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Adventures of a door.

Over the last few weeks, my front door has gotten a little blue.

I think it turned out pretty good. My wife picked out the color, I just applied the paint. I don't think she realized that I am going to get some white letters for above the door and label the door "Police call box".

Having seen all the kids and junk I've crammed inside, it is indeed bigger on the inside than it would appear.
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btw nice door, great color choice mrs. creuzer :)
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A month ago or so I found a gray Star Wars hooded sweatshirt at Walmart. A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to draw BB8 onto it. This weekend I found the markers & paints I wanted to try, and gave it a go.

I used parts for a 3d printer I am building - a projector and a Raspberry Pi tiny computer - to project an image onto the sweatshirt. I than traced the image with the markers.

I used metallic gold, silver, & bronze Sharpie markers for most of the drawing as well as a black fabric marker for the dark details. I didn't want to use a black sharpie as I felt it would be too dark - they are too good.

I am really liking the soft effect. It looks good at a distance, but up close you kind of lose the drawing visually. After some wearing and a wash, it should be pretty subtle.

I want to add some more details. The different round ports going up one sleeve. I also need to do something on the back. I am thinking some sort of exploded view or more technical drawing. I just haven't decided what I want yet. The other sleeve will get the morse code alphabet or something as the droids 'speak' in beeps and whistles.
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Back from a week in Prague for work. It seems I am as interested in the food as the archetecture.
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+Jeff Bond The best mathematical mind I have personally met was a young lady from China direction (not sure exactly where from, but that region of the world)

I was Teacher Assistant (somebody else was teaching, I was helping) training a land navigation course. We where doing a compass angle & paces Topo Map exercise. This gal was able to convert units to familiar units, run the math and convert it back in her head. She was even doing the trigonometry to figure out the 'crow flies' distances and direction for each segment just for fun.

Impressive math skills.

Her group had a better result than some of the GPS units being carried by some of the class members.

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I found the Klymit Inertia X-Lite Recon for sale on their website. $28 shipped. What a sale! I think the are discontinuing it. Just a guess judging from the availability at various online retailers.

So I ordered one even though I am likely too tall for it.

The Recon is their sand colored matt. It looks to be 0.8oz heavier at 6.9oz. For the price break, I will carry the weight.

I am really interested in the pack size and weight. It should compliment my SOL Escape Bivy very well. I am thinking it can go inside the Bivy and let the reflective properties work better. I should now be able to pack my Kelty Oriole with a sleep matt and get some more comfortable sleep.

I also suspect that if coupled with a Z-lite SOL I could have a very robust sleep matt system. By mixing a foam and air mattress I can get the benefits of both.

I plan on using a space blanket or reflectix for a ground sheet depending on weather. That should help with the lack of insulation with this matt.

I've also have thought of making a space blanket and fleece liner that the inflatable matt could slip into. The space blanket would be a vapor barrier for the damp ground and the fleece some insulation. This would pack up the same size as the matt, which I think says a lot about the matt.

I also think I can use this matt in my hammock for a warmer night sleep without yet getting an underquilt. I like my big Thermorest with the hammock. This will be much lighter and smaller packing.

I think with this purchase I have a true ultralight gear set for fair weather. I should be able to manage down into the 60s at night comfortably and safely. 
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It's about what I thought from the reviews. It's not a great pad. But it's not bad either. I am a side sleeper, and there is lots of tossing and turning as there is just a little too much shoulder pressure. Once you figure out to grab the pad when you turn, it's easy to keep under you.

I slept in my SOL escape Bivy with the Klymit inside as most people recommend. On carpet, at probably 68 degrees on the floor. Wearing a cotton t-shirt and bottoms. The air gaps in the Klymit work brilliantly with the SOL heat reflective surface. Nice and warm from the bottom. I got chilled on top. The SOL Bivy just isn't working for me yet. I think it needs good clothes to be effective. I keep trying the cotton knowing they are not good, but my test environment isn't hard either.

The Klymit was a bit floppy when I woke up. Hopefully it's stretch from first use and not a tiny leak.

I think the pair are a killer combo for ultralight.

I've got a weekend 'survival box challenge' in May where I will be using this pair in the woods. Everything needs to fit in a small box for the weekend. Should be fun. A real world test.
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I found a non-cotton 'flannel' shirt at Walmart tonight. $9.

I love flannel shirts. Probably from of growing up where I did, flannel shirts are what should be worn when its cold out.

A polyester shirt in a flannel cut and feel. LOVE IT. I would have rather gotten the gray flannel/lumberjack pattern, but they didn't have it in a size that would work for me. Solid gray it is.

I like the buttons instead of the zipper. Much more fixable in the field. I also find buttons more easily adjustable to open up when I get warm. A backpack chest strap pinning a zipper makes it more fiddly to control .

I was surprised when I got home and put it on the scale. It weighs 14 oz. My down packable coat weighs the same, and is MUCH warmer.

I think this works out to be 200wt fleece, or likely fleece brushed knit as I can see light through it.

This will likely be my middle layer in cold weather. When moving, this is all I would need when walking even down below freezing. In warm weather, this will be my outer layer at night.

Not near the score I thought it was when I was at the store. But much better than the cotton I have been wearing. One of these years I will get some Merino wool. This will do until than. #UltraDirtBag
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One of these days I will have a wool shirt. 
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I bought my girls a soap making kit. We used it this morning... but we made it better.

We added REAL Lavender flowers, ground oatmeal and honey to make a much better soap for them to use. Tasted each, and talked about why we would want to add them to soap.

We made 6 half-bars out of the kit. Wrapped them up in waxed paper for storage. I doubt they will last long.
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Watching a blind kid walk into a resturaunt. I wonder if one could apply robot sensors and vibrating motors to shoes to give feet the ability to 'see'?

I imagine somebody has tried this?
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thanks. i have no connections with that community, so i don't pay much attention. I figured it had been tried, it's to obvious not too.

Nothing compelling has come of it yet i guess?
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It's funny how things work out. I was just thinking earlier this week how my wife and I don't use our tablets much anymore, the Chromebooks tend to be our primary non-phone compute devices. Both of us, our phones are our primary computers. We sometimes like bigger screens and real keyboards for stuff like paying bills and coding.

Yesterday one of our two Chromebooks released it's magic blue smoke. With tomorrow being Mother's day, I stopped and picked up another Chromebook. It's nice that the devices are so inexpensive I can just go and do that.

We had 2 of the same model, one with a touchscreen, one without. We both preferred the touch screen version. So this 'test' I thought I would try a variation of the touch screen.

I picked up a 2-in-1 Chromebook. Instant LOVE.

Within 10 minutes, it's evident that this new one will be the preferred one. Cooking with it in tent mode. Reading in Portrait Tablet mode. Typing it laptop mode.

Seeing that I am going to be constantly stealing my wife's new Chromebook, I looked online and found a used one for $100 off. So I ordered that one too.

I know people who poo-poo the idea of a Chromebook. I go a month at a time without turning on or touching my windows 10 PC or my linux computers. Everything I do is so online-centric the Chromebooks make sense for me.
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Google announced that they are porting the Android App store over to chromebooks.

This is EPIC news for me. I love both my chromebooks and my Android devices. Now I can run my android apps on my chromebook?

Google just killed the tablet on accident!
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I tried recording a video on repairing a sock. I figured field repair is one way to keep things lighter, less redundancy if you are confident you can fix it.

I did a time-lapse to see if there is any interest. The recording is over 15 minutes. This time-lapse is 2 minutes.

This look interesting enough to re-record with contrasting thread on another damaged sock? 
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you're so awesome mike ... three cheers for #contrastingthread  ;)
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I see this... I do this...
 
Every Baby knows the scientific method
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But is Big Data and ethnographic methodologies changing the dominance of this line of thinking? Unsupervised machine learning using vast amounts of the data are changing how we learn and what we know about the patterns of knowledge. Sure, correlation is not causation, but maybe correlation is a much stronger insight in the history of what we "know" than previously acknowledged.

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I bought a new battery once for a cell phone that was a year old... I decided then and there I will ALWAYS buy a new battery for my cell phones after a year. It fixes the 'battery life sucks' argument that new phones also solve. Much cheaper.

I also bought one of these Zero Lemon stupid big batteries for my last phone. I also love the oversized battery. Going to go this route every time it's available for me.

My current phone, a Galaxy Note Edge is a year old. I am struggling with getting it to survive a day at this point. So I just ordered this huge battery for it.

When I got my phone, I made a custom case for it. http://mike.creuzer.com/2015/08/i-few-months-back-i-bought-a-galaxy-note-edge-on-ebay.html 

I will do this again. I had bought 2 of the wireless charger & NFC backs, so I have a 2nd one still I will cut up and meld with the oversized back coming with the new battery. The back will 'fix' the fact that this battery doesn't support NFC. I LOVE NFC. I NEED NFC.

I need to figure out how to pull the contact pins from the back around the oversized battery and to the phone. Any suggestions anybody?

I will also make a new belt case for the phone as it will no longer fit into the one I already made. http://mike.creuzer.com/2015/08/i-made-a-custom-leather-belt-case-for-my-custom-wireless-charging-flip-cased-galaxy.html

So, I know what I will be doing this month for a personal project. New phone cases.
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Good food at a great price. Turkey leg I had was huge!
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Great food. Spendy. The rhuben is the best. It just falls off the menu. They change the menu every 6 months.
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My favorite chicken sandwich - the spicy one. The kids love the play area. Always clean. The young staff is probably the best there is at a fast food resturaunt.
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Big, clean store. Prices seem a touch higher than Algonquin.
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Great food for lunch. My favorite is the corned beef sandwich monthly special. The cinnamon toast panini is really good if you have a sweet tooth.
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Big, clean rooms well put together.
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Take out/ delivery only. Tired looking place.
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