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Wish I could buy this - Best product ever.

We've probably all seen those vibrating devices that can turn flat surfaces like tables or windows into speakers. Well, Stefanich takes that idea one step further with the Sono. Noise cancelling headphones feature tiny microphones that can pick up and cancel out ambient sounds, and that's exactly what the Sono would do. Except that it would counter-vibrate the window it was stuck to, turning it into a giant noise-cancelling speaker that silences any sound coming from outside.

I want one!
That suspiciously cheap apartment you just moved into? Turns out to be right next to a deafening hourly commuter train—and since you signed a one year lease, you're looking at either twelve months wearing noise cancelling headphones. Or desperately hoping Rudolf Stefanich's Sono noise cancelling window device comes to fruition.
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Watching Halt and Catch Fire. It is surprisingly well made and draws you in. I'm hooked.
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Yes, complex characters = awesomeness.
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Old pic of +Amanda Powter's awesome poster collection.

I'm with Adama...
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I'll never look at my toaster in the morning in the same way...
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Went for a meeting in the rains last evening. It's been pouring down last two days. Today I'm taking the day off and having some Bhajia and Chai.

Welcome to my day :)
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IKR??? But the green chillies made up for it :-)
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+Paul Snedden I am sure this chap / lady is genuine. But this person is not from Nigeria. Strangely... Are the Nigerians outsourcing their work now? ;)

Ms Ling Jiang <>

Dear Friend,
Compliment of the day to you, I want to seize this opportunity to thank you for taking out time to reply my email out of your busy schedules. So I thought it wise to detailed out the nature of this project comprehensively. Considering the nature of your job, I do not expect that you read this email in one view, I will advice that you take your time at your convenient to read this email so you understand the reason and why I am contacting you for this project. Before I commence, it is necessary to introduce myself so you know who you are dealing with. I am Ms. Ling Jiang a staff of Wing Hang Bank Here in Hong Kong, I am contacting you concerning a customer and an investment placed under our banks management; as a matter of fact it was 3 years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and also to kindly respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this email. I am contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication; I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. it is of great importance for you to take care and understand every word which I have written down below; please be patient and read the explanation religiously.
Note: Do not let the length of this email discourage you from reading it, there is a saying, nothing good comes easy, hard work truly pays, your commitment and effort will determine the success of this project
In 2010, the Subject matter; Ref: FI/WHB/958/042/0611 came to Our Bank to Engage in business discussions with Our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a Financial Portfolio of USD $ 12,881,673 million United States Dollars , which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case as a marketer at that time; I made ​​numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. I do not say this to spread my eagle, considering the fact that I was young and beautiful I was able to win his trust and confidence so he gave me a free hand to make decision on his behalf regarding where and how to invest.
Few months later his attention was needed regarding a business which I was going to discuss with him due to the fact that the risk involve was high but the profit was huge and encouraging as well. Sadly I was unable to reach him, I made futile efforts to locate him without any avail, I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department of our bank. Four days later, information started to trickle in, that he was apparently dead, a person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Cannes, South of France; we were soon enough able to gather more information and the cause of death was confirmed. The bank immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his funds. If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he died Intestate...
There is now USD $ 15,762,763 ( Fifteen million Seven hundred Sixty-two thousand Seven hundred Sixty-three dollars and Zero cents United States Dollars) deposited, I alone have the Deposit Details and they will Release the Deposit to no One unless I Instruct them to do so. Also I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as the finance firm is concerned, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent the funds to the firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The finance firm has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit, they are simply awaiting for instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward with the right document, this is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track the family of the deceased; they investigated for months and found no family but however the investigation officially came to an end.
My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position whereby an instruction is given to the finance firm to officially release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation / associate, and all etiquette shall be done in accordance with the rule of law, I certainly can guarantee you that. By the common law, the power of bequeathing is coeval with the first rudiments of the law. There is no ruling which prevents an inheritance from being so exhausted by legacies as to render it unworthy of theirs acceptance; perfect operation whereby the paper work shall be coordinated in such a way that your status as a sole beneficiary is confirmed. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you; that is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you; afterwards we share the proceeds 60/40. 60% of the total funds for me and 40% for you.
I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit, but on the other hand, you as an indifferent foreigner would easily pass as the beneficiary with the rights to claim, I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you in a few days. I will simply inform our bank of the final closing of the file relating to the customer, I will then officially communicate with the finance company and instruct them to release the deposit to you; with these two things: all is done. The alternative would be for us to have the firm direct the funds to another bank with you as an account holder, this way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from the firm. We can fine-tune this based on our interactions, I am aware of the consequences of this proposal and I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask also, that you do not be vindictive or destructive, if my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you; please do not destroy my career. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run in the whole private banking sector, I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience because I truly have made this possible with my effort, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones 'way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by and I hope you understand, because for once I found myself in total control and face to face with my destiny. These chances won' t pass me by, I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me please let me know, and hence move on with my life, but do not destroy me; I am a Single mother with so many responsibility for my family and this is an occasion to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking, I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank; I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune will bless you and plant you into the center of relevance in my life, let's share the blessing.
If you find yourself interested to work with me, please contact me specifically, if you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a quick conclusion. It is necessary to inform you that under no condition should you contact me via official channels; I will simply deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through our official lines neither do I want you contacting me through my official email account. I do not want any direct link between you and I. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management policy, please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a Family woman with kids, I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences might be, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold, this is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients; do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord I shall have the pleasure of meeting you, after this task has been completed.
I await your response.
Yours Sincerely,
Ms Ling
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Excellent Paul! Hopes that the scammer takes the bait and rubs hands gleefully.
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Outrunner : A bizarre looking robot which caught my eye recently is the  Outrunner. It's a small (under $250) robot which has six 'legs' rather than wheels. Kinda weird and wonderful. Are legs better than wheels? You decide.

As can be seen in the photos, it's not a bipedal robot, but instead features vertically-mounted spinning "turrets" on either side, with a series of monopod-like legs extending out from them. As the turrets (or whatever they're called) turn, the legs move forward and meet the ground.

"By having a center of mass lower than the leg axis of rotation, OutRunner robots exploit a buoyancy effect, making them inherently stable and eliminating the need for expensive sensors and complex control algorithms," the company explains on its Kickstarter page. "Energy efficiency is achieved by exploiting the same feature observed in legged animals; using legs as an energy storage system allows for fluctuation and conservation (and not losses) of potential and kinetic energy during running."

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It's on my list, up next.  Just need some time, and energy.
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+Chad Haney and +Gary Ray R here is the Indian head shake :-P

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Now I see what you mean.  I've seen this  in the US too, people will say yes and shake their head no. Or the opposite. 
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In case you missed this first time around :) I kinda liked the show put on by the flower!
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+Simply Pai indeed. I find Infloresence fascinating :)
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I made this post on my phone - obviously I made it private by mistake!
Since +Poh Yoong Yee​ was wondering. This is fresh Mango (Alphonso) ice cream. It's sold under the brand name 'Natural'. 
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+SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer If I ever understand hoomans... well... If.
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Science Apps : I was not aware of the kind of science apps that exist. Until recently. Looks really nifty.

The +The New York Times wrote about it here - - though these seem to be paid apps.

Have you used any science apps? Let me know in the comments!
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Dinner a few days back at a fancy place. +Gita Jaisinghani and I enjoyed the food. Verily.
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+SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer Excellent. I'm working on become a follower of PaulP's theory that the best camera for the job... is the one in your hand? :)
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Science Fiction writer, Lacerant Plainer.
I am a SF writer; post about Science and geeky stuff. I write about transhumanism, near as well as distant futures, and like to dream of the possibilities that face us. We are uniquely poised to take advantage, or face the consequences of our actions in the near term and this fascinates me.

Love to write, and sometimes manage to do that, but not very often. I have a few Science Fiction stories called 'The Final Colony' and  'Orange Rock' on as well as 'The Judgement Conundrum', a version of which is free on Smashwords ( Would love for you to read my books and comment on your experience. Look for the ebooks in the links.

You can check out my blog for links to my books and flashfiction stories

I have a group on Facebook for all things Sci-fi called 'Science Fiction Enthusiasts'. If you want to join, just send me a join request

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My genre is hard Sci-Fi (if one can categorize it). Though most of my stories do not concentrate on the science. 

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Completed course in 'Introduction to Nanotechnology' at Rice University via Coursera

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