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Monday, July 6 2015


I've had quite the interest in prop making anything Sci-Fi or fantasy. Anyway, watching the K-9 series on Hulu and wondered about using EVA foam over an some wooden skeleton would work. Basically, without the proper tools, wood makes great flat surfaces. EVA is easy to work with and make curved surfaces. But alas until the reason behind my debilitating GERD is investigated, I can't do anything.

Sunday, June 21 2015

10 Things to do After Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04

Saturday, June 20 2015

Storage VPS

Just found out these exist. If I can couple a back-up with a simple web server, I might switch.

Tuesday, June 16 2015

Lawn Mower Deck Wash

Saw it built-in to one the other day and it turns out there is a kit. Got rather interested when we finally cleaned our mower deck and the it disintegrated.

Monday, June 15 2015


The XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer at is going for $350 and $280 for DIY at Ebay. If I could actually do something, I'd buy one.

Sunday, June 14 2015

Insomnia Thought

With all the talk of drought in California and the economic problems with standard desalination, I was curious about using a centrifuge to help with the process of RO desalination. I know they use them to purify uranium, so I wonder if the same process might work for water. The additional neutrons should make sodium heavier. Found stuff close, but not quite.

Anti-Static Brush

Didn't know such a thing exists, but I definitely need a couple:

Saturday, June 13 2015

Youtube API

Years ago I found out about the offset parameter and that allowed me to download links for all the videos. This was a blessing because playlists sucks and you can seem to find all the videos in a channel. The funny thing I find is that a key is required so Google can monitor your traffic and this is coming from the same company that complained about NSA spying. Yes, I realize it is their servers and they can set the conditions for using their property.

Someday I Might Try These

The reviews on other sites seem to be good too.

Thursday, June 11 2015

Crisp Paint Lines

H/T Instapundit

Wednesday, June 10 2015

Great History of Codes

Tuesday, June 9 2015

Laugh At Our Future Robot Overlords

Good Discussion on Tubing Tape

Google Reviews


Monday, June 8 2015


I have non-stop problems with Samba and finally turned to NFS. Problem is that I like the Winbind resolution. Anyway, you can run Avahi on Winders thanks to iTunes via Bonjour. It is two way, resolves on your linux and windows.

Whole House Batteries

Mildly curious about this stuff as some day it will be cheaper than the utility company. While looking at the whole house batteries by Toshiba and Tesla, it struck me that they resemble as forklift battery in size. Sure enough someone else noticed and they tend to be cheaper than a brand new set of batteries. Too bad most batteries lead acid batteries are sealed as removing sludge and renewing the electrolyte seem to extend their life. My dad didn't know that and would over charge batteries just to make sure.



Forklift: http://www.sustainablepreparedness....


Relativistic Batteries:


Another reason for me not to have a lot of spending money.

Sunday, June 7 2015


At the very least this is shared memory for idiots like me. Great way to share high frequency data among many applications.

Saturday, June 6 2015

Finally, a decent solar idea

From Watt's Comments:


I have some GERD issues that doctors are having problem treating. My mom recently reported similar problems. Anyway, might be inherited.

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