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...

What kind of cars have lowest insurance rates?

Another sensible tip from Houston auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer—this time about auto insurance. If you’re trying to select a car model with the lowest insurance rates, go with models with the smaller engine (4 cylinders over 6 cylinders) and seek out 4-door...

Why Presidents like working with dictators

New York Post John Podhoretz columnist makes an interesting point on Morning Joe about why American Presidents tend to like working with dictators (Trump is not entirely alone). When a President ask a dictator for a favor, the dictator can deliver on that favor right...

12 fucking rules for success ~ image & text versions

It’s like all the self-help bits of advice curated into one twelve item list…that repeats the f-word a lot. In case the title didn’t give it away, NSFW due to language. I found this “12 fucking rules for success” image about a year ago...

F*ck That! ~ A Guided Meditation

WARNING! NSFW due to language.  F*ck That!  The only other guided meditation I’d enjoy more might be the “Beer Drinker’s Guide to Nirvana” and “Taco Bell’s Transcendental Meditation with Extra Cheese”—it’s got to be a...

Sina’s drum cover of My Sharona by The Knack

Born in 1999, Sina is a young German drummer and musician who has been doing drum covers on YouTube since she was about 14 years-old. This is her recent drum cover video of “My Sharona“ by The Knack, which I’m embarrassed to say was an anthem, of...