Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Delayed Aerial Ignition Device

Once again, sorry for the lack of updates. I got invited on a weekend camping trip, but all my online classes have weekend deadlines, so normal weekday homework plus weekend homework was a bit overwhelming. When I got home I remembered I had a presentation due so all the research and power-points took awhile.

Week and a half into the 100 pushups deal, slightly difficult but not too bad. although my arms are constantly sore now, but that feels good when you know it is from something worth while.

Saw another blog, but can't find it now, about flaming ping-pong balls, and that reminded me of something. It seems wildland fire fighters, as a way to start backfires without needing people on the ground shoot flaming pin-pong balls out of helicopters. They fill the balls with potassium permanganate and stash them in a hopper, as they move through the cannon they are injected with ethylene glycol then shot out. In a few seconds then mixture gets hot a bursts into flames.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Overclock, pushups, and a desk.

Hello everyone. So I have been having some computer trouble, random lockups, memory is running at advertised speed, but CPU and GPU are both overclocked, everything ran fine for 2 months so I don't know what is going on but I dropped the overclocking down a bit to see if that makes any difference.

I did the Initial test for, managed 27 which I was kind of surprised by, page suggests that I skip ahead to week 3. I am kind of worried about driving with sore arms, I know sometimes after a long hike, using the clutch can be a bit of a struggle.

Finally for something more useful, building a desk. As I have mentioned before, I live in a pretty small apartment. When I moved in, I bought a 3 foot wide by 8 foot long banquet table from a Buddhist temple for 10 bucks. As a writing desk it worked okay, but there was no way to mount keyboard drawers, so there were keyboards all over the top, and it just took up too much room. I decided to build my own desk, this would let me custom make it to fit in a previously unused corner. A previous project left me with a 4x4 foot section of melamine coated 3/4 inch MDF, I used a circular saw to cut it to 24x40 inches. I cut a 2x4 to fit around the bottom edges to make it a bit more rigid. Then I turned to the internet for table legs, and a keyboard drawer. My search for table legs took me to Ikea, their Vika Curry legs are $3.50 each and come with all the hardware, as well as having a handy screw in base which makes it easy to transport the table if you have to move. I first looked for premade keyboard drawers, but they were all either to expensive or the wrong size. I looked on Amazon and found some Keyboard slides, you have to provide your own shelf, but otherwise it can be as wide as you want, and once again they come with all the hardware to mount them. So far everything has worked out pretty well, it is a little wobbly, I think because there isn't much weight on it, I have seen that some people make braces to hold the legs together but I haven’t felt the need. For 50 bucks in materials and less than an hour of work I can't complain.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Well I hit the 100 followers mark sometime last night, Thanks everyone. I have been trying to think of someway to commemorate the occasion and can't really think of anything. So I think I will combine it with something else I have been wanting to do , I think the most I have ever done is 35, but that was 6 years ago, haven't even attempted push ups in probably about a year so this should be interesting. I will post anything excting that happens, I still have to do the initial test and such.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Crazy Cars

Spring Break has finally started, planning on going camping at some point but the they are forecasting rain for everyday this week. Most of my neighbors seem to have gone somewhere, so at least they won't be making a ruckus around here like they normally do.

The other day I saw driving home and noticed a red Toyota Tercel station wagon, with some red letter on the back window. I sped up so I could read it, " US MAIL", now I have never seen a something like this before, so I started to wonder, is this guy just really into mail, or does USPS actually have a fleet of these things. I sped up more to see if there was any mail in there, but instead I noticed there was a steering wheel with no one behind it. Turns out it was one of those cars with 2 steering wheels, and 2 sets of pedals. He then reaches over to the other steering wheel and flips the indicator, kind of odd, go through the trouble of duplicate mechanical controls, but they can't add another indicator switch? Anyway on my normally boring commute that was a comical experience.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lack of posts.

Sorry about the lack of updates. This was the week before Spring Break for me, so lots of midterm papers due. Only got about 2 hours asleep each night, stay up writing and such, So now I am sick. So I am going to sleep early, sleep in tomorrow, hopefully that will fix me so I can have some fun over spring break.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rain and DVDs

Been a pretty boring few days, raining non-stop and no where to go has kept me in the house. I decided that it would be worth while to organize my DVDs. Not sure how I gathered that many burned DVDs except it is about 6 years of download various things, lots of documentaries and Anime. but also backups of music, pictures, and movies. They are all stored on Spindles which makes it really hard to find something when you need it. I bought Americopy Paper Sleeves and Snap-N-Store CD Storage Box . The Sleeves are rather thing, but I don't plan on transporting, or using the sleeves as any sort of protection other than from dust. The boxes came flat and they just snap together, I would prefer them to be a bit more sturdy, the box they were shipped in would hardly need to be any bigger if they were solid, and I don't really see the point in being able to take them apart. If you move, it's not like you will remove 160 discs and put them in another box, and then unsnap the box they were in. I do have a DVD binder, but it seems rather clumsy to me. After sorting most of the discs I seems to be it would be more convenient to just buy an extra hard drive. How do you guys store you discs or data?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quesadilla Maker

I got a Quesadilla maker from my mom for Christmas. Originally I liked the idea, but didn't think I would ever use it. Like most appliances it would end up buried in some cabinet and forgotten for several years. The first few times using it, the quesadillas tasted like plastic, but that went away. Now I use it almost every day, get home from class and want some to eat, or up late studying just throw the stuff in there and come back in 5 minutes. The main materials; tortillas, and cheese are on sale almost every week in one form or another. One thing I have figured out is how to have small amounts of meat I could put in there, maybe cook it, cut it into single serving and then freeze?

I couldn't find any links to it, maybe it got discontinued, can't imagine there is much variety in them though.