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Any of you ever hear of Abraham Low and/or Recovery International (formerly Recovery, Inc)?
Any thoughts? And are they like, a cult?
I am sad
because kitteh is gone. :(
The US confectioner, which is considering wading into a takeover battle for Britain's Cadbury, is held in great affection by Americans, who flock to Hershey, tucked in a valley in rural Pennsylvania, to marvel at chocolate-themed street lamps, ride on Hershey rollercoasters and take lessons in the art of chocolate manufacturing at a "laboratory" staffed by white-coated chefs. The firm's goodies, including bite-sized Hershey's Kisses and peanut butter-flavoured Reese's Pieces, have carved a niche in the national diet.  
But Hershey has tested local loyalty with a three-year restructuring aimed at saving $190m (£115m) annually, which has caused the loss of 3,000 jobs at factories in Pennsylvania, California and Canada. The shift, which began in 2007, has been described as a "gut-wrenching" decision by company bosses.
Angry crowd shouts at Sarah Palin at her book signing in Noblesville, Indiana on November 19, 2009 after Palin quits and refuses to sign books for around 300 families that spent about 3+ hours getting wristband and another 3+ hours waiting in line to get the Palin book signed. At Borders bookstore it was announced that 1,000 individuals would be given wristbands and could get two books signed each. By the time Sarah Palin quit, there were still about 300 individuals and there families who did not get even one book signed.
Epic. GOP nominate this woman... PLEASE!  
(YouTube link)  
These tiny pets are highly in demand at the moment. But should we be encouraging the breeders in the supply and demand of the Exotic Sugar Glider? Delicate and extremely demanding I worry that these creatures are doomed to a very ugly fate. In the short term they are highly desirable. But in reality they need a huge amount of caring for.  
Another short lived trend I feel and the future of the Sugar Glider as a domestic pet, seems doomed to failure. -
SALT LAKE CITY -- A fast-moving meteor lit up the night skies over most of Utah just after midnight Wednesday. Moments later, the phones lit up at KSL as people across the state called to tell us what they saw and ask what it was.  
Scientists are calling it a "remarkable midnight fireball." The source of all the excitement was basically a rock, falling from space.  
In addition to KSL, witnesses to the meteor quickly began call 911.  
"I'm currently driving, but I just saw a giant blue flash in the sky, and it came down into the city," a caller from Ogden said.
...a team from an aquarium in Iwaki, Japan has successfully, in a world first, photographed juvenile coelacanths...a fish regarded as a living fossil, off Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island.  
Aquamarine Fukushima reports that the small newborns were found Oct. 6, 2009, at a depth of 161 meters in Manado Bay off North Sulawesi Province. This is near where the Indonesian coelacanth was first discovered in a fish market in 1997, and then off-shore in 1998...
It's anti recommendation time.
If you have a crackberry and it stops working, do not use jl_cmder. My phone could have been easily fixed at the service center if I had not used it.
Chinese/English language site dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting the critically endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidanus), the world's largest such species.  
Includes related news, information and photographs.
When it comes to interviews, there are two types – the soft qualitative interview and the hard quantitative interview. The soft qualitative interview is one where the interviewer is trying to get a feel for how you’d fit in the team and the organization. It’s designed to learn more about you, your goals, and learning whether those goals are in line with the goals of the organization. The hard quantitative interview is designed to figure out if you are able to do the job by testing you on your domain knowledge and expertise.  
Good comments and answers to interview questions. almost eye opening in some cases, good read and may save you from being disqualified for an ignorant salary answer (assuming that reader is looking for a new job).
Artists that produce photorealistic sculptures, for the most part, aim to show us our bodies and life as it really is.  
Technically, artists who strive for a high resolution level of detail in painting or sculpture are called “hyperrealists”, although all hyperrealists are also considered to be photorealists.  
wake up next next to one of these and you might change your drinking habits.
short takes
*If someone does something uncharacteristic something uncharacteristic happened.  
*The plan with a toy box for little bot worked about half as well as I hoped. The key did what I thought it would, that makes me happy. I didn't think he'd take almost _all_ of the toys back with him though. I wanted to have something that was going to transition to coming over, whenever that may be, but they are his toys. I can't think of them as "toys for only with daddy" Hopefully I can get some more in there by the next visit. A surprising number of matchbox cars will fit in a happy meal bag.  
*Trip to AR to grab a car today. Made a deal to stay overnight and see part of the fam. Wombat has the swine so it's just the GWF and Mother. It's nice that it ended up this way, I'm not going down for T-Day. I suppose I'll spend the long weekend cleaning the house and going for walks if it's nice
fantastic new london duo
if you love 80s style sounds ...  
for the better part of this year, there has been no one person, group or producer that i get more excited to write about than Visitor.  
Hurt Someone (Kolt13 Remix)mp3  
Really interesting piece of analysis by The Times Lab on the changing landscape of revenue in the music business (in the UK) between artists and the industry.  
It's the graph the music industry doesn't want you to see. It shows how artist revenues have actually increased in the era of file sharing while the revenue going to the industry has decreased. So, if you're business model is purely one of content distribution it's perhaps time to exit.