Category Archives: Around the house

On Frontyard Gardening

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here that relates to “life,” so in the spirit of taking a day off from school (mostly), I thought I’d write a bit about the story of our front yard garden. Annette and … Continue reading

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Consumers guide to fighting back

I perhaps should be posting this on my official blog, since I talked about our horrific trip on Northwest Airlines to New York City last March there, and also because I have taught a course in the past where one … Continue reading

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The problem of finding reusable shopping bags

A couple weeks ago, I finally came around to the idea that I ought to use some reusable shopping bags for groceries and such. Part of it is the environmental issues everyone already knows about– a zillion plastic and/or paper … Continue reading

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A way to opt out of catalogs, perhaps

I haven’t checked this out yet, but I stumbled across a service called Catalog Choice, which promises a way to eliminate all of those catalogs that show up uninvited at the house, especially around the holidays. Annette and I have … Continue reading

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Vinyl, Television, Painting, Soccer

Here is a sampler platter of things that have been new around the house for me and the family. Vinyl. We are now the proud owners of new vinyl flooring in the kitchen. I’d include a picture, but it seems … Continue reading

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Where’s Tim Allen when I need him?

It appears it’s been a while since I’ve posted to the ol’ unofficial blog. I have been posting on my official blog and over at EMUTalk.org, and I also have been trying to write as much as I can on … Continue reading

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Furoshiki and other alternatives to bags

I found this via jill/txt: “How to use ‘Furoshiki’” from the Ministry of the Environment in Japan. Basically, a furoshiki is traditional way of folding a square cloth to carry stuff. I also found this YouTube video where a dude … Continue reading

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A Walking Score, with a grain of salt

There’s a web site called Walk Score, which calculates how “walkable” your neighborhood/house is in terms of nearby restaurants, stores, parks, schools, etc. It’s kinda cool, but I don’t completely trust it. When I typed in our address, I got … Continue reading

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I like Ikea, but not this much

Via Boing Boing comes the news that Ikea in Oslo is opening up a hostel-like/hotel-like space so that shoppers who just don’t want to leave can get up the next morning and keep on shopping. Yikes! By the way, that … Continue reading

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How the Wii was won

Finally, we got one. But first the story: Yesterday was quite the day for people waiting around in lines for things. There was the whole Harry Potter frenzy, of course. Three small tangents about that: first, the Huffington Post collection … Continue reading

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