Austin man sues date for texting during movie

Good for him!

A Texas woman got a reminder this week that dating is the worst.

The 35-year-old woman may be facing a legal dispute after a man she met online, Brandon Vezmar, sued her last week for texting during their first date to the movies, according to the American-Statesman.

Vezmar, 37, filed a claim against his failed love interest, who did not want to be identified, asking her to reimburse him for the $17.31 ticket to a 3D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” in Austin, Texas.

Vezmar claims his date started texting about 15 minutes into the film, which is apparently a movie etiquette transgression in his book.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” Vezmar told the American-Statesman. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves.”

I hope he wins.  She’s the rudest thing and thoroughly self absorbed.  He deserves his money back.

Agree completely!

Surfer geek saves the day; hacks the ransomware virus that crippled the U.K.’s National Health Service

Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, bro; you’ve earned it! 🙂

A young computer expert living in an English seaside town was hailed a hero last night for stopping the huge worldwide cyber ransom attack.

Working from his home on the south coast during a week’s holiday, it took the 22-year-old just a few hours to find a critical weakness in the software that crippled tens of thousands of PCs.

Completely self-taught, he used his technical skills to successfully stop the ransomware spreading any further and after announcing what he had done online he was inundated with messages of praise and thanks.

But last night he tried to play down his heroics, insisting he had only halted the cyber attack accidentally.

‘Saying I’ve saved lives is a bit drastic, but I’ve definitely saved a few people a pretty penny,’ he told The Mail on Sunday.

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Great news!

A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.

The sought-after development could aid the millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water.

The promising graphene oxide sieve could be highly efficient at filtering salts, and will now be tested against existing desalination membranes.

It has previously been difficult to manufacture graphene-based barriers on an industrial scale.

Dying author pens heartbreaking dating profile for husband

How sweet!

An author fighting ovarian cancer who may not have long to live has offered up her husband in a tear-jerking essay: “If you’re looking for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel companion, Jason is your man.”

[…]

“He is a sharp dresser,” Rosenthal wrote. “Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes. Those who know him – or just happen to glance down at the gap between his dress slacks and dress shoes – know that he has a flair for fabulous socks. He is fit and enjoys keeping in shape.”

[…]

“I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days,” she wrote.

Her husband is a lawyer and excellent cook who paints in his spare time, she wrote. He loves listening to music, and showed up at their first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers.

After more than 140 years, ‘magnificent’ wild bison are back roaming Banff National Park

Wonderful!

After more than 140 years, plains bison are once again roaming their historical range in Banff’s Eastern Slopes.

Parks Canada has successfully relocated 16 wild bison from Elk Island National Park to the remote Panther Valley in Banff National Park.

For 16 months, the bison will remain in an enclosed pasture in the valley 40 kilometres north of Banff, and will be monitored by Parks Canada. In summer 2018, the herd will be released to explore a 1,200-square-kilometre zone in the Red Deer and Cascade river valleys where they will be free to interact with other native species and forage for food. Natural barriers and stretches of wildlife fencing will hopefully discourage the bison from leaving the zone.

Flight 666 (a 13-year-old plane) takes off at 13 o’clock on Friday the 13th for HEL — and everyone lives

Proving once again that superstitious fears are ungrounded, as always. 🙂

In a bold move against the forces of bad luck, Finnair flight 666 is safe after taking off just after 13 o’clock on Friday the 13th on a course for HEL, the code for Finland’s Helsinki Airport.

The Airbus A320-214 used in the 75-minute flight was also manufactured in December, 2003 — making it 13 years old.

Nevertheless, despite this intersection of unlucky numbers, the flight was uneventful, according to the flight tracking website Flight24Radar.com.