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Google+ is always prompting me to post updates to my wall, by asking "What's new with you?". At that moment about the only thing new with me is trying to think of a answer (and hopefully one that is not too awkward, or perhaps interesting). So now you have your answer Google. Does that insight satisfy you? Now you can resume selling/sharing my personal info to your advertisers. Enjoy. You're Welcome. https://youtu.be/79DijItQXMM

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Interesting short read in general, and especially for those of you dreaming of traveling the stars - or perhaps being one of the first to colonize Mars. Written by a video game developer and space tourist, famously known as "Lord British".

Love the subtitle "In space, no one can hear you ask for more Sudafed". ;-)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-21/travel-tips-from-a-real-space-tourist-get-ready-to-feel-awful

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Anyone up for a treasure hunt? Here is your chance to come across around $2 million. All you gotta do is find it! While doing so, you will be doing research, traveling the country, spending lots of time in the great outdoors and getting some exercise. A win-win even if you don't find the treasure. Read on for the interesting story, and consider taking me with you if you decide to go.

P.S. props to the story webpage. Interesting reading, decent writing, clean design and nice combo of multi-media (pictures, videos, interview clips). The one negative - and it is annoying - is the very top video clip on repeat, filling the page so it looks like that is all there is and the sound. It isn't a video people. Scroll down..but before you go down too far turn the @!(@$(*!% sound off (on bottom right of the video). Repeat once is OK, but endless repeating is uncool.

http://www.vox.com/a/fenn-treasure-hunt-map

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Only takes a minute a game. Try Google Quick Draw https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/ How the heck do u draw a pond, animal migration, grass, the "Mona Lisa"!!! (in 20 sec.) in a way A.I. can interpret. If you have sound on, it will tell you what it guesses in real-time as you draw...however mostly ignore that as 20 sec. isn't enough to "think" how to draw some of the more complex objects and do the actual drawing, much less if you are trying to improve your drawing off the A.I. guesses. Google guessed 2-3 out of 6 of my drawling per game. Kinds fun.

What was more fun for me was at the end you will be show the objects you drew and can click on them to see how other people playing drew the same object. 

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Dateline: November 17, 1869. The opening of the newly completed Suez Canal (mostly French financed/controlled) was one of the most grandiose events of the century, but to the horror and outrage of the French, it was upstaged by the actions of a British Navy Captain.

Royal Navy Captain George Nares sneaks his ship (HMS Newport), at night in total darkness and without lights, through the mass of waiting ships and past the lead French ship, to become the first ship through the newly opened Suez Canal.

This audacious act earned him an official reprimand, but endeared him with the British public and he received a "unofficial" vote of thanks from the Admiralty for promoting British interests and for demonstrating such superb seamanship.

My kinda guy! ;-)

Read more about it, along with some nice pictures, on this site: http://dawlishchronicles.blogspot.com/2014/09/opening-suez-canal-and-death-in-ice.html

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OK, can't resist sharing this one. Quote (from whom, I don't know):

"Lord Elrond from "The Lord of the Rings" saga has been a saint for a Brazilian great-grandmother. Not that she's a fan of the movies or books, she just thought it was a figurine of Saint Anthony."

Opps! Haha

Oh well, no harm done. If you are the praying type, it seems like both Lord Elrond and Saint Anthony are worth praying to:

In the books, JRR Tolkien describes Elrond as "noble and fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer".

According to stanthony.org, St. Anthony of Padua's life is "what every Christian's life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God".

Story here: http://bzfd.it/2io93J5

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Tesla’s radar sensors detect an issue and predict a future collision. This video shows exactly how Autopilot is supposed to help save lives by avoiding accidents.

The car in front of the Tesla didn't even brake to avoid the collision, instead trying to change lanes. With no brake lights to cue off, a human driver's reactions would of been impaired. The Tesla saw and reacted on it's own.

Detection takes place at around 4 seconds into the video when you hear the Tesla emit a series of warning beeps. The Tesla is detecting an "imminent" crash ahead and begins to immediately apply the brakes to avoid colliding with the vehicle involved in the wreck.

This is very cool, as is the sweet acceleration and electric only tech. No more #(@!*% gas! Would make a great primary car. Now if I only had a spare $80,000 so I could buy one.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-collision-alert-seemingly-predicts-the-future-avoids-highway-accident/

I saw a story this a.m. reporting that Oprah had lost over 40# with Weight Watchers. I quickly bought 10 shares of WTW stock for $100, as it was going up. (hey, that was all I could afford). Two hours later my stop-loss triggers on people cashing in profits. I made $3. WooHoo!! Thanks Oprah!

If my 2 hours profit sounds like nothing to write home about, think how much that same $100 would make sitting in a savings account for 1 "year" - my bank currently pays 0.10%, so I would of earned .10 cents. I'll take the $3.

Now if only I could add some a few "0"s to the end of my profit!! I gotta step up my game. Wish me luck.

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Interesting essay (long read) about Japanese ships adrift at sea between 1600 to 1870, and the story of some of their surviving crew. Historical info, travels that span the globe, overcoming adversity, longing to return home and learning the ideology/customs of various people (perhaps some of the more errrr...adventurous of you may even try one of the Makah Indian tribe customs that will surely jump out at you as you read this).

A good read, for me at least. If you read it, let me know what you think.

https://mikedashhistory.com/2010/12/18/the-shoguns-reluctant-ambassadors/

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I discovered this song due to a preview of the artwork catching my eye. Probably would not of listened to it otherwise. The video is a slide show of beautifully done artwork with the style perfectly in tune with the music. Black and white, with a touch of color to draw the eye. Really well done. The song also, great blues type song. I like the music and lyrics better than the vocals (but gotta give props to a French dude singing in English, who ends up with a oddly accented blues type twang - which reminds me of George Thorogood??). I really dig the whole package here. Give it a watch and listen. Think I shall be buying the complete MP3 album based on this sing alone. Band website: http://www.thebluesmystery.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109uO2EV6RM
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