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  • Christmas Lights 2017

    I finished putting up my Christmas lights today, thanks to the help of my Dad, Mom, and Perry.  We managed to get over 1,000 lights into the big tree on my front lawn. It looks great!  I also put colored lights in each of the 5 bushes out front this year.

    All thats left is to finish decorating the tree inside.  I put it up last night, but only with lights on it.  I’m testing how Buddy is going to handle it. I’m afraid he’s going to knock it over and break things.  To counteract this, I duct taped the tree base to the coffee table its sitting on.  It shouldn’t be able to move at all 🙂

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  • Seth & the Sleep Study -OR- How Not to Sleep

    Wednesday night I went in for a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea.  I’ve been a pretty loud snorer all my life, and my brother and father have it so it was a pretty good bet. I’d read up on it, and their brochure said you could sleep comfortably in any position.

    Well, it took me many hours to fall asleep.  I was so uncomfortable, couldn’t get into a good position.  It was nearly impossible to sleep on my side like I usually do.  I didn’t fall asleep till after 2am, after being hooked up at 9pm.  It was horrible 🙁

    They eventually woke me up and put a CPAP mask on me to help.  It took quite some time to get used to breathing with. I eventually did sleep, and it did help.  It was still hard to sleep on my side.

    The worst part was all the wires they had attached to my head. It made it really hard to get comfy 🙁  Every time I tried to get into a good position I was pulling on wires.  I had no choice but to sleep on my back, and I don’t normally sleep on my back. I snore loudest there, so I sleep on my side.  With all that crap hooked up to me, I couldn’t sleep like I usually do.  It just sucked…

    But I survived. I should know the results in two weeks.


  • Wind Storm of 2017

    I survived the Wind Storm!  I was without power from Monday morning till Thursday night.  It wasn’t too horrible, but it got pretty cold at night.  Luckily my parents got power back on Tuesday, so I borrowed their generator.

    I have now survived the three worst power outage events in Maine history: Flood of 87, Ice Storm of 98, and Wind Storm of 17.  Yeah, its not that great a claim to fame.

    I did manage to put up some lights for Halloween this year, but naturally had no power on Halloween itself.

    Halloween 2017

  • TV Automation Success!

    I had a breakthrough in re-automating my television series downloads today!  A few years back, I was using some random program that would grab torrent files for me and pretty much automated the download process for new TV shows, except for the sorting aspect.

    Yesterday I started looking into a program called Sonarr.  It does exactly what I was looking for, and a lot more!  It integrates with my torrent downloaded, and it even sorts the episode files into the proper directories on the Plex server. It also scans that files I already have and tells me what I’m missing!  I found quite a few random episodes of different shows here and there that I was missing for god knows what reasons.  I love this software!

    Tonight will be its first live test.  There are several shows on tonight that I download, so we’ll see how it works out.  It worked amazing in all my tests, and even helped me get some of the missing episodes.  (I had to go digging manually for some others as they were QUITE old and hard to find.)