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Hogwarts is Accepting Online Students – Enroll Now!

I have some very good news for all of you Harry Potter fans out there…and let’s face it – who isn’t a Harry Potter fan? If you thought your adventure with Hogwarts was all over when you finished reading Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows for the seventh time or when you got back into your car after visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is hope on the horizon for you.

If you’ve read the books, (and most of us have read the books…once or twice) than you know how easy it was to place yourself alongside Harry and Co. A testament to the prose skills of J.K. Rowling, it didn’t take many pages at all before you actually felt like you were sitting in class with Hermione, or soaring over the Quidditch field with Harry and the rest of the Gryffindor team. In short, we all felt like we were vicariously studying at Hogwarts as well. Well now, fans don’t have to live through Harry and his friends any longer, because they can enroll themselves into online classes at Hogwarts this very moment.

Hogwarts is Accepting Online Students - Enroll Now!

Enroll Now At Hogwarts!

Whoever is behind this website (it’s not J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros.) has done an amazing job of making Hogwarts look like a “real” online school. After you answer a few questions you get an official letter of acceptance signed by Professor McGonagall herself. Who wouldn’t want to frame that and put it on their wall?

Probably a disappointment to some, there is no sorting hat – you have to choose which house you want to belong to. And after you do that, you can sign up for your first year of classes. Here’s the neat part – your classes actually have assignments (essays) you have to complete which will be graded by someone and sent back to you.

Hogwarts Is Accepting Online Students - Enroll Now!

While students won’t actually get to board the Hogwarts Express, this is just about the closest you can get to actually living out the books.

What do you think? Go ahead and check out the site here.

 

 

 

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Woman Robbed & Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In A Bar

A woman has claimed she was assaulted and robbed in a bar in San Francisco.  The reason for the attack? The woman was wearing Google Glass. Sarah Slocum who is a contributor at Newsdab, arrived at Molotov’s bar early Saturday morning at approximately 1:45 a.m., according to her YouTube page.

The alleged incident occurred shortly after entering the bar.  Sarah said that she was verbally and then physically assaulted by what she describes as “Google Glass haters.” One of the people involved went so far as to snatch the wearable tech off her face, although Slocum did manage to retrieve it.  Unfortunately at the same time, her purse and her cellphone were stolen and as yet, have not been recovered, according to reports by San Francisco’s CBSaffiliate.  Local law enforcement officers have not yet charged anyone in connection to the incident.

Glass Attack

As Sarah Slocum describes the verbal assault, on her Facebook page.  It began shortly after she arrived at the bar. Slocum was showing somebody how the Google Glass device worked when two girls began treating her with hostility. She began recording the girls’ behaviour using the Google Glass headset and she then informed them that she was doing so.  This was the point at which the verbal assault turned physical.

The video default setting on Glass captures only 10-seconds of video.  There is an extended recording mode, which Slocum didn’t start. It is not sure whether this was either by choice or by overlooking the option due to the tense atmosphere as the situation grew worse.

Slocum said that a man snatched the Glass off her face approximately 2-4 minutes after recording the video. She pursued him straight away and managed to get the device back, but during this time, others had stolen her purse, wallet and cell phone.

This incident highlights the complications associated with wearing Google Glass or a similar optical recording device.  Google did not design Glass to blend in to avoid accusations of people spying and the company warns owners they should not expect to be ignored if they wear the device in public.

Police are currently investigating the incident at Molotov’s bar, but Slocum has said she does not expect to recover her stolen items. She does however hope people will learn from the incident so the next time someone wears Glass in a public place, the situation does not intensify into a more serious fracas.

 

If you have any sensible comments regarding this story, please leave your comments in the section below.

 

 

FlightCar: Get Free Airport Parking & Make Money

One of the most annoying things about going on holiday is either taking a taxi to the airport (expensive) or leaving your car at the airport (expensive and risky).  Well, maybe there is a way around the problem.   Car sharing startup, FlightCar, offers it’s services to users who can safely make income from their parked cars by renting them out to other travellers whilst they are away.

‘That may sound like a good idea, but what about the problems of insurance and idiot drivers?’ I hear you say.  Well, all the rental cars are insured up to the value of $1 million and all of the people who want to rent are pre-screened to ensure they don’t take your car for an audition at the next Fast and the Furious movie!

The FlightCar Team

If you decide to join up and put your car up for rent, you can get free parking at the FlightCar location. You are then checked in and the team drive you to the airport and drop you off. Whilst you are away, if your car is then rented out, you can make up 20 cents per mile.

“Upon return, the owner can call 1-866-FLIGHTCAR for a pickup or use our web-app. We’ll send a town car to pick them up from the curb. When they get to our parking lot, their car will be washed, vacuumed, and they will receive a check in the mail if their car has been rented. The parking, car wash, and vacuum are guaranteed regardless of whether the car is rented” FlightCar CEO, Rujul Zaparde, said.  There are a number of alternative arrangements in place with the FlightCar system.  For instance, if you don’t want to wait for one of the drivers, you can take a taxi back to the FlightCar parking lot and the team at FlightCar will reimburse you for your fare.

The idea for FlightCar came about when Zaparde read an article about home sharing from the site airbnb. He concluded, if people were willing to share their homes, they may be willing to share their cars?

So far, the company has been responsible for approximately six thousand rentals in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

If you have any sensible comments regarding this story, please leave your comments in the section below.

Best of Russian Dash Cam Videos 1/17/2014

Russian dash cam videos on YouTube have turned into a cottage industry for some subscribers who compile the best examples, taken from hundreds of videos posted daily by drivers who want to have a permanent, visible record of what passes before them on those treacherous Russian roads.

Especially in Winter.

est Of Russian Dash Cam Videos 1/17/2014

It’s a rarer phenomenon in the west, making it all the more fascinating, if only to see that Russian motorists seem to earn their reputation as, shall we say, inattentive drivers.

In any weather.

So, have a look at this roundup of some of the best Russian dash cam videos on YouTube for the week of 1/17/2014:

Not the best way to catch a bus

It seems some bus drivers know that game of blocking them in so your girlfriend isn’t late for work. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t play nice.

 

 

No way to make a living

Pedestrians looking to file a false insurance claim are the number 1 reason Russian dash cams are pretty much standard equipment. At least this inebriated faker had the good sense to know when he’s not fooling anybody. Until the next time?

 

 

Parking a City Bus 101:

Emergency brake, emergency brake, emergency brake!

What’s with Russian drivers and buses?

 

 

No good deed goes unpunished

Stopping your big rig to help a fellow citizen in distress is a noble cause. But it doesn’t always work out for the best.

 

 

Uphill Joyride

Not all of these videos are so bleak and wintry. This one brings a little sunshine into the mix, and not just because it’s from a few months back, well before the cold weather (and bad behavior) set in.

This driver sees a woman in a wheelchair having a tough time rolling up a steep hill outside an apartment complex. Without hesitation, this Good Samaritan jumps out of his car (parked at the optimal Russian dash cam angle, of course) and pushes the grateful woman up the incline at jogging speed.

It actually looks like she throws her hands into the wind with joy, and even the driver seems to be having a blast.

Who says chivalry is dead?

Tune in next time for another edition of Russian dash cam video roundup.

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