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How to save money and get free shipping

Anymore, there’s nothing you can’t find online.  Hard to find items (like a card “shoe”) can be hard to find locally, but are easy to find online.  Prices for items bought online can be a steal as well – at least until you fork out for shipping and handling.  Sometimes you can get a code […]

Windows Update Stuck on “Checking for the latest updates for your computer…”

On occasion I run across a computer where Windows Update is stuck on “Checking for the latest updates for your computer…”.   One of the following suggestions has always fixed the problem for me. 1) Clearing Temporary Internet files in Internet Explorer: In internet Explorer, go to: Tools>Internet Options>General Under “Browsing History”, press the “Delete” button. […]

It’s all about poop, teeth and shoes

One of my daughters school teachers said that childhood can be summed up in two words: teeth and shoes. I think that is because she is a teacher. If you are a parent it is 3 words. Poop, teeth and shoes. So this goes under the poop category: Our septic tank exploded. We figured being […]

Star Wars the ASCII way

Enjoy the Star Wars saga, rendered entirely in ASCII animation. I only wish I had this much time on my hands – perhaps I can do the Clone Wars when I retire. Tweet

Smurfs’ Christmas Special

My favorite find this Holiday Season: Tweet

Projects to date

Because some of the posts I’ll be putting up are in ‘flashback mode’ (after the fact), I’ll try and recap what we have bitten off so far: Removed 20 year old blue shag carpet – done before we even moved in. Lived with 50 year old wood flooring for four years because it was 10X […]


Here is the foundation of my latest folly – a 16 X 16′ bedroom addition: I’ll be the general contractor for it – subbing out the foundation and the framing/roofing but doing the rest myself. This was a nice compromise with my dear wife, so the shell will look done from the outside even if […]

Our American Nightmare

This is Our American Nightmare because it is certainly not the American dream we had in mind. We are renovating our house which was originally built in 1957. Hilarity ensues. Check back for the pratfalls. Tweet

All I Want for Christmas…..

The Dungeons & Dragons Complete Cartoon Series will be out December 5th, making it the perfect present for the geek (or ex-geek) on your list. Tweet

Get your 80’s fix at

I haven’t thought of or seen Zack the Lego Maniac in decades, but I had no problem recognizing him when I saw his commercial on Get your fix for the best of the 70s and 80s culture from retrojunk, or just use it as a handy guide to explain to your children why you […]