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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Google Adsense Test Page
: Nice way to find out what sorts of ads would be put on your page by google, based on its content. 12:38:07 AM
Surgeons Who Play Video Games Err Less
: "Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
"I use the same hand-eye coordination to play video games as I use for surgery," said Dr. James "Butch" Rosser, 49..
Laparoscopic surgery using a tiny camera and instruments controlled by joysticks outside the body is performed on just about any part of the body.. Rosser said the skill needed for laparoscopic surgery is "like tying your shoelaces with 3-foot-long chopsticks." .. Kurt Squire, a University of Wisconsin researcher of video game effects on learning, said that "with a video game, you can definitely develop timing and a sense of touch, as well as a very intuitive feel for manipulating devices."
Meanwhile, "men 18-34 devote 6 percent and teenage (12-17) males devote 15 percent of the time they spend with media each day to playing video games, may help explain the corresponding drop in TV viewing that has manifested among young males this year. " Will Johnny grow up to be a surgeon? [Thanks to MIT Tech Review blog]. 12:30:50 AM
Neopets: A phenomenon on the net. "Neopets is the greatest Virtual Pet Site on the Internet. With your help, we have built a community of over 60 million virtual pet owners across the world! Neopets has many things to offer including over 140 games, trading, auctions, greetings, messaging, and countless recipes for asparagus. Best of all, it's completely FREE". Some facts about it:
- In less than three years, Neopets has grown from operating on a single server to employing more than two hundred servers. Currently, the site peaks at just under a gigabit of bandwidth (the equivalent of approximately 700 T1's)
- The number of registered Neopets accounts has risen to over 65 million by December 2003 (which is approximately 16 million individuals by Company estimates). The website receives more than 60,000 registrations daily.
- Neopets offers its members 63 Neopian Shops (created by the Neopets creative staff) from which members can purchase Items for their Neopets.
- Members have created more than 12 million pages of content, including more than 2 million pet homepages, 1 million guilds (clubs), and nearly 10 million members' shops.
- The average time spent per person on Neopets is greater than any other site on the Internet, including Yahoo, eBay, MSN and AOL. Total pageviews per user on Neopets leads the entire Internet including all search engines, auctions and niche websites. Only Yahoo, MSN, eBay and Google have more total pageviews than Neopets.