With all the computer-generated graphics these days, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is fake. The software becomes more advanced every year, and the CG artists more skilled. How good are you at distinguishing between what is fake and what is an actual photo?

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Susan Boyle … A week ago, completely unknown. Today, she is the subject of one of the most viral videos. And, if you have not yet seen this video, or heard about Susan — here is your chance!

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The typewriter — what a marvellous invention! Typing is clearly faster and neater than handwriting. It has a serious flaw, however … Once you type something, it is there, carved into your face, forever!

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Do Not CallThe National Do Not Call Registry … what an epic fail!

While the intentions behind the establishment of a “Do Not Call” registry should be applauded, the execution thereof is lacking at best. After all — there is a reason why all my numbers are on the registry, regardless of who you are or the reasons behind your call. I DO NOT CARE! I DO NOT WANT YOU TO CALL ME!

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As a follow-up on yesterday’s post about supercars, let me issue a slight warning to anyone tempted to take a supercar for a joy ride … especially in Finland!

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What kind of car do you drive? My wife and I cruise around in a stunning, spectacular … and terrifically practical minivan à la Ford Windstar. With the need for (infant) carseats, strollers, groceries, diaper bags … that is about as exciting of a vehicle as one can own. We own it because it is practical, roomy, and fits the need of a “family” vehicle, with some room to spare.

We have had our eyes set on other cars in the past. Both the Volvo XC90 and XC70 are on our list of potential future vehicles (still within the “family” framework). Volvo has a reputation of safety and reliability unmatched by any other manufacturer. Although both Volvos are arguably more exciting than our current Ford, they are a far throw from certain other cars.

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Our society is one of knowledge. There is a slew of information everywhere … about everything. There are near-real-time news feeds, search engines up the wazoo, online dictionaries and encyclopedias … anything you could possibly think of. We thrive on knowledge. Many live and die for it.

The flip side?

There are things you wish you never knew about …

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Overall, I am incredibly tired of commercials. They have gotten so stupid lately. Actually, let me rephrase that — they have always been dumb. But the creativity has taken a dive the last several years. Every now and then, however, you run across a commercial that either makes you bust out laughing, or leaves you with a stunned — quois? — as you contemplate what just happened.

My first memory of a memorable TV commercial is from 1999.

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The Internet is a wonderful thing! People of today stay connected like never before.Via the Internet, you have access to real-time news, can send instant messages to friends and family anywhere in the world. You can share and exchange data at the click of a button. Hobby writers can promote themselves in a way not otherwise possible. Breaking news and important events spread like a brush fire.

But, the Internet is far from glorious. It is laden with epidemics …

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Or: “Things you never knew you could possibly imagine you wanted to know.”

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