Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ninety years ago today the guns fell silent in Europe, signaling the end of 'The War to end all Wars.' In 1938, the US Congress proclaimed this an official holiday "dedicated to the cause of world peace" named Armistice Day. Sixteen years later we had seen a second world war and Korean conflict. Congress saw fit to make this day Veterans Day in honor of veterans of all wars.
Unlike Memorial day when we honor our fallen veterans, today is a day to recognize both the living and the dead who have answered their country's call. We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude, so please thank a veteran today.
at 10:59 AM
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
This summer I was taking some pictures of steam traction engines when I came across one with an open smokebox.
I had been contemplating writing a post on boiler design, so I figured this would make a great illustration. I rushed over and took this photo.
Of course you can see the arrangment of the flues which run from the smokebox to the firebox and up above the exhaust steam is directed up into the smokestack to create a draft to draw air from the firebox, and down below...
Wait, those shouldn't be there. Why are there metal grates and hooks in the smokebox?
Ah, smoked sausage. That makes sense. I'm not sure they would be up to Brigid's standards, but they sure look tasty!
One word of caution though, If anyone else feels the need to try this approach to feed your next threshing crew, just make sure you're burning wood that day and not coal!
at 12:05 PM
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Lucky Shots Mean Fine Targets!
over at Traction Control. I actually made a decent showing this time (thanks in no small part to True Blue Sam's TC Contender.) Of course Mr. C still doubled my best score, but I have learned not to doubt his abilities with a pistol!
Better yet, I already shot next month's target and I think I actually got a perfect score on one sheet. We'll know for sure at the end of the month.
at 7:02 PM