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  • Birthday 01/16/1978

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  1. easy to sterilize soil, right in your kitchen oven Generally that is a bad thing to do, unless you are trying to rid of weed seed. Organic matter is good. Bacteria are mostly good because they keep the bad bacteria at bay. In fact, beans, peas and other legumes such as clover and alfalfa form symbiotic relationships with nitrogen fixing bacteria in the soil. Healthy soil is not sterilized soil. Part of the reason people nowadays are getting sick so easy is because everything is antibacterial this and that. Simply put, the cleaner we make our environment and what we consume, the les
  2. Well I ust say that my prior posts in this thread were meant to be humorous, but think about it. I'm serious about what I'm about to say... no attempts at humor. Honestly if I had to point the finger at something it is the only logical thing that comes to mind. I have been growing cantalopes and watermelons since I was still small enough to ride on the fender of my grandfathers tractor. Cantalopes and watermelons are a high dollar crop. Each vine only produces a certain amount of melons. You let varmints and wild animals run thru your crops and they will flat out wipe your fields out eit
  3. I still think it would be cheaper to keep illegal aliens and varmints from pooping in your garden. And just remember if one does slip by and does its business on your melons you can always box it up and send it off to Oprah for analysis.
  4. Somehow I get the feeling this is all about illegal mexican migratory farmworkers sh**ing in the fields and not washing their hands after they do it.
  5. Whats so great about macs? You get to spend a ton of money on a computer that you can impress all your yuppie friends with!
  6. *le derping in Wal-mart. Notice x-mas trees. Look at date on cell phone September 14th.
  7. Enter her into the Red Bull Flugtag contest as the official test pilot. Problem solved.
  8. Seperate circuits is a definate must. If you tried to plug both plugs into the same outlet and pulled too heavy a load your circuit breaker would in theory trip, but generally its considered "bad form" to rely on a circuit breaker for over current protection. But like I said before, you have two 120v legs running into your house, each one is 120v. If you hook both hot legs up to the same outlet, one leg to the hot side of your outlet and one leg to your neutral, you will have a 240v outlet. In the case of the device, if one outlet fails, then of course it is going to shut down as the
  9. Almost sounds like a shot relay somewhere to me either electromagnetic or triac based. Would have to poke around in its brain with a multimeter before I could really figure out what was screwed up.
  10. Ohms law. Wiring is generally rated by amperage as to how much electricity it can safely carry without overheating. Its sorta like a garden hose... amperage refers to the amount of water flowing thru the hose, voltage refers to the pressure of the water, and wattage refers to the amount of work the water can do when exiting said hose. The difference is that water when pumped thru a hose generally does not create enough friction to melt said hose if you pump too much of it thru at one time. Electricity on the other hand will depending on the resistance of the material its passing thru.
  11. Most folks don't understand that Vizio doesn't manufacture their own panels... they source them from major manufacturers such as LG and so on. Like I said before, the panels generally last a looong time unless they get physically broken... its the passive components that determine the lifespan of a particular electronics device. And I don't care how good a manufacturers rep is... the only true way you can determine the quality of a TV set is to take the back off and look at who makes what. Lastly, even if a set does die, its not a total loss, you can easily sell the boards out of
  12. Speaking of the devil here is an actual vizio plasma tv power supply board complete with failed capacitors. Cost to repair $10 or so provided none of the fets or voltage regulator ic's (the black things on the aluminum heatsinks) got nuked. The deal is basically this... to save money all TV manufacturers nowadays are putting cheap taiwan, korean, and *gasp* chinese capacitors in place of quality japanese manufactureres. And, if you know anything about electronics, fakes are everywhere. Many of these manufacturers I'm sure overrate the quality of their products... honest to goodness th
  13. Pssht. I love it when folks TV's die. Specially the new ones. Why? Cause I know how to fix em. Usually in about 80% of all cases death on a TV set less than three years old is due to one or more bad filtering capacitor on the power supply outputs or RoHS solder joints developing microfractures or just plain old crappy work. An ESR meter and some soldering equipment from radio shack is usually all that is needed to find, remove, and fix them. Replacement capacitors are cheap and easy to get from Mouser or Digikey, just look for Panasonic FM series and match up the capacitance and vo
  14. That reminds of back when I was in my early 20's... Anyhoos, there used to be this flock of guinea fowl that loved to cavort around in the road that I used to take home from work. Well one day I got tired of waiting for them to get out of the way so I "opened it up" to about 75mph and aimed for as many as possible. I will never ever forget the carnage in my rear view mirror. I think managed to count at least six rolling balls of feathers at the bottom of this huge cloud of small feathers. The second worst roadkill incendent was at a McDonalds near the beach. We had just gone thr
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