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  • It’s not the BIKE LANE, it’s the fall of CAPITALISM

    I’ve been pretty frustrated recently walking along Valencia street. There are quite a few businesses (10+?) that have signs saying the bike lane is killing their small businesses. This is the first time I’ve seen any signage for any other side and got so giddy reading it! If you read anything about people hating the… Read More…

  • Sewing Hacks I Like

    How to Tie Off A Thread That’s Too Short Trick: Make a knot but go “backwards” with the needle or remove the needle from the thread and tie it off once you’re through. Read More…

  • San Francisco Farmers Market Reviews

    We go to a lot of farmers markets in SF, and many of them are run by different organizations and have different vendors so I’m making this list to track all the places I like and dislike, even their individual products. BunBao is kind of bad. It’s relatively expensive and not really worth it. Dumpling… Read More…

  • Full Weight and Empty Weight of SodaStream CO2 Canisters

    Full ~1160g or 2lbs 9oz. Empty ~680g or 1lbs 6oz. Roughly 1 lbs of CO2 which is as labeled. Read More…

  • I found a funny charge on my credit card

    I just got back from a road trip, which means I have a LOT of charges on my credit card and I like to categorize them to track my budget. Here’s a fun one I found! I use the “You Need A Budget” app (YNAB) to track my spending across my different accounts. Usually it’s… Read More…

  • How Citizen Surveillance Ate San Francisco by Wired

    When a homeless man attacked a former city official, footage of the onslaught became a rallying cry. Then came another video, and another—and the story turned inside out. https://www.wired.com/story/san-francisco-doom-loop-citizen-surveillance/ Read More…

  • Planning Dispersed Camping

    I’m taking notes on how to plan dispersed camping. My partner and I will be driving a camper van from San Francisco to Las Vegas along the Eastern Sierras and this is probably our most difficult to plan trip so far. We’ve had a lot of help from people and many recommended looking into dispersed… Read More…

  • Purely Elizabeth’s Blueberry Hemp Granola Review – Not Recommended

    I don’t like this granola because it’s too salty and the blueberries are too hard. We eat this granola with yogurt or in smoothies and it’s shocking how we can still cover it and still find it too salty. The dried blueberries taste so stale that it hurts our teeth chewing. Read More…

  • Questions Answered for CA’s EDD Unemployment Insurance Debit Card

    I recently filed for unemployment insurance (UI) through the Employment Development Department (EDD) in California because I was laid off. By default, they mail you a debit card and auto-load the benefits to the card to make disbursement faster. Does the EDD Debit Card work with Apple Pay and other Digital Wallets? No. When I… Read More…

  • Frozen BBQ Eel / Unagi Comparison

    We’ve tried like 5 different brands of frozen unagi from various stores and brands. Some are great, others were terrible. I’ll leave my summary of good and bad brands here as I find them, kind of like for my tofu! OceanKist – Very Good Not overly saucy, but well flavorful and delicious. It took quite… Read More…

  • SafeServ’s ServSafe CA Food Handler’s Notes and Experience

    How Long Does It Take? For the course, if you fast-forward through all the videos, it takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour. Firefox has a max speed of 16x but they’re all separate videos so you gotta keep running the code. It takes about 4 hours if you actually watch all the videos and… Read More…

  • My Favorite Fish

    My partner and I recently bought some fish and had a hard time eating it. We decided to start taking notes on fish breeds so that we don’t make the same mistake twice. I try to keep an open mind “there is no bad fish”, but some fish fit our style of cooking and eating… Read More…

  • The Best Tofu – A Review

    Here’s a list of tofus that I’ve tried in the US — mostly west coast California. I generally cook my tofu in two ways: boiled in salt water or crispy fried with corn starch. Both tend to make really good results if the tofu is silky. The surprising thing is many tofus that look crumbly… Read More…

  • Looking For Gig-mates

    I’ve been self-taught in piano and ukulele for several years now and have hit a wall. To overcome this, I started piano lessons with an instructor. Now I want to start playing with other people. I deeply value human connection and I want music to be a conduit for that goal. My First Post I’m… Read More…

  • Searching for an Apartment in SF

    It’s really humbling to search for a new place to live. It’s a reflection of your place in life and what you want to achieve. Russian Scam: https://web.archive.org/web/20230531061424/https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/roo/d/san-francisco-private-room-with-own/7620899929.html Awful Kitchen for $4750 At 410 Utah St in Potrero, you get: Hit your head when you wake up for $3100 https://www.trulia.com/p/ca/san-francisco/500-eugenia-ave-a-san-francisco-ca-94110–2345210580?cid=shr%7Capp_ios_rental_phone%7Crent%7Cpdp_share A Dining Nook Staged With… Read More…

  • Discovering Capitalism

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  • How To Get Past Paywalls

    Here’s a list of tricks I use to get past paywalls. Disable JavaScript Works for: Consider using noscript.it Browser’s Reader Mode The Atlantic Open in Incognito or Private Browsing Works for any of those websites that give you X free articles then asks you to subscribe like Medium. Harper Look Up on Archive.org Wayback Machine… Read More…

  • Why does my blog HTTP 503 Service Unavailable when I click around using Firefox on iPhone?

    After migrating my blog to a new host, I noticed my website would crawl to a halt while I clicked around. I would see hangs ranging from 4 seconds to 15 seconds. If I click enough, I’d eventually see HTTP 503 Service Unavailable. Why was visiting my website causing it to hang? Here’s my debugging… Read More…

  • Migrating My Blog to a New Host with no Downtime

    My blog is finally running on a new host! I learned a lot about DNS and SSL certificates during the transition and it tickled the curious part of my brain that loves puzzles and problems. I love doing things the “right way” and “the hard way” to learn and I hope this might educate or… Read More…

  • Resorts are kind of weird…

    “No one drank Cacique back then. It’s so hard and bitter. Now it’s mixed into everything, even our rice and beans!” As they sip their cocktails, the daughter laments how Cacique, their national liquor, was not a thing 10-15 years ago. Across from us are a Costa Rican (Tico) mother and a daughter who grew… Read More…

  • Mashed Cassava

    I ate mashed cassava for the first time and it’s pretty amazing! I was expecting something pretty similar to American style mashed potatoes, but with a little Costa Rican twist. It’s savory and fun to eat, but it also inspired me to learn a bit more about cassava and the history of Costa Rica. While… Read More…

  • A Blanket Of Smoke

    In the summer of 2020, a suprise thunderstorm struck California swepping lightning strikes across the golden state. It was a surreal moment that lasted a few minutes, but the wildfires that soon overwhelmed our state would last months. On August 16th, 2020 at 6 in the morning, our Nest cam captured a huge blast of… Read More…