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December 31, 2013 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

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 30, 2013 deeplink respond

A minor tip: Sometimes misstating your zip code can
reduce some hassles for you.

The National Auctioneers Association seems to have a
one hundred mile limit on their searches. Which cannot
reach Phoenix and Tucson from Thatcher. But it
can from Globe.

The independent Search Tempest is a great way to survey
Craig's List. But you have to scroll through a bunch of
junk if you really want two specific areas. Ferinstance,
to get Phoenix and Tucson without the junk, use the
Casa Grande zipcode of 85130.

The local Radio Shacks have limited ineventory,
so changing your zip code can also find something
urgently needed. Same goes for inventory at
Wal Mart or Home Depot.

December 29, 2013 deeplink respond

An interesting collection of free Souothwestern Archaeology
videos can be found here.

December 28, 2013 deeplink respond

"Golly Gee Mister Science."

December 27, 2013 deeplink respond

Few people realize how primitive the hardware options
were at the time the TV Typewriter was first designed.

Microprocessors were theoretical beasts that were
outragelously expensive and undeliverable with key
peripheral chips not even on the drawing board.

Magnetic core memory had just dropped to a nickel a
bit, and there were only rumors that solid state memory
might be able to compete in the dark distant future.

A controversial quantum leap in baud rates from 110 to 150
had just been announced.

The only dynamic RAM was the 1103 that drove
a whole generation of engineers insane with its 20
nanosecond wide temperature dependent timing window.

Static RAM was outragesly expensive and pretty much
limited to 64 bits or less per package.

Which left me with bucket brigade shift registers as the
only viable route to an on-screen tv text display. These
were cheap enough and fast enough at 1 microsecond, and
big enough at 525 bits, but you had to continuously refresh them.

These were not in any manner random access, as you had to
wait for the bit you were after to come out the end of the pipe.

Their dropout specs did not permit the several milliseconds
needed for vertical retrace, but fortunately, most all of the
tested chips managed to just barely coast through. We
needed seven milliseconds of delay and they only would
guarantee two.

The high supply voltages and high clock driver capacitance
also made these unit painful to use or interface.

Also unappreciated today was the utter hostility and ridicule
heaped on why anyone could possibly want to put words and
letters on a tv set.

"They" just did not get it.

December 26, 2013 deeplink respond

Two Texans bragging about how big their lands were...

"Why, my spread is so big, I could drive all morning and
not get half way across it.

"Yeah? I had a truck like that once."

December 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Thought I'd start a list of possibly upcoming predictions...

I'll try to add more items to this list. Your comments welcome.

December 24, 2013 deeplink respond

Apparently Siller Helicopters did the heavy lifting for
the fish barrier project.

What once were Sikorsky Sky Cranes are now
These have a 20,000 pound payload,
can hit 125 mph with a 230 mile range
. Rotor
is 72 feet in diameter.
About 110 exist.

Present costs are estimated at $15,000 per hour.
Plus standby fees. In-flight movies are extra.

These cannot lift a full size D8 bulldozer.

Apparently there is some sort of a jeep trail
to the site via Sunflower Mesa and Pat
but it does not seem to have been
used on the project. Likely because of
wilderness restrictions or the route being
too utterly gruesome.

December 23, 2013 deeplink respond

The Blue River Fish Barrier has apparently been completed
and has been picked up by Acme Mapper and Google Maps.

This would be a possible candidate for one of the longest
possible or most remote Gila Valley Day Hikes.

Amazingly, the complete field camps have vanished without a
, including the huge trailers, concrete plants, and tanks.

Some amazing more details here.

December 22, 2013 deeplink respond

In response to an ever-diminishing number of requests, here
is a list of the most profitible eBay selling items arranged by

        January - eBooks of dropshipping resources 
        Feburary - UK cable descramblers
        March - Plasma HDTV displays from Rumania 
        April - Nigerian lotteries
        May - Add three inches to your mortgage 
        June - Pallet liquidations 
        July - Norfolk & Waay overstocks 
        August - Korean laptops 
        September - Home theater pyramind buying rights 
        October - Escrow companies 
        November - Password phishing software
        December - Microsoft and Disney replicas

More on our Auction Help page.

December 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Valley Dayhikes page.

Some of the lesser known destinations appear here.

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

December 20, 2013 deeplink respond

Similarly, a dodging white reduction array might use
this code...

/adjdepth 20 store
/whitecutarray mark 0 1 255
    { 255 div whitecut mul round cvi} for] store

...to generate this gamma correcting array...

/whitecutarray [  0   0   0    0   0   0   0 
         -1   -1   -1  -1  -1 - 1  -1  -1  -1  -1  -1  -1  -1
         -2   -2   -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -2  -3
         -3   -3   -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -3  -4
         -4   -4   -4 - 4  -4  -4  -4  -4  -4  -4  -4  -4  -5
         -5   -5   -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -5  -6
         -6   -6   -6  -6  -6  -6  -6  -6  -6  -6  -6  -7  -7
         -7   -7   -7  -7  -7  -7  -7  -7  -7  -7  -7  -8  -8
         -8   -8   -8  -8  -8  -8  -8  -8  -8  -8  -8  -9  -9
         -9   -9   -9  -9  -9  -9  -9  -9  -9  -9  -9 -10 -10
       -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -11 -11
       -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -11 -12
       -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12 -12
       -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13 -13
       -13 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14
       -14 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15
       -15 -15 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16 -16
       -16 -16 -16 -17 -17 -17 -17 -17 -17 -17 -17 -17
       -17 -17 -17 -17 -18 -18 -18 -18 -18 -18 -18 -18
       -18 -18 -18 -18 -19 -19 -19 -19 -19 -19 -19 -19
       -19 -19 -19 -19 -19 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20]

In this case white=255 becomes white235 and black=0
stays as black=0. Once again, the epth of correction is
set by /adjdepth.

December 19, 2013 deeplink respond

The terms "dodgiing" and "burning" can get confusing
in that holding back light darkened things in a traditional
negative print darkroom.
Usually you had a paddle to
block light to dodge and a piece of cardboard with a hole
in it to burn.

We'll call "dodging" holding back light or making the
image portion darker. And "burning" to make the image
portion lighter.

What we will want to do in our upcoming dodge/burn
code is to scan for pixels to be corrected, and then
either add to the pixel value to brighten it or subtract
from the pixel value to darken it. Being careful,
of course, to never exceed 255 or go under 0 in
our bitmap format.

Calculating corrections on the fly might end up
slow and awkward, so my favorite programming
trick of table lookup is appropriate.
In which
we predefine how much to add or subtract from
each pixel needing correction.


/adjdepth 20 store
/blackboostarray mark 255 -1 0
   {255 div adjdepth mul round cvi} for] store

...should generate this gamma correcting array...

/blackboostarray [ 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19
      19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18
      18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17
      17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16
      16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15
      15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14
      14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13
      13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12
      12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11
      11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10
      10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10   9   9   9   9
        9   9   9   9   9   9   9   9   9   8   8   8   8
        8   8   8   8   8   8   8   8   8   7   7   7   7
        7   7   7   7  7    7   7   7   7   6   6   6   6
        6   6   6   6   6   6   6   6   5   5   5   5   5
        5   5   5   5   5   5   5   5   4   4   4   4   4
        4   4   4   4   4   4   4   4   3   3   3   3   3
        3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3   2   2   2   2   2
        2   2   2   2   2   2   2   1   1   1   1   1   1
        1   1   1   1   1   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0
        0 ] store

In this case black=0 becomes black=20 and white=255
stays as white=255. Depth of correction is set by

December 18, 2013 deeplink respond

We pride ourselves in having the finest images on
eBay, bar none. Much of the work is done by
spending most of our time in postproc with such
obvious candidates as Paint and Imageview32.
Helped along ocasionally by Irfanview and Filezilla.

But the heavy lifting gets done with three of our
custom and free Gonzo routines: The Bitmap Typewriter,
An Architect's Perspective Corrector, and an
automatic combined Auto Backgrounder and Vignetter.

I'm working on a fourth custom routine that would
provide localized dodging and burning
. Useful
for such things as brightening poorly lit areas or
making labels more legible.

So far, I envision you would mark the areas to
be dodged or burned in a green=255 area fill

and save them as a mask. Scanning the mask
would then read a gamma correction file to
brighten, darken, or do nothing to the underlying
pixel routed to a new and modified file..

Details to follow as the program develops.
Your comments welcome.

December 17, 2013 deeplink respond

Apparently Alan Turing has been granted a full pardon.
Some details here.

You don't want to rush these things. Next on the agenda
is to free Floyd Collins. Or -- dare we hope -- to free
the Indanapolis 500.

December 16, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have several MILES of transparent
polyester sheet in dozens of rolls of varying lengths and

I've been meaning to build up a rewinder but it seems
to be taking forever.

email me if you have any interest in this superb material
at one sixth or less of its normal price.

December 15, 2013 deeplink respond

Always remember that you have no friends at an
Least of all the auctioneer. Listen to
everything, volunteer nothing. Be invisible till it
is time to be in the auctioneer's face.

Dress down to the point of being shabby, but always
wear one very distinct hat or other piece of clothing
If more than five percent of your bids win, you are
bidding far too high. Always stop bidding if anyone
is bidding against you and you even remotely approach
fair value.

Always stay for the end of the auction. In some cases,
utterly spectacular bargains will result. Especially if the
area has to be cleared for a new tenant or whatever.

Sometimes you can also make really great deals on unbid
or unsold items after the auction or during quiet times.

Don't sweat bidding on tons of garbage to get one or two
items. You can usually find someone to take (or even pay
for) the dregs
 after the auction. And abandoining stuff often
is not that big a deal.

Stay alert through numerious sitdown and meditation breaks,
sensible food and drink, mild painkillers, and frequent
restroom use.

Much more on our Auction Help page.

December 14, 2013 deeplink respond

Fundamental Factors Underlying Recent Technicaal
appear here.

I'm saddened that this paper has not yet received the
attention I feel it rightly deserves.

December 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work ...

The Riggs Complex near N 32.77846 W 109.78945
suffered a setback in that it is nearly invisible on the
latest Acme Mapper version. It is a group of small
braided channels that may be older than some of
the other canals. The braided channels are much
smaller than those on Frye Mesa.

A source and destination remain unknown and
the workmanship on these appears sub par.
A link to the Robinson Canal or a predecessor
appears likely. There is obvious damage from
stream piracy.

Considerable challenging work remains.
Local terrain is quite unpleasantly rocky.

December 12, 2013 deeplink respond

Can't put one over on her. Nosiree.

Little old lady to a companion at a recent live auction:

"Why, that man has been talking all morning!"

December 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Valley Dayhikes page.

Some of the lesser known destinations appear here.

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

December 10, 2013 deeplink respond

Some interesting new developments in thermoelectricity
can be found here.

Few practical devices exist today. First because of the
Carnot Limit that tells us you can do no better than the
ratio of the absolute temperature difference.

And second because of thermal impedance effects in
which there is an unavoidable delta-T between the hot
side source and the device and a second delta-T between
the device and its ambient heat sink.

Another biggie has been space charge, where electrons
pile up instead of freely flowing. The above paper addresses
the space charge problem and doubles potential efficiency
from 10 to 18 percent in a typical use situation..

More on why thermoelectric cooling has not happened much
to date appears here.

December 9, 2013 deeplink respond

At first glance, Safford and the Upper Gila Valley does
not appear to be much of a high technology place. But
for centuries, we've had bunches of world class and
( literally ) off the wall tech stuff. Such as...

The LBT large binocular telescope and friends.
Tens of thousands of prehistoric archeological grids.
The solvent extraction process of copper refining.
Over fifty miles of prehistoric hanging bajaja canals.
World class prehistoric lowland river canals.
Newly efficient cotton drip irrigation.
The Mount Graham aerial tramway.
The Morenci Southern Railway loops.
Toll Roads through difficult terrain.
Spectacular logging flumes.

Leopard Frog Renarium
Check dams with aprons
The UFO fish fillets

More on some of these here.

December 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work ...

The Allen Canal needs a credible destination and the
route determined between the mesa edge and the dam.

One possible end point would be fields presently buried
under the Central Dam. But numerous trips have failed
to reveal any obvious link.

Spring canyon water was apparently a resource shared
with the Frye Mesa canal. It needs further study in that
it likely was a much more significant source then.

Areas around the Hawk Hollow tank have yet to be
precisely located with numerous CCC items also
in the area.

Allen Dam itself is an enigma in that its watershed is
quite small.
Possibly it relied heavily on Allen Canal
water. And may in fact have a prehistoric original.
Or possibly have used presently unknown artesian

The Culebra Cut is dramatic enough that it demands
further photography and study. There is also a
lesser but longer cut largely unstudied north of the
Mud Springs back road.

The present northern limit is in a small pass that demands
further study. Its location and use appear brilliant.

December 7, 2013 deeplink respond

The "normal" Ghostscript output on windows seems to
be limited to the last 200 output lines. Should you need more,
there are apparently arcane ways to change the output
format. Or you can write your needed output to a disk file.

The usual cut-and-past also does not seem to work on
the formatted 200 line output. But there is a subtle icon
at  the upper left that lets you copy to clipboard.

Ghostscript has become of a lot more interest to me
ever since Adobe banned most disk reads and writes
from distiller.

More on my Gonzo utilities here.

December 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Just picked up a Targus camera tripod from WalMart
that has several interesting features.

The most useful to me is a
quick release plate. You
attach this somewhat permanently to your camera
bottom and then snap it onto the tripod or shift a
lever to get your camera back.

Additional quick release plates may be available

December 5, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Valley Dayhikes page.

Some of the lesser known destinations appear here.

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

December 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work...

he Robinson Canal has seen major historic rework
making its interpretation difficult. The first mile starting
with a Frye Mesa Canal ponding area at N 32.75995 W 109.81151
has not been explored yet, but is rather clear on
Acme Mapper and is not expected to produce
much in the way of surprises.

The canal route marking has recently been improved
in Acme Mapper. Its exact destination remains unknown,
but is believed to be in the Robinson Flat area. The
most likely candidate is the empty lake at N 32.81371 W 109.77061
It could also underlie the Mount Graham Golf Course
perhaps near N 32.81125 W 109.77465

The latest Google and Acme images seem to have far less
detail useful to canal identification. The is possibly caused
by lower resolution, different times of day, or different
spectral sensitivity.  

Exploration in the northern area is difficult because of
extensive historic reqork. Also needing study is
a small artesian pond at N 32.80263 W 109.78087

The CCC appears to have purposely destroyed
portions of the Frye Mesa Canal, presumably in
the 1932 time frame. This would seem to place
a last use date for the Robinson Canal. Unless
an alternate Frye Creek source was substituted.

December 3, 2013 deeplink respond

Tesla's dream of wirelessly and safely and efficiently
transmitting power long distances likely will never
happen. And certainly will never be in any manner

Inductive air coupling at 60 Hertz is pretty much
limited to electric toothbrush distances and power
levels. While focused beams have serious safety
and realizability issues.

But a new method may promise to allow modest
amounts of power to be wirelesssly transmitted
over moderate distances at acceptable efficiencies.

This is done by resonating a pair of coupled high frequency
coils in reasonable proximity.

Some intersting papers can be found here.

December 2, 2013 deeplink respond

Revised and updated our hanging canal resource directory.

December 1, 2013 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.

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

November 30, 2013 deeplink respond

Had a bunch of idiot lights trip on our 4Runner just
as we were leaving for a major auction.

It turns out that idiot lights can warn you of very
bad things and certainly should not be ignored.

On the other hand,
a loose gas cap or a worn
gas cap gasket can create the same symptoms!

November 29, 2013 deeplink respond

.docx files can be hard to deal with ust if you do not have
bunches of expensive software on a Windows machine.

Many of these can be converted to Acrobat .PDF, usually
making them smaller and more flexibily dealt with.

You can try saving a .docx tile to desktop, loading it
into Word, and then saving it as .PDF.

Otherwise, buying and installing a version of Office can
bypass most of the hassles.

November 28, 2013 deeplink respond


Just discovered that all of the New Mexico subastas are
going to get sold at auction!

November 27, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work...

he Frye Mesa canal could well represent a world
class set of crown jewels for the entire system.
But all we have for sure at present is two huge
canal structures near N 32.75997 W 109.81149

By any possible measure, these are stunningly
"beyond beyond".

One of these appears to be the unverified source for the
Robinson Canal. The second HS Canal, which is very
spectacularly counterflow, services Frye Creek in some
manner. Ultimately reaching fields uner the Blue Ponds
has not yet been ruled out.

Frustratingly, the Acme Mapper imagry of Frye Mesa
is not remotely as lucid now as it was in their previous
data base. Possibly explained by season vegetation
differences or time-of-day photography But braided
stream channels with possible CCC rework do remain
dim but findable. Delivery slopes are eminently credible.

The most likely water source would be the spring in
Spring Canyon at N 32.73900 W 109.85188.
There is a modern water development here that
could have underlying prehistoric origins feeding the
Frye Mesa Canal. This obviously needs major
further study. The canal itself could possibly have
been under the Frey Mesa falls road

Apparent CCC construction seems to have gone out
of their way to destroy the canals on Frye Mesa
This certainly needs further verification.

Finally, a key question remains as to why the major
development based on spring canyon that largely
ignored Frye Creek itself.

November 26, 2013 deeplink respond

There's an active Raspberry pi newsgroup at comp.sys.raspberry-pi

Some other Raspberry Pi resources can be found at...


Along with these competitors....


November 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Amazingly, Pima now has SIX mexican restaurants in
varying shades of newness
. But Juanitas is overwhelmingly
in a class by themselves. For price, quality, authenticity,
and ambience.

Juanitias is cleverly hidden in Bush and Sherts in the secret
part of Pima that only a cotton farmer can find. To fit in
with the locals, knowning the difference between "mosey"
and "hunker" is an absolute must.

Check out the Jamaicas and Horchatas. Menundo on Saturdays.

November 24, 2013 deeplink respond

Our new bright red pound pup may in fact be an
Australian Shepard after all.

I always thought of Aussies as being black and gray
with blue eyes. But apparently there is an "Irish Ssetter"
flavor of aussies that look exactly like Sally.

Per this image.

November 23, 2013 deeplink respond

I seem to have gotten myserf buried in eBay inventory
that is likely not only unsellible but even unlistable.
So, I guess an inventory reboot is long past due.

Throwing away half of everything.

Here's some guidelines on whether something should
be kept or not...

So, I should have bunches of free stuff available for
the next few weeks. Whose only rule would be
"take one, take all". email me for details.

More eBay tips and techniques here.

November 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Valley Dayhikes page.

Some of the lesser known destinations appear here.

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

November 21, 2013 deeplink respond

A fairly complete collection of full and free reprints to
Kilobaud Magine can be found here. Along with lots of
other interesting archival stuff.

The original text to my "Winning the Micro Game" can
be found here in the August 1980 Kilobaud. This later
also became a show and tell item in several talks and
a chapter in my Micro Cookbook.

I feel that much of the story remains surprisingly
, and there is very little I would change.

November 20, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work ...

The Shingle Mill canal needs proof it actually existed,
a source and a destination. The middle third is
quite obvious as the historic Minor Webster Ditch,
and located between N 32.79806 W 109.87271
and N 32.81060 W 109.86761.

Proof of prehistoric origins is presently only indirect,
based on the strong "steal the plans" tendancy
elsewhere in the valley and the fact that lack of a
shingle mill prehistoric canal would be highly conspicuous
by its absence. Given that every other nearby stream
has been fully exploited by one or more canals

The canal becomes progressively harder to trace west and
south of the McEniry Road, eventually subject to heavy ravine
like erosion. There are moderate potsherds in the area. The
original takein is presumed to be somewhere around N 32.79275
W 109.88735.

Routes north of N 32.81060 have not yet been checked. But
likely have been extensively reworked by historic pioneers
and later Arizona Game and Fish modifications.

November 19, 2013 deeplink respond

An extensive collection of vacuum tube data sheets can
be found here.

November 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to get a hanging canal paper submitted to Wikipedia.
There acceptance/rejection backlog is now several months.

To participate in Wikipedia, you first have to register. There
are separate places for images and articles. Images should
be done first. You must personally own all rights to your images
and be willing to post them on a Creative Commons basis.

Images can be uploaded using their Commons Upload Wizard.
Articles are apparently best done by using a private provided
sandbox. Once formatted and tested, the article can be
submitted for others to review.

Articles basically use a variation of HTML or XML with a few
added details. Bolding is pretty much reserved for headers
and subheaders, while italics are the preferred method of
emphasis within an article. The easiest way to do italics
is to trace over and use the I button. Otherwise, the
italized portion can be marked with two single quotes
As in ' ' italic stuff ' '

External url links are marked with single opening and closing
brackets. Either as [url goes here] or [url goes here | text
different from url ].
Internal url links that cross reference
another Wikipedia article use double brackets instead.

As in [[other Wikipedia reference ]]. Or [[other Wikipedia
rererence | text different from link name ]]

Images are similarly double bracketed in a [[File:image name|
This automatically provides a
wraparound thumbnail that click epands into the full image.

Headers are bracketed by one or more equals characters.
= stuff = is the largest and = = = = = stuff = = = = = the
weakest. ( Note the equals signs should be contiguous
without intervening spacing. ) A horizontal rule is provided
after the largest headers.

November 17, 2013 deeplink respond

Alexander Grahm Kernatski was the first telephone pole.

November 16, 2013 deeplink respond

Some details on Google Maps elevation reporting services
appear here.

It is important to note that the elevation reports use interpolation
from four nearby data points
. The distance between points
is reported by their resolution reqponse to an elevation

A foremost rule of interpolation is that no new information can
be added. All you can do is minimimize interpolation artifacts.

Thus, if a wash or ravine or building happens to sit between the
original data points, no way will your elevation report be

All of which suggests that the Google service might not be
quite good enough for resolving hanging canal slope or
location issues.

An interpolation assumes that the slope of the function is
continuous and has continuous deravitives.
known as a "smooth" surface.

A tutorial on some of the math involved can be found here.

November 15, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work ...

The Jernigan canal is one of the few that has a very
well defined field destination. It includes moderately
hanging portions, a French Drain cascade, and a
midsized but undated Mesquite tree mid channel.

It is a good choice for tours as it is easily accessible
and has a wide variety of features and nearby
habitation sites.

The split from Mud Springs canal appears well  defined at
N 32.82782 W 109.81981
. Some small rocks suggest
some sort of headgate structure that remains unexcavated
and unexplored.

The canal seems to vanish between a knuwn N 32.83143
W 109.81792
and a presumed N 32.83727 W 109.81502
and needs verified. The area between N 32.83727
W 109.81502
and N 32.83961 W 109.81354 needs further
study in that the route is only dimly suggestive.

There is a branch which may lead to an aqueaduct
or dam structure at N 32.83911 W 109.81543. Or might be
a historic artifact or rebuild that needs resolved.

A major portion of the canal remains unlocated between
N 32.84295 W 109.81238
and N 32.84192 W 109.81496 
despite many attempts at discovery. Careful altitude
measurements might restrict the range of possible routes.

November 14, 2013 deeplink respond

Free copies of Mathematica are now being included in the
Raspberry Pi firmware. More details here.

Over two million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold.
One upcoming competetor is the Beagle Bone.

November 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to finally get back to the Chircahaus after their
devastating fire. Basically,
the entire mountain is just
plain gone.

Devatstaion is utter and total over an extreme area.
Recovery will take a minimum of one hundred years,
assuming no further global warming surprises.

Bee's Barfoot lookout burned in the utter and total
devastation. As did Rustler Park. The USFS is trying
to rebuild the campground, but it is presently an
utterly depressing totally trashed moonscape.

The monument more or less survived, but also suffered
fairly extensive damage.

An interesting and definitive pair of books on lookout
towers can be found here. While other area things to
do can be found on our Gila Dayhikes library page.

November 12, 2013 deeplink respond

I've started the byzantine process of uploading some of our
Hanging Canal info to Wikipedia. There seems to be layer
upon layer of painstaking detail involved in the learning
curve. .

At any rate, our first two images can be found here
and here.

Please suggest  any additional image categories that can
be added.

November 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Typical vintage vacuum tube boat anchors often sell for
only slightly more than their shipping cost.

If you have a bunch of these, one alternate route is to
sell parts off them that often break or go missing.
as full knob sets or panel meters.

The smaller items can be much easier to ship, in at
least modest demand by collectors, and easier to
deal with than the time and expense of a full refurb.

Our eBay items can be found here and more tips
and techniques here.

November 10, 2013 deeplink respond

A website that converts property legal descriptions to
latitudes and longitudes can be found here.

November 9, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the foremost rules of eBay sales is to finish
what you start

It is trivially easy to, say, do a bunch of batch
processed image photography or postprep
only to have the work pile up unlisted and
unfinished for weeks or even months.

There is no possibility of any cash return until
after each item is listed.

A good rule is "If you touch it, deal with it."
All the way through listing.

More eBay tips and techniques here.

November 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Continuing our hanging canal by hanging canal list
of needed further work ...

Mud Springs is sort of my favorite as I've spent the
most time with it and parts of it have easy access.

A case can be made that Mud Springs was the
pilot or prototype for the other 28 known canals in
that there were several locations where pretty much
the entire canal route can be viewed at once.

Our foremost problem is finding out the Mud Springs
destination. The route vanishes under a jeep trail at
N 32.84796 W 109.81104 and many searches to date
have not found even a hint of where it was supposed to go.

My best present guess is that the canal took a
sharp left and ended up in fields under the now
totally trashed central dump.
  Possibly near
N 32.85631 W 109.81522

While an actual tie in to lowland riverine canals was
clearly possible, the amount of deliverable water involved
would not seem to have been remotely worth the effort.

A small piece of canal is missing between N 32.83087
W 109.81533
and N 32.83389 W 109.81139. Possible
explanations are damage from sheet flooding or simply
looking in the wrong place. An automatic level could
possibly be used to restrict candidate elevations to those
below the known source and above the known continuance.

A mystery tank that appears historic yet Mud Springs
related can be found at N 32.82769 W 109.81896. The
watershed here seems much too small unless the Mud
Springs canal was in fact the source of the water.

What we call the troll house can be found at  N 32.82540
W 109.82280.
While clearly related being flush with
the canal bottom and literally one meter away, the
pithouse suggesting structure defies explanation to
date. There appears to be no charcoal or significant

The canal appears to have a much smaller and
inexplicable branch near N 32.82322 W 109.82523.
This same area has been overworked with huge
SCS or CCC water channels.

The next mile or so is fairly well studied but poorly
photographed. A huge mesquite tree mid channel strongly
sugests age. The tree has not been dated yet owing to the
ease of instrument destruction and the false rings typical
of Mesquite hardwoods.

A very interesting hanging portion lies near N 32.81442
W 109.82790
in the hardest to access reach of the canal.
It needs additional photograhy. There is some mystery
to the route for a few hundreds of feet south. There is
also some CCC water spreader work in this area.

The area from N 32.80319 W 109.83946 to N 32.79424
W 109.85148
has not yet been explored, owing to a
small portion of it unfindable at the north end. Survey
should now be easy and fun to trace.

The Ash Creek road has recently been dramatically
greatly simplifying source access to mud springs
canal. But the exact N 32.79200 W 109.85302 to N 32.78569
W 109.85440
route and takein point remains unknown.

Portions of conglomerate with vertical walls strongly suggest
catastrophic flooding.

November 7, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that it may pay to place a "secret" code line
as the last entry in each of your eBay listings.

The code might include where the item is located to the
nearest shelf or bin. Or its stock number if there are
lots of similar items. Or at least part of the local image
url. eBay has made it difficult to trace where an
image has come from. And they do not keep records
of what got sold or unsold nearly long enough.

More eBay secrets here. And more on auctions here.

November 6, 2013 deeplink respond

The alternate route to decent eBay photos is to use a
scanner instead. Scanners have a far higher total
resolution and can be ideal where fine print must
be preserved.

You do have to use a scanner with decent depth of
Such as an HP Scanjet. model 3970. Keeping
the glass squeaky clean continuously is also a must.

Depth of field is easily evaluated by scanning a
soup can or something similar.

Scanners are best used for flat and shallow
imaging. They are also useful as a "magnifying
glass" where fine print is difficult to read. Or
to enhance such print by changing contrast and

I've written some Bitmap Typewriter code that
can greatly enhance "flat on" scanner derived
lettering. The latest code appears here and an
older tutorial here.

Due to Adobe's recently banning Distiller file
writes, the Bitmap Typewriter has to be used with

When scanning such items as multiple integrated
circuits, you can sometimes cheat and use a
common background, changing only the relevant
lettering. The number of pins or the size is easily
changed using copying and mirroring.

If you are going to have many similar ic's it pays
to let the Bitmap Typewriter generate an entire
alphabet and place it below the prototype bitmap.
Logos and agency marks can be similarly saved.

More details here.

When scanning, say, an oscilloscope front, the scanner
can sometimes be placed on the object, rather than vice
versa. If the object is too big, multiple exposures can
be used, as can copy-and-paste of edges.

Scanning and digital photography can sometimes be
combined using these techniques.
A scanner can give
infinite depth of field by cutting and pasting into an
image plane.

Some useful web friendly PostScript Colors handy with
scanner post prep can be found here.

November 5, 2013 deeplink respond

We pride ourselves in having the finest eBay photos,
bar none. Such as this, this, and this recent example.

Much of the photography is done with a 10 Megapixel
digital camera, although some is done with a scanner
and some using both at once. For convenience, the
camera has an Eye-Fi auto uploader. Highly diffuse
light sources are normally used that include two
skylights, a pair of CCFD cool white room lights, and
adjustable CCFD lights for main, key, and backfill.

A tripod, of course, is a must.

At least two hours should be spent in image post prep.
the actual camera setup and photography is
a totally negligible portion of the time and effort
needed to do the job right!

Our main postproc tools include Imageview32, or rately
IrfanView and our in-house Architects Perspective Correction,
Automatic Mottled Background System, and our
Bitmap Typewriter. The latter three normally run
under GhostScript following my Gonzo Utilities.

Architects Perspective is used on most appropriate subjects.
In which
all lines perceived as vertical are made vertical
to a one pixel accuracy. The image is first rotated so a
prominent vertical feature is in fact vertical, and then
the Architects Perspective Correction is run.

A moderate amount of internal image retouching is done
where appropriate to correct camera defects, remove
shadows, sharpen borders, and repair any glitches that will
be removed by a later cleaning anyhow. But
the majority of the
retouch normally applies to the outside and the borders
of the items photographed

In the case of a collectible where exact appearance is important,
great restraint should be used in internal corrections.
the image should be made as informative as
, perhaps comaprable to the retouch that would
go onto a Time Magazine ad.

If lettering is crucial, consider the scanner and Bitmap
route instead. Perspective Lettering from
scratch can be done, but is usually not cost effective.

Very often, the lettering will become illegible as it
is reduced from working pixel sizes to final eBay

We usually seek out shadowless images.
Double, triple,
or quadruple exposures are sometimes used to deal with
murky lighting, meter faces that need brightened, or
attachements whose alignment can be improved.

Commercial autotrace programs are largely useless
because of murky edges needing the most work. We
trace an outline using any color with a
red=255 component
and route it to our Automatic Mottled Background System.

It is important to use a somewhat mottled background as
this dramatically reduces JPEG edge effects
with only
a negligible increase in file size. Some Web Friendly
PostScript Colors can be found here. These are suitably
mottled before
their actual use.

Internal backgrounds are dealt with by solid red=255
color fills, as are any undercuts.
It is important to make
sure there are no inadvertent red=255 pixels
running the auto backgrounder.
Simply backing the red
color balance off one click will usually do this.

The backgrounder includes an optional vignetter of
variable density and thickness. An incredibly sophisticated
"electric fields" algorithm is used for the auto rounded
It is important that the image be cropped to its
intended aspect before running the backgrounder if
vignetting is in use.

Final eBay formatting can be done with Imageview32
This includes resizing to 600 to 900 pixels, reducing
the gamma, increasing the brightness, and
one or two clicks of sharpening. The image is then
saved in JPEG format for eBay uploading and website

Seminars and custom image work available.
More on eBay technique here.

November 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Jstor is an interesting and expanding collection of digital
scientific journals, books, and primary sources. Many of
which are free or reasonably downloaded.

Also check out Doaj.

November 3, 2013 deeplink respond

An interesting ( but European ) report on solar pv
economics can be found here. Note that one euro
is worth about seventy cents.

Apparently world prices are pushing fifty cents per
peak panel watt for utility scale buys. This is about
TWICE what pv solar needs to become a competetive
and truly sustainable
and renewable resource.

True renewability and sustainability now at long last
appears close in acheivable. Brought about by learning
curves, production volumes, and reasonably anticipable
believed forthcoming tech developments.

Meanwhile, the pv solar breakthrough of the week
can be found here. But note that these major stunning
breakthroughs have a half life of six days and twenty
three hours.

And more evidence on why concentrating pv is doomed
to failure can be found here.

More on energy fundamentals here and pv specifics

November 2, 2013 deeplink respond

A muffled intermittent yowling inside a laser printer can
sometimes be repaired by opening the lid and letting the
cat out.

November 1, 2013 deeplink respond

We still do not know where the Allen Hanging Canal
goes or what its purpose is, but its likely destination
would seem to be fields underlying the Central Dam.

Almost certainly, the present fields are a siltation
artifact of the dam itself.
But prehistoric precedents
would seem both possible and likely.

Found some really cute engineering just where Allen
enters Central Wash near N 32.83388 W 109.80419.
There are a group of low and small hillocks that block
canal access except for one point that we might call
"the pass".

The canal very carefully aligned itself on the most suitable
route through the lowest part of the small pass.
It is a lot
wider and shallower than normal at this point.

Another mystery of the canals in general is how
infiltration was controlled over their typical six
mile lengths.
For even minor "soaking in" loses
would leave you with no deliverable water.

Yet, infiltration was obviously controlled, or they
would not have repeatedly built so many long canals.

October 31, 2013 deeplink respond

Getting decent photos of oscilloscope waveforms can be
a problem with modern digital cameras. Owing to IR flooding
of the autofocus, flash issues, timing between shutter and
scan speeds, beam, scale, and external balances.

A surprisingly fast and easy workaround is to get the best
digital image you can and then overtrace it in Paint.

Providing actual output waveforms of test gear for sale
on eBay can dramatically convince potential customers
that the instrument is in fact working.

Mirroring and symetry and replicating make most of the
image rather trivial. A sinewave or a swept sinewave
can be done by using Paint's little known spline drawing
( between straight line and circle )  for the tops and
bottoms of the waveform, and then linking them with
straight line segments.

Hint: change the waveform color enough that the
traced portion can be distinguished from the original.

October 30, 2013 deeplink respond

... And here is how you send multiple recordable
elevation requests. The trick is to use a vertical
bar ( or "pipe" ) delimiter as a separator...


( You may have to cut and paste the above url for the correct
double elevation result. )

You are allowed 512 requests per url transmission
and 25,000 total requests per day.

The main problem with all of this is that
the actual
elevation points are rather few and far between
Some sort of interpolation ( likely linear, but
possibly quadratic or cubic spline ) is used that
may in no manner reflect the actual topography.

Differential elevations should end up more accurate
than absolute ones, but even this is not clear.

Nearby buildings also affect the results. The
technique should work best on flat desert.

I have my doubts that this will be good enough to
predict the paths of unknown hanging canal

October 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Here is how to gather a recordable elevation in
Google Maps:

Send this over the web...


And get this back...

   "results" : [
         "elevation" : 1608.637939453125,
         "location" : {
            "lat" : 39.7391536,
            "lng" : -104.9847034
         "resolution" : 4.771975994110107
   "status" : "OK"

There is a limit of 25,000 requests per day.

October 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Thought I'd start a hanging canal by hanging canal list
of what needs done next.
So far, a typical canal is only 60
percent or so defined.
Key issues are the destinations
for many of the canals, more accurate dating, and in
resolving infiltration issues on a six mile canal reach.

The crown jewels of the Safford system appear to be
on Frey Mesa.
Where a ponding area can be found
routed to the spectacular HS and Upper Robinson
canals. HS is particularly intriguing because it is
counterflow and heads up canyon. A possible but
wildly unverified destination could be the Blue
Ponds area.

A logical but as yet unproven source for the Frye
Mesa water could be the spring in Spring Canyon.
Which also eventually feeds the Allen canal. There
is a modern water project that accepts Spring Canyon
water and routes it down Frye Mesa that suggests
an unverified "steal the plans" prehistoric original.

The braided water routing down Frye Mesa apparently
required some tricky engineering to maintain slope.
The issue is complicated by what appears to be CCC
cross channel rework that seemed intent on destroying
the utility of the underlying originals.

A related question is
what was "wrong" with Frye Creek
water that required such an elaborate second source

bypass. The HS canal was clearly intent on preserving
as much delivered water as possible, rather than simply
dumping any excess over the mesa side. Possibly a
spring source would be more reliable and less subject to
flash flooding or seasonal variations.

There is a short modern canal apparently once intended
to switch water between the Blue Ponds that may or may
not be HS related. Some Acme Mapper route hints seem
to be abandoned wagon roads, complete with horseshoes.

Yet, clearly, "they" obviously had something big in mind
for the HS canal. Considering the extreme time and
energy needed for its construction.

October 27, 2013 deeplink respond

Added new culebra1.jpg and culebra2.jpg images to our
hanging canal image stash.

This is the deepest cut on the Allen Canal  and lesser only
to the aquaduct on Marijilda, the HS Canal and the Upper
Robinson Canal on Frey Mesa for amount of excavation.

The Culebra Cut is approximately two meters deep, three
wide and a hundred long.

More on the hanging canal s here.

October 26, 2013 deeplink respond

As near as I can tell, the www.msnbc.com website has been
totally and irrepairably trashed.

The new link for the original format can be found at

I'll try to update this link on our home page as time permits.

October 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Well, maybe just the punchline:

"The Koala Tea of Mercy is not strained."

More details here. And  here.

October 24, 2013 deeplink respond

A useful medhod of comparing new utility grade power sources
Levelized Cost of New Generation Facilities can be found

I am surprized that focused solar furnaces are still in the
running. They already cost twice as much as tracking pv
and the disparity is certain to dramatically increase.

Not to mention requiring the highest structures in their
respective states, some with their enormous water needs
in their typical arid use areas, lack of progressive expandability,
blinding pilots or truck drivers, potential climatic disasters,
wildlife uncertainties, and near certain hidden consequences,
overruns, and other very rude surprises .

Sanity may eventually prevail, with this project
being dropped completely and this one.

Part of the problem is federal and state agencies being
told to be far too aggressive in approving questionable
or outright bogus "paint it green" land and water grabbing
proposals.Combined with questionable technical competence
of those doing the approving.

Or so it seems to me. More on similar topics here.

October 23, 2013 deeplink respond

There seems to be several new services that, for
a fee, will show you how go get a 100 percent
return on eBay.

The only tiny problem with this is that
a 100 percent
return is a sure fire recipe for disaster
. For this equals
a ludicrously low SBR
Sell Buy Ratio of a laughingly
pitiful 2:1.

Thus, these services do not have the faintest clue
what they are talking about. They are not even wrong.

We strongly recommend a minimum SBR of 30:1.
Thus, you should
NEVER pay more than sixty
seven cents for an item you sell on eBay for twenty

30:1 SBR's are quite easy to acheive through
industrial auctions, especially on "contents of
room" and "contents of cabinet" deals.

Many more free but tested and thoroughly
proven details here and here.

October 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Found a rather tall armless Saguaro Cactus here.

October 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Many thanks to those of you who attended our guided
tours of the hanging canals this weekend.

The tours attracted an amazing number of "name brand"
professional archaeologists. Typical comments were
in the
"There is something unique and special here that
has tremendous research potential

More on these newly rediscovered world class engineering
wonders here, with possible tours, lectures, or research
opportunities here.

Meanwhile, please ship all of your spare Draganfly's to
3860 West First Street, Thatcher AZ, 85552.

October 20, 2013 deeplink respond

I find the classic statistical Monty Hall Problem
utterly fascinating. Particularly the way nearly
everybody is loudly and emphatically dead wrong 
about the odds.

A game show host offers a contestant a choice of
three doors, one of which contains a car and two
of which contain goats. The contestant guesses a
certain door. At this point, you might rightly 
conclude that their odds on the car are 1 in 3.

Now, the host KNOWINGLY opens a door that
is GUARANTEED to have a goat behind it and
ALWAYS asks the contestant if they want to
change their guess.

The surprising answer is that changing their
guess DOUBLES their odds of winning the car!

Most people will wrongly argue that a new guess
involves two doors and that the odds are 1 in 2 of
either door winning on the new guess. But that is
NOT at all what happened.

Because -- the original guess had 1 in 3 odds. The
number of doors has not changed. The number
of goats has not changed. And whatever was
behind the guessed door has not changed. Thus
the odds on the original guess REMAIN as one
in three!

Since the odds of there being a car in the open
door with a goat in it is now 0 in 3, the unguessed
closed door has to have odds of 2 in 3 of holding
the car.

Or TWICE as good a bet as before. 

October 19, 2013 deeplink respond

When it comes to Italian food, you cannot be both
pro volone and anti pasto.

October 18, 2013 deeplink respond

We are in the process of porting our Magic Sinewaves
to the Raspberry Pi.

There should be a number of significant advantages.
the first and foremost of which is zero or near zero
custom hardware.

Second is the ease of doing precision high accuracy
time delays in a single step
. Eliminating code "pinch
points" and complex multi step delay code.

Thirdly are the deeper nulls available through higher
clock frequencies
. Possibly -85 db down on the Pi
compared to -65 decibels on the PIC.

And fourthly, the ability to combine frequency setting
and magsine generation together into a single step
Owing to the ridiculously higher total storage available.

I'll try to work up some suitable code shortly.

October 17, 2013 deeplink respond

After a brief outage, BAMA, the Boat Anchor technical
manual archive is now back in operation.

the Heathkit stuff remains to be restored. But
virtually every other classic electronic product source
is well represented. Over 400 brands

October 16, 2013 deeplink respond

This weekend's Hanging Canal tours are expected to
go something like this:

Initial meeting at the Discovery Park parking lot at
10:15 Saturday October 19th. Morning tour to the
lower Mud Springs canal and the Jernigan canal
which will be followed by lunch at Juanita's ( Bush
and Shertz ) in Pima.

An afternoon tour will visit the seldom seen portions
of the Mills Collection in Discovery Park.

For those wishing more on the canals, there will be
a ribs night dinner at 6 PM at the Branding Iron
( north on Safford's Eighth avenue, cross bridge,
left at Airport Wye.) At least five major southwestern
archaeologists are expected to attend in this unique
meet and greet.

Sunday's activities will depend on interest and skill levels
as well as the number of participants.

They tentatively would include one of the most
spectacular hanging canal portions, the Aquaduct, the
utterly mind boggling world class HS Canal, and possibly
original research over a still unexplored upper reach
of the Mud Springs canal.

You are certainly welcome to attend on either or
both days. Additional background here and
specific info here. Or by calling 928-428-4073.

October 15, 2013 deeplink respond

There's now over a thousand known exoplanets and
the score is increasing faster than several per day on
the average.

Meanwhile, the number of Goldilocks exoplanets
remains at twelve. While this suggests a one
percent Goldilocks hit rate, the actual figure
is likely to be much higher, possibly in the five
or six percent range.

Owing to Goldilocks planets typically being
smaller and much harder to find with the
currently available technology.

Meanwhile, Roller Derby, Captain Video, and
Kukla, Fran, and Ollie remain our main goodwill
ambasadors to outer space
. Having now swept out
over one million cubic light years of volume.

deeplink respond

We just picked up a whole bunch of gun drills from a
machine shop auction. These let you drill very precise
and amazingly deep holes.

You normally use them with a lathe or a CNC machine.

The tailstock holds the drill stationary and routes coolant
through its central hole. The work spins as the hole is
deepened "Used" coolant and chips are returned down a single
external flute. Drills are usually carbide or carbide tipped
and apparently can be resharpened a number of times.

Normal price is $80 to $100 each, but we can offer brand
new units in original packaging off eBay for about one third
of their normal cost or less.

Please email me for details on remaining available sizes
and which are new and which have been protessionally
All are fully guaranteed.

Typical sizes are near 0.2015 by 16 inches.

October 13, 2013 deeplink respond

It still never ceases to amaze me the number of individuals
laboring under the delusion that use of electrolysis from
high value sources such as grid, pv, or wind in some
manner represents some sort of solution to something.

In reality, thermodynamic fundamentals involving exergy 
will absolutely and positively GUARANTEE that such
electrolysis flat out ain't gonna happen.

Exergy is a measure of the quality of energy and directly
determines its price and its value. More specifically, 
exergy is a measure of the reversibly recoverable
energy fraction.

Electrical energy is just about the highest exergy stuff
available. Because of its convenience in efficient
conversion to other forms. Bulk hydrogen energy, on
the other hand, has very low exergy
because of its
inherent inefficiencies in coversion and the outrageous
amortization costs in doing so.

Electrolysis is pretty much the same as 1:1 converting
US Dollars into Mexican Pesos. There ALWAYS will
be more intelligent things to do with high value electrical
sources such as grid, pv, or wind, than instantly and
irrecoverably destroying most if its value through

Much more in our Energy Fundamentals and Electrolysis
 found on our Hydrogen Energy library page.

Along with a master directory here.

October 12, 2013 deeplink respond

A once-again reminder that we have guided tours of the
hanging canals coming up on October 19th and 20th.

Apparently some leading Southwestern Archaeologists
have said they are going to participate. Which should
make these tours into a significant gathering.

You are welcome to attend. Per these details.

October 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Just came from an industrial bankruptcy auction that
strongly reinforced the key things to look for in deep
distress auctions: Poor promotion by a second tier
auctioneer. Utter panic by a lienholder who just wants
their building back.

Few but huge lots, most of which are poisoned and need 
major triage. Astounding bargains in "contents of cabinet"
and "contents of room". Hassles over payments, removal
dates, and cleanup. Time and date conflicts with a major

120 degrees in the shade except for the four inch hail.
And, of course, the restrooms not working.

Much more in our Auction Resources Library page.
Your own custom local or regional auction finder can be
created for you per these guidelines.

October 10, 2013 deeplink respond

Almost always, online piecemeal auctions combined with
bulk offers are a sucker bet. The bulk offers are almost
certain to win
, unless there are major bigtime site issues.

You can often get an advance warning over whether there
is any point in continuing, by dividing the bulk bid price
by the number of lots.

Unless the price per lot that has to be consistently
acheived is ridiculously low, bulk will likely prevail.

More on similar topics in our Auction Help page.

October 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated and expanded the Arizona Auction Resources
portion of our Auction Help Page.

Your own custom regional auction finder can be created
for you per these details.

October 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are a new method of very efficiently
generating power sinusodial wavefroms from simple on-off
switching. Their foremost characteristic is that any number
of low harmonics can, in theory, be forced to zero
. And
in the real world to astonishingly low levels.

Our Magic Sinewave library can be found here with their
latest tutorial here and an amazingly fast performance
calculator here.

Custom development and symposia services available.

October 7, 2013 deeplink respond

The "next big thing" in energy efficiency is likely to involve
heat pumps and air conditioning. For even the best of these
are woefully inefficient.

The breakthroughs are likely to come from variable speed
and variable capacity becoming the norm, followed by
dramatic improvements in heat exchanger performance.

The latter is likely to come about through new developments
in MEMS and nanostructures. One new example of which
can be found here.

October 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Have you ever wondered what the name is of the little
black book that Big Brother uses to stash all your
secret stuff?

It is called Spillman.

October 5, 2013 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.

October 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Truth in advertising: Like when an eBay seller posted...

"All fright arrangements are to be made by the buyer".

October 3, 2013 deeplink respond

A copy of Safety Last is apparently up on YouTube.

AKA the hanging clock scene. Apparently a new false wall
on a roof and sneaky camera angles made this SLIGHTLY
less dangerous than it really was.

At the time, Harold Lloyd was missing a finger and a thumb.

October 2, 2013 deeplink respond

Eurostyle and many other modern connectors apparently
have TWO different sizes that are nearly identical and
most definitely should NOT be interchanged.

One group is on 0.2 inch or 5.03 mm centers. The other
is on 0.197 inch or 5 mm centers. Watch this detail!

October 1, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have a pair of hanging canal tours coming
up on October 19th and 20th.
These will include a bunch of
"name brand" southwestern archaeological professionals

and you can find further details here.

And the related Glyphs story is newly available for free download
here. Its live linked and combined web version can be found here.

Or email me directly.

September 30, 2013 deeplink respond

Did I ever tell you my story with my involvement with the
It took place somewhat before ( and was a proximate
cause of ) the Bay of Pigs incident.

As we tended to do, Bee and I were wandering around
southcentral Arizona and came upon a then presumably
long abandoned Marana airstrip. We continued with the
vague ( but unlikely ) hope of finding some unusual
planes stashed or even an open restaurant.

We were stopped by a military uniformed type of
person having no identifying marks whatsoever and
holding an ancient SCR 536 WWII handi-talkie.

He asked us what we were doing and we told him.

Things then proceeded to get bizarre in that
he in
no manner could stop us or tell us what to do
because --------> he was not there!

We continued our tour and noted shadowy figures
furtively hiding just at the edge of buildings carefully
tracking our activities, also with ancient handi talkikes.

But again, they could not interfere in any manner
with us bacause ------> they were not there!

At the time, I held a DOD secret clearance, so I
eventually decided that what was happening was not
quite right. As suspected, there was no restaurant,
and the only planes were a bunch of derelict connies.

The outcome of the Bay of Pigs clearly indicaded the
skill levels of the epsilon minuses involved. It seemed
to me that a simple "ROAD CLOSED" sign might
have helped their cause significantly.

Eventually many years later, the CIA involvement
was admitted.

September 29, 2013 deeplink respond

A while back I decided to write a PowerPoint emulator
using my Gonzo Utilities.
Aimed at short and fast loading
and host independent single Acrobat .PDF files that had
improved graphics and did url automatic linking.

A tutorial on the emulator appears here, details on Gonzo
here, secrets of autoposition linking here, and the actual
Gonzo routines here.

Some of the generated file examples included...

Successful eBay Buying Strategies
Successful eBay Selling Strategies

Little known Gila Valley Dayhikes
Prehistoric Hanging Canal Lecture
Energy Fundamentals Intro & Summary
PV Panel Intro & Summary

Mount Graham Aerial Lumber Tramway
An Introduction to Magic Sinewaves
Three Phase Magic Sinewaves

With these companion sourcecode documents...


Things have gotten slightly more complicated in that Adobe
now forbids you doing disk access while Distilling PostScript.
One obvious workaround is to tow a full copy of Gonzo
along in each file's sourcecode.

A new site area index has been added here. 

September 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Google recently updated their satellite coverage of the Gila
Valley. With some disconcerting results.

The new resolution seems about the same as the old, but
obvious variations in time of year and time of day seem to
have appeared. Besides obvious changes in building
construction, some areas are better, and some worse.

In particular, portions of Frye Mesa that previously revealed
major obvious hanging canal artifacts are now vague and sketchy
at best.
What is here now is not nearly good enough to
even suggest the unique canal potential of this area.

Fortunately, the old imagry has been largely field verified.

The same imagry is apparently used by Acme Mapper.

September 27, 2013 deeplink respond

A collection of print style archaeological publications
can be found here.

And some newer open access archaeological sites
can be found here.

September 26, 2013 deeplink respond

Many years ago, a certain New York editor who had
never been off the block at Lawn Guiland visited a
Texas ranch. He was amazed at how greasy the sheep
were and asked why they greased their sheep.

The ranch hands had a big laugh over this and tried
to explain lanolin. Then they moseyed up the draw to 
the cow oiler.

September 25, 2013 deeplink respond

What may be he entire world's remaining supply of three
pin round HP power cords ( also used on some Heathkits
and many other pieces of vintage equipment )
can be
found here.

I tried finding useful sources a year or two back with
no luck at all. These would make a superb eBay item
if they could be found in reasonably quantities and

One highly unsafe alternative is to attach two Molex .093
WM-50 female connector pins to a regular line cord. The
"outside" two pins are live, whle the middle one is ground.

A very few apps used the hot pins opposite to HP. This
was typical of certain tape recorders and appliances.

This stunt at least allows temporary testing of vintage equipment.
EXTREME SHOCK HAZARD! Also trips breakers and
starts fires if careless!

There are three problems with substituting an IEC jack and a
modern cord: First, there might be a limiting amount of
back panel space. Second, cutting a rectangular hole
is labor intensive. And, Third, modifying a piece of
legacy equipment can severely damage its valus as
a collectible.

September 24, 2013 deeplink respond

The Gerber File Format has long been a standard for
describing printed circuit layouts and such.

A freely downloadable version of the spec can be
found here.

September 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Thought I'd review what passes around here for a
"style sheet". Our latest technical paper can be found
And literally hundreds of more examples on
our website. Amazingly, I've published well over 2000
papers to date, nearly half of which are now online.

I still do writing using raw PostScript by way of my
Gonzo Utilities and web posting or submitting as an
acrobat .PDF file. Sourcecode is often made
separately and freely available in a standard
textfile readable .psl format. Short for "PostScript

Recent changes in the Acrobat Distiller have made
things a lot more difficult as you cannot any longer
read or write disk files. Workarounds have included
still using Distiller with a full copy of Gonzo attached
to each file, or going to GhostScript when and where
disk access is essential. Such as here, here, and here.

A foremost rule here is to typeset first and edit last.

For both the form and function of a block of text
contribute to its legibility, its readability, and its
overall generated interest.

Our preferred format is "book page size" with text
and graphics freely intermixed when and where they
are needed. Live web links are generously provided
when and where they can add to content. As does
magnification options.

I prefer short to mid sized paragraphs left justified.
Hyphens are NEVER used, rewording the text as
needed for well behaved right margins. Widows
and orphans are similarly studiously avoided. No
attempt is ever made to fit a standard size; each
document is as long as it needs to be.

I overwhelmingly prefer the Stone series of fonts.
Titles and subtitles are normally a mid green, while
links are the usual dark blue. A unique feature of
Gonzo is that url links automatically follow any
resizing or repositioning as text is entered or edited.

Oversized raised caps are used at the beginning of text,
rather than the drop cap that is also Gonzo available.
Paragraphs are not indented but are separated by
a half vertical space.

Should a "Powerpoint" or "slideshow" style format
be more approapriate ( such as here, here, here, here,
or here ), I've written a PowerPoint emulator and
tutorial here. And actual code can be extracted
from any of the just mentioned but .psl trailer files.

I'd very much like to get the rest of my books and early
papers online, but this would take additional funding
and your sponsorship.

September 22, 2013 deeplink respond

There appears to be a dramatic regurgence in all things
Heathkit. And eBay prices are sharply up and many items
are selling at their opening Buy It Now prices.

Free schematics and manuals are starting to once again
appear on the web
, after an ill advised and abortive series
of "what were they thinking?" takedown notices a few
years back.

Many years ago, both HP and Tektronix defined how
legacy products are to be dealt with on the web. First
and foremost,
any and all tech info gets placed into
the public domain
and can be provided by anybody in
any form.

Secondly, the HP and Tektronix websites become the
definitive free source for any and all of their own
legacy info.

September 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Here's a revised list of local emergency scanner

122.80000 Safford Airport

153.68000 Graham Electric
153.95000 Fort Thomas Fire

154.08500 Thatcher Fire
154.32500 Safford Fire
154.43000 Mount Graham Observatory
154.72500 EAC Security

155.05500 Graham #2
155.14500 Pima Fire
155.17500 Southwest Ambulance
155.20500 Search and Rescue
155.26500 Search and Rescue #2
155.83500 Graham #3

156.18750 Graham #4

159.10500 Klondyke

162.16250 BLM Gila

164.82500 Tonto Fire Net

168.05000 Coronado Fire
168.15000 Coronado Heliograph Fire
168.60000 National Fire 3

169.60000 Coronado Heligroph

171.70000 San Carlos

460.27500 Highway Patrol Statewide
460.32500 Highway Patrol Safford

Many listings for other areas can be found here.

September 20, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the more infuriating features of the vacuum tube era
was that the tube markings tended to be impossibly
diffcult to read initially and often vanished completely
with time.

Several manufacturers of MOV varistor chips seem to
be repeating this debicle. With low contrast markings
that are hard to read, mysterious, or even rub off.

We had to flush thousands of MOVs that, while we knew
exactly who made them and what they were, ended up
completely illegible. And thus largely eBay unsellable.

If the markings are there but dim, we sometimes will
"improve" them in our eBay images by using our
Bitmap typewriter. Latest version here.

Obvious tricks to read any dim numbers include an
illuminated magnifier or to scan the chip at 600 DPI
and view it in Imageview32.

Our policy will continue to be flushing the illegible but
shipping the dimly but certainly viewabl

September 19, 2013 deeplink respond

Overheard some alternate energy enthusiasts who
were lavishly praising Sterling engines as the
ultimate solution to low delta-t energy recovery.

It quickly became obvious that they did not have
the faintest clue of the underlying thermodynamics
or economics.

To date, the Sterling engine has been one of the
largest and most monumental engineering ratholes
of all times. Here is why...

    Carnot Matters -- There is a fundamental and
     unavoidable law of thermodynamics that says
     the best possible efficiency of any heat engine
     is proportional to the absolute temperature
     delta fraction. Thus your best possible efficiency
     a 20 degree rise at 70 degree F room temperature 
     would be 20/(459+70) = 3.8 percent. And no
     real world system can be even this good. 

    Efficiency Matters --As efficiency goes down,
    the size and complexity of the energy recovery
    device will disproportionately increase in a 
    hyperbolic or worse manner for a given set of
    recovery values. Which is why absolutely free
    pv solar panels of less than six percent efficiency
    are totally commercially useless. 

    Amortization Matters -- If your energy recovery
    device is producing an average of two cents worth
    of electricity per day and your total cost of ownership
    is three cents per day, you have a gasoline destroying
    net energy sink. The longer you run it, the more
    gasoline you destroy

   Gotchas Matter -- A Sterling engine needs a
    special part called a regenerator. Regenerators
    have to be long and thin and short and fat.
    They also have to be very good conductors of
    heat and outstanding insulators. Extreme
    engineering compromise is needed and nobody
    has come up with a good regeneration solution
    to date.

Much more in our Energy Fundamentals tutorial.

And in our Engineering Ratholes story.

September 18,, 2013 deeplink respond

www.engineeringtv.com is a new collection of industry videos,
tutorials, and related technical info.

September 17, 2013 deeplink respond

I'm suprised that I never heard of Tele-Tech magazine,
an apparently one time outsstanding trade journal for
the broadcast and television industries.

At any rate, an extensive collection of freely downloadable
and utterly fascinating historical downloads can be found

September 16,, 2013 deeplink respond

Intel just announced a Raspberry Pi alternative called the
Minnowboard. With details here , a video here, and discussion here.
Along with critical comments here.

Instead, it appears to be more of a beached whale. Oversized,
overpriced, and of limited performance.

What were they thinking?

September 15,, 2013 deeplink respond

Just after WWII, our sun suddenly became a radio star.
owing to widespread expansion of VHF television broadcasts.

And Captain Video, Roller Derby, and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
suddenly became our goodwill ambasadors to outer space.

These signals have now swept out over ONE MILLION CUBIC
LIGHT YEARS of space
and have been overwhelmingly likely
to annoy many distant extrasolar goldilocks planets.

At signal levels that remain detectable with our current
technology. Curiously, the signal strength drops off with
the square of the distance, but the number of annoyed
planets increases with the cube of the distance.

Consider this: What interpretation would "they" make over
a lucid ten second clip of Roller Derby as the sum total of
Earth based humanity?

September 14,, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have several MILES of transparent
polyester sheet in dozens of rolls of varying lengths and

I've been meaning to build up a rewinder but it seems
to be taking forever.

email me if you have any interest in this superb material
at one sixth or less of its normal price.


September 13, 2013 deeplink respond

A locatl utility just did a major remote meter reading
upgrade, and I now have great heaping bunches of
several generations of earlier power meters.

These include both the classic mechanical "spinning
wheel" mechanisms and newer all-digital LCD
readout designs.
I should shortly have these up on
our eBay site. Just as soon as I get a test setup

They are the traditional 220 volt center tapped home
power versions. I'm working at seeing if these can
be modified for 110 volt use in alternate energy,
power efficiency, or photovoltaic solar energy research.

As is, they should be quite useful for mobile home
parks or sublet leasing. Besides being eminently
collectible at a tiny fraction of their usual price.

Ownership and use of these meters is completely
legal so long as they are not in any manner
involved in utilitly theft of services.

You can email me for further details and suggetions.

September 12, 2013 deeplink respond

The solar energy pv breakthrough of the week can be
newly found here. With a discussion here.

Traditional pv cells have to waste a lot of energy
as unwanted heat, as any frequency below the work
function is ignored. As is any "spare change" above.

Unfortunately, pv weekly breakthroughs have a half
life of six days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes.

September 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Here we go again. Boy, a whole flock of them flew over
this time. With additional details here in its 9-11-13 entry.

My very first magnetic perpetual motion machine
can be found here. And originally here.

In normal use, a certain amount of energy is externally
stored in a magnet's field. You can borrow some of
this energy temporarily, but you have to put it back

if the magnet is to continue operating at full strength.

When you borrow some of the field's energy, its
size and strength must proportionally decrease.
Thus, a magnet does work when it is moved
to the refrigerator and has work done on it
when it is removed.
No work or energy loss
occurs when the magnet is just sitting there.

For work equals force times distance. If
it just sits there, the distance moved is zero.

How much total energy is stored in a better 
grade magnet?

You can calculate this sort of thing directly.
Or else use an equivalent solenoid and the
Joules = 1/2 Li^2 formula. But there is a
much faster and vastly sneakier way:

Here is a typical magnetizer for "normal"
magnets. Its total energy storage is 8000
Joules. A Joule is one watt second and there
 3600 watt seconds in a watt hour. 

If 100 percent of this energy were to end up
in the magnet ( dream on ), you would be 
talking a whopping 2.22 watthours of energy

Enough to run a 100 watt lightbulb for slightly
over one minute!

Thus, the total energy stored in a typical 
magnet is quite miniscule.

More on pseudoscience bashing here

September 10, 2013 deeplink respond

Half of our first fully professional hanging canal paper
is now in print...

Neely, J. and Lancaster, D. 2013.
The Bajada Canals of the Safford Basin:
Small Corporate Group Collaboration in
Southeastern Arizona. GLYPHS,
Arizona Archaeological and Historical
Society, Vol. 64, Nos. 3 & 4. Tucson

Presumably part I should shortly appear for
free download on the Glyphs website.

Meanwhile, you can view the entire paper
with live web links here.

September 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Until yesterday, we had been getting an intolerable several
hundred obvious spam messages a day. Miraculously, these
seemed to now have dropped to ten or so. Apparently Fat Cow
has an incredibly effective and highly welcome new spam filter.

Just in case the new filter is too powerful and includes false
hits, be sure to re-email me if you do not get a response the
first time.

September 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Curiously, the Gila Valley seems to have used at least
six ( and possibly seven ) major and innovative prehistoric
ag tools. While somewhat mutually exclusive, in places
they are literally piled on top of each other.

Possibly the oldest are what I call
mulch rings and
others have named "cairns". Basically a filled ring of
rocks three feet in diameter and one rock high whose
apparent use was to retain moisture and limit evaporation
for a single plant, perhaps an Agave. These are typically
randomly arranged in groups of fifteen or so, perhaps
twenty feet apart.

Second are the grids, which bear an astonishing
similarity to Dilbert office cubicals. These are a
rock border perhaps twelve by twenty four feet
that define a field area. Apparently crops were
under the rocks, rather than in the
more obvious middle. There are possibly tens
of thousands of these north of the Gila and
likely at least few hundred to the south. Their
definitive text is found here.

A possible third are the UFO Fish Filets.
These appear to be a cross between grids and
trincheras. Only one example is known and
it is both fairly remote from more dense habitation
areas and could possibly be an odd CCC artifact.
They are definitely in need of further study.

Fourth are the aproned check dams. These cross
intermittent small washes and have a fine soil area
built up behind them. Their size suggests some
sort of plant nurseries. A smaller apron is often
below the main dam, perhaps for a secondary
crop area or to prevent erosion.

Fifth are the roasting pits. These are "miniature
sinkholes" that were apparently used to roast
agave. They are typically five feet across and
two feet deep. And are quite discinctive because
of their negative terrain.

Sixth are the lowland canals. These are large
and Gila river derived and quite similar to
Hohokam canals in the Salt River Valley.
While truely spectacular and impressive, the
enginerring behind them was not all that great
as it involved nearly level dirt and obvious
routes using gently sloping constructs.

And finally are the bajada hanging canals that 
apparently made spectacular use of virtually
every drop of Mount Graham stream water.
28 of these are known for a total distance of
50 miles. In places, they are literally hung on the
edges of steep sided mesas, making their
slope largely independent of the surrounding
Their astonishing engineering over
incredibly hostile terrain remains world class.

More on similar topics here.

September 7, 2013 deeplink respond

The classic Richard Feynman physics lectures have been
newly released in free downloadable HTML forma.t.

Per these details, this discussion, and this video

September 6, 2013 deeplink respond

So who built the hanging canals? Where did the technology
come from?
One possibility is that these are in fact world
class unique and amazingly rapidly evolved in place.

Of the four or five Gila Valley "trading partners", only
the Hohokam had significant canal technology. And their
canals are remarkably similar to the riverine lowland
canals here. A strong argument for lowland adaption can
thus be reasonably made.

But the hanging canals involve orders of magnitude
fancier engineering and skill sets.
They also seem
"complete" in that there are no obvious additional
locations. And ( with possible exception of Henry's )
are conspicuously lacking in upgrades, outright failures,
or obvious rework.

No similar systems are known elsewhere in Basin and
. But a case can be made that Mount Graham is
unique unto itself with additional height, numerous preannual
streams, much higher snowpack, and convenient northeastern
conduit mesas.

In short, there does not presently appear to be any known
source to directly import the needed technology and skills
And thus, the hanging canals might be uniquely evolved locally
within the Safford basin.

The motivation for such rapid technological advancement
remains highly enigmatic. Bordering on the astounding.

Much more here.

September 5, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Hikes web page.

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

September 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Tucson Electric Power ( TEP ) seems to have an expanding
mix of traditional and alternate energy power sources. Some
interesting facts and figures from them are found here.

Some non-obvious points from their presentation: The
best of their traditional power plants are combined cycle
units that now approach a 60 percent thermal efficiency
at a cost of $83 per megawatt hour.
( TEP apparently
has no hydro power or comparable figures. And the
obsolete Childs hydro site was just demolished. )

Surprisingly nuclear and tracking pv cost about the same
and come in somewhat under double this figure
. But it is
very reasonable to expect nuclear to cost a lot more and
pv to cost a lot less in the future.

The advantages of tracking pv are apparently strong
enough to exceed their additional complexity. These
systems currently beat out mirror style solar and should
do so very more so in the future. To the point of
which future mirror solar appears to be a sucker bet.

At present, wind comes in at $128 per megawatt hour.

Note that $83 oer megawatt hour is the same as 8.3
cents per kilowatt hour.

Some energy tutorials can be found here and here.

September 1, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the latest free energy scam du jours seems to be
rapidly approaching its inevitable crash and burn phase.

At least according to this apparently credible analysis.

Secrets of effectively bashing pseudoscience appear
here and here.

August 31, 2013 deeplink respond

A map showing the conflicts between the newly discovered
prehistoric hanging canals and one proposed Sunzia
transmission line route can be found here.

The most reasonable and practical proposed southern
route that is many miles away from the canals seems
to be raising major NIMBY complaints.

To me, it makes the most sense to create integrated
resource corridors
. In which the identical route is
used for interstate thruways, railroad lines, fiber
optics, pieelines, solar and wind farms, local power
transmission, and regional power interties.

August 30, 2013 deeplink respond

Some new and free software now allows just about any
amateur with a decent telescope go on their own
Goldilocks planet hunt.

The open source software works by monitoring an
area of stars and looking for subtle changes in a
single star's brightness during a possible transit.

The technique is called differential photometry.

A reminder that we have a very active local
astronomy club
and free use of a twenty inch

More here, here, and here.

August 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Speaking of which, a useful directory of local scanning
frequencies can be found here.

August 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Oddball and klutzy wall warts may be on the way out.

With most newer lower power electronics favoring USB
for both rechargable battery power and computer updates.

Normally, these are plug and go from any computer. If you
must operate locally ( such as on a public service scanner )
$5 USB chargers are readily available from a number of sources.

These compact wall plug devices offer full regulation and
switchmode operation. They usually run a little high at
5.25 volts to allow for cord losses

One tip: unpowered USB expanders may not be able to provide
useful power. Use a direct computer connection or a powered
USB expander or a charger instead.

August 27, 2013 deeplink respond

Found an additional stash of "kiss your ass goodbye" nuclear
holocoust fashion accessories. Area Predictor, Radiological that
you use as a clear and grease pencil markable overlay for a
standard topo map. NSN 6665-00-106-9595.

Rare collectible "as new" in original mil packaging with
TM 3-6665-304-10 technical manual included.
Vinyl this
old ends up slightly wrinkled, but still clear and readable.

On eBay or email me for details.

August 26, 2013 deeplink respond

An interesting and free online Calculus Course can
be newly found here.

August 25, 2013 deeplink respond

A directory of southwestern waterfalls appears here.
It seems to have bothgross omissions and little known

Ferinstance, Frye Mesa Falls, the two Deadman Falls,
and Grant Creek Falls are missing from the Grahams.
As is Kennedy Falls near Aravapia, but this one may or
may not even exist.

Curiously, two very remote falls in Greenlee County are
listed. These are Sardine Falls and Chitty Falls. I have
no idea how big they are. Access looks painfull.

And the little known spectacular ( when it runs ) Seneca
on theSan Carlos res also seems unmentioned.
As does San Carlos falls itself.

Another Seneca photo appears here. Note that there
is a second waterfall below the plunge pool that is
quite difficult to visit or photograph.

August 24, 2013 deeplink respond

The ancient oriental art of Ti Wun On consists of 
getting totally snockered, but always doing so in 
a professional and workmanlike manner.

August 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Google has updated their local imagry for Google Maps
and Google Earth. The same data base gets used for
Acme Mapper.

Some of the image capture was done around May
of 2013,
and seems to apply mostly to developed areas.
The resolution remains pretty much the same.

Note that image dates appear on Google Earth but not
on Acme Mapper or Google Maps.

Some remote areas appear slightly different, while
others clearly still use older data. Elsewhere, newly
developed flybys and other features are now offered.

August 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Once again revised our Hanging Canal summary here
with its sourcecde here. This should be pretty much
near the final version.

More on the hanging canals here.

August 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Rediscovered a group of southern grids just off the
Porter Springs road. The score now approaches
several thousand north of the river and a few
hundred to the south.

The new finds are pretty much invisible on Acme
They also include mulch rings, roasting
pits, and a strange canal-like water management
scheme that includes both long linear walls and
crosswise aproned check dams. Bizarre.

The key paper on the grids appears here with
an image here and more on our hanging canals here.

The grids were apparently a giant aqave booze factory
and the very first Dilbert office cubicals.

August 20, 2013 deeplink respond


You should NEVER use a space or ( especially ) a percent
sign in a url!
Apparently ASU IT has not yet picked up on this
obvious and essential rule.

I started getting some bizarre links when going between .PDF
and Chrome. A url that includes ...stuff stuff... or ...stuff%20stuff...
would 404 as ...stuff%3520stuff...

What apparently was happening is that BOTH arcrobat AND chrome
were substituting for the HTML reserved parenthesis character.

The sledgehammer workaround around url stupidity seems to be
to redirect through a "clean" url on your own website, thus taking
acrobat out of the loop....

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Old HTML redirect</title
<meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html;
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0

August 19, 2013 deeplink respond

Thanks to some new developments, selling and shipping
to New Mexico has eased somewhat.

Yeah, there still is the language barrier and all the hassles
at customs. But at one time, everything needed reloaded
at the border crossings because of the different sizes
and spacing of the truck tires.

Fortunately, reversible truck tires are newly available
that can simply be insided out at the border crossings.

More here and here.

August 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Arizona has a number of areas that include lots of impressive
sinkholes. While none of these more obvious larger areas
presently lead to significant caves that I know of, their
very presence suggests enormous voids in their deeply
underlying limestone.
Possibly forever unreachable.

At least seven major sinkholes are known in the Sedona
area that were recently covered in this gological report.

And this report covers the Holbrook Anticline that seems
to include at least three major sink areas.

These include the McCauley sinks here, the Zeniff
sinks here, and the Snowflake sinks here.

And the two classic "Rand Study" papers appear here
and here.
It is my understanding that portions of this latter
paper have long been either challenged or discredited.

And here is yet another Holbrook Sink.

August 17, 2013 deeplink respond

Just created a new image subdirectory for our web
hanging canal files. Some of the intitial images include...

allen0.jpg - Allen Canal takein
allen1.jpg - Allen Canal below dam
bestgrid.jpg - Best Northern Grids image
culebra1.jpg - Culebra cut with Dr. Neely
culebra2.jpg - Culebra cut raw
dragan.jpg - Draganfly promotion
frye1.jpg - Robinson Topo ( misnamed )
frye2.jpg - Frye Mesa Braided + HS Canal
gc1.jpg - Golf Course image #1
gc2.jpg - Golf Course image #2

hangcan1.jpg - Original Marijilda hanging
henry1.jpg - Middle of Henry Canal
jern1.jpg - End of Jerningan Canal
map2.jpg - Screen dump of early kml
mary2.jpg - Nicer image of Marijilda hang
mud1.jpg - Middle of mud springs below dam
mud2.jpg - Lowest known end of Mud Springs
rinc1.jpg - Twin boobs ponding area
rinc2.jpg - Detail of Twin Boobs + Cactus
rob1.jpg - Main hanging portion of Robinson
rob2.jpg - Hung Robinson detail
rob3.jpg - Robinson top of mesa
safcan1.jpg - GIS Map
safcanmap.kml Google Earth Map
threeswitch.jpg - Narrow portion of Deadman
tranq1.jpg - Mid tranquility in urban area
tranq2.jpg - Tranquility rebuild detail
trol1.jpg - Troll house mid Mud Springs
twinb1.jpg - Twin boobs before Safford trashin

August 16, 2013 deeplink respond

Added a new Hanging Canal Image to our image stash.
It is pretty much the same as this older one, but is far
more colorful and shows the
"water flows uphill"
somewhat better.

The mountains in the background are the low and very
arid Whitlocks. There once was a scheme to put a luxury
destination telescope resort
on top of this totally inaccessible

More happy horseshit on the Whitlocks here.

More on our hanging canals here.

August 15, 2013 deeplink respond

An interesting new barometric sensor can be found
here and described here. It costs $5 in quantity,
is micropower, and can give down to an eight inch

We earlier looked at a competitive item here.

We still have not found an optimum method to
measure hanging canal slope. The sensor in the
Garmin etrex30 is much better than a direct
GPS measurement, but still not nearly good

Current thinking is to use a surveyor's automatic
Such as one of these.

August 14, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the more amazing and utterly inexplicable features
of our local prehistoric hanging canals under study is
simply this: They appear both "perfect" and "complete"

It seems that literally every drop of northeastern Mount
Graham stream water was fully and completely exploited.

There are no obvious remaining locations to build any
new canals.
Of the existing canals, all of them seem
"perfect" and fully functional. There is no evidence of
any work in progress, nor any remnants of construction
mistakes or errors.

Surely somebody screwed up something somewhere along
the way. But such evidence remains conspicuously absent.

August 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Bezier Cubic Splines are an excellent and preferred method
to draw the smooth continuous curves often found in typography,
CAD/CAM, and graphics in general.

Among their many advantages is a very sparse data set allowing
a mere eight points to completely define
a full and carefully
controlled and device independent curve.

Cubic splines are exceptionally easy to use in the PostScript
computer language.  But are also generally implementable
in most higher level languages and in all but the smallest of
bare bones microprocessors

Many tutorials and examples are now present in our Cubic
Spline Library

August 12, 2013 deeplink respond

A non-obvious trick when trying to extract info from Acme
or Google Earth: False color tricks can sometimes
make invisible or subtle features more apparent.

Obvious choices are normal, invert colors, red only, blue only,
green only, not red, not blue, and not green.

One simple method is to use your Print Screen key to grab
a sreen image and then send it to Imageview 32.

August 11, 2013 deeplink respond

This story and this discussion have come to the conclusion
drive-in theaters might be endangered.

Doing them in this time is the
major movie studios switching
to all digital formats
and dropping traditional 35 mm movie
can distributions. The updating costs of a quarter of a million
dollars or more is waaay beyond what they can deal with.

August 10, 2013 deeplink respond

I'm coming to the conclusion that Salvex is more
bizarre entertainment than a useful auction resource.

Nearly a dozen times, I've been high bidder only
to have my reasonable offer rejected. Other times,
they switch from bidding to "make an offer" that
goes on forever before vanishing without comment.

They do have unusual stuff. Like the truck full
of now
mashed mashed potatoes that was in a
wreck. Or the truckloads of napalm they got
off Home Depot when somebody found out it
burned. Or pizza that is clearly out of warranty.

Some useful auction stuff here, with Arizona specific
links here.

August 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Hikes web page.

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

August 8, 2013 deeplink respond

There are a surprising number of Arizona observatories,
as this list reveals.

Our nearest local observatory is the 20 inch telescope at
Discovery Park. Which you are welcome to visit most any
time. And even can gain full control of by taking a simple
college course. Light pollution here is rather bad..

The obvious biggie on the hill is the LBT. While drop in
visitors are definitely a no-no, EAC does offer all day
guided tours Saturdays during the fall and winter months.

While they do not have any larger telescopes, the
Casitas De Gila bed and breakfastst offers the
finest night skies most anywhere and has many
smaller instruments available for your use.

Check out their real time planetarium simulator
above the hot tub.

August 7, 2013 deeplink respond

Those compulsory faculty teas that drove me away from
an advanced archaeology degree might not have been
that bad...

           ....if only they hadn't been intravenous.

August 6, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that Adobe Acrobatt does NOT update any
links when you replace a page!

This can cause severe problems in text pages when the
url click thrus can all end up in the wrong positions.

Alternately, this can be a benefit if you want to predistill
full page image click-thrus. Per this PostScript code...

/sfpurl { /cururlname exch store % save url string
mark % start pdfmark
/Rect [-5 0 47 53]
/Color [ 1 1 1 ]
/Action <</Subtype /URI /URI cururlname>>
/Subtype /Link
/ANN % annotation type
pdfmark % call pdf operators
} def

The above code is intended for 10X layout pages
using my Gonzo Utilities. For normal page sizes,
multiply the /Rect values by ten.

It is also important to make sure you do not have
any "double" links or inadvertent unwanted earlier
links present. Some browsers may pick the wrong

August 5, 2013 deeplink respond

A possible Wikipedia entry for our hanging canals
appears here with its sourcecode here

And a slight variant for Wesrch can be found here
with its sourcecode here.

These are rough drafts of preliminary files. Please
email me with any critical review or comments.

August 4, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that I have a pair of very rare 1908 
commercial silent movie projectors available. 
They are presently disassembled, so they would
easily be UPS shippable. They seem to be nearly 
complete and should be eminently restorable.

email me if you have any interest in this unique 
opportunity. Inspection welcome. We will shortly
be dramatically be expanding our refurb activities, so
I very much need the shop space back.

August 3, 2013 deeplink respond

Some eBay sellers seem obsessed with having as high a
sellthru rate as they can, attempting to sell everything
every time on its first listing.

In reality, there probably is no correllation whatsoever
with fast sellthru and optimal eBay profits. In fact, if
things are selling too fast, you are probably charging far
too little.

My own feeling is that if it takes a few weeks or even a
few months to sell something, the chances are you can
get a much higher price for it. And that your total return
even after the extra fees should be significantly higher. 

Especially since your first relisting is free.

At least to me, a twenty one day cashout and a fifteen
month hang time appears about right for industrial items
acquired in quantity. Especially if a 30:1 sell/buy ratio
goal is in fact acheived.

More on our Auction Help page.

August 2, 2013 deeplink respond

Got one of the usual late night phone calls from an
individual who just invented a new way of marketing and
wanted to run out and get a patent on it to "protect" their
invention. The individual, of course, had never really
marketed anything themselves.

For openers, a patent in no manner prevents anyone from
stealing your ideas
. All a patent does is give you a right to
sue someone should your idea in fact get stolen. As the
typical enforcement cost of patent litigation is in the 
$300,000 range  ( yearly litigation insurance alone normally
costs more than $90,000 ), the cost of a getting a patent is
pocket change that simply does not enter into the economics.

It is thus extremely foolish to try and patent a million dollar

There is, of course, not one patent in one thousand that cannot
be busted outright by a diligent enough search for prior art in
obscure enouth places. Nor does more than one patent in
five hundred or more ever return a net positive cash flow.

I may have mentioned this a time or two before, but any
involvement whatsoever by an individual or small scale
startup with the patent system is VIRTUALLY CERTAIN
to result is a HUGE net loss of time, energy, money, and

Much more on these topics in our Patent Help library.
especially our Collected Patent Tutorial Reprints, and
specific files on When to PatentThe Idea Mortality
How to Bust a $650 Patent, and, of, course, our 
classic Case Against Patents that started it all.

August 1, 2013 deeplink respond

Plans are underfoot for another hanging canal tour on
Saturday October 19th. Chances are that you would
be welcome to attend.

July 31, 2013 deeplink respond

A possibly final ( or at least temporarily final ) version
of the hanging canal .GIS map appears here.

Most ( and hopefully all ) of the papers referencing
supposedly have been updated.

July 30, 2013 deeplink respond

Just noticed that the once dim bulldozer trace to
Mescal Crack is now almost totally invisible.
this pit can still be seen as a black diagonal gash
inside a small funnel in Acme Mapper or Google

Many caver trips were spent decades ago to try
and pin down this elusive cave. Depending on the
caver, its depth is between 90 and 120 feet. It is
in Precambrian Mescal Limestone of the Apache
group. Which only rarely forms present caves.
I only know of El Diablo and Copper Mountain
as other examples.

Another pit is rumored to be a mile and a quarter
northwest, but nobody has even tried to find it
for decades. Supposedly "rocks roll forever"
and its tenative name is Strawberry Awful.

Both are located in the "hat" area of Arizona, a
region the casual tourist often bypasses. You can't
get there from here.

July 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Beware of a new eBay phising attempt that attacks by
way of a "sent a message" route.

Typically, they will include an item number that is not
yours and be vague enough that you might be motivated
to ask them which item they are referring to.

The scam is that clicking on the "respond" button does
not go to eBay but routes to them.
From which they
can ask for your password, your VISA or worse.

Always check to be sure the respond address is not

Another clue is that you might get as many as four
of these at once.

Always forward anything strange to spoof@ebay.com

Our own eBay offers here.

July 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Found some more curious rock alignments here, but have
not yet fully explored them.

They appear to be old but not canal related. Unlike
typical grids, they seem to be on undulating or sloping
land. As usual, they raise more questionss than they

There are also mulch rings and other structures in
the area. Including a "plaza" just east of the road.

July 27, 2013 deeplink respond

I've long been interested in bashing pseudoscience and in
promoting real science. But there is a phenomon that seems
to be stuck in the middle, neither fish nor fowl. This is
the hum on the desert.

Here's how we covered it long ago in our Gila Dayhikes

  "HUM ON THE DESERT" -- Enigmatic "lopeing generator"
     sounds are heard by some in the Desert Southwest. Myself
With no generally acceptable explanation. These 
     could be real or variations on tinnitus or individuals that have   
     exceptional infrasonic capabilities. 
Meanwhile, the classic 
     southwestern sounds of coyote pup yip yarfs, the call of the 
     canyon wren, and the creaking and groaning of an Aeromotor
     windmill should be lovingly cherished.

And here is what Wikipedia did with it. And here is some of the
latest coverage.

If this was an external source, it seems to me that a few minutes
with a decent audio spectrum analyzer would nait it down once and
for all.
But this does not seem to ever happen.

Building a PC audio card synthesizer with a bunch of knobs
might be interesting. Followed by comparing time reports
and knob settings.

My present theory is ostoacoustic emissions.  In a quiet room, one
of my ears can clearly sense an object placed within an inch of it.

The sensing lasts only a second. I assume this is some sort of a
"balance recalibration" or "acoustic background pattern
I have no doubt it is real.

And might explain why the effect seems stronger inside a van or
SUV, perhaps owing to acoustical filtering or resonance.

But no credible solution to the hum on the desert has yet
I predict it will turn out "real but internal".

July 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Amazingly, it is trivial to convert a Raspberry Pi into a
wide range rf signal generator per thesee details.

July 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Just took a speed reading course and managed to read
War and Peace in seven minutes.

It's about Russia.

July 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Found another mystery prehistoric hanging canal up on
Deadman Mesa. As usual, it generates more questions
than it resolves.

It looks sort of older and smaller than the others.

This one has yet another example of what we might
call "knife edging". The highest portions of many
mesas can be extremely narrow. With knife edging,
a three foot wide canal precisely aligns itself with
the uppermost highest six feet of the mesa.

Its destination remains unknown, but it seems to
be heading directly to Upper Deadman Tank.
The only tiny problem is that there is a huge
cliff in the way.

The engineering and thinking that had to go into
this sort of thing is utterly mind boggling. In many
cases, knife edging is the only feasible route that
can preserve the needed canal slope.

There are now two knife edges on Deadman Mesa,
two on Frye Mese, one on the Marijilda route,
and several others. Clearly, they are a major
concept used in the system design of the hanging

There is at least one example of the opposite of
knife edging as well. Where a canal crosses a
very narrow saddle between Ash Creek and
the Mud Sprongs bajaas. Via the only feasible

This find has not yet been field proofed.
Your help  is welcome. An ATV would
greatly simplify access.

Much more on all this here.

July 20, 2013 deeplink respond

Google now has an image search feature. The only tiny
problem is that it seems to deliver too many false hits.

You can add image search to Chrome with this plugin.
It appears as a new munu item when right clicking
over an image

This item was up for an auction sale. Using the search
found dozens of omelet images.
But nothing useful.

I did go to the sci.electronics.design newsgroup. Out of
a dozen reasonable suggestions, one was a Kroy Lettering
. It turns out that only Kroy has a six wide keyboard
and a tiny case notch upper left.

But it does not appear to be a K5100 because of the bottom
connector. Any ideas?

July 19, 2013 deeplink respond

Just made the summer issue of Lafayette Magazine.

Did I ever tell you about the time I made the cover of
the Rolling Stone?
Er, actually, it was on page 23 and
there were a few others in the picture. About 275,561
of them as I recall.

Amazingly and inexplicably and astoundingly, our
picnic cooler was prominently featured on the next

July 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Hikes web page.

July 17, 2013 deeplink respond

There seems to be a bug in Windows 8 in which windows
extend below the bottom of the screen and prevent
themselves from being vertically resized.

A simple fix that often works is to pull the top of
the window down, then reposition.

Another thing you can try is to use alt-space. The menu
created seems to reset most windows to reasonable

Another possibility is to dramatically lower the
screen resolution, then close and reopen
. This
is a pain and may rearrange your icons, though.

July 16, 2013 deeplink respond

Not sure if it is a bug or a feature, but it sure is totally
infuriating: If you replace a page in acrobat, the old
links are preserved and the new ones ignored!

This is especially maddening if the purpose of the
page replacement was to alter or edit the url links.

To enter new links, you apparently have to do so
separately and manually after the page replacement.

July 15, 2013 deeplink respond

Just uploaded the initial version of our Hanging Canal
Lecture III here with its soucecode here,

Version II remians available here with sourcecode

Adobe's crippling of Distiller has made using the
sourcecode more difficult, in that images now 
have to be hand inserted and linked after PDF
creation. Or else page substituted.

Much more on our hanging canals here.
Yes, tours, talks, and research opportunities
are available.

July 14, 2013 deeplink respond

As we've seen, Adobe has hopelessly crippled Distiller in
Acrobat X and higher by locking out disk access. As a
result, I'm having to rework most of our early PostScript

At present, the Hanging Canal slide show is up for revision.
In the good old days, I had a completely automatic image JPG
inserter, sizer, and linker in my Gonzo utilities. This no longer
works due to the disk access ban. You now have to manually
insert and link images after the .PDF file is distilled.

The process now has to go something like this: You insert
a full version of my Gonzo Utilities inside each file to be
distilled. Every place you want to insert a full page image,
you add a dummy page with a very wide black margin
and a
reminder note to yourself with the name of the image and
the link.

After distilling, you go to each dummy page and add a watermark (!)
containing the desired image. Be absolutely sure you do not overwrite
any previous watermarks and that you are limited to the specific
page you are working on!
You then expand the watermark to the
desired full size. After that,you go to the advanced editing tools
and insert the desired url link. Then save the full PDf file to a new

At this point, it is a very good idea to extract your single page
image as a .PDF file. That way, on later revisions, you only
have to replace a page rather than go through the pain of
a watermark and link.

I sorely miss the ability to run disk files in Distiller.  In those
cases where there is no other workaround, I've gone to
Ghostscript. Which freely allows full disk access, But it seems
to have problems in generating complex PDF files.

July 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Just noticed that the Q Ranch Lodge is now an upscale
bed and breakfast. Cleverly located in the secret part of
Arizona you cannot get to, they offer a prehistorically
rich area and even classes on scientific illustartion.

Back during the first moon landings, Bee and I did a
pair of summer field digs here at their nearby Flying V.

One high point of the dig was an unintended culture
shock experiment.
It seems the dig attracted a bunch
of snotty little rich girls from prestigious New England
colleges. Strictly Upper Crudney on the Thames.

We took this gaggle of ingenues and without warning
dumped them into Oni's Redneck Bar in Young, Az.
Whose normal denizen's social skills were most
generously described as less than formative.

Amazingly, the rodeo belt buckles prevailed. The
next Saturday saw the worst traffic jam in Young
since the Pleasant Valley War.

July 12, 2013 deeplink respond

Mickey Mouse logic is alive and well. NXP has just
come out with their 74AXP1G58 chip which can
be pin programmed to be any one of nine different
logic gates.

It works down to 0.7 volts, is tiny, and costs
a quarter each in quantity. Schmidt inputs.

A uL914 in drag.

July 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Uploaded a rare ( rather than medium or well done ) copy
of our classic Active Bandpass Filter paper.

Along with its companion tutorial.

Other classic reprints here.

Much more on active filters here and here.

A reminder that the Synergetics edition is much cheaper,
autographed, and has a much better binding
. email
for direct shipment.

July 10, 2013 deeplink respond

The new format changes in WWVB  promises both orders
of magnitude improvements
in reliable reception and
in single chip ( or near single chip ) compatibity.

Just had a legacy WWVB product salesman call me
who did not have the faintest clue that ALL of their
previous products are now instantly dead in the water.

Meanwhile, the chip supplier to watch is XtendWave.
Who are a fabless chip house out of Dallas.

They apparently have the inside track on new chips as
they have been working closely and directly with NIST
on the new format.

At present, they do have some eval chips and demo boards
available but only to potential large clients. And then only
under  highly restrictive NDA.

July 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated our Hanging Canal and Tinaja Questing sampler
pages to pick up Neely's Lefthand paper, and our
combined Hanging Canal Summary and its sourcecode.

July 8, 2013 deeplink respond

In the latest major scientific breakthrough, the shelf life of
Hostess Twinkies has just been dramatically extended.

And humanity can rejoice.

July 7, 2013 deeplink respond

Uploaded a rough preliminary copy of our new joint
Hanging Canal Summary paper here with its
sourcecode here.

The GIS map is not quite finalized and the
Google Earth version is not nearly complete.

Other hanging canal papers and related info
can be found here.

July 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Another reason inkjet ink does not last very long is that
ink is also used for calibration and setup, never
appearing on any page.

One way to minimize this is to leave the printer on
all the time. The issue is discussed here.
and here.

July 5, 2013 deeplink respond

Not quite sure what reserachgate.net is up to, but it looks
like a potential new way of circulating scientific research.

Membership is apparently by invitation only and takes
a week or two. Some details here.

I guess I am not persionally much into social networking.
I did need to join Facebook to find some of our local
to the nonexistent Craig's List, and ended
up with nearly a thousand friend wannabees.

One thing that is sorely becoming apparent is that the
social networking eyeball siphoning is apparently
desimating the traditional usenet news groups.

July 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Some highly disconcerting fire weather info can be found here.
Scroll down to their July 2nd.

Another take on the same theme can be found here.

July 3, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the reasons people become firemen is that
arson is generally frowned upon.

July 2, 2013 deeplink respond

Uploaded a copy of Dr. Neely's Lefthand Canyon
paper here.

More on local prehistory here.

July 1, 2013 deeplink respond

It seems we have this tuxedo-furred felis domesticus
with uncanny abilities involving keyboarding or sending
faxes to randomly chosen destinations.

And certain models of HP printers have an outrageous
"feature' of switching from black to fuzzy light gray on
certain ( apparently felis related ) driver commands.

The problem is mentioned here. One possible check
is to print from a different host to see if the problem
goes away.

June 30, 2013 deeplink respond

The locals are arguing again on whether they should
raise the library rates, expecially for out-of-towners.

But the bottom line is this: Unless a public library
radically and immediately repurposes themselves,
their imminent failure is a certainty.

The coneept of an individual during limited hours
accessing a rare one-off document in the presence
of a gatekeeping control freak is no longer even

And it is not helped any by the outrageously
skyrocketing charges of scientific journals.

Like it or not, the finest library in the Gila Valley
is now Burger King.
But their WiFi now has dozens
and shortly will have hundreds of competitors. Many
of which  have very few food and drink restriction

Possibly aggressive lecture series combined with
tours and hackerspace might salvage the community
library. But this happening locally is unlikely.

Fundamental changes in tech innovation got reviewed

June 29, 2013 deeplink respond

The Goldilocks score is now up to an even dozen.
With Glise hogging the stats.
Per details here.

Along with 723 confirmed exoplanets and 3098
Kepler candidates for a total of 3821.

June 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Sure, I've heard the horror stories about how low end inkjet
printers have utterly outrageous ink costs
, but we recently
had an old printer blow up and had to substute a cheapie.

Our ink charges literally went through the roof.
We were making two trips a week to the ink store.

This site has done an analysis of your true printer costs.
For a three year lifefime, if you print as few as TWO
color pages per day, the more expensive printers end
up far more cost effective!

A very bad choice is the HP 3520 , while effective cost
printers include their 8100 or 8600. The latter weigh
in at 1.6 cents per B/W page or 7.7 cents per color.

Really cute is their new  Ofrice Pro X  which has a full
width printhead
for blinding speed. But is unlikely
to be cost competitive on total costs.

June 27, 2013 deeplink respond

NIST is in the process of dramatically improving their 60 kHz
always-accurate-clock WWVB transmitter per these details.

A whole new time code that is phase modulated had been added.

This should promise dramatically improved noise performance.
Similar to FM blowing away AM for signal-quality. Error
correction has also been newly added.

Amazingly, the old code remains more or less intact. Curiously,
cheaper receivers based on diode detection or homodyne will
remain compatible. But high end receivers based on PLL
demodulation may need a frequency doubler analog multiplier

A zero degree 60 kHz reference phase is now transmitted for
the first tenth of a second.
For a zero in the new code, the
phase stays the same for the rest of the second. For a one
in the new code, the phase inverts by 180 degrees. Since a
phase receiver can be hard limited, the AM noise problems
of the past should be dramatically reduced in new designs.

The first few bits of the code are for faster synchronization and
look something like a Barker Code. The rest of the minute
provides a count of the hours gone by since the start of
the century
. Plus minutes, seconds, and DST stuff. This newly
includes parity bits that can fix a one bit error and report two
bit errors.

Some additional technical details, both old and new, can be
found here, here, here, and here.

We did some classic stories on "old" WWVB here and here.

June 26, 2013 deeplink respond

New Mexico's spectacular Silver Fire came literally within
a few hundred feet of the Black Range Lodge, our favorite
bed and breakfast.

The rest of Kingston ( craftily hid in the secret part of New Mexico
that you cannot get to ) also remained green and undamaged with
zero injuries.

June 25, 2013 deeplink respond

In a rather stunning breakthrough, a pair of Texas researchers
managed to reduce the size of particle accellerators by
several orders of magnitude.

Going from the size of several football fields to a desktop!

More details here.

June 24, 2013 deeplink respond

Some of the locals seem to be taking matters into their
own hands over Craig's List not yet listing Safford/Thatcher/Pima.

First and foremost, contact Craig's List via here and
once again request the addition. Apparently they
changed the rules and you have to register before you
can request a new city.

Be sure to use Safford/Thatcher/Pima as I suppose they
might get confused over a dozen other possible names
for the Greater Bonita-Eden-Sanchez metropolitan

At any rate, most of the alternatives are facebook
related and quite small. But there is incredible
enthuasiasm and stuff is definitely selling.

Here's some Facebook related sites...

Auctions for Graham County
Buy, Sell & Trade in Safford AZ
Duncan AZ Buy Sell Trade
Gila Valley Giveaways

Graham County Web Sales

Grahm County Weekly Yard Sales
Greenlee and Grahm County Garage sale
Greenlee County Gifts and Goodies
Gila Valley Garage Sale
Guys only Gila Valley Trades and Sales
Safford Thatcher Pima Buy, Sell or Trade
Safford's Treasures

Meanwhile, there's a fairly new third party search service
for Craig's List called Search Tempest.

Plus, of course, our own eBay site. No shipping charges
on local pickup.

June 23, 2013 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.

June 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to get a rather poor copy of our Experiments
With WWVB part 2
up to our classics archive. Part I can be
found here.

Bacause of am noise problems, reliable operation over most
of the US was rather difficult. In addition, at the time, few people
realized the significance and advantages of a self-resetting
NIST traceable clock.

Modern hacker WWVB receivers and kits seem to get
discontinued rather quickly
. Again ( until very recently ) owing
to reception difficulties, interference, and a limited market.

But that is about to change radically.

At least these days, suitable type 77 ferrites for antennas
and low frequency crystals for filters are readily available.

If you wanted to do a legacy receiver today, you would start
with a ferrite antenna and a double filter, homodyne or PLL
demodulate to baseband, then lowpass filter. A full WWVB
emulator with considerable computer smarts could then be
phase locked to the incoming data with an enormously low
AGC would likely remain a must.

It would probably be best to try and synchronize only at
, rather than continuously as well.

Ferinstance, you could start recording at 11:58 for four
minutes and then cross correlate your own code against
the WWVB code. With a high enough score, you could
make any needed correction. And sound an alarm if
the codes fail to match. This would give you an effective
noise bandwidth of .004 Hertz or so.

This is an interesting and low cost WWVB gadget, but
it seems to have negative customer vibes.

BUT - there are some brand new changes in the WWVB format
that should improve things substantially
and open up all sorts
of new opportunities for reliable reception .
Additional useful
info can be found here and here.

June 21, 2013 deeplink respond

My errant Wesrch article finally started behaving. It
had rocketed into a bogus first place with typically
500 hits per day
. In the last three days, it suddenly
droped to a more reasonable ( but still slightly high )
15 hits per day.

The only tiny problem is that its score remains
high by 35,000 hits or so. Its "real" score should
be somewhere around 87th place.

I have no idea what the cause of this glitch was.
But Google made major algorithm changes in
exactly the same time frame.

My apologies to other legitimate Wesrch posters

June 20, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the other eBay items we once did quite well on
were our tinfoil hat liners.

These were genuine Cho-seal   from Chomerics and we got them
declassified from Holloman Airforce 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. BTW, at least some of the stock Apple I
photos has myASCII keyboard on them.

June 19, 2013 deeplink respond

eBay apparently no longer keeps track of your original
image filenames.

So, a case can be made for puttig a "secret" code at the
end of each and every listing.

Ferinstance, on a three line code, the first entry could
be an inventory control number. This gets important
fast whenever you ave multiple items that look the
same but are in fact quite different.

A second code line could give the approximat location
of the item in inventory. This is very useful whenever
you have multiple storage units or whatever.

And the third code line could give most of the url
for your original image
. You could end this just in
".j" rather than ".jpg" to make the code less obvious.

June 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Is the Blue Ponds Canal the crown jewel of our local
prehistoric canals?
Or just a fignent of my imagination?

So far the ground truth remains lacking.
Evidence to date goes something like this...

The spectacularly sized HS canal off Frye Mesa needs a
delivery destination ideally met by the Blue Ponds route.

Most historic and modern water projects stole the plans
from an underlying prehistoric original.
Projects based
on Frye Reservoir and Deadman sourcing were by far
the largest and thus "borrow the blueprints" candidates

The Blue Ponds route is eminently practical and its
lack would be conspicuous by its absence.

Acme mapper shows both a hanging construct and
most of the route traceable. Sadly, at least a portion
of this seems to be a wagon road complete with horseshoes.

A short prehistoric looking canal segment exists whose
purpose appears to be routing between the two ponds but
includes a modern diversion headgate.

Your assistance welcome.

June 17, 2013 deeplink respond

he Ben Heck Show is an interesting hardware hacking site.
With back issues here.

June 16, 2013 deeplink respond

There are quite a few alternatives to the Raspberry Pi

The highest profile one is the Beagle Bone Black, while
some others can be found here
and here.

June 15, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is an independent and free
Craig's List search service called SearchTempest.

This can be enormously useful for flagging oddball
items for you.

One tip: Flag the latest entry in each category of interest,
even if you have no use for it. This changes its color and
lets you know how many new items appear on your
nex search.

More on little known and hard to find auction resources
here and here.

June 14, 2013 deeplink respond

As I see it, approximately 95 percent of all local pioneer historic
water projects were "steal the plans" and "dig out an old ditch"
from prehistoric origins.

The remaining 5 percent were "borrow the blueprints".

More here.

June 13, 2013 deeplink respond

What is the "best" possible image processing program for
a scientific publication? This is proving to be quite a problem
for our upcoming hanging canal publications.

For internal use, Acme Mapper wins hands down for its high
resolution satellite imagery, internal topo maps, easy email
linking, convenience, magnifiability, and instant GPS readings.

For classic "static" figures , something GIS based offers the
most attractive appearance and the easiest way to do things
like rotated text, fancy paths, or custom details.

But for full "flyby" interaction, .KML files under Google
are clearly the wave of the future. While pretty paths
have recently been added, some simple features such as
dotted paths, direct text, topo maps, highest resolution, or
text rotation are not yet available. But such features can
nearly certainly be soon anticipated.

As can improved path data entry.

At present, we have multiple people working on "all of the

June 12, 2013 deeplink respond

A few other older yarns can be found here.

Of these, by far my favorite and one that I
continue to be dumbfounded by is the LAN of
the 80's
First used in the Eighteen Eighties!

This single wire network supported dozens to
hundreds of IP addresses, had automatic packet
switching, self-addressing, error detection and
crorrection, diagnostic options and even failure
mode analysis and alternate routing.

All done with a handfull of fist sized wind up
clockworks. And it even had a baud rate.


June 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Virtually all screen grabbing software is malware that can
be guaranteed to steal your home page, your opening
page, and your search engine.

But there is a usually ignored key on many Dell and
ofther keyboards marked
Print Screen SysRq.

This instantly grabs your screen to the clipboard from
whence you can forward it to ImageView32 or
elsewhere for processing.

Among other uses, this is particularly useful in extracting
info from Acme Mapper.

A litle known tip: You can also do an Alt Print Screen
that grabs only the open top window.

BTW, a GIS related mapping tool can be found here.

June 10, 2013 deeplink respond

I guess it has been long enough that I can reveal some
secret insider details of my favorite pseudoscience yarn,
the saga of the magic lamp.

The only "correct" way of measuring power in a changing
waveform is to take very small samples and multiply their
instantaneous voltage times their instantaneous current.
This is called a "RMS" or a "Root Mean Square"

Until recently, true RMS measurements were outrageously
expensive and
virtually all cheap instruments measured
average rather than RMS values.
On a full and clean
sinewave, the difference was only eleven percent or so.
Which the meter people dealt with simply by stretching
their scale and most everybody else simply ignored.

What was little known and eventually became Beginning
EE Student Blunder
#001-A was that the differences
between average and RMS could become utterly outrageous
for low duty cycle waveforms.
Ferinstance, a half wave
phase control set in the 130 degree range would have an
average to RMS error of around 3:1!

An individual was playing around with a circuit pretty much
the same as a half wave thyratron phase control from a 1939
industrial electronics text. On the cheap meters they were
using, they noted a 3:1 voltage difference and a 3:1 current
difference, which led them to the conclusion that
"magic" circuit only was drawing one ninth of the normal
The key waveform involved had a very low duty cycle,
which let them run a 28 volt light bulb off the 110 volt line.

At this point, they could have saved bunches of hassle and
trouble by touching the lamp and noticing that it was not any
cooler than normal.
Or simply recognizing that a 9:1 energy
savings in an old stock and popular circuit might have been
noticed by somebody else somewhere along the way.

In general, perpetual motion machines are frowned upon and
the immediate question that should have been asked was
"Exactly where and how did I fuck up?"

Instead, they went out and patented their miracle energy
saver. The fact that the patent was granted was sort of
strange since it was an old textbook circuit that I alone had
published nationally in one form or another in dozens of
projects over several decades.
Albeit without any energy

At any rate, they offered a construction story and kits in a
national magazine,
not recognizing that what they had was
criminal fraud rather than an earth shaking new energy

The magazine managed to work out from under their part
of the four paw by coincidentally having the story run in
an April issue and later publishing disclaimers in their
letters collumn.

The closest that I personally dared to get to all of this
was this column and this column in a related magazine.

But finding out exactly where and how they screwed up was
certainly a highlight of my ongoing pseudoscience bashing

June 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Revision 3 of our Hanging Canal paper can now be found
here with its sourcecode here.

The main changes are that we are now compatible with
the horribly crippled new Acrobat Distiller version
, that
the latest Frye Mesa info is included, and some other
numerous typos and updates were made.

June 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to get one of my key Hanging Canal papers
compatible with the new and horribly crippled version
of Acrobat Distiller.

First, the full Gonzo now has to be towed along inside
each program, replacing a simple run command with
about 85K of extra code.

Second, my auto imaging and insertion now has to
be done
manually in Acrobat after distilling. Besides
being a long and painful process. This can be
eased somewhat by a reminder script at the end of
the code.

June 7, 2013 deeplink respond

I have found no obvious way to use newly crippled
Distiller to insert images into a .PDF document. And
presumably no way to do so automatically with a
script during distilling.

But there is a super sneaky trick you can pull.
Buried in the watermark code are some highly
useful image manipulation tools.

It turns out you can use an image as a watermark
and that
you can place more than one different
watermark on any individual page.

Downsides are that it is easily to trash the process
and you have to manually add links after distilling.
latter corrections can often be done
by single page substitution
and not require all
images in the total document to be hand reloaded.

Adding a reminder comment script to the end of
your PostScript code can be most useful for keeping
track of image sources and destination links.

Nonetheless, I sorely miss Distiller's once great
ability to read or write any disk file in any format.

June 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Two papers evaluating present and potential battery storage
can be found here and here.

And an interesting current development here.

They are slightly pessimistic in that gasoline is often associated
with a Carnot
limit, while battery based apps may sometimes
end up somewhat more efficient.

June 5, 2013 deeplink respond

A tenth Goldilocks exoplanet is reported on here.

There is now a 94 percent probability of a
Goldilocks exoplanet within ten light years of earth.

June 4, 2013 deeplink respond

An interesting free collection of full ( but not complete )
issues of
Radio Electronics Magazine can be found here.

And some additional classic reprints by others here.

And some of my RE classic stories here.

June 3, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to upload a scan of our classic Music Modules
story to our classic reprint pages.

This was based on a top octave generator architecture
which was pretty much on the way out at the time. The
use of "real" VCA chips made the system somewhat
pricey as well.

As I recall, there were some crosstalk issues that,
while fixable, never got around to being properly
addressed as well.

More classic reprints here.

June 2, 2013 deeplink respond

We've already looked at three "cloud" projects
that can let you do genuine and authentic archaeological
research here, here, and here.

A fourth cloud project can help us resolve just how ( and
if ) the HS canal gets to the Blue Ponds area or even
the Longview area.
It is unlikely to folllow the lowland
route favored by modern pipelines
as just about everything
else in the system tends to be hung on the side of mesas.

Or routed along the highest feasible terrain..

The task for cloud 4 is to determine whether this is
a prehistoric canal or an old wagon road. Or if a
road, whether its slope would allow it to overlay
a prehistoric canal.

Points off for horseshoes, of course.

June 1, 2013 deeplink respond

eBay has just started enforcing some draconian new image
To me, they make no sense whatsoever and introduce
far more problems than they solve.

Images are now required. For integrated circuits and such,
a clickable text box to reach a data sheet makes far more
sense. Images now have a minimum size of 500 pixels.
Many of our items such as ferrite beads or SOT transistors
or whatever tend to fall apart at larger image sizes. Certainly
a larger size is not needed on many tiny items.

It has now become enormously difficult to find the name of
a previusly used image.
Text on an image is largely
. Borders are forbidden. One of the hallmarks
of our larger items is the use of vignettes. Technically
a vignette is simply an edge darkening of a background.
I'm not sure whether these will remain allowed or not.

May 31, 2013 deeplink respond

A second attempt at reviving Heathkit can be found here.
And a survey here.

Whether it can overcome the previous monumental stupidity
remains to be seen. Certainly two of the key requirements
would be encouraging free classic reprints from the largest
possible number of sources
and providing any and all SMT

Meanwhile, items of interest to previous Heathkit enthuasiasts
would include Raspberry Pi, Arduino, the Basic Stamp, and
whatever it is that the Steampunk movement is up to.

May30, 2013 deeplink respond

A comparison of some fourth order low pass filters can be
found here.
Its unusual linear format clearly shows that
there is no compelling difference between a plain old
"slight dops" filter and a fancy Legendre

Further a slight "shake the box" applied to the four
frequency and damping variables of the slight dips
filters should produce even better passband curves.

Many thanks to Robert Ackerman for this plot.

May 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Considerably more prehistoric time and effort appears to
have been spent developing and using the spring in Spring
Canyon rather than Frye Creek.
A possible explanation is
that it was a much larger source. Or a more reliable or
less seasonal one.

No larger upper Frye projects are known to esist or survive.
Although there are a few scattered small ag sites and small dams.
The above dam terrain is, to say the least, formidible.

Meanwhile, historical FryeCreek projects overwhelmingly dominate.
The likely cause being that the dam and storage dramatically changes
the stability of deliverable useful water.
Enclosed pipes also
tended to favor lower destinations and are less slope critical as

Curiously, the CCC went exceptionally out of their way
in the 1930's to
uterly demolish any functionality of the
prehistoric Spring and Allen Canal disribution systems.
Besides the usual water spreaders, the braided channels
appear to have been purposely blocked in many places
with cross channel dams

Only a single Spring Canyon cattle tank remains in use today.

This whole study demands orders of magnitude more
expertise thrown at it than is happening today.

May 28, 2013 deeplink respond

A modern Coronado National Forest water project has been
verified that exactly overlays projected prehistoric hanging
canal developments
I feel this is now just barely enough to
definitely state the prehistoric developments appear genuine.

And further, that the Frye Mesa area would seem to represent
a beyond world class "crown jewels" to the entire Gila area.

An apparent large spring at N 32.73895 W 109.85221  seemed to
be the focus of development. Well down Spring Canyon at 
N 32.78243 W 109.83566 can be found the takein point for
the prehistoric Allen Canal.

Meanwhile, a presumed diversion structure near
N 32.74617 W 109.83968 and a routing presumed to underlie
the Frye Mesa Falls Road in and around N 32.75144 W 109.83826
is believed to lead to multiple braided channels area near

N 32.75774 W 109.82801

These are believed to lead to a ponding and diversion area
near N 32.76005 W 109.81122  which in turn drives a pair of spectacular
canals. One is the HS Canal at N 32.75885 W 109.81381 which routes
counterslope and UPCANYON and apparntly merged with Frye Creek
somewhere near N 32.75799 W 109.8138 .

The goal of this merger remains highly speculative, but might end up
in the Blue Ponds area. A modern "pond selector" canal at N 32.77720 W 109.77527
might represent prehistoric origins and an unverified hanging feeder
canal may exist at N 32.76653 W 109.79362

Meanwhile, back at the ponding area, a second major canal tentatively
called Upper Robinson at N 32.75981 W 109.80764 seems to route
water to the main Robinson Canal ( AKA Robinson Ditch ) proper at
N 32.77710 W 109.79614

Just to confuse matters, some smaller and apparently older braided
water channels that appear to be of prehistoric construct are
found at
N 32.77846 W 109.78945  and are called the Riggs Complex.

This map summaric these locations....


May 27, 2013 deeplink respond

As expected, the hundreds of bogus daily Wesrch hits has
rocketed one of my papers into first place.
These stats are
flat out wrong and I am working with Wesrch to correct them.

The presumed cause is some strange sort of Google bounceback.
It is not clear what can be done about it.
Or by who.

May 26, 2013 deeplink respond

After bouncing it off the sci.electronics,design newwgroup
and a resultant lively discussion, I'm convinced that this
particular plot of a Legendre filter is not even wrong.
Because the ultimate slopes of
all lowpass filters of
a given order lacking stopband zeros should end up
at constant slope.

Further, I'm convinced there is no discrenable difference
betweeh the plain old "slight dips" filters in my
Active Filter Cookbook and a fancy Legendre design.

Except that the former is much less sensitive and
trivially easier to work with.

BTW, copies of the Acrive Filter Cookbook bought
through eBay or Synergetics have better bindings,
more attractive covers, and are autographed.

May 25, 2013 deeplink respond

How do you base samples in a logarithmic mode? Ferinstance
you might want to have a curve with fourty data points on
an active filter going from 0.1 Hertz to 10 Hertz.

The trick is to note that the invrese of a log is an exponent.

Like so...

-1 .05 1.01 { 10 exch exp /curf exch store % raw swept frequency

         curf ==  % report present sample
                       % do stuff with sample here

                   } for

May 24, 2013 deeplink respond

I've long been overly enameled on the PostScript language.
Besides its obvious graphic stuff, it can be superb for batch
mode reading or writing most any disk file in most any
, doing transformations, exhaustive searches, or
generating tedius working code needed elsewhere.

Three examples are our bitmap typewriter, our combined
mottled auto outliner and vignetter, and our architects perspective
corretion routine. Plus yesterday's automatic Acme
Mapper to kml path converter.

At one time, all you had to do was shove your word processor
text file at Adobe Distiller.
But two years or so back, Adobe
decided that PostScript was waaaay too powerful and no longer
could be trusted to read or write disk files. At first, they just
required you run distiller from the command line mode, adding
an Acrodist-F to resume file access. But this was eliminated
and Distiller no longer allows disk files to be written to or
read from.

So, you have to switch to GhostScript instead if you want to
have full file access. But GhostScript does not directly
produce .PDF files. It instead produces Display PostScript
style images.

The workaround is is to still use Distiller if you need .PDF but not
file access.
Otherwise, there is a PS2PDF shell you can run
around Ghostscript. There is also a totally separate but identically
named PS2PDF online service that can be used.

We have many thousands of PostScript programs immediately available
as well as custom programming services. Much more in our long
overdue for an update PostScript library or our PostScript videos.

May 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Because of spam overload, we had to cancel our policy of
having an infinite supply of "any@tinaja.com" email

If a "myfavoite@tinaja.com" of yours just started bouncing,
let us know and we will reinstate it.

Or switch to don@tinaja.com

BTW, we remain extremely pleased with Fat Cow as our ISP.

May 22, 2013 deeplink respond

Manually entering lat lon data points into a kml path
in Google Earth, can end up somewhat tedious. Our
hanging canal map needs several thousand path
entries of seven decimal point numbers.

Instead, use the crosshair marker feature of Acme
Enter up to 26 markers at a time, separated
by a minimum of 100 feet. Then capture and view
the URL.

You can simply use a word processor or editor to
rearrange the format between an Acme URL and
a .kml path. Or else use this automated routine
of mine.

Additional point groupings can be simply spliced
together with never a need for "real" data entry.

If the path is still slightly rough ( unlikely ) modify
each location by replacing it with half of itself and
one quarter of its immediate neighbors.
approximating a Gaussian low pass filter.

May 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Why would a sooper dooper active filter kick around for
fifty years without seeing much use? It is called a
Legendre filter. As lowpass, it falls off much faster
than Butterworth. And there's no passband ripples
like Chebycheff. Only a slight lump during a monotonic

Many fourth order filters can be synthesized simply by
cascading two second order sections and then carefully
selecting the center frequency and damping of each
section. Seems to me you could simply plot a few
hundred response curves that step, say, one fifth of
the way between Butterworth and Cheby.

And something interesting should pop up or at least
suggest further directions. I'll try to get to this
sometime in the next few days.

Meanwhile, there's lots of ready-to-use stuff in
my Active Filter Cookbook.

BTW, we have better bound and autographed
versions here at Synergetics and at eBay. You
can email me for detaiils.

May20, 2013 deeplink respond

There's a curious bug/feature in Acme mapper: If you
try to place a mark within 30 meters of a previous mark,
the old mark will disappear.

Sometimes several marks can disappear if they all lie
within the danger area.

There's also a second bug in which the lettering or sequence
of marks will sometimes change after the fact
. I'm not sure
why this happens, but be careful in telling someone else
to go to point "J" since it might switch to "F" instead.

May 19, 2013 deeplink respond

I want to smooth out our .kml Hanging Canal maps
by adding more data points. The present method of copying
coordinates between Acme Mapper and Google Earth is
way to tedious. Especially if you add a waypoint in the

Present thinking is to create a series of invisible pushpins
for each needed point and then copy the loctaions into
continuous paths. As before, individual canals would
be grouped into folders so that they can appear in a
single file.

Stay tuned.

May 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Let's try a THIRD archaeological cloud. Very much for real.

This is your opportunity to potentially make some world
class archaeological prehistoric hanging canal discoveries
. It
might go something like this...

At your own risk and expense and following normal
Upper Sonoran snake season TEAM procedures
and techniques in a smaller but very brushy and
steep area estimated at three hours...

Using this, something like this, and possibly an
automatic level that we can loan you, go to
N 32.79160 W 109.85388 and locate the known
southern limit of the Mud Springs canal. This
should be just under the fence in mid saddle.

The goal is to find the entire remaining portion
of the canal, which is believed to extend well less
than a quarter mile to its Ash Creek takein in or
around the Coronado National Forest border.

Between heavy brush and possible extensive
flood damage, canal tracing may not be possible
in this area. Thus, this search while crucial to
the canal, may end up unprovable and frustrating.

Simply wandering around at a slight upward
grade might be a reasonable starting point.

Should that not work, survey and flag the
most credible 0.75 percent slope between
the canal limit and the water.
Then, if needed,
repeat the process at 0.5 percent slope and
1.0 percent slope.

Over the distance of perhaps one quarter of a mile,
take GPS readings, notes, and preferably at least
cell phone quality images and video of the route.
Pay particular attention to any remaining remnants
of the original takein system. This is presumed
long gone due to catastrophic flooding.

It is extermely important to attempt to complete the
route. The canal is presumed to have rather
spectacularly been "hung" on the eastern canyon
wall in a location that may or may not still
physically exist. .

If you are .kml literate, please attempt to plot the
route to Google Earth as best you can.

Report back to me and separately publish your
results in a credibly acceptable professional free
manner to Wesrch or a comparable open source
scholarly document managing system. Please
stay OFF YouTube.
At least for a while.

Keep all vehicles on suitable 4WD routes. The road is a
tad rocky ( although passable ) for unmodified SUV's,
so a smaller ATV's is strongly recommended.

Note: Canal routes typically do NOT have artifacts except for the
canal borders themselves. OBSERVE ONLY! Do NOT collect,
dig, disturb, or sample. DO OBEY ALL SIGNS!
Please do not leave
the slightest trace of your having traveled this way.

These are public lands. Much more on the big picture here.

There are many similar archaeological projects here and general
exploration projects here.

May 17, 2013 deeplink respond

The cause of my bogus high score in Wesrch has
apparently been Google racking up around five
hundred hits per day, continuously for the last
several months.
For no apparent reason.

My high score is clearly an outright lie. Please
treat it as such.

May 16, 2013 deeplink respond

Prices on the paper mil auction ended up unusually and
outrageously high. Especially for what appeared to be
an underpromoted and poorly advertised rural event
with obscure contents apparently little in demand. .

I was typically outbid by THIRTY TO ONE!

I was hoping to offer bunches of real buys, but it
clearly flat out ain't gonna happen.

I'll still stick to my rule that if more than five
percent of your offers are accepted, you are
paying too much.

May 15, 2013 deeplink respond

To recap, a pair of what appear to be huge and stunningly
world class prehistoric canals have been relocated here
and here in the lower Frye Mesa area .

We have named one of them the HS canal. As in
"Holy Shit!". On top of everything else, it is counterslope
and clearly heading UP canyon. Its engineering seems
literally beyond belief.

At first glance these appear to be genuinely prehistoric.

While slightly smaller in cross section than the Culebra
cut on the Allen Canal below the dam
, they are much
longer and in far more spectcaular hanging mesa terrain.

The problem is that they appear waaaaay too good to be
And monumental effort must now be spent to verify
a credible water source and thoroughly exclude the
already rather unlikely dam construction or CCC originating
alternatives. Or, for that matter, UFO involvement.

The next step is to talk to CNF. There is a large rock tank
of presumed CCC origin near the dam turnoff. Where does its
water come from? Is ( or was ) it a gravity fed adaption of
the HS source?

Possible ( but highly problematic ) water sources might
include the base of Frye Falls or Spring Canyon. With
the falls road or other less credible routes overlying
the original canal feeder route.

Separately, what are the date(s) of the Frye Mesa dam
What docs remain where? Postdating some
CCC water spreaders would exclude any bypass possibilities.

May 14, 2013 deeplink respond

The latest in the battle over outrageous and inexcusible
scientific publication paywalls can be found here with
additional discussion here.

In regular publishing, at one time you absolutely had
to edit first and typeset last
. I believe the similar
solution to the outrageous charges and inexcusible
delays in scientific publishing is simply to publish
first and peer review last.

Here's a random collection of quality open low or
no charge scientific publication sources...


Plus, of course, our own eBooks and reprints here at
http://www.tinaja.com/ebksamp1.shtml and at

Plese email me with any additions.

May 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Let's try a SECOND archaeological cloud. Very much for real.

This is your opportunity to potentially make some world
class archaeological prehistoric hanging canal discoveries
. It
might go something like this...

At your own risk and expense and following normal
Upper Sonoran snake season TEAM procedures
and techniques for a rugged but not extreme 4 hour

Using this, this, and something like this, go to
N 32.79160 W 109.85388 and begin to trace
the most credible eastward route of a presumed
prehistoric canal from N 32.80339 W 109.83932

The canal can be initially located just under the new
fence and becomes more obvious as it trends northeast.

Over this distance of slightly more than a mile,
take GPS readings, notes, and preferably at least
cell phone quality images and video of the route.

It is extermely important to attempt to 100 percent
close the route. At least a small portion of the northeastern
extreme may end up untracable. At least we could not
find it during earlier surveys. The canal is presumed to
stay near the western mesa edge over much of its route.

If you are .kml literate, please attempt to plot the
route to Google Earth as best you can.

Report back to me and separately publish your
results in a credibly acceptable professional free
manner to Wesrch or a comparable open source
scholarly document managing system. Please
stay OFF YouTube.
At least for a while.

Keep all vehicles on suitable 4WD routes. The roads are a
tad rocky ( although passable ) for unmodified SUV's,
so smaller ATV's are strongly recommended.

The route is well suited to hikers who bring along their own
catclaw, just in case there is not enough along the run. The
word "trail", of course, is not in their vocabulary.

Note: Canal routes typically do NOT have artifacts except for the
canal borders themselves. OBSERVE ONLY! Do NOT collect,
dig, disturb, or sample. DO OBEY ALL SIGNS!
Please do not leave
the slightest trace of your having traveled this way.

These are public lands. Much more on the big picture here.

There are many similar archaeological projects here and general
exploration projects here.

May 12, 2013 deeplink respond

This week's paper mill auction may end up being one of the
largest ever held in Arizona. I seem to have inordinate
difficulties registering, so here's some of the problems I
have encountered trying to participate on this three day
combined web and live event online..

You start out by becoming a Rabin VIP that involves a
$500 VISA deposit and picking up both a password and
a bidders number.

Their instructions suggest you need XP, Vista, or NetScape.
I'm not sure Chrome or Windows 8 will work properly.
There is an exception halfway along the route that says that
Windows 8 will only work in its Desktop mode

You do have to have the latest version of Java insstalled and
set to its lowest security clearance. You also need to disable
any and all Norton or equivalent web firewall activity. A
right click will sometimes do this.

Selecting Place My Bids or View Only seems to take forever,
( you may have to click "wait" a time or two, but eventually a
Java check comes up. )Amd evemtially a bidding console

I'm not sure just yet whether this console is working or
whether they just have not activated it yet.
At any rate,
you will need the big yellow console box at the least to

May 11, 2013 deeplink respond

The obviouw "next big thing" in printers are full width injkjets.

HP has just come out with a series of 70 page per minute
ones per this data and this insider info.

While only the paper moves and the mechanism is greatly
simplified, the steps to measure (!) and correct any print
defects goes far beyond anything previous.

An obvious extension would be simultaneous two sided
duplexing for a further speed doubling.
Whether this
ends up cost effective remains to be seen. A vertical
print path might be needed.

May 10, 2013 deeplink respond

The CSI Gila Bend television series has been cancelled.
So has Vegas.

May 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Many thanks to those of you attending my talk yesterday.

The sixth slide with the canal locations was only a screen

Clicking on it was supposed to magnify into a JPG image
and clicking on the image was supposed to either download
a .KML file or get you directly into a "Ghee Whiz" flyby
under Google

For all this to work, you need online access, fast comm, a
Google Earth plug in installed, and a reasonable browser and
operating system. This all works well under Chrome and
windows 8, but only bits and pieces worked during the
talk. Let me know if you have problems getting this
to fly on your own.

As usual, the question came up as to what "prehistoric" was.

In general, a culture is prehistoric if it has no written
history or obvious percursor. In the case of the
American Southwest, Anything earlier than 1500 is
considered prehistoric
. Anything later depends on who
is doing what to whom.

I was surprised over how few people yet know about
Acme Mapper. This did bring up the usual Roadrunner
jokes. But the original reason so many outfits called
themselves Acme was the same as AAA Exterminating.

Namely that they show up first in the phone book
yellow pages.

May 8, 2013 deeplink respond

What possible remaining point could there be in having
"seasons" to tv shows?

The "Netflix viewing model" lets you watch whatever
you want whenever you want. The idea that there could
be such a thing as "prime time slots" has long since
become ludicrously quaint.

Much free tv can be found here.

May 7, 2013 deeplink respond

We needed a temporary replacement for one of our HP
printers in daily use, so we picked up a 3520.

The depth of field on the scanner portion of this machine
is utterly pathetic.
It does not remotely compare to the
depth of field on the HP 3970 that we routinely use
for our eBay photography.

The easiest way to measure your depth of field is to scan
a medicine bottle or whatever that is two to three inches
in diameter and has lots of lettering on it.

May 6, 2013 deeplink respond

The pv solar energy breakthrough of the week can be
found here. Unfortunately, most of these to date have
had a half life of ten days.

What we have here is a potential doubling of the
cell efficiency for all colors above green. Possibly
done with a simple coating process.

It turns out there was a perceived limit called
the Schockley-Quisser Efficiency Limit. In which
you got an electron for input energy above the
work function, but lost anyenergy below or
"spare change" above as efficiency robbing

To date, schemes to pick up a second electron
for green and higher colors involved multiple
materials and similar schemes unlikely to
ever end up economically practical.

May 5, 2013 deeplink respond

Here's the meeting notice for next Wednesday's Gila
Watershed Partnership

I'll likely be speaking there on new findings on our
Prehistoric hanging mountain canals.

May 4, 2013 deeplink respond

The four "R's" of Arizona politics: Rightwing,
RacistReactionary, and Redneck.

In Arizona, a "political moderate" is anyone
who is moderately to the right of Atilla the Hun.

May 3, 2013 deeplink respond

There are at least seven types of preshistoric or unknown
agricultural constructs in the Gila Valley that leave distinct
rock artifacts. These seem to be largely independent and
vary from undersstudied to beyond world class spectacular...

MULCH RINGS - These are simply rock circles about two
feet in diameter, typically in spaced groups of a dozen or
more. Their purpose was to retain moisture for a central

CHECK DAMS WITH APRONS - Small circuilar dams
in minor washes retained a fill area suitable for small
gardens or plant nurseries. A second dam downstream
usually provided erosion control.

THE GRIDS - Rectangular rock arrays retained water
under their borders for Agave and other uses. There
are over ten thousand of these to the north and many
hundreds to the south.
Largely dry farmed.

LOWLAND CANALS - Larger Gila River based
water systems later were adapted for modern use
and are similar to those in the Phoenix and Tucson

one of these extending over forty miles exploited
virtually every drop of northeastern Mt. Graham
water. Spectacular engineering was typically "hung"
on the edges of steep sided mesas to make their
slope independent of terrain.

CCC WATER SPREADERS - Modern rock check
dams were largely pointless boondoggles. Tens of
thousands of these are known . They can be easily
confused with genuine prehistoric ag artifacts.

THE UFO FISH FILLETS - Certainly our strangest
local artifact. Believed to be a CCC adaption of
an underlying prehistoric original. Only one is known.

May 2, 2013 deeplink respond

A list of Arizona Hackerspaces can be found here.

May 1, 2013 deeplink respond

The concept of "proof" is wildy different between an
engineer and an archaeologist. Or for that matter,
between a lawyer, a theologian, a bartender, or a

I'm having enormous difficulty accepting archaeological
proof as "good enough"
. Engineering is a sense of the
fitness of things, normally brought about by enormous
sample sizes centered on a falsafiable hypothsis.

Archaeological evidence is instead sometimes based
on a single sample size from a erratic history and often
colored by personal or cultural bias. Which is what makes
it a "soft science".

On the archaeological hand, our recent hanging canal
rediscoveries in lower Frye Canyon appear world class
spectacular. As engineering proof, though, they simply
appear waaaay too good to be true
. At least so far.

May you live in interesting times.

April 30, 2013 deeplink respond

Rightly or wrongly, I've been applying several concepts
of normalcy to our prehistoric hanging canals...

That the canals actually worked.

That they were complete.

Thea they literally exploited every
drop of northeastern Mt. Graham
mountain stream water.

That missing canal portions remain
caused by looking in the wrong place
or post construction destruction.

That virtually all related historic water
project adaptations "stole the plans".

That "missing" segments remain undiscovered.

That CCC boondogles were just that.

That the permeability of canal runs was

That the prehistoric and historic and
CCC are ultimately seperable.

That "obvious" modern canal routes all
had prehistoric underpinnings.

April 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Here's a preliminary model of the Frye Mesa prehistoric
canals: Whose apparent scope was to totally exploit every
drop of Frye Creek area reliable water sources via a system
of hanging canals and using that water well north of where it
would otherwise disappear from solid gneiss baserock into
valley fill conglomerates.

Earliest efforts were likely directly down Frye Creek, with
canal activity likely starting somewhere below the present
Frye Dam site and above the present disused chlorinator.
With an unproven possible hanging area here.

Water was then delivered to the southern and northern blue pond
area for ag use. A short remant segment can be found here
and was apparently remodeled historically with a concrete
diversion gate to pick which of the now flood damaged and
presently disused blue ponds was to be chosen for fill.

Some apparently very early braided vee sections can be
found here and remain unexplained. These may or may
not be related to fields in the Riggs Reservoir area.

Meanwhile, a second possible canal source appeared to
involve Spring Canyon and even a possible Frye to Spring
diversion route
. Water apparently could have been
delivered under the falls road, and possibly have used
this route to get to the modern dam turnoff and rock tank.

A highly enigmatic group of braided canals then seemed to
follow the southernmost and highest edge of Frye Mesa
proper, carefully skirting intermediate drainages to preserve
the needed slope
. The apparent purpose of this portion of the
braided canals was to deliver water to a ponding area here.

The primary water delivery area from here is believed to be
downcanyon via a rather steep and quite large hanging portion.
While not yet fully studied, this is believed to form the basis
for the Robinson Hanging canal here.

A second impressive and quite large and quite steep hanging
portion appears to divert and head UPSLOPE and UPCANYON.
It is clearly counterflow.

This is among the most spectacular finds in the entire hanging
Gila hanging canal systems. It has been fairly carefully visited,
but its use remains speculative. Possible diverting Robinson
when not in use or balancing the drainage availability with need.

There are a number of grids and habitation sites in the point
of the canyon proper.

Things got ridiculously more complicated with the historic
bulding of Frye Mesa Reservoir. Various generation pipelines
can be easily traced of varying technologies, including wrapped
and rivited metal, open flanged pipe, buried pipe, and concrete.

These were joined by a Transite pipe system that stole the
plans from the Deadman hanging canal portion. Significantly,
enclosed pipe water delivery systems do not have to be strictly
, so long as pressures and leaks stay in bounds. These
modern pipelines are believed to more or less follow the preshistoric

As a result, free flowing lower Frye Creek water bacame
a flood liability, so all non-piped water was apparently
diverted into Sheep Springs wash and routed around the
Daley Estates development.

This created a situation where the prehistoric Robinson
canal had to cross the diverted Frye Creek water. At
that point in time, prehistoric deliver routes were
presumably ceased.

Just to confuse matters, there were obvious and numerous
CCC water spreaders that appear to have been thrown
over certain otherwise apparently prehistoric segments. As
near as I can tell, these appear to be obviously useless
busywork. Possibly simply to claim credit for work they
did not do.

Much of this is speculative and remains unproven
to date.

There is one modern stream gauge, and earlier
ones may or may not still have data available.

April 28, 2013 deeplink respond

Details are still to be worked out, but I am planning a
prehistoric hanging canal talk for the May 8th Gila Watershed
partnership of Arizona

This will likely be somewhere around 7:30 PM in the County
General Services Building, 921 Thatcher Blvd, in Safford.

There is no charge and anyone with a past or present interest
in water management opportunities are welcome to attend.

Some more background can be found here.

April 27, 2013 deeplink respond

We managed to pick up a collection of genuine Dolby
alalog commercial projection gear
, still in its original
factory packages.

These should be useful as legacy spares or as trade
in credits for newer systems. Extensive original
docs are also available.

Please email me if you have any interest in these.

April 26, 2013 deeplink respond

Found a maddeningly infuriating puzzle on the side of a Dots
candy box. Consider a trianglular array of nine dots.
Arrange the numerasl 1 through 9 in the array so that each side
has the same sum.

They did give you three numbers to start. These eliminate six
possible mirror or 120 degree rotation solutions.

Some approaches to the problem solution appear here.
There is apparently no calculatable single solution, so
at least some trial and error will be needed.

Putting six digits into six slots has 6x5x4x3x2 permutations
or 6! or 720 solutions. You can easily knock this out in
under a second using some simple PostScript code.

Some other approaches can be found here. It turns
out that the sum of the three corners has to be
divisible by three, so this could reduce the testable
solutions to 240 solutions.

You could also prove that the edge sums can only be
17, 19, 20, 21, or 23.Three equations can also be
written that could eliminate two variables and
further reduce the cases to be tested.

What is your most elegant solution?

April 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Let's try an archaeological cloud. Very much for real.

This is your opportunity to potentially make some world
class archaeological prehistoric hanging canal discoveries
. It
might go something like this...

At your own risk and expense and following normal
Upper Sonoran snake season TEAM procedures
and techniques for a rugged but not extreme 5 hour

Using this, this, and something like this, go to
N 32.75991 W 109.80942 and begin to trace
the most credible eastward route of a presumed
prehistoric canal to
N 32.77601 W 109.79681

Over this distance of slightly more than a mile,
take GPS readings, notes, and preferably at least
cell phone quality images and video of the route.

It is extermely important to attempt to 100 percent
close the route.
Switching ends or one or more
transcets might be needed.

If you are .kml literate, please attempt to plot the
route to Google Earth as best you can.

Report back to me and separately publish your
results in a credibly acceptable professional free
manner to Wesrch or a comparable open source
scholarly document managing system. Please
stay OFF YouTube.
At least for a while.

Keep all vehicles on suitable 4WD routes. With care,  4Runner
4WD class vehicles should be only mildly challenging.

The route is well suited to hikers who bring along their own
catclaw, just in case there is not enough along the run. The
word "trail", of course, is not in their vocabulary.

Note: Canal routes typically do NOT have artifacts except for the
canal borders themselves. OBSERVE ONLY! Do NOT collect,
dig, disturb, or sample. DO OBEY ALL SIGNS!
Please do not leave
the slightest trace of your having traveled this way.

These are public lands. Much more on the big picture here.

There are many similar archaeological projects here and general
exploration projects here.

April 24,, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have several MILES of transparent
polyester sheet in dozens of rolls of varying lengths and

I've been meaning to build up a rewinder but it seems
to be taking forever.

email me if you have any interest in this superb material
at one sixth or less of its normal price.

April 23,, 2013 deeplink respond

There are several utterly mind boggling places in our prehistoric
where the concept of counterslope arises.

Normally, the part of the canal that is heading downhill generally
follows the part of the topography that is also going downhill.

But there are rare times and places when the canal purposely
goes downhill into the upslope portion of the terrain. This can
happen during a large "S" or "U" turn. The goal of burying
deeper into the mesa or other rising terrain is to keep the slope
independent of terrain.

While the canal clerly gets longer in the process the total
energy of contruction remains astoundingly low
due to
minimizing of cuts and fills. In general on these canals,
almost all of the construction goes across rather than
along the route.

Of the several "S" and "U" turns on the Jernigan Canal,
at least one is counterslope. Twin East goes counterslope
to cross a wash somewhat South ( and under ) the Lebanon
Cemetary. And there is a spectacularly huge counterslope
canal segment clearly heading UP lower frye wash.

April 22,, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the better WWII jokes evolved during the final drunken
GI waltz across Germany: A corporal picked up a bottle of
wine or whatever that was far beyond bad and took it to an Army
Chemist for analysis:

"I see your problem. Your horse has kidney trouble."

April 21, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to get back to the part of Frye Mesa you cannot
get to from here. Only to add far more mysteries than were

The story so far: Some highly enigmatic constructs on a
seldom visited portion of Frye Mesa recently became a
lot more apparent, both through Acme Mapper and
Google Earth.

Some of these constructs suggest potentially spectacular
prehistoric canals while others appear to be partial CCC
rework boondoggles.

The structure here strongly suggests a major prehistoric
hanging canal, albeit one both immensely huge and quite
steep. It is enigmatic in that it seems to be counterslope and
clearly heading upcanyou.

The yet unvisited structure here also seems to be a
prehistoric canal. It is at least headed downcanyon
and could easily form a credible water source for the
Robinson Canal.

Both constructs appear sourced from a potential
ponding structure in turn sourced from five or more
braided channels. Some of these channels have what
clearly appear to be CCC spreader rework, and there
are other more traditional CCC spreaders in the area.

The braids appear much older than the spreaders.

The braids seem to originate near the dam turnoff.
Halfway along the braids is a saddle and low spot
in the mesa that would seem to clearly exclude the
continuiuum of an open canal. However, there is
one braid at the extreme southern edge of the mesa
that Google Earth elevation mouseovers appear to
allow a consistent downhill slope through this area.

There is no clear prehistoric compatible water source
for the system yet, although there is a working tank
nearby. While Frye Creek is an obvious potential
source, the access would be extremely difficult.  But
it might make little sense to take water out of the
creek and replace it later downstream.

A secondary possibility is a Spring Canyon source. But
its flow these days is much less and highly intermittent.
Despite several visits, both of the candidates remain
non-obvious. Possibly the falls road masks a portion of
the postulated route.

As a side note, there are numerous four foot bare circles
on the otherwise grass covered mesa.
These suggest
a prehistoric use that might alter ph or otherwise
reduce available nutrients. Alternately, they could
be some remnant artifact of a CNF sweet resinbush
eradication program.

More eyes are definitely needed on all this.
Please email me if you have any interest.

April 20, 2013 deeplink respond

The state of Arizona has some very strong incentives in
place for their power utilities to make significant and
genuine attempts at developing new alternate energy

To me, this seems to be generating a wild mix of authentic
breakthrough developments, somewhat marginal appearing
projects, and obviously outright scam ripoff proposals.

First, the good news: To become a genuine and unsubsized
new renewable and sustainable net energy source, pv solar has
to come in at twenty five cents per peak panel watt.

Per my analysis here.

Amazingly and spectacularly, the utility grade and quantity pv
pricing is now apporaching the sixty two cents per peak panel
With further near in price reductions and developments
reasonably anticipated. Despite a spectacular number of recent
pv solar bankruptcies.

System costs, of course, are something like double the peak
panel watt costs.

Even 62 cents approaches the holy grail of "paint it green"
. In which a utility sells conventional power and
uses the funds to buy parity solar and generate pr and meet
regs and qualify for subsidies.

The immediate effect is to make solar power towers horribly
In that there is no way in hell that they can ever again
become pv competitive. Even when ignoring their astounding
water needs. Still, there seem to me to be several really
bad power tower scams floating around in various states
of attempting to make land grabs and steal subsidy funds.

All the while dazzling rural county commissioners and
government bureaucrats .

Wind power potential in Southwestern Arizona and Southeastern
New Mexico is not all that wonderful, but conventional transmission
lines are already in place for possiblyy useful wind development
and delivery. Very handily, much of the wind potential is at night.

As a result, Macho Springs near Deming NM is already up and
running, and a new and somewhat similar farm is now proposed
in Arizona's Cochise County near Muleshoe Hot Springs.
But the
proposed fifty story towers and nearly 200 foot blades do seem a tad
aggressive to me.

More on the reality of alternate energy development here.

April 19, 2013 deeplink respond

Too good to be true?

Dr. Neely and I managed to verify the structure near N 32.75849
W 109.8145
in Frye Canyon. At first glance, it very much
appears to be a manmade prehistoric canal.

And a huge highly spectacular world class one at that.

It seems to source water from five or more braided channels
that route along the northern edge of Frye Mesa proper. And
a similar ( but still not field verified ) structure at N 32.75980
W 109.80808
seems to form a credible water source for the
downstream prehistoric Robinson Canal.

Very strangely, the structure believed to be a prehistoric
canal might have delivered water back upstream and
Why this would be done remains an enigmatic
mystery. Although there appear to be some possible
canyon bottom fields and grids in the area.

To be believable, all credible alternate explanations would
have to be thoroughly excluded.
These alternates could
include some bizarrely atypical CCC work, or a vastly
excessive dam construction bypass, or some sort of
water or land dispute. All of which presently seem as
unlikely as being an alien UFO construct.

More eyes on this are definitely needed, especially
among qualified archaeologists or historians.

Please email me with your thoughts.

April 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated and expanded our Gila Valley Dayhikes page.

April 17, 2013 deeplink respond

As to the recent "unexplained" Texas explosion, as a
fireman and a hazmat person, I'm somewhat curious if
the 640,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate
might in some
manner have been a factor.

Version 1.0 of the ammonium nitrate story can be
found here.

April 16, 2013 deeplink respond

Thr Rabin auction of the Snowflake Paper Mill should
take place May 13, 14th, and 15th. There should be some
absolutely outstanding bargains here, not the least of
which is a stash of mostly brand new motors and
electrical parts.

But word has it that the ENTIRE ten million dollar
parts inventory may end up being sold in as little
as one lot!

The mill is really nowhere near Snowflake. It is
halfway between Snowflake and Overgaard and
well north of the highway. The second and third
auction days are to be held in a Snowflake hotel.

Availability of U-Haul trucks, rigging services,
and such may be severely limited.

More auction stuff here.

April 15, 2013 deeplink respond

Apparently there are now lots of instances where certain
letters inside of a word are now capitalized. Particulaly
in the Linux and C programming worlds.

The correct name for this seeminglyRandomCapitialization
is CamelCase

April 14, 2013 deeplink respond

As near as I can tell, the lattest Craig's List scank scam
seems to be selling them an iPhone ap that watches Craig's
list for utterly random new Johns and then answers for them.

Without, of course, even reading the post to see what it is about.

It seems to me that 100 percent of the participating and targeted
skanks are out of warranty, or lease expirees, or in critical need of

I'm curious where they got the "Her name was Plethoria" id's as well.

The average individual posting a bulk electronics wanted ad would
likely be buying their skanks shrink wrapped by the skid. And
then only at deep distress prices. Of a SBR of 30:1 or higher.

On closer inspection, there are remarkable similiriaties on the
photographic style and composition of each pix. As well as
uncanny reuse of certain phrases and english idioms. Which
suggests the whole setup was done by ONE photographer
and/or ONE writer.
Some of the females seem to be wering
identical clothes as well.

The spectre of a 46 year old male bowling shoe salesman
may be behind the curtain. Please do not look there.

April 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to explore more of the high end of the Mud
Springs canal recently. Especially the spectacularly
engineered portion near the Mud Springs to Ash
Creek crossover just under the fence

While we picked up bunches of easily foot traced
downcanyon routing, about 3000 feet remains between
here and the next known lower portion in the drainage
west of the road somewhat north of Mud Springs Tank.

An ATV shuttle will likely be be best for this portion.

The actual takein point should be somewhere near
the CNF boundary, but I am not at all sure whether
this still exists any more at all. Nearly vertical
conglomerate suggests totally destructive catastrophic
flooding in otherwise inhospitable terrain.

Your help welcome.

April 12, 2013 deeplink respond

Our previous autobackground mottler had a bug in it in
that you had to do an autobackground before the vignetting
worked properly. I've modified the code here to let you
do stand alone vignetting.

To update older code, add this line near the start of
the /dovignette code...

includemottle not { /outstrarray instrarray store } if

To activate stand alone vignetting, make includemottle
, includefills false, and includevignette true.

April 11, 2013 deeplink respond

Did you ever notice that seldom used sun icon in Google
Earth? This lets you pick the time of day and can be
very handy in looking over the edge of a canyon or
otherwise brightening or darkening a scene.

On the other hand, with some bad luck and inadvertent
selection, you can end up with a dark black midnight

April 10, 2013 deeplink respond

Two new Golidlocks exoplanets can be found here.

More on exoplanets here.

April 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Few people realize that there are actually FOUR newer
temples in or fairly close to the Gila Valley. Found here,
here, here, and here.

Visitors are sometimes welcomed after suitable advance
arrangements, conservative dress codes, and proper

More on interesting things to visit or do in the area
can be found here.

April 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Project Gutenberg now has some 42,000 free ebooks
available for download.

April 7, 2013 deeplink respond

"But all I wanted to do was listen to an auction online"

There is a miaddeningly infuriating pice of malware viri
called conduit.
Once it infects your machine, it hijacks your
home page and your search engine and then floods you
with totally worthless and utterly annoying ads.

They will remove conduit for you for a mere cost of $200.
Neither Norton nor McAffee seem to offer fixes yet.

Apparently it is fixable, but there are lots of details to
the repair...

FIRST, go to the control panel add/remove programs
section and remove any and all programs that look like
they are conduit related. Some sneaky names may be
in use, so just to be sure, remove everything within three
days of the infection date

SECOND, get into Chrome and go tools/extensions.
Remove any and all conduit related extensions. Better yet,
remove any and all extensions that you do not immediately
recognize or are not actively using.

THIRD, get into Chrome and go to settings. Reset to
your desired startup page.
Under Appearance, change
your home button back the way it was.
Note that
there are TWO steps here, first deciding where you
want to go on bootup and second deciding what
your home icon does.

FOURTH, get into chrome and go to advanced settings.
Go to Privacy and view the content settings. View all
cookies and site data. Delete any obvious conduit
Better yet, review ALL your cookies and
remove any and all that you do not actively use.

FIFTH, do a cold reboot.

April 6, 2013 deeplink respond

There's a new comp.sys.raspberry.pi newsgroup.

The above click thru will only work on some news
readers, so you may have to manually subscribe
on yours.

Newsgroups seem to have clearly peaked, likely
caused by the "eyeball siphoning" of newer
social media.

I still subscribe to alt.marketing.online.ebay,
sci.electronics.design, and comp.lang.postscript
as well.

April 5, 2013 deeplink respond

The mystery of my bogus Three Phase Magic Sinewaves
score on Wesrch continues. It should rocket into first
place in a month or so with well over 300 claimed but
nonexistant visits per day
. So far, they have ignored
my emails.

And, unlike any sane linking pattern and similar to the
Duracell Bunny, the score just goes on and on. Any
"real" web mention would likely have a half life of
a few days at most.

Apparently they are counting each of the 30 pages in
my .PDF file as a separate visit.
But even that does
not explain the continued underlying interest beyond
anything even remotely expected.

A possible explanation is that this "looks" like a
Powerpoint file, but is really a PDF file using my
infinitely superior Gonzo Powerpoint Emulator.

As far as I know, I have never linked their specific
and Google does not seem to have a clue

April 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Have you ever wondered what all of those extra keys
are on your keyboard that nobody ever uses?

Naturally, you should have removed the CAPS LOCK
keycap long ago. The best way to do this is with an
older ic extractor.

Even more maddingly infuriating is when WordPad starts
overwriting rather than inserting your text. The culprit is
usually the INSERT key
. Press it once to change back to
inserting. Apparently this key sequentially flips a latch
that WordPad restponds to.

April 3, 2013 deeplink respond

We looked at some of the fundamental factors underlying
technical innovation here. And long ago visited the concepts
of elegant simplicity here.

The sheer brilliance of the Eye-Fi suggests we make another
addition to the tech innovation concepts. This would be

With leapfrogging, you completely bypass any perceived
restrictions to the systems that be.
And completely blow
them away.

Retrofitting an existing digital camera internally to pick up
wireless uploading sounds like an unbearably daunting
task. But swapping out its memory card with an identical
sized and shaped subsystem that, besides memory, just
happens to do wireless uploads is utterly trivial.

Several older examples of leapfrogging also come to
mind. The earliest pinball games on the Apple II only
ran one game that quickly lost any interest. But by
leapfrogging to some software that lets you design
and build your own pinball machines in any chosen
arrangement provides a much more useful product.

And older and lesser example of leapfrogging was
when line cords became removable. Most electronic
repairs, most accidents, and even some fires were
caused by smashing or tripping over cords.

What other leapfrogging examples can you think of?

April 2, 2013 deeplink respond

Boy, a whole flock of 'em flew over this time.

More on bashing pseudoscience here.

April 1, 2013 deeplink respond

The problem of unwanted email spam has been eliminated
completely with today's long awaited passage of House
Bill 27-234
. Which places a tax on anyone admitting to
reciving any unwanted email. Initially 35 cents per email
on a sliding scale up to $4.37 in June of 2015.

Because it would place an unfair burden on the spammers
themselves and because of ISP considerations, the tax
was placed on the sendee rather than the sender. The
number of admitted unwanted emails is expected to
shortly and dramatically drop.

Thus eliminating unwanted spam once and for all.
Additional details are found here.

March 31, 2013 deeplink respond

The cheapest of the Eye-Fi units only work with .JPG files.
This should not be a problem with eBay images.

Typically, I will start with a 10 or 12 Megapixel camera
image and crop it as needed, perhaps 3200 pixels wide.
While uploaded as .JPG. it is immediately saved and
preserved in .BMP bitmap format.

If an Architect's Perspective Correction is needed, it
gets done at this full resolution. The image is then
dropped in size to the 2000 pixels area for most other
Postproc to reduce the needed time and effort.

Automatic backgrounding and vingetting is also done
at this resolution. When the image finally looks right
it gets reduced to the 450 pixel or so area for smaller
items and 850 pixels for larger ones. At this point
it usually has its gamma reduced and its brightness
increased and gets a maximum of one point of sharpening.

And then uploaded to eBay in .JPG format.

The loss in a grossly oversize initial .JPG is thus likely to
be entirely negligible with a high resolution camera.

March 30, 2013 deeplink respond

I am absolutely stunned by the Eye-Fi series of products.

These take most any recent digital camera and automatically
give it full and invisible wireless upload capability.
start at $40.

You simply go through an USB oriented setup on your computer
and then replace your existing camera memory card.

This did not work on first try for me, but by going to their
http://support.eye.fi/downloads/ and retrying, things worked
just fine. I suspect this may have been a Windows 8 update
glitch of one sort or another.

The wireless stuff is all in the card and a host ap. You essentially
have "endless memory" as each picture gets erased once sent.
there is also provision for online "cloud" backup as well.

I'm not sure what happens when you are out of wireless range.
The concept is obviously best for studio work, especially eBay.

Their website lets you enter your make and model of camera
to determine suitability. As near as I can tell, most any
recent digital camera will work just fine.

March 29, 2013 deeplink respond

An alternate to the Bayer Filtering used in digital cameras
that potentially doubles its low light sensitivity can be
found here and discussed here.

By selectively deflecting red and blue light sideways, a four
cell array of Cyan, White+Red, White+Blue and Yellow is

March 28, 2013 deeplink respond

There seem to be some compelling advantages to moving
our Magic Sinewaves from the PIC to Raspberry PI
machine language realizations.

First, the PIC seems limited to "zeroing" the low unwanted
harmonics to around -65 decibels, while the Pi should be able
to approach -85 decibels.

Second, the time delays can be done in one piece without any
pinch points or exotic factoring.
This should greatly simplify the
coding and opens the way to indexed data reads.

Third, the PIC works best with externally set frequency,
while the Pi's larger memory should be able to easily combine
large numbers of amplitudes and frequencies at once.

Fourth, the Pi would seem to lend itself better to a single
data base driven codeset that can handle many different
types and classes of magic sinewaves.

Fifth, zero to very little custom hardware should be needed.

More on Magic Sinewaves here. Seminars and Custom
Design services available.

March 27, 2013 deeplink respond

My very first perpetual motion machine can be found here
with more details here.

More on bashing pseudoscience here.

March 26, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have great heaping bunches of partial polyester
(mylar) film rolls. I've been meaning to build a rerolling fixture, but
I would just as soon sell these as a lot.

They are typically clear and 24 to 30 inches wide by several hundred
to several thousand feet long. Thicknesses vary with ten mils typical.

Price is typically one-sixth new. email me if you want to inspect these.

March 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Did I ever reveal to you my Fire Lookout's secret gourmet recipe
for boiled can?

The trick is the 24 hour prep time as you reuse yesterday's

March 24, 2013 deeplink respond

For reasons that make no sense whatsoever, eBay is in
the process of restricting image borders
. It is not clear
whether our super unique vignetting will be allowed to
continue. Technically, a vignette is simply a shading
difference in an existing background.

At any rate, here's how our combination auto backgrounder
and optional vignetter works...

Firsoff, it is super important that there are no unwanted
red=255 pixels anywhere in your .BMP bitmap artwark.

These get eliminated automatically in our Architect's
Perspective utility
, or you can simply back the red off by
one or two clicks in Imageview32.

A true red=255 ( or any rgb color including red=255 ) color
is then selected and used to outline the subject in Paint. It
is important that all undercuts are made solid red and that
there are no "holes" anywhere in the outline.
all internal "holes" where the background is to intentionally
punch through can also be made red=255.

Colors for the mottled background can be selected using
[ 125 34 251 ] as read from Paint or [ 97 ] as read from our
Web Friendly PostScript Colors. The depth of background
mottling can be set with an internal mv mottle variance variable.
Values near 22 are often a good choice.

The backgrounder works in a three step process. First, the
image is scanned left to right and the background pattern is
set down up to the last encountered sequential red
. Scanning
continues right to left, bottom to top, and top to bottom, again
replacing the background until the last encountered sequential

In an optional second step, any internal reds are replaced with
the mottled background. And in an optional third step, the edges
are vignetted. Vignetting is controlled by vigwide and vigtrips
variables, among others. The vignetting algorithm is incredibly
complex and is based on actual electromagnetic field synthesis.

Vignetting examples can be found here.

In use, the auto backgrounder code is loaded into a word processor
such as Wordpad, modified as needed and then fed to GhostScript.
Filenames and some parameters will have to be customized for
your particular source and destination files.

Custom assistance available.

March 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Getting decent integrated circuit photos ( and especially
their lettering ) can be tricky for eBay sales. So, I thought
I'd review some of our insider tricks that seem to work
for us.

First and foremost is to spend lots of time in image postproc.
Much more than in the scanning itself. We might start
off with this scanned image and get this final result.

A squeaky clean 600 DPI scanner is a must, such as
the HP3970 which you can find on eBay for $30. If
the subject chips are murky, it may pay to scan three
or more at once and then crop out the best one.

Note that you scanner can also be used as a "magnifying
glass" to aid in idenfitying ic's in the first place.

Postproc starts by cropping to somewhat larger than
final image size, brightening and reducing gamma
somewhat, and rotating the object untill the best edge
line and the lettering are aligned within one pixel.
Imageview32 is an excellent choice for this.

At this point, keep the images much larger than final
size and save them as a bitmap only!

A suitable mottled background is created. You can
do this by sampling and replicating the best of the
existing background area, by using this "steal the
plans" template
, or by putting a red=255 box
around the chip and using our auto backgrounder.

Next, the best part of the best long chip edge is
found and improved
. It is then "chased along" its
intended length to define an acceptably sharp
and perfectly horizontal edge.

The best single pin associated with the best edge is
found and improved. Typically lengthening it and fitting
it to the intended mottled background. This pin gets
replicated the needed number of times along your
sharp edge. Be sure to get the pin count right!

Copy the entire edge/pins/background assembly,
flip it vertically and paste it back over the other
side of the chip
. Then finish improving the chip
ends to make them match and look credible.

At this point, you have to decide whether the lettering
is good enough as is
, whether it can be retouched by
improving the intercharacter area and rounding backgrounds,

or whether all lettering should be redone by using our
Bitmap Typewriter.

If you use the Bitmap Typewriter, sample the background
and use the values from the Paint "edit" colors" listing.
The foreground should typically be the lightest existing
lettering pixels. And the pixels-high by pixels-wide"
settings cn be read from the rectangle tool in Paint.

Needless to say, it is super important to get the
numerics exactly right
if you do a Bitmap Typewriter
replacement.  Logos can sometimes be faked or
assisted by the triangle and circle Paint tools. Or,
in extreme cases, retouched or simply left off entirely,

If you are going to have many similar ic's it pays
to let the Bitmap Typewriter generate an entire
alphabet and place it below the prototype bitmap.
Logos and agency marks can be similarly saved.

Finally, the image is cropped to size and resized
to some suitable eBay image format, perhaps
500 pixels wide. The image gets brightened somewhat
and might have its gamma reduced further. While
as much as ONE CLICK of sharpening can
sometimes be very useful
, this tool is best used with
extreme caution. The properly postprocced image
then gets saved as a .JPG file and uplaoded to eBay.

Naturally, these techniques are intended to accurately
replicate needed chip technical information.
They are
not appropriate when you are selling a collectible where
revealing present condition is of top priority.

Consulting services available.

March 22, 2013 deeplink respond

While the Unstoppable runaway train movie is not half bad,
the underlying CSX 8888 real world incident is even more

March 21, 2013 deeplink respond

What can you do if an eBay or other image is not quite
sharp enough?

Naturally, if it is really fuzzy, do it over! And make sure
you are not the cause of the problem by always using a
, waiting long enough for autofocus to stabilize,
having enough lighting, and having a subject that an
autofocus system can reasonably deal with.

Beyond that, there are several tricks you can do
to improve apparent image sharpness. Such as
starting with this image and ending up with this one.

In general edge sharpness is much more apparent
than anything internal
. I like to align things such that
verticals are truly vertical to a one pixel lock, along
with horizontals that are truely horizontal to a one
pixel lock.

When and where it is appropriate, I like to switch to
Architects 2D perspective.
Again forcing intended
verticals to end up truly that way. By using this utility.

Rotating the image to optimize its appearance can
also help a lot.

A sharpened but mottled background can do wonders,
working towards a "shadowless" image. You can make
such a background out of sampling and repeating a
small portion of the best of the original background,
or by using this "steal the plans" resource, or by
using our auto backgrounder code.

Edges can be improved by sampling their best part and
replicating it over their entire length.
Shoud an edge
be really fuzzy, trace a single pixel line over it in a ridiculously
contrasting color. Then fill in to the internal side to the line.
Finally, fill in the external side of the line and replace the
temporary edge solor.

If there are multiple instances of something like the pins
on this filter, get one looking really good and then
replicate it as needed. But watch out for perspective
issues where things get smaller the further into your
image that you get.
In general, you can get away with
isometric edges ( or other thin structures ) on perspective

Sometimes eliminating unwanted detail can make things
look sharper, like we did with the aluminum chassis in
this item. But things can end up "cartoonish" or "obviously
retouched" if you go to extremes with this technique.

Programs like Imageview32 or Irfanview do have nice
sharpening routines. But these are best used VERY
, typically one click or at most two.

Consulting services available.

March 20, 2013 deeplink respond

The powers that be have determined that the term
"Anasazi" is no longer politically correct. The acceptable
terminology is "Ancient Pueblo Peoples"

Apparently the term meant "Our old Enemies". It is
unlikely that a culture would similarly name themselves.

Our hanging canals show an incredibly amazing variety
of trading activities including those of the Ancient Pueblo
, Mimbres, Mongollon, Hohokam, Salado, and
even possibly Sinagua.

But the Adena embassy site has yet to be located.

March 19, 2013 deeplink respond

eBay will shortly demand that all listings include photos.

Since we feel we have the finest photos on eBay bar none,
I thought we'd spend a few blog entries on what works for

First and foremost is our rule of spending at least two
hours in image post prep!

And a close second is to use BOTH a high resolution scanner
AND a 12 Megapixel or higher camera
. Our preferred scanner
remains the HP 3970. Mostly for its exceptional depth of field.
These are often available on eBay for $30 or less.

Three third party tools that are extremely useful are Imageview32,
Irfanview, and, of course, the latest version of Paint.

Our own key custom tools include our Architects Perspective Corrector,
Automatic Backgrounder and Vignetter, Bitmap Typewriter, and
Background Sampler. With additional postproc tools here

March 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Here's a link to an "adequate supply" of Pittsburgh Streetcar Photos

And more than you could possibly want to know about ancient
car stop locations in this huge free ebook.

WARNING: Attempting to view all of these in one session will result
in yunz guys pronouncing "beer" as "airn".
Or making a mill outta a
chipaam sammitch and Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale in Sliberty.

Fortunately, in regards to this matter, a desert rat like me is immune.
Skooze me while I redd up the website.

March 17, 2013 deeplink respond

The original to the Xylophone Duet can be found here."

March 16, 2013 deeplink respond

I was just diasppointed to see what whould have been a really
useful auction announcement vanish without a trace from a
major Arizona auctioneer.

It turns out there are several reasons why an auction may not
be an auction after all.
The obvious one is simple blackmail
where a creditor convinces the game the debtor is playing
is very much real.

An other possibility is for the auction house to also play
"pawn shop"
. In which they advancea high interest loan to
the creditor in exchange for rights to everything on default.

Generally, if a creditor forces an auction, all of the excess
has to go to the debtor. But a pawnbroker gets to keep the

March 15, 2013 deeplink respond

The "mini viral" mystery on our Three Phase Magic
upload to Wesrch seems to be turning into
a simple internal score keeping error.

Apparently they switched from a single PDF file to
a multiple page one, and at least some of the pages
are wrongly racking up their own hits
. Obviously confusing
the visits and page views data.

The ratio of bogus to real hits seems to be somethwere
around 6:1 or so.

Since I detest PowerPoint, the original was done using
my Gonzo Power Point Emulator. Which has all sorts
of major advantages over the original.

March 14, 2013 deeplink respond

A group of New Mexico hikers were suddently caught in
an unexpected storm. They managed to find a tree with
a major horizontal branch and a bunch of old boards and
quickly built an "A" Frame shelter.

The little rainware they had was used to cover the cracks
and they managed to stay quite dry...

         ... in their poncho villa.

March 13, 2013 deeplink respond

The apparent reason or hanging canals got hung in the
first place seemed to be to make their slope independent
of the terrain.
This could end up exceptionally energy efficient
and could dramatically reduce the construction time and

The canal system might have taken a lot less effort than
you might first guess.
Assume that an average individual
could build one foot of average canal per hour. On a
fourteen hour day, this translates to something like
one mile per man year.

If the entire canal system was 50 miles long, then 50
man years might be needed for most of the canal

Or 50 people for one year.

March 12, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated and expanded our Gila Valley Day Hikes
library page.

We have now exceeded our initial goal of 365
major entries. Please email me with any corrections
or suggestions for additional entries.

March 11, 2013 deeplink respond

A classic example of what those French Veternarians call a
"four paw":

A leading newscaster just confused the words "cannabis"
and "cannibal" in describing a tasting tour.

March 10, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that it is sometimes hard for us to come up with
exactly one new blog entry per day, so always check back a
week or so to pick up anything you may have missed

Blogs back to 1997 can be reached here.

March 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated our Hanging Canal sampler page to include the
AZ Republic and USA Today articles, videos, and slide

The other samplers appear midway on our home page.

March 8, 2013 deeplink respond

As any geologist will tell you, there are three different
kinds of rocks.

These are sedentary, ingeneous, and metaphoric.

March 7, 2013 deeplink respond

The mystery of the Magic Sinewave mini-viral continues.

The Wesrch version has rocketed through the charts at an
unheard of and unprecedented rate
. It likely will peak in
position #4. Driven by an apparently bogus hoax and a
nearly constant but slowly increasing 300 file requests
per day.

Yet I've been unable to find the faintest clue what is
driving these requests
. There is nothing apparent on
Google, on Bing, or on my website itself that would
suggest such request behavior. And no response
feedback whatsoever from the requests
. And I have
no access to the internal Wesrch daily log files.

I've yet to find any time-of-day or day-of-week
significant pattern.

A typical mini-viral would be expected to spike and
sharply drop after a day or two. Like is happening
on our ISMM eBook requests. Whatever this one
is seems more like the Duracell Bunny. It just goes and
goes and goes.

Please let me know what you think the source
( and the point ) for this behavior is.

March 6, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the underappreaciated features of the latest version
of Paint is its curved line tool. This is superb for rounding
corners or tracing long curved outlines.

Typically, you select the tool and a single pixel line width.
Click your mouse at the first end of the line, then the
second end. Now grab the middle of the line and pull
it into the desired shape.

Or for a nonuniform curve, grab the line closer to
one end.

One gotcha: Once the curve looks the way you want
it, be sure to exit the curved mode
. The easiest
way to do this is to switch to the straight line mode.

If the edge is fuzzy, start with a very high contrast
color and then cover it with the intended outside
or inside color.

The curves are quadratic second order. Thus they
are not nearly as powerful as a cubic spline, but
definitely are quite useful.

March 5, 2013 deeplink respond

The latest version of our Bitmap Typewriter can be
found here. It appears to work properly under

A typical new example appears here, with bunches
more here.

The bitmap typewriter lets you retouch small
lettering on any bitmap. It offers full antialiasing,
font sizes by pixels, any colors, and mottled
background control. Legibility is exceptional
and is likely the best that can be done without
going to exotic subpixel techniques .

It is particularly useful for eBay sales of
integrated circuits.
The lettering on these is
notoriously difficult to show with decent
appearance and contrast.

Up to four background colors can be
selected, either using a [ 127 244 13 ] style
matrix directly out of Paint, or a [ 103 ] style
matrix from our Web Friendly PostScript

Font sizes are set as width height ss directly
in pixels. Proper font sizes can be selected
by using the rectangle tool in Paint.

A newly positioned string can be done as
3 985 (your text message) st, while
continuing from the last available position
can be done by 0 0 (your text message) st.

At present, results are delivered to a curletsx.bmp
file. From which they are cut and pasted onto your
target bitmap.

Kerning and many other commands are also
available. As are consulting services.

March 4, 2013 deeplink respond

Yet another electronic part serch engine can be newly
found here.

It promptly got some hits for me on some really old
and obscure MIL spec parts
. On the other hand
its search seems too broad and generates far
too many false hits

Other engines I use are OEM's Trade and PLC Center.

March 3, 2013 deeplink respond

Just added a pile of 1N4007 diodes to our eBay sales
for a little over two cents each with in-stock immediate

Diodes Inc traditional branding. 1 amp 1000 volts,
normal recovery. Direct replacement for 1N4001
through 1N4006.

A case can be made that these are the most significant
and most important semiconductor of all time
. It is interesting
to compare them against their 5U4G predecessor which
presently sells for as much as $34 each.

The 1N4007 is half the size of one of the base pins on the
5U4G. It drops half a volt in use compared to nearly a hundred.

March 2, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder that an erratic wireless mouse can sometimes
be instantly cured simply by blowing on its scanning infrared

March 1, 2013 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of the HP 3970 Scanjet scanner.
Both for its high resolution and exceptional depth of
field. The latter particularly useful for scanning
integrated circuits and similar 3D objects for our
eBay sales.

The 3970 recently got much more convenient to use
under Windows 8 as well.

But some sort of "sensor rot" had been creeping
into my unit,
with the individual pixel noise slowly
adding unacceptable "bulldozer tracks" to the scans.

Attempts at scanner cleaning did not seem to
help. The cure iwas to replace the entire scanner
with a $30 one from eBay. Which worked just

February 28, 2013 deeplink respond

I've never had any reason to do a wire transfer until recently.

The bottom line is that Western Union sources them, they
cost $20 each, and they can be done either by you or your
. These can be VISA or MC charged. Or otherwise
reasonably paid for. Transfer of the funds is nearly
And irrevociable.

For the overwhelming majority of individuals, a wire
transfer is almost always a scam to steal your money

In my case, an auction from an old line auction house
had closed and pickup was imminent. This formed a
very rare example of when and where a wire transfer
might be both useful and legit.

February 27, 2013 deeplink respond

Two fascinating places you cannot get to are here and here.

February 26, 2013 deeplink respond

The combined Arizona Republic video and story on our
hanging canals can be found here.
And its slide show here.

A similar but shorter USA today story only can be found

In excessive zeal over political correctness, my "stole the
" got replaced by "borrowed the blueprints". And
somehow, the Twin Boobs Canal is no longer mentioned.

Several errors crept into the story. Not sure where the
"19 miles" came from. Typical hanging canals range from
one to seven miles. System totals clearly exceed 40 miles,
and possibly quite a bit more. And there is no evidence that
the canals delivered running water to habitation sites in the
area. Water use appeared to be purely agricultural.

And the TV Typewriter, of course, was from Radio Electronics,
September 1973, and not PE.

February 25, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Gila Valley Day Hikes web page.

February 24, 2013 deeplink respond

There are at least five different and largely independent
prehistoric water management concepts in the Gila Valley.
These include the lowland canals, the hanging canals,
the dry agricultural grids, the mulch rings, and the aproned
check dams.

The hanging canals are quite distinct and different than
the lowland canals. Lowland canals are quite common in
Phoenix, Tucson, and areas between. While a tremendous
amount of effort is required in their building, the needed
engineering is not all that great, and the canals tend to
build themselves by noting acceptable water flow.

The hanging canals on the other hand are world class
constructs that demanded a mind boggling engineering
sophistication. No other examples are presently known,
and the vision, the foresight, and the societal structure
needed to create them remains uniquely outstanding.

Another key difference is that lowland canals tend to
flood damage along their length, while the hanging
canals damage across their path. A lowland repair
could take years and impact survivability, whle a
hanging repair could be done by kiddies in minutes.

February 23, 2013 deeplink respond

Three interesting developments in the goal to break the
scientific publishing stranglehold and the overwhelming
need for peer review reform :

A new federal policy demands improved public access to
to government sponsored and paid for research. And a
discussion of which can be found here.

And a new Peer J scientific journal will publish for free
distribution for as little as flat $99 lifetime fee.

And the arXiv from Cornell seems to be working just
fine, but still is limited to certain fields

We've already seen how Wesrch represents the new
model of free public access scientific publication. My
own Wesrch papers can be found here.

I strongly feel that ALL scientific papers older than
three years should be freely web available
unreasonable restriction or any charges .

Many of my own papers are freely available here
and here.

February 22, 2013 deeplink respond

A story on our hanging canals is apparently scheduled to
appear in this Sunday's Arizona Republic.

A variant with video supposedly is already in their free online
tablet versions

February 21, 2013 deeplink respond

We still get an ever diminishing number of requests for color
organ info. A number of these construction projects can still
be found here. And they both predated and defined the
psychedelic lighting era.

These days, of course, you would be infinitely better off
with a PC display
. Even the best of the color organs had
issues with dynamic range, automatic level controls, heat
management, linearity, color saturation and a static display
that fast became boring.

It might be interesting to apply DSP techniques to
reextract the energy of each individual instrument and
relate that to color sequences, rather than simply
splitting the audio spectrum into low, medium, and
high frequency components.

This might make an excellent Raspberry Pi project.

February 20, 2013 deeplink respond

Watch out for the cliff!
        What CLIFFFFFfffffffff?

Watch out for the ping pong ball!
         What ping pong gloulckkk?

Watch our for the ladder!
         What ladder dedadder dedadder dedadder?

Watch out for the revolving door!
         What revolving door .. ing door .. ing door?

I'd like to try and find the rest of these and give them
a long missing home on the web. Please email me
with your candidates and suggestions.

February 19, 2013 deeplink respond

I used to be surprised that nothing of ours ever went viral.

But last week, our ISMM quintupled our web page views for
a day or two. Apparently driven by this site.

But the real mini-viral mystery is that our Three Phase
Magic Sinewaves
is literally rocketing through the charts
at Wesrch.

I have no idea whatsoever what the underlying referral is.
Please let me know if you have a clue.

February 18, 2013 deeplink respond

Expanded and updated our Auction Help page.

Your very own custom auction finder can be created
for you per these details.

February 17, 2013 deeplink respond

Updated and expanded our Gila Valley Day Hikes library

February 16, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the key secrets to eBay success is having a high
enough SBR or sell buy ratio
. 30:1 works well for me.

30:1 SBR's are fairly easy to achieve at industrial
on "contents of cabinet" and "contents
of room" deals. As they are on multiple pallets.

Especially when the lot gets "poisioned" by the
auctioneer using "put it with the next lot" to
maintain momentum.

I just got an email asking be to do some eBay
consignment sales for a 10 percent commission.
The minimum practical commision for me would
be 96.7 percent, equal to a 30:1 SBR.

I can see no point whatsoever in trying to
do eBay consignment sales for others. It makes
absolutely no economic sense.

Particularly since it is YOU that gets hung out
to dry when things inevitably go south.

More on similar eBay insider sales secrets

February 15, 2013 deeplink respond

Managed to find an image of the Mule Creek tunnel and
get it both here and on the web...

Thanks to Diane Drobka for finding this image from
her extensive Arizona postcard collection.

The tunnel got trashed when the road got expanded and
paved. Only a tiny and obscure remnant remains today.

Judging by the shadows, this might have held the world
record for the "world's shortest tunnel". One side appears
to be EIGHT INCHES long!

The "usual" image includes a car going through the tunnel.
Please let me know where I can find and upload this
second photo.
Or any related others.

Much more on similar topics here and here and here.

February 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Small Parts has been acquited by Amazon and renamed
Amazon supply.

It remains an outstanding ( but sometimes pricey ) source
of the mechanical bits and pieces needed for robotics,
automation, hardware hacking, and such.

McMaster Carr remains a competitor.

February 13, 2013 deeplink respond

There's a new alternative to the alt.marketing.online.ebay
newsgroup called ecommerce bytes and available here.

February 12, 2013 deeplink respond

I've long been fascinated by The Gambler's Ruin, which
we looked at earlier here.

Assume a simple honest and vig free coin flipping game. You
put up ten pennies, one at a time, as does the house. A coin is
flipped and the winner takes the pot of two cents. The game
continues till one side is broke.

What are your odds of winning? Obviously, fifty percent.

Now make a minor and seemingly innocuous change. You
still start with ten pennies but the house starts with a hundred.
Your win odds now drop to less than ten percent!

If the house starts with 10,000 pennies, you virtually will
NEVER win.

If you always bet on anything, the house essentially has
an infinite stash. And you are ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED
to lose
. Hence, you bet, you lose.

A simulation appears here, with more on unique PostScript
stuff here.

A reminder that Acrobat Distiller is making it difficult to run
file accessing PostScript code
and that GhostScript is fast
becoming a better choice .
Some minor adjustments are
covered every now and then here.

February 11, 2013 deeplink respond

What are the odds of "n" coin flips ending up half
heads and half tails?
The answer is counterintuitive
and different than you might expect.

This is yet another example of bionomial coefficients
which have a fascinating range of uses and which we
looked at earlier in depth here.

For two flips, 2 binary words have one ones in them 
out of 4 possible states. For a probability of 50.0

For four flips, 6 binary words have two ones in them 
out of 16 possible states. For a probability of 37.5

For eight flips, 70 binary words have four ones in them
out of 256 possible states. For a probability of 27.3

For twelve flips, 926 binary words have six ones in them
out of 4096 possible states. For a probability of 22.6

For sixteen flips, 12,870 binary words have eight ones in them
out of 65536 possible states. For a probatiliity of 19.6

For twenty flips, 184,756 binary words have ten ones in them
out of 1,048,576 possible states. For a probatiliity of 17.6

February 10, 2013 deeplink respond

There's not too many tunnels in this part of Arizona,
but the few that are here may be of interest...

The most famous is the McEniry Tunnel, a scam
to go all the way through Mt. Graham and tap untold
riches. A neat trick since the Grahms are Precambrian
and totally unmineralized.

Long gone is the piton tunnel on route 78 in the Big Lue
mountains, of which only a vague fragment remains.
It was demolished when the road was expanded and
I can't seem to find any web photos of this.

Three interesting hiking or mountain biking tunnels
remain on what once was the Morenci Southern railway.

Of the fifteen known railroad loops in the US, five of
these were on the Morenci Southern!
Only one remains.

There's four or more tunnels on the present Morenci
Railway, but these are presumed off limits. There is
also a short vehicle tunnel in Morenci itself.

Further afield, the Gilman Tunnels in New Mexico may
be worth a visit, as may the Coopper Basin Railway
tunnel near the coke ovens at Cochran. Or the old
original Queen Creek ( Claypool ) tunnel near Superior.

Much more here.

February 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Discovered yet another glitch in moving from using
Acrobat Distiller to GhostScript when dealing with
writeable files:

We long used this routine as a super elegant array
to string converter

/makestring {dup length string dup  
 /NullEncode filter  3 -1 roll            
{1 index exch write} forall  pop } def

...only to have it write all nulls in Ghostscript.

The problem is that GhostScript is more critical
of file closure buffering. This seems to work...

makestring {dup length string dup  
 /NullEncode filter  3 -1 roll            
{1 index exch write} forall
closefile  } def

February 8, 2013 deeplink respond

Discovered a miracle cure for the somewhat strange
afflication of Saliva Gland Stones, aka Sialoithiasis.

GREEN Mason Dots!

February 7, 2013 deeplink respond

An alternative to PayPal can be found here.

As near as I can tell, this one is by far the best available.

February 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Another rule of thumb: $100 in consistent 24/7 daily
sales translates to a gross $36,500.00 per year. And $200
to a gross of $73,000.00 per year.

Two other favorite rules of thumb: For a surprisingly wide
variety of things, one percent of anything happening nationally
takes place in Arizona, and one percent of anything happening
in Arizona takes place in the upper Gila Valley

And my super favorite hazmat rule of thumb: Hold your
thumb up with your arm fully extended and close one eye.
If you can still see the scene, you are too close.

February 5, 2013 deeplink respond

IASCO ( Short for Industrial Academic Supply Company )
has long had an extremely interesting collection of everything
from small plastic injection molders to flocking guns to
bridge and rocketry kits and everything inbetween.

February 4, 2013 deeplink respond

It really pains me to throw perfectly good stuff away,
but this often can be the most sane route towards
inventory control.
And the most profitable.

There's this obscure small semi house in Florida
called Sussex Semiconductor. We have many
thousands of their surge protectors in stock, but these
have a non-standard part number that may or may
not have mainstream equivalents. And we can't find
exact data because their website is "sort of" down.

We also cannot find any pricing or ways to buy any in
reasonable places on the wab, such as OEM's Trade.

The parts are now on the Alvin pile. If you want them
for free, come and pick them up
. Take none or take all.

February 3, 2013 deeplink respond

One of the questions that came up from last night's talk
was "What is the energy density of coal?"

This figure is hard to pin down, especially in my preferred
units of watthours per liter and watthours per kilogram.

But this site suggests something around half that of
gasoline, or around 6500 watthours per kilogram.

This likely would vary all over the lot with moisture
content, impurities, and the various flavors of lignite,
bitumuous, or anthracite.

Coal is unlikely to emerge as new transportation
The railroads flushed it for having only
half the efficiency of diesel and its PITA factors
of high maint and needing water every 20 minutes.

But coal remains very much mainstream for utility
power conversion.
Owing to the latest plants
approaching a 60 percent thermal efficiency through
fluidized beds and combined recovery cycles.

February 2, 2013 deeplink respond

A reminder I'll be giving an Energy Fundamentals talk
tonight at 6:30 in the Jupiter Room at Discovery Park.

Discovery Park is near the intersection of Discovery
Park Boulevard and 20th Avenue in Safford.

February 1, 2013 deeplink respond

Two of our many available eBook classic early reprints
include our Machine Language Programming Cookbook I
and Machine Language Programming Cookbook II.

Amazingly, these were written in such a way that they
remain more or less relevant to todays interest in the
Arduino and the raw machine potential of the Raspeberry Pi.

I'd say that around 30 percent of the essentials still apply,
with, of course, much of the rest ending up rather quaint.

I'll eventually get around to eBooking the older Micro
Cookbook I some time. Meanwhile, we have the original
up on eBay.

A "director's cut" of the more relevant stuff can be
found here. This is rather labor intensive and will
require third party funding for completion.

January 31, 2013 deeplink respond

Many early automobiles included whip sockets.

A traditional live auction of necessity would close one
auction every minute or so, and most online only auctions
similarly close two items per minute or thereabouts.

Which means you may have to sit around for many hours for
the complete closure. Some alternate closure forms
surely can shorten this time without impacting the
ability to snipe or having to do too many deals at once.

One auction house is apparently trying to close 400
auction items at once while simultanuously removing
anything you did not previously bid on. This strikes me
as somewhere between monumentally stupid and
mesmerizingly awful.

Perhaps closing eight to ten lots per minute will
make the most sense and still maintain the bidders
ability to pay attention while shortening their total
participation time.

Too many closures at once could also choke the web
or overload the auction house servers.

It might also be useful to alter the sequence of lots offered.

In a traditional auction, lots had to be beside each other.
In an online auction, lots can in theory be in any order.

I'm not sure what the optimal order is, but totally random
might keep the average bidder from paying attention to too
many lots of interest at once. On the other hand, all cars
together might dramatically shorten the auction for the the car

But this could confuse finding lots during item pickup if
not carefully thought out. .

email me with your thoughts on this.
More auction help here.

January 30, 2013 deeplink respond

I'll be presenting a paper on Energy Fundamentals this
Saturday February 2 in the Jupiter Room of Discovery
Park at 6:30 PM.

Here's a copy of the press release that may or may not
appear locally...

"Some Energy Fundamentals"
subject of Saturday's free Discovery Park Lecture

Local author and researcher Don Lancaster returns
to Discovery Park in the Jupiter Room this Saturday
February 2nd at 6:30 PM. As part of Discovery Park's
ongoing spring lecture series.

The presentation will review the basics of understanding
and using energy, both in its traditional and alternate

Covered will be the differences between power and energy,
the importance of exergy ( a little known key measure of
energy quality ), how energy and dollars can often be used
interchangeably to measure value, and the differences
between heat energy and temperature.

Should time and interest permit, the fundamental economics
of photovoltaic ( pv ) panels will also be reviewed. Although
these are not yet in any manner renewable nor sustainable
due to their excessive true costs, pv panels are expected to
shortly become a major and economic player in meeting
energy demands. This should happen when the price of
utility grade panels drops under twenty five cents per
peak watt.

There are many energy schemes that range from wishful
thinking to outright scams. These flat out are "not even
wrong" and are not going to hapen because they clearly
violate fundamental physical or economic laws in one
way or another.

These include compressed air cars, solar panels on cars,
corn ethanol, fuel cells, swapping out ev batteries, the
"Brown's Gas" fiasco, virtually all of the hydrogen economy,
"water powered cars", and most forms of electrolysis.

The presentations can be previewed as
< http://www.tinaja.com/glib/nrglect2.pdf > and
< http://www.tinaja.com/glib/pvlect2.pdf >

Additional background material can be found at
< http://www.tinaja.com/etsamp1.shtml >

Discovery park is located at the corner of Discovery Park
Boulevard and 20th Avenue in Safford. You can get more
info by calling Paul Anger or Jackie Madsen at
(928) 428-6260.


Important note: "exergy" is very much a real word!

January 29, 2013 deeplink respond

Most online auction houses flat out refuse to reveal the
prices of closed auctions. And those that do pick only the
stuff that makes them look good.

Typically, prices vanish just after the lot closes. So if you
want to know what something closes at, you have to
manually record the price just before closure.

Additional online auction tips here.

January 28, 2013 deeplink respond

"Gee, Dad, its a Wurlitzer!"

Despite my uncle, Joseph R. DeOtto, once being the first organist
of Pittsburgh's original Nickelodian silent movie theater, I
never actually saw or heard a mighty Wurlitzer theater organ
until yesterday.

Turns out the Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona has lovingly
restored and dramatically expanded the largest extant
mighty Wurlitzer theater organ and has nightly shows.

This beast has four (!) keyboards and nearly 6000 pipes.
the 32 foot stopped wooden Contra Tibia Diaphones completely
blow away any subwoofer you have ever heard. And their
companion 8 foot Trumpet En Chamade rank is literally

Besides the drums and xylophones and celestes and such,
there's all the usual bells and whistles, including a
steam locomotive, dancing cats, a light show, a duck,
and even a bubble machine.

The 50,000 watts of equivalent audio power are certainly in the
"adequate" category.

While not bad, the food isn't all that great and is cash only.

The pricing is pretty much the same as any mid range pizza
house. Free music is typically 45 minutes per hour and you
can stay as long as you like. The organists are superb.

It is, of course, LOUD!

Apparently there were many pizza organ places at one
time, but this may be only one of two remaining.

January 27, 2013 deeplink respond

There's a little known Norwegian microprocessor company
located here that has some very interesting low cost and
low power alternatives available. Free samples.

January 26, 2013 deeplink respond

There's rumors a major newspaper may be doing a story
on our prehistoric hanging canals.

Whether this can attract sorely needed big time researcher
attention and funding remains to be seen.

There is a crucial difference between publicity done by
others and advertising done by yourself
. Only the
latter can be totally under your control.

Much more here.

January 25, 2013 deeplink respond

A second reminder that I'll be presenting an updated talk
on our revised Hanging Canal slide show in the ARA conference
tomorrow this saturday January 26th at Grand Canyon University
in room
CAS 6 Rm 105/107.

Grand Canyon University is located at 3300 West Camelback Road
in Northwest Phoenix

January 24, 2013 deeplink respond

A highly useful series of links to older but surviving electronic
surplus houses can be found here for January 23rd.

Conspicuously absent is Sparkfun Electronics. Presumably
because they are newer than the others listed.

January 23, 2013 deeplink respond


Nearly FIFTY PERCENT of North Dakota school children
are below average!

January 22, 2013 deeplink respond

There's all sorts of renewed interest in calculating how much
area pv panels would need to fill present US energy demand.

It turns out there are several subtle factors that some are not
taking into consideration.

Firstoff, a 20 percent pv facility only does its 20 percent for five
hours a day. And thus has to be derated by 5/24ths when compared
to a traditional power plant that might approach something near a
100 percent daily duty cycle.

Second, the active areas of a pv panel are significantly less than
the size of the panel itself
, owing to edge effects, support systems,
interconnects, shape factors, and such.

Third, vehicle access roads will be needed between banks of
This could easily approach the area of the panels

Fourth, most large pv systems will built up a bank at a time
over a multi year development program. Huge areas of
unused raw land will likely remain early in development.

Fifth, no place in the US has 365 days of available sunshine.
Arizona comes close at 85 percent, but the state averages are
a lot more like 60 percent.

More on the realities of pv panels here.

January 21, 2013 deeplink respond

I've long been fascinated by the Hammond B3 organ. Which
to this day remains popular with rock and blues groups. A case
can be made that this 1937 design was the very first music

A complete service and repair manual can be found here. What
is really amazing is that much of the B3. consisted of a mechanical
kluge and an utter rat's nest of wire
. Yet it approximated a full
Fourier Series waveform systhesis amazingly well.

Sort of the exact opposite of our Magic Sinewaves. They wanted
all of the harmonics and I wanted none of them.

ln operation, a synchronous motor whose speed was set by the
power line rotated up to 96 toothed wheels of varying tooth count
and varying speeds. Pickup coils continually sensed up to
96 audio sinewaves of fairly pure fundamental-only tones.

Pressing a key selected a carefully chosen nine of these sinewaves
that represented the fundamental, most of the eight harmonics, and
the subfundamental of the intended note. These nine selections
were then placed on nine seperate analog audio bus lines. The notes
were summed with any other notes selected for full polyphony.

It is important to understand that one bus line held all the fundamentals,
one all the second harmonics, one all the third harmonics, and so on.

Now for the neat part. At this point, all of the harmonics for a given
note were at full amplitude.
Attenuators called "drawbars" were placed
on each of the nine bus lines to allow various harmonic and fundamental
strength comginations. Each drawbar had eight positions and there were
nine busses, so the total voices of any rank was 8^9 or 134.217,728
different timbres.

A flute like sound would result from a fundamental only. Strings would
be a mix of all harmonics, woodwinds mostly odd harmonics, and so on.

January 20, 2013 deeplink respond

I'll be presenting an updated talk on our revised Hanging
Canal slide show
in the ARA conference this saturday
January 26th at Grand Canyon University in room
CAS 6 Rm 105/107.

Grand Canyon University is located at 3300 West Camelback Road
in Northwest Phoenix

January 19, 2013 deeplink respond

I was aksed my views on the various storage auction video sites.
I feel they are highly misdirected and mesmerizingly awful total

A storage area in default almost always contains nothing but
abject trash.
Especially if the rental price is cheaper than
the local dump tipping charge.

I guess I got "somewhat discouraged" over storage auctions
when the next lot after the one I bid on included two dead
babies. The auctioneer was not at all clear whether this was
to be "choice" or "times the money".

The most major grevious flaw in the tv shows is confusing the
SBR sell/buy ratio with the profit
. Profit is invariably much, much
lower. You have overhead, the value of your time, your own
storage areas, transport and packing costs, and things not selling
at all or selling for far less and far later than you expected.

We routinely seek out SBR's at industrial auctions of 30:1 or
higher. This is easily done on "contents of room" and "contents
of cabinet" deals. On the other hand, the SBR's on storage
auctions are laughingly and ludicrously low.

Secondly, you absolutely and positively want to be absolutely
invisible at any auction
. Except when you are clearly in the
auctioneer's face. The object of the game is to get triageible
stuff as silently and as cheaply as possible. And to NOT EVER get
into pissing contests with other bidders.

Thirdly, you normally should bid once and only once with
your absolute maximum price
very late in each lot offer. The
only exception to be a lowball opener to help the auctioneer
maintain momentum.

Fourthly, most other auction types permit a careful inspeciton
of all items up fol sale.
Almost always, there will be hidden
defects in storage auction items, either being broken in the
first place or damaged through lack of care.

Much more here.

January 18, 2013 deeplink respond

The Colby LEDTTV1526 from Amazon seems to be a good
match to the Raspberry Pi. It is reasonably priced ( I paid
$79 ) and directly compatible with the default pi settings.

The fifteen inch size seems about right. The 720p res is
a tad low, but should be suitable for most pi uses. The
contrast is not all that wonderful, but this actually enhances
most text displays.

On the other hand, Walmart seems to be overcharging for
their smallest screens. Presumably to upgrade you to
something more expensive.

January 17, 2013 deeplink respond

A Goldilocks Exoplanet catalog can be found here.

Nine currently make the cut.

January 16, 2013 deeplink respond

A machine language based Magic Sinewave design
should shortly be available implemented on the
Raspeberry Pi.

More on this as it unfolds.

Meanwhile, several have asked if Windows can
run on the pi. The available memory might be
a little lean for this, and Microsoft could be assumed
to be mightily pissed. And, until recently, Windows
was pretty much 86/88 rather than ARM based.

Nonetheless, Windows emulation on the pi has
been acheived.
Sort of.

The crucial question is when and if Microsoft is
going to realize that their very survival depends
on them coming up with a $9 alternative to the pi.

January 15, 2013 deeplink respond

There was a recent re-release of a Director's Cut
40th anniversary ultimate collectors edition of

Strangely, there seems to be no mention of this on
Or at least I can't find any.

The audio quality is greatly improved in this longer
version, and stuff conspicuously absent in the
original ( such as Janis Joplin ) have been returned.

Some of the Woodstock urban lore included that the
original final act was supposed to be Roy Rodgers
and Dale Evans singing "Happy Trails".

No, thre is no way I could possibly have made
this up. The only large rock concert I ever managed
to attend was the first US Festival.

January 14, 2013 deeplink respond

There at last seem to be several attempts at dramatically
reducing Santa Claus machine material costs. Mostly based
on homemade extruders to convert new or used plastic
into suitable diameter filaments.

I feel that those working with new raw pellets will do a lot
better than the "recycle anything" versions.

Examples are here and here and here.

Normal extruder prices are 1.65 per pound in 1000 pound
With regrounds even cheaper.

Additional recent links here.

January 13, 2013 deeplink respond

Usenet newsgroups seem to be in dramatic decline.
Most likely caused by the eyeball siphoning by the social
media sites. Some larger ISP's have stopped or scaled
back on their newsgroup coverage.

Traffic on alt.marketing.online.ebay is only a tiny fraction
of normal, although sci.electronics.design seems to more
or less be holding their own.

Even Bruno, who used to be the AMOE attitude relateralization
had to get a job insiding truck tires out for New
Mexico border stations.

Interest in sci.energy.hydrogen is now zero, but this is
probably just as good.

January 12, 2013 deeplink respond

U-Ship seems to be a new way, highly competitive, and web
friendly means of finding the best shipping prices. They
even have a Shipping Wars tv show.

But you do have to give them accurate information, particularly
the volume and weight of the items to be shipped. On a
recent auction, I did not have the faintest clue how large a
"contents of room" deal would have ended up.

But they were all cardboard boxes on shelving. So, you could
assume one four foot shelf is good for four cubic feet
, or
three for three. Six shelves high would be 18 to 24 cubic
feet. But there is a packing factor which says you are only
going to ship 15 to 20 cubic foot per shelf. Less for the
partially empty ones.

In theory you could count the shelf units to get a total.
But it is best to do this personally as the photos may
miss or repeat some of the stuff

For reference, a 17 foot U-haul truck holds 865 cubic
feet if perfectly packed.

January 11, 2013 deeplink respond

A photographer was the only other person on the set when
a world famous actor ended up hanging by one hand from a fast
failing vine above a thousand foot deep canyon. They had
only scant seconds to make a gut wrenching decision.

Sixty or ninety millimeter lens?

January 10, 2013 deeplink respond

Measuring inductance can be very tricky. First because
very few VOM's have LCR capabilities. Second because
of the quality control on these instruments being abysmal.

And third because any inductor with a core material will have
its inductance vary with frequency
. If the measurement is
not made at the use frequency, the results will be wildly
wrong and typically lower than expected.

I tried buying a Sinometer MS8269 off Amazon only to
find a totally dead battery and no screen activity after
substituting a known new battery. I then switched to
a Tenma 72-8455 which seems to work perfectly so

Both units seem to share a somewhat common design,
judging by oddball connectors.

January 9, 2013 deeplink respond

Haven't heard much more lately on the "lost wax" cave
mapping technique.

January 8, 2013 deeplink respond

My current goal with the Raspberry Pi is to ignore all
that Linux stuff and drop down directly in machine
language to create Magic Sinewave software.

Advantages over our earlier 8-bit code are the ability
to do a high accuracy precision time delay in a
single step
, freedom of some code "pinch points",
the ability to provide both frequency and amplitude
generation in a single file, further reduction of
unwanted harmonic "zero" minimums, and the ability
to separate one indexed generating program from its
many instances of sinewave specific data.

An earlier brute force and third party pi example
can be found here.

January 7, 2013 deeplink respond

To me, the Raspberry Pi is looking more and more like one
of those Escher staircases that keep going round and
round with never ending rude surprises but do not seem to be
actually getting you anywhere.

My latest hassle involves the monitors. Apparently,
you cannot get a monitor working unless you already
have a working monitor!

On the RCA/NTSC side, chances are that an old
color monitor will have unacceptable legibility
and that
you may have to dig up an ancient degaussing coil.

I ended up temporarily going back to my trusty Apple II
monitor which gives me any color so long as it is green.
The first two characters of any line were missing, so
some fishing around was needed to find the secret
configuration files and the overscan_left command.

Finding an HDMI monitor can be tricky, as only
the newest monitors may include this input. Meanwhile
slightly older tv sets do offer HDMI but the smaller
ones will only go to 780 resolution and you may want
more. .

In typical UNIX fashion, there are 186 possible
HDMI settings,
only one of which will be correct
for you and very few of which will give you anything
even remotely readable.

A summary of some of the monitor commands
appears here.

You do have the option of moving your memory
card to a Windows PC with a card reading option.

It can be modified there using WordPad and returned.
This is one workaround to changing formats for
an unreadable monitor.

A new pi tutorial can be found here.

January 6, 2013 deeplink respond

Did a long overdue update on our RSS Feed. More than
15  entries are now allowed.

But something does not seem quite right as I seem
to be passing checks but getting warnings. Please
let me know if you have any problems or tell me
what I am doing wrong.

It does turn out that you have to add an RSS Extension
to Chrome to get the RSS links to work. To activate our
orange box, enter http://www.tinaja.com/whtnu.xml into
your RSS server or right click to save and paste the url.

January 5 , 2013 deeplink respond

I've still got a pair of genuine Eastman 1908 commercial 35 mm
movie projectors for sale that I would like to clear out.

Their provenance was the original Cliffton, AZ movie theater. They
are presently disassembled and can be shippid in multiple UPS
boxes. They are eminently restorable and fairly complete. 

Please email me if you have any interest in these extremely rare

January 4 , 2013 deeplink respond

We also have a unique five acres for sale in an extremely remote
( think survivalist ) area immediately adjacent to the East Fork
of the Gila River
and nearly surrounded by New Mexico's
Gila Wilderness.

3 074 074 248 118 District-02N Section 11 Township 13 S Range
13W PT NH 4.7Acres

Taxes are currently $2.79 per year.
Access is by foot or horse only over National Forest land.

You can email me for more details on this stunningly unusual
opportunity. Asking $6900 per acre with financing available.

January 3, 2013 deeplink respond

We have a Southern Oregon Gold Hill spectacular
view property for sale. Asking $8900 per acre.

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 nearby; beaches and mountains
are an hour away.

Here's some 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.

A professional certified apprasial has been completed and came in at
. Additional apprasial 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.

Guided tours are available by contacting annemarierealestate@gmail.com 
or by calling Anne Marie Durham at 541-292-3535

January 2 , 2013 deeplink respond

Seems to be the time of year for WAG predictions.
Here's my current assortment...

A hardware hacking resurgence, obviously led
by the Raspberry Pi and Arduino computers.

Utility scale pv solar panel pricing approaching the
25 cents per peak panel watt demanded for net energy
generation. Ironically combined with many more
continuing solar pv bankruptcies.

Word finally getting out that corn ethanol is nothing
but an outrageous and costly vote buying scam and
is otherwise laughingly and shockingly useless.

Significant further improvements in LED lighting
efficiency and dramatically dropping costs. New
forms of lighting based on LED's working better
over an area rather than being point sourced.

Santa Claus Machines increasing in variety and
dropping in price but retaining outrageous material
costs and unresolved hot-over-cold strength issues.

Near total demise of virtually all print trade journals,
with many mid or smaller newspapers following suit.

Unique temporary opportunities in timed online auctions
as the supply and demand stays out of balance. Stunning
buys over unsold and undersold lots to those who
follow carefully enough.

The first real and nearby Goldilocks exoplanet
discovery, shortly followed by dozens and then
hundreds of others.

Significant improvements in HVAC efficiency, brought
about by variable speeds and a better understanding
of boundary layers and various MEMS techniques.
Possibly including an increasing shift from air to cold
water distribution.

The peer review ludicrosity finally getting resolved
through the Wesrch and similar models. Any and
all technical papers over three years old should
newlyend up freely downloadable.

Something finally done about the spam outrage,
likely based on email no longer arriving postage due.
A flat charge of two cents per email payable to the
recipient should do it.

Wristwatches have been utterly pointless for years.
Somebody may eventually notice. The caver's wrist
sundial is a far more intelligent choice. And clearly
makes a stronger statement than a Rolex.

Emerging "You ain't seen nothin yet" consequences of
global warming and climatic variability.

Things that no longer make any sense whatsoever are
the US Post Office, "Big 3" network Television, over-
the-air tv transmission, public libraries ( unless totally
and immediately reporposed ), or any tax funded
Public Broadcasting.

A continuing dramatic turnaround in Drug legalization
as governments and municipalities will no longer be able
to ignore the US #4 cash crop as a major income source.
But the crop value should drop precipitiously after the
federal subsidies and price supports are phased out.

eBook readers falling by the wayside, and replaced
by full feature, full color, full .PDF tablets and such.

The "terabyte era" largely being skipped as we go
directly to the "petabyte era". In which there is no
sane reason that all movies or all books or all technical
papers should not be available on a single thumb drive.

Your comments welcome.

January 1 , 2013 deeplink respond

Closed out the 2012 Archive and started this 2013 one.

December 31, 2012 deeplink respond

Gotcha! Raspberry Pi is now working. The problem is
that you cannot simply copy an .img file to a memory
All this does is move the file just like any other.

Instead, a very special image mapping file such as
Win2imager.exe is required to actually change the
entire image of the memory card.

Note that this program is outrageously dangerous
and must be used with extreme care.

December 30, 2012 deeplink respond

Expanded and improved our home page video link access
to 64 entries.

Reasonable attempts have been made to verify that
all links work and are largely virus and porn free.

Please report any exceptions. Or suggested additions.

Note that these links can be used with a personal
computer to convert any dumb HDMI television
into a smart tv. At nearly zero cost.

December 29, 2012 deeplink respond

I seem to be getting nowhere trying to boot a Raspberry Pi.

Things learned so far: It would seem best to buy an entire
with a preprogrammed memory card. Boot time
is by no means instant and typically could take 35 seconds
with a class 4 card
. Although 2 Gigs is only needed, at
least 4 Gigs is recommended.

Supply voltage is critical and can be measured from diagonally
opposite pins on the expansion connector. NTSC video may
be less flakey than HDMI. Besides the red power LED,
the activity lights should show activity during and after
booting. Memory cards to be self-loaded probably should
be initialized and removed only with the recommended
eject routine.

Trying to run the checksum routine on Windows 8 is
maddeningly infuriating. I'm working on a PostScript
routine to read the first few thousand program bytes.

Not sure where to go from here. I'll try a new memory
card and then an entire bundled package.

If this happy horseshit is happening to more than one
user in a hundred, the Pi should never have been sold.

December 28, 2012 deeplink respond

"Smart" tv sets are basically an unmitigated disaster.

Their ergonomics are mesmerizingly awful, their
content is both pathetic and second rate, charges
can be outrageous, and attempts at micromanaged
control and DRM are ludicrous.

More discussion here.

But little known is that you can easily and cheaply
build your own smart tv with none of these problems!

Besides starting, stopping, reversing, or fast forwrading
many sources at any time. Accessing them totally
at your convenience.

Just make sure the plain old but fairly new tv has a
HDMI connector, find a cable and connect your
web connected personal computer to it.

An adjustment of the video resoution to 1920 x 1080
may also be needed. As might a VGA to HDMI adaptor.

Run a preliminary test by using this xylophone duet.

Then check out http://www.tinaja.com/#video for
65 free programming sources. Good early choices
include Fox, CBS, and A&E.
My own vids can
be found here.

For remotes, you may want to add a wireless mouse
or a wireless keyboard

December 27, 2012 deeplink respond

I seem to be picking up a curious bug in Dreamweaver.
Not sure if it is just me.

Symptoms are thusly: Recopying one of the below headers
for reuse consistently truncates id="d12-28-12" into

But just cutting and pasting text into text behaves in
the normal manner. This may have something to do
with it.

But the same thing still happens with dots instead of

December 26, 2012 deeplink respond

A preliminary new third party Magic Sinewave
calculator can be found here. It apparently solves
finding magic sinewaves that are either under or
over specified.

December 25, 2012 deeplink respond

As I mentioned a time or two before, I strongly feel that
the solution to the peer review debacle lies in sites such
as Wesrch.

About ninety of my more recent and more important
papers can be found here. These are fast approaching
several hundred thousand downloads.

December 24, 2012 deeplink respond

How to tell an extroverted engineer: They stare at your
shoes instead of their own.

December 23, 2012 deeplink respond

Bizarre. Had a newer scanning fire pager block a nearby
emergency scanner.
Curiously, if not plugged into their
chargers, the two could get within a few inches of each
other with no problems.

But if either or both were brought even near (!) their
chargers, they would interfere up to as much as
eight feet away! The receive-only pager ends up clearly
blocking its active channel on the scanner.

Producing a distinct bleep-bleep-bleep.. that is worse
than unacceptably annoying. Up the wall, even.

Both units were believed properly functioning and likely
both met the normal and usual FCC interference specs.

Adding power line filtering made no apparent difference.

My best guess as to what was coming down is that the
charger power wires were somewhere near a quarter
wavelength and somehow were resonating
. Perhaps
in the same manner as the directors and reflectors in
a Yagi antenna. Thus "focusing" and "amplifying" the
interference directionality.

Or a "ground plane" effect was enhancing the patterns.

And a more detailed explanation here of possibly what
is coming down.

The obvious workaround is to keep the scanner and the
pager at least ten feet from each other

This is vaguely reminescent of an ancient and pretty
much long forgotten AM radio sensitivity enhancing
stunt. In which you placed a large tuned loop antenna
a foot or so away from the radio and let resonant
buildup and near field coupling do the rest.

The scheme ended up largely unused and unpopular
in that it was huge and required careful tuning and
repositioning for each station. Strong nearby signals
could also cause problems.

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