Author Archives: Jason

Building a Trash Garden

My wife wanted to build a raised-bed garden as cheaply and easily as possible. She bought a load of compost, but she didn’t want to buy railroad ties, hay bales, cut granite blocks, or whatever it is that people use … Continue reading

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Failed project: foam bender

I’d like to bend sheets of foam.  I’m working up to making radio-controlled airplanes, but I’ll write more about that later. I’m pretty sure I saw a YouTube video about making a foam bender out of nichrome wire and glass … Continue reading

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LePage’s Strength

I guess Governor LePage has at least one strength. I found it in my barn.

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Norman Rockwell Meets Jerry Springer: New England-Style Democracy

Here in Kennebunk, like the rest of New England, we take our town meetings very seriously. In other parts of the country, when somebody talks about a “town hall meeting,” they mean a politician drops by to answer some questions. … Continue reading

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Welding the Sproingy Dryer

A few days ago, my wife told me she had killed the dryer. I recently killed her laptop, so now we’re even. She managed to resurrect her computer by opening it partway and blowing in it (it’s a long story). … Continue reading

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Do It Myself (DIM)

I thought about creating a “do it yourself” (DIY) category. Then it occurred to me that the things I do myself aren’t actually things you should do yourself. Repeating my antics is likely to cause bodily harm, divorce, disfigurement, ostracism, … Continue reading

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The Kookiest Governor & the Conspiracy Party

Here in Maine, the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature just passed from Democratic control to Republican control. Paul LePage, who just got sworn in as governor, earned the support of the Tea Party by proving that he … Continue reading

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Genesis

To begin my blog, here’s a quiz about first lines. Each line below is from the beginning of a work of literature, if you’ll allow me to use the word “literature” loosely. I’ve tried to put these in order of … Continue reading

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Don’t look!

These are the answers to the quiz above. I won’t bother underlining or italicizing the titles. 1) The Pentateuch. Okay, you can say Genesis, Bible, Torah, or Old Testament, if you prefer. 2) The Koran (or Qur’an, if you insist) … Continue reading

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