Just paid my property taxes

The winter taxes that is.   Supposedly the lower of the two times a year I have to pay them.   A quick calculation,  informs me,  that I now pay 27 percent of my yearly income in property taxes.   I have one simple question:   How,  in a country that began with a revolution over taxes,  can I now be paying 27 percent of my income in property taxes alone??   Something seems very wrong with that picture.

Slipping quietly along

Yep,  I’m staying pretty quiet.   Mostly for what I perceive to be my own good.  Things are still drifting  toward darkness in this country,  and that’s about all I got to say about that.

On another front,  I’ve been working on my old Compaq IPaq,  HX4700.    It’s running a 2003 version of Windows palm OS.  Prettty dated.   But I noticed on the XDA forum that people have been updating them with modern OS’s.  I took a shot at it,  but I didn’t have much luck.    It looks like the people doing the ROM’s have pulled them offline,  and some of them are trying to sell them,  (on Ebay). And there’s a sharp kid somewhere in Northern Europe,  that will take a $10 EUR donation for a supposedly very good ROM that he’s built for it.   But this I think all of this data may be pretty much outdated,  cause the “sharp kid”  doesn’t answer questions put to him.   I’ve seen some of his work,  and would be temped to donate the $10 EUR, (If I could figure out how) and if he’d answer a few questions about installing it.   I can get my Ipaq to connect to the PC over USB,  but could not get the bootloader to run.  Oh well,  it makes a halfway decent desktop clock\calender like it is,  and I probably don’t need it to do anything else anyway.

Now it’s woodstoves

It almost seems like the “anti’s” almost have a sort of radar on me.  I’ve been looking for a wood stove for our “Norther than” cabin.  What do I find,,, that the EPA is considering banning nearly every wood stove currently in existence.  They want everyone to replace their wood stove, with an expensive EPA approved ( read that as none-working) wood combustion device.  I’ve read the reviews on a few of them.  They take hours to heat up,  don’t draft worth a crap,  and put out very little heat without an electric fan installed.  Not to mention, they are hard to get lit.  AND some municipalities are banning wood burning all together.

Now,,, I’m not to worried about someone in northern Michigan telling me I can’t use a wood stove to keep warm on a sub-zero night,  but I might get a little worried about the trajectory of the bullets that might start flying,  if some idiot did start spouting that trash.

We have a natural gas fired secondary stove downstate,  mainly because natural gas is fairly reasonably priced , and it allows us to heat only the part of the house we’re in.   At Northern than,  we don’t have natural gas , we have propane,  quite a bit more expensive, but there is wood everywhere.  The EPA means to act by 2015,  so I guess I’d better get moving on that wood stove.  Like I mentioned, I can’t imaging, an “anti” coming to the frozen north and telling us we can’t burn wood, but, I can see them making a real wood stove very hard to get and very expensive .  Ain’t PROGRESS GRAND.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typing on the Xoom

Well, my new\used used Xoom has arrived, ( in like new condition) , with all the android updates completed.  I love it.  It’s build for the American market, not the Chinese, like my wife’s was,  so I didn’t even have to Gedify it.  It also has the Verizon chip installed, but I’m not yet sure whether I’ll enable it.  Oh,  and it’s a ton easier to type on than my Kindle.  Once I get used to it, I’ll likely root it and install a firewall, so it will truly be mine.

 

Winter is here, especially up Norther Than

We closed up the new place a couple of days before Christmas,  but a  had a good couple of weeks there before we did.  SNOW,  Snow and more snow!  Everyday there we got at least 3 inches,  and over 10 inches one evening.  And it was Cold!  All the locals said it was a early winter this year,  and I guess they probably know.   Looking forward to getting back up there sometime in March,  Lot’s of exploring,  and a little building to do.

P.S.  Look forward to a post about the new/used Motorala Xoom that I ordered.  Of all the tablets I’ve seen,  the Xoom my wife has stands with or above all of them, so that was the obvious choice for me,  when my Kindle Fire,  falls a bit short.   And Speaking of Technology,  I finally got my old Toshiba Sattelite  laptop running functionally again.  I went through about 5 or six more OS’s,  finally stumbling onto installing Knoppix 7.2 on the hard drive.   I have to say,  it runs as good as it did when it was new and running Win XP.

Norther Than

Norther Than:

That’s what I call our place,  cause it’s about as far north as you can get without crossing the Mackinac Bridge.  Actually about 25 miles south,  but definitely in the snow belt.  We got a lot of work done  on the place, in the last to weeks,  and there’s a lot more to be done.  And mile after mile of exploration,  and ELK !!