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A girl with rare disease doesn't know pain...

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According to CNN's story, 5-years old Ashlyn Blocker has a rare disease that does not feel pain. Her parents and kindergarten teachers all describe her the same way: fearless. So they nervously watch her plunge full-tilt into a childhood deprived of natural alarms...

Ashlyn is among a tiny number of people in the world known to have congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis, or CIPA -- a rare genetic disorder that makes her unable to feel pain.


I wished I was immuned to sickness and allergies like Lex Luthor ;). Thanks to TheShadow for this find.

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Which candidate are you voting/rooting for U.S. President on 11/2/2004?

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George W. Bush (Republican)
35% (8 votes)
John Kerry (Democrat)
35% (8 votes)
A third party...
4% (1 vote)
Not voting/Don't care
9% (2 votes)
Homer J. Simpson
17% (4 votes)
Cobra Commander
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 23
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Britons Want Homer Simpson as U.S. President

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Reuters' news post, Homer Simpson won the hearts of British TV fans who want the nuclear power plant worker to be the next U.S. president.

As Homer might say, "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, U.S. president." There is even an online petition! [shakes head]

Seen on Blue's News.

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Dorkstorm: The Annihilation -- The ten geekiest hobbies

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The Wave Magazine has a funny article about the ten geekiest hobbies for Dorkstorm: The Annihilation: "You can tell a lot about a person from the hobbies they choose, especially if it requires them to be tied to a bathtub full of hot dogs with a panel of judges and a proctologist with a tape measure watching. But enough about coin collecting. We’ve contacted renowned experts on geeks, as well as many actual geeks, to compile this list of the dorkiest things you can do with your time.

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Humans 'will live to age of 150'

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According to BBC News' story, some human beings alive today will live to the age of 150, a prominent researcher has claimed.

I guess I can be 150 years old as an old fart/ant! :P

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Point of Existence modification for Battlefield Vietnam

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Point of Existence is a modification (mod) for Battlefield Vietnam game. It is a game like Desert Combat modification for Battlefield 1942 game. It is between U.S.A. and Russia.

The latest version is v1.5. I played this mod for over two hours straight, and I had a blast. I took some screen shots and posted the good ones.

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RIAA More Powerful Than Police

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DMusic mentions Dave Ralis' editorial for PhillyBurbs.com. He explains why the record industry is now more powerful than police:

Under the fourth amendment to Constitution, police must show probable cause that a crime has been committed before they can get a judge's permission to search your home for evidence, or subpoena you to appear in court. But under the federal Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), all the RIAA has to do is file paperwork with a court clerk to get a subpoena if it suspects you of downloading a song from the Internet or sharing music in a peer-to-peer network such as Kazaa, WinMX or Grokster. Anyone found in violation of the act could faces a lawsuit from the RIAA seeking $750 to $150,000 per song, The Associated Press has reported.

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Male celebrities' wealth and the height of their girlfriend.

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According to The Sun Newspaper Online's article, an in-depth scientific investigation into the relationship between a male celebrity's wealth and the height of his girlfriend was revealed.

The long and short of it is that we wanted to know how titchy, ugly stars pull stunners with legs longer than a giraffe in heels. Our team of maths geniuses set out to find the link between lofty lovelies and big bank balances. And our results show the greater the height difference, the more money the man needs.

Thanks Shacknews.

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Britons Fear Spiders More Than Terrorism

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According to this CNN's story, spiders are more scary than terrorists -- at least according to a survey released on Monday from a thousand Britons.

Terrorism only came second on the list of respondents' top ten fears, according to the survey conducted by RSGB Omnibus for Universal Pictures UK Ltd. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,000 aged 16 to 55 across Britain on September 22-26.

Be sure to vote which one you're afraid of more in AQFL's poll. Let's see what AQFL people are afraid of.

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Which one are you more scared of? Spiders or terrorism?

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Funny Strong Bad's E-mail #116: Strong Bad gets new funky boots to get ladies.

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There is a new and funny Strong Bad's E-mail animation for this week. The title is "Extra Plug" and it is funny since I bursted out laughing in my cubicle. Check out his funky boots. ;)

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Caffeine Addiction Quiz

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I saw this on UserFriendly's link of the day today. Take the quiz to see if you're addicted to caffeine or not. Here is my result:

Your score: 6

Am I an Addict? Yes, I am.

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Doomsday KickStart User Study Questionaire

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SkyJake, of Doomsday HQ (an enhanced and extended version of the DOOM engine), wants all users of the Doomsday Engine to participate and take a few minutes to answer the questions. He is heading a team of software engineering and usability students at the Tampere University of Technology. The goal is to design and implement a new launcher for Doomsday, one that will work in all operating systems supported by the engine and offer a possibility for extending and customizing the launcher with plugins.

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Virtual Gamers Reveal Themselves

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/. posted a BBC News story about virtual people stepping offline and revealing themselves in a "real-life" photography exhibition.

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Who's the cutest/hottest/sexiest young gal/guy on Smallville? See my first comment for details.

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A history of global hacking

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This MicroScope's article shows a list history of global hacking and says hacking is not a new problem nor is it isolated to one country. Here's the first item on the list:

1971: Vietnam vet John Draper uses the giveaway whistle in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box and a homebuilt "blue box" to make free phone calls. When Esquire publishes a how-to guide for making blue boxes, incidents of wire fraud in the US skyrocket.

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46 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena (Visual Illusions)

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Michael Bach has 46 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena (Visual Illusions/Optische Täuschungen). Each Web page demonstrates visual phenomena, called "optical illusions" or "visual illusions". They are relative novelty and interactivity. He also does the explainations, to the degree that these phenomena are really understood.

"Optical illusion" sounds pejorative, as if exposing a malfunction of the visual system. Rather, the author views these phenomena as bringing out particular good adaptations of our visual system to standard viewing situations. These adaptations are "hard-wired" into our brains, thus under some artificial manipulations they cause inappropriate interpretations of the visual scene. Or, as Purkinje put it (according to Teuber, 1960): "Illusions of the senses tell us the truth about perception".

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Google - Not So "Safe" Image Search?

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According to this BroadbandReports/DSLReports ' forum thread, people are talking about how Google's image search isn't filtering bad contents with safe search enabled. It seems like Safe Search feature isn't doing its job very well lately, even though they don't expect it to be 100% perfect. It wasn't like this in the past when I used many times. This is bad for children who shouldn't be looking at bad images.

I searched "ants" and got a black and white photograph of a naked woman in the third image! DOH! Google's image search filtering wasn't like this in the past when I used it many times.

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Repeat Pilot of The Lost airs tonight as two hours on ABC.

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ABC will be reshowing the pilot episode of The Lost tonight at 8:00 PM for two hours. If you haven't seen it, be sure to watch it if you want suspense, adventure, action, a few cute women (in binikis!), etc. It's a very good TV show series by J.J. Abrams, the creator of my current favorite TV spy show Alias.

Ulic and I agree this is a good show. Thanks to Spaceman Spiff to tell me about it, and he still hasn't seen it!

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What do developers want?

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This InfoWorld's article shows that this year's programming survey reveals developers' conservative side. Now that they've embraced Web development and picked their favorite tools, they're not budging. The watchword of IT today is to make the most of what you've got. Developers are no exception, according to the results of this year's InfoWorld Programming Survey...

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