Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Burn Baby Burn

[ from LifeHacker ]

Free CD and DVD burner ImgBurn emerged victorious in LH's recent Hive Five Best CD and DVD Burning Tools, followed closely in tow by commercial burner Nero 9.

Freeware app CDBurnerXP rounded came in a distant third.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What Have You Seen, Florence Nightingale?

[ from Science News ]

Florence Nightingale: The Passionate Statistician... Nightingale created many novel graphics to present statistics that would persuade Queen Victoria of the need to improve sanitary conditions in military hospitals.
When Florence Nightingale arrived at a British hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War, she found a nightmare of misery and chaos. Men lay crowded next to each other in endless corridors. The air reeked from the cesspool that lay just beneath the hospital floor. There was little food and fewer basic supplies. By the time Nightingale left Turkey after the war ended in July 1856, the hospitals were well-run and efficient, with mortality rates no greater than civilian hospitals in England, and Nightingale had earned a reputation as an icon of Victorian women. Her later and less well-known work, however, saved far more lives. She brought about fundamental change in the British military medical system, preventing any such future calamities. To do it, she pioneered a brand-new method for bringing about social change: applied statistics.

Monday, December 29, 2008

FoodScapes: Amazing Photo Art You Can Eat

London based photographer Carl Warner was apparently never scolded to stop playing with his food - or perhaps he was and this is the result. Using food as the medium, he constructs landscape photos that generate the double-take effect followed by the obligatory "How did he do that?"

Consider this fishscape which features rocks made of oyster shells and crab claws, boats made of marrows and asparagus, and a shining, silvery, slippery sea of fish.Carl admits that there is some wasted food in the process, but most goes to feeding the crew, family and friends.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Women At Risk

Women At Risk International is an organization whose aim is fighting "gendercide".

UNVEILING THE HIDDEN GENDERCIDE is our goal. Every 2-4 years the world looks away from a victim count on the scale of Hitler’s Holocaust. Women face nothing short of a “Hidden Gendercide”…114 to 200 million women are “demographically missing” from dowry deaths, infanticide, domestic violence and all manner of risk. (UN Secretary General).

OUR PASSION is to give voice to the silenced cries of women of the world who flow through our projects, creating circles of protection and hope. We offer a safe place to turn crisis into a story of hope by wrapping arms of love and whispering the message of worth.

Check out the W.A.R. Chest online shop.


Friday, December 26, 2008

It Was a Good Week After All

I read recently where one non-chemical way to doze off gracefully is to lay in bed thinking of all that you have been blessed with.

There is a group on Flickr called "52 Blessings" who encourage their members to upload a photo once a week for a year for what they have been blessed by in their lives that week. If you're intentional about looking for it, you'll have a better chance of finding it.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

First Ever "Green" Cookie

Long Island-based Nutritious Creations has introduced the Hybrid Cookie(TM) comprising a line of new chip-like cookies taking the healthy snacker by complete delicious surprise.

The Hybrid Cookie, which utilizes the irresistible crispy taste that comes with baking a snack and the health benefits of puffing, won't leave the snacker feeling guilty. Low in fat and reduced calories, the Hybrid Cookies are kosher and dairy under the certification of the OU label. The cookie-chips come in four delicious flavors Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Oatmeal, Chocolate Fudge and Rocky Road.

Despite being an all-natural, multi-grain snack that is a good source of fiber (4g), the cookie-chips have been described as satisfying and sweet snacks for children and adults alike as well as those on a health-conscience diet.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Greatest Guitar Songs - Ever

I'm not sure which is more entertaining - the list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" as presented by Rolling Stone, or the comments by disgruntled fans who are beside themselves because of glaring omissions and misplaced rankings. ( I for one believe that "Black Magic Woman" deserves higher than a 39...)

Here are the Top Ten on the list:

1. "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry (1958)
2. "Purple Haze," The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
3. "Crossroads" Cream (1968)
4. "You Really Got Me" The Kinks (1964)
5. "Brown Sugar" The Rolling Stones (1971)
6. "Eruption" Van Halen (1978)
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" The Beatles (1968)
8. "Stairway to Heaven" Led Zepplin (1971)
9. "Statesboro Blues" The Allman Brothers Band (1971)
10. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana (1991)


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Free Guitar for Flying

Well, okay, not exactly free. But, this guitar will pay for itself and let you keep up your chops on the road by traveling in the overhead compartment as opposed to being checked as baggage (which now can carry up to a $25 fee.)

Weighing in at less than 3lbs it also includes a pickup so you could plug into your headphone amp for some layover practice in the VIP lounge.

Checkout the Traveler Ultra-Light Acoustic at Guitar Center.