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Anything but Coding - Landscaping, Fitness, and more!

Wed Aug 30 2023
PodcastLandscapingHome GymSewing MachinesInternet ConnectivityTV WatchingSteam Cleaner

Description

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes discuss various topics outside of web development. They talk about attending a concert at Red Rocks, share funny stories about falling asleep in unexpected places, and discuss their experiences with landscaping and maintaining their lawns. The conversation also covers home gym projects, sewing machines, internet connectivity, TV watching habits, and steam cleaners.

Insights

Landscaping Tips

Maintaining a healthy lawn involves seeding heavily, trimming back overgrowth, and finding a balance between aesthetics and avoiding pesticides or weed killers.

Home Gym Benefits

Having gym equipment at home eliminates excuses and makes it easier to stick to a workout routine. A rack for home fitness can lead to major changes in one's physique.

Head Spins and Sewing Machines

Learning head spins can be improved by using a flatter spot on a helmet or Teflon material. Retrofitting an old sewing machine with a modern motor is recommended.

Internet Connectivity

Protecting ethernet cables from animals chewing through them is important. Foam material is a durable and long-lasting option for tree houses.

TV Watching Habits

Finding something to watch on streaming services can be challenging. 'Drive to Survive' is a highly recommended show about Formula One racing.

Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Landscaping and Home Gym
  3. Head Spins and Sewing Machines
  4. Backyard Projector and Treehouse
  5. Internet Connectivity and Electronics
  6. TV Watching Habits and Steam Cleaner
  7. Conclusion
Summary
Transcript

Introduction

00:01 - 06:55

  • This episode of Syntax is an anything but coding show where Scott and Wes discuss various topics outside of web development.
  • Scott recently attended a concert by The Strokes at Red Rocks, which was a dream come true for him as he has been a fan for a long time.
  • They talk about how staying up late has become difficult since having kids and share funny stories about falling asleep in unexpected places.
  • The concert venue, Red Rocks, is known for its unique rock structures and dinosaur footprints.
  • Scott and Wes then discuss their experiences with landscaping and maintaining their lawns.
  • Wes installed sprinklers at his cottage during the pandemic, while Scott has been working on improving the landscaping around his house.

Landscaping and Home Gym

06:26 - 18:46

  • The podcast hosts discuss their experiences with landscaping and maintaining their yards.
  • They talk about the challenges of dealing with overgrown bushes and trees.
  • They mention finding hidden features like a patio and garden gnomes while clearing out the yard.
  • The hosts share their strategies for maintaining a healthy lawn, including seeding heavily and trimming back overgrowth.
  • They discuss the dilemma of deciding what to keep and what to remove in terms of plants and weeds.
  • One host mentions using clover in their lawn for its benefits as a pollinator.
  • They express their desire to strike a balance between having a nice-looking yard and avoiding the use of pesticides or weed killers.
  • The conversation then shifts to the host's home gym project, which involved converting a storage room into a workout space.
  • They describe the process of framing, drywalling, and installing rubber flooring in the gym area.
  • The speaker expanded their storage space by converting rooms into a playroom and a gym.
  • They imported gym equipment from China at a lower cost than buying from big brands.
  • The speaker recommends getting a rack for home fitness as it can lead to major changes in one's physique.
  • Having gym equipment at home eliminates excuses and makes it easier to stick to a workout routine.
  • The speaker shares their experience with using a Peloton bike and an under the desk treadmill.

Head Spins and Sewing Machines

18:18 - 30:26

  • Using an under the desk treadmill with an incline for extra cardio while working
  • Adopting calorie counting and adjusting eating habits as age affects ability to do cardio
  • Switching from the daily burn app to the macro factor app for better tracking and user experience
  • Learning head spins and practicing for 10 minutes a day during workdays
  • Exploring ways to improve balance point for head spins, such as using a flatter spot on a helmet or Teflon material
  • Considering purchasing Teflon or a cutting board for better spinning surface
  • Discussing buying industrial sewing machine and embroidery capabilities
  • The wife is selling her late husband's tools and buckets of bolts.
  • They bought a heavy industrial sewing machine with an old clutch motor.
  • Aftermarket motors can be added to old sewing machines.
  • A servo motor has a set number of indexes for precise control.
  • The speaker researched motors on YouTube and forums.
  • They plan to retrofit the sewing machine with a modern motor.
  • The speaker took a sewing class in college and made an unusual pillow.
  • Cleaning wool carpet is difficult, so they ordered a special vacuum cleaner.
  • Amazon search results for 'wool safe carpet cleaner' were not helpful.
  • The speaker expressed frustration with Amazon and Google search engines.

Backyard Projector and Treehouse

29:57 - 36:26

  • Using a steam cleaner is effective for cleaning hard-to-reach places and removing stubborn dirt that soap and water can't handle.
  • Pressure washing can be used to clean various items, including shoes, resulting in a brand new look.
  • The Matches was a punk band that broke up, but the lead singer now writes kids books that are perfect for his own children's age group.
  • One of his recent books, 'The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza', is a visual novel about a cat in space and is highly recommended for kids aged six to eleven.
  • The book is affordable and available on Amazon in hardcover format.
  • Supporting artists whose work you enjoy is important, so consider checking out this book if you're interested.
  • For more content like this, visit syntax.fm and subscribe or leave a review.

Internet Connectivity and Electronics

36:13 - 48:51

  • Foam material for tree houses is durable and long-lasting
  • Using foam instead of concrete for tree house posts allows for easier removal
  • Screwpods are an alternative to concrete for deck construction
  • Ninja Warrior course with a slack line between trees is fun for the whole family
  • Costco sells slack lines with obstacle loops for kids to play on
  • Improving internet connectivity at the cottage using outdoor access points and wired ethernet connections
  • Ethernet cables should be protected from animals chewing through them
  • Ethernet cables can be chewed through by chipmunks, so it's important to protect them
  • Using an irrigation tube to protect ethernet cables from damage
  • Trenching can be done by hand or with a trench digger
  • Electronic kits for kids are available on Amazon and provide a fun learning experience
  • Linus Tech Tips received criticism for making significant mistakes and unethical behavior in their videos
  • Quality control is important for running a successful YouTube channel
  • Reviewers should be careful not to make negligent mistakes that harm others

TV Watching Habits and Steam Cleaner

48:21 - 55:29

  • The podcast hosts discuss their TV watching habits and the struggle to find something to watch.
  • They mention watching the show 'Drive to Survive' and how they got hooked on it.
  • One of the hosts has a big list of movies they want to watch, but most of them are not suitable for their partner's taste.
  • They talk about the lack of options when it comes to finding something to watch on streaming services.
  • They mention watching documentaries about drug smuggling, with 'Coking Cowboys' being their favorite.
  • They also mention watching competition reality shows like 'MasterChef' and 'Project Runway'.
  • The hosts discuss a game they play where they predict winners of reality TV shows using a spreadsheet, but one host's memory has been proven wrong multiple times.
  • One host shares a sick pick, which is a steam cleaner that they find amazing for cleaning various surfaces in their house.
  • Using a steam cleaner is effective for cleaning hard-to-reach places and removing stubborn dirt that soap and water can't handle.
  • Pressure washing can be used to clean various items, including shoes, resulting in a brand new look.

Conclusion

55:02 - 1:01:54

  • That's a shame.
  • It was disappointing because I was really like halfway through the video, I was like, I don't, I don't, you know, I think some of these things could be attributed to, you know, just small mistakes. And then once you start to get to like really the negligent stuff, you're like, ah, I wish they didn't, I wish they didn't do that.
  • That's a tricky thing. I like, I find that sometimes too about like reviewers and sometimes even us where like we get to talk about hosting provider or like some service that we used like Obviously, we can say what we think about it and whatnot, but like, there's like people that worked hard on it and maybe you are not totally understanding. Maybe you're holding it wrong, you know? Yeah, yeah. That's I don't know if I would want to be in that space full time of just reviewing stuff.
  • I rewired a kids ATV which is wild.
  • A couple of years ago saw a little 110 CC ATV for sale for $50 because all the wires were cut. Bought an entire wiring harness from AliExpress for $32 and fixed it up.
  • The ATV fired right up after swapping the wiring harness but blew the stator later on.
  • Small engine projects are both fun and frustrating when something goes wrong.
  • My wife and I finished two documentary series on tennis and golf. The tennis one was great while the golf one surprised me with its players' stories and their merger with PGA tour.
  • Drive to Survive is recommended as a show similar to the tennis and golf documentaries but focused on Formula One racing. It is highly praised by Scott who initially had no interest in Formula One but got hooked after watching it.
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