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Harrah's in Lake Tahoe Nevada SUCKS

My in-laws have been coming to this casino/hotel for well over 25 years. I have been tagging along for almost 10 years. On this New Years Eve at 9:15p, local time, security decided to deny us (4 adults and 3 minor children) passage through the casino to get to the elevators. This was the same exit we had gone through 30 minutes earlier and now security forced us to walk around the building to the valet entrance. And when we attempted to get from the lobby of the hotel to the elevator we were stopped by another security person who [a] asked us for our room key [b] explained that minors were not permitted on the casino floor.... but to get to the elevators one needs to pass 6 slot machines.

The security person was adamant that it was Nevada State Law, however, after reviewing the Nevada Gaming Control Board regulations there is nothing in it about "passing thru" or "right of way". I specifically deals with the operations of the business and participants.... nothing a…

Hike Incline Village

Staying in South Lake Tahoe for 10 days I planned a few hikes. The first hike was a FAIL in that we never got further than 1/10th of a mile. I think it was because of altitude sickness and the trail difficulty. The second hike was easier because I took ibuprofen per the recommendation. (every 6 hours the day before and during the hike.) **be careful there can be side effects. In addition, I hydrated early, ate a protein bar, and had some GU.

Driving from South Lake Tahoe(6300 feet) to Incline Village(8900 feet).

The hike was nearly 2 miles

it was basically a loop with very little slope as this was where the water/logging flume was constructed.

Overlooking Lake Tahoe (from the north looking south)

Just a favorite view of the lake during the drive.

winter hike gear review

I was planning a hike in Nevada's Incline Village. I started researching my gear choices.

Base layer is Columbia base layer with omni-heat in both the shirt and leggings.

The green pants are just some hiking pants that I planned to use in Florida but tried in the winter. The mid layer is a Columbia softshell with omni-heat.

The outer layer is a froggtogg that is waterproof but with no insulation.

Lastly Columbia omni-heat glove liners, american flag schemog, baliclava, and ski gloves.

Lastly I had a CamelBak 18L pack with some essential emergency gear and some basic food.

I tried this setup in a number of different configurations. I found my core temperature swinging in all directions. At one point I was completely soaked. Also I found that it was not comfortable to just stand still. This setup was effective when moving.

My first hike was a FAIL in that we did not get very far and so during the second hike I skipped the outer layer and stuck with the base and mid layer. But since …

should I register every domain name that comes to mind?

This would be better served as a survey question hoping that the wisdom of crowds knows something that I don't. So the question is this:

I have a unique business idea at least once a week and the foundation of that initial business idea could be a simple blog or wiki and an eCommerce store. There is something to be said about integrity when all of the brand's assets are tagged with the same custom domain. It invokes some sense of trust.

On the other hand... 1 idea a week, 52 custom domains a year, and 52 new web sites to manage content for. Well, depending on the registrar that could be another $520 in ICANN fees accumulated annually meaning $1040 on year 2. And then there is all the attention and content that each property would require. ... that's 52 web servers, 52 email servers, 52 custom domains... and so on.

But the real downside is what happens when the domains start to expire and what happens to gmail and other assigned accounts. If you have some sort of round robi…

review: esbit fuel and stove

I have not been an Esbit fan and it's been an emotional response since I purchased my first Solo Stove about 8 months ago. After my first burn I realized that the chemicals and tar released by the traditional wood flame was going to cover my pot. Joe does not seem to mind, however, I've also discovered traditional bushcraft and the inflection points are just not available to me. [a] because bushcraft is not really a thing in South Florida [b] I'm finding that hiking is much more enjoyable.

First let's talk about the new Esbit store. I purchased a "Esbit Ultralight Folding Stainless Steel Pot Stand with Tray for Alcohol or Solid Fuel Stoves" and I purchase some "Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Tablets for Backpacking, Camping, Emergency Prep, and Hobby, 14-gram, 12-pieces". There is a smaller tab option but I'm not sure what it's used for. It does not generate the same heat at the larger tab.


lightweightflexibleeasily setupalmost l…

I ordered a new stove

There was a time when I was convinced that an alcohol stove was the way to go and it's possible, depending on the hike, that it might still be the better choice.

For the alcohol stove

quieteasily snuffedeasily replaced stove - hole puncher and a tuna can

For the canister stove

fast boilvariable tempwindscreen not always needed

For the tab stove

quietlight per boil or near boilsmaller - one stove has build in windscreenpacks small1 tab is smaller than the equivalent alcohol

In summary, while I'm still thinking about food in terms of calories per ounce I think the same can be said in terms of fuel source and heated water. And as calories can be categorized in protein vs carbs so can the stoves be compared will it boil or just warm.

But there are some real cons too. The biggest complaint of the canister stove is that unless you exactly how much fuel there is in the can you're either carrying around too little or too much. And it's the too much that upsets the UL hikers.


pricing or features of the casio pathfinder

This is just my way of expressing my frustration with Casio. Their Pathfinder watch has about 200 models that it sells through different channels so that the stores can set their pricing and not have to match pricing based on model number. Just like the TV manufacturers. And so trying to fin the right price and exact feature set has proved to be impossible as prices range from $40 to over $200 depending on google and amazon.


is computer programming a talent or labor

BBC World's Business Daily is running a story on brexit, the effect on the tech center in London, and the opportunity for the rest of the EU to cherry-pick.

The reporter asked various entrepreneurs and tech executives about the ease by which they spawned their business, where they would scale and the availability of "talent".

I struggle with this generalization for several reasons. First and foremost many of the programmers that I came up with saw it as work or just a job. There was no vision or passion. Secondly, having been close to senior management in various startups the adjective "talent" was reserved for the first few key new hires while "labor" was reserved for those transient hires who joined later and were mostly needed to perform repetitive or laborious tasks that the "talent" deemed less important.

Human resources people want to make policy and negotiate employment contracts. HR does not want to deal with job descriptions and pla…

review - SOL thermal bivy

It's soft and warm but not so strong.

this tear is on the side where the velcro side opening meets the stitched side. Frankly examining the bivy's exterior leads me to believe that the reflective coating or the underlying material is not as uniform as one might want. Than again, I suppose I could loose a few pounds.

review SOL Duct Tape

SOL sells 500 foot rolls of duct tape as a component of a survival kit.

it's not quite 2 inches wide and not as thick either.

the packaging shows that there is no core which suggests the last few inches are going to be hard to use... so it's not quite 50 usable feet.

I thought I could make my own using Gorilla tape from Home Depot and a core from a dog poop bag roll. The tape is about 2 inches wide and the cores are a little thicker.

I spooled a few feet of tape onto my core. It took some doing to start it properly and then wind it without creases or bubbles.

PS: I also manged to cut mu finger and bleed all over the carpet when I cut the tape from the role. I'm a dumbass.

Review - Google Home vs Amazon Tap

I was originally introduced to Alexa at a friends house where they had an Amazon Echo (tethered for power) in the kitchen. I was intrigued by the audio quality and the non-trivial depth of responses. So after some investigation I made my first Alexa purchase - Amazon Tap.

One nice feature of the tethered models is that Alexa is voice activated "Alexa..." where the Amazon Tap requires the operator to tap the microphone button. The echo and tap models have nice sound and volume where the dot is weaker.

Recently we ware watching tv when a Google Home advert played. One thing that caught our attention was the ability to ask google to translate or answer in different languages. Granted it was a pretty superficial demo but I placed our order right away.

Amazon Tap - $99, WiFi, smartphone app, Battery, requires Amazon Prime account $99/yr with limited access to music. Amazon offers two music subscriptions... $7.99/mo individual, $14.99/mo family.

Google Home - $99, WiFi, smartphone…