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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!

06/08/2020 It's the same old same old. Watching plants grow, and die, trying to get things to thrive and testing the limits of others resilience. It's just like the good book in a lot of ways, current events unfolding the way they are, history repeating itself over and over again, same patterns, echos of the structure of the holy prototype itself. Some things are going parabolic though, so expecting lots of volatility in coming months and years, but I'm predisposed to that sort of thinking if my self-reflections are worth anything.

Lots of cactus seedlings and grafts seem to be doing well, my Huerina Zebrina got root rot due to the store bought cactus soil not draining. I have a bunch of arms that I separated drying off, so maybe some will start to root. Also been experimenting with incubating quail eggs, I'm sitting next to a smelly incubator right now (purchased more for microbiology experiments, but should work)... I have a feeling the post really man-handled the eggs, we've got about 2 more days before I really give up on this first batch. I have another 20 eggs going from another seller that I started last week too. They were shipped in much better packaging and seemed to be more consistently large. I have a better gut feeling about this second batch of eggs.

Still formulating an energy drink, the recipe really hasn't changed much the past couple months. Also formulating (reverse engineering) sugar free mints for dry mouth, also good success there, but haven't written about it at all (until now!). Working on theological philosophy, increasing synchronicity. Hopefully update some pages soon!

05/09/2020 It's been a little while and the plants have been taking off, even the cat's claw started growing after I potted it and brought it in under the LED grow light. I've become pretty comfortable with how cactus grow and graft, so I should be doing some actual x-ray exposure on a few of those seeds soon. I uploaded this video exposing the scam UV-C "corncob LED" bulbs that have showed up on eBay yesterday, where we incubate a couple petri dishes, one exposed to the light, one control and find out it's a big ol' lie. I have collected and dried some good looking seeds from the F1 generation of x-ray Wisconsin Fast plants, and we're basically ready to go to plant the F2 series of seeds. I'll be updating the x-ray plant pages after publishing this news edit!

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