For Christmas, I got my wife one of those Echo Dots from Amazon (and one for myself 😀). After the Christmas chaos died down a bit, I finally took them from their boxes and set them up. Alexa, as she calls herself, is like a house guest just sits around all day listening to our... Continue Reading →
Let's face it. This economy is designed to make sure you do not get as much money as you deserve and that what you do get to keep (once the Republicans are done) is easily siphoned from your pockets. Here are some ideas to keep as much of what you earn. Why No Credit Cards?... Continue Reading →
Walmart does like online shopping. So, they are going to hurt their online side to get people into their stores. Not sure how that makes sense... Walmart is raising prices online to increase in-store traffic Walmart is taking a bit of a nontraditional approach to boost sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping... Continue Reading →
Nothing really today... here are some ideas for pranks. 5 Funny iPhone Pranks to Liven Up Thanksgiving As you head over to Thanksgiving gatherings today, you’ll certainly need to have something to pass the time in between turkey and pie. As more of our friends and family members get smartphones, like the iPhone, it’s easier... Continue Reading →
First week with the toddler back with her mother. Take a toddler out of a house, things become a lot quieter.
Don't you hate it when life becomes a game of Whack-a-Mole?
One of the errands I ran today was to go to a couple of businesses and give them a thank you card from the Cub Scout Pack. I get the distinct impression that when you go to customer service and ask them to give something to the manager, it is usually not a good thing.
The last few weeks have been very busy. So much so, my buffer is gone. 😱 Between work, family, Twitter, the two blogs, and Facebook, I am spread too thin. This does not even consider that I want to start a new blog for my professional stuff (I will not be blogging under my pseudonym... Continue Reading →
Ever since its "leaking" by Buzzfeed in January, the Steele dossier has caused a lot of controversies (and some cute memes). What do we really know about this dossier? If you ask conservatives, they will say that most of it had been discredited. If you ask liberals, they will say that its claims had been... Continue Reading →
Healthy or not, this looks really good. Italian Sausage Bolognese This was NOT one of the healthy dishes I made for my mother but rather the first dish when I got home from North Carolina the other night. My family had taken out bulk Italian sausage (a 1/2 sweet and 1/2 hot mixture) so I... Continue Reading →
The plan is in two weeks the toddler will be back with her biological mother. Mixed feelings on this. It is great that her mother has overcome the odds and she is able to get her child back but... well, it sucks for us.
Halloween is coming up on us and this weekend will the last opportunity to prepare. Here are some ideas that can get you across that finish line. 8 Creepy Yards That Are Winning Halloween on Instagram Right Now I love Halloween, but in the making costumes, eating candy, and drinking a cocktail while asking "and... Continue Reading →
I am not sure if this is true nationwide but for Big J's cub scout pack, popcorn sales ended on Monday. Well, I am a glutton for punishment and I volunteered to perform the duties of the pun-filled position of Popcorn Kernel. I did it last year, so I knew what I was signing up for. It... Continue Reading →
Ugggh... I need a few more days in this week.
We always want to provide the best for our kids, but somehow, the pressure is even greater when our kids have special needs. Of course, there are direct costs, such as the need for medical equipment to make their lives easier, but we also want to provide them with happy memories to at least partly... Continue Reading →
Governments employ police to prevent criminal acts. But it remains in dispute whether high rates of police stops, criminal summonses and aggressive low-level arrests reduce serious crime. Police officers target their efforts at areas where crime is anticipated and/or where they expect enforcement will be most effective. Source: Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce... Continue Reading →
You have an important presentation at work in a few minutes and you have to stand before the entire board and give the analysis for the past quarter. Your heart starts beating loud, you breathe rapidly and you feel tense. There is a queasy feeling in your stomach and you start to sweat. These are... Continue Reading →
When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick. Source: DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all
Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the Australian Outback. The roughly $80,000 machine had a wingspan of 7 feet and resembled a stealth bomber. Source: Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky - cetusnews
Science has shown that we tend to make all sorts of mental mistakes, called “cognitive biases”, that can affect both our thinking and actions. These biases can lead to us extrapolating information from the wrong sources, seeking to confirm existing beliefs, or failing to remember events the way they actually happened! Source: Every Single Cognitive... Continue Reading →
After rumors and leaks, Google product chief Mario Queiroz today unveiled two new Android Oreo smartphones at the company’s annual hardware event: the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Available for preorder starting today, the two phones will see a staggered rollout. Source: Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with no headphone... Continue Reading →
Archaeologists believe they have found the key to unlocking a mystery almost as old as the Great Pyramid itself: Who built the structure and how were they able to transport two-ton blocks of stone to the ancient wonder more than 4,500 years ago? Source: Who Built Ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid? Hidden Text Holds Clues to... Continue Reading →
If you’re on social media, you may have heard of social bots. But what exactly are they and how do they work? If you’re not sure, then you’d be in the same boat as me. Thankfully, Lutz Finger over at Forbes provides us with a pretty well-rounded definition of the little bot bots, as well... Continue Reading →