10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions

I tried the “Super Shower Cleaner” this weekend but used Simple Green instead of dish detergent.  Worked like a charm!  I’ve used vinegar to clean tea kettles and glassware but I’ve never thought about using it on glass shower doors/walls.

10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions


25 Hottest Urban Legends – In (semi) Real Time!

The online fact checking and rumor busting site called Snopes has a real-time (as in updated daily) list of the latest Urban Legends.

Snopes is one of those sites on the internet that can become a real time suck if you’re not careful.  I use it as a reference when someone forwards me an email about some odd warning/hoax, etc.  You can usually get the truth about it and I’ve been known to reply with a link to the site (in the hopes they might do some research before blindly passing on bogus info).

Yep, It’s Come Down to This…

So instead of asking for a “lid”, a “hit” or a “bump” are they now asking for a “capfull”?

Thefts of Tide Laundry Detergent on the Rise:

WASHINGTON — When police in suburban Washington raided the home of a suspected drug dealer last fall, they found the cocaine, all right, but also something unusual on the man’s shelves: nearly 20 large bottles of liquid Tide laundry detergent.

It turns out his customers were paying for drugs not with cash but with stolen Tide, police said.

Tide has become a hot commodity among thieves at supermarkets and drugstores in at least some parts of the country. [MORE]

Fundraising – No Agenda Show

Hopefully, by now, most of you know what a Podcast is.  Believe it or not I was part of the Man Fights Back podcast a while back.  We ended up recording 44 episodes before putting things on pause for a while.  Hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can start recording again.

Publishing a podcast is a lot of work.  Coming up with material, time to record, time to edit, time to produce and, most importantly, building your audience.  Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak at the No Agenda Show podcast have figured all of this out and find time to publish 2 episodes a week totaling 5+ hours of content.  They give the show away and only ask for donations to keep the show going.  As of  January 15, 2012 they’ve recorded 374 shows, along with a few special episodes.

Donations of $50 or more get their name or organization mentioned in the show.  The top two donations for each episode get Executive Producer and Associate Executive Producer credits.  It’s all turned out to be a pretty cool concept.  Individuals who accumulate $1000 (or more) worth of donations (or donate it all at once) get a special “Knighthood” designation and customized ‘hit them in the mouth’ ring complete with old-fashioned envelope sealing wax that you can make an impression in with the ring.

The No Agenda Show is hard to describe but it covers a lot of current events and things you don’t hear about in the mainstream media.  The discussions are lively and often times very humorous especially with all of the musical jingles and memes.  The show notes are a treasure trove of links and media clips that allow you to dig deeper into the topics you find interesting.  I’ve gotten a lot of ideas for the IndyScan.com blog posts from this podcast.

I’ve been planning on donating to the show for a while now but thought it might be kind of neat to pool together some donations from IndyScan.com readers and submit them on the behalf of IndyScan.com and its followers.  The goal is to add a little more money to what I was going to donate ($100) and get some press for the blog.

Starting today I’m going to place a special donation button on the IndyScan.com site and will take contributions (via PayPal) until February 29, 2011.  Every penny contributed will be added to my donation and submitted to the no Agenda Show for inclusion in one of the early March shows.

I hope you have a chance to check out the No Agenda Show and find it something you want to listen to and make a donations towards.

You can also donate from this blog entry:

 

 

 

 

2011, 2112 and Beyond

Happy New Month everyone!  I know it’s technically a “new year” but 366 days is a lot to comprehend, especially when you think bout how this new year can be broken up into:

  • 12 months
  • 52 weeks
  • 8784 hours
  • 527,040 minutes
  • 31,622,400 seconds

Although 31,622,400 seconds seems like a long time, you’ve probably already used up 10-15 seconds so far reading this blog post.  That’s time you can’t get back (sorry).  You can (hopefully) remember what you did during that time, and possibly regret what you did (I hope not!).  What you can’t do is change it.

I mention this because we all, at one time or another, think about the past and how things would be different if certain times in our life was spent doing “something else”.  It’s the Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Syndrome and there’s nothing particularly wrong with looking back and reflecting on past success or failure.  It’s actually a good way to help you move forward because it’s your “Life Experience” and as humans we learn how to use our past to impact our future.

When I look back at 2011 it’s been both good and bad.  I’ve had my share of successes, personally and professionally.  There has also been time that I wish I had done “something else” with it.

In 2012 I’m going to continue to use my life experiences to prepare for, and make the best use of, the time I spend with friends, family, co-workers, clients, and strangers.  Right now I’m 11-hours into the new year.  It’s time to make the other 8773 hours count.

Blog Maintenance = Complete!

We’re back in business with a new look and feel to the site.  After testing about 15 themes, and not finding what I wanted, I decided to take the closest one and make some changes to it to fit my vision.  I’m aiming for a clean, fast design with minimal distractions and easy navigation.

I’m going to continue to tweak things over the next couple of weeks (colors, fonts, etc.) but the overall design will remain the same (until I get the bug to change again).

Hope you like the new look & I welcome any feedback you have about it!