Year In Review The year. In review. Peru vs. Australia After the emotional rush of hearing the Peruvian national anthem, and seeing La Blanquirroja on a global stage for the first time in my life had subsided, the disappointment of realizing my home country’s World Cup campaign was coming to an end had rushed in. Peru had played pretty damn well against Denmark and France, but one defensive slip in each game forced the team to take a loss in both matches. Because of that, I wasn’t quite rushing out of bed to watch their third group stage match against Australia. The day of the game, I woke up just in time to catch the national anthems through a stream on my phone. The moment was heartwarming, but didn’t really bring any emotion out of me. That changed 18 minutes after opening kickoff. Veteran strike Paolo Guerrero, who only barely made it into the World Cup squad after all of the participating nations’ captains petitioned to lift his doping ban, crossed the … [Read more...] about Deadspin’s Favorite Sports Moments From 2018
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The year in TV performances was marked as much by transformation as star power, as Hollywood A-listers continued to flock to the small screen. Rapt audiences watched as a couple of British gents who know their way around a Jane Austen drama turned into cads, and America’s sweethearts (past and present) tapped into their dark sides. Teen-comedy-breakouts-turned-Oscar-winners had a genre-bending experience, while a filmmaker’s muse became fashion royalty. But the glow from those marquee names couldn’t overshadow all the rising stars, the newcomers who grabbed our attention as they held their own against some of their most acclaimed peers, or the veteran actors who are not only the glue of their respective ensembles but also continue to show us all how it’s done. There’s some argument over how many truly great shows emerged this season, and that’s fine—but, as our list demonstrates, 2018 could easily be the year of the peak performance. … [Read more...] about The best TV performances of 2018
Most plumbing problems occur at or near such fixtures as sinks, tubs, and toilets. Sometimes, however, the pipes themselves are the root of the problem. Pipes can be temperamental -- they can leak, sweat, freeze, or make loud noises. In the following article, we'll tell you how to deal with all of these difficulties. We'll begin in this section by addressing leaking, sweating, and frozen pipes. Leaks in Pipes There are all kinds of plumbing leaks. Some can flood your home, while others are not nearly so damaging. Your approach to stopping a leak depends on the type of leak it is. If the leak is at a joint, tighten the joint. If the leak is in a pipe, remove the section that is leaking and replace it with a new section. Unfortunately, this is more easily said than done. For example, when you turn a threaded galvanized steel pipe to unscrew it from its fitting at one end, you tighten the pipe into its fitting at the other end. With copper pipe, the new section must be sweat-soldered in … [Read more...] about How to Repair Plumbing Pipes
Buying a home can be a scary thing, and going through a home inspection may be even scarier. But it's necessary to make sure you aren't buying a house that will cost thousands of dollars in repairs down the road. See more real estate pictures. Goodshoot/ThinkStock Buying your first home is super exciting, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking. Making serious financial decisions and dealing with unfamiliar lingo can be overwhelming, not to mention all of the considerations about what kind of shape the house is in when it becomes yours. It's enough to send you screaming back to your rental property. Good home inspectors are great allies when it comes to making one of the most important purchasing decisions of your life. Most first-time homeowners don't have a clue how to kick the tires on a house. Is the foundation strong? Does the roof leak? Is the rear deck up to code? How on Earth do you know if the wiring needs attention? Thankfully, home inspectors can tell you all this … [Read more...] about Navigating Your First Home Inspection
It's a good idea to avoid bathtubs during a thunderstorm; you also should avoid faucets and other plumbing. Martin Barraud/Getty Images/sytilin/ThinkStock Is it dangerous to bathe in a thunderstorm? A bathtub would be a lot easier. (Ba-dum-dum.) Seriously though, it's long been rumored that taking a nice, hot soak in the tub or enjoying a warm shower is a dangerous proposition when electricity is coursing through the sky. And before we get into the truth about bathing during a lightning storm, let's first discuss why it's even a question. For one, there are a lot of silly myths about lightning. For instance, a plane getting hit by lightning generally isn't really that big of a deal — although pilots aren't crazy and do try to avoid thunderstorms, planes are built to safely conduct currents [source: NOAA]. And yes, lighting will strike the same place twice, and many tall structures are hit often. Even the old "rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning strikes" adage … [Read more...] about Is It Dangerous to Bathe During a Thunderstorm?