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Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 8:29 AM
USA Today’s Ed Baig reviews a smartwatch created with Kickstarter funding in this morning’s paper. Called the Martian Watch G2G, it claims to be the first voice-controlled model on the market. Basically it serves as a proxy for your smartphone, letting you call and text with your phone still in your pocket. But Baig says even though that’s cool, it’s “a pricey product with limited mainstream appeal, and one with some features that were either too complicated or didn’t work at all.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 8:17 AM
There’s a great photo on the front page of the Miami Herald this morning showing the Heat’s Ray Allen watches his three-point shot go in as he holds on the the jersey of opponent Tony Parker. The Heat muscled their way back during overtime last night, eking out a 103 to 100 win over the Spurs and forcing a seventh game. The Herald says last night’s game will be remembered as “the night Ray Allen bailed out LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 8:09 AM
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been working on his handwriting, reports the Washington Post. If one were to guess how to pronounce his old signature, “Oooooooo” might be as close as you could get. But that changed yesterday when Lew unveiled his new signature, which will grace $5 bills starting this fall. Although still a little scribbly, you can definitely make out a ‘J’ and an ‘L’ on his latest effort.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 7:57 AM
On Thursday, electric carmaker Tesla will demonstrate a fast way to swap out the batteries on its Model S sedan as an alternative to pulling over and re-charging at one of the stations Tesla has been building across the country. The San Francisco Chronicle says it’s an odd move, since the company has poured so much time and money into creating a network of charging stations. But founder Elon Musk says Tesla’s batteries were designed for a quick change, in case the swap out ever became the norm.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 7:38 AM
What better way to get kids involved in cooking than with the kids of a famous chef? The New York Times says the new cookbook by Mario Batali’s sons includes recipes by the two teenagers as well as edited-down choices from their famous pop. The book is about cooking “on a basic yet thoughtful level,” and developing a respect for food at a young age.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 7:14 AM
Most people like to cook homemade meals or rather like to think they are cooking homemade meals. The Wall Street Journal says experts have studied this to such a degree that they know if people open and add two sauce packets to a dish it feels like you’ve cooked something. Just one sauce packet doesn’t deliver the same feeling of creation. Adding an egg to a cake mix creates the same feeling, even when a powdered egg could easily have been built in to the mix.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 7:00 AM
Fergus Cullen uses a brilliant analogy in this morning’s Wall Street Journal to draw attention to the immigration debate now roiling in Congress. If you watched the NHL or the NBA finals this week you saw how dependent this country is on “guest workers.” Twenty-seven of the 32 Boston Bruins players are foreign-born. And the Spurs roster boasts eight players born in other countries. But if athletes faced the same hurdles that scientists or entrepreneurs who require an H1-B visa, there would far fewer, players would have to wait years or decades to play, and teams would have to prove they tried to hire an American first.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 8:30 AM
The New York Times has a very interesting story about a new way to demolish a building. The Japanese have perfected a technique called “stealth demolition” which involves the building in question being slowly jacked down instead of spectacularly blown up and knocked down. The method allows buildings to appear intact but as though they are shrinking until one day poof—they’re gone.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 8:24 AM
Those 4-inch heels may look good, but the Washington Post says they are killing your feet. Ask any podiatrist and they’ll tell you that humans are designed to walk heel to toe. When you alter that natural state “lots of bad things happen.” Like? Corns, calluses and pinched nerves aren’t uncommon for veteran heel wearers. Capsulitis, the painful inflammation of the joints, is another common side effect. Experts say if you can’t live without some height, try to limit yourself to 2-inch heels.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 7:40 AM
Women will be allow to join the Navy SEALs starting in 2016, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune this morning. The Pentagon is scheduled to announce its plan to allow female members into the last all-male combat units this morning. In addition to the SEALs, women will be allowed to Army Ranger and Navy Riverine units. Insiders say standards for admission will not be altered—that means prospective women will have to do as many pull ups as their male counterparts.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 7:32 AM
LA Times columnist Bill Dyre has a simple question in this morning’s paper: Why does everyone love to hate Phil Mickelson? Dyre says he’s avoided writing this column for years, hoping to gain some insight but he’s still stumped: “How can one of the most accommodating pro athletes in the world also be one of the most polarizing? What am I missing here? Whom did he bully in seventh grade?”
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 7:20 AM
Several photos of President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 make the papers this morning, and none of them are that flattering. In fact, in most of them the two leaders look like they’d rather be anywhere else in the world. The LA Times says the mood was tense in Northern Ireland as the conversation turned to the civil war in Syria. SEE PHOTOS
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 6:55 AM
USA Today has a story about the rise of the “celebrity lifestyle guru” in this morning’s paper. Apparently, Jessica Alba is following in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop-y footsteps. Alba is making a name for herself hawking organic diaper cream and other products under her Honest label. Industry experts say these celebrities aren’t slowed down by a lack of traditional training in cooking and decorating: “Martha and Rachael,” they say, “should watch the rear-view mirror.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 6:42 AM
To wave or not to wave is the question in the Wall Street Journal this morning. Specifically, columnist Jason Gay writes about the decision to wave at your fellow bikers or runners. Gay says he operates at “about a 74 to 92% wave rate”—more when he’s biking, since bikers seem to care more than runners. If you’re not into the wave, Gay says its cousin the Nod is perfectly acceptable too.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 8:27 AM
Forget having one password for your bank account, Netflix and Amazon accounts. The LA Times says in the wake of several high-profile cyber attacks, security officials are dreaming up new ways to protect your information. Like electronic tattoos that function as passwords or smartphones with built-in fingerprint scanners. Another idea in the pipeline: a USB thumb drive that would serve as a key once you insert it and unlock websites you visit.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 8:07 AM
She’s America’s latest celebrity but no one knows what she looks like…yet. USA Today says photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s new daughter have yet to become public but that those first photos, whenever they trickle out, will be worth a pretty penny. PR experts say it’s likely that Kardashian and West have already brokered a deal for the shots and named their price.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 7:58 AM
In the New York Times this morning, writer Nick Bilton says we have to get used to the idea that software not hardware is where the big advances in smartphones will come. Bilton says we’ve become addicted to the idea that there will be a new iPhone every year, which made some people disappointed when Apple “just” announced a software update last week.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 7:23 AM
One shark is dead and another is wounded. It’s been quite a bloodbath in the 5000-gallon tank at Applebee’s new Coney Island restaurant, reports the New York Daily News this morning. First employees had to remove a Blacktip shark named Zane because he kept eating his tankmates and then a Whitetip shark died after colliding with the tank’s three-foot Wonder Wheel replica.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 7:13 AM
The Washington Post has an interesting story about the massive expansion of police photo-ID databases in this morning’s paper. More than 120 million faces come up in interstate databases, which were initially created to prevent driver’s licence fraud but now are increasingly used by police to identify suspects and witnesses. Experts say the far reach of these databases routinely puts innocent people in a digital lineup, a practice that makes some uncomfortable, especially as the NSA’s surveillance program begins to come to light.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 6:56 AM
Living in a city full of history is great—most of the time. Until everyone wants to visit at the same time. The Washington Post says D.C. residents have a name for the feeling that accompanies the crush of “friends” and distant relatives who surface on their couches and futons this time of year: “site-seething.” Writer Monica Hesse says Seinfeld’s puffy shirt is the site that gets her seething the most, not because she hates “Seinfeld” but because it’s on everyone’s must-see list.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 17 June 2013 6:40 AM
Manhattan may have Batman but the New York Post says now Brooklyn has its own superhero. Meet the Red Hook, “a street-smart superhero inspired by the gritty waterfront neighborhood” he’s named after. A former boxer and thief who keeps the bad guys in check with his powerful right hook, creator Dean Haspiel says the Red Hook is unique because he comes with human flaws.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 8:28 AM
Phil Mickelson started off the US Open on about four hours of sleep, reports the New York Times this morning. His daughter graduated from 8th grade on Wednesday, which means to hear her commencement speech he had to hop in his private jet in San Diego, catch an hour of sleep on the plane, another hour or two when he landed in Philadelphia and be ready to hit the course at 5:30 in the morning. All in all, Mickelson put in an impressive 18-hour day and managed to shoot a 67.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 8:14 AM
If the Legos your kids play with look a little more disgruntled than the ones you remember, you’re right. The San Diego Union-Tribune says a new study out of New Zealand has found that the faces on Legos have become “increasingly furious, sad and disgusted” over the last two decades. The researchers are also exploring whether being exposed to angrier faces has an effect on a child’s development.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 8:02 AM
A deck collapsed at a Miami sports bar last night dumping dozens of NBA fans into the water below and injuring at least 24 people. Witnesses told the Miami Herald that “there was just a crack, and then we were in the water.” The water was shallow enough to stand in but it was hard to make an exit because it was crowded by tables, chairs and wood from the collapsed deck.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 7:52 AM
Flanked by a coterie of NBA all-stars and the mayor of San Antonio, Sebastien De La Cruz returned to sing the national anthem last night in front of a sold-out Game Four crowd. The Express-News says the encore performance was organized after the 11-year-old mariachi singer was the subject of a barrage of racist tweets following his performance on Tuesday. De la Cruz, who was born in San Antonio, received a “deafening reception” last night. VIDEO
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 7:33 AM
Commuters hoping for a smooth ride yesterday got more than they bargained for after a New Jersey Transit bus driver got lost on the way to Manhattan, turning what is usually a forty-minute commute into one that lasted well over two hours. Passengers told the Newark Star Ledger that they knew they’d be late for work when the driver pulled over to ask directions just blocks from their final destination.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 7:03 AM
Attention ladies (and gentleman): the NFL would like you to leave your purses at home. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette says the rule change, which will be enforced at stadiums around the country starting this preseason, is a reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing. The ban includes bags of all sizes including coolers and camera bags but does allow fans to bring one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 14 June 2013 6:51 AM
It’s sung to us once a year, and we sing it to others many times a year. But Warner-Chappell Music owns the copyright of “Happy Birthday” and collects millions in licensing fees from public performances of the song. The New York Times says a production company is suing to change that, claiming that “Happy Birthday to You” is actually just an 1893 adaptation of a song called “Good Morning to All.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 13 June 2013 8:24 AM
Do you refer to a Pepsi as—a soda or a pop? Or a coke? What about the act of throwing toilet paper from the trees—is that TPing or rolling? The Raleigh News and Observer says the detailed maps created by grad student Joshua Katz showing regional dialects have gone viral since he released them last week. Katz took research from a 120-point survey done in 2002 and plotted the answers on several maps to show the density of certain turns-of-phrase around the country.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 13 June 2013 8:16 AM
There’s an awesome illustration of summer in Alaska on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News this morning. East Anchorage resident Maria Smith says she woke up to find a large summer guest drinking from the sprinkler in her lawn. The moose stayed and relaxed in Smith’s lawn all afternoon and she says he was “very friendly.”
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