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So I've been using the same laptop at work for years. It's actually not a bad laptop for basic business needs - a Latitude D620 - but given that IThe Good, The Bad, and The Desks

Last year, I reviewed the first two seasons of the revived Doctor Who series. At the time, I said the second season finale out-did the first's, and that was aReview: Doctor Who 2007

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I know you didn't notice, but I did. This site was down for about 20 hours due to a glitch that showed I had overspent my bandwidth allocation. I hadn't,We're back, and better than ever in "We're back, and better than ever!"

While I'm spending time in the BSG universe, here's a clip from the prequel series, Caprica. The series debuts next year. Apparently it will not take place in space much, ifCaprica clip

Thor. So... Thor. Let me tell you... my back was so Thor after I spent all that time sitting in the theater. Thank you! Tip your waiters! Okay, seriously. I saw Thor tonight. AndReview: Thor

At first glance, Laws of Attraction is a typical romantic comedy. Guy and girl meet, they don't get along, then they're stuck together, then they fall in love. The differenceReview: Laws of Attraction

YouTube - Batusi Ah, the days when Batman was picking up chicks in bars, while Robin watched from the car. Smooth moves, Batman... smooth moves. [tags]Batman, YouTube, dancing, 1960's[/tags]Batman: Smooth Operator

To review: I’m talking about an article on ZDNet that tries to make the case for streaming first-run movies to a home theater. In the first part, I laid out the argument theyMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 3)

[caption id="attachment_1690" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Salt Lake City - distant storm at dusk (click for bigger view)"][/caption] Last week I went on my first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. I willMy Utah trip, or how I could have died at 6400 feet

Unions had their day. They were a good idea when the worker was truly being exploited. These days, there are still areas where a union is probably useful, but forWhy I hate unions

YouTube - Torchwood - First proper trailer Someone has posted a preview trailer for Torchwood, the Dr. Who spinoff series. It's basically a character list and some special effects, but ITorchwood trailer

My friend and I first saw this movie in the mid-eighties on the recommendation of a video store clerk. That was probably the best tip we ever got from aReview: Sleuth

How to get Silly Putty out of clothes – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Write a blog post on the same topic as one of my most popular posts.

By far, in both page views and comments, my most popular post is one I wrote a little over two years ago about how my daughter smeared Desitin cream all over herself and everything she could get her hands on. After a failed internet search, I was pleading for a way to clean the goop up without wrecking the rug and blankets. Apparently, this is a common problem with 2 year olds. I’ve had a steady stream of visitors commenting, almost exclusively mothers of 2 year olds, some with suggestions and most with thanks for those who’ve already shared. (The most popular solution seems to be Dawn dish soap, but it depends on what’s affected. Here is the ‘chemist-approved’ solution.)

So I thought for today’s challenge I’d revisit the idea of helping mothers figure out how to clean frustrating things out of clothing.

This one’s not nearly as hard, but it is a source of pain at our house. And it’s my fault (or so my wife thinks) because I supplied the material to the kids.

I really enjoyed Silly Putty as a kid. Heck, I still enjoy it today. It’s a fun ball of goo! What’s not to like?

This summer our street participated in a neighborhood yard sale, and one of our neighbors had a bunch of Silly Putty for a ridiculously cheap price – so we got a couple. Then my kids played with it and had a good time. Awesome.

Then my kids lost the “egg” containers and the putty began to be left around the house. Not so awesome. Not only did it start picking up pieces of fabric (annoying, but not a big deal), it started leaving pieces of itself in different fabrics. That’s when my wife got annoyed.

She tried freezing the putty encrusted clothing and then breaking it off, with limited success. I’m honestly not sure if she tried anything else, but the clothes eventually disappeared from the freezer, so she either succeeded, gave up, or threw the clothes out. I really wasn’t paying attention, so I don’t know. And I don’t want to ask.

For some reason I didn’t think to search the web for the best way to clean this stuff, but now that I have I’ve found this article on eHow, which boils down to this:

  1. Pull the material taut.
  2. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and rub it on the putty until it won’t accept any more.
  3. Use a butter knife to scrape the Silly Putty off.
  4. Wash the clothes.

There you go. Done.

It also says you can use WD-40, but that may damage the fabric, so test first if you want to do that.

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