Day 236: Moving a bucket of lava

Day 236:

It is too hot to carry. It eats the handle. Apparently the lava does not like to be moved.

I’m beginning to contemplate the idea of building some kind of rail system.

You’d think I would have thought of something like that a long time before, so that perhaps I didn’t have to carry bags of rocks around. But see, that would have been smart. And also that would’ve meant reinventing the wheel.

The thing is, creating wheels isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. It’s not like I have a jigsaw sitting around to carve the wood with. And I don’t have any engines to get a log spinning fast enough to smooth it. I could make a sand cast and pour an iron wheel, but that has its own challenges. For one thing, even the slightest flat spot can make a wheel useless, and for another, putting a flange on a wheel takes some special doing if one wants the rail car to not derail every time one goes around a curve.

And don’t get me started on making the rails themselves.

On the other hand, portable buckets of lava could come in handy. Like, could I forge things out of lava rock? Or dump them on zombies? I have so many questions and a hot bucket of lava (somehow it hasn’t cooled).

Day 234: Odd physics

Day 234:

Discovered that if I put lava in a glass bowl, the glass is fine, but if I put a glass bowl in lava, the glass bowl melts.

This place is so weird.

Trying a bucket next.

Day 233: more efficient

Day 233: On the other hand, any day that you can say “I connected two previously disconnected passages, thus cutting a good 4 minutes off of my commute to the dig site” is a good day.

Today is a good day.

Also, the egg white seems to paint over the map pretty well but I’m thinking flour might do a better job. I haven’t discovered any bleach kind of thing yet.

Day 232: Wet

Day 232;

Any day where you find yourself saying, “well at least it blew up the waterfall containment instead of the lava fall containment” is a day you don’t really feel like journaling about.

Day 231: More rotting meat

Day 231:

Let’s talk sanitation for a moment.

Standard sanitation in a cave is that it’s cold in here, there’s not a lot of air circulation, and things don’t tend to break down very fast.

Standard sanitation in a cave near hot lava is that everything I wrote above is not true.

So since the zombie attack of a few days ago was unfortunately close to a lava fall, I find myself hauling gobs of rotten zombie out of the area because whooeee do they stink.