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Thursday, June 28, 2007

top offshore

TOP Offshore b.v. is a sister company of TOP (Training Organisatie Personeel) b.v. During the last few years QA – HS &E activities for clients in the Offshore and Dredging industry increased significantly. They think that it earns a own face and profile which makes it possible to increase transparency and the quality of their service. TOP Offshore provide the QA- HS &E Manager or Engineer for your project. More and more clients require a permanent QA – HS &E specialist on location for the duration of the project. In the offshore industry that is already for years a standard regulation, now also in the dredging industry this increases.

For more information visit http://www.top-offshore.nl/brochure%20tekst.htm


herbert gr

Herbert Grönemeyer is a German musician and actor and is very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He starred as war correspondent Lieutenant Werner in Wolfgang Petersen's movie "Das Boot", but later concentrated on his musical career. His fifth album "4630 Bochum" (1984) was the best-selling German language record of all time. In 2002 he achieved his first number one single with "Mensch" from the album of the same name, which was strongly influenced by the 1998 deaths of his wife Anna and brother Wilhelm (both dying within one week of cancer).

Herbert's forays into the English language have met with very little success as his typical lyrics, full of wordplay, proved impossible to translate well. He remains mostly unknown outside the German language countries.

He recently recorded the official anthem to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 'Zeit, dass sich was dreht'. It topped the German charts for numerous weeks.


Play sonic games

Definition of sonic: having to do with the velocity (speed) of sound (specifically as opposed to ultrasonic, qv).

Definition of game: a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"

Where should you go to play sonic games? There are some internet adresses like http://www.sonicstadium.org/games/
or http://www.arcadetown.com/sonichedgehog/playgame.asp or http://www.freeaddictinggames.com/game/adventure-games/sonic-the-hedgehog.html or


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Daily pun

Definition of "pun" from Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Etymology: perhaps from Italian puntiglio fine point, quibble -- more at PUNCTILIO
: the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound

The Daily Pun is a viral website that was born from the frustration of modern-life. See future news headlines, controversial opinions and weird items from across the net.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

sports cream death

A medical examiner blamed a 17-year-old track star's death on the use of too much muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after physical exercise.

Arielle Newman, a cross-country runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died after her body absorbed high levels of methyl salicylate, an anti-inflammatory found in sports creams such as Bengay and Icy Hot, the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

The medical examiner's spokesperson, Ellen Borakove, said the teen used "topical medication to excess." She said it was the first time that her office had reported a death from using a sports cream.

Newman, who garnered numerous track awards, died April 13. She had gone to a party the night before, then returned home and spent hours talking with her mother.

Methyl salicylate poisoning is unusual, and deaths from high levels of the chemical are rare.

"Chronic use is more dangerous than one-time use," Edward Arsura, chairman of medicine at Richmond University Medical Center, told the Staten Island Advance on Friday. "Exercise and heat can accentuate absorption."

Her mother, Alice Newman, said she still couldn't believe her daughter's death was caused by a sports cream.

"I am scrupulous about my children's health," she told the Advance. "I did not think an over-the-counter product could be unsafe."


Anand Jon Arrested!

With his mother and sister yelling and looking on, celeb creator Anand Jon was arrested on 12th June 2007 by Beverly Hills Police inside a Beverly Hills court, on a warrant issued for him in Dallas, Texas last Thursday.

Anand is suspect of three counts of committing sexual assault with a nonaged in the state of Texas. He's already facing 46 criminal counts involving alleged sexual activity in California.


mars liquid water

Traces of a mineral -- indicative of water -- have been found all over Mars' surface, suggesting liquid water does or did exist on the red planet. But the low quantities of the mineral mean it's unlikely Mars ever had oceans or large lakes, a new study concludes.

The investigation of surface dust by NASA's orbiting Mars Global Surveyor also sheds light on a longstanding atmospheric mystery.

Scientists suppose Mars once had a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide, but they can't figure out where it went. Today the atmosphere is thin, less than 1 percent of the pressure on Earth at sea level. Did the carbon dioxide escape into space? Or was it absorbed into the surface?

It appears to be trapped in the dust and rock, Arizona State University's Joshua Bandfield said in a telephone interview.

Water: The main goal

Liquid water is one of the two most highly sought things in any good Mars investigation. The other is life, which requires liquid water, insofar as biologists know. NASA's guiding principle for its massive financial investment in Mars is, therefore, to "follow the water."

Sorting out theories

Many scientists agree that some sort of flowing material has worked in the past to carve huge canyons on Mars. They disagree over whether it was water or carbon dioxide.

Whatever the material, a view has emerged in recent years that the erosion was catastrophic, coming in explosive bursts fueled by extreme variations of climate over relatively short periods of geologic time. Perhaps, according to one group of theorists, carbon dioxide was trapped and pressurized and then released like a gargantuan, shaken soda in volcanic eruptions.

The big question is whether things ever settled down long enough for water to sit still.

Back to the air

The conclusion dovetails nicely with the recent discovery of water ice embedded in just about the entire surface of Mars. Data from NASA's Odyssey spacecraft indicates there may be more ice than dirt in many areas.

"This really points to a cold, frozen, icy Mars that has probably always been that way, as opposed to a warm, humid, ocean Mars sometime in the past," Christensen said. "People have argued that early in Mars history, maybe the climate was warmer and oceans may have formed and produced extensive carbonate rock layers. If that were the case, the rocks formed in those putative oceans should be somewhere."

Mars vs. Earth vs. Venus

"On Earth, the vast majority of that early, thick carbon dioxide atmosphere has been subsequently locked up in the carbonate rocks, which are everywhere thanks to the Earth's oceans," Christensen said. "We went from a mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere to one where it is only a minor player. On Mars, it doesn't look like that happened."

And on Venus, the carbon dioxide led to what scientists call a runaway greenhouse effect that creates searing temperatures on the surface.

On Mars, a different development of air resulted in a dry, cold world.

"If you form enough carbonates, pretty soon your atmosphere goes away," Bandfield said. "If that happens, you can no longer have liquid water on the surface because you get to the point where liquid water is not stable."

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Dancing cadet

You can see a video clip at http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/7678807.html

Nowadays everybody's got a videocamera, including cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

So back in 2005, Cadet Brian Stoops decided to have a little fun at his roommate's expense by videotaping Jeff Pelehec's private dorm-room dancing. Think a cooler Napoleon Dynamite, with short hair.

The video went viral, may even have helped define the term "viral" -- or so says this Wikipedia entry. Yes, Pelehec has his own Wikipedia entry.

But why now, two years after the fact? Defense Secretary Robert Gates mentioned Pelehec during his speech to the Academy graduating class of 2007 last month.
"To learn about the dangers of dancing in your dorm room and yes, I've seen the video," joked Gates. "So the next time your mirror beckons you to bust a move, remember the dancing cadet."

'Dancing Cadet' graduates from Air Force Academy

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Shemar Moore DUI -- The Young & Arrested

According to the CHP arrest reportobtained by TMZ, the former "Young and the Restless" star was pulled over after officers noticed the actor speeding near Santa Monica Blvd. at 1:30 AM. After he was stopped, cops reported that Moore "displayed signs of alcohol impairment and a DUI investigation was conducted." Moore was then arrested and transported to a nearby station, where he took a breath test and was later booked.

Moore, who currently stars in "Criminal Minds," was released a few hours later on $5000 bail.

Calls to Moore's rep were not immediately returned.