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I am much better about exercising when attending classes, so I was hoping to find a class close to me close by that would be fun and help me get into shape for my blackbelt test. There is a crossfit place near me, but my list of things I can't do because of my knees and shoulder made them say that I likely can't get enough out of the classes.

I'm having trouble finding alternatives near me, so I'm considering asking to come in and talk about more in depth about what I can and cannot do.

I find it disappointing that exercise classes are so morning-centric. Sometimes it drives me batty just how much our society assumes that you get up at 8am, go to work at 9am and get home at 5pm. But I guess I should just feel lucky that stores are open at times that I use them.

LJ

Apr. 6th, 2017 12:16 am
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I guess I'm also leaving LJ because of the new TOS being in Russian and having some weird Russian liabilities. Let's see if this cross post works without me agreeing.

EDIT: nope, it did not.
forgotten_aria: (vacuum)
So until I found this video and became obsessed with the thing taped to her body, my only Birthmonth gift to myself was a power floor washer/vaccum called a crosswave. If you have a ton of bare floors, it's great! It will vacuum and clean wet or dry messes and leave your floor almost dry. For me it means I don't have to sweep then mop. I can do it all in one pass. I'm waiting to see how it will do on dry cat messes before I post a video to my review channel.

After some research I found out that the thing taped to her body is a boss rc-202 loop station designed for the beat boxer. While I don't identify as a beat boxer, this is by far the easiest and most fun looping pedal I've ever used. I still need to really learn it, because a lot of the features are buried. I also don't have a good understanding what a lot of the filters will do. The ones I do understand, I don't really know how to set the parameters right. I'd like to know how to get octave shifts out of the pitch shifter, for instance. There are some amazing videos of people using this thing. Here are two videos of my first attempts on it.



This one didn't come out as good (it was my first attempt.)



P.S. As a complete side note, I don't see my friends enough.
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I emailed Julio's liquor and got the following response:

Unfortunately, Moniack Mead is not available through our distributors in Massachusetts. I did some digging and could not find any information about Moniack’s availability in the rest of the u.s. either. I did find a Mead Forum that mentioned someone having Moniack shipped to the U.S. via Canada, that was the best tidbit of information I could find. It sounds like a unique product as it is made entirely of Heather Honey and mead has become more popular of late, so I’m surprised there isn’t a U.S. importer. Best of luck on the mead quest and if you have questions about other Mead producers, don’t hesitate to ask.

So my one bottle is it until I go back to Canada which I have no plans to do anytime soon.

good mead

Mar. 10th, 2017 11:47 am
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Anyone know of a wine shop in the area that might import mead from the UK? It's Moniack Mead and it is SO GOOD. I can get it in Canada, but because of the scary way the border is these days, I don't plan to be in Canada anytime soon.

There is a UK shop that sometimes will ship to the US, but they charge about $40 shipping.
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Mostly just wanted to document this.

One of my mom's good friends needed a new laptop. I had an old one I wasn't using and was having trouble selling, so I decided to ship it to her.

I shipped the laptop at staples with UPS. For some reason when I bought the insurance the shipping price went DOWN.

The laptop arrived with a cracked screen, so I made a insurance claim. At first UPS denied me because the crack is only visible when the screen is on. Once I sent the photo my mother had taken of the damage, they honored my claim. Sadly I insured it less than a replacement would cost.

They shipped it back to the staples I shipped it from and allowed me to pick it up.

Now I have a damaged laptop which I could either try to repair or sell for parts.

Through the whole process, staples was ok, but since they were talking to UPS, communication was poor. For instance UPS came to pick up the laptop so they could inspect it without giving us any warning to prepare the package. Luckily they were nice and came back the next business day.

The whole idea of trying to do something nice and having it become a big pain for my mother stressed me out a lot. At one point she thought that the connection to the screen had come loose and we were debating trying to fix it instead of making a claim, but then she sent me the photos and it was clear there was physical damage.

All and all the whole process was stressful only because of my own mental state. Staples was... fair but could have communicated better and my mother UPS guy was quite nice.
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My review youtube channel just passed the lifetime views of my main channel. It's insane that by mentioning a popular product caused the videos to overtake my years of videos in less than two months.

Luckily this is not getting me down at all. I will still try to make art, because that's what I want to do, but the fickleness of youtube, is what it is.

P.S. I learned a new insult for fat people from a commenter who told me that if I wanted the purple mattress to stop causing me pain, I needed to stop being a "hamplanet."

ticks

Feb. 26th, 2017 04:56 pm
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First tick of the season, no clue how I got it. It must have dropped on me from a tree. It was in my hair. Knowing what a tick feels like without seeing it, is not a skill I wanted to have.
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For various reasons I decided to give the purple mattress the week that the youtube commenters insist you need for your body to "get used to it." (Not because they insisted, but because many commenters did say it took them a while and now they love it.)

I'm on night 6. One more to go.

And oh, the pain... last night I said, "sometimes it hard to know the line between perseverance and stupid.

So unless some miracle happens tomorrow, the purple is STILL not for me. There is physically no where for my shoulder to go.

On the plus side, my sleep number is going to feel SO GOOD.

So tired too... Zzzzz.
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I decided to splurge on a fancy cat tree.

before and after )
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So I posted this oddly popular review of the purple mattress saying that I slept one night on it and it was really really bad. This is how the youtube comment sections mostly goes:

them: "you're supposed to try it for a week at least, the company says so."

me: "I know, but I wasn't just uncomfortable, the pain was really bad."

them: "You still need to give it a week."

P.S. My main channel has only ever "earned" about $2. This review channel has already "earned" $22... boggles the mind and makes me a little sad, since the music takes more effort and thought.
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There are a lot of days when I question that I actually graduated from MIT because my brain doesn't seem to be all that good at things.

Tablets

Feb. 4th, 2017 11:49 am
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I bought a new tablet, even though I thought I shouldn't, because google "upgraded" my nexus 10 into brokenness. I wish I hadn't. I hadn't realized the resolution of the 10 was good enough to out class current tablets and my new one has poor resolution. I think this wouldn't be as much of a problem if it didn't also have a shitty number of colors. Everything looks cel shaded and since I use my tablet mostly to watch youtube, neflix and amazon video, this is likely unacceptable.

I can't return it without incurring a restocking fee.

Anyone want to buy a decent, but not amazing to look at, 10" tablet for $150+tax? Asus Zenpad Z300M-A2

youtube

Feb. 2nd, 2017 03:12 pm
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I got some silcone stretch lids and they sounded so good I made a video.

My negative review of the purple mattress, despite me not posting a link anywhere has gotten more views in the past week than my main channel has gotten all month and has "made" more money than all my other channels combined. I hit on something there and should clearly review more products.
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This is going to sound like a post full of complaints. I want to say that these are nice problems to have and more observations and maybe even asking for advice.

The nexus 10 seems to have been desupported by google in a broken state. There are some videos (both in the youtube app and in the foxnow app) that have a point that will cause the whole tablet to crash and reboot. I'm not alone in this problem. I don't want to spend money on a new tablet just because my current one was "upgraded" into brokenness. I guess this means I need to figure out how to downgrade it and what to downgrade it too (it's had this bug for a lot of versions, actually.)

I can't get my twitch stream to be as good as it used to be. The new version of obs does something that doesn't do compression as well as I think I have evidence it used to (with downloads of my old vods.) I've tweaked all the common options, but I think I need to either be more aggressive or, again, seek out an older version. Many people say they are having problems with the new "studio" version that they never had with Classic.

I bought an inexpensive sunrise clock that is supposed to gradually come up from dim to bright, but it's concept of 1% light is almost the same as it's concept of 50% light. I don't really need it to be gradual, but I feel a bit ripped off and I'm still not sure if I shouldn't just return it because it didn't do what it claimed and it wasn't that cheap, just cheaper than most of sunrise clocks out there. Maybe I'll just leave a review.

I posted a review of the purple mattress to youtube. A very short, "not good for fat people" video. I didn't link it anywhere at all and it's not on my main channel. It has more views in the last week than almost all of my other videos. Blows my mind. I wish I had more things to review like that. Maybe I should make a video review of the clock. ;)

Waiting on my new sleep number bed. Not looking forward to trying to get rid of the two old mattresses once it arrives, but looking forward to getting them out of the house.

Haven't gone back to Facebook and while I miss keeping in touch with people, I've heard more of my friends consider leaving because the atmosphere there still isn't healthy. It's been a balance for me to stay informed and stay sane.

My friend who let me perform harp and handpan ant her event wants me to perform with something else, so I'm trying to work something up on hammered dulcimer, but I'm not sure I'll get it together in time. I'm trying to practice a little with my looping pedal, but I can't quite seem to hit the foot pedal without messing up my rhythm while doing it.

I really want to finish another youtube video, but there's been a mix of too busy and making excuses.

TKD remains awesome.
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I tried the purple last night. The purple mattress is NOT for curvy, fat, side sleepers. Worst sleep I've had in a long time and given that sleeping on the floor has not been good for me, that's saying something.

So now I have to decided what I'll order. A cheap sleep number or should I be diligent and look for something else.

I got the king sleep number out of the basement and cobbled together a twin xl set up, so at least I'm back on the platform. It is very much less than ideal, however. It was good to get the king out, however, because it seems to be aging out, so after this has all been resolved, we'll try to get rid of it on craigslist. The other mattress too.
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G is trying out a purple mattress right now. We've decided that instead of a king, we're going to try two twinXL mattresses and that way we can each find what works best for us. But because of that, I'm currently sleeping on the old king on the floor.1

Now here's why the post. Just putting the king on the floor has caused me to wake up in more pain. Since we have a platform bed, this isn't the lost of a box spring, so either it's something about the physical elevation (maybe colder on the floor) or something psychological or something I'm not figuring out. It might be that we've worked hard recently to cut the light out for G, and I'm not waking up as smoothly because of it and it's just now catching up with me.

Most animals sleep and I think all mammals sleep and we get very messed up when we don't sleep, so I don't quite understand why it's so hard to get a good nights sleep when you are in a safe place on a soft thing designed for sleep.

1 The plan is G will try the purple, then decide if he's keeping it or not, then I will try the purple and then decide if I like it or not, so it will be a while before we both have a twin XL something that we're trying out. G right now is leaning towards keeping the purple, so that's at least something.
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I recently tried to by checks. The company that the bank ordered checks from (deluxe.com) required my account information before even giving me a quote and then sprung shipping on my that was more than the price of the checks. Then walmartchecks.com sprung a $3 "processing fee" on me just before check out.

Bah.
forgotten_aria: (catwitch write)
This trip to Canada I found myself saying "excuse me" like someone from the states and I felt like I no longer spoke Canadian.  I was driving me batty.

Just as we were leaving a Canadian asked me "How are you?" and when I said, like an american, "fine" without thinking, he called me on it and said, "but it sounds like you have a cold."

So I no longer speak my native tongue.   
forgotten_aria: (drums)
Why yes, I know I'm very bad at quiting taiko.

I wrote a taiko song and I kind of like it, but we haven't actually played it start to finish.  We're preforming it next Tuesday.   Whee!

If I like the video, I'll post it here next week.

P.S. I have a new youtube channel for my overwatch videos.  I won't post those here, because it's not really me creating things.  I also tested out doing a twitch.tv "show" today.  Some techinical problems to work out, but I didn't hate watching it back, so that's a win.  (You know how sometimes you can't stand your own recorded voice?) 

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