Ted’s essays

ice dancing

Occasionally the winter snowfalls conspire to make walking around our yard treacherous. My wife responds by putting ice cleats on a pair of snow boots and switching to them to walk on ice and from them to climb into her van, enter her destination or go back into the house. I walk very carefully. For the most part, her plan is a lot smarter than mine. Old brittle bones break easier than what we grew up with and heal a lot slower. Being a gambling man is not very clever. On the other hand, I am also a solution man. Here is the harrowing solution. On a sunny afternoon with temperatures well above freezing, I connected a “blanket harrow” […]

Rx: approaching a fast

On January 1st I began a water (only) fast. I posted about it here: fasting instead of pharmacy Over the last few days I have begun noticing some of the health improvements I was seeking. I also, as I wrestle with fond memories of food and eating, have been thinking about why I am able to do this. My wife read much of the same information I did, decided to do a fast herself, then resumed eating after a bit over 24 hours off the stuff. What’s the difference? Among other things, this is not my first one. I have done 9-11 day fasts before and know I can do it again. More to the point I want to […]

fasting instead of pharmacy

I am once again making myself visit the powerful medicine of fasting. I have been waiting for my immune system to kick a few problems, but that has not yet happened. It is time to bring out the serious troops. Normies hie themselves down to the diploma-ed drug pushers who have an extensive cornucopia of drugs for every side effect they prescribe. That is unattractive to me, hard to watch in others, yet I understand the draw. I considered scheduling a 20-day fast in December, but there were too many engagements on my calendar that would sorely tempt me towards social eating. It would have made a challenging task even more difficult as well as being rather anti-social to […]

winter battery tool storage

Batteries have no love for cold temperatures and my Montana workshop gets plenty of those. My response has been to haul all my battery-operated tools along with their battery packs into my basement during winter months. That puts them where I don’t use them and adds a whole lot of inconvenience to their use. This year I decided to change that. I came up with an extra thermostatically-controlled seedling heating mat from my greenhouse and built an insulated compartment in my workshop shelving unit to contain the batteries, the warmer and a beer fridge. The mats are designed to keep pots of seeding mix at desired germination temperatures, but ought to work fine for keeping the battery compartment around […]

possible CME hit here December 1st

This could be an important event to prepare for. If a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (solar flare) strikes the Earth as is a predicted possibility, electronics could be devastated, along with our entire electrical distribution system. This might be an auspicious time to put some effort into a Faraday Cage or two … and employ them for electronic stuff you value highly. I don’t want to overstate the warning, but I think it prudent to put some time in Friday protecting our electronics and have at least half a plan for a complete grid-down power failure. Hope and Faith are not plans. – Ted – Thank SpaceWeather.com for this warning GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH (G3): Three and perhaps four CMEs are heading […]

FastTing

I am now certain that the ketosis state of fasting arrived this time almost immediately. In that phase, the body has settled into a ‘cave-man’ mode that can sustain it until the hunting and foraging delivers more food. For people of typical USofA lifestyle, that takes about four days on a diet of water only. I am now into Day 3. My bowel purged Saturday (Day 1). The low-grade fever that I have experienced around bed-time with every fast I undertook also began Saturday – which surprised me for arriving so soon. By Sunday my recently chronic congestion was reduced. I was somewhat disbelieving that I could be in the healing phase of ketosis THIS EARLY. Today, however, I am […]

Guerrilla’s Guide To 2-Way Radio

For my heading, I purposefully modified NC Scout’s bestselling book title that I am discussing in this post. The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio goes far beyond the make/model amateur radio he recommends in it. I and a fellow active licensed radio operator (HAM) took a local class from him a few years ago. It was extremely informative and valuable. I expect this book to have much of what we learned in that class, and quite a bit more packed into it. I have ordered my own copy, so this is a recommendation in advance of being able to review it, based on what I know of the author and of the subject matter. He created and operates Brushbeater […]

simple pleasures in the workshop

Once in a while I simply get lucky as a photographer. I suppose as a modestly inspired amateur, that will be the only way I get a photo that really tickles me. Below is one of them. At my skill level, getting the lighting just right to comfortably light the background while focusing attention, and projecting a welcoming feeling has to be totally a lucky shot, but this one speaks volumes for the shop guy, and the car guy in me. I briefly opened the bay doors to admit the Honda for its overdue wheel swap from summer to winter. The woodburner in the far corner got the shop heat back up to a workspace comfortable 45-60 in no time. […]

My 11-day fast ends with fascinating health improvements

My hunger denial system broke down last night. Fasting experts often claim interest in food goes away after a few days of fasting and that your signal to end the fast is the return of hunger. I was ravenous last night. I called it to a close. Eyes, ears, nose and throat are all much healthier than a couple weeks ago. My double-handful of belly fat is now a single handful. The following is straight from my journal/fasting log: Personally, I can no longer imagine going to a very expensive petrochemical pharmaceutical dispensing expert to passively ingest whatever expensive side-effect-laden concoction he prescribes in hopes of curing my numerous health imbalances – when my body is amazingly well designed […]

why reload your own ammunition

By the time you have purchased the equipment required to load your own ammunition, then bought primers, powder, brass and bullets, you will not have saved any money over purchasing commercial factory loaded ammunition. Trained snipers use commercial high-end ammunition made specifically for that task. Cost per round doesn’t matter, but repeatability, reliability and lethality mean everything. Hunters only take a few shots per year per rifle. They cannot make handloading pay off for them. Your typical handloader is a guy who shoots in competition. We shoot a lot. The cost-per round must be on par with the cheap ammo while the accuracy through OUR GUNS has to be nearer the high end. I shot DCM, then CMP, and […]

video gamer rules for life

I have a good friend who enjoys video games. He is active, creative and productive in the real world too. However he often shows me how gamers approach life and ‘meat-space’ (vs meta-space) quite differently from those of us who do not and have not spent time video gaming. If you don’t like how things are going in their world, turn the game off or start a new one. In our world, we figure out another approach for our life, the challenge in front of us, or the direction we were going, then forge ahead. We sometimes have to drag an old burden along for a while, but eventually pull our way clear. A new idea for a business, […]

clearing the air

For the last few days, the wildfire smoke around here has been rated “UNHEALTHY”. I use the site AirNow to verify. Click the link to see any city. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and relatives offer this advice: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure: Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Keep outdoor activities short. Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them. Everyone else – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure: Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard. Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors. Be active outdoors when air quality is better. […]