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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.  Scroll down to where it says "Navigate Enipedia with Google Earth kml file" then click download.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cylinder arrangements

I've intended for a long time to do a post about cylinder arrangement on internal combustion engines.  Looks like the time has come!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Unlimited Slip

I'm a big fan of internal combustion engines.
I've done several posts on them:
I'm probably not done with posts on internal combustion engines.  That's because they are cool, and there are so many interesting ways to configure them.  

Friday, August 04, 2017

Fixing the ignition system on the F-250

I have a diesel 3/4 ton truck, a Ford F-250.  The previous owner had an anti-theft and alarm system installed on it after he purchased it.  The anti-theft system began giving me trouble, and at one point, I had to disconnect the alarm in the middle of the Wal-Mart parking lot, because it wouldn't stop making racket.

The Cub Cadet Mower

I own a couple of riding mowers.  I use one for the lawn, and another one for the rest of the property.  The mower that goes out in the field is the Cub Cadet.  It gets beat up pretty badly, because I often hit rocks, stumps, and branches that are not visible in the grass.  Sometimes I high-center it and the blades whirl around in the dirt and gravel until I can get them stopped.

Friday, July 21, 2017

For those waiting with bated breath for the next post...

It shouldn't be too long, I'm just taking a summer breather.  Been a lot going on in the real world!
Back soon!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nearby Radiological Emergency

This past week there was a radiological emergency at the Hanford Reservation.  The event caused a site-wide alert to shelter-in-place.  Very exciting.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Evaporative vs Refrigeration cooling

Once upon a time I lived in the Mojave desert.  It's the most arid place that I've ever been to, although from what I've seen, it's nowhere near as dry as the Sahara desert.  In the summer months, the sun is intense and the heat is brutal.  Any time you live in a desert, it's a great idea to try to keep the inside of your house from getting as hot as the rest of the desert!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garage door alarm

I'm taking a brief break from Hydro failures and the depressing loss of life that goes along with it.  I have a post on the Johnstown flood in draft, and will get to that shortly.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd put up a post about a practical home improvement.  I thought of the idea after reading this article.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dam Failure: The St. Francis Dam

Below is a satellite view of the previous location of the St. Francis dam, a ways north of Los Angeles, CA.  (Click image to enlarge)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hydroelectric near-miss: Oroville Dam ***Update #2***

Ha!  This has been serendipitous...  I've been doing a series of posts about dam failures and near misses.  The posts are here, here, and here (with another post on the St. Francis dam in draft) - when lo and behold, we have an ominous near failure in real-time on the evening news right now.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hydroelectric Near-Miss - The Glen Canyon Dam

The Glen Canyon dam is a very large dam on the upper Colorado River, on the northern border of Arizona.  The Glen Canyon dam impounds the Colorado River in a man made reservoir named Lake Powell.

Below, Lake Powell.  The Glen Canyon dam is at the bottom left, under the words "Lake Powell".