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Building the Pink House

The Pink House house is made of rammed earth, and heated by geothermal energy – through in-floor water pipes. The floor is concrete, which is the best conductor for in-floor. The heating is supplemented by a Tempcast masonry stove, the latter the greenest cheapest way to heat a house, its radiant heat used in pre-electricity Europe. For the first year, we only used the masonry stove, and it kept us warm, despite the 12 foot walls, and massive central hall.

The cost savings of geo-thermal were substantially less than advertised.

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Can’t remember the artist. Bliss.

April 5, 2018
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In the category of amazing things we don’t have to worry about for ten million years

April 5, 2018
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5977402/giant-crack-africa-kenya-drone-video/
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Good Friday 2018. The day, despite its waning significance is still.

March 30, 2018
Still A. R. Ammons, 1926 – 2001 I said I will find what is lowly and put the roots of my identity down there: each day I’ll wake up and find the lowly nearby, a handy focus and reminder, a ready measure of my significance, the voice by which I would be heard, the wills, the kinds of selfishness I could freely adopt as my own: but though I have looked everywhere, I can find nothing to give myself to: everything is magnificent with existence, is in surfeit of glory: nothing is diminished, nothing has been diminished ...
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The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck – pity the Alpha in these days of retribution

March 29, 2018
My morning was lit by the New Yorker evisceration of the privileged white male everyone needs to mock.  Ben Affleck, easily the absolute apotheosis of desire when it comes to gifts of the flesh and spirit is bumbling around looking disconsolate.  Tortured by the people-of-color gossip sites, abandoning his wife, Jennifer Garner who is loved by movie-going soccer moms everywhere, addicted to gambling, addicted to drinking, and no doubt cocaine and pot, Affleck was also ...
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Trump’s speech astonishingly reboots American spirit

March 29, 2018
This is an amazing speech.  I would imagine that everyone in the media will largely ignore it, other than shouting about ‘lies’.  What he’s talking about is business.  Good business.  How to create wealth that everyone experiences.  I worked in the media for more than 25 years.  I did not meet one single journo who understood how business worked.  I met a lot who could burble impressively about economics.  But they were too often  wrong.  No ...
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Sean Penn’s prose in “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”

March 28, 2018
Jesus wept: “Hence, his life remains incessantly infused with her identity-infidelity, and her abhorrent ascensions to those constant salacious sessions of sexual solitaire she’d seen as self-regard.” ― page 11 “Whenever he felt these collisions of incubus and succubus, he punched his way out of the proletariat with the purposeful inputting of covert codes, thereby drawing distraction through Scottsdale deployments, dodging the ambush of innocents astray, evading the viscount vogue of Viagratic assaults on virtual vaginas, or ...
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On a day when nothing was accomplished, at least I made some bread.

March 27, 2018
And moussaka.  So not a complete waste. I can get fatter.
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Why Women are higher in trait neuroticism.

March 24, 2018
Jordan Peterson, who admits he is now living in a state of terror, so suddenly is he a target, explains something that has puzzled me for a long long long time.  Why are many of the women I know either miserable or crazy at least some of the time?  This is so true as to be never mentioned in common congress but accepted as a truism.  A shared misery is the accepted temperature of many ...
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My hard-core breakfast Latte

March 21, 2018
Morning latte:  almond milk, fo ti, ashwagandha, maca, reishi, mucuna puriens, lion’s mane, alkaline protein powder, coconut oil, almond butter. Came to the dire conclusion that everything in my diet must change.  If Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a precursor of cancer, which it is, then the relapse is a strong strong signal.  Cancer is relatively easy to beat back the first time, harder the second and the third, well, the prognosis is not good.  Therefore no ...
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Jocko Willink – “Walk INTO your Fear”

March 20, 2018
I was raised by an army colonel – he retired as Colonel of his regiment – the Victoria Rifles – after the Second War.  He enlisted and went to officer school in 1938, was rescued at Dunkirk, landed on Juno Beach on D-Day.  His company, C Company – went further into enemy territory than any other company that day.  He was put in charge of a Nazi work camp, and that changed him forever. He didn’t ...
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