Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Toast Around the World

Another View Of The Tianjin Explosion

Lots of ADULT language!

Northwest Wildfire Map

167-Mile Section Of I-84 Closes As Eastern Oregon Fires Grow

A section of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon is closed due smoke from nearby wildfires, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Transportation. As of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, about 167 miles of the highway is closed between westbound at Ontario and eastbound at Pendleton.

'Godzilla El Nino'

Right HERE.

Perseid Meteor Shower


My ONE good shot of a Meteor!

Plane.  Notice the pulsing in the streak.

You know the drill.

Milky Way Galaxy.

Soda fire through the smoke.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Soda Fire shuts down U.S. 95

A range fire burning in the Owyhee County spread to an estimated 30,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

Bureau of Land Management officials say the Soda Fire is burning in sage-grouse habitat parallel to U.S. 95. The highway is currently shut down between Jordan Valley, Ore., and the weigh station near mile marker 19 south of Marsing because of the fire.

The lightning-sparked fire started about a mile from the Oregon border northeast of Jordan Valley about three miles north of Cow Creek.

Crews with the Great Basin and Boise BLM are currently battling the fire with air and ground resources and assistance from Owyhee Rangeland Fire Protection Association and Vale BLM.

The best places to watch this week's dazzling meteor shower

There's a spectacular meteor shower happening this week and you don't want to miss it.

Soda Fire Night Adventure

Deb and I headed out to get some shots of the Soda Fire and captured the Perseid meteor shower while we were at it!

Why It's Really, Really Important To Slice Meat Against The Grain

The Many Tiny Robots (And People) That Make An Amazon Fulfillment Center Work

If Car Commercials Were Honest

Exploring Our Addiction To Caffeine

Monday, August 10, 2015

News Bloopers

Chittagong Bangladesh - lucrative ship breaking industry

Penn and Teller Fool Us

Keeping Skyscrapers From Blowing in the Wind

Fueled by a scarcity of land and by demand from multimillionaires willing to pay record prices for helicopter views of Central Park and beyond, Manhattan developers are building ever taller, ever thinner apartment buildings on ever tinier lots. Clustered mostly in and around West 57th Street, these skinny skyscrapers are reaching heights of more than 1,000 feet.

One consequence of beanstalk proportions: The higher and slimmer buildings get, the more they tend to sway at the top.

The Container Ship Tourism Industry

Robert Rieffel was strolling with his wife and friends along River Street in Savannah, Georgia, a touristy corridor filled with trinket shops and restaurants, when he suddenly heard “this big brooooooooooo,” he says, imitating the sound of a ship’s horn. An enormous cargo ship was sailing up the river, one of many that travel international routes delivering everything from kitty litter to cars to clothes in massive stacks of metal shipping containers. Rieffel was captivated.

Before VHS And Betamax, There Was Cartrivision

Introduced in 1972, Cartrivision was well ahead of its time, and it was also a catastrophic failure. Although it was the first format to offer feature film rental and allowed consumers to record home movies, the first TV equipped with Cartrivision sold for what would be over $7,000 in today's dollars. Many of the rental tapes also disintegrated due to improper storage. Rest in peace, you pioneer.

An Incredibly Eerie Ad For German Paid Toilets

Here’s What Disaster Preppers Pack to Survive for 72 Hours

When all hell breaks loose, it may be awhile before anyone comes to help. That’s why the government suggests having a three-day supply of essentials on hand. For some, that might mean food and water. For others, it might mean a pistol and plenty of ammo. And at least one guy wants to make sure he doesn’t run out of booze and barbiturates.

My time in motel hell: Scenes from America’s housing crisis

Hard as I tried to shake her, the woman with the rudely removed pinky toe would not depart my thoughts.

Why do hotels think guests want access to ice in their rooms?

From housekeeping service to a Bible in the nightstand drawer, there’s a standard set of amenities you can expect to find in most American hotels. We can chalk up housekeeping to hospitality and Bibles to the Gideons, but what about ice machines—how did these hulking apparatuses come to be so common in the alcoves of American hotel hallways? Sure, ice is theoretically useful, but who decided that hotel guests must have free access to it at all times?

Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

A Hot Guide To Peppers

Hot foods are getting hotter. And it’s not lessening up. Peppers are being bred to become violently hot. Even typically non-spicy foods have received the hot treatment, from Sriracha potato chips and beer to the Ghost Pepper fries at Wendy’s. There’s even a documentary about Sriracha now. In our spicy guide, we’re going to track the history of the chile pepper—the source of quality spice the world over—why it’s so darn hot, and how that little chile gave rise to the hottest hot sauces in the world.

Pork Belly Prices Sizzle

Bacon is finally getting a bump as Americans add the fatty strips to everything from corn dogs to french fries, boosting demand while inventory shrinks.

Why the New Ebola Vaccine Is a Minor Miracle

If you still have yet to shake the last tendrils of paranoia over last year's historic Ebola outbreak, you're in luck: There's a new vaccine on the market, and it's apparently very effective.

12 Signs: “The King Crab”

Saturday, August 08, 2015

A Gorgeous New Weather Model of the World

Though software engineer Cameron Beccario did it first with “Earth,” now NOAA has launched its own real-time wind model displayed over the gorgeous backdrop of the world at night.

Or day—you can change the time to see current and future conditions, and even watch the sun line swoop across the globe. (The model is refreshed with new forecasts every six hours.)

Crazy Faces in Extreme Slow Motion!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


1000 musicians play "Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters

All Signs Indicate a New Monster El Niño Is Coming

Ocean conditions in the Pacific Ocean are increasingly suggestive of a potent El Niño event later this year. While that might seem like good news to the water-starved regions of the United States, the resulting torrential rains could be exceptionally hazardous. 

Back in March of this year, scientists declared that El Niño conditions had emerged in the Pacific Ocean. Initially, it was thought that the event was too weak and too late to be of any significance, but conditions have changed over the past several months. According to NASA and other agencies, surface waters are getting warmer in the central and eastern Pacific, while conditions to the west are getting drier and cooler. What’s more, these conditions bear a striking resemblance to the substantial El Niño event of 1997-98.

What Windows 10's "Privacy Nightmare" Settings Actually Do

Windows 10 has some handy new features, but if you believe the rest of the internet, it also comes with features that eviscerate any semblance of privacy. But that view is a little overblown. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these settings actually do—and which ones are actually a privacy problem.

Windows 10 has a reputation for “phoning home” more often than its predecessors, and while that’s primarily true, much of this was already present in Windows 8—and an awful lot of it is present in other products like Android, iOS, and Chrome. That’s not to say all of those settings are good, just that there’s very little new happening here.

You can read the privacy statement for Windows 10 here. It’s not quite as sweeping as the Windows Insider Preview policy that caused so much commotion, but it’s still very broad (as most privacy policies are).

Plenty of sites have published lists of all the features you should turn off in Windows 10 to protect your privacy, but many don’t explain in detail what each of these settings do, which makes it hard to separate FUD from fact. So let’s go through those settings and explain what we know about them, where the real problems are, and how to turn everything off.

Super-strong neodymium magnets destroying everyday items in slow motion

Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time

When It All Goes Bad!

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn't)

How a 15-year-old solved a Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds

Why We See Faces Where There Aren't Any

Summer Is NOT Over!


What If You Stopped Eating?

What if your hometown were hit by the Hiroshima atomic bomb?

While the graying Hiroshima Generations who survived the atomic bomb attack seven decades ago are struggling to pass their memories to the younger generations, much of the world has allowed that fateful morning on Aug 6, 1945 to slip from their minds.

About 66,000 people, mostly civilians, perished, according to a report prepared by the US Army one year after the attack. Another 69,000 were injured and tens of thousands more were affected by radiation disease.

But how to show the damage more clearly? We've developed an application that allows you to visualize the damage of the same atomic bomb on another location in today's world, such as your hometown. You may be surprised at the extent of the damage.

The Science Of Booze And Ice

Say Hello To The Comma Queen!