Be judicious about raw veggie juices. I was on a juicing kick at one point and even though I love cooked beets I found raw beet juice didn't agree with me. Sometimes it's just a matter of needing to introduce things gradually. Probably a good rule of thumb in general. Drastic, abrupt dietary change can really mess with some people's systems, especially if they don't usually get much variety.
You might want to group the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry into one or two groups, especially if you're going to use a water heater with a tank. This will save on running pipes and heat loss as the water travels, although running pipes is probably the main thing.
Thyri Gullinvargr wrote: There aren't "Windows CPUs" as such, there's Intel, AMD, etc. and I believe they are all compatible with Linux (because the folks working on Linux create drivers for the hardware) as well.
Yes, correct. It may be that full computers (CPU plus supporting hardware and BIOS, etc) that are destined to be Windows machines are configured in such a way that the backward compatibility is either impossible or a distinct road-block. My understanding comes from an IT person instructed to remove Win10 from incoming computers because the business in question still needs to run Win8.X for certain legacy applications. When he tried to do that, the machines just froze up....don't even know if he was able to go into reverse and put Win10 on them again (). But one of the main proposals for why this lock up occurred was due to the changeover in 2017. --> https://www.theverge.com/2016/1/16/10780876/microsoft-windows-support-policy-new-processors-skylake
I wonder if part of the problem is the lot people who are using older versions of Windows are also using 32-bit versions of Windows. I don't know if this is still true, but it used to be an issue. There may be other ways that Windows interacts with hardware in older versions that are obsolete now. I know there are some other issues that come up when you're using solid state hard drives because they boot up so fast that you can't stop the boot to get into the BIOS. My current computer can also do BIOS upgrades from the OS. I suppose this does imply a greater interaction with the hardware than previously.
John Weiland wrote:Another "correct me if I'm wrong", but I got word recently that (all??...some??) Windows CPUs made after July 30th, 2017 will NOT be backwardly compatible with installs of Windows OS prior to Windows 10.
I'm about to get my geek on, consider yourself warned.
I suspect it's more a matter that Microsoft won't be creating drivers for newer CPUs for older versions of Windows. Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended January 2015 and for Windows 8 ends January 2018 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet). Extended support for security patches will continue until 2020 and 2023 respectively. There aren't "Windows CPUs" as such, there's Intel, AMD, etc. and I believe they are all compatible with Linux (because the folks working on Linux create drivers for the hardware) as well. I have no idea if you can run OSs other than Apple on Macs. That hardware may be proprietary to Apple, or not. So that's my own "correct me if I'm wrong".
All of that said, I haven't looked at any information about the Windows hardware compatibility. I'm operating on historical knowledge.
Again, I'm not an expert, although I've gotten the impression that there are some instructions for rocket mass heaters out there that are pretty reliable as long as you don't try changing the design. You might want to see if you can get The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide or borrow it from a library before you make your decision.
The chilly nights and wind might be good on those hot days. It might even be worth building in low/high ventilation. That is a window or vent that can be opened low and another that can be opened high to let the heat out. Then all that mass can help keep the interior cool during the day by being cooled down at night. Another thing to consider with mass is that if it gets hot or cold, for instance if it's unoccupied for a while, then it will take a while to change the temperature. In other words, if it's unoccupied and unheated for part of the winter, getting it warmed up is going to be a slow process because of all of that mass. If it's closed up and gets a lot of solar gain in the summer, it will take a while to cool down.
I'm hoping someone with actual experience will pipe in here. I like reading about this kind of thing, but it there's nothing like doing it for really understanding how things work.
r ranson wrote:It says I'm on windows 10. It looks like wordpad is giving me a few choices. Not sure which one talks with MSword, but MSword is pretty smart these days? right?
I think the open office one is giving me .docx
Yep. Office Open Xml document is the one you want. You can also click in the Save as button instead of hovering and it will give you the normal dialog box where you can see the extensions in the drop down.
r ranson wrote:I think wordpad might be the solution.
I can live without spellcheck so long as I have grammarly.
I'm going to plug my document into wordpad and see what it can do.
Thank you so much. I don't even have to download anything new. It's already on my PC.
rr what version of Windows do you have? I know that WordPad used to only be able to save in .rtf and .txt formats. I'm not sure when it started being able to save in .docx format. I'm on Windows 10 (currently the latest version) and it works, but it might be nice for anyone who looks at this later to know if you're on something older than that.
Deb Rebel wrote:
I hate my windows document stuff... it automatically sets the text to Calibri and the font size to 11 EVERY TIME. The previous iteration I could set it to my choice of default.
This is another item on my wish list. Not vital, but very high on my list. If I could set the default font and size, I would be very happy. If it had bookerly (the Amazon Kindle font), I would be even happier.
You might be able to get bookerly or a font like it, but it would only work on your machine and other machines that have it installed. It's usually best to stick with the default Windows fonts for anything you might share with others.
I had another thought. Windows still has WordPad baked into Windows 10. WordPad is much simpler than Word and it's free. It doesn't look like it does spell check. Would that suffice? It does do formatting. You should be able to search for it on the Start menu. Otherwise, it lives under the "Accessories" or "Windows Accessories" folder on the Start menu, depending on your version of Windows. I'm not sure which version of Windows that WordPad started being able to save as a Word document (.docx).
Edit to add pictures for saving. Either click the arrow and pick Office Open XML document or hit the Save As button and you'll get the regular dialog.
This has been happening for a while (months I think), but it's not consistent. Sometimes when I try to add an attachment to a post the button is "not there". I have that in quotes because if I click where it's supposed to be the dialog comes up and I can attach the file. I've never noticed this problem on either laptop I use. It's happening now in fact.
I don't have practical experience and I'm a little rusty with theory, but when I see stone and bedrock I think thermal mass. My first thought would be to take advantage of that mass to store heat and cold. I believe that means thick stone walls with shade in the summer and solar gain in the winter. A rocket mass heater bench as a bed would keep it toasty in winter.
Is this going to be regularly occupied or is it more of a guest room?
With that low humidity, does it get pretty cool at night in the summer?
Is that wind good or bad for heating and cooling (would a windbreak be a good idea)?
Thatch roof (decent insulation but might be a bad idea with the strong winds)?
If there's clay anywhere nearby, perhaps an earthen floor instead of a wooden floor? This could help with storing solar gain in winter.
I just read One Straw Revolution. For seed balls Fukuoka would cover them with the straw from the previous crop. This protected them from birds. It was also important to toss the straw every which way (like it would fall naturally) instead of putting it down neatly because if it was put down neatly the seedlings wouldn't be able to push through it as they grew.
The cycle, as best as I can remember, was:
Cut down the rice for threshing
Broadcast seed balls with winter grain, rice and clover. The grain (barley, I think) would grow while the rice stayed dormant.
Throw the rice stalks on the field (which protected the seed balls from birds)
Cut down the winter grain for threshing
Throw the grain stalks on the field
At some point he'd flood the field for 7-10 days to kill the weeds and weaken (but not kill) the clover to give the rice plants a chance to get going without being shaded out. The clover would spring back and grow under the rice.
He'd flood the field again as needed in August, but not leave standing water, to keep the soil at the moisture level needed for the rice. Apparently the rest of the growing season there's plenty of rain.
I believe he said he'd throw chicken manure on the straw from his chickens too. I also think I remember him talking about having chickens and ducks running around his fields. Unfortunately I returned the book to the library, so I can't look up particulars.
I'm not a mead maker at all, but my understanding is when you make melomel (mead with fruit) that you'll get more of the fruit flavor if you put it into the secondary fermentation. You also might not ferment out all of the fruit sugars.
Burra Maluca wrote:We seem to have a bit of a glut of watermelon at the moment so I'm making up another salad today, maybe with a dash of lemon juice and a dollop of greek yogurt this time, then I'll freeze the other half of the melon for use in smoothies or desserts later in the year, and either freezing or dehydrating the rinds. I think I need a bigger solar dehydrator for all this stuff that's arriving from the garden...
If I were in Paul's place, I'd hire experts like Ernie and Erica, Tim, maybe Geoff Lawton, etc. plus people to do manual labor. Then I would have these folks do a bunch of the projects that need to be done on at the lab. This could include things like hugelkultur, swales, berms, wofati, rocket mass heaters and the like. Ideally, the people hired to do the manual labor would also be interested in permaculture so they would be a learning experience for them in addition to earning some money. If there was additional money, I agree with those that suggested probes and other equipment to show how well the permaculture designs are working. The biggest downside I can see for this is that way too many people would know where Wheaton Labs is.