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If you could travel back in time, without making any changes to the time line, what are the things you want to do?
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I don't know how I missed these videos. In November, Volvo Trucks released six videos to showcase the handling of their trucks in various situations. The vidoes involve bulls, a hamster, a talking head (or two), a tightrope walker, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKFJ3tQvdojTHq0Zw0PUYtDTjGqi93bPe

The "Live Test" videos are the actual ads, then they have short behind-the-scenes videos.
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Many communities have unique New Year's Eve traditions. In Brasstown, NC they have the Possum Drop at Clay's Corner.

A Possum's Tale: New Year's Eve in Brasstown, NC


Happy New Year!
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For the first time, I made an artichoke dip. It seemed to be popular, so I want to record the recipe.
Recipe )
I decided to make the recipe because I found cassava bread at the grocery store. It looks a bit like a large cracker. It seemed interesting, so I decided that if I wanted to bring it to a party I needed something to go with it. Hence, the sudden desire to make artichoke dip.

One person declared that artichoke dip goes well with celery sticks (they were next to the dip).
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I was just re-reading an article about a giant Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane landing at the wrong airport. In the article it says:

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/21/travel/kansas-cargo-plane-wrong-airport/

"It was laden with cargo intended for Boeing, she said. Boeing said the cargo was a B-787 fuselage".

This time on reading the article, I realized it was a turducken. A flying creature with another flying stuffed inside of it. And its goose was almost cooked.

Moths?

Dec. 4th, 2013 01:56 pm
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Recently, I've noticed small moths at night in the headlights as I drive near my house. I don't remember seeing them before. Has anyone else noticed a sudden influx of small (about 3/4"), light tan moths?
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For those of you that use PuTTY (Freeware SSH/Telnet client for Windows), there's a new release out.

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

Latest news

2013-08-06 PuTTY 0.63 released, fixing SECURITY HOLES

PuTTY 0.63, released today, fixes four security holes in 0.62 and before: vuln-modmul, vuln-signature-stringlen, vuln-bignum-division-by-zero, private-key-not-wiped. Other than that, there are mostly bug fixes from 0.62 and a few small features.

One of the new "small" features is the scroll-back buffer now defaults to 2,000 lines.

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/changes.html

Leftovers

Oct. 14th, 2013 09:06 pm
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A problem with hosting a party is that sometimes you have leftovers perishable that you need to get rid of as soon as possible. So that's why I had a chocolate cupcake with breakfast this morning.
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Tom Clancy died on Tuesday. Jack Ryan is looking for a possible killer.
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The singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to go to the International Space Station in 2015
Read more... )
(If you've watched both videos, for extra amusement start watching the first video in full screen mode with the sound muted and then start the second video with the music playing in the background).
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10257633/What-do-London-Underground-stops-taste-like.html

What do London Underground stops taste like?

[...]

James Wannerton tastes words when he reads or hears them thanks to a neurological condition called synaesthesia that links senses which are normally experienced separately.

He first noticed each Underground station created a distinct taste aged four when travelling to school with his mother from the family home near Willesden, north London.

[...]
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fr9py

"A new drama from legendary playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. [...] he's created a fantastical story about fear, philosophy and madness, which is woven together with the original music."

The radio play is about an hour long and it's accompanied by a ~10 minute long loop of interesting visuals made by the folks at Aardman Animation.

I'm not sure what I think of it (I'll probably listen to it again), but it's worth checking out.

It aired for the first time this evening and it'll be up on the BBC website for a week.

Not Me

Jul. 7th, 2013 01:27 pm
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Just in case anyone is wondering, I was not on the plane that crashed in San Francisco yesterday.
---Ben
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This afternoon, I bought a cheap furniture dolly and then used it to roll the A/C from its closet in the bathroom, down the hall and into the room with the computer. My back really appreciated it.

I still had to lift the A/C onto the dolly, and then lift it from the dolly to the window (with A's help), but those were brief exertions.

Next fall, I get to figure out if I can roll the A/C into the closet on the dolly (the closet has a small threshold). If I can, that will eliminate the struggle to get it into the closet.


(by cheap, I mean for the price I paid, it was well worth it, even if I only use it for moving the A/C)
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It was't until last night that I figured out that the same actor played these two characters.

Terence Stamp (center) as General Zod
Superman II (1980)
Terence Stamp (center) as Bernadette Bassenger
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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This is a friend from high school. I don't think I've seen her since I graduated.


http://www.umb.edu/news_events_media/news/white_house_honors_umass_boston_professor_as_champion_of_change

White House Honors UMass Boston Professor as “Champion of Change”

On Monday, May 6, the White House will honor fifteen Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women as “Champions of Change.” Among them is Karen L. Suyemoto, an associate professor of clinical psychology and Asian American studies at UMass Boston.

A part of the White House’s observance of AAPI Heritage Month, this event will recognize Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women who are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.

[...]

Suyemoto has conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate classes focused on racial justice for almost 20 years, receiving particular accolades for her teaching and mentoring work such as the first annual Liem Award for Graduate Mentoring.

[...]
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Here are some more tidbits from NPR's news quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"

This week's items share a common animal theme.
All the news that doesn't bite )
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The ESA just released a "cosmic microwave background" picture of the Universe from when it was less than 380,000 years-old.

Not only does the picture show the evolution of the Universe, it also shows the evolution of the technology used to map the Universe soon after the Big Bang. In 1989 NASA sent up COBE to examine the early days of the Universe, then 10 years later, NASA sent up WMAP. And now, ESA has the Planck space telescope. The pictures appear to show the same image, but the resolution has gotten much better.

Here be pictures )

Snow Caps

Mar. 10th, 2013 12:18 am
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I thought spring was getting near, I could see grass coming through the snow. Then we got a little more snow (it was up to my knees by the bird feeder).

From Snowpocalypse 2013
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Is this a pizza I see before me,
The crust towards my hand? Come, let me eat thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, tasty vision, sensible
To tasting as to sight? or art thou but
A pizza of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed oven?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which I now slice.
Thou marshall'st me the way I was going;
And such a pizza wheel I was to use.
Mine stomach is made the fools o' the other senses.
Or else worth all the rest; I taste thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of cheese,
Which was not so before. There's no such thing:
It is the cheesy business which informs
Thus to mine tongue. Now o'er this one half-pizza
Nature seems dead, and wicked pizzas abuse
The curtain'd table;



My sincere apologies to William Shakespeare

http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/macbeth/T21.html

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