Hack: Cool desktop app to greatly reduce video file size

I found this really useful and very effective desktop app used to drastically reduce video file size without compromising video quality. I’ve been using it regularly and my YouTube uploads have been way much faster ever since.

The app is called Handbrake and you can download it for free from https://handbrake.fr

Here’s a YouTube tutorial on how to reduce your video file size using Handbrake.


Speed Math Tip: Multiplying by 11

Mathematics has always fascinated me and I’m avid collector of Math tricks and techniques. So I’m delighted to have found out that there are lots and lots of them in YouTube.

Here’s one I found. I’ve actually learned this way back in secondary school but have since forgotten. Having viewed the video from YouTube made me recall it fully and immediately.

Here it is:




I found and grabbed this image from a much-shared post on Facebook many months ago.

It is a trivia from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

It gives a historical origin on why the letter “X,” particularly when used in documents or correspondences, is taken to mean “kiss.”

I didn’t know that.

I do know that X means kiss, but didn’t know when, where, or how it started.

What I am aware of is that most young people actually know that X means “kiss” from “XOXO” which means hugs and kisses, where X = kiss and O = hug.

X in this case, however, has a more contemporary etymology. X and O from a bird’s eye view look like 2 people kissing and hugging, respectively, in the pop culture of emoticons.

If you come to think of it, this trivial fact casts an entirely different light on XXX, don’t you think so?


Lost Steps

These pair-less slippers were collected by paid hands while cleaning the mountain of debris washed ashore in a beach in Batangas during a recent typhoon.

Some of the pair-less slippers are well worn. Some are even damaged already. But quite a few seem to be new and slightly used. They are mostly, if not all, kids’ slippers.

I could not help but wonder about the previous owners of these slippers. Where are they? How did they get to lose one of their slippers?

The meanest and funniest prank

THIS IS a very mean prank. I couldn’t help but feel bad for the people targeted by this prank. At the same time I was rolling on the floor laughing all throughout the duration of the video clip. I guess, I’m bad. But so are you, I bet. 😀

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