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Like Tennis? October 23, 2008

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I am a bit of a tennis fan, and incase you aren’t totaly into tennis but wish to know what is happening in the tennis world here is the latest tennis article!

 

Tennis Ace Federer Survives Fight To The Finish

Federer had to save a set point in ninth game of the first set as Nieminen fought hard to try and win the first set of his career against the world number two after losing 18 dating back to 2002 in Moscow.

Nieminen’s brave game failed him as Federer finally took the opening set and then recovered from an early break in the second for 4-4. He then raced away through a second decider to convert on the first of five more match points, advancing in just over 90 minutes.

The Finn now stands 0-10 in the series where he had said just to win a set might have felt like a victory as the pair played a repeat of the 2007 final.

“I have such a good record against him, that I never felt in danger,” said Federer, winner of the last two editions of his hometown tournament.

“We played doubles ten years ago as juniors and we know each other well.

“This was a good match but not my best, I was playing passive sometimes and waiting for him to make the errors.”

Federer will aim for the semi-finals on Friday against Italian Simone Bolelli, who beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-2.

James Blake kept up his hopes of making the ATP season-ending championship when he defeated Spain’s Oscar Hernandez 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4.

The American advanced past the Basel second round for the first time in four appearances, with the fourth seed now lining up against another Spaniard in Feliciano Lopez.

Second seed David Nalbandian needed nearly two and a half hours to subdue qualifier Kristof Vliegen, posting a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) win.

The Belgian refused to fold against the world number eight who says he will skip the season-ending championships in China despite being on course to possibly qualify for the eight-man field.

The Argentine is devoting his full focus on the November 21-23 Davis Cup final against Spain in Mar del Plata, where his South American compatriots will attempt to come good after losing title challenges in 1981 and 2006.

Nalbandian lifted the Basel title in 2002 and is playing the indoor event for the seventh time in Roger Federer’s hometown. He next faces German Benjamin Becker, another qualifier.

“It’s going to be tough to play a guy for the first time. It’s tough when you don’t know your opponent. But I must play well if I’m to win,” said Nalbandian.

Blake is keen to make his way to Shanghai for the second time in three years and needs a solid result this week before making his final push next week at the Paris Masters.

“Paris will be the decider, like over the past three years. I made it in 2006 and missed it last year,” said Blake.

“I’m not that worried but I’m keeping my schedule flexible – I’ve got no holidays or anything planned during the week of Shanghai.””

Odd Article/Soon To Review! October 21, 2008

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Hello!

I just read a very short yet odd article that I found on AP, I think you may be puzzled by it.

“Dutch Youths Convicted of Virtual Theft

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A Dutch court has convicted two youths of theft for stealing virtual items in a computer game and sentenced them to community service.

Only a handful of such cases have been heard in the world, and they have reached varying conclusions about the legal status of “virtual goods.”

The Leeuwarden District Court says the culprits, 15 and 14 years old, coerced a 13-year-old boy into transferring a “virtual amulet and a virtual mask” from the online adventure game RuneScape to their game accounts.

“These virtual goods are goods (under Dutch law), so this is theft,” the court said Tuesday in a summary of its ruling.

Identities of the minors were not released.

The 15-year-old was sentenced to 200 hours service, and the 14-year-old to 160 hours.”

 

 

I also will soon begin reviewing different music albums, I tend to be tough critic and I think I might enjoy writing a review. 🙂

U.S. Pilot Was Ordered To Shoot Down UFO October 20, 2008

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Article:

 

LONDON (Reuters) – Two U.S. fighter planes were scrambled and ordered to shoot down an unidentified flying object (UFO) over the English countryside during the Cold War, according to secret files made public on Monday.

One pilot said he was seconds away from firing 24 rockets at the object, which moved erratically and gave a radar reading like “a flying aircraft carrier.”

The pilot, Milton Torres, now 77 and living in Miami, said it spent periods motionless in the sky before reaching estimated speeds of more than 7,600 mph (12,000 kph).

After the alert, a shadowy figure told Torres he must never talk about the incident and he duly kept silent for more than 30 years.

His story was among dozens of UFO sightings in defence ministry files released at the National Archives in London.

In a written account, Torres described how he scrambled his F-86 D Sabre jet in calm weather from the Royal Air Force base at Manston, Kent in May 1957.

“I was only a lieutenant and very much aware of the gravity of the situation. I felt very much like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest,” he said.

“The order came to fire a salvo of rockets at the UFO. The authentication was valid and I selected 24 rockets.

“I had a lock-on that had the proportions of a flying aircraft carrier,” he added. “The larger the airplane, the easier the lock-on. This blip almost locked itself.”

At the last moment, the object disappeared from the radar screen and the high-speed chase was called off.

He returned to base and was debriefed the next day by an unnamed man who “looked like a well-dressed IBM salesman.”

“He threatened me with a national security breach if I breathed a word about it to anyone,” he said.

The documents contain no official explanation for the incident, which came at a time of heightened tension between the West and the Soviet Union. Planes were on constant stand-by at British bases for a possible Soviet attack.

The files blame other UFO sightings on weather balloons, clouds or normal aircraft. Torres said he had been waiting 50 years for an explanation.

“I shall never forget it,” he told the Times. “On that night I was ordered to open fire even before I had taken off. That had never happened before.”

UFO expert David Clarke said the sighting may have been part of a secret U.S. project to create phantom aircraft on radar screens to test Soviet air defences.

“Perhaps what this pilot had seen was some kind of experiment in electronic warfare or maybe it was a UFO,” he said. “Something very unusual happened.”

Playlist! October 18, 2008

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I just made a playlist on playlist.com, I hope you enjoy it! I may update it in the coming days to get more variety.

http://view.playlist.com/12988380683

Also if anyone reading this has their own blog I would really like if you could just write something like this in a post “Another blogger asked if I could post a link to his blog so he can get more traffic, check out his blog! https://mappingthemind.wordpress.com/ ” thank. 🙂

PA Man Eats Giant Hamburger October 18, 2008

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CLEARFIELD, Pa. – It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds.

The mountain of beef is the product of Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield.

Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. “About three hours into it, things got tough,” he said.

When asked what possessed him to eat a burger that big, Sciullo said: “I wanted to see if I could.”

The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.

For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate “and a burger hangover, as I call it,” Liegey said.

Humor For Lexophiles October 17, 2008

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I recieved this in an E-mail and it was slightly funny, enjoy!

Subject: Humor for Lexophiles (Word Lovers)

 

> Humor for Lexophiles (Lovers of Words)
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> I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
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> Police were called to a day care where a 3-yr-old was resisting a rest.
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> Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
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> The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.
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> To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
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> When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
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> The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
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> A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months.
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> A thief fell & broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.
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> When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U.C.L.A.
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> The dead batteries were given out free of charge.
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> A dentist & a manicurist fought tooth and nail.
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> A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
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> A will is a dead giveaway.
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> Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
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> A backward poet writes inverse.
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> In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.
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> A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
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> If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
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> Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft & I’ll show you a flat miner.
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> The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
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> A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France , resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
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> You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
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> A calendar’s days are numbered.
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> A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.
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> A boiled egg is hard to beat.
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> He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
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> Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
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> When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
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> When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.
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> Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
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> Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.
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> Acupuncture: a jab well done
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Welcome to Mapping The Mind! October 17, 2008

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Hello readers, welcome to my new blog. I will post just about anything on this blog, some posts will be utterly pointless and others very meaningful. I hope to get a few regular readers, and not just random people who read the newest post and never check back. This website is still under construction but right now you can take a look at my art gallery and click on the blogroll.

 

~ Your future friend, Keatonimo [nickname is subject to change]