How to Remove an Underground Heating Oil Tank in 20 Seconds or Less
Macro Views: Currency and Stamps
USPS 2006 X-Plane Express Mail Stamp (Canceled). I had never seen this stamp before. It was the postage on the express mail envelope that contained my renewed passport. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 mm macro lens (ISO 800, f/10, 1/60 sec, flash).
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Day 4
Still no power to the house, but PSE&G were in the neighborhood working on downed trees and power lines.
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Day 3
Many trees and wires were down. The power had been out for several days. Those with gasoline emergency generators were out of luck when they ran out of gas — the gas stations if you could get to them didn’t have emergency generators to run the pumps. One of the lessons learned. Now many gas stations have auxiliary power. I still had a bit of propane in my RV to run the generator, however food in the fridge and freezer in the house was going bad. I was cooking outside on a charcoal grill. Images from that day taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera.
Home Renovation — Installation of Solar Panels
The team to install the solar panels on my roof arrived. It only took a few days to install the panels and DC/AC inverter. It a lot more time before the building inspector approved the work to cross-connect the power generated by the sun to my house electric panel. To date, the solar panels have generated 65% of the electricity that I have consumed. I have also received nearly $1,600 in SREC credits which more than covers the 35% of the electricity I had to pay PSE&G. For two months this summer, I produced more electricity than I consumed.
R2D2 with Bokeh
It was a rainy day, and the R2D2 USB port got loose. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/1.2, 1/40 sec).
The power company (PSE&G) and tree service folks starting to repair the downed power lines. Nine days post Hurricane Sandy and there was still no power at my house. By mid-afternoon it started snowing making the repair job even harder. Images taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera
Mary’s Lake. Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park. Exit to the Alva B. Adams tunnel (or how Colorado river water makes it east of the continental divide). Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec).
Passive Computer Processor Cooler: Synology DS3615xs
In order to add more memory to the Synology DS3615xs high capacity data storage array, I needed to open the system. Following the online directions, I finally was able to open the box — difficult as there were some wires and connections that were tight and hard to get at. I was amazed at the size of the passive cooler on the processor chip. I am assuming the copper pipes have some type of heat conductive fluid to help transfer the heat away from the processor.
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Day 9
It had been several days post Hurricane Sandy. Many folks were still without power, but PSE&G and the tree folks were in the neighborhood working. I ran out of propane in my RV for the generator, and the local place where I would have gone to have it refilled didn’t have power. The same was true with the local the gas stations — so I couldn’t refill the car with gas or the RV with diesel. At the end of the day it started snowing, and the power went out again. I got my sleeping bag out and pretended I was camping in my house.