New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Old Fools Journal: Fixed

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  
-Arthur C. Clarke

When this Key came into my possession is a complete mystery to me but it was a very long time ago. I have always kept it out because to most people and especially children it is a mystery and interesting. I've tried to explain that it is an early form of texting but all I get in response is glazed over eyeballs.

While trying to fabricate a foot switch for my water system in the Bus yesterday I had a sudden urge to take a nap and during the nap this came to me. It is now used to send messages to the water pump.
The pressure switch on my water pump gave up again.  Those things are $35.00 USD a pop. Screw that. The pump is fine. The switch is crap.
When the pump quits I'm going to a bucket and a dipper.  Some modern conveniences are just too much trouble to deal with. KISS rules.
KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid

I got this from Ben over in Texas where I hear it is hot. What a surprise. It is just too good not to pass on. The audio is not safe for some childish work places however nothing is said that I don't hear from grade school kids and their parents regularly.

Thanks Ben, you are making us laugh.

Bildungblog is another interesting web sight. You will find it amusing, interesting and sometimes terrifying but always entertaining. Even though I try to avoid thought I find it thought provoking as well.

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke


Ben in Texas said...

Love your solution to the switch issue. yep.. KISS..
Thanks for the plug BTW. :-)

Dizzy-Dick said...

Dang, I got a key that looks just like that but stupid me, I have only used it for communication and that was back when I was young and my brain still worked. . . Well it did work a little better.

limom said...

That poor key.
Once used to communicate around the world, now being stepped on.
I gotta go find my old key.

Johann Rissik said...

The morse things text, the more they stay the same.

Johann Rissik said...

Thanks for the bildungblog link!

Old Jules said...

Morning to you. Ingenious use to put the old key to. A lot more useful than tapping out, "Hello, CQ, hello CQ, K0QZX Portable 5. Hello CQ, Hello CQ." Which is how it most likely spent it's earlier, less pragmatic life.

Great post. Thanks.

Northmark said...

Wow, beautiful example of re-use! How does this work? Do you have a reservoir? And what happens to the water that goes out?

Oldfool said...

Like I said I don't remember how I came by the key but it looks suspiciously like USNavy issue. I have a set of headphones of the same vintage. I was a radioman and it may have fallen into my seabag but I honestly don't remember.
Northmark: I have a 50 gallon (189 l)tank that I use up every 20 days. I don't stay connected to the water system here because sometimes the pressure is up to 110 psi and it puts too much stress on the system. The waste water is gray water only and is used to water a very old oak tree and a row of saplings I'm training into a hedge.