Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Pandemic prediction -- future of travel

 It is now November 2020:  the COVID-19 Pandemic has been going on since February or March of this year.


Here are my prediction regarding international travel:

-It will take many years to develop a workable vaccine.

-"Life in a pandemic" will become "the new normal": people will just accept the additional precautions (physical distancing; masks; hand-washing) as "what you do". 

-Recreational international travel can't get put on hold forever.  Therefore, travel will resume -- but it will incorporate various COVID-19-related precautions, such as:

-Physical distancing on airplanes -- which means that they'll only be able to fly at about one-half capacity (family groups, and parties traveling together, will not have to be seated apart).  This will double the price of air fares -- but people will be desperate enough to pay them.

-People will not be allowed to leave the airport during long layovers (e.g. to explore the town).

-Mandatory two-week quarantine periods, both before, and after, each leg of the journey.

-Specialized cruise ships will become more cost-effective than air travel:  the journey across the ocean will be part of the "two week quarantine" period.


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Sunday, November 01, 2020

Yet another box from the porch

Another box from the porch. I've lost track of how many this is -- and can't be bothered to go back and count.

As with all of them, they've been on the porch for so long that I'd forgotten what was in there:  in this case, I don't even remember the history behind them -- I can only infer.

This one doesn't seem to have been damaged by the weather, like some of the other boxes.  An odd mish-mash of leftovers from old projects (that's where the extra roll of flyscreen went!!!), and garage sale tools.

Not sure about the little blue whisk broom and dustpan.  Likewise, the green (fairly heavy-duty!) dishwashing gloves -- luckily, with no holes nibbled in them.

Ignoring the things that are obvious...

Back row:  hammer; rusty file; a partial tin of varnish.

Next group:  three metal plates, with screws; double-pulley; plastic bowl with misc. screws and such; non-steel wrench (to use when the risk of sparks might cause a fire, e.g. among flammable gasses); a masonry-style hammer head.

Front row:  small metal clamp; divider (with broken tip, will need to grind the ends to match again); two types of calliper; flatblade screwdriver bit; nail puller; stubby ball-peen hammer; black strip of velcro; chisel; screwdriver; two more chisels; pruning shears.

Such treasures!

Gonna give the dividers and callipes to a colleague that does things around the house (after I clean up the rust, and re-grind the ends):  I have more callipers than I need.

I've slowed waaaay down, over the years, in buying misc. hand tools:  now I'm doing the opposite -- giving away my excess.

That said:  last month I picked up a nice-looking chisel for cheap, at an antique shop.  It's actually a stubby lathe chisel, which I'll use as a kind of "parting tool". 


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New PC

 Have taken a few photos to share -- but haven't got around to posting them:  been busy; also, our internet was down for about two weeks.

My current PC only has 2GB of RAM (I bought too cheap), so when I tried to edit video it would just lock up.  So I bought a better (used) PC with more RAM:  I just need to install (Mint) Linux and set the rest of it up (and probably some video adaptors:  can have up to three monitors).  I've been accumulating footage -- just need to sit down and edit it (but! have a few tasks I need to do before I'm "allowed" to do that).


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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Film micro-short of three timestreams

Another film micro-short:  fairly abstract this time.

Playing with time-lapse filming (rather than slo-mo), as well as having fun with lighting.

Everything is low-budget:  a $50 "action camera" (i.e. fake GoPro); some battery-powered "shop lights/work lights"; and blue Christmas lights and plstic file folders for the light "gels".

Hat-tip to The Girl for suggesting using time lapse:  I was looking for something different.

The camera was capturing a frame every half-second -- so it took about seven minutes for us to get 30 seconds worth of screen time.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

A box of books

Went through another box from the porch today:  a box of paperback books from The Lady's grandmother's house.  Unfortunately, due to the heat and humidity, some of the covers were stuck to each other.  But at least none of the books had their edges eaten by bugs.

I also started on another box, which has folders of photocopied journal articles -- one folder per criminological theory.  Some of the folders I recycled the whole thing (but first checked the title of each article); for three of the folders I kept three or four articles, but recycled the rest.  Still more to go from that box -- but, some other day.


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Friday, July 10, 2020

Good Song - Regina Spektor "One Little Soldier"

Saw this a few months ago on YouTube, and just came across it again.  A good song (IMO).

One thing that impresses me is that the chorus packs a lot of punch, relative to the verse -- but it's more than just "loud/soft" -- and it doesn't rely on distorted guitars for its power.  So:  good arranging, and mixing; congrats.  :)


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bokken telekinesis

Shot the footage back in Oct 2019.  My computer isn't powerful enough for editing video, so I hadn't got around to editing the footage -- but then a few weeks ago I discovered that The Girl likes editing.  Oooh!!!

So:  below. 

Basically, instead of learning how to juggle, I've been trying to teach myself how to channel my "chi" to move objects.  It's coming along.


P.S.  Within the video, I mis-spell "telekinesis".  Ah well. 

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