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John Riggs

How are you feelin'? I'm married with three kids, love cooking (when I find the time) and love old video games. I'm a retro nerd who loves to reminisce about the '80s and '90s and am an autism-awareness advocate. - PSN, Xbox Live and Wii U, game with me! @johnblueriggs (also on Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest)
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Search Through Misspelled Ebay Postings To Find Great Deals

I'm a huge fan of eBay. I can find items from my childhood, get parts for something I'm fixing or import items we don't have available in America all in one place. Although eBay has changed the landscape on how we bid in auctions and, in some cases, changed the value of rare items like baseball cards and antiques, there are hundreds of thousands of eBay listings that nobody buys all because someone posted an item and misspelled the words you would be searching for.

Fortunately, there's a website that searches for all of the misspellings for you!

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‘Why Collectors Collect’ – Written by a Video Game Collector

I love video games. Most people my age do, too, but it was a huge passion of mine growing up and continues still today. Someone asked me why I had so many old video game systems and games for them when all of these newer systems. The easy answer is, "because it's my collection," but why have a collection? Do I really get use out of all of my video game stuff I've collected over the years. I play them sometimes, but of course I don't play every game I have every day.

I had to think about it for a moment and dive deep into my soul to find the real reason I collect what I collect.

My answers may be the same for others who collect other items. Here are a few reasons why collectors collect.

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Man Scared of Roller Coasters Rides a Virtual One in Hilarious Video

The Oculus Rift kind of a 'virtual reality' device you wear on your head so you can only see the video game you're playing and, when you look around in real life, your character matches that movement. There have been some pretty funny videos so far, but this may be my favorite. As a caption said, this guy is afraid of roller coasters so he rides this one on a computer. His reaction is priceless.

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Putter and Lily Goldendoodle | Photo Credit: CAS
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Washington Lottery ‘Cats & Dogs’ – Vote for Putter and Lily Goldendoodle!

The Washington State Lottery has a very fun promotion that will feature your dog or cat on a new scratch ticket. The submissions have already been accepted and now it's time to vote. We're hoping you'll vote or one of these two (or both!) goldendoodles. Voting is easy and doesn't require signing up for anything.

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What’s The Best Flavor of Snow Cone? [POLL]

One of the things my kids and I look forward to every summer are the snow cones. There's something about shaved ice topped with flavored syrup that can cool you to your core. I also love the fact that it's so darn cheap for how much you get of it! When you track down a snow cone stand, what flavor are you going to order?

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Play Super Mario’s ‘Star Theme’ on the Piano [VIDEO]

Two of my biggest passions are video games and playing musical instruments, whether I actually know how to play them or not. Combine them both and you have me attempting to play video game music. Instead of showing you boring videos of me trying to play music from Final Fantasy on the piano, where there are tons already available on the Internet, I'd rather show you how to play these songs so you can impress your friends.

One of the easiest songs you can play is the invincible 'star theme' from Super Mario Bros. Super repetitive and super familiar. Here's how to play it.

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