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