Your Cellphone Can Now Help You Find Things You Constantly Miss-place
The tech firm SSI America has developed “Stick-N-Find” location stickers. The stickers work by sending out a low-energy Bluetooth signal to a cell phone app which helps users locate their lost possession, or even a pet or child. The app helps users track down the sticker, and can be set to alert the user whenever a sticker moves a predetermined distance from their phone. The stickers are about the size of a quarter and can produce sound and light when they are paged. They can be detected by the phone app up to 100-feet away and run on a battery similar to a watch battery.
Santa As A Deer Hunter?
An Arnold, Missouri family with a controversial Christmas display said their traditional “Gaudy Christmas” theme depicts a “Santa who went hunting.” The light display shows Santa holding a rope attached to a hanging deer. Stacie Kurtz, whose father created the display, said, “We live in Jefferson County. We’re a hunting a community. You see the real ones hanging from people’s garage after they’ve gotten their big kill of the season. So what’s so wrong about a fake one?” Neighbors who don’t like the display reportedly wanted to remain unidentified, to avoid being compared with Dr. Seuss’s “Grinch.” (Patch.com)
Criticism of ‘N.Y. Post’ Cover Photo of Subway-Pushed Man Seconds Before Death
There was widespread criticism yesterday (December 4th) of the cover of the New York Post, which showed the man killed a day earlier when he was pushed onto the subway tracks, the full-page photo taken just seconds before his death as the train barreled toward him. The image, which appeared with the headline, “DOOMED Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die,” showed 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han looking at the oncoming train as he tried to pull himself back onto the platform. Also being asked was why photographer R. Umbar Abbasi, who the Post described as a freelancer, didn’t try to help Han instead of taking photos. Abbasi claims that he was running toward the train, repeatedly firing his flash to try to warn the motorman, and managed to snap the photo during the chaos. Abbasi told the New York Times, he’s, quote, “being unfairly beaten up in the press,” saying, “I was not aiming to take a photograph of the man on the track,” and said he had no role in the Post’s decision to publish it. A larger version of the photo shows other people huddled on the platform apparently in fear, instead of trying to help Han up. Police took a man into custody yesterday for questioning who has reportedly implicated himself, however they’ve yet to disclose a motive. According to reports, the suspect had been mumbling to himself on the platform when Han approached him, leading to angry words from the subway pusher that were caught on video by a bystander and released by police before the suspect was apprehended. News reports also said Han had been drinking before the encounter after an argument with his wife.
Report: NBA’s New Orleans Hornets Changing Their Name to the Pelicans
Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday (December 4th) that the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their name to the Pelicans as early as next season, citing what is said were numerous sources. The Hornets have planned to change their name since Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, bought the team in April. Why the Pelicans? Louisiana is known as the Pelican State, the brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and Benson already owns the rights to the nickname. There was also a minor league baseball team call the Pelicans that played in New Orleans for decades until 1959. The Yahoo! Sports report said the Hornets also considered the names Krewe, for the groups of costumed paraders in New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras celebration, and Brass. The Hornets are downplaying the story, however, with USA Today reporting that the team isn’t confirming or denying that Pelicans will be the new name. Instead, Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said, “Any name and color changes are controlled by the NBA and that process has yet to take shape.”