My brother is visiting from California with my niece this week. He lives in the high desert in the Owen’s Valley, but he frequently visits the in-laws in Newport Beach, and he suffers from the misapprehension that beaches are inviting places with soft sand and warm waves. We fixed that with a visit to a real Connecticut beach.
Health and Hygiene
Today was an absolutely gorgeous June day – bright, clear, low humidity, and warm. There was no way I was going to pass this day up for some kind of work around the house, so after a late breakfast we piled in the car and headed out for a hike.
It’s been five months since I completed my battery-powered insulin refrigerator, and I’ve discovered a design flaw that might require some rework soon.
When my daughter Ginger had her Type 1 diabetes onset last March, one of the first preps I put in place was getting a backup to our backup generator. Insulin is life, and the supply must be protected at all costs, and since insulin must be kept cold, refrigeration is crucial. I can’t allow any single points of failure in my insulin supply and delivery system, so we have multiple stashes of insulin in multiple fridges with multiple sources of […]
When I think of pandemics, I tend to think about things like influenza, SARS, West Nile virus, or even Ebola. I generally don’t imagine a pandemic dysentery, but perhaps it’s worth thinking about. What does a pandemic of drug-resistant Shigella look like?
My refrigerator battery backup project is finally complete and in service. I’ll wrap up the last phase of the build and talk about the next steps – no point just staying at version 1.0, after all.
We continue with what is quickly turning into one of my favorite builds ever. Today we’ll tackle the electrical design and build.
In part 1 of this series, I covered the design goals for a refrigerator battery backup for our small insulin fridge. In this post, the build continues with more casework, some cable management, and getting ready to install the electrics.
November 29, wake-up temperature: 9°. I’m no stranger to working outdoors in the cold, but it takes a while to acclimate, and it usually doesn’t get this cold and snowy until well into January. Time for some long-neglected indoor projects.
I had a blow-out kit review performed by a “professional”. My cousin is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, a trained combat medic, and a civilian paramedic with over 25 years of experience in one of the busiest metro areas in the country. Amongst other great conversation, I threw him my blow-out kit off my chest rig and asked for an honest assessment. Here is his candid feedback.