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Posts from August 2012

The Hover Bike is HERE!

(Newser) – It sounds like science fiction, and it looks like something straight out of Star Wars, but a California-based company called Aerofex has produced an honest-to-goodness hover bike that can be flown without any training—and it's based on a 1960s design. Back then the vehicle, which is powered by two giant fans, was deemed too unstable and prone to rolling over, Innovation Daily News explains. Aerofex's novel solution: Add knee control bars, so the craft would respond to the pilot's instinctive balancing movements.
"Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATVs," Aerofex's founder says. "Since the pilot's balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him." The bad news: Aerofex doesn't actually intend to mass-produce the device for manned use, so you're not going to get your hands on one. Instead, it's a test platform for an eventual unmanned drone version for military use.
MIke's Thoughts:  Wow!  Awesome!  Congratulations to George Jetson and everyone over at Spacely Sprockets for a job well done!
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Locations: California
People: George Jetson

His Chic-Fil-A Actions Cost Him His Job

A man who videotaped himself getting free water at a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru just to berate the young woman serving him has been fired from his job.

Adam Smith is seen in his video admitting feeling happy condemning the Chick-Fil-A employee over CEO Dan Cathy's same-sex-marriage remarks. The video went viral, and citizen journalists tracked him down online and grabbed copies of his resume. His employer, Vante, released this statement:

    Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO

The following is a statement from Vante: Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions against Vante and its employees.
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Topics: Labor
Locations: Tucson
People: Adam SmithDan Cathy

Ump Ejects Stadium Music Director

(Bit Xchange)

The music stopped at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach this week after a minor league umpire ejected the intern who was in charge of stadium music.
His downfall: he played "Three Blind Mice" during the game.
The Daytona Cubs manager was arguing a call at first base when he heard the home plate umpire scream, "You're out." The manager thought he was being kicked out of the game, but it was the music guy. Apparently the ump didn't appreciate his call being made fun of with a song.
The public address system at the stadium was shut down for the rest of the game.
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