Michael Messina

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So You Want to . . . Buy an Engagement Ring

Whether you plan on doing it on Valentine's Day or during some other perfect, romantic moment, before it's time to pop the question, there's …

A Fisherman And His Beautiful First Mate, On The Run In 'Girl From Venice'

You think you've read every permutation of a World War II novel possible — then along comes a Venetian fisherman and his unlikely first mate, a beautiful Jewish teenaged girl on the run from the last few Nazis occupying Italy. Venerable author Martin Cruz Smith has chosen, in <i>The Girl from Venice</i>, …

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The 20 Best Small Towns In America To Visit In 2016, According To The Smithsonian

This year's list by The Smithsonian is bound to give you intense wanderlust — unless you're lucky enough to live in these charming destinations year round.<p>The Smithsonian just released its annual list of the best small towns in America, and this year's roundup is bound to give you intense …

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12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling

What is the sharing economy, and how can it work for you? Based on the principle that people can share excess goods, peer-to-peer, it's a way to get …

This New Fiber Can Shock Like an Electric Eel

Electric eels may be the most shocking animals on earth, but don’t be too quick to disregard the slimy creatures. Someday their self-defense …

America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree

Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.<p>Two years ago, my nephew was set to graduate from Maryland’s Towson University with a …

IKEA Bets On Movable Walls for Small Spaces

IKEA is reportedly planning to bring transforming small space apartments to the masses. The idea, already popular for individual projects, is what …

7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.<p>But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.<p>We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …

Height-Adjustable Kitchens with Disappearing Fixtures

Hidden electric motors yield a kitchen seemingly designed by Q Branch<p>When people are differing heights, you've got an ergonomics problem. At a movie …

Uvolt Solar Watch with a Removable Power Bank

Tag: wrist watch<p>Using integrated solar panel, the Uvolt watch harvests solar energy and a removable solar charger can be used to charge your …

Grand Theft Auto V Delorean Travels Back In Time

This isn’t just any Delorean. It’s the Delorean from <i>Back to the Future</i>—time travel functionality included.<p>The Back to the Future time circuits mod …

How To Build A 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2k

Basic information on solar energy<p>Solar energy is one of the world’s best and largest natural resources. Solar power is said to be green since, in …

Anthem of the Seas: Wired, weird future of cruises | CNN Travel

Viv Will Replace Your Smartphone With Your Fridge and Then Take Over the World

The guys who made SIRI are on the verge of releasing Viv, a word that conjures life itself. Viv is a way of optimizing the Internet that could, among other things, undermine Google and make you far more intelligent and capable. As with all innovations that claim to be advances, however, there, um, …

The Binary Wristwatch Created For $35 (video)

If you are looking for a very unique wristwatch and enjoying building projects using electronics, you might be interested in this new Binary …

Adults Only Irish Cream Fudge

I love ending a day with a decaf coffee spiked with a little Bailey's Irish Cream. So it occurred to me, why not make a fudge recipe using Bailey's?<p>Irish cream fudge is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. An after-dinner treat that's just for grown-ups!<p>Sometimes as a parent, I need to stop worrying …

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Clint Eastwood: American Sniper and I are anti-war

American Sniper director Clint Eastwood has said that the film, about legendarily lethal marksman Chris Kyle and his tours in Iraq, is anti-war.<p>In an interview with students at Loyola Marymount University School of Film & TV in Los Angeles, he said of the film: “I think it’s nice for veterans, …

One company is trying to sell a smartwatch that powers phones, tablets, TVs, and more

In the middle of it all is a wrap-around, water-resistant smartwatch called "the hub," which has a 2.4-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 3G/LTE modem that works with nano-SIM cards, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Joining it are a "pocket screen" and "tab screen," which expand the screen on the hub …

You Can Now Play Google Autocomplete Like a Game of Family Feud

Google Feud is the online game we didn’t know we were waiting for.<p>Knowing the people of the Internet’s collective love of bizarre Google Autocomplete …

These 11 apps and websites will make you miss your childhood

Product Hunt, a discovery website that shows you the newest startups and products, has collected a bunch of websites and apps that will make you want to relive the past. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover even wrote a blog post about how he thinks the emotional power of nostalgia makes it a perfect …

Not Into Smart Watches? Try A SmartRing!

If you’re worried about standing out when wearing a smart watch then maybe you’d prefer something smaller and less conspicuous. If that’s the case, …

The World's 18 Strangest Homes: Gallery

As homeowners begin shifting toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, more personal, unique homes are inevitable. Here we look at innovative, bizarre and one-of-a-kind homes and what ma...<p><b>Angra dos Reis, Brazil</b> <b>Background:</b> The roof of this architectural masterpiece looks like a giant …

Top 10 Underground Cities

In cities large and small around the global, there's a whole other world lying beneath the streets. Shaped by history, weather and geography, these underground cities are fascinating foundations and reflections of life above. While many of these subterranean worlds have long since become obsolete, …

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful 'wearable'

You might not understand how truly useful and indispensable a Leatherman, or any multitool for that matter, is unless you've carried one for a while. Obviously, Leatherman President Ben Rivera is quite fond of his, but it caused a bit of a problem when he tried to pass through the gates at …

13 High-Protein Breakfast Recipes and Ideas

Eggs and veggies in the morning are a delicious way to jump-start your metabolism and fuel your whole day. Check out this roundup of nutritious …

Creative, Delicious Recipes That Use Mochi in Surprising Ways

Simple in its deliciousness, mochi has been part of Japanese cuisine since before the Nara Era -- over 1,000 years ago. How do you like to eat your mochi?<p>On top of buying it when I see it on sale, I end up bringing lots of it home from my parents' house after visiting them for New Years. Before I …

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Yahoo Girds Its Loins For The Battle Over Your Home Screen

The home screen as it stands cannot last. In reality, what we’re looking at is the end times for the traditional grid of icons that we’ve become so familiar with since the iPhone was introduced in 2007.<p>There is simply too much context available via the sensors, camera, radios and other inputs we …

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New Glass Room in French Alps Offers Amazingly Scary View

A brand new installation in the French Alps, called <i>Step Into the Void</i>, opens today for those who are not afraid of heights. On the uppermost terrace of Aiguille du Midi, Europe's highest mountain peak, sits a glass cube that looks like it's suspended in mid-air. Now the tallest attraction in …