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Category Archives: Red Herrings

When To Buy What

Yes, you can save money by buying at the right time. About a week ago, our dryer died. Or maybe our washing machine died. All we know is, right in the middle of a load, my wife started to smell the most horrible stench of burning electronics. She turned everything off and unplugged it all, […]

The Coldest War of All

Our nation’s finest tracking holiday spirit. As I usually do at this time of year, I’m reminding you of where to find Santa and, more specifically, how to track his progress. During the Cold War, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, more popularly known as “NORAD”, stood between us and what we were sure was […]

Charitable Giving

As someone who’s been the beneficiary of charitable giving, I heartily endorse it! And, actually, you may have enjoyed the benefits of charity, directly or indirectly, too. For instance, if you have had cancer or know someone who has had cancer, you’ve benefited from money donated to cancer research from any of a number of […]

My Luckiest Friday

At least once a year, I try to write about Friday the Thirteenth. Mostly, because, while other people seem to find it unlucky, I don’t. At least, I don’t find it any less lucky than any other Friday on any other date. If anything, I find myself feeling luckier than normal when everyone else seems […]

Cold Fish

Sushi. That’s what my ex-wife used to call me. “Cold Fish.” That’s a quote from Blade Runner, my favorite movie, possibly of all time, and it’s about one of my favorite foods; sushi, the most science-fictional food of all when Blade Runner came out. Next week Friday, the new one, Blade Runner 2049, is coming […]

Money from Equifax

Your credit information has likely been stolen. As you’ve probably read in the news, or heard on telly, Equifax, one of the three largest U.S. credit bureaus, was hacked earlier this month, exposing over 143 million American’s personal information. And, trust me, no matter how bad it sounds, it is most assuredly worse than you […]

Flood Sensors

This is mostly of local interest and probably would have been more help last week. But, I’m hoping it will serve as a convenient place to find this information next year when the hurricane season starts again. And, yes, this is mostly relevant to the greater Houston area, where, dear readers, you will recall has […]

Sandwich Book

Hmm, who doesn’t love sammiches? Seriously, sandwiches are the best. I particularly like peanut butter sandwiches, though my wife thinks the things I combine with peanut butter are mildly insane.  Frankly, I think if she would just try the peanut butter and sweet relish sandwich, she’d see just how sweet and savory combine to make […]

More, Hey Siri!

So no more map posts this month, but some good stuff anyway. A couple of months ago, I wrote a post titled Hey Siri, which had all kinds of tips and tricks to using Siri, the personal assistant on the iPhone. I’m back with more.  In fact, I think this very well may be the […]

Cuteness Palate Cleanser

So, I’m a fairly apolitical guy and I need a mental palate cleanser after all the political convention coverage lately. And, outside of unicorns, I can think of no better mood enhancer than endless streams of adorable animals brought to you via Tumblr. So, here you go: Kittens & Puppies Cute Puppies and Kittens dogs […]


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