Victory Lap: Year Seven

Can I just start by saying, holy shit… year seven? I mean, what the hell have I been doing for the last seven years? (Besides digging post holes, because… obviously.) Here’s what’s crazy about that. 1.) I am way older than I realized. Like, I don’t think about it much, but when you make me sit down and do the math, I am much, much closer to 40 than not. And yet, still drinking beer and making slightly-irresponsible (and awesome) decisions regarding power tools, so… some shit never changes. Also,...
Tags: Crafts, Uncategorized

Can I prevent hyphenation in a block of text?

I'm working on an epub ebook which in each of its 18 books and 208 chapters has a 'preface' of several words or a few sentences. The text of the 'preface' is centered, often using several lines, and quite often the last word on a line breaks, and is hyphenated. I think this looks awful. Is there a way to prevent all of the words in the centered text from breaking? A word at the end of a line which would otherwise break will then drop to the next line. I know how to prevent a single word from b...
Tags: Books, Epub

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

You may remember a while back that, having been invited to be a member of the Walter Scott Prize Academy, we all contributed to a list of suggestions for submissions for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The long list was revealed this week and a very exciting one it is too... Little by Edward Carey (Gallic Books) * A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber) * After The Party by Cressida Connolly (Viking) * Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) * The Western Wind...
Tags: Books, Academy, Sally Magnusson, Dovegreyreader, Walter Scott Prize, Caryl Phillips, Robin Robertson, Walter Scott Prize Academy, Salaga, Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Walter Scott Prize, Edward Carey Gallic Books A Long Way From Home, Peter Carey Faber, Cressida Connolly Viking Washington Black, Esi Edugyan Serpent, Samantha Harvey Jonathan Cape

Long Range Competitions; From College Students to Hunters – This Week on Tom Gresham

Long Range Competitions; From College Students to Hunters – This Week on Tom Gresham Mandeville, LA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Getting involved in long range competition shooting, introducing college students to hunting, a look at important lawsuits in Hawaii and D.C., and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports. Are you interested in long range competitive shooting, but don't have any idea where to start? Hear f...
Tags: Guns, Hawaii, Vietnam, University Of Georgia, Tom, Charles Evans, Brownells, Shooting Media News, Tom Gresham, Mandeville La, Stephen Stamboulieh, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Roku Apple TV Amazon Fire TV, Long Range Competitions, Tom Fuller, Georgia Wildlife Federation

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Lion’s Gear Solution – Aurora Bridge Hyperion Mount

The SiOnyx Aurora is a rather capable night vision camera. Read my review of it here. While the Aurora night vision camera was never intended to be helmet mounted I was able to cobble something together to see if it could be done. The popularity of the Aurora camera has driven individuals like Lucian of […] Read More … The post FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Lion’s Gear Solution – Aurora Bridge Hyperion Mount appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Reviews, Guns, Aurora, Lucian, Friday Night Lights, Night Vision, Sionyx, Bridge Mount, Aurora Bridge Hyperion Mount

POTD: Tanfoglio Domina XTREME 2019

In 2016 TFB was the first to report about the new Tanfoglio Domina Open pistol. Time flies and the Domina can now be seen in competitions around Europe. Tanfoglio (Italy) just released pictures of the 2019 version, which is the topic of Today’s Picture Of The Day here at TFB. Even in the open Division, […] Read More … The post POTD: Tanfoglio Domina XTREME 2019 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Domina, Photo of the Day, Tanfoglio, Eric Grauffel, Tanfoglio Domina, Tanfoglio Domina XTREME, Europe Tanfoglio Italy

Gun Owners of America Gets Its Day In Court On Bump Stocks

GOA gets its day in court on bump stocks USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- As I write this letter to you, I am on a plane, returning from western Michigan. The “lake effect” has dropped more snow than I’m used to seeing during this time of year. So for me, I’m looking forward to returning home to dry land. I’ve left the federal district court in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Gun Owners of America delivered its oral arguments on Wednesday in opposition to the ATF’s bump stock ban. As you know, GOA is suing...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Washington, Western, America, Fbi, Lawsuits, Michigan, Las Vegas, Goa, Chevron, Kamala Harris, Gun Owners of America GOA, ATF, Olson, KALAMAZOO MICHIGAN

Need help finalizing epub

I published Garage Band Theory a little over two years ago, and it's doing OK on Amazon and elsewhere. I've just finished updating all the links, fixing a few typos and some other little things in Sigil. I'm an author/musician, not an 'ebook builder' and there are a couple things that I haven't been able to figure out ... I think it's pretty simple stuff, but I'm busy with other aspects of the project. Wondering if there's someone here who can help finish it up. Thanks, Duke Sharp [email protected]
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S&W Safety Alert: M&P 15-22 Needs Inspection

Smith and Wesson just issued a safety alert regarding recent production M&P 15-22 rifles and pistols. According to the safety alert some M&P 15-22 bolts may be out of spec. They have issued a PDF and a video to help you find out if your M&P 15-22 is affected. The safety alert applies to ALL […] Read More … The post S&W Safety Alert: M&P 15-22 Needs Inspection appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Breaking News, Smith, Wesson, Rimfire, Smith & Wesson, M&P 15-22, S&W

Smart, funny and fresh new SciFi Voice

99 cents Science Fiction ebook: After an alien targets his family, Brad Johnson, an entrepreneur, finds himself on an off world adventure, relying on his skills to survive an intergalactic war. As Brad struggles to understand the conflict between the aliens, as well as his place in the universe, he learns one group threatens Earth's security and the other wants something entirely different. All Brad wants is to return home to his family, but not until he embarks on the greatest adventure of his ...
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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Zombie Apocalypse Edition

Welcome everyone to our second edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, our newest series here on TFB. If you missed our first article, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this a good deal or a Fudd’s attempt at keeping it […] Read More … The post HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Zombie Apocalypse Edition appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Zombies, Knives, Shotguns, Editorial, Axe, Fudd, 12 Gauge, Bayonet, Fudd Crap

Tobiassen Promoted to President of American Outdoor Brands Firearms Division

American Outdoor Brands SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – -(AmmoLand.com)- American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), one of the world's leading providers of firearms and quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that Lane Tobiassen has been promoted to the role of President of the company’s Firearms Division. Tobiassen previously served as President of the company’s Electro-Optics Division, a business that will be combined with the c...
Tags: Guns, Wheeler, Thompson, Firearms, Smith & Wesson, Henry, University of Oregon, Imperial, Lane, UST, Caldwell, Schrade, Crimson Trace, Frankford, Tipton, Bubba

Tea Processing: Withering

What does “withering” mean in tea processing? That the moment a tea leaf is plucked from the tea plant, it begins to wilt naturally, a process we call withering. But once the tea leaves reach the processing facility, this process is controlled by the tea producer. The purpose of a controlled wither is to prepare the leaves for further processing by reducing their moisture content. This allows for the development of aroma and flavor compounds in the leaves. Controlling the withering process mean...
Tags: Tea, Nuwara Eliya, Tony Gebely, Processing, Tea Processing, Wither, Tea Epicure Blog, Pedro Estate, Sri Lanka Great

10 Design Ideas to Steal from Verjus in San Francisco

Traveling through Europe in recent years, designer Lindsay Tusk and chef Michael Tusk noticed “different variations on the same theme” of an informal and energetic style of dining in Paris, Venice, and San Sebastian Gambero. So the Tusks, known in San Francisco for their restaurants Quince and Cotogna, came up with the idea for Verjus, a bar à vin and cave à manger (eat-in cellar) with a “high-fidelity atmosphere full of gusto, spontaneity, and excitement,” says Lindsay Tusk. An all-day menu wit...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Milan, California, France, Restaurants, US, San Francisco, Paris, Venice, Parma, Tusk, Benjamin Moore, San Francisco Bay Area, Tiles

Friday Favorites: Baking Cabinet Organization, Finding Focus, Free Printables + more!

Hey there, happy Friday! Guess what I haven’t done in awhile? A Friday Favorites post! So today’s the day. I’m going to share with you some of my current favorites as well as some of my favorite posts that I’ve read from around blog land lately. Let’s get going! (affiliate links used below which means I make a small commission on products purchased through my links.) Favorite Water Bottle: First I want to start out by sharing something about myself that rarely ever happens. I rarely st...
Tags: Amazon, Crafts, US, Netflix, Canada, Jodi Picoult, Don, Marie Kondo, Nicholas Sparks, Jodi, Friday Favorites, Dollarama, Sutton Place

Illustrated Pretties

I can't resist with these three. I love a good illustrated cover so much, and these three are not only just beautiful but include a couple of delicious retellings, a debut novel, and at least three young women who sound as fierce and determined and real as I could hope for on this International Women's Day. Put them on your calendars. I'm feeling the good feelings.  by Kiersten WhiteThis cover, you guys. This cover . . . I love it so much. And I haven't read a good Arthurian retelling in far to...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Disney, Covers, Mulan, Merlin, Young Adult, Seoul, Thomas, Arthur, Pretties, Retelling, Kiersten White, Sherry Thomas, Arthurian, Camelot Rising

PW4 problem waking up

I have now 3 or 4 times had my Paperwhite wake to a garbled screen: it is as if the screen was horizontally sliced and the slices were interlaced (like cutting a deck of cards in two and shuffling the two stacks together). So I see a sort of ‘double exposure’. The touch screen still responds, so if I tap I’m able to eventually navigate to Settings and then to Restart. (The other way is holding power button until Power dialog comes up with CANCEL RESTART SCREEN OFF options and tap in the right p...
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The Oolong Compendium

This content is an excerpt from Tony’s book, Tea: A User’s Guide. For more information on the book, please visit the book’s web site. The word Wulong translates to black dragon. The proper pinyin is wūlóng (乌龙), but oolong (a haphazard transliteration) has become the most popular spelling in the West. Wulong leaves are semi-oxidized. This means that during production, oxidation is initiated, controlled and halted at some point before the leaves are considered fully oxidized. This is why you will...
Tags: Tea, China, Taiwan, GUI, Guangdong, Northern Taiwan, Tony, Wu, Alishan, Fujian province, Fujian, Hsinchu City, Min River, Da Hong Pao, Tie Guan Yin, GABA

Tea Processing Step: Oxidation

What is Oxidation? Oxidation refers to a series of chemical reactions that result in the browning of tea leaves and the production of flavor and aroma compounds in finished teas. Depending on the type of tea being made, oxidation is either prevented altogether or deliberately initiated, controlled and then stopped. Much of the oxidation process revolves around polyphenols, particularly the enzymes polyphenol oxidase and peroxidase. When the cells inside tea leaves are damaged and the components...
Tags: Tea, China, Fixing, CTC, Harney, Basu, Tony Gebely, Michael Harney, Ullah, Oxidation, Tea Processing, Tea Epicure Blog, Shaqing, Control of Oxidation Control

Nuances of Tea Classification

What is a Tea Processing Chart? What is a tea processing chart? A tea processing chart refers to a chart that shows the processing steps that different tea types go through after being plucked and before they reach your cup as a means of tea classification. Tea processing charts have been essential items in the toolbelt of tea educators for years. However, nearly every processing chart that exists today excludes many styles of tea and sometimes entire types of tea. I posted the first version of...
Tags: Tea, South Korea, China, India, Taiwan, United States, Nepal, Green Tea, Black Tea, East Asia, Huang, Anhui, Sri Lanka India, Fujian province, Sheng, Classification

Tea Processing Chart

Tea processing is the most important quantifier when determining or producing a tea type. Green tea, yellow tea, white tea, wulong tea, black tea and fermented teas all begin as fresh Camellia sinensis leaves and go through different processing steps. While there are an infinite number of variations that result in an infinite number of tea styles, the same underlying processing methodologies largely define the tea’s type. There are many similar charts that attempt to accurately depict the tea pr...
Tags: Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, Classification, Fermented Tea, Tony Gebely, White Tea, Yellow Tea, Loose Tea, Tea Processing, Tea Epicure Blog, Altered Tea, Wulong Tea

A New Look at Tea Classification

History of Tea Classification Throughout history, tea has been categorized many ways: by the color of the finished leaves, by the color of the tea liquor, and by the percentage of oxidation the tea leaves have gone through during processing. The goal of categorizing tea is to provide a clear foundation for education by lumping together teas with similar qualities. Each of the above classification methods fall short of providing a method of classification by which all tea styles can be categoriz...
Tags: Tea, China, Taxonomy, Green Tea, Black Tea, Classification, Fermented Tea, Tony Gebely, Guan Yin, White Tea, Yellow Tea, HUSBANDRY, Terroir, Tea Epicure Blog, Altered Tea, Puer Tea

Kinetics of Steeping Tea

Steeping is the final step in the lives of tea leaves. And in their final act, they slowly unfold and unravel, creating a beverage that tells the story of where they came from. Every time we drink liquor from the steeped leaves, it tells us what the weather was like before they were plucked and how they were handled, processed, and stored before they reached your cup. Chemically speaking, steeping refers to the act of infusing tea leaves in a solvent (water) to make a solution that is on average...
Tags: Tea, Science, Epa, Water Quality, Tony Gebely, Kinetics, Steeping, Tea Epicure Blog, Tea Association of the United States

Using two Kindles

I have two Kindle Fires. A Kindle Fire HD 7 and a Fire HD 8th gen. I just obtained the 8th gen. I’ve been using Claiber for some time with the 7. I would like to be able to use Caliber with both Kindles. How do I get Caliber to recognize the 8th gen? My apologies if this has been addressed. I’ve searched and haven’t been successful in finding a post that addresses this. Thank you for your help.
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Troubleshooting Can someone try this test document?

this is a test azw3 I created that only has the phrase the quick brown fox... in four styles, regular, italic, bold, bold italic. It opens fine with calibre viewer, but voyage with 5.10.3 won't open it. I thought it was my custom fonts but removing the fonts folder and rebooting did not do it. Could someone (preferably on 5.10.3) try it out (file attached) and let me knows what happens? thanks Attached Files test - Unknown.azw3 (10...
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Tea Varieties and Cultivars

Plant Classification All plants are classified hierarchically by their division, class, subclass, order, family, genus, and species. They are also classified by variety and cultivar when necessary. Here’s how the tea plant shakes out: Division → Magnoliophyta Class → Magnoliopsida Subclass → Dilleniidae Order → Theales Family → Theaceae Genus → Camellia Species → Sinensis Since we’ll only be dealing with the varieties and cultivars of the genus Camellia and the species sinensis we’ll leave ...
Tags: Tea, Taxonomy, Camellia, Variety, Horticulture, Tony Gebely, Cultivar, Tea Epicure Blog, Varietal

Yarn Pom-Pom Necklace Kids Craft

We love making pom poms with yarn. They are simple and fun, everyone can make these! Plus they make pretty garlands and present toppers, so why not jewelry for a yarn pom-pom necklace?! Here’s the easy tutorial! Yarn Pom-Pom Necklace Accents: Want a super easy piece of DIY jewelry that your child can make and wear? This yarn pom-pom necklace can be made in under an hour and can be reused in many ways. Yarn Pom-Pom Necklace Yarn Pom-Pom Necklace Tutorial Supplies: yarn in your choice of...
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The Six Immutable Laws of Tea Storage

Storing tea can be very simple. If you keep your tea in an airtight container and then store your container in a dark, cool, dry place free from strong odors, you will likely consume it before any degradation in aroma or taste occurs. However, tea is constantly deteriorating, very slowly, as soon as the leaves are picked off the plant. When we talk about a tea deteriorating, we are mostly talking about oxidation. Teas that are prevented from oxidizing during production and teas that are not heav...
Tags: Tea, Nigel, Tea Storage, Tony Gebely, Aged Tea, Nigel Melican, Tea Epicure Blog, Aging Tea, Storing Tea Evak Airless Storage Containers, N Seal Vacuum Storage Containers, Airscape Lite Containers

2 please help its a pdf to epub file have tried to justify to no avail all help woul

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Chemical Compounds in Tea

Tea chemistry is complex. Just how complex? Well, on the bush, tea leaves contain thousands of chemical compounds. When tea leaves are processed, the chemical compounds within them break down, form complexes with one another and form new compounds. When steeping tea leaves, our senses are tingled by the thousands of volatile compounds (collectively known as the “aroma complex”) rising from the tea liquor and the thousands of non-volatile compounds that are floating within the tea liquor. Because...
Tags: Tea, London, Biology, Turkey, Chemistry, EC, Caffeine, Plant Sciences, Bhatia, Organic Chemistry, Tony Gebely, EGCG EGCG, Harbowy Matthew E, Douglas A Balentine, Neva Gungor, Zhen Yong

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