Peter Weyland ~ TED Talk 2023

Prometheus is Ridley Scott's new film due out the summer of 2012. Rumors abound that it's an extension of the Blader Runner or Alien franchises, but apparently Ridley Scott himself set those rumors straight. The only connection to those two films and Prometheus is the...

Clever Tampax Ad ~ When Swimming with Sharks

I know, I should be ashamed. But I thought this was a clever ad...if in poor taste—No pun intended!...I'm going to hell. Via Ads of the...

Because a baby giraffe makes me smile

Just because a picture of a baby giraffe makes me smiles.  ...

Can you prove anything in science?

Below is the text of a comment I left on this YouTube video. My comment focuses on how Bananiac (and others) use the words "proven" or "caused by" when referring to scientific hypotheses. Technically speaking, scientists never "prove" anything with their research....

Robotic grippers ~ Brilliant “granular” method for picking up objects of all shapes

Robotic grippers ~ What a simple, brilliant idea for solving an difficult problem: How to enable robot "hands" to pick up objects as easily as human hands do. I would love to hear the story behind this insight....

Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Because I've been told I'm part Slovenian but know nothing about my homeland, any time I encounter a reference to Slovenia, I'm all over it. I recently found this picture of a Dragon statue in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I don't know where Ljubljana is, nor how to pronounce...

Dead Space 2 – Hardcore – Pulse Rifle Only

YouTuber moonable does an awesome job with this speed run through Deep Space 2 on hardcore mode, where he uses almost exclusively the pulse rifle and HARDLY EVER uses stasis. Very cool. Inspired me to get the game. During my first play through on casual, I was running...

Christopher Hitchen’s mother committed suicide

While reading Christopher Hitchen's memoir Hitch-22, I learned that Hitchens' mother, whom her refers to by her first name Yvonne, died in Greece in the early 1970's in what looked like a suicide pact with a psychotic lover. After some investigation, Hitchens...

Jupiter ~ Awesome image of its storms

Jupiter - Absolutely stunning! I don't I know if it's really Jupiter or some digital artist's conception, but it's sure one knockout of an image. I need to find the source for this image of Jupiter's storms. via Jupiter : pics |...

Why does a car have brakes? ~ Bill Moyers interviews former Citigroup CEO John Reed

Bill Moyers interviewed former Citigroup chairman John Reed about the financial crisis. When asked about government regulation, he replied with this about cars and brakes (paraphrased): Reed: Why does a car have brakes? Moyers: To stop. Reed: NO! A car has brakes so...

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Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Found this thread of old insults while browsing reddit post What old insults need to make a comeback? My favorite contribution was a long list of insults from famous politicians, authors and the like curated by redditor Jesse_James.

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

I took my car into a Toyota dealership some weeks ago for a repair I thought Toyota should pay for. After stating I knew my car trouble was not the service rep's fault, I noted that I did think Toyota should be asked to pay for the service. How the service rep....

Elon Musk interviewed by Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher is a force of nature. Her interview with Elon Musk, another force of nature, yields some manageable storms. Kara's personality and interview style is to kibitz during the interview, and this has the wonderful effect of throwing subjects off-message....

What is a “CVT” Transmission ~ Scotty Kilmer

CVTs (Continuous Variable Transmissions) are cheaper to build and get around 6% better gas mileage over automatic transmissions, says auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer. Because of these features, more and more manufacturers are putting CVTs in their cars—in some models they...

Paul Allen on Bill Gates at Microsoft

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, died recently from cancer, a disease he fought for much of his adult life. Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest where Allen was active, I don't know anything about the man. From this 2011 interview with Leslie Stahl on 60...