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  1. Monday, August 07, 2017:
    List Day: Best and Worst Kitchen Appliances     The Best       Toaster Oven (2011) : I became a huge toaster oven snob after burning through a string of cheap, quickly-broken toaster ovens in the early aughts. This oven makes bagels and toasts perfectly consistently every time and I've graduated to making exotic dishes like pizzas, Cornish game hens, and bacon-wrapped scallops in it. It also reheats pizzas and fries with just enough crispiness to make leftovers  almost  as good as they were in the restaurant. My life would be far dimmer without this magical Breville oven.     Makin Bacon (2005) : One of the few AS SEEN ON TV devices that actually works as advertised, this makes restaurant-quality ba...
  2. Wednesday, May 10, 2017:
    Baby Day: Dominant and Recessive Traits   table.table170510{ border: 1px solid black; } table.table170510 td { border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; background-position: right; } table.table170510 td li { margin-left: 12px; } td.bu170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-01.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.ru170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-02.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.no170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-03.png') no-repeat transparent; } td.br170510 { background: url('/images/news/17/05/10-04.png') no-repeat transparent; }            REBECCA     rebecca         BRIAN &nb...
  3. Monday, March 06, 2017:
    List Day: Parenting Responsibilities     5 Things I'll Excel At      Dad jokes    Logistics    Babyproofing    Patience    Preparing meals with sufficient amounts of protein      5 Things I'm Not Looking Forward To      Playing make-believe    General increase in ambient noise    Reduction in personal free time    Kid germs    Chauffeuring to organized sports practices   
  4. Monday, February 20, 2017:
    List Day: 20 Vetoed Baby Names         Brian Uri, Jr.    Lunchmeat Uri    Donald Uri    Papaya Uri    Creighton Barrel Uri    Popeye Uri    Bribecca Uri    Plinky Uri    Gonorrhea Uri    Stonewall Antietam Uri         Euwanimus Forsythia Uri    Michael Jackson Uri    Jedediah Ezekiel Uri    Virginia Tech Uri    Oedipus Uri    Garage Sale Uri    Null Uri    White Fang Uri    Axl Rose Uri    Genghis Grill Uri     ...
  5. Monday, January 16, 2017:
    List Day: 8 Ways I Could Save Money If I Were Less Lazy    The cost of a print Washington Post subscription has increased to $98 for 8 weeks of paper, and the print edition always contains the stories I read online two days earlier. ($637 / year)    I'm never near a Popeyes anymore but I order too often from Domino's. ($300 / year)    I tip based on the total plus tax rather than the total because I feel like I can afford to do so. ($192 / year)    My Amazon Prime subscription is great, but three-day shipping really isn't that slow, and I rarely find anything both interesting and free to watch on Amazon Video. ($99 / year)    I have Rebecca's engagement ring on my homeowner's insurance and have almost paid 1/3rd of its ...
  6. Monday, December 19, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Highest Grades of 2016  Have you missed out on any great TV shows, games, or albums this year? Here's a recap of the highest grades I bestowed in 2016.       Person of Interest, S5   (A+) The final season of  Person of Interest  made the whole journey worthwhile, in spite of some clunky, phoned-in episodes in the fourth season.      Lovesick, S2   (A) A British  How I Met Your Mother  if that show actually had some heart.      Fargo, S2   (A) This entire series is a masterpiece.      Overwatch   (A) I've essentially played this game nonstop for 10 months now.   &n...
  7. Friday, December 09, 2016:
    2016 Favourites: Top 10 Songs First Heard in 2016  2016 was a more musically lean year, so I'm just listing 10 songs I enjoyed this year in alphabetical order by band rather than ranking them against each other.         Bliss n ESO -  Reservoir Dogs  (2013): I got into Bliss n ESO from Hilltop Hoods and actually like them slightly better. This is a fun collaboration with several other Australian hip-hop artists.        Charlatans UK -  So Oh  (2014): I listened to a lot of the Charlatans UK a decade ago, and was happy to find their new album. THis is a relaxing, mellow song, great for winding down.        Drapht -  Jimmy Recard  (2009): This ...
  8. Monday, December 05, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Facts About My Smartphone Usage    I finally purchased a smartphone back in January 2016, but you wouldn't really know it based on the fact that it spends most hour sof the day on my desk at home, forgotten and sad. However, here are a few ways it has deeply impacted my life this year.     I use it as a pleasant wake up alarm for power naps, but still use my beepy Timex watch to wake up in the morning.    I have never used any mapping or GPS features in real-time. I still print maps.    I can now read texts involving more than 1 person without dire warnings about Multimedia conversions and bandwidth restrictions.    I joined Instagram because that's what you do with smartphones, but my...
  9. Monday, September 26, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Facets of My Voting Bloc      I am solidly upper middle class in a double-income no-kids household. I have no debts, other than a small mortgage that will be paid off in the next five years.    I have two bachelor's and a master's degree (unless they took it away because I never use it).    I work as a government contractor in software engineering. While my immediate job is dependent on government spending, my career as a whole is not.    I like to believe I make decisions grounded in science and fact rather than emotion.    I have historically voted for Democratic Presidential candidates but do not vote blindly along party lines. I think John McCain probably would have been just fin...
  10. Tuesday, July 26, 2016:
    Vote BU 2016  Having trouble deciding who to vote for in the upcoming election? Take a look at the BU party platform and consider voting for me! When I'm elected as 45th President, these are the changes you can expect to see enacted:     Arnold Schwarzenegger will be my Vice President.      Representatives of the great state of Virginia will get 1 extra vote in each roll call.    Evite will no longer include a "Maybe" option on invitations.    Funding will be provided to immediately reshoot the endings of  Dexter  and  How I Met Your Mother , with updated DVDs distributed to anyone negatively affected by the original endings.    ...
  11. Friday, July 08, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Things On the Horizon I'm Unimpressed By    Amazon Prime Day    Summer Olympics in Brazil     Dishonored 2     2016 Election coverage    Complete transition to chip-based credit cards     Indiana Jones 5     Learning more About Jupiter     Despicable Me 3     Drone-based product delivery    More trendy restaurants that have to explain how they work on your first visit   
  12. Tuesday, June 07, 2016:
    List Day: 8 Hair Facts      I cut my own hair using a patented system of two mirrors at right angles, where one is on the front of a medicine cabinet and can be opened into an acute angle to show the back of my head.    I have given myself 33 haircuts since July 4, 2014, which means I cut my hair every 21 - 24 days on average.    Assuming barbershop rates and tips, I have saved about $600 by cutting my own hair in that time.    I do not have any appreciable bed-head until about 14 days after a haircut.    I cut the hair on the sides at 3/8", and the hair on top at 3/4" or 1" depending on the season. I do not know what the numeric codes of the attachments are so I can't tell myself ...
  13. Friday, May 06, 2016:
    Old New Car Day  My car turned 4 years old on Wednesday (counting from the day I purchased it in 2012, because no one cares about the car's life before I was its master).     Much to the disappointment of insurance companies everywhere, it's only been driven about 6500 miles per year. This is thanks to my 7 mile one-way commute to work, a healthy amount of telecommuting, and the fact that most of my adventures occur inside my house.   In those four years, the car has driven to Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, and DC. It has never had an accident or a broken part, although the gas release latch doesn't pop open when the temperature falls below about 20 degrees. It has two...
  14. Tuesday, March 22, 2016:
    List Day: Currently...      Currently listening to...   Self-Explanatory  by Classified.     Currently reading...   The Cactus Eaters  by Dan White.     Currently playing...  Overwatch.     Currently composing...  nothing in almost 4 years.     Currently considering buying...  another hanging bar to support the air-drying of Rebecca's non-dryer work clothes.     Currently coding...  a Python project at work and parallel snippets in Java, Python, R, and Scala on Sparkour at home.     Currently planning...  to extend the front porch's usable space a foot in...
  15. Tuesday, March 15, 2016:
    List Day: 20 Things I Have Never Experienced    I have never played a Pokemon card game.    I have never seen an episode of  Power Rangers .    I have never broken a bone (in my body or anyone else's).    I have never knowingly engaged in activities designed to overthrow the U.S. Government by force.    I have never eaten bear meat.    I have never owned anything from Brookstone.    I have never played a double-reed instrument.    I have never walked more than 11 miles by foot continuously.    I have never been on the ground in the state of Texas.    I have never consumed grain alcohol.    I have never worn...
  16. Wednesday, January 20, 2016:
    List Day: This Day in Emails   Nineteen years ago : Catching up with a high school friend in his freshman year at Cornell.    From: Michael S.  Subject: Re: Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 21:11:31    Uri,   Look, I'm just sitting here eating my dinner, And as you know that can take awhile, I won't be here forever cause I have a 10:30pm intertube water polo game. Hell Yeah.      Seventeen years ago : Overachieving for marching band.    To: Jay C.  Subject: MV Trumpet Music  Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 14:28:25    Jay,   In preparation for next marching season, I have transcribed all three trumpet parts for the entire marching folio into MIDI files for ...
  17. Tuesday, January 19, 2016:
    List Day: 5 Exciting and Not-So-Exciting Technologies       Self-driving Cars : I can't wait until self-driving cars are both affordable and completely autonomous. Extended road trips are the worst part of any vacation, and the trip to Virginia Tech down I-81 is probably much more enjoyable while sleeping (and microsleep doesn't count). I might even go shopping in ridiculously crowded places, because then I can just tell the car to drive around the block for 20 minutes and pick me up later.     Hoverboards : Fire hazards aside, the first generation of hoverboards is a huge disappointment, because having wheels involved seems to be directly incompatible with the prefix, "hover". However, a real hoverboard doesn't interest me in the least bit,...
  18. Friday, December 11, 2015:
    List Day: 4 Disappointing Albums       Stand Up  by Dave Matthews: This was the album that made me stop buying Dave Matthews albums. At the time, I coined this mission statement for it: " Create a forgettable vamp that repeats every four bars and sing about something arhythmically while your band plays a fifth-grade arrangement as backup. Occasionally throw in a random mix of nonmelodic sounds on a separate track that has nothing to do with anything and call it an "Intro" track. Do not, under any circumstances, call this CD  Busted Stuff  because that name was already assigned to a CD with the exact same music on it. "     Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon  by KT Tunstall: This album was devoid of h...
  19. Tuesday, December 08, 2015:
    2015 Favourites: Top 10 Songs First Heard in 2015  2015 was a great year in the "music that I enjoy" genre, which is the only important genre. In addition to multiple catchy singles, there were even a few solid albums proving that albums still have some relevance. Give a listen, and maybe you'll find something new to enjoy!         B. Reith -  Old School  (2009):  Nothing terribly special about this white rapper, but the song is a pleasantly blended orchestration of different styles.        Whitton -  Rare Bird  (2011):  I like the interesting timbres of Whitton's voice.        Breakestra -  Hiding  (2008):  Breakestra has done a nice job o...
  20. Tuesday, December 01, 2015:
    List Day: 10 Things This Proposal Effort At Work Seems Longer Than    Multi-language FBI warnings on DVDs.    The section of I-81 between Exit 222 and 118.    The 2016 election cycle.    The wait for a table at every Cheesecake Factory.    The nonsensical, unskippable cutscenes in  Ocarina of Time .    The endings of the third  Lord of the Rings  movie.    The third movement of Berlioz's  Symphonie Fantastique .    Eugene Delgaudio's (now vanquished) tenure in politics.    Orange line trains out of DC after 10 PM.    The opening credits on any David Simon show.    
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