The best of times

Isn't it interesting how timeless and true good writing proves itself, even in our modern age, and even though it was originally intended for a different literary context? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of [...]

White keyboards and cleanliness

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Back when Apple came out with white keyboards, I was annoyed. I appreciated the white aesthetic, the clean design, but they got dirty so quickly. Within a few weeks of normal use with clean hands, there was a visible layer of grime on the keys used most. It was like a heat map drawn with [...]

Reduce your waste with a toothbrush? Yes.

The Terradent toothbrush stands out from the pack of dental hygiene products out there not because of the complicated design of its head and the multitude of angled bristles, but due to the simplicity and thinking behind its design. In two words, it has replaceable heads. When you need to change the brush, you don't [...]

Beware the creepy crawlies

It definitely pays to watch out for bed bugs, because a rare bite or two may turn into hundreds of bites per night, after the filthy little critters begin to multiply. The National Geographic put together a video that shows how bed bugs crawl out of the walls to bite people right before dawn, when [...]

Not so civilized after all

Someone once said that the mark of a good civilization is set by how they handle their poop. By and large, it's a good rule of thumb. And yet, in this modern and somewhat sanitary world of ours, it's so easy to be reminded of how fragile our constructs of civilization and sanitation are -- [...]

What we use on our hair

For about four years now, Ligia and I have used the same hair care product, and I thought I'd tell you about it. I'm doing it for a few reasons. First, I don't like pretentious hair care products that cost a fortune and yield the same results as the less expensive stuff. Second, I like [...]

Living in a mad world

There are two things I want to talk about today. The first took place right here in the US, and the second happened in Italy. Both happened recently. We've got a conductor who has forgotten the US still means freedom. Apparently, a tourist, possibly from Japan, who knew very little English, was taking photos of [...]

How to properly clean your keyboard

I found myself needing to clean our iMac's keyboard a few days ago. I remembered watching a video recently that suggested we should simply stick the keyboard in the dishwasher. I wasn't about to do that. I doubted the circuitry would have worked afterwards, particularly the Bluetooth link between the keyboard and the computer. The [...]

The decline of personal hygiene

I've come across so many pungent body odors lately that I'm led to assume personal hygiene is no longer important to people. Just yesterday, I was in a department store, and two different people smelled so bad I almost vomited as they walked by me. They're not isolated incidents, either. I've seen people of all [...]