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How-To Rip Your CDs and DVDs to Your Computer

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If you have a big CD or DVD library, you might be irritated by how much physical space your collection can take up – never mind the added weight and difficulty of accessing individual discs while on the road. One solution to this problem is to ‘rip’ the discs to a computer’s hard drive (or SSD) […]

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Being a Programmer on an RV

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As a hobbyist programmer, I need access to a computer on a regular basis. There’s not much space for a computer on an RV, but I do have a laptop (specifically, an early 2011 13″ MacBook Pro). If I don’t have the luxury of working outside because of weather or other conditions, there is a […]

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Our Roleschooling Adventure: Kite Fighting Simulation System

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This system was written to guide the play in our current roleschooling adventure. It started out as a sideline, but as with all good games, sometimes the details are what makes it so much fun. This system is based on the kite fighting competition events described in Julian May’s Pliocene Exile series. Instead of this happening between psychokinetic […]

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Alex’s Applied Physics

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For the past few months, I’ve been learning physics from this book. I’ve found a couple things for which physics is really fun. Rocket: Using physics to simulate the travel of a rocket in a zero-gravity vacuum. This is relatively easy; in fact, there are a few different levels of complexity: Fuel-less engine. A fuel-less […]

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Toroidal Planets: a Science Fiction Writer’s Dream

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So, recently, astrophysicists discovered through computer simulations that it is possible for planets to form in a toroidal (or doughnut) shape, with a hole in the middle. There’s a number of interesting results of this: If such a planet had a moon, it would be theoretically possible for it to orbit vertically or in a […]

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5 jokes from Alex

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Here are five jokes you can tell your friends, family, enemies, cats, etc.: How many quantum physicists does it take to screw in a light bulb? – Three: One to move the ladder around, one to swap the bulbs, and one to calculate the most probable position of the socket. Knock knock – Who’s there? […]

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Westmoreland State Park – Montross, VA

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Westmoreland State Park is a Virginia State Park 5 miles out from Montross, VA in Westmoreland County, only 45 miles or so from Fredericksburg, VA and about an hour and a half from Richmond, VA. Although the park itself is open year-round, the campgrounds are only open from the first Friday in March until the first […]

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El Mariachi – Montross, VA

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El Mariachi in Montross, VA is a locally owned and family operated American-Mexican restaurant, with a American-Mexican market next to it in the same building. Like most American-Mexican restaurants, El Mariachi serves complimentary chips and salsa when you sit down. The decor is a simple style, with murals on the walls and various themed decorative […]

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La Carreta, Nacogdoches, TX

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La Carreta in Nacogdoches, TX is a family oriented Tex-Mex restaurant which features daily specials including $1 tacos and Kids Eat Free nights. We visited La Carreta many times during our stay in Nacogdoches. The decor is old western-style with some neon lighting near the ceiling. The service is fairly fast and the waitstaff is […]

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Factor’s Row – Annapolis, MD

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Factor’s Row is a restaurant/bar we visited in Annapolis. Near the harbor area, Factor’s row offers a nice selection of delicious foods. I had a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with peanut butter, apple butter, and pear slices (OM NOM NOM) and several kinds of cheese. Elizabeth had crab soup, and mom and dad shared spring […]

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Annapolis, MD

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We recently visited Annapolis, Maryland (Wikipedia, City website), mainly because we were in the region due to the Maryland Renn Faire. While we were there, we did a lot of cool stuff: We saw (from a distance) the famous Annapolis Naval Academy, We visited our friend’s boat at Port Annapolis, We ate at a restaurant […]

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NerdfighterKids’ YouTube Channel

This is not a review, unlike most of what we post on this site. I’m excited to share Elizabeth’s and my YouTube channel with you! It’s not a TravelingKids channel; it’s called NerdfighterKids, and it’s been around for almost two years. Here’s a link to an ‘introduction’ video: hi, I’m a link. If you’re wondering about […]

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