Bella and legos

 

Bella was a good girl and got a present! I gave her some legos I’d gotten and saved for a ‘good girl’ present. We put a table together out of a mirror because it has a good rim.

 

I think she likes legos.

Here is a series of 3d stereoscopic photos. You can look at them cross-eyed if you want. Or not.

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**It’s funny how growing up the defecatory habits of others becomes a big deal.

Linux CP command that creates new directories as needed

I am making note of this here as I had to tweak what I had found after a fairly long Google search.

This is a custom shell script function I added to my .bashrc to provide the copying of files with the ability to create new directories as needed.
I needed to merge several websites and copy image assets from one site into the other website.

function cpmkdir()
 {
 if [[ -z "$1" || -z "$2" ]]; then
 echo "Usage: cpmkdir SOURCE... DIRECTORY"
 return 1;
 fi
 mkdir -p $(dirname "$2")
 cp -ur "$1" "$2"
 }

This will try to create a directory based on the directory tree you are putting your file.
It will then copy that file in, not replacing it if it’s already there & newer.

Based on: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/cp-create-any-directories-necessary-to-open-the-destination-path-920501/#post4568625.

Space blanket tarp tent.

I wanted to try to make a lighter tent then the 45lb monster that I own. It really sucks to hike it a mile into the woods.

3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it's cute little girl looking out glory
3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it’s cute little girl looking out glory.

So I made a tarp tent. Out of space blankets. So I now have a space-tent?

I used two cheap 52.5 x 82.5  aluminized polyester blankets I finally found in stock locally. I taped them together with some clear 3M UV resistant duct tape I split lengthwise. (3M #2120)

Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent
Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent

I twisted lengths of the tape together to form the tie down loops.

Twisted tape tie-downs
Twisted tape tie-downs

The stress points got a bit of tape reinforcement.

The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs
The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs

I had to flour the tape loops so they didn’t stick to the sheets so much.

A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.
A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.

The final product is very light and rolls up very small.

Rolled up mylar tarp tent
Rolled up mylar tarp tent

I think I need to try it out soon. I also will let my 2-year-old play with it to stress test it.

 

The inspiration for this tent came from http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~geist/Philmont/2-man-shelter.pdf .

Walking stick shelter.

A 3d photo (look at it crossed eyed for the 3d effect) of the bits I used to make my silent space blanket carrier.
A 3d photo (look at it crossed eyed for the 3d effect) of the bits I used to make my silent space blanket carrier.

I have spent some time camping this summer. A few trips have been ultra lite trips. I use those space blankets as my blanket for the night.

They suck.

But they are light and cheap. And they are very noisy. Very noisy. Noisy to sleep under and noisy to pack back up and noisy to carry once you’ve opened them.

I think I found a solution to the noisy carry problem. Roll it around a stick and wrap it up tight.

Rolled the space blanket (This one has tape die downs on it) around the stick.
Rolled the space blanket (This one has tape die downs on it) around the stick.

I grabbed my walking stick for testing my idea.

I wrapped cordage around the blanket tightly.
I wrapped cordage around the blanket tightly.

I used some paracord that is about the same color as my stick .

Unopened space blanket compared to the wrapped blanket.
Unopened space blanket compared to the wrapped blanket.

There is a whole  Mylar space blanket with tie down loops I added to it wrapped around this stick. I like the idea even though it adds a lot of weight to the stick.