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  • Arson Investigators Probe Airliner Fire

    07/28/2009 7:23:57 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 27, 2009 | ANDY PASZTOR
    Federal arson investigators have been called in to help determine the source of a fire inside the cabin of an American Airlines jet last month en route to Zurich from New York, according to U.S. government and industry officials. ... * flight attendants used several fire extinguishers to put out a lavatory blaze * air-safety investigators and law-enforcement officials are still trying to determine the cause * The probe is unusual and has created a stir among air-safety experts, these officials said, because the airline initially asked U.S. law enforcement to get involved when mechanics failed to find the source...
  • New red spot appears on Jupiter

    05/24/2008 7:35:39 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 29 replies · 364+ views
    Astronomy Magazine website ^ | May 22, 2008 | University of California, Berkeley
    New red spot appears on Jupiter Feature may be an indicator of global climate change on the planet. In what's beginning to look like a case of planetary measles, a third red spot has appeared next to its cousins — the Great Red Spot and Red Spot, Jr. — in the turbulent jovian atmosphere. This spot, which is a fraction of the size of the two other features, lies to the west of the Great Red Spot in the same latitude band of clouds. The new spot was previously a white, oval-shaped storm. The change to a red color indicates...
  • Co-founder of Matchbox Toys dies (Jack Odell Obit)

    07/23/2007 7:38:22 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 15 replies · 638+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 8 July 2007 | BBC News
    The co-founder of Matchbox Toys, Jack Odell, has died, aged 87. The engineer moved into the toy trade after joining a die-casting company that had moved into toy production. His daughter inspired the creation of his most famous invention in 1948 after her school only allowed her to take in an item that would fit into a matchbox. The miniature green and red road roller he developed for her to show off to friends became the forerunner of the Matchbox Toy empire. Among the firm's most famous designs was a miniature Coronation coach, made to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's succession to...
  • World Awaits the Release of Paris Hilton

    06/25/2007 7:33:30 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 41 replies · 1,143+ views
    KABC ^ | June 25, 2007 | KABC
    Temporary No Parking Signs Have Been Put Up in Front of the Hilton's Hollywood Hills Home LYNWOOD, June 25, 2007 (CNS) - Paris Hilton is to be released from jail sometime Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Department, but paparazzi were camping out at the Lynwood jail overnight just in case the heiress is released sooner. A media madhouse was expected to ensure whenever "The Simple Life" star is sprung from the lockup, and temporary "no parking" signs have been set up in Hilton's Hollywood Hills neighborhood in an attempt to keep the paparazzi at bay. Over the weekend, mom Kathy...
  • The Wolfram 2,3 Turing Machine Prize ($25,000)

    06/14/2007 11:11:49 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 5 replies · 516+ views
    Wolfram Research ^ | May 2007 | Stephen Wolfram
    The Wolfram 2,3 Turing Machine Prize Home Page Background Tehcnical Details ----------------------------------------------- Rules and Guidelines Wolfram Research and Stephen Wolfram are offering a $25,000 (US) prize to the first individual or group to successfully determine whether or not the 2-state 3-color Turing machine with the rule depicted below is universal, and submit a full proof of such claim to the satisfaction of the Prize Committee in accordance with these Rules and Guidelines. The invitation to participate, and eligibility to win the Prize, is extended to everyone. Each submitter must agree to be bound and abide by the rules, decisions and...
  • Smallville Planning Major Death

    04/16/2007 1:11:03 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 24 replies · 522+ views
    EOnline ^ | 04/13/07 | Kristin
    Smallville Planning Major Death Attention Smallville fans: This news might make you feel like you have butterflies made out of Kryptonite in your stomach, so read at your own risk. Inside sources tell me exclusively that one of the main four castmembers—Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack or Kristin Kreuk—will be killed off before the season ends. Although all of these castmembers are under contract for one more season (they initially signed seven-year deals), producers have decided to have one of their characters meet an untimely end, in a shocking plot twist. Naming exactly who is going six feet under...
  • My Little Cthulhu (Cthulhu Toys Coming This Year!)

    03/28/2007 3:05:07 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 33 replies · 273+ views
    Dreamland Toyworks ^ | 2006 | Dreamland Toyworks
    My Little Cthulhu to Arrive in 2007 Production on My Little Cthulhu will start in December 2006 and the toys should arrive at the distributor by April of 2007. For wholesale inquiries please contact DKE Toys or look for a solicitation through Diamond Comics/Alliance Distribution. My Little Cthulhu is an 8" vinyl figure and has a suggested retail price of $29.99. There will also be set of six Little Victims & Little Minions ™ that will retail for $14.99. Oh, and stay tuned for details on an exclusive limited edition My Little Cthulhu.
  • How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    03/15/2007 9:51:47 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 13 replies · 984+ views
    Amazon ^ | 2005 | Daniel H. Wilson
    "In this uncomfortably humorous survival guide, Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, reminds readers that "any machine could rebel, from a toaster to a Terminator," and though the forms our future robot enemies may take are manifold, they each have exploitable weaknesses that, fortuitously, match our natural human strengths. So, if a two-legged android gives chase, seek out a body of water, as "most robots will sink in water or mud and fall through ice." It also may be a good idea to carry around a pair of welder's goggles, as lasers will likely...
  • She's Done It Again, Britney Spears Goes Bald

    02/17/2007 7:16:29 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 123 replies · 6,541+ views
    LA List ^ | February 17, 2007 | LA List
    Just as reports of Britney Spears entering and exiting rehab began to die down, local ABC affiliate KABC aired video of a bald Spears getting a tattoo last night in Sherman Oaks. There are stills of Britney shaving her head at Apparently every move the woman makes is photographed in some way. Spears doesn't look drunk in the photos... or very happy.... Although we sorta like the new 'do as it reminds us a little G.I. Jane action, some of the fans who sped down to "Body and Soul" to catch a peek of the pop star weren't...
  • We are D-Wave Systems, Inc. The Quantum Computing Company

    02/06/2007 3:18:20 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 25 replies · 573+ views
    D-Wave Systems ^ | 02/07 | D-Wave
    We are D-Wave Systems, Inc. The Quantum Computing Company. D-Wave is the world’s first — and only — provider of quantum computing systems designed to run commercial applications. Please join us in February as we demonstrate a technological first: an end-to-end quantum computing system powered by a 16-qubit quantum processor, running two commercial applications — live. For your convenience, we will host this event in two locations: Silicon Valley and, two days later, in Vancouver, B.C. near our home offices. We look forward to seeing you. -------------------------------------------------------------------- BOARD Haig Farris, LL.D., Chairman Dr. Farris is one of Canada's most well...
  • Ex-Microsoft developer plans space trip (Martha's dating Charles Simonyi!!!)

    01/26/2007 11:59:46 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 20 replies · 585+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 3, 2006 | MSNBC
    MOSCOW - A former software developer at Microsoft could make a trip to the international space station next year aboard a Russian rocket ship, the RIA news agency reported Monday. Hungarian-born Charles Simonyi, who was one of the key developers behind applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, would become the world's fifth paying space passenger. (MSNBC is a Microsoft-NBC joint venture.) ... Simonyi, a Seattle-area resident, is an experienced pilot. He has also been romantically linked with domestic magnate Martha Stewart in the gossip columns. Simonyi accompanied Stewart on a recent zero-gravity flight, and in a narrated video of...
  • Anna Kournikova Is 25 Today! (Happy Birthday Anna From All Us Freepers!)

    06/07/2006 7:20:04 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 35 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Montana Standard ^ | 06/07/06 | This Day In History
    "Tennis player Anna Kournikova is 25"
  • Seeing The Big Picture (Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Apple Computer)

    04/14/2006 7:38:01 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Apple ^ | 4/06 | Frank Lacombe
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography Seeing the Big Picture By Frank Lacombe “Here at the Visualization Center, we’re not interested in building something just to see if we can do it,” says Dr. Graham Kent, research geophysicist and director of the Visualization Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). “A successful technology project for us is one that yields immediate and tangible results for our scientists. We support the scientists at SIO by providing the tools they need to do better collaborative science among themselves and with scientists elsewhere, and to share scientific information with the larger community.” The...
  • Apple Introduces Boot Camp (... Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP)

    04/06/2006 7:23:42 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Apple ^ | 04/06/06 | Apple
    CUPERTINO, California—April 5, 2006—Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS® X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in “Leopard,” Apple’s next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in August. “Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support...
  • Fifty Signs Of Mental Illness

    03/30/2006 7:19:13 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 45 replies · 900+ views
    Fifty Signs Of Mental Illness website ^ | April 2005 | James Whitney Hicks, M.D.
    Anger Antisocial Behavior Anxiety Appetite Disturbances Avoidance Body Image Problems Compulsions Confusion Cravings Deceitfulness Delusions Denial Depression Dissociation Euphoria Fatigue Fears Flashbacks Grandiosity Grief Hallucinations Histrionics Hyperactivity Identity Confusion Impulsiveness Intoxication Jealousy Learning Difficulties Mania Memory Loss Mood Swings Movement Problems Nonsense Obsessions Oddness Physical Complaints and Pain Panic Paranoia Psychosis Religious Preoccupations Self-Esteem Problems Self-Mutilation Sexual Performance Problems Sexual Preoccupations Sleep Problems Sloppiness Speech Difficulties Stress Suicidal Thoughts Trauma
  • Sharapova, Hingis reach Pac Life semis

    03/17/2006 7:32:19 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 20 replies · 945+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Indian Wells, CA (Sports Network) - Third-seeded Maria Sharapova and former champion Martina Hingis scored straight-set quarterfinal wins on Wednesday to reach the semifinals at the $2.1 million Pacific Life Open. Sharapova, of Russia, easily disposed of Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-1, 6-3. Groenefeld, the seven seed, converted just one break points and was broken by Sharapova five times. Sharapova will next face the 19th-seeded Hingis, who beat 10th-seeded Russian Dinara Safina, 6-3, 6-4 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The former world No. 1 Hingis captured this prestigious hardcourt event back in 1998. The five-time Grand Slam champion Hingis upset...
  • The Holy See Chooses Sun Microsystems

    03/10/2006 1:19:24 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 44 replies · 644+ views
    Sun ^ | June 8 2005 | Sun
    Sun Java Enterprise System Provides Reliable, Secure Messaging Infrastructure Santa Clara, Calif. - June 8 2005 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, has been chosen by the Holy See to provide a secure end-to-end infrastructure to manage its Internet Office activities. The Sun Java Enterprise System, an integrated, open standards-based software system, along with Sun Fire servers running the Solaris Operating System and connected to a Sun StorEdge array create the foundation of this collaborative infrastructure. "E-mail is one of the most important IT services we provide at the Holy See -- enabling our...
  • Hingis sets up quarterfinal meeting with Sharapova

    02/22/2006 2:33:23 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 52 replies · 606+ views
    Pravda ^ | 02/22/06 | Pravda
    Hingis sets up quarterfinal meeting with Sharapova 22.02.2006 Martina Hingis beat Anastasia Myskina at the Dubai Open on Wednesday to set up a quarterfinal with Maria Sharapova. Hingis defeated the sixth-seeded Russian 6-4, 6-3 in the second round to fix up the meeting with an opponent she beat in straight sets in Tokyo this month. Sharapova, seeded third, downed Vera Dushevina 6-1, 6-0 in 60 minutes. "I do not have revenge on my mind, but I don't like losing to the same player twice in a row," Sharapova said. "Martina played some amazing tennis in Tokyo, but it is a...
  • Will Apple adopt Windows?

    02/19/2006 2:38:01 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 70 replies · 1,539+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | February 17 2006 | Jack Schofield
    Will Apple adopt Windows? By Jack Schofield / Apple/ Windows 01:15pm "The idea that Apple would ditch its own OS for Microsoft Windows came to me from Yakov Epstein, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University, who wrote to me convinced that the process had already begun. I was amused, but after mulling over various coincidences, I'm convinced he may be right. This would be the most phenomenal turnabout in the history of desktop computing," writes PC Magazine columnist John C. Dvorak. Dvorak predicted Apple moving to Intel chips before that happened, but ... Way back then, Apple was trying...
  • Seven Ways To Make ONE MILLION Dollars (Math Wiz Pay Day)

    02/06/2006 1:45:13 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 12 replies · 1,181+ views
    Clay Mathematics Institute ^ | 2000 | Clay Mathematics Institute
    Millennium Problems In order to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium, The Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI) has named seven Prize Problems. The Scientific Advisory Board of CMI selected these problems, focusing on important classic questions that have resisted solution over the years. The Board of Directors of CMI designated a $7 million prize fund for the solution to these problems, with $1 million allocated to each. During the Millennium Meeting held on May 24, 2000 at the Coll¨¨ge de France, Timothy Gowers presented a lecture entitled The Importance of Mathematics, aimed for the general public, while John...
  • Sharapova, Hingis to clash in Tokyo semis

    02/03/2006 11:57:32 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 70 replies · 995+ views
    The Sports Network ^ | 02/03/06 | The Sports Network
    Sharapova, Hingis to clash in Tokyo semis Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - Defending champion Maria Sharapova and four- time Tokyo titlist Martina Hingis will square off in the semifinals at the $1.34 million Toray Pan Pacific Open. The top-seeded Sharapova, who beat American Lindsay Davenport in last year's finale here, handled Australian Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-4 in 69 minutes in Friday's quarterfinal action at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Meanwhile, the Swiss Hingis easily defeated promising Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-1 to set-up the semifinal showdown with the Russian Sharapova. The unseeded Hingis, who rejoined the WTA Tour on a full-time...
  • Scorpion Survives Inside Fossil Sample

    01/27/2006 7:56:52 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 60 replies · 1,593+ views
    breitbart ^ | 01/26/06 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A scorpion lived for 15 months without food or water inside the plaster mold of a dinosaur fossil, breaking free only when a scientist broke open the mold. Don DeBlieux, a paleontologist for the Utah Geological Survey, said he was sawing open the plaster mold when the scorpion wriggled from a crack in a sandstone block. ...The scorpion "must have been hanging out in a crack the day we plastered him," DeBlieux said Thursday. He discovered the two-inch critter on Jan. 5 after spending two months carefully removing the plaster mold. DeBlieux said he'll spend more...
  • Henin-Hardenne gives Hingis reality check

    01/09/2006 7:15:01 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 7 replies · 552+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Jan 9, 4:43 AM ET | AFP
    Martina Hingis' hopes of once again dominating women's tennis received a reality check when world number eight Justine Henin-Hardenne dumped her out of the Sydney International first round in straight sets. Former number one Henin-Hardenne barely raised a sweat as she disposed of her childhood idol 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour. Five-time grand slam winner Hingis admitted she was outclassed by Henin-Hardenne in her toughest test since beginning her comeback campaign this month following a three-year layoff due to injury. "She was at a different level today," a downcast Hingis told reporters after her defeat on Monday. Admitting...
  • Loss of Sharapova blow to Gold Coast

    12/26/2005 7:14:51 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 36 replies · 664+ views
    ABC Online ^ | December 26, 2005 | abc sports
    Loss of Sharapova blow to Gold Coast Organisers of the Australian Women's Hardcourts have conceded Maria Sharapova's withdrawal is a blow for the Gold Coast tournament. The 18-year-old Russian former world number one has pulled out of the tournament with a shoulder strain, an injury she has been nursing since the second half of the 2005 season, and is also in doubt for next month's Australian Open in Melbourne. Tournament director Liz Smylie said while the loss of Sharapova was unfortunate, the return of Martina Hingis would ensure there was still plenty of interest in the event. "I've got media...
  • Pope Joan (Diane Sawyer looks at FEMALE POPE)

    12/22/2005 12:17:13 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 99 replies · 5,379+ views ^ | 1996 [!] | Donna Cross
    "As its title reveals, the novel is based on the life of one of the most fascinating, extraordinary women in Western history--Pope Joan, a controversial figure of historical record who, disguised as a man, rose to rule Christianity in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against the medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn to read and write. When her older brother is killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak and identity, goes to the monastery of Fulda, and is...
  • Hingis returning to tour next year [Tennis Great Returns]

    11/29/2005 11:31:32 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 12 replies · 5,799+ views
    GoTennis.Com ^ | 11/29/05 | Go Tennis
    Hingis, right, friend Anna, left WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Hingis is to return to professional tennis next year. "I was never happy my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis," said the 25-year-old Swiss in a statement issued by her agents Octagon on Tuesday. "I have enjoyed my time away from the court, a period that has allowed me to experience a different side of life. "However, I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want...
  • The Men Who Stare At Goats

    11/25/2005 9:57:44 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 45 replies · 6,739+ views
    Amazon ^ | Spring, 2005 | Jon Ronson
    "This exploration of the U.S. military's flirtation with the supernatural is at once funny and tragic. It reads like fiction, with plenty of dialogue and descriptive detail, but as Ronson's investigation into the government's peculiar past doings creeps into the present-and into Iraq-it will raise goose bumps. As Ronson reveals, a secret wing of the U.S. military called First Earth Battalion was created in 1979 with the purpose of creating "Warrior Monks," soldiers capable of walking through walls, becoming invisible, reading minds and even killing a goat simply by staring at it. Some of the characters involved seem well-meaning enough,...
  • Hail Maria (Maria Sharapova in Italian Vogue)

    11/05/2005 7:53:41 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 72 replies · 1,562+ views
    WTA ^ | 11/05/05 | WTA
  • Harriet [Miers] Is So Last Week

    11/03/2005 7:34:53 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 14 replies · 1,619+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 10/31/2005 9:56:40 PM CST | Freeper George W. Bush
    Harriet is so last week. Let's try to move on. It's nicer when we don't fight. With Alito, there's nothing to fight over.
  • Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare

    10/30/2005 2:38:07 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 52 replies · 1,325+ views
    Amazon ^ | May 10, 2005) | Clare Asquith
    A revelatory new look at how Shakespeare secretly addressed the most profound political issues of his day, and how his plays embody a hidden history of England. In 16th century England many loyal subjects to the crown were asked to make a terrible choice: to follow their monarch or their God. The era was one of unprecedented authoritarianism: England, it seemed, had become a police state, fearful of threats from abroad and plotters at home. This age of terror was also the era of the greatest creative genius the world has ever known: William Shakespeare. How, then, could such a...
  • The Quest for Perpetual Flight (Model Plane flies 48+ hrs!)

    10/16/2005 12:01:00 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 29 replies · 923+ views
    Design News ^ | September 26, 2005 | Charles J. Murray, Senior Technical Editor -- Design News
    The Quest for Perpetual Flight The advantages of such aircraft are enormous, begging the question: Why aren't they already dotting the horizon? Charles J. Murray, Senior Technical Editor -- Design News, September 26, 2005 In the middle of the night on June 1st, Alan Cocconi's "pilots" were holed up in a little 5×8-ft trailer in the California desert, glancing over each other's shoulders at the virtual gages on three computer screens, trying to keep their airplane aloft. Their task, even for instrument-rated flyers, was a formidable one: Maintain altitude by navigating from the ground, while looking only at telemetry data....
  • The Monkee and the Thief

    09/25/2005 2:29:54 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 22 replies · 536+ views
    "Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees" ^ | 1996 | Mike Nesmith
    "I was producing a movie called Square Dance in Texas. It was a starring part for Winona Ryder, who was fourteen or fifteen. She said, "Aren't the Monkees gonna play in Arlington?" which was just up the road from where we were filming. I said, "Yeah." And she said, "Do you think you could get me tickets?" And I said, "Well, yeah, I probably could." And she said, "I'd really like to go -- would you take me?" And I said "No, I won't take you. I can't possibly do that." She said, "Why not?" I said, "Nonie, I am...
  • "Incident At Loch Ness"

    08/26/2005 7:26:50 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Amazon ^ | 2005 | Zak Penn
    "Nothing is quite as it seems in Incident at Loch Ness, an entertaining pseudo-documentary comment on cinematic fakery. Conceived and directed by Hollywood screenwriter Zak Penn, this half-clever ruse begins with a master-stroke by casting German director Werner Herzog as himself, preparing to film a documentary about Scotland's mysterious Loch Ness monster. As this film-within-a-film is chronicled by a documentary crew led by renowned cinematographer John Bailey, "producer" Penn rises to apparently impossible heights of ineptitude, until it becomes obvious (indeed, it's the film's near-fatal flaw) that there is no "reality" here at all--just a very amusing pile-up of...
  • Sharapova Gunning For No.1 in Los Angeles

    08/09/2005 2:38:17 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 44 replies · 2,165+ views ^ | 08/07/05 | WTA
    Sharapova Gunning For No.1 in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES - After two spectacular weeks of tennis already in California, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour wraps up its summer hard court swing in the Golden State this week with the JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Herbalife. A fantastic field has assembled at the Home Depot Center in Carson to take part in the $585,000 Tier II event, seeking to pick up some valuable points in the US Open Series. Five of the world's Top 10 will be in action this week, though one of the event's most popular names will...
  • A force for space with no reaction (microwave spacedrive?)

    08/02/2005 2:28:52 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 127 replies · 13,391+ views
    EUREKA (Euro Tabloid?) ^ | 2002, 2004 update, 2005 note | Tom Shelley
    A force for space with no reaction Tom Shelley reports on an extraordinary concept, which if it turns out to be as good as it seems, could change a large part of engineering A reactionless force motor, designed for space use, has the potential to drive objects on until they reach speeds close to that of light. Looking at first sight as if it cannot possibly work, a prototype has been developed by one of our leading engineers, and is endorsed by academics and government. Defying intuitive understanding, it is low cost to make, is said to obey the laws...
  • Will Michelle Wie be the next Anna Kournikova?

    07/21/2005 7:50:18 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 124 replies · 3,109+ views ^ | Saturday April 30, 2005 | Jennifer Mario
    Will Michelle Wie be the next Anna Kournikova? My fellow bloggers Doug Carey and Jay Flemma have been talking a lot lately about Michelle Wie and her sponsor exemptions. Should she get them? Should she accept them? Is it nothing more than a publicity stunt? Yada yada yada. Well maybe it is nothing more than a publicity stunt. But guys, don’t you get it? Women’s golf needs publicity. Really badly. Annika’s up there breaking every record, winning 59 tournaments and no one’s batting an eyelash. But put a 15 year old on the PGA tour and suddenly everyone sits up...
  • Border Slingshot (illegal immigrants firing themselves across the border with a slingshot [?])

    07/15/2005 2:04:10 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 38 replies · 3,550+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | July 27, 2005 | Discovery Channel
    Episode 35: Border Slingshot Is it feasible to fly over the frontier? In this episode, Adam and Jamie take on the myth that illegal immigrants are firing themselves 200 yards across the border and into the United States with a slingshot so accurate, it can land the human projectiles safely on a carefully placed mattress. Border patrols are reportedly baffled — can the MythBusters' handbuilt human-sized slingshot solve the puzzle? premiere: July 27, 2005

    06/16/2005 3:52:02 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Cobra Golf ^ | 2005 | Cobra Golf
    Max Size. Max Sweet Zone. Max 9 Hotter Points. In technical terms: MAXIMUS HOTTICUS When it comes to big and hot Cobra has always taken the lead. Now we're cranking the heat up even more. Meet our biggest, hottest titanium driver, the King Cobra 460 SZ. Named after its massive Sweet Zone, the 460 SZ features Cobra's exclusive Milled Rhombus Oval Face Insert, thin titanium perimeter face and Dual Weighting System that puts weight were you need it, low and deep. All this technology adds up to 9 Hotter Points on the clubface and those add up to longer...
  • Players [tennis babes] Join Forces with Whirlpool to Paint for Charity (Sharapova, too)

    05/06/2005 1:10:08 PM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 32 replies · 2,760+ views
    WTA website ^ | May 3, 2005 | WTA
    Players Join Forces with Whirlpool to Paint for Charity BERLIN, Germany - Whirlpool and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have brought together some of the top tennis players on the Tour, to add their creative flair to the Whirlpool Player’s Painting. This unique work of art has been themed ‘Room with a View’, to link Habitat for Humanity’s core objective of building houses for low income people in need of simple decent low cost shelter across the world with Whirlpool’s goal of providing practical help to the disadvantaged. Players including Russian superstar Maria Sharapova (pictured ), France’s finest Amelie Mauresmo...
  • Apple punishes publisher of Jobs book

    04/27/2005 7:43:10 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 14 replies · 566+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005 | The Associated Press
    Apple punishes publisher of Jobs book The Associated Press THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005 SAN FRANCISCO Apple Computer has retaliated against the publisher of an unauthorized biography of its chief executive, Steve Jobs, by removing dozens of other technology books sold by the publisher from Apple stores around the world. Apple removed the books last week from all 104 of its stores ... ... It is a strategy that experts in brand management say is likely to backfire ... ... The book's author, Jeffrey Young, said Jobs had nothing to fear from "iCon." He said it was a chronicle of Jobs's...
  • Paris Hilton -- Today is Paris Hilton's Birthday!

    02/17/2005 8:24:03 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 42 replies · 2,502+ views
    Birth Name: Paris Whitney HiltonBirthdate: February 17, 1981Birthplace: New York, New YorkOccupations: Actor, Writer, Musician, ModelQuote: "That's hot." Claim to Fame: Heiress to the Hilton Hotel empire
  • Alone In The Dark

    02/02/2005 2:56:34 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 17 replies · 644+ views
    Internet Movie Database ^ | 2005 | Elan Mastai , Michael Roesch
    Alone in the Dark Edward Carnby (Christian Slater), detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid !), stand in...
  • The Parthenon Code: Mankind's History in Marble

    01/26/2005 7:35:49 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Solving Light Books ^ | 2004 | Robert Bowie Johnson Jr
    Publisher's summary: "The events of Eden were part of the Greeks' collective cultural memory, and their special interpretation of those events made up the very basis of their religious system. Greek myth/art is human history. The Book of Genesis is human history. While the viewpoints of each are opposite, the recounted events match each other in convincing detail. "The Greeks knew exactly who Noah was. They called him Nereus, the "Wet One." While it is true that the Greeks built the Parthenon to glorify the serpent-worshipping Eve of Genesis, it is also true that they built it to celebrate their...
  • It's Maria v Serena in Semis

    01/25/2005 7:39:31 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 13 replies · 38,354+ views
    Australian Open Web Site ^ | Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 | Bren O'Brien
    It's Maria v Serena in Semis by Bren O'Brien Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 Women's No.4 seed Maria Sharapova will meet No.7 seed Serena Williams in an Australian Open 2005 semi-final after the pair notched contrasting victories over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo, respectively. 2003 champion Williams had a surprisingly easy win over the French No.2 seed, triumphing 6-2 6-2, after Sharapova came from a set down to oust her compatriot and fellow 2004 Grand Slam winner 4-6 6-2 6-2. The 17-year-old Wimbledon champion had to call on all her energy reserves to get past Kuznetsova, who broke her midway...
  • Extraordinary Chickens

    01/17/2005 12:24:44 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 8 replies · 8,150+ views
    Amazon ^ | 2000 | Stephen Green-Armytage
    From Book News, Inc. -- Presents intimate color portraits of 50 beautiful and unusual breeds of show chickens. Photos are grouped in 17 thematic sections including breeds like Frizzles and Silkies; types including game birds and decorative banties; and features that include muffs, fluffy top-knots, bloomers, warty or antler-like combs, and marvelous, clown-red wattles. Includes a brief preface and a description of the breeds.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR Product Descriptions -- Stephen Green-Armytage, author/photographer of Abrams' enchanting Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could, has now produced a unique adult book, introducing the bizarre and beautiful world of...
  • Winterfyre Norwegian Forest Cats

    01/06/2005 8:32:07 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 106 replies · 1,500+ views
    Winterfyre website ^ | 2005 | Winterfyre
    Philosophy When our breeding endeavor began, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge through contacts in both the United States and in Europe. Differing opinions are a staple in any community, and the Norwegian Forest cat lovers/breeders are certainly no exception to this rule. We have learned from observing breeding programs and participating in shows both in the United States and in Europe and have developed our own ideas about the Norwegian Forest cat, but our end goal is ultimately the same as breeders around the globe. Our philosophy is quite simple, taking into consideration...
  • Martian Water Vapor and Methane Overlap in Equatorial Regions (Formaldehyde!?)

    12/18/2004 7:56:02 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 25 replies · 673+ views
    Earth Files ^ | 2004 | Linda Moulton Howe
    Part 1: Martian Water Vapor and Methane Overlap in Equatorial Regions © 2004 by Linda Moulton Howe "A symbiosis of methanogenic bacteria with methanothrophic bacteria in the Martian underground can be an alternative interpretation (to geothermal) and looks more likely." - Vittorio Formisano, Ph.D. [Graph of methane and water overlaps] New in-depth analysis of PFS data by European Space Agency confirms that methane is not uniform in the Martian atmosphere, but concentrated in some areas. The PFS team observed that the areas of highest concentration of methane overlap with the areas where NASA identified water vapor and underground water ice...
  • The Aviator (Howard Hughes played by DiCaprio)

    12/13/2004 8:14:35 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 43 replies · 3,109+ views
    ComingSoon.Net ^ | 12/04 | ComingSoon.Net
    The Aviator Release Date: December 17, 2005 (NY, LA, SF; wide release: December 25) Studio: Miramax Films Director: Martin Scorsese Screenwriter: John Logan Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C. Reilly, Kate Beckinsale, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Kelli Garner, Gwen Stefani, Nellie Sciutto, Alec Baldwin, Danny Huston, Matt Ross, Ian Holm, Alan Alda, Frances Conroy, Vincent Laresca, Justin Shilton, Brent Spiner, Josie Maran, Sam Hennings, Willem Dafoe, Stanley DeSantis, Jacob Davich Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence) Official Website: Plot Summary: "The Aviator" tells the story of aviation pioneer...
  • The Sea Of Trolls

    11/23/2004 7:08:12 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 43 replies · 1,419+ views
    "Three time Newbery honor author Nancy Farmer's epic fantasy, The Sea of Trolls, is gigantic in every way. There are big Vikings and bigger trolls. There are big themes--hope, despair, life and death. At a substantial 450+ pages, the sheer size of this hefty tome is impressive. But, like all of Farmer's fine work, the large scale has room for enormous quantities of heart and humor. At the center of this massive adventure is a small Saxon boy named Jack, who's never been much good at anything until the Bard of his medieval village makes him an apprentice. Then,...
  • Sharapova denied change of balls in Los Angeles

    11/10/2004 7:54:26 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 55 replies · 2,452+ views
    GoTennis ^ | 2004-11-10 06:01:33 GMT | Matthew Cronin
    Sharapova denied change of balls in Los Angeles 2004-11-10 06:01:33 GMT (Reuters) By Matthew Cronin LOS ANGELES, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has complained that the official WTA Tour balls are too heavy and caused her recent chest and shoulder injuries. Due to her discomfort, the 17-year-old Russian asked the Tour not to use its official Tretorn edition balls at this week's season-ending WTA Championships, but her request fell on deaf ears. "They are heavy on my arm," Sharapova said on Tuesday, two days ahead of her opening match at the eight-women round robin event against compatriot...