Archive for December, 2009

XM Rudio, amirite?

XM Rudio, amirite?

I’ve been an XM Radio subscriber twice. When I started driving to work last year during the fall I called in and got the “open secret” $77 annual membership deal. Service is usually $13 a month, so I was glad paying more than 50% off. However, as the weather got better I rode my motorcycle […]

Posted in: gibberish, music
Ars Technica Sekrit Santa, 2009

Ars Technica Sekrit Santa, 2009

Every year, I am impressed at the thoughtfulness of the gifts I receive from my Sekrit Santa. The amount of consideration from my Sekrit Santa this year is matched only by my embarrassment at not posting sooner. We’ve been preparing the house for holiday visitors, and between the painting and the unexpected kitchen sink explosion […]

Posted in: games, zombies
Snap! (I’ve Got the Power)

Snap! (I’ve Got the Power)

On Monday I noticed that some of my things were damp underneath the kitchen sink. Turns out that there was a small leak coming from the cold water hose. No problem, right? I read the specifications right off of the hose, went to Home Depot, and purchased a replacement. I turned the knob on the […]

Posted in: gibberish
Power Grid Board Game Review

Power Grid Board Game Review

We love board games at the Den o’ Gibberish. I prefer to play games that are partly competitive, partly co-operative. If a game isn’t truly co-operative, I like games that allow for “isolated group” play, wherein every person in the game can still do something, no matter how far ahead or behind they are. Games […]

Posted in: games, review
Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

“When I ride, I keep my head on a swivel,” my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor told me over four years ago. He went on to describe how his eyes were always darting around, and he was constantly looking behind him and to the sides. It sounded super vigilant, and super safe. I wanted to […]

Posted in: motorcycling
A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

Back before concealed carry pistols were made in polymer frames, high-tech alloys, or high-capacity magazines, my father carried a Smith & Wesson Model 37 five-shot .38 revolver. Purchased in 1974, the stainless steel, very short barreled pistol was the easiest handgun to conceal that had the chance of stopping someone. Dad worked at a bank […]

Posted in: guns
Back to Basics

Back to Basics

I have really enjoyed the Beachbody.com at-home exercise programs. I started with the Power 90 Fat Burner Express fifteen months ago and aside from a few detours with kettlebells never looked back. I have to say, working out at home with Tony Horton and his minions has done more for my body than personal trainers, […]

Posted in: fitness & grooming
Random Motorcycling Tip #11: Making Sure Your Pants Stay Dry When Riding In the Rain

Random Motorcycling Tip #11: Making Sure Your Pants Stay Dry When Riding In the Rain

Riding in the rain on a motorcycle happens to just about every rider. The difference is that some of us ride in the rain on purpose, while other motorcyclists get caught in a downpour by accident. If you’re the former, here are some tips for keeping your pants dry during foul-weather commuting. Gear up. The […]

Posted in: motorcycling
DrFaulken vs Ubuntu 9.10 Remix + KeePass

DrFaulken vs Ubuntu 9.10 Remix + KeePass

My Asus Eee 701 netbook computer has always been a mixed bag. Yeah, I loved the ultraportability of it, but the default Linux operating system wasn’t compatible with some of the software I used on a regular basis. I created a custom version of Windows XP via nLite and everything was great — until Windows […]

Posted in: technology
Random Motorcycling Tip #10: How to Avoid a Lane Incursion

Random Motorcycling Tip #10: How to Avoid a Lane Incursion

Let’s be honest: motorcycles don’t have much going for them in the event of a crash. Braking distance is longer for a motorcycle than that of a car, stability is compromised at lower speeds, and then there’s that whole “fly off the bike” thing if you collide with an object. The two big advantages motorcycles […]