Some great news - new oil

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A new oil find - from National Review:

Feds Discover Largest Oil, Natural-Gas Reserve in History
The federal government has discovered a massive new reserve of oil and natural gas in Texas and New Mexico that it says has the “largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.”

“Christmas came a few weeks early this year,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said of the new reserve, which is believed to have enough energy to fuel the U.S. for nearly seven years.

The report can be found here (four page PDF document): Assessment of Undiscovered Continuous Oil and Gas Resources in the Wolfcamp Shale and Bone Spring Formation of the Delaware Basin, Permian Basin Province, New Mexico and Texas, 2018

I am still waiting for new nuclear power plants - specifically LFTRs but this will tide us over.

Heh - same as it ever was

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Fun mashup from swedemason:

Quite the collection - Dimensions.Guide

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From their website:

Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our built environment. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our world, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design. Updated daily.

Give it a spin - they have a lot of data in there. Dimensions.Guide  The Browse button opens up a catagory menu bar.

From Elizabeth Vaughn writing at RedState:

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures: Bill And Hill Resort To Groupon To Sell Tickets
Following the humiliatingly low opening night attendance of “An Evening With The Clintons,” the ever-resourceful Bill and Hillary Clinton have turned to Groupon to sell tickets. One can purchase a $120.35 ticket for the bargain price of $50 for their May 4, 2019 show.

Of course $50 will only buy you a mid-to-rear section seat, but given the low turnout for their Toronto event where fans filled only 3,300 seats of an arena which can accommodate up to 19,800 (17%), event handlers moved the audience closer to the stage to improve the optics.

Heh. Schadenfreude - great word; so useful these days.

Finally, at the farm

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Uneventful drive up - quick surf, clean up the house a bit, fix dinner and then out for a couple pints of cider. Lots of packing in store for the next couple of days.

Raining softly - got about 0.15" of precip at the house with more forecast for the next ten days or more and we have a Winter Weather advisory for above 2,500 feet. Looks like Mt. Baker may be opening a little bit this coming week - Snow Report:

Update: December 8 - LOTS OF SNOW IN THE FORECAST!
We had a few inches of new snow Saturday morning but forecasts are calling for the weather to really get rolling early next week with several days of heavy snowfall expected at Baker . . . and several feet of new snow forecasted! If the weather comes in as expected we may be looking at a possible limited opening on Thursday. BUT, that is entirely dependent on how things unfold early this coming week. Stay tuned here as we continue to get updated forecasts and a better idea of a potential opening day.

This is always great for business - three years ago we had a very dry winter and the store did very poorly.

Wonderful - from Andy Serkis:

Nothing on the internet

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Not seeing anything of interest on the internet. Slow news day.

Van warmed up so time to lock up the house and head out.

Heading out soon

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Rained pretty heavily this morning - got about two tenths of an inch.

Up to the farm after coffee and breakfast.

And that is it for the night

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Nothing happening out there that catches my eye. YouTube and then to bed.

Very productive couple of days down here but it is time to address the mountain of work at the farm.

Stuffed - in a good sense

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The dinner was really good. A large cut of prime rib for $18 - about a pound. Small baked potato (they were 80s or 90s) and your basic institutional steam table veggies - green beans with bacon and corn niblets but everything was very flavorful and the beef was a lot better than you get at places like Outback. Tender, nice and rare. They had real horseradish as well as the creamy. Scraps were saved for the pups.

Being the Legionaire's Hall, the draft beer was $2.50 per pint so I will be taking note and coming back on a regular basis. Good crowd - lots of ex military, families, old farts, young farts - all people out looking for a good meal.

Went out to the place I was at the night before for two pints of cider and finished a book I have been reading - got the rest of the series on order at the library.

Overcast skies but still no rain - temps are a lot higher though. It was down to 21.4°F two nights ago and is now 37.2°F, big difference when trying to camp in a place without an installed HVAC system.

Farm tomorrow for sure...

One more day on the island

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Got the last of the laundry done and folded. Heading out for dinner now - the American Legion does a roast beef dinner on the second Saturday of the month. Thought I would check that out.


Michael Avenatti and his estranged wife have an agreement in place for him to pay her child and spousal support, and it requires him to fork over a ton of his assets ... TMZ has learned.

According to docs filed in Orange County, a judge ordered Avenatti to pay Lisa Storie-Avenatti $37,897 per month in child support, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. We'll do the math for ya ... it's $454,764. The order also requires Avenatti to pay her spousal support of $124,398 per month, retroactive to Jan. 2018. That's roughly $1.5 million.

Now, cut to Dec. 4, when both parties filed docs stipulating Avenatti write child support checks for $40k now, and another in January.

As for the balance ... according to the docs, Avenatti agrees to hand over a bunch of his assets for Lisa to liquidate. The loot includes 5 luxury wristwatches -- some worth more than $50k -- a Frank Gehry sculpture, and several other expensive works of art.

Additionally, he has to hand over the keys to a 2017 Ferarri 488 GT Spider he was leasing. By the way, those go for about $300k.

And, there's this -- Michael's law firm ... Avenatti & Associates, is required to transfer, to Lisa, its interest in a 2016 Honda private jet.

Talk about being taken to the cleaners. This on top of his law firm being evicted, him being busted on charges of domestic violence and him owing a huge amount of money.

Like I said, I almost feel sorry for the guy. ALMOST

A tale of two cities

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Interesting to compare and contrast:

From Reuters:

Surging in the polls, Italy's Salvini stages mass Rome rally
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini filled one of Rome’s main squares with tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters on Saturday in a rally that underscored the growing predominance of his rightist League party.

Locked in battle with Brussels over the government’s budget plans, Salvini told the cheering crowds he would honor promises to boost state spending, warning that austerity would only fuel the sort of violence that has rocked neighboring France.

“Those who sow poverty reap protests,” he said.

“If you call into question our right and duty to restore dignity, pride, security, pensions and work to millions of Italians, then I tell you we will not be turning back.”

From The Express:

Paris protests SPREAD to Brussels as demonstrators CLASH with police - 400 arrests
Around 1,000 police were deployed onto the streets, where they used tear gas and fired water cannons at protestors in a desperate attempt to keep the situation spiralling out of control.

Areas housing the buildings of the European Commission and European Parliament were sealed off, but video footage has emerged on social media of protesters seemingly squaring off with police outside the latter.

Police have put up barricades around both major European institutions, while both pedestrians and vehicles were denied access as a security precaution.

Italy is listening to the voice of its citizens and rejecting the globalist elite rule. France embraced the globalist elites and is paying the price as their citizens refuse to fund their caviar and champagne. This is the rise of the Normals. Great time to be alive.

Out the door in a little while

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Took care of some things here this morning - heading out for coffee, post office and then the farm. Surf a little bit first.

And that is it for the night

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YouTube for a little bit and then up and at 'em tomorrow. Couple of things to do and then head up to the farm for a couple of days.

Doing another emergency communications drill in January. The people down here are just as good as the people in Whatcom County so the drills are a lot of fun and a very good training excercise for when the poop really hits the air moving device. Not if. When.

Well crap - missed a tour

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One of my favorite blues musicians is Joe Bonamassa. I have been listening to his music for the last week or so and tonight wondered if he was touring. Checked his website and yes, he is and crap. I missed it.


Not familiar with his music? Here is a taste:

Quite the lineup on this show too:

Joe Bonamassa – guitar, vocals, liner notes
Carmine Rojas – bass
Anton Fig – drums
Bogie Bowles – drums
Rick Melick – keyboards, tambourine, backing vocals

Oh well. Next year.

77 years ago today

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A day which shall live in infamy - or, as the Japanese ruling class found out:


Out for a bite

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Time for dinner - heading out to a local place for a burger. Good food and just three miles away.

Great news - good police work

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From The Bellingham Herald:

Drug pipeline ‘has been shut down.’ Statewide bust nets 29 arrests, guns, drugs
Nearly 30 people were arrested during a two-day drug bust across five Washington counties targeting a Mexican drug cartel.

Federal officials said the cartel was bringing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine into the state using a California business to launder the money and send it to Mexico.

“The dangerous pills containing fentanyl flowing through this pipeline operated by this Western Washington distribution network has been shut down,” Keith Weis, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, said in a statement.

On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 400 law enforcement officers served 51 warrants on more than 50 buildings and 35 vehicles.

Twenty-nine people were arrested, as well as the owner of the California business allegedly laundering money.

The group was allegedly selling the drugs, including fentanyl-laced oxycodone pills, in Pierce, King, Kitsap, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Good riddance - get these goblins off the streets.

No wild goose chase today

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The sunlight was just too cold for filming today. Looking at about ten days of overcast and off-and-on rain so maybe look for Bald Eagles but no Snow Geese.

Turned around and went back to the island house for one more night - got a couple of things I want to knock out and do a load of laundry (running out of socks).

Making it the art world

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Was just turned on to an excellent article on becoming an artist in New York Magazine:

How to Be an Artist 33 rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively)
Art is for anyone. It’s just not for everyone. I know this viscerally, as a would-be artist who burned out. I wrote about that last year, and ever since, I’ve been beset — every lecture I give, every gallery I pop my head into, somebody is asking me for advice. What they’re really asking is “How can I be an artist?”

When, last month, Banksy jerry-rigged a frame to shred a painting just when it was auctioned, I could almost hear the whispers: “Is that art?” This fall, the biggest museum event in New York is the Whitney’s retrospective of Andy Warhol — the paradigmatic self-made, make-anything-art-and-yourself-famous artist. Today, we are all Andy’s children, especially in the age of Instagram, which has trained everyone to think visually and to look at our regular lives as fodder for aesthetic output.

How do you get from there to making real art, great art? There’s no special way; everyone has their own path. Yet, over the years, I’ve found myself giving the same bits of advice. Most of them were simply gleaned from looking at art, then looking some more. Others from listening to artists talk about their work and their struggles. (Everyone’s a narcissist.) I’ve even stolen a couple from my wife.

There are 33 rules — and they really are all you need to know to make a life for yourself in art. Or 34, if you count “Always be nice, generous, and open with others and take good care of your teeth.” And No. 35: “Fake it till you make it.”

Covers a lot of other fields too. Creativity can be grown.

Out for a little while

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The usual morning routine - coffee, post office, etc...

Heading up to the farm this afternoon. Rain in the forecast.

Fake News

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From The Hill:

Feds received whistleblower evidence in 2017 alleging Clinton Foundation wrongdoing
When a House subcommittee chairman bangs his gavel next week to convene an unprecedented investigative hearing into the Clinton Foundation, two questions will linger as preeminent: Is the Clinton family charity really the international do-gooder that earned a perfect four-star rating from Charity Navigator, or does it suffer from corruption and illegalities as conservatives allege? And if it is the latter, how much evidence of wrongdoing does the government possess?

The answer to the first question is that the foundation and its projects reported collecting about $2.5 billion to help global crises, from AIDS to earthquakes, even as its own auditors, lawyers and employees privately warned of problems over the years.

The answer to the second question may reside in 6,000 pages of evidence attached to a whistleblower submission filed secretly more than a year ago with the IRS and FBI.

The Chief Financial Officer is Andrew Kessel:

The submission also cites an interview its investigators conducted with Andrew Kessel that quotes the foundation’s longtime chief financial officer as saying he was unable to stop former President Clinton from “commingling” personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he “knows where all the bodies are buried.”

“There is probable cause that the Clinton Foundation has run afoul of IRS rules regarding tax-exempt charitable organizations and has acted inconsistently with its stated purpose,” MDA Analytics alleged in its submission. “The Foundation should be investigated for all of the above-mentioned improprieties. The tax rules, codes, statutes and the rule of law should and must be applied in this case.”

Hope that Mr. Kessel does not become another name on this list: Arkancide

The Clinton Foundation needs to be shut down - they are a slush fund for all that is evil in this world.

Got nothing

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Nothing catches my eye - off to some videos.

Putter around here tomorrow and head up to the farm around 2PM or so - catch the light to video the wild Snow Geese on my way up - taking some back roads for a while. Got some clouds and precip in the offing for Friday evening through all of next week.

I love this place

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They are farming out bids for a new high school - this great story from the Stanwood Camano News:

Bids come in under budget for the new Stanwood High School
Stanwood-Camano School District officials unsealed three bids for the new Stanwood High School — and all were under budget.

Bothell-based Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. offered the lowest bid at $89 million, about $4 million less than Redmond-based Edifice Construction and Edmonds-based Spee West Construction.

The Stanwood-Camano School Board will meet at 7:45 a.m. Monday to consider officially awarding the project, presumably to the lowest bidder. Once the board approves a pact, the long-planned project will begin in earnest.

Love it - not just Cornerstone but all three bids were under budget. Helps to have a strong economy. If this were Seattle (shudder). The money will be used wisely:

With bids under the district’s budget, there should be enough money to pay for a list of extra projects school officials wanted, Platt said. That includes new lighting at all the athletic fields, new greenhouses, softball batting cages, additional theater equipment and more.

Back from errands and dinner

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Surf for a bit and then YouTube

Heading out

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Sunset is at 4:16 today. I am so ready for the Solstice on the 21st - about two weeks away. 08:21 hours of daylight is just not enough...

Say it ain't so - Campbells Soup

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I grew up on the stuff and have a can of their Chicken Noodle soup when I am feeling nostalgic or do not feel like cooking. From the New York Times:

Campbell Soup’s Fate Hangs on Duel Between Company Heirs and ‘Interloper’
Daniel Loeb is happy to play the barbarian at the gate. He’s got the money, about $3.1 billion. He’s got the office, a sleek white space that is a quintessential hedge fund aerie, with art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. And in taking on the old-money family that owns more than 40 percent of Campbell Soup Company, he’s found the perfect foil for his new-money ambitions.

Third Point, Mr. Loeb’s hedge fund in Manhattan, is pushing for the sale or restructuring of Campbell, a slumping food giant that has called Camden, N.J., home for nearly 150 years.

He’s up against the descendants of John T. Dorrance, a chemist who devised the formula for condensed soup at the turn of the last century. Dozens of family members depend on the dividends they receive from the company to underwrite their comfortable lives. And for the most part they find Mr. Loeb’s proposals anathema.

“We’re interlopers who’ve come in, and they’ve decided to stick with the status quo,” Mr. Loeb said in an interview.

His hedge fund and the company have spent months exchanging barbed letters. Their battle will culminate on Nov. 29, when Campbell shareholders vote on a proposal by Third Point to take five seats on the company’s board. Mr. Loeb has even persuaded one dissident Dorrance heir and a former Campbell board member, George Strawbridge Jr., to join his campaign.

Sounds like corporate raiding to me soon to be followed by a bout of asset stripping. Not illegal but really really sucks.

Global warming in England

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Don Surber notes an article in The Telegraph:

Britain discovers coal
Coal is old plants and trees that over time became peat, then lignite, then coal. Scientists say the process takes millions of years. But it is natural. About 1,000 years ago, the Chinese began burning it to smelt copper. Marco Polo carried the idea to the West. Instead of burning wood, people burned coal and forests grew. The Dark Ages ended.

But governments know best. On March 14, 2016, Britain shut down its last coal mine. Canada shut down its last coal mine on November 22, 2001, six months before most workers qualified for a pension.

Learn computer coding, right?

Coal got the last laugh.

The Telegraph reported, "Britain's oldest coal-fired power plants prepared to fire up their hoppers for a price of almost £1,000 per megawatt-hour on Tuesday to avert a power shortfall as temperatures across the country plunge and wind power wanes.

"The cold snap ignited the winter’s first warning that Britain would run out of electricity unless idling coal plants ramp up to help meet demand for power.

"National Grid said on Monday evening that there was a 100pc probability that the lights would go out within 24 hours unless an extra 2GW of power capacity agreed to help meet demand."

I thought global warming took care of this.

More people die from cold than from heat. Time to re-evaluate your position and get your head out of the sand... It would be an interesting study to see just how much taxpayer money was wasted on this fight against plant food and the concept that we are powerful enough to fundamentally alter the climate of our home planet. Talk about hubris.

Just spotted this - news a bit closer to home - headline clicks through to article. Vallee is very good at what he does:

"Historic Storm" To Bury Southern Appalachians In Snow; Expect Massive Travel Disruptions

And it's Camano for tonight

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Done with the stuff I wanted to do but it is too late for the drive back to the farm. Heading up tomorrow afternoon.

Too late for a wild goose chase too - by the time I get there with my video camera, the sun will have set too much. Got to catch the magic light when it's shining. I'll keep the camera in the van and drive by there on my way up tomorrow.

Surf for a few minutes and then out to the post office, storage unit and recycling.

She is clueless about the basic functioning of the world. From Grabien:

New York City’s incoming socialist congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says there will only be benefits, and no costs, to passing a raft of new climate change laws. In particular, she said, a new system of global warming governance will usher in “economic, social, and racial justice.” suggesting the federal government should nationalize technology the automaker Tesla developed following its receipt of tax subsidies.

“As a matter of fact, it's not just possible that we will create jobs and economic activity by transitioning to renewable energy, but it's inevitable that we are going to create jobs,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It's inevitable that we're going to create industry, and it's inevitable that we can use the transition to a hundred percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America.”

The comments came during a recent Bernie Sanders-hosted symposium on global warming.

So much wrong in just a few sentences.

"only be benefits, and no costs" - who pays for this? We The People through our tax dollars. The government does not make that much money on its own - the money it has comes from the taxes that we pay.

If the Federal Government nationalized Tesla's technology, Tesla and any other manufacturer would have zero impetus to develop new technology that could be stolen. Why would they spend money on engineering and development when they know it is going to be userped by the commies in power.

And don't get me started on the whole Social Justice Warrior crap.

Another day, another dollar

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More like 2¢ with the inflation going on. Coffee, post office, recycling and back home to bust out a few projects. Up to the farm if I am productive, farm tomorrow if not.

Amateur Radio

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Great ten minute documentary on what Ham Radio does and what we as operators do:

And that is it for the night

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Nothing much on the internet - YouTube and an early bedtime. Already late and want to get a full day in tomorrow.

Save the date - January 25, 2019

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From the fine freedom loving folks at Creative Commons:

Join us for A Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain
Save the date! Please join us on January 25, 2019 for a grand day of celebrating the public domain.

Co-hosted by Creative Commons and the Internet Archive, this celebration will feature a keynote address by Lawrence Lessig, lightning talks, demos, multimedia displays and more to mark the “re-opening” of the public domain in the United States. The event will take place at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, and is free and open to the public.

The public domain is our shared cultural heritage, a near limitless trove of creativity  that’s been reused, remixed, and reimagined over centuries to create new works of art and science. The public domain forms the building blocks of culture because these works are not restricted by copyright law. Generally, works come into the public domain when their copyright term expires. But U.S. copyright law has greatly expanded over time, so that now many works don’t enter the public domain for a hundred years or more. Ever since the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, no new works have entered the public domain (well, none due to copyright expiration). But for the first time this January, hundreds of books, films, visual art, sheet music, and plays published in 1923 will be free of intellectual property restrictions, and anyone can use them for any purpose at all.

Join creative, legal, library, advocacy communities to celebrate the public domain growing again for the first time in decades, and come network with an amazing lineup of people and organizations who will help us welcome this new class of public domain works.  Presenters include Larry Lessig, academic, political activist, and founder of Creative Commons, Corynne McSherry, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and co-editor of Boing Boing, Pam Samuelson, copyright scholar, Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons, Jamie Boyle, the man who literally wrote the book on the public domain, and many others.

In the evening, the celebration continues as we transition to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the World Premiere of Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky’s Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet,

a live concert synthesizing data and art, both original and public domain materials, in tribute to the depth and high stakes of free speech and creative expression involved in our daily use of media. Attendees of our Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain event can get discounted tickets here. If you can’t make the daytime event, separate tickets for Quantopia are available here.

Looks like quite an event! Don't feel like travelling but I am sure that it will be available online. This is momentous.

Great party

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About 80 people, lots of wonderful food. I did five pounds of pulled smoked pork and have maybe a few ounces left. Treats for the dogs tomorrow.

I have a Trager smoker and from time to time, I will get a pork shoulder and a beef brisket from the Costco business center (they do restaurant supply - really high quality) in Lynwood, brine it, smoke it and then portion it out and cryovac it. A couple days ago, I pulled about five pounds out of the freezer and slow cooked it today for eight hours in some good apple cider.

Came out nice and tasty - no additional seasonings needed. When I have more time, I will make four BBQ sauces - Earth, Fire, Air and Water - regular tomato molasses, regular with a lot of hot peppers, a Carolina vinegar sauce and a Pennsylvania Dutch mustard sauce. I also do a big batch of coleslaw but that takes three days to prep and I had other things to take care of. Next time.

Surf for a bit and see if I can get enough things done tomorrow to make it up to the farm - may stay here tomorrow evening too. Definitely Friday for a couple of days.

Packing up and heading out

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Loading up the car in a little bit - getting to the Christmas party a bit early so I can help setting up the room.

More later this evening. Fun group.

Our quiet sun

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Got a sunspot today but the sun has been spot-free for a record 203 days in 2018. From NASA's Spaceweather site:

Breaking a string of 9 spotless days, a new sunspot group is emerging near the sun's equator. Only 24 hours ago it was invisible. Now the sunspot contains almost a dozen dark cores and sprawls across more than 75,000 km of the solar surface. Click here to watch a movie of sunspot genesis. 

And here is the updated list of spotless days:

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2018 total: 203 days (60%)
2017 total: 104 days (28%)
2016 total: 32 days (9%)
2015 total: 0 days (0%)
2014 total: 1 day (<1%)
2013 total: 0 days (0%)
2012 total: 0 days (0%)
2011 total: 2 days (<1%)

Quite the change - sunspot activity is a proxy for solar output. The sun drives our climate - not carbon dioxide. CO2 is plant food - without it, we would have no plants as it is a required component for photosynthesys.

Fun project - industrial music

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No synthesizers - all sampled from real sources seen on the screen. From their website:

Against our fast-moving world, in which media content is often reduced, Jonas and I let inspiration guide us to create a seven and a half minutes long sample project in a docks setting surrounded by abandoned industry. We’re glad about each viewer who appreciates our creation!

● Everything you're about to hear is visualized in this video.
● No additional sounds were used to produce this track.
● Best experienced with stereo headphones or hifi speakers.
● This project was made for the purpose of making art.
● No objects were damaged while recording.

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