I haven’t been at Occupy Wall Street much at all lately because I realized there’s certain studio work I need to get done before the weather worsens, not the least of which is making another waste oil-powered furnace to heat the uninsulated space. New York is expecting 2-4 inches of snow today, just as the NYPD and FD confiscated OWS’s generators. I’ve already worked out a personal solution that might work on their scale: heated vests. I’m not talking about the crazy-price ones either.
Hunters use battery-powered heated vests, gloves and socks so they can lounge in the snow until the perfect target shows up to plink off. Why shouldn’t protestors use them to hunker down in defense of free speech and a matrix of causes that all but the deliberately obtuse can discern?
Further to staying warm, I had my first successful lost-foam casting Thursday night, which was great because it kept me warm as well. The blast furnace is too smoky to go in the garage though, so to stay warm I might just rock the vest and gloves in the shop all winter. Why not? I only use NiMH rechargeables and condition them properly for maximum life. More on that, and hopefully the finished castings and OWS, shortly.