If you’ve seen this, my apologies; it’s making the rounds on the interwebs and it very well might have appeared in your Inbox.  Despite being broadly circulated it contains some useful information, so I thought I’d pass it along.  Coincidentally enough, I realized there’s a simple solution to hiding a key outside your home that […]

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Kevin on March 16th, 2010

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sometimes the simplest tools are the most effective and most relied upon weapons in the traveler’s toolbox.  Inspired by Till’s thread on the Practical Hacks Forum entitled Small Hacks – Big Effect, I’ve been assembling and researching […]

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Kevin on November 5th, 2009

Canister stoves have become popular with backpackers for a number of reasons: they’re compact, lightweight, easy to use, durable, and reliable. One of the most compact stoves is the Optimus Crux, yet it puts out an amazing 10,200 BTU. Weighing in at a mere 83 grams, the Crux is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand…

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Labour and Wait is a British business located in East London’s  market district, dedicated to offering “timeless and functional” products.   The firm’s founder is a cabinet maker by trade, and one of the products he created for the store is a handsome set of two screwdrivers made with beech handles: The original set was […]

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Kevin on September 29th, 2009

I was doing a little multitasking Sunday afternoon (which is to say, I was doing three things simultaneously, none of them particularly well) when something remarkable happened.  The Tour Championship was on TV, I was using my netbook to mindlessly click through links on iGoogle, and my wife and I were having a conversation.  About […]

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Kevin on September 15th, 2009

One morning a few weeks ago I got quite a surprise when I opened the door leading from our mud room into the garage. The garage door was wide open, and had been that way all night long. Never mind the tools, bikes, golf clubs, portable generator and all manner of stuff that could have been stolen – someone could have just walked into the house as we slept, as we don’t normally lock the door from the garage to the mud room.

I hate to say it, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s by no means a regular occurrence, but it has happened three or four times over the last 5 years or so. So I began thinking of options for somehow being alerted if the door is left open.

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Kevin on August 4th, 2009

Need a tiny pen for your glove box/purse/notebook/travel bag? You can make one in less than a minute and a half with common household tools. You’ll need: A standard Bic (or similar) stick pen A sharp utility knife A small pair of pliers A round toothpick (or alternatively, some transparent tape) Wire cutter or a […]

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