Episode-1707- Using Logical Methods and Function Stacking for Decision Making — 15 Comments

  1. Hey Jack,

    This might be one of your best episodes yet! I look forward to seeing pics or video of your quail setup.

    Thanks for all you do.

  2. On the advantage of not-mentally-lazy people:

    I am having extreme difficulty with the authoritarian aspects of school, so if the school I am on right now won’t or can’t coöperate, my parents and I want me to be home-schooled (or, more accurately, unschooled). Now, I am 14 years old, and I live in the Netherlands. We have 3 major ‘levels’ of school here (VMBO, HAVO and VWO, in that order). I am currently in the 3rd year of VWO. VWO takes 6 years, HAVO takes 5 and VMBO takes 4. When you do VMBO, you still have to go to school afterwards, so that’s not an option. We are planning on reverse-engineering, learning for, and taking the ‘state exam’ for HAVO in December this year. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but I just thought that would fit in nicely.


    • I guess I should have disclaimed that I was talking about adults. I consider compulsory state control education to be child abuse, enough said there.

      • While I totally agree that state compulsory schooling- for the child- is ridiculous [as is the system primarily used], it seems like the society we’re currently in might require compulsion that parents make sure their children obtain some kind of education [but obviously parents should be free to provide that education in the way they find best.]

        As much as I want the government to get its grubby mitts out of people’s lives, right now there are a ridiculous number of people out there that are entirely too accustomed to being shepherded to actually handle their shit without some measure of control.

  3. Kudos for you for drinking a second cup of tea after the leaves have had 30+ minutes to steep in the french press. At that point my experience is that isn’t so much tea as it is tannic acid that looks like tea. 🙂

  4. Jack, glad to hear about the quail pen. Do you know how long you’ll be letting each “paddock” rest between times that the birds will be on it?

    • The current idea is 7-10 day rotations which gives a 14-20 day rest.

      Then you add my excluder frames, small 2×2 frames of 2×4 with hardware cloth. That will take up say 1/3rd to 1/2 the space. So in reality all ground is really looking at 14 – 20 days of true rest but 28 -40 days of them having no access to the bare dirt.

      This should work well but no one has done it so for now the durations are a guess.

      Add to this though each paddock is 16 x 10 feet and a 16 foot shelf in the back will grow 17 trays of new “sod” that are 10×21 inches. That is 3570 square inches or about 25 square feet. The area per paddock is 120 square feet, meaning that about 20% of it will also be resodded with sod at 3 weeksish of growth. That sod will then get another 14-20 days of growth before the birds are back to it, so that is 35-41 days of growth.

      With this the entire area is resodded every 5th rotation.

      The work should be very minimal. Once a week drop and refill trays, move excluders, move feeders and waterers and let the quail into the new area.

      This will be a big time save on feed, specifically as I figure out what they like best, hence the sod trays. put down 17 trays, 5ish of each blend and watch what they eat most. Grow that. Of course they will get surplus micro and baby greens from the other shelf too.

  5. Re: lifestyle of the broke ass rednecks

    From one of my favorite movies “Office Space”:
    Lawrence: Well, what about you now? What would you do?
    Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
    Lawrence: Well, yeah.
    Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
    Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
    Peter Gibbons: I would relax… I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.
    Lawrence: Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he’s broke, don’t do shit.

    Not that ‘doing nothing’ is my dream, but I have to say it still sounds a lot more fulfilling than nearly all the jobs I’ve had 🙂