Bet Dieting: If You Lose You Pay Guns, God, & Gays!

This man is going to make a commitment to lose 10 pounds in the next six weeks.  He's going to have to close the frig door, of course, so he can head to the computer and make a bet.  He needs motivation, a real inspiration... not just those pants he could zip up a few years ago.  He's going to bet 25 bucks that he can lose the weight.  If this man, whose religious beliefs don't include gay marriage, doesn't achieve his goal, a gay rights group like Freedom to Marry will get his $25 "donation."

Blerp: Bring Your Discussion Anywhere on the Web

Link aggregators are all the rage these days.  As a blog reader, surely you frequent such sites as Digg, Reddit, and a host of others that enable users to gather things that they like from the web and share them with other users.  Blerp is an aggragator in the same vein, only it focuses on the conversations that surround shared sites, instead of merely passing the links off to users.

Google's Logo Winner Wishes The World A "New Beginning"

Google's home page has a new logo, but just for today.  It's the winning color drawing of the Doodle 4 Google competition, an opportunity for kids K-12 to design their own vision of the icon's logo.  Christin Engelberth, a sixth-grader at  Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, made the winning Doodle. The theme of the contest this year was "What I Wish For The World," and Ms. Engleberth's wish was "A New Beginning."

Gradefund: Corporate Sponsorship For Students Who Get Good Grades!

Last week, I introduced you to Do Good for Debt, an organization that partners individuals with student loans leftover from their educational pursuits with charities that are willing to pay off students' debts in exchange for good deeds. While that may be a helpful way for former students to get back on their feet and start their lives without the burden of financial restraint, there's no denying that it takes away from the philanthropist attitude; so today I will outline another business that helps students overcome the financial repercussions of pursuing a post-secondary education. Gradefund offers a sponsorship-style system, that rewards students for their good grades, that way the better they do, the more corporate sponsors they'll have behind them to pay off their debts before they even have a chance to accumulate.

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

Do Good For Debt: Student Loans Traded For Charity Work

Most students who complete a post-secondary education find themselves overburdened by the abundance of student loans they were forced to take out to finance their educations. As a result, they find themselves struggling to pay their bills as they try to start building their careers, which leaves little time or money to do anything else; finding the time to contribute to charity just is not a reasonable possibility. To make both things possible, Do Good for Debt was created to allow those with looming student loans to trade their debts for charity work.

Running Through Rome: Sight Jogging’s Unique, Fast-Paced Sight Seeing Tours Keep Tourists Active

Sometimes tourists complain that sight seeing tours are too slow paced; often due to the size of the group, people on group tours find they just can't take in all the historical sights and attractions they'd like to see during that vacation. A new company, Sight Jogging, took the slow-paced tourism complaints literally, and offered their own unique form of historical sight seeing action with jogging tours.

Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

Social Media Taught In Schools

What if you could go to school to become famous? Where a curriculum was built around your individuality! Where you were measured and graded on your sphere of influence? Today, in the Age of the Individual, we are all learning to market our own brand. In this new world of commerce, both online and off, your reputation is indeed becoming an accepted form of currency. If you ever thought you were too cool for school before, think again... you just might be able to enroll in an institution of higher learning that puts a whole new spin on socializing!

Get Workout Tips from

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you ready to show off that beach body yet?  If you're still getting around to developing that perfect six pack of abs, you may want to consider for a little information.  The site has a graphical interface that lets users select workouts by muscle area, and pulls routines from sources likw WikiHow and to give you what you're looking for.

Strange Toy Emulates Environmental Conditions

Want a goo that imitates the environment of a distant planet? Can't quite figure that out? Neither could I. But Planet Plasma apparently mimics the textures and smells of Mars--as well as more terrestrial locales.

New Kindle DX Reads Better, Faster, Cheaper, And Louder Than A Book!

Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX, the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon.  The only question you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.

The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Can The Baby Remote Actually Control Babies? Unfortunately, No...

Looking for a way to control babies with just the push of a button?  Well, look somewhere else.  The results of "Baby Remote Control" in a search engine query netted me the topic of this article.  And while babies are still free to run amuck as they wish, at least they'll be able to emulate television control techniques.