A blog by Mel Riser about LifeBoat Permaculture and Solar Villages

Saturday, October 29, 2005

GRC Chickens Rabbits Goats

The primary animals I have selected for the domesticated portion of My Solar Village are Chickens, Rabbits, and Goats.

All are low maintenence, and they have been bred to deal with confinement well. this may important iin the future if we have to shelter from radiation, or flee in a ship.

Currently have several pairs of Rabbits, and 7 hens, a young rooster, and a Bantam rooster named Tiny Kingdom. He is no longer here, as he has been put in the Federal Chicken Witness Protection Program. He went against the chicken mafia and starting get death threats.

Currently goatless, but plan to get some more this winter. We had 4 for a while but they kept getting out of the pen, and while I had the time to feed them, not the time to chase them down and reapair fencing.

So they were turned into barBque, and will get some more soon.

Charlane in San Antonio, has a momma goat and milks her every day.

Goats give milk, cheese and meat.

rabbits, quick protein.

chickens, eggs and meat.



Friday, October 28, 2005

Inverters, charge controllers and panels

Well the additional panels, equipment and batteries from Meridian should start trickling in soon. I turned in all the work in the last year I have been saving to make this large aquisition.

Looking like some Sharp 167 with a 16 volt nominal, probably close to 20 in full sun.

Hoping for an Outback MX60 CC and who knows what inverter or how many watts.

Guess I should know soon what that might be. MAy have to corner mr merdian tomorrow at the office and see what he says.

As far as when and how, we will just wait and see what he says.

Monday, October 24, 2005

DNA is affected by music

This is related to the other post I made on DNA. As well as confirming what the Maya say about sound and our resonence with DNA.

This validates a lot of my theories.


October 24, 2005

What are proteins? How are they structured? What´s the difference between a protein in a human and the same protein in a lizard? Ask Mary Anne Clark these questions and she is likely to respond with an earful of music.

Clark is a biologist at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and she´s part of a growing field of science educators who use so-called protein music to help illustrate the basic structure of the building blocks of life.

All living things are made up of proteins. Each protein is a string of amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids, and each protein can consist of dozens to thousands of them.

Scientists write down these amino acid sequences as series of text letters. Clark and her colleagues assign musical notes to the different values of the amino acids in each sequence. The result is music in the form of "protein songs."

By listening to the songs, scientists and students alike can hear the structure of a protein. And when the songs of the same protein from different species are played together, their similarities and differences are apparent to the ear.

"It´s an illustration transferred into a medium people will find more accessible than just [text] sequences," Clark said. "If you look at protein sequences, if you just read those as they are written down, recorded in a database, it´s hard to get a sense for the pattern."

When people look at a page full of text corresponding to protein sequences, Clark explained, they tend spot clusters of letters but fail to see the larger pattern.

"If you play [the protein song for that sequence] you get that sense of the pattern much more strongly," she said. "That´s my feeling at least. You hear stuff you can´t see."

Different Songs

One song for a protein may sound different than another for the same protein, depending on how notes are assigned to amino acids´ various properties. For example, Clark tends to arrange her compositions based on the protein´s solubility.

"Where it´s soluble and insoluble is one of the big factors in determining how [the protein] folds up," she said. Solubility influences how proteins fold, and those folds determine what category a certain protein belongs to.

In 1996 Ross King, a computer scientist at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, wrote a program called Protein Music. It assigns a note to each of the three compounds that make up amino acids and a note to various amino acid properties—charge, solubility, and so on.

"This produces a chord for each amino acid," King wrote in an e-mail interview. "Because proteins are an interesting mixture of novel and repetitive elements, like music, the translation to music sounds interesting."

By changing the rules of how notes are assigned to amino acids, composers can create variations in their songs. However, since all proteins have a basic structure, all the protein songs have a basic structure as well, Clark said.

Teaching Tool

According to King, while some scientists have used protein music to help them analyze data, it is most useful as a teaching tool.

If people can understand how the music is produced, he said, they can understand how DNA codes proteins.

Clark said one of the more interesting things demonstrated by the music is the differences and similarities between the same protein of different species.

While some proteins change very little between species, others, such as beta globin, are quite variable.

Therefore, Clark said, by playing the beta globin song for a human and tuatara, an ancient three-eyed lizard, people can hear the process of evolution—a variation on a theme that was present before mammals split from reptiles some 200 million years ago.

"You can hear the parts that remain constant and the parts that change," she said.

well I finally got that damn truck started last night,

after running the starting batteries down several times.

I don't like the fuel filter on the truck now, and think I will be changinig it out for a heated Racor model that can handle WVO.

Time to order that greasel.com kit and start on some conversions.

Winter came yesterday, and it dropped 30 degrees in a few hours. Temps were in the 50's this morning.

time to get some winterizing done.


Sunday, October 23, 2005



Is a LOT cleaner fuel than Dino diesel and will break loose any old tank rust or corrosion and clog filters faster.

That's what happend today, and my truck died. After I had replaced the filter with a new one, I ran the battery down trying to get it started again.

Had to keep the charger on it most of the day.

I think my batteries are nearing the end of their life for Diesels, but should be good oin small gasoline cars for a few more years.

Time to pony up for some new starting batteries.


More Solar Panels and Stuff

Well I think I may have all the details hacked into place for my Solar Panel for brain use swap at Meridian.

With that done, I will be setting up some more panels, charge controllers and batteries.

I am shooting for 10 kyocera 167 watt panels and some inverters and charge controllers.

fuses, disconnect, lightening arrestors and all the other cable and assorted things to get another RE system online and pumping water here at the house.

The plan is to use an ETA pump and a large array to pump water to a large tank up the hill. This storage tank would also receive Rain water collection. This would then be RO to two usable streams of water. One hard and minerally for garden water, the other acid and sweet for the house.

Currently I have a 2500 gallon and another 1000 gallon.

I belive the big storage tank needs to be a big ferrocement, block tank. But well see where to locate it.

Once that is iin place, no electricity at all will HAVE to be used if there is no fuel.

we would have water, lights and other stuff from the current setup and only use the gennies as last resort.

On another note, my K5 Jimmy's fuel filter cloggged today as I was leaving the house. I had been running B99 in it and it is just TO CLEAN for older trucks

Need to get some regular diesel in it once I get it cranked again. Maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil in the tank as well, for winter viscosity issues.

Going to be a cold one this year and I need to check the block heaters on all my trucks.


Friday, October 21, 2005

Hill country Rescue Rangers and VFD

Hill Country Rescue Rangers & VFD [Oct. 21st, 200506:30 am]
[ mood A little frazzled ]
[ music Mind Gravity Circuits ]

Hill Country Rescue Rangers & Volunteer Fire Department is now a real entity.

Not just a figment of my varied and multi-universe reality.

We finished all the incorporation paperwork and paid the fees to the state today. Another nail, another click on the list.

Here are details.

The equipment storage area and operational base camp, is in Spring Branch, Texas, about 10 miles north of the Guadalupe river on Rebecca Creek.

This is an amazing place, with a magnificent creek running through the subdivision, and a scattering of houses and mobile homes. Most of the roads are dirt but all weather passable. You would need a 4WD to get up the road to the big hill in winter if we had a lot of snow or ice. But is completely passable with ordnary passenger cars most of the year.

While our lot is small, the entire creek bank fields are a parks and campgrounds for the Residents and Guests.

It has RV hookups, nice grass, tables and grills and several amazing swimming holes and rope swings.

The equipment storage and work area is on a mesa about 1/2 mile from the creek with mostly rock and cedar ( gotta go, fire hazard ). And close by is an 80 cliff in the canyon.

We are planning a new member orientation campout and fundraiser in a few months, and will update all the aprropriate lists and people when this happens.


This is the Satellite photo, and the area to the right of the red dot is the creek and campground.

In this shot there doesn't appear to be many houses, so it is pretty old. There are quite a few houses now, but not a city.

Across from the creek are some nice fields, that could be planted and irrigated from the creek in any long term emergency.

The site is fairly high, so the first order of business will be to put up antennas and radios.

There is electricity in the hood, and water, but we have no power pole. Maybe it will always ge solar powered with gennie and wind backups.

There's plenty of game in the area, fish in the creek and Canyon Lake is 10 miles away, and the Guadalupe is just to the south.

It's about 60 miles from austin, and 40 miles froom San Antonio off 281.

The KEY to the turn off 281, is a GIANT golfball, for the Rebecca Creek golf course. It's a little twisty to get there, and you have to ford creek once, but in normal weather it's passable, and there's a back area that has an outlet to 306.

SO... whose gonna help? As I never get any comments on my boring and mundane LJ, I am geting used to writing for myself regularly, so the exercise has value.

If nothing else than a reminder to myself, as the information is useful and can be easily viewed again.

I'll be getting the website operational soon, and we'll make a press release, and have a social gathering very soon.

It's almost daylight now, as I can hear some of the early morning guys leaving for work. Once the kids are up and off to school, I am going to take a nap and start my day around noon. Plan on working late again tonigh as well, doing network gear replacement at Q4B.

Ranger Mojo
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