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  • Four Recipes to Help You Celebrate National Hamburger Day

    05/28/2016 4:04:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC4 ^ | May 28, 2016 | Kandee Ferrell, Mike Jackson, Olivia Fecteau, Jerod Smalley and Marcus Thorpe
    Happy National Hamburger Day! What a perfect weekend to celebrate with a juicy burger? Grab some buns and ground chuck, we’ve got burger recipes from our NBC4 Grill Masters to make this holiday sizzle. Our very own Mike Jackson, Jerod Smalley, Olivia Fecteau and Marcus Thorpe are releasing, for the first time, their very own burger secrets. (Okay they’re not secrets per say, but they will make your hamburgers taste great). Mike’s ‘Buffalo Burger’I like bison because it’s lean and a little healthier than beef, plus I like eating things that are ‘exotic.’ Start with the right ingredients. Put one...
  • Tiny microjet can be seen in action at Yukon airshow

    05/28/2016 1:27:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 27, 2016 | ASHLEY KRINGEN
    It’s not a bird, a plane or Superman, but it does belong in the Oklahoma skies. This weekend, the public is invited to the Discover Aviation and Air Show Spectacular at Sundance Airport in Yukon. During the show, visitors will be able to see a microjet in action. The jet stands at 5’7″ tall, is 14 feet long and weighs just 416 pounds. A micro jet in Oklahoma A microjet in Oklahoma “It’s crazy small but it goes really fast ,so it’s full of performance, 320 miles an hour. I can go straight up or upside down,” said Justin Lewis,...
  • Lava-Loving Tourists Flock to Active Nicaragua Volcano

    05/28/2016 11:58:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies ^ | May 27, 2016 | Blanca Morel
    Centuries ago, a native Central American people terrified of a witch believed to live deep in the earth used to sacrifice children and young women to Nicaragua's Masaya volcano. Today, the crater southwest of the capital Managua is an international tourist magnet, where photo-snapping visitors scramble among sulfurous fumes to get views of its bubbling lava—a rare sight. The only volcanoes in the world to boast lakes of incandescent magma are Masaya, Hawaii's Kilauea and Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, explained a Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist, Jaime Incer.
  • Anti-Trump Propaganda in Captain America May Issue (vanity)

    05/28/2016 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Myself | 05/28/16 | myself
    I just pirated the latest-- err, uh, I mean-- I just read the latest Captain America, published in May, because I heard it was controversial. Red Skull gave a Donald Trump speech against Muslim refugees and illegal immigrants, and millions of Americans were responding to his message and becoming white supremacists who wear suicide vests. Then Captain America must have heard Trump's-- err, I mean-- Red Skull's speeches and decided he wanted to Make America Great Again and murdered a fellow Super Hero and declared "Trump 2016"-- no, he said "Hail Hydra." And actually, the plot has it that Steve...
  • Your very own 'Queen of the Skies': Boeing 747, sale on eBay with a starting bid of $300,000

    05/27/2016 4:25:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    daily mail ^ | 27 may 2016 | CHRIS KITCHING
    Virgin's first-ever Boeing 747, called Lady Penelope, was retired last year Lady Penelope had its first commercial flight in 1994 and served the Crawley-based airline, which was co-founded by Sir Richard Branson, for 21 years until its final flight from New York to London last September. ‘Based on the buyer's needs. We have all of the capabilities to disassemble and transport the plane in sections. ‘It is also possible to section out the plane out if you only require the fuselage, cockpit or the wings.’
  • ‘When you find my body, please call my husband,’ wrote dying hiker lost along the Appalachian Trail

    05/26/2016 1:18:25 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 179 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 26 May 2016 | M Miller
    Geraldine Largay knew she was doomed. It had been two weeks since she left the Appalachian Trail to go to the bathroom and lost her way; two weeks since she had wandered deeper and deeper into the woods of northwest Maine in search of a cellphone signal to message for help; two weeks since she had pitched her tent underneath a copse of hemlock trees atop a ridge; two weeks since she was supposed to meet her husband, waiting for her in his SUV on Route 27. Largay’s food was running low. Her water, too. So the 66-year-old retired nurse...
  • VIDEO: Parody MERCILESSLY Mocks Liberal "Gay Captain America" Agenda!

    05/25/2016 5:16:38 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 15 replies
    There has been a major push lately to gay all the things (read Dear Hollywood: Stop Gaying All the Things, Especially Straight Characters…. Surely you’ve noticed. Speaking of penises in your face, the latest move for the Gaystapo is heterosexual appropriation; that is taking a heterosexual character and turning him/her homo. Currently in the gaydar’s sights? Captain America. Yes, THAT Captain America. Well, we figured if the left wants to see Steve Rogers all gayed up, who are we to deny them said wish? VIDEO AT LINK OR HERE:
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/25/2016 4:18:08 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 157 replies
    Last week I got to thinking about Sloppy Joe sandwiches, which I hadn't had in ages but loved when I was a kid. We decided to try making it from scratch, and settled on Chef John's recipe. It came out really good - I think I might add some jalapeno next time - but it doesn't really taste like the Sloppy Joe made from the canned sauce. I'm not sure what to do to it, to make it more like the childhood favorite (except buy a can of sauce ;-) and I'm wondering if anyone else has made it. Here's...
  • Man demonstrates low-tech drone warfare with mid-air capture

    05/25/2016 2:16:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 23 May 2016 | Ben Hooper
    MONTREAL, May 23 (UPI) -- A Quebec man took "drone warfare" to a new low-tech extreme by showing his method for using a quadcopter to snatch another drone out of the sky. Drone enthusiast David Freiheit, who previously used drones to herd sheep and (unsuccessfully) make tea for his wife, posted a video to YouTube showing his low-tech method for using a drone to capture another drone in mid-flight. Freiheit explains in the video that he pulled off the "Internet first" by using four strings attached to the skids of the attacking drone. The attacking drone then flies above its...
  • Heckler & Koch introduces the SP5K pistol

    05/24/2016 8:41:56 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 34 replies
    Heckler & Koch will launch the new SP5K semi-automatic pistol (civilian sporting pistol)—which matches the look and feel of the iconic MP5K submachine gun—at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Ky.
  • Gun Control Advocate Rachel Maddow Says “Shooting is Fun”

    05/22/2016 7:30:57 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies ^ | 5-18-16 | Don Irvine
    MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, an admitted gun control advocate, shocked her fellow liberals this week when she told CBS News’ Rita Braver that she thinks “shooting is fun.” Braver accompanied Maddow to a gun range, where she watched Maddow shoot a few rounds. Maddow: This is a beautiful gun. Braver: So maybe you wouldn’t expect the woman wielding the Colt .45 pistol or the AR-15 rifle to be unabashedly left-leaning Rachel Maddow. Maddow: Like, I’m a real liberal, even on, like, gun safety and gun control issues. That said, I think that shooting is fun, and I think that shooting...
  • I have a MAJOR announcement to share with y’all…

    05/21/2016 12:36:34 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 67 replies
    Written by Allen West on May 21, 2016 : on this day I am honored to say I have been elected for a three-year term to the NRA Board of Directors.
  • Sex Robots Are Coming

    05/21/2016 6:28:29 AM PDT · by Kudsman · 111 replies
    Men's Health ^ | May 20, 2016 | Eric Spitznagel
    Gentlemen, we have the technology. We can build the perfect sex companions. But do we want them? David Mills has a great story about the time he brought a date home and she almost saw his sex robot. “Everything was going well, and we were heading toward the bedroom,” he says. “And that’s when I realized, ‘Oh crap, Taffy’s in there!’” Taffy is Mills’s sex robot. He gave her that name because it sounded young and playful. Mills and Taffy are celebrating their two-year anniversary. In June of 2014, Mills had her delivered from a company called Abyss Creations in...
  • Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update (malware wants $250 ransom)

    05/20/2016 12:14:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2016 | John Leyden
    Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their computers. Unlike Locky, CryptoWall and their ilk it doesn’t actually encrypt files on compromised Windows PCs, however. Jérôme Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, said “tech support lockers" represent a class of malware more advanced than browser locks and fake anti-virus alerts of the pre-ransomware past....
  • Crews succeed in retrieving classic El Camino from irrigation canal

    05/18/2016 5:39:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 37 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | 5/18/16 | Mai Hoang
    YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Roza Irrigation District will turn on several irrigation pumps this morning after water in a portion of the Roza Canal reached sufficient levels following the extraction of a classic vehicle Monday. The 1970 Chevrolet El Camino had been in a concrete-lined portion of the canal since May 7, when it rolled away from the garage of a home near Moxee. By the time officials had completed the extraction and had begun refilling the canal — around 12:30 p.m. Monday — water levels had receded to about 1 foot where the car was retrieved, near State Route...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/18/2016 4:20:24 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 122 replies
    We had a lot of peeled garlic left over from another project this week, and decided to try '40 Clove Chicken'. There are lots of ways to do this, but we chose a very simple recipe that was easy for a weeknight. It was even easier because we already had the peeled garlic - the most time-consuming part of the recipe - and you can buy containers of peeled garlic in the grocery now. This recipe is low-carb, a benefit we immediately discarded because it would be tragic to have all of that wonderful roasted garlic without good, crusty bread...
  • Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not? (With discretes on a 12"x15" PCB)

    05/18/2016 10:21:45 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | May 18, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components. It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12” x 15” with components mounted on both sides. Because a big, slow,...
  • Visitors Flock to Yosemite Waterfalls, Thanks to Winter Rains

    05/17/2016 5:09:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Joe Rosato Jr.
    Michael Peacher stared out at the sprawling Yosemite Valley, stretched out before him like a giant post card. Half Dome bathed in the early May morning sun. El Capitan sat stoically in the shifting shadows. But Peacher’s eyes were locked on Bridalveil Falls, roaring in the distance with a watery abandon. “Since 2011 we haven’t had any water whatsoever,” said Peacher, an avid kayaker. “Just been a horrible drought for the past four years.” California’s stifling drought got so bad Peacher moved to Washington where the rivers were full enough to kayak. But this winter, the rains returned to California...
  • Foodies, Restaurant Writers Make 'Unexpected' Landing in Napa Hot Air Balloon

    05/17/2016 4:06:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez and Edgar Romero
    The morning was supposed to be serene and idyllic with a group of restaurant writers, bloggers and foodies soaring high over Napa’s gorgeous wine country. Instead, Joanne Sasvari, a 40-something freelance writer for the Vancouver Sun, and her group were forced to make what she called an “unexpected” landing, before being rescued by the California Highway Patrol. That's because the winds picked up early Tuesday about 8 a.m., making it difficult for the pilot to land normally. Still, the entire ordeal took all of about 45 minutes, she said, and no one was injured after the balloon got stranded in...
  • Mercedes Brakes Stop Working at 190 Kph... But Bow Was It Stopped?

    05/17/2016 11:18:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, 17 May 2016
    Saudi Police cars stop the vehicle safely An Arab man driving a Mercedes at 190 kph (120 mph) in Saudi Arabia got a shock when he could no longer control the brakes because of a malfunction. The man was on a motorway between the Western towns of Makkah and Medina when the brakes of his 1991 model Mercedes stopped working. “He called the police, who sent many vehicles to escort his car along the motorway. Eventually they managed to stop the Mercedes by letting it bang into a police car from behind,” Sada daily said.
  • Guy Clark Dead at 74

    05/17/2016 8:30:24 AM PDT · by waterhill · 12 replies | today | The Tennessean
    A most excellent songwriter aka "The Craftsman", built songs as well as guitars.
  • Microsoft is adding more ads to the Windows 10 Start menu

    05/16/2016 10:12:14 AM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 16, 2016 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is planning to double the amount of promoted apps in the Start menu with the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10. The software maker revealed at its WinHEC conference last week that the amount will increase from five currently up to 10 in the Anniversary Update that's due to roll out in July. Promoted apps are typically used on new PCs as links to encourage Windows 10 users to download Store apps, and different apps are promoted in different countries. Some promoted apps are pre-installed, but Microsoft notes that they can be fully uninstalled and any promoted items removed...
  • Skateboarder dies after being hit by two vehicles in Hammond

    05/15/2016 3:21:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune
    A man riding a skateboard died after being hit by two vehicles in Hammond, State Police said Thursday (May 12). Both drivers left the scene of the fatality on University Avenue. The victim was identified as Erin Gerhard, 26, of Independence. He died at the scene, said Trooper Dustin Dwight, spokesman for State Police Troop L. Gerhard was riding a skateboard in the right westbound lane of University Avenue, west of U.S. 51, on Wednesday at about 10 p.m
  • Favorite movies about a game?

    05/15/2016 8:08:48 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 92 replies
    Self | 5/15/'16 | Zionist Conspirator
    Searching for Bobby Fischer . . . The Hustler . . . The Natural . . . Hoosiers . . . The Big Lebowski . . . Some of the most memorable movies center around a game and dedication to mastering it. What are your favorite movies in which a game plays a central role? Board games, card games, sports . . . any games will do!
  • Help ID this Colt's Pistol.

    05/14/2016 5:32:31 PM PDT · by atc23 · 60 replies
    Vanity | 5/14/16 | self
    ___________________________________________________ Please help to ID my "new" weapon. Backstory: I recently received this beautiful Colt's revolver as an early inheritance from my mother's estate. The accepted mythology is this: My stepfather was a navigator on a B-17 and later a B-24 and it is known that he was crew on USAAF battle missions over Jap held islands in the Pacific - throughout the entire Pacific War. What is less known is a little more about this issued firearm. There is no stamping of caliber anywhere on the pistol. On the top of the barrel is a rather careless stamping...
  • How Deep Will New Cigar Regulation Go?

    05/12/2016 9:24:07 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 26 replies ^ | 5/11/16 | CSP Daily News
    WASHINGTON -- As part of its “deeming” regulations announced early this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) included major decisions on cigars, namely the inclusion of premium cigars under its jurisdiction and a guidance suggesting an extension of the flavored-tobacco ban to include characterizing flavors in cigars. Before the deeming regulations were announced, an initial proposed rule contained an option to exempt cigars from FDA regulation altogether. That did not happen. “The FDA has concluded there is no appropriate public health justification for excluding premium cigars,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)....
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/11/2016 3:41:29 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 72 replies
    For quite a few years in the 1980's-90's, I worked two jobs, and one night a week I'd leave one job after an eight-hour day, and drive directly to the other, where I'd work for several hours more. I've always eaten my largest meal at lunch, and generally didn't need to prepare for supper on those nights; but one evening, as I drove to the second job, I was hungry! We used to have a lot of 'High's Dairy' stores in the DC Metro area, a type of convenience store - I think they still exist, though some became '7-Eleven'...
  • Fallout 4 for Xbox One Supports MODS – What To Do Next?

    05/11/2016 11:47:41 AM PDT · by yuleeyahoo · 47 replies
    Neurogadget ^ | May 11, 2016 | Costea Lestoc
    If you are playing Fallout 4 on an Xbox One console, we have some good news, as MODS will be supported by this version of the game. Bethesda has made an official announcement regarding this matter on its Twitter account, where it confirmed that the MODS feature will be available for the Fallout 4 version of Xbox One starting from May 19, 2016. If you are not sure what MODS are, then you should know that they are designed to be easy to access on any platform. The MODS will actually be created on a computer and, after that, uploaded...
  • Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing (But more Linux-friendly)

    05/11/2016 5:56:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsoft’s browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build 14342 can now be downloaded from the Windows Store. It ends the need to extract and load them from a local store but, Microsoft has warned pioneers, you’ll have to re-install any extensions they might have. Extensions are also available for AdBlock and Adblock Plus and a range of other applications while...
  • ‘Trump’s Wall’ iPhone app rises to No. 5 on the App Store (Build it Huuge!)

    05/10/2016 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 7 replies
    CNN -Money ^ | May 10, 2016
    A new parody app about Donald Trump is a hit, climbing to No. 5 on the list of most downloaded apps in the U.S. iTunes App Store. The objective of the game is to build a wall (as “huuuge” as you can). You’re not building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, however. The wall is being built in front a building that looks like the White House with Trump’s name plastered across it. “This game and all characters in it are entirely fictional,” is the message you see when you open up the “Trump’s Wall” app. But everything on the...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin for May (Windows Updates! Look out! It's Patch Tuesday!)

    05/10/2016 11:38:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    Microsoft TechNet ^ | May 10, 2016 | Microsoft TechNet Team Download an Excel file containing detailed information, such as affected components, bulletin replacements, reboot requirements, and related Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). Additionally, bulletin information in the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF) format is available. Date Bulletin Number KB Number Title Bulletin Rating 5/10/2016 MS16-067 3155784 Security Update for Volume Manager Driver Important 5/10/2016 MS16-066 3155451 Security Update for Virtual Secure Mode Important 5/10/2016 MS16-065 3156757 Security Update for .NET Framework Important 5/10/2016 MS16-064 3157993 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player Critical 5/10/2016 MS16-062 3158222 Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Important 5/10/2016 MS16-061 3155520 Security Update for Microsoft...
  • Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July (that's the good news...)

    05/09/2016 8:16:25 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | May 6, 2016 | Chris Williams
    [Disclaimer: This article uses a lot of pejoratives about Win10. Don't bother taking that bait -- the important things are that a) the nagware is going away, and b) support for non-Win10 has horizons that bear paying attention to when planning for the future.] Microsoft's "Get Windows 10" nagware will be killed off in July, the tech giant has told us. The software has been worming its way into Windows PCs via Windows Update since last year using aggressive malware-like techniques and frequent pop-up reminders. It quietly downloads and installs Windows 10 automatically for you, and then cheerfully offers to...
  • Microsoft Edge users can now block advertising with AdBlock Plus (Good News for Windows 10)

    05/08/2016 7:14:08 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    SlashGear ^ | May 8, 2016 | Adam Westlake
    Good news for Windows 10 users: you can now block internet ads in the Edge browser just like those with Chrome and Firefox do! Extensions for both the AdBlock and AdBlock Plus services have come to Microsoft's new browser, and are now available on the Windows Store. There is one small requirement, however, and it's that users need to be Windows Insiders with build 14291 on the desktop. Non-Insider users will still need to wait until this summer to take advantage of extensions in Edge, when the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is released to the public. Once that's out,...
  • 'Tain't No Sin (To Dance Around in Your Bones) George Olsen and his Music

    05/06/2016 7:49:04 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1929 | Edgar Leslie--Walter Donaldson
    "Tain't No Sin (To Dance Around in Your Bones)" is played by George Olsen and His Music with vocalist Dick Gardner.
  • 'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the d@mn Windows 10 installer' (tales of woe)

    05/06/2016 1:45:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 66 replies
    The Register ^ | May 6, 2016 | Chris Williams
    <p>At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer.</p> <p>A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was even after he spent a few frantic minutes trying to delay the upgrade until after his game had ended. The fun starts about nine minutes into this recording of the live stream. "F*ck you, Windows 10!" was Flom's response.</p>
  • Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs (Upgrade to Enterprise, peons!)

    05/05/2016 6:04:26 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 5, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Last month, while we were all distracted by iPhone hacking and Jay-Z's web fiasco, Microsoft silently bumped off the ability for IT administrators to easily take the Windows Store off Windows 10 Pro PCs. Removing the software store, along with other bundled apps, from work machines is normally a good idea to prevent users from installing crap, breaking things and calling the help desk, and generally wasting time at their desks. The Redmond giant quietly posted a support notice warning sysadmins that for Windows 10 build 1511 and later, the ability to remotely disable the Windows Store through Group Policy...
  • New Owner of McLaren 650S Crashes 10 Minutes After Delivery

    05/05/2016 11:13:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    Automobile Mag ^ | May 3, 2016 | Conner Golden\
    Reportedly celebrated his new car with a bottle of champagneA newly minted McLaren owner in England became a little over-excited following the delivery of his brand-new supercar. Telegraph reports that the owner of a McLaren 650S stuffed the coupe into a tree just 10 minutes after the car arrived at his house for the first time. The report states that neighbors spotted the owner celebrating supercar ownership with a bottle of champagne right after the car arrived at his doorstep. Not 10 minutes later, the owner introduced the front end of his $265,000 supercar to the ever-sturdy trunk of an...
  • Soviet Break Dancers From Late 1980s Dance Again in this Video

    05/05/2016 9:32:35 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 30 replies
    English Russia ^ | May 3, 2016 | tim
    "Awesome video! Some dude from Soviet break dancing crew of late 1980s have found many of his buddies (now living all over the world) and asked them to dance again. Many of this dudes are in their 40s and 50s but still can do things! Check it out!" Link to source Direct link to video via You Tube
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/04/2016 3:47:13 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 109 replies
    I didn't have time to cook much in recent days, but did have time to peruse the web now and then; and I found a couple of fancy cakes that provide a lot of visual 'bang' but don't look too difficult to make. Either might be very nice for Mother's Day. I've always been attracted to the fondant- and marzipan-covered cakes, but never attempted one. This one from 'Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking' looks very easy, and the technique for the rose decoration is ingenious (there's a video, and all the recipes are linked in the blog post): beautiful, somewhat...
  • Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families (sends facial recognition data into the cloud)

    05/03/2016 6:01:09 AM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    * All in a good cause: FamilyNotes is for learning the Face API * Microsoft has GitHubbed a framework that could finally make an Internet-connected refrigerator useful: an application for family members to leave notes for each other. Well, actually FamilyNotes is a developer demonstrator with two aims: to give developers more examples of putting code together in the Universal Windows Platform, and to help Microsoft understand how UWP is going. The app, here, lets a user leave a note tagged for another user, and if the device (for example a tablet) identifies the recipient of the note (using facial...
  • App Lets You ‘Try On’ Fattoo Before You Ruin Your Body Forever

    05/02/2016 3:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jacob Siegal
    Virtual reality has (justifiably) been the biggest story in the tech world over the past few weeks. Oculus launched the Rift, HTC launched the Vive and gamers are finally getting the chance to see how much potential VR has. But you don’t have to spend $600 on a headset to digitally alter the world around you. Augmented reality (AR) has been around in various forms for years, allowing consumers to see what furniture might look like in their homes, or to bring virtual figures into the real world, where they can interact with the environment.
  • Okay West Coast Freepers, help me out (vanity)

    05/01/2016 11:44:39 AM PDT · by Celtic Conservative · 28 replies
    A Really Neat Antique Shop | 05/01/16 | Celtic Conservative
    Okay folks on the left coast, help me out. Whilst rummaging through a antique shop I found a really neat photo. It is a photo of a combination drive through florist shop and restaurant in Los Angeles. Based on the cars in the shot, It could be from anywhere from 1948 to 1952 (sorry, I don't have the ability to post pictures). The sign on the business says "McEldowneys". From my research it was owned By JK McEldowney, a LA businessman who went on to make the classic 1951 film "The River". He died in 2004 at the age of...
  • In Search of America's Most Coveted Beer (Pliny the Younger)

    04/27/2016 9:49:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Apr 27 2016 | Mike Vangel
    I first heard of Pliny the Younger from a fellow beer fanatic, who spoke in a hushed, reverential tone as he told me about the exorbitant lengths people go to for a glass. This year, I decided I needed to try it. But with the Super Bowl 50 fiasco forcing Beer Week to reschedule two weeks before Pliny's release, the only surefire way to get some was a trek to Santa Rosa. My first attempt was on the opening Saturday of this year's release. I'd read of the eight-hour lines, the camping in the rain, and the hotel specials to...
  • Smell Dating: Sniffing Out Potential Lovers (And Their Sweaty T-Shirts)

    04/27/2016 9:22:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The first ‘mail odor dating service’ matches people based on a three-day old T-shirt sample. If both your nostrils agree the other smells great, it’s a matchMy date, Hannes, had just been swimming in the East River and I could smell him over the cafe table. This made sense, as it had been his scent that first attracted me several weeks earlier. I’d chosen him as one of my Smell Dating matches, an online matchmaking project that combines the internet’s ability to judge multiple people at once with a physical object (a smelly T-shirt) packed full of pheromones. Billed as...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    04/27/2016 9:42:40 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 28 replies
    Engraved-on-His-hands | April 27, 2016 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    With apologies to Islander7, but I haven't seen an “Occasional Birdy Thread” in awhile, so I thought that I would post one. My pictures aren't as great as those posted by Islander7 or fidelis, but it's kind of like singing. All that you really need to do is to sing (or take bird pictures) well enough to entertain yourself. Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Greater Yellowlegs with Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Osprey Eastern Phoebe Solitary Sandpiper
  • Engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

    04/25/2016 10:53:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | April 25, 2016 | Provided by: Iowa State University
    The vial contains liquid-metal particles suspended in ethanol. The particles were used to demonstrate heat-free soldering. Credit: Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University =========================================================================================================== Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: "How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?" said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. "How can you solve a problem with the least amount...
  • Drone racing competitions to air for first time on ESPN3

    04/24/2016 5:50:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 13, 2016 | Samantha Masunaga
    The fledgling sport of drone racing is about to fly onto more screens. The International Drone Racing Assn. has signed a multiyear international distribution deal with sports media giant ESPN, marking the first time the sport will be on major network television. In drone racing, competitors maneuver small flying drones around a course and wear goggles that show the drone's perspective of the track. At home, viewers will see a version of that perspective. The 2016 National Drone Racing Championships, held in New York City in August, and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships, set for Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, in...
  • (Wisconsin) College Students Conduct ‘Refugee and Migrant Simulation’ to ‘Raise Awareness’

    04/24/2016 4:59:02 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-22-2016 | Lana Shadwick
    Participants in the simulation were given a pretend name and age, a few property items, and a blindfold for use in simulation exercises. They were then divided into small groups and went through the course designed to raise awareness. Some of the simulation courses in which the students participated in, included crossing border lines, being interviewed, and being placed in an asylum room. The student publication, the Marquette Wire, reported that “Guards led every course and scenario, yelling at the participants and treating them similarly to how migrants and refugees are treated.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/21/2016 5:43:42 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 201 replies
    We in Maryland heard some good news during the past week: due to conservation efforts and weather conditions, the Blue Crab population is going to be about 35% higher this year. This is good news for crab lovers, but especially good news for the watermen along the Chesapeake, who make their livings from the 'Beautiful Swimmers'. first time I encountered a crab, I was a teen, lying in bed asleep, when my brother came into the room, dangled a live crab in front of my face, and yelled, "Wake Up"! He had come home from a friend's house with...
  • “World’s Meanest Mom” Sells Daughter’s Dream Truck on Craigslist

    04/21/2016 12:04:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    she calls herself the “World’s Meanest Mom,” but a Minnesota mother said she has a reason for selling her daughter’s dream truck on Craigslist. Amy Adams said her daughter “decided that her grades don’t matter, that she can disrespect myself and her siblings on a daily basis and that she has the right to skip school and run away from home.” Adams added her daughter, who was just about to get her driver’s license, “was on her ‘one more chance and the truck was getting sold.’ And, she blew that ‘one more chance’ on Monday when she decided to skip...