14
Nov
'16

My father always said that we should put his ashes in two clay bowls, put them on the rocks at low tide, wait for the tide to come and go, and then to go collect the bowls and serve chips and peanuts in them.

Sunday the 13th would have been his birthday, so that’s the date we chose.

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Low tide.

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And high tide. It got a bit rough.

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The sea took the ashes, but the sea also took the bowls. This is all I managed to recover. Not going to serve a whole lot of peanuts in that :-)





In 1948 the Chicago Tribune was so confident of election results that they printed the newspaper the night before and went to bed early.

DeweyDefeatsTruman

Hey, maybe I‘m jumping the gun here, but the New York Times has Trump at >95% right now and that can’t be easy for them of all people.

 








12
Oct
'16

Younger kid had to build an electric motor for a school project. Having a garage full of stuff, it was no hassle to find everything required to build one.

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I made her wind the coil.

But the question is, how do kids complete (or even conceptualise) something like this if they don’t have a Wouter around the house?

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4
Oct
'16

If you fill up the tank of a 1.9 TDI VW Golf with unleaded, it will go 10 kilometers before quitting.

(Determined experimentally)





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One gemsbok sirloin, cut into thick steaks and marinaded in a mixture of oil, lemon juice, wooster* sauce, garlic and rosemary for about eight hours. Dredge in seasoned flour…

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…fry in a hot pan with some oil…

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…until done (in this case kids, so some of these are rather well done).

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Mushrooms (and beer) on the side…

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…and an egg on top. Nom.

* We were surprised to hear contestants on So you think you can cook pronounce it “wor-sez-tuhr-shur-shire”. Erm, no.





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11
Sep
'16

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31
Aug
'16

C1166

This is a C1166 Pulse Tetrode made by English Electric, who also made transistors. Good for switching 17 500 volts at 15 amps. But only for 1 microsecond every 1 millisecond (1T4 and AA battery for scale).

The filament alone needs almost 60 watts (9 amps at 6.3 volts).

Quite useless unless one wants to build a glowbug radar or something. But quite marvelous in a way.





Back in 1935, Charles Garrett built a carburetor that allowed a standard car engine to run on water.

The patents were immediately bought by the fuel companies and put on the shelf next to the Pogue carburetor and the Oglemobile.

I wonder what they’re going to do about these fellows making fuel from water using solar power?





20
Jul
'16

*ring* *ring*

“Hello, Crazy Mo’s pizza place, how may we help you?”

“Well we’d like *yadda* *yadda* *yadda* *yadda* and a mac & cheese”

“Would you like the mac & cheese with penne or tagliatelle?”

*blink*   *blink*





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