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  • See Why Japanese Women Are Paying to Cry with a 'Handsome' Man

    01/15/2018 6:49:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | JANUARY 15, 2018 | Austa Somvichian-Clausen
    In a society that values emotional suppression, see how this attractive man is being paid to make you weep.Even though numerous animal species shed tears, emotional crying is a uniquely human activity. Regardless of the reason behind it, many people believe that expressing one’s emotions in this way can be both cathartic and healthy. In Japan, entrepreneur Hiroki Terai has even adopted this belief as a business strategy. He is the founder of a group crying service that encourages people to cry together while a “handsome weeping boy” wipes their tears away. Known as rui-katsu or "tear-seeking," the practice is...
  • Any suggestions for a good book?

    01/13/2018 11:16:58 AM PST · by A Cyrenian · 191 replies
    Can you give me some suggestions for a good read (beside FreeRepublic)? I've always like Tom Clancy's books and Dean Koontz. I started using Kindle and thought I would ask you what you liked. Thanks for your help.
  • Idaho Hunter's Decoy Deer Baffles Hungry Mountain Lion

    01/12/2018 1:43:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 10, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    An Idaho hunter captured video of a befuddled mountain lion stalking a decoy deer until discovering that its intended prey is a fake. The video shows the hunter, perched above ground, filming the mountain lion as it stalks the decoy deer he was attempting to use to draw some real deer out into the open. The cougar quietly sneaks up on the faux deer and prepares to pounce, but stops short when it realizes the deer is not all that it seems to be. The befuddled mountain lion then sniffs at the plastic deer in confusion, but ultimately decides it...
  • Jy018 Drone/Vanity

    01/12/2018 12:23:14 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 9 replies
    Been thinking about buying a drone to play with for the last 2 or more years. Probably have posted a query here more than once. So I ran across the JY018 and was wunderin' if anybody else read about it or even if has one? I don't have a smart phone. Tried one and it didn't make me smarter . :<(( I do have a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet. The reason I say this is because one needs an RC device to control it and I don't know if the Samsung can do it.
  • PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

    01/12/2018 6:11:41 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors.It’s a replacement because Microsoft is no longer actively developing its predecessor, “Windows PowerShell”. That tool will be kept secure in future updates to Windows Server and Windows.Those of you looking for future fun, by way of enhancements, need to adopt PowerShell Core. That moniker reflects the fact it runs with the .Net Core, rather than the Windows-only .NET framework.The change has been made because Microsoft wants sysadmins to...
  • Joyless Town Wants Grandmother To Take Volkswagen Beetle Out Of Tree

    01/11/2018 1:13:08 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 84 replies
    Jalopnik MSN ^ | 01/11/2018 | Jason Torsinsky
    Janis Zettel of Clearfield City, Utah was given a non-running ‘73 Volkswagen Super Beetle as a gift by her son. While neither her nor her son was that interested in getting the Beetle running, Zettel liked the car, which she named Lucy and painted to look like a ladybug. Deciding the car made her happier as lawn art, she had it placed in a tree in their front yard. Now, Clearfield officials are demanding it be removed because, I suppose, they hate fun. The Super Beetle had its engine removed and most of the interior stripped prior to being made...
  • Weekly Cooking (and Related Issues) Thread

    01/10/2018 4:39:06 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 243 replies
    We've seen a lot of talk about 'sheet-pan' recipes recently. They are especially efficient, with easy clean-up, for weeknight dinners; and the last Betty Crocker email newsletter had a lot of interesting ones. Here is Asian Salmon with Potatoes and Broccoli: the link to a lot of other sheet-pan dinners: lots of family/household issues here this week, so a short post. Carry On! -JT
  • Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pardoned by Trump, plans to run for Senate

    01/10/2018 4:25:21 AM PST · by Daffynition · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | January 9, 2018 | Rebecca Shabad
    Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by President Trump over the summer after being convicted for defying a judge's order, plans to run for Senate in Arizona. The Republican tweeted about his bid Tuesday, linking to a story about it by The Washington Examiner.
  • Deer hunter pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of Hebron woman

    01/06/2018 12:35:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Robert Trundy 38, of Hebron is charged with manslaughter and two other offenses in the Oct. 28 death of Karen Wrentzel.Deer hunter Robert Trundy pleaded not guilty Friday in the Oct. 28 shooting death of Karen Wrentzel on her property in Hebron. Appearing in Oxford County Superior Court, Trundy, 38, of Hebron denied charges of manslaughter and failure to provide aid to a person and to report a hunting accident. He is scheduled to return to court March 9. Robert Trundy, shown in Oxford County Superior Court on Nov. 8, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of manslaughter and...
  • ‘Wizard’ Caught Turning Dead Neighbour Into Goblin

    01/05/2018 11:56:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    A VILLAGER was caught red-handed on top of his neighbour’s grave carrying a clay pot attempting to make the late his goblin. Albert Ncube was caught by his late neighbour’s son Thando Luphahla on top of the grave on Monday morning. The revelations are that Luphahla initially had a problem with his left leg and he went to seek help from a prophet known as Madzibaba Mutize who told him that there were people using his late father’s powers hence his sickness. A desperate Luphahla then decided to appease his father’s spirit by visiting his final resting place. That is...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    01/04/2018 4:03:17 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 140 replies
    At this time of year - after a month of holidays, parties, and attendant gustatory overindulgence - I find myself looking for bright, fresh recipes using vegetables. Recently in my reading I came across a reference to ‘Crab Louie’, which I remembered from somewhere but had forgotten. Crab Louie (or Crab Louis) is a salad originally dating from early-1900s San Francisco, with Crab as the centerpiece; and it includes boiled eggs, tomatoes, asparagus, and a creamy dressing which can be like a Russian, Thousand Island, or sometimes Green Goddess. Here’s the Wiki on it: here, from Food and Wine,...
  • How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement

    01/03/2018 9:10:20 AM PST · by fireman15 · 42 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/02/2018 | Rick Broida
    Most phone owners come to realize that an old battery is a weak battery, one that gradually loses capacity. But it turns out that an old battery can also be a performance-killing battery, as evidenced by Apple's recent revelation: Owing to an intentional software feature, some iPhones will run slower if they have older, failing batteries. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: Get a new battery. Previously, Apple charged $79 for such a swap, but effectively immediately, you can get a replacement battery from Apple for just $29. That's for any iPhone 6 (Ł27.00 at uSwitch) or later.
  • Chef boasts about ‘spiking vegan group’s meal with meat’

    01/02/2018 3:15:45 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 35 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 1/1/18 | shitha Nagesh
    A restaurant has been flooded with one-star reviews after its chef appeared to boast about spiking a vegan group with meat. Laura Goodman, the chef and co-owner of Carlini in Shifnal, Shropshire, posted in a Facebook group about a ‘pious, judgmental vegan’ who had booked to eat at the restaurant on Friday night. ‘Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan,’ Goodman wrote in the early hours of Saturday morning. When commenters asked her if this meant she had put non-vegan food in the group’s meal, she responded: ‘Actually...
  • Go and debunk the diesel powered Volkswagen Lupo if you can

    01/02/2018 5:36:41 AM PST · by dennisw · 32 replies
    wikipedia | wikipedia
    The Lupo was introduced in October 1998, to fill a gap at the bottom of the Volkswagen model range caused by the increasing size and weight of the Polo. The 1998 Lupo was a badge-engineered version of the stablemate 1997 SEAT Arosa. Both use the A00 platform which is a shortened version of the Polo/Ibiza A0 platform. Initially only available in two trim variants, the budget E trim and the upgraded S trim; the range later expanded to include a Sport and GTI variant. Petrol engines ranged from 1.0 to 1.4 (1.6 for the GTI) with diesels from 1.2 to...
  • The day zero was banned from British roulette – how times have changed

    12/29/2017 2:40:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | December 29, 2017 | by Leighton Vaughan Williams, The Conversation
    <p>On December 30, 1967, senior detectives from Scotland Yard sent owners of gambling clubs into a proverbial spin. Anyone operating a roulette wheel that contained the number zero would be prosecuted, they warned. From now on the whirl of numbers would all be reds and blacks – starting with the number one.</p>
  • NetMarketShare: Operating System Share by Version (Win7=45% Win10=27% WinXP=8%)

    12/28/2017 9:24:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 30 replies
    NetMarketShare ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | NetMarketShare Staff
    NetMarketShare's idea of what the operating system market share is for the major OSes. If you're interested in how they figure that, here's a description of their methodology.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    12/27/2017 9:25:43 AM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 170 replies
    Santa brought me a nice new crepe pan for Christmas. I haven’t seasoned and tried it out yet, but my first endeavor will be this recipe from Allrecipes for crepes with crab filling, which looks like a pretty classic one, and would make a nice late-night supper on New Year’s Eve: here's a link to a video from the French Cooking Academy on crepe-making technique. This is for a sweet crepe with rum, but adapt the technique to your recipe: recipes that I've seen suggest letting the batter rest for a few hours or even overnight, and here...
  • Massad Ayoob’s 10 Commandments Of Concealed Carry

    12/24/2017 7:59:45 AM PST · by Strac6 · 64 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Massad Ayoob
    COMMANDMENT I: If You Choose To Carry, Always Carry As Much As Possible Hollywood actors get to see the script beforehand, and nothing is fired at them but blanks. You don’t have either luxury. Criminals attack people in times and places where they don’t think the victims will be prepared for them. It’s what they do. The only way to be prepared to ward off such predators is to always be prepared: i.e., to be routinely armed and constantly ready to respond to deadly threats against you and those who count on you for protection. It’s not about convenience; it’s...
  • The Ketogenic Diet Might Burn 10 Times More Fat Than The Standard American Diet

    12/23/2017 3:04:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 131 replies
    Women's Health ^ | December 15, 2017 | Korin Miller
    Pretty impressive. Many people who follow the ketogenic diet (a.k.a. keto) are obsessed with its ability to help you lose weight quickly—and keep it off. Now, new research has found that the low-carb diet may have one especially huge perk going for it: It might burn 10 times more fat than other diets. That’s the major finding from research published in the journal Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. For the study, scientists took 30 adults who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a group of health conditions that increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and...
  • I’m An Observant Jew — And I Love Christmas.

    12/23/2017 2:10:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Forward ^ | December 21, 2017 Read More: Https://Forward.Com/Scribe/390549/Im-An-Observant-Jew-And-I-Love-Christ | Cindy Grosz
    Every year, from Thanksgiving Eve until New Years Day, there is a feeling in the air of Christmas…and Hanukkah, multiple Shabbatot, many simchas and professional parties. Christmas is basically a traditional Jewish way of life. We know Jesus was Jewish, and that for centuries our people have been the targets of anti-Semitism because of it. However, this practicing Jew looks at Christmas and all the joy it brings as a sign of Jewish values and many, many successes. Look at the time spent on family gatherings. Waiting on crowded highways, sitting in airport lounges and spending hundreds of dollars to...