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September 24, 2017 deeplink respond

OK, here is a brand new Sierpinski Triangle. You'll
find the PostScript code here and its PDF demo here.

Just send the 6K code to Acrobat Distiller with the usual
top secret command line incantation of "//acrodist /F".

While the final result is identical to Sierpinski, I'm
not quite sure whether our sneaky stunt of reentrant
forall commands creating cascaded arrays of
lower vertices would be considered completely
kosher or not.

Adding any desired depth to the reentrancy or compiling
for compaction is largely trivial. We did cheat a little
by throwing an optional "real" triangle around the outside.

A PostScript manual here, my personal utilities here, and
an intro tutorial here.

Even more "doesn't look like a computer did it" stuff
in our fractal fern and sourcecode, and, of course,
in all of our Marbelous Stacks of Pancakes.

September 23, 2017 deeplink respond

... and yet another ancient review on mistakes, this time
on live auctions. Which, of course, are getting totally blown
out of the water by the online auctions which usually have
utterly overwhelming cost and convenience advantages.

To the point that classic auctioneers are rapidly becoming an
endangered species. Still, opportunities ( barely ) exist in
the way of remote community college auctions and small town
venues that can definitely work to your interest.
And, when
combined with "put it with the next one" poisoned lots and
being thirteen hours into a three hour auction, there's still
some exciting possibilities. Especially when inspection is
a good idea...

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

Dress down to the point of being shabby, but always 
wear one very distinct hat or other piece of clothing. 

If more than five percent of your bids win, you are 
bidding far too high. Always stop bidding if anyone
is bidding against you and you even remotely approach 
fair value.

Be on the lookout for poor promotion by a second tier
auction, utter leinholder panic, conflicts with another
show, and hassles over payments, removal dates,
outrageous bid deposits, and cleanup.

Huge lots tend to have disproportionately low prices.
As do "contents of cabinet" or "contents of room"

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

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

Secretly mark which of dozens of pallets you have an
interest in, such as with pushpins.

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

Position yourself a few lots ahead of the auctioneer and
right beside the next item of your interest.

Stay alert through numerous sitdown and meditation breaks, 
sensible food and drink, mild painkillers, and frequent 
restroom use. Plus sane shoes.

Work in teams of two. Your partner might see something that
you miss, and might give you a crucial sanity check.

Crossing your hand across your chest palms down will
sometimes ask the
auctioneer to split the bid increment.

Watch for 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.

Recognize "don't go there price thresholds" and always bid
just above them. A bid of $20.14 is much more likely to win
than $19.73.

NEVER get into a pissing contest with another bidder. They
will squash you like a bug.

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.. 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 that does not work, try rocking your bidder card back and
forth to tell the auctioneer "I want this item". Do so invisibly to
the audience.

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 gone.

NEVER get tired, or lazy, or in a hurry. The spectacularly best
deals usually happen very late in an auction

A missing key can dramatically suppress the number and values
of compatible bids. And many locksmiths are quite low in cost.
Be sure to balance risk versus reward.
And make sure adjacent
lots are all high tech.

Beware of the traditional scams of fast hammers, phantom bidding,
bid pulling, no or slow pay, and shilling.

I guess I got "somewhat discouraged" over often worthless
storage auctions when the next lot after the one I bid on
included two dead babies. The auctioneer was not at all clear
whether this was to be "choice" or "times the money".

Use the four inch hail, the scorpions, the rabid bats, the
rattlesnakes, the poor parking, filth, bad lighting, and,
of course, the lack of restrooms to your full advantage.

Secrets on becoming a crooked auctioneer can be found here.
Your own custom regional auction finder can be created
for you per these details.

And much more here on our Auction Help page and links.

September 22, 2017 deeplink respond

This appears to be waayy too good to be true, but
it seems possible to speed up PostScript fractal
fern creating time by a factor of 130 or so!
down to under a fraction of a second.

Per the code here and the final PDF file here. But
some third party checks should be done that verify
this is for real.

The PostScript Reference Manuals shows  us a
maximum path limit length of 3500
, but the PS
Interpreter in Acrobat Distiller apparently can
accept a path of half a million path dots and likely
many more.
But this many may cause problems with
Chrome or GhostScript or others.

Thus, instead of repeated stroking single dots, you
should be able to accumulate 1000 of the fern points
into a single path and then stroke that path only ONCE!

Then repeat the process 250 times or how often for the
density you are after.

Some third party variations can be found here. You
should be able to just change the numbers in the
above code, and send it to Acrobat Distiller via
the usual secret command line code of //acrodist /F

And for something "alike but different somehow,
check this out. It looks like it should function
superbly under PostScript.

Please email me with what does and does not work
for you.

September 21, 2017 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 SBR 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 ALL 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.

September 20, 2017 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 enforceable
      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.

September 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Let the sleeping dogs lie. Because I will not believe
them anyway.

Turns out there are dozens of "lost" Guru's Lair pages
caused by underlinking or even no linking at all. Here's
a few of them that might remain of some interest...

aafont01.shtml - Bitmap manipulation Library
acrob01.shtml - Acrobat Library
adeptinv.shtml - Long sold out robotics
advt01.shtml - Banner advertising opportunities
amlink01.shtml - Book access
ara01.shtml - Historic conference record
aucres01.shtml - Your own regional auction finder
barg01.shtml - Bargain page catalog software
beewb01.shtml - Bee's own library pages
capvid01.shtml - Captain Video's secret mountain laboratory
consul01.shtml - Older consultant's network
flut01.shtml - Flutterwumpe machines that spit or chomp
glair01.shtml - Guru Archive Collection
golly01.shtml - Golly Gee Mister Science
info01.shtml - Your InfoPack Solutions
image01.shtml - Image Postproc Graphics Library
libry01.shtml - Main Library Page ( still needs revision )
msquant/retry_m/xxxx.shtml - Latest magic sinewave calculator
magsn01.shtml - Main Magic Sinewave Library
magsna1.shtml - Magic Sinewave Historic Archive
map01.shtml - Site Map ( still needs revision )
navcub01.shtml - Navicube navigation library
picup01.shtml - Some older PIC resources
psweb01.html - Some older PostScript web resources
synlib01.shtml - Synergetics library page
third01.shtml - Third Party Resources
tinaja01.shtml - Tinaja Questing Library
wave01.shtml - Wavelets Library
weblib01.shtml - Older web resource library
webwb01.shtml - Some ancient web resources

Plus our usual reminder that we have one each of everything
here and bunches of resources on our prehistoric hanging
canals here.

September 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's some revised PostScript fractal fern sourcecode
and its resulting .PDF file.

The source code is all of 2K long and is activated by
sending it to Acrobat Distiller, preferably from the
command line secret incantation of "//acrodist /F".

The sourcecode takes the better part of a minute
to execute on most machines. Even the resultant
.PDF file takes a full two seconds or so to refresh.

This has to be one of the most stunning images
anyplace ever. Send it to your county fair for
a guaranteed third place!

What really amazes me is that you do not draw this
image. You temporarily remove its leash and let it
out of cyberspace. Even more amazing is that the
entire image is defined with only 24 numbers. This
is astounding image compression.

Some background here.

September 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Most of our SSL update now seems to be working, and
many of our files ( but - curiously - not certain web pages )
are now fully secure. Stay tuned for the dust to settle.

It turns out there is a secret hidden gotcha to any SSL
update. One that can cause you no end of grief.

Only links that start with https:// can be made secure!

One option is to go through all 10,000 links on your
website and manually change them to a
https:// prefix.
Yeah, right. But that in no way would respond to links
your visitors have saved. Or anything else uncontrollably
floating around in cyberspace.

Instead, the preferred solution is to use what is called a
"301" redirect. This can automatically change most other
incoming file prefixes (especially http:// ) to https://

Details vary with your ISP and their server family. In
the case of FatCow which uses Apache Server standards,
their published workaround can be found here. Should
you chose to, they can also fix the redirect for you for
a small fee. Other hints here.

The alternate is to change your ht_access file yourself.
ht_access should be on your homepage of your ISP's
Apache server. Other uses for ht_access are to block
bad visitors or allow non-mainstream file postfixes.

IF you already have an ht_access file and are using
FatCow, you can try adding these three lines to its

RewriteEngine On  
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

If, not, create a new three line standard textfile. Either
way, be sure to FTP save the new file to your ISP, as
well as careful backup copies elsewhere. Make sure
you fully comply to your ISP and server rules!

September 16, 2017 deeplink respond

Can you pass this energy quiz?

Here's some more energy stuff you may find
to be of interest...

Energy Intro and Summary
PV Panel Intro and Summary
Assorted Energy Links
Some Energy Fundamentals
More Energy Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Electrolysis
Trashing Auto Electrolysizers
How to Bash Pseudoscience
Technical Innovation Secrets
Debunking the Water Powered Car  
Debunking Brown's Gas
Supraluminal dowsing for Brown’s Gas in Roswell
"Its a gas" Hydrogen Library

September 15, 2017 deeplink respond

Our latest new PostScript program reads your web log
files for you and extracts a report of all the 404's.

Find the code here and a sample output here. It reads
a local file similar to an uncompressed
from FatCow and  generates an output similar to

I've purposely kept the file short at under 3K, but
bells and whistles ( such as sorts and counts ) are
easily added, as is conversion to a full blown logfile

As with most of our code that uses from
our PostScript Utilities and any other PostScript
code that wants to read or write disk files, you
have to use a secret Distiller incantation from
your Windows command line of "//acrodist /F".

My own report revealed several rude surprises.
Some Russian hackers use extreme length URL's,
and the usual PS readline string had to be lengthened
to 15,000 characters or more.

Most of the errors appeared to be piracy attempts,
with /wp-login.php overwhelming all the others. There
were only 40 of my own errors, only half of which
appeared to be remotely detectable, let alone fixable.

Remarkably, there were no personal repeats,
suggesting that actual Guru's Lair problems are
already rare and well out of the mainstream.

More on PostScript here and here, with a bunch
of program links here. Beginner stuff here and
insider secrets here. With the bible book here
and a video here.

September 14, 2017 deeplink respond

There does seem to be an uptick in our web response,
over and above the usual seasonal school starts.

Some recent changes may explain the new interest

1. I'm trying to provide mostly new and fresh
     content daily 24/7.

2. The "things to do" goal is now at least
     a dozen new links or code modules per day.

3. Appropriate older "recycled" content will
    be worked in when and where it is still
   either current or funny. Or both. Such as
   this forever classic.

4. I've been paying more attention to some
    of the better blogs. Sort of as a "pace"
    Particularly this one and this one. Sadly,
    the future is up in the air over this one.

5. I'm trying to eliminate some of the more
     difficult 404's, both those under my
     control and those not.

6. I'm working on uploading more classic stuff
    such as this one, this one and this one.

7. I've been paying a lot more attention to
    spell checking lately. The magic incantation
    on Dreamweaver is shift-F7. But the
    Lancasterisms will, of course, continue.

8. We have just added SSL security, although
     it may take a day or two to kick in. Besides
     the obvious benefits, this supposedly can
     also improve a site's SEO rankings.

Speaking of "5", I've must made the disconcerting
discovery that
certain Russian Hackers will have
logfile entries many thousands of bytes long
. Which
takes a high RAM computer or some sneaky PostScript
for workarounds. The sledgehammer cure
is to use 15,000 character strings for file reads!

Other piracy attempts focus on .php files. And most
especially /wp-login.php,
which accounts for nearly
one quarter of all of our wayward 404's!

One workaround is to create a dummy file of three
Which will not respond in any manner,
yet remain 404 free. Resist the urge to redirect
to the Hualapai County Sheriff's Office or as pissing off the bad guys
can end up a rather bad scene.

One way to deal with a hard to find personal 404
is to use a redirect to a related known good file...

<title>old html redirect</title>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content"=1;

Taking you to our new website.

Your ongoing support via here or here or here
would be most welcome.

September 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Starting in October, Chrome will start publishing dire
live security warnings on any web link that does not
offer https:// and SSL security.

These warnings could severely impact your eBay sales.
More details in this link collection.

The bottom line: If you wish to continue your eBay sales,
you pretty much MUST include SSL on your website by

Fatcow offers SSL for your unshared website at $44 annually.
More details here. Other ISP's may charge more or less.
Shared websites may sometimes include free SSL.

Meanwhile, we've just placed bunches of newly listed
microwave rf switches on our eBay site. With pricing a
tiny fraction of factory originals. We have "click tested"
these and guarantee them fully usable.

More eBay stuff here.

September 12, 2017 deeplink respond

How can you tell if an uptick in your website response is
real or bogus?
Your best bet is to assume it is bogus and
then be genuinely surprised if it is not.

My ISP is Fat Cow and I am very much impressed with
them, especially their live help. Since I am a Fat Cow
associate, they do request that I mention this every now
and then.

At any rate, Fat Cow ( and, likely, your ISP ) will offer
several ways of measuring your website popularity.
First, Fat Cow offers your choice of  Webalizer or

I prefer Webalizer, but suggest you dramatically up
the Number of Top URLs configuration on it to
1000 or more. This way, you can "track" any new
website entires or announcements you made very quickly.

Two numbers to note are the ratio of Code 404 to
total hits.
Your unreachable files likely will have an
unavoidable minimum of three to five percent. Caused
by spam, malware, and other factors outside of your

To find out which 404's are your fault, see the log file
details we will shortly look at below.

The Top Total Sites report can quickly show any
excessive hits from an outside website. You can
find the location of any visitor by using whois.

Your own internet server access should usually be by
far the top source of hits. In my case, this would be
Cable One. Should you suspect an attack elsewhere,
it may be monitored daily or even hourly to find out
if it is continuing and how serious the problem is to
What they are actually up to can often be
found with your log files covered below.

The referrals report seems to miss many of your
visitors, but any dramatic changes can often suggest
that something has gone viral. Again, daily or even
hourly monitoring can prove useful in extreme cases.

Around three to five percent porn is usually normal
in any referrals report.
As might be around half
Russian or otherwise indecipherable foreign links.

Should you need more specific info on a visitor, Fat
Cow and others should offer log file access. These
can be enormously useful, but may require some
programming skills and detective work for your use.

To access your logfile in Fat Cow, use a FTP
Program such as Filezilla and go to your site's
stats folder. Then download the most recent
access_log file. Details may vary with your
ISP, but it is vital to DEMAND log file access!

Your downloaded stats may be in .GZ format and
you may need a decryptor such as Winzip to
uncompress the files. The resultant textfiles may
look awkward in Wordpad and are often better
viewed directly in Chrome.

The exact log file format will likely vary with your
ISP, and it is super important that any software
you use for analysis exactly matches your data format!

Simply scanning your textfile report can tell you lots
of things. Such as searching on " 404 " to find where the
errors are coming from. Or noting a pattern that repeats
for more than a few dozen lines

The FatCow log report format tabs on spaces, and the
ordinary textfile data is in the following format...

Requesting website
Often blank hyphen
Often blank hyphen
Date and Time
File access requested
Status of returned file ("200" = good)
Referral previous website
Nature of browser

Here is some older log file analysis software I wrote at
one time or another. These will likely need modification
before you can actually use them...

Custom Logfile Analysis Utilities
Website Analyzer Utilities
Website Hit Analysis Routines
Web site Search Log Extractor
Website Referral Log Extractor
URL Extractor and Link Tester
PostScript Referral Log Analyzer
"404" Extractor and Reporter
Gonzo Tutorial and Directory

September 11, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to find a rather rare copy of my Butterworth Filter
, my only paper to appear in CQ Magazine.

Yeah, I was a ham as K3BYG, but not particularly active.

That time frame was around the International Geophysical Year,
and some hams were bouncing radar off the moon, inventing
parametric amplifiers, and building the first gas chromatographs.

Oh yeah, there was also this new big deal called Single Sideband.

Zillions more classic papers here, and eBooks here. And one
each of everything ( newly expanded version 1.04 ! ) here.

September 10, 2017 deeplink respond

Golly Gee, Mister Science!

Adding a wire and a few bytes of code now converts
the Raspberry Pi to your choice of a 300 foot range FM
Broadcaster, a key element of a ham transceiver, or
a newly improved method using Hilbert Transforms to
generate single sideband signals from a phase lock loop.

Some key details here and a sampler of related coverage
can be found here.

Meanwhile Analog Devices is doing all sorts of similar but
pricey SDR software defined radio chips and evaluation demos.

September 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to upload our Lower Frye Construct field
notes to Researchgate.

Who are a major open source research free publishing site
with many millions of current papers. Yes, "independent"
researchers are welcome here
, but you will need a referral
or two or significant evidence of your published research history.

Competing open source research publishers include...

Carnegie OLI
Free Video Lectures
I Programmer
Justfree eBooks
MIT Open Courseware
PDF Drive


Please email me on others who belong on the above list.

More field notes here and more hanging canal info here.

September 8, 2017 deeplink respond

A fundamental premise: Something always has to be
at the bottom of the pile.
And usually well below the
bottom of the "to do" list.

These "lost" or "missing"  Gurugrams still need
cataloging. But most now at least appear here.

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 "Un-Halftoning" scheme for eBooks
114 Remastering a Technical Book
113 Allen Reservoir Failure Analysis Docs
112 Prehistoric Hanging Canals Slide Show
111 My Metal Locater Thesis
110 Remastering Video for Web Distribution
109 Gauss-Jordan Stability Issues

These are also available in our "all we have" USB.
And the latest GuruGram can be found here.

September 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added a new bunch of things to do to our
Gila Valley Dayhikes page. Which is now up to
512 major entries.

Extended details on a few of the more obscure
trips can also be found here.

September 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Quite a few YouTube videos of the area are starting
to appear and probably should be mentioned in passing
for our Gila Valley Dayhikes.

Some random samples of varying interest and quality...

"McNary" Tunnel
Ash Creek Flash Flood
Climbing Frye Mesa Reservoir
Hiking the Gila Box River Trail
Frye Mesa Natural Waterslides

Wilderness First Recovery
Road Less Traveled US191

Exploring Mount Graham
Frye Mesa Video #1
Frye Mesa Video #2
Frye Mesa Video #3
Frye Mesa Video #4
Frye Mesa Video #6
Frye Mesa Video #7
Frye Mesa Video #8
Frye Mesa Video #9
Frye Creek Potholes
Safford Hanging Canals
Mount Graham Ice Cave
Mount Graham Streams
Frye Canyon
Smores Canyon
Waterfall Hike
Hike to the Potholes
Frye Mesa Cruise

Stone Fire
Dankworth Pond

As is usual and even typical of street signs, McEniry Tunnel
is misspelled. His own signature appears here.

More on our hanging canals here, with their Field Notes here.
While not Gila Hike related, my own video can be found here.

September 5, 2017 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 forty six states in the US. ( plus four commonwealths )
Reno is west of San Diego. 
The propane fire training simulator often adds icicles to its fireball.
Arkansas has six states on its southern boundary .
There is more hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline than there is
       in a gallon of liquid hydrogen. Mole fractions and all.
Lake Havasu City AZ has more lighthouses than anywhere else.
The tallest mountain in the world is in South America.
The original Woodstock closing act was supposed to be Roy
      Rodgers and  Dale Evans singing Happy Trails.

Lawrence Welk did a cover on One Toke Over the Line
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 has not happened since the 1940's, but they have since
tightened up the rules. It still remains possible. There have been
two more recent NCAA college calls.

Please email me your contributions.

September 4, 2017 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. 

September 3, 2017 deeplink respond

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

The definitive video on all this appears here.

September 2, 2017 deeplink respond

You are welcome to participate in the following world
class research...

1. Does a reach of the Freeman canal
    exist near 32.77320 -109.78400?

2. Can you re-find the "lost" historical
    Blue Ponds Canal near 32.78073
    -109.77904? Can you strengthen the
    premise that it had a "steal the plans"
    prehistoric origin and in fact is part
    of the Freeman Canal?

3. What, if anything, is at 32.78051 -109.78214?
    Does it have prehistoric significance?

4. What, if anything, is at 32.78904 -109.78401?
    Is it Golf Course Canal related?

6. Can you acquire more evidence that 32.76386
     -109.79526 is in fact prehistoric and not a wagon
    road or 4WD track? How far southward and
    ultimately westward can you trail this?

7. Is the image at 32.80811 -109.84444 significant?

8. Can you find additional evidence of a prehistoric
    origin for the Tugood Canal at 32.82097 -109.86675?

9. The entire Deadman East Canal still needs explored,
    particularly its destination. Start at 32.75644 -109.77729

10. Is there a prehistoric canal trace at 32.76117 -109.80065?
      How is it related to HS, Freeman, and Golf Canals?

Particularly needed are GPS keyed images and videos of drone
flyovers. Much more info here.

September 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Updated a revised index for our woefully behind Hanging
Canal Field notes.

In general, the field notes are horribly incomplete and
have gone through several generations.
Those considered
"current" ( with an "*" ) can be identified by upper left PDF
nav buttons and a new upper right KML clickthrough. All
of the notes demand more images and ongoing revisions.

The KML itself remains an out-of-date and inaccurate pilot.
At present, Chrome only returns KML sourcecode which
you have to manually save to drag and drop into Google Earth.

Here are most of the presently available field notes...

Allen Canal
Bear Springs Canal
Cluffnw Canal
Freeman Canal
Frye Complex
Golf Course Canal
Jernigan Canal
Lefthand Canyon West
Longview Area
Lower Frye Construct *
Mud Springs
Minor Webster Ditch
Riggs Mesa Canal
Robinson Canal *
Sand Canal
Smith Canal
TB Ponding Area*
Tranquility Canal
Tugood Canal
Veech Canal

 ( For sourcecodes, substitute .psl trailers above. )

Bear Flat Canal redirects here
Bigler Canal redirects here 
HS Canal redirects here
Tailwater Canal redirects here

New field notes are likely to first appear here or later.

Your participation and support of this unique world class
research project would be much appreciated.

Meanwhile, please drop all your of live video spare drones
into our driveway.

August 31, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added a Revision 1.04 update to our Don Lancaster's
Vintage Early Classics USB

This includes over 100 Megabytes of new files, sourcecodes,
eBooks, and videos. Now well over two Gigabytes total!

Easily searched for "hidden" or "lost" material. All totally open
and unlocked.
Immediate availability.

August 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Recently revised Guru's Lair file links current as of 9/17\274...

Gila Valley Dayhikes
What's New for 2017
What's New for 2016
Book on Demand Library Sampler
PostScript Library Sampler
Free eBook Library Sampler
YouTube Introduction to PostScript Video
Recent Hanging Canal Field Notes

Some KML Code
Wellness Relist
Website Filetype Catalog Directory
Turbo Encabulator Video
Some Directors Cuts
Website master catalog file list
PostScript available files summary
Knob Pattering summary and code
Patent Link summary
Bashing Pseudoscience link summary
Importing JPEG into HTML or PDF
Bizarre puzzle
Law of the unintended consequence
New letterheads and business cards
Slanty lettering
Stupendous products
Links via PDFMark
Deferred PostScript Execution
Hidden PostScript Characters 
New Mexico subastas to be sold at auction!   
Restoring Distiller disk access!  
UAAC Songbook  
Magic Sinewave summary links  
Banner auto rotation  

"empty" dummy PostScript code  
PostScript font snooper and example 
New Mexico Wilderness Land  
Highly Developable Oregon Acreage 

August 29, 2017 deeplink respond

Just uploaded a reworked version of Don Lancaster's
Introduction to PostScript video

This is now much more compact, newly phone compatible,
fast loading, and all in a single 27 minute video.

Urban lore fantasy #078-G: Someone forgot to send out
invitations to the taping, so almost all of the show was shot
using only three people besides me and the camera man
. We
later hijacked the entire next-in English class and got them to
fake interest in something they did not have the faintest clue

Which to them, completely blew away giving Hester Prynne
a C-.

Sorry that the video quality remains less than stunning. It seems
the Betamax original was lost, and a second generation
VHS copy had to be used. There's also still a minor glitch
or two and I'd like to try some fancy sharpening and some
example improvements.

BTW, the Adobe "cloud" subscriptions can include Premier
at no additional cost. This, of course, is a superb video editor.

August 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Certainly some of the strangest and off-the-wall abuses
of the PostScript Language involve horribly misapplying
their setdash operator.

Ferinstance, there are some 6000 bricks in this perspective
building image, all of which were done in a few dozen bytes
of code. The dashed lines are simply mapped into the
perspective space.
At mind-numbing speed.

Find the image buried here as example #19 or the ready-to-use
code here in Secret #29. And its video here.

Also buried here in #29 is a sneaky and "stripey" 3D font
that abuses setdash in a totally different ( and equally
unexpected ) way. This one is somewhat slower, though.

These days, you simply send your PostScript code to
Acrobat Distiller, being absolutely sure to use the magic
//acrodist /F incantation from the old Windows command
line. GonzoPS utilities are here and their tutorial here.

August 27, 2017 deeplink respond

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

August 26, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added the long missing home page link to our
Book on Demand Publishing library.

August 25, 2017 deeplink respond

I've long been fascinated by Hugo Gernsback's Science
and Invention Magazines, many of which are now available
for free download by American Radio History.

These are a curious mix of concepts decades ahead of
their time, on down ( waaay on down ) to the utterly
ludicrous. The later of which today give us a new depth
of meaning to "WTF?".

Fascinating are the advertising scams that ranged from
more miles per gallon to patents to bodybuilding to
perpetual motion to psychic prizes, to "win a car"
puzzles that bore a striking resemblance to today's
penny auctions.

Oh yeah, you can also earn up to $300 per month just
by taking a radio correspondence course
. Or build your own
dining room furniture. Or an airplane.

August 24, 2017 deeplink respond

While it is no longer very active, we do still have a
Book-on-Demand library page that includes these

Useful tools for Book-on-demand publishing
Classic Early BOD Columns
Using Distiller as a PostScript Computer
Early Bod Stuff from Ask The Guru
Gonzo PostScript Utilities
Gonzo PostScript Utility Tutorial
      Actual Gonzo Sourcecode

PostScript Beginner Stuff
PostScript Secrets.
Blatant Opportunist Library
PostScript Show and Tell
Exploring Some PostScript Possibilities
Resource Bin Library
Secrets of 24/7 publishing 
1001 Reviews
Insider Banner Advertising Secrets

Main PostScript Library
PostScript Show & Tell
PostScript Startup Secrets
PostScript Speedup Secrets
Some Thoughts on ezines
Bound and Determined
Bookbinding Book Info
A "new" bookbinding method
Revisiting Book-on-demand
Insider secrets of post justification editing
Book on Demand Resources I
Book on Demand Resources II

Spot Color
Options for Self-publishing

Terribly tricky terrific toner techniques
Guidelines for tri-mode publishing
Laser printer hard drive interface
Hand Bookbinding Resources
Upgrade Print Catalogs with Acrobat
Bodaciously better BOD bindings
Terrific toner techniques
A Superb New Color Printer
Imaginative Images
Web Imaging Secrets
Bouncy Bricks
Adding Website Bells and Whistles
Exploring information distribution tools
Step by Step Image Prep
Duplex Auto-addressing Catalog
Auto Tracking PDF Web Links

See and friends for
improvements and updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our available eBooks can be found here.

August 23, 2017 deeplink respond

One of the lesser known features of Google-earth is its
ability to go back to previous or historic satellite imagery.

Yeah, most of these will be blurry and they do not go back
all that far,


The satellite appearance of a prehistoric hanging canal very
much depends on time of day, time of year, recent moisture,
and especially if it is full of dead flowers from a recent bloom.

This image suggests a prehistoric canal route exactly
where it is needed. The slope elevations also seem credible.
Of interest is the slanty SW to NE route through the center.

To recreate the image original, search Google Earth to
32.77364 -109.78318 and then use the history bar to go back
to November of 2011.

I'm not yet sure this adds credence to a projected THIRTEEN
supercanal. Foot access is mesmerizingly awful.

More on the study area here and on these stupendously mind
blowing world class engineered canals here.

If you are the sort of hiker that brings along all your own
catclaw just in case there is not enough along the route ( the
word "trail", of course, is not in your vocabulary ) , please
contact us.

Ether way, please drop off all of your excess drones in our
We particularly need the type with live video
continuous feedback.

August 22, 2017 deeplink respond

Certainly the most important drill any volunteer or
paid firefighter can do is following hose couplings
out of a burning building.

One magic incantation is "SMOOTH BUMP BUMP

Be able to sense this with your eyes closed. Another
hint: Drop the hose to sense which coupling is nearest.

August 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added a new bunch of things to do to our
Gila Valley Dayhikes page. Which is now up to
508 major entries.

Extended details on a few of the more obscure
trips can also be found here.

August 20, 2017 deeplink respond

Our currently available free eBooks include...

Incredible Secret Money Machine
TV Typewriter Cookbook 
TTL Cookbook 
Tearing Method
      Tearing Method Sourcecode
Apple Assembly Cookbook I
Apple Assembly Cookbook II
RTL Cookbook
Enhancing Your Apple II Vol I
Enhancing Your Apple II Vol II 
Machine Language Programming I
Machine Language Programming II

Please note that the Micro Cookbook volume II was split into two
publications of
Machine Language Programming I and Machine
Language Programming II
. Along with a partial "director's cut"
rework demo of  MLPCI "Level II".

Micro Cookbook Volume I has not yet been listed. We do have
autographed dead tree copies up on eBay. These are very hard
to find elsewhere.

Speaking of which, please let me know where I can find
scanned web reprints of any and all of the following...

Applewriter Cookbook
Cheap Video Cookbook
Son of Cheap Video
Micro Cookbook I 
Active Filter Cookbook
CMOS Cookbook 
Hexadecimal Chronicles 
Active Filter Cookbook
Manual De Circuiitos TTL
    ... and its Pacific Rim translation
All about Applewriter
Place Cave Story
"For Low Cost, Count on RTL"
Goodyear Lancaster AEEMs
Cave Crawler's Gazettes.

August 19, 2017 deeplink respond

The Lower Frye Construct  prehistoric field notes are newly
available, with their PDF file here and their PSL sourcecode

Other hanging canal field notes were recently linked here.

August 18, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder about our "one each of everything" USB.

August 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Any time that someone tries to tell you that
"energy can neither be created nor destroyed",
they are really revealing their utter and total
valuelessness of all things thermodynamic.

The correct statement is " It is trivially easy to
irreversibly and irrecoverably destroy the quality
and value of energy.

For you are dealing with a three legged stool here.
You cannot ever consider energy without simultaneously
considering entropy and exergy.

Exergy is a measure of the quality and usefulness of
energy. To measure exergy, you change the energy
into a different form, and then change it back. And see
how much you have left.

For instance, you can go from electrical energy to mechanical
energy back to electrical energy without much loss at all.
Which is why electricity has extremely high exergy.

Use the electricity to produce, say, resistance room heat,
and you can only get the tiniest fraction of the original back
as electricity. Thus, resistance room heat irreversibly and 
destructively forever destroys the quality and value of

Electrolysis for bulk hydrogen from high value sources is
a good example of "ain't gonna happen" because of the
staggering and irretrievable loss of exergy involved. There
always will be more intelligent things to do with the electricity.

Electrolysis from high value pv, grid, or alternator electricity
is pretty much the same as 1:1 exchanging US Dollars to
Mexican Pesos. Meanwhile, believe it or not, there is
more hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline than there is in
a gallon of liquid hydrogen.

If you do not understand exergy, you should not have any
interest in electrolysis. If you do understand exergy, you
will not have any interest in electrolysis.

Much more in our Energy Fundamentals tutorial.

And its supplement.

August 16, 2017 deeplink respond

We first looked at LED and lighting efficiency way back
here. Where we found that "perfect" green light has a
best efficiency of nearly 700 Lumens per watt, while the
best white light will be around half that at 350 Lumens
per watt.

Ordinary incandescent lamps have a mesmerizingly awful
efficiency around 13 Lumens per watt. With the latest
LED's nearly ten times that.

It might seem reasonable to ask "What else is horribly
and "Will fixing it be the next big thing?"

One obvious candidate is the internal combustion engine.
It turns out there is a brand new way of combining gas
and diesel technologies so the entire gas air mixture
ignites at once. Details here and a discussion here.

The other elephant in the room would be HVAC and
air conditioning.
A typical commercial system has an EER
of 14, compared to a sometimes best possible of 120.
Thus, present air conditioning can be just as awful as
was incandescent lighting.

No, I know of no immediate tech breakthrough in this
Not one remotely comparable to the quantum leap
provided by scroll compressors a few decades back.

One possible hidden beneficiary of a major HVAC efficiency
increase: Hot tub heaters.

But the opportunity exists for huge efficiency breakthroughs.
Possibly helped along by molecular scale heat transfer methods.
And some super insulation or energy reflection techniques.

Other predictions here.

August 15, 2017 deeplink respond

A computer without Cobol or Fortran is like a chocolate
cake without ketchup or mustard.

August 14, 2017 deeplink respond

In July of 1988, I first described a vapor ware product I
called a Navicube. This was a then heretical cheap
three inch cube that always knew where it was, which
way was up, where it came from, how fast it was going,
how much its speed was changing, and where north was.

Publication of the Navicube in a national magazine
should also have placed this name in the public domain.

And Navicubes have been conspicuous on the web
pretty much ever since.

At any rate, lots and lots of stuff has happened since
then. In particular, there's now an outfit by the
name of Memsic who now have bunches of the
Navicube bits and pieces for a dollar or two in single
quantities, and pocket change in high volume.

Some of their hundreds of products now include
accelerometers, tilt sensors, inertia systems,
magnetic sensors, flow sensors, and current sensors.

Their three axis magnetic field sensors are particularly
useful for electronic compass apps. The earth's magnetic
field is normally a fairly large fraction of a Gauss.

Their inertial systems replace complex electromechanical
gyroscopes with nothing but a bubble of air.

Accelerometers, of all things, measure acceleration.
But if you integrate ( or sum ) acceleration you get
velocity. And if you integrate velocity, you get position.
Thus acceleration - surprise surprise - is the rate of
change of the rate of change of position.

But all accelerometers have a huge problem called
the "t squared" error.
For the tiniest initial error
will accumulate velocity errors with time and position
errors with time squared.

Thus, any positioning determining system will need
something in addition to an accelerometer for its long
term resets.

August 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Acme Mapper may sometimes not start new marks with an "A".

It also might add "." marks that may or may not be remembered
with a "Link to this page".

First, when starting a new series of marks, make sure there
are no hidden ones off screen by doing a "Delete all markers".

BUT - subtle and more important - go into your Chrome history
and delete any and all recent Acme Mapper entries!

If that doesn't help, then reboot everything. Be sure that
your first mark is always an "A".

If you enter an A mark and a B mark and then later delete them,
The next available mark will still be a C mark! If you get past
a Z mark, period marks get substituted.

August 12, 2017 deeplink respond

Outside of that, Missus Lincoln, how was the play?

August 11, 2017 deeplink respond

The TB Ponding Area prehistoric field notes are newly
available, with their PDF file here and their PSL  
sourcecode here.

Other hanging canal field notes include...

Allen Canal field notes & sourcecode
Jernigan Canal field notes & sourcecode
Longview Area field notes & sourcecode
Mud Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Riggs Mesa Canal field notes & sourcecode
Robinson Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tranquility Canal field notes & sourcecode

And some of our previous ones due for updates or revisions...

Bear Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Cluffnw Canal field notes & sourcecode
Freeman Canal field notes & sourcecode
Frye Complex field notes & sourcecode
Golf Course Canal field notes & sourcecode
Lefthand Canyon West field notes & sourcecode
Minor Webster Ditch field notes & sourcecode
Sand Canal field notes & sourcecode
Smith Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tugood Canal field notes & sourcecode
Veech Canal field notes & sourcecode

August 10, 2017 deeplink respond

This one is not quite ready for a prime time demo
just yet, But it is exciting enough and mind boggling
enough to demand an immediate heads up.

It seems there is this language called KML that
lets you add all sorts of personal custom features
to Google Earth and similar resources. KML
is similar to .xml and .shtml but also has its own set
of highly specific and arcane rules.

KML is poised to completely blow away GIS and
its relatives in that it is flyable! In the end, nothing
else matters!
The outcome is not the least in doubt.

A KML file is created as an ordinary text file
with a .kml trailer. Clicking on it should automagically
link to a local copy of Google Earth. Otherwise, you
can drag and drop into any text editor for creation
or edits.

Typically, as part of a .kml program, you will create
any number of paths and then add descriptions to
those paths.

Clicking on the path causes a box to appear
with a title and a message. What is ultra exciting is
that, besides the text in the description, you can
add .html like links to any website, an external
Acme or similar map, videos, animation, .PDF's,
or any number of photos.

Here is a preliminary code fragment...

<name>Allen Canal</name>
<description>Sources in Spring Canyon --
Overrun by Allen Dam --
Major Culebra Cut --
End fields unknown <br/>
<![CDATA[ <a href="">
Site Name</a>.]]> --
<![CDATA[ <a href="">
Map Name</a>.]]> -
<![CDATA[ <a href="http://www.image.jpg">
Image Name</a>.]]> -

Links can be either web or local pc based. More info
on the CDATA tag can be found here.

Among its other exciting possibilities, you should now be
able to directly link topo maps to Google Earth.

There's a few minor details I haven't picked up on just yet.
The links seem to trash normal carriage returns and I've
yet to make the links bold. Removing the underlines would
also be nice.

And so far, loading a kml file with Chrome seems to give
you text only. The annoying workaround is to save the
Chrome download as a file and then click on the file.

Surely this detail will soon be resolved with one or more
working Chrome extensions.

Much more to follow.

August 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Yorg. We were just the victims of a double home invasion
and a double identity theft. Seems two neighborhood
pussy cats cracked the security on our cat doors.

In hindsight, we probably should have changed the
default door factory password from "meow".

August 8, 2017 deeplink respond

The Robinson Canal prehistoric field notes are newly
available, with their PDF file here and their PSL
sourcecode here.

Other hanging canal field notes include...

Allen Canal field notes & sourcecode
Jernigan Canal field notes & sourcecode
Longview Area field notes & sourcecode
Mud Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Riggs Mesa Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tranquility Canal field notes & sourcecode

And some of our previous ones due for updates or revisions...

Bear Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Cluffnw Canal field notes & sourcecode
Freeman Canal field notes & sourcecode
Frye Complex field notes & sourcecode
Golf Course Canal field notes & sourcecode
Lefthand Canyon West field notes & sourcecode
Minor Webster Ditch field notes & sourcecode
Sand Canal field notes & sourcecode
Smith Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tugood Canal field notes & sourcecode
Veech Canal field notes & sourcecode

August 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Yorg. It sure can be frustrating when you "almost"
end up with a software solution.

I want our hanging canal field notes to have an option
where the .PDF file can directly click through to a
custom .KML map in Google Earth.

The PostScript and Acrobat end of things was rather
trivial, as these Gonzo code fragments show us...

/clickforkml { save /ksnap exch store 34 53
translate 0 0 mt 2 pu 7.2 pr 2 pd closepath
gsave 0.94 0.94 0.98 setrgbcolor fill grestore
0.8 0.8 0.8 setrgbcolor line2 stroke 0.6 0.6
(|6|/surl Click for KML |/kmlx ) cl ksnap
restore} store

<< /kmlx (
      /mapimage2.kml) >> {mark exch
      /eurl cvx ] cvx def} forall

The rest of the sourcecode should shortly appear
here. And its generated field note here.

The only tiny missing detail is that Chrome
returns a kml textfile instead of linking to
Google Earth.
And I have not been able to
get the kml Chrome extensions to fix this.

The present awkward workaround is to take the
returned Chrome .kml file, do a save as locally
and then click on the saved KML file
to actually enter
Google Earth.

Your suggestions on how to eliminate this painful
and klutzy step are more than welcome.

August 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Chemistry 101: If you are not part of the solution, then
you are part of the precipitate.

August 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Acme Mapper has strongly suggested a previously
unvisited routing and end field destination for the
Tugood Hanging canal you can find at...,-

Energy considerations and materials used strongly
suggest Tugood has prehistoric origins. But
the apparent cattle tank destination would suggest
historic reuse and would seem to reasonably demand
additional proof of prehistoricity.

Tugood would seem to be an excellent candidate
for restoration or preservation in that it is largely
single owner controlled in what to me appears to
be largely unused and marginally secondary rangeland.

Some earlier Tugood field notes are found here
with their sourcecode here and an earlier KML main
map of  the entire canal system here.

The latest GIS map version is found here.

August 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Deeply buried in our Guru's Lair is some medical
stuff, mostly oriented towards a wellness lifestyle
and aerobic exercise.
I still use these occasionally
for fire department fitness drill training exercises.

The big three are...

Don't Get Sick
A wellness Lifestyle Quiz
Aerobic Pulse Rate Chart

A review by a real doctor here...

Bee's Website

And these also rans...

Understanding Pulse Monitors
Recording Aerobic Exercise Sessions
Aerobic Fitness PostScript Sourcecode

The leading web medical resource is Medline.
You normally search this with PubMed.

Also check out Healthy.Net.  And one collection of
the top 25 web medical resources can be found here.

Some older alternate medical book resources here.

August 3, 2017 deeplink respond

I'm not too sure of the details, but eBay may have just
changed their search linking to favor title words over
text description words

The net result is that some of your older eBay links
may no longer work.
There also seems to be a new
NKW in the description.
New Key Words?

Our one-each-of-everything USB has been newly
relinked here.

August 2, 2017 deeplink respond

I may have completed our website catalog directory
arranged by file types. Please report any omissions.

This should be most useful for finding "lost" or
"hidden" or "underlinked" files. It is also gives
you new search options. And eases finding which
directory a particular file is in.

Another way to search is with our "one each of
everything" USB.

Key catalog textfiles include...


web _htaccess_directory1.txt

August 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Watch out for the cliff!
        What CLIFFFFFfffffffff?

Watch out for the ping pong ball!
         What ping pong gloulckkk?

Watch our for the ladder!
         What ladder dedadder dedadder dedadder?

Watch out for the revolving door!
         What revolving door .. ing door .. ing door?

Curiously, there does not seem to be the faintest hint
of these on the web.

I'd like to try and find the rest of these and give them
a long missing home on the web. Please email me
with your candidates and suggestions.

July 31, 2017 deeplink respond

Our usual source of pv pricing info seems to be getting
further and further behind, not to mention obvious typos.

Turns out they get their info from the German pvXchange
which you can find untranslated here. Present exchange
rate is around 1.19 dollars per euro.

We see that the best June pricing was down a euro cent
and went back up an euro cent in July. While most other
pricing was flat or dropping somewhat.

Long term trends seem consistent with meeting the magic
twenty five cents per peak panel watt demanded for true
subsidy free renewability and sustainability in seventeen
months or so.

With the actual energy breakeven demanded to pay for
all of the staggering previous pv losses perhaps eight
years or so after that.

Much more here.

July 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Let's repeat it one more time...

Assumption is the mother of mistakes.  

This from Buckaroo Banzai, which is by far the
finest medical, science fiction, rockumentary, love story,
comedy, racing, comic book, quantum mechanical, 
musical, pro nerd, watermelon ode, survivalist,
intergalactic war documentary movie of all tim

Overwhelmingly the best movie of its type that
was ever made.

Also present: No matter where you go, there you are.

July 29, 2017 deeplink respond

A "flutterwumper" was defined as any low cost
hackable robotic device that chomps or spits.

The original story was found here and here, while
the apparently underlinked PIC PostScript
flutterwumper utilities can still be found here

These days, the concept has Raspberry Pi written
all over it .

July 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to find and upload a hard-to-find reprint of the
final version of the Popular Electronics DCU. This one
appeared in the Electronic Experimenters Handbook
series, which can still be found here.

The original version had a flaw involving sneak paths,
while an intermediate solution was to add a pair of
power hungry balancing resistors. The final kicking
and screaming solution was to use ten fake diodes
made out of five nine cent PNP transistors.

July 27, 2017 deeplink respond

A new filetype-based catalog and directory for the
Guru's Lair has been started here. This should greatly
aid finding "lost" or "underlinked" files. As should
finding which directory any obscure file resides in.

Already present is the crucial .psl sourcecode catalog,
along with the .bmp image catalog and the .pdf
Acrobat catalog.

The .jpg compressed image catalog should shortly
follow, along with others in area of interest.

A catalog link is newly present a screen or two
down on our home page.

July 26, 2017 deeplink respond

A video of the original turbo encabulator can be found
here. Along with decades of "me too!" coverts here.

My own approach can be found here.

July 25, 2017 deeplink respond

Started a master catalog of 1556 of our .psl sourcecodes (!)
which you can find here.

.psl files are Don Lancaster PostScript sourcecode for
various papers and projects. They are ordinary textfiles.

You compile them or to otherwise generate useful results, send
them to full Acrobat Distiller after carefully decrippling distiller
with a windowskey-X "//acrodist /F" return.
Less quotes.

Many of the .psl files will need a PC local linked copy of
our Gonzo Utilities from
that the sourcecode will need modified to properly link.

View this listing with a fixed pitch font such as Courier New.
More use assistance here and here.


I'm not sure exactly where I want to go with this.
Possibly generating files for the other extensions.
Live linking might take stupendous effort, as
might .shtml conversion.

Please email me with what you want to see.

July 24, 2017 deeplink respond

Just realized I forgot to include Winning the Micro
in our ongoing Directors Cuts. Find the
revised version here, its sourcecode here, and the
original here.

Presently available directors cuts are...

Tearing Method
Winning the Micro Game
AACB1 Rework
MLPCI Rework
Paleomagnetism and Archaeomagnetism

TVT2 Image

...with their sourcecode as .psl trailers.

July 24, 2017 deeplink respond

There's a subtle infuriosity in Wordpad that can cause you
grief if it is inadvertently tripped. Its usual problem is
double spacing carriage return or adding unwanted

Click the box with the up and down arrows just before
the picture icon. Unless you really want these features,
uncheck "Add 10 pt space after paragraph" and
click only on "1.0"

Despite the equivalent illusion, this has nothing
to do with the differences between PC and MAC
carriage returns and linefeeds.

July 23, 2017 deeplink respond

Here is one way to get a master catalog file list for
your website...

1. FTP a copy of the site to a local PC USB,
    perhaps called J:

2. Get into the old command mode by entering
    windowkey and X followed by cmd.exe

3. Enter DIR "J:\sitewebcopy\*.jpg" /S /OEN /W

4. Cut and paste into a textfile. Print or whatever.

In this example, only your .jpg images will be listed. Similar
tricks can extract other file types. For everything, omit the
wildcard * and the extension. Some hints here.

A more modern alternative is to select your directory,
followed by shift rightclick, followed by Open Powershell
Window Here
. More on Powershell here.

July 22, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a summary of some of our recent or more
significant PostScript stuff...

Secret Distiller File Access
Secret Distiller Typekit Access
    ..more details here
Knob Patterning
Fontname Snooper
    Fontname Snooper sourcecode
New Letterheads
    New Letterhead sourcecode
Inserting JPG into PostScript
     ...and here
Step and Repeat
Simplified Step and Repeat
New Business Cards
    New Business Cards sourcecode
Assorted PostScript apps
"Director's Cuts"
Ratty Lines
Empty .psl app
Architect's Perspective
Bitmap Typewriter
Vignetting Auto Backgrounder
Web Friendly PostScript Colors
     ...and sourcecode
PostScript Powerpoint Emulation
    ...and examples
Marbelous Distorted Pancakes
Fat Tail Utilities
    Fat Tail Utilities sourcecode

Tearing Method

    Tearing Method Sourcecode
PostScript Spirographs

Hanging Canal Field Notes
Deferred execution secrets
$99 Flutterwumpers
PIC PostScript Flutterwumpers
Secret Characters
Lagrange Spline thru 4 points
     ...More Here
Using the type operator
Finding PostScript Font Names
       ...and here using watermarking
List of PostScript Font Names
Comparing PostScript and JavaScript
Windows Directory Names
Minsky Circles
String Dereferencing
Easter Egg
Litho Chokes and Spreads

And some older classics...

PostScript Reference Manual
Gonzo Utilities
Gonzo Tutorial
.PSL Tutorials
Fractal Ferns
    ...More Here
PostScript sampler web page
Using Distiller as a PostScript Computer
Adding nav features with JavaScript
Adding nav features with pdfmark
      and its source code
Converting PS strings, integers, arrays
PostScript Secrets
PostScript Beginner Stuff
PostScript Startup Secrets
PostScript Speedup Secrets
Nonlinear Graphic Transforms
Fun with Fields
More Fun With Fields
Timing Measurement
Improving PostScript Math Accuracy
Dodging and Burning
Original PostScript Library Page

And this video...

Intro to PostScript Video

July 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Got yet another call on the homopolar generator, AKA the
Faraday disk. We looked at these long ago  here and here,
while Wikipedia has a good summary here.

These are the only known "pure" DC machine and are
characterized by extremely high currents and very low
voltages. While they do make dandy student reports and
projects, they are utterly and totally useless because of
slip ring costs, losses, outrageous inefficiencies, and
potential hazmat issues.

Bunches of simple but ultimately useless homopolar
related projects can be found on the web. Understanding
their operation is tricky, which leads to  all sorts of totally
bogus overunity pseudoscience claims.

One problem in understanding is that Lorenz Force equations
have to be used instead of Faraday Induction equations.
Along with general relativity concepts.

A second is that you cannot tell when or if a uniform magnetic
field is rotating.
Per this classic paper. Or this simple

I know of no commercial homopolar devices for sale today, and
their last practical use was many decades ago. These days,
it is cheap, efficient, and trivial to convert regular ac or dc
levels into low voltage high current when and where needed. 

An ancient power conversion tutorial here. The present caller
obviously has spent an obsessive amount of time trying to
trick the concept into producing higher voltages.

Some one time similar work can be found here. And here.
I guess two more upbeat homopolar resources might be found
here and here.

But, at least to me, this would clearly appear to be the wrong
horse to bet on.
More on product development here.

Counter EMF's and conservation of energy is alive and well,
in all homopolar devices. Just as would be expected.

July 20, 2017 deeplink respond

We have newly uploaded great heaping bunches of
microwave switches to our eBay site. There are
several important use details that vary from unit to

Some are "magnetic" or "mechanically" latching.
These remember their previous state in absence
of power.
But only some of these lock themselves
out after being pulsed, Which can lead to high
rate oscillation.
Be sure to prevent activating
more than one coil at a time!

Others are "normal" or "fail safe". These switch to their
other position only so long as power is applied.
switches of more than two positions are normally activated.

Some are common positive, but with varying control voltages
of typically 5, 10, 15, 24, or 28 volts DC. Others are common
ground. Many of these include spike protecting diodes that
can be blown up if high current of the wrong polarity is applied.

ALWAYS use a current limited supply while testing!

NEVER apply reverse polarity from a high current source!

You can usually hear the mechanical switching. Sometimes
loud, sometimes subtle. A click-klunk is typical of failsafe
units when power is applied and removed.

Pinouts of a DB9 or DB15 connector can be a mystery. On
SOME units, we have found pin 1 to be the positive supply, pin2
getting grounded to connect common to SMA 1, pin 3 for
SMA 2, and so on up the range. But BE SURE TO TEST

An ohmmeter can usually resolve pinouts. Any "extra" pinouts
or terminals are usually extra contacts for LED indicators or such.

These typically respond down to dc, but their max frequency
can vary all over the lot. Typically from 2 GHz to 26 GHz.

Some may include internal 50 Ohm terminations. Typical
power limits are one to two watts average. Always be sure
to try and get a matching data sheet for the units you are using.

We try to do at least a click-klunk test before shipping.

We recommend further testing on your own. All units
are unconditionally guaranteed to perform as new.

July 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to find an extremely well done color photo
of one of the earlier TV Typewriters. Find it here
as a .BMP or here as a .JPG.

The provenance and source is a mystery. It was  
obviously professionally done and likely done
so after it was donated to a computer museum.

At one time, some pallets actually used real wood.
Which is where the solid oak! side panels came
from. The keyboards were EBCDIC rebuilds at
$4 each from Apache Reclamation and Electronics.
To which the improved ASCII encoder was added.

The color cover version of the first original TVT
can be found here.

July 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's our recently most popular ebooks...

Incredible Secret Money Machine
TV Typewriter Cookbook
TTL Cookbook
Tearing Method
      Tearing Method Sourcecode
Apple Assembly Cookbook I
Apple Assembly Cookbook II
RTL Cookbook
Enhancing Your Apple II Vol I
Enhancing Your Apple II Vol II
Machine Language Programming I
Machine Language Programming II

July 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Uploaded an eBook copy of Enhancing Your Apple II
Volume I

The "Tearing Method" of Enhancement 3 is also
separately available in this "director's cut".

July 16, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to find an a eBook copy of Enhancing Your
Apple II Volume II.

It is now a sane length, unlocked, printable, and fully

There are still issues with the grays. Fixing these
would take "Directors Cut" techniques and funding.

Per your participation.

More ebooks here.

July 15, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to find a reprint of my West Coast Computer
story on cheap video.

I've newly made it searchable.

An outfit called seems to have lots of useful stuff.

July 14, 2017 deeplink respond

Uh, oops. If you try to use our sneaky knob patterning
at a very low scale ( such as a url clickthru ), you
will likely get some mesmerizingly awful Moir'e effects.

This could also cause problems on phone screens or in
other limited resolution images.

Two workarounds are to always use the knob patterning
at its intended full resolution.
Or carefully "gray out"
any intended stripes in any low resolution images.

July 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a new photo that did not turn out all that
bad for our new eBay offerings of aerospace
goodies that include bunches of superb attenuators
and microwave rf switches.

A summary of the key steps: It first gets no flash
Nikon photographed in outdoor shade, overcropped
and sent to Imageviewer/32. Because of its circular
motif, my usual steps of rotational alignment and my
Architects Perspective correction were not needed.

All work should be done in raw bitmap format. Save
any .JPG compression for your final step! As I may have
mentioned several times before, at least 90 percent of
your photography time MUST be spent in postproc!

The knob callouts were dark and murky, so a double
exposure was used in Paint to correct its brightness.

A crucial step is to back off the red by one click to make
absolutely sure no red=255 pixels exist anywhere in the
bitmap at this point.

The knob texture was then improved using the new ideas
we recently looked at. Followed by a full tracing that
involved red=255 pixels. There was one subtle undercut
that needed red filled. The rule is that undercuts ( or any
"holes" ) need filled if they cannot be reached by a true
north, east, south, or west from their image respective

The J1 area had reflective variances that lessened the
image quality, so these were replaced with a solid but
mottled pattern. A few minor lighting and dust speckle
areas were also corrected.

The image was sent to our vignetting auto backgrounder. In
this case using my color #141. The result was then once again
sent to Imageviewer/32 where it was resized to 1000 pixels,
brightened and gamma reduced somewhat, and possibly
sharpened. Be sure to check the sharpening to make sure
it does in fact improve things.
Never more than two clicks!

From there, the image .JPG converted to reduce its size and
is then sent to our website and eBay.

Seminars, consulting, and professional photography available.

July 12, 2017 deeplink respond

IF you know the secret incantation, PostScript can be an
exceptionally versatile general purpose computer language

that, among its stunning other powers, has the ability to
write any disk file in any language. Especially bitmaps.

Why, it is also rumored that PostScript can even be used to
dirty up otherwise clean sheets of paper!

The problem was this: A few years back Adobe decided the
ability to read or write anything anywhere was ridiculously
too powerful and had ( gulp! ) abuse potential. So, they
started shipping Acrobat Distiller with most of the read
file and write file ability factory locked out.

They did provide a secret incantation that let read/write
file ability of PostScript be fully restored to Distiller.

To decripple Acrobat Distiller in Windows 10, select
windows key and X and enter this magic incantation...

//acrodist /F

To use PostScript, you write an ordinary text file and
send it to Acrobat Distiller. Distiller then will return
your choice of a .PDF file, an info log file, or any
requested diskfile reads or writes in any language. It
also can newly run code modules without having them
inside your actual program itself.

Examples of the latter include our Architect's Perspective,
Vignetting Autobackgrounder, or our Bitmap Typewriter.

The reference manual appears here, our Gonzo Utilities here,
and a Gonzo Utilities tutorial here. And zillions of use
examples here.

More secrets? Well, yeah. It turns out you cannot use the
Adobe Typekit with Postscript sent to Distiller unless
you personally contact them for your secret access code

that gives you the needed info for your Distiller's settings ->
font locations
file. Once enabled, you have full PostScript
and Distiller cloud access to the entire Typekit.

More on PostScript here, additional secrets here, , and
beginning projects here. And even a video here.

July 11, 2017 deeplink respond

The obsessive math pondermentosity of the hour is
simply this: How does our pseudo log knob pattering
ploy compare to a real cosine distribution?

Per this example or this one. With this raw data and
this data rotated and scaled.

The analysis appears here with its sourcecode here. We
see that the pseudo log is somewhat different but actually
looks much better than a cosine.
There also are likely
to be far less turf fights and pixellation issues for
the more narrow low angles as well.

Oh yeah. The new favorite font of the month is called
FilsonSoftHeavy and is available in the Adobe Typekit.
It seems particularly suited for Paint image retouch.

Except the "R" is mesmerizingly awful.

A snooper tool to find real PostScript font names
can be found here.

Much more math stuff here.

July 10, 2017 deeplink respond

We just picked up great heaping bunches of VHF and
microwave mil spec components from an auction.

Including often rare and hard to find SP4T, SP6T,
SP8T and even SP12T SMA switch versions!

Some as high as DC to 26.6 GHz!

Some even include magnetic latching. Which means
they remember their previous state without needing
continuous supply power.

Much of these attenuators and RF switches and
connectors are usually outrageously expensive. Some
have factory list prices over a thousand dollars each.

Most of them are in clean used condition and may
include minor cosmetics.

Find them super cheap while supplies last here. All
are fully guaranteed usable and immediately available.

More will be added shortly, so please check back often.

July 9, 2017 deeplink respond

You can pick up one each of everything per the details
here and here.

We shortly expect to be able to add the TTL Cookbook
as well. Along with some other newer stuff.

July 8, 2017 deeplink respond

Many of our free online eBooks can be found here.
Along with bunches of newer stuff.

Which include these ebooks...

TV Typewriter Cookbook
RTL Cookbook
TTL Cookbook
Incredible Secret Money Machine
Apple Assembly Cookbook I
Apple Assembly Cookbook II
Machine Language Programming I
Machine Language Programming II

And these revised "directors cuts"...

Tearing Method
MLPI Rework
Paleomagnetism and Archaeomagnetism

And these online reprints...

PostScript Secrets
PostScript Beginner Stuff
Case Against Patents
Hardware Hacker
Its a Gas hydrogen library
Blatant Opportunist
Bashing Pseudoscience
Resource Bin
Ask the Guru

Tech Musings

Most of these are also available in our "one each of everything"

I am about halfway where in what I want to provide.
Please let me know if you find any web friendly
downloads of...

Applewriter Cookbook
Enhancing your Apple II Volume I
Enhancing your Apple II Volume II
Cheap Video Cookbook
Son of Cheap Video
Micro Cookbook I
Active Filter Cookbook
CMOS Cookbook
Hexadecimal Chronicles
Manual De Circuiitos TTL
All about Applewriter
Goodyear Lancaster AEEMs
Cave Crawler's Gazettes.

More details and book access links here.

And a video available here.

In addition, of course, somebody needs to restore
and ebookify the UAAC Songbook. Sadly, this
item remains banned in all civilized nations of
the world. And even in parts of Texas.

July 7, 2017 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."

July 6, 2017 deeplink respond

For most individuals and small scale startups the
overwhelming majority of the time, any involvement
whatsoever with patents is a near certainty to
result in a huge net loss of dollars, time, energy, and

It is not even remotely close. Some docs...

The Case Against Patents
When to Patent
How to Bust a $650 Patent
Patent Horror Stories
Main Patent Library Page
Patent Quick Links
Collected Patenting eBook

And these alternatives...

Tech Innovation Secrets
Stalking the Wild Paradigm
Risk Reduction Ploys
Elegant Simplicity
Blatant Opportunist Library

And a few older opportunities...

Emerging Technical Opportunities VII
Emerging Technical Opportunities VI
Emerging Technical Opportunities V
Emerging Technical Opportunities IV
Emerging Technical Opportunities III
Emerging Technical Opportunities II
Emerging Technical Opportunities I

July 5, 2017 deeplink respond

There is not the slightest doubt that KML is about to
blow GIS out of the water big time. Forcing revolutionary
changes in how professional maps are published.

The reason is simple: KML is flyable! And nothing else

The language is fairly simple, but extreme detail may
be needed to get useful results.

Several details I am having problems with here include
doing quadratic or cubic Bezier paths with rounded ends;
making two tone paths that have a different border and
internal; making paths variable transparency; efficient
ways to generate path; extracting print maps for use
with traditional publishing ; and linking our field notes.

Please email me with suitable hints.

July 4, 2017 deeplink respond

We will shortly have bunches of new aerospace items
up on our eBay offerings. Particularly normally pricey
attenuators and microwave switches. Some as fancy
as SP12T!

Successful eBay seller strategies appear here, while the
equivalent buyer strategies are found here. And are
summarized here and here, with bunches more stuff here
and here.

Then there's this series...

Enhancing your eBay Skills I
Enhancing your eBay Skills II
Enhancing your eBay Skills III
Enhancing your eBay Skills IV
Enhancing your eBay Skills V
Enhancing your eBay Skills VI
Enhancing your eBay Skills VII
Enhancing your eBay Skills VIII

July 3, 2017 deeplink respond

Alexander Graham Kernatski was the first telephone pole.

July 2, 2017 deeplink respond

I still feel that this paper has not ever gotten the coverage
I that feel it rightly deserves.

July 1, 2017 deeplink respond

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

June 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a version of our pattern knobs that works
on angular viewed knobs as well as "straight on"
viewed ones.

The basic pattern is shown here, with a scaled and
tilted version here.

It would be interesting to compare this pseudo
log pixel scheme against a "real" trig projection.

I suspect that pseudo log, while not quite "correct"
actually often may end up much looking better.
Besides compressing and pixellating better

June 29 2017 deeplink respond

Found three other early classic color organs.

One color organ appears in the March 1963 and April 1963
issues of Audio Magazine.

The unit was thyratron based and half wave only, which
meant you could never ever get anywhere near full
brightness. Their phase control was rather creative
but also seemed nonlinear and and of limited
dynamic range.

What they did was sum shifted a power line sinewave
ranging from 270 to 450 degrees with the rectified
audio and the needed needed needed thyratron bias.

The second color organ is from the January 1941
Electronics and is reachable here.

A third color organ appears in the September 1966
issue of Audio Magazine.

More here.

June 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Just realized we had a "missing link" to easy nav
of our Hydrogen Resources page.
I still need to
do a new summary directory.

The arguments against the ludicrous hydrogen
economy can be found on this library page.

But my favorite factoid of all is that there is more
hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline than there is in a
gallon of liquid hydrogen.

Yeah, its only eleven percent more or so and it varies
with the octane blend. Mole fractions and all. But still...

And factoid number two is that, because of exergy,
using grid, pv, or alternator sources to create hydrogen
by electrolysis is about as monumentally stupid as
1:1 exchanging two US dollars for one Mexican peso.

June 27, 2017 deeplink respond

One of the more amazing features of American Radio
History is that you can search virtually every word
of a century's worth of just about any publication
that is even remotely radio related.

Buried in this treasure trove were three early Color
Organ projects newly found here, here, and here.

My own color organ projects are linked here, with
additional notes here, here, and here.

June 26, 2017 deeplink respond

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

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2017 deeplink respond

The web now seems to have several downloadable
resources for my TTL Cookbook.

One temporary link can be found here.

And many more of our ebooks here.

June 24, 2017 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of bashing pseudoscience. Here
are a few of the available links...

How to Bash Pseudoscience
How to scam a student paper

      This one is only "slightly"
       incorrect. But which?
Supraluminal Dowsing for Brown's
       Gas in Roswell.
Trashing auto electrolysizers
Debunking water powered cars.
Arguments AGAINST the hydrogen economy
Investigating Brown's Gas
The bogus magic lamp.

The actual bogus magic lamp paper.
My very first perpetual motion machine
Our main Pseudoscience library

And, of course...

The worst of Marcia Swampfelder

June 23, 2017 deeplink respond

Thought we might review the insider secrets between
adding a .JPG file to either a HTML webpage or
a PDF document. The latter by way of PostScript.

I try to avoid pictures in our whtnu blog pages as
this would drive the size of the typical year long
file above a one meg download.

Image size can be minimized by using fewer of
them, making them as small as possible or
compressing them into .JP
G or other compact

But your key size reducing trick is this: Show
a small image in the document that your user
can click through to a larger hires one when
and off they really want or need it

In the case of HTML and its newer updates,
simply clicking on "show page source" will
reveal how others have done it. Yesterday's
image used this code...

<a href="">
<img src=""
alt=" " width="150" height="150" border="0"></a>

An example of using PostScript to add a .JPG image
to a PDF document can be found here. In particular,
note the /jpegimageprocwithlink , /surl ,
/eurl , and
related procs. The final document can be viewed here.

One key gotcha: make sure the data passed to
the link code has the exactly correct hsize and
vsize values.

June 22, 2017 deeplink respond

This fiendishly subtle math puzzle has been newly
kicking around the web...

The problem is to find the yellow area, given the  
other areas shown. IF you are willing to think
waaaay out of the box, the obvious answer is
seven, and it should take you about four seconds.

If you do not rush things.

On the other hand, a formal solution will take
a quarter hour or so. Unless you insist on
dragging Pythagoras kicking and screaming
into the fray, which would be totally unneeded
and take you much longer.

Here's the formal and mind-numbingly subtle solution:

Call x the width and y the height. Call a the  left
width and b the right width. Call c the top height
and d the bottom height.


You can only write five equations in six unknowns..

x = a + b
y = c + d
c = 8/x   ( from the triangle area formula )
b = 6/d
ay = 4

There is no way to explicitly solve for x or y and it
turns out there are an infinite number of solutions to
these equations.
The best you can hope to do is
find y = f(x).

Eliminating variables a b c and d leaves you
with something like this messy result...

xy = 6xy/(xy-8) + 4

Let z = xy and chew on this for a while to get this
quadratic (!)...

z^2 -18z + 32 = 0

Which factors as...

(z - 16) (z- 2) = 0

This tells us one possible total area is 16. Thus x = 4 and
y=4 is one of an infinite possible set of solutions. One
solution is square and the rest exhibit rectangularity.
All demand that xy = 16.

I am not sure of the significance of the second root.

The "outside-the-box" solution? 180 blue for  a rectangle
of 8 and double it for a total area of sixteen. Subtract
2 + 3 + 4 for the seven result.

Much more math stuff here. And here. And
especially here.

June 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Expanded our Gila Valley Dayhikes pages. We
are now up to 405 main entries.

Newly added are the Roper Lake kayak rentals,
a bunch of hidden CCC water projects, and
a seldom visited "secret " hanging canal.

June 20, 2017 deeplink respond

Fluted knobs and similar "pattern around a cylinder"
effects can be tricky in Paint or other image programs.

Such as this example or this one.

A sneaky trick I like to call pseudo log pixel locking
can greatly ease and aide the process.

Start your pattern with a medium gray vertical line
seven pixels wide. Call it G7. Place a vertical black
line seven pixels wide immediately to the right.
Call it B7.

Continue adding adjacent lines...

G7 B7 G7 B7     G7 B6 G7 B6    G6 B6 G6 B6
G6 B5 G6 B5     G5 B5 G5 B5    G5 B4 G5 B4
G4 B4 G4 B4     G4 B3 G4 B3    G3 B3 G3 B3...

Then mirror to the left. If your pattern is too wide, trim
one or more groups as needed. If too thin, expand
one or more groups as needed.

Sneaky, Huh?

With some extra effort, you can pick up spectacular
. Just start with a horizontal or vertical pattern
and then rotate and scale it suitably. Crucial is
getting the angle exactly correct.

June 19, 2017 deeplink respond

eBay in their infinite wisdom has decided to block
most live URL links in all listings.
to ease problems with non conventional media such
as smart phones. But more likely in an utterly futile
attempt to discourage off eBay sales.

The links will likely still be viewable by your visitors
but will not click through. Our policy will be to
include "broken" links where they greatly aide
your understanding of what is being offered.
can hand key these as the need arises.

Separately, and as usual, you can email us at or for additional
tech support on most any item or topic.

We unconditionally guarantee all of our eBay items to
be able to meet your needs.

June 18, 2017 deeplink respond

A tutorial on the secret insider stuff of converting
between PostScript strings, integers, arrays,
and dictionaries can be found here.

And bunches more here.

June 17, 2017 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of the law of the unintended consequence.
Especially when nobody seems to be paying the slightest attention.

An obvious analysis here. And additional predictions here.

June 16, 2017 deeplink respond

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

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

June 15, 2017 deeplink respond

pv module pricing trends for April and May are
newly in and continue their impressive decline,
except that the best price at .40
GB Pounds
( .44 US$ ) is up a tad from .39 per peak panel watt.
But still flat since January 2017.

Once gain, the magic number is 25 cents US per
peak panel watt for genuine subsidy free renewability
and sustainability.
that is reached, pv panels
clearly remain a gasoline destroying net energy sink.

And are in no manner yet renewable or sustainable.

Reasonable projections would place breakeven
in eighteen months or so
, with net energy gains
( required to pay for all previous losses ) something
like eight years after that. The breakeven, of course,
gets much worse as parity is approached owing
to zillions of new dollars ( and their energy equivalents )
being thrown at pv once breakeven is in site.

Meanwhile a 100 to 200 percent tax on this incredible
approaching module success has been requested.

The math behind the quarter per peak panel watt
appears here, and much more on related
topics here.

June 14, 2017 deeplink respond

An interesting advance in display technology is this
system that
uses a single color programmable pixel
instead of three or more RGB adjacent ones can
be found here.

I suspect other alternatives will prevail, though. You
usually need at least three values to usually specify
a color, such as HSB or RGB. One variable by itself
won't hack it.

June 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Pico de Gallo - A very small parrot.

June 12, 2017 deeplink respond

Tabby's star is at it again.

June 11, 2017 deeplink respond

Speaking of baud rates, the day the world clearly
went to hell in a hand basket was when "they"
shifted from 110 to 150 Baud. Comm has clearly been
downhill ever since.

But the ultimate baud rate story is the century long run made
by the Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph. Yup, they had a
baud rate -- ONE BAUD!

They were clearly the LAN of the nineties. The

These amazing devices were a fist sized clockwork
that included such stunning concepts as private URL's,
error trapping, collision detection, network reconfiguration,
and even emergency re-routing.

More here.

June 10, 2017 deeplink respond

Several of you on the Apple IIe newsgroup have asked
about using the IIe video output as a high speed serial
baud rate channel. I first raised this possibility in our
Ask the Guru columns.

Theoretically, a peak data rate of 7.0 Megabaud (!)
could be generated on a stock IIe and a stunning
14 Megabaud in a IIGS Super HIRES mode.

I posted this as a "golly gee mister science" type of
thingy. But at the time the IIe could routinely output
serial data faster than a Mac or a 386. Mostly because
of crappy software elsewhere, especially Apple Talk.

As far as I know, the concept never went further.
Owing to some ( then ) exotic hardware required,
syncronization issues, and no apparent demand.

The achievable data rate would likely be much slower,
but could still in theory blow everything else away.
For openers, data would only be 40/64ths of the time.
And any preplacement of the data into HIRES slots
would likely need taken into account.

June 9, 2017 deeplink respond

There seems to be an ever diminishing groundswill
of popular demand
for our PostScript  "spiriograph"
routines. You can find them here and here.

Or for one each of everything, go here.

Since you asked, the fractal ferns can separately
be found here, here, and here.

June 8, 2017 deeplink respond

Apparently there is a new expanded versions of Paint.
It is called Paint 3D. It is organized as a new 3D
panel you can click through on to pick up the
new capabilities.

Apparently Microsoft will force feed you the
new version on a system update.
No, the new
version will not work on earlier Windows 10
or anything older. You can tell if your are
upgraded if the new Open Paint 3D click panel
appears upper right in your older Paint program.

There's all sorts of new "golly gee mister science"
new stuff.
In particular, Paint 3D instantly does our
swings and tilts from our Architects Perspective
routines. But since these are crudely mouse fed, so
far I cannot see any way to get the degree of numeric
precision needed for exact perspective correction
or for similar image rectification needs.

Some of the other new Paint stuff is found here.

June 7, 2017 deeplink respond

There's a step and repeat capability built into our
Gonzo Utilities and its related tutorial. Besides
being useful for business cards, it can be most
handy any time you need several identical ( or
even only somewhat related ) images on a page.

Your basic repeating entity is called repeatproc.
It can easily do such fancy stuff as a sequential
numbering, grabbing names off a list, or gracefully
dealing with a list that ends before the page ends.

Also required is an array naming what is being
repeated in this format...

     #horizrpts - times proc repeats horizontally
     #vertrpts - times proc repeats vertically
     hspacing - horizontal repeat spacing
     vspacing - vertical repeat spacing
     hstart - horizontal offset from bottom left
    vstart - vertical offset from bottom left
     ticklen - length of cropping ticks when used
    useticks? - true or false
    landscape - true or false

In the above, "horizontal" and "vertical" apply
after selecting portrait or landscape.

Nineteen formats are presently in the code, while
any reasonable number can presently be added. A
separate /showthegrid can be set true or false to
provide a convenient layout grid.

As this example shows us, the routine is presently
activated by (buscard) stepandrepeat with
more examples here.  

Yeah, this is a minor bug as it would better be
entered as an array, a name, or even a string.
The key is the obscure type operator . I'll
save this as a trivial project for the serious student.

June 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Avery has an interesting solution to do-it-yourself
business cards in several of their products. A key
feature is that the cards snap apart without needing
any peeling or trimming or shearing.

Costs start at seven cents each.

Here is a demo of my free business card routine
along with its sourcecode here. This complements
and goes with our letterhead demo and sourcecode
we recently looked at.

One minor but frustrating gotcha: Many printers may
get their registration and scale enough wrong that
the results can be noticeable on a business card to
downright useless on very small labels.

Adjustments are built into the above software. With
the generic PostScript fix being something like
w x translate y z scale with w and x being a point or
two and y or z typically being somewhere between
0.997 and 1.003.

Change all your colors here.

Naturally, it is super important to use only one
printer for a given correction and to check this
correction every now or then.

Also and obviously, your software must be carefully
matched to the actual forms you are using.

Sometimes you can simply hold a test page up
against your letterhead forms to check their
alignment in front of a bright light. Other times,
you can scissor chomp some holes in the test page
to check the alignment between the page and the
underlying forms.

A reminder that you need to run Distiller from the
command line.
An incantation such as //acrodist /F
is required to restore Acrobat disk access.

Many more PostScript apps here. And all sorts
of beginner projects here. And secret insider stuff

June 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Image Rectification such as in this example can get
rather tricky. Yeah, you can use a scanner, but that
might leave you with depth of field issues.

And, of course, most any old litho camera will work
just fine at outrageous cos
t, time, and inconvenience.
These can be found at your county refuse dump.

Plus there are hardware and software book deskewing
options available.
But the new Paint 3D seems to not
give you nearly precise enough skewing control.

It turns out that some sneaky reuse of our Architect's
Perspective utilities can do most rectifications just fine.

Correct the lean first, just as you would a perspective
fix. Then rotate 90 degrees and correct the new lean.
Then rotate back. Note that negative values of
howmuchtilt will be needed if the top is narrower than
the bottom.

The howmuchtilt values will typically be a lot less than
those  used for perspective correction. Try values in the
.045 or -0.45 range.

A reminder that you need to run Distiller from the
command line.
An incantation such as //acrodist /F
is required to restore Acrobat disk access.

There is an ugly rumor going around that it may be
theoretically possible to use PostScript to dirty up
otherwise clean sheets of paper. But surely nobody
would bother with such restrictive apps, given Postscript's
outstanding capabilities as a general purpose computer
language. More details here.

June 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Radio Shack has gone bankrupt again and newly
closed 1000 of their 1070 owned stores. They
are even selling their museum in an online

But things may not be as they seem. Reports
abound over raising prices before bogus sales.

Genuine "bailout" sales from the independent
RS dealers might be hard to find, rare, and catch-
as-catch can, But be sure to watch for them.

In an ideal world, the independents could become
 hackerspace,  makerspace, and fab lab
sources. But these would seem to be best done online
without the ancient baggage of a limited hours and
high employee retail commercial storefront.

I remain mightily pissed at Radio Shack. Seems they ran
a sneaky ultra cheap side deal with Sams that ended up
with them charging much less retail for one of my books
than the wholesale price to other computer stores. Thus
alienating nearly my entire supply base for one of my
best selling titles.

June 3, 2017 deeplink respond

There's a new toned down video version of "Debbie Does 
Dallas" out. It is titled "Doris Does Des Moines".

June 2, 2017 deeplink respond

There is an easy way to spot an extroverted engineer:

They stare at your shoes rather than their own.

June 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Here are some improvements I would sure like to see
in today's online auctions. Please suggest or demand them...

1. No bank drafts under $10,000. Universally accept
    Paypal or else VISA/MC with a 3% BP. Maybe
    even bitcoin.

2. Make filing and using tax exempt paperwork easier.

3. NO buyer's premiums, except possibly for VISA/MC.

4. Provide a $10 pallet shrink wrapping service or otherwise
    deal with shippers usual refusal to provide even the simplest
    packing help.

5. Keep auction listings online a minimum of 30 days post sale.

6. Report and keep prices achieved also for 30 days post sale.

7. Greatly simplify password procedures, especially renewing.

8. Increase "contents of shelf" and "contents of room" offerings.

9. Use a $5 opening bid except for items of enormous value.

10. Provide very high resolution photos so that obscure
      part numbers can be read.

11. Make a custom watch list feature available.

12. Greatly improve pack and ship options.

13. Be able to optionally view the entire catalog on
      a single scrollable screen.

14. Lengthen pickup times when holidays are a factor.

Much more on auction opportunities here and here.

May 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are an unusual math approach
to spectrum managing the creation of digital power
sinewaves for such tasks as ac motor controls,
solar panels, electric cars, and network telephony.

Their foremost feature is that any chosen number
of low harmonics can be forced to zero
in theory and
to amazingly small values in quantized practice.

Find a tutorial here, an incredibly fast calculator
here, and many more details here.

May 29, 2017 deeplink respond

Here is a current eBay image that needed its lettering
improved. We've looked at slanty lettering tricks
here, here, and elsewhere. But sometimes a much
simpler stunt or two can work out just fine.

This trick may work so long as the lettering is
short enough that you cannot tell the difference
between isometric and perspective...

1. In paint, create a new word of the proper
    length. Manual kerning might also be needed.
    A bold Gothic font such as Malgum Gothic may
    be appropriate. Use appropriate letter and
    background colors.

2. Anaphorically resize the height to an
    appropriate value. Move the project into
    an appropriate work area. Guess at
    a suitable amount of skew in the resize
    menu. Perhaps 10 degrees vertical skew and
    -34 degrees horizontal skew. Try a temporary
    overpaste to the lettering to be improved.

3. Readjust the hsize, vsize, hskew, and vskew
    vskew for best results. It may be a good idea
    to make the new lettering larger than the original,
    but not excessively so.

BTW, there is a brand new version of Paint per
these details.

May 28, 2017 deeplink respond

A free web interactive version of the original Collosal
Cave adventure can be found here.

And, while you certainly should not rush these things,
the latest new Scott Adams Adventure can be found

And most of the older Scott Adams adventures here.

And, amazingly, a voice driven Alexis version of
Collosal Cave here.

May 27, 2017 deeplink respond

If I understood what I just read correctly, a failed small
US solar outfit is demanding what presently appears to
me to be a 100 PERCENT TAX on the overwhelming
majority of pv cells sold or installed in the US.

And, since the demand is fixed price, reasonable projections
could easily convert this demand into a near term 200 percent
tax or higher. Increasing ad infinitum.

You can follow this debacle here. Form your own conclusions.

More on energy stuff here.

May 26, 2017 deeplink respond

Did I ever tell you about the time Mad Magazine stole
my Spring Training cover suggestion without paying for it?

This was somewhat after my involvement with the CIA
Bay of Pigs

May 25, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that there are two flavors of Walmart
auctions available per these details. Offered are
pallets and truckloads of merchandise on one
hand and store fixtures on the other.

Some now even include limited range free shipping.

Our own auction resources can be found here,
custom auction finders for you here, and our
eBay activities here.

May 25, 2017 deeplink respond

The recent mention of our ongoing successful eBay
nuclear holocaust fashion accessories brought to
mind many of these mostly no longer available
Synergetics products...

these designer kits absolutely guaranteed to dissolve
in warm water. Nearly all of which were snarfed up by
quilters, felters, boat builders, magicians, and the many
aficionados of kiddy slime.

DIMPLED CHAD - And the obsolete voting booths
they were in literally stolen at an action were, of
course, quickly sold out to amateur astronomers.

CAVER'S WRIST SUNDIALS - Still in development,
but absolutely guaranteed to attract more attention
than a Rolex. Synthetic spent carbide also remains
under beta testing. Owing to declining interest in
the genuine item.

TINFOIL HAT LINERS - Genuine Chomerics nearly
instantly sold out. But you had to be sure to place the
material outside the foil to stop thought control and
inside the foil to prevent them from reading your mind.

PONCHO VILLAS- Remain quite popular with many
southwestern hikers as emergency rain shelters.

genre classic had to be pulled from theaters and directly
released to 8 track after the restraining order from the
Tapioca Pudding Institute.

REVERSIBLE TRUCK TIRES - Currently easing the
vehicle repacking and reloading hassles owing to different
tire sizes and spacings at the New Mexico ports of entry.

CLONABLE TELEPORTATION - Present sales limited
to unprecedented demand by importers of specialty herbs
and spices. The 4:1 duplication factor lets you set your
own foreign exchange rates and greatly reduces all the
waiting around at Customs.

BRUNO - Continuing services by the attitude relaterization
for a major eBay newsgroup.

May 24, 2017 deeplink respond

Inductively coupled power works just fine for electric
toothbrushes, but otherwise the air range is limited to a
tiny fraction of an inch and the efficiency is abysmal.

But there apparently is an exciting new game in town
called magnetic resonance coupling. Numbers like
15 feet and 80 percent efficiency are being bandied
about. Along with the ability to work through books
or clothes or whatever. Plus "throw it on the shelf"
orientation convenience. Mostly done with near fields.

Power transfer takes place around 5 Gigahertz and
a crucial key is feedback from the device being

An interesting review appears here, and a new
trade organization here. Besides being an
obvious product winner, this should make a
dandy student paper.

May 23, 2017 deeplink respond

An interesting dowsing paper can be found here from
this fascinating resource.
Which also allows you to
earn as much as $150 per month as an electrical engineer!

Somewhat more modern coverage is found here and here.

The key to all this is being able to separate useful adjuncts
towards porcine whole body cleanliness from total hogwash.

May 22, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at adding custom JavaScript nav buttons
to a .PDF file here
. The only tiny thing wrong with
this approach is that you have to manually reenter
the JavaScript code each and every time you redistill
your target code.
Which gets old for works in progress.

Instead, as this example and this sourcecode show us,
you can programatically and automatically add nav
features to PostScript-as-Language by way of pdfmark.

Full details are found in the source code, but here is a
key fragment...

[ /Rect [0 55 2 57] /Page /Next /View [/XYZ null null null]
/Border [0 0 0 ] /Subtype /Link /ANN pdfmark

May 21, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that we newly have one each of everything
available here.

May 20, 2017 deeplink respond

SIX new bajada hanging canal study candidates... (!)

A dried up artesian lake at 32.93522 -109.94131
A UFO Fish Fillet neighbor at 32.82028 -109.96201
Grant Creek historical reuse at 32.59503 -109.96552
A Hog Canyon mystery at 32.55377 -109.76436
Still barely flowing artesian at 32.75469 -109.71762
And its adjacent neighbor at 32.75704 -109.71886

May 19, 2017 deeplink respond

An interesting consequence of current product development 
is that form no longer follows function. 

Not so long ago, if you wanted a telephone, you had to place
a heavy transformer and a klutzy dial in a box too big and too
heavy to pick up.

If you wanted a camera, you had to have space for two cylindrical
rolls, a film plane, and the bottom out of a coke bottle or some
similar piece of glass out front.

Television sets and other display devices had to be heavy and deep 
because of how far you could bend electrons in a vacuum.

If you wanted some information, you had to carry it around either as
a flat disk or a long strip of tape or film.

If you wanted some light, you ended up with a high intensity point 
source and severe heat management problems.

These days, a telephone can be any shape and size, and routinely 
can include a video camera, a pocket watch, a flashlight, a GPS
receiver, and a laser pointer as an absolute minimum. 

Display devices can now be arbitrarily flat and thin. Flexible, even.
Cameras can be any shape and size. Even ( a mystery to me )
including SLR lenses that once cured a long gone defect.

Gigabytes ( and soon, cup ) of data storage can be any shape
or size and often totally static. With a present size limit of slightly
larger than an USB connector. 

And point source LED lighting makes no sense whatsoever, as multiple
sources with manageable heat become the norm. 

Much more on technical innovation secrets here.

May18, 2017 deeplink respond

Have added a new set of Allen Canal Field Notes in
our Bajada Hanging Canal series.

Sourcecode is here with additional notes here. And
more field notes here.

Along with some limited Allen Dam failure docs here.

Can you prove that (1) the dam actually was used for
water skiing, and (2) The Allen Canal was its main
water source?

May 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Our prehistoric bajada hanging canals seen uniquely
original this side of the Canary Islands. ( aside --
which were named for a large dog! ).

A reasonable question could be exactly where "they"
got the idea to extend the unique perennial streams

from Arizona's highest mountain ( measured from its
base ) and hang them on the sheer bajada mesa edges
to make their slope independent of terrain.

Yes, there were riverine canals. But the engineering on
these seems orders of magnitude less sophisticated than
the hung ones. And certainly vastly less unique.

A dried up artesian lake at 32.93519 -109.94131 may
reveal some clues. This may have been a large lake
that attracted evidence of both prehistoric and historic
use. The lake may have overflowed to a natural
wash and likely ran all the way to the Gila River.

And thus could have served as a prototype example
of "get some water and move it elsewhere".

A second artesian source and delivery system can
be found at 32.75294 -109.72004 More might appear
unproven but likely.

Additional info here. Your participation welcome.

May16, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that we likely have the world's entire
remaining supply of "kiss your onager goodbye"
nuclear holocaust fashion accessories here.

These are absolutely mint.

May15, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a tentative update for a master list of our bajada
prehistoric hanging canals
candidate study area field notes...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

49. CSW1
Cluff Southwest Canal
N 32.81586 W 109.84971 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

63. UFO1
UFO Fish Fillets
N 32.81203 W 109.97330 to N 32.82299 W 109.96420
A highly atypical CCC project that may or may 
      not have had prehistoric origins.

64 PRM1
P Ranch Mysteries
32.61817 -109.72829 to 32.61611 -109.72809
Additional survey required beyond Veech.

65 SR1
More Spear Ranch Work
32.83348 -109.91548 and 32.83616 -109.91440
Additional survey required north of Lefthand.

66 SCW1
Sand Canal Western Branch
32.82953 -109.92950  to 32.83442 -109.92704
Destinations of easily traced canal remain unknown.

67 SCC1
Sand Canal Center Branch
32.82953 -109.92950  to 32.83442 -109.92704
Destinations of easily traced canal remain unknown.

Deadman West Canal
32.75295 -109.78502  to 32.75655 -109.77688
Potentially significant prehistoric canal remains
largely unexplored due to difficult access.

Upper Marijilda Canal
32.70664 -109.77779  to 32.70693 -109.77729
Smaller hanging canal near Marijilda diversion.

Lower Frye Wall
32.76749 -109.79289  to 32.76824 -109.79178
Mysterious and unexplained construct may have
major prehistoric canal significance.

71. CBAE1
Bandelier Artesian Extension
32.93523 -109.94128  to 32.94158 -109.92112
Dried up artesian lake may have enormous potential.

72. CNU1
Canal near UFO Fish Fillets
32.81428 -109.96678 to 32.81536 -109.96618
Short canal previously studied by Dr. Neely.
Location is approximate.

73. HCC1
Hog Canyon Canal
32.55361 -109.76449 to 32.55407 -109.76414

South of Mount Graham possibly prehistoric
      canal currently unexplored.

74. GCC1
Grant Creek Canal
32.59825 -109.96483 to 32.58887 -109.96758
South of Mount Graham historic canal that may or may 
      not have had prehistoric origins.

Unresolved Enigmas are outlined here. And losers here.

May14, 2017 deeplink respond

These are our latest new bajada prehistoric hanging canal field

Jernigan Canal field notes & sourcecode
Longview Area field notes & sourcecode
Mud Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Riggs Mesa Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tranquility Canal field notes & sourcecode

And some of our previous ones due for updates or revisions...

Bear Springs Canal field notes & sourcecode
Cluffnw Canal field notes & sourcecode
Freeman Canal field notes & sourcecode
Frye Complex field notes & sourcecode
Golf Course Canal field notes & sourcecode
Lefthand Canyon West field notes & sourcecode
Minor Webster Ditch field notes & sourcecode
Sand Canal field notes & sourcecode
Smith Canal field notes & sourcecode
Tugood Canal field notes & sourcecode
Veech Canal field notes & sourcecode

Please let me know about any omissions or typos. To date,
we have SEVENTY FOUR (!) known bajada canals for a
total length rapidly approaching ONE HUNDRED AND
FIFTY miles!
Not counting the ho-hum riverine ones.

And most of these are genuine verified absolutely world class
real. Although we do include some still-work-needed enigmas
and even a very few losers that we want to document just for.

May13, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a reminder on how to add JavaScript nav buttons
( or other .js routines ) to Acrobat PDF...

Bring the .PDF file up in a full version of Acrobat.

Enter control-J to display the JavaScript console.

Place the JavaScript code in a word processor,
then copy to clipboard. Then paste into JS Console.

Highlight ONLY the part of the code you want!


Working keybutton navbutton.js code can be found here.
You might want to slightly adjust the positions aRect[0] and
aRect[1] if they collide with the PDF text.

May12, 2017 deeplink respond

The mystery of the day can be found at... -109.88944&z=20

Or is it?

No Photoshop was harmed in the making of this dilemma.

May11, 2017 deeplink respond

Have added a new set of Mud Springs Field Notes in
our Bajada Hanging Canal series.

Sourcecode is here with additional notes here.

May10, 2017 deeplink respond

Just posted our Gila Valley Dayhikes entry #500!
With four new or updated things to do.

Thus reaching a millstone of sorts.

May 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Here are four new bajada hanging canal images...

TREE1 - An apparently ordinary wash in the Treeline area.
May or may not be tail water from a historic orchard.
Despite very interesting Acme Mapper images, this
does not seem to be of prehistoric significance. 32.83947

KLON1 - Apparently historic major and likely artesian
derived canal looking west from 32.94232 -109.92201

KLON2 - Apparently historic major and likely artesian
derived canal looking east from 32.94232 -109.92201

KLON3 - The delivery channel from the artesian source
at 32.93793 -109.92633 appears to be a largely unmodified

May 8, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to nearly complete our Director's Cut restoration
of Tearing Into Machine Language Code.
Find the new
version here, its open source software here, the original
here, and other eBooks here.

Many topos and micro-adjustments have been made, so
please report any remaining problems.

Custom restorations of vintage classics remain available.

May 7, 2017 deeplink respond


Managed to find an apparently historic canal segment routing from
32.94158 -109.92112 to
32.94232 -109.92201. This suggests it
was sourced from a now dry major artesian source or spring at
32.93793 -109.92633 by way of a largely unmodified wash
going through 32.94270 -109.91625 and ultimately apparently
terminating in a stock tank at 32.94232 -109.92201.

Previous discoveries including the Bandelier Canal were located
at 32.94270 -109.91625, 32.94362 -109.91245, and 32.94513 -109.91171.
These speculatively appear related.

This suggests that a major spring or artesian source was present
during prehistoric times, significantly flowing through a natural
wash, possibly all the way to the Gila River.

If so, this could conceivably form the key underlying prototype
that influenced the entire concept of the bajada hanging canals.

While the topo maps report this and a second candidate as
a "gravel pit", site visitation suggests instead a strong
and desperate reworking of a falling water table. A
similar but still wet example appears at 32.90616 -109.85373.

Due to unfavorable topography, no actual links between
the bajada canals and this artesian system appear known.

May 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Our Director's Cut restoration of Tearing Into Machine
Language Code
rework is pretty much complete, less
a few typos and micropositioning adjustments.

Find the new version here, its open source software here,
the original here, and other eBooks here.

Assistance with restoration projects can be found here
and one each of everything here.

May 5, 2017 deeplink respond

A newsgroup poster questioned why I had to switch my
membership from the Gurus and Swamis Union local
#415 over to #204.

This had to do with the Godzilla Versus the Night Nurses
cross genre classic. Because of the restraining order
from the Tapioca Pudding Institute, the movie release had
to be pulled and reissued directly to 8-track.

More here.

May 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Just read a fortune cookie:

"Help! I am trapped and being held prisoner in a
Fortune Cookie factory".

May 3, 2017 deeplink respond

I find caps locks keys to be mesmerizingly awful,
since they are so easy to inadvertently activate.

The obvious solution is to simply remove the plastic
keycap. If you ever really need it, a pencil eraser
or a ball point pen can activate it.

May 2, 2017 deeplink respond

In this era of "throw another ten million calculations at it",
many older and less sledgehammerish elegant solutions
seem to have fallen by the wayside. We saw here how
rate multipliers were one elegant approach to early
digital multiplication.

Two other fascinating approaches to trig solutions were
CORDIC and the Bhaskara Sine Approximation. Both
of which were blown out of the saddle by modern floating
point math.

Either ( or both ) of these would still make a dandy
student paper. And more ( mostly ) winning paper
topics can be found here.
And more fancy math here.

These days, it is simplest to use power series instead...

cos (x) = 1- x^2/2! + x^4/4! - x^6/6! + ...
sinx (x) = x - x^3/3! + x^5/5! - x^7/7! + ...

More math stuff here.


April 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Our Director's Cut of Tearing Into Machine Language
Code rework is nearly complete
, less a few pages and
some typos.
Keep checking back for the final.

Find it here with full open sourcecode here. And more
eBooks here. And one each of everything here.

Important new features are a ridiculously smaller file
size and loading time ( an unoptimized 200K vs 6 megs! ),
zero scanner defects, "perfect" backgrounds, full color,
zero distortion, web linking, better legibility, full
programmability, no PDF intervention, total searches,
and  bunches of the usual new web capabilities.

Sadly, at least one reader felt this destroyed the
"vintage vibes" You can still get the original here.
And I guess the exact amount of revisionism is
sometimes subject to historic authenticity and
IP legality issues.

The raw PostScript-as-Language process is
time intensive and does have a steep learning
curve. But the absolute control you have over
the final results speaks for itself.

Restoration services and seminars available.

April 30, 2017 deeplink respond

At present, these "loser" canal candidates,
while still documented and in the count, have
been largely  discredited and deemed worthy
of little further bajada hanging canal study...

BANDOLIER CANAL - While of obvious
significance, this appears to be a riverine
canal north of the others and is apparently
unrelated to any known bajada sourcing.

NUTTALL DIVERSION - Verifying the real
takein point of the Sand Canal eliminated
any need for this postulated watershed
crossing. It remains possible but unlikely.

THE TREE LINE - This may or may not
have been tail water from an abandoned
historic orchard, but it appears to be an
ordinary wash with no immediately apparent
prehistoric significance or use.

LOWER MUD - While convincing on Acme
Mapper, field verification appears to be a
historic wagon road or older two track.

Jacobson Canyon plays a crucial role in
Ledford, Goat, and other canals, but
this area appears to be more of a fence

EAST OF LEFTHAND - Yet another
vehicle two track that looked good on
Acme Mapper but collapsed on a field

April 29, 2017 deeplink respond

At present, we seem to have SEVENTY TWO (!)
prehistoric bajada hanging canal study candidates
that are rapidly approaching ONE HUNDRED AND
FIFTY local miles total.

The vast majority of these are now fully credible to
acceptable scientific standards. But a few others
can still be classified as "enigmas" or "losers".

An enigma is a postulated feature not yet fully
convincingly field verified.
We will look at some
of these today.

A loser is one whose field verification failed
to be convincing and deemed of low further
study priority.
These are retained in the
field notes to largely prevent them from

attracting further attention. We will look at
some of these tomorrow.

One very significant resolved enigma was
finding canals that clearly include portions
that are built to both prehistoric and historic
Such as here and here. Which
greatly strengthens the premise that virtually
all historic bajada canals were "steal the
plans", "dig out an old ditch", or "borrow
the blueprints" based on prehistoric originals.
To date, no convincing counterexamples have
been provenly verified.

Here are some remaining present enigmas...

have proven watershed crossings here and
here. It would seem both necessary and likely
that Frye Creek water be diverted to the
spring in spring creek via this route. But
field investigation remains needed.

DISCOVERY PARK - Strong hints of a
reasonably sourced and destinated canal
can be found here. But the rather vague
evidence does not yet seem compelling.

LOWER FRYE - What could be a highly
significant hanging portion can be found
here and here. This is exactly where needed
to merge the HS canal with the Freeman
canal, but pre- and post-mesa evidence
remains sorely and significantly lacking.

DEADMAN EAST - This hard-to-visit
area shows a potentially significant canal
on Acme Mapper, but still lacks field

VEECH CANYON - Despite strong
historic and web evidence of its CNF
existence, this site remains unstudied
and field verified due to heavy brush.

of canals of unknown age abound but
remain unproven despite numerous
attempts at field verification.

SPEAR RANCH - Despite numerous and
well studied canals, many additional ones
both here and in the Lamb Tank area
remain apparently unvisited and unverified.

THE UFO FISH FILLETS - Curious anomaly
remains largely of undetermined age and purpose.
Totally inconsistent with both area CCC projects.
and hanging canal architecture and engineering.

April 28, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that we have some handy and sneaky
fat tail arrow utilities up as a tutorial here and their
extractable sourcecode here. And a recent use
example here.

These are particularly useful for making a technical
presentation slightly less formal. It turns out there
are a dozen variants, depending on which cardinal
direction the tip and tail are pointing.

There's even a sneakier trick you can pull for even
fancier arrows. You can also specify the arrow
midpoint by using an adjacent pair of them, noting
that zero values are acceptable for the tail values
of tailhigh and tailwide.

April 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Long multi-page PostScript or other documents
need a fast page finding trick for editing or
rework. While a comment such as using
%%% page 56 %%% lets you search on
56 %, hitting the extra shift key might
be needed dozens to hundreds of times.

Instead, try %%% page 56- %%% and
search on 56-.

April 27, 2017 deeplink respond

Started an upload of a "Directors Cut" full color
version of my "Tearing Method". With its open
source software here.

Keep checking back to watch the progress. And
please report any typos or other problems.

Besides obvious modernizations, the final should
end up one tenth the size and much faster than most
other rework.

We can do custom vintage restorations for you. A
typical project might cost $39 per page with fancy
artwork revisions extra. email me for details.

April 26, 2017 deeplink respond

A Heathkit schematic and manual archive can be
found here. And an utterly amazing classic radio
archive here.

April 25, 2017 deeplink respond

A church in Gila Bend has decided not to buy
a chandelier. It seems that no one in the entire
congregation knew how to play one.

Besides being a bear to tune.

Vaguely similar stuff here.

April 24, 2017 deeplink respond

The plot thickens till it clots.

A recent visit to a lower Frye Mesa hanging structure
provided highly mixed evidence that it was or was not
prehistoric and was or was not a canal.

Positive evidence from 32.76746 -109.79293 to
32.76827 -109.79176 includes it being halfway
between the known portions of the HS Canal
which needs a destination and the known parts
of the Freeman canal which needs a source. It
appears too narrow to be a road or even a
wagon road and seems to have no reasonable
anglo purpose. There is no evidence of modern
tool use, metals, or other non-manual excavation.
An exceptional amount of hand labor appeared
to be involved. A downhill branch could credibly
be interpreted as a diversion channel to a
lower field. The uniformly consistent slope
strongly suggests intelligent intentional design.

Negative evidence includes no apparent traces
of water structures approaching on mesa top or
leaving on mesa bottom. Mesa top includes
wider vehicle 2 tracks. There seems to be
no aeolian fill. The structure seems rather
steep and wide for a canal, but seems definitely
in the same league as the HS canal. There
is lower and western evidence of CCC and
historic water activities, but such work is
often more anal and more precisely oriented.
A high upslope wall appears unusual. Some
wall areas would seem exceptionally tall
for a prehistoric structure.

Many dozens of photos are available on
request. And your assistance ( especially
if a professional ) is sorely needed to
gather further info.

April 23, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that you can find one each of everything
here. Straight from the horse's whatever.

April 22, 2017 deeplink respond
Seldom discussed is the fact that a pv energy farm 
needs very little water. Which makes them a near
perfect use
 for government and indian lands in
the arid southwest. 

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

April 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Thought I'd do a summary on how to use PostScript to
fully automate the conversion of JPEG files into web PDF's.

First, you will need two JPEG's. A full resolution and web
based one your viewers will download only on click thru.
And a fast loading limited resolution and local pc one of
the smallest reasonable size
that gives acceptable web
screen appearance.

It is super important to carefully note and record the h and v
pixel sizes of your limited resolution JPEG.

% enter with hoffset voffset hres vres urlfrom urlto
/jpegimageprocwithlink {
save /snap2 exch def
          /inurllink exch store    % grab link filename
          /infilename exch store % grab passed pix file
          /photoscale exch store
          /vpixels exch store
          /hpixels exch store
          translate % adjust position
          inurllink setareaurl % ext autolink sizing

          /DeviceRGB setcolorspace % pick color model
         0 0 translate % set page position
         hpixels vpixels scale % magnify unit square
photoscale dup scale

        /infile infilename (r) file def % input file
       /Data {infile /DCTDecode filter} def % data source

       << % start image dictionary
       /ImageType 1 % always one
       /Width hpixels % JPEG width in pixels
       /Height vpixels % JPEG height in pixels
       /ImageMatrix [hpixels 0 0 vpixels neg
             0 vpixels ]
       /DataSource Data % proc filtered JPEG
       /BitsPerComponent 8 % color resolution
       /Decode [0 1 0 1 0 1] % per red book 4.10
image % call image operator
        ypos snap2 restore /ypos exch def} def

This sneaky service routine automatically sets
the clickthrough to the image size and does so
without needing any manual post pdf mods...

/setareaurl { % for auto include routine
       /cururlname exch store
       mark % start pdfmark
       /Rect [ 0 0
hpixels photoscale mul
            vpixels photoscale mul ]
        /Border [ 0 0 0]
        /Color [ .7 0 0 ]
          <</Subtype /URI /URI cururlname>>
       /Subtype /Link
       /ANN % annotation type
       pdfmark % call pdf operators
                    } def

Your code gets sent to Acrobat Distiller being
sure to run
//acrodist.exe /F from the command

April 20, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a good way to celebrate 420.

And here are some predictions on what's gonna
happen when the feds unintended consequence
outrageous mj farm subsidies and price supports
inevitably get eliminated.

More on pv here and energy in general here.

April 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Once again updated and expanded our Gila Valley
 library pages. We are now up to 499
major listings, and you are more than welcome to
help us break 500.

Newly added is a Mexican Sushi restaurant,
a surprisingly world class new Willcox indie
style racetrack
and secrets of going from Dugas
to Childs the hard way over the Verde Rim.

The latter may or may not provide a river
crossing free route to Verde Hot Springs.

Some lesser known hikes here.

April 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to receive a scanned copy of my Apple
specific Tearing into Machine Language Code
and have posted a PDF copy here.

A "Directors Cut" revision is in process that
showcases the ability to dramatically restore
legacy papers and publications.
This is also
available as a custom service.

The "Tearing Method" was so astonishingly
easy and simple that it was even used in
Middle School computer camps. It basically
consisted of nothing but page highlighters used
to attack the unavoidable key elements to
any code of the time.

Centermost of which was painting all RTS
Return from Subroutines green.
promptly chopped up any enormous program
into easily ( and often trivially ) cracked
byte sized chunks.

Much of the method was derived off of
Arizona wilderness fire towers.

April 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Here is the random routine from my Gonzo Utilities...

/random {rand 65536 div 32768 div mul cvi} def

A 6 random will return an integer from 0 to 5.

Here is how to draw a "ratty" or "ripped off" line...

12345 srand
10 10 moveto
30 { 0.5 3 random 1 sub 0.4 mul rlineto} repeat
1 setlinewidth 1 setlinejoin 1 setlinecap stroke

If you don't like the line, try another srand. If you
want a different ratty line each time, leave srand off.

Some variations here and here, with bunches more
on PostScript here.

April 16, 2017 deeplink respond

Amazing things can be done with image post proc,
especially with these ebay items.

And by using my  Fontname Snooper, our Bitmap
Typewriter, our Vignetting Autobackgrounder
and our Architects Perspective Corrector. Plus
our Empty PostScript App.

Here is yet another pissing around with a bird
From this original.

April 15, 2017 deeplink respond

Colorizing black and white images can be tricky. Here
and here are two recent examples.

All that is really needed is Imageviewer32 and plain
old paint. For the apple, you first get into Color
Balance and throw away all but red. Then you repeat
for blue. The stem and leaf are minor enough that
you can create them from scratch .

The key picked up a brass effect, again using nothing
but color balance and a knockout.

April 14, 2017 deeplink respond

The latest pv panel pricing info is newly available
here for March. Most sources are lower, but the
best price for utility grade panels remain stuck at
thirty nine cents per peak panel watt.

While we still are nowhere near the twenty five
cents per peak panel watt demanded for true
and genuine renewable or sustainable net
power generation, such economics can reasonably
be expected "real soon now".

One minor gotcha - these figures are in pounds.
Current exchange rate is $1.28 per pound. Still,
close enough.

More on pv here and energy in general here.

April 13, 2017 deeplink respond

The two litho chokes on our letterhead and sourcecode
were done manually. Here is the typical code...

4.35 5.10 mt (y) true charpath
215 setwebtint
0.58 setlinewidth stroke

These can be converted into auto-tracking deferred
procs by using yesterday's techniques. Several
examples can be found here.

April 12, 2017 deeplink respond

Most PostScript procs execute immediately. But
there are times and places where you would like
to see a DEFERRED execution that does NOT take
place until after other image or currentpoint calcs
or other screen or print justifications take place.

An obvious example would be making one word
in a long line of text red. Others would be any
borders or underlines or graphic enhancements
that depend on a location set by the particular
width of some text.

There is a subtle and sneaky feature built into
my Gonzo Utilities that let you defer action
until print or image time. This is called the
printlist. Entries in the printlist execute in
sequential order at your deferred print time.

Any proc can be stuffed into the print list
with the magic incantation of printlist exch
3 index exch put exch 1 add exch

Here is a "red word" coding example.

/makered { mark 83 /setwebtint cvx ]
cvx printlist exch 3 index
exch put exch 1 add exch
                 } store

/makegray { mark 86 /setwebtint cvx ]
cvx printlist exch 3 index
exch put exch 1 add exch
                  } store

xpos ypos
(word1 |/makered word2 |/makegray word3) cl

To defer a proc, start an array. Numbers and strings can
be directly piled up on the stack, but you have to use
/procname cvx to indirectly pile up a proc in your array
without actually executing it. Next, you can close
your array and then cvx it. Finally, you stuff it into
your print list.

An example here with its sourcecode here. Note that
the red dots automatically track any longer or shorter

Similar examples here, consulting and presentations
here, and one each of everything here.

April 11, 2017 deeplink respond

Evidence is slowly accumulating that the "mystery"
section of the Sand Canal from 32.83034 -109.93012
to 32.83181 -109.92898 is in fact the brilliant adaptation
of a largely unmodified wash as an essential part of the
canal route.

The run in question looks just like a plain old wash in
a very sandy and largely rock free area. There are no
spoil banks. The route is somewhat less straight
than a manufactured canal segment and there are
hints of braiding and alternate routings.
Its slope
appears optimal.

A key observation is this: Most of the routing for
the rest of Sand Canal and the others is along the
HIGHEST local terrain. This particular wash section
is clearly along the LOWEST local terrain.
As is
usually the custom with washes.

There is no reasonable doubt that conventional
prehistoric engineering proceeds and follows the
mystery segment.

Possibly credible reasons for the segment are (1)
that it is in exactly the right place at the right time,
(2) A total lack of any rocks in this particularly
during construction is paramount.

Other examples of wash adaption also appear
elsewhere in these local hanging canal systems.

An image of where the canal ducks under a fence
can be found here. It is apparently near the transition
between wash adaption and more conventional
prehistoric engineering.

April 10, 2017 deeplink respond

A compact and useful letterhead that uses some of
our newest and latest PostScript stunts can be
found here. With its sourcecode here.

Included is a new full color supercinsidestroke of
its Gonzo Utilities original, some overlay dropout
stunts, and modification of a unique font. All
done in a 3K file.

This is best used as .PDF preprinted paper stock.
Any attempt at docx reformatting will totally trash
its vibes.

Similar stunts here.

April 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Some of the "secret" hidden PostScript characters
often may involve...

\261 on most fonts is an em dash –
\267 on most fonts is a bullet •
\274 on most fonts is the ellipsis …
\320 on most fonts is an en dash —

\251 on the Symbol font is a heart ♥
\323 on the Symbol font is a copyright ©
\324 on the Symbol font is a trademark ™

The equivalent HTML commands used above are
&bull; &hellip; &emdash; &hearts; &copy; and

Much more here and here.

April 8, 2017 deeplink respond

Wonders never cease.

So long as you never cease to wonder.

April 7, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that we now have nearly everything on our
website on a convenient and easily searchable USB.

Nearly two gigs of content. Not available elsewhere.
Full details here.

April 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Did I ever tell you about my PostScript video that
you can find here?

And much more on PostScript here.

April 5, 2017 deeplink respond

While you are looking for unobtanium, is there also
any chance you can send me a scanned copy of "For
low cost, count on RTL"
story from an issue of
Electronics sometime around March of 1968?

More on RTL here and one each of everything here.

April 4, 2017 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of elegant simplicity. Such as
this short story.

It turns out that one of the cutest third party examples
from way back when apparently vanished from the
web during the Heathkit crash-and- burn IP fiasco.

This was a 957 acorn tube FM and TV audio receiver
that was amazingly low power, economical, and super
sensitive. Its only tiny downside was that, being a
super-regenerative design, it totally trashed the
entire spectral neighborhood for everybody else.

One form of the docs were dollar classified ads, likely
in Popular Electronics around 1956 that delivered a
mimeographed set of plans. A second form was in the
reprints of rare Heathkit newsletters that had a bogus
but forced takedown.

An incredibly useful resource for finding "lost" electronics
info appears here, but so far has not solved this particular

Any chance you can find at least the schematic or the
plans or the now apparently "lost" Heath notes?

Please email me with any info.
April 3, 2017 deeplink respond

A curious fact: Any perpetual motion machine that includes
a 555 timer is bogus and nonfunctional.
 No exceptions to this
inviolate rule have ever been found.
Nor will there ever be.

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

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

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

Perhaps the classic example can be found here.

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

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

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

More on pseudoscience bashing here.

And for much more one each of everything, please
visit here.

April 2, 2017 deeplink respond

A third party check of whether a website is down for
everybody or just you can be found here.

April 1, 2017 deeplink respond


I just found out that many of the New Mexico subastas are 
now going to be sold at auction!

Even worse, "slippery slope" issues may also endanger 
a large number of the licitacions and even the almonedas!

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

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

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

More details at your nearest New Mexico embassy.

March 30, 2017 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.

March 29, 2017 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
thirty nine to fifty 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.

March 28, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to verify the central and western branches
of the Sand Canal ( older notes here ). All built as
expected to prehistoric standards.

A photo of the diversion can be seen here and a plot
here. The "headgate" consists of a pile of apparently
carefully selected six inch round rocks. These are
presently set on "center".

The strange and enigmatic "deep vee" constructs
near 32.83163 -109.92922 do not extend this far north.
A next goal is to find out exactly where the canal
switches from "enigmatic" to "normal".

Speculative reasons for the unusual segment are
a particularly sandy stretch, CCC involvement,
flood or erosion damage, or an attempt at a
historic rebuild.
None of these alternatives
presently seem fully convincing.

Destinations for the center and west branch are
not yet known, but one possible prospect appears
at 32.83527 -109.92542

March 27, 2017 deeplink respond

"Welcome to hell."

"Here is your accordion".

March 26, 2017 deeplink respond

My approach to PostScript and web colors can be
found here with its sourcecode here.

Basically, you have a 6x6x6 cube of colors that
are identified by integers 0 through 215.
brightens to the east. Green to the north. And
blue up.

Per the formula 5*red + 30*green + 180*blue

My favorite stunt of table lookup makes setting
new colors very fast. Here is the array...

/webtintmat [ 0 1 5 {/a exch store 0 1 5
{/b exch store 0 1 5 {5 div b 5 div a 5 div}
for }for } for ] def

And here is how you set the RGB PostScript color...

/setwebtint { abs cvi 216 cvi mod webtintmat
exch 3 mul 3 getinterval aload pop
setrgbcolor} def

Some "pure color" sequences are...

% red:          0     1     2      3       4      5
% orange     0     7     8     15    16    23
% yellow      0     7    14    21    28    35
% green       0     6    12    18    24    38
% aqua        0   42    84  126   168  210
% blue         0   36   72    108  144  180
% magenta  0   37  74     111  148  185
% purple      0   73   73    110   147 183
% gray         0   43   86    129   172 215

Some other PostScript apps you might find of
interest are our Fontname Snooper, our Bitmap
Typewriter, our Vignetting Autobackgrounder,
and our Architects Perspective Corrector. Plus
our Empty PostScript App.

Plus, of course, our Gonzo Utilities here and its
tutorial here.

Or for much more one each of everything, you
can visit here.

March 25, 2017 deeplink respond

One of the more obscure and not often used PostScript
commands is glyphshow. Instead of inputting a character,
you input the character name instead.

As in /comma glyphshow rather than (,) show. This
can be handy in dealing with fonts that have strange
character mappings.

There is no glyphpath operator, but an easy but
perhaps slow workaround is to create a temporary
new font and redefine (a) as your chosen glyph
character. And then use true charpath in its normal

You can email me for working code.
Or pick up one each of everything here.

March 24, 2017 deeplink respond


I thought I might have been wrong once, but it turns
out I was mistaken.


Once you work around some minor gotchas that
include (1) Telling Distiller where to find its fonts,
(2) Nailing down your correct PostScript font
names, and (3) Getting familiar with PostScript.

For (1), go to Distiller Settings-Font Locations and
then contact Adobe's  for
your typekit to Distiller access details. The sequence
to be entered varies with your host and your specifics.

For (2), a list of many PostScript font names can
be generated here, but the usual ploy to find a correct
PostScript font name is to send any short .PDF file
to Acrobat and then enter your already owned font
Then go to as File -> Properties -> Fonts
to read and record your correct font name.

For (3), try this simple font tester...

/Blenny-Black findfont 20 scalefont setfont
100 200 moveto (Benny-Black Test) show

Be sure to change the fontname to a TypeKit font you
own. As with most all PostScript as Language, you
enter this in any text editor and send it to Distiller.

Much more on PostScript here, here, and here.
Or pick up one each of everything here.

March 23, 2017 deeplink respond

Some food updates: After circling for a landing for
a while, the Mexican Sushi Ono truck has newly
moved into the old Cholos building. And now offers
a full sitdown Japanese menu including Teriyaki,
Sashimi, and Tempura. Ichiban.

The hamburger truck is still wandering and it was last
seen at the Thatcher Laundromat. And sadly, Bricks
seems once again vacant.

Our suggestions for superb eats well worth the
travel includes La Paloma in Solomon,  Toni's Kitchen 
in Thatcher, Juanitas in Pima, the Coronado Vineyard
outside Willcox, and the Jade Grill in Superior. 

Curiously, the original purpose of tapas was to keep
flies from getting  drunk and falling into your wine.

March 22, 2017 deeplink respond

The Orange Pi is a newer, cheaper, and more powerful
version of the Raspberry Pi.
Also available as the
Orange Pi Plus.

March 21, 2017 deeplink respond

The Sand Canal also seems to have more than its share
of enigmatic mysteries associated with it.
At present
the three or more destination fields remain unknown
and at least two of the canals may literally run through
modern homesteads. Historic development might
have been more attractive at level and largely rock
free fields. Some yet to be done landowner contacts
may resolve these issues.

While watershed crossings play an important role in
several other prehistoric bajada hanging canals, no
further evidence of a potential crossover at 32.77757
-109.95573 has yet to be verified beyond its recent
CNF tank rework. Its purpose, if any, would now
clearly seem to be secondary.

The relationship between the Sand Canal and fish
has yet to be explored. A presence of the Gila
Longfin Dace
was verified at the canyon junction
over a decade ago.

A yet to be checked and possibly related canal
is suggested by Acme Mapper near 32.81481
-109.93940 and 32.81841 -109.93807. It is unclear
what purpose this routing ( if real ) may have ha

A portion of the western branch from 32.82998
-109.92913 to 32.83416 -109.92724 appears quite
atypical, being of a deep vee and spoil bank free
construction. Yet it seems clearly driven from and
drives much more typical prehistoric constructs on
both ends.
This section may represent highly
unusual flood damage or unexplained apparently
purposeless historic rework, but remains largely
inconsistent and enigmatic.

Several modern historic artifacts seem to have been
placed along the canal route without any apparent
rhyme or reason.
These appear to be inconsistent
with any actual canal use otherwise blocked by a giant
mesquite tree. They also appear to be a mixed lot that
was randomly "store bought" likely far later than the
1920's. The total placement effort would appear to be
consistent with two men and a mule in an afternoon...

A terra cota wash entry pipe at
32.83083 -109.92614

A terra cota wash exit pipe at
32.83098 -109.92606

A railroad tie blocking the western
branch turnoff at 32.82958 -109.93058

A huge concrete pipe just sitting also
near the western branch turnoff at

32.82958 -109.93058

A pair of tiny precast commercial
irrigation headgates
32.82634 -109.93297

No credible explanation for these artifacts has yet
been put forth. One strange possibility might have
been an attempt to discredit prehistoric origins,
possibly as some sort of Antiquities Act workaround.

March 20, 2017 deeplink respond

      ( Continuing our Sand Canal revelations )

The Sand Canal takein starts at 32.81241 -109.94803,
somewhat below the confluence of normally wet Nuttall
Canyon and usually dry Carter Canyon. And just off
of National Forest lands. As is typical, the "climb" out
of the canyon is classic hanging canal.
The prehistoric
stream routing may have been somewhat further east
or "up" in this tilted image.

There is a very strong illusion of "water flows uphill."
In reality, of course, the rate of descent of the terrain
somewhat exceeds the canal slope, creating the brilliantly
engineered disparity.

Once on the mesa per this image and this one at 32.81298
"they" had to deal with an extremely gross
conglomerate that included rocks that were a foot or more
in diameter. It is easy to conclude that "they" must have
really wanted to build this canal in the worst sort of way.

The canal route remains fairly obvious on Acme Mapper to
32.81394 -109.94430 but then tends to vanish, apparently
but still unproven to a projected resumption at
and then continuing to a "halfway" fence with
this image and this image at
32.82114 -109.93787.

Minor decorated potsherds were noted in this area but
not in obvious canal association. Few artifacts are normally
directly associated in the hanging canal complex.

The next studied area to the east includes a pair of enigmatic
small and modern headgates
 at 32.82617 -109.93309. The
western headgate seems to terminate in an unlikely steep
drainage. Its purpose, if any, remains unknown.

The canal continues with typical prehistoric construction and
engineering to its initial split between eastern and western
channels at 32.82953 -109.93062. Also present here is a
largely unexplainable modern railroad tie barrier dam and
a nearby unused huge secondhand precast irrigation pipe.

Of the two branches, the eastern one remains the earliest
and most completely studied. It continues by crossing a ranch
road at 32.82968 -109.92869 and is easily traced and visited,
eventually reaching Sand Wash in an ill-defined and apparently
flood-damaged crossing at 32.83084 -109.92636.

Yet another enigma can be found in the pair of terra cota
historically added to the original canal channel,

once again with unknown purpose and no apparent rational
use found at 32.83096 -109.92607 and 32.83114 -109.92576.

The canal continues by "climbing" a modest hanging portion
at N 32.83137 W 109.9247,
going through a construction style
more typical of level terrain here at N 32.83149 W 109.92465,
working past a large mesquite tree midchannel at 32.83150
and ultimately reaching the mesa top via a long,
deep, and highly impressive cut found
at 32.83200 -109.92436.

This portion of the canal appears quite suitable for tours,
owing to easy 2WD road and hiker access and its "one
each of everything" sampler potential. Nearly the entire
canal would appear suitable for preservation or even an
actual "wet" restoration.

The route continues somewhat indistinctly to the fence
crossing at 32.83183 -109.92405 that marks the boundary
between AZ state and BLM lands.

North of the fence, the canal seems to switch to a much
smaller construct.
As shown by this image and this image
found at 32.83271 -109.92404. Possibly marking the
difference between "delivery" and "end use" portions.
Or otherwise potentially being a pilot water level survey
portion that remained uncompleted.

The canal has not yet been traced through private land
north of 32.83510 -109.92273. It appears to literally route
through the living room of a private residence. There is a
rather significant mesa edge cliff further north.

A case might be made that prehistoric fields would likely
be flatter, smoother, and largely rock free
, thus making
them prime targets for historic development.
private landowners remains an undone priority

Returning to the initial splitting point found at 32.82953
, the western branch then does its ranch road
crossing at
32.83025 -109.93016 and next goes through a
highly atypical construct phase from 32.83047 -109.93001
to 32.83331 -109.92788

In this area, the canal presently appears to be of a
deep vee construction lacking noticeable spoil banks.

It is not at all clear whether this was caused by highly
sandy soil, by flood damage, or by inexplicable historic
But this area clearly is preceded and followed
by much more typical prehistoric constructs.

A significant but still unvisited fork can be viewed at
32.83443 -109.92706. Of ongoing interest should be any
diversion or routing means present here.

This image and this image at 32.83473 -109.92653 are
found along the central of the three Sand Canal branches
and are also somewhat small in size, again suggesting as
yet unknown end-use fields nearby to the north.

Cottonwood wash at 32.83706 -109.92901 etc... would
appear to limit further major northward canal routing of
any of the three Sand Canal branches.

An earlier to be updated Sand Canal field log can be
found here and more on the canals in general here. Your
participation is strongly encouraged.

March 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Enough of the Sand Canal has now been field verified
that we can reasonably speculate on its characteristics.

This is the westernmost known of the Bajada Hanging
Canals. It is quite similar in construct to many of the
others in its Northeastern Mount Graham Bajada
complex and reasonably may be dated to the 1350 CE era.

Evidence of prehistoric origins include its apparent extreme
construction efficiency; its apparent meeting of prehistoric
irrigation goals; consistent patina, caliche, and lichens; plus
a huge mesquite tree mid channel; and a self-similarity with
nearby largely origin dated canals.

Its water sources primarily from Nuttall Canyon
and secondarily from Carter Canyon
. Fish in the
form of Gila Longfin Dace were observed at the stream
junction two decades ago. The canal has three primary
branches whose destinations remain unknown. But it
seems possible that projected level and largely rock-free
prehistoric fields may have ended up as prime choices
for historic Cottonwood Wash homestead development.

Land ownership is primarily Arizona State with CNF
sourcing. Also involved are BLM and several private
landholders. Most of the route is largely undeveloped
except for the destination areas. The terrain is primarily
open to rather brushy and more or less accessible by
secondary rough ranch roads.

Elevations seem to range from 3500 to 3200 feet with an
average slope approximating 100 feet per mile or just
under two percent.

To date, there are at least 78 canal study areas in the
complex with a total length likely exceeding 130 miles
or over 200 kilometers. Currently explored portions
of the Sand Canal suggest a length exceeding three

Portions of the route appear viewable on Acme Mapper...,-109.93353&z=14

( continues tomorrow )

March 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Once again updated and expanded our Gila Valley
library pages.

March 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Our Bitmap Typewriter normally works with most
unlocked older Adobe and some Windows fonts.
You can use this snooper to generate the list of
hundreds of candidate fonts often available to you.

Remember this minor gotcha: Distiller always
must be run from the command line to restore its
disk file access...

windowskey and x then run
//acrodist.exe /F 

Sadly, the Distiller faux font substitutions seem
to do strange things to the PostScript charpath
operator. Which in turn bogusizes the infill and
pathbbox commands that are essential for this
particular version of my BMT. After a week of
frustrating investigation, I have yet to find a
reasonable workaround.

Also frustrating is that the Adobe Typekit seems
to lack the classic PostScript fontnames demanded
by distiller. But this can be easily fixed with these
newly entered
insider details.

March 16, 2017 deeplink respond

PV Panel pricing figures are newly in for February
and are apparently continuing their free fall.

The best peak panel watt is now thirty nine cents,
which is within fourteen cents of the quarter
needed to eventually produce genuine subsidy
free net renewability and sustainability.

No, genuinely true renewability or sustainability is
clearly not yet here. But somewhere between here
and breakeven, a point will be crossed where it will
end up highly profitable to outright steal subsidies.

Prediction: A very significant threshold may have
been crossed.

More on PV here and here. More predictions here.
And one each of everything instantly searchable here.

March 15, 2017 deeplink respond

The total number of prehistoric bajada hanging
study areas is now up to seventy eight!

While this includes a very few purposely included
losers, there is now no doubt whatsoever that
we are talking a "great heaping bunch" here
that clearly attempted to exploit virtually every
drop of Northeastern Mount Graham stream

The present distance between the currently
bounding Veech Canal and the Sand Canal
is fifteen miles.
While we will presently
keep our projected total canal lengths at
130 miles, going beyond 150 appears eminently
possible. And thus well beyond world class.

When aided by historic rebuilds, at least five of these
canals intermittently still flow to this day...

Deadman Canal West
Marijilda Canal
Roper Canal
Ledford Canal
Goat Canal

The point where the Goat Canal sometimes cascades 
off Ledford Mesa seems particularly spectacular.
Its season is usually December through March.

March 14, 2017 deeplink respond

Proof is rapidly accumulating that virtually all
historic bajada canal projects were clearly rework
of prehistoric originals.

It would seem fairly obvious that "digging out an
old ditch" aka "steal the plans" beats "engineering
a new canal from scratch" every time. This becomes
rather obvious when only a portion of the original
is rebuilt to more modern standards.

Evidence of prehistorisity includes being run over
by roads, fences, dams, and even cemeteries;
uniform patina, caliche, and lichens, presence
of slowly germinating and slower growing cacti
or mesquite mid channel, and obvious routing
from a source and to a destination clearly meeting
prehistoric needs.

But the real biggie is that construction reflects
the available tools in use.
The prehistoric designs
clearly had energy efficiency as a major goal as
they lacked shovels and mules and such. The
whole point of hanging a canal on the side of a
mesa would appear to be making the slope
independent of terrain
. With a secondary goal of
construction being mostly across, rather than along,
the canal route. Thus original designs do appear
clearly minimalist small widths and shallow depths.

March 13, 2017 deeplink respond

With some recent discoveries, I guess I want to revise
my list of high technology in the Gila Valley. Presented
here in order of cubic wonderment....

1. Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals.
2. The safford grids
3. Mount Graham International Observatory
4. Mine solvent extraction and electrowinning.
5. The Mount Graham Aerial Tramway
6. The five Morenci Southern Railway Loops
7. The EAC Fab Lab.
8. CCC infiltrating water spreaders.
9. Ubiquitous WiFi web com.
10. The Ash Creek flumes
11. The Emigrant Canyon Marble Quarry
12. The tomato factory
13. Cotton drip Irrigation and real time GPS

More on similar discoveries here
And my secrets of technical innovation here.

March 12, 2017 deeplink respond

An extremely interesting history of Southwestern fire
lookout towers and trees appears here

I personally worked
 Gentry, Barfoot, Monte Vista, and 
Miller Peak. And climbed many more. Besides using the 
names of many others in our Marcia Swampfelder spoofs. 

One day an untrained relief lookout worked a neighboring
"Dispatcher Dispatcher there's a fire!". Showing
extreme restraint over blatant radio protocol violations,
Dispatch asks where the fire is.

"Right over there in those trees!".

The similar urban lore tale goes something like this:
A frustrated dispatcher asks
"How do you get to the
. With the obvious reply "Sheesh. Big red truck".

March 11, 2017 deeplink respond

An interesting collection of fascinating geology
resources can be found here.

And an Arizona geology map index here, a
Thatcher map here, Safford here, and Artesia

Sadly, the statewide collection remains incomplete.
But they seem to be working on it.

A historic regional groundwater paper is here.

March 10, 2017 deeplink respond

The usual problem with any stunning weekly
battery breakthrough is its 6.99 day half life.

Not sure how this one is going to turn out.

March 10, 2017 deeplink respond

Certainly one of the strangest and most bizarre
entries in our Gila Valley Dayhikes is the

WTF UFO CENTRAL Because it is on posted 
private property and involves a three hour drive, 
I'll  leave this one as an exercise for the serious 
student. Previous arrangements are required 
if you want to ride the underground Area 51 

As will a release form from your therapist. 

March 9, 2017 deeplink respond

It has been a while since we mentioned the obscure
integrated circuit LSI/CSI manufacturer.

Who have all sorts of low cost and innovative chip
solutions. Many of which involve motor controls,
dimmers, encoders, dimmers, and such.

March 8, 2017 deeplink respond

Apparently the fonts used in Distiller's Faux Substitutions
sometimes return oversize or otherwise seemingly
incorrect values for pathbb
. As in this example.

Um, it is apparently tricky to get this example to
show properly. Save it to your pc and then view
it in full Acrobat. Interestingly, both the faux font
substitution and a not found Courier solution
both change the bounding box and seem to trash

Apparently this is one of the reasons my Bitmap
fails to properly show faux fonts.

To date, attempts to use a much slower and manual
path bounding box finding code do not work. Apparently
because of infill problems .

March 7, 2017 deeplink respond

An ancient and sneaky "easy math" approach to
Fourier Series can be found here.

Seems to me there was a similar tabular method that
was described way back here.

As a tiny part of this incredible resource.

Much more neat Fourier stuff here.

March 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Never store carbide in a non-locking carabiner!

And be sure to remember that it is always the
greasy whistle that gets squeaked.

March 5, 2017 deeplink respond

One sneaky trick to make a WWVB self resetting clock
more reliable in bad reception areas is to use a GPS
receiver and make a miniature fake low power WWVB
transmitter. Some details are here
and here.

Rebroadcasting, of course, will add some delay. Which
means it is only useful for long correct time displays
but not as a precision instant frequency reference.

Some ancient WWVB stuff here and here, but they basically
dropped the football. Their recent major improvements
seem to have been largely stillborn.

March 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Photographing electronic items with brushed aluminum
panels can be exceptionally tricky. But this one did not
turn out all that bad.

Extremely diffused light is essential, such as outside
heavy shade. Possibly even backed up by a neutral
screen behind the camera for a double diffusion.

Ultimately, though, your best bet may be to redo
the entire panel. Start with the best and mid range
fragment and replicate it over the entire panel
area. Then redo the lettering with the Bitmap Typewriter.

JPG images to eBay sizes tend to trash lettering.
First, make sure the lettering looks good on your
original reworked bitmaps. Then use the largest JPG
size and the highest quality, typically 95. Alternately,
consider saving to .PNG if file sizes permit.

March 3, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that recent versions of the Distiller in Adobe
Acrobat disables most disk access
as might be needed
for our Gonzo Utilities or any PostScript-as-language
app that uses or modifies random disk files.

Here is the newly simplified keying needed to reactivate
Distiller unrestricted file access..

windowskey and x then run
//acrodist.exe /F

March 2, 2017 deeplink respond

A free web source for the original KIM-1 manuals can be
found here. And the original KIM-1 TVT-6 project here.

And an extensive collection of KIM-1 user group notes here.

And great heaping bunches of other projects and tutorials
here. And here.

March 1, 2017 deeplink respond
"They" are coming out of the woodwork again. Boy, a
whole flock of 'em flew over that time.

Finding a source of "Unlimited free energy" would be the
most unimaginably heinous crime possible against humanity.
For it would instantly convert global warming into global
incineration. Not to mention making Hitler look like
Mother Teresa.

Fortunately, it clearly ain't gonna happen. Much more here.

February 28, 2017 deeplink respond

I've long been a fan of the free Imageviewer32. One of
its more subtle capabilities is improving the legibility
of petroglyphs.

In one instance, the orange was boosted and the
contrast, brightness, and gamma were dinked with.

One subtle trick: On any RGB system, you cut
blue to boost orange. Or cut green to boost purple.
Or cut red to boost aqua.

February 27, 2017 deeplink respond

At present, our Bitmap Typewriter only works with
real, legal, and embeddable PostScript fonts. You
can get a list of the fonts available to you by sending
this snooper file to Acrobat Distiller.

At present, there is an apparently fixable bug that
stops you from using Adobe faux font substitutions.

The correction seems subtle as the faux fonts seem
to position differently. The usual symptom is a
solid box rather than a character. I'm working
on a fix, but your early suggestions are welcome.

February 26, 2017 deeplink respond

New expansions to our Gila Valley Dayhikes include
the WTF UFO Central, details on mines and caves,
some geology stuff, new fossil papers, land ownership
details, and
some impressive 4WD and ATV routes..

February 25, 2017 deeplink respond

Do any of you still have a scannable copy of the UAAC

At present, this document is banned in all civilized nations
of the world. And even in parts of Texas.

February 24, 2017 deeplink respond

Magic Sinewaves are ongoing research into a class of
math functions that appear to have the ability to very
much improve the efficiency and harmonic structure
of digitally derived power sinewaves of interest for
industrial motor controls, electric cars, and pv
synchronous inverters.

They are capable of forcing any number of harmonics
to zero theoretical values and to astonishingly low
real world ones.
Some do so with an absolute
minimum of energy robbing switching transitions.
Others trade a few extra transitions for full and
true three phase compatibility.

Full details appear here, an early historic timeline
here, apps here, an executive guide here, an intro
here, the three phase scoop here, inside techie stuff
here and here, an astonishingly fast online calculator
here that newly includes quantizing abilities.

All research to date in the twenty year history of
magic sinewaves has been original, unique, vetted, and
sole sourced.
A second highly qualified mathematical
specialist has been recently added to our consulting,
IP, and seminar services.

February 23, 2017 deeplink respond

What seems like a stunning new development in passive
cooling just appeared in
Science for February 9, 2017.

This is a moderately priced plastic film with a remarkable
pair of properties - It strongly reflects high temperature
radiation and moderately radiates low temperature energy.

With a net passive and "free" cooling of anything it happens
to be covering! Up to an apparent EIGHTEEN DEGRES F!

Yeah, this does sound a tad Keeylenetish. But it appears
to be both genuinely real and beyond highly significant. 

More on Science Magazine here.
Slashdot input here.
More on energy topics here and here.

February 22, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at several ways to extend battery life
way back here and here and in Hardware Hacker #52
found as part of here.

A newly available commercial product was announced
here. Based on a snap-on low cost switchmode voltage
converter that converts a battery as low as 0.6 volts
into a full 1.5 volts under load.

More details here.

These may be cost effective at four for ten dollars,
but I predict the actual long time performance on
typical real world devices will likely fall far short of
the eight times performance improvement claimed.

The efficiency of the upconverter under extremes
must also be allowed for. As must the continuous exciting
current. And the capabilities of very small inductors.

I'd also question whether chemical corrosion
issues might get worse as the case excessively thins.

I'd also predict that certain loads and use patterns
could clearly cause negative time results.
displeasing certain customers would appear to
come with the territory.

I'm still wondering what happens when you feed
brief high current pulses back into a battery in an
attempt to reverse polarization. I have a hunch
that feedback of ten percent of the battery energy
will significantly improve life.
But likely not
enough to be economically worthwhile.

February 21, 2017 deeplink respond

Several of you have asked for more docs on the
coal debacle.

Try here, here, here, and here.

It is interesting to note that the costs of many
energy options are significantly increasing.

One exception is pv, which is dramatically decreasing,
following something like a Moore's Law curve.

There's still a 2:1 price gap between today and
eventual true net energy sustainability and
renewability, but the eventual outcome is not
the least in doubt.

More here and here.

February 20, 2017 deeplink respond

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

It does not matter in the least if it is an utterly
unprofitable time, energy, and money wasting

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

If you gotta do something, you gotta do it.

The question came up whether our eBay
image postproc also works on animals.
As in before and after.

All done with plain old Paint and Imageviewer32.

February 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Amazingly, the new Adobe TypeKit works just fine
with plain old Paint.

Details on the secret incantations needed to get
TypeKit compatible with Distiller in general and
with my Bitmap Typewriter. can be found here.

Much more on Postscript here, and a new "empty"
code example here.

February 18, 2017 deeplink respond

PV Panel pricing figures are newly in for January
and are apparently continuing their free fall.

The best peak panel watt is now forty cents,
which is within a dime and a nickel of the quarter
needed to eventually produce genuine subsidy
free net renewability and sustainability.

Unfortunately, as potential net energy breakeven
gets approached, zillions of long term investment
dollars will be thrown at pv, dramatically setting
back any eventual breakeven and net energy
production. As needed to make up for the previous
net energy sink debacle.

I'd guess this might add eight years to net energy

But there are no doubts whatsoever that pv will
continue to decline in price as does virtually all
learning curve electronics, compared to sharply
increasing prices of competitive energy alternatives.

Coal, of course, is dead. Poof. Gone. Bye bye.

Much more on energy here and pv in particular

February 17, 2017 deeplink respond

eBay does not want you to put identical listings on
your store and a current auction. An obvious
question is how you can game the system.

It appears that only the title is scanned for
But it would also seem that paying
attention to the sell similar command could also
give them a clue for closer scrutiny. So one
defense might be to use a non similar sell similar.

Their algorithm seems fairly sophisticated as
interchanging a word or two still generates a
warning and rejection
. Possibly a certain
quantity of word matches independent of
position trips a trigger.

Do you have any suggestions here?

February 16, 2017 deeplink respond

The plot thickens until it clots.

The Sand Canal is turning into an extremely interesting one.
It is long, easily reached and explored, mostly excellently
preserved, has at least two significant hanging portions,
and is even a possible restoration candidate. Besides
including at least a sampler of most features on most other
prehistoric hanging bajada canals.

But a real mystery is emerging that does not make
any sense to me at all.

It turns out somebody apparently recently dumped
a pile ( present count six ) of purchased store bought
canal bits and pieces along the canal route in utterly
inexplicable locations. With no sign of them ever
being wet or the canal presently recently functioning.

Two of these are terra cota pipes purportedly flowing
in and out of sand wash itself. One is a railroad tie
size wooden barricade damming the west branch.
Another is a huge concrete pipe drug near but not
on the canal at the west-east fork. And a pair of
precast concrete tiny headgates with metal slides.
At a point where a western diversion seems to make
no sense whatsoever.

The question is why. If it was the start of something,
it seemed to me to be enormously poorly thought out.

Possibly it is some sort of play for a state land permit.
Otherwise, the creators did not seem to me to have
the faintest clue what an irrigation ditch was supposed
to do.

The new hardware could have been installed by
two individuals and a mule on a Tuesday afternoon.
But, if bought new, the costs would have been
several hundred dollars. A not inconsequential
cost by Pima outback standards.

No particular changes seem to have been actually
made to the canal itself. The chosen items also
seem to display a remarkable lack of self-similarity.

It is not clear to me how it could be kiddy play or
an investment scam. The nature of the store
bought products in the Pima outback would seem
to suggest a 1920's or much later date.

While the CCC has proven themselves very good
at stupid, this does not seem to at all match their
usual handiwork. There is evidence elsewhere of
CCC willful destruction of prehistoric artifacts.

It would seem unlikely this could be an attempt
at discrediting the true prehistoric age of the
canal, possibly for Antiquities Act related
reasons. I'll note in passing that mature
Mesquite and Cacti lie mid channel and that
some 75 highly similar and strongly dated
prehistoric bajada canal portions do exist
elsewhere nearby.

Any thoughts on why this is confounding a perfectly
good and very significant prehistoric water project?

February 15, 2017 deeplink respond

Zero Defects certainly is a laudable goal,
but getting there with real world customers
can be tricky at best. Chances are that you
will be blindsided where you least expect it.

Some strategies towards "have no unhappy
customers" include...

   ~ Thoroughly researching your products.
   ~ Carefully understating descriptions
   ~ Giving 15 day inspection privileges. 
   ~ Promptly offering (often full) refunds.
   ~ Protecting yourself with 30:1 sell/buy ratios.
   ~ Giving immediate tracking info.
   ~ Shipping as quickly as possible
   ~ Avoiding problem categories.
   ~ Keeping most product weights fairly low
   ~ Linking listings to additional info
   ~ Never skimping on proper packaging
   ~ Carefully clean and/or refurb before shipping
   ~ Prompt refund as the ONLY adjustment.
   ~ Spell out all known defects or problems
   ~ Never selling anything customer unsuitable
   ~ Recognizing that adjustments are expected
   ~ Keeping terms less than 10 words maximum
   ~ Avoid humor for it WILL be misunderstood
   ~ Never worrying about the feedback sideshow
   ~ Verify good product is in stock before listing..
   ~ Keeping all shipping charges revenue neutral
   ~ Try to be available 24/7
   ~ Never saying anything nasty in emails.
   ~ Flushing anyone who nickel and dimes you
   ~ No good deed goes unpunished
   ~ Testing electrical items for main functionality
   ~ Never try to be a penpal
   ~ Block ALL refunded buyers regardless of fault
   ~ Respond factually & unemotionally to feedback
   ~ Absolutely no foreign bidders or shipment.

February 14, 2017 deeplink respond

Sincerity is everything.

Once you have that faked, all else follows.

February 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Just added a new banner for our Don Lancaster's USB
Classic Reprints
to most of our Guru's Lair pages.

The odds of it appearing are one in four, so you might
have to refresh a time or two to get it to show up.

There are four upper slots and four lower ones on most
pages. The sixteen available banners rotate through
these. Fancy code to guarantee continually changing
screen views and positions first appeared here and here.

You can view the current included JavaScript code by
right clicking on view page source.

The secret is a string (abcdefghijklm), one letter of
which represents a banner of given artwork, link, and
alt text values.

On each page view, the secret string gets randomized
by a deck shuffling ( such as idflmbhjaecgk ) detailed
here. The crucial algorithm is to swap any location
with a random choice of itself or a letter to the right.

February 12, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at the Mitutoyo DIGIMATIC measurement
coding way back here.

They have just republished their own official interface doc.
Starts on page 33.

February 11, 2017 deeplink respond

A third party modern color organ can be found here
which was somewhat based on my Psychedelia I.

The design is mostly digital, and features AGC,
four channels, high color quality efficient LED's,
and no obvious RFI issues. It also has a
microphone input and is amazingly compact.

If I were to tamper with the circuit, I think I
would seek out a log audio response to
improve perceived visual dynamic range.

Higher power could be gotten by an output
"amplifier" based on a trailing edge phase
control. The latter to reduce potential rfi.

These days it might be more interesting to apply
advanced harmonic tracking signal processing
to produce filtering by instrument rather than
by frequency.

Static displays can quickly become boring, so
it might also be interesting to use a HDTV
display in which instruments to patterns were
time sequence randomized.

Most of my earlier color organs can be found
here and here.

February 10, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder on two of the more subtle Dreamweaver

The properties panel that tends to
vanish without a trace can easily
be restored by a <ctrl> F3

The hidden spell checker is activated
by <shift> F7

February 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a simple and easy "empty" PostScript as Language
file that is the quickest for you to get started...


% Title here
% =======
% Author and date
% Function
% Details
% ======

% Gonzo utilities of are presently NOT
% built in for immediate use. This adds 90K to the file size. A tutorial
% can be found at

% If, instead, Gonzo is to be run as a diskfile for the much shorter code here,
% Distiller MUST be run from the command line as this or similar
% "C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat 11.0/Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F run

% Projects at

% =======

% Modify to use disk based Gonzo.
//acrodist.exe /F run % use internal

100 200 10 setgrid    % draw a 20x20 green box example
20 20 showgrid



The file can be found here with its output here.

February 8, 2017 deeplink respond

We looked at pixel interpolation techniques here,
cubic splines here, and PostScript here.

It turns out there is another scheme to create
smooth transitions between adjacent pixels that
is called Smoothstep. But after playing with it
for a few days, it seems to me to be more different
than it is useful.

And certainly much slower and far more complex
than using a cubic spline in a one dimensional context.

Smoothstep is a "playing with high order polynomials"
method that attempts to smooth a higher resolution
step between two adjacent single dimension pixels
in a single color plane. It forces zero first and
sometimes higher derivatives at both ends and  always
also routes through half amplitude at half distance.

Included are...

- 2x^3 + 3x^2
  6x^5 - 15x^4 + 10x^3
-20x^7 + 70x^6 - 84x^5 + 34x^4
  70x^9 - 315x^8 + 540x^7 - 420x^6 +120x^5

        ... plus as many uglier cousins as you can stand.

This plot and this sourcecode shows how the shapes can
compare to plain old cubic splines.
It turns out the third
order smoothstep is absolutely identical to a cubic spline
whose tension settings are 0.333, 0 and 0.667, 1.

And that the higher order smoothsteps progressively
differ ( but largely trivially ) from spline x tensions of
0.5 and 0.61 and 0.694, etc...

A spline tension of 1.0 sets the maximum limit of
monotonic smoothing. For comparisons, magnify
your .PDF file to 6400%.

More math stuff here.

February 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Vanished with hardly a trace.

Back in the early TV Typewriter days, there were no
viable microprocessors and the only cheap memory was
long shift registers. And dozens of different possible ways
were approaching to try and double or ( gulp ) even
triple the resolution of slide rules. Hopefully at nearly
their speed. Or otherwise do such horrendous math tasks
as multiplication, division, sines, cosines, logs, or even
fancier stuff.

One such method was called the binary rate multiplier,
which has largely disappeared from so much as most
web mentions. Yet the rate multiplier was a superb
candidate for all sorts of pre-computer calculators.

What you had was a circuit that accepted some input
pulses and a binary word. The binary word set what
percentage of the input pulses made it to the output,
thus giving a potent and fast multiplication scheme.

If you have some pulses, you can integrate them with
a digital counter. And integrate twice and negate, and
you end up with a sine and cosine calculator. Similar
tricks could multiply, divide, do logs, and most of the
other slide rule stuff.

TI has a quarter each pair of small rate multiplier in
CMOS as their eight bit  CD4527B or or CD4089B
but nobody seems to care.

And only this patent and this abstract seems to remain
web available  on what then was its incredible potential.

At the least, this should be a sure fire winner for a
student paper. Other winners ( and one loser ) here.

And great heaping bunches more classic papers here.

February 6, 2017 deeplink respond

A reminder that most ISP's ( such as Fat Cow ) make
available logfile performance summaries. But every
once in a while you may want to access your full
underlying log files.

This can be handy to pin down unusual traffic, to
resolve piracy and/or malware, to do odd statistical analysis,
to track real time monitor viralosity, to monitor long term
performance trends, or to pick up more referral details.

A typical report might be called access_log_20170209.gz.
and it might be in a stats directory. FTP transfer a copy of
this to your local computer in a suitable subdirectory.

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

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

February 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Did you manage to find the Easter egg in our PostScript
Font Snooper?

February 4, 2017 deeplink respond

Managed to field verify a portion of the Sand Canal near
its "halfway" fence line...,-109.93663&z=18

As with the Deadman Canal and elsewhere, the canal here
traverses the HIGHEST possible available terrain. (!) Strongly
suggesting an intentional goal of maximizing the potential
range and optimizing downslope constructs
. It would also
seem highly unlikely that a natural wash would ever select a
consistently similar high ground route.

The canal is shallow at the fence but deepens downstream to
a cut of nearly a meter. There do not seem to be spoil piles
and the canal here seems significantly wider than downstream
Sand portions. Adding to the potential credibility of the possible
largely unproven lower western fork.

As is typical, no associated artifacts were noted, but a pair of
potsherds was in the area but not in direct association.
The sherds were distinct, having a reddish brown slip on
one side and a highly granular"fuzzy" surface on the other.

Several barrel cacti were noted at or near mid channel.
Discrediting enigmatic historical rework from its actual use.

The canal here remains quite distinct but not very photogenic
No further evidence of historic rework was noted. Here are
three images...

SAND15.JPG - Looking east from the "center" fence.
SAND16.JPG - Somewhat further east from the "center" fence.
SAND17.JPG - Looking west from the "center" fence

February 3, 2017 deeplink respond

A very obnoxious and obscene parrot gets put in a freezer
for punishment. On release, parrot profusely apologizes
for errant past behavior and asks....

"May I please inquire what the chicken did?"

February 2, 2017 deeplink respond

And while it certainly is not a scam or pseudoscience,
Lockheed's new Perforene graphene filtration method
announcement does seem rather premature and
perhaps very much media overhyped.

This is basically a sheet full of small holes, possibly
down to one micron in size. With only moderate
energy, water can be forced through the holes
in the usual reverse osmosis manner, blocking
salt ions and desalinating seawater.

This does seem to be a fundamental improvement
in desalination, but energy requirements were apparently
initially understated, the films are apparently delicate,
and scaling to real world apps has yet to be done.

More on energy issues here.

February 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Um, It seems that a major broadcast network just got
sucked into what seems to me to clearly be a wildly
improbable free energy scam.

Driving home the apparent fact that some people will
do anything to save the environment -- except take
a science course.

FIFTEEN of the more fundamental reasons why hydrogen
is NEVER going to be a significant energy source can
be found here. Iffen the right one don't get ya, the left
one will.

My very favorite #7 is the fact that there is more hydrogen
in a gallon of gasoline than there is in a gallon of liquid
Mole fractions and all that there.

More on hydrogen here. On energy here. And on bashing
pseudoscience here.

January 31, 2017 deeplink respond

How can you tell a prehistoric canal from a wash or a trail?
Here are a group of the typical indicators...

  • The slope will be remarkably uniform and very
    near one percent. Without original exceptions.

  • The full original route will be very long, perhaps
    three to five miles on the main delivery channels.

  • The route will be quite linear but not CCC obsessively
    so. It will never be cardinal.

  • Significant mesa edge portions may be "hung".

  • The routing may be along the HIGHEST terrain
    to preserve potential reach and downstream options.

  • There will be a purposeful source and destination.

  • Width will rarely exceed one meter and will never
    be a two track. No horseshoes will be present.

  • Barrel Cacti or mature Mesquite may occasionally
    be present at or near mid channel.

  • Counterflow situations may exist where the
    downstream canal goes INTO the terrain. Especially
    on positioning wash crossings.

  • Spoil banks or other raised terrain may define
    the canal edges.

  • Canal widths will normally be constant and uniform.
    Depths will vary to meet a long term constant slope.

  • Sudden or irrational turns will be very rare.

  • The route may typically transcend terrain types.

  • Both walls will normally be well defined.

  • The terrain will have otherwise seen little historic
    or modern development.

  • The "highest and best" use is as a prehistoric canal.

  • While artifacts near a canal are usually sparse, any
    rare potsherds clearly indicate prehistoric interest.

  • Apparent construction tools will be prehistoric
    compatible. As will apparent construction energy
    and the amount of moved material .

  • Except for "steal the plans", the routing will see little
    or no historic or modern use.

  • Branching will be very rare and well defined.
January 30, 2017 deeplink respond

Did you know that Paul McCartney had a group
before Wings?

January 29, 2017 deeplink respond

Another "missing" 500 feet of the Sand Canal has likely
been located, but it seems to have suffered some major
flood damage.

The Acme Mapper portion looks valid centered on..,-109.92696&z=19&t=H

and would appear to be the most reasonable way to connect
known validated canal portions. But ground truth only
reveals occasional hints of unnaturally depressed terrain
where the presumed canal route should be.

More on our bajada hanging canals here. Your help in
exploration is welcome.

January 28, 2017 deeplink respond

After some extensive archival rework, rearrangement,
and improvement of our Guru's Lair website. we can 
now offer USB Thumb Drive copies of our Lancaster Classics

This includes some 8000+ files spread over more than 2 Gigs
of tight code, along with nearly a thousand open source and
fully unlocked source code documents. All fully searchable in 
one place at one time.

Included are reprints of the TV Typewriter, the RTL Cookbook,
the Incredible Secret Money Machine, much of the Hanging 
Bajada Canals
, and, of course, The Worst of Marcia Swampfelder.

You can contact us directly or view our eBay listing to pick
up a personal copy.

January 27, 2017 deeplink respond

The latest version of our PostScript font snooper can
be found here. Simply send it to Distiller to generate a
displayed list of most of your available system fonts.
Along with their exact and correct true PostScript font

Plus flags that show you which fonts can be embedded
by Distiller and which force its substitution of faux fonts.

A sample of somebody else's results can be found here,
and a processing log here.

Lately, I've been a big fan of algorithms that "throw
another million calculations at it." The snooper simply
attempts to find each and every font in its directory,
throwing them up to see which stick to the ceiling.

It makes extensive use of my Gonzo Utilities, a tutorial
of which can be found here.

Please email me with any further entries in the master
font list.

January 26, 2017 deeplink respond

Once again expanded and updated our Gila Valley 

More detailed and more obscure trips can be found

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

January 25, 2017 deeplink respond

New ideas are just like pancakes or children.
You should always throw the first one away.

January 24, 2017 deeplink respond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much more in our Energy Fundamentals tutorial.

January 23, 2017 deeplink respond

Added some more font candidates to our PostScript Font
Snooper, with the code here, a log example here, and
a sample of somebody's elses' fonts here.

We are now up to 1763 fonts in the report, the majority
of which are Distiller Faux.

The program finds the correct PS font spellings for you as
well as identifying Distiller Faux substitutions.

Simply send the sourcecode to Distiller to generate your
own report. Your help in filling in the blanks in the font
data base is needed

What is surprising here is that I only bought two fonts years
ago and was given another one for review. All of the other
fonts were installed on my machine by the forces that be.

For the record, my two favorite fonts are Stone and Review.

And that I recently told you this alternate method of finding
and building zillions of unexpected fonts, all totally legal.

And this second supplemental method.

January 22, 2017 deeplink respond

Adobe's Typekit only sort of works with Wordpad. Yes,
you can use the new fonts and yes you can print them.

But Acrobat cannot use Rich Text format without
going through Word first, so any attempt to convert
a Wordpad document into PDF will result in one
small default fount rather than your intended ones.

The Typekit does work quite well with Acrobat's PDF
watermarking. Insider tricks to get Typekit and Distiller
on speaking terms can be newly found here.

BTW, to find out which PDF fonts have been faux substituted,
view your log files or else use File-->properties --> fonts

January 21, 2017 deeplink respond

The ancient oriental art of tai wun on consists of getting totally
snockered, but always doing so in a professional and fully
workmanlike manner. 

January 20, 2017 deeplink respond

Or, for two ancient and completely off the wall methods
of picking great heaping up bunches of new fonts ( as
unexpected as they are fully legal ), try this or this.

January 19, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's another revision of our PostScript font name snooper.
Just send this file to Acrobat Distiller and it should give you
a nearly complete list of all your available fonts, their
appearances, their exact PostScript filenames, and the exact
appearance of any faux substitutions that your Distiller may
decide to make.

Because this uses our "throw another million calculations at it"
stunts, the processing time may be fifteen minutes or so. The
process works by throwing a nearly complete list of all known PS
Filenames at the problem and seeing which stick to the ceiling.

Here is a 1700 font sample from a Windows 10 machine. You,
of course, will have to run your own program for useful results.

Your help in adding more exact PostScript filenames is needed.

January 18, 2017 deeplink respond

Reworked our Architects Perspective, Vignetting
Backgrounder, and our Bitmap Typewriter so
they work well with Distiller Cloud DC and now
include internal Gonzo Utility partial downloads.

The Architects Perspective code takes an ordinary
.BMP bitmap and makes all intended vertical lines
truly so.
Change the filenames and send it to distiller.

The Vignetting Backgrounder knocks out any background
marked by red=255 borders and optionally adds a
vignetting border that uses an amazingly sophisticated
full fields solution. Change the filenames and send it to
. Colors are selected from here.

The Bitmap Typewriter allows dramatic improvement of
small text lettering. Change values at the end of the program,
send to Distiller, then copy and paste to your bitmap.

All three are enormously useful for eBay images.

January 17, 2017 deeplink respond

Then there was the agnostic dyslexic insomniac

...stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog.

January 16, 2017 deeplink respond

Apparently Windows 10 can accept directory names that
have forward slashes or reverse slashes in them.
even a highly unrecommended mix of the two.

This can raise issues with PostScript. I mistakenly for
years and years assumed that the forward slash was
a reserved character since PS uses it to identify the
start of any name string. But it turns our that the
forward slash is only reserved when used as the
first character in a name.

You are apparently allowed to have forward slashes in
any PostScript string in any but the first character position.

The reverse slash, though, is always reserved for special PS
characters. If you want one reverse slash in a string, you
have to use a double reverse slash.
And, in the truly
bizarre and totally unneeded, if you want a reverse slash
in a gonzo justification string, you have to use four of them

Some other PostScript string, integer, array, and dictionary
manipulations can be found here.

January 15, 2017 deeplink respond

The latest PV pricing stats for December are in and
show a stunning decrease of 14.6% from last year
to a record low of 41 cents per utility grade peak
panel watt.

The goal here is the required 25 cents per peak panel
watt needed for true and subsidy free pv long term
renewability and sustainability.

Being off by 2.4 percent since November translates
to a possible projected yearly drop of 28.8 percent.
While that ain't gonna happen, net energy renewability
and sustainability now appears likely "fairly soon now".

And we already have several bids at one quarter the
cost needed for long term energy breakeven. With
the math here and here.

Meanwhile, hundreds of unused locomotives are
being stashed on empty sidings because nobody
wants coal anymore.
Some similar predictions here.

January 14, 2017 deeplink respond

A preliminary test tells me that the /F flag in distiller
still works in the cloud DC version.
Thankfully and

Versions of Acrobat Distiller since Acrobat 8.2 arrive
preset with most disk file access prohibited. To turn
access back on, you have to set a /F flag via run
in the
Windows command line. Like so...

"C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Acrobat DC/
Acrobat/acrodist.exe" /F

         ... only all in one line.

Accessing disk files lets you run our Gonzo Utilities
with a few bytes of code, rather than adding the 80K+
bytes to each and every program needed to internalize

As in...

(C:/Users/don/Desktop/Ghost/gonzo.psl) run

Gonzo utilities here, tutorial here, and lots of simple
projects here. And intermediate stuff here.

And accessing disk files is absolutely essential for
tasks that use PostScript as language to manipulate

These include our Architects Perspective, the Self
Vignetting Backgrounder
, and the Bitmap Typewriter,

January 13, 2017 deeplink respond

Adobe is having a big sale on their cloud computing products
at $30 per month total. This includes Dreamweaver, Acrobat,
Illustrator, their font Typekit, cloud storage, and lots more.

Apparently the offer is only good until January 31.

January 12, 2017 deeplink respond

I've newly posted the secret insider details needed to
get Adobe's Typekit cloud font service on speaking
terms with Acrobat Distiller here.

Meanwhile, a reminder that we have this tool, this
underlying font list
from a different machine,
and this
to provide you with a list of most, if not all,
fonts from most sources that are available to you.

Just send the snooper to Distiller to generate the list.
Since it works by rejecting many thousands of fonts
processing time may take ten to fifteen minutes.

Sadly, most of these will get faux substituted by Distiller,
creating minor to unacceptable font "vibes" differences.
But but many hundreds may be fully embeddable without
mods, depending on your machine resources.

January 11, 2017 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

Here is a topo. And here is the survey plot.
And here is an approximate combined overlay. 

Topo can be panned or unzoomed for more area info. 

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 $1973 per acre with financing available.

January 10, 2017 deeplink respond

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

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

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

Legal description is T36 R3W S16 Tax Lot 400.

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

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

You can click expand these. Then click again.

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

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

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

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

Additional older photos here. More info here and here.

January 9, 2017 deeplink respond

Closed out our whtnu16.shtml blog and started a new
whtnu17.shtml one.

Earlier blogs remain available by clicking on "?new?" on the
home page

A reminder that we have separately extracted bajada hanging
relevant material material to these files...

blog excerpts09.shtml

January 8, 2017 deeplink respond

The Sand bajada hanging canal is number SEVENTY FIVE
on our list of study candidates. It is extremely interesting
and fairly easy to explore. But, as with previous canals,
it presently is raising far more questions than it resolved.

I could use your help in the following...

Fill in the blanks between N 32.83001 W 109.92742
and N 32.83093 W 109.92610.

Visit the fork at N 32.83453 W 109.92705 to try and
determine whether its feeder is in fact prehistoric.

Try to determine the intent and purpose of the three
apparently imponderable historic interventions at
N 32.82628 109.92605, at N 32.83096 W 109.93308,
and at N 32.83120 W 109.92570.

Verify that the fence crossing at N 32.82135
W 109.93778
is in fact a significant Sand Canal

Verify that the-acme Mapper plot at N 32.81909
W 109.94159
is in fact a significant Sand Canal

Verify that the Acme Mapper plot at N 32.81307
W 109.94579
is in fact a significant Carter Canal routing.

Attempt to prove that the Sand Canal and the Carter
Canal are one in the same.

See if a Carter Canal hanging portion exists at N 32.81258
W 109.94703
and is photogenic.

Determine if Gila Longfin Dace or other fish survive in and
N 32.81244 W 109.94766

January 7, 2017 deeplink respond

Microsizing and micropositioning can become crucial problems
when printing pages full of small labels or doing other step
and repeat projects.

First and foremost, always be sure to use the same printer for
the same project
. And always use the same printer driver and
make sure that driver does not have any weird scalings active.

Add a small target to your code at what is supposed to be the
0,0 lower left corner. Possibly an adjustment such as an
-0.11 inch -0.16 inch translate may be needed to convince the
intended code, the label sheet, the printer, and the printer
driver to all agree on exactly where 0,0 is.

Some label sources will provide you with templates that are
sheets of paper with preprinted label locations on them.

Another ploy that can be very useful: Temporarily remove the
four corner labels from the label sheet. Print to ordinary paper
and register the modified label sheet in front of the paper.
Hold the pair up to a bright light source or the sun. You then check
the intended alignment of your messages.

If you want a bled color background on each label, be sure
to "overscan" enough that all labels in all positions to
not show any annoying white edges.

One way to verify that your h and v counts are correct is to
remove a fifth label from an odd position on the left side
and a sixth label from a strange position from the bottom.

January 6, 2017 deeplink respond

Sourcecode for a new simplified step-and-repeat label
printer can be found  here. With a sample printout here.

The full Gonzo PostScript code gets towed along
internally, so all you have to do is edit your file in
Wordpad or wherever, and send it to Acrobat


Here's the crucial part of the new PostScript code...

/simplifiedstepandrepeat { horstart vertstart translate
     numvert { save
          numhoriz { repeatproc
                             inchoriz 0 translate } repeat
                       restore 0 incvert translate
                     } repeat
                         } store

Gonzo utilities here, tutorial here, and lots of simple
projects here.
And intermediate stuff here.

January 5, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a link to an "adequate supply" of Pittsburgh Streetcar Photos

WARNING: Attempting to view all of these in one session will result
in yunz guys pronouncing "beer" as "airn".
Or making a mill outta a
chopaam sammitch and Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale in Sliberty.

Fortunately, in regards to this matter, a desert rat like me is immune.
Skooze me while I redd up the website.

January 4, 2017 deeplink respond

A midget fortune teller broke out of jail.

Leaving a small medium at large.

January 3, 2017 deeplink respond

Here's a few of our published books and related items...

Well over a million copies in print. Should be
available at Amazon and technical bookstores.

A very few autographed copies are still available
from Guru's Lair and eBay.

Status unknown. Likely very hard to find.

Not even sure anymore which Asian language it was
released in. Status unknown. Likely extinct.

Approaching a million copies in print. Autographed
copies available from Guru's Lair and eBay.
Also should be available from Amazon

THE defining reference for the field. Still in print.
Autographed copies available from Guru's Lair and eBay.
Also should be available from Amazon.

Good old number one. Currently available as a free
from Guru's Lair. Amazon
usually has new
and used copies.

The opening shot fired in the personal computer
revolution.. Currently available as a free eBook from
Guru's Lair. Amazon
usually has new and used copies.
The TV Typewriter story by itself here.

Find out how I make money. Send $6.95 to...
Currently available as a free eBook from Guru's Lair.
usually has new and used copies.

Currently available as Volume I and Volume II of
a pair of free eBooks from Guru's Lair. A sample
Restoration Demo is also available. Amazon 
new and used copies.

When combined with Volume II, ends up surprisingly
applicable to the very latest of microcomputer fundamentals.
A very few autographed copies are still available from
Guru's Lair and eBay.
Amazon rarely has new and used

Currently available as a retitled Volume I and Volume II of
a pair of free eBooks from Guru's Lair. A sample Restoration
is also available. Amazon  sometimes has new and
used copies.

Insider secrets of the best Apple II word processor.  Out
of print and hard to find. Your funding requested for this
secondary candidate for eBook restoration
. Amazon 
rarely has new and used copies

Rare Call A.P.P.L.E book was a disassembly script that
possibly could be re-excerpted from the AppleWriter Cookbook.
Status unknown. Not sure I still even have a copy.

Book and circular slide rule calculator exclusively for ultra fringe
Apple II machine language programmers. Produced and typeset
largely on a Diablo 630 Daisywheel! Amazon  rarely has new
and used copies.

Collection of construction projects and programming ploys.
Included the "tearing method" of program disassembly.
A prime eBook candidate with your funding welcome.
Amazon  very rarely has new and used copies.

Collection of construction projects and programming ploys.
Included the "vaporlock" field sync technique. A prime
eBook candidate with your funding welcome. Amazon 
sometimes has new and used copies.

Sneaky "Gee whiz" tricks to add ultra low cost video displays
to KIM-1 and similar low end microcomputer trainers.
intermediate eBook candidate with your funding welcome.
Amazon  sometimes has new and used copies.

Supplement to the Cheap Video Cookbook covering ultra
low cost video displays. A secondary
eBook candidate with
funding welcome. Amazon  sometimes has new and
used copies, some at outrageous prices.

Collection of IC data from the TTL Cookbook. Exceptionally
rare and possibly extinct. No eBook plans at present.

Collection of IC data from the CMOS Cookbook. Exceptionally
rare and possibly extinct. No eBook plans at present.

Reprints from Don's Midnight Engineering columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online as
individual columns.

The entire concept of low end BOD  publishing largely died
stillborn, owing to the utterly overwhelming advantages of
web distribution. Combined with sanely priced binding
systems and and trimmers never getting available online here.

A three year editorial stint for the Central Arizona Grotto.
Very low priority eBoo
k plans at present.

Reprints from Don's Computer Shopper columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as compilations here, here, and here.

Reprints from Don's Hardware Hacker columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as compilations here, here, here, and here.

A collection of "where to go to get stuff" monthly columns
from Nuts & Volts magazine. Early compilations can be found
found here and here with individual columns available here.

One of the first ever developments of low cost analog circuits
to be used for hobby electronics projects. Free copy here.

Can be found here. Good old 3,149,561. And drove home the
utter ludicrosity of the US patent system for virtually all
individuals and small scale startups.

Once Book-on-Demand published compilation of my anti
patent diatribes. Also freely available online as individual

Many hundreds of highly obscure neat places to go and
things  to do in and around the Gila Valley.
With the main
free  directory here and images of some of the more obscure
candidates here.

Newly discovered obscure math tricks that allow dramatic
low harmonic suppression of digitally generated power
sinewaves for pv panels, power controls, and similar apps.
Find the magic calculator here and lots of support here.

I am very much into disproving such ludicrosities as free
energy, alien abductions, much of cold fusion,antigravity,
"not even wrong"
labwork, perpetual motion, or
outright scams. Find the
main resource here and my
special hell reserved for hydrogen here

I very strongly feel that Powerpoint is mesmerizingly awful,
so I wrote my own PostScript emulator that complete blows
it away on all counts. A tutorial here and examples here.

Reprints from Don's Computer Shopper columns. Once
Book-on-Demand published. Now freely available online
as a compilation here.

Started out as a flashcard lecture of the underappreciated
wonders of the general purpose PostScript programming
language. Now available as a free web resource.

A compendium of projects from our beginning PostScript
community college programming class.

Custom routines that give you exceptional Postscript-as-language
typography, schematics, and great heaping bunches of related stuff.
Find the code here, use guidelines here, and lots of apps here.

Being summarized here, here, and here.

Newly improved here.

Marcia tended to do my April Fools columns for a number of
years in Popular Electronics and Modern Electronics. The
secrets of how she did the tapioca pudding scene in the cross
genre Godzilla versus the Night  Nurses film classic remains
under strict NDA. A revised and updated free online copy of
Marcia's finest work appears here.

And our very newest...

A USB crammed full of some
8000+ files spread
over more than 2 Gigs of tight code, along with nearly
a thousand open source and fully unlocked source code
documents. Classics through current. Available from
Guru's Lair and eBay.

Published versions of our ongoing projects, papers, and
such have largely been replaced by the GuruGrams on our
Guru's Lair website. Announcements on their availability
can usually be found here and on our similar earlier and
later blogs.

A work in progress. See the latest info and updates here.

January 2, 2017 deeplink respond

After some extensive archival rework, rearrangement,
and improvement of our Guru's Lair website. we can
now offer USB Thumb Drive copies of our Lancaster Classics

This includes some 8000+ files spread over more than 2 Gigs
of tight code, along with nearly a thousand open source and
fully unlocked source code documents. All fully unsearchable in
one place at one time.

Included are reprints of the TV Typewriter, the RTL Cookbook,
the Incredible Secret Money Machine, much of the Hanging
Bajada Canals
, and, of course, The Worst of Marcia Swampfelder.

You can contact us directly or view our eBay listing to pick
up a personal copy.

January 1, 2017 deeplink respond

Guru's Lair website access:

Assorted Neat Stuff:
Auction Help:
Blatant Opportunist:
Blogs and What's New:
Bezier Cubic Splines:
Book to eBook Conversions:
Classic Reprints:
eBay Secrets:
eBook Library:
Energy Tutorials:
Gila Valley Day Hikes:
Hardware Hacker:
Incredible Secret Money Machine:
Latest Additions: 
Libraries by Subject:
Magic Sinewaves:
Marbelous Stacks of Pancakes:
Math Stuff:
The Case Against Patents:
PostScript Resources:
Powerpoint Emulations:
Prehistoric Bajada Hanging Canals:
Pseudoscience Bashing:
Recommended Books:
Resource Bin:
Santa Claus Machines:
Service Pages:
Site Sampler:
Tech Musings:
Technical Library Directory:
Tinaja Questing:
Video Tutorials:

Main Libraries:

Abeja Shelf:
Acrobat PDF Shelf:
Adept Sliders ( sorry sold out ):
Ask the Guru Older Shelf:
Auction and Assistance Shelf:
Banner Advertisers Shelf: 
Bargains and Surplus Shelf:
Blatant Opportunist Shelf:
Book Access Shelf:
Book on Demand Shelf:
Captain Video Shelf:
Consultants Network:
Cubic Spline Shelf:
Custom Auction Help:
eBay Live Auction Shelf:
eBook Shelf :
Electrical Engineering Shelf:
Flutterwumper Shelf:
Fonts and Images Shelf:
Gila Valley Dayhikes Shelf:
Guru Archive (older) Shelf:
GuruGram Shelf:
Golly Gee Mister Science Shelf:
Hardware Hacker Shelf:
Image PostProc Shelf:
Incredible Secret Money Machine Shelf:
Infopack Shelf:
"Its a Gas" Hydrogen Shelf:
Magic Sinewaves Shelf: 
Magic Sinewave Older Archive: 
Math Stuff Shelf:
Navicube Shelf:
Patent Avoidance Shelf:
Pick a Peck of PICS Shelf: 
PostScript Shelf:
Pseudoscience Bashing Shelf:
Resource Bin Shelf:
Santa Claus Machine Shelf:
Synergetics Library:
Tech Musings Shelf:
Third Party Shelf:
Tinaja Questing Shelf:
Webmastering Shelf: 
Web Links ( outdated ) Shelf:
Wavelets Shelf:

December 31, 2016 deeplink respond

Here is the first supplement to our PostScript Font
Merge it with the internal and external
existing PostScript font name lists and resend the
snooper to Acrobat XI...

/FontlistbyPSname [ %= fonts not yet ps name resolved.



% /Fixedsys
% /Fixedsys-Regular


% /Malgun
% /Malgun-Regular
% /MalgunGothic
% /MalgunGothicRegular
% /MalgunGothicSemilight
% /MalgunGothicBold


% /MicrosoftJhengHeiUI
% /MicrosoftJhengHei-UI
% /MicrosoftYaHei
% /MicrosoftYaHeiUI
% /MicrosoftYaHei-UI
% /NSimSun-Regular
% /SmallFont-Regular


% /System-Bold
% /Terminal
% /Terminal-Regular
% /Terminal-Bold
% /YuGothic-Light
% /YuGothicUL


] store

These files seem embeddable without faux font substitution.

There are obviously bunches of correct PostScript
filenames not yet in the directories. Please email me with
your additions and corrections.

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