Derycke's Place

March 23, 2010

New Pics on Flickr

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 6:03 am

We went to Speed Raceway and had a good time:

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There’s much more at Flickr. Just follow the link in the subject line.

March 9, 2010

Zumbar Coffee

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 6:49 am

I was pointed to these guys as if they were just another joint to get a cup of coffee. To say that the americano I got was delicious would be an understatement. It was rich, creamy, and flavorful. Even now, more than six hours later, I’m trembling with anticipation of getting another cup.

Tomorrow morning, I’m going to swing by here and see if their morning drip is as delightful as was today’s afternoon cup.

January 26, 2010

Why we have MMS

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 4:35 am

This came in a “multi-media message” today:

January 10, 2010

Winterized my RV

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 6:00 pm

Winterized my RV two days ago. Turns out, it’s not that hard. But I want to record the steps for future reference. And while I’m at it, why not put it up on the old blog, so if you’re looking to winterize your RV, maybe these steps can be helpful.

You’ll need:

And the procedure looks like this:

  1. Go inside and turn off the water pump.
  2. Go outside and drain the freshwater tank by opening the drain valve. For my unit, that drain valve is in the compartment that has the wastewater drains. In the picture below, the drain valve is on the left. On the right are the low point drains, which we’ll use later.
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    Also, on the other side of my motorhome, there’s a secondary freshwater supply tube, used to suck liquid directly into the motorhome’s water supply. By opening the valve on that, the tank drains twice as fast. In the picture below, you can easily see the secondary supply tube hanging out. On the left side of the picture, there’s the two valves: the one on top comes from the tank, and the one on the bottom from the secondary supply. Sticking out the the right of the T-junction is the line to the interior plumbing. Make sure both valves are open to drain the tank faster than with the drain valve only.

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  3. Now it’s back to the inside, and bypass the water heater. Turn the valve on the cold water supply line and the valve on the hot water line perpendicular to their respective lines. Turn the valve on the bypass line that connects the cold water to the hot water parallel to its line. Now no cold water gets into the water heater, and no hot water comes out. If you were to open the hot water faucets anywhere with the pump on, cold water would come out.
  4. Get back outside and drain the water heater. When it’s done, close the drain valve. You don’t want any critters getting in there while your unit’s in storage.
  5. Go outside and open the low point drains (again, in the wastewater drain compartment on my unit). Go inside and open all faucets and flush the toilet (just long enough to let the water out of the lines). Go outside, wait for the low point drains to stop flowing and close them. Blow out water supply by attaching blow-out plug to your city water connection and a bicycle pump to the plug and giving it a few pumps. Go inside and close all those faucets.
  6. Close the freshwater main supply valve. This shuts off the flow of water from the water tank to the motorhome’s plumbing. If water was coming out the secondary supply tube for draining the tank, this flow will now stop. That’s OK.
  7. Take one of your jugs of antifreeze, and insert the freshwater secondary supply tube into it. Make sure the valve on the secondary supply valve is open. That clears a path for the antifreeze to get sucked into your plumbing. Usually, I get my son to monitor the jugs of antifreeze and tell me when one is empty.
  8. Turn on water pump, and wait until it stops running. It’s filling up with antifreeze.
  9. One by one, open each faucet until antifreeze comes out for a few seconds, and close it. Waiting a few seconds ensures that antifreeze gets into the p-trap of your sink, protecting that also against freezing. Flush the toilet until antifreeze comes out.
  10. Turn off water pump.
  11. Close freshwater secondary supply valve, and put away the antifreeze.
  12. Is the freshwater tank still draining? Wait until it’s finished, and close the drain valve.

December 3, 2009

Pausing an App Download on iPhone

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 9:21 pm

When your iPhone is downloading an app, you can tap the app’s icon to pause the download, and tap it again to resume the download.

December 1, 2009

Size Matters

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 6:56 pm

Via Unreasonable Faith, a nifty video comparing the size of various heavenly bodies:

The Great iPhone Death Watch

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 3:16 pm

A nice little compendium of iPhone fail predictions by Philip Elmer-DeWitt on CNNMoney. It includes, of course, one of my favorites by Ed Colligan of Palm:

We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.

November 29, 2009

Quote of the day

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 10:50 pm

Here’s something I didn’t expect to see:

the Bush administration led a campaign to erase the program’s stigma, calling food stamps “nutritional aid” instead of welfare, and made it easier to apply.

That’s from a New York Times article on food stamps.

October 30, 2009

Go, Joe, go

Filed under: Politics — hansderycke @ 1:09 am

Joe Lieberman, I-CT, seriously needs to lose his job. He’s up for re-election in 2012—if he’s foolish enough to run again. I can hardly wait to find out who his opponents are, so I can start donating to them.

August 20, 2009

Max Havelaar Revisited

Filed under: Uncategorized — hansderycke @ 12:22 am

In 1860, Multatuli published his Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company. It opens with a “motto” that spawned the Dutch saying “Barbertje moet hangen.” In it, a man called Lothario is accused of having murdered Barbertje. He claims innocence, and that he is “a good man.” The judge admonishes him that he’s just adding to his transgressions. When Barbertje shows up, proving Lothario’s innocence, the judge condemns him to be hung anyway for being guilty of “self-conceit.” Why the saying says that Barbertje must be hung in stead of Lothario is discussed briefly here.

On Monday, in the case of Troy Davis, Judge Scalia said in a dissenting opinion that

This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.

Nice. If we go through the motions, you will hang. Your guilt or innocence is irrelevant.

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