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MMM...fire good!

November 7, 2008 11:12 AM 11/7/08

So it actually was a good thing that it was cold and crappy out when I got home because it gave me an excuse to light a fire in the fireplace.

First - nothing beats the smell of a wood fireplace. Second - we’re going to save _SO_ much gas this winter.

While the fireplace was going last night the furnace didn’t kick on once. I’m betting that since the cold air return is in the same room I could set the furnace to off but set the fans to on and heat the entire house for the most part.

That and the look of a nice cracking and popping fireplace is just fantastic.

Going to have to get used to letting it burn down after a certain time though as I’m not yet comfortable running it all night. There’s an internal screen and an external standalone screen but I’m still nervous about it a little.

And yet again nature has reminded me that I haven’t gotten to draining the rain barrel into the containment barrel in the basement yet. Gotta get that done before first snow or it’ll be a lot harder to do. (And I still have to wash out the other 15 gallon barrels for the potable water storage.)

Bringing home boxes today so I can finally pack and move the third bedroom stuff out the the garage. I really need to get this taken care of as soon as possible because my daughter doing her homework at the kitchen table is non-optimum. She needs a distraction-free study area and there’s already desks in the third bedroom that will not be moving outside. And since she’s making good progress that is a serious concern. I want to accelerate that progress or at least streamline it a bit if possible.

Still don’t know what to do with my neighbor’s laptop. It’s a Toshiba that isn’t recognizing the DVD drive nor any cards put into the PCMCIA slot. She might be looking at a complete re-load of the system. Blah. One more reason to hate Windows.

While my friend was here he kindly upgraded my Dovecot installation on the mail server to the latest version and it is significantly faster than the previous one. I’m pretty happy with that because I use squirrelmail while out and about and it needs some help sometimes.

One thing I could do without is Chinese netblocks trying SASL auth attacks against my mail server. I’m now adding a /24 netblock about once a week or so to my firewall to prevent these attacks. I will echo my friend’s sentiments in that it should be legal to do harm to these people. (Or at least re-distribute their income.)

There’s a stunningly cool idea! When you catch a spammer automatically liquidate all his assets as soon as you’re sure he’s a serious problem. (Confirmed by “follow the money”.) Liquidate his/her assets before they go to trial and put them into a central pool that gets added to your tax return every year. If you pay, you pay less because of the spammer. If you get paid, you get paid more because of the spammer.

This would encourage people in the US at least to turn in spammers when they know about them though it wouldn’t likely discourage them from buying things from spammers.

Probably never happen though because of the “follow the money” thing...

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Nov. 7th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Have your landlord (or you, if you own the place) check the flue every so often. One apartment I lived in back when I was with DJ Milla had a bad chimney that caught fire one day, charring a great deal of our ceiling (the fire stayed between the roof and the sheet rock in the ceiling...it didn't enter the living space itself).

After the fire brigade was done fighting the fire, we had a sizable hole in our ceiling for a couple months before the landlord finally decided to get us a new fireplace and chimney. The fire brigade attributed the original's damage to an not-up-to-code chimney, but the landlord had somehow decided it was *our* fault and had a stick up his ass about it and since he couldn't sue us over it, he instead started looking for a reason to evict us, which he later flimsily found, unfortunately.
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
We actually paid the chimney cleaning people for a cleaning and inspection just last week so we're good there. The thing was so clean and in such good shape they questioned why we even called them. ^_^

I'll probably run a cleaning log through it every couple of months or so just to be on the safe side as it's an older house. (1955)

As for your landlord sounds like he's another one of those people that should be on George Carlin's list of "people to be removed from the gene pool". ;-)
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Cleaning logs only work if your chimney is clean to begin with. They can't clean a chimney if it's too dirty.
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yep. That's why we had the 'sweep out to clean it and look at it. Thanks for the concern though as I sometimes miss the obvious. :-/

I may have never had a fireplace of my own until now but I've had several friends and family members who've had them so I've got at least that under my belt. And I can call them too if I've got questions.
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