Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Little Yellows Summer

Little Yellow has been sort of lonely this summer of 2017 here on Pleasant Lake.  She has been taken care of and kept in reasonable shape but the summer has been busy.  I will add more later.  Sorry.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A slow, slow summer

I am so sorry for neglecting this blog.  I splashed Little Yellow this spring but have not used her very much.  The new cover works well but it takes so much time to put the cover on an off its use for summer sailing is pretty much a no-go.

Every year we make some refinements to the rig and install this or that cleat.  The new plan is to use a trolling motor instead of the 2.5HP 4 cycle Mercury.  The trolling motor will be more reliable in the long run and for my small size lake it would be perfect.

We continue to look for the perfect last boat.  Right now my sights are set on a Pearson 365.  However, I have looked at only one boat and that one was over priced so I just dropped the interest.  Anyway, at least I have an idea where I want to go.  Moore later.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A sailors molecule

H2O: Dangerous Chemical!

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide."
And for plenty of good reasons, since:
  1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. it is a major component in acid rain
  3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. accidental inhalation can kill you
  5. it contributes to erosion
  6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

USB Config & Pi Zero

I spent some time this morning putting together this picture that defines  the USB configurations and pinouts for various USB types.  The reason for this is that I want to make a Pi Zero CCTV using the popular motionEye software.  I have made several using the Raspberry Pi 3 but am finding it too expensive for what application I am applying.  Now, if I were using 2,3 or 4 CCTV then It would be a good deal to use the Pi 3.  However, for a single CCTV it is too expensive.  To this end, I may need to add a USB hub to the Pi Zero so I bought some tiny hubs on a single PCB this morning.  It has 4 USB A Standard size with 1 microUSB B.  All for $3.78 each and no shipping.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Future Weather

I have been meaning to post the link of a new breed of interactive weather maps that has lots of applications for pilots, sailors, farmers and everyday users.  So here it is in all it’s linked glory.  The only reason for me to do this is so i will not forget where to go to get it 🙂

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 is here

The nautical experience has been nil since the last post.  Well, not exactly but it has been contacting those who are "doing". Listening too.  Right now I am listening to BBC interview by Kim Chakanetsa   with Jessica Watson and Rose Savage. Both are sailors and describe their experiences at sea when they were about 16 years old. It was so interesting I went to sleep momentarily. This is not to detract from the podcast but because I had a big lunch about 1/2 hr before.  Sorry ladies.