A cornucopia of stuff. Do it yourself, humor, hacks, fails, self development.

Christopher G Mendla

I am a full stack web developer, IT Manager, Project Manager, Educator, Technologist and someone who maintains a keen interest in life and the world around me.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1960’s television)

One of the iconic television shows I grew up with was “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. I even had a Seaview bathtub toy.

The show featured a futuristic submarine, The Seaview, that had nuclear missiles, a flying sub, anti air missiles, a mini sub, a diving bell. In addition there was always something or someone trying to destroy the world or at least the Seaview.  Continue reading

Draining the Swamp like pool

In June 2016, I was facing a 20,000 gallon in ground pool that, because of a couple of years of neglect, resembled a swamp. When I say swamp, I mean frogs had taken over and there were dozens of frogs along with hundreds of tadpoles. I’m not sure what else was in there as the visibility was about 2 inches. My GF had suggested filling it in. When I looked into it it seemed to be unfeasible. I would need to get a permit, rent heavy equipment and purchase fill. In addition, most townships prohibit any future building over a filled in pool. Besides, I like to take a swim. Continue reading

Scavenging firewood from oversized fallen trees and logs.

I can always use more firewood. I have a couple of larger trees that have been down for two or more years plus some larger logs from a red oak that was dropped about 5 years ago.  I also have a wood stove that I use to help heat the house. The problem is how to get usable firewood from these trees. For the most part, the wood is dry enough to burn without having to be seasoned.

I don’t have a splitter. I asked Santa for one this year but he couldn’t fit it on his sleigh. Even with a splitter, the problem still exists that you are dealing with logs that have been in ground contact for some time. Continue reading

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