The public library in downtown Victoria has become a de facto homeless shelter especially if the weather turns bad. They have a security guard who constantly monitors bad behavior.
I haven't looked at the books in the library for at least a decade. They have computers that anyone can use. If you don't mind the smell of the homeless guy who pooped himself, you can pull up a chair to use one of approximately 50.
Sometimes they swear out loud, evidently angry about what they are seeing on a super dumbed down Facebook feed. Others are playing video games and they let out gasps and groans. It's a total Asylum sometimes.
A while back, my daughter asked me to review her resume. The print was rather small, so I quickly spread my thumb and forefinger to enlarge it, but nothing happened. That was the first thing I had read on paper in some time. She laughed at me, saying that that was something people her age are supposed to do.
For me, the library has become obsolete. I am much better at doing a Google search than I ever was at sorting through the limited paper collection. I can still smell that guy.
Update for me: I have added magnesium drops to my supplements, and regularly stretch my psoas. I feel the magnesium is helping release muscle tension. (MK-7 and trace minerals are also new to my in-take.)
I can relate to your initial story ! All you can do is what you can do, when you are in survival mode, you end up triaging, first, keep all humans alive, second, keep animals alive, then third -- you end up most of everything else ignored, dead trees, dead food forest, invasive plants taking over, broken tiles, peeling paint -- But you are all alive and made it thru ! What else can you do ?
I recommend starting up some long term food storage, because you are right, emergencies happen. We are all more likely to suffer health issues, income loss than zombies but the same prep will see us thru them all. At least 3 months, but you might even want to work up to a year of 30year staples like legumes and grains, it does not take much room. If your calorie needs are met, even in our worst times, we can likely find a few things in our garden, Kale, Malva , fruit in the simmer off the mature trees. So then you will survive. The equivalent of a 5 gallon bucket, or 6 #10 cans will do as a base for an adult for a month, so for 2 adults and 2 little kids maybe 3 -- that makes 36 5-gallon buckets, long term packed of oats, wheat, beans. Then 1 of salt and 1 of sugar ( to preserve if you need it) This stuff keeps forever, and you can always makes chicken feed out of it in 30 years, no waste. If you have a bad budget right now, do 1 bucket a month towards your plan. My kids are pretty much gone, although they plan to come here if things go south for them, or the ""big one" earthquake hits, but anyways, I am low income and ill and it is a great peace of mind to me to have something to offer, to not be a burden as much as possible, so I have knowledge, alot of knowledge and experience, I will not be a burden on anyone else food wise and can share ( no, I do not have one year for ALL of me and my adult kids ) I can watch kids, cook and preserve, etc.....
I wish for you strength with your beautiful family, they grow so fast ! Our lives are not a fantasy, but your strength in the adversity will serve you all well. Your children needed you then, we can go to the farmers market right now, every month is a good month to do something in ( or towards) the garden. SO, you "miss" this month, or this season or this year. When you can do it, you start then, that month, that week, there will be something to get done, it never goes away and it never is all done or done as well as we would like.
gardening hugelkultur, chop and drop, ruth stout style composting, saving seeds, producing large volumes of food, polyculture, starting perenials from seed, food forest ...
natural building Building big things. Build experiences with several styles of natural building that work in a cold climate, with the grand finale being a wofati.
cob, plaster, straw bale, wofati, natural paint, adobe, natural roofing, water proofing, doors and gates, dry stack foundation, make cement, cob floor, wattle and daub,
woodland care Transition from using a forest to developing a symbiotic relationship with a woodland.
junkpole fence, firewood, coppicing, living fence, twig construction (arbors, tomato cages, trellises, wattle fence), trip trees manually and with power tools, peeling logs, making roofing shakes, plant tree seeds, plant woodland species, grow edible mushrooms, lumber, gin pole, skiddable sheds, rock jacks, berm shed ...
round wood woodworking Zero glue. Rarely using metal. Everything built from logs, branches and sticks. Nothing starts with dimensional lumber. Power tools can be okay, but, in general, less power tools. Some projects specify no power tools. Quite a bit of working with green (freshly harvested) wood.
small and large joinery, mixing green wood with dried wood, three log benches, spoon carving, shaving horse, sawhorse, sawbuck, chairs and other roundwood furniture, shrink pot, box from a piece of firewood, pole lathe, bowl from a pole lathe, skiddable shed for green wood woodworking, proenneke hinge, door latch, wofati freezer ...
dimensional lumber woodworking Includes construction, cabinetry and fine woodworking. No plywood, waferboard or particle board. Power tools, nails, screws are used, but hopefully less than in most construction. A little more emphasis on good joinery.
wood scorching, bird house, laying deck, shelves, wooden toolboox, stool, box, picnic table, wood bucket, skiddable lumber storage shed, porta cabin ...
tool care small tool care (sharpening/handles/etc.)
large tool care (truck/tractor/etc.)
earthworks roads, trails, and lawns
experience with large equipment
Food Prep and Preservation Fermentation
foraging fishing and hunting
textiles mend clothes, make clothes
curtains, upholstered furniture
rocket rocket mass heater
rocket cook top
animal care chickens
electricity (including solar) simple solar (no battery, strict DC)
basic solar (battery, strict DC)
full solar (battery, AC/DC)
community living public art
cooking meals for a group
leading workshops and presentations
commerce (be able to do business) set up a residual income stream
bring income from the greater community
bring income from the global community
greywater and willow feeders plumbing and hot water nest cleaning
natural medicine homesteading known experiences that don't fit into the other aspects
oddball unknown things that come up
Rufus Laggren wrote:
But I just got a book from a friend titled "White Trash". American history from about 1600 to 1890 aimed to highlight the actual role of CLASS in America. It's scholarly in the sense of being written by "prof", including foot notes, but it's an easy read that totally turns the George Washington Cherry Tree type stuff (and a lot of the holy moly life, liberty and Holy Constitution) on its head. Women and all minorities should at least read the first couple chapters. For example, from what I've read so far, it appears we had a "Trump" long ago - Andrew Jackson. Be nice if they taught that stuff in highschool instead of higher ed.
Thanks for the recommendation! I agree, it would be nice if actual history was taught in this country, unfortunately it is not. I was raised by grandparents born in the first decade of the 20th century who were poor/hobos/migrant workers and later union workers. Much of the real history of the working class and poor of this country is untold.
btw, we've had many "Trumps". I'm old enough to remember the 1980s and have officially nicknamed Trump "Rude Ronald Reagan". I don't mean this in a political way, simply to highlight our ruling class' priorities and policies have stayed pretty consistent no matter the President and party. It's all style and optics and controlled opposition IMO.
As for what I'm reading, the list is long. I am in the middle of Antifragile, which is fantastic. I just finished the book "Consequence" which is very good, and happens to be written by a co-worker. It might be interesting to permies as it's about eco-activism and genetic engineering and protest movements, etc.
Bickering. This is the first time any member of Nova family have been given any real chance to improve themselves. She's been spending lots of time learning everything we need to know to run a plantation. She's been really improving her English.
Her mother and brother spend most of their time bickering. He lays on the floor while asking her for drinks and food. He went four days without bathing, in a house that has nice bathing facilities. He's not working, but he's so afraid of getting lost that he won't leave the housing complex to explore the city he's moved to. He seldom leaves the building. Mother and son sleep together. He's 23. I know there are cultural differences, but other people in the Philippines think this is weird. And they bicker at night, because he can't stop farting. Probably because he ate everything in the house while Nova was sleeping.
Her sister is a nanny who is working only 5 minutes away. Her mother has spent some time over there, bickering.
Nova doesn't like to be the enforcer, even though she's the only one capable of acting like an adult. I have made it clear that there won't be any noise in the middle of the night tolerated when I'm there and serious infractions will result in food being withheld for a full day. And I'll do it. What a bunch of nimrods.
Her brother needs psychiatric medication, which no Pharmacy will supply, due to some problem with the prescription. They are going to try another doctor. If things just don't work out, I'll send them both back to the village. He's supposed to start school in a few weeks, but I don't think he'll be able to wake up and get there. Time will tell.
Martin Richardson wrote:Another possible option for killing weeds AND seeds: Use a roll(s) of heavy plastic (I used 6mil at 20' x 100' for a smaller area..).
- Area in adequate sunlight.
- Plastic sealed to keep the heat in.
- Re-use plastic for multiple sections of land.
- At least two weeks per section.
I like my scythe and goats too. I am no expert, but my Grandfather's old scythe has become one of my favorite yard/hobby-farm tools. I will acknowledge that it has taken effort to sharpen an old blade and work within limitations of old handle grips. However, I think a used scythe could be good to try - just to see if you like it before spending so much. (Remember too that a good weedeater could cost $300, still require gas and maintenance, and not last as long.)
You may be able to find a couple of goats for free or cheap...
Yes, black-tarping in direct sunlight does a good job of cooking everything under the tarp. Best used as a method when trying to eradicate particularly problematic species. The park service in my area uses that method for destroying invasive species.
The largest issue with used scythes as a starting tool is that a novice user won't know what they're shooting for, and they're unlikely to experience good results unless they're unusually diligent and persistent in their efforts. It's how I started, due to my focus on the American scythe, and there being no resources for that style at the time I began using the tool, but I come come from a professional background in edged tools, was already an experienced sharpener with a strong understanding of cutting geometry, and am stubborn as a mule. :D
Aaron Tusmith wrote:one thing that still helps me is to remember how little of an effect each cigarette had on me. I typically felt worse after each cigarette and I couldn't detect any particular sensation or physical feeling that I enjoyed. All that smoking gave me was a feeling of lethargy and more difficulty in breathing. Towards the end I kept saying to myself "these things don't even do anything!" "they just make me feel worse!". I remember when I very first had a cigarette it gave me a sort of buzz and euphoric/weird feeling, not long after, those sensations went away and the desire to smoke was pretty much a mental thing, an activity I felt I had to note in the log so to speak. Looking back on how pointless an activity it was makes it easier for me to rationalize not smoking anymore. I just began to fail in seeing the point in investing so much in an activity that gave me no pleasure at all, in fact subtracted from it. Either way, you will be so proud of yourself when you don't want them anymore, stay strong, you will love the results!
This!! This is your best observation I think!
I smoked my last cigarette 4 days ago. I planned to stop smoking this year and last week I felt the time was right. No patches, no gum, just done with this pointless habit.
I quit before, once for 8 years and once for a few months, but stressful situations got me hooked again and again. I thought I would never be able to never smoke again, but I'm totally done with it now. I finally realized that smoking doesn't add anything to your life, it's all illusionary. But it does break your health over the long run. I'm still having cravings, but it feels more like I miss the ritual and not really the nicotine. In any case I'm not going back again, it's done!
Good luck to you Aaron, and to anyone else who decides to quit that bad habit of smoking!
I'm too cheap to go to hairdressers. When my hair is long, I trim the bad ends so I can get a brush through it, and if it's uneven no one will notice because it's usually twisted up anyway to keep it out of my face. When I'm sick of it, I cut it off (my husband has a braid in his dresser drawer from two years ago). I do my husband's hair, and he's learning to do his own now and I just come in after and make some adjustments. It feels good to have one more thing in my life that I don't need to rely on others, or money, to get done! :D
Adrienne: YAY!! You need your own! :) Mark them so they don't get swiped by husband or kids...
Jennifer: Yes, probably since you are using older hand tools, you have less issues. I use old hand tools too, and rarely have issues with them. It's the stuff that they make "ergonomic" for the wrong person that i have an issue with. Also (I can't prove this, but it's an interesting theory) I think that when men were using the hand tools every day, for long times, they needed to be able to do it without tiring. Now if a guy uses a hand tool on a job, it's more likely to be for a 30 sec thing they just can't do otherwise, so they made them more usable. I know my metal shears etc the older ones are always easier.
The problem with rats, is how smart they are. They can figure out traps pretty quickly. But I think that's where persistence and trialing different trapping methods pays off.
I'm not a poisoner. I have foxes, crows, ravens, cats, owls, and the like about and I'm not about to have them get killed because I can't step up to the challenge of taking out the rodents in other ways.
An excellent Youtube channel to check out is Shawn Woods MouseTrap Mondays. If you want to see about every trap in existence being put to the test this is the place to research. Shawn also makes sure to give tips and trips for making the trap work better, such as with the pail log rolling and walk the plank methods, so you catch and keep, rather than lose to escape, more rodents.
I'm currently working with Victor Mouse Traps in a box, Youtube Frederick Dunn's method. I have found the Victor mice traps can be a challenge, super sensitive when set and hard to get into the box. I've found just tapping the set bar staple slightly forward with a hammer (towards the middle of the trap) but not so far the kill bar doesn't clear, allows for a more stable set, allowing for a lower bait plate too. No need for a 40 to 50 degree angled bait plate. This trap method has a lot of promise. And I like that cats, dogs, smarty pants self sufficient crows helping themselves to the kill, and so on can't just make off with the rodent and trap. Or get snapped in the traps themselves. Especially the rat traps. These pack a punch.
We've just set up a couple of GoodNature A-24 Traps. These are totally not cheap. However they're a repeater trap that have the potential to do a great job while taking little care. I'm all about that. We've got apple trees, which mice love. So no fooling around. And having my Haskaps that I just planted last summer getting chewed to bits by mice under the cover of snow all winter has made me really motivated to reduce the mice population. Really really motivated.
I know a simple pop can covered with peanut butter on a wire in a pail can catch lots of mice. I've seen it work spectacularly. But I wanted to try the commercially available "log roll" and have one set up with the apple trees and in my home garden. It's still a bit cold here, though, so the water in the bottom keeps freezing. I've also got some purchased walk the planks. But haven't set them up yet. I'm using Shawn Woods method of using a lid and drilling an entrance to increase the effectiveness of both of these trap types.
As a one-off trap, I also find the plastic toothed mice traps placed in prime mouse, vole spots in my garden works great. But I make sure to tie these to something so the crows and racoons don't make off with trap and rodent. When it gets cold in the fall I stop using the bigger rat trap types of these because they tend to get brittle and break at this time of year.
I can have trouble with voles, too. So I'm working on my home version of the vole trap method as shown on Shawn Wood's channel. Find an active vole hole. On each side of the hole, in a line, nail a predrilled Victor mouse trap into the ground and set. Over top goes a tunnel. You can use a plastic or old metal rectangular style eavestrough with the bottom cut off. Drill holes for pins, place the tunnel over the top of the vole hole and traps, and pin down. When the vole(s) come up out of the hole it has to go over a trap to get out of the tunnel. I think the pinning down of the traps and tunnel make the difference in the effectiveness.
My absolute fave rodent control method is the same as Jamie Hatfields: Weasels. They are darned good at at rodent control. We've lucked out by having a farm and a camp weasel. So cute those little guys. For some reason they leave the chickens alone. But our chickens can be nasty and bloodthirsty, so that may be part of why. I like foxes as a mouse control method too, but I don't want to have them hanging around too closely because of the chickens who wouldn't stand a chance against a fox.
When it comes to weasels and rats, I thinks some rats can be too much to handle even for a weasel. That's why I love watching The Mink Man's Videos. He hunts with dogs and with mink (much bigger than weasels) that he hand rears. Kind of very cool. But a giant investment in time and commitment to do it yourself. So, if I had a farm near Joseph Carter, I'd for sure be hiring him and team just for the sheer interest in watching the dogs, mink, and Mink Man at work.
Sorry for all the edits. I can never get the urls to work properly.
We don't--yet--have the Zika carrying mosquitoes, so all they give us is itchy bites. We don't use DEET, but we have preventative measures to reduce the amount of mosquitoes (ducks to eat the larve and bugs, bats to eat them, and we don't leave water sitting out. I need to make bird houses for swallows to encourage them to eat our bugs, too!). We have pretty good success with keeping the mosquitoes away by rubbing garlic on ourselves &/or lemon balm. Garlic works really well--lemon balm is less effective, but smells better and is easier to apply. I also never get bit if my husband or son is with me, as the buggers like them more than me.
I wonder if anyone has discovered how to make a mosquito lure that draws the bugs to it, rather than to humans...
If possible, it will be greatfull to have your hint for our construction.
We build a straw ball house in Quebec, Canada.
We already do the COB on the two side. It's a 2 inches of COB : sand, clay, straw and horse manure.
On the inside, we close the grain so the coat is smooth.
On the outside, we let the grain open and we do some keying for the last coat.
We will do 2 coats of lime for the exterior (around 1/4 inch for the both coats). We will put some casein, methycelullose and brick in powder.
We really like the aspect of the interior and if possible, we will keep it like that.
We are not sure if it will be okay for the moisture, because the exterior plaster will be a little less permeable than the interior because of the 2 coats of lime.
Because we read that
In cold climates, the trick here is to design the wall so that the exterior is at least as vapor permeable, and ideally more so, than the interior.
Do you have any clue?
Is it okay to do that?
Or, do we have to do also a lime coat inside? or a lime paint?
Or to put several coat of oil?
Or to put bee wax?
Thanks for that reference quoted. It sounds like an solid ID... <g> Oh well. I guess if I had to deal w/this, this guy is not the worst. Just the worst I've run into.
> "... I'll keep those things in mind." (Dale)
<GG> Yup. Just like that. <g>
Forget where I saw it, but I remember reading that one's friends/family can be the worst problem because changes one embarks on can rock _their_ boat and a normal first reaction is to try to stop the rocking...
I am assuming the ditches upstream look largely the same as what's in the pictures, but my logic in thinking that planted ditches would fill in whatever you do is because unless there is no interruption in the flow, plantings will decrease the rate of flow, decreasing the average size of particle the flow is able to carry.
A ditch so planted would drop increasingly fine particles downstream as long as or wherever the current slowed.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Here, in the Bay Area, people are mean, vicious. We have attributed it to how stressful life is here. One can work 60-80 hours a week and still be starving/struggling. While looking for housing in southern Oregon, my daughter and I have been struck but how happy and pleasant everyone is. My agent responded with they aren't so afraid they are going to be homeless. It really is astounding.
Nice to see someone else say it, it's pretty bad. But it's not just people starving/struggling to live here, some of the worst offenders are people I know who are very, very, VERY far from struggling. Actually, the real working class people I know (one I am married to), street sweepers, day laborers, mechanics, contractors, none of them are mean or vicious at all.
Thanks George, for bringing up a very thoughtful and interesting conversation.
So, I sat down and tried to write out my thoughts as coherently as possible, but it still didn’t turn out as well as I’d like. Here’s my best shot at contributing what I’d like to say.
I’ll admit that I’ve thought a lot about this before. Not only the words I use to describe myself, but also what I’m doing as a non native person who was born here and owns and uses land. I’m supposedly a little Native American on my dad’s side, but it’s not much talked about. That part of the family would rather think of themselves as white. These aren’t easy things to think about.
One positive thing about the concept/definition of pioneers and homesteaders:
These people left behind their entire civilization and moved into areas with little to no support. Some of these people were refugees, fleeing famine and war in Europe. Some of them were very poor Americans, or like some of my ancestors, were fleeing disease and pre-Civil War tension. Some were jerks who wanted to kill and destroy and make a profit. Focusing on the first several kinds though, I definitely see a group of people I think we can learn from now. As a modern homesteader, in a less extreme way I too am leaving behind our current civilization. It still exists and is physically accessible, but it is definitely not supportive. Laws and attitudes thwart the work I want to do. Knowledge of how to do things has often been lost. Quality tools have become hard to come by; things like scythes have to be ordered all the way from Maine.
In a lot of ways, all of this reminds me of honeyebees when they swarm and enter a brand new hive. There’s no wax, comb, or propolis already there for them to get started. That means no stores of food, no place to lay eggs, no medicine, and a hive environment that’s not yet balanced for them. Yet they manage. The build it out, bring in food, and rear young to replace themselves. Many of us are in the same boat I feel, where we’re moving out to a countryside which has more or less been abandoned (in many places) by people who grow food the old fashioned way. The descendants from these people are, forgive me for saying, oftentimes ignorant of and hostile towards the very way of life their parents or grandparents practiced.
I guess I feel that if people could do what they did back then (with NO oil, no woodchips cheaply and easily available, no running water, a limited supply of food calories, and none of the pre oil industry/civilizational benefits that did exist, then maybe we have a chance at using permaculture to deal with our problems now.
The harassment continues under our British N.Y.C.Transit President Andy Byford. He is shaking up the system and it's going to cause pain he says! No pain no gain he says. The "pain" has been going on for more than 30 years! Every time they make an "improvement"there is months of massive delays and tortuous rerouting! This only makes even more pain for those who have no choice but to live at night on the subways. And how gross it is to bother people already in such pain who are homeless by waking them up with a clanking stick in the middle of their sleep! And when temperatures are above 45 degrees they leave doors open for sometimes ten minutes! This is another new harassment as they used to close them partially. Many homeless lack sufficient covering and this leads to much suffering physically and mentally! Should we give Andy a double thumbs up?!!!
One idea I've heard of is to use metal 2x4 framing filled with rigid insulation for the core. Then you layer thin strips of wood on the outer edges. After that you put 1/4 inch plywood on both sides, then paint it to look like wood planks. This makes a very light door with better insulating qualities than a solid door. I would use a knob in the middle and levers similar to ones from a manusl garage door opener.
Daniel Schmidt wrote:Necromancy is raising the dead. Most other forums tend to view bringing up threads more than X days or weeks old as a negative thing, and is considered posting to a dead thread, thread necromancy, or necro for short.
This forum is quite different, where knowledge is curated and adding useful info that is on topic to a thread of any age is welcomed. I can understand why some other places with very time sensitive topics wouldn't want people to keep reviving old threads, but it always struck me as being very curious when a thread that is filled with knowledge where someone could make a meaningful contribution would get locked simply because it sat idle for a few days, scattering information around and making it extremely difficult to find important nuggets of knowledge. Compound this with forums changing their file structure and breaking all old links, and you could spend years trying to learn something complex and be left essentially sabotaged. I clearly know this from experience and am extremely grateful for this site!
Yes, exactly. Was just about to post this exact thing.
I grew up on old Invision forums and posting in threads over a month old could sometimes have really strict consequences - up to and including bans or suspensions.
UPDATE--I made it. Today is spring. I did not need to turn on the radiator once al winter long. And we had a couple of really cold nights.
It may of course become winter again in five minutes, this being New England on global weirding steroids, but I think it's safe to say I don't need fossil fuel heat in my room.
I will admit I turned the heat on one really cold night for my partner, who was leaving next morning at 4 am for a flight, when we'd stayed up too late to really have time to heat with the laptop.
It's not a fully scientific experiment, but it's an urban experiment, and it was comfortable. I could sleep. Usually I haven't even needed the dinosaur laptop, just my newish mac charger (supposedly 6 watts--though I would guess it's a bit more than that, let's say 15 to be really conservative).
Thanks, everyone for the thoughtful responses. Sorry I haven't been all typey lately.
I hear ya, Rufus, on the slow motion nature of this all. We can get used to a lot. I wonder if the next generation, facing weekly superstorms, will begin saying, "Its just the weather. Its always been that way as far back as I can remember".
An interesting thought would be to consider a person that went into a comma in 2000 and just woke up today. He would probably wake up and go, "What the hell happened. I went to sleep and woke up in a dystopia. Why are their people in red hats commiting acts of genocide. We invaded what countries to take their oil? What cities burned? Why are the cops wearing robber masks to hide their identity and carrying machine guns? We have interment camps now and are rounding up brown people? The hurricanes are how big now? Russia is our enemy again? What did we do to piss them off? The government records all our actions?" ETC.
I think sometimes the lack of a clearly defined metric/ teasing it out over the course of a thread can be helpful to people other than any given thread's OP. I usually search the forums before posting a question (hence my low post count and overall low level of participation); most times I can glean enough information from past threads and all the different opinions/ knowledge bases therein to move forward on whatever I was looking to do. Basically, getting a wide range of answers might not directly benefit the OP, but we can't know how tangential information shared might help another reader, either, or what other discussions it might lead to. An answer might not meet an OP's criteria for success, but it may be exactly what a reader in the future is looking for.
I kind of look at the forums like shopping at a yard sale or thrift store (vs Amazon). I don't expect an exact match for my needs, but I'll probably be able to find "good enough" and walk away with a few other things to boot. I'm of the opinion that more information is always better, and that applies to both sides: a well-structured question is helpful to the people trying to answer it; tangential information could be helpful outside the scope of a specific question.
Chris Kott wrote:And sorry, Bob. I should have specified what I meant by post-steam.
I would like to know if there's a fuel cell analogue in the future for nuclear, wherein a fission-specific material absorbs the radiation directly and produces electricity, like solar energy hitting a solar panel. I want to know if it will be possible to eliminate the heat cycle. Does fission require the release of heat, or is that a detectible and easily-used byproduct? Consequently, could fission generate electricity without heat, and wouldn't that be more efficient and safer, requiring reactions on a much smaller scale?
Largely just spitballing, but I would genuinely like to know.
The answer is so far as I know the only way to capture the alpha and beta particle energy is in the form of heat. Now the gama part of it some of the energy can be captured the by equivalent of a solar cell and converted directly into electricity but depending on its frequency which is dependent on the fission process, the efficiency can be fractions of one percent up to about 25% conversion. So in most cases it is not practical.
Now there is one other one that might be more to your liking that is nuclear thermal. They put a fairly hot nuclear source in a box designed to produce X watts of heat at say 400 degrees. They then pass this heat thru a thermoionic module to a colder side to produce electricity. As long as the cold side exists they are reliable and small fairly light weight sources of power. Because the amount of nuclear material is limited they can't melt down. And so they are solid state with no moving parts and they can be fairly light weight. The problems are 2 told. They are terribly inefficient is one and they have to have a fairly hot fuel source which makes them high risk for terrorism etc. So their use is mostly limited to satellites and a few military applications.
Mary-Ellen Zands wrote:We are having a major issue with snow and ice on the roof. Since yes it snowed again! All last night. Yes it looks like a winter wonderland but now I’m getting tired of this. It was supposed to rain all night, that didn’t happen. Spent the last 2 days on the metal roof of the house. Shoveling ice and snow off. Afraid of the rain that’s in the forecast. On the news the last couple of days, they are talking about all the roof cave-ins in the area. Don’t need that extra headache! Trying to be proactive. On our metal roof, we had these brakes installed at the bottom edge. Because we didn’t want the snow coming down in huge heaps and blocking the entrances to the house and damaging the trees and gardens that are close to the house.
Well now we can’t get into the house via the garage or the garage door. The piles of ice and snow are about 8feet high!
Another problem on the north side of the house is ice curls. They come crashing down on the deck and do a lot of damage to the kiwi vine and structure that are growing there. Of course to the deck too. We’ve had to rebuild reweld metal structure from last year when it became all mangled. So hopefully now I can stay on top of it by attacking the curls piece by piece from the bottom.
We had a similar problem following a blizzard in Colorado. I used to have a picture of the wind cornice almost touching the ground, but my stupid MAC seems to have eaten it. (I can't seem to find anything on it anymore!) I only have the less dramatic photo of the aftermath when the whole thing collapsed. The cornice almost touched the drift seen in the shadows on the left. Where the snow fell was like a tunnel formed by the snow cornice.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:delving in to this deeper it becomes apparent that Chicago is just as corrupt politically (possibly more so) as New York, the city councils bend to the will of the people who own and operate the land fills (in NY that is La Cosa Nostra, and the same is most likely true of Chi town).
Incredibly so! I've spent far too many years of my life there - on the outskirts, watching, disgusted, voting, petitioning, resisting... I can't even begin to express my elation about leaving the 'state of Chicago', for MO.
Great ideas guys. I was thinking along the lines of planting Elaeagnus Mulitflora Goumi but am open to whatever. Just trying to grab some knowledge on how tall to make it. Or rather how short can I get way with and it still be effective.
I have built and repaired many gates such as you speak of.
All the issues mentioned previuosly may occur, and I have found a good way to reduce trouble is to ensure when the gates are either open or closed,there is a block. under the gate in the middle in the case of being closed.
And if swung open, under the gate in the open position
That block enables the load to be taken from the post and the gate itself and everything will last much longer.