It’s been really dry this year, and forecasts for the remainder of the rainy season are sadly bereft of rain.
Nicasio Reservoir, a few miles to the Southwest is nearly dry. In this picture you can see the old road and bridge railings across the usually drowned Nicasio Creek sitting high and dry in the bottom of the basin. Those railings are usually under 20 feet of water.
It’s going to be a tough year for Marin County ranchers. It already is.
Patents are a two-edged sword. They have always had pluses and minuses for inventors. Today, the minuses far outweigh the pluses. — Alan Cooper
It’s a pork loin roast and a side of bacon! It’s Porchetta! It’s also what’s for Christmas dinner this year. Mmmmm.
Sue and Uncle Joe sitting on the sand in the Spartina grass on Limantour Beach.
Estero de Limantour, the estuary behind Limantour Beach.
All it took to fix Microsoft Outlook was to whack the side of the monitor with the palm of my hand and adjust the rabbit ears. — Alan Cooper
Sign posted behind Limantour Beach on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California.
The Point Reyes Peninsula is a small triangle of land that has been sliding, geologically speaking, up the coast of California for the last few million years. It is joined to the mainland by the infamous San Andreas Fault. Big quakes are a very real danger here.
The Workshop Barn under sunset skies.
The sign reads, “In this cellar you can drink a barrel of wine, but don’t spill a drop!” The sign Tamara is making, well, I’ll let you interpret that.
Saying “That’s what most companies do” doesn’t say much. Most companies are failing. — Alan Cooper
After four long years, the Hardinge lathe is finally working. Here I am making the very first cut with it. I chucked a scrap of 3/4” round stock in a collet and turned off some steel. Like buttah!
My Hardinge was built in 1963, and in its day it was the top of the line toolroom lathe cherished by toolmakers and skilled machinists. It is still considered the best of its breed. A brand new Hardinge today will set you back north of thirty grand, but it will have tolerances measured in the hundreds of thousandths of an inch.
I needed to make a new part from steel stock for the tool holder on the Hardinge, so I fabricated it on the milling machine. Here I’m tapping the piece, using the milling machine’s chuck to hold the tap perfectly vertical, while hand-turning the quill. Worked great.
Monkey Ranch on a hazy fall day.
Understanding desired end-states is far more important with small teams than measuring their performance. You monitor and manage the “performance” of machines. — Alan Cooper
The typical basement of the Italian-American farmer in California: Wine and friends.