Paying the time debt

April 30, 2019Dan No Comments »
How much time do I really have?

Just a short one tonight. I’ve been working on my schedule a bit, to see just how much time I really have for projects, movies, games/recreation – it’s really not a lot! Especially once you factor in some daily meal prep/dishes, a walk with the dog, free time for other pursuits is seriously crunched.

I’ll leave you with this other time visualization post that I thought was insightful: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/life-weeks.html

Time debt

April 29, 2019Dan No Comments »

Recently I’ve been thinking about organization of life and free time, and all the projects I’d like to complete…and how many I actually have time to complete.

Garage workbench…oh it looks so bad

Take the current state of my workbench, pictured above, as a case study. Bits and pieces of projects and tasks to complete, spanning nearly every imaginable category, and even going back several years. Some of this stuff was placed here shortly after I built the workbench, and hasn’t got any attention since.

A friend of mine made a very keen observation after I commented on his extremely clean, spick-and-span work area – he finds he doesn’t have the motivation to work on anything, if he has to clean up the work area first. So he makes a point to work on 1 project at a time, and to clean things up when he’s done.

I think I might suffer from the same problem – lacking motivation to get started on anything, because I need to push through a pile of incomplete pieces and parts before I can work on anything. I’m making a point to turn this around. Related, I found this blog post over on hackaday to be pretty on point: Make the time to fix your Time Debt

More fun with batteries:UPS upgrade

March 31, 2019Dan No Comments »

2018 was a bad year for Uninterruptible Power Supplies at my house – I’ve got several old models that I’ve been nursing along with batteries sourced, free of cost, from various places. I finally ran out of free batteries, and am hesitant to buy more OEM SLA batteries to replace them. Lead acid batteries are big, heavy, and tend not to work very well for deep cycle use. Emergency/backup power is one of the few use cases where they still make sense – but I’d like to move to newer tech.

Pictured above is 1 of 4 of LiFePO4 32700 batteries that I ordered, to get my UPS going again. They are a big brother to the 18650’s I mentioned in my previous post. They support a higher amp load and are also a larger capacity (and a larger physical size) vs the 18650. I ordered a battery management system to keep the batteries at a consistent and safe state of charge, but haven’t quite got them hooked up yet. Stay tuned for some UPS upgrades!