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2:43 am

I tried a shake and vape strawberry ice cream, but it's more like a strawberries and cream. I feel like it may mature a bit, even if it did taste pretty good right away. If it doesn't, it's a heck of a strawberries and cream.

I'm beginning to get the hang of dividing my ingredients. The blueberry whipped cream adjustment I made was on target, it tastes just like the real thing and the flavors work in harmony with a little trailing whipped cream at the end.

I also mixed up a lemon scone and a coconut cream, for my wife. I'm still trying to figure out the scones, but I definitely have the creams in the bank.

2:35 am

A friend of mine like mint and methol liquids, so I'm going to test some on him. I made a strawberry mint lemonade, no one shots, just the individual flavors. It smelled delicious. He vapes a different vg/pg than I, so I mixed one for him and a max vg for me. Going to let it steep for at least a week and give it a try.

The only strawberry lemonade I've tried was really strong on the strawberry, so I tried to enhance the lemonade side a bit. It'll probably need aome tweaking, but it's by far my most complex attempt at mixing.

2:29 am

I tried the Inawera Cactus, with a touch of sweetener. It's only sat for a couple of days, but I'm really intrigued. It's good, really good, by itself. It doesn't taste like anything else I can think of. I can't even think of a way to describe it. Definitely going to try mixing it with some dragon fruit or pineapple. I may throw it into my rotation by itself.

12:51 am

That pomegranate juice just got better as I went through that bottle. I also mixed a bottle that is meant to be like a pomegranate scone. It's really good, but still needs a little tweaking.

I made a v2 of the plain pom and pom scone as well as plain acai and plain cactus to see how they taste alone. I've seen acai and cactus is several recipes lately, so that made me curious.

My flavor order took a few days to ship so I dont have what I need to finish some of my other recipes. I'm just getting started again, so it'll take a little time to get them right.

1:02 am

Backstory: I lived in Italy for 3 years, which is when I started vaping. While there I found this pomegranate eliquid (juice) I really loved. It was slightly sweet, slightly tart, and tasted somewhat like a fresh pomegranate. When I was leaving Italy, I stopped mixing my own juice and bought up a bunch of it. After vaping it almost non-stop, I moved back to the US and went to every local vape shop trying to find a good pomegranate juice. It all tasted like perfume. I was really disappointed and ended up settling for a mild whipped fruit flavor for my daily vape.

Today I tasted my DIY pomegranate juice ...success! It tastes like pomegranate. It's not perfect yet, but that first exhale was pure nostalgia. Why can't all of those shops get it right?! It's like they never tasted it or never had a real pomegranate.

I'm really excited about branching out from this flavor into some different blends. It needs just a little tweak to even out the sweet and tartness, but I think I could probably go with the current recipe for a while. It may be a little smoother than the Italian version, which was made by FlavourArt, but I've never been able to find online. They seem to only sell the concentrate online (melograno).

This week I'm going to mix a couple of recipe tweaks to try out. This one steeped for 5 days, but the aroma hasn't changed very much from the beginning, so it may be a decent shake and vape. Once I get the recipe the way I want it, I'll share.

12:52 am

I vaped my first DIY liquid this weekend. It was a little overpowered, but it keeps getting better so it likely needed a better steep.

It's a Blueberry Marshmallow blend, the recipe is really simple at the moment. I made a modified batch last night, so I'm going to let it sit this week and try it next weekend.

I'm just working on toppings right now and will work in some base flavors later. I've ordered a bunch of flavors to try out. I've been trying to take careful notes in the process to help me develop some good recipes.

There are tons of recipes online, but I prefer lighter flavors I can vape for several days straight. Most of the recipes online seem to be fairly heavy. I also prefer one shot recipes I can vape right away or after a short steep. If you are looking for online recipes, e-liquid-recipes.com is a good source. I plan to post mine on there, once they are more developed.

I also have a couple of pomegranate batches I'm waiting to steep I'll try this week.

I've been vaping for a long time and normally get my eliquid (juice) from a local shop with good prices. Unfortunately that shop has been closed a lot lately, for various reasons. I shopped around a little and couldn't find another shop I like as much so I started considering making my own. At first I was afraid it would be more expensive, but I soon found out it is A LOT cheaper.

I bought a DIY kit from nicotineriver.com for $49, plus some extra stuff for another $20. I matched my monthly budget for juice, but now I have enough for several months. The kit came with flavors, but I'll likely buy a few more before I settle into the ones I prefer. The flavors aren't that expensive, $1-$3 generally for 15mL, and bulk pricing brings that down a little.

I made 4 different 30mL juices today, which is about ~2 weeks of vaping for me. Once I've made some recipes I like, I have some 60 amd 120mL bottles to begin making batches in. I hardly touched the supplies I have, with most of the usage going from flavoring.

Once I have some recipes I like, I plan to share them here and my youtube channel.

If you vape and haven't tried DIY, pick up a kit and give it try.

12:51 am

I have been experimenting with ClayDB and working on SQLite support. I managed to break Clay 2 today, but, like I said, "experimenting".

I'm trying to find that balance between ease of use and ease of development. The way it's looking right now, I may have to choose one. I think a lot of the readability issues can be solved by fixing some of the naming schemes in the database and standarding how data comes from the database. I don't want to weigh the code down, but I think a balance can be had by some standardization.

This particular change will make an upgrade from Clay 1 to Clay 2 very difficult, but not impossible. It involves quite a few changes to the database, but it does add a dimension of maintainability for the future.

1:03 pm

I finally remembered to fix some display bugs in paragraph styling (they weren't showing up as paragraphs). The blog should be easier to read now. Unfortunately, I lost some of the font styling, somehow. I'll have to go through commit logs and see where that was replaced.

I also fixed a nagging line-height issue with textareas. It made it difficult to see linebreaks, not that they were displaying correctly anyone.

I don't work in an IT job, we use IT, but that's it. I told a coworker I am testing different Linux distributions and he seemed confused. I guess people who dont use Linux dont know there isn't just one. He finally asked why there are so many and I thought about for a minute. Linux is about personal freedom, kind of like buying a house or a car. It's about preference, options, and, ultimately, opinions. The difference, though, is this freedom is free. It's not about financial status or social status (per se), your Ferrari distro isn't someone else's. It's about choice and that is what makes Linux the best for me.

12:01 am

I finally tested Manjaro, a desktop I've read many great reviews of and I have to say, I'm quite impressed. Even with high expectations it performed extremely well. I haven't had good experiences with Arch in the past, but Manjaro uses it with ease. It's an excellent distro. I did download images for FreeBSD, openBSD, and TrueOS for testing as well, should get to them tomorrow.

12:14 am

I'm still chugging along with my Linux distro review and considering adding BSD to the list. Tonight I've tried Debian Gnome, openSUSE again on USB, Parrot Security, and Fedora. Parrot is awfully appealing, even if I'm not a huge Mate fan. Fedora is still good too, the best performing Gnome distro so far on USB, even if only slightly better than Debian. More to try out tomorrow, but it's been fun so far. I'm writing Manjaro to the USB now to try first tomorrow, it'll be the first xfce desktop to test so far.