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Watch for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Weekend

Watch for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Weekend | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
The Southern Delta Aquarid radiant, looking southeast at 2AM local from latitude 30 degrees north on the morning of July 30th. (Created by the author in Starry Night). The meteor shower drought ends this weekend.
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I was amused by the way these were described as the "opening act" for the Perseids.

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DOG WITH EYEBROWS

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Yeah, okay, it's a dog with eyebrows...you got a problem with that?  You got a problem with Vloasis doing a cutesy thing every now and then? Well do ya, punk?

 

For some reason I think this guy would make a good host for a new You Bet Your Life show...

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Gotcha! - In Photos: 16 Work-At-Home Scams To Avoid

Gotcha! - In Photos: 16 Work-At-Home Scams To Avoid | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission received 8,192 complaints involving work-at-home-business opportunities, flat with the previous year. The FTC estimates that only one in every 55 of those work-at-home opportunities was legitimate.
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A common thread running through scams like these is that your potential employer needs you to pay for your own training kit, startup requirement, or some form of initial investment.  That's all they were ever after. 

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Top 10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work

Top 10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

1. Listerine cures toenail fungus

2. Yogurt cures bad breath

3. Olive oil cures eczema

4. Sugar stops the hiccups

5. Chewing peppermint or cinnamon gum eases commuting stress

6. Duct tape cures warts

7. Biting on a pencil cures headaches

8. Vodka-soaked rug eliminates foot odor

9. Olives and lemons cure sea sickness

10. Tomatoes cure acne


Via Bert Guevara
Vloasis's insight:

Although there are better uses for vodka than putting it on your feet, a couple on this list are truly neat and exceptional.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others? | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Blood type, metabolism, exercise, shirt color and even drinking beer can make individuals especially delicious to mosquitoes

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An interesting article, with some surprising details about why I get bitten more than Lauri...lol.

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Smoking Dutchwoman to be Marlboro's New Image

Smoking Dutchwoman to be Marlboro's New Image | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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"Let's face it," said Ed Frilner from his office in Marlboro marketing, "that cowboy has played his course and people want to see what's next."

 

The cigarette company decided on Sonja Barato, a 36 year old model originally from the Dutch East Indies but living in Sweden for the past twelve years.

 

"She just has that look," said Frilner. "People who smoke Marlboros today are far more educated about their decision. Sonja conveys that."

 

A new ad series is in the works, daringly depicting Barato strolling through Amsterdam's red light district, aloof as tourists smoke joints in cafes, and preferring instead her Marlboro.

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The Intimacy & Language of Silence

The Intimacy & Language of Silence | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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The expenditure of energy to fulfill our perceived need to supplant the spaces of silence can very well detract from achieving a greater harmony.  Silence is necessary.

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1+ foot of hail buries Santa Rosa

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More thunderstorms are forecast for northeastern New Mexico through the weekend, but no one is expecting a repeat of the massive hail storm that pelted the city of Santa Rosa.  

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I don't think you can properly imagine over a foot of hail unless you've actually experienced it.

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Arizona wildfire leads to evacuation of 50 homes

Arizona wildfire leads to evacuation of 50 homes | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
YARNELL, Ariz. — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press.
Vloasis's insight:

Skib recently told me of wildfires in the Pecos area of New Mexico we had visited three years ago.  It makes a difference when you've been to a place that is affected, because a stronger association can be formed in your mind.  Hope things turn out okay for these folks.

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a lifelong habit

a lifelong habit | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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Jeremy Stilter, the little boy seen in this ad, is now 52 years old and suffering from an array of chronic illness which he attributes to his dependency on 7-Up and other colas as an infant.

 

"It was more than just a one-shot deal for the print ad," he said in a deposition. "If I was out in public, people would expect me to be drinking soda. The company encouraged it for promotional purposes and gave my mother a limitless supply. Now my teeth a mostly gone and I can't sleep more than a couple hours at night."

 

He's suing for 80 million dollars.

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Where to Play Risk and Web-Based Alternatives Online

Where to Play Risk and Web-Based Alternatives Online | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
Risk is a classic, but few of us can manage to ever gather enough people to actually play in person. Here's where you can play Risk online.
Vloasis's insight:

It's been ages since I've had a good game of Risk.  In addition to the places on this list, I hear Pogo also has Risk.  It might be fun to find a way where Vloasis members could arrange to have games.

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The Myth of Narcissus: Love & Lies in the Virtual World

The Myth of Narcissus: Love & Lies in the Virtual World | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Meditations on walking the dangerously thin line between self-obsession and sharing one's beautiful life on social networks.

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I think some folks either don't or decide not to see this thin line at all.  As a result we have a degradation of cultural communication, but because thee are so many outlets for it, we are presented with the illusion of diversity when essentially the same thing is happening everywhere.

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Lazy arse in a cripple space

Lazy arse in a cripple space | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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Help me out here...do the English really still bandy about terms like "cripple" instead of handicapped?

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Real-Life "Bride of Bill" Has Been Found

Real-Life "Bride of Bill" Has Been Found | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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While many may associate Uma Thurman as the character of "The Bride" in the Tarantino "Kill Bill" movies, and others might harken back to the comic book origin of the tale, a real-life "bride of Bill" has been found in Makecross, Georgia, and her tale draws a remarkable parallel to the movie.

 

Meet Melanie Sempro, the only daughter of a real estate lawyer, who thought she was marrying a darnn nice fellow in the person of Toby Englewood.  But when she stood him up at the altar and drove away in his car which was parked outside the church, something in Toby snapped and he swore revenge.

 

He tracked down Melanie near Bangor, Maine and as she ran away from him she was struck by a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Left in a coma in the hospital, Melanie awoke eight months later and began tracking down and punishing Toby's friends and family members who may have been supportive in his plan to find her. 

 

Currently she's serving 18-to-life in Waynesville Female Penitentiary for ultimately murdering Toby on his patio with shish-kebab skewers.

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Making the most of your bountiful summertime CSA share

Making the most of your bountiful summertime CSA share | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

 The first thing Spivakova and Manders do is spread the contents of their box on the sidewalk at Greensgrow and take a picture for Instagram that is posted...

Vloasis's insight:

Getting into a CSA is a really cool option if it is available in your area. Of ocurse, it costs more than supermarket sale prices, but it does more to support local agriculture. Lauri and I have been meaning to look into one here that a friend of ours uses.

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The United States of Crazy: You Can Now Go to Jail for a Sarcastic Facebook Comment

The United States of Crazy: You Can Now Go to Jail for a Sarcastic Facebook Comment | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
An 18-year-old was jailed because a Canadian woman reported a single, frivolous Facebook post that he had marked "LOL."

Via Darcy Delaproser
Vloasis's insight:

What an insane mess this is.  True, the kid made a horrible comment before he amended it with the LOL and j/k, but why it wasn't at the very most investigated and dropped is a bit of a head-scrtatcher.

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Western Shores: A Journey through Oregon’s Pacific Northwest

Western Shores: A Journey through Oregon’s Pacific Northwest | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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Beautiful photos here.  have a look.

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5 Basic Tips For A Budding Whiskey Drinker

5 Basic Tips For A Budding Whiskey Drinker | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
The world of whiskey, though long considered an “old boys club,” is slowly opening its doors to the masses.
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And here I was, thinking that whiskey stones was some condition that alcoholics developed.  :)

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Lawn Goose Knows Your Evil Soul

The instagram animal of the day is the Freakish Frankengoose!! #halfgoose #halfduck #allfreak
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The small town of Woodheim, ME doesn't see much action. It's not big on tourism and the locals enjoy a closed, serene lifestyle.

 

until the goose of death came in their midst.

 

"He was just settin' out there one morning," said James Harlaw, owner of the property on which the lawn goose has come to reside. "He's quiet most of the time, but one day this salesman came to the door and the goose wouldn't stop honking. That's how we knew..."

 

The salesmen swindled five local families in a pyramid scheme, but not the Harlaws.

 

Next, the lawn goose started honking at a church lady. Turned out she was having an affair. A week later the lawn goose honked at a bus driver. He was months behind on alimony payments.

 

"Oh it's a fact," said Harlaw. "I'm convinced. Lawn goose can see the evil in your soul."

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StupidTattoos

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For those who need more than a post-it note reminder about cutting the grass.

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Inbred Kitty

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Next week: duck sauce (don't ask).

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Being a Loner in a Social World

Being a Loner in a Social World | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
My whole life I've been told that if a person doesn't want to spend time with other people then there is something wrong with them. My family forced me to socialize with my classmates, and I believed that that is what I was supposed to do.
Vloasis's insight:

Thanks to Chuck Cleaver for posting this earlier.  As an only child, I have loner built into me.  Add to that being a stubborn, self-taught Azorean-Sicilian...yeah, I'm happily doomed.

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Glastonbury 2013: father and son reunited

Glastonbury 2013: father and son reunited | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Steve Bevan hasn't seen his father John Graham for 34 years. After tracking him down a month ago, the pair have chosen Glastonbury 2013 to reunite.

Vloasis's insight:

Of all the places for a father-son reunion (a quiet park, a low-key restaurant, the house of a relative, a comfy pub) you might not expect it to happen at a large music festival, but this is a sweet story.

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10 amazing North American road trips

10 amazing North American road trips | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Top down, wind in your hair, sun on your face: Summer road-trip season has finally arrived.

Vloasis's insight:

The Shipwreck Coast of Michigan sounds like a very interesting trip.  And it's hard to beat going to Vermont in early autumn.  Santa Fe was my favorite place on the road trip from 2010.  Some nice suggestions here.

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Spectacular Alternate Universe Full of Surreal Imagery

Spectacular Alternate Universe Full of Surreal Imagery | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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There are some really striking images here.  My fave is probably the most subtle one...look for the tempest in the water glass.  Makes me want to do double exposure photography again.

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