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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple Unveils the new iPad

With breathless anticipation, Steve Jobs finally showed us Apple's latest creation: The iPad. It looks like an iPhone on steroids, but it's sure to turn several different industries upside down.

It could kill Amazon's Kindle. Jobs also talked about an iTunes version of a e-library where you can download e-books. If people embrace the iPad, this could mean the end for Kindle (which really never took off as Amazon had hoped).

It will revolutionize the publishing industry. Now newspapers and magazines can utilize a pay-for-reading type of revenue generator. For years, print has been losing so much money. Imagine comic books being downloaded straight to your iPad! The iPad could be their savior.

It will also continue to shape how we watch TV. Most of us Tivo or DVR shows these days, and many others are watching shows via iTunes as well. Imagine watching TV on your iPad. Anytime. Anywhere.

It will make AT&T happy. With new data plans ranging from $14.99 a month to $29.99 a month for the 3G-enabled iPad, this is another big money maker.

I think this is all so awesome! I love technology, and I believe this product is amazing. I heard that Apple is even working on a more robust version of the iPad for the near future...

The iMaxipad...with wings!
It does all the iPad does, but it's extra-absorbant.
I wonder if it will fly.

I mean, iPad. Really? Are you serious? Did marketing stop to think about this? Is this going to turn-off the female consumers? iPad? What a monstrosity of a name! Couldn't they have called it something cool like iSlate? How about iTablet?


Hopefully this product will be able to rise above its own name.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Phoenix & Son Show - Episode 3

Episode 3 is up and running! The Phoenix and The Dominator talk about all kinds of weird science news, including the lost island of Atlantis.

Listen now! And we hope you enjoy the show.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Psychic Attack in Romania

I've heard of people sending positive thoughts and prayers to someone in need. But is it possible to send negative and hateful vibes to somebody?

It's called a psychic attack.

Romania's presidential race last year was a tight one, but former foreign minister and presidential candidate Mircea Geoana and his wife are claiming that he was subjected to attacks of negative energy by aides of now-President Traian Basescu during a crucial debate.

Geoana said point blank that Basescu ordered the psychic attacks against him, Mediafax news agency reported this week.

Sounds like Voodoo magic!

"During the Dec. 3 debate ... people who were working for Basescu in this domain were present to the right of the camera. ... I saw them and I know who they are," Geoana told Antena 3 television. Geoana apparently was dreadful during parts of the debate.

I wonder if they were giving him the Evil Eye.

His wife Mihaela Geoana said Saturday her husband "was very badly attacked, he couldn't concentrate."

As if that wasn't weird enough, Former President Ion Iliescu dismissed the allegations as "discussions for naive people, for uneducated people," according to Monday's edition of the daily Gandul.

Geoana aide Viorel Hrebenciuc has previously alleged there was a "violet flame" conspiracy during the campaign as well. He said Basescu dressed in purple on Thursdays to increase his chance of victory. It's well known in the New Age Movement that the violet flame is a powerful way to "cleanse your karma."

Sounds like Geoana is merely looking for a scapegoat for losing the election. At first, I didn't buy the negative psychic attack allegation, but the thought of the Romanians voting for a man in a purple suit makes me think that maybe it's possible.

Would you vote for this?

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

El Chupacabra is Back!

Covering the latest El Chupacabra "The Goat Sucker" is one of my favorite topics. The stories just fascinate me - as the scope the evidence after these horrible attacks just don't make sense. Coyote? Wild dog? Crazy goat killer? I think not. What sucks these poor farm animals dry like this?

El Chupacabra of course!

The latest account comes from Horizon City, Texas. Cesar Garcia and Juan Miranda's farm is the scene of a grizzly slaughter of 30 chickens. A series of weird events preceded the gruesome attack: the cat stayed on the roof for an entire weekend and refused to come down, the roosters stopped roostering, rabbits went into hiding, and the dogs stopped barking.

But the sight of the dead chickens led Garcia and Miranda to believe something out-of-the ordinary had preyed on their animals.

"I saw the chickens were dead, but there was no blood around the sheet metal" in the coop, Garcia said. "All of them were just dead in one big pile. But, really, I don't know what it was because there was no blood. If it had been a dog, there would have been blood everywhere because a dog tears them apart."

The attacker did leave tracks, and they followed them for about four blocks before they disappeared. Clearly, the impression left behind included a heel and paw. The sherff's deputies investigated, but they're unable to determine what exactly killed these chickens.

It's weird, since Chupacabra literally translates to "goat sucker" as goats are its favorite mealtime snack. Maybe this is a new breed of blood-sucking predator...maybe we should call it El Chupachicken!

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I hope you'll check out my latest podcasting adventure. The Phoenix & Son Show will continue to feature the latest science news with a humorous twist, but's now kid-friendly! As it has to be, since my 9-year old son, The Dominator, is my co-host.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

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