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Some thoughtful responses, I will consider the rebuttals to my position - seeing as that is what one does in a debate: consider rebuttals.

Even though I hardly find it to be "nice".
It is very true that some artifacts are found by archeologists...

under very specific circumstances - that are not so common as to constitute the rule.

Knowing this difference is part of responsible work.
2 months ago
Using a shovel results in blisters.

Moving rocks results in sore muscles.

Raising livestock requires heartbreak.

Growth and improvement are inherently uncomfortable experiences.

While balance asks most certainly to add compassion and understanding,
shielding someone from a response to patently false claims, because it might "hurt their feelings" is at best short-sighted. I said "a bit confused" instead of "indefensibly negligent in an arrogant and baseless caution extending from a position of ignorance."

I was being nice.

"Nice" has never produced any growth - it perpetuates stagnation, it enforces mediocrity.

That does not equate to rough-shod be mean - but it does cast serious doubt on "don't hurt anyone's feelings..."

Since when has learning anything been a comfortable experience? Anyone who attempts to shield me from discomfort doesn't want me to improve.

Sometimes, the moderation moolelages that I get are quite frankly infantilizing.

Everything is offensive to someone. Protectionism is exponential and self-perpetuating.

I expect my equals to point out my short-comings, I show respect by offering the same.

Trying to protect people from that... is supremely disrespectful. It is a claim that I am too fragile to learn.

I like the site, I like some of the moderators.

Treating us like we're too fragile or juvenile to cope with the reality of seeing our own mistakes....

That ain't permaculture.
Thought I'd see something neat here... maybe I did I don't know.

At the moment, there is a 27yo female with a dozen or so guys ready to do whatever she wants - in the singles section.
As someone noted - "weeding them out" right?

As long as everything is someone else's fault, nothing can ever be fixed. It's like gravity that way:

The sick don't wed the well.

Why were my passed marriages so soul-shatteringly-horrible? Because I picked them. I put myself in a position where that was the option, and I took it. I can't do anything about them, but I can try to be a better me.

I didn't see a single post - though it might be buried somewhere in there - where somebody points out the bleedingly obvious: Only decent women get decent men.

Not saying by any means that a person is "bad" - but anyone who has a list of why this or that one was bad... well, you've got a common denominator in there somewhere don't ya? So do I - and that is where my work lies.

Be clean.
Participate in conversations.
Drop the attitude that "there are no good men" - it is as visible as the fake color of some women's hair, and "good" men see it... and don't bother with you.
Also, there is this funny thing that some women do - yeah, you know it. That guy who is "such a good friend" who "deserves someone nice"...

And women say men can't take hints.

Oh, speaking of "hints" - you consider just, you know, using your words instead of a pretty manipulative power-play of behavioral code?
Looking for "tricks"? Yeah.... that isn't a genuine thing to do.
Plan to keep up those tricks for 20 - 60 years? Day in, day out?

Years ago they said "just be yourself" and then added all sorts of stuff that simply isn't myself. I most certainly can find "someone" - if I'm not myself. Can't keep them - and probably wouldn't want to.

Better to be alone, than with the wrong person. Lonely, difficult, and infinitely better.

I figure, when I've done enough with me, I'll either find her, or I'll die. Precarious, and true.

I would suggest doing that instead of the list of "good men" and "tricks to get them". I sure as hell don't want to be "tricked" into a sham romance. Being a plaything is.... horrible. Seriously - I don't want to be someone's wallet-sextoy again. Hurt me in ways I can't express.

Oh! And here's is the most interesting thing that I've noticed as I listen to women at large talk about dating woes:
"Men want blondes with big ..."

Not remotely. Some do, but not even half. I personally do not prefer that in the least - and no, I don't want a house slave either, or a momma.

Funny thing - I'll give you the most valuable piece of information that any genuine woman can have in finding her genuine guy!

You know what is universal among what genuine, mature men want in their mate?


I mean the kind of loyalty that Patriots in revolutions have to one another. Absolute, no exceptions, death before dishonor loyalty. Like it or not, a huge portion of women can't be relied on not to scream at their man if his hours get cut at work - and I am not exaggerating. Turn TO each other, not ON each other. Start incessant nagging about something like socks (well, HE should just pick them up!) then wonder why he's pretty sure you wouldn't stay if he broke his back... or why he doesn't feel comfortable being vulnerable with you. Again: "Well, HE should just ...." See a pattern here? Just be loyal. The kind of loyalty that underpins society. The kind that supersedes law. The kind that is worth living and dying for.

Trying to dictate another's behavior is not treating them as an equal, and is anything but loyal. You are not my arm candy, I am not your plaything, forklift, wallet, gossip-source, handbag, etc...

Huge numbers of men feel their worst enemy is their wife. Even larger numbers are flat refusing to take the risk.

No disrespect at all intended - none - I offer this honestly and as kindly as I can. Mate - LIFE PARTNER - is the one, the only one. Protests pale in the face of how many of us are alone and looking. I see it all the time: "MY kids are my world, they come first" and I can only think "Why would you do that to them? What are you going to do when they want to have an identity apart from you? When they need to leave you for their own health? How is your man going to feel playing second-fiddle for the rest of his life? Just going to demand he be ok with it? That what you wanted? A man who sits passively and lets you use him?" I have never, ever, e.v.e.r seen that perspective result in healthy kids or lasting marriages. Which is supposed to grow up and leave? Which is supposed to die with you? Ask again which is supposed to come first. Incidentally, "putting the children first" usually turns them into tedious monsters. Hell yes you put them behind your mate! Shows them what reality is, and prevents years of psychic pain as they demand the world put them first - and are completely ignored. Also does wonders with healthy discipline.

There are very few things that I will not do for a woman who owns herself, and remembers that we are supposed to die together - and acts accordingly.

Ladies - I am treating you with respect and honesty by saying this. I don't speak for men, but I know ENORMOUS numbers who... simply don't see any possible benefit to outweigh the risks.

I would think that, rationally speaking, instead of expressing disgust at men for the alarming rise in artificial women, some of you might ask "have we really become so difficult that huge numbers of men would rather build fake women?" It would certainly be self aware.

Please start building ladies again - instead of perpetuating adolescent narcissism.

And for God's sake, quit badmouthing/ridiculing/ and gossiping about your man! NOTHING kills intimacy faster.

My two cents.
2 months ago
I imagine you can do the re-burn without making it into balls, but it is best to wash out the soluble compounds first (chemistry reasons)

If you don't do the re-burn, it is little better than a filler - has very little reactive capacity without it. Some clay floors have ash, but I don't think that adds much cementing action, just durability (may be wrong).

As for the ash pile - if you have to, bury it everywhere. Make soap. Make it into the ugliest paint in the world...

Desert? 55 gallon steel drum, long stove-pipe with a few metal screens for catching any sparks.

Will = Way if will = try.
2 months ago
Just typed this thread

You should really check it out if you're interested in repeating what Prim did.

Love his channel, but there's a lot missing from this video - and it kinda sucks in that regard.

In a nutshell: The Wood Ash has to be calcined AND rapidly cooled - or it is unreactive and basically just a super-fine filler (which is good for mechanical reasons, but doesn't goo anything together).

And, BTW, NO! Sand does not work in place of his crushed pottery. Sand is super unreactive (unless you've got a very high pH) and is nothing but a filler. Crushed pottery is not only a filler - it's a Pozzolan. Pozzolans are half-reactive.

A Pozzolan!

Do dooo doo doodoo...

A Pozzolan?

Do doo doo doo...

Calco-Aluminosilicates are the bedrock of buildings (quite literally actually....) You got your Alites, and your Belites, your Feldspars, and your Limes....

Again - love Prim, but I've watched the results of his accidental success lead to some sad stuff :(
3 months ago
The reason that Prim re-fired was to calcine the calcium in the ash... no pun (not really)

The decanting that he did floated away the LOI (loss on ignition - unburned charcoal).

His video is a little misleading - and this thread has some issues related to it.

Generally (GENERALLY!!) Wood Ash is primarily Calcium and Silicon (with metals - primarily Aluminum) and that is mostly (MOSTLY!!!) the same as Portland Cement.

Wood Ash in general is chemically identical (IN GENERAL!) to Ordinary Portland Cement.


Why doesn't your fire-pit turn to a cement block? Metastable Crystalline Structure!!

When OPC clinker comes out of the kiln, it has to be rapidly cooled, or the crystals in it grow into more stable forms and combine with humidity to create expensive, sterile, and caustic sand/gravel/dust - ash.
Wood fires cool slowly, so the ash becomes hydrated and stabilized.

Prim's video shows first the fire to make the ash - this is incidental to the process, the first fire doesn't mean much and may as well have been a cooking fire.

The second fire is the key. Before the second fire, he "purifies" the ash by decanting the LOI - this is good. In the second fire, the ash balls that he made glow - this is calcination that drives the CO2 out of what is essentially limestone in the ash (that is produced by the slow cooling - limestone is already carbonated via a chain reaction from hydration to carbonation)

Something missing in his video is that the inner part of the ash-ball is insulated from the air/humidity, so it cools slower than the skin of the ball, and is not converted to a non-reactive (useless) form of Calcium.

Then he adds fired clay dust. Clay is alumino-silicate goodies, and the firing process creates a meta-crystal. Vis Metakaolin as opposed to kaolin. Metastable clay is a Pozzolan... much argument and many Romans....

The most important part here is the RAPID cooling of the ash (again, after it has been made - the first fire is not part of the cement process, all it does is make ash...) Prim did it via a ball of ash, and dropping it in water.

The use of naturally cooled wood-ash in concrete or plaster or mortar adds a little bit of reactive lime (calcium) to the mix - but it is mostly a super-fine filler and to a lesser extent an added Pozzolan (again, Concrete Chem is a field of many dangers!!)

Just mixing Wood Ash into Portland is certainly good - but to replace Portland all together with wood ash requires that the ash be heated to red-glow, then cooled as rapidly as possible. This actually makes it INTO Portland Cement, just with a dirty and uncontrolled recipe.

My plan (and why I'm back here again after a few months of research, experimentation, failure, and re-thought) is to make a diy rotary kiln. Seriously. Get the ash super-hot, then blow huge amounts of air over it without creating a dust-cloud of doom. My mountain has a severe lack of limestone, and my wallet has a severe lack of portland cement :(
3 months ago