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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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Arby’s Has an Off-The-Menu ‘Meat Mountain’ Option

27th August 2014

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A while ago, Arby’s got tired of people thinking they only serve roast beef. To fight that perception, they created the poster pictured below; it’s a gigantic creation featuring a sample of every type of meat served at the restaurants. It was only meant to be illustrative, but then of course customers started asking for the very sandwich on the picture. Can you blame them? Arby’s, loathe to turn down anyone’s money, accepted the challenge and started serving the ‘Meat Mountain’ to customers who’d specifically request it. It’s a $10 sandwich, and it’s not on the menu, but they’ll sell you one if you ask for it.

I think I’ll adopt a new motto for this blog: ‘All the news that makes Michelle Obama shit a brick.’

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Burger King Will Now Serve Burgers for Breakfast

24th August 2014

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A lot of fast-food joints have been doing this effectively for years — what is an Egg McMuffin but a breakfast cheeseburger, only with ham or sausage, plus an egg? — but BK has decided to come out of the closet.

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This Stealth Attack Boat May Be Too Innovative for the Pentagon

23rd August 2014

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On the northern edge of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, past the security checkpoint and high-tech stations for refurbishing nuclear submarines, is a derelict warehouse that once doubled as a sawmill. Building 129’s corrugated metal exterior is rusted and overgrown with bursts of ivy. Broken glass in some of the windows has been replaced with clear plastic. Inside, it takes a moment to adjust to the cavernous silence and dim orange lighting, but one immediately senses the hulking presence of the hangar’s inhabitant: a vessel called Ghost.

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Rand Paul, Team of Surgeons Give Sight to Blind on Guatemalan Mission

22nd August 2014

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Would that other politicians did useful things.

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YouTab

20th August 2014

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Apparently this web site will automatically deconstruct a song to get the beat and chords, and them provides an editor where people more musically savvy than me can make corrections and add lyrics, if they are so inclined.

This is pretty awesome.

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ Producer: How Kacy Catanzaro Changed Our Show Forever

20th August 2014

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Of course, the ‘gender issue’ dominates this Voice of the Crust treatment, but achievement is achievement no matter how it comes up.

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The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooks

20th August 2014

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Every revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. Compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a “monument from a more humane and confident time” (or so its upper classes believed), and a “time capsule…. In 50 volumes.”

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Loeb Classical Library 1.0

18th August 2014

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Loeb Classical Library, online. Who could ask for anything more?

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California Woman Cited After Climbing Into Giraffe Pen at Wisconsin Zoo; Was Kicked in Face

18th August 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Tom Wolfe and “Radical Chic”

17th August 2014

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Annotated with the results of an interview with Wolfe. Radical Chic was one of the first lampoons of Political Correctness, and remains one of the best.

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In Search of Manhattan’s Last Remaining Skybridges

11th August 2014

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I love Manhattan’s skybridges, the kind that connect two buildings over busy streets. They’ve always reminded me of a future New York as imagined in the early 1900s, a time when it seems everyone expected the city’s thoroughfares to ascend with the tallest skyscrapers.

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Oak Island Money Pit

10th August 2014

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If you’re interested in the famous Oak Island ‘buried treasure’, here’s a web site dedicated to it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

10th August 2014

Ants Marching

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New Material Makes It Possible to Thwart Counterfeiters With a Single Breath

8th August 2014

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A new iridescent plastic that reveals hidden images with a breath is described in a recent paper published in Advanced Materials. Researchers at the University of Michigan hope to use this technology for anti-counterfeiting purposes, replacing the ubiquitous hologram stickers used on things like luxury handbags and passports with a humidity-activated logo (or celebrity).

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Search Continues in Florida for 6-foot-long Door-knocking Alligator

7th August 2014

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Not the sort of headline you expect to see in the morning.

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How to Learn the Law Without Law School

3rd August 2014

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California is one of a handful of states that allow apprenticeships like Mr. Tittle’s in lieu of a law degree as a prerequisite to taking the bar and practicing as a licensed lawyer. In Virginia, Vermont, Washington and California, aspiring lawyers can study for the bar without ever setting foot into or paying a law school. New York, Maine and Wyoming require a combination of law school and apprenticeship.

The programs remain underpopulated. Of the 83,986 people who took state or multistate bar exams last year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, only 60 were law office readers (so-called for the practice of reading legal texts as preparation). But at a time when many in legal education — including the president, a former law professor — are questioning the value of three years of law study and the staggering debt that saddles many graduates, proponents see apprenticeships as an alternative that makes legal education available and affordable to a more diverse population and could be a boon to underserved communities.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

3rd August 2014

Cotton-Eyed Joe

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th July 2014

Simply Irresistable

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This Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit

26th July 2014

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Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken’s first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.

Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.

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Indianapolis Parking Lot Transformed Into Giant Dynamic Artwork

26th July 2014

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This is pretty slick. And anything that can be done to decrease the ugliness of the typical parking garage is a step in the right direction.

Actually, what I’d like to see is a giant map of the parking spaces showing what’s empty and what’s occupied, that you can see on your way in. Now THAT would be useful.

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My Day – and Welcome to It

26th July 2014

Always Nice

If you don’t subscribe to Savage Chickens, you’re missing one of life’s great pleasures.

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Restaurant Owner: Business Up With ‘Guns Are Welcome’ Sign On Front Door

23rd July 2014

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A Maryville, Tennessee restaurant owner says her business has only increased since she posted a “Guns Are Welcome” on the front door.

Owner Sharma Floyd said she posted the sign after a restaurant in Durham, North Carolina posted a “No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms” sign and was subsequently robbed at gun point.

According to CBS Charlotte, Floyd said: “And that got me to thinking. I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn’t allow weapons. But I believe it’s okay to carry as long as you have a permit.”

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Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

23rd July 2014

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General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.

On Tuesday, the energy and electronics conglomerate unveiled GE Fuel Cells, an internal startup that’s working to commercialize fuel cell technology that runs on natural gas, creating energy that’s not only cleaner than dirty power plants, but more energy efficient, too. In the race to create a more environmentally sound alternative to power plants, fuel cells have emerged as a viable option, alongside solar and wind power. But unlike solar and wind power, fuel cells can provide steady, nonstop energy that doesn’t fade when the sun goes down or when the wind stops blowing.

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Happy Moon Landing Day

20th July 2014

Just, you know, remember.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

20th July 2014

Absolutely Right

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MIT Students Create an Ice Cream Printer

17th July 2014

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You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate.

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3D-printed Armor Turns Barbie Into a Medieval Badass

17th July 2014

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When Barbie appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, it ignited newfound controversy over Mattel’s 50-year-plus tradition of using the doll to prop up absurd body image standards. Lost in the debate was the indisputable fact that her typical outfits are entirely inappropriate for storming a castle — but thanks to 3D designer Jim Rodda, that’s been resolved. Rodda has created the “Faire Play Battle Set,” comprising three full sets of 3D-printed battle armor for the iconic figurine. The designer has previously designed a number of 3D-printable items of a medieval persuasion, including functional miniature ballistae and catapults for tabletop gaming.

And nary a chain-mail bikini in sight.

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Boston Dynamics’ BigDog Treks Through Rough Terrain With the USMC

16th July 2014

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Lance Corporal Brandon Dieckmann says on their first day, his team took the robot through some thick brush, which an internally transported vehicle could not go through.

“A lot of people don’t think it will be able to handle the terrain that it does, I’d see about 70 to 80 percent of what we can go through it can actually get through,” Dieckmann said.

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Woman Takes Carjacker’s Gun, Shoots Him With It

15th July 2014

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My kind of woman.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th July 2014

Down to the River to Pray

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Prey on Words

11th July 2014

Bluebird of bitterness gets pithy.

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Coming Soon: An App That Lets You Measure Stuff Using Your Phone

11th July 2014

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Speed the day … if it really works.

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I Believe I Can Fry

8th July 2014

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A blog for our times.

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Want Fast Food? There’s an App for That

8th July 2014

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Apparently, being able to get a burger served to you in less than a minute just isn’t fast enough in the eyes of McDonald’s. The company is running a very limited pilot test in 22 locations in Columbus, Ohio, where a new application called McD Ordering is supposed to make the ordering process even faster and more streamlined. The way it works involves you placing, and paying for your order in advance through the app, which then generates a unique QR code. Simply present that code once you’ve reached the restaurant and the food will be handed to you. The system is meant to cut down on errors and, well, interaction time with potentially less than pleasant McDrones.

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Chuck Norris Geeky Facts

7th July 2014

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Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.

Admittedly, of limited appeal.

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IBM Watson, Cookbooks, And Food’s Big Data Future

4th July 2014

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For IBM, cooking has become a “killer app” scenario for Watson. So earlier this week, Bon Appetit magazine and IBM jointly released the Chef Watson portal, which applies Watson’s cognitive computing platform to the magazine’s massive recipe database to provide home cooks with “infinite recipes.” The invite-only portal lets users enter ingredients, the type of food they want to prepare (a sandwich? a stir-fry?), and a “style” to prepare food in such as Indian or Austrian, and then automatically generates 100 recipes based on those parameters. One of the big advantages for Watson’s data scientists is that Bon Appetit presented them with a recipe database that was pre-formatted and quality tested, making IBM’s job easier.

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Association for Renaissance Martial Arts

29th June 2014

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The Leading Resource for Historical Fencing and Medieval & Renaissance Combat Skills, it says.

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The Week in Pictures

28th June 2014

A regular feature on PowerLine.

My favorite:

Metric or Moon copy

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Amy Adams Gives First-Class Airline Seat to Soldier, Sits in Coach, Passenger Says

28th June 2014

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Amy Adams has enchanted audiences with roles in everything from Disney musicals to the Oscar-nominated “American Hustle,” but it’s likely the ever-popular starlet just gained more fans—through a subtle act of kindness.

According to ESPN host Jemele Hill, Adams gave up her first-class seat on a flight so an American soldier could sit in the classy cabin. Hill, who co-hosts “Numbers Never Lie,” tweeted about the event from her verified account.

Note that ‘ESPN host Jemele Hill’ didn’t do it.

“The flight attendant even remarked to me that in all her years of service she has never seen a celebrity do something like that. Regular people, yes. But not a celeb.”

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EPA Happens

27th June 2014

Mark Steyn does what he does best.

So “workplace violence” on US Government property now covers everything from Major Hasan opening fire while shouting “Allahu akbar!” to environmentalist bureaucrats defecating. The government seems to take the latter more seriously than the former, judging from the EPA statement.

 

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Man, Knife in Back, Walks Into McDonald’s in New York City

25th June 2014

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Witnesses tell the Post that the man was chatting on his cellphone and appeared composed despite the knife in his back.

I’ve had performance reviews like that.

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US Hits Target Over Pacific Ocean in Missile Defense Test

23rd June 2014

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Sailors aboard the USS Hopper destroyer detected and tracked the missile, and the interceptor struck the target warhead. Officials said it appears all components of the test performed as designed.

I guess this ‘Star Wars sfuff’ actuallly works. I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology from those who said it wouldn’t, however.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd June 2014

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?

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Investigate Cosmic Horror Kitty Style in ‘The Call of Catthulhu’

21st June 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Quarters by Mail (for Laundry) Subscription Service

21st June 2014

Washboard.

I can’t tell whether this is a parody or not.

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Whose Turn Is It To Be the Victim?

21st June 2014

Unshelved strip for 6/21/2014

Read UNSHELVED. Every day. I tell you three times.

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Arthritis Drug Allows Hairless Man With Alopecia to Grow Hair

21st June 2014

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The 25-year-old man has alopecia universalis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes hair loss over the entire body when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. Doctors at Yale University tried an unusual treatment using an FDA-approved drug, tofacitinib citrate, which is designed to treat the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. The patient was able to regrow a full head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, facial, groin and other hair.

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Banana-Shaped Caution Cones

20th June 2014

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A marvelous idea.

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