Monday, January 20, 2020

Prepping for real

So the volcano is not going back to sleep.

Bought a big sack of rice. The pantry is full of food, car with gasoline, cash on hand.  Our only evac route is east towards the town of Infanta.  125km away from the volcano.  (direct line)  Downside it that it is a 3 hour drive for 75 miles.  cuz twisty roads.

checking google maps, I am 74km from the center.

Evacuation zone is 14km diameter circle.

Mostly will depend on winds.  So if it really happens, it better before the monsoon changes and blows back towards me.

Working like a squirrel gathering nuts before winter to build up personal funds.

Magma 're-charge' feeds Taal fury as Philippines remains on ...

1 day agoMANILA — A "re-charge" of magma or molten rocks beneath the Taal Volcano spawned fresh earthquakes, indicating that a hazardous eruption was still possible, authorities said Monday. Should the magma reach Taal's crater, there could be a "strong eruption," said Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum.

Monday, January 13, 2020

This is why I cant have nice things

So just when things were going great, a monkey wrench has been thrown into the works. 

The dormant volcano to the south has come to life.

Sunday night we had ash fall.  It was like fine black beach sand.  Not really dusty.  I am about 60-70 miles north of the volcano.  House was sealed up.  It was too heavy to blow around or come in as dust.

We had ZERO notice. 

The cell phone alert system did not alert us until Monday morning.  3/4 of a day after the event.

My wife apparently knew something about it in social media.  She did not feel fit to mention it to me.

We was having dinner with friends and it sounded like it was raining.  Thought nothing of it.  The air smelled kinda bad, but we put it down as someone burning garbage illegally.

Had to fetch my son from the subdivision gate and walking outside I noticed that the sidewalk was really dirty.  Was thinking that it got dirty fast after we pressure washed it not long ago. 

While driving I noticed the windshield was really dirty.  Still no clue.  Washed it and noticed that it kept getting more sand on it.  Just like a middle east sandstorm. 

Only then did my wife mention the volcano and then she said it was the volcano way farther south.  At this point I got concerned cuz if I was getting ash, from that one, it had to be a Pinatubo size eruption. 

Got home, checked the local survivalist group page to find out details.

Was considering evacuation and running thru the situation at that point.

We brought the pets indoors, closed up the house.

I had checked the local hardware store site for store hours so I could be there first thing in the morning to get masks. 

Website said 0830, it was actually open at 0800.  Barely got anything as they were almost sold out by then.

We ended up getting the paint respirators and extra filter cartridges as the n95 masks were gone. 

Also picked up a bunch of masks for the security guards, and elderly neighbor.

Surgical masks are not effective against the dust.  People who had zero clue about dust masks were suddenly experts on dust mask prices via social media by Monday morning. 

Social media was also suddenly flooded with BS hoax news alerts via private messages.  The most incredible was that 'cell phones in sleep mode emit cosmic rays'  The level of retardation to write that nonsense is amazing.  87 average IQ... just sayin...

Monday was wasted cleaning up the ash, washing the cars, sidewalks, house, etc.  Looked like a Middle East sandstorm went thru.

We re-stocked up the pantry Monday morning after the mask re-stock.  Supermarket was deserted. 

250 gram cans of shitty processed meat product on sale for 55 cent USD a can, beans, peas, dry goods the usual staples rounded out the mix in case we have to hunker down.

Today getting spare air filters for both cars, topping off the tanks, putting in the go bags, and keeping a chunk of cash on hand in the low chance we have to evacuate. 

Orders still coming in despite the volcano.  However shipping is disrupted. 

Lost a big sale for Wednesday cuz the clients flight was cancelled.  Hopefully they will re-order.

Being where we are at, in case of evacuation, we will head east to the Pacific coast.  Any other direction will be madness.

There are resorts on the coast to stay at. 

The monsoon pattern will mostly push it either north like Sunday or southwest like since Monday Morning. 

Link to current volcano updates.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

cast iron bronze

Here is a interesting new alloy.  you can cast and melt iron/bronze  which will result in a stronger bronze with properties of iron at lower melt temps. 

It also seems to be corrosion resistant.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Slow Posts, Busy Shop

Have not really posted much in months. 

So much going on here.

The Plastic recycling project has kinda blown up in a good way.  Lots of people buying plastic shredders and recycling machines.

Very very hard to keep employees.  It is very clear now as to why the world has not beat a path to the Philippines for outsource manufacturing.  Monday hangover sickness is too common.  Its like trying to run a factory in the Chicongo hood.

However still persevering.

Starting to move into making things from the plastic trash, instead of just making the machines and selling them.

Next week, will open a second workshop just for plastic molding. 

Other shop experiments happening.  Conductive waterproof ink was successfully made in the shop.  Now we can metal plate plastic easier.  Big issue previously was that most recipes online were water based.

Instead I dissolved polystyrene foam in PVC cement, and added in graphite.  Brush on and magic.  The PVC cement bonds well with plastics.

I also designed a new compression molder.  Previous designs used a car jack.  But I broke several jacks molding plastic.  Hydraulic press is too expensive and the manual jacks are too slow.  Pneumatic cylinders are too weak.  However air bag jacks work great.  6600 pounds of pressure between 2 pieces of half inch plates of steel i water jet cut.

Right now we are pressing sheets, and then making stuff from there.  Better molds are forthcoming as budget allows. (AR lower blanks anyone?)

I also have experimented with carbon fiber filled HDPE.  seems interesting. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Politician idiocy

So let me get this straight?  3% tax on weed from 3 stores is supposed to generate 750,000USD a year???

How much damn weed they gonna sell there?

Never mind that the whole thing is blatantly racist considering that ILL fought for the Union.  Not to mention, just a hell, no.

City Announces 3% Tax for Reparations, Regardless of Slave Ancestry

An Illinois city announced this week that it intends to take a bold, and dangerous, step forward with regard to taxpayer-sponsored financial reparations for slavery and racial inequality.
According The Washington Post, city lawmakers in Evanston, just north of Chicago, voted eight to one on Nov. 25 to tax marijuana sales at a rate of 3 percent and use the revenue to develop a reparations fund for black residents.
With two potential retailers seeking licenses in the city and one local medical dispensary preparing to open its doors for recreational sales come January — when recreational sale of the drug officially becomes legal in the state — estimates suggest the tax will raise between $500,000 and $750,000 for the fund on a yearly basis.