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A new radio: Retekess PR15 AM/FM/Weather Radio

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That's right - the radio bug bit again so I bought a Retekess PR15 AM/FM/Weather radio from eBay for the total price of $12.99. It took 5 days to arrive with a US return address but a Chinese customs tag attached so I assume it was shipped from China.

I first saw the radio in this video:


The radio takes 2 AAA batteries and has a DSP tuner. The combo volume control/power is on top. The tuning dial is on the right side.

I had been wanting a small radio I can keep in my bag for when I am sitting at the school waiting on my daughter to get out of various practices. My car radio turns off after a few minutes and I don't want to sit there with the car running just to listen to the radio. Having the weather band is a nice bonus although our weather forecasts are now as close as our phones.

The radio ended up being even smaller than I thought it would be.

It's not as wide as a playing car and just barely taller. The antenna is eight inches in length.
Reception is pretty good on FM…

A few subtle changes and a couple of videos

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Just a few changes to report on this Friday that has finally arrived. What a long week it seems like it has been even though it's been no longer than any other week, of course.
I deleted my Anchor.fm account so Up In This Brain! Lite is no more. I don't need two podcasts. I barely have enough ideas for one. It was an interesting experiment that is now over. I will move forward sharing all of my pointless thoughts in one podcast and right here as I did before.I've changed up the name of this site. I really didn't like "Word Hut" and I couldn't think of anything better than what I ended up with. The site address stayed the same so your feeds and whatnot are all good and will be forevermore.I've decided not to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year. I just had a change of heart on that. There are other things I need to focus my time on, rest being one of them, and having an appointment set with writing every day for 30 days feels sort of pointless. I've been wri…

Music? There's an algorithm for that!

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I was reading the latest "issue" or "edition" or whatever you would call the latest the collected ahp newsletter and this part got stuck in my head and relates a bit to what I talked about on the latest episode of Up In This Brain.
I’ve written before about spending more time hanging out with your own mind, and this was a perfect mix of that and just listening to music without distraction, which is something I’ve found myself doing less and less — a product of the rise of podcasts, I think, and the decline of “organized” music ownership. (Infinite music, it turns out, somehow doesn’t encourage infinite listening). Bam! This is exactly what I have been thinking about lately and it is what prompted me last week to pack my laptop backpack not with a laptop but with my Sony cassette player and my case of cassettes.

 I bet there's a laptop in there!
Nope!
This is the case I had in my car in high school and college. It's been pretty much unchanged since 1994 and I…

Stubbornness drives me forward

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When the readership numbers here are abysmal but I post something anyway or when I feel like I really have nothing to say on the podcast but record anyway, I wonder, albeit only briefly, why am I doing this?

The only answer I can come up with is stubbornness. I'm just too stubborn to quit.

It's not spite. Spite would mean I am writing or recording because I am angry or I want to actually inflect pain on someone. Come to think of it, sometimes I think there are certain podcasters who are indeed recording out of spite and they probably enjoy the thought of the listeners being tortured by listening.

Remember when Jerry returned his pants out of spite?



I will stick with being stubborn as my fuel to create and with being unwilling to quit even if no one hears what I say or reads my words.

I will continue forth, tossing my ideas into this abyss known as internet.

Gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo

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I've done NaNoWriMo a few times over the years (and even "won" in 2018) but I've never participated in Camp NaNoWriMo. I've always been curious about it as I've watched it come and go. But this year, this year is going to be different!


I did not want to sign up to write another novel and that's ok because Camp NaNoWriMo lets you bring any project to the writing table so I have chosen as my April 2019 project to write right here on this very site, at least one post each day of the month at a minimum of 250 words. The word count is being kept fairly low (in fact, I might lower it a bit more than 250 words a day) on purpose because my main goal is just to come here and post daily. 
About what? Who knows! I'm not planning to do a lot of prep. I'm just going to sit down at the laptop at some point every day and post something (anything).
I have also committed to not "cheat" by writing "All work and no play makes Jason a dull boy" ov…

My latest radio purchase: Eton Executive Satellit

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A couple of weeks ago, I opened up Facebook Marketplace, which I do from time to time although I had never bought anything on it and one of the suggested items surprised me. In hindsight, it shouldn't have because Facebook obviously knows more about me than I know about myself. It was a shortwave radio and I do love radios. This particular radio is one I had been curious about for a while and the price was insanely low and the seller was just about sixty miles away.

The radio, which I picked up last weekend, is an Eton Executive Satellit. It was being sold as new in box for the insanely low price of $25. That's right, a radio that typically sells for around $110 new, for $25. It seemed too good to be true.

The pictures were of the radio in the box. I asked if it had been tested. It had. The seller had multiple good reviews. I went for it.

And, I'm glad I did. It ended up being exactly as described.


I did place a piece of Dim It Light Dimming Sheet over the display because …

Sweater repair

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I finally had to repair the pockets of my cardigan sweater. The pockets had slowly separated from the sweater and had begun to resemble loose flaps. This was quite unsightly and bordered on embarrassing.

This particular sweater, one of two that I bought on clearance at the local outlet mall, probably in 2003, hangs over the chair in my home office and never leaves the house. I use it on chilly days when I don't want to turn on the heat and on warmer days when the air conditioning is going full blast but I don't want to turn it down because the sun bakes the side of the house where the home office is later in the afternoons.

I've worn it many times and I probably don't wash it often enough but it serves me well and has a nice Perry Como vibe to it.

Here it is, folded back, right before the repair procedure commenced. I used a wonderful product called Liquid Stitch and glued those pockets nicely back in place and then I placed stacks of books on each pocket to apply pres…