Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Climate Roller Coaster

6°F this morning. January has been weird. 67°F high. 5°F low.

December was also all over the place, volleying us between mid-60s and deep, deep single-digits. There's no doubt about it. Graphs do not lie. We are on a climate roller coaster!

I built this oddball contraption last night. No, it's not a bomb. It's a remote-controlled momentary switch (only capable of triggering 30 Volts) rigged up to a heavy-duty relay that can handle 240V and a lot of amps. The 9V battery is there just as a power supply to trip the big relay with the weaker one.

This should allow me to computer-control my clothes dryer so that it gives me warmy, toasty clothes by starting it 5 minutes before my alarm wakes me up. I don't care if it's not eco-friendly. I am a nerd that tinkers with stuff. I also like warm, snuggly clothes when I wake up shivering every morning.

Oh yeah, my valve stem lights are back. :)

Reports are done running. Now it's time for a nice batch of French pressed coffee before putting my nose to the grindstone. Take care out there!

Random Tunage:
Plump DJs - Scram
Paul van Dyk - Tell Me Why (Club Mix)

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