Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Friday, August 31, 2012
How is it these things are developed and I don't hear about them until much later? The damn thing is even "affordable"--less than a high end graphics card!Comments
Neurotechnology | High Resolution EEG | Neuroimaging
Check out the applications link also (left sidebar).
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Your Complete Guide To The Coming Fiscal Cliff | ZeroHedgeComments
Just another source of chaos, in time for December 21.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Semen: Nature's antidepressant? - The WeekComments
h/t to Doom
Another way to get Happy
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
My efforts so far this weekend in the workshop have resulted in little more than a trash bag full of broken glass.Comments
First, the pane I put up last weekend became subject to a misguided scrap of lumber that careened unexpectedly. It was replaced with the pane that had been intended to go up next to it. Then while cutting the aluminum frame on the *other* spare window, the saw blade bound in the kerf, the frame rattled and slipped on the sawhorse allowing the pane to come in contact with the sawhorse, and shattered.
Not to worry, I thought. Just cut a usable square of glass out of this frame and reinstall it in the (smaller) original frame. Good enough, except that the glass did not cut straight and instead cracked across the pane, ruining it.
Two panes in the trash.
I did learn a thing about glass cutting though. The surface you're working on needs to be absolutely planar and rigid, so as to avoid placing any strain whatsoever on the pane. Any stresses other than at the location of the cut can induce the crack to veer off across the pane and ruin it.
My good dear mother will be stopping at the hardware store on her way home from church this morning. Third time's a charm, right? Right?
Meanwhile my Subversive Tepary Bean experiment is going well. The beans came up over the week.
Besides the original watering, I constructed this Revolutionary catch channel to guide rainwater from its Capitalist Running Dog trajectory toward the Subversive Teparies, and rain this week watered the beans a second time.
The Anti-American Corn Plot is flourishing, together with the Fifth Column Blackeye Peas growing in their midst.
Comrade Clyde guards the Way to Truth.
The windows are up, the remainder of the east end (except for the door, trim and some caulking) is closed in.
Just in time for this little stormcloud that rolled in at sunset.
There is ample natural light at this end of the shop now.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Stupid F#ckers! Utterly irresponsible, retarded, Keystoneism!Comments
So The Cops Shot 9 New Yorkers?
Time for some serious gun control measures--for the police! How many more innocents need to die before we do something about these out-of-control, gun-wielding thugs on our streets?
Jeff Cooper, Where Are You??!
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
The wrong side absolutely must not win | Richmond Times-DispatchComments
The past several weeks have made one thing crystal-clear: Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
...like you've never heard it before:Comments
...was looking for some polka tunes and came across these guys. There's way more than you want to know where that came from.
example!!! (bwah! bwah!!)
It's sort of like what you get when you run a phrase through an English to Chinese translator and then back again.
Labels: art appreciation
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Answering my own question from the post below, it does appear that teparies are capable of bearing in 60+ days from planting. Frost sometimes hits here in late October/early November, so there is a chance these can set some pods before then.Comments
ECHO - Plants Adapted to Difficult Conditions - Tepary Beans AZ 89
Blackeye peas are one thing. They are grown natively around here. But teparies can bear with no supplemental irrigation after summer rains. I really need to increase my stock of seed to levels that will permit me to utilize larger swaths of currently unused land for food and forage production.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
I've neglected to post these regularly lately. It has seemed that small progress on multiple fronts was not enough to document. But then that is exactly the reason I started this series, to dispel the illusion of no progress when it is advancing too slowly for my impatience to acknowledge.Comments
Last weekend I finished closing in the south wall around these new windows.
The last thing I did this weekend was get the first of two windows installed over the doorway to the left.
This new panel covers the spot where a window used to be, and will eventually have a window AC unit installed through it to the west bedroom.
Removing the window and getting this panel installed took portions of last weekend and this weekend.
I cultivated the corn with the tiller again, probably the last time, as it is chest high in the tallest areas.
The blackeyed peas are growing well underneath the corn. The different varieties are showing slightly different growth characteristics. I am hoping the results will be conclusive enough for me to select a couple varieties that are superior.
With the new furrower attachment for my tiller that I bought on eBay, I cut furrows and planted Tepary beans. To me it seems too late in the season for this. I read somewhere that the O'odham do plant them this late. Perhaps this is in areas of the desert that do not freeze as early as it does in this valley.
It is an experiment. We shall see.
I had a minor windfall a couple weeks ago that permitted me to purchase several pieces of shop equipment that I've been needing for a very long time. But they all seem to come "some assembly required". Here is my new drill press, assembled from a drill press kit I received.
It comes with a laser guide to help center the work on the drill table. Also I purchased a drill press vise (hard to see in the dark) that needs a couple bolts yet to attach to the table.
This is a biggie, an AC/DC stick welder. Some assembly required--I attached the wheels and handle, and assembled the clamps. I still need to wire a 50 amp 230 volt circuit to run the thing, and I need some additional supplies and equipment yet, specifically some welding rods of various sorts.
And...the nerve to try my hand at this*. New skill, new experience. Learning to weld has been high on my list for years. I've been banging up my tractor enough lately, requiring trips to the welding shop for repairs, that I decided I need to be able to do this myself.
*(All my prior experience with electric arcs has been when something has gone quite wrong. I'll have to retrain my reactions, lol!)
Finally, I bought this bench grinder a month ago, and got it assembled and ready to use this weekend.
No, I'm not done with my shop shopping list. I need a quality bench vise yet. I've got my eyes on a 6" Wilton vise. I also need an angle grinder. Every welder I've known uses this tool extensively to clean up welds afterwards and prep the metal for welding prior.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Friday, August 17, 2012
I've seen this posted several places in the last few days. I finally clicked on it to watch.Comments
Whew! Amen Sister!
"You're not a nice husband!"
"Yes, that is correct. Thank you."
Labels: watching the skies
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Monday, August 13, 2012
El-Erian Warns Of Populist Anger ReturningComments
And what of it? DHS just put in an order for another 750 million rounds of ammunition to keep the serfs in line or shoot their sorry asses if they get uppity.
Seems like they are *expecting* something, nay planning for it!
Update: The fine folks in the comments sections at Zero Hedge are in high gallows-humor mode today:
The American People To Hire High-Powered Lobbyinst To Push Their Agenda
Also for perspective, DHS previously purchased some 400+ million rounds of ammunition for a total of about 1.2 billion rounds. That is enough ammunition to put three or four bullet holes in every man, woman and child in America. If they are just targeting the 25 million or so patriots that the Bill Ayers thinks need killing, that would be 48 bullets in each of our backs. That would be a tad overkill, but perhaps they believe Ayers was being too conservative.
We Are All Terrorists Now
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Sunday, August 12, 2012Comments
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
We all know that women tend to vote for the best looking candidate with the best hair. Given Romney's choice this morning of Paul Ryan as his running mate, who has it this time?Comments
Barry Obama and Joe Biden
Ol' Joe's got that great "used car salesman" hair.
Also their wives
Now having an attractive wife can be a mixed bag. Women tend to hate other beautiful women with a passionate intensity that borders on the psychotic. Witness: the ongoing hatred of Sarah Palin.
But on balance, I have to give this one to the Republican team. Their beautiful wives do not offset the clear winner that two complete sets of Presidential Hair provides them in contrast to...well...doofus and the razzle-dazzle man.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
DHS and US Military Make Final Preparations Before Announcing Martial LawComments
Confirmation bias perhaps, but I am not surprised. Nauseated, yes. Surprised, no.
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Single women inevitably have their lists of demands that their potential mates must meet in order to win their heart. These seem to change subtly as time goes on however:Comments
What I Want In a Man- Original List
What I Want in a Man- Revised List (age 32)
What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 42)
What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 52)
What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 62)
What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 72)
From the comments here
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Has turning on login made it impossible for people to comment, or has the cat just got your tongues?Comments
As for "how" it is just a matter of typing your comment and then at the bottom right corner is a box that says "post as..." Clicking on that box gives you the option of using one of about five different login possibilities. Use any one that you have and use, or create a Disqus profile. (Disqus is the commenting system I am using on this site).
If the comment box is not working for you, it is possible that you need to add an exception for Disqus.com for third party cookies. Disqus is "third party" in relation to this blog, as far as your browser is concerned, so to use the Disqus commenting system, you need to permit it in your browser security settings.
I really don't want to turn the login requirement off again. The site has been blissfully free of SEO spam and other drive-by disruptors in the last week or so.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Sends them fleeing for their lives.Comments
Continental Jewelry: The moment woman, 65, thwarts robbery on store after opening fire on five armed men | Mail Online
Labels: armed citizen
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Monday, August 06, 2012
...designed to get us to give up our Second Amendment rights.Comments
Sikh Shooting Ties Into DHS ‘Veterans as Terrorists’ Narrative
Sikh Shooter a Former Psyop Soldier Linked to FBI’s National Alliance
Eyewitnesses: 4 Man Team Involved. Authorities: Lone Gunman.
Who ya gonna believe? The government or your own lying eyes?
(Yeah yeah, it's Alex Jones, but only because I knew I'd find the story there...)
Update: Deeper goes the rabbit hole! One of the men killed this morning was the father of the man making this movie. Anyone who follows Tom Horn's work knows where **that** rabbit hole leads and why "they" might be interested in suppressing it.
They couldn't possibly have selected their target better, if the goal was to feed into the consipracy theories.
Jeepers! The stuff is getting thick and coming fast and hard. Can I dig a deep hole to hide in, and someone let me know when it is over? I know I'll hear the trumpet from at least six feet down...
uPDATE 2: For those of you too readily inclined to cry "tinfoil", I remind you that Operation Northwoods was real. The documentation was finally made public in 1997. Read the Wikipedia entry (linked) and follow the sources for yourself.
Done reading? Ok, any questions now?
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Sunday, August 05, 2012
The corn is growing reasonably well.Comments
I planted blackeye peas in between the corn plants last week. This week they are coming up.
I'm still seeing that weird problem of sickly areas adjacent to healthy plants. But this year I have an additional clue--the areas showing the most problems were hard packed when I dug them with the spading fork. The best growing areas had the softest soil So there is definitely a difference in the soil structure and/or composition that is behind this phenomenon.
Progress on the workshop walls has been annoyingly slow. Part of this is due to many fiddly cuts, both on the framing and on the panels.
I finally have some photos that illustrate actual progress.
I got these last panels up just as the light was fading this evening.
I have also been unwilling to let stuff go up without paint on the vulnerable surfaces--that is surfaces that may be exposed to moisture, particularly if I will not be able to reach these surfaces after the wood is installed. This has resulted in many trips to the sink to retrieve a clean brush, touching up some newly cut surface, then cleaning the brush again after use. Trust me, this is a time sucker when it adds up. Also the extreme heat/humidity means I've needed to take many water breaks indoors in the AC. I get less done in a day this time of year just because of that.
But it is looking like I may finally be able to install the windows on the south facing side of the workshop before the end of next weekend. There will also be a row of windows on the east side above the door, but I have quite a bit more framing to do before those go in.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, August 04, 2012
I rode it again last night for therapeutic reasons. First time in years actually.Comments
Those who know, know. I just had to put that title out there, because it is such a very apt description.
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Friday, August 03, 2012
Hat-tip to DoomComments
He's got a Motorhead version up. I like the original better, though the one on his site has better visuals. ;)
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Thursday, August 02, 2012Comments
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