Thursday, February 28, 2019

final squaring

Finally got the rest of the foundation squared up perfectly so I can finish the forms and start pouring concrete. I found that the west end (far side) had to shift about 2.5" to the north (right).  Video tomorrow.  72,85,54,0,B

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Chupa Motto...

A little customizing for the clock...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Site

The work is hard - but at least the view is nice...

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

the clock is close...

Pulley bearing and counterweight for the 3D printed clock.  How many pennies?  Video Monday.  59,65,40,0,W

Friday, February 22, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

close to home...

The wildflower season is going crazy out here...most I have ever seen in 11 years.  I even have a stray bluebonnet growing on my road.  65,72,45,0,B

Wednesday, February 20, 2019



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

like clockwork...

I have always been fascinated by clock mechanisms and time measurement.  As a kid I was always taking things apart to see how they worked and I must have disassembled at least 20 clocks.  When I was a teenager, I tried making one from scratch - cutting the gears by hand with a jig saw.  I could never get the gears to mesh right.  I also spent countless hours trying to assemble a paper clock and never quite got that to work either (I still have it in a box somewhere in one of my shipping containers).   I recently found several 3D printable mechanical clocks at Thingiverse and chose the simplest one to try first.  If that works out, I will try some of the more complex ones.  53,63,44,0,B

Monday, February 18, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Create in me a clean heart...

Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chupa Merch

I miss my old buddy and if you do too, Chupa mugs and tshirts will be available again from my online store starting Monday.  A limited/numbered edition of BE LIKE CHUPA sterling silver coins will be available this summer.  78,83,55,0,W

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fresh from the West Point Mint...

My modest yearly investment just arrived...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


8 PM and still no Fed Ex.  I really need that water level...  61,66,33,0,C

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Matthew 13 : 9 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!"10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you always tell stories when you talk to the people?" 11 Then he explained to them, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. 12 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I tell these stories, because people see what I do, but they don't really see. They hear what I say, but they don't really hear, and they don't understand. 14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: 'You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. 15 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes -- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.'

Saturday, February 9, 2019


to clean the kitchen.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Leveling cinder blocks...

video monday

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


3D print of a detail of Mary from Michelangelo's Pieta.  Three inches tall / 4.3 meters of filament / 4 hour print time.  74,81,47,T, W

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

All good things must come to an end...

Had some errands to run in Alpine yesterday.  Over the years, I have left Chupa out during the day hundreds of times to guard the estate and he has always been there to attack unannounced visitors and greet me when I came home...but not yesterday.  No sign of what happened - no blood, no feathers, no Chupa.  I guess we'll never know - but I suspect fowl play by a predator who got lucky.  Chupa was a good egg...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Atheist Meme

A "Facebook friend" posted this meme this morning.

This was my reply:
"This argument is incredibly flawed and is just another lame attempt by atheists to vilify Christianity.  Abortion as a means of contraception and helping fellow humans are both "religious concerns", but simply allowing people to circumvent the law when it comes to immigration has nothing to do with the argument.  However, when you flop the meme - the argument becomes valid."

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019