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User Input: Good Lord, That’s Ugly…

A pickle for Xmas? Oh please…

Good morning everyone, it’s been a while.

This morning, as I was chipping the ice off of my legs (it’s been rather chilly here in the lower 48, hasn’t it? I’m sure that it’s another heinous Canadian plot), I got thinking about Xmas tree decorations. In my […]

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User Input: Repeated Requests

I collect hand-made items, specifically hand-made coffee cups, but also just about anything one-of-a-kind or made by an artisan. If I can get a handmade desk, or chair, or shoes, or whatever, if it’s within my budget, I will always choose that option.

You would think, then, that I should be pretty easy […]

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User Input: Horrible Excess

It’s that time of year again, and the Christmas and miscellaneous-other-holiday decorations are springing up everywhere like sick children in flu season. Now, this is not the bah-humbug post you might expect it to be, because I actually love the holidays.  People keep trying to make it a religious festival, and that bothers […]

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User Input: Armchair Directing

Utah Valley University, which apparently has an aviation sciences department, put together this fantastic little video of the history of aviation. Well, mostly fantastic. They seem to have skipped a few things in post-war era. If you were making a similar video, what would you include that wasn’t included in UVU’s video?

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User Input: Technological Excess

Looks precisely nothing like this.

I have a number of items, languishing in boxes from hell to breakfast, that I periodically wonder why I ever bought them. One such item is a self-heating coffee mug. In the interest of full disclosure, this is not the first or only example I have of such […]

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User Input: Holiday Predictions

Ladies and Gentlemen, if I could have your attention for just a moment. It seems Gartner Research has released a lengthy statement this week, announcing that, everyone, don’t panic, but smartwatches will not be the hot gift item this year.

For myself, as both a tech junkie and a watch aficionado, I actually wouldn’t […]

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User Input: Pride and Praise

I have a number of gadgets, gizmos and nerd accessories that tend to garner me quite a few compliments. The various pens that The Professor sent me a year or so ago are very high on that list; every time someone sees one, I get the dazzled, far-away look, and a longing expression of […]

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User Input: Marked Improvement

Mine produces noticeably less black smoke…

I have a Tassimo instant brewer at home, and while it’s a fun little machine, it has tended to be lumped in with instant coffee for me. It’s an acceptable substitute for coffee, but it’s not really coffee. In much the same way as the plasticheese you […]

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User Input: Obvious Spiral

Search any term like “tech company collapse” or “tech failure”, and three names come to the front over and over again. Blackberry is one. What are the others?

As a consequence of my new place of employment, I am now required to carry around a work phone as well. Unlike my trusty iPhone […]

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Message in the Sand – Graffiti on Mars

Here’s a little intergalactic Easter egg…

Our latest Mars Rover “Curiosity”, which set down on the Red Planet last year – August 2012, has a curious pattern molded into the tread of its 20 inch wheels…

For those of you well versed in the ancient language of the Old West, or perhaps even […]