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Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

Volkswagen's New 300 MPG Car Is Not Allowed In America Because It's Too Efficient

They're allowed in Europe, but they're still only making 2,000 of them.

New Mac Minis Worse?

The New Mac mini is Quickly Turning into a Disaster

I'm glad we didn't get one of these to replace the Mac Mini we use at Golf Evolution to run Analyzr.

Falkenberg Drill

I'm getting into table tennis a little bit…

The Falkenberg Drill and Why You Should Be Doing It

Why the Falkenberg Drill is Awesome

I love the Falkenberg drill. It's an absolute classic! Here are a few reasons why it's so good and why you should be doing it.

  1. It has big movements - The Falkenberg drill gets you covering the whole table. Other regular movement drills, such as BH, FH middle, BH, FH wide, can be practiced with only small adjustments of the feet. Falkenberg, on the other hand, has you constantly performing huge movements as you get round the corner (tough) and then move to play a second forehand wide (even tougher).
  2. It's versatile - The Falkenberg drill is extremely versatile. I'll go into a big more detail in a minute but beginners can play drives, more advanced players can topspin, even more advanced players could get the controller to counter-topspin. You can also change the line of play, start with a serve, play free after the first or second wide forehand. There are so many option available.
  3. It can be a warm-up - The Falkenberg drill can be toned down and used as a great warm up. Just play drive to drive and work your way through the shots warming up your upper and lower body. You can share the drill with a partner doing one set each and slowly building up the intensity over a few minutes. It'll get you warmed-up and ready to play much better than jogging around the hall!
  4. It's multiball friendly - As we saw in the video the Falkenberg drill is great for multiball. You can get a coach or feeder to speed up the balls to work on your fitness, agility and quickness. You could also get them to feed backspin balls to the three positions and work on your opening up with movement.
  5. It'll improve your balance - One of the biggest problems in table tennis is losing your balance. Once you've lost it you wont be able to move to balls, put power into your shots and you may end up just drifting further and further away from the table. The Falknenberg drill is great chance to practice improving your balance. Big movements, a quick feed, and knowing where the ball is going to go makes it perfect for working on keeping your centre of gravity low and central.

Sharks

The truth about sharks: Far from being 'killing machines', they have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning - Nature - Environment - The Independent

Turn off the spine-tingling music and forget everything you thought you knew about this solitary, "mindless killing machine". Sharks have individual personalities. They socialise, choose best friends and create social networks of unusual complexity. They can be trained by humans to complete simple tasks, much more quickly than rabbits or cats, for instance, and retain the knowledge for much longer. Sharks also teach each other new tricks: how to find food, identify predators and charm mates. Like sea turtles, some travel huge distances to return to their own birthplace, again and again, to give birth themselves. Most don't need to swim continuously to survive. And rather than being near-blind and reliant on smell, which is the general perception, they in fact have advanced sight. They feel pain. And the boldest sharks face a greater risk of dying before adulthood.

Why does any of this matter? Well, we're killing about 100 million sharks every year, 11,000 an hour

Aperture Exporter

Aperture Exporter turns a process into a few clicks.

Supposedly.

I still mostly hope that Apple will reconsider, but that is at about a 0.01% chance and shrinking…

See also: Apple Stops Development of Aperture

DiskWarrior 5, Drive Genius 4

I've purchased both upgrades, though I think Drive Genius may not get re-upped for version 6. DiskWarrior is pretty safe though.

Mail to Self (iOS Extension)

Mail to Self

Wonderfully useful.

I email things to myself as a reminder to do something about them later. I used to iMessage myself, but this is even faster and easier. And I'm more likely to see an unread email.

Gruber/Benjamin Bond Anthology

The Talk Show Bond Anthology

Six Colors: James Bond will return in 'Spectre'

Procrastinators Rejoice!

How speakers make sound.

Mythbusters on Gorilla Glass

The second half is better.

Blog anniversary

Well, it turns out I did remember.

Happy 12th birthday, blog.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Six Colors: Amazon Fire TV Stick review

We got one.

I honestly didn't think it needed to be plugged in to a power source. I figured it either used its own little battery or got power from the HDMI port or something.

That severely limits its usefulness.

Sorkin Sketch

Meh. It had its moments, but it was not particularly well done.

Messages in Yosemite Annoyances (Cont.)

Two things for now:

  1. The window moves around so easily. I click to bring it to the front, move my mouse somewhere, and the window - for some reason - follows along. STOP THAT!
  2. Also, please stop pasting links as linked text. Nobody getting my iMessage on a phone is going to be able to click it. It doesn't work. Send "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kySNQe7oHPw" not "5 Simple Keys® Key #4, SweetSpot Path - Where from? Where to?"

Flashlight for Spotlight on Yosemite

Gonna give Flashlight a try today based on this.

Edit: Quick testing of the iMessages plugin have all failed. Hmmmm.

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