Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Buffalohair The Paranormal Side of Earth Changes

Buffalohair The Paranormal Side of Earth Changes

The Paranormal Side of Earth Changes

Posted in Paranormal and Bump in the Night with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by buffalohair

It is almost comical to witness sign after sign as the Earth Changes count coup on civilization. Ma Earth has begun her “season” or cleansing cycle while mankind tries to find an angle to capitalize on the growing cyclic natural events, both political and financial. Predictably technology will soon become mankind’s Achilles Tendon as solar and stellar events take precedents over known science. And all the politicians on the planet can concern themselves about is political correctness while pandering to the International Monetary Fund and the New World Order or Globalization. Dare I mention they’ve also betrayed their electorates in the process? How far beyond stupid is that? But alas this was meant to be as foretold many generations ago.

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It is almost comical to witness sign after sign as the Earth Changes count coup on civilization. Ma Earth has begun her “season” or cleansing cycle while mankind tries to find an angle to capitalize on the growing cyclic natural events, both political and financial. Predictably technology will soon become mankind’s Achilles Tendon as solar and stellar events take precedents over known science. And all the politicians on the planet can concern themselves about is political correctness while pandering to the International Monetary Fund and the New World Order or Globalization. Dare I mention they’ve also betrayed their electorates in the process? How far beyond stupid is that? But alas this was meant to be as foretold many generations ago.

Prophesies from around the planet have foretold of how man would try to control the world in the final days of this cycle. The era of the “Pied Piper” and false prophets has come to pass. People, like lemmings, scramble from one sweet talking politician to another while told elaborate bold faced lies, but they sound good. Presidents and Prime Ministers are only mouth pieces who take their marching orders from corporate oligarchists, plain and simple. From the Orwellian point of view “Big Brother” and the time of double speak has already arrived. Naomi Klein’s concept of “Disaster Capitalism” and the “Shock Doctrine” has marched forward completely unabated on every continent on the planet. Economies around the world have been strategically crippled while international corporate terrorists introduce a “Global” solution to our financial woes, the final nail in the coffin of national sovereignty. Like it or not people would rather hear a sweet lie instead of the hard truth and this will be their death nil. Oh well, to bad so sad. That was in prophesies as well by the way. On the bright side this is only a “sign” provided you are paying attention. When material wealth becomes meaningless the Oligarchy of the New World Order will be in the same boat as us as we enter the “humbling times”. According to visions even the star people will be stunned by the dynamic of this time of change.

There is much talk these days about the physical aspects of change and that is a good thing. But there is not much word about the supernatural or paranormal side to this time we live though. The truth of the matter is the spirit world or “the other side” will also interface with our plain or level of existance. What was once relegated to only a few folks such as medicine people, soothsayers and psychics will become privy to all of humanity. For some this will be a G*D-Send to others it will be a pariah and for a few it will be the last straw and push them over the edge. Frankly I believe the “interface” has already begun and there is no psychotropic drug in the universe that will silence the “voices” in people’s heads. 

Within my culture we’ve always had a deep connection with the spirit world and have been quite aware of the other spirits that are around us. From space dudes to spirits who speak telepathically the voices in ones head are very real. Unfortunately some people can’t cope with our true reality and simply loose their minds or become subservient to the “voices”. The excuse for some of the most egregious crimes in history was “the voice in my head told me to do it” and that is just plain stupid. Granted, the voice was real and some bonehead spirit told a person to hack his family to pieces. Then the idiot turned around and whacked his family. How far beyond stupid is that? I don’t care what a spirit or voice tells me to do, if it’s stupid, it’s stupid. And I could give a flying crappola about the lame threats they usually make when you “disobey”. I’ve been threatened with all kinds of stuff including the deaths of my poop-butt kids by angry spirits I defined. Been there, done that. It’s all a matter of perspective and the sooner people come to terms with the “voice” and the reality of the spirit world the better. Take it or leave it.

There is no secret to dealing with spirits and their pesky voices. The instruction manual is written within all the dogmas of the universe. The supernatural aspects of our reality did not stop in the last story of the Bible or other sacred script. The spirits who tormented people in these texts are still floating around and causing havoc to civilization and now they’ve gone into hyper drive. But on a good note so are the good spirits who walk with the Creator. Call it a spirit war if you will but we are knee deep in the middle of it and if we plan to survive this aspect of the time of change we better get over our fear of the supernatural. Knowing which spirit’s are good or bad is the key to surviving the future. If you get all ga ga over simply seeing or hearing a spirit then you are putty in the hands of this bonehead. And if this joker is a bad spirit then you will most likely make headlines for some stupid mass murder of some kind. At the very least you would be manipulated in a very negative way. Get over the fact there are spirits and focus on if they are good or bad. Just cause some spirit can float you a Pepsi or shows you some fantastic parlor trick does not mean a cotton picking thing. Look within your dogma and you will learn to differentiate between the good guys and the bad. It’s really not a secret and your life will depend on this knowledge in the very near future paisan.

In my tradition we ask for verification from the Creator if a spirit dude is good or not. And when we get our answer we either pay attention to their words or tell them to go away, after all we still have the gift of free will. But never are we intimidated by any spirit or spook for fear is the fuel evil thrives on in many plains of existence. Space guys are treated the same way since there is both good and bad guys in their ilk as well. It is really quite simple whence you get over the fact they do exist. There are people who would go ga ga over the sight of a spirit and possibly think they were G*D’s of some kind, paleeze. If some spirit told me he was a G*D and that I had to whack my kids or murder someone I would laugh my ass off at this bonehead but there are others who would simply comply. It would appear people are already “following” the commands of some butthead spirits. The rash of child stabbings in China is a classic example of woefully misguided people I do believe. It’s bound to get much worse throughout the planet as we interface with the spirit world more and more. Time is the task master and that is running very short.

Your Devil’s Advocate


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Native American Programs – American Diabetes Association

Ann Little Running Deer Native American Programs – American Diabetes Association

For My grandchildren yes, Diabetes runs through my family line. Our bodies systems can not handle European diets /recipes of foods choices . They are not kind to us.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

NativeVue Red Crystal Gala - “Protecting our Native sisters

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Want to hang out with celebrities before the Gala Ball? Here’s your opportunity. The party will be held at the Grand Gateway Hotel on June 18, 2010 from 7 – 9pm. Get your tickets here!

Red Crystal Gala - “Protecting our Native sisters is our only goal.”
We are pleased to announce that tickets for the Gala Ball are now Available. You can order your tickets using the links below. Be sure to download a PDF of the invitation to pass along to a friend.

Friday, May 14, 2010

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Cutting costs with coupons
March 6: TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe finds out how to save big at the grocery store; TODAY’s Ann Curry talks to Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson about using coupons to cut your costs.
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5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Stephanie Nelson, the Coupon Mom
Stephanie Nelson, founder of, says it’s possible to fight the rising cost of groceries without sacrificing your favorite foods. Try her simple coupon saving strategies the next time you go to the grocery store:
Plan your meals and shopping lists around featured sale items.
  • Use your store’s weekly sales ad flier to plan your menus for the week. Then, write your shopping list around the items and brands that are on sale.
  • Taking a few minutes to make a detailed plan will save you the time of making unplanned trips to the store during the week—which can ruin your budget.
  • Planning ahead also helps you avoid impulse shopping during your trip.
Know how your stores’ savings programs work.
  • Do they have “buy one, get one free” deals?
  • Do they double coupons?
  • Do they offer a store discount cards that gives you automatic discounts?
  • Do they have special store coupons?
  • Once you know your stores’ rules, you can combine them to pay the lowest possible prices for your items, such as using two coupons with a “buy one, get one free” deal. Combining strategies can result in free items.
Use grocery coupons, ideally when the item is on sale.
  • Buy the Sunday newspaper—75 percent of grocery coupons come from the newspaper. Buy two to three copies per week to save dramatically.
  • Go online—grocery stores often have their best deals and printable coupons on their websites.
  • Many stores offer electronic coupons that go directly on your store discount card.
Stock up on common items when they hit their lowest price.
  • Don’t buy a year’s supply, just enough to last until the next sale (two to three weeks).
  • Boneless chicken is on sale every other week at Stephanie’s grocery store, so she buys two weeks of boneless chicken every other week to store in her freezer. This habit saves her family of four $325 a year on this one item.
Be flexible about brands and stores.
  • Buy the brand that’s on sale with a coupon, or get the store brand if it’s less expensive.
  • Shop at the store with the best prices for your items that week.
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How to get $100 worth of groceries for 25 cents
Coupon Mom reveals her top five tips to cut your grocery bill in half
Cutting costs with coupons
March 6: TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe finds out how to save big at the grocery store; TODAY’s Ann Curry talks to Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson about using coupons to cut your costs.
Today show
By Stephanie Nelson

updated 2:32 p.m. CT, Wed., March. 4, 2009
You can cut your grocery bill in half when you know how to use coupons and store promotions along with sale prices on your favorite items. For a family of four, that may be a savings of $100 per week, or as much as $5,000 per year. Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson demonstrated how to combine sales, store promotions and double coupons and paid only 25 cents for $100 worth of common grocery items. Stephanie’s top tips to save are:
1. Plan your shopping trip before you leave home
* Use the store’s sales circular and look for featured main dish sale items, such as chicken at 50% off. Plan a few meals for the week around sale items and buy extra for the freezer to avoid paying full price next week.
* Have a complete list for everything you need for the week’s meals to avoid costly, unplanned trips to the store mid-week. Even if you take an hour to plan your meals, make your list and cut coupons, you’ll end up saving time overall by avoiding extra trips that blow your budget.
* Be “store-flexible.” You don’t need to go to more than one store per week to save, but you should review the advertising circulars for a few nearby stores and shop at the store with the best prices for your items each week.
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2. Let other people do the hard work for you
* Find a Web site that lists the best deals and coupon bargains for your store each week. You’ll save an hour or more taking advantage of someone else’s research.
* lists the best grocery deals at thousands of grocery and drugstores nationally. Select and print the deals you like for your store in a few minutes.
* You can also go to Google and type in the name of your store and the term “deals” to find local Web sites that may list deals for your store.
3. Maximize your coupon savings easily with the ‘no clip’ system
* 80% of grocery coupons come from the Sunday newspaper coupon circulars, so to save the most you need an easy way to manage them.
* Use the “no clip” system to save an hour a week: Save the newspaper circulars, write that day’s date on the front and keep them in a plastic shoe box or file. Save the entire circular instead of cutting out a few coupons and throwing the rest away because you never know which items will go on sale in future weeks.
* When you select and print your deals list from Web sites, each deal will reference the date its coupon came out. Cut out only the coupons you need for each trip, rather than cutting out and organizing all the coupons every week.
* Buy 2-3 copies of the Sunday paper to increase your savings during weeks that the circulars have many coupons you would use.
* Also print coupons and use electronic coupons.
4. Time it right — wait until the item goes on sale to use the coupon
* If you use the coupon on a full-price item, you may end up paying half price. But if you wait and use your coupon when the item goes on sale for half price, you may end up getting it free. Many “coupon items” do not hit their lowest sale price until a few weeks after the coupon came out.
* In the taped piece, many of the coupon deals used coupons that came out a full month ago. Had we used them a month ago on these items, we would have paid a lot more than 25 cents for our $100 cart of groceries.
5. Know how your store’s promotion and coupon policies work
* If your store has a loyalty card, sign up. Be sure to provide your complete mailing address because you may receive personalized coupons for items you purchase.
* Pay attention to special promotions and combine them with coupons. Check the store’s sales circular for promotions such as “Buy 10 participating frozen items and get $5 off your order.” Use coupons on promotion items to really save.
* Find out how your stores’ coupon policies work. Do they double coupons? Up to what amount? Is there a limit on the number of coupons that can be used per order?
* Does your store have its own coupons and if so, where can you find them?
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Wild Foods: Face Cream, Smilax Bamboo Stirfry, Wild Mustard Vinegar, buckwheat

Friday January 26, 2007
Cowgirl Face Cream
Who says we have to limit wild food plants to just gastronomique delights? Our skin happens to be our largest organ, and it ‘eats’ and absorbs what we put on it. When I was introduced to California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) I had to let out a big yeehaw! It is commonly known as cowboy cologne, since it’s said that the cowboys used to rub it all over their bodies before a night out on the town. Well, it’s 2007 and this wanna be cowgirl reckons it’d be alright for the ladies to partake as well.
I have been making my own lotion for some time, not wanting to feed my skin with the colorings/fake scents/preservatives/etc. so often found in today’s skin care products. The following is my favorite face cream recipe, adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s original. Smooth it over your body as if you’re anointing yourself with precious balm.
Cowgirl Face Cream
2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
¾ cup apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil
1/3 cup coconut oil, or cocoa butter
½ to 1 oz beeswax
4 Tbsp dried California sagebrush, packed loosely
Use some cheesecloth to tie up the California sagebrush into a ball. Then drop the ball into a crockpot dedicated to infusing oils, or set up a double boiler on your stovetop (see photo below). Infuse your oils on the lowest heat setting possible for at least 4 hours. If using double boiler method put on lowest setting and cook for ½ hour. Turn off the heat and let stand, reheating when you are ready for the next step.
The next step is to take out your cheesecloth ball of California sagebrush. Sqeeze out all of the oil being held inside and add your beeswax. Oftentimes you will not get an already measured piece of beeswax, but they will have written how many ounces you have on the front of the bag. Heat a knife over your stovetop and use its heat to help cut the beeswax into one ounce pieces. You will then be ready to place your 1-ounce of beeswax into the infused oil (and if you cut the whole chunk into 1-ounce pieces you’ll be ready for the next time you make face cream).
While the beeswax is melting over low heat, in either your crockpot or double boiler, mix your waters. Set the waters aside for later. Once your beeswax is melted into your infused oils, pour them into a blender. Let cool until they become creamy looking (you can speed this process by putting the blender in a cool area). Once it becomes a cool semisolid, turn on your blender at its highest speed and SLOWLY drizzle the room temperature waters into the oils. The key to this emulsion is to pour the waters into the oils, not the other way around. Blend just until it looks like frosting, but don’t over beat…it will thicken as it sets. Pour into cool sterilized glass jars and keep away from heat.
Tuesday May 8, 2007 in
sunny johnson wild food plants
Break out your chaps and leather jacket! Catbriar season is on on the east coast, and the more you can protect yourself the more of those crisp delicious tendrils and shoots you can harvest. This plant also goes by the name of greenbriar, and a few other nice and not-so-nice names. I believe the one in the photograph below is Smilax rotundifolia. Bend the end of the vine where still flexible and it will easily snap off (thorns on the flexible shoots are soft and flexible as well).

I spent a few days in Maryland, just south of Washington DC, with family. How patient they are with my wild food experiments. We ate the dish described in the recipe below for nearly every meal. The wild garlic and bamboo shoots are widely available right now as well, and along with the smilax can also be eaten raw. Snap off young bamboo shoots (photograph below), peel off outside skin until you reach tender inner core, and slice. Continue slicing and removing tough outer skin as you move up the shoot.
Smilax Bamboo Stirfry
4 c smilax, cut in 4 inch segments
1 c bamboo shoots, sliced
1/8 c oil
1/2 c wild garlic bulbs and tops, chopped
1/2 t wild ginger powder
1/8 c soy sauce
Put oil into pan over medium-high heat. Once oil is heated add sliced bamboo shoots. After about 1 minute add wild ginger powder. After one more minute add wild garlic and smilax. Stir thoroughly, turn heat to high and add soy sauce. Let cook for one minute and serve immediately.
Friday May 11, 2007 in
sunny johnson wild food plants
Check out that bee’s back leg! It looks like its bubble is about to burst. This bee has trapped a fine amount of pollen into what I think is its leg pouch. While they gather nectar from the blossoms, they also get some pollen into their leg pouch to bring back to the hive to feed to the larvae. The pollen that sticks to their leg hairs helps to pollinate other plants. Bees are not the only pollinators on the planet though, click here to read more about the birds, bats, butterflies, moths and others who all play a part in fertilizing 3/4th’s of our food supply. When I found this patch of wild mustard there were well over a hundred bees buzzing around. That buzzing, that buzzing! It felt like their wings were going to buzz me to someplace I’d never been buzzed to before.
These wild mustard flower tops make for a very jazzy herbal vinegar. I picked those flower tops and added about 1/8 cup flower heads per 1 cup apple cidar vinegar. Ha’s Apple Farm makes wonderful unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. They sell their products at various farmer’s markets in the LA area, and also market them on their website. Making herbal vinegars is fun and easy to do, but be sure to put your mixture into a clean jar, with no metal lid (vinegar will react with the metal – or put wax paper between metal lid and jar). Soak plant material for about a month and then strain it out.

Thursday February 8, 2007
Chicken curry n wild tortillas
I actually found a few Calfornia buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) flowers in bloom on the trail to Eagle Rock, in Topanga Canyon State Park, last weekend. This really speaks to the amazing biodiversity of this plant. I’ve been harvesting it since September, and will continue to do so until the rains wash the seeds away. This extremely wide range in harvesting time isn’t as common in cultivated plants, which are designed to perform under a more narrow set of conditions.
When you are 100% certain that you have correctly identified Calfornia buckwheat, you can begin to harvest it. I think the leaf structure is similar to another common plant of the chaparal, chemise (Adenostoma fasciculatum). And although the seed head balls of the buckwheat are distinctly rust colored, the seed head balls of black sage (Salvia mellifera) could be confusing to the beginner. So again, once you are 100% confident of your identification, harvest the seeds and clean out any sticks, twigs, or insects. Place the seeds and chaffe into a coffee grinder, spice grinder, blender, or mortar and pestle. Grind until you have a fine flour. This flour does not have gluten, so you will need to mix it with a gluten containing flour if you wish to use it in a similar manner.
I learned to make chapati over an open fire . If you do not have an open fire, or gas stove in your kitchen, simply skip the open fire method described below and let them cook longer in the pan. Chapati’s are a bit lighter than tortillas, and I’ve found they’re good for the more fibrous consistency of the buckwheat.
California buckwheat chapati
1 c California buckwheat flour
1 c unbleached white flour, or flour of your choice
clove of garlic
Mix California buckwheat flour and unbleached white flour in medium-sized bowl. Pour in small amounts of water until you have a pliable dough. Separate dough into 5 separate balls and cover with a hand towel. Take one dough ball out and roll it out onto a well floured flat surface using a rolling pin. Roll as thinly as you can and place into a hot pan (I like to use cast iron) for roughly 10 seconds on each side. Then use tongs to pick up your chapati, move your pan to the side, and place the chapati directly over the open flame until it puffs up. Make sure to fire both sides and watch the air bubbles expand. I like to then brush them with butter, rub them with a garlic clove that has been cut in half, and lightly sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.

Home made solar cell step by step

Home made solar cell step by step

Home made solar cell step by step

Here is a low power low efficiency photovoltaic cell that you can make you own in the kitchen
with materials from the hardware store.
This cell is made from cuprous oxide instead of silicon and you can build a working solar cell in 2 hours
to build it i follow this instruction:

Home made solar cell step by step

Here is a low power low efficiency photovoltaic cell that you can make you own in the kitchen
with materials from the hardware store.
This cell is made from cuprous oxide instead of silicon and you can build a working solar cell in 2 hours.
To build it I follow these instructions:

Make a solar cell in your kitchen

A solar cell is a device for converting energy from the sun into electricity. The high-efficiency solar cells you can buy at Radio Shack and other stores are made from highly processed silicon, and require huge factories, high temperatures, vacuum equipment, and lots of money.

If we are willing to sacrifice efficiency for the ability to make our own solar cells in the kitchen out of materials from the neighborhood hardware store, we can demonstrate a working solar cell in about an hour.

Our solar cell is made from cuprous oxide instead of silicon. Cuprous oxide is one of the first materials known to display the photoelectric effect, in which light causes electricity to flow in a material.

Thinking about how to explain the photoelectric effect is what led Albert Einstein to the Nobel prize for physics, and to the theory of relativity.
Materials you will need

The solar cell is made from these materials:

1. A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
2. Two alligator clip leads.
3. A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
4. An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won’t work — mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
5. A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
6. Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
7. Tap water.
8. Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
9. Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.

How to build the solar cell

My burner looks like this:

The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don’t have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.

Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.

As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.

As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.

The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.

When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.

After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.

As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.

The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.

When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.

The rest of the assembly is very simple and quick.

Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.

Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.

Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates — you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.

The photo above shows the solar cell in my shadow as I took the picture. Notice that the meter is reading about 6 microamps of current.

The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.

The above photo shows the solar cell in the sunshine. Notice that the meter has jumped up to about 33 microamps of current. Sometimes it will go over 50 microamps, swinging the needle all the way over to the right.
How does it do that?

Cuprous oxide is a type of material called a semiconductor. A semiconductor is in between a conductor, where electricity can flow freely, and an insulator, where electrons are bound tightly to their atoms and do not flow freely.

In a semiconductor, there is a gap, called a bandgap between the electrons that are bound tightly to the atom, and the electrons that are farther from the atom, which can move freely and conduct electricity.

Electrons cannot stay inside the bandgap. An electron cannot gain just a little bit of energy and move away from the atom’s nucleus into the bandgap. An electron must gain enough energy to move farther away from the nucleus, outside of the bandgap.

Similarly, an electron outside the bandgap cannot lose a little bit of energy and fall just a little bit closer to the nucleus. It must lose enough energy to fall past the bandgap into the area where electrons are allowed.

When sunlight hits the electrons in the cuprous oxide, some of the electrons gain enough energy from the sunlight to jump past the bandgap and become free to conduct electricity.

The free electrons move into the saltwater, then into the clean copper plate, into the wire, through the meter, and back to the cuprous oxide plate.

As the electrons move through the meter, they perform the work needed to move the needle. When a shadow falls on the solar cell, fewer electrons move through the meter, and the needle dips back down.
A note about power

The cell produces 50 microamps at 0.25 volts.
This is 0.0000125 watts (12.5 microwatts).
Don’t expect to light light bulbs or charge batteries with this device. It can be used as a light detector or light meter, but it would take acres of them to power your house.

The 0.0000125 watts (12.5 microwatts) is for a 0.01 square meter cell, or 1.25 milliwatts per square meter. To light a 100 watt light bulb, it would take 80,000 square meters of cuprous oxide for the sunlit side, and 80,000 square meters of copper for the dark electrode. To run a 1,000 watt stove, you would need 800,000 square meters of cuprous oxide, and another 800,000 square meters of plain copper, or 1,600,000 square meters all together. If this were to form the roof of a home, each home would be 282 meters long and 282 meters wide, assuming all they needed electricity for was one stove.

There are 17,222,256.7 square feet in 1,600,000 square meters. If copper sheeting costs $5 per square foot, the copper alone would cost $86,110,283.50 USD. Making it one tenth the thickness can bring this down to $8,611,028.35. Since you are buying in bulk, you might get it for half that, or about $4,300,000.00.

If you used silicon solar panels costing $4 per watt, you could run the same stove for $4,000.00. But the panels would only be about 10 square meters.

Or, for about a dollar, you can build a solar stove out of aluminum foil and cardboard. For about $20, you can build a very nice polished aluminum parabolic solar cooker.

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Build a 60 Watt Solar PanelBuild a 60 Watt Solar Panel

Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona. I am an astronomer and…
by mdavis19

Next: a flat panel solar cell .

A flat panel solar cell

I made a more portable version of the solar cell in a flat panel form. I used the clear plastic top from a plastic CD jewel case as the window, and lots of silicone rubber glue to both attach the pieces together and to insulate them from each other.

The first step is to make a cuprous oxide plate like we did in the first solar cell. This time I sanded one corner clean all the way down to the shiny copper, and soldered an insulated copper wire to it for the negative lead.

The positive plate is a U shaped piece cut from the copper sheeting, a little bit larger than the cuprous oxide plate, with the cutout portion of the U a little bit smaller than the cuprous oxide plate. Another insulated copper wire is soldered to one corner of the U.

The first step in construction is to glue the U shaped copper plate to the plastic window. Use plenty of silicone glue, so the saltwater won’t leak out. Make sure that the solder connection is either completely covered with glue, or is outside of the glue U, as shown in the photo (completely covered in glue is best).
The photo below shows the back side of the solar cell (the side not facing the sun) at this point in the construction.

The photo below shows the front side of the solar cell (the side that will face the sun) at this point in the construction. Notice that the silicone glue does not completely cover the copper, since some of the copper must eventually be in contact with the saltwater.

The next step is to lay a good size bead of glue onto the U shaped clean copper plate. This layer will act as an insulator between the clean copper plate and the cuprous oxide plate, and must be thick enough to leave some room for the saltwater. Again, not all of the copper is covered, so there will be plenty of copper in contact with the saltwater.
Gently press the cuprous oxide plate onto this layer of glue. You should press hard enough to make sure the glue seals off any gaps, but not so hard that the two plates touch.

The photo below shows the back side of the solar cell (the side not facing the sun) at this point in the construction.

The photo below shows the front side of the solar cell (the side that will face the sun) at this point in the construction. Note that I added extra glue to form a funnel at the top to allow the saltwater to be added.

You can click on the photo above to get a bigger picture.
Not shown in the photo is a generous extra bead of glue all around the outside of the plates, to ensure that no saltwater will leak out. Allow the glue to cure before going on to the next step.
Next, use a large eyedropper to add the saltwater. Fill the cell up almost to the top of the copper plate, so it almost spills out. Then seal the funnel with another generous bead of glue, and allow the glue to cure at least a half hour.

In the photo above you can see the flat panel solar cell in action in the bright sun. It is delivering about 36 microamperes of current. You can also see the extra bead of glue around the edges of the plates, and filling the top of the funnel.

Finally, another shot of the author’s shadow. Note that the meter now reads about 4 microamperes, since no sunlight is falling on it.



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The solar panels can be flat-packed for efficient shipping and come with everything needed for operation. At $400 for a 60 to 70 watt ($600 for a panel with inverter and cables), the Veranda solar panels are affordable, or at least in line with the cost of many electronic toys that are enjoyed by the people in Veranda’s target market, but not beating the market benchmark of $1 per watt. However, Veranda can appeal to lower income buyers with the expandability concept. Consumers can start with one panel, adding additional panels later simply by snapping them on. Veranda also plans to use financing models that promote the accessibility of the technology, such as leasing the panels through utility companies.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gathering Wild Foods


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Processing Acorns

January 23rd, 2009

Processing acorns! Everyone does it a little bit different, and for me it seems like every year I’m somewhere different and do it in a little bit different way. This year I was in north central Texas, and luckily had myself some great help. You’ll follow from picking them up, to shelling them in my handy sheller, to letting them dry so that the papery sheaths can be removed, to grinding them up in my hand crank/hand powered blender, to leaching them with cold water to remove the tannic acid.
Click here for a recipe for Puffy Acorn Pretzels. Click here for a recipe for Acorn Black Walnut Bread. Click here for a recipe for Acorn ‘n Sagebrush Chicken. And click here for Acorn Hummus.

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California Sagebrush Tea
Monday January 29, 2007
California Sagebrush Tea
Despite its common name as cowboy cologne, California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) is used by Native Americans predominantly as a woman’s plant. This evergreen shrub, found in the foothills of California’s coastal sage scrub plant community, is abundant and wonderfully aromatic. Its dried out silver-green leaves are narrow and cluster in bunches. I have really come to crave the flavor of this tea.

California Sagebrush Tea
12 cups water
2 Tbsp dried California sagebrush (loosely packed)

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add sagebrush and let steep for at least 4 hours. It’s best to let it steep overnight, strain out the sagebrush, and refrigerate the remaining amount.
The lines between food and medicine are oftentimes blurred. I believe this is why the term Food is Medicine is so universal among cultures. I look forward to using California Sagebrush as a seasoning in roasts and other foods that would compliment its strong flavor.
Wild foods commonly available in urban areas of the Sonoran desert:
1. Amaranth
2. Purslane
3. Mesquite Pods
4. Barrel cactus fruit & seeds
5. Prickly pear pads & fruits
6. Lambsquarters
Wild foods commonly available in wild spaces of the Sonoran desert:
1. Mesquite pods
2. Ironwood seeds
3. Prickly pear pads & fruits
4. Saguaro fruits
5. Cholla buds

Thursday July 19, 2007 in
sunny savage wild food plants
In keeping with the spirit of foraging for free foods, I’ve been getting a lot of nasturtium leaves, unopened flower buds, flowers, and seedpods. I know, it’s a garden plant. But this South American native has naturalized itself here in California and is found growing in many places where it was not originally planted. So many folks I know are unaware of their edibility, so I thought it was good to highlight them here. All parts above-ground are edible, and although we call them nasturtium’s, they are actually of the Tropaeolum genus.
The above photo is of some hors d’oeuvres using the leaves as a wrap. Stuffed inside is the julienned carrot, goat cheese and quinoa. I’ve been drying and powdering most of the leaves though, adding them to mayonaise and pasta dough.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Buffalohair Boycotting Pizza Hut for the People of Borneo

Buffalohair Boycotting Pizza Hut for the People of Borneo

Boycotting Pizza Hut for the People of Borneo

Posted in America’s, Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by buffalohair

What would you do if you were treated like second class citizens in a restaurant and also notice hygiene was compromised by an employee who cleaned out their ears with a straw? Further, to rub salt in the customers wound, the waiting staff would ignore customers and when the patron finally got the attention from the staff they would be chastised and ridiculed. This is the case at a *Pizza Hut in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo where a group of disgruntled local customers have staged a boycott of this international fast food giant, Pizza Hut, do to their extremely poor customer service.

Kota Kinabalu is a tiny but flourishing tourist town located in Northern Borneo and it makes me wonder why the locals are being treated so poorly. Is it because they are the indigenous people of that region and not big spending tourists? Does this international corporation have a double standard for third world countries? In any event since we are going global it is time for the little people, the consumers, to flex their might and stand for these people of Borneo. Maybe we can turn the heads of at least one of the executives since this is not the image Pizza Hut wants to spread around the world and believe me, this will spread since word is getting out.

Just because Kota Kinabalu is a small community does not mean quality and customer service does not matter to these villagers. In fact this is a litmus test since there could be other tiny villages where the local inhabitances are being treated poorly in favor of the tourist in other parts of the world. This may very well be only the tip of the ice berg and now Pizza Hut has become my science project. The egregious conduct of Pizza Hut employees in Kota Kinabalu has become the face of this international corporation whether they like it or not.

If “we the consumers” stand up for these humble people against this gigantic corporation we may only affect a mere few million dollars in their corporate bottom line. But it’s a mere few million dollars that will go to some other company that treats their customers with dignity, respect and courtesy regardless of the ethnicity, creed or country they reside. I would hate to think that Pizza Hut condones racial inequities favoring customers who flash a VISA instead of local currency. Why has this total disregard for the people of Kota Kinabalu gone this far in the first place?

Just so you know, **Yum Brands is the parent company of Pizza Hut and this corporation includes Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Taco Bell, Long John Silvers, A&W Restaurants, Wing Street and Dong Fang Ji Bai, just to name a few. Their corporate headquarters is in Louisville, Kentucky with corporate offices in China, Taiwan and Thailand. So if we boycott Pizza Hut we should also pinch their corporate dollar at these establishments as well. Than maybe our friends in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo will get the customer service they rightfully deserve. The only way to deal with corporations is to strike them in their corporate bottom line. The sooner you learn this tool the sooner you will be able to cope with Globalization. We may only be consumers in the corporate eye but we also possess their life’s blood, the all mighty dollar. In fact the dollar is the International Corporation’s Achilles Tendon for without our money they are finito la musica, capice? If we don’t buy, they will die and that’s the consumer’s bottom line.



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