Endarkened Transcendentalist


After almost a decade of trying to deny chaos its proper place, I’ve come to realize that it really is a healthy part of this universe and is an equal with order.

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I am chaos. I am the substance from which your artists and scientists build
rhythms. I am the spirit with which your children and clowns laugh in happy
anarchy. I am chaos. I am alive, and I tell you that you are free.

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Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm  Comments (7)  
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Cheese Making Equipment


OK, so I posted about the press I made a few days ago, it’s working great. Here are a few pictures of it for anyone who missed the other post:

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The observant reader will have noticed the difference between those two pictures. My original mold, a Gatorade container within a popcorn container worked really well until I tried to remove the cheese. I still don’t know where a razor blade ended up…not a good thing to lose. So I redesigned the mold. A lot of cheese supply companies sell three piece molds, but some of these cost upwards of a hundred dollars. Here is how I solved the stuck cheese problem for less than ten bucks:

Important update: Don’t boil to sterilize!

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I think the photos are pretty self explanatory but I’ll break it down anyways.

The parts list (make sure all PVC is food grade):

1-PVC cap (I used 4″ because my follower is 4″)

1-length of PVC pipe

1-PVC coupler

Cut you pipe in half lengthwise (use a thin saw blade, I used a metal cutting blade in my Sawzall,) remove the burrs with a pocket or kitchen knife. Cut your coupler in half crosswise, if you get it cut exactly you won’t have to remove the pipe stop in the middle. If some of the pipe stop remains remove it with a knife. Drill holes in the cap to allow whey drainage (drainage will also occur where the two halves of the pipe meet.)

That’s it, happy cheese making guys.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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Another Gulch Update


The two babies we were able to save from the last arctic front are doing well. The black and white one is a doeling we will be keeping, her name is Dalia, the brown and white one is a buckling that I will be castrating in a few days and will end up in the freezer next fall.

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I was making cheese the other night (like I do about once a week) when the lil’ lady told me we were out of Parmesan. I checked my go to book: The Encyclopedia of Country Living, found a recipe, but discovered I needed to finally build that cheese press… so I did:

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Oh, and I finally got all the little sheet-rock “crowns” done between the log rafters on the first floor, less than a dozen to do upstairs and I will be all but done with hanging the F-ing sheet-rock.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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Say Hi to Annie


Everyone say “hi” to Careerannie, the newest member of my blogroll, she baked the coolest cake I have ever seen, and I’m not just saying that because she is family. Maybe she’ll share that link so y’all all can check it out yourselves.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 12:38 am  Comments (5)  

Fight the Good Fight


After suffering from political activist burn out a couple of times in the past, I thought that was what was happening to me this last month, but now I think I’m Burnt out. I’m done. Yeah, I’ve said that before but this time I feel like things have shifted so far, not just with the opposition but also with my desire to fight it, that I’m really done. I’ve come to believe that nothing I do can/will change anything on the big stage. I’ve lost hope, what little hope there was. I have given up on fighting everyone else’s fight for them. I’m going to focus on nothing more than living what freedom I can. Luckily I live in a comparatively very free place and my lifestyle here only increases that freedom. I shared here not that long ago that I had decided to go to Burning Man this year (finally.) The reason I’m going is to try to rediscover the hope that I once felt for humanity. I’ve become such a pessimist, that I can’t even remember what optimism is. Who knows maybe I’ll experience one of those re-births you always hear about at B.M. But, I’m not holding my breath and neither should the readers who come here for my political agitation posts. Good luck on the fight to you guys still in the trenches. For me I’m going to do like a friend of mine says and, have fun be free.

One neat aspect of the preparation for B.M. is that I’m looking into new areas of self-sufficiency. A full week of self-reliance on the Playa, which I want to accomplish without a generator (two years of no power except a genny, really makes a person hate those things,) has led me to building a 12V wind turbine (to charge the Airstream batteries,) I’m almost finished and have spent less than $10. I’ll share the whole story here in a little while.

Published in: on January 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm  Comments (11)  
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A Bone for Ya


I’m so sick of marketing my writing, so this piece I’m just going to put up here. I hope you enjoy it.

Crazy like Everyone

A.D.D.
O.C.D.
Paranoid
Delusional
Bi-polar
Depression

Which are you?
No use denying it
We are all at least one of these
Some just hide it better than others

I hide nothing
And that scares you
But it’s not me you are scared of
It’s the piece of you that you see in me

It’s always within you
And I want you to know that I know
But your secret is safe with me
I’m crazy like everyone else

The kid bagging your groceries on Lithium
The housewife behind you popping Valium
The girl in the cart hopped up on Ritalin
The checker’s breakfast was Captain Morgan

Everyone trying to find a way to keep the color inside the lines
Drugs outlining the shape of the cookie cutter we call society

Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm  Comments (4)  
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Personal Change


The last few weeks has a been a time of great personal change for me, and as such I haven’t been updating much here. I’m not going into all the details now, but I’ve come to realize that over the last fifteen years or so I’ve been always putting certain others needs before my own. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to be a more attentive to what I want, call it selfish if you want, and to that end the first big announcement is that I’m going to fulfill a frustrated dream of mine from back in ’92…I’m going to Burning Man this year, even if I have to sell everything and hitchhike down there.

On the homestead front: That bastard randy billy goat got into the girls early once again. We’ve had six kids born in the last week. Four have died from exposure, and the remaining two are spending nights in the family room.

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm  Comments (15)  

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 175 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 28th with 119 views. The most popular post that day was Obama is a lying sack of shit..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were getyourhandsdirty.net, homesteadingtoday.com, crackerscentral.com, howtogogalt.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vintage cooking, wtshtf plan, montana ice weasel, “montanaiceweasel”, and lying sack of shit.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Obama is a lying sack of shit. February 2009
5 comments

2

Logging Competition July 2008
6 comments

3

As Wash Would Say (Part 2) June 2010
28 comments

4

Gulch Update June 2008
4 comments

5

Beginnings March 2010
14 comments

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)