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MOVING NEWS


Update 03-21-08
I'll be moving yet again (this will be the fourth place I've had since putting this website up) sometime between April 10 2008 (at the earliest) and May 01 2008 (at the latest); I don't yet have the new address.

This time, it isn't because of a tragedy or a missed HUD appointment; it's because my sister says the rent here is too high for both of our incomes to pay.

This will be an intracity (within Sacramento CA. USA) move; and very probably in the same general neighbourhood.
More news (and address) as I have it to provide.





Update 03-22-08
The Prometric beam cross-sectional analyser has been dismantled & packed away until I arrive at my new location.
A beam cross-sectional analysis will be posted tomorrow (03-23-08), but that analysis was performed before the instrument was dismantled.
But beyond that, no additional analyses will be possible until after I move to the new location.





Update 03-23-08
Both the backup and instrument computers have now been disconnected and readied for pickup (by the movers), so beam cross-sectional and battery discharge analyses will be on hold until after I've arrived at my new location and set the equipment up.





Update 03-23-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
I just heard that we're going to go "month by month" on our lease here; apparently the move will not take place in April as had been previously planned - it has been postphoned for an as-of-yet unknown period of time. This web page will be left up, because moving *IS* inevitable - I just don't know exactly *WHEN* at this time.

The primary reasons are that my sister will be too busy looking after our mother after her hip operation on 04-01-08 and taking care of the dog - who is old and rather ill - this will leave her with insufficient time to look for a new place (a rental house or an apartment).

The Prometric beam cross-sectional analyser has already been packed away; setting it back up will be a rather lengthy process, and isn't something I can simply do "overnight".





Update 03-30-08
The hip operation that my mother was supposed to have on 04-01-08 has been postphoned until 04-07-08; as far as I'm aware, the surgeon's wife croaked, so another surgeon had to be located.
As a result, there is a small but not insigificant chance that the move could occur by late-April 2008 as originally scheduled, as my sister now has an extra week in which to look for an apartment or rental home. There is no guarantee the move actually *WILL* occur at this time, but the possibility exists.





Update 04-05-08
The hip operation that my mother was supposed to have on 04-07-08 has been postphoned again until 04-14-08; she told me that her new surgeon's wife had a baby last night.




Update 05-06-08
I have learned that the move will take place sometime between late-May and early-June 2008 - approximately 4 to 6 weeks from now.




Update 05-13-08
IS THE END OF THE LED MUSEUM NEAR?
No, this is not a joke.
My sister told me last night that the new place will have no storage, and that I will ***NOT*** be able to keep nearly this much stuff in my room, so I stand to be forced to leave behind approximately 50% to 70% of everything I own when we move sometime this June.

When this occurs, operations at The LED Museum will be scaled back CONSIDERABLY - though I hope not halted 100%.
Some things *WILL* be kept no matter what, like my yellow & blue DPSS lasers, my violet lasers, at least some of my green DPSS lasers, the spectrometer, the ProMetric beam cross-sectional analyser, at least one variable voltage/variable current power supply, at least two of my three desktop computers, my laptop computer, all of my CDs, at least some of my R/C aircraft, and as many of the flashlights & other items that rated four stars or higher on my website as I can find before moving day. O, and the royal blue Arc-LS - don't want to lose another one of those things ya know - I lost one in mid-2006 when I moved from Seattle to Sacramento, and boy was I urinated.

As a result, the new (but still dreadful) "" icon will be displayed next to an awful lot of products on this website.




Update 05-15-08
I have found homes for all of my beloved ghetto blasters; however I still need to find places for my Commodore CBM 8032 Vintage Computer and Commodore SX-64 Executive Computer. I'd hate to have them get left behind and know that the "big fat meanie" {from SpongeBob SquarePants} (garbage truck) crunched them up.

And I posted an email on the ICON (Insulator Collectors On the Net) mailing list, offering my collection of antique telephone, telegraph, and electric power insulators before the "big fat meanie" gets them too.

I'm also working to find a temporary (loaner) home for the majority of my flashlights & other lighting products; but it may be a week or even more as of this date before I'll know if I'm successful at this.




Update 05-16-08
I have already found a home for my collection of vintage ghetto blasters, and I have fairly good prospects of finding (a) temporary home(s) for the number of my flashlights & lasers that I'd otherwise have to leave behind, but I'm still looking for somebody to take (at least temporary) custody of most of my flying machines (R/C airplanes & helicopters), two vintage Commodore computers, and my insulator collection - at least the large "Muncie combo" that my sister insists I keep in the dark under lock & key because she thinks it's ugly and looks like a gigantic toadstool. :/

MOVING UPDATE...looks like there's a pretty good chance that we'll be moving just a couple of blocks away...I think the complex is called the "The Reserve at Riverlake"; however there is a small but not insignificant chance that I could be mistaken. It's on Rush River Dr. just a hair south of Lake Front Dr. (my address is peppered on thousands of my own web pages on the internet so I do not mind publishing this information here).

The specific date is not yet known, but it will be sometime this June.

When I do move, I will be without internet access and landline telephone anywhere from several days to close to one month - that one month value is not very likely, but the probability is not mathematically zero.




Update 05-16-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.

ANOTHER MOVING UPDATE...The complex we were going to move to is (as far as I can tell) now out of the running. When we move (sometime between 06-01-08 and 06-10-08), it will be out of this neighbourhood, but as I've been told, another decent neighbourhood.




Update 05-19-08
I've been able to find a home for my insulator collection; so they will not end up in the dustbin (garbage can) or dipsty dumpster after all. We'll be likely moving to what's called the "El Camino neighbourhood" in Sacramento; as I understand, this is a decent neighbourhood with lower-than-average crime, so I will not have to listen to gunfire every day, and I will not have to deal with junkies shooting up behind the dipsty dumpster, gang member wannabees, and other assorted wastoids.




Update 05-19-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.

I just realised something...if I take the Christmas decorations that mom made for me, and the Christmas lights, that'll be two boxes I'll have to store in my closet at the new place - making it so I have room to store ***TWO LESS*** boxes of flashlights & other items. What a urinator...er...uh...what a pisser!!!




Update 05-20-08
I added the "" icon to this website on a temporary basis; denoting products that have been packed away and as a result are currently not available for testing or additional analyses.




Update 05-20-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.

Well, poo!!!
My sister wants me to get rid of some suff ***RIGHT NOW*** - as in - first thing today.

So I'll definitely be losing at least SOME stuff.


My precious SureFire 10X Dominator in the dustbin...


OOPS!!! Wrong container...I'll be taking it with me.




Update 05-21-08
There is now a fairly high degree of probability that we'll be moving to a place with on-site storage; this means I may not have to leave behind or otherwise dispose of nearly as much as was previously planned.




Update 05-22-08
The target date for the move is now 06-26-08 - if my & my sister's credit reports pass muster with the new apartment management that is.




Update 05-23-08
Here's a map of where I'm hoping to move to:


The green arrow points to where I'll be moving to.
This is still in Sacramento; but is ~15 miles north of my present location.

Northgate Park isn't too far away from here, so I can bring my Flightmaster R/C Airplane, my Transformers Starscream Flyer (another R/C airplane), and my Air Kite Glider (yet another R/C flying machine) with me.
This location is also close to a Raleys food store, a Longs Drugs, The UPS Store, a Wells Fargo Bank, and a Mountain Mike's Pizza - so I'll have everything at the new place that I have access to now - and even signicantly closer than where these places are in relation to my home now.

My address is published on thousands of web pages now, so I do not mind posting this map here.




Update 05-27-08
***MOVING UPDATE***
Our credit reports failed to pass muster with the new apartment landlord, effectively putting the kibash on the new apartment at Delta Pointe that we applied for on Wednesday 05-21-08.

Adapted from a song by Anthrax:
"My life is ruined, but don't look back...I've still got one card in the pack!!!"

Note the above line...if the apartment management will allow our mother to be the primary leaseholder, tenancy here is still possible - if her credit report is up to snuff that is.
But if not, then our search will resume for another apartment.
Looks like I'll be on the move in as soon as 4 days.

Looks like there'll be no moving company either - just my sister and my elderly father - so some of the heavier items may not get moved at all - like the desk I'm typing this on, couches, beds, etc.




Update 05-29-08
***MOVING UPDATE***
Looks like there may a brief (duration as-of-yet known) delay in moving.
I told my sister last night that today would be the last full day that I'd have use of this computer, and she asked me to hold off on that for now because she hasn't yet found a new place.




Update 06-01-08
***MOVING UPDATE***
I found out last night that my sister's and my crappy credit reports are no longer the biggest stumbling block - now it's our income that's too low - even our combined incomes do not meet the criteria set forth by most potential landlords (generally 3x the monthly rent).

We're also going to lose the use of the storage unit here within the next 1 to 3 days, as she's decided to stick it out here at least through June 2008 - but ****canning the onsite storage will save $100.00 a month.

Thankfully, somebody from Oakland picked up my collection of vintage ghetto blasters at ~7:30pm PDT yesterday - I'd hate to see them end up in the dipsty dumpster along with the other stuff of mine in there - including an electric wheelchair with flat rear tires and bad batteries...my sister says that it can be pushed to the dipsty dumpsters.

(Update 06-02-08): The person who was to fly out of Wisconsin to pick the ghetto blasters up could not make it; he willingfully passed to the next person who had asked for them (the man from Oakland) in exchange for one of the machines.




Update 06-05-08
***MOVING UPDATE***
Packing is currently at a (a legitimate control line {pin} for 8-bit CPUs) until my sister goes to U-Haul and gets more packing tape - boxes cannot be assembled or closed without the special tape (proprietary roll that is designed to fit their dispenser).




Update 06-10-08
***MOVING UPDATE***
The apartment management says we owe $260.00 (I *HAVE* the money - not a problem here!!!), however my mother (who is in real estate) called me last night and rather emphatically told me ***NOT*** to pay it because she thinks something's fishy WRT our switching from an annual lease to a month-to-month lease.

When she raises a stink about it later today, and if she ends up opening a can of worms and they fall into the water - and we get evicted as a result, I stand to lose nearly ***EVERYTHING*** for these three primary reasons.

1: Having an eviction on our record will put the kibash on all attempts at apartment rentals.
2: If we are evicted, we would not have any place to put my stuff, so I could lose ***EVERYTHING*** - including my electric wheelchair.
3: If we are evicted, I will essentially end up out on the street with no means to get my Rx drugs or even go to the bank once the batteries in my chair poop out. This will soon result in my death. {there is no appropriate emoticon or graemlin to place here}

My father injured himself rather seriously loading & unloading my last electric wheelchair from the back of my mother's Dodge Caravan when I arrived in Sacramento; the chair I'm using now weighs almost 100 lbs more than the chair I had when I moved here, so nobody would be able to load & unload it.

Although this is a somewhat remote possibility, the probability of this occurring is not mathematically zero.




Update 06-10-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
***MOVING UPDATE***
As of approximately five minutes ago, looks like we're just going to pay the money and avoid all of the potential bullpoop.
We're just waiting for a callback from my mother, then it's off to the bank, and then to the rental office with the $260.00 money order.
That ought to straighten things out...for the next two and a half weeks anyway.



Update 06-10-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, another same-day update.
***MOVING UPDATE***
O for heaven sakes...my mother showed up to start a potential poopstorm with the landlord.



Update 06-11-08
Yesterday's "activities" by my mother did *NOT* give us the 'ol "heave ho". We still owe the $260.00 (as I fully expected we would!), which will get paid today.

In other related news, the move date has been bumped up approximately two weeks to sometime in mid-July; this will be to a temporary apt. for 6 or 7 months - then we'll be on the move again...as Whinnie the Poo might say, "o bother!"



Update 07-03-08
Our 30-day notice has officially been tendered, as of 07-01-08.
And yesterday, we filled out applications for another apartment; though I can no longer remember the name or its address in Sacramento.
We got a new apartment (not the same one we filled out applications for), though I do not yet know when the move date is - but it will be sometime within the next several weeks.

My new address will be:

2025 West El Camino Ave., #139
Sacramento CA. 95833

My address is published all over the WWW, so I do not mind publishing my new address (and the map below) here.


The reddish, upside-down "teardrop" thing with the "A" in it at center/left will be my location.



Update 07-03-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
Our move date has officially been set to 08-01-08.
Our "Change of Address" forms for the post office were completed early this afternoon.

I have approximately 1,700 web pages (the vast majority on this website) that need my address changed on them, but I purchased a "Global Search & Destro...er...Replace" program in late-2006 that will make this job go surprisingly well.



Update 07-04-08
As I understand, the El Camino neighbourhood (where we'll be moving to) is a decent neighbourhood with a lower-than-average crime rate; I will not have to listen to gunfire every day, and I will not have to deal with junkies shooting up behind the dipsty dumpster, gang member wannabees, and other assorted wastoids.



Update 07-05-08
This is probably inconsequential, but I have learned that this apartment complex, called "Tamaron Ranch", comprises of 796 apartment units.
Hopefully I won't get lost in this "ranch" while coming home from the store, the bank, or the UPS place - all in a nearby strip mall.


An aerial view of the location courtesy of Google Earth.



Update 07-07-08
We will have movers - not just my sister and my elderly father as had been planned previously.


Another aerial view of the location courtesy of Microsoft Maps.
The link to Microsoft Maps was emailed to me by B.V. on the evening of 07-06-08...thank you B.V.!!!


Update 07-08-08
Here is the floor plan of the new place.




Update 07-10-08
I have begun a weblog (or "blog" if you prefer) that pretty much parrots the content of this web page.
I've never "blogged" before, so please do not get on my toliet muscle about colors and/or formatting.


Update 07-10-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.

I've come to learn that I'll be without internet access of any type for approximately five (5) days - from 07-31-08 through approximately 50% of 08-04-08.
Comcast (our cable provider) will not be able to install at the new location until approximately 12:00pm PDT 08-04-08.


Update 07-10-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, another same-day update.

My destination address has changed; it will now be:

Craig Johnson
c/o The LED Museum
490 Forastera Circle
Sacramento CA. 95834-2709




This is an aerial view of the location.
Note that Riverview Park is right across the street - that means I can easily fly my R/C aircraft - even the big ones - unaided.
There appear to be "trails" crossing the park; this means that wheeled aircraft can take off & land.



Another view of the location.



Update 07-11-08
The move will officially begin on 07-16-08; it is not yet known when I'll have to pack up this computer.


Update 07-12-08
I'm now in the process of going through all of my boxes, selecting what to take with me and what to place in long-term storage. I'll have through 07-15-08 to accomplish this.




Update 07-14-08
I have been told that because there will be three animals at the new house (the two kitty cats we have and the black lab that my father & stepmother have) that I'll have to vaccume my room *EVERY SINGLE DAY* whether I think it needs it or not!!! My stepmother (who's house we'll be moving to) apparently has a phobia about pet fur. This is only a minor pain in the toliet muscle ("butt") in the grand scheme of things though, and I think I can live with it.

The only other known inconvenience at this new location is that there is no food store, drug store, bank, or shipping facility (like a post office, The UPS Store or Federal Express) anywhere within range of my electric wheelchair. This simply means that I'll have to get my sister to drive me to the food store, drug store, and bank; and that I'll have to purchase much more than normal to keep the number of trips necessary to a minimum - I rather dislike having to "go bye bye in the car" so doing this will reduce the number of trips necessary in any given time frame. This means I'll be stuck at home on a virtually continuous basis.

I think I'll keep this web page (and its associated weblog) open after I move, so that I may still publish updates as needed...I have a sneaking suspicion that my "computer time" will decrease and my chores will increase after the move - you know how mothers are.
Although my "computer time" will very likely decrease sharply, you can bet that The LED Museum will continue to function much as it always has.




Update 07-15-08
There will be a significant pickup of packed boxes and furniture on Wednesday 07-16-08; this pickup will *NOT* include this computer however.




Update 07-16-08
A very significant percentage of my flashlight collection is to be placed into long-term storage. Since this storage is offsite (many miles/kilometers away), and I do not own or have access to a vehicle (I don't even have a driver's license, so even if I had access to a vehicle, I could not legally operate it), I cannot simply retrieve items from there upon request. But it sure beats having to leave behind, sell, or otherwise dispose of any of the items. And I'll be taking almost all lasers & products which lase (emit coherent laser radiation) with me.

Yesterday, I used a Global Search and Destro...er...uh...Global Search and REPLACE program to change my address on at least 1,775 web pages that comprise this website.




Update 07-17-08
As of 12:24pm PDT 07-16-08, the moving van was reported to be on the way.
I have boxed up the vast majority of my belongings (except for the following): These items have not yet been boxed up because - for the most part - I'll be needing them for the next two weeks we'll be here.

The moving van showed up at 2:47pm PDT yesterday to pick up many boxes and some furniture.

Here are a few photographs of the new place:


The outside front of the house.


My room, looking toward the window from near the door.


My room again, looking toward the closet (and door) from near the window.

My room measures 10 feet 2 inches by 9 feet 8 inches, so there may *NOT* be sufficient space here in which to install the ProMetric beam cross-sectional analyser - but as the old saying goes, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.




Update 07-18-08
This will be a *TEMPORARY* home - six months to perhaps one year - then we'll be on the move again.

I have a few other unboxed items (besides furniture) that I forgot to mention yesterday: I have a second Air Kite Glider, but it is broken. I'm going to disembowel it to harvest its LEDs before disposing of the rest.

Here are eight more photographs of the new place:


A bathroom that will be shared by my sister and I.


Another bathroom I can use if I have to "go" and my sister's in the other.


View of the back patio.


Another view of same.


Kitchen.


View of the park directly across the street - this is where I'll be able to fly my R/C airplanes.


Another view of same.


And another view of same.

My current room measures 11 feet even by 9 feet 10 inches - so my new room will be smaller, but not as much smaller as I thought it would be. So beam cross-sectional analysis may indeed be possible after all.

The view from the window in my room is not very spectacular; there is a tall (~6.5 feet) brownish-grey wooden fence approximately 3.5 feet from the window, then the next door neighbour's house ~3.5 feet beyond that. And there is no readily apparent "distance" laser testing range either. The only place devoid of homes & automobiles is the park across the street, but there appear to be houses along the entire perimeter of the area - and shooting lasers into such an area would be a rather severe no-no.




Update 07-19-08
I have decided to keep the second (broken) Air Kite Glider; I forgot that I now have some adhesive that may be capable of repairing its broken "neck". If this is indeed the case, I'll have a spare on hand in case I break one while making the test flight(s).
So it will *NOT* end up in the dustbin (garbage can).

I've been asked on several occasions to perform spectroscopy of direct sunlight; that hasn't been possible here because of the direction my bed room window faces...it may be even less feasable at the new location due to my "view" (see the 07-18-08 update directly above). I didn't say that it would not be possible at all - I'll have to stay there at least one full day before I can make that determination. But it's rather unlikely in any case.




Update 07-20-08
I found yet a few more unboxed items: These items will remain unboxed until shortly before I leave.




Update 07-21-08
Moving is now in full countdown mode.
I can count the number of days on just my fingers now - no toes needed.

Two more items were found that ought to go with me: a Nuwai 20xLED lantern that I keep on the bathroom floor between the toliet and the vanity, and the blue LED "faucet light" that was on the faucet of my bathroom lavatory.




Update 07-22-08
Three more items that should have been packed (not including the test equipment I mentioned that was intentionally left un-packed earlier) were found that ought to go with me: the "belly button light" with flashing blue LEDs, a red LED blinker that uses two AA cells, and the cellular tephone detector pen (it has a red LED in its top that blinks whenever a nearby cellular telephone rings - even if that telephone is set to "mute"). Two of these have evaulation web pages on this website; the third simply functions as a kind of night light even though it is not actually useful for what most people consider a "night light".

My sister and myself went through the garage yesterday evening, marking what to bring to the new house and what to bring to storage. My Rascal 255 electric wheelchair went to the garbage, but my beloved Commodore Executive SX-64 and CBM 8032 computers were spared this fate; they will both go to long-term storage.




Update 07-22-08
***FREE*** Commodore CBM8032 computer!!!

No, this isn't a joke,
Yes, I said FREE!!!

Commodore CBM8032 computer; with green screen monitor built in.
This computer is in full working order.
I really hate to have to get rid of it, but my stepmother (who's house we'll be moving to on or very shortly prior to 08-01-08) is pretty adamant{sp?} that I dispose of it. :(

I'm offering it *FREE* to help ensure that somebody gets it rather than knowing that the "big fat meanie" {from SpongeBob SquarePants} (garbage truck) got it. :(



My web page about it is at http://www.ledmuseum.candlepower.us/fourteen/cbm8032.htm

The only stipulation is that *YOU* have to come & pick it up - it is far too large and heavy for me to take to The UPS Store in my electric wheelchair to ship it.

Please call me at 1-916-422-1355 (landline) or 1-206-390-9749 (cellular).
9:00am to 8:00pm Pacific time, please.
I am located in Sacramento CA. USA.




Update 07-23-08
The move is now planned to occur on 07-27-08 (this coming Sunday).
Therefore, the Commodore CBM8032 computer that I had offered at no charge yesterday needs to find a home by 07-26-08, or else bad things might happen to it.
There's still a decent chance that I can take it with me and offer it as a freebie at the new place, but the possibility of this occuring is not absolutely, positively, 100%.

I'm probably going to lose the use of this computer sometime on Saturday 07-26-08 (or even possibly Friday 07-25-08); and will remain offline until no earlier than 07-28-08 - but possibly for many days or even close to one month!!!




Update 07-23-08
That Commodore CBM8032 computer is no longer available; it was picked up today at ~2:54pm PDT.




Update 07-24-08
An item was found that should have probably been packed - a tritium (self-glowing) torch.
I have an evaluation of it on this website at http://www.ledmuseum.candlepower.us/fifth/ttorch.htm if you're interested.

Regarding that free CBM8032 computer, I was finally successful in posting my ad to Craigslist.org yesterday morning; I got one telephone call just a matter of minutes after posting, but the person who called asked if they could "surf the web" with it - I told them that it was *VERY* old and that surfing the net with it would *DEFINITELY NOT* be possible. A caller a short time later asked if it could run DOS applications - I told this person much the same as I told the previous one

Later on (~2:40pm PDT yesterday, a third telephone call came in - see 07-23-08 update directly above); the computer was then picked up at ~2:54pm PDT, so it is no longer in any "dumpster danger".




Update 07-24-08
I will lose access to this computer - well, *ALL* computers actually - sometime this evening or tomorrow.
I found another item that needs to go: the Energizer Rechargeable Flashlight.

I have disconnected my USB2000 Spectrometer from the computer and screwed the metal "bung" over its light input aperture to help protect it from foreign matter. The next time this instrument will get used is sometime after 07-28-08 when I'm at my new location.
I could be without internet access (and therefore not able to post any additional updates to this website) until as late as 09-01-08 for Christ sakes!!!
Although this is highly unlikely, the probability of this occurring is not mathematically zero.




Update 07-24-08
URGENT UPDATE!!!
MOVING PLANS HAVE CHANGED SLIGHTLY!!! I will lose access to this computer - well, *ALL* computers actually - today!!! Therefore, this will be the last update to this web page (and subsequently, my matching weblog; and again, subsequently, this and all other websites I operate) until at least 07-28-08, possibly later - ***MUCH*** later!!!








Update 07-29-08
I have successfully moved; damage found in the move was extremely minor - just a repairable deformation of the tail section of one R/C airplane, and another repairable break in the tail section of another R/C airplane.

I'm making this update with a dial-up connection on my laptop computer (and this dinosaur really *IS* a "laptop" and not a "notebook"!!!); the main computer has not yet been installed - I'm waiting for my father to assemble the desk before that computer can be installed.




Update 07-30-08
Looks like I'll be able to perform spectroscopy of sunlight after all! Between ~9:00am and ~11:00am PDT, the sun does indeed shine where it can strike the instrument through my window (and of course, I'll caption the resulting graphic that it was taken through window glass in case the glass attenuates certain wavelengths).

I'm making this update with a dial-up connection on my desktop pee-cee; broadband requires that I obtain one of those cordless network cards. I know, they're called "WIRELESS", but the word "wireless" implies cellular communication (such as cellular telephony); the word "cordless" does not.




Update 07-31-08
Here are two views of the new house:


From across the street.


Closer, showing the front door.

I'll also make a test flight of one of the large R/C airplanes that was very slightly damaged during the move and has been subsequently repaired - the actual repair simply involved some of the included glue and a few moments of my time (this is the airplane that had a break in the tail section - some of the previous glue job came apart; nothing was physically broken here except a small segment of a vertical elevator - it too went on properly and very quickly; this particular damage {the break in the vertical elevator} occurred after moving, rather than during the move).

And finally, I was able to successfully perform spectroscopy of sunlight - something I was not able to do at my last two locations where I had access to the spectrometer due to the direction the bedroom window faced. I published the resulting chart on my website and posted it to two BBSs.




Update 08-07-08
The AC is malfunctioning at the new house, resulting in indoor temperatures of 87F (30.6C)...yucko!!!




Update 08-09-08
The AC has been repaired, and my cleaning schedule now only includes vaccuming my room once weekly (Friday) instead of having to do it every single bloody day.

My cleaning/chores schedule now goes something like this: In other news, I have had no TV at all since moving; my stepmother made me dispose of the set I had, and she furnished me with another set that turned out to be defective.




Update 08-12-08
I now have broadband internet access, so I can say goodbye to toliets...er...uh...dial-up at all times except when answering email - but this is how it normally works so I'm quite used to it.




Update 08-14-08
There is a Raley's store, a UPS Store, and a bank nearby - well within range of my electric wheelchair!!!
I found this out a couple of nights ago; my sister drove me there last night so I could kind of "eyeball" the distance...looks like ~1.5 miles (~2.41km) to me.









Update 08-24-08

Here's the view from the window in my room.
As you can see, it's nothing to write home about...O WAIT!!! I'm already home!!! but it does allow me to take spectroscopy of direct sunlight - something I have not been able to do at my last two homes due to how the windows faced in relation to the spectrometer.

O, and I've had TV since Monday 08-18-08.




Update 08-26-08
I have now had success in installing my ProMetric beam cross-sectional analyser and the computer that hosts that instrument. The installation is quite large, but I can set the instrument itself up on an "as needed" basis - extreme accuracy in positioning is not super critical for this particular application, so this type of installation is perfectly acceptable.



Update Labour Day eve (08-31-08)
I received a large rechargeable spotlight on Friday, and both of my parents (whom I live with) were rather urinated about my having purchased it because of its size.
This means that I will no longer be able to evaluate large products on my website - they'd get totally pissed if I were to receive another large product after having been told that doing so was a rather severe no-no.




Update 09-23-08
At the new home, a minor pain in the toliet muscle exists for basic navigation:


This stool is on the floor in the hallway between my sister's and my rooms and the rest of the house. It is there to keep the dog out of our rooms; he is elderly and in rather poor health, and would not make it outside in time when he needs to go tee tee (piss) - since this is a rental property, keeping the carpeting in our rooms "pee free" is a rather high priority.

Because I use a cane to get around inside the house, this stool does present a minor but recurring problem for me to get around...but I can live with it.




Update 10-09-08
I've been told that we'll be "on the move" again as soon as 01-03-09.
Where, I do not yet know; but it will likely be in this general neighbourhood.




Update 10-18-08
I've been forced to start packing already, as our move is tentatively scheduled to take place in January 2009.

I've also been asked to reduce the amount of my possessions by approximately 30%, so I'll definitely be losing some of what I wish I hadn't.




Update 10-19-08
The "" icon on this website is to designate products which I was forced to dispose of beginning on 10-18-08. This means I will no longer have the product available for future analyses and comparisons. At this point, virtually all lights that use "D", "C", "AA", and "AAA" cells would become disposed of.




Update 10-23-08
Looks like I'll end up losing approximately (at least) 70% of my flashlights and other products designed to emit light come January 2009.
I'll be keeping a few of the AA and AAA cell lights (like my beloved Arc LS prototype, my Arc LS with royal blue LED (the two lights share the same web page), and a number of variants of the Arc AAA flashlights.




Update 11-04-08
Several days ago, I had to put my much beloved Sonar Blu-ray Laser up for sale to raise some emergency $$$; but nobody has taken the bate as of yet. I placed an advertisement on Craigslist, and also advertised it for sale on a couple of flashlight fora (the correct pluralisation of "forum").




Update 11-09-08
I *MAY* be moving back to Seattle WA. USA for approximately one year in the very near future; it is not yet known exactly *WHEN* this move will take place.
This is so that my stepmother (whom I live with primarily for financial reasons) can be near her ill sister who may not live all that much longer.




Update 11-10-08
The ETA for my move to somewhere in the Federal Way / Tukwila area (near Seattle WA. USA) is sometime during January or February 2009 - probably late-February.
I will have to leave behind *MANY MORE* lights than was previously expected too.













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