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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 showed up today. I of course played with it a bit. It will work for my 6'4" self. Not really comfortable, but certainly better than the floor.

It isn't my Thermorest... But then again, it isn't my Thermorest.

I can pack into a Fanny pack. Tarp, bivvy, sleep matt. Craziness.

I think this will be a killer combo with the reflective SOL escape bivvy. 
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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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I've been wanting the Learning Herbs Herbal Remedy Kit for several years now. They just had a 50% off sale, so I got it. It really helps that Bella is almost as interested in Herbal remedies as I am. So I justified the kit as much as for her as for me.

This weekend we opened up the kit and started making stuff out of it. We got the Echinacea Tincture started - that takes 6 weeks. We also made the Healing Herbal Salve.

The kit came on Friday, so that night I put the herb mix into my crock pot to infuse and we went to dinner with friends. I let it cool in the crock pot over night and turned it back on in the morning to heat back up for the next step.

The girls and I made up the salve in the morning. I chose to use different containers than what came with the kit as I want to use the little tins with some other salves I've already got the oils made up for.

We also put a tincture and a glycerite I made earlier this year into a couple of the dropper bottles in the kit.

It's pretty neat to have my 5 year old tell me some of the properties of the plants as we are making the salve.

I've spent a lot of money at LearningHerbs.com over the last couple of years, but it's worth it. Not only for myself, but for my kids.
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The miracle of having all the hobbies, is I tend to have lots of kit with me. My 5 year old picked up a splinter in her big toe.

My botany kit has some tweezers, a sharp knife, and a light on one of the tiny microscopes.

My essential oils travel kit has clove oil. A good topical anesthetic and antibacterial.

A dab of clove oil, a bit of digging around with the razer knife, and a pluck of the tweezers. No more splinter.

A look at the splinter, an explanation of the oil used, a wiff of lavender. A happy little girl. 
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A question on shoes. I am looking at buying a real piece of gear next week instead of my usual bottom dollar game.

Shoes/boots.

I went to a week long conference this past week in San Francisco. I walked 25 miles in the week. I am likely going again next year, early October. I am looking forward to the possibility of hiking Yosemite when I go again.

The steel toe boots I wore this week are less than ideal.

I've read the forums and blog posts about ultralighters using trail runners. I tend towards the +Jeff Bond​ "be prepared" Mindset of having lots of repair gear to help other people in need out. Plus, I wear boots year long, and it's unfamiliar territory.

So, the question. Suggestions for footwear that I can pass off as business casual, that will work well in Yosemite terrain, and follow the ultralight Mindset, but with a miss on pack weight. 
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Oboz Sawtooth Mid would be a stouter option to the Ventalators. I live the Ventalators but the Oboz Sawtooth offers mire of a "boot" feel, is better made (you will get significantly mire milage out of), and is an ergonomic shoe offering more support. Cheers 
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I went to Dreamforce #DF15 in San Francisco this year. My first time in California.

Just a few photos with captions here... 
September 15, 2015 • 4 days • 25 moments
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awesome, doing it right +Mike Creuzer !

... and your mexican food withdrawl syndrome should be kicking in right about now ...you'll be back ;)
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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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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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Have baby, go on vacation....
My wife was DETERMINED to go on our vacation. Even though it involved calling and telling the resort not to give our room away as we will be showing up a day late as we were in the hospital delivering a baby boy!
One Tough Woman.

A relaxing trip, mostly eating, sleeping, changing diapers, and playing in the kiddie pool.
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Wow what a vacation, Glad you are getting some time to relax.
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Photos of Full moon over Sherman Hospital. Labor and Delivery department. Some nice shots, some boring shots.
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+Mike Creuzer, solid add to the team, the girls are gonna try to doll him up ... wishing the family well mike, minivan time ;)
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This is an epic demonstration of what a set of drones can do working in concert. This demo is fairly controlled in a makeshift lab, but one day soon, in the wild, they could do this. 
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+Jeff Bond Being that you are in California, I will suggest a Bukobot. deezmaker.com They are in Pasadina. If that's close enough for you to drive to, picking one up locally may be the right solution for you.

You can use any 'cheap' android tablet with a barrel jack charger and USB OTG and a $5 app to print from. You can also get the mattercontrol tablet and plug it into the bukobot. The hobby printers are all standards based while the industrial ones are not. #IRONY
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I am at dreamforce. I've been attending non-core and small sessions so far to broaden my knowledge, as the big ones and keynotes will be available online. Over 8 miles of walking today my phone tells me. I packed light and carried the full week's stuff with me all day.
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+Chris Gelatt it is, and about 9 other buildings, and a block of one of the streets. Massive conference. 
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