Ever wonder where NASA, Apple or HP gets their parts from? I have a few friends who are engineer majors and it is so interesting to listen to them talk. It seems way over my head because most of the time I have no idea what they are talking about, until my friend explained a bit to me. He was telling me about this part called a Ball Spline that provides linear motion (smooth movement) throughout a contraption.

He got into explaining all the different kinds of ball splines: block, cylinder, flange, rotary, and two cut flange. Let me just tell you I am glad him and his friends know what they are doing/talking about because I struggled. I’m sure with the proper classes and learning I would understand much more. But I thought it was pretty impressive that most of the parts these guys were talking about are used at prestigious companies such as Bose and NASA (just to name a few). It’s interesting to get a new perspective on the day to day items used.

I recently ordered a new wireless mouse and keyboard for work off Amazon. I spent hours going through the hundreds of offers available and picked out just the one I wanted. I’ll be honest I was swayed by the one that came with Super Saver Shipping because who really wants to pay for shipping? So I order with Amazon “One-click”, which is always dangerous, and bam it was on its way.

Only problem was my “One-click” settings do not add the Super Saver Shipping automatically so I stuck paying about ten bucks to ship the package out to me. I tried to cancel the next morning (literally 9 hours late) and the order had already been processed and moved to shipping and Amazon informed me via e-mail that cancelation was not possible. Usually I am very pleased with this kind of speed but now I was put in a tough spot. So I said screw it and eat the ten dollar fee…

However when I got the package it was not really what I was looking for (despite all the research you just never know) and I decided I wanted to return it. I followed all the easy steps out of my order window and printed out the UPS return label in a matter of minutes, which again was speedy and convenient, but it also informed me that ten bucks might be taken out of my return to ship it back.

Now I didn’t think this was fair, although I  was the one who didn’t go through the motions correctly and didn’t want the product anyways, I still felt I deserved my full refund.

So I called up the Amazon costumer service line and got on the phone with some chick most likely on the other side of the country and explained the story just as I did above stating I thought I deserved a full refund. To which she replied:

“We’ll yeah, that is our policy, sir.”

Amazon is great.

Coming out of college I had no idea what I would be doing. My father once said to me, “son, you have no money and no skills; talk to me when you have one of these”. For the most part thats true, I got degrees in history and english, not really something with a very marketable skill set.

So I got this job blogging, it really doesn’t pay much, but I’m happy to get paid to write.

Honestly though, blogging is not going to pay the bills, at least not for me. So I set out to find some kind of employment that would offer me more than ten dollars an hour here in the Twin Cities. I signed up for a million job websites and mailing lists, got Linkedin, and sent my resume anywhere I could but found little to show for it.

Then last week I was borrowing Craig’s List Jobs and found OfficeTeam. OfficeTeam is a Robert Half company that takes care of most of Wells Fargo’s temp placement in the metro area. I went in for an interview last Monday that went really well. After that they were in touch with me at least once day the rest of the week. A few back round checks (I had to get my finger prints done) later and I had a job by Friday.

I can’t believe how fast the process was, and now I am a new Document Auditor for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Eagan Minnesota.

Thanks OfficeTeam!

Keep the parental lock off this web search…

Ball Screws, shafting, positioning stages, couplers and support rails sounds pretty dirty and so do most of their Linear Components SMI4motion offers. But these are not products of the adult market (although after watching a few of the videos one could beg to differ) they are the nuts and bolts of production machinery used for mass production in good old Henry Ford fashion.

What used to be done by assembly line workers in factories is now done by machines. I’ve always wondered who put these machines together and if their supervisors give them a fifteen minute break every few hours. SMI4motion can build

to your needs, offing motion systems for many industries as well as system integration and individual linear components. Whatever your industry needs I can bet SMI4motion has a robot solution for you.

Just make sure your significant other is aware before she stalks your web history.


Last night I found out Circa Survive will be making their way back to the Cabooze in Minneapolis for their fall headlining tour. Actually I was told they were coming this Friday by my friend Laina, who turned my on to Circa Survive in the first place, thus my trust in her word. However, I was quite disappointed to find out the show isn’t until after my birthday in October. Oh well, something to look forward to.

Another thing I found out, Circa is releasing a new record next month!

I just finished pre-ordering it off their website. The record is called “Violent Waves” and I got the first single ‘Suitcase’ for free with the purchase (although I think they’re giving it out for free anyways). I’m a cheap ass and bought the digital version for five bucks but the CD is only $10. I guess they dropped the label thing and put the whole record together themselves, which means less money out of your pocket and more money in theirs: brilliant!

I also had to throw in this rad t-shirt with the cover of the new album on it.



Lately I’ve been finding my work from home jobs very un-motivating. I’ve been waking up later in the afternoon and finding more and more excuses for not doing work. It might just be the summer air but either way I knew something had to change. I sat down with my mother at Baker’s Square and we talked over some things I change to get my day going.

First is always goal setting; you can’t get anywhere is you don’t know where you’re going. I’m going to start my weeks off by setting goals for the next seven days and placing a due date on each goal. On top of that I want to start making a daily to do so I can assess my progress through out the week. Writing things like this down can help solidify your ideas and serve as a physical reminder that you told yourself you’d get these things down. Nothing feels more rewarding than crossing a task off a your list and nothing feels worst than seeing a list full of things you did not accomplish.

I recently got an iPhone for my graduation from college and I just got it up and running and I couldn’t be more happy. I have always been a huge supporter of apple products my entire life. My first iPod was literally attached to my hip twenty-four hours a day, something my good friend Andy will never let me live down. I’ve been through more than a dozen iPods now and am currently typing this on my iPad; there is just something so sexy about owning a Mac product. I love it.

The sexy coat of glass this new iPhone sports worries me a little though so like any geek with a new gadget I started browsing for accessories. Amazon is always my favorite place to start; I even like to jump on Amazon before I go shopping at the mall now. You get a good sense of what is out there quick and about how much you’re going to end up forking over.

So I search for a few minutes and found cases of all shapes and sizes (well mostly iPhone shaped but you know what I mean). I’ve many of my friends shatter screens and back plates over the last couple years so I knew I had to have a case, but the phones design is so sleek I’d hate to hide it. I knew I couldn’t get a giant otter box even though it would give the best protection; they’re just too bulky and I couldn’t see myself pulling a brick in and out of my pocket. Nothing rubbery or glittery again for the pocket reason. I needed something that would represent me. Finally I found the Zagg leather skins and more importantly the NBA leather series. What’s better than a phone that looks like a basketball?


Today was another one of your average Sundays; you sleep in, get a good breakfast, lounge around the house and think about all the extras you could be doing. Well somewhere along the line I got the wild hair to go to Menards and price out some things for the yard. As I walked around Menards I realized every time I step foot into that store I feel guilty! Everyone else is on a mission and focused on whatever project they have planned in front of them. Meanwhile, I’m just wandering the store making wishes on what I would love to do. I feel like I need to be going into that store with a big remodeling project in mind, perhaps a Spring Home Improvement Project.

Well I left the store after I couldn’t decide what I wanted to exactly do or buy, so that didn’t help my guilty feeling. Maybe next week I will have a better game plan set and be ready to accomplish something other than holding down the couch.

I was meaning to write this the other day, but forgot all about it until I opened my box of frozen Thin Mint cookies tonight! Since when did Girl Scouts stop going door to door to sell their cookies? You wonder why our youth doesn’t learn anything, they won’t even go door to door to learn a valuable life lesson (I really don’t know which lesson, but it is). The other night I bought some girl scout cookies from too young girls who had a stand set up at the local grocery store. Very smart idea, if they had come up with it on their own, which I highly doubt! Thanks mom and dad; or worse, the corporate Girl Scout plan! Honestly, I started thinking about it though, when was the last time you saw a girl scout going door to door? I know in the 5 previous years I have bought my girl scout cookies from a girl scout’s parent! I don’t think I’ve even seen one dressed in any sort of uniform in a long time.

Now not to make it a battle of the sexes (between pre-teens nonetheless), but I know the Boy Scouts are making their rounds the next two weeks to collect nonperishable food items for those in need. I have also seen those kids in their uniforms in recent months, their packs come by the radio station for tours of our building from time to time.

Now that I’m done complaining about it, I’m going to eat my Thin Mints, thanks Girl Scouts.

I’ve never gone on any sort of Spring Break vacation and I never really regret it. Each year when the college kids jet off to warm, sandy beach destinations I always think about it though. For one, how are they funding these trips? If the logistics wasn’t costly enough, all the beer consumed on the trip would sure put a dent in my wallet! Oh, to be young and free with no worries. Hahaha.

We had beautiful weather today: sun shine, temp near 45 degrees… It wasn’t bad, so as I left work I rolled the window down, cranked the radio up and enjoyed the drive home. Now I really have no clue, but that sense of accomplishment after a day of work on the way home has to be somewhat close to what jetting off some sandy beach feels like? We’re  free into the weekend, although there may not be as many days or as many bikinis I sure think the moments of relaxation we spend in the chair with a cold beer after work are some of the finest. Maybe by the time I’m 30 I’ll figure out some flight on Delta and take any plane out of here.