So I get my power brick for my Macbook replaced only to have LJ go off the air tomorrow. Wheee.....
Fortunately they say they’re going to hopefully only be down for about four hours or so which means I still might get to post by the end of the day. (Hi! I’m nimitzbrood and I’m a LiveJournal addict!) *chuckle*
Anyway things are going ‘round the bend as usual. It was flurrying last night and this morning but not accumulating yet. Won’t take long though so last night I brought the plow blade into the garage and turned the lawn tractor around so I can just attach the blade and go. I’ll hopefully attach the blade tonight along with replacing my wife’s headlight.
Had to increase the minimum temperature of the garage to 50 degrees from 45 because the desktops were having problems starting up out there. My bad - forgot that hard drives and such have a minimum operating temperature. Nothing appears to be damaged and I suppose it’s better to have the heat than not but I know it’ll be an increase in my gas bill. Yet another reason to keep us on the budget plan.
Still pondering the rigid-frame hot air airship idea. I found some composite propane cylinders on the web but I don’t know if they are still in production or not. They claim a 40% weight reduction over normal cylinders so that’s pretty cool from an airship standpoint.
I did ponder another couple of things the other day and drew them up in the sketchbook - a fabric propeller and a stirling engine to drive it off of the leftover heat of the bag. It wouldn’t provide much forward thrust but remember that we’re talking about something that is incredibly slow moving already so that doesn’t bother me. Anyway all this is stuff other people can come up with if they try so if my idea doesn’t work then someone else will come up with a different one.
My wife and I both got Netflix accounts this weekend so there’s going to be a few red envelopes showing up at the house on a regular basis. The total cost is about $20/month so I can easily recoup that by not eating at the restaurant a couple of days a month. (Yes I spend an insane amount for lunch so I can get some privacy and eat some fairly decent food if still from a restaurant chain.)
Needless to say Netflix has a buttload of anime that I either haven’t seen the end of or haven’t seen before. That’s pretty much what is in my queue at the moment. I’ll probably add stuff later. Hmm...I wonder if they have Edge of Darkness. That wasn’t a bad thing but it’s 300 minutes and only available either in VHS or Region 2 DVDs. That was a pretty good political/murder mystery miniseries and well worth watching.
I wish the BBC would properly publish more stuff for US consumers. It’s only recently that a number of British made series I’ve seen on PBS over the years have started showing up on DVD.
A few more months and we’ll have been in our current house for a year. It’s hard for me to imagine that it’s been that long. (Not too hard - the house is _still_ cluttered from the move.)
Still feels strange to be a homeowner...