Brian Cairns

Graduate of Penn State (undergrad.) and Georgetown (grad. school), former Director of Presidential Writers for the White House, protector of America’s homeland, and Hemingway aficionado.

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Sports Gambler Edition (March Madness)‏

by Brian Cairns - on Mar 16th 2009 - 4 Comments
Basketball on Court

Forget the Groundhog and its sham prognostications and let’s look at the real indication of spring’s proximity: the NCAA Tournament, March Madness, The Big Dance. Now most people recognize March Madness as the quintessential cairn of spring’s presence, and with the brackets so easy to understand and bet on — whom...

How To Hack The LitterMaid Litter Box For Even Less Scooping

by Brian Cairns - on Jan 5th 2009 - 9 Comments
Cat Reading a Newspaper on the Toilet

For those of you who own cats, you’re well aware that litter-box maintenance is by far the most difficult, disgusting, and time-consuming dimension of cat ownership. Just how time-consuming? Well, my peculiar editor estimated somewhere around 15 hours per year (see the math below). This is obviously an unacceptable use of our time....

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 3: THE AGENDA)

by Brian Cairns - on Aug 10th 2008 - 11 Comments
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

This post presents my full three-night/four-day Las Vegas trip itinerary. As explained in Part 1 and Part 2 of this post series, the purpose of providing you my thoroughly-researched and fully-tested agenda is threefold: (1) Save you time. Whether you follow my agenda to the letter or tailor here-and-there to meet your preferences, this...

Write At The Speed Of Speech Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9

by Brian Cairns - on Jul 26th 2008 - No Comments
Dragon - Speech Recognition Software

Believe it or not, I wrote this post in about 20 minutes — from draft to final edit — using my newly installed voice recognition software program, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard 9. I must admit, I’m extremely impressed with how fast, intuitive, and accurate it is. Initially, I balked at the idea of purchasing it....

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 2: Planning Tips)

by Brian Cairns - on Jul 18th 2008 - No Comments
Southwest Airplane Taking Off

Planning for Vegas seems simple to the uninitiated. However, you can become quickly overwhelmed when you begin to consider the multitude of hotels, restaurants, shows, pools, spas, golf courses, roller coasters, bars, nightclubs, casinos, buffets, shopping locations, people-watching venues, old Vegas sites, new Vegas sites, and so forth. I...

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 1: Intro)

by Brian Cairns - on Jun 23rd 2008 - No Comments
Las Vegas Skyline

Las Vegas: where you'll be going. (photo: Trevor Lowder / Flickr) If you want to spend a long, luxuriant weekend in Las Vegas with your significant other, but lack the time to plan a memorable trip, today’s your lucky day: I’ve done it for you. In preparation for my couple’s trip to Vegas in late May, my assistant...

Maximizing Your “Utilizable Time” Through Outsourcing And Other Life Automation Tools And Techniques

by Brian Cairns - on Jun 8th 2008 - 1 Comment
Clocks for life automation

In the modern world of non-stop ways to make your life more productive and increase your free time do we really consider how much of that alleged free time we really accrue? For me the balance of work, play, relationships, basic needs, frivolous endeavors, and a multitude of various facets that coalesce into the consolidated pool we shall...

The Next-Generation Roomba Actually Sweeps For You, So You Don’t Have To

by Brian Cairns - on May 14th 2008 - 4 Comments
Cat with a Roomba Vaccum

Is your floor dirty, sticky, and downright disgusting? No time to vacuum? Then you’ll be elated to know that the new Roomba 500 series (510, 530, 560, 570, 580) actually sucks more (and supposedly scares pets less) than its predecessors. Its new and improved features offer greater time- and energy-saving benefits. Though the Roomba...