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Bananas and Monkeys

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in t

312-HP Camaro V6 ends short reign of entry-level Mustang

You knew General Motors wouldn't take the rampant boasting coming from Ford about its more powerful and efficient 2011 Mustang V6 lying down. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will boast a number of features that should help put the Bowtie's six-pot back on top. Of primary importance is that the Camaro's base V6 will now boast a total of 312 horsepower – beating out Ford's offering by seven ponies. That should allow GM to resume bragging that it has the most powerful entry-level muscle car out there, even if the bump in grunt doesn't make up for the fact that the Camaro weighs in at 282 pounds heavier than the Mustang.  However, there's been no word as to what the new EPA fuel economy rating of the '11 Camaro V6 model will be. Chevy has said that there were no actual changes made to the Camaro's V6 engine that resulted in a power increase. Rather, Chevy says the current 304-hp rating was conservative and a new SAE certification resulted in 312 hp.

Dark Heroes or Anti-Villains

It's been an awfully long while since I took the time to actually write a blog post. I've been relying on twitter to keep this page at least looking like it's still active. It's not that I'm particularly busy, but more that I'm just disinterested or plain old lazy. Today, I'd like to talk about movies. Tasha and I have seen quite a few so far this year and we've been pretty much disappointed in each one, with the exception of Avatar. Here's what we've seen: Avatar, The Book of Eli, Legion, Surrogates, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Shutter Island, Cirque du Freak: The Vampires Assistant, Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland,  and most recently, Clash of the Titans Lots of fantasy in that list. I love that we've gotten to the point with CGI and digital effects that we can make pretty much anything appear on screen; dragons, elves, hobbits, centaurs, magic, lasers, robots, or pretty much anything else that you c