How Stuff Works

Have you ever stepped onto an escalator and wondered how the stairs form right before your eyes, transport you up or down then disappear again into the floor?  What’s going on under the escalator to make this happen?  Or, have you ever questioned why, all of a sudden, you start hiccupping?  What exactly is happening to your body that makes it spasm like this?

Here’s a website that answers all of those questions.  Started in 1998 this website has accumulated thousands of articles on any topic imaginable.  It’s easy to understand explanations allow any reader to comprehend even the toughest of subjects.  This along with pertinent graphics, videos and interactive demos make this site a must see.  This site has won multiple Webby awards, was among Time Magazine’s “25 Web Sites We Can’t Live Without” in 2006 and 2007, and has been one of PC Magazine’s “Top 100 Web Sites” four times, including in 2007.

I’ve used it many times, even when I’m preparing to fix something around the house.  For instance, I wanted to fully understand how toilets work before I replaced the wax ring.  I used this site to understand how car engines, refrigerators, and rockets work.

I’ve been using this site since its inception (don’t ask me to remember how I stumbled upon it).  It’s layout has changed significantly (for the better) and the ability to search for any topic in mere seconds makes it a very handy tool when you need to know how something works right away.

Try it out, I’m sure you’ll find it useful too.


Smartest Parrot Ever

Check out the tricks that this parrot can perform.  I can’t imagine how long this guy trained this parrot to do all of these stunts.

The Fabulous Blue Bomber Show

Even after 5 seasons of producing the Fabulous Blue Bomber Show, I’m surprised that so many Bomber fans have never heard of Shaw TV’s little gem.

With Ace Burpee and Kim Babij as the hosts, this show is both informative and entertaining.  A new episode is produced each week and airs on Shaw TV on Wednesdays and Thursdays (although there’s no specific time when you can catch it) and is put on Shaw TV’s website on Thursdays.  It also makes its way onto Shaw’s Video library.  The show is usually 20 minutes long. Read more of this post

Resume Writing – Take Your Time and Do it Right

While I was a Test Manager on one of my previous projects, the estimates for completing the required work was much higher than I had room for in my schedule.  There were no internal resources available so I had to look externally.  We put the word out to local and national contracting companies and were forwarded resumes of available individuals.

The first thing I noticed about these resumes was overall they were in pretty bad shape.  I had read the first couple of resumes from start to finish as I was intrigued to be on the hiring side of this process.  However, as time passed and the busier I got, I had less time to review these resumes.  The ones that did catch my eye were those that were formatted in a presentable, easy to read manner. Read more of this post

Welcome to Today’s Tangent

Welcome to my blog. I will be posting some interesting things here in the next short while.  Stay tuned.  Check back often.




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