Troy Davis

skeptical optimist. everything is an experiment.

🔗,,,, ex 9600 8-N-1.

Troy Davis

on the Trader Joe's aftermarket, people too far from a TJ store pay 3-4x markups:

given the extra logistics, that still seems like a pretty good deal.

1 day ago
Troy Davis

different LED grow lights produce very different spectrum. the impact can be huge. and:

* grow light makers optimize the spec that buyers & reviewers want: PPFD (intensity).

some spectrum is cheaper to produce, so they ship crappy intense light. since there's no spectrum quality metric, nobody notices.

* plants absorb red but reflect far-red, so plants think a low red:far-red means crowding. they grow taller but branch less. a bit of far-red changes the ratio a lot.

1 day ago
Troy Davis

achievement unlocked: applying clear caulk

while bleeding from a finger

without leaving evidence

September 22, 2023
Troy Davis

looking for small intra-canopy lights. usually these have two ~100° arcs (facing left and right) or one ~150° arc (facing up).

the options seem to be Arize Integral, Plessey Hyperion, Thrive Agritech Boost, or something DIY.

I think the Integral has the best light pattern, but at 8' long, it's probably too big for my minuscule environment.

September 21, 2023
Troy Davis

I opened a Mastodon feature request. If you've ever followed a hashtag, this one's for you.

"Let users ignore toots containing more than X hashtags (when following a hashtag)":

Let's give users what they actually want to see when they follow a hashtag: conversations about that topic.

September 19, 2023
Troy Davis

Every exterior wood stain manufacturer has a gallery of project photos on day 1.

I want a gallery of project photos after 1, 2, 3, and 4 years.

Armstrong-Clark, TWP, Olympic, Cutek, Behr - none of them advertise how their products actually fare against sun and rain.

(trying to pick an exterior stain? real-world tests are , , and posts. I wish Consumer Reports included more stains in their test.)

September 14, 2023
Troy Davis

Reading :

"GAO estimates that the amount of fraud in unemployment insurance (UI) programs during the COVID-19 pandemic was likely between $100 billion and $135 billion. This is about 11 percent and 15 percent, respectively, of the total amount of UI benefits paid" between April 2020 and May 2023.

September 13, 2023
Troy Davis

finally, USB-C EarPods

September 12, 2023