Jay Angler

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Chris Kott wrote:

pee in it

Yes... just ask my husband. He complains because he's got the better plumbing for peeing in a bottle than I do, so he fills the bottle just less than 1/2 full of water, pees in it until it's full and we pour it on one of our several wood chip piles. As Mike Jay has said, we too are in an area where getting wood chips is cheap or free, but hay is pricey and hard to get. I wish I had a reliable source of coffee grounds, but I do have one restaurant where they save their veggie prep scraps (onion bits, cabbage cores, some fruit skins etc). I find it does a much better job of heating the pile if I dig a hole and drop a bucket full in and then cover it.
5 days ago
This seems soooo.... much better than that "Elf on a Shelf" fad! Way to go Nicole!
Greg Mamishian wrote:

The original intent no longer fits how the majority of people live
so it will need to be altered and made more complex until it does.

Not only do Constitutions need to have the flexibility to grow with the huge changes happening around us, but also the changes that happen to language itself. For example, as a child "gay" meant "happy", but that is no longer the case. There are plenty of historical situations of functional societies falling into ruin and of politicians trying to turn back the clock when they could be looking for real solutions to the hole their society has dug for itself.  
6 days ago
I thought I'd particularly point out this quote in the article:

Cloud-based gaming, in which graphics processing is conducted on remote servers, is especially energy intensive, increasing overall electricity use by as much as 60 percent for desktop computers and 300 percent for laptops.

I believe I'm interpreting this accurately, in which case it's reminding people that their *own home* energy gaming footprint is only part of the issue, and can be controlled by only playing games that are isolated on their own computer. Any of those multi-player on-line games require a server somewhere out there that is gobbling electrons at a great rate, and I suspect that's what that "60%" electricity increase is referring to, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to be sure.

Do we have any permies out there who could hazard some intelligent guesses about how much electricity game servers are consuming? How much electricity is the server equivalent of permies dot com consuming anyone? (That doesn't mean I'm at *all* suggesting permies shouldn't carry on - at least we're getting people thinking about better ways of doing things! I'm just curious.)
1 week ago
raven ranson wrote:

looking at this last week, I think the numbers are going up again

That is excellent news if you're right! This is generally a busy time of year, so if people are taking the time to hang out at "our house" that is wonderful. I've certainly enjoyed a number of threads this week - particularly the two about books and libraries, two of my favorite things.
Stacy Witscher wrote:

they don't participate in the county library system

Stacy 1) if you can afford it, some libraries that are outside your 'tax' region will allow you to join for the equivalent of the taxes you aren't paying, 2) this sounds like a good issue to bring up at your local "City Hall" or its equivalent.

I am part of what is called a "regional library system" whose region is a huge part of Vancouver Island and many of the small Islands like Hornby. (British Columbia). There are downsides to such a system - you often have to order and wait for a book to arrive from some place like the Queen Charlotte Islands or Uclulet! But the flip side is that I know that people in relatively isolated communities have access to some pretty cool books. I'm clearly not the only Permie in the system, but I am the one that convinced them to by Shepard's "Restoration Agriculture" and then convinced them to buy two more copies when every time I tried to get the book for a friend to read, there was a 6 month waiting list! When I discovered they had a copy of Jacke's "Edible Forest Gardens" Vol 2, I questioned why they didn't have Vol 1 and the next thing I knew they only 3 copies of both volumes. That tells me that Public libraries are *very* relevant for the permaculture movement.

Daniel Ray wrote:

what can libraries do to improve

This might seem like a bizarre suggestion, but one of my pet peeves is the apparent drop in the quality of driving in my community. I'd like to see a driver trainer computer in my library for anyone to use. It would help people assess their abilities and remind them of things they've gotten sloppy about. With the large number of seniors in my community, it is becoming a larger issue, as they've got the highest accident rate after the beginner driver.  I also agree with Raven's suggestions about giving people access to professional journals and online training courses.
1 week ago
Waaaayyyy back 3 years ago, Nicole wrote:

That's not to say they need to be non-fiction

so I'd like to put my vote in that some of them do need to be non-fiction! I admit my eldest was an outlier, but one of his favourite books at age two was called, "Turtles, Toads and Frogs". It's been long since loved to death, but it supports the point I'm going to make. There are some excellent nature books with good pictures and short descriptions that really appeal to young children and I would meet other parents at our local library who were shocked that I would be looking for good young children's non-fiction as well as fiction. This can be more true of boys (later supported by our Elementary School Librarian) and I have to admit that both my kids used to be boys, (but they'd like to be called "men" now!), but with the state of science education in some areas, I would encourage parents to try non-fiction out on their daughters and sons. A number of the books mentioned by people sound close to non-fiction, but it would be difficult for me to be sure of that just from the title. We need all humans in the next generation to be science and "true story" literate without scaring them with how desperate the planet is.

I agree with most of what has been said about what makes a good children's story, especially the excellent post by Erica, but I will add that parents need to observe their children and ask them what they like about certain books. My younger son was more sensitive than my older one (he was terrified of Shrek when it first came out for example) so whether a child can handle some books about evil does depend on the child. Non-fiction was very much our friend with him - in Grade 4 his favourite series was by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods, specifically, Ancient machines : from wedges to waterwheels. The above mentioned school librarian insisted they were grade 7 reading level, but when a child loves a subject and has a parent willing to read with them, there's no better way to inspire a child than a challenging book about a subject they can relate to.
1 week ago
@Anne Miller:  I followed the link, but my problem with using the "gift tag" idea is that it's too small for me to actually feel I'm giving something useful. I thought about the seed idea and my friends for a few days and wondered if it took some scraps of organic sacking, chopped and soaked it, could I actually make my friends a seed pad they could put in a pot on top of some decent dirt and let the seeds germinate? This is what happened so far:
2 weeks ago
Nicole Alderman wrote:

I HATE that socks come in multicolor packs.

When the kids were young, one of them got grey socks, the other black. I knew *exactly* who to call if socks were left abandoned! We had two bins in the bedroom, "light" and "dark" and the kids knew by age 4 to sort their stuff. This had the added advantage that one kid's socks landed in each bin! I made sure that racks were "kid-height" so coats got hung and I started very early at giving them "kid-sized" responsibilities. Similarly, in the kitchen the shelves for plates/bowls/cups for everyday use are actually in a pantry closet near the kitchen table rather than over the counter where a) the kids couldn't reach and b) setting the table would potentially interfere with dinner prep.

I know that having kids generates a lot of extra laundry, but I don't buy into the "wash everything constantly" motto: socks and underwear get changed ~daily, shirts got 1-3 days depending on what the wearer's been up to, jeans can often go 5-7 days. I make loose "cover pants" that fit over top my indoor pants and they stay at the door so the dirt doesn't move so far in. That doesn't work so well in the summer, but it sure works for our wet season. Similarly, in the bathroom everyone has their own bath-towel rack so the big towels don't need to be washed as often, even though the hand towel does.

We used Rubbermaid totes for a lot of things, and I wish they hadn't been dumbed down! We use the tall ones for bringing firewood into the house, load the fire right out of them, and it keeps a lot of the tree-duff under control. I use the short ones for laundry baskets and I find they last longer. I even made a wood + hardware cloth lid for the medium height one and use it as a "chicken hospital" - it's easy to clean and is the first step - if it looks as if the chicken will recover, she will be moved to a "rehab" shelter that's bigger when I feel she needs more space.

Saving time with cooking is really hard. Making nice meals is important for social reasons as well as nutrition. My eldest son has *always* loved ice and cold things so if I was cooking frozen veggies for dinner and he was "Hungry Now", I'd give him a bowl and any that he didn't eat before I was ready to cook the rest, got added to the pot. I regularly cook what we refer to as "planned overs" - that makes it sound so much better and intentional! To make it work though, one really does have to have a plan! Sometimes that plan is to cook double and freeze the extra for a later quick meal. That's harder to do the more mouths being fed.
2 weeks ago
Wow Greg, you did a great job!  I have a friend who did something similar, although she was using an existing space, so it was slightly larger.

The only comment I'd make if anyone gets ideas from this, is to have a properly installed grab bar by the toilet (unless it's there out of sight) and in the shower if one isn't already there.

Personally, *anyone* doing renovations of bathrooms, should take this advice. Any illness, even as simple as a broken leg, can make an independent person be a little safer with grab rails in key locations. Similarly, even if you are healthy and fit, you may still have an elderly visitor at some point. Think safety first!
3 weeks ago