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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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Ms Allred generally liked her daily commute to Pritzker School, alas not everyday was great because the Blue Line is frequently crowded. But today she couldn’t help smiling. She was standing in the back by a window and got a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gordon Meyer
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Once Chris got started playing at Walsh Park it was pretty much impossible to get him to leave. Between the playground and running laps he was having too much fun. At least until he remembered what was for dinner! C-ya!... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gordon Meyer
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Superstition: Black Cats and White Rabbits by Sally Coulthard offers a history of common folk beliefs, and being a UK publication, many of the tales are heretofore unknown to most Americans. And even those you might already know — such... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
I love the AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet Holder Stand so much that I’ve purchased four of them. Not because of breakage or loss, but because they work so damn well. In addition to being suited for a variety of digital devices... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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After a long absence (caused by the debacle at FatCow) the Shopping Bag Museum has finally been restored online. That’s right, breathe a sigh of relief, as you can one again peruse the decades-old lovingly curated collection. See it at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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Local writer Joe Mason (of The Chicago Reader, among other publications) has new zine titled Chicago Gets Four Stars that offers succinct and interesting summaries of offbeat Chicago history. Mason has chosen (if the book were more expensive I’d say... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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If you have a Nespresso Espresso Maker by KitchenAid (Model KES0503SZ) then you have likely discovered a minor flaw. Namely, the design of the water tank can make it difficult to see how much water is in its tank. If... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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This charming book artfully combines two meanings of the word “gnome.” That is, it features not just woodland wee-folk, but also wise and pithy sayings. (Interestingly, the latter definition is the oldest, according to the O.E.D.) The author of the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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I've written a short text adventure game you can play in your web browser. It's called "The Silver Ingot: A Las Vegas Adventure" and it's based on actual events. To play, just click this link: Play Now It has been... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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If you're a Mac OS X (macOS) power user, you should certainly have a copy of Keyboard Maestro. (If you don't stop reading now and go there. You're welcome.) This tiny little trick requires that you have it... My HP... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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It was almost as if this book was following us around the bookstores of London, almost like a lost puppy. There it was, near the cash register at every store we visited (which was, frankly, too many to count), waiting... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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Begraafplaats (cemetery) Huis de Vraag (House of Inquiry) in Amsterdam isn’t near the tourist center of the city. To get there from our apartment in Plantage we took the subway to Centraal Station, then a tram, then walked for about... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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Inspired by reading Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes by Albert Jack. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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My newest publications are now available! Bizarre Fact Files are pocket-sized books of Chicago neighborhood history and tidbits. Fact File volumes now available: Bucktown Wicker Park Notable Neighbors Notorious Neighbors For sale now at Quimby’s bookstore (mail order and curbside... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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I was slightly surprised when I learned that the ‘zine Grave Plots was about the sale of cemetery lots via Craigslist. I’ve only used Craigslist a couple of times (to obtain purportedly haunted furniture for my performance studio), but in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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Forbes is a questionable source of news (particularly tech news) and while this article is interesting, they are missing the obvious conclusion that Dr Fauci is a time traveller. Here are photos of the "two" men side-by-side. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
Just filing this away here... a nice homemade bracket that adapts a door sensor to a garage door in a very clever way. Garage Door Bracket for Wyze Sense - YouTube: "" Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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I’m sort of a packrat when it comes to email messages, so by the end of the year my IMAP account is cluttered messages I’ve read. I like to keep them around for reference, but I also want to clear... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
It’s common for providers to ask you to add a TXT record to a DNS so they can verify that you own the domain. If you use AWS (Route 53) for your domain, be aware that while you can create... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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These days, I do all my writing in Ulysses, but I use the fantastic MarsEdit to manage this blog. This means that when I'm ready to publish something, I have to somehow get what I've written from one app to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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I have a handful of different email messages that I need to send out on a fairly regular basis, but most often, I’m only sending them to one person. For this reason, a regular “mail merge” setup is overkill and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
Gale noticed it first, a strange ball of light dancing high in our living room. I immediately recognized it as as a legendary Will o’ The Wisp and grabbed the closest camera. (Which, thanks to a quarantine cleaning binge, was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
Currently, one of the best home automation devices in my system is the "SwitchBot Button Presser." It looks a lot like a Rube Goldberg device, but it works perfectly for activating non-smart switches. If you're looking to retrofit an existing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
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When nerdy interests intersect: Discovered that a Poker-sized card box is a suitable case for a Beaglebone Black microcontroller. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Gordon Meyer