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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Giants in a regular-season game in London later this year.

A person familiar with the NFL’s decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Dolphins will move a home game overseas. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement will not be made until after commissioner Roger Goodell’s Super Bowl news conference Friday.


The Dolphins and Giants will play in September or October, and the game will be scheduled around a bye week for both teams. The schedule won’t be released until early spring.

The game will be held at either the new 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium, scheduled to open in the spring, or 82,000-seat Twickenham, home of English rugby.

The Dolphins were one of six teams willing to move a home game next season, and were chosen over San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Kansas City and New Orleans.

It will be the second regular-season match played abroad. In October 2005, the Arizona Cardinals swapped a home game with San Francisco to Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The Cardinals’ victory drew a crowd of 103,467.

Goodell is a strong advocate of taking games abroad. The league has played preseason games overseas for decades, and team owners voted last year to include regular-season matches in the American Bowl series.

The NFL hopes to play regular-season games again in Mexico, as well as in Canada, other cities in Europe, and in Japan, China and Australia. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play a preseason game in the China Bowl on Aug. 8 at Beijing’s Workers Stadium.By BARRY WILNER

 

Email of the week: Sent by Jenn

1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can’t smoke any of them.
2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.
6. You watch the Weather Channel.
7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of “hook up” and “break up.”
8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as “dressed up.”
10. You’re the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door won’t turn down the stereo.
11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
12. You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald’s leftovers.
15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
16. You take naps.
17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.
20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer “pretty good shit.”
21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
22. “I just can’t drink the way I used to” replaces “I’m never going to drink that much again.”
23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
25. When you find out your friends are pregnant you congratulate them instead of asking “Oh no, what the hell happened?”

Bonus:
26: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn’t apply to you and can’t find one to save your sorry old ass. Then you forward it to a bunch of old friends ’cause you know they’ll enjoy it & do the same!

 


There is certainly a lot of hype surrounding Windows Vista. Do flourishes like transparencies and fade effects improve productivity? Maybe not, but the new version of Windows is more than a mere repaint. I’ll give you a few examples of what’s new. There is a lot to see.

Gadgets

When you start up Vista, the first thing you’ll notice is the new Windows Sidebar. As the name suggests, it sits unobtrusively on the side of the screen. You can use it to open Gadgets, miniature programs that handle simple tasks.

Vista comes pre-packed with several Gadgets. You can keep an eye on news headlines, stocks and the weather. My current favorite is the CPU meter, which reveals how hard the processor is working and how much RAM is in use.

There is a growing bank of additional Gadgets on Microsoft’s Web site. Anyone with the right skills can create a Gadget and post it on the site.

Parental Controls

Another significant addition is Parental Controls. It covers all the basics without the need for extra software. I think the most popular feature will be time limit settings for kids’ accounts. XP could manage this, but only with the aid of some command-prompt acrobatics.

Parental Controls also allows you to restrict computer games based on their ESRB ratings. More details on these ratings are in my previous tip about choosing appropriate games. You can even block specific games by title.

You get the same degree of control over which programs your children can use. There are other options for the Internet, which is too useful to simply block. Parental Controls includes a Web content filter that can block sites containing pornography, drugs, hate speech and other inappropriate material. The filter works with any Web browser.

Parental Controls offers activity reports to keep you informed. You can see which programs the kids use, which sites they visit and what they download.

Small but useful

Among Vista’s new visual effects are some genuinely helpful details. One example is Live Icons. As you browse your documents, you’ll see most as miniature true-to-life previews. You don’t have to open a document to see if it’s the one you want. This is an improvement over what XP does with only photos.

Vista also features some easy ways to sort and switch between all your open programs and files. Flip 3D is an example. It shows all your open windows as snapshots in three-dimensional space. Simply click on the one you want to work with.

There are just too many enhancements and new features to discuss here. You can read about other great features like built-in desktop search, easier backups and DVD burning in my recent column.

You can see some of Vista in action through Microsoft’s Test Drive site. I mentioned it recently in my weekend newsletter. In case you missed it, here’s the address Windows test drive
Provided by Kim Komando.

 


1: You worry more about traffic to your blog than traffic to your job.

2: RSS Feeds are more important to you than food.

3: You visit more Blog Carnivals than parties.

4: You pepper your daily conversation with high-profile keywords in order to attract more listeners.

5: You spend more time checking your adsense account than your real one.

6: When friends fancy a chat, you submit them to a word recognition widget before accepting their comments.

7: When asked for your home address, you give the URL of your blog.

 

Hometown affiliations notwithstanding, football fans can agree on this: The Super Bowl party is an American institution.

Hallmark claims that more Americans attend parties on Super Sunday than on New Year’s Eve. And according to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent around $5.3 billion on their Super Bowl parties in 2006.

Chances are, even if you’re only watching for the rumored Apple announcement, you’ll still find yourself in front of a television come Feb. 4. But if you’re going the extra yard by planning your own party, the web is here to help. Whether it’s sending out invitations, coordinating chips and dip, or cleaning up after the masses, make sure your party hits pay dirt by prepping with the latest tech.

For planning and invitations, many rely on the old standby, Evite , but some new sites on the block are trying to move beyond the simple web invitation. Renkoo , Skobee and MyPunchbowl set themselves apart from the pack by incorporating pre-invitation event-planning tools and, in the case of the latter, post-party memory sharing.

MyPunchbowl, which launched just in time for Super Bowl XLI, offers a suite of easy party-planning tools. Just create an account, create a party and add your friends to the list. MyPunchbowl will import your address book from most popular online e-mail services.

Once you have everything set up, send out your announcement. As a nice touch, MyPunchbowl makes it possible to send personalized messages to each recipient at the top of your general e-mail.

Unlike most other sites, MyPunchbowl lets your friends RSVP without registering. There’s also a forumlike tool included with each party page so people can ask questions and you can answer them. Also, any time you want to nag your friends who haven’t committed to bringing beer or chips, you can use MyPunchbowl to send out personalized, taunting messages to the slackers.

Once you have the basics covered, it’s time to get to the finer points of competitive sports — online betting. It’s nice when your team wins, but it’s even nicer when your team earns you a bunch of your friends’ money. Is it legal? Not in the United States, so proceed at your own risk.

Gottabet.com is a U.K.-based website that allows you to bet on nearly anything using real money or, more legally, a site currency dubbed “peanuts.” Gottabet functions like a typical social-networking site: Create a profile and invite your friends to join.

Bets involving real money are settled by credit or debit cards. Gottabet takes a 5 percent fee off the top of your pot. It’s also possible to send a portion of the proceeds to charity.

So what happens after the party, when everyone has gone home and you find yourself alone with a giant mess? For the lazy, there’s always the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner , but depending on how closely your friends’ eating habits mirror those of barnyard animals, you may want something stronger.

Gadget Lab recently reviewed the Dyson Root 6 handheld vacuum and found it capable of devouring everything from rocks to bobby pins. Its battery life is lacking, but the suction power is unmatched, and by most accounts it’s loud enough to wake up any stragglers passed out in the dark corners of your domicile. Plus, it looks like something from a Terry Gilliam film, so it gets points.

But there’s more to the after-party than cleanup — it’s time to share memories. Hallmark doesn’t have any sarcastic sorry-my-team-whooped-your-team’s-butt cards to send out Monday morning while gloating to your friends, but you could always create your own with MyCardMaker.

Being a proper geek, you most certainly recorded the game on your TiVo. Hold on to the memories by transferring the video to your PC using TiVoToGo (a free download for Windows users). Mac football fans looking to do the same will have to pony up $80 for Toast 8 Titanium from Roxio, which features support for burning TiVo recordings. Once it’s on your computer, you can create a DVD or compress the game for playback on an iPod.

If you used MyPunchbowl to plan your party, you can upload your photos to Flickr and MyPunchbowl can display the Flickr galleries on your party page. Once your photos are on Flickr, just enter your Flickr user name in MyPunchbowl and you’ll see all your photos. Send out your photo announcement so your guests can browse your pictures and add their own.

With these web tools at your disposal you should be able to tame the Super Bowl party beast, unless of course somebody forgets to bring the beer.

Have fun and may the best team win. Go Patriots! Wait, what? Oh. By Scott Gilbertson

 

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, explains.

The answer lies at the back of the brain in an area called the cerebellum, which is involved in monitoring movements. Our studies at University College London have shown that the cerebellum can predict sensations when your own movement causes them but not when someone else does. When you try to tickle yourself, the cerebellum predicts the sensation and this prediction is used to cancel the response of other brain areas to the tickle.

Two brain regions are involved in processing how tickling feels. The somatosensory cortex processes touch and the anterior cingulate cortex processes pleasant information. We found that both these regions are less active during self-tickling than they are during tickling performed by someone else, which helps to explains why it doesn’t feel tickly and pleasant when you tickle yourself. Further studies using robots showed that the presence of a small delay between your own movement and the resulting tickle can make the sensation feel tickly. Indeed, the longer the delay, the more tickly it feels. So it might be possible to tickle yourself, if you are willing to invest in a couple of robots!

 

Women need a reason to have sex Men just need a place.

Billy Crystal

According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful.
Robert De Niro

There’s a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause severe swelling. So what’s the problem?
Dustin Hoffman

There’s very little advice in men’s magazines, because men think, I know what I’m doing. Just show me somebody naked.
Jerry Seinfeld

Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
Woody Allen

See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.
Robin Williams

My family never raised me to have a vagina.
Roseanne

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
Aldous Huxley

Did you ever notice the people who are most adamantly against abortions are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place?
George Carlin

Of the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
Mark Twain

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
Jane Austen

Sex concentrates on what is on the outside of the individual. It’s funny because I think it’s better inside.
Alex Walsh

When a man goes on a date, he wonders if he is going to get lucky. A woman already knows.
Frederike Ryder

 

It’s been five years since Microsoft put out its last operating system, Windows XP. Now, the next step, Windows Vista is finally here.

Windows is by far the world’s most popular operating system, and Vista will eventually become what most people run, like XP is today. Like it or not, you’ll probably be using it too in a few years time.

The operating system is the backbone of your PC. It boots up and shuts down your computer, launches software programs, and makes sure your speakers and other extras work properly. It’s also the thing that gets infected by viruses and other nasties. Windows Vista is better than XP in many ways. It looks better and it’s also easier to use and more secure. But you’ll need a PC with enough grunt to handle its hefty requirements, so Vista won’t be the best choice for everyone.

Vista looks slicker thanks to its “Aero” interface. If your computer can handle it, Vista uses your graphics card to power snazzy 3D extras, like Flip3D which uses a rolodex-type arrangement to show you what’s going on in all open programs. You can also make windows more transparent, or change their colour.

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My girlfriend always laughs during sex –no matter what she’s reading.
Steve Jobs (Founder, Apple Computers)

Don’t knock masturbation – it’s sex with someone I love.
Woody Allen

Lord, grant me chastity and continence… but not yet.
St. Augustine

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
Tom Clancy

You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.
Steve Martin

Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.
Woody Allen

Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
Rodney Dangerfield

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL.
Lynn Lavner

Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.
George Burns

Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.
George Burns

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships
Sharon Stone

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
Jack Nicholson

Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.
Robin Williams

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.
Roseanne

 

Vista requires a lot of horsepower, which I detail below. Most XP machines will require new hardware-$200 – $300 worth. If your machine is more than a couple years old, that could be just the beginning. People with old machines are typically better off to buy new.
Also, upgrading an operating system can be tricky for the casual user. It may well cause headaches. Nonetheless, I’m sure many people won’t heed this advice. So, I’ll tell you how you can minimize installation problems.

You’re probably going to need additional RAM. Microsoft recommends 512 MB for the most basic version of Vista. For premium versions, it recommends 1 GB. I would double these numbers. Microsoft recommends 128MB of RAM for video. Again, to be safe, I would double that. To make sure your computer is up to snuff, visit Microsoft’s Vista upgrade site. If your computer gets a green light, you can proceed.

First, back up everything on your computer. Making a checklist is advisable. Remember your e-mail, photos, data and Internet Bookmarks/Favorites. Make sure you know all your passwords. Back up program settings if possible. I recommend using an external hard drive. You can do an in-place upgrade over most versions of XP. The sole exception is the 64-bit version of XP. Practically no one has that. Theoretically, Vista will keep all your files, settings, and programs as they were in XP. I haven’t tried this, so I can’t say how well it will work.

I wouldn’t count on an in-place upgrade to go smoothly. Things could go wrong. Set aside plenty of time. To learn about in-place upgrades, visit Microsoft’s site.

Your alternative to an in-place upgrade is a clean installation. (recommended).If you buy a new machine with Vista installed, you’ll still need to transfer your data. You can use Microsoft’s Easy Transfer to move files and settings from your XP machine. That included a special USB cable. It generally does a good job of transferring settings and files, with the exception of Firefox data.
Once Vista is running, you should install security software. Both AVG and avast! antivirus programs will run on Vista. They’re free. Windows Defender, the anti-spyware program is included with Vista. Microsoft also offers their own antivirus program called Windows Live One Care.

For a more detailed article on upgrading to Windows Vista visit Extreme Tech.com

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