Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Monday, March 31, 2008Comments
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This was mentioned in passing last Sunday in church:Comments
Weaponizing the Pentagon's Cyborg Insects by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse
...in context of Revelation 9:3-6
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...war starts next weekend?Comments
Hmhm. Could be. We know Bush wants to invade Iran, badly, before his term is up. And this would give him nine months to prosecute the war before turning it over to McCrazy or his hapless Democrat successor.
No real time for more last minute preps now. What I've got would have to suffice, plus whatever else I can do before stuff gets tougher over here.
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Why Blog? Reason No. 92: Book Deal - New York TimesComments
I can't wait to see what Steve H has to say about *this*!
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Labels: felicity and jocularity
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I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign. This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don't. There's no dodging now. You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don't. You either understand who she is, or not. And if you don't, after 16 years of watching Clintonian dramas, you probably never will.
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Excerpt from Senator McCain's speech to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, March 26, 2008
MCCAIN: I believe we should close Guantanamo and work with our allies to forge a new international understanding on the disposition of dangerous detainees under our control.
Close Guantanamo, chase after phantom global warming "solutions"...that's on top of opening the borders to floods of immigrants, repealing tax cuts, suspending the First and Second Amendments and...
There are no Republicans running for President at the moment--with the possible exception of Dr. Paul who has not yet officially dropped out.
Update: For perspective, this is what is actually happening currently in the climate:
January 2008 has been an exceptional month for winter weather, not only in North America but across the globe, according to numerous indicators.
This carbon credit trading crap is going to be pushed *despite* the evidence, not *because of* it.
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Obama Bowls for Pennsylvania Voters--scores 37 (out of 200).Comments
He had better luck Sunday during a visit to a dairy farm, winning over a month-old calf with a fresh bottle of milk."
Too bad cows don't vote (yet).
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Friday, March 28, 2008
There is nothing more magnificent than an early spring day in Tucson!Comments
Today was my day off (lucky me with my 4 day work week!) and I was downtown again at the Public Works and the Recorder's Office moving forward with my farm plans. It was picture perfect downtown. Now I've got the windows open at my home office and the fragrance of jasmine blossoms is wafting through. The fountains in the side yard and back yard are trickling, and the birds are calling and singing. In a few moments I'll be changing clothes to go work on my home projects.
In regards to Dadcat, right now I'm still not sure what kind of time frame we have. *If* I have gathered my information correctly, this is a kind of leukemia that is not hasty in it's work. He may not ever see a "blast crisis", since his blood cells are not maturing at all. What will finally end his life is when they run out of blood donors that his body hasn't already developed antibodies for. This is complicated by the fact that he is O+ and is starting with a smaller pool of potential donors. I'm thinking we'll be doing well to see a year, although I recognize that mere months may be realistic.
So I'm going to try to pull myself out of grief mode and make the best of the time left.
Update: Not spring yet where you are? Click here, then click and drag: Flower garden
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It's not all that original to note that much of Obama's rhetoric is pretty vague -- often vapid. But I've begun to notice how many things Obama regards as distractions. When he labels a given issue a 'distraction,' he's saying that someone is whipping up a an issue from whole cloth simply for political gain.
Ace-- Distractions Distracting You to the Point of Distraction
Hillary's dodge was always to claim she couldn't talk about scandals, as they were under investigation, and then, after the investigation had been completed, and had by no means cleared her, simply failed to produce criminal charges, state "All these questions were answered long ago," apparently forgetting that she had always refused to answer any of these questions long ago.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Here is where the rubber meets the road.Comments
Do you believe what you believe? Does faith inform your walk, or do you trust your eyes?
When your narrow path along the mountainside ends in a chasm, do you have the faith to step boldly onto the bridge that no eyes can see but that your faith informs you is there, and which leads to that pleasant land on the other side?
Or do you tremble, with knees knocking, clinging to the crumbling edge, peering at the abyss below?
Peter got out of the boat and boldly walked toward Jesus across the water. But when the tumultuous waves caught his eyes and he took them off Jesus, he began to sink in dismay.
Oh Lord, what you ask of us!
Update: and by this, I mean myself as someone who is walking along with the one who must cross. My father is a bit more peaceful about it. I will be left behind, and I will not be able to see until I too must make that crossing. And I am crushed.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.
When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
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My parents got the news this afternoon.Comments
It means my papa is going home sooner than I thought or wished.
I don't know what I'm feeling right now.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Accidental discharge of US Airways pilot's gun under federal investigationComments
Federal authorities and Tempe-based US Airways Group Inc. are investigating the accidental discharge of a pilot's gun during a March 22 flight.
How much do you want to bet the gun in question was a Glock?
Stupid gun design...
Oh and by the way? There is no such thing as "accidental discharge" of a firearm. The only term that applies is "negligent discharge", meaning the gun was mishandled.
Update: In reading further I see that the pilots may only carry government-issued firearms with a locking device that may only be disengaged when the pilot is in the cockpit with the door closed (probably some stupid special key..) So-o, if it *is* a Glock, we can't blame the pilot for his poor choice of firearm.
Update 2: Ok I found the make of the government-issued firearm. It is a Heckler & Koch .40-caliber pistol. Unfortunately I don't know a thing about this make and will have to do further research (unless one of my readers can tell me if it has a Glock-style non-safety).
Update 3: There were three models that were chosen by the Department of Homeland Security from H&K, and of the three, at least two--the P2000 US and P2000 SK do not have external safeties! In other words, just like the damnable Glock.
There ya go. Shoulda chosen a 1911.
UPDATE Final: Michael Bane has a thorough discussion of the incident here. As it turns out it was a combination of a lack of external safety and the stupid locking mechanism that the TSA decided was necessary as a "safety" measure that were the major contributing factors to this incident.
Not a joke--this is the actual required holster:
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At the link is an interesting post about the importance of dietary fat. I know this, but there is a lot of propaganda being foisted on us by health care professionals that warns of the supposed dangers of low carb diets. What they fail to recognize is that a low carb diet is not supposed to be high protein, but rather high fat. Their dire warnings take on the air of desperate bullshit when they deliberately overlook this important detail.Comments
Yes, a high protein diet that is low in carbs *and* fat is debilitating. But that is not Atkins. Low carb, modest protein and high fat (up to 70% intake from fat) is the diet that will work to lose weight, or alternatively will provide for a long-term healthy lifestyle.
There's a bunch of good research gathered up here:
Back Across The Line: Rabbit Starvation Syndrome
Update: On a similar note, here is a recipe for pemmican--60% dried meat, 40% rendered suet, and it is supposed to keep for years at room temperature! Must investigate this further...
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Is this hysterical, ironic, or "insensitive"?Comments
Stuff White People Like
Actually it could be better labeled "Stuff White Upper Middle Class Liberal People Like, Including A Discussion Of Their Anxieties and Guilty Compensations"--all the more fun to poke.
Labels: society and culture
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...for being unplugged from much of popular culture for the better part of twenty years.Comments
Not saying it is not worth the price, just saying it is.
So I had no idea what I missed. Anyone know whether/where there may be a DVD collection of Freakazoid cartoon episodes?
Labels: art appreciation
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I may have linked this site before, but it was before I was using the 'labels' feature to keep track of these resources.Comments
Utterpower.com-- Alternative energy solutions, with a focus on equipment you can maintain and rebuild yourself!
I again came upon this page after a search for Listeroid diesel engines. Low rpm, high efficiency, ultra reliable and built for the competent DIY'er.
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Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts - International Herald TribuneComments
To achieve the change the country wants, he says, 'we need a leader who can finally move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, independents and Republicans together to get things done.'
Big Things. A 'progressive' who wants to do Big Things.
Obama's rise has been built in part on the idea that he represents a break with the established identities that have defined many of the nation's divisions. To many, he embodies a promise to bridge black and white, old and young, rich and poor - and Democrats, Republicans and independents.
Look, crypto or not, *any* left leaning politician who wants to do BIG THINGS with the power of government sets off EVERY DAYGUM ALARM BELL IN THIS HERE CONSERVATIVE CAT!!!!
Small things. Please. If you can't do nothing at all, do small things. Microinitiatives. Despite their nature as transparent pandering, Clinton's microinitiatives were on balance a Good Thing, because they kept him busy speechifying and looking important without any Big Things being done to hurt people.
Gridlock is good. Repeat after me people: Government Gridlock Is Good!
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Teh me, according to Pretty Lady:Comments
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The state Transportation Board unanimously approved a motion dropping the two potential San Pedro River valley routes east of Tucson during a meeting here today.HalleLUjah!! Now this NIMBY can sleep in peace,.
More here (free login required). On the map below it is routes 2 and 3 that were eliminated. This leave routes through Aravaipa Valley and Avra Valley. Of the two I strongly favor the westerly route, as it actually will do something good for the Tucson metro area, even though it adds a bit to the travel time for cross-country traffic (oh well). The easterly route still impacts some sensitive areas, and I am disappointed that the route through Safford was eliminated in an earlier phase of study, as I'm sure that was seen as a good thing to a lot of people there. They've been wanting a better highway connection to the rest of the state for a while.
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I swear ta gawhd, when Daisycat gets to heaven and the angel Gabriel presents her mansion, she will find it...inadequate. She exhausted me from turning down house after house this morning and early afternoon, so she went out alone later in the afternoon to look at another one, a new one. This one she liked. Of course. Just like last week, when I'm not there the house seems wonderful. When I'm there, nothing is adequate.Comments
However upon further reflection and review of the video she took, it was discovered that the wonderful new house had several shortcomings, not the least of which was a less than adequate kitchen, no ceiling fans, a universal and utterly banal brown vinyl wallpaper throughout the house, a couple of which would necessitate certain modifications immediately upon delivery of the house.
**Sigh** That puts us back to where we are with used models, only now we'd be paying a $10k premium for the dubious privilege of starting renovations with a "new" house.
Did I mention this before? I may have but I don't recall. We're working on placing a second mobile home on the farm for Daisycat and I. For the interim, we plan to live out there on the weekends. To reduce our commute time/expense we plan to make our guesthouse a weekday crash pad, and then rent out the main house. This will be until certain penalty periods expire on our mortgage and we can then market this property as well.
I went back to painting the guesthouse front bedroom. Last weekend I completed the trim on the closet and yesterday the first coat of paint went up on the walls. To the accompaniment of much carping and carrying-on, Daisycat did participate in wielding a brush for a couple hours in the afternoon. This afternoon I finished what she left unfinished and put a second coat on everything.
I also finished painting that mini closet in the back bedroom.
The jasmine and citrus are in full bloom now. It was after dark before I got around to picture taking, but no photo can capture the perfume in the air. Those of you who know, know. Utter ambrosia! And what is great about it is the guest house is directly in the path of the fragrance when the windows are open. I can never smell it in the main house because the wind is always wrong this time of year. That's another bonus of moving back there.
I must plant jasmine on the farm, even though I know I will have to carefully choose a sheltered location. It freezes harder out there than here in town and Jasminum grandiflorum is sensitive to hard frosts. Same for citrus. I plan to build a large ramada covered with clear panels that I can close in during the winter months. It will be a citrus greenhouse in the winter, and an open-sided structure the rest of the year.
The temperature difference between Tucson and the farm is almost entirely the result of microclimate differences. The elevation at the farm is virtually the same as here in town. But out there we are at the bottom of a valley. Colder air tends to sink and settle, and it does so, to the tune of at least ten to fifteen degrees colder lows on any given night. The other contributing factor to the difference is the "heat dome" microclimate that the city creates. It is enough to make the farm USDA hardiness zone 8, whereas our place in town is zone 9. By the Sunset Western Garden scheme, it is zone 10 instead of zone 12.
There is a plus side however. All of the deciduous fruit trees that do not get sufficient chill hours to bear fruit in Tucson are quite viable out there. Imagine if you will, northern gardeners, if you could not grow apples and pears and plums and cherries and...and lilacs! I know, I know, you'd gladly trade those for orange trees and palms. And me too. I just rue the fact that I cannot have it all.
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Friday, March 21, 2008
...this place is ugly!Comments
I stumbled upon a faded image I had created half an eon ago to use as a background but never did. So today while waiting for lunch to heat up, I learned a tiny bit of CSS necessary to stick it in place. Now my posts are readable again.
Whether that's a good thing or not remains debatable.
In other news, for those of you so inclined, I would appreciate your prayers for my father. He has been suffering from severe anemia, and is scheduled for tests to determine the cause. And Momcat is distraught. So we'd appreciate your prayers for peace as well as healing.
Update: it could be caused by a form of leukemia, thus the great concern.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Does *this* text show up?Comments
UPDATE: Not that I plan to be blogging long-term in colored text against a black background or anything.
Next task--find the background color tag (or find where it is **supposed to be**, and fix it.)
A-and find where th' sam-hill I stored that snazzy alternate banner back when I last worked on this project! That new one up there is nice, but I had a better one in mind.
Labels: blogger hell
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...is this thing on?Comments
Update: Urm, nope.
Well it looks like I have this auditorium all to myself for the moment. Seems I've got a missing tag, or extra tags somewhere in my template. When I turn on the main body section I get a wonderful load of garbage on the screen. I've still got control of the top section however. Maybe this weekend I'll finally have time to track down what's going on. This place is overdue for a face-lift, but a "closed" sign will have to do for now. Half the images I want are at work, and the other half are here at home. Every daygum time I try to start on this project I find I'm missing what I need.
In the mean time, my use of that top section for "pseudo-blogposts" seems to have garnered a reaction. Or not. It seems rather improbable that it is in fact a reference to moi, since I am just a regular, modest, mild-mannered, salt-of-the-earth Republican sort, who's distrustful of communists, multi-culti racism, heavy-handed government "solutions" to people's private personal problems, and who just wants to be left the hell alone, both by government goons and by other meddling, nattering, nanny-statist, preachifying do-gooders. (And as an unrelated side note, let's not forget this is a BDS-free zone. That applies strictly to the comments section. I, on the other hand, am free to engage in some experimental BDS from time-to-time here whenever I'm trying on various tin-foil hats for size.)
I did larf mightily when I read it however. Of course it is all about you dear. I'm happy to be a stand-in for HIM. That way I know your love/hate is genuine.
Well, there's half a dozen posts I have not written here in the meanwhile. Perhaps I should just keep writing when the spirit moves, and publish later when I get my new template up and running. I cut/pasted that link to the Obamessiah's pastor video into a new post, and for further reading, Little Miss Attila has been on a tear on this topic lately. I've got a bunch of comments I've left on her posts.
I'm really not "extreme" on this topic. I do think the Republicans have been doing rather a bit much hooting and hollering about Wright, given the fact that we have such gems as the late Falwell, Hagee, Pat Robertson, and others to provide us with eye-popping quotes from time to time. My biggest concern about Obama is not the "racism by association" problem that his long-time pastor creates for him, but his far more troubling crypto-communism.
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...just as ugly as white racism.
Labels: society and culture
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Monday, March 17, 2008
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
"...and I shall have some peace there,
For peace comes dropping slow..."
Does any one else know that it is this way? Has any one else felt peace come this way?
Peace takes time to arrive. When a place has peace, it does not automatically confer it upon the harried refugee who comes into the place. It comes slow. Over a period of days. Or more.
I read that Hana had this kind of peace. 99% of the harried tourists passing through never know it. I never knew it, for our time there was too short--an evening and a morning, and accompanied by someone who was miserable. It never came.
I will arise and go...and go to Innisfree.
...or whatever name I shall call it by.
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...who shall I piss off today?Comments
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Wondering what could possibly push the cost of a quart of wheat up to the equivalent of a day's wages? Try this on for size:Comments
Scientists warn of wheat disease
Ug-99 is a form of black stem rust that prevents wheat taking up nutrients and can wipe out whole harvests.
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...to "Get Out Of Dodge" early?Comments
Flu outbreak could put big cities on lockdown
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The Ides Of MarchComments
An investment banking insider tipped me that there will be perhaps as many as five more "margin calls that can't be answered" next week. Three names mentioned as possibly getting the dreaded call are Goldman Sachs on Tuesday and both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers on Wednesday--on the same day that each reports their first quarter earnings. The word on the street is that all three may need to be bailed out, to varying degrees. Who is standing in the wings to bail some of them out? Credit Suisse and some other big European banks. At the end of next week there may be even more unanswerable margin call news, for US Bank and Washington Mutual. Oh yes, and rumor also has it that Wells Fargo sold some its tangible assets--including some that date back to the 1850s--in order to meet its margin call on Friday.
If you're invested in a hedge fund, you're trading with money that, in theory, you can afford to lose. I was probably shafted by one or more of these funds or related investing strategies when the system I was trading a year ago went tits-up. So F@cke em! Am I bitter? Yeah, a little. Do I have cause to be? Maybe not. *In theory* I was trading with risk capital myself, but it hurt, *hurt* to lose my stake nonetheless, and a little schadenfreude is my just desserts. Screw 'em all. Let their stake evaporate. Probably serves them right.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Solar battery charger for lead-acid batteries. About 150w maximum input.Comments
For NiMH cells sizes AAA thru D.
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I vaguely knew that mesquite beans were edible, but I did not know how very nutritious they actually are: "...mesquite pods (are) good sources of calcium, manganese, iron, and zinc. The seeds within them are about 40 percent protein, almost double the protein content of common legumes." And highly productive too:Comments
A healthy stand of mesquite produces as much food value through its pods as does a wheat field under cultivation, and the mesquite does it without capitalization, pesticides, fertilizer or irrigation and with minimal cultivation.Woot! There's the value of that "set aside" land. That means I have about an acre and a half of "permaculture grain field" already in place, and more yet that's sparsely vegetated.
There's also information at this link on other wild edible desert plants:
Arizona Indians Reclaim Ancient Foods
I just bought a jar of a special cultivar of the "chia" seed (Salvia hispanica...but I forget the variety name) mentioned in this article. One of my projects (or perhaps Momcat could take this one up) is to get familiar with it's cultivation in a desert garden. Another project is to actually try preparing the mesquite bean pods next summer when they begin to bear. If they turn out to be as edible as they are nutritious, there is a vast supply of survival rations down there. I gayrun-tee you, no one else down there is likely to realize their food value, and I could probably convince my neighbors to let me do some harvesting on their parcels too, if I keep my mouth shut about their true value. Barring that, the side canyons on state land containing mesquite trees, as well as state land in the mesquite bosque areas across the river will be free for the taking in a TSHTF scenario.
Update: Info here on preparing bean pods for grinding.
More info on collecting and preparing pods, as well as some recipes (including mesquite molasses!!) And it occurs to me again that coarsely ground dried mesquite pods should make excellent chicken feed.
(Note to Dadcat or Momcat: You might want to mention to Jack that he ought to leave some of his larger mesquite trees alone for this reason, rather than trying to covert all his acreage into labor/fuel/water intensive "farming".)
Update 2: 1) A portion of my "wheat field". Notice the sea of green extends far beyond my borders to the dry red hills on the far side of the river? 2) One of my "bean trees" laden with ripe pods. I'm seeing these trees in an entirely different light now.
And finally a thought I had driving home this evening: if the fructose content is high enough to make molasses from, then it is surely high enough to ferment a mash and distill an alternative fuel supply for when gasoline becomes too scarce or too costly. Combine that with a motorized bicycle or scooter and transportation into town is a breeze.
Footnote: It has occurred to me more than once that my approach to dealing with my perception of "hard times ahead" is virtually indistinguishable from the "sustainability" mantra of the eco-hippies. I marvel at that sometimes because politically, as a conservative libertarian I couldn't possibly be further from their communist leanings. If it were possible to be such a critter as a Christian libertarian hippy, then I'd probably be one.
The bottom line (and I've said this before) is that I am borrowing from the best of the hippies, the Mormons, right-wing (and a few left-wing) survivalists of various stripes, native peoples, and good old-fashioned country folk sense. I am my grandfather's child after all, and he did very well for himself and his family before, during, and after two world wars, in eastern Europe before WWII and later western Europe and then the US. Tinker, inventor, blacksmith, metalsmith, carpenter, farmer, soldier, saboteur, there was little that he put his mind to that he could not do.
I've got a couple of inventions in the pipeline--not really completely new ideas, but specific adaptations of general ideas I've read elsewhere. I am wanting to pull the information together and create a few posts that are as detailed as possible so that anyone else can read it and adapt it to their own circumstances, *AND*...so I don't forget. I've done that before multiple times--worked out the details of some invention in my head and on scraps of paper, (mis)filed it away somewhere and much later forgotten what/how I had worked it out. The three I have in mind right now are 1) a well-water and evaporative chilled "refrigerator", for when power to run electric or adsorption refrigeration is absent. This is a take on the old "well-house" idea for keeping dairy products fresher longer. I have no idea how effective it will be, but a preliminary SWAG suggests to me I may be able to keep foods as cool as 50 degrees in the early summer months and after the monsoon season, on nothing more than a trickle of (70 degree) water from my artesian well and a medium size solar panel running a small evaporative cooler. 2) An adaptation of a brief blurb I read some time ago about a parabolic trough solar collector that does not need to be pointed at the sun throughout the day. I searched high and low for this information recently but couldn't find it. So I sat down with AutoCAD and began drafting up a thought experiment, and stumbled upon the design again myself. The parabolic reflector runs horizontally east to west and is pointed a few degrees below the sun's zenith for that time of year. The collector is not a single point, nor a line at the focal point of the parabola, but rather a fin that extends from the center of the parabola through the focal point and up to a point about twice as far out as the focal point. This works, because the focus area line does not diffuse or wander too far from the parabola's fixed focal point throughout the day. (And at the equinoxes, it does not move *at all* from the focal line.) For this to be practical it requires a deep parabola, not a flatter segment, in order to keep the fin to a practical length. But it permits about 5 times concentration of sunlight on the collector fin, which can save material costs and increase the efficiency of the collector. My specific applications are for domestic hot water, and for heat storage in a radiant floor slab. 3) I've seen evaporative cooling towers described and diagrammed online before. And I've heard of the "solar chimney" idea for ventilation before. What I want to lay out is a combination of the two, together with a "wind catcher" to provide evaporative cooling of a whole house with no input besides the sun and wind and a stream of water from my artesian well.
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Another one for the "resources" category:Comments
Welcome to USA Emergency Supply
This site has a ton of useful information on food storage as well as supplies related to long-term food preparedness.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Wheat prices in biggest one-day riseComments
By Javier Blas in London and Isabel Gorst in Moscow
Hnh. Imagine that.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" Revelation 6:5-6
Nah. There's no inflation, and stagflation is a distant bad memory that won't be repeating itself anytime soon.
Meanwhile the Fed keeps pumping massive amounts of new money into the economy as the credit crisis continues to deepen and oil and commodity prices continue to rocket through the stratosphere.
Nope. Nosiree. No stagflation around *here*.
UPDATE: This is *not* just happening at the producer price level. Daisycat checked the price of bulk wheat at our local food co-op. It has gone up 50% since the last time we bought some a couple of months ago.
Update 2: Worse yet, we got a call back informing us that the order we put in could not be filled--the supplier was **OUT OF STOCK**!
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Monday, March 10, 2008
I'm posting a large portion of this article here because of the importance I attach to it. This is from Holly at Fulfilled ProphecyComments
The Other Bad Guy of Bible Prophecy
I read this a few days ago myself, and forwarded the link to Daisycat. But just a few moments ago Dadcat e-mailed me to inform me that this is the same Bill Hamon that he and Momcat encountered in Florida almost two decades ago. The hellish supernatural experience they had at that time led them to believe that his ministry is unequivocally demon-directed.
I have had alarm bells about this whole "kingdom now/dominionist" theology for years. It is beginning to become apparent to me what it is actually about. And as a sidenote to Holly's assertion about persecution breaking out, Christian friends, it is not against those following after this false teaching that it will break out. It will break out against the remnant, the true followers of Jesus Christ who will be marginalized and "demonized" by the leaders of this new movement. They will accuse us of rebellion against God's established authority when we refuse to submit to their hell-inspired dictates. And when all the world follows after the False Prophet as a result of the "powerful delusion", we will be left out in the cold as outcasts and criminals.
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation 13:11-14 NIVSigns and wonders that will cause people to submit to him...
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NIV
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Sunday, March 09, 2008
It certainly looks like and feels like, time is short and evil is growing stronger. So if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, should not we decide it is a duck.
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Say, do you guys keep coming over here to see if I'm jumping on the couch yet?Comments
Pfft. Fergit it. I'm not wading in. To me it's about having fun, not the political crap. I'm way *way* too busy to dick around. Sorry if that sounds harsh or selfish. But you don't know, really you don't. This is a project for people with plenty of spare time to devote. I'm keeping an arm's length until the shit stops flying and you all get it together.
Let me know?
Labels: tactical shooting
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Finally, a reason to start drinking alcohol - Yahoo! NewsComments
People who do not drink alcohol may finally have a reason to start -- a study published on Friday shows non-drinkers who begin taking the occasional tipple live longer and are less likely to develop heart disease.
One nice strong margarita or a beer or two about every other evening or so is my usual. It sounds like I'm doing just exactly the right thing.
Labels: health and lifestyle
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Friday, March 07, 2008
...of moths on the farm. The cold temps at night don't seem to adversely affect them. I wonder though about this species. The adults can't possibly be eating anything in the dead of winter. They're running entirely on stored reserves from their summer caterpillar form.Comments
Last weekend I all but finished my storeroom in my travel trailer.
Certain stuff is supposed to be stored in a "cool dry location". Not something that is always present around here. So I superinsulated a section, installed a small AC unit and a couple of wide shelves that can double as lofts in a pinch. Electrical work is still ongoing in these pics.
In other news, I've switched to ten hour days at work. This will enable me to take every Friday (or other weekday of my choice) off. The downside is I haven't had as much time to read around the 'sphere or even blog as much as usual. (Except for stirring the pot for my amusement--I seem to like that way too much.) Today I was back at the dubious, ardurous task of putting my financial records in order in preparation for tax time. I hate this, but I bring it on myself for ignoring it for months at a time. Somehow it seems less bad to suffer a few weekends one time of year rather than drag it out in driblets over the months. It probably isn't, but that's what I end up doing.
I'm also going to be back to working on the guesthouse this weekend. Pics forthcoming.
Update: What I started with.
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Thursday, March 06, 2008
Little Miss Attila has thrown down the gauntlet:Comments
What is it with some male bloggers?—'Too fat, too thin. Too out-of-shape. Too fat. Too buff. Too old. Too young.' (Oops! That last one never happens. Just trying to see if you're paying attention.)
Let's see what Ace and Rusty's co-blogger were talking about. (clicka, return)
Why yes, yes we *should* consider Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker the epitome of the gracefully aging Hollywood Beauty. And how dare we sexist pigs suggest otherwise!
See we're talking *celebrities* here--the people that see themselves as the Beautiful People, the Role Models For Us All. And as such, they are quite truly Fair Game For Critique. And if'n y'ask this hyar pot-bellied, redneck, gun-totin', male chauvinist dust-choked desert dweller, them two represent a look that damn well needs to be nipped in th' bud afore it spreads, heaven hailp us all!!! Rail-thin and bulging muscles and veins and looking entirely too much like a gay man's dream woman. GAAcK!
Once the ladies came out a-swingin', commenter Raven gave us this doozey:
Men have insecurities too as they age. Never let them allow you to think otherwise. Women may lose their looks when they age; men lose their ability to perform well...why do we think Viagra is the number one selling drug in the world? If we want to, we could exploit this weakness in every man...his softness factor. And with that comes the size factor. I don't give a rats ass what anyone says...men are terrified that women take note of these things...but we won't go any further with this until we see pictures of the guys
What you're missing, dear Raven (and Atilla), is that none of the guys commenting on Madonnabomination are celebrities themselves. Your point is quite moot. And unless they're taking potshots at your appearance, you don't really have a dog in the fight.
Unless you're projecting, of course. Then that's your problem.
But that does seem to be what is going on here. Too many identify with these celebrities and take criticism of the celebrities as personal criticism of their own appearance. If that's you, get over it. It isn't about you until you make it about you. And it happens to be well known just how brutal women are with each other when it comes to appearance, fashion, etc. Not to mention the reaming of the men in their lives they do amongst themselves. So I also smell a bit of hypocrisy in the air here.
In regards to the perceived "impossible standards"--Too fat, too thin. Too out-of-shape. Too fat. Too buff, you're hearing from different men with different likes and dislikes--there's no contradiction here. Whatever your condition there's probably someone who is going to find you hawt.
I prefer a bit more cush than some, and never did care for the bone-thin look. The thing is, these in question are not "making the best of" it. Sarah Jessica Parker is scary, and Madonnabomination twice so. You want a role model for a Hollywood Star aging gracefully? I give you Sharon Stone. *There* is a woman who is making the best of getting older. More here.
And yes, at 44 I have a belly that has not quite (yet) overshadowed my shoulders, and my 'member' doesn't always cooperate. Such is life, (and there's pills for that). If I wanted or needed to be more attractive, I know what I'd need to do. As it happens, there's only one person who needs to find me attractive, and she has no major complaints.
And on the flip side of that, there is only *one woman* whom *I* need to make feel attractive, and she knows well that I find her irresistible. The rest of you are out of luck. You'll have to find your validation elsewhere.
You will never change men. Not for the good anyway. Especially not this way. Those of you who just *don't like men* should just 'fess up to the fact so that we can draw a wide circle around you. The rest of you who generally like men despite our "flaws", well, we'll make you feel like princesses one on one. If you're special to us, you deserve it. But you're never never going to get men to stop thinking about, talking about, comparing, weighing and judging female beauty (or the lack thereof). It's hardcoded into the processor.
Oh, and Raven? I wish you luck with men in your life. With that approach, you're going to need it.
Update at Rusty's place.
Update 2: Commenter Jen sets things straight.
Update 3: Really, truly the last word--LauraW @ Ace of Spades
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...perhaps I'll eat myself alive.Comments
Labels: art appreciation
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Unfortunately it's not for sale...Comments
I nearly creamed when I saw this.
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Got an e-mail from my dear friend John this evening:Comments
You're a funny boy, Johnny Mac.
BTW, contrary to his claim, he has *not* won the nomination. He does not have the requisite number of "bound" delegates. Many of them are unbound.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008
...fails his saving throw vs. System Shock for Resurrection.Comments
Dungeons & Dragons Co-Creator Dies at 69
I couldn't let this pass without comment. I was a D&D'er for a number of years during and after high school. Over at Ace's place we're exchanging wistful memories.
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Sunday, March 02, 2008
Return of the perm: Big hair leads the Eighties' comeback | the Daily MailComments
Heh. Good thing. Me likey.
I hated it when big hair went out of style. All the girl's heads went flat.
Labels: society and culture
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