12 Hours of Sebring

Even though this is sort of an ad for Porsche (like that’s a bad thing), I think I just added this to my motorsports bucket list.

Building the World’s Largest Ship (in 76 seconds) from Maersk Line on Vimeo.


Building the World’s Largest Ship (in 76 seconds) from Maersk Line on Vimeo.


Sorry, for the lack of video here. Vimeo videos aren’t behaving of late… The link behaves, though.

North Dakota’s Oil Boom–in pictures


Drilling supplies in a yard in Williston, from a 2011 aerial photograph. The rectangular objects are stacks of 50-foot steel drill pipes. See this yard on Google Maps. (© Google, Inc.) #

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Engineering News Record 2012 photos of the year


Some amazing shots on some amazing projects around the world.

Good stuff


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What are all these forks for?


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Now THAT’S an obituary

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer’s black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee’s Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life

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The lost art of painting a sign

Sorry, couldn’t get it to embed…


A trailer for a movie about… sign painters.

Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown

Ben Kamens has a great post about figuring out how Amazon does that dropdown menu with zero noticeable lag while keeping the sub menus usable.




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Living Large in Small Houses

A photoessay on small houses and the people who love them.

Alyse Nelson on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

A tiny house with a picket fence.

A Jay Shafer tiny home. Flickr: nicolas.boullosa

My husband and I think we’ve found a way to pay off our mortgage early, without taking on an extra job or working nights. We’ve decided to construct a rental unit—a “mother-in-law suite”—within our home. If it pans out as we hope, the rental income will let us pay off our loan 10 years early. And who knows: it could give us a chance to live closer to family as we, or they, get on in years.

Jason and I are not alone; lots of folks across Cascadia and beyond are experimenting with adding a second (or third) dwelling to an existing single-family home. And in perhaps the most interesting development, more and more people are choosing to buck the “bigger is better” trend in North American housing. They’re taking small spaces—back yards, side lots, or freestanding garages—and using them to build tiny houses.

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