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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Back in the 80s we used Fontasy with dBase III in DOS to print nice price lists, it is cool that there are free fonts under the same name on :)
Anyhow I remember knowing Epson printer escape codes to change fonts on the printer to make printouts, those were also the days that I know the Hayes AT codes to control a MODEM, things like ATD5551212 to call this phone number.  Now days we rarely talk devices in machine code or some lower level language.  There was also a time I could read teletype 5 bit yellow tape.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

rate your parents

If there was a site to rate your parents, I wonder what people would say. What my siblings would say about our parents.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

saving water

So noisy to have a toilet flush in the night, but what can you do when your wife doesn't want to leave yellow water there? Maybe we need to redesign the toilet to let pee go down the drain without a flush, what if there was a mini urinal in the front part of the toilet, so the bowl doesn't get yellow. While thinking about this, what if the bathtub had storage for grey water under it so that we can pump it into the tank for flushing. Running sink water into the tank should be really easy as well. For a while now I have been pondering the idea of separating the solid waste to be buried and the liquid used for irrigation, seems so simple to do, we could all have green lawns again.
Perhaps the idea of retrofitting an exiting toilet with a similar device like the Main Drain,
but with a tube that takes it down into the lower part might work for the no flush idea. Add a female one in the bowl to lower the flow without soiling the top layer of the water might be enough.  I don't imagine urine will float to the top.

Of course the greenest urinal is grass or a tree, but how do you get females to water the yard? Or even make it acceptable in general.  Compost can benefit greatly from water, especially black water, but there are health concerns that need to be addressed.  We are so far removed from our natural environment these days in skyscrapers and I bet the biggest thing we could add to them is natural air flow and plants in a vertical garden.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Why blog

It is cool from time to time to spill out your innermost thoughts to the world and see what comments come back, but this blog doesn't generate any interesting comments, in fact I have no idea who even reads it.  Quite often you can find help or inspiration from others.

I was quite inspired looking at a the Adam Savage interview video about The Martian.  I would recommend reading the book before watching the movie.  The way he published the book was cool, wish my dad would try the same way, but I guess he started too late and won't blog.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Did you remember to do the earwax dip? Hopefully you read this before halloween.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Weekend, yay, don't have to work, however I still wake up before dawn today and it is nice and quiet at that time so I can think and play 16384 which has cured my addiction to 2048, by giving me a harder puzzle. It feels like you are very creative when you just wake up and perhaps I should setup the blog earlier and type rather than play, who knows maybe some ideas will be useful.

Today I was thinking about how to better do sustainability and use prison labor to feed itself, after all they got nothing bit time to work on farming. I guess that was the logic behind prison ships to Australia.  Maybe someday we will colonize the universe the same way. I am not sure why in this age of technology we still burn fossil fuels to move tractors and food to cities. I often wonder what life would be like in the countryside, if we were tech workers there. There is no reason we need to commute to our tech jobs. But farming isn't easy and we probably don't have the skills so back to my premise of farming prisoners, might be a good way to reform people by teaching them farming and tech out in the countryside.

Last night watched Shark Tank for a few min, than 20/20 had an interesting case, that they managed to work into the morning news, oh TV what a wasteland of commercials and factory built programs, but it is easy to turn on and you get so much content on an antenna these days.

Not quite sure anymore who I am writing for, I know the ads on a blog don't get you any money.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I had a great followup session on IoT using the Electric Imp. Result is I can now do stuff like: and a light turns off on my Imp. Or the next iteration was curl -H "x-api-key: somepassword" because we do need to have security built in :)

We even touched on the Rocky Framework.