2024 Archive

Friday, June 14, 2024

I suddenly noticed Amanda leaning out the car window as she said, “Is it okay that there is smoke coming out of the headlight?” No, it was very much not okay. The smoke increased. “Uh, oh. We have a fire. I need the toolkit. Now,” I replied. As I pulled the ignition key to cut power, Amanda jumped out of the car and extracted the toolkit from the trunk. I unscrewed the headlamp's retaining screw and pulled it off the nacelle. Smoke puffed out, and I found several wires melted to each other.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Burnett county is not nearby, so I thought I'd spend a day getting there, stay in the area, and then spend a day getting back. The only question was where to stay. A hotel? A quaint inn? Some AirBnB-like situation? No! I was going camping.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

It's one of very few places in northern Wisconsin that I've seen speed bumps. Eight of them in less than two miles!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

R74 really feels like the most remote of the Rustic Roads. The only other Rustic Road that compares, in my opinion, is R34 in Forest county, and R74 is the Rustic Road closest to it.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The 90° corners in the transition from the east-west path to Tigerton to the north-south path to Wittenberg are particularly fun. Evaluate each one carefully, though. Some are lazy sweepers, but others are sudden course corrections!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

I've been sitting at a desk to write and edit video more often recently. Time to make a stand to get my screen up to eye level.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

I'll admit that I was rushing through Outagamie county a bit. It was October, though, and fall color was beginning to set it, so there were some gorgeous stands of trees.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

The dust collector never really liked the planer. So I built a chip separator. Version two started with a friend of mine calling to ask if I could use any of the large plastic drums the high school shop was throwing out.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

The most obvious true thing is that no crosscut sled will be ideal for every task. But I was still looking for a general-purpose sled to handle a wider variety of cuts I make often.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

If you ever needed a literal demonstration of the phrase, “The map is not the territory,” Winnebago county's Rustic Roads are it.

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