Whew! Week is off to a weird start – since most of this morning is Adventures in Wo0-Woo.
90-minutes to the opening, the Dow was down over 100 but that’s totally understandable. No one really knows what the f**k is going on, anymore. Americans’ optimism about country’s direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May: POLL – ABC.
Hong Kong cratered more than 4% overnight, but Japan was up almost one percent, Maybe on a “We don’t need no stinkin Olympics, anyway” bounce. Or was it because of the tech-showcased Scary-looking robot steals the show at Olympics (nypost.com). Whatever…
Fine, fine. Markets here are looking at the menu of what’s due out this week beginning with some housing numbers this morning, the Case Shiller numbers tomorrow, along with Durable Goods. Wednesday sees international trade and retail inventories. Thursday is the office pool on unemployment filers and GDP. At last, Friday arrives with cold beer and a weekend to recover from employment costs and personal income data Friday.
Enough crap that no one has a real handle on it, so let’s let the Fed come in via proxies and arb things up a bit into the open and see how many greater fools made it through the weekend.
With apologies to JibJab Media, the animation in Washington is running slower, nowadays. As Surge of covid delta variant poses new political threat to Biden and his agenda and “Fauci says US headed in ‘wrong direction’ on coronavirus.” I keep waiting for the reply to the story a couple of weeks back about how two Lawmakers Push NIH for Answers About Deleted Coronavirus Data.
Guess the NIH runs on “government time” huh? We are surely fauch’ed.
(Gimme an “Ahem…” and a side of “Harrumph.“)
The lynch mob is still painting free speech and assembly as much worse: Pelosi insists on ‘no partisanship’ in Jan. 6 committee after rejecting 2 Republicans. Look surprised.
Doldrums in the newsroom. As the annual spate of “OMG it’s hot” stories are starting to roll out: Heat wave to cover huge swath of US in coming days, bringing high temperatures to millions. Journo’s have been trying to one-up Summer since Mark Twain’s time. With a notable lack of success.
From our Distant Past: Remember back in the 1950s when people would show off their vacation travel pictures? Still the same boring shit (If we weren’t there, don’t rub our faces in it…). But here’s another cyclical replay: Use This Free App to Create a Shareable Travel Journal With Minimal Effort. Have fun, app addict, but don’t show me. I still don’t care.
Too Big to Jail? Dandy tale of how the Rich Get Richer on ZeroHedge in Judge Refuses To Identify Five Market Participants Accused Of VIX Manipulation. Leading us to label the tattered mess “just us.”
Still getting it right, now and then: Trump slams Critical Race Theory as ‘flagrant racism’ that has ‘no place’ in our country Anyone going to call out the Basketball robot makers? No?
Environmental Maine-iacs: “An Act To Support and Improve Municipal Recycling Programs and Save Taxpayer Money.” Demanding eco-warrior packing materials up in Maine.
Well, as long as the world’s crazy, how about…
Solution to “cattle mutilations?” Very circuitous story, but a while question comes from it, and you may have a key research puzzle piece to contribute.
From the top: Between working out my schedule for the week and doing the first hour of my self-paced learning project (from a 1940’s VTG Washington School Of Art Home Study Course, and an EdX/Harvard “Intro to TinyML” (machine language), there’re still plenty of wetware clicks leftover to paw through the garbage between the ears.
Sound the English horns – we’re going on an idea hunt.
As I may have mentioned (or not?) I’ve been captivated by the spectrum analyzer shots in the second season of Skinwalker Ranch. Known for portals (and cattle strangely dying in one episode).
Closely related: I’m totally fascinated with ultra-low signal level recovery in ham radio. I’ve been digging in a patch of mental dirt called “high Q antennas.”
Antennas and UFOs?
In a longish note to reader Hank (best electronics whiz I know) the circuit design challenge sitting on the electronics bench was how to modify a conventional passive pre-selector so that it would just verge on oscillation (using the whole antenna as a tank circuit) and thereby (in my wildest) turn into a Q-Multiplier. Ultra high gain and without the signal actually transiting a noisy tube or JFET. Resulting in a HUGELY efficient ultra-high Q antenna.
Scaled up idea from the old TRF receivers which were, shortly-after, augmented with regeneration which is at the heart of Q Multipliers. Somewhere on the road from Atwater Kent to SDRs with a side of Pi.
This is going somewhere – my plea for research data which you may already have – so follow along.
Ferrite Mystery Wanders By
Was kicking some of this notion around with Wm of the Radio Ranch who often comments here. Who then offered brilliant insight:
“Thou hast spake:
“But the challenge is out there: How do you amplify without the signal transiting the (active) device?”
Here’s a thought: Don’t amplify — concentrate.
There’s a guy around who has a vast, complex, incomprehensible, chaotic, and (in short) crazy website out there explaining his “Spin-Field Ferrite Antenna.” (VERY Kool Name!)
Cutting away the verbal kelp, it’s six or eight (or some number) of parallel — but not touching — ferrite rod antenna sticks, arranged around about an eight-inch diameter cardboard tube, which bundle is then over-wrapped with some turns of wire, and resonated with a common 365 pf tuning capacitor. The turns count is adjusted so the cap can cover 0.5 to 1.8 mHz — give or take. A simple parallel-resonant ferrite antenna, with lots of rods. Rods = Field concentrators.”
Yeah, yeah, sure. Seen the write-ups. Clever aperture arrangement.
But, no, hadn’t built one. So I went shopping on Amazon. Where this quickly turned into a spending spree. 5 ferrite rods (I wanted 20 for what I had in mind) would come to $70 and that cuts into the booze fund, too far.
“So, how the hell does this figure into Cattle Mutilations?” you’re wondering…
Just so: Surfing ferrite rods on Amazon, I opened the search width up a bit (bar, rod, and even toroid’s might be adapted…) What caught my eye that brought me up short??? Master Magnetics COW-RUM5CX3BX Cow Magnet, Ultimate Heavy Duty Ru-Master 5, Steel Ring and Ferrite, 0.75″ Diameter, 3.375″ Length, Black and Silver (Pack of 3). $14.06.
Something Clicked in Ure’s Head
“What the bloody hell is a Cow Magnet?” 3/4th’s of a century almost here and I missed this???
A quickie-Wiki led me to “Hardware Disease”
“Hardware disease is a common term for bovine traumatic reticulopericarditis. It is usually caused by the ingestion of a sharp, metallic object. These pieces of metal settle in the reticulum and can irritate or penetrate the lining. It is most common in dairy cattle, but is occasionally seen in beef cattle.”
Deal is, since grazing cattle can pick up the odd nail, fence staple, or whatever while grazing, lots of cattle have these magnets in them.
Solving the Mutilation Part?
Just Imagine now that you and your research partner (GaZorp) just portal-jumped here from dimension X over near Alpha Centauri. You are zipping around doing field work (under terms of the agreement Ike worked out with the aliens in 1954, lol).
“Hey Gazorp! Look at this cow that keeps coming up on the scanner: Seems to have a magnet field.. Are humans trying to breed a magnetic animal? Let’s go check it out and get some samples for the lab back home…”
Right HERE is the part YOU come in.
Have you ever read – in any of the cattle mutilation stories -about whether the cattle that were mutilated were “equipped” with ferrite or conventional stomach magnets?
If yes: Please, please, please post a comment and links to source. I’ve read long and wide in this field and I don’t remember ever seeing a mention of either hardware disease OR the insertion of a magnet to catch small parts. (At 72, could be a personal DDR4 issue…can’t overlook that.)
All morning I have been snickering about the implications, however.
Particularly when the ambulance (turned UFO) chasing liability attorneys get involved.
“Ure Honor: We will demonstrate that by putting Cow Magnets in certain but not all of the cattle worldwide, we confused the off planet monitoring teams which then undertook fatal investigations to determine if a competing magnetic species was being bred on Earth. We will establish this was the case and liability results. Not only for the loss of the individual cattle involved, but also for wasted research time run up by Gazorp, et. al from Alpha Centauri whom we now represent…”
Strange as hell where notions and ideas will take us. But we might do well to collect data to determine whether there is a correlations between remote cattle mutilations and the use of Cow Magnets to prevent Hardware
Occam would be astounded.
Write when you get rich,