Bob Stuart

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Today, I got "Here are the top 1 threads from the last 12 days  of the forums you think are best! " with only one entry, which had been spammed yesterday.  Some nervous nellie with a rocket oven has been abusing their privileges.  
I had an old apple tree whose trunk started off as an arch about 4' high.  I'm not sure if the newer end had rooted, but it was supporting a fine new growth, with the apples at a convenient height.
1 year ago
One time a fishing guide set up to cook supper on a sand spit while his guests took the boat just offshore for another catch.  Then a Grizzly appeared on the hill, and came charging down and out the spit, full speed.  The guide just paused and stood watching him.  The bear skidded to a halt, stuck out his nose a foot away for a sniff, and ambled off.  After a long silence, one of the fishers asked "Um, you need a change of underwear or something?"
"Nah, he had his ears up.  He was just playing."
1 year ago

bob day wrote:I know this may seem a bit off the wall, but if a bear were going to eat someone, do you think it would prefer a vegetarian or a meat eater?



Anything that can eat a Beaver or an anthill is not going to be fussy.  
1 year ago
One time, some cowboys caught a bear cub and took it to a local rodeo to fight a dog about the same size.  The dog was very well regarded, but there was still a lot of betting before the match.  The dog was very hesitant about engaging, and so was the bear, but it was over with one swipe of the cub's claws.  It turned out that all the Indians had bet on the bear, and they cleaned up.
1 year ago
I know a couple of berry pickers.  One won't get out of his truck without a heavy rifle.  The other is comfy about sharing the bushes with a bear, or a family visiting his yard.  They'd rather eat than fight.  We are not a normal part of their diet, so we can co-exist if we don't startle each other.  Around here, they help keep the Beaver from flooding the farms.
1 year ago
FWIW, One dream of mine is to find a south slope with a pond at the bottom.  It is noticeable that such places turn from white to green first every spring.  With maybe 50 vertical feet to a hilltop or knoll, you could have an underground house with a large south window for passive solar, and a skylight for interior light.  After burying it all, you can plant trees to encase the home in roots, so that it will become a self-supporting cave if the original walls last a half century.  You can put another reservoir upslope, and use a mechanical pump on a windmill to keep it full from the pond.  Whenever you need power, you use a hydroelectric generator.  No batteries needed, and a windmill you can build and fix yourself.  A car tire makes a great start for a simple bellows pump.  
2 years ago
I just found this site, but I wanted to jump right in because Sasakatoon is where I go for serious shopping. I'm currently excited about using a "bubble column condenser" to recover almost all the heat from a wood stove, and some of the pollution. The water could be circulated to other rooms, and used as the main heat transfer medium. It would require a fan. A condenser based on water spray or wet curtains could probably get by on just the water circulation pump or even thermosyphon if you have the room. I'll be getting more details.
4 years ago