Once In A “Blue Moon”

31 12 2009

(just learned this today…)

Rare New Year’s Eve ‘blue moon’ to ring in 2010

LOS ANGELES – Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year’s Eve. Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a so-called blue moon. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don’t expect it to be blue — the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year’s countdown.

“If you’re in Times Square, you’ll see the full moon right above you. It’s going to be that brilliant,” said Jack Horkheimer, director emeritus of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and host of a weekly astronomy TV show.

The New Year’s Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year’s Day, making January a blue moon month for them.

However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month — a blue moon — occurs every 2.5 years. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year’s Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990; the next one won’t come again until 2028.

Blue moons have no astronomical significance, said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“`Blue moon’ is just a name in the same sense as a `hunter’s moon’ or a `harvest moon,'” Laughlin said in an e-mail.

The popular definition of blue moon came about after a writer for Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946 misinterpreted the Maine Farmer’s Almanac and labeled a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. In fact, the almanac defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, not the usual three.

Though Sky & Telescope corrected the error decades later, the definition caught on. For purists, however, this New Year’s Eve full moon doesn’t even qualify as a blue moon. It’s just the first full moon of the winter season.

In a tongue-in-cheek essay posted on the magazine’s Web site this week, senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty wrote: “If skies are clear when I’m out celebrating, I’ll take a peek at that brilliant orb as it rises over the Boston skyline to see if it’s an icy shade of blue. Or maybe I’ll just howl.”

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Bowling Time

27 12 2009

Doing this for the betterment of mind, body and spirit.

Life gets better and better. 🙂

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Updates

Feb 10: Ohh that was almost 2 weeks of MIA. But today i am really attesting to myself to be finding the truest form as i scored +200 in a practice. From now on the focus will be on consistency. All the Best!!

Jan 27: a little bit of improvement now makes big in the long run… just keep on coming.

Jan 19: today’s practice is a lot better than previous ones as i am now finding a better style with higher consistency potential and will focus more on harnessing this style the next time around…. for better and better 🙂

Jan 12: Regular weekly bowling practice. I’m still focusing on finding my own style.

Jan 5: Finally! After more than a month of lull, i did returned to the lanes. And even met Alfred, UFBQ co-member currently on vacation. I had 6 games within an hour and not so much to expect in scores and still on the process of finding my real groove … as to improve skills and consistency.

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In keeping up with my bowling skills development, i had re-started bowling practice last Nov. ’09 and scheduled it every monday afternoon. Although on this December season, i had a lull due to hectic gardening activities plus the fact that the bowling lanes are pre-occupied by league tournaments…

Am i backing out now?  NO! i am not shelving it down. I’ll start practicing again tomorrow if the lane permits.





Merry Christmas to One and All :)

24 12 2009

Best Wishes to All for the Yuletide Seasons!

Cheers!!





Herbal Organic Concentrate (HOC)

1 12 2009

Ang HOC ay isang bagong producto gawa sa Mindanao para sa natural na pagsasaka. Maari ng maghalaman ng prutas at gulay na malusog at masustansya na gamit ang natural na katas ng mga halaman at mabubuting mikrobio at fungus sa lupa at kalikasan. Hindi na kailangan gumamit ng nakalalasong kemical. ORGANIC na prutas at gulay, na walang nakalalasong kemikal ang hinahanap ng merkado, mamimili at kumakain (Market, Buyer and Consumers).

Ang HERBAL ORGANIC CONCENTRATE (HOC) ay ginawa upang maging madali para sa magsasaka maghalaman na di gumagamit ng kemical. Maari ng umani ng prutas na malusog masustansia at walang bahid ng kemikong nakalalason sa tao, hayop at nakasisira sa kalikasan.

Ang HOC ay gawa ng isang Kemilo Propesora (Chemist Professor) ng isang unibersidad sa Mindanao. Pinagaralan at sinaliksik at sinubukan sa mga halaman at bukirin ng magsasaka sa ibatibang lugar ng bansa. Nakitang epektibo at mahusay magpalusog sa mga ginamitang halaman kasama na ang palay, mais, gulay, mangga, saging, lanka at iba pang tanim.

Natuklasan na ang HOC-4n1 ay may apat na katangian:
1. Foliar fertilizer – Abono idinidilig at sprey sa puno at dahon.
2. Pest repellant – Tinataboy sa mga peste dahil sa amoy at lasa.
3. Insecticide – Pamatay sa maraming uri ng pesteng kulisap.
4. Fungicide – Pamatay sa mga sakit na amag at mikrobyo.

Ang HOC-4n1 ay maraming sankap na katas ng ibatibang halaman, at lamang dagat na nagpapalusog sa tanim. May ibat ibang pormulasyon ang ginagawang HOC upang umangkop sa halaman at kailangan paggamitan o pesteng susugpuin. (Subukan para malaman ang bisa. Ang mga tanim ay hindi marunong magsinungaling.)
Ang FAA ay Fish Amino Acid na nagbibigay ng sustansya at abono.

DOSAGE: Sangkap: Ang HOC ay Ihalo ang 1-2 kutrara sa isang gallon tubig, o 4 na kutrara sa isang tanke ng sprayer na may 16 litro, o isang litro sa isang dram (200 litro) tubig. Ang FAA, 1 kutsara sa 4 galon tubig.

FREQUENCY: Dalas ng paggamit: Tuwing 5-7 araw sa panahon ng pagsibul ng bagong dahon, bulaklak at pagbubunga. Minsan sa isan buan sa panahong ng pagtubo (rejuvination) hangang sa muling pamumunga.
HERBAL TEA PREPARATIONS FOR PLANT PROTECTION

HERBAL TEA preparation for plant protection can be made by the farmers right in their own farm without depending too much on commercial chemical pesticides and fungicides. The following procedures are simple and low cost.

MATERIALS NEEDED: MGA HALAMANG GAMIT OTHER BERBS
200 liters capacity plastic drum. (200 litrong dram na platik) IBANG HALAMAN
Grinder / chopper and mortar & pestle (lusong pambayo)
Strainer/screen/cloth (salaan)
Dipper (tabo)
Wooden ladle / paddle (Kahoy na panghalo)
Fresh clean water (tubig na malinis)
Herbal materials ( Halamang panghalo): Tamarind (Sampalok)
10 kilos Ginger (Luya) Oregano (Origano)
5 kilos Garlic (Bawang) Black pepper(Paminta)
5 kilos Aloe vera (Sabila) (Dulao)
10 kilos Hot pepper ( Siling labuyo) Mimosa p. (Makahiya)
10 kilos Curry leaves (kari) (Hagunoy)
10 kilos Ipil-Ipil leaves (Ipil-Ipil) Acasia (Akasya)
20 kilos Neem tree leaves (Dahon ng Neem Tree) Legumes and beans
20 kilos Madre de Cacao leaves (Dahon ng Kakawati) Papaya (Papaya)
5 kilos Derris (Tubli) Coco juice (Tuba)
5 kilos Bitter vine (Panyawan//Makabuhay)

Other herbs with insecticide, fungicide and pest repellant properties like Tabacco, Kamantigue, Marigold, Guava, Tsaang-gubat,

PROCEDURE: MGA HAKBANG:

1. Prepare the above materials.
I-handa and mga gamit.
2. Grind or pond the herbs separately.
Durugin at bayuhin and mga halaman na magkakahiwalay.
3. Place all ground and pounded herbs in the plastic drum.
Ilagay ang lahat ng dinurog at binayong halaman sa dram na plastik.
4. Fill the drum with fresh clean water.
Punuin ng malinis na tubig ang dram.
5. Mix the materials with a wooden ladle
Haluin ang tubig at dinurog na halaman gamit ang kahoy na panghalo.
6. Stay overnight or one day to allow the herb juice to mix with water. Herbal tea..
Pabayaan magdamag upang katas ng halaman ay mahalo sa tubig magiging tsaa.
7. Get herbal tea from drum pass through screen strainer
Kunin ang tubig o tsaa sa dram paraanin sa screen na salaan.
8. Add equal amount of fresh clean water to the herbal tea.
Dagdagan ng preskong tubig ang tsaa na kasing dami.
9. Place in sprayer or sprinkler.
Ilagay sa sprayer o sa rigadera.
10. Spray on plants, drench from base, trunk, branches and leaves.
Spray o diligin ang halama, basain mula lupa, puno, sanga at dahon.
11. Repeat spraying 3 or 7 days interval as the need arises.
Ulitin ang pag spray o pagbibisbis tuwing 3 o 7 araw ayon sa pangangailangan.

http://blog.agriculture.ph/tag/organic-pesticide