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Byzantium's Shores:
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where I indulge my
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Buffalo and Western New York,
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serious thoughts, dreaming ruminations,
and pies in the face,
all of it in my trusty bib overalls.

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A pie in the face is a wonderful thing
A pie in the face is a wonderful thing
A pie in the face is a wonderful thing

 

trans-witch:

I feel so fancy-free when I’m wearing overalls because it’s like I’m not even wearing clothes, I’m just wearing a vaguely humanoid shaped sack with straps

Chicken lettuce wraps, with local Napa cabbage. Who needs PFChang’s! #Yum

Chicken lettuce wraps, with local Napa cabbage. Who needs PFChang’s! #Yum

Many people object to “wasting money in space” yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA’s budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canadians spend on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunications satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies. Similarly, NASA’s budget is not spent in space but right here on Earth, where it’s invested in American businesses and universities, and where it also pays dividends, creating new jobs, new technologies and even whole new industries.

Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (via we-are-star-stuff)

(Source: thedragoninmygarage)

projecthabu:

     The contour of this F-5E’s nose and fuselage was modified by Northrop-Grumman, to shape the sonic boom that emanates from it, reducing its intensity. The program, called the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration, was a joint effort between NASA, Northrop-Grumman and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

     After this modified boom was recorded thousands of times, using an F-15B as a close-up chase aircraft, a Blanik L-23 Glider from afar, and an array of 42 sensors on the ground, the data showed that the noise level of the modified boom was 1/3 less intense than one emitting from an unmodified F-5E.

     This interesting R&D aircraft can be viewed at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, Florida, just outside the gate of Kennedy Space Center.

I made my first-ever Etsy purchase today: this nifty Shakespeare scarf! Scarves and overalls, folks — keys to happiness!

poyzn:

Quick and simple lifehacks.

Now, the “mail your stuff to your travel destination” one isn’t a bad one, actually — I’ve known people who did that when they traveled someplace for a lengthy stay (over two weeks, say).

Others here are questionable, most notably the photocopying one — just open the paper tray and take some paper. Why go to all that trouble?

I do not understand this instructional diagram. Does the dryer operate on brainwaves? Does it cause radiation to emit from the middle of your brain? Please explain!

I do not understand this instructional diagram. Does the dryer operate on brainwaves? Does it cause radiation to emit from the middle of your brain? Please explain!