New evidence shows that housework reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Yeah, this is going to go over real well.
"Honey, you missed a spot over there. Hey, I'm only thinking of your well-being!"
eBay has added a new feature (or at least it's new to me!).
Called "Map It," you can search for items near where you live (or anywhere, for that matter). The default setting is 25 miles from your residence.
You can occasionally negotiate with a seller to let you pick an item up instead of paying to have it shipped. I recently did that with a camera I sold. The buyer drove about 40 miles to pick it up. Saved him about $20.
OK I admit it. I've become addicted to eBay.
More specifically, selling on eBay.
I've had an eBay account for several years but was only a buyer. I don't really buy too many things -- mainly books and DVDs. I recently decided to sell my almost-new cellphone. I still had the original box and packing materials so I gathered it all together in a nice pretty package and decided to take the eBay plunge.
I spent a few hours researching prices and went ahead and set up my selling site. Within a few hours of posting the item, someone used the "Buy It Now" feature and snapped it up. Within minutes, my PayPal account showed I was paid...and I was hooked!
I've sold about a dozen items so far. Besides the cellphone, I've sold books and even a few year's worth of my old Civil War Times Illustrated magazines from the '60s and '70s. I've figured out how to pay for shipping and print shipping labels from home. I even went to OfficeMax a couple of weeks ago and bought a mechanical shipping scale.
It's a fun way to make money off of things you no longer need.
Has anyone downloaded and installed Internet Explorer 7 yet? I downloaded mine last evening when I became aware that it was officially available. I spent the rest of the time configuring it and putting it through its paces.
So far I like it. I like the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds directly (similar to Firefox) and the new ClearType technology. Page text is much easier to read for my 50+ year-old eyes!
On my way home from work this afternoon, I heard the sad news that Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was killed in the Manhattan plane crash. Since I've been home, all I've heard is how sad the situation is and how terrible it is for the family. This is all true, but I can't help but think that the outpouring from the media would be lessened if Lidle play for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays or any other team not located in New York. Apparently Major League Baseball was considering canceling this evening's playoff games.
Interesting how a player's "worth" and fame is related to where he plays.
I'm wondering if anyone else is having the same problem with Netflix.
Last night I was all set to watch a movie that I received over the weekend from Netflix. After waiting for my player to unsuccessfully read the disc, I ejected it and found a large crack in DVD.
This is not the first time this has happened to me.
I have returned three DVDs this year that were totally unplayable. This does not count the DVDs that skipped or froze, but were still somewhat viewable.
Netflix is always quick to send out a replacement DVD. That's not the issue. The issue is whether Netflix checks DVDs when they are returned or before they send them out again.
My sister has also experienced problems with her Netflix DVDs. Maybe they should start checking the DVDs before they go out. It must cost them a fortune just to ship out replacement movies.
I realize Netflix handles millions of DVD every year. I don't care. It's the DVDs I can't watch that annoy me.
I just downloaded the Beta version of Windows Live Writer. The software is designed to be used with Windows Live Spaces, but it works with Wordpress.com blogs and I'm trying it with this Blogger blog. So far I like it very much.
President George W. Bush is assassinated in a new TV movie that will be aired in Great Britain in October and at the Toronto Film Festival in September. British broadcaster Channel 4 portrays the Bush assassination during an anti-war rally in Chicago in October 2007. Apparently the investigation focuses on a Syrian-born man as the assassin.
No word from the White House on this bit of (I hope) fiction.
I can't imagine the public outcry if Jesse Jackson or Hillary Clinton were selected for elimination instead of President Bush.
The full story is here.
It's mid-May already and I haven't chimed in yet on the state of baseball in Chicago. I'm sure most of the free world knows the Chicago White Sox won the World Series last year for the first time since 1917. The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, have not won the World Series since 1908 (at the time it was their second in a row!) and therein lies the problem. The Boston Red Sox  and the White Sox [1917} are two-thirds of the trilogy of futility. The Cubs seem to be holding on to their part of the futility by continuing to play poor baseball.
The White Sox, as of this writing, have the best record in baseball at 25-12 and are one game ahead of the surprising Detroit Tigers. The Cubs are 15-22 and are 8 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals (they are 5 1/2 games ahead of last-place Pittsburgh).
This weekend, the Sox and Cubs play each other in their annual city series. The first three games are at U.S. Cellular Field with the final three games played in late June-early July at Wrigley Field. Most of the Cub fans I know are not even acknowledging the upcoming series. Usually it's a chaotic weekend at the Cornelius household with most of my family favoring the North Side team, but hardly a peep so far!
This afternoon I received an e-mail from Sprint inviting me to participate in a 6-month test of their Sprint Power Vision Network. The reason I was chosen, according to the message, is because of my blog! Now how cool is that? Here's most of the text of the e-mail:
The Sprint Ambassador Team recently visited http://sscornelius.blogspot.com and wants to invite you to participate in our Ambassador Program.
The Sprint Ambassador Program is all about exploring our latest products and services and allows you to give direct feedback to Sprint. We recently launched the Sprint Power Vision (SM) Network and want to provide you with the full experience, at no charge. Sprint Power Vision Network enables customers to download data at faster speeds and experience new data products.
So what's the deal? As a qualified participant, we will send you one Sprint Power Vision phone and provide you with six months of all-access service (at no charge). You'll have access to the Sprint Music Store(SM) live TV broadcasts, gaming and more. Yes, you will also have unlimited free calling and data service. It's a pretty good deal and all we ask for in return is your candid feedback (you decide how much and how often).
Register at: http://ambassador.sprint.com/
A quick search reveals that many other bloggers have received this same offer.
Sprint states they want -- but will not require -- my feedback on the service. Although it is not mentioned in the invitation, I'm sure Sprint is hoping those who participate will speak kindly about their service experience in their weblogs. This is actually pretty smart of Sprint -- empowering bloggers with a free offer in hopes of generating a positive blogospheric buzz.
I went on the site to check the terms and conditions. My invitation does not guarantee participation in the program. I will be put into "queue for consideration." If accepted, the free trial period is good for six months and does not go past September 30, 2006. After six months, I keep the phone without any charge. If I wish to continue the service, I have to pay a $36 activation fee and then enter into one of their 1- or 2-year service contracts.
I'm tempted to do this. I currently have a Verizon family plan, but it's hard to pass up a free offer, especially for a geeky-sounding service such as this. The free phone is a Samsung A920 phone.
Assuming I'm accepted, I'll report back on my experience.
Update: I received an e-mail Thursday afternoon saying that I have been accepted and will receive my Samsung A920 phone in 2-4 weeks. Yay!
Every Tuesday morning I look forward to a review of the previous night's episode of "24." The Right Wing Nut House pulls no punches in criticizing some of the characters such as President Jellyfish [President Logan] and the Fat Hobbitt [Lynn McDill]. One of the more interesting stats is the weekly body count!
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Thanks to a tip from a distant relative in the Czech Republic, I became aware of a free offer from Ancestry.com where you can obtain copies of World War I draft registration cards. The free offer runs through the end of February and is available at: http://www.researchguides.net/free.htm.
I found the above draft registration card of my grandfather, Edward Kostal. The card dates from 1917. Interestingly, there were three Edward Kostals available for the draft that year -- two from Nebraska. I wonder if they ever met.
As much as I want to, I just cannot get into the Winter Olympics this year. Maybe it's the 7-hour time difference between Turin and Chicago. Maybe it's just lack of interest. Maybe also it's because the U.S. team isn't doing as well as they hoped. Seems like I know the outcome of the event before they are televised in the United Stattes. With Internet access and sports radio, it's a battle to be kept in the dark as far as the outcomes are concerned.
Is anyone else having trouble getting into the mood this year?
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Sending packages today is so much easier than it was during the Paleozoic era.
Courtesy of IFILM
I’m a Chicago baseball fan, but more specifically a White Sox fan. It was a very enjoyable season last year with the Sox winning the 2005 World Series. One of the Series highlights was the grand slam home run hit by Paul Konerko in Game 2. The game was played at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and the ball was caught by a customer of the bank I work for. He immediately placed the ball in one of our safe deposit boxes.
On Wednesday, January 26th, our bank arranged for a memorabilia authenticator to come and inspect the ball. I was privileged to be able to attend and take photographs. It was fun to actually handle the ball…at least for a couple of seconds!