Yeah, it’s a car

So I've got the new car. People around me seem to expect me to feel excited. I've blogged and posted on Facebook complaints about the purchase process. I was nervous about buying a new car, and now that I have it I'm nervous about owning it. Why don't I feel excited? At this point in my life,…

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Droning on, part 2

In a <a href="https://argothald.wordpress.com/103135/">previous post</a> about drones, I described my baby steps into the hobby. I started flying my "real" quadcopter, the <a href="http://www.dromida.com/drones/dide04xx-vista-fpv/index.php">Dromida Vista</a>, about a month ago. I did this where I work, <a href="http://www.nevis.columbia.edu/">Nevis Labs</a>, during my lunch hour. This made sense to me, since my goal was to take video of the Nevis…

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Car buying… ugh!

This is a venting post. <lj-cut>It's definite: I need to get a new car. I hoped to get another 25,000 miles out of my 18-year-old Subaru, but that's not going to happen. I hate, hate, hate the car-buying process. I'm a lousy negotiator. The dealers are experienced and aggressive. The financial issues are complicated. If this were…

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Anyone need an old microwave?

In 2007 I bought a Sharp R820BS microwave convection oven. It's been a handy tool for me. As a bachelor, I eat mostly prepared foods. In the morning I might microwave a Hot Pocket; in the evening I'd bake some fish cutlets or a meat pie. <lj-cut>About three weeks ago I smelled burnt food, turned around, and…

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