friendlybaby

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from the incredible Island of Hawaii

    • friendlybaby

      Vanity Post, ftw

      5 years ago

      New video, all about us....

      Nothing new on the Federal indictment, more to come there. This video was made by a film crew that came from San Francisco on their own dime to interview us, some of our past students, our current interns, and many of the participants in our October training. We're trying to show the Prosecutor who we really are, and this is a pretty good look at us. Love you guys, and miss you tons!

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      Meh = Web Designer!

      7 years ago

      k, our website is finally up. I mean really, really up. Please take a look and tell me how much it sucks if it's clear, and understandable, and not too gooberish.

      I did it myself. Fucking Dreamweaver.

      www.friendlyaquaponics.com

      <3!!

      **Sus**

    • friendlybaby

      Organic Certification!

      7 years ago

      We got it!

      First ever aquaponics system to be certified organic for vegetables. (See last journal entry for explanation of aquaponics).

      Working madly, 12/7. 99.5% of available credit is used up on the credit cards (and since we started this whole thing with exceptional credit, and I intentionally increased the credit line before I started writing checks on the credit cards, we're talking about an impressive amount of revolving credit card debt!), so if we don't get cash flow soon, we're hosed!

      It's like the scene in Iron Man where the suit has frozen, all systems have crashed, and Tony Stark is trying desperately to get the suit back on line, while falling at terminal velocity toward the city below. Three feet off the city street, he succeeds, and zooms off over the city.

      We haven't gotten the suit started yet. And we're about four feet off the street.

      Enough about me! How are all of you? Tell me about your life! Let's grok and grow closer. I have missed you all tons. Except for Finch smiley0.gif .

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      Below are some pics of the farm tour, today with 32 people! Note Tim's "Bow Chika Bow Wow" t-shirt!

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      Harvesting fry (baby fish) from the breeding tanks, during the tour today.

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      Below is the whole farm. Note lettuce processing room over to the far right of the photo. We got State Health Department approval for a certified kitchen there - and it's movable! In the foreground is the hatchery, where we raise the tiny fish from fry to about 3". To the left are the two circular breeding tanks, from which Tim is harvesting fry in the above photo.

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      Here I am, grouting the floor of the lettuce processing room, yesterday.

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      Here's our new business card that I just finished and sent off to the printer Friday. (I LOVE Photoshop!)

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    • friendlybaby

      Aquaponics, or Why I'm Not Around Much

      8 years ago

      'Lo All. Miss you guys. Here's what I've been up to instead of slacking off with all of you.

      We're building an aquaponics farm. Simply put, aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture - growing fish in tanks, and hydroponics - growing plants in a water medium. The system is a closed, recirculating loop that sends the waste from the fish through a system of clarifying tanks, then a biofilter tank where naturally occuring bacteria transform ammonia into nitrates and nitrites for plant uptake. The plants are grown on rafts floating in hydroponic grow beds, where their roots provide further filtration, and the water is returned to the fish tank clean to start the cycle again.

      Our system is a zero-discharge, 100% contained system. We use no herbicides, pesticides, hormones, or chemical fertilizers. We currently have a 1/3-sized test system in production, with two commercial systems under construction.

      So, what's the big deal about aquaponics?

      Vegetables grow roughly twice as fast than in-ground, increasing the flexibility of the system. We can alter our product completely or partially, and have a whole new crop available in 3-6 weeks.

      Aquaponics is cleaner than organic: All our produce is grown completely without chemicals or pesticides (we are unable to use even the compounds approved for organic certification, as they would harm our fish).

      The system uses less than 1% of the water that in-ground farming does, while producing approximately 10 times the produce. This is eco-friendly, bio-intensive farming at its very best.

      Because the plants are grown in nutrient-rich water, the presence of micro-nutrients create vegetables and herbs with execptionally yummy taste, which is often not the case with produce grown hydoponically (which often look gorgeous, but taste like water).

      Below are some pics.

      This is the whole system, on 1/18/08, followed by how it looks today. Fish tanks are in the background.

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      Below is when I first started harvesting lettuce (foreground) on 1/18. I figure the first salad cost around $65,000.

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      And this is more or less the same angle this morning, two weeks later. We're completely unable to keep up with the lettuce and I am giving it away as fast as I can. Anybody want some?

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      This is Jack, holding up one of the rafts, showing fava bean roots. They're a little over a month old, at this point.

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      Below are the circular fish breeding tanks, foreground, and that's me, in the hatchery lab, far left, in the yellow rain slicker.

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      And this is Tim and Rose (age 2) in the fish tank, with Lucky and me outside. Can't think of a better way to demonstrate that it's non-toxic!

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      Below are a couple of the current construction of the fish tanks for the first commercial system (the pictures above are all of the one-third sized test system that we built first). All the tanks are made in our shop using a reverse boat kind of design - keeping water in rather than out! We put them together out of plywood, then fiberglass the inside and paint the outside.

      This is me sanding a multi-compartment fish tank.

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      And this is Rose playing in the same multi-compartment tank (we use the crane truck to rotate it to make fiberglassing easier).

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      Thanks for checking it out! If you like, go to our website, www.friendlyaquaponics.com, kindly built by Bryy.



    • friendlybaby

      Featured User?

      8 years ago

      Hahahahaha!

      Now I know it really is totally random!

      Unless Finch had something to do with this?

    • friendlybaby

      RvB/Bungie signed 360 faceplate on eBay

      8 years ago

      From Laird's journal, which I saw on Bryy's page....looks like a great item, for an equally great cause. Go bid, all you people with money.

      Check this out.

      I decided after I got out of the hospital last June that I was going to get a 360, once I got the Halo 2 face plate for my 360 I pretty much tossed my generic white 360 face plate in the 360 box. Then a few weeks before the San Diego Comic Con. So I decided to take my faceplate to San Diego to get some people from bungie and rvb to sign it. After pondering what to do with it I was like "Hey, I was sick and in the hospital and I know how much it sucks to be here."(I had my DS so I had some sanity.)I held on to it a little longer and decided to take it to PAX and see who else I could get to sign it? At PAX I was talking with some people about the faceplate and how I was sick, they suggested I donate it to child's play, so long story short, I wanna help the kids out there who are stuck in the hospitals and this is a chance to show the halo/rvb community cares and you get a cool collectors piece out of it too. Spread the word on the site about the auction, journals, word of mouth... it will all help

      Are you guys with me?


      So, spread the word, alla y'all.

    • friendlybaby

      Locks of Love

      8 years ago

      One year ago today, my hair looked like this (I am the one in the upper left cornerwink.png

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      But by the end of the day, it looked like this:

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      I once read that any hair below the shoulders represents emotional content of some sort, and mine was certainly below the shoulders. Almost down to my knees, in fact. That's a boatload of stored emotional issues.

      I somehow thought that cutting it would radically transform my life, but in the end, it was just hair, over three feet of it, and enough to make three wigs, according to the Locks of Love folks.

    • friendlybaby

      Baby Macaws are not beautiful....

      8 years ago

      ...but they are wicked expensive! And, like the Ugly Duckling, they become beautiful.
      Her name is Anuenue (pronounced ah NEW ee NEW ee), which means "rainbow"
      in Hawaiian. They used to be known as rainbow macaws, but now have the common
      name of greenwing macaws.

      She was hatched July 1st, 2007. I brought her home on my birthday, 21 July.
      Here she is the day after I brought her home, at three weeks and one day.

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      Asleep in her brooder box, at three weeks old, with her head all flopped over.
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      These two are at 4 weeks old, taken outside on my bedroom lanai. In the first one below,
      her egg tooth is visible as a little bump on the end of her beak.

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      And this is how she looked tonight. Five and a half weeks old. She is starting to look
      like a macaw here, and not some sort of space alien.

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    • friendlybaby

      n00b alert....

      8 years ago

      My amazing husband finally did something with his account! He is Swordsmith; go say "hey" to him, and check out his journal and his images. He's great, and my Best Friend in all the world!

  • About Me

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  • Comments (398)

    • GeneraI_Beef

      5 years ago

      second favourite? Awh man. I guess that gives me something to strive for...

      I'm pretty good. Things've been changing a lot, but change it good. I can't even remember what I was like last time we exchanged text. I keep making little steps forward, if life is anything like a mountain than hopefully it'll pay off big time sooner or later. God I hate hills, they're everywhere in this damn city. Windy too, what a pain.

      I don't really use rvb anymore, it's a wild coincidence that I managed to sign in only a week after your comment!

      Hope all is well,

      Beef
      xx

    • friendlybaby

      5 years ago

      Stalker! How are you, and the inimitable Miss Missy?

    • SupaChurchFn

      5 years ago

      Thinking of you Susanne, and wishing all the best.

    • Cyber_Kai Cyber Kai

      6 years ago

      Happy FU DAY!!! smiley0.gif

    • Tetrameth

      6 years ago

      Grats on your FU Day. smile.png

    • Stonesword

      6 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • oldie

      6 years ago

      You shouldn't need an invite to the forum bar, but I sent you one for the group Bar. It's doesn't get used very much.

      This place gets more confusing with every update.

      Good to see you back.

    • friendlybaby

      6 years ago

      Wheee!! You are here!

    • SupaChurchFn

      6 years ago

      Nice to see you online, lady! Hope business is booming!

    • webgecko

      6 years ago

      Missing you

    • GeneraI_Beef

      7 years ago

      If I see one in a shop I'll be sure to let you know.

    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      Hi!
      Missed you last night.

      ala In reply to friendlybaby, #4793:

      So, party at my house. Who wants to come to Hawaii??


      Yes please.
      My father was just there last week... I shoulda told him to look you up.
      Except for the whole he and you not knowing each other at all sort of thing.

      Glad to hear about the Costco account.
      Keep your head above water and keep on treading.

    • oldie

      7 years ago

      Ditto...

      How have you been? I guess life has been keeping you busy.

    • webgecko

      7 years ago

      I miss you. GET. BACK. HERE!

    • kenshinta

      7 years ago

      www.roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=2281805

      Hi Auntie Susanne! Can you vote for me please? It's so that I can watch more people.

      It's been a long time since then, but thank you for my first sponsorship!

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • kenshinta

      7 years ago

      The break just started, so I hope to catch up to all my friends. There's a lot that I've missed here, like this, which I totally regret. And I wish I was there for people when they needed me, and now I'm just ignored...

      I need to fix that.

    • kenshinta

      7 years ago

      HI!!! I haven't talked to you in a while. How's it going?

    • webgecko

      7 years ago

      GET. IN. HERE.

    • oldie

      7 years ago

      Damn, missed you again.

    • Princess

      7 years ago

      how am I?

      writing philosophy papers an hour before it's due :(

      Also, awesome website.

      P.S. I can send monies if you need, I HAVE THAT KIND OF POWER

    • troy0891

      7 years ago

      No prob. If I see any more I'll try to give you a heads up about them.

    • Princess

      7 years ago

      STOP DISSAPEARING WE MISS YOU :(

    • webgecko

      7 years ago

      Get your butt to Boulder and make me some pie!!!!!!!!!!

      <3

    • SimplySquee

      7 years ago

      oh, i realize the whole slippery slope thing. considering about half my family, i realize it VERY well. but the way i see it, hanging out with a couple friends getting a little stupid every couple weeks isn't so bad.

    • Scapino1974

      7 years ago

      Really cool Jengajam. I found it fascinating, so much so I put some links on my "real life" blog.

    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      lee

      Only recently heard of it.

    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      I've only recent heard of it.
      Thinking of trying to make it myself this weekend.

      Any tips? Warnings? Emergency information I need to have handy for the medics?

    • RedSun

      7 years ago

      Yeah, there are a few, actually.


      It's about the same as the ones I had when I lived on Oahu.

      Definitely not high quality, but eh.

    • FinchLynch

      7 years ago

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    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      loco moco?
      The devil's work... or made by lovely, greasy angels?

    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      In reply to friendlybaby, #5073:

      In reply to daruma, #5072:

      Yeah, in all his spare time, he makes knives and swords. Which is to say, the last time he fired up the forge was around five years ago.

      But perhaps soon.

      OK, maybe it's not practical for me to buy your fish - but if he ever gets to playing with the forge again, I cannot find the kind of skinning knife I want anywhere.

    • GeneraI_Beef

      7 years ago

      We've already got Venus for fucking :P

    • GeneraI_Beef

      7 years ago

      Planets are supposed to be named after Roman gods :(

    • swooper74

      7 years ago

      we'll go with really really early, better that way

    • swooper74

      7 years ago

      I thought that was what I wrote in the first place

    • SimplySquee

      7 years ago

      suzanne! B)

    • SupaChurchFn

      7 years ago

      I'm glad to see you hanging around the BAR again! I was getting worried your aquaponics had become sentient and had taken you captive. Let me know if there are ways to support your business! I'm getting a degree in design and marketing, so if you need brochures, etc. designed, I'd be happy to help (depending on my workload, of course) but I'm really enthused about your awesome business!

    • GeneraI_Beef

      7 years ago

      HEYA

      Did you always have that trippy thing in your profile? It's pretty...trippy.

    • Teflon23

      7 years ago

      Well the age of consent thing is true everywhere. But women who were of age (or their fathers) could sue for "being seduced". Which is basically saying, 'HE TRICKED ME INTO IT!"

    • swooper74

      7 years ago

      nobody I work with currently, but there have been guys who have taken girls out into the parking lot so they can "earn" their way in past the line. Generally, those guys are uber-douchebags who don't last more than a couple of weeks before getting shitcanned for that sort of thing, or more commonly for going hard on the soliciting of bribe money indiscriminately. I've personally gotten three of them fired myself, and told another one to walk on my own authority, and he did.

      Besides, putting your tender private parts in the care of a girl who's willing to trade sex for five bucks and a half hour in line is just a really bad horrible idea.

    • fnvicky

      7 years ago

      sus!

      i am doing fairly well....actually getting my crap together and working on moving to NYC in a few months.
      It's good to see you back online and that you've got the farm going pretty well!!!!

    • bwjenkins

      7 years ago

      WTF are you doing here?

    • oldie

      7 years ago

      Ackkk...

      I missed your appearance again. I hope all is well with you and yours.

    • daruma

      7 years ago

      Yeah, what SloeB said. Your ears must've been burning today.

    • SloeBombFizz

      7 years ago

      HEY!

      WE WERE ALL TALKING ABOUT YO RECENTLY!!


      You are missed. smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • DeadParrot

      7 years ago

      last signed in: 12 hours ago

      last spoke to me: too long ago

      =(

    • Jengaship Host of Glib Shark

      7 years ago

      I know you're off doing important work, but we miss you and still wish you'd check in on us from time to time.

    • Neoma

      7 years ago

      Summarizing you.

    • oldie

      7 years ago

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