Category Archives: Life

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” — Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Just Zap It With Electricity

Electricians are arrived at the house at about 8:00AM. Told me it’d be about four hours to install the 240-volt from the circuit breaker panel to the outdoor heat-pump. They were done a touch past 10:00AM.

I turned the Nest thermostat, which drives the oil burner, down to 58F and ran around setting the head-units to 66F.… Read the rest

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Enter the Heat-Pump

Today the line-sets went in, as well as the massive heat-pump.

The covers on the channels are a great sign. These are paintable, so we’ll be shopping for some grey paint come Spring. They put a vacuum on the line-sets and they are all sound, so they charged and primed the system.… Read the rest

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And the Next Day, Mini-Splits

Everything happens at once. Yesterday we took down a 75′ spruce tree, and today they started installing our ductless mini-splits.

Today, they installed the four head-units, the backer plates for the exterior channels, and the pad for the outdoor compressor. Tomorrow they install the line sets and hopefully the outdoor compressor.… Read the rest

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One Year with Rooftop Solar

On Dec 23, 2020, I was finally given the OK to flip the switch to bring our eleven panel solar system online. It has been a learning event, for sure, this past year. The main thing I have learned is that we needed that spruce tree (at right in photo) removed, the consumption monitoring CT clamps installed, and five additional panels installed.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank Charcoal Seaside Deodorant FTW!

191 day! That last jar lasted 191 days! I could not be happier with this deodorant and have told several friends about it on the Facebooks. Thank you, Pretty Frank (formerly Primal Pit Paste), for this awesome product.

I was happy to see that the plastic cover has been replaced with metal, and the scent, which my wife finally noticed a few weeks back, has been dialed back a bit.… Read the rest

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Michael James Hannan Obituary (1938 – 2021) The Day

Been one hell of a 21 months since my mother died. This is sure to leave a mark. My sister is my new hero, but this has all taken a toll on her. We got him home from the hospital with, literally, hours to go.… Read the rest

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Synology NAS VPN Server

It has been a long while since I wrote about VPN servers. This is because of the change of job, and then working from home for over a year because of COVID-19. But I have kept playing with the technology over the years.… Read the rest

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Importing Old DV tapes

COVID lock-down has driven me to start importing old DV tapes. The computer I am using for that is my old jobber. It has Firewire built into the motherboard. Once I get all of the tapes imported, I am going to rebuild this box as an OPNsense router.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank Activated Charcoal Seaside Deodorant, Update

I think we have a winner here. It is about a week and a half after I started using the new deodorant and I am seeing (smelling) (not smelling?) positive results.

First, it has a much creamier texture than the magnesium had.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank Deodorant Update

It is that time again. Not every post here is about computer parts or star pictures. We tend towards the biological from time to time, too.

It has been 150 days since I received my jar of Pretty Frank Unscented Magnesium Natural Deodorant.… Read the rest

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