My Obsessions

Sep 02

B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines, Allowing Customers to Print Hard to Find Books

Aug 30

Using Social Media to Mock Isis
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a rare public appearance in Mosul in July, social media users rushed to mock the expensive-looking watch that had slipped out from under the self-styled Caliph’s robe.

Using Social Media to Mock Isis

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a rare public appearance in Mosul in July, social media users rushed to mock the expensive-looking watch that had slipped out from under the self-styled Caliph’s robe.

Aug 28

9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns

Aug 27

Apple Launching Biggest iPad Ever -

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch in 2015 its largest-ever iPad, with production beginning in the first quarter of next year. The screen will reportedly measure 12.9 inches diagonally. Currently, Apple’s iPads have 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch diagonal dimensions.

American Pulls Flights From Orbitz - The Daily Beast -

American Airlines announced Tuesday that it is pulling its fares from popular travel website Orbitz.com “effective immediately” and also will pull its US Airways offerings next week. “We have worked tirelessly with Orbitz to reach a deal with the economics that allow us to keep costs low and compete with low-cost carriers,” American Airlines President Scott Kirby said in a statement. The issue at hand was fees the travel site charges for posting and selling the airfares. For its part, Orbitz said it won’t be hurt by the move. “Our sites offer hundreds of airlines which are eager to capture the revenue American is choosing to forego,” it said in a statement. In 2010, American pulled its fares in response to disagreements over selling extra services like WiFi and meals.

There is now some closure for the millions of viewers whose screens went black during The Sopranos finale. Creator David Chase has confirmed that Tony did not die, a possibility many considered with the numerous menacing characters surrounding him in the final scene that cut to black. However, Chase did not elaborate on Tony’s fate beyond that he’s not dead. For all we know, he was arrested, or just moved to the Adirondacks to further his love of duck-watching. (via 'Sopranos' Creator: Tony Is Not Dead - The Daily Beast)

There is now some closure for the millions of viewers whose screens went black during The Sopranos finale. Creator David Chase has confirmed that Tony did not die, a possibility many considered with the numerous menacing characters surrounding him in the final scene that cut to black. However, Chase did not elaborate on Tony’s fate beyond that he’s not dead. For all we know, he was arrested, or just moved to the Adirondacks to further his love of duck-watching. (via 'Sopranos' Creator: Tony Is Not Dead - The Daily Beast)

“Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.” — Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart finally gives Fox the takedown we’ve been waiting for - Salon.com

House Republicans Are Trying To Make Money Laundering A Lot Easier -

House Republicans are agitating to dramatically curb federal bank regulators’ ability to combat money laundering, calling for changes in decades-old financial fraud standards in an effort to aid payday lenders.

Moving illegal cash through the financial system has long been barred by money laundering laws. But under a bill introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), federal regulators would be forbidden from doing anything to “restrict or discourage” a bank from doing business with any company that has both a license to do business and a “reasoned legal opinion” from a lawyer claiming that the business doesn’t break the law.

Aug 26

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Aug 25

The research library for Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore

The research library for Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore