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  1. SoBad

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    Hihi malakas how’s life in beautiful sunny paradise:D I’m very pleased I must say to be here in time for commentating the first clay season of the post-Safin era. I hope you’ve dropped Badagis now that Marsel plays for your team;)

    And what happened to your avatar, can’t find a decent picture to post?:D
     
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  3. Sentinel

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    That's being awfully fussy. :)
     
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    During a seminar, a woman asked," How do I know if I am with the right person?" The author then noticed that there was a large man
    sitting next to her so he said, "It depends. Is that your partner?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"
    Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind replied the author. Here's the
    answer.

    Every relationship has a cycle...In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their
    peculiarity. Falling in love wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything.
    That's why it's called "falling" in love.
    People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing,
    and then something happened TO YOU. Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being
    together, the euphoria of love fades. It's a natural cycle of EVERY relationship.

    Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's
    idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic
    difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.
    At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, "Am I with the right person?"

    And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else.
    This is when relationships breakdown.
    The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it's learning to love the person you found.
    People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes.
    Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer
    to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

    And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this): The key to
    succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it's learning to love the person you found.

    SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy.
    And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery.
    There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner). Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are
    also laws for relationships. If you know and apply these laws, the results are predictable. Love is therefore a "decision". Not just a feeling.

    Remember this always: God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay,
    and who you refuse to let GO!!
     
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    London Marathon in peril ???

     
  6. CaptainInsano

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    That's pretty deep.
    Everything is about yourself, not your partner.
     
  7. tennisrocksincali

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    Your nose never stops growing ... (maybe because we never stop lying)
     
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    Olympic and world 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt has failed three doping tests for a banned substance and accepted a provisional suspension, his lawyer said on Thursday.
    "LaShawn Merritt has accepted a provisional suspension as a result of positive drug tests caused by his use of an over-the-counter male enhancement product," the American athlete's attorney Howard Jacobs said in a statement.


    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/22042010/2/olympic-champion-merritt-fails-doping-tests.html
     
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    Ethiopian Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede defied the combined efforts of a powerful Kenyan contingent to win the 30th men's London marathon on Sunday.
    Kebede ran unopposed in the final 10 kms to clock two hours five minutes 19 seconds, nine seconds outside the course record set by Kenyan Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru last year.
    Chicago champion Liliya Shobukhova won the women's race in 2:22:00 on a cool damp morning.
     
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    World marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie predicted on Monday he would become the first man to clock two hours two minutes over 42.195 kms.
    Gebrselassie, 37, is the only man to run under 2:04 after setting his world record of 2:03:59 in Berlin two years ago.
     
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    Sandstorms from the Gobi Desert in Beijing can sting your face and hurt your eyes.
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    Unbelievable - is that the Tiananmen Square?
     
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    The photo was taken from Tiananmen Square with the Forbidden City in the background.
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    The Beijing sandstorms are really nasty. Your instincts tell you to go inside the nearest building.
     
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    Looks like they are forbidden from speaking ;-)
     
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    Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

    - Christopher Morley
    That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.

    - Paul Valery
     
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    Priceless art painted over by cleaners !

    The Melbourne city council learned the hard way that one man's art is another man's crap on a wall that needs to be painted over. The council hired a clean-up crew to get rid of graffiti on Hosier Lane, a street renowned for it's street art. While there, the crew got rid of the graffiti as well as a piece by Banksy, who is regarded as one of the world's greatest street artists. From the article: "The reclusive Banksy... painted several stencils in Melbourne during a 2003 visit. His satirical and distinctive art is often directed at anti-war, cultural, and anti-capitalist themes. Banksy in 2005 painted nine images on Israel's West Bank barrier, including a ladder going over the wall and an image of children breaking through to a tropical island. In 2008, a London wall bearing one of his stencils was said to have sold on **** for almost $500,000
     
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    À la recherche du temps perdu consists of seven volumes totalling around 3,200 pages and featuring more than 2,000 characters.The novel as we know it began seriously to take shape in 1909, and work continued for the remainder of Proust's life, broken off only by his final illness and death in the autumn of 1922. Swann's Way-the first book- was rejected by a number of publishers,and Proust himself had to pay the costs for its publications.

    "It's said, after all, that people reach middle age the day they realize they're never going to read Remembrance of Things Past"

    Here's links for anyone who dares to join me in reading it.:)
    http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/proust/marcel/
     
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    Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!

    Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
    Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

    It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease......in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.

    She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her....what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

    The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

    Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap..

    Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
    When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
    He had covered her with his love.


    Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.


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    Remember.....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most Credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.

    If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply.. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God
     
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    My this post will have the number 2572.
     
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    ^^ You are on my ignore list.
     
  24. SoBad

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    Hi Aykhan, ignore Sentinel, you are on my buddy list now. Unless you still think that Kafelnikov > Safin because he won his slams on different surfaces. Good day.:neutral:
     
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    I started to doubt that this thread contains useless info. I've got a lot from this thread.
     
  27. Sentinel

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    ^^ No no, everything you post fits the bill. (Yes, I had to click View post to see what you had posted). :-D
     
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    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/the-talents-of-a-middle-aged-brain/

    The Talents of a Middle-Aged Brain
    By TARA PARKER-POPE

    Some Key Excerpts:

     
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    I am seeing this at present ...

    Prof. dr. Wubbo J. Ockels is a Dutch physicist, and also the Netherlands’ original astronaut. He is a Professor of Aerospace Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the University of Delft, and tries to stimulate a mentality change among Dutch citizens.
    In his mind-bending TEDxAmsterdam talk, ...

    http://www.tedxamsterdam.com/2009/video-wubbo-ockels-on-time-and-gravity/
     
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    A Birth Certificate shows that we were born
    A Death Certificate shows that we died
    Pictures show that we lived!
    Have a seat. Relax . . .
    And read this slowly.

    I Believe...
    That just because two people argue,
    It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
    And just because they don't argue,
    It doesn't mean they do love each other.


    I Believe...
    That we don't have to change friends if
    We understand that friends change.




    I Believe....
    That no matter how good a friend is,
    they're going to hurt you every once in a while
    and you must forgive them for that.


    I Believe...
    That true friendship continues to grow,
    even over the longest distance.
    Same goes for true love.

    I Believe...
    That you can do something in an instant
    That will give you heartache for life.


    I Believe....
    That it's taking me a long time
    To become the person I want to be.


    I Believe...
    That you should always leave loved ones with
    Loving words. It may be the last time you see them.


    I Believe....
    That you can keep going long after you think you can't.


    I Believe....
    That we are responsible for what
    We do, no matter how we feel.


    I Believe...
    That either you control your attitude or it controls you.


    I Believe...
    That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs
    to be done, regardless of the consequences.



    I Believe....
    That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.


    I Believe....
    That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down
    will be the ones to help you get back up.


    I Believe...
    That sometimes when I'm angry
    I have the right to be angry,
    But that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.


    I Believe....
    That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
    And what you've learned from them and less to do with how many
    birthdays you've celebrated.


    I Believe....
    That it isn't always enough,
    to be forgiven by others.
    Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.


    I Believe...
    That no matter how bad your heart is broken
    the world doesn't stop for your grief.


    I Believe....
    That our background and circumstances
    may have influenced who we are,
    But, we are responsible for who we become.



    I Believe...
    That you shouldn't be so eager to find
    Out a secret. It could change your life Forever.


    I Believe....
    Two people can look at the exact same
    Thing and see something totally different.


    I Believe...
    That your life can be changed in a matter of
    Hours by people who don't even know you.


    I Believe...
    That even when you think you have no more to give,
    When a friend cries out to you -
    you will find the strength to help.


    I Believe...
    That credentials on the wall
    do not make you a decent human being.



    I Believe...
    That the people you care about most in life
    are taken from you too soon.


    I Believe...
    That you should send this to
    all of the people that you believe in, I just did.



    The happiest of people don't necessarily
    have the best of everything;
    They just make the most of everything they have.
     
  31. Sentinel

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    Australian tennis great John Newcombe expects to attend Wimbledon next month after recovering from an operation for skin cancer. The 65-year-old Newcombe had a growth removed from the right side of his nose after his doctor discovered the cancer had spread under the skin. "It's just a small little white thing you can hardly see it,"
     
  32. slice bh compliment

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    ^Thet's whot shay sidd.^
     
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    Caster Semenya, picked out by a bright moon as yet another long training session comes to an end, does not look like an athlete with the cares of the world on her shoulders.
    Despite a sharp chill in the air and the late afternoon sun fast disappearing, she works through her routines with intensity before finally easing up for some warm-down laps and banter with a handful of other athletes putting in some overtime.
    She even offers a cheery wave to me as I look on from a short distance but firmly in my place behind a metal fence.
    In the next few weeks, if the sport's governing body keeps its earlier promises, she will learn the result of an inquiry into her gender which has sidelined her from competition since she skipped to an easy world championship 800m victory in Berlin last August.
    Apart from briefly breaking her silence to protest that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was taking too long to reach its conclusion on such a sensitive matter, the 19-year-old from a tiny village in South Africa's northern Limpopo province has kept her own counsel.


    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06052010/2/athletics-semenya-trains-dusk-waits.html
     
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    does sex or masturbation before a match make you weaker? i think this is the truth, but how much weaker? :D this is not a joke, i really want to know that.
     
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    As far as sex is concerned, you could ask Roddick.

    I don't know about the second one. (But you could get a wrist injury!)

    Acintya, the correct thing to do is start a thread !
     
  36. slice bh compliment

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    Old school wisdom: sex after a match, not before.

    Yannick Noah was once asked about this. I'm not going to post it, but it's a pretty funny answer.

    Agassi had a good line about it, too....something to the effect that...it's not the sex - it's the looking for sex that can make you weaker.
     
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    Jupiter has lost one of its prominent stripes, leaving its southern half looking unusually blank. Scientists are not sure what triggered the disappearance of the band.
    Jupiter's appearance is usually dominated by two dark bands in its atmosphere – one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere.
    But recent images taken by amateur astronomers show that the southern band – called the south equatorial belt – has disappeared.
    The band was present at the end of 2009, right before Jupiter moved too close to the sun in the sky to be observed from Earth. When the planet emerged from the sun's glare again in early April, its south equatorial belt was nowhere to be seen.
     
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    This post will have number 2589 in this thread.
     
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    This message is hidden because Aykhan Mammadov is on your ignore list.
     
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    Malakas says Sentinel is a pathetic little snob.:evil:
     
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    Ravens console one another


    Over the past few decades, researchers have started finding behaviors that were once considered uniquely human, like tool use and empathy, in a number of other species. Many of these findings have come from our fellow primates, who presumably share a lot of our evolutionary legacy. But a surprising number of sophisticated behaviors have been showing up in birds, which haven't shared a common ancestor with any mammals for a very long time. The latest behaviors to add to birds' growing list are empathy and consolation, according to a paper released on Wednesday by PLoS one. As the list of complex behavior in birds grows, it seems our expectations for the evolution of behavior may have to evolve, as well.


    The finding comes from a study of ravens which spend up to a decade in socially complex flocks before settling down into a pair-bonded relationship. A previous study using other corvids (rooks) indicates that pair-bonded mates will perform what are termed "affiliation behaviors" following conflicts, suggesting that there may be some degree of consolation at play. So, the questions the authors tried to address here was whether, in the absence of pair bonding, the same sort of affiliation would occur within a larger social group where pair bonding hasn't occurred.


    http://arstechnica.com/science/news...tm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
     
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    Harvard Starts Heart Outside Body, Preserves Organs for 10 Days



    Science fiction is fraught with mad scientists who discover strange chemicals that can empower the human body or even reanimate the dead. Well, Harvard has come about as close to that scenario as anyone would want them to. Prof. Hemant Thatte has developed a cocktail of 21 chemical compounds that he calls Somah, derived from the sanskrit for “ambrosia of rejuvenation”. Using Somah, Thattle and his team have accomplished some amazing feats with pig hearts. They can keep the organ viable for transplant up to 10 days after harvest – that’s incredibly longer than the 4 hour limit seen in hospitals today. Not only that, but using low temperatures and Somah, they were able to take a pig heart that was removed post mortem and get it to beat 24 hours later in the lab. Watch that amazing video after the break.

    We’ve seen amazing chemical treatments that have the potential to transform the medical industry. Mark Roth is working with hydrogen sulfide to put soldiers and other trauma victims into suspended animation on the way to hospitals. The University of Bristol uses xenon gas and low temperatures to prevent brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation. Now Somah could help preserve organs for more than a week outside the body. As researchers continue to unlock the mysteries of your body’s chemistry, they may find more ways of preserving and protecting it indefinitely. This will make it much easier to repair or replace parts of your body as they fail, letting you live longer, and healthier. Maybe indefinitely.
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    http://singularityhub.com/2010/05/0...or-10-days-restarts-heart-outside-body-video/
     
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    Great to hear from you, Aykhan.

    On-topic: late weekend nights EST on TTW are quintessential serenity. US is out on the town, EU is asleep/hungover, and FE don't have the US/EU crowd to feed their bizzarre equipment obsessions hahaha.
     
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    The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have found the most massive galaxy in the near universe: an obese, bloated monster that may tip the cosmic scales at 13 trillion times the mass of the Sun, 20 times the mass of the entire Milky Way. The galaxy, called ESO 146-IG 005, sits at the center of a dense cluster of other (but much more lightweight) galaxies, and grew to its present size by eating the galaxies around it. In fact, the so-far undigested cores of at least five other galaxies are still easily seen in the cannibal's nucleus. Astronomers are having difficulty pinning down the galaxy's exact mass, but it's clearly the biggest bruiser within 1.5 billion light years of home."

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/b...nnibalistic-is-no-way-to-go-through-life-son/
     
  46. Mike Bulgakov

    Mike Bulgakov Semi-Pro

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    I can't distinguish Azarenka's shrieks from those of Maria Sharapova.
     
  47. SoBad

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    Myskina > Sharapova

    OK
     
  48. Mike Bulgakov

    Mike Bulgakov Semi-Pro

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    Anastasia is an extrovert. Maria is an introvert.

    Anastasia Romanova > Marie Antoinette?
    Marie Antoinette > Anastasia Romanova?
    Extrovert > Introvert?
    Introvert > Extrovert?
    Southern California > Moscow?
    Moscow > Southern California?
    Power and plodding feet > Finesse and gilding feet?
    Finesse and gilding feet > Power and plodding feet?
    Useless information > Useful information?
    Useful information > Useless information?
    Time spent > Time wasted?
    Time wasted > Time spent?
    Time to walk > Time to run?
    Time to run > Time to walk?
     
  49. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

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  50. SoBad

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    SoCal rec tennis > Moscow rec tennis
    Moscow pro tennis > SoCal pro tennis

    And how come Maria's mustache is dark if she is naturally blonde? Just noticed today...:neutral:
     

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