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Chicago's Winter

By Ben on Wed Jan 8 2014 |
Chicago s Winter

Chicago s Winter

Chicago s Winter
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This week, temperatures in Chicago dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit (-26.7 degree Celsius), dense air known as a polar vortex, which has swept across the Midwest and through huge portion of the United States. A sign reads -24.(above photo) More photos jump more.
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Don't Hug Me I'm Scared II

By Ben on Wed Jan 8 2014 |
Gear | Video


Don't Hug Me I'm Scared below.
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P&G Thank You, Mom , Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
Gear | AD
Thank you, Mom for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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MakerBot's new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
MakerBot s new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers
Gear | Tech
MakerBot has announced its 5th of new Replicator 3D printers($1,400+), including the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, the standard MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, and the extra-large MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer.
All three Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers feature: 
– New MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that’s easy to swap or replace.  It also detects filament absence and automatically pauses your print. – On-board camera for print monitoring and easy sharing.
– USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi ensure a seamless workflow.
– 3.5-inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dial create a rich user experience.
  

World of Warcraft Medley

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
Gear | Video
Vocalist Peter Hollens teamed up with Evynne Hollens to create this World of Warcraft.
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What Meanings of All 50 State Names

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
What Meanings of All 50 State Names
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Here is all 50 state names meaning and how the name originated:
Alabama: From the Choctaw word albah amo meaning "thicket-clearers" or "plant-cutters."
Alaska: From the Aleut word alaxsxaq, from Russian Аляска, meaning "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed."
Arizona: From the O'odham (a Uto-Aztecan language) word ali sona-g via Spanish Arizonac meaning "good oaks."
Arkansas: From a French pronunciation of an Algonquin name for the Quapaw people: akansa. This word, meaning either "downriver people" or “people of the south wind," comes from the Algonquin prefix -a plus the Siouan word kká:ze for a group of tribes including the Quapaw.
California: In his popular novel "Las sergas de Esplandián" published in 1510, writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo named an imaginary realm California. Spanish explorers of the New World could have mistaken Baja California as the mythical place. Where Montalvo learned the name and its meaning remain a mystery.
Colorado: Named for the Rio Colorado (Colorado River), which in Spanish means "ruddy" or "reddish."
Connecticut: Named for the Connecticut River, which stems from Eastern Algonquian, possibly Mohican, quinnitukqut, meaning "at the long tidal river."
Delaware: Named for the Delaware Bay, named after Baron De la Warr (Thomas West, 1577 – 1618), the first English governor of Virginia. His surname ultimately comes from de la werre, meaning "of the war" in Old French.
Florida: From Spanish Pascua florida meaning "flowering Easter." Spanish explorers discovered the area on Palm Sunday in 1513. The state name also relates to the English word florid, an adjective meaning "strikingly beautiful," from Latin floridus.
Georgia: Named for King George II of Great Britain. His name originates with Latin Georgius, from Greek Georgos, meaning farmer, from ge (earth) + ergon (work).
Hawaii: From Hawaiian Hawai'i, from Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, thought to mean "place of the Gods." Originally named the Sandwich Islands by James Cook in the late 1700s.
Idaho: Originally applied to the territory now part of eastern Colorado, from the Kiowa-Apache (Athabaskan) word idaahe, meaning "enemy," a name given by the Comanches.
Illinois: From the French spelling ilinwe of the Algonquian's name for themselves Inoca, also written Ilinouek, from Old Ottawa for "ordinary speaker."
Indiana: From the English word Indian + -ana, a Latin suffix, roughly meaning "land of the Indians." Thinking they had reached the South Indes, explorers mistakenly called native inhabitants of the Americas Indians. And India comes from the same Latin word, from the same Greek word, meaning "region of the Indus River."
Iowa: Named for the natives of the Chiwere branch of the Aiouan family, from Dakota ayuxba, meaning "sleepy ones."
Kansas: Named for the Kansa tribe, natively called kká:ze, meaning "people of the south wind." Despite having the same etymological root as Arkansas, Kansas has a different pronunciation.
Kentucky: Named for the Kentucky River, from Shawnee or Wyandot language, meaning "on the meadow" (also "at the field" in Seneca).
Louisiana: Named after Louis XIV of France. When René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claimed the territory for France in 1682, he named it La Louisiane, meaning "Land of Louis." Louis stems from Old French Loois, from Medieval Latin Ludovicus, a changed version of Old High Germany Hluodwig, meaning "famous in war."
Maine: Uncertain origins, potentially named for the French province of Maine, named for the river of Gaulish, an extinct Celtic language, origin.
Maryland: Named for Henrietta Maria, wife of English King Charles I. Mary originally comes from Hebrew Miryam, the sister of Moses.
Massachusetts: From Algonquian Massachusett, a name for the native people who lived around the bay, meaning "at the large hill," in reference to Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston.
Michigan: Named for Lake Michigan, which stems from a French spelling of Old Ojibwa (Algonquian) meshi-gami, meaning "big lake."
Minnesota: Named for the river, from Dakota (Siouan) mnisota, meaning "cloudy water, milky water,"
Mississippi: Named for the river, from French variation of Algonquian Ojibwa meshi-ziibi, meaning "big river."
Missouri: Named for a group of native peoples among Chiwere (Siouan) tribes, from an Algonquian word, likely wimihsoorita, meaning "people of the big (or wood) canoes."
Montana: From the Spanish word montaña, meaning "mountain, which stems from Latin mons, montis. U.S. Rep. James H. Ashley of Ohio proposed the name in 1864.
Nebraska: From a native Siouan name for the Platte River, either Omaha ni braska or Oto ni brathge, both meaning "water flat."
Nevada: Named for the western boundary of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, meaning "snowy mountains" in Spanish.
New Hampshire: Named for the county of Hampshire in England, which was named for city of Southampton. Southampton was known in Old English as Hamtun, meaning "village-town." The surrounding area (or scīr) became known as Hamtunscīr.
New Jersey: Named by one of the state's proprietors, Sir George Carteret, for his home, the Channel island of Jersey, a bastardization of the Latin Caesarea, the Roman name for the island.
New Mexico: From Spanish Nuevo Mexico, from Nahuatl (Aztecan) mexihco, the name of the ancient Aztec capital.
New York: Named in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, the future James II. York comes from Old English Eoforwic, earlier Eborakon, an ancient Celtic name probably meaning "Yew-Tree Estate."
North Carolina: Both Carolinas were named for King Charles II. The proper form of Charles in Latin is Carolus, and the division into north and south originated in 1710. In latin, Carolus is a strong form of the pronoun "he" and translates in many related languages as a "free or strong" man.
North Dakota: Both Dakotas stem from the name of a group of native peoples from the Plains states, from Dakota dakhota, meaning "friendly" (often translated as "allies").
Ohio: Named for the Ohio River, from Seneca (Iroquoian) ohi:yo', meaning "good river."
Oklahoma: From a Choctaw word, meaning "red people," which breaks down as okla "nation, people" + homma "red." Choctaw scholar Allen Wright, later principal chief of the Choctaw Nation, coined the word.
Oregon: Uncertain origins, potentially from Algonquin.
Pennsylvania: Named, not for William Penn, the state's proprietor, but for his late father, Admiral William Penn (1621-1670) after suggestion from Charles II. The name  literally means "Penn's Woods," a hybrid formed from the surname Penn and Latin sylvania.
Rhode Island: It is thought that Dutch explorer Adrian Block named modern Block Island (a part of Rhode Island) Roodt Eylandt, meaning "red island" for the cliffs. English settlers later extended the name to the mainland, and the island became Block Island for differentiation. An alternate theory is that Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano gave it the name in 1524 based on an apparent similarity to the island of Rhodes.
South Carolina: See North Carolina.
South Dakota: See North Dakota.
Tennessee: From Cherokee (Iroquoian) village name ta'nasi' of unknown origin.
Texas: From Spanish Tejas, earlier pronounced "ta-shas;" originally an ethnic name, from Caddo (the language of an eastern Texas Indian tribe) taysha meaning "friends, allies."
Utah: From Spanish yuta, name of the indigenous Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin; perhaps from Western Apache (Athabaskan) yudah, meaning "high" (in reference to living in the mountains).
Vermont: Based on French words for "Green Mountain," mont vert.
Virginia: A Latinized name for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen.
Washington: Named for President George Washington (1732-1799). The surname Washington means "estate of a man named Wassa" in Old English.
West Virginia: See Virginia. West Virginia split from confederate Virginia and officially joined the Union as a seperate state in 1863.
Wisconsin: Uncertain origins but likely from a Miami word Meskonsing, meaning "it lies red"; misspelled Mescousing by the French, and later corrupted to Ouisconsin. Quarries in Wisconsin often contain red flint.
Wyoming: From Munsee Delaware (Algonquian) chwewamink, meaning "at the big river flat."
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If Animals Other Than Dogs Were Used to Guide the Blind

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
Gear | AD
A commercial for Norwegian association of the blind. A humorous ad to show how easy it is to make space for guide dogs in public.
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How to Choose Wine

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
How to Choose Wine
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How to Choose Wine, the most common situations where you will choose wine include personal use or a bottle for someone else. The perfect wine for the moment you get off work is different from the one you’ll choose for your get offsocial gathering.Bic pic!
  

Sony In-Car Smartphone Cradle Receiver

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
Sony InCar Smartphone Cradle Receiver
Gear | Cellphone
Sony announces a in-car smarphone cradle receiver allowing your smartphone to serve as in-dash touchscreens, turns your smartphone into in-car entertainment systems, featuring enhanced connectivity, control, and music playback from smartphones. It includes Sony-exclusive App Remote tech, "which turns Bluetooth-connected Android phones and USB-connected iPhone devices into supplemental music displays and head-unit controllers, making it easier and more convenient to experience music, navigation, and smartphone applications while in the car."
"Sony’s new XSP-N1BT, the industry’s first double-DIN Smartphone Cradle Receiver, features a clamping system that holds a wide range of smartphones securely in the dash. With its second generation AppRemote interface, the smartphone’s touchscreen controls head-unit functions via Bluetooth (Android devices) or via USB (iPhone). AppRemote also facilitates voice operation of both the head unit and the smartphone. And thanks to its IR remote, the XSP-N1BT offers CD, USB and tuner source functionality even without a smartphone. The IR remote can also be utilized to select apps and head unit sources displayed on the App Remote menu screen"
  

Waterproof Sony Xperia Z1S

By Ben on Tue Jan 7 2014 |
Waterproof Sony Xperia Z1S
Gear | Cellphone
Sonny announces its most powerful smartphone, the Xperia Z1S. Sony's Xperia Z1S is heading to the U.S. as a T-Mobile exclusive. It's an Android phone with a 5-inch screen that looks much like last year's Xperia Z. It features a new 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p Triluminos display, Snapdragon 800, 3,000mAh battery, LTE and 20.7-megapixel camera.
- Waterproof for up to 30 minutes, down to 1.5 meters
  

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