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Smart Benches have plugs to charge your smartphone and wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based information, like air quality data. Boston will be the first, and they will get "smarter" over time.
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I had a very "Make Way for Ducklings" moment today.

I was walking back to my office from the rec center on campus when I noticed a woman watching a duck. "That's odd," I thought..."Why would a duck be in the middle of campus? There's no standing water here." Then I noticed her five fuzzy little (and I mean tiny) ducklings peeping and trailing close behind her tail at every step.

The woman, a librarian, had been watching the ducks for almost an hour, trying to figure out what to do about them. Campus groundkeeping was gone for the weekend and, if left there, the ducklings would likely perish due to lack of water. So, we decided that we would try to usher / herd the ducks across campus and across a busy 6-lane road to the adjacent park. It has a small lake and would be ideal for wild ducks.

So, we herded and we ushed, looking bizarre to any casual onlookers, I'm sure. Momma duck was pretty upset at us a few times, and she refused to budge from under a big fir tree at one point. We gave her a couple of minutes to regroup and then moved them along with kind words and waving arms.

Ducks aren't too bright, it seems. Momma duck kept hopping up curbs and ledges only to turn around and realize that her wee ones couldn't make it up. After the 6th or 7th time, you'd think she'd learn. But apparently not.

The most dramatic moment (for me, at least) was when I had to step out into 45 mph traffic and stop 6 lanes of oncoming cars in order to make a path for the ducks to get across MLK (a major road next to campus). An uptight lady in a minivan was waving her arms the whole time as if to say, "Why are you making me stop?" DUCKLINGS! madam...ducklings.

Momma duck made a beeline for the park across the street once the cars stopped and, after we lifted her babies up over the 8" curb, they all waddled down the grass in the direction of the lake. It was a rather triumphant feeling seeing them back in a friendly habitat. The librarian and I shook hands, shared a moment of self-congratulation, and departed.

If you've never read Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, it's certainly worth doing so. Having a small child beside you when you do is nice, but not necessary...you'll enjoy it all the same.
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I think you just made my day, +Craig Froehle. It will be hard to top that. 
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T. Boone Pickens dodges tough questions about fracking.
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We were driving on the MA Pike Tuesday and stopped at Charlton to get ice cream.

At the next table were two men with their backs to us and a boy maybe 10-13 facing us. Another man joined them and set beside the boy. He showed him something and said something about "special date".  I think he then said something about 40% silver because one of the other men asked "Why didn't they use steel?'" or maybe he asked about copper? Not sure, hard to hear them, but he'd definitely found either a steel cent or a war nickel.
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Isn't amazing that people argue about the cost of saving us all from doom?


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When money is all you value or measure, this is the result. 
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What's next, air?

I prefer extreme solutions for people like this.

"Nestlé's Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution."
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How do you defend that idea to, say, your mother — or anyone's?

People from 100 years ago and 100 years hence would never understand this. 
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As promised, the answer to the Second Eagle giveaway was posted sometime in June. I also put numerous clues in other articles, with more to come this month.  Anyone who actually reads this blog should have no trouble finding ...
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Self employed Unix/Linux consultant.

I sell and support Firewalls, Mail Servers, Collaboration Tools and VOIP PBX systems.

I write about Unix, Linux, Blogging (SEO and Adsense etc.), Self Employment and Freelancing and Retirement at my sites.

I am also a coin collector and write about that at my blog.

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Pattern Coins
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The coin pictured below is a pattern piece. It represents a proposed design for a five cent coin. As patterns go, it's not particularly rare

The answer to the Second Eagle giveaway has been posted
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As promised, the answer to the Second Eagle giveaway was posted sometime in June. I also put numerous clues in other articles, with more to

I am not selling anything!
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I have had three different people mention the "coins you are selling on the Internet". Let's make this clear: I am NOT selling anything! I s

The draped bust half cents
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I have great affection for all of the "little sisters" - the half cents. They are all low mintage, usually in the hundreds of thousands, som

Robert Bashlow Restrikes
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Robert S. Bashlow was a New York coin dealer who is famous for his restrikes of numerous coins. I can remember seeing his ads in coin magazi

The Henning Counterfeit Nickels
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In 1954, a fellow named Francis Leroy Henning counterfeited several hundred thousand nickels dated 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947 and 1953. That may

The Eckfeldt family and the U.S. Mint
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The Eckfield family was involved with the U.S. Mint from its very beginning until 1929. Their contributions to numismatics are incredible, r

PCGS Secure service
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PCGS Secure is a certification option when sending coins to be graded and authenticated. Among other features, it includes a "high quality"

Is the 1877 Indian Head Cent really a rare coin?
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There's no doubt that prices for the 1877 Indian Head Cent are high. Even in the lowest grades, these sell for several hundred dollars and g

Numismatic Art by Charles Daughtrey
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Chuck Daughtrey has produced a series of numismatically related drawings. These are available at very reasonable prices from http://www.cdau

The gold Baseball Hall of Fames came yesterday
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My order for gold BHOF's came yesterday. Two of them look good, but one may have a scratch. I can't be sure. I think it is on the coin, but

Morgan Dollar: America's Love Affair with a Legendary Coin
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According to the Amazon page, this book is supposed to be released on June 24th, so I placed a pre-order. To my complete surprise, Fedex del

Coin Collecting Forums Reviewed
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Coin related forums are a great way for you to find other coin collectors to talk to and to learn from. There are a great many of these to c

Moisture and your coins
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Years back, I never gave moisture a second thought. I should have - my safe was located in our basement and that basement certainly got must

Why did we make Trade Dollars?
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Trade Dollars are a strange coin indeed. They have a long history (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_coin) as these are coins that were

Neonumia (for lack of a better word)
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I initially called certain coins "shark jumpers", implying that these are silly, desperate productions that are trying to raise waning inter

Errors and die varieties - new 2014 DDO in your change?
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Collecting die varieties and errors is a wide ranging field. Although it includes spectacular coins like the 1955/55 DDO Lincoln Cent, it al

Capped bust half cents
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Although I like the draped bust half cents more, capped bust half cents (also called "classic head" and "turban head") are interesting and a

Amazon's Collectible Coin Store
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Yesterday, Amazon unveiled its Collectible Coins section. This is very different from eBay. First, not just anyone can sell here. Right now,

Google Books for Coinage History
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I stumbled across Congressional Records related to the Mint while searching Google books for something entirely unrelated and immediately re

We had Nick G. in for a furnace problem a few weeks ago and because he was so professional on that, we had him back to remove, reseal and put back a badly installed kitchen sink. The cost was definitely more than than it should have been ($200 for about an hour's work), but on the other hand the job was done professionally, cleanly, and quickly. That's worth paying extra for, at least for me. We had another local plumber in a few weeks ago to put in a shutoff valve on our washing machine: they gouged up our floor moving the machine and would have broken the door of the washer if I hadn't yelled at them that they had it jammed - I do not get the feeling that ARS would ever have let that happen. With other workman we have to watch like hawks, laying out old towels so they don't scratch things with their tools - again, Nick did that automatically. It looks to me that he's always thinking about stuff like that. Little details like wearing pull-on boot covers and spreading out a cloth matter. So - ARS is not the cheapest, but if you want quality and care, I definitely recommend them. With cheap, you get what you pay for.
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