Breathing New Life Into OC’s Accordion Culture Is No Easy Task

Playing to a crowd chomping on schnitzel and gulping down lagers in the dining room of Old World during the weekend of Karneval (the German equivalent of Mardi Gras) on a recent weekend, Gilman, a.k.a. “The Squeezinator,” is sporting lederhosen, long green socks and a traditional German hat. A gold-plated accordion strapped to his chest, the tall, grayhaired Yorba Linda resident conducts a two-hour set of German waltzes, polkas, pop covers, and a slightly boozy rendition of “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music. “To be a real Oktoberfest song, I had to change the lyrics just a little bit,” Gilman explains. “When I point to you, you’re gonna say the magic word. You know what that is?” One family of German guests who drove from Carlsbad to hear the Squeezinator is singing along at the top of their lungs. Kids dragged into the restaurant with their parents suddenly stop to stare at Gilman when they hear the sound of the accordion; they look gobsmacked, probably hearing it for the first time. Despite the stereotypes, there’s a reason why Gilman calls the accordion his main squeeze. “People laugh, but I almost consider the accordion the perfect instrument: bass, chords, rhythm, melody, ...

Solar Paper’s panels charge phone battery in two hours

But many of these so-called portable devices are heavy, clunky and less than convenient – until now.  Chicago engineers have designed a super-thin, lightweight panel called Solar Paper capable of charging an iPhone in two hours and multiple panels can be combined to boost its power. Engineers have designed a super-thin, lightweight panel called Solar Paper capable of charging an iPhone in two hours and panels can be combined to boost its power Solar Paper was created by Chicago-based Yolk, and the firm has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the gadget.  It comes in four versions – 2.5W, 5W, 7.5W and 10W – depending on the output needed for various devices.  The 5W version charges the same devices but cuts charging time to two hours hours, or three hours when the weather is cloudy. Solar Paper was created by Chicago-based Yolk and after raising more than $1 million (£700,000) on Kickstarter and is now globally available to buy.    The 5W version charges the same devices but cuts charging time to two hours hours, writes Mashable, or three hours if it’s cloudy. The 7.5W model Solar Paper charges the devices in the same time as the 5W ...

Building A Case: Sinclair Broadcasting’s Project Baltimore offers right-wing news coverage of city schools

The Trump administration’s FCC recently changed local media ownership rules, paving the way for Sinclair Broadcasting to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion dollars. When the deal goes through, Sinclair has access to 72 percent of households nationwide. The Hunt Valley-based Sinclair is the largest distributor of local news in the country, and forces its stations to run commentary from pundits such as former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn and frequently offers up news with an unabashed, pro-administration spin (“Did the FBI have a personal vendetta in pursuing the Russia investigation of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn?”). While Sinclair consolidates its grip on the nation’s local TV market, in Baltimore, Sinclair is ramping up its local coverage with Project Baltimore on local affiliate Fox45, which aims to “save” Baltimore schools by bashing them. Project Baltimore’s propaganda is subtler than Sinclair’s employing click-bait headlines, skewed statistics, and half-truths to push a narrative that portrays Baltimore schools as beyond redemption and casts Project Baltimore as coming to the rescue. Although Project Baltimore launched in March, recent stor...

Get a Chrome OS computer the size of a flash drive for $85

Did you know that there are computers out there that are even more portable than laptops? No, we’re not talking about smartphones, though we suppose they are technically computers. We’re talking about stick PCs, which are little computers a little bigger than an old flash drive. Pop one of these puppies into an open HDMI port on any monitor or TV and presto, you’ve got yourself a desktop computer. The ASUS CHROMEBIT CS10 Stick-Desktop PC is one of the most popular models out there right now, and it’s on sale today on Amazon for just $85! Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals from around the web. Quantities may be limited. Prices are subject to change without notice and coupons may expire at any time. Some deals may not be available to all customers. BGR may receive a commission on orders placed through this article. Cabel Tie, Hook and Loop Tape, Yoga Strap, Car strap – Sinon Shengshi,https://www.hookloopfactory.com/

These Denim Tommy Hilfiger Shorts Are Just the Right Length

Considering how many pairs of denim shorts we’ve owned in our lives, you’d think we would have found a pair we loved by now. Sure, we see plenty we love visually, but putting them on is another story. The discomfort is too real, and yet we still can’t resist wearing them because they’re just so cute and timeless! When we found the Tommy Hilfiger Cuffed Shorts, everything changed. It was like the sun shone a little brighter, the flowers bloomed more lavishly and the birds started to sing only after we had already woken up for the day. Most importantly, we found the blend of comfort and style we’d been hoping for in one pair of shorts, and, you know it — those shorts are on sale! These denim shorts are pulling five-star reviews out of shoppers like a magician pulling rabbits out of their hat. Shoppers say these shorts are “super comfortable” and “soft,” with a “very flattering fit.” One mused that they “feel good” about themselves while wearing them, and that’s the best quality a piece can have. Others spoke about the high-quality construction, loving how the cuffs “actually stay folded” and the waistband “does not cut into” their stomach! A hugely popular aspect of these shorts i...

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Comprised of flexible printed circuit (FPC) and flat flexible cable (FFC) connectors, FH12 Series is available with 0.5 and 1.0 mm contact pitches. Half-tuning fork contacts maintain standard force without relying on connector housing, while flip-lock actuator, which requires 6.9 N of force, eliminates need for side latch and has mounted PCB height of 2.0 mm. Available in top or bottom contact point configurations, series has 0.5 Adc current rating, with 50 Vac voltage rating. Flexible printed circuit and flat flexible cable connectors designed for ease of use, space savings and reliability… LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 12, 2009 – Providing design engineers with a high reliability, space saving FPC/FFC connector, Hirose Electric Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st sec: Index #6806) has developed a versatile series of FPC/FFC connectors. Designated the FH12 Series, these connectors are available with contact pitches of 0.5mm and 1.0mm, and are designed for ease of use, space savings and reliability. “Unlike comparable designs that utilize the housing to support contact force, our patented ‘half tuning fork’ contacts maintain the required standard force ...

After four long, hot years, Metro riders passing through the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro

After four long, hot years, Metro riders passing through the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations will find their commutes just a bit cooler today thanks to a repaired chiller system. Metro announced over the weekend that the long-broken system, which pumps chilled air into stations and across station platforms to reduce temperatures, had been fixed. Metro stations are not air-conditioned, and never have been, but the chiller systems can reduce the temperature by about six degrees. Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly confirmed the system was fully operational Wednesday — when temperatures topped 90 degrees. She declined to disclose the cost of the repairs. The fix comes just as summer winds to a close — and after a months-long repair process that saw multiple delays and setbacks, leaving riders to struggle through one of the hottest summers on record. “Wow, I had thought the heat was just kind of how things are,” Fahad Mirza, 24, said as he walked into Dupont Circle station this week. “I assumed it just never worked,” he added, referring to the cooling system. Mirza, a student at American University who uses the Dupont Circle twice a week, is one of several thousands of commu...

Renewable Energy For Swachh Air: Solar Energy Lighting Up 21 School Buildings Of Delhi, 80 More To Get Clean Power Soon

New Delhi: To give impetus to its green energy initiative and to cut the electricity expense of public schools, the Delhi Government has undertaken the installation of rooftop solar panels in school buildings. According to an official from state government’s Department of Education, the installation has been completed in 21 school buildings till now while installation for 80 more buildings is going on and is expected to be completed soon. The move is in line with the Delhi government’s flagship programme to make the national capital a solar city in the coming years. It will also contribute to achieving its target of generating 2,000 Mega Watt (MW) electricity through solar power by 2025, as stated in the Delhi Solar Energy Policy, 2016. According to Delhi’s solar policy, deployment of solar panels on government and public institutions is mandatory. Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Impressed By Solar-Powered Kochi Airport; Asks High-Energy Guzzlers To Emulate It The solar panels meet almost 100 per cent of energy needs of these buildings except for the peak consumption hours when electricity demand is the highest in which case, there is a need to buy grid-based power from ...