Life Technology

Facebook Home ads show Facebook at its worst

While I agree with Josh Elman that the ads for Facebook Home have been pretty bad, I cannot, at least fully, agree with the following (from the opening paragraph):

We are more closely connected than ever before, and sharing a special moment or idea has become a natural and primary instinct for most people.

I’d say that people can argue that the opposite is true. We’re less connected with the people around us and we share things which are more trivial and matter very little. The ease by which we can share has enabled that.

I’m more guilty of that than most.


A PEX In Time

When we bought our house over a year ago, we knew that the plumbing was going to need an overhaul. The galvanized pipes a both in terrible shape and the wrong size for the house as well. The sheer number of Ts that they used in different areas to add fixtures is alarming.

You get the idea.

One thing I was not expecting was to have no outdoor water. Sadly, due to them not draining the pipes sufficiently, the outdoor cooper pipe burst at an elbow, leaving us with no outdoor water.

It is hard to try and grow grass during a drought with no outdoor water. Ours did not.

So, with two projects in the horizon I ordered the first bit of tools and materials a for this huge and ongoing project. I will be switching everything from galvanized steel and copper to PEX tubing. While I will not be running individual lines to every level, I will probably use a number of smaller manifolds to keep a more constant pressure around the house.

We are fortunate that most of the plumbing is relatively accessible. Besides the second floor bathroom, everything else I can easily get at from the basement with no demo needed. I will also be working in stages, using transition pieces in order to by myself time and keep water flowing to the rest of the house.

The “opening shots” of this battle will be adding a new frost-free sillcock so that we have outdoor water again. Hopefully all of the needed supplies will be here this week and the project will go smoothly.

Otherwise, this could get very interesting very fast.


Changing a Light Bulb

We bought a new lamp for our porch, but a standard CFL light bulb (60w equivalent) sticks out over the top of the lamp shade.

While it looks kind of cool, that feeling will fade.

So I looked around for some smaller light bulbs to use in the lamp and I decided to give an LED bulb a shot. So I headed over to Amazon and settled on the EarthLED ZetaLux 2 Pro 7-Watt Warm White LED Light Bulb.

It’s on order and headed to our home here for Wednesday. The big test will be what my wife thinks of the light it gives off. She is a huge fan of the incandescent bulbs, and I tend to agree with her. I’m hoping that it will be close enough that we can slowly start introducing LED bulbs around the house as the price comes down.

I’ll report back later.