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Netflix’s Virtual Video Store

Posted 5/25/2016 7:32 pm by

There’s nothing quite like walking into a video store, looking at the rows of boxes, and selecting a movie to watch.  It was one of my favorite things as a kid, and one of the few reasons why I went to Blockbusters right down to the end of their run.  Even after Blockbuster folded, I […]

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Google’s Modular Phone Debuts

Posted 5/24/2016 8:36 pm by

Last night, my phone battery died. Normally, I plug my phone in and it’s fine in a few minutes or a few hours, depending on just how dead my phone might be.  However, last night, I plugged my phone in and… nothing.  I tried multiple chargers and cords, to no avail.  I tried rebooting my […]

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Salaried Employees Now Eligible For Overtime

Posted 5/18/2016 6:12 pm by

For years, there wasn’t much benefit to being a salaried employee, aside from the obvious:  you get more control over your hours, maybe a different retirement system, some degree of prestige, the occasional free pizza, and so on.  However, one of the places where salaried employees didn’t see any extra benefits was overtime.  Most salaried […]

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The TSA Is Collapsing As We Speak

Posted 5/16/2016 9:20 pm by

It seems that no one can escape the Transportation Security Administration’s wrath.  Well, not wrath so much as sloth and incompetence.  Long lines at major airports are nothing new; even leaving the local airport on my last flight meant some pretty significant waiting in lines, though nothing like what happened at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. On […]

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Giant Tire Fire Erupts In Spain

Posted 5/13/2016 8:18 pm by

One of the most famous features of Matt Groening’s fictional town of Springfield is a strange one.  Springfield is home to a giant, perpetually burning tire fire.  I guess considering the town also has a nuclear plant that routinely leaks glowing green waste into the town’s water supply, the tire fire isn’t such a big […]

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Instagram Changes Its Logo, Freaking Out Everyone

Posted 5/11/2016 7:40 pm by

I noticed something strange on my phone today.  I don’t always pay attention to the apps and games that are on my phone, but when I noticed one particular change, it jumped right out at me.  The icon for Instagram had changed.  A drastic change, if I’m honest.  Gone is the clean icon in the […]

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Budweiser Becomes America (The Beer)

Posted 5/10/2016 5:16 pm by

Beer isn’t an American invention, but there’s a particular style of beer that’s become associated with America, and that’s cheap, bad-tasting, watery beer.  Sure, America is also the micro-brew king, but our macro-brews are pretty distinctive and instantly recognizable.  In that mindset, there’s no better beer to be America’s beer than Budweiser.  Budweiser is one […]

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Trump Supporter Refuses To Tow Bernie Backer

Posted 5/05/2016 6:39 pm by

This year’s political circus is one of the nastiest I can remember in recent memory.  For all the flack Obama took in both his terms, it wasn’t nearly as bad as what the current nominees are going through.  Whether you support Hillary Clinton, are down with Donald Trump, feel the Bern with Bernie Sanders, or […]

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Woman Sues Starbucks Over Iced Coffee

Posted 5/02/2016 1:03 pm by

When my dad would order drinks at a restaurant, he’d specify:  no ice.  It didn’t really matter if there were free refills or not; my dad wanted a cold drink but not an iced drink because, as he always said, ice was just a way for them to give you less drink and charge you […]

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Vans Hits Sales Highs After “Damn Daniel” Video

Posted 4/30/2016 11:48 am by

In February, everyone was talking about Daniel, specifically, the viral video dubbed Damn Daniel by its fans.  Teenager Joshua Holz put together a video of him talking to his friend Daniel Lara about his shoes, typically solid-white Vans sneakers, and with every repetition of “Damn, Daniel!” the video got hotter and hotter.  It also had […]

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Obama Wants “Smart Guns”

Posted 4/29/2016 9:55 pm by

In January, after another mass shooting incident, President Obama addressed the nation and stated, “If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?”  As it turns out, that wasn’t just a pipe dream, but a glimpse […]

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Husky Cheerleaders Accused Of Racism, Sexism

Posted 4/28/2016 7:50 pm by

Cheerleaders are part of sports at pretty much every level, barring some professional teams.  From Pop Warner football and the little girls on the sidelines to the high-level cheer and dance teams that put on incredible routines at the college level, cheerleaders go hand-in-pom pom with sports.  However, cheerleading as an institution can be somewhat […]

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Teenage Basketball Star Actually 29 Years Old

Posted 4/27/2016 5:49 pm by

Jonathan Nicola has everything you’d want in a high school basketball player.  He’s not Kobe Bryant, but he’s got some very good qualities.  He’s 6’9, athletic, and seems to be a relatively good student, since he’s able to maintain grades good enough to play sports at Catholic Central  High School in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Plus […]

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The White House Fence Won’t Hide You From Cops

Posted 4/26/2016 8:24 pm by

When you’re running from the police, there are a lot of good places to hide.  There’s under the bed; a classic hiding space that’s still pretty good, it’d probably be the first place anyone would look, so perhaps that’s not the best idea.  There are other good hiding places, like closets, basements, the trunks of […]

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Astronaut Sets New Record In Space Marathon

Posted 4/25/2016 6:09 pm by

Every year, there’s at least one marathon that passes in front of my house.  It’s always kind of fun to roll out of bed, go out onto my front lawn, and just watch all the runners go by.  I cheer and I clap and I talk to the runners, and they talk back, and everyone […]

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The Teamsters Are Setting Up An Uber Association

Posted 4/22/2016 7:50 pm by

There’s pretty much no way to stop Uber.  It’s completely changed the game as far as paying someone to drive you around is concerned, and there’s no going back to the old way.  Now it looks like Uber drivers are going legitimate.  The Teamsters are setting up an association for Uber drivers.  There’s already one […]

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The Legendary Prince Is Dead At 57

Posted 4/21/2016 7:41 pm by

This has been a terrible year for music.  So many incredible artists have passed away in such a short span.  In a few months we’ve lost hard rock legend Lemmy, androgynous icon David Bowie, and now another celebrity is added to the roles of the late and lamented.  Prince, the purple legend, the musical wonder, […]

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Snapchat Puts You In Bob Marley Blackface For 4:20

Posted 4/20/2016 5:40 pm by

It was supposed to be a little treat for users.  After all, it’s 4/20, which is the unofficial marijuana holiday, and nobody’s more famous for his marijuana consumption than reggae legend and Jamaican demigod Bob Marley.  So, Snapchat users were given the option to Marley-ify their pictures with dreads, a big floppy hat, and… dark […]

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Colorado School District Arms School Security With AR-15s

Posted 4/19/2016 8:41 pm by

Americans seem to either love guns or hate/fear guns, depending on what side of the never-ending gun control debate you happen to be on.  With an increasing amount of attention being paid to school security after a spate of school shootings (both deliberate and horrifyingly accidental), it makes sense for school districts to be looking […]

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Amazon Launches Prime Video Subscription

Posted 4/18/2016 9:41 pm by

I love Amazon Prime.  I’ve been a customer of Amazon Prime since I got a free year of Prime service with my Kindle Fire tablet.  I even got a Kindle Fire TV stick to stream video from Prime to my television.  Huge fan of their video offerings, the free e-book a month, the e-book library […]

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E-Skin Turns You Into A Walking Billboard

Posted 4/15/2016 5:54 pm by

Leave it to the Japanese to take skin and improve it. They’re a very big consumer of science fiction media, and that seems to color their inventive drive, too. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have invented the most incredible digital display that I think I’ve ever seen. Japanese researchers have invented a flexible, thin […]

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Manson Girl Leslie Van Houten Recommended For Parole

Posted 4/14/2016 8:37 pm by

When Charles Manson ordered his family of hippies and burn-outs to kill, they killed.  The knives and bullets of the Manson followers ended seven lives (or more) in a crime that shocked the nation.  One of those murderers, Leslie Van Houten, has just been given tentative approval for parole.  The California Board of Parole Hearings […]

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Inky The Octopus Breaks Out Of The Aquarium

Posted 4/13/2016 5:53 pm by

You really can’t trust an octopus.  They just don’t look like honest creatures.  They have too many arms and they’re too squishy.  So squishy, in fact, that they can sneak out of a six-inch drain pipe.  Such is the case of an octopus named Inky.  Inky the octopus escaped from New Zealand’s national aquarium.  The […]

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“Textalyzer” To Stop Distracted Driving

Posted 4/12/2016 5:55 pm by

Distracted driving is a problem.  It’s against the law in a lot of places, and that makes sense, because it’s more dangerous than driving drunk.  If only there was a way for police to determine who is driving distracted and who is just a terrible driver.  New York may be considering allowing police officers to […]

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Nicolas Cage And Vince Neil In Vegas Dust-Up

Posted 4/08/2016 5:17 pm by

So you’re on the Las Vegas Strip, taking in the sights and sounds and gawking at all the neon signs when you see a scuffle break out.  One of the fighters is 55-year-old Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil.  The other is 52-year-old master thespian and dinosaur castle fan Nicolas Cage.  You might think you’re […]

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Organic White Noise Generators For Hipsters

Posted 4/07/2016 7:11 pm by

There’s nothing quite as nice as working from home.  No disruptions, no distractions, nothing to bother you, and nothing but silence for hours at a time.  Sometimes, it’s too quiet.  Sometimes you need some background noise to help you focus.  I can’t work without music, TV, or some kind of sound behind me, so a […]

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Gary Player Nails A Hole-In-One At 80

Posted 4/06/2016 8:48 pm by

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most beautiful courses in the country.  It’s historic, and the Masters Tournament that it hosts every year is one of the most prestigious championships on the PGA tour, and in golf itself.  One of the many events that happen around the time of the Masters is the […]

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Keystone Pipeline Springs A Leak

Posted 4/04/2016 4:35 pm by

When it comes to petrochemicals, the easiest part of the process has to be transporting crude oil.  Crude oil can make a serious mess of the environment, but at the same time, it’s a lot less dangerous than refined chemicals.  No towns have ever  had to be evacuated due to an oil leak, and oil […]

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NCAA Tournament Invites, Then Disinvites, South Carolina

Posted 3/31/2016 5:28 pm by

With a record of 24-8, at various points the University of South Carolina had a strong chance to make the NCAA Tournament, which crowns the champion of college basketball.  The Gamecocks did receive an invitation, but it wasn’t meant for them.  The NCAA accidentally invited the wrong USC to the NCAA Tournament.  The invitation was […]

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William Shatner Sued For $170 Million

Posted 3/29/2016 7:53 pm by

William Shatner’s been all around the world, and he’s been involved in all sorts of things, from classic sci-fi TV and movies to books and personal apperances.  However, I don’t think he’s ever been involved in something like this.  William Shatner faces a $170 million lawsuit from a man claiming to be his son.  Peter […]

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