Google Servers Are DOWN!

This is the first time I’ve ever seen Google’s servers go down!

I bet you by the time I’m done writing this post, they will be back up…

Let’s go check…

NOPE – not yet.. Google’s servers are still down..

I bet you Yahoo and Bing are getting a lot of traffic right now.. watch their servers go down too LOL..

OHHH and Google is back & I just had a conversation with myself.. good times!

How To: Build A Computer In Less Than 6 Minutes [VIDEO]

Chris Mechanic needed a new computer, so I built him one..

Here is the video of the build .. it’s sped up 12 times:



Well, that was fun!

And now for the part list … as usual.. THANK YOU Newegg ūüôā

 
  1
COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm 4 BLUE LED LED Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103022
$9.98
  1
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B – OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
$21.99
  1
EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130395
$59.99
  1
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
Item #: N82E16820145184
$99.99
  1
Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.1A – White – OEM
Item #: N82E16826105122
$18.99
  1
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
Item #: N82E16819115037
$167.99
  1
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136074
$49.99
  1
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 – OEM
Item #: N82E16823109043
$13.99
  1
GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2H LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128396
$59.99
  1
APEVIA Black / Silver SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-AL/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Item #: N82E16811144230
$69.99
Subtotal $572.89
Tax $0.00
 UPS 3 DAYS $9.37
Rush Processing (Preferred Account) -$2.99
Rush Processing $2.99
Order Total $582.26

Cooking Chicken & Chickpeas [VIDEO]

Cooking is so much fun.. especially when it’s super delicious ūüôā

I admit, I’m a chicken guy – I definitely prefer chicken with the right spices and/or sauce over a hamburger. (don’t get me wrong, love a steak, especially filet’s and top cut sirloins).



One word: Costco. ¬†When you’re witnessing in the video above is frozen chicken breasts and chickpeas.. both from Costco. ¬†When combined.. the most delicious¬†concoction¬†is created!



Poking holes in the chicken is a little trick that does two things:

1 – Helps cook it faster

2 – Allows the spices and juices of the chickpeas (and vegetables) to enter the depths of the chicken

All and all, super delicious.. AND did I mention: HEALTHY!

Spices are awesome because at worst, the have sodium – but they don’t have fat or carbs (the two things that make you.. well, fat).

Some spices have been proven to help you fight cancer and increase your immune system (I don’t know the details of these, yet.)

I love cooking.. it’s fun, delicious, and can be healthy at the same time!

Help The Band Cross The Bridge

There are 4 band members that are trying to get to their concert.. they are late – AND – they have to cross a bridge! (don’t worry how this happened .. it just did, ok?)

This riddle is a little more difficult then the “find the heavy egg” … I think I got it from an compsci interview question.

Help The Band Cross The Bridge

The situation:

There are 4 band members that are trying to get to their concert.. they are late – AND – they have to cross a bridge!

(don’t worry how this happened .. it just did, ok?)

If they’re going to make it to the concert on time, they have to cross the bridge in 17 minutes or less.

Here is where it gets complicated:

  • It’s night time and they only have 1 flashlight.
  • The bridge is old and narrow, so only 1 or 2 members can cross at any one time.
    • The flashlight can provide enough light for either 1 or 2 band members, but whoever is crossing the bridge must have the flashlight or be with someone who has the flashlight.
  • They figured out the only way to make this happen is to have 2 people cross the bridge, then send 1 person back with the flashlight.
    • They can’t throw the flashlight.. the bridge is too long (nice try).

Meet the band members:

As stated before, there are 4 band members:

  1. Alex – Vocals – Takes 1 minute to cross the bridge
  2. Mark – Violin – Takes 2 minutes to cross
  3. John – Guitar – Takes 5 minutes to cross
  4. Chris – Drums – Takes 10 minutes to cross

Remember, 2 people can cross at once, but they will go at the slower persons speed!

So if Alex and John go across, it will take them 5 minutes.

If only Mark goes across, it will take him 2 minutes (because he doesn’t have to wait on anyone else).

How can they all make across the bridge in 17 minutes?

The format should look something like this:

Alex and John go across for 5min… Total: 5min

Alex brings the flashlight back for 1min… Total: 6min

Chris and Mark go across for 10min… Total: 16min

etc..

As you can see, with the example started above, it’s already been 16 minutes and there is still someone left on the other side.. they aren’t going to make the concert.

Your turn.. leave your questions, thoughts, and answer in the comments below.. good luck ūüôā

SPOILER ALERT: The answer is in the comments below… It is blacked out .. but you can put your mouse over it to reveal it…¬†don’t look if you want to figure it out on your own!

Edamame: “The Wonder Veggie” – WOW!

Nutrition facts for Dry Roasted Edamame
Dry Roasted Edamame Nutrition Facts

I really don’t have much to say on this one.. have you had this Edamame stuff (specifically “dry roasted” edamame)?

If you’re about eating healthy.. and like to get a good dose of protein and fiber in your day… CHECK OUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS!

Long story short, I really don’t think you can beat that..

And if you have something that can beat this dry roasted edamame in terms of NO FAT – NO SUGARS – HIGH PROTEIN – HIGH FIBER… please tell me about it!

PS – look at the¬†ingredients… no preservatives or anything! ¬†I buy this 29oz box from Costco.

Find The Heavy Egg

Heard this one from the taxi driver taking us from Esfahan to Tehran.

Find The Heavy Egg

There are 8 identical eggs laying on the table (don’t worry about why).

They are all identical in color, shape, smell, etc.. identical in every way except: one of the eggs weighs just slightly more than all the others.

You can’t tell by feeling it in between your hands.. but you do¬†have a scale (no, it’s not digital). ¬†It’s an old-school scale, like this one:

With ONLY 2 WEIGHS РEach weigh can have any number of the 8 eggs on either side.  You must determine which eggs you are going to weigh against each other before putting them on the scale.

YOU ONLY GET 2 ATTEMPTS AT WEIGHING THEM…

How do you find the heavy egg?

Leave the answer below, don’t holler it on Facebook, I want to see who can figure it out =)

SPOILER ALERT: The answer is in the comments below… It is blacked out .. but you can put your mouse over it to reveal it…¬†don’t look if you want to figure it out on your own!

How To: Add 3 Months To Your Year

Would you like to get 15 months worth of stuff done in only 12 months?

Let me explain how I’m planning on adding 3 months of productivity to my year..

Assume you wake up and start working (productively) at 9am.. and like everyone else, your productivity starts to fade when 5pm starts to roll around.

Without a lunch break, that’s about 8 hours a day. ¬†Not bad.

That isn’t cutting it for me though, I need more time in the day.. there is a lot more to do than 8 hours allows, so I’m looking for 10-12 hour days.

But I’ve noticed that after 5pm, I am no where close to as productive as I am in the morning since I’m starting to get tired and hungry, and feel like I should do other things like work out and socialize…

Therefore, I’m instituting a rule where I have to wake up by 6am.. why?

Because If I’m up and productively working by 7am, that adds 2 hours per day!

Not to mention, these are probably the most productive hours of the day! …

  • No social threads are being updated
  • No phone calls coming in
  • No meetings scheduled

So 2 more hours per day = 10 more hours per week = 1+ extra 8-hour work days per week!

Rough Calculations…

So if you work 2 extra (wicked productive) hours per day.. you get 10 extra hours per week…

4 weeks in a month * 10 hours per week = 40 extra hours per month…

40 hours per month = 1 extra week per month…

1 week per month * 12 months = 12 extra weeks per year!…

and of course, 12 weeks per year / 4 weeks per month = 3 extra super productive MONTHS PER YEAR!!

You don’t have to follow the math, or be as excited as I am.. just know this: ¬†If you start working earlier, you WILL get more done, in less time..

“Work smarter, not harder”

Nothing good happens on weeknights after 10pm anyway, you’re either drinking, watching tv, or bullshitting on the internet.. go to bed, wake up early, get more done, be happy.. and take more vacations with your new found time!

Your thoughts? ¬†Don’t be scared.