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Callen Magnuson
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A little flying squirrel got stuck in my window well and kept jumping at the window trying to get out... so I put on some gloves and stuck it on a nearby tree. It was so warm and soft!
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Errol had a moth fly into his cage. It's put him into hunting mode so I decided to see if I could get some pictures of him trying to catch it... he decided the camera was more interesting xD
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2014-10-28
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My car is done being worked on for a while. YAYYYY

In the last few months, the following has been done:

4 new tires: $550
New battery: $90
New Starter motor: $150 + 4 hours labor
New Stereo: $45 + 2 hours labor
Replaced front wheel bearings, hubs, brakes, and tie rods: $220 parts, $100 bearings pressed, $100 alignment + inspection, 15 hours labor D:

Over $1200 and 21 hours of labor into my car in just a few months. It's running great now, and shouldn't need anything but an oil change for a long time! <3
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Just checked on my roach colony and I have new babies! Adult female (currently carrying a clutch about to hatch) is next to one for comparison.
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I've been getting a lot of people asking about how I keep the roaches, so here it is! All the pictures are captioned and describe my setup. A bunch of questions I've gotten are also be answered below:

Do they bite? Smell? 
- Nope! The strongest smell is actually the dry cat food. They don't bite at all.

Are you worried about them escaping?
- Nope! They can't climb the sides of the bin I keep them in, and in any case, they prefer to move downwards away from the light. If any do get out when I'm opening it up, they don't move very fast and are easy to catch.

Will they infest your home?
- Highly unlikely! Even if a pregnant female escaped, they need temperatures of 75-95 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity of around 60% or higher to breed and molt. This simply isn't seen in Minnesota for long enough for them to get a foothold and certainly isn't found in a normal home.

How expensive are they?
- The setup cost me about $50 all together. That's the bin, food, heater, thermostat... everything. I did get the roaches and a few pieces of egg crate for free, but even then you can order them online for about $30 for a starter colony. As far as maintenance costs, food generally consists of fruit and veggie scraps supplemented with cheap, dry cat food (you want a heavy grain base). It shouldn't cost more than about $20/year to feed them.

What are Dubia roaches?
- They're a tropical roach species related to hissing cockroaches that generally feeds on decaying plant matter in the rain forest. They grow to about 2 inches in length and will live a little over 2 years. They give birth to about 40 like young at a time, and the nymphs will grow to adults in around 5 months. They don't make any noise, they can't fly, they can't jump, and they can't climb smooth surfaces. They also have a high protein and low fat content with little hard chitin making them an ideal feeder insect.

Ewwwww roaches!
- Yup. They're roaches. They really aren't so bad though!
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2014-05-19
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I've got my roach colony now! Even gave Errol a few of them as treats already and he LOVES them!
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2014-05-15
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Errol's got a new favorite food!
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I picked up Kirby Triple Deluxe the other day and it's an amazing game! It's so nice to see a Kirby game go back to its roots.

The gameplay is classic Kirby, but just like the new "2.5D" Mario platformers, the gameplay is updated and includes new elements to make it feel fresh. The Hypernova powerup is so fun to use, and just about every old Kirby powerup is available as well.

The music and atmosphere feel just like any Kirby game. I highly recommend picking this one up.
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Earlier this week, I ran out of Errol's fresh food (Crickets and a salad). So when I got up, I fed him his dry "kibble." He did not appreciate it one bit.

He climbed down from his branch, gave the food a lick, and then flipped his food dish over. The picture attached to this post was taken seconds before he flipped the bowl.

My little baby threw a temper tantrum! :D
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