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I love hanging out on my deck in the evenings. Unfortunately, the last few years these Stink Bugs come by the millions in the Fall. They seem to get worse every year. They look like ancient predator flying creatures. The good thing is they don't bite or hurt humans. They do eat a lot of vegetation, and they are super annoying.
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Well, anyway, I bought this Stink Bug trap online just to try something out because spraying lots of chemicals is nasty and unhealthy. It is actually very entertaining to watch this thing at night time because the bugs cannot resist it. They are attracted to the bright light, and then go inside the holes and get stuck in a gooey glue.
I wish I had invented it. It seems like a super simple device, but somebody put a whole lot of thought into catching these stink bugs...and I'm a little happier since the bugs aren't clamoring at my door trying to get inside.
At least one reader bought this (amazing) laptop on my recommendation and wants to install Linux on it. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to work, so I'm sharing the method here. I'm hoping that people who know more about Linux than I do will find this and figure out how to make the battery life better.
To install Linux on the NEC LaVie:
1. Buy a USB->Ethernet adapter. I used the one that came with my Asus UX21A, so I imagine any will work.
2. Turn off UEFI in the BIOS.
2. Download the Network installer from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads
Hey Tynan, I was wondering if it there is a way to write in latex in a sett blog. If not, is there a possible hack to perform?
Summer's coming up and it will be time to travel again. After experiencing one day at the beach where I packed everything I needed into a waterproof container (so I could go into the water and out whenever I wanted) I was hooked.
I'm thinking of extending this travel philosophy into my packing. Are there any good deals on wool clothing currently? I've never had a piece of pure 'real' wool clothing before (rayon and the synthetics are probably the closest equivalents) but I've heard so many magical things about wool that I think it's worth looking into for this summer. I saw a bunch of wool deals pop up every so often here so if anyone keeping track could post when they find one would be much appreciated.
I haven't always been the best at budgeting my money. I have had to learn the hard way when it came to getting into debt, and then taking many years to pay it off.
Many people gave me advice when I was young, but it was just simple sayings and off the cuff advice. I wasn't "trained" on how to control my finances. The clichés like "Don't spend more than you make" and "Don't buy something on credit unless it is a house/car" and "A fool and his money will soon part" were spread around. Those sayings were like "Don't go out on a cloudy day without an umbrella". We all have got caught in the rain on some days.
I saw this article in the news yesterday:
More than a third of US adults pursued by collection agencies
Our society is credit happy. We live for today and want immediate gratification. When you are getting into debt, you don't realize that the interest is piling up, and there will be all types of fees when you don't pay on time.
The language learning site iTalki is currently running a promotion, where if you sign up for an account you get 10 USD worth of free credits - enough for about one free lesson.
I teach for this website, but also plan to use it in the future for language learning. If you have an interest in improving a second or third language, or just in picking up another language, I highly recommend checking this site out. It's well-organized, easy to navigate, and offers VERY CHEAP private lessons in a plethora of languages.
Like I said - if you use this link: http://www.italki.com/?ref=1149807 - you will get 10 USD for free.
Happy language learning!
I wrote up a quick diddy about getting free audiobooks with the new Kindle Unlimited. Could be useful to fellow tynanians:
Any tips on how to make the plane riding experience more enjoyable?
[This is an edited version of a post I put up a while ago on NerdFitness.com and would be appropriate also for some readers of this site].
Some people - myself included - have a list of goals that they'd like to achieve some day. A "bucket list" perhaps, or maybe just a bunch of things you're working towards in work, hobbies and life.
I've had something like this for a few years, but what I've learnt is that in retrospect, some goals are much more useful than others in terms of improving your life. Looking back at the goals that I've set and achieved over the last couple of years, it's clear that some have caused lots of spin-off benefits and really added good stuff to my life. Other things have hardly been worth the effort.
Here are some of the goals I've set/achieved since 2012 together with an explanation of what made them worthwhile or not. It's helped me understand what will be worth working on in the future, and might give some readers some ideas.
I learned a lot on my first renovation and after living in the RV for a year I got a lot of scheming done.
I've started painting over that painful brown color using a light coffee palette. I'm putting a layer or two of satan water based polyurethane on top of the latex paint to give it better water/stain/scratch resistance.
I've pulled down the ceiling again (photo 1). I discovered that not all the bolts I used to hold my solar panels on were stainless and the high humidity/winter time condensation caused a lot of rust on them (photo 2).
I'm planning on replacing the ceiling with thin vinyl sheets painted using the above technique, glued directly to the insulation. I'm also considering using fiberglass reinforced sheet of some sorts, http://www.homedepot.com/b/Lumber-Composites-Paneling-Fiberglass-Panels/N-5yc1vZbqk5
It's as expensive as the solid oak sheets I had used, but has the perk of being synthetic, so prolonged moisture during the brutally humid winters wont be an issue.