Video: How to tie a Necktie in 10 seconds

tie-a-tie-in-10-secondsIf you rarely wear a tie, on the rare occasions when you do have to wear one, getting it tied correctly and making it look good can be an exercise in frustration.

Well, the fellow in the video below is going to demonstrate a technique for tying a tie in as little as 10 seconds, and the finished result will look great!

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Check out this unique way to remove a stump from your yard

tree-stump-removal-with-fireI’m sure you are familiar with the way most people use a stump grinder to remove a tree stump from their yard, but there’s another way that I had never heard of until I saw the video below.

As you can see, the guy in the video uses an old metal fireplace to literally burn the stump right out of the ground.

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Video: See how far computer technology has advanced since the early days

univac-logoThose of us who are old enough to remember the early days of computing are well aware of just how far computer technology has advanced since then.

Computers that used to fill entire rooms had just a tiny fraction of the computing power, speed and storage capacity of even the cheapest models of today’s smart phones and tablets.

This ancient (in tech years) 1956 ad from Univac gives us a glimpse of what was once considered state-of-the-art in computer technology. Check it out! [Continue Reading]

Can living in a tiny house ensure a more comfortable retirement?

tiny-houseI’ve been following the “Tiny House” movement for some time now, and I recently read a blog post that intrigued me and really got my creative juices flowing.

The post explained how downsizing to a tiny 370 square foot house allowed the writer and his wife to enjoy a much happier and less stressful retirement. And what he said really makes a lot of sense.

According to the author, moving into a tiny home reduced the couple’s expenses and enhanced their lives in all the following ways: [Continue Reading]

Hate passwords as much as I do? Check this out!

password-comedyHaving to deal with passwords is one of my least favorite tasks when using the Internet and logging into my many online accounts.

It seems like I’m constantly having to come up with a good password, then try my best to remember it along with the two dozen other passwords that I use every day.

I believe that sometimes a little humor can help us deal with some of life’s most irritating tasks. If you agree, check out this short, but funny comedy routine about passwords from comedian Don Friesen. And don’t worry, unlike most comedy routines, this one is completely “clean”. [Continue Reading]

Video: Check out this amazing “drone tour” of the world’s largest cave

worlds-largest-caveThe world’s largest known cave is Hang Sơn Đoòng, a massive and truly fascinating cavern located in Vietnam near the country’s border with Laos.

This cave is so large that it has its own climate and a couple of small tropical “jungles” that sprang up beneath sink holes that serve as “skylights”. And on top of that, there’s a large river rushing through it.

Suffice it to say that this is one amazing cave, and now you can “explore” it yourself by watching this video that was made by a drone equipped with an awesome GoPro Hero4 Black camera. [Continue Reading]

Video: How to bend PVC pipe without damaging it

bend-pvc-pipeIf you’ve ever worked with PVC pipe you know how easy it is to damage it. If you aren’t extremely careful you can cause it to split or even bust into pieces, especially if it happens to be pretty chilly in the work area.

I was checking out one of my favorite websites today when I saw an awesome video that shows how to actually bend PVC pipe at up to a 45 degree angle without busting or kinking it.

I found the technique both interesting and useful, so I thought I’d share it with you: [Continue Reading]


dad-and-meThe date was September 1990.

The place was Fort Gordon, Georgia – the home of the U.S. Army Signal Center.

I was a newly-minted Signal Officer, and I was stationed at Fort Gordon to attend Signal Officer Basic Course (SOBC).

One day right smack in the middle of an especially difficult class, I suddenly felt an overwhelming need to drive back home to Virginia to visit my family for the upcoming weekend.

After our dismissal on Friday evening, I walked to the Budget Car Rental office on post and rented a car, then took off up the interstate towards the hills of southwestern Virginia. [Continue Reading]