Archive for April, 2012

Ask The Eye, Sandwich Waving May Be In Your Next Job Description

April 30, 2012

Dear Eye View

At my office job, clients recently came in for a big meeting that included my boss. A higher-up, who is not my boss, told me I was going to have to go pick up the lunch for the meeting participants at noon and that she’d give me the money. This is not in my job description, and I was not excited to play errand girl, but I am at the bottom of the totem pole. Noon came and went and no one came out of the meeting. Finally around 1 p.m. I went to the break room to eat my lunch with friends. Shortly afterward the higher-up found me, stood in the doorway, and waved money at me indicating it was time to go. I thought she was rude and I waved my sandwich at her, indicating I was on my break. She stormed out and picked up the lunch herself. Later she furiously insisted to my boss that I be fired. My boss doesn’t think I should be, but he told me to try not to piss off this woman anymore. As the new young staffer is it my job to just suck it up? Or did I merely set boundaries with a disrespectful colleague who sorely needs them?

—Wondering

Dear Wondering

I understand your concern. You were told you needed to pick up lunch for the meeting. The meeting ran an hour  late so you waved your sandwich at a co worker, and refused to pick up the lunch.  I recommend that you improve your sandwich waving skills. You may need them. Unless you are in California then never mind.. Hope this helps.

EV 

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Golf Ball Found Inside Dead Whale, Marine Biologist Called In To Investigate

April 25, 2012

A gray whale found dead in Washington state’s Puget Sound had been feeding on shrimp and also had some debris, including a golf ball, in its stomach, but scientists don’t know what killed the animal.

The stomach examination Monday found the shrimp, woody debris, algae, pieces of rope and plastic, the golf ball and some flat spongy material, NOAA Fisheries said.

The garbage was minimal and not the cause of death, which remains under investigation with tissue tests, spokesman Brian Gorman said. It’s common for whales to pick up debris near urban areas because they are filter feeders. There were no signs of trauma or entanglement on the whale, he said.

The sea was angry that day, my friend..

Kids Drinking Hand Sanitizer On Tap

April 24, 2012

Six teenagers have ended up in San Fernando Valley emergency rooms recently with symptoms of alcohol poisoning. But the illicit alcohol didn’t come from their parents’ liquor cabinets or from illegally purchased beers. These teens got drunk — and dangerously ill — drinking hand sanitizer.
They’re not drinking the gel straight from the dispenser. Some of the teens reportedly used salt to isolate the ethyl alcohol in the disinfectant, turning the gel into a shot of something like liquor; others go online to find distillation instructions. Since most hand sanitizers are 62 percent to 65 percent ethyl alcohol, the drink distilled from it can be as high as 120 proof. (In contrast, a standard shot of vodka is about 40 percent alcohol, or 80 proof.)

Hand sanitizer in bottle or on tap..

Student Shot in Firearms Safety Class, While Student Becomes Pregnant In Sex Ed Class

April 24, 2012

A Roanoke, Va., man and his wife were recovering after he accidentally shot himself and her during a firearms safety class.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets that Michael L. Deel shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet also struck his wife, Michelle, in the leg as she was sitting beside him.

The incident occurred Saturday during a firearms safety class at a residence. The instructor, Thomas Starke, told police he’d left the room and then heard a shot.

The Deels were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Michael Deel says the shooting was a “stupid accident.”

In the next room a student became pregnant in a sex education class.

New Zealand Considering Boosting Cigarette Price To $100 A Pack, Revenue To Go Down, Reruns Of Miami Vice Up

April 24, 2012

New Zealand’s Health Ministry has reportedly considered boosting the price of a pack of cigarettes as high as $100 ($81 U.S.) in a bid to make the country smoke free by 2025.

An internal government working paper raised the possibility of upping the cost of a 20-cigarette pack by 30 to 60 percent and tacking on yearly increases of 30 percent, Sky News reported.

With cigarettes now priced at about $16 to $17, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the $100 suggestion seemed like “an awful lot” and could encourage a black market, Fairfax NZ News reported.

Miami vice and cigarette boats headed to New Zealand.

Chinese Company Releases Hellen Keller Sunglass Collection, Yul Brynner Hair Line On Deck

April 24, 2012

A Chinese company is creating some buzz online for naming its sunglasses line for  Helen Keller, the deaf and blind American woman who became an advocate for people with disabilities.

In a commercial for the eyewear, a stylish woman steps off a plane and walks past a long line of waiting photographers. They initially do nothing, but when she puts on the Helen Keller glasses they feverishly begin to take her picture.

The line’s slogan? “You see the world, the world sees you.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that Keller’s story is widely taught in Chinese schools.

A spokesman for Xiamen Jinzhi, the company that developed the line,  told the Journal that it was well aware of Keller’s blindness, but said it valued the woman’s philanthropic spirit, which spread optimism throughout the world.

The spokesman added they are getting ready to release the Yul Brynner hair collection..

Drive-Thru Prayer Services, Have It Your Way

April 23, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – For our busy lives on the go, drive- thru service comes in handy. From coffee and donuts to burgers and fries, drive thru service makes getting what we need a lot more convenient.

Now the Christian Life Center of Ft. Lauderdale wants to pray for you.

The Pentecostal congregation has been offering drive-thru prayer services every Friday for the last month, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Outreach Pastor Sol Levy says many who pass through have never been inside a church and are often at the end of their rope. The volunteers offer to pray with them on any issue, big or small, from a rough day at work to divorce and foreclosure.

Pastor Sol Levy guaranteed that all prayers are checked for accuracy..

Cash Cab To End, Blame It On The Gas Prices

April 23, 2012

Discovery will not renew Cash Cab — its Emmy-winning game show on wheels — Yahoo! TV has confirmed.
For more than 200 episodes, taxi-driving host Ben Bailey picked up seemingly unsuspecting customers in his “Cash Cab” and quizzed them with a series of increasingly difficult questions.
The news, first reported by Vulture, comes as Bailey beefs up his profile in less cramped quarters. In November he hosted Discovery’s “Best in the Busines,”which pitted everyday workers — such as grocery baggers — against each other in competitive challenges. A month later, he hosted NBC’s “Who’s Still Standing,”a prize show that dropped losers through a trap door but rewarded winners with up to $1 million. Repeats of “Cash Cab” will continue to air in syndication.

Cash Cab out of gas..

$50 LED Bulb Said To Last Over 20 Years… Brilliant..

April 22, 2012

A prize-winning, super energy saving LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips, said to last over 20 years, went on sale online and in stores Sunday to coincide with Earth Day.

The bulb that won the 2011 US Department of Energy’s “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize,” was available from retailers for $50, and the company said it was planning discounts to bring the cost down to as little as $25-$30 with potential federal subsidy.

The 10-watt light bulb was deemed an efficient alternative to the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, and when used three hours a day, boasted an impressive 27.4 years maximum life span, the company said.

For consumers attentive to cost, Philips said the price tag was easily offset by energy savings of $165 over its lifetime.

$50-  20- year bulb  with the average length of occupancy  in any particular home or apartment  10 years…. brilliant..

 

Eye View Business New Chip Allows Smartphone to See Through Walls And Clothes, Stock In X-Ray Spex Drops

April 21, 2012

Researchers at a Texas university have designed a chip that could give smartphones the long-envied ability of comic book her Superman to see through walls, clothes or other objects.

A team at University of Texas at Dallas tuned a small, inexpensive microchip to discern a “terahertz” band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The design works with chips made using Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor technology behind processors commonly found in personal computers, smartphones, televisions and videogame consoles. “The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and a transmitter on the back of a cell phone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”

CEO of X-ray Specx stated Friday that  “we didn’t see this coming”…