The power of introverts ~ Susan Cain ~ TED

I almost didn't listen to this TED talk by Susan Cain. She's a bit soft spoken....but still compelling in a gentle, deep way. She clearly believes in her message, that there is enormous, often ignored value in those introverted moments and inclinations. It's not that...

Getting information off the Internet is like…Poster by Will Lion

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. ~ Mitchell Kapor
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Nick Offerman gives tour of his California woodworking shop

Parks & Recreation co-star Nick Offerman is a "conifered" woodworker. In this video, he gives us a tour of his workshop, located somewhere in California, which is called the Offerman Wood Shop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIA2Xl8P7Es I found this a charming,...
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“The price of freedom is decision”

I'm reading a book by Edward de Bono titled, The Happiness Purpose. In it, he states something that I thought was counter-intuitive: [T]he price of freedom is decision. This didn't make sense to me. I can agree that without the ability to decide, there is no freedom,...

How to prevent Pyrex glass dish from exploding

Exploding Pyrex? I didn't realize this was a thing, but apparently it can be, particularly in the U.S. where Pyrex glass manufacturing ingredients are different for some reason (regulation?) from European products. Below is frugality guru Clark Howard's account of...
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Playing video games can improve brain function

Gamers are saying, "We told you so!" Parents are saying, "WTF!?" According to recent studies, playing video games can increase brain function and improve: creativity decision-making hand-eye coordination night vision But at what cost? According to one analyst, if you...
President of the United States Donald J. Trump at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 by Michael Vadon

“Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president”

I was watching the May 12th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau was on and said this about Trump: Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president. ~ Jon Favreau, Former Barack Obama speechwriter Exactly right!...

Columbia River Gorge Hikes 2015

Displayed below are a collection of photos taken during a few hikes in the Columbia River Gorge during 2015. Most from my phone, so quality isn't super. Still, some good shots.

Best ashtray ~ Sends the right message

I never thought I'd promote an ashtray, but here is one that communicates the right message... Source

Science of happiness ~ An experiment in gratitude

This video from YouTube channel SoulPancake brought me a few tears. What a beautiful little experiment. Very well done. You'll feel happier just for watching. You'll feel even happier if you give the gratitude experiment a try. Scientists have determined that you feel...

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Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka

Volume 1 of Rakka begins a thrilling, visceral story I dearly hope gets completed. Coming out of Oats Studios, directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sigourney Weaver, this short film hooked me quick and never let go. Great ride.

Florence Pugh Eats 11 English Dishes

Florence Pugh's modern, almost boyish mannerisms create a fun contrast to her Victorian (?) attire in this video where she eats  "a bunch of British food." Done for Vogue, this nicely produced video of a very witty Florence Pugh (pronounced "pew") was surprisingly...

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

The Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line – Lyrics

  The Traveling Wilburys Lyrics "End Of The Line" Well it's all right, riding around in the breeze Well it's all right, if you live the life you please Well it's all right, doing the best you can Well it's all right, as long as you lend a handYou can sit around...