Posts from December 2006

Things I Never Do

A short list of things I never (or at least unbelievably rarely) do: … wear a shirt to bed … wear “tighty-whities” … use deodorant / anti-perspirant … use cologne … wear black socks … use after-shave … get car-sick / sea-sick; vomit … use shaving cream … use my blinker … drink milk /

The BMW Experiment

After eighteen months I was forced to consider my foray into the lifestyle of luxury car ownership a failure. Just after Thanksgiving in 2004 I traded my red 1990 Toyota 4×4 for a black 2001 BMW 330 CCi. It was a gorgeous car. I really, really loved it. It was a sport model and a

Men’s Health Tech Guide

The December issue of Men’s Health includes a Tech Guide with what it says are, “100 products that will change your life!” If you’re looking for the latest news in men’s health, for exercise routines, for dating advice, or for fashion tips, Men’s Health is a great resource. If you’re looking for the latest trends

Orville Redenbacher’s Organic Scam

Few things in life irk me as much as getting duped. Caveat emptor: Because Ralph’s refuses to provide meaningful unit price labels — and because the box is exactly the same size and shape as the other forty-two varieties of their microwave popcorn — you might be fooled into thinking that the “sale” price of

Beer-Baked Sunflower Seeds

Beer-Baked Sunflower Seeds

About a week ago I caught one of my co-workers, a very nice guy named Tawan, eating these Zotes sunflower seeds during a management meeting. I have an abnormal addiction to seeds and nuts, so I was forced to steal some from him. He said he found them in a gas station convenience store and

Tags and Technorati

A little while ago I cobbled together a tagging system here on the site. The tags appear at the bottom of each post and you can use them to find related content. For some reason, though, they aren’t being caught by Technorati. I’m pretty sure I followed their specs exactly, but no dice. Every time

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.