Sunday, March 09, 2014
A romantic Arizona inmate broke out of jail so that he could spend Valentine’s Day with his girlfriend. Joseph Dekenipp, 40, scaled a 12-foot wall and crawled through razor wire, before catching a ride to the Gallopin’ Goose Saloon & Grill, where he’d arranged to meet his sweetie. But authorities tracked him to the bar and hauled him back to jail. It could be a while before the lovebirds see each other, because Dekenipp—who was being held on suspicion of vehicle theft—now faces an additional escape charge.
“How ever did we live without this?” asked Robert Sorokanich in Gizmodo.com. A Japanese company has developed a new plug-in peripheral for smartphones called Scentee, which delivers notifications by scents rather than ringtones. The “smell dongle,” which retails for $35 on the company’s website, plugs into the headphone jack and contains a small scent cartridge containing “enough fragrant liquid for 100 sprays.” Using a smartphone app available for both Android and iOS platforms, users can program the plug-in to deliver “a scented puff on timed intervals, as an alternative to audio notifications.” Odors currently available are rose, lavender, coffee, rosemary, and strawberry. Users can even link certain smells with specific notifications—with each scent pack available for $5. That means that if you use it with your phone’s alarm clock, you “really can wake up and smell the coffee.”
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”-George R.R. Martin
|1617||The Treaty of Stolbovo ends the occupation of Northern Russia by Swedish troops.|
|1734||The Russians take Danzig (Gdansk) in Poland.|
|1788||Connecticut becomes the 5th state.|
|1796||Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais in Paris, France.|
|1812||Swedish Pomerania is seized by Napoleon.|
|1820||Congress passes the Land Act, paving the way for westward expansion.|
|1839||The French Academy of Science announces the Daguerreotype photo process.|
|1841||The rebel slaves who seized a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, in 1839 are freed by the Supreme Court despite Spanish demands for extradition.|
|1862||The first and last battle between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.|
|1864||General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.|
|1911||The funding for five new battleships is added to the British military defense budget.|
|1915||The Germans take Grondno on the Eastern Front.|
|1916||Mexican bandit Pancho Villa leads 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, N.M. killing 17 U.S. soldiers and citizens.|
|1932||Eamon De Valera is elected president of the Irish Free State and pledges to abolish all loyalty to the British Crown.|
|1936||The German press warns that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections will be arrested.|
|1939||Czech President Emil Hacha ousts pro-German Joseph Tiso as the Premier of Slovakia in order to preserve Czech unity.|
|1940||Britain frees captured Italian coal ships on the eve of German Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop's visit to Rome.|
|1956||British authorities arrest and deport Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus. He is accused of supporting terrorists.|
|1957||Egyptian leader Nasser bars U.N. plans to share the tolls for the use of the Suez Canal.|
|1959||The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.|
|1964||The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.|
|1967||Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin's daughter defects to the United States.|
|1968||General William Westmoreland asks for 206,000 more troops in Vietnam.|
|1975||Iraq launches an offensive against the rebellious Kurds.|
|1986||Navy divers find the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.|
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Authorities in Phoenix, Arizona received more than 6,000 calls from people who’d been harassed by packs of feral, yapping Chihuahuas.
Focus Booster is easily our favorite way to limit the work time we fritter away on Facebook, Twitter, and various addictive websites. Its method is “beautifully simple and involves neither stick nor carrot.” This app encourages focused work merely by putting a timer on your screen and counting down 25 minutes. When the time’s up, you’re given five minutes to waste as you wish.
Nanny for Google Chrome lets you set precise limits on the time you spend on any site. But exceeding a limit provokes an admonishing message and a complete block on access to the site. You’ll likely disable it in no time.
Rescue Time is “the Weight Watchers of information diets.” The app tracks your Web activity and breaks it down on a dashboard that also shows when you were most productive during the day. Unfortunately, poring over the data can become a new time eater.