Today’s lunchtime news chum is a tasty collection of tidbits. Departments include “Changing a Light”, “Dixon Ticonderoga #2”, “The Recovery is Upon Us”, “Grease is the Word”, and “An Ordinary Family, Fuller-Style”:
- From the “Changing a Light” Department: Our first item comes from BikePortland. Have you ever been riding your bike and come to a red line… and it never changes. You either need to somehow press the pedestrian button or cross the street against the red. Worry no longer. This article from BikePortland explains the traffic sensor switches and how to trigger them.
- From the “Dixon Ticonderoga #2” Department: Our second item comes from the WSJ: An article on the long-standing feud between two makers of pencils: Staedtler Mars GmbH and Faber-Castell AG. This competition goes back to the 1600s. I should note, however, that neither of these companies makes the Dixon Ticonderoga
- From the “The Recovery is Upon Us” Department: We’ve all gotten the emails from friends whose accounts have been attacked. Would you know what to do if it was you? The NY Times has a nice article on how to recover your account if hackers steal it.
- From the “Grease is the Word” Department: Lastly, remember about a year ago when there was the rash of copper thefts because copper have gone up in value? Well, grease is the new copper. Specifically, used cooking grease is a hot commodity among thieves, giving the growing use of bio-diesel.
- From the “An Ordinary Family, Fuller-Style” Department: Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, is working on a reboot of The Munsters for NBC. It is characterized as “Modern Family meets True Blood”. Too bad Al Lewis didn’t last long enough to see this.