Saturday, April 01, 2006 (Blog on education by the author of Our School : The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds)


Gonna be a blockbuster: Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Spoof trailers:

Friday, March 31, 2006


How to Remove Poker Program so my son can study

My son downloaded the Golden Palace Poker program during his recent spring break. His addictive behavior means that, now that classes have resumed, we need to get rid of it. The problem is, I don't know how. There is no "uninstall" button for it, and tossing it in the recycling doesn't do the trick.

If anyone has any bright ideas, please send them my way. Thanks!

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Political blogs and commentaries


MyDD :: Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics


Why Pay When You Can Get Free 411?

Testing Free Services

I normally pay $1.49 to call 411 from my Verizon Wireless phone (and 10 cents more if I request a backup text message). By contrast, when I called 800-411-METRO, operated by inFreeDA of Menlo Park, Calif., it cost me nothing. But if time is money, I did pay a small price.

First I heard, "This call is brought to you by Trend Micro. Protect your home or small-business PC from viruses and hackers." Then an operator picked up. I asked her for the number of Rice Thai Kitchen, in Brooklyn. "How do you spell the Thai?" she asked me. I told her, and then heard another ad for Golden Gate Cuisine and Pizza — "extra large, three toppings only $15.95."

I was then invited to press 1 to connect to the pizza restaurant, 3,000 miles away in San Francisco, or press 2 for the Brooklyn restaurant. (The connection, incidentally, is free, which means that on some calling plans you can save money by letting 411-METRO put you through even if you already know the number.)

I also tried 1-800-FREE-411, provided by Jingle Networks of Boston. Unfortunately, of about 10 calls I made to Jingle, half reached a recording saying "all circuits are busy." (George Garrick, chief executive of Jingle, said the service, which has been "overwhelmed with calls," is expanding its system.)

When the circuits weren't busy, the system worked well, and the ads were never more than 15 seconds long. When I asked for the number of Joe's Pizza, on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, I heard an ad for Domino's Pizza — which was no coincidence, according to Mr. Garrick. Blog on SF real estate


The Concept of Irony


Enrique's Journey



Newsvine - Get Smarter Here


Business Week Online


Google Page Creator: Easily (and free) create and edit your own web site

Want to create an online photo tour of your vacation to Bali? An overview of the South American precipitation cycle for your science class? A shrine to your pet ferret?

Now's your chance. We're testing a new product that makes creating your own web pages as easy as creating a document in a word processor. Google Page Creator is a free tool that lets you create web pages right in your browser and publish them to the web with one click. There's no software to download and no web designer to hire. The pages you create are hosted on Google servers and are available at for the world to see.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006


MSNBC Transcripts -


C.W. Nevius blog from S.F. Chronicle

Movies, media, sports - and as little politics as possible. 
Light reading for those who follow the entertaining parts of life, 
but don't take them too seriously.


Laptop ban revolt - Professor's new rule chafes students

Over the past week, dissent has been building in the student lounge, in hushed conversations in the library and halls, and in fervent debates over e-mail.
All because one professor at the University of Memphis law school banned the use of laptops in her class. Other professors are considering a ban.,2673,MCA_22897_4557580,00.html


Funny News - Funny Stories - Strange and Bizarre News Stories and Funny Pictures



Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Spring break at Wal-Mart

He lived off energy drinks, doughnuts, yogurt and Subway sandwiches.

He figures he slept four hours out of the 41 in captivity. He'd catch a few minutes whenever he could - in a Subway booth or a restroom stall, which isn't recommended, especially with the night stockers bursting in every five minutes.

"I got to the point," he said, "where I was adept at falling asleep on the toilet seat, which sounds kind of weird."

The best place for dozing was lawn and garden, where the lights weren't so bright. Nobody worked there between 2 and 4 a.m. Bartels found a lawn chair, kicked back and wondered how life could be better.

Life would be perfect, he discovered, without the worker who showed up before dawn to stock plants. Bartels hopped up and pretended to be looking for home patio furniture.

That 1 to 4 a.m. shift was the daily low point. Subway was closed. Bartels was often the only Wal-Mart shopper, which made it harder to blend into the cosmetics and sporting goods.

Monday, March 27, 2006


Jeremy Clarkson (world's best car reviewer): Volkswagen Jetta - "Well done VW, it's the most boring car in history"

I’d love to meet the man who styled the exterior, to find out if he’d done it as some sort of a joke. But mostly I’d like to meet the man who simply didn’t bother at all with the interior. Because looking at that dashboard gives you some idea of what it might be like to be dead.  It’s black. And so are the buttons, and so are the dials, and so are the carpets and so are the seats. To give you some idea of how dull and featureless life is in there, put a cardboard box over your head. And leave it there for 10 years.,,12529-2045424,00.html#


Compare and Buy Consumer Products and Travel at the "Best Prices"


Canada: Broadband Videos. Humor. Games. Downloads. Machinima.


Blawg - Law Blog - Links & Information on Legal Weblogs

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Depressing issues with high pitch voice - Best of Google Video


Military and reporter blogs from Iraq

I can tell you that this place isn’t Candy Land. Car bombs are going
off killing civilians, people are blowing up mosques, the kidnapping
and subsequently beheading of people, these fuckers don’t wear
identifiable uniforms, and friends of friends are getting killed over
here. I personally find it insulting that what little amount of news
I’m given isn’t realistic. I feel like the main character in
“Clockwork Orange” with his eyelids held open while being
brainwashed. Maybe I’ll start chasing people around with a giant
porcelain penis, too.

In March 2003, I made it back in time for the war, becoming the Web's
first fully reader-funded journalist-blogger. You can read my
dispatches here. It was one of the moments in journalism when
everything worked. It was a grand -- and successful -- experiment in
independent journalism.

Now I'm back in Iraq for the third time, and this time, I've
effectively moved to Baghdad. It's a raucous, scary and exciting
place with a lot of news going on. I now report for a variety of
outlets including TIME Magazine and others.

Baghdad Chris' photos on Flickr (Chris Allbritton, a Baghdad-based freelance reporter)


Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide to the Mac


MediaSpanker 1000s of Sexy, Crazy, Hilarious Videos


David & Dania present A Magical Transformation

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