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Greenhouse connected to the internet

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Update 5-16-16. We sold our house and the greenhouse.  The Raspberry Pi went with the sale.  :( We call the new greenhouse “Floriponics 2.0″    it is smaller and we are learning how to work around the other differences.   I want to get the temperature monitoring working and I didn’t want to wait for [...]

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This book may prevent you from dying of cancer.

September 9th, 2013 · No Comments

I wanted this book to be worthy of my mom.  That’s why I have taken 14 years to start.  I’ve written the first page 4 or 5 times.  Different every time.  But when I get to the meat — the body — the real content, I start procrastinating.  Basically, I don’t think I’m good enough.  [...]

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Dream Greenhouse

May 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments

I have a dream of a greenhouse.  Full of food.  That takes care of itself — waters itself –vents itself, shades itself, heats itself….  A retreat from winter. A warm haven from cold, wind, snow, and rain. And I dream of being able to monitor temperatures and humidity, CO2 from my iphone anywhere in the [...]

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Endurance pays off

January 27th, 2013 · No Comments

I talked to my dad yesterday for an hour and a half. I told him about my failings, broken dreams, and desire to give up and try something easier. He told me two things that encouraged me. The first was that Abraham didn’t change his name in response to circumstances. Naomi changed her name to [...]

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Value Systems

November 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Value Looked at a little bunch of cilantro from Freddie’s this morning that I had too long and let it begin to rot. My instant thought was, “Well, I only paid $.69 for it. It’s not organic….so no great loss.” Then a mental picture of all the aphids on my cilantro flooded back. I spent [...]

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How to Know if Something is True

August 18th, 2012 · No Comments

I have been listening to an audiobook version of “The China Study”.   I was giving Emily a synopsis when my oldest daughter asked me, “Daddy, everyone says to eat something different.  How do you know when something is true?”   I thought that was a very good question — a question that I have been wrestling [...]

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Tomato Fertilizer

August 10th, 2012 · No Comments

New batch of fertilizer

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Do spoiled children become the best salespeople?

May 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I was listening to Lucky or Smart today on my homeward commute. Bo Peabody says that the best entrepreneurs are B-students. A-students make good managers according to his line of reasoning. I don’t really want to agree — because I want to be an entrepreneur and I was an A-student. Maybe there’s hope because I [...]

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Nutrient solution

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Today I bit the bullet and mixed up some nutrient solution for our plants. Emily has been mixing 20-20-20 in a 35 gallon trash can and watering with a submersible pump. I wanted to get the plants exactly what they need so I’ve done a bunch of research on the most nutritious formulations. Obviously I [...]

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Heat, Thermodynamics, and Greenhouses

March 24th, 2012 · No Comments

I have always been interested in thermodynamics. I was born in Florida and lived there till I was 6 years old. I remember the adults saying that it was so hot you could fry an egg on the pavement. My mom wouldn’t let me have an egg, but I did fill a coffee mug with [...]

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