A Store Goes Empty

The doll shop is officially “between locations” right now – our brick and mortar location is not only closed, but as of today empty.

5 Years. And some things never change.

August 10th marks the 5th anniversary of Ask Leo!. Technology changes, some things come and go, but one thing that never changes is the stream of the odd, the strange, and the downright … ok, I’ll say it … stupid questions that show up in the Ask Leo! question queue. As has been my tradition, […]

New unit of measurement: The Bible?

The Bible turns out to be a handy unit of measurement, particularly when you’re trying to help folks some grasp large storage media or data transfer rates. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in what’s in it, of course, it’s just that most folks have seen one. I’d wager that most folks have a reasonable […]

Seattle Native Test

OK, this is a test for everyone who claims to be a Seattle native/local. What is this:

Seattle has no full time news radio station.

Yes, yes, I know that the two heavyweights in the Seattle marker, KIRO 710 and KOMO 1000 both claim to be news stations. And yet… KIRO changed branding some time ago from “News Radio” to “News Talk” to finally reflect more accurately what they really broadcast: News and Talk. More of the later than the […]

Why yes, I do live in Seattle.

During my recent trip to San Antonio, I found myself in a small shop (gourmet dog cookies, if you must know) across from a Starbucks. I told the proprietor that I was visiting from Seattle, and she immediately said, “Yes, the home of Starbucks!” Indeed. It made me realize that I’m really, really from Seattle, […]

Geek is Good

So my credit card company (or rather, the credit card company that issued the corporate cards used for my wife’s business http://dollsandfriends.com) “upgraded” their card access web site recently. Already you can see where this is going.

Half Century Mark

50 years ago today, 9 months after a snowstorm hit the greater Victoria, B.C. area (or so I’ve been told), I showed up. It’s been quite the ride, so far. An interesting thing to watch as you age are your beliefs and opinions. Some solidify (into concrete, if my father is any indication), and others […]

The One Big Thing – In Your Way?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about what was coming next for her web site. She has a new site design. The design itself is ready to go, and I’d say that the “important stuff” has been moved into it, but not everything. A bunch of older content hasn’t yet […]

Those “Other” Questions

Today’s the fourth anniversary of Ask Leo!, and that means it’s time to collect up some of the questions that you didn’t see me answer. You’ll soon see why. We’ve got quite the bumper crop this year. As always, every question is a real question I’ve received via Ask Leo! within the last year, presented […]


Cleaning out a desk drawer I stumbled onto one of these:

DirecTV Take 1. Take 2. Take …

As I mentioned elsewhere, my 11 year old big screen TV decided it was tired, and wasn’t going work any more. That, of course, accelerated my HDTV education and upgrade timetable. My replacement HDTV is on order. But as I mentioned to Kathy, this is a slippery slope. Programming. Audio. Recording. Etc. And so I […]

Geek Wars – Home Wiring Division

Inspired by a post by a former colleague of mine I decided to grab the Canon (camera that is) and throw my volley into the “show us your geek” competition. This is what’s tacked up on a wall in a room in my basement:

Empty Office & Clean Desk

We’re having all of the woodwork in our home re-varnished. The time came for my office, which from the following picure you can see is mostly woodwork. We took advantage of having to empry the walls and bookshelves to go one step further and empty the office and move the carpet to a different room […]

Finished: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books I thought I’d read. I’m a Sci-Fi fan, and ate up a lot of the “masters” of Sci-Fi years ago. I started with Arthur C. Clarke (Childhood’s End was my first Sci-Fi read, what a way to start!), and quickly ran through most of the works of Heinlein, […]

Reflections on entering day 4 without power.

If my math is right as I write this we’re coming up on 80 hours without power after the windstorm that partied on the Seattle area Thursday night. Various thoughts in no particular order…

On War

The typeface was smaller than I expected. But then it would have to be.

Getting Older

Today’s my birthday. No big deal, really. Life’s actually too busy to pay much attention to it. It’s not one of the “milestone” birthdays or anything – that’s next year. And for the most part, most of the time “on the inside” I feel about half my age.

Selling Dolls

I’ve tried to explain this enough times that I decided just to write it up once and (literally) for all. We opened my wife’s doll shop in 1994. This month marks the completion of our 12th year. This month also marks the end of our current lease. That’s a decision point – knowing this, last […]

Another year of odd ones

Today marks the third anniversary of Ask Leo! – more on that in tomorrow’s newsletter. But as I’ve done twice before, here’s this year’s sampling of some of the funny, odd or not-so-technical questions I’ve received in the last year on Ask Leo!. Note: As always, all questions are absolutely real, exactly as they come […]