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Well, that was a lot more successful than I'd hoped it would be.

I'll have to do this more often. If it gets annoying for anybody, I'll put a filter in.

Must do:
Go to gym (wife is sick, stayed home)
In bed by 8pm

Strongly encouraged:
More cleaning of desk
More cleaning of kitchen table

If I feel up to it:
Nail panels in storage space

To-do list

Mar. 25th, 2013 02:37 pm
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On the way home:
Pick up tissues for wife and work

Must do:
Water plants
Write at least 15 minutes on financial policy guidelines for K'tai
Check for rat - remove if uneaten. Water snake regardless
Rat was uneaten.
Clean litterboxes

Strongly encouraged:
Clean desk & find box of good pens (giving myself partial credit...some cleaning, but not done)
Order silver for enameling run
Reserve hotel room for K'tai
Pre-reg for Pennsic

Clean off kitchen table in prep for enameling run (partial credit again, same reason)

If I feel up to it:
Audio books moved to bookshelf upstairs
Nail up panels in storage space
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Btw, WHOO-HOO! My Smith Little Torch arrived yesterday! I am SO looking forward to being able to silver solder with much more precision that the abomination I've been using.

The jury-rigged nightmare used to be an old Bernzomatic MAPP-Oxy torch that they used to sell in Home Depot. It used disposable bottles of Oxygen and MAPP gas. MAPP isn't sold anymore. It was a proprietary mix of methylacetylene (propyne) and propadiene gasses. Which was a more stable, and only slightly cooler than acetylene. However their oxygen bottle was not high pressure, and as a result, you would usually run out of oxygen before you could do much of anything with it.

So, I got an R-size O2 bottle (about 20 Cu. ft) and a real regulator, cut off their O2 bottle regulator and used it. I also wound up using propane instead of MAPP, as it worked perfectly well for soldering, even if you couldn't weld with it. Not bad for a $60 silver soldering setup.

However for the downside. The O2 regulator was for an ordinary torch handle, and had no secondary control for the oxygen. Too much O2 for the propane didn't even register on the low side pressure gauge. And the propane side was only sightly better, with just the needle valve and no pressure gauge. (I have a hard time not typing gage automatically, which is the proper spelling for machinist measuring instruments.) Plus it was only the one orifice, which is really much larger than I need for most of my work.

Now, I have a full set of tips, and fuel and O2 regulators designed for this torch. Plus in addition to propane (which I like for silver soldering because it gives off much less light than acetylene), I can use it for acetylene, MAPP, natural gas, and even hydrogen, which is an even dimmer flame than propane!

I know I'm rambling, but I can't wait to start using it!

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We're doing well, other than the fact I'll be out of work for 2 days at a minimum due to lack of power.

At the homestead, the power flickered a lot, but never off more than about 2 minutes.
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I've been going through Breaking Bad on Netflix. Ran across this scene and was fairly impressed by it.


Sep. 29th, 2012 10:55 pm
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I've been wanting to find this video for a while now. I originally saw a longer version of it, but this is still pretty cool!

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I've finally gotten around to reinstalling Dragon naturally speaking. This should allow me to speed up my "typing" so to speak. That is, once it really learns my style of speaking.

But I'm going to try to use it to write a lot more. Speaking of which, I'm also trying to start writing again. I got a couple of good ideas. And I may post some of the world building here.

Exercise has been going moderately well. I've kind of dropped off the idea of doing the increasing number of situps. I got up to 13, but that was pretty rough. When I tried to do 14, I realized I had pulled a muscle. So I left off for a few days to give it a chance to heal. Currently, I'm doing about three sets of 10 reps every 2 to 3 days. When I finally feel like I'm not pushing too hard I will start increasing the number of reps.

This post was almost entirely voice transcribed.
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I don't even....



Sep. 4th, 2012 11:15 pm
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I cleaned the snake cages tonight, which is usually about an every other week job. No real problems with it, other than noting that I should start up the under tank heat tape, as the weather is getting cooler.

About 2 hours later, I head downstairs an notice that Sethra (who was in the top cage with 2 doors, rather than a single full-width door) has forced one of them open (It may not have been fully closed) and is hanging down about 4 feet. She appeared to be trying to decide on how to get down without dropping half her body on the floor.

I got her moved to the next cage down and triple checked the doors.

Glad I went down tonight to get clothes for tomorrow, rather than waiting until I got up.
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But in about a little over an hour, I will be turning XLIV.
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Well, a few days ago, I noticed that my stomach muscles were feeling pretty sore from sneezing a lot due to allergies. So, I thought I would toughen them up by starting to do sit-ups.

Uhhh...yeah....about that....

I was able to do 3....

Not acceptable. Ok, over the next hundred days, I'm going to shoot for being able to do 3 sets of 100 reps. Starting out with day one being 3 sets of 1 rep (not really, I did them all at once), I'm going to increase the reps at one per day. So day two was 3 sets of 2 reps.

So far day 3 was the worst. Sneezing really hurt that day.

Today is day 5, and the 3 sets of 5 reps wasn't too bad. Stomach muscles are a little sore, but much better than 2 days ago. And sneezing doesn't really hurt anymore.

Now I just need to keep this up. I figure by day 100, I should be able to easily transition to the weight machines at the gym.
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Clean snake cage
Check out form for driver's license renewal to avoid having it list corrective lenses
Clean out cars from pennsic.
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I am making a commitment that when I get home, I'm going to be doing at least 3 hours a week of artwork of some kind. Included in this is cleaning up the shop and making it useable again.

I need to make several enamels and at least one county coronet out of damascus steel.
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Grind and etch seam rippers
Finish deburring tama cores
Pick up 3 types of birch beer
Food shopping
Do laundry
Pack takadai & cooler in car (take apart takadai chair)
Get more than 4 hours sleep (Failed tonight)
Do dishes
Take out garbage
Make sure snake cages are clean
Get chocolate milk

(more added as needed)
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I realized I haven't really posted anything about the garden this year.

We've pretty much realized that where whe had the garden either wasn't getting enough sun, or the soil was too poor for a good garden. Even with adding a lot of organic material and fertilizing it, what grew there only grew pooorly. The tomatoes we planted out front grew like gangbusters though.

So, here is what this year's garden looks like: )

Anyway, that is the update for now.


Jun. 22nd, 2012 11:21 pm
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Scene: Shopping at the local grocery store.

I pull up to the display case that has the 'meh' quality buffalo wing tenders we purchased the previous week.

I lean over an pick up a bag and hold it about eye level.

"You shall never disappoint us again," I say imperiously, and drop the bag contemptuously back into the case.

I start to move away, but have to wait while my lovely wife is trying her best not to fall on the ground laughing...
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Order tama (500 or 600 1/2 shells, make sure to have enough for Sandy's takadai).
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