You Don’t Have Enough

Crossposted to my writing website.

I recently took fifteen minutes to write out my thoughts on the satellite terminal I just bought to a website that had little information on the device. That site deals with communicating on the road, particularly to the RV set. The website said they had no plans to test the equipment themselves so I thought I’d share what I found out and included links to the videos I have done.

The response? “Thank you for the feedback. You can leave your comments on the SatFi page if you are a member.” Memberships start at $85. They want me to pay them $85 to tell them what I know!? This is completely insane and right in keeping with every dull tool that thinks I am profiting over what I do.

If I am rockhounding, law enforcement always asks if I sell what I collect. No. If I am taking photographs, the question is always whether I am selling my photographs. No. A security guard at a park came over to me when I was experimenting with my satellite phone, to ask me if I was running a business. No.

Am I making money off my websites? No. See any ads? See any copyright restrictions? Am I selling anything? No. Why not? Because you don’t have enough money to interest me.

Nothing you can afford to pay me would be worth the bother of running ads or selling a rock or a photo. In years past I tried a variety of schemes to make money off of my websites and they were all stupidly impossible to carry out. Ads made the sites look messy, they disrespected my readers and there was this stench of begging that repulsed me. You don’t need that, I don’t need that.

Notice my videos? I stopped using YouTube because of their ads and am now using Vimeo which I pay quite a bit of money for each month. Just to kill the ads. Google sticks ads on them when they get published to YouTube but I collect _nothing_. Google does not have my bank account information, I am in no program to monetize them.

Whatever the average reader can afford to look at my work is not enough to bother with charging. I have over a hundred photos and videos and Wikimedia Commons that I put in the public domain with no restrictions on them whatsoever. Maybe they can do somebody some good. There isn’t any good for myself by trying to sell them. So, why bother producing all of this material?

Because I want to share my interests, of course, just like the 100 million other personal websites on the web. And also, perhaps, just perhaps, to help some people along the way.

My rockhound related travel files (external link) took over two years of off and on work to complete. They are an enlargement of chapters I had written for my now dead book project. Might as well put them on the web, expanding them along the way. I’m charging nothing for them and I know from reports that many rock shops say I have driven customers to them. I support the rock, gem, and mineral trade and I do so by doing!

Sorry for the rant, I am still bothered by my offer of help to be turned into a pitch for money. I don’t know why I am still astonished by bad behavior on the net as it is a breeding ground for soulless cretins who only want your wallet. After all, the internet and everything related to it was designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to get you to click on an ad.

I’m done. For today.



Charging the SatFI-2 and the Legacy Spot-X

Update: I’ve created a Globalstar Interest Group on FB:
It’s a private group to keep out the trolls. Email me at and I will invite you in.

More than forty percent of the United States is not covered by cell phone service. Covered areas often have dead spots. There are many ways to communicate beyond cell phone coverage. In what may be a series of short videos, I am chronicling my experiences with my new SatFI-2, and my old Spot-X.

Connecting, Sending Email, and Getting the News with the SatFi-2

Charging the SatFi-2 and the SpotX

The photo below is for the search engines and their new need for a still image on every page. Sign.

Locating a spot to test the SatFI-2 for voice

Installing the Firmware Update for the SatFi-2

Setting up Gmail in the SatFi-2 App

Points to Remember When Using the SatFi-2

Making a Voice Call With the SatFi-2

The SatFi Browser
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Mesquite Bosque at The Desert National Wildlife Refuge

These are multiple shots of the mesquite bosque at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Clark County, Nevada, USA. A bosque is a woodland, applied to a gallery forest of the desert.

Hard surface and rough dirt trails provide access to the entire perimeter of this extensive woodland. Travel through the interior of the bosque is not possible due to the cactus sharp thorns of the mesquite.

The bosque is immediately north of the visitor center, in easy walking distance. Corn Creek is nearby, it is possible this grove exists because of the unusually high water table at this location in the DNR.

Mesquite_Bosque_at_the_Desert_National_Wildlife_Refuge from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.
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Schedule Your Disaster

Schedule anything risky or way off pavement during regular business hours. In these days of COVID 19 and long before it, getting help is always more assured during the week in daylight. It shouldn’t be that way but it is.

As all of you have experienced during this crisis, getting hold of customer service can take hours on the phone if it ever comes at all. E-mails aren’t returned, voice mails go unanswered.

It’s as if companies have forgotten that there are temp agencies and that there are plenty of people at home that could easily fill a call center seat. Most call centers simply require an employee to log on to a website and everything proceeds from there.

The only reason companies haven’t staffed up must be to save money, the virus being the perfect excuse to not spend money on customer support.

And then there are the obvious things. Most BLM offices close on weekends. No help there. Same with most USFS field offices. Want to look at a claim folder at the county recorder’s office on a Saturday? Forget it. Better get your work done during the week.

Because of this, I’d advise risky activities take place during the week during normal business hours. Globalstar, for example, provides 24 hour service but only during the week. You should therefore, cross the north Atlantic between Monday and Friday. The same applies for most businesses, even those providing critical support.

Both of my parents were in hospice at the same time, although, very sadly, at two different locations. As my Dad was a former physician, he probably had the best health insurance possible. Still, we could not get night help for them. Despite the insurance plan saying we were entitled to a medical professional at night, no one never showed. Endless excuses from the medical provider, all of them relating to short staffing.

Few people want to work from 10 PM to 6 AM. That’s a fact. You’re not changing that. Call centers shouldn’t suffer from this since they can have people in different time zones working around the globe. But the fact is that they don’t.

If you do go venturing far off pavement during these dim times, make sure you have enough food and water to get through to Monday. I have a personal recovery service on my two sat devices called GEOS and in a real emergency I can push that button and help will be coming. Still, most of what we deal with are non-life threatening problems that don’t warrant an SAR team or a helicopter.

It’s all quite maddening.
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Prospecting For A Pegmatite Pocket

This is an excellent and current video on pegmatite pockets by Tom Campbell, Staff Mineralogist, The Arkenstone.

I’m headeding into pegmatite country soon and I will be on the lookout. Sobering statistics. Less than 1% of pegmatite rock hosts pockets and only 1% of that contains recoverable, intact gemstones.

Never-the-less, I always find something interesting when I am out in the field, especially in an area of complex geology.

On my last trip I found that rare granite and wonderful pyrite specimens in a black matrix (probably biotite rich schist) right along the side of the road. There was some pegmatite rock as well but of poor quality.

Who knows? I am going.
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Did You See The New Gallery?

New Gallery

Update! – June 3, 2020

My good friend Linda Dodge has gone ’round the rock garden to take pictures of rocks and description signs I  missed. She has also taken better pictures in many cases of rocks I had already photographed. 78 photos in total, of which I suspect at least twenty will be posted here. Time to start processing. Captions will take a long time to do.

Original Article Below:

I’m still working on it but a new gallery is up, this one on the rock garden at U.C. Davis in Davis, California..

Parking is expensive at U.C. Davis during the weekdays ($10!?) but you can use that parking pass all over campus. Have a picnic in the Shields Oak Grove where I volunteered for many years. All of the arboretum is first class.

They have a fine equestrian center and if you are quiet and not too suspicious looking, you can walk through the stables and consider whether you really want to own a Percheron.

Most campus buildings are probably closed to the public, but when they reopen there are a variety of places to eat. You don’t need to be staff or a student to eat at most of them.

There’s a science library, a law library, and a main library.

If you have a bicycle you will fit right in.


My friend the practicing geologist confirms that I indeed found leucogranite with altered garnet in the Utah Hill area and that it is suitable for study use. I go back to the area this week to look for a pegmatite pocket. Follow me on Instagram, that’s where I report on my field trips.


Rolf Luetke has closed Sunshine Gifts and Gallery until further notice. Business is too slow because of the pandemic.
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Hope you are well or well enough.

Just got back from Utah. People and families are on the move for the summer, with my hotel completely booked for the weekend and surrounding hotels looking equally crowded.

Good days of exploring Washington County, Utah, its southwestern most corner.

Found agates, a rare granite, and the northernmost stand of Joshua Trees in the United States.

I’m not interested in personal writing much these days, paid writing and editing continues as normal. Or as normal as These Times permit.

I’m active on Instagram as it is easier than writing blog posts.

My interest now is in exploring for my own enjoyment and to document places little covered, media wise, for Wikimedia Commons. I’m putting everything I do into the public domain.

This page has many images and information of one area I stopped in:

And here are links to some videos, without context or explanation. For that, see Wikimedia Commons under my name:

Vimeo only for now, agate hunting at Holt Canyon, Utah:
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