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I aspire to create videos that collectively immortalize the enduring pioneer spirit of rural Idaho by providing a snapshot of the life that I lead here.
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October 23, 2021 Update: I was able to film a couple of episodes this week, including test-firing my Hi-Point pistol with the red-dot sight on it and an update on 3D-printed sabots.  Now I just need to get caught up on video editing.  I also did a little bit of work on drawings for the Ghost Eagle project this week, although I'm afraid that's progressing rather slowly due to being busy with work and life in general.   Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the first video about 3D printed sabots.
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October 16, 2021 Update: Deer season started at the beginning of this week.  I enjoy hunting deer, but I've only hunted deer a few times, because most years I've had too many other things I was working on that were hard to justify taking time away from.  This year wasn't much different in that regard, but what WAS different is that this year I'd seen a lot more evidence of deer near my property over the months leading up to deer season.  In fact, when my wife and I got home from our trip to Yellowstone, we found deer tracks all over the garden area, and the deer had pruned our raspberry bushes pretty severely.  Thus, I figured that this year, it might be worth hunting just within walking distance of my house, and so I could hunt deer this year without taking as much time away from anything else.  So, I spent all my free time this week out hunting, until yesterday, when I shot the buck in the picture.  Then I spent all day yesterday cutting up the deer.  Now our freezer is full of venison, our raspberry patch has been avenged, and next week should be back to normal project work.
Anyway, this weekend I think I'll upload the random-observation video about the "invisible suppressors."
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October 9, 2021 Update: Well, I'm back from a vacation to Yellowstone and hopefully back to producing more interesting project videos, because I finally finished my root cellar this week!  I also edited down the video footage I had collected during the cellar build, so that video has been added to my upload queue.  
In near future, I hope to finish filming my "gotogun" virtual match.  We've had drizzling rain the last few days, so I've put that on hold until the weather clears, but I'm not complaining: Here in central Idaho, this summer was the worst drought we've had since the dust-bowl years of 1926 and 1933, so we'll take all the rain we can get right now.  In the mean time, I've got some shop projects I'm looking forward to working on.  First, I thought it would be fun to mount a red-dot on my .40 caliber Hi-Point, making the "yeet cannon" even yeetier.  Then, I'm hoping to get back to work on the Ghost Eagle Project.
This weekend, though, I think I'll upload my video about mounting a red-dot on a pre-optics-ready XD.
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Sept 17, 2021 Update: Well, I've got a family visit/vacation coming up in a few weeks that I'll be taking time off from my side-job for, and so between preparing for it and putting in extra hours at my side job to make up for it, I haven't gotten much else done this week.  I may take a break from posting these weekly progress updates for a few weeks until after the vacation is over and I've got some new progress to report.  However, I probably won't need to interrupt my usual video posting schedule.  This weekend and the following weekend I plan to post my two follow-up videos on shooting steel-toe boots with different calibers.  Further out, I've got a couple videos about inventions that I'll post as soon as I figure out what (if anything) to do about patenting them.
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Sept 10, 2021 Update: This week it was back to work on the root cellar.  I've heard it said that finishing the last 20% of any project takes 80% of the total work on the project.  I don't think that's true of every project, but it sure seems like my root cellar has been holding at about 80% complete for a long time, in spite of a lot of ongoing work.  When I buried the structure, there was enough dirt that spilled over around the door, that I was obliged to build some retaining structures out of cinder blocks and natural lava rock to keep the dirt clear of the door.  That took up most of my time this week.  Now it's just a matter of building a door for the cellar, hanging the door, and then some final touches like painting and weather striping.  I'm hoping to get the root cellar project wrapped up sometime in the next few weeks.  
Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload my video on the "content creators' code," which will be my final addition to the "About the Idahoan Show" playlist for a while.  After that, I expect to get back to posting some more shooting videos, although I still need to finish filming the "Go-To Gun" virtual match.
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September 3, 2021 Update: This week was a bit of a deviation from the normal routine, if my "normal" can really be considered a routine.  An old friend of mine dropped by on a cross-country road trip, so we took a day to do some hiking around and recreational shooting.  Actually, I may get one "Random Observation"  video out of his visit, because he filmed me running a course with his phone, and for some reason, his mic didn't pick up the sharp "crack" of the gunshot, even though it got most of the other sound, so in the video it sounds like I'm shooting a suppressed handgun, even though I'm obviously not.  I think that may have enough comedic value to be worth posting.  I also got around to editing my video of the 49th psalm, and I did some scoping for another virtual match that I want to set up.  Then my secondary monitor on my video editing computer died, so I spent some time troubleshooting it.  It looks like the DVI interface is shot, but the VGA interface still works, so I'll get an adapter and use it with the VGA interface until I can afford to replace it.  Anyway, this weekend I think I'll post the video about the "camp kitchen" setup I built for the back of my truck.
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August 27, 2021 Update: I went on another video editing spree this week: I finished editing a video comparing stabilizing devices for AR-15 pistols. I also recently retired a couple more pairs of steel toed boots, so naturally I gave each of them a ballistic send-off, and  that resulted in two more videos.  I filmed and edited a philosophical observation about the "humility paradox."  I filmed and edited the first of a couple videos covering a virtual match called the "Go-To Gun Challenge," that I plan to put on shortly.  And, after hearing an announcement about an electronic coil gun that was recently released onto the market, I did some calculations to provide a reality check on its prognosis and made a video about my findings.  Since this last video is basically a response to the announcement on TGC News, I'll probably post it this weekend before the news gets too stale.
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August 20, 2021 Update: I guess my main accomplishment this week was getting caught up on video editing.  Specifically, I finished editing the pistol brace testing video, as well as some informational videos about my channel, including an explanation of episode numbers, a "universal disclaimer," and some philosophical musings about an ethical "content creators' code."  I'm also more-or-less caught up on processing photos from my summer outings (such as the hike up Falls Creek, pictured here).
Looking forward, I have another version of my pistol sling concept that I want to finish testing, as well as some more testing to do with the red-dot that I mounted on the pistol, to see if it will hold a zero long-term, and then I'm hoping to get back to work on the Ghost Eagle project, although at some point I do still need to finish building the root cellar.
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August 14, 2021 Update: Well, once again, I spent most of this week working on the root cellar.  The main structure is done and covered with dirt, but I still need to make a door for it, and before I can hang the door, I need to build some more retaining walls to prevent dirt from getting in the way of opening and closing the door, and then I'll have to do some finishing work on the inside.  I'm tempted to give the project a rest for a while, though, as it will be easier to build the retaining walls once the dirt has had a chance to settle a bit more.
I did get around to making one video this week, testing the effect of pistol braces (on AR-type pistols) on practical accuracy.  The bottom line from the test was: If you're trying to shoot one-handed, an arm brace helps a lot, but if you're able to use both hands, then the brace is actually counter-productive.
Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about eating wild fireweed.
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August 6, 2021 Update: Well, I was hoping to finish the root cellar this week, but then disaster struck: As I was back-filling the hole with dirt, I loaded it too heavily on one side before the other, and the metal structure of the root cellar shifted off its foundation (shearing the attachment screws).  I was obliged to move a lot of dirt around so I could re-excavate the side I had buried, and some of the digging had to be done manually with a shovel because I couldn't reach it with the backhoe (without getting too close to the edge of the hole for the ground to support its weight).  I eventually did get the hole re-excavated, and managed to reposition the frame on the foundation, after which I began back-filling it again, this time careful to load both sides equally.  At this point, I'm basically back to where I was a week ago on the project, after doing a lot of work to recover from the setback.
Anyway, this weekend, I think I'll upload a video I made a while back about a simple trick to make pipe taps for use on soft materials such as plastic.
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July 31, 2021 Update: This week I divided my time between working on the root cellar and an expedition to Boulder Lake.  Right now, I'm letting some sealant dry on the root cellar, but early next week I'll be ready for the moment of truth: refill the hole with dirt and see if the structure can withstand it.  Obviously, I think it will, but there's still a bit of suspense as the moment approaches.  Anyway, this weekend I think I'll post the video of a shear strength test I did on some 3D-printed materials a while back.
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July 23, 2021 Update: This week I'm back to work on the root cellar, and the structure is finally coming together.  I knew this was going to be a big project, and as usually happens, it ended up being even more work than I anticipated, but hopefully I've only got a few more weeks' worth of work to finish it now.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about eating wild globemallow.
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July 16, 2021 Update: This week, I filmed an episode about using a lanyard or sling to improve the stability of a pistol, wrapped up some testing of my first plastic sabot design, and worked on processing pictures from last week's camping trip.  I think the concrete foundation of my root cellar should be fully set by now, so finishing the root cellar will probably be my focus for the next few weeks. Hopefully, it will only take a few weeks, and not the whole rest of my summer!  Anyway, this weekend, I think I will upload the video I made about making an improvised worm gear for my band saw.
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July 12, 2021 Update: I missed my usual upload window this past weekend because I was out camping in the Sawtooth Mountains.  While I was out, I filmed an episode on eating wild "fireweed," which actually makes a passable substitute for spinach.  And, of course, I took a lot of pictures for my "Illustrated Expeditions" series.  Anyway, I think the next video I will upload will be my "hunter 3-gun challenge" virtual match.
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July 2, 2021 Update: This week I was able to spend a little time working on the Ghost Eagle design.  Right now, I'm in the process of animating the CAD model to check for interference and function before I start preparing the machining drawings.  I also finished editing the video about eating wild globemallow, and filmed an episode about a simple trick for cutting pipe threads into plastic, in this case so that I could install pipe fittings in some poly drums as part of a drip irrigation system for our garden.  And I undertook an expedition to an unnamed alpine lake, which I intend to document in another photo book and slide-show video eventually, although I'm afraid I have gotten behind on editing the photos from my outdoor adventures into coherent books and videos.
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June 25, 2021 Update: My main accomplishment this week was mixing and pouring the concrete for the root cellar foundation.  Now that it's poured, I get to take a couple weeks off from the root cellar project while I wait for the concrete to set up.  However, I may not be able to get away from home-improvement projects entirely for a while: As hot and dry as this summer has been so far, we are struggling to keep our modest garden alive, and I should probably build a windbreak and install some drip-lines to help it pull through.  Hopefully that will only take a few days and I can make some progress on more glamorous projects as well.  I am planning an expedition to an un-named lake on Cabin Mountain in the coming week.  This weekend, though, I think I'll upload the video I made about eating dandelion stir fry.
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June 18, 2021 Update:
Work proceeds on the root cellar: This week I built the forms so I can start pouring concrete for the foundation. 
I also made a bit of a breakthrough on my pistol sabot project.  For some time, I had been seeing sporadic performance of the saboted rounds: sometimes they would work well, other times the accuracy would spontaneously degenerate by a factor of ten.  For a while, my hypothesis was that the base was shearing off or otherwise failing, but making the base thicker didn't provide any improvement in reliability.  Finally, it occurred to me that maybe gas was leaking around the base and blowing the petals off the sabot while it was still in the barrel.  I redesigned the base of the sabot to try and reduce the potential for gas leakage, and the first test batch showed a huge improvement in reliability.
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June 11, 2021 Update: Once again, the root cellar project took up all my time this week.  I knew this would be a big project, but if anything, it is taking even longer than I had anticipated, and I still have a lot of work left to do on it.  I guess it was fortunate that I had a substantial queue of videos ready for upload before I started working on the root cellar.  This weekend, I think I'll upload the one I made about comparing the speed of different styles of fast draws.
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June 4, 2021 Update: Well, this week I spent practically all my discretionary time working on the root cellar.  I've got about half the trusses welded up now, and I've got the hole for the root cellar excavated and the bottom of the hole leveled as best I can.  I'm looking forward to finishing the cellar and getting back to my gunsmithing projects, but I've still got a lot of work to do on it.
Since I've got my bolt-action bullpup video ready, I think I'll upload it this weekend.
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May 28, 2021 Update: My focus this week has been on building the root cellar.  To that end, I've been welding up trusses for it, and I've got about a third of them done so far.  I did set aside some time to catch up on video editing, though, so I've got the video about my bolt-action bullpup and the one about making a worm gear for my band saw edited and added to my upload queue.  I also filmed an episode about making dandelion stir fry this week.  This weekend, though, I think I'm going to upload a short video I made when the heater core went out in my truck, because it's about the funniest automotive failure I've ever seen.
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May 21, 2021 Update: I was able to film the video about my bolt-action bullpup this week, but I've fallen a little behind on video editing.  In addition to that one, I still need to edit the video about repairing my band saw, and also the one about testing the shear strength of 3D printed materials.  Last weekend, I camped out near the "City of Rocks" in southern Idaho, and took a few good pictures, so eventually I'll probably make a slide-show video about that as well.  Anyway, this weekend, I think I'll post my 350 Legend update video.
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May 13, 2021 Update: This week I conducted an experiment to measure the shear strength of a couple different 3D printed materials, specifically eSun PLA+, MatterHackers PETG, and SunLu PETG.  Of the three, the SunLu PETG was both the strongest and the most consistent, although they were fairly close.  I filmed the experiment, of course, but I haven't gotten around to editing the video yet.  I've been waiting for a nice calm day to film a video about my bolt-action bullpup, but we've had a series of storm systems moving through, and so I haven't had a chance.  I can't complain, though, since the storm cells have brought some scattered rain that our county badly needs after a dry winter.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about making leather holsters.
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May 7, 2021 Update: This week I finally finished filming and editing my "Wasteland Shuffle" entry video, so I will probably upload that this weekend.  I also finished editing my website announcement video, so I'll post that sometime in the near future as well.   I got my bandsaw up and running with an improvised aluminum work gear this week.  I recorded video of making the gear, but I haven't gotten around to editing it yet.  And, now that the band saw is working again, I made a little bit of progress cutting up steel for the trusses that I'll need for my root cellar.  So, over all, I guess this was a pretty productive week.
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April 30, 2021 Update: This week, my horizontal band saw quit working, and upon disassembling it I found that the main worm gear was worn down to nothing.  I bought the saw new just a couple years ago, so I'm a little surprised they designed it with parts that would wear out so quickly.  Moreover, replacement parts are not available, so I launched a two-pronged initiative to repair it myself: first, I'm trying to make a new worm gear from scratch.  Of course, that probably won't last long either, but hopefully it will get the saw up and running long enough to finish cutting up angle iron for my root cellar.  Then, for a long-term solution, I ordered a planetary gearbox with the same gear ratio as the worm gear and a rated wear life that should translate into 30+ years of service.  The lead time on the gear box is about a month, and then once it arrives I will have to figure out how to retrofit the saw with it, but hopefully it will provide a good long-term fix.
Troubleshooting the band saw took up most of my time this week, but I did get my website announcement video filmed, although I still need to edit it.  I'm also filming the band saw repairs, and I got my red-dot sight back from Holosun this week, so I should be able to proceed with making my review of the sight soon, if the weather cooperates.  The weather this week has rarely been conducive to filming outdoors, with the result that I haven't gotten around to filming my "wasteland shuffle" entry video yet.
Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made about my attempts at working with cutting and polishing agates and other rocks I find here in Idaho.
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April 23, 2021 Update: This seems to be a week for remote matches.  I came up with a course called the "Hunters' 3-gun Challenge" which I filmed and edited, and then the day after I finished editing the video, InRangeTV announced their "Wasteland Shuffle" match, so that sent me shuffling back to the range to figure out how best to set up the course that they specified and what to run the course with.  I think I've figured all that out now, but I haven't filmed my run yet.  
I got the website for the Idahoan Show up and running this week ( www.idahoanshow.com ), so I plan to film a video announcement about that in the near future.  I also spent some time fixing my roof this week after the wind tore a few shingles off, but that project wasn't entertaining enough to make a video about.
Anyway, this weekend I think I'll upload my "low ammo drills" video.
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