Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Odds and Ends, Wed 18 Apr 2007

1. "The Thoughts of Chairman Miaow"
   Looks like I'm not the only person to have named their cat "Chairman
   Miaow".  The cat on the book cover even looks like a bit like my sadly
   departed cat:
   (I haven't updated that page, so it still uses the present tense)

2. "Chocolate 'better than kissing'"
   "Chocolate caused a more intense and longer lasting "buzz" than kissing,
    and doubled volunteers' heart rates."
   "A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most
    passionate kiss."

3. "Australian scientists dress women in wine"
   "Australian researchers are making dresses from fermented fabric, using
    bacteria to grow slimy dresses from wine and beer."

4. "Brides say 'I do' to green weddings"
   "That means everything from recycled wedding dresses and guests arriving
    by bicycle, to home-grown flowers and locally produced food for the
    wedding buffet."

5. "Libby Lenton's tent wedding"
   "After selling the rights to her big day to New Idea, the 22-year-old was
    forced to shuffle inside a white "walking tent'', shielded by a white
    sheet and huge black umbrellas carried by a horde of security guards."

6. "Luxury toilet made for modern kings and queens"
   "Special features include an iPod music player and speakers, an Xbox
    video game console, a refrigerator filled with drinks and snacks and a
    cycling exercise machine."
   Photo at:

7. The Joy of Tech comic: "The real reasons Mac OS X Leopard is late"

8. An oldie but a goodie ...
   "The day Microsoft makes something that doesn't suck is the day they
    make a vacuum cleaner."