Thursday, March 30, 2006

When to Say 'I Love You'

While it's perfectly normal to proclaim your love for your pet cat or NASCAR racing, pairing the L-word with your sweetie's name might not roll off the tongue so easily. And according to a recent poll of 14,000 men and women, we're an extremely cautious lot. It's probably a no-brainer that many people (29 percent) thought a week or two is too soon to profess your feelings. But about as many (26 percent) thought a month or two was jumping the gun, and the majority of people polled (32 percent) think you should keep your lips zipped for a whopping six whole months. Interestingly (and a bit sadly, if you ask us), 13 percent admit they never say 'I love you' at all!

I feel sorry for that 13% of people. One of the things I enjoy most in the world is sharing with someone that I love them.

And here comes the advice:

But waiting for the other person to make the first move isn't always a smart idea either. "Healthy relationships aren't played out like poker games, waiting for the other person to show their hand," Masini points out. If you're feeling shy, Masini suggests taking baby steps to vocalize your feelings, using phrases like "You mean so much to me" or "You're really special," until you're comfortable working up to the three little words that carry so much weight. That way, you can gauge whether your partner is receptive and feels completely ready when (and if!) it's time to really share how you feel.

I think that makes sense. Especially the bit about the poker game. But then again, few things in life are ever simple, so ...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Funny moments in games...

While not too many of these games are well-known, there's certainly a plethora of funny Engrish and other screenshots from games.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Full Length Zelda Movie Nearing Completion

The Hero of Time (The Legend of Zelda) is an independent Zelda movie that a small group of producers and film buffs called "BMB Finishes" have been making. They have been working on this movie for the past two years, and it is now nearing completion. It is a fully independent production that when finished will be promoted as a festival piece, as well as being a fan film. All of the people working on the movie are big fans of the Zelda series, and they have put a ton of creativity and effort into this film. The movie is being directed by Joel Musch, who also produces the film along with David Blane.

Oddly, it looks almost decent. I wonder if its the same David Blane as the street magician guy.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

ZDNet wants you to boycott DRM

Watch this. Its funny. I apologize for my hiatus last week - I was quite under the weather.

ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind suggests that CRAP or Content, Restriction, Annulment, and Protection, is a catchier phrase than DRM - Digital Rights Management. Why does he think this technology is crap? Once you've bought music or other content to play on one device, it won't play on any other device because of the proprietary layer of CRAP.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Atheists identified as America's most distrusted minority

What was it again? "Love thy neighbor, just don't let him marry your daughter"?
From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, researchers found that Americans rate atheists below all minority groups in "sharing their vision of American society." Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Scientists one step closer to cancer vaccine

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have helped to identify a molecule that can be used as a vaccination agent against growing cancer tumours. Although the results are so far based on animal experiments, they point to new methods of treating metastases.

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Downloading Does Not Hurt Business: Canadian Record Industry Study Says

According to a study commissioned by the Canadian Record Industry Association, the record industry's well-worn argument that music downloading hurts music sales may be misguided."

Time to move to Canada, eh?

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Support DMCA Reform - Help Pass HR 1201

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has been wreaking havoc on consumers' fair use rights for the past seven years. Now Congress is considering the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA, HR 1201), a bill that would reform part of the DMCA and formally protect the "Betamax defense" relied on by so many innovators.

HR 1201 would give citizens the right to circumvent copy-protection measures as long as what they're doing is otherwise legal. For example, it would make sure that when you buy a CD, whether it is copy-protected or not, you can record it onto your computer and move the songs to an MP3 player. It would also protect a computer science professor who needs to bypass copy-protection to evaluate encryption technology. In addition, the bill would codify the Betamax defense, which has been under attack by the entertainment industries in the "INDUCE Act" and the MGM v. Grokster case. This kind of sanity would be a welcome change to our copyright law.

Come on, everyone. It is time we start fighting back. The EFF makes it so easy to contribute - Just click the link below.

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Boy Recovers From Being Brain Dead Thanks To Video Game Therapy

Doctors pronounced Ethan Myers brain dead after a car accident dealt the 9-year-old a severe brain injury in 2002. After he miraculously awoke from a nearly month-long coma, doctors declared he would never again eat on his own, walk or talk.

Yet, thanks partly to a video game system, Myers has caught up with his peers in school and even read a speech to a large group of students."

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Be smarter at work, slack off

In a world of too much work and too much multitasking, the best way to beat the competition may be to do less.

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That better be a lightsaber on my hip

Now this is a might impressive. It's a homemade movie of a lightsaber duel that is actually very professional minus the odd choice of environment. Watch out for the surprise ending.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

8 simple tricks for iTunes to keep your music collection interesting

You''ll want to hear newer songs more often than older ones, yet at the same time you''ll want to make sure that the old music doesn't get lost. You want to hear your favourite songs slightly more often than everything else, but you don't want to keep listening to the same old tracks over and over again.

This guy's write up is just plain awesome. It describes many techniques that I've tried to convey to others, as well as has given me some great ideas myself.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Eat an Animal for PETA Day, or Have a Cow Man!

Yes, you read correctly. Today is the official International Eat an Animal for PETA Day, a day created completely and utterly (pun intended) in spite of the world's leading source of hypocrisy, evil and extortion Animal Rights Organization.

So, what are you waiting for .... make a statement and chow down.

For more information on PETA, please see Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t!.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

MySpace Hidden Beta Page Found Reveals Future of MySpace

Myspace is gonna be making some changes soon ...

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Ready to go to the Casino

I'll admit, I was a bit ... skeptical ... when Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond on that old WWII vessel under London Bridge last October. You might even say I was angry - even offended.

But, in the time since said announcement, my anger has abated (even though, for other vocal fans, it has definitively not) and one might even venture to say it has ... 180-ed into ... pure and rampant fanboyism. This has nothing to do with Craig, per se, but it has everything to do with the fact that there is a new James Bond movie coming, and after the deluge of recent interviews, pictures, and video clips, it looks to be really, really good.

Just check out this quote (my italics for emphasis) from Barbara Broccoli, Bond producer and heir apparent of the franchise:

We're going back to the origins of the character and the story, but we feel that even though it's rougher and more complex. We're still making something, which is what we call heightened reality. It's more realistic and it's not as fantastical as the last couple [movies] have been or we've made through the series [Editor Note: invisible cars in Die Another Day much????]. There were times, when the films got very fantastical like with Moonraker and things like that. You change because you change with the times. At the moment, I think everybody is feeling very serious about the world and they don't feel frivolous about the world, and I think it's the right time to tell this story."

Now that, coupled with statements from everyone across the board that they are going with more grit and stuntwork as opposed to CGI-laced action, the addition of a script from Paul Haggis (He just won Oscars last week for writing, producing and directing the "Best Film of the Year" Crash), and the fact that Daniel Craig is regarded as a really great actor, has got me excited. To say the least.

Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing Company today revealed the final exterior look of Boeing Commercial Airplanes' newest airplane, the 787 Dreamliner. Pictured here is the 787-8, a super-efficient airplane with new passenger-pleasing features that will carry 223 passengers as far as 8,500 nautical miles."

This thing has WiFi too, and sweet blue LED lighting that soothes the soul. Find interior pics after the jump.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Clever new iPod Hi Fi marketing campaign

Apple cleverly sets up The Apple Store with a double-take 'decoration' to promote the new iPod Hi Fi.

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New Office 2007 Screenshots

I know its been a while. It is disgusting how little has been going on worth writing about or linking too. I mean ... Office 2007 screenshots ... that's what I've got. It looks interesting, but, seriously, do you think Microsoft could find a way to fit even more clutter into those "ribbons" ? My office is cluttered enough, I do not need it in my office application suite as well.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Newsvine Goes Live is out of Beta now and open for all the public to enjoy. It looks to be a bit bogged down with traffic right now - likely due to the so-called "digg effect." But it is otherwise a great site for news of all kinds.

The Newsvine blog has a great list of all the currently supported features, or you could just discover them for yourself.

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