"I've got this friend, see; he's thinking of running away and joining the circus. What do you think of that?"

"Tell your 'friend' he needs to take the garbage out before he packs."

- A conversation not dissimilar to one my father and I had when I was a teenager.

This can also work in your work life. Often if you have an… » 10/24/14 6:31am Today 6:31am

Treat your own projects like you are billing someone else. Time and money. Estimate how long it will take and add 25-30%; estimate how much it will cost and add 30%. That's the only way I got ahead of project creep. Still, though, you can get bit; pull up some floor to replace a pipe and discover three damaged… » 10/21/14 6:24am Tuesday 6:24am

These posts always fill me with nostalgia. I miss Enlightenment on this list. :D I started with Linux in 1995 with a stack of 32 Slackware floppies. I switched back and forth between windows and linux until OS X; then I switched. I run love OS X, but I swear, if the apps I use ran on linux, I'd be running that still. » 10/20/14 6:35am Monday 6:35am

I've used some fine (high fold rate) damascus cooking knives before. I'm a big fan of damascus if you're willing to take the time to maintain it. It holds an edge very, very well.

That said, I don't know whether it would be more than marginally superior if at all to fine carbon blades. » 10/14/14 7:58am 10/14/14 7:58am

This brings to mind the fundamental question "what is healthy?" - a question with a surprisingly mercurial and fraught definition, or lack thereof.

We have a "cheat day". Saturdays, anything goes. The rest of the week? Strictly "good for you". Seems to work. » 10/14/14 5:43am 10/14/14 5:43am

This is a great question. I think each individual has to decide this for themselves on a case by case basis. Take the canonical case of frugality illustrated by your picture - coupons. I know someone who is a radical coupon clipper. She saves quite a bit of money each week on groceries and home cleaning stuff. She… » 10/14/14 5:41am 10/14/14 5:41am

Great article!

Never talk down to them and encourage them to ask you (or look up) what a word means when they don't know it.

I don't know how much is 'native talent' and how much is my wife and my 'great parenting' (LOL) but our girl has been reading at a college level (grade 12.9+, in their report parlance) since… » 10/13/14 2:20pm 10/13/14 2:20pm

When I've seen people get sick after getting cold, it's more than cold. It's that cold where you just can't get warm, where your thighs are burning, you can't stop snotting, usually coupled with wet something or other (pants, socks, etc). I always assumed that the fatigue induced by the experience lowered immune… » 10/13/14 9:40am 10/13/14 9:40am

This test was far, far to narrow.

As an example - I can say to Siri: "Ask wolfram alpha the volume in gallons of a cylinder 24 feet wide by 4 feet tall" and get an answer. Try that with Google Now :D Compare the results of asking Siri "Ask wolfram alpha how tall the empire state building is" and compare the results to… » 10/09/14 8:34pm 10/09/14 8:34pm

My wife and I used to fight *about money * all the time. She's a very security-focused person and I'm the sort that doesn't think of money much that way. I resolved that issue by making a *lot* more money than I used to. She quit the job she hated, we had a kid, and now the wife is going back to school and we're… » 10/08/14 8:22am 10/08/14 8:22am


When I was younger, I worked in construction, and for a couple of years we were busy taking out those sliding glass doors everyone put in to get to their deck, but replaced with double 'french' doors later on. Those big panes of double-hung sealed glass ended up in the dump. I wish I'd kept 'em. A few of those… » 10/07/14 10:57am 10/07/14 10:57am