Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pacquiao Destroys Margarito; Wins Record 10th World Title

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The distinguished gentleman from the Philippines, Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao emerges victorious against the Mexican challenger Antonio "El Tornado de Tijuana" Margarito via a 12-round unanimous decision in their world title fight, November 13, 2010 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas, USA.

Save for a round or two in the early goings where Margarito showed marks of his former championship brilliance, Pacquiao overwhelmed his opponent through their WBC Junior Middleweight bout. The famed Filipino boxer now holds the distinction of the only fighter holding 10 world titles in 8 different weight classes.

Margarito fought bravely through bloodied and swollen eyes and held his own despite wobbly legs up to the last sound of the bell. During the 12th round Pacquiao can be seen glancing at the referee as if waiting for the official to stop the fight, knowing that his challenger is at that point severely injured.

It was a historic event witnessed by millions all over the world. And it is only fitting that the match was held at what is currently the world's finest sporting venue -- Jerry Jones' Cowboys Stadium, which was filled to overflowing by boxing fans that night.

It was a dominating performance by Pacquiao but the bravery of Margarito cannot be denied. No doubt, this fight will go down the boxing annals as a certified classic.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NFL Updates: Big Ben Bounces Back, Dallas' Despair and Close Clinchers

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 07:  Ben Roethlisberger ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Six weeks into the 2010-2011 season, the NFL's big story is on the Pittsburgh Steelers (yay Steelers!) with the return of their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off a 4-game suspension. Big Ben threw 16/27 for 257 yards and while he was intercepted once, he made 3 touchdown passes throwing off doubts that the top-rated QB is in game-ready form.

On that same game, the Cleveland Browns debuted rookie QB Colt McCoy who fared quite well with a 23/33 completions passing for 281 yards. If not for the 2 interceptions and 4 sacks, the Heisman nominee may have had a grander welcome to the NFL. The Steelers won 28-10.

Also in week 6, America's team the Dallas Cowboys is down in the doldrums at 1 win and 4 losses. Analysts are pointing out that the Cowboys are making too many unnecessary mistakes, suffering penalties that sets them back and puts their opponents at an advantage. Last week the Cowboys lost with a heart-breaking 21-24 versus good 'ol Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Two weeks in a row, the Cowboys were called for excessive celebrations. Last Sunday, they had 11 penalties and lost 91 yards in the process. Dallas needs to show disciplined football and stop beating themselves if they want to get back in their winning ways.

Speaking of heart-breaking losses, games determined by a single field goal is getting very common in the NFL these days. Six matches saw the winning team getting only a 3-point edge most notably the overtime win of the New England Patriots over the Baltimore Ravens courtesy of Stephen Gostkowski's winning field goal. Watch this and other stories below.

Which team do you think will make it all the way to the AFC and NFC championships?


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Friday, October 8, 2010

Voice of Kid's Cartoon "Dora The Explorer" Sues Viacom

From left to right: Swiper (in background), Do...Image via Wikipedia
The voice behind Nickelodeon's bilingual cartoon heroine "Dora The Explorer" filed a lawsuit against the cable channel and parent media company Viacom for allegedly cheating her out of millions of promised revenue from residuals and merchandising. Kaitlin Sanchez, who lent her voice to the famed pre-school character since 2007, recently lost the role owing to the teen's changed voice according to a statement from Nickelodeon.

"We are not suing because they claim her voice changed... She is suing because they paid her nothing for residuals," Sanchez's attorney John Balestriere said. He further stated that Sanchez spent most of her time promoting the brand uncompensated "rather than performing as a paid actress."

The counter from Nickelodeon: "She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances."

Prior to landing the role of Dora Marquez in the cartoon series, the voice behind Dora was played by Kathleen Herles. No statement has been made regarding a replacement for Sanchez. It is expected that Viacom will fight the claim and vigorously protect one of its bankable franchises. Read more about the story from the links below.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blackberry Playbook: RIM's Rival Tablet to IPad Available By 2011

Research in Motion (RIM), the company that currently hogs the smartphone limelight in North America with its Blackberry product line, is set to make available its enterprise-grade tablet PC in the market by 2011. Dubbed the Blackberry Playbook, the 7-inch touchscreen device was recently launched and is now making gadget-conscious heads turn with a sleek, handier exterior while maintaining a reliable, powerful and -- dare I say it -- Flash-friendly system.

It seems that RIM is taking advantage of every negative point against the Apple iPad from consumer surveys and has incorporated them into the Blackberry Playbook. These include true multitasking and interoperability with Flash-based technology -- something that Apple is yet to adopt for its iPad device.

Despite the announcement, RIM shares fell by 2.75 points which analysts take as a criticism against RIM management particularly for the odd-timed release of the Playbook, set after the year-end holidays. Perhaps RIM executives are anticipating loyalty sales from existing Blackberry users especially since the Playbook has device-pairing integration with Blackberry smartphones. This should encourage consumers to hold-on to their hard-earned cash and snub the latest iteration of the iPad this holiday season. The same goes for corporate and institutional buyers looking at distributing tablet computers for their organization since the Blackberry Playbook is largely targeted for the enterprise setting.

That said, I think the delay is a smart move. However, we'll have to wait until next year whether this gamble will pay off for RIM.

The Playbook is also equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi and uses the Blackberry operating system although RIM pledges a Playbook OS soon. See the video preview of the Blackberry Playbook below. How about you -- Are you going for Playbook or the iPad?


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

J-Lo Gets High Pay For American Idol Stint

Jennifer Lopez (珍妮弗·洛佩兹)Image by pamhule via Flickr
Jennifer Lopez gets a relatively hefty paycheck for signing up for the American Idol panel. Reports say she's getting some $12 million plus perks for filling in the seats left vacant by Paula Abdul and recently by Kara DioGuardi. With the earlier departure of Simon Cowell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler took up the third spot on the judge's ring to complement the only remaining original Idol judge Randy Jackson.

In another story, singer George Michael suffered a double whammy over the weekend. He smashed his Range Rover into a photo shop in north London while driving under the influence of cannabis and was subsequently charged and sentenced for an eight week jail term.



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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Apple's Ping Could Tune Out MySpace

What's next? Apple on Broadway?!
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to make another hit with their latest project "Ping", a new social network thingamajig for their iTunes music software. Ping is a type of Facebook/Twitter/MySpace Web platform that connects iTunes users to their friends as well as to their favorite artists.

This is a natural progression for iTunes which already boasts of over 150 million users worldwide, many of whom are already paying customers of digital music. The ability to tap into that network and engage them in discussions as well as in online and mobile interactions (through Apple's iPod Touch, iPhones and iPad product lines where iTunes is already integrated) creates another multi-million dollar revenue stream for Apple.

Some have commented that Ping may just usher in the demise of MySpace and similar other social networking sites as far as playing a launchpad role for bands, individual artists and their music. However, the question remains -- Do we really need another social network? Share to us what you think.

Check out the main story here.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy 80th Birthday Sir Sean Connery

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Being Sean Connery is one great achievement already. Being Sean Connery for 80 whole years should be a world record in itself.

The finest thespian to ever bear a Scottish twang, the penultimate 007, Sir Thomas Sean Connery celebrates his 80th birthday today August 25.

If you want to see and support his charity works, visit his official website at SeanConnery.com.

Also check out this piece from The Daily Record:
Sean Connery at 80: My acting days are over but I'm still loving life - The Daily Record
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Apple, Google Race for Internet TV Technology

Apple TV at the Macworld 2007Image via Wikipedia
The old Apple TV will be replaced by iTV.
Top technology giants Apple and Google are both racing to get their own versions of an Internet TV appliance out to the market before the end of 2010 (if not early the following year). Apple's iTV is silently buzzing around the rumor mills while the Google TV already has a presentation preview over at their Google TV website.

These new platforms will definitely change the way people experience television. You can think of it as the latest upgrade to TV since cable or TiVo. Apple is reported to launch iTV in September with a $99 price tag while Google TV is slated for release by the fall of 2010.

Although the concept of Internet television is nothing new, competition between Apple and Google is expected to raise interest for the products going into the holiday season. This is completely different from simply hooking up your computer to the TV via HDMI cable. A rough analogy would be having Apple and Google taking the place of cable and satellite television providers through your ISPs. This also opens up fresh advertising opportunities for companies and of course, more revenue for these top tech titans.

This is going to be a wild new frontier for television in the years ahead. So, will your next TV run on Apple's iOS or Google's Android? Share your comments after the video.




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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Expendables" Blasts To The Top

Mid-life crisis anyone?
The action ensemble flick "Expendables" hit the top box-office spot grossing $35 million during its opening weekend. People are calling it a big comeback for Sylvester Stallone who starred, co-wrote and directed the production which features the biggest names of the action genre, past and present.

From the roster of actors alone, one can expect an overkill of action, explosions and sheer entertaining mayhem. Among those with Stallone are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Eric Robert, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis and a special appearance by Arnold Schwarzenneger. It's like Ocean's Eleven, The A-Team, WWE and all three Rambo movies rolled into one. That is one crazy cast!

I'm cutting this post short. On my way to see the "Expendables" right now! Catch other Hollywood stories with our clips for the day. What did you think about the movie?


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

NDM-1 Update: "South Asian superbug claims first fatality" - INQUIRER.net

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A Belgian national was reported to have died from the so-called South Asian bug also known as NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1).This is the first known fatality from a pathogen containing the NDM-1 enzyme gene that is said to be resistant to most antibiotics that exists today.

This comes after the World Health Organization's (WHO) recent declaration regarding the H1N1 virus, bringing down its alert level to the post-pandemic stage. Now, the NDM-1 is not at this point in time a global concern. However, the gene is said to spread easily among different bacteria populations which could cause common strains to be drug-resistant.

Tip of the iceberg

Experts agree that the NDM-1 issue could be much larger than currently reported cases. With human migration and travel on the rise the situation may reach global proportions. In the meantime, the search for a solution is projected to come not until the next decade.


Visit Inquirer.net for the full story.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Come Marching In: Will the New Orleans Saints Be Able To Defend Their Superbowl Win?

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The New Orleans Saints won their team's first ever Superbowl in the 2009 season. NFL analysts sees their almost unchanged lineup may help Drew Brees et.al. pull off another run for the Lombardi trophy following their success in Superbowl XLIV.

Can Coach Sean Payton and the Saints build the next winningest franchise in the NFL?

Catch the Saints and other NFL teams as they prepare for the 2010 NFL Season on our video playlist.



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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Will You Eat Beef From a Cloned Cow?


"I taste so good,
I'm licking myself."
This may be a little bit upsetting for certain people. So for those with weak stomachs, go now and visit other blogs like the ones on our Blog Circle below right or from our "Blog Cuts" section.

A report from the UK tells of beef that are now in commercial circulation that came from cattle born of cloned cows. There's no question about safety according to authorities but there seems to be an issue with regards to transparency about the origins of the meat.

The report also said that the US Food and Drugs Administration already declared in 2008 that "meat and milk from cloned animals are safe for human consumption." Personally, I don't mind the scientific aspect of cloning but its an entirely different thing if it's served up to me on a plate. I certainly don't want to delve into the pros and cons of cloning vis-a-vis the global food supply. Perhaps someday food items from cloned plants and animals will be the standard but I hope it won't be so in my lifetime.

How about you - Would you rather have corned beef or cloned beef?

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New ‘Thundercats’ Animation To Forecast Fate of Movie

I've been tracking development for the "Thundercats" movie since 2007. The latest updates on this project is that Warner Brothers may have something slated by 2011 or 2012. But before that a little experiment is on the way via the small screen.

WB is working with Cartoon Network to launch a new Thundercats animation series. This is in partnership with Studio 4C, a leading Japanese animation firm which also worked on the "Animatrix".

It's quit conceivable that the success or failure of this re-envisioning of the cartoon classic will determine whether the Thundercats movie will see the light of day. Personally, I'm looking forward to both projects.

Related Resources:
New ‘Thundercats’ Series Coming In 2011! First Image And Poster Arrive!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hollywood To Turn 2011 Green

Ryan Reynolds on setImage via Wikipedia
Green is good.
It's going to be a green year this 2011 as Hollywood churns up two green heroes in "Green Hornet" and "Green Lantern".


Here's the preview for "Green Hornet" starring Knocked Up's Seth Rogen with Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. As for a peek at Ryan Reynolds in "Green Lantern", we just have to wait a little more for the original trailer to go online.


Personally, I was hoping for a darker more mysterious Green Hornet. Expect a heavy dose of wit and double meanings for this version, what with Rogen and Diaz in tandem.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

"Inception" Spills "Salt" at the Box Office

The Leonardo Di Caprio starrer "Inception" tops the US box office, beating the Angelina Jolie spy flick "Salt" on its opening week. With Oscar buzz and $43.5 million so far, not bad for Inception.

Have you seen the new movies? Which one do you like better? Share your review here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Saving on Gas Prices

It's not really getting any better is it? Gas prices are going out the window from coast to coast. Here's a really nice write up on ways to save on gas prices.

By the way, money is not the only issue for saving on gas. Cutting down on fossil fuel consumption will go a long way in keeping the planet green also.

You may want to check out Mr. Macor's site.

Hack Gas Prices: 50 Tips To Save You Money | J David Macor

Personally, I hope cars on solar power or similar alternative fuel sources will go into mass production soon.

Friday, April 30, 2010

PrizeLive - Play, Win, Enjoy!

If you're looking for a new way to whittle away the time while you're online, drop by Prizelive.com. Play games, win prizes and earn some cash in the process. Not a bad way of marking the minutes as you do your other tasks on the Web.

Everything you do on Prizelive earns you points which you can use to play premium games and contests or swap for cash. The other good thing about Prizelive is its members. The Prizelive community is very active with everyone contributing to help out a Prizelive fellow. Build your buddy list and connect with old and new friends as you continue to build up your points and game credits.

So go and hang-out at Prizelive -- Where it pays to have a good time!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pacquiao Bested Clottey: Keeps Welterweight Title

It wasn't much of an event. Despite the gargantuan hype, the WBO welterweight title match between reigning champ Manny Pacquiao and Ghana's Joshua Clottey was more an exercise in drudgery than anything else. Clottey, the challenger, with a 10-pound advantage and an all-too-haughty demeanor failed to impress and committed quite a number of boxing faux pas. Some commentators even thought the sparring practices from the weeks of preparation for both camps held more action than this weekend's main bout.

Pacquiao brought his usual high-adrenaline game as was expected of the record holding, multi-titled fighter -- the footwork was there, as well as the speed and the menacing blows both to the body and to the head. In fairness to Clottey he took a tough enough stance. However the so-called "Hitter" simply allowed himself to be an overgrown punching bag through all 12 rounds, throwing glancing blows to Pacquiao as a mere afterthought it seemed.

The Philippines' favorite son took home the title once again, this time on an overwhelmingly unanimous decision. A win is a win and kudos to the Pac-man. Nevertheless, this is hardly the way a well-favored fighter should exit the ring. Even as talks of Pacquiao's retirement is nearing fruition, more sooner than later, there is a prevalence of expectation for Manny Pacquiao to go out with a big convincing win. This is something that "The Event" failed to deliver.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Winners All

This week is all about winners.

Sandra Bullock, Mo'Nique and Kathryn Bigelow win big in the Oscars. Jeff Bridges also had a grand slam bagging both the Academy and Golden Globes for his role in "Crazy Heart". "The Hurt Locker" edges "Avatar" winning 6 out of 9 nominations including the Best Picture Oscar.

Meanwhile, Chile, still reeling from the effects of the previous weeks' magnitude 8.8 super earthquake, has a new President in Sebastian Pinera. On his inauguration day a 6.9 magnitude aftershock still rocked the country. The call for international aid intensifies from all fronts to address the destruction in both Haiti and Chile.

On another note, Forbes' list of World's Billionaires for 2009 featured Mexico's Telecom magnate Carlos Slim on top besting long-time front-runners Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. 63% of the world's richest are based in Asia. The list also revealed that last year, China had the most billionaires outside of the USA beating India.

The Philippines is also on the list with the Sy Family and Tan Family taking spots 234 and 522 respectively. The mall mogul Henry Sy has a net worth of US$2.7 billion while Lucio Tan is pegged at US$1.4 billion.

Another winner is Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys since the new Cowboys Stadium will be hosting this weekend's biggest event - the Pacquiao vs. Clottey WBO welterweight championship match. This will be the first major boxing event for the billion-dollar state-of-the-art stadium with no less than the biggest name in boxing gracing the home of the biggest name in football.

But then who will be the winner; the champion or the challenger? Follow Daily Dotventures this weekend for the outcome of the Pacquiao-Clottey Event.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Buzzing The Buzz

Google's Buzz service is clearly hyped to counter the dominance of Facebook in the realm of the Social Web. Their site's main page states "Go beyond status messages" -- an obvious reference to the once obscure social networking website, which is now the top Internet phenomenon ranking a threatening second to Google's number one spot.

While competition usually breeds good things for the rest of the population one can't help but wonder whether all these buzzing (intended or not, the pun is there; deal with it) would actually amount to anything beneficial. What is buried under the trillions of posted messages is the online advertising dollars at stake. Clearly, economic advantage is what these networks are fighting tooth and nail over.

Quick to the draw are the privacy groups crying foul to the launch of Google Buzz. Previously the default settings on Buzz was too revealing for most people's need for privacy. Every Gmail contact signing up to Buzz were automatically set to follow and was available for the rest of the world to see. While Google has since made changes to Buzz's default setting to incorporate such privacy concerns, many are still wary that the latest social networking service is just too square a peg to fit in a round hole.

Personally, I signed up for Gmail for the email service and I simply love it. And if it weren't for the ease of keeping in touch with my football team I wouldn't even have the need to sign up for Facebook. My first impression of Buzz is that Google's attempts at making an email service look and act like a social networking service is just too darn clumsy. I didn't know what to make of it other than being an aggregator. Buzz's claim of going beyond status messages by posting photos and links and what-nots... well, you can do that in Facebook already.

If there's anything that can be learned in favor of Buzz at this point in time it's this; I realized that the people I email are not necessarily the same people I want to constantly keep in touch with. One cannot simply override the differentiation of social circles -- families, close friends, acquaintances, business contacts -- by simply trying to integrate one technology platform with another.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Saints take Superbowl XLIV

The New Orleans Saints win Superbowl XLIV with a 31-17 upset over 4-time MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. This is the Saints' debut in the league championships and the first ever Superbowl title for the 43 year old NFL franchise.

Indianapolis led the Saints 10-0 in the first quarter highlighted by a Peyton Manning touchdown pass to Colts receiver Pierre Garcon. By the second quarter Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the offense twice to within 30 yards of the Colts end zone, allowing kicker Garrett Hartley to score on 40+ yard field goals. The Colts still led 10-6 at the end of the first half.

The Saints began the third quarter with a well executed onside kick that culminated in a scoring drive sealed by a Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas 16-yard TD pass. The Colts showed composure as they also scored on their next offense bringing the tally to 13-17. The subsequent Saints field goal tore down the Colts lead to just 1 point at 16-17 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

The final quarter was all Saints as the Colts' started to succumb to the opponents' marching momentum. On Indianapolis' initial drive on the fourth, Colts kicker Matt Stover tried to salvage a botched deep pass at New Orleans' 33 yard line with a 51-yard field goal attempt. However, the kick sailed wide to the left. The following offensive drive by the Saints ended in a 2-yard touchdown pass to veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey and a 2-point conversion that was awarded to the Saints after review.

Approaching the last two minutes of the game, all hopes for the Colts were extinguished as the no-huddle offense characteristic of Peyton Manning was trounced by a perfectly-timed Tracy Porter steal that resulted in a 74-yard interception touchdown return. The Colts' final attempt at redemption fizzled out with a fourth down incomplete pass resulting in a turnover at New Orleans' 5-yard line with 44 seconds left in the game. Brees ended Superbowl XLIV a true saint kneeling down for the final ticks. Final score Saints 31, Colts 17.

I had earlier predicted a 14-point victory for the Saints. (See my Facebook post, a full 13 hours prior to the kickoff). US President Barrack Obama also made a prediction for the Colts in an AP story (read it here). With all due respect... in your face Mr. Obama! :p

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Oscars Nominees - The Top 10 for 2010

The yearly Academy Awards is moving the buzz circles once again as the 2010 Oscars shines its spotlights on a total of 10 films for the best picture category, the most nominations since 1944.

This year's nominations are a curious mix of the critically acclaimed and the popular blockbusters. James Cameron's science fiction hit "Avatar" and Kathryn Bigelow's war drama "The Hurt Locker" are pitted against each other with 9 nominations including best picture and best director.

The animation "Up" is nominated for both best animation and best picture categories. Other luminaries in contention are Sandra Bullock as best actress for "The Blind Side" going up against Oscar mainstays Meryl Streep for "Julie and Julia" and Dame Helen Mirren for "The Last Station". For best actor, Morgan Freeman gets the Academy's nod for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in "Invictus", as well as George Clooney for "Up In The Air" and Jeff Bridges, who earlier won the best actor award in the Golden Globes for his role in "Crazy Heart".

The nominees for best picture are:
  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious
  • A Serious Man
  • Up
  • Up In The Air
The 82nd Academy Awards will air March 7th and will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Random Words of Wisdom

The Internet has arguably contributed to the sharp increase of literary creations over the past decade. Websites, particularly social networks like Facebook and Twitter have become havens of wit and what-have-you's for many peoples from all walks of life.

About a century ago reading has been thought of as elitist and even rebellious in some societies. Nowadays it is quite common to encounter quips such as "Every revolution destroys the average middle first and most savagely"*, and "A love inspects the distorted promise."

We are definitely in the wake of the explosion of the mass mind. Nevertheless, while the landscape is at first glance a mess of virtual vile verses, it is certainly edifying to encounter random words of wisdom more frequently now than the pre-Web era.


(* from Seth Godin's blog.)

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