Now, THIS is a Camera!!

Are you a camera geek?  Do you have an übercool digital camera?
                 Photo by tarunactivity

How many megapixels does it have? 5? 8? 10? [!!]

Well, over at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory , they have built the ultimate camera (at least for now): 1.4 GIGApixels, for The University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy Pan-Starrs Program.

                                       Photo by Brett Simison, PansStarrs PS1 Image Gallery

What on earth would you need that many pixels for?

Well, actually, nothing on earth. You need it for watching the solar system and beyond.

The University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy Pan-Starrs Program states on their site that their cameras (all 4 of them) will be used for scanning the skies for anything that may pose a danger to our planet , meaning asteroids and comets .

                                                              Photo by goldenrectangle

The images from this camera will also be used for other scientific programs.

Technology Review has more technical details, for those who want them.

Hat tip to Daily Galaxy !!


Really Good Cranberry Salad!!

This was served to me on Thanksgiving Day, and it is delightful!!

                                                     Photo from Taste of Home website

Cranberry Gelatin Salad



Before You Eat Your Next 'Murder Burger'...

Research on mice links fast food to Alzheimer's
LONDON (Reuters) - Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease, a Swedish researcher said on Friday.

Something to think about...


Truly A Black Friday...


Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede 

He who dies with the most toys, still dies.

Let's be careful out there!


Personal DNA Mapping: Do You Really Want To Know?

What does your DNA say about your current and future health?

                                                                Photo By: MASH DnArt

Do we really want to know?

Isn't there enough discrimination around over things that you can see?

Do we really need discrimination over things that *may* or *may not* happen?

I really think that some people just don't have enough to do...


Gift Cards Make You An Unsecured Creditor

Don't say that I didn't warn you... 

                                                   Photo By: buba69 

The Gift Card Comes Wrapped in Growing Risk


Viva la Revolution!

Jesus Diaz is sounding the call for revolution against Beta culture. 

The choir sings "Amen!"



Orderly voting today...

I went and voted first thing this morning, and the polling place was packed... double lines 12 people deep coming out of the building. I have lived in this town for 8 years, and voted in every election since I moved here, and I've never seen such crowds. In fact, when you see that many people in public, it's a safe bet that it is the annual Christmas parade!

It was fabulous. People (of all political persuasions) were laughing and pleasant, and the polls workers were experienced, knowledgeable and efficient. In and out in about 30 minutes, and the electronic machines worked fine (I overheard no complaints; but we've had the electronic machines for a few years now, so everyone is pretty familiar with them).

And so, I got the sticker:

From LaVeda

and I took a pic of my ballot:

From LaVeda

And now I get to sit back, and see what's going to happen...


Protecting Your Privacy Against Robo-Calls and the Like...

Yes, I know that it is less than two days before the election, but it is never too early to begin thinking about the next one...

Not to mention, those lovely phone calls from those wonderful people who have very important information about your credit card debt, or your car warranty, etc.

So, here are some links to get you on your way to stopping the harassment:

National Do Not Call List

The National Do Not Call Registry is open for business, putting consumers in charge of the telemarketing calls they get at home. The Federal government created the national registry to make it easier and more efficient for you to stop getting telemarketing calls you don’t want. You can register online at WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV or call toll-free, 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236), from the number you wish to register. Registration is free.
The Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the states are enforcing the National Do Not Call Registry. Placing your number on the registry will stop most, but not all, telemarketing calls.
State Do Not Call Lists

Since the launch of the federal Do Not Call List in 2003 (http://www.ftc.gov/donotcall), some states have discontinued individual do-not-call programs, merging their information with the federal list. Other states continue to maintain separate do-not-call lists, whose registrants may or may not be shared with the federal list.

The links provide information about do-not-call laws and list programs in each state.
National Political Do Not Call Registry
The National Political Do Not Contact Registry is modeled on the incredible success of the Federal Do Not Call Registry.   Unfortunately for American voters, political calls are excluded from the Federal DNC Registry.  That means politicians can call you whenever and however they feel like it, even cell phone numbers!

Who we are:  The National Political Do Not Contact Registry is a program of Citizens for Civil Discourse (CCD), a non-partisan and non-profit group of ordinary citizens dedicated to raising the level of political discourse in the United States.   CCD believes Americans are tired of partisan posturing and a phony division between red states and blue states.  We are fed up with negative campaigning and Washington grid lock.

We believe that this country wants leaders who will rise above party labels and tackle the difficult problems facing our nation and the world.   And as a start, Americans are stepping forward to take back control of our public discussion from the political spin masters.

That's why we have created the National Political Do Not Contact Registry as a way for all US voters to send the political campaigns a message:  Stop unwanted Political Phone Calls and dinner time interruptions!  You can register your contact information today for FREE and tell the politicians loud and clear that you have had enough of their business-as-usual campaigning!

Register now for Free -- let your representatives know that you won't vote for them if they won't listen to you.

The Top 11 Ways To Stop Politicians And Others From Contacting You At Home

With the election season now hitting us like a Hurricane, particularly in battle ground states, The National Political Do Not Contact Registry presents the top 11 ways to stop politicians, vendors candidates, unions, PACs, 527's, and local, state, and national party groups from contacting you at home either by phone or via the Internet.
The bottom line?  With days to go until election day there is little that you can do nowto stop John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Megan Fox, Jack Nicholson, Jay Z or some other celebrity from calling you at home.   
However, there are some things you can do now that will help as well as preparing for the next election cycle as well as stopping commercial marketers from invading your privacy.


Tracking the Vote...

If you want to track voting real-time in your area, you can take the below code, modified to your state and put it on your site:

[iframe src="http://votereport.us/reports/map?state=OH" frameborder="0" class="stream" width="535" height="500" scrolling="yes" >[/iframe]

Replace '[' and ']' with '<' and '>' on your page; and replace 'OH' with your state.

Get out and vote. You can't complain if you don't vote!  :-)

Then, sit back, break out the popcorn, and fasten your seatbelts. It's gonna be a wild ride!

Thanks to Twitter Vote Report for the code!

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