There are always plenty of things to do when you have the ultimate bug-out retreat in the woods. Especially when the Global Banksters are gathering around the US Fed and crying poor…moving us closer to the bail-in that I described in a recent Peoplenomics report.
This weekend, however, it was a time to work on many inside projects. The heat has been turned down a smidge, but with highs in the upper 80’s, the comfort temperature in mid to high 90’s. The 120-day stretch from the middle of May is why air conditioning was invented.
While trying to avoid the zillion and one real tasks, I managed to get back into the “inventing mode.” I human brain is a terrible thing to waste, goes the saying. Although it hasn’t stopped TV or video game sales, near as I can figure.
Since we live on the borderland of uncivilized out here (no TV to speak of) it leaves a lot of time for conversation and invention. Here are some of the ideas I came up with this weekend that sounded pretty good at the time.
This is a truly different kind of off-road vehicle. Unlike the traditional 40 horsepower high-speed, partly airborne, noise make and hill eroder, the MountainPed concept is way different.
It would be a mountain bike frame with a seriously geared down four-stroke small gas engine that is totally muffled and noise suppressed. Top speed would be all of 15-MPH.
In practical use, I picture this thing as bumping along about 7 MPH carrying a pack and so forth. Getting decent mileage and making no noise (it would be able to sneak up on wildlife, too) this would add a new dimension to outdooring for people who aren’t interested in the heavier work of hoofing it.
Got the idea after watching “A Walk in the Woods” with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte – on Amazon and probably Netflix.
This one came about just because I was reading on some home-built car forums how Texas won’t license home-made cars anymore. Yes, seems the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has gotten its hooks into everything. No federal number means no license.
Well, phooey. Except…
So I set to work trying to design my way around the problem.
A Moped is legal in Texas (subject to state approval and such bureaucratizing because we don’t make real jobs in America anymore…jujst m ore bullshit regulating one-another and stifling creativity) but even though legal, a Moped still requires an M class license.
Oh…and this means you have to take a motorcycle safety course, because there are forces lobbying the state legislature all the time in order to “make up business models.”
Being a cheap old screw – not willing to part with the $235 bucks it costs to get the motorcycle (or M class for moped) endorsement, I figured that if I too TWO mopeds and put them together with about 4-feet of square tube between then, then it could really be a terribly under-powered four wheeled….er…but it’s not a car you see. It’s just two Mopeds and they can be disconnected in a couple of minutes.
I don’t think the Department of Public Safety is going to buy it, but then again, if I junked an old Fiesta and pulled the VIN off it and tack-welded it to one of the Mopeds, I could argue that it’s a NHTSA legit VIN.
Since (while connected) it would not be a two or three wheeler, so Ure’s theory is I could dispense with the M class license since these are TWO mopeds and there is no law against driving two at a time that I could find..
The reason for the M-Class License is nominally to make power cycling safer. By bolting two mopeds together (and wearing a helmet, lol) I figuring I am in compliance with the desires of the state legislature.
Of course the plan ended on in the round file when I reminded myself that as a practical matter, law enforcement is more about writing revenue (as in tickets) and has little to do with safety. I have yet in 50-years of riding (off and on) to meet a rider who has been pulled over to have an officer give them a fine point or two in riding gravel or riding off the lane center to avoid oil patches in hot weather. Nope – like speeding tickets – it’s all about writing revenue – under the cover of “safety.” Exceptions do exist like DUI and such, but they are few and far between. Mostly money-trolling. And with the new computer-linked license plate readers, an alarm goes off and says “sick-em” if your insurance didn’t get paid on time.
Glare Reducing Sunglasses
This one is easy. A flip down piece of darkened plastic that would put an adjustable angled shield between you and your lap.
I came up with this one on vacation. I was wearing a white shirt and kakhi pants. With the sun blazing down, there was a good bit of glare.
Why not have a flip-down?
It would be great on a fishing boat, too: You look down at the deck and are blinded by the light. But with the flip-down, there you have it: Glare elimination to perfection.
Try it some time. Just hold your index finger pointing sideways under your eye so you can’t see the white pants you have on sometime. Very simple and cheap invention.. .I just can’t find one, is all.
These would be worn by motorcycle riders in the desert. Not sure how hot they would be, but it’s something I’d have to build if I were going desert riding.
This sounded like a fun way to mow the lawn. I’m not the first guy to think of it, though. There are videos of them in operation already.
Remoter Robotics Conversion for Lawn Tractor
This would have all the things you need to take that lawn tractor and turn it into a remote controlled lawnmower that you could run from sitting in front of the big screen.
I figure a couple of 12 V linear actuators, speed and brake control, and a remote video link ought to about do it.
I just haven’t found it as a kit, yet. But I’d bet there’d be a market in the $400 range.
Make has a really nice one over here, but again, none of these is the 23 HP riding mower conversion I want.
Between Make and www.instructables.com there are plenty of ideas. It’s mainly just a matter of time and weather, more than anything.
We didn’t get below 73 in the shop this weekend and by the time morning chores are done, it’s already into the 80’s. Call me old school (or just dumb) but I don’t like to run power tools in shorts.
To be sure, there are places in the upper Midwest were you can find good “shop weather” even in summer. Like Columbus, Ohio, for example. Low 60s most nights.
But then I’d have to put up with John Kasich…so yeah, there are trade-offs living in Texas. Another month, though, and we will be rolling through projects like crazy. For me, 55 to 70F is about perfect “working weather.” Much hotter than that and the beer cooler runs dry too fast. Much colder and I start looking at that shop heater project again…
Readers Noticing Things
This note is interesting:
Do you get the feeling that someone is testing systems out there? Washington Post is reporting that the 911 system was down yesterday in D.C. and I have read stories in other major MSM papers about the same thing happening in other major cities. Also, the recent issues with two airline companies seems all a little too suspect and too coincidental to me.
thanks to reader Chris for that…
Yeah…when Big Money6 can make more money by breaking things, including civil society6, society ain’t gonna be civil too long.
Money sez so.
Write when you get rich,