Learning From Our Kids
When you creep up into your 70s, one of the things you wonder is “Gee, if I were younger, how would I live in today’s world?”
I’m fortunate. I consider the offspring: One daughter is a mental health counselor, working on a masters. The other daughter is going up the food chain in medical insurance troubleshooting. And then there’s son George, II.
As I mentioned recently, (firefighter/emt) he’s been on a couple of Type I forest fire gigs this fall including the East Troublesome fire northwest of Boulder Colorado. G II likes Boulder because he’s got a heartthrob there. Which means he goes through the Denver airport a bit. Therein is the tale.
On a trip recently, he took some of the finest Marketing 101 pictures ever. Because, as you know, there are all kinds of Conspiracy Theories about what goes on under the Denver Airport. See if you can figure out the “marketing message” here:
An old business school mantra has it that if you listen “Your customers will tell you whatr business you’re Really In…” Denver listens…
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would proud. Wait! They were here a second ago…
Back Country Winter
G II, when not being ops chief for his fire/health dept’s front line of the ‘rona, is parking his gear this winter in a yurt on the backside of the Washington Cascades. Yep, yurt with no running water and strictly off-grid:
Out his “back door” it’s a hell of a climb up the boulder field to hilltop:
And at night, with a single 90-watt solar panel, and a low winter sun angle, there’s not much light inside the yurt.
Notwithstanding, though, the small wood stove will bring the inside temp from 20 F up to 70F in about 2-hours. Now, if he didn’t have to pack-in the wood and the water.
By the way: Composting toilet works great, though as he explains “Kinda strange to say “Saturday, so I have to take the garbage and the shit out…” The fermenting poo is collected for later gardening use. (In those boulders?) OK… that’s backcountry living, for sure. Thought you’d enjoy seeing what real “cool” adventures look like.
We’d keep the “EB on “mother” if you know what that means. (Hint: EB=electric blanket, lol…though we don’t use ’em. Figure it’s not a safe mix with a grounding sheet…)
Light Crown Build
As readers know, I’m a huge fan of red light therapy for a variety of physical conditions. Quackery meets Georgery, except it does work for some things.
Have been a fan since 2016. Longer for Elaine, since her AMD has been held-at-bay (and partially reversed) using red light therapy, as well.
My “standard Light Crown” is nothing more than a plastic skateboarding helmet that has the padding ripped out. In its place, I’ve glued in one of those 5-meter long red LED strips. I order several different types from the Zon and then look at them (powered-up) through the dime-store spectroscope. (A whopping $8.59 for a EISCO – PH100QA Premium Quantitative Spectroscope, +/- 5nm Accuracy at Amazon.) Surprisingly good.
The biggest problem is long-term attachment of the light rope inside the helmet. The “sticky backing” doesn’t hold long-term worth a crap. I’ve tried a number of adhesives.
Early versions were held in place with Duco Cement which worked pretty well but was time-consuming. However, because the glue-up is to a styrofoam shell liner (with the pads ripped out), regular Testors Model Airplane Glue is simply too “hot.” Melts into the helmet and doesn’t hold well.
I tried the Gorilla Glue (*Gorilla Clear Glue, 3.75 Ounce Bottle, Clear with little change from an $8-bill). The problem with it is drying speed. Needs to be clamped for a good 2-hours. Strong thereafter, full-strength in 24-hours. But being ADHD and sitting for 2-hours for each of 15-feet? Er….maybe… HELL NO!
So in this morning’s build, I’ll be using the “new kids on the block” – Ultraviolet-curing resin. Seems to hold without melting the styro and with a “hot curing light” (Befenybay 405nm Resin UV- Curing Light 6W Output Effect for LCD DLP SLA 3D, $19.99), but I’ll know a lot more in a few hours.
Since my next 3D printer will be a small resin unit (which make really tough parts), I figure a curing light would be a dual-use tool. (Z’is guy a delusional tool slut, or what?)
Glue History Lesson
My first “getting to know glue” came when the Major (my mom babysat while the Major’s mom worked) and I were building paper airplane models. Mom whipped up some flour and water as glue. Followed by 5-year old mandatory grilled Velveeta cheese (sort of) sandwiches and cream of mushroom soup…
Next glue through my life was a brown powdered waterproof glue Pappy brewed up out of an Elmers or Durham’s can of some kind. Some “casein glue background” over at Wikipedia here.
An early 1960s article about a new “SuperGlue” caught my eye next. Life magazine carried it, remember those?
It was a football helmet, glued to the undersides of a goal post, holding up a football player. Pappy said “ Big future in adhesives…” Wasn’t like the Mr. Robinson line in The Graduate (“Plastics!”) but it was close. Just like today “3D Printing” and “Robots” are the “new future.”
About age 13, I was helping my late under John on some concrete project, or other (* he wisely paved over much of his backyard). Put put a bottle of Elmers into his concrete. When asked, he explained that it worked as “bonding compound” with concrete.
Pretty sure the modern analog is along the lines of QUIKRETE GLUES & CEMENTS No. 9902 441607 Concrete Bonding Adhesive which runs about $25-gallon – before shipping. (*We try to use materials that cost less per gallon than the beer, wine, or liquor served around here, though. This bonding stuff is almost up to “call brand” pricing.)
A succession of adventures with glues followed. My current fixation is on 5-minute 2-part epoxies. These for about $3-bucks a syringe. There’s a one-minute epoxy but it’s bond is rated 2,400 pounds while the 5-minute variety (going from memory) is up around 3,500 pound rated.
I tried simply speaking to a few parts, but apparently that phrase “In Texas, a man’s word is his bond…” is no longer true.
To make a long story longer: I’m using the clear UV cure because if it gets on the clear plastic, it will not totally kill light transmissibility. Even though the epoxies are “clear”, you’re wreck in a sec. with that stuff as a windshield.
Since there are so many “near death experiencers” reporting “life flashed before my eyes” that we have taken to living as “daily movie producer.” With every new day another “episode, or two, to film.”
Today’s “episodes” include UV gluing, shop door lock replacement, new welding table for out side, and maybe a bit of leaf blower time on the pine straw that has been falling inches thick.
There’s also a “gourmet cooking” segment planned featuring the two-legged deer/bubby and two slabs of grilled fresh salmon on the infrared grill. Stuffed baked potatoes and jug wine.
None of these segments is very challenging, but – like that Arctic train ride through Norway on Youtube – it’s a very relaxing film to watch. Which is what ShopTalk Sunday’s are designed for…
Write when you get rich (or finish your own filming for the day),