Monday, November 20, 2006

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Dude shoots his girlfriend, then he married her

A drunk man shot his girfriend twice - and then married her seven months later. A court heard yesterday how Robert Silvestro, 43, pulled out an air pistol and fired two pellets into Lesley Stevenson's head and chest.

The couple had just returned home from a family New Year's Day party. Prosecutor Mhari Boyle told Airdrie Sheriff Court: "They arrived home in the early hours of the morning and had an argument. She went to bed and he stayed in the living room.

"She got up and went to the kitchen. Then he appeared, pointing a gun at her. She said to him, 'Just shoot me.' And then she felt a pain in her head and chest.

"He had shot her twice. Police found the gun on arrival and a load of pellets."

Silvestro, a sales representative, of Kiltarie Crescent, Airdrie, pleaded guilty to discharging a pistol loaded with pellets recklessly in the direction of Lesley Stevenson, 38, at the home they shared.

Brian Mohan, defending, said: "She is now his wife, the couple being married in July this year. The whole matter of the shooting has shocked everyone. Silvestro was ordered to carry out the maximum of 300 hours' community service. Article here.

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Getting tired? 9 ways to boost your energy:

We all experience energy slumps during our working day, but new research has pin-pointed 2:16 PM as the time most of us flag.

1.)Wake up naturally
If your alarm wakes you in a deep-sleep cycle, you'll feel sluggish for hours, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Use an alarm clock that gently increases light for a natural awakening.

2.)Take cold showers
Alternating your shower temperature between hot and cold speeds up your metabolism and boosts circulation, eliminating sluggishness. Tests at the Thrombosis Research Institute in London found that regular cold baths and showers increase the oxygen flow to the body, rejuvenating tissues and making you more alert.

3.)Suck a mint
US researchers found that athletes who sniffed peppermint ran faster and for longer - with less effort - than those exposed to no scent at all. Dr Bryan Raudenbush, who led the study, concluded that mints probably enhanced breathing by clearing the airways.

4.)Breathe deeply
Breathing deeply sharpens your general awareness by supplying the brain with fresh oxygen. It also relieves tension, calms the nerves and lowers the heart rate. Breathe in through the nose for a count of three and exhale for six for an energy lift.

5.)Put a plant on your desk
Research at Washington State University showed that workers with plants on their desks felt 10 per cent more attentive in just one day. "Electrical equipment can give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that lead to symptoms like fatigue and lack of concentration," says Helen Foster, author of Detox Solutions. You can detox your work station by adding greenery. Plants, especially spider plants, aloe vera and peace lilies, are good at absorbing and recycling stale air.

6.)Guzzle water
We all know how important it is to drink water, but studies show that even a two per cent drop in hydration can reduce energy levels by 20 per cent.
This is because insufficient water in your body causes a reduction in blood volume, which means that less oxygen reaches your muscles and you'll tire more quickly. Keep a bottle on your desk.

7.)Have sex
"An orgasm releases oxytocin, a hormone that increases mental clarity and energy - for up to 12 hours," says Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued To Fantastic. And in a 10-year study of 900 British men, those who had sex most often had the best physical health and overall energy reserves.

8.)Sing aloud
Loud music is very effective for relieving stress and fighting fatigue, according to Athletic Insight, the American online journal of sport psychology. Researchers also suggest that singing can help you feel sparkier as it makes you breathe more deeply.

9.)Have a boiled egg for breakfast
It's the best source of energy-boosting protein, according to the American Heart Association. An egg in the morning will satisfy your appetite and release energy slowly - seeing you through that mid-morning slump until lunchtime. Source.

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Don't fall for dude's "there's-a-tick-on-you" scam

Police in Milwaukee are looking for a man accused of telling women they have a tick on them, then grabbing them in the buttocks, and sometimes trying to pull their pants down, police said.

The man struck at three places in Waukesha, two in Muskego, and at least one in Franklin and Hales Corners, police said. He favors places where a female, age 17 to 30, is working alone, such as tanning salons and small retail establishments.

He approached the women working at the businesses and told them there was a tick on them and it was moving to their backside. In one case, the man grabbed the woman's belt loop and attempted to look down her pants, he said. Article here.

Rocking out in the bathroom! Why not?

Movie Review: 'Happy Feet'

Happy Feet is garnering reviews that, if possible, are even more ecstatic than those being dished out for Casino Royale. "A marvelous example of state-of-the art computer animation, Happy Feet is part family film, part Antarctic travelogue, part inspired musical," writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times.
Lou Lumenick in the New York Post calls it "the best feature-length cartoon since The Incredibles." Gene Seymour in Newsday observes that it might even be better: "This isn't some overreaching Pixar wanna-be, but a rich, absorbing story that isn't content to dazzle you with effects, but rouse your spirits," he writes.

But several critics warn that there is a dark side to Happy Feet that parents should be warned about. Concludes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: "As politically pointed as it is disturbing, it is a view of hell as seen through the eyes and ears of creatures we foolishly, tragically call dumb." Source.

Gwen Stefani new album coming out 12/05/06

Gwen Stefani's new album, The Sweet Escape (12/05/06), is a bit if a departure from her debut solo effort, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Whereas that album had a definitely retro feel, Gwen wanted to work with a different sonic pallet for the new record. It sounds very current. Fresh. And different.

The song Yummy is a perfect example of the direction Stefani has taken for The Sweet Escape. It's like Peaches meets Kelis with a dash of Outkast. Or, as Gwen describes it in the song, it's "disco Tetris."

Yummy is very autobiographical, with Stefani singing about everything from motherhood to what motivated her to do a second solo album, and (of course) name-checking L.A.M.B. (her fashion label) along the way.

Dude, go faster -- she's gaining on us!

Critics say it's time to get rid of the penny

Is it time to pitch the penny? In July, retiring Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe introduced the COIN Act of 2006, which he claimed would drastically reduce demand for pennies by instituting a system of rounding for cash transactions. No action has been taken on the bill, which has been sent to a subcommittee. And there are no immediate signs the government plans to ditch the familiar copper-colored coins.
But, as the prices for zinc -- the main ingredient in the penny -- zoom higher, some economists are also weighing the costs and benefits of getting rid of the coin. Penny enemies say fumbling for pennies at cash registers wastes time and money. Pro-penny partisans counter that the mix of metals in the coin could be changed to cut costs. Click here to read the full article.

PS3 riot + dude smashes his PS3 and Wii

mad dash for PS3's at Fresno Best Buy

dude smashes his PS3 with hammer

dude smashes his Wii with hammer

*In similar news... I’m not sure if I believe this story this guy wrote about on his blog – but it's pretty funny if it's true. Read his blog post, “the best PS3 story ever”, click here to read.

Movie Review: 'James Bond, Casino Royale'

Like their British counterparts, American film critics are bestowing high praise on Daniel Craig for his performance as James Bond in Casino Royale. "Daniel Craig is just right in the role," Michael Phillips writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Craig is definitely the Real Thing," comments Eleanor Ringel Gillespie in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Amy Biancolli enthuses in the Houston Chronicle. "Craig's performance categorically silences the naysayers, igniting the film with a combustible, half-cocked virility that the series hasn't seen since the Sean Connery era."
Critics also seem generally pleased with the "reimagining" of the Bond franchise. Chris Vognar observes in the Dallas Morning News: "Casino doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does spin the franchise in some gritty new directions. The characters seem less like props in an ongoing adolescent fantasy. The tone isn't as cute or vapid as most installments; it's actually a little sinister compared with any recent Bond. ... The movie feels both old and new. It is quietly, casually revisionist in its reinvention."

The critics do have a number of reservations with the film. Nearly all conclude that it is too long. Several remark that it lacks the humor of its predecessors. Several remark that they don't miss Q or Miss Moneypenny. But Joel Siegel on Good Morning America suggested that what he missed most was the Bond theme music. "At first I thought....there was some kind of rights problem, they couldn't use the music. Turns out they were saving it until the movie's over." Source.