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Elizabeth Bennett’s Ten Thousand Dollar Burger Recipe

Elizabeth Bennett is a winner of a recipe contest. This non beef recipe netted her a first prize of ten thousand dollars in a national burger contest. It is a lamb patty burger and it is delicious:

link: Elizabeth Bennett’s Opa Burger

In the midst of your first time going through this recipe, you will wonder if it is worth all the effort to make this burger. Any doubts will be set aside with your first bite; and you (and those you are feeding) will be look forward to the next you do Elizabeth Bennett’s Opa recipe. And yes, include the garlic cloves.

Catherine Forsythe

Degunking your Mac

If you have had a Mac for a year or two then it is time to do a cleaning out. This is just a way to clean out some old files and get going again. So before we get started I would like to say that there is no need to use a disk defragmenter on your mac. Also there is one thing I didn't mention before. You also need to insert your installation CD and restart your computer. While it is restarting you need to hold down the "d" key and you should be prompted with a hardware test. This is just a way to make sure your mac isn't about to have a failure or something.

Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise This September

Roarios and Tigermisus and Fizzlybears, OH MY! Microsoft today announced that Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise will be released and on store shelves by the 5th of September.

With more than 30 additional new pinata species, expanded co-op options and multiple gameplay modes, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise offers limitless fun for every animal-lover in the family.

Pinata Island has gotten bigger too! Now players can explore wild areas outside of the garden where they will need to bait and retrieve exotic pinata species who won’t venture into the garden on their own.

Put on your mittens and snow shoes as you brave the cold of the Pinartic where you’ll find pinatas that prefer cooler temperatures and the occasional blizzard, like Pengums and Polollybears. Or you can shed the layers and head to the sands of the Dessert Desert, where Camellos and Jameleons bask in the arid sun.

All of these new exotic pinatas will not venture into your garden willingly, so you’ll need to bait and retrieve them yourself. But you can make them feel at home right away by adding patches of snow or sand to your garden, similar to how you add grass and water.

Available exclusively on Xbox 360, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise reinvigorates a colourful and engaging gaming experience. Now with full cooperative gameplay modes and various approachable difficulty settings, the Viva Pinata franchise opens its doors even wider with a new game that provides hours of fun for gamers of all ages, fans of the animated series and animal lovers alike.


Three Athletes Who Will Break Your Heart

There is a part in horror movies that the heroine / victim is about to do something irrationally dangerous. You know that disaster will follow but you can’t stop watching. You stamp your ticket for an emotional roller coaster ride and, in the end, you call it entertainment.

There are three athletes who take me for this roller coaster ride. Try as I might sometimes I am drawn in and watch. I know that there, most likely, will not be a happy ending. Nevertheless, in spite of myself, I sometimes watch.

Number One: The top spot is John Daly, the professional golfer whose motto is ‘grip it and rip it’. Some have argued that John Daly may be the PGA professional who has the most natural gifts as a golfer. That would include Tiger Woods. The difference is that Tiger Woods takes care of his physical self and works at his game. It is an achievement if John Daly shows up at the correct time. He seems to be well liked by his fellow golfers and he certainly has a following. However, John Daly is like a tradgic hero. Disaster is bound to follow on the golf course or off the golf course.

In 2005, in a playoff with Tiger Woods for the American Express Championship, John Daly missed a three foot putt. Professional golfers should not have trouble with three foot putts. John Daly should not have trouble with three foot putts. It was a stunning miss and even Tiger Woods stood in disbelief.

Number Two: Lamar Odom is a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has the physical size, strength and skills to be a potential all star. He can pass and he can rebound. The expectation for Lamar Odom is double figures in scoring and rebounding, in every game. Sometimes it happens and Lamar Odom just dominates. Other times, it is as if Lamar Odom disappears on the basketball court.

He vanishes. – There was speculation that Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant were not a good pair. Lamar Odom has not been the complimentary offensive threat that the Lakers have needed to go along with Kobe Bryant. With the trade for Pau Gasol, it was thought that Lamar Odom would fill the role of being the third offensive option. It didn’t happen. Unfortunately, in the final round of the NBA playoffs, Lamar Odom “disappeared”. It was, and is, inexplicable.

Number Three: There is no doubt that Alex Rodriguez wants to be a legendary baseball player. His skills are unquestionable. Ever since he has become a professional baseball player, he has been able to hit, score runs and fill the venues with fans. He is paid an astronomical salary for his baseball skills.

The regular season is Alex Rodriguez’s showcase. During the regular season, Alex Rodriguez’s talents are on display. There is no dispute about his value to a baseball team. Then, when the play-off comes, a different Alex Rodriguez emerges. He does not perform at the same level. It is as if the opportunity for the greatness that he seeks overwhelms Alex Rodriguez. Some athletes dream of those moments in the spotlight to shine. For Alex Rodriguez, the spotlight does not focus on athletic skills so much as it highlights demons and the inner struggles of a superbly gifted athlete.

This list is not complete. These are just my top three. There are others like Michelle Wie, who rightly deserves a mention. You may have your own top three who perform, entertain and leave you wondering… ‘what just happened there?’. These are just some athletes who entertain and who will take you on that ride to heartbreak.

Catherine Forsythe

Volkswagen Debuts 282MPG Car!

Volkswagen has decided to push up a vehicle that wasn’t scheduled to be constructed until 2012. The era of ridiculous gas prices has made it necessary to bring out the One Litre Car vehicle, once a concept, but now a way for owners to thumb their noses at high prices.

The 660 pound car, constructed with scads of carbon fiber, delivers 282 miles per gallon.

It looks weird, but it’s very efficient, with a small engine and drag coefficient lower than any current car. It will cost an estimated 30 to 40 thousand dollars, but so do Hummers, and think of how much gas you’ll save while not driving a military vehicle.

(article, and pictures here)

Kind of reminds me of a torpedo for two! Either that or a new louge vehicle.

Is something like this in your future? If about half of us had one, the Saudis could keep their oil, and the Bush’s would cry, but so what – the planet would be a lot greener too.

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Unique Stellar System Gives Einstein A Thumbs-Up

Taking advantage of a unique cosmic coincidence, astronomers have measured an effect predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity in the extremely strong gravity of a pair of superdense neutron stars. The new data indicate that the famed physicist’s 93-year-old theory has passed yet another test.

The scientists used the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to make a four-year study of a double-star system unlike any other known in the Universe. The system is a pair of neutron stars, both of which are seen as pulsars that emit lighthouse-like beams of radio waves.

"Of about 1700 known pulsars, this is the only case where two pulsars are in orbit around each other," said Rene Breton, a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In addition, the stars’ orbital plane is aligned nearly perfectly with their line of sight to the Earth, so that one passes behind a doughnut-shaped region of ionized gas surrounding the other, eclipsing the signal from the pulsar in back.

"Those eclipses are the key to making a measurement that could never be done before," Breton said.

Einstein’s 1915 theory predicted that, in a close system of two very massive objects, such as neutron stars, one object’s gravitational tug, along with an effect of its spinning around its axis, should cause the spin axis of the other to wobble, or precess. Studies of other pulsars in binary systems had indicated that such wobbling occurred, but could not produce precise measurements of the amount of wobbling.

"Measuring the amount of wobbling is what tests the details of Einstein’s theory and gives a benchmark that any alternative gravitational theories must meet," said Scott Ransom of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The eclipses allowed the astronomers to pin down the geometry of the double-pulsar system and track changes in the orientation of the spin axis of one of them. As one pulsar’s spin axis slowly moved, the pattern of signal blockages as the other passed behind it also changed. The signal from the pulsar in back is absorbed by the ionized gas in the other’s magnetosphere.

Pulsars, first discovered in 1967, are the "corpses" of massive stars that have exploded as supernovae. What is left after the explosion is a superdense neutron star that packs more than the mass of our Sun into the size of an average city. Beams of radio waves stream outward from the poles of the star’s intense magnetic field and sweep around as the star rotates, as often as hundreds of times a second.

The pair of pulsars studied with the GBT is about 1700 light-yearsfrom Earth. The average distance between the two is only about twice the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The two orbit each other in just under two and a half hours.

"A system like this, with two very massive objects very close to each other, is precisely the kind of extreme ‘cosmic laboratory’ needed to test Einstein’s prediction," said Victoria Kaspi, leader of McGill University’s Pulsar Group.

Theories of gravity don’t differ significantly in "ordinary" regions of space such as our own Solar System. In regions of extremely strong gravity fields, such as near a pair of close, massive objects, however, differences are expected to show up. In the binary-pulsar study, General Relativity "passed the test" provided by such an extreme environment, the scientists said.

"It’s not quite right to say that we have now ‘proven’ General Relativity," Breton said. "However, so far, Einstein’s theory has passed all the tests that have been conducted, including ours."

[Dave Finley @ National Radio Astronomy Observatory]



The Internet has encouraged many people to look at ways that they can make money online, and one of the tried and true methods of making money online involves selling downloads like software, digital art, e-books, and so on. While you may be able to create the product that you want to offer for sale, the actual process of selling it online can start to get complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing that you want to do is give up due to being overwhelmed, and a service called Cerizmo simplifies the process of selling downloads.

With Cerizmo, you’re given your own online store that can be customized and managed as you see fit. Not only can you sell your downloads in any of seven currencies, but when you make a sale, the money goes directly to your PayPal account, and this means that you won’t have to wait for your money to arrive each month like you do with other comparable services. Of course, Cerizmo has to make money somehow, and if your monthly sales amount to over $100, they’ll keep a percentage of the sales.

Kodak Easyshare Software v7

Organize your photos, express your creativity, and get connected to Kodak Gallery, the online service, with Kodak Easyshare. Kodak Easyshare seamlessly gets your photos off your camera and organized on your computer with just a few clicks. Reduce red-eye, create greeting cards, albums, photo-mugs, and order other great photo gifts from the Gallery.

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WordPress Bloggers – Are You Turbocharged?

Fellow WordPress bloggers who haven’t done so ought to consider installing Gears so they can run Turbo. Go to Dashboard and click the “Turbo” link in the upper right corner. Follow the directions and download Google Gears installer, then run it and follow the directions.

Gears, when combined with WordPress, downloads and stores substantial amounts of data from the servers on your hard drive. Access to the various blog pages, etc. is sped up substantially. It’s even noticeable on my 6Mb DSL connection at home, and the sorry-ass dialup here at work now operates as if it had been — well — turbo-charged. The whole process takes about ten minutes, and then things will run slowly on a slow connection for a bit until Gears catches up with the data. You will need to enable Gears and allow data to load for each WordPress blog.

Warning: do not install Gears on a shared or public computer. A lot of the data from your blog will be stored on the hard drive. Keep the content of your blogs and comments in mind. The data will be available to anyone who has physical access to your machine.

Prevent Automatic Reboots In Vista

Windows Update is a lifesaver for those of us who are not diligent in keeping our computers up-to-date with the latest fixes, patches, etc. However, the dialog box that constantly pops up after an update is installed reminding me to restart my computer is an annoyance, especially when I’m in the middle of something.

Eventually though, Windows gets annoyed with me and simply indicates that my computer will reboot in 5 minutes. To prevent this from happening, without having to temporarily disable Windows Update, you can disable automatic reboots from happening when a user is logged on. To accomplish this in Vista:

  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WindowsUpdate AU.
  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor.

This will now prevent any automatic reboots from occurring when users are logged on.