ShopTalk Sunday: Problem-Solvers, Tooling Up, Machine Runs

There is a ton of material this morning – mostly in the form of stories and vignettes, so pour a long cup and let’s have a go at this: EBay Bargains T’other day on eBay, I was out “buying information” and I came up with a couple of real gems.  Before I tell you about them, though, let me give you my “shopping excuse.”  Writer’s are sorta like computers:  To get lots out of them, you …

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6.0: California Wakeup Call – Woo: Digital Dark Age Dawns

Although initial reports had pegged the overnight California earthquake at 6.7, the reviewed event still came in at 6.0 up along the Nevada border region: Also called the Antelope Valley area, this is well east of Elk Grove, Napa, and the other towns east of the Bay area.  Still, it is a useful reminder that the mountains are on the move; just slower than most of us follow. Will this morning’s quake trigger more to …

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Open Comments Saturday – Cool Pic

Since I am in and out of the shop today, I thought I’d put up a General Purpose post so people can comment on whatever on on their [alleged] mind. I will likely take a look hourly (all comments are human-reviewed, unlike socialist media) so have at it.  Good taste and sensible, though. Meanwhile, wanna see a cool print coming off one of the 3D jobbies? This is called Ziro Silky-Grey PLA filament (printing at 217 …

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One Week to Ham Radio Field Day 2021

Since Field Day is one of the world’s first True Prepping events, we figured a special edition of Urban would be interesting, even to non-ham radio types. Of course, there will be enough “secret sauce tossed in” to make sure Old-Timers (I was first licensed in 1963, lol) learn a few tricks along the way. What’s Field Day? The grandperson of ham radio organizations is the American Radio Relay League.  Because in times of emergency, ham radio operators …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Process Map, SMD/T Soldering, Shop A/C

Before we get started,  a short personal woo-woo from a dream early this morning.  Very clear message that the “future” would be in a product (or company?) called HLiON.  Haven’t had any time to focus on it, but it seems (in my dream, anyway) to work on some symbiotic chemistry between the hydrogen fuel cell cycle and a new HLiON battery.  So keep an eye out for that. Million Dollar Product Idea One other idea …

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Jobs, UFOs, CV-19, Markets: the Plot Sickens

We take the benefits of living in a “complex society” as a “given.”  However, as I have argued many times, both here and on the Peoplenomics site, anti-fragility is a myth.  It’s existence depends on ignoring critical substrate. An example?  Well, while there are multiple fallbacks to rolling power (or web) failures, the critical substrate (elixir of Life) is electricity.  Turn off the power and most of “modernity” takes a hike. Thus, reading the news as an aware human …

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ShopTalk Sunday: The 20-Minute Paint Shaker & uBitx 6

Well-rested, we are fit to tackle the day with the persistently long To-Do list.  Still, one of my items on the list got done Saturday and it only took about 20-minutes.  A Paint Can Shaker. Patience is not Mr. Ure’s strong suit.  Like most on this prison planet, while we’re all milling around for the exit-call, there’s no point in wasting time (or energy) on things that prevent the adventure from continuing. Shaking paint cans …

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Merry, Etc.

From our house to yours – a very merry and cheery. This is a good day to keep your emotional guard up, though.  The play on human emotions doesn’t take time off.  Though, at times it should. First three Christmas Day points of life in the Outback? Right at dawn, the sound of a heavy rifle.  No doubt a deer being taken.  We’re not big on hunting, preferring aged prime rib roast to all that …

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Ham Radio Super Antenna – Plans, Build, Results

A Convenience Store Based Antenna Ham radio operators world-wide would love an antenna that is cheap, easily built out of locally available parts – and outperforms both standard dipole antennas and other commonly-built wires.  Well, here it is…. After almost a year of modeling our ideas for a “Super Antenna” the design was locked.  It was built and put on the air during the CQ Worldwide contest last week. It was a pile-up buster. (To non …

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Sunday Studio Projects: Audiophile 101

Ear Yee! Ear Yee! Hear all about it!  This is a fine weekend to work on your home sound system, isn’t it? We are going through a modest upgrade to the home studio here at UrbanSurvival in order to get back into podcasting with gear that sounds (slightly) better than run-of-the-mill podcasts. In the process, you might enjoy a walk-through of several audio/sound concepts that may immeasurably increase your enjoyment of the “hi-fi” experience. Whatza …

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