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A 100 years ago people resided in hidden apartments above New York’s public libraries there are thirteen left.When these libraries were built, about a 100 years ago, they needed people to take care of them. Andrew Carnegie had given New York $5.2 million, worth well over $100 million today, to create a city-wide system of library branches, and these buildings, the Carnegie libraries, were heated by coal. Each had a custodian, who was tasked with keeping those fires burning and who lived in the library, often with his family. “The family mantra was: Don’t let that furnace go out,” one woman who grew up in a library told the New York Times

But since the ’70s and ’80s, when the coal furnaces started being upgraded and library custodians began retiring, those apartments have been emptying out, and the idyll of living in a library has disappeared. Today there are just 13 library apartments left in the New York Public Library system.

 Fort Washington, the front room.

 Inside the apartment, looking past the living room and kitchen doors. 

Inside the apartment, looking past the living room and kitchen doors.

The back bedroom.

Fort Washington plan. (Image: New York Public Library)

Another bedroom, used for storage.

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report from The Guardian, says a number of individuals who suffered property damage when their Note 7 exploded say Samsung is resisting paying compensation.


Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp together with Swiss designer Yves Béhar (of the Fuseproject firm) and a team at MIT’s Media Lab to create a solution. Five years later,resulted in the automated Snoo baby bed.

Throughout the night, Snoo rocks the baby and plays back soothing in-the-womb-like white noise. 

When the integrated microphones detect that the baby is crying, the bed starts jiggling the infant and increases the white noise until the crying stops, at which point it resumes the gentler rocking. Parents wishing to monitor or manually control the bed can do so via an app on their smartphone, using a Wi-Fi connection.

An optional organic cotton swaddle can be quickly wrapped around the baby and attached to the bed using built-in clips, to keep them safely lying on their back. There’s also an LED night light, the intensity of which is dictated by an ambient light sensor.

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Roving Blue's new O-Pen brings ozone purification anywhere you go

The O-Pen supports off-roaders and world travelers by keeping drinking water clean and fresh. In contrast to more common purification means, like UV rays and iodine, this pen-sized, battery-powered purification device kills bacteria, protozoa and viruses with the stuff that blocks those UV rays in the atmosphere: The O-Pen recharges via USB cord .The O-Pen was launched in July and is available for US$199. The price is expected to become more competitive over time.

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Interpreting Buildings: Designing the White House, 1792 - Photo 2


White House design, designer known only as “A.Z.”

Maryland Historical Society

James Hoban's White House Floor Plan

James Hoban’s earliest known drawing of the White House, 1792.

Massachusetts Historical Society

James Hoban's 1793 North Elevation

Hoban’s exterior drawing, or “elevation,” 1793.

The Maryland Historical Society

Ellicott began his survey on February 11, 1791. He had already hired Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and surveyor, to make the astronomical observations and calculations necessary to fix the south corner of the new city’s square at Jones Point in Alexandria, Virginia. For the next two months they surveyed ten-mile lines first along the southwest line, then along the northwest line, next along the northeast line, and finally along the southeast line to create the square. Read More




George and Willie in the only known picture of them with one of their captors, showman Al G. Barnes.
Photograph courtesy of Josh Meltzer.

Eko and Iko were the sideshow stage names of George and Willie Muse, the grandsons of former slaves.

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Stalkers often suffer from low self-esteem, and feel they must have a relationship with the victim in order to have any self worth.

Preoccupations with other people almost always involve someone with weak social skills and low self-esteem.

Few stalkers can see how their actions are hurting others.

They display other sociopathic thinking in that they cannot learn from experience, and they don’t believe society’s rules apply to them. Most stalkers don’t think they’re really threatening, intimidating, or even stalking someone else. They think they’re simply trying to show the victims that they’re the right one for them.  To the victims of stalking it is like a prolonged rape.

Sociopathic thinking

Has a mean streak

No or few personal relationships

Lack of embarrassment or discomfort at actions

In “A Study of Stalkers” Mullen et al.. (2000)[16] identified five types of stalkers:
Rejected stalkers pursue their victims in order to reverse, correct, or avenge a rejection (e.g. divorce, separation, termination).
Resentful stalkers pursue a vendetta because of a sense of grievance against the victims – motivated mainly by the desire to frighten and distress the victim.
Intimacy seekers seek to establish an intimate, loving relationship with their victim. Such stalkers often believe that the victim is a long-sought-after soul mate, and they were ‘meant’ to be together.
Incompetent suitors, despite poor social or courting skills, have a fixation, or in some cases, a sense of entitlement to an intimate relationship with those who have attracted their amorous interest. Their victims are most often already in a dating relationship with someone else.
Predatory stalkers spy on the victim in order to prepare and plan an attack – often sexual – on the victim.


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