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Equal vs Splenda

This is interesting: Maker of Equal Sues Marketer of Splenda. *snicker*

In a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Philadelphia, Merisant Co. said Splenda’s marketing slogan, “made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar,” should read something more like, “made from dextrose, maltodextrin and 4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha, D-Galactopyranosyl-1,6-dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-beta, D-fructofuranoside.”

But then I wonder … what’s Equal made of? Meh, too lazy to go find out.

Too lazy to make regular posts either. hah. Oh well. New layout! (Ten days after the fact….) Finals coming up, stressing for some reason … blah. Christmas in 24 days! *lamezors* That’s all I remember …

I just want you to know

Spread of ‘Sobig.F’ Internet Virus Declared Fastest Ever

Ahh, so that’s what that is. >_< And the trojan thing kinda scares me. I know almost nothing about them, so that’s why. But it’s too late to go find info about them.

** Thirty-three percent of those polled thought teacher salaries were “just about right.” (from here)

They thought WHAT?! >.< Dang cheapskate taxpayers. Stupid tax system that gives little money to education.

Hm, I think I’m gonna ask Mommy why my high school US Gov’t book said that a public school system is bad. I forget why.

Also, made this. Heh. It’s nothing bleeping amazing. :b And I’ve still gotta work on the glowy effect around her hands. But I like it. When I’m done, I’m putting it in EW. Finally! Something actually new to add! ^-^;;

I’m also think of splitting the visual and written parts of that site apart, then adding a link from the writing site to l.s. Why? I dunno. The idea was planted by this clique that I was interested in. It said I had to have a link to a place where my writing is. And I didn’t know if EW would qualify, being that half (or over half) of that site is my art. ^^;; But I don’t know. I might just take the lazy way out and not do it. XP

But if I do do it, there was something someone (maybe Dream) said in The Sandman that caught my eye. I might keep EW (change the name a bit) and keep it as some passageway to either site. Then I’d call my art Black Light and written stuff Blood Letters. O.o I just realized both of them are BL. ^_^;;;;;; And the problem with using those names is that I was gonna use Black Light for my wallpaper site (if I ever actually put it up o_O *doesn’t enjoy the thought of putting up her wallpapers*), and I’d have to come up with another name if I do the split. Oh well, something to think about tomorrow during classes. :P

Christina Aguilera, pop; Evanescence, Christianity; shyness

Ahhh … stupid … whatever thing that crashed. >_< Oh well. Too lazy/hungry to retype this all up nicely.

6/09: http://launch.yahoo.com/read/news.asp?contentID=213705

“I come from a huge teen-pop phenomenon, which I think at the time was in a really poor state,” she [Christina Aguilera] told TOTP magazine. “It wasn’t about lyrics that were real, it was about catchy pop tunes that were more fun than innovative and inspiring. It was hard ’cause so many people had views and ideas about who I should be and inside I was screaming, ‘I’m not really this person!'”

Christina told the magazine, “I can’t knock ‘Genie In A Bottle.’ It got my foot in the door. As much as I loved having fans for the first time who were singing my lyrics and being in magazines—I just blew up after a while. I was growing up and it all became superficial and a bore to me. I was getting up and doing things I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in or even see the point of. So with Stripped, I changed everything. Being innovative, inspiring others to be different, to be daring. That’s the kind of artist I want to be.”

In an interview with teenmusic.com, Charlotte Church spoke out against some of today’s pop princesses—including Christina Aguilera. Church, who is making her film debut later this month in I’ll Be There, is well known for speaking her mind. While Church wasn’t too hard on Britney Spears, simply saying she just wears too much make-up, she was far harsher on Christina Aguilera. Church said, “Christina cheapens herself to make everyone look at her and the first thing that comes to mind is ‘slag’.”

http://launch.yahoo.com/read/news.asp?contentID=213059

Amy Lee said in the interview, “There are people that are hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.” Lee adds, “I guarantee that if the Christian bookstore owners listened to some of those songs, they wouldn’t sell the CD.”

Lee’s band mate Ben Moody said in the interview, “I’m not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band. We’re actually high on the Christian charts, and I’m like, What the f——k are we even doing there?”

The label reportedly requested that Christian stores pull all of the band’s products by June 30.

Hah! I didn’t know their albums were in Christian stores! ^^;;; I also didn’t know 12 Stones had anything to do with Christianity. ^^’ Oh well.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030619/ap_on_sc/shy_kids

A tendency to be shy may be an inherited characteristic that is marked by a specific reaction in the brain to the presence of strangers or novel objects, a study suggests.

Although some children are shy and others are outgoing, he said, these traits can change with time and life experiences.

“People overcome their shyness,” Kagan said. “You can also acquire shyness.”

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night hours

Last night (or this morning …) I stayed up until past 5. ^^;;; I stayed up so late I thought, ‘Hm, just another hour and a half until everyone wakes up. Maybe I’ll try to stay up.’ But no, I fell asleep. Haha! Like the first night in … so many nights that I haven’t tried for over an hour to fall asleep. x.x; I woke up at around noon … (better than 1:30/2 like other days ^^;;). 7 hours of sleep. :) Hahaha … Well, yesterday I read this thing in the Health section of LA Times. It’s “A night owl resets his body clock” by Joshua Tompkins.

Millions of Americans are night owls, routinely staying up past 2 in the morning and sleeping until noon whenever possible.

… left to set my own hours as a freelance writer, I watched my schedule drift later than ever. Efforts to turn in at a decent hour proved fruitless, even on days when I had managed to get up early. Around 11 p.m., an exasperating second wind would swirl up and keep me awake for hours. I’d wake up around noon, finish “breakfast” by 1 p.m. and curse yet another truncated, unproductive workday.

Scientists consider an unwillingly postponed sleep schedule to be a medical condition called delayed sleep phase syndrome, or DSPS. Caused by an irregularity of the circadian rhythms that govern the body clock, this and other sleep rhythm disorders most probably result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors, says Dr. Michael Wincor, an associate professor at USC’s schools of pharmacy and medicine. Because relatively few people seek treatment for it, estimates of the prevalence of DSPS are imprecise. Most researchers believe that 4% or fewer adults have the condition.

Experts agree that it is more widespread among adolescents than adults, with about 7% of teenagers having the condition, according to a 1989 report by the Journal of Sleep Research. Studies have shown that many teens possess slightly delayed body clocks, remaining energetic through the evening and typically requiring 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep.

DSPS is also common among college students, says Wincor. “On a daily basis, I see people with at least mild delayed sleep phase syndrome,” he says. “They’re accustomed to going to bed at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. and being able to sleep until 10 a.m.”

Sleeping pills can’t remedy DSPS, so physicians sometimes prescribe chronotherapy, in which the patient goes to bed three hours later each night until he or she rounds the clock dial to the desired schedule. That is as laborious as it sounds, and those who complete it (usually missing a week of work to do so) must strictly adhere to the new routine or risk total relapse. Taking melatonin, the hormone normally secreted at night to help regulate sleep, can correct the problem in some cases.

The most effective therapy, however, is light therapy, according to sleep researchers.

*probably took too much of that article* ^^;;;; Rest of the article may be read here (requires registration).

Eh, yeah. Dunno why I stayed up past 5, though. ^^;;; I wasn’t trying that cycling through thing (don’t like the idea of sleeping in the middle of the day x_x). *shrugs* Weird.

goldfish blender; kids’ books; cars

On Yahoo! right now: “Dane Acquitted in Goldfish Blender Case” O_O!!!

Mon May 19, 2:12 PM ET

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—A Danish art museum director was acquitted of animal cruelty charges Monday after a court ruled that a display featuring goldfish inside working blenders was not cruel.

The display at the Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding featured 10 blenders and invited visitors to blend the fish if they wanted to. Somebody did in early 2000—and two goldfish were ground up. [X.X]

Animals right activists complained that the exhibit was cruel. Museum director Peter Meyer was fined $315 by police, but he refused to pay and went on trial in Kolding, 125 miles west of the capital, Copenhagen.

Judge Preben Bagger ruled Monday that Meyer did not have to pay the fine because the fish were killed “instantly” and “humanely.” [o_O]

During the two-day trial, a zoologist and a representative of blender manufacturer Moulinex said the fish likely died within a second after the blender started.

It was not known who turned the blenders on.

(Emphasis in article mine.)

Yuuck. Do fish go to Heaven? Is there going to be a movie All Fish Go to Heaven? Is that going to be the sequel for Little Nemo? Is it going to be rated G and geared towards kids? See your buddy die and go to Heaven! *ahem* Anyway. I’m being weird. Not out of the ordinary, but still … should keep quiet about. *shifts eyes around room* Keep people from pointing and staring.

We got rid of that book of weird true things. Dangit. I wanted to show Adam that Lizzie Borden story. Owell. I think we also got rid of Grump and Pout. XP I wonder if there was ever a book Mommy and/or Daddy bought specifically because they thought of me when they saw the title. There was Grump and Pout for N, and The Day Henry Cleaned His Room (something like that) for Hidek. Hah. They were funny and mean at the same time. ^.^;;; Hidek got a kick out of it. N was grumpy about his. >b

Anyway. One thing that happened this weekend. Probably one of like two or three things. I was finishing Sybil and I realized it was missing 20–30 pages of the last few chapters. Grrrrrrrrs. Cruel much. I read and read for … how many days? Wednesday, or Thursday, to Sunday, then I can’t read the ENDING. Um. I can pretty much tell what the ending is anyway. >_> But still. It’s all so … unresolved. Which reminds me. How do I return something to Amazon? How do I turn into a pissy unreasonable customer?

Um. Well I started kind of to continue reading Time Enough for Love but then last night I stayed up for about an hour (past 1) reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. <.<;;; *coughs*

Hmmm … “Customers who shopped for Asian Americans also shopped for: Strangers from a Different Shore by Ronald Takaki, Asian American Dreams by Helen Zia, Becoming Asian American by Nazli Kibria, A Different Mirror by Ronald T. Takaki, Yellow by Frank H. Wu, and … ‘Fallen’ – Evanescence”

O.o Iiinteresting … I don’t have any money though, anyway.

Yesterday on the way to the mall I noticed how dreary colored and muted colored all the cars are. One lime green Bug drove past while Daddy and I waited at the light. *sigh* Next car I get is gonna be bright red. >D But that probably won’t be for another 9 or 10 years …