|Uncle Norman sent me this picture. He said it was going to break his heart when he burned up the last of them and had to start shooting the bricks he paid $11 for.|
|Deer pawing through the snow to get at the turnips I planted for green manure. Mrs ERJ informed me that one of the deer was so large she was concerned that perhaps one of the neighbor's cows got out.|
|Deer tracks at sunrise. I thought this was "artsy".|
|Mrs ERJ and I toured an abandoned industrial site yesterday. Extra bonus points if anybody can guess the zipcode.|
|I may have mentioned that this looked like a great place to dispose of bodies. Mrs ERJ declined to try it on for size.|
|A fellow could stash a lot of hardware around here.|
|Built like a concrete zhithouse. The building, not Mrs ERJ.|
|The rest of the Fig Farm. The lid is propped open to keep the top cool relative to the bottom. My target is 60F for the top and 80F for the rooting zone.|
|Just a random log.|
|I took both dogs mushing. I took them one-at-a-time.|
Both dogs and I are on a steep learning curve for "mushing".
I learned some very basic stuff.
- The dog's are comforted by the leash. The leash is mandatory.
- I need about two more feet of lead than I have. The sled bangs into my calves if I am not paying attention and that takes the dogs out-of-the-zone.
- Loud noises spook the dogs. There is a chunk of ice frozen to the sled line and it bangs into the sled. They are not used to having a "vehicle" that close to their butt.
- Dogs will overlook a lot of stupid mistakes on my part if I feed them a steady stream of American Process Cheese strips when things go well.
- A quarter-mile loop through the pasture is enough to get all three of used to mushing. At least for now.
- Herc, the older dog, has a steadier pace.
- Zeus is better for breaking trail.
- It would be useful if one of the leg-holes had a buckle. The first leg-hole is easy because I can spin the harness around the dog's body. The second leg-hole is a challenge.
Things that make you go "Hmmm!"
The reloading data led me to expect velocities around 900fps. As the story goes, it was a max load of Winchester WTF powder.
The three shot-string was 605, 625 and 638.
A few things were goofy. I took the data without skyscreens. The sky was cloudy and it should not have mattered.
The chrony was only about 2 feet from the muzzle. There is a possibility that the first screen "saw" the hot gasses and recorded that time, then saw the projectile at the second optical sensor.
The sun is shining now but I will do a calibration check with a .22 rifle and then retake the data with the chrony at 6 feet.
However, the bullets might only be traveling 620fps. Far better that than to have them 300fps faster than the 900fps because that is evidence that the rounds are over-pressure for the caliber. I would have to pitch the lot.
I thought this was a pretty good video. It is about ten minutes long but it is painless to watch.