Before our dig-in, a couple of random health notes. 73 is about a week away and most people guess me a decade (or more) younger. How?
Up and at ’em early this morning. (Like 3 AM early.) Been using the “speed crown” a bit and the increase in both personal focus and energy is remarkable. Goes back to some vedic (jyotish) health concepts involving color. Which, since you were going to ask seems to have some basis, though science is so clumsy at this stage of re-learning lost arts (light medicine) it’s kind of embarrassing to the inquisitive mind.
You were going to ask, probably, “How is this anything like science?”
Ah! Richter and Tan (2014) in a paper (“Photons and Neurons“) summarize:
“Methods to control neural activity by light have been introduced to the field of neuroscience. During the last decade, several techniques have been established, including optogenetics, thermogenetics, and infrared neural stimulation. The techniques allow investigators to turn-on or turn-off neural activity.”
Fuzzy concept is that light medicine is a doorway to age extension and the side effect is higher personal energy levels. Which is why some coffee, some huperzine-A, and 30-minutes a day of light is how I keep personal energy “topped-up” – crazy as that might sound. Firing neurons release photons and light therapy acts as a battery charger, of sorts.
ClinicalTrials.gov lists more 870 trials under “LLLT” – low level laser light therapy, while 212 studies pop under the heading “photobiomodulation.” If it was all hokum, I doubt government would engage.
Even if you don’t have a big shop to tinker in, something as simple as a deep red LED “rope” and a cheap container (safety or skateboard helmet) as a form, you can do lots of useful tinkering. Some of which will stimulate hair regrowth and other-such things. But this ain’t medical advice, of course!
Though, based on CV-19 handling by government, we can understand skepticism!
Messy Bench Disease (MBD) II
Was it last week? I mentioned my personality defect that torpedoes my efforts to keep a clean workbench. That’s because there is usually a breakpoint in a project where I want to go play with whatever I just worked on, rather than cleaning up the mess made in the process.
For some reason, 2-cycle engine repairs, like carb replacements, scream “Use me! Use me now!” Which is how the chainsaw gets fixed, a couple of trees are fallen, but the bench somehow never got put back to its pristine starting condition.
Treatment of Messy Bench Disease doesn’t show up on PubMed or WebMD. With some research, though, treatment options seem to include:
- BBCEoP: This is my default setting. Big Bench, Cleaned at End of Project.
- CBEoD: Retired TV engineer Hank in Hawaii has experience with Clean Bench, End of Day. My days never seem to end; I mean sometimes the projects extend a day and sometimes a week, or longer. With no (pardon) asshole boss to shove my tools in the trash, the incentive has just never been there for me.
- CBIF: This is a new one (from Rings Workshop). Means “Clean Bench – I’m Filming!” See his videos on shop organization here. I totally get that if I were filming, I might keep a clean bench. That filming involves so much else: I’d have to sober up, put on clothes, and maybe have a shave before being on camera. Absolutely too hard! Which then gets us down to the path less traveled…
- PCB-TB: Perpetually Clean Bench – Tool Box has been observed
Critic’s note: The Chicago Manual of Style was useless explaining how tool-boxing) is properly written in this context.
The central theme is all tools live in the toolbox, all the time.
If you need two tools at once? Like tweezers to hold a component while soldering, fine. They can both be “out of the box” at the same time. When done, it’s the tool chaperone’s job to get them both safely home, however.
Loading Up: Turns out, one toolbox is NOT enough for the tools I touch on a weekly basis.
- At the main bench, there’s a roll-around full of tools. Wire rack on big wheels.
- Electronics bench which has zillions of small tools.
- The metalworking tools (haphazardly tossed into that area)
- And the CNC/3D printing tools. Mainly ball-end Allen wrenches and side-cutters.
Step 1: Get a big box.
Step 2: Every tool you touch for a week gets tossed in the box when done.
Step 3: Sort every tool used into toolboxes, trying for one per bench location.
Example 1: The Electronics Bench tools:
Anything you need for electronics is probably in here: Alignment tools, a Fluke meter, a component ESR meter (2), electric and manual screwdrivers, wrenches, Allen’s, strippers, hookers (lol), soldering gear, multiple pliers, tweezers, chip pullers, wire, tape and so forth. (Little rechargeable fan blows soldering smoke away…cheap PPE.)
Example 2: CNC/3D box
This one is a work in progress since it’s cold and I didn’t do any CNC/3D stuff this week. Reason? 3D printing works best at around an even 70-75F. When you get too much colder, you can only increase nozzle temps so much to maintain adhesion between layers. 32.1F in the shop this morning at click time. Not when you want to make important tool decision. Mid-60’s next weekend is a lot more promising.
You’ve already seen the wire-rack tool cart at the main bench, but if the memory fog is hanging late:
Lower left you can see the tip of the Fastener Cart. But this is where you’ll find a complete set of wrenches, impact drivers, open-ends, and project tools for most everything likely to come across the bench. A half-dozen impact, drill, recip saw, and battery circ saws are above.
Hank (in Hawaii) suggested this toolbox diversion I’m on is more likely an “Operator Error” problem. Hmm… But I’m determined to see if there’s a point where the cost of investing in toolboxes actually results in higher productivity. Though Elaine’s a lot more honest in how Productivity gets measured, than oh, say the Labor Department!
Home on the Range, .223
Last week, visiting firefighter son G2 learned basic plasma cutter handling on 3/8″ I-beam stock and MIG welding (fluxcore, no shielding gas). He will advance to 1/4 inch “welding coupons”” this week with shielding gas.
Last week’s project was a new target for the rifle range out back
He’d decided that a good test would allow him to play “RangeBusters.”
See, there’s a notion that .223 green tips will go through damn near anything including steel. But here’s what the entrance looked like:
Top he nailed the welding bead so that’s how 5″ of solid steel behind doesn’t much care about green tip .223 rounds. The lower went through the front of the I-beam but didn’t even dimple the back. 18-degree down angle for ricochet safety; good reader tip.
Maybe your M-16-A4 is different, but G2’s not overly impressed.
I’m reminded of the difference between New Yorkers (and Californians) and Texans. In NYC or Cal, if you have 10,000 rounds, “You’re a dangerous Gun Nut who ought to be locked up!” In Texas? “So, you’re new to shooting, then…”
Liberal states likely also count BB’s and pellets to make anti-Constitutional rights headlines. But I digress. Shills will be shills (or commies).
Me? Not much into guns. Before hauling out my Russian-made AK to solve problems? Much more efficient to tap my lawyer on speed dial. He never misses and is actually cheaper and carries a lower risk-profile than guns these days.
But times can change. Adapt, improvise, and a little range time.
Write when you get rich,