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Friday, January 11, 2008

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Chismillionare's Recipe of the Week- Rice Pudding


  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon to taste

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine 1/2 gallon milk, sugar and rice. Simmer, covered, 1 hour, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat and let rest 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, 1/4 cup milk, salt and vanilla. Stir into rice mixture and return pot to low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Pour into a 9x13 inch dish and cover with plastic wrap, folding back the corners to allow the steam to escape.
  3. When pudding has cooled to room temperature, remove plastic wrap and sprinkle surface of pudding with cinnamon. Cover tightly (with fresh wrap) and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight before serving.

Fitzy's Playoff Preview - Pats/Jags

Audi R8 diesel coming

The firm will make the R8 available with its new 4.2-litre V8 TDI unit late next year. Currently powering the Q7 SUV, the oil-burner produces 322bhp and 760Nm of torque. How-ever, it is likely to be tuned further for the R8, pumping out more than 350bhp and 800Nm of torque.

Hooked up to either the R8’s six-speed manual or six-speed R tronic transmissions, the four-wheel-drive supercar should be capable of going from 0-60mph in around five seconds, with a top speed of 160mph. And it will return around 30mpg.

The engine will be the final unit to go in the R8, after the 5.0-litre V10 model arrives in early 2008, priced around £85,000. The diesel version should cost about £70,000.

Parted-at-birth twins 'married'

A pair of twins who were adopted by separate families as babies got married without knowing they were brother and sister, a peer told the House of Lords.

A court annulled the British couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord Alton said.

The peer - who was told of the case by a High Court judge involved - said the twins felt an "inevitable attraction".

He said the case showed how important it was for children to be able to find out about their biological parents.

Details of the identities of the twins involved have been kept secret, but Lord Alton said the pair did not realise they were related until after their marriage.

'Truth will out'

The former Liberal Democrat MP raised the couple's case during a House of Lords debate on the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill in December.

"They were never told that they were twins," he told the Lords.

"They met later in life and felt an inevitable attraction, and the judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation."

He told the BBC News website that their story raises the wider issue of the importance of strengthening the rights of children to know the identities of their biological parents.

We are naturally drawn to people who are quite similar to ourselves
Pam Hodgkins
Adults Affected by Adoption

"If you start trying to conceal someone's identity, sooner or later the truth will out," he said.

"And if you don't know you are biologically related to someone, you may become attracted to them and tragedies like this may occur."

Pam Hodgkins, chief executive officer of the charity Adults Affected by Adoption (NORCAP) said there had been previous cases of separated siblings being attracted to each other.

"We have a resistance, a very strong incest taboo where we are aware that someone is a biological relative," she said.

"But when we are unaware of that relationship, we are naturally drawn to people who are quite similar to ourselves.

'Incredibly rare'

"And of course there is unlikely to be anyone more similar to any individual than their sibling."

Mo O'Reilly, director of child placement for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, said the situation was traumatic for the people involved, but incredibly rare.

"Thirty or 40 years ago it would have been more likely that twins be separated and, brought up without knowledge of each other," she said.

Today, however, adopted children grow up with a greater knowledge of their birth families - and organisations try to place brothers and sisters together.

If that were not possible, the siblings would still have some form of contact with each other.

"This sad case illustrates why, over the last 20-30 years, the shift to openness in adoption was so important," Ms O'Reilly added.

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Published: 2008/01/11 14:14:35 GMT


New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Endorses SmartWater

January 05, 2008 02:50:50 GMT

by Staff Writer

Tom Brady
© Janet Mayer/PR Photos
Glaceau's Smartwater is 's smart pick. The record-breaking quarterback for NFL's New England Patriots has been tapped to shoot a series of new ads for the distilled municipal water and electrolytes for a reportedly US$3 million payment.

Has become the next public figure after to endorse the popular drink, Brady has shot several Smartwater's ads which are set to start popping up in magazines and newspapers by next month.

In some of the ads, as seen after this news, Brady tries to tell people that Smartwater is excellent for staying hydrated while jumping rope, getting out of helicopters, and hand-selecting your next lover from the local youth football team.

In other Brady news, the NFL star is said to be ready to ask supermodel girlfriend to marry him if the Patriots close out a perfect 19-0 season with a win in the Super Bowl.

Shuttle's $199 Linux PC

January 9, 2008 1:41 PM PST
(Credit: Shuttle)

LAS VEGAS--Asus' Eee PC and Everex's CloudBook aren't the only ones pushing down the price of affordable, open-source PCs.

Shuttle introduced its $199 KPC Linux PC here on Tuesday. The company didn't have it on display on the actual floor of the convention halls here at the Consumer Electronics Show (too late did I find out you had to zip over to a private suite at the Bellagio for a look-see), but booth representatives were happy to talk details. "It's meant for simple tasks," said sales rep James Wonpu.

It'll have an Intel Celeron processor, a 945GC chipset, 512MB of memory and either a 60GB or 80GB hard drive. What it won't have: an optical drive or a PCI Express slot. Despite that, it's a pretty good-looking box, and comes in red, blue, white, and black, each with a different icon stamped on the front.

Shuttle(Credit: Shuttle)

Shuttle also says there will be a $99 barebones version of the KPC. That version will have the option of upgrading to a Core2Duo processor and 1GB of memory. Both will be available for purchase near the end of the first quarter.

Lamborghini Ad Personum program is Chismillionaire approved

DETROIT — Lamborghini on Thursday tipped its hand about what it plans for the upcoming 2008 North American International Auto Show, and it's all about a striking new color palette designed to help buyers personalize their vehicles.

The most eye-popping shade is a new shade of light blue called "Blu Cepheus," which will be available in the Lamborghini personalization program. Lamborghini says the pale blue color is "inspired by the purity and transparency of polar ice." It also notes that the blue tone is "one of the most glamorous shades in fashion today."

Lamborghini is also veering away from shiny tones, opting instead to be a trendsetter with matte finishes. The Gallardo Spyder will be shown in "Ad Personam" matte brown paint paired with a cabin in a new shade of brown Alcantara called "Marrone Gaia."

Another showstopper is likely to be the leather picked for the interiors of the Murciélago LP640 Roadster: an untreated hide said to be "inspired by the natural leather found on horse saddles and leads to natural changes in color over time," Lamborghini said in a statement.

Van Damme Friday