2015-02-28T03:21:08Z via AndStatus To: PublicWell, I took a pill today that the doctor said would really help me. Guess what it did? I had an 8 hour migraine, one of the worst in a long time. I'm actually out hiding in the rv from the noise of a 3 year old. :( #notthebestfridaynight
I'm getting sick and tired of finding interesting podcasts that are only available to subscribe to on iTunes or Stitcher or whatever other fucking middle man that wants to sell your ears to ads.
Jason Self shared this.Show all 5 repliesOT: should I stop writing "premium video"? I get a kick out of its use in rationalizing EME, but I guess nobody else is laughing, mostly for not getting the reference. But of course I mostly write for my own enjoyment. Maybe that is an answer.
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You remember where the word Podcast comes from, right?
"The word is a neologism and portmanteau derived from "broadcast" and "pod" from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast
And I know about working around stupid feeds, but the only places the audio for this particular podcast is hosted is on either iTunes or Sticher. If you have figured out how to get a real RSS feed of the audio files from either of those, let me know.
RV progress for the past weekend:
- Drinking water hose
- Y-valve (for water spigot/bib so I can have drinking water and an extra hose for cleaning the sewer pipe)
- Pressure regulator valve
- Clear sewer pipe elbow (to tell when the black water tank is clean)
Free things from Joe:
- 50ft (I think) 30 amp extension cord
- extra sky light covers
- More caulking, emptied my first tube
- Used expanding foam to fill a gap under the sink, and some random other places I saw while I was underneath
- Fixed the stereo power connection
- Washed the removable bed cover
- Vacuumed all other cushions
I really need to take pictures of the RV before I start doing things to it....
I have a cold (since Saturday morning) so I've been really lazy/slow this weekend, which meant it was great to just dink around with the RV (putting some basic supplies like towels, silverware, hangers, pillows, blankets/quilts, etc in there).
I bet I know people who know solar power on here...
What should I look for in a solar panel? Portable-ish one as it'll be for my (yet to actually purchase) RV.Show all 13 replies"so you want to buy solar panels?" crash course
Greg Grossmeier likes this.Do you already know what you want to power with it? Is it to keep a phone charged, or do you want to power other devices?
In my experience solar powered power banks are basically useless (they aren't able to fully recharge their small battery even in a day of full sun); at a minimum you'll want to look into a panel that is at least a quarter of square meter big (they sell a number of these that are foldable and/or have handles for portability).
If I remember correctly, polycrystalline panels are less efficient overall than monocrystalline ones, *but* they work a bit better under non-ideal conditions such as cloudy weather or wrong orientation, which IMHO is a huge plus for a portable solution. I can't really find a reliable source for this, so it's something that probably requires some research.
As joeyh mentioned, solar panel aging is not a big issue, as long as you keep it in mind and overestimate your requirements a bit; batteries however are a different matter and will require changing every few years,.
Greg Grossmeier likes this.I built a small 12 volt emergency backup power generator a while ago. You can read the gory details here:
It was more of an experiment than anything else. This provides enough power to charge cell phones and portable LED lamps.
This is what I can tell you of that experience:
Get the largest wattage that you can get. I made this mistake with mine. I purchased a 13 Watt panel. It works well, but the wattage will dictate size of the battery. The rule of thumb is that you cannot use a battery Amp/Hr larger than 1.5 of the amount of watts. In other words, with 13 watts, the battery cannot be more than 25 Amp/Hr. If you get a 100 Watt, then you can have a 150-200 AmpHour battery (this is a boat/camper size battery).
Battery must be deep cycle batteries. Be mindful while buying them. The small ones are the ones used for alarm systems and the large ones are the marine type. There are "solar power" specialized ones. I do not know, but I am using a small deep cycle one for a scooter and it works fine.
Get a controller to make your life easier and do not burn your battery.
For perspective, the old panels here generated 32 amp-hours on this sunny winter day. At noon, 70 watts were being produced. (These panels were originally rated at 256 watts; they might have generated 128 watts 15 years ago.)
The 32 amp-hrs is ample for my laptop for a day. I could stretch this windfall for a week if I needed to. As it is, tomorrow should be fairly sunny too, and the charge controller has nearly topped off the batteries full, so I am running some hard drives on the inverter and blasting hundreds of GB of data around.
Last night I checked out my neighbor's RV (1997-ish Class C Lindy, looks like this). Going to take it for a test drive today.Show all 8 replies
That's the url, just copy/pasted from Pumpa's edit mode.
Changed the url to the image only: http://www.globalrvdealer.com/usedrvsforsale/image_gd/imagelarege_IGD.php?92829711_1thumb_550x410.jpg
Let's see if that works/redirects/whatever.maybe globalrvdealer guys use some ad program that is set to show redirects single time using cookies or something.
thankfully I wasn't all wrong! I was losing my sanity about how I got there, checked all my feeds. Ghostery is a must use, I had it disabled.
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2015-02-02T01:26:08Z via AndStatus To: PublicSay what you will about the super bowl, but this half time show (I'm eating a slice of pizza while out wandering around) is.... insane. Also, University of Phoenix stadium?
2015-01-31T02:22:37Z via AndStatus To: PublicHaving parks be sunrise to sunset really limiting in the winter. Heck, it's limiting all the time; I like to watch sunsets, which means going *until* sunset and then the wonderful dusk time. This is part of why people buy land. Or camp. Or hunt. Being outside, in nature, at night is amazing.
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Something I haven't been able to find information on: Potential negative effects of sleeping with earplugs.
I used Google Scholar (I know..) and all the results are either shitty "how to sleep better" throw away pieces or a few studies on helping patients in ERs/ICUs sleep better.
My thinking: Your brain isn't just off when you sleep; it is processing a ton and experiencing dreams and all that good stuff. It even still hears the outside world and incorporates that into your dreams (at least, maybe even others "places").
Is background noise helpful to the brain in dream-state? Is total-ish silence?
The answer is probably "we don't know" given the fact we know so very little about the brain.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.I'd be more worried about ear-sweat and other build-up. Your ears need ventilation or they can get infections or other bad stuff. I know whenever I use earplugs I get a lot of wax build-up. Neil Peart had an ear infection because of too much use of in-ear monitors and motor-bike ear plugs.
That said if you can't get to sleep any other way it might be worth the risk.
True! In a recent physical I was told "you have some wax build up pretty far down, not bad, but you might want to have it taken care of next time. Don't do it yourself because you'll just push it deeper."
I've sadly become addicted to sleeping with earplugs. I don't like it. I never had to before.
Being up front about your finances is helpful for others in a similar situation; and sometimes those less fortunate.
It was a great WMF All Hands and then MediaWiki Developer Summit. My team is awesome and full of great people. Getting together in person and having a chance to really talk is amazing. Distributed teams are great things, especially when you get to be in the same place for a couple times a year.