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Good morning! Happy Buy Nothing Day! Well I do have to buy a few groceries before going camping and I need another flashlight because I misplaced one and will bring wood because I expect to be running late setting up camp. So I’m not perfect. Mostly sunny and 29 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 6 mph.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 48 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 10 mph. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 40 degrees. The record high of 70 was set in 2014. 8.8 inches of snow fell back in 1898.

The sun will set at 4:25 pm with dusk around 4:56 pm, which is 34 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for clear conditions and 46 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 10 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 26 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 44 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 33 degrees at 5am. Four degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 10 mph. In 2016, we had light rain and mist. It got down to 35 degrees. The record low of 2 occurred back in 1938.

I am just finishing up packing now, making sure I have everything I need to hike, hunt, and camp with the long cold nights ahead this weekend. At least this weekend looks fairly mild for late November. This time of year, if you forget one little thing it can make for some miserable nights. But I think I have everything packed on my list. Leaving shortly, as I want to be on the road by nine, and hopefully on the mountain by no later then 11:30 AM. That will be cutting it close in the evening, but I have a flashlight, and hopefully I won’t be setting up in the dark.

Looking ahead, there are 10 weeks until Ground Hog Day when the sun will be setting at 5:11 pm with dusk at 5:40 pm. On that day in 2017, we had snow, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 35 and 18 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. We hit a record high of 53 back in 1981.

Good evening! Partly clear and 28 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southwest breeze at 5 mph. Thanksgiving was pretty good this year with the folks, especially because I have a feeling it will be one of the last big ones with all the family as my parents are getting up there in years unfortunately. You got to take it one week at time. I skipped desert because after all the food I wasn’t real hungry.  Time marches on. But for now lots of good food and my neice was cute. Got out for my evening walk once I go home and it was nice. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees at 1am. Two degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 22 at 10pm; Southwest wind around 6 mph. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 30 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 2000.

The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:57 am with the first light at 6:27 am, which is one minute and 11 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 32 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 46 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 47 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 40 degrees. The record high of 70 was set in 2014. 8.8 inches of snow fell back in 1898.

Got a lot packed this evening. The water and propane stove and heater are in the truck. Some of my gloves and stuff are packed too. I will do the food in the morning. I got to go grocery shopping before I head north, but I’m still hoping to get an early enough start to hike Moxham Mountain. If not, I might just set up camp and hike on Saturday. It’s tough how early it gets dark this time of year and because it’s cold setting up camp is a lot more work with the tent and the propane heater. Setting up camp isn’t that big of deal after dark but I want to be off the mountain and preferably off the road and starting to set up camp before darkness, especially in case I run into snow tomorrow up there. It doesn’t look like there is any snow up in the Eastern Adirondacks at this point, but who knows.

I’m excited to get back out camping, it’s the first time I’ve spent much time in the wood since I got back from West Virigina. Lately the weekends have had pretty marginal weather and I’ve had a lot of things to do in town each weekend. I love traveling and spending nights out in the wilderness.. It just hasn’t happened lately. All those pictures of friends in the woods make me jealous. 

I have nothing to do with Black Friday tommorow. Yeah, last year I bought my laptop as part of a Black Friday sale — ordered it online to replace my broken laptop — but the truth is I’m super turned off on all that consumerism. While certainly I like the one-stop shopping they have at Walmart, I just hate the consumeristic aspect of it all. I have my toy, Big Red, but I don’t do most of the rest of this silly other stuff.

That’s why I never replaced the DTV tuner that only worked for a year and a half before failing last August. I never watched much commerical television, and after all those various shootings, I was turned off by PBS’ drum beat on more gun control. If you ask me, we need more criminal control, not gun control. If you don’t want criminals and mentally ill using guns, then don’t allow criminals and mentally ill on the street. Put them behind bars if you think they have a chance of rehabilitation, otherwise execute the criminals. The death penality for criminals that can’t be fully rehabilitated need not be a dirty word.

Speaking of guns, yesterday I got in mail the Cabela’s catalog which prominently featured the firearms that they are selling on Black Friday. While I am not planning on buying any more firearms right away, I think it’s bullshit that in most states you can buy handguns just by walking into a store, plunking down your $300 and passing an instant background check, which at least in New York always seems to take a half hour or sometimes delayed multiple business days. But in New York you have to ask a county court judge for permission get a permit, get finger printed, register handguns and then re-register every three years. For a $300-400 product,e even a simple .22 handgun, which is just a small easier to carry thing then the .22 I use to hunt squrriels with at times. Those AR-15s look like a lot of fun to shoot too. 

 It bullshit like so much of New York — from all the restrictions on the Forest Preserve, to the open burning ban, to the very high taxes and regulations on property ownership. You never really own a house in New York, even if you don’t have a landlord, you still pay the state thousands of dollars in property taxes. Just like the gun restrictions, these kind of things aren’t normal in most states. Most states property taxes are a few hundred dollars a year, especially on  rural land. There are many reasons that I would never own a house or make any final plans to stay in New York. When I build my off grid homestead, it certainly won’t be in New York. I’m fine renting and making a lot of money in New York right now. After all, I think that’s the primary reason for staying in the state for most people. New York jobs pay well even if the cost of living is very high. Missouri or West Virginia might be nice but I’d never make the same kind of money there. 

The LED driver is dimming to black. I think that’s a sign that it’s time for bed. The LED lamp is working well, the next step is to build a permanent feature. 

In four weeks on December 21 the sun will be setting at 4:25 pm, which is 51 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 39 and 19 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 34 and 19 degrees. The record high of 59 degrees was set back in 1957.
Looking ahead, National Pie Day is in 1 month.

Good night

Good evening! Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are having a good Thanksgiving. Looking forward to dinner. Mostly cloudy and 34 degrees in Westerlo, NY. Road salt is on the roads but that’s fine, I’m sure my truck will be covered with it by the time I leave the Adirondacks. There is a west-northwest breeze at 6 mph. The skies will clear around 5 pm.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am. One degrees below normal. West wind around 6 mph becoming south in the evening. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 30 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 2000.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon with 27% illuminated with the moon setting at 8:50 pm. The moon will rise tomorrow at 11:35 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:57 am with the first light at 6:27 am, which is one minute and 11 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 32 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 46 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 47 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 40 degrees. The record high of 70 was set in 2014. 8.8 inches of snow fell back in 1898.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 39. Typical average high for the weekend is 44 degrees.

Started to pack for my weekend trip to the Adirondacks. I am going to hike Moxham Mountain tomorrow then camp at one of the roadside sites not too far back in either Vandwhacker Wild Forest or Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. Probably do some hunting on Saturday near camp then head back on Sunday. It doesn’t look to be all that cold, all things considered for late November. There may be some snow up north, but I’m not expecting a lot. I saw Instagram photos of some of colleagues and friends hunting, I want to get back in the woods. 

Went to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center for a while for a walk. It was nice but there was a lot of people up there. Not the quiet I normally enjoy in the wilderness. I was super annoyed that the street lights were on when I arrived, such a waste of energy during the day time. They are supposed to be green with all their grid tied solar but wasting electricity still means your wasting energy and burning coal and natural gas. 

After studying the spec sheet and doing some research, I managed to get the LED driver working well. Next step is build a permanent lighting fixture. I will get some perf board to mount the transistors and resistors, and then I’m thinking of parrelling four of led strings in a 2″ wide by four feet long aluminum ‘u’ bar. Then put plexiglass over the top to better distribute the light. When done it will look a lot like a regular 4′ florescent but be somewhat more efficient and remote control color. 

Tonight is Thanksgiving dinner at the folks house. My niece is here. Should be a good dinner. Then when I get home, I will pack the camping gear. I need to stop for groceries on the way up north but hopefully I can get an early start because the sun sets so early this time of year. 

In four weeks on December 21 the sun will be setting at 4:25 pm, which is 51 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 39 and 19 degrees. That’s typical. The record high of 59 degrees was set back in 1957.

Looking ahead, National Pie Day is in 1 month.

Good afternoon! Going home early for the Thanksgiving Weekend. Still pretty cloudy our and 42 degrees in Delmar, NY. Pretty typical November day.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Pretty busy right now on the Thruway but traffic is moving. I don’t know, I’m taking the local home on Delaware Avenue. 

The sun will set at 4:26 pm with dusk around 4:57 pm, which is 39 seconds earlier than yesterday. Not too much of a change.  At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 40 degrees. Seeing bits and pieces of blue sky. There will be a northwest breeze at 14 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 26 degrees at 4am. Four degrees below normal. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph. In 2016, we had cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 27 degrees. The record low of 5 occurred back in 1972.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon with 19% illuminated with the moon setting at 7:57 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night. The Cold Moon is the following Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise tomorrow at 6:56 am with the first light at 6:25 am, which is one minute and 12 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 30 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 50 seconds over last night.

Thanksgiving Day will be mostly sunny, with a high of 38 degrees at 2pm. Seven degrees below normal. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. A bit chilly but still relatively reasonable for this time of year. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 37 degrees. The record high of 72 was set in 1931. 5 inches of snow fell back in 1943 on Thanksgiving. 

Except for occasional snow and rain showers should be a nice weekend. Saturday, a chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Sunday, a chance of rain and snow showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Typical average high for the weekend is 44 degrees.

I printed up the map for Moxham Mountain, so that should be a nice hike. The weather doesn’t look that cold for camping, especially with the heater. Tomorrow before I go out to my parents house I will pack. Tonight I might go late to the grocery store to buy supplies for camping, mainly I want to have the ingredients to make pizza for dinner after hiking. 

The Gillig 4162 bus I’m taking home is a brand new bus. It pretty much is like most of the Gillig buses. Gets you from place to place. They’ve almost retired all of the NOVA bus, I think the newest in their fleet now is almost 17 or 18 years old. For a midsized transit authority that works their buses hard, that’s not a bad life. How many cars are still on the road from 2001?

I thought about stopping at the library to use the internet before they close at five for the holiday weekend but I decided against that. I think I just plan to take a nap. Relax for a bit then run to the store around eight to stock up for camping. I think by then the crowds should thin out. 

I am glad the holiday weekend is here. Probably won’t get the chance to work on the solar panel rack this weekend if I’m heading north, but I may take time off in December to get the aluminum bars and put things together. Hopefully the cold and snow will hold off for a while. 

In four weeks on December 20 the sun will be setting at 4:25 pm, which is one minute and 57 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 28 and 6 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 34 and 20 degrees. The record high of 61 degrees was set back in 1957.

Looking ahead, State of the State Day is in 6 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 7 weeks, National Hot Sauce Day is in 1 months, February Save the Pine Bush Dinner – 40th Anniversary is in 13 weeks, Independence Day is in 32 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 165 weeks.

Good evening! In less than 24 hours from now it will be going home time on the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. I see they have already put up the State Christmas tree and the electrician are busy wiring up the trees. It seems like it was just Christmas 2016. Time goes by so quickly when you get old. Winter starts in one month. I’m thirty five in two months.

 Partly clear and 51 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 14 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Faster than downtown. I had to go running after my hat after I stepped out of the office building. It relatively warm tonight but that breeze makes it feel cool. It could be a lot more bitterly cold though. Traffic is sluggish on the old 787. I’m surprised, I would expect less traffic with the holidays coming up but maybe there is a crash ahead. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low of 42 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies. It got down to 30 degrees. The record low of 9 occurred back in 1969.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon with 12% illuminated with the moon setting at 7:07 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with mostly clear skies. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:55 am with the first light at 6:24 am, which is one minute and 12 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 29 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 53 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 44 degrees at 10am. One degrees below normal. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had light snow in the morning, remaining cloudy in the afternoon. The high last year was 37 degrees. The record high of 70 was set in 1931. 9.1 inches of snow fell back in 1943.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Typical average high for the weekend is 44 degrees.

I am now leaning towards spending the whole weekend up north. I would enjoy the quiet and getting away before the winter really sets in for the year. It’s going to get really snowy up north before you know it. I will have to buy some groceries on Buy Nothing Day but so be it. Hiking at Moreau Lake State Park will be nice but I definitely will be wearing my blaze orange.  I may do some hunting on Sunday. 

I have the spec sheet for the transistor, now I just need to calculate the size of resistors that I need to use. My LED driver works for a while really well until the transistors get hot and noisy and the Arduino stops providing PWM output. When it works, it is nice to precisely control the color to make a nice warm light, although I wish the leds were a bit brighter. I know that this can be done, I just need some math and help from the internet. I will head down to the library once I get home to do some research on the internet. 

We are getting new phones in the office. We’ve had the same analog phones in the office for at least the past ten years I’ve worked, so the fancy voice over ip phones seem so modern. The speed dial will be helpful because I dial so many long distance numbers and those calls are a lot of digits. Also caller ID and other fancy features. No more guessing who is calling. I’m sure we are the last agency to upgrade to modern phones. 

I got to leave at five o’clock tonight, because my communication plans are done. Been putting in some long days working on them. Hopefully tomorrow will be a quiet day and maybe I can get out of the office by three or four o’clock. It would be nice getting out of work when it’s not pitch black. Caught the express bus home  which certainly ain’t express tonight with the crushing traffic heading out of the city. I actually don’t mind taking the later local bus home because it’s usually closer to on time and there is no traffic on the way home. I guess my mind will be changed when I start working later more often. This year if we pull all nighters, I think I will just pay for Uber or Lyft to avoid hitting a deer while sleepy. It’s worth the $20 the few times I work after 11:30 AM compared to getting into a wreck. I’ll probably ignore my own advice come March. But I rarely work that late and often when I’m that late there are buses running again in the morning. My suit is dry cleaned so I’m ready. You can’t get to summer without first going through winter. 

In four weeks on December 19 the sun will be setting at 4:24 pm, which is 3 minutes and 4 seconds earlier then tonight. Before you know it, the sunsets will be getting later. December 9th to be exact. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 23 and 8 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 35 and 20 degrees. The record high of 54 degrees was set back in 1895.

Looking ahead, National Hug Day is in 1 months, National Pie Day is in 9 weeks, Lame Duck Day is in 11 weeks, February Save the Pine Bush Dinner – 40th Anniversary is in 2 months, First Day of Spring is in 17 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 50 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 154 weeks.

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Sunny and 35 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 8 mph.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 55 degrees at 2pm. Nine degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 16 mph. A nice day. But breezy though and the wind will make it feel q bit chilly. More clouds though later. A year ago, we had light snow in the morning, remaining cloudy in the afternoon. The high last year was 34 degrees. The record high of 70 was set in 1931. 0.8 inches of snow fell back in 1937.

Good morning! Monday’s come back around again. Thursday marks Thanksgiving with five weeks from today to Christmas. Mostly cloudy and 28 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west breeze at 13 mph. The current wind chill is 17. First dusting of snow has fallen in Delmar. None though on the roads and as far as I can tell they haven’t been salted. The skies will clear around 8 pm.

Today will have a chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 3pm. Six degrees below normal. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had light snow and mist in the morning, remaining cloudy in the afternoon. The high last year was 42 degrees. The record high of 72 was set in 1991. 3.4 inches of snow fell back in 1961.

The sun will set at 4:28 pm with dusk around 4:58 pm, which is 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 39 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 13 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low of 29 degrees at 4am. One degrees below normal. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight. In 2016, we had light snow. It got down to 29 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 1879.

Looking forward to getting up to the Adirondacks this weekend. Should be a nice weekend assuming we don’t get freezing rain. The nights are long this time of year but they can still be fun. I will probably pitch a tent because then I use the warmer in the tent in the morning. 

In recent years, I’ve become less of a fan of the winter months but I guess they are just part of living in Upstate NY. I tell myself I will eventually head to warmer climates where I can have more freedom, but the truth is I kind of enjoy the awfulness that is New York. Albany is definitely an interesting place, and the work arounds to survive in Upstate NY aren’t that bad. 

Looking ahead, there are 5 weeks until Christmas when the sun will be setting at 4:27 pm with dusk at 4:59 pm. Just think of all that colorful wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and Styrofoam bricks for rednecks to burn! Always accentuate the positive.  On that day in 2016, we had drizzle, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 43 and 21 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 33 degrees. We hit a record high of 66 back in 1889.

Good evening! Where did the weekend go so quickly? Mostly cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar, NY. When I wen out for my evening walk I thought it was pretty nice. Not too cold. Some breaks in the clouds. A few snow squalls especially when driving back from Westerlo. The skies will clear tomorrow around 11 pm. 

Tonight will be scattered rain and snow showers before 11pm, then scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees at 5am. Six degrees below normal. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 30 degrees. The record low of 6 occurred back in 1986.

The First Quarter Moon is next Sunday with mostly clear skies expected. The Cold Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 6:53 am with the first light at 6:22 am, which is one minute and 13 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 25 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 57 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be scattered snow showers before 10am, then scattered rain and snow showers between 10am and noon, then scattered rain showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 40 degrees at 1pm. Six degrees below normal. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had patches of fog in the morning with more sun in the afternoon. The high last year was 42 degrees. The record high of 72 was set in 1991. 3.4 inches of snow fell back in 1961.

Next weekend looks to be somewhat cloudy! Next Saturday, a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Next Sunday, a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Typical average high for the weekend is 44 degrees.

Right now I’m a bit concerned about the potential for freezing rain up north on Saturday, but I am inclined to spend two nights in the Adirondacks, maybe doing some hiking, some hunting and just enjoying the scenery. The last time I was in the Adirondacks was September, so it has been a while. 

Checked at the car wash place and yes my big jacked up truck will clear with the solar panel on the roof. I have the base plate and bolts I need now, the aluminum bars to fashion cross bars for the panel. I checked out Lowes but I want a thicker aluminum bar so it doesn’t flex too much in the wind. Then just measure the holes I need to drill, mark up the aluminum, drill them and bolt the panel in place. Should work well. Running the wire will be simple, I’m just going to use plastic  Romex to run the solar wire I already have to the solar controller in the truck. The panel will always be charging the accessory battery, that is when the battery is discharged. 

Bought groceries and supplies. Worked on some code today including the Arduino light dimmer. Getting a lot of errors with the chip, I must have fried a portion of the memory when I short circuited things out. Well the replacement module should arrive midweek.  Sunday night dinner was great with the folks. 

In four weeks on December 17 the sun will be setting at 4:23 pm, which is 5 minutes and 16 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, drizzle, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, snow, heavy fog, freezing fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 35 and 20 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 35 and 21 degrees. The record high of 59 degrees was set back in 1984.

Looking ahead, Cold Moon is in 2 weeks, New Years Eve is in 6 weeks, National Hug Day is in 9 weeks, Winnie the Pooh Day is in 13 weeks, Daylight Savings Time returns in 15 weeks, Presidents Day is in 2 months and April Fools Day and Easter is in 19 weeks.

I support mass incineration, not mass incarceration of those convicted of felonies. Here’s why …

I have long been a proponent of the death penality, as the death penality provides a finality in justice and ends a life that provides no further use to society based on the past actions of a person. If it’s fine to junk an old car, throw a tin can or bottle made out of non-renewable resources into a landfill, it’s certainly fine to discard the life of a human being who has engauged in horrific violent acts or other horrific acts that society has deemed a felony.

I support an all felony death penality. There should be only one penality for those convicted of a felony — any felony — and that is death by execution. But execution need not be a grizzly process, it could be highly automated and done in a fast, reliable way like using a specialized waste-to-energy plant that would quickly incinerate the carcasses of those convicted of felony level crimes. Rather then the slow and painsteaking process of lethal injection, death by fire at over 2,000 degrees would quickly kill and vaporize the carcasses of those convicted of felony. As such plants would only be burning human carcasess, the waste stream would be controlled and emissions could be controlled much better then those plants that burn solid waste — while producing renewable energy to keep the lights on in the cities.

Some people would object to that plan, on grounds that it reminds them of how the German Nazis killed those of the Jewish faith during World War II. Genocide is a horrific crime against mankind — it’s an action that takes place outside of law. It’s immoral to target whole classes of people based on their race, religion, gender or belief. But executing people who have committed serious crimes against other individuals is neccessary to protect order, and conserve limited resources. Replacing mass incarceration with mass incineration of those convicted of felony-level crimes is a logical step towards conservation of resources, deterring crime, and protecting society. A serious criminal — one who has committed a felony — who is executed will never be able to commit another serious crime.

Opposition to the death penality on grounds that is unfair to the accused never made much sense to me. Death penality cases always get more review because of the finality of the decision. In contrast, people sentenced to jail or prison for decades often get minimal review. It could be argued that long-term incarceration is much more painful to an individual then whatever pain comes during an execution. A few milliseconds of horror is much less pain then years of incarceration. Mistakes are sometimes made in the justice system, but a low-cost, high efficency execution system, like centralized waste-to-energy for convicted felons would free up millions to compensate those families who loved ones lives were wrongly taken by the state. While a multi-million dollar payment can’t make up for a life wrongly lost, it can give a grieving family the financial security they need to put food on the table.

I believe our current system of mass incarceration is cruel and abusive — especially compared to a system of mass incineration of convicted felons. Mass incarceration ultimately puts society at risk because most people who are incarcerated are ultimately released from prison — often bitter without life skills needed to succeed. Felons are left permanently disabled without the rights that they had before they were released. Felons lose their civil rights such as the right to own firearms, to vote, to hold elected office. Felons can’t hold many jobs and are often denied housing. But this becomes a moot point if all felons going forward were executed, their lives ended so they would never be able to be part of society again.

I am opposed to wounding rather then killing those convicted of felonies. I just think it puts society at risk and wastes resources to incarcerate individuals for many years, then release broken individuals back on the street. Many violent acts could be prevent if all felons were executed going forward — and the policy was that nobody convicted of a serious crime is allowed to go back on street. Obviously, we couldn’t change the law retroactively, but we could prevent future crime and save millions with highly efficient waste-to-energy centers that disposed of those criminals convicted of felonies going forward.

Good evening! Light rain and 42 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 10 mph. The rain held off, but now it started to come down as I walked home from the libary. The skies will clear tomorrow around 4 pm.

Tonight will rain, mainly after 7pm. Low of 42 degrees at 6pm. 11 degrees above normal. South wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 28 degrees. The record low of 12 occurred back in 1972.

Tonight will have a New Moon. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday, November 26th with partly cloudy skies expected. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:51 am with the first light at 6:21 am, which is one minute and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 23 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes over last night.

Tomorrow will have showers likely before 4pm, then isolated showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 39 by 5pm. Windy, with a southwest wind 23 to 29 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 64 degrees. The record high of 71 was set in 1921. 4.2 inches of snow fell back in 1914.

In four weeks on December 16 the sun will be setting at 4:23 pm, which is 6 minutes and 23 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had snow, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 21 and 1 degrees. Cold day last year. Typically, you have temperatures between 36 and 21 degrees. The record high of 55 degrees was set back in 1971.

Happy Start to Regular Season in the Southern Zone! I hope you were one of the lucky ones if you were out in the field or in a tree stand today. I am sure it’s a zoo on public lands. Heck, even later in the season, I’ve hunted small game on public lands, and looked down the ridge and spotted numerous hunters. Nearly half a million people participate in the southern zone deer opener. Mostly though I make excuses for not spending enough time out in the field and not taking advantage of those tags that I buy every year. 

Small game I can process while camping and dump the carcasses in the woods to feed the coyotes, but I hate to see a deer carcass ending up in a landfill. Next weekend I will be up in the Adirondacks with my shotgun assuming the weather cooperates. I keep telling myself I am going to buy a tree stand and a safety vest, but it never happens. So I usually just do small game, sitting up on a ridge, looking down. Obviously, some day in the future when I own land, things might be different. For me, owning more land is much more important then a fancy house. Smaller and simpler for a house is better in my opinion. Use the gut pile to bait coyotes, then I can shoot them too and get the pelts to sell. Double bonus. I really do need to spend more time out hunting though.

I can’t believe that yesterday, they were pouring concrete for sidewalks with such cold weather as part of the Delmar’s burn the free state money program. I guess they had to replace the water pipes before the leaks kept getting worse but it seems like the state’s streetscape program is a complete waste of taxpayer funds everywhere its been utilized in recent years. It either subsidizes suburbanite sprawl or replaces already pedestrian friendly streets with shinny new concrete and asphalt that quickly cracks. I don’t consider myself to be a real conservative, but I hate how much money and therefore resource the government squanders.

Finally got the power supply and transistors in the mail, which is one of the things that sucks about eBay. It’s sometimes really slow but that’s fine, I haven’t had a lot of free time since I get home from work. Amazon is great but I don’t want to pay for a prime membership. Maybe I’ll have to rethink that now that I am doing more electronic stuff. Wired up the transistors to the LED strip and nothing worked or the light output was either too dim or not switching on or off. So I probed with voltage meter and studied the diagram. I now I know what I did wrong, I hooked the resistor for the “pull down” line between the gate and the signal from the Arduino. The “pull down” resistor should be hooked to ground, so that when there is no HIGH, the gate goes fully LOW, so the lights are totally off or dimmed to the appropriate level. That makes a lot of sense, but somehow I was tired and confused when I wired it.

Figuring this out, I got lots of fun measuring the voltage levels and resistance levels. And studying the diagrams, trying to figure out what I did wrong. Most scary though was when I accidentally shorted out the 12 volt hot side with my voltage probe into the Arduino which at the time was hooked up to my laptop, which not only made a little it spark, promptly sent 12 volts to the USB port on my laptop which caused the kernel panic and the laptop to reboot. In the process, I killed the power supply on the Aruindo. It still works from the USB power, I can’t power it in from the VIN pin. While the Arduino could be replaced for like $8, I was not happy about possibly frying my laptop.

Fortunately the laptop was not fried by the brief spark. I did however fry the Arduino’s built in power supply. Ordered two more for $16. The laptop’s USB port seems fine, and I am able to program and operate the Arduino as normal using the USB port, except the power in port is dead, so I can’t boot the board up without using the USB cable. I will keep it for development purposes though, and I can always pull the the Atmega328P microcontroller for other purposes. It’s niec the Arduino I have the socketed microcontroller. Many do not. I should also be able to reuse the USB port and power jack for other things. For sure, I am not going to leave my laptop hooked to the Arduino anymore when it’s being powered by 12 volts, and in many cases will do more testing of voltages before I connect things on up. You live and learn.

visited the Bethlehem Sportsmart but I ended up buying nothing except a donation to the Hurricane Relief, because there wasn’t anything there I really needed. I thought that you had to pay to go in, like a Gun Show, but I guess not this year. It was just like a giant tag sale with lots snowshoes, ice skates, and skiis. I did look at ice skates, but not fit me. I think ice skating might be fun, assuming that my ankle holds up. I am more interested in ice skating on remote lakes, rather developed areas. Watch as I sprain my ankle and die from hydothermia all alone. Or fall through the ice. I have a busted snowshoe and my poles need new bottom pieces, but I’m not going to throw them out when there is  a good chance that I can repair them and get a second life. I hate to throw away anything that I can fix and continue to use, or spend money on things 

Picked up my dry cleaning. That should be good once legislative session gets underway. I will need more shirts come budget time, but I have a few that are in good shape, and several in packages that have yet to be opened. I will miss Sears now that is closed.

Figured out what kind of bolt I need for the Yakima Anchor Plates from doing some Internet searches. It looks like it’s a 6mm metric bolt. I just need to figure out the length bolt I need, a factor that will in part depend on how thick the aluminum cross bar I buy. I want to get as thin and wide bar as possible, but it has to be rugged to not flex or break on rough roads. Before I buy those things at Lowes, I want to confirm the height of my truck cap compared to the car wash, to make sure I can fit into the car wash without damaging the solar panel. It’s kind of important to be able to was the road salt of my truck once that time of year comes around again on the calendar. I was going to do this today, but then I got lazy and then it got dark and started to rain. So it will get put off until tomorrow.

Looking ahead, Bye, Bye American Pie which is The Day the Music Died in 11 weeks and Winnie the Pooh Day is in 2 months.