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February 19, 2012

"Local Statutes Enforced by Drone"

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Coming soon — if not already — to New York City, drone patrols.

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Wrote Nick Paumgarten in the January 23 New Yorker of a series of eleven signs (two pictured above) which recently appeared on the streets of Gotham, "Some of the originals disappeared within days. Others survived, such as the one on Mercer Street, just south of Houston — "Local Statutes Enforced by Drone" — in front of which, last Thursday, a U.P.S. truck sat parked, a ticket sprouting from its windshield like a weed. The driver looked at the sign but thought nothing of it. 'I just need to deliver these packages,' he said. He disappeared for a while. When he returned, he glanced at the sign again and then spent a moment looking up at the sky."

The good news — at least for the time being — is that everyone can play at this now that the president has signed into law H.R. 658, which opens U.S. airspace to commercial and private use by October 2015.

[via The Devout Infidel and CBS New York]

February 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Bible-paper-friendly highlighter

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From the New York Times

LIGHTING UP THE BIBLE

Due to the thin paper used in most Bibles, typical highlighters often bleed through. For that reason, G.T. Luscombe, a distributor of Bible-study accessories based in Frankfort, Ill., got into the business of Bible-paper-friendly highlighters. John Luscombe, the president and chief executive, explains:

Is there a particular color code? There are different types of coding depending on how many colors there are. But for the most common four colors, we recommend that yellow represents blessings, blue represents the Holy Spirit, pink represents salvation and green represents growth and new life.

Is this popular? I don’t have any statistics about how many people use highlighters in their Bibles, but this area of our business has grown consistently over the years.

When did you start doing this? My father started the company in the mid-1970s, but we didn’t start selling highlighters until the early 1980s.

How did people react? Back when it was a new concept, some people would balk a little at the idea of highlighting a Bible. But it’s a common practice now.

So how exactly do you keep the ink from bleeding? The Japanese company, Zebra, developed pigment ink that doesn’t sink into paper in the same way as other inks. We are the only ones in the States who use this particular ink.

February 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Tattooed Ferrari

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Phillippe Pasqua's handiwork is evident all over this F430.

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[via Fancy]

February 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Classic Joke Set

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Not one, not two, not three, but four (not five, not six, not seven either... but I digress) classic jokes, all in one set.

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Insect in ice;

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Whoopee cushion;

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Snapping chewing gum;

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Nail through your finger.

Laughing yet?

Cheap at not one, not two... oh, never mind.

$12.

February 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What does MT mean on Twitter?

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I see it occasionally on tweets of mine that have been picked up by others (above, yesterday, the New York Times' nonpareil London correspondent Sarah Lyall's mention of my tweet about Peggy Noonan's remark "Attack ads are the dreck of democracy" in yesterday's Wall Street Journal) but hadn't a clue as to its meaning until yesterday, when I read Andrew Spong's enlightening explanation, which follows.

Ever seen 'MT' in the initial position of someone’s tweet and thought: 'is that a typo?'

Actually no, it isn't.

Rather, it is a signifier of the fact that the poster has kindly added a little value of their own to the tweet in republishing it by modifying it.

'MT' means 'modified tweet.'

'Why would you want to modify a tweet?' you may not unreasonably ask.

As it happens, there are a plethora of reasons why an admiring user may wish to tweak the content of a tweet in order to boost the value it delivers whilst still ensuring a respectful attribution to the original poster.

These could include:

  • Changing a hashtag in order to share the content with another Twitter chat community
  • Indicating that you have added (or perhaps deleted) an element of the tweet, usually indicated by placing the altered element in [square brackets] to offer another angle, challenge an assertion, or confer approval.
  • Correcting a typo or factual error (be sure it is actually an error; again, flag up the change you've made)
  • As part of a broader exercise in content curation

Regarding the question of respectful attribution: you may ask 'isn’t it rude to modify someone’s tweet?' Ultimately, this is a matter of personal opinion. For my own part, I'm delighted to see someone MT a tweet that I have posted on the basis that it indicates to me that the original publication triggered a chain of thought, a pattern of association, or a new conversation.

For me, the MT encapsulates the benefits and virtues of social business in two letters.

Concur.

February 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Collapsible Mini Colander — All your vegetable are belong to us

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World's first UFC.

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Just named Official Mini Colander of bookofjoe.

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With a color like that, it's got to be good.

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Measures 8.5" x 6.1" x 1.2" (collapsed).

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Capacity: 3.5 cups (expanded).

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$8.70.

"Usually ships within 3 to 5 weeks" — that's because once your order is placed, it has to sent by ansible to the home system and a carrier drone dispatched to Earth.

February 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Online talking dictionaries — Got Matukar Panau*?

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Long story short from Robert Lee Hotz's article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal: "Scientists unveil new online 'talking dictionaries' that for the first time document the sound and structure of eight vanishing languages."

"The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and National Geographic's Enduring Voices project Friday announced the new dictionaries, containing 32,000 entries and 24,000 audio files."

Above, women display traditional clothing of the Remo culture in the Indian state of Orissa, near the Bay of Bengal.

Remo is a highly endangered language now online in the form of 4.008 entries and 1,157 audio files, some of which you can listen to here (scroll down).

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*Matukar Panau is "a language common to about 600 people in two small villages in the hills of Papua New Guinea."

Above, a video featuring some of the endangered languages.

February 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pure Guts Ladies Cycling T-Shirt — EXTREMELY rare

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This is the last one remaining from an edition of 100.

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Designed by Thomas Yang.

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Numbered 100 of 100.

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$38.

29 of 100 men's versions remain at this writing (1:08 p.m. Saturday February 18).

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Also $38.

February 19, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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