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National Guard Parachutes to Rescue Tot on Sailboat in Pacific - NBC -
Air National Guard members dramatically parachuted onto a sailboat stranded in the Pacific Ocean overnight, stabilized a "seriously ill" 1-year-old girl and were trying to figure out how to get the boat back to shore, the service said Friday. Members of the 129th Rescue Wing flew five hours Thursday from Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., near San Jose, to the sailboat about 900 miles off the coast of Mexico on what the California National Guard called a "complex overwater rescue mission." A parachute rescue team of four jumped into the ocean Thursday night, inflated a raft and boarded the 36-foot-long Rebel Heart, which is carrying Eric and Charlotte Kaufman of San Diego and their daughters, Cora, 3, and Lyra, 1, on the latest leg of what they'd planned to be a round-the-world voyage. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
This reminds me a bit of the fundamentalists who took their similarly young children on a boat to go live in the South Sea Islands and also had to be rescued. What the hell is it that makes people think that it's a good idea to take young children on extreme travels? - Spidra Webster
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5-year-old boy hacks dad's Xbox account - -
"Kristoffer would go to his dad's account and type in an incorrect password. That would take him to a password verifications screen, where he would simply tap the space bar repeatedly and then press "enter." "How awesome is that?" asked Davies, who works in online security himself. "Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch on to that. I thought that was pretty cool." He told KGTV that Kristoffer has figured out three or four other "hacks," including getting past the lock on a smartphone by holding down the "home" key for long enough. Dad reported the vulnerability to Microsoft. And Microsoft acted, issuing a fix for the vulnerability." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
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Radio host rips MLB player for paternity leave, suggests C-section before season  - -
"New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the season's first two games to be with his wife during the birth of their first child earlier this week. Murphy's wife went into labor on opening day Monday, so he went to Florida to be with her for the birth of son Noah, then decided to take the three full days' paternity leave allowed by Major League Baseball." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
"Seems reasonable, right? Not to some sports radio announcers, including former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason. "Quite frankly I would've said 'C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day. I'm sorry, this is what makes our money, this is how we're going to live our life, this is going to give our child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford... more... - Steve C
Boomer Esiason is a relic and needs to shut his yap. I'm disgusted by his and other peoples' negative reactions to Murphy's decision to use his paternity leave. The day we place a fucking baseball game above family is the day this country has finally become the world's biggest social shitheap. - Hookuh Tinypants
Is he any less employed? Nope. Time to STFU, Boomer. - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
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Cereal Characters Lure Kiddies With Eye Gaze: Study - NBC -
Cereal Characters Lure Kiddies With Eye Gaze: Study - NBC
A new study from Cornell University finds that the cartoon characters on cereals marketed to kids are routinely designed so their eyes are shifted 9.6 degrees down. That's the perfect angle to make eye contact with a child standing in the aisle. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Sounds like bullshit. What if the cereals on the top shelf, or bottom shelf. I'd say it's more that the cereal is in the visually suggested area of the box. We follow eyes to see what they're looking at. - Not Me
studies show that most cereal marketed to children is not placed on the top shelf though. - holly #ravingfangirl
Even without the cartoon characters pulling focus, the major brands usually pay good money to make sure the kids' cereals are on the 2nd or 3rd shelves (usually the 2nd) so they're face-height for most kids already. - Jennifer Dittrich
They apparently did the math on the height and angles, but it still seems like they didn't test it thoroughly enough. They didn't even attempt at making their altered box look non-freakish. Their rabbit looks psychotic. You don't just change pupil location, when the face is pointing in another direction. Plus, they changed the characters focus from the bowl of cereal. - Not Me
Thankfully, my toddler never shops unsupervised. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Betty Write
All tips are not created equal.
In related news pulling out is not an effective method. - Steve C
Now I know you know it's too early for that shit. You are supposed to be keeping me from being inappropriate too early in the day! - Betty Write
A poor tip can leave you feeling shafted. - Pete
Bye, Pete. - Betty Write
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
FFriends! An amazing woman I know has entered the blogosphere at to talk about a rare disease she and her children live with. She's a bit tech-nervous and could use the feedback and support. She's been an inspiration to me for years so I'm excited for others to discover her awesomeness.
Thanks for sharing - Steve C
Victor Ganata
How do you know what you know? You either observed it directly (empiricism) or you accepted an idea that was socially constructed.
Is there a third category? Cause I saw it on the Internets. - Eric - Watch Me Now
What if i just dreamed it? - Steve C
I guess there's some controversy over whether or not dreams are a form of knowledge. If you're a pure materialist, though, you could just as easily make the argument that dreams are always inspired by real sensory input and/or the post-processing of socially constructed ideas, though. - Victor Ganata
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
I just exchanged shirts with a guy. But it's cool, bc he's a really good drummer. Really.
as long as you didn't exchange pants. yet. - Steve C
I am not completely sure why that happened except that he offered, probably expecting me to demure and I don't like to do what people expect. And I wanted the shirt. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
So, photos of this shirt are where? - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
3 day stubble is a project that would take me two weeks, minimum.
It would take me till 4pm - Steve C
SteVe C: Stubble Rancher - Spidra Webster
Hah, you can have mine. - joey
Victor Ganata
Shit, it's raining? The commute home is gonna SUCK.
doh better plan accordingly thanks for the tip - Steve C
Already stopped here in So Pas. - Spidra Webster
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Dying dad walks daughter, 11, down 'aisle' to give her lasting memory - -
Dying dad walks daughter, 11, down 'aisle' to give her lasting memory -
Dying dad walks daughter, 11, down 'aisle' to give her lasting memory -
"After Jim Zetz, 62, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year, he reached out to photographer Lindsey Villatoro to make sure he and his family could capture some happy moments on film. Villatoro, a professional lifestyle, family and wedding photographer based in Menifee, Calif., also specializes in photo sessions with people who are sick or have terminal illnesses, so they can create lasting memories with their loved ones." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
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Putin officially divorces his wife Lyudmila: Kremlin -
Putin officially divorces his wife Lyudmila: Kremlin
So what we are seeing is the worlds largest midlife crisis. couldn't he have just bought a corvette like a normal dude demonstrating his manhood? - Steve C from Bookmarklet
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Well the Angels suck just as hard this year as the last two only the stadium's gotten worse with no gluten free food offerings anymore and big ass lines for everything else. They changed vendors who apparently didn't realize the season has started.
It doesn't help when it's freezing and drizzling. (Please note freezing for So Cal is 52 degrees) - Steve C
And we have our first wee in the potty folks - woohoo! #fb
But how is Emily progressing with that milestone? - Steve C
Congrats, Melly! - Eivind
Awesome job, Melly! Now try to get Emily to do the same! - Uli
It's taken my over 37 years, Emily may have a way to go yet ;o) - Melly
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Just got quote back for redoing front yard (my body can't do concrete/paver/extreme digging anymore). It is quite a rude introduction into the not-do-it-yourself world.
:( Maybe the FIL will be healthy enough again soon to help? - Anne Bouey
Yep. I had some estimates on redoing my front yard when I first moved into my house. Two of the four estimates were more than my down payment. I've had to do what I can, bribe friends, shop around, do littler projects and drink more so the cost doesn't hurt as much. - Kristin from iPhone
Yeah that might be the solution Kristin I'm way ahead on the drinking more. We'll see two more quotes to go. Fingers crossed at least one of them is a hell of a lot lower to give me some wiggle room. Or worst case we continue life as we know it and i keep the lawnmower. - Steve C
The paver patio we just had put in cost more than if I'd bought materials to landscape the entire backyard and did it myself. Needless to say, it'll be a while before there's yard to go with the patio. But I guess at least there's a place to barbecue now? We can just invite guests to look at our dirt! (clearly we all went into the wrong business - landscaping is where it's at!) - Hookuh Tinypants
I live in land of quality cheap labor. Offer to pay for an Amish work crew to be driven to your site. No Sunday work allowed but bet they will finish in a day or two. - Janet from FFHound!
Mary Carmen
I have a pair of brand spanking new, never worn, size 8.5 Ryka Dash running shoes. These are beautiful, lightweight running shoes. If you are in the market for a pair, these are great. They are too light for me, I need way more stability. I bought them on sale for $30 plus tax & shipping, that's all I am looking to recoup....
it kills me that we are not the same shoe size. kills me. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
I'll ask that lady that lives in my house :) - Steve C
I'll take them! - Jenica
Hush, Stephen. Jenica, they are yours. I paid $6.95 in shipping so just PP me $36.95 and I will get these out Monday. - Mary Carmen
Will do. :) - Jenica
They are here! (they may have been here for days, I just discovered and opened the box), and they fit great. They're just right for me, in terms of lightweight -- I would run barefoot if I had something other than a road to run on. :) - Jenica
Oh good! They told me it would take 8 days and I was all *sideeye.* Glad they fit well. They are great shoes, but just not for me and my gait. - Mary Carmen
I've been wearing them around the house and they rock. :) - Jenica
Tamara J. B.
Why is Steve C is the best? He greeted us at the door this morning with a platter of freshly cooked bacon. He wins! :-)
<3 - Pixie
:) - Anne Bouey
Thanks again for everything, Steve and Janine! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
What the lovely and talented Tamara fails to note is that I was holding bacon (as one does) due to being thoroughly discombobulated yesterday morning between the visiting in-laws schedule, our schedule, and the breakfast schedule. :) But we got to see Tam and Adam so we win! - Steve C
He seems like a real stand-up guy. - Brian Johns
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
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▶ TEDxNASA - Mike Rayburn - 11/20/09 - YouTube -
▶ TEDxNASA - Mike Rayburn - 11/20/09 - YouTube
Not sure its fits the normal Ted talks speakers but super impressive on guitar and funny. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Uninstalled:re-installed=Turned it off:turned it back on again.
but did you jiggle it? - Jen from BuddyFeed
open all compartments and blow in them? - Steve C
holly #ravingfangirl
please to give me your favorite homemade salad dressing recipes?
half mayo, half buttermilk. 1 T vinegar or lemon juice (based on a 1 c:1 cup ratio). minced garlic clove. salt, pepper, seasonings of your choice. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
i made a warm buttermilk dressing the other week that was so simple and tasty. - holly #ravingfangirl
Minced garlic clove, mashed with kosher salt and the side of a knife blade then thrown in a bowl with cracked black pepper, couple tablespoons of red wine (or whatever) vinegar, smallish handful of whatever chopped herbs, dollop of Dijon mustard, another dollop of honey, then whisk in extra virgin olive oil to emulsify, usually just shy of a cup. - Derrick
A little olive oil, a little red wine vinegar, a little salt. - Steve C
Mine is very similar to Derrick's recipe. - Corinne L
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Life inside the densest place on earth: Photos of Kowloon Walled City - -
Life inside the densest place on earth: Photos of Kowloon Walled City -
Picture a colossal empire of little houses stacked on top of each other. Visualize them connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them. Now picture 33,000 people living there, within the space of one city block. That was Kowloon Walled City, once considered the densest settlement on earth. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
""You don't want to romanticize a slum, you know. Because it was that. But it was much more than that. The Walled City was a kind of architectural touchstone in terms of what a city can be -- unplanned, self-generated, unregulated. It was vital and vibrant and every part of it was being used."" - Steve C
A quick update on my microwave repair caper (which began about a month ago.) As of this morning, the microwave oven in question has been restored to roughly the same state that it was in when I initiated the repair. (It's still broke.) O_o...
However, upon reassembly there are several screws left over, and I never managed to improvise a pivot for the door release button. As a result, the button remains an independent feature with potential applications elsewhere in the universe. This of course means that opening the door involves reaching one's finger through the plastic frame that once held the button, so as to manipulate the actual latching mechanism residing behind the frame (and, at one time, the release button.) I can't imagine this would create any sort of problem, since any live wiring is at least 1 1/2 inches away from where the finger would enter the latching area. Sure, this must be done without benefit of viewing the latching area, but no guts, no glory, as the saying goes. The "leftover" screws might also concern a man of lesser machismo, but clearly they weren't doing anything important or their intended location would've been more obvious! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And so, in summary, it has only taken a month to execute the repair process, achieving restoration to a point nearly matching that which existed at the start of the repair process. [Here's the original post when the process was starting. ] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I spent approximately $30 on needed tools and hardware so that I now have approximately $30 of tools and hardware that will possibly be useful at some point in the future (since most--actually ALL--of the hardware was never used.) Oh, and I gained by having some of the original hardware leftover when the process was completed! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'd call this a successful effort when all is said and done. I'm still alive, the microwave oven is usable with just a bit of risk involved. I have an enhanced supply of screws, nuts, doo-dads and clips. Pretty good finish to a manly task. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Unfortunately I still haven't repaired the antique drop-leaf dining table that sacrificed its support structure in this effort. I've disassembled it to the point that I can make a clear assessment of a possible repair strategy. Unfortunately I haven't come up with anything so far. But I'm confident that I will eventually devise a clever scheme and thereby achieve a level of success... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mark, we did this with our last microwave, the door releases actually have a safety pin on the latch, that actuates a very small button when closed, that prevents it from working if the door is open. Ours was like 30 years old, and the plastic on the latch had fatigued to the point of failure, and we had to remove the body to get the food out of it. - Not Me
That's essentially what happened with this. Plastic "pivots" (similar to the bumps on a Lego piece) are used to hold the release and function as a hinge when it is pressed. The plastic used for this application was of similar quality to what you might find used for a $1 toy. It failed after barely a year. The only way to repair it would be to order the entire plastic frame, which also... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Executive Summary: I spent a lot of time--and more money than I should have--to end up in the same place I was when I started the repair. And I broke an antique table in the process. [FYI: the excessive verbosity employed in the above descriptions was used intentionally so as to obfuscate and hopefully confuse the reader into actually believing I accomplished something... which I did not.] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
:) - Steve C
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NYC Theater Alerts Cops When Man Brings in Strawberries - NBC -
"Michael Kass is a type 2 diabetic who has to maintain a healthy diet in order to keep his blood sugar in balance. He didn't think twice about taking some berries to a Sunday showing of "Divergent" at the Pavilion Theater in Park Slope. But a ticket collecter spotted the strawberries during a routine bag check and told Kass he couldn't bring it in. Kass explained the situation, and a movie manager asked him to throw the strawberries out. Kass said he asked for a refund, but the manager refused. So he marched along with his original plans. "I probably thought I was calling her bluff," he said. "I didn't in a million years think they would actually call the cops on me for bringing strawberries into a movie theater." Kass doesn't hold a grudge but is still stunned a bucket of strawberries turned into a main attraction. He hopes it will now shine a spotlight on the necessity for healthier snacking options at the theater." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
LB: Ratchet Bear
#SaturdayFF inspired by Jenny H: I don't believe I've ever had a Swedish Fish.
Would you? Could you? - Stephen Mack
I tried a bite once. You are not missing a thing IMHO. I am not a fan of that type of candy. - Janet from FFHound!
How can one go to an IKEA without leaving with Swedish fish? That's un-American. :) - Steve C
I don't think I've had Swedish Fish, either. - John (bird whisperer)
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Update from brother who lives in La Habra: The German shepherd and the 5 year old didn't sleep at all. The three small dogs got over the earthquakes quickly. The chickens and goats didn't seem to care about the earthquake and continued to chicken and goat like their usual selves.
No report on the cats or ponies yet. Our cats freaked for an hour as usual then returned to sleeping on laps. - Steve C
Any of you have any structural damage from the quake? Glad to see my SCal FF friends are all safe. - Stephen Mack
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"I have to walk the fine line between creepy old guy and just weird old guy." Said me. To my coworker. Who nodded in agreement. Which I took as a compliment.
"Sir, have you been drinking today?" - Greg GuitarBuster
Not yet Greg but the day is still young. - Steve C
I crossed that line years ago, SteVe. Actually, I've gone way beyond both. (Which most FFers already know.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Betty Write
That was a long ass earthquake. It shook and rolled for a long time. I never got out of my seat, but I think I got car sick from it. #fb
So it was like bad sex. - Steve C
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Centuries-Old Sport Comes to Life in Rural Afghanistan - NBC -
Centuries-Old Sport Comes to Life in Rural Afghanistan - NBC
Afghan horsemen and spectators gather on an arid patch of land near snow-capped mountains to play the traditional sport of Buzkashi near Bamiyan city in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan on Sunday. Buzkashi is a centuries-old game where two opposing teams of horsemen compete to throw a goat carcass into a scoring circle. Bamiyan province, known for its vast Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, is attempting to revive its tourism heyday in the 1960s when visitors thronged to its mountains, lakes and impressive historical and archaeological heritage. Since the fall of the Taliban, the province has been one of Afghanistan's most tranquil areas despite being surrounded by restive neighboring provinces. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Genius! What tourist wouldn't want to watch dudes throw around a goat carcass? I'm on Kayak RIGHT NOW. - Lo
Steve C
Anyone have an idea of good way to get rid of boxes and boxes of old records? We have no fireplace and the shredder takes one envelope at a time putting the estimated destruction time at 6.4 years.
Do they not have "community shred" events near you? We seem to have those somewhere within 20-30 miles almost every month. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
...and, by "records", I assume you're talking about papers and stuff, not vinyl albums, right? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Metal trash can + one match = fun - Soup in a TARDIS
You might want to check with your local bank/credit union - mine lets you bring in stuff to be shredded on certain days. They hire an industrial shredder for the day. - Jennifer Dittrich
you really shouldn't give steve ideas like that, soup. - holly #ravingfangirl
Our City has let's you drop off shredding into their bin once a month for free. Also, our self storage office has shredding services too. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
But it's so fun, Holly! And Steve? POIDH. - Soup in a TARDIS
You can ship it to me and we will burn it. - Janet
Buy a better shredder. - Professor A.I.
Wow, this is the first time I've heard of "community shred" events or of banks allowing you to bring stuff in for shredding. - Spidra Webster
A high-quality shredder is a must for any true American, just like having a 9mm Glock for keeping the communist criminals at bay. Don't trust your valuable shredding to some "community" shredder. The banks are not looking out for your interest either. - Professor A.I.
Shred the stuff (with a better quality shredder), then put it in a worm composter. Nothing usable is going to survive that. - Spidra Webster
Don't listen to her—the worms are spies. After you shred everything, use Napalm on it. - Professor A.I.
Hospital and doctor offices have wonderful shred-it services. Find someone you trust to take a handful to work each day! - Janet
Steve, if you can't find any free community events, and you are around Orange County (which seems like the right area according to my memory, but hey SoCal is big), it looks like the Goodwill does it there, and i bet that would be cheaper than any of the commercial shredding businesses. - holly #ravingfangirl
Wow thanks peeps - Steve C
Hire a pre-teen to come to your house and run them through your shredder for you, for a few hours each week. Eventually you will catch up with the shredding, and if you keep the kid coming each week or once a month after that, you'll be able to stay on top of it. - April Russo
The Good Will in our area offers free community shred events ... maybe yours does as well. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I put all that stuff in the trunk of my car, and then every time I go camping when I'm like, "oh no I forgot kindling!" I get the satisfaction of burning pay stubs from jobs I hated and insurance manuals. Plus camping! Seriously I forget kindling EVERY. TIME. - Lo
Just spotted a blurb in the paper that the local Rotary is sponsoring a shredding event. To think I heard it here first... - Spidra Webster
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