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Women now a majority of web users

“As late as 1997, males made up 65% of all Internet users. But things have shifted, and quickly.” As a matter of fact, women now make up 51.6% of all Internet users in the US. That number seems a bit surprising at first, but when compared to the overall population breakdown in the US, which is 51% women, it looks ... Read More »

Charles Darwin’s Tsunami Narrative

Whilst on his expedition aboard the Beagle, Charles Darwin witnessed an earthquake / tsunami in the Pacific, where they are much more common and where warning systems are currently in place: Shortly after the shock, a great wave was seen from the distance of three or four miles, approaching in the middle of the bay with a smooth outline; but ... Read More »

Get up and Walk, thanks to stem cells, it happens

It should be noted that this miracle of science ocurred using umbilical cord stem cells, and not the heavily politicized embryonic variety. A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Hwang Mi-Soon, 37, had been bedridden since damaging her back in ... Read More »

Movie Review: National Treasure

Somewhere deep under the Hollywood Hills, Jerry Bruckheimer has a giant blender. Into that blender Mr. Bruckheimer threw a copy of Raiders of the Last Ark, an American History text that was missing a few pages, a few giant snowcats, some bulletproof glass, a touch of poppy sarcasm, and just for good measure, Jon Voight, Sean Bean and Nick Cage. ... Read More »

Tivo users remember commercials better than normal viewers?

It’s counter intuitive, but my personal experience bears it out. When I Tivo, I have to watch closely, or I miss the beginning. It’s like commercial concentrate – When mixed with everything else with my brain, it tastes just like normal commercials, in 5% of the time. This *may* lead to shorter commercial spot tests – 15 seconds, with text-heavy ... Read More »

Gonzalez to replace Ashcroft

According to reports: WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush has chosen White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, a Texas confidant and one of the most prominent Hispanics in the administration, to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft, sources close to the White House said Wednesday. Ashcroft announced his resignation on Tuesday, along with Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a Texas friend of the president’s. ... Read More »

Airlines blame fat people again.

Airlines are now saying that it is costing the more to operate because people have gotten heavier. Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 just to carry ... Read More »

Movie Review: The Incredibles

According to Pixar, each frame of animation (representing 1/24th of a second of screentime) takes about 6 hours for their server farm to render. By my math, this 115 minute long movie thus took 993,600 hours to render me absolutely speechless. Seriously. I was at a loss for words when the Disney lady outside the theatre asked me what I ... Read More »

What anagrams teach us about this election

There is truth in anagrams dear friends, and we would be neglectful bloggers not to to open our eyes to it. An anagramical dissection of “early exit polls” may indeed reveal what went wrong. Perhaps we should have “let a sex pillory” get more involved in the process. Maybe the Kerry campers were a part of the “Italy loserplex“. Who ... Read More »

To Concede or not to Concede

Last night I went to bed around 2:30 central, confident that George Bush had won reelection. I was off by 14 – I missed both Wisconsin and Hawaii (my underdog), but over all, this election went pretty much how the Real Clear Politics averages suggested it would. Should John Kerry concede? I wouldn’t…yet. There are still a lot of provisional ... Read More »