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September 2017

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

I spent last Friday through Sunday in Coolin with some of my Linux buddies, just geekin' out. After we all left, this happens there on Tuesday: Man killed in confrontation with Bonner County deputies in Coolin. One less person in Coolin makes a big dent in the population, believe me.


When it comes to ordering 3D printer filament from eBay, I am 0 for 2. The first time I ordered, the filament never got here. The second order arrived and the filament was ABS instead of PLA. I'm going to try Walmart mail order again. It can't be any worse.


Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro, Velcro.


Quote of the day:

We must remember the First Amendment which protects any shrill jackass no matter how self-seeking.
     F. G. Withington

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Friday, 22 September, 2017

One of my favorite Roku channels, XTV, has been removed by Roku for alleged 'copyright violations'. I have removed the channel from my subscribed list. A lot of the other channels I have subscribed to are just crap, so XTV was a breath of fresh air. I now spend at least 70% of my viewing time looking at YouTube videos. Viewing, not living time.


After 80+ days of no rain, we are finally getting some. We will need a lot more to help fix all that dry.

The rain started after the His Rides Car and Motorcycle Show, which is the last outdoor car show I will go to this year. The final show for my '49 Plymouth will be Cinderella Story, which takes place indoors at the North Idaho Fairgrounds on October 7th and 8th.

No classic cars on the two cruises this week, as it's still raining. I'm glad there is no car show this weekend, since no one would attend.


Quote of the day:

Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what can you believe?
     Bullwinkle J. Moose

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Thursday, 14 September, 2017

My new Essential PH-1 cell phone is really bleeding edge. It uses the new USB-C connector to allow it to be recharged and to talk to the outside world. Since I had no USB-C cables, I had to order one. It came last Monday, and I have been using it to load files from my old cell phone to the new phone. The only file the new phone is unable to use is the vcard file, which contains phone numbers and email addresses from the old phone. I will have to work on that.


I've been hauling metal to the recycler for some friends. Two trailer loads, so far. The first load went to the county transfer station. The second load went to a local metal recycler, who paid us $18.40 for the stuff. I think from now on, I will stick with the local guy...


Quote of the day:

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
     Thomas Edison

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Monday, 11 September, 2017

Before I got my 3D printer, I made a list of things I would print with it. A lamp shade for a floor lamp was one of those things. I had looked all over for a shade in the stores and was unable to find one that was deep enough for the new light socket I put in the lamp.

I finally got around to the lamp shade. I designed it in TinkerCAD. It is 10" in diameter and 5" deep. The walls are 1.5mm thick.

This took 12 hours to print. As you can see, I had to print it with support, as it's a bit hard to put down liquid plastic in empty space. The support structure was easy to remove, as you can see in the finished object.

There is a small hole in the bottom of the shade, where it attaches to the stem of the lamp. Also note that TinkerCAD doesn't do perfectly smooth hemispheres very well. If I had a design tool that would do that for me, I would use it, but this is good enough right now.


Jerry Pournelle, one of the science fiction authors whose works I enjoy, passed away on the weekend. He wrote some very good stuff, including Lucifer's Hammer, King David's Spaceship and my favorite: Fallen Angels. He will be missed.


The Coeur d'Alene Press newspaper has put up a pay wall on articles on their web site. When you select any article, it gets greyed out and a solicitation for subscription is displayed. You can't just cancel this solicitation. The Press is now on my MacDonalds list.


Quote of the day:

They spell it "da Vinci" and pronounce it "da Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.
     Mark Twain

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Wednesday, 6 September, 2017

Back in July, I ordered a Sony DSC-w800 camera to replace my slowly disintegrating Casio camera. I use these small cameras in place of my Canon SX-10 for recording small events.

Last Sunday when I went to the Coaster Classic Car Show, I took the Sony camera along with me and used it to take pictures of all the cars. At the end of that event, the camera had taken 596 pictures since it arrived here.

When I got home, I parked my '52 Plymouth in the garage and made a big pile of stuff from the car to take in the house. The camera was on the top of the pile. As I swung around to start for the house, the camera slid off the top of the pile and hit the concrete floor of the garage. I picked it up and went on inside.

When I got in the house, I hooked the camera up to the computer and downloaded all the pictures into it. And that was that.

On Monday, when I was getting ready to go up to Bob's Car Show in Newport, WA, I grabbed the Sony to record the event. When I got up to the show and turned the camera on, I found that the camera's LCD was filled with lines and black spaces, almost like an old film running through a projector. I hoped that it was only the screen that was screwed up, so I proceded to take 93 more pictures. They came out just fine.

I have now ordered a replacement LCD for the camera, as the Sony camera is too good to just toss. That cost me another $13.80. Oh well, live and learn.

Another good reason for me to hang on to the Sony camera is its image resolution: 20 megapixels. My Canon and Casio are each 10 megapixels.


The good news is my new cell phone showed up on Tuesday. The bad news is that the SIM card out of my old phone didn't fit in the new phone. I had to take a trip down to Target, purchase a blank micro SIM card and phone in to Consumer Cellular to install it. Well, that's done and the new phone works like a champ. It uses a USB-C connector, which is the absolute newest connector, and I don't have one around here. So I had to order a USB-C to USB-A cable. It will be here next week. I will then be able to transfer a lot of the files I have on the old cell phone to the new one.


Quote of the day:

The world looks as if it has been left in the custody of trolls.
     Father Robert F. Capon

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Friday, 1 September, 2017

I posted before how one of my 3D prints was interrupted by my accidently unplugging the printer. I showed this to the Saturday morning breakfast crowd, and one of them suggested I print appropriately-sized drawers for that interrupted parts cabinet printing, so I wouldn't have to throw the cabinet away. So I did.

I plan to put both of these cabinets up on Thingiverse so others can print them if they want to. This means I have to get all the files organized, which will take me some time.


People I know seem to be dropping like flies. This week, two of them passed away. George was an avid Dutch oven cook and inveterate organizer who passed away due to complications from Parkinson's. Rusty was a very nice guy with three classic cars, who was diagnosed with cancer last week and passed away yesterday. Man...


Quote of the day:

The vast majority of successful major crimes against property are perpetrated by individuals abusing positions of trust.
     Lawrence Dalzell

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