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Ted’s essays

feeling lucky

Not in the way supercop Clint Eastwood used the phrase … No, I am truly appreciating the good fortune that put me here … and now. Not quite a year into The Great Cleanup And Rehabilitation of the farmstead and TODAY I got the Round Tuit designated to my workbench. Okay, it is a reloading bench with other potential uses. The trick was to lower my expectations. This one is “TEMPORARY”. That means it doesn’t have to be perfect, or even as close to that as my rudimentary woodworking skills usually gets. I do not compromise on the engineering. NOTHING I build breaks. Period. That would be gross failure. Nope, nope and more nope. But Pretty? Wuffo? Then I sit […]

ALERT: It is worse than hot out there

Many of us have noticed that the sun seems intense this summer. A friend who works outdoors says he actually feels the sun abnormally burning, boring-into his skin. Another friend called yesterday reporting that their sophisticated photographic hobby drone refused to fly. It reported that: the electromagnetic field was too intense for the drone’s controls to operate. That took him to the Internet for investigation. Which, in turn, set him contacting friends to warn them about this intensity spike in solar energy reaching us. The Environmental Protection Agency publishes maps quantifying the intensity of sun rays striking our Earth. Reportedly, some places in Arizona and New Mexico are currently in a streak of unprecedented ratings of 14! The two maps […]

independence

I came across the article below in Waking Times. It describes recognizing and escaping The Matrix that nearly all of us live in. I am somewhere on the trail from here to there; quite happy to be looking at the machinations and mayhem from outside the tumult. Not that I can be fully removed from, nor that it won’t take me along when it goes down, but I will at least understand where I am and why along the way. It is far more peaceful to know when to drift, when to swim, and in what direction rather that futilely thrashing and flailing. I have been pondering what I might post on our “Independence Day”. Of course I was […]

taking a break from hating

Sorry for the absence from posting, but I needed a break. It isn’t so much the ugly people sitting atop an empire distributing unending evil, but my frustration with the deaf, dumb and blind masses who think everything is hunky dory. I have to remind myself that even this is not a change, nor is it likely to change in any positive direction. Bread and Circuses is an ancient game. It seems to work quite well on the average Joe… and by definition, there is a helluva lot of them.

Radio Field Day at Hamilton Airport

Amateur radio’s biggest event of the year is this weekend all across the USofA. The main event is to encourage individuals, groups, clubs and teams to deploy their radios into “field locations” – that is, to set up and practice the use of mobile, temporary radio communication centers. Part of the game is to contest and see how many contacts each unit can make across the nation. That particular aspect of the program runs from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) typically will share contact information with other temporary field stations in 20 or more states during the 24-hour contest period. This also happens to be the weekend of Hamilton’s annual Fly In, which this […]

find your puppy’s adult weight

www.puppychart.com is a website for estimating how much your puppy will weigh as it grows into an adult dog. I’m tracking our mixed-breed puppy as he grows. Their estimates certainly seem reasonable. Our big-footed, lanky 4 1/2 month-old Shepherd/Pit is apparently headed to crest 90 pounds. The trajectory shifts a few pounds either way as I weigh him on his weekly birthday anniversaries. In his case it does not change the estimate whether I list him as a German Shepherd Dog or an American Pit Bull. There is actually little difference between those two breeds according to puppychart’s weight standards that they borrow from Wikipedia.

semi-auto mousetrap, Gen III

In response to what I have experienced as a chicken rancher, I just built my third semi-auto mousetrap. The first one had to be inside a chicken coop that had baby chicks along with adult chickens and roosters. I had to study up to figure out a way to eliminate a major community of mice who were eating chicken feed, drinking their water and, most importantly depositing mouse poop all over everything. The odds on their creating an unhealthy environment were very high. While the essence of this device came from other people, I adapted, adjust and re-invented it my own way. . . . . . . . One of the features I did not like from my […]

report from the mushrooms

I believe it is harvest time. I am not sure what I will do with them, but Here goes nuthin…