Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PROJECT CODENAME: "Timorous"






Meanwhile, on the surface of Mars:


Minimal facilities: habitation, refinery, spaceport - many more heavy metals on surface of Mars...?

Whatever in the regolith that makes terraforming problematic is still exploitable and desirable, but maybe Mars is for the birds, and any interplanetary colony ought to focus on taking advantage of Phobos and Deimos...

Monday, July 31, 2017

$20K: The Renovated "Way Family Housing Capital Campaign"


UPDATE: I am refocusing and repurposing this ask to the tune of $20,000 - now, after a bombshell conversation with my brother (who owns the property), about what's really feasible and desirable... Thank you all for your patience to date! Anyway, now we are definitely looking to defray the costs of removing the old mobile home, which is fast becoming unlivable, and to replace it with one or more structures... As long as the primary domicile is at least 740' sq., it can have a certificate of occupancy in our county (Colusa, about an hour North of  Clearlake, half an hour West of the I-5 through Maxwell, and five miles - at least our house is - from Stonyford, an entrance to Mendocino National Park.) We have two acres to work with, and are currently in the "shopping and browsing" phase of our re-do:

- Lindal.com
- Zipkithomes.com
- Pmhi.com
- Linwoodhomes.com/Home-Kits
- Lpfranch.hilinehomes.com/Plumas/plans
- Aidomes.com (the neighbor up the road has an earlier version from the 80s, you know, the ones you'd find in the back of Popular Science.)
- Goldcountrykithomes.com
- Kitwest.com
- Caprecut.com
- Endeavorhomes.com
- Northcoastpackagedhomes.com
- Cuttingedgehomes.net

We might also instead to a custom stick home.... LOOK AT THIS COUNTRYSIDE:




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Old Snapshots (And Another Marriage Proposal to That F*CKING MARINE... Yuck, I Know)

Mom at Aquatic Park in '67 or '68.

Me in the ET shirt and Eric in the Osh Kosh at - that's right - East Park in '82 or '83.

Dad in '92 or '93 with Firecracker (who's now with Brusseau the Younger, and lives right up the road -- I should visit her before she dies of old age...)
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我还没死

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A couple of good causes I'd like to link to this post: Americans for Cures, because the stem cell revolution is here, and as I write this, two acquaintances (at least) are fighting cancer. And UNHCR, whom I've mentioned before, but crises continue; for example, scads of children flee gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras every day as I write this.

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He's turning 30 this year (I think), or 29, and moves pretty fast (because the Corps doesn't, as I understand it...) So maybe he's a full-blown Corporal already? Way to go, Sir Mikesalot -- you were never meant to be a terminal E3. (I still want to chew your face off, pretty boy. MARRY ME!)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Gardening - 園芸

In addition to maintaining the lilac starter (I believe it's the white one), I've saved these two from death by dessication:

Carpet Flower

Lavender

And here's the worm farm...



...And Eric's compost on the North side of the house:



PS Doesn't look like I'll be able to sign that affidavit at San Francisco Superior Court any time this or next month... But I would love to and know I need to!!! HELP!


Next Assignment: Find Out Whether the Old Hibernia Bank Also Has Residential Units

"Nefelibata" in the Portuguese, since I'm more or less stuck in the North Valley along this part of the 1-5... Until I get insurance as a licensed driver, that is, and have rebuilt my credit (and have money in the bank.)
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There are over 20 million people living in slavery worldwide. And with global unrest the way it is -- Athens recalling 1960s Paris (but of course, still Greek in 2017), Caracas on fire, North Africa fled from by refugees willing to risk death in the Mediterranean -- the chattel industry IS EXTREMELY UNHELPFUL in its existence. People may not "own" people. Slavery is an abomination.

One newer group that's stood out: www.thriverescue.org. People who've been victims of trafficking and exploitation need help, and that's where Thrive Rescue comes in.

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Recipe time: Rough Puff Pastry

1 to 1.1 cups strong plain flour (high gluten content)
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature, but not soft
about .63 cups cold water

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Roughly break the butter in small chunks, add them to the bowl and rub them in loosely. You need to see bits of butter.

Make a well in the bowl and pour in about two-thirds of the cold water, mixing until you have a firm rough dough adding extra water if needed. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 20 mins in the fridge.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead gently and form into a smooth rectangle. Roll the dough in one direction only, until 3 times the width, about 20 x 50cm. Keep edges straight and even. Don’t overwork the butter streaks; you should have a marbled effect.

Fold the top third down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Give the dough a quarter turn (to the left or right) and roll out again to three times the length. Fold as before, cover with cling film and chill for at least 20 mins before rolling to use.

[ed. This stuff is good for handpies and tarts, esp.]

- Courtesy of Gordon Ramsay and Little England Herself

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Personal ad (I am still on Zoosk, of course.)



Loyal-for-a-lifetime in the lifelong civilian idiom still ISO that squee E3 reservist from Napa whom I met several times on O'Farrell in San Francisco - name of Mikey. Semper fidelis, meet me, semper laetus.

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My instagram account is all about living critters - mostly those on four, six, eight or more legs. Sometimes on two, though - but that's usually just me.



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Randomesia, dearest cashieress to Jeremiah Johnson and the gods of country people who want it both ways, be so kind as to count my nickels before I fill a sock with them and go upside somebody's head -- I NEED TOBACCO, WOMAN!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Sellout II

The previous kitchen towels are from this year; these are from 2015, I believe, when my father was still alive, and we had to hide them lest he bleed all over them...

Leek

Meyer Lemon


Screen-printed in the USA by Rigel Stuhmiller, a Berkeley friend of kitchen witches.




Dr. Spaceman! DR. SPAAAAACEMAAAAAAAN!!!




I know these things seem routine, but they are not. Today is a great day during which inshallah three souls (who - yes! - are old hands at this kind of mission) will approach the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule around 1500 [ed. corrected from "1600," brain fart] Beale/Vandenberg. Pray to your god(s) to hold them safe, keep your fingers crossed, whatever. The future of the species is intimately tied to what the men and women of NASA and the space program are doing...

I'm very into various space programs and corporations, and have devoted virtually all of my twitter feed to it: twitter.com/williamrway - be sure to check me out!

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So my thoughts on colonizing Mars: really, using Phobos and Deimos as raw materials for orbiting habitats (in situ resource usage/utilization; @ Planetary Resources) makes much more sense, and that's where the greatest population of people would be... Sure enough, the Mars regolith is far too toxic to use as a growth medium or to sustain life -- terraforming with carefully aimed fragments Kuiper Belt objects or icy asteroid belt bodies is an idea, but really... Still, the heavy metals in the regolith are still useful, and people will need to be on the surface to extract and refine them, and to use them for sciency, interstellary stuff....

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