Sunday, January 15, 2017

Diaper changing class

Very educational. This was our baby.

Former Uzbek dictator's daughter music video with Depardieu

This was made in 2012, when she was extremely corrupt and still in the graces of her late father, Islam Karimov. At some point, when the people and her father were sick and tired of her, she disappeared. She just re-appeared, apparently still under house arrest, in Uzbekistan. 

North Koreans try American BBQ for the first time

I don't like BBQ sauce either. It might be a pan-Asian thing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Eating the Globe: Belgium

I went to a Belgian bar/restaurant for dinner last night. The bar had a sizable variety of Belgian beers on tap. Because it was nearly deserted, I got to sample a bunch of them, one thimbleful at a time.

When we sat down for dinner, there were no other dining customers. Not a good sign. By the time we ordered, two mothers with screaming young children decided to sit at the table next to us. Great.

I got the Chicken Waterzooi. It's a creamy chicken soup with carrots and leaks. It was a bit too salty. 

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

James May's take on the BMW M1

Honda Riding Assist self-balancing motorcycle

From Wired:

Unlike the Segway and BMW’s Motorrad Vision concept motorcycle, Honda’s “Riding Assist” tech doesn’t rely on heavy gyroscopes to balance itself. It instead uses tech derived from the balancing systems in its Asimo robot and Uni-Cub electric mobility scooter, developed at its Silicon Valley R&D center.

Honda uses an electronic steer-by-wire system that disengages the handlebars from the front forks at speeds below 3 mph, passing control of the front wheel to the computer. The bike senses lean angles and swings the wheel to either side, thousands of times per second, to counteract any tendency tip over. It also adjusts the angles of the front forks, lowering the bike’s center of gravity to improve stability.