Coffee Life Skills

How to Fix Black and Decker Coffee Grinder in 10 minutes

Ever seen this coffee grinder?


Hopefully you weren’t unfortunate to buy it, but if you were and dropped the lid JUST ONCE, you will know that Black and Decker designed this to break.  They had to actually think long and hard in a design room to figure out a way to make sure this would break in the first few months.  Anyway, they upset me so much with this one that I actually decided to fix it so that their evil design team wouldn’t have the joy of knowing I ‘might’ buy another one…

Now, to upset them more, I’m going to share this 10 minute fix with you.

It’s so easy, I’m not even going to give instructions.  Just let the pictures do the teaching, and enjoy your totally perfectly coffee grinder.













Flat Earth

The Cooling Power of Moonlight Confirmed with Quick and Free DIY Test

As I started to investigate and question many things programmed into me in school, one of the items that really shook my world was the idea that the moonlight may actually possess cooling properties.

I watched a quick video like this:

At first, I absolutely couldn’t accept it, or believe it.  I also did not have the financial ability to purchase an infrared thermometer (although I’ve since learned they come on sale regularly where I live for about $20.00 so I will be buying one), so after first viewing this video it has been bugging me.  Why?  There are many implications if this is proves true:

  • The moon could not be reflecting sunlight (as I was programmed to believe) because if it was, the moonlight would possess the same qualities of sunlight: warm, radiant, glowing, heating, etc.
  • If it’s not reflected sunlight, does it have its own light source?
  • What in the world is the moon?
  • No one taught me about this or discussed it – ever – which means that I must further question the system itself.
  • If something as simple as this slipped through the cracks of education, I may be fully deceived about many other things.

But the reason this one bugged me and never left me is twofold.  One, I always knew that when I was in the moonlight I was always cold (it does not take much education to confirm this) and two, this is a test that is super easy to do.

So, this morning when I woke up, I grabbed my coffee (I wake up before the sun if you were wondering) and walked out.  Lo and behold there was a full moon and no clouds and the moonlight was illuminating my backyard.  So, I walked into the moonlight, and pretended that I was on a sunny beach lying in the sunlight and shut my eyes (I’m weird like that…).  But… something weird happened.

I got cold.

Real cold.

Real fast.

I had to start rubbing my hands together so my virtual pretend beach party ended as quickly as it started.  I began walking back to the garage (less than 10 steps away) when I realized that I had warmed up.

So I walked back to the moonlight.

Cold again.

Son of so many guns…  It’s true!

And I didn’t even need a thermometer to test it!  The difference of 2 degrees (as per video above) is so great that you can literally *feel* it on your skin.

So I did a full test to prove it to myself – and this is the point of this post – you can do this to immediately and without spending any money.

Moon Chiller DIY Test Number 1: The Full Body Bask

What you will need:

  1. A pretty big tree (or something big that blocks the moon light)
  2. The moon and its light

Got it?  Good.

What to do:

  1. Stand in the moon shade for 30 seconds with your hands exposed.  Don’t hold a coffee like I did the first time or you’ll have to repeat this experiment.  Count to 30 using the ‘one-thousand-and-one, one-thousand-and-two’ method.
  2. Quickly move into the full moonlight and repeat counting to 30 and note the temperature on your skin (perhaps wearing a bathing suit will be a more effective test – but don’t lead bystanders into temptation of course)
  3. Move back into the moon shade and count again to 30.  I found this last step had the most impact because it was a full cycle and your senses are more in tune with the small changes.

Moon Chiller DIY Test Number 2: The Back Hand

This test is exactly the same as the test above but requires less energy.  Just repeat the Full Body Bask but use the back of your hand facing the moonlight.

Keep your eyes closed for all these tests as much as possible and for the Back Hand test you might need a partner to confirm that your hand is in the moonlight.

I hope you found this as exciting and troubling as I did.

Life Skills Technology

Cardboard Electronics by NewFoldr Most Exciting thing in Hardware for a While

Check this out.  Just so cool.  The hipsters should be all over this,  I’m thinking.  I like the idea of being able to add your own creativity to something electronic.  This is the missing ingredient for our generation.  We need to go back to the days when there was a ‘radio shack’ and dad and kid worked together on something instead of just consuming and tossing.  Nice and nice.  And it seems like there is open source licensing here, perhaps, albeit I haven’t researched the deets:


Technology Tutorial Ubuntu

How to Make Self Signed SSL Certificate Work in CPanel

Tutorial Assumptions

  • you have a website domain
  • you have shared hosting using cPanel
  • you are using a computer running Ubuntu

This isn’t a perfect solution if you have a public facing website, but if you have a private website for yourself, your friends, your business, etc, this will be ‘better than nothing’ and at least give you encryption for your traffic.

Most hosting companies probably sell ‘real’ SSL certificates which cost a certain amount per year.  This may make sense if you don’t have time to figure it out, or you don’t have root control of your server, or if your server happens to suck and not be ubuntu.  If these things happen, you should consider a hosting change ASAP because someone else is controlling your website.

In my case, I’m financially challenged right now and I have a couple of personal domains I want to secure.  Note that I have not yet, as of the date of posting this, figured out what to do for W.O.T.  It is still showing ‘not secure’ because it’s not https but I don’t want to use a self-signed certificate because it will scare away most visitors before they start reading.

The best looking solution moving forward, by the way, and I’m trying to plan all my future sites around it is Let’s Encrypt which is supported by some major players but also playing ball with the EFF it looks like.  However, if you don’t have control over your terminal on your server and cannot issue commands, I’m not sure that it will work. I’m still investigating.

This tutorial is using Greengeeks cheap shared hosting out of the USA.  I remember having to contacts tech support to making this option available in cpanel so you might have to as well

Download and Install OpenSSL on your Ubuntu machine

I assume it would be this command although it has been a while. might have to search it out if this doesn’t work:

sudo apt-get install openssl

Navigate to a Nice Place with your Terminal and Create a Directory Where Your Certificates will be Stored

I gave these a file name of domain-name-ssl-certs, and I did it in my home directory for speed and ease

sudo mkdir domain-name-ssl-certs

Run the Command to Generate the Certificates

You will need to swap out the directory path in this command to the one that matches where you just created the above directory

sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /directory/directory/domain-name-ssl-certs/apache.key -out /directory/directory/domain-name-ssl-certs/apache.crt

It will  ask you to fill out stuff and the most important is this one which links it to your actual domain:

Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []

Go to Cpanel back end and prepare to paste in some stuff where it should go

If you don’t see the stuff I’m talking about in this section it may be because your hosting company doesn’t want you to know you can do this because they want to sell you a $20 to $50/year ‘real certificate’.  But if you are doing home-based stuff you need not spend.  Make them make this function work or move to a company who will.

In my cpanel it’s under ‘security’ and ‘SSL/TLS’.  Click that.

Install and Manage SSL for your site (HTTPS)

Go back to your terminal and open those .key and .crt files with a text editor like nano or gedit

sudo nano apache.crt

Select all the text after the — of ‘begin cert’ and before the — of ‘end certificate’ as follows.


with the control and shift button down hit the ‘c’ button to copy it to the clipboard memory.

Go back to your cPanel and paste it in the certificate field. If you get a warning that it doesn’t match yoru domain it’s because you didn’t enter the domain correctly while you were creating the certificate in the ‘Common name’ step above that I warned you about.  You should see everything as below except the red warning:


Go back and Open your Private Key that you generated and Copy/Paste it into your Cpanel

sudo nano apache.key


control+shift+C it into this window in cPanel


Click ‘install’ and you should be good to go.

Of course you will always get the ‘this website is dangerous’ warning the first time you visit it but whatever.

Hope that helps.  Now to try the same method with ‘let’s encrypt’ and hopefully get rid of the ‘dangerous’ warnings, too!