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Where’d the time go?!!?

Sorry, I fell into a youtube wormhole and just found my way back to this reality.
Woof! That was a strange trip, but oh so interesting and informative reinforcing of my theory ‘ain’t nuthin new’.
If you are interested in such things, home machining, ancient tool making, foundry work, blacksmithing, etc etc etc, find “Clickspring” on youtube and be prepared to get sucked in.  There are others that will be linked as well and follow those too. (His project of recreating the antikythera device, which is another rabbit hole all by itself, is what sucked me in.  That device is testament to my theory.  Nuthin’ new, just misplaced in history.)
When you come up for air, you can curse my name all you want, but you’ll have a shit-ton more info bouncing around in your brainpan, and may be inspired to do something with it.  I know some of what I picked up kindled the fires on some old projects I have had on hold, mostly due to lack; lack of money, resources, or proper materials.  Those ‘lacks’ now have options I didn’t have.  The biggest being able to case harden mild steel into high carbon steels.  I barely had a laymans idea of how to do this, but Chris’s vids are detailed and now all I lack is practical application of that knowledge.  (And that lack will be addressed this weekend!) Certain tools can be made, properly, and that is a HUGE advantage.  (See his vid on making custom files, wow!) 
The biggest project on hold, the shop, has just been given new life, because those other projects need something a little more formal than my porch workshop.  IE: certain tools need a proper home,  Southend,  Ol Chinee 3n1, forge/foundry, etc, etc.
I may not turn out the immaculately finished pieces that Chris  (clickspring) turns out, but ,,, (and even if you have no/little interest in machining fun, check out his work anyway,  his makes are flat gorgeous!)
Without those tools in functional form, I can’t turn out much of anything, and not without some major shuffling of things.
I likely won’t document the shop build: a rather plain Jane type of building, and I am really gonna have to stretch it out as income is still on the “meh!” side.  Foundation for one third of it (I planned it in modules, so that as things get more involved, I can ‘upgrade’.) is in place, just need gravel, rebar, and about 6 yards of concrete to finish the slab.  Frame, roof, then walls, and start setting up.  First project in the dry will be to rebuild/restore the Onan 5K genny, and that will be moved into the “Tijuana ‘ho- house” shed that currently is the catch-all storage unit.  I plan on keeping the genny and future compressor in there, as then I can isolate the noisier parts away from my already damaged tin ears.  (HA!  Hammers on anvils ain’t silent, Dio!) ( yah yah, I know,  but compressors and gennies are distraction noises.  I prefer them ‘elsewhere’.) And I already have a 50 gallon fuel tank for the Onan already set up, able to be dismounted to take for refill,  and a worm gear winch to lift it back in place afterwards.  I ran that Onan while on the road, and it isn’t the most frugal gennie, but part of that is likely in part to being jury rigged in several ways.  The auto choke, wasnt. The aircooler shroud was Frankensteined. Some of the wiring was, to put it mildly, hilljacked. (Duct tape for electrical connections?!?!?!, r ya kidding me?!?!?!, sheesh! More surprised the thing hadn’t arc welded itself to the frame!) And when I first fired it up, the previous owner, who obviously didn’t know or understand certain things about AC current,  had cranked the engine speed up (smoother running I guess) and the beast was cranking out 160VAC at around 130Hz.  
I am glad I checked it first, or I’d have been replacing some gear.   I don’t  think he ever really used it all that much for anything other than lights (and a 15watt bulb would have shined like a sun under those conditions) but,,,

Anywhoos,  I’m back on earth, in the 21st century,  and on my hill again.  Still haven’t been able to get the kayak out on water (and boredom is to blame for me surfing utube,🙄)  I’ll post as things progress,  shop building, kayak adventures,  and excerpts of dog/cat silliness.  (Voo is starting to get daring about catsfood, and has a few gashes across his schnoz to prove Buzz does NOT approve. LOL) 
Catch y’all later, hopefully with something ‘with meat on its bones’ interesting.

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Where’d the time go?!!?

Sorry, I fell into a youtube wormhole and just found my way back to this reality.
Woof! That was a strange trip, but oh so interesting and informative reinforcing of my theory ‘ain’t nuthin new’.
If you are interested in such things, home machining, ancient tool making, foundry work, blacksmithing, etc etc etc, find “Clickspring” on youtube and be prepared to get sucked in.  There are others that will be linked as well and follow those too. (His project of recreating the antikythera device, which is another rabbit hole all by itself, is what sucked me in.  That device is testament to my theory.  Nuthin’ new, just misplaced in history.)
When you come up for air, you can curse my name all you want, but you’ll have a shit-ton more info bouncing around in your brainpan, and may be inspired to do something with it.  I know some of what I picked up kindled the fires on some old projects I have had on hold, mostly due to lack; lack of money, resources, or proper materials.  Those ‘lacks’ now have options I didn’t have.  The biggest being able to case harden mild steel into high carbon steels.  I barely had a laymans idea of how to do this, but Chris’s vids are detailed and now all I lack is practical application of that knowledge.  (And that lack will be addressed this weekend!) Certain tools can be made, properly, and that is a HUGE advantage.  (See his vid on making custom files, wow!) 
The biggest project on hold, the shop, has just been given new life, because those other projects need something a little more formal than my porch workshop.  IE: certain tools need a proper home,  Southend,  Ol Chinee 3n1, forge/foundry, etc, etc.
I may not turn out the immaculately finished pieces that Chris  (clickspring) turns out, but ,,, (and even if you have no/little interest in machining fun, check out his work anyway,  his makes are flat gorgeous!)
Without those tools in functional form, I can’t turn out much of anything, and not without some major shuffling of things.
I likely won’t document the shop build: a rather plain Jane type of building, and I am really gonna have to stretch it out as income is still on the “meh!” side.  Foundation for one third of it (I planned it in modules, so that as things get more involved, I can ‘upgrade’.) is in place, just need gravel, rebar, and about 6 yards of concrete to finish the slab.  Frame, roof, then walls, and start setting up.  First project in the dry will be to rebuild/restore the Onan 5K genny, and that will be moved into the “Tijuana ‘ho- house” shed that currently is the catch-all storage unit.  I plan on keeping the genny and future compressor in there, as then I can isolate the noisier parts away from my already damaged tin ears.  (HA!  Hammers on anvils ain’t silent, Dio!) ( yah yah, I know,  but compressors and gennies are distraction noises.  I prefer them ‘elsewhere’.) And I already have a 50 gallon fuel tank for the Onan already set up, able to be dismounted to take for refill,  and a worm gear winch to lift it back in place afterwards.  I ran that Onan while on the road, and it isn’t the most frugal gennie, but part of that is likely in part to being jury rigged in several ways.  The auto choke, wasnt. The aircooler shroud was Frankensteined. Some of the wiring was, to put it mildly, hilljacked. (Duct tape for electrical connections?!?!?!, r ya kidding me?!?!?!, sheesh! More surprised the thing hadn’t arc welded itself to the frame!) And when I first fired it up, the previous owner, who obviously didn’t know or understand certain things about AC current,  had cranked the engine speed up (smoother running I guess) and the beast was cranking out 160VAC at around 130Hz.  
I am glad I checked it first, or I’d have been replacing some gear.   I don’t  think he ever really used it all that much for anything other than lights (and a 15watt bulb would have shined like a sun under those conditions) but,,,

Anywhoos,  I’m back on earth, in the 21st century,  and on my hill again.  Still haven’t been able to get the kayak out on water (and boredom is to blame for me surfing utube,🙄)  I’ll post as things progress,  shop building, kayak adventures,  and excerpts of dog/cat silliness.  (Voo is starting to get daring about catsfood, and has a few gashes across his schnoz to prove Buzz does NOT approve. LOL) 
Catch y’all later, hopefully with something ‘with meat on its bones’ interesting.


Checkin’ in

Not much to say.  Usual decline in progress and no need for commentary.

Something fun though. 
Cats have two brains. 
It’s True
Ya only have to watch one for a spell to have it proven.  One at the front in the usual spot and the other somewhere in the hips.  The hind brain only controls the tail and doesn’t communicate with the front brain.  Watch one, you’ll see it.

Then again, according to Voo, cats don’t have brains, only a medula oblongata, just like a snake; ergo, like a snake, you can’t trust ’em.  For a dog,  he’s pretty smart, but I think a touch biased in his observations.

All righty then, ’nuff funny thinkin’, gotta get back to the popcorn I’m having while watching the US slide into third world status.  Y’all enjoy.


A little ‘pick me up’

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https://youtu.be/Q4-XIKt-ADs

Enjoy


What to say,

Thats the biggest problem with blogging.  Somedays, the answer is obvious, others,  I write, but when I re-read it, it’s twaddle and gets round filed.  There are other times what I write is so danged personal, I round file it because its just not in my nature to expose that much of myself to the world.  I am sure that there are some that say “publish it! We want to know the ‘real’ Dio.”   Wish granted, a little, and just this once!

One thing that did come to mind was during a cold snowy night of reflection.   Its amazing how the depths can be plumbed while listening to the pitter-patter of snow on the roof, dog snores and the sound of a crackling fire while you watch said fire.
Joy.  What gives a person Joy?
In my case, I concluded it was, beyond a doubt, making. I looked back and realized that all my joyous times revolved around something I had made/restored/reclaimed.   My motorcycle days were the best on an old bike I had pulled out of a salvage yard and restored and modified.  A Yamaha Virago 920 melded with 750 parts.    My first(actually all of them, but,,,) X/1-9 was a salvage job: many joyous moments with that one.  My house,  even in its current ‘waiting to be finished’ state.  
And of course the current build of the kayak ‘Duh!kee’.   
The build alone is not the only side of that joy, its the use and exposition of it.  When people ask, and I can say “I did that”, is one of the few times where this introvert becomes excitably extroverted.  Some have said its bragging,  but its the way I have found that I can open the doors to people without having to let down the walls that protect my heart and soul: (and if you are reading between the lines, I just wrote volumes about myself.    Shhhh, dont tell, ‘K?)
The buying of things does not give me that joy.  Granted, I have had to buy the derelict toys to be retored, or the parts to make things right, but thats a process, not the end means: totally different set of emotive processes.  I have bought 2 new cars, vicariously,  in my life.  Both for the significant other(s) in my life.  Never for myself.   I saw the joy they got from them and knew I would never feel it myself.
I could extrapolate several reasons, but the main reason,  to me, is in potential.  A new car is at its peak, only downward can it go.  A derelict is on the other end of that spectrum and that ‘bringing it back’ or ‘taking raw materials and making something’ ; that is where my joy resides.  I am a maker, builder,  and maybe just a touch crazy, but, thats what I am, and this late in the game, I can’t change, and wouldn’t want to anyway.  

Alright, I’m closing that door again.  Hope ya liked the glimpse inside.


Ol man winter

It finally arrived, in force.  Rain and snow, most everyday.  Water flowing in the creeks is 35°f and lake temps are nearing 40°f.  Too cold for my blood.  Have some gear now to make cold water more of an option, but not for that cold. 

Well, I knew my timing finishing the yak was gonna suck, and I’m proven right.  Still, it looks like this winter is a mild one compared to some we have had here; maybe it wont last long.  At least I got in a maiden voyage or two, and proved concept. 

So, its back to work to make the notes that make getting along in this world a little less icky.  Pick up some more gear along the way, and not just for water fun, add to the triple-B’s, and keep an eye of the skyline.  Further training will commence as soon as possible, and in the meantime, just keep muscles flexible.  If I don’t do stretches everyday, I get so danged stiff, I can’t move. (Never thought I would get this far as a kid, and never ever thought I would be doing yoga: wtf happened?  Oh yeah, time.  Pernicious witch that she is. LOL)

Other than a local weather report, not much to say.  Keep on keeping on, y’all. 


The power of stoopid

Something that should NEVER be underestimated.

I was cruising utoob looking for paddling technique vids (FYI, utoob is a relevant info source, just like wikipedia: one just needs the patience of Job to wade through the cesspool of bad info.)when I ran across “a gun free America in 5 easy steps “.  Curious as to what and how said producer thought was ‘easy’, I watched it. 
ROFLMAO,  oh! My! God! 
Someone really needs a cluebat wakeup call.  This whole proposal to annul the 2nd is fucking out there.  These people seem to think that ‘law abiding’ means “unquestioning chattel slave”.  And step 5: oh lordy, good fucking luck with that one!

Heres my advice to those that think an amendment permits me to do anything. Amendments were placed to remind the government of what it WASN’T  allowed to touch.  Not that it did any good in the long run, but that was the intent. They were written by men that had just successfully thrown off a tyrant that tried the same shit you are now proposing!

Guns are TOOLS, nothing more.  They are an answer to fools that think they know better than I how I should live.   A tool, nothing more. 

I AM THE WEAPON. ( Outlaw that! )

Take the tools; we will find, make, pickup, modify, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, to accomplish the ends needed and there is nothing asshats like you can do to stop it.  When the law becomes unbearable, we will shrug; and when we shrug, stoopid fools best beware.  Take them away here ( and good luck finding enough thugs to enforce your diktat ) we’ll make them in our garage and basement machine shops: you know the ones, they make those cute little steam engines you’ll find all over utoob.  We’ll modify road flares and propane tanks to do lethal things. We’ll catch your thugs playing with their mistresses and apply hammers.  When you remove our recourse, the only limitation to violence will be our resolve.  Do you fools see where this could go?  You have been getting warnings like this since “Unintended Consequences” was released.   Matthew Bracken has published several similar warnings (in both directions I might add) towards those that desire it (and to those that would do nothing to stop it, as to what to expect)  .

And even if you got your wish, there will NEVER be a gun free anywhere.   Even Australia, which was so heavily doted upon in that vid, is NOT  gunfree.  They still have “outlaws” with firepower. 

Ok, I’m offa the soapbox for now. 
Just keep a weather eye open,  this shit is still rolling around.