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50 Years Ago

last Friday, Apollo 1 burned on the pad at Cape Kennedy, lost with it were  Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom as Command Pilot, Edward H. White II as Senior Pilot, and Donn F. Eisele as Pilot. I was a disaster that all Americans, and in fact, the world shared with us. And as the details became known, […]

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Ideology > Engineeering and Logic

A couple of reports mixed here, because they go to the same point. First, South Australia had a power outage last week. Ordinarily, that’s not news, but in this case, I gather nearly the whole state was off. Why? Here’s Andrew Bolt to tell you. South Australia ran to Canberra for subsidies to protect Arium Steel […]

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Nebraska Repeals Strict Licensing Laws for Hair Braiders

Better late than never, I suppose. A cosmetology license, required for hair braiding? Really? Here: from the Daily Signal. Just two weeks ago, Nebraskans who wanted to make money braiding hair had to undergo 2,100 hours of training to obtain a cosmetology license, which state officials say dedicates little time to natural hair braiding techniques. […]

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Safety, and Personal Responsibility

I was taught from childhood on: There is no such thing as a no-fault accident, somebody always had a way to prevent it. Fault is a legal term and means something else, but all accidents are avoidable by taking (or not taking) some action, or list of actions. Let’s start here: I’m sorry but such […]

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Find and Repair a 230kV 800Amp Oil-Filled Power Cable Fault

Have you ever wondered what guys like I do, when we’re not telling you that you need to do some completely unaffordable thing to keep your house wiring safe? We’re telling the utilities the same thing. I ran across this the other day, talking about fixing an underground cable from a powerplant in California. It […]

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Having solved all other problems, Obama to fix your dishwasher

Well, guys, Apparently, our appliances still aren’t efficient enough. Of, course you know, and so do I that every time the government mandates things for your own good, the aforesaid things get worse. How many times do you flush your new super efficient toilet? Yep, so do we all. How many time do we have […]

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Dodging Bullets

#185189957 / gettyimages.com While dodging bullets is not a recommended practice, it is considered far superior to not dodging bullets. What is he talking about?, I hear. This, apparently we got lucky last month, and missed getting hit by a good sized Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). NASA seems to think that if it had happened […]

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Decisions: Good and Bad

Right and wrong. Often we think of them as the two sides of a coin as it were, and often they are, but are they always? Let’s dig a little deeper here. As a power lineman, and as an electrician I often deal with power that is concentrated enough to kill you quick. Not that […]

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Decisions: Good and Bad

Right and wrong. Often we think of them as the two sides of a coin as it were, and often they are, but are they always? Let’s dig a little deeper here. As a power lineman, and as an electrician I often deal with power that is concentrated enough to kill you quick. Not that […]

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ABC= Always Be Careful

It’s that time of year again out here, we’re well into harvest, and everybody concerned is going full-out trying to keep up. That means nearly everyone is working till they get stupid. That’s the term I use when you keep going until you’re so tired that you’re not thinking clearly anymore. It tends to be […] . . . → Read More: ABC= Always Be Careful . . . → Read More: ABC= Always Be Careful

A Snake in the Stubble

Back in the day, I spent some years as a pivot tech. It was pretty interesting, there’s more technology in there than I would have guessed. It’s also a good way to get your exercise when you consider that the average machine is a quarter-mile long.  The dealer I worked for sold between 50 and […] . . . → Read More: A Snake in the Stubble . . . → Read More: A Snake in the Stubble

Industrial Prosperity, and Safety

Let’s cover some ground today shall we, on a couple of fronts. First this caught my eye this yesterday morning over at RedState. Wm Craig wrote this. I haven’t quite decided whether I completely agree with his points, or think its more of an anti-American coincidence. I’m also not convinced that it’s not a distinction […] . . . → Read More: Industrial Prosperity, and Safety . . . → Read More: Industrial Prosperity, and Safety

Safe or Productive?

I’m and electrician, and a power lineman. It’s what I always wanted to be. If you’d like proof, there are family movies of me at four years old, in company jacket and hard hat, pantomiming the motions of climbing a pole on hooks. I knew how to use the equipment of a power company by the time […] . . . → Read More: Safe or Productive? . . . → Read More: Safe or Productive?