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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The compact disc

A compact disc (or CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. It is the standard playback format for commercial audio recordings today.

A standard compact disc, often known as an "audio CD" to differentiate it from later variants, stores audio data in a format compliant with the famous red book standard.

But what do you do with a cd you failed to burn, or which surface is full of scratches or just don't want anymore?




If you were Mr. George Radebaugh
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If you were Ms. Marcy Zitz
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If you were really obstinate
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Icicle climb
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Special link: cd art
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

I want those!

No words can adequately describe quite how breathtakingly cool this i.Tech Virtual Keyboard is. Bluetooth enabled, it uses infrared to project a clear and crisp keyboard onto your desktop, and then transfers your keystrokes via wireless networking to your PDA, Pocket PC or smart phone - it sounds far too futuristic to be true. But it's very much for real, and it's awesome.
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USB Cup Warmer
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USB Massager
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Funny Faces
There are a lot of people that have time to waste...
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Chicken and eggs
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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs, also known as Spring eggs in the United States, are specially decorated eggs given out to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute eggs made from chocolate, or plastic eggs filled with candy such as jellybeans. Candy Easter eggs can be any form of confectionery such as hollow chocolate eggs wrapped in brightly-colored foil. Some are delicately constructed of spun sugar and pastry decoration techniques. The ubiquitous jelly egg or jellybean is made from sugar-coated pectin candy. These are often hidden, supposedly by the Easter Bunny, for children to find on Easter morning. Decorated eggs are much older than Easter, and both eggs and rabbits are age-old fertility symbols. The Passover Seder service uses a hard-cooked egg flavored with salt water as a symbol both of new life and the Temple service in Jerusalem. The Jewish tradition may have come from earlier Roman Spring feasts.

Easter Egg as a Symbol
Of all the symbols associated with Easter the egg, the symbol of fertility and new life, is the most identifiable. The customs and traditions of using eggs have been associated with Easter for centuries. Originally Easter eggs were painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and were used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts. After they were colored and etched with various designs the eggs were exchanged by lovers and romantic admirers, much the same as valentines. In medieval time eggs were traditionally given at Easter to the servants. In Germany eggs were given to children along with other Easter gifts.
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History of Easter Egg
The egg is nature's perfect package. It has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen. It is the universal symbol of Easter celebrations throughout the world and has been dyed, painted, adorned and embellished in the celebration of its special symbolism.
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How To Decorate Easter Eggs
"When drying eggs, use bleach container lids - they are just the right size and don't make a ring around the bottom of the egg".
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Easter Egg-tivities
Move your cursor over these magical eggs to choose an activity.
Click on an egg to begin.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Swords

Sword (from Old English sweord, cognate to Old High German swert, literally "wounding tool" from a Proto-Indo-European root *swer- "to wound, to hurt") is a term for a long-edged, bladed weapon, consisting in its most fundamental design of a blade, usually with two edges for striking and cutting, a point for thrusting, and a hilt for gripping. The basic intent and physics of swordsmanship remain fairly constant, but the actual techniques vary between cultures and periods as a result of the differences in blade design and purpose. The names given to many swords in mythology, literature, and history reflect the high prestige of the weapon.

Swords in Literature Books
"The Silver Sword", "Won by the Sword", "The Sword and the Circle", and many others.
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Movie and Swords
Movie swords, weapons, knives and collectibles from your favorite movies.
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Beautiful Swords
Enjoy this incredible swords stuff.
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Armor Heroes
Use your swords to kill the enemies.
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Do you know the Prince of Persia?
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Monday, April 10, 2006

Illusion

An illusion is a distortion of a sensory perception. Each of the human senses can be deceived by illusions, but visual illusions are the most well known. Some illusions are subjective; different people may experience an illusion differently, or not at all.
An optical illusion is characterized by visually perceived images that are deceptive or misleading. Information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. A conventional assumption is that there are physiological illusions that occur naturally and cognitive illusions that can be demonstrated by specific visual tricks that apparently show particular assumptions in the human perceptual system


Dreams of flying
You can see a photo album of surreal images
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Optical illusion
Enjoy these original optical illusions
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The Art of Motion
This boy faces every natural law
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Water Mat
If you want of walk on the water...
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Sometimes the reality is not as it seems
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Fashion for eyes
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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Chess: Brain, Blood and Fun

Chess is an abstract strategy board game for two players. It is played on a square board of eight rows (called ranks) and eight columns (called files), giving 64 squares of alternating color, light and dark, with each player having a light square at the near-right corner when facing the board. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces which can move in defined directions (and in some instances, limited range) and can remove other pieces from the board: each player's pieces comprise eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king. All pieces can remove opponent's pieces by landing on the space they occupy. One player controls the white pieces and the other player controls the black pieces; the player that controls white is always the first player to move. In chess, when a player's king is directly threatened with capture by one or more of the opponent's pieces, the player is said to be in check. When in check, only moves that can evade check, block check, or take the offending piece are permitted. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent; this occurs when the opponent's king is in check, and no move can be made that would prevent it.

Basic Rules of Chess
Learn the Basics
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All about the Game
History, openings, tactics....everything about the most violent game in the world
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Daily Chess
Test your chess skills with a daily new problem
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A lot of variants
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Chinese Chess
Another War Game
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Chess in the movies
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A lot of problems
Collection of chess puzzles
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Play Chess
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Friday, April 07, 2006

Vampires

Vampires are mythical or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood (hematophagy), often having unnatural powers, heightened bodily functions, and/or the ability to physically transform. Some cultures have myths of non-human vampires, such as demons or animals like bats, dogs, and spiders. Vampires are often described as having a variety of additional powers and character traits, extremely variable in different traditions, and are a frequent subject of folklore, cinema, and contemporary fiction. Vampirism is the practice of drinking blood from a person/animal. Vampires are said to mainly bite the victim's neck, extracting the blood from the carotid artery. In folklore and popular culture, the term generally refers to a belief that one can gain supernatural powers by drinking human blood. The historical practice of vampirism can generally be considered a more specific and less commonly occurring form of cannibalism. The consumption of another's blood (and/or flesh) has been used as a tactic of psychological warfare intended to terrorize the enemy, and it can be used to reflect various spiritual beliefs.

Historical vampires
It's not only a legend....
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Vampire Hunter Kit
Wanna become a vampire hunter? You have to buy this
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Vampires movies
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The Vampire Library
The Vampire Library is a resource for readers of vampire fiction, literature and non-fiction books
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The Science of Vampires
Yes, there's a science for almost everything
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Vampire Boy
Help Villiam, the young vampire run around the huge castle and find his hidden sweets...
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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Martial Arts

A martial art, often referred to as a fighting system, is a system of codified practices and traditions of training for combat, usually (but not always) without the use of guns and other modern weapons. Today, people study martial arts for various reasons including sport, fitness, self-defense, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline and character development, and self-confidence. The therm "martial art" does not mean only a way of fighting, but it can be interpreted as a life philosophy. A real martial artist should find in his own martial art a way by 'honestly expressing himself'. The most important example of Martial Artist of the 20th century is Bruce Lee. Through his films he made occidental people know martial arts fascination.
"With nothing but his hands, feet and a lot of attitude, he turned the little guy into a tough guy." -- Time


The Time
"In an America where the Chinese were still stereotyped as meek house servants and railroad workers, Bruce Lee was all steely sinew, threatening stare and cocky, pointed finger — a Clark Kent who didn't need to change outfits. He was the redeemer, not only for the Chinese but for all the geeks and dorks and pimpled teenage masses that washed up at the theaters to see his action movies. He was David, with spin-kicks and flying leaps more captivating than any slingshot".
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All About Martial Arts
This site is dedicated to providing the most complete and comprehensive up-to date information on all aspects of Martial Arts.
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Bruce Lee Divine Wind
In a lifetime comprising a mere 32 years, Bruce Lee revolutionized the world of martial arts through his profound teachings and philosophy, and created a legacy through his work in motion pictures, that has evolved into a Legend. Thought by many to be the ‘Greatest martial artist of the 20th Century’, Bruce Lee didn't believe in classic styles of fighting, like judo or Karate, but he proposed a new style, a style with no rules, a style with which a martial artist could express himself, "totally and completely".
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Lost Interview
"...like water: if you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup; if you put water into a body, it becomes the body; if you put (water) into a tea-pot, it becomes the tea-pot. A water can flow or it can crash:be water my friend!", "...I do not believe in styles anymore, I do not believe that there is such thing as like a chinese way of fighting or a japanese way of fighting or whatever way of fighting...", "...here I am as a human being, how can I express myself, totally and completely", "...martial arts have a very deep mean...I think that martial arts mean honestly expressing yourself"
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Bruce Lee Game
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Alice

The most common perspective on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is that it is a whimsical fantasy. However, there is disagreement with this perspective. To a number of people, the book does not characterize whim and fantasy, but rather horror and self-sustaining Kafkesque insanity. The comedy of the book, while clearly visible, does not mitigate the fact, but rather causes it to stand out by perverse contrast. Taken from this perspective, the novel (as well as Through the Looking-Glass) is a sinister, pernicious world characterized by persons who exist fully by a self-sustaining logic that exists without reference to outside influence, including the influence of a sane, rational, and moral mind. By this perspective, at its essence, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is not a dream but a surreal nightmare involving loss of control, inability to communicate or reason, rampant uncontrolled change of one's self and everything around, and a total inability to gain any foundation in the world.

The real Alice
L, I know it begins with L
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The Author
Who was Lewis Carroll?
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Cheshire Cat Chess
Obviously...everything disappears!
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The jabberwocky
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!

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Tom Waits: Alice
Read the words, buy the album
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Alice illustrations by Arthur Rackham
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Works
Read the Books and some related studies
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Alice's Maze
Try to get out of here.......
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Big Heads

The front (ventrum) of the head, where the eyes, ears, and mouth are located, is called the face.
The area above the eyes is called the forehead (the front of the head). Below the mouth is the chin.
Younger aged humans and some older humans' heads have a continuously growing layer of hair covering the head.
Most females of the human race do not lose this covering during the aging process, however some males can lose their head hair as they grow older.
We want to discuss the relationship between the head size and the brain capacities.

Head Size and Mental Ability
Why people with large heads suffer less cognitive decline in old age.
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Big Heads
We present a really strange trend. Any of the photos follow the same form: a picture of a person in the foreground, and on the background, a giant head. Now, that's a clever picture once or twice, but it was happening so often that it really caught our attention. Was it always the same photographer? No, it turns out, it's not. So our best guess at this point is that one of the photo editors just has a giant head fetish of some kind.
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Big Head Caps
Big Head Caps offers extra large size adjustable baseball caps for the cranially endowed.
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Big Heads Cartoons
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His Head Falls Off
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Soccer history

The contemporary history of football spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1863 in England, when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the world's first football association was founded - The Football Association in England. Both forms of football stemmed from a common root and both have a long and intricately branched ancestral tree. Their early history reveals at least half a dozen different games, varying to different degrees and to which the historical development of football is related and has actually been traced back. Whether this can be justified in some instances is disputable. Nevertheless, the fact remains that playing a ball with the feet has been going on for thousands of years and there is absolutely no reason to believe that it is an aberration of the more "natural" form of playing a ball with the hands.

The colourful history of a fascinating game
More than 2000 Years of Football
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Football origin scheme
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World cup history
The World Cup (The Golden Nike) was founded in 1930 by Frenchman Jules Rimet, the creator of World Cup History
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The History of the Soccer Ball
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The History of the Official World Cup Match Balls
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The History of Soccer Shoes
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Football poem
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Football game
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Enjoy
The Driver

Monday, April 03, 2006

Keys

Most people in modern society use keys on a daily basis, to secure their home, their vehicle, or to access their workplace, among other uses. Those that use a number of keys will usually place them on a ring or key chain, often with other items such as key fobs. But often happens that people forget where the keys are placed...

Where are my keys?
Welcome to "Where are my keys?" the only site you need to find what you have lost. There are currently 2681 places where what was lost could be.
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Are you of a forgetful nature?
Canadian Tribal Expression is implanting a 64-bit RFID tag which enables people to unlock doors computers, cars and computers without requiring any keys or passwords. One needs to simply walk up to the door and open it without searching for any keys.
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Japanese style
An apartment block with no key. Actually, inhabitants use their Osaifu K-tai instead of classic key to the door.
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Nuclear plant owners lose keys
AGerman nuclear power station officials have admitted losing the keys to top security areas within their own plant.
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Lost Keys!
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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Maps of the World

Jorge Luis Borges is said to have remarked that the only accurate representation of reality would be reality itself; by extension, the only accurate map of the Earth would be the exact shape and size of the Earth itself. Since we cannot construct such a map, we accept a certain level of inaccuracy from our maps, conceding, for instance, that individual buildings need not be marked on a city map, or that fluctuations in elevations will remain unmarked until they deviate by more than a set number of feet from a pre-established elevation. As Borges implied, we must expect some inaccuracies of this kind. But even beyond this simple separation of reality and representation, our society functions in relative naïveté about the accuracy of maps. Most of us blindly accept the borders on our maps, for example, but if you ask an Indian and a Pakistani to draw the boundaries of Kashmir on a blank map of the Indian subcontinent you will almost surely get two very different maps (From Modern Medieval Map Myths: The Flat World, Ancient Sea-Kings, and Dragons, by Michael Livingston)

Medieval World Maps
In this are listed the medieval cartographic images in the wonderful Henry Davis's collection, such as the Macrobian (A.D. 400), the Al-lstakhri (A.D. 934), and the Polychronicon (A.D. 1350)
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Wolrdmapper
The maps presented on this website are cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. The maps of the world you are used to seeing attempt to represent countries according to their land area. A cartogram re-sizes each country (or other geographical unit) according to some other variable - for example population, GDP, number of people with AIDS, etc. In the population example, densely-populated country such as the UK will appear much larger than it does on a standard map, and sparsely populated countries will appear smaller
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Maplecroft
Maplecroft is a highly visual web-based resource which contains detailed country information for over 200 states and maps key social, economic, environmental and political issues and their significance to business and society. The interactive map enables users to view an issue individually or in combination with other issues in order to illustrate the relationship between two or more associated topics. This innovative tool is designed to raise awareness amongst corporations, government and non governmental organisations, academics and students of how an organisation's operations interact with wider society, and how the risks and opportunities generated can be responsibly managed through stakeholder engagement and partnership
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World Sunlight Map
Watch the sun rise and set all over the world on this real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth's patterns of sunlight, darkness, and cloud cover based on current weather satellite data
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Internet Mapping Project
The Internet has a diameter of about 10,000 pookies
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