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a little bit of winter...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/12/08 - 3:52pm
This is how I like my winters...a little bit at a time.  34,39,34,0,W
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nine years...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/12/07 - 4:04pm
Hard to believe today marks nine years at The Field Lab.  I have now officially lived here longer than any of my other homes.  I'm good for at least one more year.

Did some CG (center of gravity) hang tests with the flying machine today.  It was a bit tricky to do solo.  I was unable to ratchet myself off the ground so I had to rig the harness into position - jack it up - and climb in.  First hang was a little too tilted back and "nose high" because I am a little heavy on the back side, but I was able to make the adjustment to get the thrust line just right.

Finished off the day checking my road to the mailbox.  As I suspected, it held up pretty well after the long soaker we got.  Plenty of ruts to follow out since 5 truckloads of idiot hunters already made the trek yesterday.  Got a nice surprise in the mail from a new Facebook friend, Jude Verret.  A load of honey.  64,70,37,0,B
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two years...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/12/06 - 3:49pm

Two years ago on this day I took a little vacation to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Decided this day would not be a good one for ground testing the trike so I set about getting rigged for a CG (center of gravity) hang check.  I needed two good ratchet straps for the task and I knew they were in my truck...somewhere.  Decided today would be a good day to clean out my back seat area that has been packed with stuff for years.  Among many other things, I discovered half my wardrobe was stashed away back there...and yes, the ratchet straps.  Got them hooked up but have yet to ratchet myself off the ground.  Not so sure the separate harness set-up I have is going to work with a trike configuration.  60,71,38,0,C  
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long soaker...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/12/05 - 3:16pm

Just when I thought I was going to get by easy with the rain this weekend, it started drizzling around 3PM yesterday and didn't stop til about 9 this morning.  Discovered the brushes on the generator were worn out when I was trying to bump up the battery charge yesterday.  Thought for sure I had a spare somewhere.  Quickly ended my torment of thinking it was lost by searching the blog and figuring out it was the spare that just died on me.  I have two spares on the way.  Ended up using my Toyota Generator for a couple of hours to get me through the night.  Plenty of sun for the next week to keep me charged up and dry out my road.  54,65,43, 1.24",C
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When in Rome...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/12/04 - 11:18am
Romans 14:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
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The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/12/03 - 4:23pm
Hunkered down in the hut most of the day waiting on the rain.  Finally started drizzling late this afternoon and so far less than a quarter inch - which is better than the more than 1/2" that was forecast.  Spent some quality time watching paramotor videos on YouTube with popcorn.  My bedtime entertainment center consists of a hinged 1x3 that holds my tablet computer (on two drywall screws) right in front of my face.  Also have some stereo headphones for that surround sound feel.  When not in use, it swings out of the way back against the wall.  Came up with that quality of life enhancement when I was still wheelchair bound.  Who needs a 40" plasma TV...?  51,57,53, .22",B
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The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/12/02 - 3:25pm

Got a new friend.  Got the intake filter assembly and silencer mounted back on the paramotor.  Got a small bike pump to add to the flight kit.  Got some straps for some extra rigging on the trike from my new favorite online store...(they've got a great YouTube channel.)  Got everything put away in case we get the predicted inch of rain over the weekend.  61,65,39,0,C
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looking up...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/12/01 - 5:08pm

Got my replacement part for the intake today.  Of course I couldn't buy just the rubber bit.  The assembly only comes with the filter.  Rigged a makeshift seat rest to test.  Once I find the optimum position and height I will come up with something more permanent.  Mounted a big wide angle mirror on the fork.  This is a pretty common accessory so you can see if the wing is coming up nice and straight behind you for launch.  63,70,32,0,C
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Underwriters Laboratories

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/11/30 - 4:51pm
Did another Alpine run this morning in preparation for a weekend rain event.  Got home in plenty of time to rig up the pump in the shower and do a quick test.  Worked as predicted...perfect flow - perfect temperature.  Can you spot the potential code violation?  Yes...I will address that issue.  59,65,34,0,C
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Color Coat on the Guest Dome

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2016/11/30 - 11:29am
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Fluid Dynamics

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/11/29 - 5:02pm

Turns out my low psi on-demand hot water heater is just on the cusp of getting a little too little pressure from the gravity feed on my solar shower tank.  The flow is minimal and the water actually gets too hot even on the low setting.  Although I had already done some research on the matter I thought I would try hosing in two lines from the tank for a little real world experiment that ended up proving the theory.  Thanks to the laws of physics regarding the conservation of energy, and some guy named Daniel Bernoulli - it didn't work.  (I won't hold a grudge against him though because the Bernoulli principle can also be used to calculate the lift force of my paramotor wing.)  As I suspected, doubling the feed in did not double the pressure or increase the flow.  Looks like I will have to add a pump to the mix after all.  Just so happens I have one that I used years ago for a misting system experiment in the greenhouse.  (Note: the inner tube leak on the trike tire is definitely repaired now.)  62,71,37,0,B
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patch job...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/11/28 - 4:13pm

Somehow I have made this far in life without ever having patched an inner tube.  Today I finally got my chance.  Noticed this morning that one of the trike tires was low.  Two days ago I noticed this stickery branch barely stuck in the tire.  Found the tiny hole by submerging the tube in a bucket of water.  We'll see if the patch holds by tomorrow.  Note to self: add some tire repair gear to the flight kit.  64,73,53,0,B
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Psalm 55

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/11/27 - 3:35pm
22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee...
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flight worthy...?

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/11/26 - 2:49pm
Waiting on a few more parts arriving next week before testing begins.  62,72,49,0,C
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Burro Friday

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/11/25 - 4:59pm
Decided to put off all ground testing till after the holiday weekend...just in case.  Definitely not a good time to have an emergency.  I seem to have developed a new respect for caution.  To err on the side of caution is to use or show more of it than may be needed so that you can be sure that you are using or showing enough of it.  In the meantime - here are some burros.  57,61,52, .01",B    
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thanksgiving day..

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/11/24 - 3:38pm

Been a busy two days.  1. Got all the redundant axle ends finished. 2. Got the paramotor firmly attached to the cart. 3. Broke the pull rope on my generator - replaced it. 4. Rigged a makeshift seat so I and do some ground testing - still haven't decided on how to do the final seat rig yet so I will see if anything else breaks before I commit.

Was just about ready to fire up the machine for a ground test when I decided that Thanksgiving Day is not a good day to get hurt so I will wait til tomorrow.  Looking forward to an extravagant seasonal meal tonight.  Happy Thanksgiving!  67,78,52,0,B
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i'm ending the vlog

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/11/23 - 3:44pm

Yes...that was a clickbait title - for my blog.  YouTube personality  Casey Neistat announced on Saturday that he was ending his daily vlog.  With only a few missed days, Casey was able to post a well produced and interesting daily video log on YouTube for over a year and a half.  Needless to say, some of his 5.8 million subscribers are a little disappointed.  Since 2010, he has uploaded over 730 "films" to his YouTube channel with over 1.3 billion views.  By comparison, I have uploaded 99 videos to my meager YouTube channel with 799 subscribers and just over 1,000,000 views.

His signature style - bold opening title graphics, time lapses, drone footage, perfectly matched soundtrack, a frantic daily schedule, and roaming around on an electric skateboard have been emulated by any number of other YouTubers hoping that "the Neistat formula" will work for them.  Even the camera gear he uses is being copied.  As someone familiar with film production, when I watch his videos I see things others might not when following his daily escapades.  Although it may appear seamless, all I can think of is how much work goes in to setting up each "shot".  When I first began my blog, planning the day and the photos was rather daunting but nothing compared to what Casey has accomplished.  Like him - I have a formula that has become second nature (but a lot less work).

All that being marks my 3,000th post and over 3,000,000 visits to my blog in a little over 8 years.  I'm not ending the blog.  61,75,44,0,B
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wire lock pins...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/11/22 - 5:08pm
Got all my wire lock pins in place.  These are typical of PPG trikes to make it quick and easy to break down the machine and/or easily replace a broken axle.  The tricky part was getting the front end square with the rear end since nothing is perfectly flat and level out here.  Used the "straighten tool" in my photo editing software to figure out what I needed to do to line it all up.  69,73,51,0,B 
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out and in...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/11/21 - 5:42pm
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when your heart is in the right place...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/11/20 - 1:28pm
Colossians 323 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
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