atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7672: Digital pet

Smudge was running around at mach 9. He stopped abruptly and fell asleep under my desk.

One moment he was attacking my feet; the next, he was sleeping on them.

This is how kittens are.

* * *

The first item in Pixy's Tech News section today talks about Apple computers having a bug in the algorithm that determines how much life is left in the system's storage device. Apparently it was severely underestimating how long the SSD had before it was no longer reliable, and reportedly Apple has released a patch to remedey this problem.


"All M1 Macs have their SSDs soldered onto the motherboard and encrypted by a chip also soldered onto the motherboard, so if it wears out your computer is dead and you can't even boot from a backup drive." At that point, there are only two things you can do, realistically speaking, if you do not have the capacity to replace surface-mount devices. 1) You can replace the motherboard and restore from the backup you (hopefully) made and maintained; 2) you can throw the computer away and buy a new one.

Apple is doing everything in its power to make sure that the only economically reasonable choice left to you is number 2.

Anyone who buys a computer from Apple, knowing this, is an idiot.

* * *

Morons all around. So Horseteeth's granny isn't getting the hundred grand raised for her by RINOs because someone in the family--not, reportedly, the grandmother--told GoFundMe they didn't want the money.

Horseteeth wants the issue. RINOs want to make her look bad.

This all stinks of stupidity, on each and every side.

* * *

Yesterday was lost almost entirely to sleep. I've been gradually feeling less and less achy as time goes on.

Washing machine has started making a loud clunk during agitation. It does not seem to be coming from the transmission; it sounds more like it's coming from the tub. I need to take the agitator off to see if maybe something got caught underneath it.

But I do not fancy disassembling that thing again so soon after having done so.

* * *

I was thinking about getting some accessories for the motorized bicycle.

1) generator light. It seems beyond all reason, how much effort is required to run one of those generators. When you're a kid and you engage the generator, it just seems to add a crapton of effort to riding the bike. But when the motive power is coming from gasoline....

2) Speedometer. It would be good to know how fast I was going. I do not expect the thing to run faster than about 30 MPH--50cc motor--but how fast does it go? I'll want to know.

I prefer the old analog/cable driven kind for the speedo, because any time I can eliminate batteries from something I will not use very often, I will do so. Hence the generator-driven light, as well. Naturally, all the ones I see on Amazon are calibrated in km/h. That's relatively easy to convert (multiply times 0.62 to get miles) but I don't want to have to do math all the time. There are no end of electronic ones, of course, which will let you change calibrations with the push of a (few) button(s), but as I said, "no batteries, please."

I don't really need either one just to put the motor kit onto the bike and buzz around on it. And I have no idea how much I'm actually going to use the thing once I've done so; this is more of a lark than anything else.

In some ways, I think the most likely outcome of all this is that I'll build it, ride it some, and then repurpose the motor for something else: I've been looking at the old, old wagon that was handed down from kid to kid until it was stored in the attic. It's not anything valuable, so I was thinking about how difficult it would be to motorize it....

To do that, I'd have to remove the original axles. There are no real bearings; the axles are steel rods passing through hoops of metal and are not expected to turn much. The wheels will have some kind of low-speed bearing in them (like bronze bushings, maybe? If not some kind of soft iron or steel bushing) because let's face it: a kid's wagon is not expected to maintain a speed greater than four miles an hour for more than a few seconds at a time, maximum. Most of its life will be spent moving at under 2 MPH with less than ten pounds of load on each wheel.

However, you put a 300 lb man in the thing and try to move it at 10-15 MPH. If the axles didn't bend, the wheels would grind through them in pretty quick order. Besides, there's no way to drive the wheels from that axle. Replace the whole thing--that's how to manage it. Keyed shaft through pillow blocks--

The front axle would also have to go. Having the whole front axle pivot around a point is fine for steering a kid's wagon, but if you're going to make any speed at all, using that method to steer will lead to an unsafe tendency to tip over. And I have a steering assembly which would work if I can get the wheels mounted.

But not today.

* * *

Today, I am wanting to mount the curtain rods and get the curtains put up in the master bedroom. We still don't have a ceiling fan, or even a permanent light fixture, but getting the curtains up means I can push the furniture back to the walls.

The weather today is supposed to be cooler. Official high was in the low nineties for yesterday; today the forecast was for 83°, but it's 90° right now. Before sitting down to write this, I stepped outside and marveled at how comfortable it was, but I knew that if I stayed outside and started doing anything, I'd be sweating like a broken fire hydrant in short order; and if I opened the house up, it would become an oven inside.

Last night was one of those near-perfect early summer nights where the air is a pleasant temperature and a soft breeze keeps the bugs off. But I know how air moves through the bunker--not well--and so opening the house was out of the question.

...which is weird, considering that the bunker was built at a time when central home air conditioning was an expensive luxury and everyone used room air conditioners, so it does have large windows. If it had been built ten years earlier it would have been built to ventilate with outside air as effectively as possible; ten years later and they'd all be small windows.

All the houses around it have tiny windows, but the bunker has big ones. Big windows are for easy ventilation; small windows are for privacy and security. And the bunker was one of the last houses to go in on this side of the street, and that was in 1965.

On the other side of the street, the houses didn't start being built until 1977-ish; they have door-sized front windows which don't open at all. The upper floor windows crank open; other than a sliding patio door in back, those houses have no large windows at all. Not designed to ventilate with outside air--not for cooling, anyway--and no provision for window AC if the central air fails.

However, the garage has windows--crank-open type. And when they were replaced in 2008, I very foolishly did not insist that they be replaced with sash-type windows...with the result that if I want to run an AC in the garage, I need to find a different way to do it than sticking my old room AC into one of those windows.

My thought was to replace the front people door of the garage (which needs replacing anyway) with a steel door through which I had cut a hole...but in retrospect I don't think that will work, aesthetically if for no other reason. I could buy two doors and swap them out as the seasons change, but that's not really any good, either.

Or, just get a nice big fan and buy Gatorade...which is probably what I'll end up doing.

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