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Slowly but surely...
Status update here: The grow bed box and DWC tanks are nearing completion. I have affixed the 3/4" plywood to the bottoms of each box, after having pre-drilled and countersunk holes along the edges of the plywood. I suppose...
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sigh...
Today I was able to procure many additional materials: plywood, polystyrene panels, 2x4s and 4x4s, plus some plumbing supplies for further experiments. I assembled the three grow-bed support frames. I had to obtain a larger...
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Continuing research.
I've been doing quite a bit of reading about the lighting requirements of plants. I'll provide some details on my findings, plus references, in another post. For now, some notes. My goals are to build LED lighting assembli...
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On and off over the last couple of months, I have been toying around with different ways to support the grow bed and DWC/sump. Various ways to put the GB on top of the DWC. There are two key problems I have to solve: Th...
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Today we purchased a recycled IBC. This will become the fish tank in the now-modified build. More modifications to come. The tote itself was available with a new bottle. It was slightly more expensive, but since it has ne...
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Experiment: Grammar and Sign Language
This is a note on something I need to do.  Will try to follow up with results.  My son has a lot of trouble with grammatical constructs.  At present his grammar is almost entirely echolalia.  He has word meaning for a variety of words, and a very sizable vo...
This is a note on something I need to do. Will try to follow up with results. My son has a lot of trouble with grammatical constructs. At present his grammar is almost entirely echolalia. He has word meaning for a variety...
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Understanding the Funnel-start Siphon
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I have purchased a small selection of bulkhead fittings from US Plastics, an online supplier of those and evidently a large variety of other plastic-related items. I am currently gearing up to procure another round of suppli...
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Just when I think I'm closing in, I realize how much more I have left to do....
So here it is, an updated layout with an IBC for better representation, and the latest incarnation of the GB+DWC setup. The reconfiguration of the grow structure has allowed me to regain some space closest to the patio doors...
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Fearless
For some of us who have endured religion as part of our earlier lives, the embrace of atheism comes initially with a certain amount of terror.  I believe it is the same terror that prevents many from embracing atheism, that black horror you can't quite quan...
For some of us who have endured religion as part of our earlier lives, the embrace of atheism comes initially with a certain amount of terror. I believe it is the same terror that prevents many from embracing atheism, that b...
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Blink of an Eye
I was driving to work today when I spied the fire trunk and ambulance pulling up to the scene.  It was on the other side of the road, a 6-lane stretch with several lights and a 45 mile per hour speed limit that most people forsake for 55 or above.  On the f...
I was driving to work today when I spied the fire trunk and ambulance pulling up to the scene. It was on the other side of the road, a 6-lane stretch with several lights and a 45 mile per hour speed limit that most people fo...
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The Benefits of Critical Thinking
A while back, I had begun writing a little blurb that I intended as a positive "this is why critical thinking is good" piece.  My goal was to basically say, "The scientific method rocks, and here's why," without bashing religion.  Unfortunately, it's often ...
A while back, I had begun writing a little blurb that I intended as a positive "this is why critical thinking is good" piece. My goal was to basically say, "The scientific method rocks, and here's why," without bashing relig...
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2 kids. 1 wife. 1 house. Made our own wood flooring, rehabbed 60% of the house without killing each other.
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