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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I kind of hate Walker mowers

I have been attempting to mow today. There has been a heavy dew. My Walker mower plugs continuously.

The problem is in the deck design. The blades throw the grass towards the opposite blade and the impeller has to suck the material up a foot long chute. 
There are baffles and guides in the deck which are designed to guide the material but they are not self cleaning.

Wet grass builds up all around the blades and soon it plugs. Going slow of course is essential but I don't see the point in owning a mower you have to clean out every dump if you have shade or dew.
It works fine in dry grass or if you are sucking up dead leaves along the side of the road. Works ok to suck junk out of flowerbeds also.

The second problem is that it is useless in mud or slick grass. The center of gravity is too far back and it puts all the weight on the single caster wheel in the back.
You can't climb hills or mow side hills unless you go in reverse.
And the seat is a brick.
I've found it to be faster to use our Kobota mower to mow everything I can do with a big mower, let it sit a day to dry, and then redo where I need to remove cut grass.
Now I'm going to go swear at it some more.

Monday, May 16, 2016

My week in review and no rant to cap it off but I explain alternating current

No rant as I'm going to church with all the other horrible Christians who are probably thinking of oppressing someone tight now...

Last weekend we decided to cut hay and so we pulled the baler out of the shed. I have no photos of the hay. It was mostly nice hay.
Note, the baler is worth more than the IH 656 Hydro. The hydro is worn out and has no power but it will pull the baler. It is the only tractor we have that will go slow enough for a double windrow of good hay.

I sniped and won an auction. It was unexpected. I bought another pair of Tandberg Fasett speakers. These are white. The auction description said they had an annoying buzz and were to be considered for parts. The Fasett's I got from Muddy Valley have been through a fire and the plastic housing is somewhat melted. I did apply heat and persuasion and got them back together but I thought I would combine the two pairs and have one good pair.

When the speakers arrived I quickly spotted the problem. There was a knot on one wire on each speaker. Everyone knows electricity gets confused when there is a knot in the cord. In this case one knot in one wire of a two wire cord would of course change direct current into alternating current as the electrons would become disorientated going through the knot and would wander around aimlessly. This is the definition of alternating current (in layman's terms).
After removing the knot I connected the speakers and there was no buzz. Another eBay success story! Here is a photo of my wall of not-very-good-sound.

Here is a photo of garbage from the flowerbeds. I hope there is no connection between the wreath of flowers and the morning after pill...

Here is a pile of wood chips that we shoveled by hand. They had to be moved 100ft. No one has ever heard of a tractor loader at work... It all pays the same. Whatever....

Here is a photo of the hayfield after the rain. Had five acres to go but the grass did not cure. It is wet now. We do have a semi-truck load of beautiful hay. Some of it is a little warm but it will cool down and be awesome hay.

Here is a really offensive meme that showed up in my Facebook feed. Perhaps it caught me at a bad time. I commented.

It was suggested by several family members that I no longer comment on Facebook as I seem to be overly negative. This stems from telling someone to stop smoking dope and get a job. I would like to congratulate him after he followed my advice and got two jobs and share the fact that my back also hurts like heck most of the time as well and has hurt like heck for the past decade but I suppose I better leave it alone.
And now I'm going to church and will probably be judge mental cause that's what us Christians do.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mondays part 6

I am putting off going to work.
We are going to be lectured on the care of new lawnmowers. Someone put a chip in the deck of one. Someone broke a blade on another.
I have been given the old lawnmower. I have been admonished not to use it as a street sweeper. Having been caught using it as a street sweeper in a 20 foot experiment and then had it brought up in morning meeting, I spent most of my second mowing day actually using it as street sweeper. Ironically, my mower is the one with the best blade. There are no rocks on a street which is blown off thrice weekly.
In other news. We previewed a couple movies.
Blues Brothers is pretty worn out, has a couple F-bombs which I forgot about, and it appears my Hogan's Heroes purchase should have been better researched. I guess part of the charm is crappy sound, accidental nudity, and Hogan's Heroes episodes which are missing the last ten minutes.
If you wanted perfection you could get a DVD. Freezing your butt off to watch a worn out movie on the side of a barn is much better than sitting on a couch watching it on TV.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Forget Bullseye Glass, Yamhill Counties dump in a floodplain or lead in your paint!

The real polluter has got to be wine snobs!!!

I find these stupid corks everywhere on campus. Corks and those little plastic things with dental floss that you clean your teeth with.
Of course I hate the wine industry in general. Wine attracts Californians who in turn attract bicyclists with their funny little Bruce Jenner outfits which attract the scourge of humanity, middle-aged-white-liberals which give us angry young progressives and street beautification projects that don't work, confusing restroom signs, confusion when it comes to cake baking, overpopulation in Portland, and general annoyance which leads to more wine, more bicycles, more gender confusion, more democrats, more wine, more bicycles, the end of civilization.

Posted using a the horrible blogger app with an iPhone while sitting on the toilet 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Budd E Shepherd's wall of inferior sound

I have been accumulating speakers for The Lulu Shepherd Summer Movie Series. I tend to take interesting stuff if it free (the Tandbergs) and Bose 101's are semi water resistant so I can set them on the lawn.
It sound pretty bad at this point. Perhaps some tinkering is in order.
I could use this receiver as an amp and
have a Dynaco surround sound decoder. It is non powered and works kind of like a speaker crossover to send sounds to separate speakers. I'd provide a link but it is too hard to do with google's pathetic blogger app. Look up Dynaco qd II for more correct info. I suspect it won't work correctly on a mono sound source but it does give me four speakers to cover up the projector noise.
I've been nervously awaiting my purchase of The Blues Brothers which was supposedly on its way from Australia. 
I decided it was airmailed via Ford Trimotor. 
Apparently is has been in the back seat of the car for a week...
But I could digress...
lulu and her mother want to go to England so the summer movie series is a fund raiser of sorts. There will be a donation can and Lulu's silk screen t-shirts are planned.
planed is the key word. Lots of things are planned.
Not all happen.
The movie list includes, numerous short cartoons. Mostly woody woodpecker or farmer alfalfa.
Movies: blues brothers, King Kong, Gum Ball Rally, also six episodes of hogans heroes, one episode of Surfside Six, random other short films.
We shall see...
Need more hours per day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Things I want to write about but never finish

1. The American Farmer's obsession with feeding the world...
If I get another Facebook post about how one farmer in 2016 feeds 500 people and one farmer in 1950 fed minus ten I will... Well, do nothing. Probably burst an internal gasket and not wave at someone.
I suspect the truth is that in 1950 one farmer had a small farm and fed his family, supported local businesses and led a nearly self-sufficient life.
By 2016 one asshole farmer had claimed the "American Dream" and displaced 700 1950's farmers and farmer with his "Asshole Family RiverViewCanyon Side Farms LLC" and is of course... "Feeding the world," cause every day is earth day for farmers.
If I were scholarly I would look up the USDA statistics and I could tell you some points that are always left out of those pro-corporate farming posts.  How many people per acre are fed now vs, in 1950. (I'm sure the rate has gone up)  How many farmers who make a living off their farms now vs 1950. Average population of small towns then vs now, hp of tractor then vs now... But it wouldn't matter. No one but people wearing scratchy woolen underwear or lover's of Bernie Sanders want to move back to the farm and actually live off the income.

2. The insanity of modern academic life.

3. The insanity at my job

4. How steep a hill I can climb with my Gator.

5. How Republican's banding against Trump will get us Hilary and Bernie and what is wrong with that. (There is no loyal opposition)

6.  Random hilarious news stories, with added commentary

7. How I used a propane torch and JB weld to repair the Tandberg Facet speakers Muddy Valley gave me. How to spell Sandberg Fascet speakers. How crappy a plastic speaker stuffed with fiberglass insulation sounds. How Bose compensates for this with crossovers designed to hide the fact that 101 music monitors have cheap crappy speakers and how The Sandberg Fawcet uses expensive speakers and still sounds like plastic.

8. Updates on farming. How I managed to crack my ribs again. How I am not actually repairing the a/c on the MM G1355, a place to get a driveline for a New Holland 1411 mower.

9. That I am now late for work. I can't decide to ride the Triumph, the Honda, or take a car. Kind of my morning question of if I should poop or go blind. A difficult decision I face every day....

I leave you with an unedited blog post and a video...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A cup holder

I have been drinking a lot of ice coffee.
I made a cup holder out of a strange brightly colored bendy thing that my wife gave me.
It jiggles when I drive...