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  • Birthday 08/14/1965

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  1. Beth Hart is AWESOME! This LedZep tribute album stays faithful to the originals, but she puts her own stank on them. The album starts out strong and gets better with each song
  2. GM should replace that truck for free, and hire that kid to be a spokesperson where they show the video and at the end he comes on and declares GM trucks to be "Tornado Tough"
  3. We have 5 acres to mow, and love it for the flat parts. However, we have a pretty good slope at the back of the property, and it ends at a fence or tree line. I can't tell you how many times I've had to pull it out with a truck or ATV because it couldn't make the turn while going down hill. Once it's stuck, it won't come out, the tires just spin. I bought super aggressive knobby tires, but that didn't help either.
  4. I hiked that road from about the halfway point back to Cades Cove, twice. First time was a couple of years ago, and it was impassible by any kind of vehicle. It had massive washouts that were 5 feet wide and 8 feet deep, not to mention all the downed trees. I did it again about a year ago, and it was a delightful gravel road I would have driven the wife's car down. Apparently they did a lot of work repairing it. I can't speak for the other half out to the Dragon. Have never been there, so I don't know what condition it is in. That said, roads like this in the park are generally closed during winter no matter what, so you likely won't be able to use it now regardless. Also be aware that it is one-way, from Cades Cove to the Dragon. Once on the Dragon, you have to take it back to Foothills parkway to get back.
  5. Just last weekend, the wife and I were out running errands, and Paradise by the Dashboard Lights came on. I was joyfully singing along, and took a break to comment about what a clever song it was. She says to me, "I've never heard this song before". I tried telling her that it would be impossible to not have heard that song before, but she insisted. I don't even know who I'm married to now. I practically wore out my old vinyl copy of Bat out of Hell. Sad to see his passing. Such a great entertainer.
  6. Does anybody know, why are movie guns that fire blanks, not made in a way to only accept blank cartridges? Why isn't there a special caliber just for blanks that all prop guns use? Or make the blanks in such a way that only they can fit in the chamber. Seems like a better solution to this kind of problem. Only reason I can think of is its just easier to go down to the local gun store and get whatever you need, but in a movie with a several million dollar budget, that excuse shouldn't fly. There ought to be a law.
  7. Another anti-gunner, who has told the NRA "We are coming after your money" has no problem making money using guns. Such a hypocrite. Maybe the use of all guns should be banned for all movies. Give them a taste of their own medicine. Tho it would be in bad taste, I think it would be pretty funny if Trump went on SNL and did a Baldwin impersonation sketch, where he randomly shoots people.
  8. That is very similar to Led Zep's Gallows Pole, which they borrowed from Leadbelly from way back in the 30's
  9. Thanks for the offers to borrow a carboy. I'm set up with several of my own, as I make a fair amount of wine already. I was just going to use the gallon jugs to make a couple different recipes, instead of making one 5 gal batch. Can't say that I've even ever had mead before, and I'd like to see if there is one recipe or another that suits me. Do any of you all have a recipe to share?
  10. I have a couple gallons worth of honey from 2 years ago that crystalized for some reason. I'm going to be making mead out of it here soon. I want to try a few different recipes, so I'm drinking down a couple 1 gal jugs of wine to use as carboys for each batch. The wife said that was a lot of wine to have to drink up, I said "challenge accepted"
  11. We stayed there a lifetime ago, and really enjoyed it. My son actually moved there a year or so ago, and they love it. When we went a long time ago, we stayed at a bed and breakfast. It was in a really old house in the historical district. They had bikes to use, and we would ride them all over town. It was great. If you have never done a B&B, you really should try it. You won't forget it. There is a horse drawn carriage ride that leaves from the Fort and drives all around the historical section. We really enjoyed that. It's all along cobblestone roads, so you get the clack, clack, clack of the wheels on that, plus the horses hooves. Makes for a neat experience. If you like to camp, Anastasia State Park has a campground right on the beach that is amazing. We've thought about going to the camp ground and not telling our son, just so that we could spend the week there all by ourselves (kidding).
  12. In 5 minutes or so of poking around the Internet, I didn't really find any plug and play kits, but I bet there are some out there somewhere. That link you posted is NOT what you are looking for. That is for a digital display that you add to your Raspberry Pi to give you status update. Totally not needed for a Pi-hole setup. The novelty of looking at that display would wear off in a couple minutes. There is a website built into the software that is much better for getting stats. Something like this RasberryPi 3 on Amazon would be what you need. That plus a 16gb or so MIcro SD card is all you need. If you don't have them already, a spare USB keyboard and an HDMI cable to connect to a monitor or TV is also needed. The one I linked is the version 3 model of the Pi. There are newer version 4 ones, but they are more expensive and for a Pi-Hole, the cheaper one is all you really need. They make a Nano version of the Raspberry Pi that is even cheaper, and I think it runs on that board too. The full sized Pi just has more features. I'll be honest, setting it up from scratch is more than a trivial thing. You have to assemble the Raspberry Pi, download the OS, write it to the SD card, then install the Pi-Hole software and get it on the internet, Then you have to configure your computers to use it. BUT all of that is a part of the fun. Learning something new is a good thing.
  13. If you are a little tech savvy and want a fun project, put together a Pi-Hole DNS server for your home. It runs on one of those raspberry Pi mini computers (they are just fun to have no matter what) that cost maybe $50. You don't even need the latest greatest Raspberry Pi either, it will run fine on previous gen hardware. Here are the basics: The Internet runs on IP addresses. We humans can't remember them, but we can remember words. So for example, XYZ.com has an IP address behind it. We use DNS servers to convert friendly words that make up a website name into the ip address that is behind that name. So, when I type in xyz.com, your computer talks to the DNS server that you have configured, and asks that DNS server what IP address to use. All this happens under the covers of your computer and you never even have to think about it. What the Pi-Hole does is it becomes your DNS server, so to speak. It has a very long list of web site names in it that are on a blacklist. If your browser tries to query DNS (the Pi-hole) for the IP address of a site on the black list, the DNS server returns back an empty value. This means your browser will not display that bit of the web page. It could be the whole web page (say a malicious site, or perhaps something you don't want your kids looking at), or it could just be an ad that is displayed in a frame of the web page. Any web site that is not in the black list, the Pi-Hole will forward that query on to another DNS server out in the Internet somewhere. It could just be your ISP's DNS server, that you are probably using today, or you can pick from a list of others that may offer you yet another layer of security. What ends up happening is thousands of web requests are just dropped as your computer makes these queries for IP addresses. It saves you bandwidth, but more importantly, you get way less ads in your browser, and relative to this thread, you block many of these tracking sites. It always surprises me when I visit a web page of a site I go to frequently, and I'm not protected by my Pi-Hole. The pages look completely different because of all the ads. There is really nice dashboard that you can view on the Pi-Hole, and what an eyeopener it is. Mine is blocking crap 24 hours a day, thousands per hour. I kid you not. Crap you wouldn't even think about, like Alexa, or your Roku, or your cell phone, YOUR TV, are all talking to something all day long.
  14. Been listening to this couple all afternoon. They have some good stuff. Little Hurricane


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