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HDMI is actually a company that charges royalties for using their technology!

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia interface. They charge $10,000 royalties annually to those implementing their technology of the Adopter Agreement. Any company that uses their adopter has to pay the annual fee on time, even if they are a small-volume manufacturer.

HDMI has a stack of rules and regulations for the use of their technology. HDMI has become the global connectivity standard for HDTV and the consumer electronics industry. It is the first and only digital interface to combine uncompressed HD video, multi-channel surround audio, and intelligent command data into a single connection. For the customer, it makes connecting HD devices dramatically simpler, while providing consistent and high-performance delivery of all the latest product features.

The HDMI standard has been adopted by thousands of manufacturers worldwide, and has been built into hundreds of millions of consumer products - not just home theater components but also PCs and PC peripherals, mobile devices, automotive systems, and a lot more.


In the past 100 years, 80% of the biomass of fish in the world's oceans has been lost.

Commercial fishing has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. Fish populations have continued to decrease and in the past 100 years, 80 percent of the biomass of fish in the oceans has been lost.

Experts across the globe agree on the issue and see the damage occurring. Unfortunately only a few studies have actually been done on the issue, making the problem unknown to the masses. Some of the studies show that the ocean population will collapse completely by 2048. It is possible to recover from the depleting resources of marine fish, but serious measures must be taken.

One idea is to remove much of the predatory fish to give the lesser ones on the food chain a chance to replenish and catch up and then reintroduce the predatory fish the ocean again afterwards. We also must cut the consumption of fish to aid in the process of replenishing the marine life.


A Russian Tsar created a Council whose only job was to drink and party!

Peter the Great was great for many reasons. Peter I of Russia created the All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters in 1692 that continued until 1725. The group included many of Peter’s friends and basically consisted of partying and drinking.

The group was frowned upon and had some run ins with the Church. They became known as the Jolly Company and held most of their parties in Moscow. The man who hosted most of the parties didn’t have the funds to do so, and therefore Peter I had a large dining room built onto the man’s home.

When that became too small, Peter I built the guy a large stone mansion that could hold 1,500 men and the place became a type of clubhouse for the Jolly Company boys. The Jolly Company morphed into the All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters with it's own hierarchy of power. They mocked the church and started a lot of problems, which caused them to eventually be disbanded.


Sea otters rape and drown baby seals!

Those cute sea otters that crack clams open to eat can be vicious. They’ve been observed raping and in the process killing juvenile seals in California. The sea otter comes up at the baby seal and bites it's nose repeatedly leaving large lacerations.

It then mounts the baby seal in the water and drowns it while it rapes it. The way the male sea otter goes at the seals is typical of how the sea otters mate. Female otters are known to die during the mating process, too. They die of either wounds from bite marks and scratches or drowning.

Stronger male otters establish territories with high numbers of females and work to exclude the other males from the territory. The excluded males, or rejects, meet up and make their own area and live together as bachelors. It’s those bachelors that attack the poor baby harbor seals and rape and kill them.


There's a stone circle in Australia that's older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids!

In Victoria, Australia there is a large egg-shaped arrangement of 100 basalt stones. Each of the stones is between 0.5 to 1 meters tall. The whole arrangement is 50 meters wide. The Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation are the traditional owners of the stone circle.

On the western apex, there are three stones that look like they mimic three mountains in the background. Some historians believe the stones were set up to indicate the setting sun at the equinox of the summer and winter solstice.

The Wathaurung Aboriginal people have lived in the area for 25,000 years and the stone circle is thought to be older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Much of the traditions and customs of the Wathaurung people have been lost, but many historians believe the stone circle was for astronomical purposes. The exact location of the site isn’t publicized, because they want to respect the wishes of the elders of the land and keep the site away from heavy traffic.



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