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February 15, 2015

"'Second Cousins,' 'Once Removed', and More Explained in Chart Form"

I wish I'd had this as a kid when I was introduced to all sorts of family members that I had no clue as to who they were

February 14, 2015

"15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German"

Thank goodness I can't get kreislaufzusammenbruch.

"Why people love to hate Texans"

Take it from me, someone born in the Lone Star State, 90% is just jealousy.

February 13, 2015

"American Architects Say These Are The 19 Best New Buildings"

The new Cambridge Public Library is cool-looking.

February 12, 2015

I love the Internet, part 1,023,592

Answers to two small but burning questions:

"Why Do Sneezes Come in Twos and Threes".

"What’s Up With That: Birds Bob Their Heads When They Walk".

February 11, 2015

"What does a dog do every day?"

I had spent an odd moment or two wondering about this myself.

February 05, 2015

"How do I learn about big data?"

It's too late for me, but if you know a young person thinking about careers, this might be of interest.

February 03, 2015

"17 things I wish they taught in college"

Simply fabulous. I recommend the whole thing, but here are five of the ones I liked best:

An introduction to brevity: Student turns in an essay, professor deletes every other word and shows them how much better it sounds. . . . 

Things you were taught but should quickly forget: A group of business owners tells students what theories their business professors taught that are theoretical nonsense and should be disregarded as soon as possible. . . .

Statistics for real people: Regardless of major. And practical statistics, with real-world problems that you'd actually encounter and can solve with a calculator or Excel. . . .

An examination of the easiest ways to ruin your life: Course has three parts: debt, diet, and exercise. . . . 

Understanding compound interest 101: Students are given one homework assignment on the first day, two on the next day, four on the next, then eight, 16, 32. Once someone points out how absurd this is the professor says, "Yes, it's completely absurd. Now go invest your money."

January 30, 2015

Fred Armisen does NYC accents

If you want to know the difference between the accents of the Upper West Side and The Bronx and Brooklyn (and more), listen here.

"Here’s What It’s Like Dodging 6 Missiles In An F-16"

"The following video apparently shows footage through the view of Tullia’s heads-up display that day, and around the 3:00 mark, you can hear the warning beeps that a missile is locked on. Although the video is a bit grainy, the real focus should be on the hair-raising radio chatter, which, coupled with his heavy breathing, makes you realize that fighter pilots need to be in peak physical condition to do what they do."

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