Tuesday, October 4. 2011
I did more exterior house restoration over the weekend; was pleased with the results. I had replaced the broken shingles the prior weekend, and now was trying to paint. Only problem was running out of paint. I wasn't sure when I started if I would have enough, it turns out not. The old shingles really absorb a lot of paint.
So I looked around and found a quart of Dutch boy white, and a gallon of Bob Villa "light tint base". It looked rather white, but I wasn't sure how much pigment it actually had. Being desperate, I reasoned that it must have -some- white pigment, or it would be clearer when I tested it on a piece of wood. Also, what store would sell just the base? The odds are that they did add pigment. So I put the quart and gallon in the pail, and it worked great. Here's a couple of pictures:
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Monday, May 9. 2011
I was going to ask that you allow me to coin a new word: parentoia. But I just Googled it, and others are using that term. The site I looked at used in regards to parental fear for their child's safety. I wonder though, if they're familiar with the dictionary definition of paranoia: illusions of grandeur or persecution.
So my version of parentoia is for parents of teenagers: illusions of authority or relevance.
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Would an aspect of dry humor be material that's only half kidding?
Monday, April 25. 2011
Somebody was throwing away a tile cutting saw, still in the box. It had been used, but probably only once. There were cut tile pieces next to it, so I'm thinking that maybe a guy had some tile work he wanted to do, bought a cheap Harbor Freight saw. Used it for the work, then threw it away. I took it home, and Saturday afternoon, tried cutting some rocks with it; as a with-kids project. I already had the rocks; I was saving them because I really like the way metamorphic rocks look. I study their appearance because I want to be able to reproduce that layered look quickly and easily with paint.
As it turns out, The cut edges show the layers in a very nice way. Here are a couple pictures of the results. Most of these rocks have a spray clear coat on them, to make the patterns show more.
Wednesday, March 23. 2011
Be careful with used computers and hard drives, OK? The other night, some of my daughter's pictures got deleted from a computer. Some time back, I had been online at a hotspot where I have permission to use their connection. I was asked if I wanted the latest version of CClean (registry cleaning software). I did, and while at the site, was asked if I also wanted other free software. They offered a data recovery program, so I got it. As a note, I'm quite pleased with CClean, use it all the time.
So I decided to install the as yet unused software on the computer, and see if we could retrieve the lost pictures. We did, but what was shocking was how many other pictures were also pulled up...something like 12 thousand. A lot of them were repeats, so the real number was a third of that or less, but it was still amazing. Things I hadn't seen before, maybe from the previous owner of this computer.
I know a guy that's a lot more computer savvy than I am, I asked him about it. He said that if you've ever seen the abbreviation F.A.T., like in FAT32, what it means is file allocation table. There's a little place at the beginning of the hard drive that tells your computer where stuff is stored on the hard drive. So, when you format a drive, you THINK you're erasing it, but you're not. You're only erasing the info about WHERE it's stored on the HD. All the data is still there.
I get a kick out of taking old throw away computers, and seeing if I can make them work. Most are so locked up that they take 20 minutes to fully boot. the cursor will hardly move. So I install CClean, clean the registry, empty the temporary internet files, do the basic clean up stuff, the defrag the disk. The computer has new life. It's really dumb what people leave on their computers, they don't even try to delete files. The ones with bank names, names on accounts, etc, etc. I have no need for the stuff, but had it fallen into the wrong hands, watch out.
What you need to do is overwrite the disk. 'Google' "zero out" and you'll find info on how to overwrite you disk with new data, which will erase the old data. Hmmmm, I just thought of a new question for the tech guy: If I delete the data out of a certain folder, and load new data of equal or greater size into that folder, will the first data be overwritten? That way, you could give away or sell a working computer, and know that sensitive info is erased.
Always new stuff to learn, but for sure, be careful when disposing of computers and drives. Seriously. I'm only an intermediate tech guy, at best, and I can easily retrieve this stuff. Even if I couldn't boot the computer, because of password issues, or a virus, I can put the drive in an external HD enclosure, and take -anything- I want from the drive. I did it for a friend who couldn't get his computer to start. Recovered some pictures he wanted from it.
Sunday, February 13. 2011
It's easy to get so busy that you don't spend as much time with your children as you would like. We have a lot of used bicycles, which supplies me with enough parts to make enough for each child to have a working one.
The problem has been that I didn't have good repair methods, so only a few bicycles are ever working at a time. Now, however, I have set up an easy and efficient bicycle repair station in the carport. Most of the stuff was already there, the only real addition was the half drum with water. What I have is: the half drum/barrel with water for testing inner tubes, a sitting/standing stool for sitting closer to the ground than a chair would allow, a ratchet and sockets, a few wrenches, several tire spoons, a can of spray lubricant, a little tub of grease, a package of tube patches, and an air compressor.
You could replace the compressor with a tire pump, and I found that the patches with the little tube of glue work better than the newer style that has adhesive already applied. This is actually starting to be fun, and at the end of the day, I feel like a million bucks, knowing I've fulfilled part of my role as a father.
Friday, November 26. 2010
This isn't about some unusual herb or
But really, that's NOT what this is
I do know for sure that for many years
Have I talked to a doctor about this
More about this eating thing: the
Let's say that Mr. Horsey finds a
Another rabbit trail? Not this time. I
Whatever you call it, man this works
Sunday, July 18. 2010
I've had a bit of a problem with spam at this blog, so I changed the settings, but I think I did so incorrectly. So if you've tried to reply, but couldn't, I think I fixed the error. Sorry for the inconvenience. All replies will still need to be moderated, not to weed out contrary opinion, but rather, obscenities and off topic ads.
Sunday, July 18. 2010
This is one of my experimental projects from this week. It's been 30 plus years since I've drawn Asian lettering, but I've always liked the look. So it was a pleasure to draw this Chinese character for "eternity". I drew it as a black and white image using pen and ink, then scanned and vectorized it. Now I can have a plotter draw or cut it large enough to put on a sign.
Saturday, July 10. 2010
A more concise conclusion of the
In this post, I want to think about
The first one is some junk next to a
Now consider the other two pictures.
This is related to an experience we
Again,a lot of this is thinking out
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