ShopTalk: Sprung-Upon

The arrival of spring!  This weekend has really ramped up the workload around the old rancheroo, though. Among the projects in our household right now: Finishing up a visual theme in the master bedroom.  We decided to theme it as an art studio. (What goes on in there approaches “art” [sleeping, lol, perv!]. That led to getting some drawings put up on the wall and making sure everything flowed together.  Nearly done, but waiting on …

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ShopTalk: Disaster Redesign and Estimating

There is an old saying – beneficially learned growing up in a racially homogenous community – among Chinese:  Crisis is often accompanied by opportunity. In fact, though I don’t remember the characters for it,  they are similar.  Now, in the wake of the BlizTex21, is a good time to remember this linkage. There are steps and process in disaster recovery.  Taken the right way, major improvements in lifestyle may be achieved.  Ignore, you will end …

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Post Storm: Lies, Lessons, and Loopholes

My friend Wally, whom I haven’t heard from for years, introduced me to the old saying “Screwed the Pooch and sold the Pups…” around 1999, or so.  You can follow the notion, probably. So, our first point is that America (land of the Pooch)  is maxed on wrong-headed solutions – promoted  only because they are “easy monetization’s.”  Which is systematically “painting [Once Great] us/US  into a corner. Led by ever-more appeasement of the leech classes …

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Storm Tactics – A Critique

Some things we got right – a few things wrong. What ate the key lessons from the second major storm series to hit Texas this year?  Some Surprising learnings. First though, a look at some headlines – yeah, about Texas – and then into the ChartPack before we “Go outside and “play in the snow…” More for Subscribers   ||| Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE NOW! ||| Subscriber Help Center

0 Degrees F Now – A Few Additional Notes

My first  foray into the Frozen South results in several “life in the Outback” notes. Solar panels had to be re=swept – remove overnight frost.  Daily here shortly. Computer 2 is on charge. Big energy bank is 23.8V. Only spot freezing in food storage (mushroom soup cans 31.7F…) No broken water anywhere (waiting for the Big thaw in 3 days, though) Glad to have boxes of Amazon Basics AA and AAA batteries. News Headlines: Bitcoin …

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Bliz-Tex Adventures on Holiday Monday

Sure – this site is about finance.   Dispensing with that:  Bitcoin is still absurd ($47.5K ea.) and the stock and bond markets in the U.S.  are closed in honor of my upcoming 72nd birthday  Presidents Day. Markets are open elsewhere in the world:  Europe was up modestly earlier.  And Japan was up almost 2% to the  30,000 area on the Nikkei. But before you declare three Hallelujahs and a Hosanna, remember the Nikkei’s all-time high was in …

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ShopTalk: Redundant Solar, Specialty Crew Mindset

A number of Peoplenomics subscribers (and a few others) have made a personal investment in auxiliary solar systems  for their home.  Although, it makes the power industry a bit crazy:  Home solar’s contribution to the grid is an algorithmic demand management nightmare. Take our place, for example:  With an existing 3.5 kw of power from the existing arrays we can either be a) selling 3 kw into the grid, consuming 10-12 kw (and more, depending on …

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ShopTalk Sat: Solar Install, BBQ Recyle

The Work Never Stops One of the things, we’re convinced, that causes dying is “stopping living.” So on holiday weekends – when a lot of people put their feet up, drink too much and load on the lard – we keep ourselves busy.  Big property, big projects.  But not without the goal in mind of food. Man’s gotta eat… I recently told you about our upgrade to an infrared grill for burning steaks since the …

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BBQ Review, Tree-Shooting, and the $50 Saw Project

Yes, Better BBQ! I promised a while back that I would write a review as soon as we got the new infrared BBQ rolling and I got some steaks under my belt.  (By the look of it, there’s a lot more than one there, already!) As you can see, the Master Chef snapped this after he took steaks off, but before he came back with the  Windex.  But, you get the idea. Pros:  Yes – …

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Sunday Woo-Woo: Dreamwork Payday

Short story time.  Fiction?  You decide… By now, most of our readers know I am a huge fan dream research and I’ve been doing copious amounts of personal “dreamwork.” My book on topic (“Psychocartography: Mapping the Human Dream”) has managed to become one of the least-read books on Kindle. Yet I persist in the work.  An addiction? Several reasons, truth be told. Every time I “visit” the Dream Realms I notice different apparent compass headings. …

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Talent? A Contradition in the Bible

Before my surgery this week, I did a lot of research and study of old technology including that found in the Bible –  research that has been ongoing for some time – in an effort to reverse-engineer some practical healing  technology My friend, Chris Tyreman (of The Chronicle Project) did a tremendous amount of work on this using a technique called Self-Defining Hebrew” or SDH for short.  In other words, it turns out that Hebrew …

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