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Upon these rocks (and about 12 more like them) I build my new sunken living room/pleasure pit.  Nice weather for digging - it got cool for a few days.  Now the rain will set the concrete - I didn't even bother to mix it.
It actually gets harder that way.  Just be patient.
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It will in fact house the Pi that is running for this building...because it will provide a nice place to put the vidcam it controls within range of the cable limitations for the camera and slave arduino that does most of the data aq.
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First run of a barrel woodstove kit, to burn off the paint and any drum contents while outdoors. This will be my heat in the new building next winter. It's obvious why you do this outside first...it will smoke and stink again when it cures the paint.
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Lol, the reason I'm laughing was the requirement I had to pass before getting it was be able to play a song. I played Mozart as my first piece.... Twinkle, twinkle Little Star.
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Bad day at the vet's office...my soul is torn to shreds.  A used-to-be trustworthy doc really let me down...and I can't afford the outrageous treatment prices, which so far have been over double the estimates.
http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=927
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What happened?

(PS: Fatal error: Could not get style data in /hermes/bosoraweb114/b2940/ipw.coulters/public_html/forums/includes/session.php on line 1624 )
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10 shots .45 acp "bowling pin load" in under 10 sec holster to holster at 10 yds.  Now it's time to start really practicing.
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Have to plus that one.  I'm working on it, as well as a new building to remote control it from.  It already works too well to co-habit with.  My "LAN of things" series is a dry-run for the code to remote the fusor...why not get all the bugs out on something that matters less?
And still gives me value - more hours in the day not doing things manually around the 'stead.
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Finally installed in the correct building! And now I have almost a square foot of bench to build the next one (for this building) on. I only need to make and connect two short cables for water flow sensing, and by golly, this is nearly done - I'll be updating the code, but due to the magic of tightvnc, I don't have to be there in person to do that - I can sit on my nice comfy couch in the dev cockpit (4x24" HDMI screens...heh). Of course, I will be tweaking the software, but as soon as the first full test is complete (that water flow stuff), I'll make the current versions available open source GPLV2 - share and enjoy. This is bringing some advantages of modern tech to the ancient art of homesteading and living off the land - which is going to save me endless time and trouble. Hoofing it through 3 foot deep snow or in a torrential rain to flip valves was NOT FUN. Now I can do it comfortably without even getting up - maybe even turn on heat to prevent plumbing from freezing...utilize solar energy that would be wasted once my house batteries are full, and so on...This is finally coming together, and it's gonna be tight and right. As usual, more here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5572#p5572
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Thanks Doug... the stuff you do is pretty amazing to me.
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Getting somewhere on LAN of things. This is one of what is to be a box per building, being tested on my bench downstairs, but showing us its guts from a nice fast machine in my comfortable upstairs, kind of a nice feature for later when the remote machine is well, remote and probably in a not-fun place for humans to work.
This is all a dry-run for eventual use in remote controlling my fusion reactor from a safer distance.
As usual, more here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5553#p5553

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Thanks.  I'm sort of bringing modern tech to the ancient art of homesteading to make my life easier...and as a test run for another important project.
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Still gargles rocks like all diesel engines, but now at least the exhaust doesn't sound like a rapid fire pistol right in my yard. Runs cleaner and more efficiently when up to temperature, which is the next task, it runs too cool most of the time now (and will be worse in winter when I actually need it). More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=920&p=5616#p5616
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2 is 1 and 1 is none especially in your case. Yahoo peace and quiet on the ranch tonight!
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In our dreams...
https://xkcd.com/806/
[[Person is on the phone, and holding up some networking hardware.]] Person: ... restart my computer? I know you have a script to follow, but the uplink light on the modem is going off every few hours. The problem is between your office and the modem. Person: My computer has nothing to do with ...
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xkcd and SMBC = my life xD
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Power tools and shade beat hot sun and shovel anyday.  Leveling for the new pleasure pit add-on to this place.
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I was standing at the front door and aiming down, that's why it's not in the frame.  We're using your "there's no place like 127.0.0.1" doormat...A few computers followed me over here...can't seem to lose them.
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As luck would have it, good friend BillF has moved - and now doesn't have room for cool toys like this, so now it's here. This listeroid (copy of the original lister diesel) evidently has only a few hours on it, and is still mis-setup from the "factory" and I'm now dialing it all in. While I'm not a big fan of diesel (stink!), it's a valuable addition and hot spare to the off-grid system here, and it really sips the fuel even under heavy load - but gets VERY noisy with that too-small muffler. I'll be fixing that and adding to the thread as I modernize this somewhat. This is right after I'd adjusted the valve lash from an outrageous .060 to a less ignorant .030 or thereabouts. Spec, depending on the source - varies all over from .008 cold to .027. I found the lash increased with heat, as the pushrods are in the air, and the cylinder gets hot...so I can go down further. It really reduced the shake and rattle even so.
As usual, more here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=920
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+Doug Coulter I'd just love to get one of those old China diesels but they stopped importing them a while back and you can barely get parts for them for some reason.
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More progress on the LAN of things project - a dry run for homestead control (this is one of two anticipated controllers for the homestead automation project), and a dry run for remote controlling my fusor.
You could call this a beta test, or perhaps an alpha, since it's not yet in the building it's supposed to be in. That will change real soon now. More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5557#p5557 as usual.
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+John Smith I actually DO have some multi-channel strip chart recorders, from an old Grassman-Telefactor polygraph machine we bought to test tactile-visual "hearing aids" effectiveness (?) for profoundly deaf infants.  After messing with pens and inks that might as well be hazmats (try cleaning up a spill) - I'll stick with computer plots and laser printers.
The old stuff was fun indeed, but too large, too power hungry, too expensive to run, and too slow.  High cool factor, though.  I still use some of that ink in methanol as a leak detector dye on my TIG welding for vacuum...it doesn't take much...
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Do It For Denmark! | Spies Rejser: http://youtu.be/vrO3TfJc9Qw
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Clicking won't quite do it for me.
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