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So what happened to the challenge?

A while back I came up with a challenge to get in shape. I made a couple of updates, but then stopped updating altogether. So what happened? A couple of things, but the biggest one was illness. This year has been especially cold here where I am at and I think it led...

Path to Freedom

Just a few days ago I was watching an episode of survivorman titled “Off the Grid”. As you can imagine, it was all about how to move away from the city and get away from relying on “the system”. He choose to move his family out to a very remote...

Upcoming posts/plans for Simplistic Thoughts

With the exception of the last couple of weeks I haven’t been to great at posting on Simplistic Thoughts. It’s partly because I have been busy with working on other blogs and partly because I have been busy doing various things here in Miyakojima (teaching...

Solar Space Heater

Since the weather here is finally starting to turn cold I have been spending time searching for a way to heat the house. We have a little heater, but that only heats so much and it also uses a lot of energy. Luckily, I finally came across a great option, a solar space...

A Question For Hackers

About a week ago I received an e-mail from a good friend mentioning that his website wouldn’t work. Someone had hacked it, and instead of displaying his normal blog it showed a message describing what a hacker was and why they do what they do.  Yesterday,...

6 Free Alternatives to Common Everday Programs

With the exception of my early grammar school days playing “number muncher” on an old Macintosh,  I have been a windows user. It is what I grew up using and since most of the programs were made for Windows. It’s really all there was. Eventually my...