Ted’s essays

pictures from our cold snap

I suppose if you grew up in Wisconsin, Michigan or North Dakota, this wouldn’t be all that impressive. But I grew up in coastal northern California and haven’t lived anyplace that touched yesterday’s minus 41 low, let alone today’s minus 28/29. Dang, that bites… Literally… chews on, stings whatever skin you offer up to it. Storm doors, double-pane windows … yeah, they all grow frost coats. My foresight to install wood heat and stock up on both free kindling and moderately affordable local forest BTUs is looking rather clever today… wait until the electricity shuts off for a bit. Wow! Genius!!! We took yesterday off from wood heat. It was just too darn cold to go across the yard […]

Ask your doctor if autophagy is right for you

I would be very surprised to find a pharma-prescription-writer who knew anything about autophagy, let alone about what a healing powerhouse it is. That would be a fun exercise to try out if you know something about it yourself. I have not eaten anything this year – I am completing my 10th day of a fast I hope to pursue for another 10 days. All motivated by autophagy and its almost amazing ability to enable our bodies to heal themselves – even curing things you did not know were out of whack. I was inspired by the impressively swollen lymph nodes in my neck. I resigned myself in November to undertake a fast, but decided I was going to […]

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 […]

Today is 123123

Silly, perhaps, but interesting anyway. Written another way it is 12.31.23 Remove the dots and you get 123123.

Bitterroot Band plays to seniors

We play for the joy of music, friendship and sharing with the community. Our video and audio recording equipment is very basic Harvey Homeowner stuff that does not quite capture the best of our performance, but perhaps you can understand from it what we are doing here. This was from our much appreciated performance at an old-folks rest home December 23rd. We read through an entire Christmas Carols song book, though I only share three of the tunes here. While our movie camera does have the ability to take stills while recording video, that feature was not used. Below I share a selection of screen shots from the movies. Missy shot nearly every tune, but that was too much for […]

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 […]

taking the CME warning down a notch

Today’s post at SpaceWeather.com makes the coronal mass ejections coming our way over the next couple of days sound far less threatening for those of you not operating satellites or ham radios. Somewhere in their publications or videos this morning I saw the phrase “not the big one”, which sums it up for me. All the things I ought to do before that particular one were just more than I wanted to squeeze into today. That is however a stark reminder that there are quite a few things that should be on my ToDo list, or rather in my case, higher priorities on that list. We’ll see. It is all most important, then again, none of it is. Enjoy the […]

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 […]

Sundews

Thanks to California Carnivores from my old neighborhood, I picked up a variety of insect eating plants. Expecting to enjoy their beauties and appreciate the insect population reduction for one summer, I have been pleasantly surprised to get several years from them. This particular bog that lives next to a south facing window in my studio is far exceeding expectations, surviving, growing and even reproducing well. Another bog garden is in its dormant stage now, but will likely be a fine pitcher plant in our laundry room again next spring. A third did not come back last year and will likely need to be refreshed with new purchases next spring. Sundews (Drosera) If an insect ever evolved the brains […]

Waves – best demonstration I have seen

Waves on bodies of water behave similarly to all other waves in nature. Understanding wave behavior is important to radio antenna designers; which is a role I dabble in, and aspire to improve upon. I am currently teaching a class on amateur radio to a group of future hams. For their edification as well as my own I went looking for the video below. It was hard to find, so I saved and uploaded it to my Brighteon video channel. During my search, I watched a lot of instructional videos on waves, and in particular on the electro-magnetic waves such as those that carry our radio signals. I have a lot to learn, and many of those were hard for […]

Updated 2023 Class Schedule

With or without my assistance, the text book is a good thing to read through in addition to online study. The textbook and my classes are intended to help you understand amateur radio as well as pass your Technician exam. https://hamstudy.org/ My favorite online exam preparation tool is HamStudy.org I highly recommend using their Study Mode and clicking on their tab to understand the WHY of each correct answer. This is the premier tool when the focus is to “study for the test”. Use their Test Mode rarely to get a snapshot of your progress towards passing the upcoming exam. This Internet site has also been the favorite of all my students. Use their TEST MODE rarely. It will cement […]