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High Levels of Prolactin is Good!

Worried about dementia? Do you have a family history of degenerative conditions? If you don’t like crosswords or running, then you’ve only got one option left…

according to a professor in Australia, certain “physical activities” help create and nurture new nerve cells in the brain. This is a good thing. “One could think of a number of more entertaining activities than running in order to regulate the production of nerve cells” says the Aussie.

So, to recap, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s bad, sex good. Class dismissed.

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Sheffield Exonerated, BoSox Fans Not

Many of you out there remember the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers brawl in the NBA last fall. It was certainly unforgivable for all involved – players and fans. There have been several sports-related brawls in recent memory and all of them very unnecessary. I must admit that many of those brawls were started by either a player or a fan and then promptly escalated quickly when all involved acted irresponsibly.

Now fast forward to today when the brawl (or scuffle) of note is the one involving two Boston Red Sox fans and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees. In my humble opinion the Red Sox fans acted irresponsibly and Gary Sheffield showed a large amount of restraint in not fiercely fighting back.

The MLB and local Boston police seem to agree with me as Gary will not be fined or suspended and the two Red Sox fans lost their 2005 season tickets and are being charged with misdemeanor crimes. So, congrats to Gary for showing some restraint and a warning to all those fans out there who think they’re above the law — you can and will be prosecuted.

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Indian Getaway

This past weekend a friend of mine was in NYC to visit Columbia University’s accepted student day. Matthew Philips, Hugh Rabb and I all back-packed around Europe after college and Matthew is now headed to Columbia for a 10-month sojourn in the arts. While reminiscing over our trip to Europe I remembered a story of him visiting India for a good friends wedding.

It turns out that Matthew spent his Christmas holiday last year in (somewhat) rural India and wrote about it for Richmond.com when he returned. You can view his four-part story here, here, here, and here. You can also view the photos from his trip here. When you get a change, read his articles, they’re pure hilarity.

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NY Auto Show

A couple of weekends back I made it out to the Jacob Javitz Center to catch the New York Auto Show. It was the first time I’ve attended a “major” auto show and it was pretty impressive. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and all kinds of assorted automobiles everywhere. That at marketers and PR folk galore; not to mention the product brochures!

I had very little that I wanted to see. I was simply hoping to see some “pretty cars”. I did get to see the 2005/2006 version of my Mitsubishi Montero. To be honest, not much has really changed except it can now come with a DVD video entertainment system.

The highlight of the show? Easy. The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8. Not that I’m going to rush out and buy one, especially since the gas mileage is horrific. I suppose when you buy a muscle car like this you’re not exactly keeping gas mileage as your highest concern.

The low point of the show? Easy. The fact that I couldn’t find a single Smart car. You can’t turn a corner in Europe without seeing a Smart ForTwo auto. They’re so funny looking, but nothing beats the Smart Roadster. It’s a great looking sports car with fun lines and a smooth ride. Unfortunately, DaimlerChrysler is mismanaging the brand and it’s cars. Hopefully they’re clean up their act and bring the Smart cars stateside sometime soon!

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Firefox: Surf Safer, Faster, Better

You may have heard of a new web browser that’s been gaining a lot of momentum from a grassroots perspective — Firefox. If you haven’t heard, now’s the time to take a look at a browser that claims to let you surf the internet safer, faster and better.

Firefox is not just another piece of software. It is built by a community of volunteers passionate about maintaining innovation and choice on the web, and preserving the standards that make the Net so different from gated online communities that preceded it. The source code is freely available for anyone to inspect and hundreds of experienced developers help them make their code more secure and add the exciting new features (extensions & themes) Firefox users have come to love.

27 million web surfers cannot be wrong. Go get it now!

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Photo-Based Yellow Pages

By now you probably know that Amazon.com sells just about everything on earth, but what you may not know is that they have their own search engine called A9 as well. As far as search engines go A9 is not likely to overthrow Google’s dominance, but they do something that you definitely need to check out. Now.

It’s something so simple, yet intriguing enough to keep me interested well past my normal 2 minute attention-span… their Yellow Pages results show actual photos of your search result. The most powerful technology A9.com invented for Yellow Pages is “Block View,” which brings the Yellow Pages to life by showing a street view of millions of businesses and their surroundings. Go ahead, check it out, but be sure to select the best photo for your search result if no one’s already done so. They’ve only cataloged ten large US cities, but I’m sure they’re headed to Cedar Rapids sometime soon!

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Two Ener-beers Please!

You know how every-so-often you’ll be at a bar and there will be waitresses waltzing around with samples of some new-age drink? Well, last night I was out with a few friends at the Thirsty Turtle in Stamford and we were approached by your atypical aforementioned waitresses. They were handing out free samples of Anheuser-Buschs’ new drink; we felt bad for the waitresses and decided to help them deplete their stock.

Now, if you can imagine what a Budweiser mixed with a Red Bull would taste like, then you’ve got their new drink called B-to-the-E (the “B” standing for beer, the “E” for something “extra” and shown as an exponent of B). The 10 oz. can of 4.5% alcohol by volume infuses beer with caffeine, ginseng and guarana. I must admit that I’m surprised it took so long for a beer-energy drink to hit the “malternatives” drink section and I definitely expect a Super Bowl commercial for this bad-boy. So a congrats to Bud for making the first entry, but whichever Marketing person coined the name needs to be fired immediately. Immediately.