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May 31, 2013

Helpful Hints from joeeze: In which my homie Nina Churchill gives a lesson on how NOT to do things

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My follow-up response:

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This original just appeared in Flautist's Motley Apricot Paintworks.

It will be gone in the very near future — if it hasn't already been sold as you read these words.

Don't expect to sleep on it.

Cheap at twice the $85 price.

Fair warning.

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VitalRec.com — How to obtain vital records from each county, state, and territory of the U.S.

Elvis Presley blog

"VitalRec.com explains how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States, along with an impressive international section. The site is organized by state; locate your state, then browse the available vital records links. No registration is required to use this site. One particularly useful feature of VitalRec.com: all fees that might be included in your public records searches are clearly listed and frequently updated."

Does Waldo Jaquith know about this?

Without a doubt.






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Clip-On Pouring Spout


There's something almost obscene about the photo above of this kitchen tool in action.


Maybe it's just my dirty mind, I dunno....

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[via The Grommet]

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Neil Young shreds "All Along The Watchtower" (Madison Square Garden, 1992)

"All Along The Watchtower" starts at 5:58.

My crack LA correspondent wrote:

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YouTube caption:

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Barricade Fire Blocking Gel — "Don't firewalk with me"


Robert Hastings reviewed this product, which provides spray-on home protection from wildfire and was unknown to me up to now, on Cool Tools as follows:


Barricade Fire Gel is a foam that you spray on your house before a wildfire. It stays wet for 48 hours and keeps burning embers from igniting the house. It easily washes off and, unlike most compressed air foam (CAF) systems, is EPA-certified as nontoxic.

I tested it on cardboard held over a gas stove flame and it didn't ignite in 10 minutes. Also, I applied it to the outside of my home, over a very dry Labor Day weekend, and it stayed put and wet for 48 hours. (A bear licked some of it off, so it doesn't taste like petrochemicals.) As the pictures from the vendor's site show, Fire Gel comes in 1-gallon containers, and you attach a garden hose and an eductor-jet pump to it. What this means is that a small person can lift it and apply it. In other compressed air foam systems (CAFS) there's a huge amount of heavy equipment that depends on different power supplies, and it's heavy and complex. The foam is relatively cheap on those systems — the applicator is expensive. Barricade took a different tack and put expensive engineering into the foam, which is very effective and tastes good to bears.

Here in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, Barricade Fire Gel is one part of my fire plan. But it is only one part of a fire plan — I'd urge anyone who buys Fire Gel to then go to a workshop with your local fire department to maximize your chance of coming out unscathed. Another motivation to become more involved in fire protection is that in recent fires here, folks found out that they were woefully underinsured, and so can't rebuild their old house. Less than 10% were adequately insured to rebuild in the mountains, and we're talking an educated affluent population.



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