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Paul Turns Off the Internet

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Paul, he’s a bit of the (conservative) misfit over at The Verge but I like him well enough because he usually has valid points, good writing, tends to make me laugh, and on their podcast….he’s the dude that speaks most like me. Long pauses, umm’s, and a lot of thinking before he speaks. He’s quitting [...]

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Mitch Altman and the TV-B-Gone

“Me, my life got so much better from watching TV less. As a result, I had enough time to invent TV-B-Gone®! My idea was to give others a similar chance – so I created a fun way to get the message out there that turning a TV on or off really is a choice. Anywhere, [...]

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Uh Oh, I might be a foodie

I’m not proud of this. While cleaning up old pictures on my phone, I found an unusually high concentration of food photos. First step is acknowledging the problem.

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A Few Things That Have Caught My Interest…..Lately

Seems that many folks didn’t like this particular WTF (podcast with Marc Maron, if you’re in a cave): Episode 240 – Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn (Archived here if link is unavailable). I liked it. Not particularly because it is what I tune into WTF for, but because it is something I can relate to [...]

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War

I’ve recently had an insatiable desire to learn about the Vietnam war, and last night I stumbled across: The Fog of War ~ Documentary about Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara’s Experience. It is an interesting “drive by” cruise through the mind of Robert MacNamara, the controversial Secretary of Defense leading into the war. There’s not [...]

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Plastic for Brains

With many thousands of bricks, who would have thought I would run out of the needed colors to create a “higher resolution” (ie. bigger) version. Oh well. It turned out to not have the shape I’d intended, but the result reminds me of a skull from a movie, video game, or something I’ve seen before…but [...]

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When Kids Fly

I love taking pictures of the clouds and the sky, but this time these clouds are carrying my kids. The plane, and the gracious pilot that volunteered his time had a little something to do with it as well. Hopefully a short and fun flight they will remember.

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What is turnoffyour.tv and how did it come about?

What is turnoffyour.tv and how did it come about? Well, it should be said, that it is not currently what it was originally intended to be, but it is slowly getting there. turnoffyour.tv came about when a friend and I were talking about the what a financial sink it was to subscribe to cable television. [...]

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Verrucosa arenata

Supposedly this guy or gal is harmless to humans, but man does it look like that yellow triangle is saying “Don’t screw with me”!? This was my first thought as I unpacked our supplies from a weekend camp out and saw these eight legs wandering out. Someone captured a better image of this beautiful creature [...]

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  • Almost Random Quote

    A few days ago I realized something surprising: the situation with time is much the same as with money. The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work. When you spend time having fun, you know you’re being self-indulgent. Alarms start to go off fairly quickly. If I woke up one morning and sat down on the sofa and watched TV all day, I’d feel like something was terribly wrong. Just thinking about it makes me wince. I’d start to feel uncomfortable after sitting on a sofa watching TV for 2 hours, let alone a whole day.

    And yet I’ve definitely had days when I might as well have sat in front of a TV all day—days at the end of which, if I asked myself what I got done that day, the answer would have been: basically, nothing. I feel bad after these days too, but nothing like as bad as I’d feel if I spent the whole day on the sofa watching TV. If I spent a whole day watching TV I’d feel like I was descending into perdition. But the same alarms don’t go off on the days when I get nothing done, because I’m doing stuff that seems, superficially, like real work. Dealing with email, for example. You do it sitting at a desk. It’s not fun. So it must be work.
    — Paul Graham, How To Lose Time and Money, 2010