February 26, 2009 11:12 AM 2/26/09

So I’m looking to move my weather center data collection off my old i1300 Thinkpad and I can’t decide if I want to use one of the more power hungry Sun U1 systems I have or get myself another Cobalt Qube system which would be quieter and use electricity but I’d have to spend money for. Spending money is not a good thing right now but I’d spend it in more electricity using the U1 as they are not exactly “green” systems.

Fire up the vacuum siphon coffee maker Igor! )
February 18, 2009 11:07 AM 2/18/09

Our daughter is sick today - she woke us both up at around 3 a.m. crying and then threw up at about 4:15 or so. Seeing as her cousins just got over the stomach flu I’m betting that we’re being hit by it now. Wonderful. :-|

I found out that there’s a local hydroponics place within 20 minutes of me or so. That’s actually pretty cool so I think I’m going to check them out this weekend even if I don’t buy anything. There’s also another one about an hour away that has fairly inexpensive kits. I’m mildly surprised by this but I guess things are changing.

It’s liquid out today so the rest of the snow is almost gone. I hope it stays gone but I know that it’s only mid-February so I don’t have much hope of that.

Blech. I hate dreary days.

(...)

I better stop before I start composing emo poetry. :-/


At least things are moving along in the house. I managed to get the main carpet vacuumed last night and it was fine until my daughter “decorated” it early this morning near the bathroom. Now would be a good time to pull it up and see if there’s a real floor under it or not.

I think the aluminum cans are going out this week. I don’t have the time to save them and recycle them myself so they just have to go. Just like a number of other things I’ve got.

Dammit. Grey days make me want to eat truffle pie and it’s free pie day to-boot. *sigh*

*orders the pie*

Checked into it and I can’t use the twist-off Bawls bottles I have to brew beer with. They just won’t seal properly is what I’m hearing. However I’ve managed to get the Guinness “rocket” out of their bottles in less than a minute per bottle and those bottles are nice and heavy regular crown capped bottles.

The message here is obviously drink more Guinness. ^_^
February 16, 2009 11:11 AM 2/16/09

So I’m pretty sure I have another kidney stone due to the pains I’m having today. They’re in exactly the same place and about the same intensity. Bah!

No big deal really. I’ll follow the same procedure as last time and the stone should break up.

My wife did some serious de-cluttering yesterday so tonight I’ll likely vacuum when I get home and then we should be pretty much done with the living room. She wants to do the library next. I argue that the kitchen should be next but in reality it’s pretty clean except for the wood floor which needs to be scrubbed.

Scrub a dub dub... )
February 10, 2009 11:32 AM 2/10/09

So I posted my hydroponics re-juvination plan to the White House website but haven’t heard anything. Frankly I don’t expect to hear anything but it would be nice if I knew they were at least listening.

I brushed by the plan in a previous post so I’ll step-by-step it here.

1) Purchase and empty old local manufacturing centers that have gone bust but pass EPA cleanup inspection.

2) Install large-scale hydroponic systems in them. Nothing “clean room” style but just good simple production tanks/pipes with standard plant bulbs.

3) Grow local fruits and vegetables all year around.

4) Sell those local fruits and vegetables at local stores that will accept them or local markets.

5) Invest the money made into building more hydroponic centers and adding off-the-grid technologies for powering the centers.


Now this plan does several things.

1) Local labor is used to build and maintain those plants.

2) The fact that they are local means the transport for the food uses less fuel. This causes:

        a) The food to be cheaper.
        b) The food to be fresher.
        c) More local transport jobs.

3) The hydroponically grown food is healthier.

4) The growing cycle is divorced from the weather. This causes:

        a) The food to be available all year around.
        b) The food to be less expensive all year around.

5) Since people can’t live without food it’s the one thing they _have_ to spend money on. The money spent for food from these centers would go back into the local economies in the form of jobs and suppliers.

6) Since these plants would be fairly cheap to build/maintian then eventually the profits will exceed the costs of the system and money would be available to put into something else. Especially if making them off-the-grid sustainable is made a focus.

7) The more our food supplies are off the grid the more divorced they are from our current infrastructure. This will help stabilize at least the food side of things in our economy/culture.


BTW this idea is free for anybody. If you want to use it or have the money/time/will to set one of these centers up then more power to you.

We need all the hearts, minds, and hands we can get! ^_^
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January 23, 2009 11:13 AM 1/23/09

So my wife and I are looking at upgrading our phones and maybe get Crackberrys instead but that’s an awful lot of money to spend right now.

Regardless I may have to get my phone replaced because _suspiciously_ it seems to suddenly reboot when tethered to my Mac. Sprint says it may be a “device issue” and to take it to a service center. *ahem* B-|

So maybe when we visit the phone store tomorrow I’ll have them look at it because I know they have a service center there.

More blah blah blah... )
January 22, 2009 11:09 AM 1/22/09

So I got a few more things on my list done last night but there’s still more to be completed. Tonight I will hopefully compress everything in the third bedroom so that tomorrow I shall be able to move the bedroom/office stuff that is in the garage into that room. Then this weekend I re-organize the garage (among other things) and move the compressed stuff out there.

It’s sad how long this is taking me - truly sad. I should have had this done the middle of last year. :-(

I feel so old sometimes because I’m moving so slow on these things. When I first became an adult I used to move quickly, get what I needed to do done, and then go back to fun things. Then for some reason I’ve slowed down.

The weight of age and the weight of myself. It almost feels like I imagined Bruce Wayne felt in the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. I used to be able to just DO all this stuff and now it’s like I’m a shadow of my former self.

I know I’ll get some of that back once I lose the weight but it’s more than that. Huh. Sounds like a genuine mid-life-crisis but late. Figures. I’ve been a late bloomer with everything else in my life. :-/

Regardless I need to handle the situation and handle it soon or I’ll wear myself down beyond the capacity for repair. And that would suck most mightily.

I need to get things in order so I can go back to the fun things. And I’ve got a _lot_ of fun things I want to do. ;-)

But then I suppose that’s true of a lot of people. So many hours are wasted by doing things that suck. Star Trek style replicators and self-sufficient power can’t come soon enough for me. Having those would reduce quite a bit of strife in the world in my opinion. Not all of it obviously but it would certainly but probably enough that we would be able to take a breath as a species.

Still working on the garden plan in my head but not that much more as it’s pretty much finalized. Now I just need to get it all on paper and then start acquiring/producing the materials. Yet another reason to finish the garage organization.

I really would love to do something like help someone build a hydroponics system in large-scale. I’d love for someone to fund something like taking one of the old empty manufacturing plants that abound in the Midwest and convert it for growing food hydroponically. I think it could easily be done especially if the building was not used to manufacture anything toxic. (The seller/donator would have to pass an EPA inspection on the building which I think they have to do anyway.) One of those single-story, long and flat, old-style buildings would be perfect. Put in a bunch of solar cells for power and LED grow lights along with the flood pumps and all the other stuff and you’d be able to grow almost anything productively.

One plant of that size could grow year ‘round and thus make money year ‘round. And in a declining economy the one thing people are going to need is food. You’d be able to under-cut the competition on whatever you could grow during winter, it would be locally transported only so you wouldn’t have any bug fuel costs, AND did I mention that it would be an insanely longer growing season?

Geeze. This is a great idea and would be perfect for a co-op of people to get their own business running. Get it together people! C’mon!

Because if you don’t _I_ will. ;-P
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