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2/19/2001

Jackalope

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:04 am

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Pseudonovibos spiralis is a species of southeast asian mountain goatish mammal. It made the news about ten years ago when it was discovered by scientists and immediately put on the endangered species lists. The scientists found horns from the animal for sale at local markets, and the native inhabitants described the animal to the researchers. No living specimens were found. It seems the animal was a jackalope.

Moon Landing Debunking

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:17 am

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Apparently FOX-TV recently aired a program pushing the old “the moon landing was a hoax” line. Enough people have watched it that NASA has had to defend itself right on its main web page, and CNN reports the story. Meanwhile, for a more interesting debunking, visit Richard Hoagland (the “face on Mars” fellow) as he explains that the whole landing fake idea is nonsense, because NASA did land on the moon and saw ruined cities while they were there.

Farming Weekend

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:43 am

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It was a busy weekend at the farm. (Now that I’m a farmer, I can call my house the farm.) The chickens come this week, so Chris and I built a brooder box for the little peepers to live in inside the house. We also borrowed a really nice miter circular saw and began construction of the chicken coop. It’s a big one, over 100 square feet, made of lumber and chicken wire. Well, a new plastic chicken wire. It was so much easier to work woth than the traditional kind! We’ll see how it holds up to chickens and rodents. The coop’s almost done, and will be complete tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post pictures and plans later. I also made a half gallon of yogurt and a half gallon of kefir. Yogurt you’ve certainly heard of, and homemade is both thinner and tangier than what’s commonly available in the store. I jut had some for lunch, with diced strawberries mixed in. Kefir is very similar, but thinner still to the point of being drinkable. It’s cultured like yogurt, but has a slightly different blend of bacteria. It’s related to the (alcoholic) fermented milk drink from Mongolia. Tart and tangy, it’s an aquired taste. I had to work up to it over the last couple years.