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Barbara Tomlinson
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Reduce, Reuse, Recluse
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Empathy for my Future Self: New and Improved Lab Entrance
I got a case of Titebond Polyurethane Fast Set Construction Adhesive in the mail two weeks ago. I was one of the first 50 people to email them after they talked about the product on the Fine Homebuilding Podcast . The shelf life on this stuff is only a year...

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March for Science on Earth Day
They set a date for the March for Science today. It's going to be Saturday, April 23rd, which is Earth Day. It seems like a pretty benign good thing. Everybody should be for it. But here I am writing a blog post because some white men can't catch a clue in ...

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How does a tree slice through a house?
I'm feeling privileged this weekend because of my high homebuilding standards. The bad weather that killed 20 people in the southeast this weekend went right over my place. But my built-with-screws tiny house was just fine. Even the jokes about tornadoes be...

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Reuse Project: Domestic Archeology
The week before Christmas I bought a fabric remnant because I liked the colors. I tried to sew a case for an iPhone 7+ out of it for my mother based on dimensions online, but when snuck over to her house and tried to fit her phone in it on Christmas Eve it ...

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Reuse Project: Antique Folding Rulers
I've been buying old folding rulers on ebay. They can be valuable collectibles worth hundreds of dollars. Cleaning one of these aggressively would ruin their value if they were in good collectible condition. I look for the ones that are really darkened with...

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2016 Was the Smallest Year
Last January I wrote a blog post wrapping up 2015. I didn't go anywhere in 2015. My car stayed in my home county and two adjacent ones in Georgia and Florida. Nothing awesome happened to me in 2015. My house sank, but I fixed it. A duck dented my car, but I...

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I enjoyed making this video. I'm glad the music publisher will let me use the song and all I have to do is let them put ads on the video.

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The Borg could have stopped him
Captain's Log, Stardate 94459.6 : There was no line at my polling place yesterday. I was in and out before the tire smell from the fire truck made me miserable. After I voted I vowed to avoid the news for the rest of the day rather than experience the rolle...

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Mini phone plug, it's not you, it's me
Last Wednesday morning I got an email: "Everyone seems to agree the 7 will come without a headphone jack, which renders it useless for a large segment of the population including me. No interest in heavy or expensive bluetooth ear buds; they are crappy for ...

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Can I knit spider silk?
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