The Felix Culpa is part of the Catholic Easter liturgy called Exsultet. The original author is unknown but it was likely Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan. If this is true, then it would have been written somewhere between 374 and 394 AD. Today in Church we sang the Felix Culpa and it sparked a fair bit of discussion that I… Read more →
agastopia n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body bibble v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily cabotage n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders NOT: v. – to sabotage with cabbage and/or Vermont Cabot Cheese doodle sack n. – old English word for… Read more →
I have often been taken by a plant known as Desert Rose. It has been hybridized and comes in hundreds of colors. You can get seeds from many e-bay sellers. Often the pictures are stunning but since the plants are usually hybrids, it is unlikely that plants grown from seed will look just like their parents; thus you have to wait and see to find out what you really got.
Currently, I am growing 6 varieties: Chorfah, Devine Creation, Triple Salmon King, Black Edition, Purple Mandala, and DB Sunrise.
It’s not too hard to grow these from seed. My seeds are about a year old and I still had decent success with them sprouting. Here’s how I did it:
- Get a fast draining cactus mix from your local nursery. I just picked up a bag from the nursery down the street. It wasn’t a name brand, just a local mix. Lot’s of people don’t like the ones from miracle grow and others so they make their own with the following ingredients:
- 65% perlite
- 5% rock
- 5% sand
- 20% top soil with coir or a small percentage of peat
- I plant the seeds just below the soil in peat pots. Then place in an old tupperware container and fill with water. Put the whole thing in a large ziplock bag and partially close it. You still want some airflow so you don’t get mold. The temperature needs to be between 75 – 95 degrees so you may want to pick up an inexpensive heat pad from Lowes or Home Depot.
- Things should sprout in 3-5 days. Sometimes they take a bit longer but nearly all my plants are up within this time frame if they are going to sprout at all.
- This is what my current brood looks like. They are only a few weeks old so I am anxious for them to bloom so I know what their true identity is!
A good friend of mine entered a short film contest … check it out: Read more →
The Alabama constitution of 1901 Article 1, Section 35 states, “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.” I would agree that is a pretty good view on government. Maybe Parker Griffith, a… Read more →
It seems like it’s still the end of 2008 and yet we are in the last few hours of 2009. Time just keeps going faster. In some ways things are not much changed. I’m still single; still living in tucson; still working for Rincon Research Corporation; and on and on. But 2009 carried more changes for my family than most… Read more →
I love liberty and I love hearing a good discussion on it. Sometimes I feel as if those who stand in the intellectual towers of our society have totally sold out and completely given their selves over to socialist ideals. I am always encouraged to see someone who is at least willing to engage in a fair and open discussion… Read more →
It’s been nearly 10 months since I decided to dump windows and upgrade to a Mac. I haven’t regretted the decision once. One of the big things that drove me away from windows was how slow and cumbersome windows had become. Vista was a disaster for Microsoft. Businesses and individuals alike revolted and refused to buy anything but Windows XP.… Read more →
My grandmother passed away from cancer today at 10:15am. They are not sure what kind because she refused a biopsy that would determine its type. The cancer had aggressively spread throughout her body. There were tumors in her liver, kidneys, and who knows where else. She was terminal; and only lived about a month after the initial diagnosis. The cancer… Read more →
I came across this study today about the true costs of socialist policies in terms of human life. The drive of the study is how can we calculate how many people would not have died, how many more people would be literate, and how many more people would be above the poverty line if certain policies were not implemented. The… Read more →