Google Now Launcher

Looks like I am trading in my Droid Turbo for a Note4.  Just saw an article that links to the Google Now Launcher.   I am hoping that this work well on the Note4 so I can be rid of TouchWiz.

If you understood any of that, great.  Otherwise I should have prefixed this with a “note to self…”


Laugh Lessons – Can Kids be Taught Comedy?

This webshow looks great.   I am excited to sit down and watch it with the kids to see what my crew thinks.  I may just be creating a monster!


Shunryu Suzuki: Control

“Even though you try to put people under control, it is impossible. You cannot do it. The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in a wider sense. To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good. That is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them.” 
? Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice #zen


Shunryu Suzuki: Control – YouTube.

Free online speed reading software |


Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. They can only read as fast as they can speak because that’s the way they were taught to read, through reading systems like Hooked on Phonics.

However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. The solution is simple – absorb reading material faster than that inner voice can keep up.

In the real world, this is achieved through methods like reading passages using a finger to point your way. You read through a page of text by following your finger line by line at a speed faster than you can normally read. This works because the eye is very good at tracking movement. Even if at this point full reading comprehension is lost, it’s exactly this method of training that will allow you to read faster.

What if you were the one stuck in the maze? – Mouse-X

This is a very cool atmospheric short film that pulls you into a paradox.   

A Sci-Fi Short Film HD: “Mouse X” – by Justin Tagg – YouTube

Great Answer! – Dating Game (1979)

Found this amusing.   The whole episode was great.  I love that the original commercials are included.  

Click the link for the specific question / answer


The full episode is below. 

Cop the new Riff Raff

If you dig your hiphop with some comedy and the energy of the late 80’s / early 90’s, check this shit.  You won’t be disappointed. 

Midnight Rider & Hotel California

I’ve heard these songs a million times but never really listened to them.   The silver lining to having little kids is lot’s of kids safe music.   All day we have classic rock playing through out the house and at night we get to rock a baby to sleep and really listen to music.  

Last night Teddy fell asleep to these songs.   Typically he is a hiphop head, but we both just zoned out an enjoyed the artistry of these two songs.   

The Reference to Idiocracy Snagged Me, The Stupidity Kept Me.

I saw this link on Buzzfeed and a little part of me died … laughing.  Please tell me this is all just very dry sarcastic humor.  I am a bit niavee so I am going to assume it is, even though most of my experiences point it just being dumb people. 

I snagged a few favorites,  check the link for the full list. 

Flatliners – Movie of the Week – Shot1 Discussion Club

It is hard to believe that the movie Flatliners came out almost 25 Years ago.  This movie messed with my head so much when I was 13.   I wonder if Flatliners can stand the test of time.  Special effects have come a long way since this was released,  it will be interesting to revisit what I once thought was mind blowing special effects.    Hopefully the movie stands up well enough that Hollywood doesn’t feel the need for a cheesy sequel or even worse, a dreaded reboot!

Dust off your VCR’s or fire up your Netflix, Flatliners is this weeks Shot1 Discussion Club movie of the week.   Let’s see if this start studded cast can f’ with my head 24 years later. 

For those of you without a VCR, or Netflix.   There is a questionable link below to an online streaming version of the movie.   Enjoy at your own risk.   

Link –

If you don’t know the movie or want a refresher, the trailer is below.

How to Fold a Bandanna – nothin’ but a good time

Shit you need to know, from proper teachers!  ‘nothin but a good time!


Pittsburgh’s illest MC at it again!

Emails From My Wife – Eradicate Pelicans!

Background.  Pelicans are assholes.   They tend to come up regularly in our conversations.   Beth sent me this email last night.  Finally a real plan to rid our planet of these horrible creatures. 

Beth’s original email here:  dailytelegraph

Shot1 Discussion Club – Extreme Body Modification

Fringe Friday presents “Taboo: Extreme Bodies”.    Beth and I will be watching the YouTube video below and hosting an online discussion for those interested in joining us.  Think book club without the book or scheduling. 

This is an open invitation so please share as you wish.  

Tats, piercings and bagel heads, oh my!

From the YouTube Description:

For some people, improving one’s appearance can lead to extreme body modification. Meet the “Vampire Woman” – she’s a lawyer, a mother, and the world’s most modified female, with 96% tattoo coverage, several sets of horns, arm implants, and 25 piercings. Meanwhile, artist Keroppy is leading the way in the trendy body modification industry. His newest exhibition features “bagelheads,” people with what looks like a small bagel protruding from their foreheads.”

The Universe is an Illusion

Apparently a bunch of scientists are building an experiment to see if the universe is a 2d hologram. ( Is the universe a 2D hologram? Fermilab intends to find out – )

This not a new idea. 


Now for the reason we are here …. or are we?  Our Feature Video:

The Universe is an Illusion, But Consciousness Isn’t.

So what do you believe?  Are we real?  Or just really bored and looking for silly shit to investigate?