Microwave Efficiency Tips

Ever think about how to save time when using your microwave? I do.

Instead of pressing 1-3-0 for a minute and a half, press 9-0 for 90 seconds. This saves a button press for anything between 60 and 100 seconds. Need 1:15? Press 7-5 instead of 1-1-5.

My microwave has a button labeled “Minute Plus,” which I always use when I need one minute instead of programming 1-0-0 or 6-0. If I need 2 minutes I hit that button twice. This button also saves from having to hit the Start button.

Do you have any tricks?

Thoughts on the New CrossFit Games Qualifying and Sanctioned Events

This new sanctioned event stuff is going to be interesting. Seems a lot hinges on athletes and teams having enough sponsorships (or crowdfunding? haha) to continue traveling to the events if they don’t qualify early in the season.

For example, if (what would be) a top 5 team travels to events 2, 6, and 10 and loses out to other top teams, do they have enough to keep traveling to some of the remaining events? How many of these events can athletes realistically go to and give 100% while also trying to fix their weaknesses, improve their strengths, not burn out, peak for the games, etc? Especially if they also have to do qualifying workouts for each sanctioned event to gain entry.

Or do we have something like the golf mini tours where golfers live out of their cars and carpool to tournaments each week, while also trying to get family and friends to invest in their dream by giving them some spending money? The big difference is that even the bottom of the pack golfers that make the PGA tour make a lot more money than any CrossFit Games athlete.

On the individual side, will athletes like Tia and Mat dominate even more because they’ll have all year to get better, while a lot of the other top athletes will have to fight through a bunch of sanctioned events?

NEMA 6-20

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I’ve never used this outlet in my garage, but I’ll be using it a lot very soon. It is rated for 20 amps at 240 volts and is called a NEMA 6-20. The outlet was pretty old, so I replaced it with a new one, which cost less than $6, including the face plate.

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What will I be using this for? To charge my Tesla Model 3! The Model 3 can plug into a standard home outlet in the United States, which is a NEMA 5-15 (120 volt / 15 amp). The charge speed is really slow though, only getting 3 miles of range per hour. A NEMA 6-20 can produce 15 miles of range per hour. To put that in perspective, if the car was down to 10% battery it would get back up to 90% in about 16.5 hours.

When I replaced the outlet I noticed that the wiring was only 14 AWG, which is good for 15 amps at 240 volts. It should be using 12 AWG for 20 amps, so we’ll see what kind of charging speed I get when I have the car. If it’s only able to pull 15 amps, then the charge rate would drop to 11 miles of range per hour. Even that should be plenty of juice for my driving habits, but I’ll have to see.

I could always reroute an existing 30 amp circuit that isn’t used and install a NEMA 10-30 (240 volt / 30 amp) outlet, which gets 22 miles of range per hour. Or go big by installing a 50 amp breaker and a NEMA 14-50 (240 volt / 50 amp) outlet, which charges at 30 miles of range per hour and could provide a full charge overnight. If I’m really in a bind I can always drive over to the Meijer in Bay City which has Tesla Superchargers.

Tesla Model 3 Status

There has finally been movement with my Model 3 reservation over the last week and I got my VIN number yesterday. I should have the car by this time next month, which will almost be two years of waiting!

Ryder Cup Fourball

I’ve often reminded of a post I wrote in 2004, explaining the differences between golf scrambles and best ball tournaments. The names are still so confusing. To make it even worse, in the Ryder cup, two teams of two playing best ball is called fourball!

A fourball match is also a competition between two teams of two golfers, but all four golfers play their own ball throughout the round rather than alternating shots. The better score of the two golfers in a team determines the team’s score on a particular hole; the score of the other member of the team is not counted. Each hole is won by the team whose individual golfer has the lowest score.

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Not confusing at all, right?!