Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lytro Camera Lets You Focus Photos After You Take Them

This year, Lytro will debut the first light field camera for everyone. OK – you’re not everyone. You are a beautiful, unique snowflake. And you deserve an amazing camera that lets you capture life’s singular moments, like baby’s first steps not second, with maximum magic and minimum hassle. No more fighting with dials and settings and modes. No more flat, boring, static photographs. With a Lytro, you unleash the light.

No fuss focus: Click away. Shoot first, focus after. That's right, after. You can't miss.

Here is a demo:

More information here at Lytro Dot Com


Problem? What Problem?


What a great idea!


Charles Bukowski Wiki



Nancy Nograce

"Whether people like it or not, the truth is the truth" -- Nancy Grace

Yeah.. Take some of your own medicine, woman! The trial is over. The prosecutors did not present nearly enough clear evidence to prove that "Tot mom" killed her daughter. You've gotta live with it. Move on.. Find another story to fascinate you, and ride its coattails to your journalistic heart's content. Leave this one alone.

By the way, take Jane Velez-Mitchell with you!


15 Inspirational Quotes

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -- John Wooden

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." -- Dale Carnegie

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." -- Christopher Reeve

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given." -- Michael J. Fox

"I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." -- Walter Cronkite

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." -- Winston Churchill

"It's always too early to quit." -- Norman Vincent Peale

"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you." -- Frank Tyger

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." -- Samuel Johnson

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." -- Aristotle

"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious." -- Vince Lombardi

"I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve." -- Anthony Robbins

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Why Haven't We Been Back, Anyway?


Evolution Of Storage



Friday, July 8, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Home Of Paradise



The Petition For Caylee's Law

Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder or manslaughter on Tuesday in the case of her two-year-old daughter Caylee’s death. One of the central controversies of the case has been the fact that Anthony never notified law enforcement that her daughter was missing. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008; grandmother Cindy Anthony notified the police on July 15, a month later.

After hearing the verdict and seeing a Facebook page response, Oklahoman Michelle Crowder started a petition asking Congress to create “Caylee’s Law,” making it a federal offense and a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report a child’s disappearance to law enforcement in a timely manner. (Source)

Click here to go sign the petition now! Had this law already been in place, there's no way Casey would've gotten away with this one.

The End Of The Chip Clip


Another thing I want to add about chip clips - or more precisely, clothespins: Have you ever noticed how they have a crazy tendency to disappear? Even when there are no opened bags of chips sitting around, you'd think there'd be loads of all those clothespins somewhere, since 99% of the time they're all holding a bag of chips or salad or cereal closed. Then when you need one for your newest opened bag of chips - they're nowhere to be found!!

It's True - He Told Me So

Thanks Mom!

Homicide In America

Homicide In America
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Grand Theft Golf Cart


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why Do They Do This Anyway?


Love Your Enemy


Lockouts - NBA vs. NFL: A Primer On The Similarities And Differences

by Joel Thorman, SB Nation's NFL Editor & Tom Ziller, SB Nation's NBA editor

The NBA lockout began last week as David Stern decided Roger Goodell shouldn't have all of the fun. The NFL lockout has gone on since March. How are the stoppages similar and different?

Jul 5, 2011 - The NBA decided last week to stop letting the NFL have all of the fun and instituted a lockout to shut down the league until a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached. Given that these are two multi-billion dollar leagues with fairly similar set-ups, there are some comparisons to be made in the NBA lockout and NFL lockout. But there are just as many differences.

What's the lockout about?

NBA: The NBA lockout is focused almost completely on cutting player salary to help struggling teams -- the league claims 22 lost money last year -- make a profit. A line you hear often from the league is that while players are collectively guaranteed more than $2 billion in salary every season, team owners are never guaranteed a profit, and in many cases, are guaranteed losses because of extraordinary expenses.

NFL: The NFL lockout is focused on a number of issues, the biggest being how to split the over-$9 billion figure in annual revenue. The owners feel they need a larger slice of the pie, since they're taking the larger financial risk, while the players have called for the current system to stay in place. NFL teams aren't claiming poverty, like some in the NBA, but they do want a bigger cut of the pie in order to grow the game.

What are the major issues?

NBA: The NBA's biggest two issues are the revenue split and the hardness of the salary cap. Currently, players receive 57 percent of basketball-related income, which was about $2.1 billion for the 2010-11 season. This is taken from gross receipts and includes gate, TV revenue, merchandise and more. The NBA has a soft salary cap around $60 million; through cap exceptions and the ability to re-sign their own players in excess of the cap, teams easily surpass the soft cap, and it's rare that more than two or three teams end the season under the cap. The NBA is trying to turn that soft cap into a hard or harder cap to shrink overall salary levels and expenses at the team level, and is trying to shrink the revenue split to something closer to 50-50. The players have been willing to go down to 54 percent without a hard cap. The hard cap is seen as unacceptable by the players' union.

NFL: The biggest issue, by far, is how to split the money. The players were previously receiving a little over 50 percent of all the revenue, and recent reports say they have given in to the tune of a 48 percent slice of the pie. It's believed that, once the money issue is figured out, the rest of the deal will fall into place relatively smoothly. Another major issue is the rookie wage scale because the owners feel that the players at the top of the draft are receiving a disproportionate amount of money. The players have been receptive to changing the model in which the rookies are paid by funneling some of that money to established veterans. One more major issue is retired players and increasing the amount of money they're given. The owners have reportedly been open to the idea of giving more money to the retired players and this issue has not become one of the most divisive on the table.

Continue to the entire article..


Calling Foul On NBA’s Claims Of Financial Distress

by Nate Silver, The New York Times

At midnight on Thursday, the N.B.A. locked out its players in what could be the start of a long labor dispute. Some observers, like ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, believe the entire 2011-12 season could be threatened.

Such a move would not be without precedent: the N.H.L. canceled its 2004-5 season. But the

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N.B.A.’s current financial condition is different than the N.H.L.’s in one important respect. Whereas there was almost no doubt that the N.H.L. was in fact losing money in advance of its lockout — player salaries had mushroomed by more than 400 percent from 1994 to 2004, according to independent estimates — the N.B.A.’s claims of financial hardship should be viewed more skeptically.

Instead, independent estimates of the N.B.A. financial condition reflect a league that has grown at a somewhat tepid rate compared to other sports, and which has an uneven distribution of revenues between teams — but which is fundamentally a healthy and profitable business. In addition, it is not clear that growth in player salaries, which has been modest compared to other sports and which is strictly pegged to league revenue, is responsible for the league’s difficulties.

The table below reflects the N.B.A.’s financial condition from its 1989-90 through 2009-10 seasons, as according to estimates prepared by Forbes and Financial World magazines. (All figures are adjusted for inflation. Some data was not published by Forbes in some years and is therefore left blank.)

The first column is league’s gate receipts or ticket revenues; the Forbes data suggest this is one area of legitimate concern. Adjusted for inflation, ticket revenues are down 6 percent compared to five years ago, although they are up 22 percent compared to the 1999-2000 season.

Other revenues, like licensing and media rights, have increased at a healthier clip, because the N.B.A. is locked into long and lucrative television contracts. They have grown by 11 percent over five years, adjusted for inflation, or by 30 percent over 10 years.

The league’s primary expense is player salaries. Continue on to the rest of this incredibly informative article..


Stop Lookin' At Me

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Nice Kitty Kitty

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Cloudy Cover Over Bavaria, Germany


Casey Verdict

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Did You Ever Wonder

...what would happen if you hired two private investigators to follow each other?


Casey Anthony Trial: Closing Arguments 8:30am EDT

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That's right - Gotta get up at 7:30am CDT TODAY if you wanna see the much-anticipated closing arguments. In other words, this is it folks! After this the case will be given to the jury, and the only thing left to anticipate will be the VERDICT.

And as I posted before, you can watch it HERE.