Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Manu Ginobili’s Free-Wheeling Style Has the Spurs on the Move

He may be the greatest draft day steal in modern NBA history. Fifty-six players were selected ahead of Manu Ginobili on June 30, 1999 and in a little more than two seasons, the 27-year-old Argentinean has not only made a lot of NBA General Managers regret their decision but he has emerged as one of the NBA’s premier players while making a run at his first NBA All-Star appearance. Think the Spurs predicted such greatness? Think again.

“The draft came along and it was in the 50's [late in the second round],” said San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “And there was nobody who was going to make our team there anyway, and this guy was the most athletic, so we said, 'Let’s draft him.’ But we did not know he was going to become what he is today. That would have been a real stretch.”

What isn’t a stretch is Ginobili’s value to the Spurs, especially this season. After filling a valuable reserve role in his first two campaigns, Ginobili is now starting for San Antonio, serving as the team’s secondary scoring threat alongside two-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan. Ginobili is enjoying career numbers in points, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, assists and rebounds and playing with the same frenetic, fast-paced style that continues to befuddle opponents, coaches and, yes, even amaze his teammates.

“A very different game,” said Brent Barry. “He is so awkward and just takes bizarre steps. Nothing seemingly fundamental...but it works. He is so effective.”

Even Ginobili can’t pinpoint the loosey-goosey style of play that has been instrumental in the Spurs' recent success, including their march to the NBA championship over the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals.

“Oh, I have no clue,” Ginobili said. “I always played kind of like this, crazy and unpredictable. But it turned more like this while I was 18, 19. Before then I wasn’t like this. When I was 19, I was worse than this. My coaches, they used to get so upset. Sometimes happy, but sometimes so upset. I don’t know, but it comes from somewhere. It is probably how I feel the game.”

Ginobili’s road to NBA success was far from traditional. After being selected by the Spurs in 1999, the 6-6 guard played three more seasons in the Italian League where he earned league MVP honors twice and in one season, led Virtus Bologna to the championship and Euroleague Finals where he also picked up MVP honors. In 2002, Ginobili helped his native country, Argentina, to the silver medal in the World Championship.

In a career full of honors and accolades, perhaps the greatest was when Ginobili, who averaged 19.3 points and shot .576 from the field, led Argentina to a gold medal victory in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.

“Winning an NBA championship is the biggest thing that can happen professionally,” Ginobili said. “But representing your country with more than 30 million people cheering for you and then seeing you up there on top of the podium … it’s hard to find any words [for] that.”

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Una argentina que navegaba en Tailandia relató que se salvó metiéndose mar adentro

Una turista argentina relató esta mañana que, a su entender, se salvó de morir cuando navegaba en Tailandia durante el terremoto que arrasó el sudeste asiático porque, en lugar de tratar de llegar a la playa, tomó la decisión de enfrentar las olas con su barco y meterse mar adentro antes de que se formara la rompiente gigante.

María Itatí, quien vive en Tailandia, relató que "estábamos anclados en una playa de Phuket, decidiendo si desayunábamos en la playa o en el barco. Notamos el cambio en la marea y la llegada de olas de dos y tres metros de altura, que nos arrastraban hacia la costa".

"Entonces levantamos el ancla y nos internamos en el mar. El lugar más seguro era cinco o seis kilómetros lejos de la costa. No tuvimos el rompimiento, que fue como un puño que golpeó la playa y la atravesó como 500 metros", contó la mujer en declaraciones radiales.

Itatí destacó que la ola "barrió la playa" que estaba "llena de reposeras y de gente”.

“Era mucho más peligroso para la gente que estaba en la playa que para la gente que estaba en los barcos, que no recibió en general la fuerza de la mayor ola”, relató.

Además, Itatí contó que “tuvimos mucha suerte” y que “no me invadió el miedo. Ahora estoy mucho más nerviosa que en el momento. Es como que no lo puedo creer, me parece que fue como una película”.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

habla Keyra!

Supertangas.com - Los mejores Tangas de la RED ;) - Webcams/Keyra

Hola Chicos, como todos sabreis alguien consiguió acceder a mi computadora, copiar mis fotos y luego enviarlas por toda la internet. Verdaderamente me ha molestado y jodido, no por mí.. sino por que de algún modo he afectado a la intimidad de mis familiares y amigos. Por esta razón quisiera hacer un llamamiento para que todos los tangueros me ayuden a enviar mails a todas esas webs donde aparece mi rostro pidiendo que las retiren y a la vez informandome de los links. Mil gracias: keyra@supertangas.com

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Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Google Press Center: "2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist"

Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and trends. We hope you enjoy this aggregate look at what people wanted to know more about this year.

Gamer buys $26,500 virtual land



De la noticias que te gustan http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4104731.stm


BBC NEWS | Technology | Gamer buys $26,500 virtual land

¡Gracias Cabezón!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

EXCESS ALL AREAS

motivation


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fiesta Underbeat suspendida

Hola a todos.

Antes que nada queremos agradecer a los que vinieron y explicar los motivos por los cuales se tuvo que suspender momentáneamente la fiesta de 18 de diciembre pasado.

Como saben la fiesta Outdoor Psy – X en la Estancia Villa Futalauquen, es un evento que se realiza solo una vez al año desde el 2000. Esta clase de eventos no están preparados para un temporal. De hecho la idea es conectarse con la naturaleza y estar bailando bajo las estrellas y no bajo una carpa. Por eso es que en caso de lluvia o alguna alerta meteorológica la fiesta se suspende.

Para este evento se averiguo el pronostico del tiempo y no estaba anunciado ningún tipo de precipitación y mucho menos una tormenta eléctrica. Por esta razón se decidió realizar la fiesta sin prever refugio para el sonido e instalaciones.

Tanto a ustedes como a nosotros nos sorprendió la tormenta que cada vez se hacia mas fuerte. El personal técnico encargado de la iluminación y el sonido nos alerto del peligro que significaba seguir con todo conectado, ya que había riesgo de que alguien se electrocutara, obviamente que al ser informados de esto, no vacilamos en suspender la fiesta. Teniendo en cuenta nuestra inexperiencia en una situación como esta y los nervios, no fuimos claros al decir que se suspendía la fiesta. Deberíamos haber dicho que era solo hasta que se terminara la lluvia. Y así fue, una vez terminado el temporal se reanudo la fiesta que siguió hasta el domingo a las 18 hs.

Tengan en cuenta que estas fiestas son underground y eso significa que no contamos con ninguna clase de sponsor ni ayuda externa de ningún tipo. Trabajamos en equipo y ponemos todo de nosotros para brindarles la mejor fiesta posible. No saben el esfuerzo que significa hacer todo esto y tampoco saben la frustración que sentimos por lo ocurrido. Vale aclarar que nadie salio beneficiado por lo que paso y nos servirá como experiencia para los próximos eventos Outdoors.

Tomamos la decisión de compensar a todos por lo ocurrido y que toda la gente que se anoto en la lista de descuentos para Futalauquen se podrán anotar en una nueva lista especial con un importante descuento para la fiesta del 31 de diciembre en la quinta de Ezeiza, que como ya saben tocara el artista internacional Vibrasphere (Suecia).

El descuento especial será de $12 hasta las 3 am y después $15 toda la noche.

Entrada general $20 hasta las 3 am y después $25.

A los amigos y a los que nos siguen les agradecemos su apoyo y comprensión.

Nos vemos pronto y felices fiestas.

UNDERBEAT.


Deberían regalar la entrada, pero algo es algo...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

blogChino

Chisulina, fallido intento de reemplazar a Fantomas - CURSILERíAS POR UNA NOCHE DE FRÍO: "chusulina, habitante del rincín.
amante del iams de pollo y del atón.
amiga del viento y del pelo ajeno,
odia a los blue points.
te extraño bola de pelo,
pero extraño más a fantomas."

Carito para los pibes

La amiga de un amigo, con la cual nunca tuve nada.

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torrent on!

Como sabrán, mataron muchos sitios de Torrents, como por ejemplo Suprnova.org. Sin emargo siguen online los trackers y algunos mirrors, por ejemplo Bi-torrent.

Shaq issues warning to Kobe

"MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal has some advice for former teammate Kobe Bryant when the rivals play against each other for the first time -- stay out of the lane.

'If you've got a Corvette that runs into a brick wall, you know what's gonna happen,' he said in a halftime interview on ABC's 'Monday Night Football.' 'He's a Corvette. I'm a brick wall. So you know what's gonna happen.'"

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Un estudio médico revela por qué los árbitros se equivocan al cobrar offside

"El ojo y el cerebro no son capaces de procesar toda la información visual necesaria para aplicar correctamente el ofside (fuera de juego) en el fútbol", según un estudio español recién difundido que podría dar una explicación científica a muchas decisiones arbitrales polémicas. La investigación fue encabezada por el médico del Centro Salud de Alquerías (Murcia), Francisco Belda Maruenda, quien junto a otros 126 científicos reclamó que la Federación Internacional de Fútbol (FIFA) modifique la regla XI sobre la falta conocida como "posición adelantada".

Los especialistas sostienen en su estudio, publicado por el British Medical -una de las revistas médicas más prestigiosas del mundo-, que es "es humanamente imposible" para un árbitro o juez de línea apreciar esa irregularidad.

Según la investigación, el árbitro debe mirar al mismo tiempo al jugador que tiene la pelota para comprobar cuándo hará el pase, a su compañero más adelantado y al último defensor: esto implica que debe mantener en su campo visual varios "objetos" en movimiento al mismo tiempo. El proceso requeriría por lo menos dos movimientos "sacádicos", es decir, los que realiza el ojo para registrar cada uno de los objetos en su campo de observación.

Según los investigadores, se cometen errores en la aplicación de esta norma porque el árbitro tiene que cambiar de objeto de visión en corto espacio de tiempo, algo para lo que no está capacitado fisiológicamente.

Belda sostuvo hoy en una conferencia de prensa que "son necesarios medios técnicos como la observación de la grabación congelada de la imagen de televisión para apreciar el fuera de juego con exactitud".

¿Se erradica?

Entre las muchas variantes reglamentarias que se analizan de cara al futuro, varios de los dirigentes de la FIFA ven con buenos ojos que la posición adelantada deje de ser sancionada. Creen, con razón, que así el fútbol podría ser mucho más ofensivo y los partidos terminarían con mayor cantidad de goles. A la vez están los puristas que, en nombre de la nostalgia, dicen que su anulación modificaría la esencia del juego.

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El DT del Chelsea, Mourinho, hará entrenar a sus jugadores en Navidad

El entrenador del Chelsea inglés, el portugués José Mourinho, manifestó hoy que hará entrenar a sus jugadores en Navidad, para que el equipo siga en buena forma y mantenga la punta en la Premier League. Mientras que casi todos los clubes ingleses le dan el día libre a sus jugadores en Navidad, los integrantes del Chelsea (que mantiene una ventaja de cinco puntos sobre el Arsenal y jugará ante el Aston Villa el día después de las fiestas) quedarán concentrados para así mantener firme el objetivo de ganar un título luego de 49 años. “Las familias son más importantes que el fútbol, pero los jugadores entrenarán el 24 y 25 de diciembre, porque jugamos el 26”, explicó el DT.

Me cabe, eso si que es foco. Eye on the prize.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Yahoo! Video Search

Yahoo! Video Search: "Search for videos across the web."

Esto tiene todo tipo de usos, fíjense.

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MSN Member Directory - Public Profile

MSN Member Directory - Public Profile: "Hola mi nombre es Ramon, mido 1,58m. (con ojotas) peso 82Kg. tez cafe con leche (en realidad tes cafe doble) ojos negros, pelo negro, dientes negros, cejas rubias y barba rubia (gracias loreal) "

Dilbert


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Chloé Sevigny en The Brown Bunny

¿La tienen a Chloé Sevigny?



Actuó en varias películas exitosas, salió a la luz en Kids y más masivamente en Boy´s Don´t Cry donde hacía de novia de Hilary Swank. También estuvo en American Psycho, Dogville y un montón de películas independientes más.



Es conocida por aceptar roles en películas que no paguen mucho pero con guiones que le son interesantes.

Con The Brown Bunny la pifió, la película fue llamada por Roger Ebert "la peor película jamás aceptada al festival de cine de Cannes".

El punto de este post es que esa película tiene como punto prominente de interés público una fellatio que le hace Chloé al director, escritor, productor y protagonista principal de la película, Vincent Gallo.

Si se están preguntando como será pueden bajar el video acá. Después me cuentan (no bajar en el laburo).

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NBA All-Star Balloting 2005

Voten a Manu!

Está quinto entre escoltas de la conferencia Oeste. Estas son las posiciones actuales, con los votos para cada uno:

Tracy McGrady (Hou.) 680,373
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 673,665
Steve Nash (Pho.) 330,577
Ray Allen (Sea.) 305,147
Emanuel Ginobili (S.A.) 182,532
Mike Bibby (Sac.) 124,361
Michael Finley (Dal.) 93,847
Tony Parker (S.A.) 89,069
Jason Terry (Dal.) 65,360
Latrell Sprewell (Min.) 50,277

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Got Bubble?

Esto es el colmo.

Got Bubble?: "Welcome to the site dedicated in the search of this beauty. In my years of online experience as well as offline, I have yet to see such a beautiful girl with an even more beautiful back end as she has, that only the devil himself could have come up with. As you may have noticed she is gorgeous in everyway and inspires even the most church lovers bad side to come out. There isn't anything I wouldn't do probably to be able to get her out on a fun date, and so on..."

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

charlie brown

yankee doodle dandy

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
no jodas a la COca...

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
jajaja

dumbass dice:
eh?

dumbass dice:
que hice ahora?

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
jajajaja nada... entendí mal...

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
la Coca puso... me jo Andres

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
y pensé que estabas jodíendola

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
pero era me dijo Andrés

Se agregó a La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... a la conversación.

dumbass dice:
coca

dumbass dice:
explicale a flopy

dumbass dice:
que no me rompa las bolas en tu nombre

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
ya me explicó

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
jajajajaja que?

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
vos entendiste mal... porque yo entendío mal

dumbass dice:
entonces no me rompas las bolas

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
que explique qu?

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
andate a la puta que te parió

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
nadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

dumbass dice:
bueno

dumbass dice:
ahora voy

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
fue culpa miaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

dumbass dice:
gorda hinchabolas

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
entendí mal y lo estaba jodiendoooooooooooo

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
que pasoo?¿ que rtengo que expplicar que?

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
gordo bobo

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
nada COca

dumbass dice:
hahahahha

dumbass dice:
no me jodas en el laburo con tus pendejadas

dumbass dice:
hahahahahaha

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
jajajaja dejate de reir como Shankie "HAHAHAHAHA"

dumbass dice:
Shankie

dumbass dice:
que hija de puta

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
-AJJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAAJ

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... dice:
estas en argentiina

dumbass dice:
y? que tiene que ver?

dumbass dice:
me rió como se me canta, o vos hacés todo igual que todos?

dumbass dice:
por que estás en argentina?

dumbass dice:
hahahaha

HOY FIESTA EN JUANITOS bar!!!! Escabio RE BARATO!!!!! dice:
jajajaja no bardees al shanqui este...

dumbass dice:
shanQui

dumbass dice:
está haciendo una competencia?

dumbass dice:
quiero jugar!!!

dumbass dice:
LLANKEE

dumbass dice:
SHAUNQUIE

dumbass dice:
yaenquie

dumbass dice:
chankee

La venganza es el placer de los Dioses... abandonó la conversación.

dumbass dice:
uh se aburrió de mi ortografía

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Kirchner lo hizo

Cigarrillos, taxis, prepagas y gasoil, con aumentos:
Los atados de Massalin aumentan 17% y la bajada de bandera se fijó en $1,60 para comienzos de 2005. Las cuotas de las prepagas subirán hasta 10% y el gasoil, 1,5 por ciento"

Un amigo Néstor, ¡gracias!

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raymi the minx

che boludo, raymi está muy mal, miren este post: cops&queers: "so bloody strong
Tuesday, December 14, 2004"

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Agustina - Keyra

Perdón por parecer misógino, pero esta pendeja tiene el mejor culo del mundo. No lo digo yo, lo dijo Howard Stern.

Parece que el novio le sacó las fotos y las posteó. O algo así. Fue mencionado en el Howard Stern Show y recientemente en Fleshbot.

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Google Goes to College

Search Engine Plans to Scan
Books in University Libraries,
Making Them Available on Web

By KEVIN J. DELANEY and JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
December 14, 2004; Page D1

Google Inc. is expected to announce plans today to let consumers use its search engine to access millions of books from the libraries of some top U.S. and foreign universities.

In a dramatic expansion to an existing Google service that makes books searchable online, the Mountain View, Calif., company will scan the entire library of the University of Michigan, which includes seven million volumes. It also will make available online large parts of the libraries at Stanford University and the University of Oxford, as well as books from Harvard University and the New York Public Library.

The initiative has the potential to change the way people view their libraries, as they are able to find information from books without ever setting foot in the library itself. It also intensifies Google's competition with Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc., which itself offers a service for searching within books.

Under the new program, consumers will be able to type key words into Google's main Web search site just as they currently do. Links to portions of text from the library books will then show up in the results. The books-related results will be set apart at the top of the search-result page. When users click on a book-related result, they will see images of the relevant scanned pages with their search terms highlighted.

Depending on agreements with a book's publisher or author, the user will then be able to browse a portion of the book or the entirety. Starting today, some of the books already digitized at the University Michigan will go online. Piggybacking on a separate database, Google's service allows consumers to type in their ZIP Code and see if books that show up in their search results are owned by libraries near them.

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Swinging in Tango City

Nerve.com - Swinging in Tango City by Daniel Maurer



The joke goes, I'm not a sex tourist, but I play one on vacation.

I'm in a cab in Buenos Aires, on business. The driver is a young kid with a shaved head and wire-rim glasses — not the typical paunch-bellied porteño cabbie. After a dinner of pork intestines and Quilmes beer, I'm just buzzed enough to forget that my girlfriend Kyona is sitting next to me. Before I know it, I've asked about the zona roja. The driver takes us around the block to a cobblestone street in Jorge Luis Borges's old neighborhood. But tonight there are no transvestite hookers, just policemen at every corner. The driver offers to take us to the strip of actual niñas instead; he sounds like a waiter sorry to have run out of the house special.

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Monday, December 13, 2004

be good.

Newell´s Old Boys Campeón Apertura 2004

Oracle > PeopleSoft

Oracle Signs Definitive Merger Pact
To Buy PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion

WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP
December 13, 2004 7:25 a.m.

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- After more than a year of legal wrangling, PeopleSoft Inc. agreed to be acquired by Oracle Corp. for $26.50 a share, or about $10.3 billion.

The agreement, which comes 18 months after Oracle launched its hostile-takeover bid for Pleasanton-based PeopleSoft, represents a $2.50 boost in Oracle's last offering price. The deal has the approval of the boards of both companies and should close by early January.

SOFTWARE FIGHT
See complete coverage of Oracle's pursuit of PeopleSoft

Oracle agreed to revise its $24-a-share offer by Wednesday, Dec. 15, and the tender will remain open through Dec. 28, unless extended.

The agreement announced by both companies Monday halts all pending litigation.

"This merger gives Oracle even more scale and momentum,'' said Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison. "The real highlight of our most recent quarter was the 57% growth in our applications business, and this merger is going to make that applications business bigger and stronger.''

"After careful consideration, we believe this revised offer provides good value for PeopleSoft stockholders and represents a substantial increase in value from October," said A. George "Skip" Battle, Chairman of PeopleSoft's Transaction Committee. "This has been a long, emotional struggle, and our employees have consistently performed well under the most challenging of circumstances."

Mr. Ellison said, "This merger works because we will have more customers, which increases our ability to invest more in applications development and support.''

Oracle's last bid had been for $9.2 billion, or $24 a share. PeopleSoft shares closed Friday at $23.95 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Pirelli Calendar 2005

Acá pueden ver la nueva versión del calendario que saca Pirelli todos los años.

Google offers a suggestion

"Google has launched a new feature that tries to guess what users are looking for as they type queries into a search box.

Google Suggest quietly debuted this week on the company's Labs site, which showcases Google features that 'aren't quite ready for prime time,' according to a message on the site. When a user starts typing a request into the search box, a drop-down menu appears with possible suggestions as to what the user could be looking for.

For instance, typing in 'Mi' generates a list starting with 'Microsoft' and continuing with 'miniclip,' 'Michael Moore' and 'miserable failure,' among other suggestions.

Google uses 'a wide range of information' to predict queries, according to an FAQ, including data about the overall popularity of various searches. The company does not use individual search histories to help generate the prompts, it says."

¡¡El LINK!!

Motorola Razr V3 review - Cell Phones - CNET Reviews

Motorola Razr V3 review - Cell Phones - CNET Reviews

Este es probablemente lo más cercano que vas a ver hoy a un celular en el 2008.

DEE DEE GARCIA - La Era de la Serpiente

DEE DEE GARCIA - La Era de la Serpiente

Mañana inauguración de nueva colección. Cualquier persona que es alguien va a ir.

Thursday, December 9, 2004

RIP Dimebag Darrell

Soul Shine Magazine : Legendary Guitarist Darrell Abbott Shot Dead



Published: 2004-12-09
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, guitarist for metal pioneers Pantera and his more recent project, Damageplan, was shot dead last night in Columbus, Ohio at a Damageplan concert when a gunman wearing a hockey jersey and hooded sweatshirt rushed the stage at the Alrosa Villa nightclub just after 10 p.m. and opened fire on the band and the crowd of approximately 250 spectators. Apparently many people initially thought the gunman was part of the act. Three other people were gunned down, though some reports put that number as high as five, before the gunman was tackled by a security guard and killed by Police Officer James D. Niggemeyer. Two other victims have been identified as Nathan Bray and Erin Halk, both audience members. It has also been reported on NBC TV that a second member of Damageplan was killed, but his name has not yet been released. A witness told NBC that a man climbed onto the stage, started yelling, and then shot Dimebag Darrell five or six times at close range. Officer.com is reporting that the gunman has been identified by Ohio Police as Nathan Gale, 25, of Marysville, Ohio. Police have scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. this morning. "

Abbott was born in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966. Together with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, he formed Pantera in 1982. In 1990 they released their groundbreaking, genre defining major label debut, Cowboys From Hell, their second with then new lead singer and current Superjoint Ritual vocalist Philip Anselmo. When Pantera disbanded in 2003 after years of inactivity, which most blame on the many consuming side projects of Anselmo, Abbott and his brother formed Damageplan with vocalist Patrick Lachman and bassist Bobzilla. They were currently touring behind their debut release, ‘New Found Power’.

The guitarist, known for his long, often dyed goatee and trademark cowboy hat, brought a style and swagger all his own to the world of metal. He was able to infuse his own brand of southern-fried, whiskey-soaked groove into aggressive music in a seemingly effortless manner that could be imitated but never duplicated. His sound and style inspired many of today’s top metal guitarists. Few metal ax-slingers will drop a list of influences without mentioning Dimebag and Pantera. His signature tone and cry-baby wah pedal laden solos were among the best to grace the eardrums of a generation of metalheads.

R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell Abbott 1966-2004.

IBM Veteran Sees an Opportunity With Lenovo

WSJ.com - IBM Veteran Sees an Opportunity With Lenovo:
New PC Business Chief
To Rely More on Resellers;
Keeping Grip on Customers

By WILLIAM M. BULKELEY and EVAN RAMSTAD
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
December 9, 2004; Page B3

Stephen M. Ward Jr., a 26-year veteran of International Business Machines Corp., suddenly has the job of turning China's Lenovo Group Ltd. into a strong and profitable No. 3 in the global computer market -- something he couldn't do with IBM's own PC business.

As a result of the agreement by Beijing-based Lenovo to acquire IBM's PC business for $1.25 billion in cash and stock, Mr. Ward, who has headed the PC operation inside IBM, will now be chief executive of a public company traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange with combined sales of about $12 billion a year and an indicated 8% market share. As part of the deal, IBM will own an 18.9% stake in Lenovo.

Mr. Ward said he plans to set up a small headquarters in Armonk, N.Y., IBM's hometown, and plans to keep IBM's PC group's 10,000 employees, including the 2,200 in the U.S.

In an interview, Mr. Ward said he expects Lenovo to continue IBM's strategy of trying to develop innovations that will persuade buyers to look at features other than low price when picking PCs. 'Like any product in the world, it's commoditized until someone finds a way to make it better,' he said. He said IBM has had favorable sales results with recent innovations, such as a built-in fingerprint reader for logging on to a PC and a one-button recovery feature for starting up again if a virus shuts down a PC."

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Gustavo Di Tomaso DJ

:: Gustavo Di Tomaso ::



On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 14:50:20 -0300, Alejandro Molnar wrote:
> andy, quien es gustavo di tomasso y porque debería importarle al
> público de tu blog?
>
> hacés algo el viernes?


hahahahahah
good point, debería aclarar, no?
es un amigo de un amigo, lo conozco un poco, salimos varias veces.
habitué de la noche porteña, puede entrar gratis a muchos lugares, por ejemplo.
ganó un concurso en mercuryserver.com y le regalaron la página.

el viernes está en el aire, propuestas?

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Nick Nolte Hit With Teen Sex Lawsuit

Nick Nolte Hit With Teen Sex Lawsuit - December 3, 2004: "Nick Nolte Hit With Teen Sex Lawsuit
Girl, 15, was assaulted by partygoer at actor's Malibu home



DECEMBER 3--The parents of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted last year in the home of Nick Nolte have sued the actor for negligence, claiming that he was aware minors were using alcohol and drugs during parties at the family's Malibu home. According to the below Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, the girl, who was 15 at the time of the January 2003 incident, was assaulted after she was given the date-rape drug GHB by partygoer Nicholas Woodring and an unnamed minor. Woodring, 22, was originally charged with several felonies, including rape, but pleaded in March to a single misdemeanor count of having sex with a minor. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. The lawsuit claims that Nolte is liable for unspecified damages because he was 'aware of the propensity' of a resident security officer and one underage partygoer to provide 'alcohol and/or drugs to minor children.' The complaint also notes that Nolte was aware of 'the use of these intoxicating substances for the purpose of gaining compliance to certain acts of sexual harassment.' The 63-year-old actor, of course, has had a working familiarity with GHB, having been high on the drug when arrested in Malibu in September 2002 for drunk driving. He subsequently copped a plea and was sentenced to three years probation, counseling, and drug testing. (5 pages)"

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Ultimo Momento de Leo Di Caprio

Di Caprio se salvó de milagro: no se abrió el paracaídas y casi se mata

El famoso actor estadounidense Leonardo Di Caprio la sacó barata. Durante la filmación de una peligrosa escena de su última película "The Aviator", tuvo que saltar en paracaídas. Pero nunca se abrió.

"Tiré del cordón, miré para arriba, pero el paracaídas no se abría. Creí que era el fin", describió el actor la situación desesperante. En ese momento Di Caprio caía al vacío. Pero (por suerte) otro paracaidista, que había saltado con él, se dio cuenta lo que estaba pasando.

El experto en este tipo de deportes logró acercarse a Di Caprio durante la caída y cortar el cordón que le impedía abrir el paracaídas. Todo en una cuestión de segundos. Entonces, sí, pudo aterrizar sano y salvo en un campo militar de Los Angeles.

Después del gran susto, y mucho más relajado, el actor de “Titanic” contó a la prensa británica que "fue una experiencia horrible que jamás olvidaré". Di Caprio se salvó de milagro de la peligrosa aventura. Y las fans, respiraron aliviadas.


Monday, December 6, 2004

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

BUENOS AIRES BRIEFING
December 2004


News this month

Looking for suspects

Buenos Aires was briefly the centre of international attention in November after a series of bomb blasts at three banks, including two branches of Citibank. The attacks killed a security guard, injured a police officer (during the controlled detonation of a bomb), and caused minor structural damage to the banks. The bombs were unsophisticated, rigged with gunpowder of the sort that is available in fireworks. They were similar to one used in an attack on demonstrators last December, and one left in a bank in the Belgrano district in August. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Closed-circuit television cameras captured the offenders on tape, but poor image quality and covered faces make identification unlikely. The government has suggested that the attacks may be the vengeful work of those who have been purged from the police or armed forces, in order to provoke a sense of insecurity.


Sex appeal

In December the city legislature will debate a controversial bill to make sex education compulsory in city schools. The bill, proposed by deputies from the left and right, puts the city in charge of the curriculum, although it lays out certain compulsory subjects. In response to intense pressure from Catholic groups, masturbation is no longer included, but “eroticism” is, to the clear annoyance of Aníbal Ibarra, the city's mayor. The curriculum would affect students who are at least 11 years old.

The bill's advocates have met with religious authorities to try to reach a compromise. But it seems little will change the mind of the city's cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, who has described the bill as “more fascist than could have been achieved by Goebbels”. Church authorities argue that parents should have the final say. But the bill's authors point out that many parents are unable to educate their children adequately on the subject. They were backed by the national health minister, Ginés González García, who said that more education was necessary to reduce the number of illegal abortions in the country, which he estimated at around half a million a year.


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Damned either way

An October fire killed three teenagers held in a police station in the suburb of Quilmes. Responding to the tragedy, the courts have ruled that juvenile offenders can no longer be held in police stations; the province's governor promised to comply. But the conditions in the juvenile-detention centres are scarcely better, as they are crowded well beyond capacity. In the last 12 years, the number of children arrested in the province has tripled, to over 15,000. And for every child arrested, another eight are put into children's homes because of they are suffering from poverty or abuse.

One provincial judge declared that children face a worse fate when they are not incarcerated, arguing that they then run the risk of being shot by the police. This case gained credibility in November, when a judge found two members of the provincial police force, La Bonaerense, guilty of executing a teenager. The judge then ordered an inquiry into the possible existence of police death squads in the suburbs around the capital.


A brutal problem worsens

Violence against women is on the rise in Buenos Aires, according to the general prosecutor's office. In the first half of the year there were 513 sexually motivated attacks, compared with 872 in all of 2003 and 793 the previous year. Women's groups have denounced the trend.

But disturbing figures are only part of the problem. The capital's Women's Office, for instance, received almost 11,000 calls from women who were victims of violence in the first nine months of 2004. According to some estimates, only one in ten women inform the police of sexual attacks and only a tenth of such reports result in conviction. The Women's Office has speculated that as many as 60% of women suffer from domestic violence. In response, the city council has announced that it will provide free legal assistance to women who are attacked, and launch a publicity campaign urging them to report any incident.


Hiding in plain sight

A recent visit from Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family, lured some of the more feverish members of the British press. Ironically, the prince reportedly came to lay low after a series of bust-ups with the press over lurid stories about his drunken behaviour, which culminated in a fight with a photographer. During his fortnight in late November on an English-owned ranch in Buenos Aires province, there were plenty of articles about the prince's debauched escapes to a nearby town. Local authorities fretted over his safety after other reports claimed that local criminals were plotting to kidnap him. The prince's security was duly bumped up.


Catch if you can
December 2004






Until February 27th 2005

This exhibition comprises 400 works—sculptures, drawings, collages and video installations—from one of Argentina's most talented multimedia artists. The show testifies not just to the breadth but also to the complexity of Mr Ferrari's work. With sensuality, humour and violence, he often examines the nature of power and challenges mainstream cultural values.

A retrospective of Mr Ferrari's groundbreaking works from the 1960s is scheduled to run until December 15th. Local Catholic fundamentalists are trying to cancel it as it contains a series of controversial works dealing with church discrimination. From December 16th, the show will be replaced with a less contentious display of some later works.

Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junín 1930, Recoleta. Tel: +54 11-4803-1040. Open: Tues-Fri, 2pm-9pm; Sat, Sun and holidays, 10am-9pm. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Friday, December 3, 2004

Terminando el Concepto

Terminando el Concepto: "Alpedismo cr�nico

Es increible, sin importar cu�ntas actividades haga SIEMPRE me las arreglo para estar al re pedo.
Logro anotarme en carreras en las que no hago nada, y encima las dejo por la mitad. Pero como estuve cursando, es decir: 'realmente lo intent�'; quedo con licencia para tomarme medio a�ito sab�tico en el �rea de loes estudios. A todo esto vamos cuatro a�os, cuatro carreras a cuestas, y s�lo medio CBC aprobado!!!
Por supuesto que no puedo estar todo el d�a tirada en casa... as� que tengo que laburar, y no s�lo para mantener apariencias, sino que a mis 22 a�os no me queda otra. En cuatro a�os, miles de laburos... Panchera en la costa (tortura de 12hs atendiendo borrachitos, parada y cubierta de salsa y grasa, y todo por dos mangos!!! No s� en qu� pensaba), recepcionista (DEL INFIERNO, atenci�n al cliente, m�s de 200 llamados al d�a y siempre gente hist�rica quej�ndose. Ni hablar de una supervisora que era un gorda resentida y frustrada que me hizo la vida imposible hasta que, literalmente, me dio stress), administrativa (en una empresita donde la �nica ocupaci�n de jefe, adem�s de cojerse a la secretaria, era tratar de cojerme a mi. No lo logr�, y dem�s est� decir que termin� despedida por 'recorte de personal!'... Por favor si s�lo �ramos 2 administrativas!!!), mesera (en varios y odiosos lugares como parrillas libres y bares donde no existe la propina y ambos lugares donde tambi�n me quer�an cojer!!! Qu� le pasa por la cabeza a estos tipos?! No se dan cuenta que tener las tetas grandes te hace m�s deseable pero no m�s cogible?), y la lista sigue y sigue y sigue...
Mis �ltimas adquisiciones en el �rea laboral son de secretaria en una empresa que 'lucha' (en realidad espera y tiene fe) para no irse a la quiebra, mi jefe es tan inoperante que realmente me sorprende que pueda vestirse en forma correcta por si solo todas las ma�anas. Me paso la tarde escuchando la radio y leyendo, me pagan tarde si me pagan y encima tengo que soportarlo a �l!!!! Mi �nica compa�era es un amor de mujer, es la que pone la fe en que todo salga bien, pero su �nica ocupaci�n es tejer y romperme las pelotas con acotaciones repetidas sobre el estado del clima y la operaci�n que le van a hacer en el hombro. CASTIGO DIVINO!!! Pero como este laburo donde me pagan poco y tarde, si es que me pagan, no es suficiente para ahorrar unas m�seras moneditas para las vacaciones, sigo labuirando de mesera en JUANITOS, el mejor bar de capital. No hay propinas, pero la verdad se compensa con los cientos de pesos que me escabio en birra cada vez que voy. M�s la ventaja de trabajar con mi mejor amiga y compa�era de peligrosas aventuras, y la superventaja de que mi jefe adem�s es un amigo, no se pueden comparar. S�lo espero que la amistad dure, porque de lo contario pagar los 5 a 8 lts de cerveza por fin de semana que consumimos se nos va a complicar...
En fin... laburo como una yegua, me aburro como una yegua y ando quebrada como burro de cartonero... Adem�s de vivir frustrada, porque en los �ltimos cuatro a�os de mi vida lo �nico que se desarroll� fu� una potencial cirrosis, no tengo ni para ir a laburar esta noche y en casa me rompen las pelotas hasta l�mites insospechables por esta situaci�n, como una pelotuda estoy ac� escribi�ndolo en vez de ponerme los pantalones y hacer algo de verdad!!!!
Moraleja... el que no coje se deja!!!"

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IBM said to be eyeing a sale of its PC business | CNET News.com

IBM said to be eyeing a sale of its PC business | CNET News.com: "IBM, which gave legitimacy to the personal computer business in the 1980s, is said to be negotiating the sale of its PC unit in a move that could reshape the industry.

The company is negotiating with Chinese manufacturer Lenovo Group, formerly known as Legend, and at least one other buyer to sell its PC business unit, according to a report in Friday's New York Times. The unit could fetch as much as $2 billion, the report said."

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EA memo

We got our hands on a hot little internal memo written by EA Senior VP Rusty Rueff that amounts to a mea culpa to the company’s sweatshop employees. In it, Rueff promises that changes are coming, including reclassifying more employees so they can receive overtime.

For those of you who have some how missed out on the EA scandal this is it in a nutshell:

An anonymous letter written by EA Spouse complained of the treatment of employees by EA and their Byzantine overtime practices.

An employee filed a suit against EA, asking for it to be classified as a class action.

An on the record employee complains of EA’s treatment of employees.

Which brings us to the Memo, which I now present to you in full:

The last few weeks of reading blogs and the media about EA culture and work practices have not been easy. I know personally how hard it is when so much of the news seems negative. We have purposefully not responded to web logs and the media because the best way to communicate is directly with you, our team members.

As much as I don’t like what’s been said about our company and our industry, I recognize that at the heart of the matter is a core truth: the work is getting harder, the tasks are more complex and the hours needed to accomplish them have become a burden. We haven’t yet cracked the code on how to fully minimize the crunches in the development and production process. Net, there are things we just need to fix. And the solutions don’t apply to just our studios — the people who market, sell, distribute and support the great games that our Studios create, all share a demanding workload.

Three weeks ago we issued our bi-annual Talk Back Survey and more than 80 percent of you participated – much higher than the norm for a company our size. That tells me you care and are committed to making EA better. In the next 30 days we’ll have the survey results and we will share them openly with you by the middle of January.

Your feedback in the Talk Back Survey will help us make changes in the coming year, but we’re not waiting — some changes are already in the works in the Studios. Here are just a few:

The Studios will be moving to a consistent application of the Renderware Platform. We bought Criterion because we believe there is no better technology platform (25% of all games in our industry are being built on RW). Having a standardized technology approach will save us from having to re-invent the wheel over and over. It will save time and effort we used to spend navigating technology issues.

Every member of the Studio will have gone through Pre-Production Training by the end of December (Tiburon will be going through their training in January when they move into their new facility). We understand the toll taken on our teams when we change directions late in the process. We are putting more teeth in our preproduction discipline to ensure that we more fully define and agree (at all levels) on what the features of the game will be before we scale up teams.

We’ve started a Development Process Improvement Project to get smarter and improve efficiency. Just as we have revamped the Pre-Production process, we are now creating a Product Development Map that will provide earlier decision-making (on SKUS and game features), improve our consistency of creative direction, and lessen the number of late in the process changes, firedrills, and crunches. We will be rolling these changes out over the next year.

We are looking at reclassifying some jobs to overtime eligible in the new Fiscal Year. We have resisted this in the past, not because we don’t want to pay overtime, but because we believe that the wage and hour laws have not kept pace with the kind of work done at technology companies, the kind of employees those companies attract and the kind of compensation packages their employees prefer. We consider our artists to be “creative” people and our engineers to be “skilled” professionals who relish flexibility but others use the outdated wage and hour laws to argue in favor of a workforce that is paid hourly like more traditional industries and conforming to set schedules. But we can’t wait for the legislative process to catch up so we’re forced to look at making some changes to exempt and non-exempt classifications beginning in April.

So, there are things in the works short-term, longer-term, along with those ideas that will come from you over the next few months.

Here is what I know about our progress as a Company.

First, we have the best people in this industry and arguably in the entire entertainment industry. Globally, we are now over 5000 strong and we continue to win in the market place. Year after year, our games finish at the top of the charts with the best ratings. We like to compete and we like to win.

Second, we’re doing something that no one has ever done before: No entertainment software company has ever scaled to this size. We take it for granted sometimes, but it’s important to recognize this fact. Every day is a learning day with new competitors, new consumers, new people working on bigger teams – and all of this amid rapidly changing technology. We experiment, we learn from our mistakes, we adapt and we grow.

Most important: we recognize that this doesn’t get fixed with one email or in one month. It’s an on-going process of communication and change. And while I realize that the issue today is how we work – I think we should all remember that there are also a lot of great benefits to working at EA that are not offered at other companies. With some smart thinking and specific actions we will fix these issues and become stronger as a company.

Thanks for taking time to read this.

Rusty

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Duelo argentino entre Ginóbili y Delfino

Clarín.com > Ultimo Momento > Duelo argentino entre Ginóbili y Delfino.

Esta noche, San Antonio recibirá a Detroit Pistons en Texas. Comienza a las 22 y lo televisa ESPN.

Emanuel Ginóbili, con San Antonio Spurs, y Carlos Delfino, con Detroit Pistons, protagonizarán esta noche el primer duelo de argentinos en la temporada de la NBA.

El partido se jugará en el estadio SBC Center de San Antonio, a partir de las 22 de Argentina y será televisado televisado en directo por ESPN.

San Antonio manda en la División Sudoeste y tercero en la conferencia del Oeste y tiene un registro de 13 victorias y 3 derrotas y hoy buscará su 21er. triunfo consecutivo como local.

Por su parte, Detroit, el actual campeón de la NBA, está cumpliento una irregular campaña con siete triunfos y la misma cantidad de derrotas, que lo ubican en el tercer lugar de la división Central y séptimo en la conferencia del Este.

Ginóbili está teniendo una destacada temporada en los Spurs, con promedios de 15 puntos, 5 rebotes, 4,5 asistencias y 2 robos por partido, aunque en los últimos encuentro bajó su registro de goleo, que en los primeros encuentros llegaron a las 21 unidades.

Delfino volvió a jugar en el partido anterior (triunfo sobre Houston) tras estar cinco encuentros en la lista de lesionados por una molestia en la rodilla derecha, y en los Pistons reaparecerá el pivote Ben Wallace, tras cumplir seis fechas de suspensión por los graves incidentes que protagonizó en un partido ante Indiana.

El santafesino, quien es debutante en la NBA, jugó ocho de los catorce partidos de su equipo, promedia 15 minutos por juego y 5,4 puntos, y su rol se centra en la primera variante de los titulares externos.

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Thursday, December 2, 2004

uh-oh

Afirman que el uso frecuente de marihuana genera psicosis

Lo establecieron científicos de la Universidad de Maastricht. La investigación, publicada en el British Medical Journal, dice que el cannabis interrumpe el balance de la dopamina, químico esencial del cerebro



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Para el estudio, los investigadores analizaron los casos de 2.437 jóvenes entre 14 y 24 años, que estuvieron bajo observación por cuatro años, informó la agencia ANSA.

Luego de ajustar factores tales como clase social y económica, así como el uso de otras drogas, tabaco y alcohol, hallaron que la marihuana -aún usada moderadamente- incrementa los síntomas psicóticos.

Sin embargo, advirtieron que el efecto fue mucho mayor en aquellas personas con una predisposición a esa enfermedad mental.

El informe concluyó que no comparte la teoría de que la gente con tal predisposición tiene la tendencia a consumir marihuana y aseguró que hubo poca evidencia que la gente genéticamente vulnerable a la psicosis se inclinara más al consumo de la droga.

Jim Van Os, autor principal de la investigación, explicó que el consumo de cannabis "no es una buena idea para las personas predispuestas a la psicosis". "Si existe una predisposición familiar (a la psicosis) o una historia de fragilidad personal es recomendable alejarse de las drogas".

Por su parte, Martin Barnes, director ejecutivo de la organización de caridad británica DrugScope, afirmó que la investigación "enfatiza que existen riesgos potenciales a la salud asociados con el uso de marihuana, particularmente para la gente joven".

"El desafío es asegurarse que los mensajes sobre el consumo del cannabis sean entendidos por los profesores y los profesionales de la salud que trabajan con jóvenes, y que estos mensajes sean presentados en forma atractiva para que los jóvenes los escuchen y los sigan", concluyó.

En ese sentido, Dinah Morley, directiva de la organización de caridad Young Minds, precisó que el estudio añade evidencia a trabajos previos que sugieren una asociación entre cannabis y psicosis.

Para la experta, la nueva investigación "respalda el entendimiento emergente de que una predisposición a la psicosis combinada con el abuso temprano de marihuana, incrementa la tendencia de desencandenar una enfermedad psicótica".

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How To Blog > CafePress

Debería promover How To Blog >este libro, por Tony Pierce de BusBlog.

Debería.

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MSN Messenger 7 Beta

Pueden bajar el MSN 7 Beta público acá. Está bueno.