Day 154

One Bottle One Glass

To get sober, all you have to do is not drink. Why did it take me so long to figure this out? I’m slowly figuring out why because if nothing else, sobriety gives you lots of mental clarity to reflect on why you drink/drank, and why you aren’t anymore. I think a huge part of my identity was tied to drinking. I knew it was wrong and I knew I wasn’t drinking the way I considered appropriate, but I didn’t know how to not drink. I wasn’t doing anything to learn another way, and sobriety seemed so boring and awful. I was drinking about drinking, but I was doing very little to learn how to live without alcohol. Nowadays, I shudder to think of a hangover again. I rarely crave the awful taste in my mouth after a night of heavy drinking. Not that I particularly enjoyed it, but I 

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Choose the best product for your pool

Sure, traditional bleach is the most popular option pool owners have relied on for cleaning/maintaining their pool. However this is not the only option; salt water chlorinators have risen in popularity over the years as an easier, and better option for cleaning pools. Whether you want to eliminate harsh chemicals in the pool, or simply want an easier way to clean the pool, these products can provide a viable solution for your cleaning and filtration needs.

How do they work 
These products use dissolved salt in order to create the chlorine required to clean your pool. Although not chlorine free (as some may believe), they do provide a less harsh (fewer chemicals) method to clean your pool. The process of electrolysis is used to dissolve the salt into hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite.

The method allows you to forego the process of simply dumping bleach into your pool. Rather, the chlorine generator continues to generate chlorine, until more salt is required for filtration/cleaning to occur.

How long do they last/cost? 
If properly maintained, you can expect salt water chlorinators to last anywhere from 3 to 7 years. The cost of purchase and maintenance over this time can run from a little under $500, onward to over $1100 (if you have to replace parts or do repair work). For this reason, it is important to know which systems are most popular, and built to last, in order to ensure you purchase the best product for cleaning your home’s pool.

You must clean and properly maintain your pool. For those who want a simple solution, and safer option than simply dumping bleach in the drains, this is one which might be considered by owners. Before you buy new salt water chlorinators, it is important to know what you are getting. For pool owners or business owners which rely on these products, is a great place to compare, contrast, and ultimately find the best product for your cleaning needs.

The Importance of Changing Locks On A New House


Lock with keys


You’ve moved in to your new house, so what do you do next? Change the locks that is!

You cant really tell how many keys have been given out by the previous owner to their family, relatives or even friends. To be on the safe side and ensure the safety of your new home and your family, its a prerequisite to change the locks before moving in.

Reasons Why Change Locks

Its normal to feel paranoid about the previous owners of your home that’s why its common sense why there’s a need to change locks. There’s a high probability that someone might have a spare.That makes you are highly vulnerable to robbery and break ins! And changing locks would give you a piece of mind. Here are the possible persons that might have your key:

  • The family, relatives, close friends and probably co-workes of the previous owner.
  • Tradesmen or builders and contractors that have repaired or worked on the house.
  • Past relationships of the previous owners
  • Those who found or have stolen the key

Always Remember

Its easy not to forget the locks on the front / main door or gate but dont forget the storage sheds, garages and windows.

Changing the Locks

There are a lot of options when charging a lock but choose the one that suits your need. Even if your busy, always find time and don’t delay. Changing the lock should be one of your top priority before even moving in.

  1. Seek advice from professionals. If your not the handy , calling in a locksmith would ensure that the job is done right. The locksmith will professionally change your lock and give all spare keys. Try to ask a quote from different locksmithing companies. The yellow page or local directories online would be a good way to start.
  2. Re-cut, re-key or reprogrammed existing locks. This is an inexpensive way to change locks. Buy a new key on ebay and reprogram it yourself. There are solutions or instructions depending on the key online. It wont take 30 minutes to reprogram a key. Or, get a locksmith to rekey them. Most locksmiths are willing to give you instructions.
  3. Do it yourself. If your the handyman type, you can try installing the locks yourself. Almost all hardware stores that sell them come with very clear instructions on how to install new locks.
  4.  Simply add another lock. If you don’t feel like going through all the hassle of setting up a new lock, simply adding a deadlock to the doors and leaving the old locks aswell would be just fine.

Follow all these steps to make your home as secure as possible.

A Green Powered Sailboat — Hackaday

Drones fill the sky raining hellfire on unsuspecting civilians below. Self-driving cars only cause half as many accidents as carbon-based drivers. Autonomous vehicles are the future, no matter how bleak that future is. One thing we haven’t seen much of is autonomous marine vehicles, be they submarines, hovercrafts, or sailboats. That’s exactly what [silvioBi] is building for his…

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How to explain the value of replicated, shared ledgers from first principles

Richard Gendal Brown

“Digital currencies” aren’t needed to explain why distributed ledgers are important.

In this post, I develop an argument for replicated shared ledgers from first principles. It is intended to be an “education piece” aimed at those, particularly in the finance industry, who prefer explanations of new technologies to be rooted in a description of a real-world business problem rather than beginning with a description of a purported solution.  So, in this piece, you’ll find no mention of digital currencies, etc., because it turns out you don’t need them to derive an argument for distributed ledger technologies!

(Note to regular readers: see the end of the piece for some context)

We’ll start with banking systems

Start by thinking about today’s banking systems. In what follows, I use a bank deposit and payments example. But the same logic applies everywhere you look, as I’ll argue later.

Let’s imagine a world with three banks: Bank…

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Real estate firms rapidly adopting new lead gen tool

Remodeling network Porch has unveiled a second tool that brokerages, website providers and listing search services can use to augment listings with renovation project history reports, and squeeze more leads out of real estate websites.

A number of leading real estate companies have already adopted the widget, highlighting the appeal of the latest lead-capture feature to become available to real estate websites. AddressReport is another property report provider that recently fashioned a lead generation product for real estate firms.

Prospective buyers that visit listing pages equipped with Porch’s new widget may click the add-on to pull up a Porch report detailing the listing’s remodeling project history.

Companies that embed the widget on their websites can gate the property report behind a form that requires a user to enter their contact information. They can also add their branding or a real estate agent’s branding to the reports.

The integration “creates the ability to drive meaningfully more leads” through a real estate search website, said Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman.

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Hot Real Estate Leads for Closers

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The hot leads delivered in your inbox will include all of the pertinent information including buyer or seller, approximate price, buy/sell time frame, desired zip codes, price range, # of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and contact information. With this info, it will be easy to get into a conversation with the prospect. We offer two plans, one for exclusive leads and one for leads that may be offered to up to 3 agents.

Overall, we know that it is more difficult than ever to get quality real estate leads. BrokerMatch does the hard work of getting these leads and putting them on your radar. From there, you can close the sale and reap the benefits.

How Real Estate Uses Big Data to Track Clients

To target prospective clients, tech-savvy agents are buying data subscriptions and teaming with startups

Jon Hoefling, left, with his listing agent Brett Jennings in Mr. Hoefling’s home in Morgan Hill, Calif. Jason Henry for The Wall Street Journal Jon Hoefling, left, with his listing agent Brett Jennings in Mr. Hoefling’s home in Morgan Hill, Calif.
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Sitting in bed at 1:40 a.m. one morning last November, Jon Hoefling was thinking about selling his 4,300-square-foot home in Morgan Hill, Calif. While browsing Facebook on his phone, he clicked on a real-estate ad offering to estimate his home’s value. His future listing agent, who paid for the ad, was waiting.

Mr. Hoefling, the 50-year-old owner of an office-furniture resale company, had been targeted for the ad—along with 1,500 others in California’s Silicon Valley area—by an algorithm that identified him as a likely home seller. The telltale signs: Mr. Hoefling has lived in the home for more than 15 years, and his home’s market value is high for the area. Most important, his youngest son will soon leave for college. Empty nesters might as well wear a bull’s-eye.

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