Saturday, December 24, 2016

straw man

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Another post in the water sub series in the main off the grid series of posts.

An experiment with straws and coffee filters may have yielded a good way to filter water.  Good for my purposes, that is.

I took some rather dirty water and managed to get it much cleaner.  Still not clean enough for the distiller, though.

The water I used was even dirtier prior to this treatment.   I used a bottle of dishwater that had been sitting around for awhile.  Heavier particles had sunk to the bottom, lighter materials settled on the top.  I rigged up a straw with suction squeeze ball thingy to take the cleaner water in the middle.

The straws were then stuffed with the coffee filter paper.  It is rather slow to filter, though.  I suppose I can make a lot of straws to speed up the filtering.

Perhaps a combination of paper and activated charcoal in the straw could yield even better water.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Lets be clear

With respect to alleged Russian hacking,  it should be noted that the only reason the Dems are complaining is because they lost.  If they had won, would we hear a peep from them about this so called hacking?

The Dems do not care about national security or election integrity.  They are just pissed about losing.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Water experiments continued

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Another post in the water sub series in the main off the grid series of posts.

The second attempt at water distillation is nearly ready.  I bought more heater hose so as to put distance between delicate parts and heat.  A cooling mechanism might be a good touch.

Only quality water in this stage.   Activated charcoal filtration should come last, before zero water filtering and or distillation.  What I found is that filters clog easy.  Pre-treatment before filtration should be the proper procedure.

In addition, my techniques for washing dishes is getting better.  I use less water and get higher quality water before filtration.

I am pleased with my progress.


Not pleased with outcome of second attempt.  Water is not pure and there was a leak.  The leak is probably fixable, but the water quality may not be fixable per the apparatus as configured.  What next?  May want to wait awhile in order to collect water samples for more testing.


Took apart the apparatus, and discovered lots of dirty stuff.  Perhaps a good cleaning will make a difference?

Or the apparatus is contributing the dirty stuff somehow, so a cleaning will not make a difference.

We will see.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Same dude, 42 years later

1969:  Grand Funk Railroad performs before Hugh Hefner, Barbi Benton and guests at the Playboy Mansion.

Then, this song plus another song played together live some 42 years later:

The point?  Oh, I don't know.  Just noticing a few things, that's all.

By the way, Barbi Benton was in Playboy, and I definitely had a look!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Obligatory, 12.20.16

A thought just occurred to me...

Could it be that such things as anthropogenic global warming were invented in order to impose scarcity upon the rest of the population?  The difference between this and Forced Artificial Scarcity (FARTS) is a subtle one.  Whereas, FARTS is presumed to be well-meaning ( for your own good ), the other is  decicedly malevolent.  That is to say, those who wish to impose artificial scarcity know full well that there is no need for such a drastic step.  Indeed, there is abundance everywhere.  But with abundance goes their privileges.  There would be no way distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd.

Let's put it another way: if everybody could have everything that everybody else had, there would be equality, and the elite definitely do not want anything like that.

I'm not saying everybody should be equal, but nobody should be deprived in order to satisfy somebody's ego.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Off grid discussion

This post will fit into my  off-the-grid series of posts.  It will be classified under the general subcategory, or subseries.  It can read end to end by following the links, or the entire series can be accessed through the table of contents post.

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It seems that I have succeeded in getting my water usage way down.   I haven't audited it yet, but it could be something like five gallons per day.  Less than a gallon for washing dishes.  Not counting black water because I will use an incinerating toilet out there.

Distilling water is being practiced now.  Dishwashing techniques and filtering techniques are also being practiced.  These haven't been perfected yet, but I am hopeful.

The cold weather is giving me an idea of what it takes in terms of energy for heating.  The summer months were helpful in that regard as well.  I'm getting a lot of good practice in these techniques.  However, it is still going to be quite a challenge to get energy usage down to where I'd like.  Last night was cold, for example, and I used way too much energy.

In terms of building, I'd like to use the RV as is.  To keep it secure, I will need a way to install it permanently on site.  This will require a plan, and the plan needs to kept simple.  I like the RV because it has everything already.  Just have to get it there and get it installed.  Plus a septic system, in which I think a small holding tank would be ideal if I could get it approved.

Progress is slow, unfortunately.

A cure!

The nation is half cured, that is.  The other half is still crazy.