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We all know that smoking is linked to a myriad of diseases. We see all the campaigns about the dangers of smoking. I have encouraged people to stop smoking. I’ve evern purchased the gum and patches for an girlfriend I was dating years ago who was having difficulty quitting.

I never thought I would meet someone who almost died from quitting smoking. Technically, I didn’t meet him, but I did meet his daughter. A couple of Fridays ago (Friday the 13th to be precise) I was heading back to LAX on my second redeye of the day. I got to talking with the lady sitting next to me about things, and we got onto the topic of her dad. Her story was one of the ironic stories I’ve ever heard.

Her dad had been smoking for decades. For years, everyone had been telling him to quit smoking. He smoked a couple of cigarettes on his way to work and on his way back home. He also smoked during the day, but most of his smoking was in his truck because it was a long commute and stressed him out. One day, he decided that it would be best for him to quit so that he cold live a longer, more fulfilling life. He worked hard to resist the urge to smoke while driving.

After a few months, he ended up in the hospital with severe headaches and an increasing loss of mental capacity. He was diagnosed with brain damage. It turned out that his truck had a cabin leak that was pumping carbon minoxide into the cabin. While he was smoking, he always had the windows down to let the cigarette smoke out. After he quit smoking, he kept the windows rolled up.

There is one upside to this story. It generated awareness in his neighborhood about the dangers of carbon minoxide poisoning in their cars and homes.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of LOL Cat for a loooooooong time. I post them on people’s Myspace profiles and vote regularly. Today, my friend Ken dropped off page 90 of the latest SkyMall, and I had to make my own LOL Cat!!! And it ends up being a Ceiling cat at that!

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Think again! Gotovertime.com has compiled a list of common reasons we think we are exempt from overtime:

Chances are you’ve fallen into one of these traps. I know plenty of people who have. Most of which are computer programmers. For some reason people in IT seem to really be disgruntled by the amount of work they provide, the amount of value they provide to the company, and how little they are compensated and valued by their employer.

Guess what IT folks? You’re rights to overtime are changing and not for the better. Here’s a bit of news to help you feel even more upset about your unfair treatment at work. Of course, you’ll probably just sit there and complain rather than do something about your unfair treatment. Good luck with that.

oooooooor… Do yourself a favor and be the first guy at your company to must up enough guts to make a difference for all the people in IT who have been taken advantage of before you’re rights to overtime are whittled away to nothing.

Sometimes chalked up as “hippie consumerism”, green products have not received as much mainstream coverage as some of these great innovations deserve. Nor have they been accepted as widely as there is a true market for green products. There is a laundry list of reasons that green products have been muddling along for the last 15 years.

Often times green products are seen by some of the media as products that are developed by finger-pointing environmentalists who want to find fault in modern consumerism (watch Fox News). Some times, there are short-sighted green products that look green on the outside but fall short. For example, someone sent me a “hydrogen fuel cell charger” the other day. Thinking that I would receive something that I could just refill with distilled water, I was completely disappointed with what I found: a unit that I need to send back to the manufacturer to recharge! Let’s do the calculation on the UPS truck picking up the unit to send it back to the manufacturer. Not really green, sorry.

But things are reaching a tipping point for green products, making it one of the most impressive opportunities for business in years. Green products are not just “good” products or products that make the environment happy. What green products really are is the evolution of product development. After inventing hundreds of different types of batteries using limited (and mostly dangerous) resources, what is next? Developing a portable power source that is made of renewable and less toxic materials. After more than a hundred years of the internal combustion engine, what is next? Just think back to the replacement of the steam engine. Sure, there are steam engines around today, but they have mostly been replaced by better technology.

Our cars. Our homes. Our appliances. Our energy sources… These will all change into green products in the future. Remember the source of light for most homes in the United States at the beginning of last century? Wasn’t the light bulb folks! Remember cash registers from the 1800s? Weren’t swiping credit cards my friends! Remember how we traveled across the Pacific for most of the 1900s? Wasn’t in an airplane like today!

So, what is next for business? What is the next great industry that will take us through the evolution of the silicon age? Green products. This shift in industry won’t be led by the picket lines and inconvenient truths. It will be led by good old fashioned pioneers of innovations. People like Richard Branson and Bill Gates and George Westinghouse and Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo Da Vinci and Archimedes… and anyone who puts their ideas out there and makes it happen.

Be on the lookout for big news about green.

Any of us who use Windows (you know who you are by the sucker written on your forehead), have seen the “You have unused icons on your desktop” message pop up from time to time. But most of our screens are not displayed on a screen the size of a 10 story building like this guy:

You have unused icons on your desktop

I kinda wish I had stuck around to see them clean the desktop 😛

It’s up to you New York
New Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooork

Just watched the Yankees beat the snot out of the Angels. Is it sacrilegious to root against the team from your hometown? Not when they are the Angels and you are watching your first game at Yankee Stadium. Had a nasty hot dog and a brew. Good times. I’ll have some videos posted of that and the Dodgers game I went to a while back.

Right now I’m just kicking it with my brother in our hotel room. We’re staying at the historic Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue. I feel like a high roller, staying on Park Ave and all. We are literally right down the street from the Helmsley building.

Central Park is about .5 miles away. I think that’s where I’m going to do my triathlon running tomorrow. Gotta make sure I don’t turn into a fatty while I’m away from home. I also get the chance to checkout my myspace friend, Vince August at the Laugh Factory tomorrow night. You gotta love the Myspace!

Also, I think I figured out why people say that New York never sleeps. It is 12:39 at night right now and the trash trucks are picking up the trash from all the buildings around here. Judging by the smell of the Hudson River, they don’t take it very far before they dump it.

All kidding aside… I love New York. It is a beautiful city, and I don’t care what people say about the people here. They are good people.

And you should checkout the potholes here! Nothing like it in Los Angeles. You’re likely to lose a hubcap driving along the FDR. Also, I have discovered that GPS is strictly a west coast thing. I’ve tried using it in DC and New York… On both occasions, the directions have been completely off. The good side of it is that my brother and I have had the opportunity to drive through the projects in DC and New York in two consecutive months. I must also admit that the sweet symphony of the New York streets is unlike any other city. Both NYPD and FDNY synchronize their sirens to create this harmonious sound assuring you that you are indeed living in New York.

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A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

“Al-gebra is a problem for us,” Gonzales said. “They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like ‘x’ and ‘y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns’, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say , “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.”

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.

If you laughed, you are a nerd. Sorry 😛

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Originally posted on the Gadget Panel

I do a lot of dancing, exercise, walking, standing, activities, etc. Using one of those vibrating wands (don’t let your mind go there sicko!) or vibrating pads doesn’t do the trick for me. I need something that’s going to really work my muscle. Now, I have a great massage therapist. The guy is an expert in acupuncture, deep tissue massage, reflexology, strange human body experiments, etc. He’s also a former dancer, so he knows a lot about the muscles that I’ve been using and how to get them to function efficiently.

But this isn’t about my great massage therapist. Although, I’d be willing to share his information if you need those services. This is about the next best thing. Since I can’t afford to pay him or a miniaturized version of him to give me a massage every week, I opted for a shiatsu massage machine from Brookstone a while back. The product has since been replaced by what I feel to be an inferior product. Although, the replacement is a less expensive model.

This thing is great for neck, back, leg, arm, shoulder, and foot massages. The new model does pretty much the same thing. However, it is not quite as powerful in my opinion and doesn’t offer the ability to massage as many different body parts. Just take a look at the version now available Brookstone versus the video bellow, and you will see what I mean.

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