Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

my pleasure

Visitors to my website might assume I enjoy political activism, truth telling, railing against The Man and such. Not so much. I hate bullies. I do what I can to thwart them. But it is not for fun. Knowing who is doing what to destroy us and the Earth is the first step in fighting them off. I don’t know if we can win, but we most certainly cannot without a whole lot more people knowing what they are up to, and who they are. That is my chosen role. Again, not that I like it. More that it chose me, or I was chosen to play it. Now what I LIKE TO DO. I built this. I designed it. […]

fresh roasted coffee

This morning is the one where I savor the coffee I roasted yesterday. High-end roasters consider their coffee ready 14 hours after it was roasted and too old after 48 hours. I compromise by roasting about once a week. I don’t notice any degradation in flavor as the week progresses, but the day after roasting is deliciously exciting. Today is that day. My how to instructions: Text and photos of my roasting with links to suppliers.

interim shop tour

I am definitely not yet moved in to my shop. BUT I am able to get stuff done in it. I got far enough along to move to getting my studio, radio shack, music room and entertainment center setting up as a bigger priority. The state of the shop is: tour of interim shop from Ted Dunlap on Vimeo.

barn boiler

My barn shop has a huge boiler-heater-woodstove that strikes me as well suited for powering a freight train across the continent a century ago. I’m thinking it might be just a bit much for my barn, though with the hopscotch ceiling insulation, my little fires in the middle of this only get the workspace up to 50 degrees or so. The limiting factor in this installation is overheating the nearby sawdust-board wall. It has scars from prior excursions into the way-too-hot zone, and I did feel it too hot to handle when I had a cranking-good fire going one time. Thus I must settle for less heat and scheme on better sealing of the ceiling. Besides, when I’m working, 50 […]

sham poo

For most of my life I cut the hair growing out of my head before how I treated it could have much effect. I have not cut the hairs growing from the top of my head for four years now. I had to learn a few things about head hair as it grew longer. While you may not know why you have little toes, earlobes, eyelashes or other body parts, few of us cut them off. Yet most men today assume their head hair has no purpose other than serving as clay to be molded into shapes and styles that amuse them. Late 2013, I joined the small minority of men who quit cutting their hair off. We are not […]

arguing

Much of our society has been dumbed down below the level where they can have a friendly, civil, animated discussion with someone holding significantly different views from their own. Quite intelligent people with wonderful potential cannot speak to me because I don’t share their faith in new cloud forms, benevolent vaccines, trustworthy big government and so forth. What is it? What happened to the positive art of arguing? Worse, how did fear of divergent views become normal? Debate has a long history in advanced societies. Participants work to craft compelling explanations for their points of view. Audiences as well as the debaters have their views challenged; have to work through the logic and evidence supporting their convictions. These are good […]

metric Montana draftsman

Earlier this year I decided to give go at using metric measurements. That system has many advantages facilitating gauging and related calculations. For target ranging through optical scopes using mil-dots, plus calculating hold-offs and hold-overs, it is far more fluid than the MOA, foot, inch, yard system. Thus I have lived in a mixed-system world for the last six months. Setting up my new studio, radio shack, reloading, hobby area requires quite a bit of design, millwork and cabinetry … all needing to be done before I could have a nice mechanical drawing station set up. I am incredibly happy with the cheesy little 30-dollar “interim” drawing board I bought to draw plans for my drawing table and more. I […]

scat

Yesterday I found a carcass just outside our fenced yard. Our neighborhood has large populations of deer, turkeys, lions and bears. The prior owners of our house scooted quickly back inside when the little old lady stepped into the breezeway to face a bear and her cub. I added a six-foot chain link fence to encourage predators to stay out of our yard, but I know it is only a deterrent. A mountain lion could jump that with a deer in its mouth. My carcass find yesterday was a reminder. Later in the day I found this big poop. I admit I don’t know scat. But this one seems quite large … larger than a mountain lion. Perhaps a […]