Author Archives: markhal

Entry 820: Be Safe–Join the Military

This will come as quite a shock to people of my generation who spent their teenaged years worrying about ending up in Vietnam, but Americans in the second decade of this millennium would be a hell of a lot safer … Continue reading

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Entry 819: People I Feel Sorry For

I’m an empathetic guy. I can sympathize with those whose lives have taken wrong turns . . . people who, for one reason or another, have found themselves in compromising positions . . . folks who are just plain lunatics. … Continue reading

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Entry 818: Hammacher Schlemmer Strikes Again

Well, folks, it’s time once again to see what the storied Hammacher Schlemmer catalog (motto: “Stuff you don’t need or can’t even imagine someone would create, all at the highest possible prices.”) has in store this holiday season. I’ve done … Continue reading

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Entry 817: TV or Not TV (or Black Friday Blues), Part III

Previously on TV or Not TV . . . We had settled on the Samsung QN65Q8F Flat 65” QLED 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV (because we figured it had to be good with all those letters and numbers), when … Continue reading

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Entry 816: TV or Not TV (or Black Friday Blues), Part II

Previously on TV or Not TV . . . In mid-October, my wife Barbara and I set out to replace our old brain-damaged smart TV with a new 4K smart TV. I had settled on the Samsung Q6F. Or Q7F. … Continue reading

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Entry 815: TV or Not TV (or Black Friday Blues), Part I

Our smart TV had turned dumb. Before I get to that, I want to proudly mention that we do not allow gender stereotypes in our household, at least when it comes to technology, and especially when it involves our wi-fi … Continue reading

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Entry 814: Go Con Me

Well, Giving Tuesday is this coming week (it falls on a Tuesday this year). As you know, that’s when folks who have any money left over after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday can donate to their favorite … Continue reading

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