Here Goes Nothin': My Electronic Window

By: ycd0108 , 2:01 PM GMT on June 26, 2014

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41. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:20 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
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40. Ylee
5:12 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
Looks like you're having to use the Gore-Tex! :' ) Hope the bands are good!
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39. ycd0108
2:11 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
0642: the first fir cone hits the roof
I have to admit this is all my fault - I built the house too close to the (then much smaller) trees.
The trees grew much higher and branches spread wider and a family of red squirrels moved into the walls of my workshop.
I thought they were cute.
Up until a year or so ago we lived together in peace and quiet but one morning I was sitting here mumbling away at the blog when the skylight - just above my head - was hit by a cone dropping from 60' above.
Now I sit here wincing as the small hard cones bounce randomly off the roof and wait for the next one to whack off the skylight.
Looks like we are in for some cool and wet weather though this morning is dry and partially overcast.
Guess I should get the tools and machines under cover so we can leave for a couple of nights at the music festival.
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38. ycd0108
2:10 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
I guess so Ylee:
Reno:
The bed/sitting room is crowded with the new fixtures (though they aren't "fixed" yet) and the bathroom is pretty well down to it's bones. Most of the plumbing is roughed in, capped off and pressured up. Maybe I'll get the first coat of drywall "mud" on the walls today - but I thought that yesterday.
We did the original suite in a hurry with what we had at the time. One thing we did not have was money. So the fixtures I have taken out had already been taken out of some other reno.
Music Fest:
http://www.islandsfolkfestival.ca/the-festival/pe rformers/
I doubt that one could see much from wherever the camping and parking will be but there is a free shuttle bus.
Some rain will be welcome here whenever it arrives.
I'll bring the goretex just in case.
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37. Ylee
4:07 AM GMT on July 17, 2014
Making any progress on the reno, ycd?

Will you be able to see the festival from the RV? That would make it better, in case it rains!
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36. ycd0108
7:59 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Not too warm today Bogon:
About 26°C at the airport which was our predicted high but it feels like we might carry on to a warmer afternoon. There is a nice north west breeze.
I'm stuck in the basement bathroom reno anyway which is cool and dark.
So far I've only heard of one small fire north on the Island but one of the big ones in the Cariboo has triggered evacuation orders for a large area (few dwellings) where I spent a summer years ago surveying for minerals.
Friday rain is forecast. We are taking the RV to an outdoor Folk Music Festival this week end so that should ensure a couple of rainy days.
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35. Bogon
6:27 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Hope you're keeping cool, ycd. I hear summer has come to British Columbia. If there is any fire in your vicinity, I hope it is for the hot tub.
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34. ycd0108
1:27 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Those darned squirrels are busy snipping fir cones off the high tree above the house and the cones are bouncing off the metal roof and skylight just above the desktop.
Environment Canada calls for slightly cooler but still sunny days ahead. As usual warm and dry weather means forest fire weather so we have a number burning just now:
http://bcwildfire.ca/situation/
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33. ycd0108
5:11 AM GMT on July 13, 2014
Watched this:
http://www.amctv.com/full-episodes/halt-and-catch -fire/3595861397001/i-o
Enjoy.
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32. ycd0108
4:38 AM GMT on July 12, 2014
Goofiest story I ever heard:

But the music ain't bad.
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31. ycd0108
2:40 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
http://brokenground.ca
"Another ------- beautiful day!"
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30. ycd0108
2:23 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
"If I could I surely would" Ylee:
There are times, though, when I get a very satisfying rush from using the appliances connected to those drains.
The experience of "Nirvana" is a relative thing for me - it depends on how much and how soon I need to use the "facility".
"My sister and a fella talked the other day
One said that Lovin' was the highest way
The other said that Sex was alright by him
But you couldn't go on
Without a good B.M."
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29. Ylee
5:51 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
Can you reach plus four by the inadvertent sniffing of ABS glue? :' )



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28. ycd0108
5:09 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
"PLUS FOUR ( )
A rare and precious transcendental state, which has been called a 'peak experience', a 'religious experience,' 'divine transformation,' a 'state of Samadhi' and many other names in other cultures. It is not connected to the 1, 2, and 3 of the measuring of a drug's intensity. It is a state of bliss, a participation mystique, a connectedness with both the interior and exterior universes, which has come about after the ingestion of a psychedelic drug, but which is not necessarily repeatable with a subsequent ingestion of that same drug. If a drug (or technique or process) were ever to be discovered which would consistently produce a plus four experience in all human beings, it is conceivable that it would signal the ultimate evolution, and perhaps the end of, the human experiment."
"Be there or..."
Been there, Done that eh. SSam
Had the T-shirt for a while but Tloml threw it away when it got holey.
Some background:
"Some part of me can't wait to see what life's going to come up with next! Anticipation without the usual anxiety. And underneath it all is the feeling that we both belong here, just as we are, right now.%u201D
%u2015 Alexander Shulgin
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27. ycd0108
5:16 AM GMT on July 07, 2014
Evening:
There's a pile of ABS fittings in four different diameters scattered about where I kneel on the concrete floor.
At this point all I'm trying to do is rough in drains for:
2 wall hung toilets
1 washing machine
1 shower
2 bathroom vanity sinks
1 laundry tub
I think that's it but I don't want to break out any more concrete floor so all these pipes need to grade into old pipe fixed in the floor and most lines need to be under a 9" high, 7'X3' platform.
Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it!
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26. ycd0108
12:59 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
Light rain, about 15 C, forecast to clear up for the next few days.
I'm comfy in the RV here - still trying to think of a good name for the rig.
From the front it looks like a turtle and it packs it's home around with it so that is where I'm leaning for now.
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25. ycd0108
4:22 AM GMT on July 06, 2014
N'bad Ylee:
Which one?
I'm back in the southern one putting together the list for pickup tomorrow - ABS fittings and pipe, outlet boxes and wire, plywood and framing.
The home project is on hold for the next few days but most of the tearout is done.
Gotta get over to read Chapter 4 - maybe tonight.
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24. Ylee
4:14 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
How's the basement reno coming along?
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23. ycd0108
2:39 AM GMT on July 02, 2014
Rob:
I don't want the grandkids to do what I did. One of the reasons I still smoke tobacco is to fight off the V.O.C. accumulation.
Gonna be some signifyin' fireworks tonight they say:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/chris-hadfield-s-most -canadian-music-video-ever-1.2693175
(That was fun but not the link I was looking for)
calpoppy:
Yup. That heater is a made-in-Seattle "Snorkel Stove". Runs on down draft and wood - fairly efficient once it is up to speed.
Bogon:
Let me tell you: some of those labels could bring tears when I got back here or even if the departure in Frankfurt (or wherever) had one on the shelf - nine Deutsiche Marks for a bottle of Labatts Blue?
We were stuck in Frankfurt with a broken windshield on the 747 ride home for about 9 hours and the airline put up most of the passengers in a lounge with free beer and food. I hung around the departure bar and chatted with the Canucks rotating out of Kagikisitan Dam projects and paid the premium.
Linda:
Daugther #1 came out and we sat partly in sun and now and then retreated to the shade. We mainly talked about our goofy family connections 'cause she was recently over the Salish to visit her aunt (my big sister).
Got a good feelin' about my girls: I dunno what I did but they seem to still enjoy a visit with me now and then.
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22. Thoughtsteader
12:58 AM GMT on July 02, 2014
Happy Canada Day! I was going to post a Stomping Tom Connors version of "Canada Day," but I see you already have him, so I'll let that go. Hope the day was great.

I had to laugh at that remark about projects that can be done from a wheelchair with a sidecar for tools. I'm not there yet, thank goodness, but I certainly was thinking about inside work as an alternative to summer heat this afternoon. Ah, well. Any day above ground, and all that.

I'll be back later to do a skim and see what I've missed out on. My first task is to revivify my blog and get around and see who's been up to what.
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21. Bogon
7:03 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
My cousin rang the doorbell just as I was completing comment 16. He took me out for lunch! Now that I'm back I had a chance to make sure I spelled 'Labatt' correctly. I thought it might have a capital B in there.

Google found me this short article. Been a while since I bought any, but I like Labatt beer. Sad news on Canada Day.
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20. calpoppy
6:36 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Happy Canada Day!

I like your wood burning (I think) hot tub!
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19. RobDaHood
6:31 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
LOL

That or get a grandson/daughter trained.
Have a good one.
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18. ycd0108
6:28 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
So far so good Bogon:
We get the promise of one more month (and one less, come to think).
Corpus callosum - had to look that one up since all I could make of it was : large body.
If Elizabeth can get those two halves to communicate I'd say she would earn her keep.
Beer:
Fine print on the "Rickard's Red" bottle says: " "Molson Coors Canada".
Wouldn't it be something if the U.S.A "Footie" side went through this aft.?
Hi there Rob:
And thanks - I'm taking a break from remolishing the basement washroom - the best knee-pads money can buy and I still have to limit the number of minutes I kneel.
Next house I build all the plumbing has to be accessible from a wheel chair with a side-car for tools, life support and I.V. pole, H.U.D. for viewing detailed specs and an hydraulic arm for a concrete breaker, grinder with zip-cut and diamond blades and monster vacuum cleaner/dust collector.
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17. RobDaHood
5:43 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Happy Canada Day!
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16. Bogon
3:37 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Hi, ycd. Happy July!

I have been slowly working my way through Thailand and the messy oil shale business. Monbiot got me wondering about the British government's right and left hands, and whether the queen might possibly function as a corpus callosum.

Finally, some beer! Summer is a good time for Canadian beer, whether it be Molson, Labatt's or maybe some Moosehead. I'm pretty sure I can find one of those on the shelf down at the grocery store.
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15. ycd0108
3:02 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl:
T'anks for the Bunnies.
I took a tour of Houston over at your place - things are looking better there from what I saw there.
And a Happy "C eh N eh D eh Day" to everyone:
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14. GardenGrrl
10:10 AM GMT on July 01, 2014
Generic but heartfelt "White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!"
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13. ycd0108
5:00 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
For Ylee:
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12. ycd0108
4:53 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
Canada day eh!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embe dded&v=t41wNkGvJ9k
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11. ycd0108
1:57 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
See you tonight Ylee:
" Stuff ain't cheap, especially the stuff that's "Made in China"!"
True as you tell it.
And the purchase of the stuff is the easy part:
Slap down the Debit Card, roll the huge boxes out to the car, get a Yard Fella to help lift the biggest one onto the roof rack, tie 'er down with the patented "Helicopter Knot", jam the smaller boxes into the hatch-back, swing by the Beer&Wine, merge back on to the Freeway, slide the box off the rack (breaking off the radio antenna), struggle the packages down the cramped stairs and into the spare bedroom, dig out the instruction books, bring one "Rickard's Red" and the books up here to the desk-top, look up the websites:
www.maax.com
and drink the beer.
Now the real work begins:
Check that Tloml's car radio still works even though the antenna is now in the glove compartment, print off the PDF specs on the new gadgets, realize you are going to have to go right back to original framing and concrete, drive back to lumber yard for more plumbing bits and some drywall and plywood, tear out the vanity (Oops - gonna need to buy a new sink as well), stare at the forlorn cut off copper water pipes dangling here and there and the yucky ABS drains and TRY TO IMAGINE HOW ON EARTH YOU ARE GOING TO SHOE-HORN THE NEW ITEMS INTO THE EXISTING SPACE!
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10. Ylee
2:29 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Welcome to home improvement, 2014, ycd! Stuff ain't cheap, especially the stuff that's "Made in China"!

It's great that you got Tractorus!
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9. ycd0108
12:41 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Don't ask me why but with my Tractorous sitting in the shed ready to dig (once I get the foot pads secured) and a couple of small ditches needed I'm down in the basement ripping out the old washroom. A new shower and toilet are taking up residence and for now they are lying in pieces on the bed and floor of the main spare room.
Luckily no one wants to come to visit just now and we do have a couple of other tiny bedrooms but we like our guests to be comfortable and have one unused floor between us while sleeping.
Whoever does come next (providing they delay till I have completed the reno) will have a fairly fancy bathroom - certainly at much more cost than all three of the originals.
So we spent yesterday in Home Depot blowing our budget - I said to Tloml this morning:
"If we carry on like this we will have to sell the house - isn't that what people do?"
The old bathroom down there was functioning and used only occasionally, butt ugly, by the time the dust clears it will be the most expensive room in the house.
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8. ycd0108
1:44 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
This morning's riddle:
http://www.monbiot.com/2014/06/26/a-legal-duty-to -maximise-greenhouse-gases/
"If you answer this riddle
You'll never begin."
Incredible String Band
12°C, patchy cloud, no wind.
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7. ycd0108
1:43 AM GMT on June 28, 2014
Tractorous has come home!
Delivered this morning with a pretty bow on the roll bar.
Rooted out just enough space in one shop bay to park under cover and started to build step pads over the outriggers 'cause when the hydraulics are running it is somewhat awkward and dangerous climbing on and off the hoe end. If your pant leg hooks a control lever something will happen and you might not expect it. Just getting a couple of wooden steps bolted in place which allow for movement of the outriggers and do not chafe the hydraulic hoses makes me appreciate what the original builder went through.
Then he buys a new "off the Shelf" buggy and gives this one to me - go figure?
He said:
"I've got my enjoyment out of the Tractorous in the building and fixing of it. Now it's yours."
There are a couple of other factors in play here:
1) I helped build his house, shops (X3) plus garage and studio, put the first foundation in for his business warehouse and built the small original office and worked on a number of construction projects his company(ies) ran. We did good work and got along well (most of those times).
2) The only other person who has ever run the Tractorous only has an apartment and no one could sell (nor give) this apparatus to someone they did not know and sleep at night for worrying about liability.
3) If I squish myself with the machine (or it decides to squish me) my heirs are hereby forbidden to sue anyone.
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6. ycd0108
3:04 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
Good morning:
13°C, light rain, Wind south east ~10 kmph.
This morning's read:
http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/06/27/Shale-Gas-Drill ing-Treadmill/
Hint: Tiptoe out of Shale stock now or sooner.
Ylee:
If my memory serves me well the images of folks at that beach would be more humorous than erotic anyway.
The hot tub is rarely used in summer but if we don't keep it full of water the wooden planking shrinks.
We don't use any chemicals so the water gets fairly swamp-like after a week so we drain the water onto the garden, scrub the tub and refill. If it's warm weather we don't heat it - just soak in it to cool off.
Bogon:
Our wood is much closer to Duncan, B.C. and power struggles with major battles are quite rare lately so there is little fodder for epic plays but adequate sound sleeping - till World Cup comes on live at 0900.
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5. Bogon
2:03 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
Looks like Burnum Wood is a long way from Dunsinane. Mrs. MacBeth should sleep soundly.
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4. Ylee
4:10 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
That's probably a good thing: you'd get banned, and I'd get fired, lol!

A hot tub would be nice here, except during a summer day!
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3. ycd0108
4:07 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Mornin' Ylee:
Not those particular ones but I did spend some years in the vicinity of Spanish Banks.
In fact just around Point Grey to the south west is Wreck Beach - "Clothing Optional" so I won't link any photos.
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2. Ylee
2:17 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
1st guest! You ever go to see the drum circles?
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1. ycd0108
2:03 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
FIRST!
http://www.straight.com/news/674266/gwynne-dyer-i ts-little-too-quiet-thailand
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