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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:54
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Santa Paula Times:

Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm was the craze of the 1950s and the company and the toy that spawned a frenzy and still sold in the millions was highlighted in September at Moonlight at the Ranch V: “Shake, Rattle & Roll!” A display of the two most famous Miltons of the 1950s – comic Berle and toy entrepreneur Levine – drew much attention and comment.

Berle, AKA The Thief of Badgags who dominated the early days of television died at 93 in 2002. Levine, AKA Uncle Milton Industries, Inc. passed away in January in Thousand Oaks at the age of 97.

But the company Levine co-founded is still going strong in Westlake Village and, from the comments of Moonlighters, his contribution of the Ant Farm will never be forgotten – or replicated – if its inclusion on lists of the 100 greatest toys of all time is any indication.

But when you do your holiday shopping at local stores you’ll see the Uncle Milton Industries name on a variety of items, like those remote controlled lightsabers that Uncle Milton Industries President Frank Adler said could appeal to those two million “active collectors of Star Wars memorabilia.”

It’s more than collecting: most of Uncle Milton’s products have an added ingredient that only the purchaser can provide, brain power to either construct the item or use it to learn about a variety of subjects – from tarantulas and rocket design/trajectories/aerodynamics of Boba Fett to lunar phases demonstrated by Moon in My Moon and yes, domestic issues when it comes to the inhabitants of Ant Farm and teaching kids to appreciate and respect nature.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:53
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The News-Press:

Slathering mayonnaise and spreading fresh roasted turkey on a handmade sub can be a mundane task, but for Augustin Nemet it’s a symbol of ownership and purpose.

“Currently we’re running the store, just me and my wife,” he said. “It’s a true mom and pop.”

“If you’re there you can oversee what’s going on, see what’s running, interact with customers and see that the culture of the company is one that’s positive,” said Sandra Kauanui, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University.

It’s often better to be a hands-on business, but it depends on how the owner manages his or her control and how many employees the company is responsible for, she said.

Photo by Like_the_Grand_Canyon

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:51
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Ever since transportation authorities placed rigorous limits on the amount of liquids allowed on flights, travellers have had to figure out how to both pack their favourite toiletries and comply with those regulations.

According to trendspotter Springwise, helping consumers avoid bag-check charges or confiscation of their non-compliant toiletries and cosmetics, New York-based 3floz is an online boutique that sells beauty and grooming products in TSA-approved sizes only.

Launched in February, 3floz offers a range of luxury skin and hair care products for men and women, all in travel-friendly sizes of 3 fluid ounces (100 ml) or less. 3floz is also marketing itself as a sample site, catering to consumers who want to try out high-end beauty products without committing to pricey full-sized versions. (As they put it, “for those who travel, those who are curious and those who can’t commit”).

Items can be purchased individually or in kits. Individual product prices start from USD 3 and kits start from USD 30. International shipping is available, including delivery direct to hotels, as well as a same-day courier delivery service within Manhattan. 3floz offers customers an upgrade to overnight shipping for the price of ground if they provide a flight itinerary showing travel within three days.

The company has plans for travel-sized baby products and travel-friendly beauty and grooming tools. While 3floz fills a gap in the beauty market, there’s still plenty of room in this space for additional contenders to bring miniature versions of other brand favourites to travellers and product samplers around the globe.

Photo by 3floz.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:43
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John Logie Baird FRSE (13 August 1888 – 14 June 1946) was a Scottish engineer and inventor of the world’s first practical, publicly demonstrated television system, and also the world’s first fully electronic color television tube. Although Baird’s electromechanical system was eventually displaced by purely electronic systems, Baird’s early successes demonstrating working television broadcasts and his color and cinema television work earn him a prominent place in television’s invention.

Monday, 29 September 2014 17:14
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Summer camps aren’t just for archery and basket weaving anymore. The newest camps are borrowing from the latest television shows and replacing swimming and capture the flag with crime solving. The Wall Street Journal has more:

On a summer morning in southern New Jersey, a team of crime-scene investigators gathered around a body lying face-down in a small pool of blood. They surveyed the nearby evidence: a party hat, a stray earring, push pins, cashew nuts.

“Oooh, cool,” said Asia Cadet, a 13-year old investigator, as she crouched low to study the face of the deceased dummy corpse. “His nose is crushed.”

It is day one at Stockton CSI, a summer camp for students with a passion for forensic science and crime shows like “CSI.” “I’ve always been interested in blood analysis,” says Ms. Cadet.

A bloody footprint is marked as evidence at the site of a mock-murder scene at the Stockton CSI summer camp.

Photo by Frettie.

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