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The internet has become an unending avalanche of shit

I have to say something. And yes, I guess I’m contributing to the steaming pile. With infinite competition for mind share, eyeballs and clicks, touches, swipes, everyone’s doing it. Doing what you ask? Adding ‘content’ to the internet to get… Continue Reading →

Tribute to John Spencer, British snooker player

I just finished reading “Out of the blue, into the black”, John Spencer’s excellent autobiography, published in August 2005. Sadly he died just 11 months later at the age of 71. As a child in the 1970’s, I watched snooker… Continue Reading →

Vote against Obama next year! This is why…

(sent to me, good stuff!) THE REAL PROBLEM WITH OUR GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM The folks who are getting free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff. Because the folks who are paying for the free stuff,… Continue Reading →

Another drip coffee maker! Cuisinart DCC-2600 14 cup

[amazonify]B00005IBX9:right[/amazonify][amazonify]B001NGO27W:right[/amazonify] So the Mr. Coffee coffee maker I had finally quit. It wasn’t expensive, but still annoying that it just died. It was probably about 3 years old. I liked that it had a green backlit fairly large analog-style (hands)… Continue Reading →

Stranded Starfish

[amazonify]0142001104:right[/amazonify] Loved this. Thanks Joe and his Stranded Starfish blog, and thanks to the authors of the book “The Art Of Possibility” As the old man walked down a Spanish beach at dawn, he saw ahead of him what he… Continue Reading →

QuickGifter

A friend has created a new iPhone app called QuickGifter. The description is as follows: How many times have you been embarrassed by giving the wrong gifts? Or the wrong size? Or the wrong color? The new QuickGifter iPhone app… Continue Reading →

Zach Fights Back

Posting for a friend, please check out the sitatuation for this adorable boy Zack. zachfightsback.com Facebook Thank you.

web site development, and what people think they know…

To quote Donald Rumsfeld, there’s known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. In the case of web development as with many things, some people who use web sites, think they know how easy/hard it is to build them. (Hint: they… Continue Reading →

2009 Masters golf tournament

Enjoy the Masters golf tournament leaderboard!

President Obama – off to a bad start. Change you can’t believe in?

Well he’s off to a really bad start.  Here’s just a few ‘highlights’: He’s fighting to restructure healthcare in the country while the economy collapses. He’s had a string of tax cheating nominees and appointments to his cabinet. He’s reneged… Continue Reading →

T. Boone Pickens and pickensplan.com

T. Boone Pickens has made a fortune in oil.  But he’s an American first and at 80, he’s still passionate and dedicated to helping the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil.  The U.S. gets 70% of its oil from… Continue Reading →

Fred Couples, quite a life…

Fred Couples, professional golfer, is someone I have admired for a couple of decades. His golf swing is unmatched in style, so fluid, so upright, elbows higher and more behind him than anyone it seems, and also seemingly effortless. He… Continue Reading →

The joy of sailing (HA!)

A friend mentioned they were going to look at boats. This brought back memories. When i was a kid in England, my Dad got a sail boat (or yacht as the English say for anything with a sail) – I… Continue Reading →

Passionate About Pizza book

A good friend of mine, Curtis Ide, is passionate about pizza! Specifically, making great pizza at home. He’s so passionate in fact that he’s written a book about it with all the details, great pictures, and of course, lots of… Continue Reading →

Remembering January 28th, 1986

This day contained 2 things burned in my memory. Like many who love NASA and all it has accomplished, I was horrified to learn the Challenger space shuttle blew up a couple of minutes after launch as it rocketed into… Continue Reading →

Meet Elliott (Blackberry Storm video put on youtube)

So I got a Blackberry Storm recently (love it, although there’s quite a learning curve!). Anyway, it can capture video, which is pretty cool.  So I grabbed a few tiny videos and wanted to see if I could transfer, edit,… Continue Reading →

Well it’s election day

I voted.  And I’ve deliberately kept the TV off any channel likely to be analyzing the election or announing results.  It’s not been easy (I watched other, pre-recorded stuff, or did some work).  I will catch the result in the… Continue Reading →

9/11 – 7 years later

9/11/01 showed the world the worst and the best in humanity. RIP to the victims and heroes who didn’t survive. Thank you to everyone who has worked to heal the physical and mental scars, and to get those who share… Continue Reading →

Life on a little horse farm

So this morning I was going to help my wife power wash her horse barn. She’d emptied the 3 stalls, and I showed her how to use the backpack blower to blow out the dust/hay first. So far so good…. Continue Reading →

WALL-E is amazing

I just saw the new Disney/Pixar movie WALL-E and I was blown away.  I think critics of this movie may have been expecting a comedy, perhaps a Toy Story with robots, but it’s nothing of the kind.  It certainly has… Continue Reading →

Bjorn Lomborg’s important new book “Cool It”

[amazonify]030738652X:right:product[/amazonify]I recently saw Bjorn Lomborg interviewed about ‘global warming’ and his views on what we should do seemed about the most practical and effective imaginable.  Instead of the shrill, slick, non-scientific, and dishonest ‘marketing’ by people like Al Gore, Lomborg… Continue Reading →

U.S. department of energy – your tax dollars at work

With all this talk of oil and energy, I decided to look at the Department of Energy web site to see what it claims to be doing. Loads of good sounding info, but I decided to go to the budget,… Continue Reading →

U.S. gas prices – thank you environmentalists

Sooner or later I guess this topic was going to get mentioned here. U.S. gas prices have doubled and more in the past couple of years.  It must be hurting millions of people directly (getting to and from work or… Continue Reading →

The last lecture

Professor Randy Pausch is dying and he knows it, of liver cancer.  But this inspiring wonderful man decided to inspire his students with his final lecture, telling them what’s really important in life. You can see his last lecture here:… Continue Reading →

Resisting entropy

I learned a few years ago the best way to get the house cleaned up is to invite people over. So a friend came by this morning and I felt pretty good – I’d tidied my office (although some was… Continue Reading →

A complaint free world?

[amazonify]0385524587:right:product:thehigginswebsit[/amazonify] Complain? You want to complain? It’s tax return time and the forms are SO annoying! The grass has started growing fast and that means I’m going to have to spend a lot more time cutting it than I want… Continue Reading →

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