Wednesday, April 26, 2017

knee deep in lists....

Robert Pirsig is no longer with us, adding the "T" word to the conversation, and in the "well his lips were moving" department...

Getting ready to blow this pop shop, while a goodly thing, has me running in circles trying to load up on things I'll need for future projects while I have a US of A address. So not only do I have the list of things to do to get the boat ready but I also have a lists of lists for things I'll need six-months down the line including guitar building bits, needful surfboard stuff, and a shitload of camera gear.

Talk about a FUBAR state of affairs...

Still, I always do my best work when the clock is ticking and deadlines are too close for comfort.

Anyway, a roundabout way of saying postings will be a tad bit sporadic for the next few weeks or so

Listening to Quitapenas

So it goes...

Monday, April 24, 2017

fun with cardboard...

 Something to consider, not exactly on the same page, and over in the "fear mongering over facts" zone...




Listening to Minus the Bear

So it goes...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

a good read...

This may ruin your day, Kunstler making sense, Earth-Bound Misfit on the subject of Hawaii, and in the "insufferable ego from wannabee generals and men of action" department...

SV Adventurer has an excellent post about age, surfing, and health care in the not US of A. You should really check it out.

Listening to Ljova and the Kontraband

So it goes...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

cardboard...

Weapons of mass murder of another sort, some important stuff regarding schools, and in the "why the hell am I not surprised" department...

While the idea of a cardboard surfboard is not exactly new (Mike Sheldrake has been doing it for some time), but it's still nice to see how others approach the concept even if it is with an SUP.



More information on their Kickstarter site.

Now, if only someone would think about dinghies, we'd be talking.

Listening to Leon Russell

So it goes...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A film worth checking out...

Some seriously out-of-control spending, better batteries, our current reality, and on the subject of needful legal advice if you're visiting the US of A...


POVERTY, INC. | Official Trailer from POVERTY, INC. | The Movie on Vimeo.

Listening to Alejandro Escovedo

So it goes...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Instead of worrying about WW3...

Dorworth with some timely quotes, Badtux with a good point, and in the "...most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped president in US history" department...

Here's some boat building to check out if you need to quit worrying about tRumpageddon for a bit.



Now, don't you feel better?

Listening to Tash Sultana

So it goes...



Thursday, April 13, 2017

A better light...

A needful cruiser rant, some kind of depressing, and a little situational awareness of note...

I was going to install a new tricolor/anchor light  (a Aqua Signal clone with two Bebi led lamps) to my mast and had second thoughts partly because the light was a tad bulky for my tastes and partly because I'd really like a mast head strobe as part of the package.

As a result I found myself looking at tricolor/anchor/strobes...

The Aqua Signal is too bulky (what I'm trying to get away from) and, at $469, is way too expensive for my frugal (spelled c-h-e-a-p) nature.

Looking further afield any of the more compact tricolor/anchor/strobes were expensive or expensive with lingering bad reputations (I'm looking at you Orca/Lopo). So what's a poor boy going to do?

Enter Marinebeam...



It's compact...

It's well made...

It's a tricolor/anchor/strobe...

It's a two wire design...

It's just $99.

So, doing the math it's easy to work out spending over $400 or more vs $99 is something of a no brainer being there's a lot I can use the $300+ savings on elsewhere. I ordered a Marinebeam, it was shipped same day and in my PO Box three days after that.

The light is even better than I had hoped. The body of the light is PVC which will not rot up at the masthead as so many plastics seem to be doing these days. The switching between modes (Tricolor/anchor/strobe) is easy, and it does everything I need a tricolor/anchor/strobe light to do... What's not to like?

By the way, if anyone wants an unused Aqua Signal clone tricolor/anchor light with Bebi LEDs  drop me a line as I now have one surplus to requirements and taking up needful locker space.

Listening to Robert Randolph and The Family Band (pedal steel done right)

So it goes...

Monday, April 10, 2017

on embracing the crazy...

An important question, current odds, and child labor in the US of A...

Today began with a deluge of biblical proportions. Of course, being that I had planned to plane down and shape the new laminated boom, it was not exactly the sort of weather I was hoping for.

Doing any sort of work on a boat at anchor is just going to be a problematic affair so you learn to work around the many and varied obstacles. Or, you just go batshit crazy.

Just make your choice.

That said, it is somewhat traditional for folks in the real world to consider those who live on boats "crazy" anyway so, I expect, no matter what I do crazy is going to be part of the description and I can deal with that.

Listening to Ha Ha Tonka

So it goes...

Saturday, April 08, 2017

A better composting toilet system...

Worth checking out, something about the cost of Zika, and Stephen King has something to say...



For more information on the tech involved check out Loowatt.

Listening to Suni McGrath

So it goes...