Thursday, May 5, 2016

5 Coolest Technologies of the Near Future

1. Milo/Project Natal

If you haven’t heard of Milo, I recommend you watch the video found in the link below as soon as possible. Although the real technology here is due more to the Natal Sensor, Milo represents the evolution of video games to virtual reality. The Natal Sensor, being developed by Microsoft’s Project Natal, would be able to process every subtle detail of objects and people in front of it. Able to read emotions, recognize familiar objects, understand speech and more, no program looks to put this to better use than Milo. Put simply, Milo is a video game where one can interact with a boy named Milo. If done right, it would be much more than that, laying the foundation for a new field of video games that can hardly be considered just games.

2. Chaos Computing

Not as flashy as the others on this list, chaos computing has never been written about in science-fiction, but has the potential to significantly affect the lives of just about everyone. Chaos computing is the use of a new breed of computer chip, one that supposedly uses the concept of “chaotic systems” to handle just about every operation thrown at it. Without getting into specifics as to how it works, these chips would make the wide array of expensive chips used now obsolete, allowing for cheaper, more efficient computing. This not only means just about all electronics-based technology would become much cheaper on a retail level, but would reduce the cost and thus increase the rate of technological advancement as a whole.

3. Invisibility Cloak

This has been getting a lot of attention recently because some scientists claim to have already mastered the technology. When it comes down to it, this invisibility cloak is just very elaborate camera work. Somewhat flying under the radar through this is that scientists are currently working on a legitimate invisibility cloak, no cameras required. They are currently able to manipulate the light waves given off by small objects using a meta-material. Basically, they have an invisibility cloak for small objects, and are working their way towards bigger and better things.


This is known in some circles as “the robot that feeds on corpses”. While not entirely true(officially), this robot is still very cool. EATR is one of many new military robot designs, which all tend to have one exceptional quality. EATR, or Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot, gets its energy by eating. Each one of these robots suggests that military technology is getting closer and closer to the artificial intelligence written about in science-fiction. Its a matter of opinion whether this is a good thing or the potential end of human life, but for now it is interesting news.

5. Flying Car

As you can probably tell by looking at pictures of the “Terrafugia” flying car, this technology is nowhere near perfect. There is no denying it is a start, however, and a success in the fact that it can indeed fly while still being a street-legal car. I would not recommend buying one of these monstrosities, but it should serve as a reminder that technology like this actually is a reality.

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5 of the Coolest Ways to Use Your Freezer

You use your freezer to store foods for a long period of time. But, did you know that it has some other uses too? It’s true! Read this informative article and find out 5 of the coolest ways to use your freezer.

1. Kill Moth Eggs in Wool Clothing

Clothes moths- actually the young larva- feed on wool, fur and feathers. They start out as tiny eggs that are laid in the fabric. Once they develop into larva the destruction begins. You can treat infested wool clothing with insecticides such as moth balls. A safer way to kill moth eggs is to use your freezer. Place the items in a plastic bag; remove the air. Seal the bag securely. Place the bag in your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for 72 hours.

2. Make Your New Pantyhose Last Longer

Do you constantly find yourself buying new pantyhose because they wear out too fast? Use this trick to save money. Thoroughly wet a new pair of pantyhose with tap water. Wring them out gently. Put them in a plastic bag and seal it. Place the bag in your freezer until the pantyhose are frozen. Then, remove them from the bag and thaw them out. Hang the hose up to dry, and wear as usual. The freezing process strengthens the nylon fibers.

3. Easily Clean Your Silver Candlesticks

If your candlesticks have wax drippings all over them, simply pop them in your freezer for an hour. When you take them out, you can just pull the wax right off. Put the candle tapers in the freezer too, but for several hours. When you light them, they will burn longer and drip less.

4. Freeze Pomegranate Seeds for Polly

Another of the coolest ways to use your freezer is, store seeds for your parrot (or macaw or cockatoo) when pomegranates are out of season. Cut the fruit and remove the seeds. Arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Place the sheet in your freezer for a couple hours. Then, place the pomegranate seeds in a freezer bag. You can store them in your freezer for as long as 6 months.

5. Save Your Bananas and Your Grocery Budget Too

Bananas tend to ripen quickly, often before you can get them eaten. When they do, instead of tossing them in the garbage, peel them and cut them into chunks. Place them in freezer bags and store them in your freezer. Use the bananas to make delicious smoothies and protein shakes.


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5 Compelling Audio Books for Cardio Workouts

Some days, getting on the treadmill can take all of the determination you can muster. Once on, you have to will yourself not to watch the seconds tick by, which of course, makes the workout seem even longer.

Listening to audio books has become my favorite way to prevent exercise mental fatigue. Often, a good book can get me to the gym and keep me on the machines longer.

Fortunately, I live in a county that has a great public library system. I can choose among hundreds of audio books and download them for free-10 at a time-using my library membership online. Essentially, you are downloading the rights to listen to the audio book for a fixed time, usually three weeks. After that time, the book is erased from your download console automatically when you log in to check out more audio books. I urge you to find out whether your local library systems offer the same services.

If your library system does not offer audio books to download, you can try several audio book clubs, such as and, that allow you to download books for a fee each month.

The treadmill is not the ideal place to listen to War and Peace. That masterpiece requires much more energy and concentration than I can expend while exercising. The alternative is not pure brain candy-plot-driven books that leave you feeling that you have just wasted your time. You can still find well-written, insightful books that lend themselves to listening in increments.

Here are five that I have enjoyed while working out.

Confessions of a Contractor, by Richard Murphy. In this book, screenwriter Murphy takes us into the lives of a home contractor and his clients. Yes, the contractor sleeps with one of his clients. But Murphy does go further, making you think about the relationships people have with the places they live.

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson. After living in England for 20 years, Bryson returns to his native America and decides to walk the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. His reasons are varied, and fitness is one of them. Bryson’s writing style and humor make this book extremely fun. And you want to find out if he actually does it.

Good Harbor, Anita Diamant. The characters of Diamant’s follow-up to The Red Tent make this book compelling. The focus is a friendship that develops between two, middle-aged women. I found the story heartening and admired the way Diamant told it.

Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray. The protagonist of this book bakes cakes to deal with the stress in her life. A teen daughter, a newly unemployed husband, and a live-in mother all contribute to her stress. This is a light book. Danis Hoover, reviewing it for the American Library Association’s Booklist describes it quite well: “While it might be said that this is a predictable and undemanding book, it is also a comforting one, and perhaps signals a new genre that might be called ‘domestic fantasy.‘”

Just After Sunset: Stories, by Stephen King. If you haven’t read Stephen King or haven’t read his non-horror works, you must give his newest collection of short stories a listen. He is masterful at telling stories. Save this collection of 14 stories for your workouts. Trust me, you’ll look forward to getting to the gym so that you can get to the next story.

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5 Dating Mistakes

The average single person wants (for the most part); to find “Mr. or Mrs. Right.” Friends arrange dates, blind dates are agreed upon, and now thanks to the internet you can use dating sites. When you do get the special day arranged you head out feeling very optimistic. But men and women alike don’t always get the opportunity to have a second date.

It isn’t always chemistry or things in common that can be the cause of this; it is usually what is “done or said” on the date. Here are 5 common mistakes that people make on a first date.

1. Too much information-When a couple goes out for the first time their main objective is usually to get to know the person; such as what they like or don’t like. This is pretty common because it’s important to see if they are a match. But some people take this to the extreme. There are certain things that should never be talked about on a first date. Talking about an ex-boy/girlfriend is never good because it has nothing to do with the person that is sitting across from you. The reason for your break-up can truly put a damper on things and totally make the other person feel uncomfortable. Rule of thumb; don’t talk about them and don’t ask about them.

2. Manners-Our parents taught us manners; at least hopefully they did. Don’t chew with your mouth open, be polite, take turns, and be respectful. But some people don’t exercise these simple rules. They don’t try to make a good first impression. A lot of people say “well I want her/him to like me for me”; “I don’t want to be fake.” But the reality is you should still carry yourself in a way that reflects what your parents taught you.

3. Listening and waiting until it’s your turn to talk-This is usually behavior that is played out in an already developed relationship. But some people start out doing this even before they get to that stage. Now this isn’t sexist but when I talked to women they said that their spouses don’t often listen to them; whether it is in the middle of an argument or a simple conversation. Some people will admit that when their significant other is talking they aren’t always listening. Instead they are thinking about what “they” will say next. Truly listening to another person is the only way you’ll get to know them. In addition to this manipulating or taking complete control of the conversation is a big no no. Allowing the other person to “get their 2 cents in” is not only polite but it is respectful.

4. Dishonesty-If we’re honest with ourselves we’ll admit that at some point in our lives we told a lie. Whether it was stretching the truth or a flat out whopper we are still guilty. Being honest with another person is absolutely essential when getting to know one another. Not only are you being “real” with a person you’re also letting them know that you care enough to be truthful. In addition, when you tell one lie it leads to another, then another, and then another. Before you know it you can’t even remember the real truth.

5. Embellishments-This one goes hand in hand with lying. Sometimes we want to make ourselves more interesting, more important, and even more attractive when it comes to who we are. I’m not talking about physical appearance, I’m talking about character. Telling your date that you are wealthy, have a better job than you actually do, or have a high status in the community will get you nowhere. Embellishing doesn’t allow the other person to get to know the real you. If you do this they’ll be dating someone that isn’t who they think they are. Besides the truth will always reveal itself.

So there you go, 5 dating mistakes which can lead to disaster. When you go on your next date keep these 5 things in mind. Who knows it may lead to a second!

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5 of the Deadliest Insects to Humans

You can make the case that insects get something of a bad rap. After all, on the whole they’re hugely beneficial to humans. They kill pests (including other insects), pollinate our crops, and are even an important food source in many cultures.

But on the downside, they kill us. In great numbers. Sometimes in really painful and unpleasant ways.

Here are five particularly noteworthy such killers. (Consider this a sequel, and homage, to the classic 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch “More Insects to Worry About.”)

1. Bees, hornets, and wasps

There are about 20,000 species of bees and the same of wasps. (Hornets are best thought of as a subset of wasps, though outside of a scientific context the terms are fuzzy.)

Allergies to bee and wasp stings are among the most common of human allergies. People with severe allergies can go into anaphylactic shock and die from even a single sting.

Non-allergic people usually will just have a little pain to deal with if they get stung, unless they somehow set off a swarm, in which case, allergic or not, the accumulated damage can result in serious injury or death.

Bees can only sting once, so at least if a bee nails you, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing it’ll die from doing so. A wasp, though, can sting repeatedly.

It’s often said of bees and wasps (not to mention various other nasty and dangerous creatures) that “If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you.” There’s some truth to this, but only as a rule of thumb. Not every bee or wasp you cross paths with is aware of this rule, plus you may provoke them utterly unintentionally, for instance by getting too close to a hive or nest you didn’t even know was there.

Not to mention there are some species of these insects that are more aggressive than others, with a very low threshold of what constitutes “bothering” them. The so-called “killer bees” of South and Central America and now parts of the United States were intentionally bred from African and indigenous South American bees in the 1950s to get a better honey producer, and instead have already killed an estimated 1,000 people.

Oh, and you’ll also probably want to avoid the three inch long giant Japanese hornet. It stings repeatedly with a venom that is more toxic than that of other wasps and bees, and contains a chemical to make it extra painful, making sure that whatever damage it does to you, you’ll suffer as much as possible in the process. Plus the venom releases a scent that attracts other giant Japanese hornets to sting whatever the first one thought was worth stinging. About seventy people get stung to death this way each year in Japan alone.

2. Fleas

Mostly fleas are just annoying tiny little insects that pester our pets more than us. They live solely on the blood of mammals and birds; thankfully most prefer species other than us.

However, those that do bite humans can carry deadly diseases. How deadly? Bubonic plague, which has multiple times been a worldwide pandemic, including arguably the worst pandemic in history-the “Black Death” of the 14th century that killed roughly half of the population of Europe-is spread by fleas who feed on diseased rodents and then humans.

3. Flies

Different flies cause trouble in different ways, with the lowly common housefly responsible for spreading over 200 pathogens and parasites to humans.

But the most notable killer fly is the tsetse fly of Africa. Tsetse flies are biting insects that live off the blood of vertebrates, including humans. They spread trypanosomes, which are single-celled parasites.

These parasites cause diseases in people and livestock. The human disease is sleeping sickness, an infection that starts in the blood, moves into the nervous system and then brain, and causes extreme lethargy and eventually death if not treated in time.

Tsetse flies kill an estimated 250,000-300,000 people this way each year.

4. Grasshoppers and locusts

Locusts were once thought to be distinct from grasshoppers, but are now understood to be a certain phase of some grasshopper species.

Regular grasshoppers can be pests of a sort and do some damage to crops here and there, but it’s when they become Incredible Hulkized into locusts that things get really scary.

When certain grasshoppers are in a state of overpopulation, the increased tactile contact of the crowded conditions releases serotonin which encourages them to eat and breed even more, hence making the overpopulation situation worse. Eventually a tipping point is reached, and they form a nomadic swarm that sets off in search of food.

Thankfully the six inch long locusts are extinct, but even the typically two inch long ones that remain can form swarms that extend for miles, darkening the sky, interfering with air and land travel. Carried by wind currents, swarms can even cross oceans to different continents.

Few grasshoppers and locusts are carnivorous, and the ones that are mostly just eat insects, so you don’t have to worry so much about them attacking and killing you.

Not directly, that is. But they kill massive numbers of people indirectly. A locust swarm consumes every edible plant in its path. The consequences are clearly devastating to agriculture. Whole harvests can be wiped out, leading to widespread famine.

5. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes would be decidedly annoying and unpleasant even if they didn’t carry disease. The bites of these bloodsuckers can itch like crazy, and the humming of their wings can keep us awake at night.

But obviously what makes them so bad for humans is their role in spreading disease.

The diseases carried by mosquitoes to humans include dengue fever, elephantiasis, encephalitis, West Nile fever, and yellow fever.

But worst of all is malaria, carried by the anopheles mosquito. Malaria strikes hundreds of millions of people per year, killing one to three million of them.

There are other insects that make their share of trouble, but these are enough to worry about for now. Pleasant dreams.


David Johnson, “Most Dangerous Insects: Mosquitoes, Flies, Bees and Wasps, and Other Insects.” Fact Monster.
“Locust Plagues.” Essortment.
“Top Ten Deadliest Insects.” Crunkish.

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5 Delicious Marinade Receipes for Both Steak and Chicken

Here are 5 versatile marinades that will tempt your taste buds and make everyone think you are a master griller!

Marinade #1 Orange Teriyaki Marinade

½ cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup orange juice
1 tbsp of oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp dill weed
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic pressed

In a zipper bag, put in 4 pieces of steak or chicken breast and all ingredients above. Make sure all sides are covered in marinade. Put into refrigerator at least 1 to 2 hrs (best results are overnight).
Take out meat from bag and grill both sides until cooked through. This will be a sweeter marinade, and the acid from the juice will break up the toughness of the meat. You may serve with a side of teriyaki sauce and some rice.

Marinade #2 Citrus pepper for steak and chicken

In this marinade, the Citrus pepper gives zing to the meat, with no salt!

In a zipper bag combine 1/3 cup lemon juice, ¼ cup orange juice, ¼ cup lime juice and 2 tbsp pepper and 1 tbsp of sugar. Make sure it is mixed well.

Put in steak or chicken into bag and make sure mixture covers meat. Chill for 4 hrs (if in hurry) or overnight so meat takes in all the flavor and tenderizes. Grill meat until done to your specifications.

Marinade #3 Dry rub

In a bowl combine these ingredients 2 tsp black peppercorn (ran through grinder), 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tbsp paprika, ½ tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp lemon zest, ½ tbsp coriander (ground), 1 tsp mustard powder ½ tbsp ground garlic powder (or crushed fresh garlic)

Cover both sides of meat with mixture and grill to desired doneness.

Marinade #4 Sweet and Savory Onion marinade with red or white wine

In a zipper bag, combine 1 package of golden onion or onion soup mix, ½ cup of honey, ½ cup water, 1 cup of red or white wine (my favorite is burgendy for steak and a sweet white wine, even white zinfandel for chicken.) Salt and Pepper ¼ tsp of each, 2 tbsp dijon mustard and some lemon and lime zest.

Put meat in bag and set overnight. Grill until done to your specifications!

Marinade #5 Spicy and smokey chipotle marinade (not for the faint of heart). This will add a punch to your dish!

½ package ancho chilies (dried) 1 oz (take out seeds)
½ package green jalapeno (dried) 1 oz (take out seeds depending on how spicy you’d like it!)
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 package of onion soup mix
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 chicken breasts or small steaks (6 ounces each)
liquid smoke

Instructions: Soak dry chilies overnight in water, until soft. Add all ingredients except meat in food processor. Puree until smooth. Spread mixture over chicken, or other meats and refrigerate at least 5 hours, up to 24 hours. After marinading, heat grill til hot, approximately 375 degrees, or if cooking inside, heat small amount of oil in skillet or grill pan over high heat. Grill lightly, turning only once, until done. 4 minutes per side for chicken, 8-10 minutes per side for 3/4″ thick steak. Before completed, sprinkle with liquid smoke to add smokey flavor.

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5 Delicious Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet

These days, the decision to add more vegetables to your diet is a necessity one for healthier living. Vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, beef up the immune system, and the fiber in them encourages a regular and healthy bowel and helps you lose weight by making you feel fuller. No wonder so many people are looking for ways to add more vegetables to the diet. But with our busy to-go lifestyles, getting enough vegetables in your diet can be challenging. According to the new food guide pyramid, an active adult needs between 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, which means that culinary creativity is a must! Here are five ways to add healthy vegetables to your diet.

Smooth it Over: Want a recipe for a delicious smoothie? Just take 1c soy milk, 1/2c ice, 1 container of flavored yogurt, and add a sweet vegetable: shredded carrot, beet, celery, sweet potato, cool cucumber, or pumpkin to blender. The mixture is a delicious veggie and fruit rich drink that can really give you energy. With this method, it is easy to add more vegetables to your diet because the delicious drink will soothe morning hunger while helping fulfill daily veggie requirements. No time to add whole veggies and wait for the chop?

Bake it In: Very few people have not heard of carrot cake or zucchini bread, but other delicious dishes can be discovered by adding veggies. Make a fiber-rich wheat roll even better by adding diced celery and dried tomato to the dough. Add carrot shavings to your bran muffins. Add green bean paste to your corn bread. Cook a delicious mashed potato roll and substitute turnip for half of the potato mix. You won’t much notice the changes, but your body will appreciate the extra vitamins.

Pasta Perfection: The most common way to eat spaghetti is in a red or white sauce with meatballs. Next time, try substituting the meat with pumpkin, squash, and peas or adding steamed veggies to the recipe. Squash is a wonderful source of vitamin A and fiber. Some varieties of squash contain phytonutrients (a cancer figther), b vitamins, and even potassium. When you add vegetables to the diet like squash instead of meat, you are also adding fewer calories and fat than a hunk of ground beef.

Snack Away: One of the most popular ways to add more vegetables to your diet is to graze. Snacking on raw veggies is great exercise for the teeth and can encourage healthier eating habits by taking the place of less healthy chips and crackers. A great way to add variety is try new vegetables that aren’t necessarily known for finger food fortuity. Try snow peas, squash, raw potato (with the skin), and even strip-cut onion in addition to popular raw veggies like celery and carrots. Experiment with dip varieties, and even cream cheese. Your snack may just add years to your life! If you don’t like eating raw veggies, consider changing their shape. Purchase veggie crackers and spread a thin layer of cream cheese with juilenne strips of veggies carefully lain across. The benefit is a delicious alternative to plain vegetables and is a wonderful way to add more vegetables to your diet.

Soup for Breakfast: They say that people who eat breakfast are typically healthier, happier, and weigh less. That’s why eating a bowl of vegetable soup every morning for breakfast might be one of the easiest ways to add more vegetables to your diet. When considering breakfast foods, cereals typically come to mind, but this need not be the rule for everyone. Some people have discovered that eating a hearty breakfast of vegetable or bean soup actually helped them feel fuller longer and was a great way to wake up in the morning. Some who have had to cut back on the coffee swear by a diet richer in veggies to keep a person feeling alert and satisfied.

Whatever method you use to add more vegetables to your diet, enjoy yourself. Find the most delicious method and stick with it. You’ll find yourself looking and feeling better as well as hopefully looking for even more ways to add more vegetables to your diet.

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5 Date Ideas for the First Day of Summer in Denver

It’s just around the corner: the first official day of summer for 2014 is June 21. On this summer solstice Saturday, spend the day exploring Denver and basking in sunshine with the one you love. After all, Denver is known for its 300 days of sunshine and the first official day of the sunny season is no exception. It’s the perfect day to cheer on the Rockies or dine on a patio in downtown with your significant other. Here are five date ideas for the first day of summer in the Mile High City.

Go to a ball game – This season, the Colorado Rockies play an afternoon home game against the Brewers on the first day of summer. A cold beverage, ballpark hot dog, and, of course, Cracker Jacks will be a scrumptious afternoon treat at Coors Field as you and your date cheer on Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, and Blackmon. Be sure to check out the brand new rooftop deck.

Sip and snack on a patio – Take advantage of several great patios and happy hours around Denver. A little conversation, sunshine and your sweetie will make for a perfect late afternoon date. Some of best patios and happy hours include Park & Co., Linger, and La Sandia.

Rent a pedal boat in City Park – Located in the heart of Denver, this expansive park boasts a serene lake where you and your significant other can rent a pedal boat for $20 an hour and cruise around the the water. After the fun and romantic ride, check out the Denver Zoo or the Denver Museum of Natural History, or plan for a picnic in the park.

Grab an ice cream cone – Whether you choose Liks, Sweet Action, or Little Man, a visit to one of these ice cream is a quintessential activity for a Denver summer day. Enjoy homemade flavors of ice cream in a waffle cone while strolling with your date as the sun sets over the Rocky Mountains.

Wander through the Denver Botanic Gardens – The Denver Botanic Gardens display plants and flowers from all over the world, specifically highlighting Denver’s unique climate and geography. Be sure to notice the various art installations as you saunter through each distinct garden. Admission is only $12.50 for adults and parking is free. For a more rural experience, visit the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, which is just a short drive from Denver.

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