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“The Wall” Mariachi Style

“The Wall” Originally by Pink Floyd (performed by Mariachi Cabos)

Nice find, Tim!

May 26, 2011 Posted by | Humor, Music, Oddities, Video | , , | Comments Off

Fly or Drive?

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When planning a trip or vacation for my family, two variables are king: time and cost. Do I want to subject a bunch of airline passengers to my squirmy, loquacious children for a few hours, or do I want to subject myself to my squirmy, loquacious and now cranky children for many many hours? How much will it cost?

Luckily, there’s a handy site that will calculate trip time and cost for driving and flying to/from your destination. In the example above, it makes sense to drive to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, but it would definitely be cheaper to fly to, let’s say, Chicago from Los Angeles rather than drive. Handy!

via BeFrugal.com via Lifehacker

May 24, 2011 Posted by | How-To, Productivity | , , , , | 1 Comment

Leica Lenses Sliced in Half For Science!

Pictured above is a Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm lens cut neatly in half. Call it death of a lens. I call it an interesting display on the intricate mechanical workings of a camera lens.

These were actually made by Leica students as a graduation project and boxed as a “cutaway model” of the lens.

This also gives you a good mental image of what you can potentially break if/when you drop your lens.

Thanks for the link, David!

via PetaPixel

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Photography, Science and Technology | , , , | 1 Comment

Mike Rowe’s Testimony on Skilled Labor

Mike Rowe Testifies

Dirty Jobs creator/host Mike Rowe testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation recently on the widening skilled labor gap in the United States.

A few months ago in Atlanta I ran into Tom Vilsack, our Secretary of Agriculture. Tom told me about a governor who was unable to move forward on the construction of a power plant. The reason was telling. It wasn’t a lack of funds. It wasn’t a lack of support. It was a lack of qualified welders.

In general, we’re surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage. We shouldn’t be. We’ve pretty much guaranteed it.

In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of "higher education" to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled "alternative." Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as "vocational consolation prizes," best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of "shovel ready" jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.

In a hundred different ways, we have slowly marginalized an entire category of critical professions, reshaping our expectations of a "good job" into something that no longer looks like work. A few years from now, an hour with a good plumber — if you can find one — is going to cost more than an hour with a good psychiatrist. At which point we’ll all be in need of both.

I came here today because guys like my grandfather are no less important to civilized life than they were 50 years ago. Maybe they’re in short supply because we don’t acknowledge them they way we used to. We leave our check on the kitchen counter, and hope the work gets done. That needs to change.

When Rowe spoke of his grandfather, I couldn’t help but think of my own dad and his preternatural ability to figure out all things mechanical. I do agree with Rowe’s point that we, as a society, have greatly undervalued skilled labor.

I can imagine that in a few generations, all we’ll have in the U.S. is middle management. It’ll be like a large rowboat with 10 guys w/bullhorns shouting at the 1 guy doing the actual rowing.

via Discovery Channel via BoingBoing

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Events, General, News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Michael Bolton is a Cinephile

Michael Bolton Snl

This is all sorts of awesome, with a tiny sliver of creepy.

via The Huffington Post

May 9, 2011 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Music, Video | , , , , , , | Comments Off

Marie Curie

via XKCD

May 9, 2011 Posted by | Humor, Science and Technology | , | Comments Off

Siftables

David Merrill: Siftables, the toy blocks that think

Imagine the letter blocks we used to play with as kids. Now imagine that these blocks are interactive computing devices that react to you and each other in a smart way. Now you’ve got a Siftable.

This is something that I would definitely buy for my kids. Think of the possibilities!

Thanks for the link, Mike!

via TED Talks

May 4, 2011 Posted by | Science and Technology, Video | , , , | Comments Off

   

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