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On Friday, September 30, 2016, I had the honor to address about twenty-five or thirty people in room 201 of Braunstein Hall on the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus. There was a mix of UC faculty, graduate students, undergrad students and subscribers to my newsletter. Two of the professors who were at UC when I […]

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Meredith Porphyritic Granite - Most Beautiful Rock in New England The Meredith Porphyritic Granite can be found in and around Meredith, New Hampshire. I happen to live directly on top of this massive pluton and my college degree is in geology. Some references to this geologic rock formation in the older literature refer to it […]

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Buy a Hard Cover Dictionary It's really easy to change the definition of a word in an online dictionary. It takes seconds. And I know it's happening online. We can't have invisible people changing the definition of words for goodness sake! But no one can easily change the definition of a word in a dictionary […]

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Author's Note: If you feel the information on this page will help others, you have my permission to spread it far and wide to all you know. You can link to this page if you produce your own blog or newsletter. Feel free to share it with a newsletter author you know that covers this […]

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Do the math. The road is about 7.5 miles long. He did it in UNDER 5 minutes and 45 seconds. That makes his AVERAGE speed over 60 mph!!! On some short stretches, he was probably doing 80 mph or higher! Remember, there's NO GUARDRAIL on this road. Update - August 2021 - He sets a […]

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How Much Does Rain Weigh? - For 2 Inches Per Square Mile I like to do arithmetic problems the way I was taught in grade school. I still use a pencil and paper. The goal is to keep my brain sharp. It's one of the reasons I like doing Morse code too. My favorite pencils […]

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Tim Carter DIY Coaching - Phone or Video Call Do you need DIY coaching? Are you stuck with a: carpentry problem plumbing issue roof leak ceramic tile install or grout question repair conundrum bid comparison scenario ANY problem around your home or small business Ask the Builder founder Tim Carter will call you on the […]

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Build a Cardboard Boat - Sears Editors Conference 1999 I was lucky to be part of the team that was destined to build a cardboard boat that set a Florida state record. The year, I believe, was 1999. Mike Mangan, the public relations manager for Sears, invited me to my first ever Sears Editors Conference […]

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Isotopes Baseball Hat - Best One I've Ever Had This hat was purchased in Albuquerque, NM in the summer of 2009. It's the most comfortable hat I've ever owned. I need another one now, but I have my own custom design I want to have embroidered on the front. Help me find a supplier of […]

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Suing a Contractor for Poor Workmanship - Go to a Casino How many horror stories have you heard about homeowners who end up wanting to sue their contractors? The reasons are as plentiful as grains of sand on a beach. In almost all cases it comes down to defective workmanship. Sometimes it’s non-performance where the […]

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Custom Home Building and Repair Advice - I Can Call You My wife thinks I’m crazy most nights. We sit down after dinner and watch different shows on cable TV. I absolutely love to watch commercials laughing at some and groaning at others. I study them to see how the companies use psychological tricks to […]

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