Category Archives: Life

Things That Make Me Smile No. 220: Hobbies

We’ve all been quarantined to one degree or another during this pandemic. It’s not easy–I understand why my cats whined so much–but there’s not much we can do about it. That’s where hobbies come into play. A hobby or two … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 219: Found Music

Humans are driven to make music. We find notes anywhere. Have you ever started tapping at random only to turn the noise into a drumbeat? Or heard a glass object ping and explored its range? Well, this video takes it … Continue reading

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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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