Saturday, October 3, 2015

If I'm at Home, I Probably Can't Hear You

[10 Cell Phone Life Hacks, For Better Reception] (Viewer #1,796,574)

I checked the signal strength, and it turns out the only decent spot in my house is in my office, directly in front of my window. Which is also my least-favorite place to talk.

On the bright side, the "airplane mode on/off" thing does seem to help. Briefly.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Zipper Mystery: Solved

via Mental Floss:

Why Do All Zippers Have the Letters YKK on Them?

I've noticed this for years, but I've never been near a search engine while thinking about it.

I never would've guessed the answer.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If I Were a Peanuts Character

This is as close as I get, since beards aren't an option:

Via PeanutizeMe

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Legos: They're Kinda Awesome

Via Mental Floss:

15 Interlocking Facts About LEGO

Because of the children in my life, I have learned a LOT about #4 over the last 9 months.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Find a Friend, Be a Friend

From a report discussing the benefits of being around happy people:
Fortunately, the emotional cause-and-effect seemed to be a one-way street: depressed individuals exerted no negative influence on their healthy friends.

However, there is an evident paradox here, in which the individuals most likely to benefit from the cheering impact of time spent with healthy companions are also the most likely to self-segregate, thereby denying themselves an opportunity for exposure to those with more positive outlooks.

The message, then, is not only that the depressed should seek happiness in the glow of others, but also that healthy friends should do their part to uplift their struggling loved ones, even if doing so simply entails spending more time with them.

In any case, it's encouraging to learn that contagion can be a force for good, as long as it's joy that's being spread.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This Doesn't Just Apply to Thwarting Terrorists

Good advice all the way around, from the heroes who stopped the French train jihadi:
Asked if there were lessons, Sadler had one for all who find themselves in the face of a choice.

"Do something," he said. "Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. And the gunman would've been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of, like, terror like that, please do something. Don't just stand by and watch."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cure for a Bad Day

Deer & bunny playing (NOTE: nothing interesting happens in the last 20 seconds)

[Real Life Bambi and Thumper - a fawn playing with a bunny] (Viewer #46,436)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why I Like Rick Astley

I don't care much for his music, but I gotta respect this:

after millions upon millions of views, how much money has the rickrolling prank raked in for its star?

Well, as of 2010, he has received the princely sum of... $12.

This is because Astley didn't write the song, so he only receives a performer's share of the sound recording copyright.

Astley doesn't seem to have any hard feelings about rickrolling.

"Listen, I just think it's bizarre and funny. My main consideration is that my daughter doesn't get embarrassed about it."

And despite the prevalence of the meme, he has no plans to remix or re-release the song to cash in on the phenomenon.

"I don't really know whether I want to be doing that," he said. "I'm not being an ageist, but it's almost a young person's thing, that. I think the artist themselves trying to remix it is almost a bit sad. No, I'm too old for that."

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Useful, No. Interesting, Yes

Via Springer's Blog

[Introducing the Lily Camera] (Viewer #7,680,059)

I have no idea what I'd do with one of these. My lifestyle isn't that interesting. I'd have videos of me mowing my lawn or enduring the underpaid help at the Chick-fil-A drivethru.