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Rescue Dogs vs. Purebreds – INFOGRAPHIC

From taking daily walks to buying the much-needed Beware of Dog sign, adopting a dog takes a lot of dedication. Not to mention love. But the rewards you get back are always worth the effort.

If you want a dog but aren’t sure if you should adopt a rescue dog or go for a purebred, this super-quick, super-fun infographic can help.

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Open Letter to the Old Farmer’s Almanac

UPDATE: The Almanac responded to my letter on Aug. 9, 2017. Here’s what they had to say:

Dear Mr. Gargulinski,

We apologize for the inconvenience.  You were on a continuity program. We have cancelled the billing and removed you from the program. You may keep the Almanac with our compliments.

Sincerely,

Kaye Dunn
Almanac Products, EMail Customer Service

Moral of the story: Don’t let the big guys push you around.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I used to adore the Old Farmer’s Almanac until I met with unscrupulous actions like those outlined below. This letter was emailed to the company Aug. 5, 2017 (without the Scam Alert Bug illustration).

Dear Old Farmer’s Almanac:

Thank you! for the free gift you sent my way. After all, I am assuming the hardcover 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac you sent is a free gift since:

  • I did NOT ORDER IT.
  • I do not want it.
  • I am not paying for it.
  • I have not the time, energy or desire to deal with sending it back.

Since this is a free gift, please adjust my account balance to zero and credit out the invoice for $20.90 that accompanied my free gift. I refuse to pay an invoice for an item I did not order. I also refuse to waste my time, effort and packing tape to send it back.

Unsolicited items = free gifts.

If you do wish for me to send back the unsolicited item I neither want nor need, I would have to bill you for my services and supplies:

  • Return shipping rate: $7
  • Handling charges: $11
  • Time to pack item and ensure it is placed in location for outgoing mail: $25
    • My general hourly rate for services is $50; I would expect this hassle to take about 30 minutes, provided the packing tape dispenser doesn’t jam.

What you owe me to return item: $43

The choice is yours. You can either:

  1. Wipe out the invoice and charge for the item you sent my way WITHOUT my order or consent
  2. Mail me a check for $43 and I’ll send back your book

Any action on your part other than the two options listed above will result in a report to the Better Business Bureau.

And please don’t give me a song and dance about being on an “automatic mailing list” that gets the almanac sent every year. You tried that one on me a few years back, and I called one of your reps to be removed from this unscrupulous list.

Have a nice day,

Ryn Gargulinski

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Top 8 Reasons E-Books Will Never Fully Replace Printed Books

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When the Kindle was initially unleashed in 2007, it sold out in about five and one-half hours. Murmurs of printed books becoming obsolete quickly filled the air, while panic filled many a room. Fast forward 10 years later, and printed books are still steady and going strong. That’s because the Kindle screen can never truly replace the printed page. Here’s why.

It’s tough to read a Kindle at the beach.

And not just because of the sun glare. If your book gets covered with splashes or sand, you just wipe it off and move on. If your Kindle gets covered with splashes or sand, you’re pretty much screwed.

Whatever would we do with our bookshelves?

True, we could stock our shelves full of knickknacks and photo frames. But books are so much easier to dust.  Continue reading Top 8 Reasons E-Books Will Never Fully Replace Printed Books

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4 Ways to Stop Bird Crashes into Windows

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Whether you live in a New York City high rise or a Tucson one-story house, birds always seem to find a way to hurl themselves at whatever windows you may have. Not only does the bird strike’s sickening “thump” tend to interrupt whatever you’re doing, but it also startles the dogs and often leaves a dead, injured or completely stunned bird lying on the ground.

And even birds that are merely stunned can quickly end up injured or dead once the dogs head out to investigate what made the sickening thump.

I recently saved a colorful tanager from certain death after he crashed into our Tucson door wall and then sat at the base of it having what looked like panic attack. He was panting like a freight engine. His eyes were the size of saucers. And his beak was frozen open in an ongoing grimace.

He was so out of it he let me pick gently pick him up and place him on the patio table, away from the certain death from dogs zone. There he sat panting for at least an hour, pooping at least once, until he finally gathered his wits back enough to hop onto a nearby oleander branch.

I vowed I would do whatever I could to make sure this would not happen again. So I checked out some options to prevent bird strikes into windows. Here’s what I found:

Remove the Windows

While this could work if you live in a climate that doesn’t rain, snow, dip below 72 degrees, or have insects, removing the windows is not a feasible option in most cases. Besides, you’d still have gaping openings in your walls what would beckon birds to fly on in. If you think a tanager pooping once on a patio table is bad, you should see what the average bird can do to your living room carpet.

Feasibility score (1 to 10): 0

Cover the Windows

Exterior shades could cover the window glass, as could meaty chunks of plywood or flat, black paint. But do you really want to sit around in the dark all day?

Feasibility score (1 to 10): 2 (if you don’t mind the dark)

Try Bird Strike Window Decals

  • This is the option I initially wanted to try, although it did take some time to find decals that:
  • Weren’t in the shape of birds, butterflies or some other fru fru design
  • Weren’t ugly white
  • Didn’t resemble those things you stick in bathtubs to stop from slipping
  • Looked attractive from the exterior as well as the interior

I ended up ordering two different decal sets, a cool-looking mandala and a circle-spiral-ey thing.

One issue I was already expecting to encounter was longevity. Other window decals have peeled, faded and otherwise fallen prey to window washing, constant sun and other elements and ailments to which exterior windows are regularly exposed.

The other issue was the wait. The cool spiral-ey set was coming all the way from Germany and would take at least 10 days to arrive. After witnessing the panic of the tanager, I knew I couldn’t wait a single second to put something in place. So I moved on to the next solution.

Feasibility score (1 to 10): 5

Bird Crash Prevention Sign

Since I’m already making loads of weather-resistant, metal yard art, making a bird strike prevention sign came pretty easy. Steps included:

  1. Cutting a bird shape out of metal, filing edges, sanding and drilling top hole
  2. Picking text that would let birds know this sign was for them
  3. Painting one side with metallics to give the bird’s a head’s up not to head here
  4. Painting the other side with an image I felt like looking at all day long in my kitchen
  5. Adding a chain so the sign could hang from the top of the window frame from a clip, nail or whatever else I decided to secure it to

The end result was a bird crash prevention sign that has been a huge hit – not in the literal sense but in the sense of working wonderfully.

As noted in the bird crash prevention sign Etsy description:

Only one bird came close to crashing into the window since I installed the sign about two weeks back. He was heading for the glass at high speed, but then slowed down enough when he saw the sign to change course and only make a “tap” noise instead of a “SPLAT.”

I KNEW birds could read English. Not a bird crash, bird bash or bird strike since!

Thus I’d definitely vote for a unique sign that lasts for years, can be moved to different windows, cities or time zones as needed, and ensures birds get the message that you love them and want to keep them safe.

Feasibility score (1 to 10): 10

Get creative and make your own double-sided bird crash prevention sign – or buy one from ryndustries. Either way, the birds will thank you.

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bird strike prevention sign (back)
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Would You Wear This Skeleton Shirt?

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Many artists have the fantasy of blanketing the entire world with their art. And even if they don’t, it’s been one of mine since childhood. The quest to make this fantasy a reality has included drawing Snoopy on the garage wall, being grounded for drawing Snoopy on the garage wall, painting rocks that pepper my backyard garden, and creating loads of colorful signs found in yards and homes from Alabama to Australia.

And now it also includes a few items of clothing, one of which is this fun ‘n’ freaky skeleton shirt. While it took me several weeks to actually wear this shirt after I designed and ordered one for myself, the results were wonderful. And I wanted to make sure others didn’t go through a similar dilemma if they’re wondering if they, too, should wear this shirt or not.

So here come a bunch of reasons why you should or should not wear this shirt. Go through the lists, check off items that apply, and then tally the results for your final answer.

Why You Should Wear This Shirt

  • It features original artwork of a skeleton sporting a Mohawk – the perfect chance to boast a Mohawk without cutting a single strand of your hair.
  • The skeleton grabs attention without needing to swear, break things or otherwise resort to violence. He also appears on the front AND the back!
  • It doesn’t say mean things, like “I’m with stupid.”
  • Unlike many tank tops these days, it doesn’t come with padded inserts or ridiculous cleavage you’d be embarrassed to wear in front of your mother.
  • It pairs keenly with cut-offs or other simple shorts in the summer heat.

Why You Should Not Wear This Shirt

  • You’re heading to a corporate meeting with a strict dress code (when I worked in corporate America 100 years ago, I used to get a dress code memo on my desk at least once a week).
  • Skeletons irk you.
  • You’re already wearing super loud, plaid gauchos or a flowing, flowered skirt, both of which could clash with the Mohawk skeleton.
  • You accidentally left it somewhere your dog could access it and he has since chewed a hole in the middle and used it as a blanket.

Still not sure if you should wear this shirt or not? Give it a whirl and see what happens. Order yours now on Zazzle.

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