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Which Portable Battery Pack Should I Buy?

You don’t have to go far to see some editorial about how we live in an “interconnected world” full of “gadgets and devices” and everybody is just looking for the nearest Wifi hotspot and / or wall outlet to get some much needed juice. We have come to the inevitable realization of this world...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 24

Building Giant Truck
Episode 5
"Happy Holidays"

Posted today, December 24, 2016!

So it has come to this - a whole month of buildup to post a 10 minute video of me playing with toys. I couldn't watch all those Christmas episodes without creating one of my own...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 23

The Simpsons
Season 1 Episode 1
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Originally aired December 17, 1989

I'll be short and sweet today. Exactly six years before the episode I posted yesterday was the very first episode of what would become one of the most popular shows ever...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 22

The Simpsons
Season 7 Episode 11
"Marge Be Not Proud"

Originally broadcast December 17, 1995

As I look back on the last 30 years of TV watching, it really comes down to one thing. There was The Simpsons, and then all other shows. Well, I guess you could say that about any TV show...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 21

Season 1 Episode 11
"My Own Personal Jesus"

Originally broadcast December 11, 2001

We are coming into the home stretch, now. I only have four more items for my list (I'm not going to make you read anything on Christmas day). The rest of the things will (hopefully) not be as long...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 20

Boston Legal
Season 3 Episode 10
"The Nutcrackers"

Originally broadcast December 5, 2006

This is probably the most mature show on my list, what with all the lecherous behavior exhibited by the two main characters. However, it was on ABC, so if they are okay with it...

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Season 5 Episode 9
"Mr Monk Meets his Dad"

Originally broadcast November 17, 2006

I had my favorite show, then my wife's favorite show, and then my Mom's favorite show, so why not have my mother-in-law's favorite show, too? I watched a lot of Monk a few years...

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Season 2 Episode 14
"The Santa Experience"

This is another one that I never really watched before now. I didn't have cable as a kid (or ever, really), so Nickelodeon was just something that happened to other people. This episode was highly recommended...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 17

The Dick Van Dyke Show
Season 3 Episode 13
"The Alan Brady Show Presents"

Originally broadcast December 18, 1963

Let's just get this out of the way: this episode aired fifty three years (minus one day) ago. Yes, it still holds up (pretty much), and yes it kind of...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 16

Home Improvement
Season 1 Episode 12
"Yule Better Watch Out"

Originally broadcast December 17, 1991

I want to try to keep this one short, because these things have been getting longer and taking up more of my valuable sleep time. Also, let's face it, we aren't exactly talking about the richest chestnut on the fire with this one...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 15

Northern Exposure
Season 3 Episode 10
"Seoul Mates"

Originally broadcast December 16, 1991

Growing up, this was one of my Mom's favorite shows. She had many (if not all) of the episodes recorded on VHS tapes, carefully catalogued and organized by which episodes...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 14

Season 9 Episode 10
"The Strike"

Originally broadcast December 18, 1997

You probably could have guessed that this episode would come up at some point on the list. Seinfeld is one of the most iconic shows to ever grace the tube, and this episode is one of...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 13

Season 7 Episode 10
"The One with the Holiday Armadillo"

Originally broadcast December 14, 2000

Friends (er, F*R*I*E*N*D*S) is certainly a cultural phenomenon. It was at the height of its impact when I was in school, at a time in my life when...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 12

Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 6
"Afternoon Delight"

Originally broadcast December 19, 2004

I've talked about a few of my favorite shows already. However, there's one show on my list which I think is the absolute pinnacle. Without embellishment, this is...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 11

The Office
Season 6 Episode 13
"Secret Santa"

Originally broadcast December 10, 2009

Yeah, I'm doubling up. I'm in Chicago this weekend, so I'm too busy eating pizza to spend too much time writing about how much I love some show for being about robots and/or aliens...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 10

The Office
Season 2 Episode 10
"Christmas Party"

Originally broadcast December 6, 2005

Yesterday I showcased one of my all time favorite shows, so I suppose it's only fitting that I give you my wife's today. She isn't that interested in most sitcoms...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 9

3rd Rock from the Sun
Season 2 Episode 12
"Jolly Old St. Dick"

Originally broadcast December 15, 1996 (otherwise known as the greatest year ever)

All of the shows on this list have had great casts. Just think of all the amazing talent we've seen so far...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 8

30 Rock
Season 2 Episode 9

Originally broadcast December 13, 2007

I am starting to realize that this list is skewed pretty heavily toward the 2000's. I guess I did a lot of TV watching in High School and College. I can try to justify it by saying...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 7

My Name is Earl
Season 1 Episode 10
"White Lie Christmas"

Originally broadcast December 6, 2005

Greg Garcia (and his production company Amigos de Garcia) burst onto the television sets of America with the early 2000's comedy Yes, Dear. Apparently it was pretty okay...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 6
Raising Hope Season 1 Episode 11 "Toy Story"

Originally broadcast December 7, 2010

Here we have another highlight of modern sitcom, and it might be the most endearing example of family on the list (Little House on the Prairie included)...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 5
Malcolm in the Middle
Season 3 Episode 7

Originally broadcast December 16, 2001

Okay, so the whole Linwood Boomer connection is a bit of a stretch, considering he wasn't even in the episode I was talking about yesterday. I have always found it...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 4

Little House on the Prairie
Season 1 Episode 15
"Christmas at Plum Creek"

Originally broadcast December 25, 1974

From the distant future to the distant past, I guess this list is all about juxtapositions...

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Season 2 Episode 4
"Xmas Story"

Originally broadcast December 19, 1999

I (hopefully) won't take too much of your time today going on and on about this and that. This is one of the greatest TV shows ever made, and this is one of the best episodes of it...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 2

Saturday Night Live
Season 24 Episode 9
Host: Alec Baldwin, Musical Guest: Luciano Pavarotti (and Vanessa Williams)

I'm no scholar on the history of SNL...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 1

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3, Episode 2
"The Queen who Mopped Xmas"

Originally broadcast January 24, 2011

Just in case somebody was expecting me to start out with some episode of Frasier or The Wonder Years, I figured I would kick the Advent off with possibly the most...

Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar

I've often thought that if I was in charge of a TV studio, a fun thing to do would be to air nothing but Holiday episodes of TV shows in December. Pretty much every show has at least one Holiday episode, so you could probably fill a schedule with nothing but these episodes...

The Basics of Git

I want to try to explain how Git works, using a metaphor I just came up with. I'm posting it here just so I can share it with anybody who might be confused about Git, or version control in general. If you have no interest in those things, you don't have to continue reading ...

What You Practice Grows Stronger

People don’t need to be convinced to go to the gym. Well, I guess maybe some do, but you don’t need to work very hard to explain the importance of regular exercise. I don’t think anybody would go to a single pilates class and expect to be ready for Ninja Warrior...

What Bluetooth Headphones Should You Buy Today? (pt 2)

The headphones that I used happily for the last several years have died, which means I need a new pair. I wanted to share with you, my adoring fan - hi, Mom - my process when I am looking to buy a new electronic gadget. Maybe you’ll get some insights into things to look for...

What Bluetooth Headphones Should You Buy Today?

When I was in college (this was like 2005 or something), my Mom (hi, Mom) got me a pair of wireless headphones. They operated over Bluetooth, and since this was long before the days of listening to music on your smartphone, and therefore long before Bluetooth was...

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