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January 6, 2015 deeplink respond

Sand Wash Prehistoric Canal has been verified as #33. Some preliminary
field notes...

Observations on Acme Mapper suggested yet another canal complex in
the previously unstudied Nuttall Canyon drainage area. A portion of this
canal has been verified as highly likely to be both prehistoric and
typical of the assemblage. And seems to presently form the westernmost
confirmed candidate in the hanging canal study area.

The primary study area lies on State and BLM Land just off the Sand Tank
road and offers exceptionally easy vehicle and foot access. State lands are
south of the fence and gate; BLM to the north.

Field verification included a Sand Wash level area, followed by a classic but
low hanging "climbing" portion with the usual "water flows uphill" illusion,
followed by a fairly deep cut, followed by a long mesa top run. Most
of which are fully typical of other canal reaches in the study area.

The long mesa top reach, though, appears highly atypical in that it
is quite small
, being well less than half normal size. And would
appear unlikely to be able to deliver significant water a long

A premise as to why no canal survey tools exist system wide might
be that pilot extensions of the canals themselves served as water
Once a route of credible slope was statically verified,
the actual major canal construction could be expanded. The size
of the mesa top canal reach would seem to add credence to being a
work in progress
, acting as a pilot to the intended full canal.

Further canal routing to the north is restricted by modern private
homesite development. Cottonwood Wash would seem to place a
fairly near limit on how much more northern extent is missing.

Areas to the south have not yet been studied. The sand wash itself
may be a takein point, despite its very name suggesting an inability
to deliver surface water long distances
. This wash is normally dry,
but a historically built and large Sand Tank apparently saw some
water development potential. Despite the main Sand Tank watershed
being apparently limited in size and largely disconnected from
mountaintop snow melt access.

There is a curious other possibility for a water source. An eastern
branch of Sand Wash actually "almost" merges with perennial Nuttall
Canyon stream at N 32.77695 W 109.9562. Water diversion at this point
would appear to be within the bounds of prehistoric capability. The USFS
presently has a gravity fed stock tank in this area that clearly verifies
such a possibility. This tank project is remarkably similar to one
overlaying a prehistoric canal in the Frye Mesa Falls area.

Regardless of the ultimate source of water, this canal seems to rather
strongly suggest both a wetter climate and more robust stream runoff
than present.

The canal preservation is remarkably good in the initial study area.

A twelve inch Mesquite tree mid channel and highly consistent patina
and caliche add further to the canal's credibility in the study area.
Somewhat disconcerting is the presence of a single glazed terra cota
drain pipe
placed in the canal wall to dump any water back into Sand
Wash. Possibly this state land recent construct was done to prevent
further silt deposition.

Images to date can be viewed as...

sand1 East from mesa top shows unusually small size.
sand2 West from mesa top from same location.
sand3 Near the state lands fence line border.
sand4 A "water flows uphill" from "hanging" area.
sand5 Typical reach between hanging and deep cut.
sand6 Rather deep cut south of state land fence.

One of the implications of this canal is that the canals in the Lefthand
Canyon area are no longer an outlier.
And instead seem to be a fully
integrated portion of the Bajada hanging canal complex. This canal also
adds credibility to the historic Minor Webster Ditch system also
having prehistoric origins.

More on the hanging canals here.
Ongoing developments in http://www.tinaja.com/whtnu15.shtml and earlier.

Field mice and research assistants welcome.

January 3, 2015 deeplink respond

It is a bit early to call this Canal #33 or Prehistoric Sand Wash Canal,
but its Acme Mapper hints sure look intriguing.

While not yet field verified, this sure looks like a water development
starting in Sand Wash with an initial "hanging" portion followed
by a linear on-mesa run of half a mile or so.

Alternately, this could be an extension of the known Lamb Tank canal.

Such a canal would need more water than is typical of today's wash.
But somebody once historically built the fairly large Sand Tank further

More interestingly, there is an east branch to Sand Wash that seems to
go all the way up to Nuttall Canyon
. Provided some prehistorically
manageable diversion took place near N 32.77672 W 109.95655.

The main Nuttall stream appears perennial at this point.

Curiously, there is an apparent USFS gravity tank development
here that is remarkably similar to the one skirting Frye Mesa
Falls. There is strong evidence of the latter being "steal the plans"
blueprint borrowing from a prehistoric original.

If real, Canal #33 would have some strong implications involving
rainfall and climate.
Being westernmost known to date, it would
further integrate the Lefhtand Speer canals into the main regional
canal system

Field mice and research assistants are most definitely welcome.

January 1, 2015 deeplink respond

An interactive master GIS map of Arizona land ownership
can be found at http://gis.azland.gov/webapps/parcel/

December 31, 2014 deeplink respond

Wikipedia now seems to be offering two slightly different
formats called Mobile and Desktop.

Our Arizona Bajada Canals can now be found here for
Mobile and here for Desktop.

Additional info here.

December 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Uh, there seems to be a brand new and conspicuously posted
gate blocking Coyote Drive
, the usual access route to both
the Lefthand Archaeological District and the Goat Hill Ruin.

There does seem to be an alternate workaround route to
the west of Lefthand Canyon. Which may or may not also
eventually end up gated and posted.

Much more Gila Dayhike info here and here. I'll be talking
on some of this at Discovery Park on January 24th.

December 29, 2014 deeplink respond

A temporary stash of the new WWVB receiver pinouts and
user guide can be found here.

"Official" related docs can be found here and here and

With my ancient WWVB reprints here and here.

December 28, 2014 deeplink respond

So, how can you tell something seems to be a prehistoric
, rather than a vehicle two-track, a cowpath, a
game route, an old fence, an historic wagon road, a film
scratch, or ATV damage?

The glib answer is that you know it when you see it.

And, of course, field verify it.

Some other guidelines include...

The slope will be very low and nearly constant,
typically around one percent.

The slope will NEVER be negative! Not even for
a little bit

GPS, Google Earth, and Barometric devices are
not nearly accurate enough to measure slope.
Required is an automatic level. Or possibly
a new cellphone ap.

The routing will be rather straight but not
transit straight and almost always will not be in
a consistent cardinal direction.

When appropriate, portions of the route may be
literally "hung" on mesa edges, making slope
largely independent of adjacent terrain.

Construction effort will be seen to be exceptionally
energy efficient, with most effort being directed
across rather than along the route. Caused by
the lack of beasts of burden or iron age tools.

Routings ultimately end up extremely purposeful,
efficiently going from reliable water sources to
needed field destinations.

Both Acme Mapper and field evidence will typically
be vague and indistinct.
And broken by both natural
erosion, flood damage, and modern constructs.

Any omissions to totally exploiting Northeastern Mount
Graham water will be conspicuous by their absence.

The route will often be run over without accommodation
by dams, roads, fences, and even cemeteries.

There will be many other similar routings in the area
with similar goals, architectures, and appearance.

"Steal the plans" historic or recent reuse will usually
be obvious. Especially if the CCC was involved.
Reuse tends to only use a portion of the entire route.
And significantly omits much in the way of expected
concrete, iron, or maint roads.

The center will usually have originally been significantly
lower than the surrounding terrain, with "spoil piles"
often defining the edges.

Rock patina, caliche, and lichens will be uniform and
properly oriented.

Cacti, large Mesquite trees, and slow growing and non
water loving shrubs may be present mid channel.

During floral blooms, "dead flowers" may clearly mark
the routes, owing to fine grained fill moisture retention.

A strong illusion of "water flowing uphill" is often present.

Vehicle two tracks tend to be more obvious, more uniform
and of much wider width. They also tend to orient with
historic or more modern needs.

Routing will usually be along drainages, rather than across.
CCC projects tend to be across rather than along

Projects will appear to be "big picture" consistent with the
total energy efficient exploration of a major regional
water resource.

"Counterflow" runs where the route runs downward into
rising terrain will be very rare and specifically goal
oriented. Such as positioning for a wash crossing or
returning water to a natural drainage.

When fully traced, the route will be both exceptionally
consistent and exceptionally long. Six miles is not at
all unusual in the present studies.

Unless recently reworked, the channel will tend to be
full of water born or aeolian fine grained fill.

December 27, 2014 deeplink respond

There is more hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline than there is
in a gallon of liquid hydrogen.

More hydrogen ludicrosities here.

December 26, 2014 deeplink respond

I needed some new files of my Mt. Graham Aerial
tower and carrier drawings for yesterday's
PR blurb..

The original PostScript code appeared in the sourcecode
here and can be extracted as needed.

Instead, I cropped and reduced this file to produce this
.pdf file
and this one using Acrobat XI.

The results are pure distilled PostScript, and thus can
be arbitrarily resized or magnified with no loss of detail.

December 25, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a rough draft of a tentative PR blurb for my January
Gila Hikes


"Gila Valley Day Hikes" subject of Saturday's Discovery Park Talk.

Local author and researcher Don Lancaster returns to the
Discovery Park lecture series this Saturday January 24th in the
Jupiter Room at 6:30 PM. Topics will include new info and revisions
on some little known local day hikes, along with a major update ( now
including many new maps and well over 400 locations ) to

Potential hikes will include San Carlos Falls, Hannah Hot Springs,
El Capitan Canyon, and many of the other usual suspects. And, of
course, the UFO fish fillets of Taylor Canyon.

You can preview portions of the talk at http://www.tinaja.com/tinsamp1.shtml
or pick up more specifics at http://www.tinaja.com/glib/unusualh.pdf

Reports on the latest Gila Valley Hiking Club activities including
a McEniry Tunnel trip are also expected. An original web source for
the McEniry Prospectus seems to have disappeared, but a new copy
is now available through http://www.tinaja.com/glib/mtso.pdf

This blatant investment scam was based on tunneling all the way
through twelve miles of Mt. Graham. In which you would simply
scrape the gold off the ceiling directly into your ore car.
Sadly, the geology of Mt. Graham consists largely of Precambrian intrusives
that are nearly totally unmineralized. It was also not quite clear
how you would ventilate twelve tunnel miles using 1906 technology.

More into on the hiking club can be reached through

Discovery park is located near the corner of Discovery Park Boulevard
and 20th Avenue in Safford Arizona. For more details, contact Paul
Anger or Jackie Madson at(928)428-6260 or discoverypark@eac.edu .

Suggested Companion Photo...


     Drawing of a typical Mt. Graham Tramway tower. Portions of the
     challenging route up Shingle Mill Canyon can still be explored.

Alternate Companion Photos...


      One of the more spectacular prehistoric bajada "hanging" canal
      reaches. Thirty two canals with a total length over fifty
      miles are presently under study. Additional researchers are


      There are many thousands of prehistoric dry farming agave
      grids north of the Gila River and a few hundred more to the


      Little known and seldom visited Fisherman's Point just into
      New Mexico offers spectacular cliffs, swimming, picnicking, and hiking.


      The Robinson Ranch Ditch was based on a prehistoric original
      and still creates a strong illusion of "water flowing uphill".


      Historic photo of the Morenci Southern Railroad. Several steel
      bridges and tunnels ( and one loop ) remain. These are fairly
      easily visited.

December 24, 2014 deeplink respond

Few people realize that most electronic devices run on smoke.

If you let the smoke out, they do not work any more.

December 23, 2014 deeplink respond

There seem to still be some issues with the WWVB receiver.

Pinouts are not yet obvious from the web docs. The data sheet
suggests an external crystal, yet one is apparently internally

Considerable programming skills and development time at
present is needed to use this module.
Sorely needed are
reference designs, especially for the Raspberry Pi A+.
Along with the Beagle Bone Black, general Arduino,
and something PIC related.

I'll try to get to some of these, but getting the B+ to
work with my Magic Sinewaves has a higher priority.

As does our prehistoric hanging canals.

As does getting out from under our latest eBay potential stock
haul. Which, to date is only producing something like a five
percent yield and 95 percent Alvin Pile trash.

December 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Some recent discoveries that soon should get added to
our Gila Valley Dayhikes page...

There are far more CCC water spreader projects locally
than most people expect. I suspect they will end up in
the thousands, rather than just in the hundreds.

All of which ended up totally pointless and utterly useless,
of course.

We recently saw these somewhat west of O'Conner
International Airport. Spread out over many square
miles that are very rarely visited.

Even less known are the dozens or so in the lower Merrill
Wash area. Including this group of five and this separate
group of five

And even more scattered around N 32.82179 W 109.97644

Some constructs a few feet north above US191 may in fact
be part of the Montez Toll Road. These likely head
north across the mesa on modern ranch roads on their
way to Guthrie.

Speaking of which, there is apparently a "hidden"
fourth iron Morenci Southern Railway bridge here.

These bridges are best viewed at a distance as they
are likely to be highly unsafe.

December 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Fatcow finally came through! Both the banners and the .psl
files with intact carriage returns seem to be working perfectly.

As suspected, these two magic incantations are involved...

             AddType text/plain .psl 
             AddType text/plain .js 

These go in the .htaccess file area.

Please report any further issues or problems.

December 20, 2014 deeplink respond

Some subtle stuff was involved in several of our latest
eBay image photo processing...

In this image, the top lighting was initially weak, so a
double exposure was used with the top being imaged
lighter than the front.

In this image, we have a curious study in off center
single point perspective. Helped along by some
symmetry adjustments.

In this image, we use rotation and our Architects
for a two point result. One small
hole ended awkward looking, so we simply
cropped it.

Sometimes leaving something very minor off or,
say, interchanging the focus and intensity knob
callouts on an oscilloscope can give you a major
and totally subtle form of copy protection.

Stenography at its best.

December 19, 2014 deeplink respond

We seem to be having a communication problem with Fatcow
over treating our .js and .psl files as shtml .txt files.

The symptoms of which are getting an error instead of banners
with the .js file, and totally trashing carriage returns on the
.psl files.

Apparently only some of their technicians understand the issue
while others try and blame host side issues.

As far as I can tell, all that is needed on their end is a pair

             AddType text/plain .psl 
             AddType text/plain .js 

Yet they seem to be giving me one or the other but not both.

( Apparently repaired per here. )

December 18, 2014 deeplink respond

Just received a sample copy of the ES100 QFN new WWVB
receiver module and two antennas from Everset Technology.

Apparently the units do exist. I'll try to evaluate them just as soon
as I get a change.

The data sheet can be found here. Average supply current is 5 mils
at 3 volts, with 22 ma peaks during processing.

You will also need a host pc such as a Raspberry Pi and a 16 MHz crystal.

The units are about what you would expect. A circuit board around an
inch square with three smt chips on them. The dual antennas are somewhat
smaller than I would expect, being only an inch and a half long.

This is an obvious item for Sparkfun. It will be interesting to see
when and if this happens.

Older posts on Everset here and here and here. With my
long ago original WWVB stories here and here.

December 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Prehistoric hanging canal candidate #32 appears to be well northwest
of the Cluff Ponds area.

This appears to be a disused modern canal whose obvious hallmarks
are three concrete control structures found at N 32.82803 W 109.84607,
N 32.82835 W 109.84603, and N 32.82875 W 109.84582.

And two more at N 32.83039 W 109.84473 and N 32.83047 W 109.84470.

This reach could be part of the Minor Webster Ditch System, or
could separately have been derived from Lower Ash Creek.

While no prehistoric origins have yet been proven, there is no
credible reason why they should not exist,
based on canal
structures and developments elsewhere in the system.

Combined with the obvious exploitation of virtually every
drop of Northeastern Mt. Graham stream resources.

This world class prehistoric hanging bajada canal system is
getting totally out of hand, and is already well beyond the
capabilities of two semi retired researchers.

Field mice and associates are most definitely in order.
Please email me for details.

December 16, 2014 deeplink respond

Made some updates and corrections to our Prehistoric
Hanging Canals
sampler and directory.

Sourcecode for the Prehistoric Hanging Canal Engineering
has had its link repaired.

Added one of the Madeira Levadas to the image collection.

Added the Lair Mt. Graham CNF Survey to our third party

December 15, 2014 deeplink respond

There was a big flap in the media about shilling on eBay

Since shilling is not possible on eBay I do not understand
what the big deal was.

Firstoff, in the US, shilling is in no manner illegal. The 
Uniform Commercial Code specifically allows it when
preannounced or during a distress sale. Otherwise, the
draconian remedy is that the price drops back to the
preshill level. 
Nothing more.

The reasons that shilling does not work on eBay are that
its two essential elements of mark demeanor feedback and
auctioneer bailout are not present. In a live auction, the
shill must carefully watch the mark and know when to quit.
A "winning" shill, of course, loses. Thus the auctioneer must
be ever vigilant with an "I'm sorry sir, I could have sworn 
you had your hand up".

Further, a 100 percent defense against misguided shilling
attempts on eBay is to simply proxy bid your max ONCE
very late in the auction.

Actually, since you rarely have to pay your full proxy bid
price, bidding something like 130 percent of your absolute
should average out pretty nearly all the time.

If the price is too high, you simply do not bid. If the price
is still acceptable, then it does not matter in the least to you
how the price got to that point. 

A third reason shill bidding does not work on eBay is
that whoever is stupid enough to try it will be making
enough other dumb mistakes to guarantee failure.

Much more on our Auction Help library page. 

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

December 14, 2014 deeplink respond

JavaScript seems to have more than its share of obtuse
command rules and conventions.

an if (n=1) {doSomething) ; does wildly different and 
wildly wrong things compared to the correct syntax
of if (n==1) {doSomething) ;

The rule is that a double equals sign must be used for
an equal comparison. 

Thus, n 1 eq {dosomething} if in PostScript becomes 
if (n==1){doSomething} ; in JavaScript.

December 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Never store carbide in a non-locking carabiner!

December 12, 2014 deeplink respond

Several readers have asked if eBay sales appear a little off.

Turns out it is just that little dip between the fall slack period
and the winter slump.

December 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's  yet another two point perspective image that did not turn
out all that bad.

The original is found here, with the eBay listing image here.

Our Architects Perspective routines weren't quite up to the
entire job, so the rear corners of the supports had to be
manually realigned.

A reminder that some browsers cannot properly handle our .PSL
and may squash carriage returns. We are working on the
problem, but meanwhile, either add your own carriage returns
or email me for a clean attachment copy.

December 10, 2014 deeplink respond

Here are some Canal 31 details to add to our "by watershed"
summaries of our hanging canals.

Tentative name is the Goat Tank canal. It has not yet been field
verified, but the Acme Mapper evidence is compelling and there
apparently is a CNF area study available that we have not yet

It is presumed to source from Jacobson Creek near N 32.68467
W 109.76145
, pass west of Goat Tank near  N 32.68243 W 109.75862,
and continue along the southern edge of Ledford Mesa near
N 32.68268 W 109.74505, N 32.68507 W 109.73921, and apparently
supports a modern but possibly disused pipeline at N 32.68468 W

This strongly suggests that the Ledford Tank area might have been
the most intensively developed of all the known prehistoric canal
It also apparently partially flows and still supports several
cattle tanks. Eastern trending jogs in the CNF boundary seem to greatly
add to their portion of the canal systems.

It is somewhat embarrassing to find such a major discovery relatively
late in the hanging canal research. The only excuse I have is that
I simply did not notice it. And that the previous Ledford area canals
were already much more than significant.

Access also appears to be somewhat difficult.

December 9, 2014 deeplink respond

Its been a while since we looked at Vee Machine book
scanners. Mostly because this source has enormously
helped my own scanning and restoration needs.

But some interesting Vee Machine developments can
be newly found here, here, here, here, and here.

Thanks to Richard Holbert for this update.

December 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Added several odd and interesting items to our eBay store.

One of these is a polycarbonate lens that fits over a standard
5 mm LED
and "magnifies" its image to a relatively huge
20 mm. For better people visibility, and possibly to add
callouts or a message.

These lenses simply push onto a standard LED and can be
further secured with superglue. The pattern is fairly narrow
and includes a central artifact but possibly can be enhanced
with a little work with a #8 drill.

The original supplier is believed to be Luxeon. We have a
lot of these available and can offer them for ridiculously
less than their usual $2.30 each normal distributor cost.

December 7, 2014 deeplink respond

An independent archaeological survey of the Ledford Tank and
Goat Tank areas can be newly found
here. I used Acrobat XI
to make their document fully text searchable.

While still largely unexplored, the hanging canals in this area might
end up being the densest developed portion of the entire 80+
kilometer hanging bajads canals system.

More details here.

December 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Our original source for the McEniry Tunnel stock scam
seems to have 404'ed.
Its replacement showed only the
drawings and not the prospectus.

Luckily, I seem to have an original copy stashed in an
obscure downloads folder, so I am now hosting this
fascinating document here. And linking it here.

One of the Triumph Tunnel advantages was that
you simply scraped the gold off the ceiling, letting
it fall directly into your ore car.

Um, as an engineer, I would question exactly how you
would go about ventilating a twelve mile long tunnel
using 1904 technology.
It certainly would not be simple
or cheap or cost effective.

The Gila Valley Hiking Club is planning a McEniry
tour mid January. You are invited to attend.

December 5, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that JPG edge effects can be pretty much
eliminated entirely by going to a slightly mottled background.

At a price of an only slightly larger file size.

Some ready to go mottles can be found here, along with
a sampling of PostScript friendly base colors here.

Our autobackgrounder can be found here and lots of
examples here. And custom work done here.

Sadly, our ISP delivery does not seem to handle .PSL
files well
and tends to swallow carriage returns. We are
still working on the problem. Meanwhile, either add
your own carriage returns, or email me for a clean

December 4, 2014 deeplink respond

As we've seen a number of times before, the usual pv panel
breakthrough of the week often has a 6.99 day half life.

One entry this week provides double sided bifacial panels that
overlay a white reflector. With efficiencies approaching 21.5%.

A second adds groves similar to those on a CD ROM to trap
incoming energy better
for a similar efficiency improvement.

Meanwhile, the November pv pricing figures are in and approach
45 cents  per peak panel watt, If the present price drops continue,
hitting the magic 25 cents per peak panel watt required for net
energy renewability and sustainability could happen in as little
as eight months.

In related news, pv arrays are in the process of being newly added
to the Red Horse II Cochise wind project.
Combining wind and
pv can use common transmission facilities and provides a
better time of day coverage.

Much more on energy stuff here.

December 3, 2014 deeplink respond

Made some further corrections and adjustments in our Gila
Valley Day Hikes.

Which now include full click through location maps to all but
the most sensitive of areas.

A presentation is tentatively planned for the Gila Valley Hiking
January 15 meeting at the Discovery Park Ranch House.

You are invited to participate in some Hanging Canal hikes on
January 17th in the McEniry Tunnel area, and I'll be giving one
of my usual Discovery Park lectures on the Gila Hikes that
Saturday in the
Jupiter Room at 6:30.

Please report any typos or additions or corrections to my website.

December 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Acme mapper has strongly suggested a new prehistoric canal #31
that appears to be a southern extension of the Ledford Complex...


Tentative name would be the Goat Tank canal. The area appears very
difficult to explore. The canal seems to support a modern pipeline
as well.
Evidence suggests that the Ledford Complex may end up being
the most intensively developed of all the prehistoric canals.

December 1, 2014 deeplink respond

A major step forward in open source documentation with
Nature Magazine now offering free viewing of all papers.

They have some scheme to allow viewing only, rather
than downloading or printing. It is not clear how such
a scheme would bypass screen grabs with that obscure
PrintScreenSysRq keyboard key.

Science magazine would also be very likely to follow
suit, but IEEE can be expected to drag their feet.

Just as the key revolution in creating documents was
to typeset first and edit last, the key to open sourcing
is to publish first and peer review later

Academia.edu is a leading open source publisher.
Additional resources include Wesrch,
Questia, Stanford, Wikipedia, Plos One,
Figshare, Quartzy, Mendeley, Vixra, MyScienceWork,
Arxiv, and SSRN,

November 30, 2014 deeplink respond

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

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

LEDs finally dropping into cost competitive range for 100 watt
incandescents and automotive headlights. Combined with an
utter and sudden demise of CCFL fluorescents.

Marijuana rapidly becoming totally legal everywhere and simply
no longer a big deal. Once the federal marijuana farm price support
subsidies inevitably stop
, pricing should end comparable to cotton,
or possibly lower because ginning is simpler. As with cotton, 500 pound
bales should become a standard commodity. With partial bales
considered personal use.

And, related, government projected estimates of potential marijuana
tax income ending up obscenely overvalued, possibly by five orders
of magnitude.

A resurgence in traditional electronic hacking, driven by Arduino,
Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone, the Basic Stamp plus its derivatives,
magazines such as Circuit Cellar or Make, and such suppliers as
Sparkfun, Marlin Jones, American Science & Surplus, and even
( should they last a few more weeks ) Radio Shack.

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

"Cold fusion" fiascoes continuing "business as usual". And hot fusion
remaining its usual immutable constant ten years from practicality.
Both, of course, continue as engineering ratholes.

Nanostructures dramatically improving both photovoltaics and conventional
HVAC air conditioning.

A total merging of telephones, cameras, navigation, books, networking,
social media,  movies, monitors, tv, and video.

Books and magazines and newspapers and traditional network television
largely  vanishing. And, sadly, libraries unless they dramatically repurpose

New understandings of building thermal management, leading to
significantly reduced heating and cooling costs.

Battery and related energy storage developments continuing gradually
and evolutionary. But hydrogen remaining an outright joke due to exergy.

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

Substantial medical breakthroughs, especially in the areas of cancer and
diabetes and Alzheimers.

The new WWVB formats dying stillborn with an utterly amazing lack of
interest. Sorry, but I was dead wrong on this one.

Stunning new archaeological discoveries, combined with incredibly powerful
new research tools.
But continuing problems in publication acceptances
and delays

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

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

Dramatic reduction in price and greatly improved availability of non toy video
. And significant improvement in long term downed drone location.

Major increases in the Goldilocks Exoplanet count, with some unexpected
and highly unusual but still lower level lifeforms becoming apparent elsewhere.

A student revolt against backpacks.

Craig's list finally coming to Safford.

November 29, 2014 deeplink respond

ACS or Assets Conversion Specialists of Tempe has newly started
a series of online auctions. Mostly aerospace overstock items and
such, but otherwise a large variety of interesting stuff.

The easiest way to get a nearly complete list is to search under "lot".

Being new to the game, they seem to have very few bidders so far
and many items close at their opening bid price. Which is $10 for
the majority of the items.

As with any online bid, your best strategy is to proxy bid 130 percent
of your max very near the close of the auction,
but not so late as to
trip any auto extension.

More auction strategy here.

November 28, 2014 deeplink respond

Fascinating details of an ancient Fourier Synthesis computer
can be found here. And Fourier fundamentals here.

Fourier, of course, plays a major role in our Magic Sinewaves,
particularly in their high speed calculation.

Misunderstanding Fourier is also the root cause of many perpetual
motion scams
, particularly those that appear in the Church
of the latter day Crackpots.

For, there is no such thing as "pulsed dc". What you have instead
is a dc term, an ac fundamental, and various supporting harmonics.

All of which are absolutely indistinguishable from the composite.

In particular it is only the DC term that can contribute significantly
to electrolysis
. The ac stuff mostly just reduces efficiency and
creates excess heat.

More on similar concepts here and here and here..

November 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Oops. Many browsers cannot deal with my .PSL
Which are called PostScript-Lancaster, but
otherwise are strictly an ASCII text file. The
browsers apparently choose to image them as
HTML instead.

As a result, most carriage returns end up missing
and everything is jammed together and first
appears as gibberish.

I'm not sure what the best solution is. FTP works
just fine but raises extreme security issues.
Renaming them as .TXT files has major hassles.

The apparent best two solutions are to either to
add the carriage returns yourself after downloading.
Or else email me and I will email return a clean
copy of the .PSL code.

November 26, 2014 deeplink respond

A kiddies violin being out of tune revealed this bunch of
free online pitch references and reminded me of the way things
, my unauthorized autobiography.

One of my earliest "fun with numbers" project was trying to find
the "best" eight bit sequence to accurately synthesize the equally
tempered musical scale.
This is not a trivial task in that the
irrational tones are spaced in frequency by the twelfth root
of two, or 1.05946309436.

The only "computer" I had at the time at Goodyear Aerospace
was an ancient Olivetti Programma 101, a yard square boat anchor
that used huge magnetic cards. Some after hours playing around with
this beast eventually revealed this 232 219 207 195 184 174 164
155 146 138 130 123 116
magic sequence. And also proved that this
sequence was unique for the least error for all notes. Beating the 3
cents ( one cent is approximately 0.06% ) capability of a typical musician.

I ended up designing this early and cheap integrated circuit musician's
pitch reference
and published it in the September 1968 Popular Electronics.
Its reprint is now in my Classic Reprints library.

A year or so later, Mostek came out with their MK50240 top octave
generator which had the unspeakable luxury of using this better nine
bit sequence of 478 451 426 402 379 358 338 319 301 284 268 253 239.

Cheap and simple top octave generators dramatically simplified classic
electronic organs
, but they were quickly blown out of the water by
MIDI and improved synthesizer technology. Problems included the
notes being locked together rather than chorusing, severe background
noise problems because all notes were present all the time,
and an
architecture that pretty much demanded rats nest wiring.

Much more on my fun with numbers discoveries here, with the real
biggie being my Magic Sinewaves and this ultra fast calculator.

November 25, 2014 deeplink respond

I decided to do a major revision of our Gila Valley Day Hikes
in which we have live linking to actual locations for all but the
most sensitive of prehistoric, cave, and similar sites.

Please report anything not working or missing, typos, or
suggestions for other entries.

November 24, 2014 deeplink respond

One of the more minor eBay listing infuriations is finding out
where you are when you switch to HTML format for an
included URL link.

One workaround is to cut and paste an edited older link and
then add several underline characters to the middle of the link.
When you switch to HTML, the positioning of the intended
new link now becomes completely obvious.

More eBay insider secrets here.

November 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Added my DotnBar tv pattern generator to our classic
from the July 1967 issue of Radio Electronics.

This was a very early project using RTL integrated circuits.

The battery life was an atrocity, and the horizontal frequency
was off a tad, but nobody seemed to complain too much.

The only available outside unit photo known to be available
was this less than stellar one. I made some minor adjustments
to it using the Bitmap Typewriter.

Amazingly, I still seem to have a few of the original DotnBar knobs,
so I ended up photo substituting them.

Photo reconstruction assistance available.

November 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Updated and expanded our Arizona Auction Links page.
Removed some dead links and added ACS.

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

And more auction help in general can be found here and here..
And, of course, our own eBay sales here.

November 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Online auction photos tend to be small and murky and
blurry. Here's a trick that sometimes can help...

Right click your mouse to copy to clipboard. Then paste
into Imageview32 or similar.
Then try magnifying and
a click or two of sharpening.

Changing brightness and contrast and gamma can also
sometimes reveal all sorts of hidden stuff.

More online auction help here.

November 20, 2014 deeplink respond

I'd like to start a definitive directory of utterly useless ( but
nonetheless absolutely true ) factoids. Such as...

The Canary Islands were named after a large dog.
The eastern end of the Panama Canal is on the Pacific Ocean.
There are only forty six states in the US.
Reno is west of Los Angeles..
The propane fire training simulator often adds icicles to its fireball.
Arkansas has six states on its southern boundary
Lake Havasu City AZ has more lighthouses than anywhere else.

The tallest mountain in the world is in the United States.
The original Woodstock closing act was supposed to be Roy
      Rodgers and  Dale Evans singing "Happy Trails".
New York state is north, south, east, and west of Norwalk, CT.
It is possible to score a one point safety in NFL football.

The latter last happened in 1942, but they have since tightened up the
rules. It still remains possible.

Please email me your contributions.

November 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Have some Madeira M'Dear?

What would things look like if our prehistoric hanging canal
folks also had some access to concrete and iron? It turns
out one possible answer can be found on the small Portuguese
island of Madeira

Where you will find lots of spectacularly similar hanging canals
comparable to those of Southeastern Arizona except for the
obviously improved modern technology.

These are called levadas, and among more obvious uses, they
are outstanding hiking trails. One guided tour can be found here.

As far as I know so far, these are the only worldwide comparable
hanging canal features known.
Development was almost certainly
totally independent.

But both based on the same fundamental engineering principle
that the slope of a hanging canal can be made largely independent
of the surrounding terrain
. Much more here.

November 18, 2014 deeplink respond

Added A tour of some prehistoric hanging canal images  to

Added Newly discovered trinchera in Southeastern Arizona.jpg
to the Wikimedia Commons. A rotated and somewhat 3D Google
Earth version can also be found here.

Added our newly revised Some Gila Valley Day Hikes to Wesrch.

November 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Some Gila Valley Hiking Club projects that should tie in with
our prehistoric hanging canals are tentatively planned for
mid January.

You are certainly welcome to participate. More details as
they unfold. A talk of mine on our newly revised Gila
Valley Day Hikes
is also scheduled for mid January in
Discovery Park.

November 16, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a brief summary of the process we use to restore a
$10 auction computer. We may expand this into a GuruGram

0. Preferred units are Vista age with lots of USB jacks and 100
Gigs of hard drive. MUST have original CD's available!
pc and monitor power cords and monitor cable, add fresh batteries
to mouse and keyboard ( or add new wireless units ). Place operating
system CD in drive and reboot. Seek out desktop screen with working
cursor and mouse and keyboard functional. Run additional factory
application and driver CD's.

1. Run both Wordpad and Paint, creating shortcuts. Create a new folder
and save test files to it. Save work to thumb drive. Old version of Paint
is not upgradeable, so you may eventually want to substitute Paint.Net
or whatever.
Use the Control Panel to adjust monitor size and background.

2. Add a wireless interface such as a Netgear WNA3100. CD must be in
drive before connecting. Add velcro where appropriate. Access an existing
WiFi network of proper 4 or 5 amplitude and ( if needed ) passwords. Use
Internet Explorer to install Google Chrome being sure to use its real site
and not a malware link.
Add Chrome shortcut. Test Chrome and WiFi by
accessing www.tinaja.com.

3. Download and install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2
if needed. Then download and install any Windows updates. Again, be sure
to use the "real" Microsoft sites rather than malware.

4. Download McAfee Internet Security or an equivalent. Make sure it is
Some packages allow use on three or more computers.

5. Accessorize Chrome as wanted. Recommended more tools - extensions
are No Underline and SpeedDial. Populate SpeeDial with your most likely to
be used websites. I, of course, would recommend www.tinaja.com as your
first entry. Our second entry on the previous rebuild needed this Spanish
. Our third recommendation would be eBay. Add what you want
as appropriate. Set your Chrome search engine to Google. Flush any attempts
at search engine piracy.

6. Download Acrobat Reader or ( preferably ) Acrobat XI and test .Be sure
to use genuine Adobe downloads and not a malware site.
Imageview32 and test. Download Filezilla and test. Be sure no personal
FTP links are left in Filezills on any computer you are going to give to a
third party!

7. Resolve your email options. My recommended is to use Fatcow as your
website ISP along with their companion email services. Fatcow requires
that I tell you I am one of their associates.

8. Add headphones or stereo sound to the rear audio jack. Test the sound.
Watch a video.

9. Once the dust settles, add a printer and a printer driver. If the printer does
not include a scanner, add and test a standalone one. My recommendations
are the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 and the older HP Scanjet 3970.


Please report any missing crucial details in any of the above.

November 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Just found out that nearly all of the New Mexico
subastas are going to be sold at auction!

Sales and shipping to New Mexico aren't quite as
bad as they used to be. Yeah, there's still the language
barrier and the hassles at customs.

One main problem was that all the New Mexico truck 
tires are all a different size and spacing, so everything 
needed  reloaded at the border crossings.

Fortunately, there are now REVERSIBLE truck tires that
can simply be insided out at the New Mexico ports of

More details at your nearest New Mexico embassy.

November 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Made some updates and adjustments to the offsite links on our
home page.

Added Academia.edu as a Wesrch alternate.
Saucer Smear apparently died with its webmaster.
Upgraded to the new Central Arizona Grotto website
Added Search Tempest for better Craig's List access.
Picked up the new Pittsburgh Streetcars web location.

In regards to the latter, attempting to view all of these in one session will
result in yinz guys pronounci
ng "beer" as "airn". Or making a mill
outta a chopaam sammitch and Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale in

Fortunately, a desert rat like me is immune. Skooze me while I redd up
the website.

Please report any link corrections or requests.

November 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Just discovered the free Netgear Genie. This one gives
you real time plots of your net activity.

Two obvious uses would be to make sure no one has pirated
your computer. And to verify that any open WiFi links are not
being hijacked by a neighbor.

November 12, 2014 deeplink respond

Many of our eBay guidelines can be found here.

I strongly feel that any merch you buy for eBay resale absolutely
MUST have taken a staggering hit in value, leaving NO ROOM
for supplier pricing based on original value.

Such inventory buying opportunities typically and often happen
with "contents of room" and "contents of cabinet" auction lots,

"poisoned lots" including worthless trash, "put it with the next one"
auctioneer momentum ploys, heavy items that can allow minor valuable
parts recycled, large quantity assorted lots, items requiring major
triage, items needing mix and match part swapping refurb, or simply
your being the only bidder that recognizes value.

Or whose seller's primary goals are to free up real estate, make room
for new projects, or clear up bankruptcy issues.

Or, with traditional auctions, being very late in the auction, 120 degrees
in the shade except for the four inch hail, the rabid bats largely failing
to drive away the rattlesnakes, and, of course, no restrooms.

I very strongly feel that you should always seek out a 30:1 Sell/Buy ratio.

Anything less cuts into your other business expenses, such as labor,
storage, refurb, wrong guesses, lack of eBay interest, utilities, slow
sales, and, above all, the value of your time and effort. Thus, the
price of your inventory should be an utterly negligible portion of
your actual business costs.

Note that a 30:1 SBR is equal to a 97 percent commission, making
consignment selling for others a laughingly ludicrous joke.

A reasonable selling price for our types of items on eBay would be
one sixth of normal distributor cost. Combine this with a 30:1 SBR
leaves you with a maximum inventory buy price of a penny on the
We normally seek out one half to one third of this price

Naturally, if all of your inventory buy offers are accepted, you are
paying far too much. Our usual goal is to hit a five percent acceptance
Which, of course, you make up for by bidding on twenty times
the quantity of items you could possibly use

November 11, 2014 deeplink respond

WARNING: Most popular apps may be more easily gotten from
malware sites rather than the authentic "real" one.

Ferinstance, if you Google "Get Acrobat Reader" or "Download
Chrome",  the "real" site may end up sixth or seventh on the list,
with the higher ranking sites usually being malware. Such malware
typically hijack your website, grab your home page, force its own
search engines on you, or otherwise take control of your computer!

The malware sites get this way by manipulating the Google popularity
rules. Your obvious defense is to make absolutely sure your Acrobat
Reader comes ONLY from Adobe and your Chrome Browser comes
ONLY from Google.

These malware substitutions more often happen with multiple search
words. Thus, searching on "Chrome" will often rank the real program
higher than searching with "Chrome Download".

Be sure to watch these gotchas.

November 10, 2014 deeplink respond

Apparently You Tube now has bunches of free and mostly
classic full length movies available for download.

Sadly, the cross genre classic Godzilla versus the night nurses
is not included. How they did the tapioca pudding scene
remains under strict NDA. And the restraining order from
the Tapioca Pudding Institute caused the flick to be
released directly to eight track.

Access to many dozens of free video download sites appears
here. Of these, I find CBS and Fox interesting. Especially
CSI Gila Bend. Plus the beyond ultra nerdy Twit. And the
thousands of free college football games at

My own video can be found here.

November 9, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that two of our newest web page additions include
a major rework of our Gila Day Hikes that now include lat lons
of many non-sensitive locations.

Plus the usual reminder that Acme Mapper is incredibly useful for most any

Plus our recently accepted Bajada Hanging Canals paper newly
up on Wikipedia.

More on the hanging canals here.
Your comments on either addition welcome.

November 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Astounding bargains in used computers seem to be becoming
available at high school, community college, and even military
. I just picked up a dozen Vista machines with 100 gig+
drives for $10 each. And more can be expected at this weekend's
upcoming Thatcher High School auction.

So far, there was one dead mouse and a scratched monitor with
a somewhat mottled, but still highly usable background. Which
likely was moisture caused, because it went away after a few
hours of "cooking".

The usual gotcha, of course, is that the hard disks have been
totally wiped.
But the EAC auction provided full recovery disks.

These machines are more than fast enough for home video and
easily connected to a smart Vizio or whatever. School systems
tend to use headphones rather than speakers, but this can be
worked around with a sound cable to your tv.

One trick is to bid $10 and then fold. Doing so as early and as subtly
as you can. The auctioneer will usually welcome this as a way to keep
momentum. And the key to the low prices is to have only a few bidders
that are only after a single machine.

Supply and demand and all that.

The usual software you may want to download new would include
Chrome, Acrobat Reader ( or full Acrobat ), Filezilla, Imageviewer32,
and Irfranview. Curiously, old versions of Paint are not upgradeable,
so you may want to add Paint.NET or something similar. Plus printer or
scanner software if you need these.

Should you be hosting your own website, my favorite remains Fat Cow.
But they insist I tell you that I am one of their associates.

Another gotcha to beware of. Even legitimate freeware sites may try
to hijack Chrome
or force all sorts of useless downloads on you.

After each download, check to see if your home page and search
engine are still yours.
Then check your program files for the current
date and flush anything suspect that you do not want.

November 7, 2014 deeplink respond

Acme Mapper has proven to be enormously useful for our
Hanging Canal research. Despite having "not quite" the
resolution needed to actually see most portions of most

Aerial canal views tend to be more or less invisible anyway.

A reminder that addresses and place names found in
Google Maps can be entered,
besides the usual lat-lon
in many different formats.

I was wandering around an obscure part of Arizona with
Acme, and discovered a knoll top collection of four nested
. Whose most likely explanation are quite old
prehistoric Trincheras. On checking with a trinchera specialty
archaeologist, I found that these may in fact be unknown to the
scientific community

Acme's major contribution here was the ability to instantly switch
between topo mapping and satellite imaging.
As mentioned before,
it sure would be nice to be able to selectively blend the two.

As per this very crude example of Pacman, Arizona.

On further inspection, several dozen adjacent knoll tops also
had what may or may not be man made structures. While only
one other one has a somewhat triangular motif, when considered
in context, the others do suggest possible tentative trinchera

There is not the slightest hint of any relationship with CCC water
spreaders. Their viewing literally screams "very old". CCC stuff
tends to be down on the flats, focused on drainages, sharply imaged,
and virtually never on knoll peaks.

Why such a ( now ) arid and ( now ) desolate area would have been
chosen at all remains highly enigmatic.

These are located south of the Mackenzie River.

Your comments  welcome.

November 6, 2014 deeplink respond

There is a vile and despicable pile of malware crap called
Astromenda. This attaches itself to many supposedly "free"
downloads and hijacks your home page
, your back button,
and becomes your only available search engine.

It is fairly simple to remove the main Astromenda program
using Add or Remove software out of the Control Panel.

And fairly easy to reset your Chrome home page and home
button using their Settings feature. But getting rid of the ban on
all other search engines seems tricky as they may have locked
out any ability to enter new engines. This insidiosity is marked
by the new engine blocks turning pink when you try to use them.

Completely removing Chrome and its folder and reloading did
not make the problem go away for me.
It turns out there are
twelve or more hidden Astromenda routines maliciously
stashed in unexpected places in the windows operating system.

Details on options appear here. There is a ransomware site called
Spy Hunter that will find out if you have Astromenda for free, but
charges you at least $39 for your first repair.
And tries to charge
you double by a misleading order box

Spy Hunter did appear to work for me, but ransomware is ransomware.

November 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Graham County wines?

A fledging industry seems to have started with some fifty tons
of grape harvest by Bonita Springs Vineyards. These folks
are just north of the tomato factory at N 32.47433 W 109.93799

Admittedly, this part of Graham county is very much more Willcox
oriented, rather than Safford associated.

Much more on interesting things to do in Graham County here.

November 4, 2014 deeplink respond

There's a new "A+" version of the Raspberry pi out.

It is smaller, cheaper, and lower cost with improved I/O.

On sale now at $20!

November 3, 2014 deeplink respond

The term "tipping point" seems to be newly emerging in many
endeavors, such as here and here.

I strongly feel we have finally at long last reached the tipping
point for electric utility photovoltaics.

To date, not one single NET watthour of pv electricity has ever been
when taken in energy totality. And when properly treating
subsidies as 7X energy liabilities rather than 1X energy assets.

Also to date, pv has not been in any manner renewable nor sustainable.

But after years and years of the outrageous pricing that has traditionally
made pv panels a net energy sink, we are finally and rapidly approaching
the quarter a watt peak panel price needed to eventually achieve both
renewability and sustainability.

This site is a good source for tracking declining pv costs. We now seem
to be at 47 cents per peak utility based panel watt. And dropping at a
penny per month rate.

Where does the quarter per peak panel watt needed for pv to go mainstream
bonkers comes from?
  Ar present ten cents per kilowatt hour is a ballpark
figure for electricity from traditional sources. And a one kilowatt panel on
a good Arizona day should produce something like five kilowatt hours of
electricity now competitively worth fifty cents.
Or around $15 per month.

How much can we afford pay for such a one kilowatt pv system?. Using this
amortization guide, we find that a 10 year, 10 percent investment of
$1135 will cost us fifty cents per day breakeven in principle and interest.

Or around $15 per month. Which is where the "buck a peak watt" holy
grail figure originally came from.

But wait. There are two huge gotchas here. The first is that this figure is for
total systems cost that include installation, maintenance, financing, synchronous
inverters, shipping, land, net metering, and such. Typically, the peak panel watt
pricing ends up one half or less of the total system costs. Thus, for buck a watt
system costs, the peak panel cost would have to be around fifty cents per peak

Which we finally seem to be under.

The second gotcha is that fifty cents per peak panel watt is only a
"paint it green" equivalence
. It does not make much sense to generate
traditional electricity at ten cents a watt only to use it to pay for a ten
cents per watt pv panel.

For pv to become renewable and sustainable, it has to not only meet this
fifty cents equivalence price, but significantly beat it
. Hence, twenty five
cents per peak watt would seem to be a ballpark magic number tipping
point for true renewability and sustainability to emerge.

Sadly, once the twenty five cents figure is reached, zillions of investment
dollars ( and their ten cents per kilowatt hour energy equivalents ) will be
thrown at pv,
setting back by years the actual true energy breakeven point.

But such breakeven now appears a near certainty.

Much more on energy topics here.

November 2, 2014 deeplink respond

accademia.edu seems to be a second alternative to http://www.wesrch.com/ .

They have 15 million people and four million papers combined with
16 million visitors per month.

I have yet to evaluate them or work with them.

November 1, 2014 deeplink respond

An alternate to a simple and cheap POE Power over Ethernet
adapter cable can be found here.

This fakes true POE by simply using unused cable wires. It
is NOT compatible with true POE.

October 31, 2014 deeplink respond

Except for a few yet to be adjusted typos, our fully revised
Gila Day Hikes is now ready to go. We are in the process
of taking out all of the old typos and putting new ones in.

Besides additions and updates and corrections, the big new
feature is that most locations are now spelled out as Lat and

Such locations are purposely NOT provided on certain caves,
indian ruin habitations, and a few other highly sensitive entries.

The lat longs can be directly clicked into Acme Mapper. From
there you can switch between topo, satellite, and other display

Such locations typically are in the usual blue and appear at the
end of each listing.

The easiest way to find these is to go to our home page, and, if
the brown saguaro banner is not up, keep refreshing until it

Then click through to reach http://www.tinaja.com/gilahike.shtml.

We'll have a Discovery Park lecture on these updates in
mid January.

Please report any additions or corrections or anything I missed.

October 30, 2014 deeplink respond

A review of some of the tricks and hidden gotchas to our auto
backgrounding and vignetting utility

The utility works by first scanning from the west border to find
the end of the first continuous sequence of red=255 pixels. It then
replaces everything found with a slightly mottled background based
on a selected of 215 web friendly PostScript colors.

Mottling a background dramatically reduces JPEG edge artifacts
with only a negligibly slight increase in file size.

It then continues by scanning from the east border, then the
south border, then the north border.

It is super important that there are no unwanted red=255
pixels in the original art.
The easiest way to guarantee this is
to use Imageviewer32 or a similar program to back off all reds
by two clicks.

It is also super important that there are no breaks whatsoever
in the outlining red=255 border.
For even a one pixel break
will place one or more "bulldozer tracks" in your final art.

There is an optional feature that will also overwrite any internal
red=255 pixels. This is handy for any "holes" in your artwork.

Undercuts can create subtle to outrageous problems in your
final artwork if the area is not reachable by a vertical or horizontal
line from the west, east, south, or north borders. The solution
is to mark these areas as if they were internal red=256 pixels.

The utility must be run from GhostScript as disk access is newly
forbidden in Distiller.

Here is an example of where inaccessible undercuts should be

Other examples of the autobackgrounder can be found here.

October 29, 2014 deeplink respond

We should have bunches of unusual neat stuff up on eBay.

Including circular mil connectors ( both wired and fiber optic ),
SMA attenuators, genuine walk-don't-walk signs for mancaves,
huge crimp terminals, assorted pc boards for artist uses,
premium grade miniature Teflon coax, servo pressure controllers,
rare and pristine GR 1863 Megohmmeters, genuine Strobotacs,
various Hubble connectors, AMX MSP Ethernet controllers,

Simpson meters, and stainless steel conveyor belting.

Plus great heaping bunches of audio and video gar we have yet
to test.

We also have a unique collection of classic Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs
computers, boards, and software
that we are closing out and will
sell by the lot.
Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping.

October 28, 2014 deeplink respond

A video on on free printed circuit board software is available

And a new book on classic Heathkit items here. The web seems
to be recovering from the Heathkit debacle of a few years back.
One source of free manuals and schematics appears here.

With other Heath resources here, here, here, here, and here.
Plus any I may have missed here.

October 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Naturally, Arizona has no caves to speak of. And super
secrecy is a hallmark of Arizona Caving.

BUT - Mescal Crack seems about to vanish off the face
of the earth.
Besides, you cannot get there from here.

Somewhere near N 33.87363 W 110.80808 is a very tight
and narrow 95 foot + deep pit in 0recambrian Mescal
Limestone. While it was somewhat visible on a previous
satellite image on  Acme Mapper, it now seems to have
newly disappeared entirely.

Many hundreds of CAG manhours went into the initial
search decades ago for this ultra remote cave
. Over the
years, the then dim bulldozer track accessing it seems to
have disappeared almost entirely.

Very few Apache Group Precambrian cave features are

A second legendary pit is also rumored to be two miles
northwest more or less in which "rocks roll forever" and
whose tentative name is strawberry awful.

On the bright side, though, the Q Ranch is now reportedly
an outstanding bed and breakfast.

Other unusual locations here.

October 26, 2014 deeplink respond

A few years ago, I was at a lecture where they asked "What
is one of the indicator species of overgrazing?"

They sure got upset when I replied "Cows".

October 25, 2014 deeplink respond

Apparently one of the sources of docs on the McEniry tunnel
is no longer available, so try this one instead.

This was basically an outrageous scam in which you would
simply scrape the gold off the ceiling and let it fall directly into
your ore car.

BTW, this spelling is clearly from the original document. There
are lots of incorrect local variations around here.

Similar fascinating places here.

October 24, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's some before and after photos that show off our
Bitmap Typewriter.

This offers you the highest possible resolution this side of
going to subpixel techniques.

October 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Managed to get a start on adding more specific location
info to the nonsensitive listings of our Gila Valley Dayhikes.

But it appears it will take a lot more time and effort than
I first suspected. Some of the locations I presently need
help in finding exact lat lons for include...

Cotton Cave
Klondyke Wall
Yellowstone flying buttress dam
Pima Box Arch
Dragoon Arch
Zeolite Mines
Espiritu Tinajas

Please advise if you can help on any of these.

October 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Yet another centered one point perspective example can be found
here. These can be very useful to illustrate eBay instruments.

The satin finish can be a real hassle to photograph, so this
one was done outside in fairly deep shade. Vertical architect's
perspective correction was done with our usual tool, while
the horizontal correction was minor enough to be done by
chasing small samples across the screen.

The whole satin part got redone for uniformity, which
needed some fairly minor lettering rework.

I did not like the right side of the instrument, so I
mirrored the left for best appearance.

We can do this kind of work for you on a custom basis.

October 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Don't know if it is a recent update or not, but the FIND
feature of Acme Mapper now seems amazingly flexible
that it can find most street addresses, place names, and
pretty much anything that's also findable in Goggle Maps.

October 20, 2014 deeplink respond

Did I ever tell you about my secret Fire Lookout's gourmet
recipe for boiled can?

There's a 24 hour prep time involved since you have to use the
previous night's dishwater.

October 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Many thanks to all of you who attended last night's
Hanging Canal lecture. Despite heavy tailgating
competition, we ended up with more or less of a
full house.

This was an interesting experiment in a "tag team
Many thanks to Dr. Neely for joining me.

There are many, many hanging canal projects we could
use your help ( and funding! ) on. Besides being fun
dayhikes, these could give you the opportunity to
actually participate in real world class scientific research.

Once project in particular would involve some fancy
ATV exploration in a difficult to reach portion of
Deadman Mesa
. Please contact me if you have any
interest in this.

Much more on the hanging canals here.

October 18, 2014 deeplink respond

A very short notice reminder that both Dr. Neely and
myself will be talking about our prehistoric hanging canals
tonight at 6:30 in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park.

You can preview the talk here, with more on the hanging
canals here.

Discovery Park is located near the corner of 20th avenue
and Discovery Park Boulevard in Safford, Arizona.

October 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Dr. Neely and I spent a very interesting morning with George
Hayes, the manager of the Cluff Ponds facility of Arizona Game and
. A better name for what we called the Cluff Ponds canal would
Be the presently inactive Smith Tank Canal. Its source is easily traced
to a multi gated diversion structure on Ash Creek near N 32.81347
W 109.84917

A new area that we are going to call the Cluff Southwest Complex
centers on N 32.82521 W 109.85507 and has a collection of
1930's era diversion structures that appear to overlay more of
our prehistoric hanging canals. We'll tentatively call this
Canal #31 and believe it pushes the total well past sixty miles.

When combined with the previously studied Minor Webster
Ditch system, there are a total of three canal areas on interest in
the Cluff areas. Proving these in fact have prehistoric origins
may end up enormously difficult, but such prehistoric origins
would certainly be very conspicuous by their absence.

Several unrelated questions came up during our visit. As best as
I know, the actual Shingle Mill was much further up the canyon
than most people believe
and was somewhere near the Hulda
Gap Corral
near 6000 feet elevation. I do not know where
the end of the logging flumes were, but photos in the Pima
might prove useful.

Much more on the Allen Dam disaster here, with more on
Gila Valley dayhikes here.

October 16, 2014 deeplink respond

An ad in this morning's Craig's List assures us that "all reasonable
offers will be excepted".

Which is almost as good as the ancient eBay "Fright arrangements
are to be made by the buyer"

October 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Freescale has just come up with a pair of solid state replacements
for the vacuum tube magnetrons still used in microwave ovens
in their part numbers MHT1003N ( 250 watts, 2450 MHz, 58%)
and MHT1002N ( 350 watts, 915 MHz, 63%

Units are medium gain amplifiers rather than resonant cavity devices
and can apparently be run in parallel The projected cost is in the
$35 range in quantity. They can be are powered from a 32vdc supply
and potentially should be smaller and last a lot longer, besides offering
real time feedback of oven conditions.

Development systems are available but pricey. Additional content here.

With CRT monitors and tv's having recently been blown out of the water,
this was the last major consumer market for vacuum tubes. Except, of
course, for the retro audio epsilon minuses.

October 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Finding the slope of a function can be enormously useful,
as the whole branch of differential calculus can tell us.
Ferinstance, a zero slope indicates a local maximum,
minimum, or an inflection point. And finding the slope
of the slope can tell us which is which.

One crude way of finding slopes is to make a very
small incremental change in the function's variable and
see how much the function itself changes. But if the function
can be mathematically defined and is reasonably well
behaved, chances are its slope derivative is already
well known.

The basic scheme is called the fundamental rule of
differential calculus
and goes something like this...

slope of a function = the limit as delta x
goes to zero for (( f(x) + delta(x) - ( f(x)) /

The usual example is to find the slope at a point
along a parabola y = x^2. (x + deltax)^2 is
x^2 + 2x*deltax + deltax^2. Subtracting
x^2 and letting deltax^2 vanish and dividing
by deltax leaves us with a derivative slope of 2x.

Good old u^n(du).

More in our Math Stuff and Magic Sinewaves and
Cubic Spline libraries.

October 13, 2014 deeplink respond

I've had several requests to expand and improve the actual
locations of our Gila Valley Dayhikes. And will be doing
most of these, except for very sensitive locations or any
that I am unsure about or have not personally verified.

The new locations will mostly be in purple. You can easily
cut and paste them into Acme Mapper or Google Earth.

I expect the process will take a few weeks to complete.
Your comments welcome. A Discovery Park lecture is
planned for mid January.

October 12, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that I will be doing a Hanging Canal lecture
in the Discovery Park Jupiter Room this Saturday October
18th at 6.30 PM. The lecture is free and some southwestern
archaeologists are likely to also participate.

You can preview portions of the talk here.

Discovery Park is located near the corner of Discovery Park Boulevard
and 10th Avenue in Safford Arizona.

Also, several tours are planned the week of October 13 to
18th, and some slots are still open if you want to join us.

You can email me for details.

October 11, 2014 deeplink respond

It can be a good idea to include scope traces of working
waveforms with any intended eBay instrument sale.

To prove the instrument is more or less alive and well.

Getting quality results such as this one or this one
can be tricky. The usual approach is to get one grid
block looking decent and then replicating as needed
over the entire screen. While maintaining uniform
horizontal and vertical spacing.

One trick in dealing with sinewaves or swept sinewaves:
The tops and bottoms can be done with the little known
and less used Paint quadratic parabola tool,
while the
mid portions of the "curve" can easily be approximated
with straight lines.

Naturally, you do not want to alter the actual waveform
in any manner that is deceptive or different from the

Consulting services, screen designs, and seminars available

October 10, 2014 deeplink respond

If a premise on our Prehistoric Hanging Canals that "they"
fully exploited literally every drop of available Northeastern
Mt. Graham water and related springs and artesian sources
is valid, and if the system can be assumed to have been
complete or nearly completed, and that most historical canals
in the area were "steal the plans" or "borrow the blueprints"
to "dig out a n old ditch" it might be of interest to regroup the
canal arrangements by watersheds.

Starting from the southeast...

P RANCH CANYON - This would appear to be the far limit
of possible canal development with an obvious takein point
at N 32.59434 W 109.73912 and a possible secondary one in
Veech Canyon. Despite many research trips and persistent
local rumors, no significant results have yet been observed.
There is a possible small canal reach of indeterminate age at
N 32.61347 W 109.72820 and an apparent water control
structure at
N 32.65462 W 109.71854

LEFTHAND CANYON EAST - There are two Lefthand
Canyons, with this one being the easternmost near the
Metate Peak area around N 32.67358 W 109.73808.
This region forms an unstudied "gap" in canal occurrences
and may have in fact been devoid of perennial water sources.

JACOBSON CANYON - Forms the apparently still used
Ledford Tank Complex at N 32.68618 W 109.74301 with
numerous branches and steep off mesa drops. Largely still
understudied due to somewhat difficult access.

MARIJILDA CANYON - A very rich and well studied area
sourcing from N 32.70626 W 109.77726. Several smaller branch
canals diverge from this point. The main Marijilda Ditch at
N 32.71724  W 109.76735 was historically reworked and still
sees use to this day, feeding Lebanon Resovoir #2 at N 32.73493
W 109.76074
. A southern divergence formed the possibly older
and original Henry's canal, studied from
N 32.73760 W 109.74198
N 32.74566 W 109.72640. Meanwhile, the High Marijilda original
canal first crosses an aqueduct at N 32.72371 W 109.76240 and
then forms one of the most spectacularly hanging portions at
N 32.73317 W 109.75794 and eventually feeding Lebanon Resovoir #2
at and sourcing the ( likely ) updated modern Roper Canal terminating
at N 32.75569 W 109.70786. A second presumed branch from Lebanon
Resovoir #2 is believed to be buried under modern agricultural development,
eventually "tunneling" under the Lebanon Cemetery at N 32.76159 W
and forming the Twin East Canal feeding the Twin Boobs
ponding area at
. N 32.76603 W 109.73595. Separately, the Rincon Canyon
is believed to route down its namesake at N 32.75326 W 109.75370 servicing
several domestic sites and possibly becoming the Twin West Canyon also
delivering to the Twin Boobs ponding area at N 32.76603 W 109.73595

TRANQUILITY CANAL - Believed to be unique as it is potentially artesian
sourced, shorter, and routes over private inholdings. Possibly originates
somewhere near N 32.75759 W 109.73297and believed to deliver water to
the Cooks Resovoir area at N 32.77415 W 109.72812. While portions are
clearly modern,  an underlying prehistoric original remains somewhat
likely but unproven. At one point, the Tranquility Canal comes amazingly
close to the Twin East canal, separated only by a significant cliff of only
30 feet or so of height. The two remain presumed totally unrelated.

DEADMAN CANYON - An original and significantly hanging portion is
believed to have been replaced by a modern pipeline from N 32.73900
W 109.81155
to N 32.74463 W 109.80704. This canal still flows to this
day, servicing several top mesa tanks. Area has evidence of "knife Edging"
where canals are carefully routed across the highest possible and extremely
narrow mesa tops. An apparent three way switch at N 32.76058 W 109.78133
seemed to allow selective routing to Porter Springs Tank at N 32.77033
W 109.77811
, Upper Deadman Tank at N 32.75845 W 109.77030, and
Lower Deadman Tank at N 32.77141 W 109.75142 Meanwhile, a potential
and enigmatic southern knife edge branch remains unexplored from
N 32.75403 W 109.78250 to N 32.75652 W 109.77705 and may have been a
still unproven primary or secondary source for the Twin West Canal at
N 32.76478 W 109.74227. Numerous braided channels or trails remain a
highly enigmatic mystery at N 32.75461 W 109.78203.

SOUTH OF FREEMAN - A large area here seems conspicuous by
the absence of any known canals, yet might in fact been too arid or
of to complex a topography to support prehistoric interest. Largely
unvisited due to more promising terrain elsewhere. Centers on
N 32.77622 W 109.75398 and is difficult of access.

DISCOVERY SOUTHWEST - Area from N 32.79452 W 109.72842 to
N 32.78222 W 109.73994 is rich in archaeology yet no canals are known.
Includes the Clay Knolls ( aka Beer Bottle ruin ) sites and many rock
alignments, mulch rings, field houses, and such. Many mulch rings were
trashed by the City of Safford during a water tank construction. Possibly the
densest collection of southern grids appears at N 32.78550 W 109.74270

LONGVIEW AREA - A prehistorically rich area full of habitation sites,
rock constructs, check dams with and without aprons, grids, many linear
features, and mulch rings. Only a very short hint of a canal wall is known
at N 32.78923 W 109.75944 without any yet supporting evidence of links to the
Porter Springs or Frye Mesa areas. From N 32.77999 W 109.76410
to N 32.77999 W 109.76410

FRYE MESA COMPLEX - Perhaps the most extraordinary assemblage of
all the prehistoric canals and has the most elaborate constructs. Water is
believed but not yet proven to be diverted above the falls at N 32.74376
W 109.83971
, across a saddle and over into Spring Canyon where it merges
into a ponding area below a spring at
N 32.74572 W 109.84043. If not
diverted, the water routes down Spring Canyon to an Allen Canal takein
point at N 32.78238 W 109.83555 Allen canal continues for several miles,
eventually routing under Allen Reservoir at N 32.83191 W 109.79555
continuing through an enormously huge Culebra Cut at N 32.83567 W 109.79799
and a carefully engineered saddle gap crossing at N 32.83313 W 109.80475,
finally believed to end up in unproven fields beneath the Central Dam at
N 32.85032 W 109.8000 . Meanwhile, alternate diversion is believed to route
water under the Frye Mesa
Falls Road extension at N 32.75101 W 109.83855,
through various braided channels at N 32.76001 W 109.81462 to a ponding area
at N 32.76000 W 109.81149 . The higher elevation portion of this routing is
partially supported by a "steal the plans" forest service pipeline. The
water apparently is split two ways at the ponding area, first going to a spectacularly
impressive counterflowing HS Canal. While the HS canal clearly returns water
to Frye Creek at N 32.75803 W 109.81509, unproven beliefs strongly suggest it
is the source for the Golf Course Canal, portions of which are currently known to
route from N 32.79840 W 109.78269 to N 32.79883 W 109.7761. Also suggested
is that the HS Canal might be a possibly prehistoric source for the modern Blue
Ponds Canal at N 32.78088 W 109.77833 or might be a factor in the extensive
Longview development near N 32.77800 W 109.76661. Several braided channels
have also been noted that might be related, although they seem to be older and
more primitive constructs. These were named the Riggs Complex and found at
N 32.77846 W 109.78945 and hints of a possible nearby portion of Golf Course
Canal remain largely unstudied and unlinked at N 32.78465 W 109.78724

Meanwhile, back at the N 32.76000 W 109.81149 ponding area, the second
routing is believed to form the Robinson Canal ( Historically renamed the
Robinson Ditch ) that routes over a spectacular hanging portion at N 32.77173 W
then "climbing" to the main portion of Robinson Mesa at N 32.78467
W 109.79339
is believed to reach fields North of  Daley Estates, presumably near
N 32.81054 W 109.77185.

LOWER FRYE EAST - A strange construct near N 32.76705 W 109.79332 may or
may not be canal related, and visual clues further north turned out to be an abandoned
wagon road, complete with horseshoes. The area could link to the modern short
Blue Ponds diversionary canal at N 32.78095 W 109.77841 or might serve the
Longview area in some yet undiscovered manner. CCC projects are also in the area.

MUD SPRINGS CANAL - This main canal is the only one where its entire
length can be viewed from several places, which suggests it might have been
the original prototype. The original takein is believed to be in upper Ash
Creek near N 32.78748 W 109.85463, followed by a projected hanging portion
that may or may not still exist owing to potential flood damage. A key feature
is an exceptionally well located critical saddle crossover found at N 32.79145
W 109.85390
followed by an easily traceable but not yet completely surveyed
route down past Mud Springs to N 32.80347 W 109.83937. The canal continues
quite traceably northward to a seldom visited hanging portion near N 32.81632
W 109.83207
and one of the largest mid channel Mesquite trees at N 32.81917
W 109.82737
. The canal continues to a well researched area near some CCC
constructs and is overrun without accommodation by a SCS dam at N 32.82371
W 109.82411
. There is appears to be a minor branch of the canal northward
of unknown purpose. The canal continues northeasterly past a curious water level
pithouse-like structure called the Troll House. No obvious evidence of charcoal
is present at this site at N 32.82683 W 109.82118.
This is the only known structure
in direct association with most of the canal systems. Near N 32.82755 W 109.81949,
the Jernigan Canal splits off to the north and is believed to cross West Layton Road
at N 32.83690 W 109.81498 barely touch the road at N 32.84016 W 109.81273 and
make a projected but unverified loop to a counterflow crossing of a small wash at
N 32.84176 W 109.81453. The canal makes the third of three large U-turn loops
in a significant hanging portion at N 32.84207 W 109.81552, then heads northerly,
terminating in a  French Drain like construct serving well defined end use fields in
the N 32.84160 W 109.81678 area. The Jernigan habitation site is nearby.

Meanwhile, the main Mud Springs Canal continues easterly just past a historic tank at
N 32.82764 W 109.81896 and then can be traced to N 32.83054 W 109.81588,
temporarily lost, and then retraced to a modest hanging portion and caliche colored
reach at N 32.84261 W 109.81052. Near this area, the Mud Springs Canal and the
Jernigan Canal are only separated by a few hundred feet horizontally and a few
dozen feet vertically, despite over a mile of split construction. The main Mud
Springs canal can be easily followed to N 32.84796 W 109.81104 where it suddenly
vanishes without a trace. Its destination fields remain unknown at present.

CLUFF PONDS CANAL  - A modern but disused canal can be traced routing
from Ash Creek to N 32.81874 W 109.84679 to N 32.82009 W 109.84462,
once servicing a pair of ponds arranged such that the easternmost pond acted
as an overflow to the  westernmost one. No immediate proof of prehistoric
origins have yet been found, but indirect evidence is compelling. Not the least of
which  being such a prehistoric origin would be highly conspicuous by its
absence. There are numerous potsherds and a larger habitation site in the area,
and the canal technology appears well within prehistoric capabilities. This is
in midst of the largest regional riparian area and the ponds could well have
served as destination fields,

SHINGLE MILL CANAL - A second disused modern canal was known as
the Minor Webster Ditch and routed from
N 32.79785 W 109.87270 to
N 32.81087 W 109.86743, apparently sourcing from Shingle Mill canyon.
Construction did include a service road and a deeper vee typical of a Gradeall,
but prehistoric origins would seem quite likely, again with such a canal being
highly conspicuous by its absence. And with the route being consistent with
prehistoric engineering capabilities.
There are numerous potsherds in the area.
and the modern Cluff Ponds region would seem an ideal fields destination.

LEFTHAND & GOAT HILL AREA - This second Lefthand Canyon is in
the Spear Ranch region. Some highly interesting and well studied canals
appear directly related to destination fields near
N 32.80647 W 109.91850.
These canals seem to differ from others in the study area in that they are
significantly shorter, multi branch, and are clearly end use,  rather than
intended for longer range delivery.

LAMB TANK CANAL - A longer range delivery canal appears to have
been sourced from Lefthand Canyon and routed from
N 32.82133
W 109.92391 to N 32.82868 W 109.92224 and merits further study.

NUTTEALL AND CARTER CANYONS - Mt Graham drainages tend to
be drier and less promising to the west. These two canyons at
N 32.78839
W 109.97474
could form potential logical extensions to the canal complex,
although little work has been done here and no canals are yet known.

BEAR SPRINGS & BIGLER PONDS - The region from N 32.85171
W 109.94775
to N 32.85009 W 109.94483 are major artesian sources
unlikely to have been ignored as prehistoric water development. There
are also likely destination fields in the area, although the area has been
little studied as canal candidates. A spectacularly large and currently
disused canal at
N 32.86676 W 109.93024 appears to have been
primarily a modern real estate scam.

THE UFO FISH FILETS - The highly unusual and wildly atypical
construct at
N 32.81509 W 109.97079 would appear to define the
westernmost limit of the present canal study area. While believed
of primarily CCC origin, there may be prehistoric precedents that
are related to water management issues.

Ongoing maps of these areas can be found here and here. With additional
content here and an image collection here.

Your involvement and participation welcome.

October 9, 2014 deeplink respond

Picked up a bunch of walk - don't walk signs that should be
ideal for man cave misapplication. We would shortly have
them up on eBay.

These are in quite good condition and are complete units
with outer packaging, seals, and a programmable internal
computer. They include a countdown timer, which we  have
not quite figured out how to use yet.

External control is quite simple, but the timing to a flashing
don't walk must be externally provided
. The trailing edge
of the external don't walk first flash apparently trips countdown.

Control appears quite simple. Blue to white Common 110 vac
lights the walking man. Orange to white Common 110 vac lights
the orange don't walk. Stopping orange to white starts the
large orange LED countdown.

Speaking of which, these might also be useful for industrial timing
aps. Programming of a number of options can be done using
internal DIP switches. Most units are genuine Dialight brand.

Being LEDs, these should be reliable and long life. Units are tested
before shipment.

More info here.

October 8, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that low density polyethylene rods can be used with
an ordinary glue gun
. Which is one way to quickly build up a custom
connector, tack a wire to a pc board, fix a bezel, or make a small
light use part.

Or tack them onto an XY table for a Santa Claus Machine. An
older exploration of possibilities appears here and here.

October 7, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a rerun on some more of my live auction insider secrets...

Always dress down to the point of almost appearing shabby.
Listen to everything; volunteer nothing. Wear a hat or shirt
or whatever that is VERY distinctive. Always set your max
bid to JUST ABOVE a currency denomination threshold and
NEVER go over it.

If you would like to try and steal an item, get out in front of
everybody else but not quite in the auctioneer's face.
entire field of view should be one-quarter you. While the item
IS STILL BEING DESCRIBED, hold your bidder card against
your chest with one hand and do a Churchill V for Victory with
your other hand, against your chest. Be sure that ONLY the
auctioneer can see you. You are giving the auctioneer a message
of "Here is a $2.50 floor bid if and when you care to accept it."

If you really, really want an item that is unlikely to have much
competition, do the above, but continually rock your bidder's card
back and forth
after the first counterbid.

If you suspect the bidding will be highly competitive,WAIT till just
under your max and bid ONCE
on the second going of going going 

NEVER get tired, or lazy, or in a hurry. The spectacularly best deals
usually happen very late in an auction. Ideally, the temperature should
be above 120 degrees except for the four inch hail, and the rabid bats
should not be succeeding at driving the rattlesnakes away.

And, needless to say, no restrooms.

Abject trash tends to poison a lot, and you can usually give anything
you do not want to another bidder.
Bid on the value of what you want
and ignore everything you will have to flush anyway.

Much more on our auction help page. Especially AUCTSCNE.PDF.

October 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Our Prehistoric Bajada "hanging" canals of southwestern Arizona
article has just been accepted by Wikipedia.

Wikipedia usually very strongly discourages articles involving original
But, as a sub footnote on page 3857 of Volume XVII
of the nineteenth revision of the Wikipedia Rules and Regulations
tells us, a topic involving original research can be accepted so long
as there is strong enough and notable enough independent major
media coverage in several significant publications.

Authors also have to strongly suppress ego and very much discourage
any internal self promotion as well.

Many thanks to Dennis Wagner of USA Today and Joanna
Althands of www.arizona.com for bailing us out on this one.

Much more on our hanging canals here.

October 5, 2014 deeplink respond

A possible, yet still unverified, extension to the Golf Course
Hanging Canal can be found here.

This would preclude artesian or Robertson origins and would
greatly strengthen ( but still not prove ) HS Canal sourcing.

Remaining is the mystery of the Riggs Complex braided
channels somewhat further south at
N 32.77846 W 109.78945.
But these somehow seem cruder, older, and totally inconsistent
with the Golf Course Canal architecture.

October 4, 2014 deeplink respond

I'm surprised that nobody has yet seen fit to provide the
ability to transparently overlay both a topo map and its
underlying imagery.

Preferably real time adjustable. If such a feature is
available, I sure do not know about it.

I ran a crude demo of the possibilities long ago with
this ancient and non-adjustable Pacman Arizona demo.

One aspect of the problem is getting the imagery. and
the topo to exactly the same scale and registration at the
pixel level
. A send is to be able to transparently combine
two  layers.

The later is easily done with Acrobat, PhotoShop,
GIMP, and possibly KML.

Real time. Getting the layer dates identical or nearly so would
also certainly be useful.

Please tell me if you know of this capability.

October 3, 2014 deeplink respond

An interesting flyby of some local Gila Valley scenery
done by a quadcopter can be found here.

It turns out there can be a tremendous difference between
cheaper and more expensive units.
Mostly centered on
gyro flight and camera stabilization, GPS interaction,
flyability, flight time, and download capabilities.

Apparently no units that I know about have downed craft
long term reporting
. I can see spending a zillion dollars
for a premium unit, only to have it permanently vanish
off the edge of a mesa into heavy brush.

It would be equally bad to con someone else into doing
surveys for us, only to lose their unit.

As I have already done with a fire pager in Shingle
Mill Canyon.

Your comments ( and loaner craft ) welcome.

October 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Thanks to the Steampunk movement, the Caver's Wrist
are now commercially available and selling well.

These make a much stronger personal statement than a
Rolex and are pretty much as useful these days as most
any other wristwatch.

Long ago, the caver's wrist sundials were just about as much
in demand as synthetic spent carbide.

Curiously, one of the original patents appears here.

October 1, 2014 deeplink respond

Current thinking on the Frye Mesa Complex of our Prehistoric
Hanging Canals
suggests even more incredibly utter stunning
engineering. Present beliefs appear reasonably credible but
definitely require additional field evidence.

The thoughts go something like this...

Apparently Frye Creek water was diverted above the falls somewhere
near N 32.74336 W 109.83994 to cross a divide at N 32.74474
W 109.83848
 and merge with the water from the spring in Spring
Canyon at N 32.74572 W 109.84038.

Aerial photos suggest the modern Frye Mesa Trail exactly follows
this route and appears to have a totally consistent allowable topography
and a steep but quite uniform slope.

After merging water sources, a simple switching apparently may have
allowed routing down Spring Canyon to form the source water for
the Allen Canal at N 32.78239 W 109.83558.

Or alternately, may have been routed under the present Frye Canyon
Road to eventually form braided channels at N 32.75997 W 109.81554
to a presumed ponding area at N 32.76003 W 109.81144 where
further diversion allowed a split between the Robinson Canal at
N 32.78461 W 109.79329
and the counterflowing HS Canal at
N 32.75804 W 109.81510.

The relationship between the HS Canal and a required source for
the Golf Course Canal remains tenuous but seems the best Ockhams
As does any relationship with the Blue Ponds.

A modern "steal the plans" pipeline adds credibility to the Frye
Road projected routing above. The trail itself also suggests "borrow
the blueprints" as it is easy to walk you or your horse up a filled in

Your participation ( and funding! ) welcome.

September 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Repeated averaging can be a useful way of smoothing noisy
multiple data points, and eventually can approach something
like a Gaussian low pass filter.

Consider points a through h. Averaging the first two will give

( a + b ) / 2

And averaging the average of the first three gives...

( a + 2b + c ) / 4

Averaging the average of the average gives...

( a + 3b +3c + d ) / 8

And again and again...

      ( a + 4b + 6c + 4d + e  ) / 16
  ( a + 5b + 10c + 10d + 5 e + f ) / 32

And our result seems to be approaching a Gaussian
smoothing. You can repeat this as much as you
want or have the patience for..

Note that this works best with lots of points, because
the beginning and ending values will not be smoothed
quite as much as the midrange ones.

More on filtering here.

September 29, 2014 deeplink respond

Got an email asking whether two point or four point barbed
wire was a better choice for speaker connections, compared
to the usual gold plated and oxygen free wire.

Little known is that either type of barbed wire gives a
much better soundstaging, reduced midrange granularity
and better bass speed.

But because they are sharp, barbed wire connections
tend to raise the pitch of your music
. This can be
compensated by placing a flat ribbon cable in parallel.

Full details here.

September 28, 2014 deeplink respond

Our Scamming a Student Paper ancient Resource Bin
column should still remain amazingly current and useful,
once you update the main research link to Google.

The key secret to a winning paper or report, of course
is to make it as thick as possible. And the little known
and even lesser used way to do this, of course, is to use
thick paper.

I guess it is way past time to reveal a deep dark
secret for this posting. Of the sixteen suggested
research topics, fifteen are guaranteed to get you
and A. The sixteenth is guaranteed to get you an F.

But which? Why, the one that seems the most likely
and the most interesting, of course.

Additional fiendishisms here.

September 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a workaround for the Raspberry Pi GPIO 3.0 Wedge
connectors breakout adapter that won't fit a standard nylon
breadboard. As we found out here.

Clip the easternmost ground pin pair. Clip the westernmost
3V3 pair.
The wedge will now fit popular breadboards.

You have two other ground pins, either of which can be
externally jumpered to a supply rail if you want to. And, if
needed, a one inch jumper can be soldered to the 3V3 pins
and plugged into a different supply rail.

September 26, 2014 deeplink respond

It has become obvious to me that our bajada hanging canal
discoveries to date have clearly become utterly unique and
world class prehistoric energy efficiency engineering and
would  appear poised to  dramatically alter significant portions
of what is known of southwestern archaeology.

To date most of the project research has only involved two
totally unfunded and nearly retired individuals, one of whom
normally lives many hundreds of miles away.

Here's some of the stuff I would like to see happen...

1. Funding for larger and more formal
    discovery and exploration programs.

2. Improved awareness among southwestern
    archaeological professionals.

3. Expanded additional publication in higher
    level quality journals and online services.

4. An ability to mentor younger participants.

5. Continued research of mystery canal portions,
    especially the counterflowing HS canal.

6. Resolution of prehistoric origins for pioneer
    and historic canal rework.

7. Threat mitigation, especially SunZia, Safford,
    and ADOT.

8. Significant new use of aerial survey devices.

9. Continuance and improvement of mapping programs,
    most especially flyable KML.

10. Much greater involvement of EAC, hiking club,
     and Gila Watershed Partnerships.

11. Detailed mapping of each individual canal complex.

12. Improvement and expansion of online services,
      availability, and awareness.

13. Additional tours when and where appropriate.

14. Finding those missing canal gaps, sources,
     and destinations.

15. Extensive video recording and many additional
      photographic images.

Please dump all of your spare Draganflys in my driveway.
And contact me for any involvement you can assist with.

September 25, 2014 deeplink respond

Awesomely outstanding. http://www.americanradiohistory.com/
is in the process of building up a superb collection of historic radio,
broadcast, hobby electronics, and similar magazine reprints. Plus
bunches more.

Zillions of them!

Most are higher quality scans that are fully searchable. Much of my
early reprints are newly available here. Kilobaud is missing but
separately can be found in part here. They DO have early Byte
Magazines! Midnight Engineering also remains missing.

Many of my reprints are available on my website. Particularly here,
Plus ebooks here and videos here. I'm in the process of adding
more as time and funding and sponsorship permit.

Modern Electronics remains conspicuous by its absence. I
would hope it would soon get added.

The latest issues of Electronics Now are also not yet scanned.
I suspect this may have something to do with copyright expiration.

A separate problem I have with EN: Sometime between 1992 and
2001 ( 97? ) believed to be in an April issue was a perpetual motion
"magic lamp"
that spectacularly showed the problems with
Beginning EE student Blunder 0001A, namely confusing
average and RMS values
for strange waveforms.

Can you find a reprint of this? Or at least tell me which year it was?
Plus the appropriate letters columns two or three month's later.

September 24, 2014 deeplink respond

When they marinate shrimp, how do they tie all those little
strings on?

September 23, 2014 deeplink respond

I am usually fascinated by odd math transforms. Sometimes
they can give you a totally different approach to a problem,
and other times they just may be useless fun.

In our Magic Sinewave Calculator, the breakthrough trig
identity that ridiculously simplified and sped up calculations

cos(a+x) = cos(a)cos(x) - sin(a)sin(x)

Now, if you are near a solution, x will be small and sin(x)
will be x - x^3/3 + ... or nearly x, while cos(x) will end up nearly
1. Which tells us our improved closest guess for small x is...

        cos(a+x) is approximately cos(a) - x*sin(a)

and since you already know cos(a) and sin(a) from your
previous trial and they are constants, the above result
forms a trig free linear equation!
One that ridiculously
simplifies and speeds up the Magic Sinewave Calculations.

A second cute transform involves cubic splines. While normally
expressed as x = At^3 + Bt^2 +Ct + D, you can make this
expression "cube free" by changing it to (((At) + B)t + C)t + D

And similarly for y.  

Yet another transform that I just ran across, and the reason
for this blog entry is that...

        sqrt(a^2 + b^2) = b*sqrt(1 + a^2/b^2)

You can trivially prove this by multiplying both terms by
b^2/b^2 and simplifying.

I'm not too sure what good this is these days, but it
apparently simplified slide rule vector calculations
made them a lot more accurate.

September 22, 2014 deeplink respond

We usually answer our phone with "4073", which solves the
problem of using the same phone both personally and for a
business. Another benefit is that this forces scamsters to
loose their place in the script
. And forces "hello" recognizing
autodialers to befuddle themselves.

Normally, you want to get rid of scamsters as quickly as possible,
because they are stealing your time. And the foremost rule of a
scamster is to never, never, NEVER terminate any call.

But sometimes it is fun to mess with their head. Or at least run
a stick over the bars. Just be sure you do not piss them off to
the point where they can start a vendetta against you.

One of our favorites is when they ask you "Is this a home or a
business?". To which, of course, you reply "Yes it is. Thank
you for asking".

Another favorite is to say "you have the wrong number" From
which they start an argument. You exactly repeat "you have the
wrong number", only louder, slower and lower in pitch. From which
they intensify their argument. You then follow up with "I am sorry
about your hearing problem."

Another ploy is to tell them this number is on a national do not call
list and they have just committed a felony. "Please stand by while I
transfer you to the Hualpai County Sheriff's Office for your
Then make your fire pager beep twice.

Arizona, of course, does not have a Hualpai County, but it sure sounds
like they might be able to use one.

Yet another ploy when they say "Hi. I am Jan from American
Veeblefeltzer Enterprises" is to reply "I think I found your problem."

Somehow the name "Elmer" has gotten onto the scamster lists
in association with our phone number. Who does not exist.

If they ask to talk to Elmer, I'll usually respond that "I'd
like to connect you but Elmer is doing five to ten in Fort Grant
for blowing away the previous scamster -- favorite expletive
here - who tried to con him.

September 21, 2014 deeplink respond

How to tell an extroverted engineer: They stare at your
shoes rather than their own.

September 20, 2014 deeplink respond

A third party SPICE analysis of a Magic Sinewave inverter
suitable for smaller pv panels can be found here.

September 19, 2014 deeplink respond


Some of the Raspberry Pi breakout adapters listed here do NOT
fit most of the more common white nylon breadboards!

GPIO Extension Board V3.0 in particular.

Apparently some of the other versions fit just fine. Crucial is a
spacing between the + and ground leads of 0.15 inches.

Some adapters have their supply pins on 0.1 inch centers, while
most of the more popular breadboards space their supply
pin rows by 0.15 inches.

I'm still looking to find anything that fits.

Watch this detail!

September 18, 2014 deeplink respond

One utter time wasting activity I find incredibly entertaining
and fascinating is a daily Google search of "Marijuana News".
Which, on a slow day, typically produces just over 800,000 hits.

Of these, there appears to be a bare daily minimum of one or two
significant new steps positively advancing to full legalization.

To me, this appears to be well beyond any "tipping point" and
that terms like "overwhelming", "avalanche", or "torrent"
might seem to reasonably soon apply.

Sometimes I look at things in a different and highly perverse
manner. Which can occasionally provide odd insights, profit
opportunities, or simply different ways of viewing a situation.

So, what if...

What if...

What if most of the federal involvement to date was really nothing
but a US Marijuana Farm Price Support Subsidy?

Clearly, their US Marijuana Farm Price Support Subsidy was and
remains the only known positive result of the total marijuana federal
actions to date.

Chances are that prices might drop somewhat if this subsidy payout
was eliminated.

Ferinstance, today's cotton price comes in at a ( really panicking
my neighbors! ) 62 cents a pound. Now, harvesting and ( especially )
ginning marijuana is a lot simpler, so we might project a government
subsidy free 59 cents a pound. Or about $295 per 500 pound bale.

Or about 3.7 cents per ounce. Or just over a tenth of a cent per gram

This suggests to me that much of the current long term projected tax
revenue just possibly might  be somewhat overestimated.

But possibly only by a mere five orders of magnitude.

Partial 500 pound bales might end up being considered personal use.

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

September 17, 2014 deeplink respond

"Black on black" subject areas in eBay or industrial or technical
photos can create a number of problems. Here's a typical subject.

In general, we "shoot" for shadowless photography, because most
shadows do far more harm than good. Unless they are carefully
attended to.

An early problem with black-on-black subjects is that the camera
auto focus will not work.
Workarounds are to place the subject on
some high contrast text, or to back off on the distance for more
depth of field, or to use manual focus options.

The original part number and build date of the cylinder was an
almost illegible black on black stamping, so it was enhanced with
much more viewable mid-gray lettering in Paint.

The left port was almost illegible because of low contrast, so a
slightly reduced copy of the right port was substituted. In
extreme cases, double, or triple, or more exposures can be
used to enhance critical areas. This technique is most useful
when a subject needs brightened without burning out any
labels. Ditto for meter face enhancement.

Burnout and shading issues on the actual cylinder were dealt
with by cutting and pasting desired areas over the problem
ones. Hint: raising or lowering the pastes by a pixel or two can
dramatically improve the final match.

The curved cylinder and rod ends were dark and murky due
to largely unavoidable shadows and shading. There's a little
known and seldom used quadratic shape maker in Paint
( second from the top left ) that can make perfect adjustments.
Draw the true edge first in a highly contrasting color and
then ( at full magnification ), retouch the individual edge
pixels as needed.

Consulting and custom image postproc services available.

September 16, 2014 deeplink respond

There's a number of Prehistoric Hanging Canal events
upcoming and planned for the Week of October 18th. You
are welcome to participate in any or all of them.

A rare midweek tour is planned Tuesday and Wednesday
the 14th and 15th and should include both Dr. James Neely
and a number of other noted Southwestern archaeologists.

A second tour is planned Saturday and Sunday the 18th and
19th and likely will cover some of the same canals, but
this time with a different collection of noted Southwestern

The Tuesday and Saturday events might be followed by an
afternoon Meet and Greet at Juanitas.

And Saturday night in the 18th in the Jupiter room of
Discovery Park at 6:30 , I'll be talking on a collection of hanging
canal images. Other speakers may also be present, but
the plans for them remain fluid.
The lecture(s) is/are free.

You can preview parts of the talk here.

You can email me for more details.

September 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Well, since you asked...

Yes, I am a card carrying member of the Guru and Swami's
Union local #144.

September 14, 2014 deeplink respond


I gambled big time and lost on some locked "contents of
cabinets" at a pc manufacturer's auction. Inside were
hundreds of thousands of dollars of brand new but presumably
now worthless aerospace circuit boards, panels, and flexible

Typically smt era.

The chances of finding a "real" use for these is slim to
none. But, before putting them on the Alvin Pile, I do
have them up on eBay at just under ten cents each.

Uses: Museum exhibits. Tech lecture show and tells.
Cast-in-place table tops or bars. Video and Sci Fi props.

And all sorts of artist stuff such as wall hangings or high
tech sculptures.

A typical board may look like this. Then again, it
may not.

There may be some gold, but not remotely enough to
economically recover.

You presently have your choice of "mostly similar",
"mostly different", or "some of each" And "boards",
or" flex". Personal inspection and high grading
welcome. Bunches of shipping costs can be saved by
throwing these in your SUV.

Locked cabinets can spectacularly pay off. After all,
"they" put the lock on for a reason.

Nearly all units are presently packed in poly wrap.
You can email me for further details.

September 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Machine language compiled from an assembler is an
essential route towards a Raspberry Pi app if you need
something that runs as fast as possible or if ultra
precise timing or highly unusual coding is essential.

Two useful books to get started are Raspberry Pi for
and Raspberry Pi Assembly Language. An
essential tool for hardware apps is a breakout
. These are readily available on eBay and
elsewhere on the web.

I'm in the process of porting our Magic Sinewaves over
to the Pi. I've found the pi's capabilities, addressing modes,
and instruction set absolutely exceptional. The only
tiny bit of klutziness I've found so far is that you cannot
nest subroutines without going to some nonobvious extra code.

A second limitation apparently needed for extreme speed is
that pipelining presents complications in exactly timing machine
language instruction sequences.

There is a hidden high high speed timer in the Pi that clicks
along at an astonishing 256 megacounts per second at a
full 32 bit resolution. This solves several PIC era magic
sinewave problems in that it further reduces the real
world low harmonics, greatly simplifies coding by eliminating
timing"pinch points", getting rid of embedded factored specific
timing loops, and  allows one file oriented identical routine
to access hundreds or even thousands of combined amplitude
and frequency magic sinewaves.

Usual access is...

ldr r1,=84625
bl wait

If you are coming here from 6502 country, .ldr is sort of a LDA #xx
load the accumulator immediate and bl is somewhat similar to a
JSR subroutine jump. Except that the 6502 is swift enough to
be able to nest its subroutine calls without fancy help.

Amazingly, many of the fundamental concepts found in my
6502 era free Machine Language Programming Cookbooks
ebooks remain in part more or less applicable to the pi.

September 12, 2014 deeplink respond

Some previous archaeological cloud projects for you on our
hanging canals
have been listed here, here, here, here, and here.

Let's try a SIXTH 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 4WD TEAM procedures 
and techniques for a rather strenuous 7 hour  dayhike...

Using this and something like this, go between N 32.75385
W 109.78278
and N 32.75385 W 109.78278 to see if this is
in fact a previously unexplored prehistoric branch portion
of the Deadman Canal complex.

If so, trace and link the canal eastward to the main prehistoric
hanging Deadman Canal here at
N 32.75026 W 109.79621.

Then attempt to find the relationship between this canal and
Rincon Canyon. In particular trying to find out if this is in fact
the presently unverified source of the Twin East Canal at
N 32.76785 W 109.73773 .

Finally, there are great heaping bunches of braided somethings
due north of the original exploration area
. Try to determine
whether these are game or cattle trails, some even more-than-
usually-bizarre CCC busywork, or are in fact are an ( unlikely )
genuine stunning prehistoric agricultural development.

This area involves very strenuous hiking or very creative ATV
work. Note that the usual return trip is very much uphill.

Record pictures and GPS locations. And report here.

September 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Yet another example of one point perspective can be
found here.
This is an even more restrictive format we
might call centered one point perspective. While its use
is rare, it can really look good on a highly restricted class
of images.

Extra care is required during photography to be centered
and have the predominate horizontal lines as near as
horizontal as possible.

The image is then sent to our Architect's Perspective
to make the intended vertical lines truly so.

Dominate horizontal lines are then further treated by
isolating and improving a very short portion of them.
They then get "chased" east and west to form a complete
demarking line.

Should any vertical line alignment issues remain, they also
can be small area selected and chased truly north and south.

The item then can have all its red=255 pixels reduced
in saturation and then get red=255 outlined for use
by our auto backgrounder and vignetter. Internal
and any undercut areas can be separately identified.

The top had some shading issues, so the left half was
optimized and then flipped.

It is extremely difficult to avoid shadows and shading on
the front panel, so the panel color was unified to match
the middle and best tint.

It is extremely important to improve the image as much as
possible, yet still honestly portray the item condition.

The item is up on eBay. Consulting services available.

September 10, 2014 deeplink respond

For most individuals and small scale startups, patents are virtually
certain to result in a net loss of time, energy, money, and sanity.

One reason for this is the outrageously wrong urban lore involving
patents and patenting. A second involves the outright scams which
inevitably surround "inventions" and "inventing". 

A third is that the economic breakeven needed to recover patent costs
is something between $12,000,000.00 and $40,000,000 in gross sales.

It is ludicrously absurd to try and patent a million dollar idea.

Much more on all this in our Patent Avoidance Library.
And this link collection.

Key papers include...

The Case Against Patents
Patent Horror Stories
When to Patent
How to Bust a $650 Patent.

September 9, 2014 deeplink respond

As this search suggests, new wind farm projects are in
deep trouble and are being canceled in droves.

To me, it appears the main cause was some outrageous
subsidies being discontinued
and thus no longer available
for big time ripoff scams.

Some more detail here.

But other factors include (1) Machinery and equipment
costs skyrocketing, compared to dramatically dropping
PV panel prices; (2) Many of the selected sites having
been selected politically rather than scientifically; (3)
radical reductions in natural gas prices owing largely
to fracking; (4) Local NIMBY issues and popular
opposition; (5) Environmental concerns such as
bird whacking and people noise, vibration stress, and
aesthetic complaints .

To me, the key issue is whether an alternate energy
scheme has the potential to truly become renewable
and sustainable, generating net useful energy

At present, the price goal range would appear to be near
a subsidy free and "paint it green" free ten cents per
kilowatt hour.

Some existing wind sites have in fact approached
this value.

PV appears poised to shortly approach its equivalent
value of twenty five cents per peak panel watt
utility scale projects .

Much more here.

September 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Some previous archaeological cloud projects for you on our
hanging canals
have been listed here, here, here, and here.

Let's try a FIFTH 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 4WD TEAM procedures 
and techniques for a moderate but not extreme 4 hour 

Using this and something like this, go to N 32.80245
W 109.78926
 and see if it is in fact a portion of the
Robinson Ditch.

If so, trace it north and south as far as possible.
With goals of linking the known  upmesa portion
and finding the canal's presumed destination
somewhere in the Robinson Flat area.

Record pictures and GPS locations.

If not, go upmesa as far as required to link the
obvious main portion of the Robinson Ditch and
separately proceed tracing it northward.

A related project is to try and prove there is or is
not an ( unlikely ) eastern branch linking or possibly
forming the Golf Course Canal somewhere in the
neighborhood of N 32.79851 W 109.78157.

The main canal route is clearly but questionably marked
on the topo map.

Note that the 4WD tracks near N 32.80554 W 109.77593
may need some shovel work. Use caution.

September 7, 2014 deeplink respond

We looked at some one point perspective tricks here.

Newer is another example with its original here and its
final here. This one can be done without using my
perspective utilities

Sometimes a "minor partial repair" scheme can quickly
give you highly useful results.

You first rotate the image so the center dominate
line ( the top front edge ) is truly horizontal. Then
you fudge the upper and lower dominate horizontal
lines ( the top rear edge and the front bottom ) in
Paint so they are truly horizontal. You do this by
modifying and sharpening the image to background
edges. Only a minor adjustment is needed for this
particular image.

Then you adjust the left and right lower front edges so
they are truly vertical rather than slanty trapezoidal.

By one of the most astounding coincidences that
sometimes infest this blog, this instrument just
happens to be up on our eBay store.

September 6, 2014 deeplink respond

One of our apparent rules for eBay success involves maintaining
a 30:1 or higher SBR or sell buy ratio. Per details found in
various resources linked here.

As we've seen many times, such high SBR's are fairly easily
reached through online industrial auctions often involving contents
of cabinet or contents of room lots
. As offered by these and
similar sources.

Your own secret supply resources can be created for you
per these details.

Keeping your inventory costs super low is thus crucial. A rule
we try to follow is to make sure that 95% of your bids are
rejected and outbid by others.

The secret insider trick to making this work, of course, is to
always bid on TWENTY TIMES as much stuff as you could
possibly use.

A related rule in any online auction is to always bid about 130
percent of your absolute maximum ONCE very late in the
auction, but NEVER so late that it trips any vile and obscene
auto extensions.

And, of course, to NEVER get into a pissing contest with
another bidder.

September 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Brown's Gas seems to be once again trying to reincarnate itself.
As usual through its manic fan club at the Church of the Latter Day

Meanwhile, here is where you go for the insider secrets of How
to Totally Trash an Onboard Vehicle Electrolysizer

September 4, 2014 deeplink respond

Boo. Hiss.

A rather impressive potential electrolysis breakthrough has been
totally trashed by a "not even wrong" press release in which
those lacking in engineering expertise could mistakenly conclude that
all you need to solve the hydrogen car economy is a single AAA cell.

Yes, they did apparently find a way to somewhat increase the
efficiency and reduce the cost of electrolysis used for chemical
apps, industrial refining, and related non bulk energy uses.

Per this paper.

What they don't mention is that electrolysis is inherently a low
voltage process
that they only made slightly lower. A useful
non-demo electrolysizer would still take tens of thousands of
of current. Or its equivalent energy in stacked cells.

Equal to your entire town's supply of AAA batteries placed in
series or parallel.

One more time: There is a fundamental thermodynamic principle
called exergy that absolutely guarantees that hydrogen for
vehicle or other bulk energy from grid, pv, alternator ( and certainly
not primary batteries ) flat out ain't gonna happen.

For the simple reason that electrolysis is the process of
converting very high value energy into very low value
And is pretty much the same as 1:1 exchanging
US dollars for Mexican Pesos.

Much more here.

September 3, 2014 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are a new class of mathematical functions that allow
the synthesis of digital power sinewaves with any arbitrary number of
low harmonics efficiently forced to precisely zero in theory and to astonishingly
low levels ( -65 decibels or better ) in practice.

Our magic sinewave library can be found here, an incredibly fast and
powerful calculator based on a sneaky trig identity here, and an
independent third party researcher here.

Present work involves translating these to the Raspberry Pi. The
disadvantage, of course, is a much higher cost than using a PIC.

But there are otherwise overwhelming advantages.

Amplitude and frequency setting now combined.
Real world harmonics can now be even lower.
One memory card can hold zillions of sinewaves.
Filtering simplification through different "n" values.
More of solution can now be standard hardware.
Research tools can now be more readily available.
Different "flavors" of magic sinewaves easily compared.
Reduction of pinch points through higher delay resolution.
Cleaner and more simplified coding.

The innermost secret to computing magic sinewaves is being able to
quickly calculate extremely precise long time delays. Preferably to
one machine cycle precision. This is well beyond any higher level
language, and the Adrino sometimes plays jitter tricks for optimization
in how it plays with its instruction set. But it does have a jitter free
high resolution time delay that seems ideal for Magic Sinewaves.

Here's what the key code for one n=10 quadrant might look like.

# quadrant one (0 through 90 degrees)
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=96040
bl wait
str r6,[r3]
ldr r1,=11658
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=84625
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=23113
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=73662
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=34160
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=63361
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=44596
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=53934
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=54215
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=45596
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=62801
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=38560
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=70106
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=33034
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=75813
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=29213
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=79518
bl wait
str r2,[r4]
ldr r1,=27255
bl wait
str r2,[r3]
ldr r1,=40407
bl wait

# more quadrants here

An executive guide to magic sinewaves can be found here, and the
secret insider tricks to achieving three phase compatibility here.

At present, magic sinewave research funding is a tad on the thin
side. Your active participation would be more than welcome.

Consulting and seminars available.

September 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Free online copies of Ruthroff's classic broadband transformer
paper can be found here.

September 1, 2014 deeplink respond

Got a helpline call [ (928) 428-4073 ] asking how to encode special
Eastern European  characters into a PostScript font.

The key document is called Roman Font Re-Encoding Issues
available free as Adobe Technical Note #5125. The big
appears as the Adobe Reference Manual. Special font
characters can also be done as Glyphs if they are not
already precoded.

My own PostScript stuff appears here, with my Gonzo
Utilities here and here. An ancient video here. And great
heaping bunches of PostScript stuff here.

One of many sneaky tricks in Gonzo is the ability to
overstrike characters with the |o command. This
lets you add a canyon tilde to a font where it is not
normally available, or else complement a logic variable
by putting a horizontal line above it.

August 31, 2014 deeplink respond

The seminal Richard Feynman physics lectures are now freely
available online.

My favorite part is where you cannot tell if a uniform magnetic field is
rotating or not because there are no such things as magnetic lines.

Richard Feynman was a bongo drum player. While inventing quantum
mechanics, building the atomic bomb, cracking safes, solving the
Challenger tragedy, teaching at Cal Tech, and playing practical jokes.

August 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Two standard methods to compare energy density are by volume
as in watthours per liter or by weight as in wathours per kilogram.

Gasoline is often a standard of comparison at 9600 watthours per
liter and 13,500 watthours per kilogram
. Lithium batteries only
can normally provide 250 watthours per liter or 350 watthours
per kilogram. Raw unstrored STP hydrogen gas theoretically
offers 39,000 watthours per kilogram but only a ludicrous
2.7 watthours per liter

But the 39,000 watthours per kilogram is utterly useless smoke and
Energy density by weight is only of interest for extraterrestrial
apps and is totally worthless otherwise. Ferinstence, if a miracle
liquid equal to the gasoline volumetric energy density but infinite
kilogrammetric density became available and used, its effect
would be to reduce a vehicle's weight by something like a spectacular
"golly gee mister science" thirty pounds!

A further crucial problem is that the 39,000 watthours per kilogram is
the UNCONTAINED energy density of hydrogen. When containment
devices and methods are considered, the energy density by weight
becomes ridiculously less than gasoline and drops dramatically as
the tank or whatever is emptied. And drops bunches further when
amortization is properly and fully considered.

Much more on all this here. And especially here and here.

August 29, 2014 deeplink respond

We are in the process of revamping our inventory controls
on our eBay sales. Things were getting hard to find and
some items never seemed to get listed at all. And abject
trash was overwhelming our storage areas.

There are four elements of decent inventory control:
(1) an excel data base, (2) areas with known and strictly
limited contents, (3) The actual eBay listings, and (4)
a "secret" code line in each listing with findability docs .

Also important is a testing program that clearly resolves the
apparent condition of each offed item.

And most important is being willing to throw away any stuff
that for any reason does not meet your eBay standards.

More here.

August 28, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Ledford Canals located between  N 32.68456 W 109.76176
and N 32.69322 W 109.72125 are in a very difficult access area
that normally requires extensive hiking, major 4WD, or  ATV
access. These clearly have been adapted for pioneer cattle tank
use. And have not yet been thoroughly or completely studied.

One major goal should be seeking out additional evidence
of underlying prehistoric origins.
There is little to no evidence
of modern concrete, rebar, or access roads and the canals
origins seem totally consistent with nearby ones that appear to be
clearly prehistoric.

There are several significant mesa falloff areas clearly visible
with their greener vegetation .  These need further study as does
the water use below the mesa edge requires further study. Better
mapping and GPS logging are also needed.

The related Metate Peak area also would seem to need further work..

August 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Camera auto focus may not work all that great with a black
on black subject.

Several things to try is to place the object on a sheet of
high contrast text,
to back the camera off and use a
smaller composition where depth of field is less critical,
or to place the object between a pair of items that are
good at autofocusing.

More here.

August 26, 2014 deeplink respond

And here are the simplified steps involved in us doing a
eBay photo...

determine "best choice" suitability for now
decide camera or scanner
thoroughly clean item
setup lighting
prop or support as best view

compose image
take 15 megapixel picture
transfer to pc
crop somewhat oversize
rotate principal key axis to true vertical

correct architect's perspective
back off red two clicks
verify no unwanted true reds or whites
correct worst lighting defects
do any double, triple, and quadruple exposures

correct appropriate retouching
outline red to zero dropouts or punchthrus
do red inside fills and undercuts
crop to final border
knock out background & vignette

correct any punchthru glitches
resize to 1000 pixels wide
brighten and reduce gamma
sharpen two clicks maximum
save as jpg

backup to website
enter into ebay list.

August 25, 2014 deeplink respond

eBay has started a new valet selling  program that makes
absolutely no sense to me and appears to me to be a
guaranteed recipe for utter and total disaster.

As we've seen here and elsewhere, a useful SBR sell buy ratio
for long term eBay seller success is best kept above 30:1
. This
is equivalent to a 97 percent consignment rate. And is easily
and routinely achieved through "contents of room" and "contents
of cabinet" industrial online auction offerings.

The first big problem with the new service is that I find their SBR
utterly ludicrous at 1.42.
The second are the inherent double
shipping costs
. The third would be the staggering loses involved
in returning unsold items to the original seller. The fourth would
be the shipping delays and the relisting hassles of typically
far overpriced items. The fifth would be the gross overexpectations
typical of non-experienced eBay sellers.

The sixth would be "eat you alive" competition from eBay
sellers routinely using sane SBR's.
And the seventh would be
the usual problems in dealing with the general public.

The bottom line: There are infinitely better merchandise sources
for a long term eBay seller to use.

August 24, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is a fundamental reason why hydrogen
electrolysis from high value pv, grid, battery or alternator
sources is absolutely GUARANTEED to flat out never gonna happen.

The little known but thoroughly studied and documented reason is
called exergy. Exergy is a measure of the present economic value of an
energy source. More significantly, it measures the thermodynamically
reversible remaining energy recovery possible.

Virtually all processes significantly reduce exergy, An unstruck match
has a very high exergy, while the slightly warmer room after the
match is struck has an exceptionally low exergy, thanks to Carnot's

Electricity has exceptionally high exergy, while unstored hydrogen
gas has exceptionally low exergy. And that is before system amortization.

Electrolysis from most pv, grid, or alternator sources for bulk hydrogen
energy thus unavoidably destroys exergy. Big time. It is the equivalent
to 1:1 exchanging US Dollars for Mexican Pesos.

And thus nobody, but nobody could possibly be stupid enough to want to do this.

Much more here.

August 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Google Chrome has a new free SpeedDial ap that basically gives
you a bunch of selectable home pages.

The first screen puts up as many thumbnails as you like.

August 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Many people will do anything to save the environment.

Except take a science course.

August 21, 2014 deeplink respond

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

Henry's Canal seems to only have been "half" studied to
date, with useful coverage only from N 32.73718 W 109.74223
to N 32 44.689’ W 109 43.717. This area is easily traced and
includes a modest hanging portion where the canal first leaves a

It is not clear whether the destination is a field at the latter above
GPS address or whether it merged with a previous version of the
Roper Lake Canal
. The fact that there is a much more complex
and more highly engineered high "bypass" via the Marijilda Roper
path might suggest that Henry's Canal was an earlier version
that may have had significant problems meriting a major rerouting
or expansion.

The initial path from the presumed vicinity of the Marijilda Ruin
to the present survey beginning has not been accurately located.
There are hints of bits and pieces of canals in the area, but
they seem significantly smaller, disjointed, and of apparently
lower quality.

Present tasks are thus to find the "front half" of the Henry's
Canal, to resolve its destination, and to determine why an
alternate path seemed to be corrected.

Much more here.

August 20, 2014 deeplink respond
A good technical reviews of the "new" WWVB can be
found here.

But interest in the potentially spectacularly improved new
phase coding format seems to me to be very slow in developing..

Xtendwave apparently has ES-100 and ES-200 chips only,
but these seem package less. A complete clock is also
supposedly separately in the works by a different
supplier. I've been unable to find further info or chip
data, and things seem to be dragging.

This link suggests big time financial problems.

"Old style" WWVB cards are being discontinued as well,
suggesting a total lack of interest or demand. Before the
new format changes, WWVB had a long history of unreliable

I'm wondering if cell phones largely replace the need for WWVB.

My take on all this way back when can be found here

August 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Current work on the Robinson Ditch hanging canal centers on
the region from
N 32.80197 W 109.78995 to N 32.80316 W 109.78879
per this acme mapper image.

It is not yet known whether this is in fact part of the canal route. Giving
the canal a pioneer topo name obviously implied historic use of some sort,
but the nature of the canal is virtually identical to 30 or more prehistoric
hanging canal examples. With no obvious modern upgrades.

There is also an unlikely possibility that this canal splits and heads east to
become the Golf Course Canal. The southern extension of the Golf
Course Canal remains a major enigmatic mystery.

Similarly, the original destination of the Robinson Ditch remains unknown
but seems restricted to the Robinson Flat area. Other Robinson mysteries
remaining are the early routing from a presumed source as the spring in
Spring Canyon. And the presumed "high route" following the HS
Canal split.

A review of pioneer journals and documents might prove interesting.

Field Mice Welcome. More here. With an ongoing blog right here.
A mid-week tour is planned October 14th and 15th

August 18, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's the steps we go through to list an eBay item...

Triage, clean, test, and verify as best listee now.
Photograph, postproc, and save image.
Research current value, demand, and competition.
Find best useful helping third party web link.
Start "sell similar" from best previous.

Pick appropriate store and eBay categories.
Add longest possible title.
Pick and expand condition. Avoid "used".
Clear old galley picture; add new one.
Add more photos only when genuinely useful.

Flush worthless "removes".
State quantity available as lead bold.
Add selling text from general to specific.
State origin, provenience, and accurate condition.
Provide useful third party web links.

Restate exactly what is being offered.
Include any needed cautions or warnings.
Add Paypal boilerplate.
State exact and accurate shipping charges.
Provide links for more personal help.

Add "secret" code line-for location, pix url, etc...
Enter price and optional buy it now.
Update ship info. Use priority mail when possible.
Verify charges to avoid unwanted selections.
Carefully proof, especially any unremoved text.

Actually click on the list tab.
Verify links and typos.
Create an inventory tag. Forward to stock.
Have third party reproof and enter as inventory.

You can find listing examples here. And more help here.

August 17, 2014 deeplink respond

It is a lot more fun to go to auctions and to post proc pictures
than it is to list stuff on eBay.

As a result, we seem to have stashes as much as TEN YEARS
old that have never been listed.

Important new rules are...

If you touch it, deal with it completely.
Aim for a 28 day cashout and 15 month sellout.
If you photo it, postproc it and list it.
Avoid storing anything not listed.
Tighten inventory control dramatically.

Be able to quickly find everything.
Thoroughly test everything testable.
Sell only the best, flush the rest.
$9 lot, $70 total minimums.
Continually ask "Why hasn't this been listed?"

Give potential higher income items priority.
Be willing to cheaply relist for weeks or months.
Start with high listing, then slowly drop to reasonable.
Minimize rental fees and other forward obligations.
Be generous with full refunds; block bad buyers.

Flush problem items for whatever reason.

August 16, 2014 deeplink respond

Some CCFL fluorescent sleezoids have changed the shape
( and raised the price ) of their lamps to try and convince
you they really are LED's.

Which raises an interesting point and an obviously missed
marketing importunity:. An old lightbulb in a typical ceiling
fixture is more or less omnidirectional. Which means that
about half of its light inefficiently goes "up" to light the

But LED's can easily be made unidirectional or have any
pattern you like. Why not make a version that shines
"mostly down", without going to actual spotlights or
excessively narrow patterns ?

The perceived room illumination should appear
substantially higher for the same energy input.

August 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Nearly all newsgroups have either vanished completely or
have become a rude and vile ( and utterly useless ) shadow
of their one time greatness.
With social media being the
apparent culprit of their demise.

sci.energy.hydrogen is thankfully dead, with the word having 
finally gotten out that exergy flat out guarantees the hydrogen
economy is a ludicrous joke that will be stillborn at best. Not to
mention that outright scams are at long last being seen for their
"gross and egregious fraud" actuality.

Sadly, alt.marketing.online.ebay has become all but useless. But I
still find sci.electronics.design enormously useful. At which you
can often find any answer to any question.

Also remaining highly useful are comp.lang.postscript and

August 14, 2014 deeplink respond

An eBay auction is somewhat similar to a classic Vickrey
in that the final price is determined by the SECOND
highest bidder plus the current bit increment. Many online
auctions will also use proxy bidding but will add a vile and
despicable automatic auction extension to the mix.

Here is the auction strategy that works for us, both online or
eBay: Proxy bid 125% of your absolute maximum and do
so only ONCE very late in the auction. But NEVER so
late as to trip an auto extension.

There normally can be only one of two possible results -
either you win the auction - usually for a lot less than you
really are willing to pay. Or you are laughing yourself silly
over that epsilon minus who just badly overpaid.

Three to five minutes before any auto extension trip time
is usually optimal, as this allows for password hassles or
multiple lots that close at or near the same time.

The reasoning on 125% of your maximum is that almost
always you will either be badly outbid or you will win
for significantly less than you were willing to pay.
the average, your actual win price should be less than your
intended maximum.

You can think of the extra 25% as dollar cost averaging,
in which most of the buys are enough under your real
maximum that they more than cover any single excess.

The reasoning on NEVER tripping an extension is
that it reveals your intent and starts nearly always
unwinnable pissing contests. There also can be
conflicts with multiple closures.

It also pays to bid in strange penny increments. Of
utmost importance is recognizing the "don't go there"
currency thresholds. People do not like to break a
twenty, hate to break a hundred, and refuse to break
a thousand.

Thus, you should alway bid ABOVE a currency threshold.
Such as $21.29. Naturally, when listing or selling, you should
use $19.73 instead.

Much more here.

August 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Picked up a bunch of interesting all-the-bells-and-whistles
traffic light controllers and got them up onto eBay.
include bicycle lanes, walk-don't-walk, left turns, time of
day, emergency access, power backup, etc etc...

These are Legacy Econolite ASC/2S-2100 units removed
from service by a larger Arizona City. They are believed
functional and we guarantee them to be usable by an
appropriately trained traffic engineer. Units originally
sold for around $2500 each.
A photo here.

There are several minor gotchas. The power is normally
input by way of a very fancy "A" connector
. It can
also be found on J19 or on a modified power supply

We are also not sure of the status of the backup battery
jumper. It this was in the "on" position after removal from
service, the chances are the normal small lithium backup
battery may need replacing.

Unit only provides "medium power" I/O. Higher level
ac external drivers may be needed in typical uses.

These should be eminently hackable as a general purpose
automation controller, owing the the huge number of
inputs and outputs.

We have ten of these. We may be able to find some more.
Most include codes taped to them. Free programming manuals
are available here
and free service manuals here.

And more help here.

August 12, 2014 deeplink respond

How much photo retouching is "enough"?

I strongly feel that a minimum of 90 percent of your
picture taking and processing time should be spent in
. Which has given us the finest photos on
eBay bar none.

But how much is too much? Here is an original photo,
its postproced version suitable for sale as a collectible,
and its total rebuild suitable for normal product sale
or for an ebook restoration.

"How much" very much depends on the funding and
the purpose of the postproc.
A general guide for a
routine eBay quantity item sale might be "about the
same postproc as goes into a Time Magazine ad.

We'll first assume that you have unarguable IP
intellectual property rights to the subject photos.

OR that those rights are exceptionally mukry
enough through age, acquisitions, and bankruptcies
that you are highly unlikely to be hassled over them.

Or that the first sale doctrine lets you photograph and
use obviously protected media.

If the postproc is being used for an eBook rebuild,
the usual criterion is "How much can you afford?"
In the way of time and effort that you can put into
the project for the projected financial or ego return.

If the posproc is being used for an eBay "new other" subject,
the guideline should be to accurately represent the item
being sold. Distortion correction, sharpening, background
vignetting, lighting improvement, "cleaning" items that
will also be cleaned before shipment, etc, are normally
reasonably justified.

On the other hand, if the postproc is being used on a
collectible, the final result should still accurately and
honestly reflect the exact condition of the item being

Tools for our postproce include our Architect's
Distortion Corrector
, our Auto Vignetting Backgrounder,
and our Bitmap Typewriter, along with this older tutorial.

Consulting services available.

August 11, 2014 deeplink respond

It sure would be nice if someone would provide a
complete set of reprints to Popular Electronics
Radio ElectronicsElectronics World, and even
Modern Electronics.

Scant bits and pieces can be found here and there.

I am in the process of restoring and uploading at
least some of my reprints here. And some of the
secrets of stunning precyber scan improving here.

Jeff Duntemann has reprinted the Carl and Jerry 
series here. And Michael Holly has some of the 
SWTP related stuff here.

Note that there are two different Electronics Worlds.
The one of interest here is a US magazine that started
off as Radio and TV News and became Popular
Electronics. There is also a British Electronics World
magazine that used to be Wireless World.

More recent reprints of Kilobaud can be found here.

August 10, 2014 deeplink respond

Our architect's perspective routines can also be used
for one point perspective! Although the times and places
where this might be wanted may be limited.

We just uploaded a humongous public utility current
transformer to eBay. And as this image shows us, it
ended up as a good one point candidate.

Our perspective corrector normally makes corrections
horizontal line by horizontal line
. So, you first do a
"regular" correction to make all vertical lines truly

Next, you rotate the partially corrected image by 90
degrees and do a new correction
. Then you rotate back.

One minor gotcha: If the second correction is narrower
at the top, you have to use a negative value for howmuchtilt.

I'm not sure what the exactly correct term for this projection is.
It may instead be dimetric or nearly so. At any rate, you have two
orthogonal and full scale X and Y axes, and the Z axes diminishes
somewhat diagonally into the image. Regardless, the projection is
eminently suitable for this particular subject.

Just noticed that there are slight differences in scale between the north,
south,. east, and west portions of the body. This can be corrected
simply by cutting and repasting the "hole" somewhat to the southeast.

This example also shows off our bitmap typewriter. Which gives
you the highest possible resolution and sharpness this side
of subpixel techniques.

More here. Consulting services available.

August 9, 2014 deeplink respond

I was asked for my views on copyright. The present system,
of course is ludicrous and has the exact opposite of the 
intended initial purpose. It is also clearly in the process
of self destruction.

Copyright should BRIEFLY provide protection and income for
the INDIVIDUAL involved and nothing more. It should be
primarily based on common law copyright where anything
is immediately protected once it appears in tangible 
form. Free of fees or registration.

For the INDIVIDUAL involved, copyright should initially be
for 34 months. Renewable only once and then only under
exceptional circumstances. 

For heirs, corporations, agents, or similar sleezoids, copyright
should be strictly limited to 17 months, nonrenewable under any 
. With MANDITORY transfer to the public 
domain afterward.

August 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Josh Billings quote, often wrongly attributed to Mark

"I've never known an auctioneer to lie. Unless it was
absolutely convenient."

August 7, 2014 deeplink respond

Hewlett Packard aka Agilent is now Keysite Technologies.

One of the worst electronic test instrument secrets of all time
was that the last decent oscilloscope that HP ever built was the 130C.

For years and years, to them, "trigger" was a horse.

August 6, 2014 deeplink respond

As we have seen here and here, not one net watt of pv
solar energy has ever been produced
. And that net
energy sustainability and renewability can be predicted
some eight years after the average price of solar panels
drops under twenty five cents per peak panel watt.

The time delay being at least partially being caused by zillions
of new and unreturned investment dollars being thrown at
an obvious new breakthrough.

Amazingly, we are almost ( but not quite ) there. A few
panel buys are now showing up at thirty four cents per
peak panel watt,
based on full container sales to utility
grade projects.

Also of interest is a new thermal solar development in Gila
Bend. This one gets rid of many of the "power tower"
problems ( like blinding pilots, scamming bureaucrats, bird roasts,
trashing local weather, and creating the highest structures in the
state ) and has an  enormous advantage over straight pv in that
energy can be stored for up to five hours.

And thus both runs in the dark and often meets peak demand hours.

Yet I feel that it is unlikely that solar pv will ultimately be
able to compete with pv on long term price and scalability.

More here.

August 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Despite all the "apologist" publications that think they see 
a future in books, I remain firmly convinced that the sudden
and complete demise of books will happen faster and more
spectacularly than anyone could possibly imagine.

No, decent readers are not here yet, and yes, the ludicrosities
of DRM and copyright have not yet been blown aside. But
it is just a matter of time. And ebooks are already outselling
dead tree ones by an ever expanding margin. The key point is 
that there are clearly fatal flaws in books as an info 
distribution method.

Flaws that are utterly and totally bypassed by electronic
media distribution. Let' s start with two subtle ones and
then go on to the obvious...

The first is the dirty little secret of the book industry:
Because of the Thor Decision, your federal government in
their infinite wisdom pays publishers to shred books. In
fact, more books have recently been shredded that were
destroyed during the entire dark ages. 

Overwhelmingly so.

This happens because the IRS ruled that back inventory
has to be carried at full value, rather than its scrap or
remainder value. Thus, any book that drops even a 
little bit in current sales popularity gets destroyed and 
becomes terminally unavailable. 

The second and not too unobvious secret is that students
are pissed over dragging around backpacks. And a revolt
against at least the heavier of them would seem in the offering.

Going to the more obvious, books cannot be full text 
searched. Books lack links. Adding color and images to books 
is expensive, but virtually free with electronic distribution.
Many books never sell and have to be destroyed. It takes
time and energy to haul books around or store them. 
Books can't
easily be read out loud. Most books are only read once. 

The total energy waste and carbon footprint of books 
utterly and totally overwhelms that of what goes into
the readers. While some quote a "twenty books to pay
for one reader's environmental impact", the average
reader can eventually be expected to provide access
to thousands or tens of thousands of titles. 

An utterly overwhelming superiority.

Electronic media is instantly available 24/7. Its storage
space and volume is negligible. Prep time is ridiculously
shorter and simpler. Revisions, updates, and corrections
are trivial.

A brick and mortar bookstore at best can stock something like 
5000 different titles in modest quantities. But even the
smallest and sleaziest of online suppliers today can provide
millions of titles in unlimited numbers of copies. And that
is before the upcoming petabyte revolution where all books
can be provided all at once on a single thumb drive. 

Acceptance of an eBook for publication is a certainty. As
opposed to a dead tree publisher who shall remain unnamed
who sat on one of my titles for over a year and then rejected
it because it was "not timely". 

There's finally accumulating outrage over scholarly pub
houses charging utterly outrageous prices for research that 
was paid for by your tax dollars in the first place. Open 
source publication is now well on the way to becoming
inevitably dominant.

On the other side of the fence, Book-on-Demand publishing
largely arrived stillborn. Its window has slammed shut. Owing 
to outrageous costs and the key problems of economical trimming 
and binding having never been addressed, let alone solved.

Our own eBooks can be found here and our classic reprints

August 4, 2014 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 405 main entries.

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

August 3, 2014 deeplink respond

Speaking of Apple computers, I seem to have THE
definitive stash of many hundreds of Apple IIe, Apple IIc,
and Apple IIGS computers, cards, drives, and such.

Plus a few commodores and even a rare pre Osborne I.

I'd like to clear these with a bulk sale that should
represent an outstanding investment opportunity.

Most of these are retired from high school service
and are fairly clean. Some appear ready to use,
while others may need some restoration of parts

The only Gotcha is the sale is for the lot and you
have to arrange your own shipping.
These should
fit a pickup or a larger SUV and there is a U-Haul
literally on premises. A UPS Store type of competitor
can be found here, and outstanding shipping rates
can be found through U-Ship.

Estimated weight is around 900 pounds.
Volume would depend on the repacking.

Some photos can be found here, here, here, here, here,
here, and here. I am presently working up a complete
inventory and will publish it on eBay shortly.

We will gladly help you with loading. You can enail
for further details.

August 2, 2014 deeplink respond

We are currently dramatically cutting back on our unlisted
eBay items, combined with more testing and better inventory

One of the surprises of triaging away far too many items
that got away with being unlisted for far too long was to
discover a buried Osborn I computer!

A real Osborn I from the first production run! With a
serial number of #230. It is still untested and not quite
mint, needing a spacebar replacement, missing the vent
cover, and having its keyboard base painted the wrong
But appearing to be eminently restorable.

I'm not sure how close a readily findable Apple II
spacebar will work. I suspect some equalizer rework
may be needed as a bare minimum.

Osborne boot code is readily available free here. You
will, of course, need to translate this from your modern
download browser code to a single sided single density
5-1/4 inch floppy diskette. Much of the other Osborne
software should also be readily available online.

Please email me if you want to get in ahead of the
hoarders on this one.

August 1, 2014 deeplink respond

The easternmost two Cluff Ponds are rather unusual in that
they clearly are at two different elevations. With the smaller
eastern pond being higher than the western one which seems
to act acting as an overflow route.

Which might suggest underlying prehistoric fields.

The larger pond presently has a pool measurable from Google
of 3113 feet. The smaller eastern pond presently has a
pool of 3123 feet. There is a separating dam between the two
that has a half elevation channel cut through it, apparently
around 3118 feet.

The feeder canal slopes from 3140 feet, cleanly making it
a supplier from its Ash Creek source.

Apparently, when the big pond fills, there is backflow through
the separating dam, protecting the maximum allowable height.
On a recent visit, there was just enough rain to add water to
the smaller eastern dam that there was a counterflow, with
water barely flowing from east to west. This would seem highly

July 31, 2014 deeplink respond

Proving that the second Cluff Ponds canal does or does not
have prehistoric origins is proving problematical.

Canal #30 does have a well defined but abandoned historical
purpose in feeding two easternmost Cluff Ponds from Ash Creek.
There is no concrete or steel involved and there is no maint

There are many potsherds in the area, at least one major
nearby ruin, and several smaller ones. The length and purpose
of the canal for prehistoric uses is rather obvious, and NOT
using it prehistorically would be highly conspicuous by its absence.

The area is also the "most riparian" of the known canal sites and
would be the easiest to develop as well. The engineering would
appear trivial compared to the other known canal routes.

Parts of the canal approach a two meter depth, but the total
excavation is much less than the aqueduct, the HS canal,
of the Allen Canal cut below the dam.

Acme Mapper does suggest a third canal in the area which
could become Canal #31 and which would tend to verify
#30 also being prehistoric. However, this week's attempt
at ground truth strongly suggested this is an abandoned
and ungraded vehicle two track. The slope, while quite
uniform, seems to barely miss being canal useful.

Approaches to resolving Cluff would be contacting
knowledgeable historians and historic records for the
area. And thoroughly mapping non-canal prehistoric
sites and artifacts in the area.

July 30 2014 deeplink respond

Just noticed that the latest solid stare drives are
approaching half a terabyte.

But why piss around with terabytes at all?
Let's just get into the petabyte era and be
done with it.

After all, there is no sane reason that ALL books
cannot appear on a single petabyte thumb
drive. Or All movies. Or All music. Or ALL

Although a single drive for EVERYTHING might
have to wait for the upcoming Exabyte era.

I can see some interesting IP questions coming up
over this inevitable development.

July 29, 2014 deeplink respond

The original to the Xylophone Duet can be found here.

July 28, 2014 deeplink respond

Sally, our number two dog, got her coat so heavy and so
matted that we couldn't tell for sure if there was a dog
in there somewhere or not

Don't know if it was a coincidence, but after a normal
trimming to normal dog fur size, she seemed to develop
an abject fear of thunder.

It turns out that this is fairly common and that there is an
"acupuncture like" cure called a ThunderShirt. Supposedly
the pressure of a jacket has an enormous caliming effect.

As might bunches of extra fur.

Its too early to tell for sure, but the ThunderShirt seems to
be both working and cost effective.

July 27, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is a very easy way to get rid of .JPG
edge artifacts. Simply knock out the background and
replace it with a slightly mottled one.

The continuing changing colors prevent the usual "ghost
lines" from appearing.

Many examples appear in our eBay photos. There
is an automatic background mottler in our bitmap
. A collection of useful bitmap mottled
backgrounds appears here. And our automatic
background vignetter
does the task semi-automatically.

Consulting services available.

July 26, 2014 deeplink respond

A tutorial on the bitmap .BMP format can be found here.

We have a bitmap typewriter that can give you the finest
possible bitmap text resolution this side of using the
subpixel techniques discussed here, here, and here.

Two examples can be found here and here.

One minor gotcha: The present version of the bitmap
typewriter is intended for use with Ghostscript because
of Adobe's banning of diskfile reads and writes in

July 25, 2014 deeplink respond

An internal upgrade at Fatcow caused our banner rotators
to not work for the last few days. Posting a directive error

The problem has supposedly been repaired.

Please report any further issues.

It turns out you have to specify the allowable downloading of
any less-than-usual filetypes in a AddType text/x-server-parsed-
html .htm .html .shtml .asp .psl.js

Fatcow is an associate of ours. To date their job ticket
approach to solving problems has been consistently

July 24, 2014 deeplink respond

I was surprised to see that Android cell phones have dozens
of free aps that are electronic bubble level related.

These might prove barely useful for our hanging canal work
especially where canal slopes and routings need proven.

Most of the schemes are based on using the internal game 3-axis
accelerometer to measure the X and Y gravity acceleration
The tangent gives you the tilt and ( because of quadrature ),
the measured tilt is largely independent of the absolute
gravity acceleration

A tutorial with the underlying math can be found here.

Many interesting components can be found at Sparkfun

July 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Canal #30 in Cluff Ponds is proving very difficult to establish
whether it does or does not have a prehistoric origin.

Its last use was clearly historic, providing water from Ash
Creek to one or two of two easternmost reservoirs. It
seems presently derelict. There is no iron, concrete,
or maint road. Nor any obvious use of heavy machinery.

But a maximum depth may exceed two meters. Which would
seem excessively atypical of prehistoric designs. .

There is a major ruin in the area, and wide distributions
of potsherds, both sparse and dense. IF this was NOT
a location for a prehistoric canal project, it certainly
would be conspicuous by its absence.

It certainly could serve as a "starter canal project" centered
on the most riparian and most workable of the southern bajadas.

Perhaps a thorough survey of prehistoric but non-canal
artifacts in the area could resolve the problem. There is
a hint of a possible second canal not yet verified that
clearly would have prehistoric potential.

Besides bailing #30 out.

There is also compelling evidence that quite a few of the
historic canals were based on "steal the plans". It certainly
is much easier to "dig out an old ditch" than it is to
engineer, design, and construct a new canal from scratch.

Tours and lectures available. Funds and Draganflys

July 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Buying and selling old test instruments can be fraught with
Especially on eBay where the acquisition and resale
shipping charges can eat you alive. Yes, opportunities
abound for certain items of certain ages, but random
instruments are likely to end up short.

Many instruments are now called Boat Anchors judging
by their extreme weight and their use inconvenience.
Ham radio operators who are the fans of boat anchors
sold at hamfests can usually be spotted by their extremely
long arms.

A good source for BA info can be found here. Most manuals
are now available free on the web, with originals typically
going for $25 and CD ripoff collections selling for as low
as $5 each. Many years ago, both HP ( Agilent ) and Tektronix
purposely placed nearly all of their legacy docs in the
public domain. An incredible stupidity involving Heathkit
has caused some problems, but web docs are rapidly now
re-emerging. Such as here, or here.

Yeah, some things have extreme value. Such as certain
HP and Tek gear, early computer collectibles, classic
General Radio and Shallcross gear, and even Western
Electric ancient electronic components.

There's little demand for integrated circuits that are
pre flash. Or chips of smaller memory capacity.
Unless you have MIL Spec originals in original
sealed packaging. These can be outrageously profitable
even justifying their usually slow sales rate.

But some items have no value whatsoever. Ferinstance:
CRT monitors except for legacy collectibles. Analog
TV Test equipment such as waveform monitors or
vectorscopes . Chart recorders or pen plotters with their
supply and maint hassles.

Older unstuffed circuit boards are largely useless,
even if you have the schematics for them. But the
parts that go into thru-hole boards can be very good
sellers indeed. Trying to salvage gold off the boards
is almost always dangerous, poisonous, and nonprofitable.

Pre ROHS stuff is not supposed to be used in new
production, especially anything involving lead or

Sometimes stripping and rebuilding can recover hidden
value. I bid on a whole trailer full of "burned out" traffic
light controllers. Turns our that almost all of them had
overheated input caps and the solid state relays
were perfectly good $10 eBay sellers.

Surprisingly, some Tektronix gear has zero demand.
This includes most any oscilloscope based on a
storage tube or scan converter. Also, most of their
Doghouse scopes, with the 545 and 585 just barely
holding their own. 7000 series is a joke, and 5000
series is not even funny. Tek also had a bunch of Fourier
Analyzers based on Windows 3.0 or worse. These
typically have glacial and impossible to find software
combined with memory best described as mesmerizingly

Wet "slopping in the slush" darkroom stuff also has
zero interest, unless old enough to be collectible or
lenses salvageable for new uses. Interest in most anything
Polaroid is pretty much zilch. Nobody uses fiber optics
for anything local anymore.

Spectrum analyzers sell well IF they are newer ones that
use Fast Fourier Transforms for a dramatic speedup.
For some uses, sound cards can be substituted for a
"real" FFT machine. As can a VHF tuner.

Demand for oscilloscopes has dropped dramatically,
first because of much lighter hobby use and second
because of PC based USB units that are often much
cheaper and better.

Most vintage analog power supplies have gotten blown
out of the saddle by switchmode units that are ridiculously
smaller and lighter. And old network gear is klunky and
incompatible and way too slow. We've had replacement
phonograph needles listed for years with zero interest.

AC instruments that predated sane priced rms techniques.

Wall wart anythings are reaching end of life, standardizing
on cheap and better USB 5 volt 1 amp switchmode supplies.

Second tier "ham" test equipment such as Eico, Olsen,
B&K, Radio Shack and the rest of the gang has become relatively
worthless. Except for occasional rare mint Heathkits.

More on related stuff here and here.

July 21, 2014 deeplink respond

I was surprised to see that the flux inside rolls of solder
has a shelf life. Per these details.

The solder rolls we are selling on eBay should still remain
useful, but we have no idea how old they actually are.

They were current use aerospace surplus and we have
held them around a year or so. We will definitely
guarantee them useful.

July 20, 2014 deeplink respond

Speaking of test gear, we do have some highly collectible or
otherwise useful General Radio instruments newly up on
our eBay site.

The most impressive is a near mint copy of their #1863
Clones of these still sell new for $4300.00

We also have a very rare, much older, used, and far cheaper
#1644 Megohmmeter in a larger and older package. Either of
these instruments can read to 1 TeraOhm ( ! ) and are
normally used for electrical insulation safety and
similar apps.

And we also have a classic Strobotac 1531A in clean used
condition and apparently fully working. This one does
have a minor hardware mod made to the handle. It can
be used to measure the speed of moving machinery or
for freeze frame and similar ultra speed photography.

July 19, 2014 deeplink respond

We still get emails over accepting checks and VISA/MC.

We had accepted VISA/MC for many years. But since nearly
all of our sales are now Paypal, the minimum monthly charge
on VISA/MC clearly makes them noncompetitive.

As to checks, all they do is convert an instant and hassle
free transaction into one that may or may not take place
some place in the dark distant future

We have gotten to the point where we feel that the
overwhelming majority of users of checks are felons,
flakes, and troublemakers.

To the point where you clearly label yourself one if you
even have to ask.

Additional eBay secrets here and auction secrets here.

July 18, 2014 deeplink respond

I started working on my Kilobaud Reprints. You'll find
Clocked Logic III ( A CMOS Cookbook reprint ) here.

Some of these may not be the quality I am aiming for.
We have some spectacular restoration techniques for
Linotype era technical stuff, but there has to be enough
interest to justify the time required to generate any .psl

July 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Plans are underfoot for a rare midweek October 14th and 15th
tour of the Bajada Hanging Canals. Possibly combined with an
October 19th Saturday Night Discovery Park Lecture. Or,
alternatively, Branding Iron ribs night.

Dr. James Neely and several other archaeological heavies
are expected to participate.

email me if you have any interest in attending.

July 16, 2014 deeplink respond

WhatTheFont is an apparently new way to auto identify
fonts from an input .BMP or .JPG sample. Input is best
100 pixels high with horizontal non-touching characters.

.PDF samples are not accepted, but you can use Acrobat XI
to convert sampled text to .JPG or .BMP formats.

Non obvious is that this can give you a list of stock fonts
that approximate any given ClearScan glyph collection.

Replacing ClearScan with an ordinary font can have all sorts
of size and retexting advantages. Or even for simplified searching
or changing colors or modifying backgrounds..

July 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Just added a classic General Radio Strobotac to our eBay
offerings. Per this image.

This is a legendarily superb vacuum tube era instrument
that can be used to measure the speed of moving machinery
or to freeze frame ultra high speed photography and similar
special effects.

Unit is in fairly clean used condition with reasonable brightness
apparently remaining in the lamp. A minor workaround has been
made to the cover hardware.

New clones sell for $5180.00

July 14, 2014 deeplink respond

A Raspberry PI Model B+ is newly available per this video.

Same price, more ports, lower power consumption, smaller
memory cards, and several other mostly minor improvements.

July 13, 2014 deeplink respond

We are in the process of adding a bunch of premium grade
classic panel meters to our eBay offerings.

Some of these have panel markings ( or even blank panels )
that are different from their underlying ratings, so the
question comes up how do you tell an ac meter from a dc
one and what are its ratings?

Unless super premium and ultra expensive, a classic analog
meter is unlikely to be more sensitive than 100 microamperes.

You can check one of these with a D cell and a series 150K
resistor. Just in case, though, hit it initially with the briefest of

To tell an ac meter from a dc meter, reverse the polarity. If the
reading still goes upscale, you have an ac meter. If the reading
reverses, you have a dc meter.

Note that ac meters are normally calibrated some 11 percent
high. Owing to the difference between a rms and an average
ac sinewave.

Ammeters with an internal shunt require a different technique.
First "sneak up" on the current with 15K, 1.5K,150 Ohm and
15 Ohm resistors to make absolutely sure an external shunt is
not involved.

Once you are sure it really is a high current ammeter, go to a
regulated and current limited power supply and try suitable
preset current limits of one, two, or more amperes
. Once again,
an ac meter reads upscle with either dc polarity.

July 12, 2014 deeplink respond

Added our classic Winning the Micro Game Kilobaud
reprint to our classic reprints stash.

There were also some cartoonish showcards that went
with this when lecturing. Done by a real artist. I'm not
sure if these can still be found.

A major stash of Kilobaud magazine full reprints can be
found here. I'll try to excerpt and text recognize more of
my stuff from here as time permits.

July 11, 2014 deeplink respond

The reason for the shuffling interest was an innocent but
infuriatingly obsessive question during a TFD address drill.

Each fireman would write their address on a card and the
cards would be shuffled for the "you are the dispatcher -
provide hydrants and routing"

Shuffling very often would leave at least one fireman with
their own card, requiring adjustment. Somebody asked
"What are the odds of getting at least one self return?"

This depends on the total number of cards. For 20 cards,
the odds of everybody getting their own card back is
one in 2^20th or one in 1,048,576.

AKA "Taint likely McGee".

The odds of a self-hit will change with each shuffle,
but run the math and you will find zero self-hits around
45% of the time, one self-hit around 25% of the time,
two self-hits 15% of the time and far less likely
multiple hits.

The results seem reminiscent of a Raleigh Distribution
and may in fact be somehow related.

The code ( along with a tow-along set of Gonzo Utilities )
can be found here.

Consulting services available.

July 10, 2014 deeplink respond

A possible Visual Basic shuffler that we use in our Banner

function Shuffle () {
Pattern = [ 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, ] ;
index=0 ;
for (TopCard=(Pattern.length - 1);TopCard>0;TopCard-=1)
{SwapCard = Math.floor(Math.random()*(TopCard + 1)) ;
holdem = Pattern[TopCard] ; Pattern [TopCard] = 
Pattern [SwapCard] ; Pattern [SwapCard] = holdem ;} ;} ; 

Shuffle ( ) ;

And one possible Postscript shuffler might be...

/numelements 20 store % the number of elements
/numarray mark 0 1 numelements 1 sub {} for ] store

/swap { numarray length 1 sub -1 1 {/toppos exch store
             /topval numarray toppos get store
             /swappos toppos 1 add random store
             /swapval numarray swappos get store
             numarray toppos swapval put
             numarray swappos topval put
             } for } store

This needs my Gonzo utilities. Which can be run by
Ghostscript but need towed along internally with

Or you can simply copy Gonzo's random command...

/random {rand 65536 div 32768 div mul cvi} def
% as in -- 6 random --

A JavaScript shuffler might look like this...

function Shuffle () {
Pattern = [ 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 ] ;
index=0 ;
for (TopCard=(Pattern.length - 1);TopCard>0;TopCard-=1)
SwapCard = Math.floor(Math.random()*(TopCard + 1)) ;
holdem = Pattern[TopCard] ;
Pattern [TopCard] = Pattern [SwapCard] ;
Pattern [SwapCard] = holdem ;
cument.write (TopCard, " ", SwapCard, " . ") ;
} ; } ;

More Banner Info here.

July 9, 2014 deeplink respond

One of my favorite examples of mathematical subtlety
is the error in the "obvious" card shuffling algorithm.

Why, to shuffle "n" cards, you simply random interchange 
each card with itself or another one in the deck. Right? 


This stunt will end up "fairly close" for a full deck of 52 cards.
But it introduces severe errors for, say, eight banner rotations. 

Here's why: Consider the worst case of a three card deck. 
There can be only six possible outcomes. But there are twenty
seven intermediate results. 6 does not divide into 27 very 
well, so you will have 3 possible outcomes that happen 4
times each and 3 possible outcomes that happen 5 times each! 

The correct ( and actually faster and easier ) algorithm is to 
replace any card with a random choice of itself or any other
card that is LOWER in the deck. 

More here.

July 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Canal #29 of our prehistoric hanging canals is proving
extremely difficult to trace.

It starts out vague near the southwesternmost Golf Course
duck pond and then assumes an obvious and well defined
hanging portion, only to vanish into a wash.

One possible source might be a pair of still active artesian
But there is no evidence of the northern pond seeing
prehistoric use, and a possible Acme Mapper link became
a dirt bike track on field verification.

Other canals have shown "U" turns where a wash was
crossed, but no evidence of this one making a western
turn to become part of the Robinson Canal system has
been located.

Nothing has yet been found south of the wash entry.
Hints of braided canals can be found a mile further
south in the Riggs Complex, but these seem inconsistent
with the engineering on the Golf Course Canal. They
also seem somewhat smaller and more primitive.

The "Ockhams Razor" explanation remains sourcing
from the HS Canal counterflowing off lower Frye Mesa.
If true, this would be one of the most spectacular of
prehistoric canal reaches at seven miles length.

Field mice welcome.

The latest hanging canal paper here.
Some photos appear here.

July 7, 2014 deeplink respond

Also vanished with nary a trace is the Ghost Town of  
Gripe Arizona.

A one time population three gas station that also hosted
the original old hiway 70 ag inspection station. The place
name remains on the topo maps and a fragment of the
original concrete still exists just west of San Jose.

July 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Really, they were there. Honest.

The "Love" graffiti rockpiles on the top of the hard to climb
next mesa southeast of Halls seem to have vanished without
a trace. Meticulously so.

July 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 401 main entries.

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

July 5, 2014 deeplink respond

My unauthorized autobiography can be found here.

July 4, 2014 deeplink respond

My Gonzo Utilities can apparently also be used in a
trace mode
. During an ebook restoration or remastering,
this can give extremely small file sizes, ultra high
quality, clean backgrounds, straight lines, and superb

Especially for such things as line art or schematics.

The technique, though, is somewhat time intensive,
has a steep learning curve, and is not WYSIWYG.

To start, get an Acrobat XI version of the original
scanned bitmap and then save it in raw PostScript.
Comment out the entire end binary section, make
some white space, and add an initgraphics, more
white space, a showpage, and an % EOF.

Put a copy of my gonzo utilities in the first
white space, followed by a scaled setgrid and
Sadly, Acrobat no longer lets you read
or write disk files, so you have to tow the whole
routine along inside.

You can now trace over anything you like,
automatically eliminating anything bent,
discolored or speckled or whatever.

Temporarily making purple=black can
keep track of old versus new.

When you are finished, you can either copy
only the new stuff and send it to Distiller,
or else add a new showpage to split out old
versus new.
Then throw away the original part..

Again, the results can be absolutely superb and
ridiculously short in size.

Another remastering secret here.

Consulting services available.

July 3, 2014 deeplink respond

An intriguing demo of envelope distortion that uses an
Adobe Flash related SWF file can be found here.

We looked at the fundamentals of nonlinear graphic
transformations here. And great heaping bunches of
text transformation stunts here and here.

And a rather complete library of secret insider cubic
spline info here.

July 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Absence of proof is not the same as proof of absence.

Now treating the Cluff Ponds Canal as Canal Number
30 of interest
even through it lacks definitive prehistoric
evidence at the present time.

There is a large habitation sight in the vicinity of the
canal and rather potsherd distribution nearby.

Although the canal presently appears rather large,
there is no apparently concrete or iron or any
maintenance road. The canal also directly routes from
Ask Creek over an obvious path that would seem
to be conspicuously unlikely not to be a favorable
prehistoric canal route.

There is also compelling evidence that most of
the historic southern canals do have strong
evidence of prehistoric prehistoric ag routes.

Another Minor Webster historic canal is nearby to the
west and the Cluff Ranch area would seem to be the
largest riparian area south of the Gila Valley properly.
And thus highly unlikely to be ignored as a prehistoric
ag sight.

July 1, 2014 deeplink respond

With extreme care, cabinets can end up outrageous
bargains during a technical auction

But be absolutely certain they contain known high
resellable value technical materials.
Cabinets that
are empty or contain office supplies or cleaning
or safety items or are only partially full or that have 
damaged latches are probably not worth bidding on.

Just having high value contents will not hack it.

Integrated circuits might be quite valuable, while
printed circuit boards might prove totally useless
and utterly unsellable. Clearly labeled components
that are combinable into optimal lots are obviously
to be preferred.
Especially if they are still in original
manufacturers or distributors packaging.

A missing key can dramatically suppress the
number and values of compatible bids. And
many locksmiths are quite low in cost for
delivered to their home base items.

Old technical manuals are almost totally worthless
unless they belong to a very few companies such
as Tektronix, Hewlett Packard  ( Agilent ), or
General Radio.

A locked cabinet often suggests high value contents.

A locked cabinet that has a missing key can
be a highly useful gamble
. Provided the adjacent
area is heavy with high tech inventory. And
providing the cabinet contents is heavy enough
to suggest a nearly full stash.

Although empty cabinets are worth up to $750
new, it is difficult to sell second hand on Craig's
for $45 maximum. And totally unmarketable
on eBay.

Much more auction info here.

June 30, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that I have had some super duper plans afoot
to generate a remarkable series of magic sinewaves.

Power waveforms all of whose low frequency harmonics
are in theory ALL precisely zero
, and in fact astonishingly
low. All done with simple flip switching from a plain old

The magic calculator to get you all the needed values can
be found here. An executive guide to Magic Sinewaves
here. A slide showish presentation here, the same thing
done for the exacting needs of three phase sinewaves
here, and our entire library here.

Consulting services, lectures, and design assistance

June 29, 2014 deeplink respond

A sick person checks in with the witch doctor in darkest
Africa. Who takes a rawhide strip and boils it in all sorts
of vile concoctions. And tells them to eat two inches of it
a day till it is gone.

Person comes back in a week and reports they ate it all
and they are feeling much, much better. But still are 
not quite cured.

"I guess the thong has ended, but the malady lingers on"

June 28, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a list of our tutorials and papers that you will find
both on our website and on Wesrch..

TV Typewriter eBook
The Incredible Secret Money Machine
Superclock III classic precyber paper restoration
Stalking the Wild Paradigm
Some "Web Friendly" PostScript Colors
Some "Fat Tail Arrow" utilities
Restoring faded or scuffed text for web use
RTL Cookbook Classic Reprint
Remastering a Technical Book for Web Distribution
Prehistoric Hanging Canals of the Safford Basin ( Update II )
Paleomagnetism & Archaeomagnetism
Machine Language Programming Cookbook Classic Sampler
Machine Language Cookbook II ebook
Lessons Learned During a uv Lamp Debugging
IC67 metal locater classic reprint
Build this TV Typewriter
"Level II" Enhancement of PreCyber eBook Conversions 
Apple Assembly Cookbook "Directors Cut"
An Executive Guide to Magic Sinewaves
An "Un-Halftoning" scheme to improve eBook Images
Recent Developments in Magic Sinewaves 
Enhancing your eBay skills VIII
Website Link Checking Tools
Secrets of Recent Technical Innovation
Lessons Learned During a uv Lamp Debugging
Some Possible Book Scanning "Gutter Math"
Utilities for HTML & XHTML Revalidation
eBay buying secrets
eBay selling secrets
Pseudoscience Bashing Secrets
Isopod Energy Monitor
Enhancing your eBay Skills V
Build this TV Typewriter
The next big things
Elegant Simplicity
Enhancing your eBay Skills VI
Cubic Spline Minimum Point Distance
pv photovoltaic panel intro & summary
Energy Fundamentals Intro & Summary
Real Time Acrobat PDF Animation
A Solid State 3 Channel Color Organ
When to Patent
Exploring the .BMP file format
150 Gila Valley Day Hikes
A Gonzo PostScript Powerpoint Emulator
Enhancing your eBay tactical skills VII
Synthesis of Digital Power Sinewaves
Graham Tram Plan and Profile
Some fifth generation Magic Sinewaves
Drawing a Bezier cubic spline through 4 data points
.BMP Bitmap Circular Lettering
An expanded ultra fast magic sinewave calculator
How to trash a vehicle hydrogen electrolysis
A Partial History of the Gila Lumber and Milling Company
Some bitmap perspective lettering algorithms & utilities
How to bash pseudoscience
An Improved Bitmap Typewriter
Using Distiller as a PostScript Computer
Some Architect's Perspective Algorithms and Utilities
Successful eBay Buying Strategies 
Why Electrolysis Ain't Gonna Happen 
The math behind Bezier cubic splines 
Some Image Post Processing Utilities
The Case Against Patents
Some eBay Selling Strategies
A Digital Airbrushing Algorithm
Don't Get Sick!
Some More Energy Fundamentals I 
How to scam a student paper
Some Inverse Graphic Transforms
Nonlinear Graphics Transforms
Three Phase Magic Sinewaves
Bitmap to Acrobat PDF Image Conversions
The way things were -- an unauthorized autobiography
A review of some pixel image interpolation algorithms
Some possible false color and rainbow improvements
An Executive Guide to Magic Sinewaves
The worst of Marcia Swampfelder
Acrobat PDF Post Document Editing Tools
A new method of solving electromagnetic fields
A Newbie's Intro to the Web
Gonzo PostScript Tutorial and Directory 
An Ultra-fast Magic Sinewave Calculator
Secrets of Technical Innovation

Updates and more current info may sometimes appear on the
website version of any of these papers. in particular, Gila
Valley Day Hikes
 is continually updated, while the Wesrch
version was a one time "snapshot"

These have seen nearly a quarter million views to date.

And here are our co-authored Wesrch papers on the
hanging canals to date...

A Tour of Some Stunning Prehistoric Hanging
       Canal Images
Prehistoric Hanging Canals of Southeastern Arizona
Arizona's Prehistoric Hanging Canals
Prehistoric Hanging Canals of the Safford Basin ( Update II )
Hanging Canal Slide Show

With much more on the hanging canals here.

June 28, 2014 deeplink respond

I'm wondering if the real underlying cause of all of the
perpetual motion ludicrosities of the past few years is
a total failure to understand Fourier Series.

Just about all of the scams and stupidities in one way
or another involved "pulsed dc". 

The only tiny problem with this is that there is no
such thing as pulsed dc!
 You instead have a waveform
with various ac and dc terms. More often than not,
each term can be separately considered and evaluated.

Ferinstance, only the dc term in a pulsed waveform
( or ac terms that rectify to a dc component ) plays any
role whatsoever in electrolysis. As guaranteed by 
Faraday's Law.

Any low duty cycle waveform is exceptionally easy to
mis-measure, owing to its strong difference between its
average and rms values. Invariably, the wrong measurement
will be low. Often wildly so.

More here and here

June 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Two useful tools for eBay image prep and other postproc
are the open lasso and the octant remap

Replacing the background on any sloped line or curve can
be painful. Instead, use the lasso to grab a portion of the
new background, being careful that its "open" slope
between its start and end nearly matches the slope
you are trying to match.

If you are working on edging something circular, get a 45 degree
portion of it exactly the way you want. Then flip and rotate
to build the full circle. 

This should be nearly eight times faster than rebuilding the
entire circular outline. If you are careful with your flip and
rotate sequence, each new paste will exactly match the
mirror edge of the previous one.

Our eBay listings can be found here.

June 26, 2014 deeplink respond


Nearly fifty percent of all North Dakota school children are
below average!

June 25, 2014 deeplink respond

A new hanging canal engineering paper can be found here.
With its post-Distilling JavaScript here and its sourcecode

More on the hanging canals here.

June 24 2014 deeplink respond

We have added a bunch more legacy Apple II and IIgs
disk drives to our eBay stash of rare Apple collectibles.

We have also added an extremely rare Osborne I
computer. We believe it to be functional but have not
yet tested it.

We also found a possible local pack and ship resource
for you with CMI. But U-Ship is likely to be a lot

We can also deliver the entire lot within 160 miles
( Phoenix and Tucson areas ) for $150 at our convenience.

More details on our eBay site or here.

June 23 2014 deeplink respond

Thanks to some new developments, selling and shipping
eBay items 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
spacings of the truck tires.

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

Much more here and here.

June 22 2014 deeplink respond

The Cluff Ranch area is one of the "most riparian" regions
south of the Gila River and thus would seem to be a very
good candidate for prehistoric canals. There are also major
habitation sites present, along with areas rich to very rich
in potsherds.

A modern canal has been located here. It seems rather
large for a prehistoric origin and is presently in disuse.

There does not seem to be any concrete, iron, or an
access road.
The source would appear to be Ash Creek
and the destination one or possibly two disused lakes
literally adjacent to a prehistoric habitation site .

Whether or not this canal can be shown to have prehistoric
origins remains to be seen. This canal would appear to be a
rather favorable candidate. We will tentatively assign it as
Canal #30.

The historic Minor Webster Ditch is also in the area and also
would appear to be a candidate for prehistoric origins. It also
has associated potsherd areas.

Extensive modern use and reuse would seem to make evaluation
difficult at best.

June 21 2014 deeplink respond

Absolutely nobody, archaeologist or not, who actually
has visited our prehistoric hanging canals has not been
absolutely convinced that these are totally genuine.

Sadly, there have been some skeptics at a distance
that apparently refuse to believe that this is a world
class discovery that significantly and profoundly impacts
all of southwestern archaeology.

Part of the reason is that the Gila Valley has forever
been wrongly perceived as some sort of a backwater
rather than a major prehistoric agricultural center.

A second factor might be ethnocentricity in which
the prehistoric peoples are not given remotely enough
credit for the utterly and profoundly spectacular
engineering and energy awareness they clearly and
unquestionably have exhibited.

The key point is this: Unlike any other construct,
a canal simply MUST rigorously follow a constant
precise slope
in the one percent range range over long
distances. Unwaveringly with zero exceptions.

No other construct such as a trail or a cow path
or a wash, a game path, or a bike route or a 4WD
track or a wagon road, or random typography, or
whatever EVER comes even  remotely close.

The outcome is thus not the least in doubt. Especially
with another FIFTY MILES of these in the immediate
neighborhood that appear astonishingly consistent
and identical.

A new tour of some of the canals is found here.

June 20 2014 deeplink respond

Acrobat bookmarks can alternately be entered using the
PDFMark technique. Like so...

[ /Title (Intro)
/Page 0
/View [ /XYZ 0 -40 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Scope)
/Page 0
/View [ /XYZ 0 -350 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Hangreason)
/Page 0
/View [ /XYZ 0 -400 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Ageproof)
/Page 1
/View [ /XYZ 0 -490 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Popdensity)
/Page 2
/View [ /XYZ 0 -300 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Tradepart)
/Page 2
/View [ /XYZ 0 -500 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Waterman)
/Page 3
/View [ /XYZ 0 -300 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (References)
/Page 4
/View [ /XYZ 0 -30 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Furtherread)
/Page 4
/View [ /XYZ 0 -200 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

[ /Title (Onstudy)
/Page 4
/View [ /XYZ 0 -390 0 ]
/OUT pdfmark

This has the advantage of putting the jump exactly where
you want it, rather than simply on the correct page.

You may want to add an extra blank page at the
end to improve the positioning for jumps near the
very end of the paper.

June 19 2014 deeplink respond

And here's a three button JavaScript nav generator...

var inch = 72;
var colLtGray = ["RGB", 0.7 , 0.7, 0.7 ];
try {nLastPage = this.numPages - 1;
for (var p = 0; p < this.numPages; p++)
{var x = 0.5;
if (p > 0){AddButton(p,x,0.5,0.25,0.25,
"PrevPage","<","Previous Page",
x += 0.3;
} if (p != 0)
"Go To First Page","this.pageNum=0;");
x += 0.3;}if (p < nLastPage){AddButton(p,x,0.5,0.25,0.25,
"NextPage",">","Next Page","this.pageNum++;");
x += 0.3;}
}}catch (e){app.alert(e);}

function AddButton(nPageNum, x, y, width, height,
strText, strCaption, strToolTip, strAction)
{var aRect = this.getPageBox( { nPage: nPageNum} );
aRect[0] += x * inch; aRect[1] -= y * inch;
aRect[2] = aRect[0] + width * inch;
aRect[3] = aRect[1] - height * inch;
var f = this.addField(strText,"button",
nPageNum, aRect);
f.userName = strToolTip; f.delay = true;
f.borderStyle = border.s; f.highlight = "push";
f.textSize = 0; f.textColor = colLtGray;
f.strokeColor = colLtGray; f.fillColor = color.white;
//f.textFont = font.ZapfD;
f.buttonSetCaption(strCaption); f.delay = false;}

Click on PDF file, enter Ctrl-J, copy and highlight above,
hit numeric Enter key.

Actual code can be found here.

June 18 2014 deeplink respond

The original to the Xylophone Duet can be found here.

June 17 2014 deeplink respond

There seems to be a lot of outrageously expensive and
not event wrong info out there on successful eBay sales.

Here is a summary of what works for us...

Offer unique products not available elsewhere.
Maximize your personal value added.
Always seek out a minimum 30:1 sell/buy ratio.
Always aim for a 21 day payback.
The minimum profitable eBay sale is $19.63.
NO foreign bidders/buyers/transshipments!
Accept Paypal only!
Never list anything you cannot hold at arm’s length.
Use both a scanner AND a 5 megapixel camera.
Spend at least TWO HOURS in image postproc.
NO dropshipping, pallet buys, or consignment sales.
Limit terms and conditions to TEN words maximum.
Clearly state your revenue neutral shipping charges

Of these, I feel the two most important rules are to always
seek out a 30:1 or higher SBR
sell buy ratio.

And to always spend at least 90 percent of your image
processing time in

Much more here.

June 16 2014 deeplink respond

A perplexing but reasonable question is why the
hanging canals seem to be unique to Mount
and possibly no where else in the world.

It turns out that Mount Graham has the highest
elevation difference between its top and bottom of
any Basin and Range mountain
, or, for that matter,
of any Arizona mountain.

Thus, it would tend to have more snowpack and a
larger number of north trending perennial streams.
It would also tend to have more and larger bajadas.

It is quite possible that there is no place anywhere
else in the world that could support such an elaborate
bajada hanging canal system.

June 15 2014 deeplink respond

It also was not obvious how to do an ntilde in the Stone
font. My Gonzo Utilities give a sledgehammer solution
by using its overstrike feature...

/overstrikechar (~) store
/overstrikeht 0.43 store

( ... pinalin|oo ... )

Examples of the modified opening quote and the ntilde
cure can be found here. The overstrike value shown is
for a 10X grid.

June 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Typewriters used a single key for both opening and closing
quotes, while "real" typography normally uses a pair of
balanced characters
. In general, "real" typography looks a
lot better, especially with headers and other larger sizes.

Many PostScript fonts use octal \252 as an opening double
quote and octal \254 for the close. Curiously, the Stone
font seems to have "unbalanced" quotes. The opening one
leans to the right with a heavy bottom. The closing one
also leans to the right with a heavy top. This may have
been done on purpose as a design element, or may
simply be a mistake.

One workaround I use for what I think are a better
set of quotes is to print the opening quote backwards.

Ferinstance in my Gonzo utilities...

/font0 /StoneSansBold 1.6 gonzofont
/font1 /StoneSansBold [-1.6 0 0 1.6 0 0 ]

(... Bajada |j|j |1\252|0 |kHanging Canals\272 of...)

June 13, 2014 deeplink respond

And here is a javaScript spell checker...

/* Mark misspelled words with squiggle */
var chWord, numWords;
for (var i = 0; i < this.numPages; i++)
numWords = this.getPageNumWords(i);
for (var j = 0; j < numWords; j++) {
ckWord = spell.checkWord(this.get
if (ckWord != null) {
page: i,
type: "Squiggly",
quads: this.getPageNthWordQuads(i,j),
author: "A.C.Acrobat",
contents: ckWord.toString()

The key api can be found here.

June 12, 2014 deeplink respond

There's all sorts of interesting stuff you wan do when you
use javascript on top of Acrobat. Here's a routine that
automatically generates a complete list of bookmarks...

var Bookmark1= new Array (
"Allen Canal #1",
       << continues >>
"Troll House #1") ;

var root = this.bookmarkRoot;
try {for (var i = 0; i < this.numPages; i++)
{root.createChild(Bookmark1[i], "this.pageNum=" + i, i);
}} catch(e){app.alert("Processing error: "+e)}

The error trapping appears to be optional. You can instead use...

var root = this.bookmarkRoot;
for (var i = 0; i < this.numPages; i++)
{root.createChild(Bookmark1[i], "this.pageNum=" + i, i);

June 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Traditional LCL shippers insist on hassling you over freight
classifications, while many of the newer U-Ship trucking
services simply charge by the pound.

A freight classification is a density measurement based
on the theory that a less dense item takes up more space.
The numbers go from 50 to 500. With Class 50 being clean
freight on standard shrink wrapped pallets, Class 55 being
bricks or cement, Class 92.5 being computers and monitors,
up to class 500 which is either very low density or very
high value.

One summary here.

June 10, 2014 deeplink respond

The new Golf Course Prehistoric Hanging Canal seems to be
stuck where its sourcing ends in a wash here.

This being a partial eastern branch of the Robinson Canal
has failed to reveal the slightest hint after searching some
4WD tracks.

The "obvious" connection between the HS Canal and the
Golf Course Canal simply has too much unexplored terrain
between themselves to date. Although the terrain is favorable.

Another possibility that would seem somewhat less credible
at first glance is that the Canal may in fact start in the wash.
There is a seldom visited and just-barely-still-there artesian
pond here. IF the flow rates were much higher then than now,
They might possibly form a credible source for Golf
Course Water.

There already is fairly strong evidence that the Spring in
Spring Canyon was used for three or more canals, besides
being routed back INTO Frye Creek. Which suggests that
things were a lot wetter then than now.

The Golf Course to Wash apparent termination also does
look remarkably similar to the Allen Canal takein point.

There is a second little known and weak artesian pond
somewhat to the northwest, but no apparent prehistoric
interest has been noted here to date.

All of this remains unproven and highly speculative.

June 9, 2014 deeplink respond


It turns out that JavaScript over Acrobat is far simpler and
easy to use than I first thought. And that their "watermarking"
process is far more powerful and flexible
than the name implies.

Javascript is available on the "Pro" versions of Acrobat. You
activate it with a Control-J and feed it a textfile that you cut
and pasted from somewhere else. You then highlight the proc
of interest and click on the Enter key on the keypad.

Ferinstance, this adds thirty post-Distiller images to our latest
hanging canal tour...

cDIPath: "/C/Users/don/Desktop/canal/
nStart: 1,
nScale: 0.69,
nVertValue: -5,
nHorizValue: -5,

cDIPath: "/C/Users/don/Desktop/canal/
nStart: 2,
nScale: 0.69,
nVertValue: -5,
nHorizValue: -5,

   ( ... continues for pages 3 to 31 ... )

cDIPath: "/C/Users/don/Desktop/canal/
nStart: 32,
nScale: 0.69,
nVertValue: -5,
nHorizValue: -5,

The key tutorial docs are found here and here.

June 8, 2014 deeplink respond

GuruGram #124 is newly uploaded and titled A Tour
of Some Prehistoric Hanging Canal Images.

Partial sourcecode can be found here. At present
images need manually post inserted after Distilling.
An automated Acrobat JavaScript image inserter
is in development.

The GuguGram library itself is still in need of
updating. Some of the "missing" files can be found

June 7, 2014 deeplink respond

I still don't have an automated post-Distiller replacement
for my /autoimageandlink1 image insertion routine, but
it is becoming apparent that the JavaScript in Acrobat XI
can do the job.

The key command is apparently addWatermarkFromFile
and is supported by over a dozen fine tuning commands.

The immediate need is for our new Hanging Canal Image Tour
paper. So far, I don't have all the details quite worked out.

More on Acrobat JavaScript apps here.

June 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Two useful satellite navigation publications are GPS World
and InsideGNSS.

June 5, 2014 deeplink respond

So where does the pv Holy Grail number of a dollar a
watt pv system cost come from?
What does it imply?

Assume you have a 1 KW peak panel and that things
attract attention at ten cents per kilowatt hour. A
typical panel might ( on a good Arizona day ) be able
to produce five kilowatt hours worth fifty cents.

Or fifteen dollars per month gross.

If we go to an amortization schedule and assume
something in the neighborhood of ten years of financing
at eight percent interest, we see that we can amortize
$1569 worth of investment at $15 per month. Subtract
out some labor and maint, and that leaves us somewhere
around the dollar per peak watt Holy Grail figure.

But that is the total system cost. The pv panel cost will
typically be half the total, so fifty cents per peak panel
watt is the real Holy Grail goal.

But the kicker is this: A dollar per peak watt does not
give pv solar any advantage whatsoever.
All it does
is paint traditional energy sources green. For no
net energy gain and not being in any manner renewable
nor sustainable.

A reasonable incentive to start approaching true net
pv energy might be fifty cents per peak system watt
and an equivalent twenty five cents per peak panel

Amazingly, we seem to be fast approaching that point,
with some figures now in the forty five to sixty five
cents per peak panel watt for utility grade panels and

While hitting a quarter per peak watt will start on the
path towards net energy sustainability and renewability,
it will take at least several years after that price point
to start to show anything but a net overall energy loss
from pv panels.

The usual mistake people make in claiming pv energy
breakeven is to treat a subsidy as a 1:1 asset rather
than the 5:1 to 7:1  liability when its true costs are fully

Another obvious mistake is believing that any pv system
installed today will last more than three years
anticipated new developments and breakthroughs come
on line. Sort of similar to what happened to cathode ray tube
tv sets and monitors.

Additional analysis here.

June 4, 2014 deeplink respond

We are cutting back on our rental storage units used
with our eBay sales. As a result, we are closing out
one of the largest remaining stashes of highly
collectible Apple IIe, IIc, and IIgs computers,
drives, and cards.

Local pickup only. But we will gladly assist in loading.
There is also a U-Haul site on premises, and U-Ship
will gladly help you with solving shipping issues.

Best guess is somewhere under a thousand pounds that
should fit a larger pickup or SUV.

More details here. Search under "stash".

June 3, 2014 deeplink respond

Acme Mapper has expanded its local resolution to
ten meters. Or their z=20 resolution.

Some of the hanging canal images are back the way
they were a year or so ago. But, frustratingly, most
images in most places are not quite good enough.

June 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Expanded our Hanging Canal directory to include
some additional images and logging excerpts from our ongoing
whatnu columns.

June 1, 2014 deeplink respond

The discovery of the major "new" Golf Course canal was
totally unexpected, in that virtually every drop of Mount
Graham water had been believed to have been "used up"
and totally accounted for.

Yet, several water sources are known to have seen multiple
uses, such as the spring in Spring Canyon possibly serving
Allen, Robinson, Golf Course, and even others. Or the
multiple branches in Ledford or Deadman. Or Mud Springs
splitting into the Jernigan Branch. Or the recombination
of Twin East and Twin West into the Twin Boobs ponding area

So, an absurd, yet somehow totally reasonable question might
seem to be "How many unknown canals are there yet to be

Here are some candidate study areas grossly under researched
to date...

CLUFF PONDS - Developments in the Cluff ponds
area almost certainly "stole the plans" from
prehistoric originals, with Ash Creek obviously
playing a major role
. And Shingle Mill secondarily
via the understudied historic Minor Ditch.

LONGVIEW AREA - Topography is eminently
favorable and there are an astonishing number
of rock alignments, dams, and structures in the area
between Longview, the CCC Alberto's Signature,
and the recently trashed Daley Hot Well.

SOUTH DEADMAN - An entire southern
branch of the Deadman canal remains totally
unexplored that may or may not be involved
with the Twin West canal.

NORTH DEADMAN - There are huge areas
with tantalizing hints of possible canals west of
Lower Deadman tank that remain totally
Complex terrain dominates.

LEDFORD - Hard to reach with many branches,
some possibly used to this day. Underlying
prehistoric originals yet to be clarified.

P RANCH - Persisted rumors of prehistoric
canals unverified with only tantalizing traces
of undated structures present. Likely might
be the southernmost limit of canal development.

RINCON - A direct route from Marijilda to
Twin West has yet to be properly identified,
yet is certainly topographically favorable.

FRYE CREEK - Both the upper and lower
portions remain enigmatic mysteries, especially
with the HK canal delivering water back
Frye Creek Upper terrain would be excruciatingly
challenging. .

A credible prediction might be something like 35 or so
significant canal fragments eventually resolving into
nineteen or so combined systems with a total length
possibly just under sixty miles.

And apparently totally and uniquely world class.

May 31, 2014 deeplink respond

The latest scam to totally trash your computer goes
something like this: You decide to download a major
ap from a known major supplier. They first ask you
to approve their user agreement. So far, so good.

They next ask you if you want some fairly benign
but useless ap to go with it. Probably still ok.

They they ( in a carefully weasel worded manner )
ask you if you also want a third party total piece of
shit program to totally trash your web experience.

This gets repeated three or more times, with progressively
more stunningly bad pieces of useless and annoying

Your obvious defense is first to CAREFULLY READ

Should you get stuck with some of this abject crap
trashing your browsing experiences, here are some
things that may ease the less aggressive malware

First, go to your computer C:, go to the Control
, and select add or remove software. Remove
any and all programs from the last day or two

unless you know EXACTLY what they are and
that you really and genuinely want them.

Next, if you are in Chrome, right click on the
right three stripe icon and select Settings. Under
Open a Specific Set of Pages, make sure your
home page ( or some other desired location )
is the only one listed, and delete all others.

Under Appearance, select Home Button and
Change to only where you want to go.

Finally, on booting Chrome, delete any Speed
location you never heard of or do not
want to go to. And replace them with useful
locations of interest.

These stunts should get rid of the more benign
of the Malware tricksters. For others, try
Goggling for help or using live help on your
anti malware software

May 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Some of our eBay sales involve small pouch style plastic
baggies. Getting these to look good can involve a near
white outline, as shown here or here.

The problem with doing such outlines the old way needs
way too much time and effort
. Instead, a sneaky double
outline trick using our autobackgrounding vignetter
can prove of value.

First, trace the outline to red=255 ( I often prefer the
magenta of red=255 blue=255 ) but do so to five
pixels wide and carefully do the outline one pixel wider
of your intended final.

Then do your intended-to-stay near white outline three
pixels wide and one pixel inside the magenta knockout

Sneaky, huh?

May 29, 2014 deeplink respond

We now have something like ninety reprints up on Wesrch
with a total number of visitors well above 200,000.

The latest confirmed Dr. Neely Hanging Canal paper has
already seen some 1160 visitors.

May 28, 2014 deeplink respond

I still continue to be amazed over the vehemence over which
early personal hobby computers were attacked by all sides of
Or the monumental ridicule that piled up against
anyone who could possibly be stupid enough to want to
put text on a tv set.

Well, there were a very few of us that realized that something
big and fundamentally different and profound was coming down.

We did not have the faintest clue what it was or where it
possibly could be headed, but there was no doubt in
our minds that it was big and it was real.

For want of a better term, it was known simply as "it".

"It" was hard to exactly quantify, but one of its quintessential
defining moments that it had arrived had to be when the
Castle Wolfenstein guard opened a door to try and find me.

May 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Analog Devices has just come up with some new
software based radio chips that seem very impressive.

May 26, 2014 deeplink respond

A little bit of high speed air can sometimes drag along
a bunch of lower speed air,
making for an air movement

The fire service largely switched to positive pressure
a few decades back. In which a large fan
was placed a dozen feet in front of a door to enormously
magnify the amount of ventilation air delivered.

Positive pressure can also go arbitrarily high, while there
are definite weak limits to how much a vacuum can suck.

The Dyson folks have just applied the same principle to
a brand new form of "bladeless" room fan. A little
high speed air injected into the shroud tows along
bunches of room air for greatly improved efficiency and
potentially lower noise.

Some very cute engineering, but still outrageously
overpriced. More details here.

May 25, 2014 deeplink respond

Multiple exposures can greatly improve image postproc
as seen in this example.

The original seemed to have more or less proper exposure for
the meter face and the label, but was otherwise waay too dark
for the body. So, the meter and the label were cropped out and
then the image was significantly lightened for the main body

Lettering on the label was manually enhanced, and the sensitivity
knob brightness was converted to a darker color to eliminate
its apparent burn. For a total of five composite exposures.

May 24, 2014 deeplink respond

Image post proc can be as important for scanned pictures
as it is for digitally photographed ones. Here are before and
after images that show how to correct a bad lighting burn.

It is important to use the highest possible scan resolution
for this "fine grain" a retouching. A 600 DPI bitmap
is recommended.

The process is complicated by many of the pins pointing
in slightly different directions.
First, a single thin blue line
is placed as a guide along the rear end of the connector
plastic block. This guide gets progressively removed
during further processing.

The leftmost pin was then retouched so it consisted of
a bright top, a bright bottom, and three wide lines of
varying shades of brown. Then only the very top and
the very bottom
of the pin ( and its adjacent new
background ) was copied over the  bad but still
identifiable other pin locations. New three wide lines of
varying shades of brown were then used to connect
the pin tops and bottoms in appropriate directions.

The angle of each front pin ended up "close enough"
that it could be copied and substituted for the next
middle pin.

In general, the front and center pin rows ended up
complete, with only partial back row pins hinted at.

Any remaining burn areas then got replaced by the
background or connector plastic colors.

The spacers got moved to improve their description.
One spacer was better than the other, so it got
flipped and substituted as shown.

Projects and consulting available.

May 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Our neighbors down the street stopped producing and
selling Cowboy Jerky....

       ... and switched to beef.

May 22, 2014 deeplink respond

As we've seen, Adobe has locked out any and all disk
access to Distiller, creating enormous problems for
much of my earlier PostScript routines.

I long had an automatic programmable image inserter
with my /autoimageandlink1 and similar routines that
no longer are acceptable because they require a
disk file read.

Instead, images must now be inserted after the
distillation to Acrobat PDF is complete.

This can be done manually with the insert image or
add watermark commands. Image insertion appears
to be faster and simpler, while watermarking can be
more precise and more consistent where several images
are to be exactly positioned.

It appears there is an automated method using JavaScript's
AddWatermarkFromFile command. I'm still trying to
work out the exact details.

May 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Lowball offers sometimes can work well if the seller justs
wants to get rid of their inventory or does not realize its
value, or has no other buyers.

The trick is to set your price point so that only five percent
of your offers are accepted. And then, of course, you
bid or offer on twenty times more than you could possibly
use .

Just ignore any rude insults. Slightly raise your offer if need
be, then walk away on nonresponse

More similar stunts here.

May 20, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Frye Creek area seems to have the most significant
constructs, the greatest remaining mysteries, and the sole
highly unusual aspect of putting water back INTO a stream

rather than extracting it.

The terrain above the present dam appears exceedingly
hostile towards prehistoric canal construction. Visits
to date have failed to find any sign of use. Nonetheless,
as this seems to be the only mountain stream not
high tapped, additional work is clearly needed.

The present HS Canal spectacularly counterflow routes
Frye Mesa water ( apparently derived from the spring in
Spring Canyon ) BACK down into Frye Creek proper.

This appears to be the largest and longest known
construct in the entire prehistoric canal system.
It remains quite simply, beyond beyond.

The reason for this highly unusual feat remains
ambiguous and obviously demands further study.
While the Golf Course Canal is a reasonably credible
destination for this combined water  supply, actual evidence
( beyond Ockham's Razor ) remains sorely lacking.

Also needing study is the apparently more modern
canal stub between the Blue Ponds, and the enigmatic
braided channels in the middle Riggs Canyon area.

This region appears to be the "crown jewels" of the
entire prehistoric canal system and  thus  deserves
major further directed research.

Field mice welcome.

May 19, 2014 deeplink respond

A major distributor appear to be worst offender in not
having the faintest clue what the difference is between a
radial and an axial component. And then spreading "not
even wrong" info about them.

As is intuitively obvious, and as any 1929 radio book
will tell you, an axial device has its leads going out its
A radial device has leads going out its radius. 

Detailed image examples appear in this tutorial.

Two popular forms of electrolytic capacitor are the
single ended axial in which both ends go out the
bottom and the double ended axial in which one
lead goes out the left and one out the right.

Radial electrolytic capacitors are exceptionally
rare. It is highly unlikely you have ever seen one or
have ever used one.

It  still continues to amaze me how many people
try to "correct" our eBay listings while adamantly 
making making utter fools of themselves.

May 18, 2014 deeplink respond

The Alabama grits harvest seems to be nearing 
its peak. Despite the drought, it appears to be a
vintage year.

The preferred commercial grits tree is often gritus 
arborus (domesticus)

Seeds and cuttings are normally tightly controlled by 
the Grits Cooperative, and is somewhat similar to 
hops distribution. 

These are often perennial, but some  growers in 
San Diego and Hawaii can get multiple years of crops 
by covering  them or bringing them inside whenever
frost threatens. 

As to the ongoing Alabama grits harvest, the illegal 
aliens are apparently being used for flavor only

May 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a summary of our current  hanging canal by hanging
canal list access entries of needed further work...

Frye Creek Area
Golf Course Canal
Roper Canal
Tranquility Canal
Twin East Canal
Blue Ponds Canal
Twin West Canal
Twin Boobs Ponding
Deadman Canal
Riggs Complex
Allen Canal
Robinson Canal
Frye Mesa Canal
Shingle Mill Canal
Jernigan Canal
Mud Springs Canal
Intro Frye Mesa Canal

There's still a few to go, including Henry's, High Marijilda, Lefthand,
Lamb Tank, Aqueduct, and Ledford.  Plus such second tier candidates as
P Ranch
, Bandelier, Rincon, Jernigan Branch, UFO Fish Filers, various
field destinations, and Longview.

The exact count is somewhat fuzzy, as many predicted canals are in
several disconnected pieces. Mud Springs has 4 gaps, Allen has
4. Robinson has a totally unexplored southern branch. Golf Course
has at least 4 major discontinuities. Jernigan has 2. Upper Frye  
Creek remains unresolved, as does the necessary link between Spring
Canyon and Frye Mesa.

No matter the exact count, there is clearly somewhere between
a hoard and a passel of these unique world class hanging canals.

Field mice welcome.

May 16, 2014 deeplink respond

While not obvious,. you can apparently cascade or daisy
chain routers.
Even wireless ones.

This might have advantages in temporarily making open
wireless available for guests. Or for a remote computer
with an older operating system that has problems with
the newest wireless modem passwords.

This stunt may also be useful if you need more than four
wired Ethernet destinations as well.

The spread spectrum nature of the usual wireless network
should prevent interference, unless they are exceptionally
close to each other.

Power could be disconnected on the second unit any
time you want to disable open access. The second
unit may end up somewhat slower, so all of the prime
stuff should remain on the main or top router

May 15, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a summary of the essential steps we use in getting
an item onto eBay. It is super important to complete what
gets started. Otherwise, nothing comes out the other end
of the pipe...

TRIAGE - Inventory is sorted for suitability.
Junk gets flushed to the Alvin Pile. Minimum
values established ( typically $9 per lot and
$70 possible total return minimum ). Items must
be holdable at arm's length and economically
. Minimum SBR goal is 30:1.

RESEARCH - Competitive values are determined.
Usually via eBay itself, OEM's Trade, PLC Center,
McMaster-Carr, Google, the "usual suspects"
electronic distributors ( Mouser, Digikey, Newark,
Jameco, Allied, etc. , and any similar big time
competitors. Linkable resource sites are then
located for data sheets or user manuals that can
be included in the offer. Our usual goal is to open
at one sixth of new dealer list price.

CLEAN & TEST - Enough preliminary cleaning and
testing gets done to verify that the item works
and represents genuine value to a buyer. It is
then temporarily bagged and repackaged to prevent
dust and any possible new damage.

PHOTOGRAPHY - Done in a special area, usually
batch processed in groups of five or more. About
one quarter get done with a scanner, the rest with
a Nikon CoolPix.
Examples here.

IMAGE POSTPROC - Done with extreme attention
to detail, using Imageviewer32, Irfanview, and my
postproc tools that include Perspective Correction,
the Bitmap Typewriter, and the Self Vignetting
Backup image copies are
then saved on and offline.

LISTING - Actual eBay listing can then take place
paying attention to details such as category,
condition, images, usable links, inventory
locations, and revenue neutral shipping. Terms and
must be limited to ten words maximum.
Paypal only and US sales only, of course. It is
super important to keep the listing backlog to
a bare minimum.

RECORD KEEPING - Master inventory lists of what
got stashed where, quantities, and bid histories are
essential. Not being able to find what you sold or how
many are left are disasters waiting to happen.

                               Much more here.

May 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Added an image directory and links to our Hanging Canal
Resource page

May 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Photographing kits in acrylic snap cases can end up
rather daunting, such as this example.

In this case, a one point perspective was used both
to simplify the rework and produce an attractive
viewing angle. Several exposures were made
( vial Imageview32 postproc ) to separately
optimize the case, the contents, and the docs.

A small portion of the case with reasonable characteristics
was located and "chased" both horizontally and
vertically to form a new case that was mostly artificial
artwork. Several stages of lightening and experimenting
to get the most credible "uncolor" were then made.

An artificial "edge" was added to the docs to improve
their resolution from the case itself.

Consulting and image production services available.

May 12, 2014 deeplink respond

I very much remain overly enameled with the general
purpose PostScript computing language, and continue
using it for all sorts of unexpectedly neat stuff.

As we have seen, Adobe has recently banned all use
of disk file reads and writes from Acrobat Distiller.

On the other hand, their new Acrobat XI has some
compelling new features. Including greatly improved
scanning and OCR, and vastly improved editing.

Plus my favorite of the unexpected ability to use
their obscure watermarking feature as a superb
way to add post processed JPEG images.

At present, the stuff that best needs PDF outputs
goes to Distiller, with my Gonzo Utilities being
towed along in their entirety, rather than conveniently
using the no longer allowed run command.

Stuff that demands disk access instead gets used
with Ghostscript. Such as my Bitmap Typewriter,
Architects Perspective Utilities, or self-vignetting
auto backgrounder.

And we just saw a PostScript math example here
with more details here.

May 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Our Architects Perspective Correction routines can also
be used horizontally as well as vertically. Per this

The trick is to rotate your image by 90 degrees with Paint or
Imageviewer32, make your corrections, and then rotate it

The example shows an unusual perspective orientation that
may be useful for longer horizontal objects. The vertical
vanishing point is below the object, while the horizontal
vanishing point is above the object. And both are more
or less centered.

The secret behind this effect is to photograph at an angle. Then
rotate horizontally before starting the perspective correction.

Note that positive values for /howmuchtilt will make the
top of the image smaller, while negative values will make
the top of the image larger. Positive values are much
more commonly needed as the top of the object is
often closer to the camera.

Additional photo examples here. Consulting, workshop,
and creation services available.

May 10, 2014 deeplink respond

I'm wondering if the spring in Spring Canyon was not a
much more significant resource in prehistoric times than
it is today.
Presently, it just produces enough water for
a stock tank and is very rarely wet as far as the
downstream Allen Canal takein.

Yet, it appears this was the source for three major canals:
Allen, Robinson, and Golf Course. At the same time,
nearby Frye Creek seems to have been totally ignored
as a resource.
At the very least, there seems to have
been no present observable Frye Creek use to date.

May 9, 2014 deeplink respond

It sure is frustrating to try and separate hard facts from
rank speculation in our hanging canal research.

There is no doubt that the Golf Course #29 canal exists,
and that it was one of the longer, more highly engineered,
and more major  constructs. But only a few short possible
pieces have been  found and acceptably researched.

Whether these properly connect into a unified whole have
yet to be resolved.

Speculation at present goes something like this: The
canal appears to have been nearly seven miles long,

probably originating from the spring in spring canyon
at N 32.73863 W 109.85193 and probably routing to
prehistoric fields at or near the southwesternmost
duck pond of the golf course at N 32.79915
W 109.77314.

Included are hanging portions, highly impressive
constructs, larger and longer cuts, and significant old
mesquite trees mid channel. The engineering is
clearly beyond beyond.

The canal is believed to share some braided channels
near N 32.75964 W 109.81627 with the Robinson Canal,
and then going its separate way from a distribution pond
near N 32.75999 W 109.81146.

The spectacular HS canal that works its way sharply
down into Frye Creek is presumed ( but unproven )
to be an essential portion of the Golf Course Canal #29.

There are some additional braided channels that do
lie on a topographically credible route near N 32.77801
W 109.78825
but may or may not be a portion of the
Golf Course Canal.

"Real" and verified canal routing picks up streamside
north of N 32.79839 W 109.78250.
Per this map.

Field mice are needed for additional research of these
unique world class constructs. Should you have any
spare Draganflys, please drop them off in my driveway.

May 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Did a "level two" classic rebuild of my Introduction to
Electronic Music
PE story. You'll find the story here
and the new sourcecode here.

May 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Two new photos of our #29 Golf Course Prehistoric
Hanging Canal
can be newly found here and here.

May 4, 2014 deeplink respond

Looked further at the Cubic Spline Approximation to
a Circle
problem. The current demo appears here with
its sourcecode here.

The magic tension for the best unity circle quadrant fit
s 0.55191502449 which produces a peak error in a
unit radius circle of 0.0001960.
 Or two-tenths  of a mil
per unit radius.

As before, the large quadrant shows that the errors are
largely negligible for most graphics uses. Which you can
note by extreme magnification showing no misalignment.

Further dramatic error reduction MAY be possible if you
have a rendering engine that allows trig function alterations.

The blue curve now shows a frequency = 6 , zero phase
sinewave of 0.0001960 amplitude correction being added.
This dramatically reduces the average error amplitude and
energy, but leaves the peak error about 0.20 of previous.

An important feature of this correction is that there are zero
errors at 0, 45, and 90 degrees.

Another alternative is to start with a slightly higher frequency
sinewave correction of amplitude 0.0001960 six times 1.055 with a
corrected initial phase angle of (1.055 - 1) * 3/4 * 360 = 13.5 degrees.
This is not shown in the plot, but it usefully further reduces the
errors. But does so at a price of nonzero errors at 0 and 90 degrees.

The 6 * 1.055 sinewave can be further adjusted with a second harmonic
of 0.0255 * 0.0001960 and a dc term of 0.025 * 0.0001960. This
leaves you with the dramatically reduced black line of the plot. Over the
range of 2 to 88 degrees, there is well over a 40:1 error reduction and
a 1600:1 error energy reduction.

Sadly, there are now significant errors below 2 degrees and above 88 degrees.
These can be ignored simply by only doing corrections from 2 to 88 degrees.
The adjusted sinewave + 2X cosine + dc method would also otherwise
leave you with significant 0 and 90 degree errors.

Not sure how practical all this is or where ( if anywhere ) it can be used,
but it sure is fun to play with compellingly obsessive math problems.
More details on the exact code appear here.

Consulting services available.

May 3, 2014 deeplink respond

One of the dilemmas of restoring legacy Linotype era
is getting the artwork to look decent. Especially
for things like electronic schematics.

I've long had a time intensive and super premium
method of drawing schematics in my Gonzo Utilities.
These offer the finest schematic quality bar none,
but are tedious and often will not be cost effective.

Instead, tracing to Paint can be an effective solution.
Such as in this example. It can be interesting to
trace to a new color background
, as this makes
what needs fixed rather obvious. Once a few
glyphs are defined, the rest of the restoration
can fall in place rather quickly. And the quality
seems more than adequate for web eBook

My Bitmap Typewriter has proven exceptionally
useful in restoring Paint traced lettering. Once
again, per this example.

The JPEG images can be reinserted into the PDF
file by using Acrobat XI's watermarking feature.

Consulting services available.

May 2, 2014 deeplink respond

The "Transparent Selection" feature of Paint can be
extremely useful for eBay photography, especially when
lightening or darkening small portions of an image.

But there are times when it frustratingly seems to
fail to work. The secret is this: The background
color of the image is not necessarily the transparently

Instead, it is the Current Color #2 that is the one
that will provide transparency.

Note also that colors will change when you change from
bitmap to JPG formats. One safe way to maximize the
true whites for transparency is to raise the brightness
a few clicks with ImageViewer/32. Similarly, one
way to prevent red=255 punchthrus in our self vignetting
is to back off the red by a click
or two.

May 1, 2014 deeplink respond

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

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

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

All in one swell foop. Provided there's no oint in the flyment
An unauthorized autobiography. A jerk of all trades. The
local hysterical society. A fragrant volition. The word
"gullible" is not in any major dictionary or spell checker. 

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

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

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

Right after the Ayatollah's Bar Mitzvah. 

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

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

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

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

Because Opporknockity tunes but once.

April 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Just reworked our eBay photography setup. I bought
a light tent assembly and accessories, but decided that
the light tent part was too cumbersome and too big
to conveniently use. The new mini-tripod light stands,
though, have proven themselves most useful.

An unused desk and the space around it has been
now dedicated to photography only. And the photos
themselves have been newly done in larger quantities.
A single outlet strip now controls all of the lights at
once. Which typically are the pair of mini-tripods, and
two fluorescent strips for front lighting.

As before, I strongly feel that extensive image post
is now the key to outstanding photos.
At least 95 percent of your photography time and
effort should be spent in postproc.

Postproc starts with PC uploads. I'm back to direct
USB access as the Eyefi delays and confusion and
lack of control became maddeningly infuriating.  

Our key postproc tools include Imageview32, IrfanView,
and my custom Gonzo PostScript tools of Perspective
, Self-Vignetting Auto Backgrounder, and
the Bitmap Typewriter. Almost all postproc is done in
the Bitmap Format.

Image proc starts with a gross cropping and rotational
alignment in ImageView32. Perspective correction is
then done to get all intended lines truly vertical to
one pixel resolution. The reds are then slightly backed
off to eliminate any red=255's that would confuse
the backgrounder.

The image is then carefully outlined with a red=255 color
and any needed lighting or focus corrections are made.
Multiple exposures are sometimes used to bring out
poorly lit areas, to realign cables or connectors, or to make
any labels less garish.

Lettering is sometimes retouched, but a little of this goes
a very long way. Sometimes simply improving the lettering
outline edges ( such as rounding the corners of an "O" )
can prove most useful. Other times the Bitmap Typewriter
can be extremely useful for "straight on" typography.

The improved photo is than properly cropped and sent to
the auto backgrounder with or without vignetting. Note that
a slightly mottled  background dramatically reduces JPEG
artifacts with only a slight increase in file size.

All of this is typically done at 3 to 6 times scale. For final
postproc, the size is reduced to a 650 to 850 pixels wide
for eBay use. Brightness is usually increased and Gamma
usually decreased for best online appearance. Then a
very small sharpening of one or two clicks maximum
often made. Followed up by a final conversion to JPEG
for actual web use.

Many examples of our photos appear here.
Consulting services available.

April 29, 2014 deeplink respond

The fifth visit to the "new" Golf Course hanging canal
created, as usual, more issues than it resolved.

An attempt was made to follow the Jeep Trails over which
a canal crossing would have been needed to link with the
more western Robinson Canal. No such link was found yet.
Only a single highly unlikely wash candidate.   Similarly,
the northernmost artesian pond does not appear to be a
factor as well.

This indirectly strengthens the case for a HS Canal routing
down Riggs Canyon wash. But a huge gap remains
in the middle
and other mid route evidence shows only
braided channels and not the expected canal constructs.

Nonetheless, the HS Canal obviously needs a major and
definite purpose. And the Golf Course Canal obviously
needs a major source. By Ockham's Razor, any other
explanation would seem unnecessarily complex
. And
the terrain is topographically favorable.

But there is not yet one shred of evidence of a link.

April 28, 2014 deeplink respond

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

April 27, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that there is a hidden quadratic Bezier
drawing tool in Paint
as the second glyph in the
drawing patterns box.

This is especially useful for rounding corners or
smoothing graceful curves.

One tip: Be sure to purposely exit after each
drawn curve.
Otherwise, an infuriating and
wildly wrong curve will result on your next
mouse click.

If you need two curves in a row, draw a curve,
mouse to straight line, go back to curve, and
draw the second one.

April 26, 2014 deeplink respond

Math problems sure can become compelling and obsessive.

It turns out that the four Bezier Cubic Spline circle approximation
can be significantly improved with one or more modest compensations.

We first looked at the problem here and here. A third party
take can be found here.

All of which led to the optimum four Bezier segment approximation
that had a magic tension number of 0.55191502449 which produces
a peak error in a unit radius circle of 0.0001960.
Or two-tenths
of a mil per unit radius.

Digital sourcecode for further exploration appears here, and a
preliminary improvement plot here.

The plot is in two different scales. The wide black quadrant is
from a "real" unit radius circle and its thin red overlay is the
best previous four spline approximation. We see that the
normal approximation is "good enough" for most any sane
graphics use.

The calculated "mathematically correct" magic number of
0.551784 results in all radially positive errors, so,
as previously noted, use of 0.55191502449 gives
balanced errors and a 24 percent improvement.

The resultant error is shown in red to a peak amplitude of
just under 0.0002. This looks rather similar to a green
frequency=6 sinewave of amplitude 0.0001960. Using
such a sinewave as a compensator and subtracting the
two produces the blue error code.

At present the error peak is five times better, and the
total error "energy" is significantly less. But it does
require a rendering engine that has the ability to add a
small math function correction.

Even this can be further improved, possibly by as much as
a factor of 2.6667. Depending on what your definition of
"best" is. Three obvious choices are to equalize the positive
and negative error peaks, to minimize rms error "energy",
or to seek out zero average error amplitude.

To really get fancy and produce astonishing results, we can use
a custom three element trigonometric series for compensation.
First, a sinewave that is slightly higher in frequency by 1.055
and a phase angle of -15 with the same magic amplitude correction
of 0.0001960. Second, a minor dc term of .025 of magic. And
third a second harmonic cosine of .0255 of magic and -30 phase.
Or thereabouts.

The dramatic results appear as the black line plot. Yes, the "ears"
on the plot are worse than before, but you can simply make the
correction only between 2 degrees and 88 degrees
. Details of
this spectacular correction are in the sourcecode.

Such an adjustment should now allow precision machining
or even near optic applications with an adjusted four spline
CAD approximation.

The sourcecode runs either in GhostScript or Distiller, but a
full copy of Gonzo had to be included to get around the
recent Distiller ban on reading and writing disk files.

Similar stuff in our Cubic Spline Library. Consulting
services available.

April 25, 2014 deeplink respond

There seem to be two different methods of dealing with
fonts in Acrobat XI, using the Distiller, and using
Watermarks. Text Watermarks apparently give you
more font options as they can now embed with several
additional font flavors.

You can view your available Distiller fonts by going to
Settings -> Edit Settings ->Fonts and the Never Embed
list. This list also gives you the correct font name spelling
to be used in any PostScript routine. Any fonts not on the list
can be added to a new file using Settings - > Font Locations.

The additional Watermark fonts can be viewed in Acrobat
proper under Tools -> Watermark -> Text. To find the
proper PostScript name, go to File -> Properties -> Fonts.
But the proper PostScript name is unlikely to do you much
good as Distiller will not embed any font not on its own
list, instead substituting a multi master font.

Between Windows, Adobe, and your own uploads, there usually
will be a surprising number of fonts available for Acrobat. I
now seem to have about 175 Distiller Embeddable fonts and
nearly 250 Watermark Textable ones immediately available.

Sadly, my favorite Stone fonts need to be custom uploaded.
And, surprisingly, Helvetica is no longer available. With
Ariel being its nearly identical substitution. Apparently
any older PostScript files using Helvetica will get
multiple master substituted.
Or, you can newly upload
your own Helvetica font versions.

April 24, 2014 deeplink respond

Starting some preliminary field notes for Canal #29
tentatively called the Golf Course Canal....

This appears to have the potential of a seven mile
long prehistoric hanging canal, possibly starting
at the spring in Spring Canyon and now becoming
untraceable near the southwesternmost duck pond
of the golf course. Early routing down Frye Mesa is
presumed, then following elsewhere studied routings
using the HS Canal or the Robinson Canal.

The Golf Course canal has the potential of becoming
one of the largest, longest, best engineered, and most
significant in the survey area

Only a little over a quarter of a mile has been explored
in four trips to date during April of 2014. Even this reach
is a mix of well defined and well engineered portions,
vague but potentially acceptable routing, and reaches
that apparently have completely vanished possibly due
to sheet flooding.

The canal appears to be larger than typical, and often
measures two meters wide by one deep. Significant
hanging portions have been located where the canal
exits a wash. Significant deep cuts have also been noted.
Prehistoric age has been strongly suggested by several
ancient mesquite trees mid channel.

The canal appears totally typical and contemporaneous
of known others in the bajada.
There is no apparent
evidence of historic rework or reuse.

It is not yet clear whether the possible routing is
a portion of the Robinson Canal, or goes straight
down Riggs Canyon. Artesian ponds or a Blue
Ponds sourcing still appear barely possible but unlikely.

A preliminary map of the surveyed portion appears
here. A summary of key locations to date follows...

N32.79950 W109.78052 The southern extension
of the canal vanishes at grade into Riggs Canyon
wash. There is no obvious continuation up the
wash as of yet.

180 degree stream crossings  are known elsewhere
near N 32.84239 W 109.81459 and N 32.76296
W 109.73421
. Due to adjacent topography, this would
appear to be the southernmost possible limit of a
Robinson Canal routing. Obvious next visits should
do larger radius transects of  Riggs Canyon wash
and the possible more western Robinson route to try
and pick up evidence of the obviously needed canal
continuance .

N32.79950 W109.78052 A well defined reach somewhat
above and east of the Riggs Canyon wash. Several
large Mesquite trees mid channel. The canal in this
ares seems exceptionally well preserved and easily
traced. To the north, the canyon begins a hanging
"climb" out of the wash to the bajada proper.

N32.79976 W109.77970 The well defined canal crosses
a 4WD track, making for one of the easiest access
points of all the known canals

N32.79950 W109.778052 The canal becomes difficult to
trace east of this point. There are two very significant deep
and obvious cuts in this area. Other nearby reaches to the
east are either vague or apparently missing entirely.

N 32.79880 W 109.77610 Only the faintest hint of a possible
canal exists where it vanishes under modern urban rework.
This hint is supported by extrapolation of the more credible
earlier canal routings.

A housing development has been proposed in the immediate
area that also would impact the already trashed Golf Course

April 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Several of the more infuriating features of Windows 8.0 or
8.1 can be greatly eased with some little known keystrokes.

Windows-C brings up the right charms menu without having
to mouse around. And Windows-X brings up a lower left
menu that includes such stuff as the control panel and shutdown

Apparently the 8.1 upgrade purposely hides the Pictures and
other Libraries. This can be a major problem when uploading
from a digital camera. The cure is to
Open File Explorer and
View. Then Folder Options to the right. Then General and
check the Show Libraries box at the bottom.

The only little problem I had is that there was no show libraries
box at the bottom. Re-updating to Windows 8.1 fixed this
for me. I'm not sure if this is a common problem or just
an oddball glitch.

April 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Another of the improvements in Acrobat XI: The page
clipper is now much easier to use.

But it is sort of hard to find if you are expecting it to
work the old way. Go to Tools > Pages > Crop

April 21, 2014 deeplink respond

One of our recurring themes around here is bashing
. Several other web takes appear here,
, here, and here.

Key issues are that a valid scientific theory requires
falsifiability, that extraordinary claims demand
extraordinary evidence
, and that verifications of such
claims are the onus of the proponents, rather than
demanding disproof from others.

Others use this summary...

1. The use of psychobabble – words that sound
    scientific and professional but are used incorrectly,
    or in a misleading manner.
2. A substantial reliance on anecdotal evidence.
3. Extraordinary claims in the absence of extraordinary
4. Claims which cannot be proven false.
5. Claims that counter established scientific fact.
6. Absence of adequate peer review.
7. Claims that are repeated despite being refuted.

Pseudoscience topics have included water powered
( an outright scam ), pv panels ( all remain
gasoline destroying net energy sinks ), those
Tesla Turbines ( that demand inefficiency to work
at all ), on-board vehicle hydrogen ( a dynamic
brake in disguise ), the magic lamp ( incompetent
rms measurements run amok ), electrolysis 
( guaranteed useless by exergy ), corn ethanol
( a worthless twelve billion dollar vote buying scam ),
and Brown's Gas ( bad labwork mixed with unusual
but expected results ), among many others.

There are, of course, other sides to these issues.

Often hosted by few-chips-shy-of-a-full-board
types who may be extreme litigants, paranoid, 
nasty trick troublemakers, investors in denial,
just plain stupidly clueless, or worse. While others 
may directly confront these types, I go out of my 
way to stay "two levels" away from them.

By never directly confronting any of them, never
mounting an ag-hominem attack, and always 
trying to present factual and unarguable fundamental
physical law info. That can be independently verified. 

Otherwise, you may become what you are attacking.
"They", of course, will never be convinced. The message
should be aimed as education for others who might
get sucked into their ludicrosities.

Nonetheless, I continue to be fascinated by pseudoscience.
One of its greatest champions is the Keelynet. Keely
himself was a late 19th century scam artist who had hidden
air pipes in his perpetual motion scams.

My first perpetual motion machine appeared here. And
originally here.

April 20, 2014 deeplink respond

Just had an individual tell me how important their eBay
shilling was and all the benefits it was bringing him.

Chances are that, besides this really dumb mistake,
they are doing enough other stupidities to guarantee
their utter failure.

Very simply, shilling does not work on eBay. An
absolute defense is to bid your proxy maximum
once very near the end of the auction.

Shilling actually costs you bidders, because a
knowledgeable bidder may be disinclined to bid
if there seems to be too much bidding activity
or the near-auction-end price is already too high.

And, of course, a shill "winner" ---> loses!

Much more on eBay here.

April 19, 2014 deeplink respond

We looked at Bezier Curve Approximations to a
Circle or Ellipse here, and saw some refined math

A third party site that gives additional insight can
be found here.

The site indirectly suggests a further possibility.
Their optimal four segment Bezier magic value is
c = 0.55191502449 along with a maximum error
deviation of 0.0002.

Looking at their error plot suggests a sneaky
"outside the box" math stunt. The error appears
to be a nearly ( but not quite ) perfect sinewave.

Adding a frequency = 6, phase = 180 and
amplitude = 0.0002 sinewave should be able
to eliminate nearly all of the remaining error.

It might be interesting to plot the residual error.
64 bit math would likely be needed. And the
places where the correction makes sense
may be sorely limited.

April 18, 2014 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
 We are now up to 399 main entries.

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

April 17, 2014 deeplink respond

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

This might be premature for the Golf Course canal in
that it only was recently discovered. Only the piece from
N32.79950 W109.78052 to N 32.79880 W 109.77610
has been located and portions of it have been
severely damaged by sheet flooding.

Other current portions are vague or nondescript, but
there are obvious major cuts and out-of-the-wash hanging
reaches that are  quite well defined and exceptionally
engineered . And obviously consistent  with other prehistoric
regional canal examples. The canal seems somewhat wider
and deeper
than many of the other nearby examples.

There is a possibility of this becoming one of the longest
and highly significant canals,
perhaps of seven miles length.
A possible source would presently seem to be the spring in
Spring Canyon, down Frye Mesa and becoming a portion of
the HS Canal or  branch of the Robinson Canal.

At present unproven candidate routings would be a sudden
eastern turn of the Robinson Canal over a somewhat credible
topographic route, a direct and unknown route down Riggs
canyon, a rerouting of the Blue Ponds, or two very small artesian
pond sources. The obvious next order of research is to find
which, if any, of these is the most credible source.

The destination end of the Golf Course canal vanishes under
a planned housing development just west of the southwesternern
most gold course duck pond and has been totally trashed. A highly
damaged Golf Course ruin is also in the vicinity. This would
appear to be one of the closest examples of a canal and a
companion major ruin.

The somewhat larger size of the Golf Course canal suggests a
major field area underlying the golf course itself, the Daley
States development, or the Robinson Flat area. A "steal the
plans" case can be made for the golf course creation.

The intermittent nature of the rediscovered portion suggests
that further tracing the golf course canal to its origin may
prove difficult or tricky. Obvious next tasks are to map,
plot, and videotape as much of the remaining portions of
the route as is feasible.

More on the hanging canals here and here.

April 16, 2014 deeplink respond

A collection of free public domain book reprint resources can
be found here.

April 15, 2014 deeplink respond

The most earthlike exoplanet yet has been discovered here.

You can keep track of the running total here. And a more
extensive directory here.

April 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Plans are underfoot for an organizational meeting for a
possible Gila Valley Hiking Club tonight at 6.00 PM at
the Discovery Park Circle D Ranch house.

More on Gila Hikes here.

April 13, 2014 deeplink respond

Chance favors the prepared mind. Or so said Louis

Managed to refind a TWENTY NINTH (!) major
local prehistoric hanging canal in a totally unexpected
place near N32.79950 W109.78052 and N32.79980

As usual, the find creates more questions than it
resolves. Possible source is the spring in Spring
via Frye Mesa, but it is not at all yet
clear whether this is part of the Robinson Canal
or a yet undiscovered routing of the HS Canal
straight down Riggs Canyon.

The canal appears to be headed for the heart of
downtown Daley Estates. If continuous, it might
end up one of the longest of the known canals

Only a short segment was found so far, and only
portions of it are spectacularly unambiguous.

The engineering on a "climb" out of a wash
is particularly impressive, as are the two meter
wide and one meter deep channel cuts.

Total local prehistoric hanging canal lengths now
seem to be approaching SIXTY MILES!

A summary here and additional resources here.

Field mice welcome. Drop off any excess Draganflys
you might have available at 3860 West First Street.
Chances are we can find a new home for them.

April 12, 2014 deeplink respond

It's been a long time since we looked at the number of
available PDFMark operators. You can snoop into the
latest Acrobat XI Distiller version using...

1183615869 internaldict begin
pdfmarkInternalDict { length == } superexec
pdfmarkInternalDict { { (\r) print exch
== ==} forall } superexec

Which reveals four newer operators of...


These have all been detailed in the latest update to
the PDFMark Reference. The /JDF is apparently
no longer in use.

April 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Power LED's may slowly be crossing their own threshold
. Home Depot pricing of larger incandescent replacements
have been dropping from "outrageous" into "very high".

And continuing trends should shortly get pricing reasonable.

Bunches of interesting new LED Modules are newly available
from Cree. A typical unit might be their CXA1507 that has
nine or so series connected individual LEDs for an input of
300 ma and 37 volts. Present cost is around $8 per unit.

Some LED luminous efficiencies can reach 100 Lumens per
watt or eight or so times better than incandescent.
With lab units approaching 200 Lumens per Watt out
of a possible 250 for a full spectrum white.

April 10, 2014 deeplink respond

Just started exploring Acrobat XI. This has the long,
long overdue feature of allowing genuinely useful
document editing, largely without needing the original
source code.

Acrobat editing was much more of a problem than
would seem at first glance, because adjacent text
may not be remotely near each other in a PDF
And some documents worked in
characters, others in words, others in lines,
and yet others in paragraphs. The problems can
further compound when fill justifying is used.

There also were unresolved issues in font IP
rights, especially when no fonts or only a few
font characters were included in the PDF file.

It also seems that the educational discount
qualification process has been dramatically
. All Bee needed to do was provide
her school email URL, compared to the IRS
tax copy hoop jumping previously needed.

Sadly, Distiller has continued its process of locking
out diskfile reads or writes.
My own workarounds
have been to use GhostScript when file reads or writes
were mandatory, and to embed a full set of Gonzo
otherwise. While painful, post distilling use
of watermarks (!) can insert needed images and such.

Some details here.

April 9, 2014 deeplink respond

There's at least one more construction project that seems
to have vanished without a trace. This was a darkroom photo
timer that had the unusual ( for then ) property of working
in logarithmic stops rather than discrete seconds.

When doing enlarger printing, it was far more intuitive to
go "half a stop lighter" or whatever than to try to relate
to the baseline seconds. As I recall, the unit was all
digital, line reference based, and used RTL counters.

Not sure of the title. Likely had a co-author of Leon
Schoenfield, and likely was in Radio Electronics sometime
around 1967 or so.

The project was kinda specialized and it was hard to
explain its big advantage to a very limited photo
"slopping in the slush" market.

Your help in finding a scanned copy of this would be
most appreciated.

Some already restored classics can be found here.

April 8, 2014 deeplink respond

For most individuals and small scale startups most of the time,
any involvement whatsoever with the patent system is virtually
certain to end up a net loss of time, energy, money, and sanity.

Find out why in our Case Against Patents classic reprint, our
When to Patent tutorial, and our other patent resources.

April 7, 2014 deeplink respond

The "water powered car" continues to run rampant on the
web. Overpriced kits are now available that let you conclusively
prove the bogosity to yourself beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Here's a summary of why the concept is not even wrong...

1. What part of "Gross and Egregious Fraud" don't you

2. A fundamental thermodynamic principle called exergy
    absolutely GUARANTEES that hydrogen produced from
    high value grid, pv, or alternator electricity flat out ain't
    gonna happen. For the simple reason that a kilowatt hour
    of electricity is ridiculously more valuable than a kilowatt
    hour of unstored hydrogen gas. 

3. There are EIS or Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
    instruments readily available. These "run the experiment"
    many millions of times daily with uniformly negative results.

4. The resonant frequency of water is ONE MILLION TIMES
    higher than proponents claim, applies only to water vapor,
    and is not in any manner overunity.

5. Stainless steel is wildly inappropriate for hydrogen production
    devices because of the hydrogen overpotential of iron. and
    because of its low energy and low area passivated surface. 
    Special Platinized Platinum Black normally is required for 
    efficient devices and demands careful repeated renewing.

6. Because of Faraday's Law, only the Fourier Series direct current
    term of any complex pulse waveform can contribute to electrolysis.
    High frequency ac components primarily create bunches of waste 
    heat and inefficiency. 

7. It is trivially easy to mis-measure the energy in pulse waveforms.
    So much so that this is Beginning EE Student Blunder 001-A.
    Such measurement is almost always ridiculously low.

8. It is similarly trivially easy to mis-measure that actual dry
    STP hydrogen content in any vapor. Such measurement is 
   almost always ridiculously high. 

9. Surprisingly, electrolysis can in fact be up to one sixth endothermic
    and can produce "runs cool" effects. But such operation only can
    happen at very low and unamortizable production rates. 

Curiously, the Ohio trial court fraud proceedings have never been 
transcribed, owing to admin costs and a near total lack of demand.

Additional details of my own appear here and here and here
Two useful third party resources are found here and here.

April 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Popular Science has just made online reprints of all of
their earlier magazines freely available on the web.

My only involvement with them can be found here.
It seems one of their editors converted what should
have been an innovative construction project into
one that made no sense and did not work.

Back in the good old "slopping in the slush" days,
black and white studio photography needed special
photoflood lamps that were both outrageously hot
and ridiculously short lived. To make matters worse,
the Smith-Victor stands normally used with them
had notoriously underrated switches that would
horribly arc and even cause fires.

So, I did a "double dimmer" in a box for my photo
This gave you one line cord and properly
rated switches. Better yet, you could dimly light
the bulbs during your ground glass compositions
avoiding heat and lengthening life. You also
gained a new tool for B/W light balancing.

Popular science in their infinite wisdom rrepurposed
this as a dual power tool control without even
mentioning its photo studio purposes. Besides
being a really dumb idea, the dimmer circuit
made the power tools totally gutless. A different
circuit that used EMF feedback was needed
for the tools to work properly at low speeds.

Sigh. Additional classic reprints here.

April 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a rather incomplete list of some of my classic
articles and publications. Those with available reprints
on my website
are ( or will be ) shown with links...

ASCII keyboard and encoder.
        Popular Electronics 4/1974v5p27-31
Active Bandpass Filters
        Modern Electronics (?) p40-41
Add-subtract MOS IC decimal counter.
Electronics World 6/1970v83p45
Amplification using switching techniques.
        Electronics World 2/1966v75p30
Assembling the Popular electronics mini-DVM.  
Popular Electronics 9/1970v33p35
Audio integrated circuits what's available?
Electronics World 10/1967v78p34-36
Build a Low Cost Counting Unit
Popular Electronics Feb 68 27-32
Build Digiviewer II.
Popular Electronics 9/1974v6p63
Build R-E's grinchwal digital test equipment.
Radio-Electronics 2/1973v44p51-53
Build a Degi-Viewer
Build a musical pitch reference.
Popular Electronics 9/1968v29p41
Build an ASCII Keyboard Encoder
Radio Electronics April 1973 55-59    
Build an IC Testone.
Popular Electronics 1/1968v28p27-29
Build direct readout IC freq meter.
Popular Electronics 10/1967v27p53
Build numeric glow tube DCU.
Popular Electronics 2/1970v32p33
Build the CMOS microlab.
Popular Electronics 6/1974v5p40-44
Build the Digital logic microlab.
Popular Electronics 4/1970v32p27
Build the Li'l Dusker.
Popular Electronics 9/1965v23p73
Build the Popular electronics Universal frequency counter.
Popular Electronics 3/1969v30p33 + 4/1969
Build the Popular Electronics Digital Volt-Ohmmeter
      Popular Electronics Dec 68 29-49+
Build a Shift Register
Radio Electronics Dec 74 55-62+      
Build the TVT-6: a low-cost direct video display.
Popular Electronics 7/1977v12p47-52
Build a Signal Injector
Popular Electronics June 1970 43-45     
Build the amligner.
Popular Electronics 2/1967v26p60
Build the popular electronics digital voltohmmeter.
Popular Electronics 12/1968v29p29
Build the psych-tone.
Popular Electronics 2/1971v34p25-35
Build the 100 kHz Standard
Popular Electronics April 1970 56-58+ s
Build the supertrol.
Popular Electronics 3/1967v26p41
Build the Sports Timer
        Popular Electronics Oct 1968 31-41+
Build ultra-fast electronic stopwatch.
Popular Electronics 3/1968v28p27
Build your own dual-throttle power-tool speed control.
Popular Science 11/1965v187p128-130
Can you Beat Tic Tac Tronix?
Radio Electronics Dec 71 32-35+
CMOS: why is it so good?
Radio-Electronics 12/1973v44p33
Chirp, a new radar technique.
Electronics World 1/1965v73p42
Components for electronic music systems.
Popular Electronics 11/1973v4p47-50
Differential amplifier.
Electronics World 2/1968v79p53-57
Direct Readout IC Freq Meter
Popular Electronics Oct 1967 53-56+
Popular Electronics 5/1965v22p71
Electronic metal locator's.
Electronics World 12/1966v76p39
Electronic music pitch standards.
Popular Electronics 1/1974v5p39-43
Envelope generators & sequences for electronic music.
Popular Electronics 1/1976v9p58-62
Experimenter's professional power supply.
Popular Electronics 11/1967v27p71
Experiments with WWVB
        Radio Electronics Aug 73 48-51 plus Sept 73
Extended resonance curves.
Electronics World 11/1967v78p36
Four and five layer semiconductor diodes.
Electronics World 10/1964v72p61
Function Generator
Radio Electronics Sept 72 38-41       
Hex-to-ASCII converter for your TVT-6.
Popular Electronics 10/1977v12p49-52
Hi-fi a go-go lamps.
Popular Electronics 1/1966v24p64
How to select EM keyboards & controllers.
Popular Electronics 7/1974v6p42-44
IC decimal counting techniques.
Electronics World 9/1968v80p40
IC experimenter's corner.
Popular Electronics 2/1970v32p29-31
IC update: understanding the op amp.
Radio-Electronics 5/1975v46p51
IC's for electronic music.
Radio-Electronics 2/1974v45p49-52
IC-67 metal locater.
Popular Electronics 1/1967v26p41
Imitating musical instruments with synthesized sound.
Popular Electronics 8/1975v8p37
Insulated gate transistor.
Electronics World 7/1966v76p34
Integrated circuit amplifier you can build for under $6!
Popular Electronics 10/1966v25p57
Integrated circuits.
Popular Electronics 10/1966v25p52
Integrated circuits: what's available?
Electronics World 11/1965v74p47
Introduction to electronic music.
Popular Electronics 10/1973v4p35-37
Keying & VCA circuits for electronic music instruments.
Popular Electronics 1/1975v7p60-63
Keying & VCA circuits for electronic music instruments.
Popular Electronics 2/1975v7p37-39
Light dimmer & power-tool control.
Electronics World 7/1964v72p46
Linear integrated circuits: what's available?
Electronics World 11/1966v76p23
Logic demon.
Popular Electronics 12/1966v25p41
Low-cost hi-fi color organ.
Popular Electronics 3/1965v22p43-47
Mini DVM
Popular Electronics Sept 1970 p35-52
Multipurpose electronic control: lamp dimmer.
Electronics World 1/1965v73p36-37
Musette color organ.
Popular Electronics 7/1966v25p56
Music modules to build your own synthesizer.
Popular Electronics 6/1976v9p59-66
Nanosecond pulses: techniques & applications.
Electronics World 2/1966v75p37
New SCR developments.
Electronics World 12/1964v72p25
No Bounce Pushbutton
        Popular Electronics Mar 1970 31-33
Operational amplifier: circuits & applications.
Electronics World 8/1967v78p49
Optical link: a new circuit tool.
Electronics World 9/1965v74p36-39
Paleomagnetism & Archaeomagnetism.
Electronics World 9/1969v82p23
Parts profiles.
Popular Electronics 9/1965v23p56
Pitch generators for electronic music.
Popular Electronics 2/1974v5p98-101
Plastic power transistors advantages and applications.
Electronics World 2/1968v79p50-52
Predetermining decimal counter.
Electronics World 5/1970v83p34
Psychedelia 1 Color Organ.
Popular Electronics 9/1969v31p27
Pulse generator.
Popular Electronics 4/1966v24p60-62
Put your best meter face forward.
Popular Electronics 2/1965v22p71
Selecting an electronic music synthesizer.
Popular Electronics 10/1974v6p50-51
Semiconductor interval timer.
Electronics World 5/1966v75p82-84
Simplified solid-state color organ.
Electronics World 1/1964v71p50
Six CMOS circuits for experimenters.
Popular Electronics 4/1977v11p46-47
Solid-state 3-channel color organ.
Electronics World 4/1963v69p55
Spots Before your Eyes
      Popular Electronics Sept 67 31-34
Solid-state dimmers & power controls.
    Electronics World 5/1965v73p34
Square deal audio generator.
  Popular Electronics 11/1966v25p59-63
Superclock: new digital timekeeper.
Radio-Electronics 7/1972v43p54-58
Switching-mode power conversion.
Electronics World 9/1966v76p37-90
Thermoluminescence, theory & applications.
Electronics World 3/1969v81p43-46
Timbre & voicing circuits for electronic music.
Popular Electronics 6/1975v7p31-35
Tools for the electronic hobbyist.
Popular Electronics 3/1965v22p65
TV Typewriter
      Radio Electronics 9/1973
Understanding active filters.
Popular Electronics 12/1976v10p69-73
Using new low-cost integrated circuits.
Electronics World 3/1966v75p50
Using the new constant-current diodes.
Electronics World 10/1967v78p30
Varactor diode applications.
Electronics World 6/1966v75p43
Want to build an integrated circuit binary counter?
Popular Electronics 12/1966v25p57

In that time period, many magazines used Nom De Plumes to
prevent it looking like one author wrote the whole issue. Some
of mine included Frank Gross, Ralph Genter, Leon Schoenfied
( actually a rare co-author ), and, of course, Marcia Swampfelder.

Conspicuously missing from the above list are the Ask the Guru
and PostScript Secrets columns from Computer Shopper, my
Hardware Hacker and Tech Musings columns from Radio
Electronics and Modern Electronics, and the Blatant Opportunist
columns from Midnight Engineering. Plus a bunch of mostly
book chapter excerpts in Byte and Kilobaud. Plus plus a few
stories in PC Techniques and Circuit Cellar. Even two
stories in Whole Earth Review. And a few dozen entries
in Goodyear's internal AEEM, and three years of editing the
Cave Crawler's Gazette.

Other magazines in which I sometimes appeared included
Electronics, Electronic Design, Modern Electronics, and
in occasional "second tier" hobby electronics magazines.

The exact total score remains somewhat murky, but should
be on the far side of 2000 published technical papers.

My latest paper ( another rare co-authored ) appears here.

Please add what you can to the above list. Further
reprints and restorations depend highly on your

April 4, 2014 deeplink respond

Added a new Dr. Neely blog to our hanging canal access page.

April 3, 2014 deeplink respond

There's several important details to pay attention to if
you want our automatic backgrounder and vignetter to
work properly for you every time.

The code works by using red=255 as markers. Mottled
background is substituted up to the end of the first burst
of red=255 continuous markers. First from west to east,
then east to west, then south to north, and finally north
to south. Then, optionally, any internal red=255 markers
also get substituted.

A mottled background is normally suggested as this
dramatically reduces your final JPEG artifacts with only
a minor increase in image size.

Only one plane is tested for red=255. Thus any color that
has full red will work just fine. It is super important to
eliminate any and all red=255's that are unwanted before
you start outlining.
This is easily done in ImageView32 by
backing off any preexisting reds by one or two clicks.

Be sure to note that "pure white" includes a red=255
in its pixel plane.

It is also important to stay in bitmap format between the time
you outline and the time you do the auto backgrounding.

Inadvertently dropping into JPEG is likely to trash all of
your painfully entered outline red=255's into lower
values which will get ignored.

Your outline must be continuous. Even a one pixel break will
give you "bulldozer tracks" through the final. Any undercuts
must be treated as "internal" markers
and must be solidly
filled with full red. The key test is "can you reach your outline
from at least one NSEW edge of the image?"

Bleeds are not allowed. There MUST be a border everywhere,
even if it is only within two or three pixels from an edge.

It is also important to use a different destination filename.

Consulting and image prep assistance available.

April 2, 2014 deeplink respond

One of my classic construction projects seems to have
vanished without a trace. I need your help in finding it
for classics restoration.

It was called the Dot N Bar and was a color television
dot and bar and color burst generator. It had to date

from somewhere around 1969. It was one of the typical
zero box devices with an offered Metalphoto dialplate.

It probably used a dozen ics, which likely included the
RTL MC790P dual flip flops. It was powered by three
internal D cells. The sneaky trick used to get the color
bars was to run the 3.57545 MHz burst exactly one
horizontal frequency low at 3.56381 MHz.
This way,
the burst would "slip" exactly 360 degrees per horizontal
line, generating all the colors "free". Gating these would
create the illusion of individual discrete colors.

I thought it appeared in Radio Electronics, but I cannot
find it. At times, the magazines did not want it to look
like they only had one author, so such names as
Frank Gross, Ralph Genter, Leon Schoenfield, and,
of course, Marcia Swampfelder were sometimes used
as nom de plumes.

Rarely some of my stuff would appear elsewhere,
such as in Electronics, Modern Electronics, or even
Popular Science. I am mystified exactly why this project
seems to have vanished without a trace.

I could use your help in pinning this one down. Actually,
there was a slight technical error in the design that
may have somewhat affected what should have been
optimal tv convergence. These days, of course, all
of color tv is digital and sets no longer need for any
convergence servicing at all.

Some of our classic reprints can be found here, and
a few of the early books here. Further additions can be
had with your sponsorship.

April 1, 2014 deeplink respond

Very few people are aware of the fact that the word
"gullible" does not appear in any major dictionary
or spell checker.

Not one. Anyplace ever.

March 31, 2014 deeplink respond

Amazingly, the COSMAC microprocessor is alive and
well with newly released kits and products.

The point and purpose remains murky, given the
Raspberry Pi and its Beagle Bone and Arduino

I've always felt this one to have such a bizarre architecture
that it well deserved to die a quiet death.

More 1802 stuff here.

Instead, let's do a KIM-1 in a tiny box. Or, better
yet, a full Apple IIe emulation

March 30, 2014 deeplink respond

Another use for the adapters needed to test pressure sensors
and transducers: They make dandy "plug gauges" to be sure
that the threads on most anything you are listing on eBay
are really what you claim they are.

A summary of NPT threads here.

BTW, conduit and NPT threads are pretty much interchangeable
for electrical uses.
So long as they do not have to be truly

March 29, 2014 deeplink respond

Throe's what I like to call a "threshold effect" in any
technical innovation. Before the threshold is crossed,
any solutions are klutzy and expensive. After crossing,
they are cheap and effective.

Sometimes the crossing represents a technical breakthrough.
Other times it can be simply production volumes or just
learning curve types of stuff.

Knowing when and how the thresholds are crossed can
be crucial to product development.

The classic example was the helical video recording that
led to VHS and Betamax. Present examples include
LCD monitors completely blowing away heavy and
bulky vacuum tube ones. LED's as standard lighting are
now halfway through their threshold, with still high but
rapidly dropping prices.

The Raspberry Pi and its Beagle Bone and Arduino
relatives have obviously reached critical thresholds.

The next threshold effects we can expect is utility
grade pv solar finally hitting the twenty five cents per
peak panel watt demanded for true renewability and
sustainability. More on this here.

Uncrossed ( as of yet ) thresholds include a needed
breakthrough in HVAC efficiency, total customer
awareness and control of their power consumption,
and reasonable solid state cooling devices.

March 28, 2014 deeplink respond

... and review these ancient eBay selling mistakes...

   ~ Not recognizing that eBay sales are a profession
      demanding EXTREME time commitment, attention
      to detail, and very high personal value added.

    ~ Trying to work on too low a profit margin. ALWAYS
       seek out a 30:1 or higher sell/buy ratio.

    ~ Not having the faintest clue what your true costs
       are. If you are not including your pro-rated water
       bill and similar obscure items, your cost accounting
       is probably woefully inadequate.

   ~ Not recognizing that the minimum profitable eBay
      sale is somewhere around $19.63.

   ~ Not offering unique products not found elsewhere.

   ~ Failing to keep proper tax records.

   ~ Exceeding a 21 day cashout or 15 month hang time.
      While avoiding the profit loss of "too fast" sales.

  ~  Not realizing that eBay seller profits happen during
     BUYING and not during selling.

   ~ Not buying except under EXTREME distress situations.
      If more than 5% of your buy offers are accepted, you
      are paying way too much.

   ~ Failing to promptly provide tracking info to buyer.
      Naturally, you NEVER ship without tracking. But
      it usually pays to self-insure .

   ~ Not keeping your item descriptions complete, accurate,
      and somewhat understated.

  ~ Not offering refunds for ANY reason. And comping full
     costs on any return, usually WITHOUT a return. Your
      30:1 SBR protects you against significant losses.

   ~ Listing anything you cannot hold extended at arm's length.

   ~ Not having proper inventory controls in place.

   ~ Not having daily shipping, a trade name registration,
      and a state tax stamp.

   ~ Using arcane terms and conditions that exceed
       ten words absolute maximum.

   ~ Failing to promptly answer all emails and to
       correct all problems as quickly as possible.

   ~ Not using a camera AND a scanner AND web data
       links when and where appropriate. Images rule.

   ~ Failing to keep shipping charges strictly revenue

   ~ Not spending nearly enough time in image post-
      processing. At least 90 percent of your photo
      effort should go here.

   ~ Selling foreign.

   ~ Listing any item at an opening price less than
       you are willing to sell it for.

   ~ Withdrawing an on-the-block offer in violation
       of the Uniform Commercial Code.  

   ~ Selling any item violating VERO rights.

    ~ Selling in known problem categories.

    ~ Stealing images and copy from other sellers.

    ~ Accepting anything but  Paypal.

   ~ Not offering inspection privileges. Not promptly
      offering refunds. When appropriate, including
      buyer costs and without return.

    ~ Falling for account-stealing phishing emails.

   ~ Posting feedback before customer evaluates item.

   ~ Being rude or confrontational in seller email contacts.

  ~ Using dropshippers, palletized "bargains", doing
     consignment sales, or selling for friends.

Much more eBay stuff here.

March 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Thought we might once again review these ancient
eBay buying rules...

   ~ Failing to proxy bid their max ONCE very late in the
       auction, doing so in oddball penny amounts just above
       a currency denomination threshold.

   ~ Failing to realize that an awarded bid is an enforcable
      contract under the Uniform Commercial Code.

   ~ Not knowing the TOTAL transaction cost of the bid
      price, the shipping costs, and any special charges.

    ~ Failing to acknowledge that it costs money to ship stuff,
       and that the carrier charges are typically only a tiny
       fraction of true total shipping costs.

   ~ Not fully reading the offer or seeing what is not there.

   ~ Failing to contact the seller if there is ANY question.

   ~ Failing to pay promptly and in the expected manner.

   ~ Withdrawing a bid for frivolous or remorseful reasons.

   ~ Buying foreign.

   ~ Not realizing that "too good to be true" offers are.

   ~ Paying with anything except  Paypal

   ~ Failing to research value elsewhere. eBay is seldom
      the only or the best buy.

    ~ Not realizing that shipping heavy stuff long distances
       is practically NEVER cost effective.

    ~ Falling for account-stealing phishing emails.

   ~ Getting into pissing contests with other bidders.

   ~ Failing to preview the seller's feedback. Anything
       less than 98 percent is suspect and below 95
       percent should trip a red flag alert.

   ~  Nickel and dimeing the seller over trivial charges.

   ~  Being rude or confrontational in seller email contacts.

   ~ Negging before resolving any seller conflict

Much more eBay stuff here.

March 26, 2014 deeplink respond

Much of our PostScript Fractal Fern secret insider info
can be found in these files...



The code on these is amazingly simple and compact.

Some updates may be needed. If you need file access
these days, you have to use GhostScript. And a full
copy of Gonzo is best towed along internally.

Consulting services available.

March 25, 2014 deeplink respond

When doing eBay images or eBook magazine or book
capture, it pays to scan or photograph at the highest
possible resolution.
And keep things in bitmap format
for as long as feasible.

Ferinstance, halftones are a black ink approximation to
a gray scale and generally go murky at low scan resolutions.
But if you do a high scan resolution and then resize using
the fancy algorithms in ImageViewer32 or IrfanView,
the halftones get magically converted into full gray scale.
Per this example.

High resolution scans also let you do all sorts of fancy image
postprocessing tricks
. Such as architect's distortion correction
or anti-keystoning using this routine. Or automatic backgrounding
and vingnetting with this one. Or cleaning up small lettering
with the Bitmap Typewriter. Or even Dodging and Burning

Consulting, lecture, and production services available.

March 24, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that Coursera has hundreds of free and top
rate college and university online courses available.

Some with credit arrangements. Presently 630 courses
from 80 major universities.

March 23, 2014 deeplink respond

I noticed that the Arizona State Auctioneer's Association
just folded, and that their projected new Southwestern
States Auctioneer Association
has yet to see the light
of day. And that the National Auctioneers Association has
not been able to find a pig in a dishpan lately.

Which raises the greater question: Are auctioneers now
an endangered species?
Online auctions seem to be
running away with all the marbles and clearly require
skill sets vastly different than those provided by a
traditional auctioneer.

Hallmarks of a successful auctioneer included their spiel,
their charisma, and their venues.
Along with their traditional
scams of fast hammers, phantom bidding, bid pulling, slow
pay, and shilling. None of these skills or scams are even
remotely needed or relevant in any online only setup.

March 22, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Roper Canal seems to have been a major water
source for Roper Lake, extending from N 32.74574
W 109.74199
N 32.75588 W 109.70752.

While modern, it obviously derived its water from a
prehistoric Marijilda original. Strangely, the canal does
not presently seem to be properly maintained.

Despite its rather obviousness, proof of a prehistoric
original remains lacking.
As does its relationship with
the Richardson Orchard habitation site and related
nearby water management structures of various ages.

Or establishing whether prehistoric fields underlay
Roper Lake itself. This premise seems rather likely.

The route is certainly highly topographically favorable.

Henry's Canal may or may not merge with the Roper Canal
somewhere near N 32.75459 W 109.71178. A case
can be made that Henry's Canal was older and preceeded
the "high" Marijilda route. It might have had problems
in that the construction effort of the "high" Marijilda was
obviously much more difficult and far less obvoius. These
issues require further study. The Henry's elevation is
somewhat higher and it may have stopped short at a
field presumably undrlying a present tank.

It is also likely that the modern Roper Canal route deviated
from its presumed prehistoric routing along the highway
stretch near N 32.74992 W 109.71608. This obviously
linear realignment for 191 construction also merits study.

March 21, 2014 deeplink respond

There's a bunch of interest in building machines to scan
magazines and books, ranging from el cheapo units
built out of cardboard boxes to fully automated
Some of which cost over $100,000.00.

A central homebrew clearing house can be found here.

My own personal "me too" Vee Machine appears
in this image.
It was rebuilt from a toner recharging

March 20, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have bunches of hard to find
resources on Bezier Curves and Cubic Splines,
both with and without PostScript.

Some of the more important papers are...

The Math Behind Cubic Splines
Using Cubic Splines
Cubic Spline through Four Points
Cubic Spline Length and Subdivision
Cubic Spline Minimum Point Distance
Cubic Spline Circle and Ellipse Approximations
Pixel Interpolation Algorithms
Length of a Bezier Curve
Image Post Processing Tools
Main Cubic Spline Library

March 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Amazingly, there are over a dozen "steal the plans" videos
of the turbo encabulator and the retro encabulator.

The original still blows most of these away, though.

Similar stuff here.

March 18, 2014 deeplink respond

There's been several recent inquiries over whether any
hanging canal survey instruments have ever been
located. The short answer is "no".

But a foremost research rule is that absence of
evidence is NOT evidence of absence.

My present thinking is that the canals were engineered
by using very small extensions of them as static
water levels
. A small ditch might have been dug and
just barely filled with water. Noting the entry water
level for a just barely end overflow. The slope then
could be adjusted as needed. And then dug full size.

Much more on the canals here.

March 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a summary of our two level precyber restoration of
Linotype era magazine articles and such...

First, make sure you have the rights to the story or that the
rights are murky enough that nobody will hassle you.
the details that follow can be done with an ordinary scanner
on an ordinary magazine, you will be far better off scanning
individual sheets or using some sort of Vee Machine.

Scan at the highest possible resolution and send the scans
to Adobe Acrobat 9 or higher. Then do an OCR using the
hidden Clearscan option. Precropping to selected text
areas may be needed for best results.

Each page will now consist of three areas, all of which
can be treated differently. First is columar or bulk
which you can send to the microjustify routines
in my Gonzo Utilities. Doing so gives you original
source code to work with, full serchibility, and ordinary
low storage fonts. Editing is much easier than otherwise
trying to deal with unconverted OCR candidates.

The second area will be stuff that is best dealt with in
raw PostScript. Such as rules and lines. Or adding tinted
color underlays.

One or more image areas might remain. Treat each area
as a separate project
. One simple method is to make the
image as big as possible and then do a screen dump.
Move the dump into ImageViewer32 tightly crop to
subject, and adjust the sharpness and contrast as best you can.

Then get into Paint and work on such stuff as gutter
darkening, distortion, and other problem areas.

Muddy halftones can sometimes be dealt with by
a lightening followed by these tricks. Extensive
Paint reworking and knocking out backgrounds and
adding background color can make a dramatic

If you scan an original halftone at extreme resolution,
reducing it in ImageViewer32 will convert the halftone
to a continuous gray scale. Instead of a black ink
halftone approximation to an image, we  now have a
full gray image approximation to a halftone!

Now, Distill your Gonzo PostScript text. You should
end up with the raw PostScript stuff present, but
large white holes everywhere your edited and
improved images should go.

Now for the sneaky part. Get back into full Acrobat
and use the Watermark (!) feature to insert and
scale and position your improved images.

Note that Adobe recently banned all use of disk file
reads and writes from Distiller. Which is why you
have to  post re-insert any images.

Consulting and conversion services available.

March 16, 2014 deeplink respond

A preview of our precyber Linotype era Superclock III
can be found here. Newly remastered using ou top
secret dual level web restoration techniques
Done by
starting with Acrobat's Cleartype and overlaying my
Gonzo Utilities.

Still a few minor typos and such.

Full text searchibility, full editability, total source code
availability, new color, potentially small file sizes (but
figure dependent), ability to use ordinary scanners and
deal with guttering, ordinary standard fonts with zero
OCR missed candidates.

With minimal rekeying and redrawing. But still rather
labor intensive. And with a steep learning curve.

More at http://www.tinaja.com  Additional ebooks and
classic reprints at http://www.tinaja.com/crsamp1.shtml
and at http://www.tinaja.com/ebksamp1.shtml

We actually worked with NBS on this project. Who at
the time were developing an ill fated television vertical
interval time base.  The networks eventually flushed it
in favor of closed captioning and their own diagnostics.

I also wanted to use this for an always accurate WWVB
, only to discover that WWVB reception relibility
was less than negligible.
Mesmerizingly awful, even. A
power increase did not help much, and their new super
modulation seems to have all the development chips
currently stuck in the pipe.

I thought that using a ROM for automatic pushbutton
timezone conversion was a really big deal, but the
customers voted with their feet. To this day, few people
fully appreciate the significance of a NIST traceable,
self resetting, always accurate clock.

March 15, 2014 deeplink respond

An additional 715 new exoplanets has just been announced
from this source. You can keep track of the running total
here. And a more extensive directory here.

It is looking more and more like several factors in the
Drake Equation had been severely underestimated.

March 14, 2014 deeplink respond

Free web sources of Heathkit schematics and manuals
can be found here and here.

Other sources seem to be newly re-emerging.

March 13, 2014 deeplink respond

As we have seen here, not one net watthour of pv solar
energy has EVER been produced
, and systems to date
are NOT in any manner renewable nor sustainable.

Net renewablity and sustainablity can be expected a
few years after the panel prices drop below twenty five
cents per peak panel watt
. Present utility scale pricing
is approaching sixty cents per peak panel watt, which is
amazingly and stunningly lower than historic values.

It seems finally reasonable to predict that the present
pricing trends MAY approach renewability and
sustainability, possibly within two years..

But meanwhile, the Pacific Rim has run away with
all the marbles.
Of the eighteen major US pv firms,
fourteen are now bankrupt, sold at auction, or
otherwise out of the business. While two more
are now foreign owned.
An analysis here.

A useful free trade journal can be found here, an
online resource here, and more energy fundamental
tutorials here.

March 12, 2014 deeplink respond

A directory of commercial archaeological salvage and
service houses can be found here.

March 11, 2014 deeplink respond

Free noncommercial use of 35 million web images has just
been announced by Getty Images.
At a price of newly
added DRM.

March 10, 2014 deeplink respond

Details on an up coming free online Linux course program can
be found here.

Minewhile, Details on a new and free Linux video editor can
be found here.

March 9, 2014 deeplink respond

An interesting free shipping calculator can be found here.
The bottom line is that LCL freight normally goes for
sixty cents per ton mile.
And that commercial house
movers charge more like four dollars per ton mile.

That sixty cents is shipping only. Even the most
marginal prep ( such as shrink wrapping to a skid )
may involve surcharges. Interestingly, U-Haul
also charges sixty cents per mile. Or about the
same for a longer distance one ton load.

Useful shipping sources include UshipmyFreight,
Freight Center, or Freight Pro.

If prep is a factor, try Craters and Freighters, the
somewhat pricey UPS Stores, or some of the more
independent U-Ship  bidders.

March 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Amazingly, the Acrobat search feature is smart enough to
work its way around hyphens.
And give you both pieces
on a hyphened search hit.

Which gets tricky in a hurry, because the next line in
a PDF file may be file positioned nowhere near the
previous one. I suspect it grabs the "easy" hyphens
and ignores the rest of them.

I am very much anti-hyphen. There is no point whatsoever
any more for narrow fill justified columns
. Instead, use
wide left justified ones with half ledding between paragraphs.
And reword your text slightly on any jarringly short lines.

And make the paragraphs much shorter than they used to be.
Attention and interest span and all

Many examples here.

March 7, 2014 deeplink respond

Oriental scam of the week: There is no lobster in lobster
It is mostly egg, cornstarch, and pork.

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

March 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Our Bezier circle approximation was done using PostScript
that only has 32 bit math internally and six decimal
places externally reported.

One reader demanded more accuracy and came up with
two possible "best" four Bezier circle approximations
of 0.000230 higher or 0.000186 higher than our "BEST"
value of 0.551784.

Depending on what is meant by "best".

These errors are well less than one pixel at sane
sizes and resolutions. Nonetheless, they could become
crucial for precision machining or optical needs
Especially with higher approximations.

There have been times and places where 32 bit
math were in fact limiting. I had to go to the 64
bit math of JavaScript for our Magic Sinewave

March 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Our pressure transducer tester now seems to be
working. It turned out to be quite simple.

All that was needed was a tire pump with a gauge,
a Schrader to 1/4 NPT adaptor, a Schrader to 1/8
NPT adaptor
, and a 1/4 NPT female to 1/2 NPT
male coupler.

Sadly, several of the transducers we tested were
not fully functional. These may have been dummies
or problem units used to develop mechanical
models of some external surge protection modules.

March 4, 2014 deeplink respond

Fatcow apparently demands that we disclose we are
an associate of them anytime we say something nice
about them.

Income from this revenue stream is largely negligible.

March 3, 2014 deeplink respond

Found an alternate route to the disused but modern blue
ponds canal at N 32.78096 W 109.77844 Start on the west
side of the fence near the top of the dam wall at N 32.78242
W 109.77505
Then go a quarter of a mile south. Through
the East-West fence.

With the "improved" Acme Mapper the canal is far less obvious
than it used to be as is now shown here.

The modern purpose of the canal was apparently to switch water
between the northern and southern blue ponds.
While most of
the known parts of this short canal have a prehistoric look about
them, the actual switching took place at a concrete headgate.

Just about all other recent hanging canal uses clearly stole the
plans from prehistoric originals. The lack of a maintenence road
suggests a copy of an older route.

There are a very few potsherds and flakes in the area, but enough
to suggest a wide variety of late classic quality tradeware

The big question is whether the blue ponds were in fact prehistoric
fields and whether a spectacular canal existed
between here
and the HS Canal at 32.75883 W 109.81388
. Clearly, the world
class HS canal needed a major purpose well beyond minor Frye
Creek fields.

But all remains highly speculative at present. Perhaps the answer
lies here.

Field mice welcome. More on the canals here.

March 2, 2014 deeplink respond

At one time, astronomical photos were incredibly difficult,
time consuming, and expensive to make. These daya, of
course, most any dedicated amateur can easily create
mind-blowing images.
Conveniently and cheaply.

There's now an Astronomy Legacy Project aimed at
scanning and preserving many of these early lovingly
crafted photos.

March 1 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Tranquility Canal seems atypical in that its
known portions are only 6000 feet long, is apparently
artesian sourced, and includes numerous private
smaller landowners. It is thus now an "urban" canal.

The canal is presently believed to route from an
artesian source near N 32.75992 W 109.73299
to the Cook Reservoir near N 32.77476
W 109.72775

One good viewing point is the Anne's Ranch Road
crossing at N 32.76469 W 109.72950.

Use is abandoned, possibly because of declining
artesian availability.

Additional proof seems required for a prehistoric origin.

Half of the canal "lools like" a prehistoric original
and at least one landowner (Schmoller) refers to it as
"the old indian canal". The other half of the canal has
been lined with puddled very high aggregate concrete
that seems quite similar to the early historic Marijilda
canal "steal the plans" rework.

Half of the canal includes a maintenence track;
the other half does not.
There is one point where
two parallel canals may exist, one concrete
lined, and one not.

The artesian source and Cook's destinations also
need verified. There are numerous abandoned historic
"plumbing" artifacts near the presumed source. But a
more southern Marijilda origin through highly disturbed
modern ag fields cannot be ruled out.

Although this canal comes amazingly close to the Twin
East Canal, a significant vertical cliff separates the two.

They are presumed unrelated.

February 28, 2014 deeplink respond

A stunning breakthrough worthy of Marcia Swampfelder
can be found here. And here.

With its history here.
And here.

Meanwhile, the insider secrets of how Marcia created the
tapioca pudding scene in the film noir cross-genre classic
Godzilla versus the Night Nurses remain under strict NDA

Because of the court order of protection and the restraining
orders issued by the Tapioca Pudding Institute, Marcia's
film never reached the theaters,  going  instead directly
to release on eight track.

February 27, 2014 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 
We are now up to 395 main entries.

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

February 26, 2014 deeplink respond

A tip that can easing finding the "good stuff" in any major
online auction: Search on the word "Contents".

Much more auction help here.

February 25, 2014 deeplink respond

A superb collection of early antique radio schematics
can be found here.

February 24, 2014 deeplink respond

Bizarre. All of a sudden, any and all access to my own
tinaja website, FTP, and email ALL got blocked and 404'd.

But only by our own computers!

Fatcow swore up and down that everything was just
fine on their end. Bringing in a third party laptop
quickly found out that the wireless router (!) was
the culprit.
In that direct cable modem access worked
just fine.

Somehow the router apparently got into a parental
blocking mode. It is not at all clear how or why this
was tripped,

This was an ancient Linksys unit that had known
engineering heat management problems. The initial
vent holes were too small and it was super easy to
stack units or put printer output pages on them. But
I usually kept modem and router separately on a
clean slant to improve circulation

Cable One could conceivably have had some parental
software go horribly wrong or there could have been
some strange router or computer or antiviral specific
malware or viri hit. At any rate, the problem vanished
after twenty hours.

Many Linksys routers have a dual type reset
button. Briefly pressing it does a reset, while holding
it down for over ten seconds restores the original
factory defaults.

I since decided to upgrade to a modern combined
modem and router
. But what happened so far pretty
much defies rational explanation.

Linksys manuals can be found here.

February 23, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's a list of the wayward GuruGrams...

123 Prehistoric Bajada Canals of Southeastern AZ
122 Glyphs Hanging Canal Summary
Little Known Gila Valley Dayhikes
120 Apple Assembly Cookbook I and II
119 Web Friendly PS Colors
118 Some "Fat Tail Arrow" Utilities
117 Level II Precyber eBook Conversions
116 Restoring Faded or Scuffed Text
115 An "unhalftoning" scheme for eBooks
114 Remastering a Technical Book
113 Allen Reservoir Failure Analysis Docs
112 Prehistoric Hanging Canals Slide Show
111 My Metal Locator Thesis
110 Remastering Video for Web Distribution
109 Gauss-Jordan Stability Issues

I'll try to get these listed and entered soon.

February 22, 2014 deeplink respond

I've gotten woefully far behind in updating our GuruGram
library page. I'll try to pick up the dozen or so missing
entries as soon as I can.

GuruGram #123 is titled PreHistoric Bajada "Hanging
Canals" of Southeastern Arizona
and is our latest
summary article on these absolutely stunning ongoing
world class discoveries.

Sourcecode can be found here.

We are now up to twenty eight canals or canal fragments
for a total distance approaching SIXTY MILES!

Additional details can be found here, and ongoing
developments here.

Yes, field mice are definitely welcome.

February 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Got some recent questions over Tesla Turbines. Since these
demand shear forces in lossy fluid media, they are inherently
thermodynamically irreversible and thus inherently lossy
and unavoidably woefully inefficient.

The turbines are useful for pumping frozen chickens, live fish,
or sewage. But usually fail in any ap that demands reasonable

Tesla, of course, remains the patron saint of the Church
of the Latter Day Crackpots
. 99 percent of the mythology
of Tesla Turbines could be eliminated simply by renaming
them shit pumps.
For which they are eminently suitable.

February 20, 2014 deeplink respond

There seems to be a known bug that affects certain versions
of Acrobat readers. The bug apparently converts hyphens to
em dashes. Which, of course, totally trashes any attempt to
link a URL whose name includes dashes.

The bug seems to apply only to Acrobat readers and not to
full versions of Acrobat.

Workarounds include hand entering the url or using full
Acrobat for viewing. I apparently found a workaround that
fixed one problem url, but was unable to duplicate it on a

I suspect the problem will go away with upcoming reader

Meanwhile, NEVER use dashes or percent signs or anything
else weird in your own url's!

February 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Yet another reminder that I have a newly revised free
talk on our Little Known  
Gila Valley Dayhikes coming up
at Discovery Park on Saturday February 22nd at 6:30 in
the Jupiter Room.

You can preview the talk here and pick up other Gila Hike
info here.
 The latest and newest hike appears here.

See you there.

February17, 2014 deeplink respond

Recent developments in online auctions seem to have
made them much more of an efficient market. Meaning
that the days of being the only bidder at an auction
with no restrooms, 120 in the shade, scorpions, and
four inch hail may now be long gone.

With an online auction, much less time, cost, and effort
is required, so they tend to attract bunches more
bidders from a much larger area

Online auctions tend to close at a two per minute rate,
which is ridiculously faster than a classic auction.
Especially considering travel time. Cost of participation
is pretty much negligible.

You also usually know exactly when lots of interest will
, so you do not have to continuously monitor all lots.
and are thus free to multitask or work on other projects.

Opportunities for posion lots and contents of room
or contents of cabinet seem to be more limited.

Online auctions tend to have much higher opening
, and buyer's premiums that can approach
25 percent if sales tax is a factor. Shipping has
gotten ridiculously easier and somewhat lower in
cost through websites such as Uship, myFreight,
Freight Center, or Freight Pro.

Your defenses: Follow more auctions, pay more
careful attention,  and bid more aggressively.

Typically, you should bid your proxy maximum
once and only once
six minutes before the auction
lot closes. Assuming a five minute auto-extension
that you should avoid at all costs.

More auction help here.

February16, 2014 deeplink respond

A new web ranking service is available here. Rankings
are based, among other factors, on incoming link

Our own tinaja.com has rocketed into 404,116th place.
While this sounds awful, this lies near the top 0.4
percent of all web sites.

February15, 2014 deeplink respond

www.elance.com is a web based clearing house for programmers,
writers, and designers. They apparently have generated almost
one billion dollars of work to date.

Registration and posting are free. There is an 8.75 percent
fee at the time any work is approved.

February14, 2014 deeplink respond

A long popular analog industrial interface has been the
4 to 20 ma current loop. These have advantages of
a two wire interface and the ability to largely ignore
the resistance of long connecting lines.

In typical use, the sensor or whatever draws four
milliamperes and then 0 to 16 milliampers of
sensed value gets added to the current draw.

Current loops have been brought into the digital
age by adding what is known as the Hart Format.
In which plain old Bell 202 tones are superimposed
on the loop. The Hart format allows fancy control
and higher resolutions to be applied to the
traditional 4-20 ma analog systems.

A good summary of the Hart Interface appears here.

February13, 2014 deeplink respond

Back to the drawing board. Most typical air cylinders have a
significant amount of seal blowby. Which means that only
a few psi at best can be generated by our propsed scheme of
using an air cylinder as a test pump to check pressure transducers.

Instead, you can get Schrader to NPT adaptors that let you
use an ordinary bicycle pump to get higher and more stable
test pressures. Its not yet clear whether a small accumulator
will be needed for added stability.

Stay tuned.

February12, 2014 deeplink respond

A useful hacker oriented but otherwise rather bizarre video
network can be found at Twit.

February11, 2014 deeplink respond

A new spherical solar collector scheme seems to be
making the rounds, including this site.

I see what to me appear to be several major
numbers that don't add up and likely guarantee
a flat out "ain't gonna happen" result.

Firstoff, utility parity is presently at a dollar per
peak system watt which translates roughly to fifty
cents per peak panel watt. But that is just a "paint
it green" number with zero advantage to pv solar.

Instead, for pv solar to become a genuine and
viable renewable and sustainable net energy
resource requires panel pricing is around twenty
five cents per peak panel watt.
this figure is rapidly being approached by
traditional technologies.

Compared to a square properly aligned panel,
a sphere at best can only gather pi/4 of the
cross section energy. Since it is unlikely that
the spherical performance near its boundaries
is all that great, perhaps something like 60%
of a flat panel response can ever make it to
the tracking pv collector portion.

For a one meter sphere at the best time on
the best Arizona afternoon, the incoming
1000 watts per square meter thus gets
reduced to something like 600 available watts
to the pv array

A concentrating pv system is unlikely to exceed
fifteen percent efficiency at the output of its synchronous
inverter, so a total gathering ability would appear to be
around 90 watts per one meter spherical collector.

90 watts at twenty five cents per peak watt could
thus have a total panel cost of no more than $22.50
per spherical collector.
This, of course, includes
amortization, installation, maintenance, and shipping.

Further analysis here.

February10, 2014 deeplink respond

A summary of NPT national pipe thread sizes can be
found here.

In general, the size of the pipe is much larger than
its rating because the rating is based on an unrestricted
internal flow.

Ferinstance, a 1/4 inch NPT pipe is around half an
inch in outside diameter.

February 9, 2014 deeplink respond

Expanded and revised our video access menu.

Every effort has been made to make sure all
entries are current and scam free. Please
report any omissions or problems.

February 8, 2014 deeplink respond

I need a way to test our many pressure sensors for
gross functionality.

The present scheme is to use a fairly large air
cylinder. Moving the piston from its center
position should give a fairly wide range of
test pressures.
And vacuuums.

And Home Depot faucet water hoses and adaptors
should complete the interface. Such as this one.
Plastic ones are much cheaper, but harder to find.
Aquarium supply outfits sometimes have them.

Or, to use a hose, perhaps here. But a hose has
extra volume, limiting the pressure change range.

To get really fancy, use a male to swivel female
hose followed buy a male nipple.
This would
install and remove a lot easier.

Stay tuned for more details.

February 7, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Twin East canal in theory is one of two feeders
to the Twin Boobs ponding area. Except for a small
segment, it is reasonably well defined from N 32.76067
W 109.73501
to N 32.76273 W 109.73255 to
N 32.76343 W 109.73371 to N 32.76471 W 109.73412

At present, the theory of Twin East being a Twin Boobs
feeder hinges on a single carefully made slope determination.

Additional supporting measurements are clearly needed to
resolve this crucial issue. Such measurements are beyond
GPS or barometry and demand an automatic level or
a similar survey quality instrument.

The source of Twin East has yet to be determined. It
is assumed to be in the Lebanon Reservoir area by
way of highly historically disturbed ag areas. And
most likely fed from the high portion of the Marijilda

The Twin East literally runs under the service buildings
of the Lebanon Cemetery. It might be of interest
to contact suitable historians to resolve when the
buildings were completed and if any knowledge of
the canal system existed at the time.

There is a "dim" portion of the Twin East near
N 32.76361 W 109.73227. Numerous enigmatic
rock constructs of indeterminate purpose and
age can be found in this area and have yet to
be explained. It is not clear whether these are
prehistoric, historic, or "steal the plans".

Should Twin East in fact be verified as a Twin
Boobs feeder, determination needs made as to
whether Twin East and Twin West are sequential
or contemporaneous.

February 6, 2014 deeplink respond

The neighborhood dogs had been conducting continuous
barkathons with Digiri and Sally, and no amount of
scolding seemed to help.
And previous experience
with ultrasonic squawkers had been disappointing to
say the least.

Not so with the Petsave Outdoor Ultrasonic Bark
Neither dog has so much as woofed once
since its installation.

In fact, the performance was almost cartoon like.
Saying "Woof" to it caused Sally to appear to
levitate some four inches in the air, and continued
to float there for the full second's worth of
ultrasonic blast.

There was not the least doubt it got her attention.

And neiter dog has spoken since. Not once.

February 5, 2014 deeplink respond

Had several recent inquities about Bruno. Bruno is the
attitude relateralization facillitator for the AMOE
alt.marketing.online.ebay newsgroup.

Since Bruno is big on multitasking, he often combines
his activities with being a product durability tester for
a major New Jersey baseball bat firm.

Bruno also does trucking for Norfolk & Waay. Who
this week only have free full pallet sample lots of
products from their choice of Sharper Image, Land's
End, Tiffanies, Bruno's Transport,  or Macys.

The pallets may occasionally contain minor body parts.

February 4, 2014 deeplink respond

A newly digitized free version of an outstanding historical
map atlas can be found here.

February 3, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Blue Ponds Canal is the subject of rank speculation
and may not exist at all. Yet there are tantalizing
clues that a major prehistoric hanging canal existed
from N 32.75825 W 109.81487 to N 32.76728 W 109.79310
to N 32.78095 W 109.77841.

The route is topographically and slope favorable, and the
lack of a prehistoric canal along this route would be
conspicuous by its absence. Further, there is strong
evidence of historic "steal the plans" system wide. Such
a "borrow the blueprints" would be a major and
obvious choice in the Blue Ponds area.

The ponds themselves could have been based on
underlying prehistoric delivery fields.

The Counterflowing HS Canal at N 32.75825 W 109.81487
is one of the most spectacular crown jewels of the hanging
canal system. An ultimate destination of the Blue Ponds
could justify its construction effort. Which is clearly
well beyond any simple routing to Frye Creek fields.

Further study at N 32.76728 W 109.79310 could
establish whether there really is a hanging canal
route here, or just a historic wagon road. The
presence of horseshoes in areas further North
strengthens the wagon road evidence for some
Acme Mapper hints at N 32.77079 W 109.78887.
As elsewhere, the latest aerial evidence falls short
of what was previously available.

There is a short but disused modern canal at
N 32.78095 W 109.77841. A concrete
headgate would seem to have the obvious
purpose of routing canal water between
the southern and northern Blue Ponds.
The known extension of this canal would appear
remarkably similar to prehistoric styles, albeit
with a slightly deeper Vee construction.

Once again, the presence of the Blue Ponds
canal remains unproven, but certainly merits
further careful and externsive study.

February 2, 2014 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley

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

A second reminder that I tentatively have a newly
revised talk on our 
Gila Valley Dayhikes coming up at
Discovery Park on Saturday February
22nd at 6:30 in
the Jupiter Room..

You can preview the talk here and pick up other Gila Hike
info here.
 The latest and newest hike appears here.

February 1, 2014 deeplink respond

Very few things are more frustrating during repair, refurb,
or salvage than a dinged up Phillips screwhead that refuses
to break loose.

It turns out there is a low cost and very little known beastie
called an impact screwdriver
. This is a set of changeable
bits that you beat upon with a hammer. For the usual #6 or
#8 screws, as little as one light hammer tap will usually
be all that is needed.

Extra pounding might be needed for larger screw sizes or
when sealants or rust are a factor.

January 31, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Twin West canal is presumed to be the western
feeder to the Twin Boobs ponding area. It is quite
distinct and easily traced from N 32.76164 W 109.74408
to N 32.76812 W 109.73897. It has a well defined
hanging portion and an "S" transcect to maintain grade.

The slope and grade, while obvious, needs reverified to
establish that the ponding area is in fact a destination.

The relationship between the Twin West and several
nearby habitation sites needs further study.

The source for the Twin West remains unknown, with
Rincon Canyon or Deadman Mesa being likely
candidates. While Rincon would seem the most
likely, the still unexplored Deadman reach from
N 32.75365 W 109.78371 to N 32.75789 W 109.77352
would clearly need its destination further resolved.

Rincon canyon would appear to be presently impassible
for through traffic by ordinry vehicles.

Determination of whether Twin West and Twin East
are sequential or contemporaneous also remains
to be resolved.

January 30, 2014 deeplink respond

In answer to an ever diminishing number of requests, here
is the background on my Hexadecimal Chronicles. Which
now seem to be for sale at $1000 each on Amazon.

As an Apple IIe programmer, I had a continuous need to
convert signed decimal to 16 bit hexadecimal and back
again. So I printed out an entire table of all possible
values for my own internal use.

Could a limited interest book be profitable if its production
costs were low enough?
The Hexadecimal Chronicles was
one of the first books ever to be alternately typeset. Almost
all of the typesetting was done on my Diablo 630 Daisywheel
with a superb Titan 10 all metal wheel. Since the table values
were all Apple IIe generated, the possibility of a typo or
other error was low enough to minimize proofing.

The book was more or less of a failure, but I still personally
use it to this day. It remains at the very bottom of my
list of my titles to be converted to eBooks.

Speaking of which, many of our eBooks can be found here.

January 29, 2014 deeplink respond

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

One present theory is that the Twin Boobs area at
N 32.76570 W 109.73601 is an end use ponding
area serviced by two hanging canals, the Twin East
and Twin West.

Such a construct would be highly unusual to say
the least. And possibly world class unique.

This area is largely single walled and has end use
field artifacts in association such as grids, mulch
rings, linear rock structures, and field houses. It
has a much stronger and highly unique aerial image
compared to any other portion of the
hanging canal system. There are apparently multiple
paths through the distribution system.

At present, the ponding area theory hinges on a
single but careful canal slope measurement.
additional measurements should be made to verify
the highly unusual dual canal feeding. The slope
measurements have to be done with an automatic
level or comparable survey instruments; they seem
to demand precision far beyond that of GPS or
barometric altimetry.

Should this in fact be an end use area, careful
mapping of artifacts in detail is in order.
As is
determining whether the dual feeder canal use
was sequential or contemporaneous.

As will be noted separately, the Twin East
and Twin West canals are quite well defined near
the Twin Boobs area, but their ultimate sources
still need resolved. Candidates include Marijilda,
Rincon, and Deadman.

January 28, 2014 deeplink respond

A secret stash of several zillion college football games
can be found here.

January 27, 2014 deeplink respond

So, how do you photograph something that is totally

January 26, 2014 deeplink respond

Our "needing further work" updates to the hanging
listed to date can be found here...

Deadman Canal
Riggs Complex
Allen Canal
Frye Mesa
Shingle Mill
Mud Springs

We have bunches more to go, but these presently seem
the most crucial.

Some possible "cloud" projects of your own have been
summarized here...

HS Canal to Blue Ponds
Robinson Closure
Mud Springs Closure
Mud Springs Source

There are dozens more projects; email me for details.

January 25, 2014 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.

January 24, 2014 deeplink respond

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

The Deadman Canal is among the most spectacular
and the most difficult to visit. It is the only known
canal that still flows to this day in its original channel.

And thus is an excellent candidate for restoration
and preservation.

It also spectacularly follows the highest possible
points on its mesa  bajada routes.

While the source seems obvious at N 32.73721 W 109.81321
proof remains lacking of a significant hanging portion
underlying the modern pipeline.

An entire second branch of Deadman remains totally
unexplored between  N 32.75129 W 109.79223  and
N 32.75681 W 109.77611 Its destination remains
unknown, but it could be a likely canadidate for a
source for the Twin West canal. Significant drops in
elevation would be involved.

As with the other canals, the latest revisions in
Acme mapper considerably degrades the
image legibility.

There is a possible three way switch along the
northern branch of Deadman at N 32.76066
W 109.78106
. The choice of this location
( the canal is two feet wide on a four foot
wide mesa ) would be highly unlikely if it
was just a coincidence; otherwise it represents
utterly astonishing engineering.

The destination of the northern branch is
presumed somewhere near the Lower
Deadman tank, but remains totally unproven.
There are hints of unexplored possible
water management structures near
N 32.77204 W 109.75560.

Any relationship between Deadman and
Longvue remains unverified.

January 23, 2014 deeplink respond

I tentatively have a newly revised talk on our Gila Valley
coming up at Discovery Park on Saturday February
22nd at 6:30 in the Jupiter Room..

You can preview the talk here and pick up other Gila Hike
info here.
The latest and newest hike appears here.

January 22, 2014 deeplink respond

Communications through the Arizona Regional Association
group of cavers has not been all that great lately, with
its president having moved out of state and web maint
sorely lacking.

At any rate, the ARA winter regional is this Saturday
January 25th on the U/A campus. The best available
details I have are...

Date: Saturday, Jan 25th, 2014
Time: 9h30 AM - 5h30 PM
Social/dinner afterwards at No Anchovies
    ~6pm onward
Location: University of Arizona - Main "
     campus, Integrated Learning Center ILC.

See Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/XE617
     for the exact location in the center of the
    UA campus. Note: the ILC is in the
     *underground* underneath the central
     campus area near the University Main
     Library Building.

Take the stairs downwards into the mid-campus
     pit (no ropes needed). The approximate
     location of the room relative to the pit is
     marked on the Google map.)

Parking is free on Saturdays at many of the
     nearby parking areas or parking garages).

Tentative program: Currently we have 9 talks
     on a wide variety of subjects in the areas
    of cave science, cave surveys, survey
    technology and updates on Arizona cave
    management issues.

Further info: Peter Lipa ARA Vice-Chair
  peter.lipa@gmail.com or phone 520-240-3192
   if you have questions

ARA attendnce is open to anyone with an interest in Arizona Caving.

January 21, 2014 deeplink respond

Uh, we seem to have a new supernova that should be up
to maximum brightness in a week or so. It might even
end up visible to the naked eye.

PSN J09554214+6940260 is in nearby M82.

January 20, 2014 deeplink respond

I've long been fascinated by waterknives and waterjets.
Some recent low cost developments can be found
here and here.

My favorite waterknife photo from long ago consisted
of a four inch steel slab with a gooey chocolate cake
on it. The waterknife was cleanly slicing all the way
through both.

Waterjets are basically a 70,000 psi water stream formed
by a fairly simple hydraulic over air cylinder and an XY
or radial positioning system. Abrasives may or may
not be injected into the stream.

It's reasonable to expect low end water knives comparable
to Santa Claus machines.
But whether safety will
ever let them become home pizza slizers remains to
be seen.

January 19, 2014 deeplink respond

Here's an updated list of local Craig's List alternatives...

Auctions for Graham County
Buy, Sell & Trade in Safford AZ
Duncan AZ Buy Sell Trade
Gila Valley Appliances
Gila Valley Giveaways 
Gila Valey Auto, RV, and Parts
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
KATO Trades and Sales
New to You Used Furniture
Safford Hoarders
Safford Thatcher Pima Buy, Sell or Trade
Safford's Treasures
Tri County Offroad Toys

Local web based ( non-Facebook ) alternatives seem to
have folded. Please report any exceptions.

A reminder that you can request a local Craig's List here.
Be sure to use Saffort/Thatcher/Pima in your request.

And a second reminder that an independent and highly
useful search engine for the real Craig's lists is available

Our own auction help pages are found here. With local
auctioneers here. And your own custom auction finder here.

January 18, 2014 deeplink respond

We've long had some timing utilities built into our
Gonzo PostScript routines.

The two key procs are...

/stopwatchon {resettimer starttimer} store
/stopwatchoff {stoptimer reporttimer} store

Assisted by these...

/resettimer {/mytime 0 def} store
/starttimer {usertime /mytimenow exch store} store
/stoptimer {usertime mytimenow sub /mytime exch
                  mytime add store}store
/reporttimer {mytime 1000 div (\nElapsed time: ) print
                 20 string cvs print ( seconds.\n) print flush} store

Should the times end up too short, the timed routine can be rerun
hunreds or thousands of times using 1000 {...}repeat

January 17, 2014 deeplink respond

Unless they immediately and dramatically repurpose
themselves, most public libraries are likely doomed
to imminent failure.
There simply is no purpose nor
any longer any need for a control freak to restrict and
meter out highly limited perceived scarce materials
during limited hours .
And certainly no need for those
materials to ever be returned.

And books in themselves are doomed by the upcoming
next generation of eBook and similar readers. When
it will become utterly apparent how mesmerizingly awful
books have been compared to what their substitutes will
soon be capable of becoming

Sadly, a local community is considering building a brand
new public library in the "business as usual" model that
is virtually certain to spectacularly fail.

Instead, I very strongly feel that the same dollars and the
same buildings could create a Technical Resource Center
that would very much more meet projected future
leading edge community needs.

Some obvious things to consider including would be...

Public WiFi Access
Hackerspace   ( nore info here )
Walk-in video and audio production editing
Open Camera community television.
Science fairs and student competitions.
Sign language and handicapped support.

Energy and conservation awareness.
Self-help psyc support groups.
Alternate wellness medical assistance
Popular Science and Regional lectures.

Kiddy storytimes.

What else can you think of adding?

January 16, 2014 deeplink respond

Apparently quite a few Arizona doctors have elected NOT
to participate in the state's medical marijuana program
NOT get themselves involved in any manner. Such decisions
are often based on a practice wide policy of all member
doctors and PA's in a group.
No exceptions.

Apparent reasons include the distrust of the federalies stance.
Creating perceived risk to reward ratios that are seen as

January 15, 2014 deeplink respond

The key parts of our new Dodge and Burn routine are
amazingly fast and simple. This routine scans all of
the green pixels in the mask to find any 255 hits.

actualdatastart 1 add 3 totalfilelength {
maskfile exch setfileposition
maskfile read pop
255 eq {foundgreen }if
} for} bind store

And this modifies any pixels identified by the
foundgreen hit...

/foundgreen { writefile maskfile fileposition
1 sub setfileposition 3 {writefile read pop
256 div} repeat setrgbcolor currenthsbcolor
255 mul dup cvi currentgamma exch get
add 255 div sethsbcolor currentrgbcolor

writefile maskfile fileposition 1 sub setfileposition
writefile exch 255 mul cvi write
writefile exch 255 mul cvi write
writefile exch 255 mul cvi write
                   } bind store

January 14, 2014 deeplink respond

We are in the process of dramatically cutting back on our
eBay inventory per the guidelines we looked at here.

It seems we have zillions of different sized small black
plastic cases and boxes that we would gladly part with
for a nickel to a dime each, cash and carry.

We also have tons of free stuff worth thousands of
dollars on a "take one, take all" basis.

Please email me if you have any interest in these
superb Polycase products.

January 13, 2014 deeplink respond

We pride ourselves in having the finest eBay photos, bar
none. Mostly based on spending most of the image time
in post prep.
I thought I might once again summarize how
we get from a raw photo like this one to a final image like
this one.

The camera involved is a Nikon Coolpix 5000, helped
along by a remavable tripod shoe and an Eye Fi
wireless uploader. Key software includes Imageview32,
IrfanView, Paint, and our own custom Architects
, Bitmap Typewriter, Auto Backgrounder
and Vignetter
, Web Friendly PostScript Colors, and our
new Dodge and Burn utility.

Five different CCFL diffuse light sources are used. Left
key, right key, backlight, and two top lights. A tripod,
of course, is a must. The subject should be carefully
cleaned, especially any dusty or discolored areas.

All work is done in bitmap format until the very
last jpeg save.

Once photographed and uploaded. the subject is
rotated to make a predominately vertical exactly
so. It is then cropped somewhat oversize.

Resolutions are kept much higher than eventually
needed so the fancy image procs will not degrade
the final results.

On suitable subjects, an architect's perspective
gets done that makes all vertical lines truely vertical.
Reds are then backed off enough to guarantee no
red=255 pixels and an unbroken red outlie is carefully
created. Once again making the verticals and horizontals
accurate to one pixel accuracy.

Any glare or nonuniform lighting can be corrected at this
time. It is important to accurately represent the subject
after any internal image modifications.

At this point, any needed dodges or burns or
double or triple exposures are made to eliminate
most or not all shadows and to enhance
such things as meter faces or areas lacking
depth of field.

After cropping to desired image size, the auto
background and optional vignetter is then fired
up to knock out everything that  was not actual
subject. A final pass through Imageview32 does
such things as improve brightness and gama,
resize to 850 pixels, very slightly sharpen, and
save to JPEG format.

More on image postprep here.

Seminars and custom photo work available.

January 12, 2014 deeplink respond

Just read a fortune cookie:

"Help! I am trapped and being held prisoner in a
Fortune Cookie factory".

January 11, 2014 deeplink respond

A reminder that our auto backgrounding and vignetting
will only work properly if (A) There are no
previous red=255 pixels present, (B) The outline
and fill areas do in fact consist of red=255 pixels,
and (C) the outline is completely closed with
zero breaks.

The easiest way to be sure there are no previous
red=255 pixels is to use Imageview32 or whtever
to back off two red notches on the color balance.

During the process of outlining, it is super important
not to change the size of the image. Although 1:1
cropping is ok. It is similarly important to stay
in bitmap format.

Stripes in your result usually mean you have
"holes" in your outline. Missed background
vignette areas usually means you have extra
white or red in the portions to be underlain..

A blank vignette usually means you have somehow
changed the size of your image or otherwise trashed
intentional red=255 values.

"Spackle" breakthroughs usually means you have some
white pixels left in your original that the optional backgrounder
will punch through.

January 10, 2014 deeplink respond

The new Dodge and Burn routines seem to be working quite
You can find the source code here, the test file here,
the mask file here, and the results here.

Uh, you will have to rework the mask file by converting it
back into a bitmap and making sure all the green=255's
are in fact green=255's. This to save a 20 meg download.

To use the source code, rework it in an editor and send
it to GhostScript
. Parts of Gonzo are built in, so no special
Gonzo download is needed. A reminder that Adobe has
recently forbid use of file access in Distiller, so the
GhostScript route has to be chosen instead.

The results are amazingly good. Speed is adequate at
1.4 seconds for a 20 meg bitmap and a 40K pixel patch.

The code is quite short and clean.

This new routine opens all sorts of new pixel processing
oppotrunities. Please let me know what you want it
to do.

January 9, 2014 deeplink respond

More details on the new Blue River Fish Barrier can be found
here. With the best construction story here, the best photo here,
and the most details on the extensive modeling that went on

There is an apparent possible ATV route via Sunflower Mesa
and Dix Mesa, but it apparently was not used during construction.
Whether this route is passible or runs afoul of wilterness closures
or whatever remains unknown.

Otherwise, the obvious route is via the Martenez Ranch on the
San Francisco. Note that the Martenez Road is extremely
steep and DEMANDS 4WD with Granny.

January 8, 2014 deeplink respond

Dodging and burning a RGB ( or BGR ) file can get tricky in a
hurry, because changing only the color values will shift the
color itself.

Instead, some sort of RGB to HSB and back again conversion
is needed. Some of the rather painful algorithms apper here.

Instead, we will simply borrow the PostScript color space

R G  B   setrgbolor currenthsbcolor
              ( dodge or burn only b as needed )
              sethsbcolor currentrgbcolor

One minor gotcha, the RGB Bitmap uses integers from 0-255 while
PostScript uses reals from 0.0 to 1.0

Curiously, a HSB conversion from RGB or BGR ( or, for that matter,
GRB, GBR, RGB or BRG ) all will all give you the same brightness!
Thus any games with 3 -1 roll and 3 1 roll appear to be unneeded.

January 7, 2014 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.

January 6, 2014 deeplink respond

Revised and expanded our links page on the Hanging Canals of
The Gila Valley.

January 5, 2014 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.

January 4 , 2014 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 3, 2014 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 $4900 per acre with financing available.

January 2, 2014 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 1 , 2014 deeplink respond

Closed out the 2013 Archive and started this 2014 one.

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.

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