When the bell rings…. what happens?
Here’s a link, lots of fun listening to Forrest talk about the early days.
As I once wrote, Forrest is the best technical writer I know, reading his books is like pouring knowledge directly into your brain. He’s changed more lives than he’ll ever know..
Politics and Satire? Kshama seems perfect for Seattle. This page is only a monument. It’s your job to search for the rest of the story, and interpret it as you wish.
After posting this, I received the following email, I do enjoy Indian History, and very much enjoy the helpful advice and info I receive about India and her rich history.
“Good One! BTW did you know that the meaning of the Sanskrit word kshama is SCARCITY if it is pronounced as kshAAma and PATIENCE if pronounced as kshama? Since the English language gives no clue to how to pronounce it, I guess the pronunciation with the elongated “AA” is more appropriate!”
So I guess the KshamaSutra (the name I give her plans) may just be an appropriate name for Seattle someday?
The KamaSutra is about far more than western people might think at first. The KshamaSutra appears to be a rather unique name and it’s my hope that it will stick to her as well as stink does to dog poop. Kshamasutra is really about ‘doing it to yourself’, and all who might be ignorant enough to follow..
As you might know, There are a number of reasons that search engines might store information, and content is one of them. If you are as offended as I am by Kshama Sawant, perhaps you’ll point to this page from elsewhere? If you decide to comment on this page, please use the name Kshamasutra or kshama Sutra, or both in that comment.
Scarcity? I really do think Sawant is capable of leaving a stink, but we’ll see how much of a scar her stink makes.
Capitalisim is evil she says, and the Boeing Machinists should seize Boeing property and make things other than war machines? You need google up this socialist.
Radical Marxist Kshama Sawant ‘Occupies’ A Seattle City Council Position.
There’s really no need for me to link all the stories in this day and age. Kshama makes it known how important youth is in her politics, it’s Seattle youth, the homeless, and the jobless, and a touch of Fairy dust that has brought her to office.
Just the other day, she found a great photo op, and took advantage of the Boeing Machinists. She’s seen with them, fists raised in Solidarity!
Seattle is a lefty city, but according to the KshamaSutra (my name for Her Radical Teachings) The Seattle City Council, and everyone holding office in the State Are far to the right.
She’s suggesting the Machinists take over Boeing property if their jobs leave! Telling them they can make useful things like transit buses instead of war machines.
To occupy Boeing’s property and use it? So odd a Woman wouldn’t think of herself being used in a similar way.. without her permission.
My crystal ball suggests that the name I’ve given her cause and following “The KshamaSutra” will come to be all about fu__ing yourself. It may take some time for the word to spread.
Do a few searches you’ll find plenty to read..
If you knew the interworks of Boeing’s surplus store north of Kent WA., you know there were more than a few millionaires made.
As the Unions dance in the streets, the tactical planners plan. I wonder what all is going to end up in the new surplus store, will it be a chance to take some of your savings that doesn’t make a dime and buy something of value? Will… Boeing have time to be more sophisticated in their sales, and will there be a market for the commodities?
But local energy stocks is part of my muse, when Boeing pulls out, and energy usage drops like a rock, what happens to solar, wind turbine credits and the demand for their sometimes off, sometimes on power production? Will they spill water over the dam, just to let AE make what we don’t need, and do we really need the power now, or is it all just the subsidy game?
I dunno, but maybe you do? But just one last muse of the morning, you’ll be glad you read this far. Just how much POT could you grow in those buildings that Boeing will abandon? I’d bet Jay Inslee is already trying to market the idea. I do know of one man from Chicago who has leased a number of warehouse buildings to grow pot right here in Kent! I know a man paid to re-design the building for that express purpose.
My muse could go on all morning, I’m wondering about those guys who once trucked in pot to sell, will they just steal it from local warehouses instead? And talking about local jobs, those who get laid off at Boeing, and don’t want to move? I wonder how much a warehouse security guard will get paid, and if he’s allowed to carry a gun?
Oh goodness this muse could go on and on, all that Pot Tax Money, there may be enough to fund an Army of the SOW (State of Washington). I imagine men and women dressed in crisp new uniforms with ‘ASOW’ clearly printed across their backs. They’ll patrol the warehouses from Seattle to far south. No reason NOT to give them more firepower than the bad guys. And Freddie Meyer? He’s opened new firearms departments, perhaps he saw all this coming?
ASOW is a PIG of an idea, you get it, but my Senators, they are Druggies too.. hooked on fairy dust, one of the most habit forming addictions of them all. There’s never been a printed fairy tale dollar they couldn’t find a reason to re-distribute. Some would say.. this is the root cause Boeing needs to leave….. the tax they pay is just too high, and they ask…why should we wait and give the jobs to Airbus, and all those gearing up to take the market share from those who pay the ‘HIGHEST’ rent?
My Senior Senator is a preschool teacher, no doubt she’ll be saying, all you need to know, you’ll learn in common core. No doubt, she’s done far better than most, just following the string. Thinking for yourself is not encouraged in her profession.
Ahh, you’re a hands on crowd.. you have the vision same as I do. The State of Washington Representatives huddled around an abacus, just how many halide growing lights will it take to ‘Balance the Power?’
As I attempt to understand John McCain, I read some of what he wrote, and some of the quotes attributed to him. I salute him for his service, bravery, and valor. “He’s a good man”, I say that as I reflect on his own words, the same words he used to describe Barack Obama. I only ask, has he grown too old to know the game being played? I don’t know, I only ask… …
What is it that frustrates me?
The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.
Really? Are there days you think it’s fifty percent or more of the electorate who would not only threaten them, but abolish them?
We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.
Are there days when McCain questions his abilities to anticipate an opponent’s move on the checker board? And does McCain realize the Democrats are playing Chess?
Our political differences, no matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.
I’m really having trouble with this one, I’m not sure when it was made, but as a Conservative and one who believes our Constitution IS what separates us from the unfortunate and less free; I feel our way of life is under constant attack, is McCain oblivious to that, or am I delusional?
Thank God for our form of government. The media won’t let there be any cover-up.
What? Obamacare is burning down, and the media has just arrived to ask if it was built on sand?
I am a Republican. I’m loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline.
I am loyal to no party, as I fully understand a party can stray, and here Senator McCain recognizes such a fact. At what point do you question your obedience to your party and work on behalf of the people? I wonder what his answer would be to that question?
If you are Hands on, most of what I post might make sense. If your hands have no stains or lack a single callous, then you’re likely going to find nothing but contempt for what is shared here.
We see our President surround himself with CARBON copies of himself, no hands on experience, no business, no mechanicals, nothing outside the .EDU or twisted politics.
We see who was put in charge of building that obamacare website, you will need work hard to rationalize that it was any more than stuffing the pockets of political allies, and done by people who have no clue about the shear complexity of what needed to be done.
DIYers, this is your call to action, time to organize your own house. It is a clear sign that stealing the public’s purse and using it to assure a single party government remains in place is the top priority. You’ve watched the efforts to divide the public by race, religion, income, and more, Have you ever seen an effort made by top leadership in the last 5 years to unite us?
We have learned from experience how important it is to seek the advice and help of others who have the skills necessary to make realistic assessments in what we attempt to do. In the corner of my shop are projects that remind me of the skills I lack, it’s important for a man to know his limitations.
It’s been an Interesting few weeks, I’ve wanted to thank the Russians and the French for helping to preserve American freedoms. But now, I need thank the Poles too! As Pelosi waits for the Website to come up (so >she< can learn what’s in it), others play candy crush, and some citizens with real hands on experience wonder….
Would Atlas himself have tried to lift all of American Healthcare? It’s bigger and more complex than all American Government does now. But if your representatives don’t read what they vote for, how would they ever know?
Thank you Poles, you have history lessons fresh in your mind and know what a good screwing looks like.
We all wonder where the safety net is? When will we wake up? Some of the most hands on and informed say the net is reality, and when there is no money left to buy those free lunches, we can attempt to reclaim reality as so many in the past have.
If you are willing to give up your soul, you can turn the world upside down. I expect my Grand Children to read about it, and to ask… Just what the hell were our parents thinking? That’s exactly the questions children in Europe asked of their parents.
The only thing that does make sense is that the President and his friends think they are taking you on a journey from which you can not return.. and there’s a chance they’re right. The only question that remains, will those who have supported the transformation of America realize that they have nearly outlived their usefulness? Are they smart enough to grasp that they are in the process of surrendering any say they might have in what and how government governs?
As we watch government swing the hammer and hit our thumb in healthcare. The EPA is swinging a far larger hammer, and they are aiming at our head! What’s wrong with America? People like my Senator Patty Murray who believes in fairy dust. A woman who will watch the world be unraveled, and hold her tongue. One of many who have sold their souls for a position of power, and the story will be told in the history books.
Just thought we could have a thread where folks can list what equipment they have put together for their off-grid systems. It may also be educational to know what appliances are used. I’ll start with my stuff.
We live on 1 acre that we had cleared in a rainforest at 1800′ alt.
The average wind speed is 7mph, so no wind turbines here.
Our annual rain fall is 200″. Winter temps are 55°F – 70°F Summer 65°F – 80°F.
Humidity is a pretty consistent 80%
1880 watts of PV controlled by Outback MX60
8 x S530 Rolls Surette 6V batteries strung in series/parallel at 24V
Xantrex TR3624 charger/inverter 3600 watt (square wave)
Kill a Watt CT50:5 metering
Listeroid Metro 6/1 with Utterpower 3K PMG (cooled with Honda radiator and box fan)
We fuel the 6/1 with UVO that we heat to dry out then filter and cut with 10- 20 % Virgin RUG
Yamaha EF2000is ( Fueled with Non-ethanol 89 octane gasoline with 1 oz./ 5 gal TCW3)
Changfa 6 Hp turning a 3K st head (currently fueled with Locally produced Bio-diesel)
Our hot water is supplied by a cheap propane fired Eccotemp L5 on demand water heater
Refrigeration is a 5.cubic foot chest freezer converted with an external thermostat.
Our water is just caught rain water the we treat with chlorine tablets
Water pump is a 3/4hp w/ 5 gallon pressure tank
Lighting is all CFL
Electricity costs on the Big Island fluctuate with fuel prices I think it is about 40- 50 cents / Kwh
Propane is about 4.80 / gallon
Greg West, Hawaii
Last time I wrote you I was in fourth grade, I had told you about my Teacher (Mrs. Owens), she was a tyrant who made the meekest girl in class ask three times to go to the restroom. All of us knew that it took all of Susan’s courage just to ask! When our classmate lost her water all over the floor, Mrs. Owens got down on her hands and knees with a sponge to clean it all up. Susan finally was allowed to leave the room in a stream of tears. You had advised me that I really needed to stop smashing bugs on top of Mrs. Owen’s desk when she was off smoking in the teacher’s lounge. I did take your advice and quit a full week prior to summer vacation.
But now I’m Older, and find myself with no one else to turn to for an answer, so I ask the following question:
Those pro-ethanol producer guys. Why is it their fuel of choice is foreign produced diesel fuel? Why haven’t they flooded Massey Ferguson, John Deere, and others with requests to build the E85 tractor for the fields? And where’s the over the road tractors that runs on what they want us to use? You’d think it was just common sense to run what you sell.. It reminds me of the Chevy salesmen driving a Ford to work every day and parking it out front on the lot.
No doubt Mrs. Owens was deserving of the attention you gave her, but at some point you needed to stop. Cross contamination is a real thing, and the bug guts on her desk likely found their way onto the backs of graded papers and returned to the students, and perhaps even carried home in their empty lunch boxes, you can see the potential health hazard. I’m glad you saw the big picture.
Now onto your question about Ethanol. It’s all simple, fourth grade math is all you need. Yes, you are much older now, but all you need do is add up all the BTUs required to plant, harvest, process, distribute, blend, and then deliver to the point of sale. Just the distillation process is plenty energy intensive.
You know that Ethanol has a much lower BTU content as measured by volume, against gasoline or Diesel. And you know that if the Ethanol Industry powered their entire operation with Ethanol, they’d fall way short, and have nothing to sell.
Thanks for writing, and I’m glad to know you are still a student of all things, it’s a sad day when we quit learning, and many quit learning once they knew it all..
Hello, I bought an AURORA 6500 diesel generator in 2009. When I had the manual transfer switch installed in the house, the electrician told me to have my generator looked at. Well, I have had one disappointing experience after another !
I have read some of your articles and I feel my situation might finally have a tolerable end.
In order to achieve the 60hz, this generator just about shakes apart. The engine also sounds bad as it sounds as if missing at 3600 rpm. It wants to run seemingly well below 3400 rpm’s. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you
Answer: First, I attempt to answer your question and then I’ll ramble on some.. (as I normally do
I think some of these designs are pushed past their design limits to meet our 60hz standard with a two pole head. Gravity fuel systems might need to be set higher to deliver all the fuel required, and in stationary applications, the first thing we do is strip anything we can off the generator frame! The fuel tank can be full of bubbles, and as I mention way too low to keep your beast properly fed as such a high RPM. Gauges and other things… take them off the frame and mount them on the wall, keep them from rattling apart as many do.
Once you improve your fuel system, and you might add a lift pump. If the problem of not being able to maintain 60hz or near persists, then it’s time to look at your governor..
George’s Muse Follows..
First you need keep in mind, you solicit the opinion of a student, never to be the cocksure master we find in such numbers, and of course most of them have wares to sell.
When we deploy Diesels, we do so knowing the advantages, a fuel that stores for years when properly treated in a fuel system that doesn’t breathe. WE know of the fuel density, more BTUs per volume, and even our ability to manufacture a suitable alternative fuel if we desire.
Beyond that, we know that diesels CAN be built to produce torque at very low RPM, and many outlast their owners. At first direct drive between prime mover and generator head sounds like an advantage, but this doesn’t allow us to optimize our power plant for the loads >WE< typically run, which can greatly improve BTU/KWH conversions. Even a reduction of 200 RPMs can make all the difference in longevity, and it can improve fuel/KWH conversion figures in our typical operating range.
A gen set too large, is normally a bigger mistake than one too small, and the well pump generally the load that MUST be started.
A larger engine running a bit slower, and coupled via an efficient transmission allows us to use off the shelf common parts, and avoid expensive 8 pole heads and the like. And we run the engine well below that nerve racking speed that produces top HP rating.
It helps to visualize the game of more fully loading each power pulse, and still operating within the operating range of the governor, and sometimes we need make a spring change to a lighter one, if we are to get the best response to load coming and going.
Hands on experience is how we learn, and it is powerful as per changing our opinions. But what to do if you don’t like what you have? It really depends on how handy you are. Some find it best to sell what they have and start over. When you come across two bearing generators of decent quality, you have a major part of something you can build and tune to you liking… that’s if you’re a one percenter.. the other 99 percent shop the big box store..
Always the student..