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    Somewhere Over PA by Mark Aaron James

    This song by Mark Aaron James, called Somewhere Over PA, is about a satellite listening in on the cell phone calls coming from the hijacked Flight 93 on September 11th.

    I used to think I was a god because I lived in heaven
    I rode a tower of fire, replaced miles and miles of wire
    I heard a million voices, witnessed a million choices
    But I was humbled when I was helpless

    You see, I’m just a satellite and I might die tonight
    ’cause I can’t take the calls, no I can’t handle them all
    And I heard,

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

    Lord’s Prayer takes on new air when it’s said from heaven
    You know who’s will be done, you know who’s kingdom’s comin’
    I’m just a satellite and if I heard it right
    There’s something wrong down on earth,
    I’m taking calls from heaven

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

    I’m sorry I’m being vague, you see I’m just a machine
    But I know where those calls came from
    You know what those calls mean
    The first battle in the war, the first time the good guys scored
    I was a messenger, I was a messenger, singing…

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

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    Top 5 Fastest Discontinued Tech Products

    This video by Marques Brownlee of MKBHD: Quality Tech Videos takes us down (out of) memory lane, reminding us that even “giants” stumble once in awhile.

    Alas, poor Power Mac G4 Cube! I hardly knew thee at all.

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    2013 Inc. 5000

    Inc’s 2013 list of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the US  is now online and the top 3 fastest growing companies are:

    1. Fuhu – creators of the Nabi, an Android tablet for kids, and Fooz Kids, an Adobe Air application that “kiddifies” computers so children can become familiar with the Internet in a parent-controlled environment. Fuhu had an incredible 42,148% growth in revenue in the last 3 years, skyrocketing from $279,000 to $117.9 million.
    2. Federal Conference – handles all aspects of event planning for the US government. Federal Conference had a 24,831% growth in 3 years, from $199,056 to $49.6 million.
    3. The HCI Group – a health care IT consultancy that performs installations for EHR (electronic health records), validation, testing, launching, optimization, and ongoing support. The HCI Group had a 24,545% growth in 3 years, from $103,475 to $25.5 million.
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    Thanks Mylie for Helping Oxford Twerk It Out

    Although the term “twerking” has been around longer than Miley Cyrus herself, thanks to her performance at the VMA (and the media vomit that immediately ensued), now even my grandparents are twerking it (figuratively speaking); and now that it is in the Oxford Dictionaries Online, they know how to use the word in proper context.

    Hey, what other words can I now frustrate my Scrabble buddies with?

    The SourceFed does a la de da job summarizing (above) but find the complete list at Oxford Dictionaries Online.

    Hasbro is going to need to add a colon tile.

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    YouTube Insights July 2013

    Sorry, John Stewart, but YouTube tops more viewers than Comedy Central in the most sought after age group of 18-34 year olds.

    The first of what Google promises to be a quarterly event, YouTube Insights brings you the latest statistics, trends, and insights on online video from across YouTube and Google. Download the entire report for free (and without giving up your email address) here. A very interesting read indeed.

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