The Family Blog

Monday, October 24 2016

Abrasive Pen

Came across a reference to one of these while looking for soldering information on aluminium. Judging by the video, it looks like it would be handy for cleaning battery contacts. Really want the flexible file from Eric the Car Guy, but can't justify it.

Sunday, September 18 2016

Must Haves

Metal Paracord Bracelet:

Healthy Living Cookbook:

Toothpick for Gristly Meals:

Wednesday, September 14 2016

Ground Water

I hear a lot of talk of groundwater and aquifers. There is a park in LA just behind a dam (Sepulveda?) whose sole purpose is to slow the release of water. I heard about pervious concrete, but it can fill with silt. I wonder about using it on vertical surfaces where it wouldn't be as much of a problem like the curb, not the gutter. Or the sides of a drainage canal.

Tuesday, September 6 2016

ITT & Certs

Very good point he makes, is why don't you have a normal degree? Why did you put energy into a cert versus a project?

Sunday, August 28 2016

More Useful than Walmart

Tuesday, August 23 2016

Hulu Has Gone Pay Only

Scrambling to find my shows on their parent web sites.

Monday, August 22 2016

UK Stores

Wondering why store owners are so helpless on Caught on Camera. Turns out it is the law:

Sunday, August 21 2016

Shop Lifting

I wonder if they made the counters weigh things like self check-outs, if it'd be easier to catch thieves. Maybe flicker if the weight decreases. That way they could review security footage daily looking for flickers and flag stuff easier.

Friday, August 19 2016

Wholesale Lots

Seriously, tempting. Buy something you want and sell the excess on Ebay.

Wednesday, August 17 2016

Decent Ear Buds on Ebay

While no guarantee, I have good luck with woven ear buds off Ebay. In fact, anything audio that is what I order. It ensures enough quality to satisfy a tight wad like me. I put a little liquid electrical tape around the wires at the speaker to help with durability.

then coat where the wires enter the ear bud in this:

Tuesday, August 16 2016

Stupid Spelling Aid

Strawberry Shortcake is a dessert.

There is sand in the desert.

Thursday, August 4 2016

Netflix Almost Forgiven

I like to have everything shoved into an RSS feed that I can pull from no matter where I am. Anyway, Netflix used to have that ability and then it went away after their upgrade. The links off Netflix USA didn't work unless you were logged in. Now, it is fixed for movies at least. Both of the following formats work just fine now. I prefer the one with title because I don't always want to watch what I click on. Now if they just fix the series links, that'd be great.

Tuesday, August 2 2016

Attic Fan Envy

Apparently, if the ceiling isn't sealed, then it just sucks cool air conditioned air into the attic. Always, thought it worked fine at my brother's place.

Monday, August 1 2016

SSD Drives

Saw an SSD being destroyed and it had 10F 2.5V caps in it. Turns out they retain data for 1 year.

Saturday, July 23 2016

Compressor Piping

Apparently, you can use PEX tubing instead of piping for air compressors.

Tuesday, July 19 2016

Die Hard Rail Roaders

Lay their own track. Saw a piece of non-plastic backed track and wondered where people get the stuff.

Thursday, July 7 2016

Best Wood Splitter I've Seen

Saturday, July 2 2016


A cheaper way to be a pilot, buy a plane to get your hours in.

Friday, July 1 2016

Raspberry PI

Had a great USB 720p camera that is compatible with my PI, but could only get 1 frame per five seconds out. So listening to Rossmann and he was rambling on about IP cameras, now I don't care about his level of quality that much as it is just for fun. But I'm going to look into the frame rate I can get. My goal is 1 frame per second without the god damn SD card going read only which only seems to happen in the car.

Thursday, June 30 2016

Ethernet Tab Alternative

Saw this on click bait and wanted the source:

Expensive Replacement:

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