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    How Full is Your Glass?

    The typical Optimist/Pessimist question. Is the glass half full or half empty? My favorite reply is "The glass is twice as big as it needs to be" :) However I was listening to a [Sir] Terry Pratchett Discworld book, unfortunately I don't recall the title. He said [any error in the quote is...
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    Looking for 2 AA, specific needs, desires

    I'm posting, because I haven't been around much lately. Life happens and a satisfaction with the lights I have and a rapidly changing LED flashlight market/manufacturing/technology, it really makes my head spin [sometimes literally-life w/ mild vertigo ☺]. I'll give my parameters first, below...
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    Suggestions for a "simple" Lightsaber

    I want to make a simple and reasonably inexpensive lightsaber for one of my sons for Christmas. Other than lighting up, I want him to be able to spar with his older brother, who is using a Cold Steel Training Sword . After looking around I found all sorts of methods for making lightsabers...
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    New NetBook-Questions

    My NetBook is an Asus Eee PC 1011PX it has: What I want out of it--Internet is important for my netbook, but basically I see using it as a small, portable desktop. Open Office is my most used application, followed by Chrome and E-Sword. I don't envision using a lot of "Cloud Computing"...
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    wiring multiple LED groups, 12V DC, safe/sensible gauge wire?

    I purchased a couple LED clusters from Deal Extreme. The one I decided works for my illumination needs is 0.4W 8-LED Car Ceiling Dome White Light (DC 12V). I would like to 'easily' wire multiple units to individual switches. So I can turn on 1 light or several. My first thought was to use...
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    New Forum Experiences?

    I gave a spoiler I don't recall this subject really coming up. Quote: Originally Posted by Wits' End .... I came over to post a thread about my wife joining her first forum. Different hobby but lots of similarities. As I was remembering my first years here and...
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    Where to stay, cheaply, near Cincinnati, OH?

    I'm bringing a youth group out to PA from WI next week. We have housing set-up except for a, day trip, detour. We'll be coming down near Indianapolis and taking I-74 over to near Cincinnati. Lots of options for hotels in Cincinnati of course. However I noticed that local lodging tax is +8%...
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    A friend gave me a light that takes BR435 batteries. Came here to find a source and didn't. So after Google and EBay, I found They have the batteries for $2! The best price I could find for a few cells especially. However they use UPS only and ordering 6 batteries made my total...
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    Scam, for those who sell perishable or breakable products

    Below is an email I sent out, regarding what I assume is a scam. Clever, but I've gotten too many offers for several million $, or a cut of an inheritance to believe it. I will look quite foolish if it turns out to be real I guess :) Just thought I'd pass this on to you, I'm guessing it is a...
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    GMail April Fools joke?

    I'm disappointed, at this moment there is nothing up. 2009 offering-AutoPilot
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    12V Battery Pack help for CPAP

    Updating. Thought I'd put it here and add a new post at end. Looking for a new CPAP now, and thinking somebody here might know of a more efficient unit, and/or a great battery pack I thought this went better here than in the Battery Forum as that specifies Flashlight Electronics, however if a...
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    Laser for cat exercise--really

    My daughter, our cat fanatic, got one of these for her birthday. Now our cats have been played with with red and green lasers before, but never a mouse shaped one. I didn't see any posts here about this 'toy' before. Just to note there is a safety warning for animals and people. I'll copy some...
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    Even a bad light is better than no light

    Woot Blog I'd rather have a good light that I know I could rely on. However, even a candle is better than nothing :)
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    What lights have (or will have) a ring for level control

    A friend just brought me the 2009 Surefire catalog, so I know about the, possibly, upcoming Invictus. I knew about the U2 and Titan. I just noticed the JetBeam RRT series. I see that the RRT-0 has an option for AA, but as I looked around I saw a few for sale on B/S/T at CPFMP, making me...
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    Just a light Christmas light picture

    Feel free to post your own, this is from National Geographic, I have the big one on my desktop.
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    Looking for a good quality AA headlamp

    I drew my 14 year old son for Christmas. One of the more appealing items on his list, for me to get, is a headlamp. He wants something he can read with as well as do chores outside. So at least two modes. My requirements are--- Powered by AA's (or 1 AA) multi-level LED somewhat durable...
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    Help design the "perfect" ice chest

    I’ve been ‘brainstorming’, with myself, regarding making some heavy duty ice chests. I’ll lay out my needs/desires and then some of my thoughts. I’m hoping for any helpful ideas, thoughts, cautions, suggestions or warnings regarding materials, construction or layout. We have purchased at...
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    Real life Phasers? Don't give up after the first little bit, the picture of the Star Trek style phaser really doesn't apply :) . Interesting links to weaponizing ball lightning, laser to ionize air to create a channel for...
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    Battery Holders --Also "Utility Bag" suggestions

    The first time I got some free Battery Holders from Thomas Distributing (just an example, not the batteries I got), I threw them away, thinking "how stupid" :oops: . My son got some with an order for batteries and he asked if I wanted one, I said no, then later, I said 'let me try one, please'...
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    Largest living organisim?

    If you guessed Blue Whale, that was my first thought. The answer is here However if you want a couple of clues--highlight to read