Not sure this would qualify as a 'recommendation', more like a snap review. I bought the Wonder Mill about two years ago. Wife has pulled away from gluten and I along with it for the usual health reasons. We still make some whole wheat, sourdough leavened loaves now and again. We only have run Palouse brand hard wheat berries through it. The literature clearly states a limitation on 'oily' or 'moist' grains, but non-wheat seed products are apparently all right; corn, amaranth, etc. It comes off the shelf about once a month when a couple of cups of AP flour are needed and the other grain contenders just don't have the oomph of a good slug of gluten.
Otherwise, it does a commendable job on them, makes a slightly courser grind on the "bread" setting then I would expect in comparison to store-bought bread flour, but it works. The product comes out disconcertingly hot, despite the instructions and ad propaganda stating that it will "Grind 100 lbs. an hour" "for 10 hours without overheating." Define 'overheating.' The output is very warm to the touch, but I never put a thermometer to it. I'm guessing in the +90ºF range. You'll want hearing protection if you're going to run it more than a few minutes.
Cleans easily, breaks down (except for the actual business parts) into smooth, cleanable parts. It leaves me wondering what moldy, savory bits are sleeping in the actual guts of it. I just run a half cup of berries and toss the first output.
Feels good to know it's up in the pantry storage, ready for duty, better than needing and not having. In retrospect, I might have chosen a manual/external drive motor brand.
When I bought our 5 acres, there was a very active game trail that ran right in front of the buliding site. The deer would saunter by, followed closely by coyotes who would pause and look at me with the "what the hell are you doing here?" look. Hence, "Coyote Way". I wish I could attribute some mystical Carlos Castaneda type meaning to it, but it's been more like the Simpson's and Johnny Cash's take on mystical coyotes. Every once in a whistful while I'll refer to it as Rancho Malario, a hat's-off to Firesign Theater, my wife playing Bunny Krumhunger to my Buzz; leaving anyone under the age of 60 with a puzzled look.
An editor, grammarian and a linguist walk into a bar. The bartender says, "what is this, some kind of joke?"
A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.
A bar was walked into by the passive voice.
An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.
Two quotation marks walk into a "bar."
A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.
Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.
A question mark walks into a bar?
A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out-we don't serve your type."
A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall but hoping to nip it in the bud.
A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.
A synonym strolls into a tavern.
At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar-fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.
A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute little sentence fragment.
Falling slowly, softly falling, the chiasmus collapses to the bar floor.
A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.
An allusion walks into a bar, despite the fact that alcohol is its Achilles heel.
The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.
A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned by a man with a glass eye named Ralph.
The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
A dyslexic walks into a bra.
A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.
An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.
A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.
A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar, and the bartender nearly chokes on the irony.
Zero moving parts. My bet it yes, static is better. Probably a lot more durable if you have to tote it around in a briefcase and such. I replaced the HD in my graphics workstation with one about a year ago, they're a lot faster too. I bought a Samsung model that came with it's own downloadable data transfer app that made setting it up pretty brainless, which suits me well for some reason...
I used to use all static storage for long term archiving before cloud storage became affordable. Keep in mind that even static memory can fail, get lost, stolen, burned, fill-in-disaster-here. If your work is valuable, and I'm sure yours is, you need to protect it.
How about "none of the above?" My side job is freelance graphics, mostly commercial stuff like product data sheets, marketing stuff, short training videos for small manufacturers in my industry. I use Adobe Creative Cloud which is a wicked good deal if you use it a lot. Adobe CC membership also gives you a really large 100 gig storage. I make enough by freelance that it pays for the $29.99/month account, which includes every Adobe application.
I also use MS OneDrive. A free account gives you another email address and 5GB free storage. You can get 100GB for only $1.99 a month. I have the Personal account plan which is $70 a year, that's 1TB.
A 1tb static drive at Wallyworld is less than $50, but if you're always working on different platforms in a lot of different places (I use two desktop stations, a laptop, a tablet, and a phone), then the Adobe CC/OneDrive really comes in handy. Unless Microsoft burns the ground, I'll never lose my work. When you're logged on and working in any MS app, your work is continuously saved, you're never more than a few keystrokes behind the save. Sending secure OneDrive and ACC links is a LOT easier than trying to send whole files, especially RAWs. Same with ACC, just send the link. I just checked my storage; with everything I keep in OneDrive, I'm using about 350GB of my 1TB plan. I have backups from computers I had 15 years ago. I'll probably increase that this year with some new accounts and more video work, but I'll be dead before I bottom it out.
Edit: Went to OD and checked, I currently have 1,195 Photoshop RAW files for a total of 29.9GB of memory.
I know a lot of Permies are on strict/limited budgets, so am I, but the side work pays for it and covers my photography addiction.
I've been thinking about a book project myself. I'm cruising into slightly early retirement and I've had a project on my mind for a couple of years. I thought about the same thing. Answer: You have to ask. Some tips to getting someone to write a foreword.
denise ra wrote:Eric Thomas,
How are the soles of your muck boots holding up? The soles of the Bogs muck boots I have wore out quickly.
Well, two weeks of almost daily wear in +90º F and humid weather, I rather like them. Soles seem to be wearing well but I'm really impressed with the fact that they breathe and unless I'm in the direct sun they're quite comfortable. No more foot sweat than a pair of athletic shoes. More expensive than the ones Anne opened the thread with (about $159, with tax) but they seem to be made of the same breathable material with a wicking liner. I have a fused 1st phalangeal joint in my right foot, that seems to be the only hindrance to full comfort but it's not the end of the world. I expect to get quite a few years out of them.
I just ran into a kid at the local store who was recovering from a copperhead bite. He said he took 8 doses of antivenom at $8,000 a pop, plus the LifeFlite, ER, transfusion, etc., said the total tab was a couple of hundred thousand. The most expensive boots are cheap insurance if you're mucking around rocks, ditches, and brush.
Sounds like a great opportunity to experiment with both Kim. The whole medicinal herb thing is a rabbit hole I only recently jumped down, after a bout with cancer (I won) and hypertension on top of it. Can you zero in on "weird"? As in psychotropic weird?
I recently posted this about Immortality Herb (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), or Jiaogulan. The plant is growing slowly and not large enough to pull any leaves off yet. Some of the published data show that it was tested and found to be about 85% as effective as the top-selling BP med. As soon as I can pull some leaves off it I'm going to try it. Sedentary lifestyle brought on by temporary career choice, some fairly serious medical issues unrelated to BP but aggravating it nonetheless, have caused mine to go up a lot more than I like. Has anyone else had any experience with this plant?
Ah...rather well considering I've only had them for about 2 weeks. I'm wearing them a couple of times a week but I'll be taking two weeks of working staycation here at the ranch and I'll probably be wearing them every day. I'll pay attention and keep you posted.
You called them 'muck' boots which to me denotes a pull on, solid top boot. These have a zipper on the inside backed with the same material so they're waterproof.
We've had three snakebite deaths in OK already this spring, folks are saying it's a "snakey" year. I've seen two copperheads already this week. Broke down and bought these at Bass Pro Shops. ROCKY Timber Prowler Snake Boots for Men
I had to buy a half-size larger because they seem to run a bit smaller than the stated size. Wear them for hours with cotton socks in Oklahoma heat and my feet don't even start to sweat, very breathable but still waterproof. Frankly, I was very surprised. I was pumping out the excavation for our new root cellar and slipped in a little to far. I can attest to their waterproofness and our sticky superglue clay hosed right off. A little on the stiff side, I'm hoping the break in a little with wear but still comfortable. Highly recommended
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Bryant, I think I recall reading or watching a little documentary how that commercial with the indigenous man shedding a tear over litter, was big industry's (was it soda pop manufacturers?) way of shifting the blame for refusing to allow bottle deposits and finding ways to encourage recycling to blaming consumers for littering. It was an interesting commentary, really. I don't know a lot more about it than this vague recollection which probably has some of the details wrong. Though I was rather surprised because I was truly touched by that commercial myself.
You're thinking of Iron Eyes Cody, who was actually Espera Oscar de Corti, pretty much 100% native...Italian. But the ad had a lot of "punch" and I remember it well. We used to have a program here in road-trash capital of the US, Oklahoma, called "Don't Lay That Trash On Oklahoma", you called a hotline and got a recording of Reba McIntyre saying "Tell me who's laying trash on Oklahoma!?!!" You could report someone tossing/dumping an dthey got a form letter from the governor. Along with a really comprehensive program of TV spots, school seminars and such, it really had a measurable effect on the amount of trash you saw. Then, of course, they stopped it for whatever reason and it seems like it's as trashy as ever. Funny, because Tulsa is probably one of the cleanest cities in the country, 10 minutes out of town.....not so much.
It's a shame all around. All you can really do is your little part, in the FPH, the park or on the road.
Absolutely awesome. I'm building a platform for my splitter right now, This is definitely going to be something to look at. At 64 I'm losing the upper body strength and stamina to keep up with it. Thanks for posting. This was a forehead slapper "why didn't I think of that?" for sure.
Thanks Rebecca, I've read all of DtG's books and subscribe to his YouTube channel, he's awesome. We've already adopted some of the techniques since we have an abundance of large sandstone boulders on the ranch. I'll post a follow-up with pics.
Thanks Justin, now I'm pumped, I'm planting it in 2 weeks. Sounds like kudzu with benefits... Thanks for the warning and the good thing about my deal with Mephistopheles is I get to play in the garden! I'll post a follow up when it comes in.
Anne, thank you for your concern, I am indeed getting enough water because of an unrelated condition. I have a water glass within arm's reach all day. My interest is in indeed in the herb. I'm new to this, except for the old school herbs that were common growing up (black birch, willow, mint), I've never taken or had the time to delve into this area. Immortality herb seems to have a lot going for it. Lots to learn....
Thank you Justin, I'll watch this when I have a chance. I read that it had an 82% efficacy for reducing hypertension compared to 93% for the leading pharmacological. My hypertension is fairly recent, the result of a Faustian deal with my employer that lets me work from home (read: sit on my bum and stare at a computer all day). Before that I drove for hours all over the mid-West and ate a lot of lousy food in restaurants. Since it's mostly self-inflicted, it's going to be self-resolved. It's coming down slowly but surely with exercise and diet, but at my age I think I need a little help. I just got the plant, going in to the ground in a week or two.
Does it grow as annual where you are? I'm zone 7, cut sheet that came with it says it's a perennial to Zone 8. Also says moderate shade in hot climates, we definitely qualify as that.
OK, I diligently searched all the fora for any posts on Immortality Herb (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) and found almost nothing, which, after researching it kind of surprises me. Seems on the surface to be a right handy herb to have around. Does anyone have any experiences to share regarding the use of this herbal for the treatment of blood pressure issues? My doctor wants me to start a bp med, I don't; I resist taking any medication for any reason until I sort out the diet/lifestyle/etc. factors.
18. Vegetable and Herb dryer - Paint It Black, and No, paint won't stick to it, trust me, I tried. I grew potatoes in the two that I have (sorry, no pics), worked great, no bugs or rot. Both were from front-loaders and had an 8-inch tapered steel shaft coming out the back making it easy to spike it into the ground and stay put.
Ha! I actually had a raw egg in my pocket a couple of days ago. Decided to check the hen house (ongoing pest problem so I've taken to carrying my old trapline .22 loaded with birdshot), figured I'd collect eggs while I was there. Ran out of hand space, put one in each pocket. Inevitable happened, squish...
So that makes mine a 2. I had a picture of my hat tan ring, can't seem to find it.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I have conversations like this all the time at the farmer's market...
Buyer: "What's that?"
Farmer: "A carrot."
Buyer: "How do I prepare it?"
Farmer: "Add it to a soup or stir fry."
Buyer: "Uh, uh, huh? uh..... K. thanks. bye."
I really live in a different world.
Well, at least there's a spark of interest. How much effort would it be to push someone who has at least that smidgen of curiosity over the edge of actually trying to cook? I've been asked this so many times at the supermarket and it still amazes me. I always take the time to explain (usually to someone with a cart stuffed with Tombstone pizzas, diet Pepsi, and Cap'n Crunch).
My son is a chef. He used to do in-home catering for wealthy types in the city. He told me that he always had to check the ovens in these $$Mongo$$ custom kitchens because once he pre-heated one that (unbeknownst to him) the owners had never used, it still had the plastic wrap on the racks and styrofoam packing blocks in it. He says that at least 75% of the people he catered for never cooked anything in their over-the-top custom kitchens except coffee and in the microwave.
We had a group here in town that held free cooking classes for disadvantaged folks. They discovered that the biggest hurdle wasn't a lack of interest or engagement, it was a lack of basic cooking utensils. They literally didn't have a pot to...well...cook in. Once they equipped them with a couple of cheap pots and pans, a knife and a spoon, they went to town, by all accounts the program was a huge success. Can't get out of the food desert without a camel.
Just got off the phone with my boss, conversation was about just this. Jack Welch, of GE said "negative people are poison to positive people." Interesting article that was just circulated around our virtual office. The cost of getting rid of toxic people has a cost/benefit ratio that makes it well worth an employer to be motivated to get them out of the arena a fast as possible. Interesting note in the article, people who vigorously claim to be "rule followers" are usually not.
We have toxic people in our group, they just take on a different shape as we're usually not in the same shop or office, we actually see each other infrequently so daily, and frequent, communication is text/voice/email. I can attest that technology doesn't stop toxic people from poisoning the company well. My former employer (medium size corporation) had a "be nice" rule that was enforced by a retired Marine boss; get along or get out, don't let the screen door slap you in the ass. He had a list of behaviors that he wouldn't tolerate and if he spotted people being toxic more than twice you were GONE. If you had hard-to-get-along-with peeps you had to get creative in dealing with them without becoming toxic yourself. It was a nice, if boring, place to work.
I have a secret spot like that. OERB came in about 15 years ago and remediated an old oil well head mess (big poo pile of solidified crude oil). They do a really nice job, for free (..almost, 0.1% wellhead tax). You could put a nice bench there and sit, almost park like when it was finished. They planted a couple of apples and peach trees. It's out in the woods on an unoccupied 10 acre lot and I don't think anyone else knows it's there. Dwarf trees but still a nice little haul if you get there before the deer. It's starting to get overgrown now, I used to take my pruners and cut the saplings, not so much time for that anymore. Maybe this winter. Thanks, Big Oil.