Tuesday, January 24, 2006

CW network to replace WB, UPN - Jan. 24, 2006

CW network to replace WB, UPN - Jan. 24, 2006: "NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. announced plans Tuesday for the creation of a new broadcast television network, called CW, that would replace the WB and UPN networks in the fall of this year.

The new broadcast network will draw on programming from both WB and UPN, and will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS (Research), with each company owning 50 percent, officials of both companies said"

CBS, Warner Bros. forming new TV network - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com

CBS, Warner Bros. forming new TV network - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com: "NEW YORK - CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Tuesday said they would form a new television network, dubbed The CW, to launch in the fall.

The new broadcast network will be a joint venture of the two companies, with each company owning 50 percent.

The two companies said they would cease operations of their existing UPN and The WB networks"

Zap2it - TV news - 'Scrubs' Hits the 100 Mark in Style

Zap2it - TV news - 'Scrubs' Hits the 100 Mark in Style: "In the main hospital set of NBC's 'Scrubs,' a large table holds an assortment of giant champagne bottles and a huge cake that looks like a surgical-scrub shirt, surrounded by medical paraphernalia of various kinds.

Behind the cake is series creator Bill Lawrence, holding a microphone. When someone comments that there seem to be bits of medical waste around the cake (chocolate, with vanilla icing), Lawrence quips, 'There are also various antidepressants and narcotics in the back.'

The occasion for the festivities is the 100th episode of the single-camera comedy about hospital interns"

Zap2it - TV news - 'Earl,' 'Office' Get Early Calls for Fall

Zap2it - TV news - 'Earl,' 'Office' Get Early Calls for Fall: "Seeking a new comedy tentpole now that the last vestige of its 1990s 'Must See' lineup is headed into the sunset, NBC has picked up two of its newest shows for next season.

Both 'My Name Is Earl' and 'The Office' will return for 22 episodes in the 2006-07 season, ensuring that the network will have a couple of half-hour building blocks as it tries to regain the ratings it's lost over the past couple years. The pickups come on the heels of the two series' move from Tuesday to Thursday without suffering any appreciable drop in ratings.

'The strength of the ratings and performance and the quality of these two shows make this a very easy decision,' NBC head Kevin Reilly says. 'We are confident that these comedies will only continue to increase in popularity.'"

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canada Conservatives win election

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canada Conservatives win election: "Canada has swung to the right in a general election after 12 years of Liberal rule increasingly overshadowed by allegations of corruption.

Conservative Stephen Harper is set to succeed Paul Martin as prime minister, but will need partners to govern.

'Tonight, friends, our great country has voted for change,' Mr Harper said in his victory speech, pledging to lower taxes and root out corruption.

Mr Martin said he would step down as Liberal leader."

CBC News: Conservatives celebrate minority government victory

CBC News: Conservatives celebrate minority government victory: "Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Canada's next prime minister, pledged to work with all parties in the next Parliament after Canadians elected a Tory minority government Monday, ending a 12-year reign of Liberal rule.

'Tonight friends, our great country has voted for change. And Canadians have asked our party to take the lead in delivering that change,' Harper told supporters in Calgary."

Monday, January 23, 2006

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canadians elect a new parliament

BBC NEWS | Americas | Canadians elect a new parliament: "Canadians have begun casting votes in a general election with opinion polls pointing to a likely Conservative win for the first time in 12 years.

The second election in 18 months was triggered when Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin lost a confidence vote.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper has pledged to cut taxes and tackle violent crime and corruption.

Polling stations in Newfoundland were first to open as the election unfolded across Canada's six time zones.

Two last-minute opinion suggested the Conservatives would be 10 points ahead of the Liberals - at 37% to 27% - but they also indicated the party would not secure an outright majority in the 308-seat house.

Correspondents say that although the Canadian economy is buoyant, the Liberals have struggled to shake off accusations of corruption."

Saturday, January 14, 2006

How to clean the toilet:

How to clean the toilet:

1. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and put both lids up.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. (You may need to stand on the lid.) The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. (Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.)

4. Flush the toilet three or four times. (This provides a "power-wash" and "rinse".)

5. Have someone open the door to the outside (Be sure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.)

6. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

7. The now clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself off. The toilet will be sparkling clean!

Sincerely, The Dog

Natural Laws ...

Natural Laws ...

"The Law of Volunteering"
If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead.

"The Law of Avoiding Oversell"
When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.

"The Law of Reality"
Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose.

"The Law of Self Sacrifice"
When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.

"Weiler's Law"
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

"Law of Probable Dispersal"
Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

"Law of Volunteer Labor"
People are always available for work in the past tense.

"Conway's Law"
In any organization there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.

"Iron Law of Distribution"
Them that has, gets.

"Law of Cybernetic Entomology"
There is always one more bug.

"Heller's Law"
The first myth of management is that it exists.

"Osborne's Law"
Variables won't; constants aren't.

"Main's Law"
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

"Berg's Second Law"
If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would have destroyed civilization.

Phone won't stop ringing? Here's what you do...

Phone won't stop ringing? Here's what you do...

Leola Starling of Ribrock, Tennesse, had a serious telephone problem. But unlike most people she did something about it.

The brand-new $10 million Ribrock Plaza Motel opened nearby and had acquired almost the same telephone number as Leola.

From the moment the motel opened, Leola was besieged by calls not for her. Since she had the same phone number for years, she felt that she had a case to persuade the motel management to change its number.

Naturally, the management refused claiming that it could not change its stationery.

The phone company was not helpful, either. A number was a number, and just because a customer was getting someone else's calls 24 hours a day didn't make it responsible. After her pleas fell on deaf ears, Leola decided to take matters into her own hands.

At 9 o'clock the phone rang. Someone from Memphis was calling the motel and asked for a room for the following Tuesday. Leola said, "No problem. How many nights?"

A few hours later Dallas checked in. A secretary wanted a suite with two bedrooms for a week. Emboldened, Leola said the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor was available for $600 a night. The secretary said that she would take it and asked if the hotel wanted a deposit. "No, that won't be necessary," Leola said. "We trust you."

The next day was a busy one for Leola. In the morning, she booked an electric appliance manufacturers convention for Memorial Day weekend, a college prom and a reunion of the 82nd Airborne veterans from World War II.

She turned on her answering machine during lunchtime so that she could watch Days Of Our Lives, but her biggest challenge came in the afternoon when a mother called to book the ballroom for her daughter's wedding in June.

Leola assured the woman that it would be no problem and asked if she would be providing the flowers or did she want the hotel to take care of it. The mother said that she would prefer the hotel to handle the floral arrangements. Then the question of valet parking came up.

Once again Leola was helpful. "There's no charge for valet parking, but we always recommend that the client tips the drivers."

Within a few months, the Ribrock Plaza Motel was a disaster area. People kept showing up for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteen parties and were all told there were no such events.

Leola had her final revenge when she read in the local paper that the motel might go bankrupt. Her phone rang, and an executive from Marriott said, "We're prepared to offer you $200,000 for the motel."

Leola replied. "We'll take it, but only if you change the telephone number."

i loave laughter - brain transpant

In the Hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.

"I'm afraid I am the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces, "The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, semi-risky, and you will have to pay for the brain yourselves."

The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a length of time, someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?" The Doctor quickly responded, "$5000 for a male brain, and $200 for a female brain."

The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. A man, unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the male brain so much more?"

The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and then to the entire group said, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they've been used."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Saturday, January 07, 2006

practicle advice I

1. Birds of a feather flock together ... and crap on your car.

2. There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to lookfor it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

3. When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor's dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.

4. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

5. Don't assume malice for what stupidity can explain.

6. A penny saved is a government oversight.

7. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

8. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

9. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

10. He who hesitates is probably right.

11. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

12. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

13. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

14. Did you ever notice: When you put together "THE" and "IRS," it spells "THEIRS.

hieachy of life

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, counsel. Those who can't counsel, administrate. Those who can't administrate, enter data into the computer. Those who can't enter data into the computer, take dictation. Those who can't take dictation, alphabetize files. Those who can't alphabetize files, answer the phone. Those who can't answer the phone, fry hamburgers. Those who can't fry hamburgers, run the cash register. Those who can't run the cash register, wait on tables. Those who can't wait on tables, carry dirty dishes to the kitchen. Those who can't carry dirty dishes to the kitchen, wash the dirty dishes. Those who can't wash dirty dishes, peel potatoes. Those who can't peel potatoes, buff the floor. Those who can't buff the floor, haul out the garbage. Those who can't haul out the garbage, write poetry. Those who can't write poetry, write clever letters to the editor. Those who can't write clever letters to the editor, write angry letters to the editor. Those who can't write angry letters to the editor, spray-paint graffiti. Those who can't spray-paint graffiti, write screenplays. Those who can't write screenplays, write TV scripts. Those who can't write TV scripts, read scripts for the studios. Those who can't read scripts for the studios, act. Those who can't act, take acting classes. Those who can't take acting classes, sing. Those who can't sing, sing Rock'N'Roll. Those who can't sing Rock'N'Roll, sing it anyway. Those who can't sing it anyway, become depressed. Those who can't become depressed, get bitter. Those who can't get bitter, get confused. Those who can't get confused, stay confused. Those who stay confused, find it difficult to complete unfinished sentences. Those who find it difficult to complete unfinished sentences, _____________.

i love laughter - getting ready for labour

was very pregnant, and it was rotten luck when, several days before my due date, my husband fell from the porch roof, sprained both ankles and was restricted to crutches. So when I went into labor and he couldn't drive, I took the wheel, stopping every time I had a contraction.

Finally, we got to the hospital. I dropped him at the maternity entrance, and he hobbled off to the admitting desk, where the nurse told him to go to the emergency room.

No, it's my wife," he told her. "She's in Labor."

"Where is she?" the nurse asked.

"She's parking the car and bringing in the bags."

CBC Sports Online: Hockey Day In Canada 2006

CBC Sports Online: Hockey Day In Canada 2006

Celebrate Canada's game with coverage of Hockey Day In Canada in
Stephenville, Newfoundland, the official host location. Ron MacLean will go rinkside at the Stephenville Dome to tell the story of this intriguing community and take viewers on a thrilling 13.5 hour-long hockey journey across Canada. Don Cherry will join MacLean for all of the festivities.

Friday, January 06, 2006

BlogTO | Jane Creba Tops on Technorati

BlogTO | Jane Creba Tops on Technorati: "For the third day running, Jane Creba is one of the top terms being searched in Technorati, a web site that monitors hot topics in the blogosphere. This is pretty amazing stuff when you consider that Technorati is an international (but primarily US focused) site.

Jane's murder and gun violence has certainly been front page news in all the local papers. But perhaps surprisingly, this incident has also caught the eye of international media. CNN warned its viewers yesterday that they should be wary of visiting Toronto, noting that the murder rate in the city has doubled this year"

O.F.C.P. Message Board

O.F.C.P. Message Board: "This message board is provided by the OFCP to support people with CP, their families, and others seeking peer support. We respectfully request that all postings relate to CP and general disability issues."

BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft rushes out Windows fix

BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft rushes out Windows fix: "The severity of a recently discovered bug in Windows has made Microsoft release a patch for the loophole early.

Originally Microsoft was due to release the patch on 10 January as part of its regular monthly security updates.

But the number of malicious hackers preparing to exploit the bug has led the software giant to speed up the release.

Before Microsoft produced its patch, users had been relying on unofficial fixes to protect themselves."

BBC - Health - Conditions - Cerebral palsy

BBC - Health - Conditions - Cerebral palsy: "There are many misconceptions surrounding cerebral palsy. We take a look at the causes, effects and how the various problems it may bring can be managed."

BBC NEWS | Health | Cerebral palsy 'infection link'

BBC NEWS | Health | Cerebral palsy 'infection link': "Babies exposed to certain infections shortly before and after birth have a greater risk of cerebral palsy, Australian research suggests.

Scientists tested over 1,300 babies, including 443 with cerebral palsy, for viruses, including the herpes group B virus, which can cross the placenta"

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Kurnik -- blogpoly : play online!

Kurnik -- blogpoly : play online!

Blogger Buzz: Play Blogpoly

Blogger Buzz: Play Blogpoly: "Play Blogpoly
Based on a blogging-themed version of the Monopoly board from littleoslo, gaming site Kurnik just launched Blogpoly. From their post about the launch:

For a geek like me, there was no better theme for a Monopoly-like game that I planned to add (even Ghettopoly couldn't compare).

Before you give it a try, however, please be warned that the game is highly addictive. Seriously. The Polish flavour of Blogpoly launched a few days ago is now attracting crowds of more than 3,000 simultaneous players, nearly as much as the most popular game on Kurnik (a Polish card game of Thousand)."

CBC Arts: Web journalism now eligible for Pulitzer Prize

CBC Arts: Web journalism now eligible for Pulitzer Prize: "Internet journalism received a leap in recognition Wednesday as the Pulitzer Prize Board widened its submission guidelines to include online material for all of its journalism categories.

'The board believes it has taken a significant step in recognition of the widening role of online journalism at newspapers,' prize administrator Sig Gissler said in a statement. Online material will be considered beginning with the 2006 competition (which honours work done in 2005).

The eligibility guidelines 'will continue to be restricted to newspapers published daily, Sunday or at least once a week during the calendar year,' Gissler added, but will be widened to included the online editions of those newspaper"

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

GeoURL (2.0)

GeoURL (2.0): "GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you. GeoURL is listing 219,648 sites."



GeoURL

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Feed Icons - Help establish the new standard

Feed Icons - Help establish the new standard: "Harmonize
By adopting this icon as the identity of syndicated content, you're helping to...
Eliminate confusion brought on by acronyms.
Break down the international barriers.
Bring feeds to the forefront. "

Sunday, January 01, 2006

BBC NEWS | Technology | Sites exploit Windows image flaw

BBC NEWS | Technology | Sites exploit Windows image flaw: "The US net watchdog, the Computer Emergency Response Center (Cert), and security firms have issued warnings about certain types of image files called Windows Metafiles.

Experts said numerous websites were taking advantage of the flaw to sneak into computers and install spyware.

Microsoft has said it is looking into the issue.

Spam bots

The flaw centres on the way Microsoft's operating system handles Windows Metafiles (.wmf). These are image files that can contain both vector and bitmap-based picture information."

NPR : Microsoft Working to Fix Windows Security Glitch

NPR : Microsoft Working to Fix Windows Security Glitch: "All Things Considered, December 30, 2005 · Microsoft is trying to fix a flaw in its Windows operating system that could give hackers access to users' computers, allowing them to load viruses, spyware and other malicious software. With this vulnerability, just visiting certain Web sites might compromise a user's security.
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