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rainy day tubes

Trying to keep occupied, while waiting to start production on The Thing.

It will involve bits of tube being chopped off a longer bit of tube, and so far I have struggled with lengths being fed into my cutoff saw. Might as well do something about that. Last night I used the design table to draw a thing.

Today I made it.
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oh soapbox

I am taken aback at how having a safety net opens up the world as full of possibilities. I know it is not a new thought, and I think there have been actual studies showing this for example in relation to UBI, that when your basic needs are pretty much taken care of you are much more likely to explore inventive and slightly risky possibilities for making a living as these are rewarding and interesting. This is the way to get genuine progress in society. It is counter to the interests of those who are making money from the current state of drudgery in which people spend a huge amount of their lives, as people in fear of losing their livelihood will acquiesce to conditions they would never accept given a free rational choice. I have enough to get by on for a while now if I absolutely have to, an emergency backstop if it is needed, and I am now pursuing options that could well fail but the mere pursuit of which requires and reinforces a mind frame of positive exploration, optimism, willingness to take a risk and potentially discover something great or even just becoming an enthusiastic participant in the social world.... Isn't that what we are consistently told is the aim? the mark of a good citizen? How To Succeed In Life?

It is the condition of endless drudgery for survival with the possibility for only incremental clawing-up the ladder which breeds indolence and hopeless resignation, not the situation of having your basic needs met and the freedom to explore.

This is pretty much the opposite of what The Right persistently tells us: take care of people and they will lazily bludge forever, we are told.

Bullshit.

Failing to plan is planning to be awesome

As an habitually idle fellow it's too easy to sink into a routine of no routine. Late nights and mornings lead to disorganised half-jobs, and progressively dwindling resources are the reward of an unmotivated outlook. As a disorganised chap suddenly trying to complete things, it's too easy to get fixated on one thing so that then even the most basic life maintenance gets ignored.

New Plan:
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dropping the lump

I'm continuing with dismantling the green van not because I enjoy it but because I want it out of the bloody way. This has poisoned my life since I got it, but I'm not going to just scrap it in a fit of pique. It has to be removed sensibly, making good use of whatever parts I may need. I'm unemployed, with lots of free time, unmotivated to create anything in particular, so may as well do unpleasant jobs as it certainly can't bring me down and the achievement might be a bonus.

My ramp setup may not be safe. One word used to refer colloquially to an engine is "lump". It is. Add the weight of the van itself, or as much of it as is levered over that front region, and you wouldn't have any change left from the approx 680kg that the ramps claim to be able together to support. Possibly there would be a considerable debt.

Problems are best solved...
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catch your cod and cook it

Some people don't like red cod.

Some people don't mind it, but don't like catching it. Towards the end of winter when everything is hungry they start to put up a fight, but mostly it's a single nibble followed by a dead weight coming in. Sock of porridge.

They can be gross. That just indicates whether a fish is worth keeping. Early season healthy fish seem to have no parasites, are slick to handle rather than slimy, and don't smell much when you open them. Later you'll get them lice-hagged and worm-ridden, reeking of sludge in the gut.

This one is beautiful. It died perfectly with a knife in the head, without puking up anything gross. The sheen is sharply metallic.



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sliding

My van is a pain in the arse. I spent a year fixing it up, then promptly blew the head. The green van from which I got all the running gear and gearbox and sundry engine accessories still clutters my driveway, looming on axle stands, blocking the garage, decaying. I want the doors, much of the glass, and unfortunately may need part of the engine. More than this: I want it gone.

I have to drop the engine out, there's no getting around it. Store it, use it to repair the other engine or rebuild it as the good one. Then go to town on chopping up the body. Keep the front cut and roofline for panels to replace rusting areas on the "fixed up" van.

I have to drop the engine out.

Read more...Collapse )It's winter. The red cod have arrived.

7 Top Pie-Related Tips, Tip #3

With winter approaching, make sure your pie-gathering footwear is in a state of high readiness.




Pay particular attention to the top seams when applying Dubbin.

7 Top Pie-Related Tips, Tip #2

When reheating pie, a substantial block of cheese on top will indicate when the pie is heated.

7 Top Pie-Related Tips, Tip #1

A refrigerated pie can prevent you from leaving the house hangry, and you still have time to get things done!

Blue ribbon pah.

Winter. Hard fishing. That's why I froze so much smoked kahawai.


In the wind at Breaker Bay, no bites there at the end of a day of no bites everywhere else, I consoled myself planning a dinner pie. Leek and potato and spring onion and mushroom and yellow capsicum. Garlic and green curry and turmeric. Frozen smoked kahawai fillets, thawed and roughly flaked.


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