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Teach Your Children Well

There’s a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young named “Teach Your Children Well”…

Therefore it’s our responsibility to teach our kids (and I’m assuming nieces and nephews) well. In our endeavors, may we use the following to help then learn our ABC’s.

Enjoy 12-12-12

This won’t happen again in our lifetime. It’ll take a millenium for the date to be the same (see 1-1-01 as in Jan 1, 2101). Our next best fun date will be next November 12th (11-12-13)…and that will be the last until Jan 2, 2103 (1-2-2103).

The 8 Rules of Fight Club

I love the movie, and you probably know the first two rules of Fight Club…

1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.

But do you know the rest of the rules?

3rd RULE: If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.

4th RULE: Only two guys to a fight.

5th RULE: One fight at a time.

6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.

7th RULE: Fights will go on as long as they have to.

8th RULE: If this is your first night at FIGHT CLUB, you HAVE to fight.

My Twitter Purge is On

I’ve been following over 700 people on Twitter and even though I’ve set up ways to filter and sort them, it’s just too many for me. So I’ve begun a purge.

First round was easy – If I don’t recognize you and can’t remember why I follow you AND you don’t have your name and location filled out on your bio, you’re unfollowed. Out! I found about 200 like that.

The way I see it is if I can’t remember you, and you can’t tell me who you are, why am I following you? And yes, I’m doing this organically, not with the help of bots or services.

I’m deciding on my next round of criteria. What would you suggest?

Lessons I’m learning on Craigslist

craigslist-logoI’ve been using Craigslist for several months in different ways – most of the time monitoring for job openings. But this week I’ve been using it to sell a bunch of stuff and it’s been interesting.  Here’s a few things I’ve learned so far…

First off, there are a lot of people out there trying to game/spam people. I saw the same ad with different headlines over and over.

And have you seen the list of things you are prohibited to sell on Craigslist? Makes me wonder if that list was mostly proactive or reactive. I hope it was a creative mind to be proactive, but I fear it wasn’t.

One of the things I couldn’t figure out is how many ads I can post in a day.  Seems the limit is around 8. I found out because I have several items to sell and I know the best way to do it is to put them one-by-one in the appropriate categories. However, I couldn’t get everything up there. Craigslist started saying the TV I was posting was too similar to the lamp I just posted. I get why the limits are there, but it stinks when I’m trying to be legit about it.

So I tried to post a list of everything in the Garage Sale/Moving Sale section. That got no traction at all.  I hoped people use search to find stuff — and maybe they do but they weren’t finding the list of items.  I know because hours later with no replies, I posted a couple of items one-by-one again and got a flurry of email inquiries right away.

So it certainly seems the best way to manage multi-postings is to spread it out over time and go one-by-one, categorizing them correctly instead of doing a list (a Craig’s List as it were? ironic)

I’m also using Flickr to keep a running photo gallery of what is available and that seems to work decently well to point people to. Any time we make a sale, I delete the photo from Flickr and ad from Craigslist.

Overall it’s pretty convinient. Most people come and pick up the stuff. Several just write to see if it’s still available and I never hear back. Not sure what that’s all about, but maybe you’re one who does this. Would love to know what the motivation is.

We’ve sold some of our stuff so that’s cool. It’s a lot less work than a yard sale, but this seems to be better for items worth something, not just a dime.

What are some of your lessons learned from using Craigslist either as a buyer or seller?

Fermented Things

One day a while back I was bored and curious and on Wikipedia. You never know where that’s going to lead.

For some reason I ended up learning about fermentation. There’s some complexity to fermentation, but I think I got it boiled down to this formula/process:

Carbohydrates + Yeast + Time = Alcohol
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I found it interesting that if you add yeast to almost any carb and give it time, you’ll get alcohol.  Check out this real basic list of what kind of alcohol you can end up with when you start with different carbs (or read this list like this: “when you ferment this carb it can yield this alcohol”):

  • Apple yields Hard Cider
  • Barley yields Beer
  • Corn yields Whiskey
  • Grape yields Wine
  • Potato yields Vodka
  • Rice yields  Sake
  • Soy Beans yields Soy Sauce
  • Sugar yields Rum

Of course there are different kinds of alcohols for each carb because depending on the variety of the carb (ex: different kinds of grapes) plus variations in the fermentation process yeilds different alcohols.

I dunno, just found it interesting.