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Tick – Tock

Got off on a mental side trip this morning

I have been doing some repair / time tuning on a long case pendulum clock (a.k.a. grandfather’s clock) in my home. I know the swing period of the pendulum is what regulates the accuracy of the time keeping.

Lengthen the pendulum which slows the period of oscillation and the clock runs slower. Shorten length for faster timing (which should be obvious.)

I started timing the “ticks” with the seconds displayed on my smartphone digital clock. I assumed the ticks should be related to the seconds ticking by. But this is not exactly the case!

The ticks were close to one […] Continue reading » Tick – Tock

Excessive/Aggressive Marketing Semantics

The Hermitage – No advertising!

When is marketing/advertising excessive?  Every day is the correct answer.

Every external world contact activity is crammed with marketing propaganda to make people dissatisfied with their present condition. It’s gone far beyond creating simple product/services awareness.

How we look, how we smell, what we own, how we are educated, everything we are “missing” in life! It is never ending pressure to trade our financial resources (spendable present and future incomes) for what we must have NOW!

In a previous life (before retirement) I was a DMA (Dealer Marketing Advisor) My job was to help our corporate dealer (agents) market and sell our […] Continue reading » Excessive/Aggressive Marketing Semantics

February Weather was Tough

Not MY home… Thank goodness!

Good thing February is a short 28-day month, and this is not a leap year. We will have to see if March is a lion or a lamb on Monday.

There should not be another sub-zero weather event this year. Spring comes early for Texas so am hoping that holds true for 2021.

We had no property damage from the Texas Power Grid Fiasco. We are very lucky. The only reason and words we can use.

 Texas State Authorities are being examined for the extreme short-sightedness of state energy management and I am certain the blame will follow many paths, political as […] Continue reading » February Weather was Tough

Presidents’ Day Texas Power Outage 2021

Infrequent zero-degree Fahrenheit Texas Winter weather brought the Texas power grid to its wobbly knees. My home in Frisco, Texas (just North of Dallas) suffered a 36-hour continuous total outage with zero (0 F.) degree outdoor temperatures.

My home is total electric (100%) with no other energy source. When indoor temperature dropped to 50 degrees F. we were forced to abandon home. I was in total panic of water system freeze and extreme property water damage due to frozen water pipes.

Faucets were left dripping but no assurance of the home not going below 32 degrees for an extended period and total water freeze occurring. This would severely damage […] Continue reading » Presidents’ Day Texas Power Outage 2021

Last Strike?

Thought I found all the lightning damage. Not so… 

I knew the power supply for the older Cetus 3D printer was burned out. Zero voltage output. I needed a new power supply to test the printer. I have two Cetus 3D printers as shown in the pictures, but their power supplies are very different.

The newer printer on the left has a much higher wattage supply than the one that has failed on the right and a different plug. I had to order a new power supply for the right-hand printer as it was definitely dead, with zero output.

The replacement power supply came today all […] Continue reading » Last Strike?