Archive for May, 2007

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on the Same Stage

A rare occurrence: Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Apple founder Steve Jobs appeared on stage together at the D5 conference. The two rivals talked about how the two have worked together over the years and how much respect they have for one another.


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A Man Is Arrested For Using Two-Dollar Bills

This is ridiculous. When are Americans going to finally realize that two-dollar bills are legitimate (although rarely circulated) legal tender? When in doubt, check with the Treasury Department

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A 71-Year-Old Climbs Mount Everest

I love stories about senior citizens who perform amazing feats. The latest one is about Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a seventy-one-year-old mountain climber who has become the oldest person to ever scale Mount Everest. The retired junior high school teacher from central Japan reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain on May 22.

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Cicadas Are About to Bombard the Midwest U.S.

Brood XIII, a brood of periodical cicadas which tunnels up from the ground every seventeen years in order to reproduce, is about to arrive. Within a month’s time, billions of the flying insects will emerge just long enough to molt, mate, and lay the eggs of the next generation. After that is accomplished, the cicadas all die.

Unfortunately, the mating call of the male cicada is quite loud. The sound of a single cicada can reach ninety decibels, which is as loud as a kitchen blender. Although the noise might be unbearable for a while, the adult cicada only lives for about thirty days, so the blaring brood will not be around for long.

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Cindy Sheehan Quits and Goes Home

The “face” of the anti-war movement in U.S. is calling it quits. Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in the Iraq War, has been a very vocal and very visible critic of the American-led liberation of the Iraqi people.

Following the Democratic Congress’s reluctant vote to continue to fund the operation in Iraq, Sheehan has decided to give up her crusade, head back home to California, and “try to regain some of what [she] lost.” Things which the anti-war activist has lost due to her own actions following the death of her son U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan include her health, her twenty-nine-year marriage, and — some would argue — her sanity.

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Fox Apologizes for the American Idol Finale Being Too Long

This season’s finale of American Idol ran about nine minutes long, causing those who recorded it for later viewing to miss the very end where Jordin Sparks was announced as the winner. Many, many fans were upset, including the one to whom I am married.

The Fox network has now issued an apology to the miffed fans, saying “it was always our intention to bring the show in on time.” Considering that the network produces several hours of live television every week, it seems to me that they could have tried a little harder.

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Rosie Departs The View Early

Following the big fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday, Rosie O’Donnell has chosen to leave her job on The View three weeks before her contract ends.

I can’t say that I am said to hear the news.

Link: New York Daily News

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