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How-to

Truth-Gammon

Truth-gammon (or maybe T-gammon) is a game I just thought of while playing backgammon with a co-worker. I call it Truth-gammon because I think it truly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of backgammon players. Here’s how you play:

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General

What’s Up

Hi. Sorry that I haven’t been posting lately. Here’s what’s up with me:

I’ve started taking Wushu . Actually I’ve been taking Wushu for two and a half months now. Last night I tore my hamstring pretty bad, so I will probably be off for a couple weeks.

My brother Alex had Flesh-Eating Disease and has been in the hospital for the last two months as well. He gets out today though, so he’s going to be alright. A huge section of skin on his leg had to be removed.

Also, I’ve been trying to think of a feasible way of changing my email address. I don’t know how I’m going to give up my current address without informing everyone that I’ve ever given my email address to. There is just so much spam coming in lately. Don’t know what I’m going to do.

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A tip from Inch’s bathroom

Have you ever been frustrated by condensation on your bathroom mirror when you get out of the shower? Are you annoyed when you wipe it off only to discover that you’ve now created streaks on your mirror, and the condensation just comes right back anyway? Here’s a discovery I made a couple months ago to get rid of your foggy mirror after a hot shower.

Simply use a hair dryer on its hot setting and move it in a circle over the area you would like cleared. At first, it won’t look like it has any effect, but then after a few seconds, the mirror will become crystal clear. Also, because you’re using hot air, the mirror heats up and doesn’t allow more condensation to form after you’ve cleared it off.

You can now shave, brush your teeth or style your fancy hair with confidence and a clear image staring back at you.

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General

New Tea Pot

Shop at Asian supermarkets. Period. I just bought a new teapot at lunch. It’s rad to the bone. Fancy paited tea pot with the little screen that filters out your tea leaves. $12.99. You just can’t find deals like that anywhere else.

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How-to

iTunes 7 – Unnamed Album Fix

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Apple released version 7 of iTunes yesterday. The new version has lots of new features including movie support from the iTunes Music Store, iPod games, and way more support for album artwork including automatic downloading from the iTunes Music Store, and Cover Flow which is an awesome new way of showing all of your albums in iTunes visually.

One problem that people will notice almost immediately while browsing by album, is that any tracks that do not have an album name specified will automatically take up their own spot in your album browser. So if you have 20 tracks by an artist, but no album information specified, then each of those 20 tracks take up a spot in your album browser. It would be much better if Apple had grouped all of these tracks together in one “Unnamed Album”, but we wouldn’t be so lucky.

Here’s a simple fix that will rectify that problem lickety-split: In the album view, sort all your tracks by album name. All of the tracks with unnamed albums will go to the bottom of the list. Highlight all of those tracks, and view their info (Command+i on a Mac). You’ll get a warning about changing all the tracks at once, then simply type the album name “Unnamed” or “Unknown” or “null” or whatever you’d like. Click OK. All of the tracks will be assigned an album of that name.

Now when you’re browsing by artist, any tracks that previously took up their own spot in your album browser, are now grouped under an album named “Unnamed”. Voila!

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Complaints

LG Fridge Door Alarm

I believe that I am the first person to post this problem on the net, because I’ve done some extensive searching and turned up nothing.

So, as you may have guessed (or deduced), our new fridge was delivered last night. The delivery guys came and dropped it off. The fridge is fancy as can be: Stainless steel, bottom-mount freezer, energy efficient…. and a nifty feature called a “Door Alarm”.

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House

The dig is on

Three pickup trucks and one Bobcat were at my house bright and early this morning, starting work on my lawn. The plan is to dig up and remove a couple inches of soil from the top of the yard. This will be followed by a slew of new top soil and finally sod to make our yard look beautiful again.

I think that this last month has been the most expensive month of my life.

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General

New Fridge!

Heather and I bought a new fridge on Saturday. We had looked at this fridge earlier in the week and it was on sale. When we went back on the weekend, it was $200 more expensive. The guy at FutureShop was nice enough to honour the discounted price though. The fridge is being delivered tomorrow evening though, so finally we’ll have some place to put food now.

In other news, we’re having our lawn replaced tomorrow as well, so by tomorrow night, we’ll have a whole new house.

Update: Soon after receiving this fridge, we had some problems with it and it was replaced. Read about the beeping door alarm.

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Hobbies

Black belt in Jiu Jitsu

I’m well on my way to getting my black belt in Jiu Jitsu. Actually, I attended my first 2-hour class last night with Darryl from work. I’d like to start taking a martial art, but after trying Jiu Jitsu for the first time I’m not sure that it’s for me.

We did a quick warm-up and then some punches and kicks. Then we did some breakfalls and holds. Some of the holds were pretty cool but it would take a lot of practice in order to whip those out in a real fight. It seems as though Jiu Jitsu spends a lot of time on the ground, and I would rather take a martial art where you spend more time on your feet. I think I will probably try a night at Kung Fu next. Keep you posted…

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House

Basement Update #3

My house is safe again. We finished up the floor joists the other night and I now feel comfortable walking across my kitchen floor. We still have to patch up the subfloor but the hard part is done.

Now we just have to worry about our fridge and lawn. Heather and I went to look at Future Shop and Sears last night. I think we found a nice one at Future Shop.

As for our lawn. We have to get the entire lawn dug up and then replaced with new soil and grass. We’re getting quotes on that right now. If that turns into an exciting project, I’ll write more about it here.