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“According to a recent survey, men say the first thing they notice about a woman is their eyes, and women say the first thing they notice about men is they’re a bunch of liars”


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February 27, 2010 Posted by | Quote of the Day | | Leave a comment

Marja in the biggest offensive of the war in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, February, 2010


Peace Not War

In southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Thousands of American, Afghan and British troops entered Marja in the biggest offensive of the war, with the goal of destroying the Taliban’s largest haven and restoring government presence in southern Afghanistan. Resistance was sporadic and fierce as troops seized positions around the area. Stricter combat rules and a concerted effort by the Afghan government and NATO forces were aimed at not only protecting the civilian population, but planning for the aftermath, building infrastructure, support and trust in an area long dominated by the Taliban. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan.

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines fires his weapon at Taliban fighters in Marjah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on February 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)


A man passes a vendor displaying Bollywood videos for sale in the old city February 1, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Despite years of foreign involvement and the money being committed to Afghanistan from both private and governmental donors, Afghanistan is still plagued by chronic unemployment and neglected public services. Unemployment in the country of some 25 million people is still 40 per cent with more than half the population living below the poverty line. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


A man collects oranges during a night at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)


Clouds loom large as Afghan people shop at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


Capt. Lena Angell, from Wainwright, Alberta, Canada, part of Canada's Task Force 3-09 Battle Group stands silhouetted at the start of operation Tazi, a village search and security operation in the Dand area of Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan on January 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


A U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. The Pakistani army said Sunday that it was investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike in mid-January. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


U.S. Army flight medic Staff Sgt. Robert B. Cowdrey, of La Junta, Colo., right, with Charlie Company, All American Dustoff, evacuates a U.S. Marine wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday Feb. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A crowd gathers to view the contest in a display of traditional entertainment, as live animals are pitted against each other in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

US Marines with 1/3 Charlie Company treat a comrade as they wait for a MEDEVAC helicopter, after their MRAP vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Trikh Nawar on the north-eastern outskirts of Marjah late February 23, 2010. Three Improvised Explosive Devices exploded injured three US marines as Charlie Company was clearing a four kilometre stretch of road from Lashkar Gah to Marjah. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Janet Baker, the mother of slain Canadian soldier Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker, and family members watch as military pallbearers carry his casket to a waiting hearse during a repatriation ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Trenton February 15, 2010. Corporal Baker of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment was killed and four others were injured in a training accident on a range northeast of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on February 12. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese

U.S. Army Private First Class Danny Comley of Camdenton Missouri, assigned to Delta Company 4th Brigade combat team,2-508, 82nd parachute infantry Regiment, receives flowers from an Afghan girl during a patrol in the Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan February 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

A military helicopter is seen through razor wire as it comes in to land at Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A soldier reacts with tears on his eyes during a funeral of a Spanish soldier John Felipe Romero Meneses in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. Romero Meneses, 21, who was born in Colombia, was killed and six others were wounded on Monday when a landmine exploded near their vehicle in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

An elderly Afghan man sits outside his farm house as a bird flies nearby in Marjah, in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Thursday Feb. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Project Smile India is a non-profit organization which donates new and previously owned stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys, children’s reading books and blankets, woolen sweaters to give to children in orphanages and elderly in old age homes.

The GOAL of Project Smile India is to provide the continual supply of comfort items to help ease the pain and fear of children in orphanages and spending time conversing, joking and celebrating ( festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Holi & New Year) with elderly in old age homes- the gestures will certainly bring smiles to their faces.

Please help Project Smile India to reach its goal of collecting enough stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys, children’s reading books, blankets and woolen sweaters to give to children in orphanages and elderly in old age homes who can not afford them.

For more information on how you can become a volunteer and help, feel free to contact Founder & Coordinator , Asam Bangia via email at projectsmileindia@gmail.com

February 27, 2010 Posted by | War | , , , , | Leave a comment

3D TV Buying Guide 2010


It’s coming. Are you ready? We walk through some of the most commonly asked questions to help 3D TV buyers prepare for the impending wave of TVs set to his the market later this year.

You’ve worn the glasses. Seen the demos. Winced at objects flying out the screen. And you’re ready to buy a 3D TV.

Congratulations, brave early adopter. Although the 3DTV maelstrom at CES 2010 generated a fair bit of skepticism, the technology also managed to floor many people, and if the commercial success of Avatar is any indication, 3D movies aren’t going to disappear any time soon. Ready to get in on the ground floor? Watch out, it’s still under construction. But our 3D TV buyer’s guide can help show you how to set up shop in three dimensions. Follow along as we lay your questions on the new format to rest.

Can I buy a 3D TV today?

Yes, actually. A number of “3D-ready” (meaning they might not come bundled with glasses) plasma and DLP televisions have actually been creeping out from manufacturers since 2007, but without the marketing, hype or 3D content that arrived this year, they’ve largely flown under radar. You can find a full list of currently available TVs from Mitsubishi and Samsung at 3DMovieList.

Which new models were announced at CES 2010? When will they be available?

Just about every major manufacturer announced a 3D television at CES 2010. Here’s a rundown on the big models:

  • Sony LX900 Series LCD
  • Panasonic Viera VT25 Series Plasma
  • LG LE9500 Series LCD
  • Toshiba Cell TV ZX900 Series LCD
  • Vizio XVT Pro Series LCD
  • Samsung LED9000 Series LCD

Release dates and pricing on all of these models remain quite vague. Panasonic and LG should be among the first to market in the spring, while Toshiba, Sony, Samsung and Vizio will follow this summer.

Can I watch 2D video on a 3D TV?

Absolutely. All of the upcoming 3D TV models above represent flagship models from their respective manufacturers, which means they won’t just play 2D television, it should look top notch. Nothing about the tech needed to make 3D-capable sacrifices 2D images quality, so even if you intend to watch 99-percent of your programming without glasses, you shouldn’t think twice about buying a 3D TV.

Will I absolutely need 3D glasses? How do they work? How much will extra pairs cost?

Every consumer-grade 3D TV today requires glasses to produce a 3D effect. Although many companies have demonstrated tech demos at trade shows that show how 3D can be produced without glasses, none of them are yet ready for prime time.

Unlike movie theaters, which use polarized glasses, 3D TVs use active shutter LCD glasses. This means a tiny transmitter inside actually communicates with the TV to block your left eye when an image for the right eye is on the screen, and vice versa, 120 times per second. This rapid-fire trickery requires electronics and a small battery, making them heavier and bulkier than the Buddy Holly glasses you may have used in a 3D cinema.

Although most 3D TVs will come with a pair of glasses, you should also be prepared to buy additional pairs unless you really plan on sitting in your basement watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs all by yourself. Although not all manufacturers have announced pricing for the glasses that will pair with the new models, don’t expect them to be cheap. Samsung, which already has 3D displays on the market, charges $130 for a pair of its rather dorky 3D shades. Nvidia charges $149. Even if the TV you buy comes with a two pairs, that’s another $260 to get the kids on board, and more if you want to invite the neighbors over to gloat. Make sure to factor the price into your purchase.

What will I be able to watch in 3D?

To be frank, not that much, right off the bat. Although standards for generating and distributing video in 3D have expanded, the market is still pretty slim at the moment.

Your best bet will lie in 3D Blu-ray movies. Manufacturers only recently ratified a 3D standard for Blu-ray, which means these movies are still a ways down the pipe, but cartoons like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs andMonsters vs. Aliens are already confirmed for 2010.

Some TVs, such as Toshiba’s ZX900 Cell TVs and Samsung’s LED9000, will actually be able to generate 3D content from 2D content as well. Although the artificial 3D effect from this method clearly won’t look as good as native 3D (in our demo at CES, it looked a bit like cutouts from a pop-up book, and the rendering tech causes some people to have halos around them), we still think it will be an extremely useful feature while 3D remains immature, and content scarce.

Television stations will start to offer 3D content soon, too. DirecTV will fire up three 3D stations in 2010, ESPN will broadcast select games in 3D, and Sony and IMAX are slated to start their own 3D nature channel. Unfortunately, many of the specifics remain quite vague now, so you may be better off waiting for more information before committing to any one provider.

Do I need a special Blu-ray player for those 3D Blu-ray discs?

Unfortunately, yes. The same companies pushing 3D TVs have committed to producing 3D-capable Blu-ray players this year as well. Here’s a quick list:

  • Panasonic DMP-BDT350
  • Samsung BD-C3900 / C6900
  • Sony BDP-S770 / S470
  • Toshiba BDX3000
  • LG BD580

So far, it doesn’t look like any previous Blu-ray players will be upgradable, except Sony’s PlayStation 3, which should get a firmware update to make it happen sometime this year.

What is HDMI 1.4?

At the moment, a certified HMDI 1.4 cable is the only way to carry a 3D signal. That means that your existing HDMI 1.3 cables (which have been the standard since 2006) won’t do the job. A new cable isn’t much of an upgrade investment, but keep in mind that other HDMI accessories won’t work, either, including A/V receivers. If you plan to pass your video signal through a receiver with HDMI, Sony’s STR-DN1010 is currently the only model that will fit your needs.

How big of a screen do I need?

You may recall from our HDTV buyer’s guide that we dismissed the caveman “bigger is better” mentality when it comes to TVs, favoring one that fits the room instead. Well, grow out your unibrow and grab yourself a club, because the reverse is true with 3D. Let’s state this bluntly: You need a big TV to appreciate 3D. Immersion is the name of the game, and the more the screen fills your field of view, the more you feel like you’re “there.” Fortunately, TV manufacturers seem to realize this as well, since we haven’t seen a single 3D set under 42 inches. If you have the extra money to throw at a luxury like 3D TV, make sure to go all the way and buy the largest screen you can reasonably afford or fit in a room, because it will drastically affect your 3D experience.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | | 5 Comments

Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II


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Nike’s latest shoe, the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features Nike Sense adaptive traction technology.

Ronaldo wannabes will have to keep an eye out for Nike’s latest invention, the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II. The new shoe features an improved fit, Flywire, and Nike Sense adaptive traction technology, a system that can adjust itself based on the field’s conditions. Link

February 27, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , , , | Leave a comment

Six stages to attain sexual nirvana


Get ready for sex

Not having sex on a regular basis can kill a relationship. Keep these tips handy and add some spark in your sex life…

Schedule sex
To ensure sex doesn’t fall off the priority chart, decide in advance when to make love. Then, just do it! It may sound unromantic, but it’s better to have a quickie session than none at all. 

Be appreciative
Showing appreciation regularly not only makes you feel better about yourself, it gives a romantic boost to your relationship. It takes you back in time, when you spent time appreciating and adoring your partner. 

Share housework
Housework can be a source of niggling arguments. So divide the jobs, and together work out who does what and when. This cuts out resentment – one of the single biggest reasons why women stop wanting sex. 

Bedroom spunk
De-clutter the bedroom. Make the bed look inviting, use scented candles and put up pictures of just the two of you. Ban laptops, TV and everything work related. 

Have a good argument
Voicing a disagreement prevents any resentment from building up, but a blame game is a no-no. Once this is done, move on and keep the past where it belongs! 

Go dancing
Just turn on some music and dance. Dancing flushes the human system with dopamine, which means you feel happier and the happiness is further carried to the bedroom.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , | Leave a comment

Honda 3R-C Concept personal urban mobility vehicle Pictures


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Honda 3R-C Concept

Honda rolled out its latest concept for a personal urban mobility vehicle today, the 3R-C. While we weren’t too enthused about Honda’s last concept, the U3-X, a Segway wannabe, we will give this one a little more praise. It looks like something out of Minority Report, and may be almost as farfetched as the movie itself, but it does have some cool features. The single seat 3R-C is fully enclosed, powered by a lithium-ion battery, and features a lockable cargo area in the front.

Honda 3R-C Concept

Honda 3R-C Concept

Honda 3R-C Concept

February 26, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | , , , | 2 Comments

192 million domain names registered in 2009


The Internet domain name industry closed the year 2009 with more than 192 million registrations across all top level domain names, a rise of 15 million since the close of 2008, Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign Inc said in a release on Tuesday.

In the fourth quarter of 2009, the industry added 11 million domain name registrations, reflecting a steady pace of growth, the release adds. In the fourth quarter, domain name registrations grew 2 per cent over the third quarter and 8 per cent over the year ago period, the release says.

The overall base of ‘.com’ and ‘.net’ domain names grew to 96.7 million at the end of 2009.

New ‘.com’ and ‘.net’ registrations were added at an average of about 2.4 million a month to a total of 7.3 million in the last quarter of 2009, the release adds.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , , | 3 Comments

Yahoo Taps Into Twitter


  • By: Geoff Duncan
  • February 24, 2010
  • Yahoo has inked a deal with Twitter to get a real-time feed of every public tweet…and plans to integrate Twitter’s content across its global network of sites.

    Yahoo and Twitter have announced a new global deal that has Yahoo tapping into the Twitter “firehose”—a real-time feed of every public tweet created by Twitter users around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Yahoo plans to integrate Twitter’s real-time content and “social experience” across its global Web properties, exposing Twitter—and its tweets!—to the more than 600 million people who make Yahoo’s sites and services part of their online lives.

    Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

    “Let me try to capture the enormity of this integration in 140 characters or less: We’re turning the key to the online social universe—you will find the most personally relevant experiences through Yahoo,” said Yahoo consumer products group senior VP Bryan Lamkin, in a statement. “We’re also simplifying people’s lives by bringing their social worlds—and the world—together for easy access.”

    The integration between Yahoo and Twitter means that Twitter users will be able to tap into their personal Twitter feeds within Yahoo’s diverse online sites and properties—this will include not only the Yahoo home page and Yahoo Mail, but services like Yahoo Sports and potentially Yahoo News; users will also be able to post tweets of their own and share content from Yahoo in their tweets. Finally, general interest sites like Yahoo Search, Yahoo News, and entertainment, finance, and sports sites will present real-time public Twitter updates on a variety of subjects, all updated in real time. Yahoo’s integration with search is up and running right now; other Twitter-driven features are expected to launch on Yahoo later this year.

    The deal is intended to put Yahoo’s content and services more at the center of Internet users’ social Web lives; of course, having access to users’ Twitter streams and being able to look at followers, trends, and activity also means Yahoo will likely be able to take a closer look at the online lives of folks who sign into both Yahoo and Twitter…and that kind of information is a gold mine to advertisers.

    February 24, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , , | Leave a comment

    Women get wilder in the bedroom


    Women gets wild in BedroomA section of British women are having far wilder sex than they did a year ago and 76 percent of women contacted in a survey admitted using pornography.

    The survey published by the Sun, however, shows that three quarters of women were having less sex than a year back. But when they made love it was far wilder.

    Around 76 percent of women admitted to using pornography – a ten percent rise on the two-thirds who admitted to watching pornography with their partners in a survey last year.

    The survey of 4,200 women also revealed four in five women like to dress up for their other halves and indulge in role play, the media report said.

    The most popular outfit is of a French maid that is used by 42 percent, followed by a nurse’s outfit selected by a quarter of women. Sixteen percent of the couples preferred policewomen’s uniforms.

    Siobhan Freegard, the founder of Netmums, said that women “have busy family lives and careers to juggle. So while they might not be having as much sex as they’d like, they want to ensure they make the most of the precious time they do get.

    “Our survey shows they are taking control in the bedroom.” “They know what to do to get their sex lives back on track and are not afraid to experiment and introduce new methods to spice things up,” she was quoted as saying.

    Online pornography is a popular format and is watched by 61 percent of the couples. More than half of the women surveyed used sex toys in the bedroom.

    Article from –>> http://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle-news/relationships/Women-get-wilder-in-the-bedroom/Article1-510134.aspx

    February 24, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , | Leave a comment

    Notice Anything About This Painting?


    February 22, 2010

    Despite what your eyes tell you, the above image is a photograph of a real person, not a painting. It was taken by Peter Kun Frary, a music professor at the University of Hawaii. He tells us,

    Recently I walked by the Ala Moana Center Mac (cosmetic) store and noticed a crowd of Japanese tourists gawking and snapping pics. A model in full body paint was posing against a set on an open air stage in front of the store. I thought she was a darn good simulation of a late 19th or early 20th century French oil painting. Although there were no stage lights, natural sunlight light was diffused through white cloth canopy to reduce shadows and contrast.

    We can imagine an artist doing a whole series of photographs that look exactly like paintings. Has this been done before? Link us if so!

    (via Gizmodo)


    Image creditPhotograph by Peter Kun Frary and used with permission.

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    February 23, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , , | Leave a comment