Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Where would we call home?

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So far program five has been the most thought-provoking. While the big bang, the black holes, the alien lives, and the inevitable space catastrophes are captivating, they have been mentioned a thousand times before. In this installment I finally found something that is entire new (to me): moving to Europa, the 4th largest of Jupiter's satellites that is covered with a smooth shell of frozen water. Well, and that would be after migrating to Mars of course. Too bad I won't live to see it though. Maybe uploading my entire brain onto a supercomputer will allow me to see it when the day our sun runs its own course. Good grief!

Monday, May 30, 2005

together alone?

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the fourth program of the Space series. there is simply no way that we are alone in the universe. it's so damn vast! we might even have seen them, but our eyes or any of our senses are not equipped to comprehend their existence. intelligent lives out there, mark my word, if you don't find us, we'll find you! that brings me to another topic, we have been literally busting our ass trying to find a way to beat the speed of light so we can travel through space. it seems like when time comes we don't have to invent, we adapt, their technology. our physics says there can be no machines with a volocity faster than the speed of light anyways.

now capitalization and punctuation dont seem to be that big a deal do they


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I have one conclusion after watching the second program of the Space series: we are lucky. However above all other factors, we're still here because our existence so far has been very extremely brief. Say 1/10^1000 of a second compared to the universe if it were a 100 y/o man. So we are indeed living in slow motion, imagine the slowest of slow motion you can think of, divide its each moment into tens of billions of pieces, that's one year for us. Damn do we move fast!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Who are we?

BBC has produced a handful of good astronomy TV programs including a bunch of Horizon shows. Recently (and by recent I mean 2001) there is a new series coming out on DVD called Space, the Series, and it's quite intriguing. It talks about the usual suspects - the big bang, supernova, black holes, galacies, stars, planets, dangers and the future of the universe, etc. It's up-to-date in terms of new findings and it's got nice 3D presentations of these stellar activities, bottom line, worth a closer look.

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Since the first stargazers of ancient civilisations, man has always been fascinated by what lies beyond planet Earth. Look up at the stars and you see a million points of light - you’re looking at the entire universe. But what is out there? Let Sam Neill be your guide as state-of-the-art computer graphics take you on the ultimate journey beyond any known universe.

Experience the beautiful, astonishing and often dangerous phenomena for the Universe first hand - from the vast clouds where new stars are born, to planet-guzzling monsters such as black holes. This six-part series will realise the awesome scale of space and capture the mystery and intrigue that it inspires. And it tackles some of the biggest questions of all - are we alone? Where do we fit in? How did the universe begin? And perhaps most frighteningly of all, how will it end?

Torrents from torrentspy, download all six episodes

Programme 1: Star Stuff
How the Universe was made, from the Big Bang to the human body.

How did the Big Bang happen?
Why is my body made of star stuff?
Was life carried to earth by comets?
Webchat with Bob Kirshner about stars

Programme 2: Staying Alive
The Universe is a dangerous place. This programme investigates our survival in space.

What are asteroids?
Protecting planet Earth

Programme 3: Black Holes
Black holes are the Universe's ultimate monsters, sucking everything into their super-dense centres.

What are black holes?
How were they discovered?

Programme 4: Are We Alone?

Exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the Universe.

How do we find new planets?
SETI - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Webchat with Seth Shostak from SETI

Programme 5: New Worlds
How could humans migrate from planet Earth?

Explore the Solar System
Mars - the likely candidate
Human exploration, past and future

Programme 6: Boldly Go
If humans are ever to reach deep space, there will need to be some revolutionary changes in transport.

Solar sails
Ion propulsion

Program guide:
DVD cover art: BBCshop

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

another note-worthy expo in NY

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The Adult Porn Industry is a multi-billion dollar business reaching hundreds of millions of consumers annually! In fact, worldwide porn revenue is larger than the revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises combined! In the United States porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC!

The Fact Is Sex Sells! Offering three exciting full days to explore opportunities among your peers, Erotic Expo will enable you to capitalize on the most comprehensive collection of exhibitors covering virtually every market segment in the adult entertainment industry.

This is your chance to witness state-of-the-art industry developments including hot new products, services, advanced technology and meet the hottest stars in the adult industry and even some special guests!

Erotic Expo invites you to conduct your business and network among the best of the best!

Look what I found under exhibitors:

Museum of Sex, The Booth # 60
233 Fifth Ave. @27th St.
New York, NY 10016
PH: 212-689-6337
Jim O'Shea

A great museum indeed!

Pussy Shaver, The Booth # 8
New York
PH: 631-286-7001
David K.

Can the name be more explicit?

Tera Patrick Agency Booth# 26,27
3599 Cahuenga Blvd West. 4th Fl.
LA, CA. 90068

Come on, you can't miss that if you're in NY!

Village Comics & Collectibles Booth# 99
214 Sullivan St.
NY,NY 10012
PH: 212-777-2770

I think I have actually been in there. What says kinky more than the Village.

Great Kingsland Booth # 80
1101 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
PH: 718-486-0188
Jessica Yang

Suspected some Asian action here!

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sex tech, titillating toys and porn stars featured in a seedy carnival of carnal pleasures across the street from Madison Square Garden on Saturday at New York's first Erotic Expo.

More than 50 exhibitors set up shop next to the Hotel Pennsylvania to strut their stuff in a ragged, flea market setting one flight up from the street and grab a piece of what organizers say is a $40 billion worldwide sex market.

Tera Patrick, Britney Rears and Tiffany Mynx were among the popular porno queens posing for pictures with fans in the two-day event that ended Saturday, while product innovators flogged everything from patented condoms to art object dildos, and an exercise program devised to make a man's private parts more

Expo logo and intro:
Article: Yahoo!

complicated sexuality

Sexuality has gotten really perplexed over the years. Our perception of homosexuality has gradually changed for the better. With all those shows in the media, it helps. Shows like Will and Grace, Queer Eye, and the new show that sort of replaced Sex in the City, heck, even Idols offer alternate views of the gay community. They are not unwanted. In fact, they are fashionmongers and professionals, who are passionate, affectionate, and above them all, funny!

So the idea of a guy trapped in a woman's body is no longer too weird, or vice versa. However, can a lesbian be trapped in a man's body? That's the $100 question.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Fifth Gear/ Top Gear

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Fifth Gear Official Website
What pathetic effort. I mean the site. Eh...seriously, why this picture? The guy on the left isn't even ready. The average Englishman is a little, what's the right word, peculiar. This show certainly took some getting used to, nonetheless a great car show. It's aired every Monday in the UK. Let's admit it, European have a totally different perspective when it comes to building their road/track machines and do they do a super fine job!

Get into gear...
Welcome to a brand new series of Fifth Gear! This is the 7th series and the team have been around the world and back to bring you the very best in motoring with some of your old favourites. Come join the ride with our crack team of experts such as Tiff Needell and Jason Plato our professional drivers whose opinions on new cars are amongst the most trusted in the industry. You'll see Tiff crashing in the Arctic Circle, Jason racing a grand prix car in Dubai, and Vicki Butler-Henderson being run over by a James Bond stunt crew. All in a day's work for the best drivers on TV!

Download an episode here: Fifth Gear on (torrents)

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Official site.

Another good car show in England that started it all (believe in 1970's). They have some interesting ideas but Jeremy Clarkson gets on my nerves quite a bit. New season just started.

In 2001 due to falling ratings, the BBC chose to axe the show. Channel 5 then decided to revive the show with the then current presenters (Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell). Because BBC owns the name rights, the show had to be renamed 5th Gear. The show was only revived because Jeremy Clarkson was considered to be the most popular presenter of them all and many people had considered his absence to be the cause of the demise of the show. source:

Download an episode here: Top Gear on (torrents)

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Time magazine top 100

Time's 100 Best Films:

A - C
Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)
The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Baby Face (1933)
Bande à part (1964)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Blade Runner (1982)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Brazil (1985)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Camille (1936)
Casablanca (1942)
Charade (1963)
Children of Paradise (1945)
Chinatown (1974)
Chungking Express (1994)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City Lights (1931)
City of God (2002)
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
The Crowd (1928)

D - F
Day for Night (1973)
The Decalogue (1989)
Detour (1945)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Dodsworth (1936)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Drunken Master II (1994)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
8 1/2 (1963)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Fly (1986)

G - J
The Godfather, Parts I and II (1972, 1974)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (1990)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Ikiru (1952)
In A Lonely Place (1950)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It's A Gift (1934)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

K - M
Kandahar (2001)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
King Kong (1933)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Last Command (1928)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Léolo (1992)
The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)
The Man With a Camera (1929)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Metropolis (1927)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
Mouchette (1967)

N - P
Nayakan (1987)
Ninotchka (1939)
Notorious (1946)
Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Out of the Past (1947)
Persona (1966)
Pinocchio (1940)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pyaasa (1957)

Q - S
Raging Bull (1980)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Searchers (1956)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Singing Detective (1986)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Star Wars (1977)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Sunrise (1927)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Swing Time (1936)

T - Z

Talk to Her (2002)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Tokyo Story (1953)
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Ugetsu (1953)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Umberto D (1952)
Unforgiven (1992)
White Heat (1949)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Yojimbo (1961)

Monday, May 23, 2005

my favorite movies

of all-time, in random order:

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Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993)
Three Colors: Blue

Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. She intends to spiritually commit suicide by withdrawing from the world and live completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heals Julie and irresistably draws her back to the land of the living.
Directed by
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Juliette Binoche
Benoît Régent
Florence Pernel

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阿飛正傳 (1990)
Days of Beiing Wild (1991)

Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy. One is a quiet lass named Su Lizhen who works at a sports arena, while the other is a glitzy showgirl named Mimi. Perhaps due to his unresolved edipal issues, he passively lets the two compete for him, unable or unwilling to make a choice. As Lizhen slowly confides her frustration to a cop named Tide, he falls for her. The same is true for Yuddy's friend Zeb, who falls for Mimi. Later, Yuddy learns of his birth mother's whereabouts and heads out to the Philippines.
Directed by
Kar Wai Wong
Leslie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
Andy Lau
Carina Lau
Rebecca Pan
Jacky Cheung

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Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1989)
Cinema Paradiso

A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena, who he had to leave before he left for Rome.
Directed by
Giuseppe Tornatore
Antonella Attili
Enzo Cannavale
Isa Danieli
Leo Gullotta
Marco Leonardi
Pupella Maggio
Agnese Nano
Leopoldo Trieste
Salvatore Cascio

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天空の城ラピュタ (1986)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky

This film is set in a Victorian era that might have been, influenced by the visions of writers such as Jules Verne. As Pazu, the apprentice of the engineer who maintains a mine's elevator machinery, carries his boss's dinner back to the mine, an unconscious pigtailed girl floats down from the sky into his arms. This girl, Sheeta, and her magical levitation-stone pendant hold the key to a mysterious, mythical sky-castle known as Laputa. Sheeta and Pazu must flee from both air-pirates, who seek the sky kingdom for its legendary treasure, and the army, led by a government agent with his own mysterious agenda for Laputa.
Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki
Voice actors
Mayumi Tanaka
Keiko Yokozawa
Kotoe Hatsui
Minori Terada

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Love Letter (1995)

Hiroko Watanabe's fiancé Itsuki died two years earlier in a mountain climbing accident. While looking through his high school yearbook, Hiroko in a fit of grief decides to write a letter to him using his old school address. Surprisingly she receives a reply, not from her dead husband, but from a woman also named Itsuki whom had known Hiroko's husband in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuke.
Directed by
Shunji Iwai
Miho Nakayama
Etsushi Toyokawa
Bunjaku Han
Katsuyuki Shinohara
Miki Sakai
Takashi Kashiwabara

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Before Sunrise (1995)

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Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunrise is a passionate and intelligent romance between a young American (Jesse) and a French student (Celine). A chance encounter on the train incites intrigue, and Jesse provocatively suggests that Celine postpones her return to France and embarks instead on a spontaneous expedition to Vienna. In the course of their 14-hour relationship, the two share in their love for the unrehearsed and their appreciation for the unexpected as they explore in a powerful meeting of hearts and minds. Dawn breaks. Sad in silence, they make their way to the station. As they bid each other farewell, Jesse is seized by another impulse - another encounter?

(Before Sunset)Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organisation, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid.
Directed by
Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy

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Chungking Express

Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter.
Directed by
Kar Wai Wong
Brigitte Lin
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Faye Wong
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Valerie Chow

Sunday, May 22, 2005

A lesson all men should learn

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A young woman chopped off her husband's penis with a kitchen knife in northern India over his "blatant indulgence in womanising and drinking", police said on Saturday.

The 27-year-old woman said her husband of 10 years had brought a prostitute home to Lucknow in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, police said.

"I wanted to teach him a lesson for his blatant indulgence in womanising and drinking," Reshma Ahmed, a mother of four, said in her confession to police.

"He was fast asleep when I thought to myself that enough was enough ... so I tied his hands and feet and got a kitchen knife to chop off his organ to bring an end to his lust once and for all."

A team of doctors at a local hospital reattached his penis. "We will have to wait and watch to see if he will be sexually normal again," said A.K. Singh, who performed the surgery.

Drink moderately!

Seriously, treat your wife right. Don't screw around.

E3 2005

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After it's all said and done, this year E3 has really shown what the next-gen gaming is going to be like. The trend, in a nutshell, seems to be multi-player capability combined with online play, and Hollywood invasion. But of course there are a lot more, like eye-popping graphics and interactivity. PS2 is more of a technological advanced powerhouse while Xbox goes for the versatility as well as expansion of its online community. Nintendo as always, is too cool to show what's coming up next until things are ready to roll out in stores. Expect them to have nice familiar derivative of previous games.

LOS ANGELES – MAY 20, 2005 – More than 70,000 industry professionals from 79 countries gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world’s premiere interactive entertainment trade show. According to the show's owner, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), approximately 400 exhibitors occupied 547,000 net square feet of exhibit space and displayed more than 5,000 computer and video game products – 1,000 of which made their debut. Exhibitors reported 80 percent of the 5,000 products will be found on store shelves by the 2005 holiday season.
About E3
E3 is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show, now in its eleventh year, is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit or


E3 2005 Live Coverage (all 5 parts)
Sony E3 2005 Press Conference - 640x480
Nintendo E3 2005 Press Conference
IGN E3 2005 - Nintendo Pressconf
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Unreal Tournament 2007 trailer E3 2005

avi videos (torrents, link to

news source:

30 most famous music videos

of all time! Well according to this guy. He put together all the videos based on a list compiled by VH1 in 2005.

Some of them certainly bring back very fond memories. Ah...the 80's!

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01 Michael Jackson - Thriller [1983]

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02 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Banned Version) [1983]

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03 Madonna - Justify My Love (Uncensored) [1990]

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04 Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice [2001]

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05 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody [1975]

06 Blur - Coffee And TV [1999]

07 Fatboy Slim - Praise You [1998]

08 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer [1986]

09 Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love [1986]

10 Robbie Williams - Rock DJ (Uncut) [2000]

11 George Michael - Outside [1998]

13 Madonna - Like A Prayer [1989]

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14 A-Ha - Take On Me [1985]
(my all-time fav)

15 Beastie Boys - Sabotage [1994]

17 Adam Ant - Prince Charming [1981]

18 Madonna - Vogue [1999]

19 Michael Jackson - Black Or White (Long Version) [1991]

20 The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star [1979]

21 Britney Spears - Baby One More Time [1999]

22 Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - Scream [1995]

23 Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly (1999)

24 Aerosmith Feat Run DMC - Walk This Way [1986]

25 Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1985)

26 Robbie Williams - She's The One (1999)

27 Beyonce Feat Jayz - Crazy In Love (2003)

28 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game (1990)

29 Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1983)

30 Eric Prydz - Call On Me (Uncensored)(2004)

Download them here.
video caps: various studios

Saturday, May 21, 2005

go ahead,

waste your time and destroy my blog.

fascinating but wait... it not an outraged waste of energy?


Tetris ist one of the most popular computer games of the last 20 years. Since its invention in 1985 it has found its way on almost any computer system and game console in one form or the other. With Arcade you can play Tetris with your mobile phone - on a playground 3370 m2 in size.

Whoever stands in front of Bibliothèque nationale de France can connect himself with the building by dialing +33 (1) 44 24 73 50. The current show will be interrupted and the text "TETRIS" announces that the game can begin.

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They also have "Pong", "Breakout", and "Pacman"

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Friday, May 20, 2005

a treehugger of a backpack

As a judge for the Scientistic Invitational earlier this Spring I had the chance to look at some really great projects. This one, by Eddie Lee from the Art Center College of Design, was one of my favorites.

The Personal Anti-theft Portable Locker draws inspiration from roly-polys, armadillos and lobsters. It has a soft inner backpack and a hard articulated shell that can be separated from the lining. While the design of this thing is pretty great looking, it's a brilliant solution to the urban dilemma of "I need to ditch my bag for a few hours." All you do is wrap the shell around a secure structure like a sign post or lamp pole and lock it in place.

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Looks like an armadillo, works like a backpack. I think we have a winner! A tree-hugger, literally, not greenpeace.

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Sex for Dummies!

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You know that they have one of these on just about any topic, but, come on, SEX? If you are reading it, then you will get none! And really? Learning from a lady who is older than your grandmother? What are they thinking?

Does Viagra work for women? What are the side effects from using Uprema? And what the heck is Zonagen? If you thought sex hasn't changed much over the years you have a lot to learn, and Dr. Ruth is the one to tell you all about it!

Dr. Ruth is back with a new edition that tackles the hottest, most current sexual issues. Updated material includes expanded coverage of medical concerns, from prostate cancer and Viagra to birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, expert advice cuts through the medical jargon and presents the latest and most comprehensive information on AIDS – with new statistics and research to current treatments. New and updated illustrations supplement no-nonsense advice on everything from puberty to procreation, and expanded coverage of cybersex resources offers tips for exploring sex on the Internet to enhance understanding and increase enjoyment while protecting kids from inappropriate web sites. Sex For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides you with the information you need to make smart choices about your sexuality.

On the other hand, if you are just curious, here it is. Well it seems technical enough after reading the description.

cover art and description:

free quality music...

...available in torrent download: (no, it's NOT illegal)

Ambient Nights

My favorite so far is Brighton Beach. It sets the right mood and reminds me of the place with the same name (15 minutes from my old apartment) in Brooklyn that might or might not have inspired the title.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

nameless pianist

LONDON (Reuters) - A smartly dressed man found wandering in a soaking wet suit near an English beach has baffled police and care workers after he refused to say a word and then gave a virtuoso piano performance.

The man, wearing a formal black suit and tie, was spotted by police in Kent on April 8 and taken to a psychiatric unit where it proved impossible to identify him because he stayed silent.

It was only after he was given a pen and paper that care-givers were given an intriguing clue to his possible background when he drew an intricate picture of a grand piano.

He was taken to the hospital's chapel where he played classical music on the piano for hours.

However, despite his picture being posted on the National Missing Persons Helpline's (NMPH) Web site, no one has come forward to identify him.

"Very little is known about him as he has not been speaking with staff at the hospital where he is being cared for, but he has a talent for playing classical piano," an NMPH spokesman said in a statement. Newspapers said members of the public had contacted authorities to say they may have seen the man giving concert performances around Europe.

The Daily Telegraph said the man, in his 20s or 30s, is believed to be English and may have suffered a mental breakdown.

His story echoes the 1996 Oscar-winning film "Shine," in which actor Geoffrey Rush played Australian pianist David Helfgott, who overcame a nervous breakdown to return to performing.

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his drawing of a piano:
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news source and photo: Yahoo!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The response from the "vocabularians" was so "ginormous" that the lexicographers let out a "whoot."

"Confuzzled?" You must be a "lingweenie."

The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary.

"It was a lot of fun," Arthur Bicknell, a spokesman for the Springfield-based dictionary publisher, said Monday. "We weren't expecting so many. They only had two weeks."

Some of the proposed words even gained multiple submissions so the editors came up with an unofficial Top 10 list.

First place went to "ginormous" — bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous — followed by "confuzzled" for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and "whoot," an exclamation of joy. A "lingweenie" — a person incapable of making up new words — placed 10th.

Besides the Top Ten, some loyal Mary Poppins fans submitted "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," which is in the Oxford English Dictionary, Bicknell said. He also spotted "a number of Harry Potterisms" among the entries.

"We will have to see about those," he said.

news source: AP

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Bill got pwned! again!

The new PS3 unveiled at E3 today.
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I know, I know... I am pretty sure the controller will be replaced with something slicker.

It comes in three different colors. Here they are:
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However I think they can do better with the design of the console itself. It looks a bit too late-90's. It's the 21st century!

CPU: Cell Processor
PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz

GPU: RSX @550MHz
1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels

Sound: Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-base processing)

256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz

Storage: HDD - Detachable 2.5” HDD slot x 1

I/O: USB: Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)

Memory Stick: standard/Duo, PRO x 1
SD: standard/mini x 1
CompactFlash: (Type I, II) x 1

Communication: Ethernet - 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

Bluetooth (up to 7)
USB2.0 (wired)
Wi-Fi (PSP)
Network (over IP)

click here for PS3 tech demos (simply speechlessly amazing!)

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A time to grill! (for laughs only)

photos: Sony

Sunday, May 15, 2005

the empire strikes back

MPAA has turned its attention to rapidly growing TV piracy and has sued six websites offering BitTorrent trackers for TV shows. The sites were extremely popular among non-Americans, who typically have to wait between 6 months and several years in order to have the major American TV shows aired in their home country. read more...

It sucks for expats.


movie-goers' movie

Was it just me or the Korean have really taken off with their good taste in film-making? They were unheard of 10 years ago now they are making some of the best movies out there. Well, movie-goers' movies.

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click poster for IMDb link.
warning: serious movie-goers only.


cellphone pocket, anyone?

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click for details and a demo

The Japanese are crazy and very serious about their gadgetry. There is simply no end to their innovativeness. Here they did it again: shirts with cellphone pocket. Will they eventually become world-wide fashion? Possible. Are they practical yet? I doubt it.


Wendy's solution

Wendy's is giving away free frosty-mini's

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In an attempt to recover from the finger incident of course. Eyewitness says the free frosty comes in a cup the size of a shot glass.

logo image: Wendy's
news source: CBS news

Mozilla update :: extensions

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FireFox :: Extensions

Take a look at the top ext's for Firefox. Amazing features especially:

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Once installed, it's a snap to filter elements at their source-address. Just right-click: Adblock: done. Filters use either the wildcard character (*) or full Regular Expression syntax. Hit the status-element and see what has or hasn't been blocked.

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Do you listen to Music while surfing the Web? Now you can control your favorite media player without ever leaving the browser and more... Supports WinAmp, iTunes, foobar2000, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, Quintessential, J. River, jetAudio, XMPlay, MediaMonkey, Media Player Classic, Sonique, wxMusik, Real Player, XMMS, Noatun, Juk, Amarok, Music Player Daemon, Rhythmbox and many other players.

description and images: respective dev's for Firefox

Thursday, May 12, 2005

lesser-known Internet radio stations

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ChroniX Aggression is listener-supported, commercial-free, Metal/Rock/alternative Internet only radio station

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And for the well-known just in case:
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SHOUTcast is Nullsoft's Free Winamp-based distributed streaming audio system.

site logos: respective sites

Ayaka's surprise English lesson

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Even though I really dislike Morning Musume, the show seems interesting.

Ayaka's Surprise English Lesson was a segment on the show Bishoujo Kyouiku and later Bishoujo Kyouiku II in 2001 and 2002. It was hosted by Coconuts Musume member Kimura Ayaka who speaks fluent English and Japanese.

Each segment consisted of her accosting or luring a Morning Musume member and hitting them with an English lesson. She would say a phrase and they would attempt to repeat it back, usually failing miserably. Early on in the series she would surprise them again a couple months later with a test to see if they remembered their phrases. Later she would entice them with games, treats and rewards.

Bishoujo Kyouiku II ended in late 2002 and so the series. There are 206 episodes, each lasting a minute or two.

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torrent download (will lead you to a download page on torrentspy)

clip caps:

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


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Thu, May 12th, 2005 (21)
Wed, May 11th, 2005 (61)
Tue, May 10th, 2005 (24)

def: Partial or total lack of sensation in a part of the body; a symptom of nerve damage or dysfunction

Insurgents averaged about 70 attacks a day at the start of May, up from 30-40 in February and March, said Lt. Col. Steven Boylan. -AP

Newspapers, Internet news, talk shows, fake news shows, etc.

There is an unofficial research that indicates there have been at least 10 deaths in Iraq everyday for the past 25 months. Indeed a research done by me. Have we become numb. Did I not come this close to serve in the army and would otherwise be asked to kill innocent people and be killed? Is it their fault? How numb can you be?

the power of pizza

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Pizza delivery ends prison siege

Woman sickens eight with poisoned pizza

news source: Yahoo!

Friday, May 06, 2005

GT4 + drifting

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cover art: Sony/Polyphony

If you are into automotive and tv gaming, you probably are playing this game. While it is not designed for the new trend in motorsport: drifting, it is said to be the most realistic driving simulator. In other words, you can expect to do what you can with a real car in this game. So why not drift?

Thanks to we, the die-hard car fans, have a place to call home. And today I want to introduce you to the best drift group that frequent gtplanet: Team FBI. Here are some of their drifting-in-GT4 videos: (right-click and save as)

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Mazda RX-7 type RS (FD) 98 573ps RT-RT GVS est DFP (900 mode).wmv

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AMUSE S2000 GT1'04 556ps E-E Deep Forest DFP (900 mode).wmv

videos: Team FBI @

cellphone retro?

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Bigger is better: wait that doesn't apply to gadgetry, does it? What a way to reminisce the good-ole rotary-dail phone!

To read more:
Phobile mobile phone handset Review