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Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games

tony7531 Exploring (346 comments)

I always loved the exploring games, spent hours, and days on end playing them. Then I had to go back to work.

more than 5 years ago

Ten Things We Still Don't Understand About Humans

tony7531 Laughter (397 comments)

I love to laugh.

more than 5 years ago

Iran Getting Better At Filtering Web Traffic

tony7531 Lucky (68 comments)

We are so lucky we live in nations with free speech and free press. It helps keep the government honest.

more than 5 years ago

NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

tony7531 Amazing (124 comments)

I often wonder not if, but when we'll make first contact. Watching Discovery channel a lot, I undertand we are discovering things in space at a faster rate than ever. Most of what we know about space we've learned in the last 40 years.

more than 5 years ago

A History of Robotron

tony7531 Love Robotron (78 comments)

Gotta love Robotron and the old Atari. The pioneers in video games and gaming systems.

more than 5 years ago

UK National ID Card Cloned In 12 Minutes

tony7531 12 Minutes (454 comments)

Twelve minutes, unreal.

more than 5 years ago

NASA's LCROSS Spacecraft Discovers Life On Earth

tony7531 Everything Is Working Properly (171 comments)

This was a test to be sure everything is working properly before being launched.

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Children Being Named After Vegas Hotels

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Often, the evidence of a wild Vegas night out is birthed into the world some nine months later. A growing number of these children are now being named after the Vegas hotels they were conceived in.

"Sometimes I think of our little sweetheart like a souvenir," says Debra Miller, mother of Madison "Treasure Island" Miller. "I brought home a few keychains and other items for my girlfriends, Brad brought home a mug, some other junk, and $4,000 worth of credit card debt, but we both hit the jackpot with our Treasure."

Of course, not all children conceived in Las Vegas are planned. According to a recent study, roughly 80 percent of pregnancies resulting from a Vegas adventure are happy surprises, while 60 percent of those surprises are the direct result of an affair or a one night stand. Circus Circus Brandeweis comments on what it's like to grow up with the evidence that you were an accident displayed in your name. "My sister Meredith and my brother are both over ten years older than me," says Circus. "It's always been clear that I wasn't exactly supposed to have been born. And the kids at school didn't really get it at first, they just thought my name was funny and made fun of me for that. Eventually that went away as everyone got used to it but when we got a little older they figured out that my parents had named me after their one night of passion in their golden years so the kids started giving me grief all over again. You don't really want kids teasing you all the time about your parents having sex. Imagining your parents naked and interlocking as they are having sex is not something you ever really want to think about.

Many of the children are like Treasure Miller, the start of a new family. Las Vegas is a popular honeymoon destination and these young newlyweds aren't going to Vegas to lose control and have an affair, they are simply there to enjoy themselves and, as is often the case, start a family. Some families will only conceive while in Vegas, believing it to be good luck, a lot of fun, or a combination of the two.

"I met a family yesterday with three kids, all Vegas babies," says Dennis Lopez, a doorman at Terrible's Casino. "There was the little girl Sahara and her two older brothers Excalibur and Bellagio. I just hope that if their folks are planning to make another one while they're out here, they'll figure out a better name than what our hotel has to offer."

One case concerns Wyett Davis and his wife Shawna. The couple went to Las Vegas together in May 2007 and decided to attend an orgy, as well as pursue an open relationship for the duration of their time in Vegas. When Shawna became pregnant with triplets, they decided to name the children Swinger, Who Knows and Why Not?, respectively.

The fact that so many Vegas babies are conceived during affairs has led to another interesting development in modern naming practices, in which the name of a child is based on the context of its conception. This happens very often in other places around the world where it is normal for a child to be named after the situation surrounding its birth. For example, if a woman is pregnant, but doesn't tell her family right away, the child might be named "Answer" as in the answer to the question, Is my daughter pregnant? Here in America, that style of naming has led to children such as Never Trust a Woman Johnson, the son of a man who was robbed of his testicles by cancer and therefore could not have conceived the child born nine months after his vacation to Vegas with his wife.

"With all these silly names popping up everywhere, we've had to allow more room for changing kid's names than we would like," says Paolo Nunez, an administrator at St. Augustine Children's Center, an orphanage with an inordinate amount of Vegas "babies." "We want to respect people's choices, but these parents are obviously being completely irresponsible and we need to pre-empt any further damage they could inflict on their children by naming them something stupid. It is a huge problem, and the solution doesn't lie here with us. Something needs to be done to stop people from drunkenly sleeping with strangers and then thinking it's hilarious to name their unwanted child after their night of enjoyment."

The trend of naming children after the hotel or circumstance they were born in has forced orphanages and civil services to rethink the rules allowing them judgment over a child's name.


Security Devices Hidden In Flowers To Catch Sick Call Offs

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It is a widely used trick to call in sick on days when you just don't want to deal with the office or can't stand to look at your cubicle walls for second. Not any more my fellow Americans, No Sympathy Inc. has arrived.

No Sympathy Inc. is a new company specializing in security camera systems determined to catch sick faking employees in the act. The twist on their product is this, security camera systems come in the form of sympathy flowers. Video and audio recording, digital relays, temperature taking flying robots, skin swabs are the tip of this liar catching industry. "With the provisions in the Patriot Act, we were able to launch our company," said founder James Black.

"We were tired of losing so muc money to sick days when we were in the crunch of needed productivity," said a frequent customer of No Sympathy Inc. who did not want to be identified. "Come on people, how often do you really get sick enough not to go to work? Toughen up and walk it off. It's called Walking Pneumonia for a reason."

Now you may have seen Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johannsen getting rough with a teddy bear, but that hidden security camera has nothing on No Sympathy Inc. Not even James Bond's faithful master of devices would have offered companies such a commodity. Talk about finding out who is loyal to the company.

Many customers of No Sympathy Inc. are really pleased with the product and the results. Customers are able to choose from an assortment of sympathy flower arrangements ranging from $100 to $10,000. The most popular flower arrangements usually include roses, Gerber daises, lilies, tulips, and sunflowers.

Here's how it works, once an order has been placed, No Sympathy Inc. takes one of their pre made flower arrangements and sends it to the security systems department for outfitting. Depending on the order, a security camera, microphone, temperature gauge, or Bio-swab will be installed. The security system, digital relay and microphone are typically the standard package and are installed in multiple ways. The temperature gauges and Bio-swabs on the other hand are electronic robots, disguised as part of the flowers or "having come in from the garden" with the flowers. An insider reports that flying robots dressed as ladybugs and fruit flies can do everything from check your temperature to test your white-blood cell count.

The flowers are delivered to the home of residence listed in the employee file, unless the employee is said to be at the hospital, in which case they are delivered there. The delivery person is compassionate and trust worthy, and in charge of placing the flowers in the room for optimal viewing. From there a digital relay video feed is sent directly to the employers computer screen for monitoring while other test results are sent to a nearby lab for subsequent delivery.

"Most of the time the person is really sick and they welcome the company while they're under the weather" says Nick Stauss, a delivery man". Stauss added, "Although when they're not sick, they do all sorts of strange things when I show up at their door with sympathy flowers. One lady pretended to faint right in her driveway just to try to convince me!" To date, there is no record of employees that have complained or even noted the security camera systems hidden in their sympathy flowers.

No Sympathy Inc. work is done right after the delivery. Once the information from the security camera system sympathy flowers is reviewed, it is up to the individual company to take responsive action. From information from participating companies, only reprimands have been given out, but companies who use No Sympathy Inc. services are gearing up now for future law suits.


Defibrillator At Train Station Used To Cook Food

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The PATH train, which stands for Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, is a train which runs from New Jersey's eastern border across the Hudson to New York city. It is a popular commuter train and, as it turns out, daily plays host to carload after carload of resourceful people, people who know how to abuse a defibrillator in ways the rest of us can only dream of. In eternal wise guy fashion, regular riders of the PATH train have adapted the emergency defibrillators recently installed in their stations to a wide variety of uses.

Jose Vallarta was one early user of the defibrillator. "I was just waiting for the train one day and this guy was standing next to me with a hot dog. I guess this hot dog had gotten a little cold by the time he got down to the tracks. The guy was talking out loud about it as if someone was listening or would respond or care or something. Anyway, this guy just strolls right up to the defibrillator and shocks the hell out of his hot dog, commentating the whole time and making a big fuss about how good it was. The next time I rode the subway I bought a cold dog at the hotdog stand next to the entrance just to try it out. The guy at the stand thought I was crazy, but I tell you what, it's so good I do it every day now."

There are now lines every morning to use the emergency medical device to heat up any number of foods such as breakfast rolls, eggs, bacon and other breakfast goodies. Coffee is often heated in mugs, although there have been a few incidents involving metal thermoses. "It's pretty nuts that all these people heat up their food every morning while they're waiting for the subway instead of heating it at home. They're not really saving that much time, but the shock from the defibrillator flash cooks it so much better than any normal way of cooking."

Alfredo Allen, head of security at the Journal Square PATH station said, the defibrillators have been more trouble than they are worth. "People are having a good time with those defibrillators but that's not what they are there for. Besides being such a grievous misuse of medical equipment, it is quite clear from the overhead security announcements that you should not be eating, smoking, or carrying on in the station, and people are using the defibrillators to do all of three of these things." One of the biggest problems Allen has is dealing with groups of teenagers and children who are not afraid to grab the defibrillators and play with them. These children have devised games in which the odd man out or the losers are subjected to quick shocks.

It's good practice for kids in case they have to shock some crazy person who's hanging around by the tracks, that is what I use it for. "The fact that you can shock a crazy person into passivity right down there by yourself makes riding the subway a lot more comfortable. And the homeless people benefit too because I'm sure not being able to remember who you are for more than 10 minutes at a time is a big relief considering the state they're in."


Is Red Bull Consumption Really A Factor In Newborns Wings?

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday put a hold and general recall on the Red Bull energy drink amid evidence that Red Bull has been linked to a few birth defects, mainly resulting in the emergence of wing like growths on the backs of newborn children.

"Red Bull is disappointed with the FDA's decision, and doesn't think that such action is necessary," said Red Bull spokesman Tyler Cowell in a prepared statement. "Our company has acted responsibly and will continue to act responsibly."

The unusual side effects, which occur in as many as 2 percent of women who drink Red Bull while pregnant, were first reported by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, who used a study group of well over 800 women during a course of 3 years. The researcher's results were published last fall, but the FDA and Red Bull executives had until yesterday, been resistant to acknowledge the group's findings. Now with the FDA seeming to validate the researcher's claims that "Red Bull directly contributes to leathery, bat like appendages which grow out from the child's shoulder blades", Red Bull is scrambling to prepare for huge losses and numerous lawsuits.

Public outcry over the Red Bull energy drink's side effects has been understandably high. Red Bull, which has cornered half of the energy drink market in the United States, "has a consumer base that is many strong, and heavily caffeinated," said Yale Law Professor Laura Bernard. "This is a pretty good recipe for a lawsuit storm."

Bernard, however, is not convinced that Tyson's argument will hold up in court. "Children as a rule want to fly, flying is the whole point, not the wings," said Bernard. "As of yet, none of the children who have been born with these wings have succeeded in achieving flight. Until they do, I think that Red Bull is going to get sued, and I think that the FDA is going to get sued for approving the product. And they are both going to lose." "The fact that the FDA approved this product in the first place will likely also have repercussions," continued Bernard. "This is going to be blow up huge, and take a lot of people down with it."

"There is no basis for a lawsuit, because there are no damages," explained Tyson. "So far the only allegations are that this product gives children wings. Have you ever met a child who did Not want wings?"

There are signs that Red Bull executives privately agreed with Bernard, and believe that they are indeed vulnerable from a legal standpoint. According to several sources, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, Red Bull has this last week alone spent fifteen million dollars in research and tests. "The purpose of these experiments is principally concerned with creating stronger wings that will allow a child to become airborne" said one source. "We're hoping to achieve a flying child long before this thing reaches the courts."


What's Up With Sarah Palin?

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Politicans were suddenly surprised on Sunday when Alaska Governor Sarah Palin checked herself into a rehab facility for an undisclosed number of narcotics in Wasilla, Alaska.

"I didn't see this coming at all," said Washington Post's Chris Cizilla. "But I really should have. Her behavior for the last six months is perfectly in line with a meth addict."

"This is shocking, completely shocking," said CNN contributor Melinda Torres. "Well, actually, not that shocking."

"All the signs were right " said Cizilla. "She displayed extreme paranoia in regards to the McCain staffers combined with a feeling of personal invincibility. And during the Couric interviews, you can see her giving rambling convoluted answers to pretty clear and simple questions. We all assumed she was just undisciplined as a politician. Now it's clear that she was high."

Palin, who comes from the methamphetamine capitol of Alaska, came into the national spotlight last fall when she was nominated to be John McCain's running mate. Initially well received due to her ability to energize a crowd, Palin quickly became the object of criticism due to her widely panned interviews with Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson. She was then spotlighted frequently by the news media as being "off script" from the McCain campaign, with several senior McCain aides saying that the governor was "going rogue."

"Her war with the press also makes great sense in light of the rehab," replied University of Oregon Psychology professor Nina Brian. "We all interpreted as just a very passionate adherence to a tried and true Republican tactic, but it was much deeper than that. The paranoia and animalistic defensiveness displayed was perfectly in line with that which is displayed by a crack addict. It's the feeling that forces are turning on you unjustly, but most importantly, it's combined with a near psychotic belief that you can beat those forces through sheer will."

"Governor Palin's behavior in the recent months has been far more in line with your average coke addict than your average politician," said UC Berkeley Psychology professor Dean Gordon. "A normal politician would mediate all actions based on the public appearance generated. Palin, on the other hand, seems to choose her actions based on their size, with little regard for embarrassment or side effects."

After the campaign's conclusion, Palin surprised many by forcefully staying in the spotlight, and frequently fueling late night comedians with strange statements and continued feuding with the now defunct McCain campaign staff. In November, she famously did a photo shoot in front of a slaughterhouse featuring a turkey being slaughtered just behind her. Most recently, she put many a tabloid star to shame with an incredibly public feud with Levi Johnston, the ex-fiance of her daughter and the father of her grandchild.


In-Dept Social Networking

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

A social network is a social structure made of nodes, which are generally individuals, that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, financial exchange, interests, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

Nodes are the individual actors within the networks, and ties are the relationships between the actors.

In its simplest form, a social network is a map of all of the relevant ties between the nodes being studied. There can be many kinds of ties between the nodes. Research in a number of academic fields has shown that social networks operate on many levels, from families up to the level of nations.

The shape of a social network helps determine a network's usefulness to its individuals. Smaller, tighter networks can be less useful to their members than networks with lots of weak ties to individuals outside the main network. More open networks, with many weak ties and social connections, are more likely to introduce new ideas and opportunities to their members than closed networks with many redundant ties. In other words, a group of friends who only do things with each other already share the same knowledge and opportunities. A group of individuals with connections to other social worlds is likely to have access to a wider range of information. It is better for individual success to have connections to a variety of networks rather than many connections within a single network. Similarly, individuals can exercise influence or act as brokers within their social networks by bridging two networks that are not directly linked.

Some researchers have suggested that human social networks may have a genetic basis. Using a sample of twins from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, they found that the number of times a person is named as a friend, the probability that two friends are friends with one another, the number of paths in the network that pass through a given person are all significantly heritable. Existing models of network formation cannot account for this intrinsic node variation, so the researchers propose an alternative "Attract and Introduce" model that can explain heritability and many other features of human social networks.

Story credited by PuppyJuice.com which has used and still uses social networking with a very successful outcome.


Anime History

tony7531 tony7531 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anime is the Japanese term for animation. Anime originated about 1917.

Anime, like manga or Japanese comics, is extremely popular in Japan and well known throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online. Both hand-drawn and computer animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction.

Anime began at the start of the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers experimented with the animation techniques also pioneered in France, Germany, the United States, and Russia. The oldest known anime in existence was screened in 1917, a two minute clip of a samurai trying to test a new sword on his target, only to suffer defeat. The first talking anime was Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka, released in 1933.

The success of The Walt Disney Company's 1937 feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs influenced Japanese animators. In the 1960s, manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka adapted and simplified many Disney animation techniques to reduce costs and number of frames in the production. He intended this as a temporary measure to allow him to produce material on a tight schedule with inexperienced animation staff.

The 1970s saw a surge of growth in the popularity of manga, which were often later animated, especially those of Osamu Tezuka, who has been called a legend and the "god of manga". His work and that of other pioneers in the field, inspired characteristics and genres that are fundamental elements of anime today.


Body proportions emulated in anime come from proportions of the human body. The height of the head is considered as the base unit of proportion. Head heights can vary as long as the remainder of the body remains proportional. Most anime characters are about seven to eight heads tall, and extreme heights are set around nine heads tall. A common approach is the large eyes style drawn on many anime and manga characters.

A common approach in anime is the large eyes style drawn on many anime and manga characters. However, not all anime have large eyes.

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