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Jmcgready's miscellany

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Something to remember for the new year…




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Everything does indeed stop for tea.

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Everything does indeed stop for tea.




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Grilled Corn. Nom. That is all.

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Grilled Corn. Nom. That is all.




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Another awesome lunch photo ebisulunch: 今日が今年最後の #恵比寿ランチ かな。駅のさぬきうどん。カレーうどんにハムカツのっけました。 #ebisulunch

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Another awesome lunch photo
ebisulunch:

今日が今年最後の #恵比寿ランチ かな。駅のさぬきうどん。カレーうどんにハムカツのっけました。 #ebisulunch





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Jmcgready's miscellany

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Having the last Lebanon Bologna hoagie for the year. #andthatsmylunch (at Reen’s Delicatessen)




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jmcgready: Snowflake cookie via foodfotographs

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Snowflake cookie via foodfotographs





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OpenSprinkler: Automate your sprinklers

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Keeping your lawn and flowers beautiful doesn't have to be stressful. OpenSprinkler unchains you from your sprinkler or irrigation control box, enabling you to program, run, or stop zones at any time from anywhere.

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Snowflake cookie via foodfotographs

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Snowflake cookie via foodfotographs




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TSA confiscates photographer's blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as a missile [2013]:

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TSA confiscates photographer's blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as a missile [2013]:
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In a photography forum, Surapon recounts the sad story of how the TSA took away his Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster, a blower for removing dust from equipment, at an airport in New York.
According to him, he was on his way back to North Carolina from Greece when the TSA flagged…






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Discordian archive rescued from dumpster, now online

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Discordian archive rescued from dumpster, now online [2013]:
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Groucho Gandhi writes, “‘Crackpot Historian’ Adam Gorightly (the current Keeper of the Sacred Chao) saved the archives of Discordian co-founder Greg “Malaclypse the Younger” Hill from the literal dustbin of history by swooping up the Hill archives as they were about to be tossed in the…






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The Mirage is an alternate history novel set in a world where Arabia, the United Arab States, are the world’s historic superpower.

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Matt Ruff's brilliant alternate history The Mirage is out in paperback today:
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Matt Ruff’s alternate history novel The Mirage was one of my favorite novels of 2012, and it’s out in paperback. Here’s my review from last February:
Also: the UK edition is £9.11. Yes, yes it is. (Thanks, Peter!)

This is Matt Ruff with the awesome turned up to 11. To 12. To 100.
The Mirage is an alternate history novel set in a world where Arabia, the United Arab States, are the world’s historic superpower. It’s Arabia that intervenes in WWII (outraged over Nazi incursions into Muslim North Africa), and after the war, Arabia partitions Germany and establishes a Jewish homeland, Israel, with Berlin as its capital (“Israelis” enjoy a special “right of return” entitling them to visas to visit Jerusalem, of course).






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Sleights of Mind: the secrets of neuromagic:

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Sleights of Mind: the secrets of neuromagic:
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Last month, I blogged a fascinating profile of Apollo Robbins, a stage pickpocket with an almost supernatural facility for manipulating attention and vision to allow him to literally relieve you of your watch, eyeglasses, and the contents of your wallet without you even noticing it, even…





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masks that satisfy facial recognition algorithms:

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Sterling Crispin uses evolutionary algorithms to produce masks that satisfy facial recognition algorithms: “my goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind.”

Read the rest…





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Sentri: Home monitoring and automation

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Sentri is a complete home monitoring and automation solution in one beautiful display. Sentri adapts to your home and delivers personalized alerts along with a live HD video feed straight to your smartphone, no matter where you are.

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Grabbing some dinner at Grand China Buffet

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Grabbing some dinner #andthatsmydinner (at Grand China Buffet)




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Pepperoni Lover’s pizza at Pizza Hut

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Pepperoni Lover’s pizza at Pizza Hut




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Cheesy garlic bread at Pizza Hut

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Cheesy garlic bread at Pizza Hut




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Bacon burger (double) with crinkle fries, and I’m off...

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Bacon burger (double) with crinkle fries, and I’m off until Christmas Eve #andthatsmydinner




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LTE FTW

LTE FTW:
It’s faster than my home connection….




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Hue Lux: Connected bulbs

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Simple and smart, hue lux bulbs produce beautiful warm white light that can be brightened and dimmed to suit any occasion.

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Refuel: Smart propane tank gauge

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Nothing ends a cookout faster than an empty propane tank. Instead of guessing how much gas you’ve got left, use this smart propane tank gauge to find out your exact propane level. Now you’ll never get caught off guard again.

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Sony: SmartWatch 3

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Even without your smartphone, SmartWatch 3 SWR50 is a fun and useful accessory. You can fill it with music to take with you if you’re going for a run. When you’re out, you can track your activity and movements as well as sync with your Lifelog when you come home.

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Outlink: Smart outlet

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Keep an eye on power-hungry appliances from anywhere with Outlink. Its got a smart outlet, which tracks energy usage and can be turned on/off remotely.

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Inside NYC's First Official Cat Cafe!

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Meow Parlour is at 46 Hester Street in New York Reservations are required - $4 for a half-hour(cats are available for adoption)http://www.meowparlour.com/reservationhttp://www.wnyc.org/story/even-though-you-think-cat-cafe-whatever-im-over-it-youre-actually-not-because-it-amazing/

Grabbing the big meal for the day

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Grabbing the big meal for the day




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Nest thermostat now recognizes voice

"Making use of that $3.2 billion acquisition it made earlier this year, Google is integrating Nest functionality into Google Now. Want to make it warmer? Just say “Ok Google, change temperature to 75 degrees.” to your phone.

Meanwhile, Google Now will also throw up a card whenever Nest’s automated control settings kick in. If it decides to bump the temperature up on its own to prep for your arrival from work, for example, it’ll show up as a Now card."


http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/15/the-nest-thermostat-can-now-be-controlled-by-voice/

Smappee: Smart home energy manager

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Detect abnormal consumption immediately. And if you’re not sure whether you disconnected a certain device, you can check via Smappee and even turn it off remotely.

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Double bacon burger in a dark corner of #shakeshack, winding...

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Double bacon burger in a dark corner of #shakeshack, winding down after a crazy week.




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Professor Elemental - Don't Feed The Trolls

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Yet another awesome video from Professor Elemental - this time the subject is ever inescapable trolls....

Mr. Coffee: Smart coffeemaker

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Enabled with WeMo, the Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker makes it easy to schedule, monitor, and modify your brew from anywhere. Sleep in a little longer by setting up a brewing schedule in advance.

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Norm: Connected thermostat

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Use Norm to tailor your home’s temperature exactly to your liking and control your climate from anywhere. It offers intelligence, convenience, and efficiency, so don’t just call it a thermostat—Norm is your home’s sixth sense.

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Honeywell: Wifi smart thermostat

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Adjust your thermostat from anywhere and take comfort in knowing that from now on your home will always feel just right.

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LiftMaster: MyQ connected garage door

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Imagine receiving an alert if you left your garage open. Or being able to turn on your lights before you got home. LiftMaster MyQ Technology does this by letting you monitor, open and close your garage door or gate and control your home lighting from anywhere - all from your smartphone.

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Blossom: Smart watering controller

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Automate your sprinklers with real-time weather data and complete control from your phone to lower your water bill up to 30%.

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Serena: Motorized shades

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Serena motorized shades give you instant access to your window treatments so you can control privacy and adjust natural light with the touch of a button.

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Insteon Hub: Home controller for Insteon devices

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Insteon hub is a controller for Insteon light bulbs, wall switches, outlets, and thermostats at home or remotely and receive instant email or text message alerts from motion, door and window, water leak, and smoke sensors while you’re away.

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Flip 2: Wearable for kids

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Wearable phone and locator for kids. Parents can call, text and locate their child right from their phone, giving kids the freedom to be kids and parents a little extra peace of mind.

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Nice warm minestrone #spaghettiandmeatballdinner...

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Tripper: Window and door sensor

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Don’t bother with a costly home security system. Tripper is a set of two sensors that sends you real-time alerts when the status of any door, window, or cabinet in your home changes.

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Just migrated to blogspot

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Moved from Bitnami, figured I'd save some money.

Memorize “$19.05” and Outsmart the MTA

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Yes, you need $2.50 to ride the subway, and you have $2.45 on your MetroCard.  Sure enough you miss that train all because of that nickel.

How did you end up in that situation any way?   It turns out the MTA has designed it that way.  Imagine how many tourists come to NYC and leave with balances that never get used.  Imagine how many people lose metro cards with those balances that never get used.  And even if it gets used on a later refill, the MTA gets to collect the cash earlier this way!  Win win for them, right?

But now, with some simple math, you can fight back!
I Quant NY - How Memorizing “$19.05” Can Help You Outsmart the MTA.

Cool Tools – Apocalyspork

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Why titanium? It’s lighter, but stronger than steel. Titanium is also rustproof, hypoallergenic, and bacteria-resistant.

The handle also contains a bottle opener, an oxygen bottle key, a 0.325 inch hex nut key, and a 0.25 inch hex nut key.
Cool Tools – Apocalyspork.

Ham Steak #andthatsmylunch

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New Wawa at Grant and Academy

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Arvo Pärt - Fratres for Cello and Harp - Arpège Duo [10:16]

Grabbing some Labor Day dinner at Grand China Buffet

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#andthatsmydinner The wreath is still up.

Rita’s Water Ice - near summer's end

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Philadelphia's Rausch releases new video for "Good Day"!

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Not Throwing Cold Water on a Cause

The Ice Bucket Challenge is different. Here, people I’ve never met give me 24 hours to either write a check to a charity I’m not familiar with, or dump a bucket of cold water over my head. Tell me honestly – if that precise challenge arrived to you privately, via the US Mail, what would you do with it? You’d throw it in the trash, right? But a public challenge is not so easy to ignore. Online, everyone is watching. Your friends. Your co-workers. Your clients. Maybe even your boss.

When it comes to asking people for help, I don’t like to put them in an awkward position. So the only challenge I’m issuing today is to Freddy. If he can refrain from peeing on the floor, I’ll send a check to the local shelter. Beyond that, I’m staying dry.
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The Grumpy Programmer: The Pony Principle

The Pony Principle, or how desire can blind you to the true scope of a project:
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Cat Face Purse Using Custom Photo

Here's a project for crafty cat lovers: http://ow.ly/ALfsp
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Grabbing some late lunch #andthatsmylunch (at Grand China Buffet)

Grabbing some late lunch #andthatsmylunch (at Grand China...

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Grabbing some late lunch #andthatsmylunch (at Grand China...


Grabbing some late lunch #andthatsmylunch (at Grand China Buffet)
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Having a little PB&J Ice Cream, waiting for the 7:00pm showing of Doctor Who: Deep Breath (at AMC Neshaminy 24)

Having a little PB&J Ice Cream, waiting for the 7:00pm...

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Having a little PB&J Ice Cream, waiting for the 7:00pm...


Having a little PB&J Ice Cream, waiting for the 7:00pm showing of Doctor Who: Deep Breath (at AMC Neshaminy 24)