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The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/23 - 4:13pm
First person to correctly guess what this is all about gets a "Ben in the fog" postcard.  Good luck - this one is really tricky.  68,79,33,0,W
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Inspired by Facebook...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/22 - 1:07pm
Proverbs 3:34  The wise shall inherit glory:  but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
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too windy...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/01/21 - 3:17pm
Too windy today to get much of anything accomplished.  High sustained winds at 47 mph with a max gust of 58 mph.  Also makes for a bad hair day... 56,71,54, .01",G(usty)
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/20 - 4:13pm
 Visit to GOAT TOWN - located on Stolt Packsaddle Mountain Ranch. That is Packsaddle Mountain in the background. The owner just started this goat farm a couple of months ago and lost a few while trying to get things figured out. I recently stumbled on the opportunity to be a ranch manager of sorts. It has been 2 years since I've seen the owner and I just happened to pass by when he was going in the gate a few weeks ago. For now, my job is to feed and check them daily and truck in feed twice a month - and help stabilize a healthy fertile herd that is self sustaining.   Brownie has gotten his head stuck in the fence 7 times now - kids will be kids.  News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Artist:  62,75,36,0,W
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rotten wires

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/19 - 3:57pm
Been having some internet issues over the past week...keep losing my connection.  Was beginning to think that maybe my modem was overheating with my computer, weather station, and weather cam plugged into it.  Today it got really bad and my phone had a lot of static...which gave me a clue.  Checked my wire connection outside and sure enough it was in bad shape.  Leaving it exposed to the elements for so long really took a toll.  Had to peel it all back and reconnect some fresh wire - problem solved.  I think I will put a little connector box on my next shopping list.  Chupa was right there to make sure I did it right.  60,72,29,0,W
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42 bales

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/01/18 - 4:39pm
It was a lot easier getting them on the trailer than it was getting them off.  56,64,33,0,B
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new silver day

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 2:37pm
Hot off the presses from the US Mint.49,59,40,0,B
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battery day

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 2:37pm
Just got my new (used) AGM batteries from local Ron Mohr of Green Desert Living.  These were in service for 2 years by an unknown government agency as battery backup.  Brand new, they run about $300 each not including shipping.  Ron is selling them for 90 bucks a pop.  Time for a new TFL test.  60,71,34,0,B  
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Follow the path - GPS for the soul.

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/15 - 4:44pm
Psalm 16Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.  2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;  3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.  4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.  5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.  8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
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oil and air...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/01/14 - 5:12pm

Time for a little gennie service...60,65,57,0,B
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 5:29pm
 First flight with my paramotor on April 6, 2014 - shot from the ground.  Pretty awkward taking off and landing for the first time with 75 pounds on your back.  The goal is to get back in the air and some flight time under my belt by the third anniversary of this flight.  News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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a clean cup...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 4:45pm
Ben's water bowl got a bath.  He just got it down to the half way mark today...then I siphoned off enough for a tip over and a scrub down.  Cheers.  71,80,39,0,B
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the unselfish selfie (stick)

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/01/11 - 4:54pm
Seems GoPro is going after some accessories makers...including this mom and pop operation.  For that very reason alone, I just bought a "selfie stick" from GoScope for my GoPro Hero 3+.  75,85,47,0,B
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built for speed...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/10 - 3:14pm
Got the new laptop up to speed.  Installing the extra RAM and SSD drive was a snap.  My old computer takes almost six minutes to boot up and open Google Chrome.  The new super laptop takes less than 30 seconds.  What am I going to do with all this free time?  71,83,44,0,B
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Welcome to 2017 -a New Gardening Year

Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2017/01/10 - 6:56am


Hello everyone and welcome to a new gardening year! By now hopefully you are receiving you seed catalogs in the mail and deciding on your seeds for your 2017 gardens.

We here at Home Grown New Mexico have woken from our slumber and are now planning this year’s events. January is an exciting month where we are planning many NEW workshop/classes as well as some of the favorites like cheesemaking will be returning.

We can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but as soon as they are firmed up, we will tell you. It’s going to be a great year!

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big horns / little horns

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/09 - 3:32pm
Ben latest tip to tip measurement...67 3/8" - and he knows how to use them.  With age comes wisdom.  Brownie only has 1" horns and this is already the second time they have gotten him in trouble.  Kids will be kids.  65,75,32,0,B  
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search me

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/08 - 1:40pm
Psalm 139O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.  14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.  20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.  21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/01/07 - 4:13pm
Got the goat herder gig.  Starting off just checking on them every other day and putting out some feed, but will do my best to make myself indispensable.  Too many goats (110) to name - but I've already named the two llamas - Lola and Larry.  First official day on the job was mostly about breaking the ice on their water troughs...we just had another couple days of winter.  Back in the 80's by Tuesday.  39,50,19,0,B  
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/06 - 3:59pm
"a friday night film" is a new feature from TFL for 2017.  I will be uploading a new video at least every Friday.  I plan on keeping the blog "ad free" (I hate blogs loaded with ads) but I have monetized my YouTube channel to increase my chances of making a little money from it someday.  So subscribe, comment, like, and share (likes and shares are the best way to help me increase my subscriber count)...and click on a stupid ad if you feel so inclined.  I have plenty of content planned for this year so stay tuned.  I am also open to suggestions - so leave a comment if there is something you would like to see in the future.  36,40,28,0,W    
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Amazon drones?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/05 - 5:26pm
Got my new laptop yesterday...and some extras today.  Before I even got the computer, I ordered some bits to beef it up.  8 gigs of extra RAM and a 500 gig SSD drive.  I wouldn't have even considered the upgrades...but I came across this video that made it look so smart and simple.  Also added this laptop cooling pad since heat is what killed the laptop I originally came out here with.  Have yet to open a single package since I had a lot of desktop cleaning to do today to make room for the new gear.  Set up this photo of UPS Manny when he came out today to illustrate the remote possibility of Amazon drone deliveries in the future.  67,78,39.0,C
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