Archive for November, 2008

Science: Elixir of youth

November 30, 2008


Almost every body has heard of the fountain of youth, and now scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Centre have moved farther along its path to discovery. (more…)

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Beyond Gate 6: The dark side of live video

November 30, 2008

Hopefully web-cam suicides don’t become the new form of school shootings.

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Stuff We’re loving: Cell phone pictures

November 30, 2008

People have been having problems with their cell phone pics recently.

Last week two stories involving cell phones and adult photos made international headlines. In New Jersey, a wife found “a raunchy photo attached to an e-mail to a woman” in her husband’s sent e-mail file.

When she confronted him, he said that people at Apple “told him it is an iPhone glitch – that photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an email address and appear in the sent folder, even though no email was ever sent.”

She asked if such a thing was possible on an Apple support forum where users gave her answers like, (more…)

Stuff We’re Loving: The Top 10 Best Albums of 2008

November 30, 2008

Stuff We’re Loving: The Top 10 Best Albums of 2008

Ah, 2008, the year in which Obama was elected, the Giants won the Super Bowl against incredible odds, the Phillies won the world series (but no one cared), and when about 90% of us realized our majors aren’t going to make us any money in this economy and considered Pharmacy or Law school. But 2008 was also a vintage year in music, which is why I’ve compiled a list of the ten best songs and albums of the year. The list of songs is coming later, but for now, here are the Flashlight’s choices for the best albums of A.D. 2008. Feel free to agree or disagree, but, to paraphrase Mr. Adam Sandler in “The Wedding Singer”, I’ve got access to a blog and you don’t, so you will listen to everything I have to say. Enjoy:

10) Guns N’ Roses- Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy

I know, its not as good as we’d hoped. But it’s gonna be on everybody else’s top ten list, so I might as well put it on mine. You know the economy is in bad shape when Axl Rose doesn’t want to sink anymore money into this $14 million ego-trip of an album. Sure, everybody is gonna whine about how Slash is gone and no one can play guitar like him, but if there’s anything that listening to a Velvet Revolver album teaches us, it’s that Slash may have been the talent in the band, but Axl was the visionary. Nonetheless, Slash could sure put together a guitar riff, and without him, Chinese Democracy makes Guns n’ Roses sound like an Avenged Sevenfold cover band. But it’s an Avenged Sevenfold cover band with two decades of hype behind it. What’s better then that?

9) The Teenagers- Reality Check

Reality Check

No, it’s not Serge Gainsbourg, but this band of Parisian misfits do share his one-track mind. The lead single “Homecoming” was nicknamed by DJ’s “the Clap Track”, as it was so sordid, it was believed to have sparked a rise in STD rates in London nightclubs. Most of the album is spoken word, and includes a stalker’s love note to Scarlett Johansson and a song called “F**k Nicole”. 39 minutes of dirty, sexy French goodness.

8 ) MGMT- Oracular Spectacular

Oracular Spectacular

Armed with keyboard riffs that are catchier than smallpox, MGMT have astounded pretty much every major festival attendee this summer. Thanks to events like Glastonbury and Coachella, the anthemic “Time To Pretend” and the gorgeous “Kids” were two of the years biggest indie songs, and the rest of their debut album is just as good. Best thing to come out of Brooklyn since the Warriors, Spike Lee and integrated major-league baseball.

7) Lupe Fiasco- The Cool

The Cool

This one might have come out in 2007, but it was December, and I was to busy basking in the Dominican sun to pay attention to its release, but come January I was convinced that Lupe was the re-incarnation of Rakim (I know he’s not dead, but hey, it’s fun to start rumors). His debut Food and Liquor had some amazing singles, but ran a little on the long side and didn’t really have as much substance, but this follow-up, a concept album involving characters with names such as The Cool, The Game and The Streets, still astounds me with it’s storyline and the dexterity of Señor Fiasco’s rhymes, even a year later.

6) Coldplay- Viva La Vida of Death and All His Friends

Viva La Vida

I must admit, I was not a Coldplay fan until I heard a few key tracks from this album, then I heard Yellow then I heard the rest of Rush of Blood to the Head and Parachutes, so I must say, they are quite good. I still stand by my claims that X & Y was still a bunch of third-rate wannabe U2 crap, however.

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Thanksgiving: New York

November 27, 2008

It’s so cold here, god this weather is annoying here.

Turkey Day at my house

Turkey Day at my house

My family has all gathered here in New York for a nice sit down to eat more food than we’re physically supposed to, and be very happy about it.  More to come later, after the tryptophan starts to kick in.  In the mean time, here’s something to think about… (more…)

Canadian-Style Thanksgiving: Live Blog

November 27, 2008

What’s Going on, St. John’s,

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope wherever you are today, you are enjoying the turkey and pies you’ll be eating today.

Well, I am blogging today from my aunts house on the East Side of Manchester, NH. I figured, since we will all have a different experience today with our families, that today I would keep a running blog of every awkward, stuffing, and alcohol induced moment around the household. That way, you can see how we do it over on the canadian side of the spectrum. So, come along with me on this journey to turkey heaven…
(For the record, if my words get slurred towards the end of this, blame it on the turkey, not the drinks)

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Thanksgiving: California Style [UPDATED with pictures]

November 27, 2008
Aloooooooooha,

You know, the funny thing about me saying aloha, it gave the impressions to my fellow bloggers that I was from Hawaii. I like Hawaii, but I’m from California everybody (if nobody’s picked up on that by now). Let’s give you a little look into what goes on here: (more…)

Stuff we’re loving: The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under $1

November 27, 2008

vegetableSince the economic crisis, the food prices are climbing, so people have begun to look to fast foods and packaged foods for their cheap choice. However, those things are not the only choice because low cost doesn’t have to mean low quality. In fact, some of the most inexpensive things you can buy are the best things for you, which are always under $ 1 each pound. By doing so, not only will your kitchen be stocked with excellent foods, your wallet won’t be empty, and saving your money for better stuff. (more…)

Stuff we’re loving: How to deal with water?

November 26, 2008

feature-water2lg2After every exercise or practice for people, our bodies really stay in condition because of lack of water. However, how to drink water? Is there any benefit to drink water with vitamin-enriched or something else? In fact, none of these products are likely to make you any healthier, scientists said. The only thing you can do is that follow the five major mythic rules below. First, drinking eight glasses of water each day; second, drinking lots of water helps clear our toxins; third, lots of water equals healthier skin; forth, drinking extra water leads to weight loss; fifth, it’s Easy to Get Dehydrated during a Workout. (more…)

Life Back Home: New Hampshire or Bust

November 26, 2008

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It has been a while since I have been at the blog (hope you missed me). Since I’ve been away, I have left the hectic life in the big city and my small dorm room and have now settled in a much larger bedroom within the little city of Manchester, NH. Since its been a while, I figured I would give you a little insight of what it is like to be back home in Manch-Vegas and show you all how life is in New England. (more…)