Product Review : Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic item 93897 Retractable Hose Reel with 50ft Air Hose

HoseReel-93897Every now and then, I look at around my shop and decide I need to make changes usually because I am out of space or I realize there are better ways to work. Recently I decided to downsize to a pancake style air compressor (see my review here) and add a retractable hose reel.

This is my review of the Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic item 93897 Retractable Hose Reel with 50ft Air Hose.

Round1 Unlimited Time Play : Good Deal or Not?

Round1_Credit_ChargesRound1 Bowling and Amusement is a fun place with lots of ways to spend some time… and your money!


During a recent visit, I wondered when does it make sense for an arcade/game player to play using “Unlimited Time Play” versus playing by game credits.  There is a lot of factors to consider here, but here is my perspective.


This calculation is based on charges I saw posted on October 27, 2017 at the Round1 nearest me.  Your location may have different rates.  But I will show you how do this step by step so you can determine this for your situation.


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Review : Stanford University Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning course at Coursera

I found this online course to be interesting, challenging, practical and it gave me some fresh ideas about problem solving using numerical methods.

What I liked most:

1) The lecture videos directly tied into the programming exercises.  You had a chance to directly try out what you just learned by programming it.

2) The automatic scoring/review of your programming assignments with the submit script was a great way to get instant feedback.

3) I was never bored listening to Andrew talk.  He worked very hard in making this material.

Going Pro : The Mathematics of being a Full time Daily Fantasy Player like Condia

fanduel leaderboard december 2013

Like the 40+ US State Attorney Generals, believes that playing Daily Fantasy games involves skill – meaning it is not a game of chance or gambling.  So if you are doing good and like the work, what does it take to “Go Pro”?
In this post, we discussed at length why Daily Fantasy sites use a Salary Cap to stay in business by being able to demonstrate the games they offer are one of skill.  Today, let us assume that legendary Daily Fantasy player Condia is both skilled and is a fulltime player.  We will use the data from the Fanduel Leader board, make some assumptions  about what a “Pro” should aim for in winning percentage and look at the results as an aid to those who wish to be a ”Daily Fantasy Pro”.
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