the better life with an online degree

Furthering your education and skills by earning an online degree may be the best move if you have realized that a better job is what you need. If you feel like you have hit a dead end with your current employment or want to seek something new and more fulfilling, then you might consider enrolling in an online university if your schedule does not provide time to dedicate yourself to attending a local institution.

As the responsibility of a full-time job and/or a family fills your everyday life and you need more income to make ends meet, going to college may be out of the question. If getting that raise or higher position at work means getting a masters degree online is your only option, then the time to consider proving what your worth on paper is what you need to do.

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the easy way to backup your vinyl

Vinyl fanatics and archive enthusiasts can preserve their vinyl collections with a USB turntable from Innovative Technology. Digitizing your records will allow you to transfer your files to your favorite MP3 player and also add them to your existing digital collection.

The wave of the future has arrived where collectors are converting their vinyl records, cassettes, VHS tapes, and DVDs to file formats that can be stored on large hard drives making them easier to share, organize and access. By backing up your records with a USB turntable, your records will stay in optimal condition from not being played too often and retain their value as gems in your music collection or the next owner’s.

Turntables can be difficult to locate for reasonable prices, but the Innovative Technology ITUT-201 is currently on sale for $50. You probably won’t be able to find a USB turntable for this excellent price any time soon. Not only do you have the ability to play your wax on this turntable, you can output the audio to your computer and cut the tracks with the included Audacity editing and recording software.

If you’re thinking about collecting vinyl or need to replace your old turntable, then consider this inexpensive solution to fulfill your audiophilia. The thought of lugging around a crate full of records is redonculous with the portable audio devices that flood the electronics market today. Whether you have singles or albums exclusively released on vinyl or just searching for the most efficient way to convert your record collection, this popular device should be the next addition to your arsenal. Something tells me that vinyl elitists are going to hear about this deal very soon if they haven’t already, so you’d better act quick before they sell out.

the capellini with pancetta and grape tomatoes

For dinner tonight, Mare made a tasty Italian dish that she named Capellini with Pancetta and Grape Tomatoes.

She started by sauteing London’s Best red pepper flakes in extra virgin olive oil. Then she added some minced garlic and a finely-chopped yellow onion. The pancetta was chopped up and added followed by the grape tomatoes. The mixture was cooked over medium heat until the tomatoes burst.

A cup of chicken stock and a dash of balsamic vinegar were added, and the sauce was reduced. The cappelini was cooked al dente, drained well, topped with the sauce, and lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Mmm!

the western digital caviar green 1.5tb hard drive

Every time I browse hard drives, I keep finding them on sale for less with more disk space. When investing in large storage devices, I only trust Western Digital to provide me with reliable solutions.

Western Digital’s popular line of Caviar hard drives has added energy-efficient models within the past few years. They use less power while performing as well as the others. The 1.5TB hard drive is priced at ~$100 right now which is an irresistible deal.

1.5TB may seem like too much space for the average user, but if you knew what you could do with that much space, then you would probably want to own one around this size. Back up your entire DVD collection and stream the ISOs over your network to your Xbox 360 or PS3 and save time not having to rummage through physical discs and keep them organized. Convert all your home movies to video files and preserve them forever.

The Blu-ray revolution is in full force now, and the technology is now available to allow home users to burn their own Blu-ray discs. The average recordable Blu-ray discs hold 25GB, and a 50GB capacity is also available. Keeping that in mind and knowing that one terabyte is ~1000GB, you’d only be able to store ~60 25GB Blu-ray discs on a 1.5TB hard drive. That makes a 320GB hard drive seem tiny now, doesn’t it?

the filet-o-fish jingle + lyrics

In 2009, McDonald’s aired a television commercial featuring a Big Mouth Billy Bass-type character named Frankie the Fish. This “copyfish” sang an annoying jingle to a Casio keyboard-quality tune and made its way into our heads like a parasite.

With Lent going on right now, many restaurants have brought back their fish, shrimp, and seafood menu items. Mickey D’s has been promoting their Filet-O-Fish® with the accompanying jingle returning to the airwaves.

If you have been living in a cave for the past month, have never heard it, or want to make your ears bleed, then push Play to hear this infamous jingle:

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish® Jingle
by Frankie the Fish

Recorded from 101.5 KROX FM on 2010-03-16 with a Mambo Clamp.


McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish® Jingle Lyrics

Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish®!
Gimme that fish! (ah!)

Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish®!
Gimme that fish!

What if it were you hanging up on this wall?
If it were you in that sandwich, you wouldn’t be laughing at all!


Modern Soapbox and all of its affiliates are not sponsored by and do not endorse McDonald’s, the Filet-O-Fish® sandwich, and the no-talent ass clown Frankie the Fish. This post has been provided for information and entertainment purposes only.

the extra portable 4gb usb flash drive

The world of portable electronics keeps shrinking… literally. If you like to travel around with your netbook and require an easy way to get data off it to either share with someone or print something off, then the Kingston 4GB DataTraveler mini slim USB flash drive on sale for $10 is calling your name.

USB flash drives have become very affordable for the amount of data they hold these days. Although their design already makes them pocket-size solutions, this particular model is the next level in the DataTraveler.

Do you want to print off some digital photos at a kiosk to frame or put on the fridge? Just copy them to your mini USB flash drive and take them to be printed. Don’t waste your time or your CD-Rs burning the data.

Maybe you’d like to share some music or video files with a friend and want to transfer them as fast as possible. The speed of USB 2.0 will let you do this quickly and efficient. You risk a glitch in the connection when sharing wirelessly and would have to start the process all over again. Plus, think about how long it’d take to transfer 4GB over a network versus copying them using your DataTraveler from one machine to another.

the 4 million points earned

I just checked my [email protected] stats, and I just reached 4 million points today. w00t! I’ve been folding since 2001, and points did not accumulate very quickly until multi-core processors surfaced. Typical work units will earn around 150-250 points each, but the ones I usually fold now will earn almost 2000 points each. Those numbers should give you an idea what it takes to get to 4 million points.

My donator rank based on Stanford’s [email protected] site is 1916 of 1374571, so that puts me in the top 0.001% of the project. I’ve been donating computing power to for 8+ years now and have invested in building computers especially for the cause. I deserve some bragging rights, right? =D Peace out.