jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

Follow jcomeau_ictx on Twitter This is the weblog of Intrepid Wanderer. You never know what you might find here; graphic descriptions of bodily functions, computer programming secrets, proselytizing for the antichrist, miscellaneous ranting and kvetching, valuable information on living off the land... if you don't share my rather weird interests you may want to try slashdot instead.

You can consider my Del.icio.us links an extension to my blog, as are my LifeTango goals and my other to-do items. My to-buy list is also public, but only for sharing any useful ideas that might be there; I'm not requesting charity, neither do I offer it.

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2018-05-20-2226Z

left my netbook in Mexico. just now getting it together to blog from an Android phone. [comment]

2018-05-07-0310Z

tested my kinetic "sculpture" today; doesn't work. also tested a couple of new "YAC" alcohol stoves, also don't work as they're supposed to, at least with 40% alcohol as fuel; they burn OK from the top but go out when you put a pot on top. they're supposed to burn from the gap between the two pieces of can but they're not. [comment]

2018-05-05-1931Z

turns out I could have gotten that pork cooked for free yesterday. Arámburo offers that service Thursday through Saturday. oh well, I survived. [comment]

2018-05-05-0211Z

a few days ago I went to Ley to see how they ring up bulk goods purchases, since I'd been wondering about that. I put about 50g of blanched peanuts in a bag and took it to the register with a couple of telera rolls. the cajera (cashier) started explaining how I had to get it weighed and labeled by someone but I couldn't understand exactly who, so I just said dejalo (leave it) and just paid for the bread. continuing the experiment, I sat in the eating area and put some catchup and hot sauce on the bread and ate some of it there. I guess I could have used their free wifi had I bothered to bring a phone along.

tonight, I tried another experiment after googling about the safety of eating raw pork (it's supposedly pretty safe nowadays), and about using the alcohol in liquor to kill any parasites or bacteria that may have been in it (it might work). anyway, I ate one of the pork chops raw, and cooked the other one somewhat just using a lighter. I'll be eating it soon. hope I don't get sick just before my trip north. as you may know if you've been following my blog, I ran out of propane and I really don't want to buy any more before I go. [comment]

2018-05-04-0012Z

so I tried my solar "stove" idea again today. this time I used some aluminum shim stock cut from a beer can (with paint scraped off) to make the connections more secure. I get about 46VDC when disconnected, but as soon as I hook it all up, voltage goes to zero and the current must be close to that. I don't understand it. it's not supposed to work that way. [comment]

2018-05-03-0005Z

so that last canister of gas lasted me only 3 months and 12 days. that's about 2 pesos a day, not nearly as good as I'd hoped, but then I've been cooking a lot more than I did last winter. [comment]

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