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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Annual fire extinguisher training

This is actually pretty fun, even though I lost part of a day off to attend.


Stihl Chainsaw Repair - Model MS362

Late last year I was dropping and limbing a few trees, when I noticed that the chainsaw wasn't using any bar oil.  I stopped using the saw, and shortly afterwards heavy snow fell.  The trees I had felled were buried in snow all winter long - so there was no clean-up.

Minor shop improvements...

I had a little bit of extra material remaining from the big cabinet project, so...

Spring Vacation 2018, Part 2

Part 1 is here:

I did not complete the big project I was working on during vacation in March.  It was a little discouraging.  I was uncertain about my skills building and hanging the doors on the new cabinets, so I held back from doing that.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Berkely Pit - an unfolding environmental nightmare

I don't suppose many people are aware of the Berkely Pit.  If they live anywhere in the Northwest US, they should be aware of it, and they should be knowledgeable about it.

Monday, April 09, 2018

The past weekend...

...was cut short, as I was called in to work one day.  That left me with 48 hours off, the beginning 7 hours of which I had to sleep.  I got off work at 6:00 AM and trudged off to bed.  That left me with half of Saturday.  Church took half of Sunday.  The weekend was brief.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Tire Changin'

Yesterday I took the winter tires off my little Subaru commuter car.  I have to say this:  That car is a monster on snow and ice with those studded and siped tires.  When you have a Subaru with all wheel drive and four studded tires you really have to mess up to get stuck or lose control.  Yeah it's a little light and may get dragged around in ruts a little, but it always goes forward!

That said, it gets pretty crappy mileage for as tiny as it is, due to the AWD drivetrain.  I get about 24 MPG with the winter tires, and about 27 with the summer tires - or maybe the engine has to run a richer fuel mixture when it's cold...  I don't care.  It gets me to work reliably in all kinds of god-awful weather, so for that reason alone, I love the Subie.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring "Vacation" 2018 - shop cabinets!

I'm just coming off a Spring "vacation".  Once again, the word "vacation" is in quotes, because we never traveled anywhere.  Furthermore, there was quite a bit of daily grind during this time off work.  Which is not to say that it wasn't enjoyable - just that a lot of it was routine activities, and some of it was a bit tedious.

The part of vacation that I really enjoyed was something I did as a shop improvement.  I've had a clutter issue on the work bench that I've wanted to address for quite a while.  This was the perfect opportunity, because it was snowing during most of this year's spring vacation.  The snow made any outdoor activities - such as limbing and burning fallen trees - unattractive.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Token post

This is to let any regular readers know that I'm still alive and interested in the stuff this blog is about.  We just had a very busy Christmas/Winter season, and have had some difficult pet issues to deal with.  Also I have been busy re-discovering a very enjoyable bit of knowledge that captured my interest back when I was a much younger man. 

My Navy and subsequent career took me away from that area of interest, but I'm probably going to take it back up as a hobby, and perhaps even as a side business.  It should have a reasonably good synergy with my hobby of wood working.  Hope you are interested and stay tuned!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Massive power plant wiki

I'm assuming that most people have Google Earth™ installed on their computer.  If not, well I'm sure you can find and install it if you have the interest.  There is a cool .kml file that overlays all the power plants in the world onto Google Earth. 

Sadly most of the ones I checked out didn't have the coordinates quite right - so you might find a power plant flag in the middle of a housing tract, or out in the middle of nowhere!  However, it's easy to make edits to the wiki if you are inclined to correct such things.  I might enjoy doing some of that in my spare time. 

Here is the link to the page with the .kml file.  http://enipedia.tudelft.nl/wiki/Portal:Power_Plants  Scroll down to where it says "Navigate Enipedia with Google Earth kml file" then click download.