Week of May 10, 2009 to May 16, 2009

Why Does the Flu Tend to Come in Winter?

As I succumb to and try to recover from another bout of the influenza virus (no not the swine type - I hope) I wonder: why does the flu tend to come in winter season?

People used to think that catching the flu had something to do with our chill-compromised immune systems. Or the extra germs circulating from so many people being indoors together. But this influenza myth is not true. Flu tends to come in the winter season because the cold and dry conditions help the virus to be stable and stay in the air longer - the droplet particles which contain the virus take longer to evaporate and remain airborne for more extended periods in winter. NPR has an interesting sound bite about where the flu comes from.

A Joke Relating to Money

I don't usually repost jokes but here's a goodie about what a widowed wife did with her husbands money.

There was a man who worked all of his life and saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the afterlife."

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him.

Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said "Wait just a minute!"

She had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in the casket."

Uncensored Music Videos - Nudity assured - Clothes Optional NSFW

Yesterday I posted up a revisit of the popular Sexy music videos series. You'll find that most of the sexy videos on file are mostly dance music. Probably they need to show some skin to sell their songs. Ironically, the genre with the most raunchy music - R&B and rap tend not to have sexy videos (They usually have gangstas and hunnyz and have a low level of "sexiness" compared to the dance songs I've reviewed - and to what's been suggested by my readers). This time I assure you some more nudity in these uncensored music videos. They are Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Enjoy downloading and watching these uncensored music videos with dancing naked women. How fun. Oh and another note - they are not available on YouTube or streaming feed. You'll need to download them before viewing. (I think they are in high quality avi DiVX format and all are hosted on Rapidshare.com not Megaupload)

Download Uncensored Music Videos - Now With Naked People!

Enjoy watching these cheesy uncensored music videos with plenty of nudity. Dont forget to visit: the sexiest music videos of all time and also part 2, part 3 and Softcore porn music videos as well as controversial music videos.

Sexiest Music Videos Of All Time Redux

Due to popular demand I'm revisiting the sexiest music videos of all time. (also part 2, part 3 and Softcore porn music videos as well as controversial music videos. This time I'm not going to post the YouTube videos on the site. You'll need to go to YouTube to check it out. Why? I found that if you put too many of those in browser videos - you risk crashing the broswer + it makes the page load slower + I'm giving you the option to go look at it in HD version if you wish. All I've done for my readers is this: I've done the search for you and I've linked all the videos for you. They aren't programmed to open in a new window - so press "CTRL+click on the link" to open in a new tab if you want to keep this window open. Hopefully you'll enjoy the suite of the sexiest music videos of all time! (Remember if you wish to download any of the videos (which are usually in flv or mp4 format - you can use keepvid.com Enjoy!

High Tension Leads

I had my car tuned up last month. And now the car started playing up. The car is a 1989 Holden Apollo aka a rebadged Toyota Camry. The car is actually going to celebrate its 20th birthday on the 20th of October this year! Anyway, the car started to have "attitude problems" a week ago. When in neutral, the car would sputter as if it were dying. Other days it would run really smoothly. Then if the car was in a bad mood, when you're cruising, it would suddenly have difficulty in changing gears. I thought the transmission was gone. But the problem was with the high tension leads.

I brought in the car for the mechanic to check. For I know nothing about what's under the hood. I mean, I know that you need to maintain the oil levels and other lubricants under there - the air filters etc. I know the engine runs the car through valves etc... but I don't have the knowledge to diagnose the problem. Anyway - it wasn't the transmission - but the High tension leads were cracked.

Tutorial: How to Solve a KenKen Puzzle

After the Sudoku Fun from yesterday, I decided to try the next upcoming "craze": KenKen. First of all why is it called KenKen? "'KEN' means wisdom in Japanese. KenKen means "wisdom squared," but you'll also gain some square wisdom as you solve our puzzle blocks!". If you want to learn more you can go visit the official website here: KenKen HQ.

KenKen Rules in Solving a Puzzle

For a 3x3 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-3.
For a 4x4 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-4.
For a 5x5 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-5.
For a 6x6 puzzle, fill in with the numbers 1-6.
For a 7x7 puzzle, fill in with the numbers 1-7.
For a 8x8 puzzle, fill in with the numbers 1-8.
For a 9x9 puzzle, fill in with the numbers 1-9.

Do not repeat a number in any row or column.
The numbers in each heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated.

My First Try At Solving a Sudoku Puzzle

I knew that Sudoku was a craze a few years ago. I didn't know the rules of the game until today and have not tried a puzzle ever. I played my first game on the miniclip Sudoku page. I completed the puzzle in 17 minutes and 57 seconds. If you are into the facsinating world of mathematics you may want to read this. However there is a new puzzle craze out there called KenKen

Sudoku (数独 ,sūdoku?)is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid.

Completed puzzles are usually a type of Latin square with an additional constraint on the contents of individual regions.

Schadenfreude - Delight in Another Person's Misfortune

Schadenfreude - delight in another person's misfortune: there's a word for everything isn't there?! Usage: "The explosion in productivity, transparency, community and knowledge has been accompanied by largely unfettered pettiness, vituperation and schadenfreude." (from this opinion piece)

According to Wikipedia: Schadenfreude (IPA: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏ̯də]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. The word referring to this emotion has been borrowed from German by the English language and is sometimes also used as a loanword by other languages. Philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno defined schadenfreude as “largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate.

Tae Kwon Do One Step Sparring

I was surfing around and I stumbled on a bunch of Tae Kwon Do (TKD) videos on YouTube. Some comments to some of the videos said that the moves in one step sparring are robotic, not fluid and therefore unrealistic. The commenter also said that "You would never survive in a real fight if you relied on those moves as your defense." And another: "Not good. The practioners are WAY too far apart to make this effective training. In sparring or, God forbid, a real fight, the person will try to attack from too far a distance or have no experience in defending a real attack." When I used to train in TKD - I had the same thoughts in my mind, and so did the other students. We used to joke around about how funny and unrealistic the movements are. But in reality, this exercise trains your overall technique and discipline. One step sparring is done repetitively - and eventually it becomes second nature. So if ever the moment arises that you need to execute a move, you wouldn't even think it - you'll just act out the best move for that circumstance.

Tutorial: How to Crop Your Photos For MySpace or Facebook

Here is a hilarious and extreme example of how much of a difference smart cropping can make. Here's a quick tutorial on how to crop your photos for your facebook or myspace profile album - no retouching required. First grab your camera. Then have someone else take your picture while you contort your body to reveal your best assets all the while "hiding" your worst features. Keep in mind on where you will crop the photo. Upload your photo and open in your favourite photo editor.

Get the crop tool and choose the area you want to keep and save. Upload to Facebook or MySpace. On a more realistic note - photographers do this all the time. They either frame the photo above the waist, or if you have a double chin, the photographer may take the photo on a higher plane so your neck won't appear as big. The most common technique is "the twist" where the subject stands side-on to the camera while facing the camera direct. Click "Read More" to see the crop below...

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows win-Key

Learn a few useful keyboard shortcuts for your Windows key button (Win-key). Hopefully this will help save you time.

Windows Key + D = Minimise all windows and return the you to the desktop.
Windows Key + M = Minimise all windows.
Windows Key + SHIFT + M = Undo the minimise.
Windows Key + E = Open Microsoft Explorer. Some keyboards have a dedicated button for the internet browser - which may save you one keystroke.
Windows Key + Tab = Cycle through open programs through the taskbar, then hit Spacebar to activate the program you want. (Only works if you have Aero turned on in Vista - alternatively in Pre-Vista versions you simply use your Alt-Tab to cycle through programs)
Windows Key + F = Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
Windows Key + CTRL + F = Display the search for computers window.
Windows Key + F1 = Display the Microsoft Windows help.
Windows Key + R = Open the run window.
Windows key + L = Lock computer (Make sure you know your computer password before you execute this)

Twitter is Solipsistic

What the hell is solipsistic? the word is used in this article about twitter. Here's the word in context:

But Twitter has come under fire. The company doesn’t make much money. People complain that the service is trivial and solipsistic. Asked about the criticism, Mr. Stone smiled and said, “That’s like people saying, ‘Why would I ever carry a phone around when I have one in my kitchen?’ ”

According to Wikipedia... "Solipsism is the philosophical idea that "My mind is the only thing that I know exists." Solipsism is an epistemological or ontological position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis." So is twitter solipsistic? It depends on the user.

Rihanna aka Robyn Fenty Nude Scandal

In the same week as Cassie's nude scandal we get a bonus scandal for the weekend - yet another celebrity scandal, this time concerning Rihanna. Pop superstar Rihanna is has been hit by a shocking nude photo scandal — reportedly triggered by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown - in the series of photos there is a photo of a male — believed to be Brown — with pink panties pulled over his head. The Barbados-born singer's real name is Robyn Fenty. Rihanna, 21, can only be clearly seen in two of the photos, in which she is fully clothed. Another picture shows a man who bares a striking resemblance to Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Chris Brown with a pair of pink knickers on his head. The six self-taken images have appeared online just days after topless pictures of R'n'B starlet Cassie Ventura were leaked on the net. One of the revealing photos shows a scantily-clad woman, resembling Rihanna, in front of a mirror scrawled with the message: 'I love you, Robyn. I miss you'. The scandal comes as her 20-year-old ex Brown faces felony charges relating to an alleged assault on Rihanna earlier this year.

See Rihanna's nude photos after the jump...

Cassie - Me & U Lyrics

[intro]
Uh (Uh, uh, uh)
(Next Selection...)

[verse 1]
You've been waiting so long
I'm here to answer your call
I know that I shouldn't have had you waiting at all
I've been so busy, but I've been thinking 'bout what I wanna do with you

[pre-chorus]
I know them other guys, they been talking bout the way I do what I do
They heard I was good, they wanna see if it's true
They know you're the one I wanna give it to
I can see you want me too
Now it's me and you

[chorus]
It's me and you, now