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Scam Phone Numbers

I started this list to document scam phone numbers I've received scam calls from.

Japan (+81)
03-6667-4873

The Hunt for the Ultimate Dietary Supplements for Anxiety, Stress, and Insomnia

I've always known myself to be a nervous person, but unfortunately as I've gotten older my relationship with anxiety, stress, and insomnia has worsened.  What used to be sweaty palms or minor pre-presentation tension is now a borderline panic attack.  I have sought and tried professional medical help, but I hesitate to start regularly medicating myself for fear my waking life will become that of a loopy automaton.  Sleeping pills were nice, but soon got addictive.  I didn't like the direction this was going.

Instead I sought a more holistic approach, which includes mental and meditative exercises coupled with stress-fighting dietary supplements.  Below I document my hunt for the ultimate dietary supplements to combat anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

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My Horrible Vistaprint Experience

I had been a contented Vistaprint customer for several years.  While they don't make the highest quality business cards in the world, they're inexpensive, and their online design tools and templates are swift and painless to use.  However, after the following abysmal experience, I've vowed never to use them again.

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Living Abroad - Credit Reporting, Alerting, and Freezing

Living abroad I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to my financial accounts and credit rating back in the States.  It would really suck if I were the victim of fraud and didn't even know it.  Even worse would be dealing with identity theft while living overseas.  Below I compiled some helpful links and tips for keeping a close eye on your USA credit situation.

NOTE: Many of these sites are only accessible from within the US, so I recommend a service called Getflix that offers VPN connections.  This very affordable service allows you to access these sites while abroad.

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Working Around the Limitations of the Sony a6300/a6500 Camera

The Sony a6300 camera is an amazing little guy, and overall I've been fairly satisfied with its performance thus far.  However, as is the case with small form-factor mirror-less cameras that feature big-ass sensors and 4K video recording, it's not without limitations.  Below I list the a6300's limitations, along with how I've been working around them.  As 4K video recording is the most intense shooting scenario for this diminutive camera, I primarily focus on that situation.  Knock-on-wood--I have yet to suffer nearly as much when shooting stills or HD video.

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How to Balance the Feiyu Tech MG Gimbal Camera Stabilizer

I recently bought a Feiyu Tech MG gimbal camera stabilizer, and I nearly returned it as I endured the tortuous balancing process--a process that could have gone smoother had the cryptic manual been better.  Even after watching a couple YouTube videos, I still couldn't get it to work properly.  The motors made an nasty grinding noise shortly after turning it on.  I thought it was broken.

Long story short, it wasn't.  The camera must be near-perfectly balanced so as not to strain the motors, and there are 4 locations to adjust.  These 4 locations are indeed covered in the manual; however, with its non-native English translation and tiny graphics, that manual haunted my restless slumber over a 3-day bout.  The YouTube videos helped a bit, but they didn't cover all 4 locations--a tragic flaw.  So here are the 4 places you must adjust the balance.

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