Category Archives: Life The Universe and Everything

90s Video Camera Demo Tape

Remember walking by those camera displays in department stores back in the 80s and 90s? You didn’t realize they were rolling, did you?

BEHOLD! I GIVE YOU, THE 90s! CANDID!

Memories of Adam West’s Batman 1966

This groovy theme from the 60’s Batman series always conjures up a specific image in my mind: one of eating breakfast on the “back porch” of the Yellow House (really the extended kitchen/dining room area leading to the actual back porch), an unfinished solarium where we had a small aluminum and plastic dining table. There was a small Sears color television sitting on the corner of the table that I was watching Saturday Morning Cartoons on. It was late into the block, and the last shows to air were on WXIA (Channel 11, the local NBC affiliate): Batman and Superboy. It was hard to get a decent picture, so I was constantly getting up to adjust the rabbit ear antenna to catch the broadcast signal as it meandered around the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain and bounced against nearby Lost Mountain.

WXIA stopped showing Batman reruns not long after that, replacing them with a block by producer Peter Engel that included Saved By The Bell and the knock-off California Dreams. I don’t recall what happened to that TV set, either. We may have given it to a relative in need or it may have just died altogether; it was the 1980s.

Also to be noted was the little family in-joke when my dad and I would get into his old 66 Chevrolet truck wherein one of us would start the familiar checklist and the other would finish:

This inverted poop emoji totally looks like Mr. Glitch from Square One TV

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who sees it.

AirborneSurfer Channel Update May 2017

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LPT: How To Keep A Trash Bag From Ballooning In The Bin

Ever notice how trash bags balloon up when you place them in the bin? Here’s an easy way to fix the problem!

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Have you ever noticed how when you put a

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new bag in the trash bin, it does this

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annoying balloon thing and you have to go

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back and let the trapped air out and fix

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it all? Well next time you take out the

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trash, try this tip: grab your drill motor

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and use a half-inch twist bit to cut a

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series of holes along the bottom

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edge of one side of the bin. The holes

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will allow trapped air to escape when the

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bag fills, and prevent that annoying

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balloon effect. Don’t forget to like and share

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WonderCon 2017

WonderCon 2017

Top 5 Things You Hope Your Children Will Learn From You

My friend Brian posed an interesting question to me as I liked a post on his Facebook feed. Always one to create thought-provoking threads in his feed, he tasked me with this query: What are the top 5 things you hope your children will learn from you. Of course, this was qualified parenthetically by assuming I have kids or plan to have kids. Since I don’t have kids, and haven’t made any plans to the contrary, I will endeavor to answer honestly by directing these life lessons to my nephews and my niece. My hope is to impart these ideas somehow, but it is easier said than done because I don’t see them often as we live on opposite sides of the continent.

1. Be excellent to each other. Party on, dudes.

Diversity keeps the world full of flavor. Everyone is free to peacefully follow their bliss as long as that bliss does not infringe upon anyone’s right to life, liberty, property, or pursuit of happiness. We don’t have to agree with others, but we must respect their peaceable pursuits. We are all different. We all have different experiences and different strengths, but those differences—when united—make everyone stronger.

2. Stay curious.

Our world is one full of wonder, and there are always new ideas worth exploring. Never let anyone tell you what to believe, and never stop asking “Why?” Unquestioned authority destroys everything in its pursuit of greater authority.

3. Never grow up.

You will get older. You will take on more responsibilities. Never forget what it is like to be unburdened, take every opportunity to laugh and play, and above all just enjoy life.

4. Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.

Sometimes life will conspire against you, and it seems like every step you take is the wrong one. There will be times where it seems like you have no way out. Just keep your eyes open and your wits about you, and you’ll find a solution. When all else fails, though, be ready to take cover!

5. Even heroes need help sometimes.

There will be those times that, no matter what, you simply can’t fix a problem by yourself. No matter what it is, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Pick up a strategy guide, phone a friend, or hire a professional to get it done. It might never be fully fixed, but you’ll gain insight on how to deal with it.