Bulk Trash Obliviots

I don’t know about your community But in Dallas we have Bulk Trash pickup monthly. This means you can put out anything.  Absolutely anything and line your sidewalk with it so the City can pick it up.  This is all part of our monthly garbage pickup fee.  I’ve seen tree limbs and branches 8 feet Read More …

Just Wave a Flag That Says ROB ME

In the #BulkTrashFAIL category… Not the first time I’ve written on this topic, but this example is so extreme I just have to bring it up again. On bulk trash days do NOT put out boxes for large, expensive items.  This is an invitation to being robbed.  Ask your local police department if you’re in Read More …

Tales From the Front – a Landlord’s Lament

Sometimes You’re the Big Dog Sometimes You’re the Chew Toy The horrors of being a landlord Two tales of WTF Tenants Episode 1 The Three Little Pigs We rented a nice 3 bedroom house to 3 hair dressers (2 girls and a guy). A client of mine vouched for them and was their employer. They Read More …

Great Way to Keep Your Laptop (and your lap) Cool

This is, very simply, an amazing product. What is? You may ask. Good point. The Neo Lapsaver Laptop Cooling Pad is what I’m referring to. This 1/2″ thick black cordura pad is made from a remarkable crystalline chemical compound that wicks heat away from any surface it comes in contact with. Set your laptop on Read More …

The Story of Slick.The.Dog

Every dog has a story This is the story of Slick.The.Dog July 2016 We were on a little trip back to Northern California (where it all started).  We has spent several days in Silicon Valley with my son and went back to SFO (San Francisco Airport) to pick up our rental car for the rest Read More …

The Very Definition of Obliviot in Houston

  This is the very definition of “obliviot” This YouTube video from May 2017, illustrates the term #Obliviot better than anything else I can think of. A woman walking down the middle of a Houston freeway talking on her phone against traffic seemingly oblivious to the gravity of her actions Another “only in Texas” moment Read More …

Why Incompetents are So Sure of Themselves

The Dunning-Kruger Effect The discussion of this effect has really hit the mainstream in the last year.  The 2016 election cycle, with all its myriad anomalies brought this malady to the forefront.  Our current president can be argued to be the best (worst) possible example of this syndrome. Simply stated, the Dunning-Kruger effect, first published Read More …

Roadkill on the Information Superhighway

I am re-publishing this piece here, because I think it needs to be seen again. I originally published this article in Lies Magazine back in 1995, after witnessing the demise of someone I knew, caused directly by his involvement in usenet groups and running afoul of the wrong individual. It is my observation today that Read More …

Ahmed’s Clock is NOT an Invention

Ahmed’s Alleged Invention Unless you live in a cave (in which case you’re not reading this) you have been at least aware, if not following the media circus surrounding 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed from Irving Texas. To recap, the story is that Ahmed “invented” a clock and brought it to school to impress his Read More …

Dante’s Psychedelic Inferno

From November 2. 2014 As we were gearing up for our Halloween party, I wanted to make our long, L-shaped hallway into something special. Starting with the indirect lighting that I installed several months ago, I added red gels over the ultra-white LED lighting to create a very Dante’s Inferno look. Theatrical gels would yield Read More …