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hoping NASA turns into a dune digging robot now that it's flying days are over

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sitting on the porch in my chainsaw chaps waiting for battery recharge

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continuing to clear trees behind my house, this was the most worrying one but came down in the correct direction easily

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called as I lost one of my chainsaw's bar washers. approximate transcripts of 3 calls to same number:

1.

"are you over 50? press 1 if so for a special offer. press # if not

#

"hello can you hear me ok?"

"yes"

"great! well, you're eligible for a free medical alert bracelet! as you know"

"I'm not over 50"

"medical alert blah blah blah"

"stop. stop. stop!"

2. "YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL THIS NUMBER"

3. "hello, welcome to greenworks. to speak with an AI chatbot [...]"

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I'm not worried about mastodon spam btw because there is a simple solution to it: Hide mentions except by friends and optionally friends of friends.

This is not a medium where I care about being contacted by random people.

(That will leave hashtagged spam but shrug.)

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getting tired of mastodon spam, but then there's this one

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If that 10kw is 50% shaded by trees in winter, might still be cheaper to install 20kw rather than mount them in a clearing. Depends on wiring and charge controllers probably.

In summer, 20kw of panels in indirect light would probably produce at least a few kw. Which is enough to eg charge an EV, but install a few out of the shade if necessary.

Maybe rural solarpunk is cheap panels scattered around the woods with random branch fall damage and moss?

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At what cost/watt might it make sense to not ground mount panels in clearings at all, but just lay them on the ground in (deciduous) woods, to absorb winter sun when the power is needed?

Cost has fallen enough already that solar panel mounts cost more than the panels themselves. (At small scale anyway, solar farms probably have economies of scale.)

Imagine buying 10kw of solar panels for $320 in 5 or 10 years. Why invest $3500 to mount them?

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Afternoon fun. This tree was 10 feet from the house and arching over it. Pulled it back with a rope, cut a notch, and ratcheted it down successfully.

This is firebreak work and also potentially a start on clearing some space for ground-mount solar.

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Should I plant peas on Valentine’s Day?

(Short answer — probably not.)

But who wants a short answer when you can read an Appalachian anecdote?

Where I grew up, the rule of thumb was to plant lettuce on Groundhog’s Day and peas on Valentine’s Day. Which makes very little scientific sense (even if you ignore the fact that I now live in a different USDA hardiness zone).

After all, what early spring crops are looking for is moist soil that’s not too cold. And February weather is so variable that a date perfect on some years is bound to be terrible on others.

So, yes, I definitely recommend you pull out a soil thermometer rather than planting by the calendar. But there’s also a fun alternative (at least for lettuce).

Wintersowing lettuce

Last year, I meant to collect seeds from my lettuce bed, so I let the plants bolt and bloom. Unfortunately, it rained then stayed wet while the seeds were maturing. Rather than fighting the damp, I shrugged and figured I’d order my lettuce seeds next time around.

But when I went out to take a look at the spot at the end of January, there were already tiny lettuce seedlings poking up out of the earth! A soil thermometer would have given me data on whether the soil was warm enough right at that moment, but those overwintering seeds assure me that the average had been at least 35 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to tempt overwintering lettuce to sprout.

Peas need about five more degrees of warmth than lettuce, so while I could plant some now I’m going to wait a little longer. (Pea seeds are also very tasty to critters, so unlike lettuce they’re not a good choice for wintersowing.) To soothe my itchy green thumb and commemorate Valentine’s Day, I’ll start a flat of broccoli inside instead.

The post Should I plant peas on Valentine’s Day? first appeared on WetKnee Books.

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back home after a week in the city, enjoying the distant sound of water

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getting a bit tired of supporting the 2.6.32 kernel

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(FWIW, I also have extreme difficulty to take seriously people who use the term "natural person", so take my impressions with a grain of salt.)

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There was an excellent question at the end, what if someone sells laptops and installs Debian on them, does that very small business need to do the work to certify all of Debian. The answer was that maybe Debian should publish information that can make certification easy.

But then, what about small distributions without Debian's resources?

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What stuck with me most from that one time I had pie at a diner with Reiser was his description of "mathematicians in Russia" building a filesystem he had named after himself.

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catching 2 talks at the same time, it helps to have mpv configured to cache to disk so you can pause live streams and switch back and forth

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why am I playing with mutually recursive quote tooting?

phanpy handles it pretty well

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Wetknee)
Turning old pea seeds into yummy winter sprouts

Are you itching for homegrown vegetables, but your garden soil temperature is still far too cold to start any new crops? Did you buy too many pea seeds last year and aren’t sure whether the holdovers have enough vitality to germinate in chilly soil?

Why not solve two problems at once by sprouting some pea seeds indoors?

Choosing seeds to sprout

Soaking pea seeds

First a note on choosing seeds — I always buy untreated pea seeds and those are the only type I’d use to grow pea sprouts for the table. If you’re not sure whether your peas are treated, shake some out of the packet. Are they pink? Treated! Are they tan or pale green? Untreated!

The next step is related. Treated seeds are engineered to be less likely to rot while they slowly soak up enough water to germinate. The way to bypass this issue when using untreated seeds is to soak the seeds overnight or until they plump up and lose their wrinkles. Even though you’ll be sprouting your seeds inside where rotting is less likely, you might as well soak your seeds.

Setting up your sprouting trays

Growing pea sprouts

The next question is — what should you plant your pea seeds into?

I was experimenting and didn’t want to commit to an entire flat to pea seedlings, so I dug into the recycling bin for potting containers. Clamshells from the grocery store are great since they have drainage holes in the bottom and a lid you can close to keep the soil surface damp during germination.

I tried out two depths of clamshells and highly recommend you choose the deepest tray possible. A 1.5-inch tray barely gave us two cuttings of sprouts while a 3.5-inch tray gave us at least three. (More on that later.)

Once you’ve chosen your planting container, fill it up with potting soil, then spread the soaked seeds in a layer along the top. I packed them in so the seeds were touching, which maximized the planting space.

Harvesting pea sprouts

Cut pea sprouts above the bottom leaf.

Now it’s a waiting game. Once your peas send up shoots that are multiple inches long, cut each sprout just above the bottom leaf.

The photo above shows a pea plant at its second cutting. Notice how it resprouted from the same point (which it will do again and again). Don’t cut below all the leaves, though, or you’ll only get a single harvest!

How many harvests to expect

Harvesting pea sprouts

Our first harvest was small (but tasty!). The photo above shows the total yield from both planting containers.

Growing pea sprouts indoors Homegrown pea sprouts

The second and third cuttings were larger. The images here show the plants and their yield after the third cutting.

After that, I realized I’d made a bit of a mistake. Our pea plants kept sending out new shoots even though I hadn’t put them in a window or under artificial lighting, so I figured they were fine in low light. But after the third cutting, it became clear that the seeds had used up all of their stored energy.

Which is a long way of saying, harvest four from the deep pot was scanty. Harvest four from the shallow pot was nonexistent and a lot of the plants died all the way back.

I put the deeper pot on a windowsill after that and am hoping we’ll see enough growth to get a fifth harvest. But even if this is the end, sprouting leftover pea seeds was definitely a low-work and nearly free way to add something fresh to our winter diet. (Plus, greenery inside in January makes me smile.)

 

 

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implementing `git-annex importfeed --scrape <url>` today

This is mostly for when the youtube rss feeds finally go away for good, but there are probably other websites that yt-dlp supports that don't have rss feeds as well.

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youtube deleted their RSS feeds, but rsshub can generate RSS feeds using the youtube API

this is fine

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reported a bug about scroll bars that don't respond to any mouse clicks, only scroll wheel worked

this is fine

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Read git-scm.com/docs/bundle-uri and pondering threat models where any clone or fetch can result in hitting arbitrary urls on the LAN.

Also somewhat amusing that a bundle config file that contains its own url can cause git clone to loop infinitely downloading it over and over.

Luckily transfer.bundleURI defaults to false.

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For some reason I dreamed about Leonard Zubkoff last night.

dreamsongs.com/Leonard.html

"Most computer scientists then were sure that using an expensive timesharing system to compress text on the fly for transmission over a slow dialup was a waste of money and resources. Leonard, somehow, knew better"

Computer history compresses well; Leonard's career spanned from that to linux kernel development.

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baking bread this morning and my IR thermometer has a bug where if you point it at a fire, it reads "HI" and then crashes, which causes it to forget if the laser pointer is turned on

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(I wonder if the inverter pulled that down at 60 hz or something...)

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Was only using a coiled wire because my old dead AIMS inverter used a RJ45 jack and I had an old phone headset handy long ago. Then with the new inverter I just cut one wire off and jacked it into the terminals to save rewiring.

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uses, of course, 2 or 3 wires.. but now I understand why they call it that

Here's the one wire that has been plaguing my onewire temp sensors. Replaced with a straight wire and the problem went away.

This was being used to switch my inverter on and off, and when on, it had a small constant 24v current going through it. My theory is this was enough to generate some interference.

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Further onewire insanity: Running the inverter does not mess with it. Connecting the inverter's power control wire does.

That is going into an optoisolator though. Wtf?

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Mark Hamilton (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Kindling splitter update

We’ve had our Kindling Splitter for over 2 years now and it continues to make kindling safe and easy.

It seems to help to cut your pieces a few inches higher than the height of the splitter.

Cutting shorter pieces runs the risk of the hammer contacting the splitter and dulling the edge.

A few minutes with an angle grinder is all it takes to bring it back to its full cutting potential.

The post Kindling splitter update first appeared on WetKnee Books.

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reached one week snowed in

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baked on hot coals in my wood stove at 900F because I'm still snowed in.

Subbed some (spanish) choriso for pepperoni, which works well.

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musing on the periodicity of "cicada" in popular culture

I suspect the current spike is caused by social media, but what depressed it in the late 1900's?

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gonna get my sun on the porch today even though it's 26F (-3C)

endless cups of herbal tea

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