The Nothing


While driving around on two-tracks and forestry roads last weekend we routinely were in areas with no cell signal. It was almost incredible to suddenly have no connection to the outside world. Incredible and awesome and relaxing and liberating. The only real problem I had was when the GPS app on my phone could no longer download maps. We found ourselves driving in The Nothing.

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Simple Pleasures

Lure Course

Lure coursing is a sport typically for sight hounds like greyhounds and whippets. “Rabbits” (usually white plastic bags) are tied to a string loop, which goes around pulleys and is driven by a small electric motor. It’s a fairly simple setup, but dogs of all breeds love it. Well, except my dog who isn’t fooled by the plastic bags. You can hit the jump for a video of some dogs doing the lure course.

What’s my point? It’s the weekend. Get out there and do something. Have fun, even if it’s something simple.

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Hell Hath No Fury

Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d. –William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697

Before you break up with someone, make sure to disarm them. We only have like 12 readers and can’t afford to lose any more.

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An Engineer’s Guide to Cats


I’m not a cat guy. I prefer my animal companion to be more sociable and less soul-stealing. However, I do recognize that there are those who take their soul for granted and do not mind inviting a feline into their lives that will enslave them.

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Slaying Dragons

There’s apparently a dragon problem in Oklahoma City. I say we go take care of this green dragon. Dragon slaying, after all, is it’s own reward.


Weather on the Radio

Given some big storm that is affecting a few people on the Eastern Seaboard, we at Atomic Toasters decided that, to feign concern for our reading audience, we would inform you about some technology that could help save your life or, at the very least, provide entertainment during storms. It’s called a “weather radio”.

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When All You Have Is A Hammer…

They say that when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. It’s an old adage warning against the danger of over-reliance on a familiar tool. In 1970, the small town of Florence, Oregon had a problem. A dead sperm whale had washed up on their beach and was creating quite a stink. The highway division had dynamite, and so the whale looked like something to blow up. The hope being that scavengers like birds and crabs would consume the small pieces. Unfortunately, they didn’t know how much to use, so they decided to err on the side of overuse. Hilarity ensues. OK, it’s hilarious for us, but probably not for the people covered in whale particles.

Let this be a lesson to you: use the appropriate tool, and don’t blow up whales. Otherwise, you’ll wind up immortalized in a video, like the one of the whale explosion after the jump.
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Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Mathematically

With all of our technology, we’ve become beholden to large companies who provide the services we need to use said technology. The cable company, ISP, phone company, water department (not a company, but still a provider of a modern convenience), power company, gas company, and so on and so forth. Sometimes these companies […]


Avoid Open Ended Questions

When addressing geeks, it’s best to be specific with what you are asking lest you wind up with technically accurate answers that do not answer your intended question.

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AT PSA: If You’re Going To Use Lightsabers, Make Sure The Force Is Strong With You

An Oregon man is facing jail time and a mental health screening because his Jedi powers were unrefined. And he went after innocents.

An Oregon judge has used his force to order a 45-day jail sentence and mental health evaluation for a would-be Jedi who attacked toy store customers with a pair of […]