Pat and I found ourselves with a really tight connection at DFW Tuesday night, thanks to an AA flight that was a bit late into DFW.  No running was involved, but we were walking briskly.  Thanks to a fortuitous SkyLink connection (we only had to travel one segment), we made it, but just by a few moments – the gate agent at our departure gate was shocked we made it!

That’s the good news.  The bad:  our clubs are yet to arrive home – although American has assured us that they’ll be here tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. No biggie.  We made it, nobody got hurt, and our sticks will be here soon.  Life is great…

I’ll share a couple of images here, taken with Pano, a marvelous iPhone app that costs $1.99 and is a joy to use.  The image above captures #3 green and all of #4 at the Cove Course at Indian Wells Country Club (click on the image to see a larger view).

Practical Hacks contributor Michael W. recently passed along a link to a new search engine that, unlike others, does not collect or share your personal information: your search history, personal profile or any other information is never gathered, stored, sold, or used.  It’s called DuckDuck Go, and it employs something called the !bang syntax.   Using that syntax you can quickly search using other search engines…

For instance, here are a few search queries and the results they’ll produce:

Query Results
toy story DuckDuckGo results for “toy story”
!youtube toy story Youtube video results for “toy story”
!yt toy story Youtube video results for “toy story”
!g toy story Google results for “toy story”
!gi toy story Google image results for “toy story”
!bi toy story Bing image results for “toy story”


Of course, you don’t have to use the !bang syntax to use DuckDuck Go; see it here:  DuckDuck Go

Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt fame shares some of his bargain travel tactics in a guest article at Get Rich SlowlyHow I Save Money While Traveling.

If you haven’t seen this video of a 10 year old girl’s first attempt at a K40  ski jump, particularly if you’re a parent, definitely check it out.  It’s no wonder that it’s gone viral since being posted several days ago:

On a decidedly cloudier day, here’s a shot taken at the Players Course at the Indian Wells Resort.  This is where the Golf Channel’s  “Big Break ” was filmed a couple of years ago:

(You can see the stitching in this image – look at the front edge of the tee box; I must have moved a bit between shots.)  I’ve also tried the similar “360” app, but prefer Pano as the image stitching is vastly superior.  Also worth checking out is Photosynth.

Here’s a nifty way to make small, single use antibiotic packs for travel or camping – from Brian’s Backpacking Blog

Similarly, if your interests turn more toward pyromania, check out How to Make Mini Fire Starters @ Instructables

From Lifehacker, How the TSA’s Newly-Expanded Expedited Travel Program Works (and If You Should Sign Up)

For those of us who love language and word play, this short film really resonates.  My good friend Bruce Davidson passed it along, and I wanted to share it with you:

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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3 Comments on Links roundup: “Have you seen my golf clubs?” edition

  1. Bill says:

    Well…did your clubs arrive yesterday?


    Kevin Reply:

    No! We received a call yesterday AM that they were at our “local” airport (about an hour away) and that they’d arrive at our house sometime in the afternoon… but they never did. She Who Must Be Obeyed wants to play today, so this could get interesting. Actually, I want to play tomorrow and Sunday, so they need to get here. Fingers crossed, etc.


    Kevin Reply:

    Arrived this afternoon. Tee time tomorrow morning!


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