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Ski Season 2018 Starts Today

Killington ski resort announced it will open to season passholders Friday and to the general public on Saturday.

Season Pass and Express Card holders will be treated to a free lunch at either the K-1 Lodge, Peak Lodge or Dog Sled on Friday. Additionally, pass holders will be offered a complimentary opening day gift while supplies last.

https://www.killington.com/the-mountain/conditions-weather/current-conditions-weather

Space Pen Turns 50

AG7-LE Limited Edition Apollo 7 50th Anniversary Gold Titanium Astronaut Space Pen & Coin Set

Price: $500.00

Individually Numbered – Only 500 Sets Available
Length: 5.06″ .37″ Diameter
Composition: Gold Titanium Nitride Plated Brass
Cartridge: Fisher Pressurized PR4, Black Ink, Medium Point
Packaging: Clear Black Lacquer Gift Box w/ Gold Cardboard Outer Box & Black Velour String-Tie Bag

https://www.spacepen.com/AG7-LE.aspx

 

Kosher Bacon

If it’s kosher can it be bacon?
And how about a kosher cheeseburger?

And ultimately, a kosher bacon cheeseburger?

Viktor Maciag, who works for the start-up Mission Barns, with flasks containing cell cultures. The Mission Barns laboratory is growing duck, chicken and pig meat.

A rabbi at the world’s largest kosher certification agency is leading an effort to determine if and how meat grown from animal cells can satisfy Jewish law.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/30/technology/meat-labs-kosher-bacon.html

Who’s Hacked Your E-mail Address?

Check out Monitor, a service from Firefox, that checks your email address against a database of publicly known data breaches.

You can also sign up to get a report every time there is a new security breach to let you know whether your account has been compromised or not.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90241330/firefox-has-users-to-thank-for-its-new-security-feature

Gargoyles – Star Wars Edition

Subscriber Submission:

In the 1980s, while the Cathedral’s two west towers were under construction, the Cathedral held a design-a-carving competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World magazine. The third-place winner, Christopher Rader, submitted a drawing of that fearful villain: Star Wars’ Darth Vader.

The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral. (The other winner designs were a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces, and a man with large teeth and an umbrella.)

https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/vader/

Slapstick – Sea Life Edition

 

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Wrong place, right time. 😂 Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right. Here’s the story. Last weekend I was out testing the new #GoProHero7 with @kaikourakayaks and my mate @taiyomasuda. After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew it the fight came to us and well the rest is slap to the face 😂 I’m not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me. Either way the octopus held onto the bottom of kayak for some time before our guide was able to get it off with his paddle then it swam away to fight another day. True story. #GoPro #Kaikoura #Hero7Black #GoProANZ

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/world/asia/seal-octopus-slap-gopro.html

Free Freeze Now Available

Update 3:09 PM with additional info link: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/credit-freezes-are-free-let-the-ice-age-begin/

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Here’s your reminder and follow-up from last week to take a few minutes to freeze your credit records and foil identity theft.

Like most everything in life, nothing is as simple as we might like it to be. Here’s some more additionally detailed information.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/your-money/credit-freeze-free.html

Please, let’s all do this if not today, since it’s Friday, but at least before the end of the weekend.

U.S. PIRG also recommends freezing your file at a lesser-known reporting agency known as the National Consumer Telecom and Utilities Exchange.

https://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/FinalReport4Sept18_Equifax.pdf

The exchange provides credit information to some cellphone, pay television and utility companies. (Some consumers have reported having cellular accounts opened in their names, even though they had placed freezes on their credit reports at the main bureaus.)

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/05/another-credit-freeze-target-nctue-com/

iOS 12 New Features, Tips, and Tricks

Most importantly, security, many of which may already be on by default
https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/17/five-security-settings-in-ios-12-you-should-change-right-now/

Some Not So Obvious
https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/17/11-neat-hidden-features-in-ios-12/

And Some More
https://www.fastcompany.com/90234155/here-are-ios-12s-best-new-features

What Autonomous Vehicles Might Lead To

 

Eating on the go takes on a totally new meaning
Self-Driving snacks are already here

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/611943/self-driving-snacks-grocery-delivery-becomes-a-test-of-autonomous-vehicle/

Mobile Clinic

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612125/ikea-designs-future-autonomous-cars-that-work-as-hotels-stores-and-meeting-rooms/

How Many Skips

Stone-skippers to compete this weekend
NORTH BENNINGTON — “It’s shocking how far they can throw them, and how many skips.”That’s how Karen Schroeder describes the sight of champion stone-skippers competing at Lake Paran, part of a stone-skipping festival the lake’s board has held for about four years, for amateur and high-level stone-skippers alike.

The event will also feature live music, rock painting for children and barbecue food for purchase, with hot dogs, salads and chips.
https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/stone-skippers-to-compete-this-weekend,550812

Punkt – A New (Not So Smart) Smartphone

Swiss manufacturer Punkt has a new phone that can keep you connected securely to e-mail via Blackberry Secure messaging while avoiding all of the time-sucking apps many are so susceptible to.

It’s 4G connectivity allows it to function as a mobile hot spot to browse the Web,and whatever with your laptop.

And it’s priced at 50% less than the least expensive new iPhone!

https://www.fastcompany.com/90237811/want-to-toss-your-smartphone-the-perfect-dumbphone-is-here

Conserve The Sound

Conserve the sound is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.

Accompanying the archive people are interviewed and give an insight in to the world of disappearing sounds.

https://www.conservethesound.de/en/

Anxiety Consumerism

Food for thought or business opportunity ideas or more reasons to be stressed out?
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/10/17826856/fidget-spinners-weighted-blankets-anxiety-products

Fidget Spinners

Weighted Blankets

https://gravityblankets.com/

Adult Coloring Books

https://shop.bevoya.com/collections/frontpage/products/bestselling-anti-stress-meditation-coloring-book

 

 

 

 

 

Free Freeze

The credit bureaus will no longer be able to charge you for placing a freeze on your credit report as of next Friday, 21 Sep.

So set a reminder, calendar appointment, or whatever it takes, because you will no longer have cost as an excuse for not taking the time to protect yourself from identity theft when it comes to some lowlife obtaining credit in your name.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/in-a-few-days-credit-freezes-will-be-fee-free/

https://www.aarp.org/money/credit-loans-debt/info-2018/protect-credit-by-freezing.html