Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I missed this when it was first posted at Survivalblog. It is the first place winner in the writing contest, and especially for me here in the desert, an excellent article about an improvement on the basic survival still:Comments
The Extreme Solar Still Concept, by Jim D. - SurvivalBlog.com
I never paid much attention to the classic still concept, because I knew it did not work well enough to actually ensure survival. Not so with this improvement! It can actually produce up to a gallon a day, even in extreme circumstances.
A couple of illustrations from the article below the fold:
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Another view on a topic broached here in the comments last week. An Athol reader noted a significant spark after demonstrating his mechanical competency.Comments
Don't know what to make of it. I could say "perhaps I'm dealing with an anomaly", but then, I *know* I'm dealing with an anomaly, and a spoiled one at that. Mere mechanical competency is an expected baseline for manhood in her view, and apparently merits no special credit.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This is one of my "favorite" kind...Comments
Ladies, we are not impressed with your achievements, degrees and credentials, and we are not, by any means, "intimidated" by your ridiculous efforts to be Mini-Men. We are, however, put off by your unpleasant attitude, chips-on-shoulders, and general disagreeableness. We're looking for pleasant companionship, not a constant struggle for supremacy.
Who needs THAT shit?
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Anyone think Fukushima is now old news and the situation is fully controlled?Comments
Reactor No. 2 temperature near 80C — Up almost 20C in a week (CHART)
More here: Hydrogen levels increasing again
And here: Tokyo soil would be considered "radioactive waste" per US standards, requiring special handling and disposal. That's the entire freakin' city, kids! One of the biggest in the world. And radiation levels there are still increasing!
Japan is toast. And that's assuming the plant doesn't explode again, spewing radiation farther afield, affecting us across the ocean. Public hanging for the Tepco officials and government lackeys responsible for this catastrophe would not be adequate recompense. Every living relative and heir of every person with a finger in this pot should be sold into slavery to pay for the damage they've done to the world. Let their names be accursed for generations.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
This will be quite a bit more detailed than the usual "progress pics" installation. As I noted last week, there is a lot of detail I leave off for the sake of brevity. But this time I will include many more steps.Comments
These conduit termination boxes are already installed. No photos of that process. To get to this point, the conduit is measured, cut and glued, from the main spine conduit and junction boxes to these terminal boxes. I add the metal Romex clamps through holes I drilled in the sides of the box.
From these terminal boxes up into the wall toward the outlet boxes or switch boxes, I transition to Romex cable. Why? It's just easier to thread Romex than it is to get conduit up into "old work".
First I locate the space between the target studs in the wall above, and drill the required holes through the floor, and up through the wall base plates into the inter-stud space:
Then I use an "old work" box to mark the cutout extents on the wallboard:
Marked for cutting:
Farther up the wall, I have removed the existing switches for the ceiling light and the ceiling fan. I will be reusing the existing wiring from this location up to the ceiling fixture box, because I can purchase both lights and ceiling fans that run off 12v or 24v DC power that will retrofit that location.
What I cannot reuse is the cheap-ass switches that come with the mobile home. Actually I cannot use any AC-only rated switch for DC switching purpose. DC power is much more difficult to successfully interrupt than AC power. So I have been shopping for DC switches that I can use. I have ordered some that are meant for use in an RV, for evaluation purposes.
In order to keep the rest of the 120v circuit active, I pulled out the feed line and the extension out of the bottom of the switches and will wire them together in a new box below the switch box location. One of these lines come from the grid power 120v source, and the other one continues on to additional outlets on this circuit.
Here is the "old work" box installed at that location. "Old work" boxes are specifically designed to be inserted through a hole cut in the wallboard. Then two tabs attached to screws will flip out inside the wallboard space and the screws cinch the tabs up against the back of the wallboard, holding the box in place. Quite handy.
The wire insulation is stripped with the use of this wire stripper tool. It has holes corresponding to wire sizes from 10 gauge up to 18 gauge. This neatly cuts the insulation without cutting into the wire, allowing it to be cleanly pulled from the end.
Wires fastened together with wire nuts, and stuffed into the box. This box will get a blank cover, as it is only used to splice together those two separate sections of the 120 volt circuit.
Now I thread the Romex cable (multi-conductor cable surrounded by a plastic sheath) through the holes I drilled underneath the house, up into the space between the wallboard and the insulation, and up to the outlet/switch box locations.
The 3 conductor romex I am using here has an orange sheath.
The double switch box on the left will be for the ceiling fan. One switch will be on/off, the other will be high/low speed control. The box on the right will house the ceiling light switch, which will be a 3-way switch for that light.
Now it is time to prepare the conductors to be pulled through the conduit. First I measure out the correct length of conductors, and tape them together every foot or so, for easier handling.
This is a steel "fish tape". This gets shoved into the conduit until it reaches the far end.
The fish tape is a springy steel tape with a flat profile that easily navigates the curves of the conduit without hanging up (usually. If it does hang up, pulling it out and reinserting it upside down sometimes allows it to pass through any hangups.)
Here the fish tape has been shoved through the conduit that runs from the ceiling light termination box to this location where the other half of a 3-way switch will eventually be installed:
Next, the conductor bundle is prepared to be attached to the end of the fish tape. One wire is threaded through the bent hook end of the fish tape, and the rest of the bundle is taped firmly to that wire and the end of the tape.
I use duct tape because I have had very good luck using duct tape for conductor pulls.
Next, the conductor is lubricated with wire pull lubricant. This is like K-Y Jelly for wires. It allows the wire to be pulled through the conductor with minimal resistance.
No word on whether this can double as sex lube, but it feels very similar.
At the far end, the fish tape is pulled back through the conduit, with the conductors in tow.
Conductors and the end of the fish tape have cleared the terminal box.
Then, the conductors pulled through the conduit are joined to the conductors in the Romex from the switch box location...
...shoved into the terminal box...
...and the cover installed.
Finally the insulation is pulled back into place and the underbelly plastic at this location is taped back shut, and this location is done.
Believe it or not, plain old box tape beats out any other tape that I have tried for resealing the underbelly plastic. I tried expensive "gorilla tape" for this purpose, but it has proven to be a real disappointment. It lets go after a number of months, whereas box tape has yet to let go of any location I have used it on the underbelly plastic layer.
The yellow romex cable at this point is for the solar inverter driven 120 volt circuit. I've been installing these outlets close to where the 12/24v outlets are going, to save time and effort.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
More is Better -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Available in silver and black finishes
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Daisycat has *NO IDEA* how easy on her I really am...Comments
Also, why do we put up with their..."stuff"?
Because they're cute and funny and sometimes make us laugh:
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
From here: Street robberies and you - The Basics - AR15.COMComments
...and copied/pasted for posterity below the fold. Well worth reading.
Lately in GD we have had two different board members find themselves looking down the barrel of a gun along with the GF of another ARFCOMMER in street robberies. Also Blitz308 got shot all to pieces last year.
While many say it is better to be lucky than good, no one is lucky every time. In this post I am going to attempt to provide some insight into street encounters. Other may have different viewpoints. I am not here to argue. I will say some of the comments I have seen posted in the threads about this sort of matter make me realize that while some ARFCOMMERS are clearly street veterans others are not. This is really for those who are not.
First, my info. I worked in the street of one of America's most violent, dangerous cities for 15 years. I usually worked in the worst part of that city. I spent 15 years in patrol. I liked patrol. It was wild. Most of the time I worked in areas covered in ghetto. By that I mean large housing projects combined with run down slum housing. I have worked all shifts. Later I became an investigator including a robbery investigator. I have spent countless hours in interrogation rooms talking to hold up men. I know them. I am still an investigator but have quit playing the Robbery game because my family was starting to forget what I looked like.
Some may object to me calling hold up men "the enemy". You can call them whatever you like. I can assure you however they are as deadly an enemy as you will find anywhere but the battlefield. Even many soldiers probably lack the viciousness and utter disregard for life most hold up men possess.
No one wakes up in the morning one day and decides to become an armed robber. It is a gradual process that requires some experience and desensitizing. Before a man will pick up a gun and threaten to kill people who have done him no harm in order to get their usually meager possessions he has to get comfortable with some things.
He has to get used to seeing others as objects for him to exploit. He has to accept he may be killed while robbing. He has to accept the felony conviction for Robbery will haunt him all his life. He has to accept he may need to kill a completely innocent person to get away with his crime.
This is a process that starts with stealing candy at the corner store as a child. It progresses through bigger property crimes that may also involve violence. But one day G gets tired of selling his stolen property for nothing and decides it would be better to steal cash. Cut out all that tiresome sales stuff.
Keep in mind many petty thieves, auto burglars, residential and commercial burglars, paper thieves, and hustlers will get to that point and decide not to become armed robbers. Most will. It is a special group of outliers who decide threatening to kill people for a few dollars is the way to go.
Once a man starts armed robbing he has crossed a line most won't. Don't forget that when you are looking these bastards in the eye. Their decision to kill you is already made. Your life means nothing to him. Only his does. His sole motivation for not killing you is he doesn't want a murder case. He has already accepted he may pick one up though.
We hunt hold up men around the clock once they are identified. We send teams of fire breathing fence jumper/door kickers to find them. We will bring their mother to the office and convince her she is going to jail if we don't have Junior in our office in an hour. We have her call her son crying hysterically for him to turn himself in before she is arrested and held without bond as a material witness and her home seized for harboring him. Most of the time they won't. Fuck their own momma.
We will hit all Juniors friends and family's houses. We make it so no one will harbor him. He is so hot no one will let him in their house or even talk on the phone with him. We put money on him so he knows he is right to be betrayed and set up. We do this because of one thing.
That thing is they WILL kill someone if they keep robbing. That is why the city is willing to pay all the overtime. They don't want the murders. Think about that when you see Junior coming. The more robberies he does the closer he is to killing someone. Maybe you.
The guys who hit you on the street are gang members. They are Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Crips, Sureonos, many others. They do not see themselves as part of society. The street is all they know. They don't expect to live long or stay out of prison. They take a delight in your fear and suffering. They are warped individuals for the most part. They can be extremely dangerous.
One time we were locking up a hold up man and having a conversation about how they target their victims. I was saying they pick easy ones, another guy was saying they preferred easy ones but would take anybody.
I pointed out a uniform Officer there was an NFL size guy to that hold up man. Frankly the dude was a monster. I asked hold up man if he would rob him. He said "If I needed the money".
Chances are good you are a law abiding person except for maybe a little light weed smoking and maybe driving a little drunk every once in a while. Most of your life you have been taught to be nice and don't point guns at people. You are the exact opposite of your enemy who was taught just the opposite. Remember a lot of street life is like prison life. Who's the man is everything. Violence is the currency of the street.
You do not possess total disregard for the lives of others and do not want to kill anyone. You are concerned about the ramifications of shooting someone. Your family, your possessions and finances on the line. Your enemy has none of these concerns.
The laws that keep you from carrying your gun in bars or where ever mean nothing to your enemy. Your reluctance to shoot someone works to is advantage. His greater experience in street violence and the element of surprise is on his side.
Everyone should call their local FBI office and get a copy of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted. When it first came out it was ground breaking because it demonstrated to academics and other elites what street police knew all along. What did it show in interviews with cop killers? Nice guys finish dead. That's right. Most of those offenders commented that the Officer they killed set himself up to be killed because of reluctance to use force early in the encounter.
You can probably find it on line now. A lot of the victim Officers were a lot like a lot of other people, normal people. They were the opposite of their enemy.
Am I advocating becoming the enemy? No. I am saying the person who is robbing you has certain traits, attitudes, and background. That is all.
Dynamics of Encounters
Hold up men target victims on the street in an impulsive, opportunistic manner. They see someone and make a quick judgment call on whether to rob them. The time between when you are targeted and they are on you isn't long. Therefore, situational awareness is everything.
If you see G coming you are in good shape. If you don't you will be the victim who says "He came out of nowhere". No he didn't. There are many tricks to watching out but simply watching your back is the main thing. Watch your back. If you do it enough it becomes second nature and you won't even realize you are doing it.
Watching out is great but unfortunately many self defense courses stop there. You have parked you car in a well lit area, are aware of your surroundings, and looky here, here comes three guys across the parking lot and they start to kind of fan out.
When you lock eyes with G the very first thing you need to do it indicate you have a weapon. It doesn't matter if you do or not. If you are a woman put your gun hand in your purse and keep it there. If you are a man fan your shirt or coat tail with your gun hand. Make it clear to dude you are mentally prepared to draw and making sure your gun is clear. This will many times result in an about face by dude. It is the single best robbery avoidance tactic IMHO.
Not long ago I was walking down the sidewalk in my town to go get my car. I was holding a folding chair in my gun hand. A car slow rolled past me with 4 heads in it. The guys in the back seat turned around as they went by looking at me. They went a little farther and U turned in the street.
Here they come back. As they started to slow down I looked at them with as contemptuous a look as I could muster and switched the chair to my left hand and flicked my shirt tail with my right hand. They just drove on mad dogging me.
In another case I was at a Christmas party and walked a girl to her car about 3 am. As we said our good-byes two guys were walking across the parking lot. One went behind a dumpster. I though he was peeing. He came out from behind the dumpster with a bottle.
As they got closer I stepped clear of that girl and unzipped my jacket at those two guys. When I did the guy threw down the bottle and they walked by cussing at me. If someone challenges you after you indicate you are armed say "I don't have a gun". Then they will know you do.
Here is an opposite story. A girl my brother knows was walking her dog when a guy approached her. She was polite. Mistake. He talked to her about the dog and said she had pretty hair and reached out and touched her hair. She did not slap his hand down or aggressively object. Mistake. He asked her if her dog bit and she said "No". At that time he slapped the shit out of her, drug her into a wooded area, and raped her.
The answer in the street is always "No". Can I ask you something? No. Do you have a cigarette? No. Can you tell me what time it is? No. The answer is always "No". Don't be nice. Stop the encounter as soon as it starts.
When to draw
Despite warnings I often see on the Net I have yet to encounter an instance in which a hold up man called the police to report his intended victim threatened to shoot him. Thugs do not want to come into contact with the police. They may already be wanted or realize chances are good they have been identified in a recent robbery. Or what ever. They are not going to call the police if you draw on them.
Supposed two guys are approaching you in a parking lot and do the classic fan out maneuver. You indicate you have a weapon by clearing your gun hand and fanning your jacket at them. They are not discouraged. DRAW!
I am not saying you should pull your gun out, assume a Weaver stance, and scream "That's close enough motherfuckers!" What I am saying is draw your gun and hold it beside your leg as you start to move to cover. I am very fond of telephone poles. Anything will do though. They will see this. They will remember they have to be somewhere else. They will not call the police.
Then you can just put your gun back in the holster and go back to whatever you were doing like nothing happened. Why? Because nothing did happen. A happening is when shots are fired.
Do not hesitate to draw. If you are somewhere you are supposed to be and someone appears who is not supposed to be there like a closed business show him the end of your gun. Could it be Mother Teresa looking for her lost cat behind your closed business? No it is some motherfucker up to no good. He won't call the police to report he was prowling a location when a guy ran him off.
When to shoot
The time to shoot is immediately upon seeing his weapon. You are not a police man who has to try to arrest the guy. No need to scream at him. No exposure while you yell for him to drop the gun.
In deer hunting the experienced hunter takes the first good shot. May not be the perfect shot but it never is. Novices pass up a doable shot waiting for a better shot and then the deer is gone. Take the first good shot you are offered. Hopefully your alertness and hostile cues will prevent you ever having to fire. But once you see his weapon, shoot.
If a guy is coming at you with a gun in his hand shoot him. Shoot him right then. If you don't shoot first you may not shoot at all. I have known more than one person who was shot and received life changing injuries and also shot their attacker. Their only regret was not shooting sooner. Like Bill Jordan said "Nothing disturbs your enemy's aim like a slug delivered to the belt buckle area".
Guns and weapons
The handgun is the best weapon you can carry easily. I understand it is not always possible to have one due to laws, restrictions, whatever. I am not telling anyone to disregard laws about carrying weapons. Each person has to decide for themselves what they are comfortable with. I will say there is no substitute for a pistol when you need one.
Also if you can not be trusted with a pistol after a few drinks you can't be trusted with a pistol period. Booze is liquid bad judgment no doubt but it shouldn't make you into a damn moron. If you are a moron sober I don't know what to tell you.
Types of guns and ammo are always debated and probably always will be. I have seen people shot with all common calibers. My conclusion is if you hit someone between the collar bone and the tip of their ribs three times with anything, they are handled. Bigger is better but something is better than nothing. Get your front sight on his shirt and stay on him as long as he is standing with whatever gun you have.
Just have a gun with sure fire ammo. Draw early and fire immediately upon seeing his weapon. That course of action is about all you can do to up your odds of ending things favorably. Guns like the Ruger LC9, SIG 239, Glock 26/27 are examples of guns small enough to carry but with enough power and capacity to be useful. Do not be afraid to use a French Lebelle if that is the only gun you have. A gun is a gun. I like a Glock 19.
We all want the best training. It can be expensive if you are having to pay for it and it can be hard to find the time to do it. There is a whole lot of BS out there. What can you do? First, pistol handling is not rocket surgery. If you will learn the basics and practice on your own you can be fine. Smooth draw, quick pairs, reload. If you know those things well you can be OK.
I know a young man who shot down two hold up men in 2010 at very close range while he and his GF were walking home from the store. He in Wyatt Earp like fashion ignored the fire coming from the gunman and killed him and wounded his accomplice. He nor his GF were injured. He like many was willing to give them the money until he picked up on nonverbal cues that because of his GF they were not quite satisfied with the money. He had a Glock 27.
He had only the most basic of training in gun handling but did do some draws and some dry fire a couple times a week and live fired maybe once a month. That basic skill combined with knowing what to do was enough. He shot at the first possible moment despite having let the guys get the drop on them. When the gunman turned his head because a car drove by that was the opening. A split second is a long time sometimes.
Work on some one hand shooting at close range. That is a skill not as popular as it once was and you want to use two hands when you can. Often you can find yourself doing something with your off hand though so be able to shoot with one hand out to 5 yards or so.
If it comes to pass you are forced to shoot someone do not feel bad. When the police come just tell them a guy threatened you with deadly force and you were forced to fire. I know there are bad police out there in some parts of the country who don't support self defense. I can't help you with that.
Do not talk to them until you have your attorney present. Now most young guys don't have an attorney on retainer and you may have no idea who to call. That is OK. You will figure it out but in the mean time don't talk about what happened other than to say you were forced to fire. You don't have to be an asshole just remember wait for your attorney.
Hopefully you will not give a statement for a couple days. Remember if you are put in jail that doesn't mean you are charged. Most places can hold you 48 or 72 hours on a felony before charging you or letting you go. Breath deep and get an attorney.
Expect to never get your gun back. You may get it back one day but maybe not. Do not buy expensive guns for the street. Buy yourself a nice sporting gun if you want a nice gun. Keep your street guns basic. The factory Model 10 Smith and the GI 45 have done a lot of work over the years and aren't fancy.
We all live in different worlds. My world is filled with felons and gang members. Violence is common place. No one would be surprised if one of their friends called and said they shot a hold up man at a place of business or parking lot. In the past when I made calls the fact that the guy who is beating his GF is also on parole for 2nd degree murder flavored my world.
You may live in a smaller, less violent place where shootings seldom occur and it would be a rare to shoot a hold up man. I envy you and will be moving to a place like your town as soon as I can.
But be advised no matter where you are a hold man is going to be about the same. Whether he is a home boy or a guy who just exited the interstate into your town and needs some quick money. He is going to have a vicious streak and no regard for your life. Treat him like he treats you.
Giving them the money, doing what they say, all that may work but there is no guarantee. If you have never read Jeff Cooper's book The Principles of Personal Defense I suggest you order a copy immediately. It is a short book but summarizes a lot of important things.
Last year we had a trial here regarding an armed robbery that occurred. Three or four guys took a young couple from a parking garage near a college out by some railroad tracks where they raped, shot, and beat them. Their lives will never be the same.
The lesser thugs all turned on the trigger man at trial. The trigger man's statement in the paper was after all that had happened he felt like he was a victim. Think about that. That is the mindset you are up against.
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Monday, March 19, 2012
...and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck.Comments
Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness | The White House
Folks, you are probably reading it here for the first time and may very well never read a peep about it elsewhere (unless you're an Alex Jones fan), but this Executive Order just signed by the President authorizes the effective nationalization of all critical assets in the country in the case of a "national emergency", (including, pointedly, the water in your own well).
Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato (“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State”).
I don't know if this smells more of fascism or communism, but it stinks to high heaven in either case. It reads like a blueprint for Soviet-style central planning.
On the one hand it seems good that the government is gearing up its own capabilities to respond to crisis, but on the other hand the nature of the preparation (seize control of virtually every aspect of national commerce) only ensures that the temptation is keen for a totalitarian (present occupant?) to create just the conditions required to declare the requisite emergency and seize control.
Somehow I doubt that Section 203 will result in the vast oil resources this nation holds in ANWR and the Great Basin states being opened to prodiction. But hey, *your* resources, whatever they are? Fair game!
In related news:
“We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State" - Big Brother Goes Live September 2013 | ZeroHedge
...and no one cares.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012
More outlets. Woo.Comments
Another location for solar inverter 120v and 12/24v, this one adjacent to the evaporative cooler location.
At this rate I have maybe three weekends to go before I have all the conduit installed and stubbed out to the appropriate locations. Then I get to pull conductor back to the breaker box. Where I have already pulled conductor is where I needed to tape up the bottom vapor barrier to finish a particular location. The main spine of conduit for the 12/24v system has no conductors yet.
Sorry I can't make this more exciting. The process under the house involves measuring and locating the correct spot to cut into the bottom vapor barrier and dig through the insulation to find the spot where the conduit will terminate in a junction box. Then I assemble the conduit, sometimes cutting another hole at a deflection point to assemble the bend, then finally terminate the run at one of the big junction boxes on the main conduit spine. I then cut a hole in the sheetrock to receive the outlet box(es), drill a hole from underneath the house in the approximate location of the outlet box, then thread a length of Romex cable from the outlet box into the junction box. I then measure and cut the correct length of conductors to go from the branch junction box to the larger junction box on the main spine. I thread a fish-tape and pull the conductors. Then I splice the conductors in the branch junction box with wire nuts, close up the junction box, and tape up the cut in the bottom vapor barrier. All of this requires numerous trips underneath the house and back aboveboard, and I am a tad sore by the end of the weekend.
Having written that all out, I see that I could be taking photos along the way to illustrate the process. I will have that opportunity yet, as I have a few more of these to go yet. I am about 2/3 through this part of the project.
It looks very likely that I will be interrupting this project with my planned vacation before I have a fully functional low-voltage distribution system. S'okay. The Powers That Be have been gracious enough to kick the can down the road enough times to give us a window of opportunity to enjoy this break from the grind. We're praying that the S continues to hold off Hitting The Fan long enough for us to get back safely.
Momcat and I are brainstorming a low voltage solar electric setup for her house to be started as soon as she gets her car paid off. She has her greenhouse hot air collector fan that could be running off solar, a future evaporative cooler that could be running off solar, a handful of lights, and finally the satellite internet equipment that could all run off a 12 v solar electric system.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012Comments
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Monday, March 12, 2012
This has probably been on Brigid's site forever, but I just looked at it closely for the first time today. After a couple moments while I worked out the meaning, I had to laugh out loud and then share it with my fellow engineers in the office:Comments
None of them got it without me leading them through it...
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
More wall boxes with wires sticking out.
What these are is, 120V solar inverter outlet on the left, to run the stove ignition and the dishwasher, 12v/24v supply to a counter outlet center, switch box for 12v undercabinet lighting left, and junction box for the undercabinet lighting top.
Hours-old balls of fluff!
Momma hen is still sitting on four more eggs. These are being kept indoors until they're all hatched out, so that momma doesn't get restless on the nest waiting for the last ones.
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I was thinking this morning (dangerous activity) that I really need to pull together a harem. I'm thinking about 6 or 7 pretty young fertile thangs would do the trick to populate me a passel of genetic legacies.Comments
I could troll the dating sites for young ladies looking at the big scary world and wanting a buff sugar daddy to provide them a safe haven to do what young ladies do best. Scoff if you will! There's more out there to fit the bill than you believe.
The only hitch in my plan is finding competent harem management help. Sugar Daddy has to go earn the keep of his harem and can't be around all of the time. You get a group of women together in one household, and without a strong hand there to keep them in line, you eventually get the intrigue, the drama, the hair-pulling, and the shrieking sob-fests. The traditional solution is an eunuch. Strong man without the means to sample the goods. But where in the Sam-hill you gonna find a eunuch these days?! Craigslist? Plenty of freaks, but no eunuchs. I'm pretty sure the employment agencies are fresh out of eunuchs. "Nope. Sorry, none in our database."
Thinking on possible close equivalent substitutes, a post-op tranny? No, no, that would be just another girl, almost certainly lacking the strong hand required for harem management and probably would be a drama contributor herself. Else why the change in the first place, hm?
Damn. Unless I get the management aspect worked out, I might have to place this harem acquisition on hold.
Ideas, people! I need ideas.
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Ha! Found this great org chart that shows it like it is, and had to share:Comments
(click to embiggen and read...)
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Friday, March 09, 2012
The G in PIIGS* has officially defaulted.Comments
Greece Default Is Official; Insurance Payouts Triggered - EU Business News - CNBC
The official word is "no big deal, the system can handle it".
That's what they said about the subprime mortgage crisis, before it nearly took the whole world banking system down with it in 2008...
No to worry though, the PII and S debts are *much* larger than the G debts were, and not one of them is in substantially better shape than Greece.
*(Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain)
Update: As if on cue, here is the other shoe, about to drop...
Oh yes, it's *much worse* than "all that".
posted by Desert Cat @ 7:50 PM | permalink
...blasted forth from active sunspot AR1429 (circled) heading straight for Earth and due to hit early Sunday morning.Comments
The CME's earlier this week grazed the Earth and cleared the path of slow moving particles. This one has a clear shot at us with the potential to cause significant disruptions.
Hang on to your hats, batten your hatches, and prepare to bug-out if the lights and communications drop out.
Update: The one scheduled to hit tonight (Sat/Sun) is smaller than the one scheduled to hit mid-day Monday. Neither was from an X-class flare, but they are significant in that both were aimed pretty much right at us. The current sunspot responsible for this activity still has a high probability of emitting additional X-class flares while it is pointed at us.
Final: The last couple flares did little here on earth. One last blast has been unleashed at us by this particular sunspot, which is now no longer pointed directly at us. Minor to moderate geomagnetic storm is forecast.
Labels: watching the skies
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Sunday, March 04, 2012
I can't see the point of multiple shots of j-boxes on the underside of my house, but here is a shot of several outlet boxes that were set this weekend. These are in the kitchen. One is for the inverter 120v output (lower left), one is a dedicated circuit for 12/24v refrigerator/freezer, and the last (at counter level) is for whatever 12/24 v appliances and/or battery chargers I may want to plug in there.Comments
I ran out of conduit parts, so that is a good sign of progress. I kept going at that point by getting these boxes wired into the wall. More stuff purchased for next weekend and I'll keep going.
(frightening pics moved below the fold at "read the rest". Caution! Remove all children and small pets from the room before clicking.)
I had a shaved head for a little while several years ago, which was quite popular with my female readers at the time. I decided to go back to that look today. The only downside is that until I get a little suntan baked into the erstwhile hirsute portion of my head, it has the vaguely nauseating appearance of an aborted pig fetus.
At the same time I took of my moustache. This will be the first time in about 25 years that I've gone entirely without upper lip hair.
Daisycat is always carping and mewling about moustache prickles when we kiss. Looks aside, there will be no more of that.
Damn, folks. If I saw photos of myself today 25 years ago, there is scarcely a chance I would recognize them as me in the future! It is kind of fascinating to watch my face age, and see how it differs from the appearance of my older male relatives.
In a lot of ways I look like my Dad at this age, and a little bit like my uncle Bill. But there are distinctive features that have come in from who knows where--more distant strains, perhaps my Mom's side. None I know of had bulldog jowls, and I have the definite start of what is going to be an impressive set of bulldog jowls.
posted by Desert Cat @ 7:30 PM | permalink
Thursday, March 01, 2012
If I'm crazy, then it's true
That it's all because of you,
And you wouldn't want me any other way!
Side note: What Billy Joel is wearing in this concert clip happens to be my workday style lately--jeans, black t-shirt and sport jacket/suit coat. I wear black jeans though. Also his hair and facial hair style is pretty much the same as mine at the moment. Heh. Go figure.
Who says old guys can't have fun?
posted by Desert Cat @ 9:44 AM | permalink
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