The New X-Files

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The X-Files is back for a brief run on prime time television.  I’m glad it’s here, because once I watched a new episode I realized that I had really missed my heady, weekly dose of sprawling, remotely plausible governmental conspiracy theories.

They’ve consciously set up the new X-Files episodes to connect as much as possible to the old series.  So we’ve got the same famously eerie whistling opening, with Mulder’s and Scully’s old ID badges, and the old characters like by-the-book-except-when-he-isn’t Skinner and, at the end of the premier episode . . . the Cigarette Smoking Man, who now needs to puff on those cancer sticks through a disgusting hole his esophagus.

xf_sc7_0067rjw_hires2And Mulder and Scully really haven’t changed much, either.  They still call each other « Mulder » and « Scully, » for one, even though they’ve had a romance and had a child they put up for adoption and wistfully dream about.  (There’s a plot line for…

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20-Minute Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

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From the EatingWell website it’s 20-Minute Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes. 20 Minute Low Calorie Dinners including; BBQ, Ravioli, Pork Chops, Salmon, and more! You can find all these and all the other delicious and healthy recipes all on the EatingWell website.

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Low-calorie dinner recipes make a healthy weeknight meal.
Weeknight meals are made easy with these 20-minute, low-calorie dinner recipes. Our healthy chicken recipes, pasta recipes, salmon recipes and more low-calorie dinner recipes are not only delicious dinners you will have on the table in less time than ordering takeout, but they are healthier too.

Barbecued Chipotle-Marinated Pork Sandwiches
Smoky grilled onion and your favorite barbecue sauce transform grilled pork tenderloin into a hearty pulled pork sandwich, perfect as a potluck dish or simple dinner. If you’re concerned about sodium, be sure to choose a lower-sodium barbecue sauce…..

Ravioli with Arugula & Pecorino
Elevate frozen ravioli…

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Facebook Helps West African SMEs Connect with Customers

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) ([]( hosted a roundtable with small and medium sized enterprises from Ghana and Nigeria on Tuesday this week as part of its effort to support entrepreneurship in West Africa. The session focused on how Facebook can help small businesses reach exactly the right customers – for less money and with greater returns. More than 50 million… Read more on

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Condiment of the Week – Guacamole

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Guacamole, avocado, lime and herbs Guacamole, avocado, lime and herbs

Guacamole (Spanish: [wakaˈmole]; or[ɡwakaˈmole]; can informally be referred to as « guac » in North America is an avocado-based dip or salad first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine, it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

Avocados were first cultivated in Central America, as early as 7,000 BC. The exact country and area of origin is still debated. From there, the avocado made its way north to Mexico, where the Aztecs turned the fruit into guacamole as early as the 1300s.

Aztecs made Guacamole dip by at least the 16th century. A Spanish-English pronunciation guide from 1900 lists guacamole as a « salad of alligator pear ».

Guacamole has pushed avocado sales in the US to 30 million pounds on two days a year: Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco…

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Taco Bell Taking Pre-Orders For Mystery Menu Item To Be Revealed In Super Bowl Ad


Taco Bell revealed additional details for what could be their “biggest launch to date” during the upcoming Super Bowl 50.

The latest announcement gives fans a small glimpse of what’s next – including the first ever Taco Bell pre-order for their latest food innovation and teasers of their ad that will air during the big game.

“We felt the biggest media event of the year offered a perfect opportunity for us to announce what might be our biggest launch ever! However, with respect to our biggest fans (and those who just love to be the first to get their hands on the next big thing), we didn’t want to make them wait that long,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell Corp. “That’s why, as part of the next phase of our big reveal, we’ve created a pre-order program on that will give people special access to…

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February 5 in history


1649 The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland was declared King of Scotland.

1725 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, was born (d. 1783).

1778  South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

1782 Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca.

1783 In Calabria, Italy, a sequence of strong earthquakes started.

1788 Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1850).

1818 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

1840 John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor, was born (d. 1921).

1840 Hiram Stevens Maxim, American inventor (Maxim gun), was born (d. 1916).

1859 – Wallachia and Moldavia were united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities.

1878 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer, was born  (d. 1935).

1885 – King Léopold II of Belgium established the Congo as a personal…

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Daran – Le monde perdu

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daran gensEn 1995 paraissait Dormir dehors. Daran est le créateur de cette superbe chanson qui a obtenu à l’époque l’approbation du plus grand nombre. En 2012, le Québécois d’adoption faisait paraître, L’homme dont les bras sont des branches; une conception sonore résolument rock. Daran rêvait depuis de nombreuses années à un album folk, totalement dépouillé, qui mettrait de l’avant son indéniable talent de songwriter, accentué par ce grain vocal reconnaissable à mille lieues. Voilà que survient Le monde perdu.

Au menu? Guitare folk, harmonica, textes introspectifs incorporant des observations sociétales pertinentes et nimbées de cette voix sincère si distinctive. Ça démarre avec une chanson complètement bouleversante, portant sur les mouvements de population et l’itinérance qui s’ensuit, intitulée Gens du voyage. Une grande chanson sur laquelle Daran fait référence à l’exclusion vécue par tous ces sans-papiers qui vagabondent sans trouver de domicile fixe: «Gens du voyage/Nous on est…

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Google Expands Self-Driving Car Testing to Washington State

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Alphabet Inc said Wednesday its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Washington later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.

The company’s Google unit has conducted autonomous vehicle testing for six years in Mountain View, California, where it is based, and it expanded testing to Austin, Texas last summer.

Google said in a statement that one reason for the new site in the northwest United States is to gain experience in « different driving environments, traffic patterns, and road conditions. »

Kirkland has significant seasonal rain that allows for wet weather testing, along with hills that will allow testing of sensors at different angles and elevations.

Google began a few weeks ago driving a single Lexus RX450h SUV around a few square miles in North Kirkland to create a detailed map of the streets.

The company says its self-driving software has already been tested in over…

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Google Pulls Samsung-Backed Adblock Fast for Violating Play Store Guidelines

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Just because Samsung holds the tent-pole position in Android market, it doesn’t necessarily warrant it any leeway from Google. The Mountain View-based company this week pulled the Samsung-backed Adblock Fast from Google Play.

On Wednesday, Google pulled Adblock Fast from Google Play when it found that the Samsung-backed app was violating one of its app store’s guidelines. The app in question was only recently launched on Google Play, and it utilised an API that Samsung opened just last month.

As per the developers of Adblock Fast, Google says that their app was violating the Section 4.4 of the Google Play guidelines. Section 4.4 says that an app cannot interfere, disrupt, damage, or access in an unauthorised manner the devices, other apps, or network. The move points to Google’s take on ad-blocking apps as a whole.

Adblock Fast was released on Google Play on Monday, and before getting pulled on Wednesday…

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YouTube Red’s Original Movies, Shows to Launch Next Week

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YouTube’s viral video stars, many of whom have a fan following in the millions, are set to appear next week in original movies and a show, as the video site attempts to attract users to its paid service.

PewDiePie, who has attracted 42 million followers with his comic commentary on video game gameplay, will star in a reality-adventure series that will see the Swedish gamer combat horrors in real-life games.

Other YouTube stars such as comedian Lilly Singh and comedy producer Rooster Teeth and teen network Awesomeness TV will be involved in full-length movies that will premiere on YouTube Red on Feb. 10.

The original movies and show are part of Google parent Alphabet Inc’s efforts to offer more to customers on YouTube Red, the $10-a-month service that allows viewers to watch videos across YouTube without ad breaks.

The move will pit YouTube against video streaming pioneer Netflix , whose…

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Celebrating American Women Poets (2): Ruth Stone, 1915-2011

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What-Love-Comes-To-by-Rut-001-1I first published this piece on Ruth Stone in 2013, but I love her poetry so much I had to include her early in this Thursday series of mine inspired by the work of poet Dilys Wood and the London-based Second Light Network of Women Poets (SLN), which Dilys founded. SLN encourages and supports the poetry of women, including those women with voices emerging in their third act. 

Poems clutter the landscape of my mind with bite-sized portions easily committed to memory, ready to be pulled out in a moment of need or want. I like to think of poetry as literary dim sum, which means “touch the heart.” And poems do spring themselves on me and touch the tender places. Depending on the poem and the poet, they may also tickle my funny bone, stimulate my intellect, or affirm some insight. In the art of living hugely, poetry…

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Des drones aideront bientôt la gendarmerie

Qui est le plombier polonais ?

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plombier-polonais-culture_comprendreQui est le plombier polonais qui a découvert qu’on pouvait venir travailler en France ?

Derrière les peurs et les fantasmes sur l’invasion européenne de travailleurs à moindre coût, il faut y voir l’Homme. Le Polonais. Et sa culture !

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LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Video Game Arriving On June 28, 2016


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, marking the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, allowing players to relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a fun-filled, humorous way that only a LEGO game can offer. Launching on June 28, 2016, the game will introduce brand new gameplay mechanics to build, battle and fly through the galaxy like never before, as well as new story content exploring the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters.

The game will be available for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStationVita handheld entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, the Wii U system from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and Windows PC.


LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

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