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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on sale at Amazon

I know how many people here love this series. I jumped on this deal.

Note: This is a "Deal of the Day" it expires at 2am CDT November 2nd.

The DVD is in stock, the Blu-Ray will be in stock on November 5th.

Via Slick Deals

$22.49 Blu-Ray (63% off)
$19.99 DVD (60% off)

Father & Son MechWarrior Halloween 2014

Terrific costume. Father builds a costume out of cardboard and PVC pipe. Little son rides upfront.

Ryan and Geraint MechWarrior Halloween 2014

My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child. The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school. When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work. Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born. With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it. Ryan built a frame for the body out of PVC and wrapped a cardboard shell around it and secured it to the frame with zip ties. He then cut and sculpted the other pieces out of cardboard, with some foam board details to add a true 3D effect. The joints are all fastened with Velcro cable wraps, and the head and other pieces attach to the main body with Velcro tape. The legs are supported by a belt, which is hidden under the body. His arms slip into the gun pods and he has more Velcro straps on the inside in order to hold them. The feet just fit over his shoes by gluing toilet paper tubes on the inside to take up the extra space. He did a wonderful job and I am so proud of him. It looks amazing and Geraint loves it! Check out how cute my little man is in the video...


How many "30 day vacations" before a PPR occurs?

Do you have a hard and fast rule on this? Or is it as case by case basis?

If you do not have a policy on this, I recommend you implement one, and publicize it.


Goat riding a guy riding a bike.

That is one calm goat.


Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich Resigns as CEO, Leaves Foundation Board


Brendan Eich, the well-known techie who has gotten swept up in a controversy about his support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8, is resigning as CEO of for-profit Mozilla Corporation and also from the board of the nonprofit foundation which wholly owns it.

Mozilla confirmed the change in a blog post.

“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,” read the post, in part. “We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”

In several interviews this week, Eich had insisted that he would not step down from the job he was only recently appointed to, due to the intense backlash over a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 in support of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage.

More at link.

Well, who would have thought that public pressure could force a CEO out.

How Safe Is Airline Water? Bring Your Own Bottle!


But we do -- because we tested it. We packed sample vials and took to the skies, hopping on 14 different flights everywhere from Atlanta to Sydney, Australia. On each, we collected water from the galley and lavatory taps, sealed them up and sent them to a lab for analysis. The results of our water-quality snapshot: a long list of microscopic life you don't want to drink, from Salmonella and Staphylococcus to tiny insect eggs. Worse, contamination was the rule, not the exception: Almost all of the bacteria levels were tens, sometimes hundreds, of times above U.S. government limits. "This water is not potable by any means," says Donald Hendrickson, the director of Hoosier Microbiology Laboratories in Muncie, Ind., which tested our samples.

The good news, of course, is that this water isn't the main drinking supply for passengers, who usually get bottled H2O from the beverage carts. But plenty of people depend on the plane's taps to wash their hands and brush their teeth. And while the airlines say they rarely serve tap water, many flight attendants say it isn't that uncommon: When the bottled water runs out, they turn to the tanks -- which, under federal regulations, are supposed to provide drinkable water. "It's the way our service works," says Sara Dela Cruz, a spokeswoman for the union of United Airlines attendants.

For their part, the airlines say they closely follow federal guidelines for drinking water, and say no passengers have ever complained about getting sick from it. "It's absolutely drinkable," says a United spokesman. They called our water tests unscientific, and said our own samplers could have contaminated the results. "Someone with dirty hands must have used that sink," said a spokesman from National Airlines, where the lavatory sample came back positive for coliform.

But our experts said human contamination wouldn't explain all our results. Some of the water we collected on a short flight to St. Louis, for example, contained Pasteurella pneumotropica, a bacterium primarily carried by rodents. Similarly, our Chicago-to-Los Angeles trip turned up Pseudomonas, a highly resistant bacterium associated with a range of infections. And while the U.S. government sets a maximum bacterial level of 500 "colony-forming units" per milliliter for municipal drinking water, our lab counted more than four million per milliliter in a single sample alone. That's roughly the same bacterial concentration you find in a tainted raw hamburger, Dr. Hendrickson says.

If this is your way of apologizing for calling the President

The vile name you did, I for one, am not accepting the apology. You're are going to have to do a lot better than that.

I expect vile name calling from Republicans. I don't expect it from a supposed Democrat, on a board that explicit supports the the United States Democratic Party.

I don't worship at the church of Will Pitt, either. You're lucky I'm not an Admin. If I were, I'd have PPR'd you in a second, and you would never be allowed back.

Treat MH370 tragedy rationally (official Chinese newspaper)


The Chinese government is telling their citizens to calm down and start planning funerals. It is already having an affect. Last week, family member were calling Malaysian officials "murderers", this week, the family members are "thanking" the Malaysian government. And they used the phrase "social norms" twice in the sentences. That is a big deal. After all, if the Chinese could be calling the Malaysian government names this week, they might be calling the Chinese government names, and that would be unacceptable.

However, today no matter how distressed we are and how many details that are not clear, it is certain that flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean and no one on board survived. All the related parties can do is to continue to search for the wreckage, carry on negotiations with the Malaysian side for more information and prepare to make arrangements for funerals.

We should acknowledge that in the face of the tragedy of flight MH370, Malaysia did not pass the buck, and the whole of Malaysian society showed their deep sorrow and shame. Malaysian citizens, media and scholars all openly criticized the authorities for their misconduct in handling the case. Their public opinion did not claim that the incident was masterminded by an individual that does not represent Malaysia and its people and they did not retort to outside criticism and pressure. Chinese people should refrain from inciting criticism and instigating boycotts against Malaysia so as to avoid hurting the majority of people in Malaysia.

All Chinese people sympathize with the relatives of the passengers on board MH370 and share their sufferings. But we should also remember that a time of adversity is no excuse for trampling on social norms.

We can understand and tolerate those victim families' emotional catharsis as long as their behavior doesn't violate social norms.

Here in the US, CNN is basically non-stop Flight 370. Some of the things they have been saying are disgusting. Wolf Blizter has essentially come out and said the pilots did it on more than one occasion. And Ashely Banfield isn't really much better.

Toyota to pay $1.2 billion over unitended acceleration.




The Justice Department is set to announce as soon as Wednesday a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota to settle a federal probe of the automaker's handling of customer complaints related to unintended acceleration, people familiar with the deal said.

Toyota recalled millions of cars in 2009-10, after years of doing little beyond changing floor mats in response to complaints to federal auto safety regulators about acceleration problems in popular models.

The Toyota agreement comes with Bharara's office just starting to look into a safety issue at General Motors. The FBI, which conducted the Toyota probe, is now gathering evidence on the GM complaints.

GM has recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide over an ignition switch problem. GM engineers apparently knew about it years ago but the Detroit automaker did not move to recall vehicles until last month

One point two billion dollars. And it wasn't floor mats, stuck accelerators or driver error. And how many people died?

But, not one single SOB at Toyota, (or probably GM for their ignition switch flaws) will go to prison for any of this.

Baby Blues 02/20/2014

One of my favorite strips out there. By Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott.

Needless to say my favorite character is the middle child, and only boy, Hammie.


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