Electronics Wizard

Tues March 8, 4 to 8 pm: Fresh bread straight from the oven!
Wed March 9, 9 and 9:30 am: Bread delivered to Green Tree Health & Wellness and Bouchie Lake Country Store
Wed March 9, 4 to 8 pm: PIZZA NIGHT! Countdown: 4 Pizza Nights remaining.

1. chipotle chicken, green onions, artichoke hearts
2. basil pesto, and some other yummy vegetables.

I was away back-country skiing last week at Dezaiko Lodge, north-east of Prince George in the North Rockies. It was a great week: great snow, fantastic skiing and good company. In this winter of marginal weather (i.e. high temperatures and low snowfall) we were pretty lucky to have the wonderful conditions that we did have. On our way home we drove through a thunderstorm in Prince George – that is definitely not winter weather for a northern city in early March!

In the mountains!
In the mountains!

 

Stunning terrain.
Stunning terrain.

 

A blustery day.
A blustery day.

Tim is hard at work building a temperature control unit for our grain storage room. The idea is this: in order to keep our grain and dry goods cool in the summer, this unit will compare inside and outside temperatures and turn on fans when it is cooler outside to suck cooler air into the grain store, and blow warmer air out. Temperatures in Wells usually fall significantly at night, even in the summer, so in theory this will work beautifully. This is instead of using copious amounts of power and infrastructure (at substantial cost, and with annoying noise levels) to actually refrigerate the whole room. In a serendipitous bit of dump karma, Tim was able to lay his hands on a box of electronics that has yielded several parts to this project. Yay for dump shopping! There have only been a few hitches: the parts are so small that Tim needs glasses AND a magnifying glass to see them! And he broke the tip off his soldering iron. And he needs a diode. Anyone? So far the electronics gods of this project still have the upper hand, but I am certain Tim will prevail. He’s just so dammed smart.

The wizard at work.
The wizard at work.

 

Circuit diagrams: Greek to me!
Circuit diagrams: Greek to me!

MY latest project, in the craftier, less academic realm, involves colouring in squares on a piece of grid paper.

This may be on a sweater one day…..
This may be on a sweater you see Tim wearing one day…..

2 thoughts on “Electronics Wizard

  1. Tim, a great way to go. Not the “tools” the architect would use however: what no windows that cannot be opened, no air conditioner, gads!!!
    And I do have a diode (about 8 mm dia.) with solid wire leads that can be in the mail to you pronto if you wish.

    1. 8 mm diameter!! Can you keep that handy for when I build Wells’ hydroelectric power station? I think it’s a little too big for the current project. Tim.

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