Links of the Week (8/03/2020)

California accents, driving the 101, and maps from the sky…

Californians dropped the “cot” vowel sound, pronouncing it like “caught” instead. So something had to fill that space. “The California Shift is this kind of combined change in the pronunciation of short vowels,” says Kennedy. The easiest way to think about it? Look at the words kit, dress, and trap. In the California Shift, “kit” becomes “ket”, “dress” becomes “drass”, and “trap” becomes “trop”.

I actually wanted to study linguistics before I went to college. Didn’t have the chance, but I still find articles like this fascinating.

I Made a Linguistics Professor Listen to a Blink-182 Song and Analyze the Accent


A driving trip is one of the best options during a pandemic. California’s 101 coastal route has a diversity fo different landscapes. In the years I have lived here I have visited most of them many times.

Me too!!

Driving California the 101


In Minnesota, there’s a forest shaped like Minnesota. You wouldn’t know it when you’re near it, or even in it; you can only see it when you’re flying above it.

One of those…HUH….things.

Waving to the Great Mapmaker in the Sky


Ten years on from the release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society smartly traces the key influences of the film, rejecting the simplistic notion that Inception is just a rip-off of Paprika or The Matrix.

I love Christopher Nolan movies…especially Inception.

A Keen Analysis of the Influences on Inception

Shortcuts for Duck Duck Go

At first glance I said…huh?

I have been using DuckDuckGo for several years now. Recently I was talking to a friend about this, and she explained that while she likes the idea of DuckDuckGo, she still thinks she would occasionally need Google. “Then just bang Google,” I responded, and she looked at me like I just got off a spaceship.

Such useful trick if you don’t want Google to know everything you ever search the internet for. Duck Duck Go is a solid search engine for the privacy it gives you…knowing these shortcuts make it that much better.

Duck Duck Go Bangs — MacSparky

Links of the Week

The new Bronco, empathy in negotiations, and why men and women age differently…

The videos, embedded throughout this piece, feature pro climber Brooke Raboutou, country singer Kip Moore and Chin himself mediating on their successes and what it means to be able to escape into the wild—plus plenty of Bronco action shots. As the creative director for a project that needed to pull double duty in telling a story and showing off the trucks, Chin was instrumental in crafting that first impression for folks.

​If you haven’t seen the new Ford Bronco…well what rock have you been under?

How Free Solo Filmmaker and Pro Climber Jimmy Chin Brought the 2021 Ford Bronco Into America’s Homes


Questions often hold more power than declarations.

More importantly, it provokes what Chris Voss calls “forced empathy.” Voss’s resume includes a stint as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FB1 and 14 years in the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force. He knows how to have a conversation in difficult situations.

“Forced empathy” is a powerful negotiation tool. Here’s how to do it.


This isn’t the first study of its kind to suggest that what we find in love isn’t really what we were looking for. The evidence suggests that we really are consistent in the abstract of it all: when asked to evaluate what you want on paper, you are more likely to suggest overall attractiveness in accordance with what you’ve stated are important ideals to you. But real life isn’t so similar.

Do we really date based on our own ideals?


By examining gender-based distinctions in the immune system, cell structure, brain and other systems, researchers are discovering how and why men and women grow older in clearly different ways.

Women and Men Age Differently—in More Ways Than Just Longevity

Best Workhorse Vlogging Lens

This lens does it all for me…

This is an easy one for me. The Cannon 10-18mm lens is what is on my camera about 90% of the time I am using it.

Partly because (for photos) I’ve always been drawn to that wide angle lens look, but (for video) when it comes to vlogging it checks so many boxes.

I do wish that it was a prime lens (ie. a fixed f2.8) but that just makes me work for that good lighting.

If you are considering an “intro” vlogging lens and don’t want to spend a butt load of money…this is the way to go.

SLAYbour Day (a fun family film)

Kids loved doing this…

This was an off the cuff family “movie” made by my brother-in-law and all kids, cousins, parents.

Of course they handed me the footage and asked if I could put it all together. It didn’t take too much!! They had a blast and when they’re older I know my kids will love watching this one day.