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I made my own HDTV antenna.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:22:33 +0000

Over Thanksgiving I decided to hook up our living room TV to the antenna on the roof. For a long time it was just using Roku and that works for most everything, but I wanted to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on NBC so I thought I’d get it hooked up. Turn out, I couldn’t....

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The snow is a beautiful sight.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:03:46 +0000

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Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection Album Covers

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:05:24 +0000

If you pick up Garth Brook’s Ultimate Connection at Target, and rip them for your favorite device, you’ll probably end up looking for the album covers. iTunes wasn’t able to find them, but I searched the internet for them and you can download all the high-res album covers here. They’re 1600 x 1600 so they should...

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Halloween Pumpkins – 2016 Edition

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 01:40:38 +0000

Here are our 2016 Halloween pumpkin carvings. On the top row we have two scary pumpkins. The first one is not carved all the way through, but rather scraped. On the bottom row we have a penguin, a cat, and the moon and stars. All pumpkins are lit with either rechargeable lights or battery operated...

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Halloween Mystery Meal 2016

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:59:27 +0000

Every year my wife puts on a Halloween mystery meal that has some pretty disgusting sounding things on it, but everything is good to eat. This year didn’t disappoint. Halloween Mystery Meal 2016 Menu Utensils Pitchfork > Fork Mummy Bandage > Napkin Witches Wand > Spoon Main Intestines > Puff Pastry with Cheese or Meat Toxic Waste > Mac n Cheese Dyed Green Dead Mans Fingers > Peanut...

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Went golfing for the first time in many years today.

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:01:37 +0000

Went golfing for the first time in many years today with a friend. We had a great time and didn’t lose too many balls. The worst hole was this one as there was no way I was going to make it over the marsh. Basically you had the tee, the marsh, and then the hole....

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We had an outdoor dance party tonight.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:12:27 +0000

It started with marshmallows around the fire and then we brought out the party light and cranked up the music.

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It’s time to clean up your WordPress database.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:46:30 +0000

When’s the last time you cleaned up your WordPress blog’s database? Over time, things build up that you don’t see, but can cause performance issues. The good news is that it’s easy to clean up. I use the Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions plugin and it works beautifully. Granted, always make a backup first just in...

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Accelerated Mobile Pages are simple to setup in WordPress.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:19:02 +0000

Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMP) are the latest way in which Google and others are trying to make the web faster. Turns out, the more features you add to a site, the slower it gets. Since no-one wants to simplify their website, AMP pages were born. They’re a stripped down version of your website that...

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Shopping for fridges.

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:27:38 +0000

So many choices. I won’t be getting one with internet on it though as I don’t see it working after a few years.

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Minneapolis drinks my town’s waste water.

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:57:45 +0000

Lily’s second grade class, and myself as a chaperone, went to visit the City of Watertown today and learned all about how things work around here. They got to sit in the back of a police car, learn about how emergency responders work and their tools, learn about the water/sewer system, and more. I learned...

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Why do we wear fitness trackers on our wrist?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:02:19 +0000

I’ve been struggling with fitness trackers recently trying to figure out which ones are accurate. Turns out the issue isn’t always with the trackers, but where we wear them. Why do we wear them on our wrist? Who’s bright idea was it to track steps by putting something on your arm? If your fitness tracker...

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Jumping For Fun

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:16:09 +0000

Had a great day at Waconia’s Nickel Dickel Day!

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No Headphone Jack? No Problem. Turn any headphones into Bluetooth headphones.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 01:26:24 +0000

There’s a lot of conversations about Apple removing the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and for good reason. There’s a lot of good corded headphones out there and a good set of Bluetooth headphones can be expensive. The good news is that you can turn your corded headphones into Bluetooth headphones with an inexpensive adapter....

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First Day of 2nd Grade

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:07:14 +0000

Looking cute in all that color!

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Lily did her own hair today. So fancy.

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 00:45:56 +0000

She’s constantly working on her salon skills.

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Say Hello to Marshmallow

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:34:22 +0000

We now have a new dog in our home. His name is Marshmallow and he’s a Bichon Frise. What’s really nice is that he’s a hypoallergenic dog so no allergies! Marshmallow is an active dog and we think he’s 2-3 years old. He’s pretty house trained but doesn’t know how to sit or anything like...

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Minnesota State Fair 2016!

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:07:25 +0000

Another great time at the Minnesota State Fair! This year we went in the afternoon so Lily could see the midway lights at night and she thought they were awesome. It’s always a great time at the fair! Thomas

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