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Jason Kasumovic

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paul wheaton wrote:
I know that there is a thread around here somewhere that is the source of podcast questions.  And I've instructed Jocelyn to ignore questions from folks that don't meet my forum naming preference. 




Subtle.. very subtle.  There - done. 

In any case, while I have no doubt I could come up with thousands of questions for you, I'm not suggesting a Q&A podcast so that I can get something answered.  I just like (most of) Jack's Q&A shows and suspect yours would be at least equally enjoyable.

paul wheaton wrote:
At the moment, I am trying to focus on getting the new forum software up an running.   I've decided to not work on videos or podcasts until it done. 

At the same time, Suzy Bean is uploading podcasts I recorded before crisis mode was activated.  And, I did manage to record a couple more that she doesn't have yet. 

I have a file I am maintaining of stuff I want to express that isn't exactly a whole topic.  And some of it is in response to comments here and there.  Plus, there is a thread for questions for me, and those have been getting processed. 

One hitch in the giddyup is that I don't like talking to myself.  So I need to schedule with somebody to do the podcast. 

I think I have addressed a lot of listener stuff in the past.  Have I not?



You have - but sort of here and there in informal fashion (with the expection of the one big Q&A tinkering podcast you did early on).  Without knowing how many questions you get via e-mail I have no idea if there's room to do formalized Q&A shows more often. 

Even a once a month Q&A show where you cherry picked 5-10 elements of listener feedback you wanted to address (you're chomping at the bit to answer or you see the question 40 times a week) would be neat.  Keep in mind I'm only suggesting this in response to hearing you mention (more than once) that you receive a fair amount of questions from people that you have to ignore due to time constraints or the simple fact that they expect a bunch of your time - essentially free - to help them and only them.

If you'd rather just keep doing it the way you are... I suppose I can accept that..   

Jack over at TSP does weekly (sometimes twice a week shows) where he addresses listener questions/comments that come by e-mail or phone.  They seem to be pretty popular shows and contain a lot of Jack's thoughts and broad subjects that are of interest to his listeners.

Hearing you, Paul, note that you get prodded by folks a lot for free or relatively free brain picking sessions, you might look at Jack's model.  You could select the questions/comments you address based on their relevance and broad appeal and have at it... (only making these types of podcasts when you feel you have enough solid questions to address).  You did one of this style earlier on shortly after you started podcasting I believe and I remember thinking it being good.

What say you?
I've been cooking with cast iron a fair amoun the last couple of years but haven't paid much attention to the spatula I used until listening to Paul's cast iron podcast.  I found some of what I think is his ideal one... $4.95 at Superstore up here in Canada.  Stainless steel, oak handle and very sharp front edge.. unfortunately not dishwasher safe (ug) .. here are some photos.







8 years ago
A few documents/sites like this: http://www.nps.gov/akso/NatRes/EPMT/Species_bios/Caragana%20arborescens.pdf

... identify caragana arborescens as an 'invasive' species.. plenty of spreading capability and not all that easy to kill (that document suggests mechanical and chiemical means may be necessary).

Anyone have actual experience with it?
8 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, gang.  I'm leaning toward Siberian Pea Trees at this point despite Emerson's warning about aphids.  I just don't see many options that provide more value and I think these trees would be good contributing members to the property.
8 years ago
There are several plum cultivars that work here .. I'm wondering how they'd suit the privacy component though?
8 years ago
Awesome suggestion - thank you.. I researched the caragana plants that I found at my closest nursery .. they didn't have this variety so I would've missed it.  Thanks much.  I've been able to locate a good source about an hour away.

Unless anyone pipes in with a better suggestion, I might go this route as chickens are part of the homestead and would definately benefit from the protein content.
8 years ago
Hi gang.. first time poster and long time reader here.

In the next month or two (when the mountains of snow disappear), I'm going to begin working on redeveloping the front acre (lawn) of my 3.5 acre property... a PC food forest being the ultimate goal.

I'd like to build a hedge on my property along the roadway out front.  Roughly 150 feet in total.  Preferably, it would be fast growing, provide privacy (ie. get 6 or more feet in height), and ideally would either positively affect the soil around it or produce edible or medicinal harvestables.  Essentially acting as a barrier that I could build off of away from the road.

This is my first experience with hedging.  I'm in zone 3.  Most hedges around here are comprised of caragana bushes (which is a nitrogen fixer - not a bad thing).  Are there better options that'll suit this climate?

Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
8 years ago