Cool Stuff

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.

Recently I’ve been on a research kick about wedding rings. If you think that’s a little weird, so do I. Truth is I never thought at 23 I’d be giving any mind to wedding bands and engagement rings but ever since graduation it seems all my friends are settling down and announcing wedding dates.

I’ve always been a good shopping buddy, my mom raised to love it, and I’ve got way too many girlfriends that I talk to about all things shopping. With all the wedding talk in the air it is hard to avoid the topic of wedding jewelry. Every one of my girlfriends seem to know exactly want they want, or more expect for their big day while most of my guy friends haven’t even thought about it – even the engaged ones.

So I took it upon myself to do some research for my fellow men and Titanium-Jewelry.com and Belloria.com Blog have been very helpful.

I’ve spent the last few hours looking at men’s tungsten wedding bands and they have so many it’s hard to choose. Good thing I still have time, I got to find the right girl first…

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.

Wedding bands are kind of a serious deal. How do you tell someone you will love them forever with a little ring?

Picking out the perfect wedding band can be a stressful for deal for most engaged couples leading up to the big date. I know I have experienced the conversations and even gone out to a couple jewelry store with some of my friends that have recently tied the knot. Their are so many choices out there and so many different stores it can sometimes get overwelming.

The key with wedding band shopping, just as with anything else, is research. You got to get to out there to see what is out there. You have to know what you like before you make the big decision. There could be nothing worst than buying a ring you have to wear for the rest of your life on an impulse and then not liking it later on.

In my experiences (and I am by no means and expert) I have found Titanium-Jewelry.com to be a wealth of excellent information on all things jewelry. Personally I like their selection of tungsten rings, but that’s just me… feel free to take a look for yourself.

I think skateboarding should but a Summer Olympics event but they just don’t want to give Shaun White anymore medals… I mean, he does already have his own Target line brand, that should be enough.

But really, it amazes me after all these years that skateboard is still not an Olympic event. Snowboarding has been one for years and it’s basically the same thing. Even skateboardings two wheeled twin, BMX, made the cut.

Heres my list of five sports I think don’t deserve the event spot over skateboard and why:

(ATTENTION this views are completely my own and by no means are I saying that these sports do not have merit, I am no judge of that seeing that I could never be in any Olympic event… ever.)

1. Archery / Shooting – Same thing basically and I mean come on, where’s the physical strain in this? These are not sports their skills. Next!

2. Water Polo – I don’t even know what that is…

3. Gymnastics Rhythmic – It’s called dancing, check out a London night club, I’m sure it’s cooler.

4. Trampoline – Jumping up and down on a trampoline and doing cool flips should be left for back yard fun. No one needs a medal for this.

5. Table Tennis – Last but not least… don’t get me wrong I love ping pong, and Forest Gump but lets face it, we’re never going to beat Japan.

There you have it my ‘5 Sports That Shouldn’t Be Olympic Events Over Skating Boarding’

Thanks for playing…

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Managing a house hold can be super hard and stressful. With five family members constantly in and out and four pets our house gets a lot of traffic and a lot of mess. This can really pile up and the leave the house looking like a dump. While assigned chores and routine clean up can make a major dent in the task of keeping a house hold tidy, something it’s the little unnoticeable things that make a big difference.

I got my mother a Lampe Berger Fragrance Lamp this year to help add a fresh scent to our family room. My mother just loves how it blends into our decor and more like a room accent than an air freshener. Their fragrance lamps come in a variety of shapes an sizes for any home or budget and also make great gifts! Make sure to check out thelampstand.com these and more great home ideas.

 

I am so excited to be living in the Twin Cities this year. Mankato has been my happy home for awhile but the night life just isn’t the same. Although I know have a job that requires me to be up at the crack of dawn I still want to find a way to take advantage of the cityscape around me. So I set out to find some cheaper things to do in the cities to keep me out of trouble after work.

Sporting events are always a great call but Vikings and Wild tickets are much too expensive and I’m not much for baseball. A couple of my high school friends have gotten season tickets to the wolves the last couple seasons and signed on to a great day that comes out to by roughly two bucks a seat. I talked to them to see what kind of deal I could get on the seat next to them and sounds like I’m going to be an addition to their Wolves family.

I can’t wait to see Rubio and Love play all winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

My friend Stacy is heading out to the golden state for a little rest and relaxation. I don’t think I have ever planned a trip in hopes of just chilling. Theres usually some kind of destination or concert I am trying to check out that sparks the need to travel. I guess doing the nine to five for the man can stir a need for a little me time in the spa but I don’t think I need to leave the state to take care of that.

Either way we found quite a lot of spa like services out west while goofing off and google searching. It’s great that you can check out things half way across the country in our day and age. I remember when my main source of business information was the yellow pages (when I was four ha). When looking up massages in Orange County, I found the most interesting to be CloudMover in sunny Huntington Beach. They offer  Organic Airbrush Tanning in Huntington Beach, Waxing in Huntington Beach, Natural Nail Care, Skin Care, Microdermabrasion, Body Treatments, Expert Body Waxing & Xtremetm Eye Lash Extensions and a few other treatments I’ve never even heard of. I really hope Stacy checks it out.

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.