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  1. I'm not sure this is the best place for this post but if not perhaps a moderator would move it for me? Thanks! Some people are already aware that I am involved with creating a digital public access version of Sasha and Ann Shulgin’s archive. I am already more than halfway through Sasha’s filing cabinets and only one lab book remains to be completed (the finished but redacted lab nooks are already online at Erowid and at Archive.org). There is still more material which is located in another building, and Sasha's library, as well as a massive amount of photographs for which Ann is assigning names and locations. For the last few months we also have been operating with inadequate resources to the point that I have been buying basic office supplies out of my own pocket and are now limited to working with a sheet fed scanner due to the flatbed scanner ceasing to communicate with my computer some months ago. Like any archiving activity we need to have the means to accomplish our goal of getting this material digitized. I simply do not possess the resources to do this by myself despite having plenty of willingness and energy to put into accomplishing this goal. If this project is of any interest to you please visit www.shulginarchive.org and consider making a small donation. If we received $10 or $20 from even a quarter of Sasha's fans the project would be doing great and would have a secure future. We do not need very much support in order to succeed but we cannot do so without adequate resources existing. Due to our present shortfall, I am now the only worker who still remains in this project. I plan to stay with this as long as I am able but the future reality of the Shulgin digital archive will depend on whether it actually has public interest. Thanks! kt http://www.shulginarchive.org
  2. One more article is heading to print. Two more are going to press actually but this one recently had its PDF show up online . http://brit.org/webfm_send/1769
  3. I agree with Darklight's comment "The exxy bit is getting the sequence data analysed by someone who knows what they're doing." This is ongoing for Lophophora right now so I can greatly appreciate what that means. Interpreting the preliminary analysis was something like $8K and the necessary follow up including some additional sequencing went well over $20K. No human actually does this part as it is far to complex. Software does the number crunching and then a human interprets those results. There is a surprising degree of capriciousness within this picture so a disturbing part of what has been published is really no more solid than a house of cards. The bar really needs to be raised a notch imho. The cheap tests and results (like one would use to learn about their ancestry or potential medical conditions) involve identifications of known markers and are not actually sequencing anything. However, if sets of markers had been established for our plants of interest that sort of test could certainly be developed for this narrow area.
  4. “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the same sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” H.L. Mencken

  5. I'm slowly completing my task list for this year. The 2016 look at the post-harvest regrowth is finally online. http://www.cactusconservation.org/CCI/regrowth.html
  6. This might not be a nice or comfortable question to ponder but it might possibly be helpful. *Why* is your friend quitting? If it is for any reason other than a heartfelt burning desire to get free from that relationship, it will be a long and hard road that is more likely to fail than to succeed. Many people addicted to drugs of one sort or another (including alcohol) want to quit because they think they should or think that they have to or or they need to or they decide it is necessary because they are in some sort of trouble with the law, work, relationships or family. The majority of those people will experience a miserable path of repeated failures alternating with sober living while keenly aware of an gaping, empty hole existing in their being. Anything less than seriously wanting to be free is more likely to fail than not. The more a person actually WANTS to get free, the greater the chance of success. The present disempowering model views addiction as a disease which is not actually correct and does not help "cure" people. If the addication can instead be regarded as a symtom of a behavioral problem that involved developing a dysfunctional relationship with a molecule, the user has a chance of getting a handle on it and some personal empowerment capable of enabling success. I'd suggest the best path for most people is to drop all adjunct drugs being enlisted to help stop another drug. Withdrawals suck but frankly a bad case of the flu is a far worse experience than opiate withdrawals. By the time opiates are cleared enough for adding naloxone they are also cleared enough for a drug free recovery. If someone really NEEDS naloxone or antibuse, that is fine. More power to them. But I'd say also that if those sorts of approaches are necessary that person does not really WANT to quit, instead they are quitting because they decided that they NEED to quit or are being forced to quit by someone or something else. I got strung out when I was a teenager. I got off dope by WANTING sincerely to be free from being used by my beloved molecule (much like realizing you are in a toxic relationship with a loved one who will bring you nothing but harm). I've never looked back and have since discovered that I have no problem with being attracted to narcotics now even if I am prescribed opiates for pain. Naloxone, methadone and 12-step models do actually work for some people but they are only a few percentage of the people using narcotics. "WHATEVER WORKS" is a good mantra but recognizing what is not working on an individual basis is a key part of learning what does work. One other side of this worth pondering is that some people actually need opiates due to their body making inadequate endorphins and such. Those people are literally self-medicating to address a biochemical deficiency. For that subset of narcotic users, learning how to either better regulate their use responsibly or learn to gain better control over their biochemistry through tools such as biofeedback is a far more achievable option than just getting off the drugs. Modern drug education in the USA rejects responsible use as even being possible yet in Europe this has been proven to be more effective at giving some people their lives back than AA/12-steps. Finding the right path for the individual rather than a one size fits all solution is a valuable approach to finding success. All of those models, including AA/12-steps, can work for some individuals and will not work for others. Thomas Szasz pointed out the single most valuable question for actually finding solutions to people's drug problems needs to be "Why is THIS particular individual self medicating with THAT particular drug and what of value is being given to them in this relationship." If that question is not honestly asked and answered the 'solution' will be focused on the drug and not actually touch the underlying causes for the use developing into a problem. The answers for resolving drug abuse lie in knowing much more about the individual and why they chose that drug than they are about the actual drug itself. Best of successes to your friend finding internal peace. Just my two cents' worth.
  7. In the wild Lophophora williamsii always grows on a sloping surface so it is never trapped in a puddle of silt. Just factor drainage into your planting and they will be fine through an amazing amount of cold and wet. Be sure the soil has abundant calcium (such as liimestone gravel) and a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Protection from animals and birds is important. They don't eat much but disfigure them and rot organisms can gain access. Once animals get a taste they commonly return for repeat snacks.
  8. When I still lived in a warm climate I had really good success rolling the leaves into short tubes and planting that vertically in the soil. A friend used a similar approach but folded them accordion-style prior to planting. Either approach typically produces multiple offshoots.
  9. Essential oil distillation is not hard and an apparatus can be a lot of fun to make. I stopped doing essential oil distillations only due being unable to develop an adequate market to sustain it and having too many other projects ongoing. Something that I found mentioned online which proved to be of value was including a three-way ball valve between the steam source and the extraction column. Examples https://www.google.com/search?q=three-way+ball+valve&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CDMQsARqFQoTCLfKhNWN_MgCFQH7YwodlPsOtA&biw=1197&bih=606 I drilled and threaded a hole in the top of a steel pressure cooker and installed a three-way ball valve on top of it using a nipple and a nut. It permits actively generated steam to be disconnected from the distillation column by being vented elsewhere with no chance of creating a closed system. It is simple enough to just shut off the heat but this comes in really handy sometimes.
  10. MIght be a thelegonoides but I'd like to see the flowers before saying that was actually true.
  11. Many public libraries offer a service called Inter-Library Loan that can obtain PDF copies for free or at a low cost if this does not come to hand faster.
  12. Both websites (troutsnotes.com and sacredcacti.com) were passed by google as containing no malware but I'm not going to remove my added malware notes until after I've been able to check them thoroughly and know that it can't reoccur. After I am sure I will remove that note. Anyone visiting my websites in the past month should do a malware and virus scan and specifically look for something called "Myweb". Both sites have been moved to a different webhost so may not be live again for a day.
  13. A cotton swab and a little isopropyl alcohol could help control the scale insects. Some people don't care about them but globulars grow better without insects feeding on their juices.
  14. Due to EG PMing a note to me on huanucoensis, I'm going to resurrect a seriously ancient thread just to say that I presently have to believe that the huanucoensis located in the front bed near the plant shop at UC is a pachanot. (I will also get it together to finish where I somehow dropped the ball on completing adding the images at thee start of this)
  15. I finally got a reply from technical support about my trouble ticket submitted on the 8th. In view of my ongoing experiences this reply from a "Technical Support Ninja" at Arvixe was actually funny enough I thought I should share it. "I would first like to apologize for a delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately, we are under higher than usual support requests load, which is causing additional delays. Your reported issue has been fixed server wide, if you are still facing any issue please get back to so that we can certainly assist you accordingly. Once again we sincerely we apologize for the inconvenience. Yours Sincerely, Mohsin Sarfraz, Technical Support Ninja" I am probably too easily amused by noting a common definition of a ninja: "A ninja was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and combat in certain situations." I think I'd rather have a technician showing up to help than a ninja. I also came across an article on the company that bought Arvixe (also webgator and a host of other companies that have been going the same route down the tubes) http://www.digitalfaq.com/editorials/websites-blogs/hostgator-alternatives-eig-pt1.htm