Saturday, July 4, 2015

Playing The Star-Spangled Banner with a Gun:

A big honking thanks to the Knowledge is Power blog for this treat:

Obligatory, 7/4/15

Running late today.  I should be busy, but the energy doesn't appear to be there.  Shucks.

Oh, yeah.  Today is July 4th.  Yay.  Whoop-de-doo.

I'm out of vittles, therefore, I'd better go get some.

Do I have anything I want to add to this meager offering?

Well, it has occurred to me that the recent homosexual marriage ruling was a trick.  Why not find a right to this when the DOMA case was decided?  I suspect that they needed time to appear legitimate before they pulled the strings.  If the court decided prematurely, there may have been a backlash early that would have precluded the type of result we have just seen.

In other words, this was a trick.

Just one more trick from their bags of tricks.  Are we going to be tricked out of our freedom?

Sadly, it looks like the answer is yes.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Can propaganda alone rule a country?

Barack Obama Tells Another Whopper - He Did Not Create 12.8 Million Jobs

Ryobi nail gun kit

Not sure I could have used this on my project out West, but is in fact an interesting tool.

Kevin DeYoung | What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

A rather lengthy discourse on Biblical teaching.

If I may summarize briefly:  There is no support for the idea that the Bible is accepting of homosexuality.  If you deviate from this issue, you deviate from the Bible.  Period.

Not that the truth matters anymore.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Modified quonset with pool inside

continued from previous posts

This 12 foot in diameter pool will hold 1700 gallons of water.  It will require a 16 x 24 foot quonset structure.  This will drain almost 400 square feet, which in the case of heavy rains, may well fill up the pool.

With that much water, I should have plenty for personal needs and for the farm.

But it does have to rain.

Daily Obligatory, 7/2/15

This morning, I'm running downtown to get my inspection sticker, and I will get my permanent "TNC" license.  This will leave me with some spare time this morning, so hence a little later start than usual.

"TNC" means Transportation Network Company, which is in reference to a company like Uber.

I selected this means of making a living because it may be a lot easier on me, and it is very flexible as to time and place.  There may be downsides that I am not seeing now, so I am calling this an experiment.  Maybe it works out, maybe not.  I'll do this on a part time basis until I get the answers I seek.

In the bigger picture, I'm hoping to do this in El Paso when I move out there.  Thus, I will have a means of support when I make the move, which is in contrast to the way I did it just a few months ago.

"Means of support" refers to money, of course.  This is highly ironic, because the whole idea is to not need money, or to need a lot less of it.

However, this is the world we live in.  You have to have money until such a time as when you won't.  That time may be really difficult to achieve for someone like yours truly.  I think I underestimated this when I first started.  My project is becoming rather doubtful right now.  Stuff happens, and that's what I'm dealing with that I didn't anticipate.

A segue here into a discussion about temptation....

Joel Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church, once said something on the subject that has stuck with me for years.  He said don't even put yourself in a position where you might be tempted to do wrong.  I think that this is quite good advice, but is hard to implement because of the society in which we now live.  Temptation to do wrong exists all around us now.  I think our over dependence upon money has made us vulnerable to temptation.  We could live better lives if we didn't depend so much upon our money.

In my own little way here, I'm trying to steer people towards this idea that we need to wean ourselves away from our money.

I'm sure that the megalomania that is observable in leadership circles today is largely being driven by money.

It is that megalomania that may destroy us all.  The following may be seen as a stretch, but here goes anyway.  If we weren't so dependent upon money, we don't get homosexual marriage.  Homosexuality is probably a by product of our twisted society, which has become way, way too dependent upon the need for money.  Too much temptation cannot be always be resisted.  In fact, it may be too much to resist.  That's how you end up with wrongful things like this.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Collective Soul - Shine (lyrics)

Just heard this on the radio while in my Nissan.  The hubcaps arrived this morning, or should I say last night, but the delivery guy didn't knock or anything.   I didn't know that they were there.  So, the hubcaps are on the car, and it should be good enough for the inspection sticker I couldn't get last week.  My permanent license should be there tomorrow, but if not, no problema.  I'll just have to make another trip.

Anyway, that song was familiar from the nineties, but I didn't know the name of it, nor the artists.

I found the lyrics and notice how clean they are.  That was rare even 20 years ago.

Ted Cruz

Cruz is running a money bomb campaign right now.

Although I appreciate Cruz in some ways, I don't think he has the answers because he isn't aggressive enough.


That's right.  Cruz is considered too aggressive, but the fact is that he really isn't.  Otherwise, he'd be a lot more controversial than he is.  But he won't get more aggressive, so he'll probably lose.

His money bomb is running short, he says.

So, you think homosexuals are harmless?

Consider Ernst Röhm, leader of Hitler's Brown Shirts.  He was a notorious homosexual, and it didn't stop with just him.

I noted that Obama gave his nighttime acceptance speech for the Democrat nomination for President.  Hitler was well known for giving his speeches at night, for he felt that this made the people more compliant with his will.

Without  Ernst Röhm, Hitler doesn't rise to power.

I'm surprised the Wikipedia entry hasn't been scrubbed yet of this homosexual reference about Röhm .  You can be sure at some time it will, or it will become "controversial".

Obligatory, 7/1/15

This is a continuation of the previous post, in which I discussed a new design for the quonsets.  The idea can be seen better by using a picture, so here goes:

Notice the line I inserted at the topmost part of the quonset.  At that point, which should be the midpoint of the cattle panel, I'll nail in a 2x4x8 along the center line, and then attached by another 2x4 to the floor.  This will "frame it out" so that the right side of the cattle panel can be raised back up and attached to another 2x4 running along a few feet to the right of it.  Perhaps the second one could go along where the right edge already exists.  Instead of the cattle panel making a wall at that point, it makes a roof--- get it?

To make that more clear, I added some arrows:

The end result could be a much larger quonset.  Lots more floor room.  But the main reason would be to facilitate rainwater collection.  I'd slant the roof downward so that it will drain towards the middle, and then place an above ground swimming pool below it.  Gravity will drain the water directly into the pool.  I can place a cover over the pool to prevent evaporation.  Not only that, I can still use the area above the pool as a greenhouse.

If it isn't clear yet, you can place "quonset" on the other side of this one so as to close it in, see?

This technique may yield a quonset that is up to 24 feet wide.  Woo-hoo!  Make it 24 feet long, and that's a lot of floor space right there.  Doing the math, it figures out at 576 square feet.  Not too bad.

It would be almost impossible to fill up the pool with water, so you'd be able to collect rainwater even in heavy downpours, like what happened last fall out there.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Home again, 6/30/15

An afternoon thunderstorm wreaked havoc on traffic, so I got home late.

Not enough time to do anything, including blogging.

I did think about my project out West.  It was about the water situation.  Also, how to arrange the quonsets in such a way as to promote rain water collection efforts.

A wild idea crossed my mind.  Instead of putting together quonsets, perhaps there's a way to make the cattle panels bend into a ceiling, but not a wall on the other side.  You may have to set up a frame on the opposite side of where the wall is.  Then nail in the cattle panels into a 90 degree angle instead of a 180 degree angle.  In this way, there's a wall on one side, and part of a roof on the other.  You'd connect another cattle panel to that, and then another will go down the opposite side.  Or not use but two, and connect them end to end.  This would make a large arch.  It would be like putting two of them together, but connected with a lot of open air in the middle.

If not that idea, then the quadrangle idea will work, I suppose.

A tank could be placed in the middle of the quadrangle.  I want to be able to collect large amounts of water if it rains a lot ( like it did in September last year ).

This one doesn't go into the series, but I wish to link to it from the next post that does.  ( a reminder for myself.)

Obligatory, 6/30/15

Woke up feeling the same as yesterday morning.  However, a small difference.  I do want to continue with the blog, but the focus will have to shift.

Shift to what?  To my project out in West Texas.  I have neglected it for the last two months, so now is as good a time as any to re-focus there.

So, that's what I did this early morning.  I reviewed my most recent posts on the subject, and will pick up where I left off.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Won't be quitting yet

The reason?

If I can think of something to write, I will.  Like this afternoon, I recalled that someone wrote on a blog post, or article ( don't remember which ), the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.

I discussed that on this blog, I'm sure.

I'll go over it one more time, just in case I didn't mention it then.  ( But I'm sure I mentioned somewhere on this blog.)

The reason why a society collapses is because of its leadership.  More to the point, it's because of poor leadership.  Strong leadership will keep a society moving in the right direction.  Weak leadership will do the opposite.  If there's too many weak leaders in succession, the society will fall apart.

I think that's worth blogging about.

The Roman Empire might have survived a good deal longer if they had gotten better leadership at a critical point.  Instead, they got a guy that all but insured that the Empire could not go on.

There's a lesson in there somewhere for the astute observer.  But this country has a lot in common with the latter Roman Empire in the west.  Nobody really gives a shit.  Even if such a man came on the scene, he might just be ignored.

Daily Obligatory, 6/29/15

Hmm.  For almost 5 years now, I've managed to put up at least one post per day.  This morning, I almost missed.  Why?

Could it be blogger burnout?  Or just nothing more to say than what has been said many times already.

It gets to be a grind.  If there's one thing I hate, it's something that becomes a grind.  If you don't love what you are doing, you may as well stop doing it.

It's a lure to stop caring.  Caring about something means work, and who needs that?  I've got enough to do as it is.

I'd better find a reason to continue, or the blog just might die out.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A little more on the launch failure

This requires a speculation alert.

As I mentioned in the previous post, the rocket appeared to have blown up about the time of the separation of the first stage.

However, before this happened, I noticed some flames flickering around the nozzles.  At the time, I thought nothing of this, but considering what happened, the flames may give a clue as to what happened to the rocket.

I'm guessing there may have been a leak and the leak is what caused the explosion somehow.

If you recall, when the Shuttle Challenger blew up, there was an anomalous plume that was cited as the cause of the solid rocket booster slamming into the external fuel tank causing it to blow up.

It was determined then to have been faulty o ring seals, and these were repaired.

Since this is speculation, one should take it as such.  There is no official word of what went wrong as of this writing.

Falcon 9 Major Launch Failure

It was to be the third attempt at landing the first stage on a barge, but it never made it far enough along in the flight in order to attempt it.

I watched the launch, and it looked like it may have blown up at at 2:19 into the flight.  At first, I thought it was the first stage separation, but that would be a bit too soon.

As of this writing, which is about 30 minutes after the flight attempt, there is no word on what exactly went wrong.

Nobody was likely injured, as the launch was unmanned, and the rocket was well downrange when the apparent explosion took place.

Daily Obligatory, 6/28/15

Time flies when you're having fun, right?

Here it is, already past 7:30 local time, and I haven't done my obligatory yet.

What should I write today?

I think I'll write a bit about my move out to El Paso.  I had the move figured by April 1st, 2016, but that date may slip.  It all depends upon how well this Uber experiment works out.  If I figure I can make a living at it in El Paso, then I will make the jump.  If I can't make a living at it, I'll stay here until 2017.  That means possibly another 19 months here.

Lots of things can happen in 19 months ( or less ).  Not to mention that it will be several more months after that before I can collect SS checks, and therefore have a steady income source.  That's the reason for the possible schedule slip.

Wishbone won't be going with me.  I did get him to agree to move to El Paso, but he never did agree to move on the property itself.  That was, shall we say, obligatory to the relocation.  So, he'll be doing something else.  As of now, I'll be on my own.

Money is scarce and the accommodations leave something to be desired.  Hey, but ain't it all fun?

Bwah hah hah!