"Murphy was an optimist!"
Weekend Project – Day 25 December 30, 2010 3:18 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Birthday, Daily Life, Family, Holiday, House, Of Being Dad
I had hoped to have the clubhouse finished by Christmas. We are so close! I have a new obstacle; One of the dogs has taken to chewing the extension cords. I lost a 100′ extension cord that had served me well for 20 years. And yesterday, I lost a 50′ extension cord that I had used once. Looks like I’m going to a totally 18v rechargeable workshop.
We are now officially done with step 16 of 27. Count Amy’s wardrobe changes.
And a brief night time attempt that failed to accomplish anything.1 comment so far
I do dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight December 20, 2010 3:32 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Science, Technology
I know some of you get twitches in your toes with the weather is changing, or migraines when the storm is approaching. The full moon sets me off. Perhaps there’s a little werewolf in me. As Luna grows large, I am struck with insomnia, passionate energy, and animalism. Tonight promises to be quite sleepless.
This lunar eclipse falls on the date of the northern winter solstice. How rare is that? Total lunar eclipses in northern winter are fairly common. There have been three of them in the past ten years alone. A lunar eclipse smack-dab on the date of the solstice, however, is unusual. Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. "Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638 DEC 21," says Chester. "Fortunately we won’t have to wait 372 years for the next one…that will be on 2094 DEC 21." [Source, NASA Science, Solstice Lunar Eclipse]
Blessed be!add a comment
Of Being Dad – Where I explain life December 20, 2010 9:57 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad, Philosophy, Tommy
This morning I had the occasion to explain life to my 20 year old:
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You eat, sleep, shit, shower, contribute to society, and play. Live a simple, honest life. Basically, follow the 12 points of the Scout Law and you’ll be happy.
Weekend Project – Day 24 December 19, 2010 7:02 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Birthday, Daily Life, Family, Holiday, House, Of Being Dad
Weekend Project – Day 23 December 19, 2010 11:07 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Birthday, Daily Life, Family, Holiday, House, Of Being Dad
And now for 9 minutes of my posterior…with some guest appearances by Amy, Evan, Tommy, our neighbor friend and the dogs.add a comment
Revelations December 17, 2010 11:21 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, House
Last night, my wife concluded that I’m trying to rebuild our house one square foot at a time.
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From the mouths of babes December 17, 2010 9:33 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes
Evan, 5 years old on the drive to pre-school: "beotch beotch beotch!"
Me, failing to contain shock and anger: "Who taught you that?!"
Evan: "No one."
Me, hypocrite, liar: "I get mad at lies not mistakes."
Evan, confessing and ratting out his friend: *he says his friend’s name. It starts with A but I won’t rat him out here*
Me: *relieved that he didn’t say my name, his mother’s name or any of his older siblings. I really expected it to be from Noah.*
Of Being Dad December 17, 2010 9:24 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
Sometimes getting the children to school on time is not as important as those extra 4.5 minutes under the warm covers.add a comment
State of Me December 15, 2010 11:31 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Fighting a brain cloud today.add a comment
Doug’s Mantras December 14, 2010 3:19 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Doug's Mantras, Of Being Dad, Philosophy
"Do as I say, not as I do."add a comment
Late night or early morning? December 13, 2010 2:01 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
insomnia – It’s worth staying up for.add a comment
Weekend Project – Day 22 December 12, 2010 11:04 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Birthday, Daily Life, Family, Holiday, Of Being Dad
The next step toward getting the roof shingled on Amy’s club house is finishing the gingerbreading and drip rails. Gingerbreading has begun!add a comment
Rayovac discontinued their Hybrid NiMH December 10, 2010 11:02 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Technology
Years ago I decided to quit using Alkaline batteries and instead move to rechargeable. Of course, old nickle cadium (NiCd) batteries were horrible. They were prone to "memory" problems where a the recharging/discharging cycle could result in a loss of capacity. NiCDs also discharged quickly and just could not power some higher demand devices like today’s digital cameras.
I initially bought name brand but the Energizer NiMH were weak. Their D cell rechargeable batteries turned out to be spacers to fill the size of a D but with only a AA inside which I supposed doesn’t really matter except that "D cells are typically used in high current drain applications" [Source, Wikipedia, D battery] Duracell rechargeable batteries were equally disappointing. Now for years I chose Rayovac alkaline AA batteries for most applications and Energizer Max AAs for digital cameras. One day in Target, hidden toward the bottom of the batteries and off to the side, I found a package of generic looking rechargeable batteries labeled "Hybrid." I pleasantly discovered this was a Rayovac product and it rocked! In addition to being a great battery, Rayovac didn’t require a Rayovac charger.
Eventually Rayovac switched to a green label and then a blue label. It felt like the redheaded stepchild of rechargeable batteries but I loved the performance. Over time a cell or two died but I didn’t have the knowledge for using my multimeter to determine a good cell from bad. We just bought more batteries and soon our house had enough rechargeable batteries that we rarely use alkaline batteries anymore. Eventually I discovered the Ansmann 5207123 Energy 16 Charger. What an awesome investment! Even though NiMH don’t really get memories like the old NiCDs they do start to wear down. The Ansmann charger evaluates the cells and can refresh them. I quickly eliminated our bad cells and the charger worked to restore live to the remaining cells. On one it took 4 days but brought it back to life! Since the Ansmann is microchip controlled it does not require batteries being charged in pairs and since it conditions the batteries you can leave 12 AAs in it until they are needed. This makes it really easy for the children to use the batteries (unlike other charging systems).
So today I was reading a review of the new hotness, nickle zinc (NiZn) batteries. Despite the good words about PowerGenix’s Nickel Zinc AA I’m not ready to make the switch. Part of my hesitation is that NiZn requires a special charger and I don’t want the children accidentally putting a NiZn into the NiMH Ansmann charger; melting $114 device would make me sad. Another is that where an alkaline battery comes charged to 1.5V and most electronics are designed for 1V per cell, and a NiMH charges holds an optimal charge at 1.2V, the NiZn charges fully to 1.8 and holds an optimal charge at 1.6. I have not clearly answered the question of whether or not this poses a risk to certain equipment. I’m certain it doesn’t.
In the review, I discovered that Rayovac has discontinued their Hybrid AA/AAAs! Turns out, Hybrid is from 2007; it was rebranded to a blue wrapper in 2009 and is now (2010) called Rayovac Platinum Pre-Charged according to a review by the awesome NLee the Engineer.
We now use the Rayovac batteries in all the kids toys and our various electronic devices. For Cathy’s digital camera, we use Sanyo Eneloop which rates the same as the Rayovac Hybrids but had a distinctly different label that warns the children "do not use these." So, if you are looking for rechargeable batteries for the holidays, I recommend Rayovac Platinum Pre-Charged and Sanyo Eneloop.2comments
Do your holiday shopping with Amazon! December 9, 2010 12:39 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Holiday, Of Interest
This year we are striving to do most of our shopping online. I know it goes against "buy local" but if buy local means fighting crowds in a big chain store that isn’t locally owned then I’d rather shop in my pajamas through Amazon. I participate in Amazon’s affiliate program. When I refer people to Amazon, I get rewarded by Amazon. It does not raise the price of the person referred nor cost them in any way. So, if you are inclined to do your shopping online and do not participate in the affiliate program yourself, please consider getting to Amazon by using the link http://amazon.djuggler.net/ which simply goes to http://www.amazon.com/?linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393193&tag=sidesigns-20. Much obliged!add a comment
Deep Thoughts December 8, 2010 2:58 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
Just because you’re an asshole doesn’t mean you have to act like an asshole.add a comment