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…..


(courtesy CommitStrip)

Can You Be Scared To Death?

We’ve all heard the phrase of “being scared to death,” but is it actually possible?

Can you be scared to death?

As a bonus, since the video mentions another video that discusses “10 Extremely BIZARRE Phobias People Actually Have!” below is that video.

Here are the phobias listed:

UPDATE: Man Will Not Face Prison For Possession Of Antique Flintlock Pistol.

Gordon-VanGilder-screen-shot-smallWe wrote about Gordon VanGilder back on February 23, 2015. VanGilder, a 72 retired school teacher, was facing up to ten years in prison for possessing an antique flintlock pistol in his car.

The charges against VanGilder have now been dropped.

While the charge did follow the letter of the law, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said she would use her prosecutorial discretion to drop

the case.

“My client and I are very pleased that the prosecutor exercised her discretion wisely and we commend her for doing so,” attorney Evan Nappen said. “We’re glad that the matter has been resolved.”

Nappen, who handles many NRA cases, said there are efforts by a number of legislators to get the definition changed to exclude antique firearms from the law.

“Hopefully the state will highlight the need to do that,” he said.

VanGilder was at risk of losing his pension as a result of the charge.

The man was relieved that the issue was now over, Nappen said.

That’s the good news, but because this is New Jersey and public officials don’t like when they are embarrassed and their questionable actions are brought to light, the ridiculous law is not being changed. Even though the Federal law on gun possession exempts antique firearms, New Jersey doesn’t care. Instead of trying to do the right thing, the prosecutor is using the VanGilder case as an example of what could happen to other citizens.

Getting The Job Done.

(photo courtesy Malcolm Denemark of the Florida Today.)

(photo courtesy Malcolm Denemark of the Florida Today.)

In case you missed it, 19 manatees were rescued from drains in Satellite Beach in an operation that took the cooperation of Satellite Beach Police, Fire Department, Public Works Department, SeaWorld employees and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Operations ended at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday along the 500 block of Cassia Boulevard. Firefighters, SeaWorld employees and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission left the site after inspecting the remaining culverts and drains.

“There were at least 19 or 20 that were rescued,” Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said. He added that all of the marine mammals – also known as sea cows – were in good condition.

“They were all released back into the river,” he said.

The operation captured the attention of neighbors and the national spotlight as rescue crews pulled away drain covers and used construction equipment, fire engines and even a truck ladder to carry out the mass rescue of the manatees that somehow became trapped in the city’s drainage system.

The work of the agencies deserve great applause. As the manatees themselves cannot thank the workers themselves, it is up to do it for them. Floridians in general and members of local communities specifically seem to have a special place in their hearts for the gentle sea cows and the rescue / saving of these creatures is great news.

Now that the animals have been saved, an “after action debriefing” of sorts is sure to take place (as it should.) Questions will focus on what the responders did right will be asked. Questions on what they did wrong will be asked. Questions on how to improve will be asked. Questions on how the mammals got into the drainage system in the first place and can that be prevented in the future will be asked and addressed.

But there is something else that should be noted: expediency overruled safety rules.

Fund Raising For Daniel Vukovich.

(image courtesy of the Brevard County sheriff's Office.)

(image courtesy of the Brevard County sheriff’s Office.)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This was forwarded to us and we wanted to let readers in the local Satellite Beach / Brevard County area know about it.)

Friends of Daniel Vukovich, the 17 year old teen who was beaten last week in Satellite Beach, have established a fund to help the family pay for Vukovich’s medical expenses.

If you are not aware of the event,

Vukovich was on his way to an adult education class when he was attacked, police say. His mother was inside the home when she heard loud banging and went to investigate. What she found was her son, bleeding with wounds – initially thought to be the result of a gunshot to the face – that were later determined to be caused by a crowbar.

The teen, with fractures to both sides of his head, remains in critical condition at Holmes Regional Medical

Center in Melbourne. He was airlifted to the hospital within 30 minutes of being beaten, according to court records.

As often is the case, the “noise” and discussion surrounding the case has seemed to mask the fact there is a young man fighting for his life. This horrific incident is just as much about the victim and not the policies to prevent this from happening again (if not more.)

The GoFundMe page for Vukovich reads:

Daniel is a 17 year old high school studrnt that was ambushed in his driveway and severely beaten with a crow bar as he was leaving for school. Daniel suffered severe head and facial injuries and has required extensive surgery. His stepfather is a firefighter at Patrick AFB and has been my friend for 20 years. We are trying to Raise money to cover the medical expenses for the family of Daniel Vukovich. Daniel has a long road ahead of him and his family needs our support. Every little bit will help his family in their time of need.

Head on over to GoFundMe page and donate to support this young man and his parents.

Do the Rich Pay their “Fair Share?”

From Prager University:

Do the rich pay their fair share of taxes? It’s not a simple question. First of all, what do you mean by rich? And how much is fair? What are the rich, whoever they are, paying now? Is there any tax rate that would be unfair? UCLA Professor of Economics, Lee Ohanian, has some fascinating and unexpected answers.

That One File…..

Yeah….. who hasn’t done this before?


courtesy According to Devlin.

Thank goodness for the search feature, eh?

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