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RvD2: Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 - The hotly-anticipated sequel to the original YouTube phenomenon. I know some of you roll your eyes every time I like to one of these light saber fights, but there's no question these kids are talented.  It's an entertaining fight scene regardless of your stance on Star Wars spin=offs.  P.S. It's seven minutes long.  There's a link to a high quality version as well.

UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister - This guy was Canadian Defense Minister in 1963.  Roswell was in 1947.  Would a Canadian Defense Minister have knowledge of other countries' UFO technology?  Would factoring in alien technology be part of how countries assess each other's military capability?  Probably more fun to speculate about than the facts would bear.

Matthew Yglesias devotes considerable thought to the results of a study that shows that married women do more housework than they did when they were single and men do less.  Actually, the amount of thought Yglesias gives it is nothing compared to what his commenters do.

Any casting suggestions for the new Valerie Plame movie?  I'm thinking Sharon Stone for Plame, maybe Diane Lane?  Wilson is harder.  Maybe Dustin Hoffman?

VoteForTheWorst seeks to organize American Idol votes to keep the lousy people on the show.

Project Epoc Lets You Control Video Games with Your Noggin' - I love the idea of mind controlled machines.  Apparently this is going to be demoed next week, so maybe it's not just a pipe dream.

George Bush has become a scapegoat for so many problems, what's going to happen when he leaves office and the problems are still around?  Right wing bloggers have been arguing for years that Bush-bashers are prone to losing sight of an issue's meat in favor of attacking the man.  This essay points out that we shouldn't expect behaviors to change much once a new president is in office.  Instead we'll just hear a new excuse.

The Onion will be adding video.

Spider Man in Abu Dhabi - Not the hero, that French guy who climbs buildings.

I'm making a difference - It's a little funny how much this resembles the old hoax mail about Microsoft conducting a study and they'll pay you for forwarding e-mail to all of your friends.  This isn't a hoax though.  In fact, I got an internal note from Microsoft about it.  The idea is that you tag your name with a charity and when you IM they contribute a share of their ad revenue to that charity.  I don't know what that means in terms of actual dollars.  The upgrade to you IM is no big deal.  So far the only teeny tiny nagging thing I don't like about it is that it puts a big icon next to my name when I'm IMing.

Can you name 50 states in 10 minutes?

Things you can do at home when you're bored

X-Ray kiss - Since I know some folks like to play with URLs, let me tell you right now that if you do you'll stumble upon some weirdly NSFW material.  I also found this one of an X-Ray lick.  Actually the whole image library looks like an interesting grab bag.  Again, I can't guarantee what you'll find.

A round up of HDR tutorials - This is the kind of thing I imagine we'll see more of when free online Photoshop becomes a reality.

Hundreds of educational and cultural podcasts

Ever had one of those days when you feel like a bug on the windshield of life?

Speaking of being wrecked by a car, at least this guy didn't need the jaws of life to get out of this wreck.

After the Boston bomb squad blew up a traffic measuring box last week the parodies have begun to arrive:

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