Four Acres in SE Kansas



Updated 10-6-18. pres

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new40x20Amazing picture from Hawaii.
Green year around is better.
new40x20Thanks to Forest Farm Nursery, Williams, Oregon, I now have a source of Golden Chinquapin!
Direct Fuel Cell plants generate lots of clean Power.
Palo Verde Nuclear Plant!
new40x20The USA is a 300 year old "Republic". That means the federal government will "protect the country and it’s citizens" but, it’s citizens are expected to better themselves by themselves. Government control is maintained by casting your "Buck Stops Here" vote, vote, you must vote!
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May all your shots land where you intended. tennis

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In 2005 I began looking for an alternative to the so called "free space", pain in the butt web page offerings. I wanted unrestricted access to file space on a server. DrakNet, a full service internet provider, offered the means to purchase, name, and register a "domain". Annual re-registration lawfully protects "" as my conduit to the "World Wide Library".


Early on, unreliable stringings led me to owning the problem. In 2005 I purchased the Canadian manufactured, dial a tension, Silent Partner e-stringer. With two twin Wilson Pro Staff 90’s I can experiment, but I keep returning to the 17 gauge Technifibre NRG2. Dial 45 pounds for a perfect re-string every time.

* * * Recent Free Countries * * *

Myanmar and Taiwan won the right to hold free elections. Both countries elected educated females to lead their countries. The people want to be responsible for their own fate, so they are organizing as republics, like the USA. China, of course, still claims ownership of Taiwan. We'll see how that works out. Thailand’s recent attempt failed.

* * * Three Problem Trees * * *

Trees were encroaching overhead wiring, access and concrete structures on this property.

Tree number one was a big Cottonwood. Located on the south side of the house, it's shade kept the slab cool, provided a ton of mulch material in the fall, but the roots have cracked the slab. The limb on the slab had grown to within ten feet of the house. Unlike trees two and three, I did not need any help falling this one.

Tree number two: On the right is an Elm that is leaning towards the power lines and has limbs over the lines. It also has roots under the slab and rot showing along on the tree stem. Saturday morning my neighbor brought eighty feet of cable, a chain saw and his wife. In order to remove this tree without hitting the power lines, we connected the cable between Kubota and the tree. As he made the fall cut I provided just enough pull to guide the tree towards me. Everything went as planned.

Tree number three: This Elm leaned back and one limb was bumping the cedar shakes. Again, as Rex made the fall cuts I used Kubota to pull the tree away from the house. Located on the SW corner of the house I was remorse about losing the shade, but the tree presented more problems than benefits. Everything went as planned. Look


* * * Green Year-round Is Better * * *

I do not like deciduous hardwoods. In zone six there is evergreen hardwood options: Southern Magnolia, Pacific Madrone, Monkey Puzzle, Joshua and Golden Chinquapin. I am planting Southern Magnolia, Pacific Madrone, and Golden Chinquapin, through out this four acres. The Monkey Puzzle and the Joshua will be particular where they grow here. Where possible, I am removing any deciduous hardwood that crowds the evergreen favorites.

* * * Founding Fathers * * *

The smart people that authored our Bill of Rights and Constitution advised us to "Use As Little Government As Possible". Early on Mr. Trump pointed out that the federal government has a means to bypass the will of the electorate! We must not allow any government to rule the electorate. Government’s job is to enforce the will of the electorate. The electorates job is the hiring and firing of elected officials.

The electorate has nurtured the federal swamp. The private sector is supposed to keep government in line with their vote. "Government by the people and for the people" requires your vote. Keep it fresh, hire and fire. It appears that this mess has finally sparked a "wake up". A healthy, honest government is by design, the responsibility of the electorate! Vote, Vote, Vote!

Australia is close, but like no other, a republic challenges and offers ownership. This country has gone from wandering covered wagons to everyday use of GPS, and recycling rockets. NASA let the rockets burn up. The private sector delivers supplies to satellites, then returns the rocket for another trip! Vote!

* * * Weather Wall * * *

I have ask Mr. Trump to build a weather wall. Every winter the USA gets slammed by cold Canadian air sags. Let's put a stop to this rude behavior. Contact Trump: Mr. Don. I haven't heard back from him.

* * * Some Tech Stuff * * *

HVAC is a power hungry process that is being challenged. New controls technology is allowing the re-introduction of the absorption chiller. In 2006 USC, University of Southern California, Northridge installed a 2000 Ton Absorption Chiller/Fuel Cell combination on its campus. Operating without a compressor, certain industry users have began cutting refrigeration costs by 90%. Check this out: 2000 Ton Absorption Chiller. Google, Yahoo, Qualcomm and many others are using numerous other ways to utilize solar power and capture heat to reduce expensive power bills.

On the right is a Mitsubishi Mini Split 'Eco System'. The system utilizes smart motor design, speed controls, fan design and ducting that produces a quite, air conditioning experience. I did not know these systems existed until I visited Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and China. The picture on the right is the cooling unit of a 2.5 ton Mitsubishi Mini Split system in the apartment where I used to live. evaporator Cool, crisp air quietly rolls out of the inside unit, and the stone quiet outside unit disposes of the heat pulled out of the apartment. Part of my work in southern California plants was maintaining HVAC and refrigeration equipment. When I returned to the states I installed this unit in my apartment. Notice in the picture underneath, I avoided a bunch of work by mounting the typically outside unit, inside the room. The unit starts up slow, then slows again as it approaches and maintains room temperature. Typical hvac systems run the motors and fans continuously at top speeds, drawing 15-20 amps. This unit never drew more than 6 amps on start up, and it maintained the apartment temperature using 2.5 amp! Here is a number of outside units at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

* * * Understand & Embrace This * * *


Robots Rule: Doubt It - Don't Know It - The Competition Does!
* Bots don't bitch, whine or complain.
* If your not a skilled person - learn one. Fix bots.
* If you are a skilled person - become more skilled. Program bots.
* Find a "professional" recruiter to work with.
* If you don't do it, somebody else will!
* If your company doesn't do it, another company will!
* Nobody owes you: Earn it, Earn it, Earn it.

* * * Until Others Can Take Care of Themselves * * *

eaglecryThe USA's tremendous resources are continually diverted away from our normal course. Isolationism and minding your own business can be a dangerous way to live. So the USA can develop the innumerable products that benefit civilized people on this planet, how do we help others better help themselves?

* * * * Pres' Geek * * * *


Early on I wanted to be able to download files for selectable storage. As sites developed online payment capability, receipts became available but HTML files were a pain to reopen. Eventually most sites offered the Adobe PDF option but the results varied. In Dec 2008 I discovered that Adobe Acrobat Pro set itself up as a printer option. Selecting print/PDF would instantly provided a reliable, recoverable, digital file that could be directed into your file system. My "Data" folder with subfolders, Amazon, Utilities, Taxes, etc, has grown to Gigabyte proportions. Synronization programs extend your safe storage options to on and off site. These slick programs run in the background and sense changes within your designated folder and replicate, as directed, the change to another location, including off site. History times two in the making!

A second computer goal was to learn and use ‘web speak’ and publish. In 2005 I created my domain,, leased hard drive space from an internet service provider, and began publishing without space demands. A Small Orange, my service provider, provides smart software that makes site use, uploading and downloading very easy. Fun stuff.