More on Dante

He’s actually 16 years old – in 11th grade. He’s also like Keyron and I a gay boy. Well, we’re no longer boys but still.

I try to help as much as I can. More of the story emerged tonight. His mom is Christian and giving him static about being gay. And of course who does he come to but the gay couple who just moved in a few weeks ago.

Now we both feel really bad. When we get some furniture oh who am I kidding. We don’t need to be adopting a 16 year old. I gave him $20 tonight and told him he’s ambitious and to follow that. Also asked him what he planned to do once he graduates from high school. Suggested he look into a college.

Right now I feel really awful about this whole thing.

Food: Omelets

So this weekend I did a few omelets. I’ve gotten pretty damned good at it too and my favorite is in cast iron. But a non-stick pan works too. And I can do it with a silicone spatula or hard plastic spatula.

That’s one thing as I learned to cook I learned to improvise. It plays well with omelets. Those are about the preparation. If you’re going to do mushroom, onion and cheese it helps to prepare those items ahead of time.

Ready for Halloween

So one of my principles about Halloween is KISS or Keep It Simple Stupid. Masks are my thing.

Here’s a picture of my latest – it incorporates two things I love masks and EL wire.


It has three modes – on solid, slow blink and fast blink. I plan on passing out candy with that on. It also cost about $7 so low price, maximal effect. Nice!

A surprise living in Decatur, GA

So this young man by the name of Dante he’s maybe 12 years old. He’s got the ambition to make money that’s for sure. Knocks on our door, for $3 he’ll drag our trash over to the dumpster about 1200 feet away.

Then I realized this kid – he was hitting everyone up. That my friends is the mark of ambition. I’ll have to introduce him to crypto currencies. Teach him how to invest a portion of his earnings. What the hell, he’s doing us a solid why not do him one too.

Plus I was thinking, if we give him $3 a week times 4.33 weeks in a month is $12.99. I might do a deal with him, $25 a month and he hauls our trash every Friday/Saturday. That solves my problem, makes him a little more money and we’re all happy.

Artemis coming up on 5,000 miles

Which means her first service interval. Change the oil and filter, do a basic inspection and then 7,500 miles is the next stop.

I’ve been checking the oil – it still looks good even though the car says it’s at 50% life. I’m tempted to take a sample of the oil and send it for testing and see what they say.

Apartment Hunting

In the Atlanta Metro area is interesting. Between we two we have blindness and gimped leg to deal with. So this meant certain constraints are placed upon us. We finally did find a place where the price wasn’t too awful thought and it’s only eight stairs to content with. We have been in the place for eighteen days thus far. It’s a nice place, not a basement apartment but first floor – the entrance is down eight steps and the place is VERY quiet.

Must say though one of my neighbors, a woman saw me at the mailboxes and chatted me up. Guess she didn’t pick up I didn’t give her the once over. But still it’s very nice. The property is a big complex of buildings all in a wooded area. Meets my approval.

However the commute to the office is 30 miles. It’s all highway of course, I-20 to I-75 and the stupid constantly astounds me. I realized early on if we all just paid attention to the rule – one car length for every 10MPH of speed – in kilometers it’d be one car length for every 16.09KMH. this makes me wish we’d gone metric in the 1970’s. Then we wouldn’t have to convert everything and maybe not even lose a couple of spacecraft because of conversion errors.

A little more about me

So as you might have guessed I’m not the squeamish type. I don’t know precisely why I’m like this. Just that I can handle lots of different foods be they protein based, plant based etc. Even cheese, fatty salami, sausage etc.

Plus blood doesn’t freak me out. And I’m of the camp that reads a lot so maybe that’s it. Plus I happen to know the bacteria in our gut outnumbers or close to outnumbers our own human cells. And if you bleach your entire home, your body is still home to a literal shit ton of bacterial species. So as a result – I no longer worry too much about it.

Now in the past I’ve had some serious science experiments in my fridge. No more of course but they’re what got me into fermentation and study of how certain microbes are VERY beneficial to humanity. I’ve done sourdough starter, pickling with both vinegar and fermentation – my favorite was fermented Jalapeno peppers.

Plus I’m handy with electronics – know how to solder things together even sweat copper pipe. This brings me to the point where my reading and my thinking plus electronics skills mean I can give my car features GM never though about. I had previously posted how I realized the gas pedal and the break pedal have no physical connection to their constituent parts. And the power steering isn’t hydraulic but electric. I think you see where I’m going here.

It does mean that I need to order a new Arduino and RasPi and the CAN bus shields for the above. First I’ll WATCH the CAN bus and see what happens when I perform various actions. And once I have that data I can start playing with the CAN bus. It is then I can get the car to start bending to my will. For example I would love if the cruise control was adaptive – in that it could increase or decrease speed based on the vehicle in front of me. And that of course started the though of a separate sub-system at the rear of the car – that if a vehicle gets too close a sign in back would light up saying “Back the fuck off!” Maybe not that rude. But it’d be funny. Maybe even side lookers tied to the turn signals that say “I know it’s a pretty blinking light, but would you place back down and let me merge into the lane?” Do it all automatically and rotate the messages so it’s not the same all the time.

I can see my car becoming a nice little engineering project.