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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

2005 Yamaha BWS (#2): Strip Down & Rear Lighting

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Nadia's scooter (pictured above), just doesn't have the pep it once had. It's a 2005 Yamaha Zuma (YM50, same as mine) with the stock 50cc engine still in it. While it's been a great learner scooter, the 50cc engine just isn't giving the same power it once was (Nadia's words, not mine). With those words in mind, I felt it was time to give this scooter a little power increase and slight beauty makeover.  Since I've already detailed much of the transformations I'm planning on doing with this scooter on my scooter, I'll dispense with the extensive write up, and proceed straight to the pictures. (minor cracks to the fairing, and scratches will be addressed) (passenger foot rest damaged) (not visible, but rack bolts sheered) (Turn signals to be integrated with tail light, license plate area to be shaved down) Disassembly (Sheered screw holder on the

Looking For Game Consoles To Modify/Hack

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Hey all you Mass-IMO.com viewers! I'm looking to do some game console modding articles.  I'm looking for cheap to free older game consoles that I can use to experiment on. I'm really looking for a Playstation 2 (fat/phat) donation, but really anything old to tinker on would be helpful. So if you have any old gaming consoles or handhelds that you're thinking of throwing out, contact me , maybe we can save them from going to the landfill.

Where Have I Been? The Aftermath

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After all the excitement surrounding the proposal, and Christmas, I'm also a January baby, so I celebrated a birthday as well. So now we're in full wedding planning swing, and I have to begin planning Birthday celebrations for Nadia. Now many of you may be asking, what happened to all the other posts? Where are all the World is flat updates (it's not like the world went round overnight), or all the tech related posts. and I have to say that they will eventually make it out. However, I am having a serious issue working on my tech articles, because I'm unable to get parts, It seems any parts I order that crosses the Pacific Ocean, never seems to get to me. I'm also unable to source the items locally, and if I do it's at an extortionately high price. So I ask all you out there, what should I do? Is there some other option out there to get electronic parts cheap here in Vancouver? Did I also mention we've started home renovations, which is also limitin

Where Have I Been? The Proposal

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After all the hi-jinx with getting a wedding ring, then seeking Nadia's fathers blessing, I was finally back in Vancouver and can now concentrate on the actual proposal, and I actually had a plan... Nadia's sister Daniela and her husband Ryan were coming into town for Christmas, from Victoria on December 22nd, and I knew I wanted to use them to help in the proposal. You see, regardless of what religious or statutory holiday a long weekends fall on, we being the four of us (Me, Nadia,Daniela, and Ryan), seem to have our own traditions that we do when they come into town... 1) Go for Sushi Sushi seems to be something everyone enjoys eating. It's diverse offerings can easily accommodate the most strictest of dietary restrictions while still satisfying the palette. I'm also of the belief, from personal trial and error, that Victoria even though surrounded by water and fish, really has sub par Sushi (just saying). 2). Go for Ernest Ice Cream Usually a summer thing

Where Have I Been? Being Anti-Feminist

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Following up from my last post, you would think I'd be moving right into the proposal, but you see life has it's own plans, as I'll explain. The original proposal plan was to visit Nadia's parents in Osoyoos. While there I would find some reason to go out for dinner, I would ask her father for his permission to marry his daughter (against my better judgment, I'm with all you feminists on this one) then with ring in hand I would make a grand proposal at some time during dinner. Normally I would like to be a bit better prepared, but as Nadia and I were planning to visit her parents, I was secretly planning the proposal behind her back. Unfortunately completion of the ring had been delayed, and there was just no way of having the ring for our trip to Osoyoos. Despite a ruined proposal, our trip to Osoyoos wasn't a complete failure. We managed to start a tradition by bring up some Panetone, how many remember last years prank ? We took in a rather

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