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Jim Carver
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I've never been able to control major grasshopper infestations down here using any method. They are tough and get up to three inches long. And it's like who cares what you do in your garden, there's a whole field of them out there.
I think the only thing to do here in north Texas is plant a Fall garden. They don't seem to bother the things in containers that much, but the garden area is just a disaster after all the rain, and weeds as tall as we are.
#grasshoppers #weeds #ants #fleas #prettymiserable #ohyeahfliestoo  
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geckos eat them
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Just a basic red chili when you don't have much, but sometimes you have more than you think.
Lazy Saturday? Don't feel like or have the money to go out? No prob, we've got it figured out. Hopefully you've got a few things to make this work. Substitutions are highly encouraged. Ingredients. 1⁄2 lb. Ground meat (Any kind). 1. Pinch sea salt. 1. Pinch black pepper. 1 T. Chili powder. 1⁄2 t ...
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Yip, kinda a quiet day here on the farm. Guess I'll try and rustle up some chicken middlins for the cats. I'm personally fine after the protein balls and high gravity beer. I don't know, and maybe I'm getting old, but beer doesn't seem to be the way to go anymore. I think it has too many empty carbs.
Maybe a couple of drinks with a clear spirit like vodka would be better? Could be, and I guess it's pretty much delegalized the distilling of your own (whatever that means) for home use. There's all kinds of places selling the equipment.
They even have yeast that can turn pure sugar into 18% strength in about a week. That's not a fermenter, that's a CO2 generator! Well I guess it's still carbon neutral as long as you don't get too gassed.

One thing I learned was that getting pure ethyl alcohol has a little trick. It's called heads and tails. You don't want either of them. The heads part is when you start the distillation and all the lighter stuff comes off, including methanol. Yuck, don't want that and toss. The last fraction is when the temperature begins to rise and you get the heavier fractions like fusel oils = toss. So, it's an interesting experiment.
I'll try to not drink too much and you do the same, okay? :)
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+David Andrews Yeah, I've got a Shiner Bock liking and I'm getting a gut. I think it would be better to have a couple of drinks with fruit juice or something in the evening. I also use pure ethanol in the lab and have been buying Everclear. I always get a funny look from the cashier and one even asked me if I was going to shine my shoes. :) I said no, I don't drink it, I use it for other things. Which is mostly true, although I have watered it down and made a drink occasionally.
To get an even more pure product you can run it again, and even a third time for an extremely pure product. This is the way high $$ vodka is made and then they water it back down to selling proof.
basically the only real cost besides equipment (already have that) is sugar and yeast/nutrient.
For 30 L it's up to 17 lbs. sugar, so the sugar is about $8 and the yeast/nutrient $4. So that's 5.4 L of pure alcohol or probably about 10 L of 100 proof stuff. Yep, that's pretty cheap.
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Hmm, lots of protein, good fats...maybe needs something else?
I'm thinking maybe some dried blueberries or something...ah, how about chocolate or banana? Just an idea anyway. Or you could take out all the sweet stuff and add ground sesame seeds.
enjoy the PureBulk D.I.Y. - Peanut Butter Protein Bombs! They will keep you moving forward with all your workout and diet goals!
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Chia seeds or avocado could work
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I put the standard neem oil recipe here. There's quite a bit of variance in what people think about this concentration, but this is the recommended rate by Certis USA, a world leader in neem oil and biopesticides. It's also my supplier and quite possibly yours.
Try the standard rate first and see if it works, that way you don't waste any product.
Recommended dose for a 70% neem oil concentrate is 2 Tablespoons (1 oz.) (30 mL) per gallon of water. It needs to be used right away and not stored. Spray all surfaces, especially the undersides of leaves without excessive runoff. They usually say don't add anything else, but I think a few drops ...
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New hybrid blueberry available in a year or two. I don't think this helps me very much in Texas, but northern gardeners should take a look.
ARS was awarded a plant patent for Nocturne, a new blueberry cultivar.
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Patented? Oh?
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Notice this was posted by Bloomberg Business.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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These are good, and really inexpensive too. I put ground sesame seeds in mine. Now the kids are experimenting with oats and chocolate. :)
Probably one of the best things that a person can eat when working out is protein. Besides supplementation, fish and meats are usually the way to get protein into your body, but you can get protein another way via peanut butter. It is jam packed with protein and it tastes great.
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If you want a fast acting natural insecticide that works like commercial chemicals, this is it. Follow the precautions for spraying like you would the commercial stuff also. Whether you want to spray tomatoes and peppers et al with it is up to you. I think the risk of TMV infection is extremely low myself.
One of the most popular sprays in the 1880s and still used today. The substance in the plant is nicotine, not to be confused with neonicotinoids, which have been linked to bee dieoffs. While the two are in a related class of compounds, nicotine has a half-life measured in hours, ...
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Yes folks, those cheese crimes will stay on your record for a long time.
Of course there are times when the crime was already committed before you got it. I think these laws only apply to real cheese and not most of the stuff sold in supermarkets. The big brands are the worst and I avoid them.
Sometimes it's hard to tell if the they used the same plastic for the inside as they did the wrapper.
So this one is quite snobby, but kinda interesting.
Mistreating a cheese will inevitably result in a less delicious cheese. Conversely, when you're good to your cheese—when you show it some respect and some TLC—you can rest assured that your cheese will return the favor.
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I've been playing with my recipe plug-in on my website. I hadn't used it much even though I've had it on there for a long time.
Now that Mom is gone, I really do need to get the family favorites and my own in one place. It's not too bad to use and once you get them in there it's really easy to export in different formats and it imports from those formats also.
I have two for today: Kosher-style Green Tomato Pickles
http://gloresis.com/node/629
Pickled Tea Eggs
http://gloresis.com/node/630 I'll have to work on getting some pictures, but so far I like it pretty well.
I've had this recipe for years and made them many times. We often have many green tomatoes at the end of the year and we always look forward to having these around over the winter. Depending on size, you can use them for slicing on sandwiches or if small are great in salads and for just eating.
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New hybrid blueberry available in a year or two. I don't think this helps me very much in Texas, but northern gardeners should take a look.
ARS was awarded a plant patent for Nocturne, a new blueberry cultivar.
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Critical thinking, chemistry lab tech, electronics design, modeling, technical writing, mapping, building trades and design including carpentry, electrical and plumbing, innovative adaptation (uses junk well)
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Jim attended The University of Colorado and majored in Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, worked in Chemistry after college and had a fruit orchard in Western Colorado. He now has a computer business in Texas. Enjoys flying, the outdoors and gardening. He also has a son and three energetic grandchildren who like to drive him crazy.

That was an Intro for a news service in which I used to contribute. It was a good starting point at first.
These days, I think that I should write something a little more down to earth. While the above is true, it doesn't really convey much about my interests. I also wonder, is there anybody out there except me who reads this shit?

Maybe I'll just list what I think is important and get on with the day:
Agnostic, earth science, opinionated hippie not afraid to listen to both sides, but doesn't listen to any bullshit either. Enjoy sarcasim, reading, culinary, weather, domestic animals and holistic health. Environmentalist that hates nuclear power and greenpeace. Enjoys computers that only run Linux. Politically nuetral because I hate both parties equally. Liberal and conservative depending on the issue.
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Survived Texas Summer 2011
Education
  • University of Colorado
    Environmental Science
    Climate science Resource Utilization Botany Geology Physics Chemistry Mathematics
  • Southwest School of Electronics
    Electronics Technician
    Troubleshooting, circuit design and construction Basic principles of electricity
  • The University of Texas
    Geology
    Geology Botany Physics Mathematics The Drag
  • SWTSU
    Geography
    Physical geology and geography Meteorology Astronomy Physics Mathematics Communication
  • Austin Community College
    Open, 1986
    Technical English Computer Science Accounting Economics Mathematics