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Pull Tab Polka

Monday, July 16th, 2012

“In 1959, Ermal Fraze devised a can-opening method that would come to dominate the canned beverage market. His invention was the “pull-tab”. This eliminated the need for a separate opener tool by attaching an aluminium pull-ring lever with a rivet to a pre-scored wedge-shaped tab section of the can top. It was like having an opener tool built into every can. The ring was riveted to the center of the top, which created a wedge opening long enough so that one hole served to both let the beverage flow out while air flowed in. Into the 1970s, the pull-tab was widely popular, however its popularity came with a significant problem as people would frequently discard the pull-tabs on the ground as litter. One technique that avoided littering was to drop the pull-tab into the drink…The safety and litter problems were both eventually solved later in the 1970s with the invention of the non-removing “pop-tab”. The pull-ring was replaced with a stiff aluminium lever, and the removable tab was replaced with a pre-scored round tab that functioned similarly to the push-tab, however the raised blister was no longer needed as the riveted lever would now do the job of pushing the tab open and into the interior of the can.”  Wikipedia

I Don’t Like Your Jokes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Most people who know me just from my social media profiles think I’m pretty funny due to the number of humor links that I share and the one-liners I drop socially.

However, here’s an unexpected tidbit about myself and humor that I will state for the record.

I don’t find jokes funny…ever. I don’t tell jokes…ever…mostly because I don’t find them funny…ever…and also because I’m incapable of delivering them well (likely because I don’t buy into the concept). I will never genuinely laugh at your joke…ever…even if it’s actually good and everyone else laughs at it (and it ain’t personal).

The Lawns In My Subdivision

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

You are looking at my lawn as it appears in Google Street View.

Actually, though it looks like my lawn…it’s not 100% my lawn. See the fence on the right? That’s the fence to my neighbor’s back yard and the portion of the lawn that’s in front of his fence is technically his lawn even though it looks like mine.

Because that 5 foot wide parcel of lawn appears to be part of my lawn, I take care of it as if it were mine.

When I mow my lawn, I mow the portion that my neighbor owns.

The Perfect Energy Buzz For The Workday

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Purely by accident, I discovered an awesome way to get an awesome energy buzz without many calories and without any big crash after it wears off.

I fill a 16 oz glass with Lipton Cold Brew Ice Tea

I add a packet of Crystal Light “Energy” Drink Mix

I also add a packet of Emergen-C Vitamin C Mix

Note that if you were to look at the instructions for both the Crystal Light & Emergen-C, they “expect” you to mix them alone with just water. I’ve found that if you mix all three together, it goes down very sweet and a bit chalky, but gives you a quality yet healthy buzz that I’ve yet to experience from any other concoction.

Preparing Packaging Materials For Garbage Day

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I got a new monitor this week from Amazon. It was delivered in a large cardboard box. When I opened the box, there was a whole bunch of packing paper as well as the actual HP Box containing the monitor. When I opened the HP box, it contained 2 large Styrofoam pieces that were protecting the monitor from damage (as well as the monitor itself).

Kindle Fire Registration FAIL

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

My wife wanted the new Kindle Fire…so I got her one.

Tried to reigster it. Didn’t work…couldn’t get past the registration screen. So I contacted Kindle Customer Support via chat.

After a long conversation with the first support person, they told me I needed to update the operating system. They sent me (free of charge) a USB Cord that allowed me to attach the Kindle to my computer. They gave me instructions on how to update the operating system, which I followed.

That didn’t work.

How I’m A Home Maintenance D***F***

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

My last water bill was probably $50 more than it should have been…likely because I had a kitchen sink leak during the billing cycle. I used 33 units of water compared to 21 units the same time the previous year. According to my water bill, on 10/6, the meter reader read the meter at “1408”. Being the careful guy I am, I went out to check the meter (see picture above). It showed 1441…which means I had used 33 units in almost 2 weeks.

The Successful Contrarian Mindset

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Autumn has begun. And as most people notice the cooler temperatures and the leaves falling from the trees, what occurs to them is that they must get ready for winter. So, they go out to the stores and get things like winter clothing, firewood, snow tires & chains, etc. Stores know this and they are packed to the brim with merchandise designed to fit the consumer need.

When I notice the cooler temperatures and leaves falling from the trees, what occurs to me is that I must get ready for next summer. So, I go off to the stores and pick up all the leftover summer merchandise at a small fraction of its original cost.

Clear 4G & Airports

Friday, September 16th, 2011

We all know that it’s a total crap-shoot as to whether your airplane trip will stick closely to the scheduled itinerary or if you’re going to end up getting stuck waiting for hours with many thousands of other stranded travelers. Clear 4G can’t do anything about airport delays but it can make the time pass a lot faster.

Clear 4G & Netflix

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I’m a movie addict and I use the Netflix on demand service regularly. I don’t travel nearly as much as many folks but the value of being able to call up a Netflix movie in the evening while being stuck in a hotel room (instead of being limited to what’s on TV at the hotel) would be a real benefit. Unfortunately, without strong Internet access, a Netflix movie becomes unwatchable.

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