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Words That Don’t Exist in the English LanguageGheegle: (Filipino) The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute. Cualacino: (Italian) The mark left on a table by a cold glass. Sgriob: (Gaelic) The itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky L’esprit de escalier: (French) The feeling you get after leaving a conversation, when you think of all the things you should have said. Translated it means “the spirit of the staircase.” Pari-pari and Saku-saku: (Japanese) Hard-crispy verses Soft-crispy, i.e. a rice cracker versus fried chicken Stam: (Hebrew) An agreement out of amusement and frustration that something doesn’t have a satisfactory answer among those talking. Forelsket: (Norwegian)The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love. Pena ajena: (Mexican Spanish) The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation. link

8 Month Old Deaf Baby's Reaction To Cochlear Implant Being Activated

One of the best joys of modern technology.

Alexander Graham Bell's Sketches

These are some sketches from Alexander Graham Bells journals. He was obviously very creative, but not much of an artist. 

Its interesting to compare his journals to Leonardo's. Because they have similar ideas even though he preceded Bell by hundreds of years - and to notice how much of a better drawer he was!

Festo - SmartBird

Too bad Leonardo didn't have plastic 500 years ago or people didn't try to build his designs until recently. We could all be getting around through the air instead of cars. I give it a couple more years and we'll be putting some artificial wings on and taking to the sky - finally!

 "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

"The great bird will take flight above the ridge...filling the universe with awe, filling all writings with its fame..." Da Vinci

Saab Phoenix Concept

One of the more original designs I've seen in a while. Go Saab!

Holy Water!

Karma/ This or That


One of my more healthy obsessions are cars. If you gave me enough time I could probably type out every single production car available and a paragraph about it. For the past 10 years. Before that, I find them to be mostly irrelevant.

I'm not one of those car guys who only likes super exotics either, I actually know more about the lower range than the higher range. When I drive around I pay attention to every car and there is never a car that I dont know about on the road.

Earlier this week I was driving to get food and I noticed the new Jetta on the road for the first time. I've read about it and seen it online, and once in front of costco. But it was the first time I saw it on the road. So it started a train of thoughts about it. It looks a lot more expensive than it is. VW went a smart and toyoto-ish route of simple, functional, and refrained styling. Its no where near revolutionary but looks new and nice, and about 10k more than it really is. Starting at around 16k…
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long," answered the Mexican. "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life." The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat." "And after that?" asked the Mexic…



Man up

Rudyard Kipling
written in 1910 for his 12 years-old son John

If you can keep your head when all about you      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,      But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,      Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating      And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,      If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster      And treat those two imposters just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,      And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools,

If you can make one heap of all your winnings      And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings      And never breathe a word a…