Saturday, February 15, 2020

Low Distraction Lent 2020

Lent, 2020.  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 to Sunday, April 12, 2020.

It's 11 days from now.

And it's a perfect time to cut back on your internet and technology use.  A time of resetting.  A time of re-evaluating your relationship with technology.  And, importantly for 2020, a time of getting used to less internet use and distraction before the true core of Election Outrage Season 2020 begins.  Gets worse.  Continues.  Whatever it's going to do.

Why?  Because the distance allows you the time and space to evaluate what's of value on the internet, and what's just a shiny distraction that really, really wants to shove ads in front of your eyeballs and will do anything they can, regardless of the impact on you, to get you to view ads.

Join me?

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Finances, Technology, Repair, and "Enough"

This week's post is an attempt to summarize various thoughts and conversations I've had over the past few years with a variety of people.  I enjoy talking about the details of life with people, and some themes have come up repeatedly over the years - with one concept being "Enough."

In totally related concepts, one of the easiest ways to have a lot of stress in life is finances - and while this is far from a personal finance blog, apparently it's inevitable that, eventually, finances will come up in a long-lived blog.  But, beyond simple money, finances tie into a lot of other areas of life.  It's fair to say that one's finances reflect attitudes and habits accumulated over the years, and often these habits just aren't examined.  So, dive in and examine them with me!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Makita and Rayovac Battery Pack Teardowns

It's once again time for everyone's favorite type of post!  Tool battery teardowns!  This week, I've got three seemingly identical batteries.  They've got the same connections, the same dimensions (except height - the center one is a smaller capacity pack), and so one would expect them to be very much the same on the inside.  Are they?

I assumed one thing going in, and was very much surprised when reality turned out to be something quite different!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

End of 2019/Start of 2020

Another year over.  Another year starting.  And this means yet another annual reflection blog post!

Or, in this case, "What the hell happened to 2019?"

I know the answer - he's about 18 months old and insanely active, but it still feels like the year slipped away without leaving much of a trace.  Just keeping up, not really making good headway on anything.  We had a lot going on, but keeping up with two kids took an awful lot more time than I'd anticipated.  But, I've still had some fun!