Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Why Africa's Oil Riches Don't Trickle Down to Africans

'The Resource Curse': Why Africa's Oil Riches Don't Trickle Down to Africans

Published: October 31, 2007 in Knowledge@Wharton

Africa is cursed -- with riches. In an era of rising petroleum prices, African oil is drawing new interest from major companies around the globe, says John Ghazvinian, author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil. They see the continent as the most promising place in the world for new production. It doesn't have the huge deposits that the Middle East and Russia do, but what it does have is accessible and largely unexploited. And the oil's high quality makes it relatively inexpensive to refine.

read on

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Top Websites #1 - a good video search engine - a pumped up google - where you ask and answer questions
zamzar - free online file conversion
Practicalecommerce -
popurls - One-page news ultra-aggregator
Answerbag - have a question,ask it! Know an answer. Share it.
golflink - tips on playing golf

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Airbus A380 in Sydney,23483,22647708-27977,00.html
See the landing, first time inside pictures.


Top 20 pickup lines #2

1. Are you busy tonight at 3:00 A.M.?
2. (With hands on shoulders) Oh, those are shoulder blades, I thought they were wings.
3. As she's leaving....Hey aren't you forgetting something? [She: What?] Me!
4. If I followed you home, would you keep me?
5. Would you touch me so I can tell my friends I've been touched by an angel?
6. Wouldn't we look cute on a wedding cake together?
7. If you were DNA, i would take a course in genetics so i could unzip your genes.
8. "I wanna be your perfume."
9. You must come from Jamaica, because Jamaican me crazy.
10. What's the name of your perfume? "Catch of the Day?"
11. Well, hello there... Can a thorn sit down amongst the roses?
12. Well, here I am. What were your other two wishes?
13. I'm a Pirate, and I'm here for your booty! ARRRGGGHHH!!!
14. A women asks, "Excuse me, do you have the time?" You: "Do you have the energy?"
15. At the office photocopier, "Reproducing eh?" "Can I help?"
16. I'm Italian. Do you have any Italian in you? Would you like some?
17. Why don't you come over here, sit on my lap and we'll talk about the first thing that pops up?
18. Wanna come and see my Hard Drive? Babe, I promise you it ain't 3.5 inches and it sure ain't floppy.
19. Grab the girl's collar and look at the tab. When she says' what the f* are you doing, you answer: "Just checking the tag to see if you were made in heaven."
20. In a bar, point to her and motion her with your finger to come on over. When she does, tell her "I just made you come"

chiropractor pickup line

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Top 20 pickup lines

  1. Are you religious? [Why?] Because you're the answer to my prayers.
  2. You dropped something. [What?] My jaw.
  3. Do you have a band-aid? [Why?] I hurt my knee when I fell for you.
  4. Did they just take you out of the oven? [No, why?] Because you're hot!
  5. Do you have a map? [No, why?] Because I just got lost in your eyes.
  6. Falling for you would be a very short trip.
  7. Is it hot in here or is it just you?
  8. Let's go behind that rock, and get a little boulder.
  9. Remember me? Oh, that's right, I've met you only in my dreams.
  10. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together.
  11. What do you like for breakfast?
  12. Can I have your picture? [Why?] So I can show santa what I want for christmas!
  13. If I bit my lip would you kiss it better?
  14. I'm feeling a little off today. Would you like to turn me on?
  15. Do you have a mirror in your pocket? [No, why?] 'Cause I can see me in your pants.
  16. If a star fell from the sky every time I thought about you, then tonight the sky would be empty.
  17. I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
  18. Your feet must be tired, because you've been running through my mind all day long.
  19. You must be a magician, because everytime I look at you, everyone else disappears.
  20. If you were a drug, I would overdose!

Dangerous things to say if your wife is pregnant

“I finished the Oreo’s.”
“Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby..!!”
“I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay that flabby forever!”
“Well, couldn’t they induce labor ? The 25th is the Super Bowl.”
“Darned if you ain’t about five pounds away from a surprise visit from that Richard Simmons fella.”
“Fred at the office passed a stone the size of a pea. Boy, that’s gotta hurt.”
“Whoa! For a minute there, I thought I woke up next to Willard Scott!”
“I’m jealous! Why can’t men experience the joy of childbirth?”
“Are your ankles supposed to look like that?”
“Get your *own* ice cream.”
“Geez, you’re awfully puffy looking today.”
“Got milk ?”
“Maybe we should name the baby after my secretary, Tawney.”
“Man! That rose tattoo on your hip is the size of Madagascar!”
“Retaining water ? Yeah, like the Hoover Dam retains water…”
“Your stomach sticks out almost as much as your ass!”
“You don’t have the guts to pull that trigger…”

Men are Like this

If you Treat him nicely,he says you are in Love with him.
If you don`t Treat him nicely, he says you are Proud.
If you Argue with him, he says you are Stubborn.
If you Keep Quiet, he says you have no Brains.
If you are Smarter than him, he will lose Face.
If he is Smarter then you, he is Great.
If you don`t Love him, he Tries to Possess you.
If you Love him,he will Try to Leave you.
If you tell him your problems, he says you are Troublesome.
If you don`t Tell him your Problems, he says you don`t Trust him.
If you Break your Promise, you cannot be Trusted.
If he Breaks His Promise, he is Forced to do so.
If you Smokes, your are Bad Girl.
If he Smokes, he is a Gentleman.
If you do Well in your Exams, he says it`s your Luck.
If he does Well, it`s Brain.
If you Hurt him,you are Cruel.
If he Hurts you, you are Too Sensitive.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Top sites to find how-to videos

If you ever have the desire to learn or do something new, then these sites are a good start! These video web site focus on helping to explain things in 'how to' videos.

Video Jug
Expert Village
AOL showme
--type into the search "how to" and "diy"


Friday, October 19, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

make an avatar

An avatar is a small image/icon people attach to their posts on forums. An Avatar is intended to represent the person making the post.
In most cases, it’s your profile picture.
The avatar could be 128 * 128 pixels square or smaller. You could use any picture you want and if you want it re-sized, use this online software.

If you don't like the look of yourself, then go here for some free avatars.


Friday, October 12, 2007

free burning software

The software most people tend to use for burning cd/dvd is Nero. But Nero isn't the only solution. There are other softwares that can perform much better than Nero in terms of resource usage and speed. Here is a list of 15 free burning softwares that you can use in place of Nero.

I prefer Imgburn.


10 foods that may kill you

10 everyday seemingly innocuous foods that may be very bad (i know about soda pops)


Thursday, October 11, 2007

planning for trip-flights

Looking at travelling in 2008, and so looking at what type of baseline costs to get a return from Sydney to Rome for 2 adults and one child. So far for economy its about $5,650

Cathay Pacific (CX100)
09h 25m Sydney [SYD]
14:55 10-Apr-2008
Hong Kong [HKG]
22:20 10-Apr-2008

Swiss International Swiss International (LX139)
12h 55m Hong Kong [HKG]
23:20 10-Apr-2008
Zurich [ZRH]
06:15 11-Apr-2008

Swiss International Swiss International (LX1736)
01h 25m Zurich [ZRH]
12:35 11-Apr-2008
Rome - Fiumicino [FCO]
14:00 11-Apr-2008
that's 3 touchdowns...and almost 24 hrs in the air not to mention 5 hrs wait in Zurich! We'd have to sleep in a good Roman hotel for a day to get over the jet lag. So not looking forward to that.

Business class fares skyrocket to $17,350!

Thai International (TG994)
09h 25m Sydney [SYD]
10:00 10-Apr-2008
Bangkok [BKK]
16:25 10-Apr-2008

Thai International Thai International (TG944)
11h 30m Bangkok [BKK]
00:20 11-Apr-2008
Rome - Fiumicino [FCO]
06:50 11-Apr-2008
However, more leg room and one less stopover make it a little more bearable but is the added
$11,000 worth it? Probably not if i can use some of the knowledge this site provides about choosing where to sit in airlines. Looks like i'm heading off to seatguru!
The above costing was done using an online flight selector company ( I'll see if i can find any better ones and if those airline's have any good deals.

See ya

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Travel websites

These are the top travel web sites, but for others that i have recently used...

To book hotel..
To book a flight and deals from within the US..

For 2007, the top 500 worldwide hotels
And car hire (like pick up in one country and drop off in another!)


timeline of mankind's journey

This flash if The Journey of Mankind timeline
is good viewing.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

amazing video of traffic chaos

I get dizzy just watching this traffic somehow get by unscathed.

Monday, October 1, 2007

amazing video of child and cobra

Check out this amazing footage of a child and a cobra. Although the snake has his mouth sewn,
it still scares ya!