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Bored? Trying to procrasterbate? Want something interesting to twiddle your brain-bits for a few while you work up the courage to actually get some real work done? Me too. You've come to the right place.

Well, CNN has jumped on the bandwagon with their new pipeline service. They'll be offering 4 live newscast video feeds online with one newscaster exclusively assigned to this service each day. Free 14-day trial or you're welcome to pay the variable pricing scheme of: $0.99 / day - $2.95 / month - 24.95 / year. Personally, I like my news delivered in the print and audio variety but $2.95 sounds very reasonable for a months worth of Wolf Blitzer, hyuck.

Meanwhile, what little I've heard about the Lost and Desperate Housewive's $0.99 shows on the Apple iTunes music store is that they look great on the video iPod but if you want to watch them with any sort of decent size on your computer, they're going to look like crap. No surprise there but a bummer nonetheless. I'm sure there is a CTO somewhere heralding this as a great idea because it makes it look like they're embracing new technology but they can still save TV, in the end, by offering lower-quality elsewhere. Whatever. Get over yourselves.

And... dog's laugh?
Researchers at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in Washington state say .. the long, loud pant is the sound of a dog laughing, and it has a direct impact on the behavior of other dogs.

"What we found is that it had a calming or soothing effect on the dogs," said Patricia Simonet, an animal behaviorist.

For my own personal reference: Caffeine Content of Beverages, Foods, & Medications. Good to know what's really the best bang for the buck when you're looking for a particularly caffeine-heavy soft drink. Plus, a recent study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease:
..suggests that coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink too much alcohol, are overweight or have too much iron in the blood.

The study of nearly 10,000 people showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed chronic liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than one cup each day.

And finally, Unusual Technical Images of Equipment used in World War II. The title basically speaks for itself.

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