Imported

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:24 am
torin3: (Kreepy-Kitty)
I've imported my Livejournal.

Not that I've been that active on here, but I should be reachable.

Whoo-hoo!

Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:28 pm
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
The book I used to have (that shows the same style of heraldic enamels that I make,) and lost, is now found!

http://www.amazon.com/European-Enamels-Isa-Belli-Barsali/dp/B000NVD86O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438629801&sr=1-1&keywords=european+enamels
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
4x4x4

First parity

(Dd) R F' U R' F (Dd)'

Second Parity (1 or 3 edges)

(Rr)2 B2 U2 (Ll) U2 (Rr)' U2 (Rr) U2 F2 (Rr) F2 (Ll)' B2 (Rr)2

Final Parity (2 opposite or 2 adjacent for 3 edge finish)

r2 U2 r2 (Uu)2 r2 (Uu)2 U2

5x5x5

XYX or YXY

(Rr)2 B2 U2 (Ll) U2 (Rr)' U2 (Rr) U2 F2 (Rr) F2 (Ll)' B2 (Rr)2

XXY
...
...
...
YYX

(Ll)' U2 (Ll)' U2 F2 (Ll)' F2 (Rr) U2 (Rr)' U2 (Ll)2
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Got some more enameling done today for the up.

For the down, last weekend when mowing the lawn, the blade hit a low stump and bent the shaft. Costs more to repair than we paid for it. Time to get a new one.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
The silver I ordered should arrive today. Which means I should be able to get some enamelling done today. Whoo-hoo!

Thanks!

Apr. 7th, 2014 12:40 pm
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
[livejournal.com profile] fabricdragon, I have to thank you. Hagstoz (http://hagstoz.com/) is a perfect source for me to get the fine silver disks I need for enamelling. I'm going to have to let my laurel know about them!
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Going to start up enamelling tonight. After the first outdoor grilled dinner of the season.

Going to try something a bit different. Only getting out what I'm working on, and putting it away at the end of the night. To try and keep the house cleaner.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Well, today is my birthday, and I'm leaving the land of XLIV and have reached the half-way to 90 mark.

Going up to Springfield MA to visit friends, including Lederhosen, who is visiting from the counterweight continent.

I've started playing flute after my lovely wife got me one for my birthday. It is BLUE!

I've also started making arrows for my bow, so I can do archery more often.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
They stole the remaining albino pepper plant just as it was starting to produce. It still was a couple of weeks off from having anything ready to eat.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Hit the gym (skipped, back bothering me)
Go shopping (rescheduled)
Harvest the peppers
Weed around the tomatoes
(Not completely, but a chunk done before my back started bothering me)
Practice on the flute for at least half an hour (more than minimum)
Loaded obsolete computers for recycling

Also today, bruised my thumbnail, jammed a splinter under my index fingernail. Not the greatest of days.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Just because you want to distort the argument, doesn't mean it is stupid.

A friend of mine on facebook linked to an article that puts forth the argument that those that people who "oppose additional gun laws because criminals already don't obey laws" are stupid (or are at least making a stupid argument).

http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/why-using-the-criminals-dont-follow-laws-anyway-argument-makes-you-an-idiot/

I've seen this put forth in a lot of places recently, and I've decided to point out that this article, and others like it, are dishonest and deliberately missing the point. I'm writing it here as it it will probably be a bit long for facebook, and I'd like to be able to point to it when it comes up again. This isn't a direct reply to the article, but more of a general reply to the meme.

First off, in the age of soundbites the 'criminals already don't follow the law' is verbal shorthand for an idea that takes too long to explain in detail in a news clip or limited space comment field. So, let me actually explain what it means where I won't run out of space.

Laws can make illegal quite a few types of activities. Some are obvious wrongs that everybody will agree are crimes. Murder, rape, battery are such. Someone is actual harmed and injured in these crimes. Others can criminalize actions that hurt nobody. Lets say your great grandfather bought a machine gun in the 1920s. It was legal then. He kept it in the attic and never used it. When he passed on it was part of the property he willed to you. You aren't up on guns or gun laws and you don't know it was never registered in the '30s and never got the proper tax stamp. But it looks nice, so you put it and a few other rifles your great grandfather had in a display case. Well, your neighbor sees it through the window and reports you to the BATFE. Congrats, you have injured or hurt nobody, but you are now going to Federal PMITA prison for 20 years.

Switching over to a different amendment, let us say that muggers start carrying a bible with them. For some reason, they believe it will protect them from harm, but only if they break the arm of their victim in the process. This spreads to about 75% of the muggers. So, the legislatures start passing laws that require background checks before you can purchase a bible. Bibles are required to be printed large enough that it is difficult to carry on your person. You are required to have a home inspection to make sure your bibles are all accounted for. There is a yearly fee to be allowed to own a bible. There are exemptions for clergy.
Will this reduce the intance of muggings where the victim gets a broken arm? Possibly. But you have now made it harder and more expensive to own a bible, and fewer people will do so, even though they have never comitted a crime.

Jumping back specifically to the types of laws, the people who are talking about 'criminals don't obey laws' are opposing only the regulations that are being proposed to tack on additional penalties, and to make it harder and more expensive to own/purchase firearms. They are not opposing laws that punish crimes that actually harm people. Their point is that the thought process that decides it is ok to shoot up a school, or burn down a nighclub isn't likely to bother with the mental calculus about the consequences of violating an administrative type law that might add a few years onto their sentence. For a somewhat funny example, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0vyxgJLJVA

A reason that the 'criminals don't obey laws' crowd tends to be as active as they are is that they are fighting a creeping incrementalisim. The people who are opposed to guns owned by citizens are proposing and supporting laws that gradually erode the right, and make it more expensive and harder to own guns.

(still working on this...will add more)
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Ok, things that have to be done before we leave for K'tai.

Finish bezel.
Clean snake cages.
Feed snakes.
Pack clothes & presents.
Water and fertilize plants.


Possibly more to add later.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
I'm in part of a "Biggest Loser" contest at my work. We are about 6 weeks into a 12 weeks stretch. I've lost almost 19 pounds already.

Feeling pretty good about it too. I'm even in 3rd place this week.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Ok, the Purple Beauty is growing like gangbusters. I'm going to have to transplant two of the 3 into different pots, because they are getting so large!

a pic )

However, the Albino Bullnose is looking sorry.

is sad... )

Does anybody know if this is a disease, or is it a nutrient deficiency?

None of the other peppers looks to be having a problem.
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Just got Employee of the Month for February. Looks like I'll get a Kindle Fire as part of the deal.

Tomatoes

Apr. 10th, 2013 08:52 pm
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Just so I remember.

1 = Black Prince
2 = Black Icicle
3 = Chinese
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Hit the gym, and get in at least 45 minutes treadmill time. 60 minutes preferable 45 minutes...my legs were getting numb.
Make up soil mix for tomatoes and cucumbers.
Fertilize and water peppers.
Order more rats for the snakes.
Try to feed the snakes.
(Waiting another day)(doesn't look like either were hungry)
Take home calipers to check the sizes of the capacitors I need to order.
Order silver for enamels.
Hug the stuffing out of my wife.
Unexpectedly cut down two bushes with a chainsaw...
Wiped me out...

Garden

Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:39 pm
torin3: (Pyro-baby)
Peppers are looking good this year:

Purple Beauty


 photo PurpleBeauty_zps07107420.jpg

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