Alley-way Planters Box

We put a basketball hoop in the back alley-way and the ball would smash the plants in the planters box. Kinda like plants vs. zombies, but the other way, basketballs vs. plants and the basketballs dominated.

So, I beefed up the planters boxes and added a deflector rod for the ball. Needless to say, . . . → Read More: Alley-way Planters Box

Useful 3d Printer Projects

Who says you only print toys with a 3D printer?

Here are a few examples of useful, practical 3D printer projects used around the home or the shop.

TOOL HOLDER – Organizer

I’m a big fan of the Stanley organizers because they’re stack-able and come in 2 different sizes. I have several of the organizers . . . → Read More: Useful 3d Printer Projects

Infinity Switch for Samsung FTQ353IWUX Stove-top

I’m sure some marketing ding-bat came up with the term infinity switch. I didn’t know there was such a thing until I started researching the stove top issue we had, which was the two right burners would only stay on high, no matter what setting you turned the knob.

Turn the knob to Low, and . . . → Read More: Infinity Switch for Samsung FTQ353IWUX Stove-top

Useful Linux Commands for Xubuntu 2nd Ethernet Card Setup

This post is a list of Xubuntu Linux commands that helped me setup a second Ethernet Card with a static IP in Xubuntu. I used it for my Zoneminder security camera system and the blog post here has the specifics on the Xubuntu setup file and my hardware.


Check what network cards are . . . → Read More: Useful Linux Commands for Xubuntu 2nd Ethernet Card Setup

Zoneminder Installation

Zoneminder is an opensource security camera system that is configurable and scalable. For my home system, it’s probably overkill, however I feel learning how to install, setup, and use it will be advantageous for future installations and expand my general Linux capabilities. Here are my step by step instructions to install Zoneminder onto a Linux . . . → Read More: Zoneminder Installation

Stump Removal

Ugh – Stump Removal. Not an easy job.

We had some trees that ‘just started growing’ in the back yard and it was time to find a place for at least one of them, which means the stump in the front yard had to go. I had secretly hoped the stump would take care of . . . → Read More: Stump Removal

Cat Checking out Bird Feeder

We have a bird feeder in the back and a neighborhood cat came by to check it out one day.

Millennium Falcon 3D Print

Who says 3d Printers aren’t useful for anything? The Millennium Falcon printed from thingyverse and the three layers epoxied together. It was printed at 1.5x scaling to make a larger Falcon!

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Xubuntu & GRUB Installation WOES…

There’s a reason Linux is not prime-time for the general population. I spent hours and hours trying to re-install Xubuntu 14.04.4 LTS, amd64 because I either couldn’t mount the boot partition correctly or something… I seem to have this problem a lot and self-configuring doesn’t seem to work well. After an installation I mostly get . . . → Read More: Xubuntu & GRUB Installation WOES…


We had a beautiful Rainbow with the El Nino Storms. The picture doesn’t do the rainbow justice as at one point there were two rainbows. It was one of the best rainbows I’ve ever seen, with the exception of not finding the pot of gold.

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