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Old 01-11-2021, 12:11 AM
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I could have just deleted the double post, but I have INTEGRITY.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:31 PM
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I'm all caught up on :fflove: posts, having fallen way behind over the holidays.

My work inbox is still over 300, but I have my priorities in order.
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:50 PM
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Old 01-14-2021, 05:23 AM
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Old 02-16-2021, 05:08 PM
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I successfully talked myself out of purchasing an expensive camera. There's nothing really wrong with my current camera, it doesn't perform as well as I'd like in certain ways, but I certainly didn't need a mirrorless full frame.
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There's nothing really wrong with my current camera,
It doesn't seem to be posting many pictures here. Just an observation.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:49 PM
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There's nothing really wrong with my current camera,
It doesn't seem to be posting many pictures here. Just an observation.
Cameras don't shoot pictures, people do. I had a long weekend, but we also had a lot of snow, which interfered with my plans in multiple ways.
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Old 03-28-2021, 10:03 AM
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My Raspberry Pi is showing uptime 150 days.
The only reason I had to restart it 150 days ago is because I had a new electricity meter installed and they kind of have to turn off the power for that.
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Old 03-29-2021, 03:05 PM
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I successfully didn't talk myself out of a new camera this weekend.

I was looking for some photography related items because I have some money coming in, so I also looked at what might be better cameras for low-light applications, like, you know microscope stuff, so I purchased a Sony A7III and an adapter so I can use all of my Canon mount lenses.



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Old 03-30-2021, 12:09 AM
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Yesterday, I finally conquered the woody rose bush/tree that was up against the fence. There were 2 when we moved in, with a trellis between; apparently the idea was to have them both creep the trellis and meet in the middle. However, one died in the worse-than-usual drought year we had a ways back, while the other became a vicious, mean-spirited stalk of malevolence that I have grown to despise to an irrational degree. Damned thing has nice roses, but most of them are well over the fence line, way up in the air, while to trim it you have to deal with OG (old growth) thorns that will slit you up a treat given half a chance.

Soooo, the neighbor along that fence line has to replace her entire perimeter of fencing. Each neighbor (including us) agreed to split the cost of each one's shared portion, except for the one asshole who has like 2 lousy meters to replace, but that's another story. The point is that I had an onion in my belt have been gradually dealing with the shit along that fence in preparation, this was the last difficult thing to move, and I really wanted it the fuck gone.

I knew it would come out much easier if it was at least partially dead, but nothing I looked up was a fast-acting enough way to kill a stump, so I combined several methods. I spent the past week (after hacking the massive triffid down into little pieces for the compost bin earlier) abusing the stump in various ways. I drilled holes in the stump and poured in brush killer, and covered the whole thing with plastic and then a wheelbarrow.

"Could you tell a child of yours, 'You've seen the sun for the last time'?" No, but I had no such problem with this evil piece of shit. I finished the process yesterday, by digging the entire root system out except for a few horizontals. The root ball really does end there, with an artificial-seeming, perfectly flat bottom -- I assume this is where it hit the hardpan.

Of course, any ripped-up stump will look Cthulhu-ish, but I still think this looks pretty wicked. I'm saving it as a battle trophy. My pug was not cooperative enough to provide scale, so I used a tape measure. 16 inches = about 40 cm for you anti-imperialists.

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Old 03-30-2021, 04:48 AM
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I got a flat in my left front tire yesterday morning on the way to Dog Park, and I didn't trash the wheel.
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Old 03-30-2021, 10:06 PM
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We inherited a rocking chair from someone who had a boxer with bad storm anxiety. During thunderstorms, the dog chewed on the front ends of the runners. The chair is fine other than that but the chewed up runners look pretty bad - too much damage to sand down. After a few months my father-in-law decided that he was not interested in replacing the runners, so it came back here. We don't really have a place for it, and I did not want to spend money and effort on new runners ($60+ unfinished???) that would probably lead to me having to refinish the whole thing, so we were going to just put it on the curb.

I decided to test out if the old glue was as weak as it looked, and it turned out I could get the runners off with a couple taps with the rubber hammer. Then I decided to try just cutting the damaged areas off with a miter saw and bringing them to a tapered point. It doesn't look good but looks much better than it did - straight lines instead of chewed up carnage. It will be less noticeable once I sand the edges down and stain them. Since it was the front of the runners, the chair still rocks fine. In the meantime I am going to use it as my desk chair.
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I went to Costco today to buy cat food, and came out with ONLY the cat food I went in for. THEN I went to BevMo to buy some beer, and came out with ONLY a 12-pack of beer.

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Old 05-01-2021, 11:34 PM
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I'm sure the cats will be happy with their beer.
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