4.1.9 Thoughts and sayings

Some thoughts and sayings to ponder...........


Some cause happiness wherever they go and some whenever they go.

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

It is only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you
realize that there is perhaps another way to solve problems without using
violence .... 

A wise man once said nothing. 

A great landing is when you can reuse the plane. 

Having lost sight of our objectives, we need to redouble our efforts. 

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. 

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death! 

Don’t say it can’t be done to man who is doing it. 

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. 

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. 

If you are riding ahead of the herd, take a look back now and then to make sure it's still there. 

The world is full of people who are damn sure of things that ain't so. 

Mother Nature doesn't care whether the fox or the rabbit wins today, she merely gives both the potential. 

Not to decide is to decide.

Seeing is believing and believing is seeing. 

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. 

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. 

Dogs, the only exercise machine that doesn’t gather dust. 

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known.  

Each new beginning is another new beginning’s end. 

If you think you're fat, you probably are.

If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you. 

Sic vis pacem para bellum.  If you want peace, prepare for war.

42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

Remember, half the people you know are below average intelligence.

The second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines

Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them!

He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.  

Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. 

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

The high cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

It's hard to kiss the lips at night, that chewed your ass out all day long. 

Impotence is Mother Nature's way of saying 'No hard feelings....

Virginity can be cured.

Men find it difficult to make eye contact because breasts don't have eyes.

Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

If you believe you can or can’t, you are absolutely right.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane and going the wrong way.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
You don't need a parachute to skydive, only to skydive again.
Hospitality is making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
You're never too old to learn something stupid. 

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease.

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last long.  

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. 

Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not Happy.

Some days I wrestle with my demons, but other days we just snuggle. 

No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.

You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

When a pickpocket meets a saint, they see only their pockets. 

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on dinner. 

If it's stupid, but it works, it isn't stupid. 

Never share a fox hole with someone braver than you. 

Incoming fire has the right away. 

Tracers work both ways. 

Life is tough.  It's tougher if you're stupid. 

Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well
you bounce.

Life is simpler when you plough around the stump.

Don't corner something meaner than you.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

Only cows know why they stampede.

If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then
to make sure it's still there with ya.

It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. 

Almost everything tastes better with either onion or bacon in it. 

Never hide your money or dope while stoned. 

We are the people our parents warned us about. 

Where have they gone?  I must hasten to follow them for I am their leader. 

If a man makes a statement with no woman present, is he still wrong?

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"........ 

Lifes not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain 

If everything is important, then nothing is... 

Fervor is the weapon of choice of the impotent. 

When you grab the sword, grab it by the hilt. 

A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.

Opinions are like assholes... everybody has one.

 I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

To hide one lie, a thousand lies are needed. 

Sometimes, the best laid plans are best not made. 

There is absolutely nothing worse or more dangerous than a dumb hammer!!  

Better late than pregnant. 

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

Half the people you know are below average.

If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain. 

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. 

A cow chip is paradise for a fly. 

Never trust a man that can look a pretty woman in the eye.  

The wildest broncos are those you rode someplace else. 

Too little temptation can lead to virtue. 

Never gamble with a man that can read both sides of the cards. 

It is hard to put a foot in a shut mouth. 

Outlaws and martyrs are greatly improved by death. 

Eagles don’t catch flies. 

If you want to stay single, look for the perfect mate. 

Even a friendly snake is an unwelcome guest. 

For a stable to get clean, someone has to get dirty. 

When two play, one wins. 

Lightning does the work while thunder takes the credit. 

Spread happiness where you go, not when. 

When you hear the night bird call during the day, it is time to duck for cover. 

Ugly women hate mirrors. 

You cannot turn chicken shit into chicken salad. 

Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.—Freewheelin' Franklin 

Silence is golden but duct tape is silver. 

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. 

I don't do drugs, I smoke weed. 

Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do! 

I'm such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.

Everything before the 'but' is bullshit.

I'm stoned what’s your excuse?

 All the darkness in the world, cannot put out a single candle.




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4.1.8 Where is this handbasket named Facebook headed??

Who sets Facebook’s community standards and how?

The previously upset me by making me change the Tattered Old Graywolf FB site to James Ellis, who is relatively unknown in perspective. 

They recently not only deleted one of my pictures by StrangeCosmos.com, that has been circulating for a long time, but suspended my account for 30 days as punishment.

I feel like that is high handed and is going too far, so I’m questioning why I even want to participate in FB.

Looking at all the garbage that they do allow and after listening to the FB congressional hearings, I am even more dismayed and disgusted.

The offensive photo

The Suspension

To see where they draw the line, I posted the unsafe acts below and have yet to get a response, but we will see:





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15.8.1 Refluxing columns for producing 190 proof Ethanol

Still with 60" packed Reflux column in operation

In previous articles 10.19 190 Proof Ethanol from Scratch, and article 15.8 Ethanol Fractionating Still, I discus how to produce 190 proof Ethanol, the difference being that the latter uses a reflux column to achieve 95% 190 proof concentration, while the former uses multiple runs in a vacuum pot still and mol sieve desiccant to achieve that end.



Underneath the towels, my test still is composed of a 6” X 12” boiling pot, with 5’ of 2” sanitary tubing stuffed with stainless steel ribbon from commercial pot scrubbers.

Vacuum still assembly with 36” column showing bead bath heating

Pot scrubber column stuffing from Hong’s Restaurant Suply

The boiling pot sits in a commercial electric soup pot full of aluminum beads supplied by Cascade Sciences, and there is a thermocouple in the boiling pot attached to a PID for heat control, and a thermocouple in the column head to determine the boiling point of the fraction currently in the column head.

The thermocouples were custom 1/8” Type J made by Wilcon Industries and inserted through 1/8” Swagelok compression fittings, that I through drilled so the thermocouple could pass all the way through.

Column head with thermocouple and compound pressure gauge

I insulated the column with 1” thick closed cell foam 2 1/8” pipe insulation and all hoses are 3/8” 304 stainless steel over braided PTFE with #6 JIC connectors.

For a condenser I used a 10 pass single row copper tube heat exchanger with aluminum fins and added a blower from another double row heat exchanger.


3/8” 10 pass single row copper vapor to air heat exchanger using Derale components

For a collection jar, I used a thumper lid from Nor Cal Brewing Solutions.  It is set up with a connection to the test sled vacuum pump, so the system can also be run under -23” Hg vacuum as a vacuum still.

I will be running vacuum still experiment for comparison once I establish a baseline.


Thumper lid attachment from Nor Cal Brewing Solutions

For my first run, I diluted 190 proof Ethanol 50/50 with water, to produce about a 95 proof and put it through the still with a 2” X 36” reflux column in one pass.  After it cooled down, the 36” column produced 185 proof ethanol, so I added another 24” of packed reflux column to see what that would produce. 

At 26C/78.8F a single pass measured 195 proof, which when adjusted for temperature above 16C/60F comes out 190 proof.


Oops, New Reflux Still Column Sizing Insights!

Sooooo, I was so elated with achieving my 190 proof azeotropic balance goal with my small still, that I failed to consider all the variables using a larger boiling pot. 

Sometimes experiments verify and support pet hypothesis, and sometimes they fly in the face of them for obvious reasons, which I failed to adequately consider.

In this case I attached the same 2” X 60” packed reflux column to the 12” X 12” pot, vis a vis the 6” X 6” still base and expected similar results, despite the 4X difference in surface boiling area producing vapors.

As a result, I only achieved 180 proof in a single pass, demonstrating that I need more refluxing mass cooling down the vapors, so that only the lowest boiling point reach the column head.

I again packed my boiling pot in aluminum beads from Cascade Sciences for even heating, but this time used a 14” baking pan sitting on a Chemorec 2 hot plate, instead of an electric soup pot.

Large Pot in Bead Bath

Large Pot In Operation Insulated and Wrapped

The run was smooth and uneventful, but demonstrated the need for more reflux area, which I don’t have room for in my kitchen, so will have to wait until I can move back in my garage lab/workshop or go to a larger diameter column.


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9.5.9 Yet another way to vape without using e-pen carts

Some of us whose lungs are approaching their expiration date and who now rely on vaping or dabbing, are left wanting when traveling, so covet a device that is portable and effective.

There are e-pens with their panoply of flavors that sometimes leak, and many of ya’ll remember the recent scare with brothers and sisters suffering from lipid pneumonia after using e-pen’s containing diluents like Vitamin E acetate supplied by unscrupulous vendors.

Begging the question of how to have a decent portable vape without using carts?? 

By decent, I mean one that has both flavor and effect, which you can easily carry in your pocket in any position without it leaking.

In my search I ran across the Storz & Bickel Mighty, produced by the same folks producing the venerable Volcano and did some experimenting with the mixture in their small aluminum cans, with led to another serendipitous discovery, which I will return to later.

My first discovery was that if I filled the aluminum cans half full of ground herb, and then added a dap of crumble or sugar, before topping off with more ground herb, that I could have both flavor and extra potency.

Storz & Bickel Mighty with product canister in place


Empty canister with ground herb, crumble, and CRC sugar ready for loading

Half full canister with crumble and sugar added

Topped off canister ready for lid


Hee, hee, hee, here’s where serendipity comes in, because I discovered that Mighty product cannister fits perfectly in a Series one, VI Domeless Nail, and provides a smooth and tasty vape.  Not real portable, but handy in the lair and smoother and more flavorful than dabs.………….

Cannister a drop in fit in a Series one, VI Domeless Nail


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18.3.1 Test 13 F-Extracting wild blackberry concentrates from spent pulp

Wowza, shazam!  What an intensely flavorful extract!!

I extracted concentrate from spent wild blackberry pulp, after squeezing the berries for juice, that both Grayfox and I found delightful and my Le Cordon Bleu chef tester friend said it came as close to tasting exactly like the fresh black berries it came from as he had sampled.

The essence of blackberries

We learned from cannabis that terpenes, terpenoids, and flavonoids are where it’s at from a flavor and aroma standpoint so what I did different was extract with a mixture of 50% 190 proof ethanol and 50% water to extract both the water-soluble flavonoids and only marginally water-soluble terpenes.

After pressing and vacuum filtering, I then removed the alcohol and most of the water boiling under -23” Hg vacuum, to keep the temperature below 66C/150F, so as to minimize heat effects on the aromatic constituents and retain their individual flavors.

Experiment 3F Extract and concentrate the terpenes and flavonoids from fresh picked wild blackberry pulp, after the juice is squeezed out of it. 

Because blackberry seeds add unwanted flavors when fractured, I pressed the fresh berries instead of macerating them.

3F-1       I started with fresh wild black berries handpicked by Moi on Oak Island in Sturgeon Lake, at the confluence of the Willamette and the Columbia rivers.

3F-2       I smashed the berries by hand using a potato masher to avoid rupturing any seeds and pressed out the juice using a t-shirt rag for a juice bag.

3F-3       I soaked the left-over pulp in a 50/50 mixture of water and Ethanol for an hour and after vacuum filtering, I removed the alcohol and reduced the water by boiling under vacuum.

The end result was that the combination of the ethanol and water extracting the terpenes and flavonoids provided a fuller spectrum extraction than water alone.

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