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The Daily Catch - published on 09/01/16

Good morning, land lubbers. We hope we didn’t wake you, but it’s time for your daily dose of links! Come and get’em while they’re fresh!

Tropical Storm Hermine takes aim on Florida – (usatoday.com)

Please keep the residents of Florida in your prayers as they prepare for the upcoming storm:

Gov. Rick Scott earlier declared a state of emergency in 42 Florida counties for the system, which the National Hurricane Center said should strengthen into a tropical storm later in the day. “By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities,” Scott said in a statement. Should they be needed, 8,000 Florida National Guard troops are ready to be deployed, Scott said.

This flying car is real and it can fly 430 miles on a full tank – (buisnessinsider.com)

It’s no Delorian, but the change from car to plane is so smooth it looks like Transformers computer animation. Unfortunately for all of the drooling commuters out there, you will need a pilot’s license to own one:

AeroMobil could be the name we will associate with flying cars. This invention, created by a Slovakian startup, flies up to 430 miles on a single tank of regular gas. These vehicles could hit the road as early as 2017, so get your pilot’s license now.

Chesterton hailed as Catholic who fought with ‘verve and pananche’ – (cruxnow.com)

A look at Chesterton’s lasting contributions to Catholic literature and thought. They talk to Bishop Barron, Father Freedy and more:

“He’s an amazingly timely writer because he’s a timeless writer,” Ahlquist told the Pittsburgh Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. “People find him prophetic and sometimes even more relevant now than he was in his own time in many ways.” In the early 20th century Chesterton wrote about various issues as relevant then as they are today: social injustice, the culture of death, statism, assaults on religion, and attacks on the family and on the dignity of the human person. He also was the author of the “Father Brown”‘ mystery stories. It is often forgotten, Ahlquist added, that Chesterton was best known as a journalist in his day, and people clamored to see his byline. With his death, his name disappeared from their focus, and just in the last 20 years or so interest in his work has begun to rise again.

This Robot Stick Makes Skateboards Go as Fast as a Car – (gizmodo.com)

This was too impressive to leave out. It looks like a lot of fun, although they mention there’s no breaks. We don’t see why you couldn’t just start using it in the alternate direction:

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