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Dad in the Box

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins.     At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his discarded hunk of technology would be worth over $75 million today.    Maybe he was just trying to cut his losses.  Or maybe he was ...

Family Fun

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

For All the Dollars

What's the best part of a western? The final showdown! And this spaghetti western makes it a grand spectacle.     The Big Gundown is only one of three spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Sollima. Whereas most Italian directors stayed in the subgenre until it became outdated, Sollima seemed satisfied with only two more: Face to Face and Run, Man, Run. Often, critics have interpreted these three films as allegories to living under the fascist government of Mussolini during World War II, a commentary on U.S. policy in ...

Health News You Can Use

Man-flu may be for real! Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women. Abstract of original journal article: http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5560.long Summary from Harvard Health Blog: ...

Know Your Nest

Snow-bound and down? Team Nest Builder says, “Get out of the house, grab that dusty Radio Flyer sled out of the garage, and head to one of these Sussex or Morris County hills for brrrrrrrreath-taking fun!”   MORRIS COUNTY: Boonton: Tourne County Park (a portion of the park area an officially designated sledding hill) Chester:   Grove St. Park Chubb Park Highland Ridge Park Telecordia Property (behind the white barn on North Road) Green ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

UPDATE from Piscataway Library: We are pleased to announce that the Township has agreed to not cut the Library funding. The Library and Board of Trustees appreciate their support and their valuation of the services the Library provides the residents. Contact: Maggie Serpico President Friends of Piscataway Public Library The Friends of the Piscataway Library were alarmed to learn about the library budget reductions laid out by the Mayor and Township Administrator. Three years of successive budget reductions, to a total of ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Another business at The Yard@College Avenue, Bella’s Burger Shack, is now closed, and unlike the neighboring Starbucks, it​ has apparently​ left for good. A sign had been posted on the front door of the restaurant, reading that Dec. 22, 2017 w​as the last day the shack would be in business. Bella’s Burger Shack, which has its other location in Basking Ridge, serves “comfort food,” namely sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs. The shack’s manager did not immediately respond to ...

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The Hyperlocal Consultant

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

The Mommy's Review

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic experience. Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who yearns to be a musician, although he comes from a long line of shoemakers who not ...

Tune Into Tola

When Sunday’s season finale of Game of Thrones commenced with a haunting mash-up of the iconic Lannister and Targaryen theme songs, fans knew they would be hanging off the edge of their seats in agony for a record-breaking 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A potential “Red Wedding” scenario was thankfully avoided when the first 40 minutes placed more than a dozen principle characters in one location and not a single one lost a head. But the sigh of relief was short-lived as we realized the episode was only halfway through. The ...

Your Family Matters

My husband forwarded an article to me, “The thing about raising teenagers that no one wants to say out loud.” (link below)  It hit me… hard… so hard that I felt compelled to share and expand on it.  If your family is struggling, you’ll definitely relate.  It’s all too true, and I experienced it, too. Therapists and coaches can help you through it, but talking to a professional once a week isn’t enough.  What do you do for the other 167 hours that you’re feeling alone ...

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