Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Colorado Whoopenhollars

Talked to my Crazy Aunt Jean yesterday. (a term of endearment - she calls me Crazy Nephew John) Seems the book she has written has just about completed the self publication process. Look for it from booksellers in the fall. CAJ is an absolute peach and turns out that she is a very good writer on top of all her other talents. She obviously picked up her knack for story telling from her father who was able to keep his children amused from afar while he travelled and worked for the CCC during the Depression.

Just enough sprinkles to give me the excuse to postpone the mortar work today. Managed to finish up repairs to turbine 4 (new tail and wiring) and got 'er flying again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0bLs8aY45Itube.com/watch?v=b0bLs8aY45I Also topped off all my batteries with a drink of distilled water. Shoveled up 2 wheel barrow loads of gifts from the longhorns around the perimeter then did some house cleaning. We still have moderate chances of rain over the next couple days so I gotta be on my toes.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hanna says "crazy nephew John" correct if not a bit understated!

John Wells said...

Hanna.....Bite Me! oops - forget I said that...

Ben in Texas said...

John,or someone,can you bail me out with a link maybe on how to uninstall Adobe player? you videos won't play for me any more, and it is not just yours.grrrr..

boborama said...

Crazy Aunt Jean...I think we all have one and at the same time are one...well, maybe an uncle. Anyway, it's zen-like. That's what keeps life interesting and the world safe for democracy.

Ben, what kind of computer do you have? Mac or Windows or linux? Whichever, it's pretty easy, but a bit different for each.

And we've discovered another drawback to longhorns....

Ben in Texas said...

boborama,,running XP on a Dell, this stuff used to work,, something changed,, I " think" it was an Adobe update that fouled everything up..

Will work on it tomorrow .. getting late for me. Thanks

Ben in Texas said...

Got it fixed,, I just turned off pop up bloacker and antivirus on John's site. Seems to be working now.. Thanks for all the help, wish I could delete the other post now.. They take up space.. sorry John.

boborama said...

Frankly, I'd try the windows uninstall application package first, which you can access through the XP control panel. Then I'd reinstall.

It appears that adobe has made some changes, though, so that might not work. Here are three links about how to download and uninstall/reinstall adobe player. You'll have to use their tool. The first link looks like the easiest go on this.

Caveat: I have not tested this, as I am on a Mac right now. I do have a lot of windows experinece, however, and if you can't uninstall and reinstall using window utilities, this should work.

A BTW: After six months on a Mac, I'm probably going to switch back to a windows/linux based system in the next month or so.

And a question and an observation for John: What kind of video recording equipment are you using? And I have to say two things: first, over-engineer all you efforts...plan for the worst case, or you may lose some of your hardware; second, bravo! on your planning! I really enjoyed how you had that pole ready for the windmill!

And as a community forum and effort, John, I think this is working.

Links follow.


http://www.ehow.com/how_4491579_flash-player-plugin-activex-control.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4797003_uninstall-adobe-flash-player.html

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

boborama said...

Pop-up blocker it could be! youTube probes that!

Great example of KISS.....

Allen Hare said...

Looks like an interesting book. Where can we get one? Good video. I guess you're shooting the video on the Nikon Coolpix you said you got a while ago. It looks like you flipped a switch on the pole to get the windmill started. Can you explain that? I sure admire your engineering talents. All your systems and buildings look well designed and built. Thanks again for keeping us updated.

John Wells said...

Allen...At the base of each turbine is a switch and fuse. The switch isolates the turbine from the fuse and the line back to the battery house - by shorting out the leads on the turbine motor - adding quite a bit of resistance. By turning the switch "on", the resistance was removed allowing the turbine to start spinning in such a light breeze.

The book will be available in the late fall through Amazon.com

Allen Hare said...

10-4, and thanks for the reply, John. I got a great e-mail from Neil Sandstrom with a diagram and links to a world of information about wind generation, etc. Will be studying up in preparation for making my own.

Admin. said...

Rain hitting here, seems to be headed your direction, maybe in 1 1/2-2 hours to reach you, some heavy rain got 1/10 in the first few minutes.

John Wells said...

Admin....you were right on the money with your timing....thanks.