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Gordon Meyer
Home automation and instructional design expert.
Interests: conjuring, sociology, technology as applied to everyday life.
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Speaking of injuries that prevent you from taking a shower, I can recommend Welmedix No Rinse Body Wash as a helpful tool. It's especially useful if you're wearing a cast or splint that you can't get wet. It's a foam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I have subscribed to Esquire for at least 30 years. I can't even remember when I first subscribed, but I have always enjoyed what I considered to be America's best magazine. Except that the last few years have seen a... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I used to suffer from chronic swelling in an ankle that was injured long ago. I've tried a lot of compression methods -- which do help -- but by far the best one was this Kunto Fitness Ankle Brace. Not... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Several years ago I was in a serious car accident. On my way home from work, over the Christmas break, I was "t-boned" at an intersection by a homeless person driving a '70s Monte Carlo at high speed. The other... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
This Craig DVD Player is simultaneously horrible and fantastic. (Yes, Craig is still in business, or at least it's a brand that survives. I remember them from when I was a kid.) It's made from the thinnest, ugliest plastic you'll... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
If your multi-markdown tables in a Ulysses document are not rendering correctly in Marked 2, make sure there is a blank line before and after the table. I wasted 20 minutes of my life before figuring out this user-hostile requirement.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
The news is filled with stories about the Amazon Echo devices are spying on you. Well, that's overstated and ill-defined. (You've consented, so technically it's not "spying'.) The Echo devices do indeed record what's going on in your room. They... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I'm a fan of Timbuk2 bags (based in San Francisco) but not too long ago they made the foolish decision to shorten all the shoulder straps on their bags. I'm sure this saves them a few cents, but it makes... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Author: Anna Anthropy As might be suggested by the exclamative title, this is a book for young adults. Well, this old adult is here to remind you not to judge a book by its title (or artwork). If you have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
My electric water kettle, which was a $10 purchase from Fry's appliance article nearly 15 years ago, needed to be replaced. It still worked, but the rubber coating on the handle was getting sticky and disintegrating. After far too much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Author: Daniel Kay Hertz The subtitle of this book is “Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago” and it covers a period that began before I was born and ended prior to me moving to the city. Therefore, nearly every page... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
It's your power supply. Trust me, it is. Just shut up and try a different one already. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Let's face it, crutches suck. They hurt, they're awkward, and you're basically helpless. They are also dangerous in wet or slippery conditions. When I was laid up last year, a friend suggested that I try using a walker instead. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
A year ago I was laid up from surgery and couldn’t bathe. Prior to undergoing the knife I had discovered Dude Wipes, which are coincidentally from a company in the my neighborhood. Although mostly marketed for post-workout cleanup, they work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Chicago’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and diving in the Windy City Author: Jonathon Stockton What a fun read! Although this book is almost 15 years outdated, I loved reading Stockton’s descriptions of the dive bars. He's a clever writer and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
See the title of this post. You can't do this. :( The workaround is to add the AWS WorkMail account as an IMAP account instead of Exchange. Then you can add additional sending mail addresses to the account. A bummer,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Author: Jamie Carter Park This collection of stories emphasizes "Scandals from Ogden's Glory Days" and some of them certainly do make for great gossip. Having been raised in the Ogden area, this satisfied my itch to learn about some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I am selling my cache of INSTEON smart home modules. If you're a home automator using this technology, it's the bargain of the century for spares and expansion. See my eBay listing here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I often rent cars from either Hertz or Avis. Over the past decade of being their customer I have come the conclusion that Avis and Hertz employees rarely rent cars for themselves, or at the very least, lack ability to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Yes! A surprise ending is a good idea. Perhaps if I return to the bar and find him reading my damn book!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2019 on The Reader at Gordon Meyer
A People's Guide to Publishing: Build a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful, Book Business the Ground Up Author: Joe Biel This is a relatively short review because I didn't give this book the in-depth reading it deserves. As an author, I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Cemetery Maps Author: Amy Martin How can a book about cemeteries be so completely charming? I don't know, but it certainly is delightful and fun to read. The book features 32 hand drawn maps from all over the world. There... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and How Craft Beer Became Big Business. Author: Josh Noel Whew, I'm parched after typing out that title. Talk about a mouthful. I have to wonder if it's not a nod to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Living in Chicago I have an embarrassing richness of world-class restaurants at which to dine. And anyone who has seen me in person can attest that I apparently take frequent advantage of this easy access! On a recent trip to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I was a very early subscriber to Amazon Prime because it offered a great deal on fast shipping. I easily earned back the cost of the program over the course of a year, and I loved receiving my orders quickly.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Gordon Meyer