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The "real" Great War...
 
Archive recreation for The Great Martian War
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Cringe-worthy stories to start your week...
 
After all of IT's efforts to secure data and passwords, how much does it suck to see things like this?
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I'm glad that I didn't actually watch the first episode of "CSI: Cyber."  The running commentary in this article is much like a transcript of MST3K - much better than the cringe-worthy YouTube cuts from the show. Do yourself a favor and read the article...
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Parents who are "more afraid of gluten than they are of smallpox..."
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This is both exciting and a little frightening.  Take a moment and look around your area.  I found 3 things: 1) Personal Weatherstations, 2) Registered Raspberry Pis and 3) Flying Aircraft(?).  I'm going to have to look more closely at this site....
Thingful is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a geographical index of where things are, who owns them, and how and why they are used.
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I sometimes work about a block from the location in this story.  I shall have to look for a new Orthanc.
[Note: I'm not certain that it's not the adults in this story who have the actual problems.]
Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after bringing his “one ring” to school.
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Kids these days...  (are really amazing sometimes)...
 
Annika Urban used her prize money to start a Robotics Club! A friend sent me this link - she looks exactly like I did at that age. 
Annika Urban won a 2nd place award in Engineering at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS
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Hmmm.... This bodes ill...
The 3D printing company has laid off about a fifth of its staff and closed its three retail stores. It's a reality check for the 3D printing industry.
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Hey - 2 things:
1) I never watched Fred Rogers when I was a kid, but his message resonates within me as an adult and,
2) just click on "play in Vimeo" to watch it. It's only a few minutes, but it'll make you feel a little better about yourself and this world.

We need that, just a little bit.
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I knew there was a Pi day - I didn't know until now that there is an Arduino Day!
 
ARDUINO DAY 2015: SUBMISSIONS FOR ORGANIZERS ARE OPEN! #Arduino #ArduinoD15
https://day.arduino.cc/#/

On Saturday the 28th of March we planned to celebrate Arduino Day with our global community.

We are organizing 4 official events in Boston (USA) at MIT, in Torino (Italy) at Officine Arduino, in Malmo (Sweden) at Arduino Verkstad, in Budapest (Hungary) at Arduino Hungary,and in Bangalore (India) at Arduino Karkhana.

If you live near one of them you can come an visit us, otherwise you can organize one locally and invite experts or a newbies, engineers, designers, crafters and makers to give their contribution and share their experience with Arduino. Submissions for organizers are open until 15th of March!

Arduino Day is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Arduino and all the things that have been done (or can be done!) with it. The events will offer different types of activities, tailored to local audiences all over the world.

To organize an event during Arduino Day, go through the following steps:

Find a location and plan your activities according to the resources you have available.
Consider different ways of engaging your audience, such as talks, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, open days, and show-and-tell events. Most of the activities should be open to the public and free of charge (you can also run a workshop with a fee, but it should not be the only activity for the day).
Fill out the online form and submit your proposal.
The call for submissions closes on March 15th. You need to be logged in to submit your proposal.
Once your event has been approved, a location pin will be added to the map on the Arduino Day website.
This is just temporary though, you need to prepare an agenda of your event to get it confirmed. You will also receive a confirmation email with a link to download your Digital Kit, which includes: Official Arduino Day posters, Event flyer, Official signage system, graphics for Badges, and a 10% discount code for the Arduino Store.
Publish the agenda of the event on an online page.
Make sure the final agenda for the day is published online. You can create a blogpost, a Facebook event, a meetup, an Eventbrite page, or whatever online page you like. Only Community events with an online agenda will be confirmed.
Are you getting ready to celebrate? Discover who’s already organizing Arduino Day in the world and help us promote the event with official banners!

Read morehttps://day.arduino.cc/#/
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Why can't Telco installers ever seem to install equipment aligned with the RU marks?
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I've had to drill out  one or two stripped bolts myself.
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I like Google Earth and the Pro version has a few more features that are useful.  Now the pro version is free!
Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris — but how many dropped $400 (per year!) for..
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Born in Okinawa, raised in Killeen, TX.  I'm a Texas boy. I love technology and science.
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