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It’s National Pancake Day!

IHOP offers free pancakes on National Pancake Day

There’s only one word to describe National Pancake Day.


And IHOP is looking to satisfy customers’ appetites Tuesday while helping a good cause. The restaurant chain is offering a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes in return for a donation that will help it reach its goal of raising $5 million for area children’s hospitals and organizations.

The offer is good from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

this one always seems to sneak up on me… but hot damn, who doesn’t like pancakes?! definitely think i’ll have to swing by IHOP later and grab some delicious fluffy pancakes.

#yummy  #tasty

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Germany Beats Canada!

Germany beat Canada in huge ice hockey upset at Winter Olympics

Canada’s topsy-turvy Olympics continued on Friday as Germany stunned the nine-time Olympic champions 4-3 in the men’s ice hockey semi-finals. The defeat came a day after Canada’s women’s hockey team were denied a fifth-straight gold in a shootout against the US and amid the disappointment of missing out on curling medals.

Without their NHL stars, Canada were outplayed by coach Marco Sturm’s team, who now face an even stiffer test against the OAR in Sunday’s final. After winning back-to-back gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, and three of the past four dating to 2002, Canada will play the Czech Republic for bronze on Saturday.

Canada have only settled for a bronze medal twice in 21 previous Olympic men’s hockey tournaments and took home gold or silver in each of the six finals with women’s hockey.

i haven’t watched a single minute of the winter olympics, and am generally just completely disinterested… see little tidbits and headlines here and there, but overall i just don’t really care much about it… that being said, just saw this and was like “whoa… seriously?!”

i’ll be damned.

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Trump’s Military Parade

Ex-SEAL who says he fired final bin Laden shot calls Trump’s military parade ‘third-world b——-‘

(CNN)The former Navy SEAL who claims he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is blasting President Donald Trump’s desire for a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

“A military parade is third world b——-. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” Robert O’Neill tweeted Thursday.

i pretty much avoid the news at this point, but even i heard something about this and had to google it… ummmm… a military parade down pennsylvania avenue?


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iPhone X Cancellation?

Apple Leak Hints At Possible iPhone X Cancellation, ‘Batterygate’ Intensifies

It looks like there will be no iPhone X generations in the near future if rumors prove true. According to a popular Apple leakster, the tech giant’s flagship smartphone will soon be canceled due to a disappointing performance in the market.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, said the demand for the iPhone X is weak and will likely be canceled soon, as AppleInsider reported. Kuo believes that the “end of life” of the iPhone X is imminent as Apple is likely to cease production in the summer. In fact, Apple has already reduced production of its anniversary iPhone, according to the rumor. An estimated 18 million iPhone X units are scheduled to be shipped during the first quarter of this year.

The acclaimed analyst also said that the iPhone X is not performing well in China, where big-screened smartphones are a thing. The main reason why the iPhone X is not selling as expected is its design.

whoa… first i’ve heard of it, but i’d be pretty damn surprised if Apple cancelled the iPhone X after they seemingly doubled down on the whole design… i was seriously thinking of trading mine back in for an iPhone 8 plus, but kept going back ‘n forth on it and missed my return window… but oh well, i’ll deal with it… not really a big deal since i’m on that 12-month plan, so i figure i’ll enjoy the phone until the next one comes out and then decide what i’ll do next time.

still, i do find it rather surpising.

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German Nurse Charged With 97 Murders

German nurse charged with 97 more murders…

(CNN)A German nurse who allegedly killed his victims out of boredom has been charged with 97 murders, potentially making him one of the country’s deadliest serial killers.

The nurse, Niels Hoegel, was already serving a life sentence for six convictions, including homicide and attempted homicide. He was charged with another 97 murders Monday, prosecutors said in a press release.

He is accused of giving victims various non-prescribed drugs in an attempt to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues and fight off boredom.

holy shit man…! that’s just fucking crazy.

#shudder  #evil

A black American artist is printing t-shirts with the racist comments he has heard in Berlin

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Belgium Says Loot Boxes Are Gambling

Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe

Last week, Belgium’s Gaming Commission announced that it had launched an investigation into whether the loot boxes available for purchase in games like Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 constitute a form of gambling. Today, VTM News reported that the ruling is in, and the answer is yes.

daaaaaamn… yeah, things are definitely heating up and getting a bit more interesting… hmmmm…

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Ordered My iPhone X

iPhone X availability slips into December

Phone X availability is constrained but not as bad as it could have been after months of rumors that stock would be severely limited. Apple stores in the US, UK, China, Japan and elsewhere show five to six weeks for delivery, while the Apple Store in Hong Kong simply says “no supply available.” If you want it faster, the only other option is to join a line at an Apple retail store or buy off eBay for a markup. Otherwise, the only people getting an iPhone X on November 3rd were shopping online at 3AM in their underpants.

i probably should’ve gotten up at 3am like i originally planned on doing to pre-order the new iPhone X… but i stopped at a local AT&T store the other day to double-check on whether i was eligible, and how much the payoff would be etc… went ahead and paid off the $150 owed on my iphone, and setup an appointment for 10am this morning… got up, drove over, and met with the same guy i talked to the other day… but when it was all done, he said i probably wouldn’t be getting it until sometime between december 4-18th… ummm… fuck… seriously?!?!

oh well, i’m not all that surprised or upset though… feel like this kinda stuff happens all the time with new iphones.

anybody else getting the new iPhone X?

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RIP Tom Petty

Report: Tom Petty Hospitalized After Cardiac Arrest

Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, went into full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night, with conflicting reports on whether the Hall of Fame musician died on Monday. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his home, according to TMZ, and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. A decision was made to pull life support. CBS originally confirmed Petty’s death per the Los Angeles Police Department, but TMZ claims the musician is still on life support.

oh man, what a sad day all around… started out so good, and to be honest i was just listening to my music and jamming away at work, kinda oblivious to all the shit going down out in las vegas today — seriously, what the fuck?!?

then i turn around and later find out that tom petty died.

fuck me.

Tom Petty: A Life in Pictures

#ShakesHead  #SadPanda

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DC: Worst Traffic in America

Here’s the worst traffic ‘hot spot’ in the U.S., according to a new study

Congratulations, Washington-area drivers. You can now claim the worst traffic “hot spot” in the country — a stretch of Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia that averages a whopping 23 traffic jams a day, according to a new study released Wednesday.

Motorists heading south on I-95 between the Fairfax County Parkway and Exit 133 in Fredericksburg lose an average 33 minutes in backups that leave brake lights stretching an average 6.5 miles, according to the report by INRIX, a Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic data firm.

If congestion doesn’t improve over the next decade, the researchers said, that stretch of I-95 will cost local motorists $2.3 billion in wasted time, lost fuel and additional carbon emissions.

Nationwide, continued traffic congestion could cost drivers $2.2 trillion over the next decade, the study found.

anybody who lives in the DC area isn’t surprised by this at all… not one bit, because the traffic around here really and truly is fucking horrible — no exaggeration needed… aside from the obvious waste in time and money, i wonder how many grey hairs i’ve earned from my years of driving up and down I-95… probably quite a few, truth be told.

#sigh  #mutters

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Snake Bites Woman @ Longhorn Steakhouse

Virginia woman says she was bitten by copperhead snake inside LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A Virginia woman was supposed to be enjoying a dinner out on the town. Instead, it turned into a serious emergency as she was bit by a poisonous snake inside of a LongHorn Steakhouse in Fredericksburg.

Rachel Myrick said she and her family were walking just before the second set of doors to the dinner room when she thought a bee had stung her foot. She reached down and a 8-inch copperhead snake was hanging onto her foot. Pictures of her foot show the snake bit her under her pinky toe.

She said the bite was some of the worst pain she has ever felt.

holy shit, man!

duuuuuude… that Longhorn is right around the corner from me, like maybe 10 minutes away, and i’ve driven past it at least a thousand times or more… only ate there once or twice, but still.


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Another Teacher, Another Sex Scandal

Arkansas High School Teacher Accused of Having Sex With 4 Students

A former high school art teacher in Arkansas has been accused of having sex with four students.

Jessie Lorene Goline, who taught at Marked Tree High School in northeast Arkansas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault, Democrat-Gazette reports. Prosecutors said Goline faces a single charge because only one of the students was younger than 18.

Goline, 25, allegedly had sex with the students between January and April of 2016, authorities told the Democrat-Gazette. During one incident, a student, who was in Goline’s class, said she picked him up and took him to her apartment to have sex, and then dropped him back off at Marked Tree High School that day. Goline is accused of having sex with another student on that same day.

well now… seems like it’s been awhile since i’ve stumbled across one of these “sex with teacher” stories… and by awhile, i mean it’s probably only been a few months… though i do remember it seemed like there were alot more of these types of stories in the news at one point awhile back.


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Bucket Bomb On London Tube

Rush-hour chaos in London, passengers run for lives…

What happened: An improvised explosive device was detonated on a London Underground train, injuring 23 people during rush hour Friday morning. A security source told CNN there was a timer found on the device, a sign that the intent was to cause greater damage.

The investigation: A manhunt is underway and police are treating the explosion at Parsons Green station on the District Line as terrorism.

Latest reaction: Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured and the emergency services, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan told CNN there would be an “enhanced police presence” across London. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”

damn man, another terrorist attack in london today?!

fucking bastards.

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9/11, A Moment of Silence

Trump, first lady lead moment of silence on 9/11 anniversary

hard to believe it’s been 16 years now since 9/11…


i always feel kinda moody and sad on this day, since the memories and emotions of that day are forever burned into my brain…

stay strong, mang.

#NeverForget  #WeRemember

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Florida Braces, Irma Weakens

Irma Weakens Into Tropical Storm As It Grinds Through Florida

In Florida, Hurricane Irma brought dangerous floodwaters, knocked out power to millions and turned human possessions into debris in the past 24 hours. After making landfall on Sunday, the huge storm remained a Category 1 hurricane as it moved over the state’s northwest Monday, before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm at 8 a.m. ET.

Irma has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and gusts of more than 90 mph. At 8 a.m. ET, Irma was about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa — one of several areas where storm surge warnings remain in effect. Flash flood warnings have been issued in Jacksonville — a victim, like other eastern Florida areas, of the heaviest rains that are commonly found in hurricanes’ northeast quarter.

More than 6 million electricity accounts in Florida are currently without power, state officials say. While the full extent of Irma’s damage isn’t yet known, the storm has weakened at a faster rate than expected.

nice to see that Irma the Hurricane has weakened as it’s moved up florida, though that was to be expected since most hurricane’s can’t keep it up over land… still crazy to see back-2-back hurricane’s like this… watching some of the news coverage is always a bit shocking and depressing — not to mention humbling.

PS. most people in florida are like “eh, whatever dude” ;)

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Russia Blasts Dead People Into Space

Russia to blast frozen dead people and pets into space…

Russia is set to blast frozen dead people into space after having them cryogenically preserved. Firm KrioRus said frozen bodies, DNA samples and even the bodies of pets could be blasted into the atmosphere.

The multi-million pound firm already has 54 people and 21 animals from all across the world within their labs – and a further 200 signed-up for the service.

The aim is to preserve dead bodies immediately after someone passes, before launching them into the atmosphere – where it would then cost upwards of £240,000 to keep them there.

great, like there’s not enough space junk already up there.


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News Video

Devastated Houston From Above

Surreal Footage Of The Devastating Houston Floods From Above

haven’t really posted much about it, since it just seems like i’ve been completely and totally inundated with news, various photo & video footage, tweets, emails and everything else for the past week… everytime i stop in Wawa to get my morning coffee i’m asked to donate… stop in Giant to pickup a few things, same thing… run through Wendy’s for a late night frosty on my way home last night, and i’m once again asked to donate money to hurricane harvey… hell, i even got an unsolicited text message about it, and was like “dude, really??!”

i get it, it’s bad… it sucks… i’ve already donated money, and am starting to feel kinda harassed by it all to be honest — i dunno, is it just me?

one cool thing was getting an email at work a few days back about how Oracle with match any donation given to the red cross… so i went ahead and sent in a $100, which Oracle will match which i thought was pretty fucking cool.

PS. sorry for the min-rant, just… well, damn.

Houston Dry Out Begins…

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Total Eclipse Today!

The Solar Eclipse: What to Expect

The moon will begin to get in the sun’s way over the Pacific Ocean on Monday morning. This will create a zone that scientists call totality — the line where the moon completely blocks the sun, plunging the sea and then a strip of land across the continental United States into a darkness that people and other living things can mistake for premature evening.

Because of planetary geometry, the total eclipse can last less than one minute in some places, and as long as two minutes and 41 seconds in others. The eclipse’s longest point of duration is near a small town called Makanda, Ill., population 600.

Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes over 13 more states: Idaho, Montana (barely), Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa (hardly), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally South Carolina.

At about 2:49 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina, some lucky souls in the Palmetto State’s marshes could be the last on American soil to experience the total eclipse. Just after 4 p.m. Eastern, the partial eclipse will end and all of America will again be under the full August sun.

If you don’t live in one of these states, don’t despair: Every American state will experience a partial solar eclipse (although it won’t darken the sky like a total eclipse). In Honolulu, the sun will be about 20 percent covered. In Brownsville, Texas, you’ll see something like a half sun. Here in New York when the maximum eclipse occurs around 2:44 p.m. Eastern, the sun will be just over 70 percent obscured (and here are tips for taking in New York City’s partial eclipse).

oh man, it sure feels like everybody is loosing their shit over this eclipse… but to be honest, i think it’s pretty cool and awesome to see… talked to a friend over the weekend, and he’s driving over 2 hours away just to get a better view of it — and an extra 20 seconds or something like that… dunno, thought that was awesome.

gotta luv it ;)

so yeah, enjoy the solar eclipse today!

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‘Distracted Walking’ Outlawed?

City Looks To Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’; Fines For Texting During Strolls…

STAMFORD, Conn. — Drivers aren’t the only ones who could be fined for texting or talking.

Now, there’s a proposal to keep pedestrians safe that could set off a national trend.

Crossing busy Broad Street in downtown Stamford can be a challenge, even if you’re not staring down at text messages on your cell phone.

“I see mothers pushing their babies, they’re texting and I’m like how do y’all do all this at this intersection? That scares me,” Dawn Thompson said.

“There been many times where I looked down on my phone and then notice that there’s a car coming right at me, and I feel like a moron whenever that happens,” Nicole Neurohr said. Texting or even talking on an electronic device may soon be illegal in Stamford if a proposal to outlaw ‘distracted walking’ is approved.

“They’re oblivious to cars,” Stamford City representative, John Zelinsky said.

Zelinsky said the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance is modeled after one approved in Honolulu late last month, and would carry a $30 fine if police catch you in the act.

at first blush, sure does seem rather silly to be going after people who are talking/using their phones while walking… is it a thing? sure, we all do it… but i might actually lose my shit if some cop stopped me while walking down the sidewalk and gave me a damn ticket — i mean, are you fucking kidding me?!

now dipshits driving down the road while using their phones is a whole ‘nother thing… i swear, it’s gotten worse… i probably lose my shit at least once or twice a week due to some distracted driver swerving around on the road, only to pass them and see that they’re using (or playing a fucking game?!) on their phones. grrrrr…

#dipshits  #exasperated  #sigh


Vigils for Charlottesville

‘Everyone’s hearts are aching’: Cities hold vigils in wake of Charlottesville violence

Dozens of vigils and demonstrations were held across the country Sunday a day after a woman was killed at an anti-fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The vigils honored the life of Heather Heyer, who died when a man drove his car into a group of counter protesters on Saturday afternoon, and some for action against hate groups.

“Really devastated, really disappointed that terrorists came and took over,” Leah Larsen, a Charlottesville resident told ABC affiliate WRIC on Saunday. “Everyone’s hearts are aching, just really upset that this is still going on even after we fought wars over this.”

Heyer was part of the group that assembled to denounce the “Unite the Right” rally held by far-right groups on Saturday. A melee broke out between the two sides followed by the car-ramming that killed Heyer and injured 19 others.

Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.

A vigil was also held in Charlottesville at the location where Heyer was killed, and in a number of other U.S. cities.

damn man, talk about a sad and depressing display going on over the weekend in charlottesville here in virginia… seemed like talk about it was everywhere… friends texting me about it, my neighbor bringing it up over a beer, and even overhearing people talking about it at the table next to me the other night — always interesting to listen in to what others are saying and thinking about it, though.

personally, i was pretty effin disgusted by it all.

Trump’s horrible and predictable response to white supremacy in Charlottesville

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Judge Orders New Search For Hillary’s Benghazi Emails

Judge orders new searches for Clinton Benghazi emails

Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 — an attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, State searched the roughly 30,000 messages Clinton turned over to her former agency at its request in December 2014 after officials searching for Benghazi-related records realized she had used a personal email account during her four-year tenure as secretary.

just noticed this popup in my twitter feed, and couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow… seems like forever and an age since i’ve seen both “hillary” and “benghazi” in a headline, though now that i think about it — did the FBI ever come back out with a report or finding after they re-opened the investigation?

#hmmmmm  #curious

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