Rudderectomy

There's no better way to start the new sailing season than to design away the problems of the last one. The original rudder design of the Classic 12 had a slight technical problem in that the buoyancy of the rudder would float the pins right out of their sockets. Not so useful. A bungee cord could work around that, but trying to get two pins lined up and held from floating off while trying to attach a bungee with one hand in waves is easier said than done. »

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Shred Is Back

"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Michael Corleone Animals as Leaders - CAFO It's been a very long time since I've listened to either instrumental music or metal for that matter. However, I came across a particularly stunning piece of guitar porn and had to investigate the player. And found... The above video. What to make of that? Two 8-string guitar players and a drummer. »

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My Coffee Needs More Kevlar

It's not quite bulletproof, but close. What? I've been spending a lot of time goofing around in the kitchen lately, thanks to an enforced couple weeks of solo cooking which became addictive. So when I came across Dave Asprey's BulletProof Coffee on boingboing I was intrigued. Coffee and butter? Two of my favorite things. I had to try it. At least my version of it. For starters, grass-fed butter is about as easy to find as an honest politician around here. »

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Going Dark

Tomorrow, January 18th, this site, jeremyulstad.com is going on strike to protest SOPA and PIPA. In doing so, I'll be joining Wikipedia (in English), BoingBoing, WordPress, and many others. The general protest is running from 8 am to 8 pm EDT, but I'm going from 12am UTC to 12 am on the 19th, because we take it to the next level here. Or because I'm too lazy to do the timezone conversion in crontab. »

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Sail Ho!

Indian Summer is a beautiful thing. We've been hitting the home improvement projects hard over the past few weeks. I made a pact that I wouldn't make a new mast step for the boat until we got the projects done - and almost lived up to it. The weather was so gorgeous this week that I had to spend a couple of late nights getting it built. Given that we had snow this time last year, it seemed like a shift in priorities was in order. »

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