As I was sitting quietly contemplating some of the major problems of physics (“Why do composite resistors have much Johnson-Nyquist noise figures than think-metal film varieties?”) it struck me that a useful column for the end of a weekend would be to round up a few things that haven’t found their way into our regular line of columns.
“…is an Alternate History Novel spanning the late 1920s into 1944. It will be the initial book in a three book series. I am a Naval History buff and the author/publisher of the Greatest Generation Novel BB-39, and several hard SF Books.
This book departs from reality with the 1932 discovery of helium on the Japanese island of Hokido. A secret agreement between Japan and Germany results in a technology exchange that enables Japan to develop a fleet of huge airship aircraft carriers.
The two attacks on December Seventh are made by over 300 planes from a fleet of four airship carriers. By the end of that week, a series of devastating strikes up and down the West Coast leave the aircraft, shipbuilding, and marine industries in ruins.
This story does not include steam punk, fantasy, time travel, magic, elves or faeries. It does include some adult content, as well as fictional actions by the USS Fletcher and the USS Iowa. The deviations from historic technologies are based on what could have been accomplished with the availability of helium and a push in that direction.”
Kimbrough is a talented writer. When I look at his material, then my own, there are occasional flashes of depression. Because it’s like a house-painter reviewing the work of Leonardo, or the Dutch masters, and wondering why is it not the same?
Quest for Climate Truth
Despite our data that says solar minima are highly-correlated to global temperature declines and “mini Ice Ages” we continue random interviews with regular people around the country.
Take a week-ago. There I was on the lower end of the 40-meter CW band (Morse code for the non-digital humans) and an NM3 up in northern Pennsylvania was telling me about the food of snow on his 45-acre antenna farm.
“Not unusual, tho – we’re 90 miles from Lk Erie and we get big snows as early as late Oct, BTU…”
His main source of heat is a wood stove with natural gas piped in as a back-up. We’ve have NG, too, but have propane because there’s not enough population density and gas consumption most years to make pipeline investments pencil-out.
Annual Peoplenomics Forecast Looms
This week, our Wednesday Peoplenomics report will be more like a Saturday version, than including the typical (longish) focus piece. Reason is my consigliere is coming down from Ohio and we will be huddled around a computer gaming out the next couple of years. If you have strong views on what you see (or in Andy’s case “have been shown”) about what’s ahead, please drop us a line so we can cast as wide a net into the blender as possible, though that sounds messy, doesn’t it?
Peace Between Big Cats
As you may know, Zeus the Cat, who’s been freeloading for damn near 10-years, is very territorial about his junior-near-twin who lives in the driveway culvert.
We’ve gone through every “how to get two male cats to get along” suggestion we can think of with still not much luck. Herbal collars on Zeus, and so forth.
Recently, though, the “second kitty” was gifted with an actual name. My friend, the Major, who does a lot of work with subtle energy (actually teaching the art for medical professionals) came up with it.
“How about ALBERTO?”
It took us a moment, but then we laughed like hell.
Of course! Alberto Culvert!
No-Brainer Christmas Gifts
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Ham Radio Projects
Been working on one of those slow-motion books-in-progress “The Art and Science of Ham Radio Restoration” which is all you’d ever need to get started repairing old radios.
It’s a “middle (*electronic) age” technology that’s lots of fun preserving.
Best part of cold vacuum-tube technology at this time of the year is you can leave equipment on overnight (good for stability of such old equipment) and in the morning, the office/ham shack is nice & toasty…
All Quiet at the Game Reserve
While our neighbors mostly seem to get off on killing deer this time of the year, that’s something we continue to “sit out.” Since we moved here, there’s not been a deer shot on the property that we know of.
As a result, we have a growing herd of animals here. Last week, about a dozen – 2-bucks and does – so the word gets around.
We won’t swear off hunting forever – lord knows we’ve got the gear for it – but thing is by the time you tromp around the woods, field dress a dress, haul it to a processor, and pay for cutting and wrapping, it’s just much faster to call down to Brookshire’s in town and tell Kevin or Caleb how thick to cut the fillets this week.
Still, hunting season in Texas is probably still safer than walking some parts of Chicago….just you have to “wear different ‘colors‘” down here.
Electronics Bench, Done!
Back in September, I wrote a little piece on setting up the idea electronics bench. Finally got it done-done:
If you look closely, you will see a little silver “wand” pointed at the radio (which is awaiting surgery). On the monitor, you can see the knob on the front panel that it’s focused on.
More recent addition to the “ultimate workbench” has been a small “Metro Vacuum MDV-1BA DataVac Pro 4.5-AMP Computer Vac/Blower.” They don’t come with a wall mounting, but an adapter from the shop vacuum system worked just fine…with a small 2″ PVC fitting installed to direct exhaust air away from the bench…
So much for the “long weekend”…moron the ‘morrow for what many people will enjoy as the dream – a three-day workweek!