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July 2014

Wednesday, 30 June 2014

Yesterday, I was going to go to a cruise that I had never been to - at Cinderella Custom in Post Falls. At 5pm, before heading out, I made one last check on the weather. It was 104° F in Coeur d'Alene. The Plymouth doesn't run well in really hot weather, so I stayed at home. I'll get over there one of these days; I hear they make outrageously good hamburgers there.


 

I have put off ripping to file some DVDs that I might have trouble with. I decided not to put that off any longer, so I have backed up 42 movies, 96 episodes (48 weekly shows) of Rocky and Bullwinkle and 1 Star Trek Original Series episode into files. I still have many more DVDs to go through, as I am only into the C's.


 

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Friday, 25 June 2014

On Wednesday, I drove my Plymouth down to the Miles Coffee Company to have a Dr. Pepper and gossip with some of the other classic car owners. About 4pm, the sky looked very threatening, so I drove the Plymouth home to put it in the garage. I got there just as the first raindrops fell. I then got in my Honda to drive over to the Paul Bunyon in Rathdrum, since there was going to be a live music program over there.

On my drive over to Rathdrum, all hell broke loose. We had thunder, lightning, hail, rain and 70 mph winds. Needless to say, when I arrived at Paul Bunyon's, there were hardly any classic cars there. Everyone had driven a regular car. To top things off, the musicians were there, but were reluctant to set up their pianos in the parking lot under a 10 X 10 canopy. I don't blame them. So the cruise and the music were both a bust. That happens around here, though. One day it'll be 89° then the next it will be 60° and raining.

It got worse, though. While I was gone, the wind had blown a tree over a couple of miles from my house and took the electrical lines with it. So I came back to no power - a condition which existed for 8 hours. It came back on about 1:15 am.

Late Update: The local paper had an article on the storm. Four cows and a calf were hit and killed by a lightning strike that occurred about 2 miles from here. It really was a nasty storm.


 

I have finished the revision to my "Dutch Oven Dishes: Black Iron Cooking" cookbook and have posted it for public consumption. The links are in the Blogical Sections links on the side of this page. The cookbook has a new page size, recipe corrections and a couple of new recipes.

When I first started this process, I changed the page size from 8 1/2 X 11 to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2. That was a big mistake. That works out to four pages on a single sheet of paper (4-up), and I meant to have it be 2-up instead. It took me a couple of hours, but the PDF version now has a page size of 5 1/2 X 8.


 

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Wednesday, 16 June 2014

I have been using this workstation for literally years. It has a new motherboard and sound card, but I have never upgraded the hard disk. The original disk is 200GB and I had 66GB of free space left. That sounds like a lot, but some of the things I have been doing require much more space than 66GB. A couple of days ago, I ordered a 500GB drive to replace the old 200GB drive.

The new drive came yesterday. I installed it and booted into Clonezilla Live, so I could clone the old drive onto the new one. Clonezilla has an option to automatically make use of all the space on the new drive, but I disabled that. It took Clonezilla 1/2 hour to clone the old drive onto the new drive. When it finished, I powered down the workstation and unhooked the old 200GB drive. I then booted into the new cloned drive and everything worked great.

The final step in this process was to expand my /home partition so I can take advantage of all that extra space. I booted the workstation using a Linux Mint 13 live DVD, then got into gParted. I used that program to increase the size of the /home partition to take advantage of all the new space, then rebooted into my regular Linux Mint 17. I now have a workstation that has 335Gb of free space instead of 66GB. Total time to accomplish all this was less than an hour.


 

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Sunday, 13 June 2014

A year and a half ago, I released a free cookbook called "Dutch Oven Dishes: Recipes for Black Iron Cooking". It is a 224 page book filled with information about Dutch ovens and recipes. There is a link to it here on the web site. It has a raft of recipes and pictures of some of the results. The only problem with the cookbook is that it is in full page (8 1/2" X 11") format.

I have decided to reformat the cookbook as 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" format. This will make the cookbook size smaller, but the resulting book will also be a lot thicker. I have started this process, but it will be slow, as there doesn't seem to be a way in LibreOffice Writer to reformat an entire document. I have had to create a whole new document and will move the text and pictures from the old document into the new document. This process will take me days to finish, so I will announce when the new version is available.

I may also have to redo the ePub version of the cookbook. I will look into that when I finish the PDF (ODT) version.


 

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Tuesday, 8 June 2014

I took my Plymouth down to Coeur d'Alene on Saturday to fill up the gas tank and to do grocery shopping. As I was coming back and was about 100 feet from my driveway, I spied a couple of mooses crossing the road, so I stopped the car and took this picture. Note that one of my neighbors was coming out and also stopped behind the mooses. They were initially going west to cross my property, but changed their minds and went the other way when they saw both cars.

Taking this picture caused me to take a closer look at the camera app on my phone. I have now figured out how to 'zoom' the lens, so I may get better pictures of stuff like this in the future.


 

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Thursday, 3 June 2014

We went over to a mineral club member's home the other day and picked up his entire lapidary collection. It was in about 16 banker boxes. He had also been a dealer in an earlier life, so there was a lot of completed stuff in the collection - it wasn't just slabs. I took home 8 of the boxes and spent three days inventorying the contents. The inventory list I came up with ran to 10 pages, so that is over 500 items. Bev has the other boxes and she is not through doing the inventory on them. We got all this for the club for the cut-rate price of $800. I suspect there is at least $3,000 worth the material there, so that is a pretty good deal.


 

I hope that you enjoy the 4th of July festivities tomorrow, and don't end up creating dangerous problems with your celebrations. I am going to stick around my place on Friday, but I will be participating in a parade on the 5th, up in Bayview, ID. If I get my radio back in the car before then, that is.


 

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