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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Through the Keyhole - September 2015
SEPT 2015 Through the Keyhole
Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
It's Football Season!
What a great summer it has been and now we look forward to the fall which unfortunately leads to winter. However, fall means football, postseason baseball (fingers crossed), chili and cool nights. Not a bad time of year in Chicago. There are two types of football fans in my life - Bears fans and Packer fans. This time of year, if you are into football, it is time to get behind your team. The Bears - Packers rivalry has been going on forever and I remember my dad taking us to Green Bay to cheer on our beloved Bears. The season opens this year on September 13th with the Bears hosting the Packers in Soldier Field.
SCOREBOARD Number of NFL Championships (including Super Bowls) Won GB 13 CHI 9
Number of Players in the NFL Hall of Fame GB 27 CHI 30
Rivalry Series Victories GB 91 CHI 93 The teams have TIED a total of 6 times, most recently in 1953. I am no expert but I don't think ties are allowed anymore. For you soccer fans out there (actually called football everywhere else but here), the Premiere League has begun and is currently being led by who cares.... (just kidding - I love soccer, I mean football)
And now for a new keyhole picture above- Can you guess where it is?
"If you have been here to do what this woman is doing in the picture then you are in a unique club recognized for being lucky. Name the country and the exact place for extra credit."
Last month, Jerry Aberman guessed correctly with Bryce Canyon National Park. Great recognition of your national parks.
Correct 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
Bryce Canyon National Park - Keyhole Answer
"This place really shows off the forces of natural erosion and was once described is a 'hell of a place to lose a cow'. HooDoo you know who's been there?"
This summer, my mother in law took my family on a tour of the southwest. One of our stops was this lovely place located in southern Utah at an elevation of about 8300 ft. It was literally breathtaking...
The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors.
Nineteenth-century Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the park is named, said it was "a hell of a place to lose a cow." The canyon's remarkable collection of whimsical hoodoo spires were believed by the early Paiute Indians to be people frozen in stone by the mischievous spirit Coyote. Early geologists feared the hoodoos would transform into humans.
The greatest part about this park is that you can do a hike in the morning, do the same one in the afternoon and the same one again in the evening and you will have 3 entirely different experiences. For light in Bryce Canyon changes everything.
Since the release of Windows 8, did you know that you can simply hit the windows key (the one in the lower left hand side of your keyboard) and type the name of an application to find and start it? Try it. Hit the windows key and type the name of an application (i.e. word). The computer will bring up a list of all applications containing what you type. Simply click on the one you'd like to open. Voila!
In Windows 10, there is a secret start menu simply by right clicking on the windows icon in your lower left hand corner. This brings up a very useful menu where you can quickly jump to programs, control panel, etc.
Now isn't that handy?
What kind of a Professor does this?
A University of Maryland professor posed this final question on a final exam:
Here you have the opportunity to earn some extra credit on your final paper grade. Select whether you want 2 points or 6 points added onto your final paper grade. But there's a small catch: If more than 10% of the class selects 6 points, then no one gets any points. Your responses will be anonymous to the rest of the class, only I will see the responses.
Selterman told USA Today College he first heard the question back when he was an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University. The dilemma was actually written about in a psych journals 25 years ago, and points to a concept called the tragedy of the commons.
“The tragedy of the commons is basically a dilemma between doing what’s good for you as an individual versus doing what’s best for the group” the prof said. “Now it stands to reason that people behave selfishly. But if too many people behave selfishly, the group will suffer…and then everyone in the group individually will suffer.”
A funeral procession pulled into a cemetery. Several carloads of family members followed a black truck towing a boat with a casket in it.
A passer-by remarked, "That guy must have been a very avid fisherman.”
"Oh, he still is," remarked one of the mourners.
"As a matter of fact, he's headed off to the lake as soon as we bury his wife..."
He Needs Water.
100 Wise Words
1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.
2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.
3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.
5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. DON’T underestimate free throws in a game of HORSE.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. Don’t dumb it down.
10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
12. Never park in front of a bar.
13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first girl/boyfriend.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
16. A suntan is earned, not bought.
17. Never lie to your doctor.
18. All guns are loaded.
19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.
20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
21. Take a vacation from your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.
22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good it is.
23. A handshake beats an autograph.
24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.
26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.
27. Never get your haircut the day of a special event.
28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.
29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.
30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
31. Eat lunch with the new kids.
32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.
33. It’s never too late for an apology.
34. Don’t pose with booze.
35. If you have right of way, TAKE IT.
36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
38. Never push someone off a dock.
39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.
40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.
41. Don’t make a scene.
42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.
43. Know when to ignore the camera.
44. Never gloat.
45. Invest in great luggage.
46. Make time for your mom on your birthday, It’s her special day too.
47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
49. Give credit. Take Blame.
50. Suck it up every now and again.
51. Never be the last one in the pool.
52. Don’t stare.
53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
56. Admit it when you’re wrong.
57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
59. Thank the bus driver.
60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
62. Know at least one good joke.
63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
64. Know how to cook one good meal.
65. Learn to drive a stick shift.
66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.
68. Dance with your mother/father.
69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.
70. Always thank the host.
71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
72. Know the size of your boyfriend/girlfriend's clothes.
73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.
74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.
75. Keep your word.
76. In college always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately. Come grade time it might come in handy.
77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for 9 months.
78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.
79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.
80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.
81. You are what you do. Not what you say.
82. Learn to change a tire.
83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.
85. Don’t litter.
86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.
87. You won’t always be the strongest of fastest. But you can be the toughest.
88. Never call someone before or after 9 AM and 9PM.
89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.
90. Make the little things count.
91. Always wear a bra at work.
92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.
93. You’re never too old to need your mom.
94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date commit to keeping them on and toning down how much your feet kill.
95. Know the words to your national anthem.
96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
97. Smile at strangers.
98. Make Goals.
99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.
100. If you HAVE to fight, punch first and punch hard.
5 Things Windows can do that Mac's can't
1. Scribble on web pages
Yep, we’re going there: Touchscreens were both a curse and a blessing for Windows 8. When Windows 8 first came out, using a touchscreen on a laptop or desktop felt strange and confusing. But after a while, you came to expect your PC to have a screen that responded to your touch.
Windows 10 is doubling down on touchscreen capabilities by letting you do things like annotate webpages using the new Microsoft Edge Web browser by writing directly on the screen, so long as your computer has a touchscreen display. Once you write on the page, you can save your chicken scratch as an image file or share it with your friends and colleagues.
Oh, and you’ll still be able to play touch-based games like Fruit Ninja.
2. Switch between desktop and tablet
Speaking of touchscreens, Windows 10 will also work much better when used on laptop-tablet hybrids such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, thanks to its new Continuum Mode.
With Continuum, you’ll be able to use your Surface Pro 3 like a regular Windows 7-style laptop and then automatically switch to the Windows 8-style tablet mode when you disconnect the Surface’s keyboard.
Your Apple friends, on the other hand, will still have to carry around their iPads and MacBooks if they want to have both a tablet and laptop.
3. Search by voice
OK, the concept for Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant is a pretty big rip-off of Apple’s Siri. But whereas Siri is trapped on the iPhone and iPad, Cortana is coming to your desktop and laptop PC, which means you’ll be able to search the Web and your PC using just your voice.
But Cortana is more than just someone to talk to when you’re lonely: She, er, it will also provide you with weather updates and sports scores, help manage your schedule, and more — all on your desktop, laptop, or laptop-tablet hybrid. 4. Stream Xbox One games
Xbox One and Windows 10 are going to be excellent bedfellows, thanks to Windows 10’s new Xbox One game-streaming. As the name implies, the feature will let you wirelessly stream your Xbox One games directly to your Windows 10 desktop, laptop, or tablet over your home’s Wi-Fi network, so you’ll be able to play Call of Duty from the comfort of wherever.
But that’s not all Xbox One streaming gets you. It will also let you play multiplayer games with your friends who have an Xbox One from your PC — a feature gamers have wanted for years.
5. Play the hottest games
Of course, like its predecessors, Windows 10 will be the go-to operating system for anyone who wants to play the latest and greatest computer games with the best graphics possible. Sure Apple’s App Store offers some game titles. But the selection is nothing like what’s available for Windows. So if you want to be able to play things like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Mortal Kombat X, you’re going to need a Windows 10 PC.
One Year After Trump Becomes President...
Surface Phone coming late 2015 or early 2016
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Pill Pack - FULL SERVICE PHARMACY
The Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC, Forbes and USA Today are all talking about this service that basically replaces your pharmacy with a sorted, daily pill pack.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry 1 small head of peeled garlic cloves (optional) 3 heaping tablespoons basil pesto, homemade or store bought 1 scant cup cooked, diced chicken breast 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes. If using garlic, place cloves on a baking sheet and cook in the oven until soft and light golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Allow the cloves to cool and then chop finely.
Unfold the puff pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, pressing and pinching to close any holes in the seams. Using a fork, prick the dough all over—including the edges—to prevent it from puffing during baking.
Brush the pesto in a thin layer over the dough. Scatter the roasted garlic across the pesto. Toss the chicken with a tablespoon of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Layer the chicken on the tart, followed by the mozzarella and the Parmesan. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
Bake until the the cheese is melted and light golden brown, approximately 15-25 minutes (start checking early). Remove the tart from the baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve immediately.
Note: You can easily sub pizza or flat bread dough in this recipe, or any other bread base you can think of. Also, I scattered some diced tomatoes on one of my slices for some extra color; feel free to do the same if you have some ripe ones lying around.