"Several companies in Silicon Valley are banning laptops, Blackberries, iphones and other connected gadgets from meetings."
"Do You Know Someone Who Is In Jail or Prison? Then “Three Squares Greetings” – “For Those Who Can’t Come Home” is the greeting card line for you."
"Until April 19 they are running a fascinating exhibition on artistic explorations of the current advancements in neurological research. The works shown in BRAINWAVE: Common Senses encourage visitors to consider the brain not only as the center of human activity but as a site for interpretation, for scientific and philosophical debates, for examining our relationship to the world - and for questioning our common sense."
"These days, the idea of making a three-course meal for a family of four for less than $20 can seem impossible. Unless, that is, you shop at the 99� Only Stores. There are more than 200 of them throughout the West — not to mention other bargain variations like the Dollar Store — true to their name, everything costs exactly 99 cents. Christiane Jory thoroughly embraces this fact in her book, The 99� Only Stores Cookbook. The idea may sound silly, but the book is filled with recipes for gourmet items like gruyere beignets, salmon souffle and Pinot Noir poached pear tarts."
"Shivpuri district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, an overpopulated area renowned for its machismo culture, has started to offer fast-tracked gun licences for those who agree to be sterilised."
"Netflix sent an apology note to customers whose DVDs were delayed by their 11-hour service outage on Monday, along with a 5% service credit. In so doing, they perfectly followed the three-steps of fixing customer service problems: 1. Admit fault, quickly. 2. Say sorry like you mean it. 3. Give conciliatory gift of monetary value."
"Researchers at Yale established that "explanations of psychological phenomena seem to generate more public interest when they contain neuroscientific information."
"Would you pay $35 for a movie ticket, plus extra for popcorn? What if it guaranteed no one could kick your seat? An Australian theater chain opening in Redmond this fall is betting affluent audiences will pay three times the typical ticket price for plush, reclining seats equipped with call buttons for service, allowing them to order gourmet food, wine and cocktails from the theater's restaurant."
"Earlier this month Texas-based Whole Foods launched the Whole Earth Generation, a video podcast series dedicated to raising environmental awareness among today's youth. Episodes of the series will address topics generated by Generations Y and Z, with highlights including interviews with celebrities and peers, ideas for a sustainable future, cool green products, and how to convince skeptical families and friends to go green."
"While those offerings were intended primarily for indoor spaces, the D Garden Collection is picking up on the same concept and bringing it outdoors. Paris-based D Garden Collection has its sights set squarely on terraces, balconies and patios with its textile banners, self-adhesive wall stickers and waterproof cushion covers."
"You could wait for the rapture to see your child with Christ. But your faith, however strong, doesn’t guarantee that your child is going to wind up in heaven with you. Let’s face facts: your kid could go wrong—he could go gay, or vote Democratic, or wind up working for Planned Parenthood. So don’t wait. Let Amanda Kay put your child in Christ’s arms today."
"An odor that persisted for a week in a room at the Red Roof Inn on Woodlake Drive - and a guest's refusal of housekeeping services - roused the maid's suspicion."
"...if Senator Obama sustains serious political wounds going into the general election and winds up losing, then Hillary Clinton is sitting pretty in 2012. In four years, John McCain will be 209 years old, and coming off a disastrous first term. We will still be in Iraq and the country will be dying for change. If you thought the voters wanted change now, imagine what the situation will be in 2012. Imagine how starved the electorate will be for a Democrat if McCain just spent four years replicating George W. Bush's policies - as he is adamantly promising to do on the campaign trail. At that point, Senator Clinton would be able to swoop in and say, "See, you went with Obama last time and he lost, just like I told you. Now, nominate me, and I will take this White House back like we should have four years ago!"
"When it comes to saving the environment, things are often not as simple as they seem at first blush."
"Deputies said a woman in western Kansas sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years, and they're investigating whether she was mistreated. Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said a man called his office last month to report that something was wrong with his girlfriend. Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital."
"Democrats want to “put a bullet right in the hearts of our troops,” says Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican of Texas."
"ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A mother says the straws she bought for her three-year-old daughter were shaped like a male sex organ. What is your take on the straws? Toy, Rocket, or other child-friendly shape?"
"A survey released Tuesday showed that 41.2% of people in Japan have at least once taken their cell phones to the bathtub to make calls, type emails, listen to music or play games."
"Fascinating and beautifully-shot documentary that profiles four different hoarders."
"The research commissioned by Logitech claims that, in a quarter of homes, there is only one person who knows how to operate all the technology."
"For a nominal fee your photog will follow you around on your daily routine. You tell them where you’re going to be and upload a picture of your face (trust us, it’s easier this way) and they take care of the rest."
"Creighton kicked off what promises to be the greatest week of basketball in Omaha history with a comeback for the books. Click to Enlarge Creighton's Cavel Witter, No. 3, tries a reverse on Rhode Island's Kaheim Seawright. Cavel Witter buried a 3-point shot from the corner with 3.2 seconds to play Tuesday night to give the Bluejays a 74-73 victory over Rhode Island in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Qwest Center Omaha."
"Michael Knetter may just go down in history as one of the greatest fundraisers of all time. Knetter is the dean of the Wisconsin Business School. Other universities have managed to raise substantial amounts of money by naming their business schools after generous donors (think Carlson, Tuck, Goizueta, Sloan, etc.). But Knetter did something far more impressive. He managed to raise $85 million in return for promising not to name the school for the next 20 years."
"Goodyear can't build a tire worth a crap," said the mouthy fireplug of a man known for saying exactly what's going on inside his racing helmet. A frustrated Stewart was speaking after a race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway about newly designed tires that forced drivers to drive like grandmas."
"Boston has joined others cities in banning artery-clogging trans fats from food served in restaurants and grocery stores. Businesses, as well as schools and hospitals, will have to stop using oils and spreads that contain trans fats. Prepackaged foods such as a bag of chips or cookies won't be included."
"Two spectators at a high school basketball game are considering legal action after they say they were kicked off the court for not standing up for the National Anthem."
"Fritos still only equals three ingredients: whole corn, corn oil, and salt. And if I had my say, it's really only two, because whole corn and corn oil is pretty much the same thing. Fritos doesn't screw around; Fritos don't try to hide behind clever scientific words like "partial hydrogenated". My conclusion, if you want to go organic, eat Fritos. If you want to start preserving your body like the Egyptians did for mummification, Doritos is the way to go."
"We've all heard of people drinking their own urine to survive out in the wild when there is no access to water. Though urine is sterile and (usually) safe to drink, using it as plant fertilizer may be more palatable option to most. The smart folks at EAWAG Aquatic Research in Switzerland have developed a way to extract the phosphorus and nitrogen from urine to be used as fertilizer. Cultivating the nutrients leaves urine harmless to wildlife, otherwise untreated urine reaches the oceans, feeding algae causing algae blooms (also known as Red Tides) which soak up all the oxygen and suffocate fish. A DIY kit for turning your pee into fertilizer will be available during the drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee installation opening tomorrow at Eyebeam in New York as part of "Feedback." Drinkpee is an exhibit that explores the role of our bodies and byproducts in larger ecosystems. For more info on how to turn your pee into fertilizer and the upcoming exhibition visit drinkpee and Eyebeam."
"Psychologists at Edinburgh University found that inherited genes control up to half of the personality traits that keep us happy. The group, working with researchers in Australia, studied nearly 1000 pairs of twins. They built up a picture of each individual's personality by assessing factors such as how sociable and outgoing they were, or how anxious or angry they feel. The group were able to identify evidence of common genes that result in certain personality traits, which in turn predispose people to happiness."
"A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe."
"She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer. Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York."
"Slut-o-meter evaluates the promiscuity of the subject you enter by comparing the number of Google search results with and without "safe-search" enabled. A complete slut would return unsafe results and no safe results. Alternatively, a clean name should produce the same number of safe and unsafe results."
"Dawn Wells, who portrayed Mary Ann on the TV series Gilligan’s Island, was arrested after leaving her surprise 69th birthday party in October for possession of marijuana and other charges."
"Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal. The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site. Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted."
"As advertisers, what can we do about this? If 85% of adults don't want websites collecting data (as the NYT article says), but teens want more behavior targeted ads... well, where does that leave us for now?"
"The American Political Science Review’s Feb. 2008 issue has a new study by Alan Gerber, Donald Green, and Christopher Larimer testing the accuracy of voter turnout theories based on “rational self-interested behavior.” The researchers sought to “distinguish between two aspects of this type of utility, intrinsic satisfaction from behaving in accordance with a norm and extrinsic incentives to comply.” To accomplish this, they sent out a series of mailings to several hundred thousand registered voters. One in particular led to a whopping 8.1 percent increase in voter turnout. What were its contents? It told whether recipients and their neighbors had voted in past elections, and promised to send an updated list after the upcoming election."
"Guests at the new Andaz Liverpool Street hotel in London will soon have the opportunity to enjoy not just a homelike atmosphere complete with a "living room" instead of a traditional lobby. Next month, during the world-famous London Book Fair, guests will also be able to partake of the services of the hotel's first-ever "reader-in-residence," who will be available to read aloud to them in their rooms."
"Honey may be one of a growing number of snobmoddities, as we noted back in 2006, but that doesn't mean it isn't still sometimes a sticky mess. Not so the Honey Drop, a new honey that you can hold in your hand."
"The seven deadly sins have grown to at least 14 after the Vatican updated its 1400-year-old list of the worst moral failures to reflect the modern world. The new deadly sins that may lead to eternal damnation are polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice, The Times newspaper has reported."
"Some 81 billion return envelopes are sent through the US mail each year in credit-card statements, utility bills and other direct mailings, at an estimated cost of 1 billion pounds in greenhouse gas emissions and more than 71 trillion BTUs of energy. Eliminate some of those by using reusable envelopes instead, and it could make a big difference for the environment. That’s the thinking behind ecoEnvelopes, a Minnesota-based company that aims to eliminate the use of reply envelopes from corporate America. Its alternative: a line of reusable envelopes that simply zip open, allowing users to insert their response or payment and seal them up again just like a regular envelope."
"Take a look at the seven YouTube videos below, all taken by student cell phone cameras in classrooms."
"As one of the largest makers of voting machines and A.T.M.’s in the United States, Diebold is presumably good with figures. But when it comes to the firm’s own accounts, it has hit more than a few glitches. Diebold has not filed a quarterly earnings report since May 2007, and its accounting problems could be a factor as the company seeks to fend off an unsolicited, $3 billion takeover bid from United Technologies."
"PGA Tour player Tripp Isenhour got mad a hawk that made noise while he was on a TV show, so he drove closer to the bird in his golf cart and began hitting balls at it. He eventually hit the bird and killed it. He was charged with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird. "I am an animal lover," he said."
"A California appeals court ruling has just made parents who home schooled their kids criminals (if they don’t have teaching credentials). Here’s the story that sent a shockwave through the homeschooling movement."
"No. 20 Drake beat Creighton 75-67 on Saturday to reach the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final for the first time."
"When was the last time your favorite tree demanded anything from you? Attention? Conversation? Compliments? Surprise that oak, that maple, that honey locust. Drape a gleaming stainless steel necklace around your precious..."
"Cavel Witter scored 15 points, including the final six points for Creighton, in a 74-70 win over Bradley Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament."
"If you've never heard of PowerPoint Karaoke, that probably means you're neither German nor a hardcore techie. The phenomenon has been spreading geek to geek and conference to conference since it was invented by a German artists' group in 2005. In a typical event, a few brave people volunteer to "present" a random deck of slides pulled off the Web, or borrowed from friends or employers. The audience laughs, cheers, and yells out suggestions as the presenters gamely struggle to link one slide to the next, transforming something that probably started life as a tedious corporate monologue into a five-minute flight of creative irony."
"It seems that Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, dumped his girlfriend via Wikipedia!"
"Identifying desirable experiences, then delivering them."
"The compulsive liars had, in fact, 22-26% more white matter in their prefrontal cortex than did normal controls. The study's author is quoted as saying that allows them (or responds to a need) to "jump from one idea to another and ... come up with more random stories and ideas."
"The individual user has been king on the Internet, but the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward edited information vetted by professionals."
"They plan on adding a few new modern characters and destroying the rain forest section in favor of adding a nationalistic USA section."
"Let’s give the Bible a makeover! A series of zines geared towards the youth/teen market. Not a bad approach actually, mimicking the hundreds of fashion mags out on the market. (Although I know God won’t be reading it. Why would you when you already have perfect skin?)"
"House Speaker Pro Tem Doug Smith and Rep. Harold Mitchell's bill would require the South Carolina High School League to use instant replay to resolve disputed plays in football and basketball playoff games."
"To the list of simple childhood pleasures whose safety has been questioned, add this: eating snow. A recent study found that snow — even in relatively pristine spots like Montana and the Yukon — contains large amounts of bacteria."
"The board of directors of the company, which used TV spots as programming online and on TV, this morning decided to end the effort after investors balked at pouring more money into it."
"Gary Gygax, who died on Tuesday aged 69, invented Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), among the first, and certainly the most influential, of the role-playing games which had their roots in fantasy literature and which, though they often used no more than pencils, paper and dice, had an immense impact on computer gaming."
"Our good friends over at Kraft Foods are planning to launch a line of frozen bagels that come pre-filled with cream cheese."
"Creighton's Senior Night belonged to sophomore Cavel Witter. The 5-foot-11 guard scored 42 points, including the Bluejays' final five in the first overtime Saturday and their final 10 in the second, to rally Creighton to a 111-110 double overtime victory over Bradley."
"It has been two years and 142 cases since he last asked a question: The questions may be helpful to the others, Thomas said, but not to him."
More than one third of Americans hit the snooze bar.