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Heath Ledger… Another Loss For My Generation

Let's face it, there aren't that many young actors in film these days that are genuinely good at their craft. So, it hurts to lose one of them.The 70's had DeNiro, Pacino, Nicholson... but what about our generation's leading men? Sure, there are some interesting guys out ... Continue reading

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The Ever Elusive Honest Answer

Dear Honest Answer,Where have you been lately? Don't you know it's election year and I'd like to see more of you? Okay, I understand why you've been a bit reclusive. When you come out of hiding, you tend to get criticized. But really, aren't you being a ... Continue reading

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We Don’t Have to Like It!

I started this with the idea of mentioning the production of "Mere Mortals" by the the E.M.U. Theatre, a fund-raiser to support the EMU and Ecumenical Christian Ministries. Before I go farther, I hope you consider supporting both the EMU and the ECM.And the title "We Don't ... Continue reading

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Jeff Graves

My wife is a KU graduate and got to know Jeff when he played for the Idaho Stampede in Boise, Idaho. We followed him in Turkey and Italy leagues, but have lost track since September of 2007. Continue reading

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So Much to See #4

Previous: So Much to See #3 Next: So Much to See #5 Here is this week's first picture. It might be anywhere (in Lawrence). It might be anything. Guess if you think you know it.No hints this time, in a day or so I'll add an ever ... Continue reading

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Buy Matresses for America

As the nation enters a historic economic slump, the federal government has promised the citizens a loaf of bread to endure the hardship of these times. It is not yet clear exactly what portion of bread we shall receive, as our representatives are still in the process ... Continue reading

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Snowflakes abortion and cloning

The other day there was a report that scientists have been able to simulate the development of snowflakes with a relatively simple computer model based on our understanding of the physics of water. The report noted that the model works but that scientists still don't understand why ... Continue reading

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Bad News on the Cholesterol Front?

A couple of reports hold bad news for some of us with high cholesterol. According to the New York Times, Zetia a cholesterol lowering drug that acts on cholesterol from food may not be effective. Zetia is probably best known as one of two cholesterol lowering medicines ... Continue reading

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Hearse in a roundabout

In a hearse, there goes the dearly departed,stuck in a roundabout;round and round he goes;where he'll stop,nobody knows;hell or heaven, will have to wait;because Lawrence thinks it has traffic "woes;"slow that final funerial route. Continue reading

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Hearse in a roundabout

In a hearse, there goes the dearly departed,stuck in a roundabout;round and round he goes;where he'll stop,nobody knows;hell or heaven, will have to wait;because Lawrence thinks it has traffic "woes;"slow that final funerial route. Continue reading

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And We Danced

"And We Danced"Head held high,in the traditional dance,a mother smiled at her child,as if she were dancing for him alone-the prideof many generations shonein her eyes.~~Like an elegant butterflyon painted wings,in a celebration of life,a young woman danced the dance of the Fancy Shawl the hope of ... Continue reading

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The Winter Forest is a Lively Place

Took a lovely walk in the woods at Clinton State Park this morning. I decided to take advantage of the snow and followed animal tracks instead of the established human trail. Though the forest was mostly quiet, I saw many signs of animal life. Here are some ... Continue reading

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Tips to overcome shutter lag

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Jan/18/psu_behind_lens_eye_120.jpgIf you have a digital point and shoot camera, you likely experienced a story very similar to this one during the holidays:You are standing in front of a sea of family members eager to complete the family photo. Aunt Wilma realizes that she wants a photo too, ... Continue reading

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Do Computers Suck?

Do computers make you more productive, or do you spend so much time struggling that sometimes you wonder if they are worth the trouble?Do you have a questions about computers or the internet and how they work? Post your questions and I'll try to answer some in ... Continue reading

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Instant On-Camera Review of “Cloverfield”

[Here][1] is my original video review of the much-hyped hand-held camera monster movie "Cloverfield" with co-host J.D. Warnock that originally appears on [www.scene-stealers.com.][2] [1]: http://www.scene-stealers.com/video-reviews/instant-on-camera-review-of-cloverfield-2/ [2]: http://www.scene-stealers.com/ Continue reading

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Brother Can You Spare A Tax Cut?

Today's middle-class workers are experiencing, like never before, job instability related to international competition, technological advances and outsourcing of jobs to China and India. Yet, our belief in the American Dream spurs us to strive ever harder in the face of greater unemployment levels; rising healthcare and ... Continue reading

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“Charlie Wilson’s War” - To Intervene or Not Intervene: That is the Question

The film "Charlie Wilson's War" has all the wit of the West Wing but instead of some vague international crisis, the subject here is America's involvement in Afghanistan during the Cold War. And the answers are much more complex than an hour of prime time would allow. ... Continue reading

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Rummaging around the cryosphere

Today I was looking for information related to changes in the Arctic sea ice and found the National Snow and Ice Data Center, (NSIDC) - yes there is such a thing- run out of the University of Colorado. There is even a word for the snow and ... Continue reading

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KU ranks 25th among large schools for number of Peace Corps volunteers

Kansas University [likes to tout][1] [the number][2] [of students it sends][3] to [the Peace Corps][4] as volunteers.In the past few years, that number had consistently increased. But after hitting 17th last year, KU's ranking fell back to 25th, the same spot it had occupied in 2004.According to ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Giant Monsters Attack! Movies

Whether its guys in big rubber suits, stop-motion camera trickery, or computer generated effects, there is something exciting, terrifying, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious about movies that feature a giant monster let loose in a major urban city. With the much-anticipated release of this weekend's "[Cloverfield][1]," I take ... Continue reading

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