The Secret of the Universe

The Emperor's New No Bell Prize

Ok. I'll make it short.

We all learned from sophomore year physics--from the laws of Thermodynamics--you cannot get something from nothing. So if there ever was a time when there was nothing, then there would still be nothing. And yet nothing there is not. So there must always have been something. Therefore time is indeed infinite, in both directions.

Explanation -- Our brains are simple circuit boards forged by natural selection. They work well enough for day-to-day problem solving but they do tend to freeze up and reboot when attempting to contemplate infinity. But of course that's just a flaw in our soggy software. Because infinity is.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all (audience applauds).

 

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....and phemeral comes and goes quantum theory be damned. From absolute nothing you get nothing. Thus spake Pittenthustra.

 

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2022-04-13-1137

Jellystone Nymph

This a top ten GOAT killer, high and low on the watershed.

 

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2021-11-13-0726

Styrofoam skills

Will I live long enough to build everything? I doubt it. But still. I might be able to work the wider, trolling-motorized SUP board in.

This is a guy making a surf board but the skills and the tools would be much the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYYuDt8Z2cY

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2021-09-19-1606

Two days later

up-up-deck-donut.jpg I'll probably have to carve into at least one of those bulkheads when making room for passenger's feet. I'll keep those foot wells a good 12" inches off the floor, so they'll be easier to drain.

2021-09-13-1025

Deck Donut

up-up-ddonut.jpg The deck donut--now bottom side up, getting a bit of fiberglass reinforcement. The rest of the deck will hinge up and down onto this perimeter, over the seat wells and over a 2" inch thick foam gasket.

2021-09-09-0518

Bill fish

That's my buddy Bill yesterday, catching a small cutthroat on a home made bamboo fly rod. Bill gets $2500 each for his rods and his orders are a year out right now. This one's 5wt. Damn nice rod. It almost casts itself, and you can reach out to 60' feet if you want. No problem. up-billfish.jpg

2021-08-09-1927

SockeyeShiner

Sockeye Shiner Streamer

In late summer when the fishing is slow many resort to beetles and tiny hoppers. I like big hoppers, even in late summer. For streamers on the other hand, at least when it's bright and hot I like small. This one is tied on a #14 wet fly hook.

2021-07-28-0533

Homemade Scarfer

homemade plywood scarfer Cut a piece of particle board 24" inches by 16" inches. Glue a 2x4 to one 24" inch edge. Now angle the edge so a 7-1/4" inch saw bolted onto that angled edge almost but not quite cuts all the way through 1/2" plywood. For an 8-1/4" saw you can set to cut all the way through.

Here's the not obvious part: You have to be super careful and precise when mounting the saw. You want the saw absolutely dead parallel or you might even want to mount the saw ever so slightly not parallel so the front, leading edge of the blade is dead flush to the particle board edge while the rear tailing edge of the blade perhaps 1/5th the width of the blade away from the particle board.

If the saw ends up mounted not parallel to the particle board, so the leading edge of the blade is not dead flush the saw will gradually migrate downward as you cut, and eventually it will bind.

To scarf two four foot plywood edges together--to make a longer panel--put the plywood down on a firm flat surface a few feet up from the floor. Clamp a straight edge approximately 16" inches back (trial and error will give the exact measurment, which you can then remember) from the edge you want to cut. Now run the saw with the particle board foot pressed tightly against the straight edge. The massive weight of all that particle board keeps the saw from shaking. With a freshly sharpened blade you'll get a baby smooth cut.

This is a 7-1/4" inch saw, which are the most common. An 8-1/4" saw is a bit better suited. I recently hacked an old 8-1/4" inch saw so it takes a 10" blade. The longer the blade the longer the scarf. And the longer the scarf the stronger the scarf.

2021-07-17-1530

Belt Sander

Belt sander finally got useful. I need to rebuild the frame so I can sand curved parts with the front end of the sander. Today was a tool building day. Scarfer comes next. Belt sander got useful Older
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