Monday, May 4, 2015

Through the Keyhole - May 2015

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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
C'mon. May Already?
That's 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:

Cinco 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. 

Friday, May 15th  MAD MAX: Fury Road opens as well as Pitch Perfect 2 (I loved the first one).  We also have Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation to look forward to later this year.

Speaking 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.

And 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."

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.

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Sydney, Australia - Keyhole Answer

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"The 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.

Sydney 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?).

There 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.

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Punchbowl Cemetery

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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.

If 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. 

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“I 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

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the airNext 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 down.

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...

And 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.

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Tesla gearing up to release batteries that will power your home

Blonde Jokes

DISNEYLAND:   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.

FLORIDA OR 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 watch dogs'

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...

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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.

Windows 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.

This 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.

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Animals That Accidentally Saw You Naked....
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Everyone 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 better.

Here are some of the cool things you can do by using Skype:

1) Messaging
2) Audio Calls
3) Video Calls
4) Screen Sharing
5) File Transfer
6) Conferencing

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?

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A Running List of Places You Can't Use a SELFIE STICK         

A Running List of Places That Have Banned Selfie Sticks

This 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 disallowed. 

- The National Gallery, London
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Pointe-à-Callière Archaeology Museum
- The Colosseum in Rome
- The Palace of Versailles, Paris
- 19 Smithsonian museums and galleries
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- The Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- The Guggenheim Museum, New York
- The Frick Museum, New York
- The Brooklyn Museum
- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The Detroit Institute of the Arts
- The Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria
- Brazilian soccer stadiums
- Soccer stadiums for Arsenal and Tottenham in England
- The Seattle Art Museum
- The Getty Center, Los Angeles
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Wembley Stadium, London
- The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
- The Frick Pittsburgh
- Music venues O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Arena, England
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
- The Dallas Museum of Art
- Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
- The MTS Centre, a sports arena in Winnipeg
The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
- The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
- The National Portrait Gallery, Australia
- The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- The Sugarmill nightclub, England
- The 2015 Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida
- The Soundwave Music Festival, Australia
- The Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Etihad Stadium in Melbourne
Domain Stadium in Western Australia
Perth Arena 
Suncorp stadium in Brisbane
The Hermitage in Amsterdam
- The National Gallery, London
- Lollapalooza Music Festival
Coachella Music Festival
My House
My Office
My Car
My Wife's Car

Movie Misquote - Field of Dreams

Photo credit: Gordon Company

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”.

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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!

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"You'll learn 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."

-Lou Kolssak circa 1987

Delicious Things you can do with Vegetables

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Spicy Roasted Bok Choy

Spicy Roasted Bok Choy

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Baked Parmesan Zucchini “Fries”

Baked Parmesan Zucchini "Fries"

Creamed Peas and Onions

Creamed Peas and Onions

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Maple-Glazed Carrots

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