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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

My #meetHubski interview is here.

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Yep. And I'd do the same thing I did in Hungary: Learn while living there. WAYYYY easier!

Don't actually need it. English is commonly spoken there.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Grubski: Gov't Shutdown Edition

That Basics With Babish sounds like a good one. I'm gonna watch that. Most cooking shows are just pretty eye-candy for my wife and I, because she is diet-restricted... no wheat, little dairy, no meats except for chicken and turkey... so cooking shows are pretty, but rarely practical for us. (I actually have my "sushi girlfriend" - with full permission of my wife, of course - who I go on "dates" with when I want to get sushi, and my wife makes other plans for dinner.)

This month, due to my Keto Diet, I am eating way more red meat, so my wife and I are generally standing next to each other in the kitchen... making completely separate meals.

On Sunday I attempted my first ever Pot Roast. And I did it in my Instant Pot. Due to Keto I had to get creative with the veggies (root veggies like potatoes are high-carb, so definitely a diet no-no), but wound up with a great, rich beef stew.

Browned the pot roast on all six sides in an iron skillet. Deglazed the pan afterwards with 2 cups of beef stock and chopped onions and garlic. Then put the roast and liquid into the Instant Pot for 30 mins on High Pressure.

After 30 mins, I de-pressurized the Instant Pot, added chopped veggies (more onion and garlic, celery, carrots, chopped bell peppers, and spices), and did another 30 minutes on High Pressure.

In the end, the roast was a little more done than I prefer. A little dry. Next time I'll do the second phase for 10-15 mins, maybe, since all I am doing at that point is making stew with the meat's juices.

So I shredded the meat with two forks, added it back to the stock/stew, and have a WONDERFUL beef stew that fits well into my diet.


... and single-handedly keeps Airbus in business ... and the A380 flying.

That seriously skews the customer/manufacturer relationship....

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

The Bolt is interesting. It doesn't feel like any car I have been in before. It feels "prototype-y" in a good way... the seats manually adjust, the accoutrements inside are pretty rudimentary (weight reduction) to get the greatest battery life, the knobs and switches are all lightweight... and all that appeals to me in my "commuter car". I don't want to commute in a Bentley. I want a utility vehicle for commuting, and the Bolt feels like that... but "more" due to the fancy tech.

After 10 years of running my own business, carefully tracking all of my mileage and expenses, I have zero range anxiety. ANY recent electric vehicle is going to have PLENTY of battery for my type of use. (Plus, we have the Rav4 and the motorcycle and the RV, if we need another vehicle.)

I think driving any of these all-electric vehicles is going to change your perception of driving, from "all the comforts of home, in the car", to transportation as utilitarian need.

I'm interested in that mental journey.


Went to lunch yesterday with a coworker in her new Honda Civic (or whatever their little commuter car is called nowadays).

It was AMAZING. Comfortable. High-tech. Efficient. And I could have TWO of them - new - for the price of a Bolt or Volt.


goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

Best writer's advice ever: Kill Your Children

In other words, whatever your favorite part of your writing is? It will be deleted eventually, because the story doesn't need it. So mourn Rosa, and then get on with the rest of the idea. It clearly has your interest right now, so run with it!

Fallout 4. Finally figured out the perks system, and now regret almost all of my prior perks. I'm level 35, and will never have a gun that does more than about 70 DMG, simply because I didn't put enough perk points into Gun Nut. Sheesh.

And I went back and did a couple of the earliest Quests, which I had been ignoring as I explored the world.... and managed to unlock some key information and functionality (like Trade Routes) that I had NO IDEA EXISTED.

This has transformed the game for me. Not "done" yet, but already planning my NEXT playthrough!

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

The Keto Diet is going well. Down from 269 to 254 now.

Decided that on Jan 15th, I would allow a little greater diversity in my diet. But I'm thinking I'll wait until the end of the month. The habits are not ingrained yet. For example, went to bed without making food for the next day. Got up the next day and left home before I realized the oversight.

Definitely not a habit yet. Gotta get maintain consistency.

I'm also progressing on building my whisky bar. Have been practicing with resin for the first time in my life, because I am going to seal the top of the wood (and all the wormholes) with clear poly resin. It looks GREAT.

Got the table saw I need to get the boards trimmed to the right shape.

Trying to get the planer I need, but the guy who is selling it won't call me back.

Finally, starting to look at new cars. 184k miles on mine, and within the next 20k or so, it will need to be replaced.

I like the Chevy Volt, but my wife won't let me buy something that isn't a hatchback that I can put a roof rack on. I explain to her that is HER car. What I need is just a comfy box to shuttle my carcass to/from work, and I am tired of having "college student cars". It's time to get a real grown-up car.

My 50th birthday is coming up this year. So there's that...

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

My god... this article is LONG but amazing...


    "...even if this new form of identity became ubiquitous, it wouldn’t present the same opportunities for abuse and manipulation that you find in the closed systems that have become de facto standards. I might allow a Facebook-style service to use my social map to filter news or gossip or music for me, based on the activity of my friends, but if that service annoyed me, I’d be free to sample other alternatives without the switching costs. An open identity standard would give ordinary people the opportunity to sell their attention to the highest bidder, or choose to keep it out of the marketplace altogether."

So, like, the incredible algorithm that Spotify uses, could get access to my entire social feed, and provide me with suggestions and playlists that are informed from my every musical passion since childhood.

That's .... that's a killer app, right there ...

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

I'm still getting my head around the full magnitude of blockchain technology, but I have the feeling that science can benefit from it, as well.

Someone does basic science research. It is validated. This creates the first block in the blockchain.

Other experiments are built upon the same research, thereby building the blockchain of scientific validity.

It seems this would be an excellent application of the "contract-like" mechanism of the blockchain. Each scientific experiment is a clause in the "contract" that leads to the eventual scientific conclusion, like human-cause climate change.

You can't debunk it, because every block in the chain is validated.

I know there are holes in this thinking I know, but every scientific experiment is, in effect, a social contract: I have performed this experiment with diligence and here are the steps for how I did it so you can get the same results.

If someone who understands blockchains better than I do could help me get my head around this (veen, kleinbl00), I'd love to hear it.

#bugski for mk

This post of mine that I am commenting on, has several responses. The responses never showed up in my list, or lit up the Hubski wheel, so I never went back to the conversation to participate with the other commenters.

However, I have gotten notifications on replies to OTHER posts of mine, both before and after this one.

This indicates to me that there is something wrong with this specific post, or my comment on this specific post.

Just wanted to flag that for you. FYI.

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