News – Bitcoin ETF

Posted in Uncategorized on 2017/02/06 by rmolby

This morning I scanned the Google News Feed and spotted a piece by the Wall Street Journal about Bitcoin ETFs that are pending approval.

I will comment more on this later today, but I wanted to get the site linked so I don’t forget.

Keep checking back for my comments and thoughts

Gardening – Rain Gutter Grow System

Posted in Food, Gardening, Nature with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2016/10/31 by rmolby

Some time ago, probably about two or three years ago, I discovered Larry Hall’s Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System!

I was impressed, and it filled a concept void in my mind, where something wasn’t right for my logic when it comes to aquaponic and hydroponic systems!

So, let me touch on this last thought process real quick. I need to define a few pieces of information for context here:

  1. Hydroponics – a method of growing plants in a non-soil grow medium like rock-wool and feeding them via the water submerged roots by adding essential nutrients to the water via chemicals.
  2. Aquaculture – a method of growing fish in a man-made pond system, feeding them a commercial diet of fish pellets and cleaning the water of wastes via mechanical and chemical means.
  3. Aquaponics – combining the above methods solves several issues in both systems, and can reduce the need for outside sources of feed and chemicals dramatically, because the plants absorb some of the waste produced by the fish, and some of the kitchen waste (i.e. lettuce cuttings) can be fed to the fish.

So, the problem I have with the systems above is that the plants didn’t evolve to grow in soil-less environments!

Then I discover Larry Hall’s ingenious Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System! Go watch the video at the link to the left or visit his YouTube channel. I will wait 15 minutes while you watch the video, and when you come back here I will expand on my thought process.

[waiting…]

Alright, you are back? Excellent!

Basically, my beef is with the missing soil food web. You might ask, what the heck is that?

The soil food web is a compilation of organisms that live in the soil in harmony with the plant roots. The organisms feed the plants by converting minerals in soil particles to a plant usable state to be absorbed by the roots, and the plants in turn release nutrients, such as sugars, into the soil via the roots which the organisms live on. You can read in more detail at WikipediA and SoilFoodWeb.

Well, in a purely water based system, this soil-food-web environment is incomplete or non-existent, as in the hydroponic system. But what if we were to put soil back into the system?

The problem I was seeing was that soil submerged as in the ebb-and-flow beds or the floating raft beds of the aqua/hydro-ponic systems is that you create a swampy environment that goes anaerobic quickly and the roots rot in no time!

This is where Larry Hall’s bucket and rain gutter system filled the void. Since the grow buckets only absorb the amount of water that can wick up from the rain gutter through the wicking cup, and the plants will only grow roots as far down as they need to reach the water, we are re-creating the natural water flow of natural, healthy, loamy soils of fields and gardens.

In such environments, water will wick up from the soil substrata as needed to gain hydrostatic equilibrium of moisture in the soil – in other words, water will wick up as needed in order to compensate for water lost at the soil surface due to evaporation and from the plants consuming the water as needed.

In natural systems, this is very efficient and inefficient at the same time.

Efficient in the fact that if the soils both at the surface level and deep soils are moist they will transfer or wick water to dryer areas.

Inefficient in the fact that if the soils get too dry, the wicking action can stop, and then it takes along time for water to reabsorb into the sub-soils, causing saturation during rain sessions where the healthy top soil washes away.

Larry’s system solved all of this by containing the growing soil in buckets, keeping it in place, as well as supplying a continuous source of water simulating the sub-soils by using rain gutters and wicking pots, and if we combine this with aquaculture, we can even get the fish waste nutrients delivered to the plants through soil, and the soil organisms will gladly convert them into nutrients the plants can use.

I really believe that this will become the defacto standard for incorporating aquaculture and horticulture into an integrated food growing system.

With this in mind, I would like to define some new terms:

SWaRGGS – (Larry Hall’s) Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System

I had another one in my head but my memory is failing me, but once I recall the other acronyms I will come back and edit this post.

I will be doing some additional posts regarding how I am implementing this system at my home.

Since we are going into winter, I am building a leant-to greenhouse on the west side of our house. I’ve wanted to do this for some time and now have the blessing from the wife to pursue this, so I am building this greenhouse with some flavor of SWaRGGS in mind.

I am also attempting to get starter tomato plants buy making my own SWaRGGS pots from small laundry baskets and training side shoots from my in-ground tomato plants through the holes in the baskets and then filling the baskets with soil.

Some of these tomatoes are already basically 3 years old since I have done this with some success with pots the last two winters. I lost a lot of tomato plants during the high heat and now the drought, but if they were inside a SWaRGGS system I doubt they would have croaked.

Anyway, I will post a few more times about this subject; the next project will be documenting my laundry basked pot system.

Catch you later.

Technology – Internet Search, Fora and Secondary Income

Posted in Business with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2016/09/18 by rmolby

Many of us in the technology sector no doubt have heard of Bitcoin and the Blockchain by now, the alternative- or crypto-currency (ALTcoin or CryptoCoin) and the underlying infrastructure, respectively.

While the general populace is still getting to grips with what Bitcoin is, and how it works, many tech savvy people are already using it, while the banking cartels know what it is and how it work, but are struggling to implement blockchain technology into their aging infrastructure.

Needless to say, many alternative new ALTcoin or diffferent Crypto-Currencies have sprung up since Bitcoin came into being back in 2009. The first ALTcoin was LiteCoin, many have come and gone since, but a few are very successful, whether that is valued in their monetary value, such as Bitcoin (BTC ~US600), Ether (ETH ~US$12), Dash ( ~US$11), Monero (XMR !US$9), and LiteCoin (LTC ~US$4), or for their functional value, such as NameCoin (NMC, blockchain DNS servcies) and GridCoin (GRC, rewards system for the BOINC computing network). Any monetary value I mentioned above are as of this posting.

Now, you might be asking, what does this all have to do with Internet Search, Fora, and Secondary Income?

Well, first of all, when we do an internet search, we are asking a question to a search algorithm. The traditional search engines like Bing, Google and Yahoo give you the results you seek, and keep any revenue they get from all the advertising mixed into the search results screens.

You might way, well, that is just fair, they did all the work of developing and refining the search algorithm that give you what you want, and the advertisers are paying to have their ads placed in relevant web pages and search results, right?

Now, take into consideration, without your determination and resolve to find what you want via a search, Google would not exist the way we know it today. Without the search the ad placement would be minimal, and Google would probably only make a fraction of their current income.

So why does Google get to keep all those funds? Because they control the infrastructure you are using!

What if I told you, there is a search engine that designed their revenue model to share up to 25% of their revenue with you, the person doing the search?

Such a search engine exists… SearchTrade literally pays you to do searches! They even have an Android App!

At the current time, it is peanuts, about 56 Satoshi per search, I can make more from BTC faucets than from this search engine, but it is a start, for sure. However, unlike a faucet where I need to do stuff, all I have to make sure is that I am logged into SearchTrade and do the search. Simple.

Now, what about the Fora (plural of Forum)?

Well, when you make a forum post, you either ask a question, or post information of various levels of value. Either way, either the question or the information may be valuable to someone else. So why should you not get rewarded for participating in fora?

One such forum is METABTC where you get paid BTC 0.0001 to post. I personally have not posted anything yet, but that’s alright, I generally do not generate that much content, so I will keep it short.

Lastly, to address the Secondary Incomes portion of the title of this post, anything that earns you a little extra on top of the pay you make from your primary profession would be considered secondary income, including what some personalities on the Internet call residual income. Residual income is really a subset of secondary income. If you earn a small trickle of money from a small project, that is called residual income. To me this is all the same, really.

So why is this secondary income important?

First of all, in the economy we are in, and I am referring to the economy at a local, regional, country, continent, and global level here, you cannot guarantee you will have your primary income tomorrow, so it is imperative you have secondary incomes that may pay for a meal or a tank of fuel for your vehicle here and there.

Then, should you lose your primary income, you can either spend more time working these secondary small incomes to make them bigger, or it buys you more time to find a new primary income while the secondary incomes provide you with a longer or easier time while looking to replace the primary income.

So, go out there, and find those additional income streams, and tap them today.

What “Patience is a Virtue” means

Posted in Blogging, Liberty, LifeStyle, Spirituality, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2016/08/27 by rmolby

“Patience is a Virtue” When some people want something, they want it now. They demand to have it now. They don’t have time to wait. They will take what they can get now, rather than waiting a littl…

Source: What “Patience is a Virtue” means

I came across the post while researching the saying  “Patience is a Virtue” and this blog post does a better job of stating what it is than I could have said.

Patience is part spirituality, part self-control, part lifestyle, and is something not many people these days have. I personally have become much more impatient these days, but it is mostly because of all the impatience exhibited by all the other people around me.

They are dragging me down with the sinking ship that is our current civilization…

I hope and pray I can detach myself and survive the depths of plunge the current scuttled ship called civilization is taking.

I must regain my control over my own life so I can resume my self-improvement, self-education to bring my own spirituality to a higher level.

Earthquake in OK!

Posted in Environment, Nature with tags , , , , , on 2016/08/17 by rmolby
So I had just arrived at work this morning, and was getting ready for my daily work load, when my cube walls shook, and the floor started to rattle and roll in a back and forth movement roughly north and south.
About 12 minutes later, the Geological services started reporting is as a 4.3 Richter scale earthquake, the strongest in a while (over a month) and the strongest I have felt here in Oklahoma.
I have to say, for the last 20 some years I was glad to live in Oklahoma where the major natural disasters are flash flooding and tornadoes, both of which you ample warning about if they are coming. With earthquakes you don’t get any warning, you are at the planet’s mercy!
So, now that we have become earthquake central I am ready to move.
Over and out.

Environment – Nutrient Cycling

Posted in Environment, Health, Home, Nature, Uncategorized with tags , on 2015/12/26 by rmolby

Today I prepared a meal of leftovers from our Christmas dinner and an Indian-Chinese fried rice meal. After I ate I went to rinse the bowl of the orange colored turmeric residue stuck to it, and it occurred to me what a waste it is to rinse even these minute remnants of health down the drain.

What if our domiciles were engineered to recycle all waste streams, whether on-site with gray water and kitchen scraps, locally in the community for items like paper and yard waste, or in the case of plastics, metals and such, on a regional level.

If our ability to cycle even small amounts of nutrients on-site goes up, then we keep more vitality local, and by using the (waste) nutrients from our wash water to grow more food for ourselves, and cycle those nutrients as much as possible, we reduce the long distance food hauling fuel footprint as well.

Each time we cycle the nutrients on-site, we are keeping fertility for our benefit, reducing fertilization costs to us, as well as stretching commercially mined fertilizers and minerals further, giving future generations more time to improve the nutrient cycling even further.

To be truly effective, the waste recovery process needs to start as close as possible to the usage source. The sooner we can intercept waste reclamation, the easier it will be to do so. So, not only would we be able to recycle nutrients, but also vital resources such as water. By recycling both nutrients and water on-site, say by using the wash water from the kitchen sink to fertigate food plants, we also reduce our potable water needs keeping us from depleting fresh water resources, especially aquifers that are depleting at alarming rates.

Our ultimate goal should be leaving this world in the same or better shape than we found it – so, if I get a chance to build a new home, I plan on designing in as many resource capturing means as possible.

Home made “Grounding” Sheet

Posted in Uncategorized on 2015/12/01 by rmolby

I have been reading about grounding for some time now, and I think I will try to make my own grounding sheet soon as I feel very fatigued lately.

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I know, I know, it sounds like a weird idea–what in the heck is a grounding sheet? Well, I came across the concept while reading a book which mentioned disrupted circadian rhythms usually led to weight gain, feeling sluggish in the morning, snack cravings at night (hence weight gain), etc, and I thought–“Whoops! That sounds like me!” So I started looking into ways to get back into balance. I haven’t managed to get up early and stay in the sun for a half hour between 7 and 9 am yet (precious little sun here lately, anyway–raining now, s’matteroffact), but I thought, “Sleep must be a real culprit–I wake every morning almost more tired than I went to bed!” So delving a little deeper, I found out about grounding sheets.

The idea of a grounding sheet is to connect us electrically (we’re pretty electrical, believe it or not–every thought is a…

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