Monday, October 31, 2005

The Chronicle: 10/28/2005: The Man Who Would Murder Death: "Among the speakers was Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala, a surgeon and a researcher, explained how he and his colleagues are growing new human tissue and organs%uFFFD%u2014 bladders, kidneys, blood vessels, cartilage%uFFFD%u2014 in the laboratory using a patient's own cells.

For example, a few healthy cells could be taken from a cancer-stricken bladder and used to a grow a new bladder, which could theoretically then be transplanted with a very low chance of rejection. In 1999, Dr. Atala's team became the first to successfully transplant a lab-grown organ%uFFFD%u2014 by placing a new bladder in a beagle. Clinical trials will begin soon to see if this procedure also works in humans."

Sunday, October 30, 2005

BGG Thread: User Review: "If players add in such factors as two car teams, full race seasons, high wing/low wing settings and advanced rules with pit stops, Formula De becomes the best road racing simulation on the market. We ran a race one night with 12 players on the Monaco track using advanced rules and the weather was rain the whole way. The tension and grim set of faces around the table was awesome. Normally a game session such as that, with all 12 players knowing the rules would have run maybe 2 to 2 1/2 hours, but this one ran well over 3 hours and when done the faces of the players were similar to ones I recall from my youth as a motorcycle road racer on the West Coast: elation, weariness, awe and a knowing smile.

Any board game that can create that is worth the price. In fact, I own every track expansion and all the metal cars along with a couple of sets of aftermarket cars I found on eBay. "
Hill Battle: "r"

Saturday, October 29, 2005

FirstHealth Magazine: "“People assume that if they were having a heart attack, they would be in pain, and that’s what gets them in trouble,” he says. “Heart attacks are often not painful. In the vast majority of people, it’s a tolerable type of pressure or fullness.”"
RPGnet: Review of Action! System Core Rules v.1.1: "Action! System OGL version 1.1" - Your One-Stop Shop for the Best in RPG PDFs!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Surf-Bits, The Switcher%u2019s Website %uFFFD Blog Archive %uFFFD The Ultimate Freeware Package for your iPod.
The Hacker's Diet: "Adobe is one of the most consistently irritating companies on Earth with which to do business. I'd like to give you a nice button for downloading your own copy of Acrobat Reader, but they won't let me use the image without 'registering' and 'licensing' it, which I'm certainly not going to do in order to promote their product and its file format.
apophenia: my Friendster publications

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Thesis and Dissertation Binding Service: "To Have a Dissertation Bound

Bring the following to the HBLL Business Office (2062 HBLL Phone: 801-422-4779):

* One copy of your thesis for every copy you want bound -Example: If you are ordering 6 copies, you must bring 6 copies
o Each copy must be in a separate manila envelope (we have extra envelopes in our office if you need them)
o We are not involved in the specifications for margins, fonts, types of paper, etc. Please direct questions concerning these guidelines to your department or the graduate studies website.
* An extra copy of the title page and abstract (This can be on any type of paper.)
* Your completed 8D form
o Ask your department or graduate studies for a blank form
o Personal copies are sent to the address on this form
o Department Approval: You MUST have BOTH signatures
* Your completed UMI form (must be signed on the back)
* Payment by check, exact cash (we don’t have change), credit or debit card
o Make checks payable to BYU"
Whirlpool Dryer Repair / Kenmore Dryer Repair and Free Repair Help Photos.
Fallon London

Makers of the very cool san francisco superball commercial.
The definitive collection of idea generation methods
Oolsi | Be Free

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

HOWTO Backup Your DVD Movies
Comments on 10111 | Ask MetaFilter: "Here's what I did: after I had checked/unchecked all the songs I wanted on my iPod, and found out that also means those songs are skipped in playback, I was in the exact same situation. So I create a smart playlist included only checked songs with bitrate > 0kbps. Then, I copied that playlist to a new (dumb) playlist called 'iPod Songs'. Et voila, you can now check all the songs in your library again so they'll play normally.

Also, if you create a smart playlist 'iPod Rejects' that just contains songs not in the 'iPod Songs' playlist, you'll now have an easy way to add and remove songs from the iPod. Plus, with all the iPod songs in their own playlist, you can see the exact size of that collection so you don't have to guess any more about whether or not they'll fit on the iPod."
LPTJ :: View topic - One ipod. Two macs.

Monday, October 24, 2005 (1726343) The fair is in town. Post your tips and tricks to beating the carnies: "They have a game at our local fair where you have to ride a revese bicycle (the front wheel turns the opposite way the handlebars do). It's basically impossible to do. So I built one to practice on, and got all my friends to learn it. It takes about 2 weeks to learn to ride. Then we all went and won electric scooters and race them around and thrash on them. This year they're giving away electric pocket bikes (mini crotch-rockets). We're going to have fun with those."

Sunday, October 23, 2005

BoardGameGeek: "Brand New!! Still in shrinkwrap. Will ship internationally. Rio Grande Games (RIO 170)

White Dragon Enterprises, Inc. appreciates your business. USPS Parcel Post (2-3 Weeks) is our standard shipping method for US orders. USPS Air Mail (4-10 Days) is our standard shipping method for International orders. Insurance is required for all International orders or US orders over $25. Florida residents are required to pay 7% Sales Tax. Domestic Orders (US only) over $150 will receive FREE SHIPPING if purchased through BoardGameGeek. Contact us at with any questions. For role-playing game"

Friday, October 21, 2005

GeekList: Free-to-print games that might actually be worth printing: "Fast, fun, and easy to make. The game simulates a WWI biplane dogfight. You play cards, trying to outmaneuver your opponent, hoping to take a shot at him when he's vulnerable. It plays quick and stores small -- perfect for a quick game inbetween other games.

Here's a little suggestion if you plan to make this one -- print the game twice on different colored card stock. Cut everything out and separate the Allies and German cards. You'll end up with two copies of the game this way, but it'll be a lot easier to sort them out if they get mixed. (look at the PDF file for this game and you'll see why I suggest this method.) "
GeekList: Free-to-print games that might actually be worth printing
GeekList: Free downloadable and printable games - the master list.
FT Ships: The Tonsha Way
FT Scratch Building: "I started off with some discarded balsa from an old glider building project I ran at Scouts. I built the main structure of each ship using balsa. Stuck on dried vegetables (Lentils, split peas, barley) for external structures. Finished using cereal box card for panels."
ASFoS Resource Site: "Wow, I can't believe it has been 5 years. It seems that just yesterday Dan, Steve, myself and a few others first play tested ASFOS in a basement, playing from some scribbled notes."
MiniatureWargaming: "A Sky Full of Ships
A Sky Full of Ships, is one of Dan Abbott's 'Fast and Simple' free wargames rules. Like all good science fiction fleet rules, it uses a movement system that takes into account momentum, and allows gamers to design a wide variety of ships. Dan writes: I first started space gaming with several little known rule sets many years ago, but soon heard about, and started using Star Fleet Battles. An excellent game for its time, I played it for several years but as it got more and more complicated, I started to feel like I needed to study the game like a college course just to play it. I moved on. I quit playing space combat games for a while, but then I discovered Full Thrust. In no time I was back playing everything from tiny single ship actions, to huge multi-player campaigns. I still play (and enjoy) this game. But there was a problem. Although great for small battles, its game mechanics for combat took too long to work out in large fleet actions. For us, this lead to boring pauses in large multi player games while you waited for your opponents to fire large ships. Motivated by the release of Fleet Scale Babylon 5 miniatures from Agents of Gaming, I started mixing & matching ideas and soon these rules were born. I used simplified game mechanics and a stream lined turn sequence so that huge battles could be played quickly & easily using large fleets of ships. Hope you enjoy

Posted by The Editor at 02:00 PM in Rules: Sci Fi | Email this entry"
RPG Now: Budget Battlefield Universal Miniatures Rules

Thursday, October 20, 2005

BGG Thread: Don't weaken it and then let someone else finish it off: "Ok, so quickly then, in the 4 player game, we played 9 turns. Blue controlled the monster the first turn. He tried to destroy red's stadium, but she lucked out and Blue had to settle for using Godran to kill some old folks in the housing complex. The military is incredibly weak (and out of position) in the first part of the game. I think most of us really spent a lot on origin research early on, but my (yellow) megayen went into tanks, paratroopers, and helicopters. (Is anyone surprised?) I also spent 75 on a secret weapon without doing research first (you don't have to commit until you are at 200 anyway).

After the monster, the military started creeping in from all sides (a long ways from the monster) "
Power Sleep

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Daily Kos: STRATFOR - BEST explanation of Plame import: "There is more to this. When it is revealed that you were a NOC, foreign intelligence services begin combing back over your life, examining every relationship you had. Anyone you came into contact with becomes suspect. Sometimes, in some countries, becoming suspect can cost you your life. Revealing the identity of a NOC can be a matter of life and death -- frequently, of people no one has ever heard of or will ever hear of again."
Home of the Underdogs - Company profile: Freeware

sorted from best to worst.
Home of the Underdogs - Entry: Red Baron: "Arguably the best WW1 flight sim ever made, Red Baron is the legendary game from Damon Slye of Dynamix. Offering you the chance to be a pilot in World War One, Red Baron featrures 28 different aircraft from both the Allied and the German sides, a superb career mode, and a diverse array of missions including dogfights, balloon-busting, zeppelin hunting, escort, and more. If my saying 'best' multiple times won't convince you, here is a good review at MobyGames that should:"
Home of the Underdogs

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Database: "Description: dbSpace is an online database manager that provides an easy to use interface to add, delete, modify and search records in a flatfile ASCII database." :: Search: "ASP Text Database is a simple example of how a delimeter seperated text file can be used to store a small 'database' of values which can be searched through using a standard html web form. Includes a template page which is parsed for outputing results on" :: Search: " Small PHP web script to allow multiple developers on a project maintain a communal TODO list to help development, with useful features. * Flatfile database (two files) * Add, Complete, Remove, Edit options * Coloured categories * Due dates, visual overdue notification * Basic file locking mechanism to make sure one developer updates at a time (avoids confusion) * Easy to integrate into site template/design * Security available through directory protection (.htaccess) not included. * Simplified GUI at click of button, or setting "

Saturday, October 15, 2005

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LIVING : Curtains & Valances : Quick Window Treatments : DIY Network
LIVING : On a Budget : Smart Shopping Tips : DIY Network: "A great-looking window treatment is made with inexpensive fabric strung with leather shoelaces and hung from eyebolts in the ceiling."
Blinds, Discount Blinds, window blinds, wood blinds, faux wood blinds, mini blinds, vertical blinds, bamboo blinds
Gospel Chic: Transitioning to a New Ward: "Moving is a very stressful time, and leaving behind friends and attending a new ward can be very difficult. Being proactive and, for ward members-being friendly; are great ways to ease the tention and stress of this time. Remember, it takes time to fit in with a new ward, and even if you never fit in, the Gospel is perfect-even if the people aren't.

Church Magazine Subscription Information: "Ensign, New Era, Friend, Liahona, and Church News

For subscriptions, renewals, or single issues:

* In the U.S. and Canada, call 1-800-537-5971 or 1-801-240-2947."
Toll-free access: prepaid long distance International phone card calling cards: "Toll-free number to access our system 1-800-315-9339" :: Search

search for "flatfile"

Friday, October 14, 2005

KBR spent millions getting $82,100 worth of LPG into Iraq: "WASHINGTON - Iraq needed fuel. Halliburton Co. was ordered to get it there — quick. So the Houston-based contractor charged the Pentagon $27.5 million to ship $82,100 worth of cooking and heating fuel.

In the latest revelation about the company's oft-criticized performance in Iraq, a Pentagon audit report disclosed Monday showed Halliburton subsidiary KBR spent $82,100 to buy liquefied petroleum gas, better-known as LPG, in Kuwait and then 335 times that number to transport the fuel into violence-ridden Iraq."
Micro Persuasion: Bookmarklets Every Blogger Should Have

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Rock Salt :: View topic - Cool teachers you have had.: "Yeah. She almost got fired once because she kicked a girl out of her class that called me and my friend (colored hair and piercings at this time in my life) psychos, and then spent the rest of the period talking about how 'psychos' are the ones that most often change the world, and cheerleaders and jocks are the ones that drag us all down. Amazing woman. She was older too, so I was ultra stoked that she was so 'hip'. I dunno.....after we read Bram Stokers Dracula she made wavers for people to be able to watch the unedited Provo, out of 37 students or so, 5 of us watched. She was the coolest lady, and I wish more teachers were like her.


ABC 4 - Salt Lake Mayor says Taliban May Be in Utah? (Figuratively Speaking)
: "(ABC 4 News) -- Salt Lake mayor Rocky Anderson is dealing with a new controversy.
In a recent interview with a British newspaper, Anderson seemed to compare living in Utah to living under the Taliban.
Most Americans know the Taliban as religious extremists in Afghanistan.
But if you ask Rocky Anderson, the Taliban may be also be right here in Utah.
Depending on whom you ask, Rocky Anderson either does or does not think this is what living in Utah is like.
Recently, the mayor told an English journalist, 'I feel like we're in the middle of a Kafka novel sometimes...with a little bit of the Taliban thrown in.'
But regardless of exactly what the mayor was talking about....the mayor's Taliban comment isn't going over well with some here in Utah.
Sgt. Layne Morris was badly injured fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. If you ask him, the mayor isn't just talking about a newspaper, he may also be talking about the LDS Church.
But Anderson says he is not criticizing Utah's dominant faith.
Still, Morris says the mayor's remark was totally inappropriate.
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Wrestling with Diane Arbus: "Pinned on the bed by her small body with the big camera in my face, I felt my claustrophobia kick in; my heart-rate accelerated and I began to wheeze. I understood that as soon as I exhibited any signs of distress, she would have her picture. She would have got behind the public persona of Life cover-girl Germaine Greer, the 'sexy feminist that men like'. I concentrated on breathing deeply and slowly, and keeping my face blank. If it was humanly possible I would stop my very pupils from dilating. Immobilised between her knees I denied her, for hour after hour. Arbus waited me out. Nothing would happen for minutes on end, until I sighed, or frowned, and then the flash would pop. After an eternity she climbed off me, put the camera back in her bag and buggered off. A few weeks later she took an overdose of barbiturates and slit her wrists."

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Daily Herald: Your town. Your neighbors. Your Newspaper. - Results: "Almost New Washer and Dryer with warranty, only $135 each. Also Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher and Freezer for similar prices. All Like New, with warranty. Call 377-6122. "
Onestoplaptop: "Dell Latitude C600 P3 750 MaXouT! Special! Comes LOADED with 512MB of RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, CD Writer, WiFi, 56K, 10/100 Ethernet and 14.1' Screen!

There is simply no matching the abilities of this laptop for a better price! This Dell Latitude P3 750 has been taken to the MAX! Watch DVD's, Burn CD's, go Wireless with WiFi and, carry it in a brand new deluxe carrying case!"

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

TechFreaks v2
Before You Clean Your Carpets And Rugs: "Carpet Freshener: Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 2
tbs. corn starch, and 1/4 cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet,
let stand 5 to 15 minutes, then vacuum."

Monday, October 03, 2005

wiki:install [DokuWiki]: "Installing DokuWiki is very easy - in general it%u2019s just unpacking and setting permissions. However a detailed description for various scenarios is given here."