Saturday, May 19, 2007

growing food, losing air, earning money

We made tempeh last weekend. It’s been in the freezer since then, and I finally got around to trying it last night. It was pretty good as moldy soybeans go, but I think that I didn’t boil the beans long enough before adding the starter. We incubated it in my closet with a space heater.

One of my tires had a slow leak today so when I got out of work the tire was flat. I walked the bike to the nearest gas station and paid fifty cents to put air in the tire. It was good enough to get me home. I had considered buying a small portable pump to put in my backpack, but never got around to it. I still don’t know if I’ll bother. I feel like I ought to, but maybe it’s worth fifty cents for the occasional time a tire goes flat.

I got a new set of responsibilities at work. I think it comes with more pay, but I don’t know all the details yet. At any rate, it comes with more hours, while it lasts. In a few weeks, we will close down until late summer.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

plants and time-keeping

The potato-in-a-box experiment is over. The plants looked unhealthy most of the time. The stalks seemed to be rotting at the base, but the leaves were wilted. We put it outdoors when the weather started to get nicer. It looked like it was improving, but in the meantime several volunteer potato plants came up around our compost pile. I guess I decided that we didn’t really need the box potato anymore. I pulled up the plants (two were left out of the five or so that originally sprouted) and there was a single tiny potato, about three-quarters of an inch in diameter. I went ahead and ate it and it seemed ok.

There are also have some squash or pumpkins growing in the compost pile. I would like to find out when these plants will be ready to harvest. It would be nice if it happened before we move out, but I expect that they are autumn vegetables.

I haven’t made any decisions about what I will do when the lease ends. I may move a little closer to work, or I might move to a different state instead.

When I have time, I’ve been reading about calendar systems. There are lots of proposals to reform the calendar, usually billed as “simplifications”. I’m more interested in “complications”, I think. I have a whole system figured out that uses several cycles ranging from seven to twenty-seven days long, indicating leap days when the end or beginning of the cycles coincide. There are three of these “timing” cycles, used to adjust the 365 day (366 in leap year) solar year cycle and the 29 day (30 days in leap months) lunar cycle. There are a few rough details still, but I think there’s nothing that can’t be solved by making it a little more complicated.