Monday, February 13, 2017

Model Trains

I still remember the train setup we had on Ferry St. That was a really interesting thing to play with. We had a couple of trains. There were different types of tracke. There were switches. We could really set up complex setups. I really would like to get myself going in something like that again.

It would be good to lay my hands on something real. This computer stuff is all an abstraction. There is nothing real to lay your hands on. It is fun to work out puzzles in programming but what do you really have at the end. Days and weeks of serious labor and then when you run it it goes by in a flash. I did notice this at Moore when working with coding. All the work you go through and it is over in a flash.

The electric train thing seems to be a wedge into the days in the past. It is fun. It involves thinking things out. There is plenty of room in the basement to work. That is what basements are for.

This does not have to be a major project.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Brighten Up!

It is a little dreary and chilly this morning so I dug into some pictures for something more interesting.

I have no idea where it is from but I thought it looks nice and hope you do too. I found it in Google Images.

You want a good morning song too: Try this one: Morning Has Broken

How much more "feel good" stuff do you need to break out of your funk?

This may be overdooing it a little but I have been told we really can make a choice in the morning about how the day can go.

Why not give it a try? There is nothing to lose and who knows?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Third Winter

It is hard to believe that this will be the third winter for my snowblower already.

Considering it is a mechanical thing and they are always apparently subject to aggravating problems, this one has really held up well.

Before it hits, I think few people really want to think about the snow that is coming. 

I know that I certainly don't want to. I would be perfectively happy with a few more days in the 70s. I guess it is not to be though this year.

Last year I did have a little trouble getting the snowblower going. 

It was cold, snowy and blowing and I do have an electric start but it would not catch for a while. I guess if you do not drain the old fuel out the previous spring and then start the current use with fresh gas it is possible to get ice in the fuel line and plug it. The water separates over the summer and freezes when it gets cold.

It did eventually start and I never had a problem after that but this year I thought I would try a pre-emptive strike. A couple of days ago I got out there to try it. It started almost instantly and I let it run a little so it could warm up thoroughly.

I guess it was ice last year. 

This year it started right away even though I had not drained the tank previously.

What would I have done with the old gas if I had managed to figure out how to drain it out without making too much of a mess last spring? Put it in the garbage? There are no real gas stations around within range to dispose of waste. All we have any more around here are food stores with a couple of gas pumps.

I am all set for Winter now if it does show up sometime.

The lawnmower is up on blocks. There is a fresh can of gas waiting to be poured into the snowblower. The snowblower is front-and-center in the garage and the extension cord is all set to plug in for starting.

I dislike the first shock of the cold when I go out on a snowy day. 

Once I get myself going though, I really enjoy myself. It is sort of like going into the water at the beach. You are really hesitant until you take that first dive but then you do not want to get out.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thousands protest Bush's 1st Inauguration (2001)

These people even use the same words like racism and whatever crap. The current election with Trump and the so-called protests is just a rerun of all the silliness.