GroundHogMeetings
Taking LIfe One Meeting at a Time
Thermonics, Electronics and Magnetism
Most of my updates and postings have been on Facebook and specialty forums. But, since I stopped in to delete some SPAM postings here on my blog, I thought I'd make a post. It has been a good year project wise. I installed and finished a hardwood floor upstairs and we had the driveway pulled and repaved as well as repaired a few retaining walls on the outside. I started swapping out the soft top window curtain on the R129 roadster, the W124 estate saw it's hydraulic suspension rebuilt as well as new front struts and brakes, and the front rotors on the Silverado had be drag out the cutting torch for persuasion. In the lab, I have been playing with vacuum tube amps. I got a Dynaco ST70, a Scott 222B and a Bogan up and running, as well as built two single ended stereo amps from scratch. As part of one of the amp hauls, I scored a couple of Garrard Type A turntables that with a little cleaning and grease got up and running. I also pulled out a Dual 1229 that came broken from a USENET deal years back. All the turntable fiddling led me to refresh an Ampeg 761 reel to reel tape unit as well as a Sony TC-8W 8 track unit.
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Posted by HMFIC at 12/3/2010 11:33 AM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Slow
Yeah, I know I have not updated lately.
Catch up with me on Facebook or one of the forums.
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Posted by HMFIC at 11/16/2010 9:27 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
I am back
I know I have been remiss in writing especially since I found I could do it from work. I have been getting things done, readying for winter and skiing. I did make a trip down to New Orleans for a job interview and got an offer. I had to decline even though it was a good offer. But not good enough to allow enough skiing to make it worth the move.

 We have some new pictures to upload and get caught up.
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Posted by HMFIC at 9/18/2006 7:39 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Trained and ready for fire
A little bit of weather came through, and I had a chance to make an entry.
Last week, I had the chance to attend an EPRI seminar on fire modeling. Kind of interesting, but I was surprised no one was able to talk about open source options. I tried using some of the spreadsheets on OpenOffice Calc, and everything worked but the drop down menus.
NIST.gov has some neat tools, but the human interface is a little kludgey. They do have a third party app to convert dxf cad files into the fire dynamic simulator input file, but its .net based. I have to dig around, but since they offer tar balls, someone must be a gnu-Linux person there.

I want to be able to take CAD 3d room/building plans convert to fire input files and be able to run on a Linux cluster. I was listening to the present tell how he just leaves his windows machine running for a few days, and builds the input file in an ascii text editor and thought to myself how a cluster of PS2's running Linux and PythonCAD output filter is what is needed. I registered nuclearfire.com to put the stuff... If I get it working.
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Posted by HMFIC at 6/27/2006 8:28 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Busy time of year
Well I was starting to worry that the lack of new stuff on the SciFi Cahnnel would leave me bored, but it has been quite busy. Four boats to commision, some house projects and the evil of work has kept me busy.

I let my old email account at abac.com go away. They wanted to much for dail up that wasn't where I needed it when traveling. For their price, I can rent WiFi access. For me, send to the same at engineer.com, or post a comment here. and we'll get in touch.

I set the spouse up a gMail account. Write me if you need that link.
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Posted by HMFIC at 6/12/2006 9:11 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Catching up and testing the envelope
Just making a quick note to say I am still here. Things have been hectic. Not enough hours in the day, or night.
The sun is out, and it's time to get the stuff ready for the water.
We are still working on our podcast vodcast studio setup. I have been spending a bit of my boat commissioning funds on audio processing tools. Who knows where it will go, but it's fun, and we can do it when the weather is bad.
We will be getting the little HBI fixed up for the kids. I don't mind pumping the money for the new sponsons, since my experience with hypolon inflatables is 22 plus seasons on the Achilles. I do have reservations with spending 2300 bux for a new outboard. Sure, it's electric start and 4 stroke, but today's new engine is tomorrow's boat anchor.
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Posted by HMFIC at 5/4/2006 1:35 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Worth Repeating, 'cause the link ain't bein' followed
Pina Colada Oatmeal Cookies

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Pineapple preserves

2 eggs
1 teaspoon Coconut extract, (or a shot of Gosling's Black Seal rum-adult version)

1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I use sea salt, but I also listen to island music while baking these)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg

2-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins

350°F oven

Cream butter, sugar and preserves

Add eggs, extract/rum and beat until creamy (closer to fluffy, very aerated)

Mix in the oats which will soak up any extra liquid, say if these were being planned for a yachting lunch and Goslings was sponsoring the regatta

Fold in coconut meat and raisins.

Spoon on to a non-stick cookie sheet. I like the 1 ounce scooper thing with the thumb flipper because it makes the cookies super consistent and it reminds of a scene in "Stripes" with Bill Murry.

13 minutes baking time, then let them set for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire grid to cool the rest of the way
 
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Posted by HMFIC at 4/23/2006 9:24 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Maybe Not
Well, we didn't make it to the city. Too bad. I was hoping to go to the Oyster Bar in Grand Central.
So what did we do you might ask?

Since it was such a warm day, we had to get out. THis time of year, when it's warm, a boy's fancy turns to boating. Well, not boating, but boat preparation.

Ahh, the taste of copper bottom paint, the smell of MEKP and polyester resin. But we haven't gottne that far, since it is raining this weekend, now.

We did make it to Noank, and found the replacement collar/sponson for our 11 foot Hard Bottom Inflatable has been made. I am psyched, because I don't have to patch the vinyl bladders for the old system, and it gives us another stable tender to use this summer. It's a little expensive compared to the cheapo WM RIB's, but the material is mil grade hypolon.

We then started looking at outboards, since the 6hp Suzuki doesn't push it fast enough to plane. I like the new four stokes, but a 15 hp electric start tiller steered is well over two grand. Maybe next year. I scored a 15 hp Sears gamefisher, which looks like a Force or Chrysler outboard.
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Posted by HMFIC at 4/23/2006 6:25 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Off to the City
We'll see how things go in the morning. The plan is to take the train in to Grand Central and catch a museum. We are also going to give Chelsea Market a try since it sounded so cool on the New York Minute podcast. We might even do some shopping while we are at it.
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Posted by HMFIC at 4/19/2006 9:27 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
LobsterBlast from the past
A compressed video of a lobsterbake. You know if you are on it
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Posted by HMFIC at 4/12/2006 7:39 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks