The only problem I see with Brave is that it uses Google Chrome's rendering engine ('Blink') as well as allows access to the Chrome Web Store. If you're going to use that to get extensions for Brave, it defeats the purpose behind de-Googling. There is always Firefox, or, if one has issues with Mozilla, the Firefox forks known as PaleMoon and Waterfox might be handy. (I use Safari, as I like me my Mac 'puters. Vivaldi is my alternative browser, although that uses Chrome's Blink engine, as wells access to the Chrome Web Store for extensions.)
Glenn Herbert wrote:I think if you want to get more heat to the workshop side, filling the tile cores all the way to the floor would be helpful, so there would be no more air spaces to insulate the wall.
If you only want to prevent heat rising in the cores, you could stuff the cores with rags or something... umm, maybe something noncombustible :)... and only need a small amount of grout above the level of the heater top.
Yes Glen, that's another option. I guess, full concrete blocks could be the solution, or shuttering blocks. Or pouring a big lintel, if i want to keep it insulated a bit.
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Satamax Antone wrote:Modified the stove again. Laid some firebricks on the whole front of the "barrel" To cut a bit of direct heat.
And the final answer is, yes you can make pizza in my rocket.
Here in New Mexico, fireplace flue vented adobe bench beds of various sorts are called "shepherd's beds." At the working historical museum, El Rancho de los Golondrinas, some have been reconstructed and are part of the education program. Maybe a revival of the term, "shepherd's bed" would be helpful. I'd rather relax on a shepherd's bed than any synonym related to rocket.
I gave my kids a pile of one inch PVC pipes with different connectors. I cut the pipes to certain length so if they make a roof with 135 degree connector the ends will match. They got creative and were busy for hours.
Dan Fish wrote:When I lived in Germany, new GIs were constantly plugging thier Playstations and Xboxes into 220v and soon after throwing them into the dumpster. My buddy and me pulled at least 10 out, and replaced the fuse inside and sold them for $100 each!
And that's how was able to afford so much beer, sarn't.
That story is akin to homeowners putting a push mower "on the curb" when it quits running. Someone else comes along and puts a spark plug in it and uses it or sells it.
I agree, the information is dated. It's the little mini-essays celebrating the philosophy of thrift, frugal living, and wise money management that are timeless -- and delightfully well written.
It's curious to track these same ideas as they keep percolating up through the excess. And not only the ancients of a hundred or a thousand years ago. Charles Long, Ernie Zelinski, and the "Your Money Or Your Life" folks. And online, Pete Adeney (a.k.a. MrMoneyMustache.com) et al.
Actually, it would be cool to see/hear Paul Wheaton and Pete Adeney shooting the sh-- and comparing notes over a couple of top-shelf pints. There is so much crossover it's insane, and yet their approaches are completely different. And they're both software engineers, hacking The System. Hmmm...
you can use double or triple fresnel lenses system making a small sealed furnace covered by the last lens, fresnel lenses can be made with a precision cnc over transparent laminate and you can use high temp epoxy instead common thermoplastic fresnel lenses, and also you can make curbed epoxy lenses (even watercooled filled with water and a pump) if you cannot access to cnc.
the walls can be made with high temperature epoxy coated mylar blanket to reflect the light to the furnace that can be made with magnesite refractory bricks, the darker the brick the better as it retains more solar energy.
if you want to make structural glass or make it less fragile you can pour some fiberglass over the melt.
with arduino clone board and stepper motors you can make a solar tracking system
Every year (unless it's been a particularly busy year) we make calendars for friends and family. It takes a goodly chunk of time, but because it's digital, it means we can do it once and print off however many are needed. One big effort, and everyone can be crossed off the to-do list. And just about everyone uses calendars. Also, we can include lots of tidbits about things we've learned that year. I started doing it many moons ago, with the cut & paste method. Remember that? Scissors and glue, not cntl-c / cmd-c...
Here's an example. Um, some months are less jolly than others. Depends on how we're feeling at the time, and what the news disgorges. But spring is always good for including stuff about permaculture, in an attempt to infiltrate my family's gardening habits.
A couple of years ago, I adopted a sad-looking little old tabby tomcat who had a very rough life before he ended up with me. He was picked up by Animal Control behind a shopping center, where he survived by foraging in dumpsters and begging for handouts from restaurant employees. He was tame, but unaltered, so I'm pretty sure he was dumped. The first vet he saw after being rescued guessed he was about 10 years old, but he was in such sad shape it was hard to know for sure; my vet said he could be as young as six, which would make him 8-12 years old now.
In the morning, when he's hungry, he could not be more affectionate. As soon as I'm vertical, he demands to get in my lap, where he sits up, throws his paws around my neck, and proceeds to purr and smash his face into mine, while accepting hugs from me in return. It's all very lovey-dovey until he's been fed--at which point he completely ignores me until he's hungry again. If I try petting him, he just gets annoyed and leaves the room.
Fortunately, I do have other cats who want a lot of attention, so I'm not left lonely by this little opportunist. He's made friends with the other cats, is well-behaved, seems happy enough, and since his health has never fully recovered from his time on the streets, I'm okay with giving him a home for whatever time he has left.
The weirdest thing about him, however, is that he loves a good fight (and has the shredded ears and scarred face to prove it). But he will not initiate fights with his buddies. Instead, he waits until two other cats have a squabble, and then plunges in and starts beating the crap out of whoever happens to be closest. None of my other cats are serious fighters, but this little dude is. He is fierce, and in the blink of an eye he just goes all-in. It's a good thing he only has two teeth left, so he can't do a whole lot of damage, but every few weeks or so I have to forcibly pry him off one of his friends because he's in full Fight Mode and won't let go. And of course, fifteen minutes later, he and the friend he was trying to tear apart are settled in on the couch, grooming each other, with no hard feelings at all.
The one exception is the high-strung princess kitty (a weirdo unto herself), who is the only girl in a house full of boys who adore her. She will block his path, and stand there and make the most irate and threatening noises at him, while glaring at him and stamping her feet, and he just sits there and calmly waits for her to finish. He has never once attacked her; for some reason, he tolerates her dramatic "scoldings," which I doubt he would do for any of his bros.
I've grown sharks's fin melon a few years in my polytunnel and it loves to climb!
It's more like vegetable spaghetti than squash but keeps ages once ripe. The noodles also freeze without going mushy so you don't have to eat the whole lot at once (they are quite big). The plant is supposed to be perennial. It hasn't survived outside for me yet, so I'm trying this year to overwinter a plant on the windowsill (along with a tomato) to try and get an earlier start to the year.
My pumpkin nut pumpkins weren't very vigorous - cucubits generally don't seem to do that well for me - but did seem to climb a bit fir me. I haven't opened the three fruit I have achieved yet to see whether there are any seeds. I'm hopeful by leaving the fruit they may ripen so as to keep a few to sow next year.
I’ve been making pack baskets and leather shoes. I got a great video from laughing Crowe for shoes and Jill Choate has free videos for basket making. The shoes are hard, you have to be meticulous and follow all instructions- no shortcuts. Baskets were much easier to learn, I learned from the videos mentioned above about 2 years ago this last August. I started designing my own a couple weeks after buying a kit and watching videos, if you can do basic addition you can make whatever you need for a basket. Here are some photos of what I’ve done in the last few months:
I'm a recent scythe owner/user (cheap one from Lee Valley Tools that I'm perfectly happy with) and I love it! Cutting big swaths is great. The quiet. The nice little breaks when you stop to sharpen (a must.) And the ability to use it in the morning dew that would be a mess with a string trimmer. The way you can just crouch and use your cuttings to mulch plants as you go when needed.
But... you will never be able to edge a fence with it. Especially chain link, cattle panel, and woven wire. The string trimmer wins for those applications, so you most likely will not get to replace a trimmer entirely with a scythe.
you totally can edge a fence with it. and you don't throw a ton of shredded plastic everywhere, or damage your fence/more delicate things. You do have to focus a little more and go a bit slower, and you have to make sure the first couple inches down from the tip is screaming sharp because you wont have inertia on your side but you can get right up next to anything... scythe regularly as close to the fence as you safely can, then when you get to the fence push the blade in between the grass and the fence, in very short strokes, with the back of the blade in direct contact with the fence. if it's super sharp at the tip end then it will cut the grass no problem, it's a little bit of a different stroke and style, but it works fantastic once you get the hang of it. here's some videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRo0Gy_Sz2Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBrdFTUhfA8
John F Dean wrote:I do a number of the things mentioned here. I raise bees. I feel the single most important thing I have done is to have a nearby farmer, who has his crops dusted, to notify me in advance when the dusting is to be done.
Yes, that is a good precaution. The question is, dusted with what (herbicide vs. insecticide)? Do you lock down your hives for a day or two? And building a rapport with the farmer is pretty important I think -- how have you approached that? Please share this good info, there is nothing like hands-on experience.
Paula Broadfoot wrote:I love creeping jenny as a ground cover. Supposed to be good for wounds, but it can also be invasive. Not a problem where I am letting it run.
Is that the same plant as bind weed "Convolvulus arvensis"? I have this morning glory ALL OVER! It is the bane of my existence! I have been struggling with that plant from hell for 12 years now. I would recommend anyone not to let that devil weed get out of control. I swear if you sit long enough at my place you will have one if not 2 of those devil plants trying to climb you. My poor clover is gets choked out by that stuff. I spend at least 2 hours a night pulling that shit. I will compost them until they get the seeds on them. Then into the fire they go. I bet i pick probably 3 or 4 5 gallon buckets worth every night. I do have poor soil so i know its trying to be a ground cover but uggghhhhhh!
Just following up:
I did finish covering those leaves with manure, and did plant tomatoes and peppers there. Turns out a sheep or goat's gut doesn't kill all the seeds. Meant to mulch it anyway. A nearby city is selling unscreened wood chips for $7 a yard. Right now they're BOGO.
So interesting. When I began reading this thread, I noticed that in the first post all sorts of disasters were mentioned except a pandemic. Now here we are. While our pandemic doesn't, so far, seem to pose a threat to the grid, the possibility of dramatic economic collapse (or near-collapse) is clearly in sight, we had food shortages (and don't forget the toilet paper!) as well as shortages of bleach, alcohol, hand sanitizer, and the like. It's not too great a leap to some additional strains on the system that create a greater need for self-sufficiency. Just ask gardeners (i.e., every permie) who tried to find certain seeds at their usual time, only to find that there had been a run on seeds (and seedlings) this year.
I was impressed by Purity Lopez's plans to limit her solar power to specific items (a refrigerator and freezer, for example). That could be a good approach for us. In general, we can keep things cold in the winter (frozen, at least); summer is better for solar power and if that could keep the fridge and freezer running, we would only have to figure out the water situation. We have an unreliable (vernal, more or less) spring on our property, and a public spring less than a half-mile away.
I crave solar, and especially off-grid, but our property doesn't lend itself to solar easily due to combinations of tree shade, roof orientation, and the fact that south is uphill from our property. Also, Vermont - not the sunniest state. But we are building a root cellar, have wood heat (and lots of trees), and are contemplating some sort of independence from our electric water pump so we could access our water.
Thanks for the explanations. In doing a little research I see that there are a few kinds of plants with xenia effects. You might see it especially in inter-species crosses, but even between varieties that would readily cross it can show up. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like within a single cross between common bean varieties you can readily identify which individual beans, say, were going to result in a F1 hybrid just by looking at it (though inter-species crosses make it more likely that you'd notice). I'm interested because I found some beans that were a different color than either of the ones I planted last year. I suspect that it must have been a fluke hybrid that grew out. We'll see if anything interesting appears this year!
Just wanted to give a quick update. The branch I chose above is too thin to support the rake head I was going to put on it. If anyone is planning on going this route, I probably would pick branches that don't go down to less than an inch think. Mine tapered to maybe 5/8" thick.
I'll just have to try again once the garden settles down briefly. :) Appreciate everyone's replies in here.
Penny Dumelie wrote:I normally use the bones from chicken to make chicken broth. Add a couple caps of cider vinegar to pull all the goodness from the bones. Once it simmers over night, I will add more water, and leftover veggies - onion, garlic, carrots, celery. Let it simmer until all the healthy parts have been absorbed into the broth and then strain out anything solid.
We then use the broth like a tea (especially for anyone sick). We also use it instead of water to cook rice, use it as a soup base, use it for gravy instead of water... basically anywhere you would use water and want some extra nutrition and flavor.
I do the same with beef stewing/soup bones.
The vinegar makes perfect sense for getting calcium from the bones.
Why didn't I think of that?
If you haven't been able to see her yet, maybe contact her local police for a wellness check and tell them what's going on. If you can prove by your phone record that you've been in regular contact with her maybe that will carry a little more weight and they could go and check on her and speak to her without the poa there, letting her know that you have some information about her child's grave that you would like to share with her and see what happens.