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Low Technology - I like technology of all kinds. Innovative thinking can be applied to the most mundane things, from curved snow shovel handles to eccentric axe heads.
 
Apparently someone in Finland got bored with chopping wood the hard/dangerous way and decided to re-invent the axe.

As you can see in the video below - note he just keeps chopping wood so no need to watch the full video - this new, oddly shaped, axe turns logs into firewood easily and quickly.  Supposed to be safer as well.

So to sum up the hardy folk in Finland have come up with a way for anyone to chop wood.  No more need for blokes to demonstrate their manliness by making firewood (ah shucks).

If you need to chop wood, and don't want to either exert yourself or risk chopping into your own leg (I have to admit that last bit has been a worry of mine the few times I have chopped wood) then you may benefit from a Leveraxe.

More details at their website:  http://www.vipukirves.fi/english/description.htm

I wonder if Firefighters would benefit from this new axe?

How about deranged killers in horror movies?  :)
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Whatever makes it easier is good.
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"This is Ghost-comrade requesting flyby."
"Negative, Ghost-comrade. The pattern is full."

VVVvvvvvvvvooooooommmmmmm!
 
As tensions escalate in Ukraine, apparently so is the military gamesmanship http://cbsn.ws/1nmMUqW
A Russian SU-24 fighter came within a few thousand feet of U.S. Navy ship in international waters in the Black Sea near Ukraine
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+Thomas Jones this could be a very interesting test case for that.
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Cognitive Bias - Are you willing to challenge your pre-conceived notions?  Do you prefer Ford or Chevrolet?  Coke or Pepsi? Glock or Springfield? Harvard or Yale?  I have a few preferences. Some are based on logic, but undoubtedly some are based on reputation alone. I enjoy trying new things and exploring the leading edge, but they have to prove their worth and be significantly better than the alternatives.  It seems that in the field of violin making, the long reign of the Stradivari family may be coming to an end.  It is an amazing testament to Antonio Stradivari that his violins are still prized after so many centuries. Truly legen..... wait for it.... dary.
Despite myths about original Strads and Guarneri violins, expert soloists pick new instruments more often in blind tests. The study suggests that perception may cloud listeners' senses in the debate between old and new.
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Actually, I'm not sure it would be possible to make a modern blade that was lighter, stronger, and more resilient, at least not if you restrict yourself to the same basic alloy composition. (Carbon steel, no fancy additions like titanium or chromium.) The traditional smiths accomplished some pretty amazing optimizations given the materials available to them.

But yes, modern technology should be able to maintain or improve the overall consistency. Cost would be an issue, though, since the advantages of industrial manufacturing increase the larger your volume, and good quality swords just aren't that big a market. 
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Darth Kidious - Happens every time.
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+Hoi Pham those are so awesome!
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For those of us who are into privacy on a public forum, here's how you can turn it off.  This is a cool feature, and I was surprised by my number, but it's not something that I really want to publish.
 
Profiles and pages now display total content views

Ever wonder how many times your shared Google+ content has been seen? Starting today you’ll see a new number on your Google+ profile or page: total content views.

This number is the sum of your profile, post and photo views since October 2012, and you can choose to show or hide it via settings. Just visit plus.google.com/settings, scroll down to “Profile,” and make your selection (http://goo.gl/8BjroH). #googleplusupdate
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I'm not sure, and neither is Google. They say the number is approximate. That's the one indicator to me that this might be April Fools. I've seen others posting their ratios as high as 1,173:1. Others said 500+:1.
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Easter Egg Tip - And generally a pretty neat way to hard boil bake eggs. I wonder what will happen if you draw colors on the eggs before baking them?
I also like to eat soft boiled eggs. I bet this method could be easily adapted to that.
+Jake Croston what do you think?

h/t +Armida Evony
 
This works! No more giant pot of boiling water, cracked eggs and timers. And it also doubles as my 8-year-old's science project. Yay multitasking!!! happy mom dance
Boiling eggs is for your grandma. This way is so deliciously fool-proof that the entire article could be, "Throw them in the oven." But don't do that. Avoid the boiling water and the timers and the fuss and read on. Preheat your oven to...
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Yes, seems like more trouble than it's worth, unless you know the timing. When I'm feeling really lazy, I'll cook scrambled eggs in the microwave. It's kind of fun to watch it boil up like those old sidewalk snakes that you light on fire.
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Heartbleed Update - Use +LastPass to monitor which of your account sites have been compromised and when it is safe to update your password.  Note that Yahoo! and Netflix are both on the compromised list.
 
Now you can run the LastPass Security Check to see how you may have been impacted by #Heartbleed :

#Cybersecurity   #passwordsecurity  
Yesterday we informed our community of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. In our blog post, we explained how this security issue impacted our service and what our users should know about the situation. We also built a tool to help o...
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Medical HUD - Hands free interfaces to information has so many applications. I sometimes talk to my phone while it's still in my pocket. Is that lazy? Maybe. But it sure is convenient. The more I use it, the more I want it. Albert Einstein said never memorize something you can look up.
From the article: “With this ambient information stream, we start to blur the line between knowledge in your head and the institutional knowledge of the entire organization”.
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Internet Security Flaw Discovered - There's some serious shenanigans with SSL. There's not much you can do right now, because it is up to the service providers to fix it. Once they fix their side of the problem, you may want to update your passwords. This would also be a good time to switch to +LastPass if you haven't already. (BTW, due to LastPass's extra layers of security, they were protected from this bug.)

#heartbleed
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Suddenly, +Google+'s new View Count feature makes a lot more sense. Now that TOSN (That Other Social Network) is charging for posts to reach people who are actually interested in seeing your content, it is smart to highlight the number of people who see your posts here -- for free.
 
Why I -- and others who post the content that makes Facebook more interesting -- may be giving up on Facebook soon.
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That makes TONS of sense. 
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