I love these quantum physisists.
Some high foreheaded mensa person will develop a theory and it will describe a small particle that has to exist. And then the search is on. My dad actually understood some of these things, to me it is like reading a thriller without any understanding of the plot but still wanting to know how it ended. Well, Higgs Boson, is one of those particles, they built an 8 billion dollar particle accelerator in Switserland, and there is on e in the USA too. Paradox of paradoxes that you need a 12 mile tunnel to find such a small particle.
But more beautiful is the Ettore Majorana particle. The particle is its own anti particle (?). It was predicted by an Italian genius in 1937, who one day bought a ticket to Palermo and then just disappeared in thin air.... Maybe Ettore is his own anti Ettore. At any rate, Dutch researchers found it with the contraption shown in the photo above. Fascinating, especially the different kinds of duct tape. Makes me proud of my homeys.
Talking about particles, been cleaning the shed... found a few parts and a pound of dead mice. Making room for the chicken project: as soon as I see some grant movement on the bank account I'll purchase those day old chicks. (still wondering what I am going to do with 200 laying hens).
So things are coming together, at its own speed. There are all kinds of plants in the greenhouse, nothing new there. Growing transplants is the easy thing, from then on it is an uphill battle. Into the field, watering, weeding, harvesting... oh and selling.
The strawberries are looking good. Out of the 3400 there are probably 3200 plants alive. They were about 3 weeks ahead of schedule, flowering and fruiting, done ate two berries. There was ice on them a few mornings ago, wonder what that will do. The average frost free date for here is April 15th, so I hope that is the last one.
The raised beds i made last fall have made it possible to plant in wet field conditions, that is encouraging.
The massey tractor is back home and chomping on the bit. Johnnie is in the shop yet, did get a new tire, general love and affection and a new starter, so that 'll be another paycheck and a half.
The pavilion/sales shed is coming along, needs cooler hook up yet but that will take some doing.
Oh and last but least let me do some bitching about the damn economy that always has to grow. Because growing is good except when it isn't. Last I checked growth was defined as "to spring up and develop to maturity". Which to me means that eventually growth stops and then you go into maintenance mode. Really, apart from the crap pile in my shed and the information on the internet, what does grow forever? But no, the economy must grow. Please can someone explain that to me?
Pieter Los, born in Scotland, raised in the Netherlands, lost in the USA. .