[Homestead] nuclear waste and other science boondogles
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Sun Sep 23 09:28:57 EDT 2007
The disposal of nuclear waste is a boondoggle that could be solved by
the advent of the space elevator. IMO, that should be the main reason
for construction of such. We lift heavy or dangerous cargo, i.e. nuke
waste, to orbit, where it is picked up by a shuttle or satellite and
then rocketed into the sun.
Hi everyone, it's been a while since I had a moment to write. Things at
work have been very demanding, and I haven't been doing anything
homesteady at all. I got my garlic bulbs in the mail yesterday and it
made me realize how little I have done this year to prepare for next.
If next year is like this one, I may not have a garden at all.
Let's see...what have we done in the last six months??
We refloored the living area (kitchen, master bedroom and living room)
of the house.
We re-roofed the greenhouse, removing the UV damaged polycarbonate and
replacing it with metal barn roofing. I don't use the greenhouse in the
summer-I use it mostly as a season extender from January to Spring, so I
am hoping the extra heat from the roof will help warm it.
I had a garden, but not much of one due to the drought. We had weeks of
100+ degree heat, where usually we have maybe 4-7 days of such.
I had some tomatoes and peppers, a watermelon or two, and some butternut
squashes, but that's about it for the summer garden. I planted some
sorghum for the chickens and it worked so well that I will do that
again. They love the stuff. I planted it outside the fence and when it
bloomed/went to seed, I just bent the stalks over the fence to give the
chickens some jumping exercise and entertainment.
We lost a few chickens a few weeks back to a raccoon, I think. Secured
the fence and we haven't had any more problems. We had one hen go
broody and she hatched out 8 chicks, 4 of which are still alive and
almost grown now.
The turkeys, six mammoth bronzes, are almost ready for the freezer...
I replaced some rabbits so the first breeding will be in December...
We have somehow acquired 3 boats now..one is the woodstrip canoe Ron
built, a co-worker gave me another canoe-1950's style Herters square
stern- and we restored that and put a trolling motor on it for fishing.
It is awesome. Also, one day my boss lost it and took his anger out
on me, and the next day, like an apologetic abusive husband, gave me a
boat to make up for it and to keep me from quitting. I'm not stupid, I
took the boat.<g> It's a 1978 MFG fiberglass tri-hull bass boat with a
60hp Mercury on back. We are cleaning it up and fixing some stuff and
haven't yet had a chance to put it on the lake. It's just as well, as
all the reservoirs here are closed for boating.
The drought continues here in NW Georgia...we are classified as
"exceptional", being the worst in 100 years. The ground has cracks with
less than 1% soil moisture at times. I think the average is around 12%.
Groundwater levels are dropping drastically so we are trying to
conserve water even more and watch the well closely.
We usually get about 56 inches per year, and October is our driest
month. As of today, we have 17 inches of accumulated rain since January
1, according to the UGA weather monitoring station about 12 nautical
miles away, and we have 14 inches according to my own personal
monitoring. Several times, it rained in town, but not at home. It's
hard to garden in such. We collect rainwater for the animals and
garden, but when there is no rain....
We have about 1 week of wood, and fire season starts mid October. We
have yet to repair the woodstove(needs new flue), so we are really
grasshoppers this year. I may have to take a paycheck and buy wood.
Anyway, that's the update from EarthNSky..just wanted y'all to know that
I am still here...
VAN DELL JORDAN wrote:
> I learned about that from an article about grandious
> schemes that never made it, for obvious reasons. The
> only other one I remember was the mohole.
> Van Dell
> --- Don Bowen KI6DIU <don.bowen at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> At 9/22/2007, you wrote:
>>> Someone once proposed putting nuclear waste in a
>>> rocket and sending it to the sun. Might work?
>> until a
>>> rocket blew up on takeoff.
>> And how much fossil energy would that take?
Bevanron of EarthNSky Farm Sleep well tonight, for somewhere in the
ocean's depths, MY son is protecting YOUR freedom.
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