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General discussions of the systemic, societal and civilisational effects of depletion.

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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