Half-Way Through June Already

So, from the NWS: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

To which I reply: Sure.

But I will unplug my radio’s “just in case.” AND have my camera ready. But, right now, the sun is shining and it’s time to take the dog for our morning walk.

On the “Good News” front: Coffee Lovers, Rejoice! Drinking More Coffee Linked With Decreased Heart Failure Risk. In case y’all wanted to know.

On the “Not So Good News” front: New COVID-19 “Mexican Variant” Identified: Increasingly Spreading Across North America. (same site)

But don’t get me started.

Got out and wired my new solar panel to the battery then the controller (like you’re supposed to) to give them a test before needing them on Field Day. Worked a charm. Started kinda sorta half-assed sprinkling after I got everything spread out; of course.

Re-ripping Avengers Infinity War because the one I have has a glitch about half-way through that I don’t like. Audio/Video sync error. Trying different settings in Handbrake trying to get faster (but quality) rips.

Downloading MXLinux to give it a try. Both the Xfce and KDE versions. Want to try TwistedOS on the Pi but need to buy a Pi4. (Twist my arm!) I have 6 Pi3’s. Darn it.

There was a call on the radio for the Police to go to a guys home cause he was outside with a gun screaming about the Lizard People.

I thought I was the only one who knew about them?!

No thunderstorms. Bummer.

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Time For A Stupid Rant!

Easy PeasyY’all do realize that Water (H2O) can be split into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) using electrolysis or solar energy (and other methods). That Hydrogen can be used in a Fuel Cell to generate electricity. The only “waste” is Heat and Water.

This is over-simplified, I know, but it seems to me that we can 1) use the electricity generated; 2) use the heat generated (to produce more electricity or heat our homes; and 3) Maybe do something friendly for the environment AND the folks living on it.

They already have Fuel Cells about the size of 2 25-ft shipping containers that can provide all the power a skyscraper needs. Why not set that up to provide power to 8-10 “city blocks?” Pick a hill side where a damn-near useless Windfarm was going to be built and string 50 Fuel Cell plants together and plug that into the nearest city/town/village and see how that does.

Or, with what Biden wants to spend on one Harris BJ the Gubment could supply a fuel cell to each and every home in the US of A. With a 5 array solar system on each roof as backup (or to split Water to feed the Hydrogen released to the Fuel Cell). Then create a zillion jobs developing the infrastructure to supply Hydrogen (the most common element in the Universe other than Politician Stupidity) and keep things running.

Yes, Wind Farms are a failure (except in a couple of places) and Solar Farms are almost a failure (except in a couple of places). Solar could do much better with better designed panels (the best solar panel has only a 22.6% efficiency turning sunlight to power), which they’re working on! But to make it “work” we need to cover most of the desert of Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona with solar panels wired into the rest of the country. Not gonna happen. (Although wires to collect the “extra” electricity generated by all those “home” fuel cells would not be a bad idea.)

Oh, OH! A new ponzi scheme for the Gubment since the last one (Social Security) didn’t work: Make a government “loan” for fuel cells mandatory with payback at 28% interest over 25 years per unit supplied with a “rebate” of $100/month after that if your unit is still working. But you have to retire your unit at 65 years.

Also, force new home builds to be Monolithic Domes or Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) houses. Sounds draconian, but, both of these type of houses have an energy efficiency WAY better than our present building materials. And it would save a tree or two. There is very little about wind turbines, or solar panels, that is recyclable.

So, Fuel Cell to charge a “Tesla” wall (of batteries) to power your life.

BTW, how many of you with Amazon devices are now supplying Free Internet to your neighbors today?

But don’t get me started.

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Friday. Date Day! My Favorite!

SWMBO took me to the all-you-can-eat Chinese food place in Port Orchard. Panda Inn? I had the “all you can eat” plate with a lot of different types of cooked chicken and fried rice. Was good, but I always pay too much for the amount I eat. Like having the selection though.

Spent too much at Walmart. Again. Also stopped by the Dollar Store and bought 25 stack-able bins for the shelves I’ll be building in the garage this next week. At $1 each they’re pretty good plastic stack-able bins. Bright green or red or blue though.

At least, I think I’ll be building some new shelves. Field Day is in a couple of weeks and I may be busy getting things ready for that. Fun!

Put the flooring in the MILA on Craig’s List for free. Meaning no cost for the flooring not that it was free to list it on Craig’s List. Which it was but not what I meant. Nevermind. ANYWAY, a guy and his son came over and they had it all up within a couple of hours. Flooring padding everything not nailed down. Cool! One less thing I have to do or worry about.

In the planning stages of moving my wood shop into the garage. Already have SWMBO parking outside. Where it’s raining today. Trying not to hurry. Not that I’ll get it “perfect” the first time, but I can minimize the number of “redo’s” later. I hope. Thinking of using some of the cabinets I just took out of the MILA (almost put “for storage” but what else does one use cabinets for?) Need to pick up a couple more sheets of 1/2″ plywood.

I was sprinkling pretty good (really not quite a rain) so I got to burn trash. Then put together a stand/holder/shelf thingie to hold my radio and signalink and battery that I can sit my laptop on top of for field day. And if you followed (and understood) all that then you are a Ham. Get down and take your test.

Oh, my new 100w solar panel got here yesterday. I un-packaged it and turned it to the sun and measured 28.2 volts across the output. Nice! My older solar panels put out 14.8 or so on a good sunny day. This new one was $128 (I thinkin’) so I may get one or two more a month for awhile. Need a better charge controller though. The one I have is a PWM; but I’ll have to double check that. Still, for field day I’m going to take a regular lead-acid battery and this LifePo4 Rechargeable Battery that, even though it measures only 6″x4″x3.75h” it does say 12.8v (just enough to run my 857d) for 16Ah or 204.8Wh. So, enough to experiment with. Eventually I’ll mount a couple of these new solar panels on the roof of the RV.

Maybe, once I get new solar panels up and running, I’ll “donate” my old solar panels to someone to “experiment” with. I’d be “out” only $60 and I’ve had these things 4 years or so. Learned a lot and got my money’s worth out of them.

Anywho, SWMBO will be off to the Genealogy Library tomorrow, and it’s supposed to be raining, so I’ll be working on my new Wood shop in the Old Garage. Because I can.

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