Walrilla's Wonderings

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29 November, 2008

I Am Full of Teh Awsum!!!

Well, full of something, anyway!

Y'all know I'm trying to get my trike ready to go, right? Well, one of the things I am working on is the clutch pedal. I need to do some mods to it, due to my wooden leg. (OK, it's not really wooden, but that just rolls off the tongue sooo easily!) One thing I need to do is ride with boots, so I have a heel, which makes it harder for my foot to slip off, or get in the wrong position, when I need to disengage the clutch. With a large part of my leg on that side reduced to a 1" shaft, lace-ups were gonna be a no-go, and pull-ons were gonna be too loose. I got to thinking(dangerous, I know) about all the plastic foam the hardware is shipped in at work, and how firm, but shapeable it is, and I had a brainstorm!

Go get a sandwich! No, wait, that's not it!

Oh, yeah, carve a section to replace the bulk of my missing leg!

Here's what I started with:

I cut it into 6" lengths, then glued them into a 5"x8"x6" block, cut it in half, carved out a channel and spaces for the shaft and the hardware to fit in,fitted it to the shaft, then started carving the block down to an approximate replacement for the leg mass.

This is what was left after carving away the extraneous foam and hot glue.

Here's the leg without the foam.

Here's the leg with the foam.(I just realized, I made a prosthetic for the prosthetic! How recursive!)

Here's all the scrap that was carved off. I think there's more here than is left in the finished product!

Here's the table after I finished, and, yes, I did get it all cleaned up before Dear Wife returned! You can see the prosthetic's prosthetic between the glue gun and the original(duplicate) packing foam.

Now, some judicious hinting to the Missus for these, and I am all set!


All the Cool Kids Are Doin' This One!

A BorrowedStolen Meme Is The Best Meme!

Nabbed this from El Capitan, who got it from Elisson, who got it from somewhere's else, who got it from who-knows-where.

Things I’ve done are in bold.

What I’ve done:

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars
One of my favorite things

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower
I try to stay up for 'em.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland
(I've been by it. Does that count?)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris
(I'm thinking Paris, Texas doesn't count, does it?)

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
After I had my heart attacks, I taught myself how to make Dream Catchers during my time off.

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
I've GOT to tell y'all about this one sometime!

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
Both, sometimes without sleep in between!

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
That's where I accomplished #13

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing
Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas

40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke
I was really drunk at the time...
(can't improve on Cap'n's answer, actually)

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
Not Fun!(sorry, AD. Maybe if I rode with you... B-)>)

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business
A bookstore. NOBODY reads anymore!

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check
My philosophy used to be, 'Got checks, got money' {shudder}

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
I still have my little rubber/plastic squeezy dog, given to me by a most favorite southern aunt
(defined as a lady, so close to the family as to be related , but really isn't)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
Yum, yum! Fish Jelly!(but in a good way)

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job
Numerous times, whan I was young and foolishstupid

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone
Broke my right wrist when my pickup fell off jackstands, and the wrist got crushed between the bottom edge of the bed and my chest.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
Several species worth, in fact...
(again, same answer as Cap'n)

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby
(Well, the wife actually delivered it, but I was there! And kinda involved in the creation! That counts, right?)

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Well, actually just stuck my hand in, after a drunken midnight run from Minneapolis to Duluth(don't ask, I'll tell, sometime)

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day
Umm... Actually, this isn't much of an accomplishment for me. I read way too damn fast, which kinda makes it expensive to stay in reading material.

Wow! My count has me at 55. I need to get out more!

Again, everybody's done this one, so not gonna tag, unless you really, really wanna do this.


20 November, 2008

The rules are: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

Tagged by: El Capitan at Baboon Pirates(OK, here's your post. You can quit making that voodoo doll now.)

OK, here goes...

The Book is:

Command Language Cookbook
For Mainframes, MiniComputers, and PC's

by Hallett German

The fifth sentence(and the subsequent ones):

These techniques could be used by the CLIST programs that generate reports:

  • CLIST QSAM facility to obtain the correct records on perform database transactions(such as adding or modifying a record). This can also be used to to generate a customized report.
  • Various string operations such as parsing, concatenating, and building arrays.
  • Control variables and built-in functions
  • Symbolic substitution to generate customized reports

Wow! Exciting, interesting, spellbinding stuff, what? A certified page-turner! Well, you did ask for the closest book. Careful for what you ask for!

Supposed to tag five people, but, nahhhh, everyone's done this one, so play if you want to, but I'm not gonna force anyone...

Except Running Behind from A Disregard For Timekeeping

Him, he needs a little prodding. Unlike me. (ha ha)


01 November, 2008

Trike Update

Trike is coming along, slowly but surely. I got the remaining parts for the engine this week, and planning on finishing the rebuild this Sunday. Still need to move the fuel fitting from the bottom of the tank, but it's getting close. This is my kinda riding weather, cool and sunny. Ready to get the hell out there and let the wind blow through my flowin' locks.

Free On Three!