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Humor: Academic Salaries

In Academia, Humor on October 22, 2008 at 8:57 am

😀 From PhD Comics:


The 7-Eleven Election ’08

In Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Polling and Surveys on October 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Did you know that you can participate in the 7-Eleven Election?

The convenience store chain is conducting a 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll, which gives coffee drinkers their choice of a red 20-ounce cup for John McCain or a blue 20-ounce cup for Barack Obama.

Currently, Barack Obama is leading the 7-Eleven polls 60% to 40% for John McCain.

Scanned votes are reported weekly in USA Today. The latest results can be viewed at 7-Election.com. Drink up and cast your opinion at the same time. 😉

POLL: If the election were held today, who would you cast your ballot for?

In Election 2008, Politics, Polling and Surveys on October 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Early Voting in Texas Starts Monday

In Election 2008, Politics, Texas Politics on October 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Early voting in Texas begins Monday, October 20th and goes through Friday, October 31st. This election will have an extremely high turnout so take this opportunity to cast your ballot early.

Don’t forget that you’re not just choosing a president, but other leaders in our state and cities. Check out VoteTX.org for a sample ballot where you live.

Check the Texas Secreatry of State website for locations in your county. Be sure sure to bring your Voter’s Registration card and your Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID. Most importantly, BRING YOUR VOTE!!!

Palin’s Experience Lands Her a New Job

In Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, Sarah Palin on October 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Snaps to an old friend of mine for this… 😎

How to Fail Tests with Dignity

In Academia, Humor on October 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm


Another Victim of Hurricane Ike: Reliant Energy

In Energy, Houston, Hurricanes, Weather on October 6, 2008 at 10:11 pm

As my fellow Houstonians and I are finally getting back to some sense of normal post Hurricane Ike, Reliant Energy says that they are looking for a buyer. The Houston Chronicle reported a week ago that the power outages related to Hurricane Ike will cost Reliant more than $300 million in lost sales. In a statement this morning the wholesale and retail electric giant said it is exploring “strategic alternatives,” a phrase that generally means a company is either looking to be bought or to sell off a large part of its assets.

Given the fact that almost 3 million of us went without electricity for days and even weeks, Reliant’s loss is not surprising. At least we have begun to put the pieces back together; the same cannot be said for Reliant.

As my neighbors and I were moving into day 10 before our power came back on (some areas were without power for 3 weeks), I kept singing this old Schoolhouse Rock song to get me through the boredom, heat, and misery:

Pink October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In Breast Cancer, Health, Houston, Women's Health on October 5, 2008 at 1:53 am

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It seems that each and every one of us has been touched by this horrible disease in one way or another. According to BreastCancer.org:

• Estimated 180,000 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
• Roughly 41,000 will die from breast cancer this year.
• More than 2 million women are survivors of breast cancer.
• 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• 1 in 33 women will die from breast cancer.
• Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, behind lung cancer.
• When it is detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%.

But this type of cancer is not a gender bias disease. Although rare (approximately 1% of cases in the United States) men have the possibility of developing breast cancer as well. Unfortunately, men are more like to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease due to the fact that they do not undergo yearly screens or monthly home exams.

Many events are taking place this month to not only bring awareness about this disease, but also to raise money for research and a possible cure.

Despite Hurricane Ike weeks ago, a record breaking 30,000 people participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on Saturday, October 4th in Houston. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will held on Saturday, October 11th.

For more information about breast cancer, including risks, signs, and treatment, check out BreastCancer.org.

Also, look at these organizations that support breast cancer awareness in October:

The Breast Cancer Site Store

7-11 Stores and the pink ribbon donut





Campbell’s Soups


and many, many more… Look for the pink ribbon when you shop.