EP110 Poetry in Motion! A Run Story by the Bard – Exercise and Travel
This video will be available June 14, 2024.
A year ago, on the first of January 2022, I did a run and polar plunge up at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The story line of video of that event was written by the AI ChatGPT. I love these polar plunges, so I wanted to do this event again, and decided to use the opportunity to evaluate yet another AI system.
As you may know, Google created an AI competitor to ChatGPT called Bard. Then in early 2023 they changed its name to Gemini. In December I asked Bard to tell the same story in rhyme. I just copied the story output from ChatGPT into the Bard system, and Bard created the rhyme. I did ask it for the phrase “Poetry in Motion” to be in the last line. It was pretty fun! The rhyme is something like a country song, where the rhymes don’t always work quite right, but overall it provided an entertaining way to create the story. I hope you like it!
EP109 - Thai Sweet Pumpkin Bread vs Regular Pumpkin Bread! Neither Exercise or Travel! The Odd Man
This video will be available May 31, 2024.
In the fall of 2023 I harvested the Thai Sweet Pumpkin I had grown, and bought some regular pie pumpkins. Then I used these to make two comparable batches of Pumpkin Bread. It was quite a lot of work, but in the end I had a bunch of Pumpkin Bread to eat! I love anything pumpkin, so this was a huge win for me!
EP108 – Build and Install Angus Rowboats Sliding Seat Rowing in Ruth Wherry – Odd Man Projects
This video will be available May 17, 2024.
In the fall of 2023 I bought a completed “Ruth” wherry, designed by Dave Gentry. The builder did a really nice job with it, including using long cedar boards with no scarfs. But I was not impressed with the Oarmaster I sliding seat that was in it. So I bought the boat without the sliding seat system, and decided to use the Angus Rowboats Sliding Seat Rowing system that I was already familiar with.
The Angus system is lighter and less expensive than the Oarmaster, and I really like how it rows.
This video has a lot of the nitty gritty construction details, so not everyone will enjoy it! It might be more than you want to know….
But I hope the review of the work I did may be beneficial to anyone considering the same install. For sure it works great with the good wherry Ruth, and is a very worthwhile upgrade.
EP107 – Miller Peninsula State Park – A Walk in the Woods – Travel and Exercise
This video will be available May 3, 2024
I was up near Sequim one day and decided to see what was out on the Miller Peninsula. There was Miller Peninsula State Park, which is an almost undeveloped park. It has no entry in the Washington State Parks website because there is no water, no services, no camping, or really anything else except 19 miles of trails which appear to be maintained by volunteers.
I also saw the Panorama View County Park, and, of course, did a run! I was a little disappointed that there was never a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but I still had a good time!
EP106 - Standard Horizon GX2400 VHF Radio UnBoxing and Install – Neither Travel nor Exercise
This video will be available April 19, 2024
In the fall of 2023 I took my daughter’s 23’ Alumaweld fishing boat into my garage to do a bunch of work and maintenance on it. One of the items on the list was a new radio, the old radio on the baot had quit working properly.
There is one specific technical issue related to safety that this radio addresses. It adds the capability to receive AIS information and display it on the GPS Multi-Function Device. I no longer believe AIS is an optional technology. The Coast Guard is transmitting virtual AIS Aids to Navigation, so to see those on your electronic charts you need this capability. And with AIS information you can see all of the big ships location, direction, and speed displayed on your electronic charts as well, an important safety consideration.
The DSC capability of the radio has been required in marine VHF radios since 1999, and I still see many of these radios that are not hooked up to the GPS unit. To be fair, it has been difficult to do due to the continued reliance on the old NMEA 0183 networking, but it is possible even for hacks like me. The radio’s main safety capability is not available to you if it is not hooked to a GPS. If you hit the red button it will transmit a mayday along with your location if hooked up properly.
The 2023 light list, just the Pacific Coast Volume which is one of seven volumes, lists over 200 AIS aids to navigation. The USCG Light List is available online at https://msi.nga.mil/Publications/USCGLL in .pdf format. I downloaded it, and simply searched for the term “AIS”. There were 466 hits, but the first 239 were in the descriptive pages prior to the actual list. I assumed the rest were Virtual Aids to Navigation, which means there are a lot of these!
I realized as I was editing this video that I had originally mis-identified the Garmin GPS N2K antenna as a 24xd, when in reality it is a 19x. The unit on this boat is older, and does not have the magnetic heading sensor, but only an improved WAAS antenna.