Fireplace 2.0

Breathing New Life into a Midcentury Fireplace

Our FireplaceA few years ago we discovered the fireplace flu in our 1964 ranch home was unusable. Cracks in the flu pipe allowed smoke to leak into our attic– and eventually the living room. Yuck.

This discovery was followed by a quote for more than $3,000 to repair it! Double-yuck. Time to explore some options. Continue reading Fireplace 2.0

U.S. Grand Prix Top Ten

I’ve been a fan of F1 racing for many years and attended Grand Prixs in Phoenix, Italy, France and the UK. And I’m talking real GP racing- not local Indy Car street races or local weathermen racing go karts around a parking lot.

COTA Map2016 marks the fifth year for Formula 1® at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), and the triumphant return of real Grand Prix racing to the United States. I look forward to someday attending the USGP in Austin since it’s only an 8-hour drive away.

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Wallpaper Your World

Windows 10 has some great features. Virtual desktops, integrated VPN, wireless displays, a browser that works, etc.

But you may not have noticed the included panoramic desktop wallpaper images. Users with multi-screen displays will discover that an extended desktop no longer means a repeated background image. Extending your desktop to another monitor will show a full panorama image. Continue reading Wallpaper Your World

When Good Marketing Goes Bad

I’m constantly amazed just how wrong some marketing efforts can go. Even the big guys manage to mess it up.

Stock Photography - Canadian CoinsLast week we received an offer by mail from a large retailer. This retailer (who shall remain nameless) was rolling out a new shop-online/pickup-in-store service for groceries. To entice us to try it they were offering a respectable credit: $10.

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