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Admiring the Acoustics As a gear nerd, I’ve always been fascinated by disassembling finished products and looking at the guts of a thing. That’s why so many “how it’s made” type TV shows and specials are popular — watching a bunch of random components get assembled into something useful is amazing. Many complex items are assembled entirely by...

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TUCKER HOTTES spends some quality time with critters   Think your job is tough? Volunteer for a day at an animal shelter. There I stood, with a syringe in my gloved hands, surrounded by towels and the sound of clanking bars all around me. I had to keep a tight grip on my captive — one minor lapse in attention, and it’d be a quick escape and difficult...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES suggests a few apps every college student needs   College students: you need these apps It’s been a little while since I’ve had the pleasure of being a full-time college student. (Our College Extra section this week is bringing me back). I wasn’t in school during the Stone Ages, but I do come from a time before smartphones...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES is singing Tom Petty songs   PDA for GTA The waiting is, indeed, the hardest part. If you’re a fan of video games in even a remote sense, you’re likely already holding a copy of one of the most anticipated releases of the year, if not longer: Grand Theft Auto V. Even more so than other genres, the GTA series and its open-world...

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Grillmaster TUCKER HOTTES is still hosting cookouts. Look for your evite soon.   The joys of lump charcoal Unless you’re new ’round these parts, it’s fairly well known that I’m a grilling enthusiast. I’ve also spilled lots of ink going on and on about the relative merits of charcoal, and how it’s superior even though I occasionally enjoy the...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES plays catch up on a few favs   Saving up for a rainy day This may win the ‘Understatement of the Year’ award, but getting sick sucks. I had the distinct misfortune to pick up a stomach bug from a visiting friend who was kind enough to gift it to me on his last day of illness. Turns out, the thing is resilient and quick enough...

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 TUCKER HOTTES has the ‘end-of-summer blues’   Forget spring cleaning. Let’s talk fall organization. Getting stuck in school traffic for the first time all summer reminded me, depressingly, that we’re almost done with the warm(ish), carefree, long days. Don’t get me wrong — I love fall and winter, but for the most part, I feel myself slipping...

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Page Not Found A summer of sci-fi   I enjoy books all year around, but I seem to chew through more during the summer than any other time of year. Maybe it’s being able to sit outside; maybe it’s the abundance of natural light streaming through the windows; or maybe I just need to start reading more during the rest of the year. Regardless, with the...

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a few thoughts on fishing the lackawanna with TUCKER HOTTES   Anglers should work together to help clean up the river Last spring, I posted a quick pair of videos to YouTube of a friend of mine landing a brown trout on the Lackawanna River, not far from my house. Combined, to date, they’ve received shy of 300 views — certainly nothing spectacular, but...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES explains how he met stella   Your new best friend could be just a click away I have this mutt, Stella. She’s not a nerd. She’s the opposite; a downright Luddite. Lots of dogs are afraid of vacuums and such. Stella isn’t a huge fan of the vacuum, but she doesn’t flee in terror from it, either. When I’m feeling lazy and...