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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...

Stephen Fry ~ Catholic Church is not a force for good

Stephen Fry makes a strong case that the Catholic Church is NOT a force for good. I can't agree that it's an all or nothing proposition, but I totally agree with Fry's critique regarding the Church's position on contraception and the many deaths that thoughtless...

Changing the happiness equation ~ TED talk by Shawn Achor

Very funny AND paradigm shifting TED talk by positive psychologist Shawn Achor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJsdqxnZb0 Notes on happiness Our external world does not predict our happiness levels. Happiness is determined by what way your brain processes the...

Zombie battery! ~ Restoring a very dead sealed lead acid battery

YouTuber Mikey Sklar takes a four or five year-old dead sealed lead acid battery (small one), removes the seal plate, uncaps the six cells and fills with each cell with "rain water." After giving the battery a small charge using a "pimp" charger, Mikey demonstrates...

Archer on holidays with family

This line from Archer could fit many contexts. Given the holidays, it's all about family 🙂 For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary, full of vodka, Blessed are you among cocktails, Pray for me now, at the hour of my death, Which I hope is soon....

“Be a Man!” ~ What should that mean? ~ Joe Ehrmann TED talk

"Be a man!" ~ TED talk speaker Joe Ehrmann (really?) describes what it means to "be a man" in our culture and suggests how that definition should be changed. Then he proposes a vehicle for communicating that new meaning to young boys trying to sort out their identity...

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...
Dr. Eric Manheimer (inset) and "New Amsterdam" star Ryan Eggold. Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix; Jeff Riedel/NBC

‘New Amsterdam’ TV series inspired by real-life doctor

I've been loving the new medical drama New Amsterdam starring Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist). I didn't realize the series, and many of the events portrayed, are based on the experiences of Dr. Eric Manheimer, the real-life medical supervisor of New York's Bellevue...

How I lost and found my GIMP toolbox ~ Reset to default appearance

I lost my GIMP toolbox? But even when I found it again, it was so different from the default toolbox that I couldn't use it. The solution is to reset the GIMP toolbox to it's default settings via a slightly hidden button in the Preferences popup. Under the menu item...

Long Way Round – Stereophonics

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman used the Stereophonics song Long Way Round (and variations) for their Long Way travel series. Warning: It's an earworm. Long way Round ~ Stereophonics Remember me my love, I'm the one you're dreaming of Going for a ride, I'll keep you...
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...

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Found this thread of old insults while browsing reddit post What old insults need to make a comeback? My favorite contribution was a long list of insults from famous politicians, authors and the like curated by redditor Jesse_James.