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Hey, just wanted to thank you for this vid. It gave me the confidence to try to repair my non-draining Frigidaire rather than waiting for the repair company. When you showed the drain motor and how simple it was to disassemble and inspect, I knew I could do this repair myself. It turned out that it was not broken, but that there was a blockage near drain vent. Thanks again!
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Hmmm.. during the dry cycle.. Is that when the drain is running? Or is it only heating the element for dry when you hear the noise? 
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Kill-a-Watt precision

Doesn't look great for voltage.
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Yeah, it's not that bad, I guess. I didn't take a power measurement photo. Those were about 4% off. I guess I would have expected better, particularly from the voltage, which is just going through a divider and into a DAC. The current sense is through the voltage drop across a shunt wire. The shunt in the older unit (more accurate) had been shaved -- so I'm assuming someone actually took the time to calibrate. The shunt in the new unit had no obvious evidence of calibration.

I guess they've been cost-reducing!
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UCLA political scientist, Tim Groseclose has a new book out called Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind <http://www.amazon.com/Left-Turn-Liberal-Distorts-American/dp/0312555938/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311265184&sr=8-1>

This is a followup to some research he conducted in the 2005-7 timeframe where he used citation rates by the media of various think-tanks as a measure of political orientation. Rather than assign values to the think-tanks, he used citation rates of the same think-tanks my members of Congress to calibrate his study. (Here is one such paper: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/groseclose/pdfs/MediaBias.pdf)

The paper and methods are really not sound. There are a lot of ways that his argument falls apart. I can discuss them here for anyone who is really curious. But, nevertheless, the notion that the media skews liberal did give me pause. I'm a somewhat liberal guy and I'd like to believe that I'm not merely a marionnette managed by some grand liberal puppeteers' strings.

Then I saw this today: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/07/21/morning-bell-the-fight-were-in/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell

Basically, it's Heritage saying that default is preferable to raising the debt limit. It reminded me in the clearest terms that the conservative thinktanks are not like the "center left" like Brookings. They ape the shape and form, but at their core, they're ideology disguised as a think tank. It's no surprise that the media stays away.
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I agree on the flawed methodology. The data set is from 2004. It seems disingenuous to not collect more data since then. I guess he didn't have a cheap grad student to run the analysis since then.

What irks me is his argument that without a liberal bias in the media public opinion would trend to it's "natural" state i.e. Salt Lake City and furthermore that John McCain would have won the election. I think is is rather self serving to say the natural state of opinion - after removing any external influence from the media - happens to match his own conservative position.
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LVK B24 departure.

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B17 startup and taxi

Cole and I flew into LVK this afternoon and happened into this totally unexpectedly (hence not having a camera). We were standing at the self serve pumps. The B17 wingtip came within 10 feet of us.
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Yes, we were especially lucky to be on the ramp!
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Because I'm such a misanthrope, I enjoy going to Tilden in the rain, when few others are there. Today was particularly cool, following a pretty intense rain storm.
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We didn't take pictures/video of the boardwalk.  I thought it would be fun to take the kids over the boardwalk, because it's usually dry underneath, and I knew it wouldn't be on Sunday.  However, we got only about 50 yards down the boardwalk before it was completely submerged.  So, that ended that.  we would have been wading up to our shins ON the boardwalk.  It was really incredible.  I am sorry that Cole was not up for the rest of the walk to the pond, but glad I got to see the video of the sluice.  David reports that T was asking for "more dam! more dam!"  Apparently, she was impressed!
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If I check out a notification on the G+ android apps, it still shows up as unread when I log in via the web. Is this a bug?
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Don't know - still waiting for an iPhone ap. Have to use the good old computer.
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If you don't use Google as your calculator, you should be. It makes stuff like this trivial:

345 slugs / ( hour * parsec) in tonnes / (nautical mile * year)

(copy and paste to Google)
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I never have liked red vines, though that time a kid on the swim team won a tub of them in a contest and decided to eat all of them in one afternoon then promptly broke out in full-body hives does stick with me.
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