Soon it will Spring.

By: ycd0108 , 4:50 AM GMT on March 20, 2012

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Official Spring will arrive in a few hours. Our spring weather can be just about anything including warm,calm sunshine and heavy wet snow. Tonight is not really cold but noticably "raw" out there with a wind warning for later. Possible snow flurries.
I'm getting some progress on my latest "Octagon" schatzkammer: Got the main frame epoxied together and only another four or eight small shelves to fit in.
What amazes me is how the smallest errors magnify as you build out. I'm used to it from many years of trying to make wood behave but this smaller stuff is worse than building an house. The thin slats I use will not take a nail or a screw so I saturate the joint with epoxy and then hold the frame together with duct tape and light clamping till the epoxy kicks off. The epoxy is one of the best lubricants I have seen until it turns to stone. I have to go back often to push parts that slowly ooze out of position for some hours. In fact, that's what I'm going to do just now.
If I can find the iPod there will be a picture here someday.

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15. ycd0108
4:32 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
You guys are all sensibly asleep and I'm on my way there now but a friend sent me this read:
http://www.seakayakermag.com/2005/Oct05/KayakBill Req.htm
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14. ycd0108
4:47 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Morning Tony:
Obviously we get a kick out of doing this kind of thing. The "Small Project" is easier to pack around and most of my schatzkammers use scrap wood. T'other day my neighbor came over with a piece of tight grain fir planed to 24"x6"x3/16" which her SIL had brought her for fire starter kindling. She traded a pile of these pieces for a couple of rounds of dry cedar I had bucked from our 25 year old telephone poles we took down last fall. I've got more "Value Added" potential in that little pile than the largest "Forest" company in B.C. shipping "Raw Log".
Gotta go get a photo of the latest Schatzkammer in the morning sun/snow.
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13. plapman
12:42 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Good morning.
Arn't small projects a pain. Everything has to fit so perfectly. I I can get my small clock movement working properly I'm going to make an 8 inch tall grandfather clock. :) Hope I don't loose a finger cutting the small parts.
Enjoy your day.
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12. ycd0108
11:38 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Evening SP34:
The good news is: we are watching. It could well be that this has happened a number of times in the "recent" geological past.
Gotta go choose some trees to kill just now. What am I doing?
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11. Patrap
10:39 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
That's from the Clint Eastwood Film, Space Cowboy's.


"Over the hill" only applies where there's gravity! Forty years after their original space mission was scrapped, a retired Air Force "space cowboy" leads a group of former astronauts on a dangerous mission to help repair a damaged satellite. Despite their age, they prove they still have the right stuff. Starring and directed by Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven," "In the Line of Fire"). All star cast includes Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive," "Men in Black"), Oscar-nominee James Garner ("Maverick"), Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland ("JFK") and Oscar-nominee James Cromwell ("LA Confidential," "The Green Mile"). Action and comedy combine to make this one trip into orbit few will forget. MPAA Rating: PG-13 2000 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved




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10. sp34n119w
10:37 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Hi ycd. In your previous blog I saw mention of methane clathrates and they are a concern of mine, as well - mostly from reading scifi, though ;) It happens that I saw this article the other day and it seems not everyone thinks this is a big issue, at this time, but deserves further study. I wonder!
In the comments in that linked blog is a link to a paper that suggests a lot of uncertainty. If you click on "Full Text" to the left, there, you'll get it - it's a free site - and there are graphs and stuff.
Note: I did not read the whole thing - just thought some might want to, since it came up here.
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9. ycd0108
9:53 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Afternoon Pat:
Dat's gotta be one of the silliest videos I have seen. Loved it!
One SciFi short story, probably written in the '40s, gets the "cowboy" into orbit and he decides to "Step Outside". Control is audibly upset but he reassures them .
Sign on the dash of a Beaver Float Plane I rode some years ago:
"If you need a "smoke" Please step outside"
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8. Patrap
9:05 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Quoting ycd0108:
How's your spring Morning there Pat? Still slow rain and the wind did not keep me awake here. Thanks for the music and the image - brightens up the blog. Was thinkin' of our fantasy by the Booster at Michoud:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16901484
Wasn't the plan for you and I to weld a couple of lawn chairs to the bow of that thing, start the count down on beer #4 and "put the Hammer Down"?



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7. ycd0108
8:50 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
A comment on CBC from Mexico City:
Was in south central Mexico City, sitting in my car waiting in a long line of vehicles to get my vehicle emissions test done. My car (in neutral) began to roll back and forth, about 12 inches in each direction. Took about 4 times before I realized i wasn't dizzy, looked up to see people running out into the street., and realized it was an earthquake. It was VERY INTENSE horizontal movement, long lasting, and much stronger than any I have felt in my 7 years living in Mexico. It also lasted for a good amount of time. Power poles were swaying several feet in each direction, and most buildings were moving as well. Not Fun, but thankfully so far no injury.
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6. ycd0108
7:31 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Can not find any damage reports from the earthquake in Mexico but if it shook in Mexico City ('course that town is built on lake sediments, come to think) could be reports come out from places nearer to the epicenter.
Communications systems overload in these events. One site advises:
"Only text messages. Voice uses too much capacity."
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5. ycd0108
2:16 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
How's your spring Morning there Pat? Still slow rain and the wind did not keep me awake here. Thanks for the music and the image - brightens up the blog. Was thinkin' of our fantasy by the Booster at Michoud:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16901484
Wasn't the plan for you and I to weld a couple of lawn chairs to the bow of that thing, start the count down on beer #4 and "put the Hammer Down"?
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4. Patrap
1:00 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
It is the springtime of my loving - the second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing - so little warmth I've felt before.
It isn't hard to feel me glowing - I watched the fire that grew so low.

It is the summer of my smiles - flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.
Speak to me only with your eyes. It is to you I give this tune.
Ain't so hard to recognize - These things are clear to all from
time to time.

Talk Talk - I've felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought YOU would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us...
But I know that I love you so

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion - I seek the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall...It's just a little rain...


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3. ycd0108
7:26 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
If the link does not work Google "Garbage Warrior".
I'm shutting down for the night. See you tomorrow.
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2. ycd0108
7:19 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
Good morning (00:15) Ylee:
Just watched this here Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrMJwIedrWU
Sums a portion of the dilemma.
Not really storming just now - bit of wind and rain.
The Duct tape is the least of the problems: >
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1. Ylee
5:40 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
Hey, ycd! Won't the duct tape leave a gluey residue on the wood?

Here's a nice sat image of your incoming storm.


And a nice loop to go with it!
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