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Archive for June, 2008

Freedom from Netflix

It wasn’t until we suspended our subscription for the summer that we realized—to our embarrassment—how much low-level pressure we felt to watch movies in order to get them back into the mail so we could get more movies. Ridiculous? Yep.

Tour de Whatever

From Bike Hugger:

When Le Tour turned into a political battle like the former Indy Racing League, I don’t exactly know, but this year I’m out. If it’s on great, but I’m not planning a big time investment to make sure I’m catching the big stage, or the green points jersey, or whatever. It’s not that I don’t care, more I find it exhausting. Least of which, all my heroes — except one — are dopers. The system seems so corrupt, it has to die, redefine itself and then maybe it’ll call me again. And we’ll talk. Get caught up.

My sentiments exactly.

Giving the thumbs-up [a how-to]

From Adventures in Stock Photography:

First, you need to make sure you’re not about to dispense a thumbs-up in an inappropriate situation, such as a funeral* or sawmill calamity aftermath. Peep around or over something - a corner, bush or riot shield - so that you can confirm that what’s going on is definitely something to which you want to give your approval and/or encouragement.

Thanks to Megan for the link.

Ethanol shmethanol

A DEPRESSING ARTICLE in today’s Times explores Obama’s ties with the domestic ethanol lobby.

Don’t get me wrong: I’d take his larger energy plan over McCain’s any day. But when Obama touts corn-based ethanol as a way to achieve energy independence, I get a little irritated and a lot cynical.

Skip the Powerbar, go for sushi instead

From today’s Times: U.S. cyclist Christian Vande Velde’s recipe for sushi rice bars:

  • 3 cups medium-grain Calrose or sushi rice, cooked
  • 6 eggs
  • Soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos (a soybean-based liquid protein concentrate)
  • A handful of prosciutto or cooked bacon
  • Salt
  • Balsamic vinegar

Scramble the eggs with the soy sauce or the Braggs Aminos. (“The guys like the flavor of the Braggs better than the soy,” Mr. Lim said.) Add the prosciutto or bacon. Pile the rice, eggs and pork into a 6-by-9-inch pan. Pour a small amount of balsamic vinegar and soy on top. Salt to taste. Mix and mash into the pan. Let sit for 20 minutes, then, using a silicon spatula (“anything else and the rice will stick,” Mr. Lim said) cut it into 1 1/2-inch squares. Wrap in foil. Yields about 24.

As someone who quickly tires of sugary energy bars, I’m excited to try out this recipe. [Photo and caption from the Times.]

Who is Barack Obama?

HERE IS A VIRAL EMAIL that’s currently wending its way through the internets:

From: [Redacted]
To: [Redacted]
Subject: WHO IS BARACK OBAMA?

There are many things people do not know about BARACK OBAMA. It is every American’s duty to read this message and pass it along to all of their friends and loved ones.

Barack Obama wears a FLAG PIN at all times. Even in the shower.

Barack Obama says the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE every time he sees an American flag. He also ends every sentence by saying, “WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” Click here for video of Obama quietly mouthing the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE in his sleep.

A tape exists of Michelle Obama saying the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE at a conference on PATRIOTISM.

Every weekend, Barack and Michelle take their daughters HUNTING.

Barack Obama is a PATRIOTIC AMERICAN. He has one HAND over his HEART at all times. He occasionally switches when one arm gets tired, which is almost never because he is STRONG.

Barack Obama has the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE tattooed on his stomach. It’s upside-down, so he can read it while doing sit-ups.

There’s only one artist on Barack Obama’s iPod: FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.

Barack Obama is a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN. His favorite book is the BIBLE, which he has memorized. His name means HE WHO LOVES JESUS in the ancient language of Aramaic. He is PROUD that Jesus was an American.

Barack Obama goes to church every morning. He goes to church every afternoon. He goes to church every evening. He is IN CHURCH RIGHT NOW.

Barack Obama’s new airplane includes a conference room, a kitchen, and a MEGACHURCH.

Barack Obama’s skin is the color of AMERICAN SOIL.

Barack Obama buys AMERICAN STUFF. He owns a FORD, a BASEBALL TEAM, and a COMPUTER HE BUILT HIMSELF FROM AMERICAN PARTS. He travels mostly by FORKLIFT.

Barack Obama says that Americans cling to GUNS and RELIGION because they are AWESOME.

Actually, we can thank Christopher Beam over at Slate.com for the email.

Via: Democracy in America

Watch out for cars with bumper stickers

Any stickers—small, large, political, apolitical. Even ones that say “Dennis Kucinich for President.”

That’s the upshot of a new study from Colorado State University.

CSU social psychologist William Szlemko observed that drivers who have “territorial markers” on their cars—decals, bumper stickers, vanity plates—are more likely to get road rage. The Journal of Applied Social Psychology recently published the results of Szlemko’s study, which found that drivers without markers were much less likely to honk, tailgate or exhibit other aggressive behavior.

And here’s the really surprising thing: it doesn’t matter what the markers say. Whether the bumper sticker reads “I’m reloading” or “My child made the honor roll at Fairview Middle School,” the propensity of the driver is the same: aggression.