Electric butter warmer/softener DIY

I like to keep my butter on the kitchen counter and have been searching for a way to keep it soft–at least not rock-hard–for years. The problem got significantly worse after I moved to Colorado. Now, I tried keeping the butter on top of the refrigerator, using a french butter dish and a grater knife, all with unsatisfactory results. I even had one of the Alfillé electric butter dishes, but it didn’t last very long.

I had an epiphany the other day when I glanced down and saw a plug-in air freshener in our hallway. It had to have a low-power low-heat mechanism. Could I adapt it to keep my butter dish warm? Well, so far, my contraption seems to work and the step on how to do it follows. Read more

RokiJump, the Roku remote that can skip thru commercials now available in the Apple App Store!

‎RokiJump

‎Roki​Jump, the ROKU remote that can skip through commercials! Program a button to fast-forward for a certain amount of time before playing. Skip through one-minute, two-minute, or however long, commercials, sports timeouts, previous-episode rehash, and more. Of course, RokiJump has all of the normal…

My first iOS app is now available in the Apple App Store! RokiJump, the ROKU remote that can skip through commercials! Program a button to fast-forward for a certain amount of time before playing. Skip through one-minute, two-minute, or however long, commercials, sports timeouts, previous-episode rehash, and more. Of course, RokiJump has all of the normal remote functions too, even ones unique to ROKU TV, like power on/off, volume, and mute. You can also instantly select any of the channels you have installed (e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) RokiJump lets you enter text from your device’s keyboard! No more finger Twister when entering text. Just connect your iOS device and ROKU to the same WiFi network.

FEATURES:
*Free version includes a fully-functioning jump button
*No ads in the free version!
*In-app purchase unlocks three additional jump buttons!
*All the standard remote buttons included
*ROKU TV specific buttons (Power on/off, volume up/down, mute)
*ROKU Channels can be launched from app
*Text input using your mobile device keyboard (compatibility app-dependent)
*Automatically finds all ROKU devices on the same network as the mobile device, including Roku 1-3, Streaming Stick, Express, Express+, Premiere, Premiere+, Ultra, ROKU TV, etc.
*Compatible with iPhone and iPad running iOS 13+

ROKU, the ROKU Logo, STREAMING STICK, ROKU TV, ROKU POWERED, the ROKU POWERED Logo, ROKU READY, the ROKU READY Logo, “STOP DREAMING. START STREAMING.”, “HAPPY STREAMING”, “THERE’S A TON OF ENTERTAINMENT IN THIS LITTLE BOX,” and “NOW THIS IS TV” are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

This app has no association with and is not endorsed by Roku, Inc.

Skip through commercials on your Roku with RokiJump!

If you have a ROKU and watch programs with commercials, you will want RokiJump. This iOS app let’s you skip through them!

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Roki​Jump A ROKU™ remote that can skip through commercials! RokiJump Doing the seemingly impossible Sadly, the standard ROKU™ remote lacks a skip forward button. However, what if you could program a button to fast-forward for a certain amount of time before playing? You wouldn’t have to guess when to press the play button.

 

 

2019 Landscaping Project Video

Well, the landscaping is done and I just finished the original music score, so here’s the reveal video! Major thanks to Kristin Heggem, ALSA, our wonderful landscape architect for her wonderful plans. We can’t wait until spring to see everything in bloom! Huge props to Angel and his crew at Angelic Touch Landscaping. He was wonderful to work with and professional from start to finish. Amazing work. The final shout out goes to Colorado Sunroom and Window. The Solara louvered patio cover is just awesome!

Uber/Lyft driver makes $18.72 an hour…or does he?

My gawd this is a stoopid article. He made $257.34 gross working 13.75 hours, so $18.72 per hour driving Uber/Lyft. Sounds pretty good, eh? Gas was only $13.22 in his Prius, so that’s still $17.75 net after gas… However, the cost of wear and tear on his vehicle isn’t even mentioned though the $430 repair bill talked about in the article should have clued him in.

Let’s just use the IRS mileage rate of 58 cents per mile to estimate his true driving cost. Well, 291.1 miles at 58 cents is a whopping $168.84. Using this cost, his net is a paltry $88.50 or $6.44 per hour. Paints a different picture, doesn’t it.

I’m a driver for Uber and Lyft – here’s exactly how much I make in one week on the job

I’ve been driving for Lyft and Uber for almost one year. People always want to know how much money I make driving for the two companies, so I decided to track every penny I made for one week. The final tally was about $257 for less than 14 hours of work – or about $19 an hour.

SlightlyDumb has a theme song!

I decided to put my musical skills to good use and came up with a theme song for videos on our sister site SlightlyDumb.com. I hope you like it.

Slightly Dumb Theme     

Salida, CO – May 2019

We took a trip to Salida, CO for the weekend. It ended up being a bit cold, but the incoming cold front made for some gorgeous sky and mountain shots.