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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Google Cardboard

This is a good idea. It’s an easy way to introduce someone to VR (Virtual Reality).

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https://cardboard.withgoogle.com/

I tried it at home:

Google Cardboard OMG

Google Cardboard OMG

I loaded up the Google Earth Cardboard demo and handed it to my roommate.  He looked through and said, “Wow!”  He was floating above Chicago, looking around in 3D, watching the buildings and scenery load and render… all on my Samsung S3 smartphone.

There are other demos available.  Lots of fun.  I recommend it.  I got my kit for about $25 at DodoCase:

http://www.dodocase.com/products/google-cardboard-vr-goggle-toolkit

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-09-14

I tried it at home

I tried it at home

Whenever I watch MythBusters, they remind me, “Do NOT try this at home!”

Now read this shirt.

(I’m a rebel.)

I got mine from: http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=DETAIL&ITEM=VN3561

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-09-07

Normal is boring.

Normal is boring.

Yup!  Simple and true.  This helps me justify being weird.

I got mine here: http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=DETAIL&ITEM=CM3641

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-08-31

Don't confuse me with the facts.

Don’t confuse me with the facts.

I thought it was mildly funny.  Got it from What on Earth:

http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=DETAIL&ITEM=CN1281

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-08-24

5 Deadly Terms Used By a Woman

5 Deadly Terms Used By a Woman

The 5 Deadly Terms Used By a Woman are:

#1: FINE

This is the word women use to end an argument when she knows she is right and you need to shut up.

#2: NOTHING

Means something and you need to be worried.

#3: GO AHEAD

This is a dare, not permission, do not do it.

#4: WHATEVER

A Woman’s way of saying, “Screw you!”

#5: THAT’S OK

She is thinking long and hard on how and when you will pay for your mistake.

Bonus Word: WOW!

This is not a compliment. She is amazing that one person could be so stupid.

http://www.lighterside.com/product/five+deadly+terms.do

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-08-17

Desperate times call for procrastination.

Desperate times call for procrastination.

I thought this was funny.  The usual saying goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

If it’s still available, it’d be here: http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/whatonearth/Tees-Sweatshirts_3RA/View-All-Shirts-Sweatshirts_3RB/Item_s-DESPERATE-TIMES-CALL-FOR-PROCRASTINATION-SHIRT_CN1201.html

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-08-10

2014-08-10_rebel_alliance_logo_600x450

The Rebel Alliance logo, from Star Wars.  A symbol of hope.  A hope against tyranny and oppression.

Plus, if you’re evil, the Jedi just might kick your ass all over the galaxy.

I got mine from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1dc1/

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-08-03

DO NOT WANT

DO NOT WANT

Just search images.google.com for “DO NOT WANT” and you’ll see where this comes from.

Got it from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1c49/

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-07-27

How about never?

How about never?

This reminds me of a comic/joke I saw in a magazine somewhere:

No, Thursday's out.  How about never--is never good for you?

No, Thursday’s out. How about never–is never good for you?

I think it’s really funny.

I got the shirt from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1c39/

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-07-20

What kind of computer do you have? And please don't say a white one.

What kind of computer do you have? And please don’t say a white one.

Aaah, the good ol’ days in Earthlink tech support.

Except for the “good” part.

I got this from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1c4a/

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-07-13

Here for the loot.

Here for the loot.

Yup, true.  What’s my share?

I got it from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1c46/

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-07-06

Do I look like a people person?

Do I look like a people person?

Answer: NO.

I got this from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1c3a/

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-29

No Place To Hide

No Place To Hide

Boba Fett.  Is there a more popular/capable bounty hunter in the galaxy?  (Me: shaking my head)

I like this design because it’s almost completely made up of other designs, such as the city in the clouds, Han frozen is carbonite, planets, Jabba’s palace’s silhouette, the Millennium Falcon…. space debris…

I got mine from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/b0ba/

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-22

DANGER Flux Capacitor 1.21 Jigawatts

DANGER
Flux Capacitor
1.21 Jigawatts

I’ve been a fan of Back to the Future since my sister dragged me to see it again.  She had the hots for Michael J. Fox.  I had the hots for his girl.  And that DeLorean.  Cool, man.

All those time paradoxes… going back and changing history… heavy, man.

I got this from ThinkGeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/b77f/

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-15

Captain America's shield

I’m a fan of all the Avengers, including Captain America.  This shirt is for the second movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Nearly all the red has been worn off his shield.  I guess it has received a lot of abuse.

I got this from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1bb1/

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience, Part 3

They paid!  I don’t have to take them to small-claims court!!  YAYYY!!!

I received the check on the 12th.  It was post-dated the 11th.  The check was dated the 5th.  Why the delay?

Did they write the check, then just leave it laying on the desk for 6 days?  Was the check laying there on their desk and they noticed it 6 days later and said, “Hum. I guess we should pay Hawk. We’re already over the deadline.”  Did they have to move money around so that the check wouldn’t bounce?  Were they just trying to cause me trouble?

I don’t know the answers to these questions.  I may never know.  But at least I got my security deposit back.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience, Part 2

Turns out, it’s easy to file in small-claims court.  It’s much easier than I thought it’d be.  Just see this site:

https://www.lawhelpinteractive.org/

They have a walk-through which took me step-by-step through the whole thing, then generates a legal document that you can just print out.  That was the easy part.  The hard part is getting the defendant served.  From the instructions:

Giving Notice of Your Claim to the Defendant

You must give notice of your claim to the defendant. The procedure for giving notice to the defendant is called service of process. If service of process is completed correctly, and the defendant doesn’t answer your claim, the judge can give you a default judgment. The judge cannot give you a default judgment if service of process is not completed correctly. If there is more than one defendant, you must serve process on each defendant. If the defendants are husband and wife, you must serve process on each spouse.

Service of process should be completed within 30 days after you file your claim. In most counties, if you do not complete service of process within 30 days, your claim will be dismissed. If your claim is dismissed for lack of service, you can reopen your case by re-filing your claim. If you reopen your case within six months after you first filed your claim, you won’t have to pay another filing fee.

There are two basic ways to serve process: certified mail and personal delivery by a non-party. Service of process is complete when the court clerk receives a certified mail return receipt signed by the defendant, or an Idaho Sheriff’s Return of Service or an Affidavit of Service stating when and how the defendant was served.

a. Certified Mail

You can ask the court clerk to serve process on the defendant by certified mail. The court clerk will charge you a fee. The court clerk will mail the papers to the defendant, return receipt requested. If the court clerk does not receive a return receipt signed by the defendant, you will have to try a different way to serve process. Service of process by certified mail costs less than the other methods to serve process, but is often not completed because the defendant did not sign the return receipt.

b. Sheriff’s Office

In most counties, you can ask the sheriff’s office to serve process on the defendant. (Some counties have a marshal’s office that will serve process in small claims cases.) You will have to pay a fee, and you will have to provide information on where the defendant can be found. The sheriff’s office will not investigate to find the defendant for you.

In some counties, the court clerk will collect the fee for the sheriff, and give the papers to the sheriff’s office that are to be served on the defendant. In other counties, the court clerk will give you the papers, and you will have to take the papers to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office will prepare a “Sheriff’s Return of Service,” stating when and how the defendant was served, or that the sheriff was not able to deliver the papers. Some sheriff’s offices will file the return with the court clerk, others will give you the return to file with the court clerk.

c. Private Process Server

You can ask a private process server to serve process on the defendant. You can find them in the phone book. You will have to pay a fee, and you will have to provide information on where the defendant can be found. If you don’t know where the defendant can be found, some process servers offer investigative services. The process server will charge more to find the defendant for you.

The court clerk will give you the papers to be served on the defendant, and you will have to take them to the process server. Once the process server has delivered the papers to the defendant, the process server will prepare an “Affidavit of Service” stating when and how the defendant was served. If the process server was not able to deliver the papers, the affidavit will say so.

Some process servers will file the affidavit with the court clerk, some will give it to you to file. Service of process is not complete until the affidavit, stating when and how the defendant was served, is filed with the court clerk.

d. Any Person Not a Party and Over 18

You can ask any person who is at least 18 years old and not a party to your case to serve process on the defendant. You can get an Affidavit of Service from the court clerk. The server will complete the Affidavit after serving the defendant. You will have to file the completed Affidavit of Service with the court clerk.

Does anyone have any advice on which method is the best?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Small-Claims Court Experience?

Dear Internet,

Do you have experience taking a realtor to small claims court?  I need to do this to get my deposit back on my previous rental house.  If you can help in any way, please email me at jedihawk at yahoo.com.

Thanks in advance.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-08

Have [Portal Gun] Will Travel

Have [Portal Gun]
Will Travel

I like the puzzle game Portal, so I thought I’d get this shirt because it’s kind of a play on the movie “Have Gun — Will Travel“.

I also have it in white:

Have [Portal Gun] Will Travel

Have [Portal Gun]
Will Travel

Got it from Thinkgeek.  If it’s still available, it’d be here:  http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/139c/

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hawk’s Shirt of the Week 2014-06-01

I work well with others as long as they leave me alone.

I work well with others as long as they leave me alone.

True, I do work well with others as long as they leave me alone… but that usually doesn’t happen.  Oh well.

I saw this in a catalog somewhere and had to get it.

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