March 29, 2012

No Excuses

Gymnast Johanna Quaas shows you how it's done.  Oh yeah, she's 86 years old!



And if the floor routine isn't enough to convince you, here she is on the parallel bars.



I found an interview they did with her. It's in German, so I can't understand a word of it. However, listen to her voice.  That sounds like a woman half her age.



If you'll excuse me, I'm now going to sit in a corner and weep quietly because even when I was a kid, I didn't bend like that. heh.

H/T Deadspin



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March 27, 2012

Stuff Going on in the World

I want one!

Pizza joint creates one-push wireless order button

I'm all about less work and this is about as "less" as you can get! When is it coming to the states and where do I have to move to get it? I know it won't be in this area for at least 20 years after the rest of the world gets it. (New Englanders will be screaming about how it will endanger your children - ha)

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Eagle cam!

First Egg Hatches On Decorah Eaglecam

Warning Will Robinson! Turn down the sound on your computer! The mike is active and when the wind is blowing it's really really loud!  Also it's a real live nest of real live Eagles. There is currently half a fish sitting on the nest along with the mother eagle.  You've been warned.

If you want to go directly to the cam go here.

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On a more serious but hopeful note

Injection saves lives for heart attack patients: study

After reading the article I can't decide if they mean "injection" or if they mean "IV". It's a bit unclear. But hey, if it works, I'm all for it.

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Cool

'Twist-O' toy inspires collapsible 'buckliball'

I'm thinking a structure that pulls itself inward during severe weather.  Then again I don't think outside the box very well. heh.

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And last of all

Could eating chocolate make you thinner?

I am willing to experiment to help the cause!

Have a great evening.

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March 21, 2012

News You've Been Waiting For

Because I really have to share these things.

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Branson says Kutcher is space line's 500th client

Maybe he could go colonize Mars and make really bad camera commercials there instead.

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'Angry Birds' blasts off into new frontier: Space

So are they after Kutcher? Or did pigs finally learn to fly?

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Pirate Bay plans to build aerial server drones with $35 Linux computer

This makes me think... maybe Hollywood is getting its birds/actors in a row to shoot down The Pirate Bay when it goes aerial.

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Kraft to rename snack unit 'Mondelez'

Oh excellent - a flop in the making.  Stock up on Oreos people. 

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In my non-news story of the day. I have found some dissolving Calcium to take.  I hope it works because I am tired of trying not to choke to death on those horse pills they pass off as calcium tablets.

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That would be it for tonight.  Don't you feel at least 5% smarter?  Oh well, at least I don't think this news makes anyone feel any dumber.



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March 20, 2012

Some Hopeful Tech News

I hope everyone had a terrific St. Patrick's Day weekend. It was certainly lovely in the Boston area.

I've been busy playing with Virtualbox and the Fedora Linux distro. For some reason the two won't play nice on my Windows machine so it's been taking up a bit of time. I may skip Fedora and move to Ubuntu or Mint.

I have to say there are so many people who put up youtube vids on this stuff. It saves so much time to see a walk thru and try to catch problems before they start. I think my issue with Fedora is the desktop client it wants to use. We shall see.

Anyway, if my last post left you feeling somewhat depressed, go read this - which is ultra cool.

Robotics Trends for 2012

We may get our robots and Star Trek future yet.  I have been hearing about the 3D printer... now that would really be something - very cool!  

Keep inventing stuff people!

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March 13, 2012

I Wonder if We Should be Worried

Sun flips the bird in new NASA photo

'nuff said...

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Experts sound worm alarm for critical Windows bug

Windows has a bug??? OMG!!! Whatever will we do?

Oh yeah... patch please.

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Grenade-throwing robot to fight fires on ships

After reading the story, I'm not exactly sure where the grenade throwing comes into the picture. I kinda doubt they fight ship fires with grenades... or at least I hope they don't!

Or maybe they need to get together with the people who know:

How to make ethical robots

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And for those who are directionally impaired

App uses Wi-Fi to plot the way for mall patrons

Now if only it would find that perfect fitting piece of clothing...

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Happy Tuesday!

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March 11, 2012

To Get you Warmed up for St. Patrick's Day

Absolutely hilarious.  Of course I love the Border Collie... but still...



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March 10, 2012

This and That Again.

How much you want to bet they all end up shouting abuse at Facebook.

Washington woman finds husband's other wife on Facebook

OTOH it might be worth it to be on FB just to see who might be suggested as a friend...

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Does this make school lunches illegal in places like New York where they have passed laws about unhealthy food in fast food restaurants?

'Pink slime' eliminated from fast food, but not school lunches

Or do schools get a pass because they aren't fast food restaurants so it's all okay.

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False advertising?

iOS 5.1 Does Not Provide 4G on an iPhone 4S

AT&T may be in a bit of hot water here. Faster 3G is not 4G... and it really doesn't help your corporate image if you try to pass off one as the other.

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For people who have been told that using Google's Chrome browser is a safer way to surf the net...

At hacking contest, Google Chrome falls to third zero-day attack (Updated)

All browsers have security issues. Therefore, the holes in Chrome should not surprise anyone. The difference between Chrome and other browsers... Chrome updates in the background without giving the user the option of when or if to update. There is also no "roll back". Some users are finding this to be a real problem when Google updates Chrome and it breaks their browsing experience.

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And just in case you thought symphony goers were a nice reserved lot...

Fistfight breaks out at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Will the newest quip now be, "I went to a fight and a symphony broke out"? 

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Have a great Saturday.

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March 09, 2012

The World - there is stuff going on

Passengers are supposed to listen to flight attendants... well... let's rethink that.

Flight attendant restrained after 9/11 rant

At least the passengers on board were rational enough to restrain her instead of joining her...

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Wired tells you...

How To Get Windows on the iPad (With Microsoft’s Blessing)

Um... Why?

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In the "what did you think he would do" department...

Hacker Sabu Worked Nonstop As Government Informer

Because he's shown such empathy for all the people he has hacked. So naturally he's completely loyal to his minions... Right.

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Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. Oh goody. I could link a story, but my only comment is... can we PLEASE just pick a time and stick with it! I hate all this clock changing crap.

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And last but not least....

Coca-Cola and Pepsi to alter recipes after cancer risk flagged

So how long have they been using the current ingredients??? 

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There ya go - news you can use.  Have a great weekend!

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March 05, 2012

Just a Few Things

My son sends this link to a lovely view from the ISS. If it was easier to get off the thing, I wouldn't mind taking a few turns around the earth in it.



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Was watching House Hunters earlier.  I am constantly amazed by the people they have on this show.  So many should not even consider buying a house because they simply don't have the income. 

What does this level of house shopper get you? People who want everything perfect and new and all for free apparently. Tonight's show featured a young couple who nearly had spasms over the paint colors in a house... Paint? Seriously?  Good lord.  They immediately proclaimed the entire thing had to be repainted or they could NEVER live in it!!!! Oh the horror... it was all of 1200 square feet.  She says "THAT'S HUGE!!!" 

I need a different show to veg out on.

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For those not on Facebook, I just saw this which is very cool and fun.

Periodic Table Table

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There seems to be quite a lot of talk about some chick named Snooki. I can't figure out why.  Amazing how many people have opinions about someone they seemingly loathe. I figure if someone is that awful why in the world would anyone pay attention to them... Strange world indeed.

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And last of all.  If you are looking for a job and in the interview process, you may want to listen to a mock job interview by the Tech Vets, Carey Holzman and Mike Smith.   It may not be your field, but there are always useful things to be gleaned from unexpected places.

Tech Vets Podcast

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The week began tamely.  I hope it continues this way.

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