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I recall a visit from my friend, Rich more than a decade ago. It was a particularly beautiful afternoon and we relaxed in the side porch shade, leaning against the railing and gazing into the heavily wooded yard. Rich was talking about Virginia wines and I was staring at a dying pine tree that needed to be cut down. At that very moment the tree tilted over and crashed to the ground with a very loud ka-thump!

“What was that?” asked Rich, searching the shadowy forest.

“Something very strange,” I said. “A tree I was staring at toppled over right when I was looking at it.” I pointed to the tree. “What are the odds of that happening?”

Rich studied the fallen tree in a prolonged silence. “Must have been rotten,” he finally offered.

“Yeah, must have been,” I agreed.

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I have to admit, this video’s product, “Never Wet” creates more questions than answers…

–submitted by Ann Gardner

Can I use it for cooking? Does it eventually wear off? Does this mean I’ll never have to wash my underwear again?

I have no idea. If anyone tries it, please let me know.

>>> If you wish to submit your own video curiosity, please use the CONTACT form at the top of my blog. Include the link to the video, and whatever name you’d like me to use in the credit.

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FRIDAY FOOD THING:

I was cleaning out my fridge the other day. I discovered these lovely frozen lamb blade chops way in the back of the freezer:

Glad to see I haven’t lost my touch.

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VIDEO CURIOSITY

Shades of Isaac Asimov’s “I Robot“?

–submitted by “Eric”

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Tim says: if you’d like to submit one of your own You Tube “Video Curiosity” discoveries for consideration, use the “Contact” form at the top of the blog. Include the link and your first name only. Email addresses (if any) will not be published.

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VIDEO CURIOSITY

These two animations are the best compilations I’ve seen depicting the amazing processes that have evolved in order to deliver NASA rover missions onto the surface of Mars, safely. The first video shows how previous missions (Spirit and “Opportunity”) of rovers were deployed on the surface, similar to dropping a bouncing beach ball. Can you imagine? The second video details how the most recent Mars lander, Curiosity was set gently down on the Red Planet, August 5, 2012.

Part 1: “Spirit” and “Opportunity” missions.

Part 2: “Curiosity” mission.

–submitted by “Rich”

Hats off to NASA and its dedicated team of employees — What an incredible feat!

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Tim says: if you’d like to submit one of your own You Tube “Video Curiosity” discoveries for consideration, use the “Contact” form at the top of the blog. Include the link and your first name only. Email addresses (if any) will not be published.

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VIDEO CURIOSITY

I was chatting with an UberStrike gamer earlier today, discussing how my generation became the “TV Generation”, and how today’s generation is one of “technology”.  Every time I turn on the Discovery Channel, or the Science Channel, or the Smithsonian Channel, I am reminded that, in a sense, we all are still living in the “TV” generation, that the Information Age is everywhere. But, I have to admit, when I peek at, purchase, play with all those things that technology is putting in our grasp, I am more than a little bit jealous about not being more of a part of it.

I suppose that’s what every generation has felt since civilization first began to crawl from the primordial muck: a feeling of being left out of a grander scheme of things we can never quite obtain, but one destined for — in the words of “The Moody Blues“, circa 1969, “our Children’s Children’s Children”.

Here is a video link my new UberStrike friend, Adam, passed along to me. He said, “Next generation will have…”

–submitted by “Adam”

Can you imagine?

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Tim says: if you’d like to submit one of your own You Tube “Video Curiosity” discoveries for consideration, use the “Contact” form at the top of the blog. Include the link and your first name only. Email addresses (if any) will not be published.

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VIDEO CURIOSITY

Back in the 70s i was fascinated by MIME. Every city I visited, my then wife and I would go to city center and gawk at the talent. The following Video Curiosity was submitted by “ballisticforce”. “ballisticforce” is one of my UberStrike gamer friends, many of whom have taken it upon themselves to drag “Gray Mouser” (my in-game identity) into the current century. Just last night I was chatting to one of them who was trying to explain to me some of Google’s many features. After a while, a bell went off in my head: “Oh,” I typed. “Are you talking about that CLOUD THINGY?”

Gray Mouser is often referred to as “Mouser”, or “da Geeza”, or “Grandpa”. I’ll be telling you more about him in the near future. Gray Mouser began writing for the UberStrike community several months ago, when he was interviewed and promoted to Cmunity Writer. Since then, Mouser has been promoted once again, this time to Cmunity Leader. Basically, he is now the Perry White of the Cmunity, a group of very talented writers and artists, all of whom have become friends.

Which reminds me of a funny story.

The other day I was interviewing a young teenager in an effort to recruit a new writer who could connect with the prevalent younger demographics of the UberStrike Forum (where we all post our articles). Somewhere in our Skype text chat, I mentioned I would like him to possibly become Cmunity’s Cub Reporter — just like Jimmy Olsen!

“Who’s Jimmy Olsen?” he asked.

I was devastated.

“You know,” I prodded. “Perry White’s Daily Planet CUB REPORTER!

A few minutes passed. Then, “Who’s Perry White and what’s the Daily Planet?”

Right to the heart!

At any rate, I would REALLY like to see this Video Curiosity’s “Dubstep” dude performing these moves live. (I even like the music!)

–submitted by “ballisticforce”

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Tim says: if you’d like to submit one of your own You Tube “Video Curiosity” discoveries for consideration, use the “Contact” form at the top of the blog. Include the link and your first name only. Email addresses (if any) will not be published.

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