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The Field Lab - 23 hours 35 min ago

Ben's September tip to tip... 56 1/8".  Bud prefers that you just guess what his is.  97,105,71,0,B
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He first loved us...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/08/31 - 5:16pm
1 John 4
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The $90 a Month Vending Machine

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/31 - 3:14pm

The $90 a Month Vending Machine, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. We can't get over this ridiculous vending machine outside the city pool. It has a dedicated A/C on top that runs non-stop. We calculated the monthly bill to keep the A/C running to be higher than monthly sales could ever be and more than likely the sales go to an outside company not the pool that pays the utility bill each month.
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Yum JuJu B's

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/31 - 3:14pm

Yum JuJu B's, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. Our jujube fruit has started ripening and are ready to eat. I live these little guys. They taste like tiny caramel apples. Like all the spiked flora they love our climate along with pomegranate and mesquite they perfect fruit bearing trees for our area.
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Top Summer Ferments

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/31 - 3:00pm

Top Summer Ferments, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

In our house hold we love fermenting all year long, but summer is extra special. Our favorites this summer have been:

Roasted green chili (far left)
Kimchi (not shown)
Ginger beer
Mead with an apple finish
Yogurt (just Wendy)


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Wasp Nest

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/08/31 - 2:48pm

Wasp Nest, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Pro tip: Do not collect wasp nests from around your house and leave them in a pile by your door. The wasps will come back to the nest and try to repopulate it.

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learning about rivets

The Field Lab - Sat, 2014/08/30 - 6:58pm
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quad surgery

The Field Lab - Fri, 2014/08/29 - 7:40pm
The ol' ATV has been leaking gas and simply stopping when there is still gas in the tank.  "Off" does not turn off the gas flow and "Reserve" does not allow enough gas to keep it running, but gas flows enough to overflow the carb and leak out when stopped.  Removed the tank and the carb.  Carburetor and petcock on the tank are beyond repair or rebuild.  New replacements coming next week.  90,99,67, .08",B
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On The Future of Capitalism

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/08/29 - 9:22am
I admit that I am still reading the book I'm recommending to you, Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. Several people pointed me to his work while I was on my book tour. From what I have read so far, our views about capitalism are remarkably similar. I'm on his email list and so I get occasional musings that he shares, thoughts between books, blog like bits. Today I'm posting a snippet from one to encourage you to read on. It caught my attention because he nails a particular thing endemic to capitalism, a kind of devaluing that occurs. Here's the snippet,

"Echoing Roman law, to own something today implies the right to "use, enjoy, and abuse" it. In other words, all the benefits derived from it are yours, and you are under no obligation to use it in a way that benefits society or the planet. (As mentioned, this has seldom entirely been the case in practice.) What would ownership mean if we significantly altered this Roman law conception? That is what Sacred Economics proposes. First, it circumscribes the private right to "use and abuse" property by penalizing socially and environmentally harmful activities like polluting. Secondly, inspired by Henry George, it separates as much as possible the "enjoyment" (i.e. the fruits) of ownership from the fruits of the labor and creativity added to the thing owned. This means eliminating "economic rents" - the proceeds one obtains through the mere ownership of property, as opposed to the improvement of the property or the wise use of the property. Thirdly, it limits the extent to which one may enclose the cultural and intellectual commons, in part by curtailing copyright and patent terms. Finally, it asserts a public interest onto financial capital by subjecting money to a demurrage fee, a negative interest rate, that discourages hoarding and encourages zero-interest lending, in essence making money less of a thing you can keep, hold, and own. Hold onto it too long, and eventually it will no longer be "yours."
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Less than 3 Weeks

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/08/29 - 7:58am

Less than 3 Weeka, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. This bed was planted at the beginning or August. It is totally rocking out. Next year we will skip our summer garden all together. The conditions are just too harsh. We'll try covering the beds with shade cloth, putting them to rest, and also cover crops and compare the results. We'll resume planting in late August or early September.
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Crossing the Rio Grande just got Easier

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/08/29 - 7:56am

Crossing the Rio Grande just got Easier, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

We got our dam back.

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shell off?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2014/08/28 - 7:10pm
Been spending quite a bit of time on  (today's photos from the airforums website)  One of the things I did not know before I jumped into this project is that in order to correctly repair the frame and replace the floor, the shell needs to be removed.  That being said...I am contemplating building a gantry which seems to be the preferred method of doing a shell off.  Once the shell is removed and placed on a secure surface, the gantry can be used to lift the frame to gain access to both sides for repairs and painting.  Still not totally committed to this project but I'm thinking even with the extent of repairs needed - this will be much faster to refurbish than the greenhouse was to build.  86,99,74,0,B
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Deconstructing Dreams

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/08/27 - 6:56pm
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A New Skirt for the Trailer

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2014/08/26 - 7:37pm

A New Skirt for the Trailer, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. We started cleanup on the back of our property today. The first order of business was to redo the skirting around our trailer. What had been there was a cardboard like material that decayed. We replaced it with galvanized corrugated metal which looks a heck of a lot better. This material is favored in the SW. Metal is one of the few materials that can withstand our climate. And for under $20 per 2.5' X 10' sheet it's economical for a variety of projects. We were both shocked that it took less than two hours to complete this job. More tomorrow, then more projects, then more, ....
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Running Shoes : Salomon Synapse

Holy Scrap - Tue, 2014/08/26 - 7:33pm

Running Shoes : Salomon Synapse, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. I scored these Salomon Synapse off eBay last week for $16. The Montrail Fluid Flex I've been running in is an awesome shoe for crossing rivers, but it also picks up a bunch of small rocks. I was looking for something with a better rock plate to protect the bottom of my foot from sharp rocks and non-traditional shoe laces. The Synapses is a fairly light shoe only 13.4 oz for the pair. They feature an aggressive tread and a new technology called "Quick Lace". I'm hoping they are wide enough, drain water fast and don't give me blisters.
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from the bottom up...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/08/26 - 5:51pm
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Black Peacock

The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/08/25 - 7:20pm

Got gifted a bottle of genuine Black Peacock BBQ Sauce (his brand new secret blend) from my buddy Jon Peacock.  Two thumbs up for what it does to grilled chicken!  93,103,73,0,B
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Rattlesnakes Everywhere

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/25 - 4:26pm
I went to the local hardware store today. As I entered an employee said, "watch your step out back, they're here." If you live in southern New Mexico you likely know that he was referring to rattlesnakes. "We found two today!" He continued to say.

This picture is from my morning run. I ran into this rather large, green rattlesnake at about 3 miles out just short of where I had intended to turn around to head home. When I saw him, and after he rattled at me, I texted Mikey who was ahead of me by about a mile. I cut my run short and headed back rather than try to cross him. About a half mile back down the dirt road I saw a second rattler. Yikes.

On the upside, this means they'll soon be returning to their ancient winter dens. Night night.
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Goldenseal DIY Vitamin Capsules

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/25 - 2:55pm
Medicinal herbs can be expensive to buy in capsule form bottled by a manufacture. The plants used for these are often old and weaker than fresh plants. Since I have the time I prefer to buy medicinal plants that don't grow in my region but that are needed for my medicine cabinet, things like goldenseal, through a medicinal plant supplier. I favor Starwest Botanicals. I buy in bulk, and make my own capsules when needed by using a simple capping product (see pic).
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Jewelry Scrap Transformed Thanks to Etsy

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/08/25 - 2:50pm
It is hard to be a maker of everything. I added a lot of skills to my set since I moved to New Mexico. I have not yet melted precious metals or set stones. I'm not sure I'll ever learn these skills. So what to do with the broken jewelry that's just hanging around? I went to ETSY to see if I could find an artist to work with, someone who would use my gold and stones to make new designs.

First I perused the site for jewelry designers whose work I liked. Then I wrote to four of them asking if they would work with my gold and stones. I chose pieces they'd already been making and asked for a quotes. All four wrote back. Their prices were fairly in line with each other so I picked the one with domestic shipping that I had the best rapport with. I sent off the first set of scraps yesterday. First I photographed the pieces and in one photo I showed the weight of the gold so we'd have a record of it. Whatever is not used on this project can be saved for another. I learned that when gold is melted there's a small loss due to the process that cleans or distills it, something that must be done to make the gold reusable.

This is yet another form of reuse which feels great. It has made previously unaffordable jewelry available to me at a price I can handle. I also love paying just for the time and work of the artist. I'll post again when my first piece is finished and comes in.

(PIC: I started off with a ring blank that is 14k white gold, and an antique ring with a diamond that was busted in too many places to fix, an apx 7grams and the one stone)
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