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Coin Changer

I have a checklist of items I know I want but wait for excess funds or a bad enough day I need to cheer myself up. Mostly they’re things I had or saw as a kid but haven’t given myself as an adult. It doesn’t tend to be toys or video games as you might imagine. More often than not they’re obscure tools or simple machines. A coin changer was always on the list. I haven’t seen too many around, most likely a symptom of how obsolete coins are in the US economy. Even though most meals are pieced together in 99 cent portions we very rarely opt to count out coins. They tend to stay in jars and under couch cushions. If I had…

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How To Scratch A Lottery Ticket

I always scratch off Lotto Tickets in the most suspenseful way possible. This was a tic-tac-toe varietal so I went for the lower 4 in a square pattern. I had 2 chances to make a row. Then I scratched the ‘bonus multiplier’ square and got a 2x multiplier. All that was left was the prize box. Whatever remained in the cloud of scratched off foil and glue would be mine to claim. I took my time and finally I saw… 2 bucks. That was way more of a thrill than 4 dollars would ever give me. Unless I was in Vietnam.


Tracking Ammunition Prices.

The gun hobby has taken off radically since last I blogged. The hardest part is realizing that it’s hard to manage range trips versus having enough money to eat. Ammunition prices are always in flux and depend on scarcity and materials. Really the new hobby is just trying to find affordable cartridges.


Episode 53 – Special (2006) – Super (2010)

I’ve finally gotten back into grinding out episodes for you guys. I’ve added on a new co-host in the hopes of adding some more variety in the topics of discussion. This also brings in the era of talking about movies. We’re talking about two different movies with some mentally troubled individuals trying to make a difference in their world. Episode 53 Also a quick poll: [poll id=”2″]

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Day At The Range.

Latest day at the range with the old lady, here’s some of the aftermath. I think the sights on the gun we rented was off because I was getting good grouping but was off vertically. Either way I think she got the bug too, so looks like we’ll have to get rid of some other spending habits to make room for this.

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Latest Hobby: Pistols

I like having hobbies. Recently I had reached the expensive end of a lot of my current hobbies. You can only go so long before your skills push beyond the simple beginner kits and you start having to buy specialized gear. In the spirit of self-improvement I started looking around for new skills to pick up. Diversify my interests while making myself more valuable during an apocalypse. This is the first target from trying to learn to fire faster and more accurately. A buddy of mine brought out his single action .22 and we rented a 9mm Glock. We ran through something like 200 rounds and I was starting to get the hang of keeping my stance and recoil management. The gun bug definitely bit…

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Swap Meet Finds

Kobey Swap Meet hadn’t paid off for the past 3 weeks. It was either cancelled for weather or just had nothing to offer me. Today though I managed to come across a lot of 38 test tubes for a cool $5. I was pretty happy to find American made glassware and something to set off my science/nerd gland. Although the test tube tends to be more chemistry and as a biologist I have a softer spot for the culture tube; there’s no reason a guy like me couldn’t find a use for these. At the very least it’s a great addition to my growing at home bio lab.

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Ugo Entertainment Gives Me UFC Ultimate Fight Collection

To all of those people who said I waste too much time on facebook, I have a guide to punching them in the face and dropping an elbow lock on them. I responded to some code thing and they sent over this sweet little 2011 collection of top fights and behind the scenes stuff from UFC. It’s cool because it’s a pre-release and was free ninety nine. Let the Brodown begin!