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Sunday, September 3rd
Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock duo Steely Dan, one of the most successful and adventurous groups of the 1970s and early ’80s, died on Sunday. He was 67.

His death was announced on his official website, which gave no other details. He lived in Maui, Hawaii.


Mr. Becker had missed performances in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year. Donald Fagen, the band’s other co-founder and lead singer, told Billboard last month that Mr. Becker had been “recovering from a procedure, and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.” He gave no other details.

Steely Dan had little use for rock’s excesses, creating instead a sophisticated, jazz-inflected sound with tricky harmonies. Mr. Becker was the primary arranger.

Starting in 1972, after Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen had met at Bard College, the group produced hit singles like “Do It Again,” ‘Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Deacon Blues,” as well as a raft of critically lauded albums, including “Pretzel Logic,” “The Royal Scam,” “Aja” and “Gaucho,” the latter two widely regarded as their most artistically accomplished.
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Sunday, Sep 3rd 2017 (3:08pm)
HMA is a VPN that works on iPhone, Android, Mac, PC/Windows, and more. HMA helps millions of people all over the world to safely and securely enjoy the world-wide-web, preserving our fundamental right to choose how and when we share personal information.
This promo runs 4:43, is moderately entertaining, and gives you an idea of a cheap service to a VPN tunnel. There are free ones out there also, some a bit less secure and certainly limited monthly bandwidth. Here are a few highly rated free ones but just remember that you get what you pay for. No free lunches.
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Sunday, Sep 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
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Saturday, September 2nd
Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive. If you've ever been bitten by one of those nasty things, this is a pretty scary sight.
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Saturday, Sep 2nd 2017 (12:00am)
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Friday, September 1st
Using mostly photographic equipment, here is a clip worth following.
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Friday, Sep 1st 2017 (3:21am)
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Thursday, August 31st
A slightly redone bit of lyrics from her 70's iconic song.
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Thursday, Aug 31st 2017 (4:09am)
Your life has just been wasted away. Play by email. Have a nice day.
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Thursday, Aug 31st 2017 (12:00am)
Wednesday, August 30th
Tuesday, August 29th
Kids -and- Elders.
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Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017 (1:21am)
F. Nephi Grigg had an unbeatable scheme. Nephi and his brother Golden had travelled 2,883 miles from the tiny Oregon border town where they ran their frozen potato company to the white sparkling sands of Miami Beach. In his bag he had carried 15 pounds of his new creation all the way from Oregon, and he wanted them cooked and served. The golden potatoes had been cut into bite-sized pieces and fried, and they were a hit. Tater Tots were born.
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Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Many people in Texas relied on the kindness of others to evacuate and stay safe during the Category 4 hurricane. The same can be said for Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.
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Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: heinzeketchum
Monday, August 28th
Horror film director Tobe Hooper, who set the movie world abuzz with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, has died in California, US media say.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 28th 2017 (5:48am)
In a show called Franken and Davis at Stockton State, Al Franken and Tom Davis perform "Under My Thumb" as the Rolling Stones. That was in 1982. Davis died in 2012, and Franken is now a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.
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Monday, Aug 28th 2017 (4:07am)
A Libyan military band tried to perform the British national anthem for the arrival of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as he arrived in Benghazi.
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Monday, Aug 28th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: whaley
Sunday, August 27th
Picking out what to wear for work every day is a fairly routine process for most people. For astronauts, however, having the right outfit for the job is a matter of life and death.
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Sunday, Aug 27th 2017 (5:15am)
Saturday, August 26th
So, how many times do you think they had to test this thing out in dry runs before recording the video?
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Saturday, Aug 26th 2017 (12:01am)
Friday, August 25th
'I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop,' says the organizer of an unusual protest ahead of Saturday's Patriot Prayer rally.
By: dave
Friday, Aug 25th 2017 (7:58am) | Thanks: oma
In case being a fast-food employee wasn't hard enough, KFC is now putting its workers through a bizarre initiation rite: a creepy BioShock-esque virtual reality "escape room" replete with narration from an omnipresent, mildly demonic-sounding Colonel Sanders.
By: dave
Friday, Aug 25th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: birdy
From Vocal Coach Chris Beatty at vocalcoach.com & blog.vocalcoach.com

Have you ever recorded your voice on a cell phone or answering machine, then been surprised at the sound of the playback? This tip and exercises will help you get in touch with the sound of your voice that others hear. It will help you judge your sound as you speak and sing and make you a more intelligent communicator.


Well, this also applies to your spoken voice, not just music.
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Friday, Aug 25th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Thursday, August 24th
The 18 piglets and two sows had survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire. However, they did not survive the butcher's knife, and were turned into meat products this summer. Some of these bangers were given to the firefighters who saved them.
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Thursday, Aug 24th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: reddit
Although she had the blood of chiefs - Malawi's traditional authority figures - running through her veins, as the youngest of 12 siblings, a woman, and a mother of five, Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 900,000 people. But when the chiefs called, she says, they told her to pack her bags and go home to Dedza district, as she had been chosen as the next senior chief. She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways. "I told them: 'Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.'"
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 24th 2017 (12:00am)
I'm sure you fantasize about how great life would be if you got that big windfall drop into your lap. Well, it turns out that a boatload of money can be one of the worst things to ever happen to you. Here are several cases where all that dough went down the drain, to boot.
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Thursday, Aug 24th 2017 (12:00am)
Wednesday, August 23rd
Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him this already locked safe as a gift with no combination. Weird present, but he loves a good challenge. So he built a safecracking robot. RT 4:15.
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Wednesday, Aug 23rd 2017 (12:02am)
Tuesday, August 22nd
I trashed my landline years ago. It's helped quite a bit but it hasn't completely rid me of the issue. Here's the solution.
Part with a few bucks per year and save yourself a lot of grief.
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Tuesday, Aug 22nd 2017 (12:01am)
Monday, August 21st
Despite the eclipse information overload in the breathless lead-up to the event, there’s still an earthly mystery belying the phenomenon that you probably haven't heard about; namely, shadow bands or as some call them, "shadow snakes." Shadow bands are so rare that few images of the darting shadows exist. In other words, even if you're fortunate enough to watch a total solar eclipse from the path of totality, you probably still won't see them. That's basically like winning the eclipse lottery.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 21st 2017 (12:01am) | Thanks: Sunny
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