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Hometime - How-To - Project Help - Preventive Home Maintenance This is a great list. Excellent reminders. I am terrible at home maintenance so I actually need these kinds of reminders—otherwiseHow to keep your house from collapsing around you

Out of the ashes of our future destruction, a new hero has been born. Gabriel Bright. Beacon of hope. Defender of justice. Burdened, as are we all, with the knowledgeThe Birth of Gabriel Bright - DC Universe

Hi-tech escape from Tower of London | Reuters.com This is a very cool, [tag]interactive[/tag], [tag]technology-enabled teaching[/tag] method. Visitors to the [tag]Tower of London[/tag] can participate in a [tag]game[/tag]—powered by GPS, aHi-tech escape from Tower of London

Well, I'm working on podcasting technology for work, so I figured I'd better get my feet wet and learn how to do it. As such, here is a lame exampleOdeo podcasting

Brain interface: next best thing to telekinesis This is cool stuff. I'm quoting the whole article, because I'm not confident of the longevity of articles on the scifi.com site. Saving a lifeThe "THINK" system

This is a great idea. Eddie Izzard's Dressed to Kill stand-up routine is hilarious (though profanity laced). Matching the bits with Lego stop-motion animation turns out to be really funnyTuesday TubeWatch: Lego Izzard - Cake or Death?

Okay, after my last post I got sucked into the world of lightsabers on YouTube and ran across these two series: Three in the Afternoon (and the upcoming sequel, Six inMore Jedi Fighting

15 Minute Lunch: Strap in, shut up and hold on. We're going back. It's almost shocking anyone survived the 1970s. There should have been some kind of ritual suicide for lookingGrab your Hardy Boys lunch box - here come the '70s

At my house we have a bit of a push-and-pull relationship with time. My wife pushes, and I pull. Call me crazy, but I don't think we need to leave aRules for showing up

[Note: recent events in my life have conspired to prevent me from putting together the vote scheduled for this week. I'll get back to it. It's not like you allTuesday TubeWatch: MacGyvering Star Wars

I've done the math and the interest in this from my typical readership turns out to be slightly less than zero, but hey... it's my blog. I write what IHow to publish a multi-file Captivate project as a single SCORM course

Just saw this and had to share it. I hear it's been around for a while, but it's really cool that we can track where on a computer screen the"Gaze Tracking"

This is the kind of stuff that keeps sucking me back into the world of Star Wars gaming. I LOVE this stuff. I have no idea how the actual game experienceStar Wars: The Old Republic - cinematics

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

Aquaman has been the butt of jokes for as long as I can remember. He was never one of my favorite superheroes, but ever since I saw the character portrayedReview: Aquaman (Mercy Reef)

4 sites to get free/cheap stuff – finding deals online

Recently Gather Little by Little posted an article on “Deal of the day” sites, such as Woot.com and Yugster.com. These are sites that offer one product per day for a substantially reduced price. The merchandise, frequently reconditioned but at times new, is sold until their quantity runs out or 24 hours is up, whichever comes first.

I took a look at a few of the sites that GLBLGuy posted. Some I found useful, but most featured a string of products I couldn’t care less about if I tried (seriously, do we really need a site like this solely focused on ties?). Many of the sites focus on technology products, but do they all? No whey. (I can’t believe I just stooped that low.)

There are some good sites, though. Here are a few that I found useful:

TodaysDoD.com – One stop shopping for many deal sites. I agree with GLBLGuy… of the DOD site aggregators I’ve seen, I like this layout the best. Not very eye-pleasing, in my opinion, but I found it the easiest to browse by far. It actually incorporates daily deals from standard store sites as well, such as Amazon.com and NewEgg. Very handy.

Pacific Geek – I actually just bought one of their computers for $150-ish. This also points out one of the downfalls of using a deal of the day site: as I write this, the deal is a similar computer for $50 less. If I’d only known…

Woot! – The humor on this site is just as good as their deals (sometimes, better). They also periodically break with the pattern and run a new product as soon as the previous item’s quantity is sold out for a 48-72 hour period. They call that a Woot-off. And then there’s the Bag of Crap phenomenon…

Giveaway of the Day – This is an interesting variation on the DOD theme. GOTD offers a single commercial software product for free (they pay the licensing) every day. This is not a freeware or shareware distribution site, these are actually fully-functional commercial products. That doesn’t mean they’re always good products, mind you, but I’ve already downloaded a pretty good disc-burning program and a Windows Utility program. What I’ve really liked about this site, in addition to the obvious, is the comments section. You frequently find customer reviews of the product and references to Freeware alternatives. So even if the offered program is garbage you can learn where to go to get alternatives.

Many other sites are certainly worth a look, and GLBL has a good list to start you off, even if you’re not looking for technology-related deals, but those are the ones I’ve gravitated towards recently.

What are your favorite DOD sites? Do you avoid them because you can’t take the time pressure? Do you find yourself unable to avoid them? Let me know in the comments.

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