Leaf Propagation of a Prayer Plant - Maranta leuconeura

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 23:48

I cut a leaf off of a healthy prayer plant with a razorblade. I cut within an eighth of an inch of the node, on an angle parallel to the remaining stem. I scored the bottom 0.5" of stem and dipped it in rooting gel.

In a 3" pot, I poked a 2" deep hole with a pencil. I put the cutting in the hole and tamped the soil down lightly to secure the cutting.

I don't know that this method will work, as I didn't include an entire node. I will update this post when either the leaf dies, or a new leaf appears.

Who Reads Blogs?

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 19:42

This post isn't an expose. It contains no meaningful statistics.

When I was younger, I had an old computer that I used to keep a private journal, like Doogie Howser. Unlike Doogie, however, I had a lot more to say than a 1 line witticism. Let's face it. I was angsty. I would write about pretty girls and what I did on the weekend.

Using Multi-Monitor (Dual-Head) Wallpapers in XFCE

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:00

I'm using an older computer to do real work (I don't game) so I've chosen to forego the fancy desktops and stick with XFCE4. It is a bit lighter than the tricked out desktops, and using it doesn't require that I adapt to a new paradigm.

Trying to Play Music on Boxee Box with Ampache

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:44

I have ampache installed on my local network, and I'm trying to get it to play on the Boxee Box. Everything seems to be working well, except that I can't play music. So, maybe not so well.

Tiny Bugs in DWC Reservoir

Submitted by jean-paul on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 01:14

I was topping up the water and lowering the pH this evening, and I took my usual look inside the reservoir with a flashlight. At first it looked like there was a bit of detritus floating on the top of the water. I don't think that's abnormal, considering that there is constant movement in the water due to the air stones at the bottom of the tank. Well tonight, I noticed a bit of movement, and took a look with a brighter light.

I have pests!

DWC Sweet Basil - 150w HPS

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:36

I built a DWC hydroponic system in order to grow some sweet basil! I used a plastic bin that I purchased specifically for this project. The only problem that I had with it was that the plastic sides were translucent and the top was black. I spray-painted the sides of the bin black to make it opaque, and then I spray-painted the sides and top of the bin white so that it would reflect light. It needed to be white so that the water inside the bin stays cool under the bright light.

No Boxee Box Webserver Access

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 00:14

I'm trying to get the Boxee Box that is connected to an HD television to respond to web requests. In the network settings of the Boxee, under the "Servers" tab, there are options for a webserver. I presume this is for controlling the Boxee over the network, although this is my first time trying to access it, so I'm not actually sure. When I try to access it, I get a nearly blank page with "Access Error: Site or Page Not Found" and "Cannot open URL" on it.

Things Someone Ought To Invent

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:26

Injectable Books - I don't necessarily mean hypodermic injections, but those will suffice. I would prefer to have a wireless transfer or light-beam injection. I love to read and all that, but sometimes there just isn't enough time, and sometimes when I'm over-tired it's just too much work. I think I could bet a lot more done if someone would invent a more passive way to absorb a whole book.