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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

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

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High Speed Robot Hand Dexterity

10th December 2014

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Robot hand dribbles, throws a ball accurately, knotting a rope, catching a thrown cellphone with its fingertips.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th December 2014

Put Me In, Coach

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Man Wins $14 Million on Slot Machine, Giving Money to Charity, Church

2nd December 2014

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According to the Las Vegas Sun, the man put $20 in the machine and “won $14,282,544.” He was at the casino with an out-of-town guest and had been playing the slot machine for about five minutes when he hit the jackpot.

The church he attends has been holding “services in a high school gymnasium,” and the gentleman is happy that he and his fellow congregants can now build their own building.

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Black Ferguson Residents Armed With AR-15s Save White Owner’s Business

29th November 2014

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A group of black Ferguson residents armed with AR-15s and other weapons stood guard around a Conoco station, owned by a white man, and saved it from being burned after looters began wreaking havoc on November 24.

Because of the armed citizens, the Conoco was not only spared, but the owner did not even have to board up the station’s windows.

Store owner Doug Merello said, “We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them.”

Things are not yet entirely hopeless.

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Navy Vet Spots Purse-Snatching Punk Knocking 76-Year-Old Woman to the Ground — and Issues the Punk a Painful Lesson

28th November 2014

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Yeah, Navy.

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Vandalized Ferguson Bakery Receives $230K in Donations to Fund Reopening

27th November 2014

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Natalie Dubose of Ferguson, Missouri, is a small business owner who was proud to have opened her local cake bakery just over a year ago, but rioters from her own neighborhood destroyed her hard-earned shop this week. Now, thousands of Americans across the country have generously donated over $200,000 to help her rebuild.

 

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Thanksgiving Notice

27th November 2014

The Bluebird of Bitterness sends us this friendly reminder:

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America’s Laser Gun Goes To War

25th November 2014

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Right now, the U.S. Navy has a warship with a laser gun patrolling the Persian Gulf. The USS Ponce is an old ship that first saw service as an amphibious transport in the 1970s, designed to carry troops, vehicles, and helicopters close to beaches. Saved from a scrapyard, the U.S. Navy strapped a laser to its back and sent it forward, turning it into a cold warrior testing the waters of the future.

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Scale a Glass Wall With Gecko-Inspired Adhesive on Your Hands

22nd November 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Hot Cakes Are Actually Not Selling Well at All

19th November 2014

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Time to hit IHOP. It’s my patriotic duty.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th November 2014

Turn Up the Radio

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U.S. Navy Deploys First Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

15th November 2014

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The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes — from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam — and can set a drone or small boat on fire.

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize Read more: 17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

11th November 2014

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Thought for the Day

10th November 2014

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In South Carolina, a Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

9th November 2014

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Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

9th November 2014

Takin’ Care of Business

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Ammo Grrrll on Flying

31st October 2014

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Even before Ebola, Ammo Grrrll only flew under extreme duress. Funerals. Emergencies with sick parents. For business, I have driven from Minnesota to West Virginia, Maryland, and Texas. I enjoy long road trips. There is nobody to complain when you play the same Toby Keith disc for 3 hours, followed by Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and then The Best of Bread ($1.99 in a bin). Eat your heart out, Brahms. Here comes “Baby, I’m-A Want You”.

Flying itself is wretched enough, but nowadays the TSA Experience begins the fun. It apparently is my karma always to be singled out for the full wanding and gunpowder residue tests on my hands. Tests I am terrified I am going to flunk because of the frequency of my shooting, despite Lady Macbeth-level scrubbing.

A woman after my own heart.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th October 2014

Like Long Hair

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Carve Anything Out of Metal or Wood With Carvey

21st October 2014

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The home creating space is increasingly moving from the garage to the desktop, and the latest evidence is Carvey, a CNC machine the size of a microwave that can carve pretty much anything you want out of wood, metal and other materials.

It’s a bit like 3D printing, where you start out with a design file on your computer. But instead of building an object from the bottom up, Carvey carves it out of a solid block of material.

And you thought computerized sewing machines were bad.

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Philly Cream Cheese Releases Bacon Flavor

21st October 2014

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And about time, too.

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How Reintroducing Wolves Into Yosemite Park Changed the Course of Rivers.

21st October 2014

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I’ll bet you didn’t know what ‘trophic cascade’ meant.

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College Ready by Age 12

19th October 2014

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FBN’s Charles Payne on Kip and Mona Lisa Harding and their 10 children, 7 of whom went to college by age 12.

Homeschooling works.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

19th October 2014

Queen of Hearts

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Amazon Prime Pantry

17th October 2014

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th October 2014

Knock on Wood

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Hawk Takes Out Quadcopter Drone, Reclaims the Sky

11th October 2014

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Why Apple Pay Could Be the Mobile-Payment System You’ll Actually Use

9th October 2014

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Phone in hand, you next need to load it with a credit card, either by taking a picture of your credit card or by approving an existing card that’s already tied to your Apple Store account. Apple is the first vendor to support this loading system—possibly because it may be the first to get permission from the credit card brands to do so.

But this is where things get interesting. When the iPhone scans the number off your card, it doesn’t store it locally, or even on Apple servers. According to Apple sources, Apple mediates a connection to the payment network or issuing bank associated with your card, which then provides a Device Account Number.

If I understand it correctly, and I may not, this is similar to the Kerberos computer network security protocol. In operation, it is much like the way personal information, like passwords and social security numbers, are handled in secure computer systems: what is stored is not the actual information, but a hash of that information; for authentication, a hash of the submitted information is compared to the hash of the stored information — no actual information is either stored or transmitted.

Using per-device tokens means that only the bank that issued the card (or its payment network) ever has your card: You don’t have to trust Apple with it.

I would not hesitate to use such a system.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th October 2014

Everyday Is a Winding Road

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Minnesota Hunter Armed With Knife Kills 525-Pound Black Bear During Attack

1st October 2014

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A Minnesota man managed to kill a 525-pound black bear with a knife after the injured bear attacked a group of hunters early Saturday morning.

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Why Everybody Is Moving to Texas

30th September 2014

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Jobs is the No. 1 reason for population moves, with affordable housing a close second.

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Inside the World of Longsword Fighting

27th September 2014

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MONEY’s Best Places to Live: 1. McKinney, Texas

23rd September 2014

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About five minutes by car from where I sit.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

21st September 2014

Mind Your Own Business

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Reynolds Online University – Where No One Gets Raped

20th September 2014

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9 Heavenly Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

19th September 2014

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Nothing tops a juicy burger better than ooey gooey cheese. Luckily there’s an entire food holiday dedicated to celebrating one of America’s favorite food staple.

Thursday, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day and FoxNews.com has put together a list of some of the best burger recipes out there.

From classic American to sharp cheddar or Swiss, there’s a melted topper for every cheesehead to enjoy.

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Behind the Wheel of World’s First 3D-printed Car

16th September 2014

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th September 2014

Montego Bay

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Why Apple’s Tap-to-Pay Beats Credit Cards

13th September 2014

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After users enter their payment-card information on an iPhone, the device creates a unique 16-digit token. Each card gets its own token, specific to that device, Mr. Anderson said.

The token is sent to the payment processor through encrypted communication. The card company then links the token to the consumer’s account.

The phone, meantime, stores this token in a special chip that Apple has said is walled off from the rest of the device and is more secure. Apple uses a similar process for storing data for its fingerprint reader. These data, Apple has said, aren’t stored on its servers.

When a consumer wants to buy cheese at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store, the device would use a short-range radio system, called near-field communication, or NFC, to send the 16-digit token to the card reader. This token would be paired with a one-time string of random numbers created by encryption keys stored on the iPhone.

This random string of numbers, called a cryptogram, could only be good for a certain amount of time and at a certain location. It can’t be reused. The 16-digit token, meantime, also can’t buy anything on its own, MasterCard’s Mr. Anderson said.

The merchant’s card reader checks the token against the token stored by the payment company. If everything checks, the purchase is approved.

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In Memoriam Rick Rescorla

11th September 2014

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The Secret to a Long Life? Fast Food

10th September 2014

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Despite presumably spending much of their time around caloric and fattening foods, many of the men who built fast-food companies into the empires they are today lived into their 80s and beyond. Coincidence? Probably. Not to mention that these wealthy fellows likely had access to better-than-average health care and could afford food well above the dollar-menu variety.

But maybe eating your greens is overrated.

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What Would Happen if Teams Went for It on Fourth Down More Often?

7th September 2014

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If teams recognized that the expected value of more fourth-and-short plays is positive and that “four down territory” is larger than they think, we would probably see more conservative play-calling on downs 1-3.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th September 2014

My Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

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Disney Theme Parks Are Serving Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cones

3rd September 2014

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When A 6-Pack Of Beer Isn’t Enough, There’s A 99-Pack

3rd September 2014

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Austin Beerworks is selling a 99-pack of beer called the Peacemaker, and it’s going for $99. Our math skills put that at $1 a beer, which isn’t too shabby a price. The monstrosity weighs 82 lbs., is 7 feet long and presents logistical nightmares that are of little significance to people who are just looking to get hammered, we suppose. It won’t fit in your fridge for instance. And you won’t be able to carry it alone, for another instance. But hey, it’s a 99-pack of beer, and how often do you come across that?

It’s all about priorities.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st August 2014

Bubba Shot the Jukebox

The essence of America.

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Feds’ Plot to Stop Small-Town Cookies Backfires Into International Demand

28th August 2014

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“We can’t have them in the cafeteria for sale, period,” said Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district’s contracted food provider. “The guidelines for snacks are very strict, and there is no wiggle room.”

Remind me when the Federal government was granted authority to dictate what meals are served in local schools. Oh, yeah, they take Federal subsidies so they have to dance to the Federal tune. And of course no one is crazy enough to suggest that they not take money from the Federal government — after all, it’s Free Government Money!

“The [school] district has received at least 100 calls and emails from Illinois, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Montana and Canada from people who want to taste or have something to say about” the cookie, according to yesterday’s Telegram.

The district is now trying to figure out the logistics of shipping the cookies around the country, but won’t begin baking until after Labor Day. They’re also thinking about making the cookie smaller, so that it contains less calories, and can be reintroduced at the school.

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