Thursday, August 11, 2022

Thursday [9 till 17]

Afternoon all.

17.  Ian J

Interesting account (by John Ward) of the source (and background money trail) of the latest covid jab panic: I know this is the silly season but...

16.  Oh to be beset by traitors

The worst were Javanka, second worst McCarthy.

15.  Delicious beef

The only question I have is ... is it real beef now?  Unsure by the smell of some recent mince, out of the pack, good to see a Tesco ad too for beef.  Also, we used to shop at that store in Sicily.  Good store.

Any food plans this evening?

14.  Dearieme

The critical scrutiny of the data of the Church of Climatology by "John Dee" continues. 

"Since February 2009 the crew at NOAA have erroneously coded the soil temperature at 100cm as minimum daily air temperature and PWS hydrometeor codes as millimetres of rainfall at one of the world’s most important weather stations (Armagh). This is worth a face palm and perhaps some jeering."

13.  Ripper

James, sorry to hear you're having a hard time in this heat. I'm working in it and have to keep stopping to cool off. If I may offer a couple of tips on how to keep your room cooler. Its still warm in here but the roomstat is reading 22.5C as opposed to 29/30C outside. In winter the roomstat is normally set to 20C.

1 - keep curtains or blinds closed. This not only blocks the sun from the room but also blocks the 'heat magnification' effect of the window glass.

2 - If you have one, run a pedestal fan in each room, or one fan focussed on where you will be most of the time.

3 - If there should be any breeze, a home made eco cooler will lower the room temp by about 5 degrees. Sounds mad but it works. The bottle necks cause a pressure difference which cools the air passing through. Alternatively you could prop the board up in front of a fan. I've used this trick in the workshop by clamping the output hose of my air compressor in the vice.

4 - Modify your pedestal fan to make a rudimentary air conditioner. To do this you need a cool box full if iced water and some way of putting a fan behind it. I did it a few years ago by mounting a desk fan in the lid of a cool box from Tesco and filling it up with ice packs. The fan drew the air into the box, over/through the ice packs and out again through a PVC elbow sink waste joint. Here's an alternative take on the same idea and works about the same as those portable aircon units you can buy.

Steve, keep the dog wet.

12.  Signal

I have a friend whose daughter works, whether late or not I don't know.  For those who can't access this, it's a father showing a zip tie on the rear passenger door handle of her car.  Story is that it's a signal to traffickers that this is a female ripe for the taking.

Something else which struck me was that there was actually a father in that home, hallelujah.  I pray for fathers of daughters.  Failing that, there should be a husband in this day and age.  Why?  Because feminazis and woke little female idiots are killing off chivalry.

If a daughter takes precautions, watches carefully, never goes out or comes home late alone, always in company, she may be ok. I'd not be a father of a daughter for anything these days.

11.  Tavistock = evil

10.  "Vituperation, when done well, is an art all may admire"

Shakespeare's ghost might agree:

9.  Arkell v Pressdram indeed

I was going to say that today but LR has beaten me to it:

Many years ago, I received a similar letter. I was a relatively new driving instructor setting out on my own after leaving a franchised school. The franchise owner tried to sue me for students who left him for me. That was never going to fly, so why did he try it on? Well, getting a solicitor’s letter is intimidating and that’s the point. The solicitor will – if he is doing his job properly – advise his client that it’s a long shot and don’t even think about going to court, because the expense along with the risks of losing aren’t worth it. However, a couple of hundred on a letter might be worth a punt.


  1. #13: "3 - If there should be any breeze, a home made eco cooler ..."

    Where does the energy go? I mean, the air soon enough gets back to atmospheric pressure so how can it, at that point, be any cooler? If it has dissipated heat, where's it gone to?

    Presumably the point is to bask in the cooler air before the point where it re-assumes atmospheric pressure? When they set up the thermometers they should have set up barometers too.

    1. I don't know enough to answer your question fully but I think it depends on ventilation. One thing I know for sure is that warm air tends to rise, so as the warm air escapes via natural ventilation high up, it drags the cooler air in lower down (hot air rises but nature abhors a vacuum). This results in the room cooling by a couple of degrees. So I would say that atmospheric pressure between warm and cool air in the room never equalizes. This is known as passive ventilation. Obviously any breeze will force more cool air in, forcing the warm out. If a fan is used to do this, its called positive pressure ventilation.

      A few weeks back I used the passive principle to equip the workshop with crossflow ventilation. The workshop has been up for about 5 years and is a 16x12 home built wooden construction made from concrete shuttering ply with a CLS frame. I didn't put any windows in for security reasons and it has a flat roof on which the felt is covered with visqueen, but that's another story.

      At the beginning I figured that I wouldn't need any vents because when I'm out there I usually work with the door open for extra space. But at the start of spring or autumn when the sun comes up (the sun is on the roof all day), and I haven't been in there all winter the roof heats the place up very quickly, causing condensation which stops as the inside and outside temperature equalize. There was black mould forming on the roof inside at the highest point and this showed me where the warm air was trying to escape. So, I've fitted long, narrow venting all the way along that side right at the very top of the wall, and a single large vent down low on the opposite wall where the sun doesn't hit. The workshop is much cooler than it used to be on days like this so I think the venting will work. It would be easy to install an extractor fan but this would need to be automatically controlled by a hygrometer and those are expensive. This is the best I could do for free.

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