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David Oster
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Why I'm not replacing my bread machine.
In the early '90s I bought a bread machine from the DAK catalog.
It finally failed to turn on. I'm not fixing it. I'm not replacing it.
It taught me an important lesson: bread is easy.

What it does
What a bread machine does: throw in the ingredients, press one button, and when it's done. You have bread.

Why it's good
The advantage of a bread machine: throw in the ingredients at night, set a timer, and it's made while you sleep, done in the morning. A feature I never use.

But
But, bread is easy - throw the ingredients in the standing mixer. Let the bread hook mix and knead them for 5 minutes. Wait 90 minutes. Give it another 2 minutes of kneading. Pour in a loaf pan. Wait another 90 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes.

My favorite:
The recipe I keep returning to is Challah:

1 pkg Yeast = 2t 
3 c bread flour 
1.5 t salt
4 T sugar 
0.75 c warm water 
6 T oil
2 Eggs

+ 1 egg for glaze, and poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

After the first rise, move dough to a floured, (parchment paper is useful here) baking sheet. Cut into three equal pieces. Roll each piece like a kid working with clay into a rope, about a foot long. Braid. set aside for an hour for the second rise. A cold oven, gently warmed by its interior light bulb is a good place. after second rise, brush with a beaten egg. sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven (remembering to take the loaf out first, before turning the oven on)
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Still giggling over this posable action figure.

The link gives a few alternate poses.
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Giving my wife directions to a meeting at work: "It's the building with the wide wooden stairs, with the spaceship hanging from the ceiling, right near the tyrannosaurus skeleton."
I'm so used to it, that I forget how weird it is.
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I've had very close variations of that same conversation with strangers, involving these same landmarks. It was something like "turn at the giant T.Rex, head toward the Olympic volleyball court and then toward the swim-in-place lap pool. If you get to the giant stainless steel shark fin, you've gone too far." I realized that sounded much more like directions worthy of a Disney sound stage than an office complex.

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  http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/penny-battery - make a battery out of pennies and salt. http://www.wired.com/2016/01/how-to-build-a-super-simple-electric-motor-out-of-stuff-you-already-have/ - out of a magnet, some copper wire, and paper clips. (pretty cool if you could power the motor with the pennies.)
Use two different metals and some sour, salty water to create an inexpensive battery.
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Eleanor likes to lean back in her chair and watch instructional videos on knitting. Since her hands are busy, we rigged up a Griffin Technology USB Powermate with a small Applescript so she can tap it with her toe to play or pause the video.
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Google Voice got it 100% correct, but Siri transcribed it as: "What is the date of Russia Shawna?"
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I've tried to use PNY 64GB USB flash drives for backup. The USB 3 one can't reliably complete a Time Machine backup. It forces me to reformat and try again. The USB 2 failed on the first backup, and can't be reformatted! I'm never buying a PNY USB flash drive again.
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I think this is my favorite April Fools webpage this year
The world’s first & only Roman Blind Skirt©. Make sure you’re prepared for the English weather - come rain or shine! The innovative design has transformed the way we wear skirts, by allowing the length to be manually raised or extended. This handmade and exquisitely crafted garment is made to measure, ensuring a comfortable yet tailored fit.
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I could swear I've seen real variations of this.
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I got an embroidery machine with a USB port, and I've been researching how best to use it. Ran across this.
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Advertisement for the latest Japanese robot cellphone (English subtitles) - It's nice to be living in the future.
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I've got a laser picoprojector, and it is about as bright as the one in the video, and would definitely fit in a cellphone. The charge in a smaller battery than the one in the robot would power it for about two hours of continuous use on a reasonable size cell-phome battery. http://www.amazon.com/MicroVision-SHOWWX-Laser-Pocket-Projector/dp/B004EKM5B4 
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I prefer Boston to Georgia
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  • Google
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  • Burroughs
  • Apple
  • Data Scientific
  • Digital Arts & Sciences
  • Electro-Diagnostic Imaging
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Boston - Philadelphia - New York - London - Berkeley - Santa Cruz
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The iOSter - (iOS programmer)
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David Phillip Oster
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
1/1/14 - Jeff Wiseman saved my vacation. When my mother-in-law's wheelchair broke he made a house call on this holiday, and replaced the broken wheel. As long has he was there, he totally refurbished the chair, replacing the brake handles and the hand grips, and greasing the foot pads. His prices were low, and he didn't charge us extra for the holiday service. He's a wonderful man. Any praise I give him would not be enough.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've dealt with the Buggy Bank as a seller once in 2012, and once back in 2002 or so. They certainly take the hassle out of selling your car. I dropped the car off and, paid their fee. They cleaned the car and helped me price it. A few days later, their ad became public and I got multiple calls from interested buyers. They arranged for the car to be smogged, and I went to their lot a second time to complete the sale.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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From their tiny storefront on Stevens Creek Blvd. iFixers put a new front glass on my iPod. The two people I dealt with (one to drop off, one to pick up) were friendly and knowledgable. I'd definitely go back to them if I had an iOS device that needed a hardware repair.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
A comfortable and friendly place to sit, have a coffee and a pastry, talk to friends, and use the Café's wifi. Good value for the pastries. Tasty coffee. Friendly help.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago