Saturday, November 22, 2008

Viagra.. A Performance Enhancer ?.. No Not The Kind You Are Thinking Of!
By way of the NYT, New Suspect in Sports Doping Is, No Joke, Viagra

SCRANTON, Pa. — When George Downey and other lacrosse players at Marywood University volunteered to take Viagra for a study, he received a snickering nickname from his high school coach. His parents jokingly told their friends. Inquiring minds sent messages to his Facebook page.
They’re making fun of me,” Mr. Downey, 19, said good-naturedly. “Deep down, I think they’re looking for tips.”
Except that the Marywood study does not involve the bedroom, but the playing field. It is being financed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is investigating whether the diamond-shaped blue pills create an unfair competitive advantage in dilating an athlete’s blood vessels and unduly increasing oxygen-carrying capacity. If so, the agency could ban the drug.
I have to admit, I did not think of the possible use of Viagra to enhance the performance of athletes, given that it dilates the blood vessels and may increase the oxygen - carrying capacity of the blood.
There are interesting points in the article about how Viagra may offer an advantage not at sea level but at an altitude, it brings to mind the Tour de France.
Either ways should be interesting.. Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Couch Potatoes Rejoice!!!!

By way of the gadget blog Engadget comes news that soon US TiVo users will be able to order pizzas from Domino's without moving from the comfort of their couch. link














ALVISO, CA & ANN ARBOR, MI
November 17, 2008 — TV has never tasted this good. That’s because TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), and Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, have teamed up to give broadband connected TiVo subscribers the ability to order pizza for delivery or pick-up, and track delivery timing, right from their TV sets using the TiVo® service. It’s a service that cooks up the perfect pizza purchasing recipe.
And if while watching your film on the home theater system and munching on Pizza ain't enough and you need the chair rumbling effects to feel your film then you can get the ButtKicker . Again by way of Engadget.


The new ButtKicker Kit is a complete, consumer-friendly, do-it-yourself product for home theater and gaming that quickly and easily transforms any type of furniture to become part of an affordable "4-D" theater, allowing viewers to literally feel sound… including movie soundtracks, concert quality audio and video game explosions, bumps and thumps. As more and more families satisfy their entertainment needs in their own homes, the ButtKicker Kit will provide an exciting tactile addition to basic setups and for home theaters already equipped with HDTV flat screens, surround sound, an Xbox and a Blu-ray player. It's not expensive, but it is a first class performance upgrade.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I Say It With Pride...

President Barack Hussein Obama!

I am glad to have voted for this man and been a part of history. This is a story that could only happen in America!

Right now I just want to enjoy this moment!
The First Results Are In..A Sign Of Things To Come?

I hope so! By way of DailyKos

From tiny Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.. link
The town, home to around 75 residents, has opened its polls shortly after midnight each Election Day since 1960, drawing national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.
The results "My Friends" ;)
2008

Obama: 15
McCain: 6

2004:

Bush 19
Kerry 7

2000:

Bush 21
Gore 5

1996:

Dole 18
Clinton 8

1992:

Bush 15
Perot 8
Clinton 2

1988:

Bush 34
Dukakis 3