New Year, New Noggin

This time around we’re really going to do it. Really. We’re going to do it. All the way ‘til that big ball drops again, we’re turning over a new leaf. Sticking with it. We’re going to take the bull by the horns and ride that sucker into a new day. A new us. We’ll make hay while the sun shines. Be thinner, better. Fitter, happier. Faster, stronger. We’re going to self-improve. That’s because it’s the New Year, baby, and we’re makin’ resolutions! Share → Tweet

Behold, The Wonkavator!

noggBLOG permalink The fabled Wonkavator, Wonka’s personal transit car that can move in any direction, will soon exist, and not in a world of pure imagination. In real life. In Germany. In 2016. Share → Tweet

Richard the Third Wheel

noggBLOG permalink Much like the bottom of the change tray in your center console, parking lots are full of surprises. Weird smells, strange animals, the occasional set of twins, it’s a veritable grab bag-type experience every time you push the button for your ticket. One thing you may not expect to find: a dead king of Shakespeare fame. Share → Tweet

Thck as a BRCK

noggBLOG permalink If it can work in Africa, it can work anywhere. That’s the thinking behind the BRCK, a kind of super-connector for Internet access in the most remote parts of the world. Share → Tweet

Ernie Pyle, Man of the Midwest

noggBLOG permalink “It takes one to know one.” The expression gets thrown around a lot. It’s a gibe, retort, pointed insult, but many of us, if we give it some careful thought, might liken it to a feeling of familiarity, a kinship. That’s something we Midwesterners have a knack for. We instinctually seek it at both broad and microscopic levels. As soon as we see it, we know it, and no recognition comes more quickly than meeting a Midwesterner far from home. Such was the effectual charisma of Ernie Pyle.... Read The Rest →

The World’s Best Whiskey: The Secret Behind Pappy Van Winkle’s Success

noggBLOG permalink Spoiler Alert: The secret is…there is no secret. The world’s best whiskey, Pappy Van Winkle, is so notorious GrubStreet claims “even your Grandmother has probably heard of it at this point.” And she probably has. But it wasn’t always so ubiquitously coveted. Share → Tweet

Fred and Ginger, The Dancing House of Prague

noggBLOG permalink Meet Fred and Ginger. Also known as The Dancing House of Prague, Fred and Ginger are more officially known as the Nationale-Nederlanden building, a design collaboration between Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect legend Frank Gehry. Share → Tweet

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