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Thoughts and Considerations

Rock the Joik(Yoik)

by rialian - March 13th, 2011

Intrigue – Orbina

===As some folks might know, I have a liking for Joik (ok, I find various spellings for it, so I am using the j-spelling as it is the one I first learned…I am not as well-versed on Saami as I would like at the moment) Thanks to a link that a friend put up, I found this page:


===Which of course is going to be what I am listening to for the next few days.

Oh, look…actual research! (grins)

by rialian - March 13th, 2011

===(Ok….that was a slight jab at an otherkin timeline I know of that seems to ignore input and corrections…)

===More seriously:

Elf Queen’s Daughters and the Silver Elves

===I know the author of this site…good folk, and knows what research MEANS.  (also, a really nice person to boot.)

===The site is worth going over. (I actually need to read more of it sometime, I probably will do so this week, get a horrified look, and go hide from the internet….not.  I seriously doubt that will be my reaction. (grins))

Enjoying the weather…

by rialian - March 9th, 2011

===One thing I am enjoying about getting up early is that I get to see the weather shifting a bit more.  This morning I watched the rain system come in, with snow-ish turning to rain. 

===Bopping about the house, getting seeds started, waiting for the Frontier people to come out to get us the faster internet.

links and other things…

by rialian - March 4th, 2011

Spiders…doing what they can to help us to stop using oil

The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use. 

===The first link is just amusing,…the second one, AWESOME!  Ok, I admit, I have a fondness for old type-writers, as I have a number about the house. (I have a 1923 Underwood, and a number of old portables that are very nice, including one that types in cursive script.) I definitely would consider buying the kit and doing this with the Underwood, as it does not actually damage it.

===So far in books…the vaccine choice book could be better…I do not disagree with their basis, but they keep pointing at international law, and humanitarian law, and then saying folks should have a choice. I happen to agree, but if I were writing this, I would have immediately gone into a critique of the herd immunity argument and REALLY focused on the fact that pharmaceutical companies are shielded from being sued when a vaccine hurts someone, and the encouragement to not report adverse reactions. (I encountered this personally when I was given the Hepatitis shot, (working in social services, kinda recommended), and I had a rather severe reaction right then and there.  They told me there was no chance it was a reaction, that it was psychological. (erm….allergy shots from age 6 to 18…I think i know what an allergic reaction is to a shot.) I had to tough it out…which pretty much took out the rest of the day. (sigh)

===The Surviving off off-grid book is excellent.  There are some points where I look over the glasses at the author and say “really?”, but it is expected as he is writing from a very christian worldview, where they are wont to say things like “our faith is the only one that does not coerce others”…but these are minor bumps in a so far excellent book.

Starting seeds, reading books

by rialian - March 3rd, 2011

===Well, got a nice mini-greenhouse (really, a shelving unit, with three shelves, and a cover) the other day to get some plants started over here at Mithlond.  The result is quite nice.

===Worms in the worm bin are quite happy.

===Just started reading several things at once…someone lent me via kindle an interesting book on vaccine choice (I have a respect for vaccine technology.  I think we play a bit too fast and loose with it, and denigrate the folks reporting issues at our peril.)

===Also reading a book that someone got for me : Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind .  So far, an excellent read. It is refreshing to see folks of the Christian faith doing it right, rather than doing it right-wing.  (Joel Salatin is another one of these sorts that I like.) I think this book is likely go go into that list of books that I recommend to folks, regardless of their spiritual path.  His focus on mindset is top-notch.  (If you do go to the site, click on the special message link on the left hand side….this sort of essay is a good example of why he gains a lot of respect from me.)

Comfort foods…

by rialian - February 28th, 2011

===As some folks know, I have a fair bit of allergies…..as does my entire family except my mother.

===It did not help that we had different allergies.

===You can imagine the “fun” my mother had in figuring out foods we could all eat, else she would have to do separate dishes.

===Well, it has been a very long time, but I have finally gone back to making one of those fine foods I grew up on.  That item would be egg/rice patty/pan-cake.  Essentially, all it is is rice (preferably warm, can be made with cold, but it bonds better warm), and eggs.  if you are making the skillet-pie thing, you use 4-5 cups rice, 5-7 eggs, mix thoroughly, and pour into a pan.  You cook on medium to high for a bit covered, to get it to cook through and through, then uncover and cook a short bit more, cool a bit and let harden (I suggest oiling the pan…you will not be getting it out nicely unless you do)

===The other variation is to make it into patties and cook it on the pan.  Less egg, just enough to hold it together.  Let it cook a lot before you flip it.

===Eat warm or cold…(I prefer warm with jam or honey or cheese.) It is also a great “carry with” food, which I often did for my lunches.

A fine morning…and vermicomposting

by rialian - February 28th, 2011

===So far this morning has been quite nice.  I have had my coffee, and I have cared for the rabbits.  I am getting some of the outdoor chores done in short bursts, as it is intermittently raining. (some distant thunder rolling up and down the mountain to our east, the fogs are actually rolling up the valley near the garden and traveling into the woods on the other side.  I love days like this.)

===I ordered the composting worms on Saturday, so they should be shipping today and getting here in the next few days.  As a note to folks that might be thinking of doing the vermicomposting, I HIGHLY recommend you get Eisenia fetida, rather than any other sort…make sure of what you are getting.  The problem is that the other species can actually disrupt forest ecosystems (they pull a large amount of leaf matter into the soil…which sounds good, until you realize that the forests here NEED to have a long-lasting leaf layer for a number of trees to properly germinate.  (Now you know why your gutters get so many more trees than the grounds, amongst other things…)

===The Eisenia fetida have different behavioral and environmental needs (more happy in your compost piles and bins), so they are not as much a problem.  That said….please do not put your worms in the forest.

===However, having them compost your food wastes (or, in our case, the rabbit droppings and our food scraps) is perfectly fine, and they will confine themselves to the gardens for the most part.

===(as a side-note…I am not into the over-emphasis of “invasive species”…but reasonable precautions are a good idea.)

===I am hoping to get a fair bit of seed-starting done…I need to make more soil blocks, and get a rack or two set up here at Mithlond (last week, I was over at my neighbors making soil blocks with them, and getting some plants started over there.)

Rabbits…and other thoughts…

by rialian - February 21st, 2011

===We now have them..  We have a number of projects we have been meaning to do, and today we decided that we were going to go to Tractor Supply and get the materials I needed to make cages and possibly a hutch. I found a very nice design for a PVC framework to hang cages on…but sadly they did not have the stuff I needed for the frame.  They did have good wire mesh that I am going to use….

===And they had rabbits.  We decided that we should get two, and start the process.  So we got a cage setup for them, and what we needed to make more, and whatnot. (grins)  They are now out on the porch, well protected from the snow that has decided to show up.  Draft protection has been provided.

===Sadly, my wife did not go for my choice in names….we have gone with Little Bunny and Foo Foo. (Nothing with an event horizon for a name, and Lunch and Dinner were right out.)


===Looking over at Take Back Urban Home-steading(s), it looks like the EFF has gotten involved ( Riding the Fences of the “Urban Homestead”: Trademark Complaints and Misinformation Lead to Improper Takedowns.  I think the Dervaes have a problem.  Ok…they obviously had a problem before this, but this steps it up a few notches.

===In my own opinion,we all have degrees of “crazy” that guide our lives in good and bad ways.  The question is not wether or not we are crazy…it is more what we DO with that crazy, and does it make the world a better place.  Sadly, the Dervaes appear to have let the bad aspect of their crazy grab the wheel and run themselves into the rest of the Homesteading/sustainabilty movement, where before it had been doing quite a reasonable job inspiring folks by letting more functional parts of the crazy have the wheel. 

The morning quotes…and other thoughts (URBAN HOMESTEADING!!!!!)

by rialian - February 21st, 2011

===”You know, if we had spawned when we met, we would have someone to work on the land right now…(grins)  (This was not me, by the by, this was my wonderful wife…)

===This of course spawned an entertaining morning conversation about children, farming, and proper application of children.

===(We just visited a fine local farm that has the farming  aspect pretty much run by the eldest daughter.  Awesome place, and she obviously enjoys her work.  The whole family is involved in making it work)


===Oh, today, take a glance over at the fine folks at Take Back Urban Home-Steading(s).  In a nutshell, the Dervaes, a family over in Pasedena, California, decided it would be a bright idea to tick off folks that work with the idea of becoming more self-sufficient through home and hearth farming in whatever way they can…by TRADEMARKING the terms “Urban Homestead” , “Urban Homesteading”, and a host of others, sending out what are effectively cease and desist letters to a bunch of folks, and then got folks booted off Facebook.  They even attempted to get Google to block searches on the book “Urban Homesteading”, a book that had been published 2 years before they got the trademark.  (never mind that the term has been around since…well, they keep finding earlier references.  1800′s was the last time I checked for in the United States…..)

===This….was a BAD idea.

===So, take a glance….it has been entertaining, in a good way (Sad that the Dervaes decided to go from Heros to Zeroes in  record time, but good to see folks doing positive things to deal with such games.  I am also finding a lot of nifty blogs with good information in them out of this….).

===It is good to see real manifestations of what resistance and honor look like, in whatever way and level it comes out anywhere.  It is good to see, as there really has been too many wrapping themselves up in the clothes of revolution, who are more tools of money rather than manifestations of real positive change in the world.

Quite alive…

by rialian - February 16th, 2011

===Back from traveling, in the midst of taking up an old vinyl floor off of concrete for my neighbors.  The weather is wonderfull…
===And now, back to the floor!