Austin Shackles

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Several sorts of engineer, driver, gamer, fairly crap musician 'cos I never practice enough.
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The difference is in the pints, but since a quart(er of a gallon) is 2 pints...

US pint is 16 fl.oz., but a UK pint is 20 fl.oz.  So a GB pint/quart/gallon is 25% bigger.   Hence for example a US gallon is 3.78 liters, but a UK gallon is 4.54 litres.

Cups are a whole other thing.  I believe, however, that the fl.oz are the same regardless, and hence if you know how many fl.oz. are in a cup, it should work out.

In some ways (although as a Brit I don't like to admit it) the US pint is more sensible, since a pint of water weighs a pound (16 oz.), whereas in the UK it's a pound-and-a-quarter.
6 months ago
Could someone who has this go out and try using it with only your left hand?  I have a friend who is shy one arm, and am wondering how effective this would be one-handed.

Doesn't matter if you *are* left-handed - my friend is perforce left-handed, after all.  I wonder if the blade angle will make sense.  The twist in the blade is probably partly for strength but also allows the blade to lie flat on the ground for weeding.
8 months ago
See, this is exactly the kind of coffee grinder I would like.  Proper grinder, not just a smasher like most of the cheaper modern ones are.

Some more nice techniques in this restoration, notably fixing the block of wood with bits of dowel, making little copper rivets and so on.

8 months ago
more from our friend the restorer.  

This one is interesting as it started out as a budget device and as such it's all made with thin pressed steel parts.  Different techniques to repair it.

8 months ago
I remember rawlplug tools but they were just the bit like the bits for this but with a plain shank that you pounded on with a hammer.  Never seen one of these.
8 months ago
Today's lunch consisted of fried chouri├žo, onion and lambs' quarters (aka fat hen, white goosefoot, chenopodium album).  The fat hen is added after the chouri├žo and onion have fried 'til mostly cooked, then cooked just for a couple minutes longer.  The "mash" is yellow dried split peas, cooked in some chicken stock and garnished with fresh parsley from the garden.  Jolly tasty it was too!  

For added permie-brownie-points, it was cooked in my iron skillet, which, from what i could tell researching the patent numbers which are cast into it, is likely about 100 years old.  I bought it for 50p in a yard sale 10+ years ago.
1 year ago
Interestingly, it's a different yellow to the color you get when you're borderline dehydrated.  Rather worryingly, there's a brand of expensive adulterated drink you can buy which has the same glowing yellow shade :D
Orange tree, very traditional target for enhanced water :)

Carolyne Castner wrote:
A lot of the BBs feel completely out of reach for me; living in a suburban neighborhood with an HOA. I don't have access to "earthworks" tools and machinery and it doesn't really seem like something pertinent to my current lifestyle. Lots of the BBs seem interesting, but very inconvenient or expensive to actually do.

That being said, I can see how useful the skills are to a more sustainable agro setup. I do want to eventually inherit the family land in the Hill Country and know that some of these skills are things that could be extremely useful to that end. But the steps provided to learn them in the BBs feel unatainable which leaves me feeling frustrated and slightly trapped in my current surroundings.

If you're living in a more urban area, there's also PEA as I understand it, which is slanted more to that?

You can have the opposite problem: We don't have a bathroom, so "clean the bathroom" is kinda tricky
OK after a bit more reading around I have a better idea about what the badges are and how they work.

One thing struck me - I happened to look at the badges for tools.  Starts off with the sand badge, which is composed of basic tool maintenance badge bits:  sharpen a knife, sharpen a hatchet, sharpen a chainsaw, etc.  

This got me to thinking, and tied in with the people who say "but I can't do X because" - now, some of those people are just not looking at creatively enough; they could find a way to do things if they put their mind to it - let's say, cleaning a freezer: perhaps they don't have a freezer but their elderly neighbor does, and they could see if that neighbor needed help cleaning it - some of these issues can be solved with a bit more thought.

But there's a risk of insuperable problems:  Let's say the chainsaw - someone not only doesn't have a chainsaw, they also don't know anyone who does because nobody in their area needs one, so they can't sharpen a chainsaw, even if they are willing to learn how.
Those people are going to look at the "tools" sand badge and right away they're going to see a problem, and it's a problem they have no idea how to solve.  

That could put them off the entire thing; yet they may well have a shed full of other tools.  

So my suggestion is this:  I read in the what is PEP/PEX thread, PEP 1 you require any 16 sand badges - which is cool.  You don't have to get all the badges in a given category, you can mix and match with what you can do.  

How about if the individual badges worked the same?  Taking the tools one again, there could be, oh I dunno, maybe 20 tools-based badge bits and to get the badge you have to complete any 16.  Set it so most things have to be done, so it's not a shortcut, but have a little wiggle room.  

'course, I'm late to this party so might be it's already been discussed, if so I apologise for flogging a dead horse.