A Bit of Engineering

A Bit of Engineering

I haven't delved deep enough into the channel to recommend the entirety on the whole, but both of these videos are worth your while. The first is an in-depth look about how the most basic of fuel feed systems, the carburetor, works, complete with high speed photography. One interesting note - the throttle plastic starts to flex under the force of the gas flow. At first it's thought it may be the plastic breaking down due to contact with the gasoline (in my childhood I'd made the mistake of pouring gasoline into a styrofoam cup, some plastics don't last long…

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How to Host Foundry (pt 2)

How to Host Foundry (pt 2)

In Part 1 I covered the basic setup to get foundry running on your own server running Ubuntu. Now, don't get me wrong. A lot of people just won't want to mess with stuff like this, or won't have/want to start a private server up. I get it. For a few bucks a month you can pay the guys at Forge, punch in your license code to foundry, and get a feature set far better than Roll 20 for a lot less, in the long run, without having to maintain your own server. Anyway - where we left off,…

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Big Tech

Big Tech

Over at MoTW, The Didact posts some good and solid information on getting yourself protected and unplugged from as much constant monitoring by Big Tech as possible.  It's a good start. A few notes to add once you've processed all of that. One, VPNs. I won't knock Surfshark - I haven't used it, and it seems to hold up OK review-wise. I've leaned more on NordVPN, and am seriously eyeing ProtonVPN by the same guys who bring you Protonmail. Speaking of which - and in alignment with getting away from the cult of "free" - a paid protonmail account is…

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Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Even before hearing the term "antifragile" I was prone to point out that it didn't matter how efficient or inexpensive something was, if it wasn't capable of doing the job when you need it. Resiliency, plans for the worst case, etc. So. Texas. There's a lot to unpack here. Shockingly, Ars Technica actually had a decent article on the issues above and beyond the wind turbines getting locked up - about which they point out that, yes, it's possible to build heating elements into the blades and mechanisms (guess what powers that?), and Texas hadn't. Then they go into some…

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Property Rights

Property Rights

The Didact, in his excellent Memorial Day wrapup for Monday, reminded me that I wanted to cover this commentary by Razorfist on Intellectual Property. The Didact notes: I used to be a libertardian, so I had a lot of sympathy for the idea of doing away with IP rights entirely, but I was never fully convinced by the arguments against IP. Looking at the arguments given by the Razorfist, he makes a very compelling case that the product of a man's mind is indeed his property. And I agree with him. I do think that reasonable limits have to be…

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Safety Third - Covid Edition

Safety Third - Covid Edition

A While back I'd written a post on safety being important, but not the most important thing. Safety has to serve repeatably getting things done, and is not an ultimate virtue in and of itself. Put another way, there is a difference between staying alive, and living. Every choice involves risks, and one of the most common causes of death is slipping in the shower or bathtub. A guy can die as a result of simply falling over in his house and hitting his head. While I'm not in the "just a flu" or "it doesn't exist" crowd - there's…

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Goes Ups Equals Goes Downs

Goes Ups Equals Goes Downs

Over at Peter Grants blog, he links to the story of the triton submarines, capable of getting to the deepest parts of the world, period. It's a fascinating read. I certainly never wanted my boat to go that deep - it would be a one-way ride.…

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Mixed Feelings, But Hopeful

Mixed Feelings, But Hopeful

If you recognize the not-quite-Chris Foss image gracing this article, you've likely spent a few hours lost in a truly groundbreaking game called Homeworld - one which, a few years back, had been released in a "remastered" version that took the original game, ships, adn strategy and dressed them up with much more detailed models and texture maps. Well, it looks like a new iteration of the game is on its way. For those of you not familiar with the game, the below does a decent job of reviewing why the game was good, in terms of story, art production,…

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