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For the alcohol-inclined among you, I have to share this - a week ago I made this and set it aside to steep, and today I finally had some. It's amazing, not too sweet, and drinks great straight. Super simple--if you can resist the bottle on the counter for a whole week. Seriously - make this.

 +Alton Brown strikes again! 
A potent potable in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jaws. If I have to explain, well, then you've got some movie to watch, eh Chief?
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Standing desk aficionados rejoice! Our complete guide to standing desks - or desks that let you stand when you want and sit when you want too - is here:
 
Want to stand? Sit? Both? There are options here for everyone:
Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your budget, and how to choose what's best for your needs.
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Sat down with some forensics and security folks to suss this one out over at +Lifehacker today. Sure, we all know they're important, but how important are they to regular people? That was what we set out to answer.
 
We sat down with security and forensics experts to separate fact from fiction on Shellshock and Heartbleed:
Dear Lifehacker, So Shellshock is the newest vulnerability that may "break the internet." The last time they said that, it was about Heartbleed, and there was probably something before that. Do I really need to be worried about all these bugs and vulnerabilities, or is this stuff tech companies need to care about? Can someone actually use these against me?
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So I'm traveling soon, and figured I'd pick up a new traveling companion. Think I'm in good hands, eh?
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This is one of the best things I've seen on the internet in a while - +NASA gets Peter Cullen, aka the ever-familiar voice of Optimus Prime, to tell us all about the James Webb Space Telescope - the next generation orbital telescope that scientists and space fans alike have been eager for for years: 
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In case you're not already subscribed, I had a blast on +Tekzilla this week talking to +patrick norton about how to turn your desktop into something more fun and functional with apps like Rainmeter (Windows), Geektool (Mac), and Conky (Linux).

Check out the show below, and seriously, subscribe if you like tech podcasts! 
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I'm a fan of Conky, but I find t that on Mac I rarely have my desktop visible... Do no point in Geektool. I love iStat Menus however.
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It's been a while since I shared directly here (too long!) but I couldn't help but share this, especially for my local friends who play.

After getting into the game, I can say +Ingress has had a huge impact on me, so I took a little time to write about it: 
Getting out of the house and meeting new people is hard. For a long time, I let inertia limit me to the same neighborhood and daily routine—until I started playing a mobile, augmented-reality game from Google called Ingress. In just a few months, I’ve explored places I’d never seen before, met tons of new and interesting people, and walked hundreds of cumulative miles—all because of a simple video game on my phone.
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In case you guys didn't see, we have our own app pack over at the Chrome Web Store! If you've ever wondered what we think some of the essential Chrome apps and extensions are, check them out:
 
Our friends at +Lifehacker have picked their favorite Chrome apps to help you stay productive in the New Year. Check out their Chrome Web Store collection at goo.gl/5uwHft.
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It's been too long, but I saw this and knew I had to share it with you all. A beautiful, HD video time-lapse from the International Space Station. Full-screen on the biggest display you have, click play, and have happy, safe holidays, all of you.

 (via io9: http://io9.com/spectacular-new-space-station-video-is-the-ultimate-hol-1674838511)
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Hey guys! I'm on +Tekzilla  this week with +patrick norton  talking about ad blocking, laptop bags for back to school, knife throwing, getting booze into the airport, and more. Check it out! 
Finding cheap textbooks! µBlock is better than AdBlock? 3 Browers For Private Browsing. ABetterQueue for Netflix.
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If you haven't heard the news, Opportunity, the Mars rover that could, just racked up over 25 miles of driving on Mars--the longest distance any rover has traveled on another planet! Kind of fitting this happens on +NASA's 56th birthday, and considering Oppy was only supposed to run for less than a year--and here it is 10 years later still motoring away, doing good science.

Check out it's jaunt in this photo. This page at NASA has a fun little graphic too: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/july/nasa-s-long-lived-mars-opportunity-rover-sets-off-world-driving-record/index.html#.U9eG34BdUp9
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I'm a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work (and his Salt Flavored Ramen - seriously: http://youtu.be/0BPTNdmdJSc) so this piece really hit home for me. It's a good reminder for anyone struggling to find inspiration, or staring down something they've worked on wondering why it's not what they hoped it would be. 
 
Sage advice from an amazingly creative person:
When you're a perfectionist, it's hard not to look at your last project and constantly find things you hate about it. Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki suggests that having your next project ready is sometimes the only way to get over it.
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Introducing our smart contact lens project
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A visual history of the Apollo missions
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When NASA's astronauts went into space, they took a 70mm Hasselblad camera with them, taking more than 17,000 photos over the course of 13 m

A picture of Earth through time
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Today, we're making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface o

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The Clock Is Ticking: How to Save Time and Money Booking Your Holiday Travel.

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500px for iPad Is a Gorgoeus Photo Browser and Slideshow Creator

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Pageonce Updates, Offers Mobile Bill Pay So Your Bills are Never Late Again. SemiTether Makes Tethered iOS 5 Jailbreaks Rebootable Without a Computer

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The Clock Is Ticking: How to Save Time and Money Booking Your Holiday Travel.

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Skip Bottled Salad Dressing in Marinades to Avoid Mushy Meat.

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Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener On the Cheap for a Better-Smelling Home

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Most Popular Method to Use a Regular Phone for Internet Calls: Skype