Welcome to Gene's web pages. Here you will find some of the things that make
me tick, and that help keep me out of the bars. That is me & the missus,
Dee (Elladene) I self timed on Easter Sunday 2004 as we were leaving for
services. She and I have both aged a bit since that pix was taken. She fell
and broke a hip in February 2017, and with late stages of COPD, she has not
made much of a recovery, so I am doing it all these days. She is even saying
thank you for my cooking fairly often.
As a nearly all my life hunter, concerned with maintaining my right to own a gun
according to the Constitution of this country and the 2nd Amendment to it, contained in the
Bill of Rights, I am greatly concerned that the anti-gunners will in due time,
make it impossible to even own a projectile weapon of any kind. The framers of
our Constitution and the subsequent Bill of Right knew full well that power corrupts,
and the absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is a slow, and corrosive process where
they have a need to treat us like frogs, starting with a kettle of cold water
and the frog hasn't a clue he is being cooked because the water warms so gradually.
Hence the gradual nibbling away of our rights as law abiding citizens, often by
criminalizing what was formerly legal, and expected behavior that is guaranteed
by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Because of this continual attempt to
throw the constitution under the bus, the 2nd amendment in particular, I will
try to make available a freely distributable .pdf at
2nd-amendment.pdf for your reading pleaasure.
Please be advised that Firefox, for security reasons, is no longer auto-launching
a pdf viewer of any kind, so you will find the file after the click and download,
in your designated Download directory. You will need to call up your favorite
pdf reader to read it. Since there are malicious pdf files being offered in
nearly every spam message in your mailbox, inviting you to click on them so
that they can own your winderz machines, disabling that, unhandy as it is, is
the best solution to a problem that needs some of of Willie Nelsons tall oak trees.
It scares me, should scare you,and convince you that this, and the SOPA/PIPA
legislation and who voted for this or the SOPA/PIPA bills, or sponsored them
at any point are the biggest threats to freedom in america that have existed
so far in our 2xx year history. You MUST vote accordingly this November and
deny these people the chance to further their self serving agenda.
I have been a fan of the TRS-80 Color Computer since its 4k of ram days in
the early 80's, but it really came into its own element when it had a full
64k of ram and could then run an OS called OS-9. That OS has developed into
a faster, more capable OS in the form of nitros9, and some files
may be newer than the 3.2.8 release, joydrv in particular.
I have copied some possibly useful things from the coco's hard drive to here.
Should someone find something of theirs that they would rather not have
available here, please advise by email, and I will remove the material
I have been the Chief Engineer at WDTV since 1984, now about 99% retired as
anyone my age (83) should be. There are a few pix of the old analog NTSC
transmitter(s), a 50+ year old GE, and a 30 year old Harris here in txpix.
I also have a small shop in the back yard, and one of its starring machines
is a small CNC milling machine, which can be seen in bits & pieces here
in the emc
I was just sent a short movie of a new concept to me, of a gear reducer with
a 60/1 ratio, a proof of concept made in plywood, by an older machinist that
calls himself "Grumpy" on the mailing list, that would appear to beat
the daylights out of a bullgear and worm drive for a rotary work holding
table. An interesting idea that I might try to do in steel because I need
such a critter myself.
See the short movie at wooden-gears
A recent addition to the managery of tools is a Rikon 10-325 Band Saw for
resawing duties etc. Some additions and modifications to facilitate its
precision can be seen bandsaw
I'd been threatening to tear down an ageing carport and build an attached
garage, and finally got started on that project about the end of June 08. I
built it on top of a retaining wall that holds back part of the hill above
me, and for which I made a mold to pour the blocks into, 6 at a time, dug out
the old walls foundation, laid a french drain behind it, and set a new footer
much wider and stronger than the original. The blocks are interlocked at the
back like most landscaping blocks, but these weigh in at about 55 pounds
each. As near as I can see, it has not moved in the 6 or 7 years since I
laid it up. That WAS the general idea. :)
So two of the garage walls are sitting on this
retaining wall which you can see coming out of the front on the right side in
some pix. In addition, I had a new floor and slab poured in front of the
house that raised the garage floor about 6" above the old carport slab,
so it should outlast me by 50 years. However as in all things cement related,
the question is not will it crack, but when. It took about 90 days for the
first hairline cracks to show up.
Insulation and inside finish are done now, so its easy to heat while I am
working on carving up a few hundred dollars worth of cherry for an
entertainment center. Progress pix before the insulation are here.
Then I'd been promising the missus that I was going to build an entertainment
center out of some of the cherry I had been hauling back from our trips to
New York and her nieces dairy farm, and that's what I'm doing right now, but
I had to start with a decent workbench first.
That entertainment center above led to the next door neighbors asking me to
build them a similar but smaller unit, so out of white ash,
John and Jenelle's cabinet is a progress report of sorts.
That project disclosed, no surprise, was it ever any different for a woodworker?,
that I needed a much better router guide, and of course another router because
you never have enough, so a MilesCraft router guide kit, along with a new
Skil router joined the toolshed here. But that MilesCraft kit, while it
covered the basics, was poorly made and packing inspected as it had a
broken clamp bolt I didn't discover till I was home and assembling it.
I first added a wooden fence, then used it to do a wide dovetail groove in
the ends of the above cabinets top, but it was so flexible and hard to
hold in adjustment that I overshot the width of the dovetail and got too
loose a fit to suit me. So over the last 2 days it has been rebuilt to
do that job a heck of a lot more precisely the next time. Frankly, this is
what I should have been able to buy, obviously at a doubled price since
quality is never free. See it now at
MilesCraft Router Guide rework
. Comments embedded in the pix, including miss-spellings.
We had some very high wind on June 24th 2010, taking down 3 of the 5 30 year old trees
on our property, and some fencing in addition to all the guttering and the roof
being damaged. I am attempting to rebuild some privacy fence
here Those panels, assembled from freshly downed native cut poplar
weigh about 400 pounds each, which should explain the BIG tripod you can see
parts of in some of the pix. That arch over the gate was about 2 weeks worth of
sawing, planing to fit and glue-up. But Dee wanted an arch over the gate and
I don't generally argue with the boss. See rule number 2 of that famous sign...
10-01-2010: And the rag on the boat shed, a 200 dollar pipe and canvas
gizmo, was in pretty bad shape after the wind, and I'm amazed it even survived
but it was in the lee of the house so it almost survived. But I'd been
putting fresh canvas on it about every other year for about 8 years, so it
now has a skin of corrugated plastic roofing, and a cut way down garage door
trackage to support a home made door, with a few pictures
And the entertainment center so far is here in
I've placed a few pictures here in