Giant Pythons Invade Florida

May 18, 2008 at 11:57 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
If I was religious, I may be tempted to fear this as a biblical sign. Something like ” Beware the adder that is big for it may squeeze the shit out of you.”
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Burmese Python

May 16, 2008 — Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, a study said.

“Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including north Florida, Georgia and Louisiana,” said Frank Mazzotti, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, in his two-year study.

The pythons thriving in Florida are mostly Burmese pythons from Myanmar that were brought over as pets and then turned loose in the wild.

From 2002-2005, 201 of the beasts were caught by state authorities, but in the last two years the number has more than doubled to 418, Mazzotti said in his study published on the university Web site.

The largest python caught so far in Florida measured 16.4 feet and weighed 154 pounds.

30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China

May 18, 2008 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China

Planika Fires Lets You Stoke the Flames Without the Smoke

May 18, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Nothing screams impeccable taste like having a fireplace in the middle of your
coffee table and now, thanks to Planika Fires, you can keep the flames roaring
without worrying about smoke or soot. The company makes the magic happen using a
proprietary liquid biofuel called Fanola, which burns completely smoke and smell
free.
Fanola, the company says, is a biologically clean product which emits nothing
but water vapor and CO2.
The fireplace technology comes in a variety of designs, so you can mix and match
with every piece of Ikea furniture ever created.

Pricing info was not available, but can you really put a price on staying classy? [Planika Fires via greenupgrader]

Planika Fires Lets You Stoke the Flames Without the Smoke

May 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from gizmodo.com
Nothing screams impeccable taste like having a fireplace in the middle of your
coffee table and now, thanks to Planika Fires, you can keep the flames roaring
without worrying about smoke or soot. The company makes the magic happen using a
proprietary liquid biofuel called Fanola, which burns completely smoke and smell
free.
Fanola, the company says, is a biologically clean product which emits nothing
but water vapor and CO2.
The fireplace technology comes in a variety of designs, so you can mix and match
with every piece of Ikea furniture ever created.

Pricing info was not available, but can you really put a price on staying classy? [Planika Fires via greenupgrader]

Stress Buster Regime

May 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Humaneness, Mindscape | Leave a comment
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Destroy Stress and Depression by Todd Hicks

Here are Todd Hicks’ tricks for alleviating stress or depression. Common sense sensibly used:

Do you often suffer or almost suffer a nervous breakdown? Are you someone who easily gets depressed? Please spare yourself the torture from this day on. You are about to learn how to prevent and eliminate stress and depression.Get married. If you are seriously involved with someone of the opposite gender who makes you happy, ask him or her to marry you. A good marriage will make you happier, extend your life and help prevent depression. If you do not have a family and cannot find someone to marry you, consider asking a close friend to be your roommate.

Invest in a pet, even if you have a family. Pets make great friends and help make you healthier. There will be times when you find your pet to be the best family member to be around. I always feel less stressed or depressed when I bond with my smiling, appreciative Old English Sheep dog.

Make a telephone call to your friends or relatives often, especially if you live alone. Talking with someone you really like and care about will make you happier and more relaxed; furthermore, holding such a conversation can boost your immune system for the next two or three days.

Think about your good experiences. This can help prevent depression by reminding you there are times when life is good. Reminiscing is a great way to help you see hope for a better future.

Engage in physical exercise almost every day. Physical exercise literally makes you feel better; furthermore, those who are physically fit have more ease at reducing stress. If you cannot muster the motivation to exercise, ask someone to exercise with you.

Listen to music. Playing music you like will soothe you and help eliminate stress and depression.

Play an instrument, game or sport you love. If you play an instrument, game or sport you love and have success playing, you will recapture the feeling of accomplishment while seeing the purpose of your life; furthermore, playing games or sports with others is a great way to be with those who like you and prevent or eliminate depression.

Read, watch television or go see a show. Reading a good book; watching a good program or athletic game and attending a good concert, play or movie can bring you joy and take your mind off your problems. If you ever feel depressed enough to possibly commit suicide, think about your family and friends. You will be less likely to attempt suicide or stay depressed if you realize there are people in your life who need you to continue your existence.

Stay out of trouble. If you avoid trouble, you will reduce stress and prevent depression.

Forgive others and do not dwell on the past. You will create misery and stress by holding grudges or reminding yourself of your failures.

Submit your own articles that inform others or cover your mistakes and express good grammar to Triond, Helium and Associated Content. This is one of the best ways to become happier and empower yourself while getting paid.

Do everything you have learned to destroy stress and depression!

Next Vote Wins!

May 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Desperate Hillary To Obama: ‘Next Vote Wins’

WASHINGTON—Significantly trailing Sen. Barack Obama in delegates, Sen. Hillary Clinton made a last-ditch effort to settle the hotly contested presidential race Monday, when she loudly shouted a proposal that the candidate who gets the next vote wins the Democratic nomination. “All sides have battled long and hard, and now it is time to take up a fair and impartial method for deciding this: next vote takes all,” Clinton said, adding that she was crossing her fingers behind her back to ensure that the electoral process is allowed to take its course. “Although I am open to discussing the feasibility of implementing a best-two-out-of-three policy, it has become clear the only way to settle this historic campaign is whoever can run to that door first—go!” Members of the Obama campaign disputed the results of the footrace, pointing out that the Illinois senator had long ago called for ace of black magic times infinity with no backsies.

Can Obama Greet World Leaders?

May 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Clinton Questions Obama’s Ability To Greet World Leaders

Hillary Clinton once again attacked Barack Obama on the issue of experience Tuesday, this time questioning the Illinois senator’s ability to effectively smile, make appropriate eye contact, and offer sufficiently delicious finger foods when welcoming visiting world leaders. “My opponent has never greeted foreign dignitaries such as the Japanese Minister of Forestry and Fisheries, as I had the opportunity to do when I was first lady,” Clinton said, adding that she has an extensive background in both double-clasped hand shakes and idle small talk with political luminaries from several nations. “Do the American people really want a president who doesn’t know when it’s appropriate to gesture toward a chair, indicating where a head of state should be seated?” At a previous speech in Indianapolis, Clinton had challenged Obama’s ability to create a health-care reform initiative that would ultimately fail and hand Congress over to the Republicans in an electoral landslide, as she did in 1993.

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