Lenny Kravitz Being Awesome

 Posted by on 27 March 2014 at 12:30 pm  Cool, Music
Mar 272014

Life is full of so much awesome… and thanks to the internet, now we can enjoy even more of it! Check out this bit of awesome, for example, in which Lenny Kravitz stumbles on a choir playing one of his songs:

The drums! The voice! The cool! Oh my!

NASA Cover-Up Conspiracy Revealed!

 Posted by on 24 February 2014 at 12:00 pm  Cool, Film, Funny
Feb 242014

Mock Commercial for Beans Is Better Than Almost Any Real Commercial for Anything: “Visual effects studio Cinesite produced this crazy-good mock commercial as a way to show off its creature animation skills.”

As Paul said, “I think that there’s been a NASA cover-up. They didn’t want us to see this video.”

Jumpy the Dog

 Posted by on 18 December 2013 at 2:00 pm  Cool, Dogs
Dec 182013

Jumpy the Dog is well-trained… by a person with a sense of humor! These are not standard doggie antics!

Don’t Waste that Opportunity!

 Posted by on 11 December 2013 at 2:00 pm  Cool
Dec 112013

When you get your few seconds in the spotlight — like this seemingly ordinary dorky guy — don’t waste it with a mere wave… dance your heart out!

Doggie-Powered Rube Goldberg Machine

 Posted by on 10 December 2013 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Cool, Dogs
Dec 102013

I wonder how long this video took to make… because wow!

Nov 192013

Via Daily Picks and Flicks:

“Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader and his kids, Milah and Korben, cover Depeche Mode’s Everything Counts on a xylophone, an old Yamaha keyboard and a bunch of homemade improvised instruments. The best thing you will see today, guaranteed!”


Basically, this father and kids are a Depeche Mode cover band. You can find more videos of recorded and live performances here.

Craziest Chemical Reaction

 Posted by on 20 May 2013 at 2:00 pm  Cool, Science
May 202013

Heat turns powder into creepy alien creature. No, really.

The first minute and twenty seconds is just a person scooping out the powder into a line, which is rather boring, so you might wish to skip that. You want to watch from the moment that heat is added.

Old Spock Versus New Spock

 Posted by on 16 May 2013 at 2:00 pm  Cool, Television
May 162013

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: “The Challenge”:

Kudos to Audi for making such an awesome commercial!

May 062013

Mental Floss posted a list of “contronyms” or “self-antonyms,” namely words that mean their own opposite. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Sanction (via French, from Latin sanctio(n-), from sancire ‘ratify,’) can mean ‘give official permission or approval for (an action)’ or conversely, ‘impose a penalty on.’

3. Left can mean either remaining or departed. If the gentlemen have withdrawn to the drawing room for after-dinner cigars, who’s left? (The gentlemen have left and the ladies are left.)

4. Dust, along with the next two words, is a noun turned into a verb meaning either to add or to remove the thing in question. Only the context will tell you which it is. When you dust are you applying dust or removing it? It depends whether you’re dusting the crops or the furniture.

10. Fast can mean “moving rapidly,” as in “running fast,” or ‘fixed, unmoving,’ as in “holding fast.” If colors are fast they will not run. The meaning ‘firm, steadfast’ came first. The adverb took on the sense ‘strongly, vigorously,’ which evolved into ‘quickly,’ a meaning that spread to the adjective.

Another strange category of words that I love seem to be called “autoholonyms.” Basically, these are words which refer to both the species and the genus. Here are some examples:

  • “Cow” can be mean just female bovines or all bovines.
  • “Day” can mean a 24 hour period or just the light portions thereof.
  • “Man” can refer to all humans (contrast: animals) or just male humans (contrast: woman) or just adult male humans (contrast: boy).

Can you think of other common words that fit that pattern? I want to know more!

My Farrier at Work

 Posted by on 13 April 2013 at 1:00 pm  Animals, Cool, Horses, Personal, Sports
Apr 132013

Back in November, I snapped a few pictures of my super-awesome farrier, Chad Tuttle, at work shaping Lila’s shoes. By such “hot shoeing,” the farrier gets a better fit than he would otherwise.

I vastly prefer to allow a horse to go barefoot if possible. The horse’s hoof still needs to be trimmed by the farrier every eight weeks, but that’s a much faster and much cheaper process than shoeing. Plus, if the unshod horse kicks man or beast, that might hurt, but it’s not likely to do any serious damage. When the shod horse kicks man or beast, that’s likely to require medical attention.

However, sometimes the horses do require shoes to protect their feet, despite those downsides. Last summer, Lila’s soles were sore. The moment that we put on shoes, she became a vastly better horse — far more forward and free in her movements than she’d ever been. I put shoes on Elsie then too because she’d worn her feet down and gotten quite sore. We just pulled Elsie’s shoes off last week: her feet had grown out, the ground is reasonably soft now, and I’m not riding her much. Still, if she wears her feet down too much, she’ll be back in shoes when the farrier returns at the end of May!

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