Archive for March, 2011

T-Fal Vitesses 1.7L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle Review

T-Fal Vitesses 1.7L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle Review

At about $40, the high capacity T-Fal Vitesses is a strong performer. Out of the three variable temperature kettles I’ve tested, it was the fastest to heat 32 ounces to 200°F. Its poor control layout and wonky temperature range adjustment are major detractors. People who are aesthetically minded may dislike the styling and plastic construction to the point where they look elsewhere.

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Reflections on Online Friendships

Reflections on Online Friendships

My friend passed away yesterday. He was 29 years old and died of an apparent heart attack. I’ve known him for over eleven years; we were both members of the same online community since August of 1999. We played EVE Online and StarCraft 2 together, and he was always writing about games. He was quick […]

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FFL 03 Curio & Relic License Amendment: Sometimes the ATF Needs a Reminder

FFL 03 Curio & Relic License Amendment: Sometimes the ATF Needs a Reminder

I’ve held a Curio & Relic collector’s firearms license since December of 2006. A C&R license, issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, makes it easier to collect and transfer historical firearms. The BATF has to be notified when a C&R holder moves. You need to file Form 5300.38: Application for an Amended […]

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Problems with Amazon’s Android OS App Store

Problems with Amazon’s Android OS App Store

Amazon launched their own private Android app store a few days ago. Amazon attempted to generate some buzz with free apps, like Angry Birds Rio and a version of Shazam, the app that identifies music for you. Unfortunately, the launch generated a different kind of buzz — Apple files lawsuit over the name “App Store,” […]

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Brain books and Fun books, and how the Amazon Kindle fired up more reading

Brain books and Fun books, and how the Amazon Kindle fired up more reading

I’ve been a reading kick lately. A very good friend of mine sent me a Kindle as a “survive the new move in a hostile environment” gift at the start of 2011. The cold, motorcycle-unfriendly weather and the allure of a shiny new gizmo have helped me read a ton of books in the three […]

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Shared Lists on Android Phones With AK Notepad and Catch.com

Shared Lists on Android Phones With AK Notepad and Catch.com

Have you ever forgotten a grocery list at home? Have you ever contacted a loved one to ask if they need something from the store? How about a list of books, music, or movies that you want to discuss with your friends? Worse yet, have you ever kept multiple lists for the same place, yet […]

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Building an Office Boo-boo Kit

Building an Office Boo-boo Kit

My last and current employer are very good about providing first aid resources. Both had Safety Captains, who were trained in first aid as well as responsible for herding cats during an office emergency, like a fire. There are several Safety Captains on every floor. My past employer also had at least one automated external […]

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The economics of making coffee three different ways

The economics of making coffee three different ways

We love coffee over at Outpost Gibberish. A lot of my favorite gadgets are coffee-related, and making good coffee for my guests is one of my top domestic pleasures. Over the years I’ve acquired a variety of coffee-making contraptions. I have a French Press, two Italian stovetop makers, a Bunn NXBH drip maker, and two […]

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Driving a car like a motorcylist

Driving a car like a motorcylist

I haven’t been on my motorcycle since October of 2010. I went from riding my motorcycle every day during the work week and not owning a car to wondering if I should sell my bike and spend my immediate future in a cage. The temperature here in Minnesota is well within my riding range. However, […]

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Zenni Optical Customer Service Update

Zenni Optical Customer Service Update

I wrote about my eyeglasses from Zenni Optical a couple of weeks ago. I had a problem with one pair that I ordered. They appeared to be much stronger than the other pair I ordered. I feared I would get eyestrain from wearing them too long. I sent them in for repair after emailing back […]

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