Monthly Archives: May 2007

Top 15 Google Street View Sightings

Written by Stan Schroeder

Google’s Street View feature for Google Maps, which enables users to see certain parts of several big US cities through panoramic images, has caused a new trend: StreetSpotting (we just invented that). We’ve gone through the avalanche of reports about funny, weird or even sexy things spotted on Street View, and chosen 15 that we like most.

15. The Woz

Street named after Steve Wozniak. OK, it’s not such a big deal, but this is number 15, we’re just getting warmed up here, OK?



14. The laws are there to be broken

Well, at least he’s not speeding by much.



13. The Void

And to your left, you can see the endless void that consumes all life. Please stick to the right side of the street.



12. Your face called?

?it wants its left side back.

Half Face


11. He sees things we cannot see

The cameras that Google is using for this aren’t really working all that well.

Crazy Eyes


10. Giant Pumpkin

It’s a giant pumpkin. Right there in the field. Turn the image 180 degrees for a weird pink smoky?thing, too.



09. The guy with no head.

This guy shouldn’t complain, at least it’s hard to identify him.



08. Semi-naked babe

We could open our web browser and find zillions of pictures of hot babes within seconds. In better quality. And more naked. But, there’s something about finding a blurry pic of a semi-naked babe drawn on a truck on Google Maps that makes our heart race.

Semi naked babe


07. The Internet sucks

“The Internet sucks, come here for your erotic needs”, they say. Well, is Tera Patrick being all naked and naughty in there? Is she? Didn’t think so.

Internet sucks


06. Cornelius and his dog

There’s a sad background story to this one. Read it here.



05. Girls sunbathing

A couple of girls sunbathing on a lawn isn’t exactly spectacular, but it’s better than the blurry picture of the semi-naked babe on a truck.

Sunbathing babes


04. Guy getting into the adult book store.

Hey, it could have been worse. He could have been going out of a strip club, or something.

Adult Book Store


03. Guy getting out of strip club

We’re gonna have to be honest here: the guy looks like he’s merely paying for parking. But, that’s a strip club behind him, and we will, of course, assume he just spent some sexy time with Mimi and Peaches. Is that a happy grin on his face? Sure it is.

Strip club


02. Crime in progress

Maybe the guy just forgot his keys. Or he’s practicing for the free climbing contest. Hey, is that a lockpicking set dangling out of his pocket?

Breaking in


01. ET

Some might say it’s a lens flare. Some might argue it’s a camera malfunction. It’s the sunlight reflecting off the?lamp post?and a lens flare?.and a camera malfunction, skeptics will yell!

But deep in your heart you all know it’s ET. Phooooone. Hooooome.


20 Ways to Use Gmail Filters

Written by Leo Babauta


One of the coolest things about Gmail is its filters – set up properly, filters can add loads of functionality to your already-powerful Gmail account. Save time and space, rid your inbox of unwanted emails, and turn your Gmail into a multi-functional tool with simple filters.

There are some limitations to Gmail’s filters that I’d like to see improved in the future, including:

  • the inability to mark a post as read
  • the inability to create live “smart folders”
  • difficulty in adding a large number of email addresses to a filter

But all in all, the filter function is very cool. Here are some ideas for how to use it:

  • Killfile. If people send me too much junk mail (jokes, chain mail, etc.), they get added to my killfile. It’s a simple filter that looks at the “from” field and deletes the message if it’s one of the addresses I’ve added to the filter. Every now and then I’ll decide to add someone to my killfile, and I’ll just open up the filter and add their address.
  • Booleans. The filter works much like Gmail’s search function, in that you can add search terms such as AND or OR or NOT. So I can look for addresses that are from a number of people (using OR), or emails that must include all of the words on a list (using AND). Use search operator symbols to make it even easier: “|” for OR, space for AND, “-” for NOT, and parentheses to group different terms in your search string.
  • Other search terms. Beyond the common terms above, your filters can use other terms such as “from:”, “to:”, “has:”, “is:”, “filename:”, and “label:”, among others. Using these terms, you can make your filters even more powerful.
  • Send reminders to someone. One of the things I wish Google would add to Gmail is the ability to send a delayed email. This would allow me to send reminders to someone at regular times. Instead, I sign up for a reminder email service to send reminders (meant for other people) to my gmail address, and then set up filters to forward the reminders to various people depending on the subject or content of the email. It’s not perfect, but it allows me to send reminders to different people on a regular basis.
  • Calendar and log. I set up Google Calendar to send me reminders of events. You can set up a label (“events”) so that your calendar reminders go straight to the label, star the message, and skip the inbox. Now not only are your events in one place, instead of scattered through your inbox, you can unstar the message when you complete the task or event, and now you also have a log of all the things you’ve done.
  • To-dos. This is a commonly used function, but you can email yourself tasks that you need to do, and then set up a filter that has your email address in both the “to” and “from” boxes, that applies the label “to-do” to the message. This will allow you to view all your to-dos in one filter. Or, if you’re a GTD fan, you could set up to-dos for each context (@work, @home, @errands, @phone, etc.), by creating different labels for each, and then setting up filters for different email addresses. Email yourself at yourname+work (you don’t need the part), and set up the filter to label that address “@work”, and so on for each context.
  • Follow up. Even if you’re not a GTD fan, having a follow-up label is a must. Simply set up a filter with an email address such as “youname+follow” and put it in the “has the words” filter field, and have this filter label it “@follow” and skip the inbox. Now when you send out an email that needs to be followed up on, put yourname+follow in the “bcc” field, and it’ll go into your “@follow” label. Be sure to check this label once a day so you can follow up on your emails.
  • Send spam to trash. Instead of having Gmail-filtered spam go into your Spam folder (and have the annoying count of unread spam by the folder’s name), set up a filter with “is:spam” in the “has the words” field (just click “OK” on Gmail’s warning dialog box when you click next step) and “Delete it” as the action. Now all spam messages will go in your trash.
  • Archived bookmarks. If you use and other bookmarking services, you can archive them all in a Gmail label (“bookmarks”). Get the feed urls for each of your bookmarking services, enter them in a forwarding service such as, and then set up a filter to label them all “bookmarks”. Now all your bookmarks are in one place, with Gmail’s great search.
  • Attachments. If you’re like me, you like to go through your old emails and delete a bunch of them at a time. I do common searches during the cleanup process, such as “has:attachment”, so that I can look through all my bigger emails and delete them. Make this process quicker by making a label and filter for this search, and for any of your common searches, for that matter.
  • Media. If you get a lot of media sent to you, such as music files, videos and photos, set up filters (“filename:wmv | filename:mov” for videos, “filename:mp3? for music, filename:jpg | filename:gif” for photos, or “filename:pdf | filename:doc” for documents). Now you can quickly find any media.
  • Backups. Create a second Gmail account for storage, and create a filter to automatically forward any emails with attachments (“has:attachments”) to this second address. Now you can delete your old emails without guilt or worry.
  • Newsgroups or feeds. You can set up filters for your newsgroups, so they don’t clog up your inbox. Or forward your favorite feeds to your Gmail, and automatically label and archive them for later reading. Now you can not only access them from anywhere, but you can search them too.
  • Bloggers. If you run a blog, you can have all your blog’s comments and pingbacks automatically archived and labeled (“blog”), so your inbox doesn’t get filled up fast. Also have your blog stat reports mailed to you and shunted to this label, so you can get a quick look at your blog’s success at a glance.
  • Delete old sent emails. There’s no reason, in most cases, to keep your really old sent emails. Delete them. Create a filter with “before:2006/06/01 label:sent” with “Delete it” as the action (you’ll need to click “OK” to Gmail’s warning dialog). Every month or so, update the date of this filter.
  • No delete. Some emails you don’t want to delete – those precious ones from your kids, for example, or maybe ones from your boss. Set up a label (“nodelete”) and a filter that puts the nodelete label on emails from (or to) the addresses you want. Now, some of the above filters, add the string “-nodelete” so that it doesn’t show these emails. Now you can delete your old sent emails, or your attachment emails, for example, without worry that your kids’ or boss’ emails will be trashed along with the rest of the riffraff.
  • Flickr. Forward your Flickr account’s feed to your Gmail, with a filter to automatically label it, and now your photos are searchable through Gmail. You can also set up filters to send notices that certain tags in your Flickr account has new photos to certain relatives.
  • Notes. Email yourself notes on web research, on meetings, on books you’re reading, on classes you’re taking. Set up a filter to archive and label them (if you send notes to yourname+notes, for example). Now they’re searchable and archived and accessible from anywhere.
  • Twitter. Use your mobile phone to send text messages or IM messages to Twitter, with a keyword at the beginning of each Twitter message (NOTE, TODO, BLOG, FOLLOW, etc.). Forward your Twitter account’s feed to your Gmail, and set up filters for each type of keyword (“note twitter” will be labeled “note” for example). Now you can use your mobile device to send notes, to-dos, follow-up reminders and more to your Gmail through Twitter.
  • Wildcard. Use the wildcard character (*) for companies that use multiple types of address from the same domain. One great use I’ve seen is to use the wildcard character for vendors such as Amazon or eBay to make it easier to track online purchases. Create a label (“online shopping”) and a filter with such email addresses as “*|*|*|*”.

Manly Stuff That Is No Longer Manly

Written by Anthony Burch

There are many things that will always be manly, like stubble, red meat, and being angry. Other things tend to change as time goes on – tend to lose their manliness factor as the world changes. Before you know it, the manliest thing on the planet has been reduced to an effeminate, useless version of its former self. In the interest of protecting our readers from all things formerly-manly, we begrudgingly present a short list of those things which used to be manly, but now aren’t.


Once the symbol of nonconformity in a hopelessly conservative political landscape, the tattoo has now become the exact opposite – total conformity posing as nonconformity. Like when emo kids pretend they’re all total individuals that nobody understands, but they all somehow manage to look, sound, and act the same. Tattoos have taken on many different meanings in modern society: men with any sort of oriental symbol tattooed on their arms or torso are generally pretentious, pseudo-political douchebags. Guys with barbed wire circling their arms tend to be insecure assholes who probably work out a lot, refer to themselves as “badasses,” and secretly hate everything about who they are. Granted, there are still those older men who got tattoos back when they actually meant something, but they are a dying breed in the face of this new wave of tattooed douchebaggery – the men who were getting inked back in the day are forced to watch, horrified, as an entire generation of neo-yuppies singlehandedly steals one of their generational symbols and perverts it beyond all recognition.


There was a time when a man could get a bull ring pierced into his septum and get a little respect. Those days are over. Piercings of any sort have become the method of self-expression to use for emos, Goths, and faux-punk kids all over the planet; it appears that the more boring and self-involved one is, the more piercings must result. Jesus, even women are getting piercings en masse: you find me a chick who doesn’t at least have her belly button pierced yet, and I’ll show you a chick who hasn’t yet reached her eighth birthday.

Stabbing people

In the good old days, one guy would get into an argument with another guy, the words would turn into fists, and the fists would turn into a few inches of cold steel getting mercilessly plunged into the eye socket of the weaker guy. Men would stop, and stare, and as the killer was dragged away by the cops, muttering something about unpaid debts, people would look on in awe – that dude stabbed someone. What a badass. But in a time of so-called intellectualism, fraught with political liberalism and progressive ideals, stabbing people isn’t “cool” anymore. Not only is violent crime now frowned upon, but stabbing people generally appears to be the gayest way to shuffle someone off their mortal coil: years of horror movies and bearded historians have established the blade as the number one phallic symbol of violence on earth (the gun is number two, if only because you can’t kill someone simply by forcing a gun up one of their orifices), and so it now appears that stabbing people no longer has the manly connotation it once had – and pretty soon, shooting people won’t be all that neat either. The only other option left for the violence-loving man is to either not kill people (an unacceptable decision, in every way) or to beat people to death with his bare hands.


Like the tattoo, the motorcycle used to be a counterculture icon – thanks to Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda (two actors who have also lost a significant amount of manliness), the motorcycle was a symbol of freedom, independence, and rebellion. Nowadays, it represents one of two things:

-The fact that your mom bought you a Yamaha, which you will almost immediately crash


-You’re a middle-aged marketing guy who joined a motorcycle club, rides your bike on the weekends, and secretly puts “Born to be Wild” or “Bad to the Bone” on repeat on your iPod Nano whilst cruising down 6th street at 41 miles an hour next to other similarly repressed middle-aged marketing guys.

Today, the motorcycle has lost literally all of its meaning. While the Hells Angels still run around raping men and women all over the countryside (and God bless ’em for it), the motorcycle has completely lost its status as an icon of masculinity, given that those most likely to own them today are either vapid, mid-40’s men trying to channel the spirit of Easy Rider without getting more than a few miles away from home, or spoiled preppy kids who stupidly race their crotch-rockets and end up totaling them once they actually have to turn.


Enough said.


Whether you like it or not, gone are the days of roses, hastily scrawled love poems, and sweet serenades crooned lovingly outside a fair maiden’s window. Today, women may pretend like they want to be courted by a chivalrous gentleman, but in reality the chivalrous man has about as much chance of netting the girl of his dreams as Helen Keller has of winning a darts competition. Women want a good-looking, arrogant asshole to treat them like crap. You may think that’s overly-misogynistic, but it’s a scientifically proven fact* that once a woman finds out you are attracted to her, her level of attraction towards you drops by at least 50%. Chivalry, in all its forms, focuses on the man professing his endless love for the woman whilst doing quasi-romantic deeds – deeds that, today, immediately drive women away. It’s an unfortunate trend, to be sure, but an unavoidable one: the chivalrous romantic can write all the love songs and give all the gifts he wants, but outside circumstances aside (in this case, “outside circumstances” means “money”), the chivalrous man will end up with nothing more than his dick in his hands by the end of the day, while the cocky asshole who lifts weights and/or plays guitar chokes the girl of your dreams to death with his penis.

Special Note

This article is not meant to suggest that any man who might have tattoos or piercings or leather or a motorcycle are immediately unmanly: we simply wish to suggest that the things, the objects themselves, have lost their intrinsic worth as objects of manliness. If we were to see a 300 pound guy with tattoos and piercings, wearing a leather jacket and holding a knife, we’d still be very, very scared of him, and would certainly be in no position to doubt his manliness. One can possess all these pseudo-manly traits and still be the baddest motherfucker around – it’s just that the actual objects themselves no longer mean what they used to.

*No it isn’t

10 Reasons Why Pirates 3 Actually Kicked Ass

Written by Phillryu

As we near the end of the month, the endings to three of Hollywood’s biggest modern megafranchises have come to pass. First was Spiderman 3, and let’s be honest, it kinda sucked. (Sorry Toby, but you ain’t Johnny Depp. You’re a good actor, but that doesn’t mean you can pull off “cool”. Don’t you EVER try pulling off goofy stuff like those venom suit scenes again.) Then came Shrek the Third, which sucked slightly less, or at least, had fewer scenes that had me crying in tears of pain, fear, and disappointment. (In all seriousness, the “venom suit” scenes in Spiderman may’ve seriously damaged my psyche. Am I the only one who imagined all the extras cracking up as soon as Toby Maguire walked beyond their line of sight?)

Yeah, you know where this is going. Because the Rottentomatoes score is kind of… well, disappointing, to say the least. And there’s only so much Johnny Depp can do to buoy the bloat afloat. And hey, it’s a Bruckheimer/Disney movie. Of course they’re going to whore the franchise out. Or… maybe not. Because I have a surprise.

Guess what?

Pirates doesn’t suck. In fact, it’s actually pretty sick, in a good way.

Yes, Pirates is lumbering, and effects laden, and may be full of hack writing and ridiculously convoluted plot conventions. But don’t forget, that’s what made the first Pirates so balls out entertaining and fresh. The perfect blend of popcorn fun, and the rewardingly brainbusting plottwists that probably initially had studio execs crying tears of frustration. Then again, we’re talking the same execs who greenlighted a movie based on an amusement park ride. Which I would’ve vetoed. What do I know? (By the way Gore, if you’re reading this, how the hell did you get those guys to swallow this up? “Hey look, guys, I wouldn’t worry, the Nasca demographics will have fun too, even if they don’t quite get everything”?)

Pirates 2 had the formula slightly off, though I will say, after watching 3, I’m willing to forgive 2 for a lot of things.

Yeah, so anyway. To sum it up, it’s pitch-perfect popcorn fun. Look, even I still don’t believe it. So to convince myself that I’m not high off of Bruckheimer’s CGI fumes, I worked on a list. Here are ten reasons why Pirates 3 actually kicked ass:

Disclaimer: Spoilers ahoy.

Geoffrey Rush1. Geoffrey Rush: The best part of the trailer to this movie is when Captain Barbosa is cackling as his ship careens off the end of the world. How ridiculously badass is that? Please, give this guy an Oscar. And Geoff, if that Oscar doesn’t work out for you, I give you the Phill Ryu Award for “Most Badass Portrayal of a Pirate Ever” award. Congrats. (By the way, it was totally sweet how you stole Pirates 2 with about two seconds of screen-time. Thanks for popping in at the end and making us all realize how much Pirates 2 kinda blew without you.)

2. Being Jack Sparrow: One of the most hilariously inspired scenes in movie history is in Being John Malkovich, when John enters his own mind. Ok, so imagine that scene, but with Jack Sparrow. Tons of them, babbling at each other, arguing, shooting each other in the face. Ludicrous, hilarious, and pure awesome, bottled down in its natural form. Yes, it’s Johnny Depp metaphorically jacking off, but you can’t blame him, I mean, hey, who doesn’t love Jack Sparrow and his rum problem. Pirates 3, particularly said scene, begs the question, can you really have too much of Jack Sparrow? (The answer, of course, is no.)

Davy Jones3. The Tell-Tale Heart: Davy Jones… where to begin? Let’s forget about the state of the art CGi for a second, and ignore that pretty, tentacled face. We find Davy Jones with his heart held hostage (literally) in Pirates 3 to the evil East Indian Trading Company, having been forced to kill his beloved pet, the Kraken. And it only gets more complicated from there. But by the end, Davy Jones is one of the most sympathetic characters ever displayed on screen in a popcorn flick, with MUCH more depth than a blockbuster movie villain deserves. I’m talking Darth Vader depth. (Speaking of which, watch out for that slimy India Trading Company dude, Lord Beckett, just when you think he couldn’t get slimy enough…. he redeems himself. And it’s awesome.) By the way, Davy Jones also gets possibly the single most badass scene in the movie. You won’t be believing it as it happens, second by second. You’ll be shitting yourself. I won’t ruin it for you. (However, I will say, if you’re all icky about squids, prepare to be traumatized.) And as sick as it may sound, man am I craving some calamari right now.

4. Backstabbing and plot twists by the barrel. You savvy?: There’s so much backstabbing here, and so many unexpected twists and turns, that it honestly, at times, gets overwhelming. And this is probably the most common claim leveraged against the movie by its critics. But don’t get your panties in a bunch like them (who, by the way, I generally agree with, at least about Shrek and Spiderman). However, that having been said, believe it or not, the twists and turns do work out. (Mostly.) I’ve seen the movie twice, and it does make sense, a lot more sense, the second time around. And, you know what? I enjoy movies that require a second viewing, books that I pick up again right after finishing the last page. I wish I could watch the movie again with my memory erased, fresh experience, because the twists and turns had me at the edge of my seat for nearly three hours. Remember the climactic back and forth plot hilarity in the first movie involving the title curse? Remember how those sort of hijinks SHOULD’VE happened but didn’t in Pirates 2, with Davy Jones’ curse and the Kraken? It happens in spades here, and boy is it fun.

5. More pirates: And that’s totally a good thing. Because, remember the golden rule of yarr (which, admittedly, I just made up): More pirates equals more badassery. Chow Yun Fat is incredibly badass as an Asian pirate lord, but honestly, the number of badass pirates in this movie approaches a point that I can only describe as ludicrous. And believe it or not, no, Chow Yun Fat is NOT the most badass of the new pirates, even though Chow Yun Fat IS the most badass Asian currently in existence. Chew on that for a bit. The crown for the most badass new pirate goes to…

Chow Yun Fat Kicks Ass

6. Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow’s dad: ‘nuf said.

7. The Pirates universe: What other movie could possibly dare to feature monkeys in rice farmer hats setting off fireworks in a pirate den in Singapore, pirate warlords from the corners of the earth banding together under the pirate’s code, the visual spectacle of the giant, rotting corpse of the Kraken, and Barbosa cackling as the Black Pearl plunges over the end of the world, meanwhile making gazillions of dollars at the box office and jumpstarting the careers of dozens of Johnny Depp impersonators? What a perfect mix of ridiculousness, fantasy, badasses, and humor. See, one reason why this all works, is because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Which brings me to point.

8. Humor: It’s still there. Blink, and jokes will fly by, visual or verbal. The humor is often hilarious, and pretty much almost always on mark. I can’t think of a really painfully bad joke in there.

9. CGI set pieces: I mean, obviously they’ve gotta be there. Here’s how Jerry Bruckheimer might’ve proposed one of the movie’s big fights.

“I want a fight with hundreds of badass pirate ships firing on and boarding each other. I want Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow dueling it out in the middle of this fight, with Davy’s CGI tentacles playing a pivotal role, and lightning striking left and right. And I want all of this going on in a giant whirlpool, that’s sucking these ships up.”

Cost more than the GDP of a small African country

Glad I wasn’t the effects guy in charge of that.

The set pieces are sweet, and even considering my expectations on that front (very, very high), they more than deliver. Forget about Pirates 2, this is the real deal. If y.

10. An ending that doesn’t suck, or drag far longer than it has any right to, just like this bullet item: Yes, it has a long ending. And yes, long endings in general suck. Hey, I loved Return of the King, but the extended ending just became painful. Only reason I was able to keep my cool while sitting through it was because Peter Jackson poured his life into it, and hey, I’ll give the man 20 minutes to putz around before really finishing it off. (If it isn’t clear, I thought ROTK was a pretty classy finale to an awesome trilogy.)

The good news is, Pirates ends well. Honestly, it ends gracefully. I kept alternating between “I hope this doesn’t end”, and “Oh sweet, I hope it ends on this sweet note” about ten times. That’s a great thing, and ultimately why I left the theater glowing, sat down, and wrote this. There is rarely a better feeling than seeing such an epic quantity and range of loose ends neatly, masterfully tied.

By the way, THIS is how you end a mega franchise. Hats off Gore Verbinski, and for not dropping the ball like, um, everyone else this month. You may be a hack, but you’re the best of class. The hack to end all hacks. Bravo.

PS, how hilarious is it that while this movie definitely cements Keira Knightley as our generation’s “it” girl (wait until you see her in the film’s last few minutes, yowza), Orlanda Bloom’s potential chance for sex symbol status gets shafted by a Keith Richards impersonating Depp? Then again, I also consider Orlando Bloom to be the luckiest man in Hollywood, and possibly the luckiest man alive. Two mega franchises without acting chops? (I kid, I kid… not. Still a fan of LOTR/Pirates tho.) You and Gore should team up on another movie. And I’m not even kidding either. I’d watch it. And since I love giving out fake awards, Orlando Bloom, take honor in receiving the Phill Ryu Award for being “The Luckiest Sonofabitch Alive”.

Orlando, you son of a gun.

PPS, yeah I realize I already screwed up. Say hello to reason #11 why this movie kicks ass: the soundtrack. Mad props to Hans Zimmer, definitely his best since Gladiator. Though a ton of credit goes to Klaus Badelt for the original movie soundtrack. (Who is this guy, Klaus?)

PPPS, the more I think of it, the more I realize Gore Verbinski is, in his own, hack way, a genius. Why? I came out of Pirates 2 last summer absolutely disappointed, and thinking it was sort of shit. And a lot of people agreed with me, but whatever, the movie still made bank. But now, despite what I still recognize as huge, huge flaws, I’m starting to feel an affinity for Dead Man’s Chest because of this movie. Maybe it wasn’t actually that bad. I’m gonna have to watch it again. Crazy. And I suppose, here I am, harping about Pirates

Top 8 Linux Games Of 2007

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Update 20/01/08 : Thanks to Elane, I’ve added 4 more excellent games, making it a nice round number of 25. =)

Update 26/06/07 : I have decided to check out the games that some of my readers suggested. In the end, I
found 13 more excellent games and have added all of them to the original 8.

Below are addictive 3d games for linux users to fill their time with. These games are really good and some have won
awards or have been featured on magazines. Most of it is cross platform and free. You don't have to use
'Wine' to be able to play as they come with Linux installers.

  1. Battle For Wesnoth


    David White who started Wesnoth back in 2003, had a vision of a free open source strategy game that had very
    simple rules, uses a strong artificial intelligence, challenging and fun. Wesnoth has already passed the 1
    million mark for downloads. As of March 2007, the game is available in 35 different languages.

    A normal Wesnoth player has

    • 200+ unit types
    • 16 different races
    • 6 major factions

    to choose from. Actually, you can even make your own custom units, design your own map, scenarios or even
    campaigns. It's all up to your creativity. The most interesting part of any game is the ability to multiplay.
    You can challenge up to a total of 8 friends in multiplayer fantasy battles.

  2. Nexuiz


    Nexuiz is a free, cross platform, first person shooter distributed under GNU General Public License by Alientrap
    Software. It started back in May 31 2005 with version 1.0 using DarkPlaces, a significanlty modified quake
    engine. The current version, 2.2.3, was released on January 26, 2007. Nexuiz's logo is based on the chinese
    character "?" which means strength.

    Several notable features of the game include

    • ability to multiplay up to 64 players
    • ability to generate bots for practice sessions
    • dynamic lighting system similar to Doom 3
  3. America's Army

    americas army

    America's Army is a tactical, multiplayer, first-person shooter owned by the United States Government and
    released as a global public relations initiative to help with U.S. Army recruitment. The first version, Recon,
    was released on 4th July 2002. The current version 2.8.1 was released on 22nd Mar 2007.

    It's the first well known computer game used for political aims. The game is used as a playable recruiting
    tool and critics have charged the game serves as a propaganda device. A counter on the homepage of the PC version
    shows over eight million registered accounts as of 2007. GameSpy tracked the game usage and reported an average
    of 4,500 players at any one time between 2002 and 2005. It is enough for America's Army to rank in the Top 10
    Online Games chart.

  4. Enemy Territory : Quake Wars

    quake wars

    is a first-person shooter follow-up to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. It also has the same science fiction
    universe as Quake 4, with a story serving as a prequel to Quake II. Quake Wars is the second multiplayer-only
    game in the Quake series after Quake III Arena. The gameplay is almost the same as Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory,
    but with the addition of controllable vehicles and aircraft, asymmetric teams, much larger maps and the option of
    computer-controlled bots. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is being developed by Splash Damage for the PC using a
    modified version of id Software's Doom 3 engine and MegaTexture rendering technology.

    At E3 2006(Electronic Entertainment Expo), the game won the Game Critics Award for Best Online Multiplayer.

  5. Tremulous


    Tremulous is an open source team-based first-person shooter with a game play that is similar to Gloom(a quake 2
    mod) and Natural Selection (a Half-Life mod). The game features two teams, humans and aliens, each with their own
    strengths and weaknesses. The game has been downloaded over 200,000 times and was voted "Player's Choice
    Standalone Game of the Year" in Mod Database's "Mod of the Year" 2006 competition.

  6. Tux Racer


    Tux Racer is a newbie friendly, open source, 3D computer game starring the Linux mascot, Tux the penguin. Like
    many open-source games, the replay value of Tux Racer is extended by easy modification of the game. New maps can
    be created by making three raster images to indicate height, surface, and object placement. The last release of
    Tux Racer was version 0.61, 29th October 2001.

  7. World Of Padman


    WOP is a new and free comic style game that uses the Quake 3 engine. The game was recently featured in 3 German
    magazine covers; PC Action, 'BRAVO Screenfun' and 'Linux Intern'.

  8. Vendetta


    is a first person twitch based MMORPG. New players get an 8 hour trial which is enough to get anyone hooked to
    it. After that, you gotta pay $5 a month which is quite worthwhile, especially considering the incredibly
    communicative development of the game. It has a native linux installer as well as one for Macs and Windows.

  9. Alien Arena 2007


    Thanks AstralSin for mentioning it.

    Alien Arena is a completely free FPS started by COR Entertainment in 2004 comprising of a science fiction
    ambience and a Quake like gameplay. This game is playable in single player mode against bots, but the action and
    thrill lies at the online multiplayer mode. Features of the Alien Arena 2007 include an internal server browser
    for finding other people to play online and an external program that acts as an IRC interface. There are 6 game
    types and 6 game mutators that changes the gameplay. Cattle Prod is a new game type that requires you to herd
    robotic cattle to earn points. Alien Arena 2007 is playable in Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.

  10. Urban Terror


    Thanks AstralSin for mentioning it.

    A mod of Quake III Arena, Urban Terror focuses a lot on realism. Number of weapons and gear that can be carried
    is limited. Accuracy is reduced when fired while moving and magazines require reloading upon expension. Damage
    areas are identified throughout the body. Wounds require bandaging and slows down movement significantly if the
    damage is not bandaged. Even a stamina bar is present to indicate if the player is able to sprint or jump.
    Released on 1st April 2007, Urban Terror 4 introduced 4 new features namely, 'powersliding', new weapons,
    player models and improved hit detection. It also supports anti cheating tools like PunkBuster, BattleEye and

  11. A Tale In The Desert


    Thanks Kristjan Siimson for mentioning it.

    Set in Ancient Egypt, ATITD focuses on society rather than combat. Actually, there is no combat system
    whatsoever. The fun of the game lies in economic development. Most of the players are from the US and Europe and
    the variety of social activities encourages a lot of interaction. Players are to participate in building,
    community, research and test themselves through challenges called 'Tests'. The male to female players
    ratio is considerably equal compared to other online games and the game is also noted by many to have high levels
    of civility and generosity. The first 24 hours is free, after that a monthly fee of $13.95 is required to
    continue playing.

  12. Second Life

    second life

    Thanks MariusZ for mentioning it.

    Second Life is an online virtual world that allows 'Residents' to explore, meet each other, socialize,
    participate in group activities, trade items and services. It's creators, Linden Lab, intends to create a
    world like the Metaverse described by Neal Stephenson in his novel, Snow Crash. In this Metaverse, people can
    interact, have fun and do business. The current currency is Linden Dollar (L$) and is EXCHANGEABLE for US$ in a
    marketplace consisting of residents, Linden Lab and real life companies. It is hardly considered a game as tt
    does not have points, scores, winners or losers, levels or an end-strategy. More than 7 million accounts have
    been registered since its conception. Basic accounts is free but Premium account is US$9.95 if you want to own

  13. Savage 2


    Thanks nemesis for mentioning it.

    This fantasy / science fiction, real-time strategy, fps, rpg game is a sequel to to S2 Games' Savage : Battle
    for Newerth. Both teams of human and beasts are pitted against each other in a gameplay where strategy, agility
    and alertness is needed. The game is downloadable for free but online access requires a one time account purchase
    of US$29.99. Activities such as kills, deaths, assists, building razes, damage and score points are tracked. All
    Savage 2 matches are saved and thus searchable in the form of replays. The automatic replay network is a system
    that will greatly increase the skill levels of overall player populations and competitiveness.

  14. Warsaw


    Thanks mroyf, Cholulalulip, Jo?o Rodrigues for mentioning it.

    Warsaw is a free FPS based in Qfusion 3D engine playable on Windows and Linux developed under the motto 'by
    gamers for gamers'. Beta testers from the community goes through internal testing sessions and gives feedback
    on public releases where the main developers will carefully judge suggestions and comments made. Gameplay is
    focused a lot on agility. Weapons picked up will have weak ammo until a new ammo pack is found. Graphic effects
    are minimal, clear and visible.

  15. TrueCombat: Elite


    Thanks Jo?o Rodrigues, Michael for mentioning it.

    TC:Elite happens to be a total-conversion modification of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory by Team Terminator and
    Groove Six Studios. The game is free and playable across all platforms. Notable features include iron sights
    aiming (no crosshair), multi layer object penetration, letterbox / wide screen view modes, lag compensation,
    client side bullet prediction and support for PunkBuster, the anti cheat software.

  16. Frozen Bubble


    Thanks PhoenixByrd, Ferk for mentioning it.

    The latest version 2.0 includes an adjusted launcher speed, new scoring system, 4 lives and online multiplayer
    mode, but only available to Linux users at the time of writing. Version 1.0 of the game is available across all
    platforms including Symbian Series 60 line of smartphones and a single player Java applet version. Written in
    Perl, the free to play Frozen Bubble features 100 levels and a cute penguin (I think it's supposed to be Tux)
    who shoots to form bubbles of the same color.

  17. The Open Racing Car Simulator


    Thanks to PhoenixByrd for mentioning it.

    TORCS is an open source 3D racing simulator using OpenGL technologies. It is runnable on all Linux, FreeBSD,
    MacOSX and Windows platforms. There are 50 different cars, 20 tracks and 50 opponents to race against. The
    multiplayer mode can accommodate up to 4 human players. Several of the simulation include damaged models,
    collisions and aerodynamics like ground effects, spoilers, etc. Development is currently being carried out to
    enable online racing mode.

  18. FlightGear


    Thanks to PhoenixByrd for mentioning it.

    Since 1996, FlightGear has been a collaborative project that aims to create a sophisticated open source flight
    simulator framework. FlightGear uses the SimGear simulation engine. Some of the aircraft models available in
    FlightGear include gliders, helicopters, airliners, fighter jets, etc. Weather effects such as clouds, lightning
    effects and time of the day is illustrated.

  19. Frets On Fire


    Thanks to PhoenixByrd, Solitary, Hellmark, tuopppi, for mentioning it.

    Winner of the Assembly Demo Party 2006, Frets on Fire is a music video game that uses the keyboard to play along
    with scrolling on-screen musical notes to complete a song. The player has to imagine the keyboard as a guitar and
    pick it up to play. One hand will be used to press the 'frets' (F1 to F5) and another will be used to
    press the 'picks' (Shift or Enter). Colored markers that appears are to be played by pressing
    'frets' of the correct color and 'picks' at the correct moment. There are also song editors and
    tutorials featured in the game. This game was addictive once I got the hang of it.

  20. Scorched 3d


    Thanks james, Pyro for mentioning it.

    Scorched 3D is a 100% free turn-based artillery game modeled after the classic DOS game Scorched Earth 'The
    Mother Of All Games'. Operatable across all operating systems. What started as a 3D landscape generator has
    now become a cool 3D game that requires skills to master. Players are supposed to take turns homing in to hit the
    target by adjusting the angle, rotation, power and a weapon of choice every other turn. Hits and kills will
    generate income for you to buy better weapons and items. Note that items are as important as weapons.

  21. ManiaDrive

    mania drive

    Thanks to Shamar for mentioning it.

    ManiaDrive is a free clone of Trackmania, the great game from Nad?o studio, and is an arcade car game on
    acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay (tracks almost never exceed one minute), and features a
    network mode, as the original. Lots of crazy driving involved.

  22. Warzone 2100
  23. warzone 2100

    Thanks Elane

    Warzone 2100 is a real-time strategy and real-time tactics hybrid computer game, developed by Pumpkin Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. Outside of the story, Warzone 2100 only has a single faction, limiting some of the variety that can be expected from such games of its kind, although the faction is very complex. Essentially, Warzone 2100 plays much like Earth 2150 with 3D units and terrain, customizable vehicles, a lack of traditional standing infantry, use of “research” to acquire new technologies, and perceptible differentiation of vehicles types.

  24. Spring


    Thanks Elane

    The game is mainly focused around multiplayer games over the Internet or a LAN connection. There are currently a few single player missions, built on the basic support for this through Lua scripting. There are also many skirmish AIs under development, allowing for offline play or extra players in an online game. Two skirmish AIs ship in the game package, as well as three maps and the XTA mod.

  25. Battle Tanks

    battle tanks

    Thanks Elane

    “Battle Tanks” is a multiplayer game in the first place. Network game and split screen mode are available, and also a mixed mode is possible, when two players use split screen on the server computer, and others connect via LAN. Two possible modes are deathmatch battle and cooperative game. Hardware requirement is minimum and the game is cross platform.

  26. Excalibur: Morgana’s Revenge v3.0


    Thanks Elane

    EMR 3.0 is a unique scenario based upon the Aleph One (Marathon) engine. It is a first-person action adventure game, featuring an epic and in-depth story line. It brings more exciting new maps, new high resolution textures and landscapes, a completely new set of weapons, new monsters and friends, new scenery, new 16-bit sounds, original music, and a carefully woven original story line that transcends time.

10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

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Every Friday is Happiness Friday.

?Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise? – Ben Franklin, famously

?Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin ?? – Mark Twain

Recently, reader Rob asked me about my habit of waking at 4:30 a.m. each day, and asked me to write about the health benefits of rising early, which I thought was an excellent question. Unfortunately, there are none, that I know of.

However, there are a ton of other great benefits.

Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that?s great. There?s no reason to change, especially if you?re happy with it. But for me, switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend. It has helped me in so many ways that I?d never go back. Here are just a few:

  1. Greet the day. I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. I?m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, ? Everyday, think as you wake up, ?today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.? ?
  2. Amazing start. I used to start my day by jumping out of bed, late as usual, and rushing to get myself and the kids ready, and rushing to drop them to school and come in to work late. I would walk into work, looking rumpled and barely awake, grumpy and behind everyone else. Not a great start to your day. Now, I have a renewing morning ritual, I?ve gotten so much done before 8 a.m., my kids are early and so am I, and by the time everyone else gets in to work, I?ve already gotten a head start. There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early, in my experience.
  3. Quietude. No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. It?s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.
  4. Sunrise. People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day ? the rise of the sun. I love how the day slowly gets brighter, when the midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted in incredible colors. I like doing my early morning run during this time, and I look up at the sky as I run and say to the world, ?What a glorious day!? Really. I really do that. Corny, I know.
  5. Breakfast. Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. I?m told it?s one of the most important meals of the day. Without breakfast, your body is running on fumes until you are so hungry at lunchtime that you eat whatever unhealthy thing you can find. The fattier and sugarier, the betterier. But eat breakfast, and you are sated until later. Plus, eating breakfast while reading my book and drinking my coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to work, or at your desk.
  6. Exercise. There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but I?ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it?s also liable to be canceled because of other things that come up. Morning exercise is virtually never canceled.
  7. Productivity. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I like to do some writing in the morning, when there are no distractions, before I check my email or blog stats. I get so much more done by starting on my work in the morning. Then, when evening rolls around, I have no work that I need to do, and I can spend it with family.
  8. Goal time. Got goals? Well, you should. And there?s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.
  9. Commute. No one likes rush-hour traffic, except for Big Oil. Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time. Or better yet, commute by bike. (Or even better yet, work from home.)
  10. Appointments. It?s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early. Showing up late for those appointments is a bad signal to the person you?re meeting. Showing up early will impress them. Plus, you get time to prepare.

How to Become an Early Riser

  • Don?t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don?t think you?ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you?re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If it?s right next to your bed, you?ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it?s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you?re up. Now you just have to stay up.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don?t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I?ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands and looked at my ugly mug in the mirror, I?m awake enough to face the day.
  • Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you?ll never do it. Don?t make getting back in bed an option.
  • Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that?s important. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that?s my reason. Also, when I?m done with that, I like to read all of your comments!
  • Make waking up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at first that you?re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast (smoothies! yum!) or watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that?s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time. Don?t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that?s a major goal of yours. Don?t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! I like to use that time to get a head start on preparing my kids? lunches, on planning for the rest of the day (when I set my MITs), on exercising or meditating, and on reading. By the time 6:30 rolls around, I?ve done more than many people do the entire day.

20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

Written by Leo Babauta


If you?ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you?ve just got a little chunk ? say 5 or 10 minutes ? there?s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what?s on your to-do list. But it?s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

  • Reading file. Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked ?Reading File?. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File. Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you?ve got a laptop).
  • Clear out inbox. Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty. If you?ve got a lot in your inbox, you?ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done, but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.
  • Phone calls. Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere. Whether you?re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.
  • Make money. This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I?ll knock off half an article real quick. If you get 5-10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can free-lance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly ? break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.
  • File. No one likes to do this. If you?re on top of your game, you?re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn?t pile up. But if you?ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around. Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you?ll be in filing Nirvana.
  • Network. Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a ?touching bases? or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.
  • Clear out feeds. If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.
  • Goal time. Take 10 minutes to think about your goals, personal and professional. If you don?t have a list of goals, start on one. If you?ve got a list of goals, review them. Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.
  • Update finances. Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don?t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget. Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10-15 minutes every now and then.
  • Brainstorm ideas. Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes ? I?ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you?ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn?t take long.
  • Clear off desk. Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you?ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk. Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it?s oddly satisfying.
  • Exercise. Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2-3 times a day, and you?ve got a fit new you.
  • Take a walk. This is another form of exercise that doesn?t take long, and you can do it anywhere ? but even more important, it?s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long, and it gets your creative juices flowing. If you?re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.
  • Follow up. Keep a follow-up list for everything you?re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos ? anything that someone owes you, put on the list. When you?ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.
  • Meditate. You don?t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5-10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.
  • Research. This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts. If I?ve only got a few minutes, I?ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I?m done!
  • Outline. Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.
  • Get prepped. Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there?s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list. You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you?ll be all prepped and ready to go.
  • Be early. Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early. Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It?s better than being late (unless you?re trying to play a power trip or something, but that?s not appreciated in many circles).
  • Log. If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log. Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn?t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

Got some productive spare-time tips of your own? Share them in the comments.

‘Feeling Sexy’ Expressed in Photos

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‘Feeling Sexy’, the theme for round two of our photo contest, resulted in the whole gammut of interpretations, ranging from the hilarious and self-deprecating through to the unquestionably sexy, with some fantastically unexpected and individual interpretations inbetween.

Here are some highlights you might have missed:

Oh know you want it by shibbay
Oh yeah…you know you want it by shibbay
Priceless, absolutely priceless! This combined look of innocence and naughtyness is something you’d have a hard time re-creating, even with the most experienced (human) model.

 Retrospect by rajat
Retrospect by rajat
Stunning model, great light and otherwise superb technical qualities. Venetian blinds are great for creating that slightly dark, mysterious mood.

NIPPLE by damyan
Nipple by damyan
Immaculate curves, lovely textures, but with a touch of danger too…

Toy Story by menelo
Toy Storyby menelo
It’s said that women are from Venus. I assume then, that the box contains the radio transmission kit required for her to buzz home?

Red Couch by moodeous
Red Couch by moodeous
Fabulous (and appropriate) light and colours, and a model with an attitude that fits the part.

bang by iamkatia
Bang by iamkatia
I’m having trouble envisioning the reaction of this guy’s partner(s) when seeing him with his kit off for the first time. Must be hard to concentrate I suppose – let’s hope that tattoo is temporary…

Lovy bugs by Frankierio
Lovy bugs by Frankierio
Straight to the point! Great colours.

sexy blue by firefly
Sexy blue by firefly
There’s something for everyone in this selection, that much is for sure. It must be very casual friday in this office…

In order rebel against all things systematic, you must look like this by FrankieHutch
In order rebel against all things systematic, you must look like this. by FrankieHutch
For some, a cocktail dress is what it takes, for others, it’s leather and torn stockings.

Smoking by BOOJOO
Smoking by BOOJOO
Smoking, despite it’s awful smell and obvious health risks, retains its “coolness”, at least in some situations, which this photo shows.

In the Shower by chakoo
In the Shower by chakoo
Showing only a pair of hands, this photo still manages to give an impression of what might be happening behind the glass.

Dorothy Gone Bad by avitalphoto
Dorothy Gone Bad by avitalphoto
A great concept, accompanied by good light and composition. Interesting detail with that little toy dog…

This is how sexy feels.. by Jack_Ruby
This is how sexy feels.. by Jack_Ruby
Yep, the title seems spot on here, she’s really oozing that feeling.

Windy by haveseen
Windy by haveseen
Great colours, great lighting and in the best possible taste. “I am a girl, but…damn! That is sexy!” was one of the comments here.

WOW by tornigeorg
WOW by tornigeorg
Ranging from surprise and awe to pleasure(?), the expressions in the crowd is what makes this photo.

Shades of Glamour by joeyshaw
Shades of Glamour by joeyshaw
A classic glamour shot of a beautiful model with all the curves, cleavage, hair and see-through underwear you could wish for.

At the farm by rohitseth
At the farm by rohitseth
An aesthetic that screams “AMERICAN!”, but no matter what you think, their attitude and pose most definitely fit the theme.

The way by wojtekk
The way by wojtekk
Watch it from afar, and you’ll miss the little detail that puts this photo apart from a lot of other cool, but “ordinary” silhouettes.

Bimbo and his big love by Wolfgang
Bimbo and his big love by Wolfgang
With a hairdo like Donald Trump, it’s no wonder the cat’s trying to get away from the grip of a partner seemingly eager to dance the wild monkey dance. This image gives the ‘trap’ in pussy-trap a whole new meaning … a confirmation that love knows no boundaries, just like we knew all along.

10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life

Written by Adrian Savage

  1. Stop taking so much notice of how you feel. How you feel is how you feel. It’ll pass soon. What you’re thinking is what you’re thinking. It’ll go too. Tell yourself that whatever you feel, you feel; whatever you think, you think. Since you can’t stop yourself thinking, or prevent emotions from arising in your mind, it makes no sense to be proud or ashamed of either. You didn’t cause them. Only your actions are directly under your control. They’re the only proper cause of pleasure or shame.
  2. Let go of worrying. It often makes things worse. The more you think about something bad, the more likely it is to happen. When you’re hair-trigger primed to notice the first sign of trouble, you’ll surely find something close enough to convince yourself it’s come.
  3. Ease up on the internal life commentary. If you want to be happy, stop telling yourself you’re miserable. People are always telling themselves how they feel, what they’re thinking, what others feel about them, what this or that event really means. Most of it’s imagination. The rest is equal parts lies and misunderstandings. You have only the most limited understanding of what others feel about you. Usually they’re no better informed on the subject; and they care about it far less than you do. You have no way of knowing what this or that event really means. Whatever you tell yourself will be make-believe.
  4. Take no notice of your inner critic. Judging yourself is pointless. Judging others is half-witted. Whatever you achieve, someone else will always do better. However bad you are, others are worse. Since you can tell neither what’s best nor what’s worst, how can you place yourself correctly between them? Judging others is foolish since you cannot know all the facts, cannot create a reliable or objective scale, have no means of knowing whether your criteria match anyone else’s, and cannot have more than a limited and extremely partial view of the other person. Who cares about your opinion anyway?
  5. Give up on feeling guilty. Guilt changes nothing. It may make you feel you’re accepting responsibility, but it can’t produce anything new in your life. If you feel guilty about something you’ve done, either do something to put it right or accept you screwed up and try not to do so again. Then let it go. If you’re feeling guilty about what someone else did, see a psychiatrist. That’s insane.
  6. Stop being concerned what the rest of the world says about you. Nasty people can’t make you mad. Nice people can’t make you happy. Events or people are simply events or people. They can’t make you anything. You have to do that for yourself. Whatever emotions arise in you as a result of external events, they’re powerless until you pick them up and decide to act on them. Besides, most people are far too busy thinking about themselves (and worry what you are are thinking and saying about them) to be concerned about you.
  7. Stop keeping score. Numbers are just numbers. They don’t have mystical powers. Because something is expressed as a number, a ratio or any other numerical pattern doesn’t mean it’s true. Plenty of lovingly calculated business indicators are irrelevant, gibberish, nonsensical, or just plain wrong. If you don’t understand it, or it’s telling you something bizarre, ignore it. There’s nothing scientific about relying on false data. Nor anything useful about charting your life by numbers that were silly in the first place.
  8. Don’t be concerned that your life and career aren’t working out the way you planned. The closer you stick to any plan, the quicker you’ll go wrong. The world changes constantly. However carefully you analyzed the situation when you made the plan, if it’s more than a few days old, things will already be different. After a month, they’ll be very different. After a year, virtually nothing will be the same as it was when you started. Planning is only useful as a discipline to force people to think carefully about what they know and what they don’t. Once you start, throw the plan away and keep your eyes on reality.
  9. Don’t let others use you to avoid being responsible for their own decisions. To hold yourself responsible for someone else’s success and happiness demeans them and proves you’ve lost the plot. It’s their life. They have to live it. You can’t do it for them; nor can you stop them from messing it up if they’re determined to do so. The job of a supervisor is to help and supervise. Only control-freaks and some others with a less serious mental disability fail to understand this.
  10. Don’t worry about about your personality. You don’t really have one. Personality, like ego, is a concept invented by your mind. It doesn’t exist in the real world. Personality is a word for the general impression that you give through your words and actions. If your personality isn’t likeable today, don’t worry. You can always change it, so long as you allow yourself to do so. What fixes someone’s personality in one place is a determined effort on their part-usually through continually telling themselves they’re this or that kind of person and acting on what they say. If you don’t like the way you are, make yourself different. You’re the only person who’s standing in your way.

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