The Roswell UFO incident Will Never Go Away

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Roswell New Mexico was the site of a supposed alien crash site in 1947. In 2002 UFO researchers found a tiny piece of metal that isn’t native to the Roswell area. It must be from the UFO!

The Metal is aluminum silicon, which is a common alloy made on planet earth, isn’t native to Roswell because it’s a man made metal. However “proper scientific analysis” will apparently prove that the metal is from the alien space craft.

The UFO investigators have apparently ran out of money for the additional testing, whatever that is.

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Albuquerque Craigslist: 1950 Fleetline, 1967 Mustang & 1973 F100

I often check out the Albuquerque Craigslist to see what kind of cars are being sold.

Here’s a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline for $4500. The poster says it’s 99% complete (with restoration I assume). If so that seems like a good price.

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NEEDS A GOOD HOME 1950 FLEETLINE 2DR 216 3SPEED RUNS GOOD NEW BRAKES,DRUMS,AND NEW MASTER CYLINDER,NEW ROCKERS NEW TIRES,CLEAN GLASS 99% COMPLETE NICE CAR $4500

A 1967 Ford Mustang Convertable for $14000. It’s a steep price unless the car has low miles, even if it’s in really good shape.

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1967 Convertible, Windsor White, Red Interior, 289 V-8 Engine, 3 Speed Manual Transmission. Would be a good car to clone into a Shelby Convertible. Very basic model, not a rust bucket. Good interior, good body, no major damage, needs new home. Garage stored, floor panels are good and original. Basically needs nothing. This is what I’d do with it but don’t have the time right now. This car is perfect for a project although it is good as is.

How about a 1973 Ford F100 Pickup for $1900. Again, no idea how many miles but may not be a bad deal if it’s really in the condition stated.

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73 ford f100 360 v8 1/2 ton 2wd white in decent condition barely any rust at all/ minor dents. interior is in awsome condition. no cracked or broken windows No stereo (hasn’t had one the entire time i’ve had the truck, never had money to get a new one) has 2 gas tanks. 22.5 and 19 gallon tanks, and a side tool box built into the truck. Runs well, just replaced starter silanoid, battery, valve cover gaskets,
as well as the transmission pan gasket and filter. had a full tune up on the 25th of april.

More Wind In Rio Rancho

Ugh… We still are not done with the wind. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for today with winds up to 45 MPH. Thankfully Sunday is looking better.

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
330 PM MDT SAT APR 25 2009

NMZ005-009>013-015>021-026-260030-
CAPITAN/NORTHERN SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS-
CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS/ESTANCIA VALLEY-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
CONCHAS LAKE/GUADALUPE COUNTY-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS OF CHAVES COUNTY-
LINCOLN COUNTY HIGH PLAINS/HONDO VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY/ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
QUAY COUNTY-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ALBUQUERQUE…CARRIZOZO…CLOVIS…
FORT SUMNER…LAS VEGAS/RATON…MORIARTY/ESTANCIA…PORTALES…
ROSWELL…RUIDOSO…SANDIA PARK/CEDAR CREST…SANTA ROSA…SOCORRO…
TUCUMCARI
330 PM MDT SAT APR 25 2009

.NOW…

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 45 MPH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH LATE
AFTERNOON…WITH STRONGEST WINDS OVER SUMMITS AND HILLTOPS AND
THROUGH GAPS AND PASSES. EXPECT STRONGEST WINDS ACROSS INTERSTATE
25 FROM ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK TO THE COLORADO LINE AT
RATON PASS…OR FROM MILE POST 100 TO MILE POST 460…AND ACROSS
INTERSTATE 40 FROM THE LAGUNA RESERVATION EAST TO THE TEXAS LINE…
OR FROM MILE POST 125 TO MILE POST 370. EXPECT LOCALLY POOR
VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING DUST.

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Mythbusters Uses New Mexico Tech's Rocket Sled

The Mythbusters were testing weather two semi trucks that collide at highway speeds into a car would turn the car into a pancake and fuse the semis trucks together. The were not able to prove either scenarios.

In usual Mythbusters fashion, they have to see what it will take to do what they were testing. To turn a car into a pancake, they went to New Mexico Tech to use their rocket rail to smash the car. There is a video of the results on YouTube.

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They also fused sheets of metal together using explosives. If I can find that video I will add it.

Solarizing The Back Yard To Kill Weeds

With summer approaching, it’s time to start focusing on outdoor projects and leave the indoor projects for the winter. Even if the weather doesn’t want to cooperate. The previous owners of my house had a section of the back yard, about 1500 square feet, sectioned off to grow grass including an underground sprinkler system. When I moved in to the house it had been unoccupied for a while and the weeds had taken over. I tried growing grass where it used to grow but haven’t had success.

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The problem, the low water grass (buffalo grass, blue gamma, etc) I’ve tried growing can’t compete with the weeds. I refuse to use chemicals to kill the weeds and I’ve tried manually cutting down the weeds down and pulling them out but it hasn’t been effective enough (especially against the dreaded goat heads aka Tribulus terrestris).

I’ve discovered a chemical free method of eliminating weeds on a large scale called solarization. It uses transparent plastic directly on the ground to bake the soil and will kill seeds. It’s possible to cook the soil 6 inches deep and at 125 degrees ore more. The University of Arizona has a good article on the process for use in Tucson (also see Wayne Schmidt’s Solarization Page) and should adapt to New Mexico.

The timing for installing the plastic is good right now, it has just rained giving the ground a good soaking and the spring winds died off long enough to install the plastic. My first try was using 108 square feet of 1 mil painters drip cloth. The thinner the plastic the better the sun penetrates but 1 mill is too thin for this application. Even though I had cut down the weeds even a little bit of plant materials was able to puncture the plastic. Smaller sections of plastic are harder to manage than larger sheets.

I was able to find 500 square feet 4 mil plastic sheets at the local WalMart (as much as it pained me to have to enter the place). It wasn’t cheap at a cost of $20 per roll. I could have probably put a ad on craigslist and found some plastic sheeting for free but I have a limited window to install it.

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The installation of the plastic went well. I used bricks to hold the plastic down while I laid it out. I then dug a trench around the perimeter and used the dirt to seal the edges. I used two sheets and overlapped them about 6 inches using bricks and landscape staples. It’s important that air cannot get under the plastic sheeting so the moisture and heat stays under the plastic.

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I’m not planning on growing grass in the entire area where grass originally grew, only about 1000 square feet so two sheets should be sufficient. Since I will be out of town for most of the summer the ground should be well cooked by time I get back. I will try to make regular soil temperature readings during the summer.