Wednesday Morn on the hill

By , May 4, 2005 10:37 pm

Spent yesterday (tuesday) cutting brush and hauling junk.

Got the fence from the qhut to the road trimmed. Still got that in front of the qhut and on both sides of the road down to the barn to go.

Got Bertha cleared off and a load of wood on it now. Loaded it last light last night and didn’t unload into the burn pile yet. Trailer tongue is moved as is Martha’s greenhouse base. Almost to the point that I can cut some trees down and start reshaping the area. Going to put a terrace in just east of the 12 wide and lower the ground level to the north except around the holly and cedar trees. Guessing either parking or drive and parking. Will figure it out when I get there.

One thing that is becoming more and more obvious is that I am going to need a large area under roof if I am going to keep much of the junk I have collected over the years. At present we are consolidating it in one place and somewhat organizing it as we go but with the cars that we are planning on taking apart we’re gonna have to have storage under roof. Trying to use tarps in this environment simply traps the moisture and rots, rusts or otherwise destroys what you have covered.

I went to move some desks that had been under tarp yesterday and upon removing the tarp the tops of the desks were ruined. No biggie as I was planning on taking the drawer unit out and using it only but still pissed me off. So…

Guess the next step is to build a large area under roof to warehouse the stuff.

Thinking about using the motor and transmission from the Mercury Zepher to power the sawmill. And a generator. And heat water. And run an air compressor. On wood gas using chips for a fuel source. Use an auger for auto feed. Also may want to figure on a hydrolic pump being driven on demand, to power things like the auger. Or just use an electric motor which will be simpler, cheaper, and easier to interface to with a computer to control the whole thing.

Few more quick thoughts here follow.

check cement requirements for building slab behind barn where shed is now.

call ragland about buying cement by the 55 gal drum

ck w johnny about brother in law hauling gravel and sand

what will it take to get the mixer working well enough to pour 30 yards or so.

look into bamboo reinforcement for replacing rebar or wire as well as using the chopped twigs and leaves in place of fiberglass.

make a crush tester. I need to build a press so have got the transport dollies. get ass to work. use pressure gauge on cylinder side of pump to monitor pressure exerted. cone in press and crush. work or not?

get inverter to run power tools from battery.

get voltage regulator for welder to charge battery.

get post hole digger from bill brock.

add handles to gravel screen.

that’s all for now. going back out and at it again.

Bamboo: A Multipurpose Agroforestry Crop

By , May 4, 2005 10:34 pm

Bamboo: A Multipurpose Agroforestry Crop

And another with mucho links to other sites.

Bamboo Gardener – Homepage

By , May 4, 2005 10:32 pm

Bamboo Gardener – Homepage

If I haven’t here is another good bamboo resource.

ABS – Bamboo as Raw Material

By , May 4, 2005 6:28 pm

ABS – Bamboo as Raw Material

Can’t remember if I posted this link before or not. Much info!

Desert Domes – Bamboo Domes

By , May 4, 2005 6:27 pm

Desert Domes – Bamboo Domes

Interesting.

*Play the Flute, Make a Flute* MARK SHEPARD’S FLUTE PAGE *Playing, Making, Fingering Chart*

By , May 4, 2005 6:26 pm

*Play the Flute, Make a Flute* MARK SHEPARD’S FLUTE PAGE *Playing, Making, Fingering Chart*

Cool!

Personal information management, to do lists, organizer: Backpack

By , May 4, 2005 6:23 pm

Personal information management, to do lists, organizer: Backpack

Another one I am not sure of. Just looking at the moment.

Welcome to Growl!

By , May 4, 2005 9:25 am

Welcome to Growl!

Not sure yet. Just downloaded it to try.

“Growl is a global notification system for Mac OS X. Any application can send a notification to Growl, which will display an attractive message on your screen. Growl currently works with a growing number of applications.”

spiked-science | survey | E=mc2 centenary survey | E=mc2 survey – AtoB

By , May 4, 2005 9:23 am

spiked-science | survey | E=mc2 centenary survey | E=mc2 survey – AtoB

NPR : A ‘Handbook’ to Robert Crumb

By , May 4, 2005 9:22 am

NPR : A ‘Handbook’ to Robert Crumb

MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI One news and information for owners and enthusiasts, from The Number One Independent New MINI site, MINI2

By , May 4, 2005 9:22 am

MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI One news and information for owners and enthusiasts, from The Number One Independent New MINI site, MINI2

Okay, I’m not sure what to think here. On the one hand it’s a interesting art form. On the other it’s just weird looking.

Makes me want to glue bamboo pieces all over something to drive around.

Still thinking about doing a bamboo body for a car too, but thats for another post…

IO2Technology: Heliodisplay/ Interactive Free-Space Display

By , May 4, 2005 9:18 am

IO2Technology: Heliodisplay/ Interactive Free-Space Display

Cool!

Tuesday Morn

By , May 4, 2005 9:17 am

Finishing my morning cuppa at the kitchen table and fixing to go out and about for a bit.

Got the rest of the cars moved yesterday afternoon. Clown Vic is moved. Mercury Zepher likewise. Sunbird, Camero, and VW Rabbit likewise moved. Entire garden-side fence row is empty of cars anyway. Still got lots of other stuff there but the cars are in the junkyard area for now anyway.

Got most of the cut and uncut tires moved from the pile by the drive to the creek where they are being used as erosion control. Still got to cut drain holes in the sidewall that is left but that is a few seconds per tire. Also carried several truckloads of crap from Marthas pile and added to the junkyard piles. Getting closer.

Had 7 people on the bridge at one time yesterday afternoon. They just kept coming out of the woods it seems like though most of them came through the junkyard. Cat and I were taking a breather on the bridge when Herrington brought the trailer back and brought a friend with him to see the place. Then Neil and Aaron show up. Then Bill wanders in. Quite a group but didn’t note any structural problems at all.

Tea is gone and I am heading for the hill.

At the office by the power line cut πŸ˜‰

Guess today will be taken mostly by cleanup again. Going to try to finish clearing the area under the cedars by the parking area by the qhut. Too many places I am working on. Guess I need to clear the stuff off the back of Bertha and use it. Will be much quicker just harder to get to where I need it. Needs a hundred feet to turn in or seems to. Do a lot of back and filling with it but it does have a 12 foot bed. Need to tear into the engine and fix whatever it’s problem is. And today is a good day to die. Need to find the compression tester.

Takenoko – a photoset on Flickr

By , May 4, 2005 9:09 am

Takenoko – a photoset on Flickr

Joi Ito’s Web: Preparing takenoko

By , May 4, 2005 9:01 am

Joi Ito’s Web: Preparing takenoko

The One and Only

By , May 4, 2005 8:44 am

The One and Only

Legal Fiction

By , May 4, 2005 5:12 am

Legal Fiction

Scary!

Panorama Theme by Themocracy