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Stethoscope Gets Smart

5th March 2015

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The Eko Core is a digital device that attaches to a regular stethoscope, allowing medical practitioners to visualize, record, play back, share and analyze heart sounds. The device is linked via Bluetooth, through Eko’s smartphone app and HIPAA-compliant web portal, to an array of cloud-based digital tools. They enable clinicians to analyze heartbeats, access audio visualization, attach heart sound reports and recordings to most major Electronic Health Records, and securely store the digitized cardiac information.

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Thought for the Day

5th March 2015

From Scott Adams, of course.

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The ‘automated bits’, of course, are markets. The ‘organic bits’ are increasingly dominated by government bureaucrats and consequently getting more and more, well, tired, incompetent, and dishonest. But you knew that….

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The Sharon Statement

5th March 2015

In memory of M. Stanton Evans. RIP.

Adopted in conference at Sharon, Connecticut, September 11, 1960

In this time of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.

We, as young conservatives, believe:

That foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

That the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

That when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

That the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

That the genius of the Constitution—the division of powers—is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

That the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

That we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;

That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

That the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with, this menace; and

That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

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The People vs Winter

5th March 2015

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How about that Global Warming, eh?

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5 Unnecessarily High-Tech Ways to Order a Pizza

4th March 2015

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If there is one thing that has driven humanity forward in the last several centuries of technological progress, one thing that we’ve striven for above all others, one thing to which we bring our ingenuity and prowess to bear upon with laser-like focus, it is ordering pizza.

Let’s take a break from the slow-motion train wreck that it Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder.

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These Americans Return to Iraq as Christian Warriors Against Islamic State

3rd March 2015

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“Jesus tells us what you do unto the least of them, you do unto me,” said the 28-year-old from Detroit who served an extended tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He asked for his surname not to be published, to protect his family at home. “I couldn’t sit back and watch what was happening, women being raped and sold wholesale.”

So in December he traveled to northern Iraq, where he joined a growing band of foreigners leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. The leaders of those militias say they have been swamped with hundreds of requests from veterans and volunteers from around the world who want to join them.

Sauce for the goose….

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

1st March 2015

I’ve Got a Name

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Can Brain-Training Apps Make You Smarter?

22nd February 2015

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The nice thing is that they are free.

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For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas

22nd February 2015

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Looking at cities by density of design, Dallas has both New York and Chicago beat.

That’s right, the Big D. If you look past the nation’s tallest and most spectacular designs and focus on the sheer concentration of great design, you’ll find that there is no place that packs in better design than the city’s Arts District. While this standard doesn’t quite rise to the rigor of objectivity, it is juried. Dallas, it turns out, is host to the densest design district in the country.

Six different Pritzker Prize-winning architects have designed signature buildings in the Arts District, all within an area that’s smaller than a square mile. All of the designers have won other prestigious awards, including Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal. Dallas’ superior six includes one architect who’s been knighted by France, one who’s been knighted by England, and one who’s been named a senator for life in Italy.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd February 2015

Let Me Be There

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Move Over Emeril: Robot Learns How to Prep Food from YouTube

17th February 2015

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University of Maryland researchers have programmed a robot to learn basic cooking skills from YouTube videos, a feat that could eventually be expanded into other skills like equipment repair.

I can recall several instances of restaurant food that tasted as if they had been prepared by robots taught by YouTube videos. But that was probably just me.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

15th February 2015

Jailhouse Rock

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Adventures in Flooring

14th February 2015

The kitchen was full of new tile, up to the pantry door.
The wife stood with arms akimbo, grinning at her new floor.
The tile had replaced the wood veneer, cheap plastic pad, and all,
And the tilework man came grouting–
Grouting– grouting–
And the tilework man came grouting, down through the long back hall.

He had pried up old linoleum, levered the baseboards free;
He had scrubbed the slab to lessen the lingering odor of old dog pee;
He had wrestled the washer and dryer out of the laundry room;
So the tilework man went grouting–
Grouting– grouting–
So the tilework man went grouting, sweeping before with his broom.

The wife was full of rapture, seeing the final look;
‘No longer need we feel ashamed of our kitchen and breakfast nook!’
The husband was just as happy to get rid of that cheap crap wood;
And the two of them went off dancing–
Dancing– dancing–
And the tilework man ignored them, since his English was not that good.

Yeah, flowers are nice, but you know what women really want.

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Bridging the Gap Between a Sniper and Olympic Shooter

9th February 2015

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Because if you don’t read it here, you’ll never find it anywhere else. Certainly not in your daily newspaper.

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Parachuting Beavers Into Idaho’s Wilderness

8th February 2015

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More than 60 years ago, Idaho Fish and Game dropped beavers out of a plane and parachuted them into the state’s backcountry. This little-known piece of Idaho history stars a crafty Fish and Game officer and a plucky male beaver named Geronimo.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

8th February 2015

Only You Know and I Know

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Batmobile Baby Stroller

7th February 2015

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I am not making this up.

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US Navy’s New ‘Star Wars’-Style Railgun Hits Mach 6

6th February 2015

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I don’t remember any railguns in Star Wars. I guess ‘journalists’ just dump in whatever adjectives come to mind.

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Yes, We Can!

4th February 2015

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This Game We Play – Capturing the SCA Over Three Years

4th February 2015

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If you don’t know anything about the SCA, that’s alright — they don’t know anything about you, either.

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Bacteria ‘Factories’ Churn Out Valuable Chemicals

1st February 2015

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A team of researchers led by Harvard geneticist George Church at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has made big strides toward a future in which the predominant chemical factories of the world are colonies of genetically engineered bacteria.

In a new study, scientists at the Wyss Institute modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce — and how much — through the bacteria’s metabolic processes. The research was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

1st February 2015

Whenever I Call You Friend

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Which Deadly Warrior Are You?

31st January 2015

Play it.

Turns out I’m a Ninja.

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Father, Son Bag Charging 700-Pound Boar in North Carolina

30th January 2015

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You might have to go to Washington to find this much pork.

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Modeling Suspects’ Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

29th January 2015

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This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs’ Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the company reconstructs a guess of what the person’s face looks like.

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ArnoldC

29th January 2015

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Programming language based on the one-liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I am not making this up.

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Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume V Issue 1

28th January 2015

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My favorite: The Battle of the River Talas – The Abbasid Caliphate vs the Chinese Tang dynasty — coming soon to an XBox near you….

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Inside the World of Longsword Fighting

26th January 2015

Read it. And watch the awesome video.

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It Had To Be You

23rd January 2015

Mark Steyn, in addition to being on of the most entertaining political commentators around, knows more about popular American music than I would have believed humanly possible. Today he takes a fascinating look at ‘Sinatra Song of the Century #5′ and the people who made it great.

Who wrote “It Had To Be You”? Cole Porter? The Gershwins? No, it was Isham Jones and Gus Kahn. Who? Don’t laugh: By some rankings, Gus Kahn is second only to Irving Berlin in the number of hit songs he wrote, including our very first two Songs of the Week, “San Francisco” (Number One) and “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” (Number Two). Frank sang a lot of Gus Kahn lyrics. Kahn has two tracks on the defining Sinatra LP of the Fifties, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers – “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Swingin’ Down The Lane”, which is the nearest thing to a title song.

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$10K Veterans Grant Announced NH’s Higher Education Institutions

22nd January 2015

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A $10,000 veterans grant was announced for New Hampshire’s higher education institutions. The New Hampshire Legislative Commission on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) partnered with LTC Partners for the grant.

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Greatest. Democrat. Ever.

21st January 2015

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A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants.

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Every Khan Academy Course Is Now Available on the iPad for the First Time

21st January 2015

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You could do a lot worse than have your kid spend his spare time at Khan Academy.

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Cards Against Humanity: Reason’s State of the Union Version!

20th January 2015

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Just in case a mere Bingo card is not enough….

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.

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ATR Presents 2015 State of the Union Bingo

19th January 2015

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Be prepared.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

18th January 2015

Obama N’est Pas Charlie

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Local Motors Just 3D-printed a Car Live at an Auto Show

13th January 2015

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The Phoenix-based company crowdsources the design of its cars (like the oddball Rally Fighter), and it’s showing a refreshed version of its 3D-printed Strati model here. But here’s where it gets weird: Local Motors is building the Strati right on the floor of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with printing and routing equipment that it brought in just for the occasion. The machines, encapsulated in glass for safety’s sake, don’t take much more room than a very small apartment (or a very big closet, depending on how you look at it).

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TrackingPoint Shows Off the “Mile Maker,” a Rifle With 1,800-yard Range

11th January 2015

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In what’s becoming a yearly tradition for Ars, we met up with Austin-based TrackingPoint at CES to see what was new in the world of “Precision Guided Firearms”—the term the company uses to refer to its Linux-powered rifles. Last year, TrackingPoint had just taken the wraps off of its AR-15 PGF (which we got to shoot a few months later), and this year we got to take a peek at a new prototype weapon that can accurately put rounds on targets up to a mile away—targets that can be moving up to 30 miles per hour.

Dubbed the “Mile Maker,” the prototype was described by TrackingPoint representative Anson Gordon as “mostly” representative of the final product. The weapon at least for now is built around an enormous, enormously heavy, custom-milled steel barrel, which fires what TrackingPoint is calling “338TP”—a round somewhat similar to .338 Lapua Magnum but with some customized attributes. The company decided to continue on with their own cartridges for the longer-range rifle instead of moving up to a bigger round (like .50 BMG) because of the superior ballistics of the .338 bullet over the bigger .50 round.

 

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51 Years After Accident, 7-Inch Car Part Found in Arm

1st January 2015

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Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

Better late than never, I say.

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Maps of Modern Cities Drawn in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien

31st December 2014

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I found this link while re-reading the blog of Harry Connolly, one of my Recommended Writers, and it struck me as very interesting.

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Passenger Tossed After Flipping Out Over Staff’s ‘Merry Christmas’

27th December 2014

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Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!'” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas. He was eventually led of the plane to a round of applause from passengers.

Good to see bad manners get its true reward.

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‘ I didn’t say get the story. I said get the kid his peaches.’

25th December 2014

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But that was yesterday … and yesterday’s gone.

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The Heart of Dudeness

24th December 2014

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This is the map you’ve been looking for.

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The Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State

23rd December 2014

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Hey, it’s Christmas. Dream a little.

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Rooms and Mazes: A Procedural Dungeon Generator

22nd December 2014

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Procedural generation—having the game build stuff randomly instead of using hand-authored content—is amazing when it works well. You get a ton of replayability because the game is different every time. As the person implementing the game, you also get the critical feature of not knowing what you’re going to get even though you wrote the code. The game can surprise you too.

People get into procedural generation because it seems easier. Hand-authoring content is obviously a lot of work. If you want your game to have a hundred levels, you have to make a hundred things. But make one little random level generator and you can have a hundred levels, a thousand, or a million, for free!

Back when I was playing RPGs, I would have killed for this tool.

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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

22nd December 2014

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SO A GUY FROM Boston walks into a bar and offers to sell the owner a chunk of ice. To modern ears, that sounds like the opening line of a joke. But 250 years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction—especially if it was summer, when no one in the bar had seen frozen water in months.

In fact, it’s history. The ice guy was sent by a 20-something by the name of Frederic Tudor, born in 1783 and known by the mid-19th century as the “Ice King of the World.” What he had done was figure out a way to harvest ice from local ponds, and keep it frozen long enough to ship halfway around the world.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

21st December 2014

Carol of the Bells

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All I Want for Christmas Is a Vitamix: The Kitchen Gift Guide

14th December 2014

Megan McArdle,  in addition to being a very sound writer, is also a foodie. Here’s her gift guide for the foodie(s) in your life.

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When You’re Really Serious about Channukah

13th December 2014

Menosaurus Rex? copy

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Your Smartphone Could Replace Your Driver’s License Someday Soon

10th December 2014

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According to the Des Moines Register, the state’s Department of Transportation is aiming to next year provide a free app that will store your license, for use in traffic stops and any place else you’re asked to provide your ID—even when boarding a plane at an Iowa airport. Such a venture would make Iowa the first state in the U.S. to provide digital identification documents. Iowa is one of several that states already allow for proof of insurance to be displayed on an electronic device.

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Watch the Navy Destroy a Drone With Lasers

10th December 2014

Read it. And by all means watch the video.

Speaking of drones — imagine that is Joe Biden’s head….

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