The Power of Advertising and Marketing

What to fight about?

Advertising is a powerful thing. It is more powerful than most people believe. Heck, sometimes I think everything that came out of the 1960s was due to advertising. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Ever heard that? Of course. Is it true? No. Turns out it came from the bacon industry, of all things. Back in the …

Site Changes and New Additions Coming Soon!

Site Changes and New Features

Over the next few weeks, you may notice some site changes. I am adding some additional features to the site. As each one is completed and tested, I’ll roll it out. The first one is an Account button, which will allow you to log in and save your information. The next steps are adding a shopping cart, checkout button, and …

Rebadged Products: Good Idea or Epic Fail?

Batman logo on Ford truck

Sometimes companies take another company’s product, have them make a few changes like putting their logo and name on it, and sell it as their own product. This practice is called rebadging. It is very appealing from both company’s point of view. For the original company, they just make a few more products with minimal changes, and they make more …

Thoughts on the “man cave” concept

The Ideal Man Cave

When I moved my office from its existing little space it shared with the kitty litter boxes into a bedroom, my wife helped me set it up. In a very short period of time, it looked so much like the apartment I had before we married that I was calling it by the name of the complex – the Pinegate …

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

The Pizza Dilemma Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven If you are like me, you like the idea of making your own pizza at home. You’ve probably tried it, as I have. Heck, I’ve even tried it on the grill. Turns out it is a lot trickier to make a good pizza than it looks. Why? It isn’t the dough. …

Cha Cha Cha Changes…

Changes

Just a quick post to let everyone know that some changes are coming. I’m going to have to suspend most of the home improvement projects. I’ll still do some posts with smaller projects that don’t involve standing on the top of a ladder and installing things. I have some ideas around better organizing a pantry, for example. Instead, I’m going …

Extended Warranties

Extended Warranty

Read any financial magazine and they’ll generally tell you not to spend your money on extended warranties. Their argument is almost always that you probably won’t encounter a problem large enough to cover the cost. They have theirĀ old desktop calculator out, they are hitting the buttons, and what they are saying makes perfect mathematical sense. But, is it just possible …

The Midnight Scoop

Midnight Scoop

The quest for the perfect ice cream scoop The Midnight Scoop A long time ago, I Kickstarted a project to create a better ice cream scoop. I’ve tried many different scoops. Metal, non-stick coatings, swivel heads, razor-sharp edges, anti-freeze filled, heated, you name it. None of them work. This one, however, had promise. It was designed by an engineer trying …

Fraudulent charges from a restaurant in Sao Paulo

Fraudulent charges in Sao Paulo, Brazil

I sure wish I were in a restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil right now. I guess I’ll just have to take comfort in the fact that it is apparently where my credit card is hanging out. Or, at least the number. Chase caught the fraudulent charges right away, sent me an email, blocked the account, then… told me they would …