• 1 inch makes a big difference.

    Might be hard to tell, but I lowered the BoltEV by one inch all over.
    Put shorter and stiffer springs on front and back.
    To be more precise. I put progressive springs on.
    This means that the more they compress, the firmer they become, they do not have a linear compression like the stock springs did.

    Night and day difference. I am now happy to sell Marty.
    The car just corners so much better. Its mostly flat and controlled all the way through the corner, rather than the point and hope approach, all 4 tires now stay planted and you can smoothly apply power from the apex of the corner and the car will just pull right through and accelerate cleanly out of the corner. Its gone from meh to thrilling to drive.



  • Shipping oil.

    So. Who knew? Not me…… But then I live under a rock. (And love it).

    “The ‘biggest change in oil market history’ is less than six months away.”
    Screamed the headline. I just had to read it right… I mean, wot? Bigger than electric cars? Bigger than peak oil? Bigger than ethanol in gasoline?
    Yeah. Seems so.

    Tens of thousands of ships sailing the world’s oceans burn more than 3 million barrels of sludge-like high-sulfur fuel every single day. But, starting next year, the shipping industry will have to comply with rules that should dramatically reduce sulfur emissions.

    “It is the biggest change in oil market history,” Steve Sawyer, senior analyst at energy consultant Facts Global Energy, told CNBC.

    “It is going to affect crude oil producers, traders, ship owners, refiners, equity investors, insurance companies, logistical businesses, banks… Who’s left? I’m struggling to think of anyone it might not affect. That’s why it is a huge transition,” Sawyer said.

    I recommend that you read the rest of the article.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/15/oil-imo-2020-marks-the-biggest-change-in-oil-market-history.html

    “It is an enormous switch. If you considered shipping alongside all of the oil consuming nations, it would be number four or five on the list — so it is an enormous amount of consumption,” Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore Shipping, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” last week.

    So. I am taken back a bit, this snuck up on me a touch. Ok, a lot. I am all for clean fuel, but wow, this really could turn things upside-down a bit. The sort of volumes they are talking about can not be downplayed. Somewhere, many many automation engineers are heading for some sleepless nights…. Along with a few bean counters.



  • Electric mower batteries

    The first set of batteries we had in the mower (from new) lasted around 9 years.
    When they no longer had the power reserves to mow both the front and back lawn, we replaced them.
    (So in other words, they died slowly).
    The replacements lasted 18 months and died ‘overnight’.

    I have just ordered another set.
    A different brand, but frankly, I don’t hold out much hope.
    Dad and I have been talking batteries via email for a few weeks now so the timing of the mower batteries dieing was pretty crazy.
    He has been having similar problems with electric scooter batteries…. Very similar load to mowing I suspect…. they (the new batteries) are just not lasting.
    Its like they are printing any old amp hour rating on the battery.

    80 bucks buys a lot of petrol, but both Freddy and I love the quiet power and easy start of the electric.
    Neither of us want to go to a cord electric, so other than pony up and spend the money, I am not sure what to do.



  • Data from plane tracking.

    People are finding different uses for aircraft tracking data.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-02/hedge-funds-are-tracking-private-jets-to-find-the-next-megadeal

    Where there’s a jet, there’s a data trail, and several “alternative data” firms are keeping tabs on private aircraft for hedge funds and other investors.

    More power to them, and I am glad that my freely supplied data can make them money.
    (Wow, that sort of sounded like a load of scorn… hehe).

    Also; https://dictatoralert.org/
    and; https://www.jettrack.io/



  • Idaho Wedding Reception

    We took a week off work and went up to Idaho to spend time with Amy and Cole, hang out with their family and friends and also take photos of Amy and Cole.
    Since a photo can save me typing thousands of words, lets just jump into the photos.

    The main cabin in the background, lights from the solar/battery system and heaps of firewood from fallen trees.
    A few mosquito’s, but late in the night they calm down and are not a problem.

    Being totally off the grid means no street or house lights for many (many) miles. The stars are some of the best I have seen over here with the Milky Way visible to the naked eye pretty easily. Sure, it helped not having a moon, which was a mixed blessing, some wanted it to see their way around the camp site, some – like me – were glad for the lack to see the stars better.

    This is a small sample of the friends and family that joined the happy couple. It also is a great shot of how you get all the people and their ‘stuff’ on and off an island. The barge was kept busy shuttling back and forth between the island and the mainland.

    Speaking of happy couples. It was great to see them both and to hang out. We had time to just be with them and also time to spend together with their friends. A great mix and a great time.

    I have never played Cornhole, so the event was ‘fun’. We lost very quickly, which is fine, it was pretty interesting to watch the event unfold. (Some take it very seriously).
    (And yes, this is Amy).


    Yes, photos were taken. Just a small sample here, I took around 100, so the happy couple was covered pretty well.
    I (thankfully) was the second photographer for the photo shoot. Amy’s sister in-law was the primary and as such she arranged each of the looks.

    Its around 1200 miles (1931 kms) each way, so it adds up to be a pretty solid trip. Pretty much Mexico to Canada.
    Freddy was not felling well, so I did all the driving and it was zero problems. Felt great and fresh the whole way. 3 days up, 2 days back.
    The new tracking system worked really well. As long as I have some sort of phone service, the tracking system keeps track of where I am.
    For those that knew, thanks for keeping an eye out, it was reassuring to know that ya-all had my back.

    Speaking of which, the car ran beautifully, not a single problem and best as I can tell by looking at the dipstick, not a single drop of oil burnt.
    To top it all off…..

    She (all cars are she’s right?) ticked over 100,000 miles during the trip – Thanks to Freddys eagle eye, we caught it in the middle of no where and she got a photo of it.

    So, thats that. No idea when we are going back, but we sort of plan for twice a year, summer and winter, so I guess in 6ish months we will fly up and back? Time will tell.