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Parrots teach man to speak again | My Ninja Please!!! 3.5.09

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Brian Wilson, from Damascus, Maryland, suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident 14 years ago. He also lost his ability to speak.

But he now claims that the chatter of pet parrots confounded the bleak outlook of doctors, who were convinced that he would spend the rest of his life in bed at a nursing home.

a€oeTwo birds taught me to talk again,a€A he said. a€oeI had such a bad head injury I was never supposed to talk any more than a two-year-old.a€A

But two of the birds that he had had as pets since he was a child a€oejust kept talking to me and talking to mea€A.

a€oeThen all of a sudden, a word popped out, then two, then more.a€A

To show his gratitude to the birds who helped him on the path to rehabilitation, Mr Wilson has devoted his life to feathered pets whose owners are no longer able or want to keep them.

He now shares his home with about 80 brightly plumed exotic birds, from snow-white cockatoos to scarlet or blue and green macaws to African grey parrots.

He has set up a foundation called the Wilson Parrot Foundation, which also offers the services of the birds to entertain at birthday parties and corporate events.

a€oeYou wonder why I rescue birds? They helped me to talk again, so now I take care of them,a€A he said.

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Posted: March 5th, 2009
at 1:47pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,life,real life news,9th dan,science,10th dan

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Assault with ‘ninja-type’ weapons

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Police allege a 26-year-old man got out of his Jeep Liberty in Centre Square on Saturday night and charged at an officer while holding a sai, a short metal sword.

Steven Michael Henrick, of the 1200 block of Second Street in Catasauqua, allegedly ignored several orders from officer Joseph Arrendondo to drop the sai until Arrendondo drew his gun and pointed it at Henrick, according to court papers.

Henrick dropped the 15-inch sai, but while he was being cuffed he struggled and wrestled Arrendondo to the ground. Another officer deployed a taser, but the shock was ineffective, police said. Henrick was eventually subdued by several officers.

Police allege a second sai, a set of nunchucks and a stolen purse were found in Henrick’s Jeep.

He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, public drunkenness, resisting arrest and other offenses. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

.::lehighvalleylive ->

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Posted: March 4th, 2009
at 2:43pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,not ninja-worthy,weaponry,real life news

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Ninjas Don’t Use Doors

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Rinspeed is rolling out the diminutive iChange in time for the Geneva Motor Show, which the company bills as "the world’s first car whose body adapts to the number of passengers on board," and everything from the shape-shifting seats to the ignition is controllable with an iPhone.

You’ve go to love the absurdity that gets designed now, all thanks to Apple and the iPhone’s influence on design and pop culture.
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From Rinspeed:

An initial walk-around reveals that the concept car has no doors. The entire electrically powered roof sectiona€¦ tilts forward to allow passengers to board. Also gone are such mundane things as a key. Its role is filled by an Apple iPhone, which also controls the most important vehicle functionsa€¦ The energy for the electric motor comes from lithium-ion batteries that are available in two different stack configurations for short- and long-distance driving.

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.:iChange -> via DVICE

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Posted: March 4th, 2009
at 2:31pm by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,apple,cell phones,whips,fo' real?,real life news

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Small robots to build landing site

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A new NASA-sponsored study suggests that small lawnmower-sized robots could be used to build a landing site for a moon outpost. In order to be efficient a landing pad would have to be close to any structures created, but without an atmosphere to slow down the lunar sand it would sandblast the outpost, creating the need for some sort of protection. By using small robots to either build protective berms or collect rocks to "pave" a landing pad, NASA hopes to provide protection against the sand-blasting effects of a landing on the moon.

.::slashdot.org

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Posted: March 3rd, 2009
at 4:15pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Domai.nr: Unique Domain Names

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Domai.nr helps you create unique and original domain names by using countries’ web codes as the end of a word, and through the insertion of backslashes. Just start inputting ideas for URLs, and Domai.nr generates various available addresses.

.:try your own -> domai.nr

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Posted: March 3rd, 2009
at 9:21am by orangemenace


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Knowledge Increase: Online Flash Cards

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Head on over to Cramberry to make your own sets of online flash cards, to help you get your study on.

.:via Lifehacker->

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Posted: March 3rd, 2009
at 7:00am by orangemenace


Categories: mnp is for the children,boredom killer,diy

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Foto del dia 3.03.09

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[Photograph by Nick Cobbing]

GreenlandAn iceberg reveals a glimpse of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq. A nearby glacier births a steady supply of bergs that jostle off the settlement’s shores year-round.

.:Visions of Earth -> via National Geographic

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Posted: March 3rd, 2009
at 5:14am by orangemenace


Categories: foto del dia

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Economy Down, Recruiting Up

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[I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to feel about this poster…]

The faltering US economy is fueling a dramatic turnaround in military recruiting, with new statistics showing that the Army is experiencing the highest rate of new enlistments in six years.

The Army exceeded its goals each month from October through January - the first quarter of the new fiscal year - for both the active-duty Army and the Army Reserve, according to figures compiled by the US Army Recruiting Command.

Officials said it is the first time since the first quarter of fiscal year 2003, before the start of the Iraq War, that the Army has started out its recruiting year on such a high note.

.:Down economy boosts military ->via Boston.com

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Posted: March 2nd, 2009
at 11:27am by orangemenace


Categories: life,not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?,real life news

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Documentary: No End In Sight

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This in-depth, Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker (and former Brookings Institution fellow) Charles Ferguson examines the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the subsequent occupation by President George W. Bush and his administration. Featuring exclusive interviews with central players and detailed analysis, the film pulls no punches as it chronicles the twists and turns America took on the path to war.

So it’s Monday…which means time for a heavy documentary to weigh down your week! Sorry, but I did think this was an interesting doc - I promise to find something more ‘up beat’ for next week.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2009
at 5:00am by orangemenace


Categories: youtube,politricks,documentary

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