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Radio MDZhB

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August 13, 2017 at 01:00AM If you have a shortwave receiver, tune it to 4625 kHz. You’ll hear something that on the surface sounds strange, but the reality is even stranger still. According to the BBC, the radio station broadcasts from two locations inside Russia — and has since 1982 — but no one claims ownership of the station, known as MDZhB. According to the BBC:[For 35 years, MDZhB] has been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.
Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it.If you don’t have a shortwave handy, you can always try one of the many web-based software defined radios. Search for 4.6 MHz, and pick a location that should have propagation to Russia and you are all set.The BBC mentions the station started in 1982, but actually the station …

Removing Friction

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August 10, 2017 at 10:33PM The glamorous side of productivity and self improvement is the big changes. You put your stake in the ground, decide to make a change, and you do it. You start a new set of habits or a new project. These are positive things, but we sometimes forget about the other side of forward progress.Throughout our lives we are constantly introducing chaos and friction. A new business might mean a new bank account, IRS forms, email address, and a new web site to maintain. A new relationship can disrupt your regular routine. A new set of habits adds more obligation to your day.The less glamorous side is systematically reducing friction. Sometimes we forget to do this because reducing friction doesn't look like forward progress. It looks like janitorial work, and that's not very exciting.But reducing friction is what helps you get the most out of each stroke. It makes it so that you can sustain your progress and do more each day with the…

Future LG smartphones to have working FM radio chips in North America, Latin America

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August 10, 2017 at 01:41PM Aug 10 AT 12:15 PMAlex Wagner0 Comments There are several apps that let you stream radio stations on your smartphone, but soon LG handsets will be getting another, less battery intensive way to listen to FM radio.LG has partnered with NextRadio to enable FM radio chips in its future smartphones in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. This means that future LG handsets will be able to tune in to local over the air radio stations and get audio emergency alerts, even if cellular coverage is unusable or unavailable.LG will also preload the NextRadio app on several of its phones, subject to agreements with wireless carriers.Listening to over the air FM radio has a couple of benefits compared to using streaming radio apps. NextRadio touts that using a phone’s FM radio chip uses 3 times less battery and 20 times less data than streaming radio apps.FM radio chips are popular in many countries around the globe, and so it’s ni…

Bulk Cedar Planks (Seconds Grade) for Grilling

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August 7, 2017 at 02:36PM Create delicious tasting grilled food for lessI have grilled with “seconds” grade cedar planks for about 8 years. You soak the planks for a few hours and lay the fish skin down onto the planks. A large piece of fish may require two planks. The moisture in the soaked plank steam-cooks the fish during the first phase of cooking and then as the plank dries out it begins to char and smoke. This combination of cooking methods gives grilled fish a nice tender steamed texture and also a great smokey flavor.I now grill fish more often and get many compliments on the flavor. “Seconds” grade cedar planks have small chips or knots so they are quite a bit less expensive than regular planks. I have never had these cosmetic defects affect the performance of the plank or the taste of my food. The planks I use are available on Amazon but you can also order bulk planks from other sellers online.-- Rob Ray08/7/17Buy on AmazonPacific North…

Seeing and believing

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Seeing and believing

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It turns out that the more you watch TV, the more you believe that the world is dangerous. It turns out TV watchers believe that an astonishing 5% (!) of the population works in law enforcement. And it turns out that the more you watch TV the less optimistic you become. Cultivation theory helps us understand the enormous power that TV immersion has.Given the overwhelming power of interaction, I'm confident that we'll discover that internet exposure, particularly to linkbait headlines, comments and invective, will also change what people believe about the world around them.It's hopeful to imagine that we can change these outcomes by changing the inputs. Of course, the hard part is choosing to do so.Every time I see a toddler in a stroller with an internet device in hand, I shudder.If we want a better future, it helps to be able to see the world as it is.

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August 10, 2017 at 04:57AM

What If All Your Work Disappeared At the End of the Day?

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What If All Your Work Disappeared At the End of the Day?

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What If All Your Work Disappeared At the End of the Day?Over the past ten years, I’ve thought a lot about building a legacy. In particular, I’ve thought about it as it relates to a body of work that you produce and share over the years. This model has kept me going for a long time.To me, one of the most attractive qualities of writing the blog, starting in 2008 and continuing until now (albeit in several distinct forms), was the idea that I was building a portfolio of sorts. I could write something today, and it would still be around tomorrow, next week, next year, and so on. It would, as I’ve said more than once, “go on to live a life of its own.”But is that really true?As I wrote waaaaay back in 2009 (WTF), nothing lasts forever. In my therapy sessions of late, and in my own reflection while traveling, I’ve been thinking more about the not-so-shocking revelation that everything eventually comes to an e…

The struggle is real.....

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I'm eating some ramen now, need to try this next time ๐Ÿ‘....

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