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The hell of IE6 in my career I tell ya!
Since I have to share to comment...don't be judging on Mike woman--you once ate potpourri. I LOVE YOU!!!
Ugh. I hope I'm locked down a little more than most. Probably not.
We all have that fear.
The fear that we have some random creeper following us around who mysteriously knows everything about us. The one whom you've never met in your life who, right after introducing themselves, proceeds to ask you why you like to have a hot pumpkin spice latte right after your Zumba class (seriously, a hot, rich, sweet drink like that after physical exercise? Ick!).
Jack Vale exploits that very fear, introducing himself to total strangers while knowing just a bit too much about them to be normal...
... okay, way too much, not just a bit.
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Okay, I have loved this show from the start. Then it was cancelled and it was resurrected for a 3rd, then IMMEDIATELY cancelled. This I have never known in television. A third try. Television as we know it is ending. This really is a first. I hope the quality is just as high, like Orange Is the New Black.
This is a Cookie Monster costume. It’s probably not licensed by Sesame Street, but it looks like Cookie Monster.
This, too, is a Cookie Monster costume. It requires less commitment than the full-body suit, but clearly, still Cookie Monster.
This, however, is not a Cookie Monster costume. It’s described as “Cookie Monster Costume” but it’s a blue dress with a Cookie Monster hairpiece. It’s styled to show off your toddler’s legs, because that’s what’s important, right? Boys can dress up like Cookie Monster, and girls can dress up like a dress. Never mind that it’s forty degrees and probably raining at the end of October. Get them legs out there in the cold so we can see ‘em.
Of course, if your daughter doesn’t like Cookie Monster, you can always put her in an Elmo dress. Or a Big Bird dress. The possibilities are limitless, unless you’re a girl, in which case the possibilities are dresses.
Wow! Now that is a sexy costume!
It's really crazy how sexualized girls costumes are becoming. Ew. Just ew.
Cause he's just that cool. Those Tea Party mutha' fuckas don't even rattle POTUS.
He summed this up very well. If only the news reported the facts just as succinctly. Sigh.
Federal workers affected by the 16-day government shutdown began heading back to work today, thanks to an agreement Congress passed on Wednesday night. The agreement funds federal agencies through mid-January and raises the debt limit.
Congressman Jim Moran (D) blasted the shutdown, calling it “purposeless” in a statement released last night. Earlier this month, he introduced a bill — which the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed — to grant back pay to all 800,000 furloughed federal employees.
Moran’s full statement follows:
“This bill brings an end to one of the most embarrassing episodes in congressional history. House Republicans, spurred on by Tea Party-aligned members and outside groups who have exploited the Citizens United Supreme Court decision to subvert democracy, held the government hostage in an effort to destroy Obamacare. These Tea Party actions have caused a financially damaging, demoralizing government shutdown that shook consumer confidence, and resulted in the furlough of 800,000 federal employees and employment cutbacks at nearly 85 percent of all federal contracting companies.
“Three weeks later, $24 billion in lost economic growth and the anxiety of people wondering if and when they would receive a paycheck, we have a deal to reopen government, lift the debt ceiling…and Obamacare remains virtually untouched. Clearly, the new health law is going to need tweaking going forward. But efforts to destroy it, rather than improve it, led by charlatans like Senator Ted Cruz, willfully ignored the fact that 1) Congress signed it into law, 2) it was upheld by a conservative Supreme Court and, 3) it was a major issue in the most recent presidential election which resulted in a five million vote victory for President Obama.
“This two week period of panic and pain has been purposeless. We are back to square one having achieved nothing but to have exposed the radical destructiveness of the so called Ted Cruz Tea Party faction within the Republican Party.”
Oh hai, I'm lost on my way to blow something up, can you help? Sure, says the off duty cop. Seriously. I'm dying to know if the cop was in uniform. That info makes the driver the dumbest or the unluckiest bad dude ever.
(Updated on 10/14/13) Arlington police and the county’s bomb squad responded a possible pipe bomb in the Arlington Heights neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
Just before 3:00 p.m., an off-duty police officer was asked for directions by a driver in a vehicle with New York tags. The officer noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and called in backup, according to a fire department official.
The car was stopped and the driver detained on the 100 block of S. Highland Street. Officers then noticed a pipe with two caps on each end in the back of the stopped vehicle, the official said. Believing that the device could be a pipe bomb, the street was shut down between Arlington Blvd and 2nd Street S. and the bomb squad was called in.
A robot was used to inspect the device, and a technician in heavy protective gear attempted to defuse it. After a second technician inspected the vehicle, the bomb squad performed a controlled detonation. The robot was dispatched again, after which it was determined the pipe was empty. The driver of the car was interviewed and now faces a drug charge.
Residents in the area were being asked to shelter in place in their homes during the incident.
Calling Kelly Osborn! Kelly Osborne?
Editor’s Note: Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.
Arlington resident Joe Maiellano’s mind, however, goes to high-quality juniper berries and botanicals, a strainer and a funnel.
Maiellano founded The HomeMade Gin Kit with his wife, Sarah, and friends Jack and Molly Hubbard last November. The company pre-packages the instruments and ingredients needed to make gin — minus one critical component: vodka — and ships them across the country for $49.95 a box.
Like many startups, the Maiellanos and Hubbards didn’t come together with the idea of shipping out do-it-yourself gin kits. One day, while drinking gin and tonics made from Maiellano’s homemade recipe, Joe and Jack looked at each other decided they wanted to open a distillery together.
It didn’t take long before their research revealed that opening a distillery costs nearly $1 million before a single bottle of spirit is ever produced. The two full-time D.C. professionals had neither the time nor money for that, and the dream almost died then and there.
“Jack said, ‘the recipe is still good,’” Maiellano said. “That’s when we came up with making the kits.”
They ordered Italian glass bottles and all the other components to make homemade gin, and spent a month putting together 250 packages, stacking them “floor to ceiling and wall to wall” in the Maiellanos’ den in their apartment near Potomac Yard.
Once they launched last November, the four entrepreneurs were hoping to sell their 250 kits by Father’s Day, Maiellano said. A month later, they had sold more than 2,500.
“We took vacation days from our day jobs, we brought in family and friends,” he said, “and gave them a kit so they would help us.”
Back then, Maiellano was making trips to the FedEx Office downstairs in his apartment building every day to ship orders coming in on their website. Mere months later, HomeMade Gin Kit is contracting with a storage and shipping facility in Dulles, Va., shipping out truckloads of kits to online retailers like Uncommon Goods and RedEnvelope and negotiating deals with major national retailers.
Through it all, Joe and Jack continued their work as fundraisers for D.C. nonprofits, and Sarah and Molly also kept full-time jobs. For The HomeMade Gin Kit team, the project is one of passion: although the bootstrapped company is profitable, Joe said, all of the profits are being reinvested back into the business for now.
In addition to the kit, HomeMade Gin Kit sells refills of the botanicals and juniper berries for $10 apiece. Maiellano recently perfected a Christmas-themed gin — with a flavor reminiscent of a Christmas tree — that the company will sell. It’s the first step toward expanding HomeMade Gin Kit’s product line.
Maiellano wants to build kits for different spirits, as well. His passion for Absinthe led him to try several different recipes, but he couldn’t find one that wasn’t horribly bitter, he said. A spirits perfectionist, he said it took him 12 different tries to finalize the gin recipe he and his co-founders built the business upon.
“I think it’s the best gin-and-tonic gin there is,” he said. “Not all of my friends are big drinkers, but pretty much everyone I get to try it likes it.”
Different flavors of gin and new homemade spirit kits may be next on the to-do list for the Maiellanos and Hubbards, but there is still one dream left to chase.
“We would still love for this to lead to opening a distillery,” Maiellano said. “Craft distilling is where craft brewing was in the 1980s. We’re hoping to get in on the ground floor of that.”
Mike Profitt needs to see this!
Uhhhhh...now i need to start packing tape when i travel. Cover them holes!
The “Law Enforcement Reverse Peephole Viewer” ($75) lets someone look backwards through a peephole and see what’s going on inside. You are now aware that:
1. Law enforcement can look into your hotel room or apartment without you knowing.
2. Anyone with $75 can look into your hotel room or apartment without you knowing.
The spoiler alert at the bottom is a bit hashtag obvious.
Ladies, it's the practical side of working in (or at least knowing some) technology.
NathanSharratt from Home Depot hit on the idea of stenciling street art with hydrophobic NeverWet stuff, producing designs that are only visible when it rains.
Step 1: You need a stencil. You can do something simple or use an image that includes a fair amount of detail. I created my own stencils from cardboard, but there's no reason you can't use a ready-made or store-bought stencil. Just know that NeverWet will get sprayed on that, too.
Step 2: Place stencil on concrete. I recommend that you only try this on light-colored concrete for best results. I also used a repositionable adhesive spray on the back of my stencils to keep them securely in place. Depending on the complexity and material of your stencil, you may be able to get away with just using tape to hold it down, or maybe using nothing at all. If your stencil is as complicated as mine pictured above, you'll definitely need to adhere it down.
Step 3: Spray the NeverWet into the cut-out areas of your stencil according to the manufacturer's instructions found on the label. I did two base coats and two top coats.
Step 4: After waiting for the recommended amount of time (see NeverWet instructions), remove your stencil. If you look closely, you will probably be able to see the light, translucent residue that the NeverWet leaves behind.
Make Rain Drawings with NeverWet! (Thanks, Bloo!)
A rare Red Panda cub was born in July at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska. Baby Lincoln, as zookeepers are calling him, is currently being hand-raised because his mother is unable to care for him. He is one of only four Red Panda cubs in the country being hand-raised. Lincoln spends his days in an incubator with around-the-clock care, and is growing stronger and healthier every day. Like his older brothers, Rusty and Wayne, he will eventually move to another zoo. Zookeepers named him Lincoln to represent the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska when he moves to a new home in the future.
Photo credits: Lincoln Children's Zoo
See a video of the cub in his nursery:
See and read more after the fold.
Red Pandas are not closely related to Giant Pandas; rather, they belong in their own unique group that is more closely related to weasels. They are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Fully grown, they are slightly larger than domestic cats. Red Pandas spend most of their time in trees, eating a variety of fruits, leaves and eggs. Their long bushy tails are excellent for balance, and also serve as a cozy wrap-around scarf for the Red Panda in cold weather.
Although protected throughout most of their range, Red Pandas are threatened by poaching and habitat loss. They have been classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Species; it is estimated that there are fewer than 10,000 adult Red Pandas. When he eventually moves to a new zoo, Lincoln will be a valuable addition to the coordinated breeding effort that aids Red Panda conservation.
The Pebble smart watch smashed its $100,000 Kickstarter campaign goal over a year ago, raising more than $10 million through the crowd-funding website, and the unofficial predecessor to Apple’s anticipated “iWatch” started reaching customers some months back.
In this article, AppAdvice goes hands-on with Pebble, and offers readers an insight into what life’s like with the popular smart watch at one’s side.
It’s been over a month now since the Pebble smart watch – perhaps one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in the history of the website, and arguably one of this year’s most talked-about gadgets – reached my right wrist.
This might sound a lot like Apple blasphemy, but during those final days as my jet back Pebble peddled across the United States, paddled over the Atlantic, and cruised along the motorways of Britain towards my front door, it felt an awful lot like I was about to receive a next-generation iDevice.
This is because Pebble, much like Apple’s iPhone and iPad, is something of a game-changer, due largely to the fact that it’s what many have chosen to call a “real” smart watch.
Of course, we’ve seen similar products claiming that title in the past (there’s Cookoo, for example, and a number of Linux-powered wristwatches surfaced in the first decade of the new millennium), but Pebble’s impressive combination of competent hardware and well-attuned software made me and countless others shiver with anticipation back in April 2012, when its Kickstarter video first aired online.
For those unfamiliar with this latest piece of gadget heaven, then, Pebble is an “e-paper”-style wristwatch that uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to an iPhone, or to an Android-powered smartphone, in order to deliver push notifications – such as those for phone calls, messages, and emails – “at the wrist.”
Using the smart watch, you can therefore check on incoming calls, read through texts and emails, and even receive social network notifications all without touching your smartphone, and thanks to Pebble’s impressive battery life this sci-fi-style kind of tech-glory can last for a full seven days without a recharge.
Though different prices were offered in the original Kickstarter campaign, iDevice owners can presently preorder Pebble online for $150, and it’s been said that a number of Best Buy locations across the United States are once again set to stock the smart watch in the near future (though we don’t know exactly where, or when).
However, one downside to preordering Pebble at this moment in time is the wait: from what we’ve been told, the Pebble team is still working on shipping orders placed towards the end of last year, meaning new preorders are likely to take a long, long time to fulfil.
But will the wait be worth it?
Let’s begin, then, by talking about Pebble’s hardware, starting firstly with the smart watch’s display. Pebble is advertised as an e-paper smart watch, however though the Kindle-esque term “e-paper” kicks up associations of Amazon’s e-reader devices, it’s worth noting that for all intents and purposes the product’s 1.26-inch screen is actually a liquid crystal display (LCD).
Naturally, this is conducive to everyday use for a number of reasons. First, the LCD (or, to be more specific, the Sharp-manufactured MemoryLCD) makes Pebble’s seven-day battery life possible: having no battery-hogging backlight-powered display built into the smart watch is a big, big power saver.
More importantly, though, this energy efficient black and white display can be viewed in direct sunlight. Unlike Apple’s iDevices, checking on Pebble in the great outdoors is no problem, in either rain or shine – because aside from the benefits of the smart watch’s LCD screen, Pebble is also entirely water resistant.
At the minute, there are five different colored Pebbles available to preorder online: Jet Black, Arctic White, Cherry Red, Orange, and Gray. However, if you’ve got the black model like me, you’ll also find that the smart watch’s screen cunningly looks larger than its 1.26 inches, since the display merges in with its black plastic surround (provided, of course, that you’re using a white-on-black watch face). This trick, however, doesn’t work on different colored Pebbles, whose screens may, for some, overtly seem to be a little on the small size (despite all Pebbles having the same 1.26-inch screen).
One downside to owning and using a smart watch is that while wearing it, it’s incredibly easy to scratch the product’s screen. Though the Pebble team asserts that the smart watch features a “scratch resistant” screen, early reports soon indicated that it was nevertheless easy to catch and scratch Pebble’s plastic screen while on the move.
Fortunately, this is something Pebble users can counter in advance through the use of a screen protector. For my Pebble, a screen protector from Gadget Wraps is being used: these retail online for $9 and are barely noticeable once applied.
Surrounding Pebble’s watch-front are four buttons – one of the left, and three on the right – all of which are plastic, and come out to around 1-mm or so.
The left-hand button sits alongside Pebble’s charging port, and is simply a “back” button, while the three right-hand buttons are used to navigate through the smart watch’s various menus, apps, and watch faces (and correspond to “up,” “select,” and “down”).
Pressing buttons while on the go isn’t a problem: since Pebble is strapped to your wrist, there’s no danger of dropping and breaking the product, and bringing your free hand round to access all of the smart watch’s buttons is easy to do.
That being said, for the most part, users will find that while on the go they’re only really interested in one button – the “back” button – since this allows users to dismiss notifications as they appear on-screen, and to activate the smart watch’s built-in backlight.
Talking of Pebble’s backlight, the smartwatch ships with an accelerometer built in, and this cleverly allows users to sort of “shake” this backlight into action. I’ve found that a simple flick of the wrist is good enough in this respect, allowing me to activate Pebble’s backlight while on the move, without having to press a single button. This is a great and largely under-discussed feature, and something Pebble users will undoubtedly appreciate.
Finally, all Pebbles ship with watch straps, which are rubber and don’t feel too bad against the skin. However, users have the option of switching these with their own 22-millimeter bands, which can be purchased online from the likes of Amazon or eBay.
All in all, my impressions of Pebble’s hardware are extremely positive. It’s a sturdy device that looks and feels great. Just remember to grab a screen protector before first wearing the smart watch, as unlike an iDevice, Pebble is always exposed to the elements and indeed benefits from a bit of extra protection in this respect.
Though Pebble’s hardware ticks all the boxes, what makes the smart watch truly shine is the operating system that powers it, and how this OS – called Pebble OS – talks and works with our iPhones.
Notifications are Pebble’s forte, and as a notification-receiver the smart watch works perfectly. In order to connect Pebble to an iPhone, a companion iOS application is required. This can be downloaded free from the App Store, and guides users through the process of connecting one’s Pebble to an iPhone using Bluetooth. You can even check on the connection using Pebble’s iOS app, and if the connection fails, reports can be sent directly to the Pebble team from within the application.
If you can’t see the above video, please click this link.
After users have configured Pebble with their iPhone, then, notifications are pushed over to the smart watch’s screen. For calls, Pebble OS displays the caller ID or number; for messages, both the sender and a large section of the message is displayed; and for emails, the sender, the subject line, and the content of the email appears on Pebble’s screen.
You can use Pebble’s “up” and “down” buttons to scan through messages, and incoming notifications are also accompanied by a short (and largely silent) vibration. As such, Pebble users will find that audio tone alerts on their iPhone soon become entirely redundant: for the last month, I haven’t heard my smartphone cry out its “marimba” or “tri-tone” call, and this has been an entirely refreshing, almost therapeutic tonic.
It’s not possible to compose and send text messages from Pebble, however jailbroken iPhone users can download a jailbreak app called Smartwatch Pro, which makes it possible to send off precomposed response messages from the smart watch. The same goes for email, though users can dismiss incoming calls using one of Pebble’s buttons.
If you happen to be popular and receive more than one un-dismissed notification, then Pebble will stack up your messages, allowing users to browse through them one at a time (with the most recent appearing first). There’s no way to skip through messages, and so notifications must be scanned through entirely before moving onto the next. Though it would make more sense for a long-press of the “down” button to bypass a notification at once, this is only a minor qualm and something Pebble users won’t find too annoying.
Pebble OS has proved to be responsive throughout the course of my testing, and the software also features a number of built-in applications which can be accessed through the smart watch’s menu.
These apps include a Music application, which allows users to control the iOS Music app using Pebble, and a Set Alarm app. Both work well, with alarms waking users through short vibrations at the wrist (rather than an audible noise), which is definitely more of a relaxing and less intrusive way of waking up.
Further down the menu, the Watchfaces app allows users to select a watch face for their smart watch. Though Pebble comes with three different watch faces built in, using the iOS application it’s possible to install additional third-party watch faces on Pebble quickly and easily.
These can all be found online (the Pebble forumis a good place to start). You’ll need to be browsing using your iPhone, though, since linked watch face – and watch app – files must then be opened in the Pebble iOS app. However, most of the third-party software available for Pebble can be downloaded free of charge, which is great.
Finally, a Settings app allows users to adjust Pebble’s notification options, to connect or disconnect the smart watch, and to reset Pebble entirely.
Below this application, any additional third-party apps downloaded online will also be included. It should also be noted that users must uninstall iOS applications using the Pebble iOS app, rather than the smart watch itself.
Pebble OS works well and provides Pebble users (and developers) with a sound platform for the smart watch. Built in applications run entirely as advertised, and as mentioned, the Set Alarm app puts a refreshing spin on waking up in the morning.
This combination of hardware and software results in Pebble’s impressive battery life, and my smart watch has indeed reached the seven-day milestone quoted by the Pebble team (online, there are reports of Pebbles lasting beyond this estimation, too, though one imagines that this depends on the number of notifications delivered to the smart watch each day).
Pebble maintains a good connection with its accompanying smartphone, and I’ve been able to leave my iPhone out of reach, and walk around the house (even venturing upstairs) without the Bluetooth connection dropping. Apple’s iOS 7 brings support for low-energy Bluetooth 4.0, which Pebble supports, and as such the smart watch is set to become even more efficient once its users have installed the seventh iteration of Apple’s mobile OS.
In addition, iOS 7 also addssupport for system-wide notifications to Pebble, allowing users to easily configure all manner of push notifications – regardless of the app – to work with the smart watch. For an idea of how this is going to work, take a look at the below video:
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There are a number of iOS apps Pebble users may be interested in. Below, we’ve provided a list of our previous coverage of such applications, for potential users and Pebble owners to check out:
- Pebble Hike Brings Mapping Information To The Wrist For Hikers, Runners And Bikers
- Oh, Snap! How To Shoot Images Using Your Pebble, Jailbreak-Free
- Pebble Users Can Enable Push Email Now Using eNotify For iOS
- Add Additional Features To Your Pebble Smart Watch With Smartwatch Pro
- Heartbeats Introduces Your Bluetooth Heart Monitor To A Pebble Smart Watch
- Cydia Tweak: PebbleActivator Enables Control Of Your iOS Device From A Pebble Watch
- RunKeeper Update Brings Integration With The Pebble Smartwatch
- Make The Most Of Your Pebble Smartwatch With Its Official iOS Companion App
In addition, I’ve complemented my Pebble with the following Pebble OS-only watch apps:
- Shoppin’ with Pebble
- Multi Timer
It’s also worth noting that the “Pebble Watchapp Directory” in the Pebble forums provides a space for developers to post their latest and greatest watch apps, along with their new Pebble-compatible iOS apps and app updates.
After having worn Pebble for more than a month now, it’s a difficult and somewhat troubling thought to imagine life without it.
This is because the smart watch is an impressive and highly usable piece of wearable technology, which does precisely what it promises to do, perfectly.Both hardware and software are well designed, well matched, and as such the finished product is great. The Pebble team should therefore be commended for what they’ve achieved with their smart watch, and for $150 the price is more than right.
It’s difficult to comment on how Apple’s iWatch might affect Pebble’s future success, and the next year or so is undoubtedly going to be crucial for both companies. Pebble is above all a notification receiver with basic watch app functionality, and if Apple’s iWatch comes in offering more advanced, more intuitive, and – dare it be said – “smarter” technology, then Pebble’s right to even call itself a “smart watch” could be jeopardized.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to sit back and wait and see. Most iDevice users are purchasing Pebbles with the mindset that this time next year, a more impressive and more accessible Apple smart watch could at least be in the pipeline (if not on Apple Store shelves).
That being said, if you take a chance on Pebble now, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
See also:Leaner, Cleaner RunKeeper Crosses The Finish Line And Launches In The App Store,Popular Service IFTTT Updates Its iOS App With Refreshed Design, andHere’s When iOS 7 Is Set To Launch In Your Time Zone.