I May Have Miscalculated

But I'm pretty sure I can fix it.

OnePlus Nord N200 Hacks

I own (or did, at the time of this article) a OnePlus Nord N200. Overall, it is a sufficient phone for my needs. There are a few things I’ve done to improve the user experience, but which require somewhat specific knowledge to implement. I will be using this article as an ongoing log of hacks that I have found, and how I did them, so that I can repeat them in the future. Continue reading

Brief Thoughts on “Profit is Theft”

I have seen this phrase come up lately, and decided that it is a belief that is common enough to be relevant to a number of people, simple enough to debunk without getting into too long of an essay about it, and the consequences dire enough that it warrants attention.

In short, theft is defined by how something is acquired from you, not by what the other person does with it.

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Pho-like Noodle Soup Broth

Broth for noodle soups. Modified from the Pho broth video below, to suit my use of ingredients.  No ingredient quantities are listed, because it doesn’t matter that much – you’ll just create differently-balanced broths. Add what feels right. Parentheses indicate optional ingredients.

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Ammo Boxes for Long Term Storage

I created these ammo box templates in order to be able to store ammunition in ammo cans efficiently. I determined the sizes according to the capacity of common standard magazines. Clipping them out involves a minimal amount of lines that can be done with a straightedge and a hobby knife, though scissors can be used.

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Convenient Kimchi

Simple home kimchi-like recipe. Great as a side or ingredient for any Asian-inspired dish that could use a little kick. Not authentic, but it can be done with the ingredients I normally keep in stock. 2lbs of cabbage, after this recipe, will fill a 1/2 gallon mason jar. Continue reading

Hibiscus Kombucha

Fizzy drink for quenching thirst. This is a relatively plain kombucha recipe; hibiscus adds a little flavor, but not much. This will make 2 quarts, or enough to make in a 2.5qt pickle jar. This is my own kitchen recipe, derived from adjusting other recipes to my tastes.
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Pad Thai

Delicious noodle dish for two, adapted for the ingredients I normally stock. This recipe uses storebought sauce – it is expensive online, so I recommend checking your local Asian foods market for the best price. Bean sprouts are also pricy and sometimes hard to find with any quality, so it might be worthwhile to learn to sprout your own from mung beans. The rice noodles can be substituted out for just about any kind of noodle if need be. Continue reading

Fix Loose/Wobbly Earcup on Philips Fidelio X2/X2HR

The the location of the wobble.

I acquired my Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones about two years ago and fell in love with the sound. They have not been entirely without problems, however. One of those problems is that the connection between the metal headband struts and the metal ring which supports the earcup became slightly wobbly over time. After living with it for awhile, I decided to just get down to it and fix it. After-the-fact, while trying out some Brainwavs earpads, I decided it might be a good idea to share the knowledge.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Review Notes

After about 12 years of driving my 2004 Dodge Neon, I finally retired it and got a new car. I wanted something reliable and versatile, with good gas mileage, upgraded specs, and some built-in tech for navigation and music. After comparing a number of makes and models online, and test driving a few in person, I finally settled on a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE. I don’t intend to make a full review, as those are all over the internet already, but I thought I’d publish a few notes of my own firsthand experience as an owner – things that I haven’t seen others mention.

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