The second day is always worse

Got up in the AM more sore than yesterday, the day that we took-off from demolition. I was sore from shoulders, chest, lower-back, right-hip, right-elbow, bum knee – you name it: Ibuprofen!
After breakfast coffee we went down to look at what we had wrought. Damn, the angles of the purlins throw-off all the framing. We’re looking to make boxes for solid flooring, and the craptastic added-in 2×4 blocking that came later shifts everything off-square at the base into trapezoids. Some sense of confusion reigned so we called our best-buddy the Licensed Contractor and he came around to straighten our heads. Most helpful – so then we tore back into it.
crossing members
I might still take out those last two crossing X-beams in the back tomorrow – “Don’t cross the streams!” echos in my head. Since the bottom of the 4×4 compression posts are framed-in there’s no need for all the purlin cross-bracing. New stringers above the wiring could tie-in the tops above head-height if I feel extra AR about all this, and I probably do.

Civilization, the Left, and outright Savagery

From Instapundit first, August 15, 2014 – TIM BLAIR: Civilization vs. Barbarians. (Good thing the kid didn’t wave a gun around, those things are dangerous and should be banned!)

And a recent interview with a Left-media hack: Hugh Hewett to Soledad O’Brien: How Do You Justify Taking Money From Terrorist Funders?

Pathways to Artificial Memory #2

Thinking back, the misuse and misdirection of some Education efforts really didn’t have to descend to actual lies – especially about Mathematics. It was more easily done with a Skinner-Box of guinea-pigs who were lead to outright confusion and substitution: SMSG. Teach you a “method” that’s patently illogical, incomprehensible, and idiotic – and when it fails to stick in the minds of its young subjects at least a residue of doubt and mistrust is left behind. Then teach a class in the uses of statistics to mislead, and the final solution is inevitable right on up to the ridiculous meme of, “Everybody creates their own reality.”

GBR-IX : Sponsorship and Raffle Prizes!

New with the Gunblogger Rendezvous is sponsorship from Crossroads of the West Gun Shows! Yay! Crossroads of the West Gun Shows

And besides that there’s another gun, from Osage County Guns – a new sponsor to the Rendezvous.  Who are contributing a SIG Sauer 1911-22 that will look a lot like this: Sig 1911-22
Yay!  ANOTHER pistol for our fundraising raffle for Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA)!

And as if that were not enough, Dillon Precision is donating a couple of their Border Shift ammo bags.Border Shift ammo bag

But wait, there’s more!
 
A Burris AR-F3 red-dot sight for the AR-15 – that will fit on any Picatinny rail!
Burris AR-F3

Project Basement

More weirdness-gutting has taken place.  It’s sweaty work even in the cool of the morning. Since the raised pier-and-beam foundation 4×4′ posts are framed and tied-in, we have removed a few of the angle-braces as unnecessary.  Now we’re really in for it.
In some places the angle-braces were crossing in the interior, and hindered the proper geometry of the floor.  it’s clear that the earlier half-assed iteration of a “floor” required a bunch of blocking that shifted the geometry out of square.  All that will be corrected by the new framing and floor joists. We’ve pulled a lot of nails and cleaned-up the space, but there’s still more to do — tomorrow…

Back to the basement

Made a lot of progress today removing over-hanging weirdness and some old junky, thickly-layered clutter.  It took everything the DeWalt had, from square-drive bits to philips’ to flat-head – and sometimes all three in one unit of sketchyness.  And nails.  My dear wife has the gentle soul of a gardener, but she can swing the big Eastwing and run the crow-bar – it’s just much more tiresome work.  I can see a dump-run in the near future, but just a bit more clean-out and we’ll be ready for Monday.

Messing around in the basement

In the hot, dog-days of August we get around to more than just yard-work – even though that continues apace. The understory floors were a bit springy so I peeled them back to see what was up. Needs more beef.
basement dirt 

Now they’ll get 2×6 stringers to replace the bouncy pixie-stix you see, and 3/4″ ply decking instead of 3/8″ – and there’s also a small area behind the camera that needs to be brought up to the same level, and some outright weirdness simply needs to be removed…

I’ve got the cool mornings to demo this and after that I’m getting Real Qualified Licensed# help on this from my contractor buddy…

Meanwhile speaking of Outright Weirdness, WordPress has just changed its look-and-feel for making posts, and it’s uncomfortable.  Frankly it’s weird and unexpected – you’d think they’d let the users know in advance when they’re going to do a wholesale “upgrade” of questionable utility.  I don’t see how it serves to improve anything. Also the button to “Publish” seems to fail and they moved other things into stupid and unexpected locations. As a UI designer I smell a turd.

Ghost in the Machine

More finery seen at the Tahoe Show.
Vette In fact there was a bunch of plain-Jane exotica stuff laying around, including (what amounted to the wreck of) Henry J. Kaiser’s own racer-boat, the Scooter Too. Google the 24-cylinder Allison motor monster that could not run at full throttle, and think fondly of Obamacare (Kaiser Health) at the same time…
Metal Beast
Old Hank liked to go fast and didn’t give a hoot about healthcare except it made his workers work for just him, and faster – same thing today. Must make Liberals brains bleed and boil to imagine…no, sorry, nevermind they boiled-out already. Forget it ever happened. Memory Hole has achieved equilibrium.
From Homewood Boatworks and Hydroplane History:

Kaiser chose to power his new unlimited hydroplane with the 24-cylinder V-3420 Allison. Essentially, an experimental engine designed to increase the power output and fighting capability of America’s Allison engines during World War II. Unfortunately, Jet-power was also being developed at about the same time and proved superior in performance.

It was still a bitch on water and ran at 186MPH across the lake at somewhat less than full throttle – it’s driver was too scared to push the throttle open to the stops.
I’m thinking that Henry J. and Howard H. would have had a lot to talk about over cocktails at the Ritz, but Howard got all the movie-biz attention and was younger so he couldn’t listen as well…

Blognostications

So it turns out that while I was taking pictures of exotic boats balancing atop the crystal-clear waters of the Emerald Jewel of the Sierras, I had a blogversary. I’m often a short-term enthusiast, and who knew that what began in 2004 would still be taking place today? Some things have changed, mainly my location, but I haven’t been reloading as much either (see excuse #1), and I haven’t found a regular CMP Club to shoot-with either (yet #1), and my handle changed from DirtCrashr a while back as my off-road riding buddies all turned into asphalt demons or fled to finer pursuits entirely. But this here is ridin’ country and now we have two bikes as God intended – one for tarmac and one for the rest of the world, and I have my registration and reservations to Gunblogger Rendezvous IX and we’re ready to go! Don’t delay, get yours today~!

Beast of a Machine

Curtiss-Smith V-12
Among the many stunningly delicious boats at the Tahoe show was this monster-motor in Miss Detroit III, first piloted (to victory) by Gar Wood himself and then removed put into storage – and the hull lost to damage. Now resurrected in painstaking detail and at excruciating cost within a new hull – the original 1918 Gold Cup winner… They cranked it up just to let the rubes watch the valve tappets pop and hear the stomach-churning roar of the coffee-can sized cylinders. It was religious.
Thank-you Mr. Moneybags-Whoever for this as fine a service to mechanical-humanity as could possibly ever be done, in the water as in flight, amen. Those rich-racin’ rum-runners knew the biz, and a V-12 Liberty powered launch was there as well as a slew of other mahogany mega-fauna of the boatistic variety, including this Jaguar-powered wood-shop refugee:
mahogany mega-fauna
There were more miles of polished mahogany and exotic wood than in a dozen flooring show-rooms. Next year’s select-featured hors d’oeuvres will be the really big V’s, including a couple V-16’s I believe…
Just. Stunning.