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Exercise. Diet. The Unclassified Laws of Etiquette. A Walkthrough and Cost Breakdown of Brewing Your Own Beer. I’ve mentioned many times on The Simple Dollar that I enjoy brewing my own beer at home, and just as many times, readers have requested a walkthrough of this process along with some cost analyses.

A Walkthrough and Cost Breakdown of Brewing Your Own Beer

Recently, I made a batch of porter and took some photographs along the way to illustrate the process. Let’s dig in! Equipment If your goal is simply to brew a batch of beer and consume it in one sitting with a group of friends, all you need is a brewing bucket, a bubbler, and a siphon hose, depicted below. These supplies are available at any home brewing store. When you mix up a batch of beer, it needs to ferment for a week or two, and this bucket makes it quite easy. Most home brewers tend to want to bottle their beer for long-term storage. This equipment, all together, will cost $20 or so and are often available in kits. If Ever There Was a Time for Cheap Vodka.

Set Up Cheap Ambient Lighting with Rope Lights. DIY: Mod a $5 flashlight into a $95 light - Lifehacker. 5 cool things to sync with Dropbox on your Mac. If you're not already familiar with file syncing service Dropbox, you should be.

5 cool things to sync with Dropbox on your Mac

The easiest way to describe Dropbox is that it acts as a type of online storage that gives you access to your files wherever you go, no matter which computer you're on, what OS you're using, and where you are in the world. No need to use a DVD, USB drive, or e-mail to transfer important files. However, Dropbox is really much more than that: you can access and work on files even when you're offline, share folders with friends and coworkers, and most importantly (for this writeup, anyway), sync settings for numerous applications without having to fork over any cash.

Why I’m Quitting Social Media. The Quantified Self. A programmers secret weapon: the humble to-do list. Pocket Programming: Learning New Skills Anywhere. Use Your Old Coffee Grounds to Clean Dishes, Kill Fleas, and Mor. Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down. By DAVID GLENN That old study method still works, researchers say.

Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down.

So why don't professors preach it? The scene: A rigorous intro-level survey course in biology, history, or economics. You're the instructor, and students are crowding the lectern, pleading for study advice for the midterm. Old calendars never really go out of date. Wise Bread Picks This little fact was big news to me.

Old calendars never really go out of date.

I was casually flicking through a magazine at work when something caught my eye; it was buried in the bottom corner of one page and stated that you can use old calendars in the years to come. And this year, there are a bunch of great old dates to choose from. My research process. One thing you never read about is how people do research in their mind.

My research process

People do describe how to write papers, how to get an academic job, but somehow, I cannot recall anyone describing their thought process. Mine is simple enough. It includes both theoretical and experimental work. Holly Shelf Unit, Batman! 10 tips to help relieve insomnia. Text 2 Mind Map - An online text to mind map converter. Rating books with Python. This Python script will read in my book collection data on standard input, extract out a list of ISBN's, and for each one will look up the average Amazon customer star rating and the number of reviews.

Rating books with Python

It then sorts the data (by star rating and then by customer reviews) and prints out the results to standard output. The script processed 2604 books. I have more books then that, but it had problems reading the ISBN numbers for some of them (see notes below). Of those 2604 books, the star ratings break down as follows: Number of stars | Number of books -------------------+------------------ 5 | 370 4.5 | 644 4 | 629 3.5 | 241 3 | 104 2.5 | 14 2 | 12 1.5 | 2 1 | 6 0 (unrated) | 582. Turn-451-A-Month-Into-A-Million-Bucks. If you're 30 years old, you need to set aside $448 per month for next 35 years to become a millionaire -- if you earn a reasonable 8% annualized return in a retirement account.


Don’t have $448 to spare -- or even $248? Maybe you do and don't realize it. Let's take a look at how you can come up with the cash. Save $219 Per Month on Taxes Here’s How: The average refund for the 2008 filing season so far is about $2,500. Save $100 Per Month on Food Here’s How: Bring your lunch and snacks to work. 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library. Bringing your bookshelves back to order. By Erin Doland on Apr 15, 2008 I love, love, love books.

The wikipedia entry for bibliophilia should include a picture of me with my nose in a book. I read between 10 to 20 books a month, and I almost exclusively read non-fiction. If money were no object, I would have a home library complete with rolling ladders, comfy leather chairs, and shelves full of my favorite books. 16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School. I am 28 now.

16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School

I don’t think about the past or regret things much these days. But sometimes I wish that I had known some of things I have learned over the last few years a bit earlier. That perhaps there had been a self-improvement class in school. And in some ways there probably was. Because some of these 16 things in this article a teacher probably spoke about in class. Some of it would probably not have stuck in my mind anyway.