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Keeping Water At The Desired Temperature.

This is a rather funny but interesting video of a parrot named Miss Iris who not only likes to take a “shower” at a sink, but also tests the temperature of the water and keeps working to make sure it stays at that temperature.





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Cocoa Beach: CRA And Commission Meeting Tonight.

Cocoa-Beach-Kite-ROHThe City of Cocoa Beach has two meetings scheduled tonight at the City Hall Commission room.

Starting at 6:00 PM, there is a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

The CRA meeting is followed at 7:00 PM by a regular City Commission meeting.

The agenda and support packet links can be found here.

If you cannot attend the meetings in person, the meetings can be viewed on the Bright House network, channel 199. In addition, you can watch the meetings in real time on the City’s web site.

Hope to see you at the meeting to make your voice heard.



Satellite Beach: CRA And Council Meeting Tonight.

SB-Approved-SpeechThere are two meetings for the City of Satellite Beach tonight. At 6:00 PM there is a CRA meeting followed by a regular City Council meeting at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the Council meeting is here. The agenda support packet can be found here.

Ordinance 1100 is back for a second reading and there is no reason to suspect that the Council will not approve it. This particular odious ordinance seeks to limit the free speech rights of Americans. While the City may restrict and protect the use of the seal when being used to misrepresent the City in instances such as official correspondences, “approval” of products, events, statements, etc., the ordinance goes far past that line.

What is even stranger about this ordinance is that it appears that no one on the City Council understands its content. At the last Council meeting, when a resident asked about enforcement as well as the mechanics behind the ordinance, the Mayor gave information that was contrary to the Ordinance itself. Before another citizen got commented that the Mayor’s understanding of ordinance was not within the ordinance, no one on the dais bothered to correct the error(s).

Not the four other Council members, not the City Manager, and not the City Attorney.

No one bothered to correct the Mayor’s errors which leads one to believe the people on the dais did not understand the contents of the ordinance, or were willing to let the Mayor’s interpretation to stand. Neither option reflects well on the members of the Council and the staff / consultants sitting with them.
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Verizon Releases Statement FCC And “Net Neutrality.”

Verizon-Telegraph-Key---ROHVerizon has released a statement on the recent issuance of FCC internet regulations which have been called by many as an “illegal takeover of the internet.”

The FCC has tried to make these rules before and has twice been beaten down by legal challenges where courts have ruled the FCC has no jurisdiction. Despite losing in court, the FCC has plowed ahead and the new rules will surely face another challenge.

With that as a background, Verizon’s press release on the matter is a classic. We are reprinting it here in its entirety for you:

FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet

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Verizon then take another jab at the FCC by posting a translation:
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How Do Your Kidneys Work?

After drinking a few glasses of water on a hot day, you might be struck with a sudden … urge. Behind that feeling are two bean-shaped organs that work as fine-tuned internal sensors. Emma Bryce details how the incredible kidneys balance the amount of fluid in your body, detect waste in your blood, and know when to release the vitamins, minerals, and hormones you need to stay alive.




Coke And Milk.

Suddenly this video is back making the rounds and going viral.

It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out while the remaining liquid that makes up the milk and cocoa cola now being lighter floats on top. The solid matter is basically milk that has been curdled by the addition of the more acidic soda.

Some have noted that Coke or Pepsi and milk was the favorite drink of Laverna on the old Laverne and Shirley show from the 1970’s.

And before you get too freaked out at the reaction, some other people have noted that Coke and milk is very similar to a Coke float. (And those things are daggum tasty.)



Thinking an “Arm’s Length” Outside The Box.

Last year the media reported on a UCF team of students who were making prosthetic arms for children.

Now, it will be easier. University of Central Florida aerospace engineering student Albert Manero this morning fitted Pring with a new “bionic” arm and hand.

Manero and his engineering friends got together and designed the prosthetic to fit Pring, who can move it using the muscle energy in his upper arm.

The team made the device, using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf gears and batteries, for less than $350. They have uploaded the designs and building instructions to the Internet, so anyone can download the blueprints and help another child with a missing arm.

Prosthetics for children are more difficult to make than for adults because the components are much smaller, said Manero, a Fulbright Scholar who earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from UCF in 2012 and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Most insurance companies won’t pay for these prosthetics because they need to be replaced as the child grows.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about one in 1,500 babies in the United States are born with deformed or missing arms or hands each year.

The Limbitless Solutions team continues to grow and produce prosthetic arms for kids around the world. There is no cost to the child but there is a cost in the parts and printing of the arm itself.

This seems to be a worthy cause to support in both word of mouth and donations.

Please consider supporting Limbitless Solutions in any way you choose.



Installing Software.

A friend of ours is making some small changes to his computer system. With each new tweak and discovery of a setting that needs to be changed, he has decided to reinstall his operating system.

In honor of his efforts and those who install software that seems to take forever…..

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(courtesy CommitStrip)



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