Monthly Archives: February 2010

Happiest before a holiday

photo by bj patino

Summer is here!  Whether lying on white sandy beaches down south, or trekking the mountains up north, everyone is looking forward to that vacation leave.  Yet, according to a new study made by a team of Dutch researchers, vacationers are  happiest when in anticipating that trip.

In an analysis of 1,530 people, Jeroen Nawijn from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his team have found that people who were about to go on vacation were being the happiest than those who had no plans of leaving. And those who returned from their respite showed no signs of holiday afterglow.

Published online in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, the researchers suggest that, people should take multiple short breaks over the course of the work year, rather than having just a single longer vacation once a year.


Sophisticated junk

Unlike Carlo, my husband, I’m not really into junk food.  However, when we did our grocery shopping last week, I noticed that more and more junk food have become sophisticated.  And these junk food caters to the masses!

Gone are the days when we only have a few choices in potato chips: usually cheese, orginal or bar-b-que flavors.  But now,  potato chips have  seaweed, shrimp, and even salmon sushi flavors! Many consumers have been lured to be adventurous when it comes to food. We’re not part of that group, but sometimes curiosity  bites, that’s why we bought those  two new chip flavors (shown above).

What can I say? The taste is not that mind-blowing, but it’s not that bad either.  The salmon chips taste a bit fishy, with a hint of wasabi, while Tokayaki tastes like Tokayaki- fried octupus.

According to food manufacturers, they aim to evolve and broaden their  flavors that’s why they offer new products in the market.

Well, i’ll probably try it once, if it’s good, i’ll be a fan, if not I  go back to my comfort flavor: cheese!

Space shuttle for sale lowers price

After five more space missions, space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor will be up for grabs.  Dicovery, however, is reserved for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. According to, the United States is retiring the fleet  to complete  the construction of the International Space Station.

Interested? The shuttle  now costs $28.8 million (Php 1.4B) — a markdown of more one-third off the original $42 million fee (Php2B).

Hackers join cyber competition

Computer hackers now have a venue to show their skills. According to, hackers may see the U.S. Cyber Challenge, culminated last month, as a game. But Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute that the event is really a national talent search.

Cnn reports that Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell says the United States “will suffer a major catastrophic event” in the cyber arena if it doesn’t boost its ability to protect its computer infrastructure.

With big companies dependent on computers and the internet, more and more threats from extremist can endanger the country’s economy by hacking into their system.  Therefore, the objective of the “game”  is to hack  into as many target computers as he can and then defending those computers from attacks by other skilled hackers.

The winners will get to join the understaffed ranks of cybersecurity   specialists needed to protect systems used by the military, industry and everyday people.

Mangoes help prevent breast and colon cancer

Summer is here, which means mangoes are back in season!  According to Science Daily,   a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists has found that the fruit prevented or stopped cancer growth in certain breast and colon cell lines.

Scientist couple, Dr. Susan and Steve Talcott,   found that the fruit showed some impact on lung, leukemia and prostate cancers but was most effective on the most common breast and colon cancers

“What we found is that not all cell lines are sensitive to the same extent to an anticancer agent,” says Susan Talcott. “But the breast and colon cancer lines underwent apotosis, or programmed cell death. Additionally, we found that when we tested normal colon cells side by side with the colon cancer cells, that the mango polyphenolics did not harm the normal cells.”

Ain’t afraid of no ghosts

That’s right, Ivan Reitman is bringing back the beloved Ghostbusters.  After more than 20 years since it’s last sequel – Ghostbusters 1 (1984) & 2 (1989), According to, Reitman has confirmed  that writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have already turned in a completed draft for part 3  and that a new draft is currently being worked through. Characters played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver will be returning again.  Even Rick Moranis is said to be willing to leave retirement to reprise his role as their accountant, Louis Tully!

Cyber suicide

photo by Kevin Cappis

Sick of the cyber world? Disappearing from the net is now easy with just one click.  According to, Web 2.o Sucide Machine can help you in your cyber death by purging your online presence from these all-consuming social networks. Since its launch last December, has assisted more than 1,000 virtual deaths, severing more than 80,500 friendships on Facebook and removing some 276,000 tweets from Twitter.