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March 27, 2008

X-Files Details

Filed under: fun — Tags: , , , , — newshugs @ 8:23 pm

I have been a bad blogger but a busy person. Anyway here’s some details on the new X-Files movie. CAN’T WAIT!

While this is not a mythology movie, it’s true to everything that’s come before,” Spotnitz said at the William S. Paley Television Festival. “It’s true to Mulder and Scully, who they are and where they would be this point in their lives and all of the experiences that they’ve had.”

The series first made the leap to the big screen with 1998’s “The X-Files: Fight the Future.” Plans for another film were grounded in 2005 when Carter sued Fox over syndication profits for the show. The lawsuit was later settled.

Carter, who also directs the new movie, said it takes place in the present and uses a story envisioned when the series ended. While the show’s sprawling alien mythology isn’t part of the plot, Carter said there is a reference to Scully’s seemingly supernatural son, William, who was born in season eight and later given up for adoption.

The film is due out July 25.


March 17, 2008

Get More Done in Your Sleep

Filed under: science — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 2:52 am

ocean_dreams2.jpgOn 60 Minutes, scientists say new studies are showing that sleep is far more important than most people think.

Millions of go-go people have a “convenient belief” that they do just fine without sleep, according to the researcher. Some wear their lack of sleep like a badge of honor (not me, I like my sleep) but sleep isn’t just for rest, there is a higher purpose to sleep, according to the research.

Consciousness is overrated, says the researcher.

Furthermore, not getting enough sleep might make you fat (slows your metabolism) and cause other health problems. Some of the health problems that we get when we age might not be caused by getting older, but rather the lack of “deep sleep.”

And studies with sleep-deprived male fruitflies shows they have troubles mating. The “successful” male gets enough sleep.

Now, go get some guilt-free sleep.

March 15, 2008

March Madness Vasectomies

Filed under: entertainment — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 2:51 pm

vasectomy.jpgThe Oregon Urology Institute has a March Madness vasectomy special so men can bow out and watch basketball in peace. They can sit around and eat pizza with frozen peas on the tender spots — guilt-free.

I think it’s a lovely idea and apparently it’s a hit.

This from the institute:

Guys, what would you endure for a weekend in paradise? To not only be able to watch a potential of 48 first- and second- round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on TV, but to do so with free pizza and total sympathy from your spouse?

How about a vasectomy?

No, no, no, guys, come back. Take a knee. I heard it advertised the other day on KSCR 1320 AM radio: Oregon Urology Institute’s new “Snip City” campaign.

A little pain, lots of gain. Not to mention a free bag of frozen peas.

March 14, 2008

Gem Sweaters

Filed under: entertainment, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 3:22 am

Okay. I don’t know how to describe this, other than to say that I heard gem-sweater.jpgLeslie Hall on the radio this morning and she makes gem sweaters with bangles and things on them, and sings rap songs and wears gold spandex.

March 12, 2008

Spongebob’s Striped Sweater Song

Filed under: critters, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 3:46 am

March 10, 2008

Seniors Say Enough Elvis

Filed under: entertainment, fun — Tags: , — newshugs @ 2:57 am

elvis-impersonator.gifHow do people know that they’ve reached senior status? When Elvis comes to gyrate at the nursing home.

March 7, 2008

Rat Art

Filed under: art, critters, fun — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 5:53 am

arabian-rat.jpgThere is rat art.

And then there are rats that do art. Tony Blair, that’s the rat’s name, does advocado art and carves four leaf clovers. The ambitious and talented rat even has a blog.

March 5, 2008

Empathy For Bugs

Filed under: critters — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 4:23 am

A teacher at a California elementary school is teaching empathy by assigning “bug monitors” and creating a “no stomp” policy in her classroom. When a bug is found in the classroom, the monitor will capture it andinsect-relocator.jpg put it outside. giant-house-spider.jpg

As a person who shoos flies out the door, scoops up spiders and escorts them out and carries snails from one side of the sidewalk to another, I think it’s a great idea. Every bug has a purpose. Cockroaches? I’d be conflicted.  

At, they sell insect relocators, above, for $18.

March 4, 2008

Freegan Dumpster Divers

Filed under: environment — Tags: , — newshugs @ 6:58 am

dumpster1.jpgHave you heard of these people? Freegans search dumpsters for food that grocery stores have thrown out. That’s how they eat. It’s amazing the food they find and their statement against consumerism is admirable. I like sustainable living.

But something seems off, though. I once had coffee with a homeless man, who was digging in a dumpster–for survival. I’m on the fence on this one. I understand that freegans care about how much food is going to waste but it seems that perhaps they could make a stronger point with a different effort.

March 2, 2008

Las Vegas: Hub of Ricin and Chocolate

Filed under: fun, las vegas — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 9:11 pm

choco-jean.jpgLas Vegas is a city of extremes. That’s why, after living there for 12 years, I love it and hate it. Just about any of America’s Most Wanted criminals has ties to Las Vegas. The city seems to breed sin. Its nickname is Sin City, so what else would you expect.

Most recently, ricin was discovered in a Las Vegas hotel room. To me, it’s not unusual that ricin, a deadly poison, was found. There have been plenty of other gruesome findings in a Las Vegas hotel room.

But there is a soft side to Las Vegas. The desert for one. Nothing beats a car ride to Bonnie Springs. Then there are the people who try to create community ties and establish culture, culture that isn’t gambling–poetry, music, art, you know, the meaningful stuff. 

Food has flourished. Las Vegas has evolved into a dining capital with name chefs opening up fancy restaurants. Which brings us to chocolate. Chocolate cafes are popping up in the city, long-time home to the Ethel M Chocolate factory (actually in Henderson, a burb).

Good chocolate. Potent ricin. Just par for the course in Las Vegas.

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