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So what does it sound like to get shot at? Fttt, wzzz, zing?

Check out Garand Thumb’s video below and out*.

(*Content warning: annoying man-boy humor.)

A neat-O view of how construction work goes, six months condensed into half an hour, with comments explaining what’s going on.

I bet you’ll learn something from this!

Banner: Movie clickA really cool and surprisingly restful time-lapse (sort of) of a knife-smith making a pattern welded Damascus steel blade.

Grab something warm to drink, lean back, and enjoy!

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How much energy does it take to fuel an electric car? And is it really all that environmentally friendly?

Turns out there are studies of this, and the results are somewhat surprising. Check out the “energy needed to bring the electricity to the car” column… (more…)

Banner: Movie clickYearghttoon. Wintrufeil. Yeah, we should all make better place names when we’re world building. This will give you the how and why of place name etymology. Also, it’s aimed at young roleplayers. Meaning lots of rapid transitions and some cursing. But the underlying content is quite interesting. Just remember to pause to write down the lists on a separate piece of paper. (more…)

Banner Mouse ClickThe startlingly profitable business of scientific publishing – or – how to make staggering amounts of money by selling an audience to itself. Seriously, if you’ve ever wondered where all that research overhead goes, this is it. (more…)

Banner: Movie clickSo, like, you’re paying $20 billion for a company that has never turned a profit, and doesn’t plan to? And you’re telling me that you’ll make money that way? Please do tell how it works, Mr. Ponzi.. (more…)

Book heartRachel Grate, over at, has a nice summary about how reading physical books influences the brain.

Apparently the sensory (mainly tactile) feedback you get from holding and handling a physical, paper book activates muscle and sensory memory areas, making it easier to remember the content, while when reading online, or on an electronic device, we tend to skim, which decreases our ability to read linearly.

Linky: Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books