Actual Black Friday!


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So finally it’s Black Friday. It didn’t start last Monday, and it certainly didn’t start at the beginning of November. Call me a curmudgeon, but I’m old school and I think Black Friday should be Black Friday and that Christmas…

Happy Gratitude Day


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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the USA (Brazil too), and that’s today. This month marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Separatists (later called pilgrims) to New England. I didn’t see any…

‘Heat It With Matchsticks’


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Back to the Gallery build… The painter did the ceiling yesterday. Took about an hour to spray it a flat gray called “Software” (must be a sweet job, “paint color namer.”) But there was a problem. Three hours later, the…

‘Heat It With Matchsticks’


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Back to the Gallery build… The painter did the ceiling yesterday. Took about an hour to spray it a flat gray called “Software” (must be a sweet job, “paint color namer.”) But there was a problem. Three hours later, the…

Book Review: ‘Light on the Landscape’ by William Neill


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William Neill, Light on the Landscape Rocky Nook, 288 pages, 9.75 x 10 x 0.75 inches Published August 25, 2020 Book review by Geoff Wittig Landscape photography can be a fascinating pursuit. It can range from casual cellphone grab-shots to…

Sunday Support Group: TOP Stew For You


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For the singletons amongst ye, the bachelors and bachelorettes, herewith a morselette for your delectation I will but seldom assay…a recipe, fer cripe’s sake, that even non-cooks can cook. Generally I am aware that I should be giving no one…

Beware the Roving Photo Geek!


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I was poking around eBay the other day looking at photos for sale and saw this: “Rare War Photo WW2”? Misinformation! It’s a movie still, probably from Downfall. That’s Alexandra Maria Lara, a Romanian-born German actress born in 1978. Maybe…

…And If You Want to See State-of-the-Art…


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Speaking of insulation, air seal is an important aspect of insulation (how can a house be efficient if air leaks in and out?), but if the house is really tight then it needs managed ventilation like an air-exchange system. If…

…And If You Want to See State-of-the-Art…


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Speaking of insulation, air seal is an important aspect of insulation (how can a house be efficient if air leaks in and out?), but if the house is really tight then it needs managed ventilation like an air-exchange system. If…

…And If You Want to See State-of-the-Art…


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Speaking of insulation, air seal is an important aspect of insulation (how can a house be efficient if air leaks in and out?), but if the house is really tight then it needs managed ventilation like an air-exchange system. If…

Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam (OT)


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This is so off-topic. Sorry. But it’s quite interesting. After watching the insulation go into my shed on Friday I read up on closed-cell spray foam insulation and watched a few videos. It’s pretty fascinating stuff—at the high end of…

Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam (OT)


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This is so off-topic. Sorry. But it’s quite interesting. After watching the insulation go into my shed on Friday I read up on closed-cell spray foam insulation and watched a few videos. It’s pretty fascinating stuff—at the high end of…

Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam (OT)


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This is so off-topic. Sorry. But it’s quite interesting. After watching the insulation go into my shed on Friday I read up on closed-cell spray foam insulation and watched a few videos. It’s pretty fascinating stuff—at the high end of…

Update, Friday 7:30 a.m.


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The insulators are here. This is going to be interesting—I don’t know much about polyurethane spray foam insulation and have never used it before. All the trades in this area seem to have a high opinion of it, and I…

Update, Friday 7:30 a.m.


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The insulators are here. This is going to be interesting—I don’t know much about polyurethane spray foam insulation and have never used it before. All the trades in this area seem to have a high opinion of it, and I…

Open Mike: The Whole Point of a Hobby


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[“Open Mike” is the open-ended Editorial page of TOP. It’s supposed to go up on Wednesdays but hoo boy, have I been busy lately.] – The pool shed is progressing, slowly, although there may be a flurry of activity shortly….

Open Mike: The Whole Point of a Hobby


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[“Open Mike” is the open-ended Editorial page of TOP. It’s supposed to go up on Wednesdays but hoo boy, have I been busy lately.] – The pool shed is progressing, slowly, although there may be a flurry of activity shortly….

Open Mike: The Whole Point of a Hobby


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[“Open Mike” is the open-ended Editorial page of TOP. It’s supposed to go up on Wednesdays but hoo boy, have I been busy lately.] – The pool shed is progressing, slowly, although there may be a flurry of activity shortly….

Open Mike: The Whole Point of a Hobby


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[“Open Mike” is the open-ended Editorial page of TOP. It’s supposed to go up on Wednesdays but hoo boy, have I been busy lately.] – The pool shed is progressing, slowly, although there may be a flurry of activity shortly….

Quote o’ the Day Comments (Blog Note)


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A short administrative detail: I’ve just finished uploading all the Featured Comments for the previous “Quote o’ the Day” post, the one by Lord Snowdon. I blew it and they’re all posted late, so I wanted to call your attention…