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  • This Day In History: Aug 27, 1776 - The Battle of Brooklyn (aka, Battle of Long Island)

    08/27/2016 6:00:01 AM PDT · by ETL · 10 replies
    various sources
    The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, fought on August 27, 1776, was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. It was a victory for the British Army and the beginning of a successful campaign that gave them control of the strategically important city of New York. In terms of troop deployment and fighting, it was the largest battle of the entire war.After defeating the British in the Siege of Boston on March...
  • Woman Wins $10.7 Million on Penny Slots in Vegas

    08/25/2016 10:33:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 24, 2016
    A Hawaii woman has won more than $10 million playing the penny slots in Las Vegas.
  • Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

    08/25/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble started when people downloaded and installed the Anniversary Update, which arrived at the turn of the month. That's the same upgrade that has knackered millions of webcams and caused some systems to freeze up. The crash kicks off in the storage partition driver partmgr.sys, with a bugcheck code...
  • I Only Date Guys With High Credit Scores

    08/25/2016 9:50:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 152 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Christian Gollayan
    When it comes to love, Martina Paillant won’t settle for someone who has a credit score below 700. “I need a man who has his life together and can pay his bills,” the 22-year-old Canarsie, Brooklyn, resident tells The Post. Paillant, who attends graduate school in Miami, asks potential suitors their credit scores by the fourth date. While some may call her snooty for checking someone’s FICO number before becoming Facebook official, she’s been focused on her finances since she was 16 years old and has a credit score above 800.
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/24/2016 12:03:01 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 71 replies
    I recently picked up a nasty ‘bug’ that threw me into a six-day fever. No idea what it was, but I’ve never been laid-out so badly, or so little interested in food - all I could taste was salt, and salt was revolting. I finally hit on vanilla ice cream as tolerable, and ate nothing else for days. There are still some ‘notes’ that I can’t taste, and I’m craving the weirdest things: “MacDonald’s Fish Sandwich???” - my husband must feel that he’s got a pregnant lady calling him at work and demanding this-or-that be picked up on the way...
  • Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand (awesome photo)

    08/23/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click here (it is planted in Facebook's garden, so if you'd prefer not to visit, you were warned).
  • Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

    08/23/2016 5:26:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM on top, all in a 12mm-by-12mm BGA package. We understand it can perform a trillion calculations a second. It handles all the environment sensing and other input and output necessary for the virtual-reality goggles. It aggregates data...
  • What Microsoft won't tell you about your Windows 10 recovery drive size (4GB? 8GB? 16GB?)

    08/22/2016 8:04:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Josh Norem
    Microsoft is coy about it in places, and estimates vary. (The time to make a Windows 10 recovery drive is before your PC dies. Grab a USB drive—you might need a big one!—and we'll show you how it's done...) Attila Balaton bought an 8GB USB key to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive only to find out 16GB was required. Mea culpa: Answer Line was partly to blame, as my former colleague wrote that Microsoft suggests “at least a 4GB USB key.” It’s not his fault, though, as on this support page Microsoft says in order to create a Windows...
  • This Day In History: Aug 22, 1776 - British Invasion Of New York

    08/22/2016 5:10:38 AM PDT · by ETL · 34 replies
    various sources
    On August 22, Howe’s large army landed on Long Island, hoping to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half. On August 27, the Red Coats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. Howe failed to follow the advice of his subordinates and storm the redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, and on August 29 General Washington ordered a brilliant retreat to Manhattan by boat, thus saving the Continental Army from capture. At the Battle...
  • Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps (misplaced Melbourne Australia near Japan)

    08/21/2016 8:51:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    City of Melbourne, population four million, placed in the wrong hemisphere Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria. A search on Bing Maps for “Melbourne, Victoria, Australia” says the city is at 37.813610, 144.963100 which we've screen-captured above (or here for those reading our mobile site). The co-ordinates are right save for one important detail: Melbourne is at 37.8136° South. Bing's therefore put it in the wrong hemisphere. The Register's Australian outpost has tried searching for a few other major cities in Victoria and beyond and believes this is an isolated and probably-fat-fingered error....
  • Fishing Report keeps anglers informed

    08/20/2016 12:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Looking for the latest info on where the best fishing spots are in southern Arizona and across the state? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has regular updates from anglers all over Arizona detailing what fish are hitting what baits and where as part of its weekly Fishing Report. Compiled from regular input from fishermen and women as well as Game and Fish officials, the report covers the fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and waterways, as well as stocking schedules, water levels and updates on which fish species are most active and when. “The idea is...
  • This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built

    08/18/2016 10:18:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/ 17/16 | This Car Matters Films
    The HVA takes a look at the story of the first Chevrolet Camaro built visiting with its stewards and marque historians. The first Camaro built is being recognized as No. 15 on the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register program in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress.
  • Florida Officials to Vandals: Stop Painting Birds, Tortoises

    08/18/2016 2:07:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 18, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    If you want to paint your nails, furniture, house, whatever – knock yourself out. But, stop painting birds and turtles; they don’t need to be prettied-up. That’s the message from Florida officials, who rescued a painted white ibis bird this week, days after they found turtles and gopher tortoises illegally decorated in hues of blue and red. “Please keep your paint on the canvas and off of wildlife,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted on Facebook. “Tortoises and turtles don’t need touch-ups!” While it may sound harmless, unleashing your inner artist on wildlife could land you in jail....
  • Microsoft open-sources PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat... (includes OpenSSH) (tr)

    08/18/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell "Core" has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux. The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. "Others...
  • Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell (Virtual Reality)

    08/18/2016 6:14:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Chris Williams
    We're a long way from the Start Menu now First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles. Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets. The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It is designed to work on any normal PC, not just high-end graphics rigs; the emphasis is on the fact that anyone with a half decent machine can use the new UI. The Holographic Shell...
  • Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more

    08/17/2016 9:48:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Aug 17, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Years back, Microsoft began paying people to use its Bing search service via a program called Bing Rewards. Now, Microsoft will do the same with its Edge browser and other products. Microsoft announced Wednesday that over the next few weeks, Bing Rewards will become Microsoft Rewards. The concept remains the same: The more you use or buy Microsoft products, the more freebies you’ll receive in return. With the debut of Microsoft Rewards, you'll also be able to accrue points by browsing with Edge or purchasing items at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores. Why this matters: At the end of July, Google Chrome...
  • VIDEO: "Common Sense" Gun Reform Debunked! (Man-on-Street)

    08/17/2016 3:38:23 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 47 replies
    Dear fellow FREEPers: today I present to you the biggest, most labor-intensive video my team and I have ever put together. I wanted to create the most thorough video possible regarding the myths, falsehood and outright lies surrounding "common sense" gun laws being pushed on Americans today. This video required permission from the city, mayor, as well as cooperation of local police officers (whom I thank profusely) to make happen. What you'll see is eye-opening and terrifying, but hopefully incredibly informative, useful in the education of your friends and wildly funny. Let's open some eyes out there with the truth!...
  • India: Three die as kite string slits their throats

    08/17/2016 7:43:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    Three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slit by glass-coated strings used for flying kites on India's Independence Day. ... Glass-coated strings are used to bring down competitors' kites, but they also end up injuring and killing people. Many Indians fly kites to celebrate festivals and important occasions like the Independence Day, which is celebrated on 15 August. But every year, there are reports of people dying or getting wounded from the kite strings - locally known as manja - treated with powdered glass or metal to sharpen them. ... The Delhi government has now banned...
  • Vincent Lopez Orchestra "Do I Hear You Saying?" vocalist is Laurence Wolfe (1928)

    08/16/2016 10:54:33 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1928 | Rodgers and Hart
    Vincent Lopez Orchestra "Do I Hear You Saying?" vocalist is Laurence Wolfe (1928)
  • 120 Years Ago: OPENING GUNS IN OHIO- A Grand Rally at Columbus

    08/16/2016 12:21:00 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | Aug 16, 1896 | New York Tribune
    A (mostly) daily posting for those interested in history and the day to day news, politics and culture of a bygone world; the full edition of the New York Tribune from today's date in 1896 (digitized).
  • Fallout 4 Nuka-World Release Date and Gameplay Trailer

    08/16/2016 10:44:49 AM PDT · by yuleeyahoo · 19 replies
    Bethesda.Net ^ | August 15, 2016 | Matt Grandstaff
    Nuka-World is a vast amusement park featuring Raider gangs and unique park zones like Safari Adventure, the World of Refreshment, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, Galactic Zone and Nuka-Town, USA. Nuka-World features new quests, Raiders factions, weapons, creatures and more. Enjoy the ride!
  • Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea (Secure Boot, tr)

    08/11/2016 8:04:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 10, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Redmond races to revoke Secure Boot policy Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android. What's more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/10/2016 3:36:48 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 184 replies
    One of my favorite meals growing up was Saturday breakfast, which was usually served at more of a brunch hour. Sometimes it would be eggs, bacon or sausage, and hominy fried in the grease from the meat (which I loved, and if anyone has recipes for canned hominy, please post!). Or it might be waffles, or pancakes; and when it snowed, Cinnamon Toast, and tea or hot chocolate. Many years ago I found a recipe that makes a great, quick brunch casserole at home – if you remember to grate the cheese the night before and store it airtight in...
  • Video: Eagles in Training to Take Out Drones

    08/09/2016 6:14:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 8/8/16
    Whether you are a fan of drones or not, one fact remains the same: the drone is here to stay. Considering the many positive things for which they can be used, it makes sense to welcome such possibilities. However, with pluses come minuses, and not every drone operator is going to have good intentions at heart. Due to the small percentage of people who enjoy behaving badly, it has become necessary to have plans in place to quickly and efficiently resolve drone-related issues. Although there are a few options for grounding a rogue drone, the Dutch National Police are taking...
  • Driver Backs Into $290K Ferrari While Parking

    08/08/2016 9:02:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    The Ferrari 458 lists for more than $290,000 and tops out at over 200 mphOne driver may be giving her insurance company an expensive bill after she accidentally backed into a nearly $300,000 Ferrari while attempting to parallel park outside a Virginia coffeehouse. Video being shared online showed the aftermath of the Saturday accident in Great Falls, Virginia. It showed the rear of the woman's Mercedes convertible
  • ‘Pokemon Go’ Players Blamed For Damage At Historic Mass. Fort

    08/08/2016 1:08:06 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    AP/CBS Boston ^ | 8/6/2016
    <p>FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (CBS/AP) — A fort destroyed in the Revolutionary War is again fending off attacks — this time from “Pokemon Go” players.</p> <p>Caretakers of Fort Phoenix in Massachusetts say players of the popular smartphone game are damaging the historic site.</p>
  • Rudy Vallee “A Little Kiss Each Morning (A Little Kiss Each Night)” Victor 22193

    08/06/2016 8:09:28 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Rudy Vallee
    Rudy Vallee sings “A Little Kiss Each Morning (A Little Kiss Each Night)” from "The Vagabond Lover” on Victor 22193, recorded on Nov. 6, 1929.
  • Philadelphia residents told to stop swimming in 'Dumpster pools'

    08/06/2016 1:33:48 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 59 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 5, 2016 | Daniel Uria
    PHILADELPHIA, The city of Philadelphia is cracking down on "Dumpster pools" after a pair of residents devised the idea as way to escape the summer heat. One Dumpster pool organizer told CBS Philadelphia that the adults-only block party was initially well received by the community. "It was lined with pool noodles and double tarped. It was a 21 and older thing, so we didn't have to worry about any kids wandering in," he said. "The public loves it. I've seen so much good feedback and support." The organizers successfully obtained a permit to acquire the Dumpster, but the Department of...
  • Computer question

    08/05/2016 5:09:32 PM PDT · by djf · 52 replies
    Hi all. My neighbor had a computer sitting outside so I asked her about it and she said "Sure - take it" So I did. Plugged it in and it wouldn't start, no lights, no fans, no nuthin. It was filled to the gills with dust and I correctly suspected a blown out power supply, which for less than 6 bucks and a trip to REPC, I got fixed. So now I have ANOTHER!!! working desktop and am wondering something about it. It has a SATA HD, total about 113 gig, but it's split into two drives. One is drive...
  • How a Small Group of Devotees Are Saving Neopets From Extinction

    08/05/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | August 4, 2016 | Lauren Young
    The 2013 update of Tyrannia, an ancient civilization listed as one of the 19 official lands in Neopia. [Photo: Screeshots from Neopets.com]If you visit the current website of the virtual pet game, Neopets, you’ll instantly recognize the vestiges of a late 1990s internet world. Its users almost certainly shared their thoughts on Xanga or LiveJournal, and were just beginning to discover other niche online communities through a year-old company called Google.Clicking through the Neopets world known as Neopia is like going back in an internet time machine. The bright Crayola yellow backdrop, the bubbly space font, and the cute cartoon pets are remnants of the early web—their cheerful style unfazed...
  • HOW IS 22lr AMMUNITION MADE? TOUR OF CCI AND SPEER (video only)

    08/03/2016 11:17:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-2-2016 | 22plinkster
    "This was truly a dream come true for me. I can't thank the people at CCI and Speer enough for allowing me to do this. I couldn't possibly show everything that went on at the factory. However, hopefully I showed you enough for you to grasp the concept of how rimfire is made."
  • Blender 2.77 Question

    08/02/2016 8:32:17 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 20 replies
    Hello all, I recently started using the free blender 2.77 software, I'm a brand new user, and have never modeled anything using 3D software. (I got it for an educational job, I'll be taking soon) I have many of the basics down, but was hoping there may be some more advance users in freeper ville who could help with a couple questions. (I know there's forums out there for this, but I'm trying to cut down on all the sign ups)If you want to download this free software, here's the link.Blender Foundation Download
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/02/2016 4:58:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    We have a ‘carrot issue’ in our household. Whenever we go grocery shopping, my husband throws a big 2-pound bag of carrots into the cart. When I tell him that we already have a bin full (from his previous purchases) his response is, ‘I think I used some of them’ or ‘It’s ok, they last a long time’; and then he blithely wanders off, singing along with the Muzak, toward the meat counter - where he will find Great Deals on meat that we also don’t need, and for which there is no room in the freezer ;-) If we...
  • 21st-century caveman: Hunter-gatherer, 79, has lived in Argentinian mountain grotto for 40 years

    07/31/2016 2:42:54 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 31 july 2016 | C Moore
    Pedro Luca has lived in a cave in northern Argentina for 40 years The 79-year-old survives without running water or electricity When he gets hungry he picks up his rifle and goes hunting
  • Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid (politically incorrect)

    07/31/2016 8:11:51 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 29, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    The 1970s called and wants its attitudes back Kaspersky has apologized for displaying a sexist pop-up advert in its security software. It's not sorry about showing adverts on people's PCs, however. The Russian giant's desktop software suite flings adverts, er, news items about Kaspersky products at users who have already paid for its applications. On Friday, one of these fine articles appeared on PCs, with a cartoon that many have found offensive. "Want to be the man?" the cyber-poster asks, depicting a line of women lining up next to a bloke working on a computer. "Want to show the ladies...
  • Martin Mars - Water Bombing Demo And Flybys - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

    07/30/2016 4:43:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    AirShowStuffVideos ^ | 7-25-16 | unattributed
    The "Hawaii Mars II", one of two remaining Martin Mars, performs flybys and drops 7,200 gallons of water for the crowd at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. This massive flying boat is the world's largest warbird, and an exceptionally rare sight. It was delivered to the US Navy in 1946 and later converted for civilian use as a fire fighting aircraft. During AirVenture, the Mars is flying off of Lake Winnebago just a couple miles east of Oshkosh.
  • Microsoft faces two new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tactics

    07/30/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Microsoft is facing more legal trouble over its handling of Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over the company’s questionable Windows 10 upgrade tactics. Both suits are seeking class-action status. The first suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida. It alleges that Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade prompts “violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements,” as reported by The Seattle Times. The suit also says Microsoft’s tactics are against the Federal Trade Commission’s rules on deceptive and unfair practices. The second suit was filed in June in Haifa, Israel alleging that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users’...
  • The Newest ‘Global Apocalypse’ Date Is This Friday — Wait What?

    07/29/2016 3:41:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 28, 2016
    If you keep predicting something — maybe you’ll get it right someday? End Times Prophecies has declared the world will end on July 29 in a chain of events caused by the “polar flip” phenomenon. The group says the polar shift will trigger worldwide tremors, setting off multiple earthquakes and a “rolling cloud” that will destroy the world. However, this is not the first time people have worried a polar shift could destroy the planet. No worries about #Election2016, world ends July 29, says group always wrong http://usat.ly/29P8Klw @KnoxvilleDotcom In 2011, NASA issued a statement to calm fears that the...
  • Pink Floyd / The Early Years 1965-1972: dream 27-disc box set coming in Nov

    07/29/2016 1:33:27 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 26 replies
    Super Deluxe Edition ^ | July 28, 2016 | Paul Sinclair
    The box set to rule them all – Pink Floyd overdose! The Early Years 1965 – 1972 is a brand new, mammoth 27-disc Pink Floyd box set that frees over 25 hours of audio and visual material from the band’s archive to deliver a deluxe package that features unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions, live and TV performances and original quad mixes.. Packaged in an extravagant seven individual book-style volumes the content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with...
  • Ex-wife of treasure hunter says Colorado man died chasing 'hoax'

    07/28/2016 7:23:27 AM PDT · by dware · 14 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 07.27.2016 | AP via KJCT8
    The ex-wife of a man who died while searching for a cache of gold and jewels says she believe he lost his life chasing a hoax. Linda Bilyeu told The Albuquerque Journal she's disappointed that Randy Bilyeu, the father of her two daughters, died while searching for treasure Santa Fe author Forrest Fenn says he's hidden in the Rocky Mountain region. Although 54-year-old Bilyeu was reported missing in January, his remains weren't found until July. Bilyeu was visiting Santa Fe from Broomfield, Colorado, to search for Fenn's antique treasure chest. It's said to contain more than $1 million worth of...
  • Missouri girl finds 1.53-carat white diamond at Crater of Diamonds

    07/27/2016 3:36:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    txktoday ^ | 27 July 2016 | Field Walsh
    ...Grace wants to be a geologist when she grows up, and her family has encouraged the pursuit of her passion. They began planning a visit to the Crater of Diamonds about six months ago and surprised Grace with the news a few days before leaving for Arkansas. After an exciting diamond find, this family vacation turned out to be one that Grace will never forget...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/26/2016 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 136 replies
    I attended a buffet-style party recently where the food reminded me of the classic Italian appetizer/starter ‘antipasto’ - which literally means ‘before the meal’, or before the main course. And given the temperatures we’ve had here during the past week, it seems that a nice antipasto platter, along with a good bread and a round red wine would be a perfect meal in itself, for an unbearably hot evening - the kind where one would just like to ‘graze’ lazily on some cold, refreshing bites, and share a long conversation while the cicadas sing. The offering classically consists of cured...
  • 14 American Kennel Club Show Dogs Die in Hot Truck Tragedy

    07/26/2016 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Weather.com ^ | Jul 26 2016 | Eric Chaney
    More than a dozen American Kennel Club registered dogs died in a hot truck last week on their way to a show in St. Joseph County, Indiana. All but one of the dogs were golden retrievers, the South Bend Tribune reported, and they were being transported to an AKC dog show at the county fairgrounds by Cortney Corral-Morris of Lakesyde Kennels in Wellington, Ohio. Corral-Morris parked the transport truck, which was equipped with air conditioning in the cargo area where the dogs were kept, outside a local motel Friday afternoon, the report added. She plugged an extension cord into the...
  • Does the Tour de France Need a Financial Fix?

    07/26/2016 7:10:21 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 24 June 2016 | JASON GAY
    The divide between cycling’s haves and have-nots has led some to worry that this disparity will drain the excitement out of the Tour... Still, Froome acknowledged something significant the other day. He admitted that if he rode not for the well-funded Sky, which can afford to surround him with well-paid lieutenants, but for a smaller, lower-budgeted outfit, he probably would not be in the running for the yellow jersey. “If I was riding for a small team, it would be different,” Froome said.... Does pro cycling need a budget or a salary cap, such as the NFL, NBA or even...
  • New Zealand vows to kill every weasel, rat and feral cat on its soil

    07/25/2016 11:45:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    W post ^ | 25 July 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    New Zealand is a nation that takes its birds seriously, and it’s got very special ones. The country’s currency is adorned with images of winged species found nowhere else, including the yellow-eyed penguin and the black-masked kokako. The logo of the national air force is stamped with the famed kiwi — a chicken-sized puff of feathers that cannot fly.... “For the first time, technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream,” ... In 2013, environmental activist Gareth Morgan suggested hunting down and killing every feral cat in New Zealand (a proposal that, Morgan told The...
  • Canadian Teens Cause an International Incident Playing Pokémon Go

    07/24/2016 3:17:46 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    Time ^ | 7/24/16 | Melissa Chan
  • 2014 Bentley Flying Spur vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost!

    07/24/2016 10:52:34 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    Motor Trend Channel ^ | 7/24/2016 | Motor Trend Channel
    2014 Bentley Flying Spur vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost!Fun to watch!
  • What is it like to fire a Daisy BB gun?

    07/22/2016 6:37:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 100 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/17/2016 | Komissar al-Blogunov
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  • Ben Selvin & His Orchestra "Why?" & "Cross Your Fingers" on Columbia 2077-D (1929)

    07/22/2016 1:25:40 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1929 | Ben Selvin
    Ben Selvin & His Orchestra play "Why?" & "Cross Your Fingers" on Columbia 2077-D, recorded on December 9, 1929.