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‘Death ray’ at Vegas hotel sparks curiosity via [yahoonews]

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Swanky new Vegas hotel’s ‘death ray’ proves inconvenient for some guests

By Brett Michael Dykes

A design quirk at a swanky new tower leaves some guests with unsettling souvenirs, singed hair and melted bags.

Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

And here you thought bedbugs were the biggest source of anxiety for hotel guests.

Yes, guests at Vdara hotel in Las Vegas now have something else to worry about: being burned alive by the glare of the building‘s “death ray.”

What the heck’s a “death ray,” you ask? Well, first off, it’s not as deadly as it sounds, since no one has actually died from it — at least not yet. But according to the U.K. Daily Mail, the powerful beams of Nevada sunlight reflecting off the glass hotel onto sections of the hotel’s swimming pool area have burned some guests and have melted plastic bags.

The building’s concave design creates a sort of magnifying-glass effect. The hotel’s designers reportedly anticipated that ill-situated humans might experience some discomfort courtesy of the building’s blinding glare, so they placed a film over the glass panes of its many windows. Obviously that didn’t quite do the trick. So for now the hotel is placing larger umbrellas in the pool area while designers try to come up with another remedy.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the hotel’s employees coined the term “death ray” to describe the intense reflection. Reports of the glare have also enhanced the hotel’s public profile, though almost certainly not in the way its owners would like; Yahoo! searches for Vdara have spiked by nearly 19,000 percent in the past 24 hours.

It turns out that Vdara isn’t the only building out there creating intense heat and glare for hapless passersby. Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns Vdara, told the Review-Journal that in Las Vegas, the AdventureDome at Circus Circus and the Mandalay Bay produce “hot spots” that some guests have actually sought out, believing the spots will aid tanning regimens. In Los Angeles, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall produced such a harsh glare that it heated nearby homes, forcing residents to blast their air conditioners high above their customary capacities in order for the residents to keep cool.

[Build your own death ray — and a dozen more mad-scientist devices you can make at home]

Bill Pintas, a Chicago attorney, told the Daily Mail that he experienced the harsh glare of the death ray firsthand during a recent Vdara stay. Pintas reported that as he lounged out by the pool, his head suffered a sensation he likened to a “chemical burn.” He added, “Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning.”

[Even more on death rays: The mystery of Nikola Tesla’s missing weapon]

In another interview, Pintas said: “I was effectively being cooked.” Thankfully, he returned home alive. Still, his skin was burned and his hair was singed — disproving the old saying that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

(Photo via AP)





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10 Frozen Treats For Your Pets To Eat via [apartmenttherapy]

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10 Frozen DIY Pet Treats

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  • Sarah Rae Trover

072210-dogicecream.jpg Although our main focus is usually on food for human consumption, with the weather oh-so-toasty lately, our four-legged friends are also in need of a little refreshment. Snacks for pets are always less expensive to make yourself and we’ve rounded up 10 ideas to keep them cool and your wallet full all at the same time!

Without getting into the world of what’s actually healthy for dogs to eat, we’d like to give you a few options of great frozen snacks for dogs and cats alike. We’re not big on adding fruits and vegetables to this mix, but you’re welcome to do so (though we suggest researching it first). We’ll be sticking to meats and proteins and staying away from sugar.

Here are a few of our favorite frozen treats for pets:

1. Ice Cubes: Plain, simple and easy.
2. Frozen Yogurt: You can buy pre-made or simply freeze regular yogurt containers. It’s as good for their digestive tracks as it is for yours. Helps those animals that are especially gassy! (older animals might require less dairy, try mixing half yogurt/half water for those who need a little help)
3. Frozen Liver: Cut chicken/beef liver into small bite size pieces and place on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper. Feed 2 or 3 pieces daily (unless raw feeding and then you may feed regular daily amount). They keep well in a zip lock once frozen.
4. Frozen Egg: Although this one is best eaten outside, toss an egg or two in a blender (including shells) and blend till smooth. Freeze in an ice cube tray (half way full) for easier dispensing. Do not feed more than 1 per day to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
5. Tuna: There isn’t much a cat or a dog won’t do for tuna. For them, it’s just as tasty cold, so freeze in small bite size pieces or mounds on parchment, or even blend with any of the ingredients above before freezing.
6. Organic Low Sodium Broth: Broth is a good base to mix in all sorts of things. Add a bit of peanut butter or assorted meats. If you tape off the end of a Kong toy (for dogs or cats) and fill the toy with broth, they’ll be able to slowly lick at it as it melts.
7. Cheese Chunks: You can freeze them as is, or try freezing them in something else (broth or water) for extra visual appeal.
8. Hot Dog Bits: Although you can freeze almost any meat and we’re believers that raw meat is better than cooked, we still don’t know a dog who says no to a hot dog. We do suggest cutting them length wise (in strips) so your animal doesn’t try to swallow it whole and choke.
9. Baby Food: Try to find one that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) contain onion powder and your pets will do almost anything for it! Freeze in mini muffin cups for easy feeding.
10. Commercial Retail Popsicles: If you check your local grocer, they often sell doggy popsicles right next to the human ones. We’ve tried them on several occasions and our pups won’t go near them, but we know many who do. We have personally taste tested them ourselves (what, we were curious?!) and we’re pretty sure the options above will be far tastier!

Do you have a favorite frozen treat to feed your pet? Just in case you’d like to experiment on making your own, here’s a list of items that are toxic to dogs and cats, so make sure to review or check with your vet before you begin!





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Book Review: Chowhounds by Dr. Ernie Ward via [LifeofaBusyMom.com]

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Host: Ernie Ward

Ernie Ward

“Chowhounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter—A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives”

About a month ago I was given the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the book, “Chowhounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter—A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives” by Ernie Ward D.V.M. Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, or “Dr. Ernie,” is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.

As soon as I read about him, I was interested in seeing what his book was all about. As most of you know, almost six months ago Dinsmore became extremely ill and after a lot of painful appointments, we discovered that he suffers from canine colitis, which is very similar to colitis that humans get. He was on tons of medications, needed lose about five pounds, and his entire diet had to change. Because of the illness, his weight came off quickly (and not all by choice), but for other dogs that have issues, it is not that easy. I mean I can barely lose five pounds so how was I expected to make my 25 dog lose five pounds. We were very lucky with Dinsmore, and he is now on a strict diet regime integrated with activity, and stress management techniques.

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After reading this book, I became aware of how much I did not know about taking care of my little guy. This book is broken down in an easy to read format that gives you the opportunity to see why your dog could be overweight, and healthy ways to change its life with food, exercise, and gives the owner a greater understanding about your four legged friend.

The book was extremely easy to read, and really opened my eyes about a lot of things. What has stuck with me is chapters he wrote about dog food regulations, and what the different types of food (entree, flavored, etc.) really mean, and my friends it was not as pretty as you think. This book is completely fascinating, and there are even tasty recipe treats for your fur-baby.

I wish I had read this book a lot sooner. It made me reflect on how many things I could have done differently if I had just known. Even though I finished this book a couple weeks ago, I have gone back and checked with it a couple times when talking or looking at things in Dinsmore’s life. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about keeping your pup healthy, I can guarantee you are missing big things. Even when it comes to working out your dog, it explains how animals burn calories, and how to do it in a safe manner, and things you make think are safe really aren’t. Totally interesting right?

via [www.lifeofabusywife.com]



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The Haute Couture Buzz Cut. via [N.Y.T]

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HaircutsPhotos by Gerard Uferas Time for a trim, Givenchy-style.

Summer finally seems to be here, and it’s time to celebrate with a
new haircut. The most directional one of the season, as far as we can
tell, comes courtesy of the superstar stylist Luigi Murenu, who was
responsible for the tough, Latino-inspired buzzcuts at Givenchy’s fall
2009 runway show. Murenu turned heads with a supersevere two-tier crop —
the sides and back were fully shaved halfway up, and the rest was
cropped short. If you’re willing to try the look, we suggest you print
this page and take it to your barber; if you decide to use clippers at
home, we are not responsible for the outcome.

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