An Old Time Photo of a Man Playing a Fiddle

If You’re Hankerin’ to Start Fiddlin’… or Playin’ Any Stringed Instrument…

…Then I’d like to tell you about an online site where you can find quality stringed instruments at great prices! I came across Michael Sanchez of superiorviolins.com several years ago, quite by accident.   I played violin decades ago and was considering trying to pick it up again.  For some reason I decided to google the …

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Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Chamber: Personal Recollection.

Strange After watching The Perfect Storm  I became a commercial fishing deckhand in Alaska for a summer. After watching some episodes of Fringe and Altered States I decided I wanted to experience a sensory deprivation chamber. What do these two scenarios have in common? My interest was sparked by the stories – stories which, to many, cause fear or aversion. I have …

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A List of Lists of Books Recommended by Famous (and Somewhat Famous) People

Introduction In 2011 I wrote a list of lists of books and it has remained a perennial favorite till the present. I figured it was time to revisit the list. The revamped list has expanded far beyond the original and as such needs to be broken down into sections. This section consists of lists of books …

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A photo of someone's feet and lower legs standing on The Level.

Fluidstance’s The Level: Crucial or Overrated?

Prelude I believe it was August when Fluidstance first reached out to me about reviewing their product, The Level. Of course, I was amenable and eagerly awaited its arrival. It wasn’t until October that I realized the packaging containing The Level had been stolen off my front step before I ever saw it. I wrote …

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Soylent 2.0: A Better Meal Replacement?

A Little Background I enjoy eating sometimes but oftentimes it is more of a chore. Unfortunately, eating is a necessity if I want to be healthy, energetic, productive. I’ve written about Soylent, a meal replacement drink, in the past here and here. I’ve tried other meal replacement drinks like RAW Meal and Shakeology (also here and there, …

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The Travail of Canceling SugarSync: A How To.

[Update: 10/28/16 – Some international users of SugarSync have reported issues using the link I included in this post. Thanks to Bill & JN for an updated link that appears to work internationally as well: https://www.sugarsync.com/account/cancel] I started with SugarSync many hears ago and I’ve been a paying customer since October 2009 and have been a …

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What You Didn’t Know About Canceling Your Health Insurance Through Healthcare.gov

I recently moved into a new part-time position which then became a full-time position and thereupon provided benefits including health insurance. Up until that point Sheila and I had been being hit with fairly large insurance premiums every month, so I was quick to call the insurance provider and request cancellation. I was surprised when …

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How To Easily Save 30,000 Lives Each Year

I’ve been talking about self-driving cars for years, even posted about it on this site. I can’t wait for cars to drive themselves, for personal and selfish reasons, but there are several really good reasons for cars to drive themselves. Eliminate 35,900 Deaths Annually In 2009 according to the US Census 35,900+ individuals died in motor vehicle accidents. …

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