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    October 23, 2009, 16:01

    This is my personal web space and if you happened along by chance, there is nothing here for you. If you are really that bored and need entertainment, try a…

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  • Category: Uncategorized  (1)
    • New building 

      February 23, 2015, 17:47

      Just a bit over a year has gone by since I purchased the old bowling alley. After getting the thing gutted, adding the two overhead doors and closing up for…

  • Category: Art Work  (12)

    Creativity at its finest, unfettered and unpaid.

    • Grandma's quilt 

      July 22, 2013, 23:24

      My grandmother Dial (Mom's Mom) made me a quilt when I was a boy, among other hand sew things. I loved her dearly and miss her. Thinking of Grandma brings back…

    • Moving on 

      July 4, 2011, 06:23

      Well, another big change in thinking.  In with the new out with the old.  Same old thing, to something else.  Live to work not, work with purpose.  These…

    • Going on with swinging sticks theme 

      June 29, 2011, 17:44

      Much to my delight I was able to fine tune my earlier design.  Whilst immersed in such an adventure it dawned on me that I was sweating and therefor needed to…

    • When I stop to see where I am, I don't know where to look first. 

      June 26, 2011, 10:49

      Funny but true. What about this- I like the creative process, with me it usually does not take a specific direction while I look for some type of positive…

    • hand notes 2 

      June 25, 2011, 18:34

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    • hand notes 

      June 22, 2011, 18:28

      Just an experiment to see if I like making lists or typing.  Either way, the pendulums move forward.

    • It may start with an idea 

      June 17, 2011, 12:56

      But, you eventually have to order parts if you're serious of getting a creative effort off the ground.  In order to order parts you have to have building…

    • Sculptural Clocks reborn 

      June 12, 2011, 19:03

      After a great deal of thought and changes in my age, resources, thinking and conversations that ultimately had great influence over me, etc, I have been able…

    • Chest of drawers 

      October 27, 2009, 13:29

      I can guarantee you that you will never see another chest like this anywhere.  I know because I made it and doubt that I could do again.  An outrageous…

    • Ocular Time 

      October 26, 2009, 18:02

      The same holds true for this clock as it did for "Moment by Moment".  Time as you know it, has changed. The exception is that this clock was entered into the…

    • Color palette for the web 

      September 8, 2006, 12:38

      Pick your color and see how it looks next to others, with text positioned for comparison.

    • Moment by Moment 

      October 26, 2001, 19:07

      We were required to do one project and because I had gotten on a design roll, as in I couldn't quit coming up with great ideas, I had to work my tail off to…

  • Category: Internet  (18)

    I love the internet and I hate it, depends on the day and how my equipment is working

    • Worlds loudest alarm clock, for real? 

      December 11, 2013, 14:32

      The hoax There is no "Worlds loudest alarm clock", it's a hoax. A prank that set hundreds if not thousands of us on a wild goose chase for an alarm clock that…

    • Get stupid and start thinking 

      January 15, 2011, 13:22

      I've made a simple but obvious conclusion, again.  Most things worth doing are difficult if you want to do them right.  Relate this to what I have written in…

    • Wireless remote control for a digiscope or videoscope user 

      August 9, 2010, 20:37

      I wanted a high resolution picture using a telephoto/zoom lens where I could see and overall picture and then zoom in on a bird of choice and found out it can…

    • Web development and information analysis, I can help 

      July 21, 2010, 07:48

      I have been working with computers for a long time. My first jump on the web (the Internet) was in college when it was considered a intercollegiate means of…

    • Web sales model for the future 

      April 6, 2010, 15:09

      But to those who have been involved with the internet over the years you can see how my model of selling information is going to be important in the future.…

    • Getting Socialized 

      March 21, 2010, 15:25

      I took some time, revamped the look, navigation and also set up Twitter and Facebook accounts.  So, I can tweet now have a face and hopefully generate some…

    • Speed and clean your PC 

      January 26, 2010, 07:37

      Tired of your computer being slow to respond, sluggish or otherwise non-responsive? Feel it should run faster? Have programs that hang or seem impossible to…

    • Get connected 

      January 23, 2010, 19:01

      Sometimes we make the most simple things difficult. Trust me on this, I'm very good at it. Not on purpose of course but because we simply do not have a clue.…

    • Blog migration 

      October 27, 2009, 15:18

      As of today I have migrated all my files dealing with my old blog entries. I started blogging in the early part of the decade when blog-ware was new and…

    • Color palette for the web 

      September 8, 2006, 12:38

      Pick your color and see how it looks next to others, with text positioned for comparison.

    • It's all in the details 

      January 8, 2004, 12:39

      Getting tired of fighting spam? Dumb question, I know. I don't get much spam anymore because I took some simple steps to eliminate it.

    • Selling the Web... 

      July 26, 2001, 16:38

      Selling the Web would, in my thinking, be a dream job.

    • Success... 

      June 8, 2001, 17:54

      When it comes to web design, or any design, YOU-ME-THEM all have to consider the fact that we are 'creating' from 'our' experiences. And over time the…

    • No mix no fuss... 

      November 17, 1998, 12:33

      When you mix "your" business with politics, you could be... in for big trouble. So for one time, be politically correct and avoid the hassel.

    • Anonymity and the Net... 

      June 20, 1998, 11:36

      When we log in on the net and talk with other people we do so in a setting where everyone is a figment of someone else's imagination. We speak as faceless…

    • Cuss.service.sucks 

      June 14, 1998, 10:23

      It's bad, no terrible, no unbelievable: a situation from "customer service hell". I never sent this letter although I really really wanted to. It served as a…

    • You can call me...but don't you call me... 

      June 8, 1998, 12:25

      By definition a "hacker" is what?

    • Just a matter of "safe email"? 

      June 8, 1998, 11:33

      Nobody needs to struggle with a "virus" attack or wants to manage unsolicited junk email (Spam). So why do we try so hard to make things easy?

  • Category: Personal Speak  (77)

    personal writings

    • Winter work 

      December 29, 2013, 15:10

      It's shaping up to be a long winter based on the weather so far. In fact, I'll put money on it that it will set some records for the coldest temps in a long…

    • Worlds loudest alarm clock, for real? 

      December 11, 2013, 14:32

      The hoax There is no "Worlds loudest alarm clock", it's a hoax. A prank that set hundreds if not thousands of us on a wild goose chase for an alarm clock that…

    • reclaimed lumber and new construction 

      December 1, 2013, 17:11

      I'm interested in building a pole shed, a newer construction type that when completed will be used as a shop and for storage. Having a love for historical…

    • Think, therefor you are 

      November 28, 2013, 16:58

      Know nothing, be nothing, be safe. Know something, risk harm- the danger is in who knows. Knowing something is better than not knowing anything. It is in…

    • Dream 

      November 28, 2013, 16:51

      Be a dreamer. Be all you can be, who shall it disappoint? Those who dare not to dream? Those who choose to tear down rather than to build up? Those who…

    • playing stupid 

      November 13, 2013, 09:33

      When someone plays stupid and acts as if they do not know, they are usually hiding or protecting something. They are not being up-front and honest for a…

    • Property for sale 

      August 30, 2013, 21:20

      Somehow I got a burr under my saddle and went house/land hunting.  I found a really nice property that combined both my interests and was priced in the range…

    • Grandma's quilt 

      July 22, 2013, 23:24

      My grandmother Dial (Mom's Mom) made me a quilt when I was a boy, among other hand sew things. I loved her dearly and miss her. Thinking of Grandma brings back…

    • Because we are 

      July 4, 2011, 09:32

      I sit and wonder why it is i hang on to the same ideas why maybe i have nothing else to believe in maybe the ideas are faulty and have no meaning maybe my…

    • Passion and soul 

      July 4, 2011, 07:09

      Relationships are not jobs.  You don't just show up to do the work and complete a set number of tasks and go home. Relationships are not about work, they are…

    • Moving on 

      July 4, 2011, 06:23

      Well, another big change in thinking.  In with the new out with the old.  Same old thing, to something else.  Live to work not, work with purpose.  These…

    • Happy Birthday Katie 

      April 10, 2011, 08:59

      27 today! It's getting close to being 30 something and I can remember being 30 something myself, like it was yesterday. I hope you have a great day and all is…

    • Molly 

      March 27, 2011, 11:53

      My sweet Molly does two things besides waiting for me to feed her or smother her with attention. She sleeps and dreams about me feeding her steak and poops.

    • If only I could 

      March 23, 2011, 16:45

      Nothing to look at, just the dark and the road ahead. Individual scenes here and there made from shadows and hue-less iridescent light quickly come and go.

    • Get stupid and start thinking 

      January 15, 2011, 13:22

      I've made a simple but obvious conclusion, again.  Most things worth doing are difficult if you want to do them right.  Relate this to what I have written in…

    • Happy sweet 16 Georgie! 

      November 29, 2010, 20:28

      Georgie Susanne my "sweetpea"now 16, ....not to long ago in my thinking you were just knee high.  About the time I took this picture.  Now, all I can think…

    • A work in progress 

      November 23, 2010, 10:41

      I'm always coming up with ideas for inventions or new products. Not to uncommon, we all want to live the American dream and strike it rich off that one great…

    • Happy Birthday Payne! 

      October 29, 2010, 02:05

      Payne Timothy Blair, the big 18, so many doors opening and opportunities to look forward to. I hope you have a great day!!!!! You are now considered an…

    • Fed up with what? 

      October 10, 2010, 08:52

      When it comes to dealing with projects and people in general, there's a very fine line between crossing the line of sanity and keeping your wits.  I'm telling…

    • First on the agenda today? 

      September 12, 2010, 07:53

      During my working vacation I spent some pretty hard hours getting the windows installed and fell short of getting the porches painted.  No problem because the…

    • Web development and information analysis, I can help 

      July 21, 2010, 07:48

      I have been working with computers for a long time. My first jump on the web (the Internet) was in college when it was considered a intercollegiate means of…

    • Happy Birthday Katie Renae Blair 

      April 10, 2010, 16:03

      Happy Birthday Katie!

    • Web sales model for the future 

      April 6, 2010, 15:09

      But to those who have been involved with the internet over the years you can see how my model of selling information is going to be important in the future.…

    • Getting Socialized 

      March 21, 2010, 15:25

      I took some time, revamped the look, navigation and also set up Twitter and Facebook accounts.  So, I can tweet now have a face and hopefully generate some…

    • A good hair day? 

      January 27, 2010, 13:22

      The gal that was going to work the magic with what hair I had left looked very long and hard at me and said, I don't know, are you sure? She asked in such a…

    • On the road to freedom 

      January 1, 2010, 16:51

      This is to illustrate "as a matter of record" that success is by no means "easy".

    • Hack A Day 

      December 10, 2009, 18:02

      I'm pretty humbled and excited to break out of the confines of being unknown. I hope the exposure creates opportunity and not mayhem!

    • Winter toys 

      December 6, 2009, 15:47

      ...when you buy auxiliary equipment for anything that you would consider original equipment, plan on spending more than what you expect it will cost just to…

    • Another fine day in the neighborhood! 

      November 29, 2009, 05:57

      Today, I have ticked away and made private all of that which I have written in the past. It remains an archive that I can add to here and there as I see fit.…

    • Writing can really suck 

      November 8, 2009, 07:19

      Slump city, yes I am....

    • The scary doubts of progress 

      November 3, 2009, 11:58

      The proof is in the pudding and I have an empty bowl of pudding.

    • Tinkering for fun and profit 

      October 27, 2009, 11:26

      Engineers make money, Tinkers make fun... Don't quote me on that but there may be some truth to it. Consider me a low-tech Tinker because I am not an engineer…

    • To write or not to right? 

      October 27, 2009, 10:53

      This saves me from the last good reason for not writing so much; it doesn't become a permanent readable and printable document which may or may not be used…

    • Archives-- November 2006 

      November 1, 2006, 00:00

      Archives-- November 2006

    • Ben and Emily  

      September 14, 2006, 07:00

      Welcome to Emily, Ben's new wife.  Ben and Emily got married down south of the border and no one really knows if it was planned or on a whirlwind, either way,…

    • Archives-- May 2006 

      May 1, 2006, 00:00

      Archives-- May 2006

    • Archives-- October 2005 

      October 1, 2005, 00:00

      Archives-- October 2005

    • Archives-- July 2005 

      July 1, 2005, 00:00

      Archives-- July 2005

    • Gilda Radner quote 

      June 8, 2005, 18:44

      The quote by Gilda makes me feel good, it’s like I don’t have to justify my babble anymore, it’s just my way of making life interesting!

    • Nothing Is Plumb, Level Or Square 

      June 8, 2005, 12:42

      I'm not big on reading poetry but, when I heard this on NPR I was having a hard time understanding what it was about so I wanted to read it again to make sense…

    • Archives-- June 2005 

      June 1, 2005, 00:00

      Archives-- June 2005

    • Archives-- September, October and November 2004 

      September 1, 2004, 00:00

      Archives-- September, October and November 2004

    • Archives-- July 2004 

      July 1, 2004, 00:00

      Archives-- July 2004

    • Archives-- March 2004 

      March 1, 2004, 00:00

      Archives-- March 2004

    • Master minds have master plans... 

      February 8, 2004, 10:43

      I like doing "projects" and some take more planning than others. Sometimes it's hard to get started knowing a project is going to take you a few hours a day…

    • Archives-- February 2004 

      February 1, 2004, 00:00

      Archives-- February 2004

    • Archives-- January 2004 

      January 1, 2004, 00:00

      Archives-- January 2004

    • Archives-- December 2003 

      December 1, 2003, 00:00

      Archives-- December 2003

    • Voice of a stranger 

      November 8, 2003, 11:03

      Have you ever had a stranger tell you something you would never forget?

    • Consideration... 

      November 8, 2003, 08:07

      How about the art of conversation? you know, where you actually listen and share. Or does anyone really give a shit about anything but themselves? How about…

    • Conceptually challenged... 

      November 3, 2003, 17:36

      Consequently, the conceptual phase took a real blow in the last two days. At least 5 concepts were unique, "obviously" different from the status quo and well…

    • Archives-- November 2003 

      November 1, 2003, 00:00

      Archives-- November 2003

    • T'was a very good year... 

      September 18, 2003, 04:50

      I thought this would be a good introduction to all those available gals out there. Obviously you, the millions I hear about that are available, don't live…

    • Tribute to the crew of shuttle Columbia 

      February 1, 2003, 10:52

      What I have written is in honor of the men and women astronauts, crew of shuttle Columbia, may they rest in peace. True heroes to our country.

    • Jaida Isabelle Blair 

      October 23, 2001, 10:10

      Ben had the same memorable experiences that I did with all three of my kids. One in particular that scares the heck out of "Dad" on the first delivery.

    • Who are these guys? 

      October 7, 2001, 13:49

      Hey, I'll repeat, who are these guys? What in the hell are they thinking? I'll go to the words "religious fanatics". That's what they are. And their thinking…

    • Selling the Web... 

      July 26, 2001, 16:38

      Selling the Web would, in my thinking, be a dream job.

    • Tongue lashing 

      July 26, 2001, 09:52

      Sing it - Who do ya know...

    • What's it Worth... 

      July 18, 2001, 07:29

      Do it right... or don't do it at all...

    • Blood thieves 

      July 13, 2001, 13:32

      Greed is an evil behavior and those who seek more end up with less.

    • Why Char? 

      July 6, 2001, 00:00

      I ran into Char last week in the grocery store. We talked a bit after a couple months of not seeing each other. We (I) were still trying to sort things out…

    • Attitude IS everything... 

      June 8, 2001, 07:20

      I'm convinced what we think is what we end up saying and doing.

    • The epitome of competition 

      March 8, 2001, 10:05

      I got to thinking about a time when I was on my way to a chemistry test and felt doomed to fail...

    • Windshield Time... 

      March 4, 2001, 12:43

      During the wee hours of the morning while driving down the dark roads, a person has time to ponder things and it does something to your mind. Sometimes I get…

    • Twenty plus years 

      January 15, 2001, 12:42

      I have been carrying a laminated copy of this prayer around for 20 years, just about to the date (1.15.2001). It seems to say everything that needs to be said…

    • Liars 

      January 8, 2001, 10:17

      Today on the way home from work I was listening to NPR. I discovered NPR about two months ago for the second time. This time I got hooked and for good reason...

    • Meetings 

      November 24, 2000, 18:09

      It's been several years since I've asked someone out on a date. I'm getting too old to be cute or use a fancy pick-up line (I think I'm to old -ain't I? 42…

    • Soul reality 

      November 22, 2000, 09:11

      Sometimes a person can have an incredible feeling of loneliness. It's realistic, especially at times when others close to you seem distant for one reason or…

    • Suicide, not a choice.. 

      November 19, 2000, 07:38

      The mind is a wonderful thing... well... not to waste, of course. It does do strange things in the middle of the night. I tried to rewrite my thoughts about…

    • A bad day? 

      September 2, 2000, 11:17

      I remember when I was young I had made a bow and arrow. To test it out I thought I had to hunt something. I guess my theory at the time was *a live moving…

    • Work to live or live to work 

      November 28, 1998, 11:07

      If you ever at anytime in your life want to change your career, dig deep and make sure to fully commit yourself.

    • No mix no fuss... 

      November 17, 1998, 12:33

      When you mix "your" business with politics, you could be... in for big trouble. So for one time, be politically correct and avoid the hassel.

    • My papers prove nothing... 

      November 8, 1998, 08:30

      A resume is worth what if a picture is worth a thousand words?

    • Yeah, but... 

      November 2, 1998, 14:25

      Ever have trouble keeping things in balance? Don’t feel like you’re the only one, you’re not.

    • Anonymity and the Net... 

      June 20, 1998, 11:36

      When we log in on the net and talk with other people we do so in a setting where everyone is a figment of someone else's imagination. We speak as faceless…

    • Cuss.service.sucks 

      June 14, 1998, 10:23

      It's bad, no terrible, no unbelievable: a situation from "customer service hell". I never sent this letter although I really really wanted to. It served as a…

    • My sweet little Georgie 

      November 29, 1994, 00:02

      this picture is priceless...

  • Category: Projects  (51)

    What I do best

    • New building 

      December 29, 2013, 19:30

      For several weeks now I have been making sketches and working with different layouts for the new shop/building. It's been a challenge to come up with something…

    • Crazy loud alarm clock- a bit of history 

      December 24, 2013, 22:26

      First attempts to build It took me years to accomplish building my first crazy loud alarm clock. Although, I'm still not totally satisfied with what I have…

    • Building your own- basic functions , technically speaking 

      December 24, 2013, 21:59

      We must have a clock or timer, a trigger function and an alarm sound. The clock/timer must output a positive voltage in order to trigger a relay that will turn…

    • Super loud alarm clock, build it! 

      December 11, 2013, 23:52

      I really liked how this turned out and it's easy to make with little electronics experience.  Spend a couple of hours and you will never have a problem waking…

    • Worlds loudest alarm clock, for real? 

      December 11, 2013, 14:32

      The hoax There is no "Worlds loudest alarm clock", it's a hoax. A prank that set hundreds if not thousands of us on a wild goose chase for an alarm clock that…

    • Building your own pep talk and some fear mongering 

      December 10, 2013, 23:44

      If you read my earlier post on the "worlds loudest alarm clock" hoax you can understand some basics of what's needed to build your own and what things are…

    • Build your own crazy loud alarm clock 

      December 10, 2013, 22:59

      A work in progress For all of you, Rome wasn't built overnight. It's taken a considerable amount of work to make it this far and I'm close to rolling out my…

    • 1999 Buick horse trade 

      November 2, 2013, 10:25

      Old fashion "horse trading" sure can be a lot of fun when you trade on the good side- meaning you traded for something you wanted for something you no longer…

    • painted trailer 

      October 8, 2013, 19:56

      well it's painted and everything is detailed now all i gotta do is put on the deck. ....posted from Android

    • Skidloader trailer paint 

      October 1, 2013, 13:02

      My cheap paint job is coming along.  I've been waiting two days for the Ospho to dry in the heavily pitted areas of the frame and it's worked good to convert…

    • Step into the night 

      September 15, 2013, 22:35

      When I leave the house at times, it's dark and I cannot see the stairs of my deck unless there is a full moon and that's iffy.  I finally got tired of…

    • 1973 camper travel trailer for sale 

      September 8, 2013, 15:14

      Bought this in August last year as a project, thought I might like to go fishing... It's really kind of tough to make myself get motivated to travel after…

    • Thistle follow up 

      July 2, 2013, 15:56

      These are the thistle seedheads I cut from my half acre of prairie grass. It represents one plastic grocery bag of three that I cut. If left on the plant,…

    • Prairie acne 

      June 30, 2013, 19:10

      upstarts of thistle in nearby lawn. thistle in habitat grass after spraying. dangerously near- going from flower to seed. I hate thistle. Have been…

    • Sparrow shooter is dead 

      June 12, 2011, 19:53

      I regret to say that after seven hard years of work, I am abandoning the Sparrow shooter aka, Thunderbird, RBS, or GSAR. In the end, it was a great experience…

    • Wireless remote control for a digiscope or videoscope user 

      August 9, 2010, 20:37

      I wanted a high resolution picture using a telephoto/zoom lens where I could see and overall picture and then zoom in on a bird of choice and found out it can…

    • Motivation 

      January 2, 2010, 14:10

      Nothing gets done unless you do something, quit doing and nothing will be done.

    • On the road to freedom 

      January 1, 2010, 16:51

      This is to illustrate "as a matter of record" that success is by no means "easy".

    • Hack A Day 

      December 10, 2009, 18:02

      I'm pretty humbled and excited to break out of the confines of being unknown. I hope the exposure creates opportunity and not mayhem!

    • To the drawing board 

      December 1, 2009, 14:43

      It's a step in the right direction even though I'm going back to the drawing board because it's shaping up what is crude now into what will be precision in the…

    • Is it really a viable idea? 

      November 20, 2009, 17:36

      Ok, I had no plan but I knew I wanted to meet the master gadget maker behind all those wonderful ideas, products and hardware they sell. I had to because…

    • It's in your guts, I'm telling you 

      November 3, 2009, 09:16

      I stalled out for awhile, had a BIG creative slump. Hit a block wall and could not solve the technical problems that faced me.

    • Progress takes time. 

      October 30, 2009, 16:20

      They say Rome wasn't built overnight and I really understand that whole notion. 5 years have past and Thunderbird is now at a point where I can see light at…

    • Category: GSAR  (17)

      Project GSAR is the first in the series of building a turret type pellet gun.

      • Sparrow shooter is dead 

        June 12, 2011, 19:53

        I regret to say that after seven hard years of work, I am abandoning the Sparrow shooter aka, Thunderbird, RBS, or GSAR. In the end, it was a great experience…

      • GSAR (Building solutions) 

        March 28, 2004, 16:01

        It's been exactly one month since my last entry. I've been racking my brains out on what to do first. Had to make some more purchases and do a little "Jeff-rigg…

      • GSAR (Breaking it down) 

        February 15, 2004, 07:49

        First, enough URL's to check out to make your eyes water.

      • GSAR (First Things First) 

        January 18, 2004, 18:00

        First off, let's clarify what I'm intending to build. The plan is to construct a "Remote-Control-Video-Camera-Guided-Sparrow-Assault-Rover", GSAR for short and…

      • GSAR (Nice Pile) 

        January 18, 2004, 03:40

        Nice pile of parts wouldn't you agree? Hey, there's only 21 some parts, that's not so many! Keep thinking everything has a place, everything in it's place...

      • The GSAR Project 

        January 16, 2004, 00:24

        "The GSAR Project" was born because I wanted an "easier way" to put a stop to the never ending battle between my Purple Martins and one of their enemies, the…

      • Category: RBS  (4)

        The RBS project, same project, different acronym- dealing with the construction of a remote controlled pellet gun.

        • Sparrow shooter is dead 

          June 12, 2011, 19:53

          I regret to say that after seven hard years of work, I am abandoning the Sparrow shooter aka, Thunderbird, RBS, or GSAR. In the end, it was a great experience…

        • RBS (Pan and Tilt Mechanics) 

          October 19, 2005, 20:04

          I obviously had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started back on the GSAR Project which extended outward to the RBS Project.

        • RBS (Tripping Your Trigger) 

          October 19, 2005, 16:44

          The art of tripping the trigger on the RBS is not as easy as a guy thinks it might be. This is the final rough draft of the wiring schematic. There are dozens…

        • Remote Bullseye Shooter (RBS) 

          June 6, 2005, 16:12

          Martin Landlords face a choice every year on how they want to handle the Purple Martins two most notorious predators. Discussions have gone on for decades…

      • Category: Thunderbird  (9)

        With a goal in mind and tools in hand I set off five years ago conducting experiments and tinkering around in the garage with concepts that led to a whole host…

        • Sparrow shooter is dead 

          June 12, 2011, 19:53

          I regret to say that after seven hard years of work, I am abandoning the Sparrow shooter aka, Thunderbird, RBS, or GSAR. In the end, it was a great experience…

        • Wireless remote control for a digiscope or videoscope user 

          August 9, 2010, 20:37

          I wanted a high resolution picture using a telephoto/zoom lens where I could see and overall picture and then zoom in on a bird of choice and found out it can…

        • Motivation 

          January 2, 2010, 14:10

          Nothing gets done unless you do something, quit doing and nothing will be done.

        • On the road to freedom 

          January 1, 2010, 16:51

          This is to illustrate "as a matter of record" that success is by no means "easy".

        • Hack A Day 

          December 10, 2009, 18:02

          I'm pretty humbled and excited to break out of the confines of being unknown. I hope the exposure creates opportunity and not mayhem!

        • To the drawing board 

          December 1, 2009, 14:43

          It's a step in the right direction even though I'm going back to the drawing board because it's shaping up what is crude now into what will be precision in the…

        • Is it really a viable idea? 

          November 20, 2009, 17:36

          Ok, I had no plan but I knew I wanted to meet the master gadget maker behind all those wonderful ideas, products and hardware they sell. I had to because…

        • It's in your guts, I'm telling you 

          November 3, 2009, 09:16

          I stalled out for awhile, had a BIG creative slump. Hit a block wall and could not solve the technical problems that faced me.

        • Progress takes time. 

          October 30, 2009, 16:20

          They say Rome wasn't built overnight and I really understand that whole notion. 5 years have past and Thunderbird is now at a point where I can see light at…

    • Category: House renovation  (16)

      1850’s Victorian renovation

      • Step into the night 

        September 15, 2013, 22:35

        When I leave the house at times, it's dark and I cannot see the stairs of my deck unless there is a full moon and that's iffy.  I finally got tired of…

      • Mud Porch Project- a minor detour 

        September 19, 2009, 18:43

        Well, go figure. What happens when you start poking around in all the right places? You get yourself into trouble don't you! And so was the case in this…

      • Mud Porch Project- construction 

        September 20, 2003, 09:50

        It's early and a day later. The hard work from yesterday sets the mood for a relaxing, creative and fun day, today we start constructing the new deck.

      • Mud Porch Project- cement work 

        September 17, 2003, 17:37

        It's been a couple of days since the last of the deconstruction took place. In that time several things happened, for the most part regrouping. Regrouping…

      • Mud Porch Project- de-construction 

        September 14, 2003, 16:35

        Here we have the lovely Kristy again, ready to do some un-screwing, the detail work before de-construction.

      • Mud Porch Project- electrical work 

        September 11, 2003, 17:04

        The first thing to do was to remove the electrical service panel from the interior of the mud porch. You can see the front of the panel laying on the floor up…

      • Mud Porch Project- from the start 

        September 11, 2003, 16:50

        Everybody is happy before this project gets started, although I'm not sure if Molly is happier than me. Looks like one of us might be a bit compromised but…

      • Mud Porch Project- intro 

        September 11, 2003, 14:28

        The brass nameplate on the new front screen door seems appropriate, "Bless This Old House" but it fails to mention the rest of the story because... "This old…

      • Category: Kitchen  (1)
        • 50′s style retro diner booth 

          July 11, 2010, 10:53

          I completed my retro style kitchen this year (July 2010). Instead of repairing an old window I tore it out and replaced it with a new window three times it's…

      • Category: Mud Porch  (7)
        • Mud Porch Project- a minor detour 

          September 19, 2009, 18:43

          Well, go figure. What happens when you start poking around in all the right places? You get yourself into trouble don't you! And so was the case in this…

        • Mud Porch Project- construction 

          September 20, 2003, 09:50

          It's early and a day later. The hard work from yesterday sets the mood for a relaxing, creative and fun day, today we start constructing the new deck.

        • Mud Porch Project- cement work 

          September 17, 2003, 17:37

          It's been a couple of days since the last of the deconstruction took place. In that time several things happened, for the most part regrouping. Regrouping…

        • Mud Porch Project- de-construction 

          September 14, 2003, 16:35

          Here we have the lovely Kristy again, ready to do some un-screwing, the detail work before de-construction.

        • Mud Porch Project- electrical work 

          September 11, 2003, 17:04

          The first thing to do was to remove the electrical service panel from the interior of the mud porch. You can see the front of the panel laying on the floor up…

        • Mud Porch Project- from the start 

          September 11, 2003, 16:50

          Everybody is happy before this project gets started, although I'm not sure if Molly is happier than me. Looks like one of us might be a bit compromised but…

        • Mud Porch Project- intro 

          September 11, 2003, 14:28

          The brass nameplate on the new front screen door seems appropriate, "Bless This Old House" but it fails to mention the rest of the story because... "This old…

      • Category: Window replacement  (7)

        Rotting windows rule this year

        • House colors 

          September 27, 2010, 18:02

          Since I finally started painting and was asked if I was going to pimp or go with a standard one color job I thought it may be a good idea to put some pics up…

        • Bedroom windows 

          September 1, 2010, 13:49

          I know for sure I'll finish the last two windows on the North side of my bedroom eventually and then I can move on to repairing the porches and painting all of…

        • North Living room and West bedroom 

          August 31, 2010, 13:37

          Started & finished North living room and started West bedroom, rain set in about 7 PM just as I finished putting everything away, love it when a plan comes…

        • Rain was coming, my body going 

          August 30, 2010, 13:32

          Finished trimming out South picture, filled nail holes and caulked before predicted showers tonight  through Wednesday.  5 more windows to go and all that…

        • Living room windows 

          August 27, 2010, 13:21

          There had to be a way to preserve the character that this window added to the house.  The original stained glass was worth keeping but how would I incorporate…

        • South windows 

          August 24, 2010, 06:47

          South upstairs hall window the large picture window and the two smaller flanking windows had to go.  It's what started the whole major project off, I had to…

        • Vacation videos 

          August 24, 2010, 02:03

          BUT, all that fun stuff has to be put on hold for awhile until I get my new windows installed in the house and the porches painted. I have two weeks of…

    • Category: Worlds loudest alarm clock  (9)

      After finding out the worlds loudest alarm clock was a hoax, I set out to build my own crazy loud alarm clock and succeeded.

      • resistor code chart 

        March 2, 2014, 11:59

        No description found for this item.

      • Arduino pinouts 

        March 2, 2014, 11:55

        No description found for this item.

      • Horn relay connections 

        March 2, 2014, 11:50

        No description found for this item.

      • Crazy loud alarm clock- a bit of history 

        December 24, 2013, 22:26

        First attempts to build It took me years to accomplish building my first crazy loud alarm clock. Although, I'm still not totally satisfied with what I have…

      • Building your own- basic functions , technically speaking 

        December 24, 2013, 21:59

        We must have a clock or timer, a trigger function and an alarm sound. The clock/timer must output a positive voltage in order to trigger a relay that will turn…

      • Super loud alarm clock, build it! 

        December 11, 2013, 23:52

        I really liked how this turned out and it's easy to make with little electronics experience.  Spend a couple of hours and you will never have a problem waking…

      • Worlds loudest alarm clock, for real? 

        December 11, 2013, 14:32

        The hoax There is no "Worlds loudest alarm clock", it's a hoax. A prank that set hundreds if not thousands of us on a wild goose chase for an alarm clock that…

      • Building your own pep talk and some fear mongering 

        December 10, 2013, 23:44

        If you read my earlier post on the "worlds loudest alarm clock" hoax you can understand some basics of what's needed to build your own and what things are…

      • Build your own crazy loud alarm clock 

        December 10, 2013, 22:59

        A work in progress For all of you, Rome wasn't built overnight. It's taken a considerable amount of work to make it this far and I'm close to rolling out my…

      • Category: tips  (3)

        This is a repository for all the loose information collected that is important to keep and gets lost easily if left sitting around in a stack of paperwork.

    • Category: Shop building  (3)
      • Until the snow flew 

        February 23, 2015, 19:21

        After buying the bowling alley instead of constructing a new building here at home, I spent a good 6 months gutting, hauling and getting it ready for winter.…

      • New building 

        February 23, 2015, 17:47

        Just a bit over a year has gone by since I purchased the old bowling alley. After getting the thing gutted, adding the two overhead doors and closing up for…

      • New building 

        December 29, 2013, 19:30

        For several weeks now I have been making sketches and working with different layouts for the new shop/building. It's been a challenge to come up with something…

  • Category: Digger/Derrick  (21)

    Whoa, what fun! What a mess. What a relief it is to be gone.

    • Wayne's tree leads to repair/ rebuild upper controls 

      May 22, 2014, 23:12

      After making all upgrades and repairs to the D/D, it was time to take her out and put her to work.  Wayne had a tree in his backyard that needed to come down…

    • Auger stow hydraulic line 

      May 19, 2014, 18:27

      As far as repair work, it can be difficult, real difficult, this really sucks difficult and not to bad at all difficult. Replacing the hose I blew yesterday…

    • Auger stow bracket repair 

      May 19, 2014, 14:13

      I spent the whole day yesterday fixing the auger stow bracket which had been badly bent and poorly repaired before I purchased the truck. While testing the…

    • Booms pilot and MOR valve gasket leaks 

      December 3, 2013, 14:12

      It was a relief knowing that I had found a gasket leak in the booms function valve pilot valve after replacing the seals that were fine but, it was not so cool…

    • running expense tab 

      November 12, 2013, 22:58

      This is a rough expense sheet listing what has been fixed or any other expense worth mentioning.  Fuel, miscellaneous supplies and other things used in the…

    • Power washing 

      November 12, 2013, 19:30

      Power washing around pilot valves and inside pedestal areas to clean the oil and dirt accumulation is ok according to tech services.  From my experience, the…

    • handling large amounts of oil 

      November 12, 2013, 19:12

      If you have to flush the hydraulic system it takes a lot of oil, approx 85 gallons to be more specific.  Having the means and ability to move this amount of…

    • Repairing leaks and gravity flow 

      November 12, 2013, 18:56

      When repairing any leaks in the hydraulic system you lose hydraulic fluid. Uncapped lines or fittings will continually ooze/pour out fluid because they siphon…

    • Post hell 

      November 10, 2013, 20:01

      Now that the week from hell is winding down, I've had time to calm myself down and think about my situation.  Basically, I'm in it this far, this deep and…

    • Lift cylinder counterbalance valve ruined 

      November 9, 2013, 18:44

      After finding the booms function valve leak, which was extremely bad, I had to manually try and stow the booms into the saddle so the truck could be moved if…

    • hydraulic oil from reservoir tank, nasty bad! 

      November 9, 2013, 18:30

      Problem: hydraulic oil from reservoir tank, nasty bad!   The hydraulic reservoir tank will have to be flushed along with the entire system to…

    • Boom functions valve leak 

      November 9, 2013, 18:13

      Problem: leak produced from closed reservoir tank valve.   This is the "boom functions valve" and the arrows show the place where a major leak has…

    • Pressure switch 38 psi 

      November 9, 2013, 18:02

      Identified as part# 594-70003 pressure switch 38 psi used to identify cold oil or oil bypassing the filter at the tank reservoir if filter is blocked.   …

    • Curbside pedestal outrigger cannot be retracted manually 

      November 6, 2013, 19:27

      The check valve is not visible, I think it sits behind a plate that would only be accessible if the outrigger base end (opposite of shoe) would be removed.…

    • Baby steps, getting to know what you have 

      November 2, 2013, 11:56

      A boom truck, a.k.a digger/derrick, aerial truck is not a simple machine. It is complicated. You do not just throw some gas and oil in it and start it up like…

    • Getting into the thick of things 

      October 30, 2013, 11:00

      As I mentioned, for what ever reason you think you want a DD it takes a commitment of time and money to make such an investment.  It is very important you…

    • Week of hell 

      October 29, 2013, 19:24

      Things have gone from bad to worse.  While in the throes of not knowing much of anything about the DD and coming up with a plan to learn and eventually…

    • Why get a digger/derrick truck 

      October 27, 2013, 16:17

      I have always said that if you own a home and a chunk of property, you really need to own a skid loader.  Tote that barge lift that bale type of thing. Who…

    • Get a digger/derrick truck and dig hole 

      October 27, 2013, 15:24

      I need a building to store more stuff.  I keep acquiring more stuff for some reason so how big a building should I build?  Ask anyone who built a building to…

    • Getting the DD home and initial service 

      October 22, 2013, 20:24

      Keep in mind this is a big truck, a work truck.  Fuel, diesel fuel additive for winter and fuel mileage are all going to be more expensive than your everyday…

    • The truck 

      October 22, 2013, 19:44

      Buying a truck blindly, like I did, can be more expensive or less expensive than buying a truck at auction without knowing the demonstrable problems.  Either…

    • Category: Problems  (8)

      As digger derrick problems come up and are addressed, they eventually get talked about in this category

      • Wayne's tree leads to repair/ rebuild upper controls 

        May 22, 2014, 23:12

        After making all upgrades and repairs to the D/D, it was time to take her out and put her to work.  Wayne had a tree in his backyard that needed to come down…

      • Booms pilot and MOR valve gasket leaks 

        December 3, 2013, 14:12

        It was a relief knowing that I had found a gasket leak in the booms function valve pilot valve after replacing the seals that were fine but, it was not so cool…

      • Repairing leaks and gravity flow 

        November 12, 2013, 18:56

        When repairing any leaks in the hydraulic system you lose hydraulic fluid. Uncapped lines or fittings will continually ooze/pour out fluid because they siphon…

      • Lift cylinder counterbalance valve ruined 

        November 9, 2013, 18:44

        After finding the booms function valve leak, which was extremely bad, I had to manually try and stow the booms into the saddle so the truck could be moved if…

      • hydraulic oil from reservoir tank, nasty bad! 

        November 9, 2013, 18:30

        Problem: hydraulic oil from reservoir tank, nasty bad!   The hydraulic reservoir tank will have to be flushed along with the entire system to…

      • Boom functions valve leak 

        November 9, 2013, 18:13

        Problem: leak produced from closed reservoir tank valve.   This is the "boom functions valve" and the arrows show the place where a major leak has…

      • Pressure switch 38 psi 

        November 9, 2013, 18:02

        Identified as part# 594-70003 pressure switch 38 psi used to identify cold oil or oil bypassing the filter at the tank reservoir if filter is blocked.   …

      • Curbside pedestal outrigger cannot be retracted manually 

        November 6, 2013, 19:27

        The check valve is not visible, I think it sits behind a plate that would only be accessible if the outrigger base end (opposite of shoe) would be removed.…

    • Category: oddball parts identification  (1)
      • Pressure switch 38 psi 

        November 9, 2013, 18:02

        Identified as part# 594-70003 pressure switch 38 psi used to identify cold oil or oil bypassing the filter at the tank reservoir if filter is blocked.   …

    • Category: specialty tools/equipment  (1)
      • handling large amounts of oil 

        November 12, 2013, 19:12

        If you have to flush the hydraulic system it takes a lot of oil, approx 85 gallons to be more specific.  Having the means and ability to move this amount of…

    • Category: Expenses at a glance  (3)
      • running expense tab 

        November 12, 2013, 22:58

        This is a rough expense sheet listing what has been fixed or any other expense worth mentioning.  Fuel, miscellaneous supplies and other things used in the…

      • Getting the DD home and initial service 

        October 22, 2013, 20:24

        Keep in mind this is a big truck, a work truck.  Fuel, diesel fuel additive for winter and fuel mileage are all going to be more expensive than your everyday…

      • The truck 

        October 22, 2013, 19:44

        Buying a truck blindly, like I did, can be more expensive or less expensive than buying a truck at auction without knowing the demonstrable problems.  Either…

  • Category: Android development  (1)

    You can develop only when you can speak in droid.

    • building my first app 

      January 6, 2014, 21:27

      After being highly resistant to learning html 15 years ago, I'm at a place in my skills where I can confidently start a new programming venture. Spending all…

  • Category: Toyz  (4)

    Mans love for automobiles, my love for bad ass trucks.

    • 2005 Suburban 

      February 23, 2015, 17:10

      2005 K1500 Z71 5.3L Vortex When winter showed up and I was without the Z71 pickup, all of a sudden I felt naked without a 4X4. So, I spent a couple of…

    • Pierce Dump kit 

      September 12, 2014, 22:51

      Projects take on all new meaning when it comes to doing the "ACTUAL" work versus the initial planning of what you want to get done. Somewhere in between the…

    • 1994 step side Z71 K1500 4X4 

      August 24, 2014, 09:19

      She's gone now, to a good home and great new owner! I'm the second owner, driven regular bases, always garage kept, well maintained, 3K oil changes and…

    • Category: Lift/Load/Move  (1)
      • Lift Load Move Tow vehicle 

        August 18, 2014, 00:43

        I found this while trucking just North of New Hampton at an Ag dealership.  It's a 2000 Ford E450 Super Duty with a 7.3 V8 Powerstroke diesel. How fitting…