A Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song ~ Music & Lyrics by Adam Cole

As a bio major in college, this got me laughing...then thinking...then laughing some more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osWuWjbeO-Y I'd forgotten about that mitochondrial DNA bit--where does that DNA come from originally? A Biologist's Mother's Day Song ~ By Adam...

New “Three R’s” of education ~ Results, resilience, relationships ~ Roy Leighton at TEDx

I found this TEDx talk by Roy Leighton a bit chaotic and incomplete, but it contained some excellent points to ponder...and act upon.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr-aG2bvAcg TEDxTartu - Roy Leighton - The Butterfly Model: Value -- Create -- Educate - YouTube. Roy...

Pump Action Slingshot Pencil Launcher ~ Really?

Joerg Sprave's unbounded enthusiasm for slingshots is fun to watch. On his YouTube Slingshot Channel, you'll see him try out all sorts of clever types of slingshots, most that he's designed and crafted himself. This pump action slingshot pencil launcher is one of the...
Photo by Julia Frost

Baking “hard boiled” eggs

I tried it, and it works. But you gotta check that your oven temperature is accurate--most are not. Get an oven thermometer to confirm. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (F) Place raw eggs on oven rack positioned in center height of oven Bake eggs at 325 degrees for 30...

Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

(Below is blog post. It contains naive ramblings and no great conclusions---and lots of mizpellings and grammatical errors.) Why is it hard to mix cultures?...What is a culture? A culture is a collection of people who share certain beliefs and values and, to some...

Introduction to cells ~ Great 3-D animation

I studied biology in college and these animations that model cellular and molecular activity have done more to help me appreciate and understand (as best we can) what is going on in cells than any still images or text. This should be the future of learning biology,...
Photo by Graham Ballantyne / flickr.com/photos/grahamb/2133471603/

How employers demanding access to Facebook accounts can backfire

A fictitious letter of resignation makes the point that if employers demand access to the Facebook accounts of employees or interviewees, the employers become vulnerable to all kinds of anti-discrimination lawsuits: My ability to select the best candidates for our...

“Cargo” – Zombie apocalypse short film with gut-punch ending

The Australian short film "Cargo" does not come across as  your typical zombie apocalypse story. Directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, the film tells the story of a father struggling to protect his infant daughter during a zombie apocalypse. It's only about 7...

Komen Foundation Ends/Restarts Planned Parenthood Funding for Breast Cancer Screenings

After facing pressure from anti-women's health political organizations, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it is ending future funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings and breast health education at Planned Parenthood health centers....

SpaceX Earth Day Tweet Pic

Absolutely incredible view! Happy Earth Day 2017 from SpaceX!

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...

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 sedans. You...

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 and had forgotten about...

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 thing, right?...

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 sorts, at my Catholic...