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February 8, 2009

Breakfast Beach

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August 2, 2008

Scribd: The Coolest New Thing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — newshugs @ 7:02 am

This site is awesome. If you have documents to publish or want to cite a document or embed it in your blog, Scribd lets you do it easily. 

For example, if I want to embed Barack Obama’s Blueprint for Change in this blog, I just copy the code. You can publish photos, resumes, books, articles. 

Obama’s Blueprint For ChangeUpload a Document to Scribd
Read this document on Scribd: Obama’s Blueprint For Change

July 27, 2008

The Lowdown on Oil

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — newshugs @ 5:32 pm

Here’s why we’ll never see low gas prices again. But hopefully, we’ll see more hybrids and plugins and bikes and windmills. 

WaPo: Earlier oil shocks have had obvious causes. In October 1973, OPEC raised prices and declared an oil embargo against the United States and other countries that had supported Israel in its war earlier that month against its Arab neighbors. The embargo ended in March 1974, but pricing power had shifted from the oil companies to the producing countries. In 1979, prices soared again after the Iranian Revolution curtailed output and consumers and oil companies went on a spree of panic buying.

Now, however, there is no one culprit and no single international crisis to blame. Instead, world demand has been increasing faster than supply, steadily squeezing oil markets.

This in turn has signaled to investors that prices are inevitably heading higher. Financial players, such as Wall Street banks and hedge funds, have bet just that, investing tens of billions of dollars in oil futures. Critics on Capitol Hill and elsewhere say this speculation has turbo-charged the market, helping lift prices even more.

The tightening of the oil market reflects decisions made a decade ago, when conditions looked radically different. Regular unleaded gas was less than a dollar a gallon. Oil was little more than $10 a barrel. And the Economist magazine, predicting prices could soon be half that, ran a cover story with the headline: “Drowning in Oil.”

Those low prices sent the wrong signals to consumers and oil companies alike.

Demand for oil jumped as U.S. sales of gas-guzzling cars soared and China’s breakneck economic expansion picked up pace.

Daniel Yergin, a historian of the oil business and head of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said that over the five years from 1998 to 2002, world oil demand grew 1.1 percent annually, raising daily consumption by 4.2 million barrels. But in the following five years from 2003 to 2007, world oil demand grew 2.1 percent annually, boosting consumption by about 8.2 million barrels per day. 

July 19, 2008

Obama Shoots Hoops in Kuwait

Filed under: Uncategorized — newshugs @ 9:12 pm

He sinks his first shot and the soldiers are showing Obama some love, indeed. 

Summertime Rocks

Filed under: music, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — awstories @ 1:05 am

Cool, fun video from Smoke of India.

July 9, 2008

I Love Etsy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — awstories @ 3:47 am

Etsy is a site where you can buy just about anything. The best part, though, is everything is handmade, which makes each item distinctive. Plus you’re supporting crafty people and starving artists.  

June 24, 2008

Free Headsets for Californians

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — newshugs @ 12:43 am

As you may or may not know, July 1 means get your hands off your cell phone while you’re driving in California. You can get free headsets, that’s right, free, at freeheadset.org

 

February 23, 2008

Ode to Mambo

Filed under: critters, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — newshugs @ 4:32 am

mambo.jpgMy beloved cat, confidant and friend of 20 years has passed on to finer kitty meadows.

It was a slow death, or so it seemed. 17 days. She became listless, then began to stumble around. She had been to the vet about two weeks earlier with a kidney infection but the antibiotics seemed to take care of it. She had only been sick once before when she was a few weeks old.

Next, she stopped eating. Soon she would only drink if I put water under her chin. Then four days before she died, she stopped drinking water. I wondered how long could a cat survive without water. Apparently, a long time.

She lost her vision. Lastly, she could no longer hear me. I just sat by her side and gently petted the top of her head. I wasn’t sure if I was disturbing her so mostly I just sat by her side. 

The last two days were awful. She let out small meows and on the final day, it seemed like she wasn’t even in her body anymore. I went to bed that night thinking it might be the night. I heard a small exhale shortly after I laid down. I got up and she was gone.

I scoured the web for information on the dying process but found only one site that offered solace. Every other bit of information suggested euthanasia as the only option. But I couldn’t see taking my cat to a sterile vet office and having him stick her with a needle. It seemed she would be happier to die naturally in her favorite spot, her purple bean bag chair.

For her burial, I bought a giant tree pot, filled it with dirt, put her in, covered her body up and planted beautiful flowers on top. She’s on the patio! If I lived in a house, she’d be in the garden.

She was the finest kitty ever! She had an M marking on her head and I named her after my favorite dance, the Mambo.

She was always there when I needed her. Furry and purry.

February 8, 2008

Newport Beach

Filed under: newport beach, Uncategorized — Tags: — newshugs @ 8:09 am

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