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Amazon FireTV Stick


Amazon Fire TV Stick is just a more portable brother to the Amazon Fire TV. It is not as powerful hardware wise, but still rocks. We picked it up for vacation and it will reside in the Borkade after.

Only one gig of memory for the system to use, but the same storage. No ethernet or optical audio out. It is wireless only. No voice search on the remote, but we so rarely use that it is no biggie. It will fit in our house very well.

We love the FireTV so much and it is our main device(s). The ROKUs are nice, but are older and so slow. The only advantage the ROKU has is google music, which I use excursively for streaming. Gaming on the FireTV is darn good, but my favorite racing game, Asphalt 8 is not available on the stick. It is a quad core VS dual core thing. The stick is mostly a streaming device, not a gaming device.



3M rube Goldberg machine



TV Mirrortron V 2.0




$10 goodwill mirror on the TV mount connected by a piece of wood epoxied to it. Works darn good



Expensive ceiling fans are amazing



Holy cow. Our main room ceiling fan was weak compared to the ones we have recently installed in other rooms so we went to get a good one. Hit home depot and found a one we did not think we were worthy of. Hit Menards to check out their selection and then went back and grabbed the Breezemore from HD because we figured it was worth spending a bit more for a sweet looking fan.

We did not realize all the features of a top of the line fan till we got it. It has 9 fan speeds, the blades are actual wood (I think balsa), and the remote is crazy. The blades are scooped and the air force from them is insane. Theresa could not handle it on full. It is like a hurricane in the room. Just crazy air movement. It takes regular socket bulbs somehow. I thought there was a law or something. We will fill it with dimmable LEDs soon since it can dim via the remote.

It looks beautiful, but performs so much more than we imagined.

It has a breeze setting where it will go through 3 settings over time. So low – mid – high, but in 3 different settings 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 so the “breeze” changes. WTF is that? It cycles through the settings every couple minutes. So strange



They make LED Edison bulbs



That is really really cool. They are equal to a 60 watt bulb and look amazing


Two months ago we achieved the dream of replacing our 14 year old carpet. It was one of the best days of my life. I am not joking in that statement in any way. It truly was one of the best days in my life. Sure the payments are new, but oh man just come over and make carpet angels with me. It is just so amazingly awesome. 14 years with that dead blue crap that was so matted. It is just so so so so darn great to have decent carpet.

Our old Dyson DC9 did not enjoy the new carpet. Sure it picked up the livestock hair, but we had to struggle with it to get it to just pick up little things like Thunky’s shredded cardboard from his scratcher.


I had been reading some Reddit posts from a guy who is a vac specialist and he had great advice.

*Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will always:
1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning).
2) Be in service for much longer.
3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables).
4) Filter your air better.

Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is.


Types of vacs:
1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well.
2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright.
3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often.
4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction.

My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they’re talking about.

After weeks and weeks of research I decided on the Riccar brand. They are SOLID AS HELL and made in America. Made in St Louis MO mofos.

I hit a couple vac shops looking for the Riccar, and ended up getting soured on the used car sales approach and Riccar off brand they were pushing. “Similar, but cheaper” “I can give it to you for***$” It was lame and I did not feel like I would trust buying from them. Then I stumbled into Husker Sew and Vac.

I had looked up who sold Riccar vacs on their website and it said only Husker Sew and Vac in Lincoln. I had just picked up some bird seed across the street and dropped in to check the Riccar’s out for just a second.

The team there is simply awesome. I mentioned I had done a bunch of research and they let me play with a Riccar. Zero pressure they explained the differences between the two I was looking at and made it clear I would be completely fine with the lower end one. And they were selling them at an insane discount below MSRP. DONE


That is a metal beater brush with replaceable brushes and hella bearinged. They claim it will not collect hair on the roller, but I got a bit of Theresa hair near the bearings after a whole afternoon of vacuuming, but not on the brushes. I pretty much filled the bag on the 4 rooms. The thick dust I can see in the bag blows me away. It is so much more powerful and just grabs everything so simply. I even stress tested it a couple times by rolling over strings and a dump of cat scratched cardboard bits and it got them all on the push before the pull.

It is truly a piece of amazing quality that does its intended job so well. The brushes spin no matter what. The hose does not reach as far as the Dyson, the cord is shorter, but it so out performs the Dyson I am sort of shocked. Never knew a vacuum could be so awesome.

Huge shout out to Husker Sew and Vac for being so great to work with. I felt I was treated like a friend instead of a customer. Family run business that rules.

I bought some plasti dip spray and plan on pimping it out with a flat matte black like a sports car.



new shoes = new Lace Anchor install


It only takes one Lace Anchor kit per pair of shoes.


I love love . I got in on their first kickstarter and bought enough to last a lifetime, but will buy again if needed. They work great for shoes you are willing to slip on instead of tie.

Picked up a new pair of Skechers and put the lace anchors on right away and am now getting them to where I want them. I have never had a single problem with them and never have to tie my shoes. Give them a try.

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