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Ben Simon
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Spring, 22 days Early
Yesterday, Shira and I did some running and hiking on the Potomac Heritage Trail near Riverbend Park . Everywhere you looked you saw bursts of green drinking in the shower of unobstructed photons. It's only a matter of time before the trees catch up and ag...

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Weekly Discoveries: An Epic Breakup Song, A Never Give Up Anthem and a Might Fine Waltz
Last week's most clever music video has to be Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves. Sure it's dark, but it's also hilarious and really well done. I'm loving the sound of The Avett Brothers , but I'm so confused. The imagery from their videos is 1970's, yet they...

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Chess in a Hurry | Cheat Sheets for Playing Chess Now
On past trips to Boston, our nieces and nephew have seen the over-sized chess set that's situated in the hotel where we often stay. They've expressed interest in playing, but we've never done so. While I had some hazy sense of how to play, I always thought ...

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30 Seconds to More Identifiable Luggage
What follows isn't a life hack, clever trick or road warrior tip. What follows is common sense. All things being equal, I'm glad to check my bag when traveling . The last few times I've flown, I've considered ways to optimize identifying my bag . In my mind...

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Weekly Discoveries: Some Sad Songs, Some Rocking Songs and One Classic Piece of Poetry
I found Aquilo's Silhouette to be a remarkably touching song, with a powerful video to match. I'd never heard of the group Aquilo, and was hooked by half-way through this first song. And no doubt about it, this is how you sell perfume . I won't claim to 'ge...

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Tiny but Surprisingly Hot - A Tea Light Powered Stove
Whether it's for back-country use, power outage preparedness or just to indulge the Pyromaniac Boy-Scout within, I've experimented with a number of portable stove designs . While doing some research I got curious: could you power a stove on tea lights alone...

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Junk In My Trunk: The Car Kit v1.0
This past weekend a friend mentioned that she was equipping her car with an emergency kit, and knowing my love of all things preparedness, was curious what was in mine. I rattled off some items, but it's been too since I've really considered the question. ...

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The Surprisingly Simple Way To Control Your Home From an Acura ILX
Like any self respecting 40 year old geek, I've got a heap of defunct hardware that I've collected over the years. I keep said pile around because I have dreams of finding just the right bit of ancient tech to perfectly solve a problem. Usually, this doesn...

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Weekly Discoveries: Tin Whistles, Hang Drums and a Home Made Cup-of-Soup Ramen
I don't get it: how can this hang drum video have 22 million views? I mean it was good, but 22 million views good? And here's a novel take on Barbecue: Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue . Think of it as better food through understanding history. And finally, u...

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The Signal Beacon In Your Pocket
Yesterday's experiment listening to nearby gas and water meters got me thinking about tapping into other devices that emit radio signals. One such tiny device is the clicker on my car's key fob. This is more technically known as a Remote Keyless System , a...
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