Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beam me up Scotty


Hmmmm.....rather slow day at the Field Lab today. Just more planning and duck row getting. Main task on the schedule was cleaning out the ice box. Gets pretty humid in there during the summer ice months and had to take care of some funk growing in the bottom of the box. 56 cans and one bottle of refrigerant are on their own on the porch to fend for themselves tonight. Set the box out in the sun to dry out for the day - definitely needs a metal insert and a drain. Also trucked in 125 gallons of fresh/juicy water to add to my house storage tank.

My bro Neil was on the live cam today with some more of his toys and got me back into a Beam Robotics frenzy. Ordered pager motors, solar panels, lasers, LED"S, 630 2ml bottles and corks (just because I could) .....and Christmas lights. Either I really need to get focused or I'm in serious need of a diversion. We'll see how it all plays out... 64, 80, 44, 0

11 comments:

Baytown Bert said...

You are the envy of all of us city-dwellers, John, out there in the desert. LOL It doesn't make sense, but it is real, nevertheless.

John Wells said...

thanks bert!

frito bandito said...

solar Christmas lights in the desert- I love that

long time blog reader/ 1st time poster. You have fans all over!
frito

John Wells said...

thanks frito!

fallerya said...

Robots? Desert robots? So many possibilities...

OGT said...

poor refrigerant got evictected.

might help to coat the inside of the ice box with some high gloss enamel paint, or line it with metal. Just a thought.

Bob from Athens said...

Well with metal you are going to have to use a lot of caulk and eventually it will start to leak somewhere.
If'n It were me, I would use fiberglass resin, just pour one side at a time, the rotate the box so the next side is down. All you got to do is make sure the box is level and the resin will level it self. Pour the bottom last and it will seal around the drain and pretty much guaranteed no leaks so long as eash side overlaps the previous pour just a little. About 1/8 to 3/16 thick should work just fine, and that stuff is tough enough to stand up to a lot of wear and tear.

Just Me said...

Just a little reminder to be careful when requesting diversions ;-)

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy
aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities
off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio
conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to
avoid collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again,
divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND
LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES
NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR
COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Also see:
Snopes Report on Lighthouse

Allen Hare said...

It's so easy to get diverted on-line!

Good luck with all.

OGT said...

oh one more thing, the stuff in those little blue cans goto be good for us. IT says natural.

Bob O said...

I think you should just pour out your whole supply of refrigerant into a glass, and replace it immediately!

BTW, I use a teak ice chest lined with galvinized aluminium that has a brass drain plug salvaged from a 30's era Chris Craft (Kris Kraft?). Works like a charm.

Keep up the good work!