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News, but not the serious kind

Flying high with my secret career…

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The crew of a Basler BT-67 fixed wing aircraft releases oil dispersant over an oil discharge from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana, in this May 5, 2010 photograph. REUTERS/Stephen Lehmann/U.S. Coast Guard/handout

Blog Guy! You won’t BELIEVE what I just saw! There was a picture of an airplane helping clean up after that oil accident in Louisiana, and the caption said it was a….

I know, it would have been a Basler BT-67. I make ‘em in my spare time. Check out my Website.

That’s awesome! Tell me about the Basler BT-67.

It’s a lot like the Basler BT-66, but this model will actually take off.

basler home page grab 340 thisHey, if you’re really making these planes, then let’s just see if you can answer some of the questions on your FAQ:  Why isn’t the BT-67 pressurized?

The Swiss Army Sock, darn ‘em

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Gadget lovers, technology buffs, footwear enthusiasts, get ready for the all-new Swiss Army Sock.

SWITZERLAND/That’s right, the country that gave us that iconic all-purpose pocketknife is now designing new socks for its army, as these genuine, unretouched photos show.

Most popular posts for April…

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Come on, Blog Guy, it’s like May 1st. Time to tell us your 10 most popular blog posts for April, so we can collect on our bar bets!

Yeah, okay, I’m just opening the sealed envelope from the firm that does the official tally. Wow! Turns out, the number one item was my report on the lavish festivities celebrating the 10,000th member of my Facebook blog network.

Neat stuff I’ve found at techie taverns…

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Blog Guy, have you been following that amazing story about the techie who left a prototype of the new iPhone in a bar?

Yeah, and I have to laugh that people are surprised at that.

SPAIN/I mean, I have four of those things myself.  I live near a techie bar, and you’d be amazed at the crap I pick up when they get drunk. It’s a treasure trove of gadgets.

iPad? Damn, was that THIS weekend?

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Blog Guy, you’ve been strangely silent on the release of the iPad. It’s all any of the other bloggers are writing about, and especially with your technical following…

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Yeah, sorry, I just heard about it. I wish somebody had told me it was being released this weekend. But when I saw it in the newspaper yesterday, my team and I bought one and put it through its paces.

Toilet timer to eliminate waste?

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Now and then an idea comes along that is so bad, it deserves a place in the Bad Idea Hall of Fame. Maybe you remember such brainstorms as the hotel bed-warming service, the “marriage hunting bra,” the plan to get civil servants to mingle with the public

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But I digress. From the UK comes news that  workers in an office have been given a 10-minute limit in the toilet. A hidden sensor switches off the toilet light when their time is finished, even if they aren’t.

Stuff we don’t need to experience in 3-D

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Following the runaway success of “Avatar,” 3-D technology is taking over the world.

Suddenly we’re reading about more 3-D movies3-D fashion shows, 3-D television, 3-D maps…

Did you get to the part about the wipers?

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Blog Guy, check out this bizarre photo. What do you suppose is going on here?

Uh-oh. This looks bad. Really bad. Has anybody else seen this picture?

minsk crop 260Um, probably millions of people. Why?

If I had to guess, I’d say this is a top-secret consumer group testing the new Apple iPads. These things are supposed to be in stores on April 3, but it looks like there may still be glitches.

Wait a minute, Blog Guy, I have to think an Apple product is gonna perform better than this, a month away from launch.

Get out the marshmallows, it’s time for the Olympics!

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Blog Guy, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, it seems like the Olympic Flame was under-played. You know, they used to carry a torch all the way around the world, and it was a big deal.

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I agree with you. This year, some guy just sat there and talked into a phone, and then flames came out of an electric gizmo.

Does Obama have your back?

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Blog Guy, you know a lot of inside Washington stuff. I hear President Obama is very savvy as far as technology is concerned.

OBAMA/Not really. He tends to prefer doing backberry messages, which are very low-tech.