Saturday, April 28, 2007
Zero G - The Weightless Experience
Experience zero gravity the only way possible without going to space. Parabolic flight is the same method NASA has used to train its astronauts for the last 45 years and the same way Tom Hanks floated in Apollo 13.
Book a seat on one of our regular flights conveniently based in Las Vegas, Nevada and at the Kennedy Space Center, near Orlando, Florida. The aircraft is also available for charter flights anywhere in the United States for groups, incentive trips, parties or team building.http://www.gozerog.com/
Map sites: topographic, aerial, etc.
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The Smirking Chimp - News And Commentary from the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy
AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
Ezra Klein - Tomorrow's media conspiracy today
- I'm a Californian transplanted to DC, and surprisingly at peace with it. Or at least I was till it started getting colder. Job-wise, I'm the writing fellow for The American Prospect. In the past, I've written for the Washington Monthly, the LA Weekly, The LA Times, The New Republic, Slate, The New York Sun, and the Gadflyer.
Haydn Cello Concerto Rostropovich 1981
Chip butty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United Kingdom, a chip butty is a sandwich made with bread (usually white and buttered) and chips, often with some sort of sauce such as tomato ketchup.  Depending on the region, the dish may also be known as a chip sandwich (in Australia), chip muffin, chip barm, chip batch, chip bap or chip teacake.
The chip butty is a common dish throughout the UK, and many chip shops sell them, primarily as an affordable snack. Chip butties may also be made impromptu by including a couple of pieces of bread with a main dish, such as fish and chips. Variations on the seasoning for the sandwich, apart from ketchup, include salt and vinegar, brown sauce, curry sauce and gravy.
New York Food: Chip Shop
A Salt & Battery - West Village - New York - Yelp
This place is fantastic (and fantastically small!) with charming service. There are several types of fish to pick from (for those of you wanting to stray from the well-trod cod path), as well as plenty of seriously English dishes. They have a much bigger menu than I expected (savory pies! pickled onions! battered beets! mushy peas! fried fruit!) and the food was spot-on in authenticity and quality. The chicken bites were meaty and tasty (there's a slight layer of curry marinating each piece) and the chips were perfect for vinegar lovin'.
And...they have LION BARS! Whenever I hop the pond, I stock up on these amazing candy bars (think a Snickers meets a Twix and has an even tastier baby). To have it deep-fried was such a joy to me and my addled brain--though the wafers didn't really translate well to being heated.
All in all, the best fish and chips I've had Stateside!
The Second Coming; W. B. Yeats (1919)
Empire Burlesque - High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium
Maps - Satellite, Street, Theme Maps - National Geographic
Opensecrets.org--Money in U.S. politics data
Friday, April 27, 2007
TSG TV: Video Clips From The Smoking Gun
MilkandCookies - videos
SugarJar - Music Videos Galore
Roy Orbison - Crying (music video)
Roy Orbison and k. d. lang - Crying
PreciseNews - Cutting Edge News & Commentary
Celine sings duet with Elvis on American Idol
7 Seven Minute Sopranos
TV Crunch: A TV tabloid for television junkies
Victor Carlos animation
The Terrible Error of the Replacement Mayor (Nick Thornborrow)
nick thornborrow's art
Global Direct Investment Solutions - Home Page
Exit Zero -
Moderate Risk (extreme cubicle aversion)
Michael J. Totten's Middle East Journal
small dead animals
Until this moment
I have been forced
to listen while media
and politicians alike
have told me
"what Canadians think".
In all that time they
never once asked.
This is just the voice
of an ordinary Canadian
yelling back at the radio -
"You don't speak for me."
Angry in the Great White North
Angry makes Canadian news almost palatable!
Angry in the Great White North, probably THE best conservative poli blogger going right now.
curt at North Western Winds
This blog gets better every single day. One of the best out there - anywhere.
'most moonbatish wacko right-winger post of the year'
Thursday, April 26, 2007
MSNBC - First Read: The day in politics
Webkinz on Parade
Webkinz - Unbelievable News of the Year
ABC News: Is the Webkinz Craze Bad for Kids?
Interactive Toys Are Hugely Popular but Keep Kids Glued to the Computer
April 12, 2007 — - Remember the Tamagotchi craze? Or Beanie Babies? Put them together and you've got Webkinz, the latest toy phenomenon that's sweeping the country and worrying some parents whose preschoolers are spending hours online.
Each stuffed animal Webkin toy comes with a secret code on its tag that allows children to log on to the Webkinz Web site to adopt the animal. Once logged in, a child is welcomed to the extensive online Webkinz world, where they can play games to earn "Kinzcash," a kind of online currency used to purchase food, clothes and toys for their animal's online home.
In addition, Webkinz recently announced that it would offer a new component to the Web site. "Clubhouse" will be a way for kids to chat with each other. The company says it has put in many safeguards on language and security to protect their young users.
"You can play with them on the computer, or you can play with them as stuffed animals," 9-year-old fan Zoey Denenberg said. "So it's sort of like you get two things."
Flying Off the Shelves, Causing Controversy
The multitasking toy has gained a popularity reaching epic proportions with children as young as preschoolers. Retailers have trouble keeping them on the shelves. When a long overdue shipment finally arrived at The House in Millburn, N.J., the store sold out in two hours.
"Webkinz are a big craze right now in the youth market," said Adrienne Citrin of the Toy Industry Association. "They merge together online gaming communities, plush toys that kids love to nurture and interaction on the Internet."
Not everyone, however, is caught up in the craze. In Boston, Wessagussett Primary School recently banned the stuffed animals from the premises. And some parents feel conflicted about the newest toy obsession.
"It's one more thing to distract them from going outside or reading a book," Jody Boches said.
Mother Irene Heifetz said her children sit at the computer from the moment they get home from school until she threatens them with restricted computer access if they don't go do their homework.
Screening the Screens
Webkinz aren't the only high-tech option drawing kids to the computer. Many Web sites, like PBS.com and Nickjr.com, now target the preschool set. And several software programs exist that aim to lure kids to the computer before they have even mastered their ABCs.
So what's the best strategy for parents of Webkinz-crazed kids? "Good Morning America's" parenting contributor Ann Pleshette Murphy offered several suggestions:
First, balance the time your children spend in front of a screen -- whether for gaming or TV viewing or chatting with friends -- with play that engages all of their senses. This is especially important among young children, who need opportunities to use their imaginations in open-ended play.
Encourage them to use blocks or a shoe box and doll furniture to create an offline world for Webkinz pets. Make sure he or she is getting lots of active playtime, too. Sitting in a chair and staring at a screen isn't going to do much for a child's growing body.
As challenging as it may be, set reasonable limits on screen time -- approximately an hour per day total for young kids. Explain why you want your child to turn off the computer and play something else; or better yet, join your child in some kind of activity that requires creativity, some physical exercise or turn-taking.
Finally, the social aspect of sites like this also needs to be monitored. Pastimes like instant messaging and logging onto social networks are better left to tweens and teens. Social networking among younger children should take place on the playground.
The bottom line: Too much time in front of a screen takes away from activities that young children need to grow and develop their minds and bodies. So don't be afraid to say, "OK, that's enough for today. We'll check on your Webkinz tomorrow."http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/print?id=3033380
Webkinz® - Important Message from Webkinz World
Welcome to Webkinz® - a Ganz website
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, OFFICE OF POLAR PROGRAMS, HAS AWARDED DAVID RUTH ONE OF THIS SEASON'S ARTISTS AND WRITERS GRANTS FOR TRAVEL TO ANTARCTICA. THE PROJECT, STUDYING ICE TEXTURES AND FORMS, WILL TAKE PLACE AT PALMER STATION, ANTARCTICA FROM NOVEMBER 16TH TO DECEMBER 23, 2006.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
All about Everything...http://greenpagan.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Nora, The Piano-Playing Cat
Beer Ratings, brewer, brewpub, bar, beer reviews and more
Over one million times, RateBeer.com beer reviewers worldwide have raised a glass to review a new beer. We've tallied their scores and the exciting results are now in.
As it has been for the last 6 years, RateBeer Best was again the largest beer competition in the world -- over 1 million reviews of 59,000 beers from over 7300 brewers worldwide were tallied. A particular emphasis was placed on tastings from the last nine months. Additionally, brewpubs, bottle shops, restaurants and bars around the world were awarded prizes. Cheers to all the winners and to everyone who keeps the magical world of craft beer growing!
* EXPERIENCED REVIEWERS
Strongly supported by solid tasting experience: Even though the competition judging is fairly open to all consumers, the vast majority of ratings, 88%, were submitted by persons with over 100 tastings reported.
Limited American bias: Of the top 20 master raters, each with over 3400 ratings, only 25% are American.
RateBeer Best is a beer competition unique in its independence -- it is not supported by big brewers and distributors
* REAL SAMPLES
Unlike other beer contests, the emphasis was placed on tasting commercial samples -- not special batches prepared for festivals.
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD - OVERALL
The best 100 beers in the world as rated by tens of thousands of our worldwide tasters. All beers listed are gold medal winners
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD BY STYLE CATEGORY
All beers listed are gold medal winners. (Note: In some instances the displayed scores are equal for beers of different places. This is not an error. Our calculations simply render much greater detail than we can display.)
THE BEST BREWERS IN THE WORLD
All brewers listed are gold medal winners. (The total number of brewers in our contest is 5,836. The 100 listed represent the top 1.7% of all brewers -- the creme de la creme or world brewing; a greater percentage of the population qualifies as genius for comparison.)
BarackObama.com | Foreign Policy Remarks at CCGA
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama to the Chicago Council on Global Affairshttp://my.barackobama.com/page/content/fpccga/
The House Next Door - TV, film, etc.
The House Next Door
A long, strange journey toward a retrospectively inevitable destinationhttp://mattzollerseitz.blogspot.com/