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 After some aeration and blending with a frother and some hot water steeping, time to test. Note: I’ll just update this post with further stuff unless something amazing happens.

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 The first thing I needed to do was to separate out my nic for preservation and mix up some of my crystals.

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I decided to make my own e-liquid for a few reasons. 1: it should be cheaper in the long run. 2: I have been really disappointed with the crap I have been getting from local shops recently, and am a little tired of ordering blind. 3: I want more control over what goes into the e-liquid.

I received my Wizard Labs package today and have started mixing, so I figured this would be as good a time as any to start logging how much this actually costs. Most of the expenses will be up front in hardware, solutions, and flavorings. Ongoing expenses will be additional flavors, more nicotine solution, and base liquids.

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 Just a quick note (which is about as good as I am at publicity): I’ve finally said those fateful words, "Why the hell not," and uploaded 3 short stories to Kindle Direct. My intent is to keep doing this over and over with no regard for consequences or results, which seems to be about as effective as any other high-effort/low-capital microbusiness strategy. If you’re interested, here they are:

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Sometime about a year ago, I started watching Let’s Plays on Youtube, which is kind of like not playing a game because you’d rather watch someone else play it and tell you about how much fun you’re not having. I’m pretty old, so my concept of Let’s Plays comes from text reports with accompanying screenshots about how Ayn Rand is now playing Jagged Alliance 2. Now to be fair, I only started watching these because I found some videos by Paul Rodenburg aka SuperPaulGames where he plays through one of my old favorites, The Movies, and actually watches all the awful AI productions with sophomoric but funny voiceovers. From there I watched a bunch of his other LPs, then watched some other LPs, then unsubscribed from most of them because they were doing nothing but Minecraft, forcing me to watch a 5 minute intro and then screaming for 5 minutes, and/or playing Eve really badly. I had come to the conclusion that although once in a great while an LP is worth watching, most of them aren’t, which makes perfect sense since that’s most of what Youtube is all about.

Then I made the mistake of doing some of my own.

Fortunately for me, I picked exactly the wrong time to start doing game videos. Youtube had just made some very anti-uploader policy changes targeted specifically at gameplay videos, their automatic copyrighted music detection algorithm was proven to be terribly broken and abusable (and wouldn’t ever be fixed), and it was still getting a metric shit-ton of new LP vids uploaded daily, making it almost impossible to get anyone to notice. The only good thing was that I wasn’t part of a gaming network (and I don’t do that like/subscribe thing so it’s unlikely I will ever be on one), so as an independent my position got suckier, but by a lesser degree than people who were actually successful at being LPers.

But seriously, how hard can it be to be an LPer? As it turns out, I was just about as wrong on this as I am on most things.

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NOTE: This was a way-too long guide that I wrote on the now-exploded 99 Percent forums in February 2012, so I’m archiving it here (rather than actually writing any new content). I still fly Merlins a lot, even in the face of the recent OMGWTFBBQ assault frigate buffs that have made low and null very T1 frigate-unfriendly, and anything posted in Fleet Finder as a "FRIGATE ROAM" actually mans "ASSAULT FRIGATE ROAM, though if you have a Daredevil maybe we’ll let you in as a +1 scout." Fuck the haters.

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1) Come up with a reasonable idea to fix a long-broken system in the game

2) Post said idea in forums

3) Get a CSM member to make a prop bet regarding a loophole in the formula

4) Post said loophole (that works but no one would ever use because it’s incredibly self-destructive)

5) Trebor Pays Off!

I think I may return it, because the guy did work on Wizardy. However, it’s Eve, and a legitimate bet. Plus, I love that comment.

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Seriously, I just forget things. I’m old. Maybe when I paid the hosting bill I should have remembered to get out of maintenance mode.

What’s worse is that I actually got emails asking me about the site. So… there. I’ll fix the remaining DB issues later.

In the meantime, Wen is way better at poker than I am and owned me on her first ever live cash game. I shall find my testicles again someday. (Reference: Ante Up pokercast, 8/25/11 episode, starting about an hour in. Shame.)

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I’m a big fan of High Stakes Poker… well, of the earlier seasons of High Stakes Poker. It was a great entry into the then-expanding balloon of poker TV shows generally dominated by tournament final tables, where the differences in stack sizes are measured in terms of exponents, as are the increases in blinds, so all you see is 10 PRINT "All In"; 20 GOTO 10. HSP was (except for Live at the Bike, web-only) the first televised cash game between actual skilled players applying their formidable experience and analytic skills to the laudable goal of taking money away from each other.

Most people who follow poker on TV point to the early days of the World Poker Tour and its use of the lipstick hole card camera as the pivotal innovation that made poker watchable. If you want to know what it was like before, just go to a cardroom and railbird for a while and see how long you can take it. True, knowledge of the hole cards is necessary to make poker intelligible to a viewing audience, but I don’t think that’s what makes it interesting in a TV show.

What makes it interesting is Gabe Kaplan.

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http://cago.ranter.net

Geeks ahoy.

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