Bits and pieces 2006-12-29

By , December 29, 2006 9:29 pm

Been down somewhat with a bug the last few days and doing little as possible.  Got out some this afternoon and cut some more cedar 8 foot upright posts and 6 foot headers and one 15 foot rafter and carried them over to the round house.  Got a couple of the 8 foot upright posts and one 15 foot  rafter cut and carried over to the site yesterday.

After unloading them all, stood one of them up on the (facing the south facing entry way) right side of the door opening and screwed 3 saplings to it to hold it in place while I marked it for height prior to taking back down and cutting to length.  Planing to put 3 uprights in place with two connecting headers and then put one primary and 4 secondary rafters in.  Will add some bracing to the rafters as well as corner bracing on the uprights and headers.  I figure that should secure it enough to add more uprights, headers, and rafters, without needing too much additional temp bracing.

And that was about it for the day.  Going to Calcis tomorrow so will be back late.

That’s all folks…

By , December 28, 2006 2:06 pm // jetman, jet-man, yves rossy,rossy,yves-rossy,flying man,flyingman,flying-man,skyflyers,pilote,suisse

This dude is something else.  Some of the videos of his sky surfing are just awsome.  The jet wing is coming along but not something I would even think about trying.  Totally nuts!

Thanks Steve for the original link to his jetman video!  Meant to reply in email and then the holidays ensueith…


By , December 28, 2006 2:02 pm


More of the grow your own.  Cool stuff!

Introduction to growing your own furniture

By , December 28, 2006 1:59 pm

Introduction to growing your own furniture

Takes a bit of time but this is some really cool stuff!

grow your own furniture

Boiled egg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

By , December 26, 2006 11:14 am

Boiled egg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

More info on boiling eggs than I ever knew.  Good info.

Proper way to hard boil eggs:  Place eggs in pan and cover with 1 inch of water.  Place pan on heat source and bring to boil and take off heat.  Allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and drain hot water then cover eggs with cold (tap) water and wait till they are cool to touch.  Very little of the green tint on the yokes and the whites are not rubbery.

Old dog learned a new trick!

Best Deviled Eggs Recipe

By , December 26, 2006 11:06 am

Best Deviled Eggs Recipe

Won’t say it’s the best I ever used but not bad.  The batch I made for the family Christmas dinner used chopped dill pickles with a bit of the juice and no horseradish. Reproduced here to get rid of all the damn ads.

Far from the bland deviled eggs you find at some parties and family gatherings, these deviled eggs are full of flavor and texture. Do take a few extra minutes to add a little garnish so they look as impressive as they taste. Great for low-carb diets.


  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 Tbsp minced sweet onion
  • 2 tsp sweet pickle relish, minced
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish sauce (found in deli section)
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Garnishes: paprika, olives, chives, parsley, and/or pimento


Slice hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove egg yolks to a bowl, and set egg whites aside. Mash the egg yolks until crumbly. Add sweet onion, pickle relish, mayonnaise, horseradish sauce, mustard, and salt to taste.

Mix until well-combined.

Pipe or spoon into egg white halves. Garnish with paprika, olives, chives, parsley, and/or pimento. Chill before serving.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Digitally Imported Internet Radio

By , December 26, 2006 11:00 am

Digitally Imported Internet Radio

Some good music some that I can’t listen to but seems to have something for everyone! Good stuff!

The Temas Blog » “Ecological Bricks”

By , December 26, 2006 10:58 am

The Temas Blog » “Ecological Bricks”

New post about building with PET bottles/product waste at the Temas blog.  Keith as always has a good writeup with links to other sources (mainly in spanish but google or babel fish translate fairly well) and info.

I’m thinking of trying a wall section (or two)  of PET 2 liter bottles in the roundhouse I am building.  Been wondering how they would work with cobb as a binding agent.  No time like the present to find out.

Circle Circumference, Circle Area, Sphere Area, Sphere Volume, Cylinder Area, Cylinder Volume

By , December 26, 2006 10:51 am

Circle Circumference, Circle Area, Sphere Area, Sphere Volume, Cylinder Area, Cylinder Volume

Link to help my swiss cheese brain remember where to find these formulas since I can’t seem to remember them when I need them…

The Register: The Home of the Mighty BOFH

By , December 26, 2006 10:49 am

The Register: The Home of the Mighty BOFH

Several new ones since I last posted a link.  Funny shite! » outdoor living » the 10 bushcraft books » huts & thatch (pt. 1)

By , December 26, 2006 10:47 am » outdoor living » the 10 bushcraft books » huts & thatch (pt. 1)

Build a hut out of whatever materials are at hand.  Good stuff!  Lots more on this site.

Backyard Bushcraft

By , December 26, 2006 10:43 am

Backyard Bushcraft

Lotta good survival and outback info as well as links to a lot of other info.  Thanks to Steve for the link!

Whiskyfun by Malt Maniacs’ Serge

By , December 26, 2006 10:39 am

Whiskyfun by Malt Maniacs’ Serge

Whisky and music site. Lotta links to downloadable mp3s as well as a LOT of whisky reviews.  Cool stuff!

Arrowheads and Obsidian knives by Obsidian Arts

By , December 26, 2006 10:36 am

Arrowheads and Obsidian knives by Obsidian Arts

Cool flintnapping site.

Happy Holidays to All!

By , December 25, 2006 7:47 pm

Quick note to wish everyone a happy holiday season!

Will be back to our regularly disorginized posting sometime in the near future.  😉


Pix of the round house construction.

By , December 22, 2006 7:22 pm

If you are thinking conventional construction check elsewhere. This is old style mixed with some new stuff. I use a tractor and chain saw. But I also have T augers to make big holes and use an axe and hatchet a lot in my building. A lot of things get put together with sheetrock screws but a lot of things get wood peg fasteners too. Some of my joints are mortise and tenion held together with rock screws. Tis whatever works easiest and best at the time.

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Main post set for the new round house

By , December 21, 2006 8:26 pm

To be more accurate, the 12 foot 2 inch long 14 inch by 16 inch cedar tree trunk has been placed in an upright position and braced. 4 layers of black 4 mill plastic were placed below on the ground to prevent at least some contact. Should last 20 years or so anyway.

Building is going to be 24 feet in diameter with a 8 foot outside wall height. That will give a 4 foot drop in 12 feet which with a shake (wood shingle) roof should give good water runoff. This diameter will give us about 450 square feet to work with.

Rafters will be young trees with a 4 to 5 inch bottom diameter and a 1 1/2 to 2 inch top diameter. I’m thinking about using umbrella style bracing from about 8 feet up on the center pole to the mid point on the rafters to remove any remaining sway or flex. Rafters every 24 inches at the outside of the header will mean we will need 38 pieces 15 feet long. Cross pieces can be anything from limbs to boards. Will probably use a lot of the scrap from the 3 dump truck loads of old lumber for these.

Side support posts will be every 6 feet so we will need 12 posts. The opening at the main door will be a bit over 7 feet wide to make up for an inch here and there. This will also let me put windows on the sides of the door for light.

Side support posts will rest on rock. Have already got all but 3 pieces of limestone in place. Got a lot of digging and filling to do yet but should be a lot easier with the rain we are getting at the moment. Will fill in between these post supports with other rock and broken cement to a height of about 18 inches where we’ll put a sill board to attach the bottom of the canvas to.

Side walls will start out as canvas. Have two pieces that Mihel brought over to use for spawn points but it was too heavy for the rope they had so he donated them to the cause. They are 6.5 feet wide and one is about 35 feet long and the other is around 50 or so. Should be plenty to cover the sides of the building. Alternating red and white canvas strips sewn together. Will be hard to miss.

More as I get it together. Trying to get pix as it goes up. This should be the first of many of these buildings. 😉

The Joy of Tech comic… A Michael Moore Christmas.

By , December 20, 2006 9:48 am

The Joy of Tech comic… A Michael Moore Christmas.

Spot on.  Too bad about the kids… 😉

Weekend of War

By , December 13, 2006 10:58 am

This weekend is the big Bay of Pigs 2 game here at the Weaver Combat Ranch so postings have been few and far between with us trying to get things ready.  Expect nothing post wise from now till it’s all over.  40 + eating and right now the count of players is somewhere around 60 so is gonna be hectic the next few days.

D.I.Y. Moustache Wax

By , December 10, 2006 10:28 am

D.I.Y. Moustache Wax

I am using the half and half mix right now.  Half beeswax and half petroleum jelly melted and mixed together seems to be about right.  Toward summer it may be a bit too soft but will have to wait and see.  Course in the summer I tend to cut the facial fungus back a bit due to the heat here in the south.

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