martes, 29 de enero de 2008

Magazine saved the day for a Mayor without ID

A West Virginia mayor was detained for a short time after trying to use an expired driver's license to board the plane. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones's was in a trip to California when the incident occurred.
He came with an idea to show a locally produced magazine, with his picture inside identifying him as the mayor of Charleston, before officials would finally let Jones fly back home.

"I think that magazine may have saved the day," Jones said.
Jones lost track of his driver's license two weeks ago while preparing for a trip to Seal Beach. (dailymail)
The guards at John Wayne Airport in Orange County searched his bag, he told the Charleston Daily Mail for a story published Monday. Then he remembered picking up a copy of Charleston Magazine while on his way to the West Coast for a little rest and relaxation. Inside was a photograph of him standing in downtown Charleston and an article Jones had written as mayor welcoming visitors to the state capital. (Photo)


lunes, 28 de enero de 2008

Tantric Master - New Ice Record of 72 hours

To break his own this man, who calls himself a Tantric Master, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes.

Wim Hof, 48, told that he survives in the ice by controlling his body temperature through tantric meditation. It was in 2004 Hof set the world record for full body ice contact endurance by immersing himself in ice for an hour and eight minutes.

The Dutch man, commonly nicknamed Iceman, holds nine world records including a world record for longest ice bath. In 2007, he attempted, but failed, to climb Mt. Everest in shorts. It is told that he has plans another attempt in 2008.

Hof claims Tantra, an Eastern tradition of ritual and meditation, is behind his extraordinary performance. (CBS)

On March 16, 2000 Hof swam 57.5 m. (188.6 ft.) under three feet of an ice lake near the Finnish village of Kolari, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Using no special equipment, he wore only swim shorts and a pair of goggles! Here is the video of his adventure:


BBC's interview with Wim Hof and physiologist Dr George Havenith on 13th March, 2002 might be of some interest too.
Hof's website

Don't Quit !

Are you thinking of quiting something? Well, I am not either. But reading nicely phrased writing is nice even if you think you knew everything about it beforehand. One of my friends sent this Don't Quit message in my mailbox and I thought it will be a good read for you too.

Don't Quit
When things go wrong,
as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging
seems uphill,
When the funds are low and
the debts are high,
and you want to smile,
but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must . . . but don't you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell
how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.

So, stick to the fight
when you're hardest hit . . .
It's when things go wrong
that you mustn't quit.

I searched around and found a longer version of the poem. You can read along if you feel like:



martes, 22 de enero de 2008

Railway track 'not the best place' to take a nap

What a lifetime experience! This guy lived to tell the story about how he slept in between railway track and got bumped on his head under a fright train only when he tried to sit up!

A drunken Australian man who took a nap between railway tracks has had a miraculously survived with only minor injuries and a bump on the head after being driven over by a freight train.

The 20-year-old guy dozed off at a level crossing at Port Augusta, in South Australia state, when the train approached about 3.40 a.m.
The driver saw the man and slammed on the emergency brake, but the train, carrying 3000 tonnes of freight, was unable to stop in time and rolled over him, halting only after it had passed. (metro)

miércoles, 16 de enero de 2008

Man got $469K in payroll error

A man was arrested after allegedly getting $469,000 in deposits from company he never worked for. It was all because of a payroll error.

Anthony Armatys of Palatine, Ill., was arrested Wednesday on theft charges after allegedly receiving electronic payroll bank deposits from a New Jersey company he never worked for, authorities said.
Officials at Avaya Inc., a telecommunications provider located in Basking Ridge, discovered checks had been mistakenly direct deposited into his account for nearly five years, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Armatys, 34, had accepted a position with Avaya years ago, authorities said, but he rescinded the acceptance before he ever started working. However, a system error resulted in checks being deposited into Armatys' bank account from the fall of 2002 to March of 2007, when the company discovered the error, officials said.

During that time, Armatys collected more than $469,000 in pay and even withdrew approximately $1,900 from his company retirement account administered by Fidelity Investments, authorities said.
It is reported that the investigators took 11 months to do a thorough investigation, which resulted in the time gap between the discovery of the error and Armatys' arrest.

Avaya is told to have 18,000 employees globally and 1,800 in New Jersey. The official spokesperson refuesed to comment on the matter.(Source)


sábado, 12 de enero de 2008

Scare of lifetime on Air Canada flight

The photo of Air Canada Airbus A319, flight 190 at Calgary International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 was taken after it suddenly jolted and suddenly dropped 4,000 feet mid-flight. Ten people were injured when the Airbus A319 lunged from side to side, sending passengers not buckled into their seat flying, and then plunged from its cruising altitude at 35,000 feet to 31,000 feet over the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains are visible in the background of the plane. The pilot was able to re-gain control after about 10 or 15 seconds, but passengers had the scare of a lifetime.

Air Canada has plans to compensate passengers aboard the terrifying flight in which a jet plunged thousands of feet before making an emergency landing in Calgary. The response of emergency crews in calgary was praised as a "Textbook response". You can dig through the plane turbulence incident in this Google News collection.


lunes, 7 de enero de 2008

World's largest plasma TV by Panasonic

Panasonic has stolen the show at CES 2008, day one, with a gigantic 150-inch plasma.

Looks like movie theater is shifting in people's living room (Well, it is another story that one might need to build a custom made home just to install it).
Photos of many new hi-tech displays in CES 2008 can be seen in ytechblogs' flickr photostream. I copied the photo of the world's largest plasma TV below.



domingo, 6 de enero de 2008

Short, direct and interesting horoscope

I got it in email titled "The Happy Go Lucky One!!!" and it sure sounds convincing.

Photo - Somaliland zoidac sign coins - a set of twelve copper-nickel 10 Shilling coins featuring the twelve sun signs of the ?western? Zodiac. Each coin features a zodiac sign and figure, and is dated 2006.
VIRGO - The Perfectionist
Dominant in relationships. Conservative. Always wants the last word. Argumentative. Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic.
SCORPIO - The Intense One
Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.
LIBRA - The HarmonizerNice to everyone they meet. Can't make up their mind. Have own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.
ARIES - The DaredevilEnergetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (Easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit. Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.
AQUARIUS - The SweetheartOptimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.
GEMINI - The ChatterboxSmart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent, but is only changeable. Beautiful physically and mentally.
LEO - The BossVery organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. Doing the right thing is important to Leo s. Attractive.
CANCER - The ProtectorMoody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic.
PISCES - The DreamerGenerous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don't like details Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.
CAPRICORN - The Go-GetterPatient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be good-looking. Humorous and funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendly y at times. Hold grudges. Like competition. Get what they want.
TAURUS - The Enduring OneCharming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard - passionate. Express themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined. Indulge themselves often. Very generous.
SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky OneGood-natured optimist. Doesn't want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn't like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn't like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn't like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.
The predictions sound convincing and true. I wished the email didn't come with a red, bold warning too... :)
Once you have opened this e-mail, there's no turning back. Below are true descriptions of zodiac signs. Read your sign, then forward it on, with your zodiac sign and label on the subject line. This is the real deal, try ignoring or changing it, and the first thing you'll notice is having a horrible day starting tomorrow morning - and it only gets worse from there.

There are "bad-lucks" ranging from 4 to 20 years and bonus of 1 minutes of luck to 1 years of luck as a reward of sending them to friends too. I don't know when these people will stop telling such absurd things. If material is good you don't need to scare or reward people to circulate it. I would certainly forward it (minus those absurds) to my friends!


viernes, 4 de enero de 2008

BC Bovernment to provide free crack mouthpieces

After syringes, alcohol swabs and water vials freely distributed by the B.C. government to drug users now they are providing crack-pipe mouthpieces to the drug users. You can read the full news in The Province but what was more interesting was reading the comments people have posted on the news.

Here are some of the comments:
WHAT?? So you're telling me that my sister, who is a Diabetic has to PAY for her needles and equipment but the crack-addicts get free supplies?? There is something definately wrong there!! She has a disease that is life threatening and not caused by anything she's done to herself, yet those who chose a drug lifestyle get sick and the they go into panic. She's paying to stay alive, these other people obviously don't care what happens to them. So I guess the government is taking on the 'if you can't beat em', join em' attitude now? Heck, lets just start giving out free razor blades, poison and a noose so people can commit suicide. That's all it is. Now we're condoning a life threatening drug addiction to attempt to prevent an illness they're getting from it? Here's an idea, how about using this program to actually catch these people who have illegal drugs? addict will not wait for a free mouth piece when they need their fix..

... Maybe then you will be slightly more open to non-American style approaches to this huge problem...

... Crazy idea- to the nth degree ...
You can have your say too.


martes, 1 de enero de 2008

Happy New Year 2008

It has nearly been a year since I started writing in this blog. You people have loved it and I am impressed and excited by the traffic it is getting.

Thank you and have a great year!