Show 062: Finis

All things come to an end.

Podcast #62 talks about how writing, recording, editing and producing the Practically Happy podcast has made me, Jim Matt, Practically Happy.

Length: 04:03

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Show 061: Fire & Axe — A Viking Saga (game)

Trade, raid, then settle. That’s the order that works best when I act as a Viking while playing a boardgame.

Podcast #61 talks about how the game Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:38

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Show 060: LCD Monitor

When my 19″ CRT gave out I needed a new monitor. I went big, and it came cheap(er than expected).

Podcast #60 talks about how my 22″ LCD monitor makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:40

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Show 059: Travian

I’ve found that I like games where I build things. In September 2006 I discovered an on-line game called Travian that makes me the king of my own kingdom and lets me build it from scratch.

Podcast #59 talks about how the on-line game Travian makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:19

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Show 058: Heroes, Medium, Naruto

Watching television is not my preferred method of entertainment. For the first time in memory, I’m actually tuning into 3 different programs each week.

Podcast #58 talks about why the shows Heroes, Medium and Naruto make me Practically Happy.

Length: 06:26

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Show 057: Foosball

Santa delivered a foosball table (table top soccer) to my son Casey for Christmas 2006.

Podcast #57 talks about how playing foosball with Casey makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:03

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Show 056: BookMooch.com

Reading and recycling are two things that are core to my character. BookMooch.com helps me do both at the same time.

Podcast #56 talks about how I can recycle my old books and get new ones using BookMooch.com, and how that makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:22

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Show 055: Alligator Lopper

Outdoor chores are still chores, and chores take time. Cutting up branches doesn’t happen too often, but once it does, it takes plenty of time to do with a handsaw.

Podcast #55 talks about the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:17

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Show 054: Lunch

Lunch is my favorite meal of the day.

Listen to Podcast #54 to find out why lunch makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:12

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Show 053: Anniversary and Opportunity

Practically Happy is celebrating it’s first anniversary.

Podcast #53 talks about some of the behind-the-scenes show details, and how performing and producing the Practically Happy show has made me Practically Happy.

(It also talks about how listeners can become contributors. Click on the About tab for more details).

Length: 07:55

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Show 052: Note Studio

Keeping track of information electronically is made easier using free form databases.

Podcast #52 talks about the Note Studio and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:16

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Show 051: Beer Camp

Beer Camp is going up north and getting away from the ordinary life one weekend a year.

Podcast #51 talks about the camaraderie and fun that I have at Beer Camp, and how that makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:18

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Show 050: Political Cartoons

I like HIP things (hypocrisy, irony and parody). The form that gets HIP messages across quickly the best are cartoons, specifically, political cartoons.

Podcast #50 talks about political cartoons and how they make me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:27

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Show 049: Power Grid (game)

Second chances are a precious thing when they turn out differently from your first experience. After a major disappointment with the original game Funkenschlag, I gave the tweaked version called Power Grid a second chance, and I’m glad I did.

Podcast #49 talks about the game Power Grid and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 07:21

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Show 048: SpaceMonger

Computer housekeeping is not my strong suit. Recovering hard disk real estate by cleaning up old and unnecessary files is made easier by utilities like SpaceMonger.

Podcast #48 talks about SpaceMonger and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:48

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Show 047: Digital Cameras

The consumer digital photography revolution is nearly complete.

Podcast #47 talks about digital cameras how they make me Practically Happy.

Length: 06:00

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Show 046: Spurl.net

Keeping track of your internet browser bookmarks can be a problem if you use multiple computers.

Podcast #46 talks about the Spurl.net, a social bookmarking website, and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:13

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Show 045: TrueCrypt

One more tool in the fight against identity theft is encryption.

Podcast #45 talks about the PC and Linux program TrueCrypt, and how it’s container encryption makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:27

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Show 044: Saint Petersburg (game)

Saving pays off.

Podcast #44 talks about the game Saint Petersburg, and how it helps me practice life skills, which makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:54

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Show 043: Cell Phones

Ubiquitous. Annoying, in the hands of some. Extremely effective at times.

Podcast #43 talks about how useful cell phones are, especially in an emergency, and how that makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:26

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Show 042: Anderson Ultimate Bed

Space is at a premium in my house. A king-sized bed was out of the question for some time, until I discovered how to get some dresser space from an unusual place.

Podcast #42 talks about the Anderson Ultimate Bed and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:11

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Show 041: Blogs

Blogs are a versatile communication method that can cover a wide scope of topics and uses.

Podcast #41 talks about blogs and how they make me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:19

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Show 040: Slurpee

Summer is hot. Slurpees are cold. Even though Slurpees are good any day of the year, summer is where they really hit the spot.

Podcast #40 talks about Slurpees and how they make me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:14

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Show 039: Ticket To Ride (game)

Train games have been around for years, and for me, they keep getting better.

Podcast #39 talks about my current favorite train game, Ticket to Ride, and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:32

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Show 038: USB Flash Drives

Portable storage has gotten smaller in size but larger in space, as well as cheaper.

Podcast #38 talks about my history with portable computer storage media, and how Flash USB Drives make me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:19

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Show 037: Flowtron Leaf Eater mulcher

Recycling for me includes taking care of natural materials like grass clippings and leaves. A compost pile fits the bill, but getting grass and leaves into small pieces is the challenge.

Podcast #37 talks about the Flowtron Leaf Eater mulcher, and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:08

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Show 036: MapQuest

Getting directions to places you’ve never been used to require either paper maps or directions, usually verbal, from someone who knows them. On-line mapping services have changed this.

Podcast #36 talks about free on-line mapping services, and how they make me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:27

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Show 035: Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done, a book by David Allen, describes how to build the framework for a system that helps you handle the details in your life. The system, and ideas in the book, make me Practically Happy.

Podcast #35 talks about the book Getting Things Done and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:08

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Show 034: San Juan (game)

It’s the half-brother of another game that I love, done with cards instead of a board.

Podcast #34 talks about the game San Juan and how it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:10

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Show 033: Sound Stoppers

Sometimes you need the sound of computer silence … NOW!

Podcast #33 talks about several hardware devices that quiet my computer quickly, and how these devices make me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:28

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Show 032: Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

I’ve always liked gadgets, but I’ve found that my Personal Digital Assistant is now indispensible to me.

Podcast #32 describes how my Palm Pilot makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:43

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Show 031: Utilities

It seems like you only realize how important they are once they’re not working.

Podcast #31 describes how utilities make me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:22

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Show 030: NetFlix

Watching the movies that I want when I want makes me Practically Happy.

Podcast #30 talks about how NetFlix helps me get the movies I want when I want.

Length: 04:16

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Show 029: Shredders

Peace of mind through little pieces.

Podcast #29 describes how paper shredders make me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:27

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Show 028: New England (game)

New England is a game with a great mechanism –your bid is the price you pay for purchases that turn, as well as the turn order.

Planning and rolling with the punches of random draws make it interesting every time.

Podcast #28 describes New England (the game) which makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 09:14

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Show 027: Report Card

26 Practically Happy shows have been posted prior to this one — a half year of podcasts.

It’s time for a report card. Listen to find out the status and what about making this podcast makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 06:42

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Show 026: Ebay and Half.com

Sometimes you have too much stuff in your life.

In podcast #26 I talk about recycling items, and recouping some of the purchase cost, by using Ebay and Half.com — two on-line services that make me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:09

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Show 025: Keyboard Shortcuts

Working efficiently on a computer makes life much easier. With keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly execute commands.

Podcast #25 talks about keyboard shortcuts and the ActiveWords utility, which make me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:45

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Show 024: 15 Minute Mile

Walking is my main form of exercise. Almost everyone can do it, and it requires no expensive equipment.

Podcast #24 talks about some of the other reasons why walking makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:36

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Show 023: Puerto Rico (game)

Puerto Rico is a game that has no random luck element — there are no dice or spinners.

It’s all about making choices.

Podcast #23 will describe Puerto Rico (the game) which makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 08:22

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Show 022: One Time Use Credit Cards

Identity theft is a serious issue, and one way to reduce your exposure is to use one time use credit cards.

Listen to podcast #22 to see how you’re exposed and see how I shield myself a bit, which which makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 04:59

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Show 021: Recycling

Recycling is good for our planet and it’s good for a person’s sense feeling of well being.

Listen to podcast #21 to find out some tips on how I recycle, which makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:10

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Show 020: Paint Shop Pro

I first used Paint Shop Pro to convert some graphics back in 1996. My favorite use has become editing my digital photographs.

Listen to podcast #20 to find out what else about Paint Shop Pro makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:14

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Show 019: Lost Cities

To help me keep my brain actively engaged, I play games. One of my favorite two player games is Lost Cities.

Listen to Practically Happy podcast #19 to find out why.

Length: 03:38

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Show 018: Grocery Stores

In America we tend take take some things for granted. Grocery stores are one thing that is typically taken for granted. After some reflection, I realize that they make me practically happy.

Listen to Practically Happy podcast #18 to find out why.

Length: 03:28

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Show 017: Spam Motel

Spam is the bane of email. I use a variety of techniques to reduce my load, and one major element is Spam Motel.

Listen to Practically Happy podcast #17 to find out why.

Length: 04:40

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Show 016: Zone Alarm

To be truly protected while connected to the internet, you need a firewall. I use Zone Alarm — it makes me Practically Happy.

Listen to Practically Happy podcast #16 to find out why.

Length: 04:10

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Show 015: George R.R. Martin

Reading is one of my main hobbies. I mostly read non-fiction; George R.R. Martin is one author that writes fiction which captivates me — especially his saga A Song of Fire and Ice.

Listen to Practically Happy podcast #15 to find out why.

Length: 04:38

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Show 014: Automated Postal Center

I don’t like standing in lines for buying stamps or shipping packages. The United States Post Office has helped me out with this issue — its Automated Postal Center makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:32

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Show 013: Crazy Like A Firefox

Browsers are not the same — Firefox stands above the rest for me. Listen to the show and find out why.

Length: 05:14

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Show 012: Settlers of Catan

The second German (or Eurogame) that I played I fell in love with. Fun and fast to play, it makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 05:17

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Show 011: Payroll Acronym Soup

Saving money is easy to do when you take advantage of payroll deductions… and saving money makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 06:58

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Show 010: In The Mood For Snood

Relaxing at the end of the day with a nice game of Snood (or two) makes me Practically Happy.

Length: 03:55

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Show 009: Confident Toast

I think the Toastmasters organization was misnamed; I think it should be called Confidence Builders.

Listen to this Practically Happy show to find out why.

Length: 08:39

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Show 008: Good 4Me, Good 4U, MoreStuff4Less

You can find all sorts of deals using the internet. I’ve found some websites that show you great deals and how to get them.

These sites make me Practically Happy. Listen for details why.

Length: 05:12

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Show 007: My Cup Of Tea

More than just a beverage — it’s a Zen meditative practice.

Listen to this Practically Happy show and find out why.

Length: 04:16

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Show 006: Boardgames, Not Bored Games

I’ve always loved puzzles and games — they’ve always made me happy.

My favorite genre is called German games or Eurogames. Find out what this is by listening to Practically Happy show.

Length: 05:11

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Show 005: Snared by Bloglines

Keeping track of news on the internet is easy when you use an RSS aggregator.

I use Bloglines as my RSS aggregator — it makes me Practically Happy. Listen and find out why.

Length: 07:44

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Show 004: Tripping on ACID Music

Paint programs allow you to easily release your creative energy.

ACID Music is a paint program for music, and it’s made me happy for over six years now.

Length: 06:18

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Show 003: Headphone Sanity

Television is for watching, but sometimes the sound is only desired by one person in the room.

Listen to find out how I made two people Practically Happy.

Length: 04:46

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Show 002: Do You Yahoo? I Do.

Yahoo has many great on-line services. Yahoo Mail, my favorite service, makes me happy.

Listen and find out why.

Length: 06:06

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Show 001: You Are Responsible For Your Own Happiness

The philosophy for the Practically Happy podcast.

Length: 06:47

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