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Birthday presents and software that "upgrades" into uselessness

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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mead update

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.

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good mead

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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laptop crushed by UPS

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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Purple Mattress: part 2

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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People on youtube are sadists

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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Tablets

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

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