Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Saturday Night Live" rehearsals may be webcast

How great would this be? Smart move on the part of NBC as it doubles the exposure to the show. Downfall is that it kinda makes Saturday not much of a surprise anymore. Interesting....


NBC is mulling broadcasting Friday night rehearsal sessions of "Saturday Night Live" on the Internet.

It's just one of the many scenarios the digital future could deliver, according to NBC Universal chief digital officer George Kliavkoff, who openly mused about the possibilities Wednesday at the Digital Entertainment Media //&/amp;/amp; Marketing Excellence conference at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

"Sometimes it's a lot more interesting than the show," Kliavkoff joked, referring to the closed-circuit footage of "SNL's" Friday dry runs viewed at NBC headquarters. "It's something we watch on the cameras at 30 Rock."

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Circumsion University - Get Your Degree in Nut Clipping!

Circumcision against AIDS: A new program being developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) is attempting to suggest ways and principles for holding a mass circumcision in HIV-infected countries, particularly African countries.



Research has found that the removal of the foreskin, an act which is carried out during the circumcision ceremony, reduces the chances of being infected or infecting people with the HIV virus.



The issue was discussed in Jerusalem at the beginning of the week, in a meeting between WHO representatives, 20 Israeli physicians and Jewish and Muslim circumcisers.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Jaggers unite for grandad Joe's funeral


Our cndolences to the Jaggers

They have not always have seen eye to eye. But the ex-wives, former lovers and current girlfriend of Mick Jagger united to support him as he said a final farewell to his beloved father Joe.

Wearing a blacksuit and tie the rockstar looked stricken with grief as he welcomed mourners to the funeral service close to his Richmond home.

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Reid in crisis talks as prison population hits 80,000

Home Secretary John Reid is holding a summit with leading experts today in a bid to find a solution to the prisons crisis. The number of prisoners in England and Wales topped 80,000 for the first time in history today, prison sources said.

The number of inmates in England and Wales is running at a record high and Mr Reid has been forced to bring in emergency measures to hold prisoners in police stations.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Boot camp guards, nurse charged in boy's death

Seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse have been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a boy whose rough handling by the guards was videotaped, a special prosecutor said Tuesday.


Martin Lee Anderson, 13, collapsed on the exercise yard at the Bay County sheriff's camp in Panama City on January 5. Guards said he was uncooperative and refused to continue participating in exercises that were part of the camp's intake processes.


He died early the next morning in Pensacola.


Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Anderson's parents, was in Panama City with the family Tuesday and didn't immediately return a call for comment.

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My Chemical Romance announce new single

This is great news...been waiting for this for a long time.

My Chemical Romance are set to release a new single in early 2007.


'Famous Last Words' will be the follow up to the Number One 'The Black Parade' and the second from the band's album 'Welcome To The Black Parade'.


The single will proceed their biggest UK dates yet, though no official reelase date has been confirmed.


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My Chemical Romance announce new single

This is great news...been waiting for this for a long time.

My Chemical Romance are set to release a new single in early 2007.


'Famous Last Words' will be the follow up to the Number One 'The Black Parade' and the second from the band's album 'Welcome To The Black Parade'.


The single will proceed their biggest UK dates yet, though no official reelase date has been confirmed.


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Now your Boss can Monitor Your Mood

A new product invented by folk at the University of Tokyo and GS Yuasa moitors the 'mood' of a room- and presents it as coloured light display. The system, called SHOJI (Symbiotic Hosting Online Jog Instrument), measures a room's environmental conditions (light, temperature, humidity, infrared radiation and ultrasonic waves) and detects the presence and movement of people, body temperature, and the nature of the activity in the room. The idea is that there are two terminals, each in different rooms, reporting on the mood of the other via data sent over the internet and interpreted through coloured LEDs. By checking the color of light on the SHOJI terminal, users can easily understand the mood in the other room.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Assasination in Lebanon Makes Peace More Unlikely

If chances of a Lebanese-Israeli peace agreement seemed distant after Israel’s war this summer with Hezbollah, the assassination of a leading Lebanese Christian politician has further dampened the prospects.


Tuesday’s assassination of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, a fierce critic of Syrian influence on his country, has sharpened the divisions between Lebanese of pro-Western leanings and those in league with Syria.


If such a conflict ends up with Hezbollah and other pro-Syrian forces gaining the upper hand, it will put the chance of an Israeli-Lebanese peace accord ever further over the horizon — and could entrench the Shi’ite terrorist group as the main...

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Metro Now Largest Newspaper in the World

It's official. Metro, the flagship title of Metro International, has been declared the 'World's Largest Global Newspaper' by no less an authority than Guinness World Records.


According to the Metro website, the free daily is the largest and fastest growing international newspaper in the world. Seventy daily Metro editions are published in over 100 major cities in 21 countries in 19 languages across Europe, North /&/amp; South America and Asia.


The first Metro newspaper was published in Stockholm in 1995. There are 58 editions in Europe and international launches this year include Bohemia, Moravia, Castellon, Canary Islands, the Basque country, Mexico City and Croatia.


Shares in the Luxembourg-headquartered company are traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange but despite continuing growth over eleven years, it has yet to emerge from the red. Net debt as at September 30 stood at $19.2 million (€14.92m; £10.04m).


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Friday, November 17, 2006

GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader

this is unbelievable.....


House Republicans this morning voted to return two of their top officials to high-ranking leadership posts in the next Congress, despite challenges from representatives who said the party's defeat at the polls 10 days ago warranted putting new people at the helm.

Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the current majority leader, was elected 168 to 27 over challenger Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to serve as minority leader in the Democratic-controlled Congress that will convene in January. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas received one vote.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Web 2.0 event hot ticket in S.F.

If you're a tech news junkie, you're in for an exciting week. The third Web 2.0 conference gets under way in San Francisco today, and the three-day event, credited with coining the term ``Web 2.0'' and expected to draw 1,000 participants, is being used as a forum by start-ups and more established companies to announce new initiatives.


Look, for example, for news that Intel is starting a new business Internet suite in concert with four venture-backed start-ups, two of which have received backing from Intel's venture arm, Intel Capital. The suite aims to make work life more efficient and less expensive for small and medium-size businesses, and will be available later this month.


Desktop publishing software company Adobe Systems will announce that it is contributing source code to the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla is a non-profit that produces Firefox, a free and increasingly popular Web browser created by hundreds of volunteer software developers that competes with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. ``We hope the move will expose a much broader set of people to Adobe's products and technologies,'' said Pam Deziel, director of product marketing at Adobe.


In addition, online retailer Amazon.com is set to announce it will begin supplying Web logistics services to companies, like data storage, according to Business Week.


Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, one of numerous high-profile speakers at the conference, will present the details. Other speakers include Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of IAC/InteractiveCorp, angel investor Ram Shriram (one of Google's first backers), Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.


Such combined star power is rare today, but it helps to illustrate why the venue has become such a popular forum for major announcements. The conference's profile has risen along with that of Web 2.0 technologies, an umbrella term for a wide range of online applications, including social networks, blogs, podcasts and collaborative online documents known as wikis.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

1 Second South African Condoms

Good to see South African innovation is using it's power for good... :)

Condoms, which promoters say can be put on in just one second, are going on sale in South Africa this week.

"Using an ordinary condom is a real pain," says Pronto condom designer Willem van Rensburg.

"By the time the condom is on, the mood is halfway out the window." Pronto condoms do not need to be unwrapped.

Mr van Rensburg told the BBC he hopes it will encourage people to use condoms in a country where 5.5m people have HIV - one of the world's highest figures.

"If you're slow, it'll take you three seconds. You can really do it in one," Mr van Rensburg's former business partner Roelf Mulder told the AFP news agency.

'Passion-killer'

The firm's adverts, which can be seen on its website, feature jokes at the expense of two senior South African politicians - former Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Mr Zuma said in a court case that he had showered after having unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive in order not to contract the virus.

Dr Tshabalala-Msimang is known as "Dr Beetroot" for her advice to those with HIV to eat nutritious food such as garlic and beetroot.

Mr van Rensburg said he looked at the research into South Africa's Aids problem and found that low condom use was a real factor and this was largely because people found them difficult to use.

"People find it's a passion-killer and they're willing to take their chances."

He said it had taken him five years' hard work to get the product to market.

Pronto condoms are not yet on sale outside South Africa.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Office 2007 Ships on December 1st

Well...finally MSFT has gotten around to shipping the 4 year overdue update to Office. How can a company in this day and age think that shipping every few years is even remotely good enough. Somebody please take this lame horse and shoot it. Sadly...I will still go out and buy it.


Microsoft has completed Microsoft Office 2007, and it will be released for download on December 1st for US and Canadian residents. As for users in other parts of the world, there will be 13 countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Mexico, that will be able to download a free 60-day trial later in December. Retails stores will not see Office 2007 until early 2007, missing the giant Christmas buying season. The price for the new Office will sit at $239 for a standard home use version, and $399 for an upgraded full retail version. An Ultimate version will also be available that will cost $679 and of course, will be loaded with features. Some interesting stats about the new Office 2007 version: it will feature 50,000 new help articles, 35 new demos, 24 online training courses, and 400 templates.

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Children from secretive Nazi program to meet publicly

Each one has a different story, yet they all bear the same hallmarks: lied to about their past, abnormal birth certificates, an inner feeling that something isn't quite right.

Gathered Saturday in this eastern German village known for it's knights castle with fairy tale spires, some 40 "Lebensborn Kinder" gathered

to share stories of aunts who turned out to be mothers, ice-cold adoptive parents who slid into alcoholism and the joy at finding a relative who embraced them as a member of their family. And this year, four years after they first started meeting and one year after they became an officially organized group, they gathered to tell their story to the public, seeking to correct historical misconceptions that Nazi's Lebensborn program was a high-end bordellos offering blue-eyed blondes to SS officers.

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