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Treatise for 2018

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I’m addicted to my mobile phone. Instagram is my #1 time sink. Facebook is #2. I don’t like this.

I also don’t like what Facebook has done with their newsfeed algorithm. Recent changes to their Video Ads — specifically with them now playing ads before/during videos posted by friends — sent me over the top.

I’M DONE. 


Image Source: https://goo.gl/images/4vdN3j

Facebook is The Matrix.

Every day, every minute, every second they are consuming all of humanity’s precious (meta) data.

The Matrix shows us a world that is defined by synthetic connection. Each individual is isolated, never to look upon each other with their own eyes.

The Matrix shows us a world that is defined by synthetic connection. Each individual is isolated, never to look upon each other with their own eyes. Been to a coffee shop lately? Image Source: https://goo.gl/images/HrFDkT

Think about it.

Facebook is basically a giant living breathing Artificial Intelligence.

They can’t build pods, errr, I mean datacenters fast enough.

Think about THAT.

All your data are belong to us.

I saw an ad the other day that said they do 5 billion language translations a day.  Sure that’s great and all, but when they pollute my feed with ads every 3rd post, and make it nearly impossible for me to watch a video, or have any degree of control over who/what/when I see it… I SAY NO! 

I choose to unplug and not volunteer my precious (meta)data to the Facebook AI. 

I uninstalled Facebook on all my devices, which on Verizon is actually impossible due to the agreements they have with FB, so you basically just have to go uninstall all the updates and then disable the app.

No more Facebook. My time. Reclaimed. 

Ok. Now what?

Silence. 

Happy New Year.

–BDE -∞+

m. 206 294 8205

PS – Sure, I’ll probably be back (addict), but I am going to give this a try. Can still find me on IG and Snap…for now.

Efficient power generation for the dark days of winter

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Most everyone living offgrid relies on some sort of generator as a mission critical power generating device. I’ve purchased 2 generators and am using neither of them.

The 5500 watt Generac is a propane powered unit with several glaring design flaws. It’s damn near impossible to start in cold or warm weather and sucks down propane. It has less than 60 hours on it. I’ll sell it for half what I paid or best offer at this point.

The Honda EU2000 gas powered generator worked fine all summer but then stopped putting out AC power. I’ve done a fair amount of troubleshooting and think it’s the inverter board. I’m certain excessive moondust is to blame.

So here I am getting by perfectly with the custom 6.5 hp/212cc motor/alternator setup. Still blows me away every time I fire it up.

This is all I need to charge my batteries and power everything needed in the cabin. 3/4 gallon gas lasts 10-11 hours and will leave batteries fully topped off even during times of heavy use. That’s pretty damn impressive.

This includes my well pump and all 110v AC and DC appliances. Oh also — It only cost about $300 for all the parts. Compared to $800 for the General and $800 for the Honda.

Have a a smaller 3hp engine on order that a buddy is gonna setup. See if we can fine tune and run even more efficiently.

Home grown: WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board presents 3 options for “home grows”

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On Nov 29, the LCB released the results from a new study to assess the feasibility of allowing WA state residents to cultivate and grow their own personal cannabis. I’m 100% in support of allowing “home grows” and look forward to the day I can grow my own personal stash and establish my own line of genetics.

More details from LCB here: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/homegrow-study

Direct link to download the report [PDF]: https://lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/WSLCB%20Home%20Grows%20Study%20Report%20FINAL.PDF

After a VERY quick scan, here are my initial takeaways.

TL:DR: LCB presented 3 options to the state legislature to consider regarding home grows:

  1. State control — LCB enforcement/oversight
  2. Local control — LCB writes rules/statues, local city/county enforcement/oversight
  3. Prohibit recreational home grows.

This report now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Bottom line: It’s going to cost a lot of $$$$ to enforce any kind of home grow system to be able to stand up to the Cole memo. Option #1 is likely to put an additional strain (and cost burden) on LCB, likely requiring additional state funding sources/taxes). Option #2 would present the same challenges to local city/county authorities tasked with enforcement if Option 2 is chosen. Option 3 would be a huge disappointment.

Here is the text of the three options. The full report contains a LOT more detail and I suggest you read the full 15 pages. If you have an opinion on this and want to make your voice heard, I highly suggest you contact the LCB and your local state legislators and share your thoughts.

LCB Contact info: https://lcb.wa.gov/contact

WA State Legislator Contact info: https://app.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/

–BDE

PS – To the cannabis industry IG fam…maybe take a minute and instead of spending it trying to capture that perfect selfie or dab shot to post on Instagram, and instead, find out who your state / city /county officials are and let them know what you think. Just a suggestion from an OG.

Three Options presented below by LCB in their report/study released Nov 29, 2017:


Option 1 – Tightly Regulated Recreational Home Grows – State Framework

  • Allow recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework that requires a permit and tracking of plants throughout the state, with enforcement jurisdiction shared between the WSLCB and local authorities.
  • Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home growing.
  • Require tracking of all plants in the traceability system to help prevent diversion.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).

Option 2 – State Statute Framework, Local Authority Recreational Home Grows

  • Allow recreational home grows under a regulatory framework based on statewide standards set in statute, but authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions (counties, cities).
  • Include statutory requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Require a permit to possess plants. Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home grows.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).
  • Allow local jurisdictions to “opt‐in” for or “opt‐out” of allowing recreational home grows.

Option 3 – Prohibit Recreational Home Grows

  • Do not allow recreational home grows. Maintain current status.
  • A regulated system is in place and widely available throughout the state.
  • Home grows for medical purposes, including cooperatives, are currently allowed under state law.
  • Allowing recreational home grows may provide a cover for the illicit market. This has been seen in other states that permit home grows for both medical and recreational purposes.
  • Recreational home grows may contribute to diversion, youth access, etc.; primary considerations under the guidelines set in the Cole Memo.

Tap tap… anyone here.

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Hmmmm. Last post was back in June. That’s about right. Back on July 6, my plans up here at Tunk changed pretty drastically. I was forced to scrap Plan A and move to Plans’ B and C. This required just about every ounce of energy I could muster and 100% of my focus, working tirelessly each and every day since then to get to a stable, survivable living state. My goal being to allow me to live comfortably on my 40 acres of land in my off grid cabin, able to survive life at 3600′ elevation. As a result, I had to shelve a lot of plans, projects, collaborations, and industry stuff that I had in the works.

I look forward to picking up where I left off and transition my focus from being 100% on the cabin/land project.

I’ve got a few exciting things in the works with the 502 data set and am also working on new opportunities with some fantastic folks already established in the industry.

I’m also still an account exec with a fully licensed and compliant 502 PP based in Tacoma and can assist in facilitating inventory transfers to/from other Licensed Producer/Processors and Retailers.

I look forward to more frequent and daily posts, as I will be opening up the focus of this blog to include my off grid endeavors and projects in addition to my industry related stuff.

It’s good to be back.

–BDE

PS – I’m going to start posting more and more of my pics and other content here rather than on Facebook, Instagram, and Google. I’m done feeding all my original content and data to their AI/Matrix. I’ll blast out links back to my blog posts here on these platforms, but I’m done feeding them all my base.