Saturday, April 30, 2022

Power bank test - fail


So I'm returning the little solar charged power bank for a full refund.  I started the test yesterday morning after fully charging the power bank for 8 hours with a 5V adapter plugged into AC power.  It barely got any charge off its little panel during the day while the camera was running and only just managed to continue powering the camera overnight.  All in all, it lasted 27 hours.  For the next test, I ordered a 30 watt panel and a 12 V / 10 Ah SLA battery.  If my math is right, this "should" work with some power to spare.  I already have one of these cheap PWM charge controllers to hook the system together.  It is perfect for this application since it already has a 5V USB outlet to power the camera off a 12 volt system.   87,91,56,0,B

Friday, April 29, 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

make the switch

one down - four to go

Monday, April 25, 2022

Sunday, April 24, 2022


Proverbs 12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. 18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. 19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. 21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. 22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

One year free cell phone service for everyone! (almost)

Are you paying more than 15 bucks a month for cell phone service (unlimited talk and text + 4GB data) - or 30 bucks a month for unlimited talk, text, and unlimited data?  Then you are paying too much.  Use my personal referral LINK to switch to Mint Mobile and if 5 people do it - then I will get free service for a year.  If each of those 5 people get 5 people to switch - they will get free service for a year too.  And it keeps going (almost) until everyone in the world has switched to Mint Mobile...  91,97,65,0,B

Friday, April 22, 2022

name that seed...

Hint: It's 2" x 1" x 1/4" thick.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Solar job VII


another happy Starlink customer in the desert

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

dirty donkey


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Solar job VI

Power all hooked up and systems are nominal.  Scavanged junk yard parts for the client's Starlink dish coming by the end of the week.  88,93,61,0,B

Monday, April 18, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter Sunday - giving up the ghost

John 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. 22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

Saturday, April 16, 2022

wyze cam test - no wifi

Camera running off a power brick and programmed for a time lapse while connected to the internet - then relocated away from the internet to shoot the sequence. If the camera is set to continuous recording, it will also do that while recording the time lapse at the same time. 87,93,52,0,B

Friday, April 15, 2022

First Anniversary


One year sober and tobacco free...

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Solar job V


Eight 12 volt / 100 watt panels connected to the combiner box.  Four strings of 2 panels each - wired in series.  Each input string is fused for 12 amps.  Output goes through a 63 amp circuit breaker.  
Approximately 40 volts / 20 amps will go out to the MPPT charge controller.  80,87,57,0,B

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Dining out...


Met a friend this morning for breakfast at the Big Bend Motor Inn Cafe.  It has been 8 years since I ate in a restaurant.  Back in the days before my land line got installed (the first 3 months of 2008), I would come here on Sundays for breakfast and my once-a-week internet fix.  90,93,70,0,W

Monday, April 11, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

a little heavy on the salt sometimes...

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

camera test

A quick test to make sure I can record motion triggered events and easily transfer them from the Wyze Cam V3 to my computer for editing. To do this go to settings/event recording and turn on "Detect Motion". Then go to Advanced Settings and make sure Continuous is chosen instead of Events Only. Then from the home screen, click on events and choose the event - then choose playback and from that screen you can scroll to the section you want and hit record then stop when finished. Next choose album and you can see the recording you just made. Click on your recording and choose "share" at the bottom of the screen and upload it to Google Drive (you can rename the file before the upload). Then you can download the file from Google Drive to your computer for editing. There seems to be a glitch in the app (at least for me) - when you try to go back to the Album page, it gets stuck on "Loading". From that point you have to restart your phone to get back to the home screen in the app. Doh De Oh by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Artist:

Friday, April 8, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022

phone finder


Since my new smart phone doesn't stay home hanging on the wall, I am a bit paranoid about losing it so I ordered one of these.  It can make my smart phone even smarter in case I've been stupid and misplaced it.  Sure you can always just call your phone and hope to hear it ringing - but what if it's turned off or the battery is dead?  With the "tile" attached to the case, I can locate my phone with the app on my tablet.  Not only will it play a loud tone on the device, but it will also show me a map of where it was last located.  I'm screwed though if I lose both my phone and my tablet... 70,76,51,0,B

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

desert tech...


Connected by satellite.
Powered by the sun.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022

Sunday, April 3, 2022

ye do err...

Matthew 22:29

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, 

not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022