Derrick Russell



A video came out last week and I have no idea why it hasn't gone viral yet. It is a giant game of Jenga played by a combination of earth movers, backhoes, and excavators. It's basically a big commercial for the latest Cat machines but I will gladly watch a commercial for heavy equipment if it involves them moving 600 pound blocks of wood in the world's largest Jenga game. Check out the full video below.

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Stephen Colbert

The internet has been all a flurry since it was announced that Stephen Colbert would be taking over The Late Show from David Letterman next year. I'm a huge huge fan of late night talk shows and Letterman in particular and I could not think of a better heir to his desk than Stephen Colbert. I've also seen Colbert get a lot of flak for being too political for a Late Night Show on a broadcast network but I don't think that is going to be the case. There has always been a clear distinction between "Stephen Colbert" the character and Stephen Colbert (actually pronounced Colbert, which is how the rest of his family pronounces it and how says it when distinguishing himself from the character). I've been a big fan of his since before his Colbert Report days and he was just an insanely talented improviser and comedian who had a two man show with another famous Steve... Steve Carell. So i went through youtube and found some clips that highlight his hilarious talent over his political one.

Check him out on this episode of Whose Line is it Anyway (skip to the 6 minute mark to check him out as a Shakespearean actor on a dating game)

and here he is with his old pal Steve Carell rocking the National Anthem

I'm definitely looking forward to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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There were a lot of great performances at the ACM Awards, The Merle Tribute was great (which you can check out on the sidebar), The Blake Shelton and Shakira duet, Lady A and Stevie Nicks... the whole show was literally full of great music. But my favorite performance, and one that I haven't really seen talked about on the interwebs today is Darius Rucker's acoustic performance of Wagon Wheel. It was great and if the audience shots are any indication it was even better in person, and the whole theater joining in at the end was perfect. If you didn't catch it check it out below:

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It was on this day, April 3rd, in 1973 that the very first cell phone call was made. But the cool thing is that the call itself wasn't between two scientists in a lab but the guy who was in charge of the cellular division at Motorola calling his rival at AT&T to basically say the 1973 equivalent of "lol, beat you". That guy's name was Martin Cooper and he is known as the "Father of the Cell Phone." When the Phone he used to make that call reached the public it cost $4,000 (almost 10 grand in today dollars) and you could talk for 1 hour only after a 10 hour charge. Thankfully we have come a little ways since then. But I'd just like to give a big thank you to Mr. Cooper, without what you did then I wouldn't be able to play as much Angry Birds or Temple Run as I do today (I also make the occasional phone call)

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Today I discovered that the International Space Station has lightning detectors installed.  Well technically they call it a Firestation Instrument and it includes "photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static (a proxy for the strength of the electrical discharge), and a gamma-ray electron detector."  So yea... I'm just going to call it a lightning detector. 

According to NASA: across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year... and due to the "lightning detector" they've apparently gotten TWO really cool photos from those 1.5 billion flashes.  So not a great track record but whatever, enjoy the space lightning!

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