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I have to confess, I’ve heard quite a few people discuss this week’s hottie, but I am pretty sure I’ve never actually seen her in anything.

Rhona Mitra has been in a ton of stuff, from American television to a strong resume in Sci-Fi genre movies. Plus, she used to be the model for Lara Croft.

The important thing, though, is that she’s hawt.

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This week’s hottie is a two-time Academy Award winner. Having said that, I haven’t seen either of the movies that Hilary Swank won Oscars for. In fact, I’ve only seen her in three things- The Next Karate Kid (I’m fairly certain I’m the only person on earth that actually likes that movie), Insomnia (which I’d forgotten I’d seen her in) and, of course, the bit part she played in the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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We had a couple good suggestions from our readers last week for the 100th edition of Load HEAT. One of them was for Elizabeth Banks.

Who? Never heard of her. So a quick search of IMDB and wiki shows that I’ve seen her a gazillion times, and always liked her. She just never stayed on my personal radar. Well, she’s showing up now.

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Wow. We’ve been doing this a while I guess. And I’m sorry that regular posting has dropped off so much. But then again, most of you guys just come for the chicks.

This week, we were looking to do a “best of” and were going through the archives. We were frankly amazed to learn we’d never featured this hottie. We all grew up with her, and have fond memories of her youth. But let’s face it, she’s blossomed into a beautiful woman.

Without further ado, the 100th edition of Load HEAT brings you Alyssa Milano.

Load HEAT- day late edition

I was over at Warming Glow (doing research, honest!) and came across this bit of wit:

I can’t talk about “Gossip Girl” without bringing up Blake Lively. I hope God took the day off after making her, because she is FANTASTIC. I would totally keep her in a well and wear her skin — and not in a creepy way. I’m just a hugely enthusiastic fan of her work. Not enough to watch “Gossip Girl,” though. A man has to have limits.

What can I say, beyond that I agree wholeheartedly…

Phone home…

I finally broke down last year and bought a cell phone. Not that there’s anyone I really want to talk to. I just need it in case my car breaks down.

But lots of folks these days have smart phones of various kinds. And they’ve found them to be extremely useful. The ability to add virtually any kind of app imaginable has been a boon almost on a plane with the original revolution in personal computing.

And not surprisingly, a lot of smart GIs are coming up with ways to use their smart phones to help them do their jobs. And industry is starting to pay attention:

“Cell phones are tired of waiting for the troops to come home and are going to war themselves. Tech startup Berico Tailored Systems, Lockheed Martin and apparently an army of Slashdot users are currently making tactical 3G cellular networks and smartphone applications for the military to use overseas.

The most sophisticated communication system I worked with in the Army was the PRC-77/VRC-64 radio with the KY-57 encryption system. It was on a technological par with a pair of tin cans and some string.

The ability to communicate with both voice and data would be a big help all by itself. Add in the multitude of computational tasks a smart phone with the appropriate apps could do, and you are talking about a real weapon.

Cell phones. They aren’t just for setting off IEDs anymore.

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Load HEAT goes up a little early since we’re gonna be having access problems soon.

We aren’t huge fans of country music. We actually used to listen to it quite a bit though, especially when we lived in Germany. Why? Because our girlfriend was a huge country music fan. If she wants to two-step, I want to two-step.

And let’s face it, country music has some awfully pretty ladies. One of the first country stars to really trade on her wholesome good looks and cross over to popular music was Faith Hill.

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