Derek Reed West

57 Flips | 5 Magazines | 28 Likes | 1 Following | 10 Followers | @DerekReedWest | Keep up with Derek Reed West on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Derek Reed West”

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Chrome Web Store

Over 1,000 American communities have four times the lead poisoning that Flint does

<b>In this Feb. 26, 2016, photo, the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Mich. The state-appointed emergency manager who oversaw Flint, Michigan when its water source was switched to the Flint River says he was “grossly misled” by state and federal experts who never told him that lead was</b> …

10 Ways to Become a Better Landscape Photographer in the Next Year

As each new year approaches, people usually start thinking about what they can do better or improve in the new year. As a professional landscape …

Volvo’s new magic spray makes bikes, clothes, and everything else glow

Being visible at night is a pretty big deal for bikers, runners, or anyone else who might find themselves on or near a road or city street, and …

Seven Ideas to Make the Most of Your Time Off During the Holiday Break

It’s easy to get sucked into the “busy” trap, stuck in a constant state of catching up. If you have a couple of days off during the holiday break, …

Make a Solar Powered Survival Water Filter Out of Two Water Bottles

If you need to filter some water for drinking or cooking, this DIY solution uses the power of the sun.<p>In this video from the MAD Science Hacks …

DIY

This Cheap $20 Toolkit Can Open 99 Percent of Your Gadgets

Were the electronics makers of the world to have their way, every time one of your gadgets broke, you’d simply buy a new one. But most gadgets can be …

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game

By far the best moment of Recode's annual Code Conference was when Elon Musk took the stage and explained that though we <i>think</i> we're flesh-and-blood participants in a physical world, we are almost certainly computer-generated entities living inside a more advanced civilization's video game.<p>Don't …

This Nerd Is Rewriting ’50 Shades Of Grey’ And It’s Better Than The Original

Few contemporary "novels" have been parodied quite as much as Fifty Shades of Grey. We've had Fifty Sheds of Grey, Fifty Shades of O.J, and Fifty …

Kobe Bryant Threw Nick Young's Adidas Shoes Away, Would Only Sign Nikes

There was a time when Kobe Bryant was Team Adidas, but these days the Black Mamba is 100 percent Team Nike.<p>Don't come looking for him to sign sneakers unless they have the swoosh on them—not even if you've been teammates with him for a few years, as Nick "Swaggy P" Young learned Wednesday night.<p>On …

Shoes

Florida woman sees Governor Rick Scott in a Starbucks and offers him a piece of her mind: “You’re an asshole! You don’t care about working people”

“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” a stay-at-home mother shouted to Florida’s Republican Governor<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>April 6, 2016 5:40pm (UTC)<p>What would you do if had a chance encounter with the one politician you most disdained? What would you say if you ran into your governor at your …

Florida

Amazon Has an Official Guide for Building Your Own Alexa Device with a Raspberry Pi

We’ve shown off one way to build your own Amazon Echo before (or more accurately, Amazon Tap because the DIY version can’t access the …

Fox News “brainwashed” so many dads: “People are being bamboozled on a massive scale”

<b>Bill O'Reilly (Fox News/Salon)</b><p>Salon talks to filmmaker Jen Senko about her new documentary on radical right-wing media’s terrifying effect<p>Gary M. Kramer<p>March 20, 2016 5:03pm (UTC)<p>Filmmaker Jen Senko noticed a disturbing phenomenon. Her father, Frank, was a goofy, fun, non-political dad who treated …

New Realtime 3D Modeling Can Turn You Into Any Celebrity on Camera

A university research team recently developed a new method for real-time facial reenactment that works with a regular web camera, overcoming several …

This Man’s Hilarious Journey To Weight Loss Should Be An SNL Sketch

This viral video is unlike typical fare because it features a few recognizable faces, but it suitably parodies self-improvement videos across the internet. The short film, directed by Ben Berman, premiered last month at Sundance, and now it’s bursting across YouTube. Current <i>SNL</i> star Beck Bennett …

Bluetooth Devices Will Link to the Internet Without Your Presence

A lot of devices rely solely on Bluetooth for connectivity, but they always require another device to provide them with a link to the internet. That …

Here's why Will Smith's new movie 'Concussion' can legally use NFL logos without the league's consent

For the sake of authenticity, the movie is filled with shots of boardrooms with the NFL logo and authentic team logos prominently displayed.<p>According to entertainment lawyer Michael C. Donaldson, as long as the use of the NFL trademark and team logos does not in and of itself disparage or …

NFL

Google is ramping up hiring for its ambitious plan to make 'energy kites'

In the past few months, Google has posted more than 30 Makani job openings ,and a recent posting on the company's LinkedIn page boasts that the team is "growing rapidly."<p>The division has said that its experimental technology can produce 50% more energy with 90% less materials than traditional wind …

Renewable Energy

The Future of the Internet of Things Is Amazing, If We Don't Muck It Up

As I write this, about 3.2 billion humans are connected to the Internet, communicating with each other and sharing information. But, we're hardly alone in cyberspace. Machines are also doing the same, communicating and sharing information with each other and with us, over essentially the same …

Internet of Things

There’s a New, Easy Way to Rebook Cancelled Flights For Free

Freebird Lets You Rebook Cancelled Flights—For Free<p>Up until about a year ago, travelers in the U.S. had little to no recourse for severely delayed or …

Flying

H2-Woah! iPhone 6s may be secretly waterproof

Apple hasn’t advertised the iPhone 6s as being waterproof, but it seems that the new handset (unofficially) isn’t totally adverse to taking a dip.<p>In a new video test, YouTuber Zach Straley submerged both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in a bowl of water and let them sit there for an hour, powered …

Mobile Technology

This biscuit-and-pork slow-cooker breakfast casserole recipe has Southern charm

A casserole layering fluffy biscuits and saucy bits of tender pulled pork is the kind of home-cooked brunch you'd expect to spend all weekend preparing. But you can leave your weekend plans wide open — except for the 15 minutes it takes to assemble this breakfast casserole — and still get the same …

Slow Cookers

These Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago Are Still Relevant Today

Just like today, hacks were helping people fix everything up 100 years ago. While today’s shortcuts to a more efficient life include technology and more advanced appliances, there are still plenty of century-old tricks that can totally be incorporated into our world today. A Reddit user uploaded a …

Mason Jar LED Tiki Torches Glow Any Color

Tiki torches are a fun summer lighting solution. Although fire is generally very entertaining, there are times when a more subdued form of illumination is called for. If it can change colors like this red-green-blue (RGB) “torch,” even better!<p>Adafruit engineer Tony DiCola decided to make this as a …

Behold The Tent Of The Future! Collects Solar Energy, Rainwater, And Folds Up For Easy Travel

When people are asked what type of people are part of the green community, most have a stereotypical view of hippies that live off the grid. In …

Off-grid

How to Get Into Chicago's Secret Bars

You might not know this, but we're actually terrible at keeping secrets, <i>especially</i> when it comes to bars. And while you might know about a bunch of …

8 Secret Amazon Prime Perks You Don't Know About

David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Andrew Yates—AFP/Getty Images<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty …

Whole Foods is falling to competitors because of one mistake

The company's shares have fallen 25% in the past three months as analysts worry that the brand won't be able to attract new customers.<p>Supermarket chain Kroger is expected to surpass Whole Foods as the nation's top seller of organic food, while Trader Joe's sells twice as much per square foot.<p>Whole …

Trader Joe's