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A different point of view is needed in Washington DC

They are servants, that work for US, …………..they are not our leaders!

TRUMP

The Constitution is a Contract that LIMITS their powers and must be observed to the letter! The Federal government is not a Sovereign over the people and the States. The people and states created the federal government to be a Servant and not their master.

The permanent bureaucracy must be chained to carry out the policies of our elected officials under the constraints of the HIGHEST LAW in the land. They can not be allowed to create policy and dictate conditions or they will destroy everything in their greed for wealth and power.

From their creation to total destruction of the society they manage takes about 300 years.   Through out all of history this has been the case. Bureaucracy grows until they strangle society with regulation, taxes and fees. Then the people get desperate under that burden and destroy everything and kill off their tormentors. Society goes through a Dark Age and then rebuilds, begins to add bureaucratic management to maintain the peace while the Bureaucracy grows it’s self, adding to it’s funding and reach into peoples lives and pockets until the next crash.

It really is us or them, and we don’t need them. While the bureaucrats were few,weak  and poorly paid America Grew and prospered. A poor and backward country became the world super power.  As long as they are over worked and under payed they act like servants.  But, as they gain wealth through better pay and power they have the leisure to dream up new projects. Projects that require new streams of funding and regulations,  They soon acquire the attitude that they are the rulers and the people are their servants to work and fund their projects that will attest to their Grand Importance. It is human nature, bureaucrats dream of creating greater Empires to Rule. …pg

We don’t Need Them!

Solar Project

A solar PV installation has been a dream from the start of this farm project but HIGH cost and lack of funds has always forced us to just grit our teeth an pay the electric bill. a couple of months ago I came across an offer to sell used panels in bulk an a very low price. These were removed from a 10 year old PV power plant that was being upgraded to increase it’s production and take advantage of tax law changes. This model of Sanyo panels are guaranteed to produce 90% after 10 years and 80% after 20 years. It appears to me that there may be a lot of used Solar equipment that will be available soon.

i1035 FW1.1

To do a simple system, gridtie, was selected to get the most bang for the buck in reducing the Utility costs that are scheduled to increase even more from their present high rate.

i1035 FW1.1

Sanyo  200Watt MonoHIP-200BA add Gridtie micro-inverters

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         The Enphase Energy Microinverter System solves solar power challenges by performing Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) at each solar module. MPPT is an algorithm used to calculate and respond to temperature and light changes detected on a solar power system, and to determine how much power to draw from the module.
The SANYO HIT-HIP (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin Layer) solar panel is made of a thin single crystalline silicon cells surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers.  The unique structure produces highly efficient cells capable of achieving more than 18% module efficiency while producing more power even at higher temperatures
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These panels leads are terminated in MC connectors for a massive series- parallel DC grid so I needed to convert them to MC-4 connectors that would match the micro controllers input leads.
These controllers are becoming available in bulk, as well. They are too small for more modern higher output panels of commercial system upgrades.

The New old project continues.

T6b Airwasher

T6B Airwasher

There it is, Airwasher T6B that now sits on my kitchen floor quietly humming away cleaning about 60 cubic feet a minute of air while using 60watts of power. Made of Grey ABS plastic. on a little Monoprice IIIP printer (see below). It sits in a 1 gallon food container and took about 40 hrs of print time and most of a spool of filament. Quite a learning experience in Acad and 3D printing.

Monoprice 3D Printer IIIPv2

Now that it is reality, I can contemplate and easily create improvements. I must say, having a manufacturing facility in my tiny Computer Lab is amazing to me. Quite literally, the magic of the 21st Century that I read about in the mid 20th SiFi pulps, is now real.

This morning I sat here marveling at the magic of modern technology that makes this possible. A tiny Hurricane that I have trapped in a container, is cleaning the air in my room while I sit here communicating that fact with the rest of world.  Tesla’s rotating electrical energy system, mass produced computers systems and the World Wide Web of communication makes all of this possible, even for a poor man living in a cabin out in the middle of the woods.

the first post on this project A New Old Project.

January 21 201 the latest Airwasher T6 c; blue & white

This one in black, is operating on my kitchen floor next to my computer 😎 lab. I think This model incorporates all of the improvements that it needs…………..for now.

The bucket is a semi-clear 1 gallon food container. Nice to be able to see the interior operations and water levels.

Airwasher T6 blowup

T6 Genii Whirlwind Airwasher

lots of parts. Uses the motor from a high quality swamp cooler circulation pump.

Any interest in the codes to build one for yourself should be voiced in comments below….pg

A New Old Project

The Genii Whirlwind Airwasher

While blogging in the dark of smoke and power outage of the Camp Fire. I struck up conversation through an Internet Link with my youngest sister about my need for one of my fume scrubbers. The last of the hand made ones died last year. My grandson and I had purchased a small 3D printer last year to begin creating a new model. Something some of us need from time to time to breath and sleep during periods of poor air quality. My sister , a recently retired educator was interested in helping her brother in creating a business to manufacture and market this consumer market Airwasher that I had developed over 25 years ago and had failed to successfully bring to market.

old airwashers

People that used the hand made units really loved them, including myself but the unknown changes in motor quality by the motor manufacture right after I started creating them doomed that effort and often caused premature failure of the devices. An economic down turn at a critical time caused my prospective investors to backout and the effort collapsed.  The Proposed consumer model was abandoned. Oh well, I moved on.

With the Internet and 3D printers we might be able get this going for something less then the $500,000 that I was looking at the last time and if my sister and her adult son take an interest they might be able to create a real business for themselves and I can continue my other projects. Finance and business management are among her talents and her son is an independent craftsman/tradesman type. This might even work out and I won’t have to do everything myself like the last time.     Ok ! lets go for it!

Once again I am digging into Acad and creating files to be printed for test models that can evolve into Beta units that will result in injection molded retail consumer units.

Quality, Swamp cooler water pumps are providing the motors for the new effort and the possibility of designing around the right kind of motors for the job. I need to set up a printer cabinet in my cozy computer Lab.  😉 Lol while doing test work in the kitchen. Getting the water pickup, air flow and effective scrub action while making efficient use of the motor without overloading it will be the next challenge.  Every part must be laid out so it can be created by the printer, no small thing. This requires 3 dimensional visualization and planning. Luckily with Acad, the computer can Show me the proposed part  before I print my mistakes.  Next learn about how to operate a 3D printer to print this 4 part power head that is the motor enclosure, water pickup and scrub blower.

1 airwasher

Wow! that is close to actual size on my monitor, 5 inch blower ring and 6 inch motor mount disk. While I’m resting I will need to figure out the scrubbing scroll and air guides …pg

Airwasher02

December 9  I just got the Acad file done on the above, looks good enough to print. All of the internal parts are laid out. Now to set up the printer and figure out how it works. Take these Drawings apart and rasterize the individual parts for the printer to render into plastic. The AirWasher box is 7 inches square, as large as the little 3D printer can make, I would prefer 10 inches for better scrub action. I may attempt a glueup for later testing or we may set up a larger printer later.

Then I can test to see if 25 year old memories are still valid. Only took 2 weeks to get fairly comfortable in Acad again. It certainly renders nice visuals, Almost as good as a real picture….pg

January 2 2019 update……you can see the improvement in my CAD abilities as well as the design improvements in the proposed Airwasher as well as my grasp of 3D printer use.

Airwasher T6 blowup

T6 Genii Whirlwind Airwasher

The white container is an off the shelf, semi-clear poly, 1 gallon food container. The motor is from a quality swamp cooler water pump. The rest of the scrubber parts are all printed on a small 200mm x 200mm deck printer. The real device is not quite as colorful as we only have one color of filament, but HR remarked about how color coding being a real help in CAD work. While peering into a complex 3D CAD file can be very confusing, the contrasting colors are a big help, as is the ability to move from wireform drawings to realistic renderings as needed, this is a wonderful improvement in doing CAD work.

As you can see the power head and scrub sections lift out of the bucket for ease in daily cleaning. No screens, no filters, no added chemicals, just water and 60 watts of power to really clean the air in a large, 300 square foot room. Dust, pollen, chemical vapors, nearly anything that can harm you can be removed with this Industrial fume scrubber. Wow! I have impressed myself this time.

monoprice iiip

Monoprice 3D Printer IIIPv2

About the smallest, most inexpensive, usable printer on the market, $250 on Amazon

This little robot is quite an impressive toy as well.  My small closet sized computer lab is now a manufacturing Empire!   😉  …pg

January 8 2019  I now have a test unit running for 2 days. So nice to have an Airwasher running in my space again. Dust levels inside already are decreasing and smell is freshened. Needs improvements, but at least it works. My Lady, my sister, my daughter, all want a copy of their own. Still having problems mastering the printer to get dependable results. Seems to require some spell or secret knowledge. Maybe a bigger better printer would solve my problems?  Maybe, someday,……..pg

A real Rodeo

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Desert Rodeo

Back in “85” I was entertaining my friends at the Golden’s bar in Cederville and Tom Espil shows up, wants to take me out to the lower Solder Creek Ranch to get a walkin cooler going.

In the early 1960s I went to high school with the Espil boys in Cederville, California, a small cow town near the Oregon/Nevada corner of California. John was a classmate, Tom a couple years younger and Brent a few years younger.

So we gather up my gear and head out south on the Gerlach Rd to the ranch a hundred miles out into the desert. Got introduced at the ranch but Tommy had to go to Susanville, be back the next day. So I examine the job and got started, Brent and his giant dog have to work the local range cattle, without help, so he is very busy, but his wife Vicky is a good hostess and I get the job done by afternoon the next day…..but no Tommy.

Brent sets me to servicing the generator and then fix a couple of tractors, clean and organize the shop,  but, After 4 days still no Tommy and I’m running out of things to do.  Brent says they are doing a big roundup the next day and invites me to join as a rider. Ok, I can ride.

We get to the campsite before dark and set up for the night along with the rest of the crew. Before light we roust up and wake up the remuda, the horses no happier in the dark cold morning then the rest of us. I get assigned a horse and gear, Saddle him up, draw up the cinch but leave it unbound as I walk around, talk to the horse, check the gear, drink the last of the coffee, get instructions. Day light comes, time to get to work. Walk back to the horse, draw up the cinch strap tight and bind it up. Now when you first saddle up a horse they will swell up and after they relax you wind up with a loose saddle and real problems if the horse moves abruptly. Hence the delay in binding up the cinch. UP into the saddle and we start out down the trail to the flat, my horse starts crow hopping and dancing around.I let him get a few good jumps in and come down hard with heels and the tails of the reins to force the horse into a run and now we run into a circle in the brush back to the posse. Guys were smiling at their entertainment, guess I, can ride.

As we enter the valley the riders spread out. Across the flat, maybe 25 riders from 5 outfits are gathering 600 pairs of cattle for brand marking and medication treatment of the young calves. As we work our way across the prairie gathering the cattle, Antelope bucks are gathering their harems of does with young and moving them behind us. Antelope hang out with the cattle because those big cows will help keep coyote away from attacking the tiny young kids . One buck passes near me with his 5 does, He has the tallest horns I have ever seen, near 30 inches! Wow ! The gathering herd is moved towards a natural arena in the rim-rock where the ground crew is setting up their equipment and fire pit to heat the Irons. The riders keep the herd milling within the “arena” while the real Cowboys begin working their way through the herd selecting the pairs that need attention. The head roper catches the calf and moves it toward the ground crew. As they near that crew the second roper catches it’s hind legs and pins it in place so the bulldoger can drop it and tie the legs. The ropers instruct the ground crew as to the outfit the calf belongs to as the bulldoger removes the ropes for the ropers so they can pick up the next pair. The smell and sounds of cow and horse, sagebrush , fire and sweat. A real Rodeo out in the desert as cowmen do their work. Is this fun or work?

As long as they can work from the back of a horse, Cowboys will work any hours under any conditions. Sometimes even pay for the privilege of working on a real ranch doing cowboy things chasing real cattle! I always thought a horse was a poor means of transportation. Very dangerous as well.  On the Espil Ranch, cowboy was the lowest level of employment. If you were good at that job you could advance to being a sheep herder. A job of greater responsibility and a lot less work under better conditions.

While we were working the cattle, The sheep operation was doing similar work in corrals further to north east tending to bands of Espil sheep

We are done before noon and head back to break camp and head out on a rough 8 mile track east through the rimrock to the upper ranch. There is a Bar-B-Que at the upper ranch!   The Espils know how to throw a party.  Beer and wine, Desert Oysters,  Barbecued Beast and a vast array of fixins…pg

Oh yes, Tommy shows up at the party, he is in a hurry to return to his place near Eagleville   😦  as well as take me home.   …pg

More about pg

 

Back in the winter of 63-64 I was sent to a symposium being put on at Cal Berkley for budding young scientists to join their next years student body. We were given a selection of departments to go through on a show and tell. I chose the Physics Lab. and the Soils Lab.

The Physics Lab. had a lot of cool stuff, “Giant” new cyclotron and all the latest equipment being operated by Laurence Radiation Laboratories. I found their “toys” equipment fascinating. Their bs science, which they were very proud of,  mainly boring. Later at the presentation of the grad students papers, I pointed out that the conclusions drawn from one experiment could have several other causes. The grad student was not pleased that a 17 year old “hick from the sticks” would critique His science!

The Soils Lab was quite a shock! Their science was in how to “Destroy Soil” to make it solid underlay to build on. I had spent 4 years learning how to create and husband soils for farming. Was something of an expert at it. These guys were teaching how to ruin it!
What would you expect at Berzerkly….pg

 

for a bit more see An Engineers’ Tale

Blue Wizard

Burning aromatic woods and Blackberry Brandy wave offerings

Blue Wizard Celebration of the changing of the seasons a Strawberry moon followed by the summer solstice. A blessing to all and may you enjoy the fruits of the marriage of carbon and sunlight…pg

The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pad, not a critter was stirring, not even Old Dad.   Many others. etc:

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Ho, Ho, Ho!  Marry Christmas to all…pg

PG’s Oatmeal Cookies

PG’s Oatmeal cookies, Two of these is a serving of oatmeal!  actually a meal, Bet You can’t eat one!

My inability to get to the local cookie shop, 40 miles away, has forced me to attempt to make my own. A good Oatmeal Cooky is a must in my cooky jar.  Most recipes are regular cookies with oatmeal added and maybe raisins as well.  So after many disappointing results from published recipes, I decided to create my own recipe for Oatmeal cookies. The aim, to make the cookies with lots and lots of oatmeal. So I grind 2-cups of oatmeal to flour to reduce the need for as much wheat flour and added lots more oatmeal, then more eggs to glue it all together! The 3 spice is just enough to add a tiny bit of flavor to the bland oatmeal mix.
dry ingredients: mix in a bowl,  set aside
1-1/2 cups – all purpose flour
2 cups – Oat flour
1 tsp – baking powder
1 tsp – baking soda
1 tsp – salt
2 tsp – 3 spice mix (I use equal amounts of ground nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon)

Grind or fine chop 1-1/2 cups of toasted nuts, set aside (I used walnuts, pecans might be better)  or 1-1/2 cups raisins are good or none at all.   Works for me  😎
5 cups – old fashion oatmeal,  set aside ( you might prefer 4 cups for more spice flavor)
break 4 extra large eggs into a bowl,  set aside
note: Important get the egg liquid amount right ! 

In your large mixing bowl add:
16 Tbs – butter, ( 2 sticks ) or 1/2lb. soft or room temperature
1 cup – granulated sugar
1 cup – packed brown sugar
mix butter and sugar to a heavy cream texture, takes about 5 minutes. The mixing of butter and sugar is very important for good cookies, take your time and do it right!
add eggs and mix well  followed by the chopped nuts or raisins or make them plain!

slowly add flour ( dry ingredients mix )  then incorporate the oatmeal

The dough should be moderately stiff and a bit sticky. Let the dough age at least 30 minuets so the oats can moisten and dry the dough.
Onto your prepared cooking sheet, make 3 tablespoon size drops (ping-pong ball size)
Do not Flatten! they will sag enough as they cook, if you flatten them they will be thin and tough
Cook in a 350F preheated oven, for about 12 – 13 minutes, or just barely browned.  They will finish about 3 inches in diameter at 3/4 inch thick. Somewhat smooth surface with small cracks. Allow to cool a bit before transferring from cooking sheet as they will be a bit tender while hot. This should yield over 3 dozen cookies…pg

See if you can eat just one! …pg

Triple Peanut Cookies

Triple the peanuts of PB cookies, these are addictive, so beware. You can’t eat one!

My inability to get to the local cookie shop, 40 miles away, has forced me to attempt to make my own. Peanut Butter being my favorite type. After many disappointing results from published recipes, I decided to create my own. There are many kinds of peanut butter sold, depending on the additives used and the amount of peanut oil removed, so that is a contributing factor to flavor and consistency of the results. So beware, results may vary. The peanut flour and chopped/ground roasted peanuts help to minimize this problem and make these cookies the peanutty-est!
dry ingredients: mix in a bowl,  set aside
2-1/2 cups – all purpose flour
1 cup – peanut flour
1 tsp – baking powder
1 tsp – baking soda
1 tsp – salt
Grind or fine chop 1 – 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts,  set aside.
1 cup – crunchy peanut butter,  set aside
break 3 large eggs  ( 2/3 to 3/4 cup of egg liquid),  set aside
note: Important get the egg liquid amount right !  2 large eggs are not quite enough.

In your large mixing bowl add:
16 Tbs – butter, ( 2 sticks ) 1/2 lb soft or room temperature
1 cup – granulated sugar
1 cup – packed brown sugar
mix butter and sugar to a heavy cream texture, takes about 5 minutes
mix in peanut butter
mix in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, add eggs and mix well

and then incorporate the ground/chopped peanuts

slowly add flour ( dry ingredients mix )

The dough should be moderately stiff and oily to the feel.
Onto your prepared cooking sheet, make into 1-1/4 inch size balls.
Flatten to the thickness you want the finished cookies to be.
Cook in a 350F preheated oven, for about 12 – 13 minutes, or just barely browned edges. As they cook they get bigger in diameter but not much thicker. They will finish a bit over 3 inches in diameter at 1/2 inch thick. Somewhat smooth surface with small cracks. Allow to cool a bit before transferring from cooking sheet as they will be a bit tender while hot. This should yield over 3 dozen cookies…pg

Note: they get even better with a day or two of ageing, if you can resist the temptation. My lady complains about these cookies when ever I make them. Generally while eating one.  😉  …pg