Market Drop: Welcome to March 17, 1930

I warned you (before the Friday Open last week) that we would be seeing a “crash window” open this week.  And (try not to look surprised here) the Dow futures earlier were down more than 500 points.  And losses in Europe were in the 2 1/2 percent range. ...

Fires in the West: NOT Climate Change

I normally don’t get irked and amped enough on Sunday to write not one but  two columns.  However, exceptional stupidity requires someone stand up and call bullshit. Since stories – like this one  earlier this week in the New York Times are selling the...

Sunday Coffee in the Shop

Many items on the agenda this morning. Not the least of which is the… Fires Still Raging Our condolences and support to families in California and Oregon who have lost homes and valuable personal effects in the raging wildfires out west.  Talking to friends up...

Goodbye Swamp Cooler? Antenna Modeling Notes

Why is it 4:15 AM and why is Ure running antenna models? The answer is simple:  The end of summer is upon us.  When the weather cools down, things here heat up.  Hot coffee on a cool more, clear head, and a zillion ideas to run down. But first…. Goodbye Swamp...

MovieTone Monday – Pillow Quest

You may not be old enough to remember the MovieTone News.  It showed in theaters from the mid 1920s until into the 1960’s.  I remember seeing ’em at the old theater on the north end of Bean Hill in Seattle.  As kids, we’d go there Saturday afternoons...

Sunday Coffee

Rambling around the ranch this morning.  Been far busier this weekend that I’d been planning on. S/W Update or Hack-Attack? Those who visit Urban frequently (our dynamite comments section makes that a useful pursuit) may have noticed a 2 1/2-hour hole in our...

Prepping with N-P-K Plus Shop Notes

Another scorcher coming up here in East Texas.  With all the hype and BS about “climate change” we should be in the middle of a desert by now.  But, lo and behold, just two days of 100+ temps likely this summer – and that’s counting today. ...

A “Crackpot Corona Theory” & Prepping for Weather

A short discourse today on the linkage between a good, hard sweat – while working out at manual tasks that require no higher brain function – and clearing of the mind. Which led me to a “Novel Crackpot Theory of CV19” (NCTCV19). Part –...

Our Sunday Morning Post…

…will be along shortly. Try about 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 Eastern. Or, if you are on the left coast, try when Mickey’s right hand is almost straight up and his left one straight down….. Ure has just finished some “outside work” and is...

Heavy Equipment School: Riding Mowers 101

10-Mowing Tips for would-be groundskeepers is our topic this morning. No, we didn’t really need 30-acres.  We could have gotten by with two acres per person, just fine. But I had this wild dream years back when I was running a vocational school:  I wanted to...

Dueling Disasters – Tractor Envy

Pick a disaster…plenty to choose from…no crowding, social distance, please! And so begins another Thursday. Besides the Fed data on “jacking up the money supply” – after the close today – there is the small matter of the implosion...

Ham Radio Notes: Super-Antenna III

My bad.  I missed Ham Radio Field Day. It was last weekend.  As happens the last weekend in June each year, amateur radio operators (include from our club in town) and my buddy  The Major’s club is up in the Seattle area; he and some buds headed for the hills...

Shop-Talk Sunday: What is “Enough Tools?

Earlier this week another “Tool Project” came home:  The radial arm saw. To be sure, it will be a bit of work getting it into 100% to my standards of readiness.  There may be some paint, a few rust spots to be “cured” and lots of elbow grease. ...