Friday, June 20, 2008

10 quirky facts about kissing

By Laura Schaefer

Think you know a thing or two about kissing? You probably do. But the facts below are so off the beaten path, we’ll bet you don’t know them all—and they could come in handy. Not only could they provide some steamy “Did you know…?” chit chat, but they’ll help you see all the benefits a satisfying lip lock can bring into your life. Happy smooching!

1. Two out of every three couples turn their heads to the right when they kiss.

2. A simple peck uses two muscles; a passionate kiss, on the other hand, uses all 34 muscles in your face. Now that’s a rigorous workout!

3. Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two lip impressions are alike.

4. Kissing is good for what ails you. Research shows that the act of smooching improves our skin, helps circulation, prevents tooth decay, and can even relieve headaches.

5. The average person spends 336 hours of his or her life kissing.
6. Ever wonder how an “X” came to represent a kiss? Starting in the Middle Ages, people who could not read used an X as a signature. They would kiss this mark as a sign of sincerity. Eventually, the X came to represent the kiss itself.

7. Talk about a rush! Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters in our brains as parachuting, bungee jumping, and running.

8. The average woman kisses 29 men before she gets married.

9. Men who kiss their partners before leaving for work average higher incomes than those who don’t.

10. The longest kiss in movie history was between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in the 1941 film, You’re in the Army Now. It lasted 3 minutes and 5 seconds. So if you’ve beaten that record, it’s time to celebrate!

Laura Schaefer is the author of Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor: The Best and Worst Personal Ads of All Time.

Kissing secrets by sign

By Barrie Dolnick

The first kiss… The first time you ask “Wanna come back to my place?” These are moments so fraught with what-ifs and am-I-doing-it-rights that pretty much every single person out there could use some success strategies. Well, why not get some astrological guidance on how to pull it off? Each horoscope sign responds best to a certain sort of woo; here’s which tactics are tops based on the person you’re dating.

Aries man:
Likes to be in control. Show you’re game, but don’t jump his bones. You can lead an Aries to romance but you can’t make him kiss.

Aries woman:
Likes a strong demonstration of your interest, no pussy-footing around. Go for sparks—candles, a roaring fire, and clear clues that you’re ready to pounce. She’ll respond with an enthusiastic yes.

Taurus man:
Loves subtlety, hates the direct approach. He’ll respond to a gentle touch of your hand or the gift of a soft, pink cashmere sweater—then wrap your arms around him as if to say, “I’m a gift, too.”

Taurus woman:
Finds fine dining, a sexy car or, of course, a good piece of jewelry a big turn-on. Say it with taste and a spare-no-expense attitude and she will find your advances are worthy of her.

Gemini man:
Lights up with great conversation and tunes out to endless, self-absorbed anecdotes. Set the tone for romance by asking him questions, really listening to him, and leaning in to show how his mouth can communicate without words.

Gemini woman:
Loves to be amused and numbs out when things are dull. Keep her interested and romanced by planning a fun date with at least three parts—drinks, dinner, and a walk. Keep her moving and talking, and soon she’ll be smooching.

Cancer man:
Needs his own timing. Put the Crab in a pinch, and romance will crack. Let him signal that he’s at ease and ready. Find a balance between best friend and sex goddess, and you’ll hit his comfort zone.

Cancer woman:
Needs to trust you first. You won’t earn that by flirting with her friends or telling stories about fun you had without her. Sidle up to her slowly, keep her warm, put your arm around her, and her shell will slowly soften.

Leo man:
Is by definition romantic and fun. He is confident of his charms, so make him work for you. Set a scene for all-out romance and play hard to get. Give him the thrill of the chase as well as the rewards of romance.

Leo woman:
Knows she’s a catch and enjoys the game. Anyone too sensitive, too slow or too dull will not win. Throw some curve balls, entertain her, and go for the trophy when you see she’s laughing with you, not at you.

Virgo man:
Gets in his own way. He’ll be the first to help you, teach you and guide you in romance, but he may forget to participate in it for himself. Ask him about good wine, good food and find a nice night to share it. He’ll get the message—or you can explain it to him after you’ve led him back to your place (think: bedroom).

Virgo woman:
Loves to give—but she’s going to be wooed and wowed by being the receiver. Show her that you know her favorite movies, food and flowers and she’ll give you a lot of kisses to show you her thanks.

Libra man:
Is all about peace, love and understanding. He’ll respond to even-tempered sweetness way better than a ha-cha-cha over-the-top lip lock. Be a girl, let him be a guy, and he’ll find it easy to share a great kiss.

Libra woman:
Needs to know her guy is there for her. Focus on her, notice her outfit, and listen to what she says. She’s smart, but she wants you to love her for more than her mind. Embrace traditional romance, and you’ll be embraced right back.

Scorpio man:
Intense, passionate and totally suspicious. Give him your rapt attention and absolutely no reason to stress about your loyalty. Beckon him gently into your arms, and he’ll take it from there.

Scorpio woman:
A Bond girl in real life. You can praise her beauty, worship her shape, and still fear her just a little bit. That combination of attention will intoxicate her. She’ll give you what she can—at the very least, a kiss you’ll never forget.

Sagittarian man:
Can get claustrophobic with any kind of formulaic romance. Give him something unexpected — maybe a ride on a rollercoaster — and don’t look him straight in the eye until you’re ready. Keeping him guessing will keep him wanting more.

Sagittarian woman:
Is riveted by wisdom and adventure. But wander carefully down this road. Phony smarts are a huge turn-off. Be the wittiest version of yourself, channel a little Indiana Jones, and put her in a situation where she has to hang on tight.

Capricorn man:
Is quiet, capable and tricky. He needs to take the lead in a very 1950’s sort of way. Think old movies, low tones, and no pressure. Wear a fetching, non-staining lipstick and gaze up at him with slightly anxious wide eyes. He’ll slip into a Cary Grant role soon enough.

Capricorn woman:
Won’t give herself away. You have to take it slowly and purposefully. Demonstrate that you’re not just going through the motions or pulling some tried-and-true romantic routine. If she sees your focus is all on her, she’ll cooperate.

Aquarian man:
Hard to read. He’s quirky, a little preoccupied and will not take hints very well. You might have to do the whole dressed-to-kill/“let’s head back to my place” routine to get his attention. Then press your lips on his. He’ll pick up on that.

Aquarian woman:
Very intuitive, but hard to romance. She’s smart and deeply focused on whatever is buzzing through her brain. To get her on track, brush her hair away from her face. With the simple motion and light touch, she’ll feel your interest and focus on your gaze. You can take it from there.

Pisces man:
A softy with a gruff exterior. He’s a man’s man except when he’s with you. Give him the subtle go-ahead to curl up with you by being relaxed, feminine, and captivated. He’ll purr like a pussycat if you don’t approach him too roughly.

Pisces woman:
Embodies the definition of romance. Woo away as long as you’re serious. She likes the whole shebang — flowers, candles, wine, music — as long as you can follow through for a long while. She hopes to mate for life.

Astro-coach Barrie Dolnick helps people find love and happiness by understanding their stars and their karmic energy. She is the author of 12 books, including Simple Spells for Success, now in paperback. Her website is

Monday, June 9, 2008

Austria kicks off Euro 2008 health website

09 Jun 2008

The Austrian social security system, Sozialversicherung, has launched a new website to provide football fans with information on how to seek health advice in the country, during the
three-week Euro 2008 tournament.

The tournament, which kicked off on Saturday, will see fans from 16 European nations, following their teams in Austria and in neighbouring Switzerland over the course of June.

Sozialversicherung’s website is available to all fans by logging onto The website is available in 34 European languages.

The website aims to ensure that all fans know how to seek healthcare advice for any potential injury or sickness they may suffer on their travels.

Questions covered on the website include will I be treated during my stay in Austria?, what is my legal insurance status?, which documents should I take with me as a precaution? And whom can I contact in Austria immediately in an emergency?

The website also includes a first aid dictionary for the most important health phrases and questions fans may have. With England not involved in the tournament “sick as a parrot” is not included in the phrasebook.

The website also features general information about the Euro 2008 tournament and the host regions in Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt).

A Sozialversicherung spokesperson said: “The guidebook is exceptionally easy to use and adapts personally to the user. Upon answering a few questions, it presents the visitor with information precisely tailored to his or her needs - and that in 34 European languages, from Icelandic to Greek, Russian to Montenegrin.

The spokesperson added: “Austria’s Sozialversicherung is the foundation of social security in Austria. It is a legally established organization without commercial interests. With the introduction of the e-card for all Austrian insured persons, the Austrian social security system has earned a leading international role in the country-wide adoption and further development of e-health.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Lesson on How to Say Goodbye

By now, many people have heard about Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor dying of pancreatic cancer who became a media sensation after delivering a final lecture about how to achieve childhood dreams.

The talk evolved into a best-selling book called “The Last Lecture'’ that quickly sold out of stores. Now, Dr. Pausch’s co-writer, journalist Jeff Zaslow, has chronicled the story-behind-the story in this weekend’s Encore section of The Wall Street Journal, noting that yet another lesson from Dr. Pausch is how to say goodbye.

“Saying goodbye. It’s a part of the human experience that we encounter every day, sometimes nonchalantly, sometimes with great emotion. Then, eventually, the time comes for the final goodbye,'’ wrote Mr. Zaslow. “When death is near, how do we phrase our words? How do we show our love?”

He goes on to write about how the book was written during 53 long bike rides during which Dr. Pausch spoke to him on a headset. And he explains how Dr. Pausch is saying goodbye to his children and the unique challenges he faces in saying goodbye to his wife.

Mr. Zaslow notes that part of saying goodbye is remaining optimistic.

“After his diagnosis, Randy’s doctor gave him advice: ‘It’s important to behave as if you’re going to be around awhile.’ Randy was already way ahead of him: ‘Doc, I just bought a new convertible and got a vasectomy. What more do you want from me?’ “

The story includes poignant details on the everyday life of a dying man. It’s accompanied by a video that will no doubt have you reaching for a tissue at the end. And while the diagnosis of a terminal illness has given Dr. Pausch the luxury of a relatively long goodbye, his advice also resonates with people in good health.

“I’m living like I’m dying,'’ said Dr. Pausch. “But at the same time, I’m very much living like I’m still living.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Does he still want you?

It's something we all wonder. No matter how heated the break-up, most of us spend at least a little time thinking about our exes and wondering if somehow, some way, some day we'll get back together. Maybe it's because we needed a little time apart to put all the good stuff in perspective, or maybe it's because once we've fished the seas again, we realize that, no, there aren't really all that many prized species in there after all. In any case, wouldn't you like to know whether he's moved on or stuck on you? Here, some ways that can help you figure it out.

1. Decode His Out-of-the-Blue E-Mail
The two of you break up, you vow never to speak again to the lout. And you don't, until your inbox pings, his name shows up, and the subject line reads, "hey." A peace offering or a sneaky way for him to weasel his way back into your life? From what he writes, it'll seem like he's just trying to be friends (a recap of how it's going, an allusion to the woman he's dating). Not so fast. If he throws in a few mini-brags about himself (something good at work, great vacation he has coming up), he may be trying to promote the notion that he wasn't so bad after all (a new gal sees something in him, right?). He may be testing the waters to see if you're game.

2. Gauge His Emotions
You run into him at a bar, a coffee shop, a mutual friend's birthday bash. Most likely, he'll try to play it cool - pretend like he's good, you're good, everything's good. Chances are, the less he talks, the more he pines. If he's able to spend some time talking without showing extreme ranges of emotions (uh, anger) or silence, then he's probably found himself in a better place.

3. Translate His Conversation
Guys have been practicing the art of wooing women all their lives. And they know-or at least they should know-that women don't respond all that well to pick-up lines and pretentious attitudes. Guys know that one of their most effective tactics is to ask a lot of questions. So when the two of you reconnect (via run-in, coffee date, e-mail), see if he switches back to pursuit mode: if there's lots of questions and lots of conversation, there may also be lots of hope that what attracted you to him in the first place will attract you again.

4. Assume Yes
You may think that guys take break-ups easy-that they run out, throw down beers with the guys, and move on. But the truth is that men hold onto their feelings about their exes for a long time, probably because few of them let it out in the way women do: by talking to their friends, their mom, and their friends' moms. (Kidding!). I can tell you that one of the most common relationship questions we receive at Men's Health is from guys asking how to get their women back; they realized after a few months that they indeed let the best one, the right one, the essential one get away. And they might even be ready to admit they now know who handles break-ups better.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Idol Tracker: A stool too far

A poignant moment tonight in the Idoldome during the ritual execution of much-enjoyed-but-was-probably-his-time contestant Chikezie; however, this moment will take some setting up, so please bear with me.

On elimination night, the show pre-tapes one segment each week, filming about half an hour before the full episode shoots live –- they do this for the segment that includes the viewers' questions and the guest performer. This week, as we saw, one of the questions went to Chikezie, wherein he was asked if he was single, and abashedly answered that, yes, he was very single.

Half an hour later, the contestants sent back stage and then brought out again, the show proper began live to the East. Within moments, Chikezie was placed on an elimination stool awaiting his fate. The doomed contestant tried to put on a brave face and managed moments of mirth with fellow prospective oustee Syesha Mercado, joking at the break with Carly and Brooke, visiting from a land across the stage that he could only dream of. But despite his efforts, he seemed very serious and grim throughout most of the hour.

Finally, about halfway through the show, the lights went dark in the studio as they aired the pre-taped segment. At the beginning of the segment, preserving the pretense that this is entirely live in chronological order, Angel of Death Seacrest announces that they are bringing all the contestants back to the couches for the viewer calls. Thus, an hour later, sitting in the darkness alone with Syesha on the most dangerous stool in show business, Chikezie gazed across the stage at the giant monitor which showed him a mere hour before sitting on the couch with his comrades, laughing, joking, shyly fending off queries about his romantic life –- a way he would never be again, on a couch that he would never again call home. The segment had been taped but an hour earlier, but in that hour how different the world had become for the once mighty Chikezie.

However, the moment captured some important factors that ultimately determined the fate of Chikezie. An often captivating and original singer, there was always a serious quality to Chikezie, a commitment, dedication and honest effort that came across as very -- in a word -- adult. In his bashful but straightforward answer to the viewer question, in his grimness while awaiting his fate, in his choice in the first place of a very grown-up song, Chikezie projected the sense of a serious hardworking performer signing sophisticated grown-up songs.

In short, he gave nothing to "Idol’s" most important voting block -- the 15-and-under demographic.

This column has frequently addressed the importance of this group to any candidate’s success. It is possible that a singer can form a coalition not entirely made up of this group, but it is very difficult to see a road to victory that does not account for shaving off at least a slice of this demographic. When you see those 14-year-old girls standing in front of the stage screaming for their favorites, know that they will take that hysteria and channel it into dialing 500 times in the three-hour voting frame. No adult demographic can offer that kind of commitment.

As previously noted, at the beginning of Season Seven, the children in the audience were evenly divided between Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle -– the candidates who eventually finished in first, second and third places -- with that tie breaking when the youth vote moved massively to Jordin.

This year, the youth vote is united 100% behind one candidate –- The Chosen One, David Archuleta. Which is why the other remaining nine candidates better start playing to the people who pull the strings in this world, and quick.

Side note: I am continually in awe at how Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe -- seven seasons in, and by my calculations 68 results episodes -- is still able to stage these in new ways. Each week, the show takes a full hour to string out one very simple announcement, and each week the show still baffles expectations and manages to defy viewer attempts to predict who is going down. Even when the answer is entirely predictable, Lythgoe, who is a dancer by training, uses his choreographer’s instinct to create twists and surprises in the journey, whether with the order the contestants are seated on the couches, the groups they come to the center, or, now, the order in which they walk on stage to be sorted by the Angel of Death toward safety or torment.

No other show on television is so constantly aware of our expectations and willing to tease and play with those expectations as openly as "Idol" does in these elimination dances.

-- Richard Rushfield

(photos courtesy of Fox)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Five things we learned

Marquez - Pacquiao III likely after inconclusive bout
by: Chris Mannix from

The highly anticipated rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao was supposed to answer one very specific question: who is the most dominant featherweight in boxing?

Now that it's over ... we still don't know.

Pacquiao escaped with a narrow split decision Saturday night, taking advantage of a third-round knockdown to edge Marquez and capture the WBC super featherweight titles.

But was Pacquiao the better fighter? Well ...

Certainly Pacquiao, who improved to 46-3-2, deserves credit. He once again showcased uncanny power for a 130-pounder (though by virtue of adding 16 pounds since Friday's weigh-in Pacquiao checked in at 145 pounds), flattening Marquez (48-4-1) in the third round with a short left hand.

Still, Marquez showed the same warrior-like mentality he showed in the first fight between the two, surviving the third and rebounding to win the majority of the remaining rounds.

So what did we learn from Marquez-Pacquiao II? Let's take a look:

1. Nothing

If you were looking for definitive answers Saturday night, all you came away with were more questions. Few fighters could have withstood the sporadic onslaughts from Pacquiao, who connected on several left hands that would have KO'd any other featherweight in the division. Marquez also did not shy away from brawling with Pacquiao, connecting on a number of hard power shots of his own. At the same time, Pacquiao showed a more tactical side, using his right hand more than in the first fight and occasionally boxing with the technically superior Marquez. While both fighters efforted to fight their own fights they were clearly willing and able to alter their styles in the flow of the fight.

2. There needs to be a third fight

Will there be? That's the multi-million dollar question. After the fight, Pacquiao expressed a desire to move up to 135-pounds, while Marquez remains content to continue fighting at 130. Since little was decided in Part II, a third installment is required. And if Marquez wins the third fight, a fourth, deciding fight should be made.

3.Paquiao should be in no rush to moveup

David Diaz? Nate Campbell? Jose Alfaro? Those are three of the recognized champions in the lightweight division, and each one carries about the same box office appeal as Gigli. Not one of those fighters would be able to carry a lucrative pay-per-view and even a decisive victory wouldn't guarantee Pacquiao anything beyond a relatively meaningless title. If Pacquiao were willing to move up to junior welterweight, where he could get potentially lucrative fights with Ricky Hatton, Paul Malignaggi or even Floyd Mayweather, then he should consider leaving super featherweight. But with lightweight carrying the same cache as cruiserweight, he should be in no hurry to move up.

4. Practically speaking, the loss doesn't mean much to Marquez

Yes, Marquez was hoping a victory over Pacquiao would help him escape from the shadows of legendary Mexican champions Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales -- and it would have. But if Pacquiao does make the jump to lightweight, Marquez immediately regains his spot as the top super featherweight. Undefeated Edwin Valero and Mzonke Fana currently hold titles, but they are not in the class of Marquez, who has re-established himself over the last two years. With Pacquiao gone, Marquez, 34, stands a strong chance at unifying the division.

5. Judging should be a job for the media

I probably won't get much support for this one, but the corruption that has plagued boxing begins with the judging. Marquez-Pacquiao II isn't a good example (two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Marquez and Pacquiao, respectively, while the third gave Pacquiao a 114-113 edge), but the boxing landscape is littered with questionable decisions. I say put the judging in the hands of reputable boxing news organizations like ESPN, The New York Daily News and, yes, Sports Illustrated. Showtime already does press row scoring that, in general, is far more accurate than the judges. Might as well make it the real thing

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

American Idol Auditions

So funny!!! hahahahaha!!!!

Funny Bb. Pilipinas 2008 Question @ Answer

OMG!!!! I've seen this video just this morning. Shame on us!! hahahaha..... :-D

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Filipino Mind

A Filipino walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He tells the loan officer that he is going to the Philippines on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for t he loan, so the Filipino hands over the keys and documents of new Ferrari parked on the street in front of the bank. He produces the title and everything checks out. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.

The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the Filipino for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral against a $5,000 loan.

An employee of the bank then drives the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the Filipino returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multi millionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow "$5,000"?

The Filipino replies: "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return'".

Thursday, March 6, 2008

No need to install software in your PC to DOWNLOAD SONGS from internet.
LOUDFUSION is your solution!!!

LOUDFUSION is a free social networking site that lets you interact with new people and build playlists to share with all your friends. You get all the cool features of any other social networking site mixed with the ability to build play lists and slide show to share online.

Here you will be able to meet new people, interact with people that share the same taste in music and online activities as you do and much more. Users get their own unlimited in boxes for sending and receiving messages within the site. You can also stop by our forum where most of the interaction takes place. We make it easy for you to share your taste music, arts and much more by letting you build playlists or slideshows that you can later embed on other websites.

Loudfusion can also be a place for new artists to get some publicity and make some new fans. Build a profile page for yourself and customize it to best represent your style and share your content with other members. You can post your artwork or create music/video playlists to share with your visitors, or you can embed your playlist on other sites.

What can you do as a member?

  1. Discover:
    Browse the site and find new people that shares the same tastes as you.
    Add people to your friends list for keeping them around if you need to contact them.
    Share messages and comments with anyone within the site.
    Keep up with the latest music and news around the net and more...

  2. Build:
    Build audio playlists by adding your own songs or finding available songs on the site.
    Create a playlist of videos that you can share anywhere on the net.
    Build and customize your own profile or blog page here on loudfusion.
    Create a friends list for keeping in touch with close friends and more...

  3. Share:
    Use any available loudfusion widget to share your content on the net.
    Have your content shown on your profile or blog page for all your friends and visitor to see.
    Invite friends over by sending them e-mails from your home page and more...

  4. Customize:
    Change the look of your widget to best display your taste.
    Customize your profile or blog page with images an colors...

  5. Interact:
    Participate in the forum to meet new people or just keep up with the latest activity.
    Send messages to members on the site or post bulletin posts.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

10 Essential Health Tips (The Basics to Practice Every Day)

"He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything." -Arabian Proverb

1. Move More
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it. Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha…. Then do it!

2. Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean, mean, fat-burning machine…. Then be one!

3. Quit Smoking
The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette…. the next one.

4. Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them.

5. Protect Yourself from Pollution
If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day: 'Smoke gets in your eyes'…and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.

6. Wear Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the day: Buckle down and buckle up.

7. Floss Your Teeth
Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.

8. Avoid Excessive Drinking
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a long time.

9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing.

10. Choose Your Parents Well
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. But just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you. Thought for the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy living and you can better control your own destiny.

Friday, February 22, 2008

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Suns Upbeat ... But Looking Up At Lakers

PHOENIX -- The one thing we know for certain after Shaquille O'Neal's first game with the Suns is ... the Lakers are looking great.

Shaq and the Suns? To Be Determined. Sure they can get better once they work out the kinks. But it's hard to imagine O'Neal making vastly greater contributions than the 15 points and nine rebounds he put in Wednesday night. The scariest notion is that even though the Suns can get better, so can the Lakers once they get Andrew Bynum back. And the Spurs got a little Shaq insurance themselves by trading for Kurt Thomas earlier in the day.

Then there are the practical matters posed by the Lakers' 130-124 victory: the two teams are tied atop the Pacific Division with 37-17 records, and the Lakers have won the season series, 3-1.

The Suns had an upbeat attitude afterward. O'Neal was more positive than I've ever seen him after a loss. Instead of reverting back to monosyllabic answers he was as glib and colorful as his arrival press conference. He stayed 10 minutes and practically had to be pulled away from the microphone.

"I haven't been this happy in a long time," he said.

He was in such a good mood he even fell on the sword for his new teammates.

"I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys," O'Neal said. "But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."

Yep, plenty of Suns-shine, coming there way. Zippity doo-dah.

"I think we've got a lot to be encouraged by," Steve Nash said.

"I just think we'll get it all back and work on it piece by piece," said Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni.

But it could be that by the time the Suns get it all figured out it will be too late to win the division and too little to beat the Lakers or the Spurs in the playoffs.

O'Neal was doing his best to fit in with the Suns offense. However, the first time he caught the ball he was on the move, coming across the free-throw line, a place he rarely occupies in the half-court set. He looked out of place. A couple of times he even beat Nash (whom he called "a hip-hop version of Scott Skiles" and the "Canadian Eminem") down the floor on the break, although he didn't get the ball.

Shaq didn't bring the Suns to a standstill; they scored 20 fast break points, two above their average. But he wasn't a great catalyst either. Two of his outlet passes were intercepted.

He and Nash connected on just one alley-oop, despite Nash's talents in that department. And in one case the lack of familiarity had disastrous results when he knocked Raja Bell to the deck and out of the game with an elbow as O'Neal tried to block a Bryant shot.

As they discovered later on, it's not too bad an option to go to O'Neal in the low post and let him do his thing, the way he used to do with what he called his "other team." But the days of counting it as an automatic two points are over. He made only one of his first three shots, coming when he dunked over DJ Mbenga on an inbounds pass.

It could be that O'Neal's greatest contribution is to provide a boost to a teammate, like Kurt Busch drafting behind Ryan Newman to push him to victory in the final lap of the Daytona 500. (Might as well make a NASCAR reference, since twice as many people watched Daytona as the All-Star game.)

Amare Stoudemire moved back to the power forward position and flourished, scoring 37 points to go with 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.

"Playing power forward allows me to roam a little bit more on the wing," Stoudemire said. "As far as crashing the boards offensively, as far as being out there on the perimeter a little more. I think that's what you guys are noticing.

"It always helps when you've got another big guy in there with you, someone they have to pay attention to as far as rebounding goes."

If Shaq can't single-handedly alter the balance of power from conference to conference, as he did when he came West in 1996, he still can make events seem more important by his mere presence.

US Airways Center was packed in anticipation, the fans eager to cheer and snap pictures the moment O'Neal took the court.

A fan sitting behind me turned to his friend and said, "When was the last time you saw this place this full, this early?"

It felt like a continuation of the past two playoffs, which have pitted these teams against each other the first round.

"It was a familiar energy in the building," said Kobe Bryant, sounding like a Jedi knight.

Sixteen photographers and cameramen trained their lenses on Shaq as he stood for the national anthem.

The crowd wanted to salute him for everything they did, giving him standing ovations for his first dunk, an aggressive one-handed rebound as he fended off Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, and a dive across the baseline after a loose ball, as he bowled over official David Guthrie and a couple photographers in the process.

He's engaged, he's looking to fit in. Best of all for the Suns, he said his hip and knees felt fine. He got stronger as the game went on, getting nine points and three rebounds in the fourth quarter.

"I'm in better shape than I thought I was," O'Neal said.

D'Antoni had said before the game that he planned to limit Shaq to 20 minutes, but O'Neal would up laying almost 29.

The Suns medical staff wanted to keep him out longer, but D'Antoni told them, "You talk to Shaq. He's staring me down."

Too bad for the Suns O'Neal didn't intimidate the Lakers as much. They scored 56 points in the paint, with Pau Gasol going for 29 and Odom scoring 22. The Lakers continued to get production from the bench, which scored 13 points in a noteworthy second quarter. And Bryant was unstoppable, torching Bell and then Grant Hill for 41 points on 16-of-25 shooting. It felt like one of those Jordan vs. Starks games, when Jordan was going to get his points no matter how good the defense.

It sure didn't take the Lakers long to adjust to Pau Gasol. They won his first game in a Laker uniform and are 7-1 with him. They're surging with confidence

"Know you can do it, don't think you can," Bryant told his teammates before the game. "We're a good team. We deserve to come in here and win."

And that's the difference. The Lakers know right now. The Suns think they can, hoping Shaq is The Big Diesel That Could.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago vs 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Summary

The 2007 Murcielago LP640 is a 2-door, 2-passenger luxury sports car, or convertible sports car, available in two trims, the Coupe and the Roadster.

Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 6.5-liter, V12, 640-horsepower engine that achieves 9-mpg in the city and 14-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2007 Murcielago LP640 is freshened for 2007.

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Coupe

Standard Engine:
6.5L V12, 48 valve, 640 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • 6 speed manual (standard) or 6 speed automatic transmission
  • 10 mpg city / 16 mpg hwy
  • Green Rating: 35
Learn about the Green Rating

Standard Features:

  • Driver Airbag
  • Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP) Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • DVD Player Located In Front Row With 6.25-Inch Screen Located In Front Dash
  • Ceramic Carbon Brakes
  • E-Gear 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • DVD and GPS Navigation Aid

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster

Standard Engine:
6.5L V12, 48 valve, 640 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • 6 speed manual (standard) or 6 speed automatic transmission
  • 10 mpg city / 16 mpg hwy
  • Green Rating: 35
Learn about the Green Rating

Standard Features:

  • Driver Airbag
  • Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP) Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • DVD Player Located In Front Row With 6.25-Inch Screen Located In Front Dash
  • Ceramic Carbon Brakes
  • Glass Engine Cover
  • DVD and GPS Navigation Aid

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Summary

The 2007 Gallardo is a 2-door, 2-passenger luxury sports car, or convertible sports car, available in two trims, the Coupe and the Spyder.

Upon introduction, the Coupe is equipped with a standard 5.0-liter, V10, 520-horsepower engine that achieves 10-mpg in the city and 17-mpg on the highway. The Spyder is equipped with a standard 5.0-liter, V10, 520-horsepower engine that achieves 10-mpg in the city and 15-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The 2007 Gallardo is a carryover from 2006.

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe

Standard Engine:
5.0L V10, 40 valve, 520 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • 6 speed manual (standard) or 6 speed automatic transmission
  • 11 mpg city / 17 mpg hwy
  • Green Rating: 41
Learn about the Green Rating

Standard Features:

  • Front Outboard 3-Point Seatbelts
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Radio Data System


  • Colored Brake Calipers (Gray or Yellow)
  • On-Board Trip Computer
  • DVD and GPS Navigation Aid

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Standard Engine:
5.0L V10, 40 valve, 520 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • 6 speed manual (standard) or 6 speed automatic transmission
  • 10 mpg city / 16 mpg hwy
  • Green Rating: 36
Learn about the Green Rating

Standard Features:

  • Front Outboard 3-Point Seatbelts
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Radio Data System


  • Rear Electronic Parking Aid With Camera
  • Colored Brake Calipers (Gray or Yellow)
  • DVD and GPS Navigation Aid

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Look who's posing as Marilyn Monroe

If you want to see Lindsay Lohan tastefully nude (for a change), pick up this week's New York magazine. The thrice-rehabbed starlet shed her clothes, donned a wig and channeled Marilyn Monroe for a themed shoot by renowned lensman Bert Stern.

Stern famously shot Monroe in 1962, six weeks before her death, for what's now known as "The Last Sitting." Forty-six years later, he called upon Lohan to re-create the iconic photographs, pose for pose. Lohan was comfortable with the nudity, though she admitted she did 250 crunches the night before the session.

On-set was Lohan's little sister, Ali, but mom Dina was absent. Perhaps it's because she's too busy working on her new E! reality show, aptly entitled "Momager," which chronicles her managing Ali's career as an aspiring singer.

Sources tell us Dina's been approaching stores and restaurants on Long Island "trying to get them to pay HER for filming there. It's ridiculous."

"Absolutely not true!" Dina countered to us. "We'll be shooting around and about Long Island. It is a little premature to talk about where, though, yet. We do love Long Island. I know a lot of the owners on Miracle Mile [the famous strip of posh shops and eateries in Manhasset].

"This show is more about our family, and Ali's music, and what we do. [It's also about] setting the record straight about what's been written about our family," Dina continued.

And Lindsay? "Lindsay will be in and out [of the show]. She's my daughter!" Momma Lohan said with a laugh.

But a source close to the family says Dina is "almost desperate, trying to get Lindsay involved with the show. Dina needs Lindsay if this show is going to be a big hit. The difference between just Ali and Dina, versus with Lindsay, is huge. Unfortunately, if Lindsay participates, it will only hinder her growth and stunt her career. She's a gifted actress and not a reality-TV star," the source tells us.

Michael Lohan was more direct. "Lindsay told me 'Absolutely not' when I asked if she was going to be involved [with 'Momager']," Lohan's father told us.

And Poppa Lohan wants nothing do with the "family" show. "I don't have any interest in that. I'm working for the church and I'm working on a mission for a crisis center," he told us.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sony Ericsson to do first Windows phone

Posted by Ina Fried

Handset maker Sony Ericsson is announcing plans for its first Windows Mobile device, a move aimed at boosting the company's presence in the North American smartphone market.

The first product is a business-oriented phone with a QWERTY keyboard, but a family of devices is expected. Over time, Microsoft hopes Sony Ericsson will leverage its camera and music expertise to help build more consumer-oriented devices.

"They've really got some great consumer brands that we'd love to partner with and bring to Windows Mobile," Microsoft Vice President Pieter Knook said in an interview.

The company is expected to have more to say about Windows Mobile in general at its press conference Monday, but Microsoft isn't announcing any details on its future operating systems. There have been rumors aplenty about both a modest update to Windows Mobile 6 and a future version that would have much more touch-screen capabilities a la the iPhone.

Knook acknowledged that Apple has included some nice features with the iPhone, particularly in the Web browser, but declined to talk about when Microsoft might incorporate some of those advances.

"We are certainly investing in the browser," Knook said. "We are certainly investing in entertainment scenarios."

Photo handling is another area he identified as important. The most recent version of Windows Mobile allows for photos to be uploaded to Windows Live Spaces, but Knook said there's more work to do on that front.

"That's still an area where the user experience is more cumbersome than it needs to be," Knook said. As for music, Knook noted the company's recent purchase of Musiwave, as well as the work being done by Microsoft's Zune team.

"We do envisage that some of those experiences will come to the Windows Mobile platform in the future," Knook said.

Update: The device will be known as the Xperia X1, featuring a 3-inch VGA display with an "arc slider" to slide out the keyboard. The device will support HSDPA and HSUPA networks, as well as Wi-Fi.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Heavy cell phone use tied to poorer sperm quality

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Spending hours on a cell phone each day may affect the quality of a man's sperm, preliminary research suggests.

In a study of 361 men seen at their infertility clinic, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found an association between the patients' cell phone use and their sperm quality.

On average, the more hours the men spent on their cell phones each day, the lower their sperm count and the greater their percentage of abnormal sperm.

The findings, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, add to questions about the potential health effects of cell phones and other wireless devices. Some studies, for example, have linked long-term cell phone use to a higher risk of brain tumors, though many other studies have found no such connection.

The concern is that, over time, the electromagnetic energy emitted from mobile phones could theoretically harm body tissue -- by damaging DNA, for example.

However, the new findings do not prove that cell phones somehow damage sperm, according to the researchers.

"Our results show a strong association of cell phone use with decreased semen quality. However, they do not prove a cause-and- effect relationship," lead researcher Dr. Ashok Agarwal told Reuters Health.

He and his colleagues based their findings on semen samples from 361 men who came to their infertility clinic over one year. All of the men were questioned about their cell phone habits.

In general, the researchers found, sperm count and sperm quality tended to decline as daily cell phone hours increased. Men who said they used their phones for more than four hours each day had the lowest average sperm count and the fewest normal, viable sperm.

"We infer from our results that heavy cell phone use ... is associated with a lower semen quality," Agarwal said. But whether cell phones somehow directly affect men's fertility is not clear.

Agarwal said he and his colleagues have two studies underway aiming to shed light on the issue. In one, they are exposing semen samples to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones to see what, if any, effects occur.

The second is a follow-up to the current study that is assessing a larger group of men. Agarwal said this study is more rigorously designed and will account for certain other factors like lifestyle habits and occupational exposures that might affect sperm quality.

SOURCE: Fertility and Sterility, January 2008.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Yahoo! Groups

From: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yahoo! Groups operate as both electronic mailing lists and Internet forums. Group messages can be posted and read by e-mail or on the Group homepage, like a web forum. Members can choose whether to receive individual e-mails or daily digest e-mails, or to read the posts at the web site. Some Groups are simply announcement lists, to which only the Group moderators can post, while others are discussion lists.

As well as providing e-mail relaying and archiving facilities for the many lists it hosts, the Yahoo! Groups service provides additional functions on the web site, such as voting and calendar systems and file uploading. The basic mailing list functionality is available to any e-mail address, but a Yahoo! ID is required for access to other features.

Yahoo! Groups competitor is Google Groups.


Yahoo! Groups was launched in 1998 as a logical extension of services that had already been developed by Yahoo - message boards, calendars, profiles. Yahoo! Groups were first known as Yahoo! Clubs. Unlike previous Yahoo products, this product was designed to allow much deeper levels of user control over creation, membership and overall direction of communities. Development was led by Doug Hirsch (product management) and Matt Jackson (lead engineer), both of whom have since left the company.

Yahoo! Groups quickly grew to be one of the largest traffic-generating products within the Yahoo! network of services; even today the site is typically one of the Top 5 page-view generating sites across the Yahoo network.

In 1999, Yahoo acquired, one of the most popular mailing list products at the time. About 8 months later, Yahoo merged the functionality with Yahoo Groups, resulting in some complaints from users of both services.

Yahoo Groups languished between 2000 and 2005. In 2001 Yahoo! deleted adult groups from its search directory, making it very difficult to locate Yahoo! groups with adult content. A Yahoo! user who wishes to find a group with adult content must therefore either know the exact name of the group, or attempt to find it by using a search engine or one of several online adult group directories. This has created what some view as an "underground" atmosphere for Yahoo! adult groups. While it is unclear whether the intention of Yahoo! was to diminish the number or merely the easy availability of these groups, adult groups on Yahoo! have continued to increase. In 2005, a revived ability to generate revenue through targeted search-related advertising resulted in renewed interest, which has slowly received new features since then.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

America's Top-Paying Industries

IT, Finance Lead the Way in 2008
Kristina Cowan

As Americans set goals for work in 2008, some are gearing up for a job hunt. With many expressing concern over finances, searching for gigs in top-paying industries is a smart move.

According to an analysis of Labor Department figures by Laurence Shatkin, a career information expert, the highest-paying industries are computers/information technology, science, finance, energy, and the federal government.

The IT Momentum

Specifically, jobs in software publishing (annual median salary: $72,350); computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing (annual median salary: $68,710); and computer systems design and related services (annual median salary: $66,130) top the list. These salaries far outpace the median annual salary for all occupations: about $30,400.

John Estes, vice president of Robert Half Technology, a California-based IT staffing firm, says the high salaries reflect a resurgence in the industry since the dot-com crash. Rapid innovation is helping drive the resurgence, he notes.

"The speed of innovation in products is one thing that keeps IT people in such demand, to the point where it's difficult to keep up with the pace of innovation and technology change," Estes says.

The Wonder of Wall Street

Financial-services jobs also offer sturdy paychecks. The top-paying jobs are in securities and commodity exchanges (annual median salary: $58,740); securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage (annual median salary: $57,550); and other financial investment activities (annual median salary: $55,340).

One of the major factors driving large salaries for financial workers are the massive bonuses enjoyed by some on Wall Street (which aren't included in the salary numbers above), says Brian Drum, president and CEO of New York City-based Drum Associates, Inc., a global executive search firm. Drum says the figures from the Labor Dept. sound fair -- depending on where workers live.

"It would be very hard for anyone to live on those salaries in New York City," he says. In some parts of the Midwest the salaries would provide an OK -- not great -- living, according to Drum.

Getting Scientific

Scientific research and development services offer lucrative options (annual median salary: $62,640). "From carbon nanotubes to vaccines, workers in the scientific research and development services industry create today the technologies that will change the way people live and work in the future," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2006, workers in scientific research and development services averaged 38.5 hours per week, compared with 33.9 for workers in all industries.

Powerful Possibilities in Energy

Energy-sector work can provide robust salaries, particularly in pipeline transportation of crude oil (annual median salary: $56,770) and electric power generation, transmission and distribution (annual median salary: $55,110).

Heeding the Call of Uncle Sam

The federal executive branch (annual median salary: $58,370) poses another possibility. "Why not consider working for Uncle Sam? There are over 2.7 million federal civilian employees, of whom half are now eligible for regular or early retirement," according to the 10th Edition of "The Book Of U.S. Government Jobs: Where They Are, What's Available & How To Get One," by Dennis V. Damp. "Over a million jobs must be filled as baby boomers say so long to their federal careers."

More Top-Paying Industries

* Aerospace Manufacturing (Annual median salary: $55,060)
* Wired Telecommunications (Annual median salary: $54,880)
* Internet Service Providers & Web Search Portals (Annual median salary: $54,820)
* Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (Annual median salary: $53,750)
* Internet Publishing & Broadcasting (Annual median salary: $53,070)

Kristina Cowan has over 10 years of journalism experience, specializing in education and workforce issues.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Relieved Novak living the dream

Sunday, 27 January, 2008
By Bren O'Brien

Men's Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has spoken of his relief at breaking through for his maiden Grand Slam title after his four-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Rod Laver Arena.

While he is only 20, Djokovic had desperately wanted to take his chance to open his Grand Slam account having made the semi-finals or better at the past three tournaments. Having realised one of the best moments of his career, Djokovic said he felt a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.

"It's an indescribable feeling, something that I always dreamed of, of course. I think every player dreams about winning a Grand Slam. It's something special. It's a special event. It's two weeks long, all the best players in the world playing. Then you come up in the end as a champion, you know, only one guy to win the tournament. I mean, I'm still not aware of the big achievement I have had in these two weeks," he said.

Djokovic revealed that he felt under enormous pressure coming into the final as favourite, having defeated Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

"It was kind of strange feeling to get into the match as the favourite. As I was saying in the pre-conference, it's always dangerous to play against the underdog, the player who doesn't have really anything to lose," he said.

"You get to the final, you know, final match, you just want to make another step and win it. I was nervous and there was pressure, and I think it's understandable. But I'm very happy the way I deal with that pressure," he said.

Djokovic hasn't had time to consider whether his success ushers in a new era in men's tennis after breaking the duopoly of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"I mean, it's not possible that only one tournament is changing the history. Of course, I mean, I played amazing tennis here, so I think I absolutely deserved to win, even against him (Federer) in the semifinals," he said.

"I'm gonna take it easy, you know. I'm not gonna try to think about reaching even higher goals right away. I'm not in a rush. I want to enjoy in my success and just celebrate with the people I care about. From then, I'll see what it goes."

The past three years have been dominated by the Swiss and the Spaniard, with no other player able to claim a Grand Slam title since Marat Safin at Australian Open 2005. Djokovic, the poster child of the new generation, believes the Swiss master and the determined Spaniard will fight as hard as ever.

"Everybody who wins a Grand Slam, you have to give them a lot of appreciation and respect. I just felt it now, what it feels like. Hopefully, you know, in the future I'm gonna feel it more," he said.

"He's (Federer) gonna come back in a big style, of course. He's still planning to be the best player in the world, so we all know how good he is. We're gonna see a lot of him this year."

Djokovic becomes the first player from his proud sporting nation to claim a Grand Slam title, inspiring the local Serbian community into fanatical support for the 20-year-old from Belgrade. There are 30,000 people of Serbian origin in Melbourne, and each and every one of them was behind their man as he overcame injury and a first set slip-up to secure victory. The thought of those fans, plus all the people back in Serbia, puts a smile on the proud young man's face.

"I think everybody was really surprised with the amount of the players we produced from such a small country with no tennis tradition. So I think it's still unexplainable, because there was no system whatsoever in our country for tennis and we didn't get so much support needed in that stage, mostly needed," he said.

"We've always had I can say strong support from our closest family, from our parents. And I think this hunger for success and the times and things we went through made us stronger."

With plenty of strength both in the women's and men's game at the moment, Djokovic believes that Serbian tennis could well be set for a golden era.

"Until now, we still didn't have a Grand Slam champion. Now I don't even realise how big deal this is. I really am overjoyed with the victory and very happy that the people in Serbia appreciate what we have done. Not just myself, but everybody," he said.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Offline or Invisible?

When a user seems offline, in fact he/she may be online but with Invisible status (avoiding you?), but Yahoo! Messenger will show him/her as offline (the gray face icon).

Then, how do you know whether he/she is offline or online? Just follow these simple steps carefully. It's really simple.

There are 3 methods:

Method 1: Doodle IMvironment
  1. See the main window of Yahoo! Messenger. An "offline" or "invisible" user will show a gray icon on the left of her name. In this example, we want to see if the user darling is online or not. Double-click on the username.
Yahoo Messenger main window
  1. A message window will open. Send an arbitrary message to the user, or just send a BUZZ!!!. After sending, quickly proceed to step 3.
Conversation window in which you begin the test conversation
  1. Click IMVironment button, select See all IMVironments, select Yahoo! Tools or Interactive Fun, and click on Doodle.
The imvironment menu, choose doodle as the imv.
  1. The last step and the most important step. After loading the Doodle IMVironment, there will be two possibilities.
  • If the user is offline, the Doodle area will show "waiting for your friend to load Doodle" continuously, like this:
    Waiting for your friend to load Doodle. Means that the user is offline.
  • But if the user is online (in invisible mode), after few seconds (it can take up to one minute, depending on connection speed), you will get a blank page. So the user is online!!!!
    Blank canvas. Means that the user is invisible.
Method 2: Voice Chat

This method no longer works in Yahoo! Messenger 7. Please use the Doodle method which still works.
  1. See the main window of Yahoo! Messenger. An "offline" or "invisible" user will show a gray icon on the left of the username. Double-click on the username to open this window.
  1. Click on "Voice" icon on the toolbar, or select "Contact" menu and select "Enable Voice Chat" .
Right click and select Invite to conference on the username
  1. The deciding part... there are 2 possible result:
  • If the user is offline, you will get this message:
    Yahoo Messenger Error window. None of the users in the invite list are available to join the conference. Please try at a later time.
  • But if the user is invisible (actually online), you will see the Voice Toolbar (marked red in the picture) like this:

Method 3: Conference Invitation

This method no longer works in Yahoo! Messenger 7. Please use the Doodle method which still works.
  1. See the main window of Yahoo! Messenger. An "offline" or "invisible" user will show a gray icon on the left of her name. In this example, we want to see if the user darling is online or not. Right-click on the username.
Yahoo Messenger main window
  1. When the menu appears, select Invite to Conference.
Right click and select Invite to conference on the username
  1. A window will appear. See at the right pane, the username darling will be there. Now, click Invite.
Invite Friends to Conference window. Select only one username.
  1. The deciding part... there are 2 possible result:
  • If the user is offline, you will get this message:
    Yahoo Messenger Error window. None of the users in the invite list are available to join the conference. Please try at a later time.
  • But if the user is invisible, you will get a window similar to this:
    Voice conference window, waiting for the user to accept, it means the user is invisible.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Do you know "Little Becky" before?

The term ‘Little Becky’ has been one of the top search terms that has brought visitors to this blog in recent times. For the last three months people searching for ‘Little Becky’ prank call clips have been out numbered only by those who, for reasons that I don’t really understand, are finding their way here when they search for ‘Christina Aguilera naked.’ The fact that in such a list a little girl from Ireland would be second only to a de-clothed pop star from America is perhaps telling of her popularity. As the Irish Times recently put it, Little Becky is in demand.

Otherwise known as nine year old Rebecca Barry from Dublin, ‘Little Becky’ has been entertaining listeners to Dublins’s 98FM breakfast show for some time. She was discovered by the shows hosts Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore when she was just 5 years old and singing at her Dad’s office Christmas party next door to the radio station. The pair invited Becky to sing on their Christmas show ever since.

But it’s the prank calls that have proved to be the biggest hit with listeners not just in Dublin, Ireland, but as far away as Australia and Canada. Of the 200 or so calls she has made the few that have found their way to the internet have been downloaded from countries right across the globe, shared by email, instant messaging, and bluetooth enabled mobile phones.

Every week Becky accompanied by her mother goes to the 98FM studios to record the calls that will be played the following week. “I sit in a room with my mam and talk to people on the phone. I have earphones on, and Dermot and Dave tell me what to say in my ear if I get stuck.” Says Becky to Irish Times journalist Roísín Ingle.

“There was one man I rang who made wedding videos, and I asked whether he could help me organise the wedding of my dog and my cat. He was fine on the phone, but then when Dermot and Dave rang him afterwards, to get his permission to use the piece, he got annoyed and wouldn’t let them use it.”

But perhaps because the calls are being made in Ireland, where it could be argued folk are a little more laid back, very few of the people Becky calls refuse to let the station air the call.

By far the most searched for call to date is the school demolition one. Becky calls a local demolition company and requests that they demolish her school, with the teachers in it! “How much would it be to knock it to the ground” she asks in her cute little Dublin accent. In good spirit the ‘top boss’ of the company plays along and asks her if she wants it “blown up.” He even sportingly offers to give her a quote for the demolition with a breakdown including the price for each individual teacher.

We might yet hear more from ‘Little Becky’ in the future too. She’s been to showbiz classes and can be seen playing on stage playing Prince Charming’s inventive party organiser in the pantomime ‘Cinders’ which begins at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre the day after Christmas.