Tie Knot of the Day – The Diagonal

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And here’s how to tie it:

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NFL players will wear RFID chips this season to track their movements – The sensors will collect on-field location data for deeper stats

Surprisingly the Cowboys’ stadium isn’t going to be part of this program.

This year’s football season is set to begin in September, and for the first time 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads of players. These sensors will track not just where players are on the field, but also how fast they get going, and what their acceleration was like on the way there — all in real-time.

All this information could show up as part of information shown on TV or in stadiums during games, and on second-screen game apps. Imagine something like the lines TV sportscasters draw on the screen to track a receiver’s route, but done using the tags instead. The NFL also plans to hand the data over to teams so that they can analyze it, but not initially. USA Today notes that the league plans to do some testing on the data it’s gathered before making it available to teams, and that all NFL players agreed to wear sensors as part of their collective-bargaining agreement in 2011.

The first set of stadiums that are a part of the program include Atlanta, Baltimore, Caroline, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington. Some, including San Francisco and Detroit, used the technology as part of a live test last season, as did the University of Washington’s football team. In its current iteration, the technology is accurate up to 6 inches, which means it can’t be used by officials to help measure plays. However, next year’s model will be able to measure things like heart rate, temperature, and even lung capacity.

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Hot Crazy Matrix – A Man’s Guide to Women

The chart for women to use starts at the 5:51 mark.

[hat-tip LiberallyLean.com]

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Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

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Tie Knot of the Day: The Agape with an Origami Rose

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Here’s how to make the rose and here’s how to tie the knot:

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Adorable Video of the Day – Big Sis Doesn’t Want Baby Brother to Grow Up

Typical struggles of a 5 year-old

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Tie Knot of the Day: The Sagard

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And here’s how to tie it:

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  • After searching for the blood pressure monitor for a good ten minutes I asked DaughterGeeding if she knew where it was.  She told me it was inside her Doc McStuffins checkup center in a “duh, you should have known that” kinda tone.  All of that reminded me of this classic Ron Swanson moment.  He’s one of the best characters in the history of television, right up there with Archie Bunker.  Yup, I said it.
  • Listening to Dale Hanson and Brad Sham on BaD Radio yesterday was enlightening for us Cowboy fans that try to ignore the present and reminisce in the past.  I had no idea that Tex Schramm always wanted the number one Dallas sportscaster as providing color commentary.  Gosh, it would be great if those two would broadcast games again.
  • Buzzfeed has a lit of 27 ice cream shops around the world you need to try before you die and surprisingly a Dallas place is on the list.  This is the first I’ve heard of Carnival Barkers Ice Cream but they must have some good ice cream with a web address like this: www.DamnGoodIceCream.com.  I actually have friends that would refuse to eat at such a place because they would be offended by the name.
  • The Denton County sheriff isn’t fond on the idea of legalizing marijuana.
  • Since Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL I had a hard time believing Chris Kyle’s story about Ventura saying that they “should lose a few”.  As much as I appreciate Kyle’s service to the country for things I can’t even imagine, I always thought he went against the SEAL ethos/creed of “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”  With that said, Ventura probably should have dropped the suit after his death.
  • A touching father/son moment
  • Until this week I really didn’t know much about the Soviet involvement in WWII with Japan after the fall of Germany and how their victories were a decisive factor in Japan’s surrender.  I was always lead to believe that the bomb was the main motivating factor of surrender.
  • The best interactive calculator anyone can find if you are trying to decide if you should buy a house or rent a house/apartment.
  • Amazon launches 3-D printing store
  • 21 Disney Recipes You Can Make At Home
  • Hello Mother…Hello Father… - Kids from around the world head to North Korean summer camp
  • There’s some talk about the Raiders moving to San Antonio.  I’ll guarantee you that Jerry will do all in his power to make sure that doesn’t happen, as well as that Houston owner.
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Tie Knot of the Day – The Onassis Knot

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And here’s now to tie it:

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