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April 14, 2006

Top 25 Ways to Save at the Pump

1. Find the places near you that offer the cheapest gas and shop there first. (Resources: Cheap Gas, Gas Buddy, Gas Price Watch)

2. Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll. The placard on the inside drivers door is where you'll find the correct tire pressure (usually about 28 PSI). Consider replacing worn tires with Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) tires.

3. Fill up on weekdays—because prices usually rise on the weekend. The cheapest times to buy gas are typically Tuesday midday or Wednesday morning.

4. Fill up at night because pumps deliver more gas when temperatures are lower.

5. Buy gas from busy gas stations. Stations that are consistently busy have their tanks refilled regularly, which means the fuel is more likely to be fresh. Fresh gas has more power than gas that has become contaminated by sitting in infrequently used tanks.

6. Avoid gas stations near freeways, however, because prices are often higher there.

7. Don't overbuy. Unless your owner's manual says you must use a higher grade (which very few cars actually do), buy regular gasoline. Costlier high-octane gas does not improve the performance of your vehicle.

8. Avoid topping off. When you purchase just a bit of gas at the gas station the pump doesn’t have enough time to really activate, resulting in short bursts of fuel that may short change you from the amount of gas that you are purchasing.

9. Avoid running on empty. You may think you're using very little gas when your car is on empty, but you're actually using more gas because your vehicle is running less efficiently as it tries to accelerate and decelerate in a normal fashion. The best time to replenish your gas tank is when you have half a tank or less left, or when you find a gas price that you just can’t pass up.

10. Carpool whenever possible. Carpoolers often share the cost of gas, and the wear'n'tear on your vehicle is reduced as well.

11. Combine trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

12. Choose your vehicle wisely. If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets better mileage whenever you have the option.

13. Choose your route wisely. Take the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops. Try to avoid traffic jams and stop and go traffic.

14. Slow down. Driving at posted speed limits saves fuel and lives. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon. Use cruise control to maintain your speed.

15. Avoid sudden stops and starts. Erratic acceleration and braking can waste up to 50 cents a gallon.

16. Avoid idling. If you have to sit in your car for more than one minute, shut off the engine.

17. Limit air conditioning, which consumes fuel. At lower speeds, open the windows or sunroof to stay cool. At higher speeds, use the car’s fan instead (open windows create drag that reduces mileage).

18. Park in the shade. This minimizes fuel evaporation and helps keep your car cool in the summer.

19. Lighten your load. Don’t carry around items you don’t need. For every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag.

20. Keep your gas cap on tight. Tightening the gas cap on your car will prevent gas from evaporating and escaping into the air. If you've lost your gas cap, buy a new one ASAP.

21. Change your oil, spark plugs, and air filter on schedule. And go to a repair shop if your “Check Engine” light comes on—a faulty oxygen sensor could be the cause, lowering your mileage significantly.

22. Use the recommended grade of motor oil, preferably one with "energy conserving" on the label. Gas mileage could improve 1-2 percent.

23. Get a tune-up. A simple tune-up on your car can improve your gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent.

24. Look into discount gas card offers. Shell, Gulf, BP-Amoco, Exxon-Mobile, and others have rebate programs that offer as much as 5-10 percent off the gas you buy.

25. Track your average mileage and have your car checked if the average decreases. To calculate your mileage, note the odometer reading and number of gallons purchased each time you fill up. Divide the number of miles traveled between fill-ups by the number of gallons purchased.

[via knightopia]

250 Proxying Sites For Your Safe Surfing

In school? In public library? At Home? You can't play a game? listen to music because that site is blocked? Banned from a site? Want to reappeal?

All your questions AND prayers are answered right here!

Click here for about 250 sites to use for proxying

Make Windows Much Faster by Loading your Kernel in Memory

Force windows to load the kernel in memory (very effective tweak for windows XP)
This one is the best tweak for windows I ever found, and it works very well

Here is what you have to do

1) Open the regedit tool (Start -> Run -> regedit.exe )

2) Use the navigation in the left and go to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

3) Double click the DisablePagingExecutive attribute, and put 1 in the decimal value field
This will make the drivers and the XP kernel run in memory.

4) Double click the LargeSystemCache attribute, and put 1 in the decimal value field
This will improve performance of the kernel

5) Double click the IOPageLockLimit attribute. On some later versions of windows XP that doesn't exists, so if this is the case you're done Otherwise you have to put to the hex value 4000 for pcs with 128 mb ram, 10000 for 256 mb ram and if you have more put 40000. This value specifies how many bytes can be used for I/O operations in your system.

Thats all! Enjoy!

[via gibberishtalk]

April 12, 2006

Actual Phohos Of Austin Powers Mother on Sale in Ebay

Haha, it does really look like she is Austin Powers' Maasha [Mother for you non-Dutch] Classy looking dress too! Btw they are not actually actual though. This is how the description goes...






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United 93 Trailer Banned in USA

The new United 93 Movie trailer that is about 911 is being banned throughout US because it is stiring up people's reactions. However, I got a glimpse of it in Iflim. So here ya go!

April 11, 2006

Simply Google

Do a search in Web Web, Images, Groups, News, Froogle, Blogs, Music, Map, This, That..Anything! All customized upto a small webpage. I found it pretty cool for a Homepage...I mean you can set it up one like this according to your priorities if you know HTML.

Just check it out!

Click here for Simply Google

Palestinians killed, no questions asked

Full reliance on IDF accounts, word choice, taking sides – that’s what the media does when it comes to Palestinians being killed; academic study finds fault with Israeli media

The five “W’s” that every first year communications student can recite in his sleep – what happened, when, who was involved, why and where – evidently don’t apply when Palestinians are killed. A new study examining media coverage of the Intifada finds that in incidents when Palestinians are killed, the Israeli media relies almost exclusively on the security establishment’s official version of the story.

IDF spokespeople, usually dubbed “senior security officials,” are quoted with finality, and only rarely are their versions measured up against Palestinian’s accounts or is any independent investigation done to verify their accuracy.

Over 3,300 Palestinians were killed by IDF gunfire since the outbreak of the Intifada in September 2000. The Keshev Association (president - writer David Grossman, chairman – Dr. Daniel Dor of Tel Aviv University’s Communications Department) examined the reporting methods in 22 such cases in December 2005. They studied news reports on Israel's three leading television channels (1, 2 and 10) and three leading newspapers (Yedioth Ahronoth, Ma’ariv and Haaretz). Altogether, they scrutinized 135 such news reports.

Of 48 reports of Palestinians killed as result of IDF gunfire, only eight reports provided an account other than the army’s, and only once did a report give an alternate version of a targeted assassination. As a rule, the media reported twice as much on targeted assassinations – which are planned in advance and aimed at a particular person – than on Palestinian deaths in other army operations.

In some of the incidents defined as “assassinations,” the fact that Palestinians were killed was mentioned as an afterthought later in the article. For example, the headline in one television broadcast ran: "Ocean encounter in Gaza. IDF fears boat bombs.”

The fact that a Palestinian was killed in the “ocean encounter” was mentioned only later in the report when a Palestinian witness was interviewed in Arabic. “The ocean is closed from our perspective. Coast Guard ships are always chasing us and shooting at us; one chased us now and killed him on the sea,” the witness said. Thus, only one subtitled word informed the Israeli viewer of the killing.

In another case, the report ran: “In the entire region where the settlements Eli-Sinai and Dugit had been, from where Palestinians fired towards Ashkelon - the IDF told Palestinians that anyone entering the area would be shot. The IDF fired there continuously, and one Palestinian was even killed there today….This is the IDF’s response. The cannon battery fired dozens of shells towards rocket launch sites throughout the day. Palestinians reported one killed, but Ashkelon area residents aren’t impressed by this gunfire, which is aimed, they claim, at open areas.”

On December 10 IDF forces killed 2 Palestinian swimmers. The Channel 2 newscaster said: “Two Palestinians were killed by the Gaza beach by Navy gunfire, after they were suspected of attempting to smuggle weapons from Egypt. The two swam from Egyptian waters, dragging an unidentified object into Palestinian territory.

The two didn’t respond to the Navy’s calls to stop. When they fired at the swimmers, fire was aimed at them from the Palestinian beach.” In Channel 1’s parallel report, the Ashdod base commander described the incident differently: “The swimmers were dragging weapons behind them. Forces entered in order to arrest them. During the attempted arrest, the swimmers refused to stop and tried to escape. Then shots were fired at the forces from the beach. The soldiers shot at the swimmers to prevent their escape.”

So what were the swimmers dragging? Who were they? Who opened fire first? What is the source of the disparity between the two accounts? These questions were never answered or explored further.

“What am I? An Arab in Gaza?”

The reality is not so simple and one-sided, but the media, evidently, is. Not so, however, when the matter of danger to Israelis is at hand. “This event seemed like it was taken from an action movie, or at least from a targeted assassination in Gaza…But it’s not Gaza we’re talking about here, but the strip of beach between Palmahim and Ashdod and two Israeli fishermen who came to fish,” a Channel 10 reporter describes an event that almost ended in tragedy.

Later in the report, the newscaster asks the fisherman, “How did you feel? Real fear? That you were a moving target?” One of them replied: “First of all fear, humiliation. What am I? An Arab in Gaza?! What is this? I’m here next to my home, two meters from my house, and a chopper comes down on me like this? Who is this pilot? How could he have the nerve to do such a thing?” The reporter crosschecked stories, asked piercing questions, and checked how the fishermen could have entered the closed and dangerous area – all of which was missing from the reports in which Palestinians were killed.

“Over the time period examined,” the researchers said, “critical discussion on the policy of 'assassinations' was limited, and only 33 reports raised doubts as to its effectiveness, morality, legality and influence on diplomacy. When it was brought up, it was usually only hinted at or found in the margins of reports, as commentary or supplements. This goes along with headlines proclaiming 'assassinations' or Israeli demands to increase targeted killings. One must conclude that the media actively agrees with the policy and its official presentation, or at least gave up its critical duty in such matters.”

The study also criticized the word choices of news editors. “The favored phrase ‘targeted thwarting’ (sikul memukad) has positive connotations, which present the action as 'chirurgical' – harming only the intended target. This can be seen as a sort of legitimization of the act. This term is used over alternate terms with negative connotations, such as ‘assassination’ or ‘extermination.’”

The study quotes former Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon: “The annihilation of whole neighborhoods is not a targeted war. Razing dozens of acres of groves is not a targeted war. Killing one terrorist along with half a neighborhood definitely isn’t. Words create behavior patterns and behavior patterns expand the hatred and nourish terrorism. One can’t talk about a ‘targeted thwarting’ when innocent children are killed too.”

Keshev Director-General Yizhar Peer told Ynet that the most recent assassination in Gaza, in which two Islamic Jihad operatives and three adolescents were killed, reinforced the findings of the academic study. “But this time, public discussion did come up here and there, and the term ‘targeted thwarting’ wasn’t used in the reports,” Peer said.

[via: ynet]

April 09, 2006

Top 10 Wackiest Conspiracy Theories

Dinosauroid-like Alien Reptiles are dominating the World

Christine Fitzgerald, a confidante of Diana, Princess of Wales, claims that Diana told her that the Royal Family were Reptilian aliens, and that they could shapeshift.

David Icke's --BBC reporter-- claims that humanity is actually under the control of dinosauroid-like alien reptiles who must consume human blood to maintain their human appearance.

"Evidence" goes from Sumerian tablets describing the "Anunnaki" (which he translates as "those who from heaven to earth came"), to the serpent in the Biblical Garden of Eden, to child abuse, fluoridation, and the genealogical connections between the Bush family and the House of Windsor.

Icke theorizes that the reptilians came here from the constellation Draco. Like most conspiracy theories, falsification of Icke's hypotheses is nearly impossible, but Icke continues to sell books and give speaking engagements based on concepts ranging from the New Age to his political opinions.

Apollo 11 Moon Landings were faked by NASA

Proponents of the Apollo moon landing hoax accusations allege that the Apollo Moon Landings never took place, and were faked by NASA with possible CIA support. Enthusiasts of this theory claim that:

# The astronauts could not have survived the trip because of exposure to radiation
# The photos were altered: the Crosshairs on some photos appear to be behind objects, rather than in front of them where they should be
# The quality of the photographs is implausibly high.
# There are no stars in any of the photos, and astronauts never report seeing any stars from the capsule windows.
# Identical backgrounds in photos that are listed as taken miles apart.
# The moon's surface during the daytime is so hot that camera film would have melted.
# No blast crater appeared from the landing
# The launch rocket produced no visible flame.
# The flag placed on the surface by the astronauts flapped despite there being no wind on the Moon.

September 11 was orchestrated by the U. S. government

A number of urban myths, alternative hypotheses and conspiracy theories have been formulated to explain the events of September 11th:
# The U.S., Israel or Iraq government orchestrated the attacks themselves.
# The Twin Towers fell straight down, at close to free-fall speed. This is a similar characteristic of a controlled demolition. The dust cloud and its make up are considered un-characteristic of a gravity-driven collapse.
# It is often pointed out that no steel building before or since the 9-11 attack has collapsed as the result of fire.
# The rubble of the Twin Towers smoldered for weeks after the collapse. This claim is meant to point out that steel could only have smoldered as a result of pre-placed explosives.
# Some consider photographic evidence of the plane lying on the grounds of the Pentagon to be ambiguous and unconvincing, citing a visual lack of burnt metal, human remains, passenger's luggage or seats.
# The Pentagon was struck in a newly renovated, reinforced section. Some speculate this location, the west side of the complex, to be indicative of government involvement, noting it as an attempt to reduce casualties.
# Flight 77 was able to fly in the direction of the DC and Pentagon area for approximately 40 minutes without interception. This is thought to be unusual given the Pentagon's close proximity to Andrews Air Force Base.
# There are claims that anti-missile batteries at the Pentagon should have intercepted Flight 77.
# The FBI confiscated a video, which may have captured the impact, from a nearby gas station attended by Jose Velasquez. This video has not yet been released.

Barcodes are really intended to Control people

Some conspiracy theorists have proposed that barcodes are really intended to serve as means of control by a putative world government, or that they are Satanic in intent.

Mary Stewart Relfe claims in "The New Money System 666" that barcodes secretly encode the number 666 - the Biblical "Number of the Beast".

This theory has been adopted by other fringe figures such as the "oracle" Sollog, who refuses to label any of his books with barcodes on the grounds that "any type of computer numbering systems MANDATED by any government or business is part of the PROPHECY of the BEAST controlling you."

Charlemagne never existed, is a fictional character

Phantom time hypothesis is a theory developed by Heribert Illig which suggests that the Early Middle Ages (614–911 CE) never occurred, meaning that all artifacts attributed to this time period were from other times, and all historical figures were outright fabrications.

One consequence of Illig's hypothesis is that Charlemagne never existed but is a fictional character. The vast majority of historians believe this theory to be complete fiction, as all cited evidence can be considered circumstantial.

The Truth is out there, on Area 51

The secretive nature of Area 51 and undoubted connection to classified aircraft research, together with reports of unusual phenomena, have led Area 51 to become a centerpiece of modern UFO and conspiracy theory folklore. Some of the unconventional activities claimed to be underway at Area 51 include:
# The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell), the study of their occupants (living and dead), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology.
# Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials.
# The development of exotic energy weapons (for SDI applications or otherwise) or means of weather control.
# Activities related to a supposed shadowy world government.

Microsoft sends messages on Wingdings Font

The Wingdings Font included with Windows has a history of controversy. In 1992, only days after the release of Windows 3.1, it was discovered that the character sequence "NYC" in Wingdings was rendered as Skull and crossbones symbol, Star of David, and thumbs up gesture. This could be interpreted as a message of approval of killing Jews, especially those from New York City.

Microsoft strongly denied this was intentional, and insisted that the final arrangement of the glyphs in the font was largely random. Various other combinations of Wingings characters are alleged to have special significance by conspiracy theorists, but these results are likely purely coincidental.

U.S. military caused the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Popular Arab news services claim the U.S. and Indian militaries deliberately caused the Indian Ocean tsunamis with electromagnetic pulse technology.

Another type of theory bases its claims on oil and gas interests. Others also reason that the technology is at least feasible if not highly probable since research into such technology has been conducted by the military as far back as World War II.

The Nazis had a Moon Base

Esoteric Hitlerists and conspiracy theorists interested in Nazi mysticism and World War II have speculated that the Germans landed on the Moon as early as 1942.

According to other theories it is believed that the Nazis had made contact with 'half a dozen' alien races, including the malevolent Reptilians.

Kentucky Fried Chicken makes black men impotent

It is sometimes claimed that the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise is owned by the Ku Klux Klan, and the chicken is laced with a drug that makes only black men impotent.

Ironically, the KFC franchise is actually owned by an African-American.

So what Wacky Conspiracy Theories do you know? Comment it!

[via: 2spare]

FireFox Memory Hacks to help You

Hack #1

Now, this is by no means a REAL fix for the Firefox memory leak, but it certainly does appear to help it quite a bit. This little fix will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, and as a result it will take up less than 10MB of memory while minimized. So far, from my experiences with using this today, when you maximize Firefox it will obviously increase the memory usage. However, it does not seem to go back up to the insane amount that it was at before minimizing it. For example, Firefox was at 180MB of memory usage and then I minimized it and after a few seconds I maximized it. After maximizing it and continuing on my routine business it appeared to only have gone up to 60MB. This seems to be a good solution for me right now since I frequently maximize and minimize Firefox anyways.

Now I know many people will say that Firefox will take longer to maximize since it will be located on the hard drive, but I haven’t noticed ANY delays. It is able to redraw itself just as quickly as if it was located in the ram (in my experience). Okay, now here are the few simple steps:

1. Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.
2. Right Click in the page and select New -> Boolean.
3. In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.
4. Now select True and then press Enter.
5. Restart Firefox.

See how quick and painless that was? At any rate you can always go back and delete the same setting that you just created if you start to experience any issues. I have also set the browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers value to 0 because that will prevent Firefox from caching pages for the back button. This is also supposed to free up some memory that gets stolen.

Hack #2

I noticed a few Firefox threads here have people complaining about how much memory Firefox takes up. This is a known memory leak, and the Mozilla guys haven't gotten around to fixing it for whatever reason. But there's no reason your Firefox should take up 70,000K in memory, so here's how to fix that memory leak and keep Firefox from bloating up.

1. Open a new tab. Type "about:config" without quotes into the address bar and hit enter/click Go.

2. Right-click anywhere, select New, then Integer. In the dialog prompt that appears, type:


3. Click OK. Another dialog prompt will appear. This is where you decide how much memory to allocate to Firefox. This depends on how much RAM your computer has, but generally you don't want to allocate too little (under 8MB), but if you allocate too much, you might as well not do this. A good recommended setting is 60MB. If you want 60MB, enter this value into the dialog prompt:


(Remember the number should be base 12 because computers use base-12 counting. Thus for example 16 megabytes = 16384 bytes. Likewise, if you want to double that and allocate 32MB, you'd enter 32768.)

4. Click OK to close the dialog box, then close all instances of Firefox and restart. If your Firefox still uses the same amount of memory, give it a few minutes and it should slowly clear up. If that fails, try a system reboot.

Hack #3

Also remember, the following Applications also eat up memory.

1. Flash
2. Acrobat Reader
3. Clean up your Download Manager
4. Do not install all the extensions you can find

Now as for flash, I would recommend Internet Explorer if you have low memory. As for Acrobat reader, I would recommend downloading the file to your computer, and then reading it [Do not open it through FireFox]

Hack #4

There has been a lot of talk about how to optimize Firefox to run the most efficiently. CNet’s most recent article goes through some helpful tips but doesn’t jump into many details. Here I am going to explain which extensions have memory leaks or will slow down Firefox’s performance.

First, before I dive into the main topic there are a few things that you should change in your Firefox settings if you really want to optimize this. Just follow this tutorial that I put together.

Okay, now let’s talk about the extensions. This is the point that you may want to turn your head because I am about to bring some truth to some of the most popular extensions.

1. IE Tab 1.0.7! Yes, it is true that one of the most convenient extensions has a memory leak. I can’t say that I am super shocked by this because how efficient can it be to run Internet Explorer in Firefox?
2. Session Saver has a known memory leak.
3. ForecastFox 0.8.5 also has a memory leak…and that very disappointing since most Firefox users have this sitting in their toolbar (so what is the weather like by you :) ).
4. Filterset.G Updater AND FlashGot used in conjunction will produce a memory leak.
5. FasterFox doesn’t have a memory leak specifically, but it will not help your Firefox performance. It does help your browsing performance but if you decide to keep this extension at least make sure you don’t have prefetching enabled.
6. Tabbrowser Extensions doesn’t have memory leaks either but will definitely slow Firefox down and it has many conflicts with other extension. It can even stop Firefox from being able to startup! A better alternative is Tab Mix or Tab Mix Plus which offer the same set of features. If you don’t need all the features of Tab Mix Plus then just use Tab Mix to lower the memory usage a little.
7. Please check for updates to ensure you are using the most recent version of the following extensions: Adblock, AdBlock Plus, NoScript, Search Keys 0.7.3, Thumbs 0.6.2 — each of these extensions HAD known memory leaks but they have now been fixed.

That is about it for the most popular Firefox extensions that have been tested. Another important thing to do is upgrade to Firefox if you haven’t already. This build has fixed two memory leaks that were very common: leak when selecting and leak from global scope polluter. The latest trunk also has a long list of memory leak fixes so keep your eyes peeled for a new release of Firefox.

Read More Here

[via: Cybernet and FreeRepublic]

Nerds Make Better Lovers, Love

It’s one of the biggest misconceptions in dating, and it’s time to get it out in the open for good. The so-called “cool” men and women out there aren’t half as good in the sack as their “nerdier” counterparts. Nerds not only have the brains, but they also have the most powerful possession of all, the love touch. These guys and gals have taken the time to do their homework, and they’ve mastered the geography, chemistry and mathematical formulas of how to make your body scream. Ready to smarten up and become the ultimate seducer? Then put away those shades and pick up a pocket protector because your about to get lesson 101 in love.

Nerds Take the Time to Research
Study yourself: Nix the neediness and get to know yourself inside and out.

Start Inside:
Being unhappy with your life is not a good reason to get into a relationship. No matter how “perfect” another person may seem to be, they will never be able to fill the empty holes in your life. The only person that has the power to do that is you.

Work your way outside:
There’s a reason the so-called four-eyed dweebs aced biology and anatomy class. Sex and health experts agree the best way to become better at using your body is by taking the time to learn how it works. Set aside some private time for self-gratification and figure out how your body works and responds to sexual stimulation.

Nerds Have a Much Bigger Hard Drive
Not only do nerds take the time to listen to their partners, but they also mentally take notes, remember and are able to retrieve the information at the most opportune moments. The best way to make your partner feel sexy, sensual, wanted and larger than life is to listen to him or her. Because most of the world rarely gives you its devoted attention, imagine how special you’ll feel when one individual does.

Nerds are Passionate about Learning
Nerds tend to be encyclopedias of information. They ask the who, what, why and where about everything and anything. It’s both fascinating and exhilarating to be around passionate individuals. Take the time to study and learn new things because knowledge is just plain sexy.

A hot body might get you in the door, but eventually, what meets the eye will fade. It’s important to add depth and substance to your personality. The hottest, most intense relationships are the ones with people you can really talk to, laugh with and learn from every day.

Nerds are Smart about Finding Love
Make the Odds Fall in Your Favor:
It is true that you may get lucky at any moment, but the best way to stop it from occurring is to wait for it to happen.

ncrease your chances of getting and finding what you want by going to the right places. While you won’t always end up in the winners' circle, you will, at least, give yourself a fair shot.

These days, technology has made it easier than ever to find like-minded singles. Millions of people have met their life partners by using dating sites.

Don’t like computers? Get involved in something you like. Join a sports league, sign up for a wine-tasting class, volunteer, say yes to invitations from friends. Just get yourself out there. Yes, you may feel like a big nerd at first, but that is exactly the point!
*Nerd Tip*
Don’t look for a hot, fun, no-strings-attached date in the library. Be smart about what you want and then determine the best place to get it. If you want more casual fun, go to a bar or nightclub.

Nerds Study and Are Not Afraid to Ask Questions
If you want to be successful in both your long-term and short-term romantic relationships, then learn how to study your partner.

Pay attention to how they like to be kissed. What makes them blush, what makes their eyes widen with excitement, what types of movies do they enjoy? Use these details to determine what types of things turn them on.

Once you’ve made it inside the bedroom, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask them if they like it slow, fast, hard, soft, on top, bottom, left, right or in the middle. If they are shy about questions, then be subtle about it. For example, after you’ve kissed them in a certain place, pay attention to how they react. Then in a sensual or playful whisper, ask them if they enjoyed it. Make sure to teach them what you like and don’t like. Remember, you will never ace the test if you don't ask questions and learn the right answers.

[via: glee]

Get 2M Page Hits & I'll do Threesome with Ya

Girlfriends beware: if you're going to taunt your boyfriend with not measuring up in the website department, do not under any circumstances offer to engage in sexual liaison with him and another woman if he does, after all, rise to the occassion.

And who, you might ask, would be so foolish to agree to form the beast with three backs if, for instance, her boyf managed to create a website from nothing and achieve a climactic two million hits? Allison, that's who - the other half of the man behind Read on:

So, here's the story... I said to my girlfriend that any stupid website could get tons of hits, simply because people are bored all the time. She said that I was an idiot and couldn’t make a website that could get tons of hits if I wanted to. After a long argument (mostly centered around the fact that she called me an idiot) we made a bet:

If I could not make a website to get 2,000,000 hits, I would agree that I was an idiot; however, if I could make a website to get 2,000,000 hits, she would have a menage a trois (that's a threesome to you non french-speakers) with me and another girl. I thought she was kidding at the time, but then she said she was so sure of herself, that she would even put it in writing. This of course is an ultra-binding contract.

Yes, that's right, as we publish this the hits counter is at 2,358,611 and rising rapidly. By our reckoning, that's a quick ménage-à-trois with enough page impressions left over for Jim to demand the whole thing is videotaped for posterity. Well done that man. ®

Seems there may be more (or less) to this website than meets the eye:

Dear Lester, I was referred to this site yesterday by a friend of mine (the usual word of mouth thing). Howver, I was slightly concerned by the unprofessional look and format of the page; I was therefore overly cautious about clicking on things on it.

Which turned out to be a good thing!

If you look at the link properties for his links to and (well, the gamefly link is gone, but it did the same thing yesterday), the actual href link takes you through a redirection website! I looked up the owner of the sites that the links redirect through and came across a company named:, an online advertising firm.

Now, this was before the statements listed for April 5 were posted. He has since stated that he is getting a financial bonus for signing people up for However, with a click-through redirection system, he's actually making money from people simply clicking on the link to metrodate (not from having them sign up!).

Personally, I feel that this is horribly unscrupulous and dishonest!

Please warn your readers not to click his links!

Thank you for your time, Dave

PS. Also of note, "Jim" seems to be a screen name for this endeavor; the site is actually registered to a gentleman by the name of Brent Williams. But that's understandable.

Yes indeed. Consider yourselves informed and warned.

Checkout the people who wanted to serve as a partner

From: TheRegister

US Unleashes The Great Weapons - A Debate

The Pentagon wants to deploy a host of exotic new weapons systems. Critics say too much of this costly hardware is designed to fight the wrong war. The attack would come quickly, and it would be awful. Cruising far offshore, the U.S. Navy's DD(X) destroyer launches 20 artillery shells in less than a minute. As the satellite-guided weapons fall back to Earth at 830 mph, computer algorithms alter their flight paths so that the 250-pound projectiles all strike the same patch of ground at the same time, reducing everything in the vicinity to rubble and dust. If more firepower is needed, the destroyer can unleash another 580 artillery rounds, as well as 80 Tomahawk missiles. And when the attack is over, the ship simply vanishes. On a radar screen, the DD(X)'s stealthy hull makes the 14,000-ton vessel look like just another fishing boat, casting its nets into the sea.

The folks at the top apparently like the shift

AIR SUPPORT: The single greatest fix prior to the next war lies in empowering ground forces to employ precision air attack faster over a dispersed battlefield. We've got plenty of planes. But every ground unit moving independently should have the equipment and the training to call in air.

PERSONAL ARMOR: Twenty-five pounds of armor, on top of all the other gear a soldier carries, means that in a dismounted firefight the rifleman lugs at least 60 extra pounds. The Pentagon needs to place a higher priority on reducing the weight of body armor.

DETECTION THROUGH CONCRETE: In Fallujah in November 2004, there were hundreds of fights inside concrete houses because the Marines had no means of scanning before entry. Given the enormous increase in engagements in urban areas, this gap in surveillance must be closed.

A NEW HUMMER: The shape of this workhorse renders it vulnerable to ever-improving explosive devices, even when up-armored. A Pentagon task force is designing a successor to handle the critical task of moving troops and supplies at and near the front lines. The cost will be big-but nothing compared to the cost of developing, say, the F-22 Raptor. And a new Hummer will have a far greater impact in saving the lives of American troops.
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Jessica Alba, Playboy end spat with Hefner apology

Jessica Alba forgave Playboy magazine on Tuesday for making her an unwitting cover girl after founder Hugh Hefner sent the actress a personal apology and pledged to donate money to her favorite charities.
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Alba had threatened to sue Playboy after the men's magazine printed a photo of the bikini-clad actress from her 2005 movie "Into the Blue" on the cover of its March issue -- which she said duped readers into thinking she was nude inside.

"In light of Mr. Hefner's personal apology for Playboy's unauthorized use of my photo on their cover, I have decided to discontinue my claims against them," Alba, 24, said in a written statement.

"This was never about money, it was about setting the record straight about something that was done without my knowledge or consent," she added.

Alba's lawyers, who claimed that Playboy tricked Sony Pictures Entertainment into supplying the photo after the "Fantastic Four" star refused to pose for the cover, had also asked that the magazine pull the March issue from newsstands.

A spokeswoman for Playboy was not immediately available for comment. The magazine initially had claimed to have "done nothing wrong" in giving cover treatment to Alba, who was chosen "sexiest star of the year" by Playboy readers in an online poll.

In his letter to Alba, Hefner apologized for "any distress unintentionally caused by the publication of your photo" on the March cover.

"What was intended as a tribute to your tremendous popularity has been misinterpreted by some as something else for which we are truly sorry since we are among your biggest fans," Hefner said.

A representative for Alba, who also starred in films "Sin City" and "Honey" and the TV series "Dark Angel," said the actress did not file a lawsuit against Playboy but that her lawyers had been speaking to attorneys for the magazine.

He said that Playboy, a unit of Playboy Enterprises Inc , had agreed to make donations, in a sum he would not disclose, to two charities supported by the actress.

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