Woodworking: The 100% Silicone Wood Glue Spreader Tool

Posted By on December 5, 2020

About a year ago I ordered two more bottles of Titebond III wood glue online (had great success using it for a fence repair), and on a WoodworkersGlueBrushwhim I added a goofy looking Titebrush glue brush.

I honestly expected it to get boogered up with dried glue and that I would soon be back to using disposable popsicle sticks to push the glue around. That couldn’t be farther from the truth … as this silly little silicone tipped glue brush has been fantastic. It semi-paints whatever wood glue I use evenly across the surfaces and has a simple wedge end that can be used to “butter” smaller areas, etc. Best of all, it is easy to wash out while still half-wet … or even cleans better if allowed to dry (the dried glue just peels off in one clump).

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This is one of those woodworking tools that I’ve waited too long to purchase and can comfortably recommend to others (no I’m not a paid endorser .. but open to trying new products to review – hint, hint).  You should add this Titebrush or a similar one (or perhaps Rockler Micro glue brush set) to your “want” list. I can’t think of a better Christmas stocking stuffer for a woodworker this year.

Tech Friday: Raspberry Pi 3 webservers and a USB Power Brick

Posted By on December 4, 2020

Although I only have one address accessible IP at the house, I can split it up via “Port Forwarding” on the cheap Cincinnati Bell router, rather than the home “mesh” network. After a little tweaking (ok, A LOT), I do have a work-around solution using a variety of ports to access different devices. For the most part, I really don’t use these small one-board Raspberry Pi computers for anything more than tinkering, but for me its the continuing education that come from tinkering around.

In the past, I used Python for a few small relay switching projects, USBPowerBrick201125but with the advent Python_logoof the Amazon Echo gadgets (and price drops), it really doesn’t make much sense to program my own “Smart Home.”  Same for running Pianobar for Pandora (since 2006) as a way to get commercial free without a subscription and pump the music through my home stereo … but again, small Bluetooth connected amps and an Echo (and my SiriusXM subscription)… music to my taste is now covered.

As for webservers, I manage several for my business so really I have access to plenty of connected hardware so self-serving content on a Raspberry Pi is really just fun-and-games. I keep thinking RaspberryPi3s_USBPowerBrick201125eventually I’ll find a real purpose? But for now, I’ve temporarily stacked three of them in the basement near the Cincinnati Bell router and use one as the primary webserver running Apache (port 80) and as a network monitor (tweets me updates), the other as a static “image server” and the third for some experimenting … currently playing with Hugo the Static Site Generator SSG.

So far, the cheap 4-port USB plug sized power brick is running all three. I still have a Raspberry Pi Zero and old Raspberry Pi 2 (which I might have over-clocked and cooked?) If I’m going to do much more with these little single board computers, it will be time to build a little rack fort them.

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Archiving pre-sale Zillow photos of Mom and DadC’s house #TBT

Posted By on December 3, 2020

mdc_house160521As a ‘still listed’ page owner according to my Zillow update emails of my parents house listing in Sidney, Ohio, I realized that it will not be long before those pages and photos disappear. I likely still have the original photos on a compact flash drive card (who can still read those), but probably won’t be going back to them ever again. So I’ll do the next best thing and turn the slide show into a video .mp4 file from the listing page.

Besides archive it here on My Desultory Blog  … it will make for a good “5 years later” Throwback Thursday #TBT post. Unfortunately seeing the “empty house” photos leaves me a little melancholy … when my mom died, it was really never a “home” again.

First Snow December 1st 2020 … and another backyard accident

Posted By on December 2, 2020

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December 2020 rolled in with a light white blanket of snow and colder weather to let us know that winter is probably here for a while. AnotherBackyardAccident_aniI can’t say that I’m looking forward to the temperature change, but I really don’t mind the hushed beauty of a “new-fallen snow” as Clement Clarke Moore wrote in his poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (poem below).

All was not without incident though … as there was another early morning accident on the Bethany Road. Thankfully no injuries, but 3 cars off the road … two on the opposite side and one behind our fence (no damage this time). The deputy sheriff and tow trucks were there with the hour. I took advantage of the early morning walk to haul back a couple broken “large” pine boughs and found myself more winded that I ever remember? I don’t want to admit it, but aging is not only a state of mind.

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Our family is getting into the 2020 Christmas decorating spirit

Posted By on December 1, 2020

TaylorAptEastWalnutHillsOH_201129Last weekend must have been the time to start getting into the Christmas spirit? I was busy getting the wreaths and window candles up (and last of the leaves raked and hauled), Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie were on their Christmas tree outing adventure and Taylor and Megan were adding some decorations to Taylor’s apartment in East Walnut Hills (our wreath photo above left – Taylor’s apartment windows photo above right).

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For my part I put the large wreath up three times … the first two were fighting to get the lights working and the third after tearing all the old lights off and putting on 200 new miniature lights … no not LED yet.

Brenda and I also enjoyed Taylor and Megan bringing over some Thanksgiving pie on Friday … that they also enjoyed while decorating their tree over the weekend.

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I also thought the photos from Drew and Annalyn were great too … so I’m archiving these from their Friday trip to the Toledo Art Museum (Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on the Water exhibit).

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Music Monday: Led Zeppelin and “Stairway to Heaven”

Posted By on November 30, 2020

Today’s Music Monday song is due to the minor chastising from my friend Mark Jones last week. He’s been picking up a few old albums for his record collection and to play on his Crosley record player mentioned beforeand because I wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mark! 

One of the album covers he sent a photo of was a Led Zeppelin IV album he found at an old record shop. I commented back that I definitely recognized it, but that I was not really a Led Zeppelin fan back in the day. Of course, he questioned how I could NOT be a fan … and threw the song “Stairway to Heaven” in my face. He has a good point … so I’ll include the YouTube video for him (and for me).

Thoughts on ‘battery drain’ with the Ridgid 18V USB accessory

Posted By on November 29, 2020

RidgidUSBCharger18v9AhBattery201120Don’t tell anyone, but while shopping for “my” Christmas gift from Brenda (below … and yes, she sent me out to get it). So I added a Ridgid 18V USB charging attachment for my inconvenience. Ha! After returning home, I tried it out, but for the record, I didn’t open my actual gift. So far, so good … although I had thought my biggest Ridgid 9Ah battery would last a bit longer after charging only an iPhone and an iPad?

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Believe it or not, I started with a full charge in the 9Ah lithium ion battery, but after charging both devices, I only had 50% left in the battery (my LED 9W light attachment I’ve used when “playing Trolls with Annalyn” last for over 24 hours). It is hard to believe that this USB charging device would drain the battery that fast… perhaps it isn’t all that efficient? I have found that the smaller “cheap” stick chargers I keep in my computer bag, or my “jump-starter battery booster pack,” last far longer at least connected to my iPhone (I’ve never tried them with an iPad).

Point being, I’m not sure I would recommend spending $21 on the USB device it. The GEN5X 18-volt Flexible Dual-Mode LED Work Light has yet to be tested. (after Christmas, perhaps?)

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