By , September 29, 2007 10:11 pm

Been working on the new/old camper. Started up with the walls from the front and decided on doing it a different way from the way I did the paper design. Not unusual for me at all.

Got the front/hitch and side walls up to 4 feet and decided on yet another method of building the top. So redid the back/entry wall and bent several pieces of 1/2 inch emt into 6 foot diameter half circles. These mounted on the top 6 inches of the walls about 2 feet apart.

Started at the entry wall and bent plywood around the outside of the conduit and screwed it to the conduit creating a half round top. Only got the first course or arch done so far. Will try to get the rest of it done tomorrow. Then will cut window openings into the plywood shell and then start covering the entire thing with plastic.

So far cost is under $5.00 and that was for screws. Will have to come out of pocket for caulk, glue and maybe some other screws, but so far all the materials are scraps laying around out here. Gonna use the tires off a boat trailer that we are looking at making into a teardrop trailer so that will make the only other cost of getting it on the road the tag.

Found the waterproof hinge for the teardrop projects back hatch on an old camper shell that I am taking apart for windows for the current camper project. I really like junk…

Slowly, slowly eats the elephant…

PC Weenies: You installed Linux didn’t you!

By , September 26, 2007 9:36 am

PC Weenies: You installed Linux didn’t you!

And the dude with the faulty laptop hinge not only gets his money back but also makes it to PC Weenies! Cool!

dreamstate – Currently ranting about PC World

By , September 25, 2007 7:17 pm

dreamstate – Currently ranting about PC World
Refund for me! PC World buckle to the pressure.

Looks like PC World backed off and gave him a full refund! Great to hear that public/internet opinion made a difference in this case. What’s so bad is that it took this long and this much bad publicity to get anything done. Maybe the next time someone comes in with a similar problem they’ll just fix it and shit can the “Linux is installed so you got no hardware warranty” attitude…

Shrook v2.6 released

By , September 25, 2007 11:23 am

Shrook v2.6 released
One final note: Mac OS X v10.3 is no longer supported.

Shrook was about the last piece of software I paid for the use of. I mainly got it because at the time it was the only (or best/easiest anyway) way to read feeds from different computers and be able to keep up with read/unread feeds on them all. Then not terribly long after I paid for it, the author changed the way he charged for it, and instead of charging for the software, started charging for the usage of the site that allowed for the cross platform/multi computer usage. He did roll the payments for those that had paid for the program into the first years site fee so I can’t really complain about that. I still quit using it as I started spending more time on the linux box and less on the mac. If I was still using it (and paying for the service) this bit about v10.3 not being supported would be the last straw.

I quit supporting Apple’s stupid DRM lock-in in any financial way (no iPod or iPhone in this here house folks!) not long after I bought my second iBook G4 and am as a result still using OS X 10.3.9 which is locking me out of quite a few updates to software I use on a daily basis. I’m leaning toward Slackintosh for my next iBook OS update.

To get this post back on reading feeds, I like (and use) the Google feed reader. I keep looking at/debating the software giant vs the small software author question, but the ease of use, cross platform availability, and (most important to me) not having to have anything but a current browser to use, no matter where you are or what machine you are on, makes it the way to go for me.

Just my $0.02 worth/rant for the morning. Sorry Shrook…

DailyTech – Peruvian Meteorite Mystery Solved

By , September 24, 2007 1:39 pm

DailyTech – Peruvian Meteorite Mystery Solved
Now, a team of Peruvian researchers have determined the true cause — ground water tainted with arsenic.

The villagers’ reactions were the result of inhaling arsenic fumes, according to Luisa Macedo, a researcher for Peru’s Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology Institute (INGEMMET), who visited the crash site.

Peru’s soil is rich in arsenic deposits and when the meteor hit, columns of steam were created by the heat from the meteor. This steam bore particles of arsenic, causing the various afflictions.

Makes sense to me. Hate it for the folks exposed, but certainly better than than some outer space viral nasty…

The Register: The Home of the Mighty BOFH

By , September 23, 2007 9:57 pm

The Register: The Home of the Mighty BOFH

More new stories since I last checked, weeks ago I guess. Wish the BOFH would give in to rss, then I would be able to read them when they come out. 🙁

Camper plans

By , September 23, 2007 9:06 pm

Been working on a camper the last few days. Decided to go ahead and build one out of the crap I have laying around here at the ranch.

Started off with stripping an old popup camper that has been weathering since the mid 80’s. Got it stripped down to the frame and remaining good plywood decking. Cut two new front corners in a right triangle 11 inches x11 inches, out of old pallet corners made of 3/4 inch plywood. Ground off the remaining screws where the plywood had rotted, so am starting with a pad about 6 feet by 7 feet. Am going to have to add a piece almost 3 x 6 feet at the back to cover the entire floor. That gives me a total area 76 inches by 120 inches to work with. Below are scans of the drawings I made of the basic floor and elevation plan for that floor area on separate pages:

Camper floor plan Camper elevation plan

Both floor and elevation plans on same page:

Floor and elevation plan on same page

Will try to get pix of the floor and frame and assorted materials asap.

Why Do the Terrorists Want to Hurt Me?

By , September 23, 2007 3:26 pm

The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century › “Why Do the Terrorists Want to Hurt Me?”

Real or parody? Weird either way…

Spider Robinson: Melancholy Elephants

By , September 23, 2007 2:14 pm

Spider Robinson: Melancholy Elephants

One of his better short stories by one of my favorite authors. Good stuff!

Ktrak: Putting the Mountain in Bike (TreeHugger)

By , September 22, 2007 9:30 pm

Ktrak: Putting the Mountain in Bike (TreeHugger)

Snow bike

I’m not sure what to say. It looks interesting. Weird but interesting. Kinda makes sense, just don’t get enough snow around here to make it worth while. Wonder how it or something similar would work in mud and muck?

Video for Frontalot’s nerdcore song about Zork – Boing Boing

By , September 22, 2007 9:20 pm

Video for Frontalot’s nerdcore song about Zork – Boing Boing

Download the video and listen to it many times. On the big stereo. Loud. Good stuff! Weird techie humor! Expect younger viewers to question your sanity… 😉

Cory Doctorow speaking at the Beijing Bookworm

By , September 22, 2007 9:00 pm

Cory Doctorow speaking at the Beijing Bookworm

Good way to spend an hour. 😉

How to fix a warped record!

By , September 22, 2007 10:17 am

How to fix a warped record!

A how to for those still addicted to records…

The Nail And Staple Extractor (TreeHugger)

By , September 22, 2007 10:15 am

The Nail And Staple Extractor (TreeHugger)

Nail and staple remover tool

Neat! I’ve been using my old fencing pliers (like the ones below) for this for years now, as I have not found anything better at the job but this looks like it will find a way into my tool box.

multipurpose fencing pliers

Why older women shouldn’t sunbathe topless

By , September 21, 2007 9:59 am

No idea who the artist is on this one. Was sent to Cat and she sent it to me so there is just no telling. Anyway I thought it was funny, in a spray milk out your nose kind of way, so enjoy, after the fold…

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Brian Dettmer’s Book Autopsies — sliced book sculptures

By , September 21, 2007 9:52 am

Brian Dettmer’s “Book Autopsies” — sliced book sculptures – Boing Boing

Talk about bits and pieces. Wonderful, tedious work!

Glitch Renders ‘Virtual Fence’ Unusable

By , September 21, 2007 9:34 am

Glitch Renders ‘Virtual Fence’ Unusable

Sounds like it’s being developed by Micro$oft and running on Vista…

And yes, I take every cheap shot at them I can. Been years since I have run it and I still get pissed off every time I have to sit down at a windblows machine.

Techdirt: Harvard Bookstore Claims Book Prices Are Copyrighted

By , September 21, 2007 9:29 am

Techdirt: Harvard Bookstore Claims Book Prices Are Copyrighted

The first time I saw this I thought it was pretty stupid and that some one was working on their minimum wage god complex, then as more and more facts emerged I find that it’s store policy all the way to the top.

Now that’s STUPID! The president of the company should know better, and if he/she/it doesn’t, the person that was shown the door due to this policy needs to have their lawyers point it out. Of course I suspect that all the internet publicity this little incident has generated will help in that regard. Should also help keep folks from buying ANYTHING there, which will allow the store keep all of their “intellectual property” for themselves…

Potter’s Blog: Crosby Stills Nash A Long Time Gone Woodstock 1969

By , September 19, 2007 8:48 pm

Potter’s Blog: Crosby Stills Nash A Long Time Gone Woodstock 1969

Good stuff!

Solar Power From Contracting Wires (TreeHugger)

By , September 18, 2007 11:56 pm

Solar Power From Contracting Wires (TreeHugger)

Now that’s really different. A way to use solar energy and transform it into rotational force. Hot stuff!

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