New ladies’ vodka gives doctors a headache | Oddly Enough | Reuters: “‘Women need a drink of their own,’ said Volodin, sitting next to an array of his ‘Ladies’ vodkas, which comes in lime, vanilla and almond flavors, or just straight for cocktails.

‘In Moscow, there are pink taxis for ladies, there are light cigarettes,’ he said. ‘But there was no vodka, and we asked ourselves: ‘Why?’ … More people suffer from diabetes in Russia than from alcoholism, but no one bans chocolate advertisements.'”

I wouldn’t mind trying some of these flavors. I LOVE the Absolut flavored vodkas. But I can see the concern about the marketing tactics.


I think I am going to finish my education at Stanford 🙂 I wonder if this applies to non-traditional students.

News Release

February 20, 2008


Jonathan Rabinovitz, University Communications: (650) 723-2558,


Karen Cooper, Financial Aid Office: (650) 725-3770,

Stanford announces financial aid enhancements

Stanford University today announced the largest increase in its history for its financial aid program for undergraduates.

Under the new program, parents with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer pay tuition. Parents with incomes of less than $60,000 will not be expected to pay tuition or contribute to the costs of room, board and other expenses. Students will still be expected to contribute their earnings from work during the summer and academic year.

The program also eliminates the need for student loans.

Other significant enhancements have been made to the program that will benefit aid recipients at all levels of income.

“This is the third consecutive year we have allocated substantially more money to financial aid for lower- and middle-income families,” said Stanford University President John Hennessy. “We are committed to ensuring that Stanford asks parents and students to contribute only what they can afford for an education we believe is among the absolute best in the world. By devoting more resources to financial aid, we seek to underscore what has long been the case—that no high school senior should rule out applying to Stanford because of cost. We understand how families face serious financial pressures, and we are doing all we can to assist them.”

These changes bring Stanford’s undergraduate financial aid program for the 2008-09 academic year to more than $114 million, making it one of the largest programs in the nation. The amount spent on financial aid next year is projected to equal half the total undergraduate tuition revenue Stanford expects to collect for the year.

To help pay for the enhanced aid program, the university increased its endowment payout last year to 5.5 percent. It also plans to double the financial aid goal of The Stanford Challenge, its current fundraising campaign, to $200 million.

“Although Stanford’s tuition has gone up over the past five years, thanks to our increasingly generous financial aid program, families with incomes less than $150,000 will find a Stanford education much more affordable than it was five years ago,” Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy said. “For most of these students, attending Stanford will cost less than most private and many public universities.”

Three out of every four Stanford undergraduates currently receive some form of financial aid. When the new financial aid program is taken into account, the average family contribution for students receiving financial aid in 2008 will be reduced by 16 percent this year.

Stanford remains one of the few private universities with a “need-blind” admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, which guarantees that students will be accepted to the university regardless of their ability to pay—and be offered the financial support they need to attend Stanford.


So, I caught glimpse of this celestial event on the drive down the 605 and a friend got some good shots from my apartment. Those are at home waiting to be uploaded. In the meantime, if you missed the eclipse, you can see some good shots in the LA Times Photo Gallery from around the world.

This one was taken in Huntington Beach, just a hop skip and a jump from where I live.


Sumptuous and temperamental

Phones: Samsung FlipShot [pictured], BlackBerry Curve 8310, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, LG Chocolate, LG Shine, LG Venus, LG VX-8350, Motorola MOTORAZR (RED) V3, Motorola RAZR V3xx, Motorola KRZR K1m, Nokia E65, Nokia N76, Nokia N95, Palm Centro, Palm Treo 680, Palm Treo 755p, Samsung B’Phone, Samsung BlackJack II, Samsung Juke, Samsung R500, Samsung SGH-A737, Samsung UpStage, Sony Ericsson W760

Red is the ‘symbolic color of the heart, strong willed and expressing strong emotions,’ says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in her book Color: Messages and Meanings.”

Read the rest of the article to find your color. Personally, I’d go with red or purple, or a really bright, rich blue.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Soccer Collies has grown by six.

Border collie “Keeper” had six puppies Tuesday.

Owner and coach, Mark Lukas, said he plans to train the puppies to play soccer and may sell them.

The mother is the goalie of a four-dog team that can dribble the ball with their noses and paws, shoot with their shoulders, and catch the ball in the air with their teeth and paws. The Soccer Collies were featured at a Radio Disney convention in Florida and have become a favorite at birthday parties.

The father, “Beck,” is another member of the Soccer Collies and plays offense.

I could totally teach Zoe how to do this. OK, maybe I couldn’t teach her, but she could totally learn. You can read the whole article here

  • Waving at girls costs man his arm
  • Body found with rake stuck in head
  • Twins separated at birth met and married
  • Man accidentally hangs self in amateur stunt
  • Their timing is off, but otherwise a very cool story (yeah, in my old age I am becoming a young earth proponent)

    BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Fossilised trees mystery solved: “A Cardiff fossil expert has identified a pair of 385-million-year-old trees, thought to be among the world’s oldest.

    American researchers found fossilised remains in New York state two years ago, but their identity was unknown.

    They called in Dr Christopher Berry from Cardiff University, who confirmed the remains are from the Genus Wattieza, a fern-like plant which formed earth’s first known forests.

    Dr Berry described the discovery as a ‘spectacular’ find.

    The upright stumps of fossilised trees were first uncovered after a flash flood in Gilboa, New York, more than a century ago.

    But until two further fossils were found two years ago, which had fallen sideways with their trunk, branches, twigs and crown still intact, no-one knew what the entire trees looked like.”

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