Unconcerned about your losing your right to privacy?

  Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to day. ~ Edward Snowden Add this quote, which is controversially attributed...

Passengers film improves with small plot change

Spoilers ahead! Don't view this video or read the following text if you haven't seen the movie Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. You've been warned... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gksxu-yeWcU Passengers is a decent movie with attractive actors...
Peter Dinklage ~ Photo by Joshua Smelser / flickr

Peter Dinklage ~ The Station Agent

The Station Agent is an indie  film I probably would not have ever seen if it weren't for Peter Dinkage (Wikipedia, IMDB). Actor Peter Dinklage currently stars in the HBO series Game of Thrones  where he plays a dwarf noble, Tyrion Lannister, who relies on his wits to...

The fate of Moyenne Island ~ Brendon Grimshaw’s dilemma

In 1972, 45 year-old Englishman Brendon Grimshaw left his job as an newspaper editor to live on an island 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa. Called Moyenne Island, he purchased the small, half-mile diameter island for 10,ooo British pounds. Some 30+ years later...
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Coming of age musically with Blue Oyster Cult while in Catholic school

My Mom loved rock music of all sorts. So when I came of age (musically speaking) and found a song and band I loved, it didn't matter that the band had a satanic cult reputation and I was going to a Catholic school. If I liked Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult,...
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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...
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My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machine – The Startup Toolkit Blog

REALLY good (though not cheap) idea for teaching business to a child. After a brief, failed experiment paying me to do chores, my dad tried something really neat. It clearly took a bit of legwork, but maybe there are some transferrable lessons for parents who want to...

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

So sad. I keep hearing in reports that Erin Moran had a rough time after Happy Days ended. Perhaps it's morbid, but I'm going to learn more about that later...For now I'm just sad. CBS News is reporting that Erin died from complications related to stage 4 cancer....

10 things you didn’t know about orgasm ~ Mary Roach TED Talk

Mary Roach is always fascinating and funny, no matter what the subject. So why not on the subject of orgasms? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jx0dTYUO5E

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...

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...