“The US Government isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed.”
by Robb Allen




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

shark? what shark?

While Christmas shopping recently, Better Half discovered that Amazon has a dedicated, actual, honest-to-God storefront named Zombie Apocalypse Supplies.

No, really:

This store has such categories as "Brain Protection" and "Duct Tape".

I might be at a loss for words.


yes, i am an engineer. it shows.

Does anyone have any experience with Straight Talk Wireless?

Better Half and I got our current smartphones (HTC Incredibles) over three years ago now, and are still cruising along on a month-to-month plan with Verizon. Why? We actually got one of their "unlimited everything" plans, and as long as we do not touch it, we get to keep it (Verizon no longer offers unlimited data). However, the honest truth is that I […]

deal alert, of a sorts

If you buy any of your basic electronic cables from anyone other than Amazon, you are overpaying. 

In fact, Amazon seems to be taking the “make cheap electronic accessories” market by storm… 

[Update] As commenters have pointed out, MonoPrice is even cheaper than Amazon.com, with the latter’s only advantage being free shipping over $25. [/Update]

why did borders fail?

Anecdotally, when I hit up the Borders sale in our area, it took a 30% markdown to get their prices anywhere near what I could procure online (except on certain things like Feed and Deadline, but those were only 10% off), and even then, I very carefully checked every book I purchased through my Google Shopper app to ensure that the prices I remembered were accurate.

Turns out, that was […]

short-notice deal

Get a $20 Amazon.com gift card for only $10, but you have to purchase by the end of the day.

Works for me! (And yes, from all appearances this is legit – look up “Living Social” and “Groupon”.)

kindle woes

So back in September, before our European vacation, I gave Better Half a WiFi-only Kindle (“newest”/3rd version) and since then, I have lost track of the number of books she has read on it, and it has accompanied us on that aforementioned trip, out to visit my parents in Seattle, and all over the country as she uses it during her business travels.

Unfortunately, this is also the third unit we have had […]