Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vsauce: Our World is Amazing

This is not really a documentary but it's an incredible, 10-hours-long, video material full of amazing scientific explanations. Don't be discouraged by the length of the playlist because the material is divided in relatively small parts and you can digest them in your own time. This is simply a compilation of the most popular videos of one spectacular YouTube channel - Vsauce.

Robert L. Ripley

The Oddyssey: Robert Ripley and his world.

Robert L. Ripley, who was heavyset and dainty, wore his dark widow’s peak slicked back flat and had teeth so jutting and crooked that, until he got some of them yanked out and straighter fakes jammed back in (which hurt like hell), he looked remarkably like a vampire. He had a girlfriend called Okie and a dog named Dokie. Among his prized possessions was a bullet that a man had coughed up forty-nine years after being shot in the chest. Ripley travelled all over the world to collect what he called “queeriosities”: the skull of a Tibetan man, the shrunken head of an Ecuadoran woman, the penis of a whale.

The Embarrassing History of Crap Thrown Into Yellowstone’s Geysers

When it comes to geothermal features, Yellowstone National Park holds an embarrassment of riches. Located largely inside the massive caldera of an ancient volcano, the park is home to thousands of geysers and hot springs, including Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring. But of course humans just can’t have nice things, and pretty much ever since Yellowstone’s one-of-a-kind geysers and pools were first discovered, people have been throwing shit into them.

The Blood of the Crab

Horseshoe crab blood is an irreplaceable medical marvel—and so biomedical companies are bleeding 500,000 every year. Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Why Should a Melon Cost As Much As a Car?

My journey to the heart of the muskmelon cult started with a strawberry. A few years ago, I was in a dimly lit Tokyo restaurant that served more courses than it had seats, where I dined on anatomical selections I couldn’t name belonging to species I didn’t know existed, prepared by a chef whose elegance with a knife resembled ballet more than cooking. Back home, an American version of this feast might have ended with a procession of desserts: a palate cleanser of grapefruit semi-freddo; a heftier dessert entrĂ©e of coffee buttercream with dark chocolate ganache; then a post-dessert dessert of truffles and sugar-coated jellies, plus a pastry to take home for later. But at my dinner in Tokyo, when the chef presented my dessert, I found a single, sliced strawberry, served alone on a plate.

Biting into one sliver of the fruit, I had the sense I was tasting in color for the first time. The strawberry was perfumed. It tasted of roses, honey, and a kiss. And it made absolutely no sense. Where did it come from? What made it special? Why only one?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just Picked Up A Garrett Pro-Pointer II

Clever Lock Made In 1680

Do you think technology from circa 1680 can still surprise and delight in the age of the iPhone and Alexa?

I think it can!

Looping While Strolling

The Magic In The Warehouse

Costco became a phenomenon by doing things its own way. But with Amazon ever more powerful, millennial shoppers burgeoning, and a new generation of leaders awaiting its turn, can the company preserve its edge?

Picked Up Some Grill Beast BBQ Grilling Cooking Gloves

I got tired of burning my hands every time I needed to handle ribs, whole chickens or turkeys!

They fit nice and this weekend they will get the big test on some St. Louis-style Ribs.