Diversifying Your Cloud Mining Options?

A Few to Consider


a new outfit in Sweden taking advantage of relatively cheap power and KNC as a close neighbor.

They have two offerings available at the moment, straight 1 year contracts for sha256 ghs (Shares) and 1 year contracts that also have company shares with them (Shares Extra).  The company shares will receive an equal share of 25% of the company’s yearly profits.


Hashnest is run by BitMain, the manufacturers of the S type bitcoin asics.  Lately I have been toying with their S5 offerings until their S7 is available on their cloud mining market.


One of the lowest paying, and by far the most reliable, cloud mining service available.  Payouts are like clockwork.  My affiliate code there is HGkVIC (used at checkout time for a slight discount)

They offer both lifetime contracts and 1 year contracts.  The lifetime contracts have a longer ROI but will last until their maint fees are higher than their output.  The 1 year contracts have a shorter ROI and cost a bit less.

Reducing Ethanol Costs When Extracting Cannabis Oils

Food Grade Ethanol is Expensive!

Reducing Ethanol Costs will go a long way toward cleaning up cannabis oils available on the market. A huge turn off to using clean solvents for cannabis oil extractions is their cost.  Cheap, nasty, dirty 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol is one tenth the cost of food grade ethanol.  Since prohibition makes things expensive, most folks who are still ignorant of the side effects will still use isopropyl alcohol.

I’m here to show you an inexpensive way to drastically cut down on how much ethanol you need for an extraction, this amounts to significant savings, allowing you to produce a food grade product that doesn’t cost you a fortune.

I personally have turned a lot of my own harvests into oil and then used that oil in various pills and healing mixtures.  This method works wonderfully well for that with just the use of multiple coffee filters.  High grade oil can be produce with a higher rated filtration process.

Quick Rundown

So, in brief, the process consists of reducing the volume of the cannabis by freezing and pulverizing it with dry ice chunks. Washing the reduced mass with ethanol and quickly filtering it.  You’re left with oil as clean as your filters will allow and only a small amount of ethanol to boil off.  (See ethanol recovery still post when finished)


  • Food Grade Bucket with Tight Fitting Lid
  • Clean Cannabis
  • 1 – 5 lbs of Dry Ice
  • Heavy Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Clean Hammer
  • Food Grade 190 Proof Ethanol
  • Filters & Strainers
  • Stainless Steel Bowl/Rice-Cooker


Step 1: Break Down The Cannabis

Put on the heavy gloves, toss the dry ice into the bucket and break it in to golf ball sized chunks with the clean hammer.  Throw in the cannabis and give the bucket a shake to distribute the dry ice evenly in the cannabis.  Put the lid on loosely and let the bucket sit and freeze the cannabis for 10 minutes.

Shake the bucket gently for 3-5 minutes, let the bucket (and your arms) rest for 10 minutes and then shake for 3-5 minutes again.  Let the bucket sit for 10 minutes and then carefully open the lid and see how much the cannabis has been reduced.  You should see a pile of powder in the bottom with some sticks and a lot of powder on all the walls and lid of the bucket.  Keep up the freezing and shaking process until you can no longer recognize bits of bud, everything is a powder.

You have reduced your ethanol costs!

Take a close look at how much more compact the cannabis has become. The volume of the cannabis has been significantly reduced and with it the amount of ethanol needed. Now that’s a huge impact to your costs, in a good way.

Step 2: Wash and Filter the Cannabis

The cleanliness of the end oil is really going to depend on the quality of the filters you’re using.  The purest oil is made with the quickest wash and filtration time, with the highest quality filters.  A very decent oil can be made with multiple coffee filters and a little trick I picked up from the brewing industry.

Set up your filters First!

The longer the cannabis sits in ethanol, the more chlorophyll and waxes it extracts and we only want cannabis oil.  Set up your strainers and filters in a stacked manner, if possible.  Use 4-5 filters per layer if using coffee filters.  PRE-WET the filters with ethanol so that your filters aren’t sucking up cannabis oils when you first begin using them.  Set them up over your stainless steel bowl so you won’t have to hold anything.

Wash down the lid and sides of the bucket into the bottom of the bucket, barely cover the cannabis dust and sticks with ethanol and swish for 30 seconds.  Carefully pour that through the filters you’ve set up.

Time Determines Quality

The first 10 second wash will be the highest grade oil.  Rinse the cannabis again for lower grades that will have more waxes and chlorophyll in them.  A 30-second to one minute rinse for a second run and up to 5 minute rinses for the lowest grade I’ll use myself in pills.

You’ll end up with a stainless steel bowl of ethanol there will be a green tint to it, light to dark, depending on the quality.

Brewer’s Tip

Brewers stir their wort to get the ‘trub’ to pile up in the middle of the bottom of the pot.  I use this knowledge to get the last bits of contaminates out of my cannabis oil when it’s still suspended in the ethanol.  Stir the ethanol/cannabis mixture in as circular a motion as possible for 15-20 seconds.  Use a strong light to look at the bottom of the bowl to see the mini ‘trub’ that will form, if you have any contaminates.  Use an eyedropper or other suction device to suck up the ethanol from that little area.

 Step 3: Boil Off the Alcohol

Please evaporate off any excess alcohol OUTSIDE.  Thank you.  Ethanol fumes are heavier than air and will pool up in areas without ventilation, will form vapor trails and reach very imaginative flame and other ignition sources.  Ethanol burns with a nearly invisible blue flame.

Unless you have a recovery still, you’ll simply boil off what little ethanol you used until you’re left with clean cannabis oil at a significantly reduced production cost. I use an electric rice cooker, plugged into an outdoor outlet.

No matter what equipment you have, you’ll want to evaporate most of the alcohol off, at least enough so you’re left with a slightly thick oil.  I try not to evaporate the last of the alcohol off until I’m ready to work with it.  It helps reduce waste since the oil tends to be hard to remove completely on its own.

You’re Done

What you have is a slightly ethanol rich oil mixture that can be safely worked with to prepare other cannabis oil end products.  Small amounts of this mixture can have the ethanol safely boiled off in a kitchen without fear of fire or explosion hazard.

A perfect, food-grade, product that used significantly reduced ethanol costs.  Hope this helps you out in your projects.

Keep it Clean! 😀


Stop that Mounting B4 it Starts a Fight

DogMountI was at the local dog park today with my family and our two dogs when another dog owner, we will call Betty, came into the dog park.

Our dogs are considered large at 100lbs and 120lbs. I have a female newfie and pyranees mix, and a pure bred German Rottie male.

On the other hand, this woman’s dog is considered a giant at only 9 months old and already 200lbs; a beautiful mastiff, we will call Spot.

As they entered, my dogs greeted them at the gate and everything was cool. They all said “HI” to each other the way dogs do.

We greeted Betty like we always had, with warmth and friendliness. We stood for about 5 minutes talking when I noticed my Rottie getting dominant with Spot. He was getting between Spot and my female, and using his weight to push Spot away from her. I saw it and I stopped my boy. I made him sit next to me while I watched Spot for a moment.

The only reason my Rottie acts that way, is when another dog is displaying unstable energy and dominant behavior. I pulled my boy out of it to observe why he was acting that way. Then I noticed Spot stalking my female, slobbering all over back and aggressively trying to dominate her by mounting.

I am always watching my dogs for unwanted behavior that may start a fight. My female is not in heat and she did not like him trying to bite the back of her neck and mount her. My poor female was trying to get away from him the entire time. She outran him for several moments, but then he would catch up to her, slobber all over her and aggressively try to mount her. Betty was oblivious.

So we pointed out Spot’s unwanted behaviors and asked her to take control of him and stop him before he starts a fight. She said that he was just playing. I rebutted and told her he is not playing, he never acted like he was playing. He acted with focused intent, stalking my female, slobbering, biting and trying to mount her. It was dominant behavior and not play. I told her that if her mastiff was just playing, my Rottie would play too. I also told her that if I let my Rottie free, and Spot is not playing, my Rottie will take Spot by the neck and pin him down, because that is what the elders do to the young ones who are misbehaving. She did not believe me, so I let my Rottie go.

The first thing he did, was get in between Spot and my female to say “Hey, that is not okay dude!” Spot ignored the elder, went around him and tried mounting my female again. While Spot was trying to mount my female, my Rottie spun around, bounded up on his own hind legs and grabbed Spot by the back of the neck. My Rottie pulled him off my female and was attempting to pin Spot to the ground. It was the funniest thing to see my dog trying to pin this bigger dog to the ground. I gave my Rottie the command to leave Spot alone. My Rottie let go, came to me and sat looking at me like “What? He is being rude. I was doing what elders do in a pack.”

My Rottie was not aggressive or violent. He simply put the younger dog in a choke hold. He did not break the skin and Spot seemed unaffected by it. As soon as he got up, he was right back after my female. By this time, Betty was like, Whoa. She grabbed Spot and put his leash on him.

That did not stop him. He was pulling to the capacity of his loose collar, still trying to go after my female. We could see that Betty, who is 130lbs max, was struggling, using everything she had to keep 200lb Spot from moving forward. She was flushed and speechless. We could tell she was upset that we asked her stop her dog’s bad behavior. I think she was even more upset that we pointed out it was not playful behavior, but dominant behavior. There is a difference between dominant mounting and play mounting. He was not playing.

We decided to leave, as we were headed out anyway, when she pulled up. We had only stayed to let Spot play with our dogs. However, all Spot did was try to mount my female until he was put on a leash. As I said before, my female is not in heat, nor is she close to being in heat.

Awareness is a Powerful Thing

This made me realize that there are a lot of dog owners out there that innocently mistake playful behavior with dominant behavior. Dominant behavior in a dog can end badly for both dog and owner. So I thought I would put something out there for dog owners to educate them on the differences. My goal is to get dog owners like Betty, to see the difference and control it before it starts a fight.

Unwanted mounting is not the only bad behavior that starts dog fights. Take for instance Bill and his dog Rifle.

A few months ago, Rifle nearly caused a huge fight between a pack of dogs. Had I not stopped this dog’s behavior, and asked Bill to leash Rifle, I am sure there would have been an ER visit. All because he thought his dog’s behavior was ‘playful’ instead of what it really was, dominant aggressive.

Rifle was also trying to establish his authority by herding the other dogs. He would run up to them and aggressively bark in their faces, and not let them move. When they ignored him, walked away or tired to get away from him, he would aggressively attack them from behind. I had been warning Bill for at least 6 months to train his dog, and stop that behavior or it would end badly. That day, I saw three dogs ready to tear him apart, had I not stepped in and stopped it, I am sure they would have.

Unfortunately, Bill did nothing about Rifle’s behavior. I am sad to say that Bill ended up in the vet’s ER with Rifle after a visit with another dog led to an all out brawl. The story told to me was Bill and Rifle met up with a friend and their dog at the dog park. As soon as Rifle encountered the other dog, he started aggressively barking. The other dog tried to ignore him and walk away, but Rifle was not going to allow that, and attacked from behind.

Now, this other dog had been putting up with Rifle’s behavior, every time they met, for about 6 months. On this day, Bill did nothing to separate Rifle or control him, as usual. AND on this day, that other dog did not stand down as he had all the times before. Rifle was chewed up pretty bad when the other dog defended himself. I hope Bill and Rifle learned a lesson.

 ‘Playful’ vs. ‘Dominant’

Playful is bouncing around and instigating play with light bumping and happy, playful barking. A playful dog will throw their rear in the air, lower their front and instigate play with light touch and playful barking. This is a social standard for dogs. It is almost always seen right before play begins.

Dominance is focused intent with aggressive behaviors that cause other dogs to be scared, defend themselves or run away. Examples of dominant behaviors are all over the internet. Mounting and aggressive barking are only two of them.

This ASPCA site explains the difference between play and other behaviors that dogs display.
It also has many pages on dominance behaviors and the many reasons for mounting; dominance being one of them.


This is a small excerpt from the ASPCA site.
“It’s fairly easy to detect when your dog’s feeling playful. His body movements are jerky and bouncy. He might bounce around in exaggerated twists, turns and leaps. He might dodge around you, paw at you and then take off running to invite a chase. Or he might just jump on you and start mouthing. Dogs enjoy a variety of play styles, including chase games (in which the dog is either the chaser or the chase), rough-and-tumble (wrestling or tackle) games, and games of “keep-away” with an object, like a toy or stick. Almost all play is interspersed with the characteristic “play bow” that’s common across all dogs. When your dog play bows, he bounces into position with his forelegs on the ground and his hind legs extended so that his rear sticks up.

This signal is extremely important because so much of dog play consists of aggressive behaviors and dominant postures. The play bow tells a dog’s playmate, “Anything that comes after this is play, so please don’t take it seriously.” Some dogs also show a “play face,” a happy facial expression characterized by a partially open mouth that almost looks as though the dog is smiling. A playful dog might also growl or make high-pitched barks.”

“Many pet parents attribute their dogs’ behavior problems to “being dominant.” Some believe that common canine habits like rushing out doors, pulling on leash, begging for food, mounting other dogs, urine marking and even licking people on the face are dominant behaviors.”

I have seen this true in too many situations. Dog owners believe their dog is ‘playing’ when it is actually being dominant. Dominance comes in many forms with dogs, but placing the teeth anywhere on the body in a hard manner is not play. Dominant acting dogs will focus on the backs of those they are wishing to dominate and bite thier necks with force. This type of dog will also attempt to mount once they have a strong grip on the other dog. Some working breeds will also show dominance by aggressively barking in the face of other dogs as well as stalking them, herding them and ‘guarding’ them, or standing over them.

Many trainers will argue that dogs do not ‘dominate’ by mounting. However, scientific observation of dogs has proven otherwise. I came across many sites that indicated mounting was a form of stress relief, arousal and play. However, all trainers agree, mounting is not acceptable behavior, even in play. Even trainers agree, it is a behavior that needs to be stopped the moment it starts, simply because the behavior is embarrassing.

I say stop the behavior before you get a VET bill and end up in court, explaining how your dog started the fight.

With all the information I read on this behavior, and talking to dog psychologists, I am convinced that mounting is used by adult dogs to establish authority over another dog. I have rarely seen it used in play except by very young puppies. Even then, it is believed that the pup is learning a dominant behavior.

To me it does not matter if your dog mounts for stress relief, arousal or dominance. The behavior is unwanted and shows poor manners in a dog. It is also a reflection of the owner who allows those bad manners to happen. Ultimately, if the behavior will start a fight, stop it immediately and train the dog to never do it again.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Love and light to you!

~ Gypsy Gal

Positive Mental Altitude

Positivity is Power HappyThankful

Keeping positive, no matter the issue, is essential to happiness. It is also essential to vibrating at love or above.  It is positive energy that allows the law of attraction to work in our favor. It is the very foundation to living happy and helping others become their own happy selves as well.

Love or Above Frequency

A positive mental altitude can cure many things.  There are stories of it curing cancer, depression and poverty.  There are more stories in circulation around the world about the miracles of positive thinking than I can possibly count.  People claim religious prayer, focused thoughts and positive thinking have changed their lives for the better.

The frequency your body experiences when you feel love leads to a more relaxed physical state, allowing less restricted function of the bodies processes.  This relaxation alone will lead to a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life.

The Secret

Be Aware, the power of thought goes both ways, whether you’re paying attention to it or not.  Staying positive is a choice. You either choose to be positive or you choose to be negative. Choose to be positive, stay positive, live positive and your experiences in life will be positive. That is not to say that bad things and negativity are not present in our lives. Our positive attitude helps us prevent those things from consuming our daily lives. We must focus on the positive at all times, even in the face of death.


The power of thought is stronger than most people realize and if we are not careful, our negative thoughts will eventually become our reality. Keep your thoughts and actions positive, so that when our thoughts become reality, it is a good and positive experience.

If you believe you’ll have a bad day, then you will.  If you believe you’ll have a good day, then you will.  Even if you’re having a bad day, you can choose how to act and react to the external influences. Maintain a light hearted atittude around others who are not as positive, work to improve it always. Remember that your attitude can lift others or bring them down.  Be a positive note in their day/week/month.

How do we stay positive?

We catch ourselves thinking negative thoughts and stop them immediately. We seperate ourselves from people who provoke negative thoughts, and from places that cause negativity to dwell in our minds. It takes time, and practice. Boy does it take practice, especially when we are surrounded by negativity at every turn. But it can be done with persistence and determination.

When I first stared my journey to positive thinking, I lived in Las Vegas NV, and was working in the lien department of the largest tow company in the area. My job was to release or sell impounded and abandoned vehicles and I had to deal with all kinds of negative people. Many were unhappy because they could not afford the tow fees and their car was being sold at auction.  Quite the negative place to work.

In order for me to stay positive, no matter what, I had to have reminders all around me. I put up post-it notes with a message to “stay positive” and “smile”. I even changed the ringtone on my phones to reflect my new positive attitude. I recorded a piece of Earl Nightengale’s self help audio tape ‘Lead the Field’. Every time my phone would ring or the alarm would go off, I would hear “Attitude, Attitude, Attitude. It is the single most important factor to guarantee good results all the days, months and years of our lives.”

Now, no matter what, I am positive, compassionate and understanding of others.

When you choose to lift others, you also choose to lift yourself through positive attitude, action and positive thought.
Lead the Field

Peace, love and happiness; may these forces be with you!

~ Gypsy Gal