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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Just before you read this article kids, I would like to remind you that this is now the middle of JULY and summer officially started almost a month ago!

The last of Boston's winter nightmare has finally melted away.
Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday that Boston's once-massive pile of filthy snow has officially dwindled to nothing. The pile accumulated into a 75-foot tower of snow after a record-breaking winter that dumped more than 110 inches on the city.
The mound made Bostonians shiver into the summer, but not because of the temperature: It was laden more than 80 tons of garbage, transforming it into a repulsive trash heap as the snow melted. Officials say two snowstorms struck after residents put their trash out, and it got swept up by plows.
The persistent pile prompted Walsh to hold a contest for who could guess when it would melt. He'll announce the winners Wednesday.
With summer in full swing and temperatures flirting with the 90s, the epic winter has seemed like a distant bad dream to many Bostonians. Others had speculated -- and not happily -- that the messy mound might last until Labor Day.
Gov. Charlie Baker captured the mood Tuesday, tweeting: "Our nightmare is officially over!"



http://www.crescent-news.com/weird%20news/2015/07/14/boston-s-tower-of-filthy-snow-finally-melts-away

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Mexico might have its Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on the lam, but that's nothing compared to Poland, who had an errant cow on the lose for a couple of years! 

The cow escaped from her Polish farm two years ago and lived a life on the lam in a nearby forest, sometimes damaging crops. She has finally been caught.
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Owner Leszek Zasada spoke about his adventure with the brown cow in a story broadcast Tuesday by the all-news station TVN24.
He said Matylda escaped in 2013 from his farm in Zloty Stok, in Western Poland, the day after he brought her home.
She survived two frigid winters on her own, but the time on the run took its toll. She lost the calf she was sometimes spotted with and returned home with many scars.
Farmers in the area complained of the damage she caused but nobody was able to catch her until last Saturday.

 http://www.news3lv.com/content/entertainment/offbeat/story/Polish-cow-on-the-run-for-2-years-is-finally/w84eQwUOu0yNA2VmNm6KFA.cspx

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I don't know how true this is, but if there is any credence to it ...., then it's about as stupid as some remarks I've heard from Evangelical Christians and radicalized Muslims.


“Pope Suggests Mandatory Sterilization of Unwed Mothers Could Prevent Climate Change.” I think the point they were trying to make is that if the human population were lower, we wouldn't have so much pollution, and thereby less "Global Warming!"
(Somehow I still think this rumour is a bunch of crap!)
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Well, it seems that big, colourful “Toronto” sign installed in Nathan Phillips Square for the Pan Am Games has brought what seemed to be a disgruntled city together.
And now, more good news: the illuminated sign isn’t going anywhere after the Games leave the city in mid-August.
Coun. Norm Kelly confirmed to CityNews on Sunday it will be staying near City Hall for the rest of the year, and there are big plans for the sign after that.
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“Like Mel Lastman’s moose a generation ago, we’re going to be placing it at different parts around the city, but the long-term hope that I have for the sign is that it’s a bold statement to the rest of the world,” Kelly said.
The sign, which is currently the backdrop for all Panamania events held in the square, is more than three metres tall by 23 metres long, with each letter weighing around 3000 pounds, and is expected to last at least 15 years. All lights are LED and can create millions of lighting combinations.
Fitted with LED lights, the sign transitions through various colour combinations, glistens on the pool of water below at night, and has been a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike
 A 3D Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square for the Pan Am and Pam American Games on July 10, 2015. TWITTER/YYZ_2010
The city has also been encouraging people to share their photos on Twitter using the hashtag “share3DTO.”
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 http://www.citynews.ca/2015/07/13/colourful-3d-toronto-sign-to-remain-near-city-hall-for-now/
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Only in Japan you say ......., how's this for a headline:

At Japan's Weird Hotel, receptionists, porters, concierge are all robots to save labour costs! 
From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that's an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is "manned" almost totally by robots to save labour costs.
Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency.
The receptionist robot that speaks in English is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one that speaks Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. "If you want to check in, push one," the dinosaur says. 
The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.
XKAN108-715_2015_155157_high.jpgHenn na Hotel, as it is called in Japanese, was shown to reporters Wednesday, complete with robot demonstrations, ahead of its opening to the public Friday.
Another feature of the hotel is the use of facial recognition technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by registering the digital image of the guest's face during check-in.
The reason? Robots aren't good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them.
A giant robotic arm, usually seen in manufacturing, is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass, where a guest can place an item in it, to use as a locker.
The arm will put the box back into the wall, until the guest wants it again. The system is called "robot cloak room."Why a simple coin locker won't do isn't the point."I wanted to highlight innovation," Sawada told reporters. "I also wanted to do something about hotel prices going up."
Staying at Henn na Hotel starts at 9,000 yen ($80), a bargain for Japan, where a stay in one of the nicer hotels can easily cost twice or three times that much.
The concierge is a doll-like hairless robot with voice recognition that prattles breakfast and event information. It cannot call a cab or do other errands.
Japan is a world leader in robotics technology, and the government is trumpeting robotics as a pillar of its growth strategy. 
Robots have long been used here in manufacturing. But interest is also high in exploring the potential of robots in human interaction, including helping care for the elderly.
Robotics is also key in the decommissioning of the three reactors in Fukushima, northern Japan, which went into meltdowns in 2011, in the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chornobyl.
One area Henn na Hotel still relies on human beings is security.
The place is dotted with security cameras, and real people are watching everything through a monitor to make sure guests stay safe and no one makes off with one of the expensive robots. "And they still can't make beds," said Sawada, who has also engineered the rise of a popular affordable Japanese travel agency.
Image result for robbie the robotHe has big ambitions for his robot hotel concept and wants to open another one soon in Japan, and later abroad. 
He is also eager to add other languages, such as Chinese and Korean, to the robots' vocabulary. A block-shaped robot that was scuttling around in the lobby had been brought in to do room service, delivering beverages and simple snacks. But it wasn't ready to do that yet.
Outdoors, Sawada also demonstrated a drone that flew in to deliver a few small jars filled with snacks. He said he wanted to eventually have drones perform in shows for guests.
In the hotel's rooms, a lamp-size robot in the shape of a fat pink tulip called Tuly answers simple questions like, "What time is it?" and "What is the weather tomorrow?"
You can also tell it to turn the room lights on or off.  There are no switches on the walls.
Sawada is keeping the hotel half-filled for the first few weeks to make sure nothing goes wrong.
He also cancelled at the last minute the overnight stay planned for media. 
The robots simply weren't ready.
Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyama 

http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/at-japan-s-weird-hotel-receptionists-porters-concierge-are-all-robots-to-save-labour-costs-1.2001027