Share This!There’s something about the magic of a Disney vacation–that extra little pixie dust that makes a trip go from good to great. The idea behind Adventures by Disney is what if you could take that vacation experience that you have when visiting the parks and take it with you as you travel to destinations around the world. Of course all magic comes with a price, dearie. Adventures by Disney trips typically cost more than similar trips offered by other tour group companies, and far more than planning a budget-conscious trip on your own. The marketing for these trips does make them look impressive, and I’ve rarely heard anyone have anything negative to say about the actual trip. Is it something that many people have done, however? Last week, we asked you:Have you ever taken an Adventures by Disney trip?Here’s your results:Yes (55 votes, 5%)The variety of Adventures by Disney trips is impressive. The activities you can do on them are amazing. You can cruise down the major rivers of Europe, or go dog sledding in Wyoming. You can look for wildlife while hiking in the Galapagos Islands, or on safari in South Africa, or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast. You can take a vacation without a Disney park experience, or you can set up your vacation to make a stop at Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or Disneyland Paris. While the trips are more expensive than if you booked events on your own, Disney often adds little extras to make the trips memorable. The guides on the trips come with a wealth of knowledge that you may not get with another tour company or on your own. Even better, these trips tend to have minimal outside costs. The price you see, aside from transportation to the start of your trip and home at the end, includes most of your activities, meals, and lodging. Many people who responded yes to this question mentioned that they’ve been on more than one Adventures by Disney trip. It may require eating instant noodles when you get home and rolling pennies for the next one, but people seem to want to keep coming back for more.No (1,031 votes, 95%)At the end of the day, no amount of marketing and hype can hide the fact that these trips are expensive. Even a short, three-night Disneyland Adventures by Disney trip will set you back more than $2,000 per person. Different trips can run $5,000 or more per person–the one to China that I’ve been dreaming of is more than $9,000. (And that doesn’t include the airfare to get to and from your destination.) Some people mentioned that this is a Bucket List or Powerball dream–if the money appeared, they’d go in a heartbeat. Others have a hard time justifying the price even if money was no object. In the end, it takes a lot to make the leap to plunk down the money on this. It is no surprise that most people who responded haven’t taken one. (You can count me in the number of people who haven’t been parted with my money for this trip yet. Maybe when I’m an empty nester?)So there you have it–this week’s results. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here. In the meantime, if you were given one wish from Genie, but you had to use it to take an Adventures by Disney trip, which one would you wish for?
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once you have the slider set, you can either view the page or click “get the RSS feed” to add the customized feed to your preferred feed reader. It’s a lot easier than using Yahoo Pipes, that’s for sure!A Couple of SuggestionsOur only complaint about this nifty little web app is that it doesn’t let you choose which section the stories come from (Politics, Technology, Science, Gaming, etc.). Instead, it looks at the entire Digg website. We would also love to filter for images and videos, too. Perhaps in some future version, we hope? At any rate, this is one of those little tools that can end up making your life a little less info-overloaded. And for that, we thank you, Mr. Alex Rabarts. (P.S. Can you build a generic version of this that lets you enter in any URL and then filter by PostRank? That would be amazing!)Alex also created a nice visualization of Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Hacker News, and Yahoo Buzz that’s worth a look. Check it out at oursignal.com. Related Posts If you like to follow the hottest news at Digg.com and use the Digg RSS feed to do so, you’ve probably been a little overwhelmed by the number of stories it pumps out. Now there’s a simple web app that lets you customize the Digg RSS feed by the minimum number of diggs a story has received. You can then view the stories on the disstill web site or you can subscribe to your new, filtered feed. Sometimes it’s little things like this that really make our day. It’s So Easy!There’s really not much to the disstill web application, but that’s okay with us. This is definitely an example of how the simplest web apps can be the most useful in the end. The only thing on the disstill web page is a little slider bar that lets you filter Digg.com stories based on a minimum number of diggs. You just drag the slider to adjust the number of diggs that stories need to have in order to be included in the RSS feed. The low end of the slider is set to 100 diggs and the high end is 5000. Obviously, the higher you go, the more filtered the feed becomes and the more likely you’re only going to see the really, really hot stories. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Joe Roe This oven was used to make bread—thousands of years before agriculture Alexis Pantos Archaeologists measure the dimensions of a stone hut that once stood at the Shubayqa 1 site in Jordan. Researchers use a technique known as flotation, which uses water to recover minuscule plant remains from soil. Alexis Pantos Archaeologists grind a starchy tuber called club-rush to see whether it works as a bread ingredient. Alexis Pantos By Michael PriceJul. 16, 2018 , 3:00 PM Alexis Pantos Hunter-gatherers from the Natufian culture baked an early form of bread in this 14,000-year-old fireplace in northeastern Jordan. Thousands of years before the advent of agriculture, people were already making bread. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study based on a curious find in northeastern Jordan.At its most basic, bread is the combination of processed cereal grains and water that have been baked, fried, or steamed. The process leaves behind telltale chemical and structural properties that researchers can use to identify the staple food. And that’s just what archaeologists found when they investigated a 14,000-year-old site known as Shubayqa 1 in Jordan’s Black Desert. The inhabitants, who were hunter-gatherers, left their home in a hurry, with the contents of their most recent meal still smoldering in two sunken fireplaces (one pictured).With the help of a scanning electron microscope, which uses a beam of electrons to return incredibly intricate zoomed-in images, the researchers identified 24 pieces of char that were decidedly breadlike. Though the bread’s exact grain remains unknown, its cellular structure resembles cereal grain species such as wild einkorn, rye, or millet, and it was likely an unleavened, flatbread. 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The discovery suggests knowing how to grow grains isn’t essential to making bread from them, which could help researchers better understand how ancient cultures met their nutritional needs. Jordanian volunteer Ali Shokaiteer (left) and lead author of the study Amaia Arranz-Otaegui (right) take samples from local cereal grains. Hunter-gatherers from the Natufian culture baked an early form of bread in this 14,000-year-old fireplace in northeastern Jordan. Alexis Pantos ‹› Archaeologists measure the dimensions of a stone hut that once stood at the Shubayqa 1 site in Jordan. Alexis Pantos
The preceding womens final between Thai shuttler The preceding womens final between Thai shuttler Pornpawee and Malaysian top seed Jing drew better response from the crowd at the Cricket Club of India. Thailand no. 5 Pornpawee dropped the first game 16-21 before exhibiting excellent court-craft with her drops and flicks to the base to catch her opponent on the wrong foot often to win the next two 21-11 21-15 to win her second international singles title at the senior level.”I had beaten her in the Australian Grand Prix,” said the rising Thai shuttler based in Bangkok, adding she had won her first international title at the Australian international challenge five months ago.There was a huge upset in the mixed doubles contested by two Indian pairs when the unheralded duo of Satwolsairaj Rankireddy and K Manisha overcame their second-seeded rivals, Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan 21-13 21-16 in the final. The results (all finals): Womens singles: 2-Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thai) bt 1-Jing Yi Tee (Mas) 16-21 21-11 21-15. Mens singles: 3-Sameer Verma (Ind) bt Sourabh Verma (Ind) 21-11 21-18. Mixed doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/K Maneesha (Ind) bt Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan (Ind) 21-13 21-16. Womens doubles: 1-Chaladchalam Chayanit/Phataimas Muenwong (Tha) bt K Maneesha/N Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-11 15-21 21-13. Mens doubles: Wannawat Ampunsuwan/Tinn Irsiyante (Thai) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar 21-14 21-9. PTI SSR NRB CM CM
Categories: Local San Diego News February 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A knife-wielding man who held officers at bay Monday during a brief standoff in an Encanto-area neighborhood stabbed a police dog while being subdued and arrested, authorities said.The canine, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Dexter, suffered a broken rib and a lacerated spleen while scuffling with the belligerent man in the 600 block of 64th Street, according to San Diego police.The events that led to the violent confrontation began shortly after 8:30 a.m., when a resident made a 911 call to report that her 22-year-old son was behaving in a violent and threatening manner, according to San Diego police.When patrol personnel arrived, the young man grabbed a kitchen knife and refused repeated orders to drop it and surrender, Sgt. Thomas Sullivan said.After several minutes, Dexter was sent in to try to subdue the belligerent man, who allegedly responded by stabbing the animal. Officers then rushed the man, disarmed him and took him into custody, Sullivan said.The wounded service dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was expected to recover, police said.The arrestee, whose name was not immediately available, was booked into county jail following a medical evaluation. Updated: 10:18 PM Today our canine Dexter was stabbed while serving our community. Thankfully, Dexter is expected to be ok. Officer Adair will be speaking about it today. #protectandserve pic.twitter.com/So8o1AU4TF— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) February 12, 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Police K-9 stabbed during standoff in Encanto, suspect taken into custody Posted: February 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
12 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Enlarge Image Ducati It’s been six years since the Volkswagen Group bought Ducati, the legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, for around $840 million. Those years have been some of the best of Ducati’s 92-year-long history. The brand has introduced its wildly popular Scrambler sub-brand, the development of its Multistrada line, and its new Panigale V4 is one of the most extreme production motorcycles ever made. That being said, it’s not exactly the best of times at the VW Group. It’s rumored that ze Germans could be putting Ducati up on the auction block once again, and KTM, of all companies, is considering buying it, according to an interview published recently by Speedweek.com with KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.At first blush, it seems like kind of a weird pairing. KTM is a relatively small motorcycle manufacturer that is best known for its off-road bikes. Pierer has been with KTM since the early 1990s. While his time at the helm of the Austrian company has been fruitful, his goal to have KTM be the world’s third-largest sports motorcycle maker — something he mentions in his Speedweek interview — is wildly ambitious. Buying Ducati, however, could give him a massive leg-up toward that goal.”Audi may soon have other priorities than a motorcycle plant due to the diesel affair and e-mobility. Ducati is the Ferrari of the motorcycle industry,” said Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, in an interview with Speedweek.com. “Of course, having such a brand in our group would be interesting. It is not a question of price, but it is about the topic: When does everyone realize in which situation he is?”KTM has dabbled in making hardcore sports motorcycles before with the V-twin-powered RC8 and currently with its single-cylinder RC390. The company has had significant success with its adventure bikes and with its naked bikes like the Super Duke R. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2 71 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 18 Photos 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S looks set to conquer all Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Car Industry 10 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 69 Photos 34 Photos Comments More From Roadshow KTM Ducati Audi Lamborghini,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Share your voice 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 81 Photos Tags Share your voice Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Comments 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 4 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 26 Photos Motorcycles Car Industry General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura