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Ireland is to get new chip technology in all credit cards issued here, by 2005 [Irish Times]:
"All going well, by 2005 all credit card customers will see the chip in their cards. It will mean the customer is no longer asked for a signature. Instead, the customer's card will be placed in a terminal and then the customer will key in a PIN number."
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''When I started in 1972,'' she said, ''there were three girls in calculus out of a senior class of about 50. Now there are three sections of Advanced Placement calculus, in a class about the same size -- in other words, about 75 percent of the senior class. This would not have happened if we had bought into the reigning mantra of the time, which was, 'Boys are naturally interested in mathematics; let them do it. Girls are more talented in literature and history; why ask them to change?' ''
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One for the girls!: High on heels. Madonna says his shoes are better than sex; Sarah Jessica Parker loves them so much she was still wearing them the day before she gave birth... Tamsin Blanchard discovers why Manolo Blahnik has the celebrity world at his feet [Guardian Unlimited]:
The woman who buys my shoes, she's exhausted all day, working, and then she puts on the shoes. I'm not a psychoanalyst. I always knew there was an element of desire in shoes. The quick fix is the high heel. It's instant. You put it on and you just have to walk. They make you move differently.'
... Ooooo, Blahniks and Jimmy Choos -- what is it about these shoes that make you want a pair so badly? And why do shoe shops seem to have a massive vacuum suction device operating at the door that inhales nearly every woman into the interior? On the X chromosome lies the shoe gene, perhaps. I can't wear heels for too long and certainly can't spend a day walking in them if they're very high, but I love a good 3-inch heel. Probably a power thing, they make me just shy of 6' tall. [grin]
Here's one personal insight Halley Suitt might add to her 18 Lessons on Becoming an Alpha Male (actually, I'm sure she already knows this, since she likes heels, too) -- in my experience, Alpha Males always notice when a woman is wearing a new pair of attractive shoes. And they mention it. We love that. Another reason they get the girls.
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