Monday, December 23, 2019

Thinking about carbon detonation in white dwarf stars (Type IA supernova)

I was reading about white dwarf stars because I've been very interested in neutron stars and I was wondering about something slightly less dense but really still incredibly dense.  While I was reading about that I learned about "Carbon Detonation" in which enough matter falls into a white dwarf star that it causes a runaway fusion reaction and explosion, which we've observed / classified astronomically as type IA supernova.  Here's some thoughts I've had about carbon detonation.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

homebrewing hard cider

I'm attempting to home brew a hard cider, starting with the simplest possible recipe. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Installing a sparkling* drain near our house

I installed a sparkling drain* near our house, here is a time-lapse video, description below the fold:

* you may be more familiar with the name French drain, however, that is only correct if it is made in France

Monday, September 2, 2019

Installing pavers at the end of the driveway

I always wanted to do a project with paving stones - I've always been inspired by ancient stonework, especially reading about ancient roman roads - so I decided to put a band of pavers down along the end of our driveway.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunset views from a 66' lift in Watertown, MA

I rented a lift to do some tree work, and took some pictures from it at its highest level during sunset.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cutting down a black locust tree in our back yard that was dying / dead

We had a black locust tree that a couple years ago was late to have leaves, and then as the years went by only had leaves in one area of the tree.  A couple years go my good friend Nick and I did some work removing some of the branches, and it was a bit terrifying how heavy they were.  The tree appeared to show some new life after that, but the new life unfortunately just looks like the branches that sprout from a dead tree.  We made another attempt at removing it, this time got it down!  Full disclosure, there was a not of terror and caution using this kind of equipment (full, diesel powered lift; chainsaws, winches, etc.)
This picture completely fails to capture how thoroughly coated in sawdust we were.  We're wearing safety harnesses, which got surprisingly heavy as the day wore on.  I think they are only 5-10 lbs. so I can't imagine how people would wear 30-50 pounds of armor in medieval and ancient combat.  Or how modern soldiers pack a third of the body weight on a day's march!