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  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 33, August 24, 2012

    08/24/2012 10:18:30 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 9 replies
    Posting for JADB. We seem to have missed the thread last week, but here we are!
  • Country Memories

    08/24/2012 6:34:47 AM PDT · by Revski · 5 replies
    Youtube Stuff :) ^ | 8-24-2012 | Revski
    A-Cappella singing of the song, Nothing But The Blood, is sung by my wife Cheryl and the song, I Saw The Light, is sung by me, o7jimmy. Many of the pictures of this video are from my childhood and personal events in my life. Example my wife and I standing behind the car door has a picture of our wedding photo when married. The picture of myself in the water holding a child, this is my grandson Elijah at about 3 years old. Thanks for viewing!
  • Looking for a Datil Pepper Sauce recipe

    08/23/2012 11:16:51 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    8/24/2012 | Oshkalaboomboom
    Back in June I posted This thread about Datil Pepper plants. Instead I grew my own plants from seed and now I have 4 plants and peppers just starting to turn yellow. Now I'm looking for a recipe to make Datil Pepper sauce. If nobody has a recipe even an ingredient list from a sauce like Datil Doit will do so I get a basic idea of what kinds of ingredients they use and I can wing it from there. I already make my own Tabasco sauce and Habanero sauce so if any of you are looking for a recipe...
  • Casino sues to recoup unshuffled deck wins

    08/23/2012 8:17:52 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    .upi. ^ | Aug. 22, 2012
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A New Jersey casino is seeking the return of $1.5 million from 14 gamblers after officials discovered their mini-Baccarat table's deck of cards was unshuffled. The Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City is suing the 14 gamblers, who together totaled 41 winning bets in a row when the cards at the table began coming out in sequence, the New York Post reported Wednesday. A casino spokeswoman said the gamblers were initially suspected of cheating, but officials soon discovered the cards -- which had been ordered as pre-shuffled from the Missouri manufacturer -- "were...
  • Union Pacific 844

    08/21/2012 2:09:59 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 8 replies
  • Anyone re-charge alkaline batteries?

    08/21/2012 8:52:53 AM PDT · by djf · 52 replies
    I have a flashlight that takes the tallish 6V alkaline batteries, the ones that are 3inX3inX6in or so. The light started getting dimmer, so I got curiour - always a bad move! I have 2 spare batteries, but they are totally fresh and I prefer to keep them that way so that if I need them during winter storms or whatever they are there. So! I did some Googling and came up with basically tons of conflicting info about whether or not they can be re-charge, it amounted to about zero help. I took my auto battery charger. This can...
  • Hometown fisherman lands $50,000 salmon

    08/20/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 19
    SEWARD, Alaska, -- A hometown angler caught a $50,000-tagged salmon in the Seward, Alaska, Silver Salmon Derby. Michael Rogers, 64, landed one of a handful of tagged fish Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. "I've been fishing this derby since it started pretty much, since I was a little kid. I've won quite a few prizes, but this is the first major one," Rogers told the Daily News in a telephone interview. Rogers said things weren't going his way at first, but then he changed things up and started catching salmon. When he returned to derby headquarters, Rogers said he...
  • FReeper Songwriters/musicians (vanity)

    08/18/2012 8:20:43 PM PDT · by waterhill · 49 replies
    8/18/12 | me
    Any FReeper songwriters here? Do you record ideas/whatnot? Do you just write them down? What is it that you do? I do alot of notebook and some tape, and am just now starting to use the computer to record; although the sound is flangey and sometimes overdriven. I am using the mic on the 'puter, should probably use an external. Any tips you may have are welcome. Thanks!
  • EBay Bans Magic Potions, Curses, Spells

    08/18/2012 2:13:37 PM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 16, 2012
    Looking a for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned $51 demon-obliterating potion that promises to “destroy heavy demonic energies, entities, beings and forces” is all you need. ...Beginning Aug.30, the online auction site will ban the sale of curses, spells, hexes, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, healing sessions and more. Perhaps it’s the intangibility of hexes and curses that makes them tough to host. “EBay regularly reviews categories and updates our policies based on customer feedback,” a...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #11 August 17, 2012

    08/17/2012 3:32:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 8/17/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. My wife and I are heading back to Mississippi from our new digs in Texas next week to check on the house and property we own there. There will not be a beer/wine thread next week and possibly the next week. We will not have Internet access while there. I do have another Stout ready to brew up when I get back to Texas. I do love a good strong Stout! I decided not to...
  • Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster may break auction record

    08/17/2012 7:51:54 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies ^ | 6/14/2012 | Graham Kozak
    According to the T Magazine article, the 540K was purchased new by the family of the Prussian Baroness Gisela Josephine von Krieger. It accompanied the baroness when she lived in London and France, and it stayed with her when she fled the Nazis to Monaco and Switzerland. The car also followed the baroness across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary after she moved to New York following World War II. It did not, however make it back to Europe when she returned to Switzerland in 1959. In 1992, the Mercedes was discovered stored away in a Connecticut warehouse. It was...
  • Official: Scrabble Player Ejected For Cheating At National Tourney

    08/15/2012 1:28:59 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies
    Miami CBS4 ^ | August 14, 2012 | CBS4/AP
    C-H-E-A-T-E-R? Organizers say that word spelled the fate of one of the top young Scrabble players in the country Tuesday. The player, who has not been named because of his young age, was kicked out of the game’s national championship tournament in Florida after he was reportedly caught hiding blank letter tiles. John D. Williams, Jr., executive director of the National Scrabble Association, said that a male player was ejected from the 350-player event in Round 24 of the 28-round event.
  • Michelin PS2 Run-Flats vs. Goodyear F1's

    08/14/2012 5:10:16 PM PDT · by Doc Savage · 11 replies
    August 14, 2012 | Doc Savage
    In 2010 I purchased a 2008 Crystal Red Metallic Corvette Convertible. (Yes, I know, it's Government Motors, but it was used and I had always wanted a Corvette since the 'Stingrays') It had 3,500 miles and came with the original Goodyear F1 run-flats. I figured I would run them until the tread wear dictated changing. Well, the Goodyears don't last long even in normal driving conditions so I decided to switch to Michelin PS2 run-flats and get a front-end alignment. It was like owning a new car. If any of you have sports cars and are currently running Goodyears,...switch. You'll...
  • Sugar???? Homebrew question

    08/13/2012 12:03:58 PM PDT · by djf · 48 replies
    OK, I recently got my Coopers stout kit and started brewing it. For those who have never used the kit, it is hopped malt in a can, you clean everything, mix the can with abt 2 liters water an a kilogram of sugar, and after heating, mix the whole thing with 20 liters of water and let it ferment. The yield is about 6 gallons. Now this time I didn't have enough "SUGAR"! Sugar? What sugar? Well, the brew store sells something in sealed plastic bags that it calls "corn sugar". It is a very fine powder, pure white. This...
  • Attention: Music Lovers!

    08/13/2012 11:46:54 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 128 replies
    Chit-Chat Vanity | 8/13/12 | Alan Levy
    I don't feel like talking about Chairman Obama's plots, Nazi Pelosi's plastic surgery mistakes, Harry Reid's dementia, or the fact that we're on the edge of total economic, social, and political disaster. (In other words, let's pretend Ronald Reagan is still president, at least for this thread.) Anyhoo, let's let our hair down! Let's chit-chat about music. So tell me, FRiends, what are your favorite types of music, your favorite songs, or favorite songs ?
  • Rifle Recommendations [Vanity]

    08/13/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 45 replies
    13 August 2012 | Voices In My Head
    I am looking for recommendations for three types of rifles and have a budget of about a $1,000. 1. Semi-auto .22 preferably tube feed 2. Semi-auto big game rifle (deer/elk/moose) with scope 3. Semi-auto or pump 12 gauge rifled for slug and shot. Thanks in advance.
  • Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon-Minimum Gas Purchases : For ATVs and Motorcycles-

    08/12/2012 1:02:06 PM PDT · by djone · 55 replies ^ | August 9th, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The Environmental Protection Agency is going to require all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend is introduced into the market.(/) The new regulation was revealed in an Aug. 1 letter to the American Motorcyclist Association, which expressed concern that the vast majority of Motorcycles and ATVs in use today aren’t designed to operate on E15 fuel and residual fuel from a pump that serves multiple blends might harm these tanks. “The use of E15 will lower fuel efficiency and possibly cause premature engine failure,” Wayne Allard, AMA...
  • Unique dime sells for $1.84M

    08/12/2012 5:22:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 11, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11 - A unique dime minted in 1873 in Carson City, Nev., sold at auction in Philadelphia for considerably more than its face value -- $1.84 million. The "No Arrows" dime went to an anonymous buyer in the auction at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, KYW News Radio reported. It was described as the world's most valuable dime. Coin Update News said the dime was probably sent to Philadelphia for assay and was supposed to be melted down along with others in the series because the weight of silver in dimes had been slightly increased. But someone...
  • The Flying Lions Aerobatic Team (T-6's)...the runway is wet clip

    08/10/2012 5:09:33 PM PDT · by Doogle · 10 replies
    YT ^ | 11/ 2/06 | YT
    Aircraft from The Flying Lions Aerobatic Team waterskiing across the Klipdrift Dam near Johannesburg South Africa.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #11 August 10, 2012

    08/10/2012 3:31:12 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 20 replies
    Free Republic | 8/10/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Last week one of our members mentioned an article by Steve Bader “Boil the hops, not the malt extract”. This method is known as Late Extract Addition. In this method you add 75-85% malt extract at the end of the boil. There are several reasons to use the late extract brewing method. One is reducing over-caramelization. The beer will turn out lighter, which can be difficult to do otherwise with extract beers. It can also reduce scorched malt flavors...