Best home-made play-doh EVER

Sat May 26 2012 by Christopher Aedo

If you have kids, you probably love playing with them and making things together.  One of the best things you can do for them is to encourage imaginative play, and few things enable imagination in a young mind better than a nice lump of play-doh.

After experimenting with several different …

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Google voice, Asterisk, and free US phone service

Sun May 13 2012 by Christopher Aedo

[EDIT 20120-05-13: You can follow these steps (though by now they're already fairly outdated), and end up with a mostly functional home phone system connected to a free Google Voice number.  It will break often, as Google makes changes, and your Asterisk box needs updating, and who knows what else …

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All the pieces matter

Sun April 29 2012 by Christopher Aedo

This David Foster Wallace speech (read here, or watch here) is one of the most inspirational things I've ever read.  It's great to be reminded to be mindful, to be aware of those knee-jerk reactions and consider whether or not they're completely off base.

"The point is that petty, frustrating …

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Don't trust the marketing!

Sun April 29 2012 by Christopher Aedo

The harder someone tries to sell you something, the more suspicious you should be.  Why don't more people realize that?  When something is truly great it sells itself.  When it doesn't, throw marketing at it!  Got milk?  Seen a McDonalds add lately?

If you've ever wondered why food makers switched …

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Use your brain; lose your religion

Fri April 27 2012 by Christopher Aedo

Those who know me well will not be surprised to see me share a few articles on this topic.  I've said for years that the most dangerous thing about leading a "faith based" life is that it dulls critical thinking.  In order to live that way, you need to actively …

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Work requirement

Thu February 23 2012 by Christopher Aedo

If you have a job, you need to read this.

"Although some meetings are inevitable, even necessary, the principle he's advocating here is an important one. Meetings should be viewed skeptically from the outset, as risks to productivity. We have meetings because we think we need them, but all too …

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Pancakes

Sun August 21 2011 by Christopher Aedo

When I was growing up, almost every weekend my mom would cook these awesome pancakes for breakfast. They were a little different (and way better) than the standard variety, being made with more eggs than usual, and cottage cheese. She never looked at a written recipe when making them, so …

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Watching TV

Tue February 15 2011 by Christopher Aedo

So as much as I wish I didn't want to watch TV, sometimes I just can't help it (it generally feels like I'm shutting my brain down when I watch TV and sometimes I just need that). We cancelled satellite a few years ago, though we still downloaded a few …

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tivo is for suckers

Tue September 21 2010 by Christopher Aedo

OK, that title is unfair. TiVo is pretty great, I bought a series 1 in 2000, and within the first year added a giant hard drive (120gb WAS pretty big in 2001!) and a network card. A year later I got DirecTV and the Philips TiVo that worked with DirecTV …

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More people finally catching up!

Sun May 02 2010 by Christopher Aedo

I just wanted to gloat a little bit. In 2007 we told DirecTV to suck it. We cut back on our TV watching anyway (because watching less is good for you, seriously!) What we did want to watch, we were able to get from the Internet.

LA Times pointed out …

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