06 July 2009

Bi-weekly Reflections 2009 - Week 24 & 25 - Articles & Links

"Bi-Weekly Reflections" is my small journal of events that have gone on throughout the last 2 weeks that I've decided to keep. Articles and links were part of the main "Bi-weekly Reflections" segment of my blog for some time, but because of the large number of articles and links that I've been adding lately (along with my own commentary on them), I've decided to separate the links into their own posts. New updates to this will (hopefully) be posted as soon as possible.
I didn't have a lot of time to comment on a lot of these articles, but here's a list of all the articles during the last two weeks that have taken some of my free time and got me interested.
  • Texas strip club sues 14-year-old stripper [article]
  • Free speech is bad words too [article]
  • Top 10 reasons open source is good for smartphones [article]
  • "I lied about tattoo blunder" [article]
  • "F-16 crashes in Utah; Pilots fate unknown" [article]
    "Pilot dies in F-16 crash in Utah" [article]
  • "Mother pleads guilty to drunken breast-feeding" [article]
  • "Phones could be the keys to your car" [article]
  • "Afghan girl suffers after phosphorus attack" [article]
  • Ed McMahon has passed away [article]
  • "Man sells father's remains on eBay for Revenge" [article]
  • "Did Shaq Just Find Out He Was Traded On Twitter?" [article]
  • "Need a favor? Just talk to my right ear" [article]
  • "Farrah Fawcett succumbs to cancer at 62" [article]
  • "'High' wallabies blamed for crop circles" [article]
  • After a lot of confusion and skepticism on Thursday (6/25) after TMZ posted a report that Michael Jackson had died, which consequently was blasted around Twitter, I went on a frantic search for a more reliable source, which was finally confirmed by MSNBC, citing a blog post from an LA Times reporter that the singer had died. TMZ initially posted the report after he had been rushed to the hospital from a 911 call at around 12:30p, where he was received at the hospital in a deep coma, and finally pronounced dead by doctors. With news about Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett's passing (above), this week has been a pretty intense day for celebrity deaths. My respects go out to each of the celebrities' families.
  • Beware, oversharing on Twitter could land you a spot on Oversharers.com
  • Another "celebrity" death was announced - Billy Mays has died. The infomercial/TV commercial pitchman died on Sunday, 6/28. He was yet another famous individual to die unexpectedly this week. May he rest in peace.
  • I know that cheerleading can be intense, but I never new that it could be considered "the most dangerous sport."
  • Found this Newsweek article from last year about why cars don't top 50MPG despite the fact that we have the technology to do so. Its interesting to see the engineering balance that goes on between cost and performance.
  • As mentioned earlier, Michael Jackson's passing was a surprise, and for some it is a very personal thing to happen. Even if they didn't know the artist in person, his music inspired many people and therefore his death was particularly significant to them. In fact, for some it was so significant that some are even committing suicide over it! Okay, I know that the singer may have had a huge impact for some (even inspiring you to become an artist yourself), but I think committing suicide is a little overkill (no pun intended).
  • First self-watering plant [article]
  • Here's an interesting article on some of the (quite obvious) findings about mate selection and the differences between the sexes on what common physical traits each sex admires in a mate. Though the findings are actually common knowledge, it feels good to know that what we've always suspected is now scientifically founded.

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