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Gone are the heady, playful days of American Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. These days, Ninja movies are more serious business, focusing on the real historical Ninjas, like theNinjas in history

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

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, stuffState of the House Report 2011

Quitting Facebook just got easier - NY Times In the wake of the recent controversy, including NY Times coverage, Facebook has announced it will delete users permanently upon request. The request mustFacebook changes deletion policy

First, two rumors I hope are false... This first one I'm pretty positive is false, but here it is: apparently some bookies in the UK are looking for something to betDoctor Who rumors

Earlier this week, Gather Little by Little ran an article about Omaha Steaks, and how expensive it was in comparison to the grocery store. His calculations had the meat comingDoes steak cost less delivered in bulk?

Okay, that's a bit extreme, but sometimes it felt like Comcast stole my vacation, at least. This is also the story of my absence from this blog over the lastThe year Comcast stole Christmas

I don't talk much about the technical side of having a blog, but though it might look technical, this is really about the business side of blogging. One of the thingsSo long, BlogGlue

The networks released their schedules for next year this week. No surprise: Smallville and 24 are both reappearing in the schedules. However, there has been surprising news/rumors about both shows... 24 JackTV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

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

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don't get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don't really get it. Why is there a specificValentines Day!

A little girl is brutally murdered on the day of Jack Nicholson's retirement. The cops pin it on someone convenient, but Jack doesn't buy it. He's made a promise toReview: The Pledge

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!

I am not a big sports fan. I enjoy watching tennis from time to time, but have even lost touch with that mostly. I like watching televised sports in shortWhy Dads of girls watch sports

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?