15:10 PM 08/30/2012

So...currently finishing up eating waffles...

I've been cleaning today and actually made good progress. Got the dishes done and some of the clutter out of the kitchen. Cleaned up the back hall closet. Now the shoes are where shoes should be and among other things our reusable grocery bags are in a hanging organizer.

I found the waffle maker while cleaning and just had to have waffles. It's one of those flip-over Waring models. Simple to set up - darkness knob and an on/off switch - and it has a simple "Ready" light on it. I used up both pancake mix pouches cooking waffles. I've learned that the trick is pouring just the right amount of batter into the waffle maker AND having it just the right thickness. So...I was good so I get waffles. :-) (If you don't get that last reference go watch Dorkness Rising.)

But the big deal here is not the waffles but that I was able to take time off from work to clean. I'm on-call starting on the first of September so I have some time that hopefully is just my own to get caught up on everything around here.

Today is dedicated to inside stuff so we'll see how much of that I get done. Tomorrow is dedicated to outside stuff and I absolutely HAVE to get the lawn mowed and trimmed.

If you haven't followed it go to to Tumblr and follow Unfuck Your Habitate (UFYH). It's all about motivation to clean. They even have an iPhone app. There are a lot of ideas behind all this but one of the best is one taken from another place - marathon cleaning sessions don't work. That means you need to follow the old 20/10, 30/15, etc. rules where you clean a certain amount of time then take a break. That's how I'm working it today though I'm not using the app on my phone at the moment.

During one of my breaks I read about Lord Kelvin's Thunderstorm which is an odd little device that takes the charges directly off of two dripping streams of water to make an eventual charge buildup in the two receiving buckets of water. This thing is a science fair special that's been around for years.

But what if...

During my other travels on the web I've seen pictures of large subterranian water facilities that have TONS of water pouring out of them. Some for a fairly long drop. What if we were to set up these assemblies under those. You'd have to make the charging ring extremely large and you'd have to insulate the catch buckets so they remain charged and only drain at a certain rate.

But even with a severe amount of overflow drain loss from the catchment buckets I can't help but wonder how much energy could be harvested. And the water doesn't change really so it could move on to push turbines or something.

These kinds of things are the things that make me think what I would do if I had billions of dollare...

Break's over...back to work!
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