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...

Get in the boat! ~ There’s no time to explain!

I can't stop chuckling over this one... Get in the boat! There's not time to explain!

Lawrence Lessig’s superb presentation ~ Republic, Lost

Absolutely brilliant presentation by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, based on his book, Republic, Lost. Here's to the root strikers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFlSXjeMgc We've lost faith in our government because it is corrupt. The constitution declares...

If assaulted ~ Don’t defend yourself with a knife

The illustration below graphs the percentage of assault victims that were injured while defending themselves with specific weapons. Not sure how reliable this data is, but if accurate it suggests some interesting conclusions. Offering NO resistance is safer than...

Obamacare infographic explains a lot

The Obamacare infographic below attempts to explain the history of healthcare and health insurance in America, and how Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) fits into that history. Created by an insurance and wealth management company out of Ohio called the Hummel...

How to Smash Glass Bottles Bare-Handed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77gWkl0ZUC8 The secret is to fill the bottle with non-carbonated liquid (water) AND leave some space at the top for air. Than slam your hand over the top (as in the video). If you do it right, the compression of the air will create...

Ad from the Swedish police

Go ahead and run. He loves fast food....Blah!!!!

What books would help me see the world in a different way?

I loved the responses to this question on reddit. Below are some of my favorite books of those listed in the reddit post, along with my impressions of each book. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition Started this recently, and it is...

Trump touches orb with Saudi King & Egyptian President

This now famous image of Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt touching some kind of glowing orb has generated a lot of buzz and memes. The truth turns out to be pretty straight-forward. The occasion was the opening of a new...
A dirty Mike Rowe

The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge by Mike Rowe is fantastic!

Mike Rowe's creed and philosophy is contained in The Sweat Pledge, which he has for sale as a poster on his Mike Rowe Works Foundation website. All proceeds go the foundation, which does a wonderful job (pun) promoting the dignity of work in general and work in the...
You are my forever

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Glorious Octopus Image

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...