Saturday, August 25, 2018

Technology, Anti-fragility of Property, and Ferrets

Over the past few years, I've continued mentally putting together a bunch of thoughts on technology, the internet, reading, "social" media, property design, and resilience - or, better stated, anti-fragility.  Some of them may turn into full posts at some point in the future, some of them almost certainly won't.  But I've had plenty of time to think over the past few weeks as the nasty smoke has kept us all inside (or at least not getting much done outside - it's seriously nasty outside lately), and some of it has solidified enough to make a blog post out of.

Why ferrets?  Because I've just managed to organize my photos library from the past decade and change (so I can find stuff), and because ferrets are awesome.  And cute.  And hyper.

Join me and see where this week goes!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tool Battery Teardowns: The 12V Lithium Twins (DeWalt and Ryobi)

It's been over a year since I've posted any tool battery teardowns, and it shouldn't surprise anyone terribly much that I'm the sort of person who collects tool batteries wherever I roam.  This week, I've got a pair of cute little 12V lithium batteries to pull apart - one DeWalt, and one Ryobi.

By my standards, both of these are really, really cute.  I like my "100Wh" DeWalt 20V Max/6Ah battery a lot, and these are about 15Wh.  Tiny.  But, they are tool batteries, and I do like tearing tool batteries down - so, join me!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wildfires in the Western United States

It's wildfire season in 2018.  If you don't live in the western half of the United States (or other areas on fire), this probably doesn't mean much to you.  If you do live in the western United States, this isn't news to you, and you're probably sick of the smoke already.

But, to sum it up, "Lots and lots of stuff is either freshly burned, actively on fire, or likely to burn in the very near future."  Forests, grasslands, and, sadly, a lot of structures.

Why am I writing about this?  I live in the western United States, have been under varying levels of smoke for quite a while now (this is normal in the late summer), and have recently been doing a lot of reading on US wildfires, and there are some interesting things that fall out of that!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Church Planting Tech: "Tourizing" XLR and DMX Cables

XLR cables.  DMX cables.  Silence.  Darkness.  Snaps.  Crackles.  Pops - and not the yummy Rice Crispies kind.  These are the kind you get on a Sunday morning (or Friday night) when something's gone badly wrong with one of your XLR cables (or DMX cables), and the problem is almost always at one of the ends of the cable.

What's gone wrong?  How can you fix it?  What might prevent it from happening again?  I've spent a chunk of time repairing cables, and I've found some methods that, if applied early, should help keep your cables living a long and robust life on stage!