Archive for: August, 2006

Health and Tea

Aug 27 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I read this glowing article about how great tea is for you:

If you drink three or more cups of tea a day you might be doing your health more good than drinking plain water, say researchers from King’s College, London, UK. This new study found, among other things, that the urban myth that tea dehydrates could not be further from the truth – tea hydrates as well as water does, say the researchers.

Drinking Tea Is Better For Health Than Plain Water

and thought – “Maybe I should drink more tea… hmmm”

Then when I got to the end and saw this:

The Research was funded by The Tea Council.

Oh boy.

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Foreclosures

Aug 23 2006 Published by under Ramblings

It looks like some good deals for homes are coming up in Texas…

As home sales continue to heat up in Austin, the area is experiencing another sort of housing increase — in foreclosures.

Report: Austin ranks high for home foreclosures

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Ultrasound

Aug 21 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I remember that my father wouldn’t allow the doctors to use ultrasound on me… maybe he was on to something…

Exposure to ultrasound can affect fetal brain development, a new study suggests. But researchers say the findings, in mice, should not discourage pregnant women from having ultrasound scans for medical reasons.

Ultrasound can affect brain development

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Global Warming Update

Aug 17 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Couple of interesting articles on global warming popped up recently… the first one:

Global warming is affecting the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, according to a new study by a university professor in Florida who says his research provides the first direct link between climate change and storm strength.

Global warming affects hurricane intensity: study

And this one:

Climate change could be slowed by burying greenhouse gases blamed for global warming deep below the ocean floor under thick, cold sediment that would trap it for thousands of years, said a team of Harvard-led scientists.

Scientists urge deep-sea cure for climate change

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The House Situation

Aug 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings

The latest on the housing market…

This on building:

U.S. homebuilder optimism sank for a seventh consecutive month in August to its lowest level in 15 years as potential buyers pulled back amid rising uncertainty in the housing market, an industry trade group survey showed on Tuesday

Homebuilder optimism sinks

This on selling:

The slowdown in the once-sizzling housing market is spreading, with 28 states and the District of Columbia reporting spring sales declines, led by big drops in former boom areas of Arizona, Florida and California.

Home sales decline in 28 states, D.C.

So if you’re buying – it looks like you’re gonna be in great shape! πŸ˜€

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Web Hosting

Aug 11 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Have seen the prices for virtual web hosting these days?

At Godaddy.com, you can now get 200gigs of disk space and 2terabytes of transfer for $15/month… no setup fees, no contracts… In fact, for the $15/month… you also get an SSL certificate, your choice of Windows or Linux, and all the addons you need… including SQL, Rails hosting, etc… they’ll even throw in a domain name for 2 bucks!

For that much disk and transfer, I can’t think why you’d want to do dedicated hosting anymore… wow!

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In-N-Out Burger

Aug 09 2006 Published by under Ramblings

This is sad… Eliot sent this to me after we all had some food at In-N-Out on the same day as this article…

Esther L. Snyder, who founded the In-N-Out Burgers restaurant chain with her husband, has died. She was 86.

Esther Snyder, matriarch of In-N-Out Burgers, dies at 86

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LED Lights

Aug 08 2006 Published by under Ramblings

A friend of mine sent me this link… cool!

The Aluminium 41 White LED 2 mode handtorch is bright, tough, and remarkably handy. Its piercing light comes from 41 bright white LEDs each with a life of 100,000 hours so you’ll never replace a bulb again. This flashlight features 2 way lighting for 21 LED short and 41 LED long distances. Plus, with a durable design and a battery life of up to 25 hours, this flashlight gives you the peace of mind you need in challenging situation, it’s O-ring sealed and water resistant.

41 LED Flashlight

and while we were at a bar, we saw this faux-candles used… and they looked pretty real:

Lasts Several Days on a set of Batteries • No Hot Wax • No Fire Hazard • No Wind Effect

Flameless LED Candle Flickers Like a Real Candle

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MegaPixels

Aug 04 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Finally! Someone said it! πŸ˜€

Forget the silly debate over pixel counts among digital cameras. There is little visible difference between cameras with seemingly different ratings. For instance, a 3 MP camera pretty much looks the same as a 6 MP camera, even when blown up to 12 x 18!” I know because I’ve done this. Have you?

The Megapixel Myth

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Unit Bias

Aug 04 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I always thought the 100-calorie packs of cookies, and the new smaller cans of soda were a great idea…

It’s “unit bias,” the tendency to think that a single unit of food — a bottle, a can, a plateful, or some more subtle measure — is the right amount to eat or drink, researchers propose.

Study: Surroundings play key role in diet

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Non-Stop Flights

Aug 03 2006 Published by under Ramblings

One of the great things about living in a major city is access to non-stop flights…

The fliers on American Airlines’ new USA-to-India flight know they are facing a long haul — the longest that American offers worldwide — and they’re steeling themselves for it. Fifteen hours on a plane. Fifteen non-stop hours. On a plane. With no stops.

Life aboard a 15-hour flight to India

   

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XLR-V

Aug 02 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Motorweek’s review of the Cadillac XLR-V… anyone want a ride? πŸ˜€

http://mpt.org/motorweek/video/roadtests/rt2540a_flash.shtml

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Xbox Hacking

Aug 01 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Its well known that I love modding Xboxes and convert them into media players using Xbox Media Center. XBMC is great – it basically turns the Xbox into a media playing frontend for music, video, photos, streaming, etc…

Whenever a friend comes over and sees a demo of it, they immediately want one of their own. The only problem is – I usually get stuck with modding it for them… and the process takes an hour or longer since it involves dissassembling the Xbox, soldering, and a whole bunch of steps after that… not fun.

Seems that an enterprising individual figured out a way to mod the Xbox purely with software.

Dust off that old Xbox, add a little free software, and get your movies and songs into the living room where they belong

Xbox Media Monster

So on Sunday, I picked up a used Xbox at the local EBGames for about $100 and tried the Soft-Mod method – and after about 10mins…

It worked exactly as described – Awesome! πŸ˜€

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