|From Missouri USA. Live in the forest. Without solar power our electric goes off often! We have about 11 KW solar PV with an AC-COUPLED SMA system, grid tied with battery bank. We started out with also a Whisper 500 wind turbine on top of a mountain. It broke so many times we finally had a complete failure which was covered by warranty and then a second catastrophic failure just after Southwest Wind Power went bankrupt so it is gone with the wind;-). A $23,000 experiment gone. It made $900 in electricity over a four year period.|
Lucky thing we have a cell tower on our land where we get internet. The satellite internet with BOINC was a failure. I don't know if it works for some. Not with us.
My work is extremely varied. Design and manufacture of asphalt emulsion plants using my Pop's patented hardware. Disassembling and moving a steel structure weighing 1.4 million pounds. Built a manufacturing factory for forest industry equipment to supply China, Indonesia and the area. Lived in mainland China where it was constructed. Chaired multi-national research team for developing carbide tooth thin-kerf sawmill blades. Trained sustained practice forestry and repaired thin-kerf sawmills in 15 countries. Experience with electrical repair and code in USA, Europe, and Asia. Took two years , purchased a flatbed 18 wheeler, ran it a s an owner/operator to better understand logistics of shipping by truck. Took two years to learn non-precious metal catalyst with reaction vessel operation and non-atmospheric gasification of RDF/ biomass AG products to create high BTU syngas to make synthetic NG and/or electrical generation simultaneously to reduce landfill and create new Ag products for biomass. In between all that I ran forestry and my Wood-Mizer electric sawmill powered by solar. Developed solar panel racking and installed high end solar.
Possibly my biggest thrill was that very first solo takeoff as I earned private pilot.
Without doubt my favorite thing was living in Taos as an artist in the late seventies. Even having commissions for my work with Artist Georgia O'keefe.
My true passion is understanding the chemistry of our planet. It's my understanding that my final test score at the time I was there at the university in 1977, chemical mineralogy and crystallography was the second highest since the university was founded .
Although clearly the continental ice sheets did not move South as far as the St. Francis Mountains where I live, there are clear formations in North facing valleys that must be terminal moraines and other glacial features that must have been from 'micro glaciers' caused by the colder environments of the area during those events. Something not in the books. I am already in 'deep Devonian hot water' with Missouri Geological Survey for discovering the only known metamorphic stone known to exist in this state. They sent reps. three times to determine it was not a fake.
While visiting Manchu-Picchu it was my distinct impression it was a center for higher learning about agriculture. How many varieties of potatoes, corn, and other food plants did thy use? Food was currency. Food was power. Food source quickly created a civilization like few others on the planet. How hard to take over a new region promising year round food supply. It is thought very little bloodshed occurred with Inca expansion. Where would we be without the variety of foods found in the region.
On one of my trips into the deep Peruvian Amazon to repair two sawmills we had an amazing thing happen. We traveled two full days beyond Iquitos by speedboat to the Cambina river. We passed the set of Survivor Amazon in the first 15 minutes. On the second day nearing the end of our journey, we had engine trouble and limped the rest of the way at a couple miles an hour with the engine making a loud clanking. It attracted porpoise and many swam with is along the way. All of a sudden a species of whale surfaced, breathed and sank out of sight. Unbelievable because I was the sole person aboard who witnessed it. Finally arriving at the outpost where the sawmills were, we ran into a naturalist and I spoke of my sighting. She said, "You saw the Mother Of The River", and she had been there looking for her for several years without luck. The beast was within a couple miles.
In December 1976 my college best friend and I took a trip West instead of home for the holiday which most students try. The summer before Mitch had visited Shiprock and wanted to go back to see and face. We drove through the night to reach the place. Sky overcast no stars or moon to see by he picked a road trace. Turning off the highway he said this was it. So Mitch, Hank his wonderful black lab and I drove down a dirt road till confronted stopped by vertical stone taller than our light. I threw my sleeping bag out on the Earth and early that morning just before dawn, I walked East to watch sunrise against the famous volcanic spawn. It was beautiful reds, precious orange gold and banding. Then turning East to see the sun, alone a huge Bison standing. He was so close his shadow reached my soul. He was so old he had turned silver almost pure white. We stared at each other a moment, a year not sure without moving. I ran back to the truck getting Mitch and yelling. By the time we returned no sign of Great Grandfather, Mitch could only believe my telling. Again a witness to something greater than me. Morning, December 21, the Winter solstice. Writing this down for the first time, I think back as I became interested in the opposite sex I wished of marrying an Indian Princess. My wife, my better 2/3rds now 30 years my princess for sure. Took me 31 years to find her, turns out 50% Zuni. Is it all a coincidence or is life part of great universal balance unknown? Of which we are all a part.
I have a nerve damage condition to my trigemenal nerve trunk. Severe pain in the entire right skull hemisphere. Nothing has worked so far. If we can't find a anticonvulsant drug that I can tolerate soon, I am screwed. Percocet is developing tolerance to pain masking and the condition is getting worse. With the death of Dr. Hawking making think of my own impermanence, I think I should get my POV on the universe out somewhere. SO here you go. In a condensed synopsis, it amounts to: in the big bang only a fraction of the energy involved was extruded from the singularity to cool and create our universe. Most rebounded into the singularity and that is the missing matter and energy we observe but don't understand. I envision a balanced universe. I think in the big bang most of the energy returned to the singularity. That is the extra mass and energy we don't understand that 's effects can be quantified. I hate the term 'DARK MATTER'. I believe the big bang is part of an eternal bouncing renewal.
I have 11KW Solar PV that seems to power our 3,000sqft home, heating and cooling with 2-24BTU ductless heat pumps, deep water well, cooking, TV, and 1.1KW BOINC in three desktops and one laptop 24/7. I still heat our domestic hot water with wood.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|SETI volunteer work has literally kept me alive since my injury left me 100% disabled, depressed as I lived to work. Now nearly impossible to even ride in a car. I thank them so very much for this opportunity to help with potentially the most changing things that could befall our planet. Since trying to run power of our own generation I sort of got carried away for a while and had a RAC over 150,000 per day. I had to scale back because I hate paying for power made from coal. The newest 10 series GPU's are so great as they use so much less power to operate. Finding my new balance as we can implement the newest Nvidia's.|
We probably will only find developing civilization on other planets. Surely intelligence with light and hyper light travel also use alternative communication we know nothing about. Then we add in light speed and time so we probably will find "that were developing".
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