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new silver day

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/17 - 2:37pm
Hot off the presses from the US Mint.49,59,40,0,B
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battery day

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/16 - 2:37pm
Just got my new (used) AGM batteries from local Ron Mohr of Green Desert Living.  These were in service for 2 years by an unknown government agency as battery backup.  Brand new, they run about $300 each not including shipping.  Ron is selling them for 90 bucks a pop.  Time for a new TFL test.  60,71,34,0,B  
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Follow the path - GPS for the soul.

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/15 - 4:44pm
Psalm 16Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.  2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;  3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.  4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.  5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.  8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
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oil and air...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/01/14 - 5:12pm

Time for a little gennie service...60,65,57,0,B
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/13 - 5:29pm
 First flight with my paramotor on April 6, 2014 - shot from the ground.  Pretty awkward taking off and landing for the first time with 75 pounds on your back.  The goal is to get back in the air and some flight time under my belt by the third anniversary of this flight.  News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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a clean cup...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/12 - 4:45pm
Ben's water bowl got a bath.  He just got it down to the half way mark today...then I siphoned off enough for a tip over and a scrub down.  Cheers.  71,80,39,0,B
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the unselfish selfie (stick)

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/01/11 - 4:54pm
Seems GoPro is going after some accessories makers...including this mom and pop operation.  For that very reason alone, I just bought a "selfie stick" from GoScope for my GoPro Hero 3+.  75,85,47,0,B
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built for speed...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/10 - 3:14pm
Got the new laptop up to speed.  Installing the extra RAM and SSD drive was a snap.  My old computer takes almost six minutes to boot up and open Google Chrome.  The new super laptop takes less than 30 seconds.  What am I going to do with all this free time?  71,83,44,0,B
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Welcome to 2017 -a New Gardening Year

Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2017/01/10 - 6:56am


Hello everyone and welcome to a new gardening year! By now hopefully you are receiving you seed catalogs in the mail and deciding on your seeds for your 2017 gardens.

We here at Home Grown New Mexico have woken from our slumber and are now planning this year’s events. January is an exciting month where we are planning many NEW workshop/classes as well as some of the favorites like cheesemaking will be returning.

We can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but as soon as they are firmed up, we will tell you. It’s going to be a great year!

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big horns / little horns

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/09 - 3:32pm
Ben latest tip to tip measurement...67 3/8" - and he knows how to use them.  With age comes wisdom.  Brownie only has 1" horns and this is already the second time they have gotten him in trouble.  Kids will be kids.  65,75,32,0,B  
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search me

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/08 - 1:40pm
Psalm 139O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.  14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.  20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.  21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/01/07 - 4:13pm
Got the goat herder gig.  Starting off just checking on them every other day and putting out some feed, but will do my best to make myself indispensable.  Too many goats (110) to name - but I've already named the two llamas - Lola and Larry.  First official day on the job was mostly about breaking the ice on their water troughs...we just had another couple days of winter.  Back in the 80's by Tuesday.  39,50,19,0,B  
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/01/06 - 3:59pm
"a friday night film" is a new feature from TFL for 2017.  I will be uploading a new video at least every Friday.  I plan on keeping the blog "ad free" (I hate blogs loaded with ads) but I have monetized my YouTube channel to increase my chances of making a little money from it someday.  So subscribe, comment, like, and share (likes and shares are the best way to help me increase my subscriber count)...and click on a stupid ad if you feel so inclined.  I have plenty of content planned for this year so stay tuned.  I am also open to suggestions - so leave a comment if there is something you would like to see in the future.  36,40,28,0,W    
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Amazon drones?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/01/05 - 5:26pm
Got my new laptop yesterday...and some extras today.  Before I even got the computer, I ordered some bits to beef it up.  8 gigs of extra RAM and a 500 gig SSD drive.  I wouldn't have even considered the upgrades...but I came across this video that made it look so smart and simple.  Also added this laptop cooling pad since heat is what killed the laptop I originally came out here with.  Have yet to open a single package since I had a lot of desktop cleaning to do today to make room for the new gear.  Set up this photo of UPS Manny when he came out today to illustrate the remote possibility of Amazon drone deliveries in the future.  67,78,39.0,C
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Dome Transformation: Interior Work Begins

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2017/01/04 - 5:05pm

Whew... after several disorienting months managing crews and trying to get used to hiring labor (rather than doing it all ourselves), I'm relived to back at the helm and doing the finish work on the dome. The week I used Laticrete's membrane product to waterproof my cement floor and Diamond Veneer finish walls so that I can begin tile work. In the main room I painted the floor and landing with a porch and floor paint. Three coats looks about right. The room is finally taking the form that's been in my imagination since 2008.
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flushed the fridge

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/01/04 - 3:32pm
First supply run of the year.  Before I even loaded up on stuff, I had another task waiting for me when I got home.  My chest fridge has been long overdue for a clean out.  I keep a plastic tub inside to catch any gooey stuff and the very bottom is lined with water bottles that pretty much stay frozen (cleaning goo out of the very bottom of the fridge is no fun at all).  Found quite a bit of "gooey" at the bottom of the tub.  Got all the good stuff off the top and just dumped the rest in a garbage bag.  Gave the tub a good heavy bleach bath and I am good to go for at least 6 months - as long as nothing spills.  Celebrated the fresh start with a little Fireball.  65,74,48,0,C  
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Rain Total 2016

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/03 - 4:08pm
2016 was the best year for rain in the nine years I have been out here.  TFL got 12.37".  The previous record was 11.81" in 2013.  The worst was 2011 with only 3.82" for the whole year.  65,73,37,0,B
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thanks for the memories...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/01/02 - 3:38pm
For someone who isn't a photographer, I sure take a lot of photos.  Took 5 hours to archive 2014 and 2015 onto two redundant backup external hard drives (my biographer will thank me someday).  Freed up 70.3 gigabytes on my computer hard drive - 14,305 files in all.  9,422 of them where photos from those two years.  That equates to 13 pictures per day. And if you are old school - 261 rolls of film.  60,71,45,0,B  
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be new like the year...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/01/01 - 4:13pm
Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
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last purchase of the year...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/12/31 - 4:08pm
Bit the bullet on a new computer.  Decided a laptop would be a more versatile approach.  After a lot of research, this website sealed the deal.  Not too shabby as is and it is easy to add more SDRAM and a larger SSD hybrid drive if I find I need it.  Over the past 30 years I have owned 5 main computers (Amstrad, Dell, Apple, HP, HP) and this is the first time I have spent more money for my latest one (not counting 2 tablets and a crappy netbook).  Funny thing is...the new Dell laptop is only $250 more than what I spent on my current HP All in One six years ago - but miles ahead of it as far as storage, processor speed, and graphics capabilities.  Thank you Moore's Law.  65,71,41, .04",C
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