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This is all new for me. I’ve been spending the last few months researching on best practices. I started with a Merlot wine that I’m hoping will be good enough to drink for the holidays. My wife was able to acquire a used refrigerator that I can modify to age my reds.

I’m hoping to get my cider keg’d and carbed end of June. I’ll be throwing in a few spices when I rack it. Then, I will back-sweeten prior to kegging. I’m hoping it to be just what is needed during the wam evenings.

Wish me luck!!

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Cable and Satellite TV gives the general public everything they need, when you don’t really know what you need.  And then, they give you more.  More channels are available than you can dream of.  No one (at least no one I know) watches them all.  But, the broadcasting companies know this.  So, they package channels that they know you want, with channels that you probably won’t use, JUST so that you can upgrade your package to another level.

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Thermostat Replacement

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Technology
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Thermostat Replacement by Aaron Paxson
Thermostat Replacement, a photo by Aaron Paxson on Flickr.

Just finished replacing the downstairs thermostat with the new Honeywell Wifi-Enabled Smart Thermostat. It was a tough call between the Honeywell and the Nest.

My Pebble Present

Posted: December 27, 2013 in Technology
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I got my Pebble!!  I am loving it!  I can upload from hundreds of watch faces.  Right now, I just chose a basic one.  But, what I love most, is that I get my phone notifications on my watch.  I can see who is calling, read my text message that just came in, or check what that email was.

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My New E-Reader

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Technology
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I’m sorry iPad. As an e-reader, it’s not working out. I’ve found someone else. She is incredibly thin, light, and glows! Kindle just knows what I like.

Its not you, it’s me

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What I want for Christmas

Posted: November 26, 2009 in Macintosh, Technology
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Oh my gosh!  Have any of you checked out the new iMac?  Totally killer!  Larger hard drive space, more memory, quad-core processor, 27″ display, higher than HD resolution, smart touch mouse, I can just go on and on!  Check out Apple’s video!

I really like t.A.T.u

Posted: August 26, 2008 in Music
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Okay, don’t laugh, but I really like t.A.T.u

I really love their beats and music.  No, contrary to popular beliefs, they are NOT lesbians, even though that’s what they portrayed.  Not that, that would matter.  Check out one of their videos.  They are originally from Russia and t.A.T.u. translated roughly means, This, That.

My sister-in-law had one of their CD’s, and I instantly loved their music.  If you don’t know about them, check it out! 

So, I was working in the garage tonight, building my new workbench. Devin and a friend were skateboarding, and heard a song on the radio playing in the garage. “Dad… I love this song… check it out…

So, I start listening, and talks about riding on the bike with no handlebars. I can see why Devin likes it. Go ahead and check it out, then keep reading…

Intrigued, I get on the internet to find out who sang it, and a little more about it, and found the video. It’s quite fascinating, and can be taken many different ways.

I think it’s about how corporate america has really gone overboard, overtaking just about everything from the power of the atom, to the power of the voice…. until one-day, things have gone so far, you no longer have control, and things start going their own way.

One guy chooses the dove, or the peaceful direction. The other guy chooses corporate america.

I found it incredibly sad and troubling, that the guy who chose the dove actually dies at the end, by the hand of his friend (indirectly, of course). And the artwork, especially the gunshots and bullet wounds, were impressively profound!

That’s my viewpoint… but can be taken many different ways. For example, my wife just thinks it’s just about the choices we make. Others thinks its about current politics.

What do you think? Post your comments

Okay, so moving a saltwater tank is not exactly the easiest thing in the world. After our move in January, the tank didn’t do too well. Actually, after my last batch of fish died from poor water quality (I know, I know…), I decided to just let it go, until I have time to start it back up again.

Well, I’ve started it back up.

I purchased 40 lbs of live rock from PetCo online. My last 45 lbs of Live Rock were sitting dormant in saltwater buckets. While they haven’t been in clean water for 4 months, they were still in water, which means (hopefully and crossing fingers) I still had some bacteria lying deep in the rocks. Plus, I had matured these rocks with excellent coralline algae.

So, I’ve added another bag of live sand on top of my old substrate (in order to seed my old substrate with the new live one). After cleaning out my nasty filter (oh god, the smell from hell), I then added the 40 lbs of Live Rock from PetCo. I let that sit in the tank for 24 hours.

I set up two clean 5gal buckets of saltwater, and started to clean, scrub, rinse, repeat, my old live rock. I think I cleaned them up pretty well, actually. I only hope my new Live Rock will seed my old Live Rock. The tank looks nice and full now. 85 lbs of live rock in a 55 gal aquarium.

I give it prob 4 weeks before my tank is fully cycled. I’ll probably start stocking it after we close on the house.

So, I’ve been working quite a bit lately, and even had a 28-hour workday on Friday in Cleveland. Since I was away the entire weekend, I felt like Tammy and I needed a break together.

So, we decided to go into Nashville, and make a full day of it. We had a blast!! It was so worth it, and I can’t wait for us to go back again! I think we’ll be doing it again more sooner than later.

We first visited downtown Nashville. It was amazing. All of the buildings. The City Hall area was beautiful with water fountains and just a beautiful view.

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After City Hall, we started roaming the streets. I got a great picture of the AT&T (a.k.a. – The Batman Building), and our state capitol:

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After that, we decided to go to Music Row. We were kinda disappointed. To be honest, I was expecting to see a “Hollywood” avenue-type environment for musicians. But, alas, all we saw were just a few recording studios and some really expensive cars sitting in front of an Italian Bistro. Of course, we didn’t cruse the whole thing.
Once we got over the Music Row disappointment, we went to Centennial Park, and most importantly, the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Now, that was an impressive part of our day. The parthenon was full-scale, and had a 42-foot statue of Athena. We loved it. We were a little discerned by the $5 each entry fee, but felt it was well worth it.

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After that, we walked to the botanical gardens. It was really beautiful, and now that spring is just starting, smelled so fresh. Just like a fresh start from a cold wintery season.

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Once we were done with the fresh air, we wanted to waste just a little more time before we ate dinner, so we went to Opry Mills, and chilled around the mall. Most of our time was spent at Bass Pro, wishing we could buy the 24′ Tracker Party Barge, that we were drooling over (we will get it… oh yes… we will get it).
We finished our day with eating a fantastic dinner at Dave and Busters, and left home. But not before playing a few video games together!!