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« Reply #270 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 06:55am »

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Disabled veterans can follow their dream of entrepreneurship
Six universities nationwide, including UCLA, offer all-expenses-paid boot camps for former soldiers hoping to adapt their military skills into running businesses.
By Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer

July 26, 2010

Sgt. Neil Avant was headed to a meeting with businessmen in Baghdad last year when a man wearing women's clothes with explosives hidden underneath blew himself up.

Avant's injuries, including nerve damage to both legs, ended his Army career at 33. Looking for a new vocation, he decided to open a green energy business. Earlier this month he joined 19 other disabled veterans at a eight-day crash course in entrepreneurship.

His instructors at UCLA's Anderson School of Management were blunt. Why would anyone consult him, he recalled them asking, when there are numerous firms already offering to help customers convert to renewable energy?

"Man, this really is like boot camp, you know the way they break you down to build you up?" Avant said in between lectures on balance sheets and marketing strategies.

"I think I was a little too cocky....We were trying to do microloans and financing in a combat environment, and I was like, if I can do that in Iraq, I can do it anywhere, right?"

With jobs hard to find, starting a business can be an attractive option for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating injuries. Hundreds apply every year for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which is offered at six universities nationwide.

The all-expenses-paid program, funded by contributions from the business community, was founded by J. Michael Haynie, who served 14 years in the Air Force before joining the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. "If we know anything from history, for veterans with disabilities the path to traditional employment is a challenge," Haynie said.

Program participants say becoming entrepreneurs allows them to craft careers suited to their skills and limitations. Besides dealing with physical issues, many disabled veterans require care that can be difficult to fit into a traditional workweek.

"I probably have on average two to three medical appointments a week," said Patrick Valdez Sr., who suffered back, shoulder and knee injuries during a 33-year Army career. "That's a lot to ask an employer."

By starting a business selling promotional products, Valdez now controls his schedule. But he said he needed help adapting his military experience to the business world.

As a command sergeant major, he knew how to handle unruly soldiers. But, he said, when a vendor lets him down, "you can't call the guy in and chew his butt for half an hour."

Haynie said the military cultivates many attributes of successful entrepreneurs, including the ability to assess risk, overcome obstacles, build teams and manage significant resources.

Out of the first class of 20 at Syracuse University in 2007, 14 are running their own businesses full-time, Haynie said. Four generated more than $1 million in revenue last year.

The federal government and the state of California set aside 3% of annual contracting dollars to spend on businesses owned by veterans with service-related disabilities. California came close to meeting the goal last year, but the federal government achieved just 1.49% in 2008, the most recent year for which figures are available.

"I think there is a huge opportunity for more people to get certified and do business, even in the current climate," said Eric Mandell, who heads the small business office at the California Department of General Services.

Currently about 1,200 companies are certified to bid for state contracts as disabled-veteran business enterprises, he said. A number of large corporations also give preference to disabled veterans and other disadvantaged groups.

UCLA accepted its first class of 15 veterans in 2008. Five of them are now working exclusively on their own ventures. Others decided to further their education or get more work experience before going into business for themselves. Participants are mentored for a year after graduating.

Elaine Hagan, executive director of the Anderson School's Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, said she was struck by how many participants were still looking for ways to be of service.

One couple who attended this year wants to start a high school leadership program. Other participants want to help fellow veterans find jobs or start their own businesses.

Ken Kraft raises Victorian bulldogs, some of which he donates as service dogs to other wounded veterans.

Kraft, 45, served in the Army Reserve while working as a sheriff's deputy. He was forced to give up both careers because of injuries he suffered in a mortar barrage and a helicopter accident while deployed in Iraq.

Going into business for himself, he says, has provided new ways to contribute and make a living. Next up: a disc golf course for a sport he discovered while learning to walk again.

"I wasn't ready for my injuries to change my life," he said. "It's my way of taking somebody else whose life has changed and giving them hope."

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Submitted by Kevin Smith on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 21:19

In February of 2008, a story burst onto the scene that really shook the earth in the UFO community. It was the story of a briefing that allegedly took place at the United Nations building in New York City. According to the story, there were about 30 to 40 people representing their countries, and they were briefed in relation to extraterrestrial reality and presence on Earth. The story further stated that a plan of acclimating the world’s population to ET presence was agreed upon at the meeting. Actually, there were said to be several follow-on meetings at which all this was done.

Who gave the briefing? Why was it done?

According to the story, the briefing was conducted by a U.S. Navy officer. Why? Because, the story alleged, the extraterrestrials had made it clear to the U.S.A. that they were not going to stay in hiding forever. They are said to have told the U.S.A. that either the governments of the world could make disclosure about extraterrestrial presence, or the extraterrestrials were going to do it themselves by showing up in a mass sighting of their craft that would be unambiguous. The target date for this mass event was 2017.

For the UFO community, the source of the story was the brothers Pickering, Shawn and Clay. For the Pickerings, their source was Richard Theilman, a man who claimed to be a retired Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. The Pickerings would not use his real name because they said it may compromise his activities at pushing for disclosure. They referred to him as “Source A”

Obviously, explosive news like that is going to be fact-checked. The UFO community is a bit gun shy these days because of having been exposed to many hoaxes over the years, and the fact checking began almost immediately.

Eventually, an ad hoc group of people joined in the investigation to see if any of the facts of the story could be verified. They succeeded in identifying Richard Theilman as “Source A”. They also succeeded in producing evidence that he is not part of, nor has he been part of the U.S. Navy. Their evidence looks compelling, and awaits a rebuttal from Theilman.

As interesting as all this is to those who love detective mysteries, none of it is the point. The point is a question: Did that briefing really take place?

If we assume that Theilman was hoaxing information, can we assume it was all hoaxed? If the Pickerings were duped by Theilman, does that make the essential story untrue?

Across the ocean from New York City, in the country of France, Gilles Lorant ran into all kinds of trouble after stating on the record that he had attended the follow-on briefings on February 13th and 14th. The trouble bubbled around the issue of his having listed something on his resume that was in error. While there was a furor around the resume, nothing at all was aimed at his statements that he had been at the follow-on briefings at the U.N. building—briefings related to extraterrestrial presence on Earth.

The reconstructed notes of the meeting that were published by the Pickerings said that a program of acclimation should be undertaken by governments to prepare the world’s population for the reality of extraterrestrials. It is interesting that shortly after that alleged set of meetings in February 2008, the Vatican began to make several bold steps toward acclimation of the population. First, the Vatican’s chief astronomer, Fr. José Gabriel Funes, made a statement to the press that for Catholics to believe in extraterrestrials is fine with the church. He said there is no conflict with the Bible or church teachings for those who believe in extraterrestrial reality. Then, the Vatican hosted its own meeting having to do with extraterrestrials. Representatives from about 30 countries were present. Now before you write this off as being just a religious action, stop and realize that the Vatican IS a government. It is a sovereign state and the Pope is the head of state. This meeting was a government action.

Following the alleged briefings at the United Nations building in 2008, there has been a string of governments who have decided to make their UFO files public. Coincidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Is it possible the briefings at the U.N. building actually took place? If so, how does that square with the information about Theilman?

If the briefing actually did take place, that does not mean that Theilman was there, or even involved. Perhaps he just heard about it from someone who was there. Perhaps he decided to take what he had heard and weave it into a tall tale for the Pickerings. We may never know. But, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet. Interesting developments followed the dates of those alleged meetings—developments that are in line with what was alleged to have been decided at the meetings. Yes, it could all be coincidental. On the other hand, it could point to the reality of the briefings.

This is not an attempt to prop up a discredited story. Not at all. I am merely attempting to point out that while some of the information has been discredited, that does not discredit the entire story. Here is how it works in real life.

Let’s say there is a computer engineer who claims to be a conservative Christian. He is known by everyone as a man of faith. That is, until he is discovered frequenting prostitutes. Now, while that might disqualify him from his church membership, does that mean he is not a good computer engineer? Does it mean all the computers he built should be thrown away? Why the very idea! Computers built by a guy who lied about his faith!

Throwing away those computers would be nutty. Right? Yes, it would be nutty unless we knew of some defect in the computers themselves. Throwing out the entire story of those briefings is just as nutty if all we are going on is the information about Richard Theilman. There are other events that seem to somewhat corroborate the reality of the briefings. Unless we have evidence that reveals for sure that the briefings did not take place, we would be wise to keep this one in the “let’s wait and see” column.

After all, one the classic ways to get the public to switch off a real story is to let the story go public in a way that can and will be discredited. Masters of counter-intelligence know our tendency to throw the baby out with the bath water. They use it all the time.

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« Reply #272 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 07:02am »

UFO Digest

Launch of Britain's New UFO Magazine: UFO MATRIX
Submitted by Malcolm Robinson on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 15:24

I'm pleased to say that a new UFO magazine will be hitting the shops at the end of July 2010 'UFO Matrix'. I am the assistant editor of this magazine, and this e-mail is to inform you all about the mag and where you can obtain it. (Please spread the word)

UFO MATRIX

Editor Philip Mantle had this to say about our new magazine. UFO MATRIX MAGAZINE will bring together an international list of columnists and contributors to provide people with the latest UFO sighting reports, discussions, debates, theories, news, reviews and much, much more. It is our aim to try and cover any and every aspect of the UFO subject as space will allow.

NO AGENDA

We have no hidden agenda and no fixed editorial plan on what we can and cannot cover. Instead we will endeavour to offer the reader as much information as we possibly can on the UFO subject and allow our readers to reach their own conclusion. We will not favour any one particular theory as to what UFOs may or may not be, nor will be ignore the research of our colleagues who take a more sceptical stance. The pages of UFO MATRIX MAGAZINE are open to anyone who wishes to submit an item for possible publication.

STUDY

The one thing we do feel strongly about is the importance of UFO study. This is one of the primary reasons for producing this publication. It is to bring to the attention of the general public at large as much information on the UFO subject as possible. We feel that whatever lies behind the UFO phenomena that it deserves serious study and debate and to do that it needs to be kept in the public domain. UFO MATRIX MAGAZINE is our contribution to keeping the UFO subject in the public eye and hopefully adding something to continued UFO research and investigation.

ON SALE AT:

UFO MATRIX will now go on sale in over 400 Barnes & Noble outlets and over 170 Borders stores in the USA. This is already on top of distribution in the United Kingdom where the magazine is going into over 3000 stores including the high street giant WH Smith and the following countries: Australia, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden Singapore, South Africa and Austria with more to follow. People can of course by pass the high street and subscribe direct at: www.healingsofatlantis.com

ON SALE: Friday 30th July 2010

IN CLOSING

Since the sad passing of Graham Birdsall, Britain has been lacking in publications such as this, and I feel that this magazine will help to enlighten people to the fact that, ‘UFO’s are real’ whatever they may be.

To subscribe to our magazine, here are the details:

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I am also looking after the advertising for UFO Matrix, so if you have anything you would like to advertise, be it your Conference, UFO memrobillia, T shirts/models or whatever, then please e-mail me, Malcolm Robinson, at malcolmrobinson@ufomatrix.com

Please spread the word.

My best wishes to all.

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« Reply #273 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 07:07am »

From the Shadows
True tales of the Paranormal by Jason Offutt

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Terror in the Shopping Mall – Part One

Author’s note: This is the first of a two-part story of Susan Smith’s experiences managing a haunted store.
The shopping mall in Southern California didn’t look ominous. Built in the late 1970s, it resembled shopping malls scattered throughout the country.

Susan Smith took a job as assistant manager of a retail store there in 2005 and discovered the mall was much different, much darker than what it seemed.

“The incidents around my experience grew worse and more intense over the two years I was in this position,” Smith said. “They started off very innocently and progressively became intelligent, reactionary and ever present.”

Smith worked in the store for six quiet months when store management brought in a new manager and several new employees.

“I began to notice small things, such as hearing the clothing hangers move when the store was empty and the ventilation systems were turned off,” Smith said.

She dismissed these noises as vibrations throughout the building until the noises began to get more distinct.

“I began to hear the sounds of running down the hallway where the dressing rooms were located,” she said. “But found the space to be empty.”

Smith ignored the sounds, not discussing them with coworkers. A month later, the lights started going out.

“The store’s lights (began) burning out two or three times a week,” she said. “I don’t mean one light bulb, I mean at least half of the lights in the ceiling track lighting would burn out on a weekly basis.”

Smith called in the mall’s maintenance people who couldn’t solve the light problem. Neither could electricians or the power company.

“We were not having any surges and no wiring was faulty,” she said. “After nearly eight weeks of this we had the system partially replaced and still had lights burning out.”

Around this time, the manager moved to a different store and Smith was appointed manager, which brought her to the store earlier in the morning.

“I would come into the store around 7 to 7:30 a.m. several days a week to do
administrative tasks,” Smith said. “At this time, the entire mall was closed and usually empty.”

Sitting in the store office, Smith often heard hangers moving and footsteps, but when she investigated the sounds, the air conditioning was off and the store was locked and empty.

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Hello Crystal! smiley
on Jul 26th, 2010, 06:58am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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Sifting Through The Story

Submitted by Kevin Smith on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 21:19

In February of 2008, a story burst onto the scene that really shook the earth in the UFO community. It was the story of a briefing that allegedly took place at the United Nations building in New York City. According to the story, there were about 30 to 40 people representing their countries, and they were briefed in relation to extraterrestrial reality and presence on Earth. The story further stated that a plan of acclimating the world’s population to ET presence was agreed upon at the meeting. Actually, there were said to be several follow-on meetings at which all this was done.

Who gave the briefing? Why was it done?

According to the story, the briefing was conducted by a U.S. Navy officer. Why? Because, the story alleged, the extraterrestrials had made it clear to the U.S.A. that they were not going to stay in hiding forever. They are said to have told the U.S.A. that either the governments of the world could make disclosure about extraterrestrial presence, or the extraterrestrials were going to do it themselves by showing up in a mass sighting of their craft that would be unambiguous. The target date for this mass event was 2017.

For the UFO community, the source of the story was the brothers Pickering, Shawn and Clay. For the Pickerings, their source was Richard Theilman, a man who claimed to be a retired Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. The Pickerings would not use his real name because they said it may compromise his activities at pushing for disclosure. They referred to him as “Source A”

Obviously, explosive news like that is going to be fact-checked. The UFO community is a bit gun shy these days because of having been exposed to many hoaxes over the years, and the fact checking began almost immediately.

Eventually, an ad hoc group of people joined in the investigation to see if any of the facts of the story could be verified. They succeeded in identifying Richard Theilman as “Source A”. They also succeeded in producing evidence that he is not part of, nor has he been part of the U.S. Navy. Their evidence looks compelling, and awaits a rebuttal from Theilman.

As interesting as all this is to those who love detective mysteries, none of it is the point. The point is a question: Did that briefing really take place?

If we assume that Theilman was hoaxing information, can we assume it was all hoaxed? If the Pickerings were duped by Theilman, does that make the essential story untrue?

Across the ocean from New York City, in the country of France, Gilles Lorant ran into all kinds of trouble after stating on the record that he had attended the follow-on briefings on February 13th and 14th. The trouble bubbled around the issue of his having listed something on his resume that was in error. While there was a furor around the resume, nothing at all was aimed at his statements that he had been at the follow-on briefings at the U.N. building—briefings related to extraterrestrial presence on Earth.

The reconstructed notes of the meeting that were published by the Pickerings said that a program of acclimation should be undertaken by governments to prepare the world’s population for the reality of extraterrestrials. It is interesting that shortly after that alleged set of meetings in February 2008, the Vatican began to make several bold steps toward acclimation of the population. First, the Vatican’s chief astronomer, Fr. José Gabriel Funes, made a statement to the press that for Catholics to believe in extraterrestrials is fine with the church. He said there is no conflict with the Bible or church teachings for those who believe in extraterrestrial reality. Then, the Vatican hosted its own meeting having to do with extraterrestrials. Representatives from about 30 countries were present. Now before you write this off as being just a religious action, stop and realize that the Vatican IS a government. It is a sovereign state and the Pope is the head of state. This meeting was a government action.

Following the alleged briefings at the United Nations building in 2008, there has been a string of governments who have decided to make their UFO files public. Coincidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not. ...

Some of you already know that I've got a lot of respect for Kevin (got to add my signature ), but I got to disagree on this with him. And it seems that he's not up to date yet and possibly hasn't read the testimonies of Theilmann's ex-wife and sister in law yet. There's no way that Theilmann could have served in any military. So he never could have become a covert agent for such a secret mission. He also never could have been present at a secret UN-meeting of any sort, since he's just an ex-cars salesman and now a computer repairman. rolleyes

My believe is that there's no connection between the releases of those UFO-files, the vatican-statement and RT's tale. Those files and the statement most likely would have been released without the UN-story.

One other thing of Theilmann's and the Pickering's claim was that UFO-sightings will increase dramatically. It's now two years since the release of that information and nothing has happened so far. Maybe it's BP's fault and the aliens couldn't get enough fuel to do that. tongue wink
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Aliens have been trying to contact us by cosmic Twitter, scientists claim
Aliens may have been trying to contact us by communicating in a manner similar to Twitter, scientists have claimed.

By Laura Roberts
Published: 7:30AM BST 22 Jul 2010

ET is more likely to be sending out short, directed messages than continuous signals beamed in all directions, experts said.

''This approach is more like Twitter and less like War and Peace,'' said Californian physicist Dr James Benford, president of Microwave Sciences Inc.

He and twin brother Gregory, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Irvine, looked at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) from the aliens' point of view.

They concluded that Seti scientists may have been taking the wrong approach for the past five decades.

Up to now scientists have listened out for unusual blips or bleeps from targeted nearby stars.

Despite 50 years of searching, no-one has yet been able to come up with evidence of an extraterrestrial signal. However, many scientists are convinced we are not alone in the universe.

''Whatever the life form, evolution selects for economy of resources,'' said Gregory Benford. ''Broadcasting is expensive, and transmitting signals across light years would require considerable resources.''

Writing in the journal Astrobiology, the Benfords claim that an alien civilisation would strive to reduce costs, limit waste and make its signalling technology efficient.

They propose that alien signals would be pulsed and narrowly directed in the one to 10 gigahertz broadband signal range.

Seti has been focusing its receivers on the wrong kind of signals, and also looking in the wrong direction, they claimed.

Rather than pointing their antennae at nearby stars, scientists should be aiming at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

''The stars there are a billion years older than our Sun, which suggests a greater possibility of contact with an advanced civilisation than does pointing Seti receivers outward to the newer and less crowded edge of our galaxy,'' said Gregory Benford.

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« Reply #277 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 5:48pm »

Hey Phil,

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My believe is that there's no connection between the releases of those UFO-files, the vatican-statement and RT's tale. Those files and the statement most likely would have been released without the UN-story.

One other thing of Theilmann's and the Pickering's claim was that UFO-sightings will increase dramatically. It's now two years since the release of that information and nothing has happened so far. Maybe it's BP's fault and the aliens couldn't get enough fuel to do that.
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I agree with all of your conclusions Phil. Source A is a hoax. Two years of bunk! rolleyes
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Hi Seeker, Welcome cheesy

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Seriously, I like to run through the news in the morning and I post as I find things that might be of interest here. It's an open thread so feel free to post anything you like.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Former KGB Agent Claims Dr. David Kelly Was 'Exterminated'

dailymail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1297444/KGB-agent-Boris-Karpichkovs-claim-David-Kelly-exterminated-faces-probe.html

A former Russian spy's dossier which suggests that Government scientist David Kelly was 'exterminated' in a planned assassination is being studied by the Attorney General.

Boris Karpichkov, who fled to Britain after 15 years as a KGB agent, claims a London intelligence contractor linked to MI5 told him Dr Kelly's death was not suicide.

Mr Karpichkov has emailed his evidence to Attorney General Dominic Grieve - who has already said he is 'concerned' by questions raised by doctors who dispute the official suicide ruling over the Iraq expert's death.

Last night a spokesman for Mr Grieve confirmed that the dossier had been received, and that it was being 'considered'.

Dr Kelly's body was discovered in woods close to his Oxfordshire home in July 2003.

Tony Blair's Labour Government had controversially unmasked him as the source of a hotly-disputed BBC news story that claimed a dossier used to justify the war on Iraq had been 'sexed up'.

Lord Hutton's public inquiry ruled that Dr Kelly killed himself, but since the ousting of Labour in May there has been growing pressure from within the coalition Government for a new independent inquiry.

A group of doctors have claimed Dr Kelly could not have died as a result of cutting his left wrist with a blunt garden pruning knife, and it has emerged that his death certificate was left incomplete.

There is also outrage at the fact that full details of his postmortem examination are to be kept secret for 70 years, and that no inquest took place.

Campaigners also note that on the morning of his death Dr Kelly sent an email warning of 'many dark actors playing games'.

The new allegations from Mr Karpichkov suggest directly that the 'dark actors' could have been British secret agents determined to silence Dr Kelly before he could embarrass the Government.

Agent: According to Boris Karpichkov Peter Everett told him that David Kelly was 'exterminated' for his 'restless behaviour'

The former Russian spy, who defected from Latvia to Britain in 1998, says the source of his dossier is 'agent' Peter Everett, who lives in Dulwich, South-East London, and until 2006 ran a shadowy firm, Group Global Intelligence Services.

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Geekiest Grilling Gadgets?
by Rebekah Denn on July 23, 2010

How well do I speak geek? Let's just say that I once took an elective class in Fortran. So naturally, I tuned in when Scott Heimendinger, the Seattle Food Geek, posted a list of "5 Grilling Tools Every Food Geek Should Own". I admit that his first selection, extra-long barbecue tongs, struck me as practical more than geeky, and #2, the TurboQue Turbo-Charged Smoker, tiptoed closer to the realm of the fanatical. But he won me back with #3, the infrared thermometer, and #4, the instant digital probe thermometer. (Did I mention that my dad, a chemical engineer, once used his lab thermometer on our Thanksgiving turkey, roasting it to six significant figures?)

Best of all was geek gadget #5, onion goggles. This tool, meant to "protect the eyes from irritating onion vapors," is purchased about half the time as a gag gift, half as a serious purchase, a saleswoman once told a writer for Saveur. The Saveur writer counted herself among the serious fans. Amazon reviewers, as you can see, also love them, bestowing a slew of 5-star ratings. As one reviewer put it, "The bad news...you'll look totally silly wearing them. The really great news...they work!" They're not just for onions; reviewers praise them for other uses too.

Scott neatly summarized it this way in his grilling post: "The foam-lined glasses are highly effective at keeping the smoke out of your eyes, and keeping girls from ever talking to you."

Check out Scott's full discussion of geeky grilling gear here: http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/07/5-grilling-tools-every-food-geek-should-own/

And if you want to go beyond grilling and just focus on the geek part, look out for this upcoming book, "Cooking for Geeks," or check out one of my all-time favorite cooking reference books, the one that makes us realize that cooks should be geeks, Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking".

McGee, by the way, has this to say about the eye-watering sulfur compound released when we chop onions: "This volatile chemical escapes from the damaged onion into the air, and lands in the onion cutter's eyes and nose, where it apparently attacks nerve endings directly, then breaks down into hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and sulfuric acid. A very effective molecular bomb!" He recommends chilling onions for 30-60 minutes in ice water before chopping them.

-- Rebekah Denn

http://www.aldenteblog.com/2010/07/geekiest-grilling-gear-ever.html

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