Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Batteries Not Included

So I've been enjoying my indoor/outdoor temp/humidity sensor for a while.

But a key problem has been keeping the batteries topped up so that the LCD display doesn't go all dim and washed out. It naturally takes two AAA batteries and those don't hold a lot of juice.

So eventually I got tired of recharging the batteries every 2-3 weeks and decided to take slightly more drastic measures.

That ain't gonna run out for a while.

Buying Time

A man with a watch always knows what time it is.

A man with two watches is never quite sure.

My old Seiko (blue face) was starting to go soft in the capacitor and wasn't holding a kinetic charge like it used to. I bought it used back in 2010 after destroying my previous watch falling off my longboard, so I figured it didn't owe me anything more. Into the drawer it goes, replaced by something newer and shinier.

My wrist has never felt so bling. It's also never felt so cozy, since I actually adjusted the strap on this one to fit correctly. No more loose, floppy watch!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Dirt Rockets

The seedlings have finally graduated. I decided enough was enough and it was time for them to either move out or start paying rent, so move out they did.

Some of them got stuck in pots, the bigger ones mostly. The rest got shoved in the ground up atop the retaining wall (no pictures). I also stuck some in the pot out front that has something else growing in it. No idea what that something else is but I guess I'll find out soon enough.

All told I got about 30 seedlings out of the tray of 50. The other ones? Some might say they were the lucky ones, free from the burden of living in a world hurtling inexorably towards catastrophic climate change.

To be fair I don't expect some of the ones I stuck in the ground to survive. Anything that basically looked alive-ish got planted, and some of them were a bit more unalive than the ones pictured in the pots above. I'm not out much if they don't make it though, I'll probably be seeding up a second tray to fill in the rest of the retaining wall soon enough.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Now With 33% Less Hantavirus

Took a stab at disassembling some of the hantavirus shed today.

It's coming along ok. I'm not sure if all the rot and termites are making things easier or harder. It's nice that the wood weighs so much less and falls apart in my hands, but on the other hand it'd be nice to have something solid to get some leverage against sometimes.

Got my garbage can stuffed with about half the debris so far. Gonna send out the other half next week then pull down the remains of the remaining plywood on the walls, then probably pull off the OSB from the roof (which is relatively new material and I'll probably save).

Sunday, October 20, 2019

There and Back and There and Back Again

This week hosted a bit of a personal achievement for me: for the first time in basically ever, I climbed a hill on my bike, rode back down, and climbed it again. Doing repeats like this is something that isn't unfamiliar for most cyclists, but throughout all my riding I'd been treating hills as enough of an achievement on their own to not tempt fate doing them twice in a row in the same ride. If I needed more challenge, I'd just find a bigger, steeper climb.

That said, on some level I knew I really should get into the habit of doing repeats, since they're a great way to get in a variable-length workout while still pushing yourself. Rather than committing beforehand to climb a certain route, I could just pick a short, tough climb and go out and ride it as many times as I needed to wear myself out, whether that be two, five, or 35 times, and I'd get the time spent on the descent to recover between repeats.

Here's what it looked like.

This weekend I also put some miles in on Blackbirb since it'd been a while since I got dusty. Nothing spectacular to report, though I'm happy to say that the downtube pouch I installed performed flawlessly. I did overestimate how cool it would be riding first thing in the morning, and I probably could have done to just wear my usual kit rather than adding the wind breaker, winter gloves and thermal cap. No harm done though, it was still fun.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


So for a while now I've had a mild annoyance with crows digging around in the mulch and pulling up my grass in search of grubs. There's not really much I can do about it except hope they eat their fill and decimate the grub population so for the most part it hasn't been all that concerning.

However, over the past week or so I've been putting my seedling tray outside during the day to get more sunlight on it, and, well...

Fucking feathery shitheads destroyed three of the cells. Luckily the rest of the tray is undamaged but I really didn't need this setback. I've been having a hard enough time as it is getting these seedlings to grow.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It Slices, It Dices

It probably even makes julienne fries, though I wouldn't recommend it.

Long story short: my free saw arrived today. Yay!