31 May 2009, jd2020 @ 2:11 pm

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas by Claude Monet
Le Bassin aux Nymphéas by Claude Monet“Le Bassin aux Nymphéas,” from 1919, a large horizontal work measuring more than 3 feet by 6 feet, is from a series of four that Monet signed and dated and that experts consider to be among the most important paintings from his late period. Monet’s biography and website.
The summer auction season began at Christie’s on Tuesday night, June 24, 2008, when a standing-room-only crowd of dealers, collectors and art lovers came from all over the world to watch and bid on one of the largest London sales the auction house has held. Early in the evening a record price for a Monet, $80.4 million, was set for one of the rarest of his waterlilies. full story

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30 May 2009, jd2020 @ 2:42 pm

Well, I guess it was a good run. GM is expected to file for bankruptcy on Monday June 1, 2009.

Over its history General Motors has made its share of bad products. Some were poorly built, some were badly executed, others suffered from lousy timing. Here is a  list of examples. Its quite a memorable timeline.

25 Billion?

According to a filing by General Motors late last month, the company estimated the equity value of its common stock would be about $25 billion once it completed a reorganization.

The last time GM was worth as much as $25 billion was late 2007. Friday’s closing stock price of just 75 cents a share left GM showing a current market value of about 450 million. I still really like their new Camaro and Corvette!

The 10 largest U.S. bankruptcies

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27 May 2009, jd2020 @ 5:45 pm

The all new Monopoly 2008 hall of fame board game, complete with mag-stripe reader and debit cards!!!
Monopoly 2008 with debit cards
MONOPOLY stakes claim to a rich and lengthy history, dating all the way back to 1933!

MONOPOLY 1934
Charles Darrow copyrights and submits the MONOPOLY game to Parker Brothers, he gets rejected.

MONOPOLY 1978
Neiman Marcus offers an ALL chocolate MONOPOLY game for $600!

Here is a more detailed Monopoly timeline.

Monopoly Fashion  – click for larger views

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25 May 2009, jd2020 @ 10:17 pm

turn it in for reuseRecycle! check out Earth911.com
Recycling info for many different items. Household, auto, electronic…

  • In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each but only recycled an average of 23 percent.
  • That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills.
  • Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon, and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, the lid and the label.
  • Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.
  • Plastic bottles can take up to 1000 years before they begin to decompose once buried.
  • If everyone in NYC gave up water bottles for one week, they would save 24 million bottles from being landfilled. One month on the same plan would save 112 million bottles, and one year would save 1.328 billion bottles from going into the landfill.

Don’t Throw Away Your Television

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15 May 2009, jd2020 @ 10:34 pm
9 May 2009, jd2020 @ 1:13 am

Simpsons U.S. Postage Supplies

The Simpsons, currently in its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series, is the longest-running comedy in television history. The show is a cultural phenomenon, recognizable throughout the world.

“We are emotionally moved by the Postal Service selecting us rather than making the lazy choice of someone who has benefited society,” said James L. Brooks, executive producer of The Simpsons.

Simpsons Beat the Odds The U.S. Postal Service receives approximately 50,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 topics are selected for postage.The Simpsons is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in primetime production. Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee

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9 May 2009, jd2020 @ 12:20 am

101 facts about planet earth

Take this cool question and answer trivia quiz about Earth.

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6 May 2009, jd2020 @ 11:31 pm

Thought this was worth a look. These guys have put together a visual of quantities of sugar in common foods and drinks. Some surprises for sure!

sugar in your coke

Good video explination of the flow of electricity through your heart.

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