Pearl Sutton wrote:
I also narrate some of my "adventures" to myself to make them a little more fun to think about. "What are all these ants in this barn doing? Why are they here? Today, on Rural Living Gets Real, we figure out how to deal with a dead buzzard in the barn! (Eeewwww!)"
Jane Weeks wrote:BTW, I love your "Day in the life of a pioneer" story. Maybe take up writing instead of chickens?
Mike Jay wrote:Thanks Hans, the video was good and it was fun to read through the comments that people put on there. It seems like it would make more sense to use outside air to reduce the chances of condensation between the layers. I also don't know why he has an outlet. That would get at Mike P's concerns about pushing lots of air through the air gap and eliminating the static air against the film (which is where you get most of your R value).
I guess I don't see the insulation value of the blower as compared to using spacers to keep the two layers apart (and no blower). I do see the advantage to the blower for film longevity and wind resistance.
I did see a plan to put a blower on a check valve so that once the layers are inflated, the fan turns off. When the air leaks enough to drop the pressure, the fan kicks back on. I wonder if there are other simple ways to create 1psi of pressure without a fan? Simple windmill that pumps air?
Morgan Carey wrote:Here on Island of Maui on Eastern side of Island I have built a pile 4 ft by 4 ft using four 5 gallon buckets of wood chips, four green leaves and grasses, two of cow and horse manure repeated to fill. I also sprinkled about half a bucket of bio char, placed 1 dozen comfrey leaves in center, and tarpped. After 5 days pile only got to 110 degrees at hottest points. The pile had dried out considerably (I couldn't squeeze one drop.) I turned the pile adding perhaps too much moisture and now a day later the temps have dropped to 80. I am concerned that I turned my pile too soon and halted the process. Mahalo nui
Devin Lavign wrote:
Cody literally can walk off into the AZ desert naked with no tools and survive for weeks and months alone. Matt I know from reputation through friends who know him as well as from seeing him on Dual Survival and Live Free or Die. He is a man who argued constantly with his partner in Dual Survival because he was able to set up a comfortable camp over and over again and wanted to stay put, while his partner wanted to always keep moving and get rescued. If not for his partner, Matt likely would have set up a palace in the wilderness and still be living there, and the show would have gotten pretty boring with him eating well and doing just fine and not wanting to be rescued.
Devin Lavign wrote: Why I came to the conclusion I did is simple, the human race is still here is it not? Humans existed longer in hunter gather life than in civilization. Humans are quite capable of surviving and even thriving in the wilderness. What blocks our ability to do so is simply lack of skills and knowledge. If however someone has the skills and knowledge, then it is not so difficult a task.
Devin Lavign wrote: The problem is having a true skilled and knowledgeable contestant doesn't make good TV drama. So these shows don't require the people to be of proper skill level, and likely screen out these people. Just look at some of the people who make it in these shows. Naked and Afraid, there was an episode where they had 2 teams and had them meet up. This probably saved the life of one girl and likely her partner, due to her survival strategy was to let others do everything for her. She had no survival skills really. Or in Alone, how many times do people tap out in the first day? Or within the 1st week? If you can't handle a day to a week then you should not even be on the show, but every season they have these people who are not ready to do what is needed. Worse they are moaning about how much they miss family and friends in the first week of being out there. If someone can't handle being alone for a week, how did they expect to do the show? This is the difference between TV and true survival or primitive skills. TV is looking for drama and yes weakness in contestants. They don't want the best of the best who will easily succeed. They want the emotional breakdowns, the failed survival, the mistakes and goof ups. It makes the show more exciting. But true survival by experts is not filled with this sort of thing.
James Freyr wrote:I just read all about Central Asian Shepherds on wikipedia and they sound like just the kind of LGD I'll be looking for here in the not too distant future. I believe Dasha will make a fine LGD for your needs!
Chris Kott wrote:Tibetan mastiff or Caucasian mountain shepherd dog?
EDIT: Sorry, Alabai, I missed that somehow. That's the Central Asian Ovtcharka.