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Archive for July, 2007


How to Identify North Carolina Snakes

Note (September 26, 2011): I wrote this post several years ago and readers will sometimes email me asking me to identify snakes for them. I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SNAKES! That’s why I wrote this: because I found a helpful resource in the North Carolina Online Snake Identification System. Try that web site if you [...]


Blog Redesign

This blog has had the same design for over 3 years, and it was long over due for a change. I’ve been working on the redesign for the past couple weeks, and I’m finally ready to unveil it.

Although I am a web designer, I’m no longer doing very much design work–it’s just not my passion [...]


Hack Your Deodorant – Convert Speed Stick Trial Size to Your Favorite Scent

This is probably the strangest hack I’ve ever posted here, but I’m posting it anyway, just because I wish I had thought of it sooner, and some of my readers have probably wanted the same thing.
I was traveling out of town this past week and realized that I had used up all my deodorant. I [...]


RSS Feeds Moved to FeedBurner, and Other Blog Changes

One of my goals for 2007 is to Develop the Ricky Spears (Empower. Challenge. Advance) Brand. I wasn’t quite sure how to quantify this goal, since there will not be a point where I can say, “The Ricky Spears brand has been developed.” However, I did list several next actions and projects that would all [...]


Beware of Patio Furniture from The Home Depot, Kmart, Sam’s Club, and Sears

This post updated on July 17, 2007; November 11, 2007; and November 12, 2007. See the updated sections at the bottom.
In June, my wife and I had a new deck built onto our house. The old one was only 10′x8′ and was rather well worn. The new one is 12′x20′ and we have really been [...]


The Power of Envisioning Wild Success

My friend, Brad Isaac just posted about 8 Proven Strategies For Defeating The Fear of Public Speaking and 4 Myths That Won’t. I especially like this one:

6. Picture a standing ovation – Ahhh the standing “O”. What a night you’ve had if you get an ovation. It’s enough to give you a big head if [...]


No Investment Equals No Interest

Brett Kelly over at The Cranking Widgets Blog, just wrote a good piece on Why Most People Don’t Care about GTD.
Like Brett, I love sharing with other people how much the GTD methodologies have changed my life and improved my prodcutivity. Because of this, I used to loan out my GTD books and audio [...]


Goodbye Planner Pad Organizer, I Hardly Knew Ye

I’m continually experimenting with new productivity methods and tools. About a month ago, I ordered a Spiral Bound Planner Pad Organizer in the 8-1/2″ x 11″ size. It came with a nice instructional CD and printed instructions explaining how the Planner Pad system was designed to be used. The dated pages for the one I [...]


Don’t NOT Talk to Strangers

I live in the somewhat small town of Thomasville, North Carolina (population ~20,000). Most of the people here are friendly and it’s not uncommon to strike up a conversation with someone you’re standing in line with at a store, or at the table next to you at a restaurant. The town is too big for [...]


Calculate Your Real Savings to Drive for Cheaper Gas

As gas prices continue to rise, it seems that automobile owners are more aggressively seeking out the stations that offer the cheapest price on gasoline. A number of web sites have risen in recent years to assist you with this, and many local radio and television stations will point consumers to the places with the [...]

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