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Summer Break 2018

Summer Break 2018

Wow, with summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are definitely seeing a drop in people online.   Even I'm getting more sun. I'm going to cut back on the number of blogs I'm doing for now and pick up again in the fall.  It'll give me more time to do these silly summer homeowner things I'm suddenly stuck with. lol.      

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Chair in a Bag

Chair in a Bag

This fits today's theme too...   One of the cooler things they have come up with in the last few years are these folding chairs that fit in a bag.  I have about a dozen of these in various configurations as they were sturdy, portable and fairly comfortable.  I have several different brands in different colors bought in different years.  lol.  I keep one in the truck all the time and have one in standby just inside the garage door for when I went to sit out in the shade to read or

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Router Table

Router Table

One of the things I'm getting more into outside of the computer is woodworking.  I'm lightly researching routers and router tables now for a purchase later in the year.  This will allow me to do some more work on making some furniture items as well as simple things like frames from plexiglass that I'll need for other things.  (Like an enclosure for the 3d printer I'm looking at). Is there anyone out there that enjoys woodworking?  what tools do you prefer?

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Tools

Tools

Because every set you have is missing something... good time to get a new set.   Eh, why not?

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I will have a Raspberry Pi

I will have a Raspberry Pi

So, I have picked up a Raspberry Pi in order to have yet another toy to play with.  Though, in this case, it is so I can learn more about them.  I don't actually need one. Lol.  Anyone else playing with these cute little things for projects?

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Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

I have been using a Fitbit Surge for a little over a year.  Unfortunately, the Surge was a bit of a dud in the design category.  It was one of the few FitBits without a replaceable band... and guess what broke today.  If you guess the band, then you get a gold star. Anyway, I like the software quite a bit and I especially like the sleep tracking features, which I really need.  So I picked up the cheaper, but more useful Charge 2 to replace my on the way out Surge. This one also has the

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Jack It

I picked these up a while ago so that I had some tools on hand for emergencies.  They do the job.  Nothing too fancy. 

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More Kitchen Stuff

I love these spoons!  They are so handy for cooking and they clean up really easy.  If you are still using a wooden spoon, for all that is holy, try one of these spoons!

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Getting Properly Toasted

I want to be clear right up from that I'm all for getting properly toasted.  This toaster does the job and beeps when it's done.  There is a bit of an issue when you go back to back if you are doing 4 slices for some reason.  It does the job.   Cheers to getting toasted!

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Blacklights and Posters

I love my blacklights.  Check out my mancave setup: Now, the two outer posters have a blacklight directly on them and the center one does not (yet)   For the geeks amongst you, you've probably noticed the Star Trek Voyager box set glowing on the mid-left of the picture.  

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Hitachi Jobsite Tablesaw

For those of you with hobbies that involve building things, or remodeling the house or whatever, this saw comes highly recommended by my uncle, who is a professional contractor.  Lowes had a nice sale on them, so I picked one up.  I have a few projects on my agenda for this summer and next summer that this will be very handy for.  Mancave stage 2 is scheduled for this summer.  I'm making a nice workshop extension to my mancave.  It will also double as place to relax on those great summer evening

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Razer Chroma Keyboard

I'll be in the market for a new keyboard soon, as the one I'm using to write this is very well worn.  I've worn away the letters on about 10 keys and I'm looking to get a replacement from a different manufacturer.   The settable LED lights appeal to my geekdom.   Of course... this keyboard also ties in with Hue, which I'm deploying all over the place.  

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Starting the New Chapter in Life

Starting the New Chapter in Life

Well.  Here I am.  I've finished off my two weeks at my last job.  Saying goodbye to the great people I worked with was hard.  I did that on Friday.  I finished packing and moving Saturday.  (and did 13,600 steps before taking off the Fitbit...).  Sunday was Easter with the family and now I'm looking at the giant pile of boxes and furniture and trying to figure out how all that stuff fit in my old place and will fit here at home. I've known this was coming for awhile, of course.  I built my

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CorningWare Soup Mug

I picked this pair of beauties up back in October.  What a great buy!  I was eating microwavable soup for lunch at work.  Soup allowed me to easily control lunch.  These mugs work great for a can of Progresso soup. They paid for themselves very quickly since the canned soup is much cheaper than the microwavable soup.   Oh, they come in so many colors too.  I went for the white since they were cheap.

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Laminator and Sheets

Get your very own laminator and lamination sheets cheap.  And why not?  The price is right.  I picked this up for a little project.  I won't use it all that often, but the price was cheap enough that it's worth it.  Check it out!

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Dice, Dice, Who has the Dice?

I remember when I was actively playing AD&D and I needed dice.  They were so expensive back then.  $10 for 1 set.  You can now get 7 sets for that.  or 20 full sets for $30.  Crazy.  I've gotten Wiz dice before.  I have a few sets on all the desks I work at it.  They are great for randomizing things or using the handy roleplaying charts for writing details.  lol.   I definitely recommend these if you are dice obsessed.  Or if you like shiny objects.   Or if you like pretty bau

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Phillips Hue

What can I say about Hue?  Man, do I love these lights.  They are powerful and handy.  The fact that there are apps you can use to play around just adds to the fun.  They also tied into Alexa easily.  As I mentioned in the post on Echo a few weeks ago, I use Alexa with my Hue lights constantly.  I have programmed different scenes so that if I want to watch a movie, it'll just the lights very low and turn them red so as to not distract from the screen.  I mentioned playing... here's an app t

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Time Just Zips Along

Time Just Zips Along

As an introspective person, I do a lot of inward looking, as you can probably imagine.  There has been a fair bit of stuff going on in my life outside of GA.  GA, oddly enough, has been one of the ways I've stayed sane.  Well, in part.  There are a bunch of things that I do on a regular schedule for GA and that helps keep my semblance of normalcy.  As it looks right now, I'm down to weeks before I pick up roots and move.  It'll be the first major job change I've made on purpose.  It brings a rai

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Nest Protect

One of the things I was interested in for protecting my mancave was a smoke detector that connected to the Smart Home.  Nest Protect is one that does.  It is tied into my Wink Home Automation system, in addition to having the Nest App itself.  If the smoke detector goes off, it triggers alerts to my phone as well as setting off the alarm in the house.  (since my mancave is in the barn, not in the house) This thing works well and doesn't suffer from issues the first generation of smart smoke

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Nest Learning Thermostat

So, I installed a Nest at my mother's last May.  Let me tell you, this thing has been really good at lowering costs.  It has also solved so many of my tech problems with mom.  Now she just texts me and I can adjust her thermostat from my phone when I'm anywhere.   Since I have to do all of her technical support, this makes my life so much easier.   The funny thing is I have it tied into Alexa as well.  That means I can sit in my living room and adjust the temperature in her house just by telling

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Echo and Echo Dot

So, I picked these up on sale over the Christmas season this year.  I've really gotten into the habit of using them.  I have Hue lights in my living room and in my mancave and it is so nice to say "Alexa, turn on the lights," when I have my hands full.  Or to turn them off.  Or, since they are Hue, change them to any color as the mood hits.  I'll do a separate post on Hue soon.   I also get my weather now from Alexa, usually a couple times a day.  It's really handy.   She can

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Survival Handbooks and Writing

For those of you that haven't figured it out by now, I'm a compulsive researcher in far too many ways.  I end up all too often with far more research than writing what I was supposed to write.  Having said that I picked up these two books a number of years ago to give a story I was working on more accurate flavor.  It didn't get posted, but it is in the backlog of things that I'm sure I'll polish up, complete and post some day.  Anyway, I found both of these books interesting and informative.  T

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Anker USB Cables and Charge Pad

These days, so many of our devices are charged and powered by USB chargers.  I've gotten to the point now that pretty much everywhere I sit, has a wireless charger pad or a charge cable.  And I mean everywhere. I have a ton of these things.  Well worth it.  I shopped around with a lot of different options and I'm really hooked on the quality of the Anker stuff.  Be really careful with the wall chargers out there.  Some of them overheat really easily.  The Anker has been the only one so far

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Things to do - Isn't there always?

Things to do - Isn't there always?

So, I use Wunderlist to keep track of my To Do lists.  I have a lot of them.  Stuff for the site, stuff for the business, stuff for home, stuff for mom's home, stuff for the mancave, stuff for writing, and even entertainment.  There are more too.  As of this moment, I have 69 things on my To Do list flagged for Today.  After 50 hours sucked up by the work week, I'm a bit grouchy that I've got more stuff to do. My nerdy nature doesn't help.  I like doing research on stuff.  (like reading boo

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Headset

There are many occasions where I find myself wanting a headset.  Almost always while I'm working on something.  This goes directly against the fact that I hate things on my head, especially things that touch my ears.  So I went trolling over at Best Buy to see if I could find something that felt good on my head while meeting the needs of a good sounding headset.  This thing does the job!  It has microfiber mesh around memory foam for the padding.  They sound great and the mic works as it should

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