Friday, 31 August 2007

Online translations are hilarious

Yesterday I came across a blog that had the option of reading it in your own language. You just had to click on the flag of your country and the blog popped up in that language. The flag of my language wasn't there to click on, so I tested it myself. I went to the online translator site --I won't mention which one (babelfish)-- and had my blog translated to flemmish. The result was hilarious. I wrote the piece you are reading now in flemmish first and had it translated to english to show you.

The result :

Yesterday I came blog against the that option had to read it in your own language. You had only click on the flag of your country and ready kees are. The flag of my country did not stand there therefore took I myself the test on the sum. I went to online translate site --ik the name name after (Babelfish) - - and I translated my blog to flemmish. The result were laughing the bit which you read now showed I also to translate to let you.


Conclusion : I don't think I will use online translators to apply for a job.
If anyone knows a reliable one, you can let me know, but I seriously doubt it.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

England

As a Belgian with an English girlfriend, I feel I should write something about her home country.
England isn't exactly a beach holiday destination due to the weather issue, but it's still one of my favourite places to go to for holidays or short breaks and this for the following reasons :

I cannot say no to a full English breakfast. Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, black pudding --more on the puddings later--, sausages, beans and some other ingredients if you wish.
The traditional "fish and chips" isn't really "haute cuisine" but it's a "must do" when you visit England.
It still is a mystery to me why the English call everything "pudding" or "pie". As a Belgian, the words pudding or pie bring a complete different picture to my mind. Sweet things like cake pop up. Not for the English though. Some examples : "Yorkshire pudding", "Sheppard's pie,"steak and ale pie", "Fish pie", "steak and kidney pudding", to name a few.
Another strange name for a dish (and not very appealing) is "toad in the hole". God knows where they got that name from.

Another thing I like is the English sence of humor. Not all of it is
distinguised (see Benny Hill), but I've always been a fan of Monty Python just to name one of the great programs I watched on the BBC in my younger days.

The English traditions are also worth mentioning of course. Like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace in London. The double deck buses, the old taxi's and so on.
It was quite an experience for me when I drove on the left side of the road for the first time. But I managed quite well. I was only honked at once lol. I drove all the way up from Dover to Newcastle.

Should you ever visit Newcastle, I have one good piece of advice for you. Be careful with the local beer called "Brown Ale". I tried it once and they didn't warn me it also works as a laxative ;-).

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Funny or annoying?

I found this little gizmo on another blog. I thought it was rather amusing. Especially when you're bored

Put The Big Red Button on your site

Belgian and Dutch shrimps travel a long way


Shrimps caught in Belgium's or Holland's North Sea, travel a long way before they end up on our dish. After they are caught, they almost immediately get cooked in fresh seawater with additional salt. After that however, they are shipped to either Morocco or even China to get shelled. To give you an idea, distance to Morocco is approximatley 2600 km (1650 miles) and to China about 10000 km (6250 miles). The shrimps are a week older when they arrive back here from Morocco. I don't know how long it takes from China, but it makes me wonder what the label "dayfresh shrimps" --the traders are so proud of-- means.
The reason they are shelled in another (low cost) country is of course the costs. It is cheaper for shrimp traders to do it this way. Sad isn't it? It will also take quite some preservatives I think. They still are a delicacy though. You can always get them fresh from the boat and shell them yourself...if you have the patience.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Written by kids

Questions asked by an adult but answered by kids

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry.
God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
- Kristen, age 10


WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
- Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
- Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)


HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
- Derrick, age 8


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don't want any more kids.
- Lori, age 8


WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know
each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
- Martin, age 10 (Who said boys do not have brains)


WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
-Craig, age 9 (hmmm)


WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they're rich.
- Pam, age 7 (I could not have said it better myself)

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- Curt, age 7 (Good Point)

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- Howard, age 8 (Who made the rule)


IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)


HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
- Kelvin, age 8


HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
- Ricky, age 10 ( The boy already understands)

Pick your favourite lol

Monday, 27 August 2007

Dying trades

Where dying trades are concerned, one of the most arcane and outdated ones must be Belgium's horseback shrimp fishery. Men in bright yellow overalls and south-westers ride their plodding workhorses across the sands into the North Sea at low tide to trawl for shrimps in just the way their forefathers have done for more than 500 years. Just as in 1500, the horses drag two large planks behind them that open out once in the water to reveal a net that scoops up the shrimps and any other fish lurking in the surf.
Back then, it was the farmers who wanted the fish as fertilizer for their fields. Nowadays it's just a tourist attraction. Hordes of children and adults clamor for the shrimps as they are brought ashore. The men throw a few pailfuls on to the beach for the children to gather up, then take the rest of the catch home to cook.
The fisherman can't make enough money anymore to live from it. The tourist board keeps the trade alive. Only 15 of them are actually still doing it. Maybe they can start a blog about it ;-)
Not just any horse will go in the sea either. The right horse has to be found. A strong bond between horse and rider is necessary.
Once a horse is found, it stays with the fisherman for life.
They say that there is such a love story between the horse and the fisherman. Once he has a horse that works, he is married to it. They say they like the horses more than their own wives.
I hope that's just a figure of speech.

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Google adsense hypothetical

One makes money with Google adsense if one has the ads on his blog or website. Only condition is that people click on them in order for you to make money. Google doesn't allow fraud clicks or invalid clicks, meaning that you can't click your own ads or that you can't ask people to click on your ads. They are quite strict on this and if they catch you (which they will), they will delete your account.

Invalid Clicks and Impressions
Clicks on Google ads must result from genuine user interest. Any method that artificially generates clicks or impressions on your Google ads is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to repeated manual clicks or impressions, using robots, automated click and impression generating tools, third-party services that generate clicks or impressions such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, autosurf, and click-exchange programs, or any deceptive software. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited. Failure to comply with this policy may lead to your account being disabled.

So I'm not going to ask you to click my links...DO NOT CLICK MY ADS!! lol
It is tempting though, isn't it. I'll click yours if you click mine. Google can track it though if too many clicks are generated from the same IP. Maybe it's an idea if your network is big enough and if you know a lot of people who take turns in clicking an ad every so many days ;-).

Hypothetical, if I reach my goal --which is consistantly 250 people on my blog a day--, if 10% of those people click just one ad(25 clicks a day) that would give me something like an extra, what? $10 a day? It depends how much the ad is worth of course. Two clicks of them would be $20. Thats a nice little extra per month. About $600.

I visit quite some blogs every day and I admit that when I see a Google ad that catches my eye, I check it out. I'm just hoping that people who visit my blog, do the same.

See Google? I'm not asking people to click, I'm just saying they should check out things they're interested in. So the advertiser gets genuine clicks. Everyone wins :D.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Foreign sex laws.

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death. (Like THAT makes sense.)

In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror. (Have you ever tried to do something using a mirror?)

Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers; the sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of wood at all times. (A brick?)

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation. (Wonder which head?)

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband's lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired. (Ah! Justice!)

In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act. (Makes one shudder at the thought.)

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time. (I presume this was a big enough problem that they had to pass this law?)

In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises." (Is US a great country or what? Not as great as Guam, however).

There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time. Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry. (Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the world that even comes close to this?)

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Agloco update

Today there was an update on AGLOCO. They have signed one of their major revenue partnerships earlier this week. They will be making the formal announcement later.

Also the technical problem are slowly but surely being fixed.

It's all starting to take shape. I expect first payments should be made in September, but that's not a guarantee. November latest I think. Be patient and hang in there. Remember that the hours you are building now, add up and won't be lost.

You can read the update on the AGLOCO company blog here.

Sign up here if you didn't already.
Or read about it on my promotion site here.

Previous post on AGLOCO

The real X-files

John Greenewald Jr. has been trying to find the truth about extraterrestrials since he was a kid. He thinks his online "Black Vault" is the biggest UFO database in the world.
Greenewald was obsessed by UFO's since he was a kid and started gathering information. Before he even had a driver's license, Greenewald wrote to the CIA, the NASA, and the Defense Intelligence Agency — requesting government documents about UFO's using a 40-year-old law called the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.
He made well over 2000 request and it was worth the effort he says. He gathered about half a million documents from the government.
He says that US government covered up a lot. The biggest cover-up, as you might well expect is area 51 in Nevada. For years the government denied it even existed. It still doesn't appear on any maps. But Greenewald has a letter in his Black Vault from the Department of Energy acknowledging that Area 51 was annexed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1958, and that the area is now part of Nellis Air Force Base.

He is 99,9% sure that extraterrestrials are out there. He doesn't know if they are actually here though and he has never seen a UFO himself.

Perhaps the mystery itself is enough — as long as it helps pay the rent.

You can check his website out here so you can draw your own conclusions.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

The RAMBO Granny of Melbourne, Australia

I don't know if this story is true or not because I don't have the right source, but I want to share it anyway.

Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down - - and shot off their testicles.

The old lady spent a week hunting those men down -- and when she found them, she took revenge on them in her own special way, said Melbourne police investigator Evan Delp. Then she took a taxi to the nearest police station, laid the gun on the sergeant's desk and told him as calm as could be:

'Those bastards will never rape anybody again, by God.' Cops say convicted rapist and robber Davis Furth, 33, lost both his penis and his testicles when outraged Ava opened fire with a 9-mm pistol in the hotel room where he and former prison cellmate Stanley Thomas, 29, were holed up.

The wrinkled avenger also blew Thomas' testicles to kingdom come, but doctors managed to save his mangled penis, police said. The one guy, Thomas, didn't lose his manhood, but the doctor I talked to said he won't be using it the way he used to, Detective Delp told reporters. Both men are still in pretty bad shape, but I think they're just happy to be alive after what they've been through.

The Rambo Granny swung into action August 21 after her granddaughter Debbie was carjacked and raped in broad daylight by two knife-wielding creeps in a section of town bordering on skid row. 'When I saw the look on my Debbie's face that night in the hospital, I decided I was going to go out and get those bastards myself 'cause I figured the Law would go easy on them,' recalled the retired library worker. 'And I wasn't scared of them, either-- because I've got me a gun and I've been shootin' all my life. And I wasn't dumb enough to turn it in when the law changed about owning one.'

So, using a police artist's sketch of the suspects and Debbie's description of the sickos', tough-as-nails Ava spent seven days prowling the wino-infested neighbourhood where the crime took place till she spotted the ill fated rapists entering their flophouse hotel.

I knew it was them the minute I saw 'em, but I shot a picture of 'em anyway and took it back to Debbie and she said sure as hell, it was them, the oldster recalled.

So I went back to that hotel and found their room and knocked on the door and the minute the big one, Furth, opened the door, I shot 'em right square between the legs, right where it would really hurt 'em most, you know.
Then I went in and shot the other one as he backed up pleading to me to spare him. Then I went down to the police station and turned myself in.

Now, baffled lawmen are trying to figure out exactly how to deal with the vigilante granny. What she did was wrong, and she broke the law, but it is difficult to throw an 81-year-old woman in prison, Det. Delp said, especially when 3 million people in the city want to nominate her for sainthood and a medal.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Expensive printer ink

If you have a printer, you know how expensive printer ink is. If you compare prices per ml, it is even 7 times more expensive than Dom Perignon.
As an owner of a cartridge refill shop, I think everyone has the right to know that you can save a lot of money on your prints. This is the link for my website : www.refill4you.com. It is in flemmish however so many of you won't be able to read it.
The printer ink I refill the cartridges with is similar to the original ink and it is a lot cheaper. To give you an example, an HP cartridge nr.57 costs 10 euro when I refill them in my shop, but for a new one you pay 35,40 euro. The print quality is the same.
It is also possible to have them refilled several times, which saves people a lot of money.
A lot of my customers have tried to refill their cartridges themselves with a refill set they bought, but 90% of them don't do it a second time because it can get really messy.
Also the quality of the ink in those "do-it-yourself" kits isn't usually very good.
If you're thinking about having your cartridges refilled, you have to take a couple of things into consideration though. Don't wait too long because they can dry out and that makes it impossible to refill. Ideal is when you have it refilled once they are "almost" out of ink. Also be carefull when you transport them. The copper contacts are very sensitive. Best is to transport them in an envelope because putting them in a plastic bag makes the ink run out against the plastic and the colours can mix. Look for a refill shop in your neighbourhood, I'm sure there is one around. Not all refill shops will be the same quality probably.
There you go, I gave you a money saving tip, I'll have a beer please ;-).

Monday, 20 August 2007

Where did life begin?

Chandra Wickramasinghe, an astrobiologist at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, and his team say their calculations show that it is one trillion times more likely that life started inside a comet than on Earth. That's quite a lot if you ask me. They must be pretty sure.
"The comets and the warm watery clay pools in comets are settings in which the organic molecules are transformed into living structures in comets," Wickramasinghe said. "That transformation is more likely in some comet somewhere in the galaxy than in any small pond on the Earth." Watch a video here
The way I see it, it's a lot of speculation, because there isn't much proof yet. On the other hand...didn't people get hung in the past for believing the earth was round?
Glad those days are over.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Packing


One more sleep and we go on our camping trip. Busy packing now.
So I won't be posting for at least a week.

Cheerio

Friday, 10 August 2007

Holiday

Three more sleeps and we go camping on the Isle Of Wight. It should be quite an experience because we're taking my 3 kids too. The kids haven't camped yet and neither have I. Not with a tent anyway.

For non-UK readers : The Isle Of Wight is a small island at the south coast of England.

From Belgium it's not so easy to get there either. First we have to drive to Dunkirk in France, which is about 120 miles, there we go on the ferry to Dover. From Dover another 140 miles drive to Portsmouth and from there on the ferry to Fishbourne on the island. Luckly it's only half an hour drive to the camping from there. I've done worse. And besides, why go somewhere we can get easy when we can make it more difficult?

Wish us luck on the weather. We don't want a week of rain.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Global warming


Is global warming causing the floods that currently take place in Europe? Is global warming causing the stronger and stronger hurricanes like Katrina last year?

The Al Gore fim "An Inconvenient Truth" says it is. You can watch a trailer here.

After watching that movie, I must say I keep a closer eye on what's happening worldwide climate-wise. And Al Gore's "predictions" seem to be happening at this very moment. I say predictions, but actually it's science. Years of research.

There will be stronger storms....more rain in some parts of the globe....dryer in other parts....warmer in some places, colder in others and so on and so on...

If I see all the flooding that's going on - quite bad in the UK last month and now it's Switzerland, Spain, Romania, France, the list is getting bigger, even Belgium had some. But also India has been hit bad by heavy rainfall and a lot of people are dying there because of drowning, electrocution and so on. Later, after the floods, diseases like cholera will break out.

Southern Europe - Spain, Greece, Portugal etc - on the other hand had heatwaves. Bad heatwaves with temperatures of 45 C and more. This caused woodfires. 25% of Tenerifes woods were destroyed by it.

This all makes you think after seeing Al Gores movie.

If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you do. It's scary, but everyone should be aware of what's happening.

Some people will say "naaah, these phenomena occur every so many years. And maybe they do". Only time will tell I guess.

Tour de France : world event or joke?

How will the 2007 Tour de France be remembered? In twenty years time will we look back on this Tour and see it as an exciting, close battle, or as the race where a favourite failed a doping control test and the yellow jersey wearer was kicked out? Can we look back on this 94th edition as the turning point for the sport to clean itself up? Drug controversies are nothing new to the Tour. Right throughout its long history, the race has been tainted by it – take for instance the 1967, 1977, 1988 and 2006 editions. Remember Floyd Landis last year. He lost his yellow jersey too.

Comparing the 'Festina Affair' of 1998 with this year's race highlights, a noticeable change in rider attitude which can give us hope. Both races saw riders protesting – but for different reasons. Following the expulsion of the Festina team, riders felt that the government led police raids were a violation of their human rights.

This year's protest by several teams following Alexandre Vinokourov's positive blood test highlighted that the riders too are getting sick and tired of this issue. And isn't it the riders who can make the biggest difference?

Cofidis' Bradley Wiggins noted that those who have failed tests in recent times were – in general – riders in the twilight of their careers. The British rider is confident that the current young crop of riders coming through – the very future of cycling, have a completely different mindset to doping. Let's hope so.

David Millar isn't quite as positive as Wiggins when discussing the problem. Millar –who served a two year ban himself for using EPO – does believe that cycling is heading in the right direction, but it could take between 'five and ten years' to achieve the objective of a clean sport.

It's obvious that some teams are fed up with the bad publicity the sport is receiving. Professional cycling is big business – teams can employ up to 70 staff, multi-million sponsorship deals fund squads. All of this is jeopardized by those who choose to break the rules. But is suing the answer? Will it stop the cheats? Will it stabilize the sport?

Prior to the start of the Tour, all competing riders had to sign a UCI charter declaring that they would ride clean and not violate any anti-doping rules. Breaking those rules would result in a two year ban and loss of their 2007 annual salary. But it seems the loss of wages and a lengthy ban just isn't enough to stop doping. So what is?

What the doping scandals did reveal in the 2007 Tour was just how bad the relationship is between race organizers ASO, and cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

In a time when all need to unite together in the fight against drugs in cycling, it was very disappointing to see both parties looking to try and score political points off each other. For the sport to clean up its act, strong leadership is required.

Hard to understand is - despite all the scandals -, the Tour seems to gain popularity with the crowd. Strange how a human brain works.

Also in my opinion - for a big event like the Tour - there should be preventive doping tests. Those who fail don't get to race. Simple as that. But that's just my opinion.

There was the rising of a new star in this years tour too. The young Spanish rider Alberto Contador - who won eventually after the kick of Rasmussen - is the young talent to watch for the future. IF he did it "clean" of course. And stays clean.

So do we have reason to be optimistic? I think so. However there is still much work to be done. But maybe in twenty years time we will look back on this year's race and see it as the turning point in winning the battle against drugs. Who knows?

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

French fries aren't really French


As a Belgian, I think I should try to get one of the biggest misconceptions of the last century straight.

How it all started is still a mistery.

Of course, in good food tradition, the French claim to be the inventors of our beloved fries: they originated in Paris on the Pont Neuf (fries are still called like that in the chique French restaurants) somewhere in the middle of the 19th century. As with most "French" inventions, they forgot to note the name of the inventor and they are still searching for proof. As we will see later, even the word "French Fries" has nothing to do with the French.

Anyway, we modest Belgians, don't mind the French claim, because we know that fries are Gods gift to our people.


Pictures and texts proof that fries were all around our country in the second half of the 19th century. The oldest written proof is dated 1862 and mentions a certain Fritz and the widow Descamps as owners of a fry stand on the Li├Ęge 'kermis'. In 1891 a picture of both stands was taken.

Jo Gerard, a famous Belgian historian, claims to have proof that fries were invented in the region of the Meuse in 1680. Based on an unpublished document, he writes that the poor inhabitants of this region ate mostly fish. When the river frooze, they cut their potatous in a fish-shape and fried them.

The USA

The Americans have their own story. I quote 'The Official French Fry Page': "French Fries, at least in the US, seem to have been first named "Potatoes, fried in the French Manner," which is how Thomas Jefferson described a dish he brought over to the colonies in the late 1700s. Presumably, he brought over the method, and not an actual plate or two, as they would have become rather soggy and possibly rancid on the 5- to 8-week Atlantic crossing. He served this to guests at Monticello and it became popular, serious dinner fare." Sounds a bit BS to me.

Chips in Great Britain

Nothing much on the history of chips in Great Britain except this quote from the Dundee City Fact Sheet: "... whilst, in the 1870s, that glory of British gastronomy - the chip - was first sold by Belgian immigrant Edward De Gernier in the city's Greenmarket.

Why are they called "French Fries"?

Explanation 1: the French invented fries, that's why we call them French Fries. Wrong, as we have seen above.

Explanation 2: during the first World War, American soldiers came to our country and discovered our fries. As the inhabitants spoke French (the biggest battles were fought in Ieper near the French border), the soldiers called them French Fries. Wrong again.

In fact, the explanation is quite simple: in English, 'to french' means (or at least meant) 'to cut into lengthwise pieces'. You probably know 'frenched beans'. So logically, French Fries is short for 'frenched and fried potatoes'. In fact, the English call them 'chips', a word which has a similar meaning (a chipped piece of wood).

Glad I got that off my chest.

Childbirth

I got this email from a friend and I thought it was quite funny.

Should children witness child birth?

Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call.
The house was very, very dark, so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a
3-year-old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her Mommy so he
could see while he helped deliver the baby.
Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed
and pushed and after a little while Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom.
Connor began to cry.
The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the
wide-eyed 3-year old what she thought about what she had just
witnessed.
Kathleen quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there
in the first place......... smack him again".

Monday, 6 August 2007

The world's funniest joke was written by Spike Milligan

Did you think that "The world’s funniest joke" was just a joke? Well, think again! What most of us probably just think of as one of the bizarre quirks of Monty Python humor has actually been the subject of psychological study at the University of Hertfordshire. Professor Richard Wiseman devised a set of experiments, the LaughLab, in order to investigate the psychology of humor. As with all research in experimental psychology (and many other disciplines for that matter), there are probably a number of objections against Wiseman’s methods and interpertation of the data, but never the less it is an interesting study (I think there is still a lot to be learned about how human mind works through this kind of studies), and, admittedly, I find the joke pretty funny:

The joke goes as follows: Two hunters are out in the woods in New Jersey when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.
The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps 'My friend is dead! What can I do?' The operator says: 'Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead.' There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says 'OK, now what?'

Bruce Lee Car licence plate sells for US$5,100

A Bruce Lee fan has splashed out 40,000 Hong Kong dollars (5,100 US dollars) on a car licence plate bearing the name of the legendary martial arts film star, local media reported Sunday.The "BRUCELEE" licence plate was sold at an auction by the Hong Kong transport department, the Sunday Morning Post reported.The bidder said he would have paid up to one million Hong Kong dollars for the plate, but would consult with Lee's widow before deciding what to do with it, according to the report."When I studied in Britain, I saw that foreigners only knew Bruce Lee and chairman Mao Zedong," the man, identified only as Mr Wong, said after Saturday's auction."Bruce Lee was great and he contributed a lot to China. He has influenced people from a few generations and his influence can still be felt today."Lee was born in the United States but his fame grew from Hong Kong where he made movies including "Fist of Fury" on his way to worldwide superstardom.The actor, who died at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973, helped to popularise martial arts in the West and opened the door to Hollywood fame for other Asian stars such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Make money with Google Adsense

If you have a blog or website, you better have Google Adsense. (Unless you are monetizing your blog with ONLY affiliate marketing or something else.)
Still, you should test out Google Adsense because most bloggers and website owners agree it's a great and easy way to start making money.
Adsense is how Google allows you to easily put their Ads onto your site or blog. When people click on them you get some of the money. I'll provide a link below if you have a blog or website but haven't added Google Ads to it yet.
It is really easy to set up. I have a few blogs and after adding Google Adsense I immediately began making some money.


If you do have a blog or website, but don't have a Google Adsense account, click on the link below and get signed up. Put some Google ads up on your site. Then just start working on your content. As your traffic increase, so will the amount of clicks you get on the Google ads at your site. This means more and more money! Sign up for Google Adsense here:


Generate revenue from your website. Google AdSense.