Author Archive: Kaoru

Grew up in middle of nowhere, access to nothing, got into computers, excelled at it, and now making a good living... I count my lucky stars; especially for my two beautiful daughters and my lovable wife to whom I owe everything.

I hear crickets…

I haven’t touched my blog in such a long time, I virtually hear the sound of crickets. What has happened? The short answer is life. The long answer is more convoluted but hopefully I can recall it in some reasonable way. My last post was on July 6th which talked about the Tesla Model 3 entering production. As of this writing, the Model 3 production ramp has yet to make a dent deliveries, especially here in Canada. Actually, I most…
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I welcome our AI car overlords…

A Year Has Gone By… Being a Tesla Model 3 reservationist, I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground on any news related to my future EV car.  You can read my first post Why I’m Buying A Tesla Model 3 for the rationale.  Of course, the main reason why I plunked down $1000 on a car sight unseen is because of the potential the Model 3 represented at the time of the launch/reveal (part 1).  That potential was all the…
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It’s mid-June and first post for 2017…

It’s mid-June and I’m only getting around to writing the first post for 2017.  Of course, I haven’t yet got around to a lot of things, including my boat’s spring commissioning.  My excuse is that a lot happened since my last post, both in the world and in my little corner of it.  Hopefully, I’ll find some more time to write more about the numerous things that are rattling around in my head.  As a teaser, I’ve yet to post my thoughts on the current world…
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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Watershed Events In 2016 In this post, I use the noun “watershed” as an adjective to describe events that are unfolding at the start of this October, 2016. The noun watershed means that events are occurring which mark an important historical change of course. In this moment, several things are occurring which will change history.  Unfortunately, as the saying goes, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Here’s my take on the current changes starting with the ugly. The Ugly The ugly is…
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Why I’m Buying A Tesla Model 3

I meant to do a post about my decision to reserve a Tesla Model 3 at the March 31st unveiling.  I held off in writing the post as I was questioned by the Admiral as to why I would spend $35,000 (USD).  My immediate response was that it’s only $1300 (CDN) to reserve and completely refundable.  Also, it’ll be at least 2 years before delivery so we have plenty of time to save and our Ford Fiesta would be nearing the…
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As SpaceX Knows All To Well, Space Is Hard

Getting to space is hard, really really hard.  Getting back from space can be just as hard or even harder.  This post chronicles some past and present events which show how hard space really is. Why talk about space?  Well, you can thank the space race in the 1960s for the majority of technology we enjoy today like integrated circuits, smart phones, etc.  Television, global communications, weather forecasting, navigation/travel, and other areas exist because we conquered the frontier of space….
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SpaceX Sculpts Future Manned Spaceflight to Mars

One of the passions that has been with me since I can remember is rockets and spaceflight.  As a youth, it started with building and launching model rockets.  As I settled down in Ottawa, I got more involved into rocketry culminating into building and launching very large and very high powered rockets.  At that point, it became an obsession as I sunk several thousand dollars and hours into my hobby.  My personal best is building a 8.5′ long 6″ diameter 1/4 scale Black Brant…
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What’s connected on Summer Dreams? Part 5

If you haven’t read the previous posts in “What’s connected on Summer Dreams?”, here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  Continuing from my previous posts, I began to get really into networking the various systems.  The image to the left is an up-to-date picture of my helm’s 12V fuse panel with the Part 4’s image just below it for comparison. The reason why I have the two images is to explain the changes.  In the old, the white Raymarine junction box was…
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The Days of June Past

Canada Day Well, it’s Canada Day and the last day of my 6 day weekend break.  For everyone reading this, I hope you had a Happy Canada Day.  For myself, I was content in updating my blog as the weather was not conducive to being on the boat this weekend as planned.  As you can see the weather was so-so by 6 pm but raining off and on earlier including Tuesday.   The Start of Summer Of course, being July…
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