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Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I foisted my 2 kids on my parents and ran for the hills, totally taking advantage of my parents' generosity to spend 6Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

10 Simple Changes That Save Gas | The Wisdom Journal All 10 of these tips are good, and relatively easy to accomplish. Here are first five, with my own thoughts. ForHow to spend less on gas

I'm curious what you all use for your RSS feed readers. How do you keep track of the blogs you read? If you choose "Other" leave a comment below and letNew poll on Feed Readers

I recently experienced one of the things on this list. See if you can figure out which one it is: Things that don't go together easily: Oil and water Drinking and driving Fine wineThings that don't go together easily

Maybe I should have called this series of posts "Force Fed". While that's not exactly the truth about how it went down, that title does reflect a bit of how IStar Wars Conundrum: Original Trilogy Reflection

This is pretty old, but then the subject is even older! It's a fun look at the (mostly) 80s video games. How many video games can you identify? ThereJump through classic video games

Quicktime trailerI post this in remembrance of a hapless rabbit in a very early Simpsons episode. (Mike, you'll know exactly the scene I'm talking about when you reach the endTrailer: Hancock

Superman is back. Lex Luthor is back, too. It's really good. But is it a triumph? First, a little explanation: This movie is a sequel/restart. Back in the seventies and eighties, Christopher Reeve (whoReview: Superman Returns

Movies.com: Industry buzz and movie information on the most talked-about upcoming movies Here's a movie rumor. 24 Bewitching Prediction Here's a TV spinoff that should actually make a decent movie. Of course, I24: the movie?

I mentioned this a while back, but this guy decided to use the power of the internet to break Star Wars up into 15 second segments and have people submitStar Wars, like you've never seen it before

Hana Gittleman's "covert" site This site gives you the chance to join in on the Heroes storyline and become a part of the story. There are links to other websites fromHeroes Viral Marketing

The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Book Contest ∞ Get Rich Slowly Get Rich Slowly is running a contest for a free copy of the Ultimate Cheapskate book. You have to enter a trueFrugality gone wild!

Look, let's just get right to it. If the movie is nearly as good as this trailer makes it out to be, it's going to be awesome... I was let downDeathly Hallows trailer released

A few posts back, we got into a bit of a discussion that significantly hinged on fair use. I mentioned that I had a fair use reference but didn't haveFair Use

My company has recently shut down all access to YouTube. I get that. I completely believe that many people are using company time and bandwidth to watch all sorts ofI'm a casualty of war

How to make $490

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it’s the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go…

 

A Lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

 

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.

 

So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play . . . → Read More: How to make $490

Rules for showing up

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 a half-hour early to get a place 10 minutes from our house. I’m willing to leave 15 minutes early if I have to, but three times the required time is just too much.

My wife gets stressed if we leave on my schedule, but we’re . . . → Read More: Rules for showing up

The power of Google

These are my site hits over the last week.

Before and after

See if you can figure out when my most popular post ceased showing up on the first page of search results.

Kids these days 2 (or How not to get away with stuff)

Yesterday, I recounted the tale of the hooligans whose plans were dashed when I scared them off. They thought they escaped, but they were wrong.

Let me be clear about this: these are not hardened criminals. These aren’t even soft-boiled criminals. These are a few teenage kids who need some focus to engage their brains a little. They weren’t really out to be destructive, they were just doing what seemed like fun at the time . . . → Read More: Kids these days 2 (or How not to get away with stuff)

Kids these days (or Get off my lawn!)

Yesterday afternoon I was, as usual, working from my office upstairs. Pam and the girls were on a walk around the neighborhood, so it was just me in the house. The room had gotten a bit stuffy, so I opened a window to the front of the house for some fresh air. That’s how I heard them.

My house is on a cul-de-sac and there aren’t a lot of kids. It’s pretty quiet, usually. It . . . → Read More: Kids these days (or Get off my lawn!)

Cheater!

My wife cheats.

There is no way she’s done this without cheating.

See, it started out innocently enough. She started putting up cute little statuses on Facebook about the things our kids were doing. Her friends started encouraging her to write them down and save them. Then even non-kid related statuses started generating discussion. Along the way the idea of a blog came along.

But she didn’t want to do it. She was afraid no . . . → Read More: Cheater!

State of the House Report 2011

So here we are at the end of another year. What did we accomplish?

Well, we aren’t dead. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.

To be sure, stuff has happened… people got sick, people got better. Some are still sick and are being treated. Birthdays were had. Gifts were exchanged. Progress was made in education. Friends were made.

Here’s what I remember: we went roller skating yesterday – the whole family. . . . → Read More: State of the House Report 2011

Birthday ramblings

Today’s my birthday. Woo hoo! I managed to not die again this year!

(I’m really not sure where I’m going with this post, but I figured I might as well use this occasion to write something. We’ll see if it turns out to be interesting. You’ve been warned.)

My kids came in to wish me happy birthday this morning. That was cool (though I was a little groggy at the time). My oldest was actually . . . → Read More: Birthday ramblings

It just seemed odd

So today I had an eye doctor’s appointment. Apparently I have totally awesome vision while I’m wearing my glasses. The lady was actually joking when she put up the line of the smallest letters she had. That’s what it looked like, too… a line with some bumps on it. I took a shot anyway, and it turns out I got all the letters correct, so I have 20/10 vision (better than normal). It seems a . . . → Read More: It just seemed odd

Bias in News Alerts?

I subscribe to news alerts from both CNN and the New York Times. I find the differences in their content interesting at times. The New York Times alerts pretty consistently contain more information.

Some news came out today about an announcement of President Obama’s intention to give a speech. Here are the two alerts:

CNN:

President Barack Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the . . . → Read More: Bias in News Alerts?