Saturday, May 19, 2018

Big Island Eruption May 2018

This Google My Maps page is a crowd-sourced, community effort that is being updated quite frequently. It's a great resource for those wondering what is going on out here, where the action currently is, and how much land and property have been affected. I freely admit that I'm quite late adding a page about all this here, but it's likely I'll add more in the days ahead. Honestly I've been too taken in by the events and slack-jawed over it all to do much.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Popeye & Betty

There are no snakes in Hawaii... so they say.
Bluto (Popeye's nemesis) became Brutus in 1957.
This is likely the MAGA era current politicians are longing for. Sad.
Betty will be forever hot.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tool Derusting with White Vinegar

This is a trick/technique I wish I had learned years ago... but if you have a shop with old tools, or you pick up some (new to you) tools at a swap meet or yard sale that are rusted but still look usable, save some elbow grease and gleam them up this way. It's inexpensive and fool proof. I wish I had taken a few photos before starting this, and may add a few to this post later, but the results are already beyond impressive. The vinegar strips off the rust and leaves a like new finish on corroded areas like a champ. In only a few days you can reclaim parts or tools that looked hopelessly lost. Simply rinse things off when they come out of the bath, dry them, and add a liberal coating of WD40 and you'll be good to go.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pasture Lands

It's really hard to *not* find a way to get my Mavic up in the air when the winds are calm and the sky is clear, so when a day starts shaping up this one did the other day I hit the road, visit some of my airports, and fly until sunset. Theese images are probably not the first ones that come to mind when someone mentions Hawaii; beaches, coconut trees, and mai tais come well ahead of ranch lands. But this is Hawaii too... here seen on the slopes of the Kohala Mountain on the Big Island.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy Holidays!!!

And Merry Shipmas to you all! I didn't reach either of my 2017 WoWS goals this year; I didn't quite get an elite captain (19 skill pts), nor did I graduate to a Tier 10 ship. Both of those will be easily achieved in 2018 if I don't rage quit somewhere along the way. (For anyone who spends any time at all playing this game rage quitting is always a real possibility. :) With the help of supportive friends (of which we have many online) we may still be interested in it all come holiday season 12 months from now.

The short animation here is all about one of the most special achievement medals the game offers: the Kracken. I don't score a lot of Krackens (5 kills in a match) but I have had a few recently, and none of them came as easily for me as they do for our intrepid animated captain below. I do enjoy the same elation when I get mine as he does however.

So sit back, relax, and Enjoy! And may blessings be on you and yours for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kohala Mtn

A stunning day here simply demanded that I put my newly repaired Mavic up in the air. Must say that the camera on this bird is better than before it went in for repair. DJI didn't actually repair my drone, they swapped it for a different one. I noticed the serial number on the unit I got back was different than the original. So it not only works once again but I have a better camera as well! And I'd be remiss if I didn't send props out to the West Coast DJI Repair center. They did a great job and provided a very reasonable turn-around.

Enjoy a brief tour of the ranch land side of the Kohala Mtn and Mahukona harbor!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hawaiian Pu'u

My Mavic has been out of service (OTS) since I got back from the mainland in mid-October. DJI eventually fixed it for free since the problems were within my warranty. I also had a DJI Care Refresh policy so it would have been free anyway. So it was great that a Friday afternoon coincided with a perfectly clear, wind free day to let me get up in my little bird again. Over time I hope to fly many more pu'u around the island. For now here's a short look at countryside I get to see on a regular basis.