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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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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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