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A Few Images from the Saratoga Comicon on 7 May, 2017.

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Matt Smith and his Tardis
Darth Vader and the Batmobile

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G.M. Expanding Self-Driving Car Operations in Silicon Valley

Mary T.Barra

In the race to develop self-driving cars, General Motors is expanding its operations near Silicon Valley.

The automaker recently said that it planned to hire 1,100 people and invest $14 million at a new development center in San Francisco that would spearhead the company’s work on self-driving cars.

G.M. and Cruise Automation, an autonomous-driving software company G.M. acquired a year ago, have been testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars equipped with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the Detroit area.

The new investment and hiring are intended to expand and accelerate their work, G.M.’s chief executive, Mary T. Barra, said in a statement.

“Running our autonomous vehicle program as a start-up is giving us the speed we need to continue to stay at the forefront of development of these technologies and the market applications,” she said.

The move comes as traditional automakers are rushing to partner with and acquire technology companies amid a global race to develop cars capable of driving themselves safely with little input from passengers.

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Total Eclipse of the Sun will be commemorated on a Forever Stamp

Total Eclipse Stamp

One Stamp: Two Images

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Postal Service will soon be releasing a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger. You can share the news on social media using the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

The back of the stamp pane provides a map of the August 21 eclipse path and times it may appear in some locations. Visit NASA’s website to view detailed maps of the eclipse’s path.

Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view this rare event, which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918. The path will run west to east from Oregon to South Carolina and will include portions of 14 states.

The June 20, 1:30 p.m. MT First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The University is celebrating the summer solstice on June 20. Prior to the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines on a silver dollar embedded in the floor, which occurs at noon on the summer solstice in the UW Art Museum’s Rotunda Gallery.

Thermochromic Ink
The stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

In the first U.S. stamp application of thermochromic ink, the Total Solar Eclipse stamps will reveal a second image. Using the body heat of your thumb or fingers and rubbing the eclipse image will reveal an underlying image of the Moon (Espenak also took the photograph of the Full Moon). The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on Earth. The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the “path of totality,” will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time).

A total solar eclipse provides us with the only chance to see the Sun’s corona — its extended outer atmosphere — without specialized instruments. During the total phase of an eclipse the corona appears as a gossamer white halo around the black disk of the Moon, resembling the petals of a flower reaching out into space.

Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamp.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

For more information about the Postal Service, visit usps.com and usps.com/postalfacts

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The Radio Bug

It would be safe to say I still have the radio bug in me. 0ne of the original reasons I got into radio broadcasting was because I was annoyed at hearing a song and not knowing the name of it or who the artist was. I kid you not – that was one of my main motivations. In 1979-1980 I was an aspiring radio announcer at the Plattsburgh State University College radio station called WPLT (different now). I spent some time on that Campus perfecting my craft, and after a while I decided that an actual job in radio was what I was after. If I recall, it was in April 1980 that Gordie Little at WIRY 1340am must have seen something in me, and I was hired at WIRY. This was a pretty awesome thing for me, as Gordie’s guidance was the catalyst that kept me going in radio for a very long time after I had left Plattsburgh. The man was a gem, the purest human being you’d ever want to meet. His style of radio inspired me. The way he communicated with everyone, on and off the radio, was inspiring and formed the basis of how I went from radio into sales, and how I still communicate with people on a daily basis.

I stayed at WIRY in Plattsburgh, NY USA until sometime in 1981 when I had desires to check out nearby markets, namely Burlington, Vermont. For a while I was employed at WJOY 1230am, and made some good friends there. In Burlington I did a few stints on the University of Vermont campus station, WRUV, just because I could. In 1983 I decided that another move was in order, and moved back across Lake Champlain, but down the lake a bit, into Ticonderoga NY. In Ticonderoga I did some work on two different radio stations, an AM and an FM. That was fun until about 1984 when I found myself down in Glens Falls NY at WWSC 1450am, where a professional by the name of Dave Covey taught me a few things about how radio is done. WWSC was a lot like WIRY in that they were/are both hometown radio stations, broadcasting at 1000 watts of power, in their respective markets. I stayed in the Glens Falls NY radio market until about 1993, having then got into sales.

Once I was in the radio Industry, the radio bug has never left me. There’s just nothing like a tight transition from an upbeat song to a fancy station id or promo and then tight into another upbeat song. I must say I still enjoy the concept of tight music and good programming on AM Radio. You can get that now on XM Satellite Radio, and of course FM. I have heard some pretty poor programming out there – like when I hear a nice upbeat ‘jingle’ into a slow boring piece of music – but I digress.

The Radio bug is why I maintain my Internet Radio Station. Thank you for reading – now back to your regularly scheduled program.

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Sirius XM
The popularity of XM Radio in vehicles has kept the old idea of Radio DJs alive!

1938 Zenith

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Major Online Project to Watch For

One of my major online projects, in addition to building up this site (Chris Jones Media), is ObitsOnline.Net. This a New Concept in Online Obituaries. Obitsonline.net was created through the joint efforts of James H Cole, Robert & Pat Smith and Chris Jones. James H Cole is the owner of several newspapers and saw the need for a less expensive way for families to tell their loved one’s life story. Robert and Pat Smith were the owners and creators of a company that produced, among other items, Harmon Homes, a national real estate magazine. Their marketing expertise is why they were sought out to be part of the team. Chris Jones is the design technician and site programmer, with over 20 years experience in the business.

As of this post, ObitsOnline.Net is ‘Coming Soon’. Will update..

 

 

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Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury. The Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival Morning Launch, sponsored in part by Whiteman Chevrolet. It was a glorious experience!
Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival
Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016
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I am letting Google host the images as they already are, lol.

HERE THEY ARE – LOTS OF PICS – CLICK THESE WORDS!!

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Schagticoke, NY Fair 2016

Some images from the fair. – Click each pic for the BIG Picture

The old days
The old days

Done This
Done This
Marching on
Marching on
Sew it up
Sew it up
1941 Radio
1941 Radio
Antique Generator
Antique Generator

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Green

Outdoor Imagery from Haviland’s Cove in Glens Falls NY USA


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Natural Mosquito Repellent

Bug Repellant

New Natural Mosquito, No-see-um, Gnat and Midge Repellent With Non-Toxic CDC Approved Ingredients

Tropical Strength Bug Repellent, Male and Female Mosquitoes, Awesome Tropical Strength Bug Repellent

Recommended to give simple, deet-free, long-lasting protection with PMD plus nine other natural effective ingredients included for fast relief.

ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, USA, July 15, 2016

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Towel Stealing – A Problem for Hotels

Towel Rack

NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS, USA, July 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — When guests find comfort in a hotel room, they want to tuck everything in the bag and keep it for themselves. Guests have to behave decently especially in the case of stealing towels.
It happens with many guests and the ones having a luxury stay will definitely perform such acts. It is entirely wrong because guests pay for the room to have a cozy and comfortable stay but are not entitled to the hotel stuff. From large hotel chains to 2-star hotels all have reported about the theft of stealing towels, bed sheets, bathrobes, hangers, mattress covers, and everything they find that is not fastened down in the room.

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