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The Complete Guide to Free Music Online Legal Edition Especially if you're looking for new artists, this list will help you out. Everybody likes free music, right? [tags]free stuff, music, download, mp3[/tags]Free legal music downloads

...it helps to have good friends to let you know. Earlier today I was sitting at my work computer doing a seemingly endless series of mind-numbingly boring, repetitive tasks. I wasWhen you're being an idiot...

Hero - it's a nice boy notion that the real world's gonna destroy. - Steve Taylor In the last couple of days I've seen two blog entries from totally unrelated blogs aboutHeroes?

So your co-worker comes over and says, "Hey, you going to lunch today?" You say, "Sure. Where do you want to go?" "Well, there's Joe's Chicken Shack, or The Hungry Heiffer, orWheel of Lunch!

Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers. InTechnical writers, pay attention

Set in the 12th century Crusades and the defense of Jerusalem, this movie should have been one I loved. The crew took pains to ensure an accurate portrayal of theReview: Kingdom of Heaven

Diabetes breakthrough Before you get too excited, let me say this: from my read of the article, it's a long time before humans could benefit, and even when they can, you'llA cure for Type I diabetes?

[caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignright" width="446" caption="Look at that fifth set!!"][/caption] Holy cow... this is just insane... What kind of a monster athlete do you have to be to play a single set ofLongest tennis match in Grand Slam history!

I'm looking to start a new blogging project online. Hopefully it'll come together soon. I'm just in the planning stages now, but one of the things I'm considering is whatThe Atahualpa Whallop

Last week I started doing something I hardly ever do - I started reading a non-fiction book. Even more amazingly, it's an auto-biography. That's a genre I almost never delveC.S. Lewis on living by hope

1500 Filipino Inmates Do Thriller - ectoplasmosis There is something disturbing about that guy playing "Michael Jackson's" girlfriend... actually there's something disturbing about the whole thing, but I just can't stopThrilling times for Filipino cons

Brain interface: next best thing to telekinesis This is cool stuff. I'm quoting the whole article, because I'm not confident of the longevity of articles on the scifi.com site. Saving a lifeThe "THINK" system

Last month's podcast was such a great success that I decided to do another one. When I say it was a great success, I mean that it was successfully uploaded andTIDBABSH the second, part the first

"Can you tie this to my eyebrow?" [referring to a balloon] After throwing a blanket over her own head: "POOF! She was gone." 3-yr old: "You can't tell me that!" 2-yr old: "Why?" 3-yrThings overheard in my house lately

Grilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

Were you paying attention in those psychology classes?

Do you remember the experiments where a rat was trained to press a lever to get food?

It’s amazing how relevant experiments on rats can be to parenting.

In pursuing my psychology degree, I took a lab where I had to perform that experiment myself. I had a rat of my own, which I named – very appropriately, I thought – Rat (hey, if it’s good enough . . . → Read More: Grilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

Woman grows onto toilet seat

Woman Has Two Year Relationship From Boyfriend’s Bathroom – Slice of SciFi

I don’t even know what to say about this. I’m sickened and saddened at the same time.

Apparently a 35-year old woman had a phobia that kept her in the bathroom 100% of every day for an undetermined period of time. And her boyfriend never called for help until she started acting “groggy.”

Emphasis added:

The case drew nationwide attention after Ness . . . → Read More: Woman grows onto toilet seat

Whatever you do…

In the spirit of ParentHacks, here’s a trick we’ve used to get our kids to do many things they otherwise wouldn’t.

We came up with it in the car on a long trip when the whining reached an all-time high. My wife, in hidden frustration, looked back and said, “Whatever you do, no smiling!” to our grouchy kids. Of course, they immediately smiled. Then it became a game: “Whatever you do, no laughing!” “Whatever you . . . → Read More: Whatever you do…

Corporate Learning conference: Day 3

I managed to get to David Snowden’s talk this morning about, essentially, the nature of learning. What does science say about how we learn? Is that different from the way we, as trainers, try to make people learn?

It seems that we are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And what we’re ending up doing is, sometimes painfully, reshaping the hole (the trainees) to become square, rather than filing our peg . . . → Read More: Corporate Learning conference: Day 3

cell phones + driving = drunk driving

Driven to Distraction

I absolutely love it when I find research that backs up my position.

HANG UP YOUR CELL PHONES, DRIVERS!!!

Psychological research is showing that when drivers use cell phones, whether hand-held or hands-off, their attention to the road drops and driving skills become even worse than if they had too much to drink. Epidemiological research has found that cell-phone use is associated with a four-fold increase in the odds of getting into . . . → Read More: cell phones + driving = drunk driving