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Things That Make Me Smile No. 218: Apocalyptic Steampunk Automation

Apocalyptic steampunk automation artist danny huynh shows an incredible talent, whether putting one of his favorite songs to music or allowing us to ride shotgun in one of his creations. Click his name to see his YouTube channel, but here’s … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 217: Squirrel Olympics

Enjoy this fun experiment in defeating squirrels who steal from bird feeders. The results are fascinating. The video is longer than my usual, but there’s an important note after the trials.

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 216: Behind the Walls of Big Ben

My mom sent me a clipped version of this introduction to the architecture and mechanics of Big Ben because she knows how much I enjoy mechanisms. Well, architecture is only mechanisms with mortar, so I’m sharing the full-length piece. It’s … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 215: Evocative Music

I can’t understand a word of this song because I don’t speak Swedish, but Elise Ryd conveys meaning and emotion through tone, and offers something beautiful to listen to. I hope you enjoy this song my husband shared with me … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 214: A Strange and Wondrous Taste of Malaysia

Today my smile comes in the form of an after picture and a story: My son came back from the grocery store with a question and a giant prickly object. Had I ever tried a jackfruit? he asked. Of course, … Continue reading

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