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December 31, 2015 deeplink respond

Some Cluff NW Canal Preliminary Field Notes has just been
posted here with its sourcecode here.

This seems to be a twice refurbed historical rework of a
prehistoric original.

Present field notes include...

Cluffnw Canal
Smith Canal
Veech Canal
Lefthand Canyon West
Minor Webster Ditch
Freeman Canal
Sand Canal
Tugood Canal

Some of these need further improvement. Eight down, fifty seven
to go. Org.

More Hanging Canals:
New Developments:

December 30, 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 441 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

December 29, 2015 deeplink respond

RED HORSE TOURS - Free guided tours of the combined wind
and pv facility northwest of Willcox is offered by Mallory Safety
Management Services
. Contact Aubyn Avery at (205) 919-7936.

While somewhat obvious as the tallest structures in all of Southern
Arizona, they still do not show up yet on Acme Mapper. Start at the
junction of Warbonnet and Hooker Hot Springs roads. Northeast
of Allen Flat.

December 28, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the handier "rules of thumb" that sometimes apply some
of the time and can be enormously useful is this: 

Very often, one percent of what happens  nationally happens in
And one percent of what happens in Arizona happens in
the Gila

Thus, roughly, there are 300 million people in the US, 3 million in
AZ, and 30,000 locally.

While not super accurate, this rule can quickly give you a rough
estimate of an amazing variety of events or tasks. Where you
otherwise may not have the faintest clue as to scale. 

Naturally, the "rule" does not apply to anything with a regional
bias. I suspect Thatcher has more cotton module fires than Bangor,
Maine does. And that walrus attacks may be rare in Nebraska.

My favorite rule of thumb applies to any Hazmat situation: Hold your
thumb up at arm's length and close one eye. If you can still see the
scene, you are too close.

December 27, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that my favorite bed and breakfast of all
time remains the Black Range Lodge, cleverly hidden
in the part of New Mexico that you cannot get to.

Their Kingston Frisbee Festival runs from January 1st
to December 31st this year. And the Percha Creek
Salmon run remains as spectacular as ever.

One other place of interest are Casitas De Gila outside
of Cliff ( Check out their real time planetarium simulator
above the hot tub. And the art gallery. ) 

December 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Some Smith Canal Preliminary Field Notes has just been
posted here with its sourcecode here.

This abondoned historical canal in the Ash Creek area
appears to have indirect evidence of a prehistoric origin,
as do other near to Cluff Ranch.

Present field notes are...

Smith Canal
Veech Canal
Lefthand Canyon West
Minor Webster Ditch
Freeman Canal
Sand Canal
Tugood Canal

Some of these need further improvement. Seven down, fifty eight
to go. Org.

More Hanging Canals:
New Developments:

New Developments:

December 25, 2015 deeplink respond

Some random reminders of neat stuff:

Its been a while since we mentioned Animusic and its
related hoax.
 My own hoax stuff here.

As any beginning FFA student could tell you, no way
could this have been John Deere parts. They were not
even green! But, amazingly, Intel took the hoax and
built a real one
, using bunches of computers and
paint ball guns at a cost of $160,000. 

Our favorite online weaving store remains Cotton Clouds.
Amazingly, this is likely the only weaving store that
has a prehistoric hanging canal going through the 
middle of it!

And we remain enthuased over Fat Cow, our ISP 
provider. They also have a new ultra low cost service.

December 24, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the other eBay items we once did quite well on
were our tinfoil hat liners. These were second only to our
water soluble swimsuits.

These were genuine Cho-seal   from Chomerics and we got them
declassified from Holloman Air force Base. Normal cost new was
outrageously expensive.

And they flew on outta here.

As any multiple abductee will gladly tell you, there is an 
important use consideration. The Cho-Sealf material should
go on the inside of the tin foil hat if you want to stop them
from reading your mind. 

And on the outside if you want to keep them from controlling 
your thoughts.

Each layer provides up to 120 decibels of attentuation.

We used the same stuff years ago when we were first exploring
low cost keyboards.

December 23, 2015 deeplink respond

I "sort of" have a blog which you are reading here.

The name changes yearly such as whtnu97.sthml,
through whtnu16.shtml6 and beyond. These are easily
reached by clicking through the green ?NEW? on our
home page.

Use of our deeplink clickthrough lets you access any
specific date entry rather than having to sort through
an entire year.

The respond clickthrough goes through the usual email links.

This, of course, is my blog and I edit any and all third party
rsponses in any manner I damn well please
. But all
comments are certainly welcome and all are carefully

December 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Drawing a cubic spline through four points can be tricky
as this tutorial shows us.

Actually, an infinite number of cubic splines can be drawn
through four points
. Finding the "best" curve involves
some horrible elliptic function math, so the above tutorial
uses a sneaky simplified approximation instead.

An additional tutorial here And much more on cubic splines

December 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Just realized my utilities were pretty much buried
on my website. Added an additional clickthru here.

And the tutorial remains here.

December 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to buy a copy of Place Magazine and hope to
have my caving story reprint up soon.

Other classic reprints can be found here.

December 19, 2015 deeplink respond

There's a shiny new pv installation just down the street.
I seem to be appalled by the apparent utter lack of
sane economics involved.

In Arizona, we can assume 1000 peak watts per square
meter incoming, and a dime per kilowatt hour is places
like this one that already has utility power available.

While arguable, I feel that present dimes and present
kilowatt hours are largely interchangeable
energy or
economic commodities. You verify this every time you
look at your nearest gas station sign or power bill.

The individual panels seem somewhat shy of a square
meter and have dead areas. It seems reasonable to
me to assume a 10 percent efficiency at the output
of the inverter. Combined, 100 watts per fixed
orientation panel on a peak clear day seems more
than reasonable. Assuming the panels are cleaned
often enough..

There are five panels per strip, six ranks, and
two structures that suggest 6000 watts at noon
on a good day. The usual production assumption
is five kilowatt hours per day per peak kilowatt hour.

This gives us 30 kilowatt hours per day worth $3.00
per day incoming energy income. Using this amortization
, and ten percent interest for ten years ( this
system is certain to be obsolete far earlier ), you can
finance up to $7570 for the project to break even.

Or about one half or less of an average household

Which, of course, would be in no manner renewable
nor sustainable. Wait - it gets worse. The system
was almost certainly subsidized or grant funded
in some manner.

Any subsidy has a horrific "iceberg" hidden cost in
that the true energy and dollars going in plus admin
will almost always grossly exceed the net benefit.

I'd guess 5 dollars have to go into creating a
subsidy to get 1 dollar back. Thus. there would
seem to be a 5:1 net energy penalty for any subsidy
use at all.

Another obvious problem is that the system uses
off the shelf electrics and synchronous inverters.
Whose prices and sub-optimal installations clearly
far exceed the "learning curve" economics of scale
needed to make net energy pv feasible.

Eventually, of course, each panel should have its
own syncronous inverter, possibly adding something
like four dollars to the beyond-learning-curve cost.

Yes, we are ridiculously closer to net enrgy pv
than we ever have been. But the beast down
the street sure looks like a gasoline destroying
net energy sink to me.

Much more on energy topics here, and a
monthly report of how far we have to go to reach
the magic net energy number of a quarter per
peak panel watt here.

December 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 438 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Also included our latest hanging canal directory
along with many dozens of third party links of
local outdoor interest. Plus several new Arizona
higtorical book downloads.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

December 17, 2015 deeplink respond

And my own movies can be found here and here.

December 16, 2015 deeplink respond

My other facorite, obscure, and vastly underratted flicks:

Certainly A Trip to the Moon and its recent restorations
for stunningly exceptional innovation on all fronts.

Of course Safety Last with its utter lack of CGI. By an
actor missing fingers and a thumb.. The initial check of the
safety setup plummeted seven stories to the ground.

Virtually unknown and grossly underrated: Putney Swope.
Decades ahead of its time.

Anything by legendary actor Peter Sellers, but most especially
The Mouse that Roared.

But my favorite of all is the tapioca pudding scene in the
cross-genre classic Godzilla versus the Night Nurses.

December 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Thought I'd start my end of year predictions a little earlier
than usual this year...

Commodoty pricing of 100 watt equivalent class LED residence
lighting and car headlights.
Obsoleting CCFL's .

A controversial but credible detection of extra-terrestrial
mid-level intelligence "real soon now". Perhaps a planet
full of asparagus.

A catastropic drop in marijuana pricing, caused by the
inevitable total elimination of mj federal crop subsidies
and farm price supports
that were cleverly and diabolically
labeled as "prohibition" laws. More here.

Dramatic close in breakthroughs in ev related battery
technologi, possibly involving lithium air technology

A major increase in building destroying butane explosions
from utterly clueless processors of herb upgrading.

Full width inkjet print heads for ridiculously improved speed,
complexity, and ultimately, cost.

Strong sales of ultra resolution smart tv's despite zero
available content. Driven mostly by computer users.

Further improvements in the KML language. Particularly for
use with our hanging canals. Plus blendable images and topos.

The price of utility grade solar panels finally dropping under 
twenty five cents per peak panel watt and eventually leading 
to true net energy generation, renewablility, and sustainability.

A resurgence in traditional electronic hacking, driven by Arduino
Raspberry PiC.H.I.P. Beagle Bone, the Basic Stamp and derivatives, 
magazines such as Circuit Cellar or Make, and such suppliers as 
SparkfunMarlin JonesAmerican Science & Surplus, and even 
( should they last a few more weeks ) Radio Shack.

Dramatic increase in popularity of hackerspaces , makerspaces
and fab labs.

"Free Enrrgy" nuts and other members of the Church of the Latter
Day Crackpots
fiascos contrinuing "business as usual". Failing to
realize that finding an unlimited source of free energy would be
the most unimaginably henious crime against humanity.

Nanostructures dramatically improving both photovoltaics and
conventional  HVAC air conditioning.

The terabyte revolution being largely ignored, moving directly instead 
into the petabyte revolution.  One thumb drive to hold all movies, or all 
books, or all history. With emerging utterly disruptive IP issues.

Substantial medical breakthroughs, especially in the areas of cancer and 
diabetes, female sexuality, dentistry, and Alzhiemers.

The stranglehold on technical research publication finally being broken, 
with open source dissemenation dominant, low access costs, easy publication, 
long term access, and peer review taking place after publication rather 
than before.

Major breakthroughs in understanding human brain architecture and 
functionality,  combined with significant new I/O capability..

Craig's list finally coming to Safford. Right after the Ayatolla's bar

December 14, 2015 deeplink respond

No matter where you go, there you are.

From Confucious, via Buckaroo Banzai.

Which was by far the finest medical, sciene fiction, rockumentary
love story, comedy, racing, comic book, quantum mechanical,
mustical, watermelon ode, survivalist, intergalactic war documentary
movie of all time.

But, then again...

The script can be found here.

December 13, 2015 deeplink respond

November pv prices remain nearly flat at double the 25 cents
peak panel watt price demanded for eventual net energy
renewability or sustainability.

More on similar topics here.

December 12, 2015 deeplink respond

Got a curious email about someone wanting to Arduoinize
my ancient Digiviewer.

Well, firstoff, there since has been a new and improved
, but while very few uses still exist for classic
DIPS today, I don't really see the point. Although these
could still be useful for video game repair and such.

If there were some market for new Digiviewers, it
would be more interesting to use a Raspberry Pi with
a real HDTV display. This would slash construction
costs and completely eliminate the need for all of
the snap on overlays.

Even more interesting would be making the unit super
smart enough to identify the integrated circuit it was
clipped onto.

Assuming a "pure" digital device, any 16 pin device
would only have 65,536 possible states. Of which only
256 would be valid for, say, a quad logic gate.Changing
inputs from the unit under test could then create an
array of possible states that often could pin down the
actual chip in use.

Brief "superpower" supply and ground signals of, say one
amp for one millisecond could overwhelm normal system
pin values to further isolate the chip under study.

December 11, 2015 deeplink respond

Some interesting new steel developments can be found here and here.
They seem to have the potential to dramatically improve strength and
significantly lower cost.

On the other hand, to me these have a slight "too good to be true"
aura about them. I'd recommend waiting for more evidence before
getting too excited about this development.

December 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Some random factoids: Cable One now has a new high speed
service they force on you that may require a new modem.

Required is a DOCSIS 3 Cable modem or wifi. Compatible
third party devices are listed here. The Arris SBG 6580 is one
such unit.

Some Netflix issues that came up around the changeover time
apparently were related to a Vizio smart tv needing reset.

Resetting is done via the remote using these details. A new
Netflix account linking may also be needed.

When issues like these crop up, it is important to isolate the
blame to the actual cause.
This could have been a Cable One
problem, an incompatible modem problem, the modem needing
reset, a wireless problem, a security passcode proble, or a
smart tv reset problem.

December 9, 2015 deeplink respond

There's a new Brew Ha Ha drink that combines beer with
Nitrous Oxide.

December 8, 2015 deeplink respond

There sure seem to be a lot of low "delta T" energy schemes
kicking around. Ocean thermal and bunches of others. Uh, it 
turns out that there are some very fundamental thermodynamic
and engineering laws that guarantee these flat out ain't gonna

Firstoff, Carnot efficiency is limited to [1 - (Tlow/Thigh) ] in
absolute degrees.
A 20 degree Fahrenheit difference at its
very best can only approach a theoretical FOUR PERCENT
or so best efficiency. And, of course, the real world never
gets anywhere near Carnot.

Secondoff, low efficiencies have to move a lot more heat than
than they can convert.
At four percent efficiency, TWENTY
FIVE times the heat has to be moved from source to sink.

Thirdoff, it is enormously difficult to get heat exchangers with
very low Delta-T's across them.
A heat exchanger, of course,
MUST have a Delta-T across it to transfer any heat at all.
You can easily end up with ALL of the Delta-T across the
source and sink exchangers leaving NOTHING for the process
to work with. Further trashing a dismal efficiency.

Ferinstance, it is trivially easy to build a Peltier "cooler" that has
twenty degrees of cooling across the device and fourty degrees of
heating across its heatsink. For net heating rather than cooling.

The need to move many times more heat than recoverable energy
at low Delta-T's very much magnifies this problem. To which
such realities as imperfect insulation on long pipes compounds the

More in our Energy Fundamentals tutorial.

December 7, 2015 deeplink respond

We just relisted our stunning Southern Oregon Gold Hill spectacular
view property for sale with realtor Alan Frazier at 541-601-7677.

Asking $9900 per acre. This is the last remaining large developable
property immediately adjacent to the northern Gold Hill city limits.

We have recently secured a new full access easement for
these 20 acres.
Power and cable on the property. We are
working closely with a professional land use planner and
fully expect Jackson County homesite approval.

Legal description is T36 R3W S16 Tax Lot 400.

Very attractive financing is available. Mid-size city
amenities are twelve minutes away at Medford. The
property borders directly  on the town of Gold Hill.
The Rogue River is very close; beaches and mountains
are an hour away.

Here's a brand new group of photos...

You can click expand these. Then click again.

This steep to sloping parcel is immediately adjacent to the Gold
city limits and offers absolutely outstanding views. It is in one
of the most in-demand rural areas in the country, and has really great
access both to recreation and to midsize city resources. Plus superb
climate, low crime, and good schools.

Here is a map. Property is the green rectangle "pointed to" by
Thirteenth Street.

Appraisal details can be made available to you  under NDA by
contacting us or else by phoning
(928) 428-4073.

This is the last remaining undeveloped large view parcel immediately
north of Gold Hill. You can click here for an aerial photo and flyby.

Additional older photos here. More info here and here.

December 6, 2015 deeplink respond

The "local blend" version ( the one with the broken thermometer
on the label ) of the El Fumarole Salsa de Mucho Caliente has been
banned in all civilized nations of the world and even parts of Texas.

Naturally, when El Fumarole goes out to hunt, the Habanaros and
Scotch Bonnets have to stay on the porch.

Some possible substitutes appear here.

December 5, 2015 deeplink respond

There are two operating modes in our newly revised Magic
Sinewave calculator
, normal and quantized. For valid results,
it is super important to know how you got to what you are

In the normal mode, you first select a type and size of
magic sinewave, and then usually click on Instacalc.
The correct amplitudes and angles should appear along
with the "by pulse widths" and "by angles" reporting boxes.

The blue "by clock pulses" reporting would not be meaningful
because no attempt at quantization was made.
But this reporting
was purposely left active just in case you want a previews of
possible counts per cycle. Ferinstance, if only three clock pulses
were available for a given width or position, only 33% accuracy
could result. Along with near certain degradation. Such errors
would increase the strength of unwanted harmonics and shift
the desired amplitude.

For quantization to work, it alway must immediately restart with
a valid normal result.
Only one quantization button may be activated
at a time.

Alweays reset to a normal result before continuing.

December 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Earlier versions of our Magic Sinewaves used PIC and similar
micoprocessors that only had limited memory capabilities.
Because of this, the frequency was made independent of the
Frequency was intended to be set by changing
the clock value of the chip, while amplitude was internally

Newer Raspberry Pi and C.H.I.P. computers have insanely
huge memories, which now let us set both frequency and
amplitude together internally. These chips also let us
do 16-bit timing to greatly simplify the code complexity.

How much memory is needed? Let's assume a seven
pulse per quadrant magic sinewave. Each quadrant
would need thirty one different 16-bit timing values in table
lookup storage. If desired, the other quadrants could
use symmetry instead of actual lookup values.

Lets assume a hundred desired amplitudes. These
could be linear or log spaced. Thus a minimum
storage of 3200 bytes of 8 bits each would be needed
for one medium resolution magic sinewave set.

Thus, tens of thousands of magic sinewave instances could
easily be internally stored.

Given the insane amounts of memory available, it might
even be possible to brute force each magic sinewave
with no data table lookup at all!

Writing such a huge amount of code might prove daunting.
but a PostScript program to generate the code itself might
add up rather trivial.

Consulting services available.

December 3, 2015 deeplink respond

I still get occasional emails over the "shaft encoder"
problem. It takes two channels of incremental
encoding if you need both direction and speed.

The two channels are spaced half a pulse apart and
are called the Inphase and Quadrature outputs.

Consider these typical waveforms:

                   0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0    I      Forward
                   1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0   Q

                   0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0    I      Reverse
                   0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1   Q

To extract the speed, simply use the I output leading
edges. Now for the tricky part: To extract the direction,
EXCLUSIVE OR the present I with the previous Q.

And that's all there is to it!

December 2, 2015 deeplink respond

For years, I've been creating what, for a better name, we might
call Lancasterisms. These are intentional but apparent
topographical errors intended to reveal a higher or greater truth.

Such as a groundswill of popular demand. Or what those French
Veternarians call a "four paw". Or being overly enameled on some
idea. Or ending up a few bricks shy of a full deck. Frosting the lily or
guilding the cake. Or not being able to hit the barn side of a broad.
Or the mythinterpretiation of something.

Or sources close to an associate of the barber of a usually reliable
spokesperson. New uses for Chebycheff Polynomials would take
the Cheby to the Leby. 
Many of the web perpetual motion schemes
and those electrolysis fantasies seem to involve electrocity.

All in one swell foop. Provided there's no oint in the flyment
An unauthorized autobiography. A jerk of all trades. The
local hysterical society.  A wine that "pours well". The caver's
wrist sundial. Godzilla versus the Night Nurses.

Letting the cows come home to roost. So long as they are
elected by acrimination. That little dip between the winter slump
and the spring slack period. Sort of the qualm before the scorn.
Geranium transistors. Godzilla versus the night nurses.

Plays a mean eclectic guitar. Pioneers new methods of animal
husbandry. Speaks Esperanto like a native. Bruno's attitude
relateralization facillitation. Or the long lost oriental martial art
of Tai Wun Oun. Will be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Thus reaching a new millstone.

"I'll give you just three hours and fifty one minutes to STOP THAT!".
Norfolk & Waay is the leading eBay supplier of drop ship items.
Separating the useful adjuncts for porcine whole body cleanliness
from the total hogwash. The greater Bonita-Eden-Sanchez
metropolitan area.  

Geologists, of course, classify rocks as sedentary, ingeneous, or
metaphoric. And New Mexico hikers might call an emergency
rain shelter a Poncho Villa. The illegal aliens in the Al
Grits Harvest, will, of course, be used for flavor only. 

Or confusing "cannabis" and "cannibal" tasting tours.

These are somehow related to the Yogi Berra's of others, such as
"Nobody goes there because it is too crowded", "Deja Vu all over
again", or "Let's keep the Status Quo right where it is. Or "When
you come to a fork in the road, take it".

Or Ed Abbey's classic "Androgynous Ammonia". Which might
even involve an engendered species.

I have a hollow feeling I've lost some of the better ones of these
somewhere along the way. As you go through some of my older
books and stories, please report any that may be missing in

Because Opporknockity tunes but once.

December 1, 2015 deeplink respond

Discovered yet another long forgotten CCC field camp in
the Canador Peak area.

There are literally thousands of nearby local CCC projects.
The overwhelming majority of which were totally and utterly
worthless boondoggles.

But largely made up for by a few unique and surviving
structures and the overall societal program goals.

Much more of the same on our Gila Dayhikes page.

November 30, 2015 deeplink respond

Seldom discussed is the fact that a pv energy farm 
needs very little water.
 Which makes them a near
perfect use
 for government and indian lands in
the arid southwest. 

If you start doing an economic analysis based 
on highest and best use, a case can be made that
any site with adequate water is an inappropriate
location for a pv energy panel.

More here.

November 29, 2015 deeplink respond

Boo. Hiss #3.

Here is yet another blatant example of how to lie with  statistics.

The obscene "truncating the graph" trick was not quite as bad
at only 61.5 percent.   But it still makes a minor increase
appear to be a catastrophic trend.

Color coding "blue is good; red is bad" to identical data values
is yet another sneakily obscene stunt.

Once again, ignoring of course, correlation is not causation!

Even if it was, the sample size is too small, and their same
graph also shows a significant reduction in post mj crime.

A much more likely ( although not yet proven ) reason for
any correllation is that mj in fact was reducing the crime
rate, while at the same time the greatly expanded federal
law demanding that great heaping quantities of cash must
now be continuously placed in obvious locations just might
have something to do with the problem.

The definitive video on all this appears here.
And, curiously, its rather obscure origin here.

With a tenth of a billion entry stunning daily coverage here.

November 28, 2015 deeplink respond

A preliminary major revision of our Magic Sinewave Calculator
can be found here. With its automatically towed along javascript

For proper appearance in Chrome, several other files also have to
be present in the same folder. These are also auto provided.

The quantization problems have likely been fixed, along with
a new Clocks Per Quardant selector and a new reporting
by clock pulses
in additional to angles.

Some minor pretty printing and cleaner code issues remain.
Despits its blinding speed, a few speedup tricks remain,
some of which are related to excesive reporting on instacalc..

I'll try to get to them soon. While code has been independently
third party verified, please report any problems.

More on Magic Sinewaves here. Seminars and consulting
available here. Full IP rights for sale.

November 27, 2015 deeplink respond

Beyond amazing.

There is noww a $5 Raspberry Pi computer and a $9 C.H.I.P

Both in the 1 GHz speed class and half a Gig of SDRAM.
And both in the "ain't half bad" class.

Being argued over both here and here.

"True" costs only slightly higher but include memory
cards, cables, mice, keyboards, etc.

Either one should make a dandy Magic Sinewave
generator that combines amplitude and frequency
data settings.

November 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Farm sibling explaining why he kept feeding raw
pork to city slickers: "Its the only trick I know, Sis.".

November 25, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the more maddengly infuriating features of JavaScript
is that every once in a while it will throw something at you
like 2 + 2 = 4.000000000000002.

While there are all sorts of math.Round workarounds, these
three functions can greatly improve any pretty printing...

 toFixed(4) - Converts a number value to a
                      string of the selected number
                      of decimal points. Particular useful
                      for pricing.

 parseFloat(4) - Attempts to convert a string
                     into a floating point number.

 parseInt() - Attempts to convert a string
                     into an integer.       

The usual use would be youstr.parseFloat

A comparision between JavaScript and PostScript
can be found here. The two are pretty much

November 24, 2015 deeplink respond

A quite serious problem arises whenever you use
4-point barbed wire for premium audio speaker
connections: The barb points are all sharp and will 
thus raise the pitch of any music.

The usual workaround is to make an equalizer out
of a carefully chosen length of flat ribbon cable.

Additional details are found here.

November 23, 2015 deeplink respond

As we've recently seen, pv pricing is around double the
twenty five cents per peak panel watt neded for true
renewability and sustainability.
And thus still remains a
gasoline destroying net energy sink. Albeit one that
is not nearly as bad as before.

As we've seen, much of this year's pricing has been heading the
wrong way but once again has begaun inching download.

Curiously, actually hitting the quarter per peak watt value will
in itself create a major new setback in time to renewability
and sustainability
. Because of the zillions of new investement
dollars that all at once will be thrown at a sure thing.

About an eight year breakeven glitch sounds about right.

In many valid energy considerations, a current dime can
be considered pretty much the same as a current kilowatt
hour of electricity.
And thus the two are largely fungible

More here.

November 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Never store carbide in a non-locking carabiner!

November 21, 2015 deeplink respond

A now even more famous media newscaster has just
inadvertently confused "canabis" with "cannibal" in
describing a tasting tour.

The definitive video on all this appears here.

November 20, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the handier "rules of thumb" that
sometimes apply some of the time and can be
enormously useful is this:

Very often, one percent of what happens 
nationally happens in Arizona
. And one percent
of what happens in Arizona happens in the Gila

Thus, roughly, there are 300 million people in
the US, 3 million in AZ, and 30,000 locally.

While not super accurate, this rule can quickly
give you a rough estimate of an amazing variety
of events or tasks. Where you otherwise may
not have the faintest clue as to scale. 

Naturally, the "rule" does not apply to anything
with a regional bias. I suspect Thatcher has
more cotton module fires than Bangor, Maine
does. And that walrus attacks may be rare in

November 19, 2015 deeplink respond
All you need to know about sailing:

The binnacle goes on the top and the barnicle goes on the

Interchanging the two is a serious breech of maritime etiquette.

November 18, 2015 deeplink respond

The "next big thing" in battery technology will almost certainly
involve lithium-air.

Which has superb energy density because one of the reactants
is not part of the battery. Unfortunately, there have been many
very nasty problems involved in developing this technology.

The 30 October 2015 issue of Science reports some major
new lithium air developments that appear to be a significant
leap forward in this technology. A summary is on page 524
and the story itself on page 530.

Meanwhile, a potentially interesting but unrelated battery
development can be found here.

And more on energy topics here.

November 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Many decades back, there was a superb but short lived magazine
called "Place" that may or may not have somehow been Whole
Earth related.

There does not seem to be the slightest trace of it on the web.

I'm in the process of reprinting most of my stories and columns at Two of my WER copies
already appear there.

I did a really obscure caving story for Place in their third or fourth
issue. Do you know of any copies available anywhere in any form?

PDF scans would be nice.
Better yet, I'd like to provide free online
access to all of Place.

November 16, 2015 deeplink respond

An update to our Magic Sinewave Calculator is almost
ready to be released.
Quantization errors are believed
to have been corrected, along with a new Clocks per
quantizer feature. A new reporting option
now features clock counts rather than trig angles.

Is can be tricky to make minor changes to a major
JavaScript program,
and I seemed to have all sorts
of instances where code reverted to previous copies.

Hence this list of possibly excessive guidelines...

Make sure you in fact save each change.
Save often to new filenames.
Clear Chrome history continuously.
Make sure your editor can undo.
Keep screen clear of clutter.
Reboot your FTP program each time.
Reboot the entire machine occasionally.
Verify subdirectories each and every time.
Delete identical previous web files.
Never overwrite irrecoverable code.
Never delete previous diskfile work.

The old calculator can still be found here.

November 15, 2015 deeplink respond

PV panel pricing was pretty much flat for October and  
seems stuck around
48 cents per peak panel watt or
higher. And remains up for the year by a few percent.

True renewabilty and sustainability can reasonably be
expected a few years after the price drops below twenty
five cents per peak panel watt
. Thus, recent pricing clearly
has been headed the wrong way, but seems to be easing.

Many analsists mistakenly assume a subsidy is a
1X asset, rather than a 7X liability. And thus fail
to take their true net energy costs into account.

Note also that the prices are shown in Euros. Dollars
currently would be a few percent higher. Per
this converter.

Much more here.

November 14, 2015 deeplink respond

Free eBook downloads of two of the most significant early
Arizona History records are newly available.

Find Hodge's Arizona as it is here.

And Hinton's Handbook to Arizona here.

Similar resources here.

November 13, 2015 deeplink respond

The USGS now have made all of their older versions of historic
available for free download. Just dial the year!

Some interesting observations from the Thatcher 1960
fifteen minute quad:

Their last mention of the "white house"
seems to still be viewable as a roofless
Anglo ruin on Acme Mapper.

The long abandoned Bigler Canal is also
traceable  on Acme Mapper. While still
unproven, an underlying prehistoric precedent
would be highly conspicuous  by its absence,
with proven old canals nearby. Including
several other artesian sourced ones.

Somewhere I seem to remember a map reference in
Coottonwood wash of the "Lamb Hotel Ruins" .

While I tried to find it adjacent to Pima International
Airport many years ago, it seems to remain a mystery.
There is also a findable Lamb Tank further west.

Speaking of which, Pima International is likely the
only place you will find a C119G Flying Boxcar that
is being converted into a Bed and Breakfast.

Rumors of nightly DC3 Service to Columbia remaining
available at Thatcher International Airport appear to be
largely unverified. Sharp eyed pilots flying into Thatcher
International may note very minor debris on the runway,
such as refrigerators or evaporative coolers.

Similar topics here.

November 12, 2015 deeplink respond

Links to one hundred university libraries that have free and
largely unlimited public access can be found here.

November 11, 2015 deeplink respond

We have a new exoplanet. That's earth sized, rocky and
close enough for more detailed study. But a tad warm
to be habitable.

Counting candidates, this is exoplanet #5425 and potentially
habitable exoplanet

In a totally meaningless extrapolation, this suggests that
one out of every 175 exoplanets may be potentially habitable.

More here and here.

November 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Boo. Hiss. #2.

This one may not be quite as bad as the underlying research
does appear credible and ( eventually ) potentially useful.

But the title claims a 100X improvement in solar energy
efficiency. In reality, the efficiency still misses by a
country mile
and the product remains useless.

Except for suggesting that further work may prove worthwhile.

All that happened was that the efficiency sharply went from
mesmerizingly awful clear on up to just plain terrible.

More on pv and energy issues here.

November 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Boo. Hiss. #1.

How to lie with statistics. Start with this truncated plot that
suggests a skyrocketing crime rate instead of a modestly
increasing one.

By leaving the bottom SEVENTY SEVEN percent of
the graph off!
All the while providing an obscenely
misleading title.

Then claim that, contrary to most other studies, that
mj is the exact and total and immediate cause of the
somewhat increasing crime rate. Ignoring of course,
that correlation is not causation!

Most other unbiased studies show many areas where
mj is in fact reducing crime. And should any actual
correlations show up, it would seem likely ( although
not certain ) that mj was slightly reducing the crime rate,
while federal mj "cash only" regulations and restrictions
were sharply increasing it.

A somewhat related item of interest appears here.

The definitive video on all this appears here.
And, curiously, its rather obscure origin here.

November 8, 2015 deeplink respond

2 + 2 = 4.

Except for very large values of two.

November 7, 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 437 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Also included our latest hanging canal directory
along with many dozens of third party links of
local outdoor interest.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

November 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Just got an email asking about the quantization buttons in
our Magic Sinewave Calculator.

These are only approximate guidelines. Ferinstance, a
.001 "zero" result translates to -60 decibels of relative
harmonic rejection.

To find your "real" quantization, you have to decide
what the ratio of your clock frequency is to a quarter
cycle of your present fundamental. This determines the
number of allowable angles. These angles can then be
reentered into your calculator for the exact suppression

The calculation buttons just give you a quick and dirty
way to estimate what you can expect in any given
quantization range clock to fundamental quarter ratio..

Alternately and probably simpler, you can build the magic
sinewave in hardware and view the actual suppression
on a spectrum analyzer.

There is a sneaky trick you can use to further suppress
your zeros. Otherwise known as "shake the box".

Recalculate the magic sinewave over and over again
with each angle start and end shifted by -3, -2, -1, 0, 1,
2, or 3 clocks.
This typically can give you a further
reduction of two to ten decibels for most values.

November 5, 2015 deeplink respond

Insult for a really bad wine - "Pours well".

Surprisingly, I could not find any others on the web.
Please let me know your favorites.

November 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Watch out for the cliff! "What CLIFFFFFFFFF?"

There's obsession and then there's OBSESSION!

Another benefit of yesterday's Magic Sinewave
  was that some solutions of the equations
were in fact zeros to beyond FIFTY decimal places.

This strongly suggests that the calculator solutions
are in fact true zeros rather than minor dips in
the response.

Practically, while there was ( and sort of remains ) no
absolute proof, the result was not seriously in doubt.

After quantization, a Magic Sinewave zero will
rarely get lower than -70 decibels. Possibly
a little less with "shake the box" stunts or
higher clock frequencies. Thus a four or five
decimal point zero is all that's really needed.

Zero accuracy was a really big deal way back
when while using 32 bit math PostScript. The
first attempt was to somewhat stretch the PS
reporting accuracy
. When this was not good
enough, we went to JavaScript and its 64 bit

The present calculators easily and routinely
provide zeros out to eleven decimal points.
Amazingly, these also now provide "instant"

But are the zero solutions real?

November 3, 2015 deeplink respond

We have closure!

A fully independent and highly qualified third party has now used
some fourth party polynomial tools to completely validate our
Magic Sinewaves!

See the perfect matches here  and here.

The significance lies in the polynomial method, while glacial even on
a supercomputer, requires no "seed" or preconceived notion of what
a magic sinewave solution is supposed to look like. Yet perfectly
converges on identical solutions.

These results also strongly suggest that these magic sinewaes
are in fact switching efficiency optimal.

The three phase solutions might remain possibly suboptimal, but have
a big advantage of needing only one half the coefficient storage.

Next steps are the Raspberry Pi reference examples.

More here and the ultra fast ms calculator here.

November 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Always be prompt. 

No matter how long it takes.

November 1, 2015 deeplink respond

We are sometimes criticised for using the term "hanging canal".

A historic Utah precedence for largely identical hanging structure
references can be found here. And once you have seen our prehistoric
ones, there is not the slightest doubt that they are hung.

Sometimes only a few feet above the base terrain.. Other times many
And often leading to spectacular "water flows uphill" illusions.

We define a hanging canal as a portion that goes midway high along
the steep sided edge of a mesa.
Done to first make its slope largely
independent of terrain, and secondly to allow most construction to
take place across, raather than along the route.

Both of which energy efficiency considerations are essential with
stone age tools and a lack of beasts of burden.
Depending on the
terrain, a typical canal usually ends up a mix of hanging and flatland

October 31, 2015 deeplink respond

A somewhat less than stunning third party U-Tube video on our
hanging canals can be found here.

October30, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have 20 spectacular view acres that are
the only remaining developable property immediately
north of Gold Hill Oregon
in the Rogue River Country.

Full access easements have now been secured and there
is cable and power on the property which has some outstanding
development opportunties.

More info here.

October 29, 2015 deeplink respond

I was asked for my views on the latest free energy fiasco.
Which apparently consists of a film on the inside of a pop

The obvious answer is "Boy, a whole flock of 'em flew over
that time"
. But a more polite one would be to "Wait a year and
check back".

At that time, if the free energy was real, you would expect to
find several independent papers in Science, Nature, and in the
Proceedings of the IEEE.

The U-Tube demo seems to consist of a brief and high
impedance measurement of contact potential
. Instead,
rerun the measurements into a realistically low load
for a realistically long time to see how much power you
can actually measure for how long.

Possible resons for any voltage at all could be a battery-
like electrolytic coating or the contact potential ( thermocouple
) between dissimilar conductors.

Or, of course, an outright hoax.

Some third party responses here and here.

My faorite free energy fiasco remains the magic lamp,
which I commented on here.

As we have seen before, finding an unlimited source of free
energy would be the most unimaginably heneious crime against
. Making Hitler look like Mother Teresa.

Much more on bashing pseudoscience here and here.

And on the dark side, here.

October 28, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the tenants that made discovering Magic Sinewaves
possible was ( and remains ) the unproven Minimum Visual
Polltion Theorem.

Which tells us that any low harmonic binary sequence waveform
should also "look" both attractive and unjarring.

Figure nine of this older alternate paper though, shows a
waveform whose narrowest pulses are nearest the peak
portions of their waveform. It is not clear, then, whether there
are whole classes of useful Magic Sinewaves that blatantly
violate the Minimum Vsual Pollution theorem.

Nor how you would find at least one working example you
could use as a "seed" for our sneaky trig identity stunt.
Nor whether the amplitude range for such seeds would be

This particular pulse sequence does have a uselessly high
third harmonic, so it may not be relevant.

Present Magic Sinewae research is aimed at minimizing
the first two uncontrolled harmonics.

More here.

October 27, 2015 deeplink respond

The Hell's Angel hoax has apparently gone viral, and very few
so far seem to have the faintest clue. Already taken in has
been Google Search, a major midwest newspaper, and a large
handfull of blogs and bloggers!

What happened with this for real: With no malice or intent,
the Canadian Hell's Angels and leading Canadian politicians
just happened to check into the same hotel at the same time.

A minor and barely newsworthy item here legitimately reported
some minor security adjustments. Published were some Hell's
Angels images in full regalia.

A site noted for its bogus news entries changed this into a
stunning report that the Hell's Angels were petitioning the
government to drop its promise of leagilizing cannabis
because they would lose too many jobs and too much money.

Several major websites seem to have remarkably toned down
and adjusted their bogus reporting. At least one now with an
"oops" admission.

Always remember that "net" is an acronym for "not entirely

Much as I love hoaxes, I had nothing to do with this one. Mine
can be found here or on many April 1st blog entries. Along with
some random ones just to keep you on your toes.

My favorite remains the Tapioca Pudding scene in the cross genre
flick Godzilla versus the Night Nurses. Because of the restraining
order from the Tapioca Pudding Institute, the movie had to be
released directly to eight track.

October 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Here is one example of an apparently new and probably largely
useless class of Magic Sinewaves
. Which suggests that there are
great heaping bunches of other unexplored waveforms remaining.

This particular one zeros out only harmonics 5, 7, 11, and 13.

Properties include...

Amplitude of 0.7

pls = 15.391545952288
ple = 51.848888749493
p2s = 59 . 536691563741
p2e = 72.326388953187
p3s = 89.374314177479
p3e = 90.0

The third harmonic of the above waveform seems to be an outrageously
excessive 81.9 percent of the fundamental.

More on tested and proven three phase magsine solutions here.

It is not at all clear that solutions exist to crate any arbitrary collection of
zeroed harmonics.
Nor how the "seed" candidates for them could be
found for optimization using our sneaky trig identity trick. Nor what
their amplitude ranges would be.

Seminars and consulting services available here.

October 25, 2015 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are recently discovered long binary unipolar
or bipolar sequences that allow digital synthesis of power sinewaves
having ANY chosen arbitrary number of low harmonics zero in
in theory and extremely low in practice.

And thus should prove extremely useful for industrial motor
controls, solar panel inverters, uninterrupt1ble power supplies,
and electric automobiles.

Magic sinewaves are unique in that the fewest possible
switching events are required for the highest possible number
of zero harmonic results.

Both Single Phase and Three phase variations are available.

Our Magic Sinewave resource page can be found here and its
ultra fast calculator here. Third party analysis related work
can be found here with an older and largely obsolete paper here.

Seminars and consulting services available here.

October 24, 2015 deeplink respond

We saw here how Acrobat Distiller locks out most disk access
as a default and how the magic command line incantation of...

"C:\Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat 11.0/Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F /R run

 ... can easily run our Gonzo Utilities or most any PostScript program
needing disk access.

But it turns out there is yet another detail. In recent Windows, the
magic incantation MUST be run in ADMINISTRATIVE MODE!

Often you will do this automatically on boot up. More details
on administrative mode here and similar links.

October 23, 2015 deeplink respond

Amazingly, rectocranial inversion can be both acute and
chronic at the same time.

October 22, 2015 deeplink respond

We last looked at some remarkably promising improvements
in the WWVB time standard format here.

Sadly, nobody seems to care and these developments seem to
have been largely stillborn to date.
While a few chips have
been offered
, their crucial Raspberry Pi or Arduino reference
designs have yet to appear.

At one time, always super accurate and self resetting clocks
were a really big deal, and WWVB was largely their main source.
Sadly, industrial and terrestrial noise at 60 kHz made their reliable
reception exceptionally difficult prior to their recent upgrades.

But these days, any phone and any GPS receiver provides continuous
and nearly accurate time, as does most any personal computer. Even
plain old digital clocks now recover gracefully from power outages,
especially brief ones.

Which might have left us with too little too late.

Some early WWVB stuff of mine appears here and here and here.

October 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Sincerity is everything!

Once you have that faked, all else follows.

October 20, 2015 deeplink respond

This older paper shows some independent studies related to
my magic sineaves. It takes a polynomial approach compared
to our "sneaky trig identity convergence" technique.

Its figure nine shows a wildly non-intuitive waveform that
has separately been verified here.

Which suggests that many hundreds of new magic sinewave
waveforms may exist and remain totally unstudied.

Whether such waveforms have findable "seeds" for their
convergence and whether they have any use at all
remains to be explored.

Our current math would seem easily extended to reject
any chosen group of harmonics instead of strictly
sequential low ones of the present ultra fast calculator

Seminars and consulting services available here.

October 19, 2015 deeplink respond

Well done. Also medium rare. More here.

Apparently the real and somewhat less newsworthy
story appeared here.

The legendary similar source here. And my stuff here.

October 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Just spent a bunch or time and money on finding out exactly
why only one of our computers suddenly ceased all internet traffic,
yet clearly showed incoming and outgoing traffic counts
properly advancing.

Turns out the culprit was Norton Internet Secuitry. A
wayward routine apperently related to 5k:p3 apparently
started making bogus reads or writes to an illegal memory
location. Possibly related to an Application Blocking Config

This was enormously difficult to find, since the only clue was
a vague error message on system reboot.

But it did drive home how important finding where a problem is
NOT can be a powerful limiting technique for any serious problem.

More on degubbing here.

The cure was to flush Norton entirely.

October 17, 2015 deeplink respond

I predict the price of marijuana is about to suddenly, precipitously,
ignominiously, and catastrophically collapse.
Yet nobody seems to
be paying any attention.

Any reasonable commodity price is based on supply and demand.
Instead, US marijuana pricing is clearly based instead solely on
fear versus reward.
The classic approach-avoidance conflict.

Because of the law of the unintended consequence, virtually
every penny of federal or state anti-marijuana expense can
clearly be viewed instead as a farm subsidy or price support.

Price supports outrageously higher than on ANY other
agricultural commodity. As these supports are very likely
to soon vanish, mj pricing can be reasonably expected to
revert to a supply and demand pricing model.

It is interesting to compare mj to cotton. Since the ginning
is simpler but the growing is pretty much the same, a reasonable
post subsidy mj pricing would appear to likely be around
fifty nine cents per pound.

Thus, the state tax income projections could easily be a tad off.
But perhaps only by three or four orders of magnitude.

As with cotton, much of the processing could be fairly similar,
with the standard commodity item being the five hundred pound
bale. Partial bales, of course, should clearly be considered
personal use only.

The definitive video on all this appears here.
And, curiously, its rather obscure origin here.

October 16, 2015 deeplink respond

We have been getting spikes in our website of thousands
and even tens of thousands of bogus hits each day. Which may
suggest a new web crisis we might call "admin munching".

Wherein a great heaping bunch of web traffic is likely totally
unneeded. And whose intent is nowhere near the traffic load
or ISP maint time hassles and expense it  clearly causes.

Ferinstance, apparently any time anybody tries to acces our
website on a tablet, they first demand an apple-touch-icon.png.
Even after providing this request, they still continue to demand icon
variations in alternate forms.
Greatly adding to unnecessary web trafic.

An even worse offender is Wordpress. We have nothing whatsoever
to do with them, but they keep demanding thousands of bogus 404
responses daily. To files that flat out ain't us.

Worse yet, at least one wp user keeps lengthening their url and
retrying on every 404. Leading to mind boggling and unending traffic

Present strategy is to monitor log traffic several times a day and then
block any spiking offender.

Meanwhile, both Apple and Wordpress should be staked to the
nearest anthill. There surely is a better solution than repeated
404 high traffic web attacks.

October 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Many thanks to all of you who attended my Gila Watershed
talk yesterday. As typical, the "what good is archaeology?"
question came up.

My two co speakers came up with the usual "whoever ignores history
is destined to repeat it"
and "all of science is based on standing on
the shoulders of giants."

I guess my answer is differnt. It does not matter in the least what good
archaeology is.
For all of science and much of engineering, "IT" is
what we do.

Because "IT" is there and resolving "IT" is obsesivaly our mission.
End of story.

October 14, 2015 deeplink respond

Amazingly, Heathkit is once again attempting to reincarnate.

But I cannot tell if this is real or an elaborate hoax. Their
product obviously is overpriced by a factor of at least ten,
Obviouly has mesmerizingly awful selectivity, obviously
lacks a calibrated dial, and obviously comes with a defective
front panel.

Meanwhile, the previous copyright debacle seems to be easing,
leaving these active schematic and manual free web resources...

October 13, 2015 deeplink respond

The KML language in Google Earth would seem to have the  
ability to completely blow awway GIS mapping. Among its
many possibilities is the ability to "fly" your custom map.

When I looked at this a while back, I could not find a way
to do splines in KML. Splines would be particularly useful
on our hanging canals to eliminate the need for hundreds
or thousands of points per single wandering canal path.

Apparently kml splines are now routine per these details.
More on this when I get a chance to look further.

It also s still not obvious to me how to do slanty lettering
in KML.

Additional KML support here.

October 12, 2015 deeplink respond

The Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly.

October 11, 2015 deeplink respond

It is usually very easy to tell the difference between a
genuine prehistoric canal and its later rework. But
absolutely "proving" that a historic rework in fact has
a prehistoric precedence is another matter entirely.

Energy efficiency was absolutely crucial in any prehistoric
owing to the lack of metal tools, significant
instruments, and beasts of burden. Each teaspoon of
dirt and each rock had to be painstakingly moved by

Canals were strictly only the size and ( especially ) the
depth needed to get the job done. When and where
appropriate, "hanging" portions were used to make the
slope independent of the terrain. And to allow primary
construction across, rather than along, the canal route

Modern or historic rework had no similar restrictions, with
mule scrapers, gradealls, and even bulldozers readily
available. Thus, there was a total and wanton disregard
for energy efficiency during conruction

Yet a modern rebuild occasionally would include a low
energy and low profile short segment. The most credible
explanation for this is that the entire modern canal was in
fact a rebuild of a prehistoric original.

                 ( three links below still in process )

Such low profile segments appear in the Webster Ditch
and the Cluff NW canals. While this does not in and of itself
constitute "proof" of a prehistoric origin, it very stongly
suggests so.

Sadly, no srong rebuild evidence exists for the Smith
. But indirect evidence includes it being such an
obvious location for a prehistoric origin that its absence
would be highly conspicuous
. In addition, there is a large
habitatin site and numerous potsherds in the immediate
area and the Smith tanks would appear to have been highly
reasonable areas for prehistoric fields.

In addition, several canals seem to have prehistoric
extensions well beyond their historic rebuilt uses. This
typically happens then the historic rebuild terminates
in a cattle tank. Hawk Hollow is one example.

No convincing evidence has been found to date of any
historic bajada canal having been an origina

My premise remains that virtully all of the historic use
bajada cana;s were "steal the plans" or "borrow the
blueprints' from underlying prehistoric originals.
If for
no other rason that it is much easier to "dig out an old
ditch" than it is to fully design and develop a successfully
working canal from scratch in a difficult terrain.

Much more here.

October 10, 2015 deeplink respond

I guess the "opposite" of a color organ would be one of
these image to sound converters from Photosounder.

Classic reprints of most of my color organ construction
projects are now up here and include...

Solid State 3 Channel Color Organ
Simplified Solid State Color Organ
Multipurpose Electronic Control
Low Co$t Hi-Fi Color Organ

Build New High-Power Colorgan
Musette Color Organ
Hi Fi a Go Go
Psychedelia I Color Organ

Problems with even the best of these included vary strong
RFI, limited dynamic range, and displays that lacked color
saturation, were hot, expensive, and in the end, boring.

Today, a monitor or LCD TV or a projector would be
an infinitely better display choice. And it would sure end
up interesting to apply advanced DSP techniques to
isolate each instrument as a separate actor.

October 9, 2015 deeplink respond

There will be a professional tour of our local hanging canals
involving some name brand archaeologists and hydrologists
next Tuesday and Wednesday October 13th and 14th.

A very limited number of additional guests can be accommodated
on these free tours, particularly if you can provide a SUV and a driver.

Please contact or call 928-428-4073 if you want
to participate .

October 8, 2015 deeplink respond

We are sharply scaling back on our slower selling or more
bulky or otherwise problematic eBay offerings and our
Alvin Pile is now sorely overflowing.

You are welcome to pick up any of this stuff absolutely
free, subject only to "take any, take all". Naturally,
shipping is unavailable.

October 7, 2015 deeplink respond

I will be lecturing on our Prehistoric Hanging Canals at
the Gila Watershed Alliance meeting on Wednesday October
14th at 7 to 9 PM in the GSA Services building at 931 Thatcher
Blvd (aka US 70) in Safford.

Anyone with an interest in hydrology, environment, or
archaeology is welcome to attend this free talk.

October 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Here is yet another variation on our latest hanging canal papers.

October 5, 2015 deeplink respond

Your ISP may make a file available to you called .htaccess.

To prevent malware, only a few filename extensions are permitted
by exactly spelling them out. You also have a choice of how these
files will be processed for downloading.

Ferinstance, "they" would not download my ".psl" files, short for
"PostScript Lancaster" and pretty much plain old textfiles. Until
this line was added...

 AddType text/plain .psl

How an extension is dealt with is determined by ....

AddType text/html
AddType text/plain
AddType text/x-server-parsed-html

Among its other features, .htaccess can also block any
. Perhaps because they are attempting to overlaod
your site. Or consistently asking for stuff that is not there.
Or just because you are mad at them...

# Begin IP blocking #
Order Allow,Deny
Deny from
Deny from
Deny from
Deny from
Deny from
Deny from
Allow from all
# End IP blocking

Names above have been randomized to protect the guilty.

October 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Excerpts fom our latest hanging canal paper can be newly
found in this Southwest Archaeology blog.

October 3, 2015 deeplink respond

Preliminary Field Notes for the Veech Canal are newly  
available here.
And its sourcecode here.

This long sought after canal seems to define the
easternmost limits of our present hanging canal study
. It has not yet been field verified but the Acme
and the Google Earth evidence is quite

Previous field notes are...

Lefthand Canyon West
Minor Webster Ditch
Freeman Canal
Sand Canal
Tugood Canal

Six down, fifty nine to go. Org.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

October 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Some significant but incremental developments in pv solar enrgy
can be found here. And talked about here.

Best pv panel pricing today seems stuck around 60 cents per peak watt.
Sustainability and renewability will not happen till several years after
this pricing reaches a quarter per peak watt.

More on pv fundamentals and energy fundamentals here.

October 1, 2015 deeplink respond

Org. Got yet another email from someone about to
revolutionize electrolysis and would I please recommend
a highly qualified yet low cost electrochemist within six 
blocks of Holt County, Nebraska.

One more time: There is a profound and fundamental
first principle of thermodynamics called "exergy" that
absolutely and positively GUARANTEES that electrolysis
from high value sources such as grid, pv, wind, or alternator
flat out ain't gonna happen.

The process would be exactly the same as 1:1 exchanging US
dollars for Mexican Pesos. There ALWAYS will be more
intelligent things to do with the electricity than immediately
and irrevocably destroying most of its value.

Just for kicks, try finding an electrolysizer manufacturer
sometime. Even if you find one, they certainly will not tell
you how much their products cost, and absolutely will not
sell one to an individual because of safety and liability
issues. The reason being that exergy limits such devices
to highly unique, specialized, and obscure industrial uses.

Virtually all bulk hydrogen gas is produced from hydrocarbons.
The amount produced by electrolysis is utterly negligible and
limited to exceptionally specific needs where system efficiency
and costs are not major design factors. 

Exergy is a measure of the present quality and value of an
energy source.
 You measure exergy by converting that 
source to another form, converting it back, and seeing how
much you have left. Resistance room heat is a classic 
example of horribly wasted exergy. 

Electricity is about the highest exergy stuff available. Unstored
hydrogen gas has exceptionally low exergy. Electrolysis is the
process of converting many high value kilowatt hours of energy
into fewer very low value kilowatt hours of energy. 

And, thus, is normally and monumentally stupid. 

As such, electrolysis clearly will forever remain totally incompatible
with efficient and sensible alternate energy solutions. 

And that is before abysmal system efficiencies, amortization, or
stupidities ( such as stainless steel electrodes with its hydrogen
overvoltage of iron ). "Real" electrolysizers demand platinized
 electrodes that are regularly renewed.

Does exergy mean that solar to hydrogen via Faraday's Law 
is never gonna happen? Not al all. But it does GUARANTEE 
that conventional high value electricity will definitely NOT be 
a mid process energy state.

Once again, our bottom line summary:

    If you do not understand exergy, you SHOULD NOT be 
    pissing around with electrolysis.

    If you do understand exergy, you WILL NOT be
    pissing around with electrolysis.

Either way, the outcome is not the least in doubt. More can be
found herehere, and here.

September 30, 2015 deeplink respond

I'll be doing a free lecture on our Prehistoric Hanging Canals
this Saturday October 3rd at 6 PM in the Discovery Park
Jupiter Room.

Discovery Park is near the corner of Discovery Park Blvd and
20th Avenue in Safford Arizona. To reach the Jupiter room,
just follow the main pathway all the way South.

There tentatively will be a free tour of the Sand Canal on Sunday
morning. It will involve about half a mile of very easy hiking
with desert compatible footware and reasonable clearance
dirt road friendly vehicles. Lunch at Juanitas might also be
a possibility.

Here is what some of the pr sort of was supposed to look like...


"Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals subject of Saturday's free
Discovery Park lecture"

The ongoing Discovery Park lecture series welcomes back local
researcher and author Don Lancaster this Saturday October 3rd
at 6 PM in the Jupiter room on the Discovery Park campus.

Don will be speaking on the latest discoveries involving a
spectacular series of previously unknown and newly world class
"hanging" canals that literally exploited every drop of Northeastern
Mount Graham stream water in the 1250 CE to 1450 CE time frame.

Astonishingly, there are over 65 known canals whose currently
explored length exceeds 70 miles. Their engineering and hydrology
is clearly and unquestionably beyond brilliant. Many of the canals
remain well preserved and a few actually flow to this day.

The talk can be previewed through links at

Tours can be arranged. Additional researchers are more than
welcome. The only skills needed as a researcher are an
enthusiasm for hiking, a genuine avocational interest in
prehistory, and knowing how to take notes and use a camera
and a GPS receiver. Drone, video, and ATV operators are
particularly needed.

Discovery Park is located near the junction of Discovery Park
Boulevard and 20th Avenue in Safford, Arizona. To reach the
Jupiter Room, just follow the main walkway south.

For additional info, please contact Paul Anger or Jackie Madsen
at (928) 428-6260. Don's website is .

September 29, 2015 deeplink respond

Preliminary Field Notes for the Lefthand West Canal are newly  
available here.
And its sourcecode here.

Previous field notes are...

Minor Webster Ditch
Freeman Canal
Sand Canal
Tugood Canal

Five down, sixty to go. Org.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

September 28,, 2015 deeplink respond

A KIM-1 emulator can be found here and a COSMAC
emulator  here. And an ET3400 emulator here. With
related details here.

And an 8085 phone emulator here. And 8086 here.

And some excellent 6502 references here.

September 27, 2015 deeplink respond

There seem to be major problems with the Panda exhibit
at the Chicago Aquaraium. They appear to be mostly
related to the masks and regulators.

September 26, 2015 deeplink respond

A summary of the Acme Corporation versus Wiley Coyote
lawsuit can be found here.

September 25, 2015 deeplink respond

This site and others tell us that there is a US marijuana arrest
every 45 seconds and each arrest costs around $2000 to

There is an obvious way these costs can be reduced by
75 percent. Simply give each suspect $500 cash instead
of further processing them.
This, of course, makes much
more sense than present policies.

The definitive video on all this appears here.
And, curiously, its rather obscure origin here.

September 24, 2015 deeplink respond

Preliminary Field Notes for the Minor Webster Ditch are newly  
available here.
And its sourcecode here.

Previous field notes are...

Freeman Canal
Sand Canal
Tugood Canal

Four down, sixty one to go. Org.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

September 23, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that Apple Assembly Line reprints can still be
found here.

September 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Am I the only one to still notice that, despite stunning
developments in CGI and incredible advances in computer
animation, that movie stagecoach wheels still turn backwards?

September 21, 2015 deeplink respond

We looked at a popular Acrobat Javascript navigation button
generator here, with one of its many use examples here.

Sometimes your document content may want the buttons  
moved slightly to prevent collisions, as per here.

The adjustment is easily made. Just go to the part of the code
that says...

var aRect = this.getPageBox( { nPage: nPageNum} );

aRect[0] += x * inch;
aRect[1] -= y * inch;

And modify it like so...

var aRect = this.getPageBox( { nPage: nPageNum} );

aRect[1] += 0.40 * inch ;
aRect[0] -= 0.10 * inch ;

aRect[0] += x * inch;
aRect[1] -= y * inch;

aRect[0] is the vertical position. We have moved it up here
by a tenth of an inch. aRect[1] is the horizontal position. We
have moved it right here by four tenths of an inch.

To add the buttons to any .PDF file, get in Acrobat XI Pro
and do a Control-J. Overwrite all the console code by pasting
in your new button code. Select all of the button code and click
on the Enter key that is in the lower right part of your numeric

Note that the regular Entry key does not work.

September 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Made some revisions to canaleng1.pdf and to its
canaleng1.psl sourcecode.

We expect this to be published shortly. More on our
hanging canals here.

September 19, 2015 deeplink respond

No survey instruments are known to survive from the design
and construction of our prehistoric bajada hanging canals.

One possible explanation being that they never existed in the 
first place. Or were much simpler or less obvious than expected.

Given the exceptional water management expertise, the canals
may in fact have been larrgely self modifying and self regulating.

Here are some more or less credible possibilities...

WATER LEVELS - Pilot extensions of a canal
under constructions could have been built and
filled with static water, noting the start water 
depth compared against the barely overflowing
end of the current project extension. Such 
water levels remain a popular product to this day. 

A section of the Sand Canal seems "too small"
to be useful between N 32.83186 W 109.92448 and
N 32.83515 W 109.92272.  And inco
nsistent in size 
with its earlier portions. Possibly being an incomplete
pilot might be one possible explanation .

TWO STICKS - One of two sticks of identical length
could be placed in the bottom of the present end of
a canal being extended. A second could be placed
a hundred feet or so upstream. Sighting between the 
two would give a credible slope exxtension.

THE POSTHOLE THEORY - A posthole of half its
ultimate depth could be dug a hundred feet or so 
beyond a canal being extended. Three identical
sticks could then be used to verify slope alignment.
The posthole could then be deepened as needed
to become a survey construction marker. 

A much larger and completely unresolved question is how the routes
( up to six or more miles! ) were picked in the first place.
 Finding a 
credible constant slope route between point A and point B in a Basin
and Range
 province bajada is clearly no trivial matter.

Of all the known canals, only the Mud Springs canal has points where
it can more or less be viewed in its entirity. Which suggests that this
may have been an original or at least a very early construct.

Part of the solution may lie in critical locations or pinch points that 
any canal had to go through. These locations would then subdivide
the total canal length into somewhat more manageable segments.

The most stunning example here is the Mud Springs watershed 
crossing that could only possibly take place at N 32.79166
W 109.85388

Other examples include "knife edge" mesas where the route
clearly must be placed. Exaamples include N 32.75828 W 109.82097
on the main Frye Mesa Canal, N 32.76080 W 109.78125 on the main 
Deadman Canal and possibly N 32.75513 W 109.78034 on the still
unexplored East Deadman canal. Or possibly N 32.83567 W 109.79793 at
the beginning of the Culebra Cut. 

Your thoughts welcome.

September 18, 2015 deeplink respond
I do have a sledgehammer cure for some glyphs buried in
my Gonzo Utilities. And that is to use our |o overstrike.

This is particularly useful for adding umlauts for words
such as "canyon" or "Pinalino"
. Or adding a complement
bar ab\ove a logic callout. And it works with most any font,
regardless of whther it has unicode glyphs available or even
of they are coded in unexpected places.

What the |o overstrike does is whap a second character on
top of the last one you used, with only the advance of the
first character. The overstrike character does not even have
to be the same font,
and it can be arbitrarily above or below
the previous font baseline.

You do need predefinitions of /overstrikechar and /overstrikeht
To wander down the canyon, just use...

xpos ypos ( . . . can|oyon . . . ) cl

In this case, the overstrikechar would be "~" and raised four points
or so above a normal unscaled font baseline.

September 17, 2015 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of the ITC Stone font. Owing to its great
vibes and its ability to still look good in reduced resolution
displays. Per this example and bunches more.

The only little problem is thaat the version I have is so old
that many of the unicode glyph characters are either missing
or in the wrong place. This creates all sorts of problems when
the stories are republished elsewhere.

For some reason, my opening quote glyph is missing or hidden,
While I intiially did a workaround by substituting a backwards font,
I realized  that this would cause major problems for future editors.

The simplest workaround, of course, is to just use plain old quotes
. Another would be to change the fonts of the opening and
closing quotes so they seem to work as Unicode glyphs and still
appear to be Stone compatible.

September 16, 2015 deeplink respond

Some commens on fonts in general...

Most fonts these days consist of a mix of letters, numbers, and glyphs.
And most fonts are now Unicode coded in an attempt to standardize
the glyph locations.

Glyphs are noted in PostScript and elsewhere by their octal notation.
Some of the more popular and originally standard ones are ...

\274 ellipsis
\267 bullet
\320 emdash
\261 endash

Other ways to access glyphs are with the "Glyphs" panel in illustrator or the
"Open Type" panel in Photoshop.
Or the "Insert Special Character" in Indesign.
Or the "More Symbols" panel in Microsoft word.

The original Adobe STD font encoding can be found here.

When using glyphs, it is super important to make sure your font has the
glyph available and that it is in the same address as any fonts a futher
editor may use.

One example of finding glyphs for a particular font can be found here.

The main fonts available on a PC can usually be found by going to
the control panel and selecting "Fonts". Clicking on any available
font should give you a sample printout of the main characters.

But it will not give you a list of fonts in your own or Adobe directories
and it will not show you any glyphs or their locations.

The available fonts for use in Acrobat Distiller can be found by
going to "Settings" and then "Font Locations" Should you have
any special favorite fonts in your own directories, you must add
their directories to this list. Or disiller will not recognize them.

Should you be editing a .PDF document, a sneaky trick can generate
a list of your available fonts. Simply start a watermark entry, then
Add Watrmark, then click on text . Scrolling down on Font Name should
give you a list of all available fonts to you.

These will typically be a mix of Acobe and Windows fonts. Any fonts in
a custom folder of yours likely will not be listed.
Any font can be sampled
by typing it in a large size. Be sure, of course, to not save your document
when you are done exploring your available fonts.

September 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Many years ago, I was attending a folk concert. The opening act
was a single and an unknown flute player, performing in front of the
closed stage curtains. His job was to warm up the audience for the
high priced help that was soon to follow.

He was good. Very good.

But as he went along, the music started getting strange and finally
downright weird. He was playing chords on his flute, along with notes
with unbelievably strong tonal structures. Eventually, the music turned
into bunches of impossible sounding and god-awful squawks.

Almost all of the audience got bored and restless as the music
seemed to deteriorate. Just then, I happened to notice a friend beside
me who had played in and had taught concert band. He was literally
on the edge of his chair with his mouth open.

He briefly turned to me and said very slowly, ''You can't do that with
a flute. It is not possible."

Of the thousands of people in the audience, at the most only five
realized they were now witnessing a once-in-a-lifetlme performance
involving the absolute mastery of a very difficult musical instrument. To
nearly everyone else, It sounded like a bunch of god-awful squawks.

Always play for those five.

September 14, 2015 deeplink respond

If there is one thing I can't stand, it is intolerance.

I find those innane surveys needed to access some web
stories to be maddeningly infuriating. An obvious defense
is to make their results utterly useless by ALWAYS
lying like a rug and ALWAYS generating the most
wildly improbable responses.

Ferinstance, when asked for your favorite brand of
Smoke Detector, you reply "Pepsi".

When asked what products you associate with the
Acme Veeblefeltzer company, you reply "ketchup".

And otherwise generate the most mesmerizingly awful
responses that you can possibly dream up.

September 13, 2015 deeplink respond

Added a Kilobaud TVT Hardware_pt1 story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Kilobaud TVT Hardware_pt2 story to our Classic Reprints  
Added a Kilobaud H8_Cheap_Video story to our Classic Reprints  
Added a Kilobaud Ap_Inverted_Dec_Code
story to our Classic Reprints.

Added a "Director's Cut" fully restored New_Winning story to our
Classic Reprints. Based on Thiis Original.

September 12, 2015 deeplink respond

Just uploaded a "Director's Cut" full restoration of Winning the
Micro Game
. You'll find the story here and the sourcecode here.

And the JS nav button code here.

This was a rathr major paper in Kilobaud, along with the basis of
several talks. After you factor out the quaintocities, very little
of it changed, and I only made some very minor additions.

Much of the story would seem to still apply to the laatest of
Raspberry Pi or Beagle Bone developments.

Use of my Gonzo Utilities kept the file sizes under 7K per page.
Including all built in fonts. Until dramatically increased by the
new Acrobat JavaScript Nav blocks.

Note the super secret hyphenation algorithm!

More on classic reprints here.

September 11, 2015 deeplink respond

Here and here are detailed examples of our /jpegimageprocwithlink
automated image placer that places in-pdf and remote clickable url JPG
images programatically inside our Gonzo Utilities for use with Acrobat

The code works directly in GhostScript and will work in Acrobat when
it is properly /F activated.

Helped along by /setareaurl auto click sizer and /inurllink.

The code can be activated by ...


It is extremely important to get /hpixels precisely correct. Otherwise, the image
will smear badly. A local pc available image copy and a web available image copy
are required. These can be identical resolution, or the local can be reduced.

September 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Preliminary Field Notes for the Tugood Canal are newly  
available here.
And its sourcecode here.

Note that you can click thru to larger and higher resolution
images. And that there are JavaScript page-to-page nav
buttons. Thanks to /F, all figures are now auto inserted
using the Gonzo utilities routed to Distiller. Only the JS
nav needs done after distillation.

This is intended to be the third of many ( possibly 65 sets )
of updated and revised field notes.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

September 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Here and here are detailed examples of our /surl and /eurl
automated url placer that fully tracks any changes in underlying
text size and position. With the actual heavy lifting done by /makeurl.

All done programatically and before distilling!

The code works directly in GhostScript and will work in Acrobat when
it is properly /F activated.

A list of related url's can be created with..

/url1 (
/url2 (
/url3 (
>> {mark exch /eurl cvx ] cvx def} forall

I did just discover a minor gotcha that I should have noticed a very
long time ago: The url generator only works inside callout left or cl
and does not work on callout center or cc. The workaround is to
use a shifted cl any time you really need a cc with a url in it.

September 8, 2015 deeplink respond

After many months of price increases, pv panel pricing finally showed
a slight decline for the month. But still is up six percent for the yaar.

At present, the peak panel watt pricing is around double that needed
to eventually become a renewable and sustainable net energy resource.

The magic figure is twenty five cents per peak panel watt and is derived
here. Note that subsidies are a 7X liabality, rather than a 1X asset when
their fully burdened true energy costs are honestly considered.

One minor gotcha: These charts are in euros. Dollars would presently be
around 13 percnt higher. A useful converter here.

Some additional energy stuff here.

September 7, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the routines in our Gonzo Utilities thaat we have not
looked at for quite a while is roundbox.
Which draws a box with
rounded edges that's useful for all sorts of stuff.

You call it like this...


and, when finished using it, you return with...


Outlining and coloring might go something like...

gsave 0.7 0.90 0.98 setrgbcolor fill grestore
line3 0 0.75 0.84 setrgbcolor stroke

And adding text goes like...

         xpos ypos (message) cc

Making radius much larger than normal produces all sorts of
interesting "inverse" effects.

A detailed example can be found here with results here .
With many similiar stunts here.

September 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Added a Kilobaud Clocked Logic I story to our Classic Reprints.  
Added a Kilobaud Clocked Logic II story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Kilobaud Clocked Logic III story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Kilobaud TVT for KIM story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Kilobaud Lower_Case_Apple_pt1 story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Kilobaud Lower_Case_Apple_pt2 story to our Classic Reprints.

September 5, 2015 deeplink respond

Added a Byte TV Color Graphics story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Byte ROM_Technology story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Byte Volatile_Memories story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Byte Television_Interface story to our Classic Reprints.
Added a Byte Build a PC memory card story to our Classic Reprints.

September 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Preliminary Field Notes for the Freeman Canal are newly  
available here.
And its sourcecode here.

Note that you can click thru to larger and higher resolution
images. And that there are JavaScript page-to-page nav
buttons. Thanks to /F, all figures are now auto inserted
using the Gonzo utilities routed to Distiller. Only the JS
nav needs done after distillation.

This is intended to be the second of many ( possibly 65 sets )
of updated and revised field notes.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

September 3, 2015 deeplink respond

What appears to be a potentially major cost reduction in
Lithium batteries can be found here. And its discussion

Much more on energy topics here.

September 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Field Notes for the Sand Canal are newly available here.
And its sourcecode here.

Note that you can click thru to larger and higher resolution
images. And that there are JavaScript page-to-page nav
buttons. Thanks to -F, all figures are now auto inserted
using the Gonzo utilities routed to Distiller. Only the JS
nav needs done after distillation.

This is intended to be the first of many ( possibly 65 sets )
of updated and revised field notes.

Much more on our prehistoric hanging canals here.

September 1, 2015 deeplink respond

The original phone phreaking paper can be found here.

You will also need a whistle out of a box of Captain Crunch

This was not BSTJ's finest moment.

August 31, 2015 deeplink respond

Several of you have asked about Bruno. Bruno is the attitude
relaterization facillitator for a major eBay newsgroup
. Since
he is very big on multitasking, he also combines this with his
role of being a product durability tester for a major New Jersey
baseball bat manufacturer.

Bruno also does trucking for Norfolk & Waay. Norfolk and
, of course, is the only reputable dropshipper for eBay 
buyers. This week only, they are offering free sample pallets
(limit five) with free shipping. From their choice of Neiman
Marcus, Land's End, Eddie Bauer, or Bruno's Trucking.

The Bruno pallets may occasionally include an odd body part or
. Naturally, this is normal and expected.

More details here.

August 30, 2015 deeplink respond

Some or our recent prehistoric bajada hanging canal developments
would be...

Strong new evidence that many if not all historic bajada canals do in
fact have prehistoric origins
. Especially the Minor Webster Ditch
and the Cluff NW Canal complex. Based on remnant low energy

The shorter new Sand Canal that features a sampler of most hanging
canal features combined with easy foot and vehicle access.

An enigmatic new Golf Course Canal with a significant hanging portion
and a possible destination for the spectacular counterflowing HS Canal.

A new possible nursery site apparently Freeman Canal canal fed.

Discovery of a near pristine Tugood Canal, possibly many miles in length.

Discovery of the potential route of the long sought Veech Canal.

August 29, 2015 deeplink respond

There are apparently two flavors of Walmart auctions. They
run their own merchandise auctions here. Typical pallet
lot prices are in the $800 to $2000 range. Locaations vary
all over the US, and you have to arrange your own shipping.

On the other hand, sixteen pallets of $58,000 worth of broken
tv sets currently have a single bidder of one dollar. Three
hours to close.

While store closing fixture auctions vary with the location,
with examples here and here. Easiest and most current
access is to Google "Walmart store closing auctions"

Much more auction stuff here.

August 28, 2015 deeplink respond

Golly Gee Mister Science.

Here's the top few "gee whiz" features of our prehistoric
bajada hanging canals

1. The sheer scope and magnitude of a world class total
exploitation of every recoverable drop of northeastern
Mt. Graham water through 65 exceptionally engineered
canals of 70+ total miles.

2. The high Marijilda hanging canal portion that is hung
200 feet above its adjacent drainage.

3. Many other hanging canal portions of variable offset,
clearly done to make slope independent of terrain and
clearly done to optomize construction across, rather than
along the canal route. But only present where needed.

4. The spectacular counterflowing HS canal returning Frye
Mesa water to Frye Creek. Perhaps an eighth mile long,
seven feet wide, and dropping a highly controlled 200 feet.

5. The Culebra Cut below Allen Dam 20 feet wide by seven feet
deep and extending for 300 feet. No signs whatsoever of
historic rework.

6. The Marijilda aqueduct, perhaps 300 feet long by 4 feet high.

7. The optimal watershed crossing of the Mud Springs Canal
from the Ash Creek Drainage to the Mud Springs Drainage.

8. The still unproven watershed crossing between Frye Creek
and Spring Canyon, required as the most reasonable explanation
for many canals to be suitably sourced. A third possible
watershed crossing might also be in Nuttall canyon.

9. The nearly pristine and still largely unexplored Tugood Canal,
potentially several miles long.

10. Examples of counterflow structures that work against the
prevailling terrain. Especially for wash crossings and the
spectacular HS Canal.

11. Rather strong proof that many if not all historic bajada canals
were in fact adapted from prehistoric originals. Based on
remnant low energy profiles.

August 27, 2015 deeplink respond

ISP mail servers and Thunderbird may not work the way
you might expect them to. I recntly ended up with  huge
amounts of ISP memory use for no obvious reason.

If you have several people and several email addresses
where any one of them may respond, it pays to leave
all email messages on the host until you purposely
remove them. But it also definitely pays to click an
erase after 100 daya or whatever box to prevent
unwanted accumulation.

Apparently changing an <remove after> box is NOT

The kicker is this: If you <save as> an .eml to another folder
on your pc, the ISP knows this and still keeps the email
in its server!
Recording it as a subfolder.


Which leaves you with lots of space and no obvious record of
why it is still in use! This is particularly a problem with large

The workaround is to save your < save as > folder off site
to a website or removable thumb drive or whatever.
Then delete the original < save as > folder. Apparently
the ISP is swift enough to delete its subfolder record if you
do this.

You do have to activate your email reader for the disconnect
to get back to the host. It may take a day or two to settle
the dust. You do also have to empty your recycle bin.

You should be able to return the folder copy, preferably with
a slightly modified name.

To find any .eml files you may have forgotten about, do a
windows-x and search files for ".eml".

BTW: If you view an .eml file in a text editor, you will see the
raw code with images encrypted. If you view the same .eml
file in Thunderbird or another email processor, you will
see only the message and any uncompressed images or
other attachments.

August 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's a partial list of our available Bajada Hanging Canal
photos. Those with an "x" in the filedname are reduced
resolution ( typically 500 pixels wide ) suitable for use in
PDF documents...















August 25, 2015 deeplink respond

eBook copies of my Enhancing Your Apple II & IIe can be
found here.

And many of my other eBooks here.

August 24, 2015 deeplink respond

It seems to me that the HUNDRED MILLION daily and
ever changing links on this fascinating site are all utterly and
completely missing several key points.

First, virtually all federal govrnment involvement to date
can be viewed as simple price supports and farm subsidies
of this popular and major commodity. Subsidies far and
away higher than on any other agricultural product.

Should these outrageous price supports and farm subsidies
be completely eliminated ( as they certainly will ), the price
could be expected to drop somewhat, perhaps to fifty nine
cents a pound.

This would be comparable to and slightly less than cotton,
because the ginning is simpler.
Similar to cotton, the standard
increment would be the five hundred pound bale. Partial
bales should, of course, be considered personal use.

Secondly, it is reasonable to assume that the potential new tax
income on this commonody might be slightly overestimated.
But perhaps only by three or four orders of magnitude.

Thirdly, while there are many proven medical benefits, nobody
seems to be mentioning the most significant and most proven
and most well known one - dealing with motion sickness.

Fourth, any presidental candidate not overwhelmingly and
conspicusouly supportive is guaranteed unelectible.  

The definitive video on all this, of course, appears here.
And, curiously, its rather obscure origin here.

August 23, 2015 deeplink respond

The traditional US Post Office "dead letter" auctions have
changed quite a bit recently. They are all only in Atlanta,
are online only, and typically have a $2000 opening bid.

I would think inspection is manditory, so any opportunities
would only seem to be in the Atlanta area.

More on auction resources here, Arizona specific links
here, and your own custom regional auction finder here.

August 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Google Maps has a new Google Solar Project Sunroof feature that can
evaluate your home for solar energy suitability. It is swift enough to
calculate the size of your roof and nearby trees.

Some discussion here.

Only some areas are presently covered, and they treat subsidies as
a 1X asset rather than the true cost 6X or 7X liability that they really
For you have to consider the true time and energy costs needed
to make the subsidy funds available in the first place.

As this site shows us, pv still costs double than the twenty five
cents per peak panel watt that will eventually be needed for true
net renewability and sustainability.
And the recent pricing trends
have been upward, rather than their traditional long term dramatic
cost reductions

More on energy here and pv here.

August 21, 2015 deeplink respond

I've moved an archive of historic emails involved in our Bajada
Hanging Canal
reseaarch to our website. It can be made
available to you on request.

But there are two gotchas. Since it is an uncompressed folder
of .eml files whose size may change, it can be delivered by FTP
And you have convince us of a reasonable need to know.

August 20, 2015 deeplink respond

A reprint of the Glyphs Prehistoric Hanging Canal paper can
be found here.

August 19, 2015 deeplink respond

eBook copies of the long lost Apple II "red book" can
be found here.

eBook copies of several of my earlier books can be
found here. And other classic reprints here.

August 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Here is yet another of our Prehistoric Hanging Canal cloud

Starting the short and enigmatic canal segment found at
N 32.80011 W 109.7507, trace its origin and destination,
possibly as far back as the HS Canal at N 32.75874 W 109.81404

Yeah, that would be quite a stretch. But the canal, if real,
had to come from somewhere. And the HS Canal is
super spectacular, so it had to have a still unknown

Other cloud projects linked here.

August 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to find yet another prehistoric hanging canal.
As usual, it raises many more issues than it resolves.

The tentative name is the Freeman Canal.

What we have is a hundred foot square very rocky area
in an otherwise flat and sandy desert at N 32.80011 W 109.75075.
There is not the slightest hint of anything on Acme Mapper .

The rocks have obviously been rearranged into alignments of
some sort. Prehistorousity would not seem to be in reasonable doubt,
and there seems to be no obvious CCC handiwork.

There is a small apparent field perhaps 20 feet square. There are a
few small check dams without aprons.

The site seems to be directly fed by a vague and erratic mid sized canal
like structure. The canal can be sort of traced for a few hundred feet.
And then, so far, vanishes.

This would require a major linking system of several MILES to reach
candidate sources such as the HS Canal. So far, there is only one tiny
hint of anything in between.  The between area has been visited many

The terrain is eminently suitable for a canal route. Both slope and
topographically. The location is reasonable  considering the known
canals. This would be #65. A previous list can be found here.

I am totally baffled by what I seem to be looking at. None of it makes much
sense to me so far. The developed area seems much too small for that much
of a canal. IF it is in fact a canal.

I definitely need a second or third opinion. Some preliminary photos now
appear here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

More on other hanging canals here. Your participation welcome.
Field mice, Daddy Warbucks, and drone pilots definitely needed.

August 16, 2015 deeplink respond


No sooner do I pretty much eliminate most of my internal
404's that I start getting hundreds ( and possibly thousands
soon ) of 404's seeking apple-touch-icon.png links.

Apparently ALL websites now MUST include this file!

There's all sorts of arguments over which size to use,
but starting with a 60 x60 bitmap is supposed to work.

So, here is my icon. Easily built as a .bmp file using
my Bitmap Typewriter. And then converted to .png
by using Paint.

Please let me know if you find any use problems.

My initial goal was simply to get rid of the 404's.

August 15, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that Acrobat Distiller Pro normally locks out most
diskfile reads or writes. The workaround is to run Distiller
from windows-x-run with a trailing /F.
Like so...

"C:\Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat 11.0/Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F /R run

This lets you run our Bitmap Typewriter directly from
Acrobat X Pro instead of GhostScript. One advantage of
which is access to a much greater number of fonts.

The Bitmap Typewriter lets you add or improve text
that can be cut and pasted into most any bitmap and is
particularly useful for  delivering the highest possible
resolution to very small type sizes. Short of subpixel

You will also need access to a copy of our Gonzo
Utilities. Gonzo can be found here with its turtprial
here. An older Bitmap Typewriter tutorial can be
found here.

You can generate a list of your available fonts by
loading most any .pdf file into Acrobat and starting
to add a text watermark. The fonts box should give
you a list of all available fonts to you with their
correct spellings.
The commented font list in the
Bitmap Typewriter is unlikely to exactly match
the fonts available on your computer.

A summary of some of the internal Bitmap
Typewriter commands are...

/targetfilename- Short target filename string
/targetfilenameprefix - full Prefix string.

/yourfontname sf - set font
num gk - set global kern
num mv - mottle background variability

[num num num] or [num] sca - background color
    ( single numeral colors here )

ma - set bottom quarter of bitmap background color
mb - set next higher bitmap background color
mc - set next higher bitmap background color
md -set next higher bitmap background color

[num num num] or [num] sca - set text color
    ( single numeral colors here )

num sy - vertical line spacing
num num ss- font width and height in pixels

h v (yourtext) st - set text in position shown
0 0 (yourtext) st - continue text past previous

writebitmap - add text to work bitmap.

August 14, 2015 deeplink respond

In response to an ever diminishing groundswill of popular
demand, here is an upload of my one and only patent.

And here is what I think of patents and patenting in

August 13, 2015 deeplink respond

There are continuing serious problems with wordpad in that it
often will trash linefeeds in Linux originated documents.

Which both runs text together and creates serious
checksum problems.

Better text manipulation strategies would include Word,
Dreamweaver, and Acrobat. Among many others.

August 12, 2015 deeplink respond
Managed to upload a copy of the totally bogus "magic lamp"
perpetual motion machine story. Based apparently on a failure
to appreciate the horrific differences between average
and rms measurements when made on low duty cycle
waveforms .

AKA Beginning EE student blunder #001-A.

More on this fiasco here, with the fundamentals
of rms versus average here and here, and the
magazine admitting they had been had here.

More on bashing pseudoscience here, and on
the utter futility of patents here.

August 11, 2015 deeplink respond

Another month has gone by with increasing pv panel
prices, once again reversiing decades of continuing
dramatic cost reductions.

PV pricing remains around double what will eventually
be required for long term renewability and sustainability,

More on pv fundamentals here, and on energy in
general here.

August 10, 2015 deeplink respond

And here is how you add navigation buttons to a .PDF
file using JavaScript over Acrobat...

// Button Nav Generator

// Add navigation buttons to the page
// This script puts 3 buttons on top of every page
// First button "<" : takes to the previous page
// Second button: "1" : takes to the first page
// Third button: ">" : takes to the next pag

var inch = 72;
colLtGray = ["RGB", 0.7 , 0.7, 0.7 ]; // Light Gray
nLastPage = this.numPages - 1;
for (var p = 0; p < this.numPages; p++)
var x = 0.5;
if (p > 0)
        "Previous Page","this.pageNum--;"); // left arrow
x += 0.3;
if (p != 0)
AddButton(p,x,0.5,0.25,0.25,"StartPage","1","Go To First Page",
    "this.pageNum=0;"); // "1", takes to the first page
x += 0.3;
if (p < nLastPage)
AddButton(p,x,0.5,0.25,0.25,"NextPage",">","Next Page",
      "this.pageNum++;"); // right arrow, next page
x += 0.3;
catch (e)

// AddButton function creates a button
function AddButton(nPageNum, x, y, width, height,
       strText, strCaption, strToolTip, strAction)
var aRect = this.getPageBox( { nPage: nPageNum} );
aRect[0] += x * inch;
aRect[1] -= y * inch;
aRect[2] = aRect[0] + width * inch;
aRect[3] = aRect[1] - height * inch;

var f = this.addField(strText,"button", nPageNum, aRect);
f.userName = strToolTip;
f.delay = true;
f.borderStyle = border.s;
f.highlight = "push";
f.textSize = 0; // autosized
f.textColor = colLtGray;
f.strokeColor = colLtGray;
f.fillColor = color.white;
// you can specify a different font here
//f.textFont = font.ZapfD;
f.delay = false;

An example can be found here. And a code copy here.

You do have to make sure the .pdf file is unlocked and
not secure. And you do have to make sure you are on
the first page at the start of your document.

August 9, 2015 deeplink respond

More on the Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project can
be found here. Cost after subsidies
and similar scams seems
to approach five cents per kilowatt hour. Additional info here.

Not sure how close you can get to the site, which is near the
junction of Warbonnet road and Hooker Hot Springs roads.
Somewhere around N 32.28581 W 110.13233. They should
not be too hard to find since they are by far the largest
structures in Southern Arizona.

More interesting places to visit here. And more on
energy here.

August 8, 2015 deeplink respond

JavaScript over Acrobat can be incredibly useful but can
also be maddeningly frustrating. Some key references can
be found here, here, here, here, and here.

Such tricks as filling a document with images or adding
nav buttons, or page watermarking are easily done as
are many other tricks. Especially involving forms.

Ferinstance, here is some simple test code to let you
add a watermark to a page...

cText: "DRAFT\n\nCOPY",,
cFont: "Helvetica-Bold",
nStart: this.pageNum,
nOpacity: 0.5

And here is how you insert an image...

// Image Inserter

cDIPath: "/C/Users/image_loc_.jpg",
nStart: 2,
nScale: 0.59,
nVertValue: 131,
nHorizValue: -5,

Typically, you activate JavaScript from within a previously
uploaded .PDF doc into Acrobat XI pro. A control-j turns on
the console debugger, while a control-k lets you save some
preferences. Make sure the console window is open.

Copy your code to be executed into the console and highlight
it with your mouse. To execute your highlighted code,
either use the Keyboard Enter or the main Control Enter.

Note that the main enter key will not work by itself!

Extreme attention to detail is needed to get working
code. Acrobat will sometimes save a .js routine into
its internal C:/Program Files(x86)/Adobe/Acrobat11/
Acrobat/Javascro[ts folder
. Any new stuff entered
here will automatically execute each and every time
you select a .PDF file, and defective entries can
trash newer atempts and accomplishing anything.

Note that debugger.js should remain in this directory.
Chances are that all other .js files should be deleted
unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Acrobat may also keep older .js routines in an
active .PDF file if it is saved. Should you have
problems, always restart or redistill to a "clean"
and JavaScript free original.

Should your code prove difficult, always try
something simpler first and sneak up on it,
using the error message hints in the console.

August 7, 2015 deeplink respond

There seem to be quite a few presently disused historic
in the area, some of which would appear to be
prehistoric bajada hanging canal related. Here is a
summary of some of the candidates...

ASH CREEK - Still functional pipeline parallels
Mud Springs Canal but starts higher, routes
directly donstream, and apparently still feeds
Cluff Reservior #3.
N 32.77450 W 109.85976 to N 32.79622 W 109.85764

SAND CANAL - Two mysterious short segments
of terra cotta pipe have been placed near the known
takein of an otherise clearly prehistoric canal.
Who did this and why remains enigmatic.
N 32.83094 W 109.92607 and N 32.83122 W 109.92562

DEADMAN MESA - Original westernmost portion
of prehistoric Deadman Canal has been replaced by
historic pipeline once feeding domestic water. Still
flows but today only serves cattle tanks.
N 32.73878 W 109.81177 to N 32.74493 W 109.80673

BELOW FRYE DAM - Extensive prehistoric canals
instead stayed high on Frye Mesa. Bottom canyon
concrete pipe route appears modern and dam
related. Combined with Deadman pipeline to
route to a chlorinator and domestic water supply.
N 32.75602 W 109.81698 to N 32.76917 W 109.79285

MYSTERY REACH - Fragments of a concrete pipe
line appear to possibly overlay a largely unstudied
and rather vague prehistoric original. Definitely
needs further study. Prehistoric ag structures and
rock alignments are also in the area.
N 32.79087 W 109.76136 to  N 32.79297 W 109.75890 ?

CLUFF NW CANAL - Extensively developed historic
canal shows prehistoric standards portions and
includes several white PVC pipes as feeders and
as siphons.
N 32.82414 W 109.84816 and N 32.82702 W 109.84646

GOAT CANAL DROPOFF - While the topo map shows
three pipelines here, only one remains Acme Mapper
visible. This one might even have had some hydro
 32.68504 W 109.72947 to N 32.68428 W 109.72924

Field mice and drone pilots needed.

August 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Finally got my Fatcow logfile reporting straightened out.

Logfiles are available by FTP transfer from your FatCow
site stats subdirectory. Filezilla is one example of a suitable
FTP transfer utility.

Use of a browser for transfer is not recommended.

A typical report might be called access_log_20150814.gz.
FTP transfer a copy of this to your local computer in a suitable

This is a .gz compressed file and you will need a preloaded
copy of a suitable decompressor. WinZip would seem to
be a good choice. WARNING: Make sure you go to
the "real" WinZip site and not on one of the many
malware alternatives!

Drag and drop your local access log copy into WinZip.
It should create a new plaintext file for you named
something like moo.tinajacom or similar. You can
now inspect or modify it using most any text
processor . My Gonzo Utilities are especially superb
for this sort of thing.

Warning: Use of Wordpad will trash your line feeds,
as it does with many Linux originated files. Better
choices for viewing are Word or Dreamweaver. To
use Acrobat, rename a file copy as .txt.

August 5, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to locate and update the two missing pages of
the classic Lil Richie reprint.
A problem still remains on
Pseudorandom Circuits which we are working on.

August 4, 2015 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of the super slushes by the eeGees chain
in Tucson.
Their eight foot long subs also aren't half bad.

Turns out they "sort of" just opened a site in Safford inside
JoBi's across from Bricks on south 191.

Its basically just a freezer full of prepackaged stuff.
To get the drinks to appear "normal", you have to
either microwave them or repeatedly stab them with
a real fork. I prefer the latter.

But, hey, they are here.

August 3, 2015 deeplink respond

Some interesting new battery developments can be found
here. I'd predict that incremental advances will be more
the norm than stunning breakthroughts.

At present, lithium batteries are around 300 watthours
per liter. Compared to gasoline at 9600.

More on energy fundamentals here.

August 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Found a few mysterious concrete structures that apparently
were involved in historic water management. Strangely, they do
not appear to be CCC related at first glance.

I've yet to visit them and do not yet know exactly what we
have here.

Check out N 32.77994 W 109.76554 , N 32.80039 W 109.79105,
and N 32.80063 W 109.79055.

More on neat Gila Valley things to explore here.

August 1, 2015 deeplink respond

Just noticed that our product warranty label has been long
missing. Probably because there was some overload or
malware incident many years ago.

I've temporarily replaced it here after retriving it from
the Wayback Machine. More similar items at

July 30 2015 deeplink respond

Now have a nearly complete set of our classic Modern

I'll try and shortly get these into our main Classic Reprints

Which is now fairly complete, except for bunches of Byte
and Kilobaud column and great heaping piles of really
obscure stuff.

Ju;y 29 2015 deeplink respond

It is always the greasy whistle that gets squeaked.

July 28 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 429 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Also included our latest hanging canal directory
along with many dozens of third party links of
local outdoor interest.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

July 27, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to get this demo and this sourcecode on using disk files
with Acrobat XI that is -F run to allow disk file access. The PDF and
PSL files are based on a shortened version of this file.

The code is completely rewritten with greatly improved docs. Key
features are the ability to run our Gonzo Utilities rather than having
to embed them; to programatically auto position url links from a .psl
file sent to Distiller; and to also programatically insert both low and
hires click thru images, again within Distiller.

Apparent LORES image resolution also appears somewhat higher

The final .PDF files should also end up significantly shorter than most
other approaches.
Size is overwhelmingly determined by the number
and reduction factors of any included images.

You will need to place copies of  
in an appropriate directory to your host machine.

You will also need to special activate Distiller by using a 
"C:\Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat 11.0/Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F /R run
from windows-x run from the command line..

Full details should appear in the internal comment docs. Please
email me with any comments or problems.

July 26, 2015 deeplink respond

A technique we might call "lowballing" can produce useful
results both on eBay and Craigs List.

Just hit twice in a row. The normal goal is to hit one in
twenty. Which of course, you make up for by making
twenty times the number of offers you could possibly use.

With lowballing, you make an offer of one fifth to one quarter
of the lowest possible conceivable value to you for the items

listed. The technique works best when a large pile of wildly
divergent items is being offered. Items that you are familiar
with, but not "gottahave" mainstream to you.

For every once in a while, "they" really just want to get rid
of the stuff or must clear the area. Or haven't the faintest
clue what their stuff is worth. Or there are legal or familial
or medical or estate or bankruptcy or divorce issues.

Or, for one reason or another, you end up as the only one
responding to their ads. For some mysterious reason, this
seems to dramatically increase your odds of winning.

You will, of course, receive obscene responses almost of
all of the time and must not re-respond to them in any way.

And certainly never get into a pissing contest. Always do
fully agree that your are an opportunistic bottom feeder.
Its what you do.

Strangely, most loball acceptances will not attempt to
negotiate with you at all.

More strategies here.

July 25, 2015 deeplink respond

A curious fact: Any perpetual motion machine that includes
a 555 timer is bogus and nonfunctional.
No exceptions to this
rule have ever been found.

Which saves you bunches of time discrediting a perpetual
motion machine, for if a 555 timer is present, there is
absolutely no point in continuing. Guaranteed.

After reviewing a bunch of recent candidates, the usual
problem is that narrow pulses are exceptionally difficult
to properly measure.
I've dealt with this here, here, and

The key gotcha is that any spike or narrow pulse has an
exceptionally high ratio of rms to average value.
even though correctly measuring rms instrumennts have
finally become readily available, the overwhelming
majority of lay members of the Church of the Latter
Day Crackpots continue to mislead themselves
by still using average reading instruments.

Even if you have a "real" rms meter, there's a
secondary gotcha called the crest factor that
still will nail you to the wall. Multiply two big
numbers together and they become a huge
Waaay beyond anything analog can
deal with.

Exceed the crest factor and the instrumunt
will still read deceptively low.

A fascinating supply of totally worthless overunity
devices can be found here on a continuous basis.

More on pseudoscience bashing here.

July 24, 2015 deeplink respond

A question that might reasonably be asked is "How many
of our bajada prehistoric canals are now in use for marijuana

To the best of my knowledge and belief, I feel the answer
is zero
. The vast majority of the canals presently do not
flow or have no usable takein. The few that do currently
flow or are capable of are all in obvious or highly visible
locations. And managed by ditch bosses who are pillars
of their community.

Much more here and its curious origin here. Plus many
hundreds of millions of daily progress reports here.

July 23, 2015 deeplink respond

Details on the most likely Goldilocks Exoplanet yet can be
found here. "They" are still too far away to know about
us for the next 900 years or so, though.

Which raises the obvious dilemma: What if the first
and only contact they receive is a perfectly lucid ten
second clip of Roller Derby?

And exactly how would they deal with Captain Video?

More on exoplanets here and here..

July 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Oops. My Bad.

It turns out that, given enough secret insider stuff and more
secret insider stuff
to read and write disk files can be made
fully available for the Distiller in Acrobat XI.

There are two different approaches.

The problem was ( and remains ) that the abuse potential
( and, of course, the sheer raw power ) of Distiller being
able to read or write to any disk file in any language is
totally off the wall.

While Distiller does create an internal temp file that
can be written to or read from, it is not obvious how you can
use this as it gets fully erased after each session.

Instead, you can add a /F /R to your distiller run command.
to gain file read write access.

Such as by going to windows-x and then run...

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\
Acrobat\acrodist.exe" /F /R

Do this as a single line with a space between the quote
and a space between the F and / .
You may want to
convert this into a desktop shortcut.

Here is an example of some code that compactly runs
Gonzo and then makes a layout grid...

(C://Users//don//Desktop//dist-FR// run

/guru { gonzo begin ps.util.1 begin printerror
nuisance begin} def
guru % activate gonzo utilities

50 50 10 setgrid
40 60 showgrid

%  EOF

This, of course, will only work if your Distiller run
shortcut has its F switch flipped.

I'll try to shortly work up demos on our autopositioning
URL generator and our auto image inserters shortly.

These can also be found in many of our older .psl files.

July 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Just received a call from an individual apparently over
their head on an analog design with problems that
seemed to be related to shielding, decoupling, and
other "regeneration" stability issues.

But there was a more fundamental problem that I've
seen over and over again.
The design was for an
item that almost certainly was a standard and off
the shelf ( albeit fancier and much more expensive )
product in long in use by industry insiders.

What should have been done first was a careful
study of who these insiders were and what products
and tools they used.
Foremost, of course, would be
industry insider trade journals, industry shows, and
related product catalogs.

Combined with a very careful study of online resources.

In this particular case, knowing a lot more about
city water supplies should have proven extremely useful.

Free trade journal examples might have included
the no-charge list from

Much more on product innovation in our Blatant
column library.

Custom consulting available.

July 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's a preliminary list of all the hanging canals and
their related constructs...

1. VCN1
Veech Canal
From middle Veech Canyon to possible P Ranch Fields
N 32.64151 W 109.74348 to N 32.64386 W 109.74218
Not yet explored, should be significant.

2. GTC1
Goat Tank Canal
From Lower Jacobson Canyon along southern edge of
    Ledford Mesa
N 32.68467 W 109.76160 to N 32.68914 W 109.72106
Apparently still in modern use, difficult access.

3. LDC1
Ledford Tank Canal
From Lower Jacobson Canyon along middle of
    Ledford Mesa.
N 32.68454 W 109.76209 to N 32.69198 W 109.72801
Apparently still in modern use, difficult access.

4. JAC1
Lower Jacobson Hint ( largely discredited )
N 32.67671 W 109.77610 to N 32.67736 W 109.77472
Aerial evidence became a fence line in hostile terrain.

5. UMC1
Upper Marijilda Delivery Canals
N 32.70648 W 109.77932 to N 32.70930 W 109.77709
Group of small delivery canals near main Marijilda takein.

6. MAR1
Main Marijilda Canal aka Lebanon Ditch from Marijilda
      Dam to Lebanon Reservoir
N 32.70628 W 109.77702 to N 32.73322 W 109.76149
Major prehistoric development, still flowing Modern Use

7. SMB1
Marijilda Southern Feeder Bran
N 32.71096 W 109.77108 to N 32.71327 W 109.76696
Short delivery and diversion canals south of Main Marijilda

8. MAQ1
Marijilda Aqueduct
Delivers between Main Marijilda and High Marijilda
32.72356 W 109.76257 to N 32.72411 W 109.76235
Only known major system aqueduct crosses a saddle.

9. HMC1
High Marijilda Hanging Canal
N 32.72410 W 109.76239 to N 32.74113 W 109.74677
Spectacular portion hangs mesa edge 200 feet in the air.

10. SXP1
Sixpack Canal
N 32.72290 W 109.76052 to N 32.74449 W 109.73391
Branch of Marijilda south of access road, still needs work

11. HNC1
Henry's Canal
N 32.73712 W 109.74229 to N 32.74456 W 109.72996
Southern branch of main Marijilda, portions unexplored.

12. RPC1
Roper Canal
N 32.75567 W 109.70885 to N 32.75567 W 109.70885
Modern feeder to Roper Lake, presumed mostly prehistoric.

13. RIC1
Rincon Canal
N 32.73410 W 109.76325 to N 32.76222 W 109.74402
Marijilda branch possibly becomes Twin West canal.

14. TQC1
Tranquility Canal
N 32.75754 W 109.73294 to N 32.77477 W 109.72751
Artesian sourced and historic use from presumed original.

15. DPC1
Discovery Park Canal ( vague - still requires verification, )
N 32.79267 W 109.72830 to N 32.79450 W 109.72781
Possible feeder to potential Discovery Park fields.

16. TEC1
Twin East Canal
N 32.76068 W 109.73500 to N 32.76472 W 109.73426
Routes UNDER the Lebanon Cemetary, one of TWO
       feeders to the TB ponding area.

17. TWC1
Twin West Canal
32.76226 W 109.74374 to N 32.76739 W 109.73803
Hanging canal is SECOND feeder to tb ponding area

18. TBP1
TB Ponding Area
N 32.76739 W 109.73803 to N 32.76465 W 109.73400
Receoves and redistributes TEC1 and TWC1 water.
      Highly distinctive aerial profile.

19. MFC1
Mystery Feeder
N 32.76738 W 109.74366 to N 32.76681 W 109.74181
Short Canal segment might tie Deadman or Deadman
     South to Twin West. Needs more work

20. DMS1
Deadman South
N 32.75525 W 109.78008 to N 32.75650 W 109.77712
Unexplored potential canal has strong Acme Mapper
     presence. Includes mystery alignments.

21. DMC1
Main Deadman Canal
N 32.73735 W 109.81291 to N 32.76277 W 109.77392
Still flows in original channel serving cattle tanks.
     Portions are buried pipeline.

22. WS1
Water Spreader Rock Alignments
Such as 32.78883 W 109.73843 and N 32.79273
W 109.75897 and elsewhere. The more obvious
of these are CCC, but many, many prehistoric
examples also exist

24. MRG1
Mulch Ring Arrays
N 32.78491 W 109.74642 plus many others.
Typically 2 feet in diameter by one rock high in
     groups of 20. Rather common.

25 CKD1
Check Dams with Aprons
N 32.77872 W 109.76472 or N 32.78840 W 109.87113
      plus many others
Rock diversions across secondary washes are quite common..

26. ALS1
Albertos Signature
N 32.79690 W 109.75485
Of the thousands of conflicting CCC structures locally, this one
    is the only known one autographed in sone..

27. LVC1
Longview canal
N 32.78956 W 109.75971
Obvious short wall on otherwise unsupported short canal segment
    with local destination.
Sourcing unknown and unproven.

28. FWD1
Frye Watershed Diversion
N 32.74427 W 109.83918 to N 32.74558 W 109.84033
Unproven potentially spectacular watershed crossing
    seems demanded by HS Canal and others.

29. MFC1
Main Frye Mesa Delivery Canal
N 32.74573 W 109.84033 to N 32.75995 W 109.81148
Partially unproven but demanded by Frye Ponding Area,
       HS Canal, Golf Course, and Robinson Canal.

30. FPA1
Lower Frye Mesa Ponding area.
N 32.75995 W 109.81148
Gathers in Frye Mesa braided channels to support HS Canal,
      Golf Course?, and Roginson Canal.

31. HSC1
HS Canal
N 32.75987 W 109.81163 to N 32.75771 W 109.81511
Spectacular hanging and counterflowing structure RETURNS
      water to Frye Creek, possibly sources Golf Course.

32. LFC1 ( largely discredited )
Lower Frye potential route
N 32.76634 W 109.79377 to N 32.77185 W 109.78715
Possible route includes wagon road with horseshoes,
      could feed Blue Ponds.

33. BPC1
Blue Ponds Canal
N 32.78118 W 109.77771 to N 32.78064 W 109.77607
Short disused historic pond routing canal may or may
        not have unproven prehistoric origins.

34. RGC1
Riggs Mesa Area Braided Channels
Area of N 32.77763 W 109.78729 to N 32.77831 W 109.78694
Enigmatic channels may be routing between HS Canal and Golf
      Course Canal.

35. GCC1
Golf Course Cxanal
N 32.79811 W 109.78286 to N 32.79895 W 109.77587
Major prehistoric canal sericed Daley Estates area, includes
      hanging portions and mystery structure..

36. Twin Artesian Ponds
N 32.79956 W 109.78347 and N 32.80264 W 109.78091
No obvious links to Golf Course Canal, but unlikely to be
       prehistorically ignored.

37. RBC1
Robinson Ranch Canal
N 32.75997 W 109.81147 to N 32.79930 W 109.79027
Major hanging canal with strong down = up illusion sources
    from Lower Frye Mesa ponding area

38. ALC1
Allen Canal
N 32.78237 W 109.83540 to N 32.83253 W 109.80507
Major prehistoric canal possibly includes Frye Watershed
         crossing. Destination remains unknown.

39. ALD1
Allen Dam Failure
N 32.83324 W 109.79383
Back in its water sking (!) days, might have been fed by the Allen Canal.

40. CUC1
Culebra Cut
N 32.83567 W 109.79796 to N 32.83560 W 109.79841
Spectacular major large cut in Allen Canal below historic dam.

41. ACF1
Ash Creek Feeder to Mud Springs
N 32.79016 W 109.85478 to N 32.79140 W 109.85388
Source for Mud Springs canal via proven spectacular watershed
       crossing but not yet fully explored.

42. MSC1
Mud Springs Canal
N 32.79153 W 109.85375 to N 32.84796 W 109.81105
Major canal system branches to Jernigan, includes several
      hanging portions. Destination remains unknown.

43. THP1
Troll House strange structure
N 32.82538 W 109.82281
Enigmatic pithouse like mud springs canal related
      structure lacks charcoal

44. MJB1
Mud Jernigan Branching Point
N 32.82765 W 109.81953
Apparent location of the beginning of the Jernigan Canal.

45. MST1
Mud Springs Tank
N 32.82766 W 109.81896
Apparently historic construct would seem to demand Mud
      Springs Canal for its water.

46. JEC1
Jernigan Canal
N 32.82765 W 109.81953 to N 32.84131 W 109.81649
One of few canals with obvious destination. Conspicuous
      hanging portion, habitation sites.

47. LMT
Lower Mud Trace ( largely discredited )
N 32.80803 W 109.84448 to N 32.81882 W 109.84093
Aerial images appear to be field verified as a historic two track.

48. STC1
Smith Tank Canal
N 32.81870 W 109.84689 to N 32.82055 W 109.84458
Likely has unproved prehistoric original.

49. CSW1
Cluff Southwest Canal
N 32.81586 W 109.84971

Branches from the Smith Canal takein on Ash Creek. Still unexplored.

50. CNW1
Cluff Northewst Canal Complex
N 32.82494 W 109.84652 to N 32.83635 W 109.84302
Strongly redeveloped canal system includes convincingly
authentic prehistoric reaches.

51. MWD1
Merrill Webster Ditch
N 32.79771 W 109.87296 to N 32.81310 W 109.86638
Historically redeveloped canal shows reasonable evidence
of unmodified prehistoric origins

52. TGC1
Tugood Canal
N 32.80923 W 109.87115 to N 32.82008 W 109.86671
Most impressively pristine of the known hanging canals.
Superb restoration candidate.

53. MLC1
Main Lefthand Canal Complex
N 32.80850 W 109.91812 to N 32.81680 W 109.91872
Shorter canal segments primarily used for end use delivery

54. LWC1
Lefthand West Canal
N 32.82077 W 109.91835 to N 32.82564 W 109.91851
Prehistoric original adapted for historic field reuse.

55. SLC1
South Lefthand Canal ( Needs verification )
32.83101 W 109.91453 to N 32.83366 W 109.91555
Yet to be verified aerial image

56. LMC1
Lamb Tank Canal
N 32.81196 W 109.92310 to N 32.81445 W 109.92266
Likely lefthand source. Additional study required.

57. MR1 ( largely discredited )
Mystery Reach
N 32.81793 W 109.90207 to N 32.82478 W 109.90003
Fairly convincing aerial evidence field verifies more as
      a disused vehicle two track.

58. SWC1
Sand Wash Canal
N 32.83099 W 109.92604 to N 32.83508 W 109.92274
Ideal short tour candidate has nearly everything including
easy access. May be prototype as final channel miniscule.

 59. NWD1
Nuttall Watershed Diversion
N 32.77471 W 109.95411 to N 32.77774 W 109.95532
Postulated third watershed crossing would supplement
Sand Canal water sourcing. Unverified.

60. BSC1
N 32.85049 W 109.94399 to N 32.87226 W 109.92596
Apparent scam historic canal from a source unlikely to
     have been prehistorically ignored.

61. GRD2
The grids
Southern examples include N 32.78651 W 109.74353
         and N 32.79408 W 109.75260
Rectangular agave farming arrays. Many thousands north
        of Gila river, a few hundreds south.

62. BDC1
Bandolier Canal
N 32.94446 W 109.91120 to N 32.94677 W 109.91317
Appears to be deep vee riverine canal unreleated and
       unlinked to present study area.

63. UFO1
UFO Fish Fillets
N 32.81203 W 109.97330 to N 32.82299 W 109.96420
Likely a highly atypical CCC project that may or may
      not have prehsoric origins.

These were numbered arbitrarily more or less from southeast to
northwest. We will likely use as an outline for a set of expanded
field notes.

Much more info here.

July 19, 2015 deeplink respond

Probably the greatest electronic textbook of all time was the
Radiotron Designers Handbook. Nearly all of its zillion
pages are now obsolete, but free online copies are readily
available here.

Many similar refrences are available through the folks at

Another stunning collection of other historic radio magazine
reprints and related items are available through

July 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Our 404 extermination process seems to be taking forever.

One rude surprise halfway through was that half the 404s
are reported by this utility as 500's. Needing a reset to zero.

Best current estimate is that several hundred broken links
remain that are repairable.

It appears that the URL noise floor of our website will end
up somewhere around three percent.
Assuming that everything
we can fix does in fact get fixed.

Please report any remaining problems.

July 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Either I am looking in the wrong places, or web information on
fingerprint longevity seems to be either ambiguous or sorely

Could a fingerprint under a rock survive in some remnant form
eighty years?
This might let you separate 80 year old CCC
rock projects from our 800 year old prehistoric canals.

Then again, the CCC folks might have consistently used

No mention of this on CSI Gila Bend.

July 16, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to upload
to go with our excerpts13 and excerpts14.

Taken together, these should include a historic time line of our
hanging canal developments, without needing to plow through
all the rest of the whatnu blogs.

More on the canals here.

July 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Then there was the agnostic dyslectic insommniac who stayed
up all night wondering if there was a dog.

July 14, 2015 deeplink respond

A question came up as to which of our prehistoric baja hanging
might be restorable.

The quick answer is very few, owing to multiple owners, some
extensive historic revisions, more recent land use, and a lack of
available demo water.

But two reasonable candidates would include a third mile of the
Sand Canal at N 32.83096 W 109.92607 to N 32.83096 W 109.92607
and possibly as much as two miles (!) of the Tugood Canal found
N 32.80846 W 109.87176 to N 32.82246 W 109.86579

Both reches appear pretty much pristine.

July 13, 2015 deeplink respond

As you can tell by all the arrows in my back, I was a pioneer
in Book on Demand publishing.

Such as this document or this one or this one which were first
published by using Applewriter on an Apple IIe.

With one curious exception, BOD seems a total failure with
no future whatsoever. Reasons include eBooks being
infinitely superior on all counts.

The secret hidden reason was the failure for anybody ever to
address the crucial needs of economy cutters and binder systems
that were sanely enough priced, safe enough and easy enough to
use for for one up book sales by individuals.

That exception is the Espresso machine. Whose outrageous
pricing, training, and maint is only suitable for such service
bureaus as very large bookstores or university libraries.

A typical price list can be found here. Basically, you are
looking at $32.50 for a single book with zero quantity discounts.

That price, of course, is B/W only and before any of your profits.
Which kinda cuts into the instant availability.

Our available eBooks can be found here.

July 12, 2015 deeplink respond

This 404 detector sometimes may hang, possibly permanently. 

Long delays are usually caused by the quered website taking
its good old time responding. Forever delays are likely caused
by site glitches such as two URLs in one continuous link.

The simplest way to deal with this is to immediately fix the
hanging 404. Then resume your broken 404 search on the

Another workaround is to replace the https: in the problem
files with httpsq: This creates an intentional and very quickly
found error to bypass the problem hanging code.

Naturally, you undo the mistake after everything else gets

July 11, 2015 deeplink respond

The Barbie Index is a new method of measuring math
understanding and competence.

Ferinstance, an individual with a BI of 0.7 would have
seventy percent of the math capabilities of a Barbie doll. 

More math stuff here.

July 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Amazingly, five of our prehistoric bajada hanging canals
either still flow to this day or at least seem capable of
doing so...

MARIJILDA CANAL - An important feeder
to the Lebanon Ponds from N 32.70600
W 109.77755 to N 32.73322 W 109.76158

ROPER CANAL - Modern feeder to Roper
Lake believed to mostly follow a prehistoric
canal route from N 32.74617 W 109.74177
to N 32.75567 W 109.70885
Portions realigned
along US 191.

DEADMAN CANAL - Portions here apparently
still flow in the unmodified original prehistoric
channel from N 32.73791 W 109.81238 to
N 32.75502 W 109.78938 Part of this route
is now a disused but still flowing buried pipeline.

LEDFORD CANAL - Believed prehistoric original
sometimes upplies modern cattle tanks from
N 32.68455 W 109.75917 to
 32.68989 W 109.73711.
Not yet fully explored due to difficult access.

GOAT TANK CANAL - Believed prehistoric original
sometimes upplies modern cattle tanks from
N 32.68231 W 109.75879 to
  32.68556 W 109.72935.
Not yet fully explored due to difficult access.

July 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to clear a few hundred website 404 errors. Please
report any remaining.

By far the worst problem are the bureaucracies and others
who delete files or change their names without redirecting.

Leaving hundreds or even thousands of 404's web wide.
Which, of course, take hundreds of hours to fix.

The BLM is by far the most mesmerizingly awful offender.

Apparently, there is a fundamental low limit of "noise 404's"
that no website can get under. These are caused by malware,
robots, fumble fingered typists, blog referencing, hopeful
guesses, and similar attempts.

The limit to these uncorrectable 404's would appear to be
around three percent for this website. Fortunately, the
noise 404's rarely affect any user you care about.

Some tools I've found useful for chasing 404's:

Raw site logs such as these to give you
the ratio of fixable and noise 404"s.

Fancy site logs analysis reports to give
you the ratio of 404's to valid hits.

ISP reports that give you file popularity.
Popular files are more likely to affect
more users more often.
And thus should
have maint priority.

404 detection services such as this one
and this one.

Persistant "unremovable" 404's may be a
part of an include rather than the main file!

Watch out for duplicate or multiple identical
404's or they will return to haunt you.

It may pay to arbitrarily check 200 links per
day by hand as a backup check.

Do note that active 404 hunting can significantly alter your
actual web use reports, making them appear excessive

More here.

July 8, 2015 deeplink respond

While I was repairing 404's, I also had to take a few web
glitches out and replace them with shiny new ones..

Our least interesting rather most obsolete
file of Resbin76 remains under relentless
DOS attack. It has to be special ordered
via email. My best guess as to what is
coming down is somehow confusing my
/glib directory with GLib in the C language.

Managed to replace the long missing Muse143
file with a fresh copy, but not up to most of
the fully restored Muse standards.

Two of our hanging canal maps had to be
temporarily placed under NDA status and
require email download approval.

My PostScript videos remain available here
and here, but the ultra sized sourcecode
requires your receiving a link via email.

I got tired of cleaning up the mess BLM
consistently leaves on the web, so most
of their links on my site are now generic.

July 7, 2015 deeplink respond

That's not a bug, its a feature.

The latest revisions of Google Chrome arbitrarily and erratically
switch to a "black screen of death". Which is both scary
and maddengly infuriating.

One apparent cure is to go to the upper right Chrome "jail" icon,
scroll down to "Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode"

Apparently there are now two Chrome modes, regular
and dark black. The latter intended for Windows 8.

July 6, 2015 deeplink respond

The last month's pc pricing posts remain flat and still show a
continuing reversal of traditional steadily declining prices.

Once again, a price of twenty five cents per peak panel watt needs
reliably achieved before pv anything can ever hope to approach
eventually becoming renewable or sustainable.

More here and here.

July 5, 2015 deeplink respond

While some electronic music chips have ceased production,
a wide variety of interesting devices remains available from
Thatcorp. They also have dozens of superb ap notes.

July 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Further expanded and improved our Classic Reprints
page. There are now many hundreds of original projects
now included.

While nearly compete, many Byte, Kilobaud, and Modern
Electronics titles are not quite yet available. And some
really obscure stuff ( Such as the Goodyear AEEM"s and
the Cave Craler's Gazette ) will likely take forever.

I am still obsessively trying to track down the magic lamp
story, although it clearly is not mine. Whenever.

I guess this was my best pseudoscience bashing effort and
the second best ever degubbing. The best, of course, was the
LAN of the nineties.

The EIGHTEEN nineties!

July 3, 2015 deeplink respond

The first photos of the probable location of the long sought
after Veech Prehistoric Hanging Canal ( P Ranch area ) can
likely be found here, here, and here.

While the very first photos of the newly known and verified
TuGood prehistoric Canal ( Merril area ) can be found here,
here, and here.

Much more here and here.

July 2, 2015 deeplink respond

A stunning collection of data sheets and such for most
transistors, vacuum tubes, diodes, and pacific rim
semiconductors can be found here.

July 1, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the most stunning illusions in our prehistoric bajada
hanging canals
is the consistent "water flows uphill"
illusion. Typically, a canal flows DOWN to the HIGHEST
point on a hill or mesa!
And does so brilliantly while fully
preserving any and all physical laws.

Typically, seeing is not believing. "They" are playing
with your mind. Obviously, the canal has to start somewhere
higher than the highest present elevation. Such opportunities,
of course, abound with a mountain at your back.

The engineering sophistication to pull this off staggers
the imagination. "They" apparently realized that the
canals should always be on the HIGHEST terrain to
MAXIMIZE the water potential energy
, and thus to
allow the longest possible delivery distances.

A summary here. Plus bunches more here.
Field mice welcome. As are Daddy Warbucks and
drone operators.

June30, 2015 deeplink respond

Win a few, loose a few.

Typically more than nine out of ten of our potential hanging
candidates end up "real" and world class upon more
detailed investigation. But I've decided to include the losers
in our directories as well for completeness and to discourage
replowing old ground.

After dozens of fruitless trips and chasing many rumors, it
appears the Veech Canal in the P Ranch area is likely quite
I still have not ground truthed it, but it clearly seems
to be at N 32.64294 W 109.74269  And credible witnesses
seem to now abound,  both within and outside of Coronado
National Forest.

There do seem to be some nearby water spreaders to the
east that may or may not be prehistoric
and may or may
not be CCC. The access route seems brushy and over half
a mile from the nearest 4WD track. This might end up as
an interesting ATV project. As well as a drone candidate.

The spectacular but little visited Veech Canyon appears
to be a seasonal water source that was gathered and
routed further north to yet undiscovered fields in the
P ranch area.

Meanwhile, what looked like a potential canal on
Acme Mapper in the lower Jacobson Canyon area
with credible location and slope apparently turned into
a plain old fence line in rather canal hostile territory.

A summary here. Plus bunches more here.
Field mice welcome. As are Daddy Warbucks and
drone operators.

June 29, 2015 deeplink respond

When they marionate shrimp, how do they tie all those
little strings on?

June 28, 2015 deeplink respond

Added some more of my Popular Electronics projects and
tutorials to our Classic Reprints library... 

simp_keyboard _4_74.pdf






This should nearly complete the PE restorations.

Other classic reprints can be found here, and these
should shortly be added.

June 27, 2015 deeplink respond

Our prehistoric bajada hanging canal study has apparently
now gone to an unprecedented "beyond beyond beyond".

Read the summary here and the ongoing progress here.
And follow the emerging story right here

One new but still unverified discovery can be found here.
And another one here. Possibly bringing the apparent totals to
FOURTY THREE canals of total length more than ONE
HUNDRED kilometers!
Built by moving one rock at a
time by hand in the 1250 to 1450 time span. Possibly 100
man years or more in the construction!

Your assistance is desperately needed in this world class
scientific research as GPS field mice, as a drone and operator,
as an ATV escort, with funding, or simply spreading the word
on these clearly world clsss discoveries.

Lectuire opportunities on request.

June 26, 2015 deeplink respond

I think I have the new Google search working. Apparently it
was choking on some ancient .asp commands. Please report
any remaining problems.

Here is an example of a working shtml search box include to
which you have added your own message...

<table cellspacing="0" width="389"
<tr> <td width="58"></td>
<td width="347">
<table width="293" border="1"
cellspacing="3"> <tr>
<td align="center" valign="middle"
width="277" bgcolor='#33FFCC'

      ( Google provided code goes here )

        Your search title goes here

You get your Google code here and you put this in your
/includes folter. Here is how you call the code for each
page you want the search box to appear...

<!--#include virtual="/includes/searchnamehere.shtml"-->

June 25, 2015 deeplink respond

Tracing in "raw" Postscript!

I'm also exploring restoring Linotype area schematics
and stuff up to "perfect" PostScript stroke artwork with
ridiculously smaller file sizes. So far, this looks very
promising for certain smaller schematics and stuff
but appears to be enormously time and labor intensive.

Key to the process is tracing in Ghostscript. For
Adobe stupidly no longer lets you read disk files in

The trace process should eventually go something
like this.

1. Make a mangy .JPG file using Acrobat's
    save as other feature. Correct any gross
    features in Paint ahd Imageview32
    such as tilts, smearps, and  dropouts.
    But only the really terrible stuff.

2. Start a Gonzo Utilities based PostScript
    ASCII text workfile. Convert the above
    mangy .jpg file into an image in your workfile
    following your gonzo disk reads. Bracket your
    file with well marked conditional saves or
    gsaves so you can turn it on and off.

   Much more on PostScript here and here.

3. Create an optional and following conditional
    conditional save of a background tint layer.
    Use transparency with caution if you want
    to fade the original since transparency
    commands differ in GhostScript and Distiller.

4. Create a third or fourth and following conditional
    save of Gonzo's setgrid and showgrid commands.
    This gives you a controllable additional level to your trace.

5. Create a fourth or fifth and following conditional
    level of your actual trace. Make up glyphs and
    position them as needed to complete your new
    efficient and superbly appearing trace.

6. Once you have a perfect overlay, eliminate the
    original and grid layers
to a new compact PostScript
    file. Convert it back to .pdf

Note that Ghostscript gives you an "almost" real time image
that is "almost" but not quite WYSWYG.

This tracing scheme should have all sorts of other uses as well,
despite its time needs, somewhat trailing edge technology, and
steep learing curve.

If you have to, you can insert a full or partial copy of into
your final file so that  distiller will not choke on it. This is a fairly
small file addition that would still keep you way ahead of any other
scheme that I know of. Be cautious with transparency if you do this.

If you have control over the subject material,you can also add
background tints and such as well as correcting typos, improving
fonts and typography and such.

Once the figures are restored, perfect text  can be added elsewhere
as needed. How much of this you can do depends, of course,
on the nature of the original material and how successful the scans

If you have control over the subject material, you can also add or restore
more background tints as well as correcting typos, improving fonts
and typography and such. Or even add links. Note that links are
easy to add in Ghostscript, but require postproc in Distiller
unless you use the -F file read option in Acrobat X or higher. .

The usual reminder that you should either have all IP rights to the
original material, or that the history of the IP rights are exceptionally
murky, or that the total value of the material is well below the attention
horizon from any major current publisher.

I'll try to work up some sourcecode examples as time permits.
Custom consulting available.

June 24, 2015 deeplink respond

Uh, whoops. Our website custom search seems to have
, likely owing to major changes Google has
made in improved servics.

We are working on fixing it. Part of the problem seems
to be some ancient .asp dreg files on the website. Some
of the new stuff sort of works, but I am hoping to find
a workaround that does need changing many hundreds
of website files.

Sorry about that.

June 23, 2015 deeplink respond

A disconcertment.

I'm in the process of restoring many of my Popular Electronics
stories to our Classis Reprints page and can't seem to find
one of my major ongoing keyboard construction projects.

This was a follow up to my April 74 PE story in which I
picked up a brand new 2376 encoder, sent the story to PE,
offered well selling kits on it, and even put it on the cover
and inside my TV Typewriter Cookbook.

An ad for the product can be found here, and its attachment
to one version of the Apple I computer here.

The 2376 was a PMOS scanning device that offered 2 key
rollover, needed far fewer components, and ridiculously
simplified circuit board layouts
at a price of needing a second
-12 volt supply, This eventually got replaced by the single
supply NMOS KR9600. And later on got totally obsoleted
by low cost programmable microcontrollers.

A catalog description of my unit appears here, and one
image of the keyboard with an Apple I computer here.

But I could find no evidence that its story ever appeared in PE!

Possibly it appeared in one of their quarterly project
summaries, but I simply do not remember and have not
been able to find a trace of this magazine story.

The original story copies do seem long gone, but a schematic
from a later and only slighty modified keyboard can be found at

June 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Rediscovered these early "lost" Radio Electronics


One was the first integrated circuit color tv convergence
project and another pair involved the first
$10 decimal counter modules.

June 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Added some of my Modern Electronics projects and the
first Hardware Hacker
series to our Classic Reprints library...


hhack_8_86.pdf  temporarily wrong

Thanks to my Gonzo Utilities, Applewriter, and the Lasserriter,
these were the first high quality author generated final artwork
columns anyplace, ever.

June 20, 2015 deeplink respond

While the overwhelming majority of our prehistoric hanging
lie on Arizona State Lands, many of them actually
originate with takeins on Coronado National Forest streams.

Typically, a canal might start with a short CNF original reach
only to continue primarily on state, or rarely, BLM or private

Here are some of the more crucial research problems on
CNF lands that need immediate atention:

Start with
 for more details.

(1) Seek evidence of the takein and exact location route of
     the Mud Springs Canal between N 32.78614 W 109.85518 
     and N 32.79148 W 109.85364. Portions may have been
     obliterated by the 1983 Octave tropical storm. The route
     further north is well defined and well researched for nearly
     all of its six miles,-109.85389&z=15&t=T

(2) Determine feasibility of a watershed crossing to prehistoric
      engineering standards between Frye Creek and Spring Canyon
      from N 32.74346 W 109.83977 to N 32.74468 W 109.83844
      to N 32.74545 W 109.84044. Seek out proof that such a route
      in fact existed. Other proven canal constructs would appear to
     demand such a routing. Notably Robinson Ditch, HS Canal, and 
     Golf Course Canal. Other area watershed transits elsewhere
     have been fully established.,-109.83949&z=18&t=H

(3) Seek out evidence of a prehistoric canal underlying the modern
     Frye Mesa Tank water line from N 32.74575 W 109.84034 to 
     N 32.75228 W 109.83822 to N 32.75522 W 109.83547.
    Other existing canals downstream demand this routing.,-109.83870&z=16&t=H

(4) Determine if there is any evidence of a prehistoric watershed diversion
     crossing underneath the Nuttall tank at N 32.77787 W 109.95533.
     Sand Canal would seem to strongly require this as a water source.,-109.95534&z=20&t=H

Your assistance welcomed.

June 19, 2015 deeplink respond

Added some more of my Popular Electronics projects and
tutorials to our Classic Reprints library...

lil_richie_9_67.pdf ( still partial )

June 18 2015 deeplink respond

Approximately one third of all our local prehistoric bajada
hanging canals
were apparently reworked as historic projects
in some manor or another. To date, no strong evidence has
been found of any historic bajada canal use that did not seem
to have a "steal the plans" or "dig out an old ditch" prehistoric

Here is a summary of some of the rebuilds...

CLUFF NW - Major historic development
includes large rectangular cardinal oriented
fields, tailwater runs, Y-Weirs, siphons, and
large ditches. Short runs to prehistoric standards
appear to be a reused part of earlier constructs.

MARIJILDA DITCH - Was paved with puddled
concrete aggregate and runs to this day to supply
the Lebanon Ponds and Roper Lake.

FRYE TANK - Modern pipeline appears to exactly
follow a prehistoric supply canal once feeding
Robinson Ditch and the HS canal.

TRANQUILITY - Portions paved with concrete
aggregrate to supply Cook Reservoir from a likely
artesian source. .

ROBINSON - Name usurped but little modernized
longer reach appears to have supplied cattle tanks.

MINOR WEBSTER - Mix of reaches to prehistoric
standards and modern deeper vee constructs with an
adjacent maint road.

LEDFORD & GOAT - Historic adaptions still supply
numerous cattle tanks from a Jacobson source..

DEADMAN - Adapted as a Thatcher water source
but has fallen into disuse. Water still flows in its original
prehistoric routings.

ALLEN - May have supplied Allen Reservoir in
modern times. Has a clearly prehistoric origin and
major Culebra Cut excavations.

SMITH CANAL - Historically used to replentish
a pair of Smith Tanks. While prehistoric evidence
remains fairly weak, reuse clearly seems likely.

Amazingly, Goat, Ledford, Marijilda, and Deadman still
often flow to this day, largely in their original prehistoric

June 17 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 426 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

June 16, 2015 deeplink respond

Used this and this to try and eliminate most internal website
404's. Please report any you may find remaining.

One disconcertment of this 404 detector is that it vanishes
when there are no 404's to report.
Poof. Gone.

And one subtle problem in chasing down errors is that if an
error is inside an  include file, it can keep on reinserting itself
in pages that you thought you fixed.
Over and over agqin.

A reminder about an important rule: NEVER eliminate a
web page!
There could be hundreds or even thousands of
sites elsewhere on the web referencing it forever. Here
is some substitute redirect code...

<meta http-equiv="refresh"
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5; url=">
Taking you to our new website.

Be sure to place a second or more time delay (the number
in the content code) so your users back arrows will still
work properly.

Because of an access glitch, Resbin74 remains 404'ed.
You can email me for a working copy if you really need it.

June 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Current plans are to rename most of the classic Popular
files and complete the set to our Classic
Reprints page.
Several dozen remain to be scanned and

A few files have been updated and placed. Keep
checking back for the rest of the gang.

June 14, 2015 deeplink respond

We were playing with a new toy last night at TFD -
a no hassle smoke generator 400 from Bullex.

This nearly instantly fills a large room with murky
white smoke of selectable density that supposedly
is residue free and safely breathable. It completely
blows away the old smoke grenades.

Primary uses are learning ventillation, search and
rescue, mask confidence, and disorientation drills.

Cost is in the $3000 and $25 per use hour range.

June 13, 2015 deeplink respond

Another interesting feature of is that it
can automatically detect many internal broken links. When it is done
generating a site map, it gives you a choice of donloading either
a site map or a broken link list. Either ends up in your downloads

There's actually two different sites.
mostly generates site maps but also provides a list of broken 404
internal site errors. While will
find both internal and external 404 problems for you.

Catching errors and bad links is super important for any website.
Obviously, you should test and test often. You also should use a
second pair of eyes when and where possible
, because they will
see things that you won't.

One typo trick I've found very useful is to use the spell checker
in most email programs to catch web typos
. Simply copy a portion
of a web page to your email without actually sending it to yourself.
Many typos will be clearly marked and can then be repaired in
your main web editing software.

When looking for broken 404's in Dreamweaver or whever.
be sure to search the full sourcecode and not just the text!

And recognize that the sourcecode generation may emd up
different from its generating results. Feriostance, a CCC"
might find all URL links ending in CCC.

Your log files ultimately can find all of your internal 404's.
Recognize that different techniques are needed to spot bad
links with HTML related filenames compared to .pdf files.

You should always demand raw log files from your ISP
over and above any more convenient error reporting
services. With Fat Cow, they have a great Webalizer
in their visitor stats page, as well as actual log files
reachable here.

The Webalizer quickly compares valid downloads to
internal 404's. Some of these may be fumble fingered
typing by your users, but anything above one percent
is suspect and needs dealt with by the sitemap reports.

One minor hassle is that the log files are compressed
in a GZ file format. This only lets you view the first
few hundred entries before going compressed on you.
I've found many GZ readers to be malware or worse,
and yet seem to be able to get the gz online services
to work.

Another infuriation to watch for is that the same 404
may repeat more than once in your web code
, so
repeat trips may be needed to catch them all.

June 12, 2015 deeplink respond

Many SEO or Search Engine Optimization fee based promises
are outright scams, and even the legitimate ones are very unlikely
to do you much good in the area of site popularity. SEO algotithms
are constantly being improved to minimize any gaming of the results.

BUT - Google themselves has some free SEO tools that simply
must not be ignored and must become an essential part of your

See for more details on
these services. Two key things for you to do are to join their
Search Console using their Add a Property feature and to add
a xml Sitemap to your website home page.

To add your website, you have to prove you in fact have root access
admin privileges. Google gives you four ways to do this. The easiest
way is for them to give you a short HTML verification file to upload to
your website. Followed by clicking on Verify.

This file may have a name something like googled1e5th....24.html and
will only be a few bytes long. I did find one frustrating gotcha: Be sure
you only use the
first one of these to end up in your downloads folder!
....5th24.html will get validated, but ....5th24 (1).html will not!

You also will need to load a xml sitemap file to your webside home page.

This sitemap is basically a list of the internal url's your home page
will make available to your users. Format details can be found at

But basically this is a plain old ASCII textfile that starts with an xml
version line followed by a pair of <urlset> brackets. Inside these is a
pair of <url> brackets. Inside of which is a list of linked urls, each
one on a separate line and bounded by <loc> brackets.

My own sitemap can be found here.

You can create your own sitemap by hand. Two free shorter sitemap
generators are web available here and here. These have a max limit
at or near 500 url's, while this site will generate unlimited urls for
you at a fairly nominal fee.

Apparently these only work on .html related files. .pdf files will need
your separate treatment.

Once again, joining the Google Search Console and providing a sitemap
simply cannot be ignored. These should be on your "must do" list.


June 11, 2015 deeplink respond

I'm in the process of evaluating several newer link checkers.

But remains quite good at catching
missing or multiple anchors.

June 10, 2015 deeplink respond

I think I now have most, and probably all, of my Radio
reprints added to my Classic Reprints page...


The overwhelming biggie here, of course, was the TV Typewriter.
Considered by many to be the opening shot fired in the personal
computer revolution.

But several other unusual or beyond bleeding edge projects did
appear here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Most of the restorations are only medium quality, owing to the
time and cost involved.
But the SuperClock was done as a full
restoration. Other full restorations await your participation as
a sponsor.

There are a few minor glitches that may include a missing page
or two. Please email me some original scans if you run across
any of these.

June 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Renesis has a new and free downloadable ebook on embedded

June 8, 2015 deeplink respond

There's a cute and cheap new product that purpotedly increases
the life of ordinary batteries.

But the 8X life extension claims appear to me and to others to
be outrageously excessive. The unit is basically a switchmode
regulator that steps a cell's failing voltage up to 1.5 volts.

This should work, but whether it can provide a useful life extension
under normal use conditions remains to be proven
. First, the inverter
will have efficiency losses. Second, the cell has shelf life effects that
are more or less independent of actual current consumption. Third,
as the bettery voltage drops, the current demand has to increase,
accellerting end of life processes.

The device appears here, comments here, and a highly critical video here.

It should be posible to dramatically increase the battery life of any
electronic system that uses an input regulator simply by designing
the regulator to have as low a dropout voltage as possible. This,
of course, will only work for the portion of the device that is providing
electronic services, rather than heat, motion, or light.

I have long wondered what would happen if you returned a small
portion of the battery energy in the form of brief high current pulses
of short duty cycle.
Conceivably, this could discourage polarization
and is somewhat similar to how electroplaters purposely reverse
their current every now and then to make recults nicer.

This might explain some of the battery based perpetual motion
claims that involved high current spikes.
After all, if so much
as a tiny fraction of the battery case remains, energy should
theoretically remain chemically recoverable. The effectiveness,
though, would be highly dependent on exact battery chemistry.

Whether reverse pulsing will work at all or can be made cost
effective remains to be seen. But it does seem like an interesting
and totally legitimate area to study.

More details here and here.

June 7, 2015 deeplink respond

I have long been overly enameled of binary chain codes.

These are a recirculating code of 2^N states that have the
unique property that any N bits tells you its exact position
in the entire N bit code sequence.

It turns out there is a possibly related De Bruijn Sequence,
which someone has used to crack most any traditional
garage door opener in four seconds flat. By using an
out-of-date kid's toy.

Details here and a video here and a discussion here.

June 6, 2015 deeplink respond

I think I now have most, and probably all, of my Electronics
reprints added to my Classic Reprints page...

constant_cur_diode_10 67.pdf

Good old number one can be found here and the two best restorations here
and here. The inexplicitly most controversal one was here, apparently being
too far ahead of the curve.
This one took a lot longer to take off than I expected,
but take off it did. And the story was pretty much right on.

Most of the restorations are only moderate quality, with the exception of
this and this, which are detailed full total restorations. Full restorations of the
others, when even possible at all, would take exceptional time and effort and
demand outside funding or sponsorship.

June 5, 2015 deeplink respond

The fire service sure has made a lot of major improvements
lately. But three items still sorely needed are... 

     INTELLIGENT FIRE HOSE - Whose indestructable
     RFID number can be read in the dark from three feet 
     away or preferably an entire hose bed at a time.
     After being drug six blocks and otherwise abused.

      us a no-bullshit pipe that measures pumper or
      hydrant flow to 2500 GPM and 350 PSI. Wirelessly
      plus eight inch backlit verbal digits. 

     should give much longer range, tighter patterns.

June 4, 2015 deeplink respond

Many newspapers and other media sources have taken to forcing
exceptionally annoying polls on you before they will give you
any free content.

The best defense I know around these is to make their survey results
totally useless.

Do this by (1) always lying like a rug, (2) always picking the
most wildly inapporiated response, and (3) always using fake or
absurdly ridiculous company names as your favorites.

June 3, 2015 deeplink respond

Two more additions to our classic reprints page.

The Optical Link - a New Circuit Tool
Integrated Circuits - What's Available?

June 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Canal #41 of our Prehistoric Hanging Bajada Canals has just
been located! It is tentatively called the Togood Canal and
would appear to bring the potential length totals of this largely
unknown and vastly understudied world class archaeological engineering
wonder well beyond sixty miles (!) or ninety six kilometers.

This one is just west of the Cluff Ponds area and is the fifth
candidate canal in this immediate region.
Its known portions are
located here, with its potential reach here. Ranging from a projected
shared tekein with the Minor Webster Ditch in the Shingle
Mill Canyon area to potential ag fields destination area somewhere in
a still unlocated Cluff Ponds area.

Finding the actual takein point may prove difficult to impossible,
as it  may have been obliterated by the 1983 Octave tropical storm.

The canal is "medium" sized with a one meter width, a
ten cm depth and a total length projected to be in the three to
four mile class. The visited portion of the terrain is exceptionally
benign, meaning that there are no presently observed hanging
portions, nor any apparent need for them
. In general, the
hanging portions are only used when the route becomes
difficult and there is a need to make the slope independent
of the immediate terrain.

Further, the 4WD access, while long, is very mild and the
foot travel is largely trivial. Portions also have rather little in the
way of brush, making this an ideal candidate for drone debugging.

There seems to have been very little historical development interest
in this area, so Togood appears to be genuinely prehistoric with
at least some portions exceptionally well preserved.

Significantly, this new find averages a mere 700 feet west of the Minor
Webster Ditch and clearly adds credibility to the premise that Minor
Webster was in fact "steal the plans" and did have a prehistoric
The two "odd" eastern markers here show the Minor
Webster relation to this new find.

The area is on posted state land on the far side of posted ranch
property, so the disturbance factor presently appears surprisingly
minimal. As with most canals in the area, artifacts are largely
unpresent. There is minor interference from CCC boondoggles.

Unfortunately, a camera battery was dead, so proof still lies in the
"sources close to an associate of the barber of a usually reliable

Immediate tasks are obviously to replace the battery, to seek out
possible destination fields, to find any Minor Webster branching,
and to try and scam some drone funding. There are two homes for
sale nearby ( one of them stunningly beautiful ) that sure would make
dandy field camps.

The find is profound enough to possibly alter the focus of the entire
hanging canal bajada study and possibly even demand that portions of
southwestern archaeology be rewriten or, at the very least, reevaluated.

Your help with both funding and as field mice are welcome. This is
a seldom seen opportunity for just about anyone to participate in
leading edge world class scientific research.

Possibly right in your own front yard.

June 1, 2015 deeplink respond

Two more additions to our classic reprints page.

Semiconductor Sweeps for Large Screen TV's
Solid State Dimmers and Power Tool Controls

May31, 2015 deeplink respond

A new collection of free or low cost fonts can be found here.

Our own classic approach to free fronts can be found here.

These were really my insider tricks that let you take existing
fonts and do all sorts of non-obvious things with them.

May30, 2015 deeplink respond

We are continuing to add to our classic reprints page. Some of
the newest additions or improvements include...

Lil Dusker
LDR Color Organ
Tools for the Electronic Hobbiest
Pro Meter Faces
Parts Profiles1

Simplified Color Organ 2
New SCR Developments
Chirp - a new radar technique
Multipurpose Electronic Control
Light Dimmer & Power Tool Control
Paleomagnetism & Archaeomagnetism

We are also switching to coverage by magazine and standardizing the
file names. This transition will take a while. Keep checking here for
the latest updates.

May 29, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's yet another hanging canal cloud project.

This Acme Mapper image suggests yet another possible
major hanging canal but has not yet been field verified.
Google Earth supports a credible slope.

Go to  N 32.81714 W 109.86764, explore north and south, and evaluate the
potential for this being real. Take relevant photos Try to establish a takein
point and the destination fields.

More on these mind blowingly spectacular bajada hanging canals here.

May 28, 2015 deeplink respond
Added a Neely Tecoatles paper to our hanging canal resources.
May 27, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to upload our Little Dusker classic reprint from
the September 1965 Popular Electronics.

Other classic reprints can be found here.

May 26, 2015 deeplink respond

I continue to be utterly amazed that new bajads prehistoric
are continuing to be found. To date, we have something
like 41 candidates of which 33 are field verified and only three
rejected as old wagon roads or whatever. ( Points off for horse
shoes! ). The rest await independent opinion and verification.

Total length of the hanging bajada canals is rapidly approaching
sixty miles!
This is clearly beyond beyond.

The latest new candidate is here. It seems to have acceptable Acme
imagry, length, and reasonable Google Earth slope. But
still awaits ground proof.

Much more here. Your assistance welcome.

May 25, 2015 deeplink respond

For a decade now, cavers have been concerned over the white
nose syndrome
that has been wiping out US bat populations.

The fungi prevents the bat from hibernating properly, and
they run out of energy before they run out of winter.

Apparently a new discovery of a bacterial treatment holds
tremendous promise for easing the problem.

News here, the paper here, and a discussion here.

In the middle of all this is Bat Conversion International.
Plus, of course, the National Speleological Society.

BTW, the word "decimation" really only means one
tenth of what you think it does.

May 24, 2015 deeplink respond

A number of methods to bypass the security on an Acrobat
PDF file can be found here.

Perhaps the simplest is to drag and drop the file into Chrome
and then print to a new PDF file.

Note that a new text recognition trip through real Acrobat will be
needed to restore document searchibility.

May 23, 2015 deeplink respond

Those plastic pins that lock tubes of integrated circuits can
be very frustrating to deal with. But a plain old dinner fork
works just fine!

May 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Yet another eBay example of symmetric one point perspective
can be found here. As usual, it applies our Architect's Perspective,
Auto Vignetting Backgrounder, and the Bitmap Typewriter.

The image was "symmetrisized" a tad by mirroring the left edge.
A dot matrix character generator was also directly faked in Paint.

There's another obscure trick here. The gridwork was enough
out of focus to make it unacceptable, so a "Moire" stunt was
used to entirely the fake gridwork from whole cloth.

Being perspective, things have to uniformly get smaller the
further into the image you go. But still remain pixel locked!.
Getting something acceptably credible can be tricky. Here is
how a locked semilog grid got faked...

4 rows of 3 metal pixels and 3 hole pixels
4 rows of 4 metal pixels and 3 hole pixels
4 rows of 4 metal pixels and 4 hole pixels
4 rows of 5 metal pixels and 4 hole pixels
4 rows of 5 metal pixels and 5 hole pixels
4 rows of 6 metal pixels and 5 hole pixels ...

Yeah, its totally bogus and totally fake. But, with
some adjustment, it don't look half bad.

Consulting services available.

May 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Because of a glitch, it became necessary to remove RESBN76.PDF
from our website. Please email me if you need a revised copy.

May 20, 2015 deeplink respond

The prehistoric engineering behind our local bajada hanging
continues to utterly astound me. Surely not all of this
could be coincidence...

makes its slope largely independent of terrain.

minimum cuts, fills, and sizing except where it is
absolutely otherwise called for.

WATERSHED CROSSINGS - Several instances of
major ridges are being crossed at absolutely optimal

HIGHEST TOPOGRAPHY - Numerous occurrances
of the canals apparently was purposely routed to the
HIGHEST possible local topography in many instances.
Especially on Deadman Mesa, Mud Crossover, and
middle Minor Webster.

NO MISTAKES - Entire system seems both complete
and optimal. And literally appears to exploit every drop
of Mt. Graham water.

OPTIMAL SLOPE - Is amazingly consistent over long
distances. Also quite straight, but never quite cardinal or
precisely aligned.

While Hohokam influence appears significant, the
bajads systems ended up doing so much more in so
little time,

SIMILAR EXAMPLES RARE - Possibly in Tularosa NM,
Hierve el Agua, and the island of Maderia. Relationships unlikely.

the highest Arizona mountain measured from its base. It
also has more north running streams than most others.

feet of elevation is required to "hang" a canal for a slope
independent of terrain, examples as high as 200 feet above
the regional drainage terrain exist. -

NO OBVIOUS SURVEY TOOLS - Which suggests in situ
use of pilot structures and water level measurement techniques.

HISTORIC "STEAL THE PLANS" - Or "Borrow the Blueprints.
Virtually all bajada historic canals seem to be "Dig out an old
Ditch" adaptions or partial uses of prehistoric originals.

COUNTERFLOW EXAMPLES - When needed, canals flow
"into" the typography rather than along it with it. This technique
is particularly handy for wash crossings, but also sees spectacular
use in the HS Canal return the Frye Creek.

TWO OR THREE WAY SWITCHING - Done between watersheds
at absolutely optimal locations.

HUGE CONSTRUCTS - Despite minimal construction energy
being the sought after norm, very large builds exist, notably the
HS Canal, the Marijilda Aquaduct and the Culebra Cut.

May 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Previous explorations of the Minor Webster Ditch strongly
suggested historical construction or rework and seemed to
lack any strongly compelling evidence of a previous bajada
hanging canal
prehistoric origin.

A premise has been that virtually all historic bajada canals
had "steal the plans" or "borrow the blueprints" or "dig
out an old ditch" prehistoric precedents.
Recent evidence
for the Cluff NW canal complex strongly supported shorter
largely unmodified segments of prehistoric size, slope, and
construction energy.

Until yesterday, the Minor Webster Ditch seemed to lack
potentially convincing evidence of a prehistoric origin.

Explored portions of the canal revealed large and deep cuts,
extreme construction energy inefficiency, the presence of a maint
road, and even its very name clearly supported strong historic use.

But yesterday's explorations near N 32.81102 W 109.86749
revealed a significant canal reach whose slope, size, patina, and
construction energy appears totally indistinguishable from similar
prehistoric constructs without historic intervention.
Such reaches
would appear extremely unlikely were they not in fact a
genuine prehistoric precedent.

Typical photos appear here, here, and here. While remarkably
well preserved, there is some significant erosion damage near
N 32.81102 W 109.86749. The destination remains unexplored
and unknown. Complicating matters is that the canal appears
to be about to run out of State Land and headed to a newer high
home at N 32.81413 W 109.86466

May 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Of the four known major bajada canal complexes in the Cluff Ponds
area, Mud Springs has no known obvious examples of historic reuse,
and is thus almost unquestionably prehistoric.

The Minor Webster Ditch System was just discovered to have
significant reaches that appear indistinguishable from prehistoric
origins. Based on construction energy, slope, size, apparent
purposes, and patina.

The Cluff NW complex also was recently discovered to have
partial reaches that also appear indistinguishable to prehistoric

Three out of four ain't half bad.

Which leaves the Smith Canal. On the basis of a weak "odd man out"
argument, this canal might also be believed to be of prehistoric
origin since there is no known clear or compelling evidence proving
The size and scope of the constructs, while somewhat
large, seem certainly within prehistoric bounds. There is also
significant tradeware evidence and habitation sites in the area.

And the modern tanks could easily overlay prototype prehistoric fields.

While certainly not constituting proof, a claimed prehistoric origin for
the Smith Canal does not at present seem unconvincing.

May 16, 2015 deeplink respond

While not in the earliest of our Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canal
, the Cluff Ponds area is proving to be an incredibly rich
and diverse resource.

Which, in hindshight, should have been obvious because the area
is one of the most intensely riparian in the entire Bajada complex,

and thus would seem highly unlikely to be ignored by prehistoric
water developments that otherwise apparently totally exploited
every drop of available Mount Graham water.

Here's a summary of some of the present candidate study areas...

MUD SPRINGS - Ash creek takein of this nine mile extremely well
preserved prehistoric complex was presumed near N 32.78709
W 109.85501
but may have been obliterated by the 1983
Octave tropical storm. Also branches into the Jernigan Canal
with a few reaches and one set of destination fields presently
unlocated. The saddle crossing between two major drainages
remains engineeringly spectacular. As does several hanging
sections. Includes an enigmatic "troll house" structure.

SMITH TANK - Mile long obviously historical canal sourcing
from Ash Creek near N 32.81323 W 109.84905 would seem to have
no obvious barriers to a prehistoric "steal the plans" precedent.
Ruins and extensive but sparse tradeware support early occupations.
Presently in disuse.

MINOR WEBSTER DITCH - Mostly very well preserved and obviously
historic canal is presumed to originate in Shingle Mill Canyon near N 32.79005
W 109.88949
, but  its takein point may have been obliterated by the 1983
Octave tropical storm. Presence of a mainainence road and a somewhat larger
size presently lacks convincing proof of prehistoric origins. However, it is
strongly felt that such proof may eventually be forthcoming. Numerous
check dams and tradeware are in the area. About two miles length with
an unknown destination likely related to three or more tanks.

CLUFF NORTHWEST COMPLEX - A group of two or more historic canals
remarkably close to paralleling each other of several miles total length.
Some portions are quite large and include distinctively unique Y-Weir structures,
while other reaches appear to be largely unmodified prehistoric structures of
minimal size and extreme energy efficiency. "Steal the plans" evidence for
these reaches appears to approach fairly solid prehistoric proof as their most
credible excplaination. Takeins believed from Ash Creek near N 32.82426
W 109.84678
. One possible explanation for the Y-Weirs is that historical canal
expansion caused significant erosion needing control.

ALSO RANS - A still unexplored triple headgate near N 32.81295 W 109.84887
served obvious historic purposes but could well be prehistoric original based.
It seems primarily of local delivery. A two track trail of credible canal slope from
N 32.80789 W 109.84453 to N 32.81877 W 109.84090 appears to be just an
old and disused road, but there do seem to be a few related rock alignments.
The destination and full extent of the Cluff NW complex is not yet known, but
conceivably could extend northward much of the distance to Pima. There are
numerous CCC structures, particularly in the Minor Webster area, but these
seem uniquely distinct and unrelated. Finally, there are a number of check
that appear genuinely prehistoric. Some of these are aproned, and at least
one has a large mid channel barrel cactus.

Your participation is welcome.

May 15, 2015 deeplink respond

An intermittent muffled yowling inside a laser printer can
sometimes be cured by opening the lid and letting the cat out.

May 14, 2015 deeplink respond

In 1983, tropical storm Octave dropped twelve inches of rain on
Mt. Graham, more than doubling the previously kept 65 years of
flood records.

To date, I've been unable to find any ground evidence for either the
Mud Springs Canal sourcing from Ash Creek or the Minor Webster
sourcing from Shingle Mill Canyon.
A credible explanation is
that the Octave event could have obliterated any and all takein
evidence. Subsequent reaches of both canals remain remarkably
well preserved and easily traced.

Only the first mile of the above links are linked above..

In Ash Creek we have a sheer cliff in conglomerate, a geological
entity highly tenuous at best. In Shingle Mill Canyon, we have
huge piles of carefully sorted and dirt free foot diameter boulder

I'm still hoping some takein evidence survives and can be found.
Your participation is welcome, particularly if you have geological
expertise. Many more resources here.

May 13, 2015 deeplink respond

There have been many alternates to wind turbines proposed.
This appears to be the latest of the bunch.
With this related

It does not seem quite legit to me. I'd suspect some real world
efficiency, range, and reliability issues. Possibly involving some
"haven't got the faintest clue" understanding of engineering

BTW, the best possible efficiency of a wind turbine is the 59
percent of Betz's Law. To recover all the wind energy, you
would have to exit at zero miles per hour. Which would equal
zero flow.

Since low wind speeds equal trivial power and high ones must
be shut down to avoid destruction, this limit is rarely achieved.

I suspect this new development misses by a country mile.

May 12, 2015 deeplink respond

BidIndustrial seems to be a new Phoenix based auction house
that, if not an outright merger between Cunningham and Arizona
, will be a collaboration on national events combined
with Bidspotter.

A group of major expected events would involve GT Technologies
of mesa.

More Arizona auction links here and more on auctions in general here.
Your own custom regional auction finder can be created for you
per these details.

May 11, 2015 deeplink respond

A slowdown in your comm speeds over time can usually
be traced to Ethernet Tokens that are either corroded or
grime covered.

The usual treatment is to use Brasso. But a better long
term solution is to gold plate the tokens and then flash
overplate them with a few microinches of rhodium.

May 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Here is yet another cloud project involving our hanging canals...

Locate the continuiance of the Minor Webster ditch in the
Cluff Ponds area
at N 32.81193 W 109.86680 Trace it northward
and eastward to try and find its original destination fields or
tanks. Also try to accumulate evidence of prehistoric origins.

State land ends just north of this area. Respect all postings
and private inholdings. Alternate access might be from the
west off the McInery road.

Previous cloud projects still needing your active participation
can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

May 9, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that American Radio History continues to add to its
mind boggling collection of technical reprints. Newly added are
bunches of Electronics Now and Modern Electronics issues.

I'm still trying to find the Magic Lamp issue of Electronics Now.

BTW, there is apparently a one month error between the actual
Electronics Now issues and the claimed date on the Tech Musings
issues that appear on my website.

More of my classic reprints can be found here.

May 8, 2015 deeplink respond

Moved my Thermoluminescence and Archaeomagnetism
classic reprints to our new combined Electronics World

These were both full level 2 enhancement restorations. We
offer this as a service, but its exceptional quality makes it
a tad pricey.

One of the reasons I dropped out of an anthro program was when
my Thesis adviser gave me a D on the Archaeomagnetism paper
and pronounced it "unpublishable". Of course, this happened Six
weeks AFTER it appeared in Electronics World.

That same advisor was also responsible for converting the compulsory
faculty teas to intravenous only.

May 7, 2015 deeplink respond

Per these pv pricing reports, the long term trend of steadily
dropping panel prices seems to have reversed
, with present
trends up by an annual rate of something over twelve percent.

Once again, a quarter per peak panel watt is required for
photovoltaics to eventually become genuinely renewable and
sustainable. They, of course are nowhere near that today.

Much more here and here.

May 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Some independent third party verification of our magic sinewave
concepts can be found here and here.

A magic sinewave summary can be found here and its ultra
fast calculator here.

Consulting services available.

May 5, 2015 deeplink respond

I was asked for my favorite HazMat yarns.
In answer to an ever diminishing number of
requests, here goes...

   The hazmat rule of thumb: Hold your
   thumb up with your arm extended and
   close one eye. If you can still see the
   scene, you are too close.

   The all time "best" hazmat incident:
   The great Boston molasses disaster

   My personal "best" hazmat incident:
   The great Kentucky Fried Chicken 
   gravy explosion. The original 20 gallon
   pot fire was put out simply by placing
   a lid on it. Much later and long after
   we thought the incident was over, we
   were pouring the gravy into a ditch
   in the back yard when it flashed
   spectacularly. Caused by oxygen in
   the air hitting hot buried oil.

  Neatest HazMat training effect:
  The Christmas Tree that creates a 20 foot
  diameter propane Dante's Inferno. Only
  to reveal spectacular ICE CRYSTALS (!)
  afterwards. The rapidly expanding propane
  freezes out moisture from the air under
  certain humidity and temperature ranges.

  Our best TFD "Golly Gee Mister Science"
  Our cotton module fires create their own 
  oxygen through low grade pyrolysis. And
  require no air to continue. We fight these
  by the "Dentist Method" just like removing
  decay from a tooth. There are two teams,
  the "pluckers" and the "chuckers.

  Our scariest TFD hazmat situation: 
  The HUNDREDS of sulphuric acid tankers
  PER DAY that go through our town. There 
  have been spills and fatalities and it is CERTAIN 
  to get a lot worse.

May 4, 2015 deeplink respond

The four "R's" of Arizona politics: Rightwing,
Racist, Reactionary, and Redneck.

In Arizona, a "political moderate" is anyone
who is moderately to the right of Atilla the Hun.

May 3, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the handier "rules of thumb" that
sometimes apply some of the time and can be
enormously useful is this:

Very often, one percent of what happens 
nationally happens in Arizona. And one percent
of what happens in Arizona happens in the Gila

Thus, roughly, there are 300 million people in
the US, 3 million in AZ, and 30,000 locally.

While not super accurate, this rule can quickly
give you a rough estimate of an amazing variety
of events or tasks. Where you otherwise may
not have the faintest clue as to scale. 

Naturally, the "rule" does not apply to anything
with a regional bias. I suspect Thatcher has
more cotton module fires than Bangor, Maine
does. And that walrus attacks may be rare in

May 2, 2015 deeplink respond

We now have something like 5000 exoplanets of which thirty or
so are potentially habitable. And with the expected exponantial
rate of discovery, millions of exoplanets and tens of thousands of
habitable candidates can reasonably be shortly expected.

But the kicker is that a very rare earth-moon combo is apparently
needed fo insure orbits needed for climatic stability
, and thus for
evolution. This may prove to be far less likely than simple availability
of target exoplanets.

May 1, 2015 deeplink respond

The ancient oriental art of tai wun on consists of getting totally snockered,
but always doing to in a professional and fully workmanlike manner.

April 30, 2015 deeplink respond

I am in the process of updating and expanding our Classic
Reprints linking page.

Present new old stuff includes...

John Dvorak's Pioneering Hardware
Solid State 3 Channel Color Organ
Capacitance Nomogram
Four & Five Layer Diodes
Plastic Power Transistors
Heatsink Design Chart
The Differential Amplifier

ME Hardware Hacker 2/86
ME Hardware Hacker 3/8

ME Hardware Hacker 4/86
ME Hardware Hacker 7/86
ME Hardware Hacker 9/86
ME Hardware Hacker 10/86
ME Hardware Hacker 1/87
ME Hardware Hacker 2/87

I've lost track of the total, but there probably are something
like 2300 articles total to date
. Amazingly, something like
half of these are now up in various directories of

April 29, 2015 deeplink respond

It is usually quite easy to tell the difference between a prehistoric
hanging canal
and a modern or historic build or rebuild.

Prehistoric canals are literally "hand made" and are extremely
and excruciatingly energy efficient.
Deep or wide portions are
quite rare and used only when absolutely necessary.

Hunging portions are quite common to make their slope independent
of local terrain.  

Modern canals are literally "machine made" and are extremely
energy inefficient.
Deep or wide portions are typical for higher
flow rates. Energy efficiency during construction is nearly totally
unneeded when you have a mule and a scraper or a Gradeall
helping you. Plus, the more modern canals are likely to include
concrete, steel, or rebar.

Hung portions are quite rare as it is much easier to "bull through"
any obstacle with more extensive cuts and fills. .

Should a shallow or narrow portion show up on a modern or
historic canal, the most likely reason it got there was that it
was a "steal the plans" remnant of an underlying prehistoric

At least two examples of prehistoric style constuction are present in
the Cluff NW canal pair. Per this map, this photo, and this photo.

April 28, 2015 deeplink respond

Did a full Level II Enhancement Restoration of John Dvorak's
classic Pioneering Hardware Inside Track column. Sourcecode
can separately be found here.

We can help ( or actually do ) full restorations for you per these
But note that the superb results are time intensive and

April 27, 2015 deeplink respond

Sometimes a bold display font will end up a tad "too thin",
while its extra bold companion font may not exist or else be
gross overkill.
Here's a trick that may prove useful:

Print the text twice, separated by one pixel. Or four times that
are spaced normal, one pixel north, one northeast, and one

This works best on san serif or gothic fonts and a little of it can
go a very long way. Note that a single one pixel shift will somewhat
change the font vibes.

An example can be found here. And zillions of other "free font"
insider stunts here.

April 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Making full use of all of your available fonts in Acrobat
Distiller can end up rather tricky.

First and foremost, you have to go into the Acrobat
Distiller --> Settings --> Font Locations
stash and make
sure that all of your available font directories are included.
Note that the directories can be Adobe based, Windows
based, commercial font based, or your own collections.

A typical font stash list might look like this...

C:\Program Files\Myfonts_old\
C:\Program File (x86)Adobe\Acrabat 11.0\Resource\Font\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe Illustrator CSS\Suppprt files
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Fonts

The next problem is to find a convenient way to see what all your
available fonts look like.
The sneakiest way to do this is to get
into any old unlocked PDF file in Acrobat and attempt to add
a text watermark with the Edit Page Design tool. Pick a text
watermark and add a target name. Under "Font" should be
a complete list of all your fonts. And as you change them,
their appearance should show up in the watermark.

Secret insider stunt: You can simply mouse wheel through
all your available fonts!

Another route is to use the Fonts directory in the control
While this gives you an interesting list, it does not
let you try your own text. Note that this only shows the
fonts in the Windows/Fonts directory!
Possibly leaving
out all of the good stuff.

I was amazed to find several hundred more fonts than I
thought I had. And there may still be more in hidden or
non obvious directories yet to be distiller linked.

Another major problem is to make sure you have the
PostScript spelling of the font correct
. Details on this
can be tricky. Ferinstance, in the C:\Windows\Fonts
directory, clicking on any font can give you hints to
the correct PostScript ( or gonzo ) spelling. Such as
Adobe CaslonPro Semi Bold leading you to

One stunt that works sometimes: Use your target
font in any old ap to print a short meassage. Route
and view the result in Acrobat XI. Then go to
File --> Properties --> Fonts for the exact spelling.

The usual result of a misspelled PostScript font is
a Courier substitution.

April 25, 2015 deeplink respond

I remain very much an overly enameled enthuasist of the
general purpose PostScript language. But Adobe themselves
has severely crippled PostScript and recently seems to be
de-emphasizing it.

The problem was that PostScript could read or write any file
on any computer in any operating system.
Which could lead
to excessive malwear problems. So, a few versions of Acrobat
back, Adobe disabled Distiller's ability to read or write most
disk or computer files.

Fortunately, there is a hidden workaround.

Besides slowing down the bad guys, this meant you could no
longer use a simple run command for such things as our
Gonzo utilities
. And prevented programs whose main goal
was modifying bitmaps or other programs from happening
on Adobe's watch. All of which was somewhat futile, given that
Ghostscript can still read or write any file in any operating
system and and language just fine.

So, I've had to split my PostScript work into two categories.
Those that go to Distiller may need a full copy of gonzo
prepended in each file. They also prevent programatically
entering images and such in your source code. Instead,
any images may have to be post Distiller added in Acrobat
by making obscure and off-the-wall uses of their watermark
feature. On the plus side, Distiller offers many more and
easier to use fonts and directly generates searchable and
otherwise superb graphics.

Here is the latest example of a Distiller route file and
here is its sourcecode.

For programs that modify other files or programs, I've
gone to Ghostscript. Whose two big advantages are
that my Gonzo utilities can simply be run instead of
prepended, and that reading or writing any disk file
in any language or operating system is still allowed.
But there are hassles with Ghosscript, some of which
limit font choices or convenience, Acrobat direct
compatibility, and log file lengths

Examples of my programs that demand GhostScript
include Architect's Perspective, the Bitmap Typewriter,
and the Auto Backgrounding Vignetter. Many images
that these have processed can be found here.

Once again, there is a hidden workaround that lets Distiller
use disk files.

Consulting services available.

April 24, 2015 deeplink respond

Win a few and lose a few.

This Acme Mapper image strongly suggested a prehistoric
that would prove once and for all that the Cluff NW
historic canals and their neighbors were "steal the plans"
adoptions of a prehistoric original.

But field verification just failed to reveal the slightest
hint of the Acme suggested canal as ground truth..

This is sort of the exact opposite of a few years back
when otherwise invisible and unknown canals were all
uniquely and ephermerally full of  dead flowers.

At present, Cluff NW clearly has two short unmodified
reaches that  appear in all manner identical to pristine
prehistoric canals.

Sadly, this is only suggestive, rather than absolute proof.

April 23, 2015 deeplink respond

The Church of the Latter Day Crackpots just posted their
latest 250% overunity perpetual motion machine here.

Needless to say, the utter bogosity is unquestionably assured.

This one looks a little trickier to immediately debunk. But
my prediction on the inevitable debunking will be based on
unusual waveforms that have a high ratio of rms to average
that are easily mismeasured with low end instrumentation.

We looked at the underlying principles here and here. Along with a
summary of a previous overunity bust here.

Speaking of which, I need a scan of the magic lamp fiasco story,
likely around April 1997 Electronics Now. Can you send me
one? While outstanding earlier reprints are available here,
this era seems to still be in copyright limbo.

One more time: To prove overunity, connect the output to the
input and destroy a six block radius.
As we've seen a number
of times before, finding an unlimited supply of free energy
would be one of the most heinous imaginable crime against

Much more on trashing pseudoscience here.

April 22, 2015 deeplink respond

How to drive a southwestern crafts or art store owner bonkers:
Ask them for a DeGrazia Macrame Howling Coyote...

  ... in teal.

April 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Our website has been picking up record highs lately. As with
any "too good to be true" events, it pays to look further to
see if anything strange or malware is involved

All of the hits have been on a previously low interest ancient
archive file of resbn76.pdf. Which forms an immediate red
flag that the present stats do not reflect the web traffic reality.

The traditional hits on this file were typically less than one per month.
So far in April, we have gotten nearly 8000 views.

The usual Fat Cow Webalizer stats seemed to hide much of the
obvious, so a true log file download was done by clicking through on

To save on space, the true log files are compressed in a .gz format.
While readers are readily available, there are all sorts of malware
problems in selecting one at random. Fortunately, their .gz log
files are plain text for the first few hundred characters
, so if there
is a big problem, chances are you can read enough of the file in
wordpad to find out what is coming down.

Which promptly told us that all of the hits were coming from two
related sites: and Both of thee promptly
404'ed, but chasing these through Whois quickly revealed that
the culprit was Amazon.

Exactly why they would reference one of the least useful files on
my site and why they would do so in such a heavy handed way remains
a mystery.

Here is one off-the-wall theory: Somehow they confused my /glib/ or "guru
library" subdirectory with a gLib portion of the C language.

Yes, you can block problem url's. But in this case they just might reference
something useful or worthwhile in the future. Present strategy is to wait
and watch.

Nonetheless, the above tools and techniques should be useful to you
if you end up with similar issues on your own website.

April 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Yet another one dimensional centered perspective image of
our eBay offers can be found here. As usual, it uses both our
Architect's Perspective correction and our self-vignetting

A question can be legitimately asked as to how much retouching
is "allowed"
. I strongly feel the usual answer for an "as new" and
commodity product that you have lots of would be "about the same
as a full page color Newsweek ad"

One-off collectibles are another mater entirely and should have
any and all condition details exactly shown. Retouch here is
best limited to backgrounds, edge sharpening, obvious lighting
problems, and anything that clearly will be greatly improved before
actual shipping.

But cameras and lighting do tend to make defects more obvious,
so minor adjustments that make things appear as they actually
will be perceived by the end user would not seem inappropriate.

April 19, 2015 deeplink respond

As we've seen many times in the past, the usual breakthrough
of the week has a 6.99 day half life.

But a new development in artificial photosynthesis just may
bear further watching. In which solar energy, water, and
carbon dioxide are converted into acetate under reasonable
conditions. Helped along with some bacteria biosynthesis.

Further discussion here.

April 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Many examples of our our self-vignetting backgrounder of our
eBay offers can be found here. Basically, you outline the good part
of your image with a continuous red=255 line and fill any image "holes"
or undercuts with similar red=255 pixels. Then the Ghostscript software
automatically fills the background with your choice of  215 mottled
background colors

Mottling can be set to any depth from very subtle to an intentional
design element.

Note that mottling dramatically reduces any JPEG edge artifacts
with only a negligible increase in file size.

Sometimes helped along by earlier use of our Architect's Perspective
routines that make all intended vertical lines truely so.

The backgrounder optionally does a super fancy edge vignette that
actually applies complex electronic field synthesis at its edges.

With practice, the backgrounder is quite easy to use. But there
are some simple guidelines that, if not followed, will lead to
disastrous results or unacceptably excessive retouch...

First and foremost, always work with true bitmaps that
are at least two to four times your final size. Switch to
JPG only after the image is otherwise exactly the size
shape, contrast, gamma, brightness, balance, and the
sharpness you want.

There must be ZERO original pixels with a red=255
component! the easiest way to deal with this is to use
Imageviewer32 to back off two clicks on the red
color balance. Usually this will make a negligible
change in overall appearance, but if need be,  you can
always add two clicks later. Note that unexpected
yellows or whites may have a red=255 component.

Outlines MUST be continuous and unbroken
without so much as a one pixel gap where punchthrus
may happen.

Changes in brightness, contrast, or gamma MUST NOT
be made after outlining! They can be fixed after the
autofill process is complete.

The background MUST be cropped to its intended
final size BEFORE the autofill starts.

Edge bleeds are a no-no. Any red=255 outlines are
best placed more than two pixels from any edge.

Source and destination filemanes MUST be different.

You may want less vignetting on smaller items. Rework
the vigwide variable ( perhaps to 76 ) as needed.

The autofill process works by going west edge to
the right, then east edge to the left, then top edge
to the south and finally bottom edge to the north.
If one of these cannot hit your intended pixel, you
have an undercut. Undercuts can be dealt with by
treating them as internal fills.

April 17, 2015 deeplink respond

The Caver's Wrist Sundial makes a much stronger statement
than the Apple Watch could ever hope to do..

April 16, 2015 deeplink respond

I firmly believe that most, if not all of the historic use bajada
canals were "steal the plans" or "borrow the blueprints"
adapted from underlying prehistoric originals.

While proof would seem exceptionally difficult, some underlying
principles are that apparently every drop of Mount Graham
water was fully and professionally exploited by stunning
prehistoric engineering, leaving little room for new historic
developments. It also would seem infinitely easier to "dig
out an old ditch"
than properly engineer an entire new
properly working canal system from scratch.

The pair of Cluff NW historic canals offer additional suggestions
to strong suggestions of prehistoric origins. But such origins are by
no means proven.

For openers, they are located in the most riparian region of the
entire bajada system.
It would seem exceptionally unlikely that
such as area would be prehistorically ignored. The area also has
sparse but extensive tradeware potsherds, clearly establishing
ongoing prehistoric occupation.

A second factor is that the canals clearly have a "binary" mix of
"high construct energy" and "highly efficient energy" partial segments.

The most credible reason for the shallow, small, and minimal
effort segments is that they are in fact largely unaltered prehistoric.
Their existence would otherwise make little sense with an availability
of major earthmoving equipment or beasts of burden.

A third factor is both curious and highly speculative. This canal
system includes a dozen or so masonry"Y-weirs" that are otherwise
apparently unknown elsewhere in the Gila Valley.
Their purpose seems
to be simply a one foot high flow limiting dam. There is no
obvious routing or switching or diversion involved.

Why would only this canal system require major constructs of
flow limiters? One credible explanation would be that they started
with a prehistoric low flow original and dug it out for more
And, in the process, experienced serious washouts
and erosion.

Next door to this canal complex is the Minor Webster Ditch.
It would seem challenging to find further suggestive evidence
that this canal also is in fact prehistoric. The Smith Tank
Canal in the same area is yet another candidate seeking proof
of prehistoric origins.

Further east, the Tranquility Canal could also use much better
proof of prehistoric origin. As, obviously, could the Robinson Ditch.

Your participation welcome.

April 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Number THIRTY in the present score of apparently habitable
exoplanets has been newly added here.

At present, there are something like 1500 plain old exoplanets
and 3300 more unproven Kepler Candidates. But the candidates
presently are ending up with a 90 percent hit rate.

Additional resources here, here, and here.

April 14, 2015 deeplink respond

Yorg. That's not a bug, it is a feature. Apparently Chrome trashes
our orange .xml box. They intentionally return an unlinkable menu
and a "no style sheet" error even when a style sheet is provided.

To get our orange xml box to work in the intended manner, please
try a different browser.

Apparently both Internet Explorer and Firefox will link us properly.

Apparently Chrome has no intention of repairing this problem and
I know no workaround. Please let me know if you have a solution.

April 13, 2015 deeplink respond

A really, really big deal for me: The ISO Insurance Services Office
has just re-ranked the Thatcher Fire Department as 3/3Y!

This puts us in the top ONE PERCENT of all of the volunteer fire
organizations in the entire United States.

April 12, 2015 deeplink respond

A new section to the Cluff NW canal pair has been relocated
here. It seems to also be of prehistoric hanging canal size,
slope, and standards.

And suggests to strongly suggesting "steal the plans". But
is by no means certain proof. Here is one photo. This reach
is quite subtle but seems quite real.

Elsewhere in the complex are many "Y weir" structures such as
this one. No other occurrance of Y weirs is known. They seem to
be a flow regulator with a one foot drop. One possible use would
be if a prehistoric canal was expanded and resulted in to aggressive
a flow rate.

April 11, 2015 deeplink respond

I'll occasionally "backfill" an older missing date entry. Or
make corrections, adjustments, or additions. Particularly if I
missed a crucial detail on the first pass. Or if your email feedback
provided more input. 

So it often may pay to reread older entries a week or two after
they first appear.

But the baseline goal remains to try and provide new content every day.

April 10, 2015 deeplink respond

Uploaded a reprint of my classic Plastic Power Transistors tutorial
from the February 1968 Electronics World.

April 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's yet another needed prehistoric hanging canal "cloud"

Find the source and destination of the Cluff NW canal
complex pair starting at N 32.83042 W 109.84475 and
at  N 32.82936 W 109.84478 Seek out proof of prehistoric

Additional cloud projects for which your help is very much needed
can be found here

April 8, 2015 deeplink respond

A church in Gila Bend has decided not to get a  chandelier. It
turns out nobody in the congregation knew how to play one.

They also can be a bear to tune.

April 7, 2015 deeplink respond

They are still just not getting the message. One more

Particularly byscamming members of the church of the
latter day crackpots
. Tesla, of course, is their
patron saint. And electrocity is their watchword.

Here's some starting resources...

Energy Fundamentals Intro Summary
Energy Fundamentals
More Energy Fundamentals
Trashing Auto Electrolysizers
Electrolysis Fundamentals
"Its a Gas" Hydrogen Library
PV Panel Intro and Summary

Summarizing the key points: Electrolysis is the process 
of stupiidly converting very high value kilowatt hours
of energy into very low value kilowatt hours of energy
A fundamental thermodynamic principle of exergy
GUARANTEES that the process is exactly the same
as 1:1 converting US dollars into Mexican Pesos.

Faraday's Law
 ain't broke. Continuous direct current
is GUARANTEED to be more efficient than any
possible pulse scheme. All the pulse schemes do is
make "not even wrong" deceptive measurments
ridiculously easier to do. 

Electrolysis is a current driven process. ALL older
current sources are inherently inefficient by definition.
Only when exotic switchmode techniques are used can
reasonably efficiencies ( at destroying value ) be created.

Stainless steel is utterly useless for efficient electrolysis
because of the hydrogen overpotential of iron found in 
any intro electrochem book. If you must do serious
electrolysis, platinized platinum electrodes are a must.

An ordinary car alternator is only around 45 percent 
efficient and the maximum available excess power that
can be sent through an ordinary fanbelt is a few hundred
watts at most. Thus, the primary product of onboard
vehicle electrolysis is trivial quantities of useless low grade 
heat. And is exactly the same as running with your 
emergency brake partially on.

The bottom line is this: If you do not understand exergy,
you SHOULD NOT be pissing around with electrolysis.

If you do understand exergy, you WILL NOT be pissing
around with electrolysis.

Either way, the outcome is not the least in doubt.

April 6, 2015 deeplink respond

There seems to be a combination flapadoodle and opportunity
presently in flux. Apparently a Mesa outfit called GT Advanced
allegedly got screwed over by a major computer
company, forcing them into bankruptcy.

Several major auctions have been recently announced that should
offer some exceptional opportunities.
While both Arizona Auctioneers
and Cunningham initially announced these auctions, they now appear
at least temporarily on hold. Presumably because of legal details.

This opportunity bears closely following. More auction help here.

UPDATE: More flapdoodle here.

April 5, 2015 deeplink respond

Texan, bragging about the size of his spread -- "Why, I could
drive all morning and not get half way across my place"

"Yeah? I had a truck like that once, too."

April 4, 2015 deeplink respond

As we've seen a number of times, most commercial trucking firms
absolutely refuse to do any packing or prep whatsoever.
such simple matters as shrink wrapping to a skid.

We've seen useful alternatives before. Such as U-Haul and their
new Moving Helper service. Or U-Ship with all sorts of possible
custom arrangements.

There is also a newer franchise service called Two Men and a Truck
that can offer all sorts of packing and shipping services. They seem
to have locations in many areas of the country.

More auction help here.

April 3, 2015 deeplink respond

We saw some pixel interpolation algorithms here. And another
third party tutorial here.
These are used extensively in our
Architect's Perspective utilities.

A new method can be found here that claims the "best" possible
results. And claims a variation on "nearest neighbor" believed to
be a dramatic improvement on bicubic interpolation.
one that is computationally intensive.

I'm not so sure I fully understand the method nor yet agree
with the results.
The process apparently involves doubling or
quadrupling image resolution. Impressive examples are given.

Your comments welcome.

April 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Over the years, we have accumulated bunches of classic
integrated circuits, some rare and others possibly even
extinct in the wild.

We are starting several new series of available packets
of these on our eBay site. Prices are quite low and at
least some of these are simply not avaiable elsewhere.

Some are just plain old, while others are full mil spec
883 ceramic. We even have DTL digital chips!

April 1, 2015 deeplink respond


I just found out that many of the New Mexico subastas are going
to be sold at auction!

Even worse, "slippery slope" issues may also endanger
a large number of the licitacions and even the almonedas.

Thankfully, eBay sales and shipping to New Mexico aren't
quite as bad as they used to be. Yeah, there is still the
language barrier and the hassles at customs.

One main problem was that of all the New Mexico truck 
tires are all a different size and spacing
, so everything 
needed  reloaded at the border crossings.

Fortunately, there are now REVERSIBLE truck tires that
can simply be insided out at the New Mexico ports of

More details at your nearest New Mexico embassy.

March 31, 2015 deeplink respond

Uploaded a reprint of my classic differential amplifier tutorial
from the February 1968 Electronics World.

At the time, I was absolutely outraged that the editor stupidly
reversed all the arrows on the current sources in the story!

It seems that way back when, somebody ( possibly Michael
Faraday ) guessed wrong about the way current flows in
an eletrical circuit.
And thus invented "conventional current
". Which ALL engineers, scholars, researchers, and
manufacturers to this day have COMPLETELY standardized on.

Even the IEEE tie clasp agrees. As do all the arrows on
diodes and PNP or NPN transistors. And these days with semis,
electron flow and hole flow are now equally useful concepts.

But the military had problems explaining how a vacuum
tube works and switched to using electron flow. As did the
numerous trade schools and correspondence courses that
made up the primary source of Electronics World ad

Which led to the disparity of wannabe technicians being
given EXACT OPPOSITE info from their supervising

Needless to say, the arrow on a current source should
have the same definition as those on any nearby semis.

As far as I know, electron flow has long ago died the
horrible death it rightly deserves.

March 30, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's yet another image that did not turn out half bad but
required some special treatment.

We've recently saw that one trick to doing slanty lettering
was to use Paint's vertical skew to "rectangularize" a
work area, improve the lettring with my Bitmap Typewriter,
and then "unrectangularize" it back.

Only in this image, the lettering was on a "top" side rather
than a "front" side
. For which the workaround was to use
a double skew, one vertical and one horizontal. While you
can still work on pastovers to your original image, you
do have to work oversize enough that there are no clipping
or writeover issues.

The double skew and unskew may change the size somewhat.
This can be corrected by using free Imageview32.

Back to our image, it got "stretched" somewhat to give
acceptable background spacing and obviousness to the
rail extensions. And the air ports and mounting holes
needed emphasized since they were an important part
of the device.

A major problem was that the top surface "black on black"
was largely illegible in the original photo. A second exposure
was made much lighter and overpasted. And then was
overwritten with several shades of black or gray to dramatically
improv its contrast.

March 29, 2015 deeplink respond

When it comes to italian food,  you cannot be both pro
volone and anti pasto.

March 28, 2015 deeplink respond

A critical review of the latest eCat claims can be found

I've been long opposed to perpetual motion in any way,
shape, or form and strongly feel that any "invention"
of unlimited free energy would be the most horrendous
crime against humanity imaginable anytime ever.

As with our How to Bash Pseudoscience among the
many entries in our pseufoscience library.

My most memorable free energy bashing was reviewed
here. Most of the scams are obviously wrong and easily
trashed with a simple "looks like a duck - quacks like
a duck".

But this one was a challenge in that it involved a "researcher"
who managed to find a highly unusual waveform that had an
exceptionally large ratio of average to rms value.

And then made highly incompetent measurements of the same.

March 27, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the most astounding medical facts is that rectocrainial
inversion can simultaneously be both cronic and acute.

March 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 421 main entries,
most of which now include GPS location links.

Please email me with anything I missed or needs
further updating.

March 25, 2015 deeplink respond

Even with the best of fluorescent or CCFL lighting, diffusers,
and tents, it can be very hard to get perfectly uniform lighting
for eBay photos.

One correction is to use multiple "exposures" in Paint to
retouch hot spots or shading errors. As was done in
this example.

But a sledgehammer alternative is to photograph outside
in medium shade
. This also has advantages for such things
as "straight on" oscilloscope or instrument shots. Or
to literally tape a cable or loop of whatever to a door.

You do have to disable or otherwise prevent any flash.
And do have to allow for weather or time of day. And
being under a tree with mottled leaf effects is, of course,
a big no no.

Here's an example of how uniform you can get.

Much more on eBay photography here.

March 24, 2015 deeplink respond

PV price stats are in for February and they still are dropping,
but the minimums are still stuck at 46 cents per peak panel
As we have seen, 25 cents per peak panel watt is
required to eventually be able to achieve true pv subsidy
free renewability and sustainability.

More on pv stuff here , energy fundamentals here, an
energy intro here and additional energy stuff here.

March 23, 2015 deeplink respond

Some Arizona auction news and updates: Pima College has
apparently switched their auctions to Public Surplus
Southwest Liquidators
who also have just relocated.

Auction and Appraise has newly renamed themselves
American Auction Company and seems to be expanding
from their former regional scope. Little known Asset
Conversion Specialists
has all sorts of interesting online
auction stuff that still seems to be going at remarkably
low prices.

A rather obscure government surplus auction source
is GSA auctions. And a highly useful third party search
filter for Craig's List is Search Tempest.

Only two major Arizona newspaper Sunday classifieds
seem to remain. These include AZ Central and the
Arizona Daily Star.

Auction HQ has state by state listings, but they are
forever confusing AR and AZ and seem a tad heavy
in their biodonfusion listings.

More auction assistance can be found here, our eBay
specific stuff here, AZ auctioneer links here, and your
own custom regional auction finder here.

March 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Many people do not realize that there are several popular
GPS formats
. Using the wrong one can sure cause problems
and frustrations in any group project.

The two most popular are degrees-minutes-seconds and
degrees.fraction. While degrees-minutes-seconds was the
original and remains quite popular, it involves three data
values and a base 60 variation on duodecimal. While
degrees.fraction is single valued and far more intuitive.

Both Dr. Neely and myself overwhelmingly prefer use of
degrees.fraction in our Hanging Canal work, as do most
other scientific or engineering researchers.

There are bunches of conversion sites that can be found
here. Most GPS receivers and aps will accept most formats,
and let you pick and chose your reporting or "main" format.

For instance, in Acme Mapper, go to Options-Coords.
On the Garmin eTrex 30, go to Position Format.
On Google Earth, go to Options-3D View.
On a cellphone, find a useful display conversion app.

March 21, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to upload reprints of these classics...

I'll shortly try to link them to our Classic Reprints page.

Note that Nom De Plumes were the rage in the magazine world
at that time. Especially when I had three or more stories in the
same issue.

This particular color organ was by far the worst of the series.

It was an attempt to design the cheapest possible circuit,
but had serious reliability and use problems. I've still included it
because it was an early and historical part of the color organ
. Fortunately, the key component is now unobtanium.

March 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Yet another "slanty lettering" image can be found here and
I think it is one of our best ever.

As usual, the process starts with making vertical lines true
to one pixel accuracy. Either manually ( as was done here )
or by using our Architect's Perspective Utilities.

The low-contrast-on-stainless lettering was not directly
usable, so a copy was vertically skewed 7 degrees in Paint to
make the message horizontal. The arrow was redrawn in a
higher contrast, and the regular lettering was redone by using
my Bitmap Typewriter . The Swagelok logo was borrowed
from a logo site and had its contrast and brightness bumped
enough that it could be transparently pasted in Paint.

Note that the reuse  of such a logo is permitted under the
First Sale Doctrine.

Once relettered, the image is vertically unskewed by -7 degrees
and returned to its proper place. The "Closed" callout was
completely manually redone. First by establishing bounding
"boxes" per letter, and then by entering the most obvious
horizontal and vertical line segments. And finally by manually
adding or editing the remaining pixels as needed.

Two of the surfaces had confusing reflections, so these were
substituted "whole cloth" in Paint. For stainless and similar
reflective objects, it is important to start with a completely
uniform white or ( preferably ) light gray background.

Should our Autobackgrounding Vignetter be used, it is
super important to make sure there are no unintended
red=255 pixels before outlining. This is simplest to do in
Imageview32 by backing the red color adjust off by two
clicks. Note that ivory or orange areas can in fact include
unwanted red pixel components. It is also important to completely
fill any undercuts or internal holes with new red=255 pixels.

Can you spot the one undercut needing attention in this image?

One detail: This skewing trick is mostly usable against a
dimetric background
. Fortunately, the eye is quite forgiving
if the lettering ends up "pretty nigh but not plumb". True
slanty perspective lettering can be done, but ends up a
lot more complex and time intensive.

March 19, 2015 deeplink respond

Several independent convincing factors for the age of our
prehistoric canals are their energy efficiency and purposeful
intent; the presence of uniform lichens, caliche, and patina;
being run over without accommodation by roads, dams, fences,
and even cemeteries; or the lack of any apparent use of
earthmoving equipment, concrete, iron tools, or animal

But one of the more convincing factors would be the presence
of mature slow growing trees or cacti mid channel.
Not only
might these growths be many dozens of years old, but their effective
germination times could well date in the centuries after the last
canal servicing or reuse.

Presence of mid channel vegetation can be most useful for
separating CCC projects from genuinely prehistoric ones.

This image is of a newly found Mesquite Tree midchannel
to the Sand Canal and seems to be the largest and oldest
found to date. Similar approximate locations include...

N 32.83148 W 109.92477 Mesquite
N 32.84284 W 109.81439 Mesquite 
N 32.81738 W 109.82956
N 32.80739 W 109.81457 Cacti
N 32.80969 W 109.81290 Cacti
N 32.79250 W 109.87288 Cacti

March 18, 2015 deeplink respond

Arizona milepost markers can be found using this guide.

They also are supposedly available here, but note that
they only are activated when clicked and properly

March 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to upload reprints of these classics...

I'll shortly try to link them to our Classic Reprints page.

The "Parts Profiles" series was my first attempt at a    
monthly column, and was not all that great. This column,
though, did show one of the very first optocouplers.

March 16, 2015 deeplink respond

The Radio Shack store hit list can be found here. Note that the
word "tranche" is simply legal doublespeak for "group".

There are two flavors of stores, company owned, and independent.

Both of our local independents seem to have enough other cash
streams that they would likely survive. One of them, rightly or
wrongly, seem to feel that some other wholesale supplier will take
up the slack with similar products.

Meanwhile, the type of store that seems eminently suitable for
continuing success would seem to me to be either Sparkfun
or Marlin P. Jones or MCM Electronics or PLC Center.

March 15, 2015 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is an absolutely outstanding collection of
radio, television, and other technical reprints can be found at

Of particular interest are the tech lab sources such as the
RCA Review, Bell Laboratories Record, Tele Tech, and
such. Amazingly, the content keeps expanding. Many of
the .PDF files are fully searchable.

March 14, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's a summary of some of the prehistoric hanging canal
"cloud"projects I sure could use bunches of help with...

Prove or disprove Frye Creek diversion from
N 32.74420 W 109.83941 to N 32.74562 W 109.84041

Minimize Mud Springs Canal "gap" between
N 32.79157 W 109.85360 and N 32.80306 W 109.83946

Explore Robinson Canal origin from N 32.75995 W 109.81148
to N 32.77086 W 109.79723

Verify eastern Deadman route is in fact a prehistoric canal
both directions from N 32.75608 W 109.77810 Find its destination

Seek a destination for the Allen Canal starting at N 32.83567 W
. The actual problem begins just past the low saddle
into Central Wash.

Find the actual takein point for the Mud Springs Canal between
N 32.79150 W 109.85363 and N 32.78721 W 109.85466

Seek a destination for the Mud Springs Canal starting at N 32.85155 W

Try to extend the Gold Course Canal southward from N 32.79854 W
perhaps ultiately linking it to the HS Canal at N 32.75816 W

Find out where the Shingle Mill canal ( Minor Webster Ditch ) goes
northward from N 32.80175 W 109.87054

See if the area around N 32.76808 W 109.79185  has prehistoric canal potential.

Try to verify if the area from N 32.79280 W 109.72831  to N 32.79461
W 109.72778
is in fact a prehistoric canal serving Discovery Park.

Prove or disprove prehistoric water diversion from Nuttall Canyon to a
Sand Wash tributary at
N 32.77574 W 109.95586

Explore and photograph the Ledford Canal at N 32.68957 W 109.73870
and the Smith Tank Canal at N 32.68513 W 109.73527

Find a takein point and a route for Henry's Canal linking its known reach 
easterly from N 32.73725 W 109.74212

Seek out evidence of prehistoric canals in the P Ranch area centering
on N 32.64786 W 109.71942

Find out how the Frye Mesa water got from  N 32.74568 W 109.84039
to N 32.75996 W 109.81153

Regain legal access rights to the Lefthand Canyon and Goat Hill area.

A "big picture" location map can be found here.

March 13, 2015 deeplink respond

NEVER assume the boxes in an auction pallet actually contain
what the label says they do!

Very often, schools or other institutions doing an upgrade will
put their out-of-date units being replaced into the new boxes
before moving them to their future auction sale stash.

Thus, the units typically may be one or two generations older
than the palletized boxes suggest.
One sure fire clue of this
happening is if there are more than one units in their unit packaging.

Always verify the age and series of actual individual units!

Outside of a limited possible collector market, out-of-date electronics
may have little to no value, typically less than its shipping charges.

It also may have use or compatibility problems that could piss off
your customers.

Typical examples would be analog tv anything, especially test gear,
CRT anything except for certain oscilloscopes, paper based chart
recorders, older glass power meters, vintage cable or satellite gear,
phonograph needles, most LP records, most used books or magazines,
dated but not vintage gambling  machines, polaroid anyting, photo
anything involving slopping in the slush, VHS anything, pen plotters,
high end logic analyzers, or largely uncollectible laser disks.

Much more auction help here.

March 12, 2015 deeplink respond

An interesting pv solar update appears here, while the latest
economics can shortly be expected here, and a lively discussion
Plus a free trade journal here.

March 11, 2015 deeplink respond

The perpetual motion epsilon minuses that frequent the Church
of the Latter Day Crackpots
seem to be getting off on a cute
little system we might call a commutative linear repulsion machine.

Yes, it is real and it works. No, it is not related to any homopolar
, although some related projects on their website are.

Basically, you have an AA cell contacting a coil of wire by using
the outsides of powerful magnets as contacts
. A current is
established, creating a magnetic field that gets repulsed by
the magnets, and the device "miraculously" scoots down the
inside of the coil.

It then moves down a turn or two and the process repeats.
Helped along by some inertia.

Golly gee, Mister Science!

It certainly is not perpetual motion and clearly obeys good old
F = BLi. Clearly, it could not possibly be very efficient in its
present form, owing to erratic contacts and shorted turns.

March 10, 2015 deeplink respond

We managed to find a bunch of superbly tiny SMD tantalum
capacitors and now can offer them on eBay for around one
tenth the normal dealer cost.

March 9, 2015 deeplink respond

As we have seen a time or two before, there have been
some recent dramatic improvements in WWVB coding
that very much eases reception problems. We have also
seen that Everset Technologies has a ES100 receiver
module newly available.
With some connection details here.

One interesting feature is a pair of small diversity antennas,
which largely get around orientation and reception problems.

But yet to appear is a Raspberry Pi free reference design,
or an Aduino Shield, or availabity through such high
profile hardware hacker sources as Sparkfun.

Back when I was playing with WWVB here and here, clocks
were mostly inaccurate and needed reset on any power outage.
But these days, we seem to have all sorts of "sort of accurate"
and "always the right time" services. Obvious examples are
most any personal computer, most any cell phone, and the GPS
navigation system.

Meanwhile, WWVB still has issues with diurnal dropouts
and needing midnight updates to get around terrestrial
noise. I'm wondering if all of today's "fairly good time"
alternates might not significantly cut into any new WWVB
demand or popularity.

March 8, 2015 deeplink respond

I managed to get a few more Modern Electronics classic Hardware
Hacker reprints uploaded...

I'll shortly add these as links to our classics library page.

Newer hardware hacking columns can be found here and here.

There should be something like sixty of these total, but the
few shown above are all I've been presently able to locate.

A surprising amount ( athough certainly not all ) of the material still
seems both relevant and useful. At least as stepping points for new
Google or Wikipedia searches.

But I guess that is what classics are supposed to be all about.

March 7, 2015 deeplink respond

I may have found the "Rosetta Stone" that greatly supports
the premise that virtually all historic area bajada sourced canals
were in fact "steal the plans" or "borrow the blueprints" from
prehistoric originals.

Based on the second premise that it was clearly easier to
"dig out an old ditch" than to properly engineer and
construct an entire working canal system
from scratch.

And on the third premise that virtually every drop of
northeastern Mount Grahm bajada water seems to have been
prehistorically successfully exploited.

Candidate canal systems that could use additional evidence
for prehistoric origins would include the Minor Webster Ditch,
the Smith Ponds Canal, and the Tranquility Canal.

Here is an aerial photo of a newly rediscovered Cluff NW
pair (!) of remarkably parallel canals consistently within a
few dozen feet of each other. The eastern one is large with
a high single spoil pile wall, clearly energy inefficient, and
obviously needing modern tools for initial consturction.

The western canal elivery portion is mostly of a deep vee
architecture normally typical of historic use. But it includes
a short section of a few dozen feet at N 32.82641 W 109.84673
that seems "remarkably similiar" to many other  prehistoric
canals in the area.

This segment is clearly low energy, shallow, and double bordered.
It seems exceptionally unlikely to have been intentionally built
from scratch  historically.
A credible reason for its continued
existence might be that the area is somewhat more rocky than
some of the deep vee "all dirt" areas.

Origins of both canals appear to involve Ash Creek takeins,
but this has not yet been verified. .

Both canals share similar historic constructions, including numerous
and distinctively unique "Y Weir" structures and a possible stream
siphon. There is also a very crude and apparently more modern
diversion cut linking west to east just south of the wash.

As usual, this find creates many more new questions than
it resolves. Your help and support welcome to further this
utterly unique local stunning world class research.

March 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to get an early Modern Electronics Hardware Hacker
reprint up here. I'll shortly add its link to our classics reprints.

Only a dozen or so of these may end up immediately available,
with the remainder being much more of a long term project.

More recent columns can be found here and here.

Your support welcome.

March 5, 2015 deeplink respond

So, how long did it take to build our prehistoric hanging canals?

The abstract of one new study from China can be found
here. While not directly relevent, it does point out that
the time to make the tools needed apparently could be
quite significant.

I'd also expect limited caloric intake to also be a factort.

My own WAG estimate goes something like this: I
ask the askee "Given some practice and some good
stone tools, could you build one foot of typical canal
in an hour?

To which they usually would admit this might be a fair
ball park estimate. Which translates perhaps to fifteen
feet per day or a mile per year. There are presently
something like sixty five miles of known canals.

Adding some slop for rework and mistakes and extra for
any deeper or harder cuts, along with the time to make
the tools and a caloric factor gives us something like 80
to 130 man years for the project.

Which is a fairly big number, but nothing remotely
approaching an Egyptian Pyraminds work load.

Your mileage may vary.

March 4, 2015 deeplink respond

I was asked if there were any IP rights issues involved in
printing two copies of my Incredible Secret Money Machine.

Most of my material is open sourced, including full source
code for most new material. In, of course, an incredibly
powerful and useful format
that nobody seems to have
the least interest of learning or using.

Everything is basically free, except for IP rights to
magic sinewaves, which are fee based.

Thus, the only issue I see with running two ISMM
copies at a jiffy print store is that it likely would be
cheaper to buy an eBook reader instead.

March 3, 2015 deeplink respond

Most older dimmers and related ac power contruls use a
scheme called ac phase control. In which the delay of an
electronic switch turnon is set by its time lapse from the
previous zero crossing.

While borrowed from the ancient thyratron days, this
works particularly good with SCR's, Triacs, and similar
solid state switches that can be turned on but have to
stay on until their main current drops to zero.

Sadly, no solid state bipolar device that can be switched both
on and off from a low power control source has yet become
mainstream or cost effective
. Although some gate controlled
switches do exist. Sort of. See the NTE276.

The main little problem with ac forward phase control is
that the sudden high current switching causes horrendous
radio frequency interference,
besides giving non-incandescent
LED or ballasted dimmers fits and limiting their range options.

There's a somewhat newer concept called reverse phase control.
In which the load is always turned on immediately after a zero
crossing for no transient or rfi, and then turned off later in the
cycle to create a proportional control.

Any rfi from the turnoff can be greatly reduced by lengthening
the turnoff time. Trading off some increased device dissipation
for significantly less transient issues. Reverse phase control
also works much better for dimming exotic light sources.

Since no really great gate controlled switches are yet mainstream,
the usual route here is to substitute a power MOS transistor. Which
creates a new problem of being unipolar. Often gotten around by
adding a full wave rectifier between the MOS device and its load.

My first of many forward ac phase control project can be found here.
With more similiar stuff here.

March 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Here's an interesting interface project that lets you get
a commercial Black & Decker power monitor online
and web literate.

Besides making you generally energy aware, this can
track such things as air conditioner or hot tub heater
. Possibly for significant savings.

More on energy topics here.

March 1, 2015 deeplink respond

Uploaded a classic Multipurpose Electronic Control  construction
project from the January 1965 Electronics World to our Classic
Reprints stash

This was one of the first combined lamp dimmer and single channel
color organs
. It used a biasing trick of mine to shift the phase angle
of a conventional SCR dimmer circuit.

Other color organ projects linked here.

February 28, 2015 deeplink respond

As we've seen a number of times before, sometimes the
best online auction opportunities are found in "contents
of shelf" or "contents of cabinet" or even "contents of
room" lots.

While outstanding bargains can sometimes be found here,
one downside is that
you have to triage a lot of trash and
move heavy stuff to get at the goodies
. So, you likely
should limit yourself to nearby opportunities.
And a
personal inspection is highly recommended.

One potentially outstanding "contents of shelf" event
can be found here. Sadly, it is in York Pennsylvania, so
it is waay too far east to be practical for me

A note added later: DOZENS of contents of cabinents
went unbid! And could literally have been stolen.

February 27, 2015 deeplink respond

I am in the process of revising my hanging canal field
notes so they are newly rearranged by watershed. You
can keep track of the progress here.

We are nearly half way there. In general, the blue GPS
entries are nearly complete, while the brown ones still
need major revision.

February 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Small and out-of-focus or poorly exposed eBay images can
sometimes be salvaged with some fancy Paint work. This
shows us what can be done.

First, you should rotate the image to get the intended
verticals as near so as possible. The goal should be to seek
out "architects perspective" in which all intended verticals
are in fact so to one pixel accuracy. If they are nearly so,
you can usually manually adjust them. If not, my Architects
routines can be used.

Next, the background should be knocked out, again to one
pixel accuracy. If my Autobackgrounder utilities are used,
at this time they should be completely outlined with a
red=255 border for a later knockout using our Web Friendly
PostScript colors
. Otherwise, a suitably mottled border can be
manually inserted.

The autobackgrounder has an advantage of optional auto

If the original was out of focus, replace the edges with
internal pixels
as needed to get solid-to-the-edge colors.
Raise contrast as needed to clarify borders. In this example,
the ellipse feature of Paint was used to strengthen the edges
of the four top holes. They were also darkened slightly to
improve their contrast.

Other fuzzy features can similarly be dealt with by substituting their
internal pixels at their edges.

Highlighting internal edges with a fairly thin and medium gray
can prove useful so long as it does not end up too strong.
These will usually become more subtle during your final
image reduction and .JPG conversion.

Some liberties with minor details ( such as the bottom pins here )
can sometimes greatly improve the final appearance.

February 25, 2015 deeplink respond

The Public Surplus online auction website mostly has abject junk
too far away and too worthless to triage. But I rarely have done
quite  well on some items, particularly those from Mesa or
Central Arizona Water.

I get the impression there aren't all that many bidders and that
at least some of them are not aggressive or aware how to deal
with an online auction.

Here's some guidelines that work for me: Carefully prescreen
the candidate items well ahead of time. Making sure that each
item by itself is worth dealing with. Precisely eight minutes
before auction closing time, enter your maximum proxy bid.

But do so only if the current price is less than one third of
your maximum. And only if there are a very few bidders
so far, and if the number of bids isn't very much more than
the number of bidders.

Then sit back and watch. Do not rebid and do not get into
a pissing contest. Above all, do not trip any autoextensions

More online auction tips and techniques here.

February 24, 2015 deeplink respond

The new CSI Gila Bend tv series seems to have fully
lived down to its expectations.

February 23, 2015 deeplink respond

Amazingly, EAC is building a fab lab, per these details.

Which is a 180 degree turnaround from a few years back
when they cancelled the entire electronics program because
the football team needed the money.

More on fab labs here and hackerspaces here.

From your original Hardware Hacker.

February 22, 2015 deeplink respond

The illegal aliens in the Alabama grits harvest are apparently
being used for flavor only.

February 21, 2015 deeplink respond

I have long wanted to see the ability to quickly and conveniently
merge topo maps with other images
. Preferably with an
instantly programmable transparency. We saw a very crude
example way back when with our aerial coverage of PacMan,

I would think such a feature would be easy to include in the
.KML language or as an added value service to Acme Mapper.

Meanwhile, a not-too-bad approach can sometimes be done by
using Adobe Acrobat XI. Per this example.

The trick is to start with a background .pdf file and then use
their understated watermark feature to overlay a second .pdf
to somewhere near 50 percent transparenecy.

Set the scale to properly span any known alignment marks.
Then adjust the vertical and horizontal watermark positions
to properly align. You'll get the best results and the most
accuracy with the largest possible viewing area.

February 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Reprints of Modern Electronics are starting to become
available from this resource. I'll be excerpting my ME
Hardware Hacker columns from them as time, funding,
and sponsorship permit.

The Hardware Hacker series started out in Modern
Electronics, moved to Radio Electronics, and then
became Tech Musings in Electronics Now.

The name change became essential after a 180 degree
shift in the meaning of "Hacker" and all the men in
black on my doorstep and those heliocopter landings
in the cotton field next door. Not to mention a never
ending and ever expanding supply of epsilon minus

Fully restored reprints of Tech Musings can be found here.
And reprints of the more recent Electronics Now hardware
hackers here, with partial restorations only of EN Columns
1-59 here.

Initial ME reprints will likely appear in our Classic Reprints
area. We may or may not create a separate area later with
time and funding permitting.

February 19, 2015 deeplink respond

The Colorgan was a Radio Electronics variation to the
series of color organ projects. I've uploaded a rather
poor copy here.

The complete color organ sequence was...

Solid State 3 Channel Color Organ
Simplified Solid State Color Organ
Multipurpose Electronic Control
Low Co$t Hi-Fi Color Organ

Build New High-Power Colorgan
Musette Color Organ
Hi Fi a Go Go
Psychedelia I Color Organ

The Psychedelia I completely blew the others away. It used
active filters and a revolutionary off-the-wall development in
super cheap and high performance RTL digital IC phase

Once again, I'd recommend starting over from scratch
using a HDTV display and beyond FFT signal processing
that in some manner would attempt to extract all of the
individual instruments in the musical passage.

Several of the lesser stories above have not yet been
I'll try to get to them as time and funding permit.

I'd also like to do full restortations on these sometime.

February 18, 2015 deeplink respond

I remain very much convinced that 95 percent of all local
bajada historic canal projects were based on "steal the
plans" and "dig out an old ditch". The remaining 5
percent, of course, were based on "borrow the blueprints".

But the pair of Cluff Ponds Northwest canals presents a
dilemma. Their construction and artchitecture is wildly
different from our prehistoric canals.
The single wall
high mud barrier clearly was horribly energy inefficient
and obviously needed horse or power scrapers. While
concrete distinctive "Y" weirs form an essential part
of the system. And a rather advanced stream crossing
involved a siphon or similar.

The only "evidence" for a prehistoric predecessor are
a few sparse potsherds. Plus being in the most obvious
and easily constructed riparian location in the entire
Gila Valley. No such location was ignored prehistorically
locally, and such a canal would be conspicuous by its

Yet, evidence for a prehistoric origin presently remains
unacceptably weak.

February 17, 2015 deeplink respond

A local online industrial auction seems to be presenting some
unusual opportunities. Many opening bids are quite low and
there do not seem to be very many bidders as of yet.

Pack and ship services are separatly available. The present
auction closes in a few days.

February 16, 2015 deeplink respond

Uploaded a rather poor copy of my first ac dimmer project. This
fit an outlet box and used a short lived beastie called a bilateral
switching diode
. These were shortly thereafter blown out of
the water by triacs.

A full restoration of this story would take quite a bit of effort and
require sponsorship or other support.

February 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Yesterday's explorations expanded on the Cluff Ponds Northwest
. These seem to be abandoned historic and are rather distinct
from most prehistoric canals. They are clearly riverine architecture,
even though they appear to be Ash Creek sourced.

Hallmarks are one high mud bank that clearly would need horse
or tractor scraper work. Plus six or more distinctive concrete
"Y" shaped weirs and some sort of damaged wash crossing,
possibly a siphon. There seem to be two parallel routes.

The "Y" weirs are easily viewed in Acme Mapper.

While the Minor Webster Ditch and its possible Shingle Mill
prhistoric canal is in the area, the two seem unrelated.

The only hints of possible prehistoric precedents are a few
sparse potsherds and being conspicuous by absence in an
obvious and easily developed major riparian area.

February 14, 2015 deeplink respond

A Capacitance Nomogram was my first tecnical nomogram
paper for Electronics World. In those days, you had to use a nom
de plume
if you had more than one paper in any given magazine.
I've added a somewhat poor quality reprint link to our Classic Reprints

February 13, 2015 deeplink respond

Another "slanty lettering" example can be found here. This one
was extremely tricky to photograph owing to the white on silver

Again, the process is to first rotate the subject so the lettering is
horizontal, reletter with the Bitmap Typewriter, skew with Paint,
copy back, and then rotate back. In this case, the persepective
corrction was close enough to do manually without needing
my special software.

BTW, full perspective lettering is also possible but much more
involved. We saw the full details a ways back.

February 12, 2015 deeplink respond

Despite their being outragously expensive compared to most
other shipping services, I've found the UPS Stores to be an
effective way of dealing with remote online auction wins.

Just be sure to factor your shipping costs into your bid prices.

Most trucking firms will not pack or load! Not even so much
as shrink wrapping to a skid. And, amazingly, the few
times I've used UPS Stores, they ended up a five minute
drive from the pickup and offered amazingly fast services.

They do tend to overpackage, so you should spell out
exactly whether individual items need extra wrapping and
if recycled materials are appropriate.

Other alternatives can be found through UShip. Our
local UPS store folded, but got replaced by CMI
who seem to do fine work.

Much more on auction insider secrets here.

February 11, 2015 deeplink respond

As this example shows us, retouching "slanty lettering"
can be fairly simple if you combine the right tools.

First, rotate the image using Imageview32 so that the lettering
is perfectly horizontal. Then replace the lettering and its
background using my Bitmap Typewriter.

Save a special copy of the results and then use the horizontal
skew feature hidden in Paint's Rotate command
to make the
"intended vertical" portions of the lettering align properly
with the "intended vertical" nearby portions of the same image.

Copy the skewed lettering back to the original rotated image.
Then rotate everything back to the desired final orientation.

Tutorials, projects, and consulting work available.

February 10, 2015 deeplink respond

New SCR Developments was my first tecnical tutorial
paper for Electronics World. I've added a reprint to
our Classic Reprints page.

February 7, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to return to the Sand Wash hanging canal
#33 several times. As is typical, the return visits created
more questions than they answered.

This is by far the easiest of the hanging canals to access,
both on foot and with 2WD.

It seems to originate in a presently dry wash at N 32.83319
W 109.92513.
Strangely, there is an unexplained terracotta
pipe at the takein point and a second diversion pipe a
hundred yards north.
Who did these obviously modern constructs
and why remains a mystery. Both pipes are on state land
and clearly are an afterthought to the original work .

A credible but unproved possibility is that the present perennial
stream in Nuttall Canyon was diverted into a branch of sand
wash at N 32.77468 W 109.95556. A present foreset service
water project here would seem to verify the feasibility of
such a prehistoric diversion. And is remarkably similar to a
potential upper Frye Creek diversion.

There is at least one other hanging canal example where water
was divrted into a natural streambed and later diverted again
into a canal construct. This would be Spring Canyon feeding
Allen Canal. Spring Canyon may have also been supplied
by a constructed diverision above Frye Creek falls.

Just beyond the second diversion pipe and still on state land,
a classic hanging portion begins with the usual "water flows
illusion. This is followed by a fairly long and fairly deep cut
in turn straddled by a huge mesquite tree midchannel. A
fence bridging state and BLM land ownership follows
somewhat to the north.

Once on BLM land and still trending northward, the canal seems
to be exceptionally small. So small that it would appear unlikely
to be able to deliver significant water
. The lack of knon survey
instruments suggests that pilot small static levels may have been
used. Such static levels could conceivably be of a size comparable
to this portion of the sand canal.
Whether this was a pilot constuct
of a work in progress remains highly speculative.

Further north, the canal is partially damaged by a four wheel track.
but remains followable. Yet further north, the canal enters highly
developed private land and no longer appears extant. Possibly
intrviewing the landoner may prove of value.

Much more on the hanging canals here.

February 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Uploaded a rather poor quality reprint of my second color organ
paper from the January 1974 Electronics World. This one featured
filter and SCR trigger circuits that were much cheaper and
featured easier to get parts.

There were about a dozen of my color organs total, with this one being
the first and the Psychedelia being one of the last and best. Intermediate
versions included the Colorgan in Radio Electronics, Musette in Popular
, and the horribly renamed Hi Fi a Go Go also in Popular

Plus an atrocity I'd just as soon forget about involving power photocells and
pilot lights. Cheap but awful. They also tended to self destruct.

Many competing systems were also incredibly bad and gave the whole
genre a bad name. Problems largely unsolved to this day were
the need for decent sensitivity, lack of AGC, and mesmerizingly awful
line interference. Getting decent display color saturation was difficult
and most systems quickly became boring and repetitive.

If I were to address the color organ problem today, I would simply
start over.
The obvious display to use is a HDTV. And the obvious
controller would be a Raspberry Pi.

Rather than full spectrum filtering, I think I'd look into advanced signal
processing in which an attempt is made to separately extract each and
every instrument
, using something several levels beyond the Fast Fourier
. Each isolated instrument would then create a color "voice"
suitable for its content. The position, size, shape, "dynamaticity" and
whatever of
each instrument would appropriately dance around the display.

Randomization would be introduced so that the very concept of how
each instrument appears continuously changes.

February 5, 2015 deeplink respond

What were my worst construction projects of all time?
After all, something had to end up on the bottom of the pile...

A thermoelectric ice cube maker where the
heatsink rise vastly exceeded the module
delta T.

A science fair proximity project where the
sensitivity was appalingly bad because of
a lack of understanding vacuum tube biasing.

A pneumatic key presser for an IBM selectric
typeriter that never quite got the 1 in 64
pneumatic decoder properly worked out.

An ultra cheap color organ using nothing but
three poer photoresistors and three light
bulbs but had an alarming tendancy to self

An attempt to get plotters to draw integrated
circuit packages by merging Applewriter's WPL
with Hewlett Packard's HPGL. Leaving a vanashing
and fast closing market.

A computer cassette interface that, while it
seemed to work properly, did not have nearly
the error rate studies and improvements that
clearly were necessary. Made instantly obsolete
by plummeting floppy drive prices.

An Apple IIe graphics accellerator that attempted
to complexly table lookup HIRES graphics addresses
for only a minor possible speedup.

Attempts at WWVB receivers that never could
quite get acceptable noise performance and error

An advertising "Reddy Readout" based on a
winning college exhibit that was impossibly
difficult to hardwire program and only offered
a twelve character message.

February 4, 2015 deeplink respond

The xyloophone duet can be found here. And its rather obscure
original source here.

Plus hundreds of millions of daily progress reports here.

February 3, 2015 deeplink respond

A fairly good sign that a hanging canal or a check dam is prehistoric
is having a large barrel cactus growing mid channel. Or at least
a large mesquite tree or a lesser shrub such as a creosote bush.

We presently have dozens of midstream barrel examples that
strongly and consistently seem to verify prehistoric age.

All of which raises an interesting math problem that I do not
know how to deal with. The barrel cacti itself could be fifty to
a hundred years old and was unlikely to grow in the presence of
excess water. And the canal owner was unlikely to tolerate its
presence during actual canal use

But the germination time of a cactus is likely to be much, much longer.
Possibly many hundreds of years. How would you statistically measure
A steady state could be tentatively assumed, with the number
of new cacti exactly matching the number being harvested or dying.

Otherwise, there would be no cacti or they would be wall to wall
on ten inch centers.

Thus, it would seem to be reasonable to assume that the average
germination time would be at least a century
after the canal fell
into disuse.

Any suggestions on a mathematical model?

( This is rather similar to the "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? "
problem. If exothermic, eventually all hell breaks loose. If endothermic
then hell freezes over. )

February 2, 2015 deeplink respond

Several exciting developments involving the Raspberry Pi
today. We saw a few weeks ago that the Model A+ was
introduced in a slightly smaller package at a base price
of $20.
Which, it turns out, does not include the software
SD card, the power supply, the monitor, mouse, or keyboard.

My favorite monitor here is the Coby LEDTV1526, which
may no longer be available. I have two pi projects underway
at present. The first is to upgrade our magic sinewaves so
that entire libraries of combined amplitude and frequency
settings are possible in a single and largely hardware free SD

And the second is to try and come up with a reference
display design for new Everset Technologies ES100
WWVB self resetting and
always accurate clock chip.
With more info here, here, here, and here.

Meanwhile, there is an even newer quad core Raspberry Pi 2
that is
up to six times faster in pretty much the same package
as the original. And even more amazing it runs Windows 10
which is newly available at no charge!

February 1, 2015 deeplink respond

If you see a SMT reel that looks like "only a little" of it has
been used, the chances are it is probably at least half empty.

Spiral anything can be utterly deceptive, because the outer
wraps are much longer than the inner ones.

On a complete spiral, half of the length will be near the
three quarters diameter

For integrating a diameter of x dx produces an (x^2)/2 total.

Some math on this I never got around to using here. The
goal was to find out how many turns were needed to give a
customer a certain length of polyester sheet. Given the
starting diameter and the sheet thickness.

January 31, 2015 deeplink respond

Free the Indianapolis 500.

January 30, 2015 deeplink respond

The December PV cost figures are in here, and the best
price per peak panel watt comes in at 45 cents. Which projects
out to the 25 cents per peek watt magic number breakeven
happening in 23 months.

Much more on energy fundamentals here. And expecially here.

January 29, 2015 deeplink respond

A "gotcha" from back in the aerospace daze: Ferrite Beads
will only work properly if they are able to move!

Apparently some minor motion is essential to convert unwanted
rfi into heat. What this means is that if you pot a ferrite bead, or
if you conformal coat it, or if you embed it in epoxy, it may no longer
behave nearly as well as intended.
An alternate explanation for this
problem is that the potting compound may shift or shrink during
curing, resulting in a permanent applied pressure.

By one of those astondomg coincidences that seem to infest this
blog, we just happen to have some new and interesting ferrite
interference reduction items up on our eBay auction site.

January 28, 2015 deeplink respond

Are auctioneers about to become an endangered species?

Online auctions offer far more convenience, less time, no travel,
no weather or parking problems, etc... and they seem to no longer
require traditional auctioneer skills. In fact, such skills can be largely
a hindrance.

No longer relevant are spiels, charisma, and venues. Nor their traditional
scams of fast hammers, phantom bidding, bid pulling, slow pay, and
shilling. None of these skills or scams are even remotely needed
or relevant in any online only auction setup.

Hints of all not being well is the Arizona Auctioneers Society pulling
a Schrodinger and seeming being neither alive nor dead. And the
National Auctioneers Association website clearly being unable to
find a pig in a dishpan when it comes to available auctions.

More useful auction resources here and here.

January 27, 2015 deeplink respond

As we've seen before, getting decent oscilloscope waveforms
for eBay, user manuals, or whatever can be incredibly difficult. So,
here is yet another example. With "almost" the original here.

Firstoff, any tilt or keystoning has to be corrected using my Architects
Perspective Utilities.
In this case, the right side was smaller, so you
first have to rotate the image, do your correction ( possibly negative ) and
then rotate back.

Next, a credible border area gets "chased" all the way around the display.

A credible area of the trace on an empty square is then done, followed
by a credible fill. The empty squares are then overwritten as needed.

There are six common areas to the sinewave that can be replicated
six or seven times as needed.
These are the top tips, mid upper, lo
upper, lo bottom, mid bottom, and bottom tips. Some of the grid lines
will end up wrong when you do this and will require manual correction.

The quadratic drawing feature of Paint ( second drawing tool in from
upper left ) is incredibly useful here to
create the replication samples.
With practice, the whole process can be done fairly fast.

Consulting services available.

January 26, 2015 deeplink respond

Use of symmetry and cut and pasting can dramatically improve
the quality of an eBay photo or scanned image.

Compare this original against this final result. All done with
plain old Paint and Imageview32.

Consulting services and custom work available.

January 25, 2015 deeplink respond

The key secret to getting decent prices in any online auction
is to be the only bidder!
This does not happen very often,
but when it does, you should be poised to leap at the opportunity.

Sometimes an action will be poorly promoted. Or the auction house
may be extending their range limits. Or there are software
screwups. Or the items are wrongly described. Or the increment
after the minimum is too high. Or the closing times or their
overlaps don't make sense. Or the seller flat out bet on the
wrong auctioneer.

Sadly, the last auction I won items on got cancelled by the bankruptcy
court after the auction ended.
But I could see why they were upset
on my winning $10 bid for half a million dollars in mint components.
I guess the real problem was they only had bits on six of the 600
lots total from a mere three bidders.

As we have seen on our auction help library page, only one in twenty of
your bids should end up winning
. Otherwise, you are paying too much.
You make up for a 95 percent "failure rate", of course, by bidding on
twenty times what you could possibly use.

You succeed at this by extreme attention to detail. Paying very
close attention to any and all auctions that could even remotely
pay off.

We've seen a list of Arizona related auction houses here, and your
own custom list can be created for you per these details.

Once again, the keys are persistence and attention to detail.
Much more here.

January 24, 2015 deeplink respond

We seem to be selling out of many of our eBay items that have
long been in stock.

Usually, there will be a few items left over when the last order is
filled, so we typically will comp the last buyer with any excess.

Almost all of our items are unique finds, so we are unlikely to get
any more of any one item that sells out.

Our usual goals are to sell at one sixth of normal dealer price and to
always have items in stock for ( usually ) blindingly fast priority
mail delivery.

January 23, 2015 deeplink respond

One of the more infuriating new changes to Chrome is a new
persistent you icon that is flat out annoying.

Removal instructions can be found here.

January 22, 2015 deeplink respond

Finding prehistoric check dams in our area is usually about as
complicated as finding a pig in a dishpan.

Many of these will have a small apron that seems to make them unique
from CCC constructs
. The CCC dams also tend to be a lot larger, will
be stacked more than one rock high and tend to be transit aligned.

But this latest checkdam find includes a large barrel cacti midstream.
Which almost certainly means it predates anything recent or historic.

January 21, 2015 deeplink respond

A superb collection of free Heathkit manuals and schematics
can be found here.

Apparently the IP rights fiasco of several years back has
backed off. I'll refrain from commenting further on this.

Other than note that both HP and Tektronix pioneered in
making all of their earlier technical material public domain.

Thus defining an industry stndard.

Plans are apparently underfoot for a revival of the Heathkit
name, seemingly from a groundswill of popular demand.

I can see some serious problems here. Not the least of
which are the herd of elephants in the room
that include
social media and ultra cheap computers. Combined with
the difficulty a hobbiest has in soldering an 0608 smt
capacitor. Let alone a small one.

Or even finding an individual who knows what "solder" is.

Heathkit thrived in part because of ultra cheap surplus parts.
Both from govnerment and Radio Rows.

And by each and every high school and community college having
stong  electronics programs aimed at guaranteed job placement
before the evil empire vanshed.
And by a superb ham radio
community totally unlike its geriatric parody tiniest shadow today.

I can remember ( and was peripheraly involved ) in such things as
hams bouncing radar off the moon, pioneering induction heaters,
parametric amplifiers, and gas chromatographs, developing single
sideband, participating in friday night tech symposiiums in the
projection booth of the Mars Theater, and active involvement in
the International Geophysical Year.

I will acknowledge that a very small subset of the ham community
are still doing exceptional work related to cave communications.

January 20, 2015 deeplink respond

Epanded the entries on our Classic Reprints page. These
included the Bit Boffer, the Music Speech Discriminator,
and my very first Byte Magazine story in its first issue.

Many of the early Byte stories were simply chapter
reprints of the TV Typewriter Cookbook.

January 19, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to upload a classic reprint of my Music Speech
It was derived from a Lafayette student
interschool paper competition vacuum tube version initially
lifted from Electronics Magazine.

This technically was my first professionally published paper,
although my first Color Organ construction project also appeared
later in the same issue.

At the time, many magazines insisted on using non de plumes
if an author appeared more than once. I had as many as four
articles in a single issue of EW.

The unit worked, sort of. But coulda been a lot better. What
should have been a logarithmic amplifier was really just
nonlinear. And the input impedance of the Schmidd Trigger
was too low.

The utility of these devices vanished as did the popularity of
various Muzak elevator services.

January 18, 2015 deeplink respond

A new Arizona State Museum paper on our hanging canals can
be found here. It is based on a November 2014 tour and on our
Wikipedia article.

This is the first time an independent mainstream archaeological
review has acknowledged the significance and importance of
the world class Safford hanging bajada canals.

January 17, 2015 deeplink respond

Managed to get a copy or our Byte Bit Boffer story up on our
Classic Reprints.
Many thanks to
for their assistance here and for their utterly amazing collection of
historic electronic reprints.

The Bit Boffer led to the Kansas City Standard that attempted to unify
the early use of audio cassette recorders for personal computer data.

It was largely ignored and soon blown out of the water by the
emergence of sanely priced floppy disk systems.

January 16, 2015 deeplink respond

Yes, I have been rather sloppy with typos and spelling areas in
this blog
. The lame excuse being that the version of Dreamweaver
I am using does not include a spell checker. And that I find
Microsoft Word gruesome beyond belief.

But here is a new scheme that should work. My Mozilla Thunderbird
I use for email does have a nice spell checker that is quite easy
to use. So, I can edit ( but not send ) myself large blog blocks to
highlight the problems. And then manually repair them in Dreamweaver..

The easiest way I have found to check spelling is to put the misspelled word
into Google, and it will suggest the correct result. Not all words are covered,
though. Such as caliche or artesian.

I'll try this for a while and see if the problems ease.

January 15, 2015 deeplink respond

Got yet another in an unending series of "not the faintest clue"
questions on product development. A review...

For most individuals and small scale startups most of the time,
any involvements whatsoever with the patent system will
inevitably result is a net loss of time, energy, money, and
Per details here, here, here, here, and here.

But especially here.

For if your "idea" ( which is CERTAINLY not unique and
CERTAINLY has great heaping bunches of prior art ) is
any good, it WILL be stolen.
And there is ABSOLUTELY
NOTHING you could possibly do to prevent this from

For it is patently absurd to try and patent a million dollar idea.
Details here.

Your only defense is continued product development and
improvement at a high enough rate of speed.

Ah yes. Models. Not only will you absolutely need
one model, you will certainly need hundreds of them
for your unavoidable beta test program. For it is
in beta test that any concept wins or loses. For
the beta test is the steepest filter in the idea
mortality curve

We looked at many product development concepts
here and here and elsewhere in my website. But
there are some newer tools that may help you
bunches if properly used.

First and foremost, see if there is a Hackerspace,
Makerspace, or FabLab in your area and use it
If not, start your own and profit from
an infinite supply of the utterly clueless.

Secondly make yourself aware of neat stuff and
hacker friendly supply sources. A few of the many
examples being Sparkfun, Marlin P Jones, and
American Science and Surplus. And, of course,
good old Small Parts, who are now Amazon Supply.

Thirdly, aggressively build a useful and informative
website that becomes a definitive resource
in your
area of expertise. Make sure you include your
free user manuals, schematics, and source code.

And fourthly, most any new product WILL need
intelligent control and web access.
Foremost here
would be the Raspberry Pi, with the good old
Basic Stamp, Begalbone Black, and various
Arduino products also useful..

Consulting services available.

January 14, 2015 deeplink respond

Speaking of McEniry, most of the locals around here use
their own "not even wrong" versions of spelling his name.

Even the street signs are mesmerizingly awful!

You can use his signature on the stock swindle prospectus
here. It is Mceniry. "Mc"not "Mac". "E" then "i".

The tunnel today consists of about 400 feet of useless passage
and a wet spot or two. Be sure to leave any and all gates
exactly the way you found them.

January 13, 2015 deeplink respond

I was recently doing some hanging canal research in Marijilda
Canyon and was astounded to see a hiker backpacking in an
extremely cumbersome Long Tom gold extraction device.

Since this clearly was a "boy, a whole flock of em flew over that
situation, I though it best not to comment that Mount
Graham consisted almost entirely of Granite and Gniess
precambrian intrusives that were virtually unmineralized.

While there is spectacular mineralization to the northeast in
Morenci and southwest in Aravapia, there are very few mine
remnants in the Mount Graham area. And these are all small
and peripheral at best.

Some examples include the obvious McEniry Tunnel and the
Spenazuma Mine, both of which were outright scams.

Other wishful thinking sites included a mineshaft just west
of the P Ranch, some exploration southeast of Cypress Springs
and an apparently long gone tunnel in, of all places Tunnel Canyon.
But these are about all I know of.

Much more legitimate stuff to explore here. With the
lesser known obscure locations here.

January 12, 2015 deeplink respond

I am utterly amazed at the price of electronic components these
days. Classic transistors and such go for nine cents each, while
many SMT components go for full reel prices of significantly
less than a penny each.

This creates a problem for our eBay sales in that we normally
offer stuff at one-sixth of normal distributor pricing. Which means
that we need huge lots for multiple sales. A normal goal for
minimum feasibility is to have an item that can be grouped into
a nine dollar sale with at least
six or seven groups.

Electronic parts have gotten incredibly easy to appraise with most
any part number at all fed to Google giving useful results.

Most useful are OEM's Trade and PLC Center. Along with the
"usual suspect" distributors such as Mouser, Newark, Allied,
DigiKey, Jameco, and McMaster Carr.

January 11, 2015 deeplink respond

The Arizona Regional Association will be having its annual
cave technology conference on January 24th, 2015 from
9:30 to 5:30 on the Grand Canyon University campus in
rooms 6-204/206.

Attendance is free and open to anyone with an interest in
Arizona caving.

There is free garage parking on Saturdays. Grand Canyon
University is in Phoenix along Camelback Road between
31st and 35th avenues.

I hate to miss any ARA session, but I have a conflict in that
I'll be talking on Gila Day Hikes in Discovery Park that

January 10, 2015 deeplink respond

It sure gets frustrating when evidence is "not quite good enough".

One or more verified destinations are needed for the Deadman
Canyon hanging canals. And pre-dam fields in the Discovery
area would seem to be a reasonable and topographically
favorable destination. And one that would be conspicuous
by its absence.

There are also numerous cultural artifacts present, including
the Beer Bottle habitation site and scant but widely dispersed

This Acme Mapper suggests a possible canal. On a recent
visit, its evidence seems present but not quite solid. It is
very ephemeral, vague, and seems damaged.
But it does
have slope, length, and location.

Additional field interpretation by others is clearly needed.

This would "not quite" be prehistoric canal #34. But clearly
remains a "canal candidate".

January 9, 2015 deeplink respond

Note that there are many different formats to GPS data. This can cause
complications if several people are on a hike or working on a research

The most common formats are degrees-minutes-seconds and degrees
and fractions
. One of many conversion sites is Earthpoint.

But it makes the most sense to make sure everybody is on the same
page ahead of time. My personal preference is degrees and fractions.

January 8, 2015 deeplink respond

           (( This is not quite complete yet and still being revised... ))

Thought I would update our Prehistoric Hanging Canals by
watershed previous entry. And add live Acme Mapper links....

add sand wash
discovery park
marijilda west
goat tank
cluff ponds west

If a premise on our Prehistoric Hanging Canals that "they"  
fully exploited literally every drop of available Northeastern
Mt. Graham water and related springs and artesian sources
is valid, and if the system can be assumed to have been
complete or nearly completed, and that most historical canals
in the area were "steal the plans" or "borrow the blueprints"
to "dig out an old ditch" it might be of interest to regoup the
canal arrangements by watersheds.

Starting from the southeast...

P RANCH CANYON - This would appear to be the far limit
of possible canal development with an obvious takein point
at N 32.59434 W 109.73912 and a possible secondary one in
Veech Canyon. Despite many research trips and persistent
local rumors, no significant results have yet been observed.
There is a possible small canal reach of indeterminate age at
N 32.61347 W 109.72820 and an apparent water control
structure at
N 32.65462 W 109.71854

LEFTHAND CANYON EAST - There are two Lefthand
Canyons, with this one being the easternmost near the
Metate Peak area around N 32.67358 W 109.73808.
This region forms an unstudied "gap" in canal occurrences
and may have in fact been devoid of perennial water sources.

JACOBSON CANYON ( Goat Tank ) - There are apparently
two canal systems derived from the John's Dam area of lower
Jacobson Canyon. This area suggests some of the most intensive
prehistoric canal development along with apparently continuing
modern reuse. The area is hard to visit and has seen fairly
little canal research to date, but has been otherwise studied by
Lair. The southern Goat Tank route begins at N 32.68026
W 109.75182
, passes Goat Tank itself found at N 32.68268
W 109.75723
and routes along the southern mesa edge to a
dropoff and apparent historic or modern pipeline at N 32.68503
W 109.72947

JACOBSON CANYON ( Ledford Tank) - Forms the northern and
apparently still used Ledford Tank Complex. Numerous branches,
modern tanks, and steep mesa drops include
routing from   
N 32.68496 W 109.76158 to N 32.68706 W 109.74308 to
N 32.69596 W 109.72287
Largely still understudied due to somewhat
difficult access. A non-canal review can be found here. Remnant canyon
edge vegetation is highly visible from US 191.

MARIJILDA CANYON ( West ) - There are several major
branches and extensions to the Marijilda Canyon watershed
system. The westernmost and highest served some local fields
at N 32.70925 W 109.77689
and were reported by Neely.

MARIJILDA CANYON ( Main )- A very rich and well studied area
sourcing from N 32.70626 W 109.77726. Several smaller branch
canals diverge from this point. The main Marijilda Ditch at
N 32.71724  W 109.76735 was historically reworked and still
sees use to this day, feeding Lebanon Reservoir #1 at N 32.73493
W 109.76074
and ultimately sourcing Roper N 32.75624
W 109.70471

HIGH MARIJILDA and AQUADUCT - Branches off the modern
Marijlda canal near asdfasdf and crosses a hundred meter long and
meter high solid aquaduct at asdfasdf


A southern divergence formed the possibly older
and original Henry's canal, studied from
N 32.73760 W 109.74198
N 32.74566 W 109.72640.



Meanwhile, the High Marijilda original
canal first crosses an aqueduct at N 32.72371 W 109.76240 and
then forms one of the most spectacularly hanging portions at
N 32.73317 W 109.75794 and eventually feeding Lebanon Reservoir #2
at and sourcing the ( likely ) updated modern Roper Canal terminating
at N 32.75569 W 109.70786. A second presumed branch from Lebanon
Reservoir #2 is believed to be buried under modern agricultural development,
eventually "tunneling" under the Lebanon Cemetery at N 32.76159 W
and forming the Twin East Canal feeding the Twin Boobs
ponding area at
. N 32.76603 W 109.73595. Separetely, the Rincon Canyon
is believed to route down its namesake at N 32.75326 W 109.75370 servicing
several domestic sites and possibly becoming the Twin West Canyon also
delivering to the Twin Boobs ponding area at N 32.76603 W 109.73595



TRANQUILITY CANAL - Believed to be unique as it is potentially artesian
sourced, shorter, and routes over private inholdings. Possibly originates
somewhere near N 32.75759 W 109.73297and believed to deliver water to
the Cooks Reservoir area at N 32.77415 W 109.72812. While portions are
clearly modern,  an underlying prehistoric original remains somewhat
likely but unproven. At one point, the Tranquility Canal comes amazingly
close to the Twin East canal, separated only by a significant cliff of only
30 feet or so of height. The two remain presumed totally unrelated.

twin east

twin west


DEADMAN CANYON ( North )- An original and significantly hanging portion is
believed to have been replaced by a modern pipeline from N 32.73900
W 109.81155
to N 32.74463 W 109.80704. This canal still flows to this
day, servicing several top mesa tanks. Area has evidence of "knife Edging"
where canals are carefully routed across the highest possible and extremely
narrow mesa tops. An apparent three way switch at N 32.76058 W 109.78133
seemed to allow selective routing to Porter Springs Tank at N 32.77033
W 109.77811
, Upper Deadman Tank at N 32.75845 W 109.77030, and
Lower Deadman Tank at N 32.77141 W 109.75142 Meanwhile, a potential
and enigmatic southern knife edge branch remains unexplored from
N 32.75403 W 109.78250 to N 32.75652 W 109.77705 and may have been a
still unproven primary or secondary source for the Twin West Canal at
N 32.76478 W 109.74227. Numerous braided channels or trails remain a
highly enigmatic mystery at N 32.75461 W 109.78203.


DEADMAN CANYON ( South )- An o


SOUTH OF FREEMAN - A large area here seems conspicuous by
the absence of any known canals, yet might in fact been too arid or
of to complex a topography to support prehistoric interest. Largely
unvisited due to more promising terrain elsewhere. Centers on
N 32.77622 W 109.75398 and is difficult of access.

DISCOVERY SOUTHWEST - The area from N 32.79452 W 109.72842 to
N 32.78222 W 109.73994 is rich in archaeology yet no canals are known.
Includes the Clay Knolls ( aka Beer Bottle ruin ) sites and many rock
alignments, mulch rings, field houses, and such. Many mulch rings were
trashed by the City of Safford during a water tank construction. Possibly the
densest collection of southern grids appears at N 32.78550 W 109.74270

LONGVIEW AREA - A prehistorically rich area full of habitation sites,
rock constructs, check dams with and without aprons, grids, many linear
features, and mulch rings. Only a very short hint of a canal wall is known
at N 32.78923 W 109.75944 without any yet supporting evidence of links to the
Porter Springs or Frye Mesa areas. From N 32.77999 W 109.76410
to N 32.77999 W 109.76410



UPPER FRYE DIVERSION - In a still unproven but apparently provable
premise that would represent a mind blowingly stunning example of stone
age engineering, Frye Creek water
might have been diverted from
N 32.74354 W 109.83987 over a  short and credibly sloped route to merge
with the spring water in Spring Canyon at N 32.74542 W 109.84042. From
there it could be routed down the Spring Creek channel to become the
source for the Allen Canal at N 32.78240 W 109.83558 or routed down
Frye Mesa to a ponding area at N 32.75996 W 109.81150 to become
switched between the Robinson Canal and the HS Canal. Indirect evidence
for the diversion includes (1) Every other drop of NE Mount Graham stream
water was carefully exploited; (2) Alternate downstream diversions of Frye
Creek water seems unlikely due to extreme topography; (3) A modern
USFS water project from the Spring Creek spring down the Frye Falls road
to N 32.75695 W 109.83481 would seem to be a "steal the plans" verification
of credible prehistoric Frye Mesa routing; (4) Lack of a diversion would
suggest much higher prehistoric Spring Canyon CFS rates and much lower
Frye Creek ones; And (5) the HS canal is a major and high energy field proven
counterflow  construct that clearly is very carefully placing ( and likely returning )
water to Frye Creek.
The latter as a possible source for the field verified Golf
Course Canal. Clearly, major effort needs spent in proving or disproving both this
diversion premise and the HS canal destination(s).

LOWER FRYE MESA CONSTRUCTS - Some of the most impressive and
most energy intensive bajada canal efforts appear to have taken place on Lower
Frye Mesa. While remarkably well preserved and reasonably well field
verified, these raise highly enigmatic questions about their largely unproven
water sources and destinations. There are numerous braided channels between
N 32.75552 W 109.83401 and N 32.76001 W 109.81149 that appear to be of
prehistoric origin, despite being tainted by some obvious CCC cross-channel
rework. These channels terminate at an  apparent ponding area at N 32.76009 W
, where the water can be selectively diverted between the believed
along mesa start of the Robinson
Canal or carefully counterflow steeply returned
to Frye Creek
via the major HS Canal construct to N 32.75766 W 109.81431.
Water is believed to originate at the spring in Spring Canyon at N 32.74542 W
., possibly helped considerably by a diversion of Frye Creek water
from N 32.74354 W 109.83987. A route down the Frye Mesa Falls road is
supported by a  modern and believed "steal the plans" USFS water project to
N 32.75695 W 109.83481.

HS CANAL - - This appears to be the most intensively developed structure
in the entire bajada complex at N 32.75995 W 109.81150 to N 32.75766
W 109.81431
, beating out the aquaduct at N 32.72396 W 109.76246 and the
Culeebra Cut on the Allen Canal at N 32.83565 W 109.79816 for the most
amount of dirt and rock moved.
It is quite clear the HS canal is very carefully
counterflow returning water to the Frye Creek channel, rather than simply
dumping it. The apparently major destination remains unknown, bu tthis forms
a credible source to the Golf Course Canal, presently verified only from a distant
N 32.79845 W 109.78255 to N 32.79879 W 109.77594. Destinations in the Blue
Ponds or Longview areas would also appear possibly but rather less likely.



this gets replaced, not quite done with it yet...

FRYE MESA COMPLEX - Perhaps the most extraordinary assemblage of
all the prehistoric canals and has the most elaborate constructs. Water is
believed but not yet proven to be diverted above the falls at N 32.74376
W 109.83971
, across a saddle and over into Spring Canyon where it merges
into a ponding area below a spring at
N 32.74572 W 109.84043. If not
diverted, the water routes down Spring Canyon to an Allen Canal takein
point at N 32.78238 W 109.83555 Allen canal continues for several miles,
eventually routing under Allen Reservoir at N 32.83191 W 109.79555
continuing through an enormously huge Culebra Cut at N 32.83567 W 109.79799
and a carefully engineered saddle gap crossing at N 32.83313 W 109.80475,
finally believed to end up in unproven fields beneath the Central Dam at
N 32.85032 W 109.8000 . Meanwhile, alternate diversion is believed to route
water under the Frye Mesa
Falls Road extension at N 32.75101 W 109.83855,
through various braided channels at N 32.76001 W 109.81462 to a ponding area
at N 32.76000 W 109.81149 . The higher elevation portion of this routing is
partially supported by a "steal the plans" forest service pipeline. The
water apparently is split two ways at the ponding area, first going to a spectacularly
impressive counterflowing HS Canal. While the HS canal clerly returns water
to Frye Creek at N 32.75803 W 109.81509, unproven beliefs strongly suggest it
is the source for the Golf Course Canal, portions of which are currently known to
route from N 32.79840 W 109.78269 to N 32.79883 W 109.7761. Also suggested
is that the HS Canal might be a possibly prehistoric source for the modern Blue
Ponds Canal at N 32.78088 W 109.77833 or might be a factor in the extensive
Longview development near N 32.77800 W 109.76661. Several braided channels
have also been noted that might be related, although they seem to be older and
more primitive constructs. These were named the Riggs Complex and found at
N 32.77846 W 109.78945 and hints of a possible nearby portion of Golf Course
Canal remain largely unstudied and unlinked at N 32.78465 W 109.78724

Meanwhile, back at the N 32.76000 W 109.81149 ponding area, the second
routing is believed to form the Robinson Canal ( Historically renamed the
Robinson Ditch ) that routes over a spectacular hanging portion at N 32.77173 W
then "climbing" to the main portion of Robinson Mesa at N 32.78467
W 109.79339
is believed to reach fields North of  Daley Estates, presumably near
N 32.81054 W 109.77185.

LOWER FRYE EAST - An as yet unvisited strange construct near N 32.76733 W 109.79304 may or  may not be hanging canal related, although possible Acme
Mapper visual clues further north  near N 32.77079 W 109.78881 seemed to have turned into a field checked abandoned wagon road, complete with
horseshoes. The
area  could link to the modern short Blue Ponds diversionary selection canal running
from N 32.78095  W 109.77841 to N 32.78130 W 109.77666 or might serve the
Longview area  in some yet undiscovered manner. CCC projects are also in the
area. The Blue Ponds canal is quite short and, while mostly similar to prehistoric constructs, does include a disused combined concrete diversionary headgate.

ALLEN CANAL - A major canal pretty much in the middle of the bajada study
area. Its water source is the spring in spring canyon at asdfasdfadf, possibly but so
far unproven to be significantly aided by a Frye Creek diversion at asdfasdfasdf.
The natural stream channel is used northward to the initial constructed canal takein
point at asdfasdf. Following a classic "water flows uphill" illusion, the misnamed
Hawk Hollow tank at asdfasdf appears to have reused this prehistoric resource.

Several unfilled gaps remain in the canal exploration here, above the resorvoir where the
canal drops off mesa, andto its ultimate and still enigmatic destination. The canal continues northward along a relatively flat mesa top and after passeing many nearby
CCC constructs crosses a Mud Spings alternae track at asdfasdf. Several barrel cacti midchannel
along this route suggest the canal's minimum age. The catastrophically failed Allen Dam
crosses the canal without accomodation, but may have historically tapped the canal
as a water source. Below and somewha northwest of the dam at adfasdf lies the Culebra
Cut, which is by far the widest and deepest known construct. But dwarfed by the
HS Canal for total dirt and rock moved. The canal  is carefully routed through continue

MUD SPRINGS CANAL - This significant canal is the only known one where its
entire  length can be viewed from several places, which suggests it might have
been an original prototype for the longer range delivery canals. The original takein
is believed to be in upper Ash Creek near N 32.78761 W 109.85476, followed
by a projected hanging portion that may or may not still exist owing to potential flood damage. A sheer conglomerate cliff here does not bode well. A new road greatly
eases access to this portion of the canal. A key feature here is an exceptionally well
located critical saddle crossover found at N 32.79162 W 109.85378 followed by an mostly easily traceable but not yet completely surveyed route down past Mud
Springs to N 32.80308 W 109.83942. The canal continues mostly traceable northward
to a seldom visited hanging portion near N 32.81313 W 109.83288 and one of the
largest mid channel Mesquite trees at N 32.81632 W 109.83125. The canal continues to a well researched area near some CCC cosnstructs and is overrun without any
accommodation by a SCS dam at N 32.82266 W 109.825401. There is appears to be
a minor branch of the canal northward here of unknown purpose. The canal continues
northeasterly past a curious water level pithouse-like structure presently called the
Troll House. No obvious evidence of charcoal is present at this site at N 32.82691 W 109.82120.
This is the only known structure in direct associatied wiith most of the
canal systems. Near N 32.82755 W 109.81949, the significant Jernigan Canal branch
splits off to the north
. Meanwhile, the main Mud Springs Canal continues easterly
just past an apparently historic tank at N 32.82764 W 109.81896 and then can be
traced to
N 32.83060 W 109.81600, temporarily lost, and then retraced to a modest
hanging portion and caliche colored reach at N 32.84283 W 109.81069. Near this area,
the Mud Springs Canal and the Jernigan Canal come back amazingly close
together, despite nearly three kilometers of split construction. The Mud Springs
canal can be easily followed to N 32.84796 W 109.81104 where it suddenly
vanishes without a trace. Its destination fields remain unknown at present.

   Watershed: Ash Creek
   Length: asdfasdf projected; asdfasdf known; visited 75%
   Elevations: asdfasdf start; asdfasf end; asdf slope
   Features: hanging portions; saddle crossing; entire length viewable;
                   Jernigan branch; associated structure; cacti
   Significance: 9
   Photos: Mud1 Mud2, Mud3, Mud4

JERNIGAN CANAL - This is a significant western branch of the Mud Springs
Canal sourcing at N 32.82757 W 109.81948 and terminating in a rare French
Drain style construct dropping into well defined extant fields at N 32.84159 W
and near the Jerinigan habitation site. The diversion point is at
N 32.82757 W 109.81948 where a few unexpected embedded small rocks
suggest some sort of a prehistoric headgate. Much of the route is easily followed
and has a well defined hanging portion at N 32.84276 W 109.81539, a nearby
counterflow streat crossing in and a larger Mesquite tree mid channel found at
N 32.84304 W 109.81462 . But two significant gaps remain at N 32.83385 W 109.81672
and N 32.84331 W 109.81329 despite numerous attempts at field verification. Near N32.84203 W 109.81223, the Jernigan and the Mud Springs canals remain only a few
hundred meters apart and of quite little elevation difference, despite a kilometer or
more of construction between them. The canal features three U-Turn loops.

Watershed: Ash Creek
Length: asdfasdf projected; asdfasdf known; visited 75%
asdfasdf start; asdfasf end; asdf slope
hanging portions; saddle crossing; entire length viewable;
Jernigan branch; associated structure; cacti

LOWER MUD AREA  - Acme Mapper suggested a possible canal sourcing
from the Mud Springs Canal at N 32.80816 W 109.84445 and delivering water
to fields under the present Smith Ponds at N 32.82006 W 109.84253. While
Google Earth suggested elevation slopes to be canal credible. There are
also significant prehistoric dry ag artifacts somewhat to the east. Preliminary
Field verfication revealed this to be an abandonded vehicular two track and
deemed of lower further priority.

SMITH PONDS CANAL  - A modern but disused canal can be traced routing
from Ash Creek to N 32.81874 W 109.84679 to N 32.82009 W 109.84462,
once servicing a pair of ponds with the easternmost one also being spring sour\ced.
Modern concrete headgates remain extant on Ash Creek. No immediate proof of
prehistoric origins have yet been found, but indirect evidence is compelling. Not the
least of  which  being such a prehistoric origin would be highly conspicuous by its
absence. There are numerous potsherds and a larger habitation site in the immediate
area, and the canal technology appears well within prehistoric capabilities.
This is
in midst of the largest regional riparian area and the modernponds could well
have  served as destination fields,

CLUFF CENTRAL CANAL - A historic takein point off Ash Creek for the
Smith Ponds Canal includes an unchecked southwesterly headgate. This
could conceivably lead to some nearby prehistoric fields. Its scope would
seem to be somewhat "boxed in" by the Shingle Mill Canal and the
Cluff NW pair of canals. Modern ag development clearly has trashed the
area. The Evans Ponds would appear to be a credible destination.
    Watershed: Ash Creek
    Length: 0.2 miles projected; 0 known; visited 0%

    Elevations: starts at approximately 3160 feet.
    Features: still unknown
possibly 3+

SHINGLE MILL CANAL - A disused modern canal was known as
Minor Webster Ditch and routed along N 32.79785 W 109.87270 to
N 32.81087 W 109.86743, apparently sourcing from Shingle Mill canyon.
Construction did include a service road and a deeper vee typical of a Gradeall,
but prehistoric origins would remain remain likely, again with such a canal being
highly conspicuous by its absence in a prime riparian area. And with the route being
consistent with prehistoric engineering capabilities. There are also numerous
potsherds in the area.  and the modern Cluff Ponds region would seem an ideal fields
destination. Research is confused by numerous CCC area projects. The takein
area seems to have been destroyed by one or more catastro
phic floods, while the
middle portion is extremely easily followed. While the Cluff Northwest Canals are
north and down elevation, they appear to be unrelated. The prime focus of
further research should be seeking evidence of prehistoric origins.

CLUFF NORTHWEST - Two parallel apparently abandoned historic canals
run from N 32.82416 W 109.84666 to N 32.83049 W 109.84474. The riverine
architecture seems to originate from Ash Creek and includes one high mud
that clearly would need horse or tractor scraper work. Distinctive "Y"
shaped concrete weirs are included plus a possible siphon. The only
prehistoric evidence are sparse potsherds plus being
conspicuous by
absence in an  obvious and very easily developed major riparian area.

"RINGCONE" AREA - Acme Mapper suggests a tentative canal route
from N 32.81951 W 109.90236 to N 32.84152 W 109.89352, and Google
verifies the route as slope credible. But field verification to date
has only shown a disused vehicle or wagon track. A credible water source
is also not obvious. This is presently considered an unlikely candidate for
further research.

LEFTHAND & GOAT HILL AREA - This second Lefthand Canyon is in
the Spear Ranch region. Some highly interesting and well studied canals
appear directly related to destination fields near
N 32.80647 W 109.91850.
Some of these canals differ from others in the study area in that
they are
significantly shorter, multi branch and are clearly end use
,  rather than
intended for longer range transport. Apparently atypically owing to reliable
water close to their intended habitation and fields area.
Proven destination
examples elsewhere in the bajada canal complex seem rare, being currntly
conspicuous only here and on the Jernigan and Roper Canals. This area is
among the most intensely developed and is comparable to the Marijilda area.
A case can be made that these shorter canals might have been among the
earliest developed, owing to obviousness and a higher priority of success .
Extensive studies and mappings have been published by Neely.

LEFTHAND WEST CANAL- This medium length canal is more representative
of long range delivery canals elsewhere in the bajada complex. First studied
by Neely, it has recently been revisited and upgraded to modern GPS and
Acme Mapper standards. The canal ranges from
N 32.82005 W 109.91814
to N 32.82567 W 109.91841 and is mostly intact but has suffered flood and
historic damage. An abandoned historic, rectangular, and compass oriented
3 acre field at
N 32.82567 W 109.91841 seems to present strong evidence of
"steal the plans" adaption of the prehistoric original.

Photo: Left1

SPEAR RANCH CANAL - Unlike many Lefthand Canals which seems to be
local use field delivery, a longer northward long range delivery branch of
the Lefthand complex is suggested by Acme Mapper but is not yet fully
explored. This potentially routes from at least N 32.82013 W 109.91605
to  N 32.83540 W 109.91482 Recent road restrictions make access difficult.

LAMB TANK CANAL - A longer range delivery canal appears to have
been sourced from western Lefthand Canyon and routed from
N 32.80151
W 109.92078
to N 32.82868 W 109.92224 and merits further study. The
lefthand area has been extensively reported by Neely. While the Sand
Wash Canal is further downslope from Lamb Tank. the two systems
currently appear unrelated.
A new Pima Water road would seem to
greatly aide access for future research.

SAND WASH CANAL - This is one of the easiest reached and
readily explored canals, but still lacks a proven water source.
The explored portion runs from N 32.83085 W 109.92615 to
N 32.83509 W 109.92273 and traverses State, BLM, and
private lands. The initial southern portion includes two enigmatic
terracotta diversion pipes obviously added during modern times.
A significant hanging portion can be found near N 32.83112
W 109.92515
along with its usual "water flows uphill" illusion.

This is followed by a fairly deep cut at N 32.83127 W 109.92481,
in turn followed by an extremely large mesquite tree mid channel.
An EW fence defines the boundary between State and BLM land.
The canal assumes a mesa top aspect to the north. Strangely, the
canal size becomes much smaller than normal, possibly not
enough to deliver significant water.
Perhaps this was a work in
where a pilot channel acted as a water level in leiu
of survey instruments. A 4WD track here has damaged but not
obliterated the canal route. The route vanishes entirely where
it enters developed private land at
N 32.83530 W 109.92265.

Photos: Sand1 Sand2 Sand3 Sand4 Sand5 Sand6 Sand7
             Sand8 Sand9

NUTTALL DIVERSION - A credible water source for the Sand Wash
Canal has yet to be verified, Most of Sand Wash itself is largely
disconnected from Mt. Graham and is quite dry today. But there is
perennial water in Nuttall Canyon. It seems credible that a diversion
of Nuttall Canyon water at N 32.77562 W 109.95530 into a branch
of Sand Wash would be prehistorically feasible. Such a divrsion
is supported by a modern CNF water tank project at N 32.77786
W 109.95535
. A rather similar CNF project overlaying a prehistoric
original appears in the Frye  Mesa area, and the Allen Canal makes
significant use of the natural Spring Canyon drainage.

BEAR SPRINGS & BIGLER PONDS -The region from N 32.85171
W 109.94775
to N 32.85009 W 109.94483 are major artesian sources
unlikely to have been ignored as prehistoric water development. There
are also likely destination fields in the area, although the area has been
little studied as canal candidates. A spectacularly large and currently
disused canal at
N 32.86676 W 109.93024 appears to have been
primarily a modern real estate scam.

THE UFO FISH FILETS - The highly unusual and wildly atypical
construct at
N 32.81509 W 109.97079 would appear to define the
westernmost limit of the present canal study area. While believed
of primarily CCC origin, there may be prehistoric precedents that
are related to water management issues.

LEVADAS - As far as can be determined to date, these Southwestern
bajada hanging canals
seem to be world wide unique. Driven in part
by unusually high, wet, and bajada interconnected Mount Graham. Some
newer and iron age but otherwise remarkably similar hanging canals
have been located in the Portugueese island of Madeira. A typical
example can be found here, a discussion here, and many images here.

While apparently unrelated, both locations seem to be based on the
dominant principle of hanging canal routes to make their slope largely
independent of the surrounding terrain

Photo: Levada1


Ongoing maps of these areas can be found here and here. With additional
content here and an image collection here.

Your involvement and participation welcome.

January 7, 2015 deeplink respond

Our Gila Valley Dayhikes talk has been changed to January 24th
in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park.

January 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Sand Wash Prehistoric Canal has been verified as #33. Some preliminary
field notes....

Observations on Acme Mapper suggested yet another canal complex in
the previously unstudied Nuttall Canyon drainage area. A portion of this
canal has been verified as highly likely to be both prehistoric and
typical of the assemblage. And seems to presently form the westernmost
confirmed candidate in the hanging canal study area.

The primary study area lies on State and BLM Land just off the Sand Tank
road and offers exceptionally easy vehicle and foot access. State lands are
south of the fence and gate; BLM to the north.

Field verification included a Sand Wash level area, followed by a classic but
low hanging "climbing" portion with the usual "water flows uphill" illusion,
followed by a fairly deep cut, followed by a long mesa top run. Most
of which are fully typical of other canal reaches in the study area.

The long mesa top reach, though, appears highly atypical in that it
is quite small
, being well less than half normal size. And would
appear unlikely to be able to deliver significant water a long

A premise as to why no canal survey tools exist system wide might
be that pilot extensions of the canals themselves served as water
Once a route of credible slope was statically verified,
the actual major canal construction could be expanded. The size
of the mesa top canal reach would seem to add credence to being a
work in progress
, acting as a pilot to the intended full canal.

Further canal routing to the north is restricted by modern private
homesite development. Cottonwood Wash would seem to place a
fairly near limit on how much more northern extent is missing.

Areas to the south have not yet been studied. The sand wash itself
may be a takein point, despite its very name suggesting an inability
to deliver surface water long distances
. This wash is normally dry,
but a historically built and large Sand Tank apparently saw some
water development potential. Despite the main Sand Tank watershed
being apparently limited in size and largely disconnected from
mountaintop snowmelt access.

There is a curious other possibility for a water source. An eastern
branch of Sand Wash actually "almost" merges with perennial Nuttall
Canyon stream at N 32.77695 W 109.9562. Water diversion at this point
would appear to be within the bounds of prehistoric capability. The USFS
presently has a gravity fed stock tank in this area that clearly verifies
such a possibility. This tank project is remarkably similar to one
overlaying a prehistoric canal in the Frye Mesa Falls area.

Regardless of the ultimate source of water, this canal seems to rather
strongly suggest both a wetter climate and more robust stream runoff
than present.

The canal preservation is remarkably good in the initial study area.

A twelve inch Mesquite tree mid channel and highly consistent patina
and caliche add further to the canal's credibility in the study area.
Somewhat disconcerting is the presence of a single glazed terracota
drain pipe
placed in the canal wall to dump any water back into Sand
Wash. Possibly this state land recent construct was done to prevent
further silt deposition.

Images to date can be viewed as...

sand1 East from mesa top shows unusually small size.
sand2 West from mesa top from same location.
sand3 Near the state lands fence line border.
sand4 A "water flows uphill" from "hanging" area.
sand5 Typical reach between hanging and deep cut.
sand6 Rather deep cut south of state land fence.

One of the implications of this canal is that the canals in the Lefthand
Canyon area are no longer an outlier.
And instead seem to be a fully
integrated portion of the Bajada hanging canal complex. This canal also
adds credibility to the historic Minor Webster Ditch system also
having prehistoric origins.

More on the hanging canals here.
Ongoing developments in and earlier.

Field mice and research assistants welcome.

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January 5, 2015 deeplink respond

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January 3, 2015 deeplink respond

It is a bit early to call this Canal #33 or Prehistoric Sand Wash Canal,
but its Acme Mapper hints sure look intriguing.

While not yet field verified, this sure looks like a water development
starting in Sand Wash with an initial "hanging" portion followed
by a linear on-mesa run of half a mile or so.

Alternately, this could be an extension of the known Lamb Tank canal.

Such a canal would need more water than is typical of today's wash.
But somebody once historically built the fairly large Sand Tank further

More interestingly, there is an east branch to Sand Wash that seems to
go all the way up to Nuttall Canyon
. Provided some prehistorically
manageable diversion took place near N 32.77672 W 109.95655.

The main Nuttall stream appears perennial at this point.

Curiously, there is an apparent USFS gravity tank development
here that is remarkably similar to the one skirting Frye Mesa
Falls. There is strong evidence of the latter being "steal the plans"
blueprint borrowing from a prehistoric original.

If real, Canal #33 would have some strong implications involving
rainfall and climate.
Being westernmost known to date, it would
further integrate the Lefthtand Speer canals into the main regional
canal system

Field mice and research assistants are most definitely welcome.

January 2, 2015 deeplink respond

An interactive master GIS map of Arizona land ownership
can be found at

Another feature buried in this site is the ability to find
mile markers on state highways.

January 1 , 2015 deeplink respond

Closed out the 2014 Archive and started this 2015 one.

December 31, 2014 deeplink respond

Wikipedia now seems to be offering two slightly different
formats called Mobile and Desktop.

Our Arizona Bajada Canals can now be found here for
Mobile and here for Desktop.

Additional info here.

December 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Uh, there seems to be a brand new and conspicuously posted
gate blocking Coyote Drive
, the usual access route to both
the Lefthand Archaeological District and the Goat Hill Ruin.

There does seem to be an alternate workaround route to
the west of Lefthand Canyon. Which may or may not also
eventually end up gated and posted.

Much more Gila Dayhike info here and here. I'll be talking
on some of this at Discovery Park on January 24th.

December 29, 2014 deeplink respond

A temporary stash of the new WWVB receiver pinouts and
user guide can be found here.

"Official" related docs can be found here and here and

With my ancient WWVB reprints here and here.

December 28, 2014