The Internet Blackout….

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Several Internet Nodes (Core area’s that aggregate content and drive the Internet itself) have decided to shutdown their operations to protest  the Stop Online Piracy Act: HR 3261 (SOPA) In my opinion, the tools are already there to accomplish this.  The should be used as the were intended.  There are safe-guards in place with the Laws that are effective now. CONGRESS!  Leave this ALONE and work on IMPORTANT MATTERS. Maybe, the ECONOMY ????? News articles:   Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills By JENNA WORTHAM Published: January 17, 2012 With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th….friggatriskaidekaphobia

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Well since today is Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fitting to Post about the origins of the superstition that it’s a fateful day. According to my research, there doesn’t appear to be a clear origin of the superstition.  The most concrete fact that can be found is that references to the Day and Date, Friday, and 13: occur beginning around 1907 and not before. There is a pretty complete Wikipedia Entry which I think is worth a read.   Some fun things: An Amazon book search: Friday the 13th An Amazon movie search: Friday the 13th   … Continue reading

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Book Review: Regina’s Song by David Eddings

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Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: a vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized that she turns totally inward, incapable of telling anyone what happened or even who she is. She remains lost to the world, until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit–and the young woman utters her first intelligible word. As she recovers, still with no memory of the past, her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood … Continue reading

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Just when you thought your Twinkies were safe…

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Hostess Brands, Maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, Prepping Bankruptcy Report Updated: Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012, 10:53 AM EST Published : Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012, 10:34 AM EST UNDATED – There’s a report that Hostess Brands, the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, is preparing to refile for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just two years after emerging. Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/money/hostess-brands-maker-of-wonder-bread-and-twinkies-prepping-bankruptcy-report-010112##ixzz1j6l3xDNl

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Braised Chicken with Apples

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  The Technique: Braising Braising: A seemingly Lost Technique.  Few People seem to know how to Braise a piece of meat.  They may do it, but they just don’t know what it is they are doing, exactly. Braising defined is: Cooking with Moist-Heat and Low Temperature, for a Long-Time.  Moist-Heat is just as essential as the Long-Time and here is why…… Using  Moist-Heat, Low Temperature, and Time; Dissolves the Connective tissue in meat, which we find to be tough, into Collagen.  The Collagen is then converted to Gelatin.  All the while the muscle fibers within the meat are coiled and … Continue reading

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For Old, Long Ago! — Auld Lange Syne!

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In the Original Scottish, from Robert Burns, 1788.   Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne ? CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp ! and surely I’ll be mine ! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. CHORUS We twa hae run about the braes, and pu’d the gowans fine ; But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot, sin auld … Continue reading

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Guess it was to happen sooner or later…..

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Sears, Kmart to shut 100-120 stores By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney December 27, 2011: 10:29 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sears Holdings on Tuesday reported a sharp drop in holiday sales compared to a year ago, and said the results will force it to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores. The stores to be closed have yet to be identified. The company is one of the nation’s largest retailers with more than 4,000 stores in the United States and Canada……[More from CNN]

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The Gunsmithing task with the most Bang for the Buck Ever–Cleaning!

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Yes.  You read that title correctly.  The single most effective task you can perform on a gun is as simple as cleaning it properly.  A clean gun functions as intended, the projectile fits the bore as intended, the action moves within the timing intended, Every single thing WORKS AS INTENDED.  When you add several hundred rounds worth of gunk, Stuff stops working well. Don’t forget about maintaining value in the gun.  Not cleaning, oiling, and caring for your firearm will result in rust and corrosion.  This will lower the value and, if let go too long, destroy the gun. Tools … Continue reading

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Who let the Spirit out of the window?

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9 arrested after brawl at Mall of America BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Fists flew and so did a few chairs during a large-scale brawl at the Mall of America Monday. “Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen,” said Commander Mark Stehlik with Bloomington Police. “But this is highly unusual.” Shortly after 4 p.m., authorities confirm more than 20 individuals started fighting in the north food court. Cellphone video uploaded to YouTube shows dozens of young people watching while some push, punch, and even throw chairs. At that same time, police say several other fights flared up in … Continue reading

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Leg of Lamb

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The best meat in the World!  As far as I’m concerned, anyway.  The secret to fantastic Lamb is in the trimming.  You MUST trim ALL the fat you can find! Beef fat = flavor, so does Lamb fat.  The difference is Beef fat tastes: GOOD, Lamb fat: not so much! Trim, Trim, Trim some more. Ingredients 3-4 lb Leg of Lamb Several cloves of Garlic Fresh Rosemary (Dried works) Olive Oil Salt & Pepper   Instructions Pre-Heat Oven to 375°F. Trim ALL fat from the Leg and place in roasting pan. Cut a few deep gashes about 2″ long and … Continue reading

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