Although I suppose that supporting the Constitution’s every clear Second Amendment might push me into the ranks of ‘gun nut’ that’s hardly the case. Out here in East Texas guns are simply tools used by almost anyone who works or walks the land since some of the critters out here are nastier than even a cornered politician.
Ever stare at a snorting 400-pound wild hog which would just as soon eat you as not? Or been chased by a very territorial cotton mouth (water moccasin)? There’s times when there’s no problem solver like a 7.62 x 39 round, or sometimes a 3″ 12-guage round of #4 snake shot.
On the other hand, life out here is not without its risks since the Texas deer season is right around the corner. I have no quarrel with bow hunters (October 2 – Nov. 5) as they are truer sportsmen, although once past the traditional Mongolian recurve (which I shoot, but not hunt with) the umpteen pound compound bows lose a little something.
But November 6th through January 2 is when we stop our Martini Mile hikes because even with orange vests and hats, there’s still enough fire power in the woods around here to make us (or a Ranger battalion) think twice.
I read a study a while back on when deer-hunting accidents are most likely to happen: The worst-case profile would be a middle-income male in his late 20′s who’s been sipping whiskey up in a deer blind all day and mistakes a movement in the woods for a deer about dusk. Which happens to coincide with Martini Mile time.
Never been a fan of hunting, although fishing’s another story. As usual, my take on things is that when Kroger’s, Wal-Mart, Brookshires, and a hand full of other stores around here run out of meat. chicken, and fish, then (and not before) I’ll take to hunting.
Key thing to get across is that with either 2½ weeks to bow season, or about
7½ weeks to gun season, there’s plenty of time to refresh yourself on gun safety, hunting safety, and grab some new orange gear.
Related: A federal grand jury is going after some 60-hunters across the country who allegedly poached deer out of season in Kansas, between 2005 and 2008 including 70 trophy-class bucks. Not everyone’s a sportsman, but5 again, you got that nailed already…
But, while headlines like this pop up (and no doubt will be showing up in anti-gun agitprop), the flip side is the larger number of states where little media attention shines on Hunters for the Hungry projects. Just not on the MSM agenda, it seems…but this is where you’ll find the true sportsmen, indeed.
Being something of a ham radio addict anything with electronics in it is fair game around here. With plans calling for the installation of our greenhouse in about a month, I’ve been thinking again about the effrect that certain energies have on plants.
That prompted a note to Robert Nelson, proprietor of www.rexreseaqrch.com who has been quietly collecting information on this for years. I asked him for a few links so home electronics tinkerers would see what’s out there in what might fairly be called a borderland-[science field like this:
Robert’s note continued…
Wet soil ? Water migrates to the negative pole — dig a hole, add rebar & (-) voltage… Beyond that, everyone’s gonna have to start using hothouses …
I was the director of R&D for Pavich Family Farms for a few years in the 90s — the world’s largest organic growers — so I half-know what I’m writing about here… But no one listens to me until they get desperate…
So yep, some of these electronics applied to plant-growing is really interesting stuff. A word of warning: The Rex Research site is a terrifying time-sink. Whenever I click over there, I usually make up a sandwich, or two, get a couple of water bottles, and leave Elaine a note to come drag me away from my computer after 24-hours or so…
Another Time Sink
Once I get done reading everything on Nelson’s site, the next site to munch is the WorldMapper which has maps of everything imaginable…at least so says Michelle the map lady.
More Brain Food
Anil Rajvanski has been updating his book “Nature of Human Thought” and on my reading list for today is the short chapter “Cloud computing as a theory of reincarnation“. Got to think about that and who’s writing the OS?
Globe Trotting on the Cheap
Daughter Allison is about to take off for Europe – this makes the last of my three kids making it to Europe before me; George II and Denis have both been there already. Needless to say, she’s excited as the Dickens about it – going with her mom….they’ve been pre-shopping hotels and sights to visit for six-months or longer. Yep, the National Bank of Dad got hit for a contribution…
All of which – in a normal around here, roundabout way - gets me around to mentioning one of the cheapest ways to see the world – check out http://www.couchsurfing.org/. Idea is that humans shouldn’t have to be rich to travel — just well-connected, which this site/group does a fine job of.
Oh, and if you don’t have time to travel, you can start getting a stream of international travelers by volunteering a couch in your home if you’re the adventurous type. Wonder how long before your neighbors would call DHS on you?
New Home Business Plan
Say, here’s an email that got me to thinking about a new home-based business. Goes like this:
This weeks offer is from our Postcards on CD department 10,000+ postcard images of Victorian Risque Erotic Models Complete with full resell rights…
Hmmm…maybe I could open an antique porn site and really get rich… purely an academic effort, mind you. Fact is I think more people have made more money with porn websites than have made money than helping the poor, oppressed, and downtrodden.
Which just shows to go you what an F/U’ed planet this is. But then we already knew that, right? The question is why?
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A Shared Client Analysis
Some time back I helped one of my consulting clients increase his business and then sell his company in the Midwest. Not a big company, but it was a most satisfying experience and we timed the sale so that it happened in the window when banks were still fairly interesting in helping small businesses by funding sales of this sort, the kind under $1-million in annual sales. After doing some global traveling (Europe and beyond) the client got in touch with me and said “OK, let’s do something new since I’ve got ready cash and I’m ready to kick some more butt…” We talked for a while and thanks to his generosity I’m not charging him my initial consulting time on the new project because it’s of a general nature. Read on and we’ll see how the next global business model will arise, how it fits with SOC (self-organizing collectives) and how to be part of it yourself…
Dream A Little Dream…
If you have an especially vivid dream that seems to have something to do with the future, please write it down so others can look it over for possible future/predictive values. Simple go to http://www.nationaldreamcenter.com/ and click over to the DreamBase – commercial-free and open registration…
The folks at Maxa Research have put together a short video (sound track by guess who?) that shows the Maxa Cookie Manager. You can see it here.
I don’t usually get all whipped up about software, but this is one of those dandy tools that just simply works great. First thing I put on my new computer when I got it was Avira Anti-virus and Maxa Cookie Manager (MCM). Either follow the on-screen download instructions of simply click:
Once you try it out, to upgrade to the fully functioning version, just click the upgrade button (!) on the upper right hand side for the $35 unlock to get it to remove even those nasty and highly intrusive ‘non-browser specific’ cookies. Bonus: You computer may run faster.
“Live on $10,000″ A Year
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