O’Neill also made an ene­my of one of the Senate’s most pow­er­ful Democ­rats, Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee Chair­man Robert Byrd of West Vir­ginia. Clear­ly aggra­vat­ed when Byrd accused him of being out of touch with aver­age Amer­i­cans, O’Neill shot back that he had been born “in a house with­out water or elec­tric­i­ty. So I don’t cede to you the high moral ground of not know­ing what life is like in a ditch.” Byrd’s many ene­mies enjoyed the exchange, but O’Neill paid a price.

December 10, 2002 December 10, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

Time pass­es. You feel weary.

Must install HVAC duct­work.

November 22, 2002 November 22, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

Pho­tos served from my-com­put­er should now be avail­able again, from the host my-computer.cruftlabs.com.

October 27, 2002 October 27, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

Worst apho­rism ever: “He is prob­a­bly one too many cooks for this broth.” (Prof. John Cof­fee, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, as quot­ed in The New York Times, Octo­ber 22, 2002.)

October 22, 2002 October 22, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

On extract­ing a sheared-off 1/4″ pipe nip­ple: Good luck find­ing a 1/4″ NPT inter­nal pipe wrench in town. Or any­one who knows what one is, for that mat­ter. Instead, tap the trapped pipe with a 3/8″-16 tap. Coat the threads of a 3/8″ bolt with cyano­acry­late or Loc­tite, and wrench it in snug­ly. Drink 1-2 beers. The bond has now hard­ened; remov­ing bolt with wrench will bring the bro­ken pipe nip­ple with it.

October 21, 2002 October 21, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

Toured the Kendall Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion today. Now read this neat-o arti­cle about the 115,000 volt 1,400 amp dis­tri­b­u­tion line that they built under the side­walk on Memo­r­i­al Dri­ve!

October 19, 2002 October 19, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

“If the Nation­al Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter were as stingy with its infor­ma­tion, there would be thou­sands dead. Ari has the uncan­ny abil­i­ty to suck infor­ma­tion out of a room.”Senior CBS News White House cor­re­spon­dent John Roberts, speak­ing of White House Press Sec­re­tary Ari Fleis­ch­er, as quot­ed in The New York Times, Octo­ber 14, 2002.

October 14, 2002 October 14, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments

I keep mean­ing to put my pho­tos back online. my-com­put­er is still off the Inter­net. Until then…

October 4, 2002 October 4, 2002 archives by Scott No Comments