Archive for December, 2007

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain

When I was still in high school, my very odd cousin Damien (real name) asked me if I wanted to play a game. I stepped back slightly and eyed my clad-in-black cousin carefully. “What kind of game?” I asked. “It’s a new card game, called Magic the Gathering.” I was reluctant, but nodded yes anyway. […]

Posted in: games
They’re totally worth it.

They’re totally worth it.

I’m going to take a job that puts me back in the Washington, D.C. area. I’m not 100% sure I’ll be moving, but chances are very high. Having three dogs makes searching for a place to live more difficult, especially when most of the places nearest to where I’ll be working are high-rise apartments. I […]

Posted in: dogs
Rare earth magnet as red light triggering device review

Rare earth magnet as red light triggering device review

Do rare earth magnets help motorcycles trigger lights? Gibberish finds out the hard way.

Posted in: motorcycling, review
How fast can you type? Asus Eee edition

How fast can you type? Asus Eee edition

Earlier in the year I posted How fast can you type? I hit 98 words a minute, which seemed pretty realistic. The test took two minutes and used a combination of letters, numbers, and case (take the test here, Java required). Someone on Ars Technica inquired about typing on the Asus Eee’s keyboard. The diminutive […]

Posted in: technology
Wearever Hard Anodized Non-stick Cookware Review

Wearever Hard Anodized Non-stick Cookware Review

I have owned some apparently very nice clad stainless steel cookware made by Cuisinart. I bought them on the advice of my (at the time) boss, who swore up and down that stainless steel was the best way to go. I shouldn’t have listened him, about the pots and pans or about buying a home, […]

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Aerobie Aeropress: The greatest coffee device ever devised?

Aerobie Aeropress: The greatest coffee device ever devised?

I have participated in the Ars Technica Sekrit Santa event ever since it was started four years ago. Every year I got something awesome: niche coffee from Honduras, very nice tea, and a Gnomad, Gunpowder tea and tulip glass teaware, and an Italian stovetop coffee maker complete with homemade instructional DVD. Those were all great, […]

Posted in: review
It may not be a tree, but it’ll have to do

It may not be a tree, but it’ll have to do

I put this bad boy out last year and enjoyed seeing it so much every time I came home I kept it out a little too long. There won’t be a lot of holiday decorations at NORAD this year, but this Santa globe will put a smile on my face well into 2008. No tags […]

Posted in: gibberish
Leafageddon

Leafageddon

Once a year, a mighty battle is waged at the DrFaulken abode. The forces of man clash with the forces of nature in what can only be described as a fight to the death of epic proportions. The combatants: me and seventeen oak trees in my front and back yards. Last year I disposed of […]

Posted in: Uncategorized
First human-to-human H5N1 (Avian Flu) death?

First human-to-human H5N1 (Avian Flu) death?

The BBC is reporting that a Chinese man whose son died from an H5N1 infection has also died, raising concerns that the avian flu might be transmittable from person to person. All previous documented cases of human H5N1 infection has been due to contact with birds, or animals who have come into contact with birds, […]

How to move and remap the right shift key on the Asus Eee

How to move and remap the right shift key on the Asus Eee

I am going to write a more lengthy review of the Asus Eee super-small laptop after I’ve logged some more time with it. In the meantime, I wanted to post instructions on how to fix what I considered the most annoying design flaw of the unit: the position of the right shift key on the […]

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