Saturday, May 20, 2017

hydroponic observations

I've come to realize no matter how well something can grow in soil, it can grow much better in a hydroponic solution.

If that's true, why do people still garden in soil?  Probably for the same reason I still have raised garden beds.  Soil is still the only acceptable medium for growing fruits and vegetables, at this time.  Industry is geared up for soil gardening with cultivators, hoes, hoses, fertilizers, pesticides, and bagged soil of every kind, creating sub-industries that rely on the warmer months to keep their businesses going.  The cost to convert hundreds of acres of farmland to greenhouses is out of the reach for the small family farms and the giant corporate farms are run by ADM, Monsanto, and a few other corporations, heavily invested in GMOs and chemical farming, who aren't about to cut their own economic throats.

Not so in other parts of the world.  Ontario, Canada has massive greenhouses a mile long that can grow anything, year round, with climate controlled efficiency.  Sure, it costs millions to build one of these greenhouses but they pay for themselves in a few years.  After that, it's all net.  And they do it hydroponically.

Compare that system to earth farming that requires a million dollars worth of farming equipment before you break soil.  Not to mention dealing with Monsanto as a business partner, intensive labor, irrigation, storage, weather concerns, equipment malfunctions, and the risk that your whole crop could go bust.  Any soil agribusiness could lose it all without a hedge fund to counter potential losses, further reducing profits.  Not to mention, all that GMO food laced with glyphosate costs more, has little to no food value, and will keep you sick for the rest of your life.

In my limited experiments with hydroponics I learned a few things that could radically increase my bottom line, if I was in the food producing business.

This hydroponic system has been running a little more than a month and I began harvesting greens within a couple weeks of planting.  No weeds, insects, or rabbits.  It's all at waist level so there's no back breaking work.  Startup cost is extremely cheap and easy.  Daily maintenance takes minutes and only requires mixing a solution once a week as the major duty.  It's portable and can be run indoors.  With lights and a timer you can produce just about anything, year round.  Exposure to soil bound bacteria and parasites is a non-issue.

But what about larger plants like tomatoes and asparagus?

I'm working on it.

The five gallon bucket to the left has a nutrient solution with an air stone to oxygenate the water that feeds the tomato plant in a perforated cup filled with an inert growing medium.

Theoretically, adding a light and keeping it indoors during the colder months, this system could produce indefinitely, year after year.

And it all comes back to growing indoors for a reason.  In a SHTF scenario, there's a very real possibility that air and soil contamination could threaten the food supply.  Rather than prepping by stocking up on canned food that will be gone in a few months, why not grow your own, indefinitely?  A few solar collectors and a little technology could easily turn any system totally off-grid.  An unheated basement with a little floor space is all you'll need for perpetual, food sustainability and independence.    

Just think what you could do with cannabis.              

Friday, May 19, 2017

label contast

I know gin is supposed to be water clear.  But this is no ordinary gin.  Let me explain.

I went through my alcohols and got together all the stuff that wasn't worth drinking but not bad enough to throw away.  Stuff like heads, tails,  low wines, and other stuff that I knew had a purpose other than drain cleaner.

I got all this stuff in a five gallon bucket where it proofed out to 130.  I then added a sachet of juniper berries, coriander, lemon zest, and a few other things and let it set for 53 hours.  I then reduced the alcohol content to 60 proof and ran it through a pot still.

After bringing the proof down to 86 I gave it a taste, then another taste.    Not bad for a gin, and I hate gin.
I hated gin ever since I stole a half gallon of the stuff from my fathers liquor cabinet and slept half the afternoon off in my neighbors back yard, only to wake up half way to the hospital to get my stomach pumped.  It inebriated me to another dimension but scared the shit out of my father when the neighbor called to say I was in his back yard, not moving.

Well, all thats behind me, and outside of a few interludes with Guinevere and a few cases of frozen Doornkart, I figured it's time to make something better than average gin.

Anyway... what makes this gin so excellent is a few dashes of bitters.  That's it.  Just a few dashes turned this rather hot tasting gin into something worthy of sipping ice cold.

After sipping a small bottle of this stuff, the idea came to me to market some hip flasks to extol the virtues of imbibation.  And this is where I'm stuck.  I need a decent copy for the labels I plan on putting on these flasks I intend to market and I'm looking for some ideas.  You don't have to go all photoshop over this.  Just an outline, a pic, or a slogan will do.  I suggest you get drunk before you start and send it out before you sober up.  Even if it's a rambling email suggesting what goes where with lots of misspellings.  Trust me, that's the copy I'm looking for.  Bring out your inner drunkard and create something to be proud of. 

The first person to send me copy of a label that I use will receive a free flask with the approved label.  Not only that, but they'll receive the FIRST flask I produce.  I'll even mark it as 00001, as proof this is the first in production.  I'll even put your likeness on the label, If I really flip over it and if you're ok with your likeness on a hooch hip flask.

So, take a shot, put on your thinking caps and be famous.        

Friday, May 12, 2017

hydroponics structured water

 It's been sixteen days since my last posting of the greens.  No disappointment here.  Once I got past the learning curve, the system evened out and every plant is doing pretty good, even the weak ones.  Fact is, I can no longer tell which ones were the runts.

It took a while for the root mass to develop properly but after that, they stabilized and took off.

I've been harvesting leaves from all of these plants on a regular basis with no slow down in growth.  It seems periodical trimming only makes them grow all the more. 

It's pretty much maintenance free and my only chore is checking on them once in a while and replenishing the nutrient water supply about once a week.  That's it. 

In comparison with the raised beds, it's no contest.  The greens in the raised beds are doing ok but nothing like the hydroponics.  Don't get me going on the increased rabbit population with an appetite for swiss chard.   Rodents is one problem this system doesn't have.

All that aside, today I introduced structured water to the mix and I want a before picture to see what effect it has on the plants.  Before I provide a detailed account on how I made the structured water, I want to see if it's worth the effort.  I figure I'll do an update sixteen days from now and we'll see the changes, if any.

It was never my intention to do anything with this unit outside of growing a few greens for the summer but it'll do just as well inside during the winter months with the help of a grow light.  A unit twice this size would take up the same square footage and be able to support about thirty small plants.  Growing larger plants is just a matter of controlling the root mass and providing support.

Something to think about in a SHTF scenario. 



manifestation, one at a time

Not really impressed with the first orb, I decided to construct another with the same recipe but with a different shape and pour protocol.

Maybe I've been working with powered devices for too long but these passive devices seem feeble to me.  I suppose I should appreciate the minuscule buzz they create but they're nothing compared to the powered field generators I've been building these past years.  Just because I'm not sensitive enough to feel the subtle energy these things put out doesn't mean it's not there.   

The basic construction is copper oxide, brass chips, red iron oxide, lots of quartz sand, and just enough resin to let it pour.  The imperfect look was intentional and made possible by a heavy slopping of Vaseline on the inside of the glass mold.  Resin can't get past something as thick as Vaseline, so it cures with the release agent imperfections, making the thing look like a common rock... with hole in it.  Rather than a simple orgonite orb, the hole turns it into a toroid shaped power structure capable of some relatively awesome power.

I didn't realize how awesome it was until I jacked it up with 7.83Hz and made an intention.  Let's just say the intention was way out of the bounds of accepted reality, and even I expected the intent to swirl down the improbable pipe.  Within four hours, my intent became manifest.  I shit and fell into it upon realizing what happened.  I mean, I literally defecated in my pants and fell backward landing on my ass in total amazement.

This isn't the first time this sort of thing happened.  It seems to occur whenever I make a fairly large piece.  While it's in the final stage of cure, or shortly thereafter, is when the intention to manifest is highest.
I've noticed this time and time again, the manifestation window is greatest near the completion of the project or when freshest out of the mold, and peters off after that.

To be clear, it doesn't seem to happen with small pieces like TBs but the larger, softball sized and up pieces, have an extraordinary ability to manifest intent into reality.  But it's not a long lived intention manifestator.  It has like one big intention you can use in a rather short time frame and peters out after that.

What this tells me is I have to make another softball sized orgonite for each intention I make.  That's cool, because I need about six more for my next project.  

Sunday, May 07, 2017

babble fish is here

This is so cool!  Starting price is $299 and they're taking orders.

Friday, May 05, 2017

buzzfeed is cancer

little tony

“Little Tony was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy bar after another.
After the 6th candy bar a man on the bench across from him said Son you know eating all that candy isn't good for you. It will give you acne, rot your teeth, and make you fat.
Little Tony replied My grandfather lived to be 107 years old.
The man asked, Did your grandfather eat 6 candy bars at a time?
Little Tony answered "No. He minded his own fucking business.”

― Robert Anton Wilson, Email to the Universe and Other Alterations of Consciousness

Monday, May 01, 2017

orgone field generator components

It's been known in the alt scientific community that South Africa is loaded with ancient technology that date back hundreds of thousands of years.  This technology seems to be based on geometric shapes based on a stone called hornfels, the same stone Leedskalnin used to build corral castle in Florida. 

South Africa is littered with ancient stone beads that were once considered more valuable than their weight in gold.  A rock more valuable than gold got my attention but who knows what the value of gold was a half a million years ago.  These stones look like ordinary orbs with a hole in the middle, like a donut, but the energy they emit is off the charts.  I decided to build one.

  It took a while to find the right combination of molds and building protocol and a couple more days coming up with a resin recipe that would come close to what those ancient orbs were made of. 

Since hornfels was the primary stone used in these geometric shapes, I figured that was a good place to start.

There doesn't seem to be any more than a general description of hornfels other than it's metamorphosis was the result of being baked by being a little too close to magma in the planet's early years, producing a very hard, crystalline structure.  It's primary use is a base for highways. 

Not wanting to go out of state for some free stone, I turned to some rocks I have from Herkimer, NY. that are known to contain the highly coveted Herkimer diamonds.  These stones look identical to hornfels and, apparently, that area of New York is the second most common volcanic landscape feature on Earth.  I think I might be on to something.

Building this new device would require busting up the Herkimer rocks to powder and using it as the resin base.  Before doing that, I decided on a prototype made with crushed quartz sand with a teaspoon of powdered aluminum, two teaspoons of 1mm sized brass chips, and pinch of selenite.  

There's two reasons I did it this way.  
1.  I wanted to get the shape and procedure correct.  A trial run. 
2.  I wanted a base unit to compare with the Herkimer unit.

Sanding and filing got progressively more difficult.  The longer this unit set, the harder it got.  The next morning I was barely able to scratch it.  Stone would be easier to shape.  Mental note:  Finish up before you're done for the day.

Ok, so this unit is constructed only of medium density.  The idea is to place it inside an extra high density ring with a frequency driven mobius coil to study the difference in component cascading densities and multi density units.  It's also a good way to find the perfect ratio of XHD and MHD in a unit by adjusting the mass of MHD while maintaining a consistent XHD in the form of the ring.

The shape is supposed to be toroid, like the stones found in South Africa and other parts of the world left by the ancients.  The design still needs work.  Too many edges that are impossible to grind down and it should be as tall as it is wide.  This is why I made a prototype, first.

If I'm not careful I might learn something from this.          


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

lettuce be

Has anyone noticed the prices of greens this year?  $5.00 for a head of Romaine is just a little too high, in my humble opinion.  I mean, it grows in the dirt from a seed that costs like 1/1000th of a penny.  Just add water, wait, and sell it for five bucks.  Hell, I can do that myself and eliminate all those middlemen. 

Let me make this clear.  I'm not bitching about the cost of salad greens.  I'm bitching about the price of salad greens.  There is a difference.  It takes 60 days to grow a head of lettuce from seed to head.  Labor consists of planting a seed, adding water and nutrients, and waiting 45 days.  They plant thousands of these at a time and pay some kid five bucks an hour to do it.  (part time to save the cost of benefits)   That might take a half day.  40 days later they pick em, pack em, and ship em to the store who buys them for pennies and sells them for 400% profit to pay his minimum wage part timers, with a little left over for a new car.

I know the economy is better than it's ever been.  Everyone is suddenly debt free and their mortgages are paid off.  Even burger flippers are getting 20 bucks an hour.  So why should anyone complain about four heads of lettuce costing an hours worth of labor?  Think it might have something to do with the cost of a 32 GB USB flash drive costing less than a head of lettuce?

Whatever the reason, I decided to do a cost analysis and see for myself.

I went through the garage and found just about everything I needed to build a hydroponic system.  A couple pieces of 3" PVC, some 2x4s, submersible fountain pump, 5 gallon bucket with lid, some neoprene hose, and a box of nails.  A little scrounging and Amazon and next thing ya know I'm growing greens.  I figure that's $20 worth of Romain and $15 worth of mixed lettuce at three bucks a head.  Maybe I'll set up a little stand outside the grocery store to sell my surplus.

Of course, it's my first attempt and I made plenty of mistakes like drilling the holes before cementing it together.  But a little ingenuity, a couple power tools, and a propane torch later it looks almost professional.  At least it works.  As a control, I have two Romain plants in dirt to compare growing results.

This system could equally work with aquaponics as well as multi-tiered set ups to support 100 plants in the same square footage.  I'm also working on a similar system to grow asparagus and tomatoes that would produce year round in a zone 3 climate.

Now that I don't have to waste my time pulling weeds, I can work on something really important, like my pyramid amplified field generator.

Stay tuned.    


what's in the bag?

I knew there was no way I could come up with a bug out bag that would last any more than a week.  Maybe city folk think they can rough it by not taking the bus or subway but here in rural America, we travel by car, not by foot.  For me to carry everything that represents me and my culture would require a bunch of guys like in the Tarzan movies crossing darkest Africa.  Aint gonna happen by foot, unless I can't find the fuel to get me to the next gas station.  And then, I'd want to hunker down with my stuff and a good place to sleep until the shit blows over.  Doin that in a tent, out in the open, is like asking for a beatin. 

I have two cars at my disposal.  One is an Expedition with all the comforts of home with really shitty gas mileage.  The other is a 95 Caravan with a 5 speed tranny with lots of new parts.  In the event that the SHTF you'll want something inconspicuous that can fly under the radar and blend.  You also want something with good gas mileage.  The Caravan is a no-brainier.  Unless the driver is a total retard, that kind of vehicle can get through any checkpoint because of it's status as a soccermom_mobile.  Put a soccer ball icon on the back window and you're in like Flynn.

As far as bugging out, I got too much stuff for one pack.  I need a car to move all my shit.  I can't get by on minuscule provisions  from a dying economy, hoofing it to a better place hoping the zombies won't get me.  The plan is to look as normal as you can and not be eaten.

And that's the schizoid mindset of most bug out preppers.  What to put in the bag that will keep you alive for the rest of your life.  What precious 21st century possessions do you have that you can't live without?  How much of the crap you own can you set fire to?  99.9% of all the stuff that fills your living space and storage bins will be put in one pile and thirty pounds left over that will fit in a backpack.  I'll bet some of that stuff you keep will be clothes, fishing hooks and line, flashlight, a cook stove, a bic lighter, and a big bag of Raman noodles.  Maybe the most important thing to leave behind is your dependence on society.  You'll never catch a fish with hooks and string and you know it.  You'll eat your Raman noodles crunchy in the dark when your flashlight and lighter quits.  May as well lose the cook stove.

Here's what ya do.  Learn how to make a fire with sticks and rocks.  Once you got that down pat, go out in the woods with just the clothes on your back and spend a day learning how to put an edge on a rock and put a point on a stick.  Learn how to build a primitive shelter using only rocks and sticks.  Build a fire and think about finding water as you gather firewood.  Look for something edible like roots and berries.  Spend the night in your shelter and wake up cold because the fire went out.  Go home hungry and think about how you can do that two nights in a row and what you would do differently.

I don't expect anyone reading this will bother to attempt making fire, let alone spending the night in the woods, with or without a phone.  Doesn't that say something about how fragile we've become due to our dependence on society?  We can't survive without it.  It's pitiful when a single match could mean the difference between life or death from exposure.  Admittedly, I never made a fire from sticks and stones but I made them from coke bottles and my friends glasses.  I'll bet I could make fire from ice, if need be.

My point is, if you or I or anyone else were to spend one night in the wild and learn to make do with nothing but our wits, I'm sure we'd know exactly what to put in that backpack.