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July 8, 2011

"A crocodile on steroids" — Meet the Dorset Pliosaur, the most fearsome predator that ever lived

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Excerpts from Rebecca Morelle's BBC News story follow.

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A skull belonging to one of the largest "sea monsters" ever unearthed is being unveiled to the public.

The beast, which is called a pliosaur, has been described as the most fearsome predator the Earth has seen.

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The fossil was found in Dorset [U.K.], but it has taken 18 months to remove the skull from its rocky casing, revealing the monster in remarkable detail.

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Scientists suspect the creature, which is on show at the Dorset County Museum, may be a new species or even genus.

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The 155-million-year-old fossil was discovered by local collector Kevan Sheehan between 2003 and 2008 as it gradually tumbled out of the cliffs near Weymouth.

Looking somewhat like a crocodile on steroids, it is now easy to see the power of this "biting machine": pliosaurs, which lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods were the top predators of the oceans.

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On show now are its eye sockets, perched upon the top of its head, revealing how it would have fixed its stare on any passing prey; the openings that held its it immensely powerful jaw muscles, allowing it to crunch down on anything that crossed its path; and the huge holes, running all the way down its snout, that contained its giant, razor-sharp teeth to help finish the meal off.

Paleontologist Richard Forrest said: "This is an iconic specimen — one of the most exciting we have seen in years."

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"It was probably the most fearsome predator that ever lived. Standing in front of the skull you can imagine this enormous beast staring straight back at you, fixing you with its binocular vision, and attacking. Just thinking about it raises the hairs on the back of your neck."

Its bulky body, which would have been powered through the water with four paddle-like limbs, has never been found — and may not even have fossilized.

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But new estimates from scientists, based on the 2.4m-long skull, suggest that the predator would have measured between 15-18 meters from tip to tail.

July 8, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rolling Bench — Turn handle to refresh seat

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Designed by Sungwoo Park.

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I like it.

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A lot.

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[via Joe Peach, Ned Hardy and Yanko Design]

July 8, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

London, 1903

At 3:57 a visitation from the future appears and stays on the screen for six seconds.

You'll know it when you see it.

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Self-Draining/Drying Cup

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Can your cup do that?

Didn't think so.

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Red, Blue or Pink.

4.1"H x 3"UØ x 2.6"LØ.

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$6.95.

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Helpful Hints from joeeze: Removing old email addresses from MacMail's memory — in one fell swoop

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Finally.

J.D. Biersdorfer's June 30, 2011 New York Times "Gadgetwise" post tells you how.

Q. When I use the Mail program on my Mac, it automatically completes the e-mail address I enter — even if it’s an incorrect or outdated address. I am sorry to say I have far too many sent e-mails to wrong or outdated addresses as a result. How can I eliminate them from the computer’s memory?

A. Apple’s Mail program stashes away a list of previously used addresses to help speed up your e-mail chores, but it saves these addresses whether they are correct or not. Fortunately, it’s possible to open up the list and weed out all the unwanted, outdated or incorrect addresses at one sitting.

To do so, open the Mail program, go to the Window menu and choose Previous Recipients.

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The Previous Recipients window opens with a sortable list of the names and e-mail addresses of people you have corresponded with in the past, as well as the date of when the address was last used.

Click the Name, E-mail or Last Used bar at the top of the column to sort the list on your preferred criteria. To remove someone from the Previous Recipients list so that Mail won’t try to auto-complete the address, click on the entry to select it and then click the Remove From List button in the bottom left corner of the window.You can select multiple entries at once by holding down the Mac's Command key to highlight several addresses as you go.

Click the Remove From List button to zap all the selected addresses at once. If you find a contact that you'd like to officially add to the Mac's Address Book program, select it and click the Add to Address Book button in the bottom right corner of the window.

Reader, I did it.

The first time I tried it.

Mos def TechnoDolt™-friendly.

July 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

3M Dual Lock: Super-Velcro

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Paul Bibamajordomo of Teleread, introduced me to this product during his state visit Tuesday.

We went to Radio Shack to buy some so he could securely fasten a rear-view mirror to his monster chopper.

When I looked at it in the package I thought something was missing: it looked like only the hard plastic half of Velcro — where was the fuzzy side?

Paul opened up the package to show me: the stuff is comprised of two identical hard plastic sides (below),

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creating a much stronger bond that can support up to 10 pounds on a wall.

The adhesive backing (top) is super-strong, though, so make sure you have it positioned where you want it, because upon removal you will most definitely be taking the paint off.

$4.16.

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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Logo

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The devil you say.

[via Brendan I. Koerner and Sean Davey]

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Limited-Edition BathBoat

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Red cedar and oak.

Numbered and signed.

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A 2005 design by Wieki Somers.

77" L x 33" W top/39" W bottom x 24" H.

Production limited to 30 pieces + 1 prototype.

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Sure looks like Kristen Stewart having a soak just above, doesn't it?

But I digress.

You say you're not buying until you see it in person?

No problem: one of the 30 is in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Price on request; apply to: info@galeriekreo.com.

July 8, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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