Archive for the ‘Cool Stuff’ Category

No Negativity Today

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Just sit back and check this out.

Pick of the Day

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

This is undoubtably THE best thing I’ve seen in a while.  Take 9 minutes and listen to truth.

And yes, I now subscribe to his channel.

An Old Book

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I just saw an interesting article on yahoo.  Seems that a fellow returned a book that was 99 years overdue to the library.  The title caught my eye, being it was kind of relevant to political turmoil today.  So I googled it.

Here is the news article on yahoo.

“Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country.” by William H. Bartlett circa 1894.

Guess what, google digitized it, and can be downloaded in it’s entirety HERE.

I think I’m going to give it a read, just to see what things were like back then, before things started going sideways.

Boots on the ground.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Today was absolutely beautiful.  Not too hot, not too cold, no bugs or snakes.  Kinsee loves to go for walks, but in town they get real boring, with the same old sidewalks.  Out in the stick it’s completely different.  We logged roughly two miles up in virgin old growth forest.  To tell the truth, I saw things (and parts of the property) that I had never seen before. 

There’s one ridge that is covered in Karst topography (sinkholes), with a couple that would swallow a basketball court.  And tons of dolomite outcrops that I really want to run my Axial crawler on.  We hiked that ridge all the way to one of the property lines, then headed back on the road from the gate.  Kinsee was stoked all the way, but I could tell she was getting hot and tired.  When we got to the creek, she just laid down in it and got cooled off enough to make it back tot he house.

After that, I cut and split some firewood and rode over to the neighbors’ to chat a while and see if hunting season was still in (which it isn’t for the most part). 

Kinsee then decided that another walk was in order, so we walked the loop.  Up to the cabin, barn, through the wood trail, to the old house and back to the main house.  That was the second mile.  I know she’s wrecked, she’s down stairs now nodding off.  She should be good for the rest of the week.

Finding new ground won’t be hard, but what will be is the terrain.  Most of the farm is on the side of a mountain.  I guess it’ll be short jaunts till she (and I) get used to climbing mountains to get new ground to put boots on.

My new digital life.

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Ok, so living out in the sticks isn’t the most high tech, but I think I got a couple things worked out.  Number 1 on the list, TV.  I really hate paying for a ton of channels that I never watch, and well, I get all of two over the air, what’s a guy to do?

Leverage some damned tech, that’s what.  I had a Vista media center PC (note the past tense, see previous post about WD drives).  Well, it’s got some new drives and is sporting 7.  In a nutshell, I like it.  I put both of my USB tuners on it and it now records two channels at once (freakin spiffy).  Ok, so now I have some bigassed .wtv files, wtf is a wtv file you ask.  It’s a new flavor of the old dvr-ms format.  There are tools on the market that convert the latter to other formats, but that’s pedestrian and very ‘hands on’.  Remember that Archos pmp?  It doesn’t play wtv or dvr-ms files.  So…

I got this idea, yeah, dangerous at times.  If’ I’m going to be DVRing TV at Mom’s, why not boost her tech level and redo the whole media thing for her.  She recently remodeled a room upstairs into a den.  I ended up donating a 26” LCD TV and two 360’s, as well as the DVR PC.  Now she’s got media extenders in the den and down in the living room.  I had to relocate the router to the basement so I could get ethernet to the living room, but that wasn’t a big issue.  The den 360 is riding G wireless.  Not the best for streaming video, but it does a good job at any rate.  But what about those wtv files?

Well, it just so happens that MS put out a product that is kind of odd for them.  It does a number of things amazingly well, but is relatively inexpensive (stupidly inexpensive is more like it).  Windows Home Server.  Yeah, a server OS that runs on old hardware (and screams on server hardware), that does workstation backups, web hosting, and media archiving.  This is where it gets juicy.  When you tell media center to archive recorded TV, you can also tell it to convert the wtv files directly to wmv for the Zune (yup, the Archos plays wmv files like a champ).

Now, every night my DVR PC gets backed up, and the recorded tv gets converted to a file type I can simply copy to my Archos, take home, dock with my TV and enjoy my fav shows out in the boonies.  Problem freakin solved.  Oh, WHS can be had for $85 from amazon.  If you’re interested in WHS, google it.  HP and Acer also sell out of the box WHServers.  I put it on my Dell PowerEdge SC440.  I’m going to get a non-eval copy next week.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Have a great holiday season.

Fun with the Archos and the buggy.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Change a Bug Belt In 5 Seconds.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

This is pretty darned cool.  I don’t have a VW Bug, but this is awesome.  Too bad cars nowdays aren’t this simple to wrench on.

Flying, Schooling My Mom

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I gotta say “mad props” to my mom. She’s a real trooper, and since my dad passed away last September, she’s had to learn and handle a lot of new things. I try and help her out as best as I can, but sometimes you just have to kick back and enjoy life, maybe try new stuff along the way.

I finally got fed up with living in the city and ended up moving out to the sticks. Actually, I’m living at the old family place out in the sticks. It’s been a learning experience, but all in all I really enjoy where I’m at. One nice thing is being able to do stuff like take 10 steps out the basement door and cast a line in the pond. Or go out on the porch and bust a few caps, and nobody gets all up in a bunch and calls the cops. Also, my yard is big enough (including the pond) to do some flying. Pretty badass since I have an electric Lazy Bee with the floats.

Anyway, last Saturday Mom came to visit (a weekly thing, I think she like it when I grill stuff for her), and she helped me clear some brush out by the gate. Dad never let her run the cool toys, so I gave her a crash course on the front end loader (I was busy driving the Gravely with the sickle bar, and it’s, no shit, a half a mile to the gate). She really liked running it, and wants to do it again. Running the loader is work, no denying it, so after dinner I said “wanna learn to fly?” She was all like “I don’t want to break any of your planes”, but I had an ace up my sleeve. I pulled out the Parkzone Vapor. It was dead calm outside, and just perfect for it.

I showed her the basics and got it set on the throttle and handed over the DX6i. Yes, she was fixated and within a minute she had spiraled it into the ground. No biggie, no damage, so I sent it on its way again and demonstrated what she did and how to not do it again. Mind you, this was the first time she’s ever flown RC. The second flight went much better and I could tell she was riding a surge of adrenalin, so when she handed it back, I took it and said good job.

I could tell she had a blast from the big grin and the shaky hands, I’ve been there. She said she wants to learn more and do some more flying, but only on the Vapor. I got a 2 meter glider that’s just begging for some stick time, and I’m sure I’ll get her hooked on gliders soon.

Just cause…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I like guns and RC planes..

RC Planes Versus Machine Gun Mob – Watch more Funny Videos

And… It’s raining again.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Just when I thought I’d get done with some work (rule 1 type) and go for a ride on my buggy, it starts up raining again.  I got a bunch of new pics to put in the gallery, but I’ll have to jack some bandwidth back in tha ‘noke rather than deal with this POS, slow assed AT&freakinT cell card.  I honestly think dialup would be fasterl.  At least I’m not paying the bill.

I know I haven’t posted shit in a long time (save a couple of YT picks, but things have been wall to wall for me for the past couple of months.  Still moving.  I find it harder and harder each day to make that trek into town.  Seems like everyone is so pissed off all the time.  You can see it in the way they drive.

So much has happened since my last serious post, I don’t know where to begin.  My old Chevy Silverado got totalled, got a replacement.  Got water and security, and am doing all kinds of things to get the new place in order.  Slowly replacing the screening on the porch (yes, I do love sitting on this one listening to the frogs and stuff).  Working on getting the road back in shape, which is a task in itself considering that it’s a solid half mile from the gate to the house.  Finishing and fitting my new workshop (I’m not even going to detail that escapade into spackling).  Moving my planes and tooling.  And more, so much so that I’m not going to try.

The 914 is not running again.  I think it’s the fuel pump, though I haven’t really gotten the chance to wrench on it to find out.  Hopefully I’ll get my garage in order so I can work on it in there, but that may be a while.

Kinsee really loves it here.  She has a ton of freedom, and I know it must seem confining when I take her back to Mom’s for the week.  She still hates car rides, and that is the biggest issue on the weekly sabatical.

So far this year I’ve killed two black racers and saw my first copperhead snake.  I know when Kinsee barks, and especially if she growles, there’s something bad in da hood.  She spotted the copperhead while it was feeding on a lizard right next to the stairs outside.  By the time I got google images to show me what one looks like, and loading rat shot in the .22, it had disappeared.  I always wear snake guards when I’m out in the yard, and I’m glad Kinsee has the sense to know bad shit when she sees it.  I do worry about her though.  And yes, I do pack the .22 when I’m out as well.  Only thing is, the rat shot doesn’t make it cycle and I have to rack it after each shot.  Last 5 are regular .22lr.

There’s more, but honestly, it’s all a blur.  If you had the chance to see the place before I started working on it and moving, you almost wouldn’t recognize it now.  And if you’re waiting on an invite, don’t.  Just call me so I can have the gate unlocked for ya.