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   The sawmill at the Thresheree has always been a fascination.  I made some inquiries and found it takes about 20 horsepower to run the shop, and this didn't tax the 45 HP steam tractor that was currently running it.  20 HP doesn't sound like much--a common car could handle this--but it's close to 15,000 watts which is more than the typical 100 amp service to the average house.  With that power they can rip through a tree trunk more than 24 inches thick.
   Fine day for a 45 mile ride.  Started west to Cross Planes, Black Earth and Mazomaine before turning back east toward Marxville.  I stopped at Indian Lake County Park for a few pictures before continuing to Springfield Corners, where I turned south to head back home.
  I worked on getting a Ubuntu virtual machine up and running that can mirror the web server from the Blue Dragon.  I started with a Ubuntu server 16.04.1 LTS, but ran into a problem I will have to address in the future.  It comes default with PHP 7.  My gallery scripts are now so old they calls used to connect to the database are no longer supported.  Thus, will not run with PHP 7.  I've been meaning to address that +10 year old script for awhile.  Now I have more reason.  For now my backup server will run 14.04 LTS.  I made some simple shell scripts that synchronize the Apache setup by copying the entire Apache configuration from /etc/apache.  It also synchronizes the MySQL database.  Then I make a blind mount point to cause the source of the website to come from the archives.  With that, the backup server can host  When it is time to update, I will have a backup server so the Sun Dragon can be taken down.
   Ubuntu 16.04.1 is the latest long-term stable release, and I wanted to get the Sun Dragon up and running on it.  However I found it cannot be upgraded using the automatic methods.  The Sun Dragon is an ARM-based processor, and the manufacturer says it takes some work to get Ubuntu setup for the board.  They plan on releasing an image with 16.04.1 LTS, but I won't be able to update until it is complete.  The current LTS on the server is supported for a couple years yet, so I'm in no hurry.
   I've been watching this building slowly get smaller each time I cycle by.  It won't be too much longer before there isn't a building.
   Watching glass blowers makes me want to try it if for no other reason than to understand how hard it is to control all the variables they have to work with.

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From Noah

September 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Glassblowing is amazing stuff! Lots of chemistry involved as well.