Friday, May 22, 2015

tiny bubbles

1 lb 11.42857 oz sterling silver casting grain...enough for 44 coins.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

just so so

My surgeon still won't commit to allowing me some weight bearing - more healing going on but my hardware is blocking a little too much of the view in the xrays.  Scheduled me for a cat scan next week.  Then it will be OK to walk...or wait some more...or a bone graft.  My doctor reminded me that my break was about as bad as it could be - without loosing my foot.  Got no choice but to roll with the punches.
Checked the weather down south before I headed out and it didn't look good.  Drizzle all the way from Odessa to about 20 miles south of Alpine.  Started thinking I might get swamped out.  There was a big thunderstorm south of TFL but it slid by.  My road home was dry as a bone.  68,73,61,0,B

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Leave It To Neil

My friend Neil in the UK passed this on to me on Facebook today.  The stamp act of 1906 which governs the sale of precious metals in the US.  I researched this two years ago when I did the first round of minting.  To the best of my knowledge, every piece I have sold so far (and intend to sell in the future) "has been within the actual fineness of the silver or alloy thereof of which such article is wholly or partly composed shall not be less by more than four one-thousandth parts than the actual fineness indicated by any mark".  Regardless of the silver content...each piece contains 100% love.
No one knows how many laws there are in the United States.  Apparently, no one can count that high.
They’ve been accumulating, of course, for more than 200 years.  When federal laws were first codified in 1927, they fit into a single volume.  By the 1980s, there were 50 volumes of more than 23,000 pages.
And today?  Online sources say that no one knows.  The Internal Revenue Code alone, first codified in 1874, contains more than 3.4 million words and, if printed 60 lines to the page, is more than 7,500 pages long.  There are about 20,000 laws just governing the use and ownership of guns.
New laws mean new crimes.  From the start of 2000 through 2007, Congress had created at least 452 new crimes, so that at that time the total number of Federal crimes exceeded 4,450.
Of course, times change and laws need to be updated.  But many laws detract from, rather than contribute to, our quality of life and overall well-being.  It is impossible for anyone to know all of the laws that affect them and it is, therefore, impossible to not break any laws.  How many of the 4,450 laws have you broken?
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Monday, May 18, 2015

sterling futures

Back in 2013 when I started the minting project, silver was about $22/oz.  So far this year the low was $15.39/oz.  The price has been creeping up the last 2 weeks ($17.69 today) so I just ordered 25 troy oz of sterling silver casting grain from my favorite jewelers supply.  Decided to add some more to the stockpile since I will also be minting a limited number of the 2013 Benita coin in case anyone still wants one.  Once the price of silver hits $19, it will be cheaper (but not easier) to find flatware deals on Ebay.  The nice thing about casting grain is that it can go straight into the mold eliminating the steps of chopping and nugget making.  81,91,63,0,B

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Matthew 13

For a reason I don't remember, I signed up for a calculus class my sophomore year in college.  About 3 weeks in, I skipped a class (I really didn't like calculus) and ended up missing a vital lesson.  From then on nothing made sense and I never understood anything else from then on.  I ended up failing the course.

Matthew 13:12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.

Mark 4:13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?

Matthew 13:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.

Romans 13:Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

1 Corinthians 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Matthew 13:23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

free range roosters

Woke up this morning to the sound of my roosters in front of the hut.  Seems the boys broke out of their coop and decided to try out free ranging for the first time in their lives.  Since they were so well behaved (they didn't attack me when I led them back to their coop), I will start letting them out to experience the world on a daily basis.  81,93,63,0,B