President Bush is a f***ing

By , January 31, 2007 8:15 pm

President Bush is a f***ing moron

I wonder why these folks don’t come out and say what they really think? 😉

Not safe for work language throughout. You have been warned…

Umami,Monosodium Glutamate, and MSG

By , January 31, 2007 11:35 am

Umami,Monosodium Glutamate, and MSG

Interesting stuff. Not happy about some of the ways the manufactures and packagers have taken to hide the fact that their products DO have MSG in them but would rather know than not. If you have any sensitivity tis a site to bookmark and READ!


By , January 31, 2007 11:27 am


Other products using the Unix name don’t smell as sweet… 😉


By , January 31, 2007 11:25 am


OS humor. 😉

Upgrade done

By , January 23, 2007 11:00 pm

And everything seems to be working fine. Went back with my standard (slightly modified) theme as the plugins that it requires work with the new wordpress 2.1 so the look is back to the normal abnormal. 😉

On another subject, managed to get out and work a bit outside this afternoon, crushing aluminum cans to take to the recycling center Only a few hundred pounds left to do. Also managed to get over to the repair shop and get some work done on a computer. Not done with it (windoze XP with major virii) but at least got it to boot with the new (beta) pclos liveCD and get the customers “My Documents” folder copied to the hard drive of the gateway machine. Or it should be by now. Said it would take two hours about that long ago. I cut lights and monitors off and came back to the compound where it was a bit warmer. Will see if it actually got it done in the am…

And now to read a bit and then call it a night. Say goodnight Gracie…

Upgrading WordPress

By , January 23, 2007 1:52 pm

Am getting ready to upgrade the WordPress installation so the look will be a bit different till I get all the bits and bobs changed over.

And yes, I do feel a bit better today.  Not much though and not gonna push it today in the hope of being back to at least 50% tomorrow…

Long time down

By , January 23, 2007 12:12 am

Think I am starting to get better.  Not sure yet but should be by the morning.  Hope so as getting the food together for the game this weekend is gonna take a lot of prep that I had planned to get done last week but didn’t cause of this crud.  Guess the round house will be as it sits in the last pix too.  Had hoped to get some more done on it prior to the event but tis the breaks.  Still gonna try to get a couple of more picnic tables built if I get out and am able to do anything tomorrow.  If not will just go with what we got…

More as I feel up to it…

Still ill

By , January 20, 2007 8:59 pm

Seems that the earlier patch of feeling better was just a lull in this crap.  Back to the head spins and problems breathing.  Gonna make a early night of it me thinks and see if I can sleep it off.  Of course that is what I have spent most of the week so far doing.  Onward and upward as it were…

Open Source

By , January 20, 2007 2:50 pm

One from my brother. 😉

Open Source

Getting better, I think…

By , January 20, 2007 2:13 pm

Been down for most of the week with some kind of bug.  Nasty sucker but seem to be coming out of it a bit now.  Hope its done its worst and is leaving for others to enjoy… 🙁

Hate it when I have to put everything on hold like this.  Got a game coming up next Saturday so gotta get a bunch of stuff done before then.  Was hoping to have the roundhouse a lot more done than it is but such is life.

Before I went down completely I did get most of the repair shop going.  Now to see if I can find the rest of the stuff from the last one (Ace Electronics) that’s in storage in the barn.

One of the first pieces I fixed in the new shop was a Realistic 8-track recorder.  Really took me back as that model was new on the market when I first started at the old Stereo Shack back in 1974.  Got a Panasonic AM/FM/Reel to Reel on the bench now.  Had to make a gear for the motorised tuning assembley for it.  Now to figure out why the FM is muted.  AM and the Reel to Reel works fine.  Did a full clean, service and lube on the RR.  Still got to find my old test tapes to check it. The tape it came with is showing a channel as being low but as the record/playback switches were really dirty and I think the tape was recorded with them in that condition.

Have also done clean and service on 3 Sony Betamax and 1 Sony VHS machines and a remote.  So the work seems to be out there.  Just gotta make sure that I don’t get so piled up with crap that I get burned out again.

Hoping to get 2 or 3 more of the 14 foot long picnic tables built this week.  First one only took Cat, Bill and me 2 hours to build and most of that time was just me cutting the pieces.  5 full length 2x10x14s (3 for the top and 2 for seats), 6 legs, 3 top supports and 3 seat supports.  Will add 2 additional top supports and 4 leg to top support pieces to the next ones.

This coming week will also be taken up with cooking.  Gonna do both lunch and supper for the troops this game.  Glad I got the other fridge and big freezer going… 😉

Hands are telling me I need to quit with the typing so will close for now…

The J Peterman Company – Official Site

By , January 20, 2007 12:43 pm

The J Peterman Company – Official Site

Love his stuff!  Glad to see its still around…

Brooklands Vintage Motor Company Limited

By , January 19, 2007 4:28 pm

Brooklands Vintage Motor Company Limited

These folks have some wonderful old and new cars.  Love the building too!  And all those copper bottom pans in the kitchen!  Wish they were closer…

Your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

By , January 19, 2007 4:21 pm

Your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Venerable Lord Wolfie the Fortunate of Deep Throcking
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title


By , January 19, 2007 4:06 pm


Bits and bobs about British telephone systems.  Just for the hell of it… 😉

Dante’s Inferno Test – Impurity, Sin, and Damnation

By , January 19, 2007 4:04 pm

Dante’s Inferno Test – Impurity, Sin, and Damnation

What level will you get sent to?  According to this test I will spend eternity in the second level of hell… 😉

Not gone just busy

By , January 11, 2007 12:23 am

Been rearanging and moving crap around in the 14×66 to facilitate actually being able to work on things in there.

Got the repair room about a quarter there.  If that but it’s close enough that I am able to actually work on things in a semi comfortable room/building.

Wood heat for the entire building is a Warm Morning small upright parlor stove right by the front entry door.  The location in the middle of the building and in the hall helps to heat the entire building without a fan.  If the weather gets really cold putting a small fan blowing down the hall toward the repair room warms it enough for me to work.

I’m leaning toward opening a general fixit shop.  No automotive repair!  Household stuff, and electronics if you bring it in type repair shop.  No service calls! Don’t plan to post set open days or hours either.  Kind of a private word of mouth fixit shop for odd stuff.

Damn if I know if it will work but I keep getting folks bringing me things to fix so guess I need to go with the flow and see how it goes.

Since the building is on the other side of the property and the gates over there can be closed and locked, I don’t think I’ll have quite the problem I had before with the shop here in the qhut and me 200 feet away in the trailer with folks showing up all times of the day and night wanting stuff done.

Nor am I after that kind of volume.  If I can get one or two small ($5 to $50) repair jobs a day we can survive easily.  Even one $20 job a day 5 days a week will allow us to live much as we are doing now.   The airsoft thing is growing but we need a bit more coming in to help pay for some of the materials to help it grow.

So not quite as much time at the computer lately.  Have got the network up over there so will be doing some computer type stuff from over there soon.  Running a wireless link from the repair room machine to the wifil lan/cable link here at the compound, using connection sharing in pclos to connect via ethernet to the hub in the center of the building and then to the entry/payment workstation at the front desk.

This place is turning into a REALY big elephant and my knife is getting dull… 😉

Quote of the day

By , January 7, 2007 1:26 pm

Found on the web, author unknown:

Some people are like Slinkies. They’re not really good for anything, but they make you smile when you push them down the stairs.

Interesting observation, and just SOOOOOOO true… 😉 DIY obsolete iBook logic board repair

By , January 7, 2007 11:18 am DIY obsolete iBook logic board repair

I think a welding torch would set it on fire quicker. ;-)  Another link thanks to Steve!

resoldering iBook video chip with fire.

Opposable Thumbs: The craziest modded-out laser tag gun you’ll see this year

By , January 7, 2007 11:12 am

Opposable Thumbs: The craziest modded-out laser tag gun you’ll see this year

This is one cool toy! Not airsoft but looks like the concept could be modified to work with an airsoft gun. Thanks go to Steve for the link!

Cool Toy

Roundhouse 2007-01-03

By , January 3, 2007 11:21 am

Just a quick update, will take the camera out and get pix later today. Got the first 3 wall posts cut to length, headers cut and up, and first rafter cut and in place yesterday evening. Starting to look like more than just a pile of rubble and dirt. Has already been compared to a wooden stone henge (sp?). Ah well, slowly, slowly eats the elephant…

Current state of the roundhouse

Todays pictures are up in the Roundhouse album at:

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