Saturday, July 30, 2011

After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight | The Hastings Star-Gazette | Hastings, Minnesota

“He told me the same thing all the rest of them did,” she said, but this time was different.

The doctor was open about how risky the procedure would be, how long her recovery would be and that there were no guarantees the surgery would work. But he had a sense of confidence the other doctors lacked.

“I didn’t have anything to lose,” Hood said.

Without surgery, she would eventually lose her vision entirely, she explained, and even when she couldn’t see anything, she would still have the pain.

In February, Hood had a corneal transplant done in her right eye. In June, the same procedure was done on her left eye. So far, the results have been worth the risk.

When she woke up from surgery and her doctor took the bandages off her eyes, the first thing she saw was her brother and one of her sons, and for the first time she could see them clearly.

“It was the first time I’d seen what they really look like,” she said.

Before the surgeries, Hood had never been able to see what people looked like or the expressions on their faces. In recent years her vision had deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t tell where the chairs were in the doctor’s waiting room, or if there was a person sitting there. She had to have help getting around.

“I couldn’t tell people apart unless I heard them talk,” she said.

Now she can see the patterns on her dishes, the texture of her food, she can see the television and read the directions on her appliances. On Sunday she was able to play bingo and go-fish with her grandchildren.

As well as having her vision restored, Hood has had the pressure from her glaucoma relieved.

“I haven’t had any pain at all since I woke up from surgery,” she said.

After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight The Hastings Star-Gazette Hastings, Minnesota

Friday, July 29, 2011

Micro Generators could keep your smartphone running for DAYS at a time - MIT NEWS

A new photovoltaic energy-conversion system developed at MIT can be powered solely by heat, generating electricity with no sunlight at all. While the principle involved is not new, a novel way of engineering the surface of a material to convert heat into precisely tuned wavelengths of light — selected to match the wavelengths that photovoltaic cells can best convert to electricity — makes the new system much more efficient than previous versions.

The key to this fine-tuned light emission, described in the journal Physical Review A, lies in a material with billions of nanoscale pits etched on its surface. When the material absorbs heat — whether from the sun, a hydrocarbon fuel, a decaying radioisotope or any other source — the pitted surface radiates energy primarily at these carefully chosen wavelengths.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Microsoft Small Basic download and reviews from SnapFiles

Microsoft Small Basic puts the fun back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases students of all ages into the world of programming. Small Basic is intended for beginners that want to learn programming.The programming language draws its inspiration from an early variant of BASIC but is based on the modern .NET Framework platform. The programming environment is simple but rich in features, offering beginners several of the benefits that professional programmers have come to expect. A rich set of libraries help beginners learn by writing compelling and interesting programs.

Microsoft Small Basic download and reviews from SnapFiles

Spring Clean Your New PC With SlimComputer

SlimComputer helps identify software that comes pre-installed on a new computer

If you've ever gotten a new PC and it came loaded with promotional programs, toolbars, links to advertising or trial offers, then you know how frustrating these things can be. Community-powered feedback is the key to SlimComputer's state-of-the-art cleaning. In real time, SlimComputer assesses your new PC to identify programs, toolbars, and startup entries that users vote "optional". You can then use this data to decide what you want to keep on your computer.

  • Remove Trial Offers
  • Remove Toolbars
  • Remove Pre-loaded promotional software

  • Remove Ad Links
  • Disable unneeded services
  • Uninstaller

Spring Clean Your New PC With SlimComputer - Jkwebtalks

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How To Secure Your Wi-Fi Network Against Intrusion

In a perfect world you could leave your Wi-Fi networks wide open to share with any passing Wi-Fi starved travelers who desperately needed to check their email or lightly use your network. In reality leaving your Wi-Fi network open create unnecessary vulnerability wherein non-malicious users can sponge up lots of our bandwidth inadvertently and malicious users can pirate using our IP as cover, probe your network and potentially get access to your personal files, or even worse.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

McDonalds in Amery Wisconsin

Just noticed construction a half block north of the ALCO on HWY 46 and putting in a MCDONALDS in Amery!! Woo hoo!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


FOR SALE: Viewsonic Optiquest Q9 (VS11201) 19" LCD Monitor - LIKE NEW $55.00 (new around 2006, squarish, not rectangle-ish) VGA out only.

Icahn Bid Puts Clorox in Play -

Buy your bleach now, cuz after he buys it, the product price will double!

Icahn Bid Puts Clorox in Play -

BBC News - Dawn probe has date with asteroid

The US space agency says its Dawn probe should now be in orbit around the asteroid Vesta.

(first i've heard of this! Picture links in comments)

The robotic satellite will be spending a year at the 530km-wide body before moving on to the "dwarf planet" Ceres.

New pictures on Dawn's approach to Vesta show the giant rock in unprecedented detail.

The asteroid looks like a punctured football, the result of a colossal collision sometime in its past that knocked off its south polar region.

Confirmation that Dawn is safely circling the rock should come on Sunday (GMT) when the probe is due to return data on its status.

Vesta was discovered in 1807, the fourth asteroid to be identified in the great belt of rocky debris orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.

BBC News - Dawn probe has date with asteroid

Bachmann's husband got $137,000 in Medicaid funds - TODAY News

"She's giving hypocrisy a bad name," said Ron Pollock, executive director of Families USA, a consumer health care advocacy group, when asked about the Medicaid payments to Bachmann & Associates. "It's clear when it feathers her nest she's happy for Medicaid expenditures. But people that really need it — folks with disabilities and seniors — she's turning their backs on them."

Bachmann's husband got $137,000 in Medicaid funds - TODAY News -

Monday, July 04, 2011

Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts | Reuters

Details of the discovery were published on Monday in the online version of British journal Nature Geoscience.

The level of uranium and thorium -- radioactive ingredients that are usually contained in such deposits that can pose environmental hazards -- was found to be one-fifth of those in deposits on land, Kato said.

A chronic shortage of rare earths, vital for making a range of high-technology electronics, magnets and batteries, has encouraged mining projects for them in recent years.

China, which accounts for 97 percent of global rare earth supplies, has been tightening trade in the strategic metals, sparking an explosion in prices.

Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts Reuters

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Associated Press: NY motorcyclist in helmet protest hits head, dies

NY motorcyclist in helmet protest hits head, dies
(AP)–14 hours ago

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — A man riding bareheaded on one of about 550 motorcycles in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died, police said Sunday.
The motorcyclist, 55-year-old Philip A. Contos, likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet, state troopers said.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon in Onondaga, a town in central New York near Syracuse.
Contos was driving a 1983 Harley-Davidson on a helmet protest ride organized by the Onondaga chapter of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, or ABATE, troopers said. The organization states that it encourages the voluntary use of helmets but opposes mandatory helmet laws.
Contos, of Parish, hit his brakes, and his motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The statewide president of ABATE, Thomas Alton, said Contos wasn't a member of ABATE but was a motorcyclist with 30 years of experience.
"He was one of the public who wanted to join in support of helmet freedom," Alton said.

The Associated Press: NY motorcyclist in helmet protest hits head, dies

Saturday, July 02, 2011

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Friday, July 01, 2011

From the Shadows: Ghosts, flies and scratches

The smell roused five-year-old Caitlen Crotts’ mother from sleep. It was the smell of death. Caitlen’s family had just moved to the house in Galax, Va., a house once occupied by cousins who dabbled in the occult. The Crotts immediately found their cousins had left something behind.

From the Shadows: Ghosts, flies and scratches

Angry Birds theme - Microsoft Windows

Free from Microsoft. For Windows 7 theme.

Angry Birds theme - Microsoft Windows