Stay Safe In The Woods

 

Most of the hunting in Vermont happens during deer season each Fall. Bow hunting has been underway for three weeks already, but the largest numbers of hunters are out in the woods during the 16-day rifle season in November. Nicole Meier is an education specialist with Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. She gives these tips to hikers, cyclists and other non-hunters to stay safe in the woods: http://digital.vpr.net/post/hiker-safety-tips-hunting-season

Duck Weather

While I’m certain that parts of Vermont are still suffering from insufficient rainfall, around here the clouds and rain really feel relentless.

So it doesn’t seem all that surprising that NYC’s Central Park has a unique visitor.

A Mandarin duck, native to East Asia, has been hanging out since October.

Video and story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/nyregion/mandarin-duck-central-park-pond.html

 

 

 

Hack The Menu

While fast food isn’t necessarily very good for long-term health, who says it can’t at least be entertaining?

Malcolm Bedell’s “11 McDonald’s Menu Hacks That Will Change Your Life,” which came out in LA Weekly in 2013, did so in the extreme. In addition to listing a variety of McDonald’s off-menu dishes, Bedell boasted a suite of payment-evading ruses. These included what he called “dollar menu hacks,” for which one had to order two of the least expensive items on the menu and combine them to approximate the contents, but not the cost, of a regular-menu item. Below is the author recommending a Budget Big Mac:

It’s a little known fact that any sandwich on the McDonald’s menu can be ordered “Like a Mac,” as in, “Let me get a McDouble, but make it like a Mac.” There’s even a button on the register devoted to this task in some locations. So you can order the lower-priced McDouble—hold the ketchup and mustard, add lettuce and Big Mac sauce. Total price, with substitutions = $1.49, $2.40 less than a Big Mac and all you’ll be missing is the third slice of bun, some sesame seeds, and most of your dignity.

 

 

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