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Why am I using Coinbase?

Posted at age 28.

I received a request from Coinbase to provide more personal information. While I still hope bitcoin replaces much of our current payments system, I must admit I am at least not being interrogated by my bank regarding the use of my account.

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Scorecard: year 2, weeks 1–6

Posted at age 28.

The past six weeks have flown by, and I don’t feel I have accomplished very much. I need to improve, stat!

Note: I started writing this entry at the end of Week 6, in early June. I then lost the text and several more weeks passed, so I wrote a (brief) new version, Scorecard: year 2, weeks 1–10. The below text wasn’t supposed to be final, but I’m just posting it as is.

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Scorecard: year 2, weeks 1–10

Posted at age 28.

I’ve done a horrible job promptly completing my weekly reviews in conjunction with my second “12 Week Year”, but I have not given up. This is going to be a cursory attempt at covering the last 10 weeks, not only because 10 weeks is a long time to remember all the details for, but also because I seem to have lost (Update: now found) what of this entry I had started writing a few weeks ago. Sometimes doing thing over results in better work, but I find that isn’t the case when I don’t want to be doing the work in the first place. Ideally I want to spend more time reviewing, but I’m a bit behind as it is.

Scores through Week 10 of Year 2

Scores through Week 10 of Year 2

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Shipping to UK slow, expensive!

Posted at age 28.

A few weeks ago, Tyler told me to look out for some contact lenses that would be delivered here, for he desperately needed them for his last month living in Europe. I was glad to be able to help, but it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped.

The United Kingdom wanted a piece of this action and put a "Customs Fee to Pay" sticker on the package.

The United Kingdom wanted a piece of this action and put a "Customs Fee to Pay" sticker on the package.

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Whether to post trivial comments, show ads

Posted at age 28.

I never cared to have display ads on my website, as it doesn’t cost very much in server power and mostly serves as my own personal archive. Also, I only get a few thousand page views a month. That’s more than I would guess an inconsistent blog with no target audience would get, but certainly not enough to make much money on ads. I’m going to try it out, though, mostly just to see how many pennies it yields.

I installed Google AdSense ads on my blog.

I installed Google AdSense ads on my blog.

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First tardigrade sighting!

Posted at age 28.

As explained in the first entry, I bought a microscope mostly so I could look for tardigrades, aka water bears, and hopefully make lovely videos of them. Within hours of getting my scope set up, I managed to find some!

Isolated tardigrade: My first attempt at finding tardigrades and putting them on a slide, using an OMAX M837ZL microscope. This is using a 40X objective and a 14MP camera at the smallest video setting, 1024x822, for faster frame rate.

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First impressions of OMAX M837ZL series microscope

Posted at age 28.

The microscope I bought arrived, and I spent a day getting familiar with it and the lenses. I was generally pleased, but ended up buying a bunch of new objectives and condensers to see if I could get better images. This post is regarding the initial purchase except the images at the end featuring the darkfield condenser.

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First test of the OMAX M837ZL microscope, looking at some local moss associated cells.

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Seeking OMAX M837ZL series microscope manual

Posted at age 28.

It took me a while to locate the manual for my new microscope. I was not surprised to have trouble since the lone Amazon review warned of no manual being provided and a broken link, but it was more difficult than I thought it would be to find the manual online.

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My OMAX M837ZL microscope came with a broken CD, but luckily I was still able to get the files off.

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