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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Ceiling Mount

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  Alexa, play my playlist... My goal has been to have music easily accessible while hanging out on my front patio. I'm aware of all kinds of stereo's, Bluetooth speakers/devices that could accomplish this, but I wanted something that wasn't tied to my smartphone, as well as something that wouldn't involve a major renovation (my front wall is brick). Now before people start to comment that I could have run stereo speakers in the soffit and into my house, that was already more work than I had planned as the soffit doesn't seem to be removable without using destructive force (I'm not sure how it was installed). I also wanted something that would be relatively permanent, in that I didn't want to have to charge something, or turn it on and off.  My solution was an echo dot mounted to the soffit, where my echo dot would be sheltered from the elements and provide music upon verbal command. So I turned to the world wide web for solutions, and there are a few great i

New Dirt Jumper Bike

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Here's my new bike, that I've been building over the winter months. Truth be told, I finished it back in April, but I've been having a few odd issues, which I'll be discussing in a future post. Anyways for those of you interested in this bike build then keep reading... Bike Build I got the frame, wheels, cranks, pedals, chain-ring, headset, and single speed derailer used, from a guy off Pinkbike.com . It cost me $160 (CDN), which was a pretty good deal, and a great place to start. The Frame The frame is a cro-moly rigid, made by Canadian company .243Racing. The FSA pig headset was already attached to the frame, and seemed in reasonable shape, so I decided to leave it on and just lube the bearings. The Cranks, Sproket, Pedals, Bottom Bracket The cranks are made by Diety, and feel super strong. I'm not sure what botton bracket bearings are installed but I'm assuming they're the ones that came with the cranks. Once again I left the

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