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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Ceiling Mount

  Alexa, play my playlist... My goal has been to have music easily accessible while hanging out on my front patio. I'm aware of all kinds of stereo's, Bluetooth speakers/devices that could accomplish this, but I wanted something that wasn't tied to my smartphone, as well as something that wouldn't involve a major renovation (my front wall is brick). Now before people start to comment that I could have run stereo speakers in the soffit and into my house, that was already more work than I had planned as the soffit doesn't seem to be removable without using destructive force (I'm not sure how it was installed). I also wanted something that would be relatively permanent, in that I didn't want to have to charge something, or turn it on and off.  My solution was an echo dot mounted to the soffit, where my echo dot would be sheltered from the elements and provide music upon verbal command. So I turned to the world wide web for solutions, and there are a few great i

Episode 4: Microwave Potatoe Chips

Episode 4: Microwave Potato Chips During the research, leading into "What I Learned This Week", I learned another small little tidbit of information. So... stay tuned until the end for a little bonus bit of knowledge. Besides making popcorn, and reheating leftovers I can't honestly say I don't use the microwave to make anything. Well this may change everything... Ok so I'm definitely going to try these this weekend, and I'll report back which technique worked better. **Bonus Information** Did you know that the plural of potato is potatoes ? While I always thought potatoes was the plural form, I was of the understanding that the singular form was potatoe , and I honestly believe this is what was taught in Canadian elementary schools. Like always, have an opinion? Leave it in the comments...

Episode 3: Hydraulic Structures are Pretty Dam Weir...d

Hydraulic Structures are Pretty Dam Weir...d If you ask me, hydraulic structures are pretty dam wier...d. So lets take a look at them. According to Wikipedia... A hydraulic structure is a structure submerged or partially submerged in any body of water, which disrupts the natural flow of water. They can be used to divert, disrupt or completely stop the flow. An example of a hydraulic structure would be a dam , which slows the normal flow rate of the river in order to power turbines . A hydraulic structure can be built in rivers, a sea, or any body of water where there is a need for a change in the natural flow of water. [1] Hydraulic structures may also be used to measure the flow of water. When used to measure the flow of water, hydraulic structures are defined as a class of specially shaped, static devices over or through which water is directed in such a way that under free-flow conditions at a specified location (point of measurement) a known level to flow relationship e

Episode 2: Neuron Conduction Velocity = Time?

Neuron Conduction Velocity = Time? Does growing older slow down our perception of time. Could it be that as we age, the neurons in our brains slow down, and thus we perceive time as speeding up? You buy into this thesis, or do you have some other explanation as to why time seems to speed up as we age? Leave it in the comments..

Episode 1: Dunning–Kruger Effect

Why Do Stupid People Think They're Smart? In the field of psychology , the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. It is related to the cognitive bias of illusory superiority and comes from the inability of people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition , people cannot objectively evaluate their competence or incompetence. As described by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger , the cognitive bias of illusory superiority results from an internal illusion in people of low ability and from an external misperception in people of high ability; that is, "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others Have an opinion? leave me a comment

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