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Into the future!

Just wait ’til you see all the zooming tech breakthroughs made in 2008 that have life-changing implications for us in 2009 and beyond. A sliver of the future can soon be tucked into your back pocket with thin, paperlike displays that can be folded, rolled or sewn into the sleeve of your hoodie. Edible microchip pills, tiny chips out of silicon grains that, once swallowed, activate in the stomach and send a signal to an external patch that monitors vital parameters such as heart rate, temperature, state of wakefulness or body. To quote science fiction novelist William Gibson: “The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.”

Celestial readings

NASA looks back on 2008 with a published retrospective of the year’s biggest advances and discoveries. A highlight: the 10th anniversary of the ISS, the International Space Station.

It’s showtime!

Movie addects will love Turner Movie Classics’ new movie blog. On Movie Morlocks, no topic or niche is too obscure to be excluded from film discussions. And your comments are welcome. Talk about the movie you just watched with others. Recent posts included movies to get you through the holidays, and a tribute to the late Van Johnson. Very cool.

Over my dead body!

What a way to go! Unusual send-offs into the hereafter. Have a favorite hobby? See how these guys ended their earthly existence.

The Grande Finale!

Go out with sparkle! Heavens Above Fireworks celebrates the life of a partner, relative or friend with a special fireworks display specially modified to incorporate the cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular memorial event and happier farewell. Blast off!

And as the music plays, the family looks skyward over the beautiful ocean waters, watching Angels Flight fireworks carry their loved one’s cremains into the air. Bursting over the ocean in exquisite patterns and colors, the cremains are scattered into the sea.

Carbon Copies

Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains? About 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash – a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind. The box of pencils comes with a built-in sharpener, so that the pencil shavings fall back into the box, leaving your family with an urn that has more in common with the floors near the trash bin of every elementary school classroom than a human body. The perfect gift for scribes, living or dead.

Never lose your sparkle!

And for those who insist on taking everything with them, there’s Lifegem. Like the memory of your loved one, a diamond is forever. Turn your loved one’s remains into the ultimate bling. Diamond selections in hues of red, green, yellow, blue or colorless, you can take it with you.

Full of hot air!

A British crematorium plans to recycle the heat from its as part of a drive to reduce carbon emissions. The proposal calls for effluent gas to be passed through heat exchangers which will heat water pumped into the chapel’s radiators. There is another plan to send the gases to a turbine to create electricity. Power to the people!

Like being encased in amber!

Captured forever in plastic. More than 7,000 people have agreed to donate their bodies for plastination, a process in which body fluids are replaced by liquid plastic. The plastic hardens, leaving tissues intact and allowing bodies to be displayed in their natural color and without formaldehyde. The process was made popular by Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds,” a controversial anatomy exhibit that puts real human specimens on show. Be posed in your favorite activity, like peering into your computer screen, hands on your keyboard. Le plastique! C’est magnifique!

On the political side

Here’s Newsmeat, America’s most popular campaign donor search engine. Up to the minute figures on what Barack Obama has spent to date, has for cash on hand and the number of people who voted for him. A 2008 Presidential A-List donor chart, celebrity campaign donations, list of Obama donors, McCain donors, political donations of today’s newsmakers like Caroline Kennedy, Bernard Madoff, Rahm Emanual, Rick Waggoner, John Thain, and more.

With thanks

OPERATION GRATITUDE sends packages to members of all military branches deployed anywhere in the world. To date, packages have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea, Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Guantanamo Bay and onto ships in international waters. Be sure to check out the cell phone recycling benefits to our troops.

Sweet Tweet, Toute Suite

Here’s a user’s guide to Twittering. If you’ve heard of Twitter but know don’t exactly know what it is or how it works, you’re in good company. Twitter is a free social-networking tool that keeps people connected with one another and with sources of information. Twitter users submit updates about whatever they’re currently doing, and these updates cannot exceed 140 text-based characters.

Twitterbug

Are you Twittering yet? According to the State of the Twittersphere, a new report by web marketing startup HubSpot, 70 percent of Twitter users joined in 2008 and 20 percent of Twitter users have joined in the past 60 days. The average user has been on Twitter 275 days. So it is pretty much all newbies, and mainstream adoption is just getting started. The most popular days of the week to Tweet are Wednesday and Thursday. An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 new accounts are registered each day. More facts and figures are just a twitter away.

Twitterbits

Twitterbits is a repository of incredibly unique, informative, humorous, or otherwise worthy of inclusion snippets, statements or quips from the web. It’s also a blog about using social networking, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and other techniques to drive targeted users to your product or service online or off.

This week’s Top 5 political blogs from BlogTopSites:

Investigate the top sites, which include:

Digger’s Realm

Planck’s Constant

Devil’s Kitchen

Conservative Culture

Yid With Lid

Is your blogsite among The Truth Laid Bear’s Top 10 Rankings by Traffic in the blogosphere ecosystem? Are you a “wiggly worm” or a “higher being?”

Happy New Year!

Celebrate the arrival of 2009 with roses, grapes, polar bears, mummers, effigies, and housebound luggage. Travel website VirtualTourist.com has come up with a list of the top 10 places to usher in the New Year, beginning with Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.

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