Monthly Archives: February 2013

Site Spotlight: MakeUseOf.com

If you haven’t been there yet, check it out.

Makeuseof.com is a pretty cool site about random, somewhat eclectic and unusual findings online. Needless to say, it’s right up my alley. There’s everything from maximizing iphone storage tips, to time-wasting games online, to coffee machine reviews. Yes…coffee machine reviews. There is definitely a techno slant to the site, but it’s not overbearing. The articles are short, sweet, and comprised of the things that make you go, “hmmm….I didn’t know that…that’s pretty cool.”

If you’ve got some extra time and want a less-appley TUAW, a less-techy Engadget, a more diverse Cnet (with a more entertaining feel); visit makeuseof.com. It’s a pretty cool spot to add to your stumbleupon lists.

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First the Meteor; Now the Aliens! A guide for survival!

As you know, the completely unexpected Russian meteor scared the crap out of everybody yesterday while another more massive asteroid nearly missed obliterating a region of the earth. If you’re a fan of sci-fi movies, you know the next thing that happens is the alien attack (because as you know, aliens were hidden inside the meteor..War of the Worlds style).

Here is a pretty funny 101 guide for the upcoming alien invasion posted on gawker.com by the lovely Caity Weaver. Follow Caity on twitter @caityweaver

Enjoy:

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Aliens Are Coming For You: Here’s What You Need to Know

For much of today, the people of Earth have had their gaze transfixed on the most majestic vaulted ceiling of all: the sky. At around 9:20 a.m. Friday (local time), a giant fireball crashed into Russia. At around 2:20 p.m. EST, an asteroid did not come close to hitting Earth even though, in a deep, dark corner of their hearts, everyone was hoping it would because life can just be so exhausting sometimes.

In any case, we survived the meteors (with a few bumps and bruises in Russia’s case). Here’s your guide to the aliens that will inevitably follow: who they are, what they want, and why they’re so interested in your sex organs.

A Primer on Alien Races

There are three types of extraterrestrials whose existence is generally accepted among alien enthusiasts: “Greys,” “Reptilians,” and “Nordics.” Here’s what you should know about each:
Greys
AKA: Awkward Nerd Aliens
What do they look like? “Classic” aliens; 3-5 feet tall, big heads, big eyes, grey (gray) bodies
Why are they here? To learn
What will they do if they abduct me?Peer into your mind; old-school probing; spend a lot of time eyeballing your sex organs because they don’t have any

Reptilians
AKA: Intergalactic War Criminal Aliens
What do they look like? Tall, upright reptiles
Why are they here? To conquer
What will they do if they abduct me? Torture you; possibly rape you

Nordics
AKA: White People Aliens
What do they look like? 6-7 ft tall, blonde, blue-eyed humans
Why are they here? Like all white people, to help
What will they do if they abduct me? Give you valuable (or perhaps extremely racist) advice about advancing and protecting humanity; people describe these visits as very pleasant (like a spa, maybe?)

Oh My God, Aliens Are Coming; What Do I Do?

Assuming the extraterrestrials have already achieved a level of technological advancement that enables them to get to us (which would entail mastering the ability to travel at almost the speed of light), there’s probably nothing you can do to stop them from getting to you.

They won’t be scared away because you leave the porch light on. They won’t be like, “Wow, I guess no one’s home,” if you draw your curtains. They’ll find you if they want to.

For this reason, any preparations you make will simply be for your own peace of mind. Would you feel better if you were in a bomb shelter when the aliens come? Cool, go to one. As in any emergency situation, it’s always better to keep a cool head rather than to start wildin’ out, Nick Cannon.

Oh My God, There Are Aliens Outside My House; What Do I Do?

For what to do if an alien craft lands outside your house, we contacted UFO and Abduction researcher Kathleen Marden, whose advice basically boils down to:
1) stay away from it
2) do not throw rocks/dirt clods/guns at it
3) try to Instagram it.

“If an alien craft lands in your yard, do not approach it. It might be emitting radiation and a strong electromagnetic field. Observe it from a distance and attempt to photograph it. Do not behave in a hostile manner. Its occupants have defense systems that are much more highly advanced than our own.”

She also notes that abductions in rural and urban areas are “almost evenly distributed, with slightly more occurring in rural areas,” so plan your life accordingly.

Oh My God, There Are Aliens Inside My House; What Do I Do?

The only thing more nerve-wracking than an unexpected guest is an unexpected guest who is also from outer space. Again, Ms. Marden advises you not to approach it. Instead, let it come to you:

“Be cognizant that it will not harm you, but it might communicate with you telepathically and/or paralyze you temporarily. It might abduct you, perform an examination upon you, place an implant in your body, and release you unharmed.”

If you are more of a Charlotte than a Samantha, you can also try convincing the alien not to take you. Some people claim that repeating a phrase like, “You do not have my permission to take me,” over and over again (either aloud or in your head) will be enough to get the alien to change its mind — at least about abducting you, specifically. Admittedly, this is a Hail Mary pass.

Oh My God; Where Are They Already?

While statistically, it’s very likely that intelligent life exists somewhere in our universe, as best we can tell, it’s much less likely that we will have any contact with it any time soon. Our technology isn’t anywhere near advanced enough to facilitate that type of thing (though maybe theirs is; maybe they’ve had WiFi for like 100 years).

If they do ever reach us, my friend (and astrophysicist) Lauren points out that there’s no reason to expect them to be hostile. Just as we don’t look for signs of life on other planets so that we could wipe it out, so is it not guaranteed that any extraterrestrials are eager to hurt (and/or help) us. For them, Earth would probably be like a baller field trip:

“I’d think they were probably on some exploratory mission and would be really excited to see (semi-intelligent) life forms. [Visiting Earth would be] much cooler than landing on, say, Mars where there’s just a bunch of rocks.”

Unless it’s the Reptilians who come. Fuck those guys.

[Image by Jim Cooke.]

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15 minutes from destruction: Asteroid heading to earth feb 15 2013

On February 15th, 2013…this coming Friday..asteroid 2012 DA14 is going to miss hitting Earth by about 15 minutes according to the latest reports. If that isn’t unsettling, listen to this.

If this “tiny” asteroid were to hit Earth, the damage would be 180 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that decimated Hiroshima! According to “The Science Guy,” this would completely wipe major metro areas like Atlanta off the map instantly.

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This Just In

Iran unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

The craft, dubbed the Bavar 2, is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras, according to a report from the Iranian Student News Agency.

Video: Watch boats soar

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This Just In

  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28, Vatican says
  • The pope is stepping down “because of advanced age,’ he said in a statement
  • He was elected pope in 2005. Read our full story here.

[Updated at 12:24 p.m. ET] President Obama issues the following statement on Pope Benedict’s decision to step down: “On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.

“The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.”

[Updated at 8:57 a.m. ET] Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops…

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Groundhog What? Nor’easter Nemo declassified

For those of us not in the Northeast and wondering what in the world a nor’easter is, CNN.com explains all in light of the coming super snow storm…Nor’easter…Nemo…heading up the northeast coast.

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Learning to hear his still small voice

Reblogged from: Joel Osteen Ministries

Learning to Hear His Still, Small Voice

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 2/5/2013

Years ago when our son, Jonathan, was just a year old, we had just moved into a new house. All week long, we had servicemen coming in and out. One afternoon, I put Jonathan down for his nap in my bedroom downstairs and went upstairs to unpack some boxes. As I was working, I remembered that a repairman was supposed to call me to schedule an appointment, and I had left my phone down on the kitchen table. I didn’t want to stop what I was doing to go down and get it, and the appointment wasn’t really that urgent, so I thought, “Oh well, if I miss him, I’ll just reschedule later.” But then the thought came again, and I felt a strong impression inside, “Go get your phone off the kitchen table.” I tried to reason it away, but it wouldn’t go away. Then the thought came, “If you take care of it now, you won’t have to do it later.” Well, I finally walked downstairs to get my phone, and as I came around the corner, there was a huge ball of smoke and a fire in the middle of my kitchen! I was shocked! But thankfully, I had a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the fire.

 

I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I would have ignored the Spirit of God on the inside. God knew exactly what it would take to get me to go into the kitchen. What if He would have brought the thought to my mind, “There’s a fire in your kitchen”? I would have thought, “Nah, that’s silly!” or “Get behind me, Satan!” I probably would have thought it was just me being overtired and paranoid! But God knew how to reach me, and it taught me more about how to trust His still, small voice.

 

I want to encourage you today to listen when you feel that prompting of the Spirit on the inside. So many people wonder, “God, is this You or is it just me?” Well remember, as a believer in Jesus Christ, God is in you. If the thought is reasonable and right, do it! If it lines up with the Word of God, do it! Whether it’s helping someone, sharing an idea, or even getting your phone off the kitchen table, God knows how to lead you. He doesn’t speak to everyone in the same way and learning to hear Him for yourself is a process. Sometimes we make mistakes, but He is a patient teacher and knows how to get our attention. Trust Him because He will teach you to hear His still, small voice.”

Artist showcase: Xavier M. Jones

Simple. Intelligent. Captivating. Moving.

Apply any of these titles to the work of Atlanta artist/designer/UX engineer Xavier Jones and you will be nodding your head vigorously in agreement.

I’ve followed Xavier’s design work for years and you have too without realizing it.

Did you catch a glimpse of Will & Kate’s royal wedding online? Watched any of the trending videos from a NDN video player or on a major news site? Browsed for cars on auto trader.com?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve probably seen the fingerprint of Xavier Jones.

This phenomenally talented man has recently put his artistic sensibility to use in the arts and craft world of Etsy.

Check out some of his beautiful hand painted limited edition pieces
here

You can thank me later.

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Beyonce, Super Bowl, and the National Anthem

Inauguration what???

Beyonce doesn’t disappoint at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show. She even brought out a couple of old friends named Kelly and Michelle for a mini Destiny’s Child reunion. High energy. Engaging performance. Vocals on point. All-in-all, Beyonce did what she does best; put on a fabulous Tina Turner-esque show filled with sexiness, dancing, and that beautiful smile. Excellent job Mrs. Knowles-Carter.

The other spectacular musical highlight of the night had to be the lovely Alicia Keys performing the National Anthem. She tore it up.

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