I really am a poser but...
  
Today high temperature was 84 degrees. Tomorrow's high is predicted to be 44. Ahead of this massive drop we harvested our tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, etc and moved our herbs that are in planters indoors. We have the good fortune of of having "volunteer" basil growing all over the estate. We harvested all of that and plucked the leaves for drying. I bet we over a pound of basil drying right now.

I can not say that we are even remotely successful off-gridders. I can not say that we are anywhere near self-sufficient. If I didn't have a job last year or this year we would have starved. But it is a good feeling to know that we can provide a good portion of our food even from our urban farm.

It has been an interesting change in our thought process to see that God (Or nature, or the world, or whatever term doesn't offend your sensibilities) provides what we actually need to live and that everything above that is gravy. If I was set-up properly we could get all of our water needs met for free (and I live in a desert) and there is more than enough food floating around that only requires some work to get it to the table.
  
inspiring
  
Just learned that Sammy Hagar turns 71 today. ugh! That was kind of a shocker. I still see him in my mind's eye as a 38 year old #cyclist and bar owner who had a singing gig on the side.
  
Where is this, @James D Morgan ? :-)
  
Is it the one from "This is Spinal Tap"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STHKFlO-zBw
  
At the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, TX Stonehenge replica (Odessa, Texas) - Wikipedia

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The Stonehenge replica is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa in Ector County, Texas. About 20 stone blocks, similar in size, shape, and appearance to the ancient Stonehenge in southwestern England, were unveiled in the summer of 2004. The replica matches the original Stonehenge horizontally, but it falls...
  
huh... I guess everyone will be overjoyed to know that Tim Berners-Lee is trying to invent Hubzilla.  I wonder if he knows that
he has become a rerun. Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

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With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google.
  
I'm not sure we would want to dishearten him. But needing to seek venture capital doesn't sound like a positive thing. Someone will want to see a return on their investment.
  
James D Morgan updated their profile photo

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I remember this as your previous avatar on gnu social, or... are you yourself Benjamin's tulku?
  

Encrypted content

  
You know, the shovel really was a ground-breaking invention
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A few days ago the power went out at the shop and the $EMPLOYER was all whopper-jawed as to what we could do with the internet out. I commented that I was born before the internet so I know how to live without it. I wasn't sure of this so I looked it up. In fact I really was born before the internet. Jury is still out on whether I can live without it or not.

Last night I bumped into the old TV show CHiPS on amazon. My Mom used to watch this show every week when I was growing up. I watched two or three episodes last night and none of the crimes were murder. I even predate every TV show having a dead body and violence in it.
  
HA! One of my favourite Dragnet episodes was a purse snatching. Friday goes to all these bizarre places chasing down the snatcher and ends up at this freaky beatnik/protohippie/pregrunge party peopled by teenagers. The contrast between the uptight Friday and the kids was funny enough but then he starts monologuing about the beauty of the American Way and how criminals are almost traitors.
  
ohohohoh! I found Mission Impossible on the mighty amazon!
  
But then there was Perry Mason, and it was always murder. But cleanly done, and maybe not even shown, don't recall that much


Mus not forget all those old westerns too. Lots of murder and mayhem in them
  
I am not sure if it is worth a write up or not but I have been experimenting with VeraCrypt, the Hubzilla dav, and three different operating systems. It has been fun and interesting for me but not sure it'll interest anyone else. Encryption inside of encryption inside of encryption might be a touch paranoid
  
I've been playing around with Veracrypt on Hubzilla files. All using a dopey old Android phone. Fun stuff.
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For those that don't know Son#1 is severely autistic. He is non-verbal and generally not very communicative. Here is what was going on today (from an email to my parents):

So [Son#1] is in a mood today. He is rearranging furniture, not helping with chores, and just acting terdy in general. We can't figure out what he wants. [The Mrs] hands him a piece of chalk and says "draw what it is that you want." This is what he drew...



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While for many this may seem silly for me and The Mrs this is a *MAJOR* victory.
  
Wow, Christmas came early this year. :-) heavy black heart
  
To continue the story with today's news (also from an email to my parents):

Son#1 spent most of the weekend, after putting up our little tree, trying to pack *us* some clothes for a trip somewhere. This morning The Mrs gave him a crayon and asked him "what do you want" again.

He drew off a pumpjack. And then did the sign for Grandfather and then said "PawPaw."

PawPaw (The Mrs' dad) used to take him out to see the pumpjacks. PawPaw passed on four years ago on Halloween. We have taken Son#1 to see the grave a couple of times but how can anyone possibly explain something like this?

I am sorry, son. We wish PawPaw was here too
  
crying face heavy black heart - he sure is a sweety. :-)
  
Nickel's worth of free advice- a day when it is 105+ degrees is *NOT* the day to try to minimize the garage. I feel pretty much like poop.
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A year or two ago I watched a movie that claimed to be based on this book. It was a vapid affair which appeals to people half my age with more testosterone than sense.

Recently, someone told me that the book was good and nothing like the movie. With some dubious thoughts combined with zombies not really being my thing I decided to give the book a listen.

I have listened to about half of the book thus far and I got to say I am enjoying this one. It follows a oral/people's history approach in telling of the war against the zombies. In the telling of the tale themes such as the ineptitude of government, the atrocity of war, and suvivalism are explored.

While "zombies" may not be my cup of tea I am rather enjoying this book and am saving the #audiobook to listen to it again in the future. Yes, unless the author mucks up the second half, this book will be worth a re-read or two.
  
I agree that zombies are stupid, but it has been an interesting study into how people might react when the world goes bottom-up.
  
The book is fucking fantastic, which is why the movie makes me so angry. There are so many inventive scenarios that happen in the book that never get mentioned (The development of DeStRes. People living on a nuclear submarine. An entire city on stilts. Astronauts stranded in the ISS.)

The format of the book and the way it was written were also elements that gave me joy. The whole thing feels like a PBS documentary focusing on one of the most difficult struggles in human history.
  
cc: @books
  
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One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, Molas Pass south of Silverton, CO
  
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Somewhere north of Durango, Colorado and south of Silverton, CO
  
Wow, I just want a horse and a cowboy hat looking at that. :-)
  
The road from Durango up to Ouray is called the Million Dollar Highway (this picture was taken on part of that road) and is one of the most beautiful drives in the Continental US. Not only is it beautiful but the road is so dangerous that it tends to be quiet too and that is a big plus in my book

.U.S. Route 550 - Wikipedia

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U.S. Route 550 (US 550) is a spur of U.S. Highway 50 that runs from Bernalillo, New Mexico to Montrose, Colorado in the western United States. The section from Silverton to Ouray is frequently called the Million Dollar Highway.[3] It is one of the roads on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.[4] U.S. 55...
  
I just read that article all the way through. I can honestly say that I have driven the entire length of that road from Montrose, CO all the way to Bernalilo, NM. I had not though about that fact before. The whole road has beauty though a huge chunk of it is in the high desert of New Mexico.
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Did you hear about the blind prostitute?

You have to hand it to her...
  
Hello from andhub I see no posts but we'll see if I can post
  
hello ...same today in my phone
  
I know it's a setting somewhere but I don't remember which one
  
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The old Reagan County Courthouse in the ghost town of Stiles, Texas
  
Google Maps I know it is evil Google but I want to see the Courthouse from the satellit

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Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.
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First United Methodist Church in Stanton, TX

  
Can I just say EW! here!

Attempted theft of George Washington's head - Wikipedia

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In 1830, an attempt was made to steal the skull from the remains of George Washington, which resided in a tomb at Mount Vernon. The thief instead inadvertently decapitated the body of one of Judge Bushrod Washington's in-laws. The desecration of the Washington family crypt prompted a new, more secure, burial vault to be constructed. Following his d...