Lie-berals want to poison your family with mercury
If you don't hang out with hard core conservatives, you may be unaware of how those lie-berals are trying to poison Americans by making incandescent bulbs illegal, forcing Americans to use mercury laden compact flourescents with poor light quality that make white people look sickly (but not black or brown people, funny that). I'm referring of course, to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
One day at Lowe's I noticed they had LED replacement bulbs for our track lighting. We've gone through eight in the six months we've had it, and there are five lights on the rail. I'm getting tired of replacing them, so I thought I'd give the LED one a try. After I bought one, I looked on wiki and realized the transformer might have a problem with it. So I pored over the Tiella website, called customer support, called tech support and finally got an answer, the transformer needs at least a 40 watt load. The LED bulb is only 6 watts, so I'll need to keep one or two halogens on it, or put more cans on it.
The bulb, at $20, breaks even over five years with electricity at 6 cents a kwh. But if it lasts five years, compared to six months for the halogens, I'm far ahead.
Light wise, it seems a little brighter than the halogens.
We're internet stars, our family is the first panning photo at the Wide Waters Garden. Our check went through too, we get the same plot as last year. I'm going to start researching tangles, the three sister's planting on corn, squash and beans. Beyond that, tomatoes, basil and maybe peppers.
My head was still in IDE/ATAPI mode when I ordered a bigger hard drive for our XP box (it only had an 80 gig). I forgot to order an extra SATA cable, and forgot to borrow one from work. I'm used to having lots of spare cables. Luck was with me, I had an unused USB sata drive enclosure that I ordered by mistake, I really wanted an IDE one. Using that and HD Clone Free, I was able clone the existing drive onto the terabyte drive via USB, then swap around and put it in the box. Two hours later, 900 gigs of free space, which should hold a years worth of ipod backups.
High Frontier is a boardgame for people who find Hohmann transfer orbits and VASIMR thrusters exciting. It's intended to be a simulation of exploiting the solar system with robots and zero-g factories. It's an overwhelming, confusing mess at first, and a birthday present to myself.
I pored over High Frontier one night and realized it's a map of orbits/delta v, not distance (though somewhat coupled with distance).
It's an elegant way of portraying orbits, with three burns Mars is three years away, but you can cut that down to one year with seven burns. That mechanic portrays waiting for a quick, low energy path to Mars versus burning a lot of fuel to get there.
Oh yeah, I had a birthday, and it was mixed up. I started throwing up well before my first drink. I was dealing with an inner ear infection making me all woozy and dizzy and nauseous. I'm better now.
loft dreams meet reality
Fourteen year old wants a bigger bed, she's finding her twin bunk not very fun to sprawl and read in. She has a small room, most of the rooms in our house are small. We got her a double loft, but she was conflicted, she was afraid it would take up too much space and make her small room crowded. It's 2011, where the heck is that Tardis?
In other dreams meet reality angst, she's angsty because she's realizing she can't have it all, famous movie stars that are also famous photographers with a house full of kittens and a barn full of horses that travel the world having fun while making scientific discoveries don't exist.
I've been dealing with odd tastes in my home brew lately, which I needed to combat before I kegged my honey lager. I thought soaking the keg in hot bleachy water would be enough, but since honey lager is so good, I decided to be extra thorough, good thing.
I stuck a temporary bung in my Hoff-Stevens (two prong) keg and attached a hand pump. Once I built up enough pressure, vile stringy slimy stuff came out, I suspect it was harboring nasty microbes. I pumped enough to get clear water, then cleaned and rinsed and filled it up. I should have honey lager on tap by Friday. It's almost as good as stout on tap for Saint Paddy's day.
I have to figure out an easier way to clean those kegs, including the drip tubes. Any ideas?
Mrs. Ha is getting used to her new job. The people that run the inhome day care are particular, and do everything by the book. They've never had an employee before, so they're learning how to manage while Mrs. Ha learns what they want. It's a welcome change, fearing to open the door because it might be the landlord ignorant of the illegal daycare, or The Man busting an illegal daycare or The Man picking up a family member for abuse allegations when you're the only one there because the owner is working at the tanning salon gets old.
On to media reviews.
Heavy Black Metal Swan
I thought Black Swan was just like The Wall, but with ballet dancers instead of a rock star. Dysfunctional family, drugs, hallucinations, star unable to cope with the pressure, the whole deal. Recommended if you want a depressing movie, if you want a feel good movie about ballet, get Altman's The Company instead.
I like movies for escapism, and watching a mentally ill person suffering from their dysfunctional upbringing and handling pressure poorly isn't escapism.
Heavy Metal is a different story, the perfect movie for a horny ninth grade boy. I first saw it in high school on HBO, and it's the perfect movie for a high school boy. I rewatched recently on Netflix, and it still appealed to my inner high school boy.
In other netflix news, I was able to watch The Three Doctors, so now I've seen the first four doctors. Netflix also has some First Doctor and Second Doctor stories, stay tuned.
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