Saturday, July 20, 2019

You Can Write This Post!

via The Telegraph

You can do it! Scientists find urging yourself on in the second person is the key to sporting success

Dr James Hardy, one of the researchers, said: "It is possible that using a non-first person pronoun perspective helps performance because it allows the runner to adapt a thinking process that is more helpful for her/himself.

"That is, it promotes a more distanced perspective enabling the performer to stand back and "observe" what is going on; akin to being in the balcony looking down on the dance floor rather on the dance floor itself.

This in turn promotes clearer thinking, better choices, and enhanced performance."

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Still Life With Fruit

Yeah, those are real fruits

More in the same vein can be found here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

I Like This Idea

via Neatorama

Curry Pizza Company, a pizza place in Fresno, California, is offering customers a "Talk to Each Other Discount", which requires customers to agree to have their smartphones locked up while they are in the restaurant and simply talk to each other during their meal. The discount is only applicable to groups of four people or more, all of whom must be carrying a working smartphone. If they qualify for the offer, diners will receive a free large pizza that they can enjoy on their next visit, or, if they're in a giving mood, donate to the homeless in downtown Fresno.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Quote of the Day (and Were I Single, I'd Do This)

Via Basic Instructions:
When I was a bachelor, I would cook a frozen pizza directly on the middle rack of my oven. While it cooked, I would cut the box along the sides then flop the top of the box over so that I had a clean brown cardboard square. When the pizza was done, I’d slide it onto the cardboard with just one edge of the pizza hanging off of the edge where it could be easily bitten off. I’d sit on the couch, watching the Simpsons, and sliding the pizza forward, off of the box, and eating the exposed part until it was all gone.

I was full, it tasted good, and I dirtied no dishes at all. It was the perfect meal, except for the fact that it had almost no nutritional value.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Danielle Steel on Writing

Via Glamour

How Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?

I've never read anything she's written, but her advice sounds solid:

"There are no miracles. There is only discipline."

"Dead or alive, rain or shine, I get to my desk and I do my work."

"I keep working. The more you shy away from the material, the worse it gets. You're better off pushing through and ending up with 30 dead pages you can correct later than just sitting there with nothing"

"I never had success as a goal. I had this drive to to write the stories that came to me—and to conquer them. It came from the gut, not from the cash register."

"When a book just flows, I love it. Some of my ideas will start off as mundane, but as I write them they become magical—and I can never predict it. Other times it can feel like dragging an elephant across the room, but I get through it."

"When I was first starting out, I had the same agent as Agatha Christie. I was about 19 years old and she was in her nineties. I met her once, and I remember she said, 'I want to die face-first in my typewriter.' And I feel that way. I mean, I want to go on forever, just writing."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

If I Were a Survivalist, This Would Go in My Bugout Bag

via The Awesomer

I'm usually not a fan of multitools, and the wrench function on this one is a little ridiculous, but I love everything else this can do, especially the ax, saw, and firesteel.

[Introducing The EST Shovel] (Viewer #3,019)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

I Used to Have a Pet Field Mouse, So This Behavior Does Not Surprise Me, Although I Hate to Wonder What Mouse-Words Are Going Through Its Fuzzy Little Mind

This is an intriguing video, but weirdly edited. You really need to start it at 1:01 because that's where the beginning of the video starts. Then after it's finished, go back to the beginning and watch from time zero so you can witness the second minute.

Just trust me.

[House-proud mouse caught on camera tidying garden shed | SWNS TV] (Viewer #3,616,501)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Oh Yes, I Remember the Crackmaster

People call this video creepy, and they say it gave them nightmares. Other people think it's offensive to portray kids living in homes with cracks in the walls. Which is ridiculous, because all paint jobs have some sort of imperfection in the paint that creates a pattern to fuel a child's imagination.

Heck, I had a cat on my ceiling for years.

Finally, crack was not a street drug in the 70's when this was created. Nowadays, though, I admit that "crack monkey" sounds insensitive in a modern context.

[Cracks (aka Crack Master) [RARE SESAME STREET SHORT]] (Viewer #286,578)

To be honest though, this wasn't as rough as Sesame Street got when it came to pouring out nightmare fuel.

That would be "Lost Boy"

[Sesame Street: Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home] (Viewer #232,619)

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Ponderment

I don't usually talk about this stuff, but the people I shared it with liked it, so:

I woke up at 4am the other day, couldn't get back to sleep, feeling disquieted. So I started reading a conference talk from where I'd last bookmarked it. Saw this:
The Savior said it this way to the Prophet Joseph:

"Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

"Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven."

And I felt better.

And I wondered... why can't we have just one tiny scripture like this that'll make us feel better every time. Why have thousands of pages of scripture?

And I thought... Because every day, our needs change. We change. We are different people. And we need different scripture.

And I know that, if you read your scriptures every day, whoever you are that day will be given whatever they need.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fame - I'm Gonna Live Forever

[The Cat Who Caught the Laser] (Viewer #5,480,064)

I expected it to be one of those "mildly amusing, but worth a 2-minute watch" videos. I was pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

There's a Reason Stop Signs Have a Word, and Not Just a Red Octagon

A Rubes cartoon that's too wide for my blog.

To the right of the cartoon, please note the vertical stack of mysterious blue hieroglyphics. Will anyone ever discover what they're trying to communicate?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Takeaway: Look for All-caps PYREX Graphics

Via Gizmodo

The Pyrex Glass Controversy That Just Won't Die

Also, check Amazon for borosilicate cookware that isn't Pyrex brand

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Reverse Incentive

Via Mental Floss

Why You Shouldn't Crush an Aluminum Can Before Recycling It

This just makes me want to crush my cans more. Post-consumer recycling is a money pit for state and local governments. They lose money on it, but they won't stop, because it makes them "look good".

So I do my part to make the process even more unprofitable for them, in the hopes that one day they'll cut their losses and quit.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Video Games for Masochists

[Koopa's Cruel Castle: Beating Super Mario Maker's Hardest Levels!] (Viewer #1,400,854)

I don't even like Mario, but I do like a well-timed speed run. I found myself rooting for the little Italian guy, even though I knew he'd make it (otherwise the video wouldn't have been posted)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

String Trick

My dad taught me this when I was 7 or 8. Over the years, I'd forgotten how to do it. Glad to see the knowledge is still out there.

[YouTube direct link]

Written instructions here.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

I've Done This

via Geeks Are Sexy

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Actually, I've Been Holding It Correctly. Didn't Know Anyone Still Taught 2 and 10

You Might Be Holding Your Steering Wheel All Wrong

I do 3 and 9 because it allows you to do a full 180 degree emergency wheel-turn before your arms block each other (2 and 10 only allows 120 degrees).

Turns out there's an even more practical reason for 3 and 9 - not breaking your own nose.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kind of a Ridiculous Theory

Why women make businesses more profitable

If women are, indeed, the key to profitability, you'd expect a majority of companies to be all-women, and never even hire men at all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Finally, Shooting Advice That Actually Helps Me

via Shooting Illustrated

Trigger Technique: Understanding the Basics

My favorite part:

When squeezing the trigger, concentrate on the front sight and imagine pulling it straight back through the aperture of the rear sight.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Remove BG

via The Awesomer

A website that does that "remove background" thing in 5 seconds that you wish Photoshop could do as quick and easy.