Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

So you think you're an atheist?

Simply declaring there is no God without even trying and following that conjecture is rather foolish when considering the consequences.  It is very easy to just deny the existence of God based on worldly thought promoted by a society that wallows in earthly pleasure rather than putting forth the effort to search Him out and having the faith of trusting in Him.  Ask and you shall is as simple as that.  For those of you who insist on ignoring His gift - here is an incredibly flawed primer for you to follow.  Good luck with that if you can't see the problem with any of these excuses to deny God.  Be very careful.  Are you sure you want to go there without even trying?  There is no turning back.  Note:  If you really want to seal the deal, the website has a link to "cool atheist / agnostic / humanist proscience / skeptical / irreligious t-shirts which are fun to wear".

Matthew 12:32  And whosoever speaketh the word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

a week of wet...

All stocked up and ready to hunker down for the next week.  Good news is the forecast has lightened up on the total accumulation expected.  That makes my road happy.  86,95,69, .29",B

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

clear water...

The water out of one of my 3,000 gallon catchment tanks already looks pretty good.  Tune in for tomorrow's friday night film for my 3 step treatment to make sure it is potable... 91,99,66,0,B

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Every now and then someone asks me how I filter my rainwater for drinking.  After almost 10 years, I figured its about time I start drinking it.  I bought a filter system right before I broke my leg and I finally got around to setting it up today.  Does the same thing the fancy stainless steel Berkey system does at a fraction of the cost...$50 vs $300.  Video coming soon.  88,100,70,0,B

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

coming of age...

name that pill

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

be careful for nothing

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

passive income...

Another big day ($7.00) out of nowhere on YouTube...mostly thanks to the bucket.  85,87,73,0,B

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

the good ol' days...

Recently, my friend Steve Hills from upstate NY posted a photo of the view from his office from a carpentry job he is working on which prompted me to dig up this old photo of when he was helping me rebuild my house after my fire in Spencertown.  Note: My front porch back there was almost twice the size of my house here.  95,103,71,0,T

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Unplanned trip to Alpine today.  The biting flies were driving Ben nuts this morning so I went to fetch another bottle of Permethrin.  The concentrate gets diluted and is applied with a spray bottle.  Ben has yet to learn that the spray bottle is his friend.  I have to chase him around to kill those pesky flies.  The good news is, fly season will be over in about a month.  95,102,58,0,B

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Recover Yourself

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

the pesky algorithm...

A lot of YouTubers have rightfully been on a rant lately about YouTube's new overly zealous politically correct algorithm that targets videos it deems "not suitable for all advertisers".  This began in early August after the ad-apocalypse that happened in March .  I just got the dreaded yellow dollar sign again on yesterday's upload.  This has happened on 4 of my videos now.  Two of them were released after I requested a manual review and my "skinning a rattlesnake" video is still barred from any further advertising revenue.  Every one of my videos is well within their Advertiser-friendly content guidelines  - but this new process has a twist to it.  Once a video is flagged by their system, they will not do a manual review (actually have a human assess the content) unless the video gets over 1,000 views in 7 days.  Hopefully, "how the day ends" will get reviewed and pass so I can make a few dollars off of it.  Stay tuned...  83,86,66,0,B

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017


A neighbor down south of me just happened to bring a tractor out to work on his place over Labor Day weekend.  He had to fix the road before he could get past with his trailered rig.  86,90,65,0,B

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

four months later...

"the bucket" got another bump today.  Thanks, Brazil.  83,86,66,0,W

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


DroneDeploy elevation map of the south 40.  
From dark red to deep blue is about 83'.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Satan on the playa...

Satan bagged one of many in style this year at Burning Man.  
An attendee died after jumping into the flames from the festival's signature burning effigy last night.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Re shot the north 40 and finally got it right.  Was even able to make out my orange markers in the high resolution image and they were right where they were supposed to be.  You can't make them out in the top photo because it has been downsized for the web and cannot be zoomed in far enough.  Had another miss with the south 40 reshoot so I will try again tomorrow morning.  Seems I have yet to figure out the focus secret.  87,94,66,0,B

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

on closer inspection...

Mapped the south 40 this morning and noticed a problem.  On closer inspection of the individual images, I found that the exposure and focus was off quite a bit.  Checked the images of the north 40 I shot yesterday and found the same problem.  Here is a comparison (the middle photos) of the first test I did and the mapping I did yesterday.  As good as the image is once all the pictures are stitched together (bottom photo of the south 40 I shot this morning), I might as well try to eek out a little more detail.  Looks like I will have to try a work around I found online and re map both missions.  If all goes well, I reckon I will shoot a tutorial video on the fix since there isn't one on YouTube yet.  87,91,60,0,B

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

the north 40...

191 images...3 hour upload...3 hour processing time.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

making a mark...

Getting ready to map my full 80 acres with the drone.  Decided to take a hike and mark my corners by GPS to see how they line up in the big picture.  I marked the easy spots by the road this afternoon. Going to do it in two missions with original 40 acre tract and my two south 20 acre tracts.  Each mission will take a fully charged battery and produce about 200 photos.  86,89,69,0,B

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

be that as you may...

Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Just bought Ben a new mineral block.  He was more interested in the hand truck.  85,89,74,0,B

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

firmware upgrade

                                                                                                                               ready to fly...
86,92,73, .37",B

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

alfalfa inspectors...

Even got a shot of George enjoying life in the wild...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

when I consider thy heavens...

Psalm 8 : 3  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

truck battery

I reckon it is time to post about replacing my truck battery.  That is the best way for me to remember the last time I did it (in case it shits the bed before the warranty expires).  Seems the last one I bought only lasted a little over 3 years.  This one just started getting sluggish on starting about a week ago.  My guess is that if you need a 100 watt solar panel to get you going, it is probably time for a new battery.  As long as I was at it - I added a new positive terminal to the mix along with a healthy dose of di-electric grease and battery terminal protector spray.  I wonder how many suggestions I will get as to what battery I should have purchased and what I should have done to protect the terminals...  82,94,69, .03",B

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

a wider berth...

Only took an hour this morning to chop my road wide enough to get past the bad spot.  Tune in tomorrow night for the video.  Another big storm came through this afternoon but only hit my road up by the highway.  Another small chance of rain later tonight and if that one misses, looks like I will be good to go for awhile.  83,94,72, .05",B 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Holy Road

Well...that rain yesterday finally chipped a little too much of my road away.  The only way to get by now is to shave about a foot off the bank across from the trench to make the road wide enough for my truck.  That is a lot easier than trying to fill in where the road has disappeared - the trench is now 5' wide and 4' deep.  If the rains miss me tonight, that is on my list for tomorrow morning.

I kind of expected a few more tries at the trivia contest.  Funny thing is, the numbers Billy Bob came up with were the same ones I had - at first.  I was about to concede the victory to him, then Barbara Brostowicz chimed in.  After triple checking the numbers (I missed the "no post" on November 30, 2008), Barbara is the winner.  Send me an email with your mailing address and I will send the mug out to you.  73,92,73, .06",B

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9 years of blogging...

Time sure has gone by quickly out here since I started the blog on August 15, 2008.  Including today, I have done 3265 posts.

  A.  How many days had I been here before I started the blog?  
B.  How many days have I missed doing a post since I started the blog?  
C.  What day in 2015 did I not post?  

First person to get all three questions correct 
wins a BE LIKE CHUPA mug!
86,92,72, .50",B

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I don't think so....

I think she needs to find a new pastor...