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Welcome to my view on things of this world. This is where I get to write what I want, when I want, about things that interest me. Expect me to ramble from topic to topic, because that's what I'm going to do. If you like what you see, feel free to bookmark this site. I'll try my best to keep it fresh and updated frequently.

Motorbike that runs on water <--click for more

Motorbike Runs On Water

This motorbike can travel over 300 miles on just 1 liter of water

Posted by NowThis on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Check out this motorbike that runs up to 300 miles on a single liter of water. This guy has something. I want to dig a little further, do a bit of research, and see how easy it would be to replicate...


Texas Farmer Killed After Tractor Disturbs Bee Hive <--click for more

A third-generation Texas farmer was killed by a bee attack after he disturbed an enormous hive.

Rogerio Zuniga was on his tractor in Lozano, Texas on Sunday when he hit an 18-inch diameter pipe enraging the bees inside.

The bees swarmed from the abandoned irrigation pipe and killed him, an official told ABC News today.

"He jumped off the tractor and ran about 100 yards away from the swarm before he collapsed in the field," said San Benito Fire Department Chief Raul R. Zuniga Jr., who is Rogerio's cousin.

For complete story, click HERE.


Colt filing for bankruptcy as sales slide <--click for more

Facing declining sales and more competition for defense contracts, iconic gun maker Colt said late Sunday it would have to file for bankruptcy protection to stay afloat.

The company says fewer people are buying its rifles and handguns and that it's having issues with its government contracts. Colt lost money last year as its revenue slid by almost a third, making it difficult to keep up with its bills, the company said.

For complete story, click HERE.


Lenovo Phone Virtual Keyboard and More <--click for more

Imagine being able to watch big screen movies right from your phone...

Chinese electronics giant Lenovo has unveiled a phone with a built-in laser projector that can be used to display a virtual keyboard or display.

The interactive display can replicate the phone's touch screen, a full-size computer keyboard or even piano keys.

The laser projector can also be used to beam images and videos onto walls.

The Smart Cast phone was unveiled at the company's Tech World conference in Beijing, where the firm also unveiled a new type of smartwatch.

For complete story, click HERE.


School bans Jesus, Bible from child's assignment <--click for more

Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She's a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian.

In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message.

So Mackenzie decided to use a Bible verse -- specifically John 3:16. That familiar passage reads: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

But the teacher had a problem with Mackenzie's inspirational message. She explained to the class that none of the students would be allowed to use any Bible verses.

For complete story, click HERE.


Global Banks Admit Manipulation of Foreign Exchange Rates <--click for more

Five global banks agreed to pay more than $5 billion in combined penalties and will plead guilty to criminal charges to resolve a long-running U.S. investigation into whether traders colluded to move foreign-currency rates for their own financial benefit.

Four of the banks, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC and Citigroup Inc., will plead guilty to conspiring to manipulate prices in the $500 billion-a-day market for U.S. dollars and euros, authorities said.

For complete story, click HERE.


This Could Be the World's Most Efficient Solar System <--click for more

A Swedish company claims that this small-scale concentrated solar energy system -- which leans on ideas from a 19th-century Scottish clergyman -- converts 34 percent of sunlight into electricity. That could make it the most efficient solar system in the world.

The Guardian reports that the system -- currently being tested by its makers, RiPasso Energy, in the Kalahari Desert -- uses 100 square-meter dishes to focus the sun's light to a single, hot point. The heat then drives a Stirling engine, first developed by Robert Stirling in 1816, which uses alternate heating and cooling of a closed volume of gas to drive a piston and, in turn, flywheel to generate electricity. The dishes swing on their axes during the day in order to capture as much light as possible.

For complete story, click HERE.


Google to Test Bubble-Shaped Self-Driving Cars <--click for more

The world is one step closer to the day when people can, in good conscience, drive to work while sipping coffee, texting with a friend and working on a laptop computer.

On Friday, Google announced that sometime this summer several prototype versions of its self-driving cars are set to hit the streets of Mountain View, Calif., the search giant's hometown. The move is still just another round of testing but it is a significant step toward a pilot program in which regular consumers could ride in self-driving cars.

Google has long been testing its self-driving car technology with a fleet of Lexus sport utility vehicles that have driven about a million miles on public roads, and that continue to put in 10,000 miles each week.

For complete story, click HERE.


Minecraft videos - why are they so addictive? <--click for more

Minecraft, the online world that most parents simply don't understand, is now officially the most watched game of all time on YouTube. According to the video-sharing site, the virtual Lego game has also become the most searched-for term, behind "music".

It bears out earlier research from YouTube video research firms Newzoo and Octoloy, which found that Minecraft material notched up more than 3.9 billion views on YouTube in March 2015 alone. None of this will come as a surprise to the many parents who have become 'Minecraft-widows', desperately trying to entice their children to go on a bike ride, throw a ball, visit the park - anything other than while away the hours watching other people build things with little green bricks on the internet.

For complete story, click HERE.


Hong Kong Opens First Chinese Restaurant Themed After Hello Kitty! <--click for more

Hello Kitty -- a.k.a. the cat who is not a cat, but rather the personification of a cat -- continues her march toward domination of the hospitality industry with a new Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong.

The dim sum dining spot isn't the first Hello Kitty-themed restaurant to open, but it is the first to serve Chinese cuisine.

There's also a Hello Kitty jet, a Hello Kitty hotel suite and a Hello Kitty theme park.

For complete story, click HERE.


Google self-driving cars have had 11 crashes <--click for more

Google said Monday that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents over six years.

In a blog post, the director of Google's self-driving car program described all the accidents as minor, with no injuries, over 1.7 million miles of driving. "Light damange, no injuries," wrote Chris Urmson. Accidents occurred in the cars both when the car was driving itself and when it was being driven in a normal manner by a worker behind the wheel.

For complete story, click HERE.


NSA phone record collection is excessive <--click for more

The bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government exceeds what Congress has allowed, a federal appeals court said Thursday as it asked Congress to step in and decide how best to balance national security and privacy interests.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan permitted the National Security Agency program to continue temporarily as it exists, but all but pleaded for Congress to better define where the boundaries exist.

For complete story, click HERE.


Woman Uses Pizza Order to Call for Help <--click for more

A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

The Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff's office.

For complete story, click HERE.


5-year-old perfectly reenacts Bruce Lee's Game of Death fight scene <--click for more

Has Bruce Lee been reborn into this pint-size martial artist?

Ryusei, a 5-year-old from Japan, is taking the internet by storm. His dad posted a video of him recreating Bruce Lee's famous fight scene from the 1972 film, Game of Death, and the video has gone viral. It already has had more than 3.5 million views since it was posted to YouTube on May 1.

For complete story, click HERE.


Who's Investing in Bitcoin <--click for more

Goldman Sachs recently announced that it was partnering with a Chinese investment firm to lead a $50 million investment into Bitcoin start-up Circle Internet Financial. This deal represents the first large investment of its kind by a major bank, and it definitely could make a big difference in the Bitcoin space as well as the way we transfer money in our everyday lives. So what does Circle Internet Financial do, and why is it the first Bitcoin company to attract an investment from a major bank?

For complete story, click HERE.


The Two-Minute Solution To Sitting All Day <--click for more

It's no secret that being sedentary for long periods of time is unhealthy. In fact, a study released earlier this year concluded that the amount of hours someone sits in a day -- regardless of regular exercise -- is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death.

For complete story, click HERE.


Is Your Battery Dead? <--click for more

It's a television fan's nightmare: You're sitting at home watching a show and the battery in your remote dies just when you're in desperate need of a channel change. You go digging through your junk drawer and fish out a battery, but then ask yourself: Is this a new battery? Or is it an old battery that I just shoved into my junk drawer instead of discarding? Here's a quick trick to figure it out.

For complete story, click HERE.


US Lowers Fluoride Recommendations <--click for more

The federal government has lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in five decades.

The Department of Health and Human Services is now advising water supply managers to reduce levels of the mineral to 0.7 milligrams per liter (mg/l). The previous recommendation, developed in 1962, advised communities to permit fluoride concentrations between 0.7 and 1.2 mg/l.

For complete story, click HERE.


High Tech Pain Relief <--click for more

Heard about this one on Indie Gogo. It's a device you wear around your leg that stimulates your body to create its own pain relief. I like it a lot and hope the company does well. At the time of this writing, they've already gone far beyond their $100,000 goal. I think it's something like $167,000 and rising with 29 days left of their campaign. Check it out!

Quell Relief


Earlier Musings <--click for more

For earlier musings, see 2014

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