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Addictive New Game on Orisinal

One of my favorite games sites is orisinal.com. The games are truly original. Each one is a unique concept.

I'm definitely a videogame addict, but rarely do I get to feed my addiction with something new. First it was Defender, with a steady stream of copycats. Then came Super Mario Brothers, then countless hundreds of knockoffs. I don't even know which game was the first first-person shooter, but now the top 10 always seems to have five or six of them. I think EverQuest gets the credit as the first true massively multiplayer online role-playing game. My only every couple of years and do we see something original. Heck, even Tetris has been knocked off about 4000 times.
But this website, created by one individual, has a huge number of miniature games that are original as they are addicting. Beyond that, the artistry is phenomenal and completely unique. The music is completely original, and for most of the games, is soothing rather than annoying. And finally, they are family-frien…

Just Let Me Die, Already

I saw this story today, courtesy of Reuters, about a man who gave up sex over 75 years ago.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A 107-year-old Hong Kong villager, who still enjoys an occasional smoke, has attributed his longevity in part to decades of sexual abstinence, a newspaper said on Sunday.

"I don't know why I have lived this long," Chan Chi -- one of Hong Kong's oldest people -- was quoted as saying in the South China Morning Post during an annual feast for the city's elders. "Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have lived a sex-less life for many years -- since I was 30," said Chan, a widower whose youthful bride perished during the Japanese invasion in World War Two.

Chan, from Hong Kong's less built-up New Territories hinterland, was pictured looking sprightly and eating heartily at the banquet. A former chef, he said a low-fat diet and regular dawn exercises had helped him fight off the ravages of old age.

But the centenarian, who's had no difficu…

Robert Alder, Inventor of the Remote Control, Dies

Ever since I read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, I wanted to be an inventor. To this day Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison are my heroes. I didn't want to become rich and famous. I didn't want to invent everything and anything like Edison. I simply wanted to say "I created that" about something that influences everyone's lives. Robert Alder did that. Imagine the world without the remote control. There's an entire generation of people who have never stood up and walked across the room to switch channels. But let's look at the bigger picture. Remote controls allow me to personally navigate my life far better. But does that with all of us, but for someone in a wheelchair remote controls are essential. They're useful for far more than switching between House, 24, and American Idol. They allow my mother-in-law to switch the channel during an unexpected nude scene on HBO, even though no one in the room is under the age of 30. Remote controls allo…

Beyoncé Makes the Cover of Sports Illustrated

Earlier today Sports Illustrated announce that Beyoncé would be their cover girl for this year's swimsuit issue. My initial reaction was "cool". I like Beyoncé. I think she's talented and very sexy. But now I'm having second thoughts. I remember the classic Sports Illustrated covers over the years and they didn't feature famous people. At least, they weren't famous yet. Most of the cover models became famous because of Sports Illustrated.Again, I like Beyoncé, but I'm worried that she will start a trend of "people Magazine" covered Sports Illustrated issues. The headline on the front of the issue talks about her being a "dream girl" in reference to her recent movie Dream Girls. It could just be a play on words, but I'm certain it's not overlooked by her agent or studio that this could result in positive publicity for the movie. (From what I hear, the movie is actually very good.)Next year where we see Scarlett Johansen or B…