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Monday, May 4, 2015
Through the Keyhole - May 2015
Through the Keyhole
Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
C'mon. May Already?
right folks- It's May Day! It is also the month where we think the
weather should be good but usually isn't and that we thank our Mothers
for having us. Thanks Mom! In the US, Mother's Day is May 10th (second
Sunday of May as always) but in Mexico it is ALWAYS on May 10th and it
is a BIG DEAL. (how'd you like my segue to Mexico?) I have been in
Mexico for a Mother's Day that fell on a Tuesday and the entire country
shuts down. I think that is pretty cool and a great way to express your
respect and affection for your Mom.
Some other notable things that you may or may not care to know:
de Mayo - (May 5) is an Americanized Holiday that gives people another
reason to have a party. I repeat, this day is not important to Mexicans
as it simply marks the day the Mexican Army defeated the French Army at
the battle of Puebla in 1862. And everyone knows that the French are a
bunch of pandering snobs that deserved it.
of the French- Napoleon was born in Corsica (I actually was in his home
which is now a museum- really interesting) and was only 51 when he
died. Throughout his life he did some really powerful and strategic
things that are still studied today in universities throughout the
world. That guy was smart, tough and had a napoleon complex (go
figure). And another thing, Napoleon was 5 feet 7 inches tall which is
short by modern American standards. However, the average European male
in Napoleon's day was 5' 5" making him quite tall.
Last month's winner of the "guess the location" game was Julie Kabelitz who guessed
"Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia. Loved visiting there and would go back in a heartbeat!" ...Way to go Julie very detailed response.
now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking
through the keyhole? "The hotel rooms in this city rank #2 of the
highest in the world yet for years they had major infrastructure
problems. This city grew so fast no one could keep up."
answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure
it out. The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.
Good luck and have fun.
As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney, Australia - Keyhole Answer
iconic symbol of this city is a place where the fat lady has sung
(literally) and home to crazy accents, legions of criminal forefathers
and interesting animal species."
Sydney offers plenty of historical and contemporary Australian flavor.
The marvelous Sydney Opera House looks like a great origami sailboat,
floating peacefully in a harbor. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets
of The Rocks and then take in a street performance on the Circular Quay
before heading into the Museum of Contemporary Art. The views from the
Sydney Tower Eye observatory are epic – use this chance to get to know
the layout of the city from high above.
Sydney is the state
capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It
is located on the east coast and surrounds one of the world's largest
natural harbors. Residents are known as "Sydneysiders". The first
British settlers arrived in 1788 with Captain Arthur Phillip and founded
Sydney as a penal colony. That's right - a place to put criminals.
has a large economy with footholds in finance, manufacturing, and
tourism. Its economy is larger than Denmark, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympics (was it that long ago already?).
are some amazing landmarks in Sydney including Sydney Harbor, the Royal
National Park, Bondi Beach, the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Opera House
and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
My father LOVED this cemetery and said it was the best of any he had ever seen. Sadly,
Lou passed away last month and although slightly weird to publish a
snippet on a cemetery, I am going to do it. Dad would have appreciated
it.In ancient times, the extinct volcanic Punchbowl Crater was known as
Puowaina, which means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice". It was
the site of many secret Ali'i (royal) burials and a place where
offenders of certain Kapus (taboos) were sacrificed. Today, the Hill of
Sacrifice is the location of the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific where 33,230 service men and women from four wars are buried. In other words, it is full.
you are ever in Honolulu, make the short drive to this cemetery and see
for yourself. This cemetery is something to behold and although not on
the mainstream tours, it is worth your time. My wife and I took in the
view in 2001. If there is one thing I know is that as a funeral director
for over 55 years my dad knew cemeteries...
So long Dad, you will be missed.
never really wanted to go to Japan simply because I do not like eating
fish. And I know that's very popular out there in Africa.”
Batteries of the Future...NOW
Next year is starting to shape up as the year batteries change. This article has
collected all the best battery discoveries that could be with us soon.
From over the air charging to superfast 30-second re-charging, you could
be seeing this tech in your gadgets sooner than you think.
An Alfa (aluminum graphite) battery lasts 14 days and runs on water.
Using the power of friction, a device has been created that can harness electricity from a person's skin.
A Foldable battery is paper-like but tough. Imagine a battery built
into the strap of a smartwatch, finally battery life on wearables won't
be such an issue while allowing the size of the devices to be shrunk
A StoreDot charges mobiles in 30 seconds. The superfast
charging time was achieved using technology StoreDot has been
developing. This includes biological semiconductors
made from naturally occurring organic compounds known as peptides –
short chains of amino acids - which are the building blocks of proteins.
Transparent solar chargers will soon be over the screens of cell phones...
Nanobatteries are 80,000 times smaller than a human hair and can offer
3X the capacity of current efforts while charging in just 12 minutes and
working for thousands of cycles.
Two blondes were going to Disneyland. They were driving on the
Interstate when they saw the sign that said Disneyland LEFT. They
started crying and turned around and went home.
MOON: Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking,
and one blonde says to the other, 'Which do you think is farther away,
Florida or the moon?' The other blonde turns and says 'Helloooooo, can
you see Florida?'
CAR TROUBLE: A blonde pushes her BMW into a
gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a
few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, 'What's the story?' He
replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor' She asks, 'How often do I have
to do that?'
BLONDE ON TIME: A girl was visiting her blonde
friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names
were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one
was named Timex. Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming
dogs like that?' 'Helllooooo. . . ,' answered the blonde. 'They're
IN A VACUUM: A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit
one night. It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on
Science & Nature. Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and
someone calls your name, can you hear it?' She thought for a time and
then asked, 'Is it on or off?'
Windows 10 Expectations...
From the early looks of Windows 10, it’s a long-overdue concession to the fact that Windows users prefer the way things used to be.
10 will be more like Windows 7 than 8. Businesses are likely to be
ecstatic. Although this may seem like a step back it is a giant leap
forward. What Microsoft is trying to do is get more people to upgrade,
attract more developers and elevate its mobile OS adoption.
is very un-apple-esque as MS is creating a multi-device platform rather
than several platforms that integrate well together. Think the opposite
of a Mac OS / iPad / iPhone relationship. One simple operating system
for phones, tablets, pc's, and xbox (gaming / entertainment) systems.
has heard of Skype. Ok maybe not everyone. Skype allows you to use
your cell phone, tablet or pc to tele / video conference nearly for
free. Skype is owned by Microsoft and has recently been upgraded in an
offering called Skype for Business. Recently, all of our pc's were
outfitted with cameras and microphones to allow us to use this service
Here are some of the cool things you can do by using Skype:
2) Audio Calls
3) Video Calls
4) Screen Sharing
5) File Transfer
You get everything you need for conversations in one app—IM, audio and
video calls, online meetings and sharing. And because Skype for Business
and Office work together, it’s simple to collaborate right from your
Office apps. You’ll see the contact card of everyone working in the same
app as you so you can quickly send them an IM or email, or start a
call. You can also schedule meetings and see IM history in Outlook, and
start meetings from apps like Word and PowerPoint to present whatever
you’re working on.
I wouldn't mention it if it weren't a cool
offering. Let one of us know if you think you might be able to use this
service. We would be happy to help.
Famous Songs Charted and Graphed
How Did We Survive?
A Running List of Places You Can't Use a SELFIE STICK
is a list of locations around the world that have banned the use of
selfie sticks. It will be updated as selfie sticks are further
In Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner plays a farmer who is driven by voices
to build a stadium in his field. And the voices that drive him to it
have a lot to answer for, as they deliver one of the most badly
misquoted lines in movie history. While most people inspire hope,
courage and inspiration with the phrase “if you build it, they will
come”, when in fact the voices are consistently saying, “if you build
it, he will come”.
The US Patent and Trade Office has denied a Norwegian underwear company
called Comfyballs the
right to register their patent.
Comfyballs are popular across Europe due to
their PackageFront technology, which basically puts your "boys" on a shelf in
front of your body so they stay dry. The Trade Office has
allowed all kinds of ‘balls’ puns to be issued in the past, but felt this one
was not clever enough:
“The mark does not create a double entendre or
other idiomatic expression. When used in this way, the word, ‘balls’ has
an offensive meaning.”
Take that Norway!
just as much from your professors as you will from a guy from Kokomo
over a six pack and pizza at 2 in the morning."