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Tiny snowflakes embedded in ice

Tiny snowflakes remind me to carry a macro lens

Seeing tiny snowflakes embedded in ice makes me wish I still carried my iPhone macro lens with me. This photo is a bit blurry, but you kinda get the point. The macro lens would have really zoomed in a couple of the snowflakes. These snowflakes are sitting on a fence right by the Glen Ellyn […]

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Mister Rogers suggested to me from Google News for you

Google suggests Mister Rogers to me

People freak out about Google following you around and making creepy suggestions. But here is a story about a very nice suggestion from Google. My wife and I have been limiting my 22-month-old daughter’s screentime to Sesame Street songs on the iPad’s Youtube. She gets to watch a few songs before lunch and dinner. Last […]

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Saskia Alusalu, Carlijn Schoutens, Mark Engel, Mae Berenice Meite, Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Taylor Henrich

Olympic athletes that play the violin

Which Olympic athletes that play the violin? Six athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics list playing the violin as one of their hobbies. Spanning countries of Estonia, USA, Canada, France, and Kazakhstan, they include a flag bearer and a bronze medal winner! 1. Saskia Alusalu The first one on our list is Saskia Alusalu, the flag […]

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mona lisa on google images-square cropped

The Mona Lisa transition on Google Images

I love how the results for Mona Lisa on Google Images first start off with all serious, normal images. And then as you scroll down, the images get more and more ridiculous with all the spoofs. And then after the spoofs comes photos of people that look like the Mona Lisa. Let’s call this “The […]

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Google search results for equal signs

Googling 19 consecutive equal signs

A Google search for 19 consecutive equal signs yields zero results. Maybe 19 is too many. Let’s try a lower number. Googling ten equal signs also gives you nothing. Ok, let’s try five. Nothing. Four? Nope. Four equal signs has no results. But three. Three is the magic. number! Three equal signs is where we start […]

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Drop the dash

Wal-Mart drops the dash

Instead of being called Wal-Mart, it’s now Walmart. No more dash—but wait—that’s not a dash! It’s a hyphen. Grammarly explains: A hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark that’s used to join words or parts of words. It’s not interchangeable with other types of dashes. A dash is longer than a hyphen and is commonly used […]

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State of the Union ticket gallery: 1970-2018

The history of the State of Union ticket design

The design of the State of the Union ticket has gone through several evolutions through the years. Most recently a typo appeared on the 2018 State of the Union ticket. Oops! Ok, the typo is pretty bad, but many other questions loom. Why does the paper look like construction paper or something from Office Depot? […]

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