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Well – Memorial Day is almost over May 25, 2015

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We didn’t do a damned thing. I just recovered from work. I did do something though – I took an inspection look at the air conditioner lurking in the basement. It’s a window mount type.

Plugged it in to see if maybe the GFCI outlet had quit – nope – it lit up and turned on.

And I believe I had posted how I ordered a new deep fryer. One with about six times the capacity of the older Rival unit we had. Got that and a good Spyder for fishing chips out, but realized the basket comes out of this new deep fryer. But it’s good for delicate items. So all good there.

Well I also want to do my own potato chips so I also ordered a Mandolin. It’ll be here tomorrow.

Also made a realization – someone forwarded me a  recipe for a lemon based cake. And I was looking at the ingredients and it hit me, had all of them in the house. This is me who has at last count Unbleached All Purpose Flour, Wheat Flour, Bread Flour, Cake Flour, and regular bleached All Purpose Flour. And then oils  which include canola, corn, peanut, and olive. Vinegars include white, cider, balsamic, and one strawberry vinegar.

And in the technical – my new oscilloscope will ship tomorrow. It’s through a company on Amazon called Tequipment. Apparently they aren’t THAT hungry as the order went in on Friday. But at least they take their holidays seriously.

Indiscriminate ads on Hulu May 24, 2015

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Just a sampling of the ads thus far:

Botox – which I find highly abhorrent.

State Farm – an Insurance company I have no reason to trust or deal with.

LG Flex – if I wanted a curved cell phone I’d take a torch to my Samsung phone.

Hulu just doesn’t get it.

Congratulations to Ireland’s Gay Community May 24, 2015

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I find it remarkable – in a country upon one half of which is Catholic that this actually passed a public referendum. My congratulations are in order.

And having a bit of Irish ancestry myself I’m glad it happened. Things are getting better at a remarkable rate all around the world for we gay people.

Fuck the RI Division of Taxation May 23, 2015

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I do mean that. They’ve got a lot of explaining to do. They snatched close to $4,000 in tax refund money from both my state and federal returns. One of them for a tax liability from 2007. Yeah – just before the 7 year limit ran up they do that little SURPRISE thing.

I should go play PowerBall tonight. If I won the first thing I’d do is hire an army of lobbyists to take apart the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. I’m sure I could get some people with money to help me do it.

Amazon Movie Recommendations May 23, 2015

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So I’ve had Amazon Prime for 3 months now. The video recommendations make me laugh.

Some are really relevant to me, while others get a big What the Fuck from me.

For example – one of the suggestions was God’s Not Dead. I suppose I should watch it and critique it. But that’s already been done ad infinitum.

Again apologies for the geeky stuff May 23, 2015

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I notice whenever I post something that goes off into the geekiness of electronics it flies over the heads of just about everyone who reads this blog.

Its just that i post about stuff that interests me. And you have to admit this looks pretty cool as well as being a significant upgrade to the capabilities I have now.

You have to admit it’s gorgeous. Just 12 inches wide, 6 inches high and a bit under 5 inches deep. And all of about 7lbs. And it’s a 7″ LCD screen – most scopes are 5″. Plus full color. I guess you have to with four channels but it’s a beauty and represents a leap forward in capabilities. This sucker even has math functions built in. And it’s easily hackable up to a 100MHz bandwidth scope. Plus it hooks up to an ethernet network, you can stick a USB stick in and capture screens as png files, all in all it may be a budget scope but it’s packed with features. Can’t wait until it gets here.

I’m reading through the manual for it now – pretty standard fare for a scope.

New Oscilloscope coming May 22, 2015

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So I have been looking to replace my venerable old Tektronix 465 20MHz oscilloscope. The Tek 465 is a heavy beast and the limited bandwidth sort of makes it less useful. Granted it is a dual channel scope. I’ll put it up on Craislist for $10 and see if I get any takers.

I’ve looked at Owon, Rigol, and a few other vendors. I settled on the Rigol DS104Z. It’s a 4 channel 50MHz scope. And the hack is already out there to turn it into a 100MHz scope with a simple procedure.

For $399 it’s not a bad deal. Be very useful for some of the radio and oscillator projects I’m planning on building too. Plus two advantages it has over the Tek 465: the first is a 7″ color display, and then the two extra ports. Also has USB, and network connections too. Plus the form factor – it’s about 1/4 the size of the Tek 465 and weighs considerably less.

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Just for comparison here’s a Tek 465 with the covers off. It’s huge and heavy.

The Rigol weighs all of 7 pounds. The Tek 465 tipped the scales at about 25-30lbs. So you can see how the Rigol will be a better scope for me.

New Deep Fryer May 22, 2015

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So a while back I bought a Fry Baby deep fry unit. It was good for proof of concept. But it’s limitations became readily apparent when I tried to do Scotched Eggs. If you’re not familiar it’s a soft boiled egg with sausage wrapped around it and then battered and fried. They’re fantastic. One egg is enough per person.

Anyhow I made four of them. Had to do one at a time in the little deep fryer.

The Fry Baby could contain maybe 500-700ml of oil. The new one is 3 liters.

Big enough to put about 3lbs of stuff in at a shot.

Now the quest for Peanut Oil in large quantity. I love frying in peanut oil.

Thanks WordPress – now I can exercise my inner demon May 20, 2015

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So I note that WordPress now show’s the little gridded months with your posts highlighting in various shades of blue. ANd most months lay out in a matrix that if I wanted, I could spell out rude messages by varying the days I post. Wouldn’t that be funny.

So lo and behold, USPS delivers May 15, 2015

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So I got a call from the Amazon vendor today. They contacted my post office and got them to deliver the package. And there was nothing wrong with the address label. They just didn’t want to deliver the item.

This is new behavior on the part of USPS. But as I alluded in a prior post – part of the problem is the Postal Service is hiring what are essentially temp employees.

USPS missed the boat. They should have seen that net connections would reduce the volume of mail pieces and diversified, say into banking, or improving package services. But they chose to continue down the same path. At some point they’ll just become another package carrier with the same shitty attitude like that of UPS or Fedex.

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