Friday, May 29, 2015

shipping tools

Had an environmental systems emergency this morning...the pump on the swamp cooler was not cycling.  Ran a quick diagnostic and discovered there was a loose junction in the timer circuit.  A little solder and it was back in business.

Once cool air was back in service, had a meeting with the shipping department.  We decided to take advantage of the shipping tools that PayPal has to offer.  Mailing out the next offering will be much more streamlined and no more trips to the post office.  85,98,65,0,B

Thursday, May 28, 2015

far sighted

I reckon optics is the subject this week.  Finally dropped my old pair of binoculars one too many times last week.  Just got some new ones today.  There is lots of far away stuff to look at out here when there are so many far away views.  84,94,69,0,B

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I see...

Worked in an optometrist appointment last trip to Odessa.  Been almost 5 years and it was past time for some new specs.  The lenses were pretty scratched up and the right temple was hanging on by a thread since my accident.  My vision hasn't changed much other than a little worse in one eye and a little better in the other.  Both eyes still correctable to 20/20.  83,97,61,0,B

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bigger is Better

In 2011, I bought a large fresnel lens from my friend Dan Rojas.  I tried some experiments and it worked well turning sand into glass, but it wasn't quite hot enough to do much with more than a few grams of sterling.  Contemplating buying his biggest lens for some real solar metal work.  The top photo shows the specs of the lens I bought and the bottom one shows the specs for the jumbo lens.  82,93,56,0,C

Monday, May 25, 2015

a better buffer

When I did the first round of sterling in 2013, I used my cordless drill with a buffing wheel for the final polishing.  Rather than let my drill take a further beating - I decided to invest in a proper bench buffer.  Harbor Freight comes through once again.  Forty bucks later and I am ready for the next round.  FYI...whenever you buy something from them, go online to look for coupon codes.  I got 20% off for the effort.  78,90,69,0,B

Sunday, May 24, 2015

what if...?

What if how you were raised, your education, media and popular culture, your friends, your chosen lifestyle, your wants and desires, all your preconceived notions...were all part of Satan's grand plan to steer you away from Christ?  No one likes to be lied to and no one enjoys being deceived...but most importantly - no one likes rules that conflict with one's chosen beliefs.  If you won't even consider the possibility, then perhaps consider that Satan has won.

Romans 16:20  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

finally some rain...

There have been a bunch of storms moving through the area for the last couple of days.  All of them missed me till this afternoon.  TFL caught the last bit of a string of thunderstorms that moved through the area.  I saw it coming on the doppler radar and headed out to the mailboxes and grabbed a few items at the corner store.  The rain hit hard about an hour later.

Had a nice surprise in the mailbox.  My friend Paul Roccaforte sent me a custom graphite mold he made just for me - including a sterling silver cast he had done with it.  He recently had a death in the family and had shut down his Ebay store where I had been buying my molds (he had quite a following and lots of customers).  Once I started casting 2 years ago, we corresponded quite a bit and he started following my blog.  A little over a month ago I sent him an email offering my condolences and I mentioned he must have had a lot of questions sent to him once he ended his store.  I told him that I didn't want to add to the deluge of email questions especially due to the circumstances and that I had just pressed ahead and made my own molds thanks to all the information he has put out on the web.  He is a really good guy and I pray he gets past the loss and gets back into his workshop.  66,86,70, .62,W