Linda Brandt: Some people will try anything – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ever since I can remember, high daytime temperatures have elicited comments about its being hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Is that even possible? Folks in Oatman, Arizona, on Route 66 think it is and to prove it, the city hosts a Solar Egg Frying contest every July 4th. Contestants get 15 minutes to fry an egg using solar power aided by home customized pans, mirrors, aluminum reflectors and magnifying glasses. After a Death Valley National Park employee made a video of an egg frying in a pan on the sidewalk to demonstrate just how hot it was, so many visitors tried it, with and without pans, that park officials posted this on the park’s website: “The Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot. “This is your national park. Please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks.” Chances are you will never be called upon to produce more than 400 omelets in 30 minutes, but just in case, American Egg Board representative Howard Helmer, who prepared 427 omelets in 30 minutes to capture the Guinness World Record, has ...

Elton John and Jewelry Company Support LGBTQ+ Community

Elton John’s collaboration with jewelry company Thief and Heist will feature rainbow bracelets to benefit the LGBTQ+ community through his AIDS foundation The “Tiny Dancer” singer, 72, teamed up with jewelry brand Thief and Heist for the newest iteration of its signature tag bracelet. The collaboration features the company’s classic nylon band and sterling silver clasp, now offered in a rainbow of different colors in honor of Pride Month and the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. As an effort to give back to the LGBTQ+ community, 20 percent of all sales made from the $125 bracelets will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which John established in 1992. The singer, who has been involved in the fight against AIDS for more than 25 years, exclusively tells PEOPLE that the issue is as pressing as ever, which is why the partnership with Thief and Heist is so meaningful to him. “New HIV infections are on the increase amongst marginalized and disenfranchised gay men and trans people, particularly in the Southern U.S.,” he says. John continues, “We have much work to do; breaking down stigma and making sure that everyone has access to HIV testing and affordable trea...

8 Smart and Light Carry-On Luggage To Have While Traveling

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors. For some, travel is to discover, to go the extra mile, to chart the uncharted, for others it means to escape the ordinary, to go far away to escape their routine & create memories! But there are a lot of people who travel for work, regularly with the trips being short, hectic. Shopping for the right kind of luggage can be quite a hassle, especially when you’re looking for lightweight options, that are trendy but not over the top.  Packing light and carry everything that you need is an art that many of us lack. Just like any painting that requires the right colours, your carry on is a canvas that needs the right pick.  At times you might wonder, why your trolley can’t accommodate things the way someone else’s can. Hard-shell, nylon, soft-shell or canvas? Which one to pick and why? Hard-shell luggage is always reliable when it comes to keeping things in a compact manner, while the rest make a classy impression and can be easily thrown in anywhere.  We understand you are spoilt with options, but we have a list that brings the best to enhance your travel experience.  Made of...

California passes a bill that might ban hotels from giving out small bottles of free shampoo

A bill passed in California on Monday could ban hotels in the state from supplying guests with small complimentary bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other care products. The move comes as part of an effort to stem plastic consumption and also limit plastic waste thrown out by guests and hotel operators. Members of the California State Assembly voted in favor of the Assembly Bill 1162 by a result of six to three – with two members not voting – at the beginning of the week. California Governor Gavin Newsom will now decide whether to sign the bill into law, allow the bill to pass without his signature, or veto the motion entirely.  If successfully implemented as a law, ‘lodging establishments’, including hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and vocational rentals, would be forbidden from offering plastic bottles hold 12 ounces of fluid or less. A new bill passed in California on Monday might out-law hotels from providing guests with complementary bottles of free shampoo The move comes as part of an effort to stem plastic consumption and also limit plastic waste thrown out by guests and hotel operators (pictured: a plastic waste pile collected by workers in New Yo...

Dolby Atmos is the latest and greatest surround sound format for the home. If you’re reading

Dolby Atmos is the latest and greatest surround sound format for the home. If you’re reading this, and you’re currently contemplating installing ceiling speakers, we probably don’t need to tell you much about Atmos — you’re ready to get going, so go ahead and skip to “Are you sure about ceiling speakers?” For those of you who need the low-down, you can check the links at the left for a comprehensive catch-up. Before we begin in earnest, let’s just double-check something. Are you sure ceiling speakers are the right choice for your Dolby Atmos home theater setup? Installing ceiling speakers can be tricky. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a messed up ceiling, wires hanging all over the place, a partner who now sees you as the person who ruined their favorite room, and … no Atmos. Don’t forget, there are other alternatives, like Dolby Atmos soundbars, and Dolby Atmos module speakers that are no more difficult to install than your original 5.1 or 7.1 speakers. Now that we’ve done our due diligence, let’s get at it. The key to any successful installation is having a well thought out plan. You may need to deviate from that plan if unexpected things...

Brown and Gold Report Offers Detailed Information on UW | News

Visitors to the University of Wyoming website can get an in-depth look at statistics regarding many aspects of the university in a newly refreshed and updated Brown and Gold Report. Visible on UW’s homepage and accessible at https://brownandgoldreport.uwyo.edu, the Brown and Gold Report has become more student-oriented and now includes UW’s rankings, retention and graduation information, and student outcomes data. “We designed the report to provide information that will be of value to anyone considering enrolling in UW, as well as to people who want to know basic facts about the university’s performance,” says Sue Koller, manager of UW’s Office of Institutional Analysis. “As a public institution, we have a responsibility to be transparent regarding the work we do. The Brown and Gold Report provides accurate, official information on key indicators of success and areas where we’re striving to improve.” The report includes details on UW’s enrollment, student makeup, cost of attendance, retention and graduation, degree distribution, postgraduation outcomes and more. UW’s rankings in several of the top college rating services are included, along with comparisons with its peer instit...

Legionella bacteria found in Wayne State water cooler, Ford water tanks

Wayne State University shut down the the cooling tower of its Old Main building because tests suggest it is contaminated with legionella bacteria. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. In light of the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, here are five facts you need to know about the disease. USA TODAY Wayne State University has shut down the the cooling tower of its historic Old Main building because preliminary tests suggest it is contaminated with legionella bacteria.  William Decatur, Wayne State’s vice president of finance and business operations, sent an email Tuesday to students, faculty and staff explaining that university protocol requires that when the bacteria are detected, “the cooling towers are immediately taken off line so they can be disinfected and cleaned. Therefore, the Old Main cooling system has been shut down. There will be no air conditioning or cooling fans in Old Main during this time.” The Old Main building at Detroit’s Wayne State University. (Photo: Mary Jane Murawka/Wayne State University) Legionella bacter...

Study: 80% of Americans Believe Political Correctness Is a Problem

Except among a tiny minority of far-left Americans, political correctness (P.C.) is deeply unpopular. Some 80 percent of people said they viewed P.C. excess as a problem. That’s according to a fascinating survey conducted by More in Common, an international research initiative. The researchers asked respondents dozens of questions about race, immigration, sexism, free speech, and other hot button issues, and then sorted them into seven different categories: progressive activists, traditional liberals, passive liberals, the apathetic, moderates, traditional conservatives, and devoted conservatives. The two conservative categories constituted 25 percent of the total; the progressives, just 8 percent. Everyone else, according to the researchers, form an “exhausted majority” whose views are not so different from one another, even across racial and gender lines. “Most members of the ‘exhausted majority,’ and then some, dislike political correctness,” wrote The Atlantic’s Yascha Mounk in a terrific write-up of the survey. “Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that ‘political correctness is a problem in our ...

Xiaomi’s Mi Table Lamp 1S launched in China for 179 Yuan ($26)

Xiaomi has launched a few different types of lamps in the company’s home market, China. Now, the company has launched yet another table lamp in the Chinese market, named Mi Table Lamp 1S. As the name suggests, the Mi Lamp 1S launched today is an upgraded model of the Mi Table Lamp which was launched last year. The newer version of the lamp keeps the simple and sophisticated design on the previous generation product. The light from the Mi Lamp 1S reaches 520 lm in terms of luminous flux, which is twice the previous generation. The central illuminance value reaches 1131 lux, which is 50 percent higher than the previous generation. The product, which comes with a metal body design, and has a pure white color. Unlike general table lamps, the lamp arm of the Mi Lamp 1S  can be folded to reduce the occupied space. The maximum angle of the lamp’s arm opening and closing is 135 degrees. The company claims to have done a fatigue test for more than 10,000 times, hinting about the durability of the lamp. The bulb is directly attached to the lamp arm, which also has a heat sink and a thermal-conductive glue. It is using a Fresnel optical lens made of glass, which allows the light to be ref...

Latest Federal Court Cases – June 2019 #3 | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC

Our case of the week features a rarely visited rule concerning reissue patents—the “original patent requirement” doctrine codified in 35 U.S.C. § 251. The patent in suit is a reissue patent concerning fixtures for holding workpieces. The workpieces are machined pipe fittings used in the oil and gas industry. The fixtures hold the workpieces so they can be machined, and “it is advantageous to have a multi-purpose fixture capable of holding a workpiece in multiple orientations to expedite machining by minimizing setup time.” Machinists often make and use fixtures that utilize “arbors” that hold the workpiece while it rotates on a turning machine. The written description of the patent disclosed two arbors as central to the fixture design, and the original patent claimed the use of multiple arbors. However, in the reissue patent, the claims were broadened by omitting the arbors. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court held that the reissue claims were invalid for failing to comply with the original patent requirement. The Federal Circuit traced the history of the original patent requirement. Relying on older Supreme Court cases, the Court noted that “it is not enough th...

Whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister, best friend, or girlfriend, only the absolute best gifts

Whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister, best friend, or girlfriend, only the absolute best gifts for women will do. Personally, I’m of the belief that the women in my life (my mom especially) deserve the whole world, but that doesn’t mean I can throw reason out the window while shopping for presents. I — like anybody else short of the Kardashians — need to adhere to a sensible budget, lest my rent goes unpaid while I decide to purchase a $300 faux fur bath robe. Sure, I might be getting a few angry calls from my landlord, but at least she’s warm when she gets out of the shower, right? Thankfully, there’s a middle ground here. There are loads of ridiculously clever gifts under $25 on Amazon, and a lot of them are genuinely thoughtful gifts that women will love. When you opt for one of these (instead of the aforementioned bath robe), you’re getting quality and value simultaneously. Not only do these brilliant ideas look a whole lot more expensive than they actually are, but even if the recipient knew how much you paid (and saved), they wouldn’t even care. That’s because they’re likely to get loads of practical use as w...

Murder-accused bought acid-proof boots after uncle’s disappearance, trial hears

A Brisbane man accused of murder purchased protective clothing including goggles, a mask, gloves and boots to “work with acids” a week after his uncle disappeared, a court has heard. Robert James Wagner pleaded not guilty at the beginning of his Supreme Court trial in Brisbane to murdering his uncle Gerhard Wagner in January 1999. The court heard neither his body or motorbike has ever been found, and that his death was financially motivated because he held significant assets. Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said Robert Wagner was in a “precarious financial position” at the time of his uncle’s disappearance. He said an employee from a hardware store would give evidence about a customer who purchased protective clothing about a week later. “The customer he was dealing with specifically indicated that he was working with acids and he was working with acids to clean a garage floor,” Mr McCarthy said in his opening address. “Together through this trial we will learn about the precarious financial position of the defendant at that time. The prosecution told the jury it would hear evidence that Robert Wagner told a friend police had accused him...

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