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stove-top coffee roasting

Last July I put up a detailed post describing my home coffee roasting process. I am still roasting the same way and won’t repeat that post here. Go there if you want to know step-by-step how to purchase green coffee beans and turn them into wonderful, fresh coffee to suit your own tastes. coffee roasting at home What I am adding with this post is a link to my Vimeo channel where I published a short video clip of the process. Ted roasting coffee beans on gas burner Vimeo is kind-of a liberated YouTube; minus the agenda, censors and big brother aspects. It has the free version that I am currently using and several upgrade levels. I do not appear […]

loyal mug

I have a favorite coffee mug. A couple of days ago, I realized it has been my favorite for a long, long time… that is, in coffee mug years. My daughters invited me to a paint-your-own green clay studio back in February ’99. How do I remember when they did that? It says so on the cup I painted. The shape of the lip, and grace of the cup is crucial. The memories matter. The theme and art cap it off. Can you imagine being loyal to a coffee mug for 18 years? Heck, in our disposable society, almost nothing remains in our lives that long. In my world, it is not alone. Grandpa Herb demonstrated to me: Get quality. […]

my first 1K

I thought of myself as a 600-yard rifleman. In DCM, CMP and NRA High Power competitions, the 600 yard target we shoot at is labeled “MR1”. That stands for “medium range”, standard target. Thus I don’t get an inflated ego from hitting that sucker on a known-distance course of fire. Upon selling The Gentleman Farmer business I owned/operated for 22 years, my gold watch was a nice trombone and a nice rifle. Two tools I had long wished for but never afforded (best boss I ever had). My AR-10 and I are awesome at a known distance of 200 yards and quite clearly effective at measured and marked 600 yards. Of course only paper targets are going to present themselves […]

Friday evening meeting in Hamilton, MT

Local Libertarians will be gathering from 5:00-8:00 this Friday evening, May 12th, at BJ’s restaurant in Hamilton. Join us to answer the following burning questions. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What does a Libertarian look like? How do they talk? What do they eat? Who are their friends? Come see this Friday evening in Hamilton, Montana. In the middle of our unscripted, informal gathering we will have a live national libertarian discussion via Internet. Here is a .pdf of the poster:Kibbe Poster Hamilton

spring runoff – May 7th

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AWOL

Another week-long gap in my posting here. I’m sorry that you came here to find nothing changed. I need to do better at rewarding your visits. I will. The bus drivers are accelerating towards multiple precipices at breakneck speed while the sheep are not just enthralled with their bread and circuses, but enthusiastically cheering their exalted leaders and pummeling any who proclaim their emperors have no clothes. My mind is screaming: “It is right in your face. How can you not see it?” I get frustrated with intelligent people who don’t. They were given brains, yet they choose ignorance and blind faith. Give me another shot at sharing the news of the day as I see it, and my commentary […]

reloading 300 Blackout

I had to knock a couple years’ worth of dust off my reloading gear and a lot of cobwebs out of my reloading brain, but I reloaded a test batch of 300 AAC Blackout ammo up today. This is a new cartridge for me. It is somewhat young to the shooting world, but hugely popular already. Wildcatters cut down a .223 case, opened it up to .30 caliber and stuffed various weights of bullets into it. As often happens, gun and ammo factories saw a good thing and adopted it for commercial production. It is definitely a strange thing with big, fat, long bullets filling the top half of shortened little 5.56 cases while the bottom half is full […]

Is Long Hair Making Us More Intuitive?

 Back in the old days and the ancient times, many cultures embraced people with long hair, because they believed that long hair was a sign of strength and spiritual maturity. The Native Americans and the Chinese are just a few examples of the many cultures that value long hair, which was why the men and women of these cultures back then rarely cut their hair. Even though back then many cultures believed that having long hair was beneficial to the body, is there evidence today that supports the belief that long hair can make a person more intuitive? How long hair can make you more intuitive If you study Nature deeply enough, you should know that Nature would never create […]