Don’t toss your electronics in the garbage, strive for e-recycling

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Your old cell phones might look like junk, but don’t jump to that conclusion.

ORLANDO — Here’s a great tip: if you have an old laptop that no longer works, don’t throw it out.

In fact, the worst thing any of us can do is toss those aged electronics in with our regular trash, and let it end up in our community landfills.

Why? Well, it’s a sure way to create serious threats to the environment.

Recycling your used laptop is a much better idea. For one thing, you can we turn your used electronics into cash by recycling them. Electronic recycling firms can help you in another way: they can go a step further and help you remove any sensitive data from your old laptop. That includes passwords and any other private information stored on there.

Now, here’s another tip: even before you reach that stage, think about salvaging some of the parts inside your laptop. Just because it no longer works as your personal computer doesn’t mean your laptop no longer contains plenty of individual parts that still have value.

And those parts can be salvaged as well. Continue reading

Kristallnacht remembrance becomes a Readers Theater

"Lonely Woman" is a painting by Nadia Werbitzky, part of an exhibition of her work on display at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland.

“Lonely Woman” is a painting by Nadia Werbitzky, part of an exhibition of her work on display at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland.


MAITLAND — History can be vividly recreated for younger generations, through literature, live theater, and paintings that capture everything from the joys and triumphs to the horrific traumas of the past.
Literature, theater and art all came together on Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, principally through the artwork of Nadia Werbitzky and the writings of her mother, Teodora Verbitskya.
Just as remarkable as the history that Nadia and her mother endured, though, was the story behind the exhibition at the Holocaust Center, and how the center was able to find, and restore, some of Nadia’s key paintings that were close to being lost forever.
On Sunday, the Holocaust Center presented a special Readers Theater called “Two Regimes,” as four actors read from the manuscript that became the book “Two Regimes -A Mother’s Memoir of Wartime Survival”. The book is the memoirs of Teodora Verbitskya and her young daughters, Nadia and Lucy, and their lives in Russia from the 1920s, as the Bolshevik Revolution was becoming an iron-grip dictatorship under Joseph Stalin, through the 1940s, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in an attempt to make it part of Hitler’s Nazi regime.
The occasion was the Holocaust Center’s annual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Continue reading

HiQora brings together Mensa’s smartest world champions

Sainyam Cautam, a contestant in the HiQora High IQ World Championships, tried to keep knocking a ping pon ball over a wooden bar without it falling to the ground.

Sainyam Cautam of India, a contestant in the HiQora High IQ World Championships, tried to keep knocking a ping pon ball over a wooden bar without it falling to the ground.


SAN DIEGO — In a corner of the spacious meeting room stands a wooden bar, roughly shoulder length in height, next to a table with ping pong balls and paddles.
In the moments before the start of the competition, Nick Sanford noted that the concept behind this station was fairly simple — although not necessarily easy to accomplish.
“All they have to do,” he said, “is knock a ping pong ball over the bar for 10 minutes. It sounds very simple — until you’ve tried to do it.”
Indeed, one of the contestants, Sainyam Cautam of India, was soon practicing his moves in the minutes before the competition started. He then had 10 minutes to see how consistently he could knock the ball over the bar, then hit it back onto the other side, then back again … without missing. As the minutes went by, he got faster and faster, and his timing improved considerably. From the smile on his face, he even seemed to be enjoying it.
The event was HiQora, the High IQ World Championships 2016 sponsored by the organization American Mensa, which is made up of people across the globe in the top 1 percentile of high intelligence. The championship was held during Mensa’s Annual Gathering 2016, at the Town & Country Inn in San Diego. Continue reading

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