Yet another reason to grab one more Special Dark...
Link - Dark Chocolate Helps Blood Flow, Scientists Find
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Link - The number of impoverished people living in Mississippi dropped slightly last year, though the state still is one of the poorest in the nation, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Link - The number of families living in poverty in South Mississippi shot up by almost six times the rate of population growth between 2002 and 2003, according to the most recent data released on Aug. 26 from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. (So much for the casinos will make us all rich theory!)
Plans have been announced by Lexington Main Street Association for its second annual Taste Buds Men's Cooking Competition on Tuesday, September 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Churchyard in Lexington.
Link - Several Mississippians have already been the target of these "wrong number" stock touts. This most recent scam was discovered after people from several states reported receiving suspicious voice mail and answering machine messages.
Link - At the 2004 Prairie Arts Festival, Ben Rosenkrans will unveil his latest Clay County pen and ink, Commerce Street.
Link - The fall lineup at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis promises to bring you the best of Broadway, from classics like “Oklahoma!” to the recent smash “Hairspray.”
Link - The music festival in Lawrence County, set for Sept. 3 and 4, has legendary Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), The Georgia Satellites (“Keep Your Hands To Yourself”), The Edgar Winter Group (“Tobacco Road”), Charlie Mars and The Circuit Riders on schedule.
Link - As many as 19 head of cattle killed when tractor-trailer overturns at The Stack
Link - The porch people of the Mississippi Delta who became international heroes to Nelson Mandela and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor through the books of Clifton Taulbert rocketed to epic proportions amid standing ovations from hundreds at Coahoma Community College.
Link - Southerners have always loved their hummingbirds, from the tiny, long-billed fliers that visit their gardens, to the legendary gospel group The Dixie Hummingbirds, whose sweet music stirs the soul.
Link - Mississippi State University is one of the top 25 engineering research colleges in the country, according to a new study by The National Science Foundation.
Link - Officials hope the Sept. 1-Dec. 31 tax amnesty period will bring in about $2 million. That's tiny amount in a $3.6 billion budget, but the extra money could be significant as lawmakers struggle to pay for a host of programs, from education to health care.
Link - WorldCom Inc. co-founder Bernard Ebbers, accused of orchestrating an $11 billion fraud that led to the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history, has asked to have his trial moved to Mississippi from New York.
Link - Let's all go to Baskin Robbins and help celebrate!
Link - NBA standout Erick Dampier is launching a $63 million Dallas Mavericks career and a debut as a Carnival Cruise Lines star.
Link - A National Guard officer has teamed with a Mississippi hospital to offer a unique gift to amputees in war-torn Iraq - the gift of mobility.
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Link - Fuel cell power also in the works for scooter model
Link - MIT professor John Belcher and his colleagues developed a Java applet that turns vector field mathematics into kaleidoscopic landscapes. Make your own abstract mathematical art at the site too.
Link - These are the women who control what we think, what we watch--even what we wear.
Link - The quickest way to get power is to marry it. Make no mistake, however: none of these women are simply arm candy.
Link - Dylan, who at the age of 63 is planning to go on tour with Willie Nelson this summer, is set to focus on significant and influential periods of his life in the first of three books called simply Chronicles: Volume One, according to his publisher.
Link - A new Russian-US team for the International Space Station (ISS) will take off from the Baikonur space station in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan in October, Russian space officials said.
Link - A summary of odd and quirky toilet paper roll holders available at online shops.
Link - On Engadget, Phillip Torrone provides step-by-step instructions for creating 3D photos (the kind that can be viewed with red and blue glasses) using an ordinary camera and photoshop.
Link - If interviewing is an art, as the title of Lawrence Grobel's harmlessly readable new book suggests, the state of it is hard to reckon. The author of books about Brando, Capote, the Huston family and others, Grobel justifiably kvetches that the dumbed-down, space-squeezed magazine interview of today is "sick. Anemic. Compromised."
Link - A site for cut-rate Apple products has amassed a loyal following by taking the unusual approach of relying on readers for bargain-hunting tips.
Link - Love cutting-edge technology? If you're looking for the latest gear to help you communicate, compute and be entertained better, read on.
Link - The closest observed asteroid yet to skim past the Earth without hitting the atmosphere, was reported by astronomers on Aug. 22.
Link - Business travelers will be able to surf the Web securely on long-distance flights by combining services from Boeing and iPass, the companies plan to announce on Aug. 23.
Link - The new editor of Maxim is trying to win back readers in the competitive men's magazine market -- by getting them dates.
Link - Supply is shaky as ever, demand is relentless and heating season just is around the corner. Here's what the daily march into record territory means at the gas pump and to the economy.
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Link - Opening Hooks is a database of opening sentences to novels. You can contribute your favorite book beginnings to it and rate (from 1 to 5) the books already in the database. There are about 20 books up so far.
Link - You’ve heard the spots, where the helpful voice of the OnStar satellite representative rushes to the aid of the panicked motorist. But have you heard them all? John Warner digs through the transcripts that didn’t make the final cut.
Link - There's now a list of CEO blogs over at The New PR Wiki. This is the brainchild of Neville Hobson. If your CEO blogs and is missing from the list (or you know of others), please edit the page. There are two notable RSS feeds - one for the list itself (RSS) and another that aggregates all posts (RSS).
Link - My favorites are Jaws and The Shining
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I'm still hungering for my summer road trip...so I'll take it online, I guess.
Working on a computer would be far less aggravating if the machines learned some manners, says a study in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Inspired by the Chinese saying "No one would blame a polite person," Jeng-Yi Tzeng of the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan wrote two versions of a computer-based guessing game - one polite and the other brusque. About 270 students played one of the two versions for 30 minutes and then were questioned about their experiences. The students who had played the polite version were far more likely to call it fun. In fact, 60 percent of them said the apologies - text messages such as, "We are sorry that the clues were not helpful" - added to their enjoyment. "Arrogant software rubs people up the wrong way," Microsoft scientist Eric Horvitz tells New Scientist, "just like an arrogant person would."
Link - Kind of makes the Arnold Schwarzenegger/California thing not so funny.
Link - A new simulated election game that lets you play campaign manager to a presidential candidate is both thrillingly and disturbingly similar to real-world politics.
Link - Yahoo! has started its first corporate blog - the Yahoo! Search Blog. Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! has the FAQs. The blog allows for both comments and trackbacks.
Link - Have you ever wanted to be an art director or are you a photographer looking for an assignment? The Collaborate website lets art directors and photographers connect over the internet and work on creating a photograph.
Link - It's not easy to find resources on the end of life. Here are some places to start.
Link - Workers are prepared to give away their passwords for a cheap pen, according to a somewhat unscientific - but still illuminating - survey published today.
Special Dark, Krackel, Mr. Goodbar, Hershey's Chocolate....in that order.
Link - The Shed barbecue restaurant is planning its first blues festival, and some big names in music are expected to play.
Link - An MIT study claims there's a science to good names.
Coffereview.com - Experts critique the world's finest coffees with links to sites that sell them.
The public housing apartment where Elvis Presley spent his teenage years may soon be a hotel suite like no other. Uptown Memphis now owns the old Lauderdale Courts housing project and has undertaken a major renovation to create 347 apartments renting from $515 to $1,430 a month.
Link - Teens this fall can learn about their nation's free enterprise system through the Mississippi Stock Market Simulation. Fall registration for students in grades 4-12 and teacher training are now under way by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.
Link - Forecasting a storm's intensity is still a shaky science, as Hurricane Charley showed in a big way when the storm escalated quickly from a category 2 to a 4. Experts blame media focus for misleading residents about its track.
Link - It's that dice based word search game, but online.
Link - Before installing that "free" software tool, you'd do well to read the fine print that comes with it.
Link - Vedic math, a compilation of arithmetic shortcuts believed to have been written by ancient Indians who lived centuries before Christ during a glorious period in Indian history called the Vedic Age, has now crawled into the 21st century.
Link - Hurricane Names Have Been in Place Since the 1970s
Link - But sometimes you get what you pay for...
Link - The virtual baked beans were falling fast. The unopened can had to go somewhere, but where? Not the simulated freezer. "This food wouldn't spoil in that location," the computer-generated voice said. "But the quality of food could be affected, or you might be using space in your freezer unnecessarily." Another lesson learned from the Fantastic Food Challenge, a package of four computer games designed to teach people who get nutrition aid such as federal food stamps how to make better use of their food.
Link - Interesting stuff...
Link - Mattel launches 'presidential campaign' of flagship doll, which is being sold by Toys R Us for $20.
Link - Celebrated cook taught America to relish life's bounty
Link - A review of the best (and worst) penis enlargement Web ads and e-mails.
Link - Office Depot is doing a promotional event with HP in which the store will offer free electronics recycling through Labor Day for residents of the continental US. Drop off your old TVs, monitors, CPUs, printers, PDAs, etc., for no charge, and Office Depot will deliver the e-junk to HP for recycling.
Link - Five years after Mississippi author Willie Morris' death, the inspiration for his book "My Cat Spit McGee" has lost the last of his own nine lives.
Link - Researchers use a gene treatment to turn off monkeys' dopamine receptors -- yielding harder-working, more focused monkeys. Despite obvious applications in the corporate world, the scientists say they're just trying to understand mental illness.
Link - NASA's chief says he's ready to send a robotic mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope, but the agency has no formal plans or funds to do so. By Amit Asaravala.
Link - Digital Cameras Change More Than the Way We Take Pictures
Link - This incredibly exhaustive fan-site for the old Disney World 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride was created by a die-hard who only rode the ride once, when he was three ("All I remember clearly is a porthole, a whole lotta bubbles, and OH MY GOOD GOD THERE’S A GIANT SQUID ATTACKING THAT SUBMARINE!" Now he's collected a ton of media related to the ride, including transcripts, videos, stills, and interviews with various crew-members.)
Link - Every year, the U.S. Postal Service receives 40,000 submissions for new stamp images and releases about 35 of them. But now, thanks to PhotoStamps, a trial service from Stamps.com formally announced Tuesday, the number of new stamps hitting envelopes nationwide could become nearly infinite.
Link - Although it's still a year away, Robbie Stamp, executive producer of the upcoming flick Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and his team have launched a weblog to promote the upcoming Buena Vista Pictures flick while it's still in production. Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" has a long following. It started as a BBC radio series in 1978 and has since spawned a series books, theater productions, a BBC TV series, an award-winning computer game and now a movie.
Link - FeedBurner has launched a neat mobile RSS feed reader for late-model wireless devices.
Link - The stunning photography of Yann Bertrand.
Link - Face it, folks, from eating lunch to hugging your teddy bear, life is full of perils.
Link - Joe Wolfe is a composer who has created and orchestrated adaptations of Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven as they might have been composed by the likes of Beethoven, Glenn Miller, Schubert and Bizet.
Link - Ian Peter, an Internet strategist based in Australia, recently announced the launch of his Net History project, which aims to collect a wide range of historical materials about the development of the Internet, including the various applications and protocols that combined to make the Net we know today.
Link - The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society is looking for help in collecting personal histories, particularly from the World War II era.
Link - Unity Baptist Church is hoping to help with an auction or bake sale on Aug. 28 and has already set up a trust fund.
Link - One of the four science instruments onboard NASA's ailing Hubble Space Telescope failed last week, the space agency said on Aug. 6. The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, or STIS, was used by astronomers to detect black holes and measure the temperatures of stars, among other things. The instrument failed to respond to a test command and went into suspension shortly after noon Eastern Daylight Time on Aug. 3, according to a mission status report.
Link - On Aug. 12, eBay will launch its first ever weeklong "Get What You Really Wanted" campaign that directs shoppers to various highlighted categories from jewelry to electronics.
Link - The annual Perseid meteor shower is gracing our skies for the next 48 hours, looking better than ever, as Earth passes through a filament trailing from a comet's tail.
Link - Teachers Visit Sites of 1964 Push for Black Voting Rights
Link - Arriving at the Winterville Mounds this week, Hailey and archaeology student J.T. Stark rolled the university's "Destiny 2000" powered parachute from its trailer onto a grass runway on the property of Delta & Pine Land Co. in Scott.
Link - Elvis fans from around the world gathered on Aug. 7 to celebrate Fan Appreciation Day at the Elvis Presley Birthplace.
Link - Robert Frank has an article in the journal Daedalus on how not to buy happiness. Frank suggests that money can buy you happiness, but only if you spend it correctly: Considerable evidence suggests that if we use an increase in our incomes, as many of us do, simply to buy bigger houses and more expensive cars, then we do not end up any happier than before.
Link - Rich Karlgaard's new book shows how people are transforming their lives by moving to smaller cities.
Link - In the early 1990s, the car had what Corvette Chief Engineer Dave Hill calls "a near-death experience." Sales declined. The Corvette averages around 30,000 U.S. sales per year, but that number was down to the low 20,000s in the first half of the last decade.
Link - A team taking a low-budget stab at the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight suffered a setback on Aug. 8, when their rocket malfunctioned and exploded after shooting less than 1,000 feet in the air.
Link - Psychologists try to learn how to spot a liar
Link -The Library of Congress has digitized and placed online Lewis Carroll's scrapbook. It has never been published, so this is the only way to see it without going to DC.
Link - Steven Shapin, a science historian, has turned in a lengthy essay situating Atkins and other low-carb diets in the historical context of dietetics, Biblical shame and naturalism.
Link - From the Bible on, moralists and nags have promoted the benefits of hard work and early rising. They are mistaken, argues Tom Hodgkinson. For breathing space to create and time to reflect, indolence is essential. He offers a guide to easy living, pleasurable illness, and effortless sex.
Link - Benjamin C. Pierce has posted a gallery of beautiful closeup photos of ENIAC, built between 1942 and 1946, one of the first computers ever contstructed.
Link - Active Mississippi military personnel and their dependents can attend the Glory of Baroque Dresden exhibit in Jackson free. "With the help of sponsors like BancorpSouth, we raised $250,000 to cover the cost of the tickets for all active duty military and their dependents," said Jack Kyle, Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange director.
Link - For while you're at the World's Sexiest Islands! Yin and yang.
Link - Many people suffer from a previously undiagnosed condition: travel envy. This all too common condition can be characterized by the belief that no matter where sufferers visit, they still feel there are places out there where other people are having a better time. However, those people who know about the sexiest islands in the world don't have this problem. They're already having a better time.
Link - Google Inc. may have illegally issued more than 23 million shares of its stock to hundreds of employees and consultants, injecting an unexpected legal risk into the online search engine leader's highly anticipated IPO.
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Link - Millions of amateur astronomers are poring over pictures of the Red Planet. Experience the thrill of discovery - or self-delusion - for yourself!
Link - Bird watchers could soon be flocking to South Mississippi thanks to a new map. On Monday, the Audubon Society unveiled its coastal birding trail map. It's the first publication in the state to highlight the best spots in the six southernmost counties for spotting birds.
Link - A huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution.
Link - China is giving the beauty pageant a surgical makeover with plans to anoint its first Miss Plastic Surgery this October, state media say. Open to women from any country, the only requirement in the made-to-order competition is proof of inauthenticity -- in the form of a doctor's certificate of cosmetic surgery, the China Daily said.
Link - Spam" is an exhibition opening in Berlin this week of fictional tech products. Developed by arts collective Human Beans, the counterfeit creations include the forehead-mounted Neurocount that tracks your loss of brain cells, the Sleepwell sleep-managing wristwatch, and the Powerpizza theft-prevention laptop case.
Link - If the high-tech revolution leaves you at a loss for words, don't despair — now you can find "MP3" and "DSL" in the dictionary.
Link - Today on the Worth1000 photoshopping contest: portraits of contemporary film-stars as executed by classic painters of yore. Great stuff...
Link - Forbes.com now offers RSS (Really Simple Syndication) in XML format for many of our content areas. The content within each of these RSS feeds contains story headlines and brief descriptions. Each headline links directly to full story on Forbes.com.
Link - Feedster has put together a great tutorial on how to build a blog using Blogger.
Link - Ever since voters began telling Teresa Heinz Kerry that they didn't think much of the pumpkin spice cookie recipe her office had submitted to Family Circle's presidential cookie bake-off, an aide said, Mrs. Heinz Kerry, the wife of the about-to-be Democratic nominee, has been thinking how she could tell America the truth: the recipe isn't hers.
Link - Why do men have nipples?
Link - In an article posted June 10 to the Astrophysical Journal Letters website, astrophysicists at Stanford report spotting a black hole so massive that it's more than 10 billion times the mass of our sun. More important, this heavyweight is so far away that the scientists think it formed when the universe first began to light up with stars and galaxies, so it may provide a window into our cosmological origins.
Link - Archaeologists working in southern Peru found an ancient brewery more than 1,000 years old.
Link - Psychologists are dusting off 19th-century explanations of déjà vu. Have we been here before?
Link - The Tokyo fashionista in Rock & Republic jeans raced as fast as her snakeskin stilettos could carry her toward the bronze statue of William Faulkner lounging on a bench.
Link - Now even your headwear can be carb-free...
I've tried two new recipes in the last few weeks that were worth sharing...
Link - Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines.
Link - a photography magazine online