In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides is a book that I could not recommend more about the perils of Arctic exploration.
The book is the unbelievable true story of the USS Jeannette. Its captain, George Washington De Long, embarks on a mission to reach the North Pole, as no explorers had yet done. Their voyage is like nothing I have ever read about or seen — in life or on screen.
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Google Maps has just introduced a new feature that I have been patiently awaiting for several years now — Route planning with typical traffic conditions!
Route planning allows you to plot a course between two points and not just with current traffic but with typical traffic for various times during the week and day. Previously, you could only see current traffic conditions, which was not very helpful if you were trying to plan your trip to the airport a week in advance.
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Paypal is a terrible, horrible, despicable company. If you have little experience with PayPal, count yourself lucky. There are many reasons why the company continues to top lists such as the “Five Worst Companies for Customer Service“.
PayPal currently has a “2.6 out of 10” on Trust Pilot and a “1 out of 5” stars on Consumer Affairs. Forums, such as getSatisfaction are filled with extremely upset customers vowing to never use PayPal again. I am joining the countless ranks of burned customers that will never use PayPal again.
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I have been unknowingly suffering from allergies for years. In the spring and fall I would suddenly become “sick” and nothing I did could get rid of it. It took years for me to discover that it was allergies, not a virus each time, because my allergy symptoms are identical to that of the flu (fatigue, sneezing, itchy throat etc.).
Eventually I figured that I may actually be suffering from allergies, and after taking allergy meds I started to feel much better. The only problem: allergy meds knock me out. Even non-drowsy options make me feel tired and weird. The solution: allergy shots (immonotherapy)!
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|Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.
What The Unbelievers lacks in entertainment and excitement, it makes up for in brilliance.
The Unbelievers is essentially a compilation of some of the great international appearances of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the importance of science and logic.
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Telemarketers can be a pain in the ass (there is really no other way to put it) but responding in the wrong way can make the situation worse.
As an ex-telemarketer, I know first-hand what it is like to be on both sides of the call and trust me, telemarketing sucks for both parties involved. I worked for a small call centre in Cambridge called C.S.I. that specialized in collecting donations for charities like the New England Police Officers Safety Association. To this day I sincerely hope it was legitimate, though I now have my doubts (I was only 15 then).
So how do you get rid of telemarketers?
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Ah, yet another content provider selling-out to try to be “cool”. I recently wrote about what happened to the Discovery Channel and their now complete decline into trash TV, and now Wired Magazine is heading in a similar direction.
I want to preface this rant by saying that I am (was) a huge fan of Wired. As recently as 6 months ago I have said that Wired Magazine is the best magazine out there. It had a balance of tech, science and culture curated for an intellectual reader.
Unfortunately, things have changed and the magazine has begun to nosedive. Wired seems to be focused almost entirely on Silicon Valley douchebag hipsters now, and it is really depressing.
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So as not to bore the car fanatics, I will keep the following description brief.
A camshaft is found in a car engine that enables the opening and closing of valves as the engine rotates to enable combustion — bringing in the fuel (intake valve) and expelling what’s left after combustion (exhaust valve).
I have embedded a video below illustrating the purpose of a camshaft.
The important thing to know about a camshaft is that it cannot operate on valves or cylinders independently of the others. The rotation of the engine moves the camshaft through the same motion every time. As a result, a camshaft creates efficiency limitations.
Enter the camless engine!
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Chances are, if you are a gamer and love the first-person shooter genre, you have already played Battlefield 3 or 4. If you have played them already then I am surprised you could peel your eyes away from the screen long enough to read this blog post. You already know this but others don’t: Battlefield is the best FPS, hands down.
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