An Attorney’s Night Before Christmas

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in tribute to Clement Clarke Moore (and with all due apologies)

WHEREAS, on an occasion immediately preceding the Nativity Festival, throughout a certain dwelling unit, quiet descended, in which would be heard no disturbance, not even the sound emitted by a diminutive rodent related to, and in form resembling, a rat; and

WHEREAS, the offspring of the occupants had affixed their tubular, closely knit coverings for the nether limbs to the flue of the fireplace in the expectation that a personage known as St. Nicholas would arrive; and

WHEREAS, said offspring had become somnolent and were entertaining nocturnal hallucinations re: saccharine-flavored fruit; and

WHEREAS, the adult male of the family, et ux, attired in proper headgear, had also become quiescent in anticipation of nocturnal inertia; and

WHEREAS, a distraction on the snowy acreage outside aroused the owner to investigate; and

WHEREAS, he perceived in a most unbelieving manner a vehicle propelled by eight domesticated quadrupeds of a species found in arctic regions; and

WHEREAS, a most odd rotund gentleman was entreating the aforesaid animals by their appellations, as follows:

Your immediate cooperation is requested, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, and collective action by you will be appreciated, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen”;

and

WHEREAS, subsequent to the above, there occurred a swift descent to the hearth by the aforementioned gentleman, where he proceeded to deposit gratuities in the aforementioned tubular coverings,

NOW, THEREFORE, be ye advised: That upon completion of these acts, and upon his return to his original point of departure, he proclaimed a felicitation of the type prevalent and suitable to these occasions, i.e.,

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

 

 

Lego Bugatti

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Lego’s Tech team built this is a 1:1-scale Bugatti Chiron using mostly standard pieces (excepting a few special pieces to replicate functions from the actual car)

Lego Bugatti Chiron by the numbers:

  • 13,000 work hours
  • Over one million pieces
  • 339 different types of Lego pieces, traditionally snapped together  (no glue)
  • 1 really cool pneumatically powered variable spoiler
  • 2,304 Lego Power Functions L-Motors (the same ones that power the Lego toys)
  • Top speed of 18 mph

And details? The replica features the same startup lighting sequence as the original car.

Why? To show that they can.

For the science behind the feat watch this brief clip.

Cheers!

quincy

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An Interactive Newspaper

The future of printed press?

While vacationing in Zürich, I had the privilege to visit its Landesmuseum, the Swiss National Museum).

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Of the great many exhibits here, one that most impressed me was this interactive journal; a digital journal, projected onto plain paper, that changes and reacts as you scroll through it.

 

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Reading can be a tactile and even olfactory pleasure. For any one who’s sat curled up in an armchair, or tucked away between the aisles of bookstore,  book in lap..scent of aged paper wafting in their nostrils… fingers gliding across a page, their anticipation builds as one nears the bottom of the page, readying for that page turn.

The format of book appeals to us bibliophiles who appreciate the weight of a printed page. It equally appeals to we tech-savvy research moles, who prefer to navigate across the web, in order to pull together a larger narrative.

Cheers,

quincy

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Google Maps Lets You Choose Your Car🚗

iOS users, now you can swap that boring blue Nav arrow for a flashy red sport car or a sensible pickup truck.

What? no Go Karts?

New icons on Google Maps iOS

To Select Your Vehicle in Google Maps 

  1. Launch Google Maps, and start navigation.
  2. Tap the Nav arrow. The Choose Vehicle pane will appear.
  3. Select preferred vehicle and enjoy that new car smell!

Cheers!

quincy

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We’ll always Love Lucy

Rest in Peace, Lucy.

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My all time favorite I Love Lucy episode, ‘Paris, At Last’, has Lucy imprisoned for accidentally passing counterfeit bills. Despite only knowing English, Lucy manages to converse with the french speaking senior gendarme, by roping in a bilingual junior gendarme (conversant in french and german), and  the jail’s other occupant, a drunken Spaniard who speaks german (or perhaps he is a drunken german who speaks spanish). Add Ricky’s English-Spanish skills to the this horizontal tower of babel and it makes for one of the funniest moments in televised comedy.

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April Fools, Where’s Waldo

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It’s that time again!

April 1st usually marks the day when the Internet collectively let’s it’s hair down and has some fun by creating prank sites and products, to honor April Fool’s Day.

Google, wich has a reputation for not letting this day pass quietly (e.g Express Parachute Delivery), has brought the eponymous, lost hero of “Where’s Waldo”  to Google Maps.

To Find Waldo in Google Maps:

  1. Launch Maps, you’ll see Waldo waving at you.
  2. Tap Waldo then tap Play.

Enjoy,  be on the lookout for too good funny to be true offering from the likes of AirBNB, Amazon, and Subway.

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Lens does Text Capture and More!

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Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.

Cheers!

quincy

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Comments and questions are always welcome!