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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th March 2015

Boogie Fever

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Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel Publishes Paper in Math Journal

22nd March 2015

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That is just slicker’n hog snot, as we used to say in Indiana.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd March 2015

Let’s Work Together

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First Robin of Spring

20th March 2015

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Why Do We Have Eyelashes?

19th March 2015

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Eyelashes? More like why-lashes. A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to understand the function eyelashes serve in mammalian species. So they tested fake eyelashes in a wind tunnel.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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What I Saw At the Conspiracy Theory Conference

18th March 2015

Jesse Walker reports back.

“I think the reason we think conspiracy theories exist is because they exist,” he declared.

It was neither the first nor the last contentious moment of the conference, which took place on the university’s Coral Gables campus from March 12 to 14. The event had been organized by Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent, a pair of political scientists who did a commendable job of looking past their own field to invite people from different disciplines. And when I say “different disciplines,” I don’t merely mean “people who study different things.” I mean “people with entirely different tool kits for understanding the universe.”

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Outlawing Human-Driven Cars

18th March 2015

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Of course, Daniel Keys Moran predicted all of this years ago.

He is, of course, one of my Recommended Writers, over there on the right.

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Kraft Singles Is First Food Allowed to Display ‘Kids Eat Right’ Logo

17th March 2015

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has given its first seal of approval to a processed lunchbox staple.

Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed American cheese, can now use the group’s new “Kids Eat Right” label, designed to point health-conscious families in the right nutritional direction when shopping for kid- friendly foods.

Everything bad is good for you.

Though the academy represents 75,000 registered dietitians and other professionals in the field, many are questioning why Kraft’s processed food product is the first to receive the label.

Hint: Money talks.

The Academy released a statement hoping to clarify its position on the pasteurized cheese product saying, “Kraft is putting the ‘Kids Eat Right’ logo [on its packaging and] saying Kraft is a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right, not vice versa. The Academy has never endorsed any product, brand or service, and we never will.”

Also, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

15th March 2015

Gold on the Ceiling

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Thought for the Day

13th March 2015

US stands out as rich nation highly religious

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Huge Alligator Takes a Stroll on Florida Golf Course

13th March 2015

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Myakka Pines Golf Club General Manager Mickie Zada told FoxNews.com that the gator was 12 or 13 feet long, and is one of dozens of alligators on the club’s grounds.

“He’s still out there,” she said. “We had a women’s tournament yesterday and a woman came in with a picture on her cellphone – it was exactly the same alligator.”

One suspects that Disney is involved somehow.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

8th March 2015

Snowbird

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Apple Watch Works With Apple Pay to Replace Your Credit Cards

7th March 2015

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Apple Watch uses a mini version of Passbook to hold your credit and debit card info for payments. When you want to buy something at a cash register, you just need to double click the button beneath the “Digital Crown” and hold it up to the contactless payment system. Apple is using “Device Account Numbers” for each of your cards, which means that your actual card number isn’t transferred to the merchant. There’s also a “transaction-specific dynamic security code” to help keep your payment info secure and prevent hackers from skimming your account number and using it for another purchase. After a successful payment, the watch will vibrate and make a small beep.

This almost makes me want to get one. Almost.

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The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved

7th March 2015

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People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.

One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out and now they don’t, period. That’s insane when you think about how much the blue glow of smartphone screens has dominated our social interactions over the past decade.

I haven’t worn a watch since I first got a phone that displayed the time (although you can still see the bare spot on my wrist where it used to be), and I doubt that I’ll want to go back to that, especially for something that has to be recharged every damned day. But articles like this one tempt me.

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Lockheed Laser Destroys a Truck From a Mile Away

6th March 2015

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From a mile away, ATHENA burned through the engine of a truck in under a minute. The truck was mounted on a platform with the engine running, to simulate real conditions.

Gettin’ there, gettin’ there….

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Taxes Putting Texas On the Right Track to Business Favorite

6th March 2015

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Texas has been a role model in terms of governance, tax reform and job creation, but it still has a major flaw: a gross receipts tax on employers known as the margin tax. The Texas margin tax is complex, unnecessary and keeps small and mid-size businesses from creating jobs. It even applies to companies who don’t make a profit.

The good news is that legislation to get rid of the margin tax, Senate Bill 105, is being considered by legislators. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated that he “will reject any budget that does not include genuine tax relief for Texas employers and job creators.” A great way for legislators to send Gov. Abbott what he has requested is to pass legislation to end the margin tax.

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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

Watch it.

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

Check it out.

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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