Monday, November 30, 2009

Just an idea

Ok, so I just got this idea. I by no means think I'm the first to come up with this idea but I shall share it none the less. Every house with indoor plumbing has a vent pipe that allows sewer gases to escape instead of stinking up the house. Sewer gases primarily consists of methane gas, which is apparently a worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, which, along with water, is what you get by burning methane. Methane gas is also the primary component of natural gas, which is used in many houses already to burn in furnaces and water heaters and stoves. It's also used in some power plants to produce electricity.

So every house in the industrialized world already has a pipe that has methane coming out of it, why not harvest it? Why not build a little device that carefully controls the burning of those escaping sewer gases to produce at least a little electricity that the house uses and thus reduce every one's power bill by some. And in the process we also let less methane into the atmosphere to do its greenhouse effect.

It's just an idea. Not sure if it would work as simply as I'm making it sound there, but that's for the engineers to figure out. There is also the issue of the other gases in sewer gas and what would happen to them in this whole process. I also have no idea just how much methane comes out of those vent pipes and if there is enough to make any significant power offset to the cost of running the device that burns it to convert it to electric power. But as I said, that's an issue for the engineers.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Excerpt of horror 2

Carter stood before the largest most massive set of double doors that he had ever seen and wondered yet again if this wasn't all just some horrible dream. But his legs were too sore and he was too unsteady on them after that never ending descent of stairs. Here at the foot of those colossal stairs was a truly gigantic cavern whose only feature Carter could see was these odd doors.

They had to be over a hundred feet tall and at least sixty feet wide. The two doors fit so closely together that Carter couldn't even fit a hair into the crack between the doors. And the stone they were made out of was like nothing he had seen or heard about. Some sort of blue and white stone with bits of crystalline green speckled throughout and all it strangely luminescent. For that matter Carter couldn't determine where any of the light was coming from but he had not trouble seeing. It was just another strange dream like quality that seem to be his reality now.

Covering the entire surface of the doors was strange carved symbols that were like nothing he had ever seen. Somehow he knew they were strange foreign languages long since forgotten and completely undiscovered by archaeologists. He saw on the doors what looked like literally hundreds of different languages, based on the variety of their symbols. But no where could Carter see any mechanism to open these massive doors leaving him with an overwhelming sense of awe and horrific dread at the beings that had the strength to move these massive stone doors.

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I was going to write more but I just can't seem to find the words anymore tonight. I have no idea if this is the same story as the other excerpt of horror I wrote. Anyway I hope enjoy it. Feel free to leave any ideas or comments about what I've wrote.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The further adventures of Girl Lost and her sidekick Charlie

"Are we there yet G.L.?"

"Of course not! It's just over the horizon."

"That's what you said three horizons ago!" Affecting his best whiny puppy voice, Charlie says, "I'm tired and I'm hungry and my tail's froze."

"Oh please! You don't even have a tail Charlie. Besides," she exclaims exasperatedly, "we haven't even made it over the first horizon yet."

"I know! I just channel Lucky when I feel like whining about something. Or was it the fat one? It's been too long since I've seen that movie I guess. You know who always cheers me up? Gus Gus! Who isn't cheered up but a stupid fat little mouse I ask you?"

"Evil step-sisters," she answers quickly.

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Anyway I have no idea where that all came from but I felt I needed to share it. I think I might try to make the adventures of Girl Lost and her sidekick Charlie into a comic strip. It will suck at first because I can only draw stick figures at the moment really, but maybe over time I'll get better.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scarecrow

With black eyes and dead heart it stares
Caricature of life
False hopes of life reborn, of death conquered

Mask of sorrow on soulless husk
Propped up for eternity
Beast of burden most unfair

Languid are its final days
Dust to dust
We remember thee

NAO 11-25-2009

Just another one of my word flows. That's what I call them. I start with just some random words and see what flows out of them. Anyway I hope you enjoy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Projects renewed, projects completed, and projects abandoned

Well I bought a new Xbox 360 from eBay today since my other has become unrepairable. It happens sometimes with electronics. And the truth is it might still be fixable but when half the board is shorted out mostly by a single bad part and you have hundreds of parts to remove one by one to try to figure out which is the bad one, and then replacing all those you removed... Well yeah it's just easier at this point to get a new one.

And my other project, the 42 inch plasma TV I found a few weeks ago, well it has a short somewhere too. However it has far fewer parts to sift through to find the bad one. I'm just to lazy to do it this weekend as I was working overtime instead. Over time that is paying for the new Xbox I just bought.

And for the final tech project I've been working on, I finally got Windows installed back onto my new hard drive. I bought the drive months ago and had been trying to dual boot Windows and Linux on it but kept running into problems and just went back to my old drive with its uncorrupted Windows install. Anyway I finally got around to trying again only this time I'm not bothering with trying to install Linux.

Anyway that's the update on what I've been up to this weekend.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Reciprocation of the soul

I can hear the chains jangling
Coming to drag me away
Where no earthly ships roam

Howl, howl, O jackals of time
Spirit me away from this pain
Awaken to a new dream

Silver keys and serpentine dreams
Washed onto distant shores by the tides of fate
The sleeper, the dreamer, the master of reality

Behind closed eye lids new worlds await
Every blink an eternity of the multiverse
Every eternity just a heartbeat

NAO 11/22/2009

Ok just another poem for today. But at least I like this one better. It twisted on me a little bit while I was writing it but I think it came out all right. What do you think?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Necromancer

With orb of crystal
And unclouded mind
Future seen, disaster averted

Foggy nights of walking
Sinister and ghostly your haunts
By your side I remain

Circle around and around
Your mystic texts reveal
Arcane teachings best forgotten

Foul creatures of shadow
Clawing their way through the divide
The Abyss open in your mind

Unleash on the world its reaping
Purge the unworthy
Cleanse weak and reward the mighty

NAO 11/21/2009

Yeah this one didn't come together right at all. Of course it didn't help that the apparent story behind it changed at least three times while I was writing it. Anyway this is all you get for today, even if it is horrible and makes no sense. This is what I get for thinking about Cthulhu mythos while half asleep I guess. Anyway tomorrow I'll try to post something real for once.

Friday, November 20, 2009

To post, or not to post...

That is the question. Whether it is nobler to post garbage when I have nothing to say, or just keep my mouth shut and wait until I can think of something worth saying. Not something I have the answer to tonight, but I got nothing to say either, so I'm just going to leave it at this for tonight and go read some more Alice's Adventures in Wonderland before bed. It always seem to give me such crazy dreams even if I can't remember them when I wake up. Anyway have a fun everyone and until next time.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Emo Whiny Bitching

Apathetically I sit and wonder, am I so apathetic because I have lost my heart, or did I lose my heart because I was so apathetic?

I once gave all my heart to someone I wished to spend the rest of my life with. They have since given it back, more or less whole, but yet I sit here feeling nothing. I cultivated apathy in my person to survive, or so I said, yet was it maybe always there and that why my heart was not good enough?

Further more does it matter? It was not meant to be so does any amount of reminiscing or whining on my part provide me with any constructive base to work from? Is my emotional foundation that much more unstable for this, or shall it be the cement that steadies my fractured history and provides me with stable footing to learn from my mistakes and move on and become a better person?

Such a difference a few years makes. Well enough with my whiny emo bitching. This was brought on by a conversation I was having with someone and I thought aspects of it would be enlightening to someone else potentially. If you can make sense of it good for you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I really suck at this. I can never seem to think of anything to say on here anymore. And honestly I'm a bit disappointed that when I do manage to think of something to write I never get any feedback from anybody. I know I don't have many readers right now, but any feedback would help me write more really.

Any way it's late and I have nothing to say. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some idea about what to write about. And then maybe people will have something to say.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Adventures of Girl Lost and her sidekick Charlie

The Adventures of Girl Lost and her sidekick Charlie

"The question is not where we are, but where shall we go from here?"

"But how do we know where to go from here if we don't know where here is?"

"Certainly we know where here is! It's right here after all. Why it's right here by this tree. And about that far from those hills over there. Such a silly thing to say we don't know where here is. There," she said pointing to the horizon in a random direction. "There is there we don't know where there is. Here, we can say quite certainly is right here. Now follow me as we find where there is," she tells me as she sets off in another completely random direction.


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Just a little something I wrote last night. This is what I get for reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at 3am.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Send forth thy Ravens, O Lord!
The Serpent slithers out of the sea,
We be not afraid of Death,
For we wear its mark upon our breasts
As we ride forth into battle for you, O Lord.

O Lord, your Ravens soar into battle,
Our cruel talons tear the flesh of your enemies.
Command us, O Lord, and we shall slay them all.
Let all thy enemies fear the coming of thy Ravens!
O Lord, we shall not fail thee in our solemn mission.

NAO 11/10/2009

Ok, so unlike most of my random poetry this one has a story. More specifically it's for a story I'm going to try to write. The Ravens are a squad of skilled soldiers fighting for their king, and this is part of their song. A song they would sing before a battle to get themselves psych themselves up and hopefully instill some fear into their enemies.

The story will probably take place in a high fantasy type setting which means you can expect magic and dragons and epic battles between good and evil and all that sort of stuff. Of course that is if I ever get my act together and write something.

Life all around us

What is life? What makes me alive and the chair I'm sitting on not alive?

Well first off I have no idea how biologists define life and I don't care to look it up but I know by their definition I would be considered alive. But what am I? I'm a collection of trillions of tiny living cells. Let us think about that for a moment. I am a living being made up of trillions of tiny living things, each autonomous yet dependant on its neighbors. I survive the death of any individual cell yet they all die if I die. How strange is that?

I quick Google search tells me the live span of most cells in a human body is a few days to weeks, while a few last months and even up to years, and according to this site some of my bone cells might still be the ones I was born with, as they can live up to 30 years. Let us stop and think about that. Just about ever cell in my body has died and been replaced already, some countless times already. No wonder I can feel like a totally different person from day to day!

Anyway that was not the point of this post. The point is every living thing we see around us, other people, pets, plants, etc, are all themselves made of smaller living things. So why can't it go the other way? I say Earth is alive! Every person, animal and plant is one of its living cells. This is not a new idea in and of itself. I have heard for awhile now about the Gaia Theory. Now I haven't really researched into this theory all that much, but I do know that its overall statement is that the planet Earth is a living thing.

I don't really have more to say about it right now. Just wanted to get the idea out there.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Paradise Ahoy

River of tears
Lake of sorrow
Mountains of desperation and pain

The landscape of my soul
Stretches out for all to see
Under glorious light

Dark clouds on the horizon
Cause me no fear
Lightning hath already struck me down

Flowers of joy
On hills of love
Illusions of hope long since dead

Climbing up the sheer cliffs
Fingers bleeding
I struggle to the top of my own mind

Lost in a sea of doubt
Hurricanes of damnation
Hold the course, lands in sight.

NAO 11/09/2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nightmare

Blood spatters on the wall
Feathers gliding on the breeze
Angel wings are not bullet proof

Mirror of the universe
Darkly twisted and stained red
Hands trembling, knees quaking

Running down the hallways
Labyrinth in sterile light
Blank faces of grief

Soul light fading in your eyes
Holding you tight
Banshee screams in the night

NAO 11/08/2009

A few of these lines have been running through my head for days and I finally decided to write them down.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Disposable Society

Ok, I've been failing on this writing every day thing. I'm to easily distracted and have several different projects that I'm trying to work on. I started collecting some pictures for making another image for one of my tarot cards, this time The Phoenix.

However my main project of late is what I am going to talk about tonight. About a week ago I was walking out of my apartment on my way to hang out with some friends and I saw a large widescreen flat panel TV sitting by the dumpster. Now one thing I know that most people fail to realize when they have problems with electronics is that most electronics have fuses inside them that blow out before anything major inside gets damaged. I figured one of these fuses was likely the cause of whatever was wrong with this TV and hauled it into my apartment for later investigation, and then went off to hang out with my friends as planned.

I'm now going to give out some technical information on the TV and the problem that I have found so far, for anyone that might find this blog in a search for a similar problem and how to fix it. For those not interested in the technical details skip to the next paragraph for the actual point of this blog post. The TV in question turned out to be a 42" Maxent plasma HDTV, model MX-42HPM20, retail price unknown, and the problem as I could see it was that the power light would come on but the screen was blank. Some quick Internet searches lead me to believe the Y Sus board (or Y Sustain), part number EBR31872801 in this TV, about $150 part on eBay, was bad. Removing the board from the TV and taking some quick measurements I found that indeed one of the fuses, T4AH250VP ceramic time delay 4 amp fuse, had indeed blown out and would need replaced, about a $0.50-$1 part. Further more there was a transformer that appeared to be shorted but on removal from the circuit it measured ok, meaning something else in the circuit was causing the short. Looking around we found there was a small blue ceramic disc capacitor, 102K 1KV, which is apparently a 1000pF (picofarads for non-electrically inclined folk which is a measure of capacitance, a property of electricity, pico- meaning 1*10^-12 or 0.000000000001), and 1KV in this case means 1 kilovolt (volt being a measurement of electric charge, kilo- meaning 1*10^3 or 1,000; for reference house wiring in USA is 120 volts, a car battery is 12 volts). Anyway I got off topic a bit there. The point is this tiny capacitor was blown out and causing a short. This part has a cost of about $0.20-$0.40. At the point of writing this I have ordered a replacement fuse and capacitor, but have not yet been able to test if replacing these two cheap parts will fix this big expensive TV. I'll leave a comment when I know if it did or did not fix it, which should be within the next week.

Ok, for those that read that last paragraph I'm sorry for the monstrosity of which it became, and for those who skipped it welcome back. Now on with the point. We live in a disposable society. When something breaks we don't try to fix it, we just throw it away and buy something new to replace it. This is great for the economy I'm sure, and makes the companies that make this stuff tons of money. But it also means they stopped creating a quality product. Why create a product that will last 20 years when you can make one that will only last a few months past the warranty you put on it and then make the people come back and buy a replacement from you? That seems to be the way companies think anymore.

I work in a electronics factory. The end customer on most of our products is the government and they demand high quality from us, and I'd like to think we provide a high quality product. We do pretty much give a lifetime warranty on some of our products, or at least 100+ year warranty. Anyway when ever me or one of my coworkers take apart consumer electronics we can't help but notice the poor quality of them. I won't bore you with all the details but a lot of the consumer stuff we see is poorly worked and would never pass audit at our factory or be sold to our costumers.

I'm a bit of a pack rat and don't throw away everything that I often times should, but a lot of the time I realize that things can be fixed for cheap if you are really inclined to do so. In the case of this TV I have no idea how much the original owner paid for it, several hundreds I'm sure, but it could have been less than a $1 to fix it. And even if the two parts I talked about above don't fix it, the $150 for a replacement board is still cheaper than a equivalent new TV. I mean for me a 42" plasma TV for $150 sounds like an awesome deal. A 42" plasma TV for $0.80 sounds unbelievable but here's to hoping that's all it's going to take to fix it up and get me a working new TV. Just in time for my fixed Xbox 360 to be up and running, but that's another story.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Guy Fawkes Night

"Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."

More to come after work tonight I hope. As is I better get going or I'm going to be late.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I sit and wonder sometimes what it is that I am trying to actually say. What is it that I actually believe? I mean so often I make arguments about things I don't personally believe in just for the sake of furthering a debate on a topic, both here on my blog and other people's, and in discussion at work with my coworkers or at home with my friends and family.

I seem to drift through life without any set believes, always changing how I think about the world around me and my own place in it. I think it's good to not tie yourself down to one set of believes and never change them as you grow and understand the world around you differently. But at the same time I don't think it's good to constantly change what you believe either. There must be reason to change.

I know my outlook towards politics has changed greatly over just the last few years. And personally I'm pretty fed up with politics in this country. No politician seems to be able to do any of the things they promise in their campaigns and all seem to get corrupted to some level. There is no such thing as a corruption free government I don't think. But our government is far more corrupt now than it was 200 years ago I think.

It used to be that people went into politics because they wanted to make a difference, to make changes for the betterment of the country and its people. Now people seem to get into politics to get rich and famous and to wield power over their fellow people. The role of government should be to serve its people, not for the people to serve their government.

To that end I would like to remind everybody about the movie V for Vendetta and Guy Fawkes Day. I know we don't celebrate Guy Fawkes day here but I like to remember it all the same. I by no means am suggestion we blow anything up, or any acts of violence or civil disobedience, just know what's worth fighting for. I'll leave you today with a quote from the movie, "People should not fear the government. The government should be afraid of their people."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tarot card project revisited

So today I had some time to talk with a friend and come up with a list of Major Arcana for my custom Tarot deck. The list, in no particular order, goes as follows: The Jester, The Hermit, The High Priest, The Emperor, The Sun, The Moon, The Dragon, The Phoenix, The Storm, The Trickster, The Hunter, The Raven, and The Gladiator.



Now that is 13 cards, but I am thinking I might remove The Hermit and the The High Priest and replace them The Druid and then I would need one more card to fill out the set. On my DeviantArt I submitted an image I pieced together quick out of some stock images I found for the card The Storm. It is a rather plain card at the moment with dry, cracked ground with just a bit of grass and storm clouds in the sky with a tornado and lightning bolt.



It was my first attempt at doing a photo-manipulation and as such it doesn't look that good, but I'm hoping in time I will figure it out better and be able to make it look nicer. I also need to bring some other little minor objects and themes to it so when using the card for fortune telling there is more imagery to go off from.



What I need now though is to figure out what I want the imagery on the card to really be saying. The lightning and tornado seem to be a destructive force, but the rain on the dry, cracked ground would be pointing to much needed nourishment, and the little bits of grass clinging to the ground would seem to indicate hanging on and surviving a tough situation. At least that's what I'm getting from it so far. I just decided to upload the pic as it is at the moment so you can see what I'm talking about.


Any suggestions as to what more I could add to the picture? And please comment and tell me what this image says to you.