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Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.

In the face of death, or say when death becomes more like an immediate probability, making it light with jokes and comedy surely take to have "iron guts". George Carlin's jokes were considered anti-establishment, his "profanity" was snubbed by major media, but for the greater mass his stand up comedy was like breath of fresh air in the middle of stale morbidity.

Read Jerry Seinfeld's concise but to the point article from the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/opinion/24seinfeld.html

Link between Low Vitamin D and Mortality

What a strange combination, like a double sided sword, getting exposure to sun or not getting enough exposure to sun both of them have positive and negative health related consequences. Burn your skin with sunlight and chances of getting skin cancer gets higher, and staying away from enough sun light can expedite inevitable mortality. Read the following extract:
Low vitamin D levels "can be considered a strong risk indicator for all-cause mortality in women and in men," researchers report Tuesday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. By the time the paper had been accepted for publication, the team had dug deeper and found low vitamin D status "had other significant negative effects in terms of incidence of cancer, stroke, sudden cardiac death and death of heart failure,......"

Getting Power From Salty Water

Alternative fuel generation technologies all have one kind or another obstacles. Wind doesn't blow all the time and sunlight is blocked by cloud even during daytime. In Norway, scientists has found another way of generating energy, it is through the osmotic pressure between salty and non-salty water through a very thin membrane. Here are a few quotes from Forbes magazine:
"Seawater and freshwater, filtered to remove silt, are fed into pipes which lead to a membrane system, made up of spiral coils to maximize surface area. The salt of the seawater draws the fresh water across the membrane, leading to a build-up of pressure which forces water through the turbine, generating electricity."So far no large scale commercial application wasn't made due to not finding or manufacturing membrane that can withstand enough water pressure and at the same time keeping salt and non-salt water being separated. However, this Norwegian company has found or produced that "magic memb…

Silent Genocide from Carbon Footprint

Stark images of Iowa flood from news media are shocking. A house being swept away in Wisconsin by gushing water was terrifying. Rivers have risen to heights never reached before in precise swiftness, destroying life and livelihoods of so many ordinary folks of world of reality. In West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and neighboring area flood has caused dozens of deaths, bridge collapse and other calamities. Scientists have predicted all of these "happenings". "Perry Beeman is an award-winning investigative reporter for The Des Moines Register, and former president of the Society of Environmental Journalists. From his flood-wracked city of Des Moines, he told me: "Not even a few weeks before this all happened, we were in the middle of doing a climate change series that's going to run over the year. We had two-page graphic talking about the different things that would happen (in Iowa as a result of climate change) and pointing out ... that you would expect more torrentia…

How to Nap

Boston Globe's How to Nap cheat sheet shows the benefits of nap of various time length. Here is the link:

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/

How to fit 1TB of data on one tiny thumbdrive

Only a few years ago, a 512 MB flash drive was a cool item to have. Then the storage capacity kept going up as the price sliding down. Now one can buy 8 GB flash drive less than thirty dollars from many online stores. In a few years, new kind of thumbdrive will be in the market with many times more capacity and cheaper in price in comparison to today's ones. Read the following excerpts:
"Scientists at Arizona State University have created a new kind of solid state memory that they say is much cheaper and more efficient than flash. And crucially, because it uses a new kind of nanotechnology, storage capacities will be much higher than anything we have today, for a tenth of the cost.

The new memory is called programmable metallization cell (PMC) and one terabyte (1TB) USB thumbdrives are said to be just a few years away.

PMC memory works in a vastly different way to current flash technology. Flash uses electronic charges to physically store bits of information, whereas PMC works o…

End of Internet?

This group composed of net neutrality activists claims that in 2012 all the ISPs will come together in simultaneous move, and they will introduce subscription based services, so it will be like current TV channel subscription system, you pay for certain mainstream Internet sites, and the small sites, especially alternative ones, including the newly emerging ones will be pushed out to oblivion. I'm not sure how much truth is in these claims, but it worth to watch the following video, that may give us pointers to explore more information regarding this seemingly benign but possibly drastically stifling Internet freedom taken away from ordinary folks and concentrate it into the hands of small powerful conglomerates.

Don't have to be a die hard Ron Paul supporter to watch this inspiring music video and "wake up"!