Author Archives: Scott Mauer

Back in the Saddle with Superautomatico

“Why”, you might ask, “are you putting unopened popsicles in that $1000 superautomatic espresso machine?” Good question! The answer begins with me finding this $1000 Saeco Intelia superautomatic espresso machine for $25 at a thrift store! I couldn’t test it … Continue reading

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The Unlevel Bed

Looks like it’s finally time to re-level the yurt platform. To be honest, I’ve never slept as well in my yurt as I did in my house, which was on a slab foundation. I had a really nice $900+ Serta … Continue reading

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AC Upgrade Part 1 Results – 24 % Better!

Wow! It looks like adding a second hose to my AC unit reduced my power usage by 24%! Here’s how I did the experiment: First, I picked two days in a row that were going to be very close to … Continue reading

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Yurt AC Upgrade – Part 1

It’s time to make the yurt more Brutal Texas Summer resistant! The best solution to Texas summer heat is to leave. We should all GTFO, and arguments to the contrary are, basically, garbage. I leave proving that using mass transit … Continue reading

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I’m Back!

I’m back! We had the darkest winter on record here in Austin in 2017, and I got totally snowballed by seasonal affective disorder. It knew it was happening, but it was still so strong that even with all my coping … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Watts of Bose Kidney Massage

After starting with useless, blown speakers, Junior’s stereo is now capable of causing both psychotic joy and physical injury. I started with static, and ended with Bluetooth, USB, integrated Pandora, full stereo and 200 watts of Bose sub! The story … Continue reading

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Blasting Back into Baking with Soul Bread

With the return of The Sun, I’m finally coming out of the worst bout of Seasonal Effective Disorder I’ve ever experienced and rejoined the Land of the Living. I put on pants before noon today! The thing I miss most … Continue reading

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