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by liquidsquid
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57185

Re: Something's different...

For me, sticking around is like watching the embers of a once glorious campfire slowly wither away. It is kind of sad, but inevitable. The natural order of things when you get tired of feeding the fire yourself and just want to go to bed.
by liquidsquid
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Please share your real supernatural stories
Replies: 44
Views: 2366

Re: Please share your real supernatural stories

There are these thread to poke about in: https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11812&hilit=Ouija And https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=22424&hilit=Ouija Kind of entertaining as I have forgotten about some of this stuff. When my wife and I went house shoppi...
by liquidsquid
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7530

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

I perhaps have gotten old, but the old 80's comedies always had to have some sort of booby shot or something that as a parent makes you pretty darned uncomfortable watching with a 13yo. You realize that the scenes could have easily been left out or pasteurized without deterring from the movie whatso...
by liquidsquid
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 342
Views: 89043

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

That really is pretty cool! Nice job! Early progress with my "helper" who is 13, and only really helped raise my blood pressure. https://photos.app.goo.gl/p1jrjoyibiHp1Eq99 Finished product: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2zffnmhLNpYTCwCQ7 I created an under-gravel filter to help keep the much ...
by liquidsquid
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57185

Re: Something's different...

Well, at least this hung on far longer than my original gaming tech site "Stomped", which was abandoned in favor of hosting LAN parties if I remember correctly. That is when I came here, and that is a long time ago. To be honest, TR hasn't influenced a tech purchase for me for years. Most ...
by liquidsquid
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57185

Re: Something's different...

Great, it is if the front page were intentionally sabotaged for standard monitors. It has gone from somewhat annoying but usable to annoying and unusable. First the Weather Underground web site stopped working properly in many ways for individual weather stations, and now I cannot even really see th...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 126017

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

As an engineer, I create stuff that someone else gets to fix when they misuse it!
Completely replacing an enlarging a garden pond on a shoestring budget. Means a lot of sweat equity.
by liquidsquid
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Algae in our drinking water filter
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Re: Algae in our drinking water filter

Unless his water is extraordinarily clean, any residue in the filter housing after a soak in diluted bleach will be neutralized very quickly. If if there is any left, it wont make it past your tongue. There will be more chlorine and byproducts in a swimming pool, and that tends to not kill people. I...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 342
Views: 89043

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

Finally putting a large pond liner to use:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/KQAwb6mzwq3bRFHj6

A lot of shoveling! More pics to come. The plan is to host our amphibian friends and small native fish.
by liquidsquid
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 81
Views: 5519

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

I simply need to stop eating two bowls Cinnamon Squares and Honey Nut Cheerios in the morning every day. The sugar content of both is rather high. At least I get plenty of activity to burn it off most days.
by liquidsquid
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 342
Views: 89043

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

Ah, I will post some pictures soon of my latest fish adventure. Let's say its not a full sized 1/2 acre pond, but the garden pond is getting a re-vamp!
by liquidsquid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48682

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

I have problems with dentist anxiety also. I was doing OK until they nailed the bone with the local, passed out, woke up, and threw up. Came back from the bathroom with a nice nitrous mask all ready to go. Needless to say, I didn't realize how many dirty jokes I actually knew! Best stuff ever. I fel...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48682

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

heh, I went bozzing with some friends the night before, and went in on about 2 hours of sleep. Got sedated, and refused to wake up after the procedure for some time. Scared the ever-living bejesus out of the anesthesiologist. I remember waking up in the waiting room getting rather pissed off as I wa...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21109

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

In a similar vein, I have gotten back into enthusiast photography, and noticing a trend of cell phones taking large chunks out of the market. Add insult to injury, and it appears Huawei has paid posters to go into the SP review site and post overly generous reviews of the camera module to promote sa...
by liquidsquid
Wed May 29, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Improving peltier fridge efficiency??
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: Improving peltier fridge efficiency??

The problem is that when current stops flowing, they do not make good insulators. Thermal energy will immediately start flowing the wrong way. You have to maintain the current required to keep the efficiency high. Mechanically, you could produce an insulating "shutter" that closes when the...
by liquidsquid
Wed May 01, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do new phones have significantly better radios?
Replies: 14
Views: 2658

Re: Do new phones have significantly better radios?

In general, smart phone radio reception has terrible antenna patterns as they typically use ceramic chip antennas to condense their size. In addition, they are usually compromised by the case, a hand, and a display. This means that orientation of you phone in your hand matters with reception. Frankl...
by liquidsquid
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A trick for your tired eyes
Replies: 30
Views: 1818

Re: A trick for your tired eyes

I subscribe to the "exercise your eyes" method at the local beach or on occasion at "Canadian ballet", but my wife says no, so blindness it is. :wink:
But yes, get out more, it will only help. Nothing helps us when we get over 45, your lenses just get stiff.
by liquidsquid
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!
Replies: 24
Views: 2735

Re: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!

4. Do all these different kinds of bulbs emit different amounts of UV? I don't believe any of them do, but relatively short-wave blues in order to activate the phosphors. In the case of RGB bulbs, I don't believe there is any phosphor as white is accomplished via mixing, but they choose a short blu...
by liquidsquid
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!
Replies: 24
Views: 2735

Re: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!

I replaced some lights with the Philips color-changeable lights, and they have a pretty respectable color gamut. I have always had trouble with pics in there, and decided to solve it the hard way. Besides being cool and being able to change the lighting in the room via Alexa, it looks good in there....
by liquidsquid
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6799

Re: Colorado River Water

That's very interesting. I guess I'm out-of-date with whatever research is latest. But I was under the assumption that flow-batteries were only going to be cost-effective vs Lithium-Ion when the storage-tank for the electrolyte was large enough. So I assumed that Flow-batteries were going to be the...
by liquidsquid
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6799

Re: Colorado River Water

You may be surprised how fast things are beginning to move for flow batteries. Part of the solution to make it possible and efficient was the creation of SiC power transistors. The damned things are amazing for power conversion. We are hammering on a bunch right now running about 1200V @50A peaks pe...
by liquidsquid
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6799

Re: Colorado River Water

Interesting thread... One of the strangest things I have realized recently is how there is a core group of elitist leaders who would love nothing more than to privatize or meter every last drop of water. Whether it comes out of your privately owned well or a great lake. Being on a well, our water te...
by liquidsquid
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6799

Re: Colorado River Water

Nobody said that water energy storage had to be fresh water. Not that you would pump salt water into a freshwater system, but if practically close to an ocean or inlet a reservoir could be built to use seawater as the energy storage mechanism. Lots of coast and nearby higher elevations in Southern C...
by liquidsquid
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Big release day for Intel
Replies: 55
Views: 6109

Re: Big release day for Intel

A recent push by power chip vendors (Like Analog Devices) suggests that Data-centers would prefer one large 48V redundant, shared, and backed-up bus where all other local supplies derive their power. Seems kind of strange as the amount of current said bus bar would need to carry would be rather larg...
by liquidsquid
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 342
Views: 89043

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

I still have my 110gal tall running strong, it is a great addition to the living room in the middle of winter. I have it balanced very nicely, so I am not doing ANYTHING to it but changing water and scraping off algae on occasion. Fish are thriving. I bought 10 neons about 8 months ago. I still have...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Original Star Wars 4K HDR release (SPECULATION)
Replies: 41
Views: 3246

Re: Original Star Wars 4K HDR release (SPECULATION)

I have the Collector's Edition LaserDisc set. I'm pretty sure it's widescreen. As do I. in the lovely black box. However, when I went to play it on my decent LCD HT projection screen... 1. Wow has technology moved ahead. CRT television resolution on a beast of a screen is too much crap to bear. 2. ...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Another moment of tech weakness
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Re: Another moment of tech weakness

Yeah, that is what I mean. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It makes me think that the URL is actually pointing to a temporary "cached" image that is only available if someone has accessed a page to force it to be generated. Wait a while and it goes away. What really ticks me off ...
by liquidsquid
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Another moment of tech weakness
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Re: Another moment of tech weakness

Some samples from today:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Mvz7prQ3MVZVNnC9

One thing I don't like about Google is the difficulty of embedding the images in a forum like this. Thought I figured it out once, but doesn't seem to work any more.
by liquidsquid
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Another moment of tech weakness
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Re: Another moment of tech weakness

I bought a new monopod, tripod, and intervalometer a couple weeks ago. Getting back into some rocket photography. This G9 has it all built right in. Crazy 6.5 stops of stabilization, and a time-lapse mode that is frigging cool. Can't wait to try it on a stormy day or flowers opening in the sun. Sin...
by liquidsquid
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Another moment of tech weakness
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Another moment of tech weakness

My older micro-4/3 camera, the Panasonic GH-2 was getting long in the tooth, so I felt the need to upgrade to the Panasonic G9, being that I am more of a stills guy. All I wanted is more DR and better low light capabilities. What I got was *wow!*. Some of the cool things this camera can do like 60FP...
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