Doodle 4 Google 2012 Contest

Google “Doodles” are those fun graphics we see posted on Google’s home page that make up the Google logo. Google started using Doodles to commemorate birthdays of famous people, holidays or important events in history. The first Google Doodle was created in 1998. This year, Google partnered with the New York Public Library and Crayola for the “Doodle 4 Google […]

Back by popular demand: More military memes

I think about our men and women in uniform every day and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices that they and their families make. So in honor of their service, I bring you another round of military memes. I just can’t get enough of these. Yeah, me neither.    I wonder if Domino’s delivers?    Sounds like a […]

The ‘Boys of Summer’ are back and there’s an app for that

Today marks the official start of baseball season (though the Marlins had their official season opener last night) and not everyone can be in front of their television to watch their favorite team, especially since many games are played in the middle of the business day. If you have an iPad or a smartphone, Major League Baseball has […]

Military unveils new ‘heat beam’ weapon

The Active Denial System, called ADS for short, is a non-lethal weapon that has been in development for 15 years. It delivers a man-sized heat beam on a radio frequency of 95 gigahertz. Accessing the same millimeter wave technology used in airport body scanners, the beam penetrates only 1/64th of an inch into a person’s […]

Navy to test humanoid robot to fight fires

The Navy has teamed up with Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania to develop a humanoid robot to fight fires on-board its vessels. The Navy Technology Center for Safety & Survivability at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., carries out research to solve Navy problems regarding combustion, fire extinguishing, fire modeling and scaling, damage control, […]

The Dogs of War

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I have a great love of our military and a great love of dogs, especially the German shepherd. Our family has a 4-year-old shepherd, Apollo. (He is affectionately known around here as just “The Boy.”) That’s him over there on the right. These dogs are loyal, protective, […]

Online strike over Internet censorship

If one of your favorite websites isn’t working today, it may be because it “went dark” in protest of the SOPA bill. SOPA is the acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261). Though the strike is widely being billed as a SOPA protest, the Senate companion bill dubbed PIPA or the “Protect IP Act” (S.968) is […]

Times Square New Year’s ball – an American icon

In 1904, German Jewish immigrant and New York Times owner Alfred Ochs selected a new home for the newspaper. The New York Times Tower was situated on a small triangle of land called Longacre Square, at the intersection of 7th Avenue, Broadway and 42nd Street. Ochs successfully lobbied the city to rename the area Times […]

Misprint in advertisement sparks a Santa tradition

In 1955, Colorado Springs-based Sears and Roebuck Co. ran an advertisement at Christmastime urging children to call Santa Claus. The phone number was misprinted in the ad. Instead of reaching Santa, the call was put through to a hotline answered by Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the Continental Air Defense Command. Shoup instructed […]

When old, boring Christmas lights just won’t do

Technology has pushed home holiday decorations to new heights. Through the use of computers, dimmers, controllers, amplifiers and software, the term “deck the halls” has taken on a whole new meaning. These light displays are synched with music, and some are capable of transmitting an AM or FM radio signal so that music from the […]