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09/18/2020

Posted this project: 3D printed prosphora seals, prosphora is the bread that is used in the Orthodox Eucharist.

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I also recorded a video that's over an hour long just talking about my experiences over the last 15 years or so leading up to where I'm at now as a catechumen. I started to edit it down and add title annotations, but it got late and I got self conscious. Might continue it sometime if I feel it?

I incubated 7 quail eggs with 5 hatching (9/4/20), I had to help one out with some forceps and dental pick (and I could've probably helped another one out, but I wasn't sure it needed help) only one was empty when I candled them at day 15. Maybe I should make a "project" page for quail? Here's some pics of the babies:

incubating-7-eggs 4-quail-babies 5-quail-babies

They're much larger now and I'm hoping to get a outdoor rabbit hutch thing delivered today. I'll probably move the adults to that and the new generation into the old crate I made out of 2x4's and let them grow up another week or so. I also experimented with pickling the extra quail eggs, they're turning out good!

I guess that's it besides just plodding through worldly "duties", adjustments and the normal housekeeping chores. I've also been more "scholarly" lately, doing a lot of reading and note taking that I haven't had the energy to do the past few years.

08/28/2020

A lot has changed in my life since my last update.

I've continued looking into the Orthodox church since, although I won't be posting anymore Peterson videos (whew!), I may have to make my own video on this obsession sometime. The quail have started laying (the female of course, 1/day) and I caught them humping once, so I started incubating a set of 7 eggs, lower temperature and higher humidity (95F and 62% at 11 days in, 4 more days until "lock down"). It seems like they're alive, the surface temp measured ~100-102F when I waved the IR thermometer over them.

I've also made a couple more batches of "energy drink" concentrate, without any sweeteners, and it's been pretty good! I ordered some hibiscus extract along with yerba mate extract from a new supplier, so we'll have to see how that turns out.

I logged into Twitter when my sister was over and ended up reading this long Ribbon Farm article on Weaponized Sacredness aloud to her, the two main things that stood out to me were the ideas of widespread preference falsification being "fragile" and has a domino effect sort of collapse when someone with a high enough charisma score calls it out (and can in turn create a whole new set of preference falsifications), as well as the idea of thinking of groups of ideological peoples as egregores that have their own evolutionary histories that have either kept the ideas alive through the generations, or have become footnotes in history books (also interesting in regards to my attraction to Orthodoxy).

I haven't done anymore with the bacteriophage or x-ray mutation stuff. I do have the datura growing in pots out back, but it's been a pretty rough season with extreme temperatures, even for these desert plants. One of them died back and is growing a second set of leaves after I put it in a more hospitable location.

I've been mostly focusing on post-caregiving duties, keeping up with all the extra attention from everyone has been sort of tiring on top of all the mental and spiritual adjustments. I wrote a little rant about 4 days before his passing, I'll post it here: I Wont Be Here Forever.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, maybe I'll post more of my theological writings here too (and I want to continue to threaten to clean everything up, but that's the nice thing about this wiki, I can just throw things up and just keep moving forward, no need to get stuck on anything). As always, feel free to email me, don't get caught up in this world, it's not permanent.

07/07/2020

Hello again, I don't really check the nginx logs for my website viewership stats. I used to be really into that, back when I had a Geocities page and I'd watch the counter go up I'd imagine who was out there in the real world who had visited my site. Then of course just running your own domain on some sort of shared hosting setup, good old days. These days I just look at the RAM usage chart of the VPS to get an idea. I hate to admit that I used the Google analytics setup at one point.

The point is, I don't know who's reading this if anyone. But this is what I do. I've hired help around the house here so I can write stuff like this on my site. Updates!

plants

Cast your gaze upon these pretty plants, I've been fighting a scale bug infestation with them most of the grafts seem to be doing okay (besides those scale bugs), they need water!

I bought a slide whistle so I could make this silent movie better: Attach:slidewhistle.webm

3 quail hatched! One was a runt and died though. So I've got two Coturnix quail in the backyard. They spent their first night outside and seemed to do well. I also 3D printed a new watering setup last night and just set that up outside.

hutch-frame hutch-final quail hutch-topview

The first pic is just the first bits of 2x4 that I cut and started attaching to one another using screws. I used a nail for the first corner, and drilled pilot holes for long wood screws. Then I attached the plastic hardware cloth to the frame to create the floor. Then attached another set of 4 2x4 peices to make the sides (I should've made the top frame before wrapping it with the hardware cloth). Then just set a piece of leftover aluminium grating on top of the structure, I actually built around the dimensions of that grating.

I'm still philosophizing again, but using the philosophy to "rise above" philosophy. It's a strange feeling, like I'm doing an equal and opposite move towards "light" that I did towards "darkness" that I was playing with back 10 years ago or so. I remember feeling a distinct feeling in my heart recently where a burst of joy and a burst of sorrow happened almost instantaneously with one another. I was struggling with bursts of sorrow for quite a long time, but recently started having the opposite, but then combined. I hope I'm not going off the rails again though. I'm getting weekly counselings, but I'm not sure if it's good enough? Maybe I really have enough experience with this kind of stuff, the breaking down and re-organization of fundamental psychological structures that can drive people mad without guidance. I'll just keep going and trying to be more confident in the direction(s) I'm going. Have faith in other words, even in darkness there was still only the light, just different words.

I haven't played with bacteriophage isolation recently, although I do have a minifridge running here for that purpose, so I do want to start again with that. If only I had more time! What a project to start before things hit the fan, but it sort of made sense to me... to know how to create solutions of phages that might be able to beat terrible infections? Sounds useful if you can do it without a huge expensive lab!

Isopod cultures are doing well, I have 3 and it seems like the genetics have migrated between the different cultures since I had some wild caught ones along with the eBay "powder orange". I should start selling them!

I've setup a "Ringo Ranger" 2M antenna, part of my staying positive in the apocalypse along with the quail. I haven't been able to transmit with it though, so I'm wondering what's going on with that, either there's a connection issue with the antenna (and there's some overload protection, because it seems like it tries to transmit every so often, then quickly stops.) or there's an issue with the actual radio. Receiving seems to work fine, so I don't know yet, the quail were in the way of that project and they were just moved out yesterday so we'll see what we can find out in the next few days.

I want to sell more things on eBay since sales have slowed down a bit and only have a few items actually left up for sale, the trade imbalance must be fixed!

I've been also playing around on the fediverse more. I want to learn LISP still, which this extra hired help should give me a bit more time to do if these other projects and studies don't take priority. The more I learn about theology and the history of Judeo-Christian religion the more interesting it becomes, it's always been interesting, like I've recently pulled Elaine Pagels book off the shelf and have looked up some of her recent talks. I like her approach to the study. My heart is joyous in Christ and sorrowful of this world! To risk seeming nu-fedora, I'll post this discussion with the (in)famous Jordan Peterson about Orthodox Christianity, seems very well thought out and he realizes how complicated, paradoxical and convoluted the explanation is. It's like trying to talk about one of those illusions that look like both a rabbit and a duck as if it were both things and the ink on a page, or the pixels on the screen and the force of the creator who came up and drew the darn thing.

That's it for the monthly update. Time to water the plants!

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