Changing your spark plugs is easy - if you can use a wrench, you can change your spark plugs. It may be one of the easiest ways to save yourself over $100 in under one hour! The Civic shown is a 2006 LX, but it will be exactly the same process for any (non-hybrid) civic … Continue reading How To Change Honda Civic Spark Plugs (With Pictures!)
When I was in middle school one of the “life skills” I was taught was how to balance a checkbook. By hand. As I grumbled and scratched out the arithmetic with my pencil I thought to myself – I’m never going to do this. And I was right. I never did balance a checkbook, and … Continue reading Investing In Your Digital Life
A new year, a new city for Rachel and me. A lot has happened in the last few months. With Rachel’s teaching licensure program set to wrap up in January, we were ready to move out of Minneapolis. Mostly, the place was just too cold. 🙂 My job search couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Just a … Continue reading Seattle!
Update: Since a number of teachers have been asking for this, I have posted the Words Their Way PSI and ESI Graders for download. About a month ago, Rachel, who is student teaching in a 1st grade classroom, was sitting in our living room grading a spelling test for her students. She explained that grading the … Continue reading The Education Analyst
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since I last published a blog post - and nearly two and a half since moving to Minneapolis! A lot has happened since then: Rachel and I have survived two Minnesota winters, one brutal and one mild. We’ve learned to make sure our hair … Continue reading Two years!
My latest obsession has been coffee. More specifically, espresso. My coffee setup includes a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine outfitted with an Auber PID with steam control, and a Baratza Vario grinder. I've gotten some fantastic coffee out of it, and I thought I would share a few pictures of the process. Rachel gets all the … Continue reading Coffee! (With Pretty Pictures By Rachel)
Not all homework assignments are boring! This is a short paper I wrote for my health economics class on the relationship between alcohol and wages - a fascinating subject that has actually had health economists debating for decades! Alcohol and Wages - Economics of Alcohol Essay The relationship between alcohol consumption and wages is not … Continue reading Raise Your Glass, and Your Salary!
Yesterday at Colonnades dining hall I tried four different desserts: A cheesecake in a cup where both filling and crust surely came out of a box marked “instant” A lemon bar that probably came out of a similarly marked box A pumpkin pie tart with long strings of canned pumpkin intact A cinnamon bun, fresh … Continue reading On Coffee and Choosing the Path of Most Resistance
Today one of my best friends emailed me earnestly, saying that we should start a blog. We could talk about “music, politics, ethics, whatever.” He passed on some blog designs he liked, and links to popular blogs he was familiar with. He had just seen a presentation about blogging at work, and he was convinced … Continue reading Let’s Start a Blog!
In his short book Tribes, Seth Godin addresses leadership in the context of the “tribe,” stating that “You can’t have a tribe without a leader—and you can’t be a leader without a tribe.” (2) A tribe is simply a group of people with: (24) 1. A shared interest 2. A means of communication The move … Continue reading Thoughts on Tribes