Final Touches

By , July 17, 2018

I just put the final touch on the front step I built (see A New Step). While taking photos of it, I also snapped one of the cover to the battery box, which I built a few weeks ago (see Racing to the Summer Solstice).

Plastic tiling to finish homemade step

Dri-Dek® puts the finishing touch on the new front step (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

When I first built the step, I grabbed a few squares of Dri-Dek® tile left over from our sailboat, Selkie, and put them across the step in place of a doormat. It worked great, although we tended to catch our feet on it going in sometimes. I then remembered that Dri-Dek also offers edges and corners that bevel to the floor surface, so I ordered enough to round out the squares. Once done, it looked almost as if I had built the step with the tile dimensions in mind!

I had intended to anchor the tiles with some screws in the joining loops along the back edge, but I’m going to wait a bit. If we don’t slide around on it, then I’ll leave it unanchored, so it’ll be easy to pick up and sweep beneath every now and then.

battery box cover

The completed battery box (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

As for the lid to the battery box, please don’t scrutinize it, it’s far from perfect. But, considering I built it on the fly, it fits together pretty well, and it covers the battery bank well enough that I have to get after the family for putting stuff on top of it, like cooling hot dishes and the like. At any rate, it’s a whole lot safer than leaving it open, like it had been at first. I was afraid the cat would jump up on there and fry herself!

Considering Cryptocurrencies

By , July 12, 2018

A while ago, a customer of my brother’s boat design Website, for which I handle orders, asked if we ever considered accepting bitcoin as payment. While Dave and I are aware of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, we’d never looked into them. What we learned upon researching did not encourage us to get involved; since then, I’ve meant to write about it here. Luckily for me, an old friend wrote a lot about it, and with his permission, I’m relying on his words to get my point across.

My friend, Tom Pittman VII, wrote about cryptocurrencies in response to a newspaper article about how Wenatchee, Washington has attracted “data miners” because of their low energy costs.

Tom’s essay appears below (with my edits, and with parenthetical comments or clarifications). He didn’t cite many of his sources; I’m assuming his assertions are accurate.

While definitely not a tangible currency, this is a fairly standard image of a bitcoin (Image: CoinDesk.com).

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