Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Pedal Power Bicycle

Pedal Power Bicycle
Originally uploaded by funkydude.
This is a project in the making - if anyone get's excited lemme hip you to this factoid - it's better for places where you really are SOL for power - out in the woods etc, and places like India, Sierra Leone, or wherever else... 100-200 Watts is a ton of juice if you wanna play a radio, and that's really still in theory mode for moi. My laptop drains 60 some Watts / hour and I never got it steady runnin.... still it's a dandy thought, and this little number got some feedback from the locals (

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Mini greenhuts, spinach and peppers

The peppers need a few extra weeks, so I've built a couple of mini greenhouses using old drawers and some translucent plastic. This may have been an eroneous effort, however, concern is minimal. The peppers will be worth the angst.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Potato dub

We have planted about ten types of potatos today. All Blue, Russian Fingerling, Rose Gold, Yukon Gold, Island Sunshine.... list to expand in the next few days. The tiller and synapsed to my skin earlier this morning, and we are getting along agreeably well... plowed about forty rows, and that's a good start. My co-workers are well mannered, wholesome, and healthy. Whatta blast.

So here's the system
------------ where 1) ----------- ='s a row
x<->x<->x<->x 2) x ='s potato
------------ 3) <-> ='s about 12 inches
x<->x<->x<->x 4) -----------
------------ ----------- ='s space between 2 row for ho'in
every twenty rows or so we farmscape - look at ATTRA 's website for some clues -- we're planning to do some wormwood, some coriander, and somme other spices - we'll keep ya posted.
The bat houses look especially intriguing... if anyone out there has a clue post it!
rock on

Monday, March 21, 2005

Living will - this is my "living well" living will

Hi Ya'll - For what it is worth - let it hereby be known that if I'm ever in a spot where I'm unable to speak for myself or act under my own recognizance -- please let me go. Give me a decent push if that's all it takes. That's it. No intubations. No Hostpitals. Given that I love life, and as long as I may rock, I hope to hop around rockin'. Next scene - an outdoor funeral pyre - call the police or firefolks first. Let them know you're having a bon bon-fire. Then burn the whole thing up spark it and that's it. Once stuff's settled try to plant a tree on top of the burn site. A banyan might be nice. Maybe a walnut, a dogwood, an apple. No ornamentals.
Party on,
/Anson David Parker/

Sunday, March 20, 2005

GIS in it

Still waiting on the Knoppix-GIS package to arrive from Sweden or wherever the heck. It will add a complete GIS solution to my desktop, and if I can find the seerver space for it I'll host it for you there... I downloaded v1.0- - it took about three days of periodic wireless hook-ups to get the 690 MB file. MD5'd it with fastsum and yup - there she is. Oh well, GRASS is a heck of a "solution" set - now it's time to get some data in there. I'm in the Charlottesville region, looking at working on a farm called Maple Hill farm - aka The best of what's around. So now it's time to figure out why anyone cares, or how it works - generally I don't even know enough to ask ask a question yet, so I'm asking the pro's who wrote the guidebook ANSWERS.

This is so cool -- GRASS started out as a US Military Project. They passed the torch on to Baylor and then the Italians (see above link) and Germans took the European lead picked it up from there. After that was done the download in Sweden (sourcepole link above). Git down with the global download / freenode. Ain't the net cool?


OK so a tutorial in GIS data to follow from the ANSWERS query below
rock on

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Our enemy is Stupid, and it's everywhere

I'm working with the Corps of Cadets - the VMI reprobates - to finish up a massive database project that includes several million pages of documenation. Today I gave them a wholly unnecessary rally cry "We are fighting an enemy. Our enemy has a name. It's name is 'Stupid,' and it is everywhere. We will fight it with our data. We will send knowledge to the deepest darkest realms of the net, and we will win. We are getting ready to upload massive rounds of knowledge at mach speed. The scanner is your artillery. Load it with data, fire when ready."

I love giving pep talks, I think I'm getting psyched as much as anyone - plus the bonus affect is that I'm working with some really bad-ass dudes. GO VMI!!!