SIGG Water Bottles: A Lesson In Destroying Your Brand’s Reputation

Last week we witnessed SIGG, maker of aluminum water bottles, lose the admiration and trust of its core customers in a single day when it admitted that for years, its products contained Bisphenol A (BPA) – despite giving the impression that they did not. Update (8/26/2009): Via The Consumerist,  it appears that SIGG has created a voluntary exchange […]


Tab Sweep – August 2009 Edition

I’ve been reading of great articles on the web lately, and I thought I’d share some of the best with you, my dear readers. Enjoy. Totally Wasted – Mother Jones’ epic special report on the War on Drugs. Damning evidence that our country needs a major shift in drug policies. The Great American Bubble Machine […]


Three Great Uses For Dropbox

Dropbox is one of my favorite little pieces of software. It’s practically invisible, silently keeping your dropbox folder synchronized on all the computers you have it installed on (Windows, Macintosh, or Linux). I can’t recommend it highly enough. Because Dropbox is so easy to use, it’s easy to forget that it’s also very powerful. Here are two […]

North Dakota

Is North Dakota the Recession’s Big Winner?

Last night, Marketplace had a great story about the strength of North Dakota’s economy in this recession. In short, our state is thriving right now: What is happening is a combination of planning and luck that’s left the state with something rare these days: a $700 million budget surplus and a big fat tax cut. […]


What I’m Using On My BlackBerry Tour

After nearly two years of using a Blackberry smartphone, I thought it might be time to once again share the 3rd-party applications I’m using on my Tour 9630. Many of these are pretty common, but you might find a few that are new to you.


Apple and AT&T: Inglorious Bastards

Despite the wonders that are Macintosh, the iPod, and the iPhone, every once in awhile you get a reality check on what Apple really stands for as a company. Monday was one of those times.


A Week With Verizon’s BlackBerry Tour 9630

I’ve been using my new BlackBerry Tour for a little over a week now, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to give it a quick review. Here are my thoughts on the hardware, software, and the overall experience as a Pearl replacement and using it on the Verizon Wireless network. In short, this is […]


Saturday Morning Project

Asa had his second birthday on Wednesday, and his big present this year was a Melissa and Doug wooden railway set. Asa is a big fan of the Thomas The Tank Engine show on PBS, so a train-related gift was a natural fit. This particular set came VERY highly rated and reviewed on Amazon, plus […]


Green Day Live in Fargo

This year’s Father’s Day gift from Casey and the boys was two tickets to see Green Day (one of my all-time favorite punk rock bands) live in Fargo. The concert was last Friday (July 10th), and they put on a great show. I became a fan of Green Day as a teenager with the release […]


The BlackBerry Storm is Verizon’s Vietnam

You’re probably sick of hearing me complain about how the iPhone is only available on the craptacular AT&T network and therefore not available to North Dakotans, and I don’t blame you. Hell, I’m sick of hearing me complain about it.