Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

Last night may have been the last drive-in cruise of the season for us. It’s getting colder and we are starting to have more rain, so we took advantage of the weather to get together one last time. Note that the pictures I take at the cruises are of those cars that I haven’t seen at other cruises, so there are only a few of them.

Since the weather is turning, I will start doing some winterizing around here. I will put the plow on the truck, put up the tractor, put a car cover on the teardrop trailer and put together some items that I will give to charity.


 

You can see the results of the silversmithing class below. The smallest pendant is the one I created. It’s blue tigereye and the lighting prevents you from seeing that.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

The silversmithing class I went to on Sunday was fun and instructive. There were four students and each of us created a pendant. The class was 6 hours in length. Most of that time was spent filing down silver pieces and polishing the silver. I learned quite a bit to add to the knowledge I already had from doing silversmithing in the 70′s.

Speaking of the mineral club, we lost another member. Tommie Erst passed away on October 3rd. She was 79, but she looked years younger than that. She was a very good faceter, knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. She will be missed.


 

John Quincy Adams on American Policy:

“Whenever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

“She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.”

Fourth of July, 1821

Those who ignore the lessons of history are condemmed to repeat them.

Insanity is repeating the same actions over and over and expecting different results.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Thursday, 2 October, 2014

I have had a Wagner No. 6 skillet for a couple of years now, and I use it every day (except Saturday) to cook my breakfast. When I need a lid for it, I have been using the No. 8 Wagner lid I have for another skillet. Needless to say, the lid doesn’t fit. So I decided to see if I could find a reasonable lid for the skillet.

I went down to the St. Vincent DePaul thrift store the other day to see if I could pick up a better copy of Joe Haldeman’s Forever War. I couldn’t find the book, but I checked their appliance section and they had a bin full of lids. I found the perfect lid for my Wagner skillet. It’s a Cuisinart lid from some stainless steel pot. I paid 25 cents for it. Pretty good deal for the perfect lid.


 

I spent a couple of days rearranging the car club web site. The net result is that there is no outward change to the site, but it will be easier to maintain.


 

The last time I did any silversmithing was 40 years ago. I have decided to get back into that and with that in mind, I am taking an all day silversmithing class on Sunday. It should be interesting. Since I self-taught myself the first time, it will be refreshing to see how someone else approaches the subject.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Sunday, 28 September, 2014

The reason it took me 2 days to back up the 5 web sites I maintain was a LAN switch problem. This workstation has been hooked up to port 7 of my LAN switch since I bought the switch. Lately, the throughput of the computer has gone way down and I could not figure out why. I now know. Port 7 of the LAN switch will no longer connect to my workstation at 1,000MBPS. It now connects at 100MBPS – 1/10th of the normal speed. I ‘fixed’ that by switching the workstation to another port, but I will eventually have to get a new LAN switch.


 

In the last few days, I have done 4 more cabochons, ranging from small to very large. They are

  • 10 x 14 mm – rutilated quartz with golden rutiles
  • 18 x 13 mm – blue tigereye
  • 32 x 18 mm – picture jasper
  • 52 x 38 mm – sheen obsidian

Here are the two smaller cabochons. I apologize for the poor quality of the picture. I’m still trying to find a way to take good macro pictures.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 

Thursday, 25 September, 2014

After I fixed the mineral club web site, I decided to back up all the web sites I maintain. That has not been done in 6 months, which is definitely too long a time to be without a stable backup.

Backing up 5 web sites took me two days. Most of that was downloading the 19,000 files contained in the web sites. 11,000 of those files are on this web site. The next largest site is the car club web site. The nice thing about all this is that I can start an FTP download on those files, then go off and do other stuff while the files download. There was at least 16 hours of that kind of downloading.

I also backed up the databases for the 4 web sites that use a CMS. When I got to the car club site, it was nice not to have to do that. Of course, there are tradeoffs between static and dynamic web sites. The static sites such as the car club site are harder to maintain and update, but easier to back up.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Sunday, 21 September, 2014

I discovered last week that the mineral club web site was all screwed up. I could not see how it got that messed up, but I got it working with an upgraded version of Drupal. Then this weekend I discovered that it was screwed up again. So today I went through and re-created the database tables that were messed up. I hope that fixes things. I also backed up the entire web site and the database while I was working on things.

On Saturday we had a mineral club meeting to decide what to do with the collection we purchased from one of our members. We pretty much decided on three actions: 1) auction off some of the material in our silent auctions. 2) Sell some of the material directly to members. 3) Sell some of the material to vendors who participate in our gem show.


 

I went up to Priest Lake on Friday morning, and came back here that evening. I wanted to stay the entire weekend, but I had the mineral club meeting on Saturday so I didn’t stay. I really like that area (a mile or so north of Coolin, ID). If you are in need of decompressing, a place like Priest Lake is just the medicine the doctor ordered.

On the way up on Highway 41, I saw at least a half dozen classic cars and trucks that were in need of restoration. If I had the space, I would buy one of them and do a restoration, but my garage is completely full at this point. I need to empty out the accumulated crap from the last 30 years.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Monday, 15 September, 2014

I am trying to figure out where I can mount a modern radio in the Plymouth so that I can use it, but people will not know it is there. The two places I have come up with so far are behind the original radio or in the glove compartment. I could mount it behind the old radio, as the new one has a remote and I don’t really need access to the controls. On the other hand, mounting it in the glove box allows me to more easily access the USB port on the radio, since most of the music I will play is on a USB memory stick. I will continue to research this and find a sutiable location.


 

Yesterday I took my Plymouth and teardrop trailer down to the 7th Day Adventist Car Show in Coeur d’Alene. This is the first year they have had a car show and the response was fairly good for the short notice. You can see the cars that participated here.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Monday, 8 September, 2014

Friday evening I hooked my teardrop trailer up to my Plymouth and went down to Dalton Gardens City Park. I cooked dinner in the park and spent the night there, so we could set up early Saturday for the car show. Saturday morning I cooked breakfast for me and the other overnighter (Pete), then we did some setup work. I was there until 2:30pm and I have taken pictures of the show. The weather was perfect and we all enjoyed the Daltons Gardens Picnic and Car Show. It was nice not having to compete for trophies – there were none this year.

I usually just take a picture of my car as it shows up in the lineup. This time, my car and trailer are up there as the first picture.

I made a Dutch oven chocolate cherry cake for the picnic portion, and it lasted about 15 minutes. That’s usually what happens. I don’t know what it is about Dutch oven dishes, but people really scarf on them.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Monday, 1 September, 2014

I showed my 1952 Plymouth Concord in the Coaster Classic Car Show at Silverwood Theme Park on Saturday. It was my first time for that show, and I thought I knew about how big it was. I was completely wrong. I took as many pictures as I could of the cars there, and that totaled 275. There were cars from Idaho, Washington, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. And many more from all around the area. It was a fun and interesting show. It was also my first time at Silverwood, and that was interesting, too.


 

A new family moved into the neighborhood and boy, are they forward. I took a picture of them through my front room window.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

I have taken over the coordination of Dutch oven events in this area from George Holcomb. George has Parkinson’s disease and it is getting the better of him at this point. He can no longer cook with Dutch ovens. Anyhow, the next event that was scheduled for local Dutch oven cooks was the Rathdrum Adventure Race on September 6th. Since the organizers were unable to get any community support for that demo, we are not participating in that event. The next event will probably be sometime next year.

This cancellation frees up that day for me, so I can go to the Dalton Gardens Car Show, sponsored by our car club, the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers. I went last year, but my car was not available, so I went in my truck and teardrop trailer, parking overnight and participating in the Dalton Gardens Picnic. This year I will take the car and trailer and my Dutch ovens so I can cook something tasty for the picnic.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”