CyberQ: a wireless meat-probe and BBQ thermostat

The CyberQ Wifi is a WiFi controlled barbecue monitor, thermostat and meat thermometer. It measures the temperature in your meat and adjusts the flame on your BBQ to ensure a through-and-through cooking without burning.

CyberQ Wifi is our most advanced control to date. It has a built in Wifi web server to allow remote access from your mobile device or PC. This control has one pit probe and 3 food probes that come standard with the control. Probes, fans and adaptors are compatible with our other controls.

CyberQ Wifi

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TSA agent pokes fingers in ashes of traveler’s dead grandfather, spills them on floor, cackles

Indianapolis resident John Gross was going through TSA security in the Orlando, Florida airport, carrying the cremated ashes of his Sicilian grandfather “in a tightly sealed jar marked ‘Human Remains.” TSA rules say that this sort of material in carry-on baggage must be labeled, and go through the X-ray machine, but that human remains are to be opened under “no circumstances.” Guess what happened? According to Gross, an idiot TSA agent ignored the agency’s own rules, and caused the ashes to be spilled on the terminal floor.

“They opened up my bag, and I told them, ‘Please, be careful. These are my grandpa’s ashes,'” Gross told RTV6’s Norman Cox. “She picked up the jar. She opened it up.
“I was told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.”

Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.

“She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.”

Gross says he wants “an apology from the lady who opened the jar and laughed at me.”

More from the local ABC News affiliate in Indianapolis.

There’s video here. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Update: He got an apology, sort of. Conveniently, the TSA has lost surveillance video of the incident.

Gross said a high-ranking TSA official contacted him to empathize because of what transpired at the airport. He said the official claims that TSA cannot locate video of his exchange with the security worker. “I got the apology, but I got it from the wrong person,” Gross said.

Cory blogged about the incident when news first broke.

Google and NBC stage “War Games” to prepare for hacker attacks on Olympics online coverage


The WSJ’s Joel Schectman reports that NBC and Google are conducting “war games” in at least three countries, in preparation for possible hacker attacks or hardware screwups that could interrupt web streaming of the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London, which begin this month.

The planned online streaming, if successful, will be the largest-ever online offering of a sports event.

For the past nine months the network’s online team, together with Google, which is managing the streaming of the games, have simulated hundreds of disruptive scenarios, some lasting eight hours. They have simulated a range of problems from broken broadcast encoders to traffic overloads and hacker assaults on the systems, NBC staff told CIO Journal.

“We have it very well-scripted, so we know that when a problem occurs who is on point and what steps we need to take,” said Eric Black, vice president of technology for NBC Sports and Olympics. “At some point during the games there’s likely to be an outage, but the goal is for us to be on top of that and have no end-user impact.”

Read more: NBC, Google, Stage “War Games” To Prepare for London Olympic Disruptions.

South Korea may resume whaling, like Japan, "for scientific purposes"

South Korea may soon again allow whale hunting in the waters off its shores for what the government claims are “scientific purposes.” The news has sparked criticism from environmental organizations and nations around the Pacific Rim. The country’s delegation to the International Whaling Commission said this week that Seoul is reviewing a proposal to hunt minke whales migrating off the Korean Peninsula.

First of Japan’s 50 reactors restarts since nuclear crisis; Japan’s energy policy still in turmoil

Photo: Oi Nuclear Power Plant, via Wikipedia.

The No. 3 reactor at the Ohi (or Ōi) nuclear plant in Japan went back on the grid Thursday morning, according to a statement from its operator, the Kansai Electric Power Company. The nuclear reactor in western Japan became the first in the country to restart since last year’s tsunami and earthquake caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, and led to intense debate over the future of energy in Japan.

Also today in Japan, a parliamentary inquiry concluded that the nuclear accident at Fukushima “was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture.” Hiroko Tabuchi at the New York Times has more.

Petition to rename font ‘Comic Sans’ to ‘Comic Cerns’

Typography enthusiasts “moved by Dr Fabiola Gianotti’s incredibly strange choice of font in announcing the recent results of Cern’s ATLAS collaboration” are petitioning Microsoft to rename Comic Sans to “Comic Cerns.” Cosmic Sans might work, too!

Stunning feathered dinosaur fossil

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This gorgeous fossil is a 150-million-year-old squirrel-tailed, feathered dinosaur, named Sciurumimus albersdoerferi. Oliver Rauhut of the Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology says, “I was overwhelmed when I first saw it. Even apart from the preservation of feathers, this is certainly one of the most beautiful dinosaur fossils ever found.” From National Geographic:

Previously, paleontologists have found feathers only on coelurosaurs—birdlike dinosaurs that evolved later than so-called megalosaurs such as Sciurumimus.

Because Sciurumimus is not closely related to coelurosaurs, the new fossil suggests feathered dinosaurs were the norm, not the exception, Rauhut said.

“Probably all dinosaurs were feathered,” he added, “and we should say good bye to the familiar image of the overgrown lizards.”

“Beautiful” Squirrel-Tail Dinosaur Fossil Upends Feather Theory

Annie Owens’s "Witch House" models

As part of her “Motherland” painting and sculpture show at Los Angeles’s Copro Nason Gallery, Annie Owens created a delightful pair of “Witch House” models. They’re each around two feet tall. Annie Owens’s Motherland

Video: San Diego fireworks accidentally went off all at once

San Diego’s big fireworks display suffered a technical glitch causing all of the pyrotechnics to go off all at once. Ooops. From ABC News:

Garden State Fireworks, the firm hired by the city to produce the show, acknowledged the mistake. “We will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds. We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties….”

San Diego Fireworks Show Goes Up in Flames(Thanks for the video link, chaopoiesis!)

Marat/Sade online

“The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” is a play written by Peter Weiss, whose conceit is that a group of inmates in a post-revolutionary French insane asylum are talked into acting out a subversive denunciation of the revolution’s betrayal by the Marquis de Sade, who is a co-inmate. And it’s a musical.

My parents loved this one, and we sang the songs in the car. I’ve seen several productions, including the 1967 film of a live performance. It turns out that this whole film is online on YouTube, all two hours’ worth. It’s quite an amazing work, and the YouTube version is subtitled in English, Portuguese (Brazilian), French, Spanish and Turkish.

The Marquis de Sade is locked in the Charenton mental hospital and decides to put on a play. His overseers agree as long as he follows certain conditions. He writes and directs the other mental patients in a play based on the life of the Jean-Paul Marat. As the play progresses, the inmates become more and more possessed by the violence of the play and become extremely difficult to control. Finally, all chaos breaks loose.

Marat/Sade (1967)

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