Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated at rally - Yahoo! News

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Bad news from Pakistan today - Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani opposition leader was assassinated at a rally. Scary things happening in a country with Nukes:



Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated at rally - Yahoo! News


Caption: Seconds after this picture was taken, Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was shot dead by a suicide bomber today.

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Merry Christmas!

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The 300 MPG Hybrid?

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Here's something that will be pretty cool if it actually comes to production in 2008 as they're stating - it's an affordable 120 mile range electric vehicle! And in 2009 they have a hybrid that is slated for production that has a range of 300mpg.

Aptera Electric Typ-1 e - Video Test Drive - First Look Details and Slideshow - 300 MPG - Popular Mechanics

Grand night for Gaborik: 5 goals

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Last night Marion Gaborik had a game to be remembered, a 5 goal game.

Grand night for Gaborik: 5 goals: In a game for the ages, the Wild's star scored five goals -- the most by any NHL player in 11 years -- to ignite a thrilling victory over the Rangers.



About the only thing Marian Gaborik didn't offer the 18,568 paying customers were free tickets to Saturday's game.

With the Broadway Blueshirts in town, the Wild star winger was the only player on center stage Thursday night during the Wild's 6-3 trouncing over the Rangers at Xcel Energy Center.

Showing signs of boiling over in recent weeks, Gaborik finally erupted like the Arenal Volcano. During one of those rare magical, historic evenings, Gaborik opened his big bag of tricks and came up with the NHL's greatest scoring game in almost 11 years and undeniably the greatest performance in Wild history.

Gaborik registered the franchise's first five-goal game and became the first NHLer to light the lamp five times since Detroit's Sergei Fedorov against Washington in an overtime game on Dec. 26, 1996.

"Shades of Pavel Bure," said Wild forward Mark Parrish, a former teammate of Bure's with Florida. "It was just like watching Bure in the day. I mean, Gabby was banking them in out of the air, scoring on breakaways, skating through everybody, making highlight-film goals.

"My God, he was doing it every which way tonight."


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$42 million later, 'Triple Espresso' franchise still the ticket

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One of my favorite Twin Cities shows, 'Triple Espresso', will be ending next year. If you haven't already seen this comedy and variety show, do yourself a favor and buy yourself and a loved one a ticket now! You won't regret it!

After a Twin Cities run of a mere 12 years, "Triple Espresso" is closing in 2008, probably within the next few months. But Triple Espresso Inc., the parent company, will continue to operate.

You couldn't write a more improbable theater success story. Back in 1996, three local entertainers decided to cobble together a show for a performance in the fellowship hall of a suburban Presbyterian church. Each contributed some shtick.

Michael Pearce Donley could do a dead-on impersonation of an unctuous lounge-act pianist. Bill Arnold had a magic act where he was deliberately inept and deadpan defensive about it. Bob Stromberg could do a madcap vaudeville clown in the grand tradition of Red Skelton.


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Review: Insignia NS-LCD32 32" LCD TV

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A few weeks ago we noticed that our 9 year old Sony television in our living room was starting to have problems. When we were watching the TV we would see the picture start to become wavy, and the resulting image was very distorted. This happened for a week or two until one day it finally just flipped off on its own for good.

We decided it was time to get a new TV for the living room, hopefully something just as big or bigger. We did have space restrictions, however since we were placing the unit in the existing entertainment center. That meant that the biggest we could go for an LCD screen was 32 inches.

After doing our research, we decided to go with a lower end house brand, sold at Best Buy - an Insignia NS-LCD32 32" LCD TV.



When buying expensive electronics I am almost always wary of the house brands sold at the major electronics stores as they will often have quality problems and are almost always cheaply made by some factory in China. After reading up on the Insignia brand, they didn't seem to be much different. However when I looked deeper at some of the reviews I realized that the models made by the company in previous years hadn't been very good, but in the past year or so their quality seems to have gone up. The reviewers tended to be more positive. (I should have paid attention to the problems others had - i am having the same problems now 3 months along).

After viewing the Insignia TVs in the store I was impressed with the picture quality that I saw in the store wall-mounted units. Granted, this isn't always the best place to judge quality of a picture, but nonetheless, it looked good. The picture was even better than some more expensive units. Also, the unit does look nice in my opinion - the bezel around the LCD Panel is a glossy piano black, as is the TV stand. Maybe a little too much gloss, but still very nice.

After comparing a few more of the TVs to this one, we decided that for the price we would pay (about $500) for the unit, we were getting a pretty good deal on a TV with enough options for use as a 2nd TV in our living room.






So what type of inputs does this TV have? Here they are:

2 HDMI
2 Component
2 Composite
1 S Video
1 VGA

Right now we're using the 1 component and 2 composite inputs, and everything seems to look pretty good. The DVD player hooked up to the composite input obviously doesn't look amazing, but i'm sure it will be better once we hook it up using component cables. Our media player hooked up to the component hookup looks great at 480p.

So far the only HDTV signal we've been able to watch on the TV is the digital TV channels that we pick up. This past weekend I watched some football and some primetime TV shows in HD, and they looked amazing.

The sound on the TV is pretty good for TV speakers, but not mind blowing. The TV does have optical audio out as well if you want to hook it up to your receiver. I'm sure you'll get much better sound that way.

All in all I feel like we've gotten our money's worth on this TV, and we would probably buy it again. Hopefully we'll still feel that way in a few months. If not, we'll post an update with any problems that we've had.

UPDATE:

Well, unfortunately I have to post an update about this TV as it is having all sorts of issues only 3 months after buying it. Right now the biggest problem we're having is that the TV just randomly turns itself off several times every time we watch it. When the picture is on - it works great. But it is a pain to have to deal with these random resets where it turns itself off and then back on. Buyer Beware of this TV.



Other reviews:

Benchmark Reviews - 8.95 out of 10

Official Thread at AVSFORUM.com

Your View Electronics Review - 8/10 stars