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R2D2 Makes A Wheelchair Bound Child Giggle Uncontrollably.

This just made us smile.

At a recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, R2D2 met up with a kid in a wheelchair.

The interaction and the kid’s reaction is priceless.

The R2D2 seen in the video was made by fan Chris Lee of the Droid Builders Club.

You can “meet” Chris below.
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Earth Day 2015.

Earth-Day--ROHToday is 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The day was originally set aside in 1970 to have people start thinking about the earth and the impact we have upon it.

It is a noble goal and commemoration, but we prefer to be acting on principles all year long rather than just observing the day once a year. Hopefully, that is what you are doing as well.

In some ways, it is important to look at the predictions that were made in 1970 and see how they turned out. Just how accurate were the “experts” in what was to happen to the earth? On the 30th anniversary of Earth Day in 2000, Reason.com writer Richard Bailey did just that.

Here are some of the predictions:

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.

3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
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Licensed Dentist Attacked For Charging Too Little.

According to our friends at the Institute for Justice, Arkansas orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris has run afoul of the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for not charging enough.

Burris has what can be considered a highly successful practice with 10 locations throughout the state of Arkansas. In addition, in 2008, Burns founded “Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.”

In 2008, Ben created Smile for a Lifetime Foundation to provide Orthodontic Scholarships for those in desperate need of braces who could not otherwise afford them. S4L.org is now the largest provider of pro bono orthodontic care in North America with almost 150 chapters in the US and Canada. S4L currently gives away over $6,000,000.00 dollars in Orthodontic Scholarships annually and continues to grow thanks to the generosity and dedication of fellow orthodontists.

So what has Burris done that has him in hot water?

In 2013 Dr. Ben Burris ran afoul of Arkansas’ law when he started offering low-cost teeth cleanings at his orthodontic offices. Ben’s practice Braces By Burris has 11 offices around the state. In part because of his success Ben feels a strong need to give back to the community so he started offering simple teeth cleanings for $99 for adults and $69 for kids, a fraction of what other dentists charge for the same service. He saw the program as a great way to expand access to care for Arkansans.

Within weeks, Ben was told by the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners that he was breaking the law and that his license would be revoked if he continued offering the cleanings. Arkansas prohibits licensed dental specialists like orthodontists from doing work outside of their specialty even though they are qualified to practice general dentistry.

The Institute for Justice issued a press release stating, in part:
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This Will Make Your Monday: Bacon Fried Oreos.

Yep. You read that right.

Bacon. Fried. Oreos.

image courtesy http://www.ohbiteit.com

image courtesy http://www.ohbiteit.com

We have no idea what evil mind these things came from, but it looks like the blog Oh Bite It! is making a big splash with them.

The “recipe” is deceptively simple.
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Trustworthy?

We hope that one of the main issues in the upcoming Presidential election is the trustworthiness of any given candidate.

While there is a natural and seemingly increasing distrust of politicians, we still hope that we can trust the person who is elected to be trustworthy. Even if we disagree with a stance a person takes, we hope they are at least trustworthy.

The “trust factor” with Hillary Clinton has frankly left the building, left the state, left the country, left the planet and left the universe.

And then there is this:

More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton’s Twitter followers are fake or never tweet – and she’s already under fire for ‘buying’ fake Facebook fans

Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them.

According to two popular online measuring tools, no more than 44 per cent of her Twitter fan base consists of real people who are active in using the social media platform.

And at least 15 per cent – more than 544,000 – are completely fake.

StatusPeople.com, the oldest publicly available Twitter-auditing tool, reports that 44 per cent of the former secretary of state’s followers are ‘good’; 15 per cent are ‘fake’; and 41 per cent are ‘inactive,’ meaning that they never tweet or reply to any tweets.

According to the article, a majority of the “likes” for Clinton’s Facebook page comes from the city of Baghdad. (Yep. THAT Baghdad.)

There is a history of this from Clinton led organizations like, for instance, the US State Department.
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BB-8: How Are They Doing That?

You may remember being old enough to be sitting in a darkened theater when suddenly John Williams’ now iconic theme burst into the air followed by the “crawl” setting the story for Star Wars – A New Beginning. The movie was an immediate hit as it seemed to push all the right buttons for so many movie goers.

One of those buttons was the interaction between the two droids, R2D2 and C3PO. It seemed that the two were more like Laural and Hardy or the “battling Bickersons.” Not only was the relationship between the two entertaining, people marveled at the range of emotions a little cylinder with a midget inside was able to create with beeps and whistles. Such was the acting of R2D2.

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set to be released this Christmas. One of the “stars” of the two trailers has been a little droid by the name of BB-8.

You can see BB-8 at the 0:28 mark of this trailer…..

….. and at the 1:10 and 1:20 mark of the latest trailer released on April 16, 2015.

Clearly BB-8 is a combination of computer graphics and puppeteers, right?

Not so fast.

You see, we wouldn’t really care about these trailers as we suspect that as December approaches we will be inundated with commercials, toys, tie ins, etc for the this latest Star Wars.

What has us puzzled and amazed is that at the recent Anaheim Star Wars Celebration, a “real,” “live” BB-8 rolled out onto the stage.
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Drink Up.

We like shows like “How Its Made” as they dig into manufacturing processes of different items. In the video below, Bill Hammond gives a more critical and precise view of the common aluminum can including not only how it is made, but why it made with certain design features.

Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

Evan a can is highly engineered.



Cocoa Beach: Commission Meeting Tonight.

CB-Skate-Park-ROHthe Cocoa Beach City commission meets tonight in a regular meeting at 7 PM in the City Hall Commission Room.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

If you cannot come to the meeting in person, it can be viewed on the City’s website as well as on Bright House channel 497.

Hope to see you there.



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