Man Made DIY takes a look at the Heinz Ketchup bottle:
The solution is to trigger the shear thinning effect at the top of the bottle, not the bottom. That unclogs the mouth and lets the ketchup below to freely flow
I actually suggest hitting the bottle where the neck tapers, on one of the “57″s in the glass. Works every time.
Scientists from MIT teamed up with Boston’s public transportation agency and created the Sesame Ring (as in, “Open, Sesame”).
The ring operates with RFID technology, like the ConnectCard, and Boston’s equivalent, Charlie Card, which pays for trips when it is tapped/waved in front of a reader on the bus or T.
It’s a cool idea, and it was funded through Kickstarter to address the problem of people not being able to fish out their cards in time, but I have to wonder if that is really a problem. I’ve never had a problem pulling out my card, and even when people have had to fish for their card, pass or money, the bus normally takes off and they pay or swipe what they need to as the route continues.
Either way though, it’s a cool idea, especially since you could get them customized, but I just don’t see the need of them, aside from being a cool fashion accessory.
Pennsylvania has been in the news a lot lately for our struggle for marriage equality. Here’s a quick round-up of where we are.
The ACLU lawsuit is still pending, this was first announced after the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions and is actually separate from everything else going on. Our Attorney General declined to defend it, since she believes it is unconstitutional and would not stand in court, opting to save the state money. Governor Corbett, however, picked up the defense and is now using a $400/hour lawyer, charged to the taxpayers, to defend Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality in court.
What’s kept us in the news lately has been marriage licenses coming from a county hear Philadelphia. A case was heard, and the Governor’s lawyers shoved their feet so far into their mouths, it garnered national attention for their offensive remarks:
In a brief Wednesday, state attorneys said those marriage licenses were never valid, and compared gay and lesbian couples to “12-year-olds” who are also barred from marrying under state law.
The Governor backtracked from those remarks after the backlash heated up, which I suppose is something.
The wording of that brief however, called these marriages “meaningless.” And I think that’s the most hurtful part. These are people’s lives, people’s loves that they’re calling meaningless, because Corbett is desperately trying to cling to some sort of base to keep him in office next year.
And I may be wrong, but here is what I understand, once a marriage license has been given to a couple, they can be married by anyone in the the state that has that authority, so people like Mayor Fetterman aren’t breaking any laws. Again, I may be off on that, and it’s really a technicality, but one that I would hope would give more public officials ways to show their support.
So the two trials will continue, and the spotlight isn’t going to be moving off of Pennsylvania anytime soon, as we’re the only state in the entire northeast that has no legal recognition of same-sex relationships (NJ has civil unions, but no marriage equality, and every other state has marriage equality).
Update: The court has ordered the the county clerk to stop issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples.
Football season started over the weekend, or I guess actually last Thursday, but really that just means we’re about a week until pre-season Pens games.
In case you’ve been under a rock lately, you’ve most likely heard about Russia’s draconian anti-LGBT laws as we barrel towards the Sochi Olympics. And in classy fashion, Sid spoke with the media about how he disagrees with the law. Combine that with Orpik’s work with the You Can Play project, and it’s a refreshing look at a professional sports team, and its stars, interested in equality.
The Capitals on the other hand, we have Ovechkin, who is either completely unaware of the law (best case scenario), or afraid to talk about it, instead trying to turn the conversation back to the jerseys. And to be fair, he is in a bit of a more precarious situation, considering he’ll be playing for Team Russia, but it’s still a weird non-response and he’s in a position to make a significant difference, it’s sad to see him pass on the opportunity.
Phipps has announced that their Corpse Flower, named Romero after the director, is in bloom!
The bloom lasts between 24-48 hours and smells like “the rotting flesh of a mammal.” Tonight (Tuesday the 20th) and tomorrow (Wednesday the 21), they will be open until 2 a.m. for visitors, and Wednesday will even feature two screenings of “Day of the Dead” at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Phipps is amazing at night, and sadly, it’s been too light to really get the full experience over the summer for a night time viewing of the summer glass show, so that alone, is worth it, not to mention a bloom that only comes around every decade.
There’s a post making it’s way around Facebook, and if you haven’t read it, take a minute. Here’s a short snippet:
No matter how many hundreds of times we drive the Parkway West into town, we get butterflies when we come out that side of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and see the spectacular paradise that our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends helped to build – brick by brick, day by day. Together.
Yes, I love this city, I love how absolutely genuine the people are. The way we band together at a moment’s notice, and all the interesting and tucked-away corners of this city. But even so, it’s nice to see it written down.
Head over to Facebook to read it, and take a moment to enjoy the pride.
One of my favorite pages on Facebook is “Condescending Brand Page.” Since I run a few Facebook pages, I always try to keep in the forefront that we’re people, what a like actually is (not what most brands think it is) and that we’re there to have a good time and a conversation.
In comes WTAE, which is really the only local news I watch, if I watch anything at all. And they totally failed at being any kind of decent human being. But thankfully, Facebook was there to call them out on their asshat move.
Yeah, that’s right, “give this story a ‘like’ to show support for these parents whose child was ripped away from them by disease.”
It doesn’t get much lower than that, ladies and gentlemen.
Now, to be fair, it looks as though they did remove that post. But still, what kind of heartless social media manager would post that in the first place?
I’ve seen them popping up in City Paper, and I’d be they’re elsewhere as well, and CopyRanter over at Buzz Feed has picked up the awesome campaign for the Warhol.
This one is my favorite, even with the cringe it induces, and BuzzFeed is missing at least one (the firecracker underwear), unless there are more that I haven’t seen yet.
I’ve only been to the Warhol once, and I didn’t get to see much (I was volunteering as an usher for Pittsburgh Opera), which I know, makes me a bad Pittsburgher, but maybe this will be the kick in the pants for me to get there.
I sadly missed Anthrocon this year. For years it was the last weekend before I left for the summer and my coworkers and I would wander downtown on our lunch break to grab some pictures. Usually of, and sometimes with the furries.
And they’re totally kind, awesome people! But it was in July this month (I have no idea how they didn’t die from heat exhaustion), and I was otherwise engaged, so I missed it.
However, Nerve’s ongoing series, “Talking to Strangers” picked up the slack, and I was taken aback when I was at their homepage and thought to myself, “that bridge looks familiar.”
Check out the article, it’s totally worth it. Don’t judge them too hard, they’re nice people, and harmless, and found a place where they can be themselves, if only we were all so lucky. Oh yeah, and the massive amount of money they bring to the city each year. That’s pretty awesome too.
I don’t really follow baseball. I mean, I root for the Pirates, I wouldn’t think of rooting for another team. But hockey is my sport, so I don’t know much about the roster, stats or anything else, really (same with football, I know, a sin here in Pittsburgh).
So I have cautious optimism while we’re doing so well. Fool me 20 times, shame on you. Fool me 21 times, shame on me.
The Good Men Project took a look at the Pirates. Does this resonate? Is it missing something? Let me know, and maybe I’ll see you at the double header later today!
Let’s go Bucs!
After the Supreme Court ruled on the Windsor case, the ACLU moved swiftly, and their first lawsuit was here in Pennsylvania, challenging our state-wide DOMA in Whitewood v. Corbett.
Our Attorney General has decided to not defend the state, as in her professional opinion, the law is unconstitutional and she would not be able to defend it. Please note, while this is her personal opinion, as a lawyer, her professional opinion is that the law is unconstitutional, and defending it would be a waste of tax-payer time for a frivolous exercise.
The Judge randomly assigned, John Jones III, is a bit of an enigma. He is conservative, and has the backing of, of all people, Rick Santorum. But he also ruled that a public school could not teach Intelligent Design in a science class.
Talking about that case:
“I take every case as it comes, but beyond that, anybody who is familiar with the Kitzmiller case understands that I gave both sides ample opportunity to present their cases, and I’ll certainly do that in this case as well.”
So we’ll see what happens, the courts seem to take a while, so we’ll be waiting for a bit. But watch this space, I’ll keep you updated.
And I’m back. I wanted to take a minute to talk about the most recent adventure I went on with Venture Outdoors: Fireworks Paddle.
At the start of the Pirates game, we headed down underneath the Clemente Bridge, got our kayaks, PFDs and paddles and after some brief instruction, headed out onto the water.
There were a lot of us, and we were much more spread out than on other VO events (since the boats bounce into once another and it’s generally annoying when you do), so it was more of a relaxing, solitary look at the setting sun bouncing off the skyline.
We made our way up to Herr’s Island and then headed back towards PNC Park, all the while, in my head, singing Ride of the Valkyries. As the sun finished setting, the game finished up (Pirates won by the way) and we had the best seats in the house for the fireworks.
It was mentioned beforehand, but I was surprised how much the water and boats were rocked by each blast.
Aside from a jagoff motorboat boat operator (who said he couldn’t see us even though we had lights and to get out of his way as he started to move), it was an awesome night. The staff at Kayak Pittsburgh are amazingly efficient and helpful. VO talked about it on their blog, and there’s another one scheduled for August. Make sure to check it out if you want to see Pittsburgh from a new perspective. I’ll have some pictures posted soon!
The web designers for Anthony Weiner’s campaign (for NYC mayor) messed up and used the Pittsburgh skyline (and one of the three sister bridges) on his website instead of Manhattan:
I think we should take the compliment.
(h/t to Joe My God, which also includes a great comment thread)
I’m pretty sure that one of the writers for The Onion is from Pittsburgh. Our neighborhoods pop up too much for it to be a coincidence. And of course, it’s even more fun when the stories show up on Literally Unbelievable:
And parents in Bethel Park, I expected more from you!