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How Did Teenager Luke Thill Afford His Own Home? Well, He Started By Mowing Lawns (Video)

Not bad. Actually, kind of very cool! Think back to when I was 13… Was I doing anything remotely this bright? Nah. Not anywhere near. Hahaaa!

Now, you armchair conservationists and construction engineers should take note: (1) Luke’s built and “financed” this house on his own, (2) using LOTS of reclaimed/repurposed material, (3) for less than $1500, and (4) HE IS 13 YEARS OLD!

Meet Luke Thill, who at age twelve started working on his very own tiny house- one a mere 5′ by 10′, but with a sleep loft, transforming dining table, and even a small kitchenette. At age thirteen, using money from summer lawn-mowing jobs, and bartering (electrical wiring help in exchange for cleaning out a garage in one case), Iowa’s Thill completed his tiny house – one that he calls the practice precursor to a future “real” tiny house he plans on designing and eventually living in.
– relaxshacksDOTcom

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Business/Technology: In China, People Usually Carry Less Than $15 In Their Pockets… But NEVER Leave Home Without Their Smartphones (Video)

Got that “Making Moves With Puff” (Craig Mack) playing in the mental for some reason. Something about the headline maybe. Haaaaa, bwoooyyy!

Buuuut, for real, they DON’T gotta get the cash nowadays. See how China is already in the future? Cash is already dead in China. They pay for EVERYTHING with their phones. Cash is NOT king, unlike in the States. They don’t even do credit/debit cards. Even chipping off money to the homeless… all digital, with the phone, homie. Watch!

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Atlanta United Qualifies For MLS Playoffs In Their Inaugural Season – JAYFORCE.COM (Video)

The JAYFORCE.COM Sports Media Team was there as we covered Atlanta United securing a MLS playoff spot in their inaugural season. It was an opportunity for us to also check out the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta which also doubles as home base for the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. As soccer (Futbol) becomes more popular in the U.S., its an exciting time for Atlanta fans with sold out games for what was an expansion team in Major league soccer. Check out our time as the Atlanta United team beats Philadelphia Union to claim their spot in the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United will play their 1st playoff game ever on October 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  ATLUTD.COM

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RIP Hugh Hefner (Video)

Hugh Hefner. Playboy Magazine (and related enterprises) founder and mogul… All around player and lover of life… and young ladies (no hate, at all)… has passed at the age of 91… at the Playboy Mansion… of natural causes. A peaceful end to a remarkable life!

Actually, something about the way we saw him live, makes his passing from this mortal plane a bit less painful, doesn’t it? Forever in chill mode, cool parties, packed with the hottest people. A mag loaded with ‘unwrapped’ Eye Candy (that we actually did read for the articles… sometimes). So dope a player, that being his girlfriend took ‘girls from next door’ to Entertainment Television (E!) stardom (shout to Kendra Wilkinson).

And you know how we sometimes struggle to find noble things to say about the departed? Not even a struggle with Hugh Hefner. Black people like 1990 Playboy Playmate of the Year Reneé Tenison and legendary entrepreneur/activist/comic Dick Gregory will likely tell you about how Hefner was a player in a different way in life… hiring Black performers and integrating his Clubs (risking the business in some regions of the country). Yep, Hef was an impact player in the struggle for Civil Rights, a de facto activist, too.

Gonna miss you Hef. Thanks for the good times and good works. And farewell.

#RIPHughHefner

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Iranian Women Combat Domestic Violence With Ninjutsu (Video)

A different fare for the ‘nooner’ hour to be certain. When these ladies say ‘no touching’ you better listen and heed, or you gone learn today… learn how to eat and wipe with your other hand (for at least a while)!

Students at Tehran’s “Ninja Ranger” are not just learning martial arts for exercise. More and more Iranian women are becoming ninjas to fight back against domestic violence. Ninjutsu is traditionally an East Asian martial art, but has become a popular tool for women to improve their safety and confidence. Women in Iran are training in hand-to-hand combat as well as with various weapons.
– Vocativ

Yeah! These ladies are not gonna take it anymore. They are going to take it out on attackers and abusers!

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Technology: Virginia Tech & Ford’s “Mystery Van” Test Drives The Concept Of Autonomous Vehicles Moving Amongst People In Real Life (Video)

Wowww! The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Ford tricked out a vehicle like they did for KITT on ‘Knight Rider’ back in the ’80s. A person, disguised as a seat, is doing the driving… for now. But this is more scientific / industry study than a campy action-tech series featuring ‘The Hoff.’ Way more!

As the self-driving future nears, we’re testing the next phase in autonomous technology to learn how these vehicles can communicate with pedestrians. We worked with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to explore this new development, and see how pedestrians on campus reacted to a vehicle that appeared to be driving itself.
– Ford Motor Company

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Marshawn Lynch Shares Free Skittles With Oakland (Video)

Okay, you saw how we posted (here) on Marshawn Lynch handing out L’s to opponents on-field on the road, right? So what does Beast Mode hand out at home? Well, off-field… skittles!

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Hosts “Finding Your Roots” For A 4th Season On PBS (Trailer)

Whenever you see/hear a politician or group of protestors talk about cutting funding for PBS, you remember that they are talking about taking away wonderful, scary good, deeply enriching and fulfilling television like this.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to PBS on October 3rd!
#FindingYourRoots

Can you believe we’re going into Season 4 with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., talking guests through their heritages? He really is a historic/genetic tour guide (like someone said in this clip). Enjoy this extended teaser trailer of all kinds of sneak peeks at celebrity revelations about their family trees. “Finding Your Roots” is so dope!

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Former NFL Lineman Jason Brown Left Football To Farm Crops And Feed People (Video)

Great story. Former [highly-paid] NFL center Jason Brown is tackling food shortages by taking the field, tilling it, seeding and harvesting.

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets Jason Brown, who quit the NFL to tackle a new field, literally.
– CBS Evening News

This accomplished ex-NFL star found a new passion in farming… and he has never felt more successful.

#FirstFruitsFarm #LivingToServe #FightHunger

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70 Year Olds Try Smoking Weed For The First Time (Video)

Bwaaahahaaa! THIS is why, though I am not a consumer, I am cool with having the doobie-doers around. No personal politics in this video one way or the other. Just some dudes who have gone all their lives without taking even one hit off a joint, now deciding to fire up and fuse up. The result is informative and incredibly funny (looking at you, Graham)!

Plus… there are snacks!

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Technology: Hexa Is A Six-Legged ‘Bug Bot’ (Video)

Brrrr! This might give you the shakes. This robot is both creepy and amazing, but you can teach it your own tricks! Looks kind of like a forerunner of the version of the Sentinels that are in the trailers for the mutant thriller series, “The Gifted,” debuting this Fall on Fox.

Very creepy.

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Sports: Armwrestling Tips From A Pro (Video)

Hannah Keyser manages to get some tips from a competitive armwrestler, Patrick Baffa. This is some tough guy (or gal) ‘square up, lock up, and go head up’ type stuff! Pay attention and learn how to do better at the sport. Pay special attention to how to avoid getting your arm bones snapped!

Just click the pic above and watch.

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Science: How An Astronaut Washes Her Hair In Space (Video)

This is pretty cool. Simple personal hygiene is it’s own challenge in space. And once I got past my silly, “Hey look, she’s going Super Saiyan!” and “PikaaaCHUUUU!” (hahaaa) in-mind commentary, I watched again to see what was going to happen with all that water floating around in there.

Very interesting!

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History: Hear The Recorded Voices Of Former Slaves (Video)

My Grandma had a neighbor across the street who took these kinds of insights to the grave. When folks would ask what slavery was like or how she made it through, she would respond, “We don’t talk about those times.”

And that’s it. That’s all she’d say.

And now she’s gone. All that perspective lost to the ages. And since she never even talked to my Grandma (her dearest friend) about it, I never even had a second-hand account. Rest in peace, Grandma.

But now, we get to hear audio from actual former slaves – their words, their voices! And lean in around three minutes in… Former slave Fountain Hughes was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yeah, the place racists and counter-protesters just gathered.

WATCH. NOW!

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Little Caesars Pizza Portal Will Let Customers Grab Their Pizzas And Skip The Small Talk (Video)

Hot-N-Ready. That’s what Little Caesars is selling to the masses. Gotta say that the pizza is also pretty tasty (for the price). But now it looks like somebody somewhere in the company got a wild notion to ask, “Can I get something other than pepperoni, Hot-N-Ready, and FAST?”

Answer: Sure, if you have a smartphone and a way to come get it!

Watch the clip and see what the LC is cooking (and piloting) now. Tailor made pizzas on the go. The only way to get it better faster is adding mind-reading tech and drone delivery to this. But that’s not… possible… Is it?

Um… Hello? Have you been READING our posts at all?? It’s definitely possible in the future. But let’s try this Pizza Portal out for a while.

(Unless you are die-hard Pizza Hut or Papa Johns or something other… sorry. Hahaaa!)

@ojones1

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Conor McGregor’s Lookalike Fooled Many Fans At Times Square In NYC (Video)

Wow. Well, depending on how this ‘super fight’ turns out, this Conor lookalike could be really happy or sad with all this fanfare. Crazy the resemblance (sorta) and reactions though (definitely). Check out the clip above.

I was told on many occasions that I look very much like Conor McGregor, and, one day, I dared to baffle Los Angeles with a sudden appearance of the ‘UFC star.’ The news about Conor’s doppelganger made a lot of noise in the world of UFC and hit the headlines of major sources. So, today we are taking New York out for a spin, which turned out to be even more combustible than LA. We are big fans of Conor’s, and these pranks are dedicated to his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather. We wish him nothing but victory, health, and continuing domination over his rivals.
Islam Badurgov

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Check Out The Story Of ‘Ear Hustle’ – The First Podcast Produced In Prison (Video)

Don’t take ANY of your freedoms in this day and age for granted. If you are not locked up, especially, you may not even be aware of how easy access to Internet ‘stardom’ is for you. You want to do a podcast, you go to a blog/vlog/etc, site and follow the directions. But if you are in prison, you gotta…

(Nuh unh. What you gotta do now is watch and learn. Do some ‘Ear Hustling’ – above to learn about the show, then tuning in via the link below).

LISTEN: EAR HUSTLE (PODCAST)

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Technology: Tiny Device Could Heal Even Brain Injuries With Just A Touch (Video)

Wow. So instead of harvesting stem cells that can become any cell needed for medical care & repairs, just create a dime-sized device that can tailor most any cell. Great tech!

A new device has been developed at The Ohio State University, which turns cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions. During testing, one touch completely repaired injured legs of mice over three weeks!
– USA Today

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David Bamberger Shows How He Brought Life Back To The Barren Texas Hill Country (Video)

Kind of cool. You know, in our posting about colonizing Mars we probably should be talking more about making the unlivable land inhabitable. Kind of like David is doing here. A bit easier to do on Earth, what with the breathable air, centuries of civilized existence, and access to society making inputs on the same planet. Still, David boldly went on his mission to make a natural paradise of the rough Texas Hill Country.

Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.
– National Geographic

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Food/Science: This Seaweed Tastes Just Like Bacon (Video)

Nope. Didn’t stutter. At all. But if this becomes real enough for me to taste it, I just might.

(Stutter. I just might stutter… Because, I’m DEFINITELY gonna taste the baco-weed if and when it hits the market! No ‘might’ about it.)

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