Welcome back, friends of new and yonder days!
There's a lot to discuss in this post, so I'll do my best to be succinct. If I'm not, you can feed me to the dragons (luckily for me, there are no real dragons - besides these lizard thingys - so it's a win-win!).
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Before we continue with this science experiment, I'd like to introduce our latest cadets aboard the Cosmic Laire. Welcome, my precious!
I'd offer you guys a welcome cruller, but it would seem I've already consumed the entire package ... I'll go order some. Sound good?
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Oh, and there's been a slight change to the Build Me A Blog - Hop event coming this week (details here). We're still a go for posting on the 20th, but, silly me, I said I'd announce the winners on the 21st. You know, the end of the world? I assume it's not going to happen, but if the giant asteroid happens to land on my side of the world, I'll play it safe and announce the winners on Monday, the 24th (if we're all still here, that is ...). How's that for a Christmas Eve present?
I'm looking forward to read your entries, and best of luck!
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How do you boil water without fire, gas, electricity, or fusion?
You'll need the following, common household items:
- A tripod
- A pot that hangs
- Aluminum foil
- Glue (or other adhesive)
- An old satellite dish
What the what-now? How do you boil water with all that?
It's not magic, my friends. It's science! I'm about to show you a video and I will confirm that I tried this myself with an old Dish Network dish that came with our house when we bought it. The experiment was amazing, and The Boy had to show all his friends in the neighborhood what kind of mad scientist I am. This works during any season, so long as there's sunlight and it's angled just right. Give it a try!
Now, I wonder how much solar heat I can harness with this now useless, other hunk of hardware that also came with our house ...
A go-green water heater, anyone?
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In all seriousness, I'd like to take a moment to express my deepest condolences and respect to everyone involved and affected by the Sandy Hook incident last Friday. We heard the news on our way back from a short trip to Idaho and it hasn't been easy for us as it hits close to home, having a child of the same age in school. My thoughts and best, sincere wishes reach out to all of you this week.
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Update: How did that goal of 10K go? I did it! And it was the kick the kaiser roll that I needed, too. Now that I'm at the halfway point with Undead, I'll see if I can't repeat this week with another 10K. A good thing, too. I want to wrap this up, draft and edits, before Warm Bodies makes the scene on the big screen - before the hype ...
Have an amazing week, everyone! There will be new tropes, reviews and other unexpected surprises this week here on the blog, including a picture of me that may prove to be extremely embarrassing.
What have you been up to, guys? Seen The Hobbit? Want to give the parabolic solar cooker a try? Got a decent pair of khakis?