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Jerry Ham
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The best things in life are free, but you get what you pay for.
The best things in life are free, but you get what you pay for.

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While unboxing some of the things still left in boxes after our move, I came across these two boxes of Star Wars shot glasses that I received as gifts. Rather than have them collect dust on a shelf, I finally opened them. While doing so, I noticed the labels. One claims to be 16 ounce glasses. The other claims to be one ounce. They say Americans can't do metric. Apparently manufacturers in China can't do imperial units. Neither one of these is correct. Both are 1.5 ounce standard shot glasses. I've measured them.
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#Windows10 Beta testing Windows is... an Adventure. I think that's the kindest way to put it. Current builds are so unstable as to make you wonder what the hell they are doing. This is a Surface Pro 4 by Microsoft running Windows 10 Redstone beta by Microsoft. I had thought it was another instance of the all too common sleep of death where the damn thing just won't wake up. But no, it was the sleep of resuming with no external monitor but a royally f'ed up internal screen (which should be OFF since I am docked). To quote Galaxy Quest , Ah, the foolishness...
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Our bird has been back many times since I took the first photos of him a while back. This is the Western Meadowlark and it has just the most beautiful song. He stopped by several times today - the first few times the lighting was still too low to get good photos (I tried anyway). But around 9:30 the lighting was pretty good. Often times I see him on the peak of a neighbor's house - the song always catches my attention.
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3/5/16
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You just have to wonder why these non-specific phishing scams ever get anyone to fall for them. I get the targeted ones where they know all your coworkers names, projects you are on and all getting some people. But these? Ridiculous. Who would ever think it was real even just looking at the awful title of the note? Then when you dig into it and the sender is "thank you" with an email of hemj@hemj it just goes off the rails pretty quickly.
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Last night we went to E. J. Phair's in Pittsburg. We'd only had two of their beers before - the Steel Town Stout which is top notch, and a scotch ale. We got the rest of their current season beers here in this sampler. I didn't expect them to be very in line with the styles we like - and they weren't Three IPAs, a pretty mild blond ale, and what appears to be a dry hopped for too long ale. We did get a growler of that nice Steel Town Stout, and I got to have a glass of one of their guest beers - a Six Rivers White Chocolate Grand Cru (a Belgian Trippel) that was really good. Almost as good as that Six Rivers Macadamia Nut Porter we had once at Hopyard.
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We went to The Depot yesterday. It is a brew pub in a converted and restored train station. Unfortunately they were out of the scotch ale, but we got two samplers (8 total small beers) and we each picked out something we liked to get a full glass. It was quite good on the beer side, but the food on the lunch menu didn't quite hold up to how good the beers were. 
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2/7/16
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I had just gotten the land of the free level 22 (110 beers from a brewery in the US) when I tried one more and became a Tzar. In Untappd of course. 
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How much cheaper can it actually be to make nuts (or wing nuts in this case) out of actual steel instead of pot metal? The destroyed wing nut below was broken by hand simply trying to remove it. Our shredder was all jammed up and I needed to take the actual shredding unit off of the base. It was secured by four short bolts with washers and wing nuts. The first one I tried had one wing pop off in my hand. The next three came loose OK, so I went back to the one-winged nut and the other wing popped off too. So I tried to grab the nut part itself and turn. Yep, the whole damn thing came apart. What crap! At least I had the correct sized standard nut to replace it with. But replacing it came after the huge mess of jammed up mostly shredded credit cards were removed from the shredder. This shredder has two slots; a full cross cut (diamond cut) slot for paper and a single cut slot for CDs, DVDs, and credit cards. But the credit card slot was all jammed. It took a lot of doing to clear that up since the slot is so thin it is impossible to get most tools down there. All fixed now, with a regular steel nut replacing the crap wing nut.
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We went to E. J. Phair in Pittsburg this evening. We ended up with a growler of their seasonal stout - the Black Steel Stout. Quite tasty! 
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#Windows10 "Attempting to recover installation" is not the thing you want to see when your computer is supposed to be upgrading from one fast ring build to another. Of course, that only happened after it got a blue screen on something called video_tdr in an intel graphics module during the install. It did pick right back up though and finished. However at the first logon I got this next screen saying that the Group Policy Client service failed the sign-in. Fortunately just clicking OK, then logging on again worked. Sometimes you really have to wonder about this stuff; after all somebody writes these error messages so apparently they are supposed to show up in some circumstances. I just can't think of a time when either of them would really be appropriate.
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1/31/16
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