars anyway, so it may as well look like one.

Tape a chocolate bar to the outside of your microwave. If the
chocolate melts you will know that the microwaves are escaping
and it is time to have the oven serviced.

A mouse trap, placed on top on of your alarm clock will prevent
you from hitting the snooze button, rolling over and going back
to sleep.

Joke: Wifey, what did you say ?

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept
staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby

My wife asked, "Do you know her?"

"Yes," I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking
right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been
sober since."

"My Goodness!" said my wife, "who would think a person could go on
celebrating that long?"

And then the fight started...

Humour: Men's English (this is so true)

I'm hungry. = I'm hungry.

I'm sleepy. = I'm sleepy.

I'm tired. = I'm tired.

Do you want to go to a movie? = I'd eventually like to have sex with you.

Can I take you out to dinner? = I'd eventually like to have sex with

Can I call you sometime? = I'd eventually like to have sex with you.

May I have this dance? = I'd eventually like to have sex with you.

Nice dress! = Nice tits!

You look tense, let me give you a massage. = I want to fondle you.

What's wrong? = I don't see why you are making such a big deal out of this.

What's wrong? = What meaningless self-inflicted psychological trauma are you going through now?

What's wrong? = I guess sex tonight is out of the question.

I'm bored. = Do you want to have sex?

I love you. = Let's have sex now.

I love you, too. = Okay, I said it...we'd better have sex now!

Yes, I like the way you cut your hair. = I liked it better before.

Yes, I like the way you cut your hair. = £50 and it doesn't look that much different!

Let's talk. = I am trying to impress you by showing that I am a deep person and maybe then you'd like to have sex with me.

Will you marry me? = I want to make it illegal for you to have sex with other guys.

(while shopping) I like that one better. = Pick any freakin' dress and let's go home!

I don't think that blouse and that skirt go well together. = I am gay

Humour: Women's English (Enjoy these quotes)

Yes = No

No = Yes

Maybe = No

I'm sorry. = You'll be sorry.

We need = I want

It's your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now.

Do what you want = You'll pay for this later.

We need to talk = I need to complain

Sure... go ahead = I don't want you to.

I'm not upset = Of course I'm upset, you moron!

You're... so manly = You need a shave and you sweat a lot.

You're certainly attentive tonight = Is sex all you ever think about?

Be romantic, turn out the lights = I have flabby thighs.

This kitchen is so inconvenient = I want a new house.

I want new curtains = and carpeting, and furniture, and wallpaper.

Hang the picture there = NO, I mean hang it there!

I heard a noise = I noticed you were almost asleep.

Do you love me? = I'm going to ask for something expensive.

How much do you love me? = I did something today you're really not going to like.

I'll be ready in a minute. = Kick off your shoes and find a good game on TV.

Is my butt fat? = Tell me I'm beautiful.

You have to learn to communicate. = Just agree with me.

Are you listening to me!? = Too late, you're dead.

Was that the baby? = Why don't you get out of bed and rock him until he
goes to sleep.

I'm not yelling! = Yes I am yelling because I think this is important.

The answer to What's wrong?:

The same old thing = Nothing

Nothing = Everything

Everything = My PMS is acting up

Nothing, really = It's just that you're such an asshole

Joke: Playing music the whole day

There was a young Scottish lad named Angus who decided to try life in
Australia . He found an apartment and settled in. After a week or two, his
mother called from Scotland to see how her son was doing in his new life.

"I'm fine," Angus said, "but there are some really strange people living
here in Australia . One woman cries all day long, another lies on the floor
moaning. And there is a guy next door to me who bangs his head on the wall
all the time."

"Well, me wee laddie," says his mother, "I suggest you don't associate with
people like that."

"Oh," says Angus, "I don't, Ma'am, I don't. No, I just stay inside me
apartment all day and night playing me bagpipes."

Humour: The Modern Toolbox

In ancient times a hammer was used to inflict pain on ones
enemies. Modern hammers are used to inflict pain on oneself.

The drink ordered at the local bar after you call in a
professional repairman to undo the $500 in damage you did
while trying to change out a light socket with your handy screwdriver.

Phillips Screwdriver
The bar drink that you order when the damage estimate is over
$1,000. Contains twice the vodka.

A device used to extend your reach the necessary
few inches when you drop a one-of-a-kind screw down behind
the new wall it took you two weeks to install.

Contain a handy assortment of sharp and dangerous tools.
Best left in its leather sheath and worn on a
homeowners belt to increase testosterone levels.

Electronic Stud Finder
An annoying device that never goes off when you point it at yourself.

Halogen Light
A worklight that lights up your backyard with the incandescence of
a football stadium, causing you to cast a heavy shadow over the
area you're working on so that you need to use a flashlight anyway.

Cordless Drill
A device that lessens your chance of electrocution 90% over a
standard plug-in tool.

Cordless Telephone
The handyman's 999.

Air Compressor
A mechanical device similar in principal to harnessing the power of
your mother-in-laws nagging complaints and using the resulting
airflow to blast old paint off the side of the house.

Chain saw
Allows you to cut your way out of the shed that you accidentally
built completely around yourself.

Vise Grips
A pair of helping hands that doesn't critique
the job you're doing or offer advice.

Humour: Some Facts About Men

If it's attention you want, don't get involved with a man during the
play-off season of any sport.

All men look nerdy in black socks and sandals/tennis shoes

Men who are going bald often wear baseball caps.

Men are brave enough to go to war, but they are not brave enough to
get a bikini wax.

Men don't get cellulite. Most women believe for that reason alone, God
might just be a male.

Men don't feel the urge to get married as quickly as women do because
their clothes all button and zip in the front. Women's dresses usually
button and zip in the back. Women may need men emotionally and
sexually, but they also need men to help them get dressed easier and

When a woman tries on clothing from her closet that feels tight, she
will assume she has gained weight. When a man tries something from his
closet that feels tight, he will assume the clothing has shrunk.

Men would like monogamy better if it sounded less like monotony.

Joke: Flirting and falling flat

Teeing off on the 12th hole at a golf resort, we stopped to buy cold drinks
from the young woman driving the beverage cart.

As my buddy reached for his wallet, he flirted with her a bit, saying to
her, "You're in great shape. You must work out a lot."

Flattered, she gave him a big smile and gushed, "Oh, thank you so much!"

The next day a different young woman was driving the cart.

"Watch this," I whispered to a different buddy. I walked up to her and said,
"Wow, you must work out a lot."

"Yeah," she replied, dryly. "You should try it yourself."

Short joke: Age of dinosaur bones

ome tourists in the Chicago Museum of Natural History are marveling at the
dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, "Can you tell me how old the
dinosaur bones are?"

The guard replies, "They are 3 million, four years, and six months old."

"That's an awfully exact number," says the tourist. "How do you know their
age so precisely?"

The guard answers, "Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old
when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Activity Monitor on Snow Leopard

For Snow Leopard (a Mac OS) users, it used to be difficult to find out exactly why some applications would start to slow down their machines. After all, when a user has a high end machine, the user would expect that any program should be able to run on their machine without causing the machine to slow down. Unfortunately, for long time users, they know that such a thing is not possible, there is no such thing as too much memory. Well, for people wanting to know what is causing their machine to behave slowly, here is this application called Activity Monitor (read more about it here).
Read more:

Before, you'd just see that Safari was nailing your CPU. Now there's a more specific breakdown, which shows the true culprit. Plug-in sandboxing is good thing. It is especially helpful when a plug-in is not responding and you want to quit it without killing your browser session

World stock indexes all on one page

For people who invest in equities, stocks, and currencies on a global scale, there is an urgent need to have a page or software that is able to display the indices of many stock exchanges the world over. Some of these are the Down Jones, NASDAQ, French CAC, German DAX, UK FTSE, Nikkei 225, and many others.
Well, there is an easy and free way to get these. Just head over to this page (link) and you will get all of these (plus currency rates, more exchanges, and so on).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tool: Doing screenshots of web pages

How often have you found yourselves wanting to get a screenshot of some web page. You are writing a report, or doing some documentation, and want to get a screen shot of some web page. What can you use ? There are tools available, but many of them need to be purchased, and others put some watermark on the images. Well, here is a tool that can do the work (link to site).
From the site:

WebKut is an AIR application that allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way. It provides you 3 capture options: the entire page, the current view, or only a selection.
On Microsoft Windows, PDF document and some Flash animations in web pages will be replaced by blank spaces.
The maximum dimension for an image is 2880 pixels

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Joke: Government and its jobs

Once upon a time, the government had a huge scrap pile of in the middle of
the desert. Congress decided that someone may steal from it in the middle of
the night, so they created a nightwatchman position and hired a person for
the job.

Then Congress asked, "How does the nightwatchman do his job without

So they created a planning department and hired two people - one person to
write the instructions and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress wondered, "How will we know the nightwatchman is doing the
tasks correctly?"

So they created a quality control department and hired two people - one to
do the studies and one to write the report.

Then Congress asked, "How are these people going to be paid?"

So they hired two more people - a timekeeper and a payroll officer.

Congress the inquired, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people - an
administrative officer, an administrative assistant, and a legal secretary.

Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year and
we are $518,000 over budget. We must cut back overall cost."

So they laid off the nightwatchman...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Java Tool: IntelliJ IDEA - Now open source

Java has many editors, both free and commercial. One of the best such tools is IntelliJ IDEA, and it is now Free as well as Open Source, with users no longer having to pay for it (learn more). From the site:

Community Edition — Free and OS Java IDE
Intelligent code editor has all the smarts for understanding Java code; provides refactorings, code inspections and intentions, super-fast navigation and search — all that we have accumulated over the years.
Integrates with such essential tools as JUnit and TestNG, Ant and Maven, and popular version control systems: CVS, Subversion and git.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Humour: Women's revenge

1. What do you call a handcuffed man? Trustworthy.

2. What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath
and calling your name? You didn't hold the pillow down long

3. Why do only 10% of men make it to heaven? Because if they all
went, it would be Hell.

4. Why do men like smart women? Opposites attract.

5. How are husbands like lawn mowers? They're hard to get
started, they emit noxious odors, and half the time they don't

6. How do men define a "50/50" relationship? We cook-they eat; we
clean-they dirty; we iron-they wrinkle.

7. How do men exercise on the beach? By sucking in their stomachs
every time they see a bikini.

8. How do you get a man to stop biting his nails? Make him wear

9. How does a man show he's planning for the future? He buys two
cases of beer instead of one.

10. How many men does it take to screw in a light bulb? ONE He
just holds it up there and waits for the world to revolve around

11. What did God say after creating man? I can do so much better.

12. What's a man's idea of honesty in a relationship? Telling you
his real name.

13. What's the best way to force a man to do sit ups? Put the
remote control between his toes.

14. What's the smartest thing a man can say? "My wife says..."

15. Why are all dumb blonde jokes one liners? So men can
understand them.

16. Why do female black widow spiders kill the males after
mating? To stop the snoring before it starts.

17. Why do jocks play on artificial turf? To keep them from

18. Why does it take 100 million sperm to fertilize one egg?
Because not one will stop and ask for directions.

19. Why is psychoanalysis a lot quicker for men than for women?
When it's time to go back to his childhood, he's already there

Joke: Priest and the genie

This guy was out playing his weekly round of golf
when he hit a shot into the trap off the 11th
green. So he pulls out his sand wedge and takes a
swing at the ball only to hit something metallic
underneath. Being curious, he digs away the sand
only to find what looks like Aladin's Lamp. It's
kind of dirty, so he takes out his golf towel to
clean it off. All of a sudden... POOF! ... a
genie apears from the lamp and says,

"Sir, you have freed me from the lamp! For this I will grant you 3 wishes!"

The man thinks for a moment and says, "You
know, I have everything I could possibly want.
Give the wishes to someone else." He quickly
putts out and leaves for the 12th tee.

The genie is flabergasted. "To think that
someone in this world could feel so fulfilled
that he could pass up not just 1 but 3 wishes! I
know what I'll do. To reward him, I'll grant him
3 things without him knowing. Now lets see. What
does every man want? Money! He will have all the
money he can use. Power! Every man wants that.
And what else? ... Sex! All that he wants."

A couple of weeks later the man is coming
toward the 11th green and there is the genie - sunning himself in the trap.

Genie: (feeling smug) "Hey. How's it going?"

Man: "Couldn't be better. Last week I raised
over £1,000,000 and gave the most spellbinding
and effective talk of my life. It looks like I'm
gaining more influence among my peers and superiors. Things are great."

Genie: "If you don't mind me asking, how's your sex life?"

Man: "It's great. I've had two women in the last two weeks."

Genie: (looking puzzled) "TWO women? That's not very good!"

Man: "It is if you're a priest in a small parish!"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Joke: Forgot where I put the baby

Due to an experimental medical technique, an 90-year-old woman was able to
give birth to a baby recently. When she was discharged from the hospital and
went home, her relatives came to visit.

"May we see the baby?" one asked.

"Not yet," said the mother, "I'll make coffee for all of you and then you
can play with the baby for a while."

Thirty minutes had passed, and another relative asked, "May we see the new
baby now?"

"No, not yet," said the mother.

After another half hour had elapsed, they asked again, "May we see the baby

"No, not yet," replied the mother.

Growing very impatient, they asked, "Well, when CAN we see the baby?"

"When it cries," she told them.

"WHEN IT CRIES?" they exclaimed. "Why do we have to wait until the baby

"Because I forgot where I put him."

Humour: Man and his wife

My wife and I are inseparable.
--In fact, last week it took four state troopers and a dog.

Me and my wife were happy for 20 years!
--Then we met!

Why do men die before their wives?
--They want to.

Why do men usually marry women who are in some ways similar to their mothers ??
--Better the devil you know!

Why do men pass gas more than women?
--Because women won't shut up long enough to build up pressure.

If my mother-in-law was any more of a cow
--She'd have horns and wear a bell round her neck!

A beggar walked up to a well-dressed woman shopping on Rodeo Drive
and said, "I haven't eaten anything in four days."
--She looked at him and said, "God, I wish I had your willpower."

Do you know the punishment for bigamy?
--Two mothers-in-law

The last fight was my fault. My wife asked, "What's on the TV?"
--I said, Dust!"

I always have the last word in any argument
--And it's usually "Yes Dear"

I hate my mother-in-law so much that I always send her flowers on her birthday
--In the shape of a wreath !!

I've decided i'm never going to marry again,
--I'm just going to find a woman that I really hate and then buy her a house.

Joke: Improved beyond all expectations

The other day at work I ran into Bob. We chatted over lunch and he dropped a
bombsell on me. "Rodney," he said, "Becky and I are going to get a divorce."

I was stunned. "Why? What happened? You two seem so happy together."

"Well," he said, "ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me.
She got me to stop drinking, smoking, running around at all hours of the
night and more. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts,
gourmet cooking, classical music and how to invest in the stock market."

"Are you a little bitter because she spent so much time trying to change
you?" I probed.

"Nah, I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough
for me.

Joke: Letter to son-in-law

Dear Future Son-in-Law:

I have been unable to sleep since I forced my daughter to break off her
engagement to you. Will you forgive and forget?

I was much too sensitive about your orange Mohawk haircut, multiple tattoos,
pierced nose and assorted rings in your ears, eyebrows and tongue.

I now realize motorcycles aren't really that dangerous, and I really should
not have reacted that way to the fact that you have never held a job.

I am sure, too, that some other very nice people live under the bridge in
the park.

Sure, my daughter is only 18 and wants to marry you instead of going to
Harvard on a full-ride scholarship. After all, you can't learn everything
about life from books.

I sometimes forget how backward I can be. I was wrong. I was a fool. I have
now come to my senses and you have my full blessing to marry my daughter.

Your future Father-in-Law,


P.S. Congratulations on winning the lottery!

Need a translation - Use Google Translate

Suppose you are looking for some information desperately, and you do find the required information, but it is still useless for you, since it is in a different language, one that you do not know. It is not always easy to find somebody to convert text for you from another language, since it may cost money, and you may not want to spend this amount of money, or it is a very short phrase that does not justify so much trouble. Or you read something somewhere, and want to find the meaning of that phrase. So what do you do ? Well, there is a solution that works for short phrases, but you should be warned that as the length of the passage to be translated increases, the harder it is to get a translation that makes sense.
The tool is called Google translate, and is available at this page (link)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Humour: How To Lose That Extra Weight!

Here's the guide to calorie-burning activities, and the number of calories
per hour they consume.

Beating around the bush. . . . . . . . .75

Jumping to conclusions . . . . . . . . 100

Climbing the walls . . . . . . . . . . 150

Swallowing your pride. . . . . . . . . .50

Passing the buck . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Throwing your weight around
(depending on your weight). . . .50-300

Dragging your heels. . . . . . . . . . 100

Pushing your luck. . . . . . . . . . 250

Making mountains out of molehills. . . 500

Hitting the nail on the head . . . . . .50

Wading through paperwork . . . . . . . 300

Bending over backwards . . . . . . . . 75

Jumping on the bandwagon . . . . . . . 200

Balancing the books. . . . . . . . . . .25

Running around in circles. . . . . . . 350

Eating crow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Tooting your own horn. . . . . . . . . .25

Climbing the ladder of success . . . . 750

Pulling out the stops. . . . . . . . . .75

Adding fuel to the fire. . . . . . . . 160

Wrapping it up at the day's end. . . . .12

Opening a can of worms . . . . . . . . .50

Putting your foot in your mouth. . . . 300

Covering your tracks . . . . . . . . . 165

Starting the ball rolling. . . . . . . .90

Going over the edge. . . . . . . . . . .25

Picking up the pieces after. . . . . . 350

Counting eggs before they hatch. . . . . 6

Cracking a smile . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Calling it quits . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Joke: Goat jumping down a hole

Two guys were hiking in the mountains when they came across
an old mine shaft going straight down into the ground.

"Wow," said the first guy. "I wonder how deep it is?"

"I dunno," said the second. "Let's find out." With that, he
dropped a rock down the hole. They waited and waited, but
didn't hear it hit bottom.

"Hmm. Let's try a bigger rock," said the first guy, and
tossed a watermelon-sized stone down the hole. They waited
a couple of minutes, but didn't hear it hit either. So,
they looked around for something bigger to throw down and
came across an old railroad tie, which they lifted together
and dumped down the hole. Then suddenly, as they waited to
hear it hit, a goat streaked between the two of them and
jumped straight down the mineshaft.

While they stood there scratching their heads in amazement,
a third guy came up the path and asked them if they'd seen
a goat.

"Yeah, just now," said one of the first two guys. "It just
ran up and jumped down this hole."

"Oh, well then it couldn't have been my goat," said the
third guy. "My goat was tied to an old railroad tie."

Monday, October 12, 2009

US Green card - Invest your way in

To get inside the US on a immigrant visa, you normally have to show a lot of information, and the whole process takes time. Getting a Green Card takes even longer, and has a set of conditions linked to it. If you are rich, and can invest in the United States, you can bypass these conditions, since the US allows people quick entry if you are able to invest $ 1 million in the US, and are able to give a job to 10 people. Read more at this site (link to article):

The EB-5, Green Card through investment, was created to promote investments in businesses and to create and preserve jobs in the U.S. You can become a lawful permanent resident by establishing a new commercial enterprise and provide full-time employment to at least ten U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, or other immigrants with employment authorization.
Show, using reasonable methodologies, that 10 or more jobs are actually created either directly or indirectly by the new commercial enterprise through revenues generated from increased exports, improved regional productivity, job creation, or increased domestic capital investment resulting from the pilot program.

For more details, you should consult a US visa expert.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Theory: Is the universe really existant, or is it a hologram

Science delves on cold facts, theories, experiments, and explanations that cover all these. But sometimes, there are theories that are difficult to accept, although there are experiments that are equally difficult to understand. What do you make of an experiment that proves that under certain conditions, particles such as electrons are able to communicate with each other even though they are far away from each other; so, even though Einstein's theory says that nothing can move faster than the speed of light, this experiment seems to suggest that particles can communicate with each other instantly, much faster than light. One theory takes from this approach, and suggests that the universe in fact is just a hologram (link to site):

University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram.
To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about holograms. A hologram is a three- dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser. To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. Then a second laser beam is bounced off the reflected light of the first and the resulting interference pattern (the area where the two laser beams commingle) is captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a meaningless swirl of light and dark lines. But as soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser beam, a three-dimensional image of the original object appears.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Joke: No money this week

Two friends meet on a Miami street. One looked forlorn, and
almost on the verge of tears. The other man said, "Hey, how
come you look like the whole world caved in?"

The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an
uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars."

"That's not bad."

"Hold on, I'm just getting started. Two weeks ago, a cousin
I never knew kicked the bucket , and left me eighty-five
thousand free and clear."

"Sounds like you should be grateful."

"Last week my great aunt passed away. I inherited almost a
quarter of a million."

"Then how come you look so glum?"

"This week........ nothing!"

Quickie - Shooting because of curfew

A 10:00 pm curfew was imposed in Belfast . Everybody had to be off the
streets or risk being shot. However, one citizen was shot at 9.45 pm.

"Why did you do that?" the soldier was asked by his superior officer.

"I know where he lives," he replied, "and he wouldn't have made it."

Joke: A high flying reporter

His request approved, the Fox News photographer quickly used a cell phone to
call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane
would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He
jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let's go."

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in
the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, "Fly over the valley and
make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides."

"Why?" asked the pilot.

"Because I'm a photographer for Fox Cable News," he responded. "And I need
to get some close up shots."

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, "So, what
you're telling me, is ... You're NOT my flight instructor?"

Joke: Privates vs. sergeants

Two good old boys, Bubba and Junior have been promoted from Privates
to Sergeants. Not long after,they're out for a walk and Bubba says,
"Hey, Junior, there's the NCO Club. Let's you and me stop in and have
a drank."

"But we's privates," protests Junior.
"We's sergeants now," says Bubba, pulling him inside. "Now, Junior,
I'm gonna sit down and have me a drank."
"But, we's privates," says Junior.
"You blind, boy?" asks Bubba, pointing at his stripes. "We's Sergeants

So they order their drinks and pretty soon a hooker comes up to
"You're cute," she says, "and I'd like to take you some place and
make you feel good but I've got a bad case of gonorrhea."

Bubba pulls his friend to the side and whispers, "Junior, go look in
the dictionary and see what gonorrhea means. If it's okay,
give me the okay sign."

Junior goes to look it up, comes back, and gives Bubba the big okay

Three weeks later Bubba is laid up in the infirmary with a terrible
case of gonorrhea. "Junior," he says, "What you give me the okay for?"
"Well Bubba, in the dictionary, it says gonorrhea only affects the
privates." Then he pointed to his stripes and says,
"But we's Sergeants now!

Joke: Cured somebody of waiting for a letter

Two psychiatrists were at a convention. As they conversed over a drink, one
asked, "What was your most difficult case?"

The other replied, "I had a patient who lived in a pure fantasy world. He
believed that an uncle in South America was going to die and leave him a
fortune. All day long he waited for a letter to arrive from an attorney. He
never went out, he never did anything, he merely sat around and waited for
this fantasy letter from this fantasy uncle. I worked with this man for
eight years."

"What was the result?"

"Like I said, it was an eight year struggle. Every day for eight grueling
years, but I finally cured him... and then the stupid letter arrived!"

Joke: Playing cards when lost

A Scout Master was teaching his boy scouts about survival in the desert.

"What are the three most important things you should bring with you in case
you get lost in the desert?" he asked.

Several hands went up, and many important things were suggested such as
food, matches, etc. Then one little boy in the back eagerly raised his hand.

"Yes Timmy, what are the three most important things you would bring with
you?" asked the Scout Master.

Timmy replied: "A compass, a canteen of water, and a deck of cards."

"Why's that Timmy?"

"Well," answered Timmy, "the compass is to find the right direction, the
water is to prevent dehydration..."

"And what about the deck of cards?" asked the Scout Master impatiently.

"Well, Sir, as soon as you start playing Solitaire, someone is bound to come
up behind you and say, "Put that red nine on top of that black ten!"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Theory: We live in a compute simulation

I wonder how many people saw a Science Fiction movie called '13th Floor'. This was a movie about a later generation of more advanced people inventing a computer program that creates a simulation of people (seems like the Matrix as well), and that the current generation of people living are actually all living in the computer simulation.
Well, here's a paper by a scientist that seeks to justify this theory, and postulate that this is indeed the reality (link to article):

This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Humour: Actual Writings on Hospital Charts

· The patient refused autopsy.

· The patient has no previous history of suicides.

· Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

· Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with
only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

· She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she
was very hot in bed last night.

· Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a

· On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it

· The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to
be depressed.

· The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

· Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission.

· Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but

· Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

· She is numb from her toes down.

· While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.

· The skin was moist and dry.

· Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

· Patient was alert and unresponsive.

· Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

· She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life
until she got a divorce.

· I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical

· Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

· Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

· The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

· Skin: somewhat pall, but present.

· The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

· Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

· Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities

· When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room

· The patient was in his usual state of good health until his
airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

· Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

· She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate
directions in early December.

· Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should
sit on the abdomen and I agree.

· The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job
as a stock broker instead.

· By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he
was feeling better.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black)

Product Features:
10.1-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-size prints
12x MEGA optical image-stablilized zoom; 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens
Capture HD video in "AVCHD Lite" format
Intelligent Auto (iA) mode; Face Recognition feature
Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Technical Details:
Brand Name: Panasonic
Model: ZS3 Black
Optical Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
Optical zoom: 12 x
Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.3-4.9
Minimum focal length: 4.1 millimeters
Maximum focal length: 49.2 millimeters
Lens Type: Zoom lens
Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.33"
Included Flash Type: Built-in flash
Display Size: 3 inches
Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400), ISO 1600, ISO 3200
Image types: JPEG
Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
Exposure Control Type: Candle, Beach, Transform, Beach & surf, Snow, High sensitivity, Starry sky, Soft skin, Baby1, Baby2, Portrait mode, Aerial photo, Hi-speed burst, Film grain, Pin hole, Party/indoor, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Pet, Scenery, Food, Fireworks, Low light, Night scene, Underwater, Sports mode, Sunset

The imaging power of Lumix has further evolved with the Venus Engine HD, which boasts two CPUs to provide approx. 2.4x processing capability and support for AVCHD Lite and HDMI output. It integrates all the advanced functions and camera operations with high performance and low-power consumption. In image processing, luminance noise and chromatic noise are reduced separately before and after signal processing. This is further refined by separating noise two-dimensionally into high-frequency and low-frequency noise. The circuits then effectively reduce only the low-frequency noise to minimize the unwanted noise and help produce beautiful, sharp still and motion images.
Playback with the ZS-series is also easy. Simply insert the camera’s SD memory card into the VIERA HDTV’s Image Viewer SD Card slot for a photo slideshow. Alternatively, connect the camera via an optional HDMI mini cable, the DMW-HDC2, to a VIERA Link-equipped Panasonic VIERA HDTV and use the television’s remote control to run mixed slideshows of photos and videos. The ZS3 features a 3-inch, high resolution 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle, improving visibility during recording and playback.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black)

Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Dark Gray)

Product Features:
10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen
DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology; Face Detection Self-timer
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)

Technical Details:
Sensor: 10 Megapixel
Size: 1/2.3-inch
Image Resolution: 640 x 480, 1600 x 1200, 2272 x 1704, 2816 x 2112, 3648 x 2048, 3648 x 2736
Movie Resolution: 320 x 240, 640 x 480
Storage Media: SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
Movie File Format: AVI
Optical Zoom: 3x
Digital Zoom: 4x
Combined Zoom: 12x
Focal Length: 6.2-18.6mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 35-105mm)
Focus Mode: TTL autofocus
Focusing Range: Digital Macro: 1.2-3.9 in. /3-10cm (W)

Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.
A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.
Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures. 1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken. 2) The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Dark Gray)

Nikon Coolpix L100 10MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom

The Coolpix L100 puts the power of a 15x telephoto zoom into a compact easy to use design. A wide variety of images can be captured with the Coolpix L100 from wide angle scenes (28mm) to telephoto (420mm). Ideal for family sports or travel photography the Coolpix L100 can shoot up to 30 consecutive pictures at 13 frames per second. The scene auto selector the Coolpix L100 automatically selects the appropriate scene mode for best results.

Product Features:
10.0-megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints up to 16 x 20 inches
15x optical wide-angle (28-420mm) Zoom-Nikkor glass lens
3.0-inch LCD and Electronic Viewfinder; 4-way VR image stabilization
Nikon's Smart Portrait System; Red-eye Fix, Face Priority AE and more
Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Technical Details:
Macro photography to 0.4 inches (1cm)
Three Movie Modes with Sound
Effective Pixels: 10.0 million
Lowest ISO Sensitivity: 80, Highest ISO Sensitivity: 3200
Storage Media: SDHC, SD
Internal Memory: Approx. 44MB
Image Stabilization: Optical
Battery Life (shots per charge): AA Alkaline: 350 shots, AA Lithium: 900 shots
Approx. Dimensions: Height: 2.8 in. (72.2mm), Width: 4.3 in. (109.7mm), Depth: 3.0 in. (78.1mm)
Approx. Weight: 12.5 oz. (355g)

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

Product Features:
10.0-megapixel resolution for large, photo quality prints
12x wide-angle optical zoom; dual image stabilization
Face Detection with Auto Red-Eye Removal; ISO 6400
2.7-inch LCD screen with Micro Thumbnail View
23 MB built-in memory; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Technical Details:
Continuous Shooting and Panoramic Shooting modes
Continuous Moving Subjects AF = Anti blur shooting
High Sensitivity ISO1600 at full resolution
Dimensions 102.5 (W) X 73.0 (H) X 67.8 (D) mm / 4.1 (W) X 2.9 (H) X 2.7 (D) in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Weight Approx. 324 g / 11.4 oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)

Dual Image Stabilization is a marriage of mechanical sensor shift stabilization, to steady the photographer's hand, and Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization Technology, which uses fast shutter speeds with ISO high sensitivity, to prevent virtually all types of image blur. As a result, an increase in clarity and sharpness is achieved, even in low lighting conditions.
Rounding out the FinePix S1500's powerful feature set is a large 2.7-inch high-resolution (230k dots) LCD, electronic viewfinder (EVF) and ISO levels of up to ISO 1600 at full resolution.

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

Fujifilm Finepix S100fs 11.1MP Digital Camera with 14.3x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

The FinePix S100FS is a super-zoom digital camera, which incorporates a newly developed Fujinon lens optimized for nature photography. The FinePix S100FS has four AF modes of single AF, continuous AF, manual focus and one-push AF (for manual focus), to respond to diverse photography conditions and intentions. All modes offer high-speed, high-precision focusing. You can focus accurately with your targeted framing. The FinePix S100FS can focus on subjects in low light. You can set shutter speeds of between 1/4,000 second and 30 seconds. Shutter time lag is less than 0.01 seconds. Using the manual exposure setting, bulb exposure of up to 30 seconds is possible. The FinePix S100FS has a full-frame video recording function with audio at 30 frames per second, which outputs a flowing movement. The FinePix S100FS incorporates a Face Detection system, which automatically detects faces and sets optimal focusing and brightness for faces.

Technical Details:
11.1-megapixel Super CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
14.3x wide-angle optical zoom; Dual Image Stabilization
2.5-inch tiltable LCD
Face Detection 2.0 with Automatic Red Eye Removal
Stores images on xD or SD/SDHC memory cards

Customer feedback:
The Fujifilm Finepix S100fs is a superb camera, in most instances exceeding expectations. Whilst I am not a Pro photographer I consider myself an able amateur and have used many cameras over the years. As I am traveling more I decided I wanted a replacement for my Pentax K10D DSLR - which is an excellent camera, on par if not exceeding the Canon and Nikon offerings in its range (sub $1000.00). Lugging extra lenses around when traveling can be a real chore - yet there has really been no alternative - until now.
The S100fs is a real DSLR alternative at last - and this is from a REAL USER - not someone who has just read reviews or posts on the Internet.
The image quality is magnificent. Fuji have outdone themselves with this lens, it is a step above most Tamron, Sigma and kit lenses and approaches the quality of the higher priced offerings of the big manufacturers. The PROOF is in the images. I have standard scenes I always photograph to test cameras - one of them of the lake view from the rear of my house. Using the Velvia film setting on the S100fs I was astonished at the images it captured - some of them exhibiting an almost 3D appearance. This camera has produced the best images of this scene I have taken with any camera!

Fujifilm Finepix S100fs 11.1MP Digital Camera with 14.3x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

Weird news: Pilots and crew fight in mid-air, in full view of passengers

Imagine the reaction of passengers, when, after the flight has taken off, and is in mid-air at its cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, there is a fight on board. And this is not a drunken passenger fighting, to be arrested later. Instead, this is a fight between the cabin crew on one side and the pilots on the other side, upto actual physical fighting. Read more about this horrid piece of fighting (link to article):

Passengers were shocked to witness a fight between the cabin crew and the pilots, with the pilots on one side and the cabin crew on the other side. This horrid scene (witnessed by passengers) was seen on a flight of the Indian Airlines, running between Sharjah and Delhi

Cancer research: Soyabeans good for you

For a long time now, it has always been suggested that food items containing soyabeans are essential food items to be part of a regular diet, such as having soyabean milk, and so on. Now, a research points out that soyabeans contain chemicals with anti-oxidants that help the body against cardiovascular diseases and cancer (link to article):

Soybeans contain high levels of several health-beneficial compounds including tocopherols which have antioxidant properties and can be used in the treatment or prevention of heart disease and cancer. It has been suggested that all tocopherols could play a role in cardiovascular diseases and cancer prevention.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Photo: Side view of part of the Jungfrau complex and the nearby glacier

Side view of part of the Jungfrau complex and the nearby glacier in Switzerland
A view of the structure at Jungfrau. Jungfrau is a mountain resort, built high in the Alps, in the midst of ice, snow and rock, and allows tourists a place to enjoy being in such an environment in relative ease (a comfortable train journey is all it takes). This is a view of a part of the building, as well as the rock, snow and glaciers in the surrounding area.

Photo: Sharp rock and snow emerging out of the greenery on the way to Jungfrau

Sharp rock and snow emerging out of the greenery on the way to Jungfrau in Switzerland
There is a truly spectacular train journey that one gets to see when one starts on the trip from Interlaken to Jungfrau in Switzerland. The train starts from normal green covered land to a place where you get into mountains, rocky, ice and snow covered cliffs. You can see something similar in this photo of the transition, where you start to see the towering mountain tops.

Photo: Rugged rock and snow covered mountain on way to Jungfrau

Rugged rock and snow covered mountain on way to Jungfrau in Switzerland
A view of blue skies and the rugged snow and ice covered rocky peaks on the Alps towering to these blue skies. This is one of the great views that one gets while on the way to the mountain resort of Jungfrau in Switzerland.

Photo: Railway lines mar the view of snow capped mountains on way to Jungfrau

Railway lines mar the view of snow capped mountains on way to Jungfrau
When you get a great view, and have a nice camera in your hands, the itch to capture it a photo is incredible. But sometimes you are faced with situations where your photo will have glitches, such as this photo where the is a whole network of electric train lines that were obscuring the view. On second thoughts, I decided that this photo would make a perfect example of the coexistence of technology and nature.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wild Planet Mobile Spy Ear

Imagine a toy that your kid will move. Give them a toy that will promise them the ability to be like a spy, to hear things from a distance.

Customer feedback:

They're so cute, using this to overhear the adults' conversation after dinner. The bug isn't exactly the most covert thing ever invented, but they think it is, so the adults pretend they don't see it and shape their talk accordingly. It's fun for all.

Wild Planet Mobile Spy Ear

Wild Planet Spy Gear Spy Night Scope

Product Features:
See 25 feet away, even in the dark!
Spring-loaded mechanism activates spotlight.
Green tinted lenses and "stealth mode" beam.
Award Winning Design.
Ultra Sophisticated Design!

Customer feedback:

1. It's basically red-lensed binoculars with a little light attached to the top, but my boys liked the way the light slides up into position when they press the buttons to turn it on. They use them as regular binoculars, night vision goggles, and as a simple flash light to play with the cat :-)
While it was not exactly what I expected it to be, my kids were more than happy with them.

2. My niece loved the toy for Christmas. She is into spy stuff and requested it for a gift. All the adults had to check them out too. Good choice.

Wild Planet Spy Gear Spy Night Scope, a toy that kids love