ShopTalk: Disaster Redesign and Estimating

There is an old saying – beneficially learned growing up in a racially homogenous community – among Chinese:  Crisis is often accompanied by opportunity. In fact, though I don’t remember the characters for it,  they are similar.  Now, in the wake of the BlizTex21, is a good time to remember this linkage. There are steps and process in disaster recovery.  Taken the right way, major improvements in lifestyle may be achieved.  Ignore, you will end …

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0 Degrees F Now – A Few Additional Notes

My first  foray into the Frozen South results in several “life in the Outback” notes. Solar panels had to be re=swept – remove overnight frost.  Daily here shortly. Computer 2 is on charge. Big energy bank is 23.8V. Only spot freezing in food storage (mushroom soup cans 31.7F…) No broken water anywhere (waiting for the Big thaw in 3 days, though) Glad to have boxes of Amazon Basics AA and AAA batteries. News Headlines: Bitcoin …

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UrbanSurvival – for real – Heart of in the BlizTex

Super short this morning because Elaine and I are short of power. No matter how much contingency planning you do, a high of 8 F and chills well below zero – are not the kind of thing you normally plan for. Here’=’s the national picture and this snap of all the cold parts will ove to the right as the week progresses… Our SitRep: People Elaine is just n9-days from her right hipe replacement,  Still …

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Bliz-Tex Adventures on Holiday Monday

Sure – this site is about finance.   Dispensing with that:  Bitcoin is still absurd ($47.5K ea.) and the stock and bond markets in the U.S.  are closed in honor of my upcoming 72nd birthday  Presidents Day. Markets are open elsewhere in the world:  Europe was up modestly earlier.  And Japan was up almost 2% to the  30,000 area on the Nikkei. But before you declare three Hallelujahs and a Hosanna, remember the Nikkei’s all-time high was in …

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Sunday ShopTalk: Anti-Aging Autos, Side of Woo-Woo

Since I’m updating my book “How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less…” over on the Peoplenomics side of the house (free there, update will be $4-bucks here when done), this whole matter of America’s Assinine Auto Addiction (quadruple A) was my focus Saturday. Cars as Investments Pappy always taught that cars were “…not investments…never think of ’em that way!” But, when I raised the issue of original invoiced  early split-window Corvette’s going …

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ShopTalk: Where Industrial Arts Went

With 72 ahead for me in a few short weeks, and with Elaine tuning up for hip surgeries, we continue to enjoy all the adventures we can in life. But life is indeed changing and all around us.  Especially in the Shop. I’ve told you before about my concerns with America becoming a third-rate place – having lost our “industrial edge.”  It’s there in books bemoaning the passing of “old school” industrial arts.  The good …

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Climate…WHAT?

Send some of them ‘hot air politicians’ out, pronto! We wanna show ’em why even in sunny East Texas, there’s a reason why solar is not the sole answer to climate and powering fleets of cars…can you figure it out without help? Next up, repair of an MFJ-989C antenna tuner (long lead turns counter belt came in).  And all this while cruising the low end of 20 meter CW. How’s that Super-Antenna holding up, you’re …

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Housing Data, Seismometers, Market Bouncimenter

Instrument Check! Takes me back to my flying days.  Checklists Galore! And they work great for keeping a lot of variables arranged for safe travel into an uncertain future. Checklists facilitate something called RKA.  We don’t talk about it much here (*more on the Peoplenomics subscriber site).  It means  Rapid Knowledge Acquisition. When you couple RKA with the “Everything’s got a Recipe” behind it – laid out in my book  The Millennial’s Missing Manual – …

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