YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES

Is it hard to believe a celebrity is really in her 60s when she looks 25 in a photo? Is there some trick to it? You bet. There are programs out there which do the touch-up automatically, no skill involved. We’re thinking of “Portrait Pro,” a $40 program now out in a new version, with a free trial available at PortraitPro.com. When last we tried “PortraitPro” Joy was so pleased with her enhanced photo, she was reluctant to accept her old look. As we noted then, she would only walk outside with the “Portrait Pro” photo pasted on her face. (This has caused some comment.) The new version is easier to use than ever. Each effect you may want to […]

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WHAT OPIOIDS AND HEROIN DO TO YOUR APPEARANCE OVER TIME

“What Opioids and Heroin Do To Your Appearance Over Time:”  See some shocking pictures of sores and aging that took place after just a few years of heavy drug use. According to Rehabs.com, showing these pictures is one of the most effective ways to discourage drug use.

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AN ALARMING SITUATION

Lots of security cameras around, but “Presence” from Netatmo won four innovation awards at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This is future stuff, because it won’t be available till next Fall at the earliest. But it is the edge of the wedge, as they say, and shows how sophisticated surveillance cameras can be.

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IT’S ACTUALLY EASY TO GET INTO THE ACT

In the 1950s, comedian and singer Jimmy Durante used to snap back at hecklers by saying “Everybody wants to get into the act.” Now, practically everybody is. Some shows are home produced, some get public funding, some copy well-known movies and TV shows. Thousands of people are out there on camera, and then they’re all Kickstarter.com is the leading site for people looking for funding to make new products, inventions and, yes, shows. Right now, this very real-life minute, 52,168 videos are still seeking or have already been funded by Kickstarter contributions. It’s happening all over the world: Bulgarians have put on an “Eat Me” song and dance show to get people to eat more vegetables. “The World of Tomorrow” […]

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GOOGLE HEALTH TIP

We use Google every time we have a question about anything, but some searches are better than others. Adding details helps. Compare the search for “Paleo diet,” with the search on “Paleo risks.” Without the word “risks,” you get a lot of promotional sites. Search on  “gluten-free risks,” not “gluten free,” to get the full picture. Adding the word “myth” can also help when searching on health topics, such as “myths of soy.” Sometimes we add the words “side effects” or “dangers.” If something sounds like an urban legend, we copy and paste the whole phrase into Google.com. It’s often revealed as a hoax.

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POETRY LOVERS PAGE

PoetryLoversPage.com was created in 1995 with one of the first complete collections of poetry by Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edgar Allen Poe. It also has the best of Robert W. Service, William Shakespeare and many others. Readers may also submit their own poems. The site still has a 1995 (early days for web sites) look, but the poems make it worth a visit.

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3D PRINTER INFO SOURCE

With all the new 3D printers, new materials and new software, it’s hard to keep up.  The information blasts can be dizzying. Senvol.com/database has a free search engine for sorting through all the materials and all the machines out there.  We did a search on materials. First, we had the option to specify ceramics, polymer (plastic), sand, wax, composite or metal. But that was just the beginning. From there we could choose the tensile strength, the flexural strength and many other variables. There was another category for how well the material withstands various temperatures and another for the material’s hardness and density. The machine selection has 37  printer manufacturers to choose from and a lot more variables to specify. This […]

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GUY STUFF

Uncrate.com shows stuff guys supposedly want: motorcycles, skateboards, cars, bicycles, a charging station for the new Apple Watch, Swiss Army knives, etc. The only thing Bob wanted was the Swiss Army knife.

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BATTERY LIFE ON THE IPHONE

After we reviewed some battery basics in a recent column, readers who own iPhones and iPads wanted more. There’s much you can do beyond looking at “Usage” in the “Settings” area to find where the battery hogs are.

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GOOGLE HEALTH

Google is about to focus lots of attention on health questions. These account for one out of every 20 searches. Though it isn’t available everywhere yet, when it is, you’ll see symptoms and treatments, illustrations, ages affected, and whether it’s contagious or not.

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