I wonder how many of you know that I love old watches, not just new ones? I thought I'd put together a video and photo gallery for one of my pocket watches, my biggest one in terms of size and weight: an 1899 Elgin pocket watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWKxb-9s7dI This particular watch was bought … Continue reading My 1899 Elgin Pocket Watch
It's snowing outside as I write this. It's been a wacky winter season so far. One day it feels like spring, the next it's winter, the next is autumn and it's raining and then it all freezes and winter moves back in. I've been going through some old photos, taken back in 1998, when I … Continue reading The winter of 1998 in Romania
This video is an epiphany. It explains how people's conceptions of time affect their lives and societies -- and vice-versa. My jaw kept dropping as I watched it. If you're a sentient human being, you will think it's the best 10 minutes you've spent in a long time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg RSA Animate - The Secret Powers … Continue reading The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo
I've recently written about how to respond effectively to stressful situations, and now it's time to write about how to respond effectively to anger. One thing most of us do battle with each and every day is our temper. We encounter a situation that pushes our buttons just the right way, and wouldn't you know … Continue reading Anger is just not worth the trouble
It's easy to decry TV, movies and sports as nothing more than a time suck, as a constant push toward looser morals and a consumer culture, but they also provide a benefit that's not often discussed -- that of giving people something acceptable to do with their time. Among other things, they redirect energy that … Continue reading Gotta give them something to do
Sorry for the baited title. This post is really about how web users interact with written content on the Internet, and how people in general interact with the news these days. But read on anyway, you might find this useful, and there's even another cute kitty photo at the end. I've been sitting on the … Continue reading Meet Buttons, the cutest kitteh ever
It got panned by the critics. Val Kilmer's acting was indulgent at times. It was somewhat cliché. What was up with those knee-high socks that Elizabeth Shue's character wore throughout the movie? Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think of "The Saint" (1997). But it struck a chord with … Continue reading I like "The Saint"
I can finally report on the battery life of the Energizer Advanced Lithium Batteries given to me in late January. I wrote about them on February 4th, and put them in my Canon EOS 5D's battery grip a week or so after that. They worked until this past Saturday evening, April 25th. When I did … Continue reading Checking in with Energizer's Advanced Lithium Batteries
We have seen democracy in action, and we have achieved something amazing, as a country: we have elected the first African-American president. That's something that goes a long way to wipe the wrongs of the past, and is something that would have probably made some of our country's founders proud, had they been able to … Continue reading Congratulations, President Obama!
These "fun" times we're living in call for some cheering up. I'm subscribed to these following comics (listed in alphabetical order), and they put a smile on my face each and every day: Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer Geek and Poke by Oliver Widder Kawaii Not by Meghan Murphy What The Duck by Aaron Johnson … Continue reading Funny comics for sucky times