Archive for October, 2009

That extra half inch always gets you ….

That extra half inch always gets you ….

I run three monitors in my home office. For awhile I used to do this via two video cards, but I had a lot of stability problems in Windows Vista and the release candidate for Windows 7. I disconnected the tertiary monitor, yanked the PCI video card, and started researching solutions. I thought I would […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #06: Surviving a highway merge

Random Motorcycling Tip #06: Surviving a highway merge

“Congratulations,” my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor told me after finishing my class. “You are now qualified to ride slowly around a parking lot. Stay off of the highway.” After feeling confident enough to putter around my neighborhood and surrounding suface streets, I took to the highway. I live a good 15 – 25 miles […]

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My Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade installation

My Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade installation

I’ve run Windows XP for a very, very long time. To be honest, it was a great operating system, aside from having to reboot after installing driver or most patches. I passed on Vista for the first two years of its life until a Black Friday newegg.com retail special hooked me at $79 for an […]

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Witmer Company Peanut Butter mixer review

Witmer Company Peanut Butter mixer review

I review the Witmer Company metal peanut butter mixer with a screw on lid and steel stirring rod. It’s cheap and it works — and best of all, no mess.

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Happy Adopt-a-versary, Rosie!

Happy Adopt-a-versary, Rosie!

Rosie, taken on October 17, 2009. I adopted Rosie four years ago today. My ex-girlfriend and I started looking for a second dog when we realized that Porter (a year old back then) needed even more playtime than we could provide. Just like with Porter (and eventually, Pearl), I put Rosie through a personality test. […]

Posted in: dogs
Thermos Vacuum-Insulated 2 Quart Glass-lined Airpot review

Thermos Vacuum-Insulated 2 Quart Glass-lined Airpot review

I review the Thermos Vacuum-Insulated 2 Quart Glass-lined Airpot available from Target.com. It is better than the original at the same bargain price of $15.

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Random Motorcycling Tip #05: Check your tire pressure … frequently

Random Motorcycling Tip #05: Check your tire pressure … frequently

Tires are pretty important on an automobile. They help you do everything from speed up and slow down, maintain traction, and helps to keep your car at its optimal fuel efficiency. The nice thing about a car tires is that, generally, there are four of them. Motorcycles are immediately handicapped by only having two tires. […]

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New motorcycle crash study underway, but will it be inclusive enough?

New motorcycle crash study underway, but will it be inclusive enough?

I don’t think we’ve talked about this here before, but apparently Oklahoma State University is conducting a motorcycle crash statistics analysis (similar to the Hurt study of the 80s). Here is a Los Angeles Times article about the study. The original desire was to study between 900 and 1200 crashes; however due to budgetary constraints […]

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Happy Adoption Anniversary, Porter!

Happy Adoption Anniversary, Porter!

I can’t believe it’s been five years since I adopted Porter from Homeward Trails. He has been a wonderful companion all of this time. As I added another dog (and then another), he gracefully and gradually slid lower and lower the pack’s totem pole. As the most omega of omega dogs, he is super pleasant […]

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Shirt.Woot! vs 6 Dollar Shirts: What does $4 get you?

Shirt.Woot! vs 6 Dollar Shirts: What does $4 get you?

I buy a lot of shirts from Shirt.Woot, Woot.com’s t-shirt a day Web site. A lot of t-shirts. I thought I would give 6 Dollar Shirts a shot, especially since you can get ten for $50. 6 Dollar Shirts has a lot of cool concepts, and I was glad to see that the site allows […]

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