Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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.



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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?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Another busy day

Got a lot done today.  Woke up, cleaned the dishes, cleaned the living room, reorganized the craft closet.  Emma and I cleaned her room and then we started organizing the sparkly stuff and making bracelets with the beads.

It was a pretty good day.  Made some bbq chicken and some chicken soup.

Planted some wild herb seeds.  The desert willow seeds are sprouting!  Very exciting.  Emma is dressed in her microprocessor technician pj's.  She even has gloves on, which makes her look even more technical, except for the hello kitty hood.


  • Long-term goals 
    • Tree Farm
    • Emma ready for college
  • Opportunities
    • Drought tolerant crops
    • Local Restaurants/Chefs (herbs)
    • Craft herbs 
      • smoking herbs
      • bbq people
      • sports medicine
      • livestock medicine
    • Blogging (Adwords)
      • Parenting
      • Medicinal usage of herbs/plants
      • Alternative Energy (biomass)
      • Growing plants
      • Cooking
      • Baking
      • Cheap, nutritious food, balanced diet
  • Prioritize
    • Making money
    • Motivation (personal)
    • Family
  • People
    • Sending cute emails
    • Jokes
    • Caring, asking how people are doing in a non-patterned way
  • Possibilities
    • Making puppets
    • Planting more perennials
  • Momentum
    • Sending gifts
    • Business Plan
    • Paulownias in ground and post about them.
    • Pick only a few blogs.  One at first.  One you can really plow at.  It's best if they're interconnected.  A structure.
  • Appreciate 
    • Patience of family
    • Ability to think/work creatively
stack of buckets
Environmental blogs, energy blogs, biomass, search engine work, cleaning and organizing office, cleaning and organizing garage, finishing/completing bathroom, 10 completed, documented recipes,

How to have a great day

Obviously there are always things that are beyond your control, but there are also things you can do to improve the odds that you will have an excellent day.  In order to increase the likelihood that I will have a productive and enjoyable day, I'm working on a wake-up routine, or sorts, that can help me stay focused on my long-term and short-term goals and increase the positive energy that exists around me.  When I say, "you" here, I mean me. 

  1. Review long-term objectives - Think about your goals and how you're working towards them.
  2. Search for opportunities - Spend time every day looking at, searching for and contemplating opportunities.  Too much is distracting, but it's a big world out there.
  3. Prioritize - Think about your previous day, how you spent your time, and how you plan to spend your time in the next day.  Where is your time going and how can you use more time towards your goals?
  4. Consider the people involved in your life - Think about how your actions effect them and think about how to benefit them in some way.
  5. Consider possibilities - For each activity, or event that you have planned, spend a little time contemplating it and looking for opportunities to increase value and benefit people.
  6. Find opportunities to generate momentum - Your goals are important.  Who are you going to benefit and how can you increase their opportunity to be benefited by your activities?
  7. Appreciate - No matter what is going on, there is always something to appreciate.  Finding that appreciation increases your ability to extract benefit from negative situations or occurrences.  Taking the time to find things to appreciate gives you power in many different ways. 

 Goals are good.  Having goals gives your life purpose.  My daughter is 5 years old, and I have a goal for her to be able to go to college.  She may decide not to, depending on her own goals for her life, but my goal is for that to be possible for her.  I have other goals, but that is one particular goal which is especially important to me.  I would be so happy to see her graduate from college with a plan for a career etc. 

To that end, we spend time talking about careers and what is involved with developing a career.  It's a lot for a 5 year old, but she's also an intelligent person and children are capable of understanding a lot more then many people give them credit for.  We read books, watch videos on youtube, etc.  Raising a child requires someone's attention.

red clover blossom

So, if you see a post here, and it's entitled "have a great day", there's a possibility that it's just a run through of those steps listed above.