Thursday, December 24, 2015

increasing productivity

It's been a rough week.  Christmas is approaching and I still don't have a pikachu toy for my daughter.  She has piles of toys laying around in her room and boxes and boxes of all kinds of stuff for us to wrap for her tonight, but still no pikachu.  grr.

Stuff going on with me:
  • researching shopify
  • Bill Gates' blog
  • things to be thankful for
  • cleaning up the house
Also researching plants to start growing in my new grow box that is finally operational after several weeks of designing, building, testing etc.

  • winter savory - $2/pck, 10g/$16
  • goji - $16/kg
  • corsican basil - $3.25
  • holy basil - $3.25
  • oregano - $2.50
  • white sage (salvia apiana)
  • wild sagebrush plants
  • big sagebrush
  • wyoming sagebrush
  • fringed sagebrush
  • allheal
  • maralroot
  • sea buckthorn
  • santolina
  • roseroot
  • jiaogulan
  • wild strawberries
  • alpine strawberries
  • moringa
  • zaatar - $7
I have so much available.  Some via cuttings of plants that are already growing, some via seeds that I've collected, some via purchased seeds or plants.  It's such a huge decision, it really eats up my time and attention.  Currently I have space for 3 trays, which works out to about 3600 plants, depending on the method that is used.  The full capacity of the grow box is about 4 times that, and will require some extra building, wiring etc.  

Time to sell-able product is a major factor, since a plant that can get sold in half as much time is twice as profitable.  I really like the sagebrushes because they're so beautiful, but I doubt the capacity for other people to appreciate them.  We'll see.  I'm leaning towards one tray of goji and paulownia, one tray of sages and sagebrushes and one tray of strawberries and other herbs that are already available.  The lighting of the box may work well for some and not so well for others.

I'm working on building some shelves that have higher luminance so that the seeds and plants which require higher light densities to germinate and grow will have a greater chance of flourishing.  Also, the different shelves have different colors of light, so I'll be learning about what colors of light work for different plants etc.

Back to cleaning up for Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Apple booger recipe

This makes about a cup of yummy appley booger slime.

1/4 cup tapioca starch (or rice starch or probably corn starch as well)
1 cup apple juice

Warm it up until the starch congeals while stirring and you (and your kids) can have fun slopping and slurping it or whatever you do with such things.  It also makes an excellent pie filling, but you may want to add butter, brown sugar and a pinch of salt before wrapping it with your favorite pie crust or bun recipe.

Have you saved someone's life today?

Goals and successes are the nutritious food for a positive mind-set.

Honest prayer is the key to the magnificent power of righteousness.

We feed and care for everyone on the planet.


You're beauty is unparallelled.

There is work to do. 

This world belongs to us and to our children.

The production of true prosperity requires honesty and correctly focused effort.


What does your child know of God?

What do you produce?

Friday, December 4, 2015

BodyWeight exercises

My schedule is pretty crammed sometimes and getting that extra little pump really helps get through the day and keep your energy and activity levels up.  I keep a pair of free-weights handy whenever possible to get some reps in when my daughter is in the shower etc.  Bodyweight exercises can also be a great way to tone up your abs and you can do them anywhere, anytime.

Bodyweight exercises are also a great way to tone your core and i really need to build up my core.

 My favorites:
  1. V-ups - From laying position, touch toes, balancing on buttocks
  2. Russian Twists - Trunk twists while sitting on floor with feet out in front
  3. Flutter Kicks - Raise your feet off floor while lying on your back
  4. Bicycle Kicks - Cross-over situps alternating elbows to opposite knee
  5. Plank - 30 seconds on your elbows
  6. Side Plank - On one elbow


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Carbeurator Tuning

I have a 1981 Toyota Pickup that is having some fuel consumption issues.  It's a great old vehicle and it will be out of smog requirements pretty soon, which is when I plan on converting it to natural gas or e-fuel, depending on what's available in our area.  In the mean time, I need to tune the carbeurator so that it can pass smog and reduce pollution.  It's been sitting in my driveway for a while now, just looking pretty.

So the problem that it has is black smoke from the exhaust, paired with excessive fuel consumption.  It's a pretty straightforward carburettor, so it shouldn't be too difficult for me, although I'm not any kind of car repair expert. First step for me is to clean out the jets.

front view of aisin carb (single jet)

It's an Aisan 2 barrel carburetor, at least I think it is, except that it only has one jet.  The carb has to be removed from the engine in order to access the main jet, even though the main jet access bolt is easy to remove, it's just at an odd angle and I can barely see inside the port, let alone figure out how to get the darn thing out and cleaned.  Ordering a complete kit is $53 at  I may only need the lower flange gasket, which is $1.53.  I guess the next step is to remove the bugger and see what is going on.  Coolant is drained, most of the fuel is out of the carb itself. 

view of carb from engine side

Found a gash in one of the vacuum hoses.   Repaired it and put it all back together to see if it runs now. 

view of carb from passenger side
Sounds better.  Now to set timing and calibrate carburetor.

view of carb from behind
Then off to have smog checked.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

RX833 750W Power supply

Tracking down some schematics

Wow, that is a loud fan.  I guess it's even louder when it doesn't have a server rack wrapped around it.  Sounds like a jet getting ready to take off.  That's really unfortunate.  It's more efficient then then an array of HPS.  All 12V also, so only real danger is that the power supply will go out.  It's a pretty safe device.  62A possible output, 40A expected output.

LED's (50k hrs)
Picture by Paul Sober
Those are banana plugs for the 12V connections and the switches are single throw, double pole, but only one side is used.  Next step is drilling channels for wires to power each array of LEDs.  So excited that the power supply is all wired up etc.   My 5 year old daughter was helping me with the wiring and had some very interesting questions about the internal workings of the power supply.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Kids books

Some ideas for children's books
  • Emma plants an apple seed
  • Emma learns about farming
  • conserving water / water use
  • composting
  • some kind of a textbook

Picture by Paul Sober

Things to do:
  • Clean
  • fix toilets
  • work on truck
  • build garden boxes
  • drop compost (into soil)
  • clean side yard
So much to do.  I guess that's just a symptom of living in an actual environment.

Emma and I are thinking about making some books for her to read, using the words that she knows.  She's an excellent reader and knows all her words from school, plus the ones that she's learned on her own.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Progress

Finished first rough draft of chapter one, "A growth event" of the book about how composting is going to save the world.  It's a pretty good book so far.  It's called, "FutureHope" for now.  I'm still not %100 sure about the book title, but it's good enough for now.  Actually, the first chapter was written all at once and I've just been editing and re-working it, over and over, until at some point, it will be more like a real first chapter of a meaningful and important literary work.

I'm pretty excited about this project.  The table of contents is up as well, although I keep coming up with better chapter titles.  For instance, I'm considering adding a chapter about medical waste and how it will change in order to become more sustainable, and the title for that proposed chapter would be, "healthy people are good for the environment", or maybe, "healthiness is good for our planet".  Something like that.

Essentially, I would really like to have a solid chapter and a clear table of contents before I approach any publishers about actually getting published.  That includes crowd-funding sources.  There are so many!

bokashi composting

Once the idea is clear and some of the writing is completed, it would be good to get some funding to support the research that must be completed in order to fill in the spaces in the subject matter and to develop some graphics and stuff.

Other stuff to do:
  • Fix truck
  • Complete crowd sourcing information
  • Make/find letter for publishers
  • Print/reread chapter 1
  • Finish moving stuff in garage
  • Build new garden boxes
  • Clean compost buckets

It's not that composting is going to save the world, exactly.  I mean, there's so much work to do, but good composting technique is at the end of all the different channels, turning organic waste into an important agricultural product that builds soil and increases fertility and productivity.  Without composting, all that bio-waste has the possibility of becoming environmentally destructive instead of profitable and beneficial.

Completed bokashi compost
With composting, bio-degradable waste is just another beneficial input.  Paper products, food waste and even organic medical waste are all compost-able.  Outputs from gasification plants and from sewage digesters are also excellent inputs for industrial composting operations.

My composting processes are rapid and insect and odor free.  There may be some dispute about the philosophical facets of my composting beliefs, but my processes promote positive biological growth by controlling the bacterial and fungal populations in the sludge, and eventually, in the ground.  My output is capable of eradicating many bacterial and fungal problems in fruit orchards.  These statements are provable.

With funding, we would be able to obtain a property and some vehicles and other machinery so that we could begin collecting and processing food waste in this area.  Once the system is proven, it would be possible to begin consulting other similar operations around the country and around the world.

Back to growing plants for now.  My creative well just seems to have dried up.  I'll keep posting articles about the types of technology that I'm looking at  but I don't think a lot of progress is going to be made on the book.  It's just time consuming and I have to rewrite stuff a lot to make it clear and precise and remove any kind of writing that sounds like propaganda rather then a straightforward discussion of technology and how the natural progression of that technology is producing systems that are beneficial for the environment and how that natural progression is going to change many different facets of modern industry.

The book is written in my head, but I can't seem to get it out.  I write a little and then stop and then I re-read it and it sounds like garbage and I have to rewrite the entire thing and it lacks flow and read-ability or intellectual ergonomics or something.  The writing just seems bulky and non-fluid, rather then communicating the connectivity between so many seemingly unrelated technologies. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Low light Crops

These plants are excellent as a secondary crop, with the primary crop being something that provides shade and space in the rhizosphere.  Separating the roots of plants that do not 'live well' together is an excellent way to control fertilization of both.

santolina cuttings
This is all proprietary information.  Use at your own risk.

  • Jiaogulan - A wild mountain herb, jiaogulan thrives in mountain environments, under the canopy, where it uses trees and shrubs for structure, making dense clouds of biomass inside the forest.  Jiagulan is commonly cultivated inside screen buildings, where it is easily controlled and contained.
  • Goji - Originally a wild plant known as boxthorn, goji grows well in adverse environments and produces  protein in the form of nutritious leaves or berries.  The young shoots are a prized delicacy and packed with nutrition.
  • Malabar Spinach - A climbing vine that is not only nutritious, but also delcious, tasting like a crisp butter lettuce, but without the possibility of bolting.  In fact, it just keeps growing and producing the warmer it gets.  The tiny baby leaves make little purple hearts in your salads. 
  • Wormwood - Generally not considered edible, due to toxic compounds, wormwood has many excellent qualities and can produce a crop in places where water availability is low.  Check with your local agricultural office to ensure that it is considered safe in the area where you intend to cultivate it.
  • Fringed Sagebrush - A low growing shrub, with a soft appearance, Fringed Sagebrush is commonly used as a ground cover and appears as a silver carpet wherever it is cultivated.  Taller varieties produce tall plumes of fluffy silver foliage that sparkle in the morning dew.

The roots of wormwood deter the roots of competing plants and is considered invasive in North Dakota.  The other plants on this list have already naturalized in various parts of the US without significant consequence.

goji seedlings
 Dual crops is experimental business and any specific pairings should be tested prior to committing resources to large-scale production.


1001 All-natural secrets to a pest-free property

1001 All-natural secrets to a pest-free property is the name of a book, written by Dr. Myles H. Bader, about one of my favorite subjects, the death and otherwise non-presence of pests without the use of chemical pesticides.  Plant-based solutions tend to be more effective in many cases.  Growing your own is a great way to test and develop new products and to test for effectiveness of your solutions.

Research for one of these projects usually takes a year or so.  Overlapping projects is a great way to compound the learning from each.  For instance, learning new calculus or differential math terms is a great way to increase your ability to retain and utilize linguistic concepts.

low water requirement plants that are also insect repelling
fringed sagebrush
lumber trees
  • paulownia
  • balsa
  • ash
  • birch
  • poplar
 Other insect repelling plants

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

salinity waste mitigation project

Patents are issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  Duration is approximately 20 years.

Current project is a utility patent.  Project is a process for producing a useful, concrete and tangible result.  It definitely has utility.  I have never known it to be used in this way before, so that it may be novel.  It may also be non-obvious to someone who is knowledgeable in that field.

algae culture


A system of algae production is possible that reduces total sodium ion content by cultivating algae in waste water with added nutrients.  Added nutrients are generally beneficial to rhizosphere and increase value for irrigation.  Additional requirements may be a bacterial treatment to mitigate harmful compounds prior to cultivation.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Discussion of agriculture in third world countries

Over the last decade or so, chemical fertilizers are being used increasingly in third world countries.  This is a good thing in some ways and a negative thing in other, perhaps more important ways.

First of all, it is good that poorer, undereducated people are able to use modern technology to increase harvests and more food is a good thing.  Especially in these places where people are having trouble getting nutrition.  Nutrition is getting more and more difficult to produce for the growing populations, so it's a good thing that they're able to produce more food.

One negative consequence of this increase is that there is more chemical run-off of fertilized water from the fields, into waterways, which eventually reach the ocean.  Phosphorous, Nitrogen and Potassium, the major elements of chemical fertilizers, are important elements for healthy plant growth.  Unfortunately, when suspended in water, they are also useful for growing algae.  Algae in the ocean or in large bodies of water, reduce evaporation from those bodies of water.

If large portions of the ocean were to get covered over with algae, then our planet could become a desert planet.  I would expect the temperatures to continue rising, and for the atmosphere to dry out.  Less cloud cover means less light is reflected back out into space, so that the problem is self-compounding.  Many of the problems that are due to carbon debt behave similarly.  The problem causes other problems which exacerbate the problem even more.

My take on the problem is that we need educated people to get involved with managing these land resources.  If there is a limited quantity of arable land in the world, and it's getting more and more important to our growing population, then why is it being managed by the poorest, most uneducated people on the planet?  I have seen some efforts by Bill Gates and others to educate these people, but it seems like it's mostly geared towards getting them to use the fertilizers, rather then getting them to use sustainable farming techniques to grow more food without the negative impacts associated with modern fertilization techniques.

Modern Agriculture

Sustainability is all about cyclic systems.  New sustainable technologies are often simply adaptations of existing systems, except with a reorientation of outputs so that less energy (and therefore money) is wasted.  Previously, packaging may have been discarded after a single use, now it is simply used several times before being composted.  Admittedly, industrial composting is a system that needs to be implemented more, and I wish I knew how to help that to occur.

The system that I use at home is a two-step process that ferments anaerobically for two weeks first and then combines with pre-composted landscape wastes for a second two weeks of aerobic composting.  It produces beautiful black compost that is rich in nutrients and is excellent for increasing the productive capacity of any kind of soil and it is completely finished in less then 4 weeks.

Industrially, it would be possible to produce a viable finished product from any kind of food waste in less then a week.  Ideally, the holding time would be closer to 2 weeks to ensure that all free energy has been consumed by the bacteria before sending out the product to be distributed in the fields.  The product would then finish decomposing in the soil, naturally buffering the pH levels of the soil and increasing fertility for the cost of transporting the product to the soil.

One of the reasons that chemical fertilizer is used in agriculture is the cost of transportation.  A ton of cow manure, for example, is extremely cheap, and it's great for the soil, but it costs a lot of money to transport.  Food wastes could be used around any city to improve agricultural operations, using these processes, instead of filling up landfills with potentially dangerous biologically active materials.  I wish I could help to implement this technology.

Agricultural Lactic Acid Bacteria (ALAB), such as those researched by Dr. Teruo Higa, are capable of speeding up the breakdown of agricultural residues and any kind of food waste quickly and safely.  They also reduce common negative odors associated with agricultural activities, such as the sometimes raunchy odor of decomposing manure.  They are cheap to manufacture and are capable of helping us to increase the fertility of our soil while reducing the costs associated with fertilization.

Written By: Paul Sober

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Blog post 1.0

I considered calling it "How and why I planted 3 trillion trees", but that seemed a little conciliatory and intellectually inflated since we all know that it would take a many human beings working really hard to plant 3 trillion trees, even if you did use drones, since people program and build drones, except people are the reason for it all. 

In my dude's unit, they carpet bombed entire areas of the planet with bio-degradable gel bombs that were pre-innoculated with everything required to create the rainforest exactly as it was required in order to remove precisely the quantity of carbon dioxide from the environment that was required to return our environment to pre-industrialization levels. 

Of course there was some species that were dislocated.  Do you think the fairy brine shrimp have a better chance of surviving or do the people?  I am willing to bet at least two nickles that every single one of those "protected areas" are devoid of any 'protected' life forms, but at least we kept the idiots from paving the entire area and calling it, Philedelphia 2.0 or some such none-sense.

moringa seedlings in bags
moringa seedlings in bags

Goji berries are delicious and good for you.  A compendium of information about growing, cropping, propagating, developing your own strains and even growing under hydroponic conditions indoors, under low wattage light.  Varying spectrum, footcandles of light required, his father was an award-winning lighting engineer, before they existed. 

If you ever wanted to know about how to grow goji with fertilizer, then you might want to read an article about it.  Of course, people who would really like to know about how to grow goji as a crop, might not know that they needed someone to figure out how to tell them all about how they need to learn about how to grow goji. Helpful fungus that grow throughout the rootzone, also known as the rhizosphere, are called, mycorrhizae.  Mycorrhizae are an important team-mate in our efforts to grow strong and healthy plants.

Moringa is also an amazing plant.  It is becoming more and more popular in many impoverished countries around the world because of it's ability to provide long life and good health to those who make it a part of every meal.  The reason that it generally contributes to a person's good health is that it is high in a special kind of phyto-nutrient a fiber and has been scientifically documented to reduce suffering from arthritis. 

Orange peels (and other things) contain a flavanoid called Quercetin.  If you peel the hard orange part off the outside of the orange, and save the soft, white part of the peel (also known as the pithe), then you will have a substance which is tremendously beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis.  If you include it in a smoothie, then it's a single ingredient that makes a smoothie taste like an orange julius, better, in my opinion.  Plus, it's only one ingredient, not 30, including chemicals and colorings that may or may not be carcinogenic.   

Just generating some text for the robots that include links to things like goji berry juice, and goji berry plants.  Articles about things like using goji plants as house plants.  Growing goji indoors is a pretty good book.  Growing goji in a window is a well-selling book written by a complete goji fanatic.  8 different strains of cultivated varieties of goji berry plants.  N1 goji berry genetics.  N7 goji berry genetics.  Industrial/agricultural goji.  Goji grown for it's strength as a wild plant.  Goji grown for it's ecological and environmental benefits.  STQ1 Paulownia genetics. 

Paulownia trees.  Paulownia.  Settle down.  Silverwood propagation

Notes for books

FutureHope - A sharp look at our planet and the changes that are required for our home to remain a comfortable, habitable place in the near (and far) future.  Modern biological technology is paired against modern real-world problems, addressing the concerns of anti-environmental people within the scientific community etc.

Tree-nomics - the business and logistics of tree-farming and how it will save the world while providing a generous income to those who are willing to do the work.

blackstar - In a perfect dimension, there is a planet earth.  It is populated with humans.  These particular humans live in a perfect society because they figured out how to fix everything.  The environment was saved.  The people were saved.  And they all lived happily ever after.  It begins about 10 years ago.



high-definition sparkle

4th of july

derogatory salutation

cryptology experiment

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What's the plan?

Today was fairly productive.  I'm reorganizing our home.  We've spent the last couple of years collecting junk from family, thrift stores, garage sales etc. and it's starting to pile up.  I'm starting in my office, getting rid of uneccessary books and packing away those precious tomes which I just can't get myself to let go of. 

portrait by emma sober

I love that feeling of looking over a space and seeing how much better it is after putting some effort into it.  I also enjoy spending some time imagining spaces in a more improved state.  I imagine how much more productive the space could be, or just imagine myself relaxing in a space that has more convenience or comfort built into it. 

do you have kung fu?

My daughter has really started to clean and pick up after herself recently.  It's very inspiring to be a part of her development and to see her deciding to get everything put away so she can enjoy the rewards of living in a clean and orderly space (and the extra cupcake or freshly baked cookies that were offered as a reward). 

Found a cool site called the organic farming research foundation, which is pretty interesting.  They have a lot of information about various organic farming things, including some articles about developing a commercial organic goji production plan.  Goji production has been my main field of study lately, propagating, fertilizing, growing, cropping, etc.  It's kind of a big deal.  There are many places in America where Goji could be an excellent crop.  It produces high quality protein and doesn't consume excessive water.  It has especially high potential in areas where the soil quality and water availability are low.

candy display

I've been exercising my back and shoulders more and more.  The pain is finally lifting.  It's a pain that I've carried around since childhood and it's such a relief that it's not so intense and heavy all the time.  Having some muscles is good.  If I can build muscles, then anyone can.  Below is a before picture.  My spine is all messed up.  I figure, if Michael Phelps can exercise for 12 hours a day, then I can do at least 5 or 6 hours, at least until the pain isn't so intense.  Exercise sure beats having to take pain pills.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Got a good workout

I've been doing some work with free weights and have progressively been building more and more reps and speed.  My shoulders and back have been messed up since I was a young man in the military, working long shifts, every day, on a small ship, bouncing around in the ocean, heaving giant cauldrons of food and dough around, etc.

Anyway, all the hard work is paying off.  My shoulder is gaining stability and the pain is gradually receding.  It's been painful for years and years.  I don't remember ever not having pain in my back and shoulders.  It's just something that you get used to.

It's strange though, every once in a while, some joint or vertebra gains a little extra range of motion or freedom and I'm not expecting it and there's a wierd grind or something slips.  Using free weights helps because it builds muscle based on the available range of motion, rather then on some predetermined motion based on the structure of some machine. 

Lately, I've been working on a project called American Goji, which is my attempt to help build the general acceptance and usage of goji as a crop here in America.  It is a low water requirement crop and it is excellent for mitigating erosion and drought in depleted or damaged soils.

My daughter and I were reading a book full of pictures from outer-space, taken by astronauts on NASA space flights, called Orbit, and it had a picture of some of the farms in the middle east, which draw water up from thousands of feet below the surface, then they desalinate it and use it to grow wheat. This made me think, what if they decided to use that water to grow perennial kinds of crops, that would build the bio-matter in the topsoil and actually beat the desert back.

It's just a general thing that's been bugging me lately.  We went on a trip to Yosemite, and it was just horrible how much of the place has been burned recently.  Luckily, right around our campsite, there was some green trees, but most of the way there all we could see was charred stumps and piles of deadwood getting ready to be burnt.  The air was filled with ash and the sun was clouded out from the smoke.  We came back early.

It just gave me a real appreciation for water.  We've had a drought here in California for a while now, so I turn off the water in the shower when I'm scrubbing, and I wash dishes with a pot of water rather then by leaving the water running in the sink, but just seeing the devastation of the drought made me think, "There has to be something that we can do to prevent this."

I am not the kind of person that thinks that everything will just get better without some concerted effort by intelligent people.  I personally believe that we are in an extreme carbon debt to the atmosphere.  We have released so many millions of tons of carbon into the air, and haven't considered what could happen as a result.  The president and people are talking about developing more clean energy, which is about reducing our carbon output, but we need to talk about reducing the existing carbon in the atmosphere back to a level that is safe.  We need to grow more trees and plants to draw that carbon out of the air and bring balance back to our environment.  There is a distinct possibility that all these changes in our atmosphere could have drastic and destructive consequences.

My system for propagating trees and plants is evolving and improving all the time.  Today I discovered that 12 gauge electrical wire is useful for many things.  My father was an electrical contractor and one of the things he left me was a pile of electrical stuff, which included several spools of 12 gauge wire.  Iron wire rusts when it's exposed to moisture, but copper wire just oxidizes a little.  Plus, electrical wire has a nifty plastic coating on it that further protects it from moisture.

The amazon jungle is one of the most extreme examples of deforestation.  The jungle there has been drawing tons and tons of carbon out of the atmosphere every year, but it is also being chopped down and populated at an amazing rate.  Now we have to figure out how to generate that kind of a carbon sink.  I hate doing research about it because it's just so fricking depressing.  All the millions and millions of acres of rich forest that were just chopped down and then cultivated ignorantly to produce maximum crop output for a couple of years without concern or interest in taking care of the land so that it could sustainably produce crops for longer periods of time.

It's just so sad on so many levels.  Reduction in biodiversity, disrespect for a very complex and necessary structure, waste of natural resources, ignorance in industry, displacement of indigenous peoples.  ug. I really like beef, but knowing what i know about the industry makes me want to never even touch the stuff.  Beef in and of itself isn't bad, but much of the destruction of rainforest that is occurring is related to beef production. 

Another one of the many things that I'm working on is a system that can support beef production in the US, or at least on our continent.  There are some factors that still need to get worked out, but it is coming.  %50 percent reduction in livestock production costs, %40 percent increase in dairy production.  250 tons per acre of open land, with an estimated 750 tons of production per acre in greenhouses.  Only 30% of that is edible as food for people or livestock, but those are still some insane numbers when you consider alfalfa only produces about 11 tons per acre under optimum conditions. 

Any major country with this technology and some land that is in zone 3 or warmer could feed the rest of the world.

It just seems strange to me that there is so much attention and resources going into developing new strains of corn or wheat, and so little attention going into millet, barley and all the other grains and plants that have naturally developed to have drought resistant qualities.  Why isn't there more industrial development in producing products that use these cheaper, easier to grow grains that are also nutritious for people? We talk about how a vegetarian diet is good for the planet, but why don't we support our efforts to obtain the necessary nutrition that we require as humans by producing more products that use more nutritious grains?

Well, anyway, that is all kind of atmospheric.  The shifter on my bike is going out on the top and bottom gears.  I used to keep it in the highest gear and just drive everywhere like that, but since we put the trailer on it, I've been adjusting it back and forth based on my ability to haul my daughter around.  I am definitely getting old.

So, that's pretty much it.  I just wrote an article about growing goji from seed, although there aren't any pictures yet.  Pictures really make the article, don't you think so?