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 kroger policy (life / money / shopping)

I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in. ... read more
'bird emergency' as study shows north american bird population has fallen by nearly one-thir
Eoin Higgins - North America lost 29 percent of its bird population--around three billion birds--over the last 49 years, ... read more

 your cell phone might detect a credit card skimmer (education / news / crime)

When you're next to the pump, try connecting to Bluetooth, and if you see a long string of numbers trying to connect... then that's probably not good, says Sid Miller. via Cell phone might detect credit card skimmer. 12849 ... read more

 history of (education / history / )

FYI for those researching insignificant corners of the web: Wayback Machine ... read more
michigan company amassing world's largest ball of lint
A Michigan-based business is aiming for a Guinness record with a gargantuan ball of lint that will be set on fire after weighing. ... read more

 this year's vegetable garden (life / health / food)

My checklist for this year's vegetable garden: Soil tilled? Check! Top soil added? Check! Plants bought? Check! Seeds for plants not available for purchase? Check! Plants planted? Check! Now the watering ... and waiting begins! Oh, you're wondering ... read more

 what crickets eat (family / holmes / elizabeth)

After catching a cricket and putting it into her bug cage (yes, she has a bug cage), my six-year-old daughter Elizabeth asked, Can you ... um ... look on the Internet and see what crickets eat? I just laughed and said, Yes, I can actually do that. So, ex ... read more

 epidural steroid injection (life / health / )

Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulging/ruptured/herniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the Pain Management Group in Antioch. I'm already feelin ... read more

 scotty kilmer explains new car repair (life / help / )

You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair. By the way, this guy's great. In various places he says: Honda makes the best engines but Toyota make ... read more

 chlorine dioxide breaks down glyphosate in body (allegedly) (life / health / )

...and so allegedly cures autism and Alzheimer's. See I should say something about bleach, as a number of critics insist MMS (chlorine dioxide) is a bleach and, thus, a poison. Chlorine dioxide, the chemical that is MMS, has never b ... read more

 amnesty day at the dump! (life / health / environment)

I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dump/recycling center, in my case the one on Omohundro Drive. I dropped off the old dishwasher along with my usual recycling and household trash. Anyway, the woman there told me that today (Saturday, May 1 ... read more

 when coyotes (try to) attack (life / animals / )

Well, I had an exciting morning. Who needs coffee to wake up? It was around 5:30 when I let our pug Joey out in the backyard. I'm standing there keeping an eye out for critters (there is no fence) when, sure enough, a couple of coyotes start trotting toward us, ... read more

 chicago (life / travel / )

Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his business in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock him in the house for the durat ... read more
indoor solar cells that can generate electricity from home lighting could power all our everyday ele
These inexpensive solar cells could power all of our household electronics without the need for disposable batteries. ... read more

 free education (education / / )

Courtesy of The Khan Academy: NOT free, but still related, online courses at You can learn anything.For free. For everyone. Forever. ... read more

 my phones (education / technology / phones)

In the process of upgrading to a new Samsung Galaxy Note II today (which should arrive in a few days), Sprint at one point showed me all of the devices I've had with them over the years (in case I wanted to trade any of them in). It was funny to see all of these, ... read more