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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Cog » Sun 01 Sep 2019, 23:53:10

There appears to be a hole in your boat. I do not recommend letting Gilligan help you repair it. ;)
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Mon 02 Sep 2019, 06:05:04

Too late for that, Gilligan did the repair! 8O
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Mon 09 Sep 2019, 07:18:46

This has nothing to do with resource depletion of peak oil. A documentary on the birds of north eastern Colombia. Worth watching to see what still remains pristine in our natural world. Well done also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9& ... DaSvH3eboc

Onlooker, que lindo tu pais!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 09 Sep 2019, 21:20:11

I did visit Colombia in my early 20's. Yes, Ibon beautiful is inspiring, Speaking of which so is altruism

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Tue 10 Sep 2019, 11:38:06

Prof. Katherine Keyhoe, a climatologist from Texas Tech is visiting the University here in Alaska and gave a wonderfully positive talk about climate change yesterday evening. She is the lead author of the US National Climate Assessment, a federally mandated review of US climate and climate change, available free on-line.

nca2018.globalchange.gov

She also specializes in doing hyper-local climate predictions, and under the "high" future scenario she showed central Alaska might see winter temps go up by 20°F by 2100. Her focus was on resilience, i.e. the idea that we can retreat and fortify and adjust and have a decent life going forward even as climate changes.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Tue 10 Sep 2019, 13:36:24

Plantagenet wrote: under the "high" future scenario she showed central Alaska might see winter temps go up by 20°F by 2100. .


That's great news Plant. Start your cherry, apple, apricot, peach, pear and apple seedlings.

If you add a few more flights to your itinerary contact me and I can send you mango seeds.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Tue 10 Sep 2019, 18:32:43

We got through Dorian with minimal damage. It pushed over an 8’ apple tree. But for some reasons the tree seems to have almost no root structure at all. Never grew apples before but enough other trees to think this very weird. Anyway I’ve got it back up and tied to 4 posts, maybe I’ll save it.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 15 Sep 2019, 16:29:32

When Wife bought bought her garden patch it had this big hole in one corner. Someone had, many years ago, taken out about 60-70 yards of fill. They had sorted out the rocks and topsoil. It’s kind of ugly and because of the slope not much grows there.

So I resurrected the rocks from the sod, built a couple of stone walls, and filled behind them with the old scraped off top soil. The hope is that with some better soil, stabilized, we can grow some veggies down there. It gets good sun and is out of the wind. With that protection maybe we can extend the season a month or so.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Mon 16 Sep 2019, 00:50:13

Ibon wrote:
Plantagenet wrote: under the "high" future scenario she showed central Alaska might see winter temps go up by 20°F by 2100. .


That's great news Plant. Start your cherry, apple, apricot, peach, pear and apple seedlings.

If you add a few more flights to your itinerary contact me and I can send you mango seeds.


Sorry.....even at 20°F warmer mangoes aren't going to grow here.

But I'd be happy to return the favor to you. I'll send you some cacti for your property down there in Panama so you'll be ready for the global heating you're going to see. Given your former status as a "million miler frequent flyer" there's no doubt you deserve them.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Cog » Tue 17 Sep 2019, 01:17:02

Weigh in today 199.5. Six months it took to lose 40 lbs. Goal weight is 190 and then to see if I want to go lower.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Tue 17 Sep 2019, 06:08:36

Congrats,

It’s a hard row.

I’m weighing in under 210, not too bad, but not fighting from either.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby The_Toecutter » Sat 21 Sep 2019, 12:59:28

I just got a potential lead on a job installing burglar alarms. I'll know more next week. Should I make money by landing this job, I will finally be able to return to working on my alternative fueled vehicle projects.

This electric velomobile I'm building will use about 1/20th the energy of a Nissan Neaf for like for like operating conditions, be capable of exceeding any U.S. speed limit, operable faster than a normal bicycle under pedal-only mode with the motor disabled, and could be operated for a few pennies for every 100 miles of travel. It can also be picked up by hand and carried into an apartment.

With the right design, "happy motoring" doesn't have to be a resource hog, and the same principles that apply to this velomobile also can apply to a car. I'm sure there would be a market niche for something like this if it was faster than almost any car you could buy as well as being cheaper than any car you could buy, and you'd be able to fit 3 or 4 of them in the space occupied by one midsized car.

Of course, the main impediments to something like this entering the market would be laws restricting e-bikes and/or government regulations on automobiles. But as material sciences improve, there is absolutely no reason something like this couldn't have comparable safety to a modern car in a wreck.

When I finish this prototype(including roll cage structure), I plan to tour the U.S. with it. I'll be able to cross the country on less than $1.00 worth of electricity, and could add some pedal input to it if desired.

The benefit to pedaling your transportation is the ability to eat like a horse and stay slim. I just weighed myself today and am at 139 lbs, and trying to gain weight is difficult to impossible no matter how much I eat. Of course, there is a downside that comes with eating like a horse: crapping like one too. :P
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sat 28 Sep 2019, 04:25:04

Speaking of food and mixed blessings....I’ve been going through one of my gout/arthritis attacks in my feet for a bit. It’s probably a combination of getting dehydrated while building my stone terrace, feasting in fresh squid for a week, and having my 94yo aunt making us a big feast of bully beef and flipper. But how can you not engage with gusto and then not suffer with too much agony knowing how lucky you are and how inconsequential the pain is in the bigger scope of life?

So I’m drinking like a fish and peeing like an infant trying to get past this. Of course now I’m also on a long road trip so the McPee stops are deeply cutting into my average MPH made good. Will be back in the states about noon. Ug! But only until Oct 17, then we are free again, Grenada bound!

Such is life. :-D
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby rockdoc123 » Sun 29 Sep 2019, 23:07:08

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I’ve been going through one of my gout/arthritis attacks in my feet for a bit


drinking more water is good but you likely have to intervene a bit more aggressively, at least that has been my experience...
I got hit with this bizarre disease (isn't this something people only got back in the 17th century?) awhile ago after surgery for something unrelated. Seems that is somewhat common but not explainable at this point in time. Hydration is certainly important the reason being is it tends to help flush the excess uric acid out of your system. But if your system is producing excess uric acid then there is still a problem.
What actually works is when it hits then colchicine 2 tablets, wait an hour and another tablet then next day 1 tablet in the morning and another tablet at night, do that for a couple of days then down to 1 tablet for a couple of days until it settles down (colchicine is an anti-inflammatory that is used successfully for gout). But over the longer term, you need to take allopurinol which helps the system eliminate excess uric acid. It is possible after taking allopurinol for a period of time that you will sort your system out and you won't have to worry too much about eating shellfish or changing your diet too much. Could just be a momentary screwup in the way your system handles uric acid.
On a bigger scale, it is probably saying something about inflammation in your system. I'm pretty sure that is what happened to me but doubt it is something universal. I now eat two or three cloves of garlic (slice it up as that releases the right stuff) each day. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and seems to be working for me. But I guess your mileage will vary.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Mon 30 Sep 2019, 08:31:37

Yes, it’s some kind of inflammation issue, Drs. are worthless.

Cherries are a known preventative.
Blueberries, especially when mixed with walnuts (research sponsored by the Maine Blueberry Council) are good anti-inflammatory.
2 ibuprophen in the AM normally keep it in check.

Alipurinal, allergic!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Pops » Mon 30 Sep 2019, 14:15:12

Gout sucks.
I eat lots of fat and protein just because it's easier to deal with that carbs and have a little bout of gout from time to time.
Gout is from uric acid that crystalizes in the joints and that's just what it feels like, glass shards.
I think drink more water, less alcohol, cut back on meats & fats, add fibre to fill up.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby rockdoc123 » Mon 30 Sep 2019, 16:12:25

check out Febuxostat it is prescribed as an alternative to Allopurinol
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