Question: Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio yet?

Posted By on January 20, 2021

While talking with a customer on the phone today and talking about when I’ll be traveling to NE Ohio again, they asked me when they could get the Covid-19 vaccine? See Covid-19 Vaccination Program – LINK.


ModernaCOVID19vaccinesarrive210119So I figured it would be appropriate to include a screenshot from an Ohio-based health care provider in our area to answer that question (above).

While taking, DrewVaccineI also mentioned that my wife Brenda received the first batch in at their pharmacy yesterday and that Taylor’s girlfriend Megan and both Katelyn and Drew were vaccinated as part of the Phase 1A Healthcare Workers. Of course the oldest, and most at risk, “health care worker” in our family, Brenda, who is actually administering the vaccines has not. Ugh!

Woodworking: Collecting workbench hold-down ideas

Posted By on January 20, 2021

FancyWorkbenchHolddownIt is common when woodworking on a bench to use some kind of vise or clamp to hold down a work piece. For longer boards I’ve always used either a couple of clamps on each end or my home-built vise and square hardwood bench dogs. (below)

BUT … I’ve envied woodworkers who have 3/4” holes in their workbenches for hold down clamps that work with a tap of a mallet and spring of the steel hold-down clamp.


Since I’m not working on projects everyday, I’m currently only collecting ideas and looking at something that will work in the future. Last year I picked up a couple toggled lever holddown clamps to use on jigs and the miter saw (below), but doubt they would work well on a benchtop, so for now I’ll keep collecting ideas and thinking about it.


The US trend is politically left as opposing voices are squelched

Posted By on January 19, 2021

It’s not “breaking news” that we live in a changing United States of America or that propaganda and control over speech is being used to steer large swaths of the population towards leftist ideology … WeThePeoplebut what is eye-opening is just how coordinated the powers that be are in opposing the “rights” protected by our Constitution and at the same time systematically claiming several non-constitutional “leftist-wants” are now protected “rights.”

The political left since the 1960s has methodically plotted to make inroads in our free and open democracy. They have smartly used the schools and education system as a way to fill minds with leftist ideology and anti-capitalist opinion … and now seemingly back in power with nearly half the country supporting them. For many, this gives them the power to force the rest of the country under their vision and heavier bureaucratic centralized control and you’ve be naïve to not see how they are already preventing any opposing point of view to challenge their complete control (if you are a history buff, does this sound familiar?).

The progressive left is fully utilizing the compliant and agreeable mainstream media … and has the support of behemoth companies who are in full control over our computers, smartphones, search, web CensoredGraphicservers, social media and those who rely on technology (everybody)  who doesn’t use something associated with California’s Silicon Valley’s BigTech? From unprecedented spending in support of leftwing candidates and the change in “how we voted” for in 2020 (Covid-19 =  “Never let a crisis go to waste”), Democrats gain nearly full control of our Federal government. It is apparent that  they are now taking their power and control to the next level by actively censoring speech, banning news articles and opinions they(the left) decide is dangerous or isn’t factually correct, apps that “in their opinion” lack enough moderation, hiring or “deployment for duty” (National Guard)  or perceived support of an opposing political ideology, etc. (Silence them all)

It has become increasingly clear (at least to me), the progressive left has a goal to fully neutered opposition voices without yet directly dictating it from the US government (instead they’re using their political allies and propaganda shaming, the mainstream media control, Silicon Valley oligarchs and compliant corporations). Just as all oppressive countries have in the past, controlling speech and communications is a primary step in controlling people (note recently China over Hong Kong). If the First Amendment is dedicated to just “one political ideology” … are we really free to believe and say what we want? If the 1st Amendment is no longer supported by the left in our government, you can be sure the Second Amendment won’t stand for long. 

Adding to this post:
I listened to episode 52 of “This Moment in America” podcast by Megyn Kelly last night with Rep. Steve Scalise and Dennis Prager. It was one of the better interviews and I remembered why I enjoyed her show on Fox News. Dennis Prager gave me something to chew on and closed with a provocative statement that I initially dismissed, but am giving it a second thought: “The battle to maintain America and Liberty today is as big as WW2 and WW1.” (the full Spotify version of the podcast is embedded below … or just a download of the MP3 with Dennis Prager at this link).

Music Monday: Early Pure Prairie League and Vince Gill

Posted By on January 18, 2021

I’ve always enjoyed the Ohio-founded group called Pure Prairie League and most of their albums, as well as the other groups from their era who blended popular ppllogorock with the country VinceGill1980music sound (including NGDB). For Music Monday this week, I’ll included a couple song with the great Vince Gill just as he was getting his start. He began his early career singing with PPL in 1979, appearing on that band’s album Can’t Hold Back. He was the lead singer on their popular song, "Let Me Love You Tonight." Oh … and who doesn’t love their Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post cover with cowpoke “Sad Luke.”

Of course there are a lot of great Pure Prairie League songs and live video on the Internet so here’s a YouTube clip of their well loved “Amie” (Live) with Vince Gill (below the break) … as well as a remastered audio mp3.

  Pure Prairie League – Amie | remastered in 1988


Adding and storing cordless power tools and lithium batteries

Posted By on January 17, 2021


In keeping up with lithium battery powered tools, those of us who have married into a brand have our reasons (battery warranty in my case).In reading most of the comparison literature and write-up websites, Price and warranty aside, I would probably choose Milwaukee (and have for a couple 110 volt wired tools) as a rechargeable battery tool brand for my workshop today, especially if I were an everyday tradesman.MilwaukeeToolsForTrades

BUT … because I’ve already picked the Rigid system which is readily available at the Home Depot with a “LSA – Lifetime Service Agreement” after registration (and 18 volt batteries purchased in a kit), I’m now busy making the best of it. My tool bags, drawers and walls (collage above) over the last few years are starting to bulge … and so I’m always looking for innovative ways to stay organized (see below) as well as the next new tool!


The wire from the TV signal box is now in the basement ceiling

Posted By on January 16, 2021

My wife is great … and her decorating and building taste as to what “looks” nice grows on a person after nearly 40 years of marriage … but I still grumble about some of the decision she makes. One of them was wanting a drywall ceiling rather than something removable when we finished the basement. BasementCeilingPatchCeiling2101009No matter how much I argued for the “Form Follows Function” architectural principle, she vetoed all my attempts to have better access to wires, ductwork and pipes. So … each time I need to wire or fix something, I have to cut yet another hole for my hands and tools in order to make the repair … then have to patch and paint. This January I had atwofer as a dripping drain pipe moistened a spot between the home theater and game room …BasementCeilingPatch4inHoles210111 AND I put the CAT 5 cable into the ceiling for the TV extender box that feeds the new (cough, cough) kitchen TV. It wasn’t easy, but I found my grandfather Bluhm’s homemade, GpaBluhm_FiberglassFishingPolebamboo-like 1960’s cane fishing pole made from nesting fiberglass tubes. It worked great to “fish” a pull wire through the sound-deadening insulation to my 4” hand holes (the first hole was a mistake – it figures).


Anyway, I was able to get the TV signal box mounted out of the way and under the basement staircase in the furnace room and it works great — Brenda’s observation, “what took you so long.” UGH!

EDIT Jan 16, 2021 – Since I finished the drywall mud work during the evening this past week, Saturday was spent painting. Obviously, I’m not doing enough of it since my arms (and body) are sore. 😊

Tech Friday: Increased memory cheat on a smallish web server

Posted By on January 15, 2021

Years ago when RAM was expensive, it was common to set up a SWAP space file for additional memory on computers and servers with plenty of fast hard drive space … especially when speed was not as important as preventing crashes. As applications get a little more demanding and server traffic increases,SwapScreen210112 memory use steadily rises .. and in my case is now often over 80% on this server. From past experiences I know it is only a matter of time again.

Since I’ve recently upgraded this server (should have added more memory), I’ve instead opted to use SWAP as I did years ago. So far so good. Here’s a comparison of two terminal screenshots of small servers running Linux 20.10 … the top running SWAP and the bottom (less used) without.

If you are struggling with memory issues and have optimized everything that needs to run on your server or computer, give SWAP a try.

Simply put, virtual memory is a combination of RAM and disk space that running processes can use. Swap space is the portion of virtual memory that is on the hard disk, used when RAM is full.


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