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I wish I was still into brewing beer. This would make it stone simple.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/965729099/the-catalyst-beer-fermentation-made-easy
Craft your own beer with the help of our elegant and innovative fermentation system. Designed to simplify the homebrewing experience.
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Shrug...

I'd rather use this than a Mr. Beer any day.

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exactly how i feel...

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Got a coupon code for pokecoins.

I don't usually use these things, but it would be a decent amount to get.

http://pokemon.vifppoints.club/coins/c7bsghpl
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Well, I succumbed to the lure of Pokemon Go.

It's not such a bad thing. It gets me some exercise, which is good for me, and gets me out of the house and in the sunshine.

+Margaret Leber and I went out to Pottstown Municipal Airport (N47) to see their new flight simulator setup -- incredibly impressive machine! -- and to get out of the house for a while. No surprise, the entrance to the airport, just 100 feet from the airport office, was a Pokestop. So I walked out to it and got some Pokeballs and an egg. Not too bad a haul.

I invested in an incense while sitting in the FBO, and came home with a dozen more Pokemon than I left with, including a delightful little Eevee. The airport was swarming with Caterpies, Weedles, and Pidgeys, and I got a number of them as well, though I did get a nice Spearow and a Gloom.

But the prize of the day so far I caught when we got home. I bought some incense, and tried another one from inside the house in my recliner. It didn't bring in as many at home as at the airport, but it DID bring me a very rare wild Scyther!

So, it's a silly game, but oddly charming and doesn't tax me too much to play.
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I have a friend who lost 15 pounds by just walking daily and cutting out sweets.

Walking is one of the best ways to get a great lower body workout. A fast pace will really burn the calories ( even if it's only for ten minutes during part of your walk). 

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I got me a new toy.

Been waiting a while for it (them) to arrive! It's my new Pine A64+ SBC.

I love the case. It's PURTY!
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Mine arrived today...

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Well, I got a toy today.

I got an extra backup emergency backup extra phone. (I know, I already had a BLU Z3, but reasons.)

It starts with some SIM cards. I got a Feather FONA board from Adafruit, and a Ting SIM card for it. Then I ordered an extra one directly from Ting. I figured I'd get a backup dumbphone just in case, and use one of the Ting cards in it. Well, the first dumbphone (opposite of a smartphone, you see) wasn't compatible with the system, so I returned it and got the BLU.

Here is where I messed up. Instead of making sure I had the FIRST SIM card, the one I tried in the first phone, I accidentally got the SECOND card and put it in the BLU, and activated it. This means I now had TWO Ting SIM cards active. I could deactivate one, but that burns the card and you have to get another one to start over. I didn't feel like doing that, so I kept an eye out for an interesting dumb or feature phone to play with.

So I spotted an Ebay auction for a Samsung Gravity TXT phone. This is a very small feature phone with that cool slide-out QWERTY keyboard underneath, that were all the rage a few years ago. Val Kilmer had one like it in The Saint, and I've always wanted one. It was CHEAP on Ebay, and came with an unlock code in case I needed it, so I got it. It was only $20 with free shipping. It arrived today, and I slapped the other Ting card in it.

Because Ting uses the T-Mobile network (that this phone uses), it didn't even ask for the unlock code when I put in the Ting SIM card. It just came right up and worked fine with the number I originally got when I activated the SIM. It has email, text messaging, a camera, a web browser, 3g connectivity, AND a serviceable QWERTY keyboard. And it seems to work just fine.

I found a 4 year old review on PC Mag's site. It's not a terrible phone, and will make a decent backup. If I had to use it, I wouldn't feel like I was talking on a cracker jack prize. It's a decent little phone.
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Yes, we haven't gone as far as most hard-core preppers, but we do think about these things. The hardest part is: you can't plan for every contingency, and the worst threat is the one you didn't anticipate. So you're constrained to think in generalities.

Having read Farnham's Freehold and Tunnel In The Sky long ago helps.
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Goodness.

We've discovered Bug Butter!

http://vorkosigan.wikia.com/wiki/Bug_butter
 
Break out the Oreos...
An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?
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NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPENOPE! I'll be over here happily eating my Soylent Green! And Soylent Red! Washed down with a Soylent Smoothie!

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Happy Caturday!
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Sitting in the doctor's office, Conshohocken has Pokestops nearly every block, and four gyms.
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It gets better. Our favorite breakfasting spot, the Conshohocken Cafe, is across the street from a Pokestop, and is in range of it. I slapped a lure module into it and caught a few pokemon while we had breakfast.

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Apple is going to sue. They claim to have invented jellyfish.
 
Now I MUST have a barge! 
The SpaceX system carefully guides falling phones down to the surface, a process which the phones increasingly often survive without exploding. |< · < ? > >|. xkcd updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Archive · Store · What If? About.
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If McCartney doesn't, Always Maxi-Pads might!

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Ours are pretty sweet.
The variety of ways people have found to cram the palm-sized Raspberry Pi computer inside a handheld device are some of my favorite Pi projects. But those projects are usually expensive, and some even require a 3D printer. The PocketC.H.I.P. isn’t nearly as powerful as a Pi, but it’s still the handheld machine I’ve wanted for a long time. Plus, it’s just $50.
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Disabled webcartoonist on the East Coast
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I used to work at a company that did phone support for software, and did SF and fantasy writing on the side. Then I had a quiet argument with my trunk lid in a 40mph wind, and the trunk lid won.  I can't work anymore because I can't predict when I'm going to be in too much pain to do anything, and typing a lot is too painful.  So now I do a webcomic, Jenny Everywhere's Infinite: Quark Time, as my creative outlet.

I have also been an advocate for responsible self-defense and a firearms instructor.  My favorite martial art is Aikido, and I play Go.
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My webcomic is now a year old, and the first 28 weeks are out in print. Was International Media Spokesperson for the Pink Pistols for most of a decade.
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