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My K’nex Foos Hockey Table

My crowning K’nex achievement. Very fun and very playable!

And now very buildable also, I put up instructions on! Check them out here.

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Hobbies


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Getting good deals on eBay- The sneaky way!

I do quite a bit of buying on ebay. It is often the first place I look to find a good deal. I have known for many years about people using sites to bid in the last few seconds for them, but never really went to that extreme. But now I have. I was looking for a good add on to firefox for ebay when I found one for the site

The program is actually called an “auction sniper” So this add-on adds a little icon in every ebay page that says “snipe this”, and when you do so it has you enter a bid. Six seconds prior to the end of the aution it will put in your bid. By then it is too late for someone to outbid you.

Ebay logoOf course, if other people used ebay the way ebay wanted them to, the program won’t work. Ebay says to put in the highest amount you are willing to pay, and it will automatically bid up to that amount for you. So if your co-bidders put in their max bid, and it is higher than your snipe, than you still won’t get the item. However, a large portion of ebay bidders just bid the minimum bid and hope it will stay. If they get outbid, they may increase their bid. These are the people this program will outsmart.

I have used this for a day so far, and it has been working great for me!

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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Computing, Hobbies


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I Like Statistics

If you ever were to ask me what my least favourite school subject is, you would always receive the same answer. Math. I never could enjoy math, whether it be multiplying three digit numbers or extracting square roots. However, for some reason I cannot get enough of statistics.

Just looking at this chart makes me happy.

I think it may have started with my interest in politics. During the 2008 elections I would check the latest polls on the Senators and Presidential candidates daily. Even since the daily tracking polls keep my interest. I also liked looking at charts of how global warming is a fraud. I am excited to see information from the 2010 census, now that’s entertainment.

Charts and graphs are two of my choice ways to view statistics. Since I was 10 I have filled notebook after notebook with line charts detailing the rise and fall of non-existent companies (with captivating storyline taking place in my head.) I have made a few programs that generate charts based on data entered in them. I made charts showing who won more games in Uno with my sister Amber, along with average cards left in opponents hand, and number of cards played each game.

When it comes to the internet, I have always liked looking at statistics of websites. I like checking the stats here on my blog, as well as the stats of the Times-Script website. I also like to check out the most visited websites on the internet, and the top browsers by market share.

When it came time for me to get a Christmas gift, there was one book I requested (and loved.) The top 10 of everything. Now as for what I will do with my interest in statistics, I am not sure. Careers in statistics seem to involve an awful lot of math…

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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Hobbies


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Book sales are fun!

I always like to visit the local library when I find out there is a book sale. Every once in a while, I find a book that I like, but most of the time I find what I am looking for in the magazine section. The last time I went to a library book sale, It was $0.25 for a one-year bundle of magazines. This time it was free. Oh the joy!Needless to say, I have been enjoying reading “Popular Science” and “Popular Mechanics”, (Two of my favourite magazines) and I haven’t even got started with the “Scientific American” stack. Now they are 3 year old ones, but most everything is still interesting and applicable. I don’t know if I could say the same for the stacks of “Newsweek” and “New Yorker” magazines nobody wanted. Unfortunately it looks as if I was to late to grab the stacks of PC Magazine, but I hope that sometime soon I will find a free subscription to it on the internet. Nowadays it doesn’t really apply to me as much since I use Linux.

Book sales are fun, I sure don’t want to miss the next one!

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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Free, Hobbies


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From losing money on ink cartridges to saving with them.

Ever since I started printing my weekly publication, the Times Script, I have had my woes with ink. Ink cartridges new for the HP PSC 1310 were $30-$40 Color and $25-$30 Black, depending on where you bought them. I started saving a lot when I switched to remanufactured and refills (as low as $10 black and color), but still the cost was high. I had to buy new cartidges every few weeks. So then I looked to a better alternative.

My Continuous Ink Supply System

I looked at the Continuous Ink Supply System- Tubes that run into your printer from plastic ink storage containers outside the printer. I couldn’t find any that worked for our printer at a reasonable price, so I decided to look for a new printer. I found one for only $30 on craigslist, and bought it. Then, I shelled out anouther $30 for the CISS. That initial investment of about two color cartridges worth of money saves me a ton now.

The cartridges I was paying $30 for contained about 10 ml of ink. The CISS came pre filled with 600 ml. No, I didn’t ad an extra zero- Six Hundred millilitres. Since then I have bought another 600 ml to refill it with at only $18. No more ink cartridges for me, I thought.

For the last year, I have been turning in used ink cartridges at Office Max and office Depot. In exchange, they give me $3 store credit, redeemable quarterly or monthly. I had received almost $30 one quarter. It so happens that one day at Woodman’s grocery store in Madison, Wi, I came across a cart of re-manufactured ink cartridges. 2 for $1.00. I bought six packs of them, and soon had them all turned in at Office Depot, never used. This quarter, I will be getting over $80 in store credit with those and other cartridges I got- such as the 6 the came in the printer I bought for my CISS system.

I will never be going back to ink cartridges again for printers since I got my CISS, but I will still keep my eyes open for a good deal!

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Computing, Hobbies


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My favorite modular origami design

Recently I have enjoyed making an origami dodecahedron (12 faces) out of the PHIZZ unit. It takes 30 units, but they are very simple to make. After you make them then you must do the more challenging part: put them together!

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Hobbies


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