Auto Monday

After Ford announced that their new F-150s would be be built with all aluminum bodies, the marketing geniuses at GM came up with this idea to discredit them.

I give you this for reference:

And this:

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Crash Test


I do not own a Ford. I’m just a webguy.

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We begin another week with briefs, shorts and videos of stunted duration.

Ronda for Hardee’s – she’s a babe

Duck Army

Lake Havasu top fuel

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Tesla Model S P90D

The fastest Tesla on the market is demonstrated.

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The ten biggest websites in their infancy

Websites like Youtube, Thefacebook, Google, Wikipedia and others are shown just after launch.

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Chain whip

A chain whip entry in the 2014 China Traditional Wushu Nationals.

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Otto Langen Engine

This video clip demonstrates the starting process and operation of the very first Otto & Langen – Serial Number 1. This exact engine was shown at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867 where Otto’s fame and success started by winning 1st prize. Fuel is by synthetic town gas, a mixture of H2, Methane and CO. It is nothing short of amazing that it still exists and is believed to be the earliest operating internal combustion in the world.

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Neighborhood World Cup

Funny moments in rank amateur soccer. From that old TV show AFHV.

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Wikipedia in a QR Code

Is it possible to encode and decode all 24 TB of Wikipedia onto and from a single QR code? Hank Green tackles the math and talks fast.

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It’s Sunday and summer winds down another week’s worth. Soon football will go into the regular season and the World Series will be upon us. Labor Day is next week. We should savor these warm days we have left. Slinks are a good place to start.

Burning Man 2015 – slideshow

Sail Amsterdam 2015 [1:30] – timelapse

Steam locomotive at speed [2:05]

Prepping a bus for shredding [15:00]

Soyuz launch explained [11:29] – view two more in sidebar

How to sharpen your kitchen knives [4:05]

Cultural beauty differences around the world [1:20]

Chris Rock’s take on blacks in baseball [7:09]

The science behind the Lexus Hoverboard [2:33]

Neil Armstrong narrates his Apollo 11 moon landing [4:27]


Fugu [1:21]

Hardhat [2:47]


Bach Cello Suite on sax in an empty warehouse [2:38]

Six song country mashup [3:55]

Yoga Pants [3:24]


F1 racer in street traffic [0:08]

Galway Fisher entering port [0:50]

Sub performs emergency surface breech [0:11]

Similar surface breech in Navy Log opening credits [0:30]

* Jiffs *


How to drink a Shock Top Lemon Shandy [0:38]

Flying Monkeys Operation SuperCollider [2:40]

I Am A Craft Brewer parody [4:22]


Joint exercise – live fire – US and South Korea [9:57]

NHL mic’d up trash talk and fights [7:16]

Living the 86 Life [6:01]

Diresta George Dickel Truck Bed Display [11:49]

Great MMA fights [14:55]

Motorcycle dirt drag racing [3:19]

Mega trucks gone wild [9:44]

1965 Plymouth Satellite 426 Wedge [5:25]

India Pakistan Wagah Attari Border Closing Ceremony [2:36] – Fave

Satisfaction [2:24] – Fave

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run [5:33]

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Frankly speaking

I have a lot of shit going on at my house and I’m not going anywhere.

First off, the Mighty Tundra is still inop until power steering hoses are replaced and something genuine happens to the rear axle housing. Meanwhile, any traveling is done in the wife’s car when it’s available. That would be Tuesday, Thursday and the weekends. Other days it’s after 5 p.m.

My bathroom is all torn apart hoping to install a walk-in shower enclosure. Two of the boys insisted on doing the job to save us money. Right now, they’re about 75% finished and are, at this time, in the dirt floor crawl space dicking around with the hot and cold water pipes. For the past week, we have been going over to son’s house to shower. It’s starting to get real old right now. The old tub is in the grass out back as well as a pile of tile and debris from the old tub surround. But I have patience and confidence in the boys and I know the job will get done to our satisfaction. The wife needs to calm TF down.


As far as the site is concerned, everything is running smoothly but I’m stuck in a mental quandary about the Weekly Pinups. The traditional WWII type of art is getting harder to find. Then there’s the true definition of a Pinup Girl. What exactly is it?

You are already aware of the WWII style, with the ladies’ hairstyles typical of the era. But pinups are also many B&W and color photos of babes in interesting poses. That bleeds over into our B&W Image topic in the sidebar. Also into the Vintage Babes. I can wing it and pull an image out of the hat and call it a pinup. But I’d like to hear your ideas. If you’re a babe watcher on the site, please say something in the comments about what would be best, what would you like to see?

Other than the above shit, there’s nothing going on. Thanks for stopping by.

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Blue Collar Brew Review – The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

Bruery-LogoOn Saturday afternoon I was winding my way through Interstate traffic with the final destination being the Joliet beer store. I had to use my wife’s little car due to the Tundra’s condition. Climbing in and out of that little car is like passing through a hatch in a submarine.

TW bottle
I started scanning the shelves and spotted something new right away. It was from The Bruery in Orange County, CA. The beer was called Trade Winds Tripel. I could very well be in the mood for some tripel styled beers so grabbed two of the 750s from the shelf. They were moderately priced and this gave me a way to compare what I already knew about the style with this new beer.

The back label mentioned rice and Thai basil for spiciness. The rice, I’ve learned, was strictly for clarity. This from Beer Advocate:

Rice is currently the second most widely used adjunct material in the U.S. in the production of light-colored lager beers. Rice has almost no taste of its own, which is regarded as a positive characteristic since the rice will not interfere with the basic malt character of the beer. It promotes dry, crisp, and snappy flavors and is employed in several premium brands.

Thai Basil

Thai Basil

The Thai basil is a spice that I’m completely unfamiliar with. I doubt if it adds any heat to the beer but rather contributes to the inherent spiciness in the tripel style.

I wasn’t really ready for some weird tripel that tasted like it was brewed on Uranus. I wanted what I knew about, yellow, somewhat sweet beer with a tad bit of spice. Belgian in character. I was hoping I found just that.

The beer was chilled for almost five hours and the time came to drink. The beer and I were ready.

TW foamThe liquid poured golden yellow and brought up a nice big white creamy foam head. Carbonation was hard to see due to the translucency of the beer. The aroma was that of a typical tripel, sweet and a bit of spice.

The first sip presented me with a great medium mouthfeel and a boatload of taste. It was something special for sure. This was a tripel to the nth degree. Tons of sweetness and great taste. Even at the swallow there was a very slight implication of good old beery-ness. Yeah, that last of the swallow tasted like straight beer.

It could very well be a “guilt” beer, where it tastes so good you feel guilty about it. Beer shouldn’t taste this good, but this one does. Right now I’m thinking of a side by side taste comparison with this beer and Duvel.

I’m not going to wax poetic on the awesome taste of this beer but I’d say that it’s the best beer of the style that I’ve ever tasted. All the stats are met and met with style and panache. Surprisingly, this beer was brewed with rice for clarity and some Thai basil for a bit of spice. How’d the brewers chose this combination must be the product of many test runs and many meetings.

TW glass

This Trade winds tripel is one that will stick in my memory for quite some time. It’s classified as a seasonal beer on the brewery’s website. When the season begins and ends I don’t know. But I found it on the shelf today, it may be still available in your area.

Trade Winds is a world class beer. I urge you to pick up a couple of 750s the next time you’re in the mood for something new.

bruery-trade-winds-tripelThe SixPackTech summary for The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel:

Style: Belgian Tripel
Taste: Nice and sweet with a great body.
Smoothness: Easy going; no surprises.
Drinkability: One is not enough; three may be too much.
Bang for the buck: Good price for the massive taste.
Amount paid: $9.99 per 750ml bottle.
Get it again? Oh yeah. For sure.
ABV: 8.6%
Brewer’s website
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: (Sniff) They all smell like citrus rind. (sip) This one tastes pretty much like that too. (sip) You get a little bitter at first and then it’s just kinda there. (If it’s not chocolate, it’s crap!)

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The Bruery Tour [5:37]

Trade Winds

Trade Winds

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Long Saturday

Project Code Rush – The Beginnings of Netscape / Mozilla Documentary

Code Rush is a documentary following the lives of a group of Netscape engineers in Silicon Valley. It covers Netscape’s last year as an independent company, from their announcement of the Mozilla open source project until their acquisition by AOL. It particularly focuses on the last minute rush to make the Mozilla source code ready for release by the deadline of March 31 1998, and the impact on the engineers’ lives and families as they attempt to save the company from ruin.


YouTube link.

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Photoshop Phonies

Friday brings us again to some fake and not actually real images. But they look real. But nope. They’re fake.


Hit it.

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Closing out the week with some fasties right down the pipe.

Ram vs. bull

200kph (124mph) crash tests

Shit is about to get real

C-17 drops four HMVs – Fave

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Bullets destroyed

2000 rounds of an unknown caliber are placed in a container with a steady fire burning at the base.

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Marshawn Lynch again

Another look at the Seahawks’ running back.

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