Brill Razorcut 38 Reel Mower

We ended up leaving our gas-powered John Deere mower in Washington. I sulked over that decision for a few weeks before borrowing my father-in-law’s gas mower. But our backyard is made of clay and a basketball court and our front lawn is very small. It’s maybe a 10 minute job with the gas-mower at most, and that includes moving the mower out of the garage and checking the gas and oil levels. It’s … [Read more...]

Diablo 3

When I want to escape I usually put on headphones and fire up Spotify. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of music for a couple of hours. Or I’ll check out ESPN or a while before switching over to American Pickers. I know, I know. But lately, I’ve been playing a PC game called Diablo 3 from Blizzard. I can’t recall the last PC game I got into more than a few days. It might have been Half Life … [Read more...]

My Favorite Sunglasses

Eight years ago I visited a Sunglass Hut looking for the best pair of sunglasses I could buy. I’ve owned models from Vaurnet, Oakley, Ray Ban, and Bolle, and couldn’t say one pair of lenses was better than the other. I tried on a number of frames, and found a couple I really liked. I couldn’t tell the difference between the lenses so I figured I’d buy the frame that looked best on my face. The … [Read more...]

Dark Sky

Have you ever wanted to know if it’s going to rain soon? Until I started biking to work, I didn’t give it much thought. Dark Sky is an app that tells me what the chances it will rain within the next hour. It won’t give you a 5-day forecast of conditions and temperatures, but it has this uncanny way of predicting precipitation. Sure, you can view a full-days worth of predictions, but the focus … [Read more...]

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room is one of my favorite documentaries and now available from YouTube in its entirety. The relationship between Enron CEO, Ken Lay, and George Bush senior and junior is just one of the fascinating parts of the film. Enron: The Smarted Guys in the Room … [Read more...]

Meguiar’s Headlight Restoration Kit

Both of our cars are a few years old now and their headlights were looking cloudy and a bit yellowish. When I took our Honda Odyssey in to have its oil changed last weekend, the cashier recommended Meguiar’s Headlight Restoration Kit. That night I checked out the few reviews on Amazon. Most were positive so I decided to give it a try. The kit contains two sanding disks, a hand pad (on which … [Read more...]

Timberland 3-Eyelet Lug

I bought my first pair about twenty years ago, and my sixth pair from Zappos last week. It’s the perfect shoe I can wear year-round in Seattle without having to worry about my feet getting damp. Every few months I’ll grab a soft cotton rag and rub mink oil into each shoe which brings back the burgundy tint and helps to waterproof the leather. Once the leather laces get worn in, they stayed tied … [Read more...]

Moneyball

“How can you not be romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane Moneyball was the best movie I saw this year. I read the Michael Lewis book a few years ago and liked it, but didn’t think much of it. When I heard Brad Pitt was playing the role of A’s general manager, Billy Beane, I shrugged it off and didn’t plan to see the film. But Ebert gave it a good review and I decided to see it. So glad I … [Read more...]