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Washing machine PSA

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You know all that change, pens and other small things (like foam ear plugs) that disappear in your front-loading washing machine? No, me neither. However, it turns out that there is a trap before the pump. And when it gets too full of change, pens, ear plugs, hair, and other various pieces of plastic it can overflow and something can block the pump. In this case it was apparently a penny.

The good news is that it's fairly easy to clean out said trap and I don't need a new pump. The bad news is that vile things grow there and it smells bad.

Something to add to the list to clean when I'm cleaning out the dryer duct.


Quintuple whammy from those thunderstorms last night.

1) They woke me up
2) They were upsetting the dogs, which kept me up
3) The power went out, meaning I was without CPAP or fan so I didn't sleep well
4) The power was out long enough that I had to pay attention to a bunch of UPSes and systems that did not come back up automatically.
5) The grass has grown inches since yesterday.


For the first time in 39 years I find myself without a day job. Time to contemplate my future direction and next opportunity.

Aw heck, want to go for a bike ride?


Metal detector(n): A tool to search the pasture for parts that fall off your tractor.



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Level 56 achieved!


Sunday afternoon project

Sunday afternoon project

Caeln and I replaced the lights over the mantle in the living room. The transformer for the old lights died a few years ago and we finally got around to putting in the new track lights. Currently running 50W Halogens, but some 35W equivalent 45 degree warm white dimable LED bulbs are on their way.

Working on this side of the fireplace in the attic involves worming through a space not much bigger than I am. It does help that I've lost 35lbs since the last time I tried this.

Maybe next weekend we'll work on installing some mantle lights on the kitchen side. We'll need to be more careful about cutting the hole for the box as the track lights won't be hidden around a beam as they are in the livingroom.


This morning I looked out to see a murder taking place in my neighbor's yard. Unfortunately it flew away before I could get a picture!


Nexus 5X inbound!


NEWS FLASH! For a few moments on 28Sep2015 Facebook goes down and world productivity spikes.