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    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.

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    We have the same issue. A kid that can’t maintain weight through genetics and sports. We make fruit smoothies and blend in protein powder

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GIURIQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_8XN90EYJDBWA8M5TAPXZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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    Have you seen that lawn seed mix that comes with mulch included so all you have to do is water to grow grass? Has anyone had good luck with that? Never works for me

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    Zwak wrote:


    Have you seen that lawn seed mix that comes with mulch included so all you have to do is water to grow grass? Has anyone had good luck with that? Never works for me

    The biggest issue with those mixtures is that they dry out and you need to keep them wet. Even if you water them in the morning and after work, they seem to always dry out and crust over. So, I’m with you and have never had any luck with them. Although, this year with the dry weather and heat, growing grass is not an easy process. Hopefully, the fall will be better growing weather for that.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.


    Ensure provides a lot of protein in a easy bottle, comes in a variety of flavors. If he’s at camps all day pack a couple of frozen ones he can drink in between (highly recommend they be consumed COLD).

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.


    Ensure provides a lot of protein in a easy bottle, comes in a variety of flavors. If he’s at camps all day pack a couple of frozen ones he can drink in between (highly recommend they be consumed COLD).

    I’ll try it. And the whey from time to time.

    I had my tonsils removed when I was mid 30s (I don’t wish that on anybody). So much pain.

    Once I moved past the clear liquids stage I tried ensure. I hated it. But to be honest I hated everything at that time. Beef broth was good day 1 but I wanted to vomit thinking about from Day2 on.

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    I drink 1 Ensure a day about 5 days a week and have been doing so for about the past 4 months. I buy the powdered mix and throw it in the bullet with a banana for a quick meal substitute.

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    That Muscle Milk has a lot of protein, and actually tastes pretty good.

    It does get that hot in Da UP. June 7, the Monday before I was up there, it was about 94 in Houghton. For Melmac’s wedding in Houghton a few years ago, it was even hotter. It’s rare, but it happens.

    When my Wrangler went to the graveyard a couple years ago, the tower mentioned, “Huh, I was expecting a Patriot or Cherokee, not this.” Now, the OLD Cherokees, the ones with the fake wood panels (80s? style), those were beasts.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.

    [mention]Keith[/mention] may be able to provide some good insight if he still checks this board.

    I’ve had good success building muscle with MusclePharm protein shakes in the past. I usually get the chocolate flavor and mix it with milk. It is delicious.

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    My mother in law decided that she was going to sell one of their cars since it doesn’t like they have a need for two cars anymore.

    I decided to try selling the car online. In minutes I got a quote from Carvana and it was for a crazy amount of money compared to the Blue Book value. It took about an hour to get everything together and 30 minutes of signing papers yesterday but that was it. They sent the money to her within hours of all the paperwork being signed.

    I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was and would certainly go that route again as an option for selling a car

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    Beauner wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.

    @Keith may be able to provide some good insight if he still checks this board.

    I’ve had good success building muscle with MusclePharm protein shakes in the past. I usually get the chocolate flavor and mix it with milk. It is delicious.

    The best way to build muscle is resistance training along with a calorie surplus + adequate protein intake. Since he’s only 13, I’m not sure if he’s lifting weights yet. The calorie surplus isn’t quite as important as if he was a seasoned gym rat, but getting in adequate calories would be helpful. And aim for 1g protein per pound of bodyweight. Again, this isn’t for gen pop necessarily, but for someone looking to build muscle. If you’re not concerned about him becoming overweight, which it sounds like you’re not, then there’s nothing wrong with whipping up some protein smoothies, even using ice cream if need be. I’d suggest a vanilla casein protein powder (casein digests slower than whey so would be preferable if being used as a meal replacement of sorts) mixed in with milk, ice cream, yogurt, fruit, whatever your kid likes… that’s where I’d start. Note: I am not a nutritionist nor qualified to prescribe meal plans… just have to say that. :wink:

    Pro tip: don’t buy anything from GNC, it’s way overpriced. Amazon is likely your best bet. Dymatize and Optimum Nutrition both make quality casein powders that I’ve used for years.

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    Keith wrote:


    Beauner wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    I have a kid who likes to stay active and burns a lot of calories. He is in multiple sports camps each day during the summer.

    He isn’t a big eater and often prefers veggie sandwiches. Consequently he is very lean and doesn’t build muscle very well. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements to help him get carbs and protein? I am not trying to bulk him up like Mr. Olympia, so I am not looking for the Gold’s Gym specialty.

    He is not quite 13.

    @Keith may be able to provide some good insight if he still checks this board.

    I’ve had good success building muscle with MusclePharm protein shakes in the past. I usually get the chocolate flavor and mix it with milk. It is delicious.

    The best way to build muscle is resistance training along with a calorie surplus + adequate protein intake. Since he’s only 13, I’m not sure if he’s lifting weights yet. The calorie surplus isn’t quite as important as if he was a seasoned gym rat, but getting in adequate calories would be helpful. And aim for 1g protein per pound of bodyweight. Again, this isn’t for gen pop necessarily, but for someone looking to build muscle. If you’re not concerned about him becoming overweight, which it sounds like you’re not, then there’s nothing wrong with whipping up some protein smoothies, even using ice cream if need be. I’d suggest a vanilla casein protein powder (casein digests slower than whey so would be preferable if being used as a meal replacement of sorts) mixed in with milk, ice cream, yogurt, fruit, whatever your kid likes… that’s where I’d start. Note: I am not a nutritionist nor qualified to prescribe meal plans… just have to say that. :wink:

    Pro tip: don’t buy anything from GNC, it’s way overpriced. Amazon is likely your best bet. Dymatize and Optimum Nutrition both make quality casein powders that I’ve used for years.

    Much appreciated. And I trust your knowledge on supplements.

    He isn’t lifting weights yet.but he isn’t gaining much muscle. I think the casin powder shakes sound like a good addition to his veggie sandwiches to help from losing muscle. Milk alone is not enough.

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    If he’s not lifting weights yet, I wouldn’t expect much muscle gain at this stage. Which is OK, he’s a kid. If he’s a string bean and you’re just trying to get some mass on him, then I’d look at total caloric intake… find ways to get more carbs & fats in there too. He’s young enough he can get away with eating “crap” food, as long as it doesn’t turn into a problem where that’s ALL he wants to eat.

    Casein thickens up more than whey protein, so he’ll want to add more water or just eat it like a pudding… the chocolate casein is great as a pudding, mix with some PB in there… yum.

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    My mother in law decided that she was going to sell one of their cars since it doesn’t like they have a need for two cars anymore.

    I decided to try selling the car online. In minutes I got a quote from Carvana and it was for a crazy amount of money compared to the Blue Book value. It took about an hour to get everything together and 30 minutes of signing papers yesterday but that was it. They sent the money to her within hours of all the paperwork being signed.

    I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was and would certainly go that route again as an option for selling a car

    Cars are going crazy right now. Rental places are trying to refill their inventory, and used car sales are through the roof.

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    davescharf wrote:


    My mother in law decided that she was going to sell one of their cars since it doesn’t like they have a need for two cars anymore.

    I decided to try selling the car online. In minutes I got a quote from Carvana and it was for a crazy amount of money compared to the Blue Book value. It took about an hour to get everything together and 30 minutes of signing papers yesterday but that was it. They sent the money to her within hours of all the paperwork being signed.

    I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was and would certainly go that route again as an option for selling a car

    Cars are going crazy right now. Rental places are trying to refill their inventory, and used car sales are through the roof.

    I knew they were but I wasn’t expecting them to buy at private party prices. It worked out really well for her

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    I have a friend that works for a dealership…he estimates another year or so of these prices, then it will get back to “normal.”

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    That’s why I’m glad I got my car when I did. I may have been able to squeeze more out of my Jeep if I’d waited for this huge boom but I definitely would have ended up paying another 3000-5000 on my current car.

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    I’m not sure where to post this but I need computer help! I’ve downloaded some photos off a usb to my Mac desktop. I’m applying for visas for overseas travel so these are passport bio pics. Yesterday I applied for visas to one country and was able to find the “file” on my desktop and attach to application.

    Today I’m doing visas for another country. The same photos on my desktop are now grayed out and I can’t click on them. They open ON the desktop itself but not the “file” window. I can see that there are other files also grayed out, it seems random.

    I’ve tried to Google info but it is very unhelpful, others have the same problem but there doesn’t seem to be clear advise. Why was there no problem yesterday and today there’s an issue? I’m using legit embassy sites so I don’t think it’s malware, especially since others note the same problem.

    I need to complete these applications and I’m already stressed out. Any useful advice would be very appreciated. You can PM me if you’d prefer. Thank you.

    Another person has helped me figure it out. It’s done. I need a cocktail to calm down…that’s not usually a good sign.

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    Don’t buy Lenovo computers.

    My 4 month old computer’s hard drive fried out on Fri night. That’s ridiculous. Being sent in on warranty, and me being me, :censored: waiting a couple weeks to have internet/etc. Bought an HP this afternoon. So far, this is rocking the hell out of the Lenovo (have had a good history w/HP).

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    T-mobile hacked

    Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.

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    gopherfun83 wrote:


    T-mobile hacked

    Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.

    Great. My sprint phones just changed over to T Mobile.

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    Since I believe the dumb questions thread is still locked…

    For my son enrolling at UM this year I do not think we will have time (nor necessarily an urgent need) to get him a driver’s license during the time I will be in MN. However I’d rather he have a valid ID besides his passport. Recommendations on the best ID in that regard whether it’s state ID or one of those new traveler IDs or whatever they’re called?

    He has a passport and we will have his birth certificate as far as supporting documents. Ease of acquisition is preferred but not necessarily the last determining factor for us. I will be there to assist between August 22nd and Sep 7th.

    Thanks

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    Since I believe the dumb questions thread is still locked…

    For my son enrolling at UM this year I do not think we will have time (nor necessarily an urgent need) to get him a driver’s license during the time I will be in MN. However I’d rather he have a valid ID besides his passport. Recommendations on the best ID in that regard whether it’s state ID or one of those new traveler IDs or whatever they’re called?

    He has a passport and we will have his birth certificate as far as supporting documents. Ease of acquisition is preferred but not necessarily the last determining factor for us. I will be there to assist between August 22nd and Sep 7th.

    Thanks

    https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/dvs-content-detail.aspx?pageID=675

    p.s. where did you end up going for your restaurant outing?

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    Zwak wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    Since I believe the dumb questions thread is still locked…

    For my son enrolling at UM this year I do not think we will have time (nor necessarily an urgent need) to get him a driver’s license during the time I will be in MN. However I’d rather he have a valid ID besides his passport. Recommendations on the best ID in that regard whether it’s state ID or one of those new traveler IDs or whatever they’re called?

    He has a passport and we will have his birth certificate as far as supporting documents. Ease of acquisition is preferred but not necessarily the last determining factor for us. I will be there to assist between August 22nd and Sep 7th.

    Thanks

    https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/dvs-content-detail.aspx?pageID=675

    p.s. where did you end up going for your restaurant outing?

    Nowhere yet – we don’t arrive until August 22nd. I think we are going to go with Maynard’s however. And thanks for the link.

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    Global Entry comes with an ID card similar in size to a DL. The downside is the time to get it is extended, usually a couple months from when the application is sent to when an interview (final step) can be set up with TSA. The interview is pretty easy and you get your traveler number right away and the ID card itself arrives 1-2 weeks after the interview. The cost is ~$100 and it’s good for 5-6 years IIRC.

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    The Rube wrote:


    Don’t buy Lenovo computers.

    My 4 month old computer’s hard drive fried out on Fri night. That’s ridiculous. Being sent in on warranty, and me being me, :censored: waiting a couple weeks to have internet/etc. Bought an HP this afternoon. So far, this is rocking the hell out of the Lenovo (have had a good history w/HP).


    SSD or HDD? and what brand?

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    Global Entry comes with an ID card similar in size to a DL. The downside is the time to get it is extended, usually a couple months from when the application is sent to when an interview (final step) can be set up with TSA. The interview is pretty easy and you get your traveler number right away and the ID card itself arrives 1-2 weeks after the interview. The cost is ~$100 and it’s good for 5-6 years IIRC.


    But a Global Entry card is not an ID card as it has no photo. The local liquor store isn’t going to be impressed by a Global Entry card :biggrin2: I think a basic MN card will cover it. An enhanced ID or a RealID card needs more documentation then a passport and birth certificate. When I got a RealID I needed a current bank statement with MN address and a utility bill with same. There are other forms that are accepted but almost ALL need you to have a MN address.

    A basic MN ID card will suffice for a college student.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    Global Entry comes with an ID card similar in size to a DL. The downside is the time to get it is extended, usually a couple months from when the application is sent to when an interview (final step) can be set up with TSA. The interview is pretty easy and you get your traveler number right away and the ID card itself arrives 1-2 weeks after the interview. The cost is ~$100 and it’s good for 5-6 years IIRC.


    But a Global Entry card is not an ID card as it has no photo. The local liquor store isn’t going to be impressed by a Global Entry card :biggrin2: I think a basic MN card will cover it. An enhanced ID or a RealID card needs more documentation then a passport and birth certificate. When I got a RealID I needed a current bank statement with MN address and a utility bill with same. There are other forms that are accepted but almost ALL need you to have a MN address.

    A basic MN ID card will suffice for a college student.


    Mine has my photo, birthdate, and passport number. I actually used it as my ID with both Delta & TSA last time I flew.

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    Greyeagle wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    Global Entry comes with an ID card similar in size to a DL. The downside is the time to get it is extended, usually a couple months from when the application is sent to when an interview (final step) can be set up with TSA. The interview is pretty easy and you get your traveler number right away and the ID card itself arrives 1-2 weeks after the interview. The cost is ~$100 and it’s good for 5-6 years IIRC.


    But a Global Entry card is not an ID card as it has no photo. The local liquor store isn’t going to be impressed by a Global Entry card :biggrin2: I think a basic MN card will cover it. An enhanced ID or a RealID card needs more documentation then a passport and birth certificate. When I got a RealID I needed a current bank statement with MN address and a utility bill with same. There are other forms that are accepted but almost ALL need you to have a MN address.

    A basic MN ID card will suffice for a college student.


    Mine has my photo, birthdate, and passport number. I actually used it as my ID with both Delta & TSA last time I flew.


    That’s odd, mine does not. I’m looking at it right now. A blue and white plastic card with a magnetic strip on the back. No photo.

    But I’ll comment again, he needs an ID that will be accepted as identification for things besides flying. Like I said, Dinkytown Liquors isn’t going to accept a Global Entry card. Nor will a GE get you entry into a bar. We’re talking a student, not a world traveler. Get a basic MN ID card.

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    Well I don’t think he has to worry about the LQ store for a few years yet. Although I’m sure he’ll give it the college try at some point.

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    Dinkytown Liquors

    RIP :(

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    GO4 wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    Dinkytown Liquors

    RIP :(

    Look on the bright side, fewer drunk drivers in Dinkytown.

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    GO4 wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    Dinkytown Liquors

    RIP :(

    Look on the bright side, fewer drunk drivers in Dinkytown.


    True. Irv (I think that was his name) was a good guy. Hope he made out ok.

    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

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    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.

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    Why did dinkytown liquors close?

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    Why did dinkytown liquors close?


    More development. Everything needs to be new and shiny for the youngsters now. :anger:

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    A developer bought the land under the liquor store, McDonald’s and multiple other businesses, setting off multiple closures in preparation for construction. McDonald’s is expected to reopen within a year or two in the same location as part of the new development, but Dinkytown Wine & Spirits is closing down for good.

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Why did dinkytown liquors close?


    More development. Everything needs to be new and shiny for the youngsters now. :anger:

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    A developer bought the land under the liquor store, McDonald’s and multiple other businesses, setting off multiple closures in preparation for construction. McDonald’s is expected to reopen within a year or two in the same location as part of the new development, but Dinkytown Wine & Spirits is closing down for good.


    I was going to say, do they need another high rise apartment building? 😬

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    JC65 wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Don’t buy Lenovo computers.

    My 4 month old computer’s hard drive fried out on Fri night. That’s ridiculous. Being sent in on warranty, and me being me, :censored: waiting a couple weeks to have internet/etc. Bought an HP this afternoon. So far, this is rocking the hell out of the Lenovo (have had a good history w/HP).


    SSD or HDD? and what brand?

    HP Envy, according to the box. Bang & Olufsen audio, 15+ inch screen, seems like a higher end processer, trivial bonus of a number pad on the keyboard (I do like that, though). The stickers on the unit say Intel Core i7 and Intel iRISx graphics. This lil’ :censored: flies, I’ll tell ya that. No internal CD/DVD drive, but I already had an external one to begin with.

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Why did dinkytown liquors close?


    More development. Everything needs to be new and shiny for the youngsters now. :anger:

    Quote:

    A developer bought the land under the liquor store, McDonald’s and multiple other businesses, setting off multiple closures in preparation for construction. McDonald’s is expected to reopen within a year or two in the same location as part of the new development, but Dinkytown Wine & Spirits is closing down for good.


    I was going to say, do they need another high rise apartment building? 😬

    They are going up so fast it’s crazy. My former local fish store in Excelsior went out of business for a new apartment development (next to Hazellwood). And now much new local fish store in Hopkins is getting kicked out at the end of September so they can raze the block for more luxury apartments across from the Blake school. Not sure where to go for Saltwater fish supplies in the west metro anymore (weird little hobby, I know).

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    T-mobile hacked

    Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.

    So I have had numerous companies I do business with get hacked the last few years. Home Depot, Target, Capital One, now TMobile.

    One of the ways I see listed to help prevent any fallout from these incidents is to use “App-Based Authentication” for passwords and such on websites. I don’t see how to do this… Can I do this with any website? USBank, for example, used to have 2-factor authentication via a text code to the phone (no other option) but that disappear and I asked why. They said too many people complained about it. So great, security is being determined by the lowest common denominator for everyone, not by creating a way to bypass it for those who don’t want it.

    But now I hear the text codes are bad, because people can just duplicate your SIM card through the TMobile data breach.

    Can someone send me a link to something that shows how to set up app based authentication for websites that don’t have it? I would love to have some form of 2-factor authentication for all my credit cards and banking, but none of them offer anything like that other than some dopey security questions at best.

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    fightclub30 wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Why did dinkytown liquors close?


    More development. Everything needs to be new and shiny for the youngsters now. :anger:

    Quote:

    A developer bought the land under the liquor store, McDonald’s and multiple other businesses, setting off multiple closures in preparation for construction. McDonald’s is expected to reopen within a year or two in the same location as part of the new development, but Dinkytown Wine & Spirits is closing down for good.


    I was going to say, do they need another high rise apartment building? 😬

    They are going up so fast it’s crazy. My former local fish store in Excelsior went out of business for a new apartment development (next to Hazellwood). And now much new local fish store in Hopkins is getting kicked out at the end of September so they can raze the block for more luxury apartments across from the Blake school. Not sure where to go for Saltwater fish supplies in the west metro anymore (weird little hobby, I know).

    The Blake area in Hopkins is quite the mess. I have heard that some developments can’t build more than 2 stories, due to the soil underneath, but that could be town-talk. Hopkins is really trying to cram as much as they can into a small space….

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    gopherfun83 wrote:


    T-mobile hacked

    Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.

    So I have had numerous companies I do business with get hacked the last few years. Home Depot, Target, Capital One, now TMobile.

    One of the ways I see listed to help prevent any fallout from these incidents is to use “App-Based Authentication” for passwords and such on websites. I don’t see how to do this… Can I do this with any website? USBank, for example, used to have 2-factor authentication via a text code to the phone (no other option) but that disappear and I asked why. They said too many people complained about it. So great, security is being determined by the lowest common denominator for everyone, not by creating a way to bypass it for those who don’t want it.

    But now I hear the text codes are bad, because people can just duplicate your SIM card through the TMobile data breach.

    Can someone send me a link to something that shows how to set up app based authentication for websites that don’t have it? I would love to have some form of 2-factor authentication for all my credit cards and banking, but none of them offer anything like that other than some dopey security questions at best.

    It’s amazing how banks seem to have less stringent security like this. Wells doesn’t even allow certain special characters in passwords which is stupid.

    I don’t know how to answer your question other than to setup really long and random passwords for those important sites. It isn’t two factor but it’s abit of a deterrent. If the text based two factor needs to be trashed then there aren’t a lot of common options out there that I’m aware of

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    For Wells, and credit card companies, they rely on algorithms etc. They think that can outsmart hackers. They KNOW your patterns, travel schedules, etc, before you even perform those actions.

    That’s the outdated part, where the businesses don’t allow special characters/etc. There is the issue.

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    The Blake area in Hopkins is quite the mess. I have heard that some developments can’t build more than 2 stories, due to the soil underneath, but that could be town-talk. Hopkins is really trying to cram as much as they can into a small space….

    You can build anything with enough money… The BMW of Minnetonka building is on 100′ pilings.

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    The Rube wrote:


    The Blake area in Hopkins is quite the mess. I have heard that some developments can’t build more than 2 stories, due to the soil underneath, but that could be town-talk. Hopkins is really trying to cram as much as they can into a small space….

    You can build anything with enough money… The BMW of Minnetonka building is on 100′ pilings.

    Jesus.

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    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

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    MNGophers29 wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

    I think they have a good idea when youride your bike to the liquor store.

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    MNGophers29 wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

    I think they have a good idea when youride your bike to the liquor store.

    I think he lives in a town with only 3 or 4 liquor stores

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    It’s amazing how banks seem to have less stringent security like this. Wells doesn’t even allow certain special characters in passwords which is stupid.


    My WF p/w does contain one or more special characters. I also use their text based 2 factor authentication.

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    D2D wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    It’s amazing how banks seem to have less stringent security like this. Wells doesn’t even allow certain special characters in passwords which is stupid.


    My WF p/w does contain one or more special characters. I also use their text based 2 factor authentication.

    There are certain ones they don’t allow based on the last time I looked at their criteria. I keep really strong random passwords so I haven’t changed it in quite awhile. I agree they do have the 2 factor text based authentication though

    The way I look at this is that it’s not good security to limit the potential number of unique values because it results in fewer combinations.

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    MNGophers29 wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

    My husband only ever goes to one. Hennepin Lake Liquor. They know him by name. Is that a bad sign? :wink:

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    MNGophers29 wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

    My husband only ever goes to one. Hennepin Lake Liquor. They know him by name. Is that a bad sign? :wink:

    Not as bad as me. For awhile it was 2-3 shops near my house

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    MNGophers29 wrote:


    Greyeagle wrote:


    GO4 wrote:


    As related to this thread: It’s sad to see a mom and pop shop go. I tend to avoid the big box beer stores as I’ve developed good relationships with a few local places. I’m sure some of the other beer guys on here can attest to that as well.

    Same. Midway Liquor Store is my go to (University Ave, across Prior from Menard’s) great family and fair prices.


    I have 3, sometimes 4, liquor stores I frequent. That way none of the employees ever feel like I have a problem!

    I think they have a good idea when youride your bike to the liquor store.

    True story: I worked at Tonka Bottle Shop in college and we had a regular that came in for a 12 of Natty Light and 750 of Karkov 4 or 5 times a week without fail. At one point he got a DUI was and resigned to riding his bike to the store which for him wasn’t too bad because he lived very near by.

    We once busted him stealing from us and banned him from the store. At that particular time the only other liquor stores near Mtka Blvd & 101 were? MGM near 7-Hi didn’t exist yet nor anything else close. Glen Lake or Wayzata?

    He eventually got a DUI or something on his bike and had that confiscated. About that time I stopped working there and never heard additionally what happened to him after that. Post college I worked part time at Wayzata W&S and we had a similar extreme shopper but he managed to avoid similar troubles at least while I was there.

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    Can only imagine how hammered (or unlucky I guess) you’d have to be to get a DUI on a bike.

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    Anyone in photography have any experience or opinions on Tamron lenses? Looking to get a “super zoom” lens for my Nikon D7100 without taking out a second mortgage. The Tamron B016 AF 16-300MM f3.5-6.3 seems like a serviceable, reasonably priced option, as strictly “hobby” glass. Thanks!

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    Anyone in photography have any experience or opinions on Tamron lenses? Looking to get a “super zoom” lens for my Nikon D7100 without taking out a second mortgage. The Tamron B016 AF 16-300MM f3.5-6.3 seems like a serviceable, reasonably priced option, as strictly “hobby” glass. Thanks!

    Tamron makes good glass. Most people wouldn’t notice the difference versus Nikon. Especially with the smaller asp-c imager on the D7100.

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    Anyone in photography have any experience or opinions on Tamron lenses? Looking to get a “super zoom” lens for my Nikon D7100 without taking out a second mortgage. The Tamron B016 AF 16-300MM f3.5-6.3 seems like a serviceable, reasonably priced option, as strictly “hobby” glass. Thanks!

    I’ve thought about buying Tamron when I get a new lens. It’s good quality glass.

    Have you thought about buying something like a 50-250 or something that doesn’t go from wide angle to telephoto? My experience with just my telephoto is that it’s a little heavy so I’d think carrying something like that for awhile could be exhausting.

    I’m assuming you have a kit lens already to cover the wider focal ranges. It is a little bit of a pain to switch but the lower weight may be a worthwhile trade off

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    First of all, thank you both for replying. Very glad to hear the positive views on the Tamron glass. Seems to fit the bill of a solid nature and landscape zoom lens without breaking my budget.

    I DID consider keeping my kit lens (18-55mm) and buying a zoom beyond that range, but the price and versatility of the Tamron 16-300mm made it worth the extra weight on the body. And yes, not having to switch back and forth was a consideration.

    Once I get the lens and play with it a bit I will definitely post back with my thoughts.

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    First of all, thank you both for replying. Very glad to hear the positive views on the Tamron glass. Seems to fit the bill of a solid nature and landscape zoom lens without breaking my budget.

    I DID consider keeping my kit lens (18-55mm) and buying a zoom beyond that range, but the price and versatility of the Tamron 16-300mm made it worth the extra weight on the body. And yes, not having to switch back and forth was a consideration.

    Once I get the lens and play with it a bit I will definitely post back with my thoughts.

    I am by no means an expert, but wanted to offer my expeirence. I have a Nikon D3300 with a few lenses, one of which is a Tamron 18-270 that we bought at the same time as the camera. We purchased it for our National Park trips, and use those photos as artwork in our house. Wildlife and huge landscapes.

    The 18-270 has some barrel distortion and vignetting, both of which are more pronounced at either end of the spectrum.

    I want to warn you, that in my experience shooting above 150mm or so really requires a tripod, or a much steadier hand than I have. Most pictures I have attempted to take at that range are too blurry and have a lot of chromatic aberrations. Even at a 5×7 it is noticeable. Not to mention having context makes the pictures SO much better, IMHO. My zoomed in grizzly bears just aren’t as cool as the grizzly in the foreground with the mountains and stream in the background. I am no National Geographic photographer, that’s for sure.

    I found myself using the 18-50 mm range much more and typical had the kit lens on. The Tamron was very heavy. I also felt the photos in the 18mm-24mm range were better on the kit lens than the Tamron, and easier to focus (for me, I don’t use autofocus). The other thing it didn’t do well was night sky photos. The super zoom lens was a huge lever on the end of the tripod, which occasionally would move over a 60 second exposure creating blur. And needed longer exposures to get a good photo than the kit lens (very little light travelling through much more glass?)

    I ended up buying a Nikon 12-24mm lens that I am much happier with, for the photos WE want. Not saying you would be happier with something like that, but we are. Now, when I want to take anything at 50mm-150mm or so. It is a great lens, and I keep it for that. I just spend so little time in the 150+mm range that if I had to buy a lens again, I wouldn’t get something that went to that range to start with.

    I have also read that many of the issues we had with it (barrel distortion being a big one) were made much less noticeable on the newer 16-300 lens. So there is that.

    Lightroom has been very valuable to me. I stay zoomed out and am able to “stitch” photos together. I can crop images as needed. If you shoot in raw you can adjust exposure and a whole host of other things. With a 24MP sensor, we have a 28″x64″ photo (taken w/ tripod) of the Alaskan Mountain Range taken from Talkeetna. It is the coolest picture I have ever taken. Blowing it up that big, there still isn’t any pixelation or anything like that.

    You miles may vary, and you likely take completely different photos than I do. Good luck and enjoy!

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    Does anyone here on the board consider themselves to be an “expert” (or close of course) on home theater? I’m looking to make some purchases and would appreciate any feedback or advice which could be provided via PM. Thank you!

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    Does anyone here on the board consider themselves to be an “expert” (or close of course) on home theater? I’m looking to make some purchases and would appreciate any feedback or advice which could be provided via PM. Thank you!


    Suggest going to AVS Forum [https://www.avsforum.com] and post your questions there. The experts will steer you in the right direction.

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    Anyone know anything about compact wireless printers? We don’t print a lot of stuff so I don’t want to break the bank on one, but we need one from time to time. I am also trying to get rid of my big computer desk and just have the print stashed away until I need it.

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    Do you need color printing, or just black and white? If just B&W try to find a laser printer. Brother and Samsung both make good ones that will last forever. It’s a bit more expensive up front, but the toner never just stops working (it will run out eventually, of course, but it doesn’t go bad). Ink will dry out, and the jets will get gummed up if you don’t print semi-regularly.

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    Steve MN wrote:


    Do you need color printing, or just black and white? If just B&W try to find a laser printer. Brother and Samsung both make good ones that will last forever. It’s a bit more expensive up front, but the toner never just stops working (it will run out eventually, of course, but it doesn’t go bad). Ink will dry out, and the jets will get gummed up if you don’t print semi-regularly.


    I have a wireless Samsung black & white laser printer and couldn’t be happier. No problems whatsoever. Just changed the cartridge yesterday and it took me all of one minute.

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    Thanks all. We mainly print in B&W when needed but every once in a while we need color. I ended up going with a desk top size all in one.

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    Alright, anyone got an experience with vinyl wraps for cornhole boards? I have looked into buying a large format printer, but for the amount I want to do, it doesn’t make sense from a budget perspective as it would take years to pay off.

    Type of vinyl is best?

    Best place to order a design? I found more inexpensive options on Etsy.

    Any input is appreciated.

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    Alright, anyone got an experience with vinyl wraps for cornhole boards? I have looked into buying a large format printer, but for the amount I want to do, it doesn’t make sense from a budget perspective as it would take years to pay off.

    Type of vinyl is best?

    Best place to order a design? I found more inexpensive options on Etsy.

    Any input is appreciated.

    I have made about 10-12 sets of boards for people using wraps. Feel free to PM me with specific questions. Overall it’s a simple process but there are definitely some tips and tricks you learn from trial and error. I prefer non-laminated wraps as I like to get the exact finish I’m looking for with my own poly coats but the laminated work fine.

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    Cornhole doesn’t mean what we think it means ’round these parts. It’s “Bagz.” :P

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    Cornhole doesn’t mean what we think it means ’round these parts. It’s “Bagz.” :P


    Oh trust me, I call it bags too. Just know cornhole is more widely known.

    Search “bags wraps” on the interwebz and the results are not the same.

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    MNGophers29 wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Cornhole doesn’t mean what we think it means ’round these parts. It’s “Bagz.” :P


    Oh trust me, I call it bags too. Just know cornhole is more widely known.

    Search “bags wraps” on the interwebz and the results are not the same.

    That search is a bad idea.

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    The Rube wrote:


    MNGophers29 wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Cornhole doesn’t mean what we think it means ’round these parts. It’s “Bagz.” :P


    Oh trust me, I call it bags too. Just know cornhole is more widely known.

    Search “bags wraps” on the interwebz and the results are not the same.

    That search is a bad idea.

    I tried it. It’s quite innocuous really. Although ymmv based on algorithms from your interweb history. I apparently need a punching bag and some press n seal. :lol:

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    TECH Help?

    I have a USB Endoscope (a little camera on a semi-rigid cable) that I used to use for car repair, fishing things out of vents that my kids dropped in there, etc. I used to plug it into my phone, the phone recognized it, launched an app, and good to go. I haven’t used it in a few years, and now it doesn’t work…

    I plug it into the phone and nothing happens. the app I used to use (CameraFi) is long gone, and none of the apps I tried seem to do anything. My phone (android moto) will not recognize the device. I do not have a functioning older phone because I keep my phone until it doesn’t work.

    Is there a different adapter I can purchase? Something I need to do differently? Do I just have an $80 cable that does nothing now and I need to buy a new one?

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    fightclub30 wrote:


    TECH Help?

    I have a USB Endoscope (a little camera on a semi-rigid cable) that I used to use for car repair, fishing things out of vents that my kids dropped in there, etc. I used to plug it into my phone, the phone recognized it, launched an app, and good to go. I haven’t used it in a few years, and now it doesn’t work…

    I plug it into the phone and nothing happens. the app I used to use (CameraFi) is long gone, and none of the apps I tried seem to do anything. My phone (android moto) will not recognize the device. I do not have a functioning older phone because I keep my phone until it doesn’t work.

    Is there a different adapter I can purchase? Something I need to do differently? Do I just have an $80 cable that does nothing now and I need to buy a new one?

    Do you get a better result if you plug into a computer? That would be a good test to see if it’s the phone not recognizing it (or not having the right software, etc) or if the thing has just gone bad.

    Feel free to PM me here so we don’t fill up the thread.

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