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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

 

Fur-ternity Leave

 

Connor McCarthy, who works at Nina Hale in Minnesota, sought permission from his boss to work from home when he got a new dog, a goldendoodle named Bentley.

Nina Hale, a marketing company in Minnesota, introduced “fur-ternity leave” to its benefits for its 85 employees, allowing new pet owners to work from home for a week while their dog or cat adapts to a new home.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/us/furternity-leave-pet-owners.html

 

Come On Down to Downtown

Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church has come up with an idea to encourage visitors to come to downtown Brandon. On the second Sunday of the month, the church will begin to hold services in an innovative new location: the public dining space next to the Center Street Bar.

Tate said the services will last about an hour and will include coffee and pastries from Café Provence. However, Tate said those looking to pair their prayers with a pint will have to look elsewhere.

“The bar doesn’t open until four in the afternoon anyways so that won’t be an issue,” he said.

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201809faith-and-fellowship-tap-local-church-host-services-brandon-bar

 

Wise Advice

Could you be considered a Vermonter?

Vermonters care about what’s happening worldwide, but they are likely more concerned about what’s happening in their own backyard. We were raised to mind our own business and by doing so we could live next to a neighbor with whom we may have some disagreements, but still get along OK.

https://vtdigger.org/2018/08/24/bob-stannard-mind-beeswax/

 

 

 

And the Winner Is……….

Contestants had to write a 500-word essay on why they wanted to live in an energy-efficient house, as well as explain how they’d help build community in Rutland. The prize? A brand-new, 1,500-square foot, fossil-fuel-free home, complete with solar panels, heat pumps and an electric vehicle charger.

Lucas Hough and Martin Schreiner stand on the front porch of their new home in Rutland. The couple beat out more than 160 other applicants to win the house in a contest sponsored by Green Mountain Power and the city of Rutland.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/nyc-couple-wins-energy-efficient-home-giveaway-contest-rutland#stream/0

 

Coffee, Tea, or IoT

News from the IoT (Internet of Things).  It’s a coffee delivery drone that can sense when you are tired and automatically deliver coffee to you. Or you could use hand gestures to call for a coffee delivery.

IBM patents Drone Delivery of Coffee based On A Cognitive State of an Individual

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3301277/internet-of-things/ideas-this-bad-could-kill-the-internet-of-things.html

Help Wanted – VT Schools

Looking for a change of pace and scenery?  Check out what the new Top Dog has on his mind.  https://vtdigger.org/2018/08/19/digger-dialogue-qa-ed-secretary-dan-french/

An even rarer find? Library media specialists, school counselors and music teachers. All have shortages statewide. School nurses and Spanish teachers are also in high demand and short supply in eight different counties. There’s also a shortage of principals, as well as Latin, French, health, education technology and design technology teachers in select counties.

Check out the interactive Openings by County

Lifestyles of the Freedom-Loving Feline

Parents sometimes cushion the blow of a beloved pet’s death by telling their kids something like, “Mr. Wiggles has gone to live on a farm in the country.” As a ruse, it might or might not work, but the Humane Society of Chittenden County is actually doing just that: sending cats that otherwise might be euthanized to barns.

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-humane-society-program-gives-outdoor-cats-a-chance/Content?oid=19210333

Confession: This was my theme song growing up.  Somehow, I let myself get beaten down and am now suddenly reminded of it and tremendously rejuvenated.  And yes, I realize that this will both elicit joy combined with trepidation (Now what will he do next?!) on the part of those who have stuck with me (some maybe on/off) over the years.  😊  To them I say, “At least you won’t be bored!”

If Jules Verne Built a Data Center

It’s Microsoft’s Project Natick, an experimental undersea data center off the coast of Scotland.

It has 12 racks containing 864 standard Microsoft datacenter servers and has enough storage for about 5 million movies.

Spencer Fowers, senior member of technical staff for Microsoft’s special projects research group, prepares Project Natick’s Northern Isles datacenter for deployment off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The datacenter is secured to a ballast-filled triangular base that rests on the seafloor. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

There are also 2 underwater fish cams.

More at Microsoft.