OMG, here it is, middle of Hell Months of Summer and I have neglected to share the annual update on Ure’s (should have patented it) Redneck Cooler design.
How it works: For a redneck cooler to work, all you need is summertime and central air.
Build a box which directs air over the adult beverage stack and presto! Free wine chilling! Pre-cool the beer, too.
Theory of Operation: Beer and wine are best cool, beer is best at 31F, as we see it. The Redneck Cooler will only take things down to air flow temps, though. For us, about 55-degrees. That’s running the house a/c at 77 F and 103F outside this week.
What it Looks Like: Hell yeah, buddy – check it out:
One on the inside (I’ll show you in a sec.) and “one in the pattern.” Elaine and I don’t drink a gallon a day, so in reality, the one of the pre-chill-grate on the left there, will slowly come down in temp over a day, or four.
The fancy paint job is a “two (beer) tone special.” Light stain on the 1/4-inch birch ply in the middle and darker color sprayed around the outside. Cover with varnish.
Size is adjustable. The size I picked was a wild-ass guess. I wanted something that would hold a jug of wine, a few beers (precooling before doing freezer time) and some peppermint Soylent (programmer food). Which all fits…
Now, lest you think that this is a one-trick box (with airflow outlets only on top (which comes through the four holes) and the 1.5″ high pseudo-duct which routes air left and under and up over the “on deck” jug) in winter, it’s a proofing station while baking.
I’ve actually thought about making a “home woodworker kit” of this thing. Since there are not enough useful home woodworking kits out there. But to do it, make up instructions, box up and ship, the retail price (unfinished) would be about $25 bucks plus whatever the Post Office wants for a flat rate box these days.
Still thinking about that. Might be fun when I get old enough to retire from 55-Years Before the Keys… parttime retirement gig, you know?
China’s 1933 Replay: Coming to Get Us
Listen up, partner. We have us a MAJOR PROBLEM which I haven’t mentioned before in our Economic Replay of 1929. While we are waiting for the financial engineering Bonfire of the Equities, consider how China is reprising the role of 193o’s America.
Serious shit here, so check it out.
The U.S. got ready for World War II how? Big Works Projects.
- Grand Coulee Dam was started. First shovels turned over about this time – in July of 1933.
- That brought power and water to Eastern Washington.
- Which then powered aluminum production for planes and Boeing and…
- And which then was able to feed the Hanford Atomic works downriver at Richland/Kennewick.
- The foundations for Oak Ridge were in the wings,, too.
Ure’s totally unfair distillation of History? China is kicking ass on infrastructure while I can’t find any evidence of that Obama infrastructure dough doing much of anything for anyone outside The Party. Following?
Grab the barf Bag and watch this video and you will understand why I am such a frothing-at-the-mouth supporter of Industrial Arts Education. Yes, with tools that REALLY CAN HURT YOU. There’s no other way to learn! Some shit in life (besides marriage and wrong pronouns) is dangerous!
Is there something we can ALL do to get this turned around? Remember, China’s in a position to where they could feed Russia, in much the same manner that we had to bail England’s sorry ass out in not one but two world wars!
Which to us, sure looks like this set-up of history – the ability to simply out produce an Opponent is a battle that Slow Joe and the War Party are selling us out on. And Kerry…
Hat Tip to Hank
Yessir, Hank out on the Big Island of Hawaii clicked into our Comment section overnight to tag this latest Buyed ‘Em dementia fallout:
“Presidementia first came for your gas stoves.
Now he’s coming for your portable generators. Biden Administration Rule Would Ban Nearly All Portable Gas-Powered Generators | ZeroHedge
Not only are generators ONLY used when the grid is down – which makes us thinking the Buydems are supporting the ChiCom take-down of America (regulate away resilience), but they are also screwing construction sites, too.
You may safely bet your ass that China (kicking our asses on infrastructure doesn’t hide its workers tools. China also doesn’t have Canadian-born lady lawyers running energy policy. Nope. They tend to promote doers, not lawyers who have never built a dam, never spent a day on a rig working. And so far as we know, has never done a day of dirty work in her career. I mean other than political dirty work.
Why do we elect lawyers? In line and staff businesses I’ve run, lawyers are staff and are kept as far away from Sales and The Line workers as possible. Because they are company-wreckers and deal killers. Like Accountants who think they can run R&D. Ure’s blood pressure rises into the red zone…
But who knows, next time I need to weld on a fence line a quarter mile from the house, the generator and welder won’t go into the tractor bucket. I’ll just take all the hot air and horseshit from this administration and see if it will weld mild steel in remote places. Places infested with wild boars, so yeah, no fair taking a 9MM on the chest rig or the AK on the tractor rack. You big Meany.
Yup. Life extension supplements are going extinct, gas stoves will mean cold cuts, Kerry’s doing climate kneeling, and Slo wants Guns Grabbed and no more generators. A short, dark, violent future is thus being planted by the War Party.
Next, we’ll see the Big Push for voting by people who9 aren’t Citizens and are not fluent in the language enough to understand the issues yet. Oh boy… Over Reach gone wild.
And More is Coming
So warns the Ecuador ExPat. While including the article The Rutherford Institute :: Mental Health Round-Ups: The Next Phase of the Government’s War on Thought Crimes | By John & Nisha Whitehead |
Well, ain’t that’s a slick (commie-backed) way to kill Free Speech, ands gut the Constitution (*more)? Get the delusional woke folk to call disagreeing with their bullshit a mental health issue. It’ll be done at warp speed. Just Dandy.
Racial and gender diversity is a monetization, but thought diversity can’t be tolerated. Grand.
How to Fix It
(Vote out the War Party and the Corporate owns officials?)
Point is simply this:
I think China is having an almost orgasmic moment making things. New, well everything. As an American, we have a duty to see what’s coming and be ready to make up capable home shops for two reasons.
First: We will all get a lot more skills. It’s one thing to be able to do a skill. But what’s even more valuable is being able to teach a skill. Already, I have given one of my neighbors a small CNC machine (spare 3018PRO) so he could get familiar. Getting everyone up to speed on LOCAL tech is just where we need to be positioned, I believe. National resilience.
What I am suggesting is that as home craftsmen (persons, ahem) we can do a lot to feed Robust America. Read up on how the “Shadow Factory” system evolved in WW II. Shadow factories of the WW2 British motor industry | E&T Magazine (theiet.org). Now picture discrete shops in every city that have both some manufacturing capacity as well as some “tool library/lending” aspects for use in the Event of an Actual Emergency.
Any of the woke, modern day resource-squandering academes paying attention? Hello? Does Detroit need clean water or Equity and Diversity Officers first? Show of hands? (Hold up your IQ card, while you’re at it, too.) D.I.E. is just where diversity, inclusion and equity is leading us. Brains and working your ass off wins every time. And China knows this. (Wonder if they funded some of….oh, skip it. No one gives a shit here in lah-lah land…)
Secondly: Some of us are getting too old to be much use, EXCEPT to the degree we can pass on skills and thinking processes to future generations.
The Pixies Are Coming!
When he’s not being a medic and cheating the Devil out of souls, and skydiving, (and going hog hunting and…) George2 is planning to learn Morse code.
And what Dad did to make that possible was to get him interested in building a pair of matching Morse code transceivers.
The ones chosen are the street variety of S-Pixie. 40-meters, 1-watt transceiver (on a good day) and a so so direct-conversion receiver section. Which you can find on eBay for under $20 bucks complete with a plastic case to house the completed unit.
When done, you will need a key, a ham radio license (see the ARRL.org website for local ham clubs that have “one day wonder” licensing classes and testing. G2 and I are both Extra Class ticket holders already. Battery or power supply and antenna helps, if you insist. But he was a no-code ham license which old timers (like dad) look at as computer-clicker appliance operators even now.
The kid doesn’t even know the story of the Wouff-Hang. (W7EL who wrote that up is the genius who brought EZNEC into the world so people like you can download it and test reasonableness of antenna designs on it.)
G2 wants nothing to do with it Wouffing…not when this hot. No one’s arm is good enough for the trees here at the ranch, so I got him a cheap climbing rig. And since he’s fast water rescue trained (and not afraid of heights as a skydiving whiz) and with his ascenders as back up, a climbing rig and cold weather is all he needs. See here for $76 on Amazon: DJEMPPS Tree Climbing Spikes Set.) With ascenders and two men on belay, got it?
Sorry…back to soldering and Code.
My plan was to get him interested in learning to build something (always fun!) and then he’d be more likely to do a little Morse just to use the new toy he’ll build.
He’s off to another construction site deployment (six figures+) so not sure if this will be completed before he heads out at mid month ahead.
Learning Lab Set-Up
My higher Ed scheme required a rework of the electronics bench. Now sporting two workstations. Perfect for father-son learning.
It’s not as neat and well-equipped as many of our readers enjoy, but remember this is the electronics bay only. The PCB CNC router and laser engraver along with the 3D printer farm is outside the door on the left.
Once we get the S-Pixies built, it should be a simple matter to move him on to other kits. One is a theremin for the studio. I’ve had this kit sitting around for years waiting for a build slot in my schedule. Which somehow hasn’t appeared. But it would make a peachy second soldering project for the boy (@42??).
After that, I have an old InstructoGraph Morse code training machine which needs to be gone through. Once it’s firing on both tube cylinders, there are 20-some “punch tapes” of Morse to learn.
Further Survival Radio Notes
A couple of more notes on the Preparedness Radio front. In a previous article, I told you all about the ATS-25 x series of small, self-contained and battery powered all band radios. Then last week, we went over SDR radios in some depth.
This gets us to this week’s finalist to go in the Faraday garbage can where it will be semi-safe from EMP.
This radio is a (ver. 1) of the ATS-20.
Which came in very close, performance-wise, to the ATS-25. The sensitivity of the ATS-25 was -131 dBm (rounding) while the ATS-20 shown here was -130 dBm (also rounding). Both are workable HF radios.
The hip shot in these is to remember that you want to get the radio at least several feet from the radio’s onboard (processor) noise. And to do this, a modest BNC cable to whatever your antenna is works well. Might as well get two.
In the Prepping Can
Put in your choice of either the ATS-20 or ATS-25.
A BNC to test lead (and possibly a 6-foot BNC-BNC cable and a joining adapter. Don’t forget, long barbed wire fences kick ass at night as antennas.
And a little pocket roll-up HF wire antenna is great for day use. Not too bad on the wallet, something like this. The XHData version is inexpensive and 23-feet long which is just fine for many uses. Has a belt clip if you want to take it hiking. More than once, I have dragged 15-20 feet of wire behind me on a hike. Looks odd but works. (Not in lightning conditions, right?)
We have one in a large Tupperware type container with the USB C charger and a 5-watt plugin USB charger for 110v. Which will work off the generator, of course. Until the War Party screws us out of those…
A few final thoughts on SDR radios:
Still haven’t been able to get a HF signal on 40-meters (7 MHz) any better than -115 dBm on the SpyVerter (1.0). And similar on the Ham-It-Up. You wouldn’t notice anything different unless you have broadcast calibrated ears. Like Hank and I do. Most people have a hard time hearing 6 db differences. In this case, it’s around 4 and no way for most folks, buddy. 2 dB? Kidding me? Unless you produce music or roll FOH mixing on the side…
And in fairness, the SDR sensitivity is MUCH better up on the FM band and higher. But the noise floor is lower up there, too.
Elaine’s Housekeeping Tip
How to keep cats off the furniture on the screen porch:
Yep, keeps them off the chairs.
Still, it looks a little silly in the house with the big sofa in the living room and the recliners tipped up, but yeah it works. (Like they say, if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, lol…)
Let’s call this a wrap (warp, then?) for now. The new 10.1-inch magnifier requires my personal attention. Which sounds suspiciously like buying Playboy for their staple placement, but I digress.
Rib steaks for dinner and now you know where the cool cellar temp wine comes from! It was hot as the hubs of Hades out here in East Texas this week.
Write when your RNC (*red neck cooler) is finished. Then write when you dry out from testing it.
George@Ure.net (ac7x with G2 as kf7ocd on the side)