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by rialian - March 4th, 2011.
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Spiders…doing what they can to help us to stop using oil

The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use. 

===The first link is just amusing,…the second one, AWESOME!  Ok, I admit, I have a fondness for old type-writers, as I have a number about the house. (I have a 1923 Underwood, and a number of old portables that are very nice, including one that types in cursive script.) I definitely would consider buying the kit and doing this with the Underwood, as it does not actually damage it.

===So far in books…the vaccine choice book could be better…I do not disagree with their basis, but they keep pointing at international law, and humanitarian law, and then saying folks should have a choice. I happen to agree, but if I were writing this, I would have immediately gone into a critique of the herd immunity argument and REALLY focused on the fact that pharmaceutical companies are shielded from being sued when a vaccine hurts someone, and the encouragement to not report adverse reactions. (I encountered this personally when I was given the Hepatitis shot, (working in social services, kinda recommended), and I had a rather severe reaction right then and there.  They told me there was no chance it was a reaction, that it was psychological. (erm….allergy shots from age 6 to 18…I think i know what an allergic reaction is to a shot.) I had to tough it out…which pretty much took out the rest of the day. (sigh)

===The Surviving off off-grid book is excellent.  There are some points where I look over the glasses at the author and say “really?”, but it is expected as he is writing from a very christian worldview, where they are wont to say things like “our faith is the only one that does not coerce others”…but these are minor bumps in a so far excellent book.

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