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Science Jokes to Brighten Your Monday Morning

These are some horrible, horrible jokes: Science Jokes to Brighten Your Monday Morning – Boing Boing.  Given that these jokes amuse me, it’s not surprising that my kids’ sense of humor can get so very annoying so quickly.  Nothing like … Continue reading

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Planning Shelterbelts

Unfortunately our lot is a little too small to get trees from PFRA, but they still have a lot of useful information for Planning Farm Shelterbelts. The front of my parents’ riverlot was pretty much as bare as our lot … Continue reading

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Detailed Information About Your Hardware

Speccy Gives You Detailed Information About Your Hardware – System Monitoring – Lifehacker.  This looks like the kind of tool I can use.  Usually I know what went into a box when it’s new, but a few months down the … Continue reading

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DIY Bike Trailer

This DIY Bike Trailer: Woodworker at Work | BikeHacks looks great.  I’d love to have a trailer for my bike, but I suspect I wouldn’t actually use it a lot.  Since my office is in my parent’s yard, I’m over … Continue reading

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Converting Audio for DSi – Doesn’t Work

EDIT: Doesn’t work.  Oxelon says that it converts the files to AAC, but the files cannot be read by the DSI.  Looks as though I’ll have to fight with iTunes after all. We bought Nintendo DSis for the kids for … Continue reading

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LE DICTIONNAIRE – Dictionnaire français en ligne gratuit

The kids often need obscure words defined for their french homework.  I’ve had difficulty finding a good online dictionary, but somehow turned up a good one tonight: LE DICTIONNAIRE – Dictionnaire français en ligne gratuit.

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Stone Soup

Stone Soup has been one of my favorite comics for years.  The character that makes the strip work for me is Wally.  He’s not an exciting person, he works in insurance, has lost the battle of the bulge, and isn’t … Continue reading

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10 Geeky (And Cheap) Halloween Costumes

If I’m in a fey mood this Halloween, I think I’ll dress up like Arthur Dent when I take the kids trick-or-treating and see if they’re old enough to be embarrassed to death by their dear old dad:  10 Geeky … Continue reading

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Routine cards to help kids organize their schedule

It’s been the subject of countless cartoons and columns, but I find myself stuck repeating the same phrases to my kids over and over again, especially when we’re getting ready to head out the door.  “Did you wash your face?”  … Continue reading

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Left 4 Teletubbies

Jaimie mentioned this a few days ago: Left 4 Teletubbies.  It’s a Left 4 Dead mod that lets you kill Teletubbies.   few years back I would have loved to have this mod, but I would have had to play it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Eighties Computer Games Worth Playing (Again)

Wired’s Geekdad  has a list of the Top 10 Eighties Computer Games Worth Playing (Again).  Reading this list made me nostalgic.  I’ve played every game on this list except for Seven Cities of Gold, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, … Continue reading

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Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head

Zen Habits has a post saying  Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head.  I agree with a lot of the points in this post.  We thought about homeschooling / unschooling our kids, but we felt that they would miss … Continue reading

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Stanza: a Revolution in Reading

I’ve found Stanza to be a very good ebook reader for our iPod Touch. Connecting to ebook sites has been fairly painless and once the connection is established downloading books is trivial.  The user interface is simple to figure out … Continue reading

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FotoSketcher Turns Your Photos into Paintings

I’ve played around with this a little and it’s a fun tool:  FotoSketcher Turns Your Photos into Paintings – Featured Windows Download – Lifehacker.  What I want to do is find some good photos of the kids and use this … Continue reading

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Change Computer Part Colors Easily and Inexpensively

This looks like a fun project:  Change Computer Part Colors Easily and Inexpensively – Mods – Lifehacker.  I know someone who deals in used computers so I might buy a couple cheap keyboards off of him to try this out … Continue reading

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Hardware video-decoder cartridge for the Nintendo DS

Hardware video-decoder cartridge for the Nintendo DS looks like it would be a very useful gadget.  We’re planning to get the kids each a DS for our drive out to Alberta later this year, so something that lets each kids … Continue reading

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99.95 percent versus 99.5 percent

What difference does 0.45-percent make?  On a daily basis, none.  On a yearly basis, it’s a lot. I was listening to Scientific American’s rebroadcast of their interview with Dr. Atul Gawande,  Atul Gawande Redux.  He describes sitting in with one … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s only pig quarantined in flu fear

This story about how Afghanistan’s only pig quarantined in flu fear | Lifestyle | Reuters amused me. I wonder how many city kids in Manitoba have actually seen a pig? Maybe we need one in the Winnipeg Zoo?

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Free Realms launches Tuesday

I was surprised to read that Free Realms launches Tuesday – Massively. I’ve been in the Beta a bit and while it’s fun, it’s still rather buggy. I plan to play Free Realms in the days to come, but I … Continue reading

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Why Do I Have a Phone Line?

As Jaimie and I were getting the kids settled for bed, the phone rang.  It was yet another pointless call and it put bedtime back at least 30 minutes.  Nothing like a ringing phone to wake a drowsy kid. Why … Continue reading

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