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- Tips For Your Vehicle Gas
- I recently received one of those “chain letter” type emails, this one purporting to be from someone working in the gas/oil industry and giving some tips on how to get the most out of your gas. (It also, of course, encouraged me to email it …
- Neighborhood Walkability
- Neat site that utilizes Google information and maps to get a quick look at how "walkable" your neighborhood is. I'd love to live somewhere that I could walk to lots of stores and such rather than having to drive.
- Are Compact Fluorescents Worth it?
- Someone does some quick math showing just how much you can save in even a single month by switching your lights from regular incandescents to CFLs.
- Schedules and Sleep
- A few months back, I started a new job. It’s another customer support spot for a software company, but we’ll not go into specifics since… well… it’s better that way. Anyway, after the initial training, I was put on a 6pm to 3am shift. While …
- Plastic Wrap Packing
- The Cool Tools site posted a tip for using common plastic wrap to package non-fragile items such as books when you're moving. I never would have thought of something like this, but it really does sound like a great idea.
- Declutter Your Desk
- If you’re anything at all like me, you probably have a tangle of wires behind/below your desk and a bunch of gadgets strewn on top of it. In the past I’ve occasionally seen a few things hinting at ways you can help clean up all …
- Olbermann on Bush
- Keith Olbermann, host of the show Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, concluded his September 25th program with an eye-opening speech. In it, he basically takes President Bush (and his administration/apparatus) to task for the lies, deceptions, blame shifting, and more that have been going …
- Inconveniently True
- The movie has been out for a while now, but I finally got a chance to see An Inconvenient Truth. It’s a very compelling documentary about (as I’m sure you know, dear reader) global warming. Specifically, it chronicles the efforts of Al Gore to highlight, …
- World Cup
- Anyone who knows me well, probably knows that I love soccer (that’s “football” to all the rest of the world, of course). This summer will bring the 2006 World Cup, which is being held in Germany this year. Now, most people would probably assume that …
- Roller Derby
- Last weekend, I went to see a roller derby match and had the most fun I’ve experienced in quite a while. The match pitted the ‘Rhinestone Cowgirls’ against the ‘Putas del Fuego’ (how can you not like that name?) and included such roller girls as …
- Serenity… Rocks
- I just got back from an early screening of the movie Serenity, which is opening up on Friday. I won’t give away any plot points or spoilers, but I do just want to share the simple fact that this movie is AWEXOME!! If you’re a …
- i hate people
- Well, not really. Or, at least, not all the time. But sometimes… sometimes I really do come close to just losing faith in people in general. Typically with the intelligence of people in general. This feeling almost always happens due to my participation in providing …
- New Book from CCDO Contributor
- Well, since he hasn’t posted about it himself, as he is a very humble man, I’ll do it. I will do it nine times. Hisham has just released his first children’s book: The Secret Library. I purchased one myself, as the book reminded me of …
- Cool Tee, Great Cause
- Threadless (a place to get some really cool t-shirts like, say, Dark Side of the Garden) is doing a special t-shirt in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. If you buy the Regrowth: Katrina shirt for $10, they’ll donate $10 to the Red Cross. So, …
- Are You Watching Battlestar?
- The site’s gone way too long without a post, so I’m just sort of throwing this out there. It’s no big secret that I’m a big sci-fi fan, so it’s therefore no surprise that I watch the SciFi Channel a fair bit. In particular, I’m …
- Poor Weiland
- Weiland (that’s my roommate’s dog) got out of the backyard this afternoon. I discovered this (or, should I say, “was informed of this”) when the next door neighbors knocked on the door asking, “Is this your dog?” I was, of course, quite surprised to see …
- Noise Cancelling Headphones?
- Anyone have any experience with noise cancelling headphones? These are headphones that feature the ability to actively cancel some of the ambient noise around you, which makes them very useful for things like car trips (road noise), flights (engine/cabin noise), etc. I took a flight …
- How can people be so cruel?
- Dube had it right. I have no words. I’m so angry right now it’s ridiculous. Ashamed, I go to bed.
- A New Entry, Or Is It?
- I must admit that I’ve always been rather fascinated by “déjà vu”—a situation where you “experience a vague sense of having encountered a situation before, identical in every detail, even though we can’t say when the first event took place”. I’ve experienced it quite a …
- ChoicePoint Errors Familiar
- This MSNBC article details how (apparently) common it is for ChoicePoint reports to contain blatant errors. ChoicePoint, of course, is a “data broker” that collects all sorts of information about people (addresses, businesses, criminal record, etc., etc.) and then sells the reports to interested parties …
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