Power Practical USB Power Meter 

Using Power Practical USB Power Meter to measure the stepper motor power consumption as it moves... 5 blue bars = 5 Watts.

Testing outside in the snow. IOS & Android connecting to the SolarCue solar tracking and monitoring with RaspberryPi + WiFi + server.

Note, the 1 Watt at rest power consumption... parasitic power. Will be testing latching relay to prevent this use of power.

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SolSource Solar Cooking Chicken stock in pressure cooker 
Short video: vine.co/v/hgqZLuqHDwj

Here are some pictures from my sunny day of gardening and cooking a whole chicken in pressure cooker using the SolSource Solar Grill by the fine folks at One Earth Designs

Harvesting fresh veggies (carrots, celery root, shallots, chives, rosemarry, sage, tyme, parsley)

Whole chicken

Concentrated solar on bottom of pressure cooker

Generally you want dark, flat colored bottoms of pots and pans... pressure cooker had quite a bit of shine, but still worked great.

Never hit full pressure but boiled strong and long(2 hours) resulting in a nice chicken w/ stock!

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Cocco Garden 

Over winter greens (spinach, kale, chard) waking up from under the snow!
I ordered seeds from the following and recommend:
Baker Creek
Territoral Seed Company
Franci - GrowItalian

Here are some of the colors of my 2012 harvest....

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OpenGraph light weight activity 
Another impressive round of innovations from Facebook released a this years F8 event. 40+ huge media partner integrations launched today. This pace of innovation and network node&edge growth will make them extremely hard to catch. Watch F8 event keynote below, funny Andy Samber intro....

Facebook progression of Open Graph:
1 - Mark become friends with (any person)
2 - Mark likes a (any noun)
Now - Mark (any verb + any noun) or (actions + objects)
Next - adjective, adverb?

New OpenGraph API to allow for light weight activity feeds like: Mark LISTENING to White Album, Mark PLANTING GREEN GRAPE TOMATO, ...

This massive stream of data will now be sorted by 'Graph Rank' and displayed in the sharp new Timeline interface.

Food continues to be an area of interest with Facebook, they mentioned several sites FoodSpoting, Foodily. Next: foodgraph and plantgraph?

Watch live streaming video from f8live at livestream.com

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Farmigo CSAaaS 
Great execution by Farmigo on their CSAaaS (community supported agriculture as a service), I made that up. Having researched this business model it was interesting to see the TechCrunch Disrupt presentation and questions. I think it's smart that they are focusing on the social interactions of the customer pickup groups. Strong believer that the food should be viewed as a social object, part of the "foodgraph". Good luck Farmigo!
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