Nearly every day for the last three years I’ve said hello or briefly chatted with our next door neighbor, Steve, “Home Improvement”-style through the wooden fence. He’s always around so I presumed he either didn’t work or that he worked from home.
Today, thanks to a holiday gift of a bag full of cookies I now know what “Uncle” Steve does. Who would have ever guessed?
Golly, they’re flavorful!
Views From the Tank
Sand-Sifting Sea Star
- September 25, 2014Chicago, ILOctober 1, 2014Evanston, IL
"ANAGRAMATRON HUNT FOR ANAGRAM ON TWITTER. ANAGRAMATRON SHARE WITH YOU"
- 808 Alarm
"At 8:08 am and 8:08 pm it will play a classic 808 sound. There are no settings."
- This is your brain on design
"Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense."
- Why You Lie About Where You’re From
"We are urban irredentists."
- Awesome fish cannon shoots salmon safely over dams
"When they swim into the entrance, the vacuum sucks them in and gives them initial boost; after that, elevated pressure behind the fish keeps them moving at about 15 to 22 miles per hour till they go flying out the other end."
- Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All
“The assumption that when people are on mobile phones that this somehow indicates a societal loss of some sort I find confusing. We’re saying that communication in person walking down the street briskly is good; communication on the mobile phone walking down the street briskly is bad.”
- Man recalls Lollapalooza 'zombie' bite, seeks information
I'd watch this made-for-TV movie.
- Extracting audio from visual information
This is incredible.
- I'm Working on My Novel
"A book comprised of tweets from people who posted they were working on their novels."
- Study: fist bump 'substantially' more hygienic than handshake
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