Have you ever tried gluing matches together? No matter how hard you try, they won’t be perfectly aligned. That’s because a match’s head is a bit wider than its body. Keep sticking them together, however, and they will eventually form a sphere.
However, this will take some time and quite a bit of match sticks.
Fortunately, artist Ben Ahles pursued the project so that we won’t have to. His purpose: to find out how many match sticks it would take to create a sphere. It ultimately took 42,000 of them.
Now that you have a globe covered with green match heads, what do you do? You light it, of course. And film the proceedings.
Meet the Lexus LS, a full-size luxury car. Its predecessors came with V8 engines and were largely rear-wheel drive. The latest model, however, says goodbye to the V8 edition. Is the fifth-generation 2018 Lexus LS500 like the old LS cars we remember?
Let’s take a closer look.
V8 no more
Unlike its V8 predecessors, the new Lexus LS uses a V6 engine. The standard engine is the 24-valve V35A-FTS direct-injected, twin-turbocharged DOHC 3.4-liter V6. It’s tuned for torque production, and it cranks out 442 lb-ft from 1600 to 4800 rpm. Its 416-horsepower peak happens at 6000 rpm.
The new model is about 30hp higher compared to the previous LS460’s 4.6-liter V8. More importantly, it outperforms the V8’s 367 lb-ft of peak torque, whose torque peak was 4100 rpm. The turbo V6’s extra 75 lb-ft is greater in quantity and delivered over a lower, broader rev range.
Under the hood
The 500h’s hybrid power train is similar to that of the LC500h and uses a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6. It also has a shorter, 83-millimeter stroke. Lexus rates it at 295 horsepower before adding in the electric motors.
To Lexus, those electric motors are Motor Generator 1 and Motor Generator 2. Both are water-cooled, permanent-magnet units responsible for both propulsion and regenerative braking, and they’re powered by 84 lithium-ion cells. Combine them with the V6 engine and you get a system output of 354 horsepower.
The first thing we noticed when looking at the Lexus LS is its spindle grill, whose pattern is rather mesmerizing. The F Sport version of the LS comes with a different grill design but its just as detailed, but it doesn’t seem as visually interesting.
The spindle’s gaping gullet accentuates the car’s front, and there are many other interesting details in the styling. Combined with the side-view mirrors, the LS looks like a mix between a Maserati and Mercedes. It’s quite singular in that aspect.
That said, the best design is inside the car itself. The regular LS interior is trimmed with leather and wood like a conventional luxury car. The Executive interior looks a bit different.
Former Oklahoma City detective sergeant Doug Williams isn’t a fan of lie detector or polygraph tests. As part of the department’s internal affairs and polygraph unit, he carried out thousands of lie detector tests.
But in the late 1970s, Williams started doubting its accuracy. Soon enough, he had turned into one of the method’s fiercest critics.
So if you’ve ever wanted to know how to beat the lie detector test, here’s your chance. Williams shows us exactly how.
Beat the lie detector test
Some highlights of Williams’ tips:
- There are two types of test questions: relevant (questions related to the investigation) and control (questions used to compare responses to the relevant questions).
- The trick is to not show any reaction to the relevant questions and vice versa.
- On relevant questions, think about “laying on the beach while watching the waves gently rolling into the shore” or whatever else that relaxes you.
- On all control questions, think about “falling off a building and smashing your guts all over the sidewalk” or any other frightening scenario.
Your weekend is over. That means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start crushing it again. To fuel you in the coming days, check out today’s handpicked Monday Mayhem gallery.
Because it’s nearly spring, we looked at the hottest weather girls last week and marveled how they helped keep us warm under the collar.
Today, we checked out a few ladies who decided to stay in bed. On a Monday, no less.
This article is a list of tips and tricks that, if used in combination, are a nearly sure way to achieve your goals.
Achieving goals is not a matter of having “discipline”. It’s a matter of motivating yourself, and keeping your focus on your goal. Follow these tips, or any combination of them that works for you, and you should have the motivation and focus you need.
Here they are:
Chart Your Progress
Recently I posted about how I created a chart to track my progress with each of my goals. This chart is not just for information purposes, for me to look back and see how I’m doing. It’s to motivate me to keep up with my goals. If I’m diligent about checking my chart every day, and marking dots or “x”s, then I will want to make sure I fill it with dots. I will think to myself, “I better do this today if I want to mark a dot.” Well, that’s a small motivation, but it helps, trust me. Some people prefer to use gold stars. Others have a training log, which works just as well. Or try Joe’s Goals. However you do it, track your progress, and allow yourself a bit of pride each time you give yourself a good mark.
Now, you will have some bad marks on your chart. That’s OK. Don’t let a few bad marks stop you from continuing. Strive instead to get the good marks next time.
Hold Yourself Back
When I start with a new exercise program, or any new goal really, I am rarin’ to go. I am full of excitement, and my enthusiasm knows no boundaries. Nor does my sense of self-limitation. I think I can do anything. It’s not long before I learn that I do have limitations, and my enthusiasm begins to wane.
Well, a great motivator that I’ve learned is that when you have so much energy at the beginning of a program, and want to go all out — HOLD BACK. Don’t let yourself do everything you want to do. Only let yourself do 50-75 percent of what you want to do. And plan out a course of action where you slowly increase over time. For example, if I want to go running, I might think I can run 3 miles at first. But instead of letting myself do that, I start by only running a mile. When I’m doing that mile, I’ll be telling myself that I can do more! But I don’t let myself. After that workout, I’ll be looking forward to the next workout, when I’ll let myself do 1.5 miles. I keep that energy reined in, harness it, so that I can ride it even further.
Join a group
When I started to run, more than a year ago, I joined a few different forums, at different times, on different sites, such as Men’s Health (the Belly-Off Runner’s Club), Runner’s World, Cool Running, and the running group at About.com. I did the same when I was quitting smoking.
Each time I joined a forum, it helped keep me on track. Not only did I meet a bunch of other people who were either going through what I was going through or who had already been through it, I would report my progress (and failures) as I went along. They were there for great advice, for moral support, to help keep me going when I wanted to stop.
Post a picture of your goal someplace visible
Perhaps near your desk or on your refrigerator, for example. Visualizing your goal, exactly how you think it will be when you’ve achieved it, whether it’s financial goals like traveling to Rome or building a dream house, or physical goals like finishing a marathon or getting a flat stomach, is a great motivator and one of the best ways of actualizing your goals.
Find a magazine photo or a picture online and post it somewhere where you can see it not only daily, but hourly if possible. Put it as your desktop photo, or your home page. Use the power of your visual sense to keep you focused on your goal. Because that focus is what will keep you motivated over the long term — once you lose focus, you lose motivation, so having something to keep bringing your focus back to your goal will help keep that motivation.
Get a workout partner or goal buddy
Staying motivated on your own is tough. But if you find someone with similar goals (running, dieting, finances, etc.), see if they’d like to partner with you. Or partner with your spouse, sibling or best friend on whatever goals they’re trying to achieve. You don’t have to be going after the same goals — as long as you are both pushing and encouraging each other to succeed.
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has created the AutoSaw system where robots can carry out carpentry projects. It lets users customize furniture; once the design is done, the robot assistants step in to create the parts.
Since users aren’t necessarily seasoned carpenters, the system helps them avoid injury. Here’s a quick overview:
“If you’re building a deck, you have to cut large sections of lumber to length, and that’s often done on site,” said CSAIL postdoc Jeffrey Lipton in a press statement. “Every time you put a hand near a blade, you’re at risk. To avoid that, we’ve largely automated the process using a chop-saw and jigsaw.”
The AutoSaw process
AutoSaw uses a computer-aided design (or CAD) system, allowing users to choose the kind furniture they want to create. The process is generally as follows:
- Pick a template from the system.
- Adjust the parameters of the furniture to customize its size, structure, and overall appearance.
- The system then simulates whether the design is doable.
- AutoSaw will then generate the list of parts to create.
- The system sends the plan to the robots.
- The robots construct the parts.
The robots are essentially Roombas with an attached jigsaw. This modification lets them cut wood to any size or shape.
For chopping, CSAIL used youBots, which (as shown in the video) raise a beam of wood, place it on the chop saw, and proceed to cut.
“We added soft grippers to the robots to give them more flexibility, like that of a human carpenter,” said Lipton. “This meant we could rely on the accuracy of the power tools instead of the rigid-bodied robots.”
The AutoSaw, however, can only build the parts. You’ll still need to put them all together.
“Our aim is to democratize furniture customization,” says PhD student and project co-lead Adriana Schulz. “We’re trying to open up a realm of opportunities so users aren’t bound to what they’ve bought at Ikea. Instead, they can make what best fits their needs.”
CSAIL is also responsible for an AI system that optimizes online video buffering.
Roast chicken is one of those basic dishes that every man should know. There are several ways to prepare the dish but today, we focus on using ingredients that are most likely found in your kitchen.
Here’s what you’ll need.
- 1 whole chicken (aim for the 3-pound variety)
- Black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of butter of margarine
1 stalk of celery (without leaves)
Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse the chicken with cold water both inside and out, then pat it dry with paper towels.
Buzzer beaters are a thing of beauty. It could also be soul-crushing defeat if the shot was against your favorite team. Here are some of the best we know.